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Saturday, January 20, 2018

On this day in horror history.... January 20th, 2006

On this day in horror history.... the Len Wiseman franchise continues as 'Underworld: Evolution' is released. The battle continues between the vampires and the werewolves, in this action based horror franchise. It's a lot of fun and pretty to look at. I've enjoyed each installment that's come along so far.

Friday, January 19, 2018

On this day in horror history.... January 19th, 1990

On this day in horror history.... one of my favorite franchises begins, as 'Tremors' is released theatrically. The return of giant monsters movies to the big screen and they came back in a big way! If you've never seen this one, then you need to get off your butts and start watching!

Your Friday Jan. 19th Horror for the Day by Shaenon K. Garrity

Shaenon K. Garrity, the self-professed Mayor of Horror Movies, is mostly a cartoonist who just happens to watch a lot of scary movies while drawing cartoons. Check out her thematically appropriate horror movie for each day of the year at Horror Every Day. Continue to visit the Creepercast every Friday for that days featured Horror offering.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

TERROR UNIVERSAL Premieres New Slasher Flick-Inspired Music Video for "Dig You A Hole"

Watch Now and Read an In-Depth Interview via Billboard Magazine
New Album, Make Them Bleed, out via minus HEAD Records on January 19, 2018
Pre-Order via TERROR UNIVERSAL's PledgeMusic Campaign Here - Options Include Blood-Splatter Vinyl, a Signed Guitar/Drumhead/Drum Sticks, Limited Edition Posters, One-On-One Lessons and More!

Slipknot meets Five Finger Death Punch in this murderous video by Terror Universal.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

my thoughts on.... 'Zibahkhana' aka 'Hell's Ground'

As with all of my reviews of films for The Creepercast, I fully recommend that you check each and every one of them out. I am one man and this is my opinion. I've seen plenty of movies that received reviews that were the complete opposite of how I saw the film. These writers, directors, producers and actors all put a lot of time and love into these projects. They deserve to be seen and appreciated for what they are. Everyone has a dream and I fully support the people that take the time to make theirs a reality. With that being said....

I can legitimately say that I've never seen a Pakistani horror film. Ever. Not for any other reason, except that I've never come across one before. That all changed last night, thanks to a tip from my other favorite horror Facebook page: 'The Video Bunker'. I had no idea what I was getting into, outside of a few vague reviews that I read and some back and forth on the Facebook post. What I got from that little bit of information, made me curious enough to immediately seek this one out. Let me say, I was NOT disappointed! If you are familiar with foreign cinema at all, then your expectations may be a little skewed. I know that I kept expecting a Bollywood style send up of the horror genre that I love. Compete with dance numbers and singing. I'm happy to announce, that none of that occurred during this film, but there were still elements of that, bubbling under the surface the entire time. The primary reason this film caught my attention, aside from the Pakistani angle, was that it was labeled as their first “splatter” film. Let's stop and think about this for a moment. This film was released in 2007. Herschell Gordon Lewis first brought gore on the scene in 1963.There's a 44 year gap between America's first exposure to the stomach churning aspects of horror and when Pakistan got their first taste. That's longer than I've been alive. That alone, should be more than enough to wet your appetite to see this film. What's fascinating about this is that despite that huge span of time, they've seen enough American horror films to know what blood, guts and gore should look like. Granted, some of the special effects were lacking, in the make up department, but the rest were spot on with anything you would have seen at the same time here in the states. That's saying something. Before we get to much further into this, let's breakdown the plot for a moment.

'Zibahkhana' aka 'Hell's Ground' tells the story of 5 young people that are setting out on an overnight trip to see a rock show. (Sound familiar?) Before they're setting out for their trip, we get some various news footage and reports that some other things are happening that are causing something similar to a zombie outbreak. Although that's never really mentioned, you get that impression from the information provided. Along their way to the show, they stop to get some food from a vendor that's famous for their tea and food. After only a short while, the only person who's eaten it, begins to feel ill. They pull over and he gets out, because he's going to be sick. He's then attacked by one of these zombie like people. After being surrounded by more of these creatures, they get out of the area as quickly as possible. All of them then decide they need to find somewhere to get help, when they come across a little shack and the man inside tells them he can get them where they need to go. As it turns out, he's a little bit crazy and has a severed head in his bag. They kick him out and end up running him over. From there, things go from bad to worse and I don't want to spoil anymore than I already have.

This film borrows heavily from so many American horror counterparts, that you can pick them out as they happen. Especially the man in the shack. He is the Pakistani analog for the hitchhiker in the original 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre'. I'd love to go more into detail, but part of the overall fun of this film, is seeing all of it's roots showing throughout its run time. Another little fun nod to the genre, is the vendor at the tea shop. In an earlier scene, we see that one of the main characters is a horror fan and he stops for a moment to watch a snippet from another Pakistani horror called 'Zinda Laash' aka 'Dracula in Pakistan'. The man who plays Dracula, his name is Rehan, also plays the tea vendor. The main character even calls him out, in a very blatant nod to the other film. It's wonderful. What's also fascinating about this film, is the way that the story and violence are handled. It's clear the cultural differences are driving the way things play out. The script, the characterizations, everything about this is Americanized, but clearly staying within the Pakistani culture. Even the background music is straight out of a 1960's Pakistani film and feels very out of place to those of us raised on films here in the states. Including zombies, feasting on skin, guts and gore.... but never actually putting any of it in their mouths. The movie itself is incredibly entertaining. There's nothing really bad that I can say about it. I couldn't take my eyes off of the screen the whole time. Partially, because it was all so unfamiliar that it set me on edge and partially because I had absolutely no clue what they were going to throw at me next. I mean, there are zombies, but the actual main villains are a trio of cannibalistic family members. They've even got their own version of Leatherface, called 'Baby'. A man in a burqa, who's been raised as a woman. It's crazy.

All in all, there are so many things going on in this film, that I would be remiss in telling them to you in complete detail. The pure joy of this film is experiencing it for yourself. Seriously, for any hardcore horror film nerd, you need to this this one. If for no other reason, than to see what we've been seeing our whole lives, through a different lens. The script is simple, the characters are boilerplate and the movie is kind of silly, but all of it in the most lovingly fantastic way. At some point, I'll need to add this one to my library. It needs a bigger audience and deserves one. My only hope is that they continue to make their way down this bloody path. This film is a great start and feels like 'The Evil Dead' had a baby with the 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' (2003) and those are only two of the many influences felt during this film. I can honestly say that I've never seen anything quite like this before and may never see anything quite like it again. In America, this would have been someone's confused student film that lays the groundwork for amazing things later. Here, it's an attempt to bridge the gap with their American counterparts and create something truly horrifying. I have nothing but love to give. If you have the chance and can track it down, this is a 4 out of 5 star horror film that is as good or better than a lot of what I've seen recently. Maybe I'm looking at it through rose colored glasses, but as a jaded horror film fan, it's a breath of fresh air and a much needed one at that.

If you like this film, check out: 'The Evil Dead' (1980), 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' (2003) and 'High Tension' aka 'Haute Tension' (2003)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Notable 2017 Horrors that Didn’t Make the Lists

At the beginning of every year, each of us on the writing staff gives you a list of what we consider to be the top films of the previous year. Most are released within that year but given the many horror releases we sometimes miss or few, or for whatever reason, they don't quite make the cut. That's why we decided to give you a short list of films that were also released within the year that still deserve attention despite not making the lists.

In no particular order or explanation, here are the most notable 2017 Horrors that Didn't Make the Lists...

Cut Shoot Kill

"Serena Brooks, an ambitious young actress, signs on as the star of a horror film with a crew of backwoods filmmakers. When the cast starts disappearing, Serena has to channel her character to survive."

Gerald’s Game

"A woman accidentally kills her husband during a kinky game. Handcuffed to her bed with no hope of rescue, she begins hearing voices and seeing strange visions."

The Circle

"Mae Holland (Emma Watson) seizes the opportunity of a lifetime when she lands a job with the world's most powerful technology and social media company. Encouraged by the company's founder (Tom Hanks), Mae joins a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment and every decision she makes soon starts to affect the lives and futures of her friends, family and that of humanity."

We Are the Flesh

"After wandering a ruined city for years, two siblings enter a building and find a man who makes them a dangerous offer.

The Shape of Water

"Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab's classified secret -- a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist."

House on Willow Street

"Desperate criminals abduct a young woman (Carlyn Burchell) from a wealthy family and hold her for ransom. What the gang doesn't realize is that her soul is possessed by a demonic force that's about to turn the tables on them."

Lake Bodom

"During a camping trip to Lake Bodom in 1960, four teenagers are stabbed to death in their tents."

Escape Room

"Four friends have less than an hour to escape with their lives when they find themselves trapped in a popular Los Angeles escape room with a demonically possessed killer."

Camera Obscura

"Jack Zeller is an intelligent, solitary man who continues to struggle with the horrors he witnessed as a war photographer. He receives a strange camera as an anniversary gift. As he develops the film, Jack realizes that the images show imminent deaths in the locations he photographed. As one horrific scene after another comes true, Jack is left with an enormous moral dilemma that challenges his already fragile sanity."

Wish Upon

"Jonathan Shannon (Ryan Phillippe) gives his 17-year-old daughter Clare (Joey King) an old music box that promises to grant its owner seven wishes. Skeptical at first, Clare becomes seduced by its dark powers when her life starts to radically improve with each wish. Everything seems perfect until she realizes that every wish she makes causes the people who are closest to her to die in violent and elaborate ways."

Happy Death Day

"Tree Gelbman is a blissfully self-centered collegian who wakes up on her birthday in the bed of a student named Carter. As the morning goes on, Tree gets the eerie feeling that she's experienced the events of this day before. When a masked killer suddenly takes her life in a brutal attack, she once again magically wakes up in Carter's dorm room unharmed. Now, the frightened young woman must relive the same day over and over until she figures out who murdered her."

Monday, January 15, 2018

joel.'s top 13 horror films of 2017.... the recap!

Every year, you never know what the horror genre is going to unleash upon the world. You have an unsuspecting audience, just waiting to have their deepest and darkest fears manipulated.... all in the comfort of an air conditioned theater or their home. Not every year has been full of winners, some have proven to be better than others, but 2017 has yielded some very interesting genre fare that is full of a little bit of everything under the sun. My fellow creeps, I've put together what I feel (in my humble opinion) to be the best of the best for this year. There were a few that were nudged out by only inches and that's not a bad thing. It just proves that there are more stories to tell and makes me dream about all the amazing scares yet to come. So, without further adieu, I give you my top 13 horror films of 2017! (based on release dates and not the years they were filmed.... although some may be in the last quarter of 2016.)

The Recap!

13) 'It: Chapter One'
12) 'Death Note'
11) 'The Axe Murders of Villisca'
10) 'Little Evil'
9) 'The Devil's Candy'
8) 'The Void'
7) TIE: 'Mayhem' and 'The Belko Experiment'
6) 'Creep 2'
5) 'Better Watch Out'
4) 'The Girl With All the Gifts'
3) 'It Stains the Sands Red'
2) 'Here Alone'
1) TIE: 'Get Out' and 'The Babysitter'

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