Monday, 23 April 2018

MACABRE (2009)

This is an Indonesian horror flick, I was unaware they had any sort of film industry there let alone a horror scene.... but I have to say this one isn't bad... In fact I was quite impressed with it!

The plot focus in on a group of tourists, who seem to be of mixed decent (either Indian or south east Asian) They decide to go on a break in Indonesia and let their hair down a little. On the drive back from a bar they meet a young attractive woman by the side of the road who says she'd been robbed. The friends decide to pick her up and take her back home. Her family are obviously glad to see her returned alive and thank the friends for their kindness by offering them a place to rest and a hearty meal.

This is where the plot thickens and it turns out the family are a murderous gang of butchers who on sell human meat to the wealthy elite.

I won't say the plot is fairly predictable, it does start out a little 'paint by numbers' but as the movie progresses we do get a couple of nice twists in it, and it is quite entertaining and the gore / violence levels are quite high, grim in parts actually, and the gore/bloodshed quite realistic adding well to the brutality of the movie. One thing that may deter watchers is the fact that the film is not in English, it does have English subtitles, but really the plot isn't that complicated so once the gang are in the house and it's evident what's going on you really don't need to focus too hard on the subs as the visual aspects of the film more or less keep it going.

Anyway if you do see this around or can download it, its defs worth a watch........

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Friday, 20 April 2018

BASKET CASE (1982)

Well, this is certainly a strange little film. Somehow I'd managed to live my entire adult life (I've hit middle age now) without having seen this film. Originally released in 1982 I gather it didn't do anything special at the box office but was one of the first ever horror films released on the then revolutionary format of VHS. I guess being one of the only horror films at the time to get a home video release it got an artificial boost of sorts and became a bit of a cult classic from there.

I actually quite like this film, I don't know yet if it will become an all time classic of mine but I'll definitely go back and rewatch this film to see what it holds a 2nd time around.

The plot focus' in on young Dwayne Bradley who has just moved to the big city with his little brother, Belial (who inhabits a basket) in some shithole flat in New York. Dwayne is relatively normal whilst his brother is his conjoined twin who is unfortunately the looser in the genetic sweepstakes  of life and seperated from Dwayne at birth, and subsequently discarded like a sack of genetic waste (which he pretty much was). As it turns out, Belial doesn't die and manages to survive with the help of his conjoined twin ad live in a basket with Dwayne

Basket Case uses a then revolutionary technique knows as stop motion animation (also employed in Evil Dead) and while it may or may not hold up now it was state of the art at the time. Back to the plot of the film, Dwayne starts to meet ladies and socialise in New York whilst Belial is resigned to life in a basket and obviously cracks the shits as a result and starts a murderous rampage.

I have to say I really enjoyed this film, and it kept my interest throughout the whole affair. Whilst there are some cheesy bits its overall pretty cool and there's some decent amount of horror and gore, I'd recommend it to any horror fan to at least watch once. It does have a certain charm which is hard to put your finger on but still retains a certain 'campness' that many B grade films are known for.

All  I can say is give it a watch and it will be a couple of hours well spent

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Anyway the film is up on You Tube so you an stream it from here!



Thursday, 12 April 2018

FRIDAY 13th PT 3 (1982)

Well with yet another Friday 13th upon us why not re-visit one of the greatest horror franchises of all time, this time its the third part in the series that goes under the postmortem examination.

This installments starts of with a handy re-cap of the events of the last film (which was great because its been a while since I've indulged in watching them) and then kicks off in the immediate wake of Jason's killing spree in part 2 with the body count starting to rise from the start with Jason still on the loose and adding to his grizzly death tally.

As luck would have it a brand new gang of teenagers come to visit Crystal Lake and take up residence in an old farmhouse, the usual suspects in terms of characters feature in this one with the horny couple, the jokester, the spanish chick, a jock, a couple of pot heads and of course a previous survivor of Jason's killing spree and soon after a couple of random bikers who hassle a couple of the teens.

After the run in with the teens the bikers co-incidently stop in at the farmhouse the teenagers have rented and unbeknownst to them that Jason has also taken up refuge in and of course this is where the mayhem and the killings starts again.

Probably the most important thing about this film is while at this farmhouse Jason finds his trademark hockey mask, which later set up what  the iconic imagery  by which the whole franchise would be known.

Over all im going to say I don't find anything particularly ground breaking or brilliant in this film but its a cool watch and keeps the franchise going nicely, I didn't find the violence as realistic as the first two films, some of it rather cartoonish actually.....  but my opinions aside, it did rather well at the box office for its time as well with a very healthy $36 million dollar pull in at cinema's making it the pretty darn huge for that year!

Check out our review of Friday 13th part 1
and Friday 13th part 2

Sunday, 1 April 2018

CANNIBAL FEROX / MAKE THEM DIE SLOWLY (1981)



Cannibal Ferox reviewed at http://www.gorenography.comAnother in a long list of Cannibal / Exploitation films.... Again this one is fairly high on the gore scale and sits in a similar place to Cannibal Holocaust.

The plot this time revolves around two female university students who venture into the south american jungle one of whom is writing a thesis attempting to disprove the 'myth' that there are cannibal tribes in south America. Whilst there they meet up with two other westerners Mike and Joe. Whilst Joe seems alright, Mike is a cocaine addicted sadist and has already garnered the wrath of the local indian tribes after butchering a male tribe member. Mike is the kind of asshole that you just can't wait to be eaten,

Eventually the natives have had a gutful (no pun intended) of the white folk who've now killed a couple of their tribes people and attempted to rip them off for the gem wealth the region contains and begin to hunt the white folk and eat them in suitably gory and disgusting fashion

Over all this is a pretty cool flick, but I'm a bit of a sucker for the cannibal genre so there is a little bias in there... Again if you're new to the genre this along with Cannibal Holocaust are as suitable points as any to entre the genre. As far as the gore content goes I'd say its not as extreme as Cannibal Holocaust but not to far off either. Whilst I'm not entirely sure of the history of this film the cover says it was banned in 31 countries and there's a neat warning before the film starts warning us of its extremity. Obviously this is at the more extreme end of horror and probably best not for the faint hearted the easily offended or those new to the horror genre. Enjoy!!


anyway once again thanks to the magic of youtube you can watch the film for free below:


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Thursday, 29 March 2018

The Leprechaun (1991)

I have to admit I didn't hold high hopes for this one at all the premise looked stupid and the DVD cover looked really budget but I thought to myself "What the hell... It's cheap.. and I may as well give it a shot" and you know what?  I actually enjoyed it.

It kinda sits somewhere between a kids movie and a horror movie but I'd say far too gory for kids under 12 to watch (unless they're really hardcore) but if you can deal with the child like qualities of this film its a fun watch. Oh yeah it has a very young Jennifer Anniston as the star, who is very easy on the eyes. 90's babes aside the Leprechaun himself looks pretty cool, with perpetual short guy Warwick Davis (from Willow) as the Leprechaun himself. Cute Irish accents abound in this wee feature, as well as liberal spatterings of Irish culture.

The plot revolves around Old Dan O'Grady who manages to capture a leprechaun and as a result is entitled to his pot of gold. He is then of course committed (lets face it who is going to believe his leprechaun stories). Years later the house is bought by Tory (Anniston) and her father. The local painters (one of whom Tory takes fancy to) and his off-siders, a slow witted Adult nicknamed Ozzy, and his much smarter child friend, Alex unwittingly become involved in a fight for their lives as the leprechaun returns hoping to find his gold, which it turns out Ozzie and Alex have found and taken possession of.

The horror levels for this one are quite respectable and enough to keep the horror fans entertained, and the comedy aspects of the movie keep it quite watchable and light hearted. While its not an all time classic by any stretch (and thankfully it didn't ruin Jennifer Annistons career) To be sure,,, To be sure its worth watching....

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Monday, 26 March 2018

LOST CANNIBAL WORLD (1977)

Directed by Ruggero Deodato (Later responsible for bringing us all Cannibal HolocaustLost Cannibal World aslo known as Ultimo Mondo Cannibale follows the misfortunes of a group of prospectors who's plane goes down in the jungle. Not sure exactly where they went down (possibly Indonesia / PNG / Phillipinnes) but either way they find themselves in a world of pain when they realise they've gone down in a jungle inhabited by cannibals. The groups pilot and assistant are killed by natives and remaining members are caputured by natives.


The gore you'd expect from the creator of Cannibal Holocaust is all too present in some horrific scenes, tho not as intense as Cannibal Holocaust .... Again it's not for the faint of heart or those offended by nudity.

Shot in the same style of the Cannibal movies at the time this is raw and confronting and the gore is very realistic. All in all a cool watch and is more or less a precursor to the Cannibal Holocaust movie, and has a very similar feel, and would appeal to the same crowd of people.

Someone has been kind enough to upload the entire movie onto Youtube so for your viewing pleasure here's the full version!

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*For more of Ruggero Deodato's work be sure to check out CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST and A BALLAD IN BLOOD



Saturday, 24 March 2018

SUSPIRIA (1977)

Well this was certainly a strange one...  Directed in 1977 by Dario Argentio .... I really like this film, the colors in the filming are amazing and really help dramatize the whole affair nicely. Its quite a striking affair too, standing out as probably the only film I've seen that comes across in quite a manner. Visually speaking, the vivid colors give it a surreal / otherworldly feel to it. It's hard to describe but I found myself quite mesmerized by the visual imagery. I don't know that much about filming techniques, but I guess you'd have to see it to understand.

The plot itself revolves around a young lady Suzy who is accepted into a performance art school in Europe (Germany) and arrives late one night to see another student fleeing from the building. Co-incidently Suzi is not able to get into the building until the next day and decides to spend the night in a hotel nearby. Said fleeing student is then subsequently murdered along with her friend she has confided in in a gruesome double killing.  Suzy returns the next morning to the aftermath of the killing and some strange goings on in the academy.

The usual teething problems of gaining acceptance amongst her peers are present but there is something much nastier, an occult evil, lurking beneath the surface of what appears to be a prestigious academy, a mystery which Suzy tries to get to the bottom of.

I have to say its an enjoyable film but could be a little slow paced for the hardened gore fiends but I found it unique and entertaining. I'll definitely be rewatching it to see what else I can get out of this film, as I suspect there'll be more aspects to the plot that will be unearthed on a second viewing..

The gore levels besides the first two murders are not too extreme (though they were probably considered extreme for the time) nor does it live up to the marketing hype as the scariest film ever (I always laugh when I see those by-lines on movie covers/posters), so it won't make your non-horror friends loose their lunch, or think you need to be institutionalized either.

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As an added bonus... It's up on youtube!