Archive for 80s horror

Drive-in Trailers: Heavy Metal Horror

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2017 by ranranami

 

 

 

 

 

Warm up the projector, it’s time yet again (and at long last) for some movie trailers! You thought I’d run out? Hah! This week, I’d like to feature a nice little niche subgenre, ‘heavy metal horror’. ‘Rocksploitation’. Or, ‘Pardon Me, But Your Guitar is in My Neck.’

A lot of these films may be somewhat difficult to watch, but they’ve also all got something in common worth noting: awesome soundtracks. If any of you gets the chance to snatch up a copy of the Rocktober Blood album, do it! Unfortunately, the epitome of all 80s Metal Horror movies, Rock N Roll Nightmare, did not have a trailer available…so, in lieu of that, Thor’s ‘erotic final battle’ sequence is here instead. Not a trailer, but–well, I mean, that’s the only part anybody wants to watch anyway. Remember kids, stay in school, don’t do drugs, don’t worship Satan, and under no circumstances ever pick up a Twisted Sister album!

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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.’

Featured Kickstarter: The House on Forest Drive

Posted in Kickstarter Projects, Media, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2016 by ranranami

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/397619968/the-house-on-forest-drive/widget/video.html

“Stand By Me” meets “Evil Dead 2” in the 1980’s throwback feature “The House On Forest Drive” a raw blend that mixes coming of age nostalgia with over the top violence and gore, a real B-rate Bloodbath of enjoyment, with plenty demon bashing BMX action, what’s not to love.


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The 80s is back in a big way, thanks to Stranger Things. I’d like to welcome our campy overlords of horror back to their proper place, but in order to do that…well, some awesome new creators are going to need help to get there. This one in particular sounds like just the sort of thing to get started with. Let’s make horror films fun again, the protagonists likable, and the gore entertaining. That’s exactly what I thought of when I discovered this kickstarter project, and that’s what I hope you, the readers think, as well.


Sound like the sort of project you’d like to get behind? Then please check it out and do what you can to see it become a delightfully destructive reality.

A Tribute to The Ramsay Brothers

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, People, Uncategorized, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2016 by ranranami

I am a film buff. Beyond horror, Indian cinema in particular is one of my great passions, which is why I think it’s time to call attention to a group of men (seven in all) known mainly for their schlock, as well as the fact that they are some of the rare filmmakers to actually create legitimate (‘legitimate’) horror cinema…in Bollywood.

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Starting with ‘Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche (1972)‘, which actually isn’t a bad movie at all, the Ramsay brothers didn’t come from cinema royalty, as quite a few actors/directors/etc in Bollywood in particular tend to, but they actually got into film after their father (F. U. Ramsay) opened a couple of electronics stores. DGZKN was their first (and possibly only) notable movie that really helped them get into the swing of budget horror.

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Thanks to that movie, they were able to finance quite a few low budget horror flicks, a vast majority of them in the 80s. India wasn’t, and still isn’t known for their horror. This is perfectly understandable, when you remind yourself that a lot of Bollywood cinema does have musical numbers. It’s almost impossible to make a terrifying picture in the midst of that element, and a lot of times it does take away from the very little horror that is available there in a big way.

The Ramsay brothers essentially ruled the roost in Bollywood horror in their hay day, because they were tapping into something nobody else really was. There was an odd film here or there, but really, the vast majority of even the more horrific Indian films tend to leaned towards noir. There were, of course, plenty of copycats to follow, but the Ramsays were the first. They also tended to do a lot of ‘screen-stripping’, the art of watching one movie, writing down your favorite bits, and throwing it into a new script with a different title and enough of your own flare to technically call it a different movie.

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The introduction of the action boom in the early 90s saw their schlocky horror fare taking more of a backseat, as audiences simply lost interest in reincarnated demon-werewolf babies produced from the seeds of vengeance, promiscuous behavior, and murderous ancestor husbands. Their last true film they made in the genre was a Bollywood answer to Nightmare on Elm Street, ‘Mahakaal’…which, like most of their movies, took your basic popular Hollywood film and applied a cultural wash. But, after that, they did the ‘Zee Horror Show’, which as a popcorn muncher…can be pretty fun. Afterwards, at least on the small screen, there have been countless different horror anthology series who I’m not afraid to say were and are heavily inspired by the Ramsays.

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These brothers built a mini-industry with what they did. They blazed a trail. Essentially, they created an entire genre, and their movies still have a pretty massive cult following today all around the world. Essentially, they made fun films. Sometimes fun is the most important part in a horror movie. Without further ado, I think it’s time to share a bit of music from the Ramsay Dracula, ‘Bandh Darwaza‘…which both illustrates how well they adapted stories for the Indian screen, but also why sometimes music just…doesn’t work when you’ve got a monster in the room.

Horror Flick of the Week: Bloodsuckers from Outer Space (1984)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Uncategorized, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2016 by ranranami

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Filmed in Dallas. Absolutely…bizarre. Because it’s hard to tell whether the filmmakers were trying to make something scary…or something just…awful. Then at times the comedy comes through, and at other times…are they trying to be scary again? Yes? No? I’m not really sure….At any rate, I feel like everyone who likes a good bad horror movie needs to watch ‘Bloodsuckers from Outer Space’ at least once in their lives.

 

Don’t get me wrong, when I say this is awful. I don’t hate this movie at all. Because this was the first zombie film I ever watched. There is such an intense fondness in my heart for Bloodsuckers from Outer Space for that reason alone, that I can’t honestly say ‘don’t watch this. It’s terrible.’ My mom had this film on her shelf for years, and every time I’d look at the green and black VHS cover, I’d get chills up and down my spine remembering how awful it was watching a farmer vomit blood at the opening until he morphed into some sort of weird…blue…scarred…zombie thing. I didn’t notice the tube at the side of his mouth when I was 5.

Basically, this is like Diet Troma. A far more watchable movie than anything actually from Troma (Toxic Avenger aside, because I freaking love that one). And for the most part…family friendly. Kind of.

At any rate, Bloodsuckers tries to be a brilliant horror satire, and it fails. Killer Klowns ended up being much for successful in that regard. But…it’s still charming. And it’s a movie everyone needs to see once in their life, especially if they’re from Texas.

Horror Flick of the Week: Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2015 by ranranami

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In light of this year’s tragedy (which only serves to make me even more aware that eventually John Carpenter’s going to kick the bucket too), I decided to recommend something I’ve not only got on this month’s watch list for you guys, but probably one of the best horror film documentaries I’ve ever seen. Painstakingly created by people who clearly loved the NOES series, which excellent stop motion interludes between sequences…this is a documentary I could easily say might become part of my personal yearly Halloween watch list.

If you like Robert Englund. If you like Wes Craven. If you like NOES or Freddy. If you like horror documentaries. If you like any and/or all of the above, I urge you to watch this as soon as you can. It’s just that good.