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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.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Baron Blood (1972)



















Starring: Elke Sommer, Joseph Cotton,
Director: Mario Bava


Premise:
A man goes to his ancestor's castle in Austria to search family history. He reads out an incarnation to allow a murderous Baron to return from the grave to continue his ways.

My Take:
A decent little flick from the classic director.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: Amazon Prime



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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Wolves (2014)

















Starring: Lucas Till, Stephen McHattie, Jason Momoa,
Director: David Hayter


Premise:
A young teenager, who always thought he was different, sets off to find where his birth parents came from only to discover it's from a community full of werewolves.

My Take:
This is a bad coming of age story with with werewolf bloodline side story thrown in. The  poor special effects. It's just bad all around and wastes McHattie and Momoa.

Rating: Warning (big time)

Watched: Showtime



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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
















Starring: Katherine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz


Premise:
The son of a wealthy lady dies. His cousin saw what happened. The mother wants the girl lobotomized to cover up the truth.

My Take:
A  nifty little thriller from the Golden Age of cinema.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: Netflix DVD



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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Visit (2015)

















Starring: Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Kathryn Hahn, Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould
Director: M. Night Shyamalan


Premise:
Two kids spend a few days with their estranged grandparents. They quickly realize something may be off with both of them.

My Take:
The movie does a good job of creating a doubt in are the kids over reacting and these are older people's issues or is there truly something amiss. The final act caught me off guard.

Rating: So Good

Watched: Netflix DVD




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Monday, July 25, 2016

The Butcher (2007)
















Starring: You Dong-hun, Kim SUng-il
Director: Kim Jin-won


Premise:
Killers kidnap people in order to make a snuff film.

My Take:
The only somewhat unique thing about the movie is the victims are wearing video cameras on their head so you see both perspectives; victims and killers. Otherwise there is nothing to take from it.

Rating: Warning

Watched: Netflix DVD




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Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A Family Portrait (1988)

















Director: Brandon Shellady


Premise:
Interviews with the "family" members as they talk about making Texas Chainsaw.

My Take:
While there are good stories and insight here, ultimately I wanted more and with more people involved.

Rating: In the middle


Watched: Amazon Instant



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Friday, July 22, 2016

Hidden (2015)

















Starring: Alexander Skarsgard, Andrea Risenborough
Director: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer


Premise:
A town is announced to have a deadly outbreak. The government tries to contain it by burning the city to the ground. A family finds a fallout shelter just before the bombs hit. They spend their days trying to survive and staying hidden from "breathers" on the surface.

My Take:
A slick movie that keeps the viewer engaged with great acting and a story that is not a typical survival motif.

Rating: So Good

Watched: Netflix DVD





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Thursday, July 21, 2016

The White Lady (2006)
















Starring: Angelica Panganiban, JC de Vera
Director: Jeff Tan


Premise:
A new girl at university is get tries to fit in but gets bullied by a group of peers. She discovers a dark past about another girl who was bullied and disappeared the year before. When those bullies start to die off she starts trying to find out why.

My Take:
What seems like a stand ghost story on the surface actually is not and provides a few good twists. It still full of standard characters and situations but there's enough here to keep the view watching to the end.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: Netflix DVD



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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Butterfly Room (2012)
















Starring: Barbara Steele, Ray Wise, Heather Langenkamp , Erica Leerhsen, Julia Putnam
Director: Jonathan Zarantonello


Premise:
An old lady helps out her neighbor by watching her daughter for the weekend. The lady has room full of butterflies that she forbids anyone to enter. The young girl thinks the lady is hiding a body of another young girl in the room.

My Take:
It was nice to see horror legend Barbara Steel get a lead role. She plays the part with ease as one minute she's a sweet elderly woman and next a demented person. The flashback story helps moves the flick along. While it is a highly engaging movie I felt it was just off from being great.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: Amazon Prime





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Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Lurking Fear (1994)
















Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Ashley Laurence, Vincent Schiavelli
Director: C. Courtney Joyner


Premise:
A man recently released from prison goes to his father's hometown to find a sum of money buried in the graveyard. What he doesn't know is the town has been plagued by creatures for years and the remaining few people have decided to fight back.

My Take:
This loose adaptation of the Lovecraft stories is at times fun to watch. Yes, it is full of subpar acting and over the top 90s cheese factor yet that's part of the charm.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: Hulu





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Friday, July 15, 2016

Die Screaming, Marianne (1971)
















Starring: Susan George, Barry Evans
Director: Pete Walker


Premise:
Two siblings live with different parents. One with her mother in England, and the other in Portugal with her father. After the mother dies and leaves a big fortune to the daughter who stayed with her, the other daughter gets jealous wanting it for herself.

My Take:
I found the film to be rather interesting and full of bad secondary characters. The highlight is watching the lovely Susan George dancing around like a crazy women in the open credits.

Rating: Warning

Watched: Amazon Prime



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Thursday, July 14, 2016

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014)

















Starring: Sheila Vand, Marshall Manesh
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour


Premise:
A vampire lives out her life in a small Iranian town.

My Take:
An offbeat and original vampire tale.

Rating: So Good

Watched: Netflix



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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Regression (2015)
















Starring: Ethan Hawke, Emma Watson, David Thewlis, Dale Dickey, Aaron Ashmore
Director: Alejandro Amenabar


Premise:
A father confesses to raping his daughter but has no memory of committing the act. The detective investigating the case begins to believe a Satanic cult is the cause.

My Take:
The movie does a good job at building up suspense and keeping the viewer guessing on what may actually be happening due to the incorporation of victims having false memory planted. Too bad the way it wraps up is rather unsatisfying.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: Amazon Prime




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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Penny Dreadful, Season 3 (2016)



Starring: Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, Josh Hartnett, Billie Piper, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear,  Reeve Carney,  Wes Studi, Sarah Greene, Patti LuPone


Premise:
A group of unlikely individuals come together to fight off a supernatural threat which wants to bring death to Victorian era London.


My Take:
I found this final season to be rather uneven but at least with it ending the writers nicely wrapped up nearly every character in a fitting manner. I think my biggest issue with this show has been all the characters/monsters and wanting the "end of days" story not to fizzle off as quickly as it did.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: Showtime



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Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Banshee Chapter (2013)

















Starring: Katia Winter, Ted Levine
Director: Blair Erickson


Premise:
A journalist tries to find answers to her friend's sudden disappearance. With the help of whacked out novelist she uncovers a government conspiracy dealing with a mind altering chemical and a radio broadcast.

My Take:
The movie is definitely original and interesting which helps make up for the short comings in other areas. Plus seeing Ted Levine pull off a characterization of Hunter S. Thompson is pretty sweet.

Rating: So Good

Watched: Netflix




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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Five Dolls For An August Moon (1970)
















Starring: Edwige Fenech
Director: Mario Bava


Premise:
A group of friends head out for a weekend on a remote island, only to start dying off one at time.

My Take:
The biggest problem with the movie is the unlikeable characters. Therefore you dont really care about them getting murdered or who is doing it.

Rating: Warning

Watched: Amazon Prime



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Friday, July 8, 2016

Gravy (2015)



Starring: Michael Weston, Jimmi Simpson, Lily Cole, Sutton Foster, Paul Rodriguez, Gabourey Sidbe, Sarah Silverman
Director: James Roday


Premise:
Three people hold a cantina hostage on Halloween. The force the staff to play lurid games where the losers get murdered and eaten.

My Take:
A good cast and solid dialog keep the film moving along at a nice, twisted pace.

Rating: In the middle


Watched: Showtime



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