Happy New Year Creeps and welcome to another dead raising edition of our Top 13 films of last year (2018). We have all the usual suspects...
Friday, September 30, 2016
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Now this movie I liked! It was a great movie that messes with your mind. I do enjoy psychological thrillers with a horror feel. A group of friends go out to the woods to meet a friend. They find an abandoned mine and explore it. Throughout their exploration they start seeing things written on the walls and eventually start finding their own dead bodies. It’s a must watch!
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
HONEYMOON is the latest in a new wave of Latin American genre films finding distribution in the UK, including THE HOUSE AT THE END OF TIME, THE ENTITY, FACE OF THE DEVIL and the soon to be released SCHERZO DIABOLICO and THROUGH THE SHADOW.
Monday, September 26, 2016
NEWS: MONSTER FEST 2016 ANNOUNCES KEYNOTE SPEAKER TED KOTCHEFF, CLOSING FILM ‘THE GREASY STRANGLER’, PASSES AND ACCREDITATION OPEN
Monster Fest, Australia’s premier genre festival, returns to the Lido Cinema in Melbourne from , for four days of premieres, special guests, repertory sidebars, short films, presentations and more.In conjunction with the festival, Monster also announces the return of the Monster Academy - now dubbed The Swinburne University Media and Communication Monster Academy – a two-day industry conference that takes place Nov 23 and 24th, running up to the festival itself.We are pleased to announce that veteran director Ted Kotcheff will appear in person to present the film that many critics regard as the greatest Australian film ever made, his 1971 outback classic WAKE IN FRIGHT, as well as screenings of FIRST BLOOD (1982), WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S (1989) and SPLIT IMAGE (1982), the latter as part of our previously announced all-night Cult of Monster marathon.Kotcheff will also be the keynote speaker at the Swinburne University Media and Communication Monster Academy with a three-hour masterclass on Thursday Nov 24th. A limited number of tickets are now on sale for the masterclass HERE: >> https://www.trybooking.com/227
339We’re also excited to announce that Sundance WTF sensation THE GREASY STRANGLER will be our Closing Film followed by a GREASY GALA with the two stars of the film, special guests Sky Elobar (Big Brayden) and Michael St. Michaels (Big Ronnie – the Greasy Strangler himself) in person! The premiere of the film The Guardian called "a playful oasis of filth and depravity" and Empire called “one of the best movies of 2016” will be accompanied by a nationwide tour with the stars in attendance for special event screenings, “Greasy Disco”, themed drinks, “Hootie Tootie Disco Cutie” contests and various oily hijinx. Grease is the word!Weekend passes to Monster Fest are on sale now for $199 AUD. This includes access to all screenings and events at Lido Cinemas from https://www.lidocinemas.com.au /Promotion/Monster-Fest-2016-A t-Lido, including the Opening and Closing Parties and the all-night Cult of Monster Marathon. Individual Day Passes are also available for $65 AUD. Passes are available now on the Lido website HERE:Please note Monster Academy Passes and tickets are sold separately and will go on sale when the full Academy lineup is announced in the coming month.Press and Industry Accreditation is also now open – we invite funders, sales agents, distributors and film programmers to apply for accreditation to this year’s Monster Fest. Full details and eligibility requirements are listed on the Monster Fest website HERE: http://www.monsterfest.com.au/ press-industry/
Sunday, September 25, 2016
What's a 'Final Girl' you might ask? She's the last woman standing at the end of a horror film. Usually the one who defeats the killer. In this list, I'll give you my top 13 'Final Girls' in horror of all time. Without furtur ado....
#10: Stretch Brock from 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2' played by Caroline Williams
DJ by night, Leatherface survivor by day. Stretch embodies the true spirit of the "Final Girl". Mild mannered and fun loving in the beginning, but will take on anyone and everyone to make it through the night. Plus, the final scene says it all.
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Saturday, September 24, 2016
I legitimately had no idea what I was getting into, when I turned on 'They're Watching'. I knew very little about it and had intentionally kept it that way, so as to enjoy it with untainted eyes. What I'm going to say now is, if you want to experience it the same way I did, then stop this review now and go watch it. Currently it's streaming on Netflix and is only about an hour and a half. I'll be here when you get back.
* There may be minor spoilers ahead *
Okay, so if you're reading this, you've either watched the film or don't mind a little bit of spoilers. 'They're Watching' is strongly based on several different HGTV programs about people buying homes for the first time or fixer uppers or haunted mansions or whatever. There was no question what the basis for the overall premise was. This gave the film a grounding and logical explanation for the near found footage style or film making. However, they offer a bit more reasonable excuse why we're seeing the film at the end, since almost every involved is dead, but we'll get to that. Written and directed by Jay Lender and Micah Wright, this film isn't entirely sure what it wants to be. Jay Lender has primarily worked in television on such shows as 'Phineas and Ferb' and 'Spongebob Squarepants'. Micah Wright has mainly worked in video games, so right off the bat, you know you're in for something different. A horror movie with that pedigree has to have something to prove. Starring a slew of fairly unknown actors, sans Dimitri Diatchenko, whom you may not recognize his name, but look up his credits and you'll know the man. All of this actually works in the films favor, as it makes you care more about the characters, than the people who play them. The locations feel very genuine and you get nice sense of xenophobia throughout the film. All good things to have going on, if you're a film maker, right? Keep reading.
'They're Watching' isn't your standard found footage style film. From the basic use of the home remodeling show premise to the remote foreign location, it feels more like a regular movie than anything else. There are brief moments where you're reminded that it's all being filmed by the characters themselves, but it's never overwhelming or shoved down your throat. It's a subtle approach, let's call it. This may not be the most original take on the subject of witches and film crews stumbling on to something terrifying, but I have to admire the way that Jay Lender and Micah Wright have handled it. They made a very kinetic film going experience that kept me more than interested throughout the entire run time. I felt like I had a good grasp on what was going on and what would eventually happen (especially considering we saw the ending at the beginning), but I wasn't fully expecting the twist that happened in the third act. I wish that I could say that it endeared me to the film and made me want to see it again, however, it kind of turned me off. I don't want to give away the shift in tone and shocking moment that twisted the story around, but it's hard to not talk about it because it influences the viewers final feelings on the whole spectacle.
Before I sum everything up that I'm feeling and give you my final rating of the film, I should say that I didn't hate this movie and in fact, I rather enjoyed it. There was some great homages paid to other films, along the way. Including my favorite, which was directly pointed at Sam Raimi's 'Evil Dead' franchise. There was also some really great moments of shock and surprise and some good character development. I really grew to hate Kate, mainly because of the script and the choices Carrie Genzel made in flushing her out. There was a lot to really love about 'They're Watching'. However, it just never felt like it knew what kind of movie it wanted to be. Was it a horror film? A comedy? Perhaps a little of both? Which, when it's done right, can be amazing. (I'm looking at you 'Cabin in the Woods') This just never happened, in my opinion. It's almost as though the idea was to throw everything in, including the kitchen sink, and hope for the best. All in all, I'd give it a solid 3 out of 5 stars. A really strong outing for these film makers and I hope that it allows them to continue to make movies. They have a strong voice and plenty of real world experience to work from. If they can just harness it and focus that energy on a better overall film from start to finish, we may be seeing something pretty fantastic from them down the road. I would recommend checking this one out, if you're looking for something a little different and don't mind jumping the shark at the end.
If you'd like to see some other films about witches, check out: 'Lords of Salem', 'The Witch' or 'The Wizard of Oz' (I'm just saying, there's witches in that film)
Friday, September 23, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Picked this one based on my continuing post-Sons Of Anarchy Charlie Hunnam binge as well as the film's purported pro-reason stance. Plus, the writer/director is a descendant of Charles Darwin himself, so bonus, right? No. This tepid piece of crap is amateur hour through and through, from the atrocious acting to every technical credit I can think of. It should be renamed The Room 2: Atheist Agenda - it's that bad. Presenting its hero as such an ignorant, selfish, amoral jerk, it does nothing good for the image of atheists. Plus it makes such awful, amateurish arguments for its message, it was embarrassing to watch. A direct punch to the groin of all logic and reason. Another one of those films that makes you wonder how this thing actually got greenlit, and how did all these halfway respectable actors (not counting Liv Tyler - she's terrible all the time) get snagged into this? Stay far away.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
LIVE FROM MISKATONIC:
JACK KETCHUM IN CONVERSATION
$12Instructors: Jack Ketchum, Kier-La JanisseStephen King called him “the scariest guy in America.” And so we kick off Miskatonic NYC with a bang as a titan of horror fiction, Jack Ketchum (OFF SEASON, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, THE LOST, RED) joins us for our first event at the Morbid Anatomy Museum for an in-depth look at his work and adaptations to the screen, moderated by film writer, programmer and Miskatonic Institute founder Kier-La Janisse.About the Instructors:Jack Ketchum is the pseudonym for a former actor, singer, teacher, literary agent, lumber salesman, and soda jerk -- a former flower child and baby boomer who figures that in 1956 Elvis, dinosaurs and horror probably saved his life. His first novel, Off Season, prompted the Village Voice to publicly scold its publisher in print for publishing violent pornography. He personally disagrees but is perfectly happy to let you decide for yourself. His short story The Box won a 1994 Bram Stoker Award from the HWA, his story Gone won again in 2000 -- and in 2003 he won Stokers for both best collection for Peaceable Kingdom and best long fiction for Closing Time. He has written eleven novels, the latest of which are Red, Ladies' Night, and The Lost. His stories are collected in The Exit At Toledo Blade Boulevard, Broken on the Wheel of Sex, and Peaceable Kingdom. His novella The Crossings was cited by Stephen King in his speech at the 2003 National Book Awards. (Photo by Steve Thornton) www.jackketchum.netKier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Editor-in-Chief of Spectacular Optical Publications, founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012). She recently co-edited and published the anthology books KID POWER! about kids in cult film and television and Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s. She is currently working on the book A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time about children’s programming from 1965-1985.
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