That’s it! I’m SICK of all these crappy modern movies that try to call themselves horror! Even the great filmmakers like Argento can’t make anything worth a damn in today’s world. This time, I’m looking for something OLD! How old? Most of it’s cast better be fucking dead by now if I’m gonna sit through it! So let’s see… a movie starring Vincent Price AND Peter Cushing!? HELL YEAH!! Today we’re gonna take a look at film from 1974 called Madhouse. Is it a lost gem from the golden age of horror, or is it a well forget obscurity that both those great men wished everyone would ignore? There’s only one way to find out and that’s to keep on reading!!
You know what? ENOUGH with these lousy horror films by no name directors! I’m tired of this new-fangled independent crap, or these massively overproduced snore fests! Give me a movie made by a director who KNOWS what the hell he’s doing!! What’s that? Dario Argento made a Dracula film a few years ago? Well what the hell are we waiting for!? With a director THAT good, it has to be amazing… right? I mean, I guess it COULD be a piece of crap by an aging film maker who’s still trying to hack it long after his creative spark has dissipated, but that’s not even a REMOTE possibility… right? Well there’s only one way for you to find out which one it is, and that’s to keep on reading!!
A few years ago, the good people over at Lionsgate felt that at least one more film could be cobbled together from the remains of one of the original slasher killers, but didn’t think that making another remake this soon would be a very good idea. Not one to NOT beat a dead horse, they decided to make a SEQUEL to the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre instead. The strangest thing about this one though is that Tobe Hooper who directed the original and its sequel came out and supported this film during its initial release, claiming it to be a true follow up in both story and quality to his horror masterpiece. Has Tobe Hooper sold his soul in order to pump up the sales of a subpar film, or does this really capture the spirit of what made the original so iconic? Considering the title ends in 3D, I’m gonna guess the former, but the only way to find out for sure is to keep on reading!!
Can’t really escape it can I? The first one was a flawed mess, but had some potential that a sequel could easily improve upon. Not only that, but there’s a third movie coming out soon which makes this review quite relevant. So then, do they improve on the mistakes made in the last one, or are they just going to make the same mistakes that every other horror sequel makes by making it bigger but losing the spark of originality that made the previous one noteworthy? There’s only one way to find out and that’s to keep on reading!!
If I’m gonna spend the month of October reviewing horror movies, at some point I’ve got to talk about anthologies. Horror is by far the most prolific genre when it comes to combining short films into a movie with classic examples like Creepshow, Three Extremes, and Trick ‘r’ Treat. I imagine that the reason why horror is the preferred genre is that it’s probably the easiest one to still work effectively in a shorter time frame. The fear of death or harm is easily conveyed, and an audience doesn’t need as much backstory to root for characters to survive as they would for say, a tragic romance or a story about revenge. V/H/S has been on my radar for a while now and has generally been well received for the creative way it was able to combine several tropes of the horror genre (found footage, anthologies, etc) with a format that many fans believe was the best way to experience these kinds of films. So does this movie actually succeed in being a throwback to a period in horror that’s fondly remembered, or is it a mishmash of poorly done short films held together by a shaky premise? Only one way to find out, and that’s to keep on reading!!
The horror genre of films is interesting because of how aware its fans are of the problems inherit in it, while still celebrating those flaws in ways that many people find incomprehensible. I’m a pretty big horror fan myself, but I understand the frustration that some people have with the overreliance on tropes and that tend to appear in some of the weakest examples of the genre. However, this dichotomy between the quality of the tropes and the love of them that fans have has led to some great examples of genre spoofing and exploration that’s been hard to match in other film genres. Movies like Scream and You’re Next have been able to walk that line between honoring what came before while also subverting and improving in ways that a lot of horror films fail to do. The Cabin in the Woods (written by Joss Whedon and directed by Drew Goddard) is the current reigning champ of these kind of self-aware horror films, and yet or some reason I haven’t gotten around to seeing it yet. Well what better way to fill that gap in my viewing history than to watch it for my MONTH OF HORROR MOVIE REIVEWS!? Can the movie possibly be as good as the hype has promised it is, or is it another overrated horror flick that’s inexplicably beloved by fans of the genre? Only one way to find out and that’s to keep on reading!!
Video games have always had a hard time making the jump to movies; yet one genre that’s had some decent success with its adaptations is horror. The Resident Evil movies are reliably fun zombie flicks, and the original Silent Hill was pretty well received at the time. So we now get a sequel several years after the original came out that no one was really expecting or even asking for. Will it follow the trend and be another decently made horror film based off a world-renowned video game series? No. No it’s not. Keep reading if you really want to find out why.