Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The MONTH of HORROR - Day 29: Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter

If you're going to create a "final chapter" to a successful horror series, you certainly can't go wrong by casting Crispin Glover in your film because if you want to go out with a bang, he's a presence that will definitely help it go out in a big, weird way. He's not strung out on drugs trying to roundhouse kick anyone, nor is he cackling that fantastic George McFly laugh at any point but he sure can take a meat cleaver to the face like a pro!

From The Corner: Nosferatu (1922)

Let me say that not only am I a fan of horror films, but I'm a fan of black and white horror films... and silent black and white horror films.  There's just something satisfying about watching a well made "old school" movie that is innovative and able to tap into your emotions without being heavily reliant of technology to do so.

"Nosferatu" is one of those films.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The MONTH of HORROR - Day 28: Army of Darkness

It is amazing that this movie was even made. I've seen it countless times however during this most recent viewing I was really struck by how much of a miracle it is that this thing ever got a major release. Clearly, a lot has changed in Hollywood in the last 20 years because now I can't imagine anything like 'Army of Darkness' ever being given the green light. Based on a horror series that never exactly lit the box office on fire, and starring a lead actor only really known to cult film fans, it had to have either been a leap of faith on the studio's part, or possibly a favor owed to director Sam Raimi after the success of 'Darkman'--probably a combination of both.

Dolph Lundgren versus sharks in Shark Lake

He's taken on Rocky Balboa, Jean-Claude Van Damme, zombies, and killer robots. So why the hell wouldn't Dolph Lundgren pit his action-hero chops against a family of sharks.

Notice that wasn't put forward as a question. We in The Basement don't question anything Dolph Lundgren does or doesn't do.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The MONTH of HORROR - Day 27: Halloween II (1981)

A sequel to a landmark film in any genre is a difficult undertaking, and when it's a sequel to a horror masterpiece like John Carpenter's 'Halloween', you have some mighty big shoes to fill. There needs to be a good reason to bring the characters back for another go, to advance the story to a place worth visiting (and re-visiting), and to not repeat the same, or similar beats as before--'Halloween II' unfortunately fails at all of that.

Latest Furious 7 poster teases big tires

Well, it does. And the action/sequel's stars. Only they're a hell of a lot smaller than those tires, at least in the poster below.

But really, The Fast and The Furious movies are all about the cars, so why not give them some love? We know Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker are in Furious 7, but we also know there's going to be a lot of cool cars in James Wan's flick.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The MONTH of HORROR - Day 26: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

Actor Dennis Hopper has been quoted as saying that 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2' was without question the worst movie he was ever in, this coming from the guy who also starred in 'Super Mario Brothers', so that's saying something! Dennis Hopper has since passed on though, so at least this film is something he no longer has to think about--the rest of us, on the other hand...

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Tag-team review: John Wick

When we first heard about John Wick it sounded like some direct-to-video cheapie starring the once great Keanu Reeves. Then the first trailer showed up and HOLY FUCK! Gotta see!

So that's what Basement contributor Matt Bellamy and I did tonight (along with some guy who works with the CBC). Does John Wick live up to the great trailer? Stick with us!

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.