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Event Horizon DVD (Just For The Hell Of It)

Event Horizon is a favorite film of mine for many reasons. Chief amongst those reasons is the attention to detail within the film. Rather like Alien and Aliens, great efforts have been put in to the costuming and equipment shown on-screen. Each member of the crew on the Lewis and Clark has their name and medical information on their shirt, to aid in the event of an emergency situation. Their space suits actually look like they should work, with their simplistic design and the little lights on the side of the boots that signal magnetic lock. Everything is, well, practical, when it comes to the rescue craft and its crew. They feel like a unit, with their little jokes and jibes, and Fishburne as the no-nonsense Captain Miller feels perfect as their leader. Even when he is bouncing around in the coolest command chair this side of the Enterprise’s he gives of an air of cool calm. That is, until they arrive at their destination.

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Dagon DVD (Just For The Hell Of It)

I am a huge H.P Lovecraft fan. I discovered his world of indescribable and unspeakable terrors at a tender age, and was instantly fascinated by the ancient gods and eldritch creatures that inhabited the mind of this undeniable brilliant man. His blend of horror, sci-fi, suspense and terror was just the thing the mind of a young wulf such as myself needed, and in no time I was hooked.

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Tucker & Dale vs Evil

If there has been one genre that Hollywood has been unable to really churn out lately it’s solid original comedy. This year it seemed the only comedy that was liked by both critics and mainstream audiences was Bridesmaids, other than that we’ve had a string of mildly amusing, but sadly forgettable films. Romantic comedies have also been big this year with Crazy, Stupid, Love and Friends with Benefits, but again not really general comedies. In unfortunately limited release comes a solid entry into the lacking comedy genre this weekend with first time writer-director Eli Craig and co-writer Morgan Jurgenson bringing us Tucker & Dale vs Evil and just in time for Halloween.

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Director Spotlight: Red State

I’ve been a fan of Kevin Smith since Clerks. I saw that movie in my early 20s on VHS and I can remember laughing from start to finish. I have memorized most of the dialogue of Clerks, Mallrats, Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back and Clerks 2 because I’ve seen them so many times. I followed Smith’s career through his successes and failures. Before I really understood how a director made movies, I followed his movies because they were honest, and even in their grossest moments, from the heart. When you watch a Kevin Smith movie you can see that he has poured his heart into almost every scene. With the exception of Jersey Girl, I have seen every Kevin Smith movie released in the theaters. His recent misadventures with Southwest Airlines, the media and Bruce Willis’ ego (Copout) might have brought more attention to his antics away from the director’s chair, but they haven’t diminished his talents as a filmmaker.

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Paranormal Activity 3

When we last left our extended family of paranormal activitiers, we discovered that the activity in part 1 was caused by the activity in part 2, and the demon-possessed Katie had upped her body count to at least three before stealing her sister Kristi’s baby and spiriting off to parts unknown. Wisely (or so I thought), rather than showing “The Further Adventures of Possessed Katie” (shot, presumably, thru gas station security cameras and whatnot), Paranormal Activity 3 decides instead to delve even further into the past, to offer us what I hoped to be a seamless, well-integrated story of how it all really began. No brainer, right? Right?

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The Thing (2011)

About a year ago, two things (no pun intended) happened that connect me to this month’s The Thing. First, I was at a panel at New York Comic Con where the cast and director of The Thing talked about the movie. They explained how and why the movie wasn’t a remake and how much they respected what John Carpenter had done with his version of the story. Secondly, I reviewed John Carpenter’s The Thing (https://damrb.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/director-spotlight-john-carpenters-the-thing) for our John Carpenter Director’s Spotlight. I’m a big fan of Carpenter’s movie and the story it was originally based on. Carpenter’s The Thing is a remake of 1951’s The Thing From Another World, which itself is based on a classic science fiction novella called Who Goes There?. They all basically tell the same story, an alien creature crash lands in the Antarctic and is discovered by scientists. Each version of the story adds it’s own unique vision and The Thing stands in good company.

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The Cottage

Half bungled kidnap movie, half comedy horror, The Cottage is out-and-out fun, with a surprisingly good showing from Ellison as Tracey, the extremely foul-mouthed daughter of a gangster kidnapped by David (Andy Serkis) and Peter (Reece Shearsmith) and taken to a remote cottage where the two brothers plan to hide out and wait for their ransom money to arrive.

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Tucker & Dale vs Evil

If there has been one genre that Hollywood has been unable to really churn out lately it’s solid original comedy. This year it seemed the only comedy that was liked by both critics and mainstream audiences was Bridesmaids, other than that we’ve had a string of mildly amusing, but sadly forgettable films. Romantic comedies have also been big this year with Crazy, Stupid, Love and Friends with Benefits, but again not really general comedies. In unfortunately limited release comes a solid entry into the lacking comedy genre this weekend with first time writer-director Eli Craig and co-writer Morgan Jurgenson bringing us Tucker & Dale vs Evil and just in time for Halloween.

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The Troll Hunter DVD

“We need a change in troll management.”

The last few years have brought some great ideas and movies from Europe. The [rec] movies and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Millennium trilogy) are both good examples of this. Now I’d say you can add The Troll Hunter to that list. A mix of horror comedy and mockumentary, The Troll Hunter is a fun horror movie with a great imagination and an even better sense of humor.

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Really, the best haunted house stories are the ones that are “about” so much more than just a house that’s haunted. Think of The Haunting of Hill House, The Shining, The Others, or even, at a stretch, Forbidden Planet. On the other hand, if you’re making a movie for and about kids, it’s excusable to keep things to the simpler, stuff-just-happens model. On the third hand, if you’re making a movie for kids that features some pretty gruesome violence that fully earns its R rating, things get a little…messy. And I’m not just talking albino monkey-rats, either.

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The Ward

The Ward is the latest from director John Carpenter, who hasn’t had a movie in theaters since 2001’s Ghosts Of Mars. That movie was awful. It had Ice Cube in it. Ice Cube the rapper. And, still The Ward is worse. Much, much worse. Which I thought was impossible. If 2011 has shown me anything, it’s that when it comes to movies being bad anything is possible.

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: I Saw The Devil

I Saw The Devil is a Korean horror movie that follows one man’s need for revenge to its ultimate consequence. Min-Sik Choi from Oldboy stars as a true monster of a human being. He’s a serial killer that makes Hannibal Lecter look like Charlie Brown. He murders with delight and takes enjoyment in tormenting his victims and the police pursuing him. He doesn’t hide his identity and doesn’t care. Byung-hun Lee (Storm Shadow in G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra and The Bad from The Good, The Bad, The Weird) plays a Korean Secret Service agent whose wife is one of the victims of the serial killer. Once he discovers who the murderer is, he becomes obsessed with tormenting and chasing a human demon in one of the best cat and mouse stories I’ve ever seen.

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I Saw The Devil

I Saw The Devil is a Korean horror movie that follows one man’s need for revenge to its ultimate consequence. Min-Sik Choi from Oldboy stars as a true monster of a human being. He’s a serial killer that makes Hannibal Lecter look like Charlie Brown. He murders with delight and takes enjoyment in tormenting his victims and the police pursuing him. He doesn’t hide his identity and doesn’t care. Byung-hun Lee (Storm Shadow in G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra and The Bad from The Good, The Bad, The Weird) plays a Korean Secret Service agent whose wife is one of the victims of the serial killer. Once he discovers who the murderer is, he becomes obsessed with tormenting and chasing a human demon in one of the best cat and mouse stories I’ve ever seen.

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12 Days of Christmas: Black Christmas (Bonus Review)

Black Christmas is a 1974 horror movie that freaked out a whole bunch of people when it was released. This movie is considered a classic horror movie from the crazy days of 1970’s Hollywood. This was a time in movie making history when filmmakers took risks and had to do things by improvising. New ideas that we take for granted now were first tried during those crazy days. A lot of those ideas are on display in this one movie.

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12 Days of Christmas: Silent Night, Deadly Night

For those playing the home game, this movie is definitely not for kids and not your typical Christmas movie. There are some seriously disturbing scenes in this. If you can track it down, it is worth a watch for horror fans and particularly slasher horror fans. I had to hunt for it since I had never seen it. You have been warned.

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Director Spotlight: In The Mouth of Madness

“God’s not supposed to be a hack horror writer!”

When I think of horror films, I usually think of something of slasher killers or at least a figure you can focus on as the big bad of the feature. 1995’s In the Mouth of Madness succeeds without being that typical type of horror film. Directed by John Carpenter, Carpenter himself describes this film as a different horror picture because it doesn’t follow the usual horror plot.  As my colleague Rene, Mr. Horror, pointed out to me, this is one of  Carpenter’s more underrated films.

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Survival Of The Dead

Survival Of The Dead is the latest zombie horror movie from the man who pretty much invented the genre, George Romero. This is Romero’s sixth film in his mega popular Dead series.  Survival… is Romero’s take at a zombie western and a direct sequel to 2008’s Diary Of The Dead. It’s a fun little horror movie with lots to love for fans of zombie movies with some social commentary thrown in in between the bites. Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Paranormal Activity

SHUT THAT DOOR!!!  Everyone knows ghosts cant open doors!!!

SHUT THAT DOOR!!! Everyone knows ghosts can't open doors!!!

SO there’s a film on TV presenting itself as the scariest horror movie out there. Meh. I saw it. Due to its limited release I went kind of far to see it, but I went. So????? Was it scary?? Yeah I jumped a few times. Scariest??? Not by a long shot. The movie follows really believable couple Katie and Micah. Katie seems to have a pesky ghost problem that follows her around. Micah determined to figure it out sets up a camera to try and catch a glimpse of whatever it is. It wasn’t like any of those ridiculous shows Ghost Hunters, Paranormal State etc. Not a bunch of idiots standing there going “what was that?” or “did you see that? The camera missed it but I saw a light over there. Stupid shows. Read the rest of this entry