Saturday, October 25, 2014

The MONTH of HORROR - Day 25: The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Month of Horror can be many things, it's not strictly R-rated, gore soaked fright flicks, there are many different types of movies under the horror umbrella. If something contains the essence of the month of October, and Halloween then I believe that it absolutely counts, and Tim Burton's 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' is up to its eye sockets in the spooky atmosphere of All Hallow's Eve.

Vin Diesel's The Last Witch Hunter gets Halloween release

Not this Halloween obviously, but the latest flick from action star Vin Diesel hits theatres a year from now, which gives Summit Entertainment a lot of time to amp up marketing for Brett Eisner's tale.

I'm a big Diesel fan, but he hasn't been seen in much lately outside of Riddick and Fast and Furious movies. Nice to see the guy doing something different.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The MONTH of HORROR - Day 24: Insidious: Chapter 2

In the horror genre, it can be fairly difficult to make an outright bad movie because there are so many degrees of "awfulness", and a lot of the time it can fall into the "so bad it's good" category, or it can be tongue in cheek, cheesy, corny. 'Insidious: Chapter 2' is none of those things, instead it is a full on, aggressively bad flick.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The MONTH of HORROR - Day 23: Wes Craven's New Nightmare

Such an odd, odd movie--I'd actually forgotten how bizarre it is but I've been freshly reminded once again! I've seen the whole "film within a film" concept done a bunch of times but never quite like this where it seriously alters the entire series before it, and I'm honestly not too sure what I think about it. Is it clever at times? Yeah, it has its moments. Are there half decent scares? A few here and there. The big question I have to ask though, after all is said and done is: what was the point?

Tiptoe through the Insidious Chapter 3 trailer

The Insidious franchise leaves horror fans hot or cold. I enjoyed the first two films a lot, so it's a no-brainer that I'm down with a third flick, even if it takes things in a slightly new direction.

That direction, according to the trailer below, is back to the beginning. But clearly not the first film. Before that.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The MONTH of HORROR - Day 22: The Legend of Hell House

I really have not watched all that much gothic, British horror. That fact does not bother me at all, it's just something I've really never explored, so what better place to start than this 1973 haunted house cult movie that both borrowed from ghastly classics of the 50's, and would also influence future fright flicks down the road?

From The Corner: House on Haunted Hill (1959)

I have a confession to make: I'm a fan of black and white horror movies.  Why would I, a man born in the heyday of horror films like "Halloween", "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", and others be a fan of primitive black and white ones?

Simple, they're fun, and "House on Haunted Hill" is an example of that fun.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The MONTH of HORROR - Day 21: The Lords of Salem

The Salem Witch Trials were a notorious period in American history, and over time it's been over-exaggerated to the point where many believe it was some kind of genocide however the amount of deaths that occurred were not extreme. I'm not making light of this horrible time, not at all but with twenty confirmed executions, it certainly was not the all out slaughter-fest that some fables, stories, and lore over the years have instilled in us. The stories are intriguing though, what if there really were witches who were communicating with the dark lord Satan? What if there was some truth to all this?

James Wan back for The Conjuring 2

Easily the best movie-related news I've heard all month, confirmation came today that James Wan will return to the director's chair for the sequel to his smash hit The Conjuring.

You may all return to your daily business. Thank you for your co-operation. Good night.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The MONTH of HORROR - Day 20: Mimic

Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro sure does love his bugs. It seems like he always finds a way to incorporate them somehow into each one of his films, so naturally he'd want to make an entire movie based on giant, slimy, disgusting, and deadly bug-like creatures. And where would be the best city setting for a story about nasty, sub-terranean dwelling mutant insects? The Big Apple, of course!