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halloween 2018 trailer main (Custom)There are several questions heading into today’s release of the brand new film Halloween which is the 11TH entry in the storied franchises history. One of the main questions heading into this film is where and when in the franchise’s timeline does the film take place and I can tell you now that only John Carpenter’s 1978 landmark release counts as canon. It has been 40 years since that eventful day in 1978 and Michael (Nick Castle) has been locked up for 40 years while Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) has had to learn to live with the traumatic experience. Michael (also played by James Jude Courtney) is about to be transfered to a new facility to live out his days, but after a podcast crew shows him the mask, he has other plans that take precedent and Haddonfield is not safe from the clutches of a monster. The film also stars Judy Greer (Cursed) as Karen, Andi Matichak (Blue Bloods) as Allyson, Haluk Bilginer (Ice Age) as Dr. Sartian, Will Patton (Dog Days Of Summer) as Officer Hawkins, Rhian Rees (Laurels) as Dana Haines, Jefferson Hall (Game Of Thrones) as Aaron Korey, Virginia Gardner (Project Almanac) as Vicky, Dylan Arnold (Fat Kids Rule The World) as Cam, Miles Robbins (Blockers) as Dave, Drew Scheid (Stranger Things) as Oscar, and the film was written and directed by David Gordon Green (Our Brand Is Crisis) with Danny McBride (Your Highness) also serving as a writer.

Halloween2018Spoiler Alert: I am warning right now that there may be information leaked here about the film. One of the things that I liked about the film was that even though they may have erased every film from the franchise that had happened after the release of the 1978 film, there were several nods to those films. The first one is the gas station scene which shows men in the garage that had been killed with one having his jumpsuit taken off of him just like Halloween 4. The bathroom scene could be a nod to Rob Zombie’s first film, but I doubt it. Then there is the scene we all see in the trailer with the long continuous shot of Michael walking into the garage and then into to the house to murder the woman making the sandwich is a nod to Halloween II because that woman lived in that film. Then there is the scene when kids are trick and treating and you can see that three kids are wearing the silver shamrock masks from Halloween III: Season Of The Witch. There are also several nods to the original film like the scenes outside the house with the laundry hanging on the wire or Allyson looking outside her classroom to see her Grandmother. So as you can see, there are a lot of goodies to try and find within this film, but enough of that because you are probably wondering what I thought of the film.

NEj7QeYa2Zgjmn_1_1I was definitely excited to see the next film in my favorite horror franchise and the film definitely did not disappoint me at all. I know a lot of people were skeptical heading into this film with one reason being that Danny McBride was attached as a writer, but let me tell you he does not let you down. Were there funny moments thrown in the film? Sure, but they were subtle and they came at the right times and it wasn’t overwhelming. One thing that I will say is that if you are looking for some brutality then you don’t have to worry because Michael will provide you with plenty of moments that are unforgeable like the human jack o lantern that you see in the picture. While he may have only killed five in the first film, he definitely makes up for it in this film and the final fight scene was poetic in my opinion. Dr. Sartian was no Dr. Loomis, but he added a different element to the story that you won’t see coming. I also enjoyed how they treated Laurie Strode as they imagined how the last forty years would have gone down and I am OK with it. The cinematography was great, the sets was fantastic, and the acting was well done. What more could you ask for? This definitely made up for Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 and with the way the film ends, I think I am OK with it. If they decided to do another one I would be intrigued, but if they ended it with this one then I am OK with that too. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade.

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bloodsucking freaksUsually when I visit Rock And Shock, the horror convention from Worcester, MA, I always visit the Troma booth. I have been a big fan of some of their work like Tromeo & Juliet, Class Of Nuke Em High, The Toxic Avenger, and many more. So while I was there, the representative told my group about a service the company has called Troma Now and that it was only 4.99 so I figured why not and I signed up so that we could check out one of their films for today. The film is called Bloodsucking Freaks and it stars Seamus O’Brien (The Happy Hooker) as Master Sardu a man who claims to be the master of the macabre. What his audience believe to be a magic trick actually isn’t magic, but it’s Sardu torturing real people on stage. Although, he may have bitten off more than he could chew when he decided to kidnap a Ballerina who is dating a famous QB. The film also stars Viju Krem (Fourplay) as Natasha Di Natalie, Niles McMaster (Windy City) as Tom,  Dan Fauci (Whole Day Down) as Police Sgt. John Tucci, Alan Dellay (Amityville II: The Possession) as Creasy Silo, Ernie Pysher (The Edge Of Night) as Doctor, Luis De Jesus (Star Wars: Episode VI- Return Of The Jedi) as Ralphus, and the film was written and directed by Joel M. Reed (Blood Bath).

bfWhat we have here is a Vincent Price wannabe meets Hostel meets Cannibal Holocaust with an evil oompa loompa all in one film. The film was an one hour and the half of straight torture horror porn that must have been an inspiration for a lot of films. It definitely feels like a Troma film especially when it ends with a girl eating a sandwich that is basically two pieces of lettuce with a human penis as the meat. You can’t make this stuff up and while i can’t believe what I watched, it definitely made it’s point of testing the human mind and how much it can take. I don’t know what was creepier, the whole film or the little person (Luis De Jesus) and some of the things he did in the film. He was one of the craziest characters who looked like he was playing a game of One Upmanship with Seamus O’Brien and they definitely took a page out of the book of Marquis De Sade when torturing the women. The film will be very uncomfortable for most to watch I am sure, but there are worse things on TV today than what is in this film. Bloodsucking Freaks must have tested the waters back in 1976 I am sure of that. The film is available on Troma Now so viewer beware and it is definitely NSFW (not safe for work). I am giving the film an C (or a 3.9 in Cheeseball Cinema grading) for a final grade.

necrophagiaWhen you look up some of the major influences of Death Metal, some of the bands that pop up are bands like Death, Possessed, and the one and only Necrophagia. Necrophagia was one of those bands that was very influential on the scene, but they had the luck. After releasing their debut album Season Of The Dead, the band essentially disbanded in 1987. It wasn’t until a chance meeting between vocalist and founder Frank “Killjoy” Pucci and Phil Anselmo that Pucci decided to take Phil’s advice to continue making music. In 1998, along with Phil who was going under the name Anton Crowley (Guitars), Wayne Fabra (Drums), and Dustin Havnen (Bass) rounded up the lineup for the band’s second album Holocausto de la Morte. The reason I chose the album for today is because we are celebrating Halloween all month long on the blog and there was no bigger fan of horror than Frank “Killjoy” Pucci who modeled a lot of his lyrical themes around the genre of horror. We are also paying tribute to Killjoy who sadly passed away earlier in the year.

holocausto-de-la-morte-4fd8eb77-06a2-4f01-a397-48e29357502-resize-7501. Bloodfreak– The track starts with some dialogue from a film I can not make out with some really evil sounding music before the true terror comes in this song about a serial killer who is also a necrophile. 4/5

2. Embalmed Yet I Breathe– This punishing track is the story of a zombie who wakes up still inside his grave wondering why and craving flesh. 4.5/5

3. The Cross Burns Black– An interesting track that I believe to be about the apocalypse or end of the world. The track starts off with sounds like demons talking to an ominous drum beat and it does it for a bit before it changes into an all out metal assault. 4/5

4. Deep Inside, I Plant the Devils Seed– These have some pretty interesting lyrics as it’s a track about a demon who impregnates a woman withe the anti-Christ who will bring the end of the world.  4/5

necrophagia vinyl5. Burning Moon Sickness– A real crushing riff to start off the track that I believe is about Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor who created lamp shades out of human skin. 4.5/5

6. Cadaverous Screams of My Deceased Lover– A Sabbath like opening kicks off the track that is about a guy who loves his girlfriend or a woman even after death if you get what I am saying. 4.5/5

7. Children of the Vortex-an in your face track that I believe is a tribute to the film Hellraiser. 4/5

8. Hymns of Divine Genocide– An outro track with a pretty interesting message. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I do have to say that Phil is a pretty decent guitar player and that he did well for himself on this album, but I didn’t hear any guitar solos. I think that was what I was waiting to hear the most out of it, but that’s OK cause the music was punishing. My favorite track on the album is Embalmed Yet I Breathe while my least favorite track is Bloodfreak. I don’t have a problem with Killjoy’s vocals on the whole album, but that one song. I am giving the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

the open houseI have been a big fan of Dylan Minnette (Let Me In) since I had seen him in the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why. We have already checked out one film this year that starred Dylan and there was an Netflix original film that peaked my interest so I figured why not? So for today, I have chosen to check out his latest film The Open House which stars Minnette as Logan Wallace, your everyday teenager with aspirations to make the Olympics. Things are put on halt when he witnesses the death of his father (Aaron Abrams) who was hit by a car. So along with his mother Naomi (Piercey Dalton), they decide to take some time and live in her sisters mountain house. The only catch is that on Sundays they have to leave for a while because the Realtors hold an open house there, but that is when the weird stuff begins to happen around the house and they can’t figure it out. The film also stars Patricia Bethune (General Hospital) as Martha, Sharif Atkins (Close To Home) as Chris, Edward Olson (Illusions) as The Man In Black, Katie Walder (Bitter Brew) as Allison, Leigh Parker (The Funhouse Massacre) as Ed, Kathryn Beckwith as Joannie, and the film was written and directed by Matt Angel (Ha/lf) and Suzanne Coote.

the-open-house-netflixI do have to admit that I was a little bit confused as to what in the hell was going on throughout the whole film. I kept wondering is this going to be one of those supernatural films with an evil spirit? Is this going to be one of those films where a cult lives inside of this house, or is this about someone that is stalking them without knowing? You don’t have any indication of another person stalking them for a whole entire film because all you get is a woman who has dementia and thinks her husband is alive at times and dead at other times and then it’s not told whether a person is messing with them or is it a ghost. I was quite annoyed with the film at that because they chose to focus on the breakdown of this relationship between mother and son instead of letting us know that it is a person that is messing with them. Other than those major points, the rest of the film actually had some plus sides like great setting for a film and an amazing cast that did a good job with what they had. I think part of the problem is that I went into to this thinking that it was going to be a lot like the 80’s horror film Open House. One thing that I will say is that the killer is very creative when it comes to what he does to them in the last 15 minutes or so of the film. I also want to say that Piercey Dalton also has a very nice tush that you will see in the film. I am going to give the film an C+ for a final grade.

See_No_Evil_2_posterOne thing that I never understood as a kid was why the WWE’s own The Undertaker never starred in any horror films? Sure, we saw him in one film with Hulk Hogan when he played an alien bounty hunter, but never anything after that. One person that did make it into a horror film was his on screen brother Kane a.k.a. Glenn Jacobs who starred in 2006’s See No Evil where he played the monstrous killer Jacob Goodnight who inside of his hotel went on a killing spree until it was assumed he was dead. In See No Evil 2, Danielle Harris (Rob Zombie’s Halloween) plays morgue worker Amy, who decides to spend her birthday at work when the call for nine bodies comes in. Much to her surprise, her friends come and hold a surprise party there, but what they don’t realize is that Jacob Goodnight has other plans for them. The film also stars Katherine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps) as Tamara, Chelan Simmons (Final Destination 3) as Kayla, Kaj-Erik Eriksen (88 Minutes) as Seth, Greyston Holt (Durham County) as Will, Lee Majdoub (ABC’s Of Death 2) as Carter, Michael Eklund (Eadweard) as Holden, Nancy Amelia Bell (Okja) as Jacob’s Mother, Reese Alexander (Boy In The Attic) as EMT #1, Kelly-Ruth Mercier (In My Dreams) as EMT #2, and the film was directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska (Hellevator).

See-No-Evil-2I have to start by saying that after the punishment that he received in the first film, I have no idea how he is still alive. Anyways, I am amazed that the Soska Twins were the ones that directed this film and I think they did a pretty great job for a film that went straight to DVD. There was a lot to like about the film especially with Glenn Jacob’s performance which I think was top notch even though it’s not a total stretch from his Kane character. I thought Danielle Harris was terrific as usual and I still believe that she is a very underrated actress in the world of horror. I am sorry to Katherine Isabelle, but I couldn’t wait for Jacob Goodnight to get his hands on her, but maybe that is a testament to how annoying her character was supposed to be. I love the fact that they have the whole film take place in a hospital-esque setting which reminds me of the sequel to the original Halloween. One of my complaints about the film is how cheap is this hospital, I mean the guy just busts through every wall and door in the place. With every slam of a human, they would go through part of the wall and he busted through doors that no one else could kick open. The other thing that made me puzzled is how much time did Jacob have to bar all the doors or put bodies up against doors in chains in between the time he was killing people? Other than that, I thought the acting was pretty good for the most part and some of the kills were cool while others could have been better. I am going to give the film an B for a final grade.

76d29-slaughterhousecreditsYesterday despite the disappointing lineup, I traveled to my favorite horror con in the world in Rock and Shock because the con is more than just about the actors that come there. The reason I say that is because there are a ton of different vendors like the Troma Entertainment Booth, VHSPS, and my personal favorite Vinegar Syndrome to name a few. So much like last year, I chose one of the films that I purchased from Vinegar Syndrome to present to you guys today and that film is 1987’s Slaughterhouse. The film stars Don Barrett (Hobgoblins) as Lester Bacon, a man who has owned a slaughterhouse in Lakeside for decades. Unfortunately for Lester, the new machine operated Slaughterhouse forced his business to close and now people want to foreclose on it. That is when he decides to get his mentally ill son Buddy (Joe B. Barton) to do his dirty work. The film also stars Sherry Leigh (Sid & Nancy) as Liz Borden, Bill Brinsfield (Top Dog) as Tom Sanford, William Houck (Speak Of The Devil) as Sheriff Borden, Jason Collier (Surf Nazis Must Die) as Ronnie, Jeff Grossi as Buzz, Hank Gum as Herb, Jane Higginson (Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker) as Annie, Joel Hoffman (Pumpkinhead) as Kevin, Linda Harris (Bikini Bistro) as Barbara, and the film was written and directed by Rick Roessler.

slaughterhouse-1987-screen-1The most graphic this film really gets is in the beginning of the film when they show you the way a pig is slaughtered in a modern (at least in 1987) slaughterhouse. After that, the film doesn’t really have any unique kills other than the weapon that Buddy uses which is pretty cool. Buddy is a unique character who all he does throughout the film is that he just snorts like the very pigs that he kills and he looks like the most disgusting human being on the planet as if he has been sleeping in the pig pen. So, the film is listed as a horror comedy and some of the parts that I think they were funny were kind of cheesy in my opinion like Buddy driving around in the police car, but what they do accomplish with the film is the creepy slaughterhouse set. For some reason, kids in Lakeside think that it’s OK to break into the old slaughterhouse and that nothing bad will come of it. I thought Don Barrett in the last 20 minutes of the film was brilliant as this twisted old man who wants to prove a point that he is the best at what he does and that is slaughter. I definitely think the film could of used more of that and less of Buzz’s comedy antics. I definitely think the film is worth a watch because it was entertaining, I would be lying if I said that it wasn’t. I am going to give the film an C+ for a final grade, but I can’t say that no pig was harmed during the making of the film.

maxresdefaultOne of my very favorite Netflix shows has been Stranger Things and even that show has become a fall and October tradition on the site. With that being said, one of the stars of the show is in the film that I chose to watch for today in Marrowbone (a.k.a. The Secret Of Marrowbone). When the matriarch (Nicola Harrison) of the family passes away, Jack (Peter Pan’s George MacKay) swears to protect his three siblings no matter the cost. Unfortunately as time rolls on in the house, they start to notice that things are deteriorating and the thing they have trapped in the attic may not be as dead as they thought it was. The film also stars Mia Goth (A Cure For Wellness) as Jane, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as Billy, Matthew Stagg (War & Peace) as Sam,  Anna Taylor-Joy (The Witch) as Allie, Kyle Soller (You, Me, and The Apocalypse) as Porter, Tom Fisher (The Mummy Returns) as Father, Robert Nairne (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as the Monster, Paul Jesson (The Tragedy of Coriolanus) as Doctor, and the film was written and directed by Sergio G. Sánchez (Palm Trees In The Snow),

Marrowbone_Filmpicture_13457-1200x520One thing is for sure and that is at first I was trying to find the horror in the film or even the thriller to be honest. When you get through a portion of the film you start to figure out that this one is definitely a slow burn of sorts and you can figure out where they are going with the horror. That is when the film starts getting really good especially as you are trying to figure out why they can’t look into the mirrors and then you are wondering well what the hell is in the attic that they are so worried about? Then it continues to get really good when they start introducing what the father had done that made them change their names and their location. If I am being 100% honest with all of you, it’s hard to pick an actor that did better than the rest because they all served a purpose and they all did great. Anna Taylor-Joy for the amount of screen time that she had was great and Kyle Soller was a very good antagonist. As far as the siblings, Mia Goth was great and Charlie Heaton was great in the film too. This film had a small cast, but It worked to their advantage because you didn’t need a huge cast for this picture. One of the other things I loved about this film was the cinematography and those great shots of the surrounding landscape and the house. Those were some amazing shots and the other great thing as well is the set itself. The house was old, falling apart, and it was creepy. This is a very story driven film that has a huge twist at the end that I did not see coming so check it out. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.