Saturday, 27 April 2019


This particular film, I decided to buy for no other reason than Sam Raimi was featured as the producer... I loved his work on the EVIL DEAD and more recently "DRAG ME TO HELL" so thought this one would compare nicely, plus it said "This is the scariest movie - Ever" on the cover.

Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad film at all, and quite a reasonable play on childhood fears... but whoever decided to past the moniker "This is the scariest move - Ever." across the front of the DVD obviously had just suffered a massive head injury. This would qualify as a thriller, but not so much horror, let alone trying to sell it as the scariest movie ever.

The film centers in on young Tim (aged around 6, I believe) who believes his father was abducted by the boogieman and dragged off into the recesses of the closet never to be seen again. (This part was somewhat scary). Then we cut to grown up Tim who as an adult is having trouble coming to grips with the 'disappearance' of his father and goes to visit him mother who has also taken a turn for the worse mentally. Unfortunately she dies before he gets there, Tim then meets a childhood friend at his moms funeral, and then decides to investigate the house he grew up in s a child and meets a young girl named Frannie (who is aslo having 'boogieman' visions) hiding out on the old house. Tims childhood fears play on his mind when he's in the house and begins to see things ….. or is he?

The film itself is well produced at features known actors as Lucy Lawless (Xena warrior princess) and Emily Deschanel (lead on "Bones" TV series) and its really a pretty cool watch, its just not what it says it is on the cover

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Sunday, 21 April 2019

GAG (2006)

Another one bought on spec.... and unfortunately this one was a bit of a let down... amateurish production, shitty acting (no actors I'd ever seen before or likely to see again)  and a story line that felt really slapped together make this one a little hard to watch.

The only thing this has going for it is the violence depicted in the film. If for some reason you just feel like sitting down and watching a series of atrocities committed by humans to other humans this film has some value. This fits into the genre the movie "Saw" started off (Torture porn) and to be fair takes it to new depths of depravity... In fact they even use "Saw" as reference on the DVD cover but unfortunately for them "Saw" is a quite reasonable movie this is just a sequence of torture interlaced with beyond shit storytelling and abysmal dialogue.

I was able to sit through the film, but past the half way mark I didn't give a crap about the plot and started playing with my phone. The film itself tells the tale of a pair of would be burglars who break into a house hoping to score some loot only to find themselves in the middle of a sick serial killers torture fantasy trying to save other captives of the house. There's a plot and it does have a twist but again the movie just generally to crappy to follow it closely.

If you're in the mood for something like this I'd say watch Saw or Hostel if for some reason you're bored shitless enough to watch this, don't pay more than a couple of dollars for this film, I'm sure you'll find it in a bargain bin sale somewhere.

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

SHIVERS (1975)

Also known as: Blood Orgy of the Parasites and They Came from Within

I'd never heard of this one before I saw it one day whilst browsing through DVDs... I noticed it was directed by David Cronenberg (The Fly, Scanners, Xtro etc...) so I thought to myself "Why not take a punt on this one?" … And I'm glad I did!

The plot takes place within a new building apartment lock called the "Starliner" which is the state of the art building for the time. Unfortunately a parasite which has been developed by a rogue scientist has taken a hold on a few of the residents and starts to spread amongst the population of the building. The parasites cause their hosts to act out in violent and sexually extreme ways. This obviously makes for a great movie and lots of excuses for violence and nudity! 

This is a very early effort by Cronenberg (In fact his first feature length film) and whilst many of his trademarks are present in the plot and execution of the film it is obviously done of a much tighter budget than his 1980's films, it is still gritty, enthralling and rather well done. The violence is rather confronting and would have been reasonably extreme for the time it was released. After the movie I watched some DVD extras regarding the production of the film and it turns out Cronenberg found the funding to this movie from the Canadian Film Board. The gore and sexual content of the film did garner some controversy for the film as it was public money used to create it, but the quality of the film meant that it was still well accepted and did well enough at the box office to launch Cronenbergs' career!

Over all I really liked it, and I cant imagine many horror fans not liking it. There's no major flaws or much else I could wish for with this film. You can judge for yourself as the movie is up on youtube!

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Friday, 12 April 2019

THE FOG (2005)

I have to admit this is the remake of the FOG, not the John Carpenter version and even worse I haven't actually seen the original so I've got nothing to compare it to. (yes, I know that is a bit of a horror fail...) 

The movie itself follows Nick who runs a small fishing boat off shore in Oregon. Whilst on a fishing trip he drops anchor and disturbs the wreck of a century old ship. Co-incidently Nicks old girlfriend Elizabeth mysteriously returns to town after a 6 month absence and weird stuff begins to happen, no the least of which is when an old sailor gives her an old antique watch (and some prophetical advice) he found washed up on the shore from said ship wreck. Surely enough people begin to loose their minds as an eerie fog rolls in from across the sea. The fog is bringing with it appraritions from the old shipwreck to wreak havoc on the world above. Why have they not found peace? Well, you'll just have to watch the film to find out!

Overall the film is reasonably well shot and produced and the special effects are cool enough. It starts off a little like many of the lame Hollywood remakes and I have to admit I was tempted to turn it off but it did warm up nicely. The film while not bad, doesn't have the same feel as a John Carpenter film would have and this makes me want to track down a copy of the original ad give that a run. It did have some star power to give it a bit of a boost with Selma Blair and that guy that played Clark Kent in Smallville taking up main roles. 

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Sunday, 7 April 2019

OMEN IV (1991)

Well this was a pleasant surprise... I make no secret that I'm a big fan of the original omen movie and the subsequent sequels were kind of cool but I have to say left a little to be desired, more so part 3 than part 2.

This movie actually feels a lot like the original, and follows the trials and tribulations of an upwardly mobile couple who are struggling to fall pregnant. Much like the original film they decide to adopt a child from the local orphanage. This time round its a baby girl, who shows many of the sinister traits that a young baby Damien showed in the original film. Bit by bit the mother, and then those who surround the child start to suspect something evil lurks within the child.  Bizarre incidents occur around the child leading to the death of anyone who gets close to figuring out the truth. 

There is one huge twist but of course I won't ruin that for you guys so you'll just have to watch it  yourself, but what I can say is that this film is rather well done and follows in the steps of the original OMEN film rather nicely. I would go so far as to say its the best of the series since the original. The production values are excellent and they use the original omen theme which is always a nice touch in the soundtrack. The little girl who plays Delia does a superb job and plays the role perfectly… I would not want to be left in a room alone with her at all! 

I can only wholeheartedly recommend this one to fans of the original film and horror fans in general it should have gained a much wider recognition than it did!

Anyway I did manage to find it on youtube so check it out for yourself 

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Thursday, 4 April 2019


This is a pretty cool film, not excellent but pretty cool. I have to admit the main draw card for me was the fact that Jamie

Lee Curtis was in it. My version of this is the straight 80's style 4:3 view and looks to have the genuine VHS graininess which does tend to make this one look a little dated. I would love to see it remastered in the modern format.

The story revolves around a group of high school seniors who as kids played a strange game in an old abandoned building and caused (un-intentionally) one of their friends to fall to her death out of a window. The kids decide to keep their involvement in the young girls death a secret. in the investigation into the girls death a known sex offender is questioned but flees and winds up in a terrible car accident and to the current day remains in a state of catatonic coma.

Now as seniors the group are getting mysterious phone calls in the lead up to their senior prom, Who is making the phone calls? The situation escalates the mysterious caller hunts the high school students one by one. That's really all I can say without ruining the film.

Overall I have to say I enjoyed it.... it did feel to move a little slow at some points but that was cool, and despite the obvious 'dated' feel of the film it still holds up as a cool watch. Its not too heavy on the violence or gore so would be safe for horror keen kids or those not really into the full on stuff.... and of course Jamie Lee Curtis is in it!

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I've managed to find a version on youtube for those keen to check it out: