Aside from having a fear of mayonnaise, I also have a striking fear of having somebody shove their fingers literally into my face. A strange fear, I know, but that’s why this week’s Sunday Bloody Sunday is all the more personal to me.
If you’ve never seen Peter Jackson’s bloody brilliant Dead Alive (aka Braindead), then you shouldn’t be reading any horror sites anymore. Your privileges have been revoked. But if you’re like me and have seen a couple hundred times, then maybe one of your favorite scenes is when the nurse gets a face full of Mum’s fingers. Watch below and enjoy the deadly digit demise. Try saying that 5 times fast.
Nothing gets me more excited than a promotional pin from an early 90’s horror movie. I know, you might be thinking by that statement that I get easily excited – and you would be correct. And luckily for me today, I came across a promotional pin on Ebay for one of the most underappreciated horror films of all time called Popcorn:
Oh it may be small, but it sure does the job! Words that any man would never want to hear by the way. But let’s get back to this fantastic promotional pin. For those who don’t know, Popcorn is a great old school horror movie that came out in 1991, was set in a movie theater and has one of the best taglines ever (Buy a bag….go home in a box.) Long overdue to have a proper DVD/Blu-ray release, Popcorn is a definite guilty pleasure and at the time was a breath of fresh air in the horror movie world. If you’re interested in snatching up this pin, head over to the Ebay listing HERE. It’s cheap, so I suspect it won’t be there for long, especially since I might go buy it right now. Now let’s start the petition to get Popcorn on Blu-ray already.
Are you scared of creepy old guys who ride by on bicycles that have playing cards in the spokes? Ok, good. I thought it was just me. And I have John Carpenter’s nonsensical, but somewhat enjoyable, 1994 movie In The Mouth Of Madness to thank for that fear.
Sure, this movie has it’s problems. But dammit if John Carpenter doesn’t always know how to send those chills up and down your spine even when a bad Halloween mask effect is the focal point. In The Mouth Of Madness has a lot of creepy ass moments, but the one that takes the delicious heavily frosted cake is easily the scene where Linda (Julie Carmen) and John (Sam Neil) are driving down the road and encounter our bike-pedaling friend. Watch the clip below and if you haven’t seen it, I apologize for making you sleep with a nightlight on tonight:
“I can’t get out….it won’t let me out.” Shudder. I want a duplicate of that mask by the way just so I can scare the shit out of my wife. Yes, I can be cruel at times. This is classic John Carpenter by the way and I would have actually loved to see a spin-off movie with this character just popping up in background shots a la Michael Myers. Personally, it’s moments like these in horror that really tend to stick with me. The scene is fairly simple, but that’s what makes it brilliant as far as going for that creep-out effect. Bravo, Mr. Carpenter. Ok, I’ll leave you now with a pic to make you grab an extra nightlight.
Going to a psychiatrist can be such a drag, man. Especially if you say “Candyman” five times and the hook-handed legend himself appears to cause some major bloody damage while grunting loudly. Welcome to Sunday Bloody Sunday where I’m showcasing one of my favorite death scenes from 1992’s, Candyman.
I think this might be Candyman’s most dominating kill. And by dominating, I mean he really gets that hook all up in the back of the psychiatrist and grunts and moans like nobody’s business. He’s angry. He’s pissed. He may be a little turned on, but that’s debatable. You can be the judge while you watch the clip below:
Believe it or not, punching your fist through someone’s head can have it’s downside. It might get stuck, and in turn, make your hand very uncomfortable. Especially when a guardian of a key containing the blood of Jesus Christ is playing a game of cat and mouse with you.
Welcome to this week’s Sunday Bloody Sunday where I’m spotlighting one of my favorite horror guilty pleasures of all time: 1995’s, Demon Knight. My love for this movie deserves it’s own separate post, but I’ll give you a delicious taste with a scene that really kicks things off in the movie. And that scene would be when Billy Zane’s character puts his fist through the head of the local Barney Fife. Hilarity ensues as he tries to get it unstuck, and the result is a headless town sheriff. It happens more often than you think.
Unintentional comedy in a horror movie is always a bonus. Some might look at it in a negative way, because the comedy might take you out of the moment. But I for one, am all for it! Case in point: 1992’s, Candyman.
To be honest, Candyman is one of the only movies that truly gave me the creeps. I love the villain (Tony Todd nails it) and LOVE the whole backstory involved with him. The hook. The bees. The gruff, deep voice. It freaked me out too because I used to play the ‘Bloody Mary’ game when I was little, where you had to say her name multiple times while looking in a mirror to see if she would appear. So, obviously the similarities are there with Candyman.
Let’s talk comedy though and about one scene in particular. After Helen goes snooping around a bathroom trying to get answers about the Candyman legend, she’s encountered by a group of thugs and is roughed up. And the main thug says “We hear you’re looking for Candyman, bitch!” right before the roughing up begins. Cut to the police station where a few guys are put up in a lineup for Helen to see and hear as they mutter the memorable line and BOOM! Pure comedy gold:
Wow. Put a steak on that eye, Helen. That’s quite a Fred Flintstone influenced shiner you have there. But anyway, I can’t help but laugh every time I see this scene. And it provides some ever so slight balance to all of the horrifying things that have happened up until this moment in the movie. Gotta love the contrast of voices between the first and second guy too. In fact, I think I know why I love this scene so much now. It reminds me of Eddie Murphy’s classic ‘banana in the tailpipe’ line from Beverly Hills Cop!