Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Eaten Alive (1980)



Another one from the vault of politically incorrect over the top exploitation flicks from the late 70s/early 80's.

Basically this one follows the story of a wealthy cotton farm heiress investigating the disappearance of her older sister suspecting that she may have become involved in a strange religious cult in jungles of Asia. She then heads off to find her sister in a jungle settlement run by cult leader Jonas, which is of course surrounded by cannibals and dangerous animals.

The usual assortment of gore, animal killings, ritual sacrifice, nudity and cannibalism make this a pretty entertaining watch, but something falls short (I'm not sure what maybe just attetntion to detail... as it looks like the natives are south american NOT Asian) , though shot in the same grizzly reality style,  it does not have quite the same genre classic feel as Cannibal Holocaust This will pretty much appeal to anyone  who liked that film. Probably not quite at the same level of extremity but not far off either, it holds it own in terms of gore thats for sure.  Either way its a solid watch and defs worth the time to watch it


Saturday, 26 December 2015

NOSFERATU 1922



Now we're going right back to the start of Horror cinema... Nosferatu!

I have to say this took me a couple of attempts to get into the right headspace to sit and watch this film but when I finally got my head right to sit down and appreciate it it was well worth it.

Some interesting background on this film was that while it was based on Bram Stokers "Dracula" it never gained legal rights to do so and instead of using the words vampire they are called "Nosferatu" and instead of using the name Dracula they called the main villain "Count Orlok". They were still sued and as a result of copyright infringement all copies of the film were ordered to be destroyed. Thankfully at least a few must have survived for the movie to have remained in circulation until the digital age we now find ourselves in.

Nosferatu follows the story of a real estate agent who is trading land with the wealthy Count Orlok. He is warned not to go to the counts castle and does so anyway... and of course falls under the vampires (I mean NOSFERATU) spell.

The movie itself is primitive and has no dialogue. The accompanying music is a recreation as the original score (which also has been lost in time)... but there in lies the charm of this film. The music that accompanies this film is quite hypnotic and other worldly in its own way and adds to the atmosphere of the film. but like I said it did take me a while to get into the headspace required to appreciate this work, but I have a sneaky feeling this is the film that spark a new interest in vintage horror for me!




NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

This is George A Romero's ground breaking zombie flick from 1968.

Filmed on Black and White film, and on what can only be described as a shoe-string budget this film is singlehandedly responsible for bring zombies into the mainstream of modern culture and spawning countless zombie films just like it, some better and many immeasurably worse.

While much of  it now would be considered outdated and the special effects used rather plain this is still quite a watchable film and something that you could use to introduce your kids to the world of horror without traumatizing them. Featuring none of the over the top gore that the following films in the franchise (Day of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead etc....) were renowned for, this can probably be considered one of the safer films for the horror newbie, where I guess hardened gore-fiends might find the pace of this one a bit slow

Over all its a great watch, and historically important to gain an understanding where the infection first took a hold on mainstream cinema audiences


Friday, 18 December 2015

HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN (2011)



Holy crap! This one is hard going, but  a great film. Starring Rutger Hauer (Salute of the Jugger) this is a grim portrayal of the not too distant future where gangs have taken over and reduced the city to a cesspool of addiction and poverty. Our protagonist (the Hobo) seems to be the only one prepared to take on the gang ruling the city in a violent and grim one man retaliation. This is bloody, gritty and hard look at what could so easily happen in many big cities. The violence and gore is quite contronting in this one and i'd recommend it for hardened violence/gore fiends maybe not for the horror newbie!

I remember seeing this one on the big screen in a double feature alongside Human Centipede 2 and again left the cinema feeling like I'd gone a round with Mike Tyson or something. This is cinema noir at its ultimate, black and disturbing, a grim look at what society could well become depending on what turns it takes in the future

Anyway as luck would have it you can watch the whole thing on youtube! Enjoy!



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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Friday, 11 December 2015

DEATHSTALKER (1983)



Hmmm.... not sure what to say about this one, it had the potential to be good, not great but at least decent as a B grade, but some shitty editing in the fight scenes and the general cheesy-ness in the ending for me has dropped it back to "D" grade.  As a fantasy film, It's a bit thin on the plot, but at the time of release there probably wasn't much to compete with with the exception of "Conan the barbarian" which would have blown it out of the water in terms of both plot and direction and choreography.

Still if you have nothing better to do, it will kill an hour and a half of your life and there's some nice looking females to keep you half interested, though funnily enough  they all seem to have 80's style 'perm' hair do's which also tends to annoy me a bit. Like I said before,  a little more thought into this film and it could have been a reasonable "B" grade watch :/

Again I have found it on you tube for you guys !!!



Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Bound in flesh

Ancient book, bound in human flesh




Great little article from the folk at World Truth. TV - I read this site a lot, some great articles and some utter crap, but always interesting and thought provoking!

http://worldtruth.tv/this-might-look-like-an-ordinary-book-but-the-truth-will-make-your-skin-crawl/

Thursday, 3 December 2015

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2



The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (a horror classic in its own right) was loosely based on a true story of a series of Texas killings and based on the life of Ed Gein. Not sure how accurate the retelling of said story was but in this the sequel, from my understanding it took a LOT of liberties with the truth but the plot departs further into a more twisted tale of mass killings, taking place 13 years after the still unsolved murders portrayed in the original film.

This is a higher budget, and much gorier continuation of the story, focusing on not only on Leatherface but the rest of his family. I guess the family that plays together ,  stays together.

Having said that, if you can suspend some disbelief in the plot and timeline (like how did the family get so much money/time to create the entire underground section of the farm between the times of part 1 and this movie...)  this is a great watch and captivating from start to finish. The twisted depravity of Leatherface's family is captured perfectly... has a very similar feel in parts to Rob Zombie movies like "House of 1000 corpses" perhaps this was an influence on a young mr. Zombie? Who knows?





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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

LOST CANNIBAL WORLD (1977)


Directed by Ruggero Deodato (Later responsible for bringing us all Cannibal Holocaust) Lost 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 captured by the natives.

The gore you'd expect from the creator of Cannibal Holocaust is all too present some horrific scenes, tho not as intense as Cannibal Holocaust are present in this film so 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!