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!

Suzanne Cappelletti versus The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

I have been a fan of this movie for a long time. I watched this with my Mom when I was a kid and its always struck a chord. It is based the true story of a series of murders dubbed the “Texarkana Moonlight Murders” in 1946.

The movie is a documentary style telling of this series of murders, still unsolved to this day. What I like is that you see the POV of the killer and of the police trying to catch him. It seems like a slice of life after the war, men starting their lives after serving. A general sense of peace surrounding the community and a killer moves in and turns that peace into fear. His main targets were young couples parked out in the local lovers lane.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Houses October Built and Sadie Katz

Don't let the headline fool you -- this episode actually provides two movie reviews for the price of one PLUS an interview with the beautiful and feisty star of Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort. Does it get better than that? Maybe, but not right now.

Yes, The Basement Boys do review the found-footage thriller The Houses October Built, which takes a group of friends on a dark journey through the world of Halloween haunts. Jason has signed on to tackle this flick.

The MONTH of HORROR - Day 19: The Toxic Avenger

I tell ya, Tromaville, New Jersey is one heck of a fictional town, overflowing with crime, and chemical waste! It's a place that could only really exist within the confines of the Troma movie universe where anything goes, especially if it's exceedingly violent and gory. This flick is far less about scares of any sort, and more about truck loads of blood, torn appendages, melting flesh, and squished brains.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The MONTH of HORROR - Day 18: Frankenstein (1931)

Off the top, let's get a few facts straight because there are some common misconceptions regarding this classic of the horror genre: There are no characters here named "Victor", There is no "Igor, the hunchback lab assistant's name is "Fritz", and "Frankenstein" is the surname of the main character, and not of the monster. Basically, if anyone ever says they're going as Frankenstein for Halloween, they really ought to be dressing up as a mad scientist.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Jason versus The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)

Back in the 1970s, a low-budget thriller loosely based on a real killing spree was released. The Town That Dreaded Sundown is now considered a micro classic of sorts, and one that inspired a loose remake/sequel. How does this new version rate, especially considering I've not seen the original? Stick with me!

Sixty five years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called Moonlight Murders begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister?

The MONTH of HORROR - Day 17: Flatliners

"Today's a good day to die"

Pretty great line to set up a movie where all of the characters are seemingly obsessed with the idea of death, and what may, or may not come next once your brain shuts down, and your heart quits beating. I think it's fair to say we've all been curious about death at one point or another but most of us wouldn't go to the length that the med students in this flick go to gain some answers.

From The Corner: Buried

After having watched, "Frozen", I was almost hesitant to sit through another minimal location/minimal casting/minimal title thriller... but I'm glad I did.

Paul wakes up to find himself buried alive in a coffin.  All he has is a Zippo lighter, and a Blackberry phone. As time and air runs out, he maintain his sanity, and deal with the demands of those that placed him there... otherwise the coffin will be his final resting place...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The MONTH of HORROR - Day 16: Sleepy Hollow

For a movie containing 18 decapitations, it's not nearly as grim as you may think. In fact, I'd say this is one of the more thoroughly enjoyable flicks throughout the Month of Horror!

Tim Burton once again re-teams with Johnny Depp for this gothic chiller based partially on truth, although beyond there actually once being a New York inspector named Ichabod Crane, the rest is pretty much fiction.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The MONTH of HORROR - Day 15: Sinister

I like to call movies like 'Sinister', "yell at the screen" experiences--even though none of the characters can hear you, it doesn't stop you from loudly offering up helpful tips, and advice! They never take it though, try as I might, they still always go to investigate what that loud thump was in the dark, or check out what's going on up in the attic. Why must they always do this? Right, it's a horror movie, that's just the way it is!