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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 – Phantasm (1979)

Oh Phantasm, Don Coscarelli’s cult classic masterpiece. What is it about this movie and this franchise? Why can’t I quit you?

These are not good movies. Come on, you know it too. Phantasm makes no sense, the plot strays, no loose ends are tied, the dialogue, special effects, and sound effects are way out of the normal acceptable cheese range. But it works. I think that’s what it is, the magic of Phantasm. It doesn’t need you to understand. It doesn’t care if you get it or not. The first instalment is 88 minutes of unapologetic spooky, sexy entertainment and that’s that. Phantasm keeps it simple while still managing to be anything but ordinary. It lets you simply sit back, turn your brain off, and immerse yourself in the nightmare of the Tall Man, killer dwarves from another dimension, and as the main character learns is the scariest thing of all: fear itself.

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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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The Ten Percent: 31 Days of Horror Edition – The Bride of Frankenstein

Bride Screaming “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, horrific and the downright creepy in pop culture, and there was no way “The Ten Percent” was being left out of the fun! When it comes to examining the relatively small number of pop culture productions that rise above the swamps of the ordinary to lurch across the landscape of our consciousness, it would be foolish to forget the classics – therefore, I present to you The Bride of Frankenstein!

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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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