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Black Mountainside (2014)

Director: Nick Szostakiwkyj
Starring: Shane Twerdun, Michael Dickson, Carl Toftfelt, Marc Anthony Williams, Andrew Moxham, Timothy Lyle, Steve Bradley. Canada. 1h  39m

Like a creepy love letter to John Carpenter’s; The Thing (1982) from a methed out HP Lovecraft, Black Mountain assembles a dark story the slowly gets more sinister until a bleak but strong ending.

Much like the thing, there are a small crew working in harsh icy conditions of Northern Canada, but this team are a group of archaeologists who uncover an ancient structure and some artifacts which date around the last ice age, perplexed by the date of the objects and in wonderment of the people who crafted them, the men continue to investigate and study the pieces but their presence spook the native members of the crew who quickly abandon them then their communications fail and their supplies are cut off, but this is the least of their problems. Continue reading Black Mountainside (2014)

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3 Short DON’T Horror films

Often in horror movies there is some kind of  instruction, like Don’t go into the house (1979) and in the case of Nightmare of Elm Street (1984) Don’t ever sleep again..

So here are 3 short horror films with some more rules on what you shouldn’t do.

DON’T LOOK AWAY

This is quite a compelling short movie which captured my imagination, a teenage girl is being teased by her brother, when she noticed a man standing outside her house, he’s in a disheveled suit with a bag and chains over his head, her father warns her not to look away and that he’s on his way to help her. Not really taking the advice she asks her brother to watch the creature while she locks the doors, as her brother is a massive douche but on returning she can no longer see the man but her brother still can, where has HER spectre gone? What’s going on?? Hopefully daddy is on his way to rescue these lovelies soon.

For a short movie it’s made well and the acting is fairly natural, the concept of this ghoul like character who reminded me of something that could have cropped up in Thirteen Ghosts (1960/2001). It has a great urban legend feel to it and with some working I reckon this could make a decent horror.. I think I just want to know how this creature came about really..

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1922 (2017)

Director:Zak Hilditch .
Starring. Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Neal McDonough. USA. 1h 48m.

This hot and melting messy murder film is quite an interesting brooding moralistic thriller. At first the rocky love affair between Wilfred Jane) and his feisty wife Arlette (Parker) is something on parallel to a Tennessee Williams play,  but it’s no secret that he’s planning to kill his wife for her land and cash, but it doesn’t seem plausible until he slowly bullies his son, Henry into helping him hold her down and slit her throat in a torrid gurgling bloody mess. He disposes of her corpse down the well soon after then the rats appear, crawling in and out of her corpse, the scene shocks him but he has some cleaning up to do and a lot of police dodging, until the Henry discovers that his teenage true love is pregnant and he has to escape the town and the two go on the run leaving Wilfred alone on the farm with the ever present rats for company.

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Carnival of Souls (1962)

Day 8 – Carnival of Souls

Director: Herk Harvey.
Starring. Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Art Ellison, USA. 1h 24m.

A cult classic that still influences a host of modern directors, this independent horror film manages to create a bizarre ghostly atmosphere that has been difficult to re-create since.

A few girls are out for a lark, when then encounter some greasers who challenge them to a drag race over a bridge, the girls car crashes in the river and they get pulled along by the rapids, the rescue mission fails to find anything but a shabby and bemused young blonde bombshell emerges from the water the only survivor from this tragic misadventure. Mary’s life is never quite the same after the accident. The church organist relocates to Utah, where she finds herself set apart from the locals and stalked by a strange pasty faced ghoulish man (Harvey) as she’s drawn towards a mysterious carnival on the outskirts of town near the river,  where she’s inclined to dance. Continue reading Carnival of Souls (1962)

Ginger Snaps(2000)

Day 1 – Ginger Snaps

Director: John Fawcett .
Starring
. Katharine Isabelle, Emily Perkins, Kris Lemche,Mimi Rogers. Canada. 1h 48m.

Usually teen coming of age movies are both shocking and comedic, and while ginger snaps has all of this, it takes everything to a new level, the comedy is blacker and there’s much more blood than you’d expect from a couple of girls who are just trying to get by in high school..

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A lot of horror films involve teenagers; classic horrors like Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) have thrilled and scared our pants off, but usually the teens are the victims, but a whole lot Ginger Snaps strives to be different from all the rest and in this teen dream film meets hammer horror, the beast wears lipstick and heels while feeling really awkward in social situations. Continue reading Ginger Snaps(2000)

Horror Shorts – Vermin, The Passenger and Hi

I’ve decided that it’s better if I double or triple up the horror shorts as doing individual posts will just take forever so expect a few triple bills from now on.

Vermin


Director : Danny Donahue (@dannyfdonahue) Starring: Casey Fichtner. USA.2015
Duration : 2:06
Extremely short but strangely on point, this thrilling silent horror short uses amazing camera angles and sound to fool the viewer and enhance the scares. There is a fair amount of tension and build up to a rewarding ending. A young woman is trying to hang a picture on the wall when strange noises start coming from a cupboard then the tools go missing. It doesn’t sound to scary but even the name of this creepy tale lead you off guard for a sinister scare, for the tiny timing it’s worth a watch. It’s simple, short and very effective.
Rating 6/10 Continue reading Horror Shorts – Vermin, The Passenger and Hi

We Are Still Here (2015)

We Are Still Here  (Horror, Supernatural,  2015) (18) D: Ted Geoghegan W: Richard Griffin (based on a concept by) P:  C: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig,, Larry Fessenden, Lisa Marie, Monte Markham. 1h 24m. USA.

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Synopsis : Every 30 years, a lonely old house in the fields of New England wakes up and demands a sacrifice.

TAGLINE : This house needs a family.

The stark and hushed ghost film from Ted Geoghegan is a smoldering thriller, and possibly too clever for it’s own good. It is by no means underpowered but is so simple the best aspect of the story is often over looked, this doesn’t make it a bad movie it’s just not idiot proof and that’s the best form of horror. From the onset the film is constantly on edge, mixing the right blend of tension and jump scares without utilizing a brash soundtrack to outline what’s coming. Very little is given away from the onset about the situation and history and the viewer is left guessing throughout this enjoyable and somewhat curious but powerful drama which is ultimately unforgettable.

The film,  inspired by a concept from Richard Griffin (Disco Exorcist 2011) who’s usual low brow writing has conjured up some catchy characters, but this is a huge step away from that comfort zone and is a true homage to a classic horror tale. The basic outline to the story revolves around a middle aged couple, The Sacchetti’s, who have recently lost their son in a car accident and are moving out to a rural community to get away from the miserable memories. The mother Anne (Barbara Crampton) is certain that she can feel the presence of her son in the new home and asks for her psychic friends and her sons best friend to visit to try and conduct a seance to contact her dead boy. After a very unusual visit from a neighbour and his edgy wife, an electrician badly burnt in the unusually hot basement, the couple still continue in their attempts to contact the dead and get a lot more than they bargained for in a town with a hushed dark secret that could easily contend with Silent Hill (2006).

Filled with stylish visuals and tense atmosphere throughout, it’s homely and comforting while also being freaky as hell. As much as the ghosts do remind me of the later stages of Thanatomorphose (2012) they are quite unusual for the average haunted house movie. With lashings of creepiness and intelligent dose of gore this film delivers on so many levels.There is a particularly well handled scene near the end when the Sacchetti’s come face to face with the ghosts and the stand off has so much tension.

It’s radiant to see and older couple as leads, dealing with the horrors of the house,  as the typical approach is to chuck in a bucket of teenagers, but in a style reminiscent of House by the Cemetery (1981) we’ve gone back to adults having to being sensible about these matters, and it works so well. I like that there are no huge speeches about how to perform a seance or how things works, it’s all down to earth and natural, this simple approach twinned with short bursts of outrageous and controlled violence works much better at shocking an audience rather than jump scares. This is something which will be unusual for the younger audience and might work against the movie, while it’s greatly appreciated as far as I’m concerned, and I’m delighted that the film closes in a way in which we might be able to see a sequel and hopefully a prequel at some point.

 

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Rating –  8/10

R: Silent Hill (2006), House by the Cemetery (1981)

V: It’s almost like returning to an old lover, this film revisits all of the golden themes and ideas of old horror movies. It’s not purely mindless buckets of blood, but there is a lot of bloody gory violence, the ghosts aren’t just creepy haunting voices but hardcore psychotic killers, the town has a dark history like silent hill but it’s not all it has. Showing great love and endearment for the horror genre, it all comes home to the house that needs a family. and I do indeed hope that it does become a family with more films to come.

L: Modern Ghost Films, Haunted houses

PD : Coming Soon