Isle of the Dead (1945)
Director: Mark Robson
Main Stars: Boris Karloff, Ellen Drew, Marc Cramer, Katherine Emery
Storyline: On a Greek island during the war people are quarantined on the island due to a plague
Review (Spoils): During the war of 1912, people are trapped on an island located on the side of Greece. Legend and tales from a peasant woman is spread that there is a haunting presence of an undead spirit vampire known as the vorvolaka. The people on the island are told by the general (Boris Karloff) that they cannot leave due to a plague that is causing people to feel ill, weak and then slow death. The battle of legend and politics starts to happen between the people on the island as the sickness spreads. Does the faith in the goddess over power the tales of the spirit of evil.
The setting of this film is well done as it builds the backdrop of the war and the environment of the island. We have Boris Karloff not playing really the monster in this case but instead the hardheaded general who is trying to protect the people but at the same time contain the plague. Katherine Emery plays the part of the woman who fears of being buried alive which does come to terms within the film. Of course, we have the lovely Ellen Drew playing the lead woman who may or may not be a vorvolaka spirit.
Rating: This is actually not a bad film but there is something that is missing from the formula. Not sure if it was because they did not get into the details of the haunting evil spirit idea or it was lacking scares. Ellen Drew was great and of course so was Boris Karloff but something when it came to the horror of the tale was missing. Except of course, the scene of live person in a coffin scratching is a nice touch.
Director: Roxanne Benjamin, Karyn Kusama
Main Stars: Natalie Brown, Jonathan Watton, Peter DaCunha, Melanie Lynskey, Breeda Wool, Angela Trimbur, Christina Kirk, Sheila Vand
Storyline: An anthology of horror and haunting which has female leads.
Review (Spoils): This film is broken down in four short films, which focuses on female leads in each.
The first tale called The Box, which is the stronger one of the tales. We have the beautiful Natalie Brown who plays the mother of small family and her son meets a stranger on a bus that shows him a red box. Never shown what is in the box he starts to starve himself and the secret starts to spread through out the rest of the family.
The second tale called The Birthday Party is more of fun tale of a mother who is trying to balance the death of her husband and her daughter’s birthday party on the same day. This is actually a funny tale and the giant panda was a nice touch.
The third tale is called Don’t Fall, a short tale and more unclear 1 where a small group travel into the wilderness and they come across an ancient occult symbol on a rock. One of the women becomes possessed and make short work of her friends.
The very last story is called Her Only Living Son, which is a weaker story of a single mom, and her love for her strange son who turns out is the son of Satan. Not bad story but was lacking on the scares and humor of the other tales.
Rating: Not the best film of short horror tales as there was a serious lack of blood and guts and the scares was just not there. The first couple were okay but then the second half of the film fell flat. The first tale was the strongest and actually could have made a neat movie on its own. Not a bad batch and worth checking out if you are out of ideas on what horror to watch.
Slumber Party Massacre II (1987)
Director: Deborah Brock
Main Stars: Crystal Bernard, Jennifer Rhodes, Kimberly McArthur, Juilette Cummins, Heidi Kozak, Cindy Eilbacher, Atanas Ilitch
Storyline: The younger sister of Valeria has a feeling the haunting of the driller killer still exists.
Review (Spoils): Smoking hot Courtney (Crystal Bernard) has grown up since the first film and keeps having nightmares of that bloody night when the drill killer came to town and killed a batch of teenage girls. She keeps dreaming and seeing her older sister warning her about the drill killer, sex and other fun stuff as she and her friends plan a get together to party, play music and do just that. Just when her friends start to think, she is nuts the drill killer comes and brings on the bloody tunes.
I am going to first start off when I was young I had a TV crush on Crystal Bernard and for that; I cannot not like this film. This film has nudity, blood, hot chicks, an Andrew Dice Clay killer (Atanas Ilitch) with a drill on his guitar, sex dolls, 80s partying and some cheesy dance moves what is there not to like! We have some bad special effects, blood, plastic body parts and 80s love.
Rating: I loved the first film a lot and this one it not like it at all but…. It is so bad and worth drinking too that you cannot dislike it. Its screams B movie and screams hormones! Therefore, I was disappointed that this film did not score as great as the first one and became so damn cheesy and low dollar. In addition, it has Crystal Bernard and Crystal Bernard in a bikini…. You will need beers to survive this film.
Ginger Snaps 3 (2004)
Director: Grant Harvey
Main Stars: Katherine Isabelle, Emily Perkins, Stephen Massicotte, Hugh Dillon
Storyline: We go back to the 19th century and learn the history of the sisters and their curse.
Review (Spoils): We travel back in time before the first film into the 19th century. Brigitte (Emily Perkins) and Ginger (Katherine Isabelle) come across a trade post which becomes under attack from a clan of werewolves. While they are trapped there and trying to survive an Indian hunter decides to help the girls survive as one of them becomes bitten by a werewolf and the curse begins for them.
I’m not positive what they were hoping to get out of this film besides some backstory which kind of ruins the first 2 movies. We learn about their original parents and why their bond is so strong as sisters but this film is lacking the dark humor which was so great about the first film. Sure we have the talents of Katherine Isabelle and Emily Perkins again but it is just not the same and the Ginger character just does not fit with this type of background. The special effects of the werewolves are actually pretty cool and near the end of the film you can really get a good look at them. Lots of red blood and fur flying in this film.
Rating: I personally loved the first film as it was a breath of fresh air for the werewolf films but now that we are trying to twist a backstory of the series this kind of left me bored. We have two very talented actresses but the storyline just was not the same to be part of the series. They would of been better off doing another sequel in the same lines of the first two films.
Vampyros Lesbos (1971)
Director: Jesus Franco
Main Stars: Soledad Miranda, Dennis Price, Paul Muller, Ewa Stromberg
Storyline: A tale a young woman and her interest in the countess of seduction.
Review (Spoils): Linda (Ewa Stromberg ) has erotic dreams with about a strange woman so her doctor suggests her to start to explore this. She gets an estate run by Countess Nadine Oskudar (Soledad Miranda) which just so happens to be owned at one time by Count Dracula. The countess then attacks Linda and since that moment she starts to be treated for being insane. So the ex boyfriend of Linda and some vampire experts head out to put an end to the Countess.
This film is basically some weird dreams, some sexual lesbian erotic stuff and limited neck biting of red goop on blood. Nothing over the top gory or nothing shocking except maybe the display of art in the film. The plot line is pretty basic and nothing is really over the top entertaining. We have the beautiful Soledad Miranda parading around in stocking and dancing and biting necks.
Rating: This movie actually can be pretty boring and I even have the uncut version. I’m not sure why but I was expecting a lot more out of this film. I’m giving this a low rating as it is not recommending for everyone but it will get basic stars because we have Soledad Miranda roaming around in sexy stocking through the film and that is worth something.
Fear of the Living Dead (2009)
Director: Randy Smith
Main Stars: April Campbell, Mike Tarp, Beth Baker
Storyline: Basic zombie short of a man and woman trying to survive a zombie outbreak
Review (Spoils): I came across this film and received a copy as I was at one time going to be a walking zombie in the film as I worked with someone who knew the crew. Time and the planning of kids did not pane out but my friend did make it so I did get a screening of the film. This is Canadian short film on a couple who are trying to survive a zombie outbreak. The film is on limited budget so the acting is limited and so is the plot. The make-up of the zombies themselves are not bad to be honest for a short film and we have decent gore in this short.
We have headshots, slow movie zombies, swarms of zombies, groans and some nasty biting (my favorite is the finger scene as that zombie is my buddy).
Rating: Why place this film on the site? Well for one it’s a horror short and shot locally in Ottawa and two we need to support small time films as someone needs to start somewhere. Hell even Evil Dead was a short at one point. (which I do have a copy of Evil Dead 0).
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Main Stars: Lauren Bittner, Chloe Csengery, Jessica Tyler Brown, Christopher Nicholas Smith, Katie Featherston
Storyline: The childhood of Katie is retold through video tapes
Review (Spoils): The film starts with Katie (Katie Featherston) and her sister and her husband going through some old junk and coming across Katie’s birthday video tape. From there we learn of her childhood through the same video camera and tape style as the other films where there is a paranormal entity that is grabbing, shaking and stunning people that come across its path. We have more of 80s feel in the background of this but at the same time it really is just the same stuff.
It’s the same song and dance as the last bunch except Katie is young and it is more around her parents. We have the hot Lauren Bittner this time playing the mother and how she is being horrified by the evil ghost and how it is conquering her young daughter Katie (Chloe Csengery). Some same jumpy parts, same camera and to be honest the same damn story except we learn about more about the past of where the evil may of came from. The only difference is we had Lauren Bittner smoking a joint and looking sexy in a bedroom scene.
Rating: I’m going to be honest I really do not get the hype of this series. Even the first one was not that great…. who are these people that think these films are scary? You have no idea what a scary fucked up film really is. This series is not it. The film is not bad but it’s not great either and can be boring if you have seen the others because you have a fair idea how it’s going to go.