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Spring (2014) – Raw Review

If you have a romantic note anywhere within you, something about this movie should pluck at your heartstrings.

 

Sounds strange to hear this about a movie that is supposed to be genre, dark, and have monsters… Well you’re in for a real treat.

 

Spring is a wonderful movie. An intelligent and unabashedly romantic film, and an amazing example of how you can incorporate mystic/supernatural/horror/sci-fi/fantasy themes into modern romantic storytelling.

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The story follows a young American who while on a trip to the Italian coast meets a girl who is unlike anyone he’s ever experienced. The chemistry between the lead actors Lou Taylor Pucci and Nadia Hilker is fantastic, believable and adds a level of emotional investment that really upstages a lot of the standard romance tentpoles we get every year.

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The movie is intelligent and well written, a slow burn that is fascinating to watch and powerful in its visuals and performances. I recommend you try and watch it without any spoilers, predisposition or idea about it’s meaning or impact. I’ll just say that it’s a love story first and a genre film second. It also has one of the best endings to a movie I’ve seen in a very very long time.

 

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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

The Human Centipede III Teaser Trailer

Teaser Trailer out now, third installment of the horror perversion out May 22nd.

Time Once Again for the Human Centipede! 

Why they need a make a third round of this grotesquely out of control monstrosity of a perversion is pretty obvious… People like ass to mouth. Yes, that is my conclusion and I’m standing by it. 

I put off reviewing the part two because, to be quite honest, I’ve been trying to forget about it. The first film is rather good and presented an extremely original idea. The second was just more of the same only grosser.

That’s okay, they can’t really go too much further can they?

Wait… a 500-person human centipede? WTF.

Releases in theatres and VOD (Video on Demand) May 22nd. 

The Human Centipede III Teaser Trailer

Teaser Trailer out now, third installment of the horror perversion out May 22nd.

Time Once Again for the Human Centipede! 

Why they need a make a third round of this grotesquely out of control monstrosity of a perversion is pretty obvious… People like ass to mouth. Yes, that is my conclusion and I’m standing by it. 

I put off reviewing the part two because, to be quite honest, I’ve been trying to forget about it. The first film is rather good and presented an extremely original idea. The second was just more of the same only grosser.

That’s okay, they can’t really go too much further can they?

Wait… a 500-person human centipede? WTF.

Releases in theatres and VOD (Video on Demand) May 22nd. 

Banshee Chapter (2013) – Raw Review

Cosmic Horror Done Very Very Well


The banshee is a female spirit in Irish mythology, usually seen as an omen of death and a messenger from the Otherworld.horrorpedia.com

Banshee Chapter is cosmic horror movie based on concepts of H.P. Lovecraft. Things want to wear us.
The most overly used tagline in movie marketing nowadays is “Based on true events” or “Based on a true story” or “Inspired by true events” etc. It’s overused, misleading, and just plain unnecessary most of the time. Sure, telling people up front a film is “Based on true events” will increase sales and audience anticipation but in the end it can leave a bad taste in their mouths as well.

The synopsis for this film says it’s “Inspired by true events” but all that ends up meaning is the story incorporates historical references to secret government experiments from back in the 50s/60s/70s. Perhaps the studio was concerned audiences wouldn’t be aware or believe that MK-Ultra project existed. Possible, but marketing true stories is better for a films bottom line, and the bottom line drives the machine.

Fortunately Banshee Chapter, by writer/director Blair Erickson, is a decent enough cosmic horror film it doesn’t matter how it’s marketed. The movie is tackling fairly complex ideas that typically don’t translate well onto screen, but Erickson does a very good job in setting a dark and mysterious path for the characters to travel down while keeping the story at a solid pace.

Essentially Banshee Chapter is a mystery. When a journalist goes in search of her college friend who has gone missing after taking an experimental drug she finds something much more sinister than she could ever have imagined. Sound fun? It is.

The film style is done in hand cam and semi-hand cam. What I mean is there are recordings throughout the movie that provide clues to previous events which are entirely hand cam. The rest of the film is shot in third-person real time but the camera continues to follow the main character around as if the cameraman were standing next to her in the scene. For continuity purposes it works to keep the viewer feeling as if they are right alongside the protagonist. Then again, those who dislike hand cam will probably take issue with the semi-hand cam, finding it unnecessary. There isn’t a lot of shaky cam, other than in targeted places, so that’s a bonus.

Ted Levine pours some of the magical liquid that will allow them to see us.
“A little for you, a little for me…”
The main players in the film are Katia Winter and Ted Levine. Both  put 
Katia Winter hears something outside. Something that wat's to wear her.
“It wants to wear us…it wants to wear us!”
forth excellent performances from beginning to end. As some of you may know, Winter also played Katrina Crane on the show Sleepy Hollow. I promise she is much better in this than she was on the show. Levine you’ll remember from his iconic penis-tuck performance in Silence of the Lambs.

What made this movie far better than expected is the cosmic horror theme and homage to H.P. Lovecraft. The movie’s been out long enough that multiple articles and reviews have emphasized the connection, but Erickson cleary is a fan of Lovecraft’s work and drew considerable inspiration from the Lovecraft short From Beyond

MK Ultra test subject. Patient is about to see things, terrible things.
“Am I getting paid for this?”
The incorporation of the CIA’s MK-Ultra program creates an Area 51, Roswell conspiracy story well suited to cosmic horror concepts. If taking an experimental drug could allow you see things, things that can see you back what would you do? The concept and mystery is very nicely put together in this film, and some genuinely creepy moments will have a lot of people covering their eyes or just feeling uneasy.
Lovecraftian horror at your door. It arrives to wear the young man.
“Do you hear that?” 

Good movie?


Yes, it’s a good movie. Fans of horror, mystery, conspiracy, and even science fiction should find something about the film that resonates with their interests.

What if I don’t like hand cam?


You should watch the movie anyway. There is very little shaky cam, it’s only used where narratively it makes sense. Also, letting a filming style keep you from watching a movie at least once is kind of shallow and dismissive. Don’t be that fan.

Is this a good date movie?


First date…no. It’s too dark and if your date is unaware of cosmic horror tropes/concepts you’ll spend way too much time explaining the references. If your date is keen on those concepts or at least has an understanding then absolutely, you’ll have a lot to discuss in bed afterward.

What the heck is MK-Ultra?


Here is a link. Yes it was a real thing

Banshee Chapter (2013) – Raw Review

Cosmic Horror Done Very Very Well


The banshee is a female spirit in Irish mythology, usually seen as an omen of death and a messenger from the Otherworld.horrorpedia.com

Banshee Chapter is cosmic horror movie based on concepts of H.P. Lovecraft. Things want to wear us.
The most overly used tagline in movie marketing nowadays is “Based on true events” or “Based on a true story” or “Inspired by true events” etc. It’s overused, misleading, and just plain unnecessary most of the time. Sure, telling people up front a film is “Based on true events” will increase sales and audience anticipation but in the end it can leave a bad taste in their mouths as well.

The synopsis for this film says it’s “Inspired by true events” but all that ends up meaning is the story incorporates historical references to secret government experiments from back in the 50s/60s/70s. Perhaps the studio was concerned audiences wouldn’t be aware or believe that MK-Ultra project existed. Possible, but marketing true stories is better for a films bottom line, and the bottom line drives the machine.

Fortunately Banshee Chapter, by writer/director Blair Erickson, is a decent enough cosmic horror film it doesn’t matter how it’s marketed. The movie is tackling fairly complex ideas that typically don’t translate well onto screen, but Erickson does a very good job in setting a dark and mysterious path for the characters to travel down while keeping the story at a solid pace.

Essentially Banshee Chapter is a mystery. When a journalist goes in search of her college friend who has gone missing after taking an experimental drug she finds something much more sinister than she could ever have imagined. Sound fun? It is.

The film style is done in hand cam and semi-hand cam. What I mean is there are recordings throughout the movie that provide clues to previous events which are entirely hand cam. The rest of the film is shot in third-person real time but the camera continues to follow the main character around as if the cameraman were standing next to her in the scene. For continuity purposes it works to keep the viewer feeling as if they are right alongside the protagonist. Then again, those who dislike hand cam will probably take issue with the semi-hand cam, finding it unnecessary. There isn’t a lot of shaky cam, other than in targeted places, so that’s a bonus.

Ted Levine pours some of the magical liquid that will allow them to see us.
“A little for you, a little for me…”
The main players in the film are Katia Winter and Ted Levine. Both  put 
Katia Winter hears something outside. Something that wat's to wear her.
“It wants to wear us…it wants to wear us!”
forth excellent performances from beginning to end. As some of you may know, Winter also played Katrina Crane on the show Sleepy Hollow. I promise she is much better in this than she was on the show. Levine you’ll remember from his iconic penis-tuck performance in Silence of the Lambs.

What made this movie far better than expected is the cosmic horror theme and homage to H.P. Lovecraft. The movie’s been out long enough that multiple articles and reviews have emphasized the connection, but Erickson cleary is a fan of Lovecraft’s work and drew considerable inspiration from the Lovecraft short From Beyond

MK Ultra test subject. Patient is about to see things, terrible things.
“Am I getting paid for this?”
The incorporation of the CIA’s MK-Ultra program creates an Area 51, Roswell conspiracy story well suited to cosmic horror concepts. If taking an experimental drug could allow you see things, things that can see you back what would you do? The concept and mystery is very nicely put together in this film, and some genuinely creepy moments will have a lot of people covering their eyes or just feeling uneasy.
Lovecraftian horror at your door. It arrives to wear the young man.
“Do you hear that?" 

Good movie?


Yes, it’s a good movie. Fans of horror, mystery, conspiracy, and even science fiction should find something about the film that resonates with their interests.

What if I don’t like hand cam?


You should watch the movie anyway. There is very little shaky cam, it’s only used where narratively it makes sense. Also, letting a filming style keep you from watching a movie at least once is kind of shallow and dismissive. Don’t be that fan.

Is this a good date movie?


First date…no. It’s too dark and if your date is unaware of cosmic horror tropes/concepts you’ll spend way too much time explaining the references. If your date is keen on those concepts or at least has an understanding then absolutely, you’ll have a lot to discuss in bed afterward.

What the heck is MK-Ultra?


Here is a link. Yes it was a real thing

Good Night Kiddies.

Sleep tight and enjoy this little lullaby gif from Evil Dead.
Evil Dead Demon in the cellar begging to released.
Hush little baby don’t say a word…

Movie Review – Antisocial (2013)

zombie type thriller with end of the world and blood and axe killing

Limited budget and poor acting does not always keep a film from sucking ass. 


Case in point – Antisocial. Yet another installment in the neverending sub-sub-superdub-genre that is rage related pandemic, end of world, apocalyptic not really zombies because they aren’t dead, but are just as mean and nasty, horror films.


Antisocial is fairly derivative, and if you read any reviews on IMDB or Amazon this becomes clear immediately. It seems the standard review format nowadays is to state up front if the movie is good or bad, then list a few of the actors, and finally make a comparison to another film with  similar plot.


This review format is nothing but laziness and short sighted analysis and a shortcut to thinking.


So here goes…


Antisocial is not a bad movie. It leaves a lot to be desired but in the end it’s entertaining and suspenseful in places, and has a handful of shots that are really clever and add a lot to an otherwise pedestrian movie.


The film stars Adam Christie, Michelle Mylett, Cody Ray Thompson and several others you’ve never heard of before.


The premise to the film is a viral infection that turns people crazy. Five friends are partying on New Year’s Eve and have to survive, yada yada. It’s a cross between The Signal, 28 Days Later, The Cell (Stephen King book), The Social Network, and a dash of Videodrome.


Sound interesting? It’s alright, better than having a hole drilled in your head.