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Friday 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

AKA Friday the 13th: Part V
Director: Danny Steinmann
Starring: Melanie Kinnaman, John Shepherd, Shavar Ross, Richard Young. USA. 1h 32m

One of the more kooky and tame sequels in the Friday the 13th universe, sees Jason or his “ghost” terrorising and possessing an unlikely bunch of social misfits that are being cared for in fictional halfway house, one of the first deviations away from Camp Crystal Lake that envisions the return of iconic cult serial killer and the kid who killed him in the previous movie.

The murderous spirit of Jason Voorhees is enough to strike fear even when he’s assumed to be dead, and the entire plot of this mad horror hinges on the mystery around whether he’s possessing the body of his murder or potentially returned from the grave. Continue reading Friday 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

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Frankenstein: Day of the Beast (2011)

Director: Ricardo Islas.
Starring: Michelle Shields, Adam Stephenson, Tim Krueger .USA. 1h 31m

This indie Frankenstein movie has it unique charms but ultimately falls at a few hurdles before crashing through a dull and predictable ending.

Dr Frankenstein (Stephenson) returns to his family home with a new bride, a gorgeous black woman who is fluent in French and slowly learning English with his attentive sister,on returning to his family’s modest cabin in the woods his sister is enchanted to have a fellow woman around his blind father is a bit more reserved.While praying in the woods, Victors bride is murdered by a vicious monster, who then goes a step further and kills the rest of his family. Victor is aware of the monster and soon awakens to the reality that the monster is determined to kill any person Victor becomes attached to, but it doesn’t stop him, the prat decides to get married again to a young lady named Elizabeth (Shields) but to ensure that the wedding goes ahead without a hitch he hires some mercenaries to protect him and his bride. Continue reading Frankenstein: Day of the Beast (2011)

Chi o sû nendo / Vampire Clay (2017)

Director: Sôichi Umezawa.
Starring. Kyôka Takeda , Momoka Sugimoto , Ena Fujita , Kanji Tsuda. Japan. 1h 21m.

I used to be blown away by Japanese horror, going through the Tartan Horror series with much glee as it was miles apart from the slowdown that was occurring with its Western counterpart. with the fresh of breath air that the creepy tales sprung upon me, eventually I started noticing a huge split between genuine Japanese Horror and that fringe area which incorporated their unique humor, gore, body horror and sprays of blood. After a while I let things run their course, on returning I was gobsmacked by the array of mundane items which the Japanese has found a way to make scary! Continue reading Chi o sû nendo / Vampire Clay (2017)

Short Roundup 14 April 2019

Sorry again for missing out last weeks list..When I started doing shorts I never imagined myself getting caught up in a series, especially as I don’t generally watch series, but when they are under 10 minute segments it’s less of a hardship! Also if you’re aware of any shorts that I really should have covered by now, please leave a message or tweet at me.

Kookie

Beginning if a young girl watching a vintage movie and eating cookies, this movie slowly transitions into something a little bit more sinister when the little darling has raided the cookie jar too much and the cuddly bear cookie jar is soon replaced by a freaky clown head container and things begin to get a touch more elaborate in the artistic fear department.

There’s a mouthwatering display of well composed atmospherics, creepy sounds and peculiar camera trickery that all enhance this spooky story until it’s WTF ending. I’d say is a really accomplished short and hopefully the little girl involved will go on to do more.

The Mother

A one minute short film doesn’t leave much room for messing around and this get straight to the grot. A woman is stalked by a monster while cradling her baby, year later the sacred survivor lays a trap for the monster..

It’s amazing how quickly a point and plot can be brought on in a movie, yet so many directors try to waste my time.. *rolls* eyes. Definitely some talent here

Monitor

An oversize clerk is working the night shift in an gas stop, the loser starts to notice strange going on with his radio and video monitor. A dark figure with a masked face is stalking him throughout the store but he can only see the figure on the monitor, picking up a baseball bat he tries to protect himself but the motives of this creepy stalker isn’t quite what you’d expect. I really enjoyed the twists at the end of this nifty little horror drama, overall it’s written and presented really well, there could be some stream lining here and there, but the overall camera work and cutting is perfect.

O Negative

From the shifty intro and inventive electronic soundtrack this horror really captures a specific emotive and scary mood, despite being a short wordless story about desire and dependency.

Starring director Steven McCarthy, in this intimate vampire drama that sees him travelling across country with his lover searching for meaty snacks for her.

A creepy story of love and endurance that sits somewhere outside of the Black Rainbow

The Outer Darkness Part 1

So the series begins, a group of people seem to be playing a twisted game of fate with a meaty cenobite demonic type of creature and a freaky sadistic roulette wheel.

It’s a blinding start to what seems to be a new realm of nightmare. The game doesn’t seem to be well structured but I’ll see where this goes.

Hotel 22 – Kinoscope

There’s something special about those people around us that have the energy and balls to get up and help those less fortunate. This story is about a night bus which travels around the wee hours and plays the role of a movie safe haven for the homeless people in Silicon Valley. A team follow the bus on one dramatic night but the massive insight is bittersweet.

Pictured

This is part of the Apartment Trilogy horror done by David F. Sandberg, think you might remember that name? He’s the guy who freaked out the internet with Lights Out and many other horrors.. oh yeah.. him! This one sees his beloved getting her pretty butt haunted by a creepy girl in a photo, it’s slightly Ringu-ish,it plays on a few more stereotypes but it does build decent tension and well done for another sleepless night!

The Last Broadcast (1998)

Director: Lance Weiler, Stefan Avalos.
Starring: David Beard, James Seward, Stefan Avalos, Lance Weller. UK. 1h 26m

The year before the Blair Witch (1999) blew us away the Last Broadcast has already been released, but there’s a lot of nay saying about which one came first, it’s certain that Blair Witch caught more media attention and was reportedly started before this film but whichever way they were produced, this $900 film grossed $4 million at the box office which makes a much bigger success by comparison.

The film deals with a documentary filmmaker named David Leigh (Beard) and his investigation of the Fact or Fiction murder, where a group of TV hosts were murdered under mysterious circumstances,. As the show was only on a mere public access channel the death didn’t make the headlines and Leigh takes it on himself to find discover the truth behind the killings while making his documentary.

Continue reading The Last Broadcast (1998)

Short movie Roundup Mar 10 2019

The Study

There is a lot of interesting music in this film. A group head out to a fairly remote cabin, at first only mentioning how much they are looking forwards to getting paid to do “that type of thing”. Then they fall into an evening of drinking and partying while taking pills as part of the “study” to a cool retro soundtrack. After throwing a ball that vanishes and reappears somewhere else things take a dark turn, it’s not exactly Evil Dead but it’s does get creepy and ends of a cliffhanger. But displays some really imaginative ideas more akin to Cabin the Woods, topped with great acting and a suitably tense atmosphere, it would be really good to see this play out into something more. 8/10 Continue reading Short movie Roundup Mar 10 2019

Short Movie Roundup Feb 24 2019

I’ve had such a hectic week I couldn’t fit in as many shorts as I would have liked but here’s a few random movies to get your tentacles tingling.

Frostbite

I love horror movies set in the cold, usually they have some kind of connection with The Thing but this is more of a Wendigo style haunting and a well crafted and vile creature, the sound effects the creatures make up is incredibly well thought through and presented, definitely a film to give you chills but I wouldn’t expect anything else from Danny Donahue! Continue reading Short Movie Roundup Feb 24 2019

Short movie roundup Feb 03 2019

I decided that I really needed to put some effort into these shorts, if I’m ever going to get back up to date with things! And with the release of Salad Fingers Ep. 11 I had renewed energy!

The Severing

Often in short movies there’s not a huge amount of time to elaborate on the characters back stories and this unknown is rarely played apon but it’s put to very good use in this incredibly well shot; out of body horror experience. A young girl has just moved into her new home and decides to try a guided out of body experience, but once out of her body she is witness to a gruesome act upon her unmanned body and is unable to awake. There are some really amazing detailed slow motion scenes and effects in this terrific horror. 8/10

Don’t Move

Not to be mistaken for another short film with the same name, reviewed here . This tension filled short has a lot of merit, the cast of two manage to create a damning atmosphere when a cleaner is faced with an curious intruder, there is a good display of camera work but the sound is minimal. The ending is quite pivotal and yet hangs wide open but remains terrifically terrifying. 7/10 Continue reading Short movie roundup Feb 03 2019

Short Movie Roundup Jan 27 2018

This weeks short film roundup, is heavily horror themed as these are sometimes the best and more inventive short films around, kicking off this week’s selection is…

The Moonlight Man 2

If you haven’t seen the first, I featured it here. Danny Donahue shouldn’t be a stranger to any horror fanatics out there as he creeped the internet out with his amazing short movies including Vermin and the Whisperer. He has a talent for creating the creepiest demented monsters and building insane tension mostly through camera work tight timing. This feature see’s a wouldbe thief have his plans spoiled by the moonlight man who I think just wants to play. This isn’t the most frightening of his collection but it’s part of an impressive resume, he also has a lot of “Making of” movies. 5/10

The Bells

Sadly this one isn’t based on a particular hunchback but instead a son is prepping funeral arrangements with his sister as they have lost their father when he’s suddenly deafened by the sound of ringing bells, then he notices a figure moving inside his home and before you know it, he’s following a blood trail…

If nothing else the use of sounds is incredibly effective in this unusual horror movie that features a bizarre toothy monsteress. But overall it doesn’t gel together all that well, but it’s filmed and acted well and does have a few scares even if it’s a bit incoherent. 3/10

And the best for last!?

I have been DYING to see this film for ages when I missed it at the Estonian film fest and then again at Screamfest.. how unlucky can a girl be…probably not as unlucky as the girl in this charming and deadly film

Alfred J Hemlock

In the previews this character reminded me of a dodgy Johnny Depp fucked up on London Gin and I wasn’t far wrong, just add some Beetlejuice, and viola! . A young girl, named Emily is dumped on the way home by a jealous and pissed off boyfriend after an argument at a party, sobbing she says to herself that she wants to die.. and while heading home she chances on a comedy villain who identifies himself as Alfred J Hemlock who terrorizes her. while the matter is serious there’s a touch of League of Gentlemen in this charismatic thriller. I would like to see more of Mr Hemlock in the future, he’s brilliant running around dark alleys with a hatchet and singing strane songs while riding a tiny bicycle.. what more do you want from a horror villain. Lead man Tristan McKinnon who only seems to have made a few shorts, really can hold his own in a full length film and hopefully if Wyrmwood Chronicles of the Dead takes off I hope he gets a proper role. 7/10

Just Before Dawn (1981)


Director
: Jeff Lieberman
Starring:George Kennedy, Chris Lemmon, Gregg Henry, Deborah Benson. USA. 1h 42m

While gearing up to write a review for Satan’s Little Helper (2004) I finally deciding to actually investigate who directed it and low and behold it happens to be the pretty well known director Jeff Lieberman better known for his earlier films such as Squirm (1976) and the hippy flashback from hell Blue Sunshine (1978) but while I passed through life totally oblivious to directors, I never would have connected the two as the style is so very different but in between these amazing varied classics comes another slightly different movie, a backwoods slasher with a very different atmosphere to a lot of the other genre specific slashers of the era. Just Before Dawn is a menacing thriller that takes a very sly stab from time to time. Continue reading Just Before Dawn (1981)