Saturday, 30 January 2016

DAWN OF THE DEAD



Dawn of the Dead represents a huge step forward in filming technology and budget for director George A Romero. I have to admit that revisiting "Night of the Living Dead" as an adult gore-fiend left me a little underwhelmed, I know it was a groundbreaking film for its time but really its hard going from the visually spectacular horror films we have today back to the rudimentary execution of NOTLD.

Mr Romero's second venture into the world of the undead, this one from 1978 still holds up remarkably well against the zombie flicks of today. despite being over 2 hours long this one holds the viewers interest, of course being shot in colour played no small part in this.  The film allowed Romero to further to go a little wild on the gore, rendering it one of the more graphic american films to have been released at the time. The VHS copy I have shows it to have an "R" rating (resttricted to adults) but by todays standards it would barely have earned the 15 year old rating which to me makes it good wholesome family fun that you can let your older kids watch without the exploitational nudity and sex that other european films being released at the same time were saturated in.


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Monday, 25 January 2016

HOUSE (1986)



One of the cooler things about writing this blog is that I get to revisit movies that I saw in my adolescence and view them again them as a fully grown adult heading straight into middle age. Again this is one of those movies that I had seen but could barely remember, so it was great to refresh the old grey matter and give it another go.

It follows the story of a writer, Cobb (suffering writers block) that moves into his Aunty's house after she is found hanging in the attic. Mr. Cobb has a special attachment to the house having grown up there after the death of his mother he was raised in the house by said Aunty. It was also the scene of the dissappearance of his child and resulting breakdown in marriage. His Aunty always maintained the house was haunted, but was of course written off as a demented old bat. Of course bit by bit Cobb realizes that the old lady might have been right.

Over all a great film, well executed and the acting is great. It maintains the viewers interest from start to finish, no major plot holes either. There is some level of gore in the film but it is far from over the top meaning again it is probably cool to watch with children (say 12 yrs and up) depending on how easily scared they are. The horror effects still hold up reasonably well in my opinion but are never over the top or cheesy. The same cannot be said for the gloriously 80's fashion sense on display :) Overall a pretty cool film and defs worth a watch!

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Friday, 15 January 2016

WHITE ZOMBIE



One from the golden age of horror... This film holds up remarkably well even now, an immensely watchable film that has earned its place in cult movie history. Shot in black and white and dating back to the 1930's this is probably the earliest of the zombie flicks I have seen.  No gore or special effects to speak of in this film, it has to rely soley on plot, dramatisation, musical score and acting and it comes across as a very solid film even from the point of view of a modern (well 80's horror fan) movie fan.

The plot follows a young man Neil who is moving up in the world and his soon to be wife Madeline on the island of Haiti, where upon arrival they are greeted by stories of the undead roaming the island at night and working in the sugar mills (Good to see someone smart enough to put those zombies to work... think of all that free labour going to waste in modern zombie films) ... What I like about the story line in this film is that it sits closer to the historical origin of zombies than the "Night of the living dead" style zombies which is a pleasant change. Madeline has also unfortunately attracted the attention of Charles a wealthy businessman from the island who decides that since he can't have her he will turn her into a zombie.

Some kind soul has been kind enough to upload a remastered version of this classic! check it out below!




History has not been kind to this film as it has gone widely unnoticed, in fact it is  but more widely known for being the inspiration behind the name of Rob Zombies first band "White Zombie" than it is for being an actual film... but do yourself a favour and check it out :)

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Friday, 8 January 2016

LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT


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 girls who go into the city to watch the rock band Bloodlust and decide to score some pot (Not even once, kiddies hahah) and instead get involved with some creepy drug addicted sleaze balls.

They get kidnapped and molested out in the woods and the movie follows their attempts to escape,  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 some merit.

Some regard this film as a classic, I have to say I wouldn't go that far but over all its pretty cool, and worth watching at least once.


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Thursday, 7 January 2016

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Monday, 4 January 2016

TOKYO GORE POLICE


Hmmm this one was an interesting one for me...... I am not at all familiar with much of anything from the world of Asian horror so I found this one really hard to follow (It probably didn't help that i'd had a few drinks) the cinematic style is much different that what we'd expect in western cinema... much more vibrant and contrasting colours and some truely disturbing visual creations, and waayyyy exaggurated violence

Basically it follows main protagonist Ruka, who is a cop in the not too distant but much more grim version of Japan. Ruka Is an elite cop following in the footsteps of her her father and is looking to avenge his violent death. She hunts down bio mechanically enhanced mutants 'engineers'. This is where I have to be honest and admit I had no idea what was going on for most of the film, the colours and abstract shooting style confused me and I'm sure I missed a lot of the finer points of this film. It must be said that the version of the film I saw had English subtitles so I'm not sure if translation barriers were contributing factor as well.  Lots of WTF moments appear throughout the course of the film ... and even while having no real idea what was going on,  the film is a great visual voyage of abstract but very artistic horror, maybe it is meant to be treated as such,? I have no Idea really....