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Thursday, April 19, 2018

IFC Midnight's Acclaimed GHOST STORIES - In Cinemas and on VOD April 20th!


Experience three spine-tingling tales of terror to haunt your dreams. A debunker of all things paranormal, Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy Nyman) has devoted his life to exposing phony psychics and fraudulent supernatural shenanigans on his own television show. His skepticism is put to the test, however, when he receives a file of three chilling, inexplicable cases: a night watchman (Paul Whitehouse) haunted by disturbing visions as he patrols an abandoned asylum; an edgy young man (Black Mirror’s Alex Lawther) involved in a hellish car accident deep in the woods; and a wealthy former banker (Black Panther’s Martin Freeman) visited by the poltergeist spirit of his unborn child. Even scarier: each of the these macabre stories seems to have a sinister connection to Professor Goodman’s own life. Will they make a believer of him yet?



Your April 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 day for that days featured Horror offering.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Jeff's Really Short Reviews Presents: Winchester (2018)


The most haunted house in the world sits on an isolated stretch of land that's 50 miles outside of San Francisco. Built by Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester fortune, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms. Historically, despite there being no real reason for this many-roomed maze, we are lead to believe it is because Sarah is crazy and believes the ghosts of those murdered by the rifle that bears her name are attempting to exact revenge. The reason for the maze is to keep the angry spirits from finding her, or at least that's what we were always told. WINCHESTER actually twists the historical record and poses the idea that maybe Sarah wasn't so crazy after all, but she was actually a warden for errant ghosts and one just happens to actually want revenge. Add in a hired doctor with a substance abuse issue to question her sanity and you have a very interesting historical fiction something like 13 Ghosts.


Available now in theaters.


Jeff's really short reviews are designed to briefly highlight those movies that Jeff either loves or in some cases, hates, without any fluff in between.

Your April 18th 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 day for that days featured Horror offering.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Bill Oberst Jr and Rachel Alig in AT GRANNY'S HOUSE, now spooking audiences worldwide on VOD


Bill Oberst Jr and Rachel Alig are At Granny's House in writer-director Les Mahoney's award-winning indie horror, now available worldwide on VOD.


A Hitchcockian thriller with twists and turns, made for the YouTube generation with it's depictions of the ubiquity and downside of cellphone usage and connectivity thru social media, At Granny's House is the story of a young caregiver with a dark agenda moves into an elderly woman's house. Soon, Granny's house becomes a macabre place of death - and love.


Bill Oberst Jr ("Criminal Minds", Death House), Rachel Alig (Bikini Spring Break, 12/12/12), Les Mahoney (Mike Case in : The Big Kiss Off) and Laura Lee (Casting JonBenet) star in a Les Mahoney film, At Granny's House.


Available on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and Vimeo (worldwide).

Your April 17th 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 day for that days featured Horror offering.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Your April 16th 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 day for that days featured Horror offering.

Texas Frightmare Weekend T-Shirt Designed by Clive Barker Revealed!

LIMITED EDITION CLIVE BARKER DESIGNED T-SHIRT
PRE-ORDER NOW...


Texas Frightmare Weekend presented by Arrow Video is proud to reveal the 2018 t-shirt art! Designed by legendary artist, author and filmmaker Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Night Breed) this all new art was commissioned exclusively in celebration of the 13th annual event this May 4-6, 2018.


No shipping, please. For pick up at the event only.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Creepercast Presents Behind the Scenes of Our Favorite Horror Films with THE WOLF MAN (1941)

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Stories about the make-up and transformation scenes have become legendary, and are mostly apocryphal. The transformation of Chaney from man into monster was certainly laborious. The series of makeups took five to six hours to apply, and an hour to remove. Jack Pierce had originally designed it for Henry Hull in Werewolf of London (1935) but Hull argued that the disguise made no sense within the plot, since two characters had to recognize "Dr. Glendon" even in his werewolf form. Pierce was ordered to design a second version which left more of Hull's face recognizable. Pierce then recycled his design for the 1941 film (Wikipedia).

my thoughts on.... 'Nails'


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 remember a time, back in 2005, where I stumbled across a little horror film by Neil Marshall called 'The Descent'. It was an all female led, claustrophobic film about underground monsters that prey upon these unknowing amateur spelunkers. It caught me be surprise and set a new standard for horror films. It also introduced me to a wonderful actress by the name of Shauna MacDonald. She stole the show as the lead in the film and seemed to be a force to reckon with. Because of this, when I heard of a recent horror film called 'Nails', also starring Shauna, I was intrigued to say the least. It finally hit Netflix a couple of weeks ago and I finally had to chance to see what she had been up to recently. It seemed like a simple premise and I liked the idea of a straightforward kind of story that keep things all in one place. Sometimes those are the most promising ways to tell a scary story. Put our protagonist in a situation where the antagonist is always around the next corner, but there are only so many corners you can run too. In an effort to keep this one kind of short, let's delve into the plot.


Shauna's character is a woman who seems to have her life all together, until she gets hit by a car and ends up in a rehab hospital. Not the good kind, but the kind that's haunted by some evil forces and not just the ones who are running the place. While she's laid up recovering, she's got no ability to move and can't even talk. She relies on the staff to take care of her and a little computer to do the speaking for her. During the course of her stay, strange things begin to happen. She seems to be the target of some sort of stalker or potential murderer. No one believes her though. No one has seen this person and just chalk it up to her being a little loopy from the medications. Her husband doesn't believe her either. He initially tries to help with her paranoia, by having cameras placed on and around her room. This leads to people doubting her even more, as when the person shows up, there's nothing on the camera to prove it. Since she has a lot of time on her hands, she begins researching the hospital and comes to find out that a former employee used to steal little kids fingernails and also murdered 5 of them. He did it as an “angel of mercy”, but was a murderer none the less. He killed himself in the closet in her room and had earned the nickname, Nails, prior to his death. The woman then believes that this is the man who is trying to do the same to her. Everything begins to spiral out of control as we soon start to question everything. That is, until the final showdown between Nails and the woman and her daughter. Who will be victorious? The results may surprise you.

This is Dennis Bartok's directorial debut. I will say this, the film's pacing and overall tone was solid. There was a lot good to be said for the basic structure of the film. The main problem was with the villain. He was.... lame. In the shadows, he created a bit an imposing stature, but as soon as he was in full view then it all fell apart. There's also a scene at the very end that was quite possibly one of the dumbest deaths I've ever seen committed to celluloid. It was incredibly cringe worthy and made me lose what little faith was left in the film. Another thing that was a bit problematic about this movie, was that no one is really killed until the end. At that point, literally every one is fair game for Nails to kill. Despite the entire premise being set up around his desire to kill our main character. It's like all bets are off and he's going to go on a rampage and just forget the other 80 minutes that just happened. That's a horror movie no no. Shauna really does the best that she can with this role. She doesn't really have much speaking and her primary form of communication is the little lap top and her body language. Despite these limitations, she was excellent. That's not an easy undertaking and she took it like a champ. The rest of the cast seemed a bit unlikable and you don't really care too much about them. Even her male nurse, that kind of befriends her, isn't much in the good guy mode. I'm not sure why Tom Abrams and Dennis Bartok made this creative decision, but in order to make horror movie deaths have an impact, you have to care about the people getting killed.


Finally, when the credits rolled, I realized how little I felt about this film. It started off with some great potential. It had really solid atmosphere and good direction. The hospital itself was a creepy character all on its own, but there were so many other wasted opportunities that I left the whole experience feeling let down. I'm not sure if the plan was to try and franchise this idea, but I'm hoping this ends up just being a one off outing for 'Nails'. I'm hoping that Mr. Bartok continues playing around in our horror sandbox. I think he's got potential, he just needs a better story and maybe something without a primary villain that seems so designed to be an icon. Just make a scary movie and focus and making us pee our pants. The rest will fall in line, if the film is strong enough. Horror franchises aren't generally created, they're just born. I'd give 'Nail's a 2 out of 5 start rating. It's not the worst I've seen, but it doesn't ever need to be seen again. P.S. Shauna MacDonald, please keep making movies. Thank you.



If you would like to see some other, better horror, check out: 'The Descent', 'Fritt Vilt aka Cold Prey' or 'Halloween 2' (1981)

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Creepercast Presents a Horror Moment from THE WOLF MAN (1941)


"Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and Autumn moon is bright."

Jeff Reviews A QUIET PLACE (2018)


"If they hear you, they hunt you."


Who knew that actor John Krasinski was more than just half of the delightfully quirky and cute couple that entertained us on The Office? Well, of course, if you had your ear to the independent film ground you'd know about the equally quirky RomCom 'The Hollars,' but other than that, with the exception of is bombshell marriage, we haven't heard a lot from Krasinski until recently. This fall he is expected to thrill us as a young Jack Ryan on Amazon, but before that he managed to further hone his acting, directing, producing, and writing skills with a little survival horror film. A QUIET PLACE's original treatment is written by Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, drawing on their mutual love for silent films. In a sweep of brilliance and passion, John Krasinski took over their concept and created an amazing piece of art and suspenseful horror. Not only does Krasinski direct, but he had the audacity to cast himself as the lead, and portrays the character with deft skill. To further accent the audacity his real-life wife, Emily Blunt (Into the Woods, The Girl on the Train) plays his wife, where she dominates her scenes with an Oscar-worthy performance, that is if a true horror film could ever receive an Oscar. Krasinski and Blunt seem to be naturally conditioned to play these protective parents in an apocalyptic time with Millicent Simmonds (Wonderstruck) and Noah Jupe (Wonder) logically rounding out the cast as their children trying to grow, cope, and be human in a time when silence can save their lives.


A QUIET PLACE doesn't waste any time getting to the story so neither do we here... With little to no fanfare, we find ourselves in a deserted, possibly apocalyptic city in which our family of five, the Abbots, are quietly gathering supplies in a ransacked department store. The fact the beginning of the film doesn't bother with exposition and just drops us into the middle of the desperation of it all sets the pace for the rest of the film. Lost and not sure what is going to happen next, Krasinski knows the rules of survival horror but doesn't feel limited by them. Instead, he builds the opening tension, sets us up for something bad to happen, then lets it happen before we've had a chance to register exactly whats going on. This introduction does nothing to give us the background to the conditions the family has found themselves in but focuses us on the family and their loss, suffering, angst, and struggle to find normalcy in a new world where to make noise will promise certain death. From this point on the attention to detail is incredible as we learn just what this family has done to adjust their lives, like sandy walkways that mute footsteps, homemade crochet game pieces, and even the elaborate set up created to distract the creatures when Blunt's character is ready to give birth. This scene alone is enough to garner awards for everything from acting to visual effects and has earned its place in iconography via the still that graces the official poster art above. Finally, we do get our exposition through the eyes of their deaf child, and from then on anything that can go wrong will.

A QUIET PLACE is truly a horror film in obvious ways, i.e. creatures that want to eat to us while we try to survive in a desolated world; but it is also about parents teaching his children survival when its ok to relax, and willing to sacrifice anything to ensure their safety. In fact, it is that which caused Krasinski, a self-professed scaredy cat and previously not a horror fan, to become obsessed with creating the film. You can tell he did his homework, with homages from Jaws to Alien, with camera skills and story manipulations, amazing character choices like Simmonds and Jupe, and the extremely important use of sound in a mostly silent film make him look like a veteran rather than a newbie horror director with a few experiments to try out. Pay special attention to the lack of sound during scenes revolving around the talented and deaf Simmonds, or the overwhelming use of sound when the creature is making its move. A QUIET PLACE is also extremely well self-contained from beginning to end, complete with teases and twists that lead us, like a parent through an extremely creepy haunted attraction, to an extremely cathartic end. Speaking of the end, and I definitely do not want to give away anything, my greatest fear as I came to understand the creatures, or aliens, is that the film would go too far in a Shyamalan direction. Thankfully, Krasinski isn't your average horror director and very few similarities carried through to the end. What we do have is a brilliant offbeat horror film designed to keep you on the edge of your seat and feeling for this family.

There is so much about A QUIET PLACE that deserves being pointed out but in the spirit of expecting you will see it, we'll keep our opinions limited to these few. We only ask that if you would like to contribute to the discussion further please do so in the comments below, we will love to hear your thoughts!


A QUIET PLACE premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival as the opening-night film on March 9, 2018. It was selected from 2,458 submissions and earned raves from critics. Following its premiere, the film experienced social media growth to under 52 million views across multiple platforms, outpacing 'Get Out' (2017), which had 46.9 million views. Paramount Pictures released A QUIET PLACE to theaters on April 6, 2018, alongside Blockers, Chappaquiddick, and The Miracle Season.  Despite the competition, A QUIET PLACE was the second biggest domestic debut of 2018 behind Black Panther. Currently running at your local theater, A QUIET PLACE is a rejuvenating reinvention of suspenseful horror that everyone must see to believe.


I don't usually like to give star ratings, but if I did, A QUIET PLACE would be a solid 5 out of 5 (which normally I would never rate a film that high), absolutely an early contender for the horror film of the year.


Friday, April 13, 2018

Creepercast Presents a Terror Time Out from THE WOLF MAN (1941)


Before there was a full moon there was THE WOLF MAN, the film that made the full moon famous.

Happy Friday the 13th from the Creepercast!



Your April 13th 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 day for that days featured Horror offering.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Creepercast Approved Projects: Horror Artist Chantal Laura Handley


ABOUT CHANTAL per Website

"I'm based in Perth, Western Australia and graduated with a Bachelor of Animation from Griffith University, Queensland College of Art.  A graphic artist since 1997, I have worked in advertising nationally.  I am a traditional pastel artist, creating horror artwork from my studio in Perth's south.


My work is inspired by horror movies, novels and fairy tales. I love to bring a little bit of magic and scare to peoples lives."


Follow on Instagram for regular updates and Twitter.

You can also contact her for commissions or collaborations: chantal@chantalhandley.com

Your April 12th 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 day for that days featured Horror offering.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Jeff's Really Short Reviews Presents: Jeepers Creepers 3 (2017)


The plot is simple... a sergeant and his task force embark on a mission to destroy the Creeper on its last day of feeding. The Creeper soon fights back when they get close to discovering its mysterious and dark origins, and then things get complicated. All the Jeepers Creepers movies take place over the same 23 days, so where does the third one fit? In an age of messing with franchise timelines, JEEPERS CREEPERS 3 comes off feeling like a new chapter but really takes place right between the first and second. The confusing part is if this third edition is supposed to take us to the last night of this cycle, how the hell did part 2 have time to happen? I'll chock up as our characters are date keeping challenged, how about that. JEEPERS 3 is likely the better of the sequels, almost like it was intended to be the third but for whatever reason got passed up. This Creeper also has a lot more fun toys and a fantastically devilish personality. You'll actually laugh at his quirks like you would any of your favorite serial killer's antics.


Available now on Netflix so there's no excuse.


Jeff's really short reviews are designed to briefly highlight those movies that Jeff either loves or in some cases, hates, without any fluff in between.


Your April 11th 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 day for that days featured Horror offering.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

IFC Midnight Presents: GHOST STORIES


In Select Theaters and On Demand April 20
"GHOST STORIES" CHARACTER POSTERS REVEAL THE FEAR!

Now that GHOST STORIES has made its North American Premiere at SXSW to rave reviews, we've got an extra treat: Four brand new character posters!  We'll start talking about GHOST STORIES more and more in the weeks to come, but for now wet your whistle on these beauties!





GHOST STORIES comes to select theaters and On Demand April 20!


Your April 10th 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 day for that days featured Horror offering.

Monday, April 9, 2018

My review of 'House on Elm Lake' By William S. Mayfield


'House on Elm Lake' is the story of a young family of three that moves into a beautiful lakefront home to only find out there is horrible evil surrounding the house. Getting the house for a steal because the previous owners were murdered there years prior, the family quickly finds out sometimes the price is too good to believe.


Eric, played by Andrew Hollingworth, starts to see things around the house and discovers an old work shed with what looks like signs of black magic. Hayley, played by Becca Hirani, doesn't start to pick up on the bad things happening at first because of their daughter, played by Fay Goodwin, is adjusting to the new house and starts to get sick. The story unfolds from the evil surrounding them. Tony Manders plays Elliot, the father of the previous family that lived in the home, and in the opening, we see him brutally murder his son and wife.  All things being considered, for his second film, James Klass hits a nice line drive into the upper deck. We have a ghost\evil presence in a home with a young family, the father slowly starts to turn to the darkness and a mother who slowly starts to figure out whats happening.


Well written, directed, and cast, 'House on Elm Lake'may not be a new story but is a fresh one. I give 'House on Elm Lake' a 7 out of 10.


Available April 10th on VOD


Your April 9th 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 day for that days featured Horror offering.

INHALE. EXHALE. SCREAM - THE FIRST "STONER SLASHER" FILM 4/20 MASSACRE PREMIERES ON VOD AND DVD THIS APRIL


Make a date with death this April.

Suspense, smoke and spine-tingling chills are on the menu when horror icon Jamie Bernadette and Justine Wachsberger, star of the Divergent series, face a 4/20 Massacre.



Premiering on VOD and DVD 4/3 from Film Chest, the first-ever “stoner slasher” movie pits today’s hottest young stars against cinema’s next iconic movie monster in a frightening and funny comedy-thriller released just in time for the “The Official Holiday” for weed enthusiasts.

From writer/director Dylan Reynolds comes the story of five women who go camping in the woods to celebrate a friend’s birthday over the 4/20 weekend. But when they cross the turf of an illegal marijuana growing operation they must struggle to survive the living nightmare.


Jamie Bernadette (I Spit on Your Grave: Déjà Vu, Killing Joan), Vanessa Rose Parker (Samurai Cop 2), Justine Wachsberger (Divergent), Stacey Danger (‘’Jean-Claude Van Johnson’’), Marissa Pistone (Raze), Jim Storm (Dark Shadows), Mark Schroeder (‘’Pretty Little Liars’’) Jim Round, Drew Talbert and James Gregory star in a Dylan Reynolds film.

Inhale. Exhale. Scream. 4/20 Massacre premieres 4/3 this April.

PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Creepercast Presents Behind the Scenes of Our Favorite Horror Films with DRACULA (1931)


According to numerous accounts, the production is alleged to have been a mostly disorganized affair, with the usually meticulous Tod Browning leaving cinematographer Karl Freund to take over during much of the shoot, making Freund something of an uncredited director on the film (Wikipedia)

my thoughts on.... 'Terrifier' (2017)


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 watch a lot of horror films. I know, big surprise, right? I've mentioned in several other reviews how I've become a little jaded after partaking in so many different films in my life. Because of this, it's not as easy as it was to come across something that catches me off guard and lights that little spark inside me that started so many years ago. One of the instances of this occurring was with the Damien Leone film, 'All Hallows Eve'. In particular, his introduction of Art the Clown to the horror community at large. Now this wasn't his first outing, he actually was first seen in Damien's short film called 'Terrifier' from 2011. Art is a minor horror icon or will be soon, especially after seeing the full length feature version of 'Terrifier' that just came out on March 13th. Just the character design alone, is enough to establish him in the genre. Then you throw in the actual characters mannerisms and modus operandi and you've got yourself a force to be reckoned with. He may not be as well known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown or the Killer Klowns from Outer Space, but he should be. He's the stuff nightmares are made of and afraid of. I actually had a visceral reaction to him, when I watched 'All Hallows Eve'. I was drawn to the character itself, but repulsed by his actions. Kind of the anti-hero effect. Not unlike someone like Captain Spaulding. He's a very charismatic and likable fellow, but when you consider and see what he's actually capable of, he's incredibly deplorable. Despite that, I still love him and would have him tattooed on my arm. (and probably will at some point.) Art the Clown made the same kind of impression on me. He overshadowed all the other aspects of 'All Hallows Eve' and cried out for a full length film that just featured his horrifying exploits. Well, when I finally heard about that dream becoming a reality, I jumped at the chance to see what Damien had to offer us. Needless to say, I wasn't let down. The film I'm referring to is 2017's full length version of 'Terrifier'.


The film opens with an interview of one of Art's surviving victims. Now left with a face that resembles that of Gary Oldman's Mason Verger from Ridley Scott's 'Hannibal'. She's reflecting on what life is like, now that she's been left in this state. Cut to Art suiting up and gearing up for another Halloween night, ready to provide nothing but tricks and no treats. We then jump to a scene of two women, in full fledged costumes, coming home from a night of Halloween partying. Both are pretty drunk and unable to drive. While trying to decide what they should do, they spot Art watching them from an ally way. A little creeped out and thinking they need food, they wander into a late night pizzeria to have a slice and sober up a bit. Of course, Art follows them in and sits down, staring at them the whole time. Eventually, the owner kicks him out and the ladies eventually leave. When they come back to their car, the tire is flat. One of the girls calls her sister to come and bail them out. The same girl then has to pee. She heads into an old building where the exterminator is out on a smoke break. While inside, there's a news report on the car radio that a clown has killed the two guys working at the pizza place. Realizing what's going on, the girl who's still in the car is soon met with Art being in the car too. Before long, he's terrorizing the girl in the building and things just go south from there. In terms of the characters in the story, not the film itself.

The basic plot of this film is incredibly simple. One clown, one night and a lot of bloodshed. But don't let that trick you into thinking this is your run of the mill horror film. It's so much more than that. There are several things I love about this film, even within the first 20 minutes. The whole thing reads like an old 70's grindhouse epic. From the title cards, to the overall presentation of the film. It just oozes grit and grime and gory goodness. Not too mention, that in the pizzeria murders, one of them is quite possibly the most creative kill I've seen in a long time and that's saying something. The soundtrack is incredibly solid. Paul Wiley, the man behind the music, creates a soundtrack that has overtones of John Carpenter's 'Halloween' score, but with it's own flair and flavor. Speaking of sound, the sound editing in this is amazingly well done too. Kudos to Jake Bjork and Jason Milstein for knowing when music accentuates the tension and when to let things just coast on the ambient sounds of what's going on. Far too often in horror films, the music is either overly done or the sound effects are poorly carried out. We see this most often in low budget, indie scare fests. I get that monetary limitations can create issues with this part of the film making process, but this proves that it doesn't have too. I'd go so far as too say that this has some of, if not the best, sound I've heard in a film in the past decade. It's an underappreciated art form. (No pun intended) It helps to move the movie forward and feed into your fears. Another aspect of 'Terrifier' that doesn't disappoint, is the special effects. Just like in 'All Hallows Eve', the gore is off the charts. There are literally buckets of blood that flow. I don't know how they managed to pull off what they did, but it speaks volumes to what Damien and his crew are capable of in future endeavors. Now, don't let me lead you down the path that this is a perfect film, because it's not. There are some issues here. Nothing major that take away from the overall piece, but there's a fight scene, for example. It's kind of an important sequence in terms of the film and it looks so staged that it takes you out of what's actually going on. There's also the acting of Will the Exterminator. While, I love the character of Will and I think he's supposed to be a really likable guy, he's just very stilted and stiff. Once again, taking you out of the sequences he's involved in. Which is unfortunate, because he has a natural charisma that makes you like him. The last sticking point for me happens in the first part of the third act. I can't go into too many details, because I don't want to spoil anything, but we'll just say that going full 'Silence of the Lambs' was maybe a poor decision. Whatever momentum was built up and carrying you to the big finale, is just stopped as the brakes are slammed on and we all have a WTF moment. Perhaps that's what Damien was going for when he wrote it, but it hurts more than helps the film.


What else can I say at this point? It's pretty obvious that I loved 'Terrifier'. It was all the things that horror needs right now. We have monsters and madmen going to the Oscar's and winning, so we've got the smart and artsy side of the genre covered, what we still are needing is the dark and dirty side of the coin. Damien Leone is carrying that banner proudly. Right up until the very end of this film, I was already watching it with the eyes of a man who saw an entry on his 'Top 13 Horror Films of 2018'. It's a done deal. It would take 12 other pretty freaking amazing films to push this one off the list. Maybe it'll happen? But I doubt it. Speaking of the ending, I was a little concerned at first with the direction the film was heading, right after the big climax. What ultimately ended the story was perfection. It still reeked of the grindhouse elements, while adding in some 80's franchise kind of pieces and the final shot is just brilliant.... but that's not the end. There's one last thing that happens, that makes you rethink the entire film and have the instant desire to watch it again with different eyes. That's the sign of good film making. Kind of like the theory of ending a pop song on a minor chord. The sound tricks your brain into thinking the song isn't over, so you want to hear it again. But with 'Terrifier', it isn't a trick, it's a real treat and something that I wish more films were capable of. This is easily a 4 out of 5 star film and makes me excited for what's next from Mr. Leone. He's got a very firm handle on what makes horror, horror. He's created a monster for a new era, all the while incorporating the aspects of everything that's come before. I was a little hesitant going into this one, after the strength of 'All Hallows Eve'. I mean, the “Sophomore Slump” is real, but not with Damien Leone. He skipped all the other grades and graduated with honors. Long live Art the Clown, you psychotic, sick and twisted bastard.



If you like this one, check out: 'All Hallows Eve', 'Clown' and 'Killer Klowns from Outer Space'

Friday, April 6, 2018

Creepercast Presents a Terror Time Out from DRACULA (1931)


One of the most important horror films of all time that defined a legacy and an icon.

Your April 6th 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 day for that days featured Horror offering.