Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

octoberIt is officially October 31ST which means that I want to take the time to officially wish everyone a Happy and Safe Halloween. I have been doing Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween since 2012 and it has been a joy to do every year since I love horror and Halloween. I have watched so many amazing films and that is 186 films with today’s entry. I wanted to watch a film that expressed the joy of the month of October and I found that in The Houses October Built. The found footage horror film follows five friends in Brandy (Brandy Schaefer), Zack (Zack Andrews), Bobby (Bobby Roe), Mikey (Mikey Roe), and Jeff (Jeff Larson) as they go searching the country for the most ultimate and terrifying haunted house the country has to offer. The only problem is that while on this journey, they manage to piss off some people from a haunted house and they begin to stalk and terrorize them. Can they find the ultimate haunted house or will the people after them catch up? The film also stars Tansy Alexander (Grey Sheep) as Trannyotomy, Kahl Brice (Sacrament) as Head Clown, Chloë Crampton (Chastity Bites) as Porcelain, Amber  Campisi (Kendra) as Amber, Bart Butler (Property Lines) as Haunt House Clown in Alley, and the film was directed by Bobby Roe (The Houses October Built 2). 

october builtI am very picky when it comes to Found Footage Horror films because some can be really good or just plain annoying especially with the shaky camera effect. The one thing this one does not really have is the shaky camera effect for the most part, but what it does that annoys me is it cuts when it gets good. You don’t get the full visual of what they do, but it does work because if they are carrying a camera, an attack would end them being able to film it. One of the things I will give this film is that it had some real creepy characters in like Porcelain who was just super creepy. The movie tries everything from a lot of jump scares which is essentially the bread and butter of an haunted house to even including some shots of boobs from a strip club that they visit. Horror wouldn’t be horror without some of those scenes, am I right? The acting is actually pretty decent as they do their best Blair Witch Project impression and the haunted house workers were great as well. In the end, this is definitely a film that I believe is worth watching because it may be one of the better found footage films out there. The film is available on Netflix right now and I think you should give it a shot. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

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altars of madnessI usually release my album of the week post every Wednesday and I have for the last four year or so. Unfortunately, Halloween lands on a Tuesday which means that my lost October Halloween themed posts were to end last week. In my right mind, I just couldn’t let that happen so I am releasing an album of the week post one week early this year and I have a good one. One band that has always always stuck out to me in the Death Metal community has always been Florida’s own Morbid Angel. There is a reason for that and it’s current vocalist Steve Tucker once told me on the Superjoint Ritual tour in 2003 to “get off your ass p*ssy because no sits at a Morbid Angel show.” I thought it was the coolest thing in the world because I was the only sitting on top of this bar top at the Worcester Palladium. Nonetheless, the band absolutely crushed it and I have been a fan ever since. The album I chose for today was based off a recommendation by MetalInjection.net and it’s the band’s debut album Altars Of Madness. The album featured David Vincent (Bass & Vocals), Trey Azagthoth (Guitars), Richard Brunelle (Guitars), and the “father of the blast beat” Pete Sandoval (Drums).

altars of madness back cover1. Immortal Rites– The track that kicks things off and the track is punishing as they sing about a ritual or offering to the lord of the dark. 4.5/5

2. Suffocation– a track with a real metal flare before the father of the blast beat takes over with the band whose chord progressions are insane. The track seems to be talking about a time when evil ran over the land just suffocating everyone’s judgement. 5/5

3. Visions from the Dark Side– A hammering track that is unrelenting as it bludgeons you to death in this track about how sometimes it’s the force of the dark that makes us do the things we do. 4.5/5

4. Maze of Torment– The intro has a real thrash like intro while integrating with their death metal sound. You can definitely hear a Slayer like influence on the track and it’s bad ass. This is one of the best tracks on the album in my opinion. 5/5

5. Lord of All Fevers & Plagues– The band pays tribute to various gods like Ningishzida who appears in the Simon Necronomicon and H.P. Lovecraft’s writings. 4.5/5

MOSH011PD-REVERSEsmall6. Chapel of Ghouls– A punishing riff that reminds me of early Slayer in a track that is about hell’s all out war against Christ and his churches. This is another amazing track on the album. 5/5

7. Bleed for the Devil– A track that is punishing like a sledgehammer that is all about what are willing to do for the lord of darkness. I love the guitar solo, it’s very Hanneman like. 4.5/5

8. Damnation– a hammering metal track that seems to be about hell on earth commencing and all of us being in damnation. 4/5

9. Blasphemy– Another blast beat heavy track that is all about being blasphemous towards God which is the ultimate unforgivable sin (I believe). I love the guitar solo in this track, it’s very cool. 4/5

10. Evil Spells– The last song on the album that is a very cool track with metal influences in it that put most Thrash bands to shame in a track that is all about hell. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is as bad ass as it gets people especially if you are thinking about getting in to Death Metal. I have always been one that says you don’t have to pay attention to the lyrics to enjoy the music, but know that the lyrics are an important piece of the puzzle. This album does put a lot of metal bands to shame as these guys wrote some amazing songs. I am giving the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade. Happy Halloween everyone!!!

fright_night_part_ii_ver2One of my favorite vampire movies from the 1980’s besides The Lost Boys is the 1985 classic Fright Night. The movie had it all from a fun and great cast, great soundtrack that featured the likes of the J.Geils Band, and some very cool special effects. As soon as I realized that that the sequel Fright Night Part 2 was available to watch on Youtube, I jumped on the chance to include it for today. Charlie Brewster (William Ragsdale) is still trying to get over the events of the first one telling himself that Jerry Dandridge was not a vampire and that they don’t exist. One day after visiting the great Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), he sees a beautiful women by the name of Regine Dandridge (Julie Carmen) who confirms to him that vampires may just actually exist especially when they are looking for revenge. The film also stars Traci Lind (Class Of 1999) as Alex, Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite) as Louie, Russell Clark (The New Guy) as Belle, Brian Thompson (Cobra) as Bozworth, Merritt Butrick (Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan) as Richie, Ernie Sabella (The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride) as Dr. Harrison, Matt Landers (Die Hard) as Mel,  Rochelle Ashana (Kickboxer) as Art Major, and the film was directed by Tommy Lee Wallace (Halloween III: Season Of The Witch). 

maxresdefaultWho knew that Uncle Rico (Gries) was going to shop up as a mangy vampire in my film? Nonetheless, one of the first things I wanted to talk about was the fact that I think they chose the perfect counterpart to Charlie Brewster and Peter Vincent in the very attractive Julie Carmen. Chris Sarandon was a very good looking guy who made the perfect vampire in the first film and Carmen played the sexy vampire looking for revenge in this one. One thing I will say is that they tried to benefit off of The Lost Boys which came out the year before with the way their vampires looked in this film especially considering it was a gang of vampires. The film was pretty decent, but it had a lot of moments that were just very b-movie level humor which I guess is OK considering it is Fright Night, but the originals humor made sense. The soundtrack to the film wasn’t bad, but it was nothing compared to the first, but I’m OK with it. They chose to use a score rather than actual bands which worked for the film and worked very well. The other thing that I liked about this film was definitely the costume and make up team who did a great job with the vampires. Some of the ways in which they died were very interesting to say the least especially Brian Thompson and even Russell Clark who becomes clear and melts. It was a very entertaining film, but I have one question that still burns in my mind and that is do vampires not enjoy sex? When things get hot and heavy they immediately go for the neck and it’s the end of story. Sometimes, you have to just enjoy the moment! I am going to give the film an B for a final grade.

Jack's BackThe film I chose for today’s Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween was solely based off a recommendation or mention by a friend of mine after we had a conversation about actors from the 1980’s. I mentioned that one of the best to come out of the 1980’s was the one and only James Spader (Avengers: Age Of Ultron) and they brought up today’s film entitled Jack’s Back. Someone in Echo Park Los Angeles is committing murders in the same style as Jack The Ripper had done some 100 years before. John Wesford (Spader) one day happens to stumble upon one of the murders and is killed by the murderer. As he is being murdered, his twin brother Rick (also Spader) wakes up from witnessing this in his nightmare and decides that he is going to help find his brothers killer and solve the crimes that the police can’t seem to solve. The film also stars Cynthia Gibb (Death Warrant) as Chris, Jim Haynie (The Bridges Of Madison County) as Sgt. Gabriel, Robert Picardo (Gremlins 2: The New Batch) as Dr. Carlos Battera, Rod Loomis (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) as Dr. Sidney, Rex Ryon (Beverly Hills Cop) as Jack Pendler, Chris Mulkey (Captain Phillips) as Scott Morofsky, John Wesley (Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot) as Sam Hilliard, and the film was written and directed by Rowdy Herrington (Road House).

1988jacksback6I love how they infused crime and mystery into this horror film because it made the film very interesting to say the least. James Spader is as billed in this film and he is exactly what you would want from someone having to play two different people. The best part about this film as well is the fact that you think you know who the killer is for the most part, but they fool you in the end although I wasn’t fooled at all because I stuck with my first suspect. All of that is thanks to the writing department who also happens to be our director who did an amazing job on the film and I wouldn’t expect anything less from a man who brought us Road House. I loved the cinematography in the film as well and they did a good job at first not giving away any decisive evidence. I also loved the shots of Los Angeles that we would get especially seeing how close Echo Park is to Downtown LA. My only question that I had for this film is that if he murdered the correct number of women then why go for one more especially considering that the police believe that they have their guy and the fact that the victim he was going for didn’t suspect him either. Unfortunately, we will never know the answer to that, but I am OK with it. I’m pretty sure that you can find this film online somewhere, but if you have a Shudder account, it is available to stream on there too. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade because it was engaging and very entertaining in my opinion.

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waxworkOne of my favorite films as a child was the movie Gremlins despite the fact that it was supposed to be scary. One of the stars of that film was none other than Zach Galligan (Hatchet III) and he was a guest at this years Rock & Shock Horror Convention, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to meet him. I decided that I wanted to check out a film from him for this year and the film I chose is the 1988 film Waxwork. Mark (Galligan) is a rich kid who is struggling with the fact that his former girl China (Michelle Johnson) doesn’t want him anymore. Nonetheless after a meeting with the proprietor (David Warner) of a waxwork museum, Billy and his friends decide to go in to check it out. What they don’t realize is that the proprietor uses each exhibit to unleash some unholy hell. The only question now is whether they can escape before it’s too late? The film also stars Deborah Foreman (April Fools Day) as Sarah, Eric Brown (Private Lessons) as James, Dana Ashbrook (Return Of The Living Dead Part II) as Tony, Mihaly ‘Michu’ Meszaros (Big Top Pee-wee) as Hans, Micah Grant (Like Father Like Son) as Johnathan, John Rhys-Davies (The Medallion) as Werewolf, Miles O’Keeffe (Campus Man) as Count Dracula,  Christopher Bradley (The Wraith) as Stephan, J. Kenneth Campbell (The Abyss) as Marquis de Sade, and the film was directed by Anthony Hickox (Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth). 

Waxwork CollageOne of the things I liked about this film is the fact that when you step into the display, you disappear into that world and you become a part of the display eventually. They are almost mini like stories inside of a bigger picture and you get to understand what kind of a place it is that they are in. There are tributes in the film to Night Of The Living Dead, Dracula, The Mummy, and so much in the film that you understand how much of a horror lover the writers were. The one thing that I was a little bothered about in the film was the overacting that occurred in the film with some of the characters. Zach is great in the film, but at times it can be a little too much and I have to say that one of my favorite things to laugh about in the film was Mihaly ‘Michu’ Meszaros who when he bows looks like he’s trying to headbang. You shouldn’t however let that deter you from watching the film because it was a fun film to watch and it had some real memorable moments. One of the highlights in my opinion was definitely J. Kenneth Campbell who played the Marquis de Sade. he was an excellent antagonist for Galligan in the film as he has a growing affection for Deborah Foreman’s character. His character goes through this thing where he’s like oh no where’s China and then it’s come on Sarah don’t believe him (I am paraphrasing here). He’s a flip flopper in the film, but what guy isn’t, am I right? Anyways, this is definitely one to check out so I am going to give it an B- for a final grade. 

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jigsaw-movie-logoOne of the most iconic franchises of the 2000’s which helped usher in an era we like to call the Gore Porn days of horror is the Saw franchise. One of the most iconic characters of the 2000’s was the one and only Jigsaw a.k.a. John Kramer (Tobin Bell) who uttered that famous line, “Let’s play a game” or “live or die, the choice is yours.” The last film in the franchise was Saw VII where we surely thought that the story was over, but seven years later they return with the brand new film Jigsaw which is out today in theaters. John Kramer has been dead for 10 years now, but yet there are murders that are happening in the city that is bringing back the memory of Jigsaw back into the minds of the public. All Detective Halloran (Callum Keith Rennie) wants to do is prove that this couldn’t be Jigsaw, but a copy cat. The only problem is who could it possibly be that is doing all of this? The film also stars Matt Passmore (Satisfaction) as Logan, Hannah Emily Anderson (Reign) as Eleanor, Clé Bennett (Urban Legend) as Detective Hunt, Laura Vandervoort (Ted) as Anna, Paul Braunstein (The Thing) as Ryan, Mandela Van Peebles (Roots) as Mitch, Brittany Allen (The Rocker) as Carly, and the film was directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig (Daybreakers). 

jigsawSpoiler Alert: There is going to be some information leaked in this article that could give away some details or all the details in the film. So either proceed with caution or do not read any further, but you were warned. As far as the film is concerned, I thought it was a pretty decent film even though I thought there were a lot of holes in the story as far as continuity.  Now I can’t explain what I mean as far as that is concerned because then I would be giving away the entire film. So, the only thing I can say is that I do not understand how this film matches exactly with the previous films. Some of the traps are kind of cool, but a lot of them are very primitive as well and not as cool as some of the traps we would see in the previous films. The film has it’s share of gore so fans of that shouldn’t worry, but I will say that this is much more of a story driven film much like the first film. They went back to basics where the traps were not the only attraction of the film and that is what I liked most of all. There is this element in the film where they talk about the possibility of a cult of some sort evolving around the idea of Jigsaw. Its the same thing that Cult Of Chucky did, but the difference here is that it’s just mentioned. It’s a decent return for the franchise, but I am wondering where do they go from here? Check the film out for yourself and I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

zombieYesterday we talked about great Italian horror filmmakers as we checked out a film from one director and today I decided to do the same. Lucio Fulci is one of the most legendary Italian directors who directed films like The Black Cat, The Beyond, The House By The Cemetery, and so much more.  In 1979, he would go on to direct today’s film known as Luico Fulci’s Zombie here in the states, but it was originally entitled Zombi II. All Anne Bowles (Tisa Farrow) wants to know is what happened to her father after a ship that belonged to him shows up in New York’s harbor with no one in it other than a weird zombie like creature. With the help of a reporter by the name of Peter West (Ian McCulloch) they’ll head down to the Caribbean to find a mysterious island where her father was. The only problem is that when they get there, things are very bad and they have to figure out a way to get back to New York to warn the rest of the world. The film also stars Richard Johnson (The Haunting) as Dr. Menard, Al Cliver (The Beyond) as Brian Hull, Auretta Gay (The Good Thief) as Susan Barrett, Olga Karlatos (Purple Rain) as Mrs. Menard, Stefania D’Amario (Nightmare City) as Nurse Clara, and Ramón Bravo (License To Kill) as Underwater Zombie. 

bMuch to my surprise, I am certainly glad that I went out of my way to watch the film because this was very enjoyable. For the most part, you feel as if the main characters are walking into danger the closer they get to the island and that there is no hope for them unless they can get home. There is only one problem with that and that is that Fulci will crush your hopes and dreams in an instant. I loved that about the film because he reminds you of what happened in the beginning of the film and that it will come back to bite you in the you know what. I have to give Auretta Gay a lot of credit in this film because she goes scuba diving with a string thong and no bra and then has to battle a shark and an underwater zombie which was one of the coolest sequences of the film. I also want to give credit to Ramón Bravo for that scene because he has to go underwater for probably a while. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was crazy about the makeup and the way the zombies looked, but they have been living as corpses so their skin won’t be in great shape. The sets were great and the cinematography was excellent, but I have to give one department credit. That department that deserves credit is the screenwriters because I loved the idea of this doctor not believing in voodoo and rather trying to prove what is happening with science. It’s a classic case of religion vs science that we’ve seen plenty of times since 1979. Check out this classic for yourself, I am going to give the film an A for a final grade.

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