maxresdefault-3There are few things in this life that truly freak me out and one of those things happens to be a Ouija board and the other is evil spirits. So, what happens when you combine those two things into one film, well hopefully a good horror film. For today’s film, I decided to check out the prequel to the 2014 film Ouija in Ouija: Origin Of Evil. For Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser), life hasn’t been easy for her and her girls since the death of her husband. She relies heavily on scamming people during seances to get some extra cash. One day she brings home a Ouija board to add a little something extra to the seances, but what she doesn’t realize is the impact it’ll have when an evil spirit possesses her daughter Doris (Lulu Wilson) as a result of it. Now they’ll have to battle the demon inside her in order to save her.The film also stars Annalise Basso (Oculus) as Lina Zander, Henry Thomas (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) as Father Tom, Parker Mack (The Darkness) as Mikey, Doug Jones (Hellboy II: The Golden Army) as Ghoul Marcus, Chelsea Gonzalez (Criminal Minds) as Gloria, Michael Weaver (Super Troopers) as Roger Zander, and the film was directed by Mike Flanagan (Hush).

ouija-origin-of-evil-shows-its-dark-scaresSpoiler Alert: There may be information contained in this Article that could potentially spoil the plot of the film so continue with caution or do not read any further if you do not want to know. This is the film that the original should have been as far as scary and spooky moments are concerned. This is another horror film that I absolutely loved this year even though I went in very skeptical. I definitely feel that this film could compete with The Conjuring films (at least part 2), Annabelle, and any other film like it. When you watch this film, the original Ouija film from 2014 will make sense or t least the backstory that you get in that film will make sense. Lin Shaye (Insidious) plays Lina Zander in the 2014 film and we wonder why she is freaking out and why our main characters have to cut the stitches off the girls mouth in the film. Well, this is the film that is going to explain it all for you so sit tight and enjoy the show. There are plenty of cheap scares to go along with the demonic imagery that we get, but a lot of kudos goes to Lulu Wilson who plays one creepy little girl when she gets possessed. There is a reason why this film has an 81% (as of right now) on Rotten Tomatoes because this film is legit. The other element that I loved as a film nerd is the ode to the old 60’s/70’s films with the old title card and the burn marks that appear on the screen every now and again. It was a cool thing to include and it was much appreciated by me and some of my colleagues. This is one of my favorite horror films of the year and that is why I am giving it an A- for a final grade.

social-share-v2As you all saw earlier in the year, I was saddened by the death of Anton Yelchin who was taken from us way too soon. I saved the opportunity to watch today’s film because I wanted to have at least one film from him for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween. That is why I chose to watch Green Room for today’s film. Anton plays a punk rock musician named Pat whose in a band called the Ain’t Rights. Everyone knows that being a musician isn’t always glorious and they certainly know that taking gigs for almost nothing. Well one day they are promised a decent pay out to play a gig at a Nazi skinhead bar. Everything goes right until Pat unknowingly walks into a murder scene which traps the band at the bar and they have to fight for their lives just to survive. The film also stars Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation) as Darcy, Joe Cole (Secret In Their Eyes) as Reece, Alia Shawkat (Whip It) as Sam, Callum Turner (Victor Frankenstein) as Tiger, David Thompson (A Christmas Story 2) as Tad, Macon Blair (Blue Ruin) as Gabe, Eric Edelstein (Jurassic World) as Big Justin, Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim Vs The World) as Daniel, Imogen Poots (Need For Speed) as Amber and the film was directed by Jeremy Saulnier (Murder Party). 

15greenroom1-master768The film featured an incredible young cast that carried the movie from beginning to end with the help of a vet in Patrick Stewart. Patrick Stewart was a true highlight of the film playing the always calm and collected head of the Nazi skinheads. One thing that sort of bothered me is that the film sort of plays into stereotypes when you hear Slayer music playing in the background at the club. Slayer has always been accused of being a Nazi skinhead group even though they do not represent them at all. That to me was a little bothersome, but it was expected and so I let it go while watching the film. This isn’t you typical horror film because of the way it plays out, but it’s listed every where as a horror film which is why I chose it for today. One of the scenes that is just brutal is when they decide to open the door the first time and they practically chop Anton’s hand off. You can see that it’s just hanging there by a piece of flesh and I was like ouch. Don’t think that it’s just a bunch of guys sitting in a room cause there is action in the film. If you love Anton Yelchin and you want to see more of his films, then definitely check this one out. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade.

return-of-the-living-deadFor this week’s album of the week, we are always trying different things and we are always looking for different bands and records to cover. Since it’s October and we are in observance of the great holiday of Halloween, we have dedicated the album of the week category to it. I was trying to think of a band to cover that touches the genre of horror without choosing someone I have already covered in the past. So out of nowhere a vinyl flashes out at me and it’s the soundtrack to one of my favorite Zombie b-movies in The Return Of The Living Dead. The soundtrack to the film features some of the best in horror punk and punk rock/hardcore in general to be featured on one album. The soundtrack features the innovators of Psychobilly in The Cramps, the progenitors of Horror-Punk in 45 Grave, legendary Deathrock band T.S.O.L. (True Sounds of Liberty), legendary LA Punk group The Flesh Eaters, and the always interesting and mysterious rock icon Roky Erickson to name a few.

return-of-the-living-dead-soundtrack-rear-sleeve1. Surfin’ Dead by The Cramps- The track has that 50’s rockabilly sound to it hence why they were psychobilly legends. A track about doing a cool dance like the dead. 4/5

2. Partytime (Zombie Version)by 45 Grave- This is a shorter version and a heavier version than what fans got on the Sleep In Safety album. This has a very Plasmatics sound to it as far as being heavy punk. 4.5/5

3. Nothin’ for You by T.S.O.L.- This song was once a Soundtrack Saturday entry on here and I love the band’s sound on this track as they mix their punk roots with some rock in vein of The Ramones. 4.5/5

4. Eyes Without a Face by The Flesh Eaters- Not to be mixed with the Billy Idol track, this is a punk rock classic that is relentless in it’s fury. 4/5

5. Burn the Flames by Roky Erickson- A unique style of music from Roky that touches on rock, 50’s do-wop style, and just some spooky organs to go along with it. I feel the lyrics talk about no matter what happens, the spirits of the night will always be around. 5/5

various-artists-return-of-the-living-dead-soundtrack-exclusive-lp-2123895-1_1024x10246. Dead Beat Dance by The Damned- A cool Misfits like Punk song with that Goth Elvis/Jim Morrison like singer who takes command of the track that talks about Doctor Death. 4/5

7. Take a Walk by Tall Boys- Another Psychobilly track on the record about regretting the fact that you didn’t listen to your folks and now you are running for your life. 4/5

8. Love Under Will by Jet Black Berries- A very post-punk sounding track for the soundtrack, but a pretty good track. 4/5

9. Tonight (We’ll Make Love Until We Die) by SSQ- A very different track for the album that just reeks of 80’s awesomeness about a chick who isn’t any ordinary chick. She’s the one that your momma warned you about. 4.5/5

10. Trash’s Theme by SSQ- A very synthpop track that is your typical 80’s synth infused instrumental. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This truly is an amazing soundtrack that features so many different styles of punk mixed with some synthpop and rock. The film is just as incredible as the soundtrack so you should definitely check out the both of them. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

maxresdefault_21The only questions I have is who isn’t a fan of Oscar Award winning actress Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) and who isn’t a fan of Italian horror legend Dario Argento (Suspiria)? Those are definitely the questions I asked when I decided to watch Phenomena for today’s film. Jennifer Corvino (Connelly) is the daughter of a famous Hollywood director who is going to be staying at a school in Switzerland. What the kids at the school do not realize is that even though she is a sleepwalker, she has an amazing ability where she can communicate with insects. That amazing ability will come in handy when a series of murders are occurring near the school as she is asked to use the ability to track down the killer. The film also stars Donald Pleasence (Halloween) as Professor John McGregor, Daria Nicolodi (Deep Red) as Frau Brückner, Fiore Argento (Demons) as Vera Brandt, Federica Mastroianni (State buoni se potete) as Sophie, Fiorenza Tessari (I’ll Do It Tonight) as Gisela Sulzer, Dalila Di Lazzaro (Flesh For Frankenstein) as Headmistress, Patrick Bauchau (A View To A Kill) as Inspector Rudolf Geiger, Davide Marotta (The Passion Of The Christ) as Brückner Son, and the film was directed by Dario Argento.

jennifer-connelly-phenomena-white-summer-vintage-inspirationThis is an interesting movie from beginning to the end because it has that Argento film feel to it, but with some rookie mistakes. My biggest problem with the film wasn’t necessarily the soundtrack because I love hearing Iron Maiden, but it’s when the tracks were inserted into the film. I say that because there were times they would insert a song that would suggest something is about to happen and nothing suspenseful is happening. So, that was essentially the only problem I had with the film which essentially the least of our worries. I loved having Donald Pleasence in the film even though he had kind of a minor role, but the man is so incredible that it was a treat to have him. I loved how he had a monkey for an assistant (sort of) and believe me as you watch the film, you love the little guy. Jennifer Connelly was only 15 years old when the film was released and you could definitely tell that she had a future in the business. Like any typical Argento or Giallo films where it contains elements of a mystery film because she is trying to use the insects to solve the murders. One scene that I loved that was visually what you want as a horror fan is when Jennifer falls into this pool of dead bodies and maggots. It makes you cringe, but you an’t help but love it as a horror fan. There’s even a flesh ripping scene that you’ll have to check out as well. Another thing that bothered me was some of the action in the film cause it made no sense at times. Who walks into a strange house if you do not know if anyone’s home or if the house belongs to a psycho? There’s a scene where Jennifer throws this woman who has acted like a psycho the whole time on to the floor and she grabs the phone and starts dialing it. There is such a delay when the woman finally grabs it away from her, you’re like well it took you long enough. Other than that, it’s a pretty good film that is worth checking out especially if you are an Argento fan. I am going to give it an B+ for a final grade.

I don’t know about you, but I have been waiting a long time for brand new music from Avenged Sevenfold and now we have it in the form of a music video. The band who has tried to keep things hush hush have finally released a music video for a track called The Stage which is off their new album which could drop in 2016. The video opens up with the camera getting closer to a circus tent which happens to hold a very unique puppet show that people will watch. The puppet show is basically a history of world events that unfold in a very unique fashion during the video and it amuses the people. The track itself is absolutely incredible as it showcase the version of Avenged we love from City Of Evil and Nightmare. Which means less hard rock and more of that epic metal sound the band had going for them. While the band plans to unveil the title of the new record on October 27TH, we can bet that it’s going to be called Voltaic Oceans thanks to a tweet that was later deleted by Chris Jericho. The band also unveiled a Deathbot website where you can ask it questions and it answers you. Check that out here otherwise check out the video below:

dead-snow-2Back in 2009, a little known horror film called Dead Snow would take the horror world by surprise with Nazi Zombies attacking poor Norwegian kids in a mountain cabin. With that being said, I couldn’t pass up the chance to check out the sequel Dead Snow 2: Red Vs Dead (Død snø 2) for today’s film. Poor Martin (Vegar Hoel) has survived the horrific events of that unfaithful night, but he is being held by the police in suspicion of the murders of his friends. He soon discovers that Herzog (Ørjan Gamst), the leader of the Nazi Zombies is still on the hunt and he plans to kill everyone in a small Norweigan town. Martin has to escape and he has to figure out a way to stop them and he does with the help of a couple of Americans. The film also stars Martin Starr (Knocked Up) as Daniel, Jocelyn DeBoer (5 To 7) as Monica, Ingrid Haas (Scott Pilgrim Vs The World) as Blake, Stig Frode Henriksen (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) as Glenn, Hallvard Holmen (The Other Side Of Sunday) as Gunga, Amrita Acharia (Kiss The Devil In The Dark) as Reidun, Derek Mears (Friday The 13TH) as Stavarin, Kristoffer Joner (The Wave) as Sidekick Zombie, and the film was directed by Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow).

ds rvd.pngWhat a movie this was from beginning to end, it was just very cool to watch. The film takes the zombie genre and they bring it to a whole new area. The film has all the horror you would want from a zombie film and they throw in some kick ass action and some comedy to go along with it. The final battle scene at the end when Martin, The Zombie Squad, and the Soviet Zombies take on the Nazi Zombies is a bad ass sequence that is definitely worth watching. The film has all the blood and guts any gore fan could possibly want out of the film as well and we see some inventive ways to kill zombies too. One thing that I want to remind you all going into this film is that it’s a zombie movie, so don’t expect Oscar winning performances. Expect a film that is fun to watch and knows that it’s a silly idea that absolutely works. That is what truly makes the film great is that you can tell that they had fun with the idea. I mean I don’t want to give this away, but spoiler alert, there is a sex scene at the end between a zombie and a human. That should definitely say it all right there. If you haven’t seen the first Dead Snow, you should, but you can get away with not because this gives you a brief recap in the beginning. Check this out on Netflix right now as we speak. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade because it was fun and I enjoyed it.

lad-banner-new-v3One of my favorite decades for film and music has always been the 1980’s especially for the horror genre. That is why when I saw that today’s film, Lost After Dark, was a homage to the 80’s, I had to see it. Adrienne (Kendra Leigh Timmons) hasn’t been able to enjoy her teenage years since he sister disappeared some years back. One weekend, her father finally willingly allows her to go to a sleepover for the weekend, but what he doesn’t realize is that Adrienne and her friends are going to his hunting cabin for the weekend. While on the way to the cabin, the bus runs out of gas and the kids run into a cannibalistic killer who won’t stop until they are all dead. The film also stars Sarah Fisher (Degrassi: The Next Generation) as Laurie, Jesse Camacho (Kick-Ass 2) as Tobe, Elise Gatien (Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days) as Jamie, Justin Kelly (Degrassi: The Next Generation) as Sean, Stephan James (When The Game Stands Tall) as Wesley, Eve Harlow (The Tall Man) as Marilyn, Lanie McAuley (Motive) as Heather, Alexander Calvert (Scream: The TV Series) as Johnnie, Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgement Day) as Mr. C, Mark Wiebe (Sweet Karma) as Junior Joad, David Lipper (Full House) as Adrienne’s Dad, and the film was directed by Ian Kessner (The Puzzle).

lost-after-dark-6I loved horror films from the 80’s whether they were cheesy or not and I am starting to love seeing all the horror guys paying homage to the decade. I thought Lost After Dark was an OK film and I say that because it had the right idea, but it just didn’t execute as well. There were little inconsistencies within the film like the Mr. Big Lean Into It cassette that they put into the player. The album came out in 1991, the film is set in 1984. Is no one into Van Halen at all within this group because they were huge and the hair metal scene was starting to catch on at this point. The acting in the film was OK even from Robert Patrick who sounded too robotic in the film like he was trying to read the lines but didn’t believe in them. The killer was OK looking, he just looked like a homeless guy with a beard and really bad teeth. The hairstyles were pretty spot on for the most part so they get kudos for that. The one thing that I did like is that who you expect to be a survivor is not a survivor. They throw you for a loop as to who could possibly be the one who gets to live. That was something that I enjoyed about the film. One thing that bothered me too was that you get the legend of the killer and his past after the film is almost over. What is the point of that unless you plan to release a sequel? Hey at least they went out there and they tried their best . I am going to give the film an C+ for a final grade.