Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trick 'r Treat (2007)


Trick 'r Treat (USA, 2007) - Color, Director(s): Michael Dougherty
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 15]
Approx. 82 min.

Z-rating: 10 out of 10 stars for successfully capturing the Halloween spirit in a horror anthology

I know this was last year's most talked about Halloween movie, but I thought it captured the spirit of Halloween so well that it couldn't hurt to review it this year too. Originally slated for a 2007 release, this film was pushed back all the way until it received a direct-to-DVD release in Oct. 2009. The buzz around this movie was unbelievable, even people who don't like horror movies was talking about this one. Not knowing anything about this film, I went into not knowing what to expect. What I got was probably the best Halloween movie that's actually about Halloween night. (Usually it's about some kind of demon, monster, or spirit that is free to roam around on Halloween night) Besides, this year Halloween lands on Scary Sunday.... so I just felt like I had to post a review up today

This movie starts with a cute couple returning home after a night of Halloween high jinks. The yard is littered with Halloween decor and the girl says she wants it cleaned up seeing as her mother was coming in the morning. Taking off her costume, she prepares for the task at hand. Something jumps out at her from underneath one of the "ghost" sheets and we see her struggle with it momentarily until the sheets splatter with her blood, staining it from the inside, as she's stabbed repeatedly with what looks to be a sharpened lollipop. The boyfriend awakes later after waiting all night for his girl to come to bed but she never showed. He goes looking for her, only to find her murdered and strung up on a cross with a lollipop jammed in her mouth.

The first of four Halloween-related short stories opens with a chubby kid walking around, smashing pumpkins and stealing candy. He stops at a house to fill up on candy and, as luck would have it, the house belongs to the principal (Dylan Baker) at his school. Forced to stay and chat with the principal, he starts in on a chocolate bar only to find that it's laced with poison. After puking up his entire night's worth of candy all over the front porch, the principal drags tubby inside and attempts to hide the body. The rest of this segment is a dark comedy about the principals misadventures while trying to dispose of the body.

The following segment is probably my favorite, a group of kids are traveling from house to house collecting Jack-o'-lanterns. Their plan is to pay their respects to the poor children of the "Halloween School Bus Massacre". Legend has it that the parents of a group of special ed children pooled their money together and paid off the bus driver to make sure that they never return. He chains them up by an old abandoned rock quarry but one of them breaks free and drives the bus off the cliff. Crashing into the lake below, the children were never heard from again. What began as a harmless Halloween ritual quickly became a practical joke gone wrong... but being Halloween night, who is the joke really on?

Next up we have the super sexy Anna Paquin (Rogue from X-men) in a segment about a group of lovely, lovely ladies in search of dates for a party. The other girls all seem to have dates already except for Paquin, who breaks off from the group to look for hers. As this is happening, a mysterious man in a mask is shown seducing and then biting the neck of a female companion. After realizing that he's not playing around, she tries to escape through a maze of alleyways but is cut off by the guy and drained of her life. This mysterious figure eventually crosses paths with the lovely Anna Paquin and follows her through the woods. The tables are turned when this helpless little lamb is more dangerous than she appears.

The final story of this four-part anthology introduces Sam, the mysterious trick-or-treater in orange that we see all throughout the movie. An elderly man (Brian Cox who was also William Stryker from X-men 2) is attacked by Sam and, during the struggle, we learned that Sam isn't human. His origins aren't explained but I think he is supposed to be the embodiment of the Halloween spirit. After several unsuccessful attempts to kill the little bugger, he's outmatched by the creature and is about to be finished by off by the sharpened lollipop... when the lollipop pieces through a candy bar first, leaving the old man unscathed. Satisfied with the candy, Sam takes his leave but not before instilling the spirit of Halloween deep into the soul of this grumpy old man.

In the final act, the old man is shown passing out candy to trick-or-treaters... finally in the spirit of Halloween. He looks up to see the different characters in the earlier segments at different times during the night. Cursing this night under his breath, he shuts the door but before his night if over... he gets one final visit from a very special group of trick-or-treaters...

Nudity: There were a few boobs at the party in the woods in the segment involving Anna Paquin. (not her boobs though) Not too much nudity but very classy nonetheless

Gore: Not a very gory movie, this movie had blood and a lot of implied violence. This movie works perfectly with minimal gore and nudity because it is the amazing storytelling that's the star of the show here.

Awesome: VERY. I absolutely love how the stories are interwoven. If you pay attention closely, you can see characters and events from other stories in the background or in quick flashes. The impression that it gives me is that creepy feeling that anything can happen on Halloween night. Great acting, cool rock music, hot chick partying, scary shit happening. I can't rave about this movie enough. Do yourself a favor, if you haven't seen this movie, just go buy it. You'll like it, you know you will.

Halloween 2010

 Happy Halloween!!!


So you're throwing a Halloween party this year and you need some movies to rent. You walk through the aisles of your local video store and notice that all the copies of Saw, Halloween, Friday the 13th, The Ring, The Grudge, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and all the "usual" movies are gone. That's because people generally rent the same movies every single Halloween... year after year. So for Halloween this year, break the monotony and rent some movies that will really give your party guests something to talk about...

I will break down my suggestions in two ways: first I will set up an Alternative Movies List where I try to suggest movies in the same vein as popular rentals for Halloween, then I will arrange them into playlists that I think will work best for a party.

Alternative Movies List

Tired of watching these same movies every year? Try substituting any film with one of the suggested titles:

Saw
Cube(1997)
The Collector (2009)

The Ring/The Grudge
The Echo (2008)
Bunshinsaba (2004)
Sick Nurses (2007)
Cinderella (2006)

Friday the 13th/Halloween
The Hills Run Red (2009)
Hatchet (2006)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Hills Run Red (2009)
Storm Warning (2007)

The Hills Have Eyes
Wrong Turn (2003)
Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007)

The Last House on the Left
Eden Lake (2008)


As far as playing these movies goes (obviously you couldn't play them ALL in one night), here is the recommended hierarchy in which I would play these films. Mix and match whatever you deem appropriate for your audience: 

Filler - movies I would play while guests are still arriving or have playing in the background while party guests mingle

Jeepers Creepers (2001)
Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)
Lake Placid (1999)
Otis (2008)
Creep (2004)

Starters - movies that people might remember or catch their attention and get people to start settling in

Dog Soldiers (2002)
Night of the Demons (1988)
Night of the Demons (2010)
Splinter (2008)
Feast (2005)
Feast II: Sloppy Seconds (2008)
Feast III: The Happy Finish (2009)
Demons (1985)
Maniac! (1980)
Creepshow (1982)

Main Attractions - when everyone is seated and quiet, you can break out the big guns

Predators (2010)
The Echo (2008)
Hatchet (2006)
Wrong Turn (2003)
Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007)
The Hills Run Red (2009)
Day of the Dead (1985)
The Collector (2009)
Three... Extremes (2004)
High Tension (2003)
[REC] (2007)
Art of the Devil II (2005)
Bunshinsaba (2004)
Cinderella (2006)
Sick Nurses (2007)
Wind Chill (2007)
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

Extreme/Hardcore - use for extra kick

Martyrs (2007)
Eden Lake (2008)
Storm Warning (2007)

Now I will try to arrange them into generic playlists that you can follow if you don't want to read the reviews and pick your own movies. If you're in the mood for... 

Zombies

Creepshow (1982)
[REC] (2007) 
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) 
Day of the Dead (1985)

Also of interest: Zombieland (2009), Dead Snow (2009)

Violent Slashers

Maniac! (1980)
High Tension (2003) 
Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007)
Hatchet (2006)
The Hills Run Red (2009)

Also of interest: Art of the Devil II (2005), Bloody Reunion (2006)

Supernatural

Wind Chill (2007)
Bunshinsaba (2004)
The Echo (2008)
Sick Nurses (2007)
Cinderella (2006)  

Also of interest: The Uninvited (2003), Stir of Echoes (1999)

Mixed Bag

Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007)
Three... Extremes (2004)
The Echo (2008)
Hatchet (2006)
Predators (2010)

Also of interest: [REC] (2007), The Hills Run Red (2009), High Tension (2003)

Hopefully everyone finds this useful, I wish I had a bigger database of movies to pull from but I wrote all the reviews for this post over the past month. I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween!!!

Also, check out my personal Top 10 Favorite Horror Movies list.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Predators (2010)


Predators (USA, 2010) - Color, Director(s): Nimród Antal
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 18]
Approx. 107 min.

Z-rating: 10 out of 10 stars for being the most bad ass movie of the YEAR

Oh sweet lord of mercy, why the hell didn't I watch this when it was still out in theaters?!? Adrien Brody is one bad ass motherfucker in this movie. This is probably the most adrenaline-pumping, heart-pounding, action-packed movie of the YEAR!!! I know everyone, myself included, made a big hullabaloo about Inception. And why not? That movie was intelligent, thought-provoking, mind-bending, and extremely exciting to watch. But while assholes that just saw the movie prefer to stand around waxing poetically about how great a movie it was to have significantly altered their perception of reality in such a profound manner, I would much rather watch Brody and his ragtag band of warriors stomp a mudhole into some extraterrestrial ASS.

The film literally opens with Brody falling from the sky, he awakens to find himself in free fall and desperately tries to open his parachute but to no avail. Once in close enough proximity, the chute deploys automatically but still drops him hard onto the ground below. After regaining his composure, he happens upon Machete... or, I mean, Danny Trejo. Trejo plays a Mexican drug cartel enforcer by the name of Cuchillo, which is Spanish for knife. There's also an RUF officer, an death row inmate, a Spetsnaz solider, an Israeli sniper, some Yakuza guy, and a random doctor (Topher Grace). As they venture through the jungle in search of who brought them together and why, different situations cause bonds of trust and camaraderie to be deepen between some of the characters. After coming to a clearing and seeing the planets that lined the sky, they realize that they're not even on Earth anymore. Following the first attack wave of what appears to be a pack of alien hunting dogs, they also come to the conclusion that this planet must be some kind of game reserve and they're the ones being hunted. Will a band of the best killers on Earth be enough to ace the best hunters in the universe?

Perhaps with the help of Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), they might be able to find a way to turn the tables on these intergalactic bounty hunters. The ensemble cast of characters makes the story rich and interesting as you find out a little about each person's past. Also, their penchant for violence are each distinct to their individual personalities. Best line in the movie comes when the inmate jumps on a Predator's back screaming, "Die, you space faggot!!" as he shanks him repeatedly. While this movie had its laughs, there were some genuinely creepy moments like when Trejo's character continues to call out for help even after the Sniper Girl puts him out of his misery. If you don't think being hunted by an advanced race of alien hunters is scary, then you're a better man than I am.

Nudity: None, wasn't even necessary.

Gore: Fantastic!!! People are blown to bits, multiple decapitations of multiple species, and one guy gets his entire spinal column ripped out of his back. Totally awesome....

Awesome: Without a doubt, the coolest movie of the year. That's saying a lot since it's going up against Machete, Piranha 3D, Inception, and Step Up 3D. (yeah RIGHT!!! Step Up 3D, my ass....) Predators is non-stop, jaw-dropping action all the way with scenes of intense combat. At one point, the Japanese Yakuza guy finds an ancient katana and actually has an old school duel with a Predator in an open field. How fucking bad ass IS that?



This is definitely one to get on Blu-Ray.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Night of the Demons (2010)


Night of the Demons (USA, 2010) - Color, Director(s): Adam Gierasch
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 18]
Approx. 93 min.

Z-rating: 8 out of 10 stars for hilariously fun entertainment.

Fans of the original rejoice!!! This is definitely one watchable remake if you ask me, I don't understand all the negative reviews about this movie. (I guess any time you're dealing with a remake, you're bound to have some pissed off fans of the original) I'm usually one those guys that will hate a remake because I feel like it doesn't live up to the original (i.e. Quarantine, Day of the Dead) but in this case, I absolutely LOVED this remake. I felt like the original was a very good cult classic, but even that was a B-movie. So the fact that this remake is a B-movie as well shouldn't matter.

As this movie starts, we see a silent movie intro as a woman hangs herself and completely loses her head. Flash forward 85 years, and we're looking over the shoulder of Angela Feld (played by the lovely Shannon Elizabeth of American Pie and Scary Movie fame.) as she is blasting out invitations to what is sure to be the biggest Halloween party of the year at Broussard mansion. A group of girls are then shown getting ready for the party and we get a little background info on them plus character development for some of the other party guests. (As well as, *GASP* fucking John Connor? So this is what he does when he's not fighting robots to save the future of humanity, eh? ...dealing drugs and fighting demons!!! With his girlfriend Monica Keena, the final girl from Freddy vs. Jason, who I'm sure gained a ton of experience fighting supernatural beings. They're like some power couple of humanity-defending, world-saving, heroes. Awesome to the MAX!!!)

Once everyone gets to the party, it looks like a really happening scene until the cops come to bust everything up. Apparently Angela forgot to get a permit to charge admission to tonight's party, leaving her high and dry after the police clears everyone out. The only people left are the original two groups (guys and girls that hook up for this party) and John Connor who tossed his stash down a vent when popos arrived. Angela takes John Connor down to look for the basement when they happen upon a door that's been sealed off. Inside of it, they find 6 bodies arranged in particular pattern which coincides with black magic. In light of this realization they revisit the tale of poor Evangeline Broussard, the night she held her séance and mistakenly summoned a group of "bad ass" demons from Hell. Angela sees a gold tooth in one of the bodies but as she reaches for it, she's bitten by the decrepit old skeleton. Now possessed, she begins to spread the chaos by biting or kissing others. What comes to follow is ton of blood and guts soaked mayhem, including an update on the old lipstick-in-the-boob gag. Much like the original, they're fighting to make it until dawn. Only on Halloween night do these demons have the freedom to possess living bodies. Does John Connor still have what it takes to stop yet another threat on humanity?

Keep an eye out for a cameo by Linnea Quigley, the girl that stuck the lipstick in her boob in the original, as she hands out candy to two little girls.

Nudity: Aside from the boobs that would obviously have to be present for sticking lipstick into, there is a scene where John Connor goes to meet his supplier at the nightclub that I assume he owns. Inside of this club, there's a topless bartender and a stripper working the pole.

Nice! Boobs trump gravity, every time.
Gore: Tons of blood and nastiness in this film as people are killed by demons in different ways. Faces being torn off, tentacles coming out of titties, boobs getting ripped off. Typical gory horror movie, so I give this a very satisfying 4 out of 5.

Awesome: While I will admit that this lacks a certain... charm that the original had, this is without a doubt one of the better remakes of a film that I already liked. What I liked about this remake was that it was completely original. While it retained some of the more important elements of the original (graphic violence and outrageous gross-out gags) it breaks away from a lot of the common stereotypes that can be found in horror movies these days. The biggest example, and also one of the biggest reasons why I love this movie so much, is when the hand comes out of the mirror at the main girl of this film. She's looking in the mirror and the camera's on both her face and the mirror... this usually signifies that something is about to jump out, but nothing does. Then she opens the mirror to look at the stuff that's on the shelf behind the mirror and right when she closes it.... nothing. Then as she's just looking into the mirror, a hand suddenly reaches out through the mirror and grabs her. I absolutely LOVE how they took the typical visual cues that we're used to seeing in other horror films and tweaked them so we don't know what to expect.



[Also, check out my review of the original Night of the Demons]

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cube (1997)


Cube (Canada, 1997) - Color, Director(s): Vincenzo Natali
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 15]
Approx. 90 min.

Z-rating: 8 out of 10 stars

This Horror/Sci-Fi film from our neighbors to the North is a "group of seemingly random strangers trapped in a room together" thriller and, despite sharing similar concepts, predates both Saw and The Collector. This paranoid psychological thriller has an ex-con, a student, a cop, an engineer, a social worker, and mentally challenged fellow all trapped inside a giant cube structure. With no idea how they got there, who put them there, or why they're there... they start looking for a way out. Some of the rooms are booby trapped, causing injury or death if you enter the wrong ones. Each one of the doors to a new room has numeric clues that can be deciphered using a mathematical formula. As the student is hard at work deciphering the clues, paranoia and distrust sets in amongst the others in the group. Will they be able to work together long enough to find a way out? Or will their growing suspicions of one another threaten to drive them apart?

I liked this movie because it was very original and had a fantastic story. (seems like Saw II borrows a lot from this movie) This film is also a pretty accurate portrayal of the true nature of people when they are put into desperate situations.

Nudity: None

Gore: There are a few violent scenes when traps are triggered (wouldn't wanna spoil them here, would ya?) but overall, this film isn't as violent or bloody as Saw is.

Awesome: Very. Despite lacking the excessive gore and violence, which is obviously the biggest attraction of Saw, this film relies more on tension to build suspense in the scenes. Surprisingly, not too many people have seen or even heard of this film. So if you're looking for something to play in place of Saw II this year, throw this on for a try. This film has since spawned a sequel, Cube 2: Hypercube and a prequel, Cube Zero.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sublime (2007)


Sublime (USA, 2007) - Color, Director(s): Tony Krantz
MPAA Rating: R
Approx. 113 min.

Z-rating: 6 out of 10 stars for a disturbing concept

A man (Tom Cavanagh, who also plays JD's brother from the TV show Scrubs) goes to the hospital for a routine colonoscopy but wakes up in a strange room where he's being kept against his will. A strange mix-up causes him to receive an unnecessary surgery and now must stay for observation as a result of the operation. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Freddie 'Boom Boom' Washington from Welcome Back, Kotter) gives a frightening performance as Mandingo, a strange orderly wearing glasses and a red bow tie that replaces the drugs in his IV every night. (Oh, and sometimes kills patients by crushing their rib cages while they're immobilized in bed) He demands to be released and see his family but his requests were denied as they continued to hold him and give him more seemingly unnecessary operations. As things start getting stranger and more outlandish, he begins to realize that what he's trapped in is his own nightmares after someone botches his operation. What I liked about this film is that it shows the situation from both the perspective of the patient as well as his family. This film also marks the second direct-to-video release from Raw Feed.

Nudity: There's a scene in his "dreams" where the nurse blames herself for putting him there and offers her body for consolation. We get to see a side shot of her tits as she rides him, revealing the tattoo on her back that you see on the cover.

Gore: There isn't a lot of gore in this film but there is one extremely cringe-inducing scene involving a pair of pruning shears and this guy's hand.

Awesome: This movie had an interesting concept but felt like it was trying to push a message or some hidden agenda. Regardless, the reason I was recommending this film is because I know there are people out there who are afraid of hospitals, don't trust nurses and doctors, and are probably afraid of surgery. This film covers all of that and gets pretty tense and paranoid at times. Although I enjoyed the movie, there were parts where the story got a little confusing for me. Also, I think it kinda fell apart towards the end for me. Hence the lower score but definitely not a bad movie by any means.
[Interesting tidbit: Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs can be seen in his "Mandingo" costume working as an orderly in the film Otis, which shares director Tony Krantz)

Review Featured on Yam Laranas' Blog

Yam Laranas: It's inspiring when you get appreciated

SWEET, thank you so much Yam Laranas for featuring my review of The Echo (2008) on your blog!!! Everyone should definitely check out this film cause it is seriously the creepiest movie I've seen in a long time. Without a doubt the creepiest movie I've stumbled onto this Halloween.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Storm Warning (2007)


Storm Warning (Australia, 2007) - Color, Director(s): Jamie Blanks
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 18]
Approx. 86 min.

Z-rating: 7.5 out of 10 stars for realistic violence and gruesome brutality

Alright! My first review of a film from the land down under and, if there are any more like this, hopefully it won't be my last. This film from director Jamie Blanks (Urban Legend, Valentine) reminds me a bit of I Spit on Your Grave but without the rape scene in the beginning so the first half of this movie is a little slow. (She almost gets raped, she doesn't but she gets revenge on them anyway) Also, reminds me a bit of Deliverance in that it's about a boating trip gone wrong when they run into a bunch of backwoods hicks that have their way with them. Despite the slow first half, be warned that when this movie picks up its pace... it is unrelentingly brutal until the bitter end.

The film starts with a couple going on a boating/fishing trip but are accidentally caught in a violent storm and end up at a house inhabited by a family of sadistic backwoods hicks. When they first arrive at the house, no one was home so they just let themselves in to get out of the storm. They discover a shed full of marijuana out back but before they're done snooping around, the two boys of the family return home. (brandishing shotguns nonetheless!) After the initial confusion, the two owners of the house seemed a little surprised but somewhat understanding. (even going as far as to offer the use of their facilities and whatnot) Things aren't all they appear to be as the two good ol' boys steal the couple's clothes while they're in the shower. This leads to a confrontation and a brief moment of conflict arises between both parties before the two hicks get their way. While seeing the wife standing there half-naked, the boys ask for a little.... quid pro quo if ya know what I mean. (wink, wink... nudge, nudge) After forcing her to kill and cook a wallaby with a sadistic amount of glee, they take the couple out to the barn and are about to rape the girl when their father awakes. “Poppy”, as they call him, comes down to toss a beating to one of his sons and tells the couple that they'll be dealt with later. The moment that they're first left alone in the barn is the pivotal turning point of this movie. This marks the exact moment that the woman stops being a victim and takes matters into her own hands. First off, she booby traps her vagina in case those pig fucking yokels come back and try to violate her again. After setting up another trap for the barn, they lie in wait for one of them to return. When one of the sons comes back to kill the husband, they fire off the trap which launches a ton of razors, sharp objects, and fish hooks which embed deep into his face and hang him from the ceiling. She grabs his shotty and tries to blow him away but it's out of ammo. When he starts to pull his head out from the hooks, tearing large chunks out of his face along the way, she grabs a hammer and mercilessly bludgeons him to death. From here on out, the woman does all the work to save their ass while the husband limps around on his busted leg like a useless asshole. Without giving away too much of the rest of the movie, let's just say that the wife turns out to be a total savage. She seems like your typical naggy, annoying female character in horror movies toward the beginning but when the second half kicks in... she's pushed to the point of desperation and rises up to meet the challenge instead of crumpling under the pressure. But is her strong will alone enough to get them out of this crazy situation?

Nudity: Not much, the two sons ask for a good look at the wife's ass and she's got a pretty nice one. (If you're an ass man, it's worth checking out) Other than that, you can see her nipples poking out through her shirt but no other nudity that I can remember.

Gore: 5 out of 5. With how slow the first half of this film was, I was not expecting the surprising amount of violence that was going to occur in the second half of this film. There are only about 3 or 4 scenes of extreme violence or brutality, though it's not about the amount of violence but the quality of the scenes. The hammer bludgeoning scene was so effectively gut-wrenching that the boring first half was undoubtedly worth the wait.

Awesome: Pretty damn awesome. One thing I will say about the female character is that I liked how she was intelligent even when she was acting like a “helpless victim”. When asked to show her booty to the backwoods yokels, instead of freaking out and looking to the husband for help... she says that it's okay and gives into their demands to avoid drawing the ire of the two hillbillies. Her courage in the face of danger, intelligence, and savagery are the real stars of the film.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Creepshow (1982)


Creepshow (USA, 1982) - Color, Director(s): George A. Romero
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 18]
Approx. 120 min.

Z-rating: 7.5 out of 10 stars

A movie that was written by Stephen King, directed by George A. Romero, with special effects by Tom Savini?! (I think I just jizzed in my pants!) This film is every kid that grew up reading horror comics' wet dream. Stephen King's son, Joe King, plays young Billy who is getting screamed at for "wasting" time on horror comics in two segments at the beginning and the end of this film. You see, Billy's dad doesn't want him reading horror comics. He thinks the stuff is garbage and will rot his son's mind, so he takes the comic book from him and smacks him a good one to show him who's boss. After going out to dump it in the trash, (probably not the best idea during Halloween season) we see young Billy visited by some rotting, undead specter at his window that waves him over. Cut to a totally awesome animated intro and we're off! Thus beginning our journey into this horror/comedy anthology of five "Jolting Tales of Horror"

First up on our list is the segment, "Father's Day". A family is gathered at the estate of a deceased relative for the traditional dinner that occurs every Father's Day. The reason for this tradition is due to the fact that their dear Aunt Bedelia murdered her father on this day, seven years earlier. After he had her husband murdered, he tried to demand a cake for Father's Day. When she could no longer take his incessant badgering any longer, she offs the old fart with a marble ashtray and takes over the family fortune. This year, however, things don't go as planned when her father rises up from his grave as a revenant and demands his Father's Day cake.

The following segment, "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill", was adapted from a published short story written by Stephen King and originally titled "Weeds". After a meteor lands near his farm, simpleton Jordy Verrill (played by Stephen King himself) attempts to scoop it up and sell it to the local college for a profit. Upon touching this meteor, he contracts a plant-like infection that spreads like wildfire all throughout his body. Instead of calling for help, Jordy simply waits it out in hopes that whatever he's got will pass...

The third segment in this film, "Something to Tide You Over", is the most star-studded one of all. Leslie Nielsen (Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Wrongfully Accused) plays Richard, a particularly cold-hearted and evil yet wealthy individual. After finding out that his wife has been cheating on him, he goes over to her lover's apartment and threatens him with a gun. He takes her lover Harry (Ted Danson from Cheers) down to the beach where he's buried up to his neck in sand. A television set is brought down to the beach to show Harry that their mutual lover Becky is in the exact same situation that he's in. As high tide comes in, both of the lovebirds are helplessly drowned while being filmed by Richard. When he returns to the beach the next day, he finds no remains of the couple left and assumes they were washed out by the current. That same night he's paid a visit by the waterlogged zombie versions of the couple that he "buried at sea".

The fourth segment, which is also based on a short story by Stephen King, is titled "The Crate". This is probably the most well-known and highly regarded segment of this film, a tale about a monstrous beast that's locked in a crate at the local school. The janitor finds the crate underneath a staircase and eagerly opens it up, unaware of the dangerous beast that lurks inside. Once unleashed, the monster kills and eats two people before one of the professors goes to tell his colleague, Henry, this fantastic tale of a carnivorous creature that lives inside a crate. Seeing the perfect opportunity to rid himself of his overbearing, obnoxious, and verbally abusive bitch of a wife, can Henry capitalize on the situation and use the monster to solve his problems once and for all?

The final segment will be absolutely terrifying for anyone with an insect phobia. "They're Creeping Up on You!" is about Upton Pratt, a ruthless and cold-blooded businessman that suffers from mysophobia (fear of germs) and spends most of his time locked inside of his supposedly "germ proof" apartment. As the night goes on, his bug problem becomes a full blown infestation and, to make matters worse, there have been a recent string of rolling blackouts all over the city. This is the most disgusting/disturbing one of them all, the final scene from this segment is guaranteed to make your skin crawl!

As we return to the house where this film began, we find a couple of garbage men (one of them is played by Tom Savini) ready to throw out the garbage before they pulls the Creepshow horror comic out and start flipping through it. As they look at several different items for sale, including X-ray specs and some kinda work out video, they notice that the order form for a voodoo doll had been cut out. Back inside the house, it's the next morning and Billy's dad is complaining of neck pain. As we wander upstairs, little Billy has a voodoo doll that he jabs repeatedly with a needle. And so, we end this adventure into the world of horror comics.


Nudity: None

Gore: Decent.While some things looked a little dated (such as the zombie from the "Father's Day" segment for example), some of the other special make up effects were still unbelievable!! (like what happens to Upton Pratt at the end of the "They're Creeping Up on You!" segment)

Awesome: VERY!!! I really enjoyed this movie because the comic book animation sequences were amazing, the idea and the execution behind the film was simply incredible, and the epic collaboration of two masters in their respective mediums of horror was enough to really get my juices flowing. This truly is a landmark piece of cinema!! So why the low score? Despite the fact that I absolutely LOVE this movie, I have to admit that some of the effects are slightly outdated. So even though this film is a fantastic watch, I'd be careful when playing this at a Halloween party. I would probably have another movie playing while party guests are arriving and then follow it up with this one to glue everyone's attention to the screen. Once the movie ends and they have their guard down, I'd follow up with something that packs a hard punch. (like Three... Extremes for example, which is an Asian horror anthology and more serious in tone)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Three... Extremes (2004)




Three... Extremes (Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea) - (Color, 2004)
Director(s): Fruit Chan, Chan-wook Park, and Takashi Miike
MPAA Rating: R [Hong Kong: CAT III]
[UK: 18]
Approx. 125 min.

Z-rating: 8.5 out of 10 stars

This film is an Asian horror anthology comprised of three short segments by three different directors from three different countries. (Each creating their own vision of what true horror is) Apparently this film is a sequel to the movie Three (2002) where three lesser known directors attempted a collaboration. (Strangely enough, that film was released here as the sequel Three... Extremes II)

The first segment of this film is called "Dumplings" and is directed by Hong Kong filmmaker, Fruit Chan. I'm not sure what this guy's horror credentials are but the only other film that I've seen by this guy was Heart of the Dragon, which stars Jackie Chan as a cop who has to look after his mentally challenged brother played by Sammo Hung. (who also co-directs) In any case, his segment tells of a beautiful actress (Miriam Yeung Chin-Wah) who wishes to retain her youth and seeks the help of a woman that makes special dumplings. These dumplings are said to have an age reversing effect, however they contain a special ingredient that might be a little... tough to choke down. (Har gow of youth anyone?) This film received a full length 90 minute theatrical release in 2006. Effectively disturbing to say the least, this film is guaranteed to drop a few jaws... even if you've already guessed what the secret ingredient is.

Next up, from South Korea, is director Park Chan-wook's segment entitled "Cut". Probably best known for his Vengeance Trilogy, which are an undeniably AMAZING set of revenge films, Park Chan-wook brings the nasty and shows the world what South Korea's all about. This segment follows a film director, played by Byung-hun Lee, (who was also Storm Shadow, the white ninja, in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) and his wife as they're being held captive by one of the extras in his films. Forced to play some sick game, the director is given the choice to strangle a child to death or one of his wife's fingers will be chopped off every five minutes. Bound and restrained by what looks to be elastic, he is given enough freedom to move about without being able to get too far. Very stylishly shot, some of the more disturbing scenes had violence that was implied instead of shown in explicit gory detail. (i.e. While the wife's fingers are glued down to the keys of the piano, and one of the five minute intervals pass, the psychotic extra walks off-screen with the axe and smashes it down into the piano keys. The excruciating screams of the director's wife can be heard muffled through her gag as her bloody wedding ring, now loose due to the lack of a finger, rolls across the floor)

Finally, last but not least, we have Takashi Miike's segment "Box" that hails all the way from Japan. First off, I have to touch a little on Takashi Miike... the rabid dog of Japanese cinema. Known for pushing the envelope on censorship as far as it will go, Miike has directed some of the strangest, most bizarre, perverse, and violent films ever to come out of Japan. (Yet, oddly enough, the guy also has some family-friendly films under his belt as well. Go figure.) The Showtime series, Masters of Horror, was supposedly created to provide safe haven for horror movie directors to express a sense of creative freedom with more 'laxed restrictions on violent and sexual content. However, despite all that, Showtime deemed Takashi Miike's episode Imprint too "disturbing" for the network to air. (Such a reputation cannot be ignored, you GOTTA love the guy!!!) I've already recommended two of his films before for WTF?! Wednesdays due to the bizarre nature of his films. Visitor Q was the first film that I recommended from Miike, the other being Gozu. These are two of my favorite movies to put on just to shock and disturb people. Both films have been a major hit almost every time I've put them on. Now, back to his segment. "Box" is about a young woman that keeps having a recurring nightmare about being wrapped in a plastic sheet, put into a box, and buried alive in the snow. She goes in search of her long lost sister but what she uncovers is even stranger than reality. We soon come to find that the two sisters were formerly twin contortionists performing for some bizarro Japanese circus.

DVD cover
 Nudity: There is a scene with Tony Leung Ka Fai in the throes of passion with his mistress in the segment "Dumplings". I don't think anything is shown explicitly, they're facing each other on the floor as he gives her a pounding sitting up. 

Gore: Multiple aborted fetuses are shown in the segment "Dumplings" as well as the old coat hanger abortion scene at the end. All of the blood from "Cut" was great, one guy actually get a chunk of his throat torn out and the blood that just GUSHES from this open wound was incredibly convincing. There isn't much violence or gore in "Box" surprisingly but Asian films tend to be a lot less visceral than American horror in general. There's a lot of blood if anything but guts, not so much.

Awesome: to the MAX!!!! This is an incredible collaborative effort by three amazing directors to prove that true horror doesn't have any language barriers or cultural boundaries... we all fear the same things as human beings. One thing this film does make abundantly clear though is that we all have different ways of depicting our fears and perhaps our Asian brothers are just a breath of fresh air from the usual blood and guts splatterfests that we're used to here. Overall, this film was absolutely AMAZING because they really aren't three separate movies but 3-in-1. So even though I broke the review down into each segment, I highly recommend this film in its entirety. This is definitely one to rent and play at your Halloween party, there's no doubt that it will be a smash hit once everyone settles in to watch it.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Day of the Dead (1985)


Day of the Dead (USA, 1985) - Color, Director(s): George A. Romero
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 18]
Approx. 99 min.

Z-rating: 9 out of 10 stars for realistic gore and zombie mayhem

I think I share my opinion with a lot of those who saw the original release of this film. Apparently, this movie was a flop when it was originally released but has since gained a ton of notoriety and is now generally regarded as a cult classic. Without a doubt, Tom Savini outdoes himself by providing us with the best special effects ever put into any zombie movie EVER. The atmosphere of this film was what originally put me off, set in an underground military base with the world above completely overrun by the flesh-hungry undead, perhaps it was just a little too bleak for me. I had to admit that it took a couple viewings before this movie really grew on me. Now I consider this to be one of the best, and most overlooked, zombie movies in history.

Set in the aftermath of a massive worldwide zombie outbreak, a small group of survivors (comprised mostly of a couple scientists, a few military grunts, and a helicopter pilot.) are gathered in an underground military facility and they're researching a possible cure. One scientist by the name of Dr. Logan (played by Richard Liberty) seems to think that he can domesticate them. Due to the lack of support and their diminishing supplies, the military dogs are less than impressed with the good doctor's tamed flesh-eating pet. (Especially once the Captain in charge finds out that it's HIS men that are being fed to the cannibalistic corpse) Soon, conflicts arise between the survivors in the group when the military dogs try to step up and assume command but the scientists refuse to lay down for anyone. Everything gets a little out of hand and the next thing you know, it all comes tumbling down. How much longer will their barricades hold before leigions of the undead are unleashed upon their humble military base?

Nudity: Nothing fappable. There's a scene at the beginning of the movie with some full frontal female zombie nudity. (I guess if that's your thing...)

Gore: 10 out of 10!!!!!!!!! Max score for the most realistic looking gore and special effects I've seen in any horror movie. Tom Savini earns a second Saturn award for the make up that he did on this film. (That's like the Oscars of Horror and Sci-Fi films) The make up for this film is INCREDIBLE!!! At one point, you see a zombie with his entire head removed and just the back of his skull remaining.
[Goriest moment: when the zombies tear into Captain Rhodes at the end as he gurgles "CHOKE ON 'EM" through spurts of his own blood]

Awesome: to the MAX!!! Slower paced than your average zombie film, this is a dark and brooding story with a very grim tone. (Not so much the usual action-packed zombie slaughterfests) This is a more serious zombie movie... so if you're looking for some fun to put on at your party, you might want to check out either Zombieland or Shaun of the Dead.

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)


The Serpent and the Rainbow (USA, 1988) - Color, Director(s): Wes Craven
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: ]
Approx. 98 min.

Z-rating: 8 out of 10 stars

This is the only movie I've seen about zombies that aren't of the undead variety. These zombies are slaves that are supposedly under the spell of a Haitian Vodou (Voodoo) priest. This film is based on the book of the same title, which supposedly chronicled the investigations of ethnobotanist Wade Davis as he researched the process of how they made zombies in Haiti. (The book has come under scrutiny regarding the scientific inaccuracies in his findings)

Bill Pullman (Independence Day, The Grudge) plays ethnobotanist/anthropologist Dennis Alan. A pharmaceutical company catches wind of a drug used in Haiti that they are interested in mass producing. Alan is sent there to investigate the drug further and traces its usage back to Haitian Vodou rituals in making zombies. Drawing the attention of local authorities, Alan gets the shakedown from the Haitian police and is asked to leave Haiti. He stubbornly continues his investigation, blatantly ignoring the official's request, and drawing the ire of the authorities. After crossing paths with them a few more times, Alan is eventually poisoned with the "zombie powder" and buried alive. This film takes a supernatural turn towards the end, which I'm sure wasn't in the book but I didn't think I was watching a documentary so I really enjoyed it nonetheless. Bill Pullman gives an amazing performance here as Dennis Alan, probably my favorite role of his next to playing the President of the United States in Independence Day.

Nudity: I think you see a tit flash during one of the sex scenes, but I don't have the movie in front of me to take a screenshot at the moment.

Gore: Not much gut munching here as this isn't one of those zombie movies. I highly recommend this despite the lack of violence because there is a fantastic story here and very rarely do you find movies about Haitian voodoo zombies as opposed to some virus-infected and possibly undead cannibal

Awesome: VERY. One of favorites, I love the storytelling from director Wes Craven in this film. Convincing performances from the actors/actresses makes this a very entertaining and enjoyable flick. Highly recommended for anyone who hasn't seen it. Creepiest moment probably goes to the movie's tagline: "Don't bury me... I'm not dead!" which is the last thing Pullman says as the "zombie powder" takes effect.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wind Chill (2007)


Wind Chill (USA, 2007) - Color, Director(s): Gregory Jacobs
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 15]
Approx. 91 min.

Z-rating: 7 out of 10 stars

Bear with me as I am writing this review from memory. The first time I saw this movie was on Netflix when it was available on their Play Now selection. What I really liked about this movie was that it didn't need to be heavy on the gore to keep my attention. This was more of a slow burn suspense film that had me thinking it might've been a possible stalker/slasher toward the beginning but then turns out to be a supernatural thriller. The movie starts with two kids sharing a ride home from college, apparently hooking up through some ride sharing program at school. They make idle chit chat at one another until the girl realizes the guy isn't really from where he says he's from. As it turns out, he's just some geek that had a crush on her and overheard that she was looking for a ride home. He liked her so much, he decided to put his contact info up on the board. (Come on, who HASN'T done something crazy like this to impress a girl?)

So right when the car breaks down, and the guy starts acting suspicious, I immediately thought that he was going to be some psycho that stalks her from outside of the car or something. As the story unfolds a little more, we begin to see that the guy has good intentions and is not the antagonist. After the initial trust issues are overcome, our main characters become aware that something strange is going on and start working together a little more. Aside from the blistering cold, they're getting a little harassment in the form of a spectral police officer that was known to pull people over on this stretch of highway and do unspeakable things to them... when he was still alive. (Apparently he too has since perished) Movies usually only stand out to me if they contain an outrageous amount of nudity or gore. What I liked best about this movie was the simplicity in its execution, the entire movie is essentially two people in a car, but it still really stands out in my head despite the lack of nudity or gore.

Nudity: None.

Gore: There was a little blood in the movie but nothing too visceral.

Awesome: Not a movie that I would call awesome. What really stands out to me about this movie is the fact that this is one of the few good American films that didn't have to be ultra-violent or a Japanese remake to stand out to me. This film still managed to impress despite its slow pace and the lack of any flashy, gory, or sexy elements. I was really able to get into this movie and that is a sign of good storytelling. This film had such a strong base that it didn't need all the extra dressings and whatnot. Good movie to throw on for a thinking crowd that might not be into senseless violence as much.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sick Nurses (2007)


Sick Nurses (Thailand, 2007) - Color, Director(s): Pirapahn Laoyont & Thodsapol Siriwiwat
MPAA Rating: NR
Approx. 82 min.

Z-rating: 6.5 out of 10 stars

This movie starts off promisingly enough, with a female body being stripped of her shirt and panties. Any sexiness from this scene is immediately washed away by the next scene when you realize it's someone being prepped for surgery by a bunch of organ-harvesting nurses. (Well, at least they're HOT... organ-harvesting... nurses...okay, well, moving on.) We're then shown a haunted clock with hands that repeated move back and forth over the last 15 minutes leading up to midnight repeatedly before filling with blood and then the blood actually reversing its flow as the clock settles on the time when our movie begins.

We then find out about a love triangle involving two sisters and the doctor, which somehow lead to the murder of the sister engaged to the doctor. One of the nurses comments that dead people come back to see their love on the seventh day. (Which just so happens to be tonight, go figure!) These naughty nurses get a little too rowdy after they start messing around with each other and when things get out of hand, one Alpha-female walks up and bitch slaps one of the other nurses then puts her in her place. The scene suddenly changes to two hot lesbian nurses, curled around each other, calling each other cute and taking pictures of one another. They start to make out before they're interrupted by the nurse who was bitch-smacked earlier. After that, some of the creepy shit starts to happen as we catch our first glimpse of the "ghost girl" who's covered in all black.

There are enough body shots of sexy Asian ladies to satisfy anyone's yellow fever. (Sorry to disappoint, no nudity in this one) The ghost girl in this movie was one of the cockiest I've ever seen. Most ghost girls just twitch and crawl around, scaring the crap out of people. This one genuinely seemed to enjoy exacting her revenge on the people who killed her, all while posing like she's at a photoshoot. There were plenty of inventive kill scenes and tons of supernatural mayhem. I liked how each of the nurses was doing their own thing when the ghost girl came for them. (One was obsessed with material possessions, another with her figure and muscle tone, and one that was particularly fond of binging and purging.) The ending to this movie was a little... gay and nonsensical. All the torture and killings that came before the end were absolutely spectacular!!! This one would come HIGHLY recommended if they tied it all together a little better at the end. Instead, they have some ridiculous ending that seems like it was written by an 8 year old closet homosexual. I would recommend throwing this movie on at a Halloween party when it's already in full swing. Everyone will be so busy mingling that they won't catch all of the story, they might only catch the more violent scenes. (which is a good thing!)

Nudity: None

Gore: This movie is filled with plenty of gore and violence. From decapitated heads being held together by the stitching of a handbag to sawing apart an entire girl that's laying in a tub filled with her own blood. I would parallel this movie to American slashers when comparing the amount of violence in it but it's still not nearly quite as brutal as say, Art of the Devil II.

Awesome: Pretty awesome. Overall, I was really impressed with the film up until the homo ending where they weren't able to bring it all together for me. (Come on man, 13 o'clock? Are you fucking kidding me?! They totally pulled that ending out of their ass) Though the film was pretty consistently disturbing and violent all throughout... my only complaint, aside from the bad ending, would be the cheesy CGI they used for the handbag/decapitation scene. They had some really inventive camera angles and most of the other special effects were fantastic, I would've given this a higher score if it just came together a little better in the end.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cinderella (2006)


Cinderella (South Korea, 2006) - Color, Director(s): Man-dae Bong
MPAA Rating: NR
Approx. 94 min.

Z-rating: 7 out of 10 stars

Only South Koreans would try to pack so much drama and emotion in along with their horror. A haunting ghost story with underlying social commentary on women's obsession with beauty and their appearance, Cinderella is about a 17 year old girl named Hyunsu whose mother is a plastic surgeon. After giving her daughter's friends some free cosmetic surgery, they begin dying in mysterious ways. As it turns out, the deaths may have a connection to the Hyunsu's mother who harbors a dark secret and a promise made in the past...

This movie was a little hard to follow cause they tried to do too much with the storyline. In fact, there's so much going on that it's might even be better if you don't try to catch all of it. Just wait for the story to unfold and piece as much of it together as you can at the end of the film, the focus here should be to absorb as much of the disturbing images as possible. The creepiest scene in this movie involves two girls sitting face-to-face use knives to cut up each other's faces while rambling incessantly about making each other more beautiful. Might be harder to watch for those who have a fear of surgery or needles.

Nudity: None

Gore: Bloody but not as visceral as American horror. What makes the scenes hard to watch is the anticipation and slow burn of the suspense as people scream and beg for mercy. Still get a strong 3.5 out of 5 from me for good bloody terror.

Awesome: Pretty. A decent "ghost girl" movie with a lot of shocking and violent images. Good to play at a Halloween party if you want it in the background just for the visuals, maybe not something that everyone should sit down to.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Night of the Demons (1988)


Night of the Demons (USA, 1988) - Color, Director(s): Kevin Tenney
MPAA Rating: NR
Approx. 90 min.

Z-rating: 7.5 out of 10 stars for gore, nudity, and the kind of 80's cheese I love

With the remake coming out on DVD tomorrow, October 19th, I thought it would be a good time to review the original Night of the Demons. I have to admit that this movie took a second viewing before I fully appreciated the cheese of this film. So just know what you're getting into before you throw this one on.When the movie starts though, the credits open up to some cool 80's animation and music that reminds me of Beetlejuice and haunted houses. I absolutely LOVE the feel of this movie.

A group of kids looking for some thrills on Halloween night attend a party thrown by some thick goth chick (and her slutty friend) at the old Hull House, a local abandoned mortuary with a dark past. There they hold a seance and unwittingly conjure up some demons. One of the kids has enough sense about him to try to GTFO before anything bad happens but by then, it's already too late. With all the kids trapped within the walls of this possessed house, they're all picked off one after another. Will they be able to make it until dawn or will this night in Hull House be their last?

What makes this movie great is the graphic violence and disturbing special effects. Not to mention the fact that this movie is just DRIPPING with the 80's cheese that I love oh so dearly. I have to admit that when I first saw this movie, I thought it was so cheesy and lame. At the time though, I was just getting into horror movies and judge it based on the fact that it didn't scare me. After I learned to appreciate cheesy (and sleazy!) cinema, I revisited this film again and now I have to say that this is one of my favorites.

"Look! i are a clown, mommy!!"
Nudity: Full Frontal. We boobies and a little bush as a crazed slutty blonde bimbo bares it all for the camera after becoming possessed and shoving an entire lipstick into her left nipple. Crazy.


Gore: Fantastic!! One guy gets his eyes gouged out in graphic detail. Made back in the heyday of gore-filled splatter films, this movie is GREAT. Some of the gore even had to be trimmed out in order to receive an R rating for its theatrical release.

Awesome: A great movie!! Totally a cult classic B-horror. This is HIGHLY recommended at your next Halloween party. I read somewhere that this movie was recommended to be double featured alongside House on Haunted Hill (1999). Since I was planning on recommending that movie as well, I just wanted to make note of the fact that both of these were recommended to be played back-to-back. (Due to similarities in their stories apparently)



[Also, check out my review of the 2010 remake of this film]

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Echo (2008)


The Echo (USA, 2008) - Color, Director(s): Yam Laranas
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 18]
Approx. 90 min.

Z-rating: 9.5 out of 10 stars for being surprisingly creepy

[Note: I would suggest not watching a trailer and going into this movie not knowing what to expect]

One of the posters for this film calls this film the "much-awaited first Hollywood remake of a Pinoy blockbuster horror movie." What I really like about this remake is the fact that it's done by the same guy that directed the original four years earlier. (Sigaw, 2004) So not surprisingly, this is probably one of the better Hollywood remakes that you'll find out there.

Bobby Reynolds (played by Jesse Bradford) is released from prison and moves back into his mother's old apartment. While he was away, his mother went insane and locked herself in her apartment for weeks before starving to death. Bobby desperately tries to reconnect with people from his old life but everyone seems to just want to keep a safe distance. Everyone except his old flame, that is. All seems to be going well until Bobby realizes he's got a police officer living in the apartment next to his. What's worse, this cop seems like one of those assholes on a power trip who comes home and beats on his wife all day. As if that wasn't bad enough, he keeps hearing strange noises coming from the walls and hallways. Things start to get really weird when he starts seeing strange things to accompany those strange noises he's hearing. Bobby begins to think that his mother wasn't insane but that something just made her crazy.

I have to say that I am thoroughly impressed with this movie. The first half of the film is a bit of a slow burn but once this movie picks up, it is absolutely relentless with the scares. I hadn't heard of this movie before it came from Netflix so when I threw it on, having no idea what I was in store for. My first time watching this movie, I had it was just playing in the background while I was chatting with a buddy of mine. Every time I turned to watch the screen, something creepy was happening. I noticed that it didn't matter when I turned around, this movie seemed pretty consistently creepy throughout. So I sat down and gave this film a second viewing, in its entirety, and I have to say that this is one of the most effectively creepy and unrelenting films I've seen in a LONG time. There are a few jump scares in this movie but a lot of the good scares in this film are built up to. A great suspenseful, creepy, and atmospheric film.

Nudity: None

Gore: Minimal. There are a couple bloody scenes but, unlike yesterday's extremely violent recommendation, this one doesn't rely on shocking scenes or violence to scare you. This one is genuinely creepy and builds up the suspense slowly. I liked the fact that the bloody scenes were present in the film but were used sparingly and very effectively.

Awesome: Very. One of the best creepy movies I've seen in a very long time. I usually turn to more violent and gory movies for my entertainment because I find mainstream horror so dull that I need something more extreme to get my thrills. This movie was so atmospherically creepy though that the gore played second fiddle those creepy scenes that were set up earlier in the movie. (One of my favorite scenes involves a little girl, a piano, and a song that you hear throughout the film)

Bushinsaba (2004)


Bunshinsaba (South Korea, 2004) - Color, Director(s): Byeong-ki Ahn
MPAA Rating: R
[South Korea: 15]
Approx. 92 min.

Z-rating: 8 out of 10 stars

I know I'm cheating because I recommended this movie back in August for one of my Scary Sundays but this movie was too good to pass up for Halloween. (Plus I felt like it deserved a longer review)

A new girl and her friends are being bullied at school so they invoke a curse upon their tormentors using a ouija board. (Harsh!) They successfully conjure up the spirit of a "long haired" girl. The next day, a bully is found dead at school with a burnt face. One creepy event leads to another as a curse has fallen upon the town and everyone is terrified for their lives. However, this town harbors a secret and a dark past with the girl...

One of the better "long haired girl" entries, this South Korean horror just had a more enjoyable feel than either The Ring or The Grudge. Maybe it was the storytelling but whatever the difference is, Bunshinsaba is one of my favorite "long hair girl" movies to put on for anyone who hasn't seen it. That's not to say that this is the BEST one out there, in fact, I would even call this a mid-tier movie. There aren't any special surprises or plot twists, this sticks to the formula pretty closely. I just have to say that I really enjoyed this one and would recommend it anyone that hasn't seen it. (As I've done so TWICE already)

Nudity: None

Gore: Not even close to American gore. There might be some blood in this, but it's not as visceral as American shock entertainment.

Awesome: VERY. One of the girls in this movie has the biggest, most beautiful eyes I've ever seen. Throw this one into the playlist and have it just come up randomly in the night at your Halloween party. Nice creepy movie that will probably quiet the room down a little bit, especially if the lights are out.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Pussycat

More violent claymation, but this one's a little more in the sexploitation genre. Still, she's chained up and it's supposed to be Psychos, Stalkers, and Slashers week. This is remotely related....

Martyrs (2008)


Martyrs (France, 2008) - Color, Director(s): Pascal Laugier
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 18]
Approx. 99 min.

Z-rating: 7 out of 10 stars for ultra-violent scenes of brutality

God damn. Talk about your FUCKED up movies. This French.... I don't even know what the hell to call this. Horror? Thriller? I'm not even completely sure what it was that I saw. Wow, talk about movies with an impact... this one hits you like a brick to the head. A young girl that was abducted and abused is making her escape as the movie begins. She's placed in an orphanage where she meets a friend and we learn that she's haunted by a seemingly demonic spirit. Cut ahead 15 years into the future and we see a nice family sitting down to breakfast in the morning. There's a ring at the doorbell, a young girl at the door barges in and blows the entire family away with a double barrel shotty. After the slaughter, she calls her friend for help and we see that she's still haunted by the evil spirit. What follows is the supernatural bit of this film, she is tormented by the spirit for a little bit before she too gets offed. The film then transforms into an ENTIRELY different movie altogether. A secret organization comes in, holds the other girl captive, tortures and beats her ass for days on end. This secret society is supposedly in charge of investigating the afterlife and creating "martyrs". At this point, it becomes a little too religious for me... but just like yesterday's recommendation, you're watching this to be shocked like you've never been shocked by any movie you've seen before.

Nudity: Whatever nudity they do have in this movie is NOT fappable. Unless you're one of those sick individuals that's into snuff and brutality. Then go rent this now, it'll be like a fucking porno... you sick bastard.

Gore: 6 out of 5. This shit was intense. (One chick takes a box cutter to her arms while we watch her cut deep into her own flesh in gruesome close up detail) If you're an avid viewer of extreme cinema, this will be a good one to get your jollies off. However, if you're a typical viewer of mainstream cinema... this movie will FUCK you up. If you're thinking about playing this at your Halloween party, play it towards the end to clear out any unwanted party guests.

Awesome: Hmm... I'm not sure that awesome is how I would describe this movie. Highly recommended but not because it was enjoyable for any reason. This hard to watch movie is highly recommended for Halloween parties. Won't be on my list of favorites but in undeniably one of the most brutal films I've ever seen.

Friday, October 15, 2010

FREE Screenings: Paranormal Activity 2 (update)


Just another update with some new cities:

-October 21, 2010 at 9:00pm
 Boston, MA

-October 21, 2010 at 9:00pm
 Chicago, IL

-October 21, 2010 at 9:00pm
 Cleveland, OH

-October 21, 2010 at 9:00pm
 Hartford, CT

-October 21, 2010 at 9:00pm
 Minneapolis, MN

-October 21, 2010 at 9:00pm
 Salt Lake City, UT

-October 21, 2010 at 9:00PM
 San Francisco, CA

As always, check my buddy's site for details on how to get your RSVP code: http://minizt.com/moo/

YEAH!!!! Frisko has a screening!! Get your codes everyone and remember to get there early!!