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Telluride Horror Show 2017: Festival Wrap-up

Well, that’s a wrap on the 2017 Telluride Horror Show. This horror film festival has quickly become one of, if not THE, horror destination for fans and filmmakers worldwide. This was their 8th year in existence, and having been in attendance for the past two years consecutively, I can safely say that this is the place to be in October. I was able to catch nine films over the course of three days, and I’m shocked to report that there was not one bad film I can recall. Having been to my fair share of horror film festivals, this is high praise.

This festival wrap-up will attempt to fill you in on all the dirty little details; with many more in depth reviews to follow. I would like to say that no amount of words can do the town of Telluride justice if you’ve never been. It’s a magical little mountain town that is almost too beautiful to describe. At this juncture I would like to point out that I’m not typically a guy who’s in awe of “god’s green majesty”, but I found myself speechless just looking around. It’s kinda one of those places you try to capture with your cell phone camera, and your then realize that it’s an impossible task. Even the six or seven hour drive from Denver is a gorgeous one, albeit a bit of a white-knuckler at times. I’ve never seen anything quite like it, and I’m starting to feel at home in this historic little burg.

 

Day 1:

Day one had your intrepid reporter up at 5:30am for this little mountain jaunt, and I’ll have you know that wake up times this early are typically reserved for house fires or catastrophic events. Continue reading “Telluride Horror Show 2017: Festival Wrap-up”

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Movie Review: Open Water 3: Cage Dive (2017)

Alright, so let’s conduct a brief questionnaire before diving into this next review. Do you like films about sharks? Do you enjoy found footage movies? Are you able to suspend disbelief when it pertains to tales of survival? If you answered anything other than “yes” to all three of those questions, thanks for playing and we hope to see you next time. If you’re still reading, cancel your evening plans and watch Open Water 3: Cage Dive. The film is currently available across all VOD platforms, and it’s probably one of the scariest shark films I’ve ever seen.

 

I probably know what you’re thinking “another Open Water film?” However, before you get all upset about how much you disliked the first and maybe the second film in that series, know that “Open Water” was tacked on after the film was originally released as Cage Dive. Frankly, I understand why the change was made and I’m sure some cigar smoking studio executive was pleased as punch with his decision. I’m sure it will help the film get a larger audience due to Continue reading “Movie Review: Open Water 3: Cage Dive (2017)”

Telluride Horror Show (THS) 2017 – First Wave Film Announcement

I recall a time, longer now than perhaps it seems, when Colorado was the land of plenty. A scenic landscape with not one, but three horror film festivals that called this land home. Now, much like The Highlander, there can be only one. That shining beacon in one of the most beautiful mountain towns on earth is The Telluride Horror Show. This year is already shaping up to be the best yet with a stellar array of films for all horror palates. Your intrepid reporter will once again be on hand to fill you in on the details. I happen to be particularly excited for Creep 2, Victor Crowley, Mayhem, and What The Waters Left Behind. Shit…and that’s just the first wave!! I’m going to have some tough choices to make, but knowing I get to see at least one Adam Green film & one Joe Lynch film makes me very happy and nostalgic for a Holliston  reunion…but I digress.

The Telluride Horror Show will be taking place from October 13th-15th…in Telluride, Duh. passes are becoming scarce at this point, but if you’ve got the time, be there!!! Read on on the full press release including the first wave of film, as well as some special guests. For tickets/passes, lodging, or general info, click here: https://telluridehorrorshow.wixsite.com/telluridehorror

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10 Years of Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007)

Skipping past history for now and fast forwarding to controversy, let’s face it, Halloween (2007) is a movie that many didn’t like for various reasons. Remakes are a bad word especially to those who like horror. Depending how old you are you’ve grown up with them in some fashion. Even as a kid of the ’80s and ’90s, I grew up with remakes. But not all remakes are bad and some are flat out “better” than the originals. Look at John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) vs the original The Thing from Another World (1951). Totally different eras of movie making and the tone are obviously radically far apart. It was “due” for an update in the 31 years between the two. Carpenter’s movie is considered a classic now.

Is Rob Zombie’s first stab at Michael Myers better than the original? I’d argue it is not, but it is certainly very Rob Zombie and in this Halloween movie we had no choice but to understand what kind of movies Rob Zombie was going to make going forward. He had already scored (depending on how you look at them) two hit movies with House of 1000 Corpses and the sequel The Devil’s Rejects. But now he was going away from his two original movies and moving onto hallowed ground, John Carpenter’s 1979 slasher classic.

What we ultimately got was a lot of what has become Rob Zombie’s style – ridiculously foul mouthed, white trash characters and lots of blood. That, and an origin story for Michael Myers I don’t think anyone ever needed. This was part of the dawn of an era where remake/sequels/reboot movies are being used to over explain everything. No mystique is Continue reading “10 Years of Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007)”

Movie Review: The Devil’s Candy 2017

It’s been a little while since I’ve been totally fucking blown away by a horror film; something I would legitimately call a good movie regardless of its genre’s connotation. I’m happy to say that The Devil’s Candy is that film. It also sits somewhere in the sweet spot for me, because it includes a few of the Kvlt’s favorite things…horror & metal! Aw hell, why not throw in some strong satanic overtones just for good measure? It’s certainly not the first film to combine these elements; it’s just the first to do it so damn successfully in my eyes. This is why we love horror movies! It’s rare to get a taste of something so fresh, and to have that taste carry through until after the credits have rolled.

 

As I said, it’s not the first film to blend metal and horror together. In fact, for the initiated, there’s a whole “metalsploitation” genre dating back to the 80’s. Films like Black Roses, Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare, Trick or Treat and even sillier entries like The Gate paved the way for the dark side of metal to permeate the collective psyche of suburbia. Metal music was a little more taboo in the Continue reading “Movie Review: The Devil’s Candy 2017”

Movie Review: The Belko Experiment (2017)

We all have those movies that we just end up missing in the theatre. It’s not that there’s a lack of motivation, but sometimes life just gets in the way of spending your hard earned money at the Cineplex. For this reviewer, The Belko Experiment is one of those instances. I wanted to see it, and the trailers looked great, I just never got around to it. Now that the film has been released for home audiences, do yourself a favor and check it out. I promise you it’s the ultra-violent office massacre comedy you didn’t know you needed.

The film starts off at a break neck pace, with only mere minutes of exposition before diving head first into the carnage. The story revolves around a large multi-national corporation that Continue reading “Movie Review: The Belko Experiment (2017)”

Movie Review: Pool Party Massacre (2017)

If you’re going to pen a modern day love letter to shitty ’80s horror, you’re going to load up a hefty bag of guts, blood, one-liners and callbacks. Drew Marvick’s Pool Party Massacre is the right combination of slasher throwback, modern day low-budget film making, and savvy marketing. From the poster art, cheesy tag line and blood use, this is an indie effort done right.

Even the title font on the poster is the same as 1982’s Slumber Party Massacre.

You know the basic setups and foreshadowing already, or at least that’s all I could see and hear. If you grew up on a late night TV diet of ’80s slasher flicks, you have some things to feast on. Callbacks, red herrings, and plenty of vapid, awful, disposable characters. I won’t detail too much, but you’ll appreciate them if you can spot them.

Blair Winthorpe’s parents are going out of town and she is going to throw a pool party where there isn’t much pool partying going on. That’s beside the point and one of the things that stuck Continue reading “Movie Review: Pool Party Massacre (2017)”

30 Years of Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

I’ve kind of always liked horror movies, especially slashers, and while I’m not sure I can pinpoint exactly where it started, I sure as hell can tell you where I was certain that people getting hacked up on screen was my kind of entertainment.

For seven-year-old me there was nothing like a Friday the 13th Marathon on AMC or TNT’s MonsterVision with Joe Bob Briggs. This was before there was a Jason Goes to Hell. So the most recent Jason movies around were Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan and Part VII: The New Blood.

The seventh entry into the hockey masked murderer’s series is where I fell in love with slashers. Jason’s mask is iconic, but the look in Part VII was the absolute best. Gnarled from years in Crystal Lake, bones, rotted flesh, the chopped up mask.


This was also Kane Hodder’s first outing as Jason Voorhees and the size and brutality he Continue reading “30 Years of Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood”

Movie Review: The Neon Demon (2016)

Nicolas Winding Refn has been something of an enigma since he burst onto the scene with his violent 1996 Danish crime thriller Pusher. Since then, his films have only gotten stranger and more violent, which is saying something if you seen his films Drive or Valhala Rising. Although the films are weird, they’ve also gotten better. His latest film The Neon Demon is no exception to the rule. It’s nothing short of a visual masterpiece, while also showcasing the vapid and cutthroat world of modeling.

 

I would not describe Refn as a mainstream filmmaker, however he does have some broad mainstream appeal. As his career continues to flourish, his name continues to attract some of Continue reading “Movie Review: The Neon Demon (2016)”

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