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The Rating System

All opinions are my own. We are all different. What I may think is great, you may this terrible. Don't let my opinios stop you from exploring the vast world of horror in all media.

~Mind Blowing: Search for this movie immediately. It can only be described as pure greatness and possible an instant classic.

~So Good: Highly recommended because for one reason or another it stands out above the usual fair. Put the movie on your radar as it wont disappoint.

~In the Middle: The movie is a nothing special, average affair. It may entertain in the short term but it will be easily forgettable in the long haul.

~Warning: This movie is a cliched driven slop of familiar territory. Only watch if you're really of fan of this type of material.

~Steaming Pile: The movie is absolute garbage, a complete bore, and not worth the time or effort.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Killer Story (2004)

Starring: William Smith, Joe Estevez
Director: Garrett Clancy


Premise:
Two authors get together every year to try and out dual each other for the scariest story.

My Take:
This turned out to be an all around decent movie despite a few problems. Two solid stories with a good wrap around tale. The first tale is about a writer who had one great story but has never repeated his success. His wife now hates him because she only married him for the money and is now cheating on him. The writer then cames up with an idea to snap the writer's block. The second story has a wife taking care of her infilid husband (due to a freak accident) who may be more aware than she thinks.

Rating: In the middle




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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Devil Walks At Midnight (1971)

AKA: La Plus Longue Nuit Du Diable


Starring: Daniel Emilfork, Erica Blank, Jean Servais
Director: Jean Brismée


Premise:
A group of people stay at a mansion where the devil happens to reside and feeds off their sins.

My Take:
Each guest is suppose to represent one of the seven deadly sins and devil wants their souls. Surprisingly, the film doesn't show its age. The movie has its moments, but for me it still difficult to get through the end.

Rating: Warning





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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Good Will Evil (2008)

AKA: Xion Mei


Director: Yu-fen Lin, Ming-chan Wang


Premise:
A couple adopt a young girl who seems to be harbouring a ghost in her stuff animal.

My Take:
A slightly different ghost story from the normal Asian horror. An unstable wife who is dealing with her own troubled past from youth is relunctant to become a mother. Her husband is an up an coming politian and pushes for adoption. The get a young girl who is awkard socially and had her own traumas. Weird things start to happen and the wife isn't sure if its her mental state or real. Then the fun beings.
The little girl's performance is simply amazing. The range of emotion she brings to each scene astonished me.

Rating: In the middle





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Monday, August 26, 2013

Warehouse 13, Season 4, Part 2 (2013)

Starring: Joanne Kelly, Eddie McClintock, Sal Rubinek, Allison Scagliotti, Aaron Ashmore


Premise:
A group of agents protect artifacts from history that posses mysterious powers.

The second half of season five has the warehouse team battling a 500 year old alchemist who is bent on destroying the warehouse while dealing with the deal of one of their own.

My Take:
More of the same from the show which always steps up its creativity as it mashes history, literature, and myths into an artifact's power. There's a couple of sober storylines once again going on and another big finale which lead up to the series final season.

Rating: So Good





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Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Vampire's Ghost (1945)

Starring: John Abbott
Director: Lesley Selander


Premise:
In a port town in Africa, a bar owner reveals himself to be a vampire.

My Take:
A slow moving tale where the suspense and horror is minimum. Not terrible though.

Rating: In the middle


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Friday, August 23, 2013

Cirque Berzerk: Beneath


Premise:
A recording of the Cirque Berzerk act, a carnival-vaudville style of entertainment show.

My Take:
This is a unique act of performers. They combine a nice story with the acrobatics of circus, the songs and skin of a caberet, and daredevil stunts. I really want to go and see this act live. It was incredibly watching it on video.

Rating: So Good

 



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Thursday, August 22, 2013

After Midnight (1989)

Starring: Marge Helgenberger, Pam Adlon, Judie Aronson, Marc McClure
Director: Jim Wheat and Ken Wheat


Premise:
A college professor who teaches a course on fear invites students over to his home for a night of tales.

My Take:
When the wrap around builds up that the stories are going to some of the most frightening ever, then it had better come close to delivering. The movie does not. The stories include a couple who's care breaks down in the middle of nowhere and they must seek help in an abandoned house, a group of young girls find themselves lost in the wrong part of town, and stalker comes to visit a worker at an answering service.

Rating: Warning






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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Messiah of Evil (1973)

Starring: Marianna Hill, Royal Dano, Elisha Cook Jr
Director:Willard Huyck


Premise:
Woman search for her famous artist father leads her to a strange oceanside town in California.

My Take:
The movie is a trip. Its full of all the great weird things that make up an early 70s cult film. Though it is a tad incoherent and drags out in parts. Defintely worth watching.

Rating: In the middle (but in the best way possible)





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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Strange Girls (2007)

Starring: Angela Berliner, Jordana Berliner
Director: Rona Mark


Premise:
Two twins, who speak their own language and dont communicate to any one else, escape a mental institution to lead their version of normal lives.

My Take:
A fresh and interesting flick that is held together with strong performances by the leads. The characters are just so bizarre as they live out their fantasy world which involves killing to protect their new freedom.

Rating: So Good

 



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Monday, August 19, 2013

Deadly Blessings (1981)

Starring: Ernest Borgnine, Michael Berrymen, Sharon Stone, Lisa Hartman, Doug Barr, Jeff East
Director:Wes Craven


Premise:
An austrasized memeber of Amish like community dies a mysterious death. His widow is left to face the wrath of the father, who is also the elder of the community, and torment from an unknown source.

My Take:
The story that just doesn't quite work for me and could have used a little work. It's very uneven despite plenty of interesting suspense.  

Rating:Warning





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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Aaron's House (2012)

Starring: Bobby Field
Director: B. Luciano Barsuglia


Premise:
A paranormal researcher goes out to debunk the rumors surrounding a famous killing.

My Take:
The first part of the movie is done as a documentary stating all the history and strange occurrences behind this place dubbed "Aaron's House". And the list is long with almost every type of horrific act committed here. After the latest murder is caught on film, an investigator comes in to prove the whole thing is a hoax. There's nothing too original here and the story goes in too many different, uncoherent directions. Bad acting plagues many scenes.

Rating: Warning

 



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Friday, August 16, 2013

Femme Fatales (2011)

AKA:

Starring:
Director: Takahashi Ohash


Premise:
Three tales of the most dispicable crimes committed by women in Japan.

My Take:
When you summarize a movie with the words "most heinous crimes committed" then you had better deliver. The three tales are full of strangeness, sex, and other items I tend to enjoy but it does not work nor does it deliver.

Rating: Warning

 



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Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Oblong Box (1969)

Starring: Vincent Price
Director: Gordon Hessler


Premise:
An aristocrat is disfigured during an African ritual and to protect the family, his brother locks him up inside the mansion. The man fakes his death, escapes, and starts his revenge.

My Take:
Price is fantastic, as usual, and the story is good but the just lacked something to really catch me. One could watch far worse.

Rating: In the middle





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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Deceptors (2005)

Starring: David Simmons, Russell Bradley Fenton, Elizabeth Domin
Director: John Johnson


Premise:
A group on con artist who take advantage of people by staging hauntings so they can exorcise the ghosts. They take on a job where a bunch of real demons are unleashed and now they must become real ghost busters

My Take:
This horror comedy has its heart in the right place even if the overall execution isn't always there with the laughs or scares.

Rating: In the middle





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Monday, August 12, 2013

Nutcracker: An American Nightmare (2001)

Starring: David Hess
Director: Glen Grefe


Premise:
A psychiatrist takes a trouble patient through some radical new therapy, but in the process seems to be losing his own grip on reality.

My Take:
Well, this sort of you typical crazy dude acting crazy. The main character is ass and deserves everything he gets. And David Hess as the wacko is simply fantastic. Overall, it just didn't work for me.

Rating: Warning

 



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Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Possessed (2009)


Director: Christopher Saint Booth, Philip Adrian Booth


Premise:
A documentary about the first case of possesion in the United States. It focuses on the Watseka Possession which happend in 1865, where a girl gets possessed and dies. Twelve years later another girl in the town becomes possessed by the spirit of the possessed girl.

My Take:
I found this movie to be simply not very interesting. The story was interesting enough but the execution lacked. 
 
Rating: Warning





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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Killer's Moon (1978)


Director: Alan Birkinshaw


Premise:
Four mental patient escapee terrorize a group of girls who's bus has brokend down.

My Take:
Not terrible but doesn't bring much new to the subgenre. The strength here lies in there the quad of weirdos who cannot seperate fantasy from reality due to LSD treatments.

Rating: In the middle

 



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Friday, August 9, 2013

Dirt Boy (2001)

Starring: Jacob Headman
Director: Jay Frasco


Premise:
A man to solve the mystery a famous Dirt Boy murder. He starts by searching the small town where the author of the popular crime novel. Once there he finds an even larger mystery.

My Take:
There a story within a story here that unfolds very methodically. For the most part it works. The movie is an ultra low budget, which helps add to over mystic of the Cape Cod location. If one can stay with it until the end, you should enjoy.

Rating: In the middle





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