2015 is upon us. Which means it’s time to look back on the year that was in the world of horror movies. To be honest, I was a bit underwhelmed as far as horror goes in 2014. But there were some stand-outs and some pleasant surprises, so let’s get into my Top 5 Horror Movies Of 2014! Continue reading
‘If it’s in a word or in a look, you can’t get rid of The Babadook’
Ok – well that’s a frightening sentence. What the hell ever happened to harmless children’s tales like The Cat In The Hat? Welcome to the world of the Australian horror film The Babadook, and welcome to this year’s version of The Conjuring. Continue reading
Well that’s just great. I was about to book my vacation to the lovely town of Texarkana, Texas and now I have to put everything on hold after watching the new remake/reboot/sequel flick, The Town That Dreaded Sundown. The bad news is that it’s back to square one for my vacation planning. The good news is that the movie wasn’t half bad! Continue reading
Another day, another found footage paranormal/possession movie. Yawwwwwn. What could possibly be different about this one? Do they have a poster for it that makes it look remotely scary that will grab my attention right away? Pfffft – probably not.
Ok, ok. That’s not too shabby. The red definitely helps it stick out, and so does that creepy-ass old lady. Not to mention that they’re toting the fact someone from the awesome Trick ‘r Treat movie is involved with this. Now what pray tell is The Taking Of Deborah Logan about? Luckily for you and me (since now I don’t have to write a synopsis), we now have a trailer to better fill us on everything. So let’s all make our decision together right now about it and watch together, shall we?
Sweet Jesus. Ok, I wasn’t really expecting to want to re-watch the trailer, but I just did. Now remember, it’s another found footage movie in a flooded market of found footage movies. But dare I say that this looks……good? It could be the old tactic of giving you everything worthwhile from the film in the trailer, but you can’t deny the creepiness going on here. And there are even snakes involved! I dig that they’re trying something a little different by throwing in the Alzheimer’s storyline. And I also dig that The Taking Of Deborah Logan will be released around the time of Halloween, which makes the month of October for horror movies even more appealing. I would have changed the title because it’s too generic (the original name The Taking would have been better), but I’m nitpicking on that. Get ready for October 21st everyone and see this lives up to the hype!
Ok – here we go again with one of those impressive movie trailers that will either allow the film to live up to the hype or drown in it’s own mediocre bullshit. I must say that I’m impressed by this one, so let’s get right to it and check out the trailer for The Town That Dreaded Sundown:
Think of this as a sequel/reboot to the 1976 movie of the same name. I’ve always loved the whole ‘sack head killer’ angle (My favorite Friday The 13th sequel is probably Part 2), so it immediately gets points for that. And I’ve been fiending for a good slasher film because I’m bored with all of the paranormal/demonic stuff. Sometimes you just need some good ole fashioned slashin’!
And if you’re a fan of American Horror Story I’ve got good news for you because one of their directors, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, directed this movie. That’s another aspect I love from the trailer – just the overall look of it. Bonus points for not looking cheap. Look out for The Town That Dreaded Sundown to hit select theaters and VOD in October (just in time for Halloween!) and we can all only hope that the trombone will make another appearance in this one. Yeah – he kills her with a trombone. That really happened.
Back in 2002, I stumbled upon the movie May – a film about a girl who is dedicated (and I mean really dedicated) to creating the “perfect” friend. It blew me away and I had the writer and director, Lucky McKee, to thank for that. Angela Bettis wasn’t too shabby either. So because of May, I kept McKee on my radar and I’m glad I did because in 2011 he came strong with the sick and twisted misogyny tale, The Woman. I notice a focus and theme of the female character with all of his movies, so it came as no surprise when I heard about his latest effort – All Cheerleaders Die. After watching it, I have good news for anyone who has been waiting for a movie about lesbian cheerleaders who die and come back to life to exact revenge on the high school jocks who killed them. Continue reading
How could you not be interested in a movie about a creepy guy who wants to turn a podcaster who comes to interview him into a walrus? Unsurprisingly, writer/director Kevin Smith has admitted to coming up with the story to his upcoming movie, Tusk, while being stoned. And now we luckily have a bat-shit crazy trailer to give a taste of what his weed-induced mind has conjured up:
Obviously more in the horror/comedy range than straight horror, Tusk looks like loads of fun. Shades of The Human Centipede are evident, but what Kevin Smith has come up (at least from the trailer) looks like it will definitely be in it’s own lane. I dig Justin Long, and seeing an older and more plump Hayley Joel Osment is a nice surprise – but it’s another name that is being associated with this movie that’s causing a bit of a stir. Johnny Depp. That’s right folks, Johnny Depp’s in a movie about a guy trying to turn another guy into a walrus. Hopefully that upped your anticipation a little more as it did for me. Kevin Smith’s Tusk will be out on September 19th – stay tuned for more info and reviews rolling in soon!
Bigfoot seems to be all the rage these days. He has his own terrible “reality” TV show called Finding Bigfoot. He has his own statue that you can order from SkyMall Magazine when you’re bored on an airplane. And thanks to director/actor Bobcat Goldthwait, he now has his own found footage horror movie called Willow Creek! Continue reading
You had me at practical effects. And also, Lance Henriksen. That’s what I said after I first read about the independent Sci-Fi/Horror movie, Harbinger Down, a few months back. Funded primarily from Kickstarter, it’s been boasting around town (with good intent mind you) that it’s going back to the good ol’ days of animatronics, prosthetic makeup, and one of my favs: stop motion effects. And it’s about f*cking time!
Any movie that pays homage to The Thing and Alien has a pretty good start going for it. I’m holding out hope though that it ends up with better results than this year’s alien abduction indie Sci-Fi/Horror flick, Almost Human. For those interested in the premise of Harbinger Down, it goes a little something like this:
“A group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades, tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without mutation.
Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. And after being locked in ice for 3 decades, the creatures aren’t about to give up the warmth of human companionship.”
Old school plot. Old school effects. And an old school teaser trailer to boot that you can check out below. Stay tuned for more info on Harbinger Down and look for a release date soon!
A small disclaimer: I will do my best to not use stereotypical Australian puns in this review of the Australian outback horror movie, Wolf Creek 2. In an attempt to not conform to the usual misconceptions that Australia is all about big knives, Fosters beer, kangaroos, and dingos eating babies – I will take the high road throughout this review. Oh, crikey! Looks like I’ve already slipped up. Continue reading