Director: Paco Plaza
Main Stars: Sandra Escacena, Bruna Gonzalez, Claudia Placer, Ivan Chavero, Ana Torrent, Angela Fabian, Carla Campra
Storyline: A group of young girls paly with a Ouija board and there is Hell to pay at main girl’s house now
Review (Spoils): Back in 1991 in Madrid a tale is told about a young girl named Veronica (Sandra Escacena) who looks after her younger sisters and brother as her mother is always working. She and her friends decide to mess around with an Ouija board and talk to her dead father. The session goes wrong, Veronica starts to act strange since, and her friends are ignoring her. While back home things start to act up, she starts to see things, and her younger siblings are frighten to Hell. Veronica goes to Sister Death looking for help and exorcist the demon/ghost from her home.
So this film got a lot of hype and I figured I would check it out as some my twitter feeds and partners were saying it was not bad. Checking the film out it was not horrible, the teenage stuff does seem a repeated but some of the sounds and special effects were okay. I personally thought the best characters of the film was the younger children, Ivan Chavero stole the show for me. Not that Sandra Escacena was bad it was just her character. I really could not relate to her and did not overly care for. But some of scenes gave nice odes to past horror films like the hands reaching out of the bed, the blood stain on the bed, the appearing and disappearing old man and the ending action scene which leads to the end of the film.
Rating: This film was no [ REC] , it was not a bad film but the scares were lacking and the ending was pretty predictable of the outcome. No twists or over surprises really. However, one thing I did like and some people are bitching about was the music. I am sorry but the keyboard music reminded me of the classic Goblin days of the Italian horror (which to me the gems of Horror) so that was a nice touch. But the film was lacking on the true scares but man Ivan Chavero with the glasses rocked!
Director: David Lynch
Main Stars: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates, Judith Roberts, Laurel Near
Storyline: Henry Spencer tries to adapt with his surroundings, new girlfriend and mutant baby
Review (Spoils): This film was been on my list of going to watch for many years. The other night finally the time had come to checkout the classic known as Eraserhead. From the beginning of the film you know you are about to watch something that is a piece of art and not huge on story line but read through the symbolic scenes are appear before you. Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) is trying to just survive what is before him and what is visioning in his mind and that is what the film is pretty much. He gets his girlfriend (Charlotte Stewart) pregnant and they have a mutant baby that near stops crying that drives them insane.
The visuals are crazy with this film, we have a nutty family (my favorite part of the film actually), a man on the moon, blood, a gross chicken scene, a woman who lives in a water heater rad that has puffy cheeks and sings, sperm stomping, smashed head, some pencils, some seduction on the bed and the classic screaming horse mutant baby. The most unforgettable of the film is Henry himself, the crying mutant baby, the upset girlfriend (her family) and the sexy woman from across the hall (Judith Roberts). The film does not strive on horror but instead on the weirdness and the sounds of the movie. The sounds and audio is what makes this a strange and memorable film.
Rating: Welcome the first of the beginning of the twisted world of David Lynch. This film is not boring by a long shot but by the end, you will say what the fuck I just watched. This film is not for everyone and do not watch it stoned!
6/10 Beers! (why 6 cause it is messed up!)
Curse of Chucky (2013)
Director: Don Mancini
Main Stars: Chantal Quesnelle, Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti, Maitland McConnell, Summer H. Howell, Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly
Storyline: The Chucky doll re-appears back into the family of the serial killer Charles Lee Ray.
Review (Spoils): A young woman named Nica (Fiona Dourif) has been in a wheelchair since birth and under the watchful eye of her paranoid mother (Chantal Quesnelle). The Chucky doll appears at the house and her mother id found dead. The family re-unites with Nica’s older sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti), her husband her daughter Alice (Summer H. Howell) and the nanny Jill (Maitland McConnell). As they, all stay at the house with the doll, one by one, they all start to die and the story unfolds with the Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) connection.
Right after the Seed of Chucky crazy storyline the series tries to get back to its roots. The story starts on a tale of the charming Nica and her mother. They get the Chucky doll in the mail and think of it as a sick joke. Time passes and the doll comes to life and her mother is killed. Everything is played as suicide (with scissors?) any ways that is when the rest of the family comes home and as we have family, secrets and conflict Chucky starts to hack them up. We have a beautiful cast of women Chantal Quesnelle, Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti and Maitland McConnell. We have lesbian affairs, scissors, very nasty axes gausses, some bad CGI blood, lost of eyeballs flying and hanging, a hot pink bra and panty laptop chat (because that’s what people do in the real world), knives, peeling skin and very cool beheading. The gore is there if you wait for it.
Rating: I am going to be honest this film at the very beginning I was worried about it. Not being a huge fan of the series this film actual surprised me and got me on board. It dropped some of the cheesy humor of the past films and dove right into a good horror tale. I love the story line that intertwines with the past of the serial killer Charles Lee Ray and his nutty lover Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly). This film actual made me a fan of the series now.
Director: Daniel Mann
Main Stars: Bruce Davison, Sondra Locke, Ernest Borgnine
Storyline: A young man makes friends with rats and uses them for revenge.
Review (Spoils): Willard (Bruce Davison) is a social misfit and is surrounded by his mother’s freaky friends since his father’s death. Even his father’s partner Al Martin (Ernest Borgnine) who everyone hates as the film makes it way through the plot is an asshole. As Willard befriends the cute Joan (Sondra Locke) from work and his mother passes away, he learns that everyone is a pain and cannot be trusted so he has the rats do his dirty work. The rats under the leadership of Ben and Socrates take on the world under the order of Willard we have an entertaining film.
This film screams 70s; we have sexual harassment at work, rats, jumping rats, rats on people’s back, minor blood, some bad editing and the very attractive Sondra Locke.
Rating: This film is much better than Ben by a long shot. Even though it has a made for TV, type feel I felt that the vibe was creepy enough with characters that it kept me entertained. Bruce Davison was great lead and when he snaps you can actual picture the madness in his acting and voice. In addition, we have Sondra Locke before her career took off, being innocent and playful and oh ya the rats were ok.
Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)
Director: Peter Sasdy
Main Stars: Christopher Lee, Geoffrey Keen, Gwen Watford, Linda Hayden. Peter Sallis, Isla Blair
Storyline: A gentlemen’s club is talked into resurrecting Dracula in trade for the ultimate sin.
Review (Spoils): Three middle-aged men who live life to the fullest are talked into selling their soul and some money to resurrect the prince of darkness himself. During the ceremony, the men back out but the young man who talked them into continues and Dracula is raised from the undead. Dracula takes it upon himself to kill each one of the men off one and one and ruin their lives. During all this, one of men Hargood’s daughter is under a spell of Dracula and is taken under his wing causing torment to the village.
Christopher Lee is back as Dracula yet again and he is outstanding. This time he does have some dialogue but nothing huge. We have the cape, red eyes, bright red blood, some biting, some glowing crosses; some great devil worship alters and because it is a Hammer Film some flowing bosoms. The storyline is actually decent and different then the other tales and we have the lovely Linda Hayden and Isla Blair gracing the screen. The only issue with the film is ending as it ended quickly without a long-winded battle that Dracula deserves.
Rating: I personally enjoyed this film even though it did have some plot flaws. We have some enjoyable views of the women that are overtaken by the prince of darkness and I honestly think Christopher Lee was the greatest Dracula. Someday I would love to sit and watch them all in order to get the full effect of the Hammer Dracula films.
The Return of Dracula (1958)
Director: Paul Landres
Main Stars: Francis Lederer, Norma Eberhardt, Ray Stricklyn, Virginia Vincent
Storyline: Dracula over takes a persons identity and moves to America posing as a far away cousin.
Review (Spoils): Count Dracula kills a passenger that just happened to sit in the wrong box on a train and takes over his identity. He travels to California where he plays the part of an artist who is a far way cousin of the Mayberrys. He acts funny and very distant and this attracts the young Rachel to him. The long-term plan of Dracula is to draw young Rachel to become his love in the new undead life.
I was not expecting much from this film as there are so many Dracula knock offs that I was waiting for the worse. We have Francis Lederer playing the wide-eyed Dracula and at first, I was saying to myself this is going to be bad. I was wrong! Francis Lederer took the regular Dracula and made it his own. We have a dark and mysterious man who just happens to be undead. He does not play the vampire part as much as he plays just the creepy man. The cute Norma Eberhardt plays the flirty and wants to move out of the countryside to the big city chasing him like a little lost puppy. Which causing conflict with her boyfriend and Dracula himself. The film is a very different take of the Dracula story.
The film gives us love, staring eyes, white dogs, a dead cat, some blood, a gory ending to Dracula, some fog, nasty neck bites, annoying young boy and undead girlfriends. It is Dracula in the countryside!
Rating: Not a bad film at all for a Dracula film. I personally will mark this up as a need to see at least once vampire film. Francis Lederer surprised the hell of my playing the part of the lead vampire and the ending scene is a nice bloody death scene that you do not want to miss.
Director: David Cronenberg
Main Stars: Marilyn Chambers, Frank Moore, Joe Silver, Susan Roman
Storyline: A woman has plastic surgery and since she craves blood and has been creating a zombie plague across the city.
Review (Spoils): After a freak motorcycle and van accident, which leaves the back passenger of the cycle with some major burns, she is rushed to a plastic surgeon under her will (she is in a coma) for a test experiment. Rose (Marilyn Chambers) wakes up in a scare and learns that she now craves blood. She ends up hurting a patient near her and he cannot remember and lord behold a plague starts to infect the area. Oh, did we mention that she has a start red like new organ growing under her armpit that she uses to draw blood? Human blood is the need as she tries cow’s blood and it just causes some serious blood puke and the victims becomes a rabid type plague on top of that.
This film is all over the place when it comes to the storyline and bizarre. We have strange red penis like organs, a classic porn star as the main actor, foaming mouths, red blood and a zombie like plague that is haunting the streets as Rose keeps her secret. Only in Montreal, can something this weird cut loose?
Only David Cronenberg could create something this bizarre to hit the horror world for its time in the 70s.
Rating: This film is what happens when you mixed horror with a classic 70s porn queen and the classic freak king David Cronenberg. If you are a fan of his movies, you will love this one and get a huge kick out of it all. However, if you like your horror movies very standard you will be sighing through the damn thing. I dug the film and kind of understand the cult following it has, it just needed more classic porn stars in it.