October 31, 2013

Horror-A-Day: The Mutilator

While the enjoyment of horror can certainly seem amplified during the month of October, what with the specter of Halloween looming large in the distance, it really is more of a lifestyle. Being a horror fan is like being a metal fan, it is something you become steeped in, it merges with your essence, it can even come to define you (at least partially). It is unlike any other gene of film. There are always darker nooks and crannies to explore for films of all budget levels. There is no excuse for not getting into horror.

Horror-A-Day: The Wild Beasts (1983)

Halloween is so close that I can almost taste it. All I want to do is watch horror movies and eat candy. Sadly, I cannot do that. I have to work and am already too close to being diabetic. Although, sometimes I think I should just risk it. Then, reality sets in and I go to work and try to squeeze in time to watch movies and write about them, and sneak some candy now and again. Still, the one good thing I can always count on is that there are always unseen movies waiting to be seen.

October 29, 2013

Horror-A-Day: The Expelled

The frost is back. I am not sure I like getting ice on my skull while walking from the front door to the car. See? It's happening already, I went from complaining about the lack of brisk air to complaining about that persistent chill. Granted, by midday it is still a bit more temperate, the complaint stands. I am so glad that horror films will always be waiting to welcome me no matter how cold it is or how bad the day has gone. There is nothing like finishing the day with a little bit of terror. Right?

HorrorA-Day: Mimic 2 - Hardshell

As Halloween draws ever closer, I have found at least one more shorts day in the season. I guess those few frosty mornings were just a tease. The consistently chilled weather is coming, it is right around the corner and soon enough I will be complaining about cold weather and I will be ready for the warmth of spring. But I am getting ahead of myself. This season has also allowed me to discover a few movies, some new, some old, some good, some bad, and there is still some time left. Hopefully, I will get back on a good role.

Chiller Halloween 2013 is a Memory

The Fall Chiller convention has come and gone and I have had another fun time. I really enjoy the wide selection go stars, new, old, rare, and whoever else they can get their hands on. This outing was no different, and while I was not able to get to everyone I really wanted, but that is the way it goes. Still, everyone I did meet was pretty great. Anyway, let's move on and take a look at some of the pictures of the day.

October 25, 2013

Horror-A-Day: Salvage (2009)

This morning didn't have a frost like the past few days have had, but there was still a crisp coldness that dug into my scalp when I stepped outside. It was the sort of chill that kinda gathers at the back of your neck and drives to the bone. Well, maybe not quite that dramatic, but it could certainly be liked to the feeling when a good horror movie injects a decent creep factor. Not all horror movies set out to creep, or get under the skin, some just want to toss blood at you, and others want you to believe it could happen.

October 24, 2013

Horror-A-Day: Shadow (2010)

So, Halloween is definitely coming, it is right around the corner. All of the warning signs are there, friends have their decorations up, AMC has their FrightFest in full effect, and the stores are getting filled with Christmas stuff. Thanksgiving you say? What's that? Anyway, the temperatures are takin on a chilly demeanor with multiple frosty morning in a row and afternoons that still carry a chill. Still, horror movies are nice and cozy indoors and always ready to welcome me. Unfortunately, I have found that the recent selections have not exactly been all that stellar.

October 23, 2013

Horror-A-Day: Spiderhole

Today, today there was a definite chill in the air. The temperature dipped to the low 30's and there was a frost on the car windshield. I never like having to pull out the ice scraper before taking off for work. Sadly, this day comes every year. Now the chill is hear, we are officially out of shorts and t shirt weather. Well, the t shirts can stay. Now we can move onto the important stuff, it is still October and it is still horror season. Of course, horror season lasts all year. Bring it.

October 22, 2013

Horror-A-Day: Dr. Orlof's Monster

So, I seems that the cool weather is finally here to stay and I already miss my shorts. Yes, I look forward to the seasonally cool Fall weather, but that doesn't mean I can't also miss the comfort of my shorts. I guess it doesn't matter when I spend most of my time inside a climate controlled room. I guess if I want to warm up I can watch a movie with a warm setting, like A Nightmare on Elm Street's boiler room or Tatooine in Return of the Jedi. Conversely I could go for a chill with The Thing. It was none of these this night.

October 21, 2013

Horror-A-Day: The Awful Dr. Orlof

Well, it's been a few days. My horror a day run got slightly derailed this past weekend. However, on the plus side the weather finally seems to be on the cooling trend. I wonder how long it will take until the snow hits? I kid, I kid. Fortunately, indoors there are still tons of movies waiting to be watched. The movies will never leave me behind and will never leave me with a desire for something new. With that said, I found another first timer to cross my eyes. Also, fortunately, it was actually pretty good.

October 20, 2013

Movie Review: Carrie (2013)

I have to say, this Halloween season seems a little lackluster when it comes to widespread theatrical releases. It has been a long time since we have had an October without a Saw and/or Paranormal Activity. Like them, love them, or loathe them, it has been a decade since we have had am October without one. Their absence is conspicuous. The one horror movie we do get is a cross between a remake of the Brian DePlalma film and another adaptation of the Stephen King novel. The movie is Carrie.

Movie Review: Escape Plan

Thirty years in the making, Stallone and Schwarzenegger are finally together on the big screen and in a full movie. Yes, they had some scenes together in the Expendables movies, but those are big ensembles and don't really count. I have read it took so long because of rejected scripts and scheduling difficulties. I am go along with the second, but it makes me wonder just how ad those scripts were that this was the one that made the cut..

October 18, 2013

Horror-A-Day: Unhinged

All right, I am here still waiting for the Fall weather to show up, not these brief teases we've had so far. As it stands, temperatures hit the mid-70's today, past the halfway point of October. No, not entirely unheard of, but definitely puts a damper on the season. On another subject, did finally take a break from the Netflix horror offerings for the first time this month. I took to my DVD shelves and found o e that I ha never watched before. I am pretty sure I forgot I even had it.

October 16, 2013

Horror-A-Day: Killer's Moon

The Halloween march moves forward. Each day brings with it another movie, picked in the moment, and so far picked rather well. So far all of them have been new to me and more of them have been good than not. It is also showing me that there are plenty of movies from the 70's and 80's that I have yet to see. There is always a waiting list looking to fester in front of my eyeballs. Now we have a grey, somewhat overcast day masquerading as fall weather, and a movie masquerading as something else to match.

October 15, 2013

Horror-A-Day: The Black Sleep

The chill has thus far been a tease. Evidence of the lack of real pre-Halloween chills can be found as close as me, the shorts have not yet been tucked away. Now, with that image seared into your brain (sorry), the horror-a-thon continues with yet another movie I have not seen. No matter how many you discover, there is always a steady flow filled with other sights to be discovered right behind. The one thing I need to try and figure out is how to parlay this horror run to the rest of the year. Thoughts for another time.

October 14, 2013

Horror-A-Day: Crucible of Horror

Come on, October, make up your mind. Just when you think the seasonal chill has finally arrived, the sun comes out and we get temperatures up around 70. Good thing I am a creature of an indoor habit. I can pretend the chill is outside and keep the mood dark and nasty inside with a fine selection of old school horror type stuff. Sure, not all of them are winners, but just like in life, that is going to happen. It is a good thing for me that I have done more good than bad and choosing my movies.

October 13, 2013

Movie Review: Machete Kills

It is hard to believe that it has been six years since the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez team up, Grindhouse, was released. No, it wasn't a big hit in theaters, but no matter, popular opinion is never a truly good test of quality.i had a blast with it and its trailers. Even more surprising is that one of the fake trailers made for that event was turned into a movie of its own. Now, that movie has spawned a sequel of its own, fighting the odds if you will. Whatever you want to call it, it puts a smile on my face.

Movie Review: Captain Phillips

As you know, in recent years I have found myself moving more and more away from based on true story type movies. I have discovered that I am much more enticed by genre film making, or film making that seems to be more creative and interesting to me. The idea of recreating real life stories has lost some of its luster. This is not to say there cannot be very good craft and skill involved in making them, but I find I am less interested, kind of like the recent Ron Howard movie, Rush. That just looked exceptionally dull to me.

October 12, 2013

Horror-A-day: The Spell

I guess it was bound to happen, between trying to figure out what is going on with the Fall weather and watching never before seen horror and exploitation movies on Netflix it had to happen sooner or later. What? Well, a movie that left me with little to say about yet leave me obligated to try and say something. I is one of those moves that, while mildly interesting leaves the mind almost as quickly as it enters. So, please forgive me if this entry in Horror-A-Day is exceptionally short.

Horror-A-Day: Blackenstein - The Black Frankenstein

So, the decidedly un-Fall like weather persists. The good thing is that the march towards Halloween movie marathon marches on. There is nothing quite like scrolling through my Netflix queue searching for the next hopeful winner. Well, I did succeed on watching something I had never seen before, but it is not one that is going to float to the top. With that said, it does have a certain undeniable charm that firmly plants it in the era in which it was made, never to be confused with a more modern production.

Horror-A-Day:Lady Frankenstein

I really wish the Fall weather would make up its mind. I am pretty sure I am ready for it to just be Fall. I like my build up to Halloween to have a little bite in the air. Fortunately, my movies will ever disappoint me. This season has thus far been a fun one filled with old school horror stuff, obscure stuff, and sleazy exploitation. On top of that, it has all been movies I have never seen before. That is always a good thing, adding to my ever growing experience. The latest movie keeps up the trend, and it is mostly enjoyable.

October 10, 2013

Horror-A-Day: The Devil Within Her

Today was the first day to have a chill from start to finish. Not cold exactly, but a certain temperature level that makes the wearing of shorts a little less like a good idea. Interestingly enough, this slightly frosted day follows my watching of a little horror film from the mid 1970s that I have seen listed under a few names, that continues my trend of watching movies I have never seen before. While I have certainly stumbled across a few stinkers, this was not one of them. I would not call this a great movie but it certainly has a certain undeniable charm.

October 9, 2013

Horror-A-Day: Devil's Kiss

As October temperatures begin to finally settle in and colored leaves are starting to dot the trees, I am keeping up my movie diet. A steady stream of old school horror and exploitation titles is flowing out of my Netflix queue, for better or worse. Fortunately it is usually for the better. Still, even when the ones that are bad still add something to the tapestry of my movie watching experience. Unfortunately, this latest movie is not one I think I will feel the need to revisit. It has is moments, but overall, you would not be missing much.

October 8, 2013

Horror-A-Day: The Blood Beast Terror

It finally feels like Fall is getting here. Temperatures are not quite at their usual seasonal levels, but colors are starting to change as the leaves slowly begin to die. Fortunately, inside it is still Fall all the time as horror season truly settles in. Keeping the trend of movies I have never seen before going, the latest viewing experience was a movie with a familiar face that is always a welcome sight, wen of it is in a lackluster movie. You know, the bad movies that have that one person that makes it worth it. Sort of.

October 7, 2013

Horror-A-Day: Night of the Cobra Woman

The first week of October is all but done. Fortunately, there is still plenty of month left to continue watching horror movies. Sooner or later the weather will latch up as we will truly feel like Halloween is approaching. Until then, we can keep it as gloomy as we want. With Netflix Instant I am mere clicks away from a horror movie of some sort. The latest one to play out before my eyes is a mediocre feature that still manages to be entertaining, in a fashion. It is the kind of movie that you will know right away of if it is for you.

October 6, 2013

Movie Review: Gravity

Alfonso Cuaron is a director I wish was a little more prolific. That could be a double edged sword. If he was more prolific, the resulting movies may not be nearly as good. In other words, I should just be grateful for what we get. His 2006 film, Children of Men, is simply phenomenal film making and one of my all time favorites. He was also the guy behind my favorite of the Harry Potter films, The Prisoner of Azkaban. Now, he has returned with a long in development special effects driven tale of humanity and survival. The movie is called simply Gravity.

Horror-A-Day: Crimson, the Color of Blood

The odd early October weather continues and I guess it is just a matter of time before things take a turn for the seasonal. Speaking of a matter of time, I have come across the first film of my October horror run to leave me less than enthused. It is always sad when this happens, but there is no way to sustain a terribly long run of positive experiences, especially when you are working with unknown factors like movies you had never seen, in some cases hard of, before.

Concert Review: Goblin at Underground Arts (Philadelphia, PA 10/5/13)

I do not know when, exactly, that I became aware of Goblin. I was late to the horror game, so it was much later in life that I was introduced to horror movies and it was after that that I became aware of the importance of music. I saw Dawn of the Dead and loved it, but the composer did not click. The closest I can think is when I fell for Suspiria and the music for that movie is very distinctive. Since then I have listened to their scores and particularly one of their compilation disks, it never gets old and is just beautiful music.

October 5, 2013

Horror-A-Day: The Iron Rose

There are some directors whose work is an acquired taste. One of those directors is Jean Rollin. I have not yet seen enough of his movies to make up my mind regarding my thoughts of him, but I am certainly intrigued enough to keep trying more of his films. Who knows when that may change. The latest film to infect my brain is The Iron Rose. It is a movie that bears some distinct Rollin elements, while being a rather atypical release for the prolific director.

October 4, 2013

Horror-A-Day: House of Whipcord

As October continues being unseasonably warm, my remote is still able to find movies I have not seen before indoors, where I can ignore the non-Fall like weather. The more I watch, the more there are to see. This time my remote came to land on a movie called House of Whipcord. It is a 1974 Britsploitation movie by Pete Walker and is one of those movies I wish I was pointed towards earlier. Of course, I am fortunate hat movies like his are popping up on Netflix. I also encourage anyone into grimy 70's exploitation, definitely check this one out.

October 3, 2013

Netflix'ns: Nightmares (aka Stage Fright) (1980)

The early days of October find me still settling into my horror movie a day routine. It also finds me watching a movie I had never seen before. I was going through my Netflix queue and stumbled across an unseen gem. It has been in my queue for awhile, not sure why I never watched it before. Anyway, there is something about the chick with the crazy eyes and the shard of glass on the cover art that called to me. It inspired me to press play and see what was going on. The movie is called Nightmares, although an edited version can also be found under the tile Stage Fright.

Movie Review: Don Jon

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has had a very interesting career thus far. Since first appearing on television as the youngest cast member on 3rd Rock from the Sun, he has grown up and made the transition through teen years to adulthood with interesting loves such as Brick, Mysterious Skin, The Lookout, (500)Days of Summer, Inception, 50/50, and Looper, among others. Now, he is showing that he has been paying attention behind the scenes with his writing and directing debut. Don Jon, is a brave and insightful movie that is certainly not for everyone and is definitely not a date night movie.

Movie Review: In A World...

In a world.... Everyone knows those famous words. You probably even read them using a movie trailer voice in your head. What you may not know is the name of the man who made those words famous, the biggest name in the voice over game, Don La Fontaine. He passed away a few years ago, but left a lasting mark on Hollywood. His legacy is also the jumping off point for a movie that takes those words for its own. In A World... is the writing/directing debut for actress Lake Bell, who also stars.

October 2, 2013

Movie Review: Prisoners

With his first English language film, Oscar nominated director Denis Villeneuve (Best Foreign Language Film for Incendies) has delivered a finely crafted, intensely atmospheric, and frighteningly believable thriller. It is a movie that feels as if it were ripped right from the headlines, albeit with a dose of movie magic to amp things up to near the breaking point. This, to me, is rather impressive as the trailers, while intriguing, did not cry out as a must see. If you then factor in the two and half hour run time, I found myself questioning if it could possibly be worth it.

Netflix'ns: Visiting Hours

Another October is upon us. That means it is time to dive in and watch more horror movies than any other time of the year. Yes, horror movies are more than an October thing, but there is something about this time of year, the oncoming chill, the dying of the trees that makes them feel all the more appropriate. With that said, I have scanned my Netflix queue and have found my first choice for he new October, 1982's Visiting Hours.