Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Rituals

Each Halloween, there are certain rituals I must do or it's just not Halloween for me.

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Vampire Diares - Season 4, "The Rager"

Directed by: Lance Anderson
Airdate: October 25, 2012

Last night's episode was a doozy...or was it?

As per usual, Elena's transition into vampire is the focal point of this episode. But with that we have so many redundancies (as if we don't know what's happening on the show already) that it's getting out of hand.

Friday, October 19, 2012


Directed by: Scott Derrickson

Release Date: 2012

The last picture Derrickson directed was The Day The Earth Stood Still in 2008, which was awful. However, prior to that picture, he directed The Exorcism of Emily Rose which was quite the unconventional exorcism flick but worked well. Sinister had all the right elements working for it: the atmosphere, the story, the acting, the town. A well done thriller/horror picture from beginning to end.

Vampire Diaries - Season 4, "Memorial"

Directed by: Rob Hardy
Airdate: October 18, 2012

Recap: This week's episode is mostly focused on Elena's transformation as a vampire. Stefan, the devoted boyfriend that he is, introduces Elena into drinking animal blood. Damon, however, thinks Elena should be drinking human blood. As he so bluntly puts it, "Vampires eat people. It's part of the natural food pyramid." Alas, he's ignored and Elena is having issues keeping the blood down. Then Connor, a vampire hunter, arrives in town to "cleanup." Additionally, April Young, the daughter of Pastor Young who killed himself and the other council members in the last episode comes back from boarding school.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The American Scream

Directed by: Michael Paul Stephensen

Release Date: 2012 (limited)

Recently, I attended the DocFest taking place at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco for a screening of The American Scream.

Perfect for the Halloween season, the theater was decked out with fake spiderwebs, red and green lighting, their candy display was lit up, and even the restrooms had plastic insects all around. For the theme of the movie, the setting was perfect.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Innkeepers

Directed by: Ti West

Release Date: 2011/2

Having been a fan of West's work since House of the Devil, The Innkeepers release was exciting. However, the anticipation of the film was better than the film itself. The ultimate result of the final product was soporific, ridiculously slow, with no payoff at the end. What the frak happened, Ti West?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Top Ten Favorite Horror Stories

my Three year anniversary!
In lieu of my blog-versary, in no particular order, I'll be naming of my favorite horror related books.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Satan's Little Helper

Directed by: Joe Lieberman

Release Date: 2004

What a movie! I watched this when it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2004. This film blew my socks off.

The quality of the film isn't particularly great but for a low budget feature which was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, then there must have been something great about it.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Vampire Diaries - Season 4, "Growing Pains"

Directed by: Chris Grismer
Airdate: October 11, 2012

Last night, with much glee and anticipation, I watched the season premiere of The Vampire Diaries. I must say that the past seasons make this season premiere pale in comparison. Perhaps because I devoured seasons one through three in such a short period of time (took me close to two months, maybe less) that all the show's deliciousness wasn't lost on me.

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Directed by: Richard Attenborough

Release Date: 1978

“Abracadabra, I sit on his knee. Presto, change-o, and now he's me! Hocus Pocus, we take her to bed. Magic is fun...we're dead.” A very fitting tagline and succinct summary of Magic, this movie was entertaining, disturbing, and sad simultaneously.

Magic, a story about a man so far gone he doesn’t realize it, illustrates Anthony Hopkins acting chops so early in his career. Most movies in the seventies had this raw and visceral appeal that shocked and appalled audiences worldwide.  This movie was no different.  Sure not as intense as any of Wes Craven’s earlier works (think The Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes) but still right in the same category.