Tuesday, June 30, 2009

All The Horror Movies That Came Out in June 2009

Here you, a special list, all the horror movies that came out in June 2009! These dvd's are in stores now and some are anime...and a couple are kung fu. I can't help it..I post what's interesting.

The Betrayed DVD
Blade of the Phantom Master DVD
Everybody Dies DVD
Header DVD
Heroic Age: The Complete Series, Part Two DVD Set
Kaidan DVD
Monster X Strikes Back Dvd
Samurai Champloo: The Complete Collection DVD
Scream DVD
Sea Beast DVD
Second Coming DVD
Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Fifth Season DVD
They Call Me Bruce DVD
Anaconda Blu Ray Dvd
Anacondas: Trail of Blood Dvd
Elsewhere Dvd
Elsewhere Blu Ray Dvd
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete Blu Ray DVD
Highlander The Complete Animated Series Dvd
The Hunger: The Complete First Season Dvd
The Legend of Blood Castle Dvd
Maison Plaisir Dvd
Morbito: Guardian of the Spirit Volume 4 Dvd
Retardead Dvd
Razortooth Dvd
The Secret of the Black Widow Dvd
Silent Venom Dvd
Aquarion: The Complete Series DVD

Gypsy Blood DVD
The Kiss DVD
The Legend of the Blood Castle DVD
Predator 2 Blu Ray Dvd
The Shield: Season Seven - The Final Act
Iron Maiden: Flight 666 DVD
Iron Maiden: Flight 666 Blu Ray Dvd
Born DVD
The Cell 2 dvd
The Cell 2 Blu Ray Dvd
Elfen Lied 2: Complete Collection DVD
Friday the 13th Dvd
Friday the 13th Blu Ray Dvd
Ghostbusters Blu Ray DVD
Hydra DVD
Little Red Riding Hood and Other Stories DVD
The Sender DVD
The Seventh Seal DVD
Simoun: Complete Collection DVD
Sword of the Stranger Blu Ray DVD
Sword of the Stranger DVD
Undefeatable DVD
Backwoods Dvd
D. Gray-Man: Season One, Part Two Dvd
Darker Than Black: Volume Five
Death Note: Re-Light, Vol. 1 - Visions of a God Dvd
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa DVD
Hobgoblins Dvd
Hobgoblins 2 Dvd
Legend of the Bog Dvd
The Monster Squad: The Complete Collection Dvd
Origin: Spirits of the Past Blu Ray Dvd
Romeo x Juliet: Romeo Collection, Part 1 Dvd
Simon Says Dvd
Trapped Dvd
Waltz With Bashir Dvd
Waltz with Bashir Blu Ray Dvd
Zombie High

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Monthly Death Toll June 09 Edition

You know how I do it right? At the end of each Month I post all the reviews I've done including the latest and the greatest posts. This is so that if you've just joined me you have easy reference to the past, and those links are below...tomorrow I'll have a list of all the horror movies that came out and we'll start July with new reviews.

Sleepaway Camp 3 Teenage Wasteland Review
Wetback Review
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 6/23/09
Sleepaway Camp 2 Unhappy Campers Review
Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl Trailer
From The Mailbag Mid June Edition
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 6/16/2009
Bride of the Re-Animator Review
Nothing New Today
Army of Darkness Ash's Christmas Horror Graphic No...
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 6/9/09
The Machinist Review
The Identity Crisis in Horror Film
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 6/2/09
My Bloody Valentine 3D Review

And here is all the movies that have been reviewed on this blog up to this point:

Sleepaway Camp 3 Teenage Wasteland Review
Wetback Review
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 6/23/09
Sleepaway Camp 2 Unhappy Campers Review
Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl Trailer
From The Mailbag Mid June Edition
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 6/16/2009
Bride of the Re-Animator Review
Nothing New Today
Army of Darkness Ash's Christmas Horror Graphic No...
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 6/9/09
The Machinist Review
The Identity Crisis in Horror Film
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 6/2/09
My Bloody Valentine 3D Review
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 5/26/09
Second Look Cabin Fever Review
Brainscan Review
RSVP Review
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 5/19/09
Tenebre Review
1959 Funny Horror Movie Cards
From the Mail Bag May 13th Edition
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 5/12/09
The Mist Review
Suspiria Review
Ravenous Review
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 5/5/2009
More on Horror Literature
Demonic Toys Comic Book
Horror Movies That Came Out April 2009
Nightmare City Review
Crank 2 Review
The Jacket Review
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 4/21/09
Retro Horror Double Feature Review
Pinocchio's Revenge Review
From the Mail Bag Mid April 09 Edition
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 4/14/09
The Curse of the Werewolf Review
Surviving The Game Review
Cemetery Man Review
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 4/7/09
Big Foot Review
Out of Print Triple Threat Horror Review
The Midnight Meat Train Review
Sleepaway Camp Review
From The Mail Bag End of March Blues
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 3/24/09
Twins of Evil Review
Satanis: The Devil's Mass Review
Panels From The Puppet Master Comic Book
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 3/17/09
The Strangers Review
Technical Difficulties Sorry
Stuck Review
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 3/10/09
Against the Dark Review
The Slumber Party Massacre Review
H2 Set Photographs
Irreversible Review
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 3/3/09
My Name is Bruce Review
Tales From the Crypt Review
Cache Review
Zombie Strippers Review
Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday Review
Halloween III: Season of the Witch Review
The Vampire Lovers Review
Tokyo Gore Police Review
Death Proof Review
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3: Leatherface Review
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Review
Troll 2 Review
American Gothic Review
Chopping Mall Review
Jack Frost Review
Santa's Slay Review
Silent Night Bloody Night Review
Holiday Horror News
Return to Sleepaway Camp Review
Christmas Evil Review
The Search for Christmas Horror
Silent Night Deadly Night 2 Review
Second Look: Silent Night Deadly Night
Silver Bullet Review
Identity Review
The Last House on the Left Review
Constantine Review
Audition Review
The Fly Review
Primer Review
The Dead Zone Review
Ted Bundy Review
Rest Stop 2: Don't Look Back Review
Saw V Review
The Blair Witch Project Review
Drive Thru Review
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge Review
Chaos (2005) Review
Saw IV Review
Joy Ride Review
Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives Review
The Prestige Review
Captivity Review
Ice Spiders Review
The Dead Next Door Review
Pumpkinhead Review
Child's Play Review
Silent Night, Deadly Night Review
Monkey Shines Review
The Devils Rejects Review
Wes Craven's Shocker Review
The Changeling Review
Vacancy Review
House of 1,000 Corpses Review
The Tattooist Review
Feast (1992) Review
Death Race Review
Lost Boys: The Tribe Review
Hard Candy Review
Mirrors Review
28 Days Later
Feast
28 Weeks Later
Night of the Demons Review
Midnight Skater Review
The Howling Review
Dee Snider's Strangeland Review
Vampires: Los Muertos Review
High Tension Review
Blood: The Last Vampire Review
The Relic Review
The Wizard of Gore Review
Wrong Turn 2
Hatchet
The Ruins
Blood Car
Videodrome
Masters of Horror: We All Scream For Ice Cream
Believers
Cabin Fever
Dolls
They Call Her One Eye
Inseminoid
The House on Sorority Row
Planet Terror
Rob Zombie's Halloween
Funny Games
Friday the 13th
Sleepaway Camp
Camp Slaughter
Feed
Wrestlemaniac
Population 436
The Faculty
The Omen IV: The Awakening
Otis
Ax' Em
Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter
The Curve
Lifeforce
P2
The Machine Girl

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Sleepaway Camp 3 Teenage Wasteland Review



Today I had a plan of giving a good review. In fact, I thought that this was going to be a great review, but instead, I found myself appauled that I ever liked this movie. This is the third film (as noted in the title) of the Sleepaway Camp series. Like all other horror movie sequels, this one has been toted as the worst in the series. At least in 1989, which was terrible. It hasn't aged well, but I still think it's better than the fourth full length film.

I'm going to have to give somewhat of a disclaimer here. I don't usually write shorter reviews, but I couldn't really give you a good overall essay on this one. It just was downhill from the start...

Here is a trailer for Sleepaway Camp 3 Teenage Wasteland:



The movie follows along the same path as the other films. The beginning of the film was actually kind of cool. we follow what appears to be a new girl, a new woman. A new character? Not really, nudity is shown right away, and was on her way to camp. Until a dump truck follows her and leads to her murder...and someone takes over her identity...who? Angela! Oh yeah, she's back for the third film and she's ready to start kicking ass and taking names!

The movie goes through the same thing that the other two films go through. There's a camp that is not being run correctly and kids are getting killed in awkward and funny deaths, just like the first two films. This was definitely really cool the first time I saw it. The movie goes fast and really has no major thrills, until the ending.

The ending (which I will kind of spoil for you) has an ambulance with a paramedic taking care of Angela, but she wakes up and goes nuts and starts fighting! That was really cool, and I was actually cheering for that sort of thing. That was really cool.

So what's the verdict here and why is there not much of a review? Because of all the films that I've done on this site, this one is one of the worst ones I had to watch again. I like it in contrast to the whole box set of Sleepaway Camp, but it's not really worth it too recommend it. If you already saw it, fine, you already know, but if you're looking for a good horror movie, this is not going to top your list. Sure 1989 was a bad year for horror, and this one would have been doomed to straight to dvd or straight to hbo hell...but it wasn't half bad at the time...now it's just dated. Sleepaway Camp III Teenage Wasteland isn't half bad...if you're watching it with friends.



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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wetback Review

Wetback

Sometimes horror doesn't present itself in terms of graphic cinema, killers, and murders. Sometimes horror presents itself in such a real fashion that it transcends mere explanations and turns our hearts from desensitized and jaded to flesh, a near religious experience occurs when truth and horror mix in documentary format. Much like Snuff was a film that woke me up, this film woke me up and the subject matter seems political up front, but once you get into the film, the graphic nature of the movie presents a much more savage and grotesque view of immigration. You might disagree that this film is not a horror film, but for me, this is one of the most horrific movies I've seen.

Why?

Because this movie documented my story, not my personal exact story, but my story none the less. I got here via my parents, when I was young. We traveled across the border via a Coyote. I rode in the front seat while my father was stuffed in a trunk under a bunch of trash. We made it to America...and my memories of the events are made lucid with documentaries that don't pull punches, just like this one. However, there are horrors to be faced.

The movie I submit for your consideration is Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary.

The movie follows several families trying to get to the United States. The camera doesn't turn away when police show up, when INS raids different locales. The film really shows you how hard it is to get through the nations of Latin America and try to cross the border. The movie sometimes makes the U.S the villains as these people are caught. However, the camera also dives into secret tactics that Latinos use to cross the border.

We also get fed media coverage on immigration. The purpose of the film doesn't seem to showcase a definitive point of view, it doesn't tell you that you should be pro anything. It shows you with film, and while it heavily sides with the Latino side, the film talks to the Minuteman. The Minuteman make the worst arguments for basically ratting out anyone trying to get into our country. It is just saddening really.

Here is a trailer for the movie Wetback:



Is Wetback Scary: Yes.

This film turns to the macabre when they discuss immigrants trying to get into the country by jumping on moving trains. Many of them fall to their death, and even more fall off and get run over by the tracks, leaving them with no legs and in many cases no arms or confined to a wheel chair, all in the name of freedom. The camera shows you these horrendous injuries, unflinching it its pursuit of showing you the unfiltered truth that no media coverage has ever shown.

If that wasn't enough to make your stomach curl, there are stories told of being robbed by machete wielding criminals. Of carrying drugs to escape situations, one man showed his fresh machete wound and said he only escaped because he had some drugs, and gave the drugs to the bandits. (He wasn't using the drugs, he had it only for this purpose) The wound was fresh, red, and looked infected. This is real, not latex or corn syrup.

The overall feel of this film is horrific to me as a human being. You can show me videos of a starving kid in Africa and it is a shock, but you show me a man crying on the border as he is being handcuffed and sent back to Central America after weeks of walking, running and not eating.

In America, people cry that their freedoms are taken away whenever legislation passes, yet they forget how real and scary life is for these people.

I admit, this movie is NOT a straight up horror movie. However, it is scary to me, and horrific the way these people, many of which die or are injured beyond belief...to no sympathy, and are villains in mainstream media; If you are not moved by this than you are not human. Wetback really brought back memories of my families struggle to make it in this land of the "free", and really moved me and scared me. I am blessed to have survived my immigration ordeal, and movies like these remind me that I'm not alone in the struggle for a better life. This is real horror movie to those of us that have experienced the journey, and this is a scary movie if no one is moved by it.



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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sleepaway Camp 2 Unhappy Campers Review

Sleepaway Camp 2 Unhappy Campers

I remember when I was going through puberty that I picked up this film and was awakened, so to speak. This movie became the go to film when I was renting movies and couldn't rent porno. At least until I got to the proper age. Now that I've completely lost half of my readers, I guess it's ok to continue. The film stars Pamela Springsteen, yes sister to a famous rock persona. This movie took the ideas of the first film and spun them with later on the years of the story line, and this time advertising (falsely mind you) that Jason and Freddy would be involved in this mash up of horror cliche's. The year is 1988 and the film we're going to try and review for today, is none other than the camp horror movie classic, Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers!

The movie starts out with a new campsite, this time it's Camp Rolling Hills. THe movie's plot surrounds Angela, six years later, and is simply a camp counselor that has a low tolerance for moral mishaps. She is completely insane, but the movie takes a slow build towards showing that aspect, making her seem like the protagonist here in the first few sequences of the film. In fact, anyone that has ever gone to camp at all, will relate with the good to do counselor that is getting picked on.

Here is a trailer for Sleepaway Camp II Unhappy Campers from 1988:



For 1988 this film really turned up the gore. The gore in this film is tremendous in comparison to the original film. The original film was content with showing you the aftermath of the slayings, not the progress of each slaying. This film shows you the cause, and the consequences all in one slick continuous motion. People get killed based on what they are doing wrong. For instance, there is some voyeurs snapping photos of naked campers, they get their eyes ripped out. (although these guys get punished off screen) The best of the kills has to be when a girl is put into an outhouse and killed with some sickening realistic poop getting some full camera time. The kills are completely over the top, and completely different than the way the original film in the series portrayed the death sequences.

The plot is simple, people misbehave and a near supernatural killer dishes out what appears to be a moral judgment that ends with the death of those that are doing wrong. This is best seen in other films like, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and others in the slasher series. Those films create cliche's that are now subject matter for horror writers and reviewers. However, in 1988 these things didn't seem like cliche's they seemed like parodies or complete ripoffs of such things.

The film is harsh, and fast paced for an 80's film. The rating is strictly R thanks to some nice gratuitous nudity, and a somewhat realistic teenage sex scene. I enjoyed these aspects of the film because they weren't just gratuitous in nature they made a good point in the overall punishment that comes through and Angela's one liners are good overall in contrast.

Is Sleepaway Camp II Unhappy Campers scary? : No. The movie isn't all that scary. There is one main reason that I'm going to cite in regards to the camp horror genre at this point. I don't know a lot of people that are going to any sort of camp where they are away from their parents. Sure, there are some religious groups that have camps of this nature, and In 1999 - 2002 I went to them as a camper. However, the social stigma of being Mexican in what appeared to be an all white world was really harsh. So if a killer was stalking people, I'm not sure I'd be so scared...unless I adhered to the idea that the minority gets killed first. On a sidenote, did you see Night of the Demons or Demons 2? Both movies featured main characters that were minorities and they saved the day. Just saying....

The reason why this film doesn't scare me 20 years later, is because I'm not associated with any sort of camp reflection outside of my own memory. Furthermore, you won't get scared by this film either. There are not a lot of jump scares, or suspenseful moments to speak of, this is a straightforward slasher film with comedic moments, and bits of gore. The overall presences of the killer and the "who done it" mentality really flies out the window within moments of seeing the first slaying. I just don't really find this movie scary, and I don't think anyone would find it scary either.

Heck, when I first saw this film, at age 10 I loved it. I then saw it at age 13 and thought this was as close to pornography that I could get my grubby, perverted hands on. At age 19 I bought the box set, and this film was great. I saw it again recently and you know? It's still good to me, but it's not that great overall. It has some major plot holes, and you have to throw out your mind to enjoy this a little more than usual. It really relies on the premise that camps are run by complete morons with no sense of responsibility for their campers. If this really happened, even in 1988 the camp would close down and it would be an after thought. But oh well, the camp slaughter continues and the ending really made this film cool. The whole, what if? Ending was really cool, I admit that much.

Check out Sleepaway Camp 2 on dvd, it's kind of cool. I don't hate it completely, but it's a far off film from the first time I saw this, and while I like it overall, I don't know if everyone is going to agree with my affection for this film. Plus, after all this talk of adolescent "exploration" with this film, I might not garner much readers. But hey...I'm honest.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl Trailer

Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl

The Japanese are consistently making better gore films than America. I'm almost ashamed at the American horror movie scene because while people praise new films like "Drag Me To Hell" with its pg-13 glory, the Japanese are pushing films like this one. Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl looks like a hybrid of Machine Girl and Tokyo Gore Police. Both of those films are a bukkake fest of blood and this one is beyond that.

I also find some of the scenes racist.

The film is going to be a cult and I do mean cult classic.

However, I wonder if there is a social merit to these films beyond laughable scenarios. I am assuming that by watching this film you admit that you're so desensitized that normal horror films no longer apply to your thirst for gore. Is this the natural progression for us?

Consider what we were watching as kids, here is a clip:



Within the first few seconds of this clip we have Tom shooting a shotgun at a flock of ducks, striking a young one in the arm and creating a plot point for the rest of the episode.

My problem with grown up horror and gore is not that it seems gratuitous at all, it seems to be that people forget that it's a natural progression of our own psyche. Maybe the point of the cartoons were that the progression in each episode Tom never really caught Jerry and killed him.

However, there is absurd violence in these stories, and furthermore in the stories of Coyote and Roadrunner. It's made "childish" because Coyote doesn't die due to his various infractions.

Maybe I'm just pushing tin here, but come on, we have grown up in such violent imagery. G.I. Joe, Transformers, Thundercats, Inspector Gadget, Batman, and so much more have images and themes of violence yet we don't realize them.

Is this the natural progression into gore and violence?

Maybe.

Maybe I'm just trying to over compensate for forgetting to watch a horror movie last night. Just saying....here's the trailer:



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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

From The Mailbag Mid June Edition

Here we go again, it's time for our monthly post talking about the comments on the site. It seems to me that with my lack of enthusiasm at times, and lots of personal hindrances directly relate to the number of comments received. I guess that's just how the cookie crumbles. Mmmm...Cookies....

MC writes in regards to My Bloody Valentine 3-D Review:

I remember the ads for this movie stating that it was the best 3D movie ever made... and I thought, well, that isn't really an achievement since generally 3D movies are pretty bad (especially the ones from the 1983 revival of the genre).

Oh yeah, the ads were terrible. You're right, the whole 3D thing is terrible. I don't even like kid's movies in 3-d it's just a distraction and excuse to charge you more money for the same movie that you'll see in 2-d later on in dvd. However, this one did it well, at least somewhat better than others...then again, I never liked 3D.

Tune Slut writes in regards to my Ravenous Review:

Great review, I only saw this movie once, its rarely mentioned.

No one really talks about this film because it's somewhat forgettable. The tone of the film is so subtle, and the ending whispers away. While it is a cannibal movie, it doesn't play it for gore value, which of course makes for lackluster memories of the film. I love it though.

Erin writes in regards to The Jacket Review:

I enjoyed this movie but had forgotten about it and in fact never knew it was based on a book, so thanks for giving me something to put in my reading list. You're right, people don't read enough. In my case I can't stop watching scary movies long enough! But I rationalize it by writing about them.

You're welcome, I'm glad I can help you find some new literature. The movie has some very still and creepy moments. I can't vouch for the book, but if it's anywhere near as creepy, then boy will it be a stellar read.

And that's it. While there were a few other comments, I decided to simply stop here. I'm tired. I'll have another review for Friday...I hope. For now, go watch some horror!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Interesting Horror Movie Releases 6/16/2009

Undefeatable Dvd

This week there wasn't much in terms of horror movie releases, so I mixed things up a little bit. My pick is Undefeatable which isn't a straight up horror movie but has some of the most horrific fight sequences ever made. You may have seen the fighting on youtube dubbed as the worst fight scene ever!

Born DVD
The Cell 2 dvd
The Cell 2 Blu Ray Dvd
Elfen Lied 2: Complete Collection DVD
Friday the 13th Dvd
Friday the 13th Blu Ray Dvd
Ghostbusters Blu Ray DVD
Hydra DVD
Little Red Riding Hood and Other Stories DVD
The Sender DVD
The Seventh Seal DVD
Simoun: Complete Collection DVD
Sword of the Stranger Blu Ray DVD
Sword of the Stranger DVD
Undefeatable DVD

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Bride of the Re-Animator Review

Bride of the Re-Animator Dvd

Well, I’m back to watching horror now that my in-laws are gone, and me and my wife aren’t driving around town or anything along those lines. The dvd said this was “Beyond Re-Animator", but it wasn’t. So the film we are going to be reviewing this morning/afternoon or whenever it is you’re reading this, will be none other than Bride of Re-Animator!

Bride of the Re-Animator came out in 1991 and was written and directed by Brian Yuzna. (Yuzna had help though, from Rick Fry, Woody Keith) However, this is a reworking of an H.P. Lovecraft tale. This film is a direct sequel to Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator and is followed of course by the Sci-Fi original “Beyond Re-Animator”.

Here is a trailer for the early 90’s film Bride of the Re-Animator:



The story revolves around Dr. Herbert West and Dr. Dan Cain who are medics in a Peruvian war. These guys are experimenting on casualties of war, and right when the green serum is once again shown on screen, a melee forces them to move back home.

The setting to the rest of the story is Arkham, Massachusetts (not to be confused with Batman: Arkham Asylum comic book), as one of the guys is a real doctor while the other is in a basement lab continuing his research on reanimation. The film takes about an hour to set up, and is really slow moving. There are some new characters introduced too, and nothing really is interesting to note. Sure, there are some set ups, including some medical gore, but nothing really worth while. It’s really a slow moving movie.

By the time the movie starts getting good, a zombie plot seems to brew, but more of a Frankenstein monster not necessarily a zombie. It’s a combination of the two, without brains being eaten. The movie then goes from slow moving drama to all out horror gore fest. The gore levels are laughable, and are really tame for the first half of the film. We see body parts and things along those lines, but never does the blood flow until an arm is cut off inducing fountain like gore, then in an accident one of Cain’s patients isn’t revived and we see some major blood pour out. The blood is thick and dripping, and it’s a deep red color.

One must note that color in this film is very interesting. The director contrasts red and green with an olive, European Exploitation, coloring. I thought that this film was a European cult film not an American production.

The final act in this film gets all over the board, and really crazy. There is a zombie stand off, a sex filled reanimation of Cain’s fiancĂ©e from the first film, and wow, this thing falls off the rails. It really begs to answer some questions after the fact.

Bride of the Re-Animator Gore

Is Bride of Re-Animator Scary:
Yes.

The movie gets really scary in the obsession of the two doctors. While one doctor wants to bring life by way of saving it from death, the other doctor wants to bring back to life the dead. It’s crazy the way obsession plays into the duality of the film. The scary notions deal with this obsession to bring back the dead and to be better than God.

Dr. West says a line of dialogue that is chilling. He talks about how he has created life after God has created a loathsome thing in his image. West considers himself above God for recreating that which was believed to be dead. He even brings back Cain’s original girlfriend and this part is sickening.

The second part of the scary parts of this film deals with raising the dead. Not so much the act of raising the dead, but moreover what to do when they are alive. This is a scary thing because the reanimated bodies portray a horror element that resembles zombies. They don’t seem to act as a part of society, but rather they begin to attack and get nightmarish in tone.

Bride of the Re-Animator is an interesting film. I recommend it in the series of the Re-Animator films, however it’s not the best. I liked it, and I think it’s worthwhile. It has some good gore, some pleasant nudity, and an overall obsession that is really nice. However, this is NOT the best film in the world. It is long, it has some pacing problems, but it’s a good film in regards to horror. Horror fans will eat this up, however casual fans will find this film a bit too tedious for constant viewings.



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Friday, June 12, 2009

Nothing New Today

Hey readers...young and old. If anyone is left out there in horror land and is still reading this. I haven't had time to watch any new horror movies, so I didn't get a review done today. I have read a few things though, I read Scalped Volume 3 this week, and it's not horror but it's a good drama in comic book form.

I had my Mother and Father in-law in town and wanted to spend time with them, and that means not watching horror movies. I still managed to review wrestling though, so I guess wrestling is ok, horror not so much.

I did think of something the other day. I noticed that the genre is known as horror now, and not Terror. When I was a kid the shelves of horror film were not horror they were "Terror". I wish people would take the adjective back, I like that better than horror for some reason.

So what's up for next week? I'm not sure, I'm looking into getting some new netflix movies in the mail and I don't know if they are going to be any good, or when I'll get them. I might go see something tomorrow, or I might just review a film that I own already.

I'm sorry for the lack of updates, hang in there with me, I'm getting back to it starting Monday. Trust me. In the mean time, get something for your dad or a grad in your family from the links provided. I can't give you anything, but it would be nice.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Army of Darkness Ash's Christmas Horror Graphic Novel

This week I have family in town and haven't been watching as many horror movies. I have an encyclopedic knowledge of horror movies but don't want to cheat you guys with reviews based on memory alone. So for today, I have a cool thing for Army of Darkness fans around here. This is a special holiday edition from Army of Darkness comics.

Click the images to get a larger scan, they run from low quality to high quality depending on the text. Also, please buy the real thing if you like it. Enjoy, and I'll return asap with a real review.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Interesting Horror Movie Releases 6/9/09

This week in horror and genre fiction we aren't seeing a lot of new stuff. This is the lowest level of releases I've featured on this site in a long time. Maybe people don't buy new horror films in the summer? I don't know. Here is the list of interesting horror movie releases for 6/9/09.

Aquarion: The Complete Series DVD

Gypsy Blood DVD
The Kiss DVD
The Legend of the Blood Castle DVD
Predator 2 Blu Ray Dvd
The Shield: Season Seven - The Final Act
Iron Maiden: Flight 666 DVD
Iron Maiden: Flight 666 Blu Ray Dvd

Alright those last two weren't horror and the anime pick wasn't horror either, but come on...it's a lax week.

Sorry for the lack of updates, I have my mother in law in town and haven't been watching as much horror.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

The Machinist Review

The Machinist

In 2004 a movie came out that would introduce the world, better yet reintroduce the world, to Christian Bale. His amazing performance in this film elevated him far beyond simply a character actor or "American Psycho" and put him on many radars worldwide. Including Christopher Nolan, who has really done great things for Bale in the way that he is now a household name for good acting and a "batman voice". The Machinist is a slow moving, very still nightmare of identity and depression. The film deals with so much in such a little time that it creates a mood that is not easily replicated.

Here is a trailer for The Machinist:



The Machinist starts like many other identity crisis movies. It starts off with a character that is having trouble sleeping. This insomnia takes a part of Trevor Reznik's life to the point that he is losing his mind. He is living in a dreamworld at times and is in trouble at work, as a machinist, because he is directly involved in a machine accident that costs a man his arm. The scene is dramatic and well shot, but it doesn't force gore down your throat, it is done with a sense of class.

The movie moves forward with character development, and Trevor visits a kind prostitute that falls in love with him. I personally hate this idea, but it happens. Trevor then moves forward and visits a friendly waitress at an airport diner, and the movie really moves forward.

Bale's weight loss is the crux of the praise of the film. I really think that anyone that sees this film will be nearly disgusted with the amount of weight Christian Bale loses. This is not a CG effect he actually loses weight to near skeletal amounts for this film. It is an incredible process that demands attention, even when the plot falls apart in the third act.

The film quality is nice. I loved the visuals in contrast to the deep emotional psychosis that Bale evokes with his character. You really start to feel as though you're there, in first person, witness the deconstruction of the mind. It's an interesting take on identity, until we find out that the whole plot and villain are fabrications of insomnia, and that our protagonist is the antagonist and fails to control the viewer's attention in the closing moments.

Is The Machinist Scary? : No. The movie tries to be scary, however it is not. The movie pushes forward this idea that someone is chasing Trevor, but it's not so. There are scary moments in this film if you really think about how far the mind can fabricate things. The scary moments, if any, are surrounded by paranoia and contrast with how lack of sleep could create deep cisterns that will not allow you to function as a human being.

The Machinist seems way longer than 102 minutes. It has a lot of dry moments and feel that some people will fall asleep during this film. The Machinist should be seen by all Bale fans, but overall lit's not the scariest film, nor is it really that good after a few viewings. It's interesting to see how much weight Christian Bale loses, but it's just a novelty.



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