Monday, September 30, 2013

Halloween Horror Challenge

It's almost October, time to break out the scary movies. 

This year I'm going to watch a horror movie every day from October 1-31.  I've got some marathons planned with friends and since Halloween 4/5 are playing at the Tampa Theater Halloween night, this will be a blast. 

I think everyone should give this a try.  Post your list of movies and keep us updated on your progress. 

We can do it!!


Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Hills Run Red

 A group of young horror fans go searching for a film that mysteriously vanished years ago but instead find that the demented killer from the movie is real, and he's thrilled to meet fans who will die gruesomely for his art.

I probably wouldn't have watched this until I heard director Dave Parker on Adam Green and Joe Lynch's Movie Crypt podcast. His stories about the making of the movie intrigued me, so I picked up a copy at FYE and gave it a shot.

The pre-credits scene alone is one of the most gruesome things I've seen in years. 

The film takes a few unexpected twists and gives the characters much more development than the average slasher film. 

My only real complaint is with the ending.  The movie had reached a good stopping point, but pushed on.  It felt like the ending used was just for shock value. 

If any movie deserved a theatrical release it was this one.  The writing, acting and production values are way above most direct to video movies. 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Curse of Chucky

 After her mother's mysterious death, Nica begins to suspect that the talking, red-haired doll her visiting niece has been playing with may be the key to recent bloodshed and chaos.

I wasn't sure what to expect going into this movie.  The original Child's Play was a good movie and had actual scares in it.  The sequels got worse each time.  The last two were more comedy than horror and Seed of Chucky wasn't even that funny. 

In Curse of Chucky, writer/director Don Mancini returns to the horror tone of the first one.  The movie works much better than I thought it would.  Mancini raises the tension level by keeping the characters in one location for most of the movie.  Further ratcheting up the tension is that most of the action takes place in a single night.  

No thanks Chucky. 
 Brad Dourif returns to voice Chucky and play Charles Lee Ray in flashbacks.  His daughter Fiona plays Nica, who must deal with being confined to a wheelchair as well as Chucky. 

While the movie takes a straight horror approach it's not without humor.  The humor here mostly works and doesn't feel forced. 

There were a few plot twists I didn't see coming and I won't spoil them here, but they were great moments.

Overall it's good horror movie and lots of fun. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sleepy Hollow

Two episodes in and I'm really enjoying this. 

Created by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Phillip Iscove & Len Wiseman it has some great writers behind it.  Len Wiseman even directed the pilot. 

The cast has great chemistry and it's a lot of fun watching Ichabod adjust to 21st century life. 

I'm hoping that this lasts the full season at least.  There aren't that many good genre shows on anymore and I'm always happy to see another.