Wicked Little Things (2006)
Director: J.S. Cardone
Main Stars: Lori Heuring, Scout Taylor-Compton, Chloe Grace Moretz
Storyline: A mining accident back in 1913 has left the ghost of children behind
Review (Spoils): We have another film from the After Dark Horror-fest series, this one is also tied to the undead and ghosts. We have a mine in 1913 that used children as slave workers that had an explosion that buried the young ones underneath the rumble. We now move to the present with the young Karen Tunny (Lori Heuring) who lost her husband and has left her broke with two young girls. They move into a small broken down house that the mine once was near and they hear tales of zombies and tales to stay inside at night. Karen’s young girls get involved into the ghost tales and one of her daughter disappears.
We have children talking to ghosts, nightmares of child murders, the haunting woods and the broken mine and some sappily spooky zombie children. The story is nothing really new and the scares are limited as its all been done before. Nothing really new here…
Rating: The main characters are actually really good in the film the problem with this film is that the whole zombie ghost thing has been overdone by now and nothing really stands out.This type of film is not targeted I think to true horror fans that have seen it all but maybe for the younger faint at heart crowd.
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Main Stars: Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel
Storyline: A man who is interested in the supernatural comes across a ill woman in a inn who is slowly becoming undead.
Review (Spoils): Allan Gray gets lured into an old inn (he is interested in the supernatural) where an older man and his two daughter live. Through the passage of an old book detailed on vampires and the sickness of one of the daughters it happens that she is actually been bit by the undead. We have betray and a bottle of poison which could be a setup or to actual but the young woman out of her misery.
The story can be a bit confusing as the film was originally shot as a silent film but audio was jammed into it making it not as beautiful as it could have been. Julian West is awesome and the highlight of the film as the film like others of its time is focusing on scenery and mood. The over expressions can be a bit over played but the film overall is a classic and a work of art.
Rating: We have a classic gothic film that is a sheer classic for horror. Yes it has some glitches like stated above the storyline can be a bit confusing but the visual of it is worth the watch. The dark eeriness is there…..
Urban Legends 2 (2000)
Director: John Ottman
Main Stars: Jennifer Morrison, Matthew Davis, Hart Bochner, Joey Lawrence, Eva Mendes, Jessica Cauffiel, Jacinda Barrett, Rebecca Gayheart
Storyline: A young student is trying to finish her film schooling on urban legends and someone is killing off her crew.
Review (Spoils): Amy Mayfield (Jennifer Morrison )is a young beautiful film student who is doing her thesis on urban legends (seems like a smart move) but when her actual crew start to be knocked off with backgrounds of urban legends she starts to be concerned for her life. We have a masked killer yet again storming around campus slaying the Hollywood pretties one by one with repeative sequence.
We yet are yet again forced with a Hollywood sequel when one was not needed just to cash in on the horror gain of Scream. We have some pretty girls and handsome men that the audience does not give a shit about being knocked off. Nothing overly memorable here except maybe the decapitation and the kidney scene the rest is just the same old shit.
Rating: Horrible film, stay away from this piece of garbage. No need for the sequel and no need to waste your time. The whole thing missed what real urban legends are….. waste of writing.
Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Main Stars: Felicity Mason, Mungo McKay, Rob Jenkins
Storyline: Some meteorites hit a small area in Australia and the victims of the area become walking dead.
Review (Spoils): Berkeley is a nice little fishing village gets hit by a storm of meteorites that spread a plague. Rene (Felicity Mason) just left the small town to go to the city as she lost her family home but now she must go back as the village is now in need of help. As the dead rise from the ground from the plague she finds herself in a Night of the Living Dead type survival game.
We have some comedy lines mixed with zombies and blood and gore. We have a mixed bag of town misfits trying to survive together in this zombie warzone. This films is not shy on the gore and the overtop splatter for example this old lady getting hit by the meteorite is actually memorable. We also have a fun fowl mouth cop who throws out one-liners like dirty underwear “I’ll fucking finish you off faster than a fucking birthday cake at a fat chicks fucking party!” Some classic stuff.
Rating: This film was alright and entertaining but at the same time it is trying to be the new Braindead or Dead/Alive. (I would say Shawn of the Dead but it came later). It had some funny parts like Miss Catch of the Day but overall it was not an amazing film but then again I don’t normally like comedy with my horror.
Director: Sergio Martino
Main Stars: Suzy Kendall, Tina Aumont, Luc Merenda, John Richardson, Angela Covello, Carla Brait
Storyline: A red and black scarf strangler is stalking the coeds in Perugia.
Review (Spoils): Jane (Suzy Kendall) is an American exchange student and she is trying to fit in with the other girls. We lots of young girls that are frisky and a murder mystery as people start to be killed off and all they know is that the killer has a red and black scarf.
We have lots of gore, blood and nudity in this one! We have slashings, drowning, choking, lesbian love, some weed, body dismemberment and sex. This film has everything you would want in a nice 70s horror film.
Rating: I loved this film then again I’m a bit bias when it comes to 70s horror films and ones done from Italy. We have lovely ladies and a mad killer slowly killing them off one by one as the main actress tries to solve who the killer is. Lots of blood and gore in this one, if you find the European uncut one like myself. Who doesn’t like their horror films with sleaze and graphic violence?
The Wizard of Gore (1970)
Director: Herschelle Gordon Lewis
Main Stars: Ray Sager, Judy Cler, Wayne Ratay
Storyline: A TV talk show host and her boyfriend investigate a shady magician who can use hypnotise to create gory illusions.
Review (Spoils): A crazed magician (Ray Sager) selects girls from the audience in which he uses hypnosis to catch the crowd and have them envision gory deaths of the volunteers. A TV host (Judy Cler) becomes obsessed with the show and her boyfriend is concerned about it. But when the bodies of the volunteers start to show up after the show with the exact deaths a portrayed on stage is the magician all he claims to be.
First off this is a Herschelle Gordon Lewis film so please do not expect awesome acting and special effects. We have lots of red blood, terrible gory effects such as swords, drills, chainsaws and other disturbing items as the ladies scream for their lives and the audience applauds.
Rating: This film is pretty messed up and in a good way. We have Montag the Magnificent on stage doing twisted things to young as the blank audience stares. The acting is just as bad as the gore and the wrongness you feel when watching this piece of utter disturbance….. for that you need to check it out.
The Tingler (1959)
Director: Robb White
Main Stars: Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman
Storyline: Dr. Warren Chapin learns that fear is a creature itself that lives in all people. This creature lives in our vertebrate is called the Tingler!
Review (Spoils): Dr. Warren Chapin (Vincent Price) is nuts as he conducts autopsies on executed prisoners in the local State Prison. He has a theory that a creature lives in our backbone that causes fear and manages fear. When he comes across a young patient that is deaf and mute he starts his madness to prove a point. He starts to use LSD to provoke nightmares on his clients.
This is one of the more popular films and roles of the late Vincent Price and once you see this film you can see why. We have lots of screaming, the over acting of Judith Evelyn, a rubber centipede called the Tingler, drugs and of course the classic history of the film when it was played original in the theater when they would place electric shocks in the seats and made the beast crawl over the big screen.
Rating: This film is a B movie but at the same time you can feel the fun it was to be made. Vincent Price steals the stage yet again with his over dramatic acting which he is known for. Low budget but very entertaining!