Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Shining

The ShiningDirected by: Stanley Kubrick

Release Date: 1980

Being a fan of the original incarnation of this story by Stephen King, I was already a skeptic. When I watched this film ten years ago, I hated it because the film was nothing like the book. When the mini-series of the story was broadcasted in 1997, I appreciated its close interpretation of the story.
Recently, I re-watched this and realized why I hated this movie.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Nightmare on Elm Street

imagedirected by: wes craven

release date: 1984

Last night, I watched my favorite horror film of all time on the big screen at the NYC Horror Film Festival with an audience for the first time ever. The experience was thrilling, exciting, and energetic. The fact that Freddy Krueger was actually in the building made the evening that more electrifying for me.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

New York City Horror Film Festival

The New York City Horror Film Festival is back and ready for action! Being an alumni of the film festival for four years from 2004 - 2007  (I wasn’t asked to volunteer once staff changes were made after), I must say that I was always delighted to see the new faces, the new movies and shorts that were festering the whole year for us horror fans to consume.
Additionally, I like to see who receives the Lifetime Achievement Award in horror every year.
Past recipients include – Tom Savini, Roger Corman, George Romero, Tobe Hooper, and Herschell Gordon Lewis.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Walking Dead

imageAMC’s new show, The Walking Dead has been a huge success for being the first ever zombie television series in history!
Well, I take that back.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sleepaway Camp

Sleepaway Camp

Directed by:Robert hiltzik

Release Date:1983

When I first discovered the Internet a decade or so ago, I read a list of “must see” horror films and Sleepaway Camp was at the top of this list.
Having absolutely no idea what I was in for, I rented this movie and definitely did not expect the ending I saw.
Briefly, for those interested in a basic plot summary with no spoilers: A boy, girl, and father are swimming in a lake while two pesky teenagers are on a motorboat. The teenagers fight over control as they head straight ahead toward the family swimming. There is an accident. One of the siblings is killed.
Years later, Angela has stayed with her cousin, Ricky, and is on her way to summer camp. Every time a person is cruel to Angela, the person ends up dead.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

April Fool’s Day

Directed by: Fred walton

release date: 1986

Bought on a whim and having never heard of the film prior to watching it, the suspense was built up masterfully and was successful in execution of the plot and story.
The story goes like this: a bunch of college students are asked to visit their classmate, Muffy St. John, whose father has a house on an island. Yes, they are on an isolated island.
There are practical jokes played on each other until…someone dies. As they start dying off one by one, the remaining two try their best to solve the mystery before it’s too late.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Dead Snow

Directed by:Tommy Wirkola

Release Date:2009

I watched this Norwegian film a few months back after a friend mentioned how much she enjoyed it.
The premise revolves around Nazi zombies that live in the snow. The victims are very American Pie (with subtitles, of course) in which there are some memorable lines. However, the film as a whole, didn’t work for me. The death scenes were funny and gruesome; the makeup effects were great; the story was innovative (very pirate like) but this isn’t a film I would own or re-watch.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Maximum Overdrive

Maximum Overdrive pic Directed by: Stephen King

Release Date: 1986


Stephen King’s first and last directorial debut was atrocious. Based on his short story, “Trucks,” this incarnation of the tale is supposedly campy and tongue in cheek. However, I couldn’t appreciate whatever elements of “comedy horror” that are present in this feature. Emilio Estevez stars as the cute cook of a truck stop who along with a group of survivors, fight off trucks and semi-trucks that come along when a comet passes through earth. What results is a soporific film about trucks and machinery coming to life attacking humans.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Cursed

Cursed movie poster

Directed by: Wes Craven

Release Date: 2005

I saw this was on IFC one night when I DVR’ed the movie. I remember when the film was released in the theaters but there wasn’t much buzz about it.
The film stars some actors that were popular at the time and some that have since become household names: Christina Ricci, Jesse Eisenberg (even more of a star now with The Social Network), Joshua Jackson (Dawson’s Creek, Fringe), singer Mya, Portia de Rossi, Scott Baio, Shannon Elizabeth, Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) and the always sidekick, Judy Greer.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Wes Craven’s new films

The director of my favorite horror movie of all time, A Nightmare on Elm Street, has come back from…wherever he was. According to the Internet Movie Database, the last thing he directed (apart from a short excerpt in Paris Je T’aime) was the forgettable Red Eye with Cillian Murphy and Rachel McAdams. The premise for My Soul to Take is interesting enough but I’m wary because I see elements of the Nightmare movie, especially with the hallucinations/dreams. As a Wes Craven fan, it is my duty to support his films even when they are not so good. When this film is released, I’ll make an effort to watch it. If I don’t have the opportunity to see it in 3D, I’ll be satisfied with renting it via Netflix.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Entity

Directed by: Sidney J. Furie

Release Date: 1983

Based on a book by of the same title by Frank DeFelitta, this story is about a woman who is repeatedly sexually assaulted by an unseen force.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Bug

Directed by: William Friedkin

Release Date: 2006

A story about a lonely woman who takes in a disturbed man who sucks her into his insanity. Wonderfully acted by Michael Shannon, he embodied the psyche of this man from the moment he was introduced to the last shot of the film. Why isn’t Michael Shannon a household name yet?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)

Directed by: Samuel Bayer

Release Date: 2010

Saw this opening night and I must say, I wasn’t completely dissatisfied with the outcome. Without revealing too many spoilers, this remake delves more into Freddy’s background and also his crimes. As for thrill factor, not so much. The deaths in the original make the deaths in this movie cringe. Insipid, bland, and forgettable ways to die, I could care less for the first quarter of the movie.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Ginger Snaps

Directed by: John Fawcett

Release Date: 2000

Ginger and Brigitte Fitzgerald are high school juniors in the town of Bailey Downs.  There is a beast mutilating dogs and the town is all fussy about the grisly deaths but yet, no one really does anything about the situation.
Ginger finally becomes a woman and then is attacked by the beast.  Needless to say, her appetite becomes insatiable for boys and dogs.
Being a blatant metaphor for puberty, I enjoyed the concept the filmmakers created for this movie.  However, upon watching the movie, I realized that I’m not a fan of werewolves.  I think they are cool and the idea of using werewolves as a metaphor for puberty in this picture worked.  As a personal preference, I’d take a vampire movie any day over werewolves.  But that’s just me.
Apart from the metaphor, the acting worked, the special effects makeup were pretty amazing, and some of the lines were good like a dark comedy.  The payoff wasn’t satisfying enough to watch the other films in the franchise.  Fun movie though.
Would I recommend this flick?  Yes – especially if you are into werewolves. 

Monday, April 5, 2010

Hostel II


Directed by: Eli Roth

Release Date: 2007

Part two continues in which we see Paxton again on the train but I refuse to divulge plot details so as not to ruin the film for anybody.
This sequel completely did the original justice and this is a rarity, especially in the horror genre.

Eli tones down the gore in this installment which provides the film to stand on its own merits while still being included in the “torture porn” category.  However, the difference between this sequel and the original is the pacing. 

The film moves along about a good forty minutes before anything really happens – but this is good!  In one of the featurettes, Eli mentions how he stylized Hostel Part II as an Italian horror film in which most of the action takes place towards the end.  Some movies fail miserably with this slow paced action but succeeds with Hostel II

I am a horror fan but there are some films I don’t need to re-watch; this movie is not one of them.

Eli has got me by the balls (if I had any) and I cannot wait what he has in store for us in the genre.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Let The Right One In

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

Release Date: 2008

Because Hollywood doesn’t know how to be original anymore, this film is being remade and will be tentatively be released this year in October.  Before even attempting to watch the original, please, fellow horror fans, watch this movie instead.