Posts Tagged ‘Horror’

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.

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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.

american gothicEvery once in a while, I do like to listen to my friends when it comes to suggestions on what films to watch and one that was brought up on many occasions was American Gothic. The only question was how was I going to find this hard to find film so that I could watch it for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween, but then I found my answer in Youtube. American Gothic stars Sarah Torgov (Meatballs) as Cynthia, a woman who went through some mental trauma after her baby drowned in the bathtub. After spending some time in the hospital, she is released and her boyfriend plans to take her to the island where they had their honeymoon to get her mind off of things, but plans get derailed. The plane they were traveling in gets derailed on a strange island where they meet a strange family still stuck in the past, but will they survive? The film also stars Mark Erickson (DTLA) as Jeff, Caroline Barclay (Black Day Blue Night) as Terri, Mark Lindsay Chapman (Falcon Crest) as Rob, Fiona Hutchison (Guiding Light) as Lynn, Stephen Shellen (Gone In 60 Seconds) as Paul, Rod Steiger (In The Heat Of The Night) as Pa, Yvonne De Carlo (The Munsters) as Ma, Michael J. Pollard (Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland) as Woody,  Janet Wright (Kingdom Hospital) as Fanny, and the film was directed by John Hough (The Howling IV: The Original Nightmare).

agFor a little while, I was wondering where the film was going to go because it was a bunch of adults hanging on an island and then house, but things get interesting when Rod Steiger and Yvonne De Carlo show up. It’s a strange family dynamic that is happening on that house, but with the setting it certainly works. I definitely was a fan of some of the kills in the film like the swing set kill that comes and the murdering spree at the end of the film. De Carlo, Steiger, Pollard, and Wright were the highlights of the film with their twisted being, but there is a point in the film that gets really twisted. Apparently, there is a second brother and he likes to fondle dead women as you’ll see in one point of the film. That was probably the most uncomfortable the movie gets besides some of the bad acting that came from some of the girls. One person to keep an eye on is Cynthia who is already emotionally fragile and now she is heading to an island where they turn strangers into dolls for their 50 year old daughter. Yea that sounds like a very bad idea if you ask me, but nonetheless this was an very good film. The cinematography was excellent and the editing was on point at times. This is a really good watch that you should check out. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

220px-Invasion_of_the_body_snatchers_movie_poster_1978There are horror films that are out there that almost everyone has seen that I have not ventured into and I felt that Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween is the perfect platform. In the late 70’s to the 80’s, directors were jumping at the chance to remake old 1950’s horror films to make them scarier for their target audience of the time (e.g. John Carpenter’s The Thing). Today’s film, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers is a remake of the 1956 Don Siegel version that was directed by Phillip Kaufman (Henry & June) and stars Donald Sutherland (The Dirty Dozen) as health inspector Matthew Bennell. One day, Matthew is contacted by an old friend who complains that her husband isn’t being himself, but Matthew thinks they’re just having marital problems. That is until he begins to notice that other people in the city are displaying the same emotionless expressions like they have been taken over by something. The film also stars Brooke Adams (The Dead Zone) as Elizabeth, Jeff Goldbum (California Split) as Jack Bellicec, Veronica Cartwright (Alien) as Nancy Bellicec, Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek) as Dr. David Kibner, Art Hindle (Foxy Lady) as  Dr. Geoffrey Howell, Lelia Goldoni (Good Against Evil) as Katherine Hendley, Kevin McCarthy (UHF) as Running Man, Stan Ritchie (Mr. Billion) as Stan, and Jerry Walter (Nightmare In Blood) as Restaurant Owner.

Invasion-of-the-Body-Snatchers-1987-Movie-Scene-1024x576I want to start off first by giving Brooke Adams the credit she deserves as for a whole scene she has to walk around completely naked for our enjoyment pleasures. I also want to give the director of the film some props for including people that had something to do with the original film a cameo in this film like Kevin McCarthy as the running man and director Don Siegel as the Taxi driver. I definitely like the idea of what if these alien beings were not what we were expecting because we always think of Aliens in a flying saucer. No these Aliens are organisms that found a way to mix with our ecosystem and then began taking over. I wondered throughout the whole film, if they are duplicating us then what happens to the previous version and that question is answered in the latter parts of the film. Donald Sutherland is masterful in the film and he shows us why he is a legend of the industry with his amazing performance. We also get to see the early brilliance of Jeff Goldblum and what we would grow to love throughout his whole career. The cinematography is great especially with the shots of the city that you get in the beginning to the frantic shots when the action is happening. The special effects are actually pretty decent especially for the time frame and you haver to love that disgusting metamorphosis that is our alien selves that grow from the hybrid plant. That scene with the birth is pretty good stuff for 1978 so definitely give this one a watch because it’s a classic. I am going to give Invasion an A- for a final grade.

screen-shot-2017-10-19-at-9-53-06-am.pngWhen it comes to Italian horror films, there is no name more synonymous with it then Dario Argento who made films like Opera, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage, Deep Red, Zombi, Demons, and the film that is receiving the remake treatment in Suspiria. The same could also be said for Italian soundtrack kings, the progressive rock wizards known as Goblin who in 1977 were made up of Agostino Marangolo (Drums, Vocals), Massimo Morante (Electric Guitars, Acoustic, bouzouki),  Fabio Pignatelli (Fretless Bass, Fretted Bass, Acoustic Guitar, tabla, vocals), and Claudio Simonetti (Mellotron, Elka organ, Logan violin, Celesta, Fender Rhodes electric piano, grand piano, Moog synthesizers). To keep up with the theme of Halloween on the blog, we chose the band’s soundtrack to Suspiria that they released on June 15, 1977. Suspiria was a very successful film in it’s time and the soundtrack to the film flourished as well, but right now I do not have any numbers as far as how successful the soundtrack really was.

91mpGZPPPKL._SL1500_.jpg1. Suspiria-The title track opens up with some amazing sounds of the Mellotron, but then it switches in tone and the pace picks up as the rock side of the song comes alive with the brilliance of Simonetti and his keyboard playing. 5/5

2. Witch– The track starts off with a more tribal feel because of the drums, but it has that ominous feel to it especially with the weird chanting. You can definitely tell during the track all the suspenseful moments with the changes in tones. 5/5

3. Opening To The Sighs– an intro track which is 34 seconds in length 4/5

4. Sighs-I love how the track starts with people sighing with some screeches thrown in there as well before we get this instrumental  and I believe this is where we get instruments like the bouzouki in it and some of the various organ sounds. It has a very hypnotic element to it as well like we are presented with a witch. 5/5

5. Markos– It opens with some keys and a very unique bass sound that sounds like it’s being manipulated through a synthesizer. 4.5/5

Suspiria_116. Black Forest-a more straightforward prog rock track that sounds like something that Pink Floyd would conjure up and it features Antonio Marangolo playing the sax on the track. 5/5

7. Blind Concert-The track begin with some ringing of bells before it goes into a little bit of a funk kind of rhythm complete with some unique sounds from Simonetti. 4.5/5

8. Death Valzer– The last track off the album is one of those old time classical piano tracks that is Simonetti flexing his musical muscles. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– As far as Horror soundtracks are concerned this is one of the best of the best and you could understand why Dario hung on to them. My favorite from Claudio Simonetti is still the work he did on the soundtrack to Opera, but this ranks right up there for me as far as Goblin is concerned. My favorite tracks are Suspiria, Black Forest, and Sighs. I don’t really have a least favorite track, but if I was to pick one it would be Death Valzer. I am giving the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

downloadI am continuing on the same kick from yesterday because a psychotic man/doll once said, “nothing like a good strangulation to get the circulation going.” Slasher horror is one of my favorite sub-genres of horror and today’s film I once saw on a documentary about slasher horror so I figured I would check it out considering that Shudder had it available. The film is called Tourist Trap and it was directed by David Schmoeller (Crawlspace) and it follows a group of teens on vacation who go searching for a missing friend. The only problem is that they end up at an old wax museum tourist trap that is run by a sinister old man named Mr. Slausen (Chuck Connors). The only problem is that Mr. Slausen is a psychopath who kills his victims with the help of his telekinetic powers and tons of dummies that he controls with his powers. The film also stars Jocelyn Jones (The Enforcer) as Molly, Jon Van Ness (The Postman Always Rings Twice) as Jerry, Robin Sherwood (Blow Out) as Eileen, Tanya Roberts (A View To A Kill) as Becky, Dawn Jeffory (General Hospital) as Tina, and Keith McDermott (Ignatz & Lotte) as Woody.

tourist trapThis is one of those films that is definitely interesting to say the least and you can definitely tell why people within the industry started saying that the copycats showed up. They saw how successful Halloween was and studios started churning out as many slasher films as they could to try and have the next hit. The film is kind of like what would happen if you took House Of Wax and combined it with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I say that because our killer wears masks of various human faces while also making it look like he is turning his victims into mannequins. One part of the film that in hindsight was OK that I thought was dumb at the time was the telekinetic ability. I would have been fine with the idea of him turning his victims into wax figures, but adding the telekinetic powers was just too much. I definitely understand why they did it because they wanted their guy to be different than the rest of them. There were clues all over the film that this Mr. Slausen guy was not one to be trusted, but Holly looked like she was absolutely infatuated with the guy at times. The thing that made films like Friday The 13TH, Halloween, and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre so amazing was that the stories were tight, the characters were strong, and the killer was genuinely terrifying. This isn’t an awful film, it just doesn’t live up the hype of the others if that makes any sense. That is why I am going to give the film an B- for a final grade.