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.