Review: IT (2017)

Have you heard the one about the evil clown named Pennywise that eats children and feeds off of their fears?  I guess the punchline isn’t going to really be funny.  Regardless, the wait is over and the revamped version of Stephen King’s IT movie has finally arrived in theaters!  Part remake.  Part redo.  And all business.  Literally, because it’s going to make a shit-ton of money on opening weekend (latest projection is around $130 million).  But does this new incarnation of IT live up to the hype, and how does it compare to the original 1990 mini-series of the same name?  The latter I won’t focus on too much, but the former I definitely will.   Continue reading

Review: Lamb Of God @ The Forum (Los Angeles)

Crossing things of my bucket list is fun.  And I got to cross another one off the other night when I finally saw Lamb Of God at The Forum in Los Angeles for the first time.

Been a fan for a while, so I was amped to see what they had in store for the LA crowd.  And minus a few mic issues (f*cking sound guys) at the start of ‘Laid To Rest’ to open the show, the boys pummeled the crowd with 10 songs – raising the intensity with each one.  Randy Blythe is a force onstage – and to me, that’s one of Lamb Of God’s strong points as a live band.  The heavy riffs, the booming drums…..they’ll always be there.  But it’s Randy’s energy and interaction with the crowd that makes the experience hit you even harder.

On the band’s closing song ‘Redneck‘, Randy encourages the crowd to get the biggest circle pit going that The Forum has ever fucking seen.  And from my vantage point, they may have succeeded.  Great show.  Great energy.  And oh yeah, Slayer was there too.  HORNS UP!

SETLIST:

Laid To Rest
Now You’ve Got Something To Die For
512
Engage The Fear Machine
Ruin
Descending
Blacken The Cursed Sun
Still Echoes
Walk With Me In Hell
Redneck

Review: Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival (Long Beach, CA)

It’s no secret that I love Halloween.  So naturally, I was more than excited to see the return of the Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival to Long Beach, California last weekend! This was the second year for this particular event, and to be honest – it was bigger, better, and much spoooookier this time around. Continue reading

Review: It Comes At Night (2017)

There’s a debate raging in the world of horror right now!  And that debate is whether or not the new horror film It Comes At Night was marketed in a deceivingly unfair way.  I did a post about the original trailer a few months back and noted how creepy it looked (with accompanying creepy music as well).  Now granted, the trailer did make it look like a lot more would be happening in the movie from an action standpoint…….but after watching the movie, you know what?  I didn’t care about what the trailer may or may not have promised because I loved the movie anyway.    Continue reading

Dirty Horror’s Rapid Reviews: ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’, ‘Beyond The Gates’, ‘Alien: Covenant’

It’s that time again where I don’t have a lot of time to write full reviews for recent movies that I have had the pleasure of viewing, so I will sum each of them up in a few sentences of my thoughts.  Sound good?  Here we go!    Continue reading

Review: The Dark Tapes (2017)

If the last few ‘found footage’ horror movies have left a bad taste in your mouth (I’m looking at you Blair Witch), then there’s a little treat that I’m about to throw your way.  And that treat is called The Dark Tapes!   Continue reading

Dirty Horror’s Rapid Reviews: Get Out (2017), The Belko Experiment (2017), Pet (2016)

Being that I’m a busy man (some sarcasm is implied there), I haven’t been keeping up on my reviews!  For shame.  Soooooooo – instead of boring everyone with long-winded summaries of what I thought of my recent watches, I’ll condense them and skip the bullshit.  Let’s go!    Continue reading

Review: XX (2017)

Anthology films are like a box of chocolates…..you never know what you’re going to get. Unless of course you are eating a box of chocolates that has that little guide on it to show you what you’re going to get.  But anyway, anthology films (specifically horror movies) can be hit-or-miss.  Creepshow will forever be my favorite, but more recently the VHS franchise was the definition of being hit-or-miss as far as anthologies go.  Now comes along XX:  Four tales all directed by women that are intertwined with creepy stop-motion animation.  Will these gals go 4 for 4 or are we entering more hit-or-miss territory here? My money is on the latter unfortunately.    Continue reading

Review: Split (2017)

Alright everybody, I want you to meet Kevin!  And I also want you to meet Barry!  And also Patricia!  Oh, and also Hedwig!  And……Dennis!  Don’t worry, the room won’t get crowded because it’s all the same person.  Hooray for split personalities!  And hooray for the triumphant return of M. Night Shyamalan who is back and better than ever
with the new psychological horror film, Split.    Continue reading

Review: Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood (2016)

Ahhhhh – another year and another trip to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood!  When the news broke about the lineup of mazes this year, people were in a bit of a frenzy, and for good reason because a lot of your favorite horror icons were finally going to be on the same bill!  I’m talking Freddy, Jason, Michael, Leatherface, Krampus…..ok, maybe Krampus isn’t a horror icon, but we’ll get to him later on in the review.  The question is, would it all be worth it?  And would HHN jack the prices up even more this year?  Yes to both of those questions!  So let’s go from worst to first and get it going…..    Continue reading