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MV5BZmE0MGJhNmYtOWNjYi00Njc5LWE2YjEtMWMxZTVmODUwMmMxXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTkxNjUyNQ@@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_First and foremost, I want to wish everyone a very happy and safe Halloween and here’s to another year in the books. Back in 2015, I gave Robert Eggers (The Tell-Tale Heart) a lot of crap for his film The Witch because I thought I was deceived about what to expect from the film. I however have since put that in the past and I opened my mind to the film and enjoyed it for what it was which was suspenseful and psychological. When I first heard that he had a new film, I knew what to expect in wanting to see The Lighthouse. The film stars Robert Pattinson (The Lost City Of Z) as Ephraim Winslow, a greenhorn (rookie) that accepts a job as a lighthouse attendant at a strange island in New England alongside the very strange Thomas Wake (Shadow Of The Vampire’s Wilem Dafoe) in this hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of what happens to two men that are trapped well past their time during a massive storm that strands them in the 1890’s. The film also stars Valeriia Karaman as a mermaid and Robert Eggers also wrote the screenplay alongside Max Eggers.

049_TheLighthouse_242Spoiler Alert: There may be details give in this paragraph on the film so proceed with caution. It was interesting to read that parts of the film were based on a true story called The Smalls Lighthouse Tragedy which two lighthouse keepers named Thomas died in 1801 and it was combined with the fictional works of H.P. Lovecraft, Herman Melville, and Robert Louis Stevenson. So with those elements combined, it made for an interesting viewing of this film that is just absolutely dark from beginning to end and I loved the fact that it was filmed in black and white because it added to the mysteriousness of the film. The film is definitely psychological as it’s a tale of two men who are driven absolutely mad by their situation, but here is where it gets interesting. Try to figure out what is an hallucination and what exactly is really happening. There are so many maddening points in the film that it makes you wonder like did Pattinson’s character really see a mermaid? How much of the film was he actually alive and not being pecked at by seagulls? I loved how Pattinson had a New England accent in the film while Dafoe who was an absolute stud in the film kept talking like a sailor. It made for an interesting contrast between the two and how they were from two different worlds. Robert Pattinson also does a terrific job in the film and it’s interesting to know that the two of them kept separate from each other threw out the film making process. My final word on the film is that it was definitely interesting, but it was a performance based movie with some great ominous sounds like that Foghorn that would drive anyone mad. So, I am going to give the film an B for a final grade.

repulsion-movie-title-stillA couple of years ago, I made the trek to the Salem Horror Fest and while I was there I attended an exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum that was hosting It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection which was a collection of all of Kirk’s horror memorabilia, etc. Well, the other day Kirk released a list of horror films that you must watch for Halloween and I checked out one of those titles in the 1965 Roman Polanski (Rosemary’s Baby) film Repulsion. The film stars Catherine Deneuve (The Hunger) as Carol, a young woman who is absolutely repulsed by the idea of sex. One day, she starts to sink into a fit of depression due to the fact that she disapproves of her sisters boyfriend, but it gets worse when they decide to go away. It is so bad that she begins a downward spiral that includes visions of rape and horrific violence. The film also stars Yvonne Furneaux (La Dolce Vita) as Helen, Ian Hendry (Get Carter) as Michael, John Fraser (Doctor Who) as Colin,  Patrick Wymark (Witchfinder General) as The Landlord, Renee Houston (A Girl Must Live) as Miss Balch, Valerie Taylor (Berkeley Square) as Madame Denise, Helen Fraser (No Hiding Place) as Bridget, James Villiers (For Your Eyes Only) as John, and Hugh Futcher (Orlando) as Reggie.

repulsionThe film is very different than your normal horror films where it relies more on the psychological side of things. Roman Polanski is a very different type of filmmaker as well and he focuses on things other than the characters to help him tell the story. One example is that throughout the whole film we can definitely see that Carol is bothered by cracks whether they be on the ground in the street or in her own home because it represents where she is mentally in the film. The more the film goes on the more cracks that begin to show up because she is losing her sanity. She is also so repulsed by the idea of sex that she begins to have visions of men raping her every night and that tears away at her sanity because she can’t function. There are signs everywhere as well that could point to past trauma like the picture of the family that she has that could be the catalyst for how she feels about sex and why she in turn becomes a killer in the end. The film is the first film in a trilogy that Roman made that goes with Rosemary’s Baby and The Tenant called The Apartment Trilogy which is supposed to show how dangerous city apartment life is. I liked that the film was done in black and white because I feel it just adds to the overall tone of the film and this is widely considered Polanski’s best work which could very well be true. I definitely think it’s worth a shot especially if you love films that use semantics as way to tell stories and add layers. The acting is great, the cinematography is great, and the story is great which is why I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade.

Screen Shot 2018-02-28 at 11.57.40 PMI wanted to check out something very different and very weird for today’s Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween film. There was always one film that I had not seen that I kept meaning to check out for Cheeseball Cinema, but I decided that I would watch for today and that film is 1982’s Basket Case which was written and directed by Frank Henenlotter (Frankenhooker). The film stars Kevin Van Hentenryck (Brain Damage) as Duane Bradley, a kid from upstate New York that is carrying around a little secret inside a basket. You see, Duane and his deformed Siamese twin Belial were separated against their will by a group of Doctors from New York City. Belial was left for dead so that Duane could have his own life, but the two were reunited and now they are in New York seeking revenge against the doctors who did this. The film also stars Terri Susan Smith (Sundays) as Sharon, Beverly Bonner (Basket Case 2) as Casey, Diana Browne as Dr. Kutter, Lloyd Pace as Dr. Needleman, Bill Freeman as Dr. Lifflander, Joe Clarke (McCabe & Mrs. Miller) as O’Donovan, Ruth Neuman as Duane’s Aunt, Sean McCabe (Aliens) as Young Duane, Kerry Ruff (Getting By) as Detective, and Robert Vogel (Waitress!) as Hotel Manager.

maxresdefaultI know what you’re thinking, this is the second Horror Comedy in a row that I have done, but I wonder if it was intentional with this film. I wondered if they were trying to make a serious horror film, but there were just too many cheesy moments for it not to be considered a horror comedy. This was actually a fun film to watch that is just a little ridiculous in the sense that Belial proves in one part of the film that he can do and go where he wants to, but yet in most of the film he decides to stay put inside the basket. The film also proves that women or the idea of sex can get in the way of any bond whether it be siblings or best friends as proved in this film. Duane has been gung ho about this mission until he falls in love with the receptionist and Belial certainly ruins that one for him. So in a nutshell, the film is a giant lesson in bro code and don’t you forget it. One of the cheesy moments of the film is the scene when Belial leaves the basket on his own for the first time, you can see how cheesy the claymation special effects are when he moves, but you also have to understand it’s 1982 and how much money did they really have for special effects. Most of the attacks is probably some guy wearing Belial as a suit and attacking the victims. Out of everyone in the film, I thought Kevin Van Hentenryck did a pretty good job as far as acting because there was an innocence (maybe naive?) to him and his character that just shines in this film. If you want to see early 80’s independent horror in it’s glory then give this one a shot, I am glad that I did. I am giving the film an B-/C+ (Somewhere in there) for a final grade.

s_t-large-0-1080-0-0We are officially three days away from one of the greatest days of the year and hopefully all of you have been celebrating in style. Whether it be visiting haunted houses, going to Halloween parties, or even just watching horror films we just hope your being that you are enjoying yourselves and being safe. The film that I chose for today is one that I’ve been meaning to watch for a year now and the film is called Slice, a horror comedy that was written and directed by Austin Vesely. Kingfisher is a town that has a bit of a strange history in that it was divided into two parts with one having the living inhabiting it and the other section being the ghost town where ghosts live. One day, a pizza delivery boy is murdered while making a delivery to ghost town and now the cops are looking for a scapegoat. Is it ghosts that are murdering them? Could it be a werewolf or even a witch? The film also stars Zazie Beetz (Joker) as Astrid, Chance The Rapper as Dax, Rae Gray (Fear The Walking Dead) as Sadie, Joe Keery (Stranger Things) as Jackson, Tim Decker (Boss) as Mike, Marilyn Dodds Frank (Flatliners) as Vera, Paul Scheer (NTSF:SD:SUV) as Jack, Lakin Valdez (Great Performances) as Joe, Katherine Cunningham (Yellowstone) as Heather, Chris Parnell (Drunk History) as Mayor Tracy, and Kelli Simpkins (Chasing Amy) as Debbie.

SliceOverall, this was a fun film to watch that does a nice job of blending the two genres together although it pokes fun at some of the tropes of horror. One of my favorite things was the character of Joe who every time he talked represented that character in every film that explains what is wrong with the land or tells you the story of what had happened there. It was a slasher film that combined elements of the supernatural, witchcraft, and lycanthropy that also features some really good acting from everyone in the film and some really amazing cinematography to boot. This was definitely a beautifully shot film that was just nice and crisp as you watched it. One of the things I was surprised with in this film was how well Chance The Rapper did in the film as he played this cool, laid back, Chinese food delivery driver who (Spoiler Alert!) is a werewolf that the cops want to blame for everything. I also loved the idea of as soon as you died, you returned to the Earth where you became a citizen of Ghost Town which added to the comedic side of the film.  My only criticisms of the film lied with the special effects and the make up department. I thought that Chance’s werewolf form could have been a little bit better than it was in the film and while some of the special effects were a little cheesy it definitely worked for the film overall. I definitely think this is one to check out especially if you like Horror Comedies. That is why I am going to give the film an B+/A- (somewhere in there) for a final grade.

The-Neon-Demon-620x261The film that I chose for today is one that I actually meant to watch three years ago, but I never got around to actually checking it out until now. Of course, I am talking about the 2016 Amazon Original psychological horror film The Neon Demon which was written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Only God Forgives). The film stars Elle Fanning (Maleficent) as the young  and naive aspiring model Jesse who takes a chance and moves to LA after her parents die to try and become a model. After her beauty is recognized and she starts winning modeling jobs, a little bit of jealousy starts to engulf some of her rival models and it may come back to haunt her. The film also stars Jena Malone (Donnie Darko) as Ruby, Bella Heathcote (Pride And Prejudice And Zombies) as Gigi, Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Sarah, Karl Glusman (Nocturnal Animals) as Dean, Desmond Harrington (Dexter) as Jack, Keanu Reeves (John Wick: Chapter 2) as Hank, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) as Roberta Hoffman, Alessandro Nivola (Jurassic Park III) as Roberto Sarno, and Charles Baker (Breaking Bad) as Mikey.

maxresdefaultIf I learned anything over the years from Marilyn Manson is that, “all that glitters is cold” and that is certainly true with this film. This film is the prime example of why you do not get your child into the world of modeling because it will eat you alive literally (just watch the film). The whole film, we see Elle’s character go from this innocent 16 year old that is lost in Los Angeles to this cocky girl who has allowed all of the attention that these important people have given her go to her head and we see the jealousy that it creates. I should’ve known what direction the film was going to head into during one of the early scenes where she gets cut on glass and one of the older rival models tries to drink her blood. That should have been so obvious, but I was too busy trying to figure out where the horror was instead. One of the things the film does do is that it does get very creepy and uncomfortable as it goes on in a very Hereditary type of way, but without pulling off what that film did. The ending of the film was kind of poetic in a way that two out of the three girls could accept the fact that they just killed, ate, and bathed in this girls blood while one could just not handle it anymore. The guilt was consuming her that she could not take this girls power like the other model could. There is a couple of uncomfortable scenes where one is implied that Keanu Reeve’s character is raping a 13 year old runaway and the other is Jena Malone having sex with a corpse. Yeah that was thrown in there for good measure and it was the tipping point. Is it worth a watch? I guess so, but in the end I am going to give the film an C for a final grade.

81eq3el8-uL._SX300_One of the craziest and hard to watch films I remember discovering as a teen was the original 1978 rape/revenge film I Spit On Your Grave. Much like The Last House On The Left, it had a sequence that was just so hard to watch, but the payoff in the end was worth the awkwardness. So fast forward to 2010 and they do a killer job remaking the film with some brutal scenes and now we have the sequel I Spit On Your Grave 2 which was once again directed by Steven R. Monroe. The film stars Jemma Dallender (The Mirror) as Katie, a young midwestern girl who dreams of making it big in New York. Unfortunately for her, she answers the wrong modelling ad and she is eventually raped, brought to Bulgaria, and then left for dead. Although with that in mind, Katie gets a second chance, but the question is how is she going to use it? The film also stars Joe Absolom (EastEnders) as Ivan, Yavor Baharov (The Legend Of Hercules) as Georgy Patov, George Zlatarev (Copperhead) as Det. Kiril, Mary Stockley (V For Vendetta) as Ana Patov, Valentine Pelka (Under The Tuscan Sun) as Father Dimov, Aleksandar Aleksiev (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) as Nicholay Patov, Peter Silverleaf (Brothers In Trouble) as Valko, Michael Dixon (Doctor Who) as Jayson, and Kacey Clarke (Resident Evil: Afterlife) as Sharon. 

I Spit On Your Grave 2, Set Photography - Day14I have to agree with a lot of critics and their assessment of the film because so much of it is too hard to watch. The reason I say that is because some of the scenes were just too much to handle and I thought they could have done without them. The whole use of the stun gun and what he does with it was just too much even though I get what it set up later in the film. I get that the point of a lot of horror films is to make you want to squirm and make you feel uncomfortable, but this was a borderline snuff film for the most part. The last half of the film gets good as soon as she starts to recover and I am not sure how much time is lapsed as far as her recovery, but it seemed pretty quick. The things that she does from cutting open Georgy and spreading crap all over his wounds so that he dies slowly from infection all the way to the nuts in a vice was pretty painful to watch if you ask me. Other than those issues, it was an OK film that had some flaws to it which is probably why they decided to do a third film to call it a trilogy. One thing that the film does teach you is that you shouldn’t trust anyone whether it be in New York or anywhere else because they say free photos, but there’s a price to pay for that and it could be your life. I am going to give the film an C- for a final grade.

habitualI have always been a big fan of supporting horror directors whether they are established big names or directors looking to make their mark on the beloved genre. That was the case when I traveled to my local theater to check out a local filmmaker by the name of Johnny Hickey (Oxy Moron) who directed today’s film Habitual (formely known as Habit).The film follows a bunch of ravers and an escaped lunatic (Hickey) who are looking to make it to a rave that is being held at a closed down metal institution where a mysterious rave drug is making it’s rounds at the party known as The Habit. Unfortunately for the ravers they begin to figure out “The Habit” isn’t what it seems as the night begins spiraling out of control as they begin to separate and fall deep into a psychosis they may not make it back from. The film also stars Chris ‘C.T.’ Tamburello (MTV’s The Challenge) as Brett Mitchell/The Beast, Emilee Fitzpatrick (MTV’s The Real World) as Brittany, Anthony Hoang (Spring Break Zombie Massacre) as Rob, Sabrina Kennedy (MTV’s The Real World) as Naomi, Brittany Baldi (Are You The One?) as Ray-Ray, and Jaylee Hickey (Site HA-48) as Riley.

habitual-2019-us-posterSpoiler Alert: There may be things in this paragraph that will be discussed that could give away parts of the film so read with discretion. One thing that I want to get out of the way first and foremost in this article is that the film was beautifully shot. The cinematography to me was unbelievable and the highlight of the film whether it be the scenes with the beast or the exterior shots that were taken of the asylum and other overhead shots of the landscapes so the camera department and DP get an A for their contributions to the film. One of the things that I ended up liking about the film is that it’s a giant metaphor for drug addiction and the unfortunate choices that are made. One thing that you have to remember is that drugs do not discriminate at all and one of the characters learns that the hard way. Well, I guess it’s not as bad as the guy who eats razor blades which I know made some people very uncomfortable. Most of the characters you are kind of rooting against because each sort of had a hand in an heinous crime in the beginning, but there is one character who is just looking to get laid (no one wants him) who is unfortunately a victim. As I said before, it does not judge and the beast likes everyone. There are some parts of the film that can get confusing, but if you stick it out they’ll become clear to you as soon as you see it. Overall, I liked the acting especially from Johnny Hickey who just plays that crazy out of his mind whacko very well, but some left more to be desired than others. CT was one of my favorites on the Challenge and what I will say is that he does not disappoint as The Beast. If you’re looking for a fresh take for a horror film, plenty of blood, and want to support Indie filmmakers then definitely give this one a shot. I am going to give the film an B for a final grade.