It was late at night last Saturday. I had just finished eating some delicious nachos. Now I needed something to quench my thirst on Netflix to wash down those tasty nachos. Scrolling through, I saw that the Turkish horror movie Baskin had been added to the list of movies. “Oh joy!” I said to myself. I had been wanting to see it, having heard and read pretty good things so far. I remember watching the trailer, but honestly didn’t remember much other than that it looked visually striking and kind of fucked up. Side note: I kind of love kind of fucked up horror movies. So I hit play and………………………………
My “Oh joy!” quote from earlier turned into “What the fuck did I just watch?“. I felt dirty. Not in a sexual way of course, but in a way where I felt like I had actual dirt all over me and needed to get it off as soon as possible. Can Evrenol, the director of Baskin, had just taken me on a visual journey that I feel like I wasn’t meant to see. It was dark. It was smelly. And I’m not just talking about the storyline of the movie. Yeah, the elephant in the room is that Baskin is borderline mind-blowing in the visual department. But the story…..the story was almost too confusing for it’s own good. I’m all for doing some actual thinking when I watch a horror movie, but I need to be able to make some kind of sense of it when I’m done.
Nevertheless, Baskin had me locked in from beginning to end. And I dare you to watch the clip below (I actually triple dog dare you) and not want to go on Netflix right away and watch this sucker:
That creepy motherfucker in the clip is actor Mehmet Cerrahoglu. As far as I can see, this is his first acting gig. And holy creep balls, it was a memorable one. Now again, I must warn you – Baskin is a pretty brutal movie to watch at times. Especially if you’re shy on perverse scenes that are perverse for the sake of being perverse. I just met my quota for using the word ‘perverse’. We’re not into A Serbian Film territory here, but there are some unsettling things that you might wish your mind could get rid of. Fun fact btw: There are actually some Baskin action figures for sale right HERE! It seems this post had a mind of it’s own and kind of went the ‘review’ route when I didn’t really mean for it to, so fuck it – I’m going to rate Baskin below. Go see it!
As a kid, I do remember having a fear of the dark. I had a special Donald Duck night light (it didn’t quack though) that I suppose was put in place to protect me against whatever I was fearful of. Problem is, I wasn’t really afraid of anything in particular. And certainly not a manipulative vengeful spirit with a rare skin disorder that survives in the dark named Diana. Continue reading →
You would think that being a farmer would have it’s advantages…..like being able to eat corn whenever you want or ride a tractor at night just for the fuck of it. But farming isn’t all unlimited delicious fruit and games. Sometimes, if you’re not careful – a storm will come and unleash a suspicious glowing force onto your farm and your family. And then you’ll turn into a bunch of pus-faced monsters and that’s never good. Oh – and your fruit and vegetables will have worms in them too. Bummer!
I have to give it up to the 1987 underrated gem, The Curse. I was pretty confident that I would never be creeped out by a horror movie that took place on a farm. But dammit if this didn’t give me the creeps as a kid and still does today. Thanks to The Curse, I always hesitate slightly before biting into an apple. Fun fact btw: I actually did bite into an apple when I was younger and it was full of worms. That was before this movie, but maybe it was a prophecy that I would some day see a movie that would make me revisit my fear of wormy apples. Whatever the case, The Curse is definitely one of those little horror movies that has some big creepy moments. And it has John Schneider from The Dukes Of Hazzard to boot! Check out the clip below to see some of the aforementioned creepiness:
If you ever had a fear of accidentally biting into a lightbulb when you thought you were biting into an apple, then you might not want to watch the trailer for the new supernatural horror movie, Oculus. If you do have that fear and are still brave enough to give it whirl, feel free to click below and we’ll discuss afterward why this is on my Anticipation Alert radar.
Even if I didn’t know that Oculus was receiving high praise from it’s early screenings, that trailer would have sold me anyway. Sure, I’m kind of over the whole supernatural sub-genre of horror movies, but something looks right about this one to me. The creepy ass antique mirror perhaps? The creepy ass lightbulbs? As I was driving in to work today, I saw a billboard up on the side of the road. And the other night there was TV spot on. So it looks like Oculus is getting a proper push after all of that good buzz from the festival outings. Is it this year’s The Conjuring? Seems like a definite possibility. Look for it to hit select theaters on April 11th and until then, eat your apples carefully.
Yawn. Oh, I’m sorry. How rude of me. It’s just that I’m a little tired of all of the “possessed/demon” movies as of late. Wouldn’t it just be nice if someone could put a different spin on the subgenre and give us something new and fresh? Good news everybody, because someone has done just that. Continue reading →
How could I not be anticipating a movie called The Babadook? I mean, seriously. Try saying the name three times without laughing or smiling. The Babadook. The Babadook. The Babadook. Ahhhh – but this movie looks like much more than a funny name.
This little Australian gem just had it’s Sundance premiere and is quickly getting big buzz around the horror world. Set up as a new spin on The Boogeyman storyline, it revolves around a mother dealing with her 6-year-old son who has hallucinations involving a monster straight out of a children’s storybook called, The Babadook. Obviously, the name grabbed my attention first. Then the poster grabbed it some more. But the ultimate grabbing came from the trailer below:
I’m in. Love the overall tone and it definitely seems as though it will have more than enough creepy moments. This one is definitely on the radar for 2014, and if I’m ever having a bad day, I’ll just say the name of the movie and everything will be alright. The Babadook!
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”)
Mannequins creep me out. Even that 1987 comedy called Mannequin freaks me out and that was a sexy mannequin. So it’s not really a big shocker here that a movie like 1979’s Tourist Trap made me a little uneasy since there were an abundance of laughing and cackling plastic fuckers all throughout the movie. Yes, Tourist Trap was and is proof that a horror move can be rated PG and still be creepy and effective. Case in point #1:
Tourist Trap’s opening scene’s star is definitely the closet dummy and not the dummy (Woody) that went snooping around where he shouldn’t have. The maniacal laughing. The unnerving perma-grin. This dummy came to bring the pain! Oh – and that rod that goes shooting through Woody’s back brought the pain too. Just a great overall opening and it really set up what was to come later on. And what was to come was a creepy ass Chuck Conners a.k.a. The Rifleman putting plaster over captured Tina’s face while he wears his own homemade face hider.
Watching that scene again makes me want some pie because Tina’s face looked like it was covered in whipped cream. Mmmmmm – whipped cream. Anyway, Tourist Trap gave me the creeps when I saw it back in the 80’s and it still brings the creeps today when I sit down and watch it. I actually wouldn’t mind a remake of this one as long as the original closet dummy from the opening scene makes an appearance. What’s that? You want me to end the piece with a pic of that dummy? Your wish is granted!