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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

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.

wesIf you are a true fan of horror films, then you were saddened by the news of the passing of legendary horror director Wes Craven last night. To see the announcement last night was such a shock because it felt like it came out of nowhere. Wes Craven passed away at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 76 on Sunday after a three year battle with brain cancer. Wes Craven was known for such horror classics as A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Last House On The Left, Scream, The People Under The Stairs, The Serpent And The Rainbow, The Hills Have Eyes, Shocker, as well as directing films in other genres like Red Eye, Music Of The Heart (which earned Meryl Streep an Oscar), Paris, je t’aime, and so many more. He redefined the teen horror genre in the 80’s with Nightmare and did it once again with the Scream films in the 90’s. It is also known that he had a real knack for discovering some of the great talents of Hollywood like Johnny Depp (A Nightmare On Elm Street), Sharon Stone (Deadly Blessing), and Bruce Willis (in an 1980’s version of The Twilight Zone) to name a few of the many he has worked with in his whole career.

scream-1996-tou033011-620x400I remember the first time I was introduced to Wes Craven and it was through A Nightmare On Elm Street as Freddy Krueger scared the living daylights out of me to the point that I never wanted to fall asleep. I was spooked even more at night as tree branches used to scratch my windows, but in my head I thought it was Freddy. One of my other favorite films from him was The People Under The Stairs and how chaotic and psychotic that film was from beginning to end. It was thanks to that film that I was scared of basement steps because you never knew what was under them. The other fascinating thing about Wes was the fact that he was able to jump out of the horror genre and be successful at it was a true testament to Wes being one of the all time greats. The influence that he had on me and the slasher genre will forever live on and I thank Wes Craven for that and all the wonderful memories he provided me with his films. Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween will surely miss having the opportunity to review any future films he may have had, but at least we have so many to choose from his past. I want to send my condolences to all his friends and family over the loss of Wes Craven. R.I.P. Wes Craven (8/2/1939- 8/30/2015)

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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slumber party massacre 3Hey we’ve already watched the first Slumber Party Massacre film and it’s sequel so I thought why not? I mean how much worse can this film be from it’s predecessor? After a whole day of playing volleyball at the beach, Jackie (Keely Christian) decides to have all of her friends over for a slumber party considering her parents are away for the weekend. While they are having some fun their boyfriends decide come by and have a little scare with the girls. What they don’t expect to happen is that some crazed maniac is killing people with a drill. The movie also stars Brittain Frye (Less Than Zero) as Ken, Michael Harris (Babylon 5: A Call To Arms) as Morgan, Brandi Burkett (Liar Liar) as Diane, Hope Marie Carlton (A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 4: The Dream Master) as Janine, Maria Claire (Elvis & Me) as Susie, Maria Ford (Alien Terminator) as Maria, Lulu Wilson as Juliette, and Yan Birch (The People Under The Stairs) as The Weirdo.

Maria Ford CopyI didn’t know that a film series could get worse with every sequel until I watched this one. The film started off very promising, but then it all went downhill. I really want to know if girls get freaky with each other at slumber parties like the scene when Maria Ford and another start a striptease for their friends. One the best kills is when Juliette discovers a vibrator that plugs into the wall (they must not have had battery operated ones in the house) and the killer uses it to kill the first girl off. Things got so bad in this film that you can tell that the killer isn’t even stabbing his victims and in another scene you actually get to see the drill not even hit the killer when he is supposedly being taken out by one of the survivors. It was that kind of film, but I still watched it. On a scale from 1 being close to an A-list Hollywood film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time I am giving the film a 4.5 for the final tally.

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silver bulletWhat are the classic monsters that have lived through the last 80 plus years in Hollywood? They are Vampires, Werewolves, and anything dead that is re-animated (e.g. zombies, mummies, etc.). One of the master writers of horror in Stephen King was back in 1985 with his latest novel turned movie in his take of the classic werewolf genre. Tarker’s Mills is a small quite town where nothing ever happens until one faithful night when the murders begin. The town at first doesn’t realize that it’s being attacked by a werewolf, but one person did suspect before anyone else. Marty Coslaw (Corey Haim) is a paralytic who along with his Uncle Red (Gary Busey) and his sister Jane (Megan Follows) will do everything they can to survive the attacks of the beast. The movie also stars Everett McGill (The People Under The Stairs) as Reverend Lowe, Terry O’Quinn (Lost) as Sheriff Joe Haller, Bill Smitrovich (Ted) as Andy Fairton, Lawrence Tierney (The Naked Gun) as Owen, Kent Broadhurst (The Dark Half) as Herb Kincaid, and James Gammon (Major League) as Arnie.

silver bullet 2It’s a Stephen King book that was turned into a film back in the 80’s which usually means that it’s pretty damn good. This was coming at a time in the 80’s where Werewolves were the thing to do in Hollywood (e.g. An American Werewolf In London, The Howling, Teen Wolf, etc.). It has that usually element to it where you barely see the werewolf for most of the film until the main character is confronted with him which in this case Corey Haim’s character is shooting fireworks and she shoots a rocket into the werewolf’s eye. The werewolf was okay looking, but I assuming that it was pretty decent for the time the film was released. The acting was top notch as usual and the cinematography was good as well. The transformation scenes are pretty cool especially in the end when he is transforming back into a human after being shot with the silver bullet. Corey Haim was one of my favorite members of the Two Coreys, so I wanted to include him in this years Halloween run. This is definitely one to check out if you get the chance to like I did today with AMC’s FearFest. I am giving the film a B+ for a final grade.