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House of Dark Shadows (1970)

House of Dark Shadows (1970)

Country: UK

Director:  Dan Curtis

Main Stars:  Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Kathryn Light Scott, Nancy Barrett, Roger Davis, Barbara Cason

Storyline:  The vampire Barnabas is released, and he wants to fine his true love and will not stop for nothing as he is haunted by this curse.

Review (Spoils): The dark forgotten Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) is released from his chained-up coffin and he comes back to fin youth and love. Portraying as a long-lost relative he spends time at a mansion called the Collinwood Estate as he uses his domination to create followers and chases the ones that he loves. This vampire is unlike others as his charm is strong as women are finding themselves deeply in mad love with him and will not stop for nothing for his attention.

This film is very different than the regular vampire like films as it has a very dark, sexual Hammer like feel to it but at the same it lacks explanation. The film starts off like you missed a whole storyline as it just jumps right in without any back story. This does hurt the film to be honest as a lot of the beginning you are confused and bored. But about half through the film it does start to shine.

There is no lack of vampire teeth, neck bites and bright red blood in this film. We have crosses, wolves, stakes and tons of sexual tension (but no nudity) but lots of 70s short skirts to keep you entertained. The make up for Barnabas actually at first you do not get it but once he shows his true self it is great! There is one nasty stake scene which I believe was the highlight of the film even though it was the death of beauty.

Rating:  This was started really bad and confusing but about halfway through it did shine as an underground gem and I actual enjoyed it. Sure, the women’s outfits helped a lot, but Jonathan Frid did shine. The film is off a tv series but to do a motion film you do need to explain yourself. But with the beauties of Kathryn Light Scott, Nancy Barrett this film is a vampire film worth a watch.

6/10 Beers! Yacker

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The Hounds of Baskervilles (1959)

The Hounds of Baskervilles (1959)

Country: UK

Director:  Terrence Fisher

Main Stars:  Peter Cushing, Andre Morell, Christopher Lee, Marla Landi

Storyline:  Sherlock Holmes is hired to investigate a family curse at the Baskervilles estate.

Review (Spoils): As Sir Henry Baskerville (Christopher Lee) returns to the family estate located in a foggy moor area after his father dies strangeness starts to happen. The famous Sherlock Holmes (Peter Cushing) and his assistant Dr. Watson (Andre Morell) are hired to investigate as Sir Henry is being haunted by strange hounds that seem to be haunting the mansion.

Hammer films are legendary for horror so I could not pass this up plus my wife is a huge Sherlock Holmes and Hammer film fan. Once again in all its glory the sets are amazing and very gothic. Peter Cushing steals the show and fit the role just right. He has the perfect look and feel for the character. Christopher Lee takes the back-story character in this film as he graces the film but is not the full focal point.The characters are enjoyable and stand out and from my understanding it does not stand somewhat true to the novel. Not to ruin the film but the hounds are even enjoyable in the mists and glowing in eerie horror which you could not expect anything less from Hammer.

The only thing really missing in this film as it is Hammer is out of this world buxom dresses.

Rating:  Yet again Hammer delivers another classic haunting tale. This time not a monster film or massive killings with bright red blood and sexuality. But it is a classic tale of haunting and mystery in which Cushing is in a role that he was born to do. Definitely worth checking out.

6/10 Beers!

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The Exterminating Angel (1962)

The Exterminating Angel (1962)
Country: Italy
Director: Luis Bunuel
Main Stars: Silvia Pinal, Jasqueline Andere, Enrique Rambal, Jose Baviera, Augusto Benedico


Storyline: A group of rich people at a dinner party get trapped within a room and unable to leave for some unknown or seen reason.


Review (Spoils): After a lavish dinner party at the mansion a group of well-off people are overwhelmed with a feeling that they cannot leave the room. The house staff all left before the party really got started as they felt they needed to leave the house. As the party continued the guests one by one started to feel dread and despair as they try to leave.


The whole setting for much of this film is the conflict of the guests as they are sitting within a room that they cannot leave for some unknown reason. As some of the ill ones start to die and they battle over who is leading, rumors, conflict of getting on each other nervous and of course hunger as they are trapped for a very long time. With a mix of weirdness and symbolism of sheep, bears and even chicken feet the film builds on the characters.


The horror of this film is just watching as the rich popular people are tortured with boredom and brought down to be the animals they see within the house. They cannot escape and the reason for this is not seen or explained. Do not expecting jumping scares of blood.


Rating: This disturbing and dark film realism on the characters and the conflict itself. There are no special effects or monsters except for the people themselves. Yes, the film can drag a little and be somewhat confusing if you do not have a open artistic mind while watching it. Watching the people breakdown is worth the horror and suspense of the film.

Yacker 6/10 Beers!

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Girl on the Third Floor (2019)

Girl on the Third Floor (2019)

Country: USA

Director:  Travis Stevens

Main Stars:  C.M. Punk, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Sarah Brooks, Travis Delgado, Elissa Dowling

Storyline:  Husband with a dark past gets an old house ready for his pregnant wife that is coming to move there soon. While getting the house ready he is visited by the neighbor pastor and a seductive young girl. All they are all connected to something else.

Review (Spoils): Don (C.M. Punk) has a dark past with booze and fraud and when he sets out to the country to get a very old house setup for his wife (Trieste Kelly Dunn) things go odd. He is visited from the pastor across the street who is asking personal questions and late at night a young blonde (Sarah Brooks) visit also very seductively. As he becomes unloyal yet again things start to unfold around the house as we are slowing fixing pipes, drywall and painting. Even his dog has the jitters.

The acting of the film was not bad to be honest and the story line did unfold well. Sure, neither the husband or the wife is lovable characters and the young seductress was well attractive and entertaining but some of the items did not sit well. The flashback vision towards the end was questionable but I guess it was there way of explaining it more in detail but the gruesome woman in the wall idea was a bit of stretch. They should have just stuck to the plot with just the young woman. The film does build the characters, but I believe the main characters had to be some likable for us to even want to cheer them on. C.M. Punk was a bit of dope and Trieste Kelly Dunn’s character screamed bitch.

The movie gives us blood and lots of gooey messes. Random ooze from walls and pipes, nasty blades cuts throughout, a nice head rip, a nasty sledgehammer to the face, something in the dryer (no spoil), the sexy Sarah Brooks and of course the odd dead corpses in the wall. The special effect were actual not bad for this rate of film.

Rating:  I would not say the film was scary, but the film was entertaining enough, and I enjoyed it. Not sure why this film was so many bad reviews as I thought it was a pretty decent flick for what it was. But then again it had the hot chick Sarah Brooks and gore so with that I was sold right there.

6/10 Beers!

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Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Country: USA

Director:  Zack Synder

Main Stars:  Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, Ty Burrell, Lindy Booth, Michael Kelly, Kevin Zegers, Jayne Eastwood, Jake Weber, Kim Poirier, Inna Korobkina

Storyline:  Survivors of the zombie outbreak trap themselves in a mall and try to survive.

 

 

Review (Spoils): Remake time yet again and this time this is with a massive classic. I personally put this one off for a long time to see as I was not crazy about the idea. We have Ana (Sarah Polley) trapped with a group of misfits within a mall as they plan to escape and live somewhere else in a world full of zombies. While they all work together on how to escape and why this is happening in the world, they also find out each other dirty laundry.  The film bases mostly on them trying to work together and stopping the spread of the zombie infection.

The film does stray away from the original script by a lot which is a good thing and they dropped most of the comedy stuff from the original. Yes, we have some unique characters and the build is not bad. The eye candy from the film is there as Sarah Polley (the hero), Lindy Booth (the silly young one that does stupid stuff) and Kim Poirier (the bubbly blonde). All three of them did a great job and I did not dislike them.  Ty Burrell did an amazing job also as you wanted to hate him, and he played the part very well.

Now to what I did not care for, the young pregnant couple was painful. Mekhi Phifer and Inna Korobkina characters were not enjoyable and not even smart in anyway and they seemed to be out of place. The acting was poor, and I cheered for the zombie baby. Bad selection on actors.  The second hurting unit of this film was fast moving zombies, I hate fucking running zombies.

We got lots of gun shots, zombies bites, a zombie baby with glowing eyes, some cool skin rot special effects, a gross fat undead woman, some chainsaws, and more zombies then you can track. The gore is not over the top as the original, but the zombie action is there.

Rating:  Going to be honest here, this film was not bad for a remake. It stayed away from the original enough to not hurt it and yet it did pay homage to it. The ladies were great, and I was glued to the screen to see how this all is going to work out for them. The movie was not bad but like I have said many times I really hate fast moving zombies and once I saw them go, I was kicked to the curve on thought.  But overall the flick was fun and entertaining for a zombie movie. Well done Sarah Polley! As a side note was Kim Poirier trying to be Sherri Moon? (it worked for me).

6/10 Beers!

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Happy Death Day (2017)

Happy Death Day (2017)

Country: USA

Director: Scott Lobdell

Main Stars:  Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Rudy Modine, Charles Aitken, Laura Clifton, Jason Bayle, Rob Mello, Rachel Matthews

Storyline:  A young women keeps getting killed on her birthday and coming back to re-live that day until she figures out who her murder is.

Review (Spoils): Tree (Jessica Rothe) is a royal bitch that uses men, party girl, belongs to a snobby university pledge group and does not give a shit about others in general. She wakes of one morning after one of her many party nights to find herself in a stranger’s bed (Israel Broussard). When she travels back to her dorm room, she treats her roommate Lori (Rudy Modine) like a piece of dirt as usual and heads off for her day. Later that night on her way back to another party to hook up again she is stalked by a serial killer who wears a baby mask (icon of the college school team) and he kills her. Tree wakes up all over again to learn she will have to re-live the day over and over until she figures out and kills her murder.

First off, I love to always comment on the main characters and Jessica Rothe is a nice cross between young Britney Spears and Kaley Cuoco so I was locked on this darling throughout this film. She played the character damn good with the look in the eyes alone better yet the one-line comments. Now the teenage stuff might have been a little over played in all the characters, but it made the point of her to not be likable. Now to start to rip the film apart a bit on some faults.

The film was not that funny as its was a typical teen are dumb film. Also, the back and forth on the story line on who the real murder was a tad lame as to be honest I called it to myself from about the second day. This film was too gullible to itself. Another miss that could have happened was this film could have really used more gore. Most of killing was directed to the camera so we missed out on all the blood and gore. Also, there could have been an opportunity here to show or tease some skin and it failed there also. Those are some check boxes that film needed as it lacked on scares.

I should of took notes of all the many ways Jessica Rothe died, there was hangings, gun shots, cars blowing up, stabbings, falls, axes, slits, acid and even normal face punch beatings. The lack of blood and gore is huge here.

 

Rating:  The slow basics of this film is its Groundhog Day but as a teen horror. The idea was great and the actors/ actresses per perfect but the film score on actual horror failed. It tried to hard to be a Scream like film and fell short and flat which is too bad as Jessica Rothe is smoking!

6/10 Beers!

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The Perfection (2018)

The Perfection (2018)

Country: USA

Director:  Richard Shepard

Main Stars:  Allison Williams, Steven Weber, Alaina Huffman, Logan Browning, Molly Grace

Storyline:  Past musician has been felt left behind her in career and seeks out new star pupil of her former school.

Review (Spoils): Charlotte (Allison Williams) had everything going for her music career until her mother and personal life got in the way and she needed to decide. Time past and she regretted her choices. She seeks back to her formal school and teacher Anton (Steven Weber). Charlotte is introduced to the new star of the school Lizzie (Logan Browning) and the two hit it off. But is this love or is it a trap? The web of choices and the past of the school starts to bring forth a nightmare.

Charlotte starts off being the one seeking out everyone and being awkward but then you realise there is more to her than what seems. The fake traps begin and so does the planning but then the story takes a few twists (which is explained in some rewinds) and we learn that maybe she could be the victim? The film plays totally off the character development and relationship between Charlotte and Lizzie until mid way and then the twists of madness and blood starts to shine.

The film gives us some sexy lesbian love making, nasty arm hack, some yellow puke in a few occasions, bugs lots and lots of bugs, knives and more knives, the hot Allison Williams and a ending scene which helps make this film memorable. Nothing very over the top but enough to keep the film in the horror more than thriller line.

Rating:  Personally, had no idea what I was going to get into with this film and did not disappoint. The character build between the two women was enough for me wanting to know where this was going. The film did get a bit weird and kind of off the road towards the end, but the freaky ending was enough to keep me in peace and let me just enjoy the film was its own weirdness. Also, an hour and half of Allison Williams did not hurt either. Go check this out!

6/10 Beers!

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Mara (2018)

Mara (2018)

Country: USA

Director:  Clive Tonge

Main Stars:  Olga Kurylenko, Craig Conway, Javier Botet, Mackenzie Imsand, Rosie Fellner

Storyline:  An ancient demon haunts people dreams as it feeds off their death. A criminal psychologist investigating gets trapped in the curse.

Review (Spoils): Criminal psychologist Kate (Olga Kurylenko) is assigned to investigate a murder in which only a young girl is witness too. As Kate looks further into the child and what happened this all leads to ancient curse of a demon known as Mara that haunts and kills in phases.

This film is a like a cross between The Grudge and the Nightmare on Elm Street series. Instead of Freddy haunting everyone and causing people to not sleep we have a haunting creepy limbed woman known as Mara. As Kate goes through the investigation, she learns that the murder might all be tied to ancient being that haunts and kills people in their sleep. As she meets people that are claiming its real and attacks in phases she gets marked also (starts with red mark on the eye) and the madness begins. While she is trying to accept the fate, she tries to find out what is the connection of the demon to kill.

The movie is set with some typical scares and a villain again that a woman with long hair and moves in awkward steps upon the person. Nothing really out of the ordinary except its been awhile since we had a dream killer.  Olga Kurylenko does do an amazing job as the lead during this scattered storyline that really does not get explained. Secondly Craig Conway is also awesome as the crazy Dougie and that character along was worth the viewing. But unfortunate the haunting demon Mara is not memorable.

The film gives us red blood dots on eyes, red eyes, some broken necks, typical woman demon that crawls funny, the cute Olga Kurylenko, a nasty eye lid slash, a burning with gas and some dark dream sequences. The eye lid scene is enough to make you clinch.

Rating:  This film had some protentional but the storyline of why leaves it kind of lame. I actually did love the phases of the haunting and how the demon is ancient and the scene explaining that with both Craig Conway and Olga Kurylenko but after that its kind of fell flat. Brining it back to the kid and her parents seemed like a cop out and I lost interest. Too bad as the movie was going in the right track at one point. Maybe a sequel could save this film to explain something I little more complete for the demon Mara.

6/10 Beers!

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The Quiet Room (2018)

The Quiet Room (2018)

Country: USA

Director:  Sam Wineman

Main Stars:  Jamal Douglas, Barkley Harper, Stephanie Kerbis, Brian McCook, Chris Salvatore, Alaska Thunderfuck, Lisa Wilcox, Kit Williamson

Storyline:  Young man is within a psych ward and must battle off a demon that haunts the ward before it kills everyone.

Review (Spoils): Young Michael (Jamal Douglas) is admitted to a psych ward due to the attempt of suicide and when he arrives it has awakened a female demon entity that has decided to kill off anyone who gets in its way of Michael. As Michael gets close to other inmates as friends or even sexual (as a comfort for his pain) the demon follows the path to destroy them.

This short film was suggested to me online to check out as it was released on Crypt TV as a kick off for Pride Month. Yes, the film has some homosexuality hints and visuals too it, but it does not over bear the film story line and leaves a bit to want the demon wants and why. The actual story line itself does have gaps in the findings of why but I believe this is on purpose for the audience to re-watch and try to find their own personal reasoning for the demon. The acting is not bad for short feature that rounds out a little less than 30min. Some of characters could have been rounded out a bit more but then again, it’s a short film and it needs to get the action and to the point. I found the characters outside of the main actor like Barkley Harper and Kit Williamson worked and I had interest in them. Barkley Harper had some great one liners and connection with the Hunter character, and I could listen and stare at her all day to be honest. Kit Williamson was mysterious which lean on the is he creepy or is he sincere role.

The special effects to be honest were decent for a film like this. The monster was done very well, and I enjoyed the demon and felt it was not cheesy and would be something I could see in a large film. I was quite impressed as I was expecting some bad CGI. We have blood, naked female demons, semi naked men, nasty slit wrists, dreams sequences, smoking hot Barkley Harper and some twisted leg breaks and more blood.

Rating:  Looking for a quick 30min fix of horror this is not too bad. It has the horror legendary Lisa Wilcox in it and outrageous fun Alaska Thunderfuck. As noted before Barkley Harper needs more air time in horror! Go check it out!

6/10 Beers for a short film !

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The Devil’s Own / The Witches (1966)

The Devil’s Own / The Witches (1966)

Country:  UK

Director:  Cyril Frankel

Main Stars:  Joan Fontaine, Kay Walsh, Alec McCowen, Ann Bell, Ingrid Boulting, Michele Dotrice, Gwen Ffrangcon Davies, Ingrid Boulting

Storyline:  A school teacher moves to a small village to teach and witness’s examples of possible witch craft.

Review (Spoils): English School teacher (Joan Fontaine) was in Africa when she had a nervous breakdown due to being haunted by voodoo. After she was recovered, she was offered a new job as a school teacher in a small country town. When she arrives, she notices the people of the village are very private and even some act very weird. As she witnesses a young bright boy who hangs out with a blond girl who plays with dolls being picked on by the village she gets interested. As she works her way into getting more information on the occult and people start to disappear or die the truth starts to show.

Like much Hammer Films the scenery are amazing in this little Gothic tale of witchcraft. The characters are well done and played for the small strange village. Joan Fontaine does a great job trying to play the sane one (even though her hair was a disaster in the film). Ingrid Boulting did a fantastic job playing the secretive young woman Linda who played with dolls and left the audience guessing if she was evil or not.

The film like mentioned above gave the typical Hammer scenery with is breath taking for horror, we have chants, strange high as a kit dancing, drowning, sheep shit, worms more sheep, little dolls and some stabbings. Nothing over the top for blood and gore except for the mud and sheep poop.

Rating:  This movie was way better then I thought it would be. The opening scene seemed a bit cheesy and I was concerned but once the film moved it location to Europe, I was ok. The ending just kind of ends and it could of used some weirdness or a cliff hanger but it was based off a book. Which I did learn that that Joan Fontaine bought the script and sold herself and the tale to Hammer to be done.

6/10 Beers!

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