Hush… Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964)
Director: Robert Aldrich
Main Stars: Bette Davis, Oliva de Havilland, Joseph Cotton, Ages Moorehead, Victor Buono
Storyline: A young woman is blamed for the murder of her ex boyfriend as he admits he still loves his wife.
Review (Spoils): Charlotte Hollis (Bette Davis) is young and innocent except for her affair with a married man. When her dad (Victor Buono) threatens the young man and he is found murdered, only Charlotte is to blame. Years pass, and she has slowly gone mad with dreams of ghosts, guilt and the taunting of the town.
Bette Davis returns to the horror screen this time in a very similar character as Whatever Happened to Baby Jane but because of this it harms the film. The story line of this one is much like Dementia 13 meets something from Hitchcock but lacking the in pace. The film is long and can be long winded until it starts to unfold in the last 30min. The storyline bounces around too much on Charlotte going mad and reliving over and over again the visions of the late John and trying to please her father. Until more of the past characters start to make appearance and the tale starts to unfold on what really did happen to John that night of the party.
The film is more of ghost like madness tale then relying on blood and gore, but it does have a neat beheading, chopped of hand and some minor blood. So not bad for its time.
Rating: Trying so hard to become the next Whatever Happened to Baby Jane this one flunks on boredom. It would have not been that bad of a film if it wasn’t for the length of it and the back and forth on the madness. The film worked on the story line and the characters, but it just was too goddamn long for what it was worth. Bette Davis, Oliva de Havilland did steal the show but for some reason I found Victor Buono the true monster of the film.
The Monster (1925)
Director: Roland West
Main Stars: Lon Chaney, Gertrude Olmstead, Hallam Cooley
Storyline: A troubled clerk doubles as a detective is investigating strange going ons at the local mental sanitarium.
Review (Spoils): A madman named Dr. Ziska (Lon Chaney) gets rid of the staff at mental sanitarium and uses the patients as his new staff. The lunatics start to work at the place as Ziska collects bodies to experiment on. As the new detective walks around with the book of “How to be a Detective?” as he is trying to find missing people. As Ziska is abducting people for his experiments the detective gets on the case.
The story line borders on comedy and fun more than the actual horror. The scenery is amazing in this film and make up of Lon Chaney’s character is outstanding. The film itself can be pretty slow moving as the actors are limited as there only a few in the film to hold interest. Part of me thinks that the talent and make up of Chaney was wasted a bit in this film as it was the Wow factor of the film.
Rating: Going to be honest this is one slow moving film with some small laughs, but the Chaney steals the film. The next interesting character is his henchman that helps him with the dropping mirror from the tree to cause cars to run off the road, so they can capture them. The film is fun silent with some scary make up but do not expect to be thrilled or scared.
Director: Damien Leon
Main Stars: Jenna Kanell, Samantha Scaffidi, David Howard Thornton, Catherine Corcora, Pooya Moheseni
Storyline: A crazy clown is stalking and slaughtering people for fun
Review (Spoils): Art the Clown (David Howard Thornton) is the strong silent type, but he likes to kill people just for fun. Art is a terrifying blood mess and will not stop his fun games. As a group of young ladies run into him in the dark streets he starts to stalk one of them named Tara (Jenna Kanell). As things start to become a bit more weird he decides he done with the flirting and time to make them pay and everyone else that gets in his way.
Art the Clown is one bad mother fucker. He is dressed as a black and white clown and scary as hell. He never talks and has no fear of getting his hands dirty and having a little sample of his kills. This film created a whole new horror villain and he stands out large much like his teeth.
Terrifier is not for the weak of heart that is for sure. This is one messed up film that never stops on the blood and gore. We have a clown that would eat the one from IT for breakfast! We got lots of blood, gun shots, stabbings, slashings, a crazy over the top hacksaw scene which will make any female cringe, eyes gouging, beheadings, body skin graph wearing, nudity and I can go on and on.. this is a freaky blood fest!
The acting is not that bad for a low budget film and to be honest Jenna Kanell was well worth the watch on her own. But to be honest outside of Jenna Kanell hotness Art the Clown stole the show. He is what we need in horror a new horror icon that stands out and I want more!
Rating: Damien Leon thank you! This film had me suckered in at the 5min mark and I was glued to the screen the whole time and was disappointed when it ended. Its been a while since a horror film grabbed my attention like that. If you seem to enjoy what I have from ratings in the past do yourself a huge favor and grab this one! Thank you again Damien Leon for Art and for Jenna Kanell and Samantha Scaffidi well done sir. One of the best I have seen this year.
Director: Mike Flanagan
Main Stars: John Gallagher Jr., Kate Siegel, Michael Trucco
Storyline: A deaf writer lives alone in the woods is stalked by a killer.
Review (Spoils): Maddie (Kate Siegel) lives in the woods after she went through a bad break up and using the seclusion also to help her with her writing. Maddie has been deaf since she was a young girl who got sick and the complications of that cost her, her hearing. Also, being the woods helps her straighten out the voices of her mother in her head that creates the vision of her novels. What Maddie does not know is that her neighbour next door has been slaughtered and a man with a white mask is taunting her in her house.
This film screams The Strangers meets Wait Until Dark, except there is only one stalker and the actress are deaf not blind. The movie is not bad as it goes back and forth on the main actress trying to live and escape as the stalker goes back and forth torturing her and trying to get everyone that drops by out of the way of his plan. The explanation of why the killer is doing it is kind of dull and not really well rounded except that he is nuts. We have some blood, a cat slaughter, some blood on the glass, a white mask, lots of darkness, stabbings and some silent screams. But the film fell apart near the middle and dragged on. The only part that it picked up again was when the boyfriend of the girl next door showed up and the conversations between the two them started to reveal he was not a cop but the killer to the dude.
Rating: This film stated off really cool and I thought to myself okay finally a fresh film of horror. Instead it started to into just a psycho who wants to kill her because he does not get his way. Lame…. Sure, the film was entertaining but do not expect anything surprising with this film. Kate Siegel was actually really good and was the only reason to keep watching as she played the character well.
The Girl in the Photographs (2015)
Director: Nick Simon
Main Stars: Kal Pen, Claudia Lee, Kenny Wormald, Luke Baines, Toby Hemingway, Miranda Rae Mayo, Katharine Isabelle, Autumn Kendrick
Storyline: A young woman in a small town is bothered by some Hollywood people and at the same time she is dragged and stalked by someone who loves to leave pictures of dead girls for her.
Review (Spoils): Colleen (Claudia Lee) and her bitchy attitude is stuck in a dead-end town with no where to go. She starts to find pictures of dead girls and brings it to the police. They knock it off as just someone messing around and being artistic. At the same time photographer Peter Hemmings (Kal Pen) is coming to town to figure out how he can cash in on this fad. When is group of merry men/women showed up Colleen gets dragged into it. One by one people close to Collen start to disappear and the pictures keep growing.
This film brings some eeriness to the screen as the annoying Colleen starts to become stalked by people in some white masks. Sure, the film screams a bit of copycat of the film The Strangers but non- the less I was entertained. As you can tell Claudia Lee annoyed the hell of me for this film and almost ruined it for me. But on the other hand, Kal Pen was very entertaining and so was his whole crew of models and celebs. A big part of me wanted to see Claudia Lee to meet her end and have someone like the hot babe Autumn Kendrick win!
The film brings on some blood and some nasty kills like stabs, slashes, choking, some white masks, lots of camera flashing, nice cage, some nakedness of Autumn Kendrick (right on!), sarcasm of Kal Pen and the bitchiness of Claudia Lee’s character.
Rating: To be honest I did not mind this film and do not understand the bad reviews. Outside of Claudia Lee I liked this film. Its pace was well played and I really did enjoy the Peter Hemmings character as it made me laugh a few times once the character breaks the ice. Luke Baines played an villain that I did find enjoyable and creepy. Not an amazing horror film but still worth the time as it was a bloody okay time.
The Final Girl (2015)
Director: Tyler Shields
Main Stars: Abigail Breslin, Wes Bentley, Logan Huffman, Cameron Bright, Alexander Ludwig, Reece Thomspson, Francesca Eastwood
Storyline: A young girl is taken to be modeled as a killer to help revenge the death of a wife and child.
Review (Spoils): Young Veronica (Abigail Breslin) is taken and trained to be a killer so that she can help avenge a death of William’s (Wes Bentley) family. We learn that there is a group of young gentlemen that have some serious mental issues that gather every once in awhile and hunt down young girls in the woods. So, William setups up Veronica to stop them as becoming the final girl.
I have read some bad reviews of this film but to be honest I enjoyed it and liked that it was not heavy on development and plot. Yes, the plot is very simple but I like the unknown about it and it just ended which is great. This film is what it is, young boys trying to hunt down a girl that they do not know if a trained killer herself. The boys each have their personality and small background that is not complicated in story. Perfect!
The film is lacking in gore and blood which okay that could have been better but overall the film is made of the following: woods, baseball bats, axes, drugs, hanging and a nice rock smash. The film can be pretty dark or over shadowed during the kills but it is entertaining non- the less.
Rating: At first, I was not sure if I enjoyed Abigail Breslin as to me she does not look great as a yellowed haired blond. But as we made our way to the woods the character kind of grew on me. The film does have a Funny Games feel to it but I do enjoy my woman revenge films so this one suckered me in. I personally hope they stay away from a sequel and just the film as it is.
Creep 2 (2017)
Director: Patrick Brice
Main Stars: Karan Soni, Mark Duplass, Desiree Akhaven
Storyline: Aaron is back and this time a host from Encounters wants to film him.
Review (Spoils): Sara (Desiree Akhaven) a webcast host of a show called Encounters wants to end her show due to lack of viewers. She takes on last whack at her show for the finale and finds Aaron’s (Mark Duplass) add online. She meets Aaron and believes that she has found the work of her dream, as none is weirder then Aaron. After meeting and asking a millions questions back and forth Sara starts to worry about herself and if she is going to survive the night.
Once again, Aaron is back at it again, building friendships, romances and killing them as his mind snaps. Aaron gives us the lovely return of Peach Fuzz, some axes, knives, nasty stabs, mind games, nasty blood neck slash and of course a nice hanging. Aaron is as nuts as before and Sara adds a nice new element to the series.
Only a few things bothered me with this film. We get Aaron naked but when it came to Sara, it was just a headshot (which to me I personally think the full nude on Desiree Akhaven would add more to the exploitation, which we want with this film). Secondly, even at the end of the killing is off camera if we are to get a wild ending why not exploit it to the audience? And more Peach Fuzz you had the perfect spot for it near the end.
Rating: To be honest I love this series and it easy to be suckered into. I really enjoy the Aaron character so hats off to Mark Duplass again. The film sure had some flaws and some missed wishes but yet again this film was fast paced and creepy enough to be me entertained. Maybe we could have used more Peach Fuzz.
Director: Patrick Brice
Main Stars: Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass
Storyline: A videographer is hired to film a lonely man in the woods as he is dying with cancer.
Review (Spoils): A young man named Aaron from Craig’s List is hired to video tape a young man who is dying with cancer and wants to share the video with his new baby to remember him. From the get go Josef is a bit of a loose cannon as he is late for the first greeting and loves to scare poor Aaron. As time passes and the day becomes night, we learn that Josef is a bit darker and wants Aaron to spend the night. After missing keys and some drink, Aaron drugs Josef to get away. This leads to the darker world of Josef and his childhood friend known as Peachfuzz.
This film is slow at the beginning as you try to figure out the characters and why they are together in the woods. However, as time and the story builds you start to see the darker side of Josef. We are introduced to a love crush, some childhood issues and a twist of none stop lies. We learn the hard truth of meeting someone on the internet and trust.
This film is all story and scares, do not expect blood and gore at all with this film. It builds on just tension.
Rating: This is fun film and it even introduces us to a new horror villain known as Peachfuzz. It is about time someone made a film that dragged me into it and it did not need cheap CGI and over the top torture. Awesome job Patrick Brice!
Director: Roman Polanski
Main Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Yvonne Fumeaux
Storyline: A young woman is struggling with men in general and is left alone to battle her struggles
Review (Spoils): Carol (Catherine Deneuve) lives with her older sister in a small apartment. It all starts to go wrong when her sister Helen (Yvonne Fumeaux) starts to be serious with a man. She makes herself distracted when being hit on, has visions of being attacked and even blanks out on the mention of men. When Helen leaves for a week that is when Carol’s mind and possible vague past comes to terms. Is what is happening real to her or just in her mind?
This film can be slow but that is what builds the film up and the character Carol. The silence and strange music speaks volumes for the film and her mind. The film is not lacking on blood either as we have nasty headshots, slashes of a razorblade, visions of rape, cracked walls, puzzled looks and the strange attraction I have of Catherine Deneuve in this film.
Rating: When you take a film like Carnival of Soul and Dementia 13 and breed them together this is kind of, what you get? A classic and strange thriller/horror film that just stands out. Repulsion is one of those films that I keep coming back to and finding something new in it. The movie has many funny things and dialogue that happens that keeps you guessing if the mind is the game or her past. If you have not seen this film and are in the need of a classic mind thriller than look no farther.
The Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
Director: Michael Curtiz
Main Stars: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Glenda Farrell
Storyline: Bodies are disappearing and it all points to a famous wax museum
Review (Spoils): Ivan Igor (Lionel Atwill) gets into a financial fight with his business collaborate Worth and he burns down the building along with Igor. Time passes and the museum re-opens under new ownership. At this time, period bodies start to disappear and the frisky Florence (Glenda Farrell) is snooping for the hot story for the newspaper on it.
This nice little who did it thriller, no blood, no gore but just creepiness. The movie is based mostly on plot and the creepiness of the wax sculptures themselves and the melting of them and possibility of bodies hidden underneath. For example the Joan of Arc one is a classic scene and really gothic.
Rating: The movie is actually fast paced and mostly sticks to the story of Florence racing around getting him big story with the help of the police. The movie moves around that mostly and has the scenery of the wax sculptures and strange characters as Igor grows in a love interest with his assistant’s girlfriend Fay Wray). Seeing this film was done in 1933 and you can tell by the script as some of characters had hard talking and heavy shaking dialogue.