Posts Tagged ‘SAW’

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.

Dead-Silence-Gallery-10For today’s Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween film, a friends fear of Ventriloquist dummies inspired me to want to watch the 2007 film Dead Silence. Jamie (Ryan Kwanten) is just a regular guy who is enjoying life with his beautiful wife Lisa (Laura Regan) until one day when they receive a mysterious package. Inside the package is a Ventriloquist dummy and they have no idea where it’s from or who sent it. While Jamie left to get something, something ends up killing Lisa tat could be tied to the dummy and Jamie wants answers. Despite a detective being on his case, he’ll end up going back to his hometown to investigate the death and somehow a local legend maybe the key to all of the madness. The film also stars Amber Valletta (Hitch) as Ella, Donnie Wahlberg (Saw 2) as Det. Lipton, Michael Fairman (Mulholland Drive) as Henry Walker, Joan Heney (Secret Window) as Marion Walker, Bob Gunton (The Shawshank Redemption) as Edward Ashen, Judith Roberts (Eraserhead) as Mary Shaw, Dmitry Chepovetsky (Lucky Number Slevin) as Richard Walker, and the film was directed by James Wan (Saw).

dead silenceI feel like this was the beginning of the start of James Wan exploring the supernatural side of horror instead of just blood, guts, and gore. The idea of the ventriloquist dummy was actually a pretty good one as it hadn’t really been done in horror, but I’m not saying that there hasn’t been doll horror films before. I never really knew the history of the Ventriloquist dummy before, but thanks to this film they have been around for a long time. I loved the whole idea that Mary Shaw couldn’t kill you unless you screamed and that is when she would take your tongue. I always remember thinking Donnie Walhberg’s performances in Saw were always hit or miss, but I have to say that he did a really good job in this film. He plays the typical ball busting detective who doesn’t believe in ghost stories until he is face to face with it. The film overall in my opinion isn’t super scary although it has a few of the cheap scare type scenes in it. The special effects and makeup departments deserve a thumbs from me especially with some of the dummies they discover later on. The acting in the film is pretty good as suspected and the cinematography is good as well. There isn’t a lot wrong in this film and it’s definitely enjoyable to watch, but not very scary in my opinion. I am going to give this film an B for a final grade.

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.

crawlspaceI always found that the creepiest horror films are the ones that feature an element of voyeurism in the story line. I mean that you cannot argue that the element of someone watching you doesn’t freak you the heck out. It’s the classic case of paranoia where you think someone is watching you and they just might be doing it, but then again maybe their not? In Crawlspace, Klaus Kinski (For A Few Dollars More) stars as Karl Guenther, a man that owns a boarding house that is stalking his tenants through the crawlspace. What these women don’t know is that Karl is the son of a crazed Nazi doctor and that he is killing to fulfill his craving of wanting to be God-like. Karl is obsessed with it and he can’t stop because the addiction is too much. The movie also stars Talia Balsam (No Strings Attached) as Lori, Tané McClure (Legally Blonde) as Sophie, Barbara Whinnery (St. Elsewhere) as Harriet, Kenneth Robert Shippy (Superboy) as Josef, Carole Francis (Fingers) as Jessica, and Sally Brown (The Patriot) as Martha.

crawlspace 2The one thing that I will say is that Klaus Kinski does a terrific job playing a Nazi creep throughout the whole film. Everything he did just creeped out and that is the sign of a terrific actor. I won’t say that it’s the greatest film in the world, but this is definitely a classic. As I said in the above paragraph, that element of voyeurism made a little extra creepy which is just what the writers ordered. Kalus was definitely the MVP of the film because without him it just would have never worked. The rest of the crew was good and this film has the Saw element to it with the booby traps and The People Under The Stairs must have been influenced from this film with all the scenes in the Crawlspace. There’s not much to the scenery as the film is mostly indoors in the apartment building. The sex scenes in the film are a little lame so if you’re looking for that, there’s only a little skin. I didn’t mind that at all though because its the creepy factor that keeps you hooked. The death scenes are not that great as you don’t get to see a lot of how the victims die, but that might have been due to the fact they hired Klaus Kinski. For a final grade, I am going to give this one a B-

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i spitThere are people from today’s generation that have no idea what I Spit On Your Grave is about and don’t even know that it was a movie made in the 70’s. I watched the original movie back when I was a teen because one of my good friends owned the movie. When I heard that there was going to be a remake of this movie, I was curious about what they were going to change about it. I know at the time that they had remade Wes Craven’s The Last House On The Left before this one and that it received the full treatment by Hollywood, but what about this film? Obviously, this was a straight to video release which could have meant one of two things. It was either they didn’t have enough backing from Hollywood to get in theaters or it was awful. The film is about a writer named Jennifer Hill, who decides to drive out to the country to relax and write a novel. What she doesn’t expect on this trip is the fact that she is going to get raped by the locals. The film stars Sarah Butler (The Demented) as Jennifer, Jeff Branson (All My Children), Andrew Howard (The Hangover II), Rodney Eastman (A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors), Chad Lindberg (October Sky), and Daniel Franzese (Bully).

i spit 2The movie is very graphic which may scare parents from allowing their children from seeing this and I don’t blame them. Some of the scenes are not for the faint of heart and it’s probably the reason why it never hit the cinemas in the first place, but what makes this any different from Saw? Saw had some pretty graphic scenes that at times I had to look away. Can I really say that this movie is better than the original? I don’t really know how to answer that question because their are the faithfuls who will saw that there is nothing like the original. The obvious signs is that the kill scenes are a lot better in this one and it has to do with technology because we can make a kill scene that much more graphic and painful.  I do however have to admit that I really did enjoy watching this movie the whole entire time. The reason for that is the movie sends a message that women are not weak beings and it also teaches you not to mess with a women cause payback is a bitch. If you can find this on DVD, then check it out because I give the movie a B+.