Friday, 12 May 2017

HALLOWEEN (1978)



Halloween is one of my all time favourate films, not just me but the horror world in general applaud this film as one of the all time classics of horror. It was shot in 1978 by John Carpenter (on a slim budget of $300,000 I understand) and grossed over 70 million worldwide, and no wonder ... It is a captivating tale, brilliantly shot and produced and as a slasher / horror / suspense flick it keeps the viewer engrossed and on the edge of their seat the whole way through this experience.

I'm probably going over familiar ground with most horror fans in detailing the plot but it focus' in on Mike Myers who brutally stabbed his sister to death as a child and was subsequently institutionalised for the following 15 years. He is then scheduled for a court appearance at age 21 (I assume) to assess whether he should be let out into the world but Mike somehow escapes (I'm not sure how he got out and I will concede this to me seems to be a bit of a plot hole) to return to his home town of Haddonfield where he starts preying on the teenagers of the town.

I guess this follows on from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho in many ways but is the next generation of slasher flick with actual blood and some level of gore. It's by no means extreme, but it's a film that can cross over into the realms of non-horror fans quite well. Main star Jamie Lee Curtis (who oddly enough is the daughter of Janet Leigh of Psycho fame) as Laurie is stunningly beautiful and everyone in the film holds their ends up well meaning the film is believable and immensely watchable

I have to give props out to director John Carpenter as its a unique method of filming and his films always seem to be brilliantly executed and captivating from start to finish. I can't say enough good things about this film except that if you haven't watched it, go out and buy it now, its a must for any horror collection and if you haven't seen it in a while chuck it on again and relive the magic.

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Friday, 5 May 2017

MANIAC COP (1988)

Sitting somewhere between action and horror this slice of B grade action is not a bad little watch. A large rogue cop is running around killing random citizens on the streets and basically nobody can figure out who it is.

Starring Bruce Campbell as Jack, a police officer whose marriage is on the rocks, and his wife busts him in bed with another woman and then shows up dead as well... and of course Jack gets nicked for the murders, (to be fair the circumstances did point to him) until of course the killer keeps killing.

On first contact with the killer it appears that the killer maybe something more than human after withstanding a police gunfire attack. Further research points towards a violent ex police officer named "Cordell" who was previously assumed dead, after he was thrown into prison.

Style wise its another 80's action flick and obviously shot on a budget but its pretty well done and keeps the viewer interested while not an all time classic its pretty solid watch and has become something of a cult classic amongst the B grade set


Heres a copy of the film on youtube, it looks to be ripped straight from VHS too for that authentic feel!



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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

A SERBIAN FILM (2010)

Well then,,,, this one has certainly gained a bad boy reputation around the internet as one of the nastiest films ever made, and to be fair I have to agree with them. The film itself has been banned in many countries including Germany (which says something) and has become the stuff of internet legend.

This IS without doubt one of the nastiest pieces of work to be put to film and sits firmly in the torture porn  genre bordering on snuff films..... Which makes me wonder if I ever saw a real snuff film would it be as abrasive as this film anyway? Did a film this graphic and disturbing need to be made? It was the same question I asked myself after watching Salo. For what its worth I think this is actually a good film, it is well shot, the acting is great and the violence is beyond graphic, probably more so than the real thing. Plot wise it is almost ingenious, which worries me even more because whoever directed this is sick, perverted bastard to even think of putting this stuff to film, but again I have to hand it to the bastard it is a great film well thought out and the plot development is fiendish and keeps you rivetted to the edge of your seat... While making you die a little inside from the fact that you want to keep watching such disturbing stuff. This is for only the most hardened of horror / movie fans... Again like Salo I'm not going to link it here but the more industrious of you guys and gals I'm sure will figure out a way to get it (It is available for online purchase) and on unscrupulous download sites as well.

The plot centres around Milosh a retired Serbian porno actor, who has met a great girl and started a family. Its been a few years since his last acting job and money is starting to run a little thin, so he agrees to one last job which he is told will be his big payout and set him and his family up for the rest of his life. The job is described as 'art porn' and Milosh starts to participate in the filming but is creeped by the first scene and the fact there is sexual violence and a child present on set and of course backs out.... He then wakes up a bloody beaten mess in his own bed and realises bit by bit that he had been drugged and forced to participate in a series of scenes so disgusting he can barely bring himself to remember them. What has happened to the film crew? His family? Co-stars? It is of course a grizzly, sick, perverted mess as Milosh backtracks the grim events that led him to where he is now... But I'll leave that up to you guys to find out if you dare to watch the film

This is a trip into the sick perverted world of child porn / rape  and snuff films and the vile creatures that create this stuff... it is by no means is it pretty. Again like I said this film isn't for everyone, and it I actually wonder if the director of this film should be put on a watch list of some sort. But it was a captivating and grim watch.

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Friday, 28 April 2017

THE EXORCIST 2 (the heretic)




The Exorcist 2 had some massive shoes to fill after the legendary effort that was the first film (universally regarded as one of the best horror films of all time) and sadly it falls well short...... Not to say that it's a bad film, in fact it's quite alright but is not the follow up that the first film deserved. It apparantly copping a panning at the box office and at the hands of critics at the time and to be honest I never even bothered watching it until  now after years of wondering what ever became of young Reagan who got possessed by a demon.


Young Reagan has now grown into young woman / teenager who by repressing memories, put the unpleasant incidents of the first movie behind her.... Reagan is undergoing counselling and in an effort to understand the possession and the death of the priest, father Marrin that exorcised her in the first film, a new priest, father Lamont (also a friend of the deceased priest father Marrin) wants to question Reagan, but her psychologist thinks recollecting the incidents would be too traumatic so she suggests Reagan undergoes a hypnotic treatment which somehow awakens the demon Pazuzu (who possessed her in the first film)

While the subject matter of this film really appeals to me, I find the movie watches like a TV special. Its cool enough for what it is, but definitely not the successor the first movie demanded. Some shit house special effects really serve to cheapen it too. One thing I really did like about the movie is that it expanded on the demon Pazuzu that took control of young Reagan in the first film. If you have a deeper interest in religion and demonology this could be of great interest to you, there are many aspects of this film which would appeal to those interested in religious history and they are little details, if not watched closely would be missed, if you don't have any real interest in religious history / mythology I'm not sure this movie would serve any purpose other than answering the question "I wonder what happened to that chicky from the Exorcist"?

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Monday, 24 April 2017

BALLAD IN BLOOD (2016)


This one came with high expectations considering director Ruggero Deodoto whom many reader will know as respsonsible for directing one of the most iconic horror films of all time, "Cannibal Holocaust". The film starts out with lots of exploitative female nudity (I would expect no less...) and descends into an orgy of early 20 something sex and drug abuse.... some connections can be found as it explores the darker side of human nature and in this case it's a decidedly more sexual take on that.... and there's a fair bit of the 'found footage' thing going on...  but it borders on porn rather than the gore we loved "Cannibal Holocaust" for ..... the similarities don't end there though..... this film is a modern, voyueristic and rather disturbing look into a frat house style accommodation in Europe, Italy to be precise, where swinging and drug taking is a regular occurrence (well more the norm in this case)  and through the haze of sexual decadence a young red haired girl turns up dead in the groups apartment, and no-one can remember how it happened until footage of the party shows up.


The survivors of previous nights debauchery find the phone and computer of the deceased and recount the nights events and the painful realisation of the previous nights events come back to haunt them bit by bit. A wild party that none of them can remember cuts in an out the friends trying to dispose of the body whilst coming to grips with what just happened.

I'm not sure how I feel about it but it left me polarised in a similar way to what 'cannibal holocaust' did but in a much different way. It highlights just how crappy humans can be to each other in a similar way to what "cannibal holocaust" did and leaves the viewer with the same dirty feelings afterwards.

As a film it is very well shot though it can be a bit disjointed if you're not paying attention to when the film cuts in and out of past footage and current timelines, but if you can deal with that its a hard hitting and unnerving watch on a few levels, I wouldn't say it would go down as a classic by any stretch but more than worthy of a watch once.

Anyway you guys can judge for yourself:




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Friday, 21 April 2017

SATANS SCHOOL FOR GIRLS (1973)

This ones not too bad really its an early effort from Aaron Spelling (who went on to do Beverly Hills 90210). I guess I expected something a little more in the exploitation genre with a title like that but after the initial disappointment it panned out to be a reasonably cool little watch. It has that old time horror / thriller feel and while it has no real gore/horror factor its a decent way to pass a couple hours, one you can watch with your non-horror minded friends.

The plot focuses in on Elizabeth who after finding her sister hanging as the result of an apparent suicide. Not convinced of the police reaction and findings of the case Elizabeth joins the "Salem  Academy" which her sister attended previously to find answers. Upon further investigation Elizabeth and their friends uncover tales of historical "Witch Hangings" and other mysterious goings on in the underbelly of the school, leading to the discovery of a satanic cult under there.

While not being a hugely gripping watch, or a huge budget feature (I believe it was made for TV) its something to do and worth watching once, and beats watching most shows on television.

Interesting note, the film was remade in 2000 and starring Shannon Doherty and to be honest I find this a much easier watch. Not in the least part because I think miss Doherty is a babe. Tho not directed by Spelling it does have a very 90210 / The Craft type feel to it  but that just depends on your tastes I guess. The two movies do have a fair amount of differences in the plot so there's probably no point going into too much detail about both films but they follow a central thread as outlined above.

Overall I think the 2000 remake of this one is a more entertaining watch so if you're going to watch only one I'd personally choose the remake but I've listed both of them below which are available for streaming from youtube

the 1973 version:


and the 2000 version:



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Thursday, 13 April 2017

NIGHTBREED (1990)


The plot within Nightbreed is a resonably complex one, it  focuses in on Boone, a young man who is experiencing what he thinks are delusional dreams about a mythical place called Midian, the vunerable Boone is then heavily drugged and misled by his psychiatrist Decker into thinking he is responsible a series of murders that Decker himself has committed. He is then institutionalised and meets a fellow inmate who shares his 'delusions'  and the two venture into a cemetary called 'Midian' which is indeed hosting a clan of beings from an ancient race who shun the light and dwell in secrecy under the secluded cemetery. Boon is then bitten by one of the 'nightbreed' who inhabit the underground lair and given the gift of immortality which works out well for him because the psychiatrist who has stitched him up with the murder rap has him killed by the local police force. Boon then rises from the dead and flees the morgue to seek his own kind amongst the underground caverns of Midian only to be attacked by Decker and the local police force. There's a deeper subplot as well involving Boone and his girlfriend Lori who tracks the 'decased but missing' Boon from the morgue to the Cemetary and wants to be part of his world. It's a fairly complex film and holds up to multiple viewings in which finer points of the story come to light as well.

I understand this didn't do too well at the box office but I think its a great film and the creature effects are stunning the attention to detail is unbelievable. Except for a few places still holds up well even to today against the CGI which has taken over a lot of bigger budget movies. This is all practical effects (except for a couple of obvious exceptions) and serves to bring Clive Barkers magical underworld imagery to life rather well, and creates a captivating atmosphere with plenty of fantasy and occult imagery to keep everyone enjoying this movie!

I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in horror, the occult, or more specifically Clive's Claim to fame series "Hellraiser" .... The "Nightbreed" in this film remind me a lot of the Cenobites and have similar captivating personalites of their own.

I was unable to find a watchable version of this on youtube... but again well worth paying for if you can download it or find it somewhere to buy a physical copy!

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