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Demons (1985) – Raw Review

Heavy Metal Horror Done Italian Style

The 1980s horror craze wasn’t strictly an American phenomenon. Across the pond and to the south a handful of filmmakers were crafting their own vision of gore and mayhem. Their craft, vision and technique set them apart in many ways. Some good, some not so good.

One of the stand-outs is Demons. Released in 1985 it’s possibly the most popular and/or successful (in the U.S.) of Lamberto Bava’s work. Co-wrote and produced by Dario Argento (Suspiria, Deep Red), Demons is a hard rockin horror in which moviegoers at a midnight premire get trapped with an evil force inside the theatre. It’s a zombie survival style movie done with possessed living humans rather than undead corpses.

The American version’s voice over (if Demon with long tongue tries to make out with couple.in fact it is voiced over) is pretty bad, adding a large dose of campy/silly to an otherwise fun over the top gore fest. Trust me when I say gore fest. It was the 80s and practical effects were cutting edge and horror movies were always trying to push the boundaries. Much like Evil Dead 2, this film has a ton of yellow, green, blue, and red fluids oozing out of every opening, socket, pore and membrane. Some of it’s is silly and some of it is done really well.

Face is ripped off by a demon and he decides to go home.

Adding to the awesomeness is the soundtrack. Bava those in songs by Motley Crue, Billy Idol, Rick Springfield, and Go West. Then he slathers on even more awesome sauce by having Claudio Simonetti write additional score for the film. Who is he you ask? He’s none other than the keyboard player for Goblin, the band who scored Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, Argento’s Suspiria, and more!

This film is universally reviled as poor, but equally loved as a mainstay of 80s horror. When you consider the hero not only hacks away demons with a katana while cruising a dirt bike up and down the aisles how couldn’t this film be a keeper!

Demons prepare to assault the remaining humans
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Raw List – Werewolf Movies

Halloween is just around the corner and if you are planning a monster movie marathon here are some excellent werewolf movies for your consideration.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Werewolves, werewolf, horror, horror movie, monster, monster movie, blood, guts, raw movie, raw movie reviews, article, raw listThe Company of Wolves

Neil Jordan is known for making some extremely provocative films and this one is no exception. If you enjoy Little Red Riding Hood but want to see it with a whole lot of sexual flare and some extremely major talent (Angela Lansbury, David Warner and Stephen Rea) then this one is right up your alley.

 

 


 

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An American Werewolf in London

This is a classic. For a kid who grew up in the 80s you couldn’t ask for a more well rounded werewolf movie. It had great special effects, lots and lots of gore and enough nudity from the beautiful Jenny Agutter to make a school boy happy. For a guy who cut his teeth with mostly comedies, John Landis did an exceptional job.

 

 


 

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Dog Soldiers

Neil Marshall’s breakout horror hit is one helluva lot of fun. The siege survival setting of the film coupled by some outstanding special effects make this one a thrill ride from start to finish. Seeing Sean Pertwee (the current Alfred Pennyworth on FOX’s Gotham), Kevin McKidd (Rome), and Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) all on the same screen can’t be beat.

 

 


 

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Silver Bullet

Yet another classic from the 1980s. Say what you will about this film, it’s one of the better Stephen King adaptations out there. Director Daniel Attias (whose directed episodes of just about every television show in the last twenty years) does a fine job, and horror favorite Everett McGill is fantastic as the unholy shapeshifter. This is really a film about family and the love they have for one another. 

 

 


 

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Wer

A relatively new submission to the werewolf genre, this one is as solid as they come. Set in France, the story follows the aftermath of a brutal series of slayings. What starts off as an investigative crime thriller turns full blown horror. A mix of hand cam and straight shooting makes this one a lot of fun and adds some TV style realism to what might otherwise be a standard monster movie.

 

 


 

 

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The Howling

Quite possibly the most revered werewolf movie, Joe Dante’s special effects laden monster movie is both campy and downright scary all at the same time. Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, and Kevin McCarthy round out what is really an exceptionally awesome cast for such a gore laden genre film. And of course it boasts one of the all time great horror movie endings.

Lizeth’s Picks – Volume 1

You get a lot of interesting responses when you ask people to name some of their favorite horror movies.

Some people enjoy horror movies for their humor or satire, others for the genuine frightfulness they invoke, still others just love watching the imagination of another person(s) run wild on the screen.
Last night my wife and I got into a discussion about horror movies and which ones we consider our favorites. She grew up watching monster movies as a child. My mother-in-law apparently forced her to watch all the scary films. My wife claims it scared her for life, something she stills teases my mother-in-law about to this day.
So here are some of her favorites and why she finds them so enjoyable:

   

sci-fi horror, space epic, time travel, monster and phycological mystery 
“Fun movie, that has an interesting setting. Shows how vulnerable the human mind is when put in a hopeless situation. Humans need each other, being alone can make a person snap.”



Horror slasher movie. Serial killers and survivalists. 
“The twist, that the girl is a survivalist. Seems girly but she’s badass.”


The Blob remake 1988. Sci-fi horror monster movie. 
“I like movies that leave you scared after their over. The Blob is something so empty, without reason. It doesn’t have a voice, it doesn’t have a face, it doesn’t have a shape. And it can go anywhere. It’s not killing because it’s enjoys killing, it’s eating. It’s following its instincts.”


Zombie love movie that has a beating heart. 
“I like the idea that love can be so strong it brings a zombie back to life so he can pursue his love.”


slasher serial  killer horror . Lots of teens die. 
“Suspenseful horror movie that keeps you on your toes. You never know who the killer is, every time you think you’ll figured it out you’re wrong. It makes you jump. Even though it’s a slasher movie it’s easy to watch because it’s so entertaining, Matthew Lillard is a hoot.”


Vampire gangster mash-up that is action packed, bloody as hell and down right fun. 
“I like how even though the main characters are two criminals and a Christian family, they come together to ward off evil. It shows how humans will come together no matter their differences to defeat a common enemy.”

sci-fi horror alien invasion movie, with clowns as the creepy monsters “I like it because I don’t like clowns and the clowns are creepy. They are so ugly it’s almost funny to watch them. They used clown cliques really well. The cotton candy cocoons that harvest human blood are cool and the circus tent space ship is inviting, not threatening. Everyone loves the circus so it’s the perfect trap.”
Thanks Bonita!

Rawhead Rex (1986) – Raw Review

9 ft tall phallus with teeth terrorizes Irish Country side…

horror movie raw review monster 80sBefore you begin rolling your eyes I want you too know it wasn’t me that called Rex a phallus. I have to much respect for my childhood to go around bashing every monster that made me love horror movies. Rex is certainly one of those monsters.

Rawhead Rex is a fun little movie based on a short story by Clive Barker. Released in 1986, it’s about a pagan deity that is inadvertently released from its place of rest by an Irish farmer. You’re probably scratching your head at that but remember this is the British Isles were taking about. King Arthur, Stonehenge, Monty Python, Dr. Who… a lot of weird shit going on over there.

Anyway, Rex is pissed (as in angry, not taking a piss) and proceeds to kill everyone he comes across. Pretty simple concept but the movie is fun and gory, not taking itself too seriously but also not playing for laughs. The phallus remark was made by Clive Barker in an interview back in 2004, at which time he was supposedly working on a remake that never seemed to happen.

horror movie review monster Clive Barker 80s

So what’s the verdict? 

Rawhead Rex is a fun 80s horror movie. Phallus or not Rex is a formidable evil that lays waste to a small Irish village. It’s bloody, gory, and dark (in a campy 80s sort of way). I’d recommend to watch it on DVD but it’s out of print and costs a small fortune to buy. If you don’t believe me click to top picture and see what their asking for on Amazon.

Fortunately someone uploaded the full movie to YouTube. Enjoy!

Demons (1985) – Raw Review

Heavy Metal Horror Done Italian Style

Movie goers get trapped with demons in a theatre.

The 1980s horror craze wasn’t strictly an American phenomenon. Across the pond and to the south a handful of filmmakers were crafting their own vision of gore and mayhem. Their craft, vision and technique set them apart in many ways. Some good, some not so good.

One of the stand-outs is Demons. Released in 1985 it’s possibly the most popular and/or successful (in the U.S.) of Lamberto Bava’s work. Co-wrote and produced by Dario Argento (Suspiria, Deep Red), Demons is a hard rockin horror in which moviegoers at a midnight premire get trapped with an evil force inside the theatre. It’s a zombie survival style movie done with possessed living humans rather than undead corpses.

The American version’s voice over (if in fact it is voiced over) is pretty bad, adding a large dose of campy/silly to an otherwise fun over the top gore fest. Trust me when I say gore fest. It was the 80s and practical effects were cutting edge and horror movies were always trying to push the boundaries. Much like Evil Dead 2, this film has a ton of yellow, green, blue, and red fluids oozing out of every opening, socket, pore and membrane. Some of it’s is silly and some of it is done really well.

Face is ripped off by a demon and he decides to go home.Demon with long tongue tries to make out with couple.

Adding to the awesomeness is the soundtrack. Bava those in songs by Motley Crue, Billy Idol, Rick Springfield, and Go West. Then he slathers on even more awesome sauce by having Claudio Simonetti write additional score for the film. Who is he you ask? He’s none other than the keyboard player for Goblin, the band who scored Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, Argento’s Suspiria, and more!

This film is universally reviled as poor, but equally loved as a mainstay of 80s horror. When you consider the hero not only hacks away demons with a katana while cruising a dirt bike up and down the aisles how couldn’t this film be a keeper!

Demons prepare to assault the remaining humans

Wolfcop (2014) – Raw Review

Homage to the B-Movies of Old, Wolfcop is a wild ride.

Werewolf horror film where a police officer uses his lycanthropy to fight crime.
Every now and again a horror movie captures perfectly the magic and memory of cheap, low budget 80s horror. Many more capture the flavor, camp and low budget qualities but forget to throw in a good dash of story. 

Wolfcop falls somewhere in between, bringing a delightful mix of uber camp, awesome low quality special effects and passable acting. Essentially a drunk and ineffective deputy sheriff named Lou Garou (nice play on words there) ends up with lycanthropy and has to harness his powers of slaughter for the greater good. 

Horror movie police Amy Matysio Leo Fafard
The film is essentially Teen Wolf (Michael J. Fox version obviously) with all the blood, swearing, sex and mayhem we wanted but didn’t get thirty years ago. 

Wolfcop rips off the face of a drug dealer scaring everyone else with the bloody mess.
The acting isn’t horrible, although the screenplay misses a few opportunities to ratchet up the humor. The special effects are old school blood and latex which scores major points. The storyline…? There is one and it works, sort of. 

What makes this movie stand out from the crowd is the decision to go where few movies have gone. It takes us into full blown Porky’s, Animal House, Reanimator, Basket Case II territory. Not once but twice! It’s a nice surprise that kicks the movie up a notch from campy O.K. to campy fun. 

Fans of Monster Squad are well aware that Wolfman has nards and Wolf-dork but not until now do we get an opportunity to see it in action. 

Wolfcop modeling before the infamous sex scene showing us his wolf dork

You referance Teen Wolf and Monster Squad, is Wolfcop really deserving of the association?


Were this released somewhere around 1988 it would be a cult classic by now. This movie is like a $10 bottle of wine. It won’t get better as it ages but it will always get you drunk. 

You mentioned wolf-dork, does that mean there is sex?

Showing wolf-dork wouldn’t be very funny if it just hung around and mooched from the craft service table.

Good date movie? 

Yeah it works. There is enough silliness and over the top debauchery to make it a fun couch and snuggle film.

Anything else I need to know?



Wolfcop (2014) – Raw Review

Homage to the B-Movies of Old, Wolfcop is a wild ride.

Werewolf horror film where a police officer uses his lycanthropy to fight crime.
Every now and again a horror movie captures perfectly the magic and memory of cheap, low budget 80s horror. Many more capture the flavor, camp and low budget qualities but forget to throw in a good dash of story. 

Wolfcop falls somewhere in between, bringing a delightful mix of uber camp, awesome low quality special effects and passable acting. Essentially a drunk and ineffective deputy sheriff named Lou Garou (nice play on words there) ends up with lycanthropy and has to harness his powers of slaughter for the greater good. 

Horror movie police Amy Matysio Leo Fafard
The film is essentially Teen Wolf (Michael J. Fox version obviously) with all the blood, swearing, sex and mayhem we wanted but didn’t get thirty years ago. 

Wolfcop rips off the face of a drug dealer scaring everyone else with the bloody mess.
The acting isn’t horrible, although the screenplay misses a few opportunities to ratchet up the humor. The special effects are old school blood and latex which scores major points. The storyline…? There is one and it works, sort of. 

What makes this movie stand out from the crowd is the decision to go where few movies have gone. It takes us into full blown Porky’s, Animal House, Reanimator, Basket Case II territory. Not once but twice! It’s a nice surprise that kicks the movie up a notch from campy O.K. to campy fun. 

Fans of Monster Squad are well aware that Wolfman has nards and Wolf-dork but not until now do we get an opportunity to see it in action. 

Wolfcop modeling before the infamous sex scene showing us his wolf dork

You referance Teen Wolf and Monster Squad, is Wolfcop really deserving of the association?


Were this released somewhere around 1988 it would be a cult classic by now. This movie is like a $10 bottle of wine. It won’t get better as it ages but it will always get you drunk. 

You mentioned wolf-dork, does that mean there is sex?

Showing wolf-dork wouldn’t be very funny if it just hung around and mooched from the craft service table.

Good date movie? 

Yeah it works. There is enough silliness and over the top debauchery to make it a fun couch and snuggle film.

Anything else I need to know?



The Most Amazing Horror Movie Poster Art Ever Seen

Horror movies are known for their colorful posters, but these animated posters are absolutely fucking amazing. 

Thank you to Dread Central for tweeting out the artwork courtesy of IMGUR user SamRAW08. Click this link to see the full gallery.


Hellraiser (1987)

Pinhead and cenobites torture any who open a puzzle box.

The Stuff (1985)

Horror sci-fi movie. the stuff is alive and taking over anyone who eats it. Michael Moriarty, Paul Sorvino, Danny Aiello

The Thing (1982)

alien discovered in antarctic takes form of those it attacks. Blood, guts, thriller, scary.

It (1990)

Horror story where Pennywise the clown kills kids and terrorizes a small town.

One Dark Night (1982) – Telekinetic Undead Horror!

Elizabeth Daily Makes Every Movie Better.