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Roberto Succo (2001)

Director: Cédric Kahn
Starring: Stefano Cassetti .France/Italy/Switzerland. 2h 4m
Based on: Je te tue. Histoire vraie de Roberto Succo assassin sans raison
by Pascale Froment.

What exactly is a criminal? Someone who goes above and beyond to get what he wants with little regard to anyone else or the law, or a totally feckless loser who just stumbles from mess to another? Cedric Kahn manages to paint a detailed picture of a man who crosses both of these descriptions and still manages to be both comical and highly dangerous in his escapades.

In this brilliant, slightly polished adaptation of real events, a bizarre criminal anti hero is etched out as Cassetti masquerades as Roberto Succo, a mixture of Jesse James, Hitler and Norman Bates, he argues about art, nationality and politics along the way. Mr Succo, esconded form prison five years after being convicted for the murder of his parents in 1981. His death defying run of fun saw him elude police in three different countries for 2 years, spending his time woeing girls, sightseeing, killing, raping, burgling and fucking up the odd bank job. The movie is generally detested by the French police for its alleged glamorisation of a real-life killer, but it’s a testament to the accuracies within the film and highlights how useless they were to allow him to carry on for so long. Continue reading Roberto Succo (2001)

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Of Unknown Origin (1983)

Director: George P. Cosmatos
Starring: Peter Weller, Jennifer Dale, Lawrence Dane,Kenneth Welsh, Louis Del Grande. USA. 1h 28m.

There is a strong committed performance here from Peter Weller as he stars in George Cosmatos cinematic interpretation of The Visitor by Chauncey G Parker III, but it can’t shake off how “un-horror” and this horror can be at times. Instead the literary sense behind the film stands out strong but there could have been a huge opportunity for some gory visually to back everything up.

Peter Weller plays, Bart Hughes, a banking executive that is constantly outsmarted by a peculiar rat. While finalising big business ventures he’s also modernising an impressive brownstone apartment he’s unaware of a furry visitor making his home within the constitution. Continue reading Of Unknown Origin (1983)

The Neanderthal Man (1953)

Director: Ewald André Dupont
Starring: Robert Shayne, Joyce Terry, Richard Crane, Doris Merrick, Beverly Garland, Tandra Quinn USA/Germany. 1h 18m

One of my movie weaknesses is vintage sci fi movies, I just adore the heroism and pure wonderment and moral dilemmas they still offer, the 50’s were a golden age for the beginning of big scale science fiction, from mad scientists to space exploration, monsters and space exploration. Things might not really work how they were depicted, the same generation who were sure radioactive insect bites would only enhance a man also encouraged their kids to smoke, but sci fi wouldn’t really be sci fi without a level of taking things too far and being outlandish.

The Neanderthal man is a prime example of a down trodden scientist who pushes the envelope and takes things to the extreme The mockery of a brilliant scientist Prof. Clifford Groves (Shayne) by his peers, pushes him to the dangerous edge of self exploration, after being publicly ridiculed the professor continues his feverish work to prove that our cells remember their prehistoric past and turns himself into a Neanderthal man, his cat into a Sabretooth and his housekeeper into some scary beastly wild woman. The trio have little recollection of their primal actions and terrorise the wildlife and residents of their small town. Continue reading The Neanderthal Man (1953)

The Perfection (2018)

Director: Richard Shepard
Starring:
Allison Williams, Logan Browning, Steven Weber. USA. 1h 30m

There is something surprisingly poetic about, Paul Haslinger’s unabating film, a movie which is pretty easy to fall into and follow despite it constantly throwing the audience a curved ball by rewinding time and showing things from a different perspective, it’s charming but for me there just wasn’t enough obscure strangeness, instead that was reserved until the bitter…. sweet end.

Opening with a somber tone, a woman lays wide eyed on her deathbed, her daughter looking on with a 1000 yard stare, there is a slight sign that something is not quite right , through a montage we see her getting pulled from a prestigious school to return home and look after her mother, scenes of self harming and a girl desperate to escape , but also something much darker from her past. She’s damaged but is hopeful of a better future. She calls her old mentor for help, her mother has gone and now she wants to return to Anton (Webber) the person who was painstakingly training her to be the best cellist in the world but the world has moved on and he has a new best, the stunning Lizzie (Browning) her face plastered all over the streets of Shanghai, China, she’s utter perfection but the hint of jealousy falls into lust when the two virtuoses spend a night on the town then ends up in the bedroom, something pretty strange for rivals but these girls are also striving for the best and see it in each other but this flashy romance won’t last. Continue reading The Perfection (2018)

Death Bed : The Bed that Eats (1977)

Director: George Barry
Starring: Demene Hall, William Russ, Julie Ritter, Linda Bond, Patrick Spence-Thomas. USA. 1h 20m

This film seemed to have been lost for some time, but it’s more recent rediscovery has given it a new lease of life, much like the ben in question.

How scary can a bed be? I remember Singer/Songwriter Tanita Tikaram casually mentioning that she was afraid her bed was going to eat her, she possibly saw Freddy Krueger shred Johnny Depp in Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) at an impressionable age. But weren’t w all scared of the monster under the bed in our infant years? So obviously a demonically haunted bed can be scary, and this adventurous psychotropic horror for me is one of the best ways to explore this outlandish piece of furniture.

Continue reading Death Bed : The Bed that Eats (1977)

Short Movie Roundup 04 AUGUST 2019

Short Movie Roundup 04 AUGUST 2019

Reaver

In the intro of this quaint little short, Len LoBiondo displays great use of light and knowledgeable camerawork, can really set a superb and professional atmosphere. but for most of the movie only boring drama shit happens, But when things do heat up.. oh boy what a rush!

So a man vanishes while messing about in his shed, a year later his children are struggling to get over his loss and are determined not to end up the same way as their father. But while they say his work as the rambling of an old man who’s possibly lost his grip it turns out that he was onto something. One fateful night whatever took him returns for the kids.

Now while it’s hard to say much without giving it away the ending is like Signs but X10 better..

Intruders

A sullen opening sees an abandoned run down house with kids throwing eggs and bricks at the window’s but if you look a little closer it’s not all that abandoned… This incredibly terrifying short is really a mini anthology by Santiago Menghini, that seems two curious entities haunt a home, and get mingled in the private lives of a young boy and inspector.

Cutting to a more modern setting a young man is peeping at his neighbours getting strangled, the purportator dashes over to say hi. the following scene is utterly terrifying playing on our perceptions of size and mass, making the viewer feel like a child and a big scary monster is coming after them.

This is cruel and dark and inventive, something akin to the twisting realities in the Spannish hit Aterrados.

Sulfuric

A young woman returns home to the smell of rotting eggs and her friend passed out on the soft, the sick woman describes a dark fantasy but they attempt to find a level of normality until a dark putrid mess starts to wriggle in the bathroom bin.. nothing is okay anymore.

This film by Jeff Brown is definitely the beginning of something awesome which plays on so many fears and could easily go in so many directions. please make this into something more.

Ink

A drunken girl returns home, in a drunken mess she keeps on drinking but is determined to have a bath, which is probably not the best idea as she has a fresh tattoo Mother of Monsters, it looks impressive but after sinking into the bath and dropping off she does indeep mother her own monster..

It’s a cute short is like a creature feature of Tattoo, it spends a lot of time showing off this drunken girl but not really explaining itself, but it’s still worth a watch but could have displayed more depth

Mr Eckles

Finding creepy pictures of the inside of your home, inside you home from an unknown assailant is pretty scary, but when that fucker had a bag on his head, you’d better be ready to fight for your life.

It’s interesting, not all that new or miraculous but filmed so well it really steps up the tension than some of the other shorts based on this idea.

American Hell

On the first watch I didn’t quite enjoy this movie so much, from the crazy mind of Robert Bryce Milburn, the film stars Hannah Fierman, who’s as fierce as in any of her other roles. The film is more of a statement of today’s society but for some it might be lost in the violence, but its’ poignant, this family are harassed and no one tries to help them. this is what makes it horrifying as opposed to the battered bodies and blood.

Special Day

damn this film!! it starts out so charming and ends up so fucking scary! A young girl settles down to celebrate her 18th birthday but her family has a dark secret from her, it turns out that there is an heirloom they have to pass down to her.. the secret of their success. I personaly don’t understand how it makes them successful but my god if I saw this when I was 17 I would have nightmares wondering if this was coming my way… who the fuck wants an old friend with that face…

This film is totally golden!! but those Sentinels.. Mr Teal Greyhavens you are seriously fucked up, well done.

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Critters (1986)

Director: Stephen Herek
Starring:  Dee Wallace, Scott Grimes, Billy Zane, Terrance Mann, Don Keith Opper, M. Emmet Walsh, Lin Shaye .USA. 1h 28m

Critters are basically an intergalactic cross between Gremlins and Hedgehogs.  I feel bad saying this as the director, Stephen Herek,  got so much stick for copying Gremlins even though Critters was written and in production before Gremlins but small little creatures with a mischievous nature are all alike to me.

80’s American horror was often family based, possibly a ploy to get it into every home, but this average family find themselves having a night from hell when a group of Crites escape from their asteroid prison hijack a spaceship and speed down to Kansas where they  start hunting for food. Luckily for the people of earth there are two highly skilled bounty hunters hot on their tails but on entering earth, one takes on the guise of a famous rock star but his sidekick has a bit of trouble with his green glowing face and ends up resembling random towns people he runs into, which is something that really confuses the already confuzzled local police force. Continue reading Critters (1986)

Short Movie Roundup 28 JULY 2019

Jameson

This is definitely a monster story unlike many others. A man’s peaceful existence in the woods is disrupted when three dangerous who lay siege to his cabin, but who exactly is in danger is always in question.

A really lovely series of cinematic shots helps complete this gritty drama, a feast for the eyes and imagination. Strangely dark and satisfying at the same time with slight lose connections to It comes at night in it’s damning tone and atmosphere but there is a monster here so it’s an added bonus. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 28 JULY 2019

Fire in the Sky (1993)

Director: Robert Lieberman
Starring: C B Sweeney, Robert Patrick, Craig Sheffer, Peter Berg, James Garner, Henry Thomas. USA. 1h 49m
Based on: The Walton Experience by Travis Walton

After a decade of making dramas tinged with politics or romance, Lieberman took a step out of his comfort zone for this creepy film based on a the alleged accounts of an alien abduction survivor Travis Walton and this life after returning to earth.

The film starts out innocent enough when a group of life long friends are returning home from work in Snowflake Arizona, when Travis (Sweeney) is abducted by lights in the sky, the friends freak out but Mike Rogers (Partrick) reports that Travis has been abducted by aliens, this sparks a rugged local sheriff (Garner) to think that Mike and the others, were involved in Travis’s disappearance. after a lot of nervousness between the men who are reporting the incident, taking their unreal fear for guilt he approaches with a fairly open mind but believes he just needs to find evidence of a misdemeanour. Continue reading Fire in the Sky (1993)

Il était une fois le diable / Devil Story (1986)

Director: Bernard Launois
Starring: Véronique Renaud, Marcel Portier, Catherine Day .France. 1h 12m

This crazy French horror movie isn’t easy to categories, it’s definitely unique at times quite zany and while it has certain charms with being different and outlandish its major let down is the repetitive sound effects that really started to grate on my nerves within the opening 20 minutes only increase its irritability right to the bitter end.

Overall Devil Story feels as if narrative isn’t really all that important but the director, Bernard Launois, seems to have reveled with delight by adding everything you possibly could into his last production. The film opens with a crazed man slashing innocent victims and rural France and ends up with an occultist bringing about a Mummy Showdown. But like other infamous French movies of the era such as Zombie Lake (1981) there seems to have been this drive to just make gory horror films with little story line to back them up, but it’s generally all good groovy fun and being a lover of “bad movies” you gotta roll with the bizarre and they don’t get much more off the beaten track than this. Continue reading Il était une fois le diable / Devil Story (1986)