Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Howling Reborn

I usually try and avoid remakes and reboots like the plague. They mostly turn out bad and this was no different. The movie started out interesting and kept my attention for awhile. But as soon as the horrible looking werewolves entered the movie it all went down hill real fast. It's amazing that ever since the original The Howling instead of looking better the look of werewolves done in movies has gotten worse. I could go on bitching about this movie for ever but I'll stop . Do your self a favor if you want to see a good werewolf movie go get the original the Howling or An American Werewolf in London instead of watching garbage like this.

Hara-Kiri Death of a Samurai

13 Assassins was easily the best movie I saw last year. I can't wait to check out Takashi Miike's Hara-Kiri Death of a Samurai.Hopefully there will be a U.S. release date for the DVD or Blu-Ray soon

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Doctor X

A decent little horror thriller from 1932 starring a pre King Kong Fay Wray and Lionel Atwill. A newspaper reporter investigates the Moon Killer who strangles and cannibalises his victims by the light of the moon. His investigation leads him to the mansion of Doctor Xavier and more then he bargains for.This was shot in two strip Technicolor which gives the film a eerie look and feel. The story and sets in this were great.I also thought the make-up for the killer looked really good for it's time. But the quirky humor from the time didn't hold up so well. I'm use to viewing black and white films from this time so the two strip technicolor made this interesting to watch. It's definitely worth checking out for the fact it's the first color horror movie or just to see the first great scream queen in her first horror film role.

Torture Chamber trailer

The new trailer for Dante Tomaselli's Torture Chamber. I've enjoyed all of his past films and I'm really looking forward to checking this out.

Troll Hunter

Norwegian trolls on a rampage. Troll hunter is a horror film from Norway. It's filmed as a mocumentary like Cloverfield and The Blair Witch project. The story starts out with three students investigating strange bear killings in Norway. On a tip they start following a poacher to try and find out what's going on. When confronting the poacher Hans they learn he is actually a troll hunter and Han's allows them to film his work.
The movie had a really cool and original story to it. I liked how it explained things in detail. Like the different kind of trolls and their habits. Also how the trolls smell christian blood, masking the human smell with troll stench, their habits,and how to kill them. The special effects were so well done the trolls looked excellent. The scenery of the Norway landscape it was filmed in was incredible too. The down side is it was suppose to be a horror comedy. I think a lot of the jokes are lost in translation or you have to be from Norway. I didn't really laugh at anything. It also seemed kind of slow to me too.I have never been big fan of the shaky cam thing either. A lot of the other reviews I read really hyped the movie up. It was a good original film worth checking out but it could have been better.

Stake Land

It's always nice to see a vampire movie with balls. Instead of the preppy glitter vampire love story trend going on. Stake Land directed by Jim Mickle is post apocalyptic vampire film. The vampires in this are more like animals they just need to feed. It also has Danielle Harris (Halloween 4&5) in it and I'll watch anything she's in.
The movie starts out with Martin's family suddenly being attacked by vampires. Martin is then saved by a man who tells him to come with him or die. It then flashes forward to Martin's post apocalyptic journey through a world over run by vampires. Encountering different survivors and strange religious cults along the way. That believe that the vampires were sent by god to get rid of the nonbelievers.
This really shows how good a low budget horror movie can be. It was easily better then any of the big budget horror films I've seen this year. It pulls you in and has your attention from the beginning. The main concept isn't that original. But the story's take on it was. I loved how it showed how crazy some people become when faced with a major traumatic experience. Sacrificing survivors to the vampires in the name of god. The cast is really great with Connor Paolo, Danielle Harris, Kelly McGillis, and Michael Cerveris to name a few. The acting from everyone was so damn good!. Really great special effects and camera work in it too. Really the only thing I can find to complain about is it could have picked a better name for the title.


Psychokinetic tires and exploding bunny rabbits are fun for the whole family! I never thought I would watch a movie about a tire, that's not a typo a rubber tire with head exploding psychokinetic powers. Rubber is a horror comedy directed by Quentin Dupieux.
The movie is about Robert a rubber tire. Robert discovers it has psychokinetic powers and goes on a murderous rampage. Why does it go on a murderous rampage? No reason. The movie is a homage to why things happen in movies randomly. It tells you that in the beginning. It also has a second story going on that's kind of hidden by the tire story. But I think the less I say about the film here the better.
After watching the trailer I was expecting more of a cheesy fun movie. It's more of a strange dark comedy. I did get a few good laughs out of it though. The special effects were actually really good for a movie about a killer tire. Some of the exploding things in the movie looked pretty good. Rubber is probably going to be one of those hit or miss movies with people. I will give the film bonus points for being original really can't say I've seen anything like it. I thought it could have been a little better and more fun but after all it is a movie about a killer tire.

I Saw The Devil

If you're offended by extreme violence and have a weak stomach this one is definitely not for you! Directed by Kim Jee-woon I Saw The Devil was one of the most brutal, dark revenge films I have watched. The two lead actors Lee Byung-hun and Choi Min-sik from Oldboy took the movie to a whole other level. Both of there performances in this movie were down right amazing.
The movie starts out with Kim Soo-hyean's (Lee Byung-hun) fiancee stranded in her car in a snow storm. While she's waiting for a tow truck a stranger stops and offers her help. This turns out to be Kyung-chul (Choi Min-sik) who is actually a serial killer. He then brutally beats her in the head with a hammer, abducts and kills her. When Kim Soo-hyean finds out about his wife's murder this makes him loose his mind and do anything it takes to exact revenge on his wife's murderer.
When I first starting watching this it seemed like it was going to be another average revenge film. While it is still a revenge film the story is very well executed and it keeps you thinking. The movie it self is very dark, bleak, violent, and gory and it doesn't let up. The gore effects and cinematography in the film were well done too. I really enjoyed the hell out of this movie. It's very well done and it left me thinking and a little shocked for awhile after it was over. It's a little long clocking in at almost two and a half hours but for me there were no dull moments. If you enjoy happy movies were everything works out peachy in the end then this is not the movie for you. But if you are into dark movies that take your mind places it usually doesn't go then I highly recommend checking this out.

Night Monster

I love finding those classic gems that I 've never seen before and this is definitely one of those. This is a fun little whodunit horror film from 1942 with Bela Lugosi and Lionel Atwell. Kurt Ingston a rich cripple invites the doctors who left him this way to his mansion. He tells the doctors there is no hard feelings towards them for his condition but they soon start being killed off one by one.With a mansion full of suspicious suspects no one can seem to figure out who the killer is. This movie has a great creepy atmosphere with the use of fog instead of the usual thunderstorms in classic horror films. The silence of the crickets and frogs before the kills that happen out doors was also effective. It keeps you thinking through out the 73 minutes of the film and the acting from all of the cast was great. This is definitely a must see for any fan of classic horror and mystery films.