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:

Wednesday, 20 March 2019


This one was another chance find in the bargain bin... It follows the exploits of a doctor and his two nurses who on the quest for a prolonged life start to kill patients to replace their own body parts. They flee and are not heard of again for another 20 years when a group of teenagers unwittingly go out for a weekend away in a family members cabin. Of course Dr. Chopper and his two (presumably undead) nurses start to hunt down the bunch.

This movie is firmly rooted in the B grade genre, its a simple old teenage slasher story with nothing to differentiate it from a million other B Grade films just like it. No actors I'd ever heard were cast in this film, having said all that its actually not that bad either, the acting is halfway reasonable, but really its more a great one to watch on those days when you just don't feel like thinking. Its reasonably well shot and moves along at a reasonable pace so you don't feel too retarded watching it either.

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

CARRIE 2 (1999)

Like many sequels this one comes off as a bit of a cash grab... not to say its a bad film its actually pretty reasonable but does lack a little something that the original had.

The film revolves around Rachel who is Carries baby (half) sister and of course shares the same powers of telekinesis as her predecessor. Her powers had been recognized at an early age by her mother who is then of course institutionalized while Rachel grows up with foster parents. The movie is fairly straight ahead. Rachel is quiet and goes more or less unnoticed at school until she starts a romance with one of the popular football players. Teenage jealousy ensues and the popular kids gather together to play a prank on her which unveils her true powers in bloody and horrific form.

Like I said before its not a bad film, it doesn't rate along side the original masterpiece. That said it is a reasonably engrossing and enjoyable film. Its just that it doesn't really add anything to the original film in the way that it feels more like a remake than a sequel. But if you're looking for a reasonably solid watch.

As far as the gore content goes its  nothing too serious so you can watch it with your non-goreaddicted friends without them thinking you're a weirdo

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Monday, 18 March 2019


Based on a short story by Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Nightbreed etc...) you know this one is going to be good! It certainly didn't disappoint either, from the moment the movie starts the atmosphere created is entrancing, pulling the viewer in...  This is not a background watch but engrosses the view right from the onset.

The film revolves around Leon (played by Bradley Cooper) who is a budding photographer attempting to capture the 'feel' of new York for an exhibition he his hoping to be featured in. Leon goes down to the subway and snaps some photos of a young woman and inadvertently stops her from getting raped by a gang of subway hooligans. The next day he finds out she has been reported missing and decides to take his camera and investigate further on his own after the police don't take him or the information he has on the woman seriously. Leons soon to be wife is not keen on him persuing this further but he does and develops an interest in a large man who rides the subway on his way to and from a meat works. Leon continues to trail the imposing man and discovers he's been killing subway travelers in a most gruesome fashion.

What does he do with them and how has he evaded being caught for so long? Well that's up to you to watch the movie and find out! Rest assured the action is violent and graphic and probably not for the new comers to the horror movie world. Like I said before the action is captivating and brilliantly created and once you put this movie on you won't be able to stop.

From what I understand this one didn't do too well at the box office but the websites and people I know in the horror circles tend to rate this one rather highly and has since gained a kind of cult following. If you can find it, do yourself a favor and give it a chance, its a great film with some truly disturbing concepts

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Sunday, 10 March 2019


To be honest this one was another punt as I saw it going cheap. It looked like cheap throw away horror, but as is so often the case with buying movies on spec... I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this one as well.

Jennifer is the teenage star of the film played by Megan Fox (who is an obvious drawcard for the movie) , she is the most popular girl in school and decides to take her long suffering bestie Anita (cruelly referred to as 'needy') to a gig by the indy rock band "Low Shoulder". A fire breaks out at the pub they were attending and whilst many are burnt / injured / dead the pair get out alive. Jennifer not content with that decides to ditch her friend and spend the night with the band. Jennifer then becomes the subject of a satanic ritual in which a virgin is needed to be sacrificed, for the sake of the bands future success. However Jennifer is far from a virgin and the ritual goes wrong Jennifer is possessed by a demon and starts killing her friends.... its then up to Anita to figure out how to stop this

Overall I quite liked the film, the horror effects are really good and the movie moves along at a decent pace. Megan Fox of course looks hot, and even if you don't really like the movie that much she's very easy on the eyes and Amanda Seyfried as Anita really plays her part well too.... Again the movie isn't too much of a thinker but more one  you can watch with friends over a few drinks and not loose the flow of the movie if you get interrupted.

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Friday, 8 March 2019


This isn't the fastest paced of films but its a pretty cool watch, I tend to like religiously themed horror movies so this was right up my alley. Produced by the much esteemed institution "Hammer Films" I knew this would be of at least reasonable quality. Starring Christopher Lee at his usual greatness and Natashja Kinski making a beautiful and sultry Nun,

The plot follows occult/horror writer (John) who after a signing goes to pick up a friends daughter, Catherine from the airport. The daughter had been born part of religious sect "The Children of the Lord' that worships a demon, Astoroth. The cult lets the daughter out once a year to see her father but he manages to convince John to spirit her out of the cult and of course the cult send a couple of head honcho's after their missing member and are prepared to Kill John, and his father or anyone else who gets in the way in order to get back Catherine. Now, you may ask yourself why is Catherine so important to the cult? I guess you'll just have to watch the film and see!

Over all I thought it was pretty cool, and its shot in that old English style typical of the 70's. The performances are great and the musical score underpinning the whole thing is really well done as well... Overall, whilst not a classic is a very worthy watch!

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Friday, 15 February 2019


Despite the internet pannings on facebook horror groups I'm in, I have to say this isn't a bad movie, I'm not sure whether I'd really call it horror, maybe more of a mystery/ thriller or something that does have some dark subject matter, and I think there-in lies the problem. People must be hoping for something gorier or faster paced and that's where I think it looses fans.

I found this one quite interesting as it followed the plight of three young filmmakers, Heather, Mike and Josh investigating mysterious 'occult' happenings / killings connected with witches in a rural American town in Maryland. The filmmakers eventually get lost on their investigative trackings and the tension between the three begins to mount as tempers and tension flares up. Eventually they all crack in their own ways.  The footage is recovered a year later and basically that's what we see as the film. The film takes the concept of found footage (as seen in films like "Cannibal Holocaust") a step further as the found footage basically becomes the film. For what its worth you can feel the tension grow and the acting seems to hold up quite well given the plot of the film. I found it to be enjoyable (though not a classic)

With no known actors or any real special effects this film would have been produced on a miniscule budget (later found out to be around $60k) and grossing an unexpected $240+ million world wide this is an undoubted and somewhat unlikely success for the film makers and a cash cow for the investors. I can't think of any film produced on such a small budget that went on to achieve anything like the success this film has achieved. 

As said before this isn't the fastest paced film and neither is it packed full of gore. But if you're in the mood for something more in a mystery vein this is a pretty cool film! 

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Monday, 11 February 2019

The Children (2008)

Well this one was a pleasant surprise, I've seen a few of the 'Insomnia' produced movies and some of them have been a little average but this one I have to say I enjoyed this one more than the others. It's hardly a classic but definitely sits at a better B grade or above type movie for my thinking.

The plot revolves around a couple of families who have decided to go on a holiday together in a cabin. Casey is teenager with a real shitty teenage / goth chick attitude, and doesn't want to hang around with her extended family on holidays and does her best to bring down the tone of the proceedings.

After the children are put to bed on the first night, things start to go south. one of the kids starts to get sick and bit by bit they all succumb to a  'possession' of sorts and by the next morning one by one the kids start on a murderous rampage.

This movie is quite well made, the kids are a total cuteness overload (I'm a parent) and im a sucker for a good pommie accent, but regarding the cute kids, it really sits at odds with later developments and adds to the atmosphere. The violence and gore levels aren't too bad at all but more importantly the film holds well and there's no major plot holes or instances where it looses focus or becomes boring

Defs a solid watch and worth sourcing out if you can find a copy!

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019

WOLF COP (2014)

I really didn't expect too much from a movie called "Wolf Cop" it basically looked like "Teen Wolf" but as a cop...…. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I have to say this still falls into the B Grade category but it was rather entertaining and the film itself was reasonably well done... It certainly didn't feel like the insult to intelligence that some films can fall into

The film follows the exploits of country town cop/sheriff Lou, who is drinking too much and it's starting to affect his work as an officer. Rumours of an occult group operating in the area and stealking / killing pets  are starting to surface and Lou of course has to investigate. Some strange mysterious occult incident occurs, a local politicial is killed    and Lou starts to grow hair in places he was / wasn't growing hair before and yes you guessed starts taking on wolf like qualities

As is to be expected with Lou's nighttime transformations, the body count starts to rise, and Lou (and the other police) find themselves in the predicament of investigating the killings without realizing it was Lou as a werewolf. Lou comes to the realization he is indeed the wolf and decides to become Wolf Cop and fight crime as a superhumanly strong wolf.

Anyway the plot moves fast enough to keep it interesting, some genuinely funny moments, some cool plot twists, an erotic interspecies love scene and some really cool horror effects, so there something for everyone! There's  not a lot to really complain at all so what you are left with is a pretty cool horror movie!

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Tuesday, 8 January 2019


This one was another bought on a punt type deal and I have to say with this one It paid off nicely! Starring Rutger Hauer (Blade runner / Salute of the Jugger / Hobo with a Shotgun) as a sadistic hitch hiker who on a rainy night manages to pick up a ride from a young man Jim. It soon becomes apparent that John (Hauer) is unhinged and start making threats to kill Jim. As the tension increases it is clear the hitcher intends to kill him, but Jim manages to boot him out of the car and flees only to find that John the hitcher is on a murderous rampage and begins to toy with Jim in a deadly game of road "Hide and Seek" for lack of a better word to describe it.

As a stalker Jim is unrelenting and sadistic, he enjoys messing with his victims and this makes for a great watch and the role is played perfectly by Rutger Hauer (… Almost too perfectly some might suspect) The movie is gritty and violent and really keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to see how it will turn out.

All in all this is a pretty cool film, it would appeal to fans of Mad Max and Wolf Creek but really most action horror fans should be able to dig this one. There is a more than respectable level of gore and violence but this one might fall more into the thriller category... but either way its a great watch and well worth your time!

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