Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Night Terrors - Turn your house into horror movie



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Dear....LAWD! heheheh

Mind you, I'm a horror movie nut. I listen to podcasts like THE NO SLEEP PODCAST, LORE, and KNIFEPOINT HORROR when I go to sleep sometimes. Ice water in these veins, Baby. But, when I played NIGHT TERRORS on the iPhone, things changed drastically.

Something about having your own home - a place you know well and feel safe in - turned into a fright fest...man...it's scary!


So, you invest the .99 in the game, down it, clear the schedule for the next few minutes, turn off all the lights, headphones in - very important, then you start to prowl around your home.

The light on the phone is active and lights your way. The object - use your phone like a ghost hunting device, really. Find the spots in your home where the signal is strong and...see what happens.



I was involved with the beta testing for this and I got to see the pieces come into play. The audio side and the improvements there. The light and how that changes. And the signal and visuals pieced in, then all put together expertly to create a really chilling experience.

Now...is it what is in the trailer yet? Crap falling off walls, ghosts in doorways, and things standing in front of you?  No, this is just the beginning. But...what a FUCKING CREEPY BEGINNING IT IS! heheehe  While some of these visual elements would be lovely to see in future revs, the audio involved in Night Terrors and the atmospheric visuals are masterful and...as I've stated...FUCKING CREEPY!!!!!

How devoted am I to making this work? I went into my BASEMENT with this thing running and the light started flickering and the signal got strong and there was music and a voice and.....HOLY CRAP! I made the choice to return upstairs at once. Oh, but it didn't get better. It was far worse. I went into the room where all my kid's toys are and then....

Well, find out for yourself.



This is a major, major thing. It's huge. Sure, there are scary games on all sorts of systems where you see horrors and deal with them, but NIGHT TERRORS brings the horror to your home. You see YOUR stuff and hear these...things in YOUR house.

Mind you, this is the first phase. THE BEGINNING. And...it freaked me out. Like...look behind me every two seconds JUST to make sure things were not slipping up behind me freaked out. When it ended, I muttered, "Ok...that was fucking great. Now let's get some of these lights on," out loud.

I can not wait to see what's coming next! I want them to do another round of funding somehow so I can toss more cash at them to keep moving his forward. It's a serious dive into the right direction for interactive horror augmented reality! BRAVO!


Just...be quiet or they'll here you. 
 
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Monday, September 26, 2016

Blood Splattered Bride

Another quicky review. 

 

Based on Carmilla (loosely, I'd say...) , BLOOD SPLATTERED BRIDE skims across the line of giallo and sexploitation. 

Newlyweds are off to  a rocky start as they begin their new lives in the husbands family home. When a mystery starts to unravel and a mystery woman enters the picture, things start to get very...violent. 

The film gets off the a very...woman abuse sort of start. LOTS of potential triggers here for folks. It's really rather awful. Poor Maribel Martín is constantly getting her clothes ripped off or forced into amorous interactions. She's so sweet and lovely that I almost turned the film off because things start off in such a mean way. 
There is a lot of exposition and talking as the newlyweds roam around exploring and humping their way along. :::grin:::

However, as things start to unfold and the story gets rolling, the actions are more part of a larger picture and less masturbatory, so it becomes more interesting. The giallo aspects alone really start to engage you. I actually was trying to sort out what was really going on. 


We have a lot of the classic Italian tropes going on here. 
Testosterone men, animal cruelty, mistreatment of women, nudity, strange children, mysterious women, and an odd mystery begging to be solved. 

 The film was engaging and interesting, but I can't say that I'd watch again any time soon.











The Baby






Super quick review for THE BABY.

I recently re-upped on my SHUDDER account, so I'll be side viewing some movies while I get some production work done leading up to Halloween. Films like THE BABY are perfect for this. There are not a lot of big visuals to concentrate on, just some great, gritty dialogue to laugh through while working. heheheh







The Baby is about a special needs man in the care of his Mother and two sisters. When a social worker shows up for her assessment of the situation, she gets to see what's really going on with the situation.



This is classic 70s grindhouse style goodness. The daughters are sexy and evil. The Mother is awful and growls out her lines between clenched teeth beautifully. The social worker sits atop her soapbox and preaches expertly. It's just full of camp goodness. It would be perfect for a party with pizza and adult beverages. :)

Fun and wacky stuff!





Saturday, September 3, 2016

Train to Busan: I love you.


 

Another HORROR SHOW short, sweet, and to the point spoiler free review for ya. 

Yeon Sang-ho - wow. You directed the HELL out of this film! 



My wife - NOT a horror fan - loved the film as well. 

It's my favorite horror film in ages. 

Why? 

Because the film has a soul, a story, and a goal. Unlike many films made these days. You care about what you are seeing. You care about the characters. You can see what's going on without jump cuts and shake-cams. Yeon Sang-ho, thank you for this. 

The folks at HORROR NEWS RADIO already did a fantastic job with the review side.  

The plot is super simple. A father takes his daughter to see his ex-wife in a city an hour or so away. He's not thrilled about having to do it, but it's his daughter's birthday and he feels like he needs to fulfill her one request. 


But...yeah...you guessed it. It's not that simple. There's been a "RAGE VIRUS" like infection that's taking out everything in it's path. Will the folks on the train to Busan make it? Will they help each other or fight each other.

There are tropes - don't get me wrong. There are things we've seen so many times before. Characters that do the same thing. Scenes that have you groaning, "NO! Don't do THAT! GET OUT OF THERE!" But, the way they are presented is refreshing and interesting and vibrant and bound to have you clawing your legs and praying your personal favorite character makes it out alive. You're invested in the outcome. You care about the people on the screen.

THAT is what is missing from American horror offerings of late. Hell, that's what's missing from most American big budget offerings of late. You just don't give care one about what you are seeing. Train to Busan flips that script and makes you care so much that people were crying in the theater at the finale.  

Wow. Wow. Wow.

Again, my wife - NOT a horror fan - said, "This is the first good film I've seen in....a long time."



Now...careful...the film has...subtitles! ::::insert DUM DUM DUUUUUUUUM music here::: And, it has a foreign esthetic that some may not enjoy.  But man oh man....was it a fun ride!

This limited release gem will be great to see in the theater, but if it's not playing near you just make an effort to see it ASAP. 

World War Z? Yeah...no...this is a better World War Z film that World War Z was. ((Sorry, Brad))

Like 28 Days Later? Yeah, this is the Korean counterpart.

Man...I love this film! It brings new items to the zombie lore. It brings great action and acting to the genre. It delivers on high tension and white knuckle action. Practical effects are augmented expertly with enough CGI to get the story told.

It's now 12:10am and I'd gladly sit - in my living room - and watch the whole damn thing again.

My favorite horror film of 2016 so far for sure. 








As an allegory of class rebellion and moral polarization, it proves just as biting as Bong Joon-ho's sci-fi dystopia "Snowpiercer," while delivering even more unpretentious fun. Full review
Maggie Lee
Variety
Train to Busan is a public-transportation horror movie with a side helping of class warfare. Full review
Jeannette Catsoulis
The New York Times

Monday, July 18, 2016

THE WITCH





I'd like to keep this short, sweet, and to the very sharp point.

I loved THE VVITCH.  Loved it.

What happens when a family is asked to leave their township and moves a day away into the woods of New England 1630?

Failing crops. Family tragedy. Darkness.

This film reminded me of HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, THE INNKEEPERS and IT FOLLOWS. A slow burning film with so much to take in. Sadly, the marketing department tried to sell this film as some sort of jump-scare filled roller coaster horror ride, but it's so much more.


The survival issues that the family has to face are horrific enough. Issues of faith and loss of faith, having food to eat, and figuring out just what they are willing to give up when the situation gets dire - all of these are amazing to watch in and of themselves and would have made an interesting film by themselves.

However, the addition of this other worldly, supernatural element - that may or may not be there, really...  That really adds a whole other level of grim to this tale.

Evidently, the film was shot with only the use of candle, fire, or daylight with no additional lighting used and it really shows. It never reaches that, "Wait...I can't see!" moment, but it always seems gray and sad and grim. Loved that. 

The film really gave me the creeps, to be honest. In that "in the bones" way. I was washing dishes and - even though I heard nothing and saw nothing - I still had this feeling that something was outside of the window...out in the dark...just watching. THAT was my take away with this movie. You need to break out of the in your face horror standard and really put yourself into the shoes of a family with no electric light on the brink of starvation who are miles away from anyone with something looming in their world that means them all harm.

THAT...is horrifying to me.



Now, the "bad part".  Oh, not bad for me, but bad for some.


This film isn't your "direct" horror. There are no blood soaked, nude or masked entities with knives. There are no monsters. No openly, overly underscored jump and BOO! moments in here. And, I loved that. You simply watch as this religious family's dynamic changes and stare in horror as things get...really bad. To me, that was wondrous and it left me with this sense of dread and true, to the bone horror that I loved. FAR more scary that say a SAW or GREEN INFERNO. It hit home for me as a Father as well. 

I've also heard that people had a hard time with the dialogue seeing as it's in proper, 1630s style. I didn't have an issue with it, but if people do, they can always turn on subtitles. It really wasn't that challenging. 

 


My one regret is that I didn't watch this in the winter time - in the cold and the dark. I'll be revisiting this film around that season for sure.




Check out THE VVITCH if you have not already. It's a grand film.

Darling





Here I am, 24 hours after viewing the film DARLING and I'm still not sure if I liked it or not. So strange. The film washed over me and left a mark for sure, but to say I liked or didn't like it...it's difficult. It stays with you.

The film is simple. The lovely Lauren Ashley Carter plays Darling who is starting as a house sitter for a beautiful, huge house. The house as a bit of a history, but it's nothing to be too concerned about. It's not long before noises are heard and the sanity of the young, darling Darling...is in question.









There's nothing really new here, however it's super interesting and presented well. That's certain. The film is beautifully shot. Lauren Ashley Carter's ::::swoon::: performance is grand and creepy. She walks the nutter line expertly. She's a beauty and it's fun to see her transform from a shy, doe-like little girl into a grown woman with a serious problem. The film is presented in chapters, so we are given a sort of "heads up" before a few of the major sections. It's also filled with odd visuals and some flashing, seizure inducing lights from time to time that add to the overall WTF of the film. hehehe  We're given time to follow Darling in her decent into being...in really deep...and it's a fun journey. A journey filled with creepy soundscapes as well. The film's score is adds to the creep factor in a wondrous way.

I really enjoy  Mickey Keating 's work. His direction and writing is always simple and refined. And, above all, interesting. As with his other film POD, the ace is slow and steady. And, like it was a tank, it slowly and steadily moves forward with a sort of heavy force that is unstoppable. I love that. 

The film is very similar to Polanski's REPULSION. As with Catherine Deneuve's character in the 1965 feature, this character of Darling slowly descends into a sort of madness that is very interesting to watch. It's really the performance that sells it. Lesser actresses would oversell the madness and it wouldn't be believable.   

Catherine Deneuve
The black and white helps sell the feel as well. I'm sure it's - again - in partial homage to Polanski's film. It really is a pretty film. We're also shown many buildings as the film moves on which i took as a reminder that New York is a huge city and Darling is just one of many people within it. Just how many people out there are alone....and loosing it. 

Brian Morvant and Sean Young were super strong in the film as well, though they were not in it much.  The whole of the film is front and center and she carries it wonderfully.


So, on reflection, it seems that I do like this film. It's stuck with me and I look back on scenes and the overall feeling of the film and it makes me want to watch it again. Check it out and let me know how you feel about it.

THEN, AFTER A RE-WATCH OF DARLING

Dang...I totally missed a key point on my first viewing of DARLING. Two things, really. Two things that changed my whole outlook on the film from "I think I liked it" to "I friggin love this film!"

On re-watch, I saw a few key things and that, in turn, made other key lines of dialogue change completely, which ended up filling in the holes that I had that were making me confused about the whole of it. After seeing what I saw, there was this wave of love I had for the film that was rather comical - including an actual, physical head slap with audible, "Oh....OH MAN!"

Seeing as this is a spoiler free review, I don't want to get into what those points were, but keep your eyes and ears open during the film. Don't stop to post things like, "Still digging DARLING - wonder how it will end..." or some such in the middle of it. (...which I'm pretty sure I did during one of these moments)

Like the titular Darling, I have completed my journey and arrive at the end of it a changed person. :)

FINAL VERDICT: I love DARLING. Fantastic film with many deep and dark levels. Solid!





Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Killer Reserved Nine Seats




I caught THE KILLER RESERVED NINE SEATS on Amazon Prime recently and...wow...friggin strange. hehehehe
(Note: The film wasn't 100% in English - snapping into a few lines of Italian from time to time. Captions helped.)

We have a classic giallo setup here. A group of late night, post dinner party folks drive out to a theater owned by one of the folks at the party. They open up the theater and stroll in as one of the guests speaks to the fact that the theater is very old...with a history.

 
It's not long before things start going wrong. Large items drop from the ceiling, shadowy figures roam around backstage, and we start to see that the friends at the party all have things they hate about each other. When people start dying - in classic gialli style and following a series of illustrations that are part of the theater's dark past - they need to figure out who's behind the murderous acts...and who that strange man was that was talking about how old the theater was. It seems that no one knows who he was.

As things roll along, we get bits and pieces of the mystery, but we're never really given enough to put everything together until the very end. And, what an end it was. Pretty dern dark and strange.  The film also has one of the most odd and creepy villains I've seen - a crazy masked figure with crazy hair and eyebrows.



I enjoyed the film, though it's on my C LIST for giallo films - entertaining and fun, but very loose on plot and acting. It did have some amazing and dark visuals. The films poster art is one of the more grim moments and it's rather striking.

There are several upsides with the movie. We have the usual nude females as well as some grand "tough guy" moments that always make me laugh. When we really get rolling, the story becomes rather interesting, going from standard slasher to truly mysterious happenings. The theater setting is interesting which is good because the whole film is based there and we see A LOT of it. It never becomes a bore, however. There are several spots showcased high and low. And, as I've said, the murderous activities are well done.

My biggest downside with the film is the fact that you won't really be able to figure out the mystery and certain parts of the plot get muddy and silly from time to time. Looking back on it, I'm still not 100% sure what the heck was going on even after seeing it all play out! heheheh  It was forgivable, though. It was still a fun watch.


I liked Giuseppe Bennati's direction. Things seemed very kinetic and interesting more often than not. I want to see more of his work and I'm very excited to see if I can find his MARCOVALDO TV series - a book I love. (In English, of course.)  :)

Films like BAY OF BLOOD, DEEP RED, SUSPIRIA, and TENEBRE are still my go to, A LIST giallo films, but THE KILLER RESERVED NINE SEATS was a fun watch for sure. Check it.