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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.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Intruders, Season 1 (2014)



Starring: James Frain, Mira Sorvino, Millie Bobby Brown, Torry Kittles, John Simm, Sonya Salomaa


Premise:
A man's wife comes up missing. Her tracks her down to find out she part of secret society who knows the key to immortality. And a small child starts having memories of a past life and searches for the society.

My Take:
An intense story with a lot of moving parts that come together to a satisfying conclusion. And the show has a stellar cast too. It will be interesting to see where the series goes if there is a season 2.

Rating: So Good


Watched: BBC America




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Friday, January 30, 2015

Snowpiercer (2014)




Starring: Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer
Director: Joon-ho Bong


Premise:
The last remaining humans ride in a train which circles the frozen Earth. A group of lower class citizens are tired of being treated poorly and revolt against the more privileged.

My Take:
A highly entertaining and smartly written movie which is packed with great visuals. A solid cast, tight direction, and great cinematography are pieces that make the story work.

Rating: So Good


Watched: Netflix Instant





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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

House of Seven Corpses (1974)




Starring: John Ireland, John Carradine, Faith Domergue
Director: Paul Harrison


Premise:
A movie crew filming in a mansion where seven murders were committed unleashes a curse to allow the dead to return.

My Take:
Here is the lesson folks, if you ever come across the Tibetan Book of the Dead don't read passages from it aloud. There really is no good reason this flick kept me as interested as it did.

Rating: In the middle (better than expected)


Watched: Amazon Prime Instant Video



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Monday, January 26, 2015

Child of God (2014)




Starring: Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack
Director: James Franco


Premise:
A "slow" man is kicked out of his home and forced to live in the wilderness where he has a series of violent interactions with the townsfolk.

My Take:
An incredible performance by Scott Haze. Some of the subject matter will turn people away, as it stays close to the book, with it's depiction of necrophilia and rape and the main character's moves into increasingly violent acts.

Rating: So Good


Watched: Netflix Instant Streaming




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Sunday, January 25, 2015

American Horror Story: Freakshow, Season 4 (2014)


Starring: Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Micahel Chiklis, Denis O'Hare, Angela Bassett, Finn Wittrock, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, Neil Patrick Harris, Lily Rabe, Wes Bentley, Naomi Grossman, Celia Weston, Gabourey Sidbe, Lee Tergesen, John Carrol Lynch, Matt Fraser, Jyoti Amge, Patti LaBelle


Premise:
Set during 1950's in Florida at one of the last remaining carnivals filled with human oddities. There are also other "freaks" in the town such as a murderous clown and rich psychopath and a con artist who specializes in procuring freaks for a museum.

My Take:
Well one cant say the show isn't packed full of unique and interesting characters. Sometimes I wonder isn't just weird for the sake of being weird. They way the stories are told, leaves lots of gaps if one is too think about it. Often, especially this season, it is a case of style of substance.  think that is what keeps me tuning back in but I wasn't overly pleased with the season.

Rating: In the middle


Watched: FX






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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Demons Of The Mind (1972)




Starring: Robert Hardy, Michael Hordern
Director: Peter Sykes


Premise:
A rich man keeps his teenage children locked up and kept apart because he fears they have inherited a curse from their departed mother. A doctor convinces him that a demon is responsible for these actions and he has a cure.

My Take:
Seem like the writers through a little bit a everything in this story: demon possession, family curses, paranoid villagers, shyster doctors, and incest. It can get a tad convoluted at times and a little boring. But the film is a tad different from Hammer Studio film of the early 70's and worth wasting 90 minutes on.

Rating: In the middle


Watched: Amazon Prime Instant Video





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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Willow Creek (2014)




Starring: Alexie Gilmore, Bryce Johnson
Director: Bobcat Goldthwait


Premise:
A couple shooting a documentary go to Willow Creek, the site of the famous Gimlin-Patterson bigfoot film. During the night they find out the legendary creature may be real.

My Take:
I am fan of Bobcat's dark subjects and comedy in his previous films. Unfortunately this is not anything like his previous movies and falls more into a standard found footage movie. There is a good twenty minutes of the film where the couple are inside their tent, terrified, and reacting happening around them. It was a bit much for me. However, I liked the cast and the in depth research on the subject and the area so the movie wasn't a total loss.

Rating: In the middle


Watched: Netflix DVD Rental




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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Veerana: Vengeance of the Vampire (1985)



Starring: Sahila Chaddha, Gulshan Grover, Hemant Birje
Director: Shyam Ramsay, Tulsi Ramsay


Premise:
A young woman is possessed by a spirit which leads men into the jungle to kill them.

My Take:
Like most Bollywood flicks there is a fair amount of music, singing, and dancing. This one also has a lot of special effects. The story really has nothing to do with traditional vampires. It's more spirits from Indian lore. It's a movie definitely unique to the country and far more strange than it appears.

Rating: In the middle


Watched: Netflix DVD Rental




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Monday, January 19, 2015

Doc of the Dead (2014)


Starring: Max Brooks, George Romero, Bruce Campbell, Simon Pegg, Rocert Kirkman, Greg Nicotero, S.G. Browne, Alex Cox, Stuart Gordon, John A. Russo, Tom Savini
Director: Alexandre O. Phillipe


Premise:
A look at how and why zombies has exploded into pop culture in the last few years and could a zombie apocalypse be possible.

My Take:
A good documentary which explains the history of zombie lore, in movie and history, and some what successfully answers the question of why zombies have become such a pop culture.

Rating: So Good



Watched: Amazon Prime Instant Streaming




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Sunday, January 18, 2015

6 Souls (2013)


Starring: Julianna Moore, Jeffrey DeMunn, Jonathan Rys Meyers
Director:  Måns MårlindBjörn Stein


Premise:
A forensic psychologists sees a patient thought to have multiple personalities. As she digs deeper, she finds out these personalities are of murdered people and who have come in contact with the patient.

My Take:
I thought the story was interesting but prevented in a very confusing manner. It was almost like the writers didn't know if it wanted to a be a mysterious crime drama with elements of the occult or a horror movie with drama. The cast does well with what is there, but in the end I found it to be kind of a mess and missed opportunity.

Rating: Warning



Watched: Netflix Streaming




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Friday, January 16, 2015

Found (2012)



Starring: Gavin Brown, Ethan Philbeck, Phyllis Munro, Louie Lawless
Director:Scott Schrimer


Premise:
A loner kid who enjoys horror movies and is bullied at school finds out his teenage brother is a serial killer. The kid wonders if it runs in the family and tries to reconnect with his brother in hopes of getting him to stop killing.

My Take:
Sometimes one watches a movie that disturbs the hell out of you. For me, it doesn't happen much. When it does, the story is almost always guaranteed to push some sort of boundaries (as excellent horror movies do). This movie really digs deep into the psyche of a young child and the family dynamic. It's a slow, engrossing movie that when it brings the gore, goes all out. It actually has one of the sicker scenes I've seen in awhile. The story (and at time poor acting) is sure to turn away many viewers, but I think this is a fantastic first effort by the director who is now on my watch list.

Rating: So Good


Watched: Netflix DVD Rental





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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Monsters Underground, Season 1 (2014)


Starring: Bill Brock, Jeremy Bates, Richard McGhee


Premise:
A team of monster hunters explore cave systems in the United States in search of cryptids.

My Take:
There seems to be a pattern on this monster hunter shows produced by Destination America. While the premise of searching for cryptids in caves is a nice twist and produces some unusual monsters. The cast is fairly bland, which actually works better in this case. It seems like there are too many obvious staged situations and naturally never any true results. Though the team would disagree and believe they actually find proof every outing.

Rating: Warning


Watched: Via Destination America


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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Visitor (1980)




Starring: John Huston, Lance Henriksen, Joanne Nail, Shelly Winters, Glenn Ford, Mel Ferrer, Sam Peckinpah, Jess Franco
Director: Giulio Paradisi


Premise:
A little girl is the key to an intergalactic war. While one side wants to take her for the destruction of Earth, another side wants to harness the evil and save the planet.


My Take:
The movie is a whacked out trip. I am still not exactly sure what to make of it. I have to give points for creativity and a solid, veteran cast. But it also makes no damn good sense at all and lacks explanation for such an ambitious premise.No doubt this is a unique movie.

Rating: In the middle


Watched: Amazon Prime Instant Video




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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Alaska Monsters, Season 1 (2014)


Premise:
A group of cryptid hunters search the Alaskan terrain for legends and myths.

My Take:
The show is set up a lot like it's cousin Mountain Monsters. Except I found most of the cast far more annoying and seemingly like they are obviously turning it up for the camera. It also seems like a lot of staged instances. Dont expect much. What I do enjoy about the show is learning about new cryptids. However I wont be watching any more of this series.

Rating: Warning


Watched: Via Destination America



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Monday, January 12, 2015

Marianne (2013)


Starring: Peter Stormare, Thomas Hedengran, Sandra Larson
Director: Flip Tegstedt


Premise:
A man is left to raise his newborn daughter and teenage daughter after his wife dies in a car accidents. He starts having dreams which may be a curse brought on by his past secrets.

My Take:
I enjoy movies about lore from countries different than mine. This has to do with the Swedish Mare, which is an evil spirit which sucks the life out of people while sleeping. The movie lets you decide if there is a monster or if the problems are caused by the man's guilt. Everything clicked for me in the movie.

Rating: So Good



Watched: Amazon Prime Instant Streaming




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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Haste El Veinto Tiene Miedo (2005)


AKA: Even the Wind is Afraid

Starring: Martha Higareda, Vernonica Lager
Director:Gustavo Moheno


Premise:
A teenage girl is sent to a center for troubled youths to be evaluated by a psychiatrist. While there she discovers a spirit which appears when the wind blows.

My Take:
I have never seen the original movie and maybe something was lost in the translation, but this flick was rather boring and mostly fails with creating the suspense this type of story needs. While not completely horrible, it doesn't add much to the ghost genre.

Rating: Warning


Watched: Netflix DVD Rental




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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Deliver Us From Evil (2014)



Starring: Eric Bana, Edgar Rameriz, Sean Harris, Joel McHale, Olivia Munn, Chris Coy
Director: Scott Derrickson


Premise:
A series of crimes ends up pointing to a man who may not be what he seems. A detective and a priest team up to take on the terror.

My Take:
Maybe it's my own fault, The movie did not live up to my expectations nor was quite what I thought it would be: a possession story on more of a grand scale. Instead it is rather conventional with fairly standard characters and possessed man creating havoc on the city. It's a watchable movie but very forgettable afterwards. It's also based on a true accounts of a former New York City police detective

Rating: In the middle


Watched: Netflix DVD Rental




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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Barrens (2012)



Starring: Stephen Moyer, Mia Kirshner
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman


Premise:
A family goes camping in the Pine Barrens in hopes of bringing their family together. Instead the father suffers from delusions of the legendary Jersey Devil and murders seem to be happening around the camping site.

My Take:
The story was intriguing as the majority of the movie the viewer isn't certain is the monster is real or just in the mind of the father because he is infected with rabies and could be a murder. For me it kind of feel apart in the last fifteen minutes. I think it would have been more powerful to leave it open ended and guessing.

Rating: Warning


Watched: Netflix DVD rental




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Monday, January 5, 2015

Mike Tyson Mysteries, Season 1 (2014)


Starring: Mike Tyson, Norm MacDonald, Jim Rash, Rachel Ramras


Premise:
Mike Tyson, his adopted daughter, a talking alcoholic pigeon (who was once a man turned into a bird by a witch), and the ghost of John Douglass solve mysteries

My Take:
A spoof on Scooby Doo and Mike Tyson himself, The show is hysterical. Plenty of beast and legend lore here too. I hope they make more

Rating: So Good


Watched: Adult Swim



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