With there being so many horror films coming out every year it seems the ones that actually make it to theaters are usually not all that great with the occassional good one. Dark House is one that never made it to theaters nationwide (in the United States), but really could of thrived if given the chance. This film has the notorious Victor Salva in the director's chair which may turn some fans of the horror genre away, but let me say that the best thing to do is forget who directed it and give it a chance. Let this autopsy begin!
Originally when Gravity came to theaters I passed it up as just being another space disaster film. Also at the time I had recently seen Sandra Bullock in the horrible comedy "The Heat" which I think left a bad taste in my mouth. Seeing she was in this film turned me off to it, but after I got done watching this film finally I was kicking myself for not seeing it in theaters. I hate sometimes when I do that because I end up missing great experiences of seeing a damn good film due to being turned off by either a trailer or cast member. Anyways lets launch into this autopsy and see what all this film has to offer!
Over the last several years I have noticed alot of films about possession, ghosts, exorcisms, hauntings and other things of that nature being released one after another. I think that boom came out of the success of the Paranormal Activity franchise. Most that I have came across are nothing but junk, now on occasion I do seem to find a gem amongst the rest. My problem with most of films in this sub-genre is that they all seem to be just copying off one another or they are simply boring. The question to ask is does Hellbenders belong as just another bland film or does it rise above the rest and become that gem I am always in search of? Let this exorcism, oh wait let this autopsy begin!
I have always lived by the credo of "If it's a creature feature it deserves at least one watch!". Beneath is one that I heard more bad than good about before being able to view it myself. Most of the criticism was about the monster, which I will let you know how I feel further into this review. One of the most appealing things for a huge genre fan like myself was the fact that the awesome Larry Fessenden was the man in the director's chair for this film. I have always admired his acting and contributions to the world of horror. Anyways lets dig into this autopsy!
I originally discovered this classic after I seen a documentary that highlighted cinema from the silent era on up through the mid 2000's. I see just that clip, but that alone with the title it had caught my attention. I ended up buying the 2007 edition put out by Legend Films that has a bonus version that is colorized by Ray Harryhausen. After watching the film for the first time I was actually impressed with what they did. Also it was interesting to watch it in color as well even though I prefer the original black and white version. Anyways on with the autopsy!
Death Wish is the revenge film that really got me into revenge films. Of course when I was younger I watched films like "Mad Max". Most of the time it goes from someone having something bad happen in their life and then they go pretty quickly to getting vengeance. In the case of "Death Wish" it takes about half of the film to reach the point of getting revenge. I really like that because you get to see the transition from your everyday mild mannered person to someone who will fight back against the scum that surrounds him. On with this autopsy!
I am definitely someone who has passed by way too many noir films over the years and as I get older I regret not seeing them sooner. I guess my film tastes have became more vast as time has gone on. What we have here is a film I really don't think I heard of until recently. Unlike most any noir films I have seen before this one has a very unique and intriguing plot. Let's get into this autopsy and see what lurks inside!
The original Carrie film from 1976 is one that I have always liked but could never really say that I loved it. Now it was a good film that has an excellent payoff at the end, years later in 1999 they made a sequel and even a made for TV movie in 2002. I did see the sequel, but honestly I don't remember much about it due to only seeing in once years ago. What we have now is the 3rd adaptation of the Stephen King novel, does it deserve to be given praise or is it just another cash grab for the movie studio?! Let the autopsy begin!
I have been a fan of Boris Karloff since I was young and seen him Frankenstein from 1931 as the Monster. He has had some of the best and most iconic roles in the horror genre and deserves all the respect that he gets. Karloff was a very busy actor and continued to pump out films all the way until his death in 1969. Alot of what he has done may be looked at as campy or B horror films. To myself no matter what he did you could tell that he put his all into his roles like many others like him. Anyways lets delve into this autopsy!
When I was a kid I used to watch some of the older 1940's series of The Lone Ranger. Now I have not seen that series in quite sometime so I really don't remember too much from it. So in this review I will not be able to compare it to the original TV series or the original films. When this new film finally came to theaters this was one of those rare moments when I let my guard down and did not have any interest to see it due to what people were saying about it. After finally being able to view it I see where some people were coming from, but I also think this would of been a blast to of seen on the big screen. Now lets dive into this autopsy!
Nightmare City is a film that I originally ran across a few years ago when in the search for some Italian Horror films. At the time for whatever reason I seemed to of overlooked it and focused my time more on Argento and Fulci films. Since I got this release of it I finally got to see what I had missed out on. What I got was something different than I really was expecting. Lets get into this autopsy and see what Nightmare City has to offer!
Checkout below the new posters for the upcoming new Planet of the Apes film! Also the theatrical date has changed to JULY 11th 2014! I personally love the original films as well as the Rise of the Planet of the Apes and I cannot wait to see what this next film has to offer! The trailer will be coming soon! Keep an eye out because I will have it on the site very soon!
How I hate this film, let me count the ways. When faced with absolute evil, what do you do? What is your first response? Call an exorcist, the Catholic Church, Keanu Reeves? Where to start? And do I have to? I’ve seen many films in my time. Manos, Eegah, the works of Ed Wood, Battlefield Earth, Wild Wild West, The Room, none compare to the hell of this. A Sith Lord, a Panic Room apartment, no budget to speak of, the makers knew little about filmmaking and it shows.
I have been a fan of these Pixar and Disney collaboration films that they have been releasing since the original Toy Story. Almost all of the films have an underdog character(s) that need to overcome an obstacle. They all have a great and upbeat message in the end. Now when Cars came out I really enjoyed it and thought it could of stopped at one film, but due to the success it was inevitable that a sequel would be coming and when it did what we got was a decent sequel that focused more on the hit character Tow Mater. Now we have a new film that follows another group of characters in the world of Cars and that is of course Planes.
Scream Factory has done it once again and has brought another lost horror gem to blu-ray. Crawlspace is actually a film that I have heard of before, but I never seemed to be able to get ahold of it. Even the movie rental store I used to go as a kid never even had it from what I remember. Nonetheless I am finally glad to of been able to watch it at long last and on blu-ray. Please come with me as I delve into my autopsy of this labyrinth of horrors known as Crawlspace!
Junkie is one of those types of films that comes along ever so often and slaps you in the face with a very bizarre experience. Now I have seen other films that take this sort of path, one that comes to mind is a film called "Sublime (2007). I must say though that Junkie is way more bizarre and out there. At first it seems like if you took the odd couple and made the two main characters junkies. Trust me when I say things go crazy quite quickly and they never really give up until the finale. One moment you can have what seems to be a very deep moments between the two and then you get snapped right back into their bizarro world.
A couple years ago I found out about the film I have for review here, at that time there seemed to be alot of hype about the film and that caught my interest. It seemed to of been shelved here in the United States, but did get a Region 2 release. At the time of the Region 2 release I had no way to play the DVD so I just passed it up and waited until now to finally be able to see it on it's US home video debut. The only question left is does it live up to the hype that has surrounded it and was it worth the wait or is it just another over-hyped film that got shelved because it was bad? Let the autopsy begin!
Most of modern horror, I can’t stand. The monsters, the psychos, the Nine Inch Nails. Directed by either rock stars or first-time directors, it feels like a carnival and the trick never touches deeper than the blood. With digital, modern effects, and the world we live, a large sum rubs like Syfy or snuff. Buckets of blood, an arm here, a leg there, one wonders. Is it story or sensation that drives us? And are we any more than pervs?
When I was young, every afternoon I ran. Off the bus, 4 o’clock, home felt around the corner. Rushing in, I flipped the switch. The bluest of skies, dark clouds, blaring light, what a show. The opening is so clear. White titles, a bittersweet tune, a shadow fills the screen. The notes swell and then we see him. Leather jacket, a bushel of hair, anything is possible. Hitchhiking, a station wagon, the open road, the horizon calls. Nothing lasts. Place to place, week to week, there’s always a need. The Odd Couple, god’s plan, this is television.
As any horror fan should already know there has been tons of found footage films just flooding the market over the past few years. At first I was open to them, then I just became bored with them. The film I have for review here today kind of does that sub-genre but in a very different way. If you take the concept of an anthology and mix the aspect of finding a mysterious tape and making that tape the focus of the film then you have what this film does. Really it's hard to describe, because it does something very different that what I have seen before. I will say that initially going into "All Hallows' Eve" I actually was thinking it was going to be just about a demonic killer clown, but I was very pleased by what I actually got. Let this autopsy begin!
If you tend to follow the reviews I do then you know I am not a big fan of haunting or supernatural films that are based on ghosts or spirits. The film I have for review today is one of those so I initially went into it with little to no expectations of it being anything good or worth really watching. What I got was actually a film that does do the whole supernatural thing, but does it in a way that I like. Unlike crap like "Paranormal Activity" there is little to no jump scares and it relies more on the actual characters and actors to support the film. Also there is no CGI to try and make a ghost or spirit do things, everything is done with practical effects. Anyways on with the autopsy!
From what I have gathered this film was lumped into the House franchise. Luckily in the United States it was released under the title The Horror Show because aside from the supernatural aspect this is nothing like the first two House films. The one thing I remember best is the VHS cover, aside from that I don't think I ever had a chance to watch this film before. One thing I can say is where has this film been all my life and why did I ever pass it up on my hundreds of trips to the rental store while growing up. Let this autopsy begin!
What do you get when you take a shitty movie and add a fake snuff scene ending? Well you get a film called Snuff. The original film was called "Slaughter" and was based on the Manson Family murders and was so bad it could not get distributed. A few years later it was bought up by Allan Shackleton and a newly made "snuff" ending was tacked on and was re-titled Snuff. Just changing the name was a genius idea because it brought attention to it that it would of never gotten otherwise. Also what helped was the protests and controversy that was supposedly started up by Allan Shackleton which caused droves of people to go to theaters to see what was so bad about this film. Sadly all they got was a really badly made film with an overly unrealistic tacked on ending.
Night of the Comet is one of those films I heard of but was unable to see until it was released on DVD a few years back. Going into it I thought it was going to be more of a typical zombie flick, but what I got was a mixture of Night of the Living Dead,The Omega Man and Valley Girl. It also is more of a film that centers on the living characters more than those who were affected by the comet. To myself I do like to see that formula alot more than just a bunch of zombies tearing people apart. In this film what it does is gives the characters a little more depth than just being shallow and ignorant to what is going on and that really shows the further you get into the film.