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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)”

Movie Review: The Greasy Strangler (2016)

The Greasy Strangler has got to be one of the most bizarre cinematic experiences I can recall having in years.

I’ve seen a lot of weird shit, but this one is almost off the spectrum in terms of strangeness. The film is definitely worth watching if you’ve got a fairly high tolerance for abstract thinking. In fact, The Greasy Strangler seems to exist in its own little universe. Think of the strangest sketches from Tim & Eric meeting at a crossroads with the film Hobo With a Shotgun.

If you can put that image together, you might enjoy the strangeness that ensues. If you’re not familiar with those two properties, or don’t like them, abandon hope all ye who enter here. Jim Hosking wrote and directed this film, which is also his feature debut. He is also responsible for one of the most memorably disturbing segments from The ABC’s of Death 2…”G is for Grandad.” Frankly I’m not sure how this film exists, but thanks to Spectrevision and a few other Continue reading “Movie Review: The Greasy Strangler (2016)”

Review – Francesca (2015)

I don’t consider myself to be an “expert” on too many things in life. However, when it comes to the horror sub-genre of Italian giallo films, I’ll go ahead and say that I know more than most. In fact, it was a big part of my graduate studies while in film school. One of my professors also had a strange affinity for late ’70s euro-trash, and we would constantly try to one-up each other. We would even go so far as to screen rare 35mm prints during his office hours. That sounds tough, I know. This led to the exposure of probably hundreds of films that neither of us would’ve seen on our own. It was a wonderful learning experience, and probably the highlight of my time in the program.

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In Defense of The Walking Dead & Negan

For those of you NOT caught up on the most current season of The Walking Dead, be warned… spoilers ahead!

 

We’ve all seen the posts stating that the past season of The Walking Dead was losing viewers at a rapid pace. In fact, it was reported that the season 7 mid-season finale had the lowest viewership numbers since season 3. That being said, it’s still the highest rated show on basic cable. It’s a troubling phenomenon, especially since The Walking Dead is still one of the best horror properties currently running on TV.

 

Why the loss of viewership? Frankly, I think the show is becoming too bleak for some. Many Continue reading “In Defense of The Walking Dead & Negan”

30 Years Ago Today – A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Everyone knows the razor clawed, burnt killer Freddy Krueger and if you’ve seen all of the A Nightmare on Elm Street series, the third installment is easily the best sequel. The first ANOES is a classic, we’re introduced to Krueger, we learn how he became the burnt killer that torments the dreams of the children of Springwood, especially the kids of Elm Street. The second movie, ANOES 2: Freddy’s Revenge, is a contentious hot topic among horror/slasher fans.

It has its fans and it has its critics, I don’t really care for it.

Then came ANOES 3: Dream Warriors, the movie that truly set the tone (for better or for worse) for the rest of the series. 30 years ago today, we got to see a group of troubled, institutionalized Continue reading “30 Years Ago Today – A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors”

Pet (2016)

Working within the horror genre is often a tricky endeavor. As someone who screens movies on a regular basis, I get to see hundreds of films and on average I see between 2-300 a year. That’s a pretty heavy undertaking for even the most seasoned of viewers. When I worked at a video store in my younger days, I used to rent EVERY single horror film that came through the door. My friends and co-workers used to ask me how I could suffer through so much nonsense. My reply: “1 out of 10 is superb, so good that it makes the 9 other bad ones worth it”. I’m sorry to say that with the more recent popularity of the horror genre, that number has gotten closer to 1 Continue reading “Pet (2016)”

Andy’s Best Of 2016 Horror List

It’s that time of year again…the horrible holiday music filled with fake cheer and obligatory gift giving. Cynical you say? I’m not a huge fan of December in general. However, what better way to offset the phony holiday spirit with a nice collection of year-end horror films. 2016 was not necessarily a landmark year for horror, but it isn’t without its gems. Here is my end of the year “best of” list.

 

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This is a film that I’ve already written about in a lengthy review. It has almost everything one Continue reading “Andy’s Best Of 2016 Horror List”

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