Posts Tagged ‘The Final Destination’

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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candymanFor today’s film I kept asking myself one question that was burning in my mind, What would Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween be without the one and only Tony Todd as Candyman? It would be a sad and hopeless world without the legend of horror who was the Candyman before he was anything else in the horror genre like the weird guy who knows a lot about the way death works in The Final Destination films. It was the first film in the series that spawned two sequels and this one was awesome. The film follows a couple of graduate students in Helen (Virginia Madsen) and Bernadette (Kasi Lemmons) who for their thesis are looking to debunk the idea of urban legends like the myth of Candyman (Todd). Helen is hell bent on the idea that Candyman is just some serial killer that the cops haven’t caught and that he isn’t this man with a hook for a hand that only comes when you call out his name five times in a mirror. What she doesn’t expect is that she is about to dive head first into a battle with the legend himself in a battle for not only her life, but her soul. The film also stars Vanessa Williams (New Jack City) as Anne, Xander Berkeley (Taken) as Trevor, DeJuan Guy (Little Giants) as Jake, Ted Raimi (Evil Dead 2) as Billy, Eric Edwards (Blade) as Harold, and the film was directed by Bernard Rose  (Anna Karenina) and the film was based on a story by the legendary Clive Barker (Hellraiser).

candyman 3This just may be the best film in the whole series and why wouldn’t it be with the great Virginia Madsen starring in it. You can definitely tell by the tone of the film and the style of it that it was written by Clive Barker who has a knack for films like this where the killer is poetic in explaining why he does what he does. The killers in most of his films glorify all the benefits of death and why everyone should follow them into that world. I like how they had it look like for a while that Virginia Madsen was committing the murders, it makes sense if she’s trying to explain that some guy who only comes when yous peak his name five times in mirror did it. You would think she was crazy if she told you that. The film plays on the legend of scared kids who were too afraid to find out if the legend of Bloody Mary was true so kudos to Clive for thinking this one up. You don’t get to see a lot of the kills in this film,just the aftermath and I have to admit that at a couple of scenes I did jump. I love how horror directors will always throw in those cheap scares just to get you to jump. There isn’t a lot of T&A in this film, just one little glimpse into what Madsen has going on and you will love the surprise that you get in the end of the film. I am going to give the original film an A for a final grade because its classic.