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!
Die! Die! My Darling (1965)
Director: Silvio Narizzano
Main Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers, Peter Vaughan, Yootha Joyce, Donald Sutherland
Storyline: A young woman goes to visit the mother of a past fiancé and becomes overwhelmed with her need.
Review (Spoils): Patricia Carroll (Stefanie Powers) arrives in London with her new fiancé but before she can move on she promised that she would finally meet her old fiancés Steven’s mother (Tallulah Bankhead) (he died and Patricia has moved on). She travels out of town to an old beaten down house to finally meet the woman. She is old, strong opinionated, strangely religious and obsessed with her son. As Patricia tries to survive the visit she learns that she is not leaving anytime soon and has to keep lying to survive her visit. We quickly learn that mother is not all that she portrays to be.
Die! Die! My Darling is something a little different for a Hammer Film. This film is based mostly in an old house and a broken down mind. We have the very gorgeous Stefanie Powers playing the lead victim and lady who is being held against her will and captured because a mother is insane over the loss of her son. As the truth of Patricia starts to come to light the more nuts the mother is driven. The characters and acting is extremely well done and the even the storylines between the main plot is an interesting twist. Such as the hired staff that work for the mother and what’s in it for them. The religious over tones keeps the film entertaining and there are even some funny scenes but at the same time the mood can be very dark and icky at the same time. Some bright red blood, knives, gun shots, a green dead body, a couple prayers, lots of “poor Steven”, long legs and sexiness. This film has it all.
Rating: This title has been thrown around for long time from music from the Misfits right to the creepy and classic tunes of Alice Cooper and Steven. This movie is a classic! This is the perfect ex-mother in-law has lost her mind film. Tallulah Bankhead is one scary mom and very strong headed and when she finally snaps the fun begins. This is a classic horror film that everyone should checkout very entertaining.
Turbo Kid (2015)
Director: Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Main Stars: Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside, Edwin Wright
Storyline: In the future we live in a wasteland lacking of water and full of destruction. A young man tries to change that.
Review (Spoils): This movie lies on the sci-fi horror line; picture Mad Max meets a Gwar show. A young man only known as the kid (Munro Chambers) is trying to survive on his own since the death of his father and mother. He collections junk to sell and survive and collects comic books of one known as Turbo Kid. When he crosses paths of his parent’s killer Zeus (Michael Ironside) and his gang of madmen he tries his hardest to be the hero he envies.
Like I stated above this movie is set in the future wasteland so do not get prepared for your standard horror film or scares. Instead prepare for a wild costume, great acting, fun storyline and buckets of spraying water filled blood. I mean buckets…………….. this film does not hold back on the gore or blood. The film has a solid cast from the young innocent man (Munro Chambers), the main bad guy Zeus Michael Ironside is awesome, the beautiful and delightful Apple (Laurence Leboeuf) and the mean mother fucker Skeletron (Edwin Wright). We have knives, guns, explosions, bodies being ripped in two, body explosions, hand being cut, arrows flying and of course saw blades that would give Blackie Lawless a run for his money.
Rating: This movie had me from the beginning right till the end. This will become a cult classic if it isn’t already trust me. Over the top gore and a fun trip of a storyline.
You’re Next (2011)
Director: Adam Wingard
Main Stars: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Margarget Laney, Amy Seimetz, Ti West, Barbara Crampton
Storyline: During a families wedding anniversary party a group of men in masks start to terrorize the family.
Review (Spoils): A man and his wife have invited their siblings and their loved ones to come to an old mansion that help celebrate their wedding anniversary. What everyone does not know is the neighbors next door have already been slaughtered by someone in a mask that leaves messages in blood saying You’re Next. Through this we gain some character development, some conflict between the sons, some background on the family and money and of course a few killers roaming around in animal masks that are not afraid by any means on getting their hands bloody.
We have a topless scene in the first 2 min, lots of red blood, nasty axes, crossbows, glass cuts, some serious throat cuts, nails in the foot, some head smashes and a actual cool plot and storyline. We have the beautiful Sharni Vinson as our scream queen and the actual people used in this film are normal not you type Hollywood crap setup.
Rating: This film was sooo much fun! It was a total bloody mess and I was entertained actual through the whole damn thing. It’s been awhile since I enjoyed a horror film this much and it was over top gory. Think The Strangers meets the goriest thing and this sums this film up!
Director: George A. Romero
Main Stars: John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel, Christine Forrest, Tom Savini, Elyane Nadeau
Storyline: A young man believes that he is an actual vampire and tries to deal with the cravings.
Review (Spoils): Martin (John Ampla) is a messed up young man who drugs women, has sex with them and then drinks their blood by using a razor blade to cut them open. He believes that he is actual a vampire and needs to drink blood to survive. Martin gets taken in by a long lost uncle named Tata Cuda (Lincoln Maazel) who believes him and can save his soul. But at the same time Tata has a young girl named Christina (Christine Forrest) living with them and has told her to stay away from him. Of course Christina and Martin build a connection as the young man battles the inner demon of possibly being a vampire or just one messed up kid.
This film is very straight forward and an interesting take on vampires or possibly someone who thinks they are. We have some character build in the film and even some nasty scenes that can be unsettling. Razor blades, unsettling sex scenes, blood, some beatings and the final scene of movie. We have a strong script and the tale is dark and it reminds me a bit of such films as Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.
Rating: This is not your average vampire film at all because you do not know if he ever really was one or just a mad killer. George A. Romero took what he did for zombies and made a classic vampire film. I personally think is this is a must see for any kind of horror fan as it screams as an unknown dark classic.
Check this one out!
Filed under Slasher, Vampire
Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)
Director: Terence Fisher
Main Stars: Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg, Thorley Walters, Robert Morris
Storyline: A madman scientist brings back the soul of his assistant into the body of a woman
Review (Spoils): Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing ) plays with the object of death and he and Dr. Hertz (Thorley Walters )have a plan to bring someone back to life as they have found a way to trap ones soul. When the young man Hans (Robert Morris) is framed for murder and put to the death they use his soul and place it into a body of young woman found dead in the river. What is not known is that young Hans and the woman known as Christina (Susan Denberg) were secret lovers. When she is brought back to live she goes on a rampage of revenge.
Another Hammer film for the review and as usual we have Peter Cushing, heaving bosoms, red blood, kills off scene and amazing scenery. The story is actually well written and we have a few plots at play here in this storyline. Some bright red blood, hatchets and nice bloody head makes this film very enjoyable.
Rating: I personally actual liked this film a lot. It was a fun film and it had some funny moments and some creepy moments. Susan Denberg was great and I love how she played both the victim and the monster. This film would be great drinking film if you drank every time someone had a glass of wine.
The Babadook (2014)
Director: Jennifer Kent
Main Stars: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, Daniel Henshall
Storyline: A single mother battles the lost of her husband and the struggles of her son and his fear of a monster in the closet.
Review (Spoils):Amelia (Essie Davis) is struggling through life ever since she lost her husband who died in a car accident when she was delivering her son Samuel (Noah Wiseman). On top of that she has to deal with Samuel’s consent fear of the boogeyman in the closet and his erratic behavior. This drives her to the edge of insanity and then she crosses the line and visions of the creature known as the Babadook herself.
The film plays on the struggles of being a single parent (or any parent actually) and the haunting of what is real and not. This film is pretty damn dark and at many times your not sure who your cheering for the son, the mother or none of them! The film is not heavy on cast and lots of jumps but instead it really gets under your skin and you have a bit of sick feeling watching it. The movie is not gory or bloody but instead very emotional and the topics that is battles is more frightening then the creature itself (maybe that’s the whole damn point!). Jennifer Kent brought something that is differently different with this one.
Rating: Ever watch a film and for no god damn reason you feel icky inside while it is happening. This is one of those films! Its not over the top scary, its not gory, its not bloody and there is no real sexuality in it. But being a parent myself this film it something inside me and that drove me nuts. For that alone Jennifer Kent was successful with this film. Horror is not about blood and guts all the time, sometimes it is just the little things that are not right….