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Horror Flick of the Week: Vampire Party/Le Dents de la Nuit (2008)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2018 by ranranami

I’m not going to lie. This movie is incredibly silly. It’s also quite fun. What could be better than a hodge podge of strangers going to an exclusive late night party on an island out in the middle of nowhere? What if I told you Tchéky Karyo plays an evil vampiric count with the most glorious hair you’ll ever see? Still not impressed? How about a magical spell-book that not only binds souls to Hell, but can also conveniently disguise you like a mariachi player or something else equally as ridiculous and fantastical?

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Listen, it’s just a fun movie. It’s great for the Halloween season, and it’s dark with enough of a light-hearted twist to leave you with only very mild nightmares at best.

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Drive-in Trailers: Anthology Horror

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2017 by ranranami

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Sometimes you want something besides a full-on horror film. You want a taste of several things. A creepy cornucopia. A vicious variety. A -something something alliteration scary-. That’s where anthology horror takes the cake. I’ve always loved short stories, on the page and on the screen. Hopefully the following trailers (obscure and mainstream) can give you something new to watch this Halloween.

The first trailer isn’t a real one, from what I can tell, but anyone who hasn’t seen ‘Dead of Night’ is really doing themselves a disservice. It’s one of the best. Also, note that I adore all of the Amicus films, but it’d be a bit boring if I just focused on them alone.

Horror Flick of the Week: Near Dark (1987)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2017 by ranranami

If I said Bill Paxton’s passing this year didn’t affect me, I’d be lying. He was always one of my favorite character actors. In honor of Bill, and because this really is one of the best vampire films out there, Near Dark is getting a special mention this week. As tempted as I am to gush about the bar scene, post it, and dissect how awesome it is, you’ll have to experience it for yourself. Also, yes, this isn’t the American release poster, but it’s too awesome not to feature.

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It’s not just Bill who gives an awesome performance in this. Everyone does. Lance Henriksen, of course, plays an excellent villain. Don’t let the re-release of the film fool you if you haven’t seen it before, there is nothing even remotely ‘Twilight-esque’ about Near Dark. It’s gritty, dark, and pretty much as close to a modern western as you can get.

 

More Superstitions, Bad Omens, and Old Wives Tales for Halloween

Posted in Halloween Junk, Media with tags , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2016 by ranranami

Halfway through the spook month already, and my how time flies. Let’s get a bit more into the spirit with some superstitious safety tips to keep you safe from ghosts, umbrellas, witches, vampires, and moths.

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C’mon, bra! Lemme in!

– Close a dead man or woman’s eyes immediately, or they’ll find someone to take with them.

– Keep moths out of the house if it looks like they want in, and keep them in if they want out…they’re looking for a soul to steal.

– Never take a photo with only 3 people, and if you do…make sure you’re not the one in the middle, because you may di-…uh-oh…

– Poirot probably would have known this little tidbit, but keep an eye on all umbrellas in the house. If one of them falls, there very well may be a murder!

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Don’t let those innocent smiles fool you. Nose-eaters, every last one of them!

– Ancient Romans believed witches and vampires liked to come into dead people’s homes to do funny things with their bodies (like robbing, mutilating, and especially nose-eating.)

– A rooster crowing during the day, and not the appointed ‘too early for any normal human being to wake up’ time, is a sign of terrible luck. Maybe even approaching death.

– Numbers really piss ghosts off. Walk around one of them 9 times to get rid of the jerks.

Horror Flick of the Week: Dracula (1931)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2015 by ranranami

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Cliche? Perhaps. I just went to the theatre this week and watched the English-Spanish double feature TCM is featuring nationwide, and had a blast. But…there were only 5 people in the theatre (including myself and two friends) during the first film, and only us when the Spanish version aired. Which leads me to believe not enough people truly appreciate this movie.

I will not say it’s Lugosi’s greatest performance, even though it’s spectacular. Honestly, I think he doesn’t get enough attention for the many other excellent roles he has played in horror. Sure…there were a few bad ones…but I really never fault his performance. Even Plan 9, the few frames he was actually present, I wouldn’t say Lugosi was what made that movie bad. But this isn’t an article about Bela, it’s a recommendation for any and all who haven’t Seen Universal’s Dracula to do so as quickly as possible, and follow it up with the Spanish one too.

Renfield was not a huge character in the novel, and only cinema has made him dynamic. Specifically this movie is what started it…so watch Dwight Frye (english) and Pablo Alvarez Rubio (spanish) closely. They’re absolutely incredible. In fact, I’d say they’re my favorite characters in both movies. Keep in mind that the pacing is slow, because this was during the infancy of talkies, but also keep in mind that Todd Browning was nothing if not a master of making silence work for him rather than against. IF you have put Universal’s Dracula off for any reason, this is the year to finally give it a good watch. You won’t regret it.

Horror Flick of the Week – Slaughter of the Vampires / Curse of the Blood Ghouls (1962)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2015 by ranranami

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Don’t let the trailer fool you. Lurking out there somewhere in cyberspace (or possibly on a good quality dvd) is an excellent copy of this movie, as crisp as something you’d expect from a prized Bava picture, not from something by Roberto Mauri (who also directed such films as ‘Zorikan the Barbarian’ and ‘The Porno Killers’). Now, it isn’t nearly the same class as Bava’s best, but certainly enjoyable enough to at least spend the night watching with a couple of friends. It’s just a simple, classic kind of vampire story. Evil count. Terrified villagers. Handsome young man struggling to maintain his humanity while he battles evil…

The dubbing is…well, it’s an Italian movie. So the dubbing is fairly obvious. But keep in mind, that’s pretty much how it works out with most Italian cinema, and there are plenty out there worth checking out if you can get over that hurdle many people seem to struggle with. It’s well worth the effort.

Podcast, Ep. 8: Happy Halloween!

Posted in Media, podcast, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2014 by ranranami

Joyous day of days, the time of year is upon us when the dead return from the graves to get drunk and eat candy. Yes, my friends. It is finally Halloween, and with Halloween (of course) comes the latest Hallowholics Anonymous podcast. This one was a doozy to get made, and unfortunately Julianne and Chris were unavailable this week. But where there’s a will, Maddy got her mom to join her for this special episode dedicated to the perfect Halloween marathon. A selection of 5 films to watch this Halloween, the topic of the marathon being campy classics. We also have a special introduction and conclusion with another future co-host, Jazlaan. So sit back, relax, and listen until your heart gives out. There are also some wig care and costume tips.

You can find Episode 08 here.