Once in a while, a slasher film comes along that really gives me those funky 80’s slasher vibes. What is the criteria for that, you ask? Well…..hot girls, a lot of gore, and more hot girls! Luckily we had a movie give us that criteria in 2015, but a lot of you may not have seen it. It’s called Girl House. And yes, it has girls in it. See?
Oh sure, there are girls in Girl House. And really hot ones if I’m being completely honest. But what I really dug about the movie is that it doesn’t skimp on the gore either. Yes, it’s the typical ‘bullied kid grows up to get revenge and kill a bunch of people who bullied him‘ scenario, but Girl House is actually well done on a technical level. The practical effects hit the mark, and our killer named Loverboy is unapologetically brutal and brooding – exactly what a slasher villain should be! Any horror movie that isn’t afraid to be brutal to kids gets a ‘horror stamp of approval’ from me as well. See Exhibit A below:
Mean spirited? Yeah. But effective from a horror standpoint. I admire horror movies that come with fresh ideas and give us something that we haven’t seen before. But I also admire the horror movies that pay homage to a time when VHS copies of movies like Girl House were flying off the shelf at your local Mom & Pop rental stores. So seek out this underappreciated slasher if you can, especially if you’re into a lack of plot and lots of gore. Oh – and did I mention the hot girls? Yeah – lots of hot girls.
Now I will admit that although I liked last year’s Lights Out, I didn’t love it…..at least upon my first viewing. But – I recently watched it again and have to say that there are some genuinely creepy and unsettling moments AND I may have even jumped a few times. I’m usually jump scare immune, but dammit if this movie didn’t get me a few times. More specifically, the black light scene below that someone was kind enough to upload onto Youtube.
If you’ve seen it, you know what’s coming. If not, here’s a slight spoiler alert: There’s a jump scare that comes in the clip. Which you should have already known based on the title of this post. Enjoy and change your pants afterwards!
With the newly rebooted and remade version of Stephen King’s IT coming to the big screen in a two-parter, I recently started to think more about the original TV mini-series from 1990. Clearly most of the praise from that goes to Tim Curry giving a memorably creepy (and charming) performance as Pennywise The Clown. But there are enough little bits and pieces sprinkled throughout that are just as creepy and never fail to give me the creeps. Case in point: Beverly’s visit back home for some tea time.
Granted this scene is much different than how it plays out in the book (this was regular TV after all), but goddammit if I still don’t get the shakes when the old lady starts slurping her tea. And then when she turns into an old and rotten version of Beverly’s Dad? Phew. Check please! We shall see how the big screen treats this when the new version of IT comes out later this year, but suffice to say that I still to this day get the creeps from the TV version. Beep Beep!
If you’ve seen the 2005 French horror movie High Tension, then chances are that you either LOVE it or HATE it – all primarily based on the twist that comes in the end. It’s a twisty twist and seems to divide most High Tension watchers. Me myself, I loved it. And because I loved it, I was pretty stoked to see these promotional items on eBay this week!
High Tension matches and a keychain! Not exactly groundbreaking, but still pretty cool nonetheless. The ‘barbed wire bat’ keychain is symbolic and not for anything to do with Negan from The Walking Dead. Now, if you are a High Tension fan like me then you might want to head on over to the eBay link HERE and contemplate if you need some matches for anything. The price ($25) is a tad rich for my blood, but there’s always a chance that the seller will come down with the price. Now excuse me while I go put on the song ‘New Born‘ by Muse and think about any exes of mine who did me wrong…….
Let me kick this post off by saying that I’m pretty impressed with the crop of horror movies so far in 2017. This week, Raw comes out (not a remake of the Eddie Murphy standup) and that’s been my most anticipated for a while now. But…….and this is a BIG but. The Void is gaining steam and is right on Raw’s tail. What is The Void, you ask? Well peep the new trailer and we’ll talk a little more afterwards:
I guess it’s pretty evident from the content in the trailer and some of the comments from reviews that were popping up throughout, that this is a throwback to the heyday of 80’s horror. Written and directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski, The Void seems to channel most of it’s energy and influence from John Carpenter (dig those practical effects towards the end of the trailer). And there is clearly nothing wrong with Mr. Carpenter being an influence. So far, the reviews are positive and the buzz is growing. If you want to hop on the hype train, then just know that The Void will hit limited theaters (and possibly VOD) on April 7th. Learn it. Know it. Live it.
Being that I’m a busy man (some sarcasm is implied there), I haven’t been keeping up on my reviews! For shame. Soooooooo – instead of boring everyone with long-winded summaries of what I thought of my recent watches, I’ll condense them and skip the bullshit. Let’s go! Continue reading →
Being that I’m officially over-the-hill in age, I have my fair share of memories of collecting trading cards growing up. And now thanks to the company Fright Rags, I can relive my youth and celebrate one of my favorite horror movies ever at the same time! Behold, the newly released Re-Animator trading cards!
So here’s the deal on these: First of all, go HERE and snatch some up ASAP. The reason I say that is because these are limited. There are 3 options you can purchase: As a single pack (limited to 600), as a factory box (limited to 200), and as a sealed box (limited to 75). Included in each pack are 5 trading cards, 1 chase card, and 1 sticker. Also randomly included in packs will be an artist sketch card OR an autographed card from Re-Animator star Barbara Crampton! I would expect these to go pretty fast, so if you’re interested then I wouldn’t hesitate long.
Even though today is the 30th anniversary of A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, I’m going to go against the grain and do a post about A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge! Well, more specifically a little moment that doesn’t get talked about much. No, not Jesse dancing in his room – but the moment when his little sister is eating a box of Fu Man Chews cereal and playing with the toy fingernails that are inside.
Have you ever watched that part of the movie and thought to yourself “Hmmmm…..I really wish I could own a replica box of Fu Man Chews!“. Well……..now you can! And how about a bonus replica of the toy fingernails too?
Ok, I will have to admit that this is pretty cool. Especially since it comes with the fingernails too. Now – if you want to try and get your grubby hands on this, you can do so on eBay right HERE. If you’re located in the US, the shipping is a bit of a letdown – but in the end you’ll definitely probably be the only one in your crew with a replica box of Fu Man Chews cereal. Now here’s the scene of Jesse dancing just for diehard Jesse dancing fans out there who just can’t get enough.
With everything going on in the country right now (or let alone the world), we could use a little positivity. A little something to put a smile on our faces. A little something to make us all feel better about ourselves. So roll that ridiculous ‘Personality’ clip from Frank Henenlotter’s Basket Case 3: The Progeny!
There. Now don’t you feel better about yourself and everything around you?