December 17, 2014

CritCast #29: Christmas Horror (Oh, the horror!)

While I was sitting in my car during my lunch break at the day job, I decided to record a quick video. I though I would talk a little bit about Christmas horror movies. So, that is what I did. Completely unscripted and unplanned. When I do that, this is what you get. Go ahead, give it a look and then let me know about your favorite Christmas horror.

Video Alert: Allegaeon - “Threshold of Perception”

I have been a fan of these guys for a few years. Their music is heavy, technical, catchy, and just kicks ass. I really recommend that you check them out. Below is the video for a tune off their latest album, Elements of the Infinite. It is fun to see them shed the seriousness and make a silly video. These guys know there way around their instruments, it also looks like they were beat after a tour and had some time to kill. Either way, it is a good tune.

December 16, 2014

CritCast #28: Exodus, Top Five, Silent Night, Deadly Night

You don't think that last week's back from the dead video would be the last, did you? Well, sorry to disappoint. I am back again to talk about movies and subject you to my ugly mug. At least this time I have a spiffy Zombie hat from Inked Up Merch to distract you from my words. In any case, here is that video... if you dare.....

That Time of Year: Monster Mania Guest Announcements Begin

Over the past few years I have really begun to enjoy going to conventions. I love the opportunity to have a moment with the celebrity guests, to ask them a question, or thank them for their work, or something. To that end, the winter months always tend to be a bit lonely as the con season is over and we are in a holding pattern. Well, things just began to warm up as Monster Mania, a personal favorite con, has started to announce guests for their March 2015 line-up. Five names in and I can hardly wait.

December 15, 2014

Movie Review: Automata

While I have not really had the time to read novels for quite awhile now, one of my favorite authors growing up was Isaac Asimov. There was something about his writing that really struck a chord with me. Now, as I have become much more of a movie watcher than a book reader, I have been waiting for that time when someone would adapt Asimov to the big screen (or any size screen, for that matter). The latest news I had heard was Jonah Nolan working on a television adaptation of Foundation. Of course, there was also that I, Robot from Alex Proyas, and I had read about a proposed Caves of Steel adaptation.

December 12, 2014

Who will Take the Helm of Star Trek 3?

Who is going to direct Star Trek 3? That seems to be a big question these days. Originally, Roberto Orci, who co-wrote the first two films (as well as those Transformers flicks) with his writing partner, Alex Kurtzman, was set to step out of the writer's room and direct his first feature until suddenly pulled out a little while back. Since then we have all been wondering who is going to take his place. Now, Orci is not leaving the project, he is still slated to write and produce. I can only guess that he realized he was not ready to helm a massive project like this. Good for him, we all want a good movie.

December 11, 2014

Trailer Alert: Alone

Something that you may now know about me is that I enjoy Bollywood films. I do not go out of my way for them, but when the local theater gets them, I try to go and see them. They will never be my favorite type of film, but it is interesting to see different ideas on how to make a movie and what should be in them (not to mention how long they should average). Now, the one thing I have not yet seen is a Bollywood horror film. Well, there was Go Goa Gone, which was amazing, but that was more horror/comedy and seemed targeted to a Western audience. Now there is this trailer for Alone.

December 10, 2014

News: The Gathering Gathers Star Power

Have you heard of this horror movie project called The Gathering? No? Me neither, until now. It appears to be a horror anthology type film where the Devil gathers some great horror writers (Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, HP Lovecraft, etc.) together to tell their untold tales. Now, I am not the biggest fan of anthology films, but the cast this movie has attracted is just absolutely astounding. It is to the point where I have to see this just because, and it isn't even made yet!

If It's Christmas. It's Gotta be Treevenge

It has become something of a tradition to watch this short film this time of year. It was a few years ago that I stumbled upon Treevenge, but I am so glad I did. It runs a scant 16-minutes, but it packs a punch. It is clever, cute, and delightfully violent. It pulls no punches and depicts nature having its revenge on the slaughter of trees for Christmas. It also features great use of Fabio Frizzi's theme from Cannibal Holocaust. It really needs no more introduction, except to say it is not for sensitive eyes:

Trailer Alert: Mad Max - Fury Road

Oh man. Oh man. Oh boy. This. Looks. Amazing. Now, one can only hope that it lives up to the promise of this trailer. Still, by the looks of it, Max is back and is going to be a force to be reckoned with. It certainly looks like Warner Brothers is behind it and it will hopefully get the push it seems to deserve and launch a new series of post-apocalyptic action. Seriously. The originals (well, the first two, with some lesser love for the third) are absolute classics that epitomize what a car movie can be. This one certainly looks to live up to the standards.

Single: Twiztid - "Back to Hell"

While my tastes lay decidedly to the metal side of the coin, there is one group that is most definitely not metal but will always lay claim to my allegiance. Twiztid, the horror-rap duo formerly of Insane Clown Posse's Psychopathic Records, is set to release a new album this coming January. The first song has been released and I have to say I like it. It is a little different, a little dark, pretty fresh, and most definitely Twiztid. I know some of you may not understand why I like these guys, but they are really good and have a way of twisting a phrase, turning a beat, and getting into your head.

December 9, 2014

Movie Review: The Pyramid (2014)

Against the better advice and even my own judgment, I went and saw The Pyramid. I was warned off by a few people, telling me it was really bad and not worth my time. Mind you, these are people whose opinions I respect, but I, obviously, disregarded them and went in oping for a tasty fun horror movie. What I got was a boring slog that seemed to replay As Above, So Below (which wasn't all that good to begin with). The only real difference being a change of scenery from the Catacombs under France to the pyramids of Egypt. They also, somehow, made it even more boring. Seriously, listen to better judgment, or at least me, and pass on this.

Movie Review: The Babadook

This past August, while enjoying my time at Hudson Horror Show IX, I had a conversation with Fangoria's Michael Gingold about upcoming horror movies to keep an eye out for. One of the titles he mentioned, the only one I actually remember, was The Babadook. He said it was one of the best in recent memory. The name was unique enough that it stuck. In the weeks after that I kept hearing nothing but praise for the movie. Of course, my interest was piqued and I knew I had to see it. Still, I must admit to being a little bit skeptical. Heck, I even kinda wished I did not like it. You know, not to seem like I was going along with the hype.

December 8, 2014

News: Oh No! There goes Tokyo! New New Godzilla!

Yes, dear fans of the giant monster, Toho has indeed announced plans to bring back Godzilla to the big screen. It has been a decade since the screen was last graced with the man-in-suit destruction of giant monster in Godzilla: Final Wars. Plans are to shoot the movie next year with an eye on a 2016 release. How this will fit in, or not, with the recent Hollywood kickstart is yet to be seen. Still, this is definite cause for G-fans to celebrate.