Thursday, January 31, 2013

Dying Breed (2008)

Four friends delve deep into the forests of Tasmania in search of a creature that was thought to be extinct, but what they find is a new breed of terror entirely... Director Jody Dwyer packs a great deal of shock and suspense into DYING BREED, a survivalist horror film from Down Under. The keen editing and sound design help to heighten the impact and exhilarating rush of adrenaline during these moments for a terrifying overall effect. Let alone the gore, there are several cringe-worthy scenes that will have audience members reeling in their seats. Leigh Whannel leads a solid cast, and outside of a few questionable decisions, the characters act with intelligence and a survival instinct. What DYING BREED lacks in originality, it makes up for in thrills to prove itself a worthwhile entry in to the survivalist horror genre.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like DYING BREED:
THE BARRENS, ROGUE, PRIMEVAL, THE OFFSPRING, WRONG TURN.

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Bram Stoker's Dracula (1974)

Dan Curtis teams with classic horror novelist Richard Matheson in this made-for-television adaptation of BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA from 1974. Commonly acclaimed for its realistic take on the material, Curtis' version of the film maintains all of the same dark Gothic allure of the Universal and Hammer pictures minus the theatricality and special effects. This works both for and against the film, given that many of the performances feel underplayed as a result. Nigel Davenport's Professor Van Helsing, in particular, lacks the power and charisma of his predecessors, although he is still very good in the role. Academy Award-winner Jack Palance assumes the role of the nefarious Count in a dual performance as both the soft-spoken aristocrat and the bestial blood-sucker. Despite his sinister disposition, we still find sympathy for the character in several humanizing moments where he displays an emotional vulnerability. Bob Cobert's distinct score unfortunately detracts from the film, along with the obtrusive dream sequences. Curtis makes full use of the Yugoslavian locations to help deliver a number of frightful images in the grand Gothic tradition. Overall, the film is an admirable take on the story, especially considering its televised roots.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA:
DRACULA, HORROR OF DRACULA, COUNT DRACULA'S GREAT LOVE.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Ritual (2002)

A former medical doctor accepts a position as the personal aid to a sickly man who is living on his family's estate in Jamaica. Although his brother claims that he is suffering from a rare blood disease, Wesley is certain that he has become the victim of a dark ritual that would transform him in to a zombie. When his tests return with some questionable results, Dr. Dodgson investigates the alternate causes for his ailments, which will lead her in to a world of superstition and voodoo! Tales from the Crypt returns with another feature-length film, this time taking its base not from the classic EC Comics, but from the 1943 film I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE. RITUAL is everything that Jacques Tourneur's film wasn't, and we mean that in the worst possible way. Director Avi Nesher takes every opportunity to exploit the film using unnecessary shocks, gratuitous gore, and the lure of sex. Given the typical nature of the Tales from the Crypt series, these things would pretty much be expected, but the handling of the material is what drags it down significantly. RITUAL is poorly edited for minimal effect, and filled with weak performances from the entire cast. Despite looking amazing for her age, Jennifer Grey has not improved as an actress in her years since DIRTY DANCING. Cameos by Tim Curry and Erick Avari are wasted, as well. Those who are unfortunate enough to have missed I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE may be surprised in the end, but classicists will immediately dismiss the film as the rubbish that it truly is.

Rating: 5/10.

Movies like RITUAL:
CURSE OF THE VOODOO, THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW, ALTERED STATES, I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE.

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Slaughter (2009)

Faith leaves home to escape from her abusive past, but she will find much more to fear after moving in to her new friend's secluded farmhouse. Stewart Hopewell's feature-length debut, SLAUGHTER, is a slow burn that mindfully builds on its mystery and suspense. Unfortunately, we never learn enough about either of the girls to invest in their individual plights, and the motivation behind the initial murders is dubious at best. Hopewell leaves several questionable subplots underdeveloped, and fails to tie them all back together into a satisfying conclusion. The killer's final solution is so rash, violent, and extreme that it is beyond belief, especially when so many plausible alternatives were left open to them. That isn't to say that SLAUGHTER is a poorly made film, however. Lucy Holt and Amy Shiels are both very good in the respective roles, and the clean cinematography lulls us in to a false sense of security as we enter increasingly dark and dangerous territory. With a few minor adjustments, SLAUGHTER could have made for a passable entry in survivalist horror, but the twists and turns are taken much too far given the serious tone.

Rating: 6/10.

Movies like SLAUGHTER:
BABY BLUES, WOLF CREEK, THE ROOMMATE, POISON IVY.

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Relive the Horrors of the Past in 'Scopia'

“You might have not heard of Chris Butler and his upcoming debut feature SCOPIA, but if the first trailer is anything to go by, they’re both well worth getting acquainted with.”
Andy Madrzak, JoBlo.com

Experience A Horror Film of Historic Proportions in
SCOPIA

Death should be a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience.

LOS ANGELES, CA - January 30, 2013 - After almost two years in production, thirty filming days across 20 locations, covering the script’s six distinct historical periods including Meiji Japan, 18th century France, Medieval England, India, Nigeria and the first World War German front lines, “Scopia” is now close to completion. With elements of Donnie Darko meets The Butterfly Effect meets The Shining meets nothing you’ve ever seen before, “Scopia” hopes to capture the best of modern and classic genre movies while retaining a chilling horror twist at its core.

In Autumn 2012, the released teaser trailer created a ripple of interest across the horror genre bloggers sphere in both the UK and US as the first public outing of sneak film footage:



Basia (Joanna Ignaczewska) is an ordinary polish girl who lives and works in London, who, after suffering from mild depression undergoes hypnotic regression with specialist Dr Edward Stanton (Louis Labovitch). No sooner do these somewhat unorthodox treatments start, does Basia begin to experience flashbacks. Her world becomes very strange and eventually spirals into a perpetual nightmare as she recalls memories of not only a troubled childhood but also of troubled past lives. As these “memories” gush forth, the vivid and warm memories of her young mother’s kindness subside and start to give way to dark forces that seek to disrupt and destroy her. As Basia struggles to hold these dark forces from breaking through into her present, she increasingly struggles to retain her sanity and the ability to fight back. There is a way out but it is hardest path to take, shaking her humanity to the very core.

SCOPIA is Written and Directed by Christopher Butler and stars Joanna Ignaczewska and Louis Labovitch. They’re joined by Jessica Jay, Akira Koieyama, Mathew Roberts, Genevieve Sibayan, Callum Holbrook and others. Produced by Steven Flynn of ISN/Flynn Entertainment.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mimesis (2011)

A handful of Horror fans are invited to an exclusive party at a remote farmhouse, but when they awaken from a drug-induced slumber, they find that they have entered their own real-life Horror movie as zombies descend upon them in a terrifying and deadly realization of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD! Is this all part of some elaborate hoax, or is life imitating art in some twisted form of MIMESIS? If you can imagine watching a group of rank amateurs attempting to remake NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD with shoddy make-up, computerized blood, awful editing, and an untalented cast, you would be half-way to experiencing MIMESIS without having wasted an hour-and-a-half of your life. The groanworthy performances make it difficult to endure even the opening act, but it isn't until after the first zombie attack that audiences can be sure of director Douglas Schulze's complete incompetence. The zombies look like they have wandered off of some two-bit haunted house, and during each attack, the camera becomes shaky and disorienting as animated blood sprays the screen. Schulze paints Horror fans as either geeky losers or homicidal maniacs in a surefire attempt to alienate his target audience. Not only is the timing of the film in poor taste given the recent tragedies in Colorado and Connecticut, but the obvious message is beaten over our heads repeatedly as if we were too stupid to figure it out for ourselves. MIMESIS is a crime against humanity, and nowhere near as fun as its premise entails.

Rating: 3/10.

Movies like MIMESIS:
FLESHEATER, HALLOW'S END, DARK RIDE, THE LAST HORROR MOVIE, BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

The Moth Diaries (2011)

When the new girl in school starts to come between Rebecca and her best friend, Lucy, she begins to suspect that there is something far more sinister behind their relationship. Rachel Klein's modern update on traditional Gothic storytelling is brought to life in Mary Harron's screen adaptation of THE MOTH DIARIES, from 2011. Rebecca and the other girls transpose their teenage anxieties like anorexia, depression, suicide, and sexuality on to their ghostly classmate as a means of dealing with their internal struggles. While Ernessa may not be seen physically drawing the blood from her victims, her presence at the school certainly saps the other girls of their strength and happiness, leading them in to despair. The lesbianic undertones that are present in the plot also draw strongly from the classic tale of Carmilla, which is frequently referenced throughout the girls' schoolwork. Harron takes a timely approach in developing the characters and mood of the picture, but unfortunately, her deliberate pacing begins to wear during the long periods of inaction and leaves the audience feeling deprived as the film draws to its anticlimactic ending. Still, we are left on a positive note, having grown with Rebecca as she overcomes her pain and loss to find a renewed strength in herself. THE MOTH DIARIES ultimately falls short of becoming a modern classic, but it does provide another unique and emotionally charged vampire tale in the same vein as LET THE RIGHT ONE IN.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like THE MOTH DIARIES:
LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, THIRST, THE WOODS, WHISPERING CORRIDORS, LEMORA: A CHILD'S TALE OF THE SUPERNATURAL.

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Revenge of the Creature (1955)

The Gill Man is captured and put on display at an ocean-themed amusement park in Florida, but the tank is unable to hold him for long, and it soon escapes to seek its revenge! Mankind pays the ultimate price for trying to control nature in REVENGE OF THE CREATURE, starring John Agar and Lori Nelson. The Creature wants nothing more than to be left alone in its Amazonian habitat, but instead, it is forced into captivity and subjected to a number of questionable scientific experiments. The film is divided in to two distinct parts, with the second half of the story revolving around the military officials and their hunt for the Creature after it kidnaps the beautiful young science student, Helen. The creature effects and costuming are up to par with the original, although the terror and suspense are limited to the underwater scenes shared by Agar and Nelson. They are competent enough in their roles, though they hold less appeal than Richard Carlson and Julie Adams. REVENGE OF THE CREATURE is an entertaining but average sequel that will still hold up for most monster fans.

Rating: 7/10.

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Image Unveils Its 'Frankenstein Theory' This March!

From the makers of The Last Exorcism

IT’S ALIVE!
IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT WAKES THE DEAD IN
FRANKENSTEIN THEORY

VOD and theatrical engagements begin March 1st;
DVD arises March 26th

CHATSWORTH, CA - January 28, 2013 - Before Robert DeNiro, before Christopher Lee or even Boris Karloff, there was the original novel: Frankenstein. Published in 1818 and written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, it is universally recognized as one of the greatest works of horror fiction in the English language. But what if it wasn’t conjecture? What if the story of how one man dared to steal the secret of creation was true?

Image Entertainment will challenge all that you know, or think you know, with The Frankenstein Theory. Directed by Andrew Weiner, The Frankenstein Theory premieres on VOD and select theatrical engagements on March 1st, with the DVD release set for March 26th. The DVD pre-book date is February 26th and is available for an SRP of $27.97.

What if the most chilling novel of all time was actually based on a true account of a horrific experiment gone awry? When he is suspended from his university job for his outlandish ideas, Professor John Venkenheim leads a documentary film crew to the rim of the Arctic Circle in a desperate effort to vindicate his academic reputation. The object of his ridicule? His obscure theory that Shelley's literary classic is, in fact, a work of non-fiction disguised as fantasy. In the vast, frozen wilderness, Venkenheim and his team search for the legendary monster, a creature nearly three hundred years old and still cloaked in mystery. What they find is an unspeakable truth more terrifying than any fiction…
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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Phantasm 3 (1994)

The Tall Man has finally gotten his hands on Mike, leaving Reggie to take off on a search and destroy mission with the help of a few unlikely allies! A. Michael Baldwin and Bill Thornbury return in PHANTASM 3: LORD OF THE DEAD. Although they receive very little screen time, fans are sure to appreciate the continuity that has been restored from the first film. Coscarelli can't seem to decide where he wants to take the series, so he introduces a few new characters hoping that they will stick to the audience. Rocky, played by Gloria Lynne Henry, is an ex-army martial artist, and as unrealistic as the plot. Henry is awful in the role, and even detracts from the others' performances. Kevin Connors is at least a bit more enjoyable as Tim, the young survivalist, but after accepting him as one of the team, he is dropped entirely from the fourth film. We have a group of thieves that are quickly killed off before returning as zombies for no apparent reason, and we have no further insight in to why the Tall Man shrinks corpses into miniature slaves after three entire films. The one vast improvement is in the special effects department, which return us to the look and feel of the original. It is clear at this point that PHANTASM should have be left as a stand-alone feature.

Rating: 6/10.

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Fido (2006)

The Robinson's bring home their first zombie, complete with its own containment collar, to help around the house. Little Timmy and his mother quickly become attached to their new pet, but a hiccup in the collar's wiring leads to an urban outbreak after Fido attacks one of the neighbors! FIDO is the funniest play on 50's consumer culture since EDWARD SCISSORHANDS. The Robinsons, like each of the other families on their block, are more concerned with status and appearance than even their own safety, especially when your worth is measured in zombies. The script, written by Robert Chomiak, Dennis Heaton, and director Andrew Currie, is filled with dry wit and satire, which is played out perfectly by the all-star cast. Carrie-Anne Moss and Dylan Baker are exceptionally hilarious as Timmy's two out-of-touch parents, and they are backed by Henry Czerny, Tim Blake Nelson, and many others in excellent supporting roles. Kesun Loder fully embraces the role of the 1950's youth in another winning performance. One character stands out above all others, however, and that is the aptly named Fido, played by Billy Connolly. Connolly creates the most lovable zombie in the genre, and takes turns playing the mindless flesh-eater as well as the playful pet. Currie brilliantly contrasts the bright, sunny streets of suburbia against the unbridled gore of a Fulci flick, while upholding the incredible production values that bring the 50's back to life. FIDO is one of the best of 2006, and a wonderful Horror comedy that will uphold its cult status for years to come.

Rating: 10/10.

Movies like FIDO:
THE DEFILED, PARENTS, SOCIETY, BUGBABY, SHAUN OF THE DEAD, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, SUMMER OF THE DEAD.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Teaser Trailer Available for 'Scarlet Samurai: Incarnation'

New Poster and Teaser Trailer Drop
For the New Action Horror Film

SCARLET SAMURAI: INCARNATION
LOS ANGELES, CA - January 26, 2013 - Scarlet Samurai: Incarnation is the second super hero movie from the twisted fantasies of Tara Cardinal. Produced by Hollywood martial artist Sean Wyn and New York horror guru David Williams, it's a new Asian-inspired horror/action feature..

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Five reckless college kids on an urban archaeological expedition uncover a preternatural evil, and discover only a legend can fight a myth..

Almost a century ago, the Buffalo Central Terminal was cursed. Eighty years (and 922 missing persons) later, we find Ikari trying to follow in her (missing) father's archaeological footsteps. But Ikari--a part Chinese, part Japanese, half Jewish lesbian--has problems. She's suicidal, her girlfriend dumped her, she's failing her classes, she's about to lose her scholarship, her twin sister Feng is a samurai with supernatural abilities, and, on top of it all, she still lives with her Jewish mother (Maria Olsen).

To keep Ikari and his other students from failing, Professor Harrison sends them on a quick "in and out" field expedition to the Terminal. Along for what should be a fast and fun exploration are Ikari's best friend and gay fashion photographer Michael, goth martial artist Tavy, mild-mannered T.A. Lindsey, and Ikari's recently estranged ex-girlfriend Becks. But Ikari has other ideas... obsessed with her father's research and trying desperately, if not comically, to get her blonde, beautiful, and cold ex-girlfriend back, she unknowingly leads the team deeper and deeper into the ominous 17-story building...

…and right into the lair of the Jiang Shi.

Considered by Western Culture to be a myth, the zombie-like Jiang Shi is an undead demon that sucks Chi (the life force) from its victims while torturing, raping, and paralyzing them with its venomous claws. And now it is after them.

Samurai-in-training Feng, psychically linked to her twin sister Ikari, races to the Terminal to save Ikari and her friends from the Jiang Shi and its endless horde of undead minions. To defeat the mythical creature Ikari and Feng will have to join forces to become a legend. Because it takes a Legend to fight a Myth.

The Scarlet Samurai: Incarnation


The movie stars Alicen Holden (Dukes of Hazzard), Christian Boeving (Battledome, Zombie Massacre), Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3, Percy Jackson), Horror Cult Icon DeeDee Bigelow (Alien Armageddon, Show Girls 2), Justin Irwin, Patricia Dunn, Catherine Scrivo and Tara Cardinal (Wrath of the Crows, Zombie Massacre) as the Scarlet Samurai.
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Short: Prick (2011)

Leonard decides to change his murderous ways after an unexpected visitor lands at his door, but the demons of the past come back to haunt him in Colin Berry's stunning short, PRICK. PRICK enthralls the viewer with its captivating cinematography and polished production value. Although it is entirely without dialog, Berry is able to fully convey the plot and meaning behind the film through his choice of imagery and editing, but moreover through Ian Batt's expressive performance. Batt transforms from a hated antagonist in to a sympathetic antihero in a matter of moments, taking the audience along on his emotional journey. As Leonard dissolves into a delusional mental state, the people that surround him begin to take on a demonic appearance care of some impressive special effects. This surreal nightmare calls back to terrifying classics like JACOB'S LADDER and ANGEL HEART, and proves to be a major win for the first-time director.

Rating: 9/10.

Movies like PRICK:
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Autopsy (2008)

A terrible car wreck lands a group of friends in a remote Louisiana hospital, where they become the unwilling subjects of Dr. Benway's seedy experiments in AUTOPSY. Adam Gierasch assumes the role of director after co-writing a number of minor successes that include MORTUARY and the TOOLBOX MURDERS remake. Here, he makes the same mistake as Adam Green and Robert Hall had in HATCHET and LAID TO REST, putting the film's gory effects before the plot or characters. While it is true that AUTOPSY offers some gruesome scenes of gut-spilling, it seems hardly worth the wait while trudging through the underused sets and underwhelming performances from both Robert Patrick and Jenette Goldstein as the two sadistic villains. Jessica Lowndes stands out in the lead, but the rest of the teens play to type and do nothing to draw upon the audience's sympathies as they are being sliced and diced. Unfortunately, little would improve in Gierasch's blood-soaked remake to NIGHT OF THE DEMONS the following year.

Rating: 5/10.

Movies like AUTOPSY:
HATCHET, LAID TO REST, ASYLUM, DEATH TUNNEL, DARK FLOORS.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Girls Against Boys (2012)

Shae confides in her new friend, Lu, after suffering from a horrible sexual assault, but when the authorities are reluctant to help, the girls are forced to take matters into their own hands as they begin a violent killing spree against the men that harmed them. Austin Chick's GIRLS AGAINST BOYS puts a modern twist on the Rape and Revenge film in an unpredictable thriller that echoes the works of Abel Ferrara. Rather than have the victim get dragged in to a dark alley to be raped by some degenerate scumbag, the story gets underway in a contemporary setting, the night club, and deals with the all-too-realistic crime of date rape. This increases the awfulness of the act by creating a situation with which most people can relate. A dark, subversive sense of humor is drawn out of the girls' murderous rampage by Nicole LaLiberte as the psychotic Lu, whose callous disregard for human life makes her a far greater threat than any of the men. Danielle Panabaker is excellent as the quiet girl next door. From victim to vigilante, she creates a natural, believable character in Shae. The punishment doesn't always fit the crime once this deadly pair sets out for their revenge, but it is dealt in quick explosions of bloody gore. When good girls go bad, things get messy in GIRLS AGAINST BOYS.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like GIRLS AGAINST BOYS:
MS. 45, EXCISION, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, DUST UP, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK.

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Mirrors (2008)

The night watchman for an abandoned department store begins to question his sanity when he begins experiencing horrific images from within the store mirrors. As the visions transform into a terrifying reality, Ben must unravel the mystery behind the store's sordid past or face the wrath of the restless spirits within. Alexandre Aja's third foray into feature-length Horror is a considerable let down after the smash hits HIGH TENSION and THE HILLS HAVE EYES remake. MIRRORS never presents a consistent canon when it comes to the extent of the spirits' powers. First, it seems that they have the power to posses a person after looking in the mirror, then it seems they can steal the person's identity, entirely. The spirits are able to jump from the haunted location in to any other building with no established rule set, either, and their complete ability to interact with our world is dubious at best. It all seems so convenient and contrived that it becomes impossible to suspend disbelief. Kiefer Sutherland is outrageously over-the-top and can't be taken seriously in the role. Where the mirror motif offered Aja the potential to provide supreme tension and eerie atmosphere, he squanders every opportunity to unnerve the audience by using cheap shocks and excessive gore instead of a creating a slow suspense and creepy mood. The passive observer may take some pleasure in a few unexpected jumps, but it is difficult to ignore the logical inconsistencies and poor plotting.

Rating: 6/10.

Movies like MIRRORS:
THIR13EN GHOSTS, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, A HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Fascination (1979)

Jean Rollin hits the apex of his cinematic achievement in the surrealist nightmare that is FASCINATION. A thief takes refuge in an abandoned chateau before realizing that it is already being occupied by two vulnerable young women who claim to be its keepers. He is easily seduced by their beauty, and soon falls prey to their own devious designs. Unlike in so many of his other films, FASCINATION offers a linear and coherent storyline that still manages to present the same dreamlike atmosphere and dreary mood. Though highly eroticized, the sensuality of the characters plays strictly in to the plot, itself, rather than serving as cheap exploitation. The haunting image of actress Brigitte Lahaie crossing the bridge in her flowing gown with scythe in hand becomes an iconic moment in French cinema, and one that will not soon be forgotten. FASCINATION is an artistic exercise in style that doesn't quite have the same experimental art house look or feel to it. Its brightly-lit sets still cast a dark shadow over the characters, since we can tell from the beginning that something just isn't right with Elisabeth and Eva. Rollin assembles a wondrous cast in Jean-Marie Lemaire, Franca Maï, and Lahaie, who play perfectly in to his dark fantasy. FASCINATION is in top contention with THE GRAPES OF DEATH in becoming Rollin's finest film, if not his most popular.

Rating: 9/10.

Movies like FASCINATION:
EL TOPO, A TASTE OF BLOOD, LIPS OF BLOOD, REQUIEM FOR A VAMPIRE< THE GRAPES OF DEATH, NIGHT OF THE HUNTED.

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Phenomena (1985)

A young girl helps to track down a sadistic killer after discovering that she has the ability to communicate with insects in Dario Argento's PHENOMENA. PHENOMENA lacks much of the stylistic flare that can be found in the director's earlier efforts, save for a few beautifully-shot yet brutally violent death sequences. Although it cannot technically be classified as a Giallo, many of the traits do resemble this Italian form of suspense thriller. Jennifer Connelly plays our young heroine in one of her earliest starring roles. She is convincing enough as Jennifer, but not nearly as enthralling as she could have been in the lead. Donald Pleasance also appears in a small but vital role as entomologist John McGregor, who provides several key pieces to the puzzle. PHENOMENA's greatest misstep is in its arbitrary ending, which really has no bearing on the events that preceded and hardly answers any of the motivations behind the first several murders. This detracts from an otherwise engaging and suspenseful murder mystery. PHENOMENA does provide a fair share of revolting gross-outs and shocking deaths, and while it may not be the best representation of Argento's work, it has certainly earned its place as a fan favorite for many Italian film buffs.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like PHENOMENA:
SUSPIRIA, THE WOODS, THE STENDAHL SYNDROME, DEEP RED.

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Catch the 'Escapee' DVD and Blu-ray Release April 16th

Based on true events...

ESCAPEE
Heads Home to DVD and Blu-ray April 16th

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - January 24, 2013 - What the nature of unrelenting evil? Does it have a face? A voice? Once confronted, can we escape it? On April 16th, Anchor Bay Entertainment releases the suspense thriller Escapee on Blu-ray™ and DVD.

Written and directed by Campion E. Murphy, Escapee stars Dominic Purcell (Hijacked, Bad Karma, “Prison Break”), Christine Evangelista (The Joneses), Faith Ford (“Murphy Brown,” Hope & Faith”), Melissa Ordway (Ted, In Time, 17 Again) , and Carly Chaikin (The Last Song, “Suburgatory”). SRP for the Blu-ray™ is $24.99 and $22.98 for DVD. Pre-book is March 20th.

While on an observational trip to a high security prison for the criminally insane, young psychology student Abby Jones (Evangelista) has a chilling encounter with psychotic serial killer Harmon Porter (Purcell). Abby returns home that night to study with her two roommates, unaware of the dark forces she’s unleashed within Harmon. That evening, while a hurricane rages through town, Harmon slashes his way out of jail, leaving a brutal trail of bloody bodies in his quest to possess the body and soul of Abby Jones.

Bonus features on Escapee DVD and Blu-ray™ include a making-of featurette, photo gallery and the trailer.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Straw Dogs (2011)

David Sumner returns with his wife to her home town of Blackwater, Mississippi, where life is much different than this L.A. screenwriter ever could have imagined... Tensions flare between David and several of the locals after a few unfortunate altercations, but how far will David go to defend himself when he is pushed over the edge? STRAW DOGS can be counted amongst several of the most unnecessary remakes in the 2000's. Rather than spend his time returning to the original novel in an attempt to present something new entirely, writer/director Rod Lurie has tried (and failed) to recreate Sam Peckinpah's controversial screen adaptation with minimal changes to the plot or characters. The cast, which includes James Marsden and Kate Bosworth in leading roles, is far less effective, and in trying to imitate the timely delivery of the first film, Lurie has forgotten that modern audiences only have a limited attention span. He also feels the need to repeatedly spell out the underlying themes in the film, presuming that the audience is too unintelligent to understand them. This leaves only the controversial rape scene and ultra-violent ending for fans to look forward to, which also serve to disappoint given the level of desensitization that now exists. The STRAW DOGS of 2011 isn't necessarily a poorly made film, it just pales in comparison to its predecessor like so many other remakes of its time.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like STRAW DOGS:
DEATH WEEKEND, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS, THE VIRGIN SPRING. CHERRY TREE LANE, THE HILLS HAVE EYES, WHO CAN KILL A CHILD?.

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There's Nothing Out There (1991)

Something sinister is loose in the woods, and if these teens hope to survive the night, they had better listen to their friend Mike, who knows all of the rules when it comes to surviving a Horror movie! Try as he may, Mike just can't seem to stop his friends from heading out into the woods alone or going skinny dipping in the lake, but he knows better than to investigate that strange noise in the bushes, himself! THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE is a Horror movie that has been tailored specifically for Horror fans, and as redundant as that may sound, one's knowledge of the genre is sure to dictate their overall enjoyment of the film. Rolfe Kanefsky plays off of all the major Horror tropes with a sly, pointed sense of humor. The only downside is that the humor is presented in the most annoying form possible, through the obnoxious character of Mike. Mike becomes so overbearing that it's a wonder his own friend didn't kill him, first. The cheesy rubber monster and stereotypical teen characters only add to the high camp of the picture. THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE has understandably earned itself a strong cult following over the years, and serves as an entertaining precursor to the SCREAM series.

Rating: 6/10.

Movies like THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE:
STUDENT BODIES, RETURN TO HORROR HIGH, SCREAM, BEHIND THE MASK, POPCORN, SLAUGHTER HIGH.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Resolution (2012)

In a last ditch effort to save his friend from a terrible drug addiction, Michael forcibly handcuffs Chris to the wall of his remote cabin until the drugs can clear his system and Michael can convince Chris to enter rehab. What Michael doesn't account for are the dark forces that are at work in the woods surrounding the cabin, forces which will not rest until Chris' story is finally told... to conclusion! Justin Benson's debut feature is as confused and irrational as its crack-addled character. If the supernatural elements of the plot were intended as some form of morality play, their meaning must have been lost along the way. No conceivable link is ever established between Chris' addiction and the faceless evil that stalks the land. Peter Cilella is passable as the naive do-gooder, Michael, but Vinny Curran doesn't seem to know (or care) enough about drug withdrawals to provide a believable performance. Instead, he tries to play the funny man while spouting out an endless line of profanities. Contrary to the film's title, the audience is left with no resolution in the end, only more questions.

Rating: 6/10.

Movies like RESOLUTION:
THE HILLS RUN RED, PURIFICATION, THE NINTH GATE, CIGARETTE BURNS.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Now Presenting: Autumn Sayz!

With our four-year anniversary fast approaching, I Like Horror Movies has a lot to be thankful for, but nothing beats having a family that loves Horror. The Manes family has been conducting a secret a new website starring our own little monster, which we now proudly present to the Horror World: Autumn Sayz! Horror from the perspective of a 4-year-old!

Get a glimpse at Autumn's latest video below, and be sure to visit http://www.autumnsayz.com for Movie Reviews, Interviews, Artwork, and yes... Home Movies!!


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The Sky Has Fallen (2009)

A deathly plague has overswept the entire world, leaving only a few survivors to battle the alien-infested corpses of the dead or join their ranks in Doug Roos' sci-fi thriller, THE SKY HAS FALLEN. Roos strives to reach the same level of action and excitement that we have seen before in indie hits like PLAGA ZOMBIE, UNDEAD, and VERSUS, but his work bears the mark of an amateur filmmaker from start to finish. That isn't to say that it lacks ambition, especially considering his involvement as writer, director, producer, cinematographer, and editor, but there is still much to be learned when it comes to the art of filmmaking. Pacing aside, THE SKY HAS FALLEN is weighed down by the heavy dialog, which often feels repetitive and tiresome. The expository shots are framed using a dry cross-cutting technique with no dramatic flare, although the action sequences do have a highly stylized sense about them that gives off the look and feel of a Japanese animation. It also becomes trapped by its limited scope, and never manages to convey a world-wide epidemic within the small forest setting. Where THE SKY HAS FALLEN excels most is in its original make-up designs for the undead creatures, walking corpses that ooze puss and grow bubbling lesions all over their rotting flesh, not to mention the buckets of blood that spray from their wounds. Gore fans are sure to appreciate the absurd amount of splatter, and hopefully Roos can use this as a learning experience going in to his second feature.

Rating: 4/10.

Movies like THE SKY HAS FALLEN:
UNDEAD, PLAGA ZOMBIE, VERSUS, BEYOND THE GRAVE.

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Son of Godzilla (1967)

The scientists on Sollgel Island are in for a big surprise when Godzilla returns to defend his offspring from a mutant race of giant insects in SON OF GODZILLA! SON OF GODZILLA forms the second part of Godzilla's island adventures that began in GODZILLA VS THE SEA MONSTER, and suffers from many of the same weaknesses under Jun Fukuda's direction. It is bad enough that the goofy googly-eyed Godzilla costume found its way back onto the screen, but what is worse is the horrendous design that is used for Godzilla's son, Minilla. We see Toho begin catering towards its younger target audience by interjecting humor in to their films through Minilla, while also completing Godzilla's transition from the destroyer into the savior of Japan. Despite its many flaws, SON OF GODZILLA features an incredibly designed and articulated set of villains in the Kamacuras, or giant preying mantises, as well as in the spindly spider, Kumonga. Like King Ghidorah, the Kamacuras would require the perfectly choreographed puppetry of an entire team of artists in order to achieve the realistic movements of the creatures, which achieve a stunning overall effect. Godzilla's arrival on Sollgel Island is a nice touch, but few will cite this among the better sequels.

Monsters: Kamacuras, Kumonga, Godzilla, Minilla.

Rating: 6/10.

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Godzilla vs The Sea Monster (1966)

The first of Godzilla's two island adventure films, GODZILLA VS THE SEA MONSTER is an immediate departure from the earlier entries in the series, which should come as no surprise considering the lack of involvement from director Ishiro Honda, composer Akira Ifukube, and the limited involvement of Eiji Tsuburaya overseeing the special effects. The script, as originally written, was to include King Kong in place of Godzilla, which accounts for many of Godzilla's atypical mannerisms, as well. The combined effect of each of these changes amounts to one of the weaker entries in the series, with subpar special effects and an uninteresting storyline. This time around, a group of unassuming teenagers happen upon an evil terrorist organization while searching for one of their brothers who was lost at sea. The Red Bamboo defend the island from a giant crustacean known as Ebirah using a chemical weapon that is produced by the natives, who, Ryota and his friend learn, are being enslaved. When it is discovered that Godzilla is also hibernating on the island, Ryota and the others work up a plan to destroy the Red Bamboo and free the slaves with the help of Godzilla and Mothra! GODZILLA VS THE SEA MONSTER seems to draw a strong influence from the industrial espionage that frequented the Bond series in England at the time, and hardly reflects the growing interest in science fiction from the previous films. Ebirah's presence is inconsequential to the plot, and the action sequences are disappointing to say the least. Godzilla and Ebirah even volley a boulder back and forth in one of their few grudge matches. The island series would end the following year with the birth of the SON OF GODZILLA.

Monsters: Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra. 

Rating: 5/10.

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Cruel Jaws (1995)

When we're talking bad killer shark flicks, two titles always top the list: SHARK ATTACK 3 and Bruno Mattei's made-for-TV movie, CRUEL JAWS. CRUEL JAWS uses so much stolen footage and lifted dialog from other films that it can hardly be recognized as a unique film of its own. The characters and events resemble the original JAWS so much, in fact, that Peter Benchley was given a writing credit despite having no involvement in the production. Fans will note specific instances that have also been blatantly removed from JAWS 3 and THE LAST SHARK, the latter of which is used the most frequently throughout the film. Mattei butchers THE LAST SHARK, Italy's premiere sharksploitation flick, and re-edits nearly half the film into his own with all the precision of a hacksaw. Plagiarism aside, what does exist of Mattei's original footage consists only of the most awful and absurd acting ever to come out of international waters. It is unintentionally hilarious, and serves as a never-ending source of entertainment for B-movie fans. Whether we're looking at the piss-poor line deliveries or the sad attempts at rewriting Benchley's material, CRUEL JAWS is a cinematic abortion from start to finish, but it is so perfectly bad that it even exceeds SHARK ATTACK 3 in the race for worst shark film ever made.

Rating: 2/10.

Movies like CRUEL JAWS:
SHARK ATTACK 3, JERSEY SHORE SHARK ATTACK, JAWS, THE LAST SHARK, TINTORERA.

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The Woman in Black (2012)

Hammer Horror returns in full force in the 2012 film adaptation of THE WOMAN IN BLACK, starring Daniel Radcliffe. A lowly young lawyer is sent to prepare the sale of a grand old estate, the Eel Marsh House, but unbeknownst to him, the house carries with it an ominous curse that has been plaguing the children of the small town for years. After settling in, Arthur begins experiencing horrific visions as the ghosts of the past return to haunt him! THE WOMAN IN BLACK is an excellent revival of the Gothic tradition that echoes the works of Jack Clayton and Alejandro Amenábar in their retellings of the classic novella, The Turn of the Screw. A constant sense of dread befalls the viewer as we are drowned in mists and shadows. Director James Watkins takes a timely approach to storytelling of his own which pays off entirely, and allows for many long, drawn out sequences to incrementally heighten the tension and suspense as we await the final shock in the end. THE WOMAN IN BLACK also focuses heavily on eerie effects which can be achieved in frame rather than destroying the fantasy through computerized scares. Daniel Radcliffe is amply equipped for the role as the grieving lawyer Arthur Kipps, and plays perfectly in to the Edwardian setting. One can only hope that this will continue to spark more ghostly haunts in the terrifying tradition of the Hammer House of Horror.

Rating: 9/10.

Movies like THE WOMAN IN BLACK:
THE OTHERS, GHOST STORY, THE CHANGELING, THE INNOCENTS.

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'Howling' Author Gary Brandner's 'Invitation' Gets a DVD Release

Experience a Trilogy of Terrors in
VOICES FROM THE GRAVE

Featuring 'Invitation' written by Gary Brandner

LOS ANGELES, CA - January 20, 2013 - From filmmakers Richard Stoudt and Laurence Holloway and master horror writer Gary Brandner, author of 'The Howling', comes a terrifying film experience called 'Voices from the Grave'. A trio of horrors that will make your flesh creep and your heart palpitate.

Deadly spirits, vengeful and maliciously spiteful give fuel to these tales of supernatural terrors.

'Invitation', based on a short story by Gary Brandner, tells the tale of loser Len Krager, who attends a party he'll never forget! A vengeful spirit exacts revenge in the tale 'All Hallows' Eve'! An exercise in suspense and atmosphere set on Halloween night. Robert Mundy doesn't celebrate Halloween since the accidental death of his brother on Halloween night. But this Halloween night, vengeance will rise and seek retribution. Ghostly road hazards endanger a used car owner in the turbo-charged yarn 'Repossessed', a spine tingling 'vehicle' for absolute fright. Jeff purchases a killer car for a killer deal....unfortunately, the car wants his body and soul

A true exercise in style and terror, 'Voices from The Grave' will thrill and chill even the most jaded horror fan!

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'Familiar' Finds Its Way to FEARnet

FATAL PICTURES presents
FAMILIAR

Arriving on FEARnet in 2013

TORONTO, ON - January 20, 2013 - FATAL PICTURES is proud to announce “FAMILIAR”, a new Horror short starring Robert Nolan, Astrida Auza and Cathryn Hostick as the seemingly idyllic yet ultimately doomed Dodd Family.

Through a series of tragic events a middle aged man grows to suspect the negative impulses plaguing his mind may not be his own…

FATAL PICTURES is very proud to have “FAMILIAR” coming to Fearnet.com in (2013) FEARnet is your #1 TV, VOD and web destination for horror, suspense and thriller programming.

Available On TV and On Demand across the US, FEARnet serves up the best horror, thrills, and chills in entertainment.

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New Trailer Debuts for 'The Bay'

“Director Barry Levinson deploys found footage to startling new effect, conveying terror of an ecological phenomenon that might easily be real… This is horror for grown-ups.”
-The Guardian

New Trailer Surfaces for
THE BAY

Opens in UK cinemas March 1, 2013

LONDON, GB - January 20, 2013 - The producers of horror hits “Sinister” and “Insidious” and the award-winning director of “Rain Man” team up to deliver a stark, disturbing and truly nerve-shredding tale of an ecological nightmare.

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Academy Award winning director Barry Levinson (Rain Man; Sleepers), producers Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity; Sinister; Insidious), Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity; Insidious), Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity; Insidious) and rising star Kristen Connolly (The Cabin In The Woods).

The quaint coastal town of Claridge, Maryland thrives on the safe, tranquil and abundant waters of Chesapeake Bay. During their annual Independence Day celebrations, a gruesome plague is unleashed, quickly infecting the residents and turning them against each other. A brutal and harrowing creature feature for the 21st century, “The Bay” graphically chronicles the descent of a small town into absolute terror.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, you find out you can’t even drink it! Veteran Hollywood blockbuster director Barry Levinson brings a rare pedigree to the horror genre utilising a variety of footage formats – from mobile phones, TV reports and CCTV to 911 recordings and web cam transmissions – to present a realistic and totally believable shocker. An intelligent and thought-provoking horror movie with enough gore and stomach-churning imagery to satisfy even the most hardened horror fans, “The Bay” could put you off seafood and even drinking water for quite some time after the credits roll.
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Invasion of the Astro-Monster (1965)

A pair of astronauts encounter an alien civilization while exploring the unknown Planet X. The Xians request their aid in fending off Monster Zero, known on Earth as King Ghidorah, and ask to borrow Earth's mightiest monsters in order to defeat him. After constructing a plan, Godzilla and Rodan are shipped off to Planet X, but something nefarious is at foot... In truth, the Xians plan to control the monsters using magnetic waves in an effort to conquer the planet, and it will take all of Earth's forces to stop them! This sixth film in the Godzilla series introduces more science fiction elements than ever before in a space-opera of epic proportions. American actor Nick Adams would co-star as Astronaut Glenn Amer in Toho's continuing effort to reach a widening audience over seas. Adams is joined by Akira Takarada, and together they make an enjoyable team on screen. Once the monsters return to Earth under the control of the Xians, the destruction and carnage is unmatched as they obliterate more of Eiji Tsuburaya's finely-made models. In a moment that fans are unlikely to forget (or forgive), Godzilla performs a child-like victory dance after he and Rodan first defeat Ghidorah while on the surface of Planet X. INVASION OF THE ASTRO-MONSTER is another excellent sequel and an important stepping stone in the evolution of the Godzilla series.

Monsters: Godzilla, Rodan, King Ghidorah.

Rating: 9/10.

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Short: Out There (2012)

Robert awakens bloodied, scared, and alone in the woods outside an old country road. As he searches for help, his memories slowly begin to return to him, memories which may have been better left forgotten... Randal Plunkett's beautifully-shot and well-acted Horror short, OUT THERE, starts off immediately with a growing sense of dread that carries through to the final frame. Our journey through Robert's memories are met with equal shock as he rediscovers the terrifying events that led to his desertion in the woods. This slow reveal provides many suspenseful moments as the plot twists in a number of unexpected ways. While the final outcome falls closer in line with many other recent Horror entries, it is the build that separate this from the standard fare. Included as well are some fantastic make-up designs that stand up against most major Horror films. OUT THERE postures itself with the same quality and finesse of a feature length film, and is a big win for director Randal Plunkett.

Rating: 8/10.

Movies like OUT THERE:
28 DAYS LATER, DAWN OF THE DEAD, STAKE LAND.

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Cherry Tree Lane (2010)

A simple night at home turns into a deadly game of survival for Christine and Michael when three of their son's low-life friends hold them hostage while waiting for him to return. Director Paul Andrew Williams of THE COTTAGE fame has digested the works of Wes Craven and Michael Haneke then placed an urban edge on them in the 2010 home invasion Horror story, CHERRY TREE LANE. A strict dichotomy is drawn between Britain's upper and lower classes, where Williams has the chance to explore the mutual exclusivity of each through the microcosm on screen. The same dark humor that we experienced in FUNNY GAMES creeps through these teens' bleak world view as well, proposing a life in which violence and crime have become accepted as a daily occurrence. Where CHERRY TREE LANE falters is in its inability to bring anything new to the table. We have seen this all before, it has simply been reprocessed to fit the current social climate that surrounds Britain's inner city youth. Williams does leave us with a brilliant closing shot, however, and one that intentionally provokes the viewer to choose between giving in to their insatiable blood lust and desire for revenge, or to maintain their last hold on civilization. CHERRY TREE LANE does show a marked improvement in style and form for the director.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like CHERRY TREE LANE:
THE AGGRESSION SCALE, THEM, THE STRANGERS, FUNNY GAMES, THE HILLS HAVE EYES, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

A warning from space details the coming of King Ghidorah, a giant three-headed monster and destroyer of planets! The spokespeople of Earth summon the winged guardian, Mothra, to save humanity, but Mothra must call upon the combined strength of Godzilla and Rodan in order to defeat the intergalactic terror. GHIDORAH, THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER gives birth to Godzilla's most iconic foe, the great King Ghidorah! Ghidorah is a masterwork of design and special effects, brought to life by a team of puppeteers controlling the dragon's vast wings and many heads. Ghidorah's signature roar and lightning breath only add to the monster's incredible appeal, making him a favorite amongst fans. GHIDORAH, THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER introduces many important trends that would come to define the Showa era, mainly the inclusion of alien beings and the all-out brawls that would feature a pantheon of Toho's greatest creations. We also see a change in Godzilla's role from destructor to indifferent observer as part of his gradual shift into humanity's savior continues. GHIDORAH contains a fantastic display of aerial combat, grappling, and laser battles that reaches the height of Eiji Tsuburaya's incredible achievement in special effects. King Ghidorah would make his return the following year in Godzilla's next exciting space outing, INVASION OF THE ASTRO-MONSTER.

Monsters: Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah.

Rating: 9/10.
 
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Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)

A typhoon causes an enormous egg to wash ashore the beaches of Japan, where the greedy owner of Happy Enterprises is quick to claim it as his own in an attempt to exploit the scientific wonder as a tourist attraction. A pair of skeptical news reporters grow suspicious of his actions when they are approached by the two tiny Infant Island twins, who reveal that the egg belongs Mothra and that it must be returned lest they incur Mothra's wrath, but before the it has the chance to hatch, Godzilla resurfaces on a destructive path towards the egg. The two gargantuan monsters clash in the earth-shattering finale of MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA! The fourth film in the series pits the unstoppable force of nature against Earth's winged guardian in one of Godzilla's finest sequels! Screenwriter Shinichi Sekizawa delivers another playful and inventive script, with a central focus on the human element that is also indicative of Ishiro Honda's particular style. MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA sees the return of the Peanut Twins as Mothra's two protectors, who are imaginatively shrunken down to their miniature size as they try to warn of the coming danger. The battle that persists between Mothra and Godzilla is a spectacle, indeed, offering a wide range of attacks that keep the action fresh and exciting. Godzilla's appearance has started to become more anthropomorphized, with a shortened snout and forward-facing eyes. Akira Ifukube provides another wonderful reprisal of his dramatic scores, with more stunning miniatures and special effects by master craftsman Eiji Tsuburaya. This memorable entry in the series is beloved by fans and ranks very highly within the series!

Monsters: Godzilla, Mothra.

Rating: 9/10.

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Ghoul (2012)

A small town's secrets have been kept buried beneath Golgotha Cemetery, but three young boys mistakingly unleash it when digging a nearby fort in the coming-of-age Horror film, GHOUL. Adapted from the novel by Brian Keene, GHOUL focuses far more heavily on the inner struggles of its three male protagonists than the subterranean terror lurking beneath the cemetery. In many ways, the ghoul is more of a physical manifestation of the horrors experienced at home than anything else, and in defeating it, the boys learn to free themselves from their inner demons as they progress in to manhood. Unfortunately, the stronger story elements are overshadowed by a lackluster production. Let alone the continuing struggle with pacing, GHOUL is incredibly uneven, pairing the light mood of a childhood drama with the gory trappings of an adult monster movie. GHOUL becomes less accessible to younger audiences due to its darker themes as well, with child abuse and molestation being the true "monsters" of the picture. There is no discernible hero to be found either, and none of the performances stand out enough to elicit an emotional attachment to the characters. Try as it may, GHOUL is unable to dig up any interest in audiences young or old.

Rating: 5/10.

Movies like GHOUL:
THE GOONIES, THE GATE, LIGHTNING BUG, MEAN CREEK, STAND BY ME, THE FIELDS.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Last Shark (1981)

The quaint coastal community of Port Harbor is terrorized by a ferocious 35-foot great white shark in 1981's THE LAST SHARK! The finest of all JAWS imitations saw a mere two weeks in theaters before being pulled for its 'slight' similarities to the Universal classic, but unlike so many of the pathetic rip-offs that have surfaced over the years, THE LAST SHARK merits viewing by killer shark fans more than any other. James Franciscus and Vic Morrow headline in two noteworthy performances, even if they do closely shadow the characters played by Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw. While the plot points and major action sequences also mirror many of the events that occurred in both JAWS and JAWS 2, they are carried out with all of the same care and affection. Director Enzo G. Castellari employs a variety of techniques to bring his man-eating menace to life, including the clever use of a rubber buoy to subtly imply the shark's presence during one of its attacks. No one will accuse the film of being ultra-realistic between the cheap rubber puppets and frequent intercutting of stock footage and live-action, but Georgio Ferrari deserves a considerable amount of credit for his impressive mechanical shark that, some may say, looks better than the shark in JAWS. US copyright laws have kept THE LAST SHARK off of the market for years, but this entertaining little gem has invaded new waters through various media outlets online.

Rating: 6/10.

Movies like THE LAST SHARK:
JAWS, ORCA, PIRANHA, CRUEL JAWS, SHARK ATTACK, TINTORERA.

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Who Will Survive the 'Death Game'?

Only the strongest will survive...


Coming soon to DVD in the UK!

LONDON, GB - January 13, 2013 - Big Brother meets Battle Royale in this gripping game of survival, from the acclaimed director Hideo Nakata (The Ring). Based on the best selling novel ‘The Incite House – 7 Day Death Game’ this psychological thriller meets horror shows the terrible lengths that humans will go to to survive.

From the acclaimed horror director Hideo Nakata (The Ring, The Ring 2, Dark Water), and stars Tatsuya Fujiwara (Battle Royale, Arriety).

When ten strangers agree to an interview for the same lucrative job offer, they find themselves locked in an underground complex to take part in a psychological experiment for seven days.

The group soon discovers that the pay is too good to be true when the horrifying specifics of the game are unveiled. Trust each other, kill, or be killed. The world watches while the contestants fight for their life in a sick and twisted survival of the fittest.

Suspenseful action and twisted thrills will get your pulse quickening in this highly original thriller from the legendary horror filmmaker Hideo Nakata, who proves that he is still at the top of his directing game.
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After Dark Films Reveals 'Dark Circles' Trailer

After Dark Films' Keeps You Up With the
DARK CIRCLES
Trailer Debut

LOS ANGELES, CA - January 16, 2013 - After Dark Films kicks off After Dark Originals 2 with its first chilling feature of the new series that will send shivers down your spine. DARK CIRCLES, written and directed by Writer-Director Paul Soter (of Broken Lizard infamy, the team behind CLUB DREAD, SUPER TROOPERS and BEERFEST and starring Pell James (The Lincoln Lawyer) and Johnathon Schaech (That Thing You Do).

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"Hopefully this will serve as some kind of cinematic equivalent of birth control." 

 - Paul Soter, Writer/Director of Dark Circles

When new parents Alex and Penny retreat from the city and move into a place outside town, the stress and massive sleep-deprivation caused by their infant has both of them seeing things in the house that may or may not exist. Persistent sightings of a strange woman has each of them wondering if they are suffering from hallucinations, or if their new home holds a dark, supernatural presence. As their fragile grasp on reality spirals into delirium, Alex and Penny find themselves nearly helpless to deal with the horrific truth of what is really going on in this house.



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New Poster Debuts for 'In Fear'

View the poster for the chilling psychological thriller IN FEAR starring Iain De Caestecker (U.K. TV show The Fades), Alice Englert (the forthcoming Beautiful Creatures), and Allen Leech (Downton Abbey):


A young couple gets lost in a maze of country roads and attempt to survive a night-turned-nightmare. IN FEAR will be playing the Sundance Film Festival on the following dates:

Sunday, January 20, Midnight, Egyptian Theatre, Park City
Sunday, January 22, 9:30pm, Broadway Centre Cinema 6, Salt Lake City
Monday, January 23, 11:30pm, Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
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Monday, January 14, 2013

The Millennium Bug (2011)

Just when the Haskins think that they have escaped all of the Y2K hysteria by heading in to the hills for a family camping trip, they are kidnapped by a group of inbred hicks and prepared for some good old-fashioned hillbilly rape. Luckily for them, the hills are also home to a giant carnivorous bug that only appears once every thousand years to feed: THE MILLENNIUM BUG! THE MILLENNIUM BUG is what you would get if Lloyd Kaufman were asked to direct CLOVERFIELD. Why anyone thought to cross hixploitation with the giant monster movie is beyond us, but it works! It isn't the the crass humor or the blood-soaked gore that does it necessarily, nor the campy performances, but the incredibly inventive and ambitious set designs and special effects. Kenneth Cran and his talented team of artists fall back on a number of traditional techniques to bring the creature to life on screen. The models and miniatures blend smoothly against the green-screened characters to convincingly trick the eye, at least until they can bring on the giant life-sized puppets. Troma and giant monster fans can get their fix in THE MILLENNIUM BUG!

Rating: 4/10.

Movies like THE MILLENNIUM BUG:
WRONG TURN, CLOVERFIELD, CREEP VAN, ABOMINABLE, KRAA! THE SEA MONSTER.

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Preview the 'Ghost Team One' Trailer Online Now!

Preview the Hilarious Horror Comedy
GHOST TEAM ONE

Screening January 20th and 24th at the Slamdance Film Festival

LOS ANGELES, CA - January 14, 2013 - In order to impress a girl, two roommates set out to make a documentary about a murder that took place in their house decades ago. The girl thinks that the victim's ghost still resides there, and the two guys think that making a movie with her will get them laid. But after setting cameras up around the house, the legitimately supernatural occurrences that follow make it apparent that the ghost is not only real, but that she’s a vengeful Vietnamese madame from the 1930’s that’s become smitten with our guys. A subversive, comedic take on the found footage genre.
'Paranormal Activity' meets 'Harold and Kumar':



SLAMDANCE SCREENINGS

Sunday, January 20th at 10:20pm – Main Screening Room – (Treasure Mountain Inn - 255 Main Street)

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Linnea Quigley Triple-Feature Out This Tuesday!

LINNEA QUIGLEY SCREAMS THRU
GRINDHOUSE TRIPLE FEATURE

LOS ANGELES, CA - January 14, 2013 - Scream Queen Linnea Quigley is no stranger to shock and splatter. The 1980s horror icon, inducted into Fangoria Magazine’s “Hall of Fame,” has been possessed, returned from the dead, pierced on antlers by a killer Santa and was even trapped inside Freddy Krueger’s chest. Coming to DVD from rapidheart.com this Tuesday, January 15, 2013 are three of the actresses long-lost cult classic terror-fests, NIGHTMARE SISTERS, DEADLY EMBRACE, and the gruesome MURDER WEAPON.

NIGHTMARE SISTERS – The camp horror classic that became one of USA’s UP ALL NIGHT most popular broadcasts returns after a decade in moratorium! Three innocent college girls (Quigley, Brinke Stevens of THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE and Michelle Bauer of HOLLYWOOD CHAINSAW HOOKERS) become sorority succubus sisters when possessed by an evil spirit. It’s up to their geeky boyfriends to turn the sudden sexpots with killer bites back into the dorkalicious babes they know and love. Richard Gabai (VIRGIN HIGH) and Michael Sonye (FRIDAY THE 13TH) also star.

DEADLY EMBRACE – When a desperate housewife hires a hunky college guy (Ken Abraham, CREEPOZOIDS) to repair her home, she quickly attempts to seduce him. However, when his sprite young girlfriend (Quigley) shows up for a long, hot weekend of sex, jealousy and obsession consume the housewife, spiraling into a spree of kidnap, torture and murder. Also featuring an all-star cast of cult favorites Ruth Collins (PSYCHOS IN LOVE), Jan-Michael Vincent (AIRWOLF), Ty Randolph (BATMAN RETURNS), Michelle Bauer (PUPPET MASTER III), and Jack Carter (ALLIGATOR).

MURDER WEAPON – Two criminally insane mob daughters (Quigley and DICK TRACY’s Karen Russell), fresh out of the asylum, gather their ex-boyfriends claiming a desire for reconciliation. In truth, the temptresses have a need to avenge their broken hearts and satisfy an unending bloodlust. Also features Lyle Waggoner (THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW) and Eric Freeman (SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT, PART 2). Showing one of cinema’s most gruesome sledgehammer-to-the-head murders, this long-sought after title is available for the first time on DVD.

Loaded with sex and violence, all three films are featured in the hit documentary SCREAMING IN HIGH HEELS, currently airing on NBCUniversal’s Chiller TV, generating interest with horror fans old and new. The LINNEA QUIGLEY GRINDHOUSE TRIPLE FEATURE, available through amazon.com and other major retailers, is 240 minutes of unbridled fun and fear, including new commentary tracks on each film by Quigley and director David DeCoteau.
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'Lightning Bug' Blu-ray Signing This Wednesday!

LIGHTNING BUG
Blu-ray signing at
Dark Delicacies on January 16th!

WHAT: Join award-winning special effects makeup wizard Robert Hall and star Kevin Gage on Wednesday evening January 16th at Burbank’s famed Dark Delicacies bookstore to sign Blu-rays of Hall’s screenwriting and directorial debut feature LIGHTNING BUG, premiering in the high-def format from Image Entertainment.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 16th, 7:00pm

WHERE: Dark Delicacies Bookstore
3512 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 556-6660

WHO: Writer/Director Robert Hall; Star Kevin Gage

DETAILS: After wowing genre and mainstream audiences and fans during its initial DVD release, Image Entertainment will release Lightning Bug for the very first time on Blu-ray January 15th in an all-new, never-before-seen Extended Cut. The screenwriting and directorial debut of award-winning special makeup effects wizard Robert Hall (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” Pineapple Express, Quarantine, Superbad), Lighting Bug launched a career that eventually spawned the creation of horror icon “ChromeSkull” in Hall’s Laid To Rest and ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest 2.

Lightning Bug is a nostalgic journey through the budding aspirations and sobering realities of youth, as told semi-autobiographically by writer/director Hall, with a stellar cast including Laura Prepon (“That 70’s Show”), Bret Harrison (“Grounded For Life,” “The O.C.”), Kevin Gage (Heat) and Ashley Laurence (Hellraiser and Hellraiser II). Read The Full Post HERE!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

'Ditch' Official Teaser Debuts Online

DITCH
Brings More Mystery and Conflict
In the Official Teaser Debut

“There’s Hell to Pay for Cutting Class!”

LOS ANGELES, CA - January 13, 2013 - Writer Daniel P. Coughlin’s sinister thriller Ditch continues to impress. Coughlin has created a horrifying feature from his script that incorporates an axeman, a ditch party and a score that needs to be settled. Coughlin is best known for his previous horror features, including After Dark’s Lake Dead (2007) and Farmhouse (2008) starring Steven Weber. Ditch will continue this writer’s terrifying film run, with a group of high schoolers targeted for revenge!

And, Ditch now has a thrilling teaser trailer. The short clip shows actor Bill Oberst Jr. as Vick, with axe in-hand. Vick’s past is linked with Jenny’s (Katy Foley). Jenny has made a mistake somewhere in her past, one which she knows nothing about. Both characters will collide as Vick desires revenge for this past wrong: “people have to pay for what they do.” Preview this exciting reel in the first teaser trailer for Ditch below:



The horror feature Ditch is currently in post-production. This film is expected to release in 2013, with a more specific release date coming shortly.

Release Date: 2013.

Director: Joe Hendrick.

Writer: Daniel P. Couglin.

Producer: Megan Waters.

Cast Includes: Bill Oberst Jr., Katy Foley, Zach Silverman, Lynn Lowry and Morgan Benoit.

The Ditch official synopsis:

"Jenny Bilson, a high school senior, is the perfect student, a wonderful daughter to a veteran police detective and an all American Dream. But the one mistake she is unaware of making is about to haunt her in a very violent way as her past returns for revenge" (Ditch Movie Partners LLC).

Official Website: http://thefilmditch.com

The fan page for Ditch is here: https://www.facebook.com/TheFilmDitch
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Dr. Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks (1974)

What horrors will the nefarious Count Frankenstein unleash upon the world now? Why, re-animated cavemen, of course... Frankenstein hopes to prove his worth to the scientific community with this final experiment, but a distempered dwarf and his hulking sidekick look to stop him! When it comes to bottom of the barrel Italian exploitation, DR. FRANKENSTEIN'S CASTLE OF FREAKS is at the top of the list. Dick Randall haphazardly tosses together an awful plot with ridiculous characters in the hopes that the sleazy sex and gore will distract from his own artless direction. Rossano Brazzi brings nothing to the role of the questionable Count Frankenstein (?), whose ramshackle laboratory doesn't even seem fit for a back alley abortion. DR. FRANKENSTEIN'S CASTLE OF FREAKS doesn't pose the slightest bit of entertainment for any Gothic or B-movie fan in all of its self-inflicted boredom.

Rating: 3/10.

Movies like FRANKENSTEIN'S CASTLE OF FREAKS:
LADY FRANKENSTEIN, COUNT DRACULA'S GREAT LOVE, FRANKENSTEIN 80.

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Phantasm (1979)

The deaths of several of the townspeople prompt Mike and his friends to investigate the local mortuary, where they discover that a mysterious grave robber has been transforming the bodies of the deceased into his own interplanetary slaves! Don Coscarelli's cult-classic, PHANTASM, is unlike anything else the genre has ever seen, and presents a nightmarish dreamscape that can often be difficult to follow. Of the many varying themes and possibilities within the film, however, one theory seems to stand out the strongest. PHANTASM can most easily be read as an allegory for Mike's budding homosexuality, which he deeply fears and attempts to escape. Coscarelli leaves us with many distinct visual and audio clues in this regard, as evidenced throughout the entire film.

PHANTASM opens with Tommy being seduced by the Lady in Lavender, who is then revealed to be the Tall Man in disguise. As Tommy is killed during his sexual indiscretion in the graveyard, we are shown the level of intolerance that this small town has for its homosexual inhabitants. We cut to Mike, his brother Jody, and their family friend Reggie, who are attending Tommy's funeral at the Morningside Cemetery. Fearful of how Mike may react, he is asked by his brother to stay back, but as he watches the proceedings from a distance, he is haunted by a strange evil surrounding him in the cemetery. The seed is planted in his mind: Tommy's homosexual acts were punishable by death. Were the film released two years later, this might also have been seen as a subliminal linking between homosexuality and AIDS. As the funeral draws to a close, Mike's fears materialize in to a large, phallic representation of Death: The Tall Man. What better villain could be found but a tall, stern man with a bowl-shaped haircut that throws deadly steel balls at his victims' faces?

After leaving the cemetery, Mike seeks answers from a local psychic. He explains the strange happenings that occurred, and the fear he exhibited when confronted with the specter of Death. Mike is instructed to place his hand within a black box, but when he does, he is seemingly attacked by the physical manifestation of his fears following Tommy's death. Mike is then told to release his fear, the only thing that is keeping him trapped, which allows him to remove his hand, unharmed. This bit of enlightenment is quickly forgotten, but will play an intricate role in his self discovery later in the plot.

We next find Mike following his brother Jody from the bar accompanied by the Lady in Lavender. Mike is still deeply confused and conflicted by his feelings, which brings him back to the cemetery to watch as Jody and the Lady become intimate. It is only then that Mike realizes the Lady is no lady at all, but the Tall Man, and that Jody, too, has given in to his secret desires. Linking homosexuality with death, Mike runs screaming from the cemetery, which sends Jody hurling after him. Jody attempts to comfort Mike and reassure him, but Mike's unnatural fears of death prompt them both to return to the cemetery to confront "The Tall Man."

Each time that Mike or Jody grows closer to opening the secret door in the mortuary, the door which will unlock their "true" inner selves, they are hunted down by the Tall Man and sent fleeing in to the night. They discover that they are not alone, however, and that even their parents had fallen victim to this "otherworldly invader." At this point, Reggie has also become entangled in the mystery, joining Mike and Jody in their endeavors. It is Reggie who proposes that the group destroys the Tall Man in order to defeat Death. In a final act of defiance, the group finally casts their fears aside and enter the last room in the mortuary, where they discover that the people they had feared dead have only been transformed, reborn.

With this realization in mind, Mike, Jody, and Reggie now have the power to stop the Tall Man. No longer will they live in fear or be oppressed by an unaccepting society. They devise a plan, and bury the Tall Man in an empty mine shaft, forever riding themselves of his evil presence.

It is only then that Mike awakens beside a warm fire, lying next to Reggie. Reggie attempts to calm him, saying "Mike, you had a bad dream. I know you're scared, but you're not alone. I'll take care of you. I know I can't ever take Jody's place, but I'm sure as hell going to try." Reggie then holds him in a tight, loving embrace, and the two settle down by the fire. As it turns out, Jody had been killed in a "car wreck" weeks before, which sparked Mike's fear of death. In the final closing shot, however, we find that Mike still harbors the fear within his heart, as the Tall Man returns to claim him once more!

A stretch? An exaggerated overstatement of Freudian fluff? Think what you will about this potential reading, but it is no more invalid than any other interpretation of this strangely confusing film. Whether it be a dream, a fantasy, or a nightmarish reality, PHANTASM's non-linear design is uneasy to follow. Don Coscarelli deserves all due credit for writing, directing, producing, and editing one of the most unique and unusual independent Science Fiction and Horror stories within the genre, but PHANTASM is a difficult and often taxing watch. The pacing suffers due to the repetitive plotting and frequent inaction, but what Coscarelli does best is create a series of scares that have become iconic over the decades. Angus Scrimm is unforgettable in the role of the Tall Man, taking what few lines he has been given to terrify audiences the world over. In spite of their flaws, A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, and Reggie Bannister are each enjoyable as Mike, Jody, and Reggie. The sheer inventiveness in design and special effects can never be overlooked, either. Regardless of one's subjective feelings towards the film, it must be revered as a Horror classic for its lasting impact on the genre. And a daring one that is filled with latent homosexuality, at that.

Rating: 9/10.

Movies like PHANTASM:
NIGHT WARNING, THE LADY IN WHITE, THE BEYOND, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.

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Stake Land (2010)

The world has been ravished by despair after a deadly plague has transformed most of the population into bloodthirsty vampires. Martin and his mentor, Mister, set off through dangerous territory in the hopes of reaching the safe haven known as New Eden, but in order to do so, they will have to fight their way through hordes of the undead, let alone an army of crazed religious fanatics that have embraced "God's wrath." Nick Damici and Jim Mickle follow up their vastly underrated feature debut, MULBERRY STREET, with another powerful post-apocalyptic vision of hell starring Damici as the mysterious vampire slayer, "Mister." The scope of the picture feels all-encompassing, transforming the entire world into an undead nightmare on a relatively small-scale. Damici creates an excellent new anti-hero in Mister, with his brash behavior and uncaring attitude amounting to a memorable performance overall. Connor Paolo comes as a much bigger surprise, however, as Mister's argil apprentice, Martin. His sincerity and vulnerability are what draw us in to their unfortunate predicament as they race for survival. With the human element already in place, we turn to the unbridled terror of Mickle's vampires. The creatures function on a level of base instinct, and attack with the ferocity of an untamed animal. This makes for many frighteningly intense moments as Mister and Martin find themselves in inescapable situations against overwhelming odds. STAKE LAND succeeds on almost every level, and is a refreshing change of pace for vampire fans.

Rating: 8/10.

Movies like STAKE LAND:
BEYOND THE GRAVE, EXIT HUMANITY, The Walking Dead, THE OMEGA MAN, THE DIVIDE, DOOMSDAY, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT.

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