The Moment I Loved Horror

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I was reminded recently of an article from Glamour magazine that was floating around Twitter. This article basically called all us Horror Lover freaks and that we must’ve had a horrifying childhood to love this genre. Check out the article HERE incase you haven’t seen it.

Anyway, I can’t really tell you the exact moment I feel in love with Horror but I can tell you the important moments that I really came to love it.

The first moment was when I was a little girl. There was a show called WISHBONE that I used to love. It was about a Jack Russell Terrier that would reenact classical literature for kids. I learned about stories like Ivanhoe, Pride & Prejudice, The Odyssey, etc. My favorite story, however, was The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. As a kid I loved the story of how a man wanted to separate the animal within but ended up making himself the monster. Don’t we all wish that we could remove the evil within ourselves so we can have peace?

The second moment I really loved Horror was when I was in my tweens. I LOVED watching Buffy The Vampire Slayer! In my house is was the forbidden fruit of television. My mom believed that Buffy was the devil and that watching that show would invite him in. I watched it anyway. What I loved was this badass chick killing monsters, saving the world, and still having a social life. I also loved the makeup of the show! The way the vampire faces changed was awesome for my tween brain. They were creepy looking but in a good way. I also thought that the backstory of the “Fanged Four” was pretty cool. That’s how I love my vampires…completely unapologetic.

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The third moment was when THE WALKING DEAD premiered on AMC. My father traveled to Afghanistan for work so we could pay for university. My father and I are really close and I missed him so much. While I was emailing him, I told him about the show and he said to spoil every episode. So every season of THE WALKING DEAD, I would have my laptop out with an email ready. During the commercial breaks I would write everything I just saw and when the episode was over I’d send my message. What we both loved about this show was that it’s not about the zombies, it’s about the survivors. Watching the show you can find a least one character that you can relate to or have your own ideas of how you would survive. My father and I do that all the time. It’s funny how a zombie show was the one thing that my father and I could share while he was so far away.

The fourth moment came to me recently. I watched THE TRAIN TO BUSAN and I was amazed by how well this Korean zombie movie was made. I won’t spoil anything because I’ll write a review for it later. But I will tell you that it had me at the edge of my seat and even made me cry. Not because I was terrified but because I came to love the characters and it hurt to see some of them die. You see, horror movies can bring out a number of emotions if it has the right cast and the right script.

To me the horror genre is more than just boobs, blood, and gore. Although those are entertaining too. If this glamour magazine writer used half her brain, she would know that horror is filled with symbolism and various themes. I think Glamour Magazine needs to stick with the hair and makeup tips with articles of “love your body” right next to the picture of the size zero supermodel.

What was the moment for you guys? When did you love horror? Which moments stuck out to you the most?

 

“Get Out”…The Horror Version of Meet the Parents

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I’ve been looking forward to watching this. I’m not doing a review since I haven’t seen it. Rather I’m just giving my thoughts on the concept of GET OUT.

It’s basically about a black guy meeting his white girlfriend’s parents and seeing the creepy white suburb that she grew up in. While there he learns that other black people who visited this suburb have gone missing and the few black people he’s come across are acting strangely. One in particular giving him the desperate warning to GET OUT!

Jordan Peele, mostly known for comedy, has written and directed this creepfest and I can’t wait to check it out.

I first saw the this trailer on Facebook and thought that this worst case scenario of Meet the Parents was scary as fuck! I then checked out YouTube to see if there were any other trailers or commentary on the subject. It was interesting to see other people’s views.

Personally, I think it’s super creepy not just because of the racial tension that are sure to be flooding the screen but the reaction of the black people who live in the suburb. To me it seemed like they were brainwashed into staying and being the perfect zombie slave. In the trailer, the mother is introduced as a psychologist who uses hypnosis on her patients. So I’m going to guess that the black people that come to this suburb are put under hypnosis and made into zombie slaves.

I think its an interesting way to go about this film because according to Haitian folklore that’s really what a zombie is. Not a flesh eating monster but a poor victim still trapped in slavery even in death. Not sure that Jordan Peele was going that deep but the Haitian zombie is what came to mind when I saw the mother use hypnosis. My mind also went to slavery while watching the trailer. There was a scene, it only lasted a few seconds, where the neighborhood is sitting together outside with these bingo cards and a large portrait of the main character in the front of the group. It felt eerily like a silent auction.

Anyways, those are my thoughts on the trailer. I hope that I’ll catch this movie soon. I know it’s out in theaters but I don’t like going to the movies alone. So I need to find someone to go with me….maybe I’ll ask my sister. She likes horror movies.

Let me know what your thoughts are? Are you going to watch it? Was I close in my assumptions? Was it worth the trip to the theater?

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!

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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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.

“It’s Alive” is Every Parents’ Nightmare

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Written, Produced, and Directed by Larry Cohen

Starring: John P. Ryan and Sharon Farrell

I had the pleasure of catching this on the Turner Classic Movie channel during the Halloween season. I was surprised that day they had a number of Independent Horror movies. The one that caught my attention was “It’s Alive”. I’ve always heard about how this is a must-see movie from the ’70s. I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed!

The movie is centered around the Davis family. They’re that perfect nuclear family with the nauseating cookie cutter life. The future is only brighter now that the Davis family is expecting their second child. When it’s time for Baby #2’s arrival, nothing but chaos follows. Instead of a dimpled bundle of joy, the Davis had a murderous mutant who kills when he feels threatened. The whole city is on lockdown as the police carry out a search and destroy mission while the Davis family has to cope with the fact that their child is a killing machine.

I loved how this movie was basically the nightmare every parent faces when having children. One of the things that were being thrown around throughout the movie were environmental concerns. “Have you been exposed to radiation, Mrs. Davis?” or “Have you taken any new medication, Mrs. Davis?” were the big questions floating around the film. Even though this was filmed in the ’70s, that is something that still a constant fear today. How many of you have seen those commercials saying “If you’ve taken X Medication and your child is suffering from a disability, you may be eligible for compensation”? I’m not going to even touch the medical journals that tell you what’s good for the fetus and what isn’t.

 Anyway, 23 yr old Rick Baker was in charge of creating the creepy mutant baby. Before working on this he helped with the make up for The Exorcist. But it was It’s Alive that jump started his career which led to 7 academy awards for Best Make Up. Sometimes all it takes in an indie movie to give you that extra push you needed. Am I right?

But like most Indie movies it wasn’t a box office success. However it did do well in overseas. So later, Cohan asked the studio if it did well in London if they would re-release it. They agreed but didn’t think much of it. Imagine their surprise when it did well in London and it did better in the US after it’s re-release.

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Green Inferno (A delayed reaction…)

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Green Inferno (2014)

Director: Eli Roth

Writer: Eli Roth, Guillermo Amoedo

Starring: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns

Damsel Bruja and I decided to watch Eli Roth’s much talked about film, Green Inferno (2014) together. It was on Cinemax. It was a Saturday and we were bored just sitting there on our respective couches, so we decided to text each other throughout the movie. The exchange below is the result.

What can I say about this film that hasn’t already been said ad nauseam? Well, it’s moronic. I mean. People are killed by CGI ants and marinated in marijuana before being eaten. If I had to grade this movie, I’d give it a C+. It wasn’t the worst I’ve seen but it certainly wasn’t the best. I expected more. The political hullabaloo surrounding the release added to the hype. It was fun viewing, if only because there was NOTHING ELSE on TV.

Was it offensive? I can see why others would think so, but I was too busy laughing at poop and dislodged eyeballs to take this half-baked splatter fest seriously.

There is swearing. There is spoilers. We weren’t being politically correct. You have been warned.

 

Women In Horror 2016!

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Yes indeed! It’s Women in Horror Month. The wonderful time where we get to appreciate women who contribute to the horror genre.

Last night in London, Jonathon Hughes(British gamer and Horror Enthusiast) put on a special night of  showcasing horror films made by women from across the globe. This special even was called “United In Blood”. Hughes has said,

“It has always been an ambition of mine to promote independent films. I have also wanted to make ‘Women in Horror Month’ truly relevant here in the UK, so what better way to do so than to host a night in honour of the ‘Femmes Fatales’ of the independent horror scene.” 

God bless you, Sir! Anyway, Damsel Cannibal and myself were unable to attend this shindig, but we were able to get our hands on a short film directed by Patricia Chica titled “Serpent’s Lullaby”.

This is a beautiful film about loneliness, loss, and love. One thing I do enjoy about horror is that it can make you feel more that just terror or gross you out.

“Serpent’s Lullaby” is about a mysterious and wealthy woman and how she may know the reason for the disappearances of infants in a small town. Through her eyes we see her loneliness and sorrow as she covets over what other women have and what she will never obtain.

I hope you have a chance to catch up on Women In Horror now matter the format. Also keep your eyes out for the following films also featured at “United In Blood”!

Kitty Kitty by Blair Bathory An Independent Short Horror film that utilises all practical effects and a creature suit to share the horrific fate of a girl who lies to get what and who she wants.

Vintage Blood by Abigail Blackmore. At a quirky vintage shop, owner Izzy must cope with a curse that threatens her boyfriend’s life.

The Paper Round by Katie Bonham. A psychological short horror that uncovers the gruesome reality behind a continuous cycle of events.

She by Chelsey Burdon. SHE follows a young couple who share a loveless and dispassionate relationship; no communication, affection or indication of attachment.

Seize The Night by Emma Dark. Renegade vampire assassin Eva has escaped from a secret bio-research compound. Hell bent on revenge she learns a terrible secret that may force her to unite with the devil she knows in order to defeat the greatest of all evils.

INK by Andy Stewart. A man takes the path of least resistance (and cost) in an attempt to turn his body into a work of art.

El Gigante by Gigi Saul Guerrero. A sadistic family captures a Mexican man who was crossing the Mexico/US border illegally.

Gimp by Kate Shenton. Black comedy about a gimp, a dominatrix and an alarm clock.

Call Girl by Jill Sixx Gevargizian. In one man’s attempt to exploit his date night via video-chat, he ends up sharing something far more disturbing. Some people like to watch. Do you?

Dys by Maude Michaud A strange disease is plaguing the city. Hoping to escape contamination, Eva and Sam, an estranged married couple, are forced to barricade themselves in their apartment despite the palpable tension between them. Now forced into isolation in their small living space, they struggle with their own frailty in a world that can only offer the worst horrors imaginable.