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Horror Flick of the Week: Wake Wood (2009)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2017 by ranranami

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I recently (and by recent, I mean last October) joined a fantastic Discord group, where we chat about horror, and watch what essentially amounts to a crap-load of horror movies with a heavy dose of the bad outweighing the good. Don’t get me wrong, though, I love watching the bad ones. We’re not walking into our little streaming theatre with any concept that they’re all going to be winners.

Anyway, on St. Patrick’s day, in honor of Irish horror, I hand-selected a bunch of pretty fun movies. The good. The bad. The downright ugly…this one was one of the best. In fact, I’d frankly say it was the scariest, too.

Even though I myself have never been a parent, and very likely won’t be for quite some time, I can’t imagine there is any greater real terror or tragedy a parent can face than losing their child. This movie takes that idea, throws in some very…odd Irish villagers, gold old-fashioned dark magic with Celtic influences for good measure, and the ever delicious element of ‘breaking the rules’ that leads to the most deliciously dark consequences. I’d like to tell you more, but it’s a fairly simple and straight-forward story you’ll have to discover for yourself.

Horror Flick of the Week: Train to Busan (2016)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2017 by ranranami

 

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I’m going to preface this with a quick ‘I didn’t actually want to see this movie in the first place, I’m tired of zombies, they’ve never even been at the top of my list for monsters in general.’ But…damn it…this one was awesome. It touched on every little point you need in a good horror adventure. I thought I was honestly about to watch Snowpiercer ‘with zombies!’

This was one of the few times I was glad to be proven wrong. Not to mention, my favorite South Korean actor (Gong Yoo) gets a pretty juicy role in it, too.  I really don’t want to go into much detail, because it’s just a movie you need to watch star to end on your own, but let’s just say if this movie was a video game, I’d probably play it until the disc melted.

Horror Flick of the Week: Christmas Evil (1980)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2016 by ranranami

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Tis the season, isn’t it? No, I’m not generically recommending this movie because it’s horror and Christmas related. I actually finally got around to watching it because someone else couldn’t stop talking about the damned thing. Honestly, I expected a slasher. That’s all. A slasher with a guy in a Christmas suit…I didn’t expect to actually care about the guy in a way, or to actually find a real moral behind most of the story. I certainly didn’t mean to find out the true meaning of Christmas.

But…I did, I did, and I definitely did.

 

If you’ve done Black Christmas (the original and the remake) to death, don’t find Gremlins has enough bite to it anymore, and could very well strangle the next teeny-bopper with a Jack Skellington wrist bracelet, then maybe check out Christmas Evil this year.

In a way, Krampus almost tried to communicate a little of what I got from Christmas Evil, but they were too caught up in the flash, the spectacle, etc. This one had a great balance. I couldn’t help but think as I watched it that ‘yeah, if a guy really did decide to become Santa Clause, this is probably how he’d do it.’

Horror Flick of the Week: Blood and Lace (1971)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2016 by ranranami

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Drive-in fodder, ‘American Yellow’ pictures, stuff that’s just stylized enough to maybe hint that the creators may have occasionally watched something Italian. This movie matches those descriptions all too well. Blood and Lace is a movie that you may only watch once very late at night, but there’s just enough quiet tension in it, and just enough of a bizarre mystery as well as a combination of strangely mixed plot elements…to basically make this movie stick like glue to the back of your skull for years to come.

I first saw this movie when I was about 12, and I can honestly say…I still love the opening POV camera style for the poor protagonist as she has to relive a nightmare of watching her mother being murdered again, and again, and again…not only that…but in the dream, she actually sees it from the killer’s perspective.

Plus, y’know…gotta love that late 60s/early 70s ‘do. I wonder how much of the ozone was eroded from the hairspray used on the women in this film alone? There are definitely some bizarre twists in this movie, which is why it’s the flick of the week, just in time for Halloween too!

 

 

Horror Flick of the Week: ‘Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)’

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2016 by ranranami

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I feel like maybe a lot of people would disagree about this, but honestly…I enjoyed this movie a lot more than Creepshow. Don’t get me wrong, Creepshow is awesome, and the framing structure with the animations were pretty freaking cool. Yet…as a kid…Creepshow didn’t put me through the roller coaster ride of emotions this movie did. Each story really does have its own awesome appeal, the cast is great, the writers are awesome…

The fact that the framing story to this is a Hansel and Gretel-esque tale with a witch preparing to cook a little boy to serve at her supper party makes this an absolutely delicious watch for the Halloween season, and I think it does the series it’s associated more than justice (in fact, it’s actually considered a spiritual successor to Creepshow, too.) I can’t praise this movie enough. For the love of god, if you haven’t seen it yet, watch it this year as soon as humanly possible.

Horror Flick of the Week: Don’t Torture a Duckling

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2016 by ranranami

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If you’re unfamiliar with Giallo (regular readers should be, I love them.) This one may be one of the easier films to foray into if you aren’t, as the plot is more structured than you’d expect from a Giallo. As usual, it’s got some absolutely stunning cinematography. Since this is one of those ‘must sees’ in the genre, I’d expect nothing less. In fact, if you’re interested in Giallo at all…make this one of your top 5 to watch before the end of the year.

Voodoo. Paranoia. Religion. Gratuitous nudity. It’s gruesome. Mean-spirited in the style only Fulci seems to nail so well. A mystery about some serial killer offing little boys should be, shouldn’t it? Not for the faint of heart, and I’d advise those who are more sensitive in their horror tastes to not even watch the trailer below. For the rest of you, definitely check it out this October. This week. Tonight. As soon as you can.

Drive-in Trailers: Technology

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2016 by ranranami

We’ve already discovered how terrible and horrifying artificial intelligence can be in another sequence of trailers, but what about the rest of it? The actual computers? The people who become…altered by them? The cell phones? The electric knives? The 18-wheelers? They’re all evil things just waiting to unleash their terrible powers, albeit sometimes that might just possibly be the result of being possessed by Satan or a serial killer…but still, is death by typing really a risk you want to take?

I know I sure don’t…let’s look at some examples of why you need to toss your computer, your phone, or your blender out of the window right this minute…or several minutes in the future, when you’re thoroughly convinced by the trailers.