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Dreamhouse (1998)

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Director: Graeme Campbell
Writer: Jim Makichuk
Starring: Timothy Busfield, Lisa Jakub, Brennan Elliott. USA. 1h 30m

This felt so dated, but if you stretched the imagination a lot it does tell a fairly interesting if not a dead subject. So an amazing techno geek plunges all of his assets and time into creating a dream house, a techno home run by an elaborate computer program called H.E.L.E.N, who was designed to learn from the inhabitants of the home and develop around their needs, this advanced A.I, just turns out to be more human than anyone predicted. Helen becomes jealous and murderous in her attempts to take over. Continue reading Dreamhouse (1998)

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Before I wake (2016)

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Director: Mike Flanagan.
Starring: Thomas Jane, Jacob Tremblay,Kate Bosworth. USA. 1h37m

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A highly sentimental fantasy horror centred around one orphaned boy, Cody (Tremblay)who in early throes of the movie merely escapes with his life, as the dramatic opening we see his is adopted father struggling  to shoot him. he soon thrust to the care of a new loving couple, Jessie and Mark (Bosworth/Jane).  Despite their attempts to take him and love her fragile child there’s still dealing with the loss of their own son,  but after noticing strange events around bedtime a couple of forced to look into the history of the unusual child they have taken in. Continue reading Before I wake (2016)

Dead End (2003)

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Director: Jean-Baptiste Andrea.
Starring: Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Alexandar Holden, Mick Cain, Billy Asher, Amber Smith. France. 1h 25m.

Directorial debut from the aspired French madman Jean-Baptiste Andrea, and sparingly turns out to be an intelligent creepy family horror. After taking a back road on the way to a routine family Christmas party, the patriarch nods off at the wheel and is soon shocked awake, but the never ending road the family find themselves on is not quite the one they intended to be on. The family carry on the dark winding road that seems to be leading to Harcourt, an unknown place but no matter how long they drive it seems unattainable. Continue reading Dead End (2003)

Cleanskin (2012)

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Director : Hadafun
Starring : Sean Bean, Abhin Galeya, Charlotte Rampling, James Fox, Tuppence Middleton. UK. 1h 48m

quickflickI picked this up in poundland and I can fathom why they had so many copies, I think that’s the golden rule, if they have only a few copies then maybe you’ve struck gold on the other hand if you’re tripping over the same film throughout the store it might not even be worth your £1. Continue reading Cleanskin (2012)

Ringu / Ring / リング (1998)

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Director: Hideo Nakata
Starring.  Nanako Matsushima Hiroyuki Sanada Rikiya Ōtaka Yoichi Numata. Japan.  1h 35m

Oh this movie started some shit back in the day, literally it had started so many cults and urban legends and gave the west the now uber iconic Sadako that we honestly can’t escape from Does this mean we are literally cursed by Sadako? The movie came onto my radar years ago but so long after it’s release, I often thought back and wished that I had a copy on VHS just to keep the mysticism alive, Emma film is Fairley heavily submerged in mysticism,  the basis of the original book was on Japanese folk tale Banchō Sarayashiki. I’m long before the play which has sent us into raging his cereal the ringer have managed to capture the dark imagination of Japanese youth,  stories about haunted video tapes accepting other media became more than just a playground chatter.

ringuIn this deeply disturbing psychological horror, which creeps from the screen and into the mind, everything revolves around the legend of a cursed video tape, a legend that circulates among some teenagers. After watching the film at a certain time of night the telephone will ring right after and one week later you will die. Continue reading Ringu / Ring / リング (1998)

Near Dark (1987)

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Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton. Janette Goldstein, Joshua John Miller. USA. 1h 34m.

Famed for being one of the few vampire flicks never to mention vampires, Near Dark is more than just your average vampire flick, it’s a dusty road trip from hell with some ancient and amusing characters who just happen to drink blood. Strangely his romantic horror is never really all that scary but is serious enough to unleash some tough alternative ideas into the vampire genre, but between the hard luck story, the power struggles and the endless road there’s a hint of comedy albeit it dark and some iconic vamps emerge forever etched in our memories.

There is no doubt that this film comes from the south, everything about it drips gravy and biscuits. Caleb (Adrian Pasdar) is a young farmer’s son, who meets a beautiful drifter Mae (Jenny Wright) who changes his life after she bites him and he’s forced to join a nomadic group of vampires who are quite happy slaying their way across America. Continue reading Near Dark (1987)

Hangul: 텔 미 썸딩/ Tell me something (1999)

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Director: Yoon-Hyun Chang , Chang Yoon-hyun , Chang Youn Hyun
Starring: Han Suk-kyu, Shim Eun-ha. South Korea. 1h 56m

So often have the Koreans fantasied with violent and psychotic serial killers, and often these cinematic gorefests are shrouded with mystery and loaded with grotesque skin crawling violence. The only film to date that had any real life connection is Memories of Murder (2003) which details the first properly documented serial killer in South Korea (correct me if I’m wrong, i’m just going by the details in my DVD cover), a case filled with blunders and much embarrassment. But in all fictional accounts the often flawed cops usually get their man.. Continue reading Hangul: 텔 미 썸딩/ Tell me something (1999)

Puppetmaster (1989)

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Director: David Schmoeller.
Starring:Paul Le Mat, William Hickey, Irene Miracle, Jimmie F Skaggs, Robin Frates, Mews Small +. USA. 1h 30m.puppetmaster-film

Despite being one of the more memorable cult horror from the late 80’s I don’t feel the the Puppetmaster gets the recognition that it deserves, this is probably the fault of the 9 sequels that slowly parodies and destroys the original magic of the deadly dolls.

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She’s Lost Control (2014)

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I picked this up due to the Joy Division connection, and it turned out be quite a dark and unusual film. A sexual surrogate (Brooke Bloom) starts developing feeling for a new generally unresponsive and moody as fuck client. Ronah (Bloom) is a pretty fragile character, on screen she looks like a mouse, she’s so minute, she gets the rough end of everything while you can see in her heart she just wants to help. Sadly the giant disgruntled hipster that she’s trying to help is a douchebag, the guy would be perfect at poker as he has this resting poker face and is totally unresponsive. Continue reading She’s Lost Control (2014)

The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

 

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At first I was put off by the title and due to the era of the movie I was expecting some possible comedy cheese thrown into a mindless movie. I was very wrong. While the movie is low budget the effects are quite adequate for the what is required and the film is quite brilliant. Obviously this is coming from a gore loving horror fan who appreciate good/bad movies, so bare with me.

The main character Steve (Alex Rebar) is an ill fated astronaut in this gross and trashy Z production camp horror flick, there is a fair share of nudity and lots of slime and body parts. After Steve West returns from space, he is highly radioactive and starts to melt, after seeing his floor pizza visage he breaks out of hospital and goes on the run, freaking out many a naked couple and a great old crazy couple along the way, as his need for human flesh starts to consume him.

It’s repulsive and if you’re able to switch off your brain (nothing is really explained, it just happens because movie) and ignore the retarded script, there is a lot to enjoy in this movie.

Parts of it remind me of the ridiculous nature of Motel Hell (1980). The film gets darker and more desperate as Steve develops into this melting mess of a creature.can he ever be rescued, is there a cure for this bizarre “disease”? The ending blew me away, it seemed distant from the rest of the film. Thoroughly good film though.

6/10

L – Incredible Movies, Doomed Astronauts, 70’s Sci Fi, 70’s Horror
A – How our fear of space has crafted Cinema
5B – Alex Rebar

Full movie review coming soon.