Dirty Horror Presents: Top 10 Horror Movies Of 2012

Here we go.  Strike up the band and cue the dancing girls.  Yes, we’re going back to the 1920’s!  Just kidding!  It’s my inevitable Top 10 list of horror movies for 2012.  As I looked back on the year that was in horror cinema, I felt there were some solid releases, but there also seemed to be a bit of a void as well.  I did get my horror fix on though, so let’s get this list started and start it off with the worst of the best!    Continue reading

News: V/H/S/2 Is On Deck!

V/H/S was a bit of a letdown for me, but still did enough right to get me excited about the news that dropped today.  Due to the popular response and mostly positive reviews of the first, V/H/S/2 is coming to bring us more anthology madness!  New sequel means new directors for the individual stories, so coming on board this time are:  Gareth Evans (The Raid – btw, see this if you haven’t already), Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project, Lovely Molly), Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun), and Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre).  In addition, Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard (You’re Next) will be returning. This new horror journey follows a similar structure as the first, and will have a pair of investigators discovering a VHS tape while searching for a missing student.  Shooting is taking place now, so stay tuned for more details!

*call down to the front desk, we might need more hand towels*

Anticipation Alert: You’re Next (2013)

The word of mouth of a horror movie that hasn’t been nationally released can cause anticipation and outrage at the same time around our beloved genre community. Remember Trick ‘R Treat?  And most recently, we went through it with the overhyped (I write that begrudgingly) V/H/S.  A while back, I heard about this movie You’re Next because it had played at the TIFF in 2011 and the buzz was strong, with reviews popping up online praising it for being a dark comedy with violent mayhem to boot. The flick, directed by Adam Wingard (who starred in and helped direct V/H/S btw), sounds like your standard “home invasion” nightmare plot wise.  And based off of that storyline and the pics that have popped up, it immediately draws comparisons to 2008’s, The Strangers.

But something in my gore filled gut tells me that You’re Next will be something special. I know, I know – I thought the same about V/H/S before I saw it.  But keep your mind open with me and just go with it.   Continue reading

Review: V/H/S (2012)

Let me start by saying, I’m not a huge fan of the “found footage” horror film.  I know it’s supposed to be more “believable”, but most of the time it just doesn’t do it for me. Which is why I was surprised when I was ready to dive into the new horror anthology, V/H/S, without swimmies on.  Strictly based of off the red band trailer, I was all set to see if this new take on the overused “found footage” gimmick would leave me wanting more.  Or would it leave me throwing up from the sure to be used shaky cam – a wonderful “realistic” tactic found in almost all “found footage” movies.  I think I’ve met my “quotation” quota for the post btw.  Good news is that I loved it.  Bad news though is that I hated it.  Let me explain…..

*I didn’t know Daniel Craig was in this movie! Awesome!*

As with any anthology movie, you’re going to have some of the stories faring better than others.  The problem with V/H/S though is that it’s so uneven and starts so strong, that by the time the end of the movie came, I felt like it had already blown it’s load waaaaay too early.  Hey – it happens to the best of us buddy.    Continue reading

V/H/S Now Available On VOD!

You may remember one of my early posts about the upcoming horror found footage anthology movie V/H/S, but if not, you can see it here.  Now as you can tell, my expectations are high for this one, which in the realm of movies (especially horror), that can be good or bad.  Well by this weekend, I’ll be able to tell you if I’m elated or deflated because V/H/S is available on VOD now! Some of the outlets where you can watch this anticipated flick are:  Itunes, Amazon, Charter, Comcast, DirecTV, and Time Warner.  Full list is here.

Ooooh – I just introduced my first gif into my blog!  I’m so proud.  For those of you in the dark about this movie, here’s the quick, but somewhat long synopsis:  “When a group of petty criminals are hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realize that the job isn’t going to be as easy as they thought. In the living room, a lifeless body holds court before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes. As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last.

*99 cent store creepiness*

Now don’t forget that this little ditty will hit select theaters on October 5th as well.  My review will be up after I sit down and digest what I watch, but reviews are already up online and are mixed, which is expected I guess.  If you don’t want to watch the movie V/H/S this weekend, you could just always dust off that old VHS copy of Psycho Cop and enjoy that instead.  Either way you can’t lose!


Anticipation Alert: V/H/S And It’s Glorious Trailer!

A trailer can sometimes give you a level of anticipation, excitement and hope when it comes to a movie (see Piranha 3DD), but then turns out to be a huge disappointment and steaming pile of shit (see Piranha 3DD).  So, when the trailer for the new anthology horror movie V/H/S popped up or in (slight VCR pun!), I was skeptical.  For those in the dark, this is the Sundance movie (there’s always one) where people were apparently passing out at screenings. Publicity stunt?  Shaky cam reaction?  Pulse pounding horror?  All of the above?  Who knows…..Oh – before I continue, here’s a quick synopsis of the movie:  A POV, found footage horror film from the perspective of America’s top genre filmmakers. A group of misfits are hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house in the countryside and acquire a rare tape. Upon searching the house, the guys are confronted with a dead body, a hub of old televisions and an endless supply of cryptic footage, each video stranger than the last.  

*behold!! the rare tapes!*

Oh – did I mention that Ti West (House Of The Devil, The Innkeepers) is one of the directors?!  Oh and did I also mention or shall I say show you the poster for the movie?!

Not bad eh?  Reminiscent of the forgotten 80’s flick Visiting Hours (Michael Ironside, yeah!).  So needless to say, I’m looking forward to this.  You’re probably tired of me teasing you and giving you blue balls about it, so without further hype and build up, here’s the red band trailer for V/H/S (out August 31st On Demand/October 5th in theaters).