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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Nightmare on Elm St. (1984) - Wes Craven

Well this is it Horror fans, the grand-daddy of them all... Well not really but its up there, this movie is one of the reasons I am watching Horror movies today. Freddy Kruger is one of the scariest and well known horror icons, and for some reason I am proud I was born a year before he began invading kids dreams all around Elm St.

I wanted to watch Nightmare on Elm Street before the remake came out. This is one of those movies that I believe doesn't need to be remade but hey... what can I do? Robert Englund is Freddy Kruger. Notice that I didn't say Robert Englund plays Freddy... He IS Freddy! Everyone that I know somehow snuck somewhere to see Freddy in some form. I know that last sentence is really convoluted.

Now there are a couple of different ways that we know Freddy, we know him as the homicidal child killer and we know him as the hilarious one-line spouting freak fest. In this movie we are introduced to him as Freddy the Homicidal Maniac who invades teenagers dreams as a form of revenge to the parents that killed him for being a child murder. If you didn't know that I don't understand why your watching Horror movies. This is like the standard in horror.

Alot of career's really took off after this movie, Johnny Depp of course took off working with Tim Burton and now as Capt. Jack Sparrow. We have the Director, Wes Craven, who went on from this to make a ton of crappy horror movies and some good ones like Scream 1. This movie would have to be one of the greatest slashers of all times.

There are incredible amounts of blood in this movie, accompanied by incredible amounts of Gore. I really am a huge fan, if you haven't noticed, of blood and gore. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who is going to see the remake. This is a must on all accounts. I am going to go ahead and give Nightmare on Elm St. or as I called it when I was little "The First Freddy" a 9.5 of 10. You will not be disappointed.

No running in the Hallway!

  • Disney was the first studio to want to work with Wes Craven on this asking him to tone down the content so that Kids and Pre-Teens could watch it. Wes obviously passed.
  • Sam Raimi's Evil Dead is show multiple times throughout the movie. There is a poster and the movie is seen on a television in a scene
  • 500 Gallons of Fake blood is used in the movie!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Ghost Ship (2002) - Steve Beck

I don't really know what the state of Horror movies were in the early mid 2000's but I can tell you that they were not good. It feels like they put out tons of shit in the new millennium and only started to pick it up when Rob Zombie and Eli Roth wanted to run with it. Yet in the fog of family friendly horror and pre-teen love story horror comes this nu-metal cluster-fuck produced by Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis. What the hell! I thought that they were decent humans that knew better... Well i guess we all make mistakes, that's why pencils have erasers.

Directed by Steve Beck, this movie, released in 2002 is early turn of the new millennium trash. The coolest part is in the beginning when everyone dies! Its kinda bloody and pretty cool but that is it. There is nothing else that can save this movie. Full of boring no talent actors, this movie is really just a waste of time I don't know why they would even make this. Uggh... maybe just so that Nu-metal bands could put out a compilation and call it a soundtrack.

Uggh... this movie is painful to watch. If you don't know what happens here ya go: A forgettable salvage crew is terrorized when they try to tow an old crusty ship back to port. Its a very basic tale that is told in thousands of movies and is horribly recycled here. I turned it off because it pissed me off!

I am overall giving this crapfest a 2 of 10. The only saving factor was the massacre scene in the beginning. Watch this movie if you have to, I know that you will prob. have some meat-head friends that are gonna want to watch this just because Mudvayne has put a few tracks on it. Damn! I hate this movie, I wanna take it down to 1 of 10 but I will keep it at 2.

Did ya know? 
The opening floor deck sequence of the film where everyone is severed in the torso area by a cable, was originally conceived to be that everyone was decapitated, but the studio didn't like the idea.
Gabriel Byrne replaced Brian Cox.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Candyman (1992) - Bernard Rose

Candyman has been a movie that I had talked about with friends since my time on the play-yard. I had always appreciated the intrigue that came with the story. I found it fascinating. Candyman was an amazing horror figure even though he had a short run. I had this on VHS and DVD. I had seen this numerous times. It was only a matter of time before I wrote about it. 

Helen is investigating the urban myth known as Candyman. This murderous entity is said to be haunting the walls of a housing tenement in Chicago, IL. She dips a little too close when strange occurrences start going on. When Candyman starts showing up her life starts spiraling out of control.

Tony Todd gives a stellar performance. He delivers his lines in this unmistakably frightening voice. Candyman is a horror icon beside the best of them and Tony Todd breaths life into it. However, you can't really do too bad when Clive Barker is your creator. Virginia Madsen stars as our heroin Helen and she sells her torment so well. Her story is fascinating. Watching her go down this horrifying rabbit hole makes this entertaining and creates a very intense terror. It's complimented by it's soundtrack composed by Philip Glass. It was effective weather Glass feels that way or not. 

This film delivers some pretty graphic scenes of gore and brutality. Helen goes through a lot when she is being haunted by our supernatural villain. It's tough to watch at times but really well done.

I love that Candyman is more than just another horror movie icon. The scenes with Candyman and Helen are the most intriguing and well done. Did I mention the intensity in the scenes. Incredibly intense. There are a few more things that I could ramble on about with this movie, but lets see... This movie would be ultimate if Clive Barker directed it. 

Director: Bernard Rose
Starring: Tony Todd, Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, and Vanessa Williams
Style: Supernatural Psychological Horror - Spirit
Country: USA
Studio: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

Did ya know...
Tony Todd is highly recognized for his performance as Candyman, he is on most top 10 lists as one of the scariest antagonists.
Virginia Madsen claims to be hypnotized for a number of the scenes in the film.
Look for V (Comment with your answers to my little games)
There were actually murders in the Cabrini-Green Projects, done just as the movie suggests.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Its Alive (1974) - Larry Cohen

Its Alive was actually a pretty decent horror film and a very hilarious concept. The movie all around has a sort of 1950's b-movie feel to it. Even the soundtrack has that same feel. This has to be the best movie that Larry Cohen directed, he has plastered his name on some stinkers, but this is one of his crowning achievements. One of the best things in this is the Unknown. You barely see the "Monster" the entire film.

If you don't know what happens... A woman gives birth to a freakish monstrosity that runs amok in Los Angeles killing people in its way. The movie climaxes in the beautiful Los Angeles river.. yeah right, beautiful. That's all I'm going to give you on this movie, go see it if you want to know more.

Like I said above the movie does a great job of keeping the monster hidden from the camera for most of the film. It is pretty successful in keeping the audience guessing what is going to happen next. My guess is that when Larry Cohen was directing this he wanted to parody 50's Monster movies, and he did a great job. I could see this movie double billing with such classics as Them or Attack of the 50 foot Woman.

I ordered this movie on Netflix where it is available to watch online. So if you wanna see it go there and watch it instantly. I had a great time watching this baby killing everyone in its path, i got some really good chuckles. The movie isn't shy of blood or suspense either. So it definitely fits in the Horror genre. I will give It's Alive a 6 of 10.

That's no baby, that's a dog man!
  • Movie was remade in 2008 with Bijou Phillips
  • The movie actually made the 100 scariest moments in movie history on Bravo
  • This movie spawned 2 sequels