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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: Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

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

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The 70s. Glamour and glitz, a decade with perhaps the most experimentation in materials, colors, and style fashion has ever really seen. Drugs, discos, sequins, furs, scandals, decadence…yes, the 70s had it all in a way the burning-out 80s didn’t quite recapture in quite the same way. Perhaps that was why this movie worked so well.

It’s easy to overlook this movie with a glance, a quick perusal of the description, just a story about a glamorous photographer and a murderer who seems to be copying pose-for-pose every single element of her almost gruesome works. If I had to pick an American movie that really nailed the essence of giallo’s style, it would be this one. Please, do yourself a favor and watch this movie as soon as possible. It will stick with you forever. Plus, there’s a very young Brad Dourif making an appearance in it as well, and who doesn’t love Brad Dourif? Did I mention John Carpenter wrote the initial story-line and early script?

Featured Kickstarter: Black Dog Devil

Posted in Books, Comics, Kickstarter Projects, Media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2016 by ranranami

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1028393422/black-dog-devil-volume-1/widget/video.html

In a quaint 1950s town in rural Indiana, a witches coven was interrupted at the height of evil, and a curse was born. For 25 years, the curse was all but forgotten, until a Stranger walked in out of the rain one October night, and this once-sleepy town will never be the same…

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Horror is an ever-evolving monster (pun aside), and one can’t help but think how well the genre suits just about every format, from print, to screen, to art, projection, radio, music, etcetera. I don’t think there has ever been a time when the genre had so much innovation or incredible variety as we’re seeing today. When I found this kickstarter, my breath was taken away by the eery beauty of the pictures in the video above. Frankly, I think you would be doing your self a disservice by not checking this project out.

Interested? Swing on over to the kickstarter page and help bring the first issue this gorgeous graphic series to life. Or, is that ‘unlife’?

Featured Fear: Thanatophobia (Fear of Death)

Posted in Media, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2016 by ranranami

 

In this world, where the fortunate find themselves boxed away from reality, Thanatophobia (fear of death) is all too commonly nurtured, to the point that many people find themselves knocking on wood, tying every act to superstition, every fearful thought to the knowledge that some day we all become worm’s meat.

Death is inescapable. Of the many great phobias out there, it is the one that will always capture you in the end, and for many, the very thought is so disturbing that often it seems to usher itself in that much quicker with the stress and obsession it seems to create in the victim. Nothing so typifies this fear being realized in such a literal sense as the knight’s eternal struggle with death in Bergman’s classic film, ‘The Seventh Seal.’ A brave man encountering death, denying his fears and at the same time meeting them head on with something as mundane as a game of chess. Bravery, in fact, is the best way to face any fear, isn’t it?

 

The desire for immortality, the modern beautification and idealization of the vampire, our cultural obsession with an upcoming zombie apocalypse, the fact that if you ever bring death up in a general conversation you are pretty much guaranteeing that you’re the buzzkill of the year. We are all afraid of death, to some degree. Even for those who deny it, those who obsess with it, those who pursue it. Instinct itself demands that this fear shall always and ever be a constant until the very last man or woman takes his or her very last breath.

 

Odd Monsters

Posted in Around the World, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2016 by ranranami

Bored with the bogeyman? Not finding the clown thing too funny anymore? Are vampires in your nightmares just sucking you dry? Well, not to worry, there’s plenty of ‘wonderful’ creatures out there to ensure that your psyche stays freshly traumatized for years to come. Keeping the Japanese one to just one, because their mythology is so broad with yokai and spirits, that you can’t possibly cover them all in one go.

 

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Katawaguruma/Katawa Guruma

Origin: Japanese

The female counterpart to the Wa nyūdō, this creature appears in the shape of a woman (usually naked) burning in eternal torment with the lower portions, or attached to, an ox cart wheel. The causes bad luck, ill fortune, and misery to those who encounter her, what’s more…the bad luck doesn’t just stop at one person, it can spread through the entire community associated with anyone who has met her. She also harvests the souls of the ‘impure’, the cruel, the sinful, etcetera, etcetera.

 

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Likhoradka/Tryasavitsa

Origin: Slavic

Embodying a tall woman with black, messy hair, Likhoradka will spread  horrible calamities and plague wherever she goes, and to whomever she encounters. She can also possess anyone she chooses.

 

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Black Annis/Agnes

Origin: British

Save your jokes, this lady is not someone you want to mess with. Absolutely hideous creature, a wizened crone with gnarly black claws, sharp teeth, one eye, and mottled blue skin. Some say her claws are made of iron, some say they’re just…particularly strong, I suppose. Residing around Leicestershire, Agnes spends most of her free time tearing travelers to pieces, redecorating her cave with the flayed skin of small children, and generally just being a terrible neighbor. Meg Mucklebones, anyone?

 

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Kanontsistonties

Origin: Iriquois

Say what you will about Native American mythology, it seems to me that they really take the cake for the creepiest monsters out there. As much as I adore the Windigo, I felt like maybe delving into something a little less popular. Varying in size from miniscule to massive, the Kanontsistonties are essentially flying skulls with bat wings and a desperate craving for…you guessed it…human flesh. They are the product of two possibilities, victims of murder by beheading, or…they used to be cannibals in life, and decided they just couldn’t kick the habit in death either. They can’t stop, as they have no stomachs, so they’re pretty much doomed to eternal hunger.

 

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Cheval Mallet

Origin: French

Horses. You can’t trust them. I had a horse step on my foot once. I didn’t like it. So when I learned of the Cheval Mallet, it came as no surprise that it turned out to be an evil horse. Well, that and the fact that I took French in high school, so the connection wasn’t too hard to make. Essentially, it appears at night as a beautiful horse, tricks you into riding it…and that’s it, for the rest of your life (and onwards), you’re trapped for eternity riding a beautiful horse. A beautiful evil horse. Or it drowns you. They like doing that, too.