Certain horror movies frustrate the hell out of me. And nothing is more frustrating than having a GOOD horror movie with a GREAT scene. Why you ask? Because it shows that the potential was there to make that good movie a great one. To me, nothing personifies this more than 2007’s vampire flick, 30 Days Of Night.
First off, I don’t hate this movie. I actually kind of like it, but when I was done seeing it for the first time I realized that I could have loved it if it was done differently. Too much screeching from the vampires. Too much Josh Hartnett. And I never really believed that the group had really endured 30 days of night. But, I liked the overall look of the movie. I liked Danny Huston. And I absolutely LOVED this scene below:
Sigh. That scene depresses me because it’s just so well done, and the movie as a whole is not. That overhead shot is beautiful, in a sick and twisted way, and watching the carnage unfold from a bird’s eye view is rather glorious. It actually reminded me of the opening to Zack Snyder’s Dawn Of The Dead from 2004. Hmmmm – maybe it was inspired by that? Who knows. But what I do know is that Danny Huston can play a record with his vampire fingernails, and that’s pretty awesome.
I always get nervous when Halloween comes around, because I feel like I can never come up with a creative, original costume. Good thing I won’t have that problem this year, because I think I’m going to go as Chocolate Chip Charlie from the 1985 B-movie horror classic, The Stuff!
Quite possibly the most random Halloween mask I’ve ever seen, it’s a pretty good replication of what our chocolate chip guru (played masterfully by Garrett Morris) looked like when he revealed that he was indeed hooked on The Stuff. Granted, most people won’t know who the hell you are if you wear it – but you’ll definitely get points for originality. If you’re interested in this bad boy, head on over to Ebay HERE and snag one up for $110. A bit pricey, but it’s hand made and painted, so think of it as supporting the arts. And always remember: Enough is never enough of The Stuff! Isn’t that right, Chocolate Chip Charlie?
One of the joys of watching a horror movie is when the asshole you’ve hated the whole time dies a slow, brutal, deserving death. And in George Romero’s 1985 zombie gorefest, Day Of Dead, there were plenty of assholes to root for to exit in crowd cheering fashion. So on this week’s Sunday Bloody Sunday, I want you to reminisce with me about one of those assholes: Private Rickles.
Private Rickles is a bit of a bumbling idiot who likes to laugh a lot, even when things aren’t really that funny. Case in point: He laughs when a bunch of slow-moving zombies pounce on top of him and proceed to tear his face off and chew aggressively on his fingers. Quite a character, isn’t he? So join me in watching Private Rickles in his last giggly and gruesome moment from Day Of The Dead and feel free to give a standing ovation if you’d like.