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31 Days of Horror 2014: See No Evil 2 (2014)

soskas-webBack in the 1980’s, Stephen King famously said that he had seen the new face of horror and that it belonged to Stephen King. Now, while I know I’m not anywhere the Master’s league, whenever I think about the work of Jen and Sylvia Soska, I feel as though they’re the new “new” face of horror. If that’s the case, the genre is in good hands.

Like many, I first discovered the Soska Sisters with their groundbreaking, body modification horror film, American Mary. A low budget movie that doesn’t look it, American Mary features a stellar performance by the luminous Katharine Isabelle as a med student who enters the lucrative world of body modification surgery. The film is often gruesome, but it doesn’t rely on the gore; this is a character driven horror flick at its finest (it’s on Netflix and TMN in Canada and is absolutely worth your time; even my mom thought it was “interesting”, which, believe me, is high praise).

This week, the Soska Sisters return with their latest directorial effort, See No Evil 2, a sequel to a film I never saw in the first place. The original stars WWE superstar Glenn “Kane” Jacobs as serial killer Jacob Goodnight, who was apparently killed at the end of the first film, but you know how these things go. Instead, Goodnight returns to terrorize a bunch of students at a morgue where birthday girl Amy (Danielle Harris) has to work late.

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31 Days of Horror: Dio Live In London Hammersmith Apollo 1993

If you want to talk about scares during the month of October, when it comes to music, it’s hard not to think of the legendary Ronnie James Dio. From his days in Elf and Rainbow, through to his seminal albums with Black Sabbath and then in his own self-titled band, Dio always portrayed himself as a badass, the Wizard of Rock and Roll, holding the Devil Horns in the air while wailing that unmistakeable banshee wail. Dio may have been diminutive in stature, but when it came to heavy metal, the man ruled over all.

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31 Days of Horror 2014 – Clive Barker’s Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut (2014)

In March of 1990, I had just recently turned 13 years old. I was on a family trip to Houston to visit some friends of my father, but for me, the most important thing to accomplish this trip, aside from studying for my imminent Bar Mitzvah, was finding a movie theatre that was showing Clive Barker’s Nightbreed. The film had been rated R in Canada, which meant nobody under 18 was allowed to see it (screw you, Big Brother!). On one of our final nights, Dad (ill at the time), his friend and me schlepped to some out of the way movie theatre, where the film was still playing. Walt, my Dad’s friend, hates horror movies, so he opted to see Look Who’s Talking, while we went and sat through Clive’s monster movie equivalent of Star Wars. Having read both the original novel, Cabal, and the Epic Comics adaptation, I was psyched to see the creatures of Midian come to life. And when they did, I thoroughly enjoyed. Admittedly, I was also thrilled to be seeing a film some watchdogs seemed to think I wasn’t ready for (up yours, Big Brother!). However, my enjoyment was slightly curtailed as the film’s conclusion, when I asked Dad if he liked it.

“No,” he scoffed. “It wasn’t even scary.”

Not scary! Not scary! What do you mean, not scary. It was…it was….

Look, Dad had a point, ok. Even if I loved it.

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Fury vs The Book Of Life – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

Two new releases want you to pick them this weekend, but as we know, only one can hit the top of the box office. Which will it be? Here are our predictions:

Fury_2014_posterBrad Pitt has been making the rounds promoting his World War II film Fury, about a group of group behind enemy lines, manning a tank called, you guessed it, Fury. Now, here’s the thing about Brad Pitt – he’s a Hollywood star, but I don’t view him as a bankable movie star, so how a film he’s top-lining performs is always a crap shoot to me. I’m of the belief that this one is going to under perform – the trailers haven’t been outstanding, and I feel that awareness isn’t huge. Look for a second place showing with $20 million.

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The Dark Knight Revealed in Batman: A Visual History

The name Matthew K. Manning is likely not a terribly familiar name, even in pop culture circles. But allow me to let you in on a little bit of a secret – this man is fountain of comic book knowledge, much of which is currently on display in the brand new DK book, Batman: A Visual History.

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31 Days of Horror 2014 – Zodiac (2007)

Some horror doesn’t need to be gory. It doesn’t need to be violent, nor does it have to be supernatural.

Sometimes the biggest scares of all are the ones that come from real life.

Such was the case with the Zodiac killer, who terrorized the Bay Area back in the late 60’s and early 70’s, never to be captured.

The story of the Zodiac became an American legend, and in 2007, it also became one of director David Fincher’s greatest films.

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Dracula Takes A Bite Out Of The Judge – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

It was an interesting weekend at the box office, as there wound up being a few surprises with new releases. Here’s what went down.

Dracula_Untold_2Dracula Untold managed to surprise some pundits with its debut, coming in second with $23 million. While not the huge hit that Annabelle was last weekend, it’s still a solid showing for a film that’s definitely different from other current horror franchises. While it still has a ways to go before Dracula Untold makes back its $70 million, I’m guessing with the worldwide totals, it’s now actually doable.

Debuting in third place was Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with $19 million. With little family fair out there at the moment, this one wound the ideal choice. Once can’t rule out the star power of Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner, either.

Finally, debuting in a distant fifth place is The Judge, Robert Downey Jr’s latest, with an underwhelming $13.3 million. It’s definitely not the sort of number the biggest actor in the world wants to see, but this is also an adult drama that may play a good long game. We’ll see if the film continues a slow burn over the next few weekends.

As for the rest of the top five, Gone Girl was on top for the second weekend in a row, grossing $26.8 million, down less than 30% from it’s opening weekend. Annabelle fell to fourth place with $16 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Gone Girl – $25 million
2) Annabelle – $22 million
3) Dracula Untold – $20 million
4) The Judge – $15 million
5) Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – $13 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Gone Girl – $26.8 million
2) Dracula Untold – $23 million
3) Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – $19 million
4) Annabelle – $16 million
5) The Judge– $13.3 million

Next week sees The Book Of Life and Fury. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

31 Days of Horror 2014 – Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

In my 3rd year university film theory class, my professor thought his lesson plan genius in picking each film for the year from the horror genre. It was, in his words, to keep us awake. I have yet to thank him for it, but I’d like to think this review may be an appetizer to my eventual revenge. To his credit, however, the films spanned many decades, and the ones from the earlier part of the century, with clunky technology and transparent “effects” were easy and even amusing to watch. But it was upon reaching Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer when things got very real.

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