Saturday, 17 November 2018

LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (1972)

Well its been a while since I last watched this one (almost 3 years) so I thought I'd give it another run and see how this one held up on another watch.

Since that first viewing I also managed to catch the remake of this one, which I have to say I liked better as it had a more modern style, and was much more confronting

This is the directorial debut from the mastermind that brought you "The Nightmare on Elm St" series, Wes Craven.  It follows the story of two innocent young girls, Mari and Phyliss who go into the city to watch the rock band Bloodlust on Mari's 17th birthday and decide to score some pot (Not even once, kiddies hahah) and instead get involved with some creepy drug addicted sleaze balls, who have recently escaped from prison where they were serving time for the violent murders of a priest and a couple of nuns. The girls are then (presumably) raped and drugged in their groups flat and dragged out to the surrounding countryside, where the gang continue to torment and assault the pair. 

The major part of the movie follows their attempts to escape from here on in,  obviously I can't say too much more than that without spoiling the movie.... but theres some cool twists and turns in the plot, it's not just the 'paint by numbers' teen escape / horror movie that many films end up falling into so for that reason alone it does have a lot of merit.

Some regard this film as a classic, I have to say on first viewing I wouldn't have gone that far, but on second viewing I found I got a lot deeper into the characters and the true impact of this film really hit me. ITs definitely a worthy addition to any horror fans collection.

The film has a gritty sense of realism about it, and Wes Craven does succeed in building an atmosphere which is repulsive in regards to the sex crimes involved but also like a car crash that you can't look away from. Whilst not as gory as the remake once you start watching this one its a hard one to get away from, I would imagine this would have bene fairly extreme for the time as in many countries the film had to be modified and in others it was even banned. 

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Thursday, 8 November 2018

JASON X



Not sure whether this was meant to be serious or more poking fun at the series, or maybe it was meant to be the final nail in the coffin of the Friday 13th series but it left me with a bitter taste in mouth for some reason. 

The movie had some potential and if it featured another villain... like say someone we didn't already know and love this movie would have been quite reasonable as a veg-out watch or something to do when hungover..  hell, its kinda fun, as far as B Grade horror goes, but as far as a movie that befits one of the most iconic horror characters of all time its a definite fail. 

Basically the pot revolves around a future team of space scientists (yes the movie is set in the space of the future) that stumble upon a cryogenically frozen Jason Vorhees and a would be victim from the early 2000's and the then proceed to thaw out the young victim who warns them about the potential horror Jason could unleash if brought back to life. The captain of the starship of course sniffs a few dollars out of Jason's corpse and decides to keep it. As you can probably guess the frozen corpse of Jason thaws out and he comes back to life to wreak havoc on the space cruiser. I have to say the film is shot quite well and the horror / sci-fi effects are actually pretty cool. Someone took some reasonable time, and spent some reasonable money on this film, its just the plot is quite undigestable to anyone who's followed the series...  the ship security team proceed to hunt down Jason onboard the ship and blast him to kingdom come, many times over which brings me to the next question, is Jason now immortal? he seems to regenerate at the drop of a hat, (sort of like the liquid terminator in T2) so basically you can amputate limbs or shoot him in the head, and he falls over but regenerates within minutes to start killing again. This does not sit right with me. Again if this was another character I didn't already know, maybe I could suspend disbelief but with Jason its hard.

Anyway this is one of those "If you see it cheap" at a flea market or download it for free type things... but unless you're a Friday 13th Collector, I wouldn't pay big $$ for this film,  As I've said with other Friday 13th installments I really think its best you the viewer go back to the start of the franchise to really get a feel for the legend that is Jason Vorhees before you worry about watching this film


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Also check our reviews on:
Friday 13th 
Friday 13th Part 2
Friday 13th Part 3
Friday 13th Part 4
Friday 13th (remake) 

Monday, 29 October 2018

HORROR AUTHOR - TONEYE EYENOT


Halloween is almost upon us and we've managed to score a very special interview and insight into the dark mind of Australian (now Spanish) horror author Toneye Eyenot! Read on \m/


First up can you tell us a little about your evolution from band guy to horror writer? When and how did this happen? 

Toneye:  Death Metal song lyrics were what got me started. But first, 13 years after my first band, Nomenclature Diablerie (c.1988), eye moved to the Blue Mountains and met the drummer from Chaotic Impurity. He and The Unnamed were in the process of resurrecting the band after a seven year dirt nap.Turns out he had a copy of my first demo and he asked me if eye wanted to join Chaotic as vokiller. Of korpse eye agreed right away haha. From there, eye resumed lyric writing and summoned dozens of evil word demons over the next several years. After writing them on and off for the past 30 years, more than one person asked me why eye don’t try my hand at writing a book.

One person in particular was more insistent than all the rest, and the more we talked about it, the more appealing the idea became.
Eye took a song title from Chaotic Impurity, 'The Sacred Blade of Profanity', and decided to base the story around that. That was back in 2011 and my first book, 'The Scarlett Curse', took me 3 years to write. Eye submitted it in 2014 after a few antho subs of poetry (some old lyrics of mine) and haven’t looked back since. The band side of things ground slowly to a halt the past few years, with members coming and going and life getting in the way. Eye have since relocated to Spain, so aside from the possibility of collaborating across the pond via the internet, that part of my life sits on the backburner and the writing takes precedence.

Is there a genre of horror that you feel your writing falls into?
Toneye:  Not really. With all the short stories, and several books written, my writing delves into many different subgenres.My first 2 books, the abovementioned 'The Scarlett Curse' and its prequel, 'Joshua’s Folly' are the first 2 books in my ongoing The Sacred Blade Of Profanity series. They are Dark Fantasy/Horror and my most ambitious writing venture to date.
Eye am hovering around halfway through the 3rd book in the series at the moment. It would be finished and eye would most likely be onto the 4th installment if it weren’t for my insatiable addiction to anthologies. After writing for at least 40 anthos now eye have finally broken its hold on me. Eye am a recovering anthoholic hahaha.
All my short stories are now being compiled into collections and being released through my own indie label, Luniakk Publications. 
While my series is a blend of Fantasy and Horror, pretty much everything else eye write is purely Horror; from the extreme end of the spectrum to the creepy and subtle. Some eye even inject a little dark humour into, depending on the theme. Extreme, psychological, occult, creature, body horror, splattergore, supernatural, even the occasional venture into the bizarro realm.
The one thing eye won't touch is 'paranormal romance'. That sub-genre has somehow infiltrated the Horror fiction world, with it's sparkly witches and ripped ab werewolf lovers ala Twilight and shite. My werewolves will rip out your guts and piss on your carcass. No love there haha.
Here's an example. A character from one of my books which is due to be published early next year with Luniakk Publications. It's a Werewolf/Clown Horror called Blood Moon Big Top, and Marbles is a fukking psycho. No ripped abs, no sparkles and fukkall romance to be found:

...A board creaked underfoot as Marbles stepped slowly into the room. The woman looked around with a smile, and the beginnings of a “Hello Darling” forming on her lips. All that left her mouth was a surprised gasp, and the smile turned to a look of confusion and horror. Marbles advanced quickly towards her and she jumped up out of her chair, the blanket tripping her and sending her to the floor with a painful thud. The poor woman could only make breathless gasping sounds. Her ability to cry out had escaped her, as she struggled to kick the entangled blanket free. Just as the intruder reached her, the woman’s muscles seized in fright, and all she could do was stare wide eyed at Marbles, as he fell upon her with frenzied strikes and slashes. Fight or flight kicked in, and as a last act of self-preservation, the near hysterical woman clawed at Marbles’ face; a sharp nail piercing the bottom of his left eyelid. With an enraged howl, Marbles grabbed the offending hand and snapped it backwards, before biting down hard on her fingers, removing three of them in an exaggerated display of blood. Before she had a chance to scream, he slammed his free hand down on the side of her face, yanking her head sideways with such force, her neck snapped and instantly began swelling with blood.That was all the encouragement he needed, and Marbles ecstatically bit down on the engorged neck. The plasma erupted from her in glorious bursts of red, as her fading heart pushed it out of her in gradually decreasing spurts. This was by far the most exciting kill he had performed. He let loose all reason and all control, giving himself over to this slaughter with complete abandon. Her thin night gown in shreds, the clown tore off her right breast in his teeth with a single, violent shake of his head. With one hand, he stuffed it into his mouth, chewing and swallowing insanely, while his other hand forced its way into the exposed wound and tore downwards, opening her up like a bag of crisps...

What have you been up to in the last few months or do you have anything exciting coming up that you want to let Gorenography readers know about?
Toneye:  After being traditionally published for the past four years, this year, eye have decided to go it alone as a self published author. Well, not completely alone. My darker half, Mar Garcia, runs a Horror Promotion company called The Bold Mom (www.theboldmom.com). She is also a graphic designer, artist, book formatter, and she takes care of everything to do with publishing my books. All the covers were created by Mar, and all the formatting. Eye wouldn't be able to do any of this without her. So far, eye have released four short story collections with Luniakk Publications: A flash fiction collection called 'Flash of Darkness', a psychopath inspired collection called 'Psychotic Interlude', a nightmare inspired collection titled 'Of Nightmare Realities', and a cannibal inspired collection titled Abysmal Feast: An Agglomeration of Anthropophagic Atrocities'. All my previously published books, eye have taken back the rights and unpublished them, to republish with Luniakk. The first of those books is a Werewolf novella which eye am hells excited about bringing back to life!, Wolvz: Whispers of War. It's on pre-order at the time of writing this, due for release October 31. One of the koolest things anyone has ever said about my writing is from a review for Wolvz -
"A melodic slaughter. Crimson honey for your mind."

What are the plans for the future? (ie: world domination? just keep doing what you're doing etc...)
Toneye:  Writing is my passion, so therein lie my plans. My dreams of making it in my music career were doomed from the start. For one, the kind of music eye play is pretty rarely ever sustainably successful. Apart from that, the Australian music industry is a total bag of shit.
There are hundreds of world class bands here in Australia, but nobody will ever hear of them because the industry here, as a whole, doesn’t give a shit about our homegrown talent. If you wanna make it as a muso, you’re better off moving to Europe or the US, so my dreams of success have now shifted over to my writing, but holding no illusions. Eye am good at my craft, but looking around me, there are so many authors who are absolutely incredible talents. Eye don’t get time these days to read all the big names like King or Laymon. Eye am in love with what eye see right here in the world of indie writers. There is so much awesome work in this ever expanding circle, it’s impossible to keep up with it all.
So, maybe someday in the hopefully near future, my name will rise up through the mass of brilliant authors who are my peers, and many of whom are considered my family. Even with so many around me, success as a writer seems a more attainable dream than as a muso. The one thing that stands out about the Indie Horror writing scene, is that apart from a few shitbag authors, 99% of everyone else are always happy and willing to support eachother. We all wanna be successful, but what sets us apart from others is that for the most part, it isn't a competition. We also all wanna see eachother be successful as well. A lotta love for this scene.

How would Gorenography readers be able to get a hold of your works?  Downloads from website? Social media etc...?
Toneye:  As of now, and for the next few moons, you can only purchase my books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Toneye-Eyenot/e/B00NVVMHVA. In time, eye plan to expand to various other distribution outlets. This year has kinda been a period of 'reinventing myself'.My website: https://luniakkpublications.com is the best place to find everything that's available, and keep updated on what's in store for the future.

What do you find the hardest parts and best parts of being a Independent Writer?
Toneye:  We'll look at the cons first: The hardest aspect is that you have to do everything yourself, or pay someone proficiently skilled to take care of things for you. Publishing a book isn't cheap. From hiring a professional editor, cover artist, formatter, beta/proofreaders, to learning how to upload your book, to the daunting task of getting your book out there to as many potential readers as possible - the costs literally run into the thousands. Monetary costs aside, the sheer amount of time you need to dedicate to just one book is astronomical. Promotion is not cheap either, and many 'promoters' offer you the world and deliver fukkall for your dollars. Plenty of sharks in the tank, that's for sure, and many green authors coming onto the scene get taken for a ride. Eye am extremely fortunate to have Mar by my side. She is the real deal and a well-respected name in the Indie Horror community. She made my decision to self publish a no-brainer. The downside of this being, as far as promotion goes, everybodyknows Mar and eye are a couple, so promoting my work, regardless of how sincere she is, may be seen by some as bias on her part. For this reason, my books get no more attention than any of her paying clients, even less. But eye am completely kool with that. My Dark Goddess first, Horror Promoter second.
 
Unfortunately, another shit deal about being Indie, is that due to the massive cost of publishing a book, there are a shitload of people who just want to be able to say they are a published author, which Amazon has made it far too easy to do. Without the necessary funds, or the know-how to release a
quality product worth paying for, they cut all the financial corners and flood the market with unreadable shit. This gives the rest of us serious Indie authors a bad name, as the stigma attached to self publishing is the inaccurate opinion that none of us have pride in our work and have no idea what
we're doing.

On the bright side, as an independent author, aside from the cut Amazon takes from your sales, all the profits come back to you. Being with a press, you are lucky to take (after Amazon's cut) 30% of each ebook sold, less for paperback sales. Plus, the onus is still on you as an author to advertise and promote your book. With a press, however, you don't need to pay for cover art, editing, or any of the other costs, pre-production. All you need to do before your book goes live is write the bastard and hope a press picks it up. But in the grand scheme of things, the benefits of self publishing, as long as you do it right, outweigh having your book traditionally published. Unless, of korpse, you land a publishing deal with one of the big publishing houses. Ones who have a handle on the actual marketing of your book. Otherwise, you're better off forging your own path, in my humble opinion.
Which is why eye made the decision this year to start Luniakk Publications and do my own thing.

Any really cool stories or memories in regards to what you do that you want to share?

Toneye:  A few of my best memories are with Chaotic Impurity. Nailing the support slot for Celtic Frost when they came to the Dirt Down Under was a definite highlight, even though Tom and Martin turned out to be gigantic shitkunt posers backstage and kinda ruined my perception of them. Dark Legion was a hair's breadth from putting ol' Gabe through the wall after some smart arse comment, but walked out instead, purely out of respect for the promoter who gave us the gig. One of my oldest mates filmed it for us. He was trippin' off his kunt on mushrooms and filmed us with a broken wrist hahaha. Pretty funny footage.

My best memory though, is from 2005, when we played at Bloodlust V. My son, Odin was 10 years old and we gave him his first taste of live performance. He got up and played our last song with us, ending our set with a shreddin' guitar solo that freaked every kunt out hahaha. Total proud dad moment! He's been playing guitar his whole life and been doin' the band circuit since he was 11. Years later, something quite ironic happened. Coroner (who incidentally were once Celtic Frost's road crew) came out to Aus and played the Manning Bar, on the same stage we opened for the Frosty ones a few years earlier. Sydney Black Thrash n Rollers, Bastardizer scored the support, but their bass player had a family member's wedding to attend in Mexico. Coroner being their drummer's all-time fave band, he insisted they find a replacement for the night. They asked Odin if he would be willng to trade 6 strings for 4 and fill in for them, and he agreed. So, about 5 years after eye warmed up the stage for Celtic Frost, my son warmed up the same stage for their old road crew.Another huge proud dad moment \m/

Anyhoo, that's enough rambling from this old wolf haha. If you wanna check out my writing, here's a list of links you can keep up to speed on:
My Faecesbook author page - https://www.facebook.com/toneyeeyenothorror
Luniakk page - https://www.facebook.com/luniakkpublications
Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Toneye-Eyenot/e/B00NVVMHVA
Luniakk Publications website - https://luniakkpublications.com
And for more Horror fiction than you can fill your guts with,
check out The Bold Mom here - http://www.theboldmom.com
If you wanna follow my musical insanity, there's plenty of that to explore:

CHAOTIC IMPURITY:

Faecesbook - https://www.facebook.com/Chaotic-Impurity-176956532324131
Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/user-119216506
Youtube (follow the stench from clip to clip) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GMZG9noPpU

INFINITE BLACK:

Faecesbook - https://www.facebook.com/Infinite-Black-234313873248790
Bandcamp - https://infiniteblack616.bandcamp.com/
Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/infinite-black
Youtube (follow the stench) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JztPwsTYto

ROCK N ROLL DETECTIVES (Punk as Fukk):

Faecesbook - https://www.facebook.com/Rock-n-Roll-Detectives-786073428076319
Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/rnrd-1
Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=rock+n+roll+detectives

and NOMENCLATURE DIABLERIE (c.1988):
Faecesbook - https://www.facebook.com/Nomenclature-Diablerie-176199139088687
Reverbnation (888 demo) - https://www.reverbnation.com/nomenclaturediablerie
https://www.reverbnation.com/nomenclaturediablerie

Friday, 26 October 2018

HALLOWEEN 3 (1982)


This is the much maligned third installment of the "Halloween" franchise.

My understanding of the affairs surrounding the original Halloween was that the Mike Myers story was supposed to be a once off and the franchise itself was supposed to have been a collection of creepy stories surrounding the idea of Halloween. After the success of John Carpenters original film of course of the lure of easy sequel money became too much and Halloween 2 was produced (much to Carpenters dismay) but this one sees Carpenter return to the franchise in an effort to reprise his original vision of different and unconnected stories connected by the Halloween theme. Only problem was that the Mike Myers character had become so popular that this film bombed spectacularly at the box office and incited the wrath of horror movie fans world over for the sole reason of not having anything to do with Michael Myers ….

Is this a bad film? No! It's actually a pretty good film (as with all Carpenter films) and its quite an engaging story if you can get past the fact that Michael Myers isn't in it. History has proven Carpenter right to some degree as the movie is now held in high regards amongst horror buffs.

Basically the film revolves around central character Dan (Tom Atkins) who is investigating the death of a patient in hospital in the few days before Halloween, who was killed by what was then thought to be a crazy person but no answers could be found as the man killed himself shortly after in the carpark. Dan teams up with the murdered guys daughter and further investigations point to a mask factory,  The Silver Shamrock in a nearby town Santa Mira and a belief that 'they' are out to kill him. This kind of movie revolves around a detailed plot and I wouldn't feel good going into too much detail for fear of ruining for you guys... Lets just say something a lot stranger than a factory producing a few children's mask is afoot

Over all like I said its a great film and engrossing from start to finish ...  This one has a very similar feel to another of Carpenters films, They Live, and if you can mentally disconnect yourself from the fact there's no Michael Myers in it, its a great film!

Also be sure to check out our reviews of Halloween and Halloween 2

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Thursday, 25 October 2018

PIRANHA (1978)


This is the original "Piranha" Produced by Roger Corman. Like many of Roger Cormans films Piranha follows closely on the heels of the success of a major studio film, in this case "JAWS".  I honestly can't remember if I'd seen this one back in the day (well my day anwyay) but I'd seen the remakes and they were pretty cool, mindless fun... High on the gore, some great CGI effects and plenty of exploitational violence and nudity. Now its time to see how the orginal compares to this.

The plot itself revolves around investigative journalist, Maggie and a local, Paul she meets who are investigating the dissappearance of two teenagers (who have been eaten by piranahs) they break into an old army testing lab and find some strange experiments in the dormant labs. At this point I have to say the creature effects on this are pretty cool. They meet an old doctor who was still lurking in the lab who informs them they've inadvertantly unleashed the experimental piranahs into the water stream. Besides the odd camper that uses the river their major problem is stopping the infestation before it attacks a summer camp upstream and a big budget water park due to open within days of the piranah being unleashed.

One by one the vicious little fish attack and devour anyone that is unfortunate to stick any limbs into the infested water streams...  I have to say after watching this one, my opinion of Roger Corman is a lot higher than it was before, this film is quite well shot and executed. The movie flows well and is overall rather enjoyable. The horror effects and gore are at quite respectable levels, it doesn't look cheesy, but i wouldn't say it falls into the realms of extreme gore either. 

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018

MANIAC (1980)



To be honest I'd only heard about this one after reading the "Video Nasties" list, a list of movies that got banned from the UK due to their explicit horror content.

The film revolves around a deranged serial killer with mommy issues, Frank who is striking fear into the hearts of the New York City residents after a series of his murders go unsolved. Frank obviously has issues separating reality and fantasy and his apartment is littered with mannequins with whom he has deluded himself that he is carrying on a relationship.

I could probably over analize this film and say that Frank has the similar sexual retardation as many horror movie villains (such as Jason Vorhees) and takes it out on his attractive female victims, but really this film isn't a thinker.... It does however attempt to dwell into the psychology behind the serial killer, and for that reason it still holds up to some degree today... but  I'm going to say its more firmly rooted in the B Grade Genre and I don't want to attribute any brilliance to it that wasn't there... Not to say its a bad film either, its quite watchable, and enjoyable... solid, but by no means a classic. The gore was reasonably full on for the era (but there was way more extreme films around by 1980) which was over seen by the one and only Tom Savini.

I got a reprint of this film, but I hear the currently available versions of this film are quite expensive. If you're on a budget there are a lot of films you should get before this one. If you see it cheap or have a lot of money to blow on BLURAYS its not a bad addition to the collection. And for collectors, it is... As I'm sure the main audience for this film now days would be the horror collector market.

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Sunday, 7 October 2018

RITE (2011)



This is a pretty cool film... its well written and well executed. The DVD jacket says its the best exorcist film since "the Exorcist" itself.... big call. Does it live up to those claims? I'd have to say no, but its still a pretty cool little film and does bring another angle on the exorcism theme. The film THE EXORCIST is a very harsh and jarring experience with some quite disturbing scenes, this movie while no cake walk, is  a great watch is a little easier going on the senses, and may be an easier watch for those newer to the horror genre.

The film revolves around Michael, a young would be priest who has completed 4 years of study, not because he is a faithful catholic but wanted a free ride though college at the churches expense, who then on completion declines to take  up service as a priest. He is then threatened with liability for the study costs but given an option to attend the Vatican after a chaplain identifies a need for the church to have more exorcists after rising numbers of  'incidents'. He decides to take up the offer and go to Rome (Vatican city) to study as and exorcist and is taken under charge of Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), a veteran exorcist, to view and hopefully rid a young woman of her demons

This is more of a thriller than just a standard horror flick but also raises issues of faith and belief when young Michael discovers there's a lot more to what's going on than science can explain. The movie itself has been well researched and the Latin dialogue during the rites  of exorcism come across rather genuine.

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