An Oldie But a Goodie with “The Baby”

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Director: Ted Post

Written: Abe Polsky

Starring: Ruth Roman, Marianna Hill, Suzanne Zenor, Anjanette Comer, and David Manzy as Baby

 I watched this one last Halloween on the Turner Classic Movie Channel. That day they were showing indie horror movies from the ’60s and ’70s. It’s about a social worker who volunteers to take on a difficult, yet fascinating case, of a mentally retarded man. When she meets the family, she senses something is off about Baby’s mother and his sisters. Her suspicions lead her to believe that there’s actually nothing wrong with Baby. He is a healthy man forced to live like an infant! Proving this theory is another matter….

This movie disturbed me a bit.

The first thing that creeped me out was that I understood some of the principles that the Mother and Sisters applied to poor Baby, I was insanely disturbed. Look up Operant Conditioning! Through positive reinforcement and positive punishment, the family trained a healthy man to remain a baby. The abuse itself was disturbing to watch but the reason why they did it kinda made me mad. Baby’s father walked out on the family so the Mother and the Sisters decided to take out their Man-Hate on Baby.

The second thing that disturbed me was the Social Worker’s true reasoning for wanting to save Baby. That was a brilliant plot twist! Throughout the film we thought that the Social Worker was grieving the loss of her husband and that she got attached to Baby. It’s kinda true. Her husband was in a terrible accident that left him severely retarded….so he is exactly like Baby. She wanted a friend for her husband! That is some sick shit!

The third thing that disturbed me was how the Social Worker got away with murder. She lured the Family into her home, killed the Sisters, injured the Mother, buries the Mother alive with the Sisters in a hole where she planned on building a swimming pool for her home. The last scene is the Social Worker with Baby and her Husband playing the pool with the Social Worker’s Mom by the poolside smiling. No one bothered to ask where the Family was and she got Baby without a struggle.

I don’t care who you are, that was creepy as fuck! I’m giving it an 8/10. I enjoyed it but felt that it dragged in some parts and I got a little uncomfortable watching Baby get abused with a cattle prod. Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think!

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My Kind of Musical in “The Lure”

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I came across this on the interwebs when it described this musical as THE LITTLE MERMAID meets NINE INCH NAILS…..Honestly, they had me at NINE INCH NAILS.

According to what I’ve read, this bizarre musical is about two mermaid sisters that are adopted by a cabaret. While one is looking for love, the other is looking for dinner.

I LOVE this spin on mermaids! Well…I shouldn’t say that it is a “spin” because that’s originally what mermaids were. They are technically monsters that lure (see what I did there?) stupid sailors to an early watery grave and feast on their bodies. It’s nice to see a monster actually being a monster instead of a rebellious teen who wants to change her body after meeting a guy ONCE.

Anyway, I can’t wait to get my hands on this! I wonder when the soundtrack will be available…

When Atheists Play With Demons

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Written/Director: David Jung

Starring: Shane Johnson, Ella Anderson, Cara Pifko

Summary: When Michael’s wife dies after receiving some shitty advice from a psychic, he decides he’ll show everyone that there’s no such thing as God or the Devil by making a documentary of his research. He’s an atheist so his “Doubting Thomas” attitude leads him to attempt at demonic possession by tracking self-proclaimed demonologists and necromancers. At first he thinks it’s all bullshit, until unexplainable things start happening. Has his grief pushed him over the edge or has he finally found the proof he’s been looking for?

If you don’t know by now, I absolutely love learning about the Paranormal. I’m one of those who believes in ghosts and demons. It’s always been a fascinating topic for me so I always like to keep my eye out for movies that deal with the paranormal like The Conjuring series.

This was a nice change in pace rom the standard “oh I’m going to play with a Ouija board, oops I summoned a demon” plot. This guy is actually WANTS to be possessed! He WANTS to have this horrible thing done to him! Of course, since he doesn’t believe in the paranormal, he doesn’t think there is a danger to dabbling in the occult. It especially tickled me pink when all these paranormal things were happening and he finally believes in the supernatural, that he turns to God to save him. Isn’t that how it always works?

I enjoyed it and I’ll give it an 8/10. It wasn’t the greatest horror film I’ve seen Anchor Bay Films put out but it was pretty cool and a little scary.

What do you think? Have any of you seen this one yet?

“XX” Showcases All Female Horror Anthology

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Holy Shit, Dudes! Are you ready to sink your teeth into an all female horror anthology film? I know I am!

From what I’ve been hearing, “XX” is a horror anthology film with four stories in it that were written and directed by some badass women. We have Annie Clark directing THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, Karyn Kusama directing HER ONLY LIVING SON, Roxanne Benjamin directing DON’T FALL, Jovanka Vuckovic directing THE BOX, and Sofia Carrillo ties it all together.

If you haven’t checked out the work they’ve been previously involved with you really should. I recognize Kusama from the film THE INVITATION. I will be writing a review for that one later. Just know that I really liked it and it’s on Netflix so check it out.

Anyway, I’m excited to see what these ladies have for us. Remember “XX” will be available February 17 on VOD and in select cities. Check it out and let me know what you think!

ANYONE ELSE CURIOUS ABOUT “THE BOX”?

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Calling Women Of Horror!!

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It’s probably a little early to announce this but it’s time for the Women in Horror Film Festival!

That’s right! This festival is all about the ladies and their dedication to the horror genre. This will be an awesome film festival where artists from every avenue like make-up, directing, writing, producing, acting, and music can come together and show that they can keep up with the best of them.

So if you have a film or a screenplay that you want to share with the world, please go to the website HERE and follow the instructions. The submissions to the festival are open! Don’t waste an opportunity to show us what you got.

There will also be awards given out which include Best Horror Documentary, Best International Horror Film, Best LGBTQ Horror Film, and many more!

I’d rather you all check out the website HERE and get your questions answered or go to their Twitter HERE.

I’ll write about this again as we get closer to the festival’s date in September.

How many of you are planning on going? Any of you going to take the plunge and submit your work? Let me know what you think!

Let’s Support Preacher Six!

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Alrighty, Everyone! Let’s get together and talk about supporting Independent Films!

So I’m cruising the Twitterverse when a lovely group called Hollywood Magic Productions sent me a message asking for some support for their new project, Preacher Six. So I follow the white rabbit to their GoFundMe page to check out what this project is.

Honestly, they had me at “If you like Quinten Tarantino films, you’ll love this one!!” Who doesn’t love Tarantino? Anyway, the page goes on to describe this project as Taxi Driver meets Sin City….I fucking love Sin City!

Of course, when you generously donate to this project, you’ll get awesome rewards such as: a Shout Out on Twitter, a signed Postcard, a signed DVD, name in Credits, etc. Obviously, you’ll need to check out the GoFundMe page HERE to see the rewards that go with the amount of donations.

Anyway, check out their page and go on their Twitter HERE and see what’s up!

Check this out!

“Lake Alice” at IndieLounge

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This is more of a news alert about an upcoming indie horror film. So let’s talk about LAKE ALICE!

LAKE ALICE is about a family getting together in an isolate cabin so they can get to know the daughter’s newest beau. While there, they begin to notice strange footprints around the property as well as hearing strange noises outside. Are they being watched? Most likely. But by whom? As a blizzard kills their chances of escape, the family struggles to stay alive while dodging these nefarious psychopaths out to get them.

The world premiere of this film will be at IndieLounge by invitation only on January 22nd. The actress, Eileen Dietz, will also attend the event. If you haven’t checked out her work I recommend you do. This lady has had an extensive career within the horror genre. It sucks that the event is by invitation only but hopefully it’ll be available to the rest of us mere mortals soon.  Anyway, it look like it’ll be great fun! kinda like THE STRANGERS meets SCREAM. I’m looking forward to it.

Check out the trailer above

Flatliners….The Sequel?

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Ok kiddos. It looks like Hollywood is going back to the sequel/reboot game. This time we’ll be seeing the sequel to the 1990 movie FLATLINERS.

In case you don’t know what FLATLINERS(1990) is….It’s basically about a group of medial students who do the stereotypical mad scientist thing and ignore the “just because you can doesn’t mean you should philosophy”. They decide it will be an excellent idea to perform near-death experiences. What follows is a whole mess of shit from the Other Side haunting them.

So far we don’t have any other information other than who is directing(Niels Arden Oplev) and who is going to be in it. Personally, I’m ridiculously happy that I’m going to see Diego Luna’s beautiful face on the American Silver Screen again.

Just look at that smile….

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……..What was I saying? Oh right, FLATLINERS(2017)!

So far there isn’t much information about the film other than it’s a sequel, NOT a reboot, and it takes place 27 years after the original movie. There’s also a small list of cast members such as Kiefer Sutherland, Diego Luna, Ellen Page, and Nina Dobrev. The release date is also September 29, 2017. Hey! That’s my birth month!

Will you guys be watching it? I know I will.

The Year 2017!

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Alright, bitches! It’s time to start the year over and think about what the fuck we’re going to do with ourselves. While 2016 might’ve kicked some of us in the nuts we’re going to brush ourselves off and enter the new year like a boss!

I actually like setting New Years Resolutions for myself. I have them pinned on my door next to my calendar. So far I have write more often, practice my French and Spanish, learn how to cook, and cut back on the TV.

And, of course, update more often! We’ll see how the year goes and what the horror genre has to offer us!

You guys got anything planned for 2017?

 

Merry Fucking Christmas!

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Damn! It has been a rocky year. It started out great, for me anyway, and then it just got shittier until the end. I think this happens every Election Year for any country.

Anyway, I’m gonna keep this short. I hope that you guys had a better year than I had. Check your New Years Resolutions and see if you managed to keep some of those promises. I think I managed to keep maybe 5 out of 12…such a slacker this year.

Merry Christmas, Everyone!