Mother’s Day. The time of the year to show your Mom how much she means to you by getting her some cheap flowers from the grocery store. But Mother’s Day is also the time of the year to remember that scene from John Carpenter’s In The Mouth Of Madness where that creepy little girl says this:
Yes, I know – that’s a random clip to play to correspond with Mother’s Day. But, I was giving In The Mouth Of Madness a re-watch the other night and that scene always creeped me out. Maybe it’s the way she takes that little pause before she says “Today is Mommy’s Day” in that unsettling whisper.
Lots of things creep me out about this movie though (that bike scene forever haunts me), but that little girl needed more screen time. Nevertheless – kudos to In the Mouth Of Madness for being, in my opinion, one of Carpenter’s most underrated films (albeit the plot is a bit of a mess). And an early kudos to the mothers out there (including mine) who tolerated us watching movies like this!
2015 has surprisingly been a pretty solid year for horror movies so far, especially the crop of independent entries like It Follows and We Are Still Here. One of my most anticipated indie horror offerings has been Creep, the latest addition to the found-footage craze. I’m a bit nauseated with that whole subgenre, but I was hoping Creep would act as my Pepto-Bismul and make me feel better. And you know what? It did! Continue reading →
I know, I know. The ending scene to The Ring in 2002 has been talked about to death, and in it’s own right it’s a pretty creepy scene – especially for a mainstream horror remake. But let’s talk about the original Japanese 1998 version called Ringu for a minute.
I remember getting a bootleg DVD copy of Ringu off Ebay back in 1999. This would catapult my Japanese horror obsession that would later include Audition, Shutter, and Ichi The Killer to name a few. I remember watching Ringu for the first time late at night while eating a bag of Cheetos. Don’t ask me how the hell I remember the Cheeto part, but they must have been memorable for me to. I was pretty creeped out throughout the whole movie, and then the ending came…….
My biggest gripe with the ending of the remake version is the obvious CGI that’s involved when Samara is coming out of the TV at Noah. Still creepy as a whole, but definitely not as creepy as the original. And while the remake focuses more on Samara’s decaying, waterlogged body – the original seen above focuses on her missing fingernails while she’s crawling on the floor. Fingernail damage in movies always fucks me up. I also love the more subtle ending of the scene from the original with Samara peeking her eye out of her hair instead of showing her whole face. Sometimes less is more. I’m glad I did this post by the way because it makes me want to revisit my Japanese horror collection. Looks like A Tale Of Two Sisters is getting dusted off the shelf this weekend!
There’s nothing worse than watching an old person bite the dust in a horror movie. Well, there might be worse things actually, but old people dying in horror movies can really put a damper on an otherwise good day. So on this week’s Sunday Bloody Sunday, I’m paying tribute in a way to our favorite elderly babysitter from John Carpenter’s underrated classic, The Fog. That’s right, come on up to the podium and say a few words, Mrs. Kobritz!
Ahhh, that’s right. She can’t come up and say a few words because she got hacked to death by a bunch of zombie ghost pirates. We can however, honor her memory and remember her for the brave, yet somewhat stupid, babysitter that she was. Only out to protect Andy as she shooed him away to his room after a knock at the door, Mrs. Kobritz took her final steps out into the dense fog before being pounced on by the zombie ghost pirates. Going out like a true babysitter soldier, Mrs. Kobritz will forever be a bright light in The Fog. (cue up “Wing Beneath My Wings”)