Tuesday, September 29, 2009

All Horror Movies That Came Out in September 2009

Here are all the horror movies that came out this month, and they aren't that bad. Check em out and help out your writer (me) since I still haven't landed my next job. It's tough out here.

42nd Street Forever 5: Alamo Drafthouse Edition DVD
Batman Collection: 4 Film Favorites
Black Lagoon: The Complete Series Set
Blade of the Immortal Volume 1
Bloodwine DVD
The Dark Crystal Blu-ray DVD
Dracula's Fiancee DVD
Dinner With a Vampire DVD
Ergo Proxy: The Complete Series Box Set (Viridian Collection)
Farmhouse DVD
Fermat's Room DVD
Flesh, TX DVD
The Girlfriend Experience DVD
The Hanging Woman DVD
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Blu-ray DVD
The Hills Run Red DVD
Lucifera: Demon Lover DVD
Nightmare DVD
The New York Ripper Blu-ray DVD
Shortcut DVD
Snakes on a Plane Blu-ray DVD
Stepfather II (DVD Special Edition) DVD
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Blu-ray DVD

And here are the rest of the DVD's that came out in September:

Albino Farm DVD
Autopsy of the Dead DVD
Battle for Terra DVD
Clive Barker's Book of Blood DVD
Edges of Darkness DVD
Friday the 13th: The Series - Complete Series Pack
Friday the 13th: The Series - The Final Season
Gojira BLU RAY DVD
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto DVD
Shaun of the Dead BLU RAY DVD
Star Trek: The Next Generation Motion Picture Collection
Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection
Star Trek The Original Series: Season Two BLU RAY DVD
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan BLU RAY DVD
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home BLU RAY DVD
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country BLU RAY DVD
Star Trek VIII: First Contact BLU RAY DVD
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - The Complete Seasons 1 & 2
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - The Complete Second Season
Zombies of the Stratosphere DVD
An American Werewolf in London (Full Moon Edition) [Blu-ray] (1981)
Army of Darkness (Screwhead Edition) [Blu-ray] (1992)
Bleach, Vol. 20 (2009)
Child's Play [Blu-ray] (1988)
Dark Shadows: The Haunting of Collinwood (2009)
Dark Shadows: The Vampire Curse (2009)
Equilibrium [Blu-ray] (2002)
Ghost in the Shell: Anime Legends 2nd Gig
Grace (2009)
The Hannibal Lecter Anthology [Blu-ray]
Iron Monkey [Blu-ray] (1993)
John Carpenter: Master of Fear Collection
King Kong Escapes (1967)
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
Misery [Blu-ray/DVD] [Blu-ray] (1990)
Phantasm II (1988)
Shakugan No Shana Box Set (Viridian Collection)
Shinobi No Mono Collector's Set, Vol. 1 (1962)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Collection (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003 / The Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Beginning) (2009)
Van Helsing [Blu-ray] (2004)
Wes Craven Collection
Wrong Turn [Blu-ray] (2003)
The Wolfman (Special Edition) (Universal Legacy Series) (1941)
Battle of the Warriors Dvd

Catwoman Blu Ray Dvd
Crank 2: High Voltage Dvd
Creepshow Blu Ray Dvd
Dead Calm Dvd
Freddy vs. Jason Blur Ray Dvd
Fringe The Complete First Season Dvd Set
Sphere Blu Ray Dvd
Blacula/Scream Blacula Scream DVD
Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas DVD
Earth Day DVD
The Evil That Men Do DVD
Humanity's End DVD
Impact DVD
Methodic DVD
School for Unclaimed Girls DVD
Take Out DVD
TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Horror (House of Wax 1953 / The Haunting 1963 / Freaks / Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1941) DVD BOX SET
To Dance with Death DVD

Here are links to the other movie release posts that we've done this year:

All the Horror Movies that Came out in July 2009 Click Here
All The Horror Movies That Came Out In June 2009 Click here
All The Horror Movies that came out in May 2009 Click Here
All the horror movies that came out in April 2009 Click Here
All the horror movies that came out in March 2009 Click Here
All Horror Movies That Came Out In January 2009 Click Here

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Monday, September 28, 2009

End of the Month Death Toll September 2009 Edition

Here are the reviews and posts from the month of September, followed by all the reviews done this year.

**Note***

I will be moving this week so the posts might not start until next week sometime.

Jennifer's Body Review
Cronos Review
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 9/22/09
Teeth Review
From The Mail Bag Mid September 2009 Edition
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 9/16/09
REWIND: The Faculty Review
REWIND: The Omen IV: The Awakening Review
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 9/8/09
Quarantine Review
The Octagon Review
REWIND They Call Her One Eye Review
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 9/1/09

The Descent 2 Official Trailer
After Dark Films Announce Lake Mungo Press Release...
All Horror Movies Released August 2009
The Witchunt Trailer
From The Mail Bag Mid August 2009
Ghoulies II Review
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 8/18/09
The Washingtonians Review
Full Eclipse Review
After Dark Films Horrorfest Press Release
Cube Review
Interesting Horror Movies Released 8/11/2009
Amazon Online Indie DVD Sale
The Collector Review
Rewind: Videodrome Review
Vacancy 2: The First Cut Review
Horror Movies Released 8/4/09
Vegas Vampires Review
All Horror Movies That Came Out In July 2009
Orphan Review
From The Mailbag Late July Edition
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 7/21/09
Top 40 Most Violent Comic Books Ever
Rewind: The Ruins Review
The Good Son Review
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 7/14/2009 Late A...
REWIND: Top 3 Camp Camp Horror Movies
Frankenhood Review
I Present Evil Ernie
Interesting Horror Movie Releases 7/7/2009
5 Cool Bodily Explosions in Horror Film
The Future of Horror Looks Grim
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, September 25, 2009

Jennifer's Body Review

Jennifer's Body

Jennifer's Body hit theaters this past weekend and I was lucky enough to check it out. I had heard a lot of information about this movie in a lot of different ways. I first heard about this film because it's the follow up to Juno by Diablo Cody. It was supposed to be a departure from the first film, and it was supposed to be a straight laced horror film. Many people, including myself and my former coworker, were laughing at the premise because of who was attached to play the starring role; Megan Fox.

Many websites were reporting that this movie was going to be the first movie to see Megan Fox Naked! That was definitely one of the reasons why I wanted to see it, because I had heard so much hype about Megan Fox being good looking, that it was about time for me to see them twins! I kid. I don't think Megan Fox is hot, but her costar, to me is wonderful and dreamy.

Jennifer's Body tells the story of two friends. One friend is a complete slut and the other isn't. The dialogue is ridiculous, all modern and stupid. Much like Juno tried to move the words into the modern era, this movie had a lot of teenage dialogue that didn't seem real to me. It was the first of many different flaws in this film. The friends start to come apart when Jennifer gets involved with an indie band after their performance causes the club that they were at to burn down. As Jennifer goes with the band she finds out that they are going to sacrifice her...and she becomes a zombie vampire type succubus.

Here is a trailer for the film Jennifer's Body:



The movie sucks. I'm sorry, I can't believe I had to pay for this piece of junk. This is not really a horror movie as much as it is a comedy. The CG is stupid. At one point there is a vomit scene that is completely CG! What the heck!? Also, there are just completely terrible sequences of fighting with slow motion and sped up sequences that really remind me of "The Coventant" or dare I say, "The Craft".

Besides the fact that Megan Fox is NOT NAKED, I REPEAT MEGAN FOX IS NOT NAKED, and that's a major draw for this film. Why? Because it's RATED R!

The movie draws you through a cop out ending, and while it's not an amnesia tale, it's the other horror cliche of the hero becoming the villain or antihero, and the ending really reminded me of High Tension in a lot of ways. I would not recommend anyone seeing Jennifer's Body at all, it's not a good film. It's terribly written, and shot like a teenage comedy with CG pushing a lot of things into the wrong way. It's kind of horror, it's kind of comedy, it's all stupid. It insults your intelligence as a horror fan and then tries to patronize your teenage inside by having a lesbian sex scene with no sound and just close up.

Lame.

What a waste of money.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cronos Review

Cronos

Guillermo Del Toro is a name synonymous with good film now, however, he didn't always have a spectacular name. He has made some incredible films from the past, and things have been steam rolling through to this day. He created a very intense, horror film in Spanish that carries over a traditional horror palette that most people don't seem to understand anymore. Harking back to the seriousness of the 70's mainstream horror push, and the 80's gift of gore, with traditional Spanish rhetoric, this film really tied together a lot of pieces well without getting sickening or too gorey for its own good. The movie that I'm going to try to review here is the enigmatic film entitled, "Cronos".

Cronos is an interesting film as it goes back and forth between English and Spanish. It starts out with a nice backstory about a metaphysical device, not too unlike the box from Hellraiser, but much more nuanced. The device seems to be attached to the death of several people, but we do not know for sure, and to introduce us to the unorthodox death sequences we are greeted with someone hung upside down, blood dripping, and the movie progresses to modern day.

Here is a trailer for the Guillermo Del Toro's classic Cronos:



One of the downsides of this film is that you have to think and watch at the same time. This story has a cerebral quality that you're not going to easily grasp. It's a combination of subtle Spanish speaking and if you're using subtitles, English translation. However, the screen shows things that you have to pick up or you'll lose sight overall. I can see many people not liking this film because of the fact that it moves so fast through Spanish and English never really settling over anyone over the other in regards to complicated speech. However, if you're not used to it, you're going to think this film is not worth while for you. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but you'll miss out on this deeply moving film.

For those familiar with Batman, this movie is somewhat on the same line of "The Lazarus Pit" from that line of writing. The Cronos device forces itself onto someone and upon piercing the skin, creates a long lasting life. However, to remain alive the user must drink blood! So what we are getting out of the story here is a vampiristic, zombie like effect and scenario that is repeated in horror a lot. I like this film because it's not over the top in the presentation of this fountain of youth type thing. The Cronos device is an insect, made of gold, and it is really subtle throughout the film.

As the movie progresses the conflict between two men boils over into a frenzy, creating the main conflict of this film. With both people wanting themselves to possess the ultimate power, we see how the human condition could really turn evil when life and pride are on the life. The greed of life is the underlying interesting point of the film.

Is Cronos a scary film?: No.

Cronos, while it means well is not a scary movie to me. It is a well plotted, and superbly acted movie. It's casual in its demeanor, it's poignant in the message and while it is based in horror overall, it's not scary. The pacing does not allow for much horror elements, and while they are there, there is so much dialogue and so much emphatic usage of language, color, and substance that you really start to feel for the characters. It has been noted on this site that if you start to care about the characters than the horror elements are shaken a bit more and you don't really see the scary notions.

Can it be scary? Yes, the traditional idea of living forever is not something that is new. The desperation for the fountain of youth is something that we have seen explored in many movies and in world history. The main horror to the notion of living forever is not so much the boredom of it as seen in films like "Dracula" but more so the burden of staying alive in a world that wants you dead. we see the latter in a lot of modern zombie films, where eating to stay alive is truly the name of the game. The scariest part of this film is the obsession of staying young, as the device helps the main character get vitality. He will stop at nothing to use it, which will then kill him. The film has a unique point that was also seen in "Tales from the Crypt", specifically when a man has 9 lives and he's trying to cheat death at all costs. Cheating death seems to be something that has impressed horror movie fans as well as we have seen "Final Destination" make a franchise out of the notion.

Cronos is an impressive horror film. It's a slow moving film though, and while visually it shows prowess from a brilliant director, the horror elements are dated overall. However, that's where you win the most out of this film, the way it doesn't treat the viewer like a kid, or a horror fiend, and how it really relies on character development over scare tactics or jumps scenes is something that is not common in today's horror films. In fact, this film is quite the example in how you can be effective without being too over the top or without rehashing the past.

Cronos is highly recommended to serious horror movie fans and movie buffs alike. The colors, the acting, and the plot points make this one of the better horror movies to come out of Mexico in decades. Seriously, this is a really cool piece of horror cinema, despite my points on how slow it can be at times.



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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Interesting Horror Movie Releases 9/22/09

An interesting week of horror film releases has come through. This is the best thing to happen in horror in a long time, and there's some science fiction releases to also get your grubby hands on. I am still unemployed and haven't gotten any leads for a new job so if you want to help, purchase something from amazon, if not, whatever...what are you gonna do?

here's the latest releases in Horror for this week 9/22:

Albino Farm DVD

Autopsy of the Dead DVD
Battle for Terra DVD
Clive Barker's Book of Blood DVD
Edges of Darkness DVD
Friday the 13th: The Series - Complete Series Pack
Friday the 13th: The Series - The Final Season
Gojira BLU RAY DVD
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto DVD
Shaun of the Dead BLU RAY DVD
Star Trek: The Next Generation Motion Picture Collection
Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection
Star Trek The Original Series: Season Two BLU RAY DVD
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan BLU RAY DVD
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home BLU RAY DVD
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country BLU RAY DVD
Star Trek VIII: First Contact BLU RAY DVD
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - The Complete Seasons 1 & 2
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - The Complete Second Season
Zombies of the Stratosphere DVD

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Teeth Review

Teeth

Like a lot of different myths out there, there is one about a killer vagina. Well, it's not exactly "The Killer Condom" but it's a myth none the less. So here is an ineresting premise for a movie, a woman has a killer vagina. Yep, that's the entire premise o this film.

While horror movie fans jumped at the chance to understand this movie, many people ended up seeing something different, with no real intentions of that happening. What I am referring to is the fact that Teeth is not so much a horror movie as it is a black comedy.

So here I am trying to make sense of the film, Teeth.

The movie as you might know is a movie about a young woman that finds out she has a violent, flesh eating vagina. There's not much else out there to explain.

Oh and if you're not happy with my synopsis, here's the official one:

Dawn is her chastity group's most active participant. But she discovers she has a toothed vagina when she becomes the object of violence and experiences both the pitfalls and power of living the vagina dentata myth.

Here's a trailer for the independent film Teeth:



The horror elements of this film are done alright. The build up is tricky, but it works out and the gore is enough to make you cringe. However, the gore and horror of this film is only a few moments in time overall and really an after thought in regards to the film.

The movie does an ok job in setting up a lot of things. I love the way things are set up, the sounds, the build up in regards to the scenes, and of course the slayings of sorts were quite interesting for sure.

The greatest part of this film is the doctor sequence in which a doctor is molesting our main star instead of testing her, and he gets his fingers cut off. If that, not even a kill, is the best part of this film you know you have problems.

There is a sequence in this film that threw me for a loop...which really made me hate this movie, and that was definitely the sex scene where the killer vagina didn't kill...it just enjoyed the pleasure. So odd....whatever.

Teeth is a novelty that hooked me on the premise, than expressed greatness with full frontal nudity, an R rating, and more gratuitous nudity, before finally going balls t the wall for a second round of gore, but not really winning the race.

I'm telling you, shave away the premise and this is nothing more than a coming of age film with a killer vagina.

You think I'm wrong?

There's teenagers, there's a bet, there's a vow, there's someone losing their virginity, what other cliches could you ask for?

Oh yeah, and then there is plenty of penile gore...oh yes...and it goes towards the incest button...yep.

Is Teeth Scary? : No.

This movie is not a scary movie and I'm not sure it was supposed to be scary. In fact it was meant as a comedic endeavor, and that's where you find this film, in more comedic lights not necessarily serious lights.

Sure there are horror comedies out there, but in regards to this site and horror purists, this film is lack luster. It's actually an interesting dramatic take on sexuality, lust, sex, and just being a teenager going through puberty. That's about it, nothing more and nothing really less than that. If the main character didn't have Vagina Dentata, then this film is an awkward coming of age film set in the suburbs, like many other films.

This movie had the premise of having a killer vagina to make sure things were going smoothly, but outside of that, this movie is not much in the way of horror at all. In fact, it's actually quite tame and really just boring at times. It's a novelty act in a lot of ways, much like "The Killer Condom" was a novelty act. In fact, I found the alligator vagina in Tokyo Gore Police to be far scarier. At least in that scene it was only a few moments and minutes long. This movie was full length...odd.

The penile gore was awesome, I admit that. But the rest? It's just a slow moving day dream of a film, and not really that recommended. Teeth is interesting, but not in the regular horror tradition. I did like it, and there's a ton of nudity to balance out the boredom, but overall this one is not horror and therefore not necessarily worthy of diehard horror fans time....unless you're into gratuitous nudity, cause then this one wins. It's an independent film and it slaps you in the face with that at every chance.



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Friday, September 18, 2009

From The Mail Bag Mid September 2009 Edition

This month has been moving faster than most. I got fired, I haven't been watching as many horror films, and haven't been having fun not getting a new job. Oh and I'm moving out of state too...great...but here is the latest from the mail bag with your comments and my responses.

Anonymous wrote this comment in regards to my Lifeforce Review:

You forgot to mention that the film has a pace like a runaway train. Incidentally only one person (Carlson) survives in the Churchill -(space ship/shuttle) Mathilda May looks scarey (despite being nude)and a dont forget Patrick Stewards "anything to oblige commander” a couple of years before his star trek debut. Its a cracking film and yes it's showing its age but its a 10/10 from me

Yeah, you're right, I forgot to mention a few things. This movie is rad in a lot of different ways, but it's slow. I wouldn't give it a ten, but it was great.

Anonymous wrote in response to my Quarantine Review:

Hey friend. I Just discovered your horror blog. Amazing and impressive job, especially for some hidden gems like 976 evil by Robert Englund. I avoided Quarantine because all these remakes always make me sick. You gotta see the original, absolutely. And don't forget that the sequel to the original spanish rec is coming soon... See you soon. Take a look to my horror blog: tallmanslair.blogspot.com. I'm from Italy and my english is not so good, unfortunately.
bye by Antonio


Thanks. I try to write this site and it's just hard for me. I'm broke, that's my problem. But thank you, I did check out your site it's not half bad. I will continue to work through a lot...i speak spanish and saw rec, it's brilliant.

abrinkofdeliverance said this in regards to my Orphan Review:

Loved the twist, too. Only cause I wasn't expecting it either.

Great review!


There are so many subtle things that made that movie great. The raw cold of the twist with the explicit ending, was definitely great. I can't wait to see it on dvd, it'll rock hard. I think that more people should've saw it, as it was definitely something that the horror genre has been lacking this year...the sense of suspense.

andy wrote in regards to the post: "Saw The Ride, Really?":

Looks like a reasonable ride made much better by the theming ideas of Mr Wardly...

I had a friend in College named Andy, he was cool. Anyways, yes...it doesn't look terrible, but it might suck as well. I guess that's the life we lead in horror.

That's it folks. This month we had a few comments, but nothing major. I know I've been slacking but forgive me. I lost my job and I'm moving. Not only that, I've had to cut my netflix account and everything is packed. It's a tough road for me.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Interesting Horror Movie Releases 9/16/09

Here you go, here is the interesting horror movie releases for this week. A good week to be a horror movie fan.

An American Werewolf in London (Full Moon Edition) [Blu-ray] (1981)
Army of Darkness (Screwhead Edition) [Blu-ray] (1992)
Bleach, Vol. 20 (2009)
Child's Play [Blu-ray] (1988)
Dark Shadows: The Haunting of Collinwood (2009)
Dark Shadows: The Vampire Curse (2009)
Equilibrium [Blu-ray] (2002)
Ghost in the Shell: Anime Legends 2nd Gig
Grace (2009)
The Hannibal Lecter Anthology [Blu-ray]
Iron Monkey [Blu-ray] (1993)
John Carpenter: Master of Fear Collection
King Kong Escapes (1967)
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
Misery [Blu-ray/DVD] [Blu-ray] (1990)
Phantasm II (1988)
Shakugan No Shana Box Set (Viridian Collection)
Shinobi No Mono Collector's Set, Vol. 1 (1962)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Collection (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003 / The Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Beginning) (2009)
Van Helsing [Blu-ray] (2004)
Wes Craven Collection
Wrong Turn [Blu-ray] (2003)
The Wolfman (Special Edition) (Universal Legacy Series) (1941)

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

REWIND: The Faculty Review

Another Rewind post, is interesting. I am in the middle of moving, trying to get a new job, doing freelance work, and spending more time than it's worth on other things. I'll have some new horror movie releases to post soon, and then I'll review another film and we'll get to the mail box.

Here's a review from way back when.



The Faculty came and went, and after all these years it still stands the test of time, in many ways for me. The movie revolves around an alien invasion in a high school. The aliens abduct human bodies, and require them to be hydrated at all times in order to survive. So in this alien tale, the aliens need water to survive, so they came to the right place.

The story follows a group of cookie cutter students at a high school who all have to band together and put their differences aside in order to combat the alien invasion, and hopefully save the world from the spread of this infestation.


The Faculty is filmed really well, and considering the laughable context at times, the acting isn’t really that bad. It starred a lot of up and coming actors in young Hollywood. They all went on to do other projects and Robert Rodriguez, as you know, has gone onto make some very cool science fiction films, including Planet Terror, which I highly recommend.

The movie does take some odd twists, for instance, why are the local authorities the only people called? Why not call higher authorities?


The students seem so jaded in this suburban world, that the masses don’t even realize that they are being indoctrinated forcefully by the Aliens, who start sticking what appear to be worms into people’s brains.

Here’s a trailer for the film The Faculty:




The movie, aside from the ensemble cast, had some very creepy moments, and great chase scenes involving a hot rod. The muscle car is the getaway car of choice, and not since High Tension have I thoroughly enjoyed such a sweet looking car.


In the grand scheme of thing sin the science fiction world, this film walks the line with horror because there is a good amount of gore. For instance, a pencil goes through someones hand, a pen filled with caffeine pill dust and aspirin gets stabbed into someone’s eye, someone gets stabbed to death with scissors, someone gets their mouth busted wide open poolside, and so much more!

Not to mention, there is a really disturbing shower scene in this film, that you have to see to believe. It comes complete with skin peeling effects and cranial dilution.

The film ends on a high note, but overall, it’s fast, it doesn’t take itself too seriously and has quite the soundtrack considering this film got thrown to the wayside in the end.I also am aware that the film does basically rip off Invasion of the Bodysnatchers as well as Disturbing Behavior, but it's not a completely suck fest.

If you have the Faculty, you’re in good company as it is one of the few sci-fi movies that I can watch over and over again. If you haven’t picked up the Faculty, it comes highly recommended, and is available on dvd via our online store.
The Faculty isn’t going to be a classic to most people, but it has enough spills and thrills to entertain you.

Check out some other films by Robert Rodriguez, and definitely check out High Tension too:

Planet Terror via Amazon.com
From Dusk Till Dawn vis Amazon.com
High Tension via Amazon.com
Signs via Amazon.com
Strange Behavior via Amazon.com
Invasion of the Bodysnatchers via Amazon.com
They Live via Amazon.com

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Monday, September 14, 2009

REWIND: The Omen IV: The Awakening Review

Today, we go back in time for another edition of the HORROR movie rewind here on Scary Films. I'm still unemployed and am still trying to get a few extra dollars...and am having a hard time. Whatever.



The Omen IV: The Awakening is a made for television film, tried to capture another chapter in the horror movie franchise that saw The Devil born to a couple, and making quick work of anyone that got in his way.

The first three films completed a story arc of birth, growth, and finally reign inciting the Armageddon.

If you saw the first three films, and those story lines are fresh in your memory, do me one favor when watching this film; throw them all out. That's right, there is no continuity in this film, as we get a fresh telling of the Omen story with a female lead rather than a child, and we also get mild violence, no nudity, and no harsh language. Making this the only pg version in the horror movie franchise that made for some awesome death scenes, some interesting generational studies, and scary notions on child birth.

Don't let the creepy covers fool you, this film doesn't evoke the same emotional response that the first three films did, or even the remake did a few years ago. In fact, most of this movie is really boring to say the least.

The plot revolves around a couple that adopts a girl from a convent. As one of the Nuns begins to regret her decision, another dies, citing the beginning of the end of anyone that comes in contact with the child. As the child grows up the couple begin to yearn for more children, meanwhile she begins to exhibit some satanic presence and starts systematically killing anyone that is mean to her.


As the mother gets pregnant (adopted mother) and a new child is on the way, new revelations are revealed about the little girl, who is the spawn of satan, forcing the mother to seek out some stiff answers and causing chaos to the doctor's who have records of Delia's birth. (The sister of satan) The shocking revelation is that she is Damian's sister, and that she was carrying the zygote of Damian all along and somehow implanted it in her adopted mother's womb. This is explained in the film by the doctor, but late in the movie so it becomes a little blurred.

Whatever the case is, things start going worse and finally the child is born, and the reveal happens. Not too unlike one of the latest reveals in history, the child is Damian reborn and has the mark of the beast on his hand and as the mother realizes this she encounters delia holding the child....and with a handgun...unleashes the end...but not the one you think.

Remember when I said that no one ever kills a kid in horror movies? Well, do you really believe that they would allow it in a made for television movie? If you said Yes, then you're an idiot.

This movie sucked. I'm sorry, the Omen films are an amazing work of films, and the Sam Neil Omen III wasn't as bad as the second film that seemed to follow Damian into boarding school. I barely made it through this film, and really don't care for the whole angle that they try to make out of it. It just seems rushed, and uninteresting. It's almost as if the directors and crew knew they had a stinker on their hands and just went into something else.

If you do manage to watch this one, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the Zombie Church Chorus, I kid you not, right before a random death that you do not see at all.

Don't believe me? Check out the official Omen IV: The Awakening Trailer:



This movie isn't worth it, but maybe as part of a box set, I think it might work.

Check out these other scary kids, scaring adults movies, and the books that the Omen films were based on:

The Omen Box Set via Amazon.com
Rosemary's Baby via Amazon.com
It's Alive via Amazon.com

Books the Movie "The Omen" was based on:

The Omen by David Seltzer via Amazon.com

Damien: Omen II by David Seltzer via Amazon.com


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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Interesting Horror Movie Releases 9/8/09

I'm out of own folks, and I missed a couple things. Here's the latest horror movie releases that you would like to get if you're getting dvd movies to buy.

Battle of the Warriors Dvd

Catwoman Blu Ray Dvd
Crank 2: High Voltage Dvd
Creepshow Blu Ray Dvd
Dead Calm Dvd
Freddy vs. Jason Blur Ray Dvd
Fringe The Complete First Season Dvd Set
Sphere Blu Ray Dvd

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Quarantine Review

Quarantine Dvd

Well, no time to beat on the old drum to ask you guys for money, because it hasn't been working. In fact no one buys crap from this site, so that's always nice. Anyways, there's more to life than my problems and therefore you should come with me on this new journey. Quarantine is a film that is a shot for shot after a Spanish Horror movie named Rec. REC couldn't get here in time so US film makers did what they always do, they remade this one...another remake, and not that great overall.

I'd post a trailer, but guess what, YOUTUBE WILL NOT LET ME EMBED! That's right, once again they screw me on this site...man...oh well...pretend that I put a trailer here.

The film is shot in the worst style ever. It's shot first person view in what some call "cinema verite" in which the camera is constantly moving and faster than hell. I hate that. Other films that I hate in this style aren't really coming to mind, but I know I hated "Miami Vice" for doing the same stupid thing with the cameras.

As for this film it stars Jennifer Carpenter, and Jay Hernandez. The film is about a news anchor and her camera man, they are filming some highlights at a fire station for television when they are called into a fire.

The fire is non existent, and upon arriving in an apartment complex, they end up finding out something incredible...for us. They find zombie like creature, just like the ones that are found in 28 Days Later, or 28 Weeks Later, and things go awry fast. The complex is locked down and the future is uncertain for our crew and anyone else locked inside.

What makes this movie insane, is the fact that the outside world has trapped the people in the complex inside. There are times when they are about to get out, but to no avail, at one point in the film a sniper shoots out someone that is trying to get out of the building and hysteria goes nuts.

Is Quarantine Scary?: NO.

This movie is not scary to me. It actually is on rails, like a first person shooter. It's a sad story with a feeble ending, but to get there you have to go through the most predictable turns.

I heard REC was amazing. This film isn't that, and I'd much rather see this film in spanish. Sure the film has a few moments, but mixing "The Blair Witch Project" and "28 Weeks Later" inside an apartment complex doesn't really do it for me.

Quarantine doesn't even look rated R to me. This thing was boring. I don't recommend Quarantine, as it is a frigid piece of remake history that once again fails to capture the buzz that got REC into many screens.



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Monday, September 7, 2009

The Octagon Review



Marketed as an exploitation film, The Octagon made some heads turn when it came out in 1980. This film stars none other than Chuck Norris, and he's up against a serial killing terrorist gang trained in the deadly secret art of Ninjitsu. So join me for a review of this 1980 martial arts, exploitation, classic featuring Chuck Norris and his mustache.

The Octagon came into my review que with a commercial that I heard on Rodney on The Roq while working a lame job for a bunch of idiots. My coworker and I had to see this, and while I was let go before we can make this a reality, I saw it myself and boy was I not disappointed. On one hand, this piece of junk is not an exploitation film, nor a true horror film, but it has enough guts to make it to this site instead of my mainstream media site.

Here is a trailer for the film The Octagon:



The first thing that you will notice from this movie is the "Spidey-Senses" that Chuck Norris has. Every shot of Norris alone has him speaking in whispers to himself, while the camera zooms in on his face. This is the most hilarious piece of film making I've seen in American cinema in a long time. The constant whispers are just too much at times and you start to go nuts if you watch this alone in the dark.

The movie revolves around a terrorist training camp known as the Octagon, and they are training terrorists in the art of the Ninja. The head masters of this place are well known kung fu film masters, and one dude looks like the second coming of Bruce Lee, only older and in some angles fatter.

The training grounds are hilarious. The overacting aside, the actual training and moves are done at half speed and really a terrible use of martial arts in this film. At one point, a group of ninjas attack a student that wants out, and it is the most awkward scene used in an American Martial arts film since American Ninja made a white man the poster child for Ninja training. (Note, Count Dante may have put American fighting styles on the map in comic book ads, but who's counting)

The film is scary at times. There are moments when you're scared that this film is going to get worse, and for those that can't stomach true exploitation cinema the film makers feed you with a tiny bit of gore. However, if you're doing something else while watching this, you'll miss it.

The pacing of this film is horrendous. There is a TON of dialogue, and none of it makes a whole lot of sense. Chuck Norris is sleepwalking through this film, and by the time the crap hits the fan, you start to wonder why this film was marketed as such. Not even Chuck Norris's scifi film "Silent Rage" could muster up enough of a build up for me to like him in a tense psychological thriller.

The psychology of this film really relies on past memories, and we see these played out in flashback format. In the flashbacks we see a red screen over the scenarios and whispers again join in to make the film treatment a little more relevant to what it is handing you. The majority of the back story is told through flashback, and it's terrible, beyond terrible.

This film is crap. The marketing was really good, and it made me believe that this was a true exploitation film, or at least a horror film disguised as a horror film, but nope. It's another terrible piece of cinema, and rightfully so, 1980 wasn't the best year in horror. But that's ok, I appreciated the attempt, and the radio spots on Kroq from 1980 were awesome. I don't recommend The Octagon to anyone, but if you have a hankering for a good Chuck Norris film, maybe this is your best bet. It's not like he's going to win any awards for his acting.



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