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31 Days of Horror 2014 – Mimesis

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We’re all genre fans here. We’ve all been to a comic, movie, scifi, or horror convention and run into roleplayers and cosplayers that just take things a bit too seriously. And then there are the ones who take it too far, enough to creep us out a little. That’s who inspired Douglas Schulze’s Mimesis. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on this bizarre and frightening revision and reenactment of Night of the Living Dead.

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31 Days of Horror 2014 – Alien (1979)

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“A long way from home, a crew of regular working Joes has to fight off a deadly stowaway who seems intent on killing them all, one by one.”

The pitch sounds like a run of the mill action/thriller/horror movie; maybe entertaining enough in its way, but certainly not anything to go out of your way to see. Only in this case, it’s the bare bones outline of Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) which is well worth seeing – or seeing again. It doesn’t really matter which version you choose – the director’s cut is actually a minute shorter than the theatrical version – and both are stellar.

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31 Days of Horror 2014 – Frailty (2001)

Frailty Movie“We don’t kill people, we destroy demons.” – Dad

I miss video stores. My first job was as a video store clerk, and I loved roaming the rows of VHS boxes & DVD cases representing countless stories that I hadn’t had the time to indulge in (or that weren’t released) at the theater.

Sure, there’s streaming services today like Netflix (limited) and Amazon (expensive), but it’s not the same. One of my favorite “finds” back in the day was the movie “Frailty”. The budget was modest, but the acting was fantastic and the story is one of my favorites among the thriller / horror genre.

 

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31 Days Of Horror 2014 – Murder By Decree (1979)

murder_by_decreeThe world over, and in even in the realm of pop culture, is there a more horrifying thought in public consciousness than the famously unsolved murders of Jack the Ripper?

Of course, innumerable amounts of people have written about their fascination with England’s most notoriously unknown murderer. We here at Biff Bam Pop! have done our part, too. Whether it’s a physical walk, book, poem, or a drawing, film has always had a fascination for the villain.

Although not a horror movie, Murder By Decree announces its intent through its opening scene: a rolling panorama of 1888 London during an October sunset, a fog rising, and the night’s first policeman whistles as Big Ben chimes in the distance.

Suspense and dread. That’s what the film offers. Oh! And a solving of the crime by fiction’s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes!

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31 Days of Horror 2014 – Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow

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I remember a certain nun from my seventh grade class at the Catholic school I attended that loved one of Washington Irving’s short stories so much she practically pranced around the room. Sister Margaret Mary was not a small woman and she sure as hell wasn’t prone to displaying anything resembling joy unless she was whacking our fingers with a ruler, but the week our classroom spent reading “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Sister Margaret Mary was a happy camper. Looking back, I think Sister Margaret Mary may have been closet horror fan, but what would she think of Tim Burton’s version of the story? Grab your ruler and follow me. Read the rest of this entry

The Ten Percent – The 31 Days of Horror Edition: Nosferatu

“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon

It’s October, and here at Biff Bam Pop! that means a month-long celebration of the macabre in pop-culture, and what better place to start for a column like “The Ten Percent” — where we look at the relatively small number of pop-culture productions with rise above the commonplace to achieve something greater — than with the granddaddy of all vampire films: Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror.

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Max Schreck as Count Orlok, the Nosferatu.

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Scene Stealers: In Memory of 2014

Robin Williams“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” – Williams Shakespeare

It seems like 2014 has already seen more than its fair share of talented entertainers leave us. I had the privilege of watching several of them create magical moments in both movies and television, and there are a few, in particular, that stand out for me.

The following list is comprised of five iconic actors who have greatly influenced my love of film and the “Scene Stealing” roles that will forever define them in my mind.

 

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Denzel Equalizes Easily: Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

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It’s a musical chairs weekend here at Biff Bam Pop! as your usual Box Office reporter Andy Burns takes a few days off, so here I am to wrap up for J.P. Fallavollita‘s Box Office Predictions from a few days back. Did Denzel Washington Equalize the Box Office? How stiff was the competition from The Maze Runner and The Boxtrolls? Find out after the jump!

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