Naked Blood (1996)
Director: Hisayasu Sato
Main Stars: Misa Aika, Yumika Hayashi, Mika Kirhara
Storyline: Doctors work on an experiment on a new drug which makes pain into pleasure. Three women are test subjects and the drug works too well.
Review (Spoils): A new drug is in the testing phase called Myson. When taken it turns pain into pleasure. Three women think they are testing a new birth control drug but it gets mixed with this new drug Myson. This starts to turn into a wild blood mess for the ladies as they cannot understand why they can’t stop hurting themselves.
We got a woman who can’t stop frying her hand, we have some nipple cutting, eyes gouge which also involves eating them, lost of stabbing and pretty much anything else is self inflicting or butchering. Bring out the gore and other the top scenes for this one.
Rating: Sometimes I don’t need a top notch storyline and just want to be shocked and sicken. Well this one did satisfy when it comes to that. This is right up there with the Guinea Pig series and it might even be better as it did a story of some sort. If you do not like shock and gore please just skip this one.
Haxan : Witchcraft Through the Ages
Director: Benjamin Christensen
Main Stars: Benjamin Christensen, Elisabeth Christensen, Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan
Storyline: A seven part historical review of witchcraft
Review (Spoils): The film starts with classic drawings that detail witchcraft in the ages of time. Lots of detail of the pagan culture of the Middle Ages. We get some detailed dramatization of witch hunts and the aftermath of that on film.
Sure this is a silent film and some people might have an issue with that but this is a work of horror art. The film is a beautiful dramatization of the unknown, the occult and superstition. We have practicing witches, covens, torture devices on the ones that are blamed for heresy and of course the demons themselves. Even the special effects are pretty good for its time even if some of demons are in big puff costumes.
Rating: Benjamin Christensen created a masterpiece with this film. If you’re a fan of the strange and the occult this is a must see. The film is creepy and has a very dark sense to it and it really is a classic for the horror lover.
Hard Candy (2005)
Director: David Slade
Main Stars: Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh
Storyline: A teenage girl raids a man’s house in order to expose him as pedophile.
Review (Spoils): Warning touchy topic film here.
We have young fourteen year old Hayley Stark who has been chatting for a few weeks over the internet with thirty-two year photographer Jeff. The day comes when they finally meet. She drugs him and then the torture and the torment begins. This psychological drama/horror film is really mind blowing. The film builds up on the creepy slow pace and then it goes nuts. This film plays on the “who is the bad person?” which keeps the audience entertained and glued to the screen.
Both main characters Patrick Wilson and Ellen Page did a splendid job and help the film move well.
Rating: Fear the little red hood is what I say. This film is a must see for fans who love the mind bending twists of horror. No over the top gore here but it is damn right creepy. Pretty straight forward storyline and awesome acting check it out.
Friday the 13th 9 (1993)
Director: Adam Marcus
Main Stars: John D. LeMay, Kari Keegan, Kane Hodder, Erin Gray
Storyline: The supernatural origins of Jason Voorhees is revealed
Review (Spoils): This is weird the series takes a long tumble also known as Jason Goes to Hell. The opening is a classic where a bunch of army dudes from the FBI finally trap Jason (Kane Hodder) and lays the lead to him and a nice grenade. The remains end up at the morgue and a coroner ends up being enchanted by the heart of Jason and eats it. He becomes then possessed by the haunting spirit of Jason. Yes this is the storyline!
Anyways this follows then the typical Halloween storyline where he must hunts down the Voorhees bloodline and kills everyone in his way. The spirit of Jason jumps from one person to another by some strange pink alien form. We got lots of blood, weird aliens, melting, gunshots, some magical daggers to kill off the Voorhees bloodline, demon babies, some machete action. This film is way off the Crystal Lake days.
Rating: This film travelled far from the norm in the series, almost to the point of no return (see the next one). The ending and the begining are the best part of the film as Freddy VS Jason revives the series.
King Kong (1933)
Director: Merian C.Cooper, Ernest B.Shoedsack
Main Stars: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot
Storyline: A film crew go to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and the come across a gigantic ape that kidnaps the blonde female movie star.
Review (Spoils): Director Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong ) needs to finish his film and the perfect location for this would be Skull Island. They travel with the actors, actresses and crew to the island with no idea what to expect. What the find out is dinosaurs and a huge ape exist on the island. The gorilla falls in love with the main actress of the film Ann (Fay Wray) and captures her. They rescue her and capture the beast and bring him back to America. In America they try to display the ape as King Kong as a freak of nature. The beast escapes and takes Ann again and climbs the Empire State building where it falls to its fate.
Classic storyline as we all know. The special effects of this film are amazing for its time and I personal think this is still the best version of the film.
Rating: This is a classic film and still one of the best of film in general even outside the horror genre. If you have not seen this one and have only seen the Peter Jackson version do yourself a favour and check it out! The plane scene alone is well worth it.
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Director: Sam Raimi
Main Stars: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Ruth Livier, Lorna Raver, Bojana Novakovic
Storyline: A loan officer that evicts an elderly woman is now committed to a curse.
Review (Spoils): Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) is a loans officer who has a lot on her plate. She is not sure of her relationship with her boyfriend and she is in constant competition at work. She starts to become a hard ass at work and denies an older woman and extension on her loan for her mortgage. Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver) then places a curse on Christine for such a harsh act in which is being now haunted by a lamia demon.
We have smashed car windows, curses, shadow’s of goat heads, nightmares, body fluid, some dead cats and some demon action. This film is kind of lame on the special effects and the storyline is all over the place over the possession of a button and the curse. When it comes to the lamia I was expecting so much more from this film from that alone better yet from Sam Raimi.
Rating: This film could have been great and there was so much hype for it that it did disappoint for me. I’m a Sam Raimi fan but this fell flat for me when it comes to horror. Too bad as Alison Lohman was not bad in the film but really how scary can a lady with a blind eye be.
The Descent (2005)
Director: Neil Marshall
Main Stars: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, MyAnna Buring, Nora-Jane Noone
Storyline: Six women going on a caving expedition to bond and they become trapped with a strange breed of man eating predators.
Review (Spoils): Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) comes home from white water rafting with her family and they all die in the accident but her. A year later she tries to regroup her life with her female friends and they go caving. Six young beautiful women go into the booze to drink and enjoy nature. Their main guide Juno (Natalie Mendoza) does not bring the map and leads them all into a death trap by accident (by the way she was screwing with Sarah’s husband). The ladies become trapped in the caves and to top it off they are slowly being hunted one by one by a group of pale vampire man beasts that live in the caves.
We got blood in this one, nasty bites, a really brutal broken leg, a climbing hook through the head, some ripping and eating of innards. The film has some beautiful scenery (the ladies and the nature); the bonding is well done between the ladies and the movie does build well on suspense.
Rating: I really enjoyed this film; this is what horror movies are to be about. Not teenage crap over and over again. This was fresh and different and it did not need the nudity for it to work. Bring out the blood and the babes for this one!