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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, February 28, 2015

Sin City: That Yellow Bastard

AKA: Sin City Volume 4



Author: Frank Miller


Premise:
A old detective saves a child from a murderer/rapist, who happens to be the son of a powerful senator. The senator makes the detective pay by keeping him locked up for eight years and trying to beat a confession out of him. The detective finally escapes and tries to save the now grown up girl from danger once again.

My Take:
Another volume filled with grit and grim known in the Sin City series. Great artwork and great story (much of which was seen in the first Sin City movie).

Rating: Instant Classic


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Friday, February 27, 2015

Phase IV (1974)






Starring: Michael Murphy, Nigel Davenport
Director: Saul Bass


Premise:
Desert ants start to show extra intelligence and wage war on mankind. Two scientists are tasked with trying to find a way to stop them.

My Take:
An interesting premise which basically uses a laboratory as a setting, which hinders the story a bit.

Rating: In the middle


Watched: Netflix Instant





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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Rover (2014)




Starring: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scott McNairy, David Field
Director: David Michod


Premise:
A group of robbers steal a man's car and with the help of one of the wounded men left behind, he starts a pursuit to re-obtain is possession.

My Take:
This is a gritty, nihilistic film with throwbacks to a Western. The movie looks amazing with the rugged Australian Outback in nearly every scene. The cast is great too, I was actually with Pattinson's take on his character. A solid film.

Rating: So Good

Watched: Netflix DVD





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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Killer Contact, Season 1 (2014)


Starring: Austin Cook,


Premise:
A group of paranormal investigator tackle some of the biggest mysteries in history from a different perspective.

My Take:
I liked the mysteries the show tackled (Vlad the Impaler, The Hellfire Club, Jack the Ripper, The Mayan Empire, Lucrezia Borgia, and teh Butcher of Iquique). Unfortunately that is where the praise ends. Each episode follows the same format and feels very staged. Just because you get some hits on electric gadgets does not mean contact has been made.

Rating: Warning (big time)


Watched: Amazon Prime Instant Video





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Monday, February 23, 2015

The Crimson Cult (1968)

AKA: The Curse of the Crimson Alter

Starring: Christopher Lee, Boris Karloff, Mark Eden, Barbara Steele, Michael Gough, Virginia Wetherell
Director: Vernon Sewell


Premise:
A man goes search a small town for his missing brother and discovers there may be a sinister force at work.

My Take:
A horror fan cant go wrong with Karloff and Lee in significant roles. The story is a little average but it's also kind of trippy.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: Netflix Instant





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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dick Night (2011)




Starring: Jennifer Jun Ross, Ben Huber,
Director: Andy Viner


Premise:
A woman is still depressed months after being left at the alter. She finally decides to get back on the dating scene and asks a man over to her house. Except this turns into the night her home gets attacked by vampires

My Take:
Dont let the silly title keep you away from this slick movie. It's mostly a funny, sort of romantic comedy which turns into a home siege movie in the final act with kids who think they are vampires. But it is also very clever with it's dialog.

Rating: So Good


Watched: Viewster





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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Alien Apocalypse (2005)




Starring: Bruce Campbell
Director: Josh Becker


Premise:
A group of astronaut return to Earth only to find out it has been taken over by aliens. One of the astronauts decides to make a stand a save humanity.

My Take:
Bruce Campbell is gold, as always, and the script is rather silly. It's a throwback to the sci-fi flicks of the 50's.

Rating: Warning (but kind of fun)


Watched: Netflix DVD





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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Letter From the Big Man (2011)




Starring: Lily Rabe
Director: Christopher Munch


Premise:
A government worker surveys part of the Oregon wilderness after a fire. She encounters a sasquatch and becomes enamored with the creature as it tries to communicate with her.

My Take:
First off, this is not a horror movie. It does depict one of the lesser explored theories of the Bigfoot's myth.

Rating: In the middle


Watched: Snag Films







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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Nude In The Night: Salvation (2010)

AKA: Nudo No Yoru: Ai Wa Oshiminaku Uba

Starring: Daisuke Iijima, Harumi Inoue,
Director: Takashi Ishii


Premise:
A man is hired to help a young woman find a watch in the forest. What he doesn't know is the woman, along with her older sister and mother, are murderers. Soon the man in pulled into their world of violence, sex, and mystery.

My Take:
Apparently this is a sequel to a flick called Nude In the Night with the same main character, but it is also a stand alone film. I was pleasantly surprised with this engaging movie. There is some heavy stuff in this like sexual abuse of children, prostitution, murder, and domestic abuse. And the cast shines with the difficult material.

Rating: So Good


Watched: Hulu Plus





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Friday, February 13, 2015

Devoured (2014)




Starring: Marta Milans
Director: Greg Oliver


Premise:
A cleaning lady at a restaurant thinks the place might be haunted. She puts up with it and the abuse from the owners so she can earn enough money for her son's operation.

My Take:
Slow burning plot which is mostly predictable in the outcome. The lead actress is extremely good in the role though. Plus the direction is tight. Both of these help make the flaws in the story worth sticking around.

Rating: In the middle


Watched: Amazon Instant Prime





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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Search For The Lost Giants, Season 1 (2014)



Starring: Jim Vliera, Bill Vliera


Premise:
Two brothers lead an search to try and find a mythical giant man which shows up throughout the lore of many different civilizations.

My Take:
What makes the show interesting is the subject matter. A race of giants who lived beside man for centuries. I think the show does a good job of building the case they have in Massachusetts while gathering information from other spots to tell the history and theory behind the stories. By the end, it is still a let down as nothing is solved or proved. But the series does a better job at holding the viewers interests than most of its type.

Rating: In the middle


Watched: History Channel





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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

388 Arletta Avenue (2012)




Starring: Nick Stahl, Mia Kirshner, Devon Sawa
Director: Randall Cole


Premise:
A couple finds themselves the victim of a stalker.

My Take:
It's unfortunate as I like the main actors in the movie, but the overall story rather boring and I think hampered by the "found footage" style of shooting.

Rating: Warning


Watched: Netflix Instant





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Monday, February 9, 2015

I Spit On Your Grave 2 (2013)




Starring: Jemma Dallender, Joe Absolom, Yavir Baharov
Director: Steven R. Monroe


Premise:
A naive model gets attacked by a stalker photographer. After the man rapes her and kills another person, he and his brothers kidnap and ship her off to their home in Romania where they keep her. She eventually escapes and has her revenge.

My Take:
Major plot holes take away from the story, The lead actress does a fantastic job with the difficult subject matter of sexual assault and human trafficking, but then turns crazy psycho in her payback. Some very difficult scenes to watch but overall not anything that hasn't been done before.

Rating: Warning


Watched: Hulu Plus




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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Another Heaven (2000)



AKA: 

Starring: Yosuke Eguchi, Miwako Ichikawa
Director: Joji Iida


Premise:
A serial killer is able to switch from body to body and plays games with the detectives assigned to the case.

My Take:
An interesting tale but never really hooks me. Maybe because it is a bit too long and situations are not really explained (or maybe I missed it). Still one could do worse than this movie.

Rating: In the middle


Watched: Netflix DVD Rental





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Thursday, February 5, 2015

See No Evil 2 (2014)




Starring: Danielle Harris, Glenn Jacobs, Katherine Isabella, Michael Eklund, Kaj-Erik Eriksen, Greyston Holt
Director: Jenn Soska, Sylvia Soska


Premise:
A group surprised their friend who is working at the city morgue on her birthday. It's also the same night the body of serial killer Jacob Goodnight and newly found victims arrive. Soon they find out the killer isn't dead after all.

My Take:
I was highly disappointed by this Twisted Twins movie. There are a couple of unexpected twists in the tale and lots of homage, however most of the story is full of cliched dumb characters, dumb set ups,  and the usual slash tropes.

Rating: In the middle (barely)


Watched: Netflix DVD






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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Deadbeat, Season 1 (2014)




Starring: Tyler Labine, Brandon T. Jackson, Cat Deeley, Lucy Devito


Premise:
A down on his luck medium helps ghosts get to the other side by resolving their unfinished business. A famous medium finds out about him and feels threatened by his abilities.

My Take:
An enjoyable show that plays up comedy more than anything else. Labine is excellent at playable the "loveable loser" character. The whole side story about the famous medium being threatened because she is a fake gets in the way a bit, but it links the whole season together. I will be interested to see if there is another season and how they expand on the characters.

Rating: In the middle


Watched: Hulu Plus




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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Cannibal (2006)




Starring: Carsten Frank, Victor Brandi
Director: Marian Dora


Premise:
A man voluntarily gives himself up to another man to be eaten.

My Take:
I guess this is sort of an art house shock flick based on a famous case from Germany. There is minimal dialog. There is also graphic scenes of sex and devouring body parts which will surely turn away viewers. At the end, I really just found the movie boring.

Rating: Warning


Watched: Netflix DVD





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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Nightmare City (1983)



AKA: Incubo Sulla Citta Contaminata

Starring: Hugo Stigilitz, Laura Trotter
Director: Umberto Lenzi


Premise:
A plane crash lands on an island and it's full of people who have turned into zombie like creatures due to radiation.

My Take:
I was highly disappointed with the movie. It's not all too gory nor is the story very interesting. The zombies are more "infected" people due to radiation. The move fast and think which was different for the time it was released.

Rating: Warning (big time)


Watched: Netflix Instant





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