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beyond the gatesWhen I search for horror movies to watch for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween, I always try to find films that strike some kind of interest from me. One of those things can be anything having to do with the 1980’s whether it be a theme or maybe a star from that era like the beautiful Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator). While cruising through Netflix’s horror section, I came across today’s film which is called Beyond The Gates. Brothers Gordon (Graham Skipper) and John Hardesty (Chase Williamson) are forced to see each once again when their father goes missing and is presumed dead. The two have to clean out their father’s video rental store that is made up of all old VHS cassettes. One day while in the office of the store, they stumble on an old VHS adventure game called Beyond The Gates. What they don’t realize is once they play the tape, they are forced to play the game or it will claim their souls. The film also stars Brea Grant (Rob Zombie’s Halloween II) as Margo, Matt Mercer (Contracted: Phase II) as Derek, Justin Welborn (The Final Destination) as Hank, Jesse Merlin (12 Deadly Days) as Elric, Sara Malakul Lane (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) as Dahlia, Henry LeBlanc (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Dad, Pierson Ryan (Red Team Go) as Ghoul, and the film was directed by Jackson Stewart (Supernatural). 

barbaraI always give you guys my honest opinion on everything I watch because I am a horror fan and it’s my genre of choice. Beyond The Gates is an excellent film that while it had some quirks to it (not many), it was a well written film and very well acted. The story itself was a very interesting one where what if you started playing a game and it wouldn’t let you go until you either finished it or it took your soul. What would you do? You’d have no other choice, but to finish the game because now it messes with reality. The kills in the film were a very interesting part of the film where the main characters are doing it without really doing it. I know that makes no sense, but what if the game told you to go outside and find the X. You find it only to dig it up and you find a doll. The game tells you there is a key inside so you tear the doll apart looking for it without realizing that your tearing a friend’s insides out. That is what I am talking about and I actually liked that about the film. It was very different than usual and very cool. Barbara Crampton was amazing as usual as the gamekeeper from hell who forces our brothers to play the game. The camera work is great and the editing is on point as well. I love the intro to the film that kind of shows you how a VHS cassette worked. I thought that was a cool nostalgic thing. I am however going to give the film an A- for a final grade and it’s available on Netflix as we speak.

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tales of halloweenIt is October 1ST which can only mean one thing and that is Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween is back for it’s sixth year in a row. It is so crazy to imagine that we have now being doing this for six long years, but it’s something I enjoy doing because Halloween is the greatest holiday of them all. For today’s film, I chose an anthology film because sometimes those can be some great material to watch because they are usually short and they keep you on your heels. The only thing is that for Tales Of Halloween, I have to do the post a little different than I usually do because it features ten different stories all in one film so I’ll break them down like I would an album of the week. I do want to inform you that if you do decide to watch the film that the legendary Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog) is you narrator of sorts for the duration of the film as she plays that the radio DJ that guides you through. Here are the ten tales and the people that star in them:

tales-of-halloween-screencap1.Sweet Tooth: A babysitter (Madison Iseman) and her boyfriend (Austin Falk) tell a little boy (Daniel DiMaggio) a legend of a boy who murdered his parents (Caroline Williams, Robert Rusler)for eating all of his Halloween candy who becomes the lethal Sweet Tooth (Hunter Smit). The short was written and directed by Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red).

2. The Night Billy Raised Hell– So, Billy (Marcus Eckert) is about to egg an old man’s house after being pressured to do so, but it turns out the old man is really the devil (Barry Bostwick) and he is about to teach Billy a lesson he’ll never forget. The short was written by Clint Sears (Crow’s Blood) and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw IV).

3. Trick– A group of friends Maria (Tiffany Shepis), James (John F. Beach), Catlyn (Casey Ruggieri), and Nelson (Trent Haaga) are all hanging out on Halloween until they get terrorized by some kids. The short was directed by Adam Gierasch (Night Of The Demons).

tales-of-halloween4. The Weak and the Wicked– Keir Gilchrist (It Follows) plays the Stranger, a kid looking to get revenge against three bullies (Grace Phipps, Booboo Stewart, and Noah Segan) for burning down his house so he summons a demon to get the job done. The short was directed by Paul Solet (Dark Summer).

5. Grim Grinning Ghost– Lin Shaye (Insidious) makes the mistake of telling her daughter (Alex Essoe) the tale of a malevolent spirit (Barbara Crampton) that will rip your eyes out if you look at it. The short was directed by Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate).

6. Ding Dong– A man (Marc Senter) learns that his wife is a child eating witch (Pollyanna McIntosh) and so he decides that it’s time to stop her before she claims a child on Halloween.

7. This Means War– Everyone loves to decorate their house for Halloween, but in one neighborhood it becomes war when two neighbors (Dana Gould and James Duval) battle to the death over decorations. The short was directed by Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy).

Tales-of-Halloween18. Friday the 31st– A deformed serial killer (Nick Principe) learns what it finally means to be the victim when he pisses off an Alien because he has no candy. The short was directed by Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!).

9. The Ransom of Rusty Rex– Two bank robbers (Jose Pablo Cantillo and Sam Witwer) that it’s a smart idea to kidnap the son (Ben Woolf) of a wealthy man (John Landis). The only problem is the question of why does this wealthy man not want him back? The short was directed by Ryan Schifrin (Evil Hill).

10. Bad Seed– The last story of the film that ties all of them together, but is it’s own story. Kristina Klebe (Rob Zombie’s Halloween) gets called to a scene when a woman’s (Cerina Vincent) husband is eaten alive by a pumpkin. Now it’s up to her to get to the bottom of it before it’s too late. This one was directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent).

tales 2Out of all the shorts in the film, if I had to pick my favorite one of them all it would have to be The Weak and the Wicked just because it was a bad ass horror short with a bit of that The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly feel to it. It was the best visual story of them all and Grace Phipps is a bad ass. My least favorite one of them would have to be Ding Dong only because of the special effects and by me saying it’s my least favorite does not mean it’s the worst. I actually enjoyed every single one of them, but for this purpose you have to choose your favorite and least favorite. This is actually a very good Halloween horror flick that I could see being a holiday classic that everyone should watch for sure. The Friday The 31st short is the horror comedy short and it has that Evil Dead feel to it so if you’re a fan of that then you should enjoy that one. Just look above at all the horror veterans and legends that appear in this film and that’s not all of them as Adam Green (Holliston), Joe Dante (Gremlins), and so many more make cameos. Check this one out for sure, I am going to give the film an A for a final grade.

fraternity vacationI have to be honest with all of you when I say that tonight’s choice for a Cheeseball Cinema film came from a very unlikely source. I was at one of my jobs when I saw a commercial for AARP Life Insurance and I recognized the actor on the screen from one of the Police Academy films. The actor was Matt McCoy (L.A. Confidential) and after searching on his IMDB account I came across this rare 80’s gem known as Fraternity Vacation. The film stars Tim Robbins (Shawshank Redemption), Cameron Dye (Valley Girl), and Stephen Geoffreys (Fright Night) as members of a fraternity that go on vacation in Palm Springs thanks to a nerd named Wendell (Geoffreys) and his family. You see Mother (Robins) and Joe (Dye) promised Wendell’s father that they’d get his son a girl in exchange for a hut tub and Jacuzzi back at the school. They also run into a couple of guys from a rival fraternity (Leigh McCloskey and Matt McCoy) and a bet ensues as to who will nail the hottest girl (Sheree J. Wilson) at the apartments first. The film also stars Amanda Bearse (Fright Night) as Nicole, John Vernon (Dirty Harry) as Chief Ferret, the always beautiful Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) as Chrissie, Kathleen Kinmont (Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers) as Marianne, Max Wright (ALF) as Mr. Tvedt, and the late Charles Rocket (Earth Girls Are Easy) as Madman Mac. 

Barbara Crampton and Kathleen KinmontFirst thing’s first and that is you have to remember that this is an 80’s comedy that was tailor made for young men in their late teens, probably college kids with lots of testosterone and that is why there is plenty of T&A in these films. It was the decade of decadence after all and the films reflected that in a big way as sex wasn’t so taboo anymore. There’s a couple of scenes in the film that focus on the T&A with Crampton and Kinmont in one and Sheree J. Wilson in the other one. The film has it’s funny moments and it’s actually a really good film which I’m surprised that I had never heard of this before. The irony in the film is that Wendell is this nerd they don’t believe can get laid on his own, but in reality he’s the one whose getting luckier than all of them. I loved that about this film and I do want to say that Geoffreys is perfect for roles like this because his face always lent him to these types of films perfectly, but I just found out that he became an adult film actor after the 80’s. One of the other funny facts about this film is that I looked up Theta Pi Sigma which is their fraternity in this film and it’s actually the first ever Gay friendly fraternity. I wonder if they watched this film at all. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film if all time, I am going to give this film a two for a final grade.

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chopping mall titleThis was a film that I have always wanted to see since I had seen the title and the movie poster. Companies in America are always trying to build the next best thing when it comes to security especially for a business. A company comes up with Robots (They have the body of Johnny 5 from Short Circuit) that patrol the malls catching criminals, but not killing them. The company sells it as fool proof and that nothing bad could possibly happen. Well, what happens when something bad does happen and that is the case for some partying teenagers who stay late after work to party and get frisky with their girls. The teenagers are unsuspecting that the Robots have malfunctioned and are taking people out one by one. Will the unsuspecting workers survive or will the robots get them before they can make it to safety? The movie stars Barbara Crampton (Reanimator) as Suzie, Tony O’Dell (The Karate Kid) as Ferdy, Russell Todd (Friday The 13TH Part 2) as Rick, Karrie Emerson (Evils Of The Night) as Linda, Kelli Maroney (Fast Times At Ridgemont High) as Alison, Nick Segal (Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo) as Greg, Suzee Slater (Real Men) as Leslie, John Terlesky (Judgement Day) as Mike, Dick Miller (Gremlins) as a Porter, and Paul Bartel (The Usual Suspects) as Paul Bland.

suzee slaterOverall, this is actually a really good horror flick, I mean some of the acting is a little cheesy, but everything is else is done pretty well. I mean I was honestly very impressed with some of the kill scenes. As I said above, the robots looked as if they were left overs from the Short Circuit films in the way the bottom half of them were built. Of course, it’s a horror flick which means their are plenty of boob shots to go around to make any 80’s horror fan happy. One of the coolest kill scenes though involves the beautiful Suzee Slater which you can see to the left of this paragraph. One of the robots shoots her with his cheesy laser beam and it blows her head up like an exploding birthday cake. You’ll get to see it again in the end credits, but it was definitely a highlight for me. The young and beautiful Barbara Crampton (You’re Next, Reanimator) stars in this film along side some really familiar faces as far as 80’s films were concerned like Gerrit Graham who I recognized from Child’s Play 2. I really enjoyed every minute of the film and if you love 80’s horror like I do then you’ll love this. On a scale of 1 being close to an a-list Hollywood film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time I am giving it an 2.5 due to the overacting in some of the scenes.

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you're nextI didn’t know what to expect when I watched this because of the mixed reviews that the film has received. Sometimes you have to listen to the reviews from people you know and not the critics because sometimes they just hate on films because they can. They say that home is where the heart is, well apparently this family is about to find out the hard way. Paul (Rob Moran) and Aubrey (Barbara Crampton) Davison are about to celebrate their 35TH marriage anniversary in their nice home deep in the woods. They are pretty well off when it comes to money, but the one valuable thing they don’t have is a functional family. You see, they haven’t gotten together with all the kids in one house for a very long time and you’ll see just why. Well, when everyone is together something goes completely wrong, they get attacked by men in animal masks. As the family goes under attack, they have to figure out a way for all of them to survive before they’re all offed by these crazed individuals. The movie also stars Sharni Vinson (Step Up 3D), Nicholas Tucci (Undocumented), Wendy Glenn (11-11-11), AJ Bowen (The House Of The Devil), Amy Seimetz (Wristcutters: A Love Story), L.C. Holt (V/H/S 2), and Ti West (The ABC’s Of Death).

sharniI know I was happy to see that Barbara Crampton was in the film, you may remember her from Re-Animator. What can I say about the film that someone else might not have said? Well for one, I thought the movie was totally bad ass. The film sort of reminds me of another horror film called The Strangers, but this one has much more action in it then The Strangers did. Sharni Vinson is definitely the MVP of this film as she is one complete badass in the film and she has a kill in the film that I don’t remember ever seeing in any other horror film. She kills a man with a blender to the head and turned on for maximum usage. There are a couple of twists in this film with one that you can see coming and the other might catch you by surprise. Overall, I was pretty pleased with the film, but I wonder why it took two years to release the film. Well, whatever, I am going to give the film a B+.

215px-Reanimator_posterThis was a horror movie that I have always heard people talk about and its surprisingly one that I have never seen in my life. So, if you’re hosting a blog about watching movies, then why not watch the classic H.P. Lovecraft about re-animating life. The movie is about a scientist that is obsessed with the idea of being able to bring someone back to life after they have died with a serum. After a failure in Switzerland, Herbert West travels to Arkham, MA (a fictional city) to Miskatonic University where he plans to continue his experiments with more specimen and in the process he involves his roommate Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott), a fellow medical student, into his dangerous experiments where things start to spiral out of control. The film also stars Barbara Crampton (The Lords Of Salem) as Dan’s girlfriend and daughter of the dean Meghan Halsey, David Gale (The Edge Of Night) as Dr. Hill, Peter Kent (Total Recall ’90) as one of the re-animated corpse’s and Robert Sampson (Falcon Crest) as Dean Halsey in this cult horror classic.


Barbara CramptonThe film starts off with a woman waiting by a door where apparently Herbert West has locked himself in the room with someone and sounds of struggle can be heard from the room. We see that another Doctor is going crazy and making his own eyes burst out of his head. West says that he has given the doctor life when people are accusing him of murdering the doctor. That wasn’t a bad way to start the film because you need something to help set the rest of the film so that the wheels start turning. I thought that Combs acting was a little corny at first, but he impressed me the further we got into the film and Dr. Hill ends up being a real creepy villain. The whole scene where his decapitated head is molesting the deans daughter was a little creepy, but expected in a horror film since we see a lot of nudity and weird scenes in the eighties. Barbara Crompton was a cutie back in the eighties and her acting was top notch. I was very impressed with her in this film. The make up department was on top of their game in this film and Stuart Gordon’s vision of a different type of monster movie paid off because this is a definite classic. The film features 5 boob shots plus some bush and a lot of re-animated corpses. Every horror fans dream come true. On a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being an A-list Hollywood film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time, I give this one a 2.