Director: John Landis
Date: August 1981
Although the early 1980’s were not kind to most traditional monsters- vampires, mummies, gargoyles- the first two years of the decade featured three prominent werewolf movie adaptations. The first to reach the big screen was Joe Dante’s “The Howling” in late 1980. Following suit was “Wolfen”, a ho-hum snoozer starring Albert Finney. Finally in the late summer of 1981, director John Landis of “Animal House” and “Blues Brothers” fame released his venture into horror titled “An American Werewolf in London”. From that moment forward the standard for werewolf cinema was set.
While backpacking through Europe, American students David Kessler (David Naughton) and Jack Goodman (Griffin Dunne) are cold and tired and seek refuge in a nearby pub dubiously named “The Slaughtered Lamb”. Natives there are uncommonly hostile, to the point of forcing the young men out despite … Read More »
Robert Plant would like to know “Does anyone remember laughter?” I don’t know about you but I laugh at the most inappropriate moments. I laugh when someone falls, I sometimes laugh in church at the old choir woman singing off key, I laugh when I’m nervous, and I laugh when I’m scared. I was hysterical during the scene in Rest Stop when Joey Lawrence was lying on that grimy bathroom floor as a double amputee and let out a “Whoaaa” from his “Blossom” days. It’s there, watch it. Or how about another moment in “Rest Stop” when Nicole flings open the curtain and there’s Scotty with his Polaroid camera. I laughed at the one scene because it was ridiculously awesome and the other because it was completely unexpected. Another example would be Tangina from “Poltergeist.” As cute of a woman … Read More »
Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr
Date: October 2011
When I heard about a “remake” of John Carpenter’s CLASSIC masterpiece, one of the greatest “chillers” of all time, as well as one of my favorite horror movies ever, I was pissed! I was going to boycott it, and refuse to see this blasphemy! Would you repaint the Mona Lisa? Re carve Venus Di’ Milo?
But then I read something that changed my mind.
IT’S A PREQUEL!!!
This is something they should have made much more public, no one seemed to know it was a prequel.
Finding out what happened at the first camp where the “Thing” was defrosted sounded interesting. I started to watch it with low hopes, expecting a bunch of changes that I was going to hate and kept my laptop handy to tear it to pieces. I had a problem as I began my … Read More »
How true are the movies we watch? We see relentless advertisements stating movies are based on a true story, based on actual events, inspired by a true story, so on and so forth. So how accurate are they? How much actually has to match the real life scenario before this statement is valid?
Most of our classics have these statements tagged along with them somewhere, dating all the way back to Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece “Psycho”. Norman Bates’ mother-loving character was inspired by Ed Gein of Wisconsin. Norman, like Ed, was an abused child who liked to dress up as a woman in the latter years of life. Ed, however, chose to wear their skin instead of loose fitting Amish dresses. Both social, quiet mannered outcasts, Norman kept his mother in the basement while Mr. Gein murdered women and robbed corpses … Read More »
Since the discovery of fossils throughout the world, dinosaurs have captured the imaginations of young and old alike. Their appearances on screen in such films as King Kong and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World have only fueled the nations love and curiosity of the beasts that roamed over 65 million years ago. So when Steven Spielberg released his genetically engineered dinosaur opus “Jurassic Park” in 1993, the world was once again engulfed in dino-fever.
The drawback to such popular movies as Jurassic Park is that there is always some dumbed down, direct to video knock-off that finds its way into being. And thus we come to the horrific spectacle of dinosaur/genetic cinema known as “Carnosaur.”
The hilariously ingenious (and I use the term loosely) plot follows Dr. Jane Tiptree (Diane Ladd) and her quest to restore our world back to … Read More »
More human remains were recently discovered on Long Island, New York in a heavily wooded area by a town resident. Around 6:30 PM on Friday near the Pine Barrens in Manorville, Matt Samuel took a walk deep in the woods with his dog when he noticed something unusual in the ground. About 300 feet off the main road is where he took a closer look and realized it was the skeletal remains of a human.
“I probably walked by it a hundred times before, and I saw it sticking out of the ground and it looked unusual, I looked a little closer and from there discovered it was human remains,” he said, also adding that the body looked like it had been decomposing a long time. “It was wrapped in bed sheets and a plastic bag, it was … Read More »
“Extra Sensory Perception”, or more commonly referred to as ESP is a phenomena that has been studied, criticized and outright ostracized for decades. You may ask yourself “so what?” Well, this is a horror website so we might as well get some of our basic paranormal facts straight. So lets start with a bit of history, shall we? J.B. Rhine (Joseph Banks Rhine) was a botanist who developed an interest in the paranormal and eventually started the parapsychology department at Duke University. Along with breaking ground on the Blue Devils campus he also helped in founding the Journal of Parapsychology, Foundation for Research on the Nature of Man, and the Para psychological Association. Although much due credit is given to Rhine for his work, Frederic Myers is the one who actually coined the term Extra Sensory Perception.
J.B. Rhine and his … Read More »
Director: Uwe Bell
Date: October 2003
In the early 90′s, movie adaptations of video game storylines began to hit the market. They were all pretty much crap until the new millennia. We started seeing the sexy Laura Croft, the limits of computer generated imaging (CGI) being pushed with Final Fantasy, and the start of a rash of horror based video game movies with Resident Evil. This is a double edged sword, because as much as I enjoy playing horror games and would love to see them done on the big screen, most of the times they’ll take an awesome twisting story line and really butcher the hell out of it. Or you take a title and just re-write the entire idea into a campy horror show full of throw backs to the 80′s and attempts at showing what you can do with … Read More »
It sounds like a fictional tale, a murder mystery primed for the best-seller list.
Real life, however, is often far stranger than fiction, a notion proven yet again by the mystery unfolding in Belgium.
On January 31, 2012, lord Stijn Saelens, 34, vanished from Wingene Castle. All that remained were a used cartridge and trail of blood going all the way from the house to the driveway.
His body was found buried in the woods Friday, February 17.
One day prior, police had arrested Saelens’ father-in-law and brother-in-law, and a friend of theirs, Pierre Serry. This led the media to believe the police were given specific directions to the body’s location from their suspects, despite a lawyer for the father-in-law claiming he has a “perfect alibi.”
It is theorized that the in-laws were outraged by Saelens’ plan to move his family to Australia and start … Read More »
Director: Bruce Campbell
Date: September, 2007
Hail to the king baby. Or at least politely wave if you’re a fan of Bruce Campbell- he of steel chin, chainsaw slashing, boom stick wielding, sugar-receiving Evil Dead fame.
Campbell produces, directs, and stars in “My Name is Bruce”- a cheeky, cheesy, spoof in which the beloved B-movie actor goes toe to toe with a resurrected Chinese demon. The film embraces what it is, simply stupid, yet if you’re a Campbell fan, a fun little waste of time.
Jeff (Taylor Sharpe) is a Goth-encrusted outcast in the small town of Goldlick who is obsessed with his favorite B-list thespian. Unfortunately Jeff has never gotten the chance to make love the Bruce Campbell way, and an intended petting session in a graveyard unleashes the wraith of Guan Di- the violent, angry-eyed patron saint of bean curd. (Yes, bean … Read More »
Curtis Stanton must have misunderstood the phrase demon on the dance floor.
On September 13, 2008, the now 42 year-old Memphis man paid a visit to girlfriend Regina Tidwell, 34, at a dance club. As Stanton explained in a statement to the jury on Wednesday, February 15, Tidwell was not interested in dancing with him.
“That’s when I first started hearing voices in my head, telling me to kill her. I guess it just stuck with me,” he said.
Instead of telling those voices to hush, he found a steak knife, concealed it in his pants, and followed Tidwell home. Sometime after 1 a.m., he confronted the victim outside of her apartment, dragged her behind the building, and stabbed her to death.
“I asked her to talk to me and she said she had to go use the restroom,” he explained. ”Then the demon … Read More »
“UnbliNded” is a manga inspired, feature length, psychological thriller. Enter Jin (demure, innocent & blind) and Dee, who isn’t a bad girl, just a good girl that does bad things.
Two dark forces, one of the earth and the other summoned from the realm of the dead, possess an 18 year old American gamer chick, Dee. Neglected by a self-absorbed mother, Dee lives alone, left to fend for herself. Then her “loser” mother saddles Dee with the onerous responsibility of caring for Jin Sun Woo Kim, a blind Korean cellist. Dee tries to enforce cruel and unfair rules, but her efforts are met with an unexpected response.
The Moxie Brothers knew that filmmaking was in their future, growing up in the studio as their father, Jaime Mendoza Nava, worked on many indie films with several indie filmmakers in the 60′s, 70′s and … Read More »
Director: Brian Pulido
Date: January 2009
Who hasn’t thought of being wild and crazy just before a big change? Especially if that big change is having your best friend move out of state after accepting a dream job. This is what happens with the Graves sisters just before the older sister moves from Arizona to New York.
These two girls decide to buy comics, pierce their belly buttons, and check out a punk band, then road trip all while documenting the experience on a camcorder. Sounds like a great time, right? Well, while traveling along the dusty roads they hit Screamers, a diner where a waitress…
Holy crap! Is that the guy from “Candyman”? It is and he’s playing a reverend. How cool is that?
So, they hit this diner where a waitress tells them about a really haunted mine down the road they should … Read More »
April 15, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. It’s a tragic story that has been retold countless times. A well-known tale about the largest passenger steam ship of its time and its many famous and wealthy passengers. One of the most often repeated details of the tragedy is how it inspired changes in maritime laws because the ship didn’t have enough lifeboats for all of its passengers. It’s also common knowledge that the voyage ended in disaster when the Titanic stuck an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic, killing an estimated 1,500 people.
But one grim detail that is often overlooked in the recounting of the Titanic story is the fate of all those who never made it into a lifeboat. We know that they died. But how? And what happened to their bodies? Of … Read More »
Someone cue the creepy organ music and boys choir in D minor, because it looks as if the antichrist has joined us at last. Or so thought Texas woman Beth Ann Straley, 46, accused of breaking into a neighbor’s home set on killing their 5-year-old son whom she claimed to be none other than the Antichrist himself. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, she entered the house on January 27th wielding a .38-caliber semi automatic pistol with the intent of committing capital murder.
After charging in, Straley was greeted instead by the family’s 37-year-old babysitter. Straley then demanded to see the parent’s of the supposed hell spawn but they weren’t home of course and after refusing to disclose the whereabouts of the boy’s parents, the apparently street tough sitter easily disarmed Straley who then ran to a nearby … Read More »
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Date: June 2009
Thank you, Norway for bringing a new zombie movie into the world that doesn’t get dramatic about the quest for man’s survival. Don’t get me wrong, when executed properly the struggle can be the second most interesting part (first being the zombies, of course).
The story begins with five med students on their way to a secluded cabin on a mountain for a vacation. The sixth member and connection to the cabin is meeting them but is cross-country skiing her way there. After the laborious trek up the mountain, the gang settles in to their accommodations the way any college students would; cold beer, good music and friendly banter. As darkness falls on the quiet snow covered cabin, a strange older man knocks at their door demanding coffee and informing the … Read More »
Director: Patrick Lussier
Release Date: December 22, 2000
Wes Craven has contributed timeless, spine-tingling movies to the horror genre that have withstood the test of time. Dracula is the perhaps one of the most iconic villains in horror movie history, so naturally the combination of The Master of Suspense and ultimate creature of the night would be a brilliant homage to Bram Stoker and would become the next opus to Craven’s legacy, right? Guess again.
After a temporary prologue in the late 19th century, the movie gets right down to business in contemporary London, introducing Abraham- err… Matthew Van Helsing (Christopher Plummer) as a wealthy antiquities dealer whose grandfather was allegedly the basis for the vampire hunter in Bram Stoker’s tale.
Even as he denies his heritage it’s clear that he is obviously said vampire hunter, more than 100 years old but looking like … Read More »
Directed By: Brad Anderson
Released: August 2001
Some films are creepy just based on the story, the setting, and the ingenious way the director pulls it all together. Session 9 was a sleeper hit back in 2001. This film didn’t make much money in the box office but is definitely a must see gem for horror and suspense lovers.
The basic plot is this: A clean up crew is called in to remove asbestos and other nasty materials from an old insane asylum. A few days into the job they start getting murdered one by one. This sounds like your typical monster movie, and at times you question if it is just that.
You have your typical cast of characters: the dumb nephew of Hazmat Eliminations owner, the gigolo who stole the girlfriend of one of the … Read More »
Director: Breck Eisner
Date: February 26, 2010
Ogden Marsh, population 1,260, is just the kind of place you’d expect in the heartland of rural America. Corn threshers gliding through sun-drenched fields, fresh cut grass filling the local baseball diamond with its intoxicating scent, deranged shotgun-wielding psychopaths ready to maim anyone that so much as blinks.
The latter presents the issue that sheriff David Dutton (Timothy Olyphant) and his trusty deputy Russell (Joe Anderson) must thwart in order to prevent the peaceful and serene town from turning into a hellish abyss. As David and Russell enjoy the opening day of baseball season in town, a gun-toting resident gone bonkers struts onto the field with shotgun in hand, forcing David to put one between his eyes. When the toxicology report comes up 0.0 however, the two perplexed lawmen are left to ponder the mystery surrounding … Read More »
Somerset, Wisconsin is the setting of a night of bondage and torture that took place last October. Two sisters who sexually assaulted a man in their home have been taken into custody by authorities after he reported the incident. Valerie Bartkey, 24 and Amanda Johnson, 17, are the two allegedly responsible for the vile acts that happened that night.
According to the 18-year-old victim, he appeared at the sister’s residence in Somerset and was punched and kicked by the girls upon his arrival, and what probably began as a night of fun appears to have developed into a scene from a horror movie.
After the young man was beaten, he was presented with a beverage which he was told was lemonade, but after taking a sip he came to discover it was the urine of one or both of his attackers. At … Read More »
Directed by: John Carpenter
Date: July 2010
She made us slobber and cringe as “Zombieland”’s 406. She kept us in stitches as Angie in “Pineapple Express”. Now, she’ll make you scratch your head and wonder just what is going on.
Amber Heard leads in The Ward as the vastly confused and supernaturally tormented Kristen, a patient in a seemingly sinister psych ward. Kristen has no memory as to why she has been institutionalized though she is plagued by vivid recurring nightmares. Her four fellow residents are of little to no help in explaining anything so she is left to learn for herself, and in doing so begins to notice an odd pattern of missing patients. Eventually the girls open up about Emily, someone who used to be a patient of the ward. The others felt she was out of control and did what … Read More »
A 24-year-old man from Phoenix, Arizona named Russell Hofstad was caught by authorities last month for skinning a cat and wearing its body parts as jewelry. Having been recently released from jail for charges unknown, Russell found himself homeless and apparently pretty hungry. He found an empty warehouse used for raves and as a venue for local bands, and having nowhere else to go, made himself comfortable. Court records obtained by the New Times indicated that police were called after hearing that a man broke into the building and, thinking it to be a burglar, police arrived on scene and found Russell still inside.
Apparently he had been there for a while, long enough to have done some property damage. Authorities found messages written on the walls, broken fire alarm panels, and deployed fire extinguishers. What police didn’t expect to find … Read More »
Director: Jee-woon Kim
Date: August 2010
Two minutes. You have to love a movie that has its first brutal killing two minutes into the movie. The opening credits were still rolling and the blood already made rivers in the snow!
This is no spoiler, after all this is a revenge movie. Someone has to die before someone else can take revenge.
Beautiful Asian women and breathtaking cinematography jump out at you like a “crouching tiger” and from the very first shot of the South Korean countryside you know you are going to be in for a good two hours and twenty two minutes. The well written sound track takes you in and wraps you like a warm blanket as the plot begins to unfold.
Dae-hoon (Byung-hun Lee) is a highly trained secret agent, and after his fiancée is murdered in the opening credits … Read More »
A scenario we’ve all been in: It’s winter and you start feeling weird and sneezy. Next comes the aches and pains and you want nothing more then to lie on the couch and watch crappy TV. You guessed it; you’ve got the flu. There’s nothing more annoying and debilitating as getting the new strain of this virus as it rips through the masses.
Now imagine the new strain isn’t the H1N1 that everyone is getting shots for or suffering through. It’s actually a mutated version of the H5N1 Avian flu that is sweeping through the human race, wiping out those that can’t combat the virus. There is no cure or prevention because no one has seen it. Sound like Captain Trips from “The Stand”? You know, the virus that wipes almost everyone out. Is this something you should be worried about? … Read More »
Director: Michael Dougherty
Release Date: October 6, 2009
Ah Halloween, the one night of the year where everyone can shed their skin in exchange for ghoulish garb and let go of reality. Kids shuffle in droves from door to door collecting copious amounts of candy while the adults dress in the scariest, sexiest costumes they can and fuel up on horrific concoctions resulting in a nightmarish hangover. It’s like Christmas for horror aficionados.
However it’s not all fun and games, lest you forget the rules and traditions of All Hallows Eve. And thus we have the premise for “Trick ‘r Treat,” follow the rules or suffer the consequences. The story itself is broken down into a four-part anthology, with each character adding substance to the conjoined plot. Each segment is infused with a twist as wicked as its wit.
The tales of terror involve … Read More »
Drinking beer from a wine glass led to murder on the night of February 4.
27 year-old Daniel J. Olaska was sitting in a bar in Naperville, Ill. unconventionally enjoying his brew, when college student Willie Hayes poked fun at him for his choice of glass. In retaliation, Olaska mocked Hayes, a muscular football player, for wearing a tight shirt.
The trading of insults quickly escalated. When Hayes’ friend, 24 year-old elementary school teacher Shaun R. Wild, attempted to diffuse the situation, Olaska pulled a 5-inch serrated blade from his waistband and attacked the two men, cutting Wild’s arm and penetrating Hayes’ chest. Olaska then attempted to leave the bar. Wild pursued Olaska and unfortunately, he caught him.
Olaska then stabbed Wild to death.
Hayes and a bouncer at the bar are being treated for serious-to-critical injuries.
The oddly-provoked violence seems to have come out … Read More »
Director: George A. Romero
Date: April 1993
In this movie adaptation of the Stephen King novel, we meet author Thad Beaumont (Timothy Hutton) who writes under the pseudonym George Stark. But George doesn’t seem to be just a name. Thad’s concerned wife, Liz (Amy Madigan) begs him to give up the persona for the sake of his own safety as well as that of his children but he is reluctant at best. Thad maintains that George is a part of who he is and he is never out of control.
Hold up for a sec. Although this is the main plot of the movie, some very juicy information is left out. When we first meet Thad, he is a young boy with an undiagnosed affliction that causes fainting, hearing birds and being swarmed by sparrows, apparently. After he is admitted to the hospital, … Read More »
What do you love about horror films? The blood? The gore? The Special Effects? Being able to laugh off that you were so scared you almost pissed yourself? We enjoy all of it. Sometimes what we watch makes for insomnia filled nights and not wanting to eat the next morning. ”A Serbian film”, in its own unique way, provides everything we look for in a good horror flick. It makes your stomach turn, it floats around in your thoughts after the final credits have rolled, it gives you the nightmares we ask of every good flick. So why is the world so upset? Why do certain countries and governments feel the need to ban then re-release it after 49 cuts resulting 4 minutes and 11 seconds of removed footage? Which by the way, is the most … Read More »
Director: Jake Kennedy
Date: September 2007
So this movie grabbed my attention with a cool poster, a great name, an interesting plot idea, and a Netflix category of “Horror Movies, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, B-Horror Movies, Zombie Movies, Sci-Fi Horror Movies” (That’s a mouthful of genre!)
A comet crashes into the Earth and most of the planet turns into Zombies. These are the slow, shambling mass of flesh eating cannibals (a-la “Night of the living Dead”). A rag tag, dare I say it “motley crew” of survivors in the mountains collects together at an old army base. How convenient, but then again isn’t there always a crew of survivors in a zombie movie?
The substandard acting jumps out immediately, as well as the very obviously laid out “good guy/bad guy” roles in the survivor camp. There are some old standards like the crazy preacher (the preacher looks like Johnny … Read More »
Director: Avi Nesher
Date: May 2006
When it first appeared in my Netflix horror section, I admit to being caught up in nostalgia. A new Tales from the Crypt movie had finally surfaced at long last. I was exhilarated by the thought of hearing John Kassir’s quirky one-liners and “killer” observational humor as the enigmatic Crypt Keeper. For so long I have been a fan of the franchise that I could not wait to sink my teeth into this movie.
My exuberance quickly turned to irritation within the first twenty minutes. Sure, the movie began setting up the genesis for the story that was to come. But there was one major issue that stuck out almost instantly, there was no John Kassir, there was no Crypt Keeper. With that, the remaining eighty-six minutes became ultimately one of the worst movie experiences I’ve ever … Read More »