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!