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From Beyond (1986)

From Beyond (1986)

Country: USA

Director:  Stuart Gordon

Main Stars:  Jeffery Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ted Sorel, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Bunny Summers

Storyline:  A bunch of scientists built a Resonator that allows whoever near by it see beyond normal perceptible reality. Once it is open terrible life forms appear to attack mankind.

Review (Spoils): Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffery Combs) and Edward Pretorius (Ted Sorel) worked together on a Resonator and once it started to finally work all hell broke loose. Flying eels from another dimension started to attack and before you knew it Pretorius was killed but was, he? Crawford got taken away for being nuts and Dr. Katherine Mc Michaels (Barbara Crampton) decides to listen to him and have him re-done exactly what he did. This opens the dimension yet again and it also shows what has happened to Pretorius.

The plot for this film is very simple and it should be as the main part of the film for the audience is the crazy special effects. This film is loaded with them so much that I cannot even begin to start to list the scenes. When Stuart Gordon, Jeffery Combs and Barbara Crampton are together you do know that you do not have to doubt the film period. If you have no idea what I am talking about then you better redo your watching list of what is really horror. The characters yes is basic and not overly written in development, but you have Combs playing the strange yet lost scientist and Crampton with her style coming to the rescue or at least trying too. The film screams classic Stuart Gordon with tons of over top special effects and goo coming from all different things and directions.

This film gives lots of slime goo, heads splitting, lots of melting and stretching skin, flying eels, classic 80s electricity effects (you know what I mean), Barbara Crampton topless, weird head antenna that kill, Barbara Crampton in stockings (yummy), melted and torn apart bodies, not much blood but lots and lots of strange lamprey creatures and the many forms of Edward Pretorius. So much special effects I cannot get into the all details.

Rating:  Wanna watch a classic special effects film that is over the top and fun? Then this is the one for you. Stuart Gordon held back nothing when it comes to both his main characters of Jeffery Combs and Barbara Crampton in this film. This gold when it comes to classic 80s horror films of weirdness and it was just wanted, I needed and love.

7/10 Beers!

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Pet Sematary (2019)

Pet Sematary (2019)

Country: USA

Director:  Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer

Main Stars:  Jason Clark, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, Jete Laurence, Hugo Lavoie, Lucas Lavoie, Obassa Ahmed, Alyssa Brooke Levine

Storyline:  A young family move out to the country where they learn there is a old pet cemetery that is is on old Indian burial ground and once buried there you come back to life.

Review (Spoils): Well another horror remake to hit my screen. This was I am going to be honest I was not racing to see either as the original holds some childhood memories of a classic. Strangely this film changed enough to have me interested in viewing as story that could continue if you just change the names. The young family that move to country you can connect with and relate with especially myself being a husband and father of two myself (also girl /boy).  A few things don’t go as planned as they start to live near a crazy busy dirt road (not sure why you would move there with young kids) and not far off is a forest area where people wear masks of animals and bury their dead pets. Seems like a nice place to raise a family.

This film gives us the fluffy cat named Church, a dead cat, a dead dog, a nasty head injuring, lots of blood, undead kids, ghosts, animal masks, a couple nasty stabs with a twist and a flip ending that will keep you guessing.

Rating:  This film even though a remake did not just copy the idea from scene to scene but instead used that to keep you guessing. This was nice as it kept myself glued to the screen as I personally always have a tough time with the idea of remakes. Both John Lithgow and Jason Clark were amazing as playing the leading men as the connection between the two was played well. Whole Zelda storyline unlike the original film feel flat nor did I care about it. It lacked on scare and gloom that once was but instead annoyed me to get back to the main storyline. Jete Laurence was a total surprise and she played the part very well along the end of the film and her make up was not over done and the effect worked.  But the storyline of hers did feel rushed and it took too long of time to get to. But overall it was not bad and kept me guessing and not just a word for word remake.

7/10 Beers!

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IT (2017)

IT (2017)

Country: USA

Director:  Andy Muschietti

Main Stars:  Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Martell, Finn Wolfhard, Beverly Marsh, Ben Denbrough, Ben Hanscom, Richie Tozier, Mike Hanlon, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Jackson Robert Scott

Storyline:  Summer of 1989, a bunch of nerdy kids go on the hunt of one of their own younger brothers goes missing. They start to unveil a haunting Clown that starts to threaten them all.

Review (Spoils): The film takes place in the low run-down town called Derry everyone has issues of some sort. Everything from over mothering to child molestation and abuse (to me this seems a bit too much but anyways). Little Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott) loses his paper boat as it floats into the sewer and as he goes after it, he comes across the haunting clown known as Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard). As the clown taunts him he attacks him and drags into the sewers. Not long after his old brother Jaeden (Ben Denbrough) gets his fellow nerds to go hunting for his lost brother. Yes, this is yet another horror remake.

We have a large cast of kids who are getting bullied or beat one way or another. This a huge chunk of the film as they build the characters into their Stand by Me cast. The special effects are done very well, and you can tell they threw a shit ton of money into IT. Bill Skarsgard was outstanding as he played the Joker like Clown that becomes whatever you fear. They really focused on him and built it up as villain. There is enough here to make you glued to the screen and pace goes well even if it is a very long part one of the film.

Lots of clown action, low income kids, some crappy CGI (thin woman), lots of large mouths with teeth, hormones of young boys, child abuse, molestation, floating kids, glowing eyes, red balloons, a bloody bathroom with Ring like hair attack, nasty arm bit, broken arms, some gashes and lots of Pennywise injuries.

Rating:  Normally I hate remakes more than anything but to be honest this film was better then the original. Do I feel the film was over hyped and the younger generation are worshiping this film like it the greatest thing ever when it was ok? Yes! Bill Skarsgard was great yes, he was, and he built the villain Pennywise right up and made the film but to be honest the film screams Stand by Me. I liked the film and it was pretty good as the special effects were not all cheesy but it does not stand with the other classics of the 70s and early 80s that so many people rant it about. The movie was just too damn long for what it was trying to tell and could of all been wrapped in one film instead of cashing out. I did enjoy the film… its a remake so it makes it hard.

7/10 Beers!

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The Amityville Murders (2018)

The Amityville Murders (2018)

Country:  USA

Director:  Daniel Farrands

Main Stars:  John Robins, Chelsea Ricketts, Paul Ben-Victor, Diane Franklin, Rebekah Graf

Storyline:  The story of Butch DeFeo and why he killed his family in that house.

Review (Spoils): The story is the tale of the first murders in the old Amityville house that everyone knows about. The story plays off is the murder Butch really nuts or was there something more sinister haunting the house that drove him to murder his whole family. Most of the film plays off building characters and driving the feeling into you hating the father more then anything and actually cheering for the killer. Even though killing everyone did not make total sense unless it was the evil of the house.

John Robins play the main character the eldest son Butch who never could be anything in his fathers’ eyes and he gets caught up in drugs and the occult a finally snaps that one night. Chelsea Ricketts plays the sister Dawn who is the smartest one and the biggest one with the connection to the occult. Both characters stand out and you actually feel for them. The third would be Paul Ben-Victor who you love to hate so that means he did well play the asshole.

We got the same story but more detail on what happened that dark night and why. Lots of blood, beatings, gun shots and some hauntings.

Rating:  The Amityville series was always something that I never gave up on even though I should have when it came to haunting lamps, clocks and dollhouses. But the first three were not terrible. This film pays very good honor the series and to be honest should be watched if you are a fan of the originals.  Plus, its got a nice little added touch at the end which makes it feel it all blends great together. Well done for that alone.

7/10 Beers!

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Would You Rather (2012)

Would You Rather (2012)

Country:  USA

Director:  David Guy Levy

Main Stars:  Brittany Snow, June Squibb, Jeffery Combs, Sasha Grey, Robb Wells, Enver Gjokaj

Storyline:  A young woman is desperate for money to help her younger brother. She signs up for a game hosted by a sadistic rich man.

Review (Spoils): Young Iris (Brittany Snow) is hungry for money as she needs to look after her younger brother. She does a interview and passes and takes up the interest of getting dressed up and heading to a rich man’s estate to play “Would You Rather” for money. While is there and other guests join she starts to mingle with a few people and we learn that there is a room full of different individuals that all would like to be rich.  As they al, sit at the table they are introduced to the sadistic Shepard Lambrick (Jeffery Combs) who starts the game. Who has the guts to last till the end?

First off, I love Jeffery Combs, so this was going to be good in my head from the get go. Brittany Snow is good looking, and I was interested in her character and than add Robb Wells from Trailer Park Boys and the classic legend herself Sasha Grey! How the hell is this going to be bad? Yes, the film does have a bit of Saw feel to it, but this was a gem that I could not stop watching.

The film was not long which worked very well and got right to the point. Combs rocked as the sadistic asshole that you just wanted to hate. Shepard Lambrick is someone I would love to see again in a sequel. We have tons of awkward gore and blood. People hurting each other for the greed of cash, such as drowning, electrocution, whipping, eye slicing, stabbing with ice picks and even a small bomb taped to hand. This film has it all !!!

Rating:  This film is damn good, and I recommend everyone to check it out if you haven’t as it is little horror gem that I was not aware of. Just wish they didn’t type cast Sasha Grey and her death a little more graphic but anyways …. Check out this Film! The ending is worth it!

7/10 Beers!

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Eyes of a Stranger (1981)

Eyes of a Stranger (1981)

Country:  USA

Director:  Ken Wiederhorn

Main Stars:  Lauren Tewes, Jenifer Jason Leigh, John DiSeanti

Storyline:  Women are being murdered and a new host is on the hunt who it might be

Review (Spoils): I was about 5min into this film and knew that I was in love with it. It screamed late 70s early 80s horror. It has the grainy feel and it reminded me of Dressed to Kill or something from Dario. From the opening seeing of the dead girl in the creek to almost end I was in entranced with this film. It screamed classic Yacker horror film. We have a noisy new anchor named Jane who is upset with all murders of women and she believes she knows who the killer could be and because of it she might have placed her mute sister Tracy in trouble.

The film has the typical weird lonely man killing and raping women as the cute Jane tries to save the world. Yes, the feel can be uneasily but what the fuck do you want it’s a horror film. The blood is a nice light pink in this film and yes, the ending can be cheesy, but they have some cool kills in this film. A nasty beheading with a meat cleaver, some throat slits, some stabs and a few ripped blouses. Sure, we have some characters doing stupid shit, but this film still rocked.

Rating:  If you like Dario, Dressed to Kill or Maniac (the original) you will need to check this out. This movie was fun and I have to thank my wife for finding it as the more I think about it the more of gem this is. Don’t forget the feed the fishes!

7/10 Beers!

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Don’t Breathe (2016)

Don’t Breathe (2016)

Country:  USA

Director:  Fede Alvarez

Main Stars:  Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minette, Daniel Zovatto

Storyline:  3 robbers break into a house to steal money and they get more than they bargained for.

Review (Spoils): Rocky (Jane Levy) has been living a rough home life, Alex (Dylan Minette) is love with Rocky and will do anything for her and Money (Daniel Zovatto) well he wants money. The three young robbers have been breaking into houses stealing items to sell but when they hear of the money score in an old house they had to it. The catch is the owner is a semi blind man (Stephen Lang) who lives lone with a massive dog. The three thieves break into the house but when things go wrong they learn there is more the story of the blind man than they thought.

The film is very well written and does not waste a lot of time on back story which is good. It gets right to the point and when things go wrong for the three robbers you are actually cheering for the blind man but as the story comes full on you realise they are all monsters. The film is not a haunting story but more of “we need to escape story” which work well as it is fast paced.

You get some gun shots, jumps scares, hammer to the head a few times, some fighting, dog chases, a classic scene towards the end with Rocky (this is what raised the bar of the film), some dark scenes and of course some serious back and forth. Do not expect tons of gore or torture but this film did not need it to keep you glued.

Rating:  First off, the film stars was by far both Stephen Lang and Jane Levy. You felt bad for the blind man and cheered him on and at the same time you were cheering Rocky towards the end. This film is very back and forth on who’s side are you on but in the end it all make sense.  This film was a total surprise for me and I recommend it… such a fun film.

7/10 Beers!

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The Conjuring II (2016)

The Conjuring II (2016)

Country:  USA

Director:  James Wan

Main Stars:  Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe, Bonnie Aarons

Storyline:  A family’s daughter is being haunted by a demon presence and need help.

Review (Spoils): The Warrens (Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson) return as they travel to help a family after a desperate call for help as their youngest daughter (Madison Wolfe) seems to be possessed. When they arrive as usual they need to convince everyone that it is real and not another fake parole trick. During this whole speak in deep voices and flying stuff Vera also see’s Patrick’s death in a vision. What is the deal with the old man haunting the young girl and what is the connection of the Marilyn Manson nun (Bonnie Aarons) to it all?

This film does not stray far from the first one except the hauntings are done better. The nun is the star of the film to be honest and kept me intrigued. We have floating kids, stuff flying, some deep haunting voices, possession and a couple creepy parts. The one thing about this film that was missing was I was not frighten or weirder out at all.

Rating:  It could be me, but I find all these haunting films confusing and I do get them mixed up as I watch them. But this one I did not mind and enjoyed the nun a lot, the makeup was done great. The Warrens are an interesting lot and I really would not mind if they kept the series going. Sure, it had some faults like why would a demon give their true name out in any way?  Unlike some of the other haunting films series.

7/10 Beers!

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The Final Girl (2015)

The Final Girl (2015)

Country:  USA

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.

7/10 Beers!

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Creep 2 (2017)

Creep 2 (2017)

Country:  USA

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.

7/10 Beers!

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