Sunday, April 25, 2010
Hello and welcome back to the Flaming Sneakers! This time I have been given the privilage to post a review for the movie Se7en by the fantastic blogger R.D. Penning. Russ writes for the blog dead end Drive-in. Russ is one of the best bloggers that I have come across, he is a great friend and his reviews are always nice and unique. if you like this revie please feel free to check out his blog.
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I don't care what everyone says, Seven is hands down my favorite David Fincher movie so far. I don't think it was necessarily intended to be a horror, but it has always given me chills. The plot as described over at IMDB goes as follows: This thriller portrays the exploits of a deranged serial-killer. His twisted agenda involves choosing seven victims who represent egregious examples of transgressions of each of the Seven Deadly Sins. He then views himself as akin to the Sword of God, handing out horrific punishment to these sinners. Two cops, an experienced veteran of the streets who is about to retire and the ambitious young homicide detective hired to replace him, team up to capture the perpetrator of these gruesome killings. Unfortunately, they too become ensnared in his diabolical plan.
This movie draws you in from the very start by thoroughly diving into each character. You feel for them from the very beginning, as they seem like normal people. Fincher gives you what you want and keeps it coming. He doesn't take much time before going right into the seven deadly sins. Each death seems to be more disgusting and creative than the next. How you view this movie could technically depend on your level of faith. Everyone knows what he is doing is wrong, but he is killing people who have sinned. This adds to the horror, especially for someone of deep faith. You will never sin again after watching this movie, haha. Tension grinds on your brain as you count down the sins. You know the next one is coming, and you can't help buy wonder which one he will do next. I felt the hair stand on my arms, and I got the sick feeling in my stomach. Keep in mind, I have seen this movie multiple times, and it still does it to me. To me it would seem this movie is a major inspiration for the Saw series. The creativity, theme, and gore definitely matches.
Andrew Kevin Walker delivered a script that was as close to flawless as one can get, and it was perfectly brought to life by Fincher. The acting, specifically by Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, was much better than I had anticipated. It's good to know that fifteen years after first seeing it, the film still holds its weight among the greats. The theme is so dark, and the film is shot just as dark. The scenes inside play out in dimly lit rooms, and dark damp areas filled with black and red colors. The scenes outside draw from depressing weather, and depressed extras. The veteran/rookie cop cliche got a bit old a couple of times, but I was surprised at how much they keep it hidden below the important aspects of the film. The side stories, or subplots, never seem to take away from the main case. Once the pace is set, it just doesn't let up, all the way to the riveting and shocking ending. This movie gets:
Entertainment Value: 9/10 Unmarked Packages
Cinematic Value: 9/10 Unmarked Packages
I'm really happy Seven made it into R.K.'s Top 30 Horror movies, and I am equally as happy that he chose me to do a review for him. If you haven't seen this movie, go buy it now, not rent, BUY!
Monday, April 19, 2010
Young Andy Barclay sees a commercial for a 'Good Guy' doll on TV, and asks his mother for one for his birthday. At work, Andy's mom and her friend discover a peddler selling one for a low price, and she buys it. What she doesn't know is that the particular doll contains the spirit of Charles Lee Ray, aka 'The Lakeshore Strangler', who died at the hands of police the night before and had transferred his spirit to the doll by voodoo. That night, Andy's babysitter is pushed from their 5th-floor window to her death, and only young Andy knows that 'Chucky' - the doll - is responsible for that a death and a series of murders that follow. Worse than that, the soul of Charles Lee Ray is trying to get out of the doll's body - and take over Andy's...
Child's play is the film that scared the hell out of everyone who ever had a doll in their house. The main character, Chucky, is the most memorable evil doll and one of the icons of horror. The film was a masterpiece of it's time. It's was a whole new take on the slasher films, which were so popular at the time, and a whole new take on the genre as a whole. It took something that everyone thought was so innocent and pure and turned it into a vision so fucked up that it made us throw out every last cabbage-fucking-patch doll our kids might have ever played with. And it did it with style. While the franchise may have taken a turn for the humorous and campy, the original Child's play was terrifying, horrific, and straight up scary. It has stood the test of time and became a staple of every horror collection for this very reason. When you hear the name Chucky, you don't think of your friend, cousin, or uncle...you think of a doll with red hair and homicidal tendencies. Child's Play is, simply put, one of the best.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Hello and welcome back to the Flaming Sneakers! this time we come with a spectacular guest post by the awesome writer Michael Varrati. Michael Varrati is a published author, journalist, and essayist. Often writing within and on the genre of horror, his works have appeared in such publications as Ultra Violent magazine, Open Thread, Messy Magazine, Luna Negra, and the web-based review site Fatally-Yours. Midnight Fright is his one and only official blog. Michael does not usually write for other blogs however he was generous enough to help me and allow me to post this review! please visit his blog if you like the review his blog is called midnight Fright, http://midnightfright.blogspot.com/.
here we go with the review!
Following an oversaturation of horror films on the market at the end of the ‘80s, most movie-goers had grown tired of the same old-same old at the multiplex. The genre, while occasionally having a gem here or there, had grown largely lazy and corporate, presenting very little material that was fresh and innovative.
But in 1996, something remarkable happened: One of the genre’s most famous names reemerged, reinvented himself, and blew the lid off of a whole new generation of fright.
That man was Wes Craven and that film was Scream.
…and love it or hate it, Scream changed everything.
The film tells the story of Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), an average teen girl whose life was ripped apart by the murder of her mother a year prior to the film’s opening. Although the (alleged) killer has been apprehended and Sidney has been allowed to return to the quiet mediocrities of high school existence, the peace is soon broken when a new killer begins stalking Sid and her classmates, systematically murdering them in the classic slasher formula. The deaths cause a sizeable panic, bringing the national media to town, and with them, Sidney’s old adversary, reporter Gail Weathers (Courtney Cox, in a masterful performance). With Gail in town, Sid’s friends dying, and a killer that seems to be targeting her specifically, the question is raised….did Sidney finger the wrong man for her mother’s murder or is there a new, more heinous killer on the loose?
With the stage set, the players brought together, and a clever murderer lurking in the shadows, Scream moves like a freight-train to its blood-soaked finale.
Of course, based on that description alone, one would assume that Scream was no different than a countless array of other slasher flicks, complete with final girl and disposable teens. That said, what makes this film so significant is not the basic plot but the minutia of its content. This is one of those flicks where the devil is in the details.
The film is fueled by a love of horror and all that has come before it…and not so discreetly. Loaded with blatant references to other horror films, Scream is a meta-filmic event of a monumentally postmodern level. From a character who teaches his fellow teens the “rules of surviving a horror movie” to a killer whose third act reveal gleefully acknowledges the whole murder spree was inspired by horror films, Scream keeps tongue firmly planted in cheek, giving the audience a knowing wink.
In essence, Scream is the ultimate love letter to horror cinema and its fans. It can be appreciated and embraced by those outside the genre, but also serves as a brilliantly constructed and knowing homage for those of us who have grown with horror over the years. The film took an industry that was floundering and gave it a kick in the balls. It reminded fans AND filmmakers that horror can be fun and fresh again, inspiring a whole generation to get up off their duffs and get to producing quality work.
These days, pale imitations of Scream are a dime-a-dozen, and while too many movies may contain that knowing wink that Craven used with such zest, it does not diminish the impact of this landmark motion picture.
Scream set the stage for the next decade, maybe beyond…and if it just seems that too many movies are like it now, it is only because it is the movie standard to which so many horror films aspire.
To make a long story short, Scream is one of those movies that is definitive of its genre. So, if you haven’t seen it…maybe it’s time you get defined.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Today I come a long with an awesome review by one of the most fascinating bloggers in the horror industry! he is known for his great sense of humor, honest mind, and quite frankly as he states dirty mouth which I hope that you would not mind. if you like his review please please please check all of his other spectacular reviews on
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CAUTION: IF YOU ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 PLEASE STOP READING AND CLOSE THE WINDOW IMMEDIATELY!
THE EXORCIST (1973)
Ellen Burstyn - Chris MacNeil
Linda Blair - Regan MacNeil
Max Von Sydow - Father Lankester Merrin
Jason Miller - Father Damien Karras
Lee J. Cobb - Lt. Kinderman
Genre - Horror/Demon/Supernatural
Running Time - 122 Minutes (original)/133 Minutes (The Version You've Never Seen)
Score - 4 Howls Outta 4
The scariest film of all time. An abomination. A religious porn film. Grotesque schlock.
These are some of the many descriptions of William Friedkin's 1973 horror classic, THE EXORCIST. Based on 1949 case in Maryland where a 14-year-old boy was exorcised of his demons [which was later disproven] that led to a best-selling novel by William Peter Blatty in 1971, THE EXORCIST shocked audiences and gained a ton of critical acclaim for its film making back in 1973 and 1974.
The stories are legendary of movie-goers filling up an entire block or two just to get a glimpse of this "evil" film, just to pass out from fright, or to run out of the theater and go straight to church to clean the filth they've just witnessed. Even crew members passed away during the filming, as unexplained occurences hovered over the troubled set. Surrounded by all this hype, THE EXORCIST was a massive worldwide success and considered by many [even to this very day] to be the scariest movie ever. The proof is in the VHS/DVD sales, as well as the success of THE VERSION YOU'VE NEVER SEEN re-release in 2000, which added 11 more minutes [including the creepy spider-walk scene].
I first watched THE EXORCIST in 1988, when I was seven-years-old. My uncle, being the nice guy that he is, pretty much locked me in a dark room with this film playing with loud volume. I was tormented by the images of this little girl masturbating with a crucifix and having horrible seizures on a bed. The voice of the demon haunted me. And anytime "Tubular Bells" played anywhere, chills ran up my spine. I was so afraid of this film, that it took me over 20 years to watch it again with a new perspective. Sadly, the fear I once had for this movie faded away during the rewatch, as I actually laughed at certain things. Still, THE EXORCIST is a classic piece of horror history and regardless of whether it still scares you or makes you see it as camp, there's no denying that the film is extremely well-made and well-told.
An actress in Georgetown, Maryland named Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn) is having issues with her daughter Regan's (Linda Blair) behavior. Regan has been playing with Ouija boards, talking to imaginary people named Captain Howdy, having seizures on her bed, cussing like a sailor, and even fornicating with a crucifix with much delight. Regan is even believed to be connected to a murder of one of Chris' friends. Doctors and psychologists, after many tests and X-rays, have no logical explanation for Regan's sinful behavior. They're so stumped that they actually tell Chris to go find a priest for an exorcism. She gets the help of Father Damian Karras (Jason Miller), a Jesuit priest who has been doubting his faith, especially after the death of his mother. Noticing Regan's demonic appearance and behavior, Karras recommends to the church that an exorcism must take place. With the assistance of the experienced Father Merrin (Max Von Sydow), Karras starts to regain his faith in order to drive the demon out of Regan.
Even to this day, THE EXORCIST remains a highly memorable piece of horror cinema. It's still very effective for what it tries to do and is definitely a standout amongst films of its ilk, such as ROSEMARY'S BABY and THE OMEN. It feels authentic [Blatty was a Jesuit priest at one time] and still manages to maintain its creep factor after all these years.
THE EXORCIST may be remembered for certain scary moments that I'll get into later, but they wouldn't matter all that much if the narrative wasn't strong enough to build them up. THE EXORCIST works because it's a character-driven story. The first hour is fairly slow, probably more so now for modern audiences, but it allows for the viewer to learn about the main players of the film and care about these people. That way when these horrible events do happen, we feel for these characters and want good to triumph. It also brings about ideas and themes about religion and good vs. evil in such a way that it provokes thinking as you watch. A horror film that allows one to use their intellect - how rare! I know many now complain about the slow build, but if it's written well, why complain? The build up to the climax is worth it.
There's also an issue about the narrative making the film anti-religion, which I believe is crap. Yes, there's a demon possessing a young, innocent girl. Yes, she masturbates with a crucifix and says the most disgusting [or funniest] things to priests. But what saves Regan at the end? It isn't medicine. It isn't psychiatry. It's the power of faith, hope, and religion. The film isn't about the Devil. It's about regain one's faith and realizing that good will always triumph over evil, no matter what the cost. Or maybe the underlying message is that only morality could tame the rebellious teen. After all, the possessed Regan could represent that teenager who will say and do the most horrible things to fight against authority in order to get attention. The power of morality and faith brought Regan back in the grace of God. In that case, I believe THE EXORCIST is pro-religion. I've never understood why the religious community was so upset about this film to begin with.
The only issue I have with the narrative is the subplot with Lt. Kinderman. While the characters does reappear in THE EXORCIST III as the main character, his role here is barebones and doesn't have much use. Do I really need to know his perspective of the horrible situation? It's not like he does anything for or against it. As a matter of fact, he could have been left out and nothing much would have been different. I think he was the least developed character in the entire two hours. In a sea full of really developed ones, it becomes a flaw when he sticks out for the wrong reasons.
THE VERSION YOU'VE NEVER SEEN, which was released back in 2000, adds more footage. There's a more upbeat ending [which I don't mind, but don't have a problem with the original one], subliminal visuals of demon faces [which aren't needed], more demonic sounds [again, not needed], scenes that expand the Regan diagnosis scenes, and of course the infamous spider-walk. It's nice to have two different versions of the film, even though I feel the original is strong enough that it doesn't needed an expanded edition. Still, that spider-walk is freaky as hell and definitely deserves the hype it has gotten and still gets.
The special effects and make up are exceptional for 1973. Hell, they still look pretty damn good now. From the convincing levitation scene, to the demonic make-up and altered voice, to the projectile pea soup, and to the infamous 360-degree head spin - they all hold up and are still effective visuals. I like how they were all done pre-CGI and for the fact that they hold up better than most CGI-infested films. And watching the documentary, THE FEAR OF GOD [that comes with the Special Edition DVD], the stories of torturing the actors in freezing cold temperatures and roughly pulling on their straps whenever they needed to move in a certain way really show the extreme lengths Friedkin and his fellow crew went to in order to make their vision come to life.
The direction by William Friedkin is very good. He goes for a realistic feel, using minimal soundtrack and just focusing on the situation presented to us. At times, it even feels like a documentary. There's a nice level of tension and suspense that build up the creep factor and the scares. I do think the editing is a bit choppy at times, as we get really short clips in between big moments that slightly disrupt the flow. But the set up is well done, the cinematography is beautiful, and the pacing is nice. It's interesting to know that Friedkin really tortured his actors to get the visuals that he wanted, but the visuals are great. Friedkin should be commended for creating a horror film that has stood the test of time, even if his methods were questionable in making that happen.
The acting is phenomenal in THE EXORCIST. Ellen Burstyn is great as Chris MacNeil. At times, I don't even believe that she's acting. She comes off as real and natural. Linda Blair plays Regan and the Pazuzu-possessed Regan to perfection. For a 12-year-old girl at the time, Blair gives a mature and extremely convincing performance of a child possessed. It's a shame her career hit its peak here, as she had to flounder in a horrible sequel and B-movies. Blair is a revelation here. Jason Miller as Father Karras is fantastic as the faithless Jesuit. I believed in his struggle and his evolution as a priest who finally found his faith when it mattered most. Miller should have gotten a bigger profile because he was a damn fine actor. Max Von Sydow brought class to the film. He's not in the film as much as people who haven't seen this film may believe, but when he is on screen, his every action and expression carry a lot of weight.
THINGS I'VE LEARNED WHILE NEVER EVER WISHING FOR MY MOTHER TO SUCK COCK IN HELL
- Evil makes dogs fight viciously with each other. Apparently, Michael Vick will play Pazuzu in the upcoming remake.
- Bad things happen when the bed starts to shake. Tiger Woods and Jesse James could probably talk your ears off about this situation.
- Father Karras enjoys boxing whenever he's in a bad mood. Like the priest in DEAD ALIVE, I have a feeling Karras will kick ass for the Lord.
- Regan peed on the rug in front of her mother's guests. While some people do love that sort of thing, you don't get to go to those type of parties until you're at least 18. Slip 'N' Slide is the only water sports you should be participating in, little girl!
- Possessed Regan cusses like a sailor in the presence of authority figures. That's the worst, and probably the funniest, case of Tourette's Syndrome that I've ever witnessed.
- Possessed Regan, not fond of her psychiatrist, grabbed him by the balls to shut him up. Dr. Phil and Dr. Drew are not fans of THE EXORCIST.
- Father Kerras got vomited on with green slime. I don't know why he was upset. Not everyone wins a Kid's Choice Award from Nickelodeon. Ungrateful much?
- Possessed Regan can move objects with her mind, levitate, and speak in other people's voices. Fuck an exorcism. Send her to Vegas and make money off of her! Criss Angel would have no choice but to bow down to the real Mind Freak.
THE FINAL HOWL
While it's not as scary as I remember it and somewhat hokey and laughable at times, THE EXORCIST is still a classic piece of cinema, not just in horror, but in general. It's subtle, powerful, and a horror film that relies on as much character depth as it does it visually stunning special effects. I'm not sure how a modern audience would perceive this film, but either way, THE EXORCIST is not for the faint of heart.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Hello everyone, I apologize about not writing for you in a while but the death of my friend was a very shocking thing that prevented me from posting.
I come here today with a review by one of the most talented writers in the horror industry. she is a wonderful person and full of passion for Horror. if you have not guessed by now, the answer is BJ-C the one and only lady behind the blog Day Of the Women
please visit her blog and see the awesome posts that she always has to offer! here is the review!
There are very few horror movies that I would deem “perfect”. Films that are thought provoking, riveting, beautiful, thrilling, horrifying, and intelligent in the horror genre are very hard to come by. Quite possibly, the greatest example of a “perfect” horror film is The Silence of the Lambs. The academy seems to agree with me as it beat out all the films of the year to take home the top 5 awards including Best Picture Oscar. Here we are, almost 20 years later, and this is a film that still horrifies audiences, inspires pop culture with throwbacks to its iconic scenes, and seems to hold up like Beatles music; ageless.
Silence of the Lambs is the story of FBI trainee Clarice Starling and her hunt to solve the mystery of serial killer Buffalo Bill and to locate his next victim, a senator’s daughter. Clarice is asked to interview Hannibal Lecter, a former psychiatrist and incarcerated cannibalistic serial killer, believing Lecter's insight might be useful in the pursuit of the vicious serial killer. Agent Crawford authorizes Starling to offer Lecter a fake deal promising a prison transfer if he provides information that helps find Buffalo Bill and rescue the senator’s daughter. Instead, Lecter begins a game of quid pro quo with Starling, offering comprehensive clues and insights about Buffalo Bill in exchange for events from Starling's childhood, something she was advised not to do. Throughout the film, the chilling conversations between the two of them are finally ended when Starling locates Buffalo Bill and saves the senator’s daughter.
Despite the total screen time given to Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter being just over 16 minutes, he remains as one of the most horrific characters in cinema history. Geeksofdoom.com even named him the scariest horror movie villain of all time. It’s insane to think that he captured in 16 minutes, what millions of actors fail to do in two hours. Whether he was on the screen or not, his haunting presence lingered in the back of our minds throughout the entire film
Jodie Foster absolutely proves with her performance that she was deserving of the role over 300 women auditioned for. She showcases the perfect amount of strength and fear throughout the film with her experiences amongst Hannibal Lecter, the FBI, and Buffalo Bill. Her monologues about her childhood suck the audience into her world and she becomes a character the audience actually cares about. To be able to invest in a character in a horror movie, is a feat that almost never happens.
The film is beautifully executed in every aspect, and the amount of iconic scenes is amongst the dozen. While most people associate the film with the infamous Buffalo Bill dance, the death of the guards in Lecter’s cell is one to be admired and it is impossible to think of this film without remembering to put the lotion in the basket.
When it comes down to it, The Silence of the Lambs is a perfect film and one that cannot be replicated.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
The countdown Continues its long Journey, this Time it stops for a while to pick a rose from a garden called Kelsey Zukowski. I was Blessed to know that the talented Writer Kelsey has given me the privilege of posting an awesome review for the Movie Nightmare on Elm Street. Kelsy is a very talented Writer she writes for 3 websites that I know which are,
for this awesome Review I would like to thank her Kindly! so on behalf of me and Flaming readers we would like to thank you Kelsey! here is the review
Nancy (Legancamp) begins having horrible dreams one night. A burned man with knives for finger nails is out for her blood. These nightmares seem so real as do the marks that they leave behind. The only solution seems to be avoiding sleep and knowing how to fight when she falls under. Anytime she drifts off she is in a world where she no longer has control, she is merely a victim. After her friend, Tina (Wyss), is murdered just upstairs, Nancy begins to fear these nightmares even more. Perhaps they can be fatal. The suspect for the crime is Tina's boyfriend, Rod Lane (Garcia). He was the only one in the room with her when she was killed, but he insists that he is innocent. Nancy wants to believe him and is persuaded further when he tells her that there was someone else in the room. Rod tells Nancy about nightmares he has been having. He has been having nightmares just like the others of a man in a red and green sweater with finger knives bolted to his hands like “fingerknives”. Nancy realizes that this is the same man that has been haunting her. He might have been responsible for Tina’s death as well.
Upon hearing her theory ever one thinks she is crazy including her boyfriend, Glenn (Depp). Nancy finds more out about this man. His name is Fred Krueger, he was a child murderer. When he was released despite his crimes, the parents in the neighborhood took matters in to their own hands and burned him alive. Now he is out for revenge and the unlucky kids of Elm street are his target. Nancy realizes that her only hope for saving her friends and her own life is if taking Freddy out of her dream and out of his element. If he no longer has control he might not be so powerful in the world of reality. Nancy just has to make sure she’s ready for him. Otherwise, Nancy will be his next victim.
Wes Craven is the master of horror and A Nightmare on Elm Street is his masterpiece. Dreams have always been a safety net. No matter how horrifying something might seem, it's only a dream. Craven questions this role and takes away the safety net. The victims have no control of their dreams, they are rendered helpless in a completely different conscious world that isn’t supposed to have any reality to it. Freddy’s marks show them that what happens to them in the dream world will follow them back to the real world. Freddy is the one that is in control. There is a very strong psychological aspect that helps escalate the movie from just another slasher to something much more powerful. Fear is primarily shown through the mind and dreams are the immediate connection that opens that portal. It just so happens that the torment of the mind and the physicality of fear are one in the same.
Of course though we can’t forget what really makes A Nightmare on Elm Street stand out from other horror movies, a completely sadistic and frightening villain, Freddy Krueger. There’s something very creepy about the silent killers like Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees as the audience can only guess at what’s behind the mask; the true mentality of a monster. Still, Freddy is far more in your face than Jason and Michael. His supernatural abilities delivered through the dream world gives him speed and time on his side making it impossible for his victims to get away. As he has knives for fingers he has weapons attached to his body ready to strike at any time. Plus he is often battling his victims in the dream world in which he is the master. Of course his language and sense of humor sets him apart from the rest. The way Freddy cracks jokes in relation to death and the power he possesses makes him seem even more crazy and out of his mind. He has very dark humor, which makes him seem psychotic and out of control. Someone like that is even more dangerous and frightening because you never know what is going to happen next.
Of course, A Nightmare on Elm Street has some of the most memorable death scenes throughout the slasher genre, both brutal and twisted. Perhaps the best Freddy death of all time is a young Johnny Depp’s death as Glenn. He gets sucked in to his bed only for all of his guts and bloody remains to shoot up in the air and splatter across the ceiling, dripping down throughout the house for his parent’s to bare witness. Another notable kill scene is the first kill of film, Tina’s death. Her body is moving spastically all over the room. At times we see Freddy and what he is doing to her and at other times we only see what everyone else is seeing: the body being attacked, but no attacker in sight. This already paints a picture of things that being what they seem and Freddy being able to attack in secret even with witnesses watching. The fear is put in place, but the source is still unknown. All of Tina’s friends stand there watching her suffer and listening to her shrill, desperate screams. No one, not even her boyfriend, can do anything about this. Blood is smeared all over the room; Freddy has now made his mark and will be back for more blood.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Hello again and welcome to the Flaming Sneakers! this Time this review is done by the talented Blogger Patty the author of the blog SSS Patty is one of the people who helped me the most and helped get the world out about the reviews so on behalf of me and the fans of Flaming I would like to thank you kindly! here is the review, hope that you all enjoy it
Friday the 13th is a film that focuses on Camp Crystal Lake. This
place has had bad things happen to in the past, and so has a bad
reputation. Despite this a man decides to reopen the camp and
counselors arrive to help get the camp ready for campers.
Unfortunately for them a killer is around and one by one they fall
prey to this killer, until one counselor is left and she discovers who
the killer is and has to fight them to the death.
Friday the 13th is an awesome film. Filmed 30 years ago it still
maintains popularity, and with good reason. There are many reasons
this movie is so good. Some are it has well done kills, it has a great
atmosphere to it, it is well acted, and after so many years still is
Of special note is the ending. I won't give it all away for any of you
who have not seen it, but it is really good and the last scare of the
film may have jumping out of your seat.
For anybody interested in a film that helped define the slash
sub-genre that is excellent and watchable again and again, I highly
recommend Friday the 13th. You may not want to watch it alone.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Rhonny Reaper the blogger behind the awesome fantastic blog Dollar bin Horror has given me the privilege of publishing a review made by her for one of her favorite movies 1408. read the review and enjoy.
John Cusack plays Mike Enslin, a gifted writer who has turned his talents to paranormal travel books. His stays in haunted hotels never shake him, but he's intrigued by New York's Dolphin Hotel. Room 1408 has been the site of dozens of deaths, and this is a selling point for the skeptic in Mike. Despite the warnings of the hotel manager (Samuel L. Jackson, BLACK SNAKE MOAN), Mike resolves to stay in the haunted room. No one has lasted more than an hour in 1408, and Mike has his work cut out for him. Though Cusack got his acting pedigree in comedies, he proves he's able to adeptly carry a horror film. He's in practically every frame of the film, often alone, and he's great at making the audience share in his fear.
I loved this film. It didn't rely on gore and blood to scare you. It quite simply messed with your mind. When I walked out of the theater, I had a strong feeling of unease and dread, which was scarier than any bloodbath. Most of the film takes place in the hotel room, and Cusack's performance makes the film. It's very difficult for an actor to portray a character while no one else is inside the room for him to feed on. However, he made it look like a walk in the park! The changes in his emotions seemed very realistic and you feel for him, especially for the scenes with his daughter. The story is based of the short story by Stephen King, and I truly believe this film did it justice. If you haven't yet, go see 1408!