October 28, 2015

Movie Review: Come Out and Play

In 1976 there was a movie released called Who Can Kill a Child?, it has had a few other names over the years, but this is the title that I saw it under. I saw it projected (digitally) about a year ago, it left me shaken and a little stirred. It was not a perfect movie, but it is an unsettling one that asks some tough questions and does not offer much in the way of answers. Now, this year I have come across a movie called Come Out and Play, which is as close as a shot for shot remake as you can get this side of Gus Van Sant's Psycho.

October 27, 2015

Blu-ray Review: Jurassic World

Well, a few months ago, Jurassic World took the world by storm and is one of the biggest box office smashes of all time. It is an entertaining movie that seemed to connect immediately with all audiences of all ages. Yes, I was entertained, yes I can saw that I liked it, but still, I find it surprising that it has done as well as it has. Is it the nostalgia factor? The Chris Pratt factor? I am not sure I can really tell. Sure, I loved Jurassic Park back in the day and the way it brought together CG and practical effects, but while I looked forward to this, I did not have the same anticipation as those around me.

October 26, 2015

Con Experience: Chiller Theatre - Halloween 2015

Over the past few years there have been a few events that I truly look forward to. At the top of the list would have to be the Hudson Horror Show marathons of horror and exploitation films. However, close behind them would be the conventions, mostly Monster Mania and Chiller. This past weekend was Chiller, which I always try to hit for a day. I was successful in this goal, spending Saturday there with my sister, meeting celebrities, seeing friends, buying stuff, you know the drill. It was a day of chaos, lines, creepy folks in costumes, celebrity meeting, and more. This show isn’t for everyone, but I always manage to have a blast.

October 23, 2015

Movie Review: The Last Witch Hunter

Well, it is 2015, that means we are due for another Breck Eisner movie. Why, you ask? It seems he is on a five year cycle. His first film was 2005’s Sahara, he followed that with 2010’s remake of The Crazies, and now, in 2015, we get The Last Witch Hunter. It is also notable for being Vin Diesel’s first new character since 2008’s Babylon A.D. (I don’t count Guardians of the Galaxy). Knowing the big two names involved will lead you to the next question: is it any good? This is where things get decidedly fuzzier. It is not a simple answer, at least not for me.

October 17, 2015

Movie Review: I Spit on Your Grave III - Vengeance is Mine

1978 was the year that the original I Spit on Your Grave was unleashed by writer/director Meir Zachi. The movie did not have much, well, any Hollywood polish. It is a rough, grimy, dirty movie that leaves you wanting to take a shower. It was famously shredded by Roger Ebert who claimed it had no artistic merit, should not be seen by anyone, and has no reason to exist. Of course, I disagree and it appears I am not alone as the film was remade, had a sequel to the remake and now a second sequel to the remake. I am pretty sure that no one ever predicted this kind of life for a grimy no budget film such as this.

October 11, 2015

Movie Review: Tremors 5 - Bloodlines


It is a little hard to believe that is has been 25-years since the first Tremors film came out. That movie was a lot of fun, and when I saw it in a theater (for the first time), it was a little like seeing it for the first time. The movie was a lot of fun, scary, a little creepy, and very entertaining. It is a good example of PG-13 horror done right. In the years since its release we have had a few sequels and a television series. Now we have Kevin Bacon dropping hints that he would like to return to the franchise, and a new sequel with the one stalwart of the series, original supporting cast member Michael Gross.

Concert Review: Fabio Frizzi - Frizzi 2 Fulci (Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA. 10/10/15)

Over the years I have come to be a big fan of Italian horror, specifically those from the 70's and 80's. This fandom also came with a love for the music that accompanied the horrific images. This includes the likes of Goblin and Fabio Frizzi. These artists have created some of the greatest music ever written and when you get a chance to see them perform their music live must be taken advantage of. The opportunities are far and few between, since they are based out of Italy, it is rare that they make it State-side. Fortunately, I got to see Goblin two years ago on their first US tour. It was a transcendent night of music. Now, I have gotten to see, and meet, Fabio Frizzi on his first tour of the US.

October 10, 2015

Screening Report: Demon Knight (10/8/15, Alamo Drafthouse, Yonkers, NY)

The other night I made another of my seemingly weekly trips to the Alamo Drafthouse theater, seems like I am in there all the time. As a matter of fact, I think the servers are starting to recognize me. Anyway, I was there for a 20th anniversary screening of the glorious 1995 film Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight, or as I like to call it, Demon Knight. Expecting something more creative? sorry to disappoint. At the same time, don’t tell me you always use the longer version. I won’t believe you. In any case, I have always loved this movie ever since I first saw it (on film) during its original release.

October 6, 2015

Movie Review: The Martian (2015)

The Martian has arrived to much fanfare. I have seen some refer to it as a return to form for Ridley Scott. I was going to disagree with that sentiment, but then I looked over his recent filmography, and in my book this is easily his second best film in the past decade. Surprisingly, I had not noticed how many merely decent films he has been making of late. It is a good thing this isn't about his past, it is about his present, which is pretty darn good. The Martian may not be the most exciting film he has made, but there is something quietly excellent about it. It is an entertaining film that features some fine action and covers a lot of ground.

October 5, 2015

Movie Review: Hotel Transylvania 2

It is hard to believe it has been three years since Hotel Transylvania graced the big screen. It was a movie I liked, but did not quite love. I think that may have been because I saw it in the midst of a really good run of animated fare. 2012 also brought us Frankenweenie and the incredible ParaNorman, so far as other horror themed films, plus there was the video game themed Wreck-It-Ralph. It is hard to stand out in that crowd and in another year Hotel Transylvania may have stood out more for me. Still, I did like it, the story may have been a tad generic, but the jokes and respect for the classic monsters is a definite winner. Now we have the sequel. How does it stack up?