Saturday, February 28, 2009

Bad Ronald (1974)

Above average TV movie where loner Ronald kills a young girl by mistake and walls himself up in a spare bedroom with the help of his mother to avoid persecution. When his mother dies and leaves him behind to fend for himself, he falls deeper and deeper into a fantastic psychosis, and attacks the new family that moves into the house. Very 70s TV acting, but Jacoby is particularly good as Ronald and the film offers a fun and original twist on the Psycho formula. Not much action or gore, but the plot maintains interest, recommended to Hitchcock and De Palma fans.

Rating: 7/10.

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Bluebeard (1944)

Slow, dull horror that doesnt pick up til close to the hour mark. John Carradine plays a puppetier that doubles as the elusive Bluebeard, a serial killer stalking the Paris streets and strangling women. Nothing happens, then his assistant finds out his secret and aims at exposing him. If strangulations and puppet shows frighten you, this is your bag, otherwise skip it.

Rating: 5/10.



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Wrestlemaniac (2006)

Entertaining if not cheesy slasher following the TCM model. Lots of throwbacks to classic horror, surprisingly decent acting and competent directing / set design. The effects are also way above what you would expect from a straight-to-DVD release. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this flick and recommend it! Stars Rey Mysterio as a masked Luchadero (wrestler) that was banished to a ghost town for killing too many people, when a truck load of teenagers...

Rating: 7/10.

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Wizard of Gore (1968)

Another blood-filler splatter film from HG Lewis! A rouge magician lures victi-- err.. volunteers onto stage for his sinister magic tricks.. After which they are mysteriously murdered! Even Blood Feast doesnt have as many livers and intestines strewn about. The overacting and plot are ghoulishly terrible and secondary to the gore, but it is essential HG Lewis viewing. Recommended splatter punks!

Rating: 6/10.
Gore: 9/10.

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The Corpse Vanishes (1942)

Bela Lugosi stars as a corpse stealer that needs virgin's fluids in order to restore life to his aging wife. All the while a news reporter tracks him down using a flower she found at the scene of the crime. Boring, uneventful horror/mystery with campy pulp acting and dialouge and no scares. Pass.

Rating: 5/10.



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Friday, February 27, 2009

Spookies (1986)

A surprising 80s gem with very ambitious makeup and effects work for such a relatively unknown film. A group of teens are killed off by a sorceror that needs blood sacrifices to restore his bride. The plot may take from Phantasm, Night of the Demons, The Gate, and others, but it is a fun and dark kids horror flick. The creature effects take center stage over the plot, with awesome looking zombies, lycanthropes, and wraiths stalking the halls of the mansion. A great 80s effort thats highly recommended!

Rating: 7/10.

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

Humanist Dr Jekyll develops a serum to unleash his base desires and live a sinister double life as Mr Hyde, but the evil in him takes control and throws his life into a downward spiral. Typical silent film overacting, but it offers great visual storytelling, good set design, good pacing, and frightening makeup. The sexuality is pretty surprising considering the time. Another classic from the silent era, recommended!

Rating: 7/10.

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Messiah of Evil (1972)

An arthouse horror film reminiscent of Lets Scare Jessica to Death and 'Salem's Lot only with zombies. A woman becomes trapped in a town's dark secret when she comes to investigate the disappearence of her father. Im not sure if it was done intentionally, but the editing is very odd and choppy. The film is full of dreary and nightmarish sequences, the most memorable of which involves a movie theater full of zombies. This is not the typical gore fest, with mostly implied violence and terror, but it is psychologically driven and offers a unique twist that still leaves the audience guessing in the end. Recommended to Lets Scare Jessica... fans, although I feel Jessica is a much better film, but Fulci fans expecting blood and guts may be disappointed.

Rating: 7/10.

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See No Evil (2006)

Not bad, not bad at all. All things considered it is just an average teenie bopper horror entry, but there are some interesting kills and Kane manages to pull off a convincing and creepy performance. A group of bad kids help clean a decrepit old hotel to reduce their jail sentences, when a dim-witted oaf begins killing them in the name of the lord. The director has obviously taken notes from Savini on showing how impactful each of the weapons are before offing the teens, and despite the music video editing the film is very clean and cut perfectly for a fun popcorn slasher. Take it for what its worth, there are much worse pics out there!

Rating: 7/10.



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Teen Wolf Too (1987)

Take everything that made the original great and do the same thing just worse, add Jason Bateman, then replace the humor with agonizing pain and terrible acting and you have this monstrocity. Scott's cousin falls prey to the family curse as he struggles to make it in college. Stinker, pass.

Rating: 5/10.



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