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
One of my favorite surprising horror sequels of all time is Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II from 1987. It easily surpassed the original Prom Night in my opinion even though it didn’t have Leslie Nielsen, Jamie Lee Curtis in a bra, or a fantastic disco soundtrack. The sequel had something that the original couldn’t even come close to though: a horny rocking horse.
Yeah, that was pretty disturbing. And I’m not talking about the old man make-out session. Putting something like a horny rocking horse with a big tongue in a horror movie was pretty much the norm when it came to 80’s horror. Which is yet another reason why I miss that era. Sigh. Thankfully, we have avenues like Youtube to relive those magical times. It’s too bad the horny rocking horse didn’t ever get a spin-off movie. It would have been tremendous.
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.
Move over Hacksaw Jim Duggan – you’re not the only one that knows how to swing a big piece of wood. That didn’t quite sound right, but whatever. Henry Morrison a.k.a. Jerry Blake a.k.a. The Stepfather sure loves swinging the ol’ 2 X 4, especially over a guy’s head!
On this week’s Sunday Bloody Sunday, I’m going back to 1987 where actor Terry O’Quinn played in my opinion, one of the best horror movie psychopaths ever. And in this particular scene, his character of Jerry Blake doesn’t take too kindly to people snooping around in his business. He has a very strict ‘No Snooping’ policy, and in this instance it involves slapping some lumber repeatedly over a nosy doctor’s head. Enjoy the pummeling below, and if you haven’t seen this underrated gem, do yourself a favor and seek it out.
Can you feel that? No, not the creepy guy breathing heavily down your neck at the gas station. I’m talking about LOVE. It’s in the air! And could it just be coincidence that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner? Probably not. And when Valentine’s Day rolls around, there’s only one thing that comes to mind, and it isn’t the anxiety associated with getting the right flowers for my wife – it’s the 2001 appropriately titled slasher flick, Valentine! Continue reading
Gotta appreciate scenes in horror movies that do a good job of making you feel the physical pain that a victim is enduring, without actually having to endure it yourself. Case in point: The drill to the forehead scene from 2009’s Australian horror movie, The Loved Ones. What? You haven’t seen The Loved Ones?! Shame on you.
Welcome to this week’s Sunday Bloody Sunday where I am indeed taking a look at the scene from The Loved Ones where Lola (Robin McCleavy) decides that it’s time to drill a hole in the head of Brent (Xavier Samuel). Definitely makes me wince when I see it happen, because I can’t help but think about what it would be like to have a drill going into my forehead. Lovely thoughts, I know. Again I can’t stress enough if you haven’t seen it, to check this movie out and witness a ‘Psycho Girl’ performance from Robin McCleavy for the ages.
If there’s one thing I say about horror movies nowadays, it’s that there just aren’t enough deaths by brass musical instruments. In 1976, not only was the world graced with my presence when I was born, but there was a ‘death by trombone’ scene in the movie The Town That Dreaded Sundown.
So, on this week’s Sunday Bloody Sunday, I think it’s only fitting that we spotlight that trombone death scene from 1976. It’s also very fitting because the remake/reboot/sequel of The Town That Dreaded Sundown was just released as well. Without spoiling too much, the trombone makes a triumphant return in that one in case you’re wondering. Ok, Phantom Killer – now take it away and show Peggy how to really play that instrument!
Keeping with the spirit of the season, nothing quite says Halloween like a good scary mask. So I figured I would take a look back through horror history and pick a movie mask that is criminally underrated as far as creepy horror movie masks go. If you’re a big Lou Diamond Phillips fan, then I’m sure you own 50 copies of the 1990 serial killer flick called The First Power on VHS. The movie itself is a guilty pleasure of mine, and it sports one of the best false faces ever to grace the horror screen.
Creepy, right? Well the movie is creepy too. And in the movie, we follow the trail of Patrick Channing, a sadistic serial killer who offers his victims up to Satan as a sacrifice. Oh, and he’s known as the Pentagram Killer because he tends to enjoy carving pentagrams into the flesh of those victims. He’s a super fun guy to say the least, and he takes everything to the next level when he puts on that fucking mask. I keep looking up at it in that pic by the way and have become increasingly uneasy while writing this post.
Ok – now are you ready for your ironic fun fact of the day? That was weak. I said…..ARE YOU READY FOR YOUR IRONIC FUN FACT OF THE DAY?!?! Much better response. Ok – the actor who portrayed Patrick Channing is Jeff Kober. You may remember him from last season’s The Walking Dead as the biker guy who gets a chunk of his neck taken out by Rick Grimes. Well, the ironic fun fact is that even when Patrick Channing takes his mask off in The First Power, he’s still just as creepy! Don’t worry, Jeff Kober – even with your unique unsettling face, you’re still one hell of an actor.
A horror film from recent years that always seems to get lost in the shuffle for me is Sam Raimi’s 2009 triumphant return to the genre: Drag Me To Hell. It’s fun, a little twisted, has a few good jump scares, and there’s a possessed goat too. How the hell could a movie with a possessed goat get lost in the shuffle??? I feel somewhat ashamed that I forget about this movie, so what better time to pull it off the shelf than on Halloween night this year.
Drag Me To Hell, as I previously mentioned, was director Sam Raimi’s comeback horror movie that gave us all a combined feel of his Evil Dead trilogy. Definitely tongue-in-cheek throughout, I was pretty surprised at how many times I jumped during the movie and loved how Raimi didn’t only go the slapstick route like he did in Army Of Darkness.
I liken the experience I had with Drag Me To Hell to how I felt the first time I saw The Cabin In The Woods. Both were a breath of fresh air to the horror genre and both enjoyed moderate success as well. So that’s it. I’m ending my Drag Me To Hell drought this year on Halloween night and I might even get up and do a little Deadite dance as well. My apologies to anyone around me at that time who has to witness that.
Sorry to burst your bubble Michael Myers, but you’re not the only required viewing on Halloween night. Granted, I’ll be watching my fair share of the Halloween franchise leading up to and on October 31st, but it’s not the only game in town that sets the mood for All Hallows’ Eve. Isn’t that right Tobe Hooper’s 1981 underrated slasher, The Funhouse?
Easily one of my favorite guilty horror pleasures ever, this movie screams Halloween night viewing. It even has an opening scene that pays homage to the 1978 John Carpenter classic! And it’s just as incestuous as well. But incest aside, The Funhouse is definitely fun. Sorry for my lazy writing, but it’s Monday so give me a break. I myself love the old school dark rides that you’d find at amusement parks and creepy small town carnivals, so I was immediately in just based off of that alone.
The Funhouse is definitely a slow burn horror movie, but while it’s burning you get rewarding things like: actor Kevin Conway taking on three separate roles, a big giant fat laughing lady that sits atop the funhouse attraction, a creepy Frankenstein mask wearing creature that has equally creepy make-up effects underneath that mask courtesy of legendary artist Rick Baker, and four stupid teens who think it’ll be ok to spend the night in a carnival ride.
At the end of the day, The Funhouse doesn’t reinvent anything when it comes to the horror genre, but in it’s own special way it separates itself from the slasher herd. The money shot doesn’t disappoint when The Monster reveals himself before strangling the big breasted fortune teller to death – and from there on out it really becomes a nifty little ‘cat and mouse’ game. A horror movie is usually only as good as it’s villain, and in The Funhouse the combo of The Monster and Funhouse Barker take on that role and satisfy those who watch in the process. So do yourself a favor this Halloween and give this ‘little slasher movie that could’ a shot. You could do a lot worse. Right, Halloween: Resurrection?