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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.

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hatchet 3For today’s Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween, I wanted to explore a film from one of my favorite directors of the new generation of horror directors in Adam Green (Holliston). The film is called Hatchet III and its the third and final chapter in the trilogy about maniac Lousiana Swamp murderer Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder). In this film, Marybeth Dunstan (Danielle Harris) has managed to escape the clutches of Crowley and turns herself into the police station. The only problem is that they don’t believe her story that Victor Crowley is alive. That is until, they go on a search and rescue mission to try and see if there are any survivors and that is when they discover that Victor Crowley is very much alive. A disgraced reporter named Amanda (Caroline Williams) is the only one that knows the key to stopping Victor and she’ll need Marybeth in order to finish it. The film also stars Zach Galligan (Gremlins) as Sheriff Fowler, Parry Shen (Hatchet) as Andrew, Robert Diago DoQui (When The Game Stands Tall) as Deputy Winslow, Derek Mears (Friday The 13TH 2009) as Tyler Hawes, Sean Whalen (The People Under The Stairs) as Randy, Cody Blue Snider (Fool’s Day) as Cory Schneiderman, Rileah Vanderbilt (Digging Up The Marrow) as Mikaela Dougherty, John Michael Sudol (Columbiana) as Jim and the film even features a cameo from the great Sid Haig (House Of 1000 Corpses).

victor crowleyOne thing that I will say about these films is that if you love blood, gore, and violence then this is the horror film for you. The other thing that this particular series does is that it brought back some giants of the horror world from back in the day like Sean Whalen, my favorite Jason Voorhees in Kane Hodder, and even Zach Galligan who starred in one of my favorite 80’s films in Gremlins. The legend (or story) behind Victor Crowley and why he does what he does is actually kind of a cool story as well. It’s sort of reminiscent of Pumpkinhead in a way where he was a mentally challenged and deformed child that was tormented and killed by the locals and now he’s back for revenge thanks to a voodoo curse. The horror world needs more films like this to come out into the open because Hollywood’s PG-13 train is just not cutting it for me even though their accessible to watch. All I am saying is that we need more monsters in our lives like we did back in the 80’s. I was surprised to learn that Dee Snider’s son starred in this film cause I didn’t even know he was an actor to begin with. This film won’t win an Oscar, but to be honest that is okay with me cause it’s fun, gory, and it fills that void. Check it out for yourself cause it’s available on Netflix right now. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade.

Danielle Harris covered in blood is still sexy

Danielle Harris covered in blood is still sexy

rock and shockThis past weekend in Worcester, MA, the 12TH Annual Rock And Shock Horror convention took over both the Palladium and The DCU Center for three nights of horror and music. The music side that took place at the Palladium featured three days worth of shows that featured Soulfly on Friday, Danzig & Superjoint on Saturday, and Twiztid on Sunday. The horror convention side which took place at The DCU Center featured the likes of Doug Bradley, Samantha Mathis, Tobin Bell, Robert Allen Mukes, Derek Mears, William Forsythe, Erika Ervin, Naomi Grossman, Bill Moseley, and so many more. Not only were there special guests, but there were plenty of vendors as well from all over like the Troma, Vinegar Syndrome, Bar Accessories INC., Bad Moon Consignment, Famous Monsters Of Filmland, Hellcat Press, Prince Of Pieces, Rhode Island Comic Con, Scares That Care, and so many more.

me and adam greenOut of all the 12 years that this convention has existed, this was my very first time eve attending one of these and I have no idea why. There is so much to do in one of these that you can forget the time and not even care because you are having so much fun. The overall attitude of the event is nothing, but of a fun nature because for horror fans like me this is heaven on earth. One of the first things I did when I got inside the convention was I needed to find where al of the legends were sitting and I found them with ease. The first person I met in the whole show is one of Hollywood’s most underrated actor of all time in Bill Moseley. Bill Moseley was arguably the star of The Devil’s Rejects, House Of 1000 Corpses, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II, and so many more. He was such a such a cool guy that I wish there were more like him at these conventions. The next person I met was Bill Johnson who played Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II. After him I made a b-line all the way to Tobin Bell who was famous for playing Jigsaw in the Saw franchise. Tobin was very excited to tell me about his newest project the Manson Family Vacation which is a different take on the famous story. The film is out on iTunes right now and on Netflix I believe by October 27TH. The rest of the day included me meeting the legend George A. Romero, Adam Green, Doug Bradley, and a very good conversation with Michael Reid Mackay (The Monster Squad, Insidious: Chapter 3). One of the cool things that I also witnessed on Sunday was a press conference for Twiztid and that was pretty interesting. The one thing I can say about the group is that they care tremendously for their fans. As I said before, I regret not going to any other Rock And Shock in my life before and I suggest that every horror fan go to an event like this one.

We decided to be generous and give you two music videos of the week so that both the rock and metal fans get their fare fix. The music video of the week for the metal fans comes from none other than they mighty thrash metal titans Slayer who released their first record with Gary Holt on Guitar, first since the death of Jeff Hanneman, and the first to feature Paul Bostaph on drums since 2001’s God Hates Us All in Repentless today. The video we are featuring for you guys is the title track and Slayer takes you to prison. The video features Danny Trejo (Machete) as one of the escaped convicts featured near the riot happening in front of a performing Slayer and the video also features Sean Whalen (The People Under The Stairs) as a poor guard who gets it pretty bad. You will also notice Derek Mears, the man who played Jason Voorhees in the 2009 remake of Friday The 13TH int he video as a prisoner as well. Kerry King talked about the inspiration behind the song which you can read by going here. Tom Araya also talked about the meaning behind the video to Rolling Stone saying, “We’re telling the story that we’ve always told about society and how humans treat each other. It can get pretty violent. It can get pretty stupid. But that’s OK. That’s human nature. I’m probably the most excited I’ve been for a video that we’ve ever done,” It’s all out chaos both visually and musically as they fit an prison riot into four minutes, so go out and buy the record and enjoy the video below.