Let’s start 2014 out with a bang – a very interesting, bizarre, haunting, and disturbing, bang. As much as I love talking about films that people know and love, most true horror fiends’ real passion comes from discovering, and thus helping others discover, amazing films that you maybe haven’t heard of. There are plenty of … Continue reading 10/1/14 – 2014 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #1 – Kill List
The definition of “horror” can sometimes be stretched. What each individual finds terrifying definitely wavers from person to person. Sometimes “horror” is supernatural. Sometimes “horror” is a pus-oozing monster. And sometimes “horror” is a social commentary that makes us look at the potential of our own unhinged dark sides through a twisted psychological mirror. A … Continue reading 10/7/13 – 2013 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #7 – A Clockwork Orange
For those of you who may not have seen my TOP 13 HALLOWEEN MOVIES OF ALL TIME blog posts for the Stan Winston School of the Character Arts, here's a link to both PART'S 1 & 2. It was realllllllly hard to narrow down my worship of horror to a top 10 13 list, but … Continue reading MY TOP 13 HALLOWEEN MOVIES OF ALL TIME – For the Stan Winston School.
One… two… Freddy's coming for you… Three… four… better lock your door… Five… six… grab your crucifix… Seven… eight… better stay up late… Nine… ten… never sleep again… Seriously, how incredible was that song??? Every year on Halloween, I save a real special movie. Even if sometimes it may be a rather obvious choice, it … Continue reading 10/31/12 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #31 – A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Here is a movie that does everything right. I honestly can’t say a single bad thing about it. The Woman in Black is, in my opinion, not only one of the best movies to come out this year, but I think it will be recognized as one of the best for years to come. … Continue reading 10/30/12 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #30 – The Woman in Black.
If you’ve read me at all, you know I’m a HUGE Dario Argento fan. Well, to clarify, I’m actually more of a pre-1990’s Dario Argento fan. His later movies never quite worked as well for me, but his early giallo stuff through all of the 70’s and 80’s is downright amazing. Hell, all his movies … Continue reading 10/29/12 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #29 – Opera.
Another in the, “saw as a child and scared the SHIT out of me” category. Children of the Corn has everything a good horror movie needs. First, it’s Stephen King. So, duh. The master of disturbing things gives us one of his best short stories. Second, it’s set in a remote Nebraska town. *shivers* Nebraska… … Continue reading 10/28/12 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #28 – Children of the Corn.
Yesterday I wrote about people that lived under the ground; today I’m going to build on that same idea. Only the creatures of the title here are much more primal in their needs. They just want to eat. The Burrowers is pretty basic at its core. It’s simply about something that lives under the … Continue reading 10/27/12 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #27 – The Burrowers.
When you first hear that Clive Barker and David Cronenberg are joining forces to work on a film together, the horror fan in all of us freaks out at the sheer notion of the complete insanity in store for us. But then as you watch, you realize it’s not what you think. David Cronenberg … Continue reading 10/26/12 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #26 – Nightbreed.
Most people in the horror biz would agree that one of their key influences is the author HP Lovecraft. I most definitely count myself one of them. As a kid, a collection of his short stories was one of my favorite books, and it still gives me chills to this day. Lovecraft was like … Continue reading 10/25/12 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #25 – In the Mouth of Madness.
Horror movies come in all shapes and sizes. Most people usually affiliate them with ghosts, goblins, or demons. But sometimes the horror in the film has nothing to do with the supernatural at all. Sometimes it simply comes from the basic horrors that man can do. I’ve heard people say that Borderland is not … Continue reading 10/24/12 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #24 – Borderland.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I have an affinity for imaginative lower budget horror movies. Especially when you’re attempting a creature feature, if a huge budget isn’t an available option, the filmmakers must rely on clever (and cheaper) ways to accomplish the same ideas. Splinter has practical effects, almost entirely … Continue reading 10/23/12 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #23 – Splinter.
I really can’t recommend this film at all, but I feel a strange obligation to those who are looking during this Halloween season for something that is cross-the-line, truly, honestly, icky. Clownhouse is this, but sadly for much more than you realize. On occasion I choose a film that is disturbing to its core, based … Continue reading 10/22/12 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #22 – Clownhouse.
It appears that it’s become a tradition to put a [REC] movie on this list each year. If you look back at the last two years, I included [REC] in 2010, and [REC]2 in 2011 (together they combine into one of my all-time favorite horror duos.) So it’s only appropriate that I include [REC]3: Genesis … Continue reading 10/21/12 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #21 – [REC]3: Genesis.
Wrong Turn is one of those movies that doesn’t reinvent the wheel, at all, but for some reason it just sticks. I mean, they’re on Wrong Turn 5 now. Say what you want, but whenever a film gets to part 5, they’re doing something right. Creepy, deformed, cannibalistic hillbillies are kind of like the lesser … Continue reading 10/20/12 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #20 – Wrong Turn.
Oh, Sinister… How I love thee… It’s rare that I can recommend a movie you can still see on the big screen, but lucky you, here’s one playing in theaters right now. It opened just last week, and trust me, this is one you want to see with the full cinema experience. Ideally, you want … Continue reading 10/18/12 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #18 – Sinister.
Okay, it’s a third of the way into the month so I figure it’s as good a time as any to really start getting my horror geek on. I’m actually kind of ashamed that this is my third year doing these recommendations, and this is my first Mario Bava post. Dammit. But yes, today’s recommendation … Continue reading 10/11/12 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #11 – Bay of Blood, aka Twitch of the Death Nerve.
My brain is constantly full of bizarre things that are pretty much impossible to describe. At any given moment, it's like a mass gathering of indescribable insanity. But you know, I enjoy it. It helps me write crazy shit and I'm never bored. This is exactly why I had a freakin' blast with John Dies … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: John Dies at the End
The Comedy is, in a way, a perfect example of what Joe Public probably thinks of when they think of a Sundance movie. It's definitely a director's vision, whether it makes any sense to actually put his vision on film or not. It's pretentious as all hell. It's an insanely low-concept character study with almost … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: The Comedy
Every year at Sundance, there's one movie that makes you go, "What the F*!# was that???" This year is no exception... Excision is definitely that movie. And shocker, I thought it was great. Although, holy hell should the phrase, "NOT FOR EVERYONE" be used in every discussion about this warped, twisted, confusing, entertaining, and wholly … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: Excision
Most people remember the first time they fell in love. You're young. You're kind of an idiot. You don't really know exactly what you're feeling, but strangely you both like and hate it at the same time. Awkwardness abounds, but it's exciting. All these feelings and emotions are on display in the movie The First … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: The First Time
To quote the Transformers, something that definitely helped craft my childhood, as well as that of the programmers in the film, Indie Game: The Movie is definitely more than meets the eye. At first look this is a glimpse into the world of independent programmers that most people don't even know exists. But as you … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: Indie Game: The Movie
With all the films here at the festival, I guarantee that The Pact, what appears to be a simple haunted house tale, is going to be overlooked. That's a shame because this is a well crafted and solid piece of spooky horror, complete with some interesting twists and turns. It was obviously created by a … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: The Pact
This review will be difficult to write. It's easy to write about cookie cutter movies, their flaws, their lack of imagination, and what they could have done better. But here, you have such an original and unique vision, it's almost like you're watching a new genre of film for the very first time. The typical … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: Beasts of the Southern Wild
Oh, Tim and Eric. How you frustrate me. There are sparks when true comedic genius comes through... and then there are the other times when I feel like you were given an amazing golden opportunity to make comedy wildfire, and you just light your fart instead and waste the match. Tim and Eric's Billion dollar … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie
Look, I'll be honest. I can't write an unbiased review for Filly Brown because it was directed by a good friend of mine, Mike Olmos. But I will say this. Much like Hustle and Flow, or 8 Mile, this musical film about the journey, struggles, and hardships of a struggling artist trying to follow her … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review… well, more like an extremely biased promo, for Filly Brown.
Every country is entitled to their own version of some plain and simple entertaining fluff. To me, that's exactly what Grabbers is -- Ireland's version of some easy to swallow, smile-causing fluff. It doesn't reinvent the wheel by any means, in fact it blatantly steals ahem, I mean pays homage to a slew of other horror movies. But … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: Grabbers
So my film viewing is ramping up. Seeing 3-4 movies a day, shuttling around town to different venues, all while trying to squeeze in some food and sleep, doesn't really provide too much time to write a longer review for everything. But I'm still going to try. Just don't blame me if some are shorter … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: A Fierce Green Fire
I love horror movies. You all pretty much know that already or else you wouldn't even be on this blog. And many of you know that one of my all time favorite movies from any genre is The Shining. To me there's almost nothing bettter than Kubrick's masterpiece. But lately right now I'm obsessed with … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: Room 237
Tomorrow I head to Park City for the glorious splendor of the Sundance Film Festival. Ahh, 7 straight days of drinking, movie viewing. I'm going to try and hit as many of the Midnight horror flicks as I can. I hope to provide a few small reviews of these little gems for anyone who might … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Here I Come.