Welcome to Hayes Hudson's House of Horror (4H)

Your online source for Horror news, info, and reviews. I cover new and classic Horror, as well as Exploitation and Cult films. I also discuss books, comics, games, toys, clothing, etc, as long as it pertains to the Horror genre. My movie reviews are short and to the point, as I know when I come across a long review, I tend to skip that one. I hope you enjoy your time at my House of Horror! Come on in!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Check out the awesome iPhone game, ARMY OF DARKNESS: DEFENSE


 I recently found this game on the iPhone app store based on the classic film, ARMY OF DARKNESS.   It is called ARMY OF DARKNESS:  DEFENSE and you play as Ash as you fight off an army of incoming deadites to protect the Necronomicon!  Game play is very simple and you earn money to buy upgrades including soldiers to help you fight (including the beloved Henry The Red!) and weapons including the iconic chainsaw!!   Check out this game if you are a fan of the EVIL DEAD films.   I thought it was kind boring at first, but the more I played it the more it really grew on me.  It is now my latest iPhone addiction!   Are any of the 4H readers playing this game already?  If so, leave a comment and let us know what you think of it!

Monday, November 28, 2011

This week's Horror related DVD releases: Tuesday, November 29th, 2011


Here are the horror related DVD's coming out Tuesday, 11/29:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

CHILLERAMA  [DVD & Blu-ray]
HORROR EXPRESS  [DVD/Blu-ray combo pack]
THE HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES
KIDNAPPED
NEEDLE
TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL [DVD & Blu-ray]
VAMPIRES

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Check out the awesome short film, DEUS IRAE

   
My buddy Caleb is always pointing out cool horror stuff he thinks I might like and my blog readers might like.  He has once again hit a home run with this one!    Caleb recently told me to go watch the short film, DEUS IRAE.  He didn't tell me anything about it, he just told me to go watch it and I am glad I listened to him.  This is an awesome short film that is being turned into a feature length film according to the film's official website. 
Here is the basic plot synopsis of the short film from the film's official website:

A fragile border separates our world from the realm of darkness, a limit where nightmarish creatures await in the shadows, looking for a way into our world: the tender souls of the weak and the innocent. Once possessed, people are used as portals to infect our reality.
Only one thing has been standing in their way: a secret order of priests, who devote their lives and souls to protect this border. Soldiers of a silent war, who hunt the monsters down to look them in the eye... and blow them away.
They are the 'Deus Irae'.

Check this one out for sure......this is an amazing short that keeps you wanting more!  I really hope this gets made into a full feature like the website says.  I want to see more from the 'Deus Irae'!!


CLICK HERE to watch the short film
CLICK HERE to visit the official website

Saturday, November 26, 2011

DVD Review: GINGERDEAD MAN 3: SATURDAY NIGHT CLEAVER (2011)

  
GINGERDEAD MAN 3
Directed by: William Butler & Silvia St. Croix
Distributed by: Full Moon Direct
 
Let me start by saying that I have not seen any of the previous GINGERDEAD MAN films, so I wasn't sure if I would be totally lost when watching GM3, but rest assured it didn't matter. Sure, I might not know why this particular baked good is on a killing rampage, I missed his back story I'm sure,  but that really doesn't matter. All you need to know is that this is not your ordinary gingerbread man and he likes to kill people. There, that is all the back story you need, now you can sit back and enjoy GINGERDEAD MAN 3: SATURDAY NIGHT CLEAVER!
Here is the basic plot (from the back of the DVD cover):
 

After cleverly escaping the maximum security Research institute of Homicidal Baked Goods, the Gingerdead Man stumbles upon a time machine and finds himself
sent back in time as he slaughters the contestants of a 1970's Roller Boogie contest. The only hope for survival is when a young girl blessed with the gift of
telekinesis makes the scene.

  
First off, you have to know what you are getting into when you put in a film called GINGERDEAD MAN 3: SATURDAY NIGHT CLEAVER! HA! Don't expect the best horror movie you've ever seen and don't expect Mr. Gingerdead Man to be walking the carpet at next years Oscar awards. What you do get with this film, though, is a fun, entertaining, hour and however long this movie is...and that is what I expect when I put in a movie. GM3 did not disappoint in that aspect. This film is a lot of fun.
  
I knew I would like this movie from the very beginning. It starts off with a hilarious spoof of the film, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. In this film, FBI agent Clarice Darling goes to talk to the infamous Gingerdead Man, but first must walk the hallway with homicidal baked goods locked up on both sides, including a loaf of french bread and a nasty little cream puff that says something very rude to her (as much as I want to tell you what he says, I don't want to ruin the joke for you!!).

This was just one of the many movie parodies throughout this film, there is also a hilarious spoof on the PORKY'S bathroom scene and spoof on the Stephen King flick, CARRIE.
 
Aside from the comedic aspect of the film, there was plenty of horror as well, including a great scene where some roller girls are having a car wash outside the Roller Rink to raise money, and our friend the Gingerdead Man hooks the water hoses to vats of Sulfuric Acid...needless to say when the girls start wetting each other down, things turn from sexy to downright disgusting in a matter of seconds, as the girls flesh begins to be eaten off the bone!!
 
Overall, this is a winner for me when it comes to Full Moon movies......I enjoyed this one as much as I have enjoyed any of the other film Full Moon has released recently. I recommend you check this one out if you can just set aside some time for just a fun movie, you'll get a good laugh out of it at yeast, I mean least!! HA!!

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD

Friday, November 25, 2011

Get ready for NFL BLITZ: ELITE LEAGUE!

  

Why am I posting about a video game?  And a football game for that matter?  Well, the upcoming NFL BLITZ:  ELITE LEAGUE is not your ordinary football game.  Unless that is, you are used to playing football against robots, Bigfoot, and....ZOMBIES!!!  

That's right!  What is better than a football game?  A football game with zombies!   The latest installment of the highly successful NFL BLITZ franchise is coming out in January 2012 and will feature all sorts of different opponents.  Check out the screenshot and then click to watch the trailer below!
 
  

CLICK HERE to watch a trailer for the game
CLICK HERE to visit the official website of NFL BLITZ:  ELITE LEAGUE

Thursday, November 24, 2011

DVD Review: THANKSKILLING (2009)

 
  
THANKSKILLING
Directed by:  Jordan Downey
Distributed by:  MVDvisual

Wow, I have seen some real "turkeys" before, but this one out does them all!  HA!  Ok, I admit this film is bad, but luckily this film is one of those rare ones that falls into the category of "so-bad-it's-good".  Here is the basic plot courtesy of the MVD website:

While on their way home for Thanksgiving break, five college kids run "afowl" of a homicidal turkey that wants them dead. As the cursed bird hunts them down one by one, the survivors scramble to find a way to defeat the possessed creature. Will the bloodthirsty turkey make this their last Thanksgiving feast ever?

Ok, well, you know what you are getting yourself into as soon as you put this DVD in.  You really aren't expecting a great piece of cinema.  You are looking for a dumb film that can make you laugh and have some fun.  That is exactly what your get with THANKSKILLING.  

The acting in this film is horrible by most all actors/actresses involved.   The exception to this to me was actor Chuck Lamb who played the Sherrif.  He was funny character and played that part well.  I only wish he would have been in the film more.   Other than that, the killer turkey itself was probably the other acting highlight of this film. He delivered his one liners perfectly!

The film does have some good gore effects, including a scene in which the aforementioned Sheriff has his face peeled off.  This leads to probably the funniest scene in the film as the killer turkey wears the Sheriff's face like a mask, fooling everyone including his daughter to think its the actual Sheriff. 

This is a perfect example of a perfect party movie.  Have some friends over and get a good laugh out of THANKSKILLING!    Or better yet, throw it in the DVD player for all the family to enjoy right after your Thanksgiving meal! 


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Book Review: LOW TOWN by Daniel Polansky

  
      *****Review by Guest Contributor, Angie Lee*****
   
LOW TOWN by Daniel Polansky was not what I was expecting and that is a good thing. When the author was compared to Quentin Tarantino in a press release I was leery, especially since I’m a fan of Tarantino… in small doses. Polansky does an incredible job of crafting a great yarn and while the setting and subject matter is dark, the story is lightened by sarcastic dialogue from the protagonist.  Here is the basic plot synopsis of the book courtesy of the book's official website:
  
Rigus is the greatest city in the Thirteen Lands, a glittering metropolis of crystalline citadels and sumptuous manors, where gentlewomen hide delicate smiles behind silken sleeves and bored nobles settle affairs of honor with cold steel. But light casts shadow, and in the darkness of the spires the baseborn struggle, eking out an existence amidst the cast-offs of their betters. This is Low Town, a sprawling warren of side streets and back alleys, of boarded up windows and false storefronts. Here the corner boys do a steady trade to the dead eyed and despairing, and a life can be bought with a clipped copper penny.
Low Town is an ugly place, and its champion is an ugly man. A former war hero and intelligence agent, now a crime lord addicted to cheap violence and expensive narcotics, the Warden spends his days hustling for customers and protecting his turf, until the chance discovery of a murdered child sets him on a collision course with the life he'd left behind. As bodies bloat in the canal and winter buries the city, he plays a desperate game of deception, pitting the underworld powers against his former colleagues in the secret police, hoping to find the source of the evil before it consumes him, and perhaps the city itself.
  
 
After an initial slow start, LOW TOWN picks up the pace and it’s obvious that Polansky finds the rhythm of his novel. The main character and narrator, Warden, isn’t just a stereotypical anti-hero. He becomes complex, especially when it’s accurately portrayed that Warden shouldn’t even be likable. As the local known drug dealer in Low Town, there shouldn’t be a lot to say for him. What makes the character work is how well he fits into his environment; Low Town is a section of a city where those in power would rather forget that it even exists. Because of that, the residents of Low Town have their own code of ethics and their own way of handling things. The people eke out a meager living barely having enough to live on and those that reside in Low Town have lived through tough times. Warden has grown up there and comes back after losing his job and his expectations are nothing more than surviving another day. He’s a realistic character and when he gets involved in a case involving the disappearing children of Low Town, he realizes he is one of the few with the resource to figure out what is going on.
  
Not to give the plot away, but there is definitely something that slithers around and goes bump in the night rampaging through Low Town, a force that Warden has seen once before and has plagued him with nightmares ever since. It’s a dark and creepy presence and is the grotesque horror aspect in the novel. LOW TOWN is a mix of detective story, with a little bit of fantasy thrown in and the macabre atmospheric tension of a great horror movie. I get the distinct impression by the set up that this won’t be the last readers have heard from Warden, and that he’ll show up in a sequel in the near future.

CLICK HERE to visit the book's official website

Visit your local bookstore to buy LOW TOWN, or order from one of these fine retailers:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Borders
IndieBound
Powell's Books
Random House

Monday, November 21, 2011

This week's Horror related DVD releases: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011


Here are the horror related DVD's coming out Tuesday, 11/22:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

*  CAPTIVE AUDIENCE
*  GREAT WHITE DEATH
HAUNTED CHANGI
HELLDRIVER [DVD & Blu-ray]
HOOKERS IN REVOLT
MY STEPDAD'S A FREAKIN' VAMPIRE
NAKED MASSACRE
RAYMOND DID IT
*  THEY ALL MUST DIE!
WHERE THE DOGS DIVIDE HER

Sunday, November 20, 2011

DVD Review: HIGANJIMA: ESCAPE FROM VAMPIRE ISLAND (2009)

 
HIGANJIMA:  ESCAPE FROM VAMPIRE ISLAND
Directed by:  Tae-gyun Kim
Distributed by:  FUNimation Entertainment

As I have stated before, I have never been a big fan of vampire movies.  I have always been more of a zombie type guy.  Well, I have seen some great vampire films lately (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, BLOOD), and I can now add FUNimation's latest live action film, HIGANJIMA: ESCAPE FROM VAMPIRE ISLAND, to my list of vampire movies I have thoroughly enjoyed.   I should have known when I saw FUNimation's name on the DVD case that I was in for a treat.  They are constantly putting out some of Japan's finest horror films!   Here is the basic plot of the film from the FUNimation website:

Akira and his ragtag group of teenage friends enter a world of danger and action when they land on the shores of Higanjima, an uncharted island that’s overrun by vampires.
After learning that his missing brother might be somewhere on the island, Akira leads his friends on a chilling adventure that takes them from Higanjima’s highest volcanic peaks into the subterranean chambers of the island’s ancient ruins. They’ll face entire villages of sword-wielding vampires while racing to stay a step ahead of winged she-beasts and giant gargoyles. Worst of all, the gang will encounter the deadly master of the island’s monsters: the pale, blood-sucking freakshow known as Miyabi. If the devilishly cruel Miyabi gets his way, none of the young heroes will live to see Akira’s brother – or the mainland – ever again.

This film is a must see for vampire fans.....no, not you "Twilight" vampire fans, I mean fans of REAL vampires!    Director Tae-gyun Kim does an excellent job with his first foray into the realm of horror films  (his previous films have all been dramas, romance films, an action, and even a comedy).  Kim seems right at home in the horror genre and I personally hope he will return to it sooner than later.

The cinematography of this film is amazing.  It is beautifully shot with some excellent scenery (some of which is obvious CG, but still impressive none the less).  The use of color always sticks out to me in films and this one is no different.   A blue tone seems to follow through the film, only to be starkly interrupted by the bright red of the blood that flows (or more, splatters) throughout the film.  

Yes, while most vampire movies really don't give you too much blood these days, HIGANJIMA gives enough for us gorehounds to be very happy.    As with most of the horror films from Japan, expect some great martial arts fight sequences as well.  These are well choreographed and pulled off extremely well by all the actors involved.   Speaking of the actors, the acting is this film is wonderful, not a bad one in the bunch that I can remember.   

My only complaint if I had to have one would be a running time.  At 122 minutes, I did feel the film drag just a bit at times, but it was nothing major and I was usually greeted with a great scene that was well worth the wait.  

Put this one your list if you are a fan of vampire films and/or martial arts films.  This one gives you the best of both worlds!

HIGANJIMA: ESCAPE FROM VAMPIRE ISLAND is out now on an awesome DVD / Blu-ray combo pack.  Special Features include a Making of Featurette and the original Japanese trailer. 



CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD / Blu-ray Combo Pack

Saturday, November 19, 2011

DVD Review: DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK (2009)

 
DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK
Written & Directed by: Jen Soska & Sylvia Soska

DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK wins two awards from me.  First off, it wins my award for best title ever!  Second off, it wins my most unexpectedly enjoyable film of the year.  Not to say I didn't think I would like this film, but I just really didn't know much about it and being the Soska Sisters first feature film, I had my concerns.  Well, you would never know this was a first feature from the directors.  I enjoyed this film more than I thought I would for sure.   For those that aren't familiar with this film, here is the basic plot courtesy of imdb.com:

Set in beautiful Vancouver, four friends set out on an everyday errand and end up in a fight for their lives when they discover the body of a dead hooker left in their trunk. Lead by a sexy, impulsive Badass, her distant Geek twin sister, their bible thumping, Jesus loving Goody Two Shoes friend, and a chaotic, rock star Junkie pal, the group has to put aside their differences to dispose of the body before they're next. Thrown into their own personal purgatory, they face off against persistent police, a sleazy motel manager, chainsaw wielding triads, and a brutal serial killer. All the while they are followed by a mysterious Cowboy Pimp who wants to claim the corpse for his own. Will they uncover the truth behind the body and be able to stand up to their demons? Buckle up and get ready for the ride of your life filled with gun fights, extreme violence, blood, guts, gore, and goats.

I really wasn't sure what I was getting into when I put this film into my DVD player. Was it really a Horror film?  Was it a drama or suspense film?  Was it a dark comedy?  The answer to those questions is YES, YES, and YES.   It is all those things plus a couple more genre's thrown in for good measure. 

The film is shot very well with some cool camera angles and shots.  The acting in this movie is superb for a low budget, independent film like this, especially from the Soska Sisters, who star in the film in addition to both writing and directing the film.  They are obviously just as good and comfortable in front of the camera as they are behind it.   The other acting job that really stuck out to me was that of C.J. Wallis playing the character of the goody two shoes, ultra religious kid.    He gave a very funny performance and provided a lot of comic relief among the blood and violence.

As I stated before, it is very hard to categorize this film.  It definitely has a lot of dark comedy elements to it, and reminded me a bit of the (very underrated film in my opinion) VERY BAD THINGS.   But don't worry, you gore hounds will have something to enjoy as well, as there is a LOT of blood in this film and some crazy scenes involving a dismembered arm and someone losing an eyeball.   That is all I will say about those things, as I don't want to spoil all the surprises for you.

Check out this movie as soon as you can.   It looks like that right now only a Region 2 DVD is available from Amazon.co.uk, but the film will be getting a Region 1 DVD release from IFC Midnight this coming January!

 
CLICK HERE to visit the film's official website and watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the REGION 2 DVD

Friday, November 18, 2011

I just got the new EVIL DEAD 2 Blu-ray for only $10 at my local Walmart Supercenter store!

  
I just found the new EVIL DEAD 2 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray at my local Walmart for only $10!!     What a crazy price!  I checked yesterday for the EVIL DEAD Blu-ray at my local Best Buy store and they don't even have it in the store to buy, you can only get it on their website  (Best Buy has a horrible selection of Horror DVD's these days by the way).   I don't usually buy DVD's at Walmart but when I was passing by that section yesterday, I thought, what the heck, won't hurt to check and see if they happen to have it for sale, and sure enough, this is what I saw when I checked the Blu-ray section!   I couldn't believe this brand new Blu-ray was only $10!  Needless to say I grabbed it up quick!!  Check your local Walmart stores if you are looking for this new Blu-ray edition of one of the greatest Horror films EVER in my opinion!!  

Thursday, November 17, 2011

DVD Review: HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN (2011)

 
HOBO WITH  A SHOTGUN
Directed by:  Jason Eisener
Distributed by:  Magnet Releasing / Magnolia Home Entertainment

I had heard nothing but good things about HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN.  In fact, I had heard so much good stuff about it, I was afraid that by the time I got to watch it, it would be over hyped and would be somewhat of a letdown for me.  Luckily, everything good you have heard about this film is spot on and I was not let down in the least.  This was one of the most enjoyable films I have seen in a long time!  Here is the basic plot synopsis courtesy of the Magnet Releasing website:

A train pulls into the station – it’s the end of the line. A hobo jumps from a freight car hoping for a fresh start in a new city. Instead, he finds himself trapped in an urban hell. This is a world where criminals rule the streets and Drake, the city’s crime boss, reigns supreme alongside his sadistic murderous sons, Slick & Ivan. Amidst the chaos, the hobo comes across a pawn shop window displaying a secondhand lawn mower. He dreams of making the city a beautiful place and starting a new life for himself. But as the brutality continues to rage around him, he notices a shotgun hanging above the lawn mower... Quickly, he realizes the only way to make a difference in this town is with that gun in his hand and two shells in its chamber...


I knew I was going to love this film from the very opening sequence, which was a nice throwback to the grindhouse films of the 70's.  In fact, this entire film is one love letter to the grindhouse era.  Rutger Hauer does a tremendous job portraying the Hobo, in fact, this could be Hauer's finest acting job to date.

From a technical standpoint, the film is perfectly done to fit in it's grindhouse tone.   One thing that really stuck out to me was the use of color in this film.  Sometimes the entire scene would be washed with a dark blue color, only to be interrupted by the spray of bright red blood.    The film contains some over the top gore, including a great beheading and, of course, many wounds caused by the Hobo's shotgun.

One this this film does not do is hold back anything....nothing and no one is safe.   Not even women and children are safe in this film, and the scene where a maniac takes a flam thrower to a school bus full of kids is just one instance that proves this.   The film is very brutal, in every since of the word, but that just makes you cheer for the Hobo that much more.  You really want to see him bring this city to justice.

It's not often that a director hits a home run with his first feature film, but Eisener has done just that with HOBO....I look forward to his future films.  Keep an eye on this guy, he could be the next great up and coming horror director!


CLICK HERE to visit the official website and watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD or Blu-ray


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Congratulations to the winners of the latest 4H giveaway!!

Congratulations goes out to our guy, Murphy Screams, and our gal, Lissa Lycan, the winners of the latest 4H Blog Giveaway!   Murphy and Lissa each have won an AUTOGRAPHED copy of SCARLET FRY'S JUNKFOOD HORRORFEST, courtesy of director Walter Ruether

Don't worry if you didn't win, you can still purchase a DVD of JUNKFOOD HORRORREST by CLICKING HERE.
Stay tuned for the next great giveaway from HAYES HUDSON'S HOUSE OF HORROR!!!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

This week's Horror related DVD releases: Tuesday, November 15th, 2011


Here are this week's horror related DVD's coming out tomorrow, 11/15:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

BEING HUMAN:  The Complete 1st Season  [DVD & Blu-ray]
BITE MARKS
EVIL DEAD 2:  25th Anniversary Edition  [DVD & Blu-ray] 
FADING OF THE CRIES
HUMONGOUS
THE OPEN DOOR

Another EVIL DEAD 2 release...well, I guess it has been a year or so since the last one!  HA!  But die hard fans like me will probably shell out the $20 for this new release.  Actually, this release does have a ton of new special features, so at least we wont be totally wasting our money!

It's your last chance to enter the latest 4H blog giveaway! Win a FREE Autogrpahed DVD!!!

Tomorrow, 11/15, is the deadline for entering the latest DVD giveaway!   One guy and one gal reader of my blog will each get an AUTOGRAPHED copy of Scarlet Fry's JUNKFOOD HORRORFEST!!
Enter now before it's too late!   
CLICK HERE to visit the original contest post to get your name in the drawing for the FREE Autographed DVD!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

DVD Review: 11/11/11 (2011)

---Review by contributing writer Scott Baker------
  
Written & Directed by:  Keith Allan
Distributed by:  The Asylum
 
There’s something extremely unnerving about kids who are set to bring about the end of the world, especially when they are not even teenagers yet. Obviously, this sense of foreboding is due in part to the common belief about the ‘innocence of childhood’. This is supposed to be a time of exploration, wonderment, and growth...not dread, brimstone, and fire. The Asylum’s 11/11/11 is a nifty jaunt into this child-terror territory.
 
If you are not familiar with 11/11/11, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of imdb.com:
 
Jack and Melissa are frightened by their son's bizarre and violent behavior; they soon learn that he is the gateway to the Apocalypse, and it will happen on his birthday, 11-11-11.
 
First off, let me start this review by giving The Asylum a nod of congrats. I have butchered a few of their movies in the past, but am happy to report 11/11/11 delivers an entertaining and memorable trip. This is not a perfect movie, but it is well done and definitely worth checking out.
 
One aspect of the film that really grabbed me early on is the dark tone of the film. You can tell pretty much from the onset that nothing good is going to happen here. As the family moves into their new home and the slightly-different neighbors start to show up, you get a sense that things are going to go downhill quickly. And boy, do they. Half of what makes this movie work is how uncomfortable you feel as you watch the family deal with these quirky people.
 
The acting is impressive as well. Previous Asylum films have really lacked in this department, but I have to admit that the cast of 11/11/11 does an excellent job. The special effects are also top notch, with several nice blood splatters and even a freaky levitation scene.
 
But as good as the movie is, it does have some downsides as well. For one thing, the story is never fully developed. We do not know exactly what will happen (to mankind) if the Devil is reborn in the boy. Nor are we told what exactly happened at the beginning of the movie (there is a massacre...but it never explains who it was that was killed or why).
 
Another downfall is the lack of explanation as to who the neighbors really are and how they know who Nathan (the boy) is. These actually don’t hurt the story too badly while you’re watching the movie, but the questions will definitely arise as the credits roll.
 
Otherwise, 11/11/11 is an entertaining flick and one that I’m glad I watched BEFORE today (which is Friday, 11/11/2011). I especially liked the very ending of this movie, as it leaves you with a sense of awe and dread. I won’t give it away, so you can check it out for yourself. Definitely give this one a look.
 
MSB

 
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD

CLICK HERE to visit the official website of The Asylum

Friday, November 11, 2011

Zombie Hayes is going under the knife today, so expect a delay on new posts for a few days.....

   
 I just wanted to give you heads up that I will be undergoing nose surgery in just a few hours!! Apparently I have a septum that has deviated from the norm.  We are going to set him straight today.  Not a major surgery by any means, but it does mean I will probably not feel like doing much for the next few days except laying in bed. But who knows, it might go perfectly and I will feel fine tomorrow, you never know.  But just in case you don't see a new post for a few days, I wanted to let you know why.  Well, wish me luck....and pray my doctor is not this guy:

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Blu-ray Review: FRANKENHOOKER (1990)

 
FRANKENHOOKER
Written and Directed by:  Frank Henenlotter
Distributed by:  Synapse films

I love the 80's horror films.  That is my favorite era of horror films.  While technically this is not an 80's movie since it's production date is listed as 1990,  to me, FRANKENHOOKER is an 80's horror film in every aspect.   Cheesy dialog....check.  Bad acting....check.  Horrible hair and clothes.....check!  
Before I go on with the review, here is the basic plot for those that aren't familiar with  it, from the Synapse films website:

When Jeffrey Franken’s fiancĂ©e is chopped to pieces by the blades of a remote-controlled lawnmower, he uses his dubious medical knowledge to try to bring her back to life. He reassembles his beloved Elizabeth using the body parts of New York City’s finest prostitutes, and resurrects her during a heavy lightning storm. Unfortunately for Jeffrey, his dear Elizabeth’s brain is scrambled and she runs amok on 42nd Street, turning tricks and bringing high-voltage death to her customers!

I had never seen FRANKENHOOKER until watching it just the other night.  This is one of those films that I have always known about, but just never have seen.  I remember as a kid in Jr. High going to the video store and always seeing the case for FRANKENHOOKER.  I never figured my Mom and Dad would let me rent a movie with the word "hooker" in the title, so I never even bothered to try renting this one. 
Well, it's 20 years later and I can't get in trouble from Mom and Dad for watching FRANKENHOOKER now....although I did have to deal with "the look" and a roll of the eyes from my wife when she saw the case to the movie I was watching!  HA!  I'm used to that though, so I can deal with it.

FRANKENHOOKER is a blast!  It's exactly what you think it is going to be based on the name and by looking at the pics on the back of the case.    Some, no,...most ALL of the acting is pretty bad, but that's is part of the fun of this film.  Check out the ridiculously bad acting skills of the actor that plays Zorro, the main pimp in the film.   He steals each scene he is in with his acting skills, or lack thereof. 

So you can't go into this film expecting Oscar worthy acting, but you will get a fun film with some cool effects.  The main character, Jeffrey, finds or invents some sort of serum that keeps body parts alive.  At one point in the film, all the body parts he is keeping get mixed up and morph into each other, turning  into weird body part creature things.  They are crazy looking and were my favorite part of the film, aside from Frankenhooker herself, of course.

This is a great, fun film that I would recommend to all of you that are fans of campy, 80's horror films.

Synapse films has been putting out some excellent Blu-rays of classic horror films, and this is no exception.   Synapse films has packed this Blu-ray with some awesome special features including:

  • AUDIO COMMENTARY with Director Frank Henenlotter and Make-Up Effects Designer Gabe   Bartalos 

  • A SALAD THAT WAS ONCE NAMED ELIZABETH - Patty Mullen Featurette

  • A STITCH IN TIME: THE MAKE-UP EFFECTS OF FRANKENHOOKER - Featurette

  • TURNING TRICKS: JENNIFER DELORA REMEMBERS FRANKENHOOKER - Featurette

  • ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER

  • REVERSIBLE/ALTERNATE COVER ARTWORK




  • CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
    CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray

    Monday, November 7, 2011

    This week's Horror related DVD releases: Tuesday, November 8th, 2011


    Here are the horror related DVD's coming out Tuesday, 11/8:
    (click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

    7 NIGHTS OF DARKNESS
    CROWBAR:  THE KILLING OF WENDELL GRAVES
    FRANKENHOOKER  [Blu-ray]
    IN A GLASS CAGE  [DVD & Blu-ray]
    I SOLD MY SOUL TO SATAN
    *  SATAN'S BLOOD
    SKELETON KEY 3:  THE ORGAN TRAIL
    THANKSKILLING
    ZOMBIE 4:  AFTER DEATH  [Blu-ray]

    Sunday, November 6, 2011

    The latest 4H DVD Giveaway has been extended! If you have not entered yet, go do so now to win a free autographed DVD!!!

       
    Well, the latest 4H contest was officially over this past Friday night,  but with only 11 readers entered to win the DVDs I have decided to extend the entry deadline another week.   I think we can do better than 11 entries, I mean, who wouldn't want an awesome, FREE, DVD....and one that is autographed as well!!  What a cool collectible to own!!  I wish I could win a copy!! HA!   The film is SCARLET FRY'S JUNKFOOD HORRORFEST and co-director Walter Ruether has been nice enough to offer 2 copies to give away to a couple of my readers, both signed by host Scarlet Fry!   One guy and one gal will each win a copy! 

    I have extended the deadline to next Tuesday the 15th.  Comments must be left on the original contest post by next Tuesday night and winner will be picked the next day, Wednesday the 16th.  Comments must be added to the comments section on the original contest post, not this post.
      
    CLICK HERE to go to the original contest post and enter to win!!!

    Saturday, November 5, 2011

    Movie review: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 (2011)

      

    PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3
    Directed by:  Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman
     
      
    I went and saw PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 last week and I have had to do some thinking before I just threw my review together.  This wasn't a movie I just loved so much I had to tell everyone about it, nor was it a movie I just hated so much I felt the need to immediately post about it and let people know about it.   I ended up with mixed feelings about the film.  Overall, it was good and it is definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of the previous two films.  Here is the brief plot synopsis of the 3rd film from imdb.com:

    In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home.

    HA!  I said it was  brief plot synopsis, didn't I!  Well, that pretty much sums up the plot, you know from seeing the other 2 films what the movie is about basically.   The film starts off kinda slow, but I remember the other 2 films doing that too.  Only small stuff happens at first, then it just gets crazier and crazier as the movie goes on.

    I was afraid at first this movie was going to be just like the other two....when I saw the first door move by itself.  I thought to my self that we have seen this before, and was afraid we were just in for a retread of the past two films.   Well, with good and bad results, this was not a just a retread of the past two films.  PA3 amped it up a bit and went well above and beyond the story of the first 2 films.   This had mixed results for me. 

    I knew this film was going to be different when I saw a sheet with what looked like a small child under it go into the kitchen where the baby sitter was sitting....but when the babysitter turned around, the sheet just fell to the ground as it nothing was under it at all.  I knew then that we were going to see more of the physical presence of the demon that was haunting the house.   

    The filmmakers also introduced a new camera technique that worked quite well.   The Dad puts the camera on an old oscillating fan, letting him scan two rooms with one camera.  This was a cool idea and led to some great scenes, as just as you think you are about to see something in one room, the camera then cuts away as it pans to the next room.  This creates a very suspenseful aspect for us the viewers.

    One thing that I didn't quite like about the film was the introduction of  the coven of witches with has something to do with the demon in the house, but the film never quite explains as to what they are doing and how they are involved.   I don't want to say much about this, as I don't want to totally ruin it for you if you haven't seen it yet, but this move seemed a little over the top to me.  

    The film does contains some of the bigger scares found in any of the 3 films.  Kudos to the filmmaker for making this film goer literally jump in his seat...multiple times! 

    I think this movie must be seen in a theater to really enjoy it.  I have seen the other 2 films both in the theater and they are so much fun when sitting in a crowd and witnessing people's reactions to the film.   PA3 probably got the best reactions for sure, and I went on a weeknight with in a theater that was probably only 1/3 full.  Yet we had some group of girls around us that screamed at the top of their lungs at 2 or 3 points in the film.   This really helps the experience of watching these films I think. 

    Overall, I would recommend this for sure if you are a fan of the other 2 films. This is a prequel, so it is good to get some back story on Katie and Kristi to see how all this started.

    PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 is playing in theaters now!

     
    CLICK HERE to visit the official website and watch the trailer

    Thursday, November 3, 2011

    Check out the crazy trailer for the newest exorcism film, THE DEVIL INSIDE

    When I went to see PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 this last week, I was blown away by this crazy trailer for the film THE DEVIL INSIDE.  Here is the basic plot from imdb.com:

    In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism.

    Check out the trailer...I think this could be one hell of a ride!  THE DEVIL INSIDE is scheduled to hit theaters Janurary 6th, 2012.


    CLICK HERE to watch the trailer

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    HAYES HUDSON'S HOUSE OF HORRORS wins the ZOMBIE LOVE AWARD from Itsonrandom.com!


    I want to take a moment to thank Britnie from the awesome zombie blog, itsonrandom.com, for choosing me as one of the 2 monthly winners of the Zombie Love Award!!  Each month, Britnie gives this award to 2 bloggers that she feels has devoted some good post to anything dealing with zombies!!   I am honored to accept this award and I urge all you zombie fans out there to check out itsonrandom.com asap!!


    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    This week's Horror related DVD releases: Tuesday, November 1st, 2011


    Here are the horror related DVD's that came out today, 11/1:
    (Click a title to see a trailer for that film)

    11/11/11 
    THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA  (1925) [Blu-ray]

    Wow!  Not much coming out this week at all!  Pretty typical right after the pre Halloween push of DVD's I guess.   11/11/11 looks like it could be good....I will have a review of that posted for you soon, so check back later for that!