Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Eaten Alive (1980)



Another one from the vault of politically incorrect over the top exploitation flicks from the late 70s/early 80's.

Basically this one follows the story of a wealthy cotton farm heiress investigating the disappearance of her older sister suspecting that she may have become involved in a strange religious cult in jungles of Asia. She then heads off to find her sister in a jungle settlement run by cult leader Jonas, which is of course surrounded by cannibals and dangerous animals.

The usual assortment of gore, animal killings, ritual sacrifice, nudity and cannibalism make this a pretty entertaining watch, but something falls short (I'm not sure what maybe just attetntion to detail... as it looks like the natives are south american NOT Asian) , though shot in the same grizzly reality style,  it does not have quite the same genre classic feel as Cannibal Holocaust This will pretty much appeal to anyone  who liked that film. Probably not quite at the same level of extremity but not far off either, it holds it own in terms of gore thats for sure.  Either way its a solid watch and defs worth the time to watch it


Saturday, 26 December 2015

NOSFERATU 1922



Now we're going right back to the start of Horror cinema... Nosferatu!

I have to say this took me a couple of attempts to get into the right headspace to sit and watch this film but when I finally got my head right to sit down and appreciate it it was well worth it.

Some interesting background on this film was that while it was based on Bram Stokers "Dracula" it never gained legal rights to do so and instead of using the words vampire they are called "Nosferatu" and instead of using the name Dracula they called the main villain "Count Orlok". They were still sued and as a result of copyright infringement all copies of the film were ordered to be destroyed. Thankfully at least a few must have survived for the movie to have remained in circulation until the digital age we now find ourselves in.

Nosferatu follows the story of a real estate agent who is trading land with the wealthy Count Orlok. He is warned not to go to the counts castle and does so anyway... and of course falls under the vampires (I mean NOSFERATU) spell.

The movie itself is primitive and has no dialogue. The accompanying music is a recreation as the original score (which also has been lost in time)... but there in lies the charm of this film. The music that accompanies this film is quite hypnotic and other worldly in its own way and adds to the atmosphere of the film. but like I said it did take me a while to get into the headspace required to appreciate this work, but I have a sneaky feeling this is the film that spark a new interest in vintage horror for me!




NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

This is George A Romero's ground breaking zombie flick from 1968.

Filmed on Black and White film, and on what can only be described as a shoe-string budget this film is singlehandedly responsible for bring zombies into the mainstream of modern culture and spawning countless zombie films just like it, some better and many immeasurably worse.

While much of  it now would be considered outdated and the special effects used rather plain this is still quite a watchable film and something that you could use to introduce your kids to the world of horror without traumatizing them. Featuring none of the over the top gore that the following films in the franchise (Day of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead etc....) were renowned for, this can probably be considered one of the safer films for the horror newbie, where I guess hardened gore-fiends might find the pace of this one a bit slow

Over all its a great watch, and historically important to gain an understanding where the infection first took a hold on mainstream cinema audiences


Friday, 18 December 2015

HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN (2011)



Holy crap! This one is hard going, but  a great film. Starring Rutger Hauer (Salute of the Jugger) this is a grim portrayal of the not too distant future where gangs have taken over and reduced the city to a cesspool of addiction and poverty. Our protagonist (the Hobo) seems to be the only one prepared to take on the gang ruling the city in a violent and grim one man retaliation. This is bloody, gritty and hard look at what could so easily happen in many big cities. The violence and gore is quite contronting in this one and i'd recommend it for hardened violence/gore fiends maybe not for the horror newbie!

I remember seeing this one on the big screen in a double feature alongside Human Centipede 2 and again left the cinema feeling like I'd gone a round with Mike Tyson or something. This is cinema noir at its ultimate, black and disturbing, a grim look at what society could well become depending on what turns it takes in the future

Anyway as luck would have it you can watch the whole thing on youtube! Enjoy!



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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Friday, 11 December 2015

DEATHSTALKER (1983)



Hmmm.... not sure what to say about this one, it had the potential to be good, not great but at least decent as a B grade, but some shitty editing in the fight scenes and the general cheesy-ness in the ending for me has dropped it back to "D" grade.  As a fantasy film, It's a bit thin on the plot, but at the time of release there probably wasn't much to compete with with the exception of "Conan the barbarian" which would have blown it out of the water in terms of both plot and direction and choreography.

Still if you have nothing better to do, it will kill an hour and a half of your life and there's some nice looking females to keep you half interested, though funnily enough  they all seem to have 80's style 'perm' hair do's which also tends to annoy me a bit. Like I said before,  a little more thought into this film and it could have been a reasonable "B" grade watch :/

Again I have found it on you tube for you guys !!!



Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Bound in flesh

Ancient book, bound in human flesh




Great little article from the folk at World Truth. TV - I read this site a lot, some great articles and some utter crap, but always interesting and thought provoking!

http://worldtruth.tv/this-might-look-like-an-ordinary-book-but-the-truth-will-make-your-skin-crawl/

Thursday, 3 December 2015

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2



The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (a horror classic in its own right) was loosely based on a true story of a series of Texas killings and based on the life of Ed Gein. Not sure how accurate the retelling of said story was but in this the sequel, from my understanding it took a LOT of liberties with the truth but the plot departs further into a more twisted tale of mass killings, taking place 13 years after the still unsolved murders portrayed in the original film.

This is a higher budget, and much gorier continuation of the story, focusing on not only on Leatherface but the rest of his family. I guess the family that plays together ,  stays together.

Having said that, if you can suspend some disbelief in the plot and timeline (like how did the family get so much money/time to create the entire underground section of the farm between the times of part 1 and this movie...)  this is a great watch and captivating from start to finish. The twisted depravity of Leatherface's family is captured perfectly... has a very similar feel in parts to Rob Zombie movies like "House of 1000 corpses" perhaps this was an influence on a young mr. Zombie? Who knows?





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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

LOST CANNIBAL WORLD (1977)


Directed by Ruggero Deodato (Later responsible for bringing us all Cannibal Holocaust) Lost Cannibal World aslo known as Ultimo Mondo Cannibale follows the misfortunes of a group of prospectors who's plane goes down in the jungle. Not sure exactly where they went down (possibly Indonesia / PNG) but either way they find themselves in a world of pain when they realise they've gone down in a jungle inhabited by cannibals. The groups pilot and assistant are killed by natives and remaining members are captured by the natives.

The gore you'd expect from the creator of Cannibal Holocaust is all too present some horrific scenes, tho not as intense as Cannibal Holocaust are present in this film so again it's not for the faint of heart or those offended by nudity.

Shot in the same style of the Cannibal movies at the time this is raw and confronting and the gore is very realistic. All in all a cool watch and is more or less a precursor to the Cannibal Holocaust movie, and has a very similar feel, and would appeal to the same crowd of people.

Someone has been kind enough to upload the entire movie onto Youtube so for your viewing pleasure here's the full version!






Friday, 20 November 2015

SALO (120 DAYS OF SODOM)

One of the most (if not, MOST) disturbing films ever made. I guess it depends on what offends you, but its right up there with the Human Centipede and Cannibal Holocaust for all round sickness. Based loosely on the Marquis De Sade's book 120 Day of Sodom this is, I guess an adaptation of that book but set in 1949 under Mussolini's rule of Italy.

This film itself outlines the cruelty inflicted on a bunch of teenagers kidnapped, tortured and molested for months by ruling members of the Italian aristocratic set, or ''libertines" as they are referred to. It is sick, depraved and filthy, in fact it is the only film I've not been able to watch in one sitting due to the cruelty and sexual sadism inflicted on said teenagers.

It was widely praised by film critics in its time but even more widely banned by the world at large... oddly enough the director Pasolini was murdered a few months before its release. It is available now on DVD/BR but I'd assume it would take some work to find it. Be warned though, it's a hard one to watch, a litany of human perversion and sadism if you will.


Is this film just sadistic filth? Or a film with artistic merit that needed to be made???..... I'm not sure .. Personally I'd be leaning on the side of filth but its a free world I guess, but it leaves me with a feeling that I've seen something that should not ave been seen. Check out preview before you watch the entire film.



Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Saturday, 7 November 2015

VISUAL DARKNESS -ART BY MIKE HRUBOVCAK.


VISUALDARKNESS® :: The Artwork of MIKE HRUBOVCAK


Here's an interesting find.... if you like your art bloody, disgusting and morbid with some strong occult overtones this is for you. This guy is pure talent and the technical proficiency with which he creates is nothing short of amazing. He's done some high profile cover art for bands like "Six Feet Under" and "Sinister" and even finds time to sing for American death metal band "Monstrosity"

Sit back, crack a coldie (by which I mean a beer.... not a corpse) and let the slide show rip. You'll be amazed


Saturday, 30 May 2015

Human Centipede 3

Human Centipede 3 reviewed at http://www.gorenography.com


I was wondering to myself for a while now, how this third installment of the series would get even sicker than the first two milestones of cinematic depravity that preceded it... wonder no more.

Human Centipede 3 sees the return of Dieter Laser and Laurence Harvey the protagonists from HC 1 and 2 as warden and accountant of an american prison. Without giving away too much on here, director Tom Six delivers some servings of sick black humor, sadism and a lot of "in-house jokes" building from the first 2 films. Dieter Laser plays the part of the sick and twisted prison warden all too well.. disturbingly well it must be said. His dialogue is mostly yelled throughout the film and keeps the viewer on edge and rattled throughout the film, while Laurence Harvey plays a subserviant accountant who comes up with the idea for the worlds first Human Prison Centipede, his character different, but still disturbingly similar to that which played in part 2.

Is it as sick as parts 1 or 2? Hard to say, in respect to pure gore, I'd have to say "no" but in terms of sadistic perversity i would say its right up there, i guess it depends on what offends.

Some Horror sequels leave the viewer with the sense they're watching the same flick over and over again but these three flicks, although linked have distinctive feels and shooting styles and identities, which keeps them fresh and interersting (In grim contrast to the subject matter...). Its also good to see the creative team can poke fun at themselves throughout the film too.

Over all its pretty cool. Im still deciding where I'd place it in regards to the first two installments but I'm happy they just didn't rehash the same film over again like many movie franchises seem to do.

If you liked the first two films, this is definitely worth seeing, if not.... stay away... stay well away. There is no need to traumatise yourself again.



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Monday, 19 January 2015

VENOM - Long haired punks


I wouldn't normally get so worked up about one song coming from many bands but Venom (lay down your souls) are one of the biggest influences on my music and life and quite frankly I'm really excited to see them return to form.  Do yourself a favour if you like traditional heavy metal and check this out from the creators of extreme metal which spawned black and death metal. 



Many purists will say its not like "black metal" (from 1982) but fuckit, they've kept the old spirit alive as well as moving forward to show the kiddies how its done! Nothing will ever recreate the evil they spawned back then but that doesn't stop this from being a mighty rockin' track!

Saturday, 10 January 2015

HOUSE OF THE DEAD

Hmmm........ don't know what to say about this one.... I was a big fan of the video game back in the 90's/2000's and logic would suggest that the plot would have all been laid out nice and neatly for this to become a solid B grade gore flick ... The potential for lots of gore and well a creepy old house.


Not so it seems. Medicore plot and crappy acting from the start turned me off this one. when the action finally did happen a lot of the zombie shots looked really rubber and fake. Lets just say the graphics in the game that preceeded it by 10 years looked better.

The movie itself.... well the frequent boob shots couldn't even keep me awake to see the end of this flick.

Fail.