Man’s Best Fiend: The Hidden (1987)

Who doesn’t love dogs??  They’re cute.  Loyal.  And they can leap through doors and kill you if they’re inhabited by an otherworldly parasite.  Alright!  Welcome to one of my favorite 80’s horror movies (and sometimes criminally slept on)……a little movie called The Hidden that came out in 1987 (I was only 11-years-old…..yikes).

This movie, was on repeat for me back then.  And not just for Claudia Christian and her leather boots.  The plot was interesting (a bit of a knockoff of The Thing, but with it’s own flair), the performances were top-notch (Kyle MacLachlan and Michael Nouri killed it), and the practical effects were a step forward for that time.  But we’re here to talk dogs!  And there’s a scene in the movie where an adorable canine becomes a murderous (but still kinda adorable) canine.  Kudos to the dog trainer on this one!  Watch below as this little guy goes ‘leaps and bounds’ above anything else to get what he wants.

Great Scenes In ‘Not-So-Great’ Movies: ‘The Pool Scene’ In ‘The Strangers – Prey At Night’ (2018)

Quick!  Name me 3 things that you need for a successful horror movie scene! (elevator/Jeopardy music starts playing)  Well, if you said:  A pool, neon lights, and the song ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’ by Bonnie Tyler – then you win something!  But – I’m guessing nobody said those things, so my prize money should be safe.  Now – if you’ve seen the latest and only sequel to 2008’s home invasion flick The Strangers, aptly titled The Strangers: Prey At Night, then you know about the pool scene.  Easily the best scene in the movie, according this guy writing this post, it was pretty much 5 minutes of horror moviemaking perfection.  A bit of a bold statement?  Yes.  Probably.  But fuck it, I love it.  Watch below and we’ll discuss afterwards.  SPOILER ALERT BTW:  Somebody dies.

C’mon now, you can’t tell me that the scene you just watched didn’t give you a bit of a horror boner.  Now, the rest of the movie?  Not very horror boner worthy.  I dug it overall, but without the pool scene – I’m walking out super limp.  Ok, this is getting uncomfortable now.  But anyway, the choreography for the fight scene between The Man in the Mask (Damian Maffei) and Luke (Lewis Pullman) both in and out of the pool was extremely on point.  And the soundtrack of ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’ playing in the background was 80’s vibe perfection (gotta love how the synthy score kicks at the end of the scene btw), enhancing the moment even more.  So kudos to The Strangers: Prey At Night for giving us a great scene in a not-so-great movie!  Oh – and RIP Pinup Girl.

Horror-Influenced Band ‘Mushroomhead’ Pay Tribute To ‘Evil Dead’ In Their New Music Video!

One of the better horror remakes to come out in recent years according to this horror aficionado, was The Evil Dead remake from 2013 (just titled Evil Dead now).  And here we have longtime metal/horror group Mushroomhead releasing a brand new video for their song ‘We Are The Truth‘ from the album ‘The Righteous & The Butterfly‘ that pays homage to that very remake/reboot – complete with the cabin in the woods, Necronomicon, and blood being vomited profusely from a mouth.  Let’s all not make another peep and check it out below:

Give me a moment, please.  Ok.  Can someone please tell me who that sexy-ass possessed demonic female singer was?  Oh – it was Jackie LaPonza from the group Unsaid Fate?  Got it.  Moving on…….so the video had some amazing visuals going on and faithful re-creations to some of the key moments from Evil Dead.  Points for that.  Now, Mushroomhead has been around since the mid-90’s and are obviously no stranger to anything horror (given their image is completely horror-based) – so if you’re a fan of this video and of the band in general, they are releasing a brand new DVD on August 17th titled Volume III.  Check it out and check out Mushroomhead on their upcoming headlining tour The Summer Of Screams!

Ebay Find Of The Week: ‘Final Destination 3’ Promotional Hat!

Woohoo!  Summer has officially arrived!  Now, you’re probably wondering what kind of stylish gear you could wear to all of these summertime parties to really make yourself stand out.  Well, you can relax.  Because I’ve got you covered.  Actually, I’ve specifically got your head covered……with this amazing Final Destination 3 promotional hat!

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Wow.  Look at that trifecta of color just bursting off of that thing.  Now, you’re telling me you wouldn’t be pulling all of the D-level ladies with that thing on your skull?  Clearly, this will sell fast – so if you want to beat the rush, then you can go on over to the eBay listing HERE and snag it.  And…..it looks like you can even make an offer too!  Does it get any better than this?  That tanning bed scene was pretty cool in the movie btw, right?  Ok.  My work is done here.

Give Me The Creeps: The Giant Man In ‘It Follows’

Is there anything creepier than a 7’7″ giant man slowly stalking you while walking through a doorway that clearly isn’t built for his height?  Ok, maybe you can think of some creepier things – but for me, one of the horror movie scenes that genuinely gives me the creeps every time I see it is when the giant man makes his appearance in the 2014 film It Follows.

Before I get into the clip, I just want to say that I feel that It Follows is one of the best horror films in the last 10 years.  I realize it’s one of those movies that divides the horror audience – but for me it had more than a few true creepy moments, a great soundtrack/score, fairly original storyline, and this giant guy I’m about to show you.  The music cue that accompanies his entrance deserves it’s own praise btw.

Huge (pun intended) props to actor Mike Lanier for bringing the full-on creepiness, without having to try that hard, with that grandiose entrance.  Sadly, he passed away a few months ago – but his memory will live on through this scene alone.  So – thank you, Mike Lanier and It Follows for effectively giving me the creeps!  Now don’t even get me started on the pissing naked woman in the kitchen.  Shudder……

Review: Terrifier (2018)

Coulrophobia.  I can say that I somewhat suffer from it.  And no, it’s not a fear of mayonnaise (although that is a crippling fear for me).  Coulrophobia is the fear of clowns. It’s not uncommon.  And with the triumphant return of Pennywise the Clown last year in the IT remake, clowns are even more the rage now.  But while Pennywise relies vocally to get his point across, my good friend Art the Clown from the new throwback gore-fest Terrifier relies heavy on facial expressions and sawing bodies in half to get HIS across.    Continue reading

Review: Hereditary (2018)

Ants.  They may not look creepy on the surface, but put them in a horror movie and good things will happen.  And thanks to the new movie Hereditary, you get to see a lot of ants!  And other fucked up shit too that might scar you for life.  Let’s discuss!   Continue reading

Never Forget………

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Oh yeah, and the new Halloween trailer came out today.  I shall reserve my judgement until I see the final product.  But……I am fairly impressed with what I have seen so far. Not as impressed as I was, and always will be, with Ben Tramer’s drunken stooper before he got the life snatched out of him by that cop car though.  RIP.

Sunday Bloody Sunday: ‘Alfonso Ribeiro Turns Into A Giant Tick’ From ‘Ticks’ (1993)

Ya know, yesterday I was having a conversation about ticks with my friends.  What?  You don’t have random tick conversations with YOUR friends?  Psssh.  But anyway, no tick conversation would be complete without mentioning the movie Ticks from 1993.  It is without a doubt, the ‘mother of all tick movies’!  And pretty much the only one.

Welcome to another lovely edition of Sunday Bloody Sunday, where we are taking a trip to Ticks country and revisiting one of the best scenes from the film.  And this scene stars none other than your favorite Tom Jones dancing sidekick to The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air……Alfonso Ribeiro!  Only this time he’s not dancing like a white guy.  He’s turning into a giant tick.  But it’s equally entertaining!  Watch and enjoy:

Anticipation Alert: Upgrade (2018)

Ok, I can admit when I’m wrong.  I originally scoffed and slightly rolled my eyes when I first saw the trailer for the new movie Upgrade.  At the time, I may have been under the influence of something – and also, it hadn’t been confirmed that the movie would indeed be Rated R (which, for a revenge premise is a must in my book).  And yes, that revenge premise has been done to death (no puns needed) – so I was aggressively skeptical.  But……then this Red Band Teaser was released the other week:

Wowsers – that head shot!  BTW – the lead actor in Upgrade, Logan Marshall Green, is in one of my favorite movies in recent years called The Invitation.  Just wanted to add that bit of info.  Upgrade was also written and directed by Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious) and is produced by Blumhouse Productions (of course it is….cha-ching!)  But anyway, I am fully onboard now with this one and will most likely do a double-feature with another movie I have been waiting on this weekend called Hereditary.  Cheers to both!  And cheers to gratuitous head shots!