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Last Night’s Movies 07.08.2017

 

The Bridge (2006) – I love ducofilms, although I don’t fully understand them, are they documentaries or are they films? Do they ever appear in the cinema? Generally I find them on DVD in bargain bins, this one I had been chasing down for years! I knew it was about the a bridge of suicides and it’s one of those things I find highly interesting (yep sick puppy here). It’s just one of those aspects of (life and) death that is rarely subject to an unbiased film. It’s a combination of bridge surveillance and interviews with the family and friends of various jumpers/ it’s actually quite eerie how seeing all these random people talking about absent friends and their only connection is through death. The major criticism is that the filmmakers filmed the bridge for an entire year, capturing every suicide and at no point did they tell the victims (?) families that they had the footage and we’re going to use it in the film. I can see how this could really fuck people up but if you distance yourself from it, it’s a deeply upsetting and poignant aspect of the film. 7/10

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Maggie (2015)

Director:Henry Hobson .
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson, USA. 1h 35m.

One of the staple factors in any zombie film tries to answer what we would do with our loved ones, this is fully inspected and dissected in this unusual emo movie. All rational thoughts are out of the window and a deeply sympathetic view is adapted the traditional zombie movie into something quite unbelievable but it does raise some questions, questions we know we’d never have to ask. Continue reading Maggie (2015)

Judy (2014)

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Director: Emanuele De Santi
Writer: Emanuele De Santi
Stars: Jade Matthew, Carol Bolt, Ashleigh Whitfield. Italy. 1h 20m

The previews, trailers, reviews and DVD cover for this movie look absolutely beautiful, they all contain strong imposing grotesque images, that I thought had resulted from amazing and powerful horror film, brutally deadly and messy but unfortunately that’s not the way the cookie crumbled.

Bad things happen to bad people” that’s what the ringleader of a deranged group of Street performers called the crows always says and she decided to unleash the wrath of a gang on a woman and her dog. Mary and Judy,  I’d just like to point out that Judy is the dog, stop at some traffic lights and Mary did the worst thing ever!!! she actually ignored a street performer trying to get money out of her, just an freakish old woman in clown make up (nightmare fuel) and somehow this in self that turns into a brutal stalking and takedown mission on her and her dog. Continue reading Judy (2014)

June 2016 News

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I don’t have a lot lined up for the blog this month, it’s getting to that season where lots of family and kids films will be out and about so I’ll be hiding in my woman cave with some classic horrors I hope.

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I’ve been working hard on queuing up a lot of posts and it’s helping relieve some of the pressure of getting stuff done daily, it’s not like I’m going to run out of films right!

I’ve already managed to queue all of June for posts so this will give me a bit of freedom to work on July and I’m already planning the 31 days of horror for this October, as lasts years fizzled and burnt out way too early. Never mind onwards and upwards. I will endeavour to something brilliant with it like last year, adding various different types of films, modern, classic, animated, black and white, surreal, gore, and obviously from all over the world. Wish me luck I might need it.

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Take a look at Eidolon Movie (@Thrillridepics) Eidolon is a horror feature inspired by the Victorian story, The Yellow Wallpaper. Directed by Dayna Noffke, written by Mark Schemanske and Candace Wiggins.: https://twitter.com/Thrillridepics

The makers of BONE TOMAHAWK are remaking #PuppetMaster!  http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/403011-bone-tomahawks-s-craig-zahler-write-remake-charles-bands-puppet-master/

Take a look at Beware The Moon (@BTM_AWILBook): https://twitter.com/BTM_AWILBook

Dredd TV Series May Be Happening – http://comicdrops.com/2016/05/03/dredd-tv-series-may-be-happening

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Rumor: Guillermo Del Toro’s Next Film Is About A Romance With An Amphibious Man https://t.co/BnvVmHhZEc https://t.co/hBZ04dgb6m

Take a look at The Shallows (@ShallowsMovie): https://twitter.com/ShallowsMovie

Take a look at TheEventsSurrounding (@PeepingHorror): https://twitter.com/PeepingHorror

New THE CRAFT Movie to be More Sequel than Remake https://t.co/KGvYUvjXDl

Seth MacFarlane is working on a Sci-Fi Comedy Drama. Details here https://t.co/xgKjI8RoVF

Take a look at Body Count Rising (@BCRising): https://twitter.com/BCRising

Take a look at An Ending (@AnEndingFilm): https://twitter.com/AnEndingFilm

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Future Punks Film is shaping up here https://twitter.com/FuturePunks/status/728722692115857409

Take a look at Sci-Fi Podcast (@OCSciFi): https://twitter.com/OCSciFi

Take a look at NthCast (@nthcast): https://twitter.com/nthcast

Na Hong-jin’s The Wailing gets a trailer. Watch it here https://t.co/i8IKUFwMvp

Check out Feed The Black Indie gothic horror film set in wonderland hell. @FeedTheBlack

Take a look at The Last (@TheLast_movie): https://twitter.com/TheLast_movie

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IFC Midnight Acquires ‘Trollhunter’ Director’s ‘The Autopsy of Jane Doe’  http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3390744/ifc-midnight-acquires-trollhunter-directors-autopsy-jane-doe/

Take a look at The Closer Movie (@theclosermovie): https://twitter.com/theclosermovie?

Take a look at You Are Not Alone (@URNotAloneFilm): https://twitter.com/URNotAloneFilm?

Twitter Peeps

Really Awful Movies (@awful_movies): https://twitter.com/awful_movies

Take a look at Wight Blood (@WightBlood): https://twitter.com/WightBlood

Blog Posts from Admit One – Film Addict

APRIL

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Southbound (2015)
Dracula Untold (2014)
Diablo (2015)
5 Selected – Robert De Niro

MAY
May 2016 News and Updates
Is it better when you pay?
Halley (2012)
The Exorcism of Molly Hartley (2015)
Outland (1981)
Star Leaf (2015)
Human Centipede vs Tusk
March 2016 Film List
Rage (2010)
The Enemy (2013)
The Bat (1959)
Killing Season (2013)
Safari (2013)
Gingerclown (2013)
Bully (2001)
The Program (2015)
Scars of Dracula (1970)
Extinction (2015)
Goblin (2010)
The Company of Wolves (1984)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
K Pax (2001)
Stigmata (1999)
Strange Blood (2015)
The Survivalist (2015)
April 2016 film list
A Most Violent Year (2014)
Trash Humpers (2009)
Old 37 (2015)
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Night of the Big Heat (1967) AKA Island of the Burning Damned

March 2016 Film List

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It was a tough month but with no social life and with spending unusual amounts of time watching le Rugby I did manage to fit in a ton of movies, but slacked on the reviews.. Many apologies. I’ve got a few things in the pipelines and any suggestions and requests are welcome.

 

I spit on your grave 2 *6/10
The other man *2/10
Once were warriors
4:44 *3/10
4.44Red riding 1980
The fighter
The cook the thief his wife and her lover
Once were warriors
The Fly
The descent
Mansons lost girls *2/10
Grave Encounters
End of days
The house that vanished
Persuasions
Mansons lost girls
House *7/10
The warriors
Demons
Amusement
safari
Safari *3/10
Cannibal Ferox *6/10
Nosferatu 1979 *8/10
Thirteen Ghosts
All the boys love mandy lane
Ufc 196
Akira
Aliens
Dead lands
Ginger Snaps 2
Hostel 3
Underworld awakening
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Nadja*6/10
Oxford murders
Awaken the devil * 2/10
Whiteout
Cherry Tree lane
Black hawk down
Event Horizon
Dark feed *2/10
Idle hands *4/10
Everest *5/10
Prowler *7/10
Below *3/10
Deep Red
Anatomy * 6/10
Badge 373 * 6/10
Below
Cabin in the woods
Camino*5/10
Topos*6/10
Ghost ship
The professionals
Fractured
The program *6/10
No Country for old men
There will be blood
The room
Die another day
Magnum force
Puppet master
Zombie strippers
Dune
Rush
Non stop
Halloween 3
Puppet master
Screamers
A most violent year *8/10
Armageddon
dracula untold charles danceDracula Untold*5/10
Blood for Dracula
The proposition
The Guest *8/10
The Lost boys
Terminator
The survivalist *7/10
Blood creek
Pumping iron
Curse of the Werewolf
Brides of Dracula
Plague of zombies
Orca killer whale
Hidden *7/10
Dogtooth
This island earth
Victor Frankenstein *6/10
Alien 3
Gangster no1
The bleeding
Goblin *2/10
Lighthosue

92 Films

New 27
Best New – A Most Violent Year
Worst New – Goblin

Noteable

  • The Guest
  • The Survivalist
  • Prowler
  • Gangster no 1
  • Akira

Topos

5 Selected – Brad Dourif

Brad is one of those actors who is often overlooked when anyone is referencing horror icons. He’s definitely got enough films and contributions on this resume to really be considered in the horror role of fame. He’s speciality isn’t just in horror, he had managed to add his little psychotic spice into a range of other movies. I am especially in love with his donation of the best quote to Dune (1984) where his additions to the Peter De Vries character was so en point that I have it tattooed on my arm. Sadly his vocal work couldn’t do anything to save the abysmal Gingerclown (2013). Continue reading 5 Selected – Brad Dourif

Opening the Gates of Hell

I think there has been a fascination and fear for thousands of years of this little place called Hell.. In most organised religions there is an underworld and generally it’s not the top holiday destination due to some less than 5 star accommodation and bad cuisine. Despite the warnings though, someone or something usually wants to swing those gates open wide and unleash horrid things on mankind.

Here’s a list of 10 films where the main purpose is to open the gates of hell, so in no particular order.


Event Horizon

01. Event Horizon (1997)

First up is literally the first film that popped into my head, now this one sticks with me for a few of the wrong reasons. Basically I had a lot of trouble seeing the end of this film (more details in the review) but basically a missing spaceship, designed to bend time/space goes missing but comes back with some disturbing secrets. I’ll try not to give away too much as i hope my lists help other people try and find new films to watch, but there is some Latin and some hellish flashbacks. The film could have a bigger dose of gore (although i hear there are “better”extended scenes in another version), it could have had a more in depth plot, which i feel it would have gotten if it was an indie film. For Hollywood it’s a good effort. 7/10

hellraiser cenobites02.Hellraiser (1997)

Clive Barkers first attempt to take back his stories and what a beautiful dreamscape of terror and pain he created. Unearthly  pleasures are promised to anyone who can solve the puzzle box, as with all legends of this nature there is always a price. The pleasures are delivered by angels from a hellish dimension where pain is seen as a delight. Fair enough this isn’t the hell the bibles of the world tell us about but it certainly does mimic the ideas we have of hell and a gateway is certainly there to be opened so this film easily makes it into my top 10, and I easily give it 9/10

legend03. Legend (1985)

Another slightly off key version of hell is on the cards here, it’s basically a family fantasy movie but a bit of a cult classic. Everyone refers to the big guy as the devil when in fact he’s Darkness and he is in servitude of the “father” but once you get past that, Darkness is trying to unleash something dark to blot out human happiness and the sun. So candidate for a hell opening here. Despite the light nature of the film, its filled with some dark fantasy elements and fairytale creatures, one of my favourites being Meg Mucklebones, portrayed perfectly by Richard Picardo. It has a heavy dose of folklore and great imagery that I have loved since I was a child and there for 8/10

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04.I Frankenstein (2014)

One of the better comic to movie translations, from the noted writer and actor Kevin Grevioux. I felt the film was a bit of a let down, it could have been longer rather than trying to cram an epic into a short flick, but instead it just turned into another Underworld. (its hard not to connect the two films) It still carries an interesting version of life after Frankenstein. Basically the monster lives on into modern day and becomes a pawn in fight between good and evil. I wont tell all but there is an interesting plot in using necromancy for demons to take over the world. Another good try but only receives 6/10.

9th gate05.Ninth Gate (1999)

This film is a total love hate affair for me. I love Polanski, but can’t stand Depp, I love Langella but can’t stand the lack of a decent OST, the list goes on tit for tat. Every time I find something I love about the film its twinned with something i really can’t bare, but overall I do enjoy watching it, I love books and mysteries about the devil but thought there could be a little extra in the end or even a follow on film. Still throughout the film there is a desperate need to connect with the devil and to rule in hell.7/10

spawn06.Spawn (1997)

I think this was a fun remake of the graphic novels/Comics, but really I enjoyed the animated series more. I think this film is on the cards for a remake and despite enjoying this version with three of my all time favourite actors I suppose it could do with some improvements. There are lots of hellish elements in this throughout the film. Topped off with mega power struggles over the earth by the realms of evi!! Bwahaaahaa…hell is depicted as a MTV program break, brief flashing colours and flames. The depictions are better in the next film in the list.6/10

Constantine07.Constantine (2005)

As promised a film with better hell scenes, John Constantine, or Hellblazer (comic) often visits hell to gain footing against the demons trying to take over the earth. A potential candidate for a semi decent remake, Constantine is a giant step in the right direction for bringing a comic to life, hell is an apocalyptic version of earth,  filled with swarms of demons, slow motion smoldering and a dreamlike ambiance between the ruined buildings. This film also has one of the best Satan performances from Peter Stormare. 7/10

TheBeyond (10)08.The Beyond (1981)

One the greatest zombie, occult, horrors EVER, I have the shirt to prove it. This film is packed full of a different horror aspects and it’s all leading up to the opening of the 7th gate of hell, situated beneath a haunted hotel. The previous occupier of room 36 was a warlock who was tortured and destroyed by the local residents who were afraid of his actions but he remains in the room and orchestrates the new owner into opening the gate to hell.There is a stunning painting and all the iconic makings of a retro nasty in this film, honestly it has it all, a well manufactured gem.10/10

Double Vision09.Double Vision (2002)

 When people start turning up dead due to mysterious and supernatural causes, the Thai police force entertain an FBI officer to join the force, bringing with him his years of FBI service and knowledge he teams up with a beat down Thai officer and despite the language barrier they manage to uncover the connection of the death to the Taoist levels of hell.6/10

Hellboy10.Hellboy (2004)

 A second comic book remake, this time reproduced by one of my favourite directors Del Toro and brought to life by the ever talented Perlman. Hellboy; whose real name and purpose is the unlock the prisons of old ones who are destined to rule this realm, pretty much a opening the gates of hell scenario but in a slightly more Lovecraft fashion, and for argument sake I could also chuck in other Lovecraft inspired films like From Beyond and The Mist too.. But I’ll leave that for another list.9/10

Also, I guess i have to mention…

Little NickyLittle Nicky (2000) a comedy so I was forced to watch it while babysitting my sister one day… It’s bearable I suppose. Nicky (Adam Sandler), one of the sons of Satan has to stop his brothers from opening up hell… Tarantino has a cameo as a priest, it’s a funny family thing but there are boobies, head boobies.. it was painful to watch, possibly my own personal hell.  3/10