Pic from TFW 2009. Me with Bobbi Sue Luther and Jana Kramer from LAID TO REST
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Pic from TFW 2009. Me with Bobbi Sue Luther and Jana Kramer from LAID TO REST
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Shaun of the Dead immediately springs into my mind, as do films like DEAD SNOW, FIDO, and even ARMY OF DARKNESS. And after watching ZOMBIE DEAREST, I’m glad to say it is going onto this list as well.
Here is the basic plot synopsis from imdb.com:
When failed comic Gus Lawton pushes his wife too far, he finds himself chasing her across the country to the abandoned farmhouse of her childhood. Given the choice between losing Deborah or living by her plan, Gus gets busy fixing up the old place, starting with the septic tank. In a moment of desperation, he digs up the very thing he needs, a zombie who'll do anything he wants... for now, anyway. As the zombie's own desires threaten their plans, Gus and Deborah come together in a desperate struggle to get what they want, regardless of the cost.
Let me start off by saying ZOMBIE DEAREST is one of the most original zombie flicks I have ever seen. The plot was excellent, a unique and welcome romp that had me laughing at certain parts and cringing in suspense during others. The acting was great as well, and the overall production was superb.
Mixing a smart blend of humor in with the thrills and chills of a horror movie can be difficult. But first-time director David Kemker seems to pull it off with ease. One of my favorite scenes is around the beginning of the movie, where Deborah has just learned of her husband’s attempt at infidelity. She confronts him, saying, “I don’t care about the fact that you wanted to screw her! What I care about…what hurts me the most, is that you were making her laugh in the bedroom! That’s mine!”
The wrap-up at the end of the film is another of my favorite scenes, and is one of the most intense parts of the plot as well. I cannot say anything about it because I will give too much away, but the ending was a pure joy to watch. I can honestly say I didn’t see it coming and, again, it is very unique.
Fans of original horror movies should definitely give this one a go. If anything, just watch it to see how well it is done for a lower-budget production. I hope to see more from director David Kemker in the very near future.
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Monday, April 26, 2010
* THE DESCENT PART 2
* THE FEAR CHAMBER
* LEGEND OF THE WITCHES
* LIFE BLOOD (formaly known as PEARBLOSSOM)
* PASSED THE DOOR OF DARKNESS
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Here is the plot synopsis from imdb.com:
Ten years after witnessing her older sister's brutal murder, Jenny Traylor leaves her hometown in North Carolina to start her freshman year at the University of New York City. Still traumatized by her sister's death and struggling with crippling agoraphobia, Jenny tries to cope with the overwhelming city and figure out her new life. When Jenny's over-enthusiastic Resident Advisor organizes a Welcome Week scavenger hunt, Jenny is reluctantly persuaded to join the game. But as she and her new friends decipher the cryptic clues texted to their cell phones - clues that lead them through darker and increasingly remote parts of the city - it becomes terrifyingly clear how high the stakes have become. Someone is hunting for real.
I have a feeling that not too many of you horror fans out there know about this film or have ever even heard of it. I know I hadn't heard anything about it going into it. I am so glad I watched this film and hope you check it out for yourselves. I love when I run across a Horror movie that I don't have any real expectations for and come away really having enjoyed watching the film.
RED HOOK is a good mix between a slasher film and a classic murder mystery. A who-done-it sort of film, if you will. The movie is very stylish and there is a telephone theme running all throughout the movie that is interesting. Phones play a major part in this film (the scavenger hunt clues are given out by text messages). The opening credits are done in a very interesting way, with the names being put up in numbers first then turning into the letters that make up the names (with the numbers turning into the to the corresponding letters on a phone's keypad).
The acting in this movie is superb for this type of lower budget film with no big name actors. Christina Brucato as Jenny and Hollis Scarborough as AnGela (that is An-GEL-a...not Angela and she reminds Jenny upon their first meeting) both gave excellent performances in this film. The character of AnGela brought some comic relief to the film throughout and has some really funny lines.
Ok, now to the good stuff...I'm sure you want to know about the kills in this film. There are quite a few, but only a few are actually seen on-screen. BUT...the few that are seen are very well done, very graphic, and brutal. Don't worry, you will see plenty of the red stuff in this film! One of the more gruesome scenes involves a woman getting stabbed in the lower stomach by the killer who is standing behind her.....the killer then pulls the knife up and cuts from her lower stomach all the way to the top of her chest! ICK!!
The ending is a nice twist, with the killer being revealed and, of course, is not who everyone thought it was. Fans of this type of movie will probably see this coming, and guess the killer pretty early on, but that shouldn't keep you from enjoying this film at all.
Overall this is a great film that I would highly recommend. I hope to see more from director Elizabeth Lucas in the future.
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It is hard to believe a film with this title could be a love story, but it really is. These two kids (well, I guess one kid and one adult...hence the whole issue here) really do love each other, and it makes you sad that they can't be together and really blurs the answer to the question about what is "right" and "wrong".
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Friday, April 23, 2010
Earth Day tells the tale of a group of ex eco-crusaders who find themselves being systematically slaughtered as the one year anniversary of the tragic Earth Day death of their leader, Pixie, approaches. Detective Trent Torrance suspects only one man: Hassan, who grew up in the most extreme terrorist sect in all of Pakistan, only to be expelled for "going under the Burga" and embracing the forbidden art of Women's hair care. Together with Priscilla, Pixie's nihilistic twin sister, they strive to prove Hassan's innocence, while trying to avoid her insanely overprotective plastic surgeon father Dr. Percival Peever, and his plastic surgery casualty of an assistant, Lenora.
Don't go into this movie expecting a cinematic masterpiece...it is not by any means. But, it did keep me entertained which is what a movie should do. The acting is ok, not great, not horrible, just ok. The movie is a bit slow at times with not much going on but dialog, but what keeps it entertaining is that the dialog is so good. There are some genuinely funny lines in this film and I would say that this film is basically more of a comedy than the Horror/Comedy it is stated to be, if it weren't for some pretty gory death scenes. There was more blood in this film than I expected from a Horror/Comedy film. One of the greatest scenes is when a guy gets his manhood cut off by the killer with a broken wine bottle. Yuck! A lot of people have compared this movie to the films of Troma, which is a great comparison. If you are a fan of Troma films, you will love this film. If you are a fan of really good, smart, horror films, this film is not for you. I myself like all types of Horror films, and can usually find good in all of them, so while not going on my top 10 list of Horror films (or lets be honest, top 50 Horror films), it was still a good flick that is worth a watch.
I don't know who this Mister Ooh-La-La, guy is, but this being his first (and only) film so far, I look forward to seeing his growth as a writer and director and hope to see more from him in the future!
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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The plot is complex but not difficult to follow:
It starts with two agents of an undisclosed company, Miller and Net. Miller is handcuffed, an obvious prisoner of the other man. Net releases a couple of zombies, the results of an experiment gone wrong at the company, in an attempt to kill Miller by violent means. But after Net departs, Miller kills the zombies and escapes…unfortunately, releasing a single zombie “survivor” into the populace.
Time passes. Strange attacks are reported all over the city. Bizarre deaths and incidents plague the news. But most of this happens without anyone realizing the true threat.
We then meet two underachieving college students, Mark and Tom, who are heading to a local tavern for a beer. The two have only been at the tavern a short while when Miller arrives, forewarning of an impending zombie attack. The bar patrons are skeptical, but when the first of them dies at the hands of the living dead, a fight for survival quickly ensues. Miller, Mark, Tom, and a Goth named Bethany escape and make their way to a safe-house in the woods.
Unfortunately, the zombie menace is growing and spreading out in their direction. The group receives a distress call on a short-wave radio from a nearby location. Mark and Tom leave to answer the call. Upon their arrival, they discover the call was a fake, sent out by a militia group that is fighting the undead. The militia takes them prisoner.
Miller, meanwhile, senses something is wrong, so he and Bethany leave the safe-house and search for the two missing college students. They, too, encounter the militia group, but are able to persuade them to join forces in the fight against the zombies.
It’s a good thing, too, because a massive zombie force arrives and besieges the militia’s compound. Surprisingly, Net arrives as well (the result of a sub-plot I’m not going to mention) and he sparks an epic battle with Miller.
As stated, the plot is a little complex, but not so much that it’s hard to follow. Overall, this is one of the better low-budget films I’ve seen. The acting is good, the camerawork is right on, and the general look of the movie is great.
Secondly, the cinematography was excellent…that is, except for the steadi-cam shots. The camera was way too shaky and jumped out of focus a couple of times. This is not necessarily a movie-killer, but it sure took me out of my fiction-immersion.
Fans of zombie flicks (like moi’) should definitely give Zombie Apocalypse a look, though. This film is a great example of what can happen when true fans of a genre set out make their mark inside of it. The DVD also contains a prequel comic book, which adds to the storyline.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
At the edge of a grand estate, near a crumbling old mansion lies a strange stone building with just a single room. In the room there lies a bed. Born of demonic power, the bed seeks the flesh, blood and life essence of unwary travellers… Three pretty girls arrive on vacation, searching for a place to spend the night. Instead, they tumble into nightmares - and the cruel, insatiable hunger of the Bed! Death Bed is a one-of-a kind experience: comic, horrific and dreamlike, that truly has to be seen to be believed. Discover this neglected marvel of American horror for yourself!
Watch the clip below and you will get a sampling of what you are in store for when you start this film. While gory and gross at times, the movie is also full of dark humor, as was evident from the first scene we see of the bed "eating". A couple stumbles upon the old, run-down, mansion and decides to rest on the bed. The man puts the food he brought for them (apples, a bucket of chicken, and a bottle of wine) on the bed beside them while they begin a heavy make-out session. While the couple is busy, we see the bed slowly begin to eat the food. It eats the apple at first, slowly the apple sinks into the bed amidst a yellow foam...in just a few seconds, we see the eaten apple come back up and back on top of the bed an apple core is returned! The bed also eats the chicken, returning a bucket of bones, and drinks all the wine, replacing the empty bottle up on the bed. When the couple is finally done with their activities, the man turns to get the food and can't believe it. He tells the girl he must have made a mistake and grabbed the wrong food! Great stuff. Unfortunately for the couple (but fortunate for us viewers!), it seems the bed craves more than just a light lunch. The bed craves a heartier meal, mainly the man and woman! We see them get pulled down into the bed amidst that yellow foam again, and are promptly eaten alive! And this is all just in the first few minutes of the film! Many more people come to the bed with similar results. One of the best scenes is when a man is being eaten hand and arms first. Someone comes to help him pull himself out of the bed before he is completely eaten. The man escapes the apatite of the bed, but not without having all the muscle and flesh eaten clean off his hands, leaving him to look down at his skeleton hands in disbelief, yet peculiarly not in any real pain! HA!
This is a great film, one that should be in every Horror fans collection, especially those fans of the drive-in and grindhouse flicks of the 70's. I highly recommend you pick up a copy of DEATH BED: THE BED THAT EATS today...you will not be disappointed!
The dvd contains the following special features:
- Video Introduction by the Director
- 4-Page Liner Notes
- New Transfer from the Original 16mm Print
- Unrated, Uncensored Version
Monday, April 19, 2010
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)
* HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS
* KNIFE EDGE
* THE LOVELY BONES
* SPRING BREAK MASSACRE
* THE TELLING
* VAMPIRE OF QUEZON CITY
Sunday, April 18, 2010
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Saturday, April 17, 2010
* Cast interviews
Friday, April 16, 2010
Jen and Bill are on the way home from their honeymoon road trip when their car begins acting up. In the middle of nowhere with no other options, they stop at a backwoods car repair shop unaware of what sadistic brothers Clayton and Jimmy have in mind for them. This 70’s grindhouse style feature pushes the envelope of on screen violence and sadism and guarantees to shock even the most hardened viewer. NOT FOR CHILDREN OR THE EASILY OFFENDED!
Now I know what you are thinking....every independent movie maker says something along the lines of that their film "guarantees to shock the most hardened viewer". Very few of those movies ever actually live up to that "guarantee". This is NOT one of those films. This is one guarantee you can take to heart. I have seen my fair share of Horror films, and I thought I had been desensitized to most scenes of violence in Horror films, knowing they are fake and just camera tricks, but this movie actually made me squirm and wonder if the pain the female victim was relaying in some scenes was actually all acting or not. The filmmakers also compare the film to I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, and THEY CALL HER ONE EYE. I have seen movies compare themselves to these classics in the past, but this is the first of the newer movies that makes that comparison that rightfully deserves to do so. While not on the same level as those movies overall, the feel and subject of the movies are very similar. The film is made to look old...with scratches, blips, and even missing frames. There is also a faint projector sound running the entire film, which was nice little gimmick and serves the purpose of making you feel like you were watching this in a seedy theater down on 42nd street in New York. The film really embraces the look and feel of the old grindhouse and exploitation films with the music and title fonts.
This film is definitely worth picking up and adding to your collection. Fans of Horror that think they have "seen it all" will be shocked and surprised by this disturbing film.
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Thursday, April 15, 2010
10 years after high school, an invitation to a reunion at a secluded hunting cabin draws six friends into a viscous game of life-and-death. Unbeknownst to the partiers, the mutilated bodies of two young campers lie hidden in the nearby woods. As the night progresses and one-by-one friends disappear, tensions escalate...is there a demented serial killer on the loose, or could one of them be behind this Reunion of Terror?Suspenseful, moody and shocking, ROT: Reunion of Terror is a serial killer film that will leave you guessing until its dramatic conclusion!
This movie is not without it's flaws, but is otherwise a very fun and entertaining slasher film. Let me get the few, minor negatives out of the way. First off, the acting is good overall, but is brought down by just a few certain actors. A small amount of humor is thrown in periodically throughout the film, with mixed results. Most of the time, the jokes fall flat. Lastly, there is one black actor in the film and he gets the stereotypical lines like "DAAAMN"! He actually reminded me of the "token Black guy" character from NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE, in which they parodied this character stereotype that shows up in this type of film on a regular basis.
Ok, all that aside, let me say that that does not distract from the overall enjoyment of this film. The opening scene is great when a lesbian couple are camping in the woods and end up being killed in a very gruesome way. That opening scene really sets the tone for the rest of the film. The kills in the movie are great, with lots of blood and gore. I would also like to point out the character of the game warden in the film, played by John Shumski. I really liked his character and would love to see more of his future work. I am not sure if his acting was that good, or if it was so bad it was good, but either way his performance was very enjoyable, and that is what counts! Another great thing I liked about this film was the way the killer picked out his victims. He obviously knew which of the people from his high school he wanted to get rid of, so he methodically went through his yearbook and cut each ones photo out and pinned their pictures up on a corkboard. As the fellow classmates would be killed off, he would mark an X through their picture. A few other great things about this film I want to point out, is the music, which at times is very creepy and the great camera work. It was very stylistic and shot very well.
Overall this is a great film that I would recommend to all my Horror fans!
The ROT: REUNION OF TERROR dvd is Unrated and contains the following special features:
*Commentary w/ director and crew
*The making of ROT documentary
*The music of ROT documentary
*ROT Post Production documentary
*3 music videos
*Shock-O-Rama trailer vault
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
When Catholic Priest and Inquisitor Nicholas Dread finds out that innocents are being burned as witches he decides to do something about it. Unfortunately for him, his superiors don't agree and he's burned at the stake alongside two women he forced confessions from. While dying, Nick curses god and makes a pact with Satan to reign over his own kingdom someday at any cost. Now, in 21st century New York City, Dread has returned to finish the deal. His end of the bargain with Satan must be fulfilled, and many will die so Dread can take the throne in his kingdom of over one hundred thousand corrupt souls. He just has to find the right bunch of victims...and it just so happens the best Goth Club in the city is ripe for this bloodthirsty butcher bent on revenge! Can a group of Goths and wanna-be vampires hold their own when the real thing arrives?
First, let me get the minor negatives out of the way. The acting in this movie is just not that great, although I did like the acting from Flambeaux, who played the main character of Nicholas Dread. I am not sure if his acting was really that great, or if it was so bad that it was good, but either way I enjoyed his character. The next thing is the plot, or lack thereof. I would have never come up with the plot synopsis above just by viewing this movie. That being said, sometimes you don't need deep character development and an intricate plot to enjoy a just-plain-fun movie. Lastly, the sound is bad in some scenes. The scene in the jail cell stands out particularly, as it sounds like it was filmed with no mics, but just the built in mic on the video camera. The sound is this scene is a bit muffled and has an echo to it.
hhNow, having said all that, the positive part of this movie is that it is just plain fun! The scenes of the underground goth culture looks to be extremely realistic, or what I would assume it would look like assuming I have never been anywhere near an underground goth club. The film is full of blood, gore, and torture, reminiscent of the old 42nd street exploitation films, of which I am a huge fan of. The scene where Dread possesses the body of Anne was very well done, and used a very creepy voice alteration to signify that Anne was possessed. The ending has a crazy scene, where Dread is in Hell and torturing all his victims...it is a big scene for such a low budget film and was done very well. It was a fun ending to the film. Also, check out that dvd cover art...that has to be the the coolest dvd cover I have seen in a long time!
The unrated dvd contains the following "Most Evil Extras":
*Video Commentary-featuring director J.J. Connelly, Falmbeaux, and Eve Blackwater
*Q&A with director from NYC screening
*Gothkill live performance chronicle
*Publicity & Production stills
This was director J.J. Connelly's feature film debut, and some freshman flaws do show, but if this is a sign of what is to come from Mr. Conelly's career, then I will be sure to keep up with his follow ups to this film!
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Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Also in this issue is a great story on the crazy film, THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, which I mentioned a few posts back.
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