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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.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion (1972)



Starring: Meiko Kaji
Director: Shun'ya Ito


Premise:
After being set up by her lover, a crooked detective with the mafia who she then tries to murder, a woman is sent to a woman's prison ran by sadistic guards.

My Take:
What you expect from 70's Japan female prison movie? Lots of nudity, over the top character, crazy blood shed, and utter chaos abounds!

Rating: In the middle

Watched: Fandor



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Monday, August 21, 2017

Life (2017)



Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada
Director: Daniel Espinosa


Premise:
An International Space Station finds an organism on a meteor. The creature quickly grows as the crew discovers it was responsible for the destruction of life of Mars and now threatens Earth.

My Take:
A familiar tale rises above the material due to the excellent cast, tight direction, and bold ending.

Rating: So Good

Watched: Netflix DVD



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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Heavy Mental: A Rock-n-Roll Bloodbath (2009)



Starring: Josh Hooper
Director: Mike C. Hartman


Premise:
A young rocker gets a guitar owned by a former rock legend. He gets possessed by the rock legend in order to get revenge on those who killed him.

My Take:
A typical Troma flick with low budget, over the top scenarios, and blood shed. The multiple story lines works, a kid trying to save his parents business for the local female mafia and getting possessed by a wrongfully slain rock legend. but it's definitely not for everyone.

Rating: Warning

Watched:



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Friday, August 18, 2017

Death Ship (1980)



Starring: George Kennedy, Richard Crenna, Nick Mancuso, Kate Reid, Sal Rubinek, Sally Ann Howes
Director: Alvin RakoffS


Premise:
An ocean liner sinks at sea. A few survivors manage to escape when they come upon a ship that rescues them. One aboard they find out the ship is abandoned and harbors ties to Nazis.

My Take:
The first half of the movie is a tad slow and it definitely shows its age. But as some of the characters descend into madness and start dying the flick picks up. A strong cast helps the cause.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: DVD Purchase




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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Open Windows (2015)



Starring: Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey, Neil Maskell
Director: Nacho Vigalondo


Premise:
A fan who wins dinner with a famous actress finds out it all an elaborate plan by a master computer hacker to kill her.

My Take:
The movie keeps things interesting and moving quickly with twist after twist (perhaps a couple too many). It's worth a watch.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: Netflix Instant



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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Boy (2015)



Starring: David Morse, Rainn Wilson, Jared Breeze, Bill Sage
Director: Craig William Macneill


Premise:
Growing up in a rural family ran hotel, a young boy's fascination with death grows with each passing day.

My Take:
Great performances all around in this disturbing, yet typical, tale about the early beginnings of a sociopath.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: Amazon Instant





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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Murder Obsession (1981)



AKA: Murder Syndrome

Starring: Stefano Patrizi, Martine Brochard, Laura Gemser, Anita Strindberg
Director: Ricardo Freda


Premise:
An actor who killed his father as a youth brings his girlfriend to his home estate for the weekend to meet his mother. Old memories and truths and death +await.

My Take:
Awkward sex scenes, Oedipus complex, and lots of confusing fill this hard to find giallo.

Rating: Warning

Watched: Shudder



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Friday, August 11, 2017

Centipede! (2004)



Starring: Larry Casey, Trevor Murphy, Margaret Cash
Director: Gregory Gieras


Premise:
A group of friends head off to explore an underground cave in India before one of them gets married. What they dont know is the cave is full of giant centipedes.

My Take:
It's not the acting. It's not the special effects. It's not the bad story. Actually it's all of these and much more that makes this flick a dreadful stinker.

Rating: Steaming Pile

Watched: Amazon Prime



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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Outcast, Season 2 (2017)



Starring: Patrick Fuggit, Phillip Glenister, Reg E. Cathey, Wrenn Schmidt, Brent Spiner, Kate Lynn Sheil, Charmin Lee, M.C. Gainey, Toby Huss, Lee Tergesen, C. Thomas Howell, Hoon Lee


Premise:
A Reverend and a young man fight off demons in a small West Virginia community.

My Take:
While the first season deals main with the struggle between the main character and his powers to cast out demons; season two shows just how big threat the demon takeover and the lengths the demons will go to make it happen. Lots of twists and turns happen in the season with an excellent cast.

Rating: So Good

Watched: Cinemax



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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Alien: Covenant (2017)



Starring: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Callie Hernandez, Amy Seimetz, Demian Bichir, James Franco, Guy Pearce, Noomi Rapace
Director: Ridley Scott


Premise:
A colony ship comes across a new planet that harbors a horrible secret.

My Take:
I am not going to pretend like there aren't complaints and faults with the movie. There are many: smart people doing dumb things, little character development, disappointing CGI, a completely obvious ending, and what feels like a short run time (even at two hours). However there is still enough to keep me sucked in. Like most fans, I had hoped the prequel trilogy would be more than it's turned out to be. At this point, it is what it is and maybe the next one will sum things up.

Rating: In the middle (but damn if I still dont love this franchise)

Watched: Amazon Instant





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Monday, August 7, 2017

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2015)



Starring: Stephen Tyrone Williams, Zaraah Abrahams, Rami Malek
Director: Spike Lee


Premise:
A doctor gets stabbed by an ancient African artifact and instead of killing him, it curses him with the thirst for blood. He enters a relation with a woman who questions his existence.

My Take:
A slow, prodding remake of a slow, prodding original Ganja & Hess. There's enough to keep the viewer interested. It tries to be a sexual, art house flick but ends up being too boring. Watch the original Ganja & Hess instead it's more interesting.

Rating: Warning

Watched: Netflix Instant



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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Violent Shit: The Movie (2015)



Starring: Enzo G. Castellari, Luigi Cozzi
Director: Luigi Pastore


Premise:
Gruesome murders plague the city of Rome. An inspector thinks it's the work of notorious serial killer Karl the Butcher.

My Take:
Unless an orgy with dismembered body parts is in your wheelhouse maybe stay clear of this uninteresting serial killer movie.

Rating: Steaming Pile

Watched: DVD Purchase



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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Expedition Mungo, Season 1 (2017)



Starring: Paul Mungeam


Premise:
A well respected cameraman leads his own team into remote places on Earth searching for the creatures of legends.

My Take:
Like many of these cryptid shows the crew investigates an interesting scenario or creature. The team tries to come up with plausible reasons for the myth, investigates, and comes up with nothing except a theory that the creature may be out there hiding.

Favorite Episode:
"Cold Blooded Peruvian Predator" - Mungo and his team search the Amazon for the Yacumama, a giant snake.

Rating: In the middle


Watched: Animal Planet



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Friday, August 4, 2017

Abattoir (2016)



Starring: Jessica Lowndes, Joe Anderson, Dayton Callie, Linn Shaye
Director: Darren Lynn Busman


Premise:
A reporter discovers that rooms where mysterious murders are occurring are being ripped out and collected by a mysterious man. After tragedy strikes her family she searches for answers.

My Take:
The premise and the final act where it all comes together as sort of a patched together "Hell House of the Damned" are interesting. But getting to the end is rather boring.

Rating: Warning

Watched: Netflix Instant




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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Wither (2013)



Starring: Patrick Saxe, Patrick Almkvist, Lisa Henni, Amanda Renberg, Johannes Brost, Jessica Blomkvist
Director: Sonny Laguna, Tommy Wiklund


Premise:
A group of friends head to a remote cabin for the weekend. One them gets possessed by an ancient demon and all hell breaks loose

My Take:
There's lots of homage to the Evil Dead in the movie yet manages to make its own movie by using Swedish folklore. Lots of good gore too. It's a fun little movie.

Rating: In the middle

Watched: Amazon Prime



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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Howl (2015)



Starring: Ed Speleers, Shauna Macdonald, Holly Weston, Rosie Day, Sam Gittins, Calvin Dean, Sean Pertwee, Amit Shah, Elliot Cowan
Director: Paul Hyett


Premise:
A train breaks down in the wilderness that is the home of a pack of werewolves.

My Take:
The movie creates a decent amount of suspense before cutting loose on the action. The majority of the characters are absolutely annoying. The computer effects vs natural special effects for most parts of the movie don't really help the cause either.

Rating: Warning

Watched: Netflix DVD



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