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Hereditary is likely the most disturbing movie this year

Enough of you have likely seen this movie by now, but we need to talk about Hereditary, the “scariest movie since The Exorcist.” Every scary movie will forever be measured against it.

It’s not. Maybe it was to you though.

But what it didn’t produce in scares for me it made up for in unsettling and uncomfortable situations. Maybe I’m not quite capable of being scared by a movie, but they can certainly produce shock and uncomfortable moments. Hereditary laid it on thick and I can certainly appreciate it for what it was. I think Ari Aster killed it in his first feature length debut through A24 Films which just so happened to let Robert Eggers do his thing in his directorial debut with The Witch, which I also loved.

Toni Collette plays Annie Graham so well. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her get award nominations for Hereditary.

Part family drama, part spook show, Hereditary stars Toni Collette as Annie Graham the sometimes manic, sometimes detached mom who’s family is broken and busted by every tragedy. She also has her own really fucked up past with her mother and children which the story revolves around and around. The family drama piece at the beginning sets the stage for adding in spook elements to move the story while producing plenty of shocking moments along the way. You’re now entering the SPOILER ZONE.

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Pull the party horn out of your eye, “Friday the 13th Part VII – The New Blood” is 30

“Why? Didn’t they make six of them?”

-John Carl Buechler

Director of Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood on the initial approach for directing.


Thirty years have passed since they resurrected Jason Voorhees, again, but in Part VII it was from the bottom of Camp Crystal Lake. Opening May 13, 1988, the seventh entry of Friday the 13th was billed “Jason versus Carrie” as now undead hockey face battled Tina Shepard, a troubled girl who has mind powers she can’t control so well.

This Friday the 13th was more effects laden, a calling card of Director John Carl Buechler , who didn’t even want to do the movie. The result though was one with a lot of flying objects, explosions, and tons of gore that the MPAA felt was too unnecessary for audiences to see. Continue reading “Pull the party horn out of your eye, “Friday the 13th Part VII – The New Blood” is 30″

The saw chains of “Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers” haven’t rusted in 30 years

Grab your favorite chainsaw and plenty of fuel because we’re going on a trip to Los Angeles where the cult classic Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers takes place. The title is almost a horror movie name generator inspiration. Just mash three words together and then write the movie based on the title.

There’s a brief street walker interview intro where she manages to produce a chainsaw in a police interrogation room and then it’s quickly on to total nudity from B-movie babe Michelle Bauer as Mercedes, a chainsaw wielding hooker. Sorry, she’s a lady, I forgot she said that early on. Mercedes brings clients back to her room where she keeps a Homelite chainsaw stashed in her dresser because those fit there. She even covers a picture of the King in plastic because you don’t want to sully his visage right before getting down to dismembering her John, spraying blood and clearly hand tossed body parts all over the place. I can’t tell you enough how this is a scene every genre fan must watch.

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Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” gets the Criterion Collection treatment. Finally.

Criterion Collection movies are about as good as you could get for any release. Now with other heavy hitters like Synapse, Arrow, or Grindhouse putting out quality genre releases on Blu-ray, Criterion isn’t the end all for high quality, classic movie releases. But Criterion swings hard with their new 4K Criterion Collection of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.

First off, this classic has never looked better. I’ve only ever seen grainy public domain showings on TV and my just as bad copy in a bargain bin Mill Creek four-disc set. I’ve never seen the colorized version! So watching the old transfers is almost part of the experience now. Grainy shots that show too bright, audio quality that is clearly dated and has pops in it. The new restoration done by Romero looks great. All the blacks, whites and greys are rich. I just talked about pumped up colors in the Suspiria 4K from Synapse, now I’m talking true, Continue reading “Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” gets the Criterion Collection treatment. Finally.”

“Victor Crowley” is a return to the swamp, and to form, for Adam Green

The Hatchet Army asked for it and never expected to get it, especially the way they did. Last year Hatchet director Adam Green was going to show the first movie for an anniversary screening. What the audience actually got was Victor Crowley, the secretly filmed fourth outing of Kane Hodder’s rampaging swamp ghost. To say that had to have been an amped crowd after Green announced they’d be watching the newest Hatchet instead of the first one is an understatement.

Fast forward to February and we now have copies of Victor Crowley in our hands. This one got some good feedback on the film festival circuit, plus a national roadshow goodwill tour with Continue reading ““Victor Crowley” is a return to the swamp, and to form, for Adam Green”

“Suspiria” 4k is short on features, huge on presentation

The three discs of the new 4k restoration of “Suspiria.” Feature disc, special features, and soundtrack. Plus booklet.

A little late but I hadn’t had a chance to dig into the special features of the newly released 4k restoration of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic, Suspiria, which was put out by Synapse Films in December.

So $60 (and a few days of watching) later I can now say that it looks and sounds amazing!

First off, the 3-disc steelbook case is really sweet. Great movie poster slipcover and the steelbook case has some great art on the front and back. This was limited to 6,000 copies and since I didn’t own a print already, I sprung the money for it. Totally worth it. There will be a 2-disc edition coming out this year as well, but it won’t be steelbook and I imagine it won’t have a copy of the soundtrack. So I’ll start there, Goblin is Continue reading ““Suspiria” 4k is short on features, huge on presentation”

Movie Review: Leatherface (2017)

Please stick with me past this next sentence.

This is the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie that isn’t one at all.


That doesn’t necessarily make it bad, it just means you have to leave that hang up at the door. Leatherface is the Chainsaw Massacre movie without a chainsaw massacre, but don’t worry there’s still a massacre.

Most kids get chainsaws for their birthday. Right?

We open on some murder and gratuitous redneckery on behalf of the Sawyer family. It says so on the ranch entry, in case you forgot who we are dealing with. Seriously, the best part of the movie opening is seeing grandpa lay some hammer. I swear. Best part of the movie if you only came for something immediately tied to the original two. But stay with me people. Continue reading “Movie Review: Leatherface (2017)”

Still straight-to-video, “The Video Dead” (1987) turns 30

The 1980’s were the second blood splattered golden era of horror. The second wave of monsters was built on slashers and also zombies. One of the lot is a 1987 direct-to-video classic, Robert Scott’s written, produced and directed “The Video Dead.” If you’re looking for cheese this movie is pure Velveeta.

Not taking itself too seriously, “The Video Dead” is a flick grounded in a story about a TV that is a doorway for the cinematic undead to cross into the real world.

The movie opens with a TV being unexpectedly delivered to a writer who takes it in and after turning it on finds out that it only plays one channel, a B&W zombie movie on an endless loop. The Video Dead, the TV itself, unleashes zombies that come out of the TV and quickly takeover the house. Anyone seen Lamberto Bava’s 1985 “Demons”? The delivery company returns to pick up the accidentally delivered TV which was meant for The Institute for the Studies of the Occult. Zombies being accidentally delivered Continue reading “Still straight-to-video, “The Video Dead” (1987) turns 30″

Movie Review: Never Hike Alone (Dir. Vincente DiSanti)

Automatically for film critics and even horror fans, the term “fan film” is almost an immediate out. You just expect the worst because a bunch of people got together with exceptionally poor equipment and threw together a 20 minute Friday the 13th. Except Vincente DiSanti (director and Jason Voorhees) did just that with Never Hike Alone and the results were something Andy and I could agree was the best try we can honestly say we’ve seen.

I’ve watched (or attempted) handfuls and they are largely unbearable. I’d mention some by name if I could remember them but they aren’t worth searching for reference. Every issue is there and none of the “so bad it’s good” quality: acting that isn’t even entertaining, bad shots, entirely too predictable, shot for shot copying. Never Hike Alone is none of those things.

Andy obviously had the benefit of being in Telluride when it screened for Telluride Horror Show but sadly had to experience it just like us normal people,free on YouTube, because he chose a different movie at that same time.

Never Hike Alone was a Kickstarter campaign to finish up the production. What came of it was a 50 minute journey into the forest surrounding Camp Crystal Lake. It was worth the $50,000+ needed because none of the money seemed to have been wasted. Kyle McLeod is a Continue reading “Movie Review: Never Hike Alone (Dir. Vincente DiSanti)”

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