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GRINDHOUSE (2007)

Thursday, 05 September 2013 23:24
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     With their combined love of pop culture and just plain love
for the cinema, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino team up to make Grindhouse.  Some people consider it two films, Planet Terror and Death Proof, but to anyone who saw the theatrical release, we know it as the Grindhouse experience.  The film is made like it was a 70’s grindhouse theatre show complete with fake trailers directed by the likes of Edgar Wright, Rob Zombie, and Eli Roth.  The films were released individually without the trailers and cleaned up the picture, but for the real experience go for the combo.  For real fans of cinema it will be an amazing time, and for fans of horror and B movies, just sit back and fall in love.

 

 

 


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STAKE LAND (2010)

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 05:23
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     In a dystopian future, the world has fallen under the curse of vampirism; it started as a disease and became a global epidemic.  We enter the story years into the decline of humanity and learn quickly that people have been reduced to living in pocket communities or they are members of the Brotherhood  (a religious sect that believes the zombies are a cleansing solution from God to make the Brotherhood the ultimate form of humanity).  We follow Mister and (for lack of a better word) his “adopted son” through this wasteland on the way to New Eden AKA Canada.  It’s a moody horror film that flew under the radar but thanks to Netflix is readily available to the public.

 

 


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IN SEARCH OF LOVECRAFT (2008)

Friday, 10 May 2013 12:00
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        I guess continuing my recent theme of low-budget independent movies, In Search of Lovecraft follows a news team who are stuck with the seemingly waste-of-time Halloween piece about the works of H.P. Lovecraft. However their journey into the Mythos of Lovecraft soon takes a turn for the weird, and they're soon fighting for their lives against a mysterious cult, and the real-life monsters of Lovecraft's stories.

 


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FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)

Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
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     Twenty-six years after Fright Night (a cult film at best) was released, Hollywood decided that yet another flick cannot be left well enough alone and needed to be remade.  This time around the story is set in Las Vegas, rather than suburbia, but I think that adds well to the story because a night lifestyle is accepted there.  If I were a vampire I would definitely consider a city that never sleeps and is a tourist/hooker honeypot as my home.  This time Charley is a geek acting under cover as a cool kid in order to score major poon tang, which I totally respect.  Colin Farrell pulls off a very good Dandridge character; smoldering good looks help him out in this category.  They tweaked the Peter Vincent character a bit because late night horror shows don’t exist anymore.  Instead, he is an over the top Vegas showman/vampire killer, and man, David Tennant puts on a hell of a show.  Oh yeah, Anton Yelchin doesn’t suck like the original Charley did either, but the same cannot be said about Evil Ed.

 

 


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FRIGHT NIGHT (1985)

Thursday, 09 May 2013 02:45
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     Charley Brewster is your normal high school nerd except for the fact that he has a girlfriend (which, as a geek, I can say is pretty strange).  He does well at school and comes home to a loving mother and what we can assume is a metric ton of porn.  One of his vices is late night horror movies hosted by none other than the greatest vampire hunter of all time: Peter Vincent.  Oh, and there is one other thing, his new neighbor is a vampire and nobody believes Charley.  Is Jerry Dandridge really a vampire or is Charley just a little bit nuts?

 

 

 

 

 


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MONKEY SHINES (1988)

Friday, 26 April 2013 19:26
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Most people that read the title above can't help cracking at least a bit of a smile, especially knowing that it supposedly applies to a legitimate, serious horror movie, rather than some kind of parody. Since monkeys are inherently hilarious and, in the case of the capuchins used in this movie, cuddly and adorable, building believable suspense via a tiny primate may seem like a tall order, but if anyone can achieve it, it would be master of horror George A. Romero. Monkey Shines starts with an interesting premise - a paralyzed man bonding with his trained helper monkey, and evolves into surprisingly nuanced and effective horror, if you can get over a few ridiculous elements.


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EVIL DEAD (2013)

Saturday, 06 April 2013 18:33
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     A group of friends head to an old family cabin in the woods to help Mia (Jane Levy) kick her drug addiction. When Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) starts reading from a skin bound book written in blood, he unleashes Hell on Earth. As each friend falls to the evil the blood and scares ramp up to outrageous levels.

 


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SLITHER (2006)

Friday, 29 March 2013 12:00
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     In a sleepy town in South Carolina something strange is happening.  A bright light in the sky one night leads to a series of strange events leading to the end of life as the town knows it.  As with most “it came from outer space” films a meteor crashes to earth and the first thing that we do is touch it.  The toucher in this case is Michael Rooker, who is great in his role as a sleazy car salesm…human being.  After he is infected by the parasite he creates a “mother” for them and it is up to his wife (Elizabeth Banks) and her former lover (Nathan Fillion) to save the town.  They fail.

 

 

 

 

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