Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Scream 4 poster

I think its great,it's pretty simple but it works.I'm definitely excited for this one,long way to go though

Babe of the day:Katie Cassidy

Of course she is in the soon to be out A nightmare on elm street

Saturday, April 24, 2010

ANOES quote of the day

You are all my children now!!!!
from A nightmare on elm street 2:Freddy's Revenge

Friday, April 23, 2010

Classic ANOES Quote

WHO do you think you are?.....WHOEVER you are

ANOES 2010 countdown

Less than a week to go till the remake hits theatres,don't know why I am excited,the original is an all-time favorite of mine and I don't expect this one to come close,I do hope they make a respectable film and that it's not as bad as PD's F13 rehash.I guess I'm eager to see how it turns out and what people I know think.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!


Guess I will be picking up Avatar today on blu-ray,yes I loved it and yes even though there will be a special extra loaded one coming out in the future.


Its always Sunny quote of the day

Dear Chase,
I feel like I can call you Chase because you and me are so much alike. I would love to meet you someday. It would be great to have a catch. I know I can’t throw as fast as you, but I think you would be impressed by my speed. I love your hair. You run fast. Did you have a good relationship with your father? Me neither. These are all things we can talk about. And more. I know you have not been getting my letters because I know you would write back if you did. And I hope you write back this time and we get to be good friends. I’m sure our relationship would be a real home run.
Mac

Review:Hellraiser Blu-ray




Hellraiser...By far one of the most unique and original horror movies ever.Simply put there is nothing like it and there will probably never be anything like it again.No need to go completely over the story,cause if any so-called horror fan hasn't seen this,then shame on them.But I will offer some of my thoughts on this masterpiece from Clive Barker.


I know that certain younger and not so knowledgeable horror fans think Hellraiser and right away think that Pinhead was the main part of the story.What they don't know is that when Barker and company created this they somehow never foresaw how the "lead cenobite" would become so talked about and so popular.One of the reasons the lead Cenobite ie Pinhead worked so well in the first 2 is because he doesn't command much screen time to be effective and memorable.His unique look and few words of wisdom are classic and that voice remains engraved in your brain long after viewing.But what really made Hellraiser such a good movie was that is was basically a family drama with love,lust,betrayal and murder along with elements of the supernatural.You had the wicked and cold hearted Julia who is so unhappy in her marriage that she'll literally do anything to get out of it,you have Larry,the obedient,clueless husband and then of course Frank,the selfish brother whom with Julia has had an affair with and fallen for.And of course Kirsty,Larry's loving daughter who knows something isn't right with Julia.And of course we have demons,puzzle boxes,monsters and chains!


The real villains in this are of course Julia and Frank.Julia is so immensely unhappy in her marriage that she clings to the memories of her affair with Frank and at one point even ignores Kirsty so she could remember without being interrupted.And the ultimate sacrifice ends up when she agrees to "feed" Frank victims, basically by whacking guys who think they have a chance with her after meeting her somewhere over the head with a hammer,all so Frank can become whole again.That's some messed up shit right there and those scenes to me are the most disturbed ones in the film.The two of them are just so damn evil and definitely more evil then the cenobites.


Ahh the cenobites,they come for you when you open the box and like Pinhead says "Demons to some,angels to others".The unique look of these cenobites is just another amazing part of this film.Butterball,Chatterer,the female cenobite(who I think was never named)and of course Pinhead all are horrifically magnificent.The thing that really stands out from other horror movies,most notably ANOES,Halloween and F13 is these cenobites aren't going to hunt you down unless you open the box and they aren't really even that evil,their goal is to give people new looks and experiences of pleasure and pain.Basically a can worms,if you open it,you gotta deal with it.


The score of this film is done brilliantly by Christopher Young.So many standouts in this film but this might be the main ingredient that makes so many scenes effective.The best use of this is the scene where Frank comes up from the floorboard,it's actually a waltz.


The gore in this film is another standout star.Hook's and chains tearing your flesh slowing apart is quite disturbing to watch.Imagine a hook going into your skin,pretty painful,now imagine that hook slowly pulling and tearing apart your flesh...ouch.One of the final scenes which features a person getting torn apart completely by these hooks is so well done and looks so realistic you can only shake your head in amazement.


Hellraiser when all said and done is a battle between Kirsty,Julia and her Uncle,the cenobites are merely there to enhance this family tragedy.



The Picture:Once again,like ANOES,this is the best Hellraiser has ever looked.The picture overall is much sharper and the detail is amazing.Just look at all the bloody body parts hanging on the chains to see what I mean.There also isn't a lot of grain in the darker scenes and speaking of the darker scenes,the blacks and dark blues of this film seem much deeper as well.
Extra's
Audio Commentary-With Clive Barker,Ashely Laurence and Peter Atkins
Actress From Hell – An Interview with Ashley Laurence
Hellcomposer – An Interview with Composer Christopher Young
Hellraiser: Resurrection-Clive Barker describes what went into making this story
Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on 'Hellraiser' -Doug Bradley describes and talks about his memorable Pinhead character
Trailers and TV Spots -self explanatory
Still Galleries-ditto
The Movie-9.5/10
The Blu-ray 9/10
A must have

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Its always Sunny quote of the day

Oh, I’m sorry. Oh, I could put the trash into a landfill where it’s going to stay for millions of years or I could burn it up and get a nice smokey smell in here and let that smoke go into the sky...

I didn't know the sandman was in the new NOES

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Review:A Nightmare on Elm Street(blu-ray)




I don't need to review the actual movie itself,cause I'm pretty sure everyone and their mother has seen this,though judging from today's youth...I may be wrong.I can see it now already, when I see A Nightmare on Elm Street(2010)there is going to be some young douche bags who don't know a thing about horror saying the original was lame.I will say a few things about A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Anyways ANOES and Freddy have always been the scariest of the big three(Freddy,Jason,Michael Myers) to me.In particular the first one, it is chilling.The music,the Freddy's coming for you nursery rhyme,the boiler room,Freddy's laugh,Freddy coming through the wall,Tina being dragged through the school in a bag.So many grisly images.Another thing that always made Freddy scarier to me was that he's not the silent stalker type,he will laugh,talk,mess with you and have a good time while he's trying to kill you.Perfect example is when he is chasing Tina and he stops and say's "watch this" and cuts off his own fingers.He has more fun killing than any of the others.The other part that really stands out to me is the fact that he can kill you in your sleep,I was genuinely afraid to go to sleep after I saw this when I was young,I would keep my light on for as long as I could,and just lay there hoping not to fall asleep.And Wes Craven actually got the idea of people dying in their sleep from actual articles based on true stories.For its time ANOES is quite graphic and the blood flows, and flows,and flows....in massive amounts.I'm surprised it was able to get past the MPAA.Sure some of the effects are now a bit dated but that only adds to this and makes it feel even more retro.The acting is quite good also,Englund is superb as the diabolical Fred Kreuger and Heather Langenkamp is convincing and quite likable.Of course Johnny Depp got his start in this movie.John Saxon also gets a notable mention.

The Picture:Easily this is the best ANOES has ever looked.It's pretty amazing what they can do nowadays with some of the older 80s movies.The clarity for this film is amazing considering its about 25 yrs old now.The picture is crisp and sharp and you can see some details you have never noticed before(particularly Freddy's rusted beat up glove and sweat beads on characters faces).The colors are vibrant but not overly bright where it takes away from the picture.The only complaint is that there is some grain in some of the night time scenes.
Extras
Audio Commentary-self explanatory
Never sleep again-background on Craven and the origins of ANOES
The house that Freddy built-How ANOES impacted New line and other horror movies
Night terrors-what happens when we sleep
Alternate endings-3 of them
Fact track-same as the infinifilm dvd
Focus Points-viewers get to see an alternate take on a particular scene when the screen prompts
Closing-If you own a blu-ray player or PS3 this is the best a ANOES has ever looked and is a must have for any horror fan.
9/10

Monday, April 12, 2010

Scream 2(the beginning)


I fucking loved the original Scream,it is by far one of my favorite horror movies and slashers ever despite the fact that it made way for a bunch of copycats.I can't think of one bad thing to say about it,and when I first saw Scream 2 I was a little letdown.It it still a good film and a decent sequel but after watching it again recently there is one part I just wish they would have left out or changed,and that is the opening scene in the theatre at the premiere of Stab.

For starters,I know its horror and its not suppose to be that realistic but movie goers dressed up in the ghostface attire and pretending to hack up their friends and acting like rahtards while watching Stab was just so lame and corny.And then of course it gets even worse when Jada Pinkett is stabbed and killed in front of all these idiots and not one person found it odd?they all thought it was a publicity stunt....come on now!(you couldn't come up with a better opening kill than this)..if any normal person saw something like this happen today I think we'd find it a little odd and maybe do something.

I think it could have been 100 times better had they left out the fools dressed up as ghostface and instead had the murder occur out in the hallway or somewhere else in the theatre.Or maybe outside the theatre or on the way home.At least Omar Epps death was more believable than Jada's.

That being said the rest of the film was pretty entertaining,a decent sequel and in fact its the last Scream movie I count.Scream 3 doesn't count.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

As Charlie said Part III

Cannibalism? Racism? Dude that's not for us...those decisions are better left to the suits in Washington. We're just here to eat some dude!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Its always Sunny quote of the day


"Million Dollar Baby is totally unrealistic. Girls can't fight, they don't have muscles."

Quick Review:Urban Legends:Final cut





Joey Lawrence is in the cast,that should have been enough said right there.Not to say this was the worst movie I ever saw but it was nowhere near the original Urban Legend which had some originality and was somewhat fun to watch.



This was shifts to a new location from Pendleton University to Alpine University Film School where student filmakers must create original film to graduate and to compete for the Hitchcock Award.Amie Mayfield(Jennifer Morrison) comes up with the idea to make a film based on a killer who muders people using Urban Legends.Of course soon after she starts filming,a killer starts hacking up the crew of students helping her on the movie.Amie is left to try and piece together who may be the culprit and to also save herself.There are a bunch of red herrings early on,some probably would have made more sense than final reveal of the killer.The film itself I think like many other scream inspired slashers tries to hard to be funny and ultimately almost becomes a parody...ala Scary movie.In fact there was really only one scene that I dug and thought was suspenseful.Most of the characters are also dull and underdeveloped and we never really care for them,whereas in the original most were likable in their own ways.Another thing I didn't care for was the fact that they didn't tie anything together from the original and what went on at Pendleton.It offers no resolution and no insight into the killer from the original and leaves us scratching our heads.


Acting:The acting wasn't that bad,Amy(Jennifer Morrison) was good,she was pretty believable and shows a good range of emotions.Graham(Joey Lawrence)sucked and was just an annoying brat on his cellphone for most of the movie.A young Eva Mendes who played Vanessa,a lesbian sound girl was wasted and not given much to work with.There was also Stan and Dirk(Anthony Anderson and Michael Bacall),two special effect geeks who come across way to annoying to be likable. Reese(Loretta Devine) from the original has a few parts and does a decent job.


Gore:Not much to write about but it did have a decent decapitation scene


Rewatchabilty:4,save yourself and watch the original Urban Legend


Closing:Urban Legends:Final Cut had all the pieces in place to be a decent sequel but director John Ottman never took advantage of it a we get a run of the mill,below average slasher.One of worst parts of this is the killer,lame..lame and lame.There is a little surprise if you can make it and watch some of the closing credits.

5.5/10

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Pinhead said

Explorers in the further regions of experience. Demons to some. Angels to others.

Quick Review:Urban Legend


This comes in the wave of all the Scream rip-offs,clones and what not but it's still pretty enjoyable.It's got a good,hip cast,a cool setting,has some interesting death scenes and a premise I really dug.A killer using Urban Legends to kill off students is right up my alley.
The Plot:It's fall semester at Pendleton University where according to an Urban Legend,a massacre occurred long ago.Supposedly a professor went crazy and wiped out a whole dormitory.Paul(Jared Leto) insists the story is fake but Parker(Michael Rosembaum) disagrees.The students are exposed to more urban Legends in their American Folklore class where Professor Wexler(Robert Englund) reveals the truth behind some of the more common Urban Legends.Soon after word spreads on campus that a student has been murdered and the students,in particular Natalie(ALicia Witt) believe a serial killer is loose on campus and is making these Urban Legends reality.For some reason Natalie is right in the center of all this.


Of course the film soon turns into a whodunit ,where at certain points we believe it could be one of a few candidates.Sad for me to say that I didn't see the twist coming and I was wrong about the killer.It was nowhere near as intelligent a film as Scream was but still it was fun.The film has quite a few cool scenes,the opening scene which tackles the urban Legend to always check your backseat before driving is done really well and gets you jumping a few times ,it also features a cameo from chuck himself...Brad Douriff.Another part I always got a kick out of is when Damon(Joshua Jackson of Dawsons creek fame) is taking Natalie out and his car won't start..it finally does and Paula Coles theme song from Dawsons Creek "I don't wanna wait" blasts on the radio for a second.Adding more excitement is Freddy Kreuger himself as Professor Wexler.While not on screen that much Englund is stellar as a professor who may be a bit to much into these urban legends.I also really enjoyed the aren't you glad you didn't turn on the lights urban legend segment.


Acting:The acting was average at best and despite having many teens I thought most were able to come across somewhat likable. Also it had so many notables that I was able enjoy seeing some of these names before they made it somewhat big.Alicia Witt(what happened to her?)Rebecca Gayheart(Noxzema girl) is beautiful,Danielle Harris of Halloween fame playing the super bitchy goth is a trip.We also have Jared Leto(now lead singer of 30 seconds to mars)Tara Reid(pre-messed up surgeries),Brad Douriff,Michael Rosenbaum(Smallville) and Joshua Jackson(Dawsons Creek).Also Loretta Devine and John Neville.

Gore:Most of the gore happened off screen and despite that it really didn't take away anything from the film.

Rewatchablity: 7...Every once and a while when I feel like popping a 90s styled teen slasher besides Scream,this is the one I go for.

Closing:It was a cool concept that was done fairly well,managing to keep a decent level of tension throughout despite a few shortcomings in character development.It's still a fun watch.
7.5/10

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Cool Poster:Chopping Mall

About to watch this later for the first time in years.

As Charie said Part II

Oh, get a job? Just get a job? Why don't I strap on my job helmet, and squeeze down into a job cannon and fire off into job land, where jobs grow on jobbies!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Babe of the day:Jessica Jane Clement


not horror related but wow!!!!!

Blind buys




I always come across some random new horror moviethat comes out and for some reason can never pass up on some of them.Sometimes you find a gem and others times you are left scratching your head as to why you just paid 19.99 for that piece of shit movie.It's a crapshoot most of the times but I felt like listing some of the better blind buys I have made..in no particular order

1.House of the devil

2.Rogue

3.the lost

4.dead birds

5.dead snow

6.let the right one in

7.Martyrs

8.splinter

9.them

some of my worst blind buys

1.it waits

2.return to house on haunted hill

3.wrestlemaniac

4.rest stop

5.sublime

6.teeth

7.broken

8.five across the eyes

9.automation transfusion

10.all souls day

What category will Grace(2009) go into to???

Quick Review:House(1986)




A blast from the past indeed as I finally got around to getting the dvd of this.House quite simply put is one of those cheesy 80s movies that people seemed to forget about except its quite good.It plays the horror-comedy genre to a tee.

The Plot:William Katt stars as Roger Cobb,a somewhat down and out horror author who is having quite the few problems to write home about.His beautiful actress wife has left him,his only son has dissappeared and his aunt that helped raise him has hung herself in an apparent suicide.Cobb soon after moves into his Aunts house to write his next novel which will be telling about his experience in Vietnam.He starts seeing monsters,weapons and other dimensions as his inner demons try to conquer him.

The movie is a blast to watch a nice break once again from todays cgi heavy monsters.The creatures in this film are damn impressive for its time,they look real but almost come across in a caroonish way.There is enough humor and just enough scares to keep any horror-comedy fan entertained.The first time Roger opened that closet really had me jump as well as the first time we come into contact with the fat-bitch monster.Real cool scenes!The house is quite creepy and I for one wouldn't want to live in that house alone.We also get an undead soldier running rampant as Roger becomes more and more convinced that the house it to blame for all of his problems including the dissappearance of his son.

Acting:Top Notch performance from William Katt who does well with the troubled writer stoyline but also adds some nice touches of humor.George Wendt of cheers fame also does well as Rogers somewhat annoying neighbor Harold.

Gore:Not much gore but enough which was a nice change of pace from some of heavy 80s gore.

Soundtrack:Some great songs here,including the shirelles and a great chilling score by Harry Manfredeni

It was Directed by Steve Miner of F13th fame and written by Ethan Wiley with some credit to Fred Dekker

Cool creatures,more than enough laughs,a creepy house and a chilling score,what more could you want from a 80s B movie.DING DONG,YOU'RE DEAD

8/10

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