Category Archives: Film
Carrie. I think I’m having a flashback – to the 70′s. Not an acid flashback, but a horror one. I can’t help but feeling I’ve seen this movie before. Its been a horror staple for as long as I can remember and for some reason the Powers That Be in Hollywood decided that a remake of their classic was needed. I know 80 percent of their budgets go to remakes and sequels and this Halloween has been frightfully devoid of the horror movies, but I’m allowed to be a cranky old lady about this remake.
Guest-Blogger Jim Knipp has a love-hate relationship with Zombies. After all, what is there to love or hate, heck, what is there to fear? Like Mummies, even Frankenstein can outrun them. Check out his thought process on zombies for our 31 Days of Horror, after the jump.
Four years after Universal’s 1931 Frankenstein was a monster hit, beginning that studio’s reign in cinema horror, director James Whale, after many problems creating a story, began work on the sequel. You might think you know what The Bride of Frankenstein is about, but there’s more in this mere seventy-four minutes than you might believe. Check out my review after the jump.
Nicolas Winding Refn was already moderately well known before Drive tore onto the scene in 2011. His Pusher trilogy had earned him notoriety, and Bronson and Valhalla Rising cemented his reputation for visionary extreme cinema. Not that either made for easy viewing. But with Drive his sensibility coalesced into something stylish, classic and austere. The opening sequence alone, with Ryan Gosling’s Driver darting from police searchlights, using all manner of vehicular stealth to evade capture, was a bravura performance. So how did Refn evolve, with no film training, into a preeminent director? TIFF is running all of Refn’s films over the next week. Let’s take a look at some, after the jump.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Films will play, and our coin will tumble!
All apologies to William Shakespeare, but the accurate prognostication of the cinematic box office takes a bit of the black magic. JP here, filling in for the currently indisposed Andy Burns, Editor-in-Chief of Biff Bam Pop! and regular sorcerer of this column. Hey, we’re six days away from Halloween. I’m in the mood!
There are three new movies out this week, and all are looking to re-write physics and bring Gravity, the current cinema champion, down to earth.
Follow me after the jump to see what answers my black art drums up!
When The Human Centipede came out almost five years ago, it became one of the most infamous horror films of its time, stretching the meaning of terror, disgust, and incredulity. It truly is an exercise in horror however, perfect for this time of year, but not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. You’ve been warned. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on The Human Centipede.
As we approach yet another remake of Carrie it might be time to take a look at the original, the 1976 film that started it all, and Stephen King’s first novel that gave it life. Meet me after the jump as we get reacquainted with Carrie.
A quick summary (spoiler alerts!): new preacher comes to a small town were everyone is creepy and boring and low and behold they’re actually a cult and the new family is the sacrifice for the demons of Hell. One is left alive to close the gate of Hell again and she must watch a new family come to town to start the cycle over again.
It’s not a bad premise for a short little horror film. You can tell that Slash grew up with horror films and he knows the tropes. The movie is filled with them. From the blonde haired blue eyed skinny virgin being the one to survive, to the slightly chubbier, dark haired, sex starved sister being the one who is sacrificed to the demon. They have their prerequisite 2.5 children, we get a little stringy haired creepy walking girl action in there, we get foreboding dream sequences, we get creepy towns people being all ritualistic. You can go on and on. There are plenty of tropes to find. I do take exception to the fact that the virgin heroine seemed to need to be faultlessly pretty, tow headed and compliant and the sacrificed sister is slightly defiant, sarcastic and just good at talking to guys so its automatically implied she’s a slut and has to die. But that is the trope and they use it.