Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Thing Homages

John Carpenter's The Thing is an undisputed horror classic.  Being a classic the movie has had it's share of imitators.  They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery so here are two of my favorite imitators of The Thing.

The X-Files- Ice 
Season One/Episode Eight

Mulder and Scully are sent to an arctic research facility to investigate some bizarre deaths.  

The Ice episode written by Glen Morgan and James Wong is probably of the most famous imitators of The Thing

If the sets and general look of the episode remind you of The Thing it could be because production designer Graeme Murray worked on both.

The armed stand off! 

"Ice" does a great job of capturing the paranoia and isolation from The Thing.  This episode is one of the breakout episodes from the first season of the X-Files. 

Star Trek Deep Space Nine- The Adversary 
Season Three/Episode 26

The third season finale of DS9 finds the crew confined on-board the Defiant with a shapeshifting alien called a Changeling.  The Changeling sews confusion and paranoia among the crew. 

This episode borrows liberally from The Thing in several scenes.

The crew scanning each other to try and determine who the Changeling is just the first.

When they do discover his identity he reverts to his natural shape and escapes.

The Changeling also has a fondness for using tentacles to murder crew members.

No Thing homage would be complete without an armed stand off.

This episode even features a blood test scene.

The Thing has influenced multiple generations of filmmakers and will probably continue to for years to come.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

IT (2017)

Hurricane Irma slowed this down a bit, but I wanted to share my thoughts on IT.

First, everything you've heard is true, the movie is phenomenal.

Where the movie really succeeds is in the relationships between the kids.

All of the "Losers Club" deliver great performances.  They all feel like real kids, they're probably the best ensemble of kids since The Monster Squad.  Watching them takes you back to the 80's and really lets the nostalgia well up in you.

I can't say that I'm 100% on board with the new look of Pennywise, but I certainly can't find fault with Bill SkarsgĂ„rd's performance.  His Pennywise is every bit as creepy and disturbing as you would imagine.  

The only complaint I have about the movie is that I want the second half now.  The movie is great but having read the book, it feels a tad incomplete without the adult half of the story.  

That said, it's still a milestone horror movie.  I can only it's amazing box office will give us more top notch horror movies.  

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Jackals (2017)

I saw this at the Popcorn Frights Film Festival and I went in knowing nothing about it.  This was case where not having any info ahead of time made the movie more exciting.

Written by Jared Rivet and directed by Kevin Greutert Jackals is a tense thriller that doesn't overstay it's welcome.  

I won't spoil the plot because I think going into this film blind really enhances the tension.  I will say that I loved the Halloween homage at the beginning and that the "cat joke" was one of my favorite parts of the movie.  

The cast includes genre vets Stephen Dorff, Johnathon Schaech, and Deborah Kara Unger.  All the cast do a great job of conveying fear and tension.  Schaech does a commendable  job of showing just how far a father will go to protect his family.  

Do yourself a favor and go see Jackals before someone spoils it for you!

Saturday, August 26, 2017


Well I'm convinced he's scary

Another film I saw at the Popcorn Film Frights Festival, was Terrifier.  I have to say it lived up to it's name.

The plot is simple, an evil clown terrorizes three women on Halloween night.  This is hands down one of the goriest and most violent slasher movies I have seen.  It definitely veers into torture porn territory in some parts.  That said, it is still a very effective and entertaining film.

I'll take my food to go please
 Actor David Howard Thornton does a great job as the evil clown.  He manages to convey menace and humor all without speaking a word.

Writer/director Damien Leone has created a film follows the slasher tropes, but also adds new twists to them.  There is one scene that has the clown do something that I have never seen in a slasher movie before.  That scene, which I won't spoil, got an amazing reaction from the crowd.

If clown don't scare you and you can handle extreme gore, then check out Terrifier!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Die! Sitter! Die!: Rupert

Last week I attended the Popcorn Frights Film festival in Miami Florida.  I saw several films, but I wanted to talk about a short I saw first.

Die! Sitter! Die!: Rupert was hands down one of the highlights of the festival for me.  The story is simple, a girl takes a babysitting job and things go wrong.  This is not a new concept in horror, but the twist the filmmakers drop on us is.

I was expecting an evil baby, or a slasher attacking the babysitter trying to kill her and the infant. What I got was something else entirely.

Directed by Sam and Lee Boxleiter and written by them along with Alex Holcomb, this short introduces a whole new kind of horror villain.

The short is now available online and you should definitely give it a watch.  

by: Shad Youngblood

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Star Trek horror

Near the end of it's first season Star Trek: The next Generation did something different, and something they haven't tried since.

In the episode "Conspiracy" Captain Picard and crew learn that a race of alien parasites has infiltrated the Federation.  Picard and crew of course stop this invasion, no surprise there.  This could have been standard Star Trek fare,  but they managed to make one of the goriest episodes of TV to that point.

The episode is of note for horror fans for several reasons.

First of all, one of the people who tells Picard about the conspiracy is Captain Rixx, played by Michael Berryman.  Berryman played a Bolian (named for the shows director Cliff Bole) and this race would be featured a lot in TNG and other Star Trek shows.

This was one of the few Star Trek episodes that featured non-humaniod aliens.  The parasites were all puppets and were stop motion animated in some scenes.

We were also treated to this scene where the parasite infected officers eat live grub worms for dinner.

The mother creature of the parasites was a pretty gruesome creature.

What this episode is most remembered for hough is this scene.

Hands down this is one of the best head explosions ever.  This is at least as good as the Scanners one.
Reaction to the episode was mixed and the show never did another gory episode like this again.  It's a shame, I would have liked to seen more horror in Star Trek.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Popcorn Frights Festival 2017

This Friday we will be attending the 3rd annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival. The festival will feature shorts and films of the horror genre. On Friday we will be viewing the following films, the first of which will be the sold film Jackals starring Stephen Dorff.


Set in the 1980s, an estranged family hires a cult deprogrammer to take back their teenage son from a murderous cult, but find themselves under siege when the cultists surround their cabin, demanding the boy back.

Watch the trailer


The next film might scar me for life. Terrifer looks like a film I normally would not watch, I consider it torture porn and I am not a fan of clowns. But it takes place on Halloween and there is a lot buzz around this one, so I am curious.


A maniacal clown named Art, terrorizes three young women on Halloween night and everyone else who stands in his way.

Watch the trailer

On Saturday we will be catching three features, First off is Game of Death. 


Kill or be killed is the golden rule of the Game of Death. Sucks for seven millennials who ignored that rule. Now each one's head will explode unless they kill someone. 


A virus breaks out in a law office and the infection is capable of making people act out their wildest impulses. 

Mayhem stars Steven Yeun aka Glen of The Walking Dead. 

The last film of the evening is the sequel to the Wolf Cop, if you haven't seen it do so. It's funny and downright ridiculous but we love it!


Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven's residents with a new brewery and hockey team

Watch the trailer

Our last day of attendance of us is Sunday and I will be viewing two films before I have to head back to Orlando.


Two brothers return to the cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group's beliefs may be more sane than they once thought


Ashley travels to the suburban home of the Lerners to baby-sit their 12-year-old son Luke at Christmastime. She must soon defend herself and the young boy when unwelcome intruders announce their arrival.

There are many more films in this festival and we wish we could see them all. If you are in the area please check out some films and purchase tickets before they sell out.

We will mention however a film we wish we were viewing that we won't be able to view, The Hatred. We were honored to have interviewed the writer and director, Micheal Kehoe in our previous blog.


Four young women travel to their college professor's new country home for a weekend getaway, only to discover that the house has a malevolent past.

Watch the trailer here 

Here is the link for the rest of the festival's line up. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


For the longest time I scrolled by this movie on Netflix and just laughed at the name.  Most of time movies whose whole premise is based on a pun, are not for me.  The other night I decided to give Zombeavers a try, and I'm glad I did.

Zombeavers is a genuinely fun horror movie that takes itself seriously.  Before seeing it I envisioned this a horor comedy or parody of monster animal movies.  Zombeavers however is quite the opposite. While the idea is of course silly, it's played straight.

The movie very much reminds of a 1980's horror movie.  It's filled with gratuitous sex, nudity and over the top violence.  
I have opened my door to worse
A great part of the reason I enjoyed this movie (other than the gratuitous nudity) was the effects.  The creatures are all done practically, and this really adds to the charm of the movie.

The actors all do a great of selling you on the Zombeavers being viscous monsters.   There are some pretty good twists later in the movie, I won't spoil them but they're amazing.

If you're looking for a fun movie, that takes you back to the 80's then Zombeavers is for you.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Two Evil Monkey Movies You May Have Missed

Whether there's a whole planet of them, or just one, monkeys are scary.  They're funny to look at in the zoo, but when the walls between us come down, they have the advantage.  Here are two movies about killer primates you may have missed.

Our first entry is SHAKMA from 1990.  A LARP game in a medical school goes awry when a supposedly dead baboon starts killing the players.  Part slasher movie, part nature gone wild movie SHAKMA has become a cult hit.

I can definitely see why actress Amanda Wyss was reportedly terrified of the baboon on set.  It was the 1990's no CGI monkeys here.  SHAKMA is currently streaming on Shudder and Amazon video.  

Next is LINK, from 1986.  When zoology student Jane Chase (Elisabeth Shue) shows up at her professor's remote house she discovers he has a super intelligent orangutan as a butler.  If this didn't clue her to get the hell out of there I don't know what would.  

I'm here to draw your bath,  

Things start to go bad when Link, develops feeling towards Chase.  Yes, it's a story of unrequited ape love.  The film was directed by Richard Franklin who also directed Psycho II and Road Games.  

 The evil ape Citizen Kane is of course Monkey Shines, but I think everyone has seen it.  Hopefully this will point fans of Monkey Shines to other lesser known killer monkey movies.  

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Interview with The Hatred's director Micheal Kehoe

In 2015 we attended Popcorn Frights the first horror film festival to be put on in Miami. Before every feature film a short was shown and among them was one called Hush. We sat in silence letting Hush wash over us, we were so impressed with it we had to share our love on our platforms. We weren't the only ones who loved it besides winning several awards at other festivals the the short was even selected by the late Wes Craven at the Catalina Film Festival. Now he has an upcoming film The Hatred and it will be featured at the upcoming Popcorn Frights film festival this August. We had the pleasure of interviewing him about the film and his experience.

Based on the trailer I see a slight connection to your award winning short Hush. Was the short a spring board for your upcoming film The Hatred or did it evolve afterwards?

The short film HUSH was a scene from the feature film now titled THE HATRED. I have twin sons and when they were about 5 years old, they would ask me to check the closet and check under the bed before I would turn the light out for them to go to sleep. So, when I was writing the screenplay, that was just one idea for a scene. Another idea for a scene was a moment when I was in Ireland with my mother, sister and brother. We were staying at a country hotel that was a home for Field Marshal Montgomery’s mother during World War 2. When we went to bed around midnight we would hear someone walking up the stairs. My mother wondered why people were coming in so late. The next morning she asked the woman who ran the hotel who was coming in at that late hour. The woman shrugged it off until my mother later sat with her. The woman informed her that we were the only ones staying there. Legend had it that Montgomery’s mother was walking the stairwell at night because she and her son had gotten into a fight and never made up. So, she would walk the stairwell waiting for him to return. I wrote a scene with something happening in the hallway similar to that event in my life. The short film HUSH went on to win 34 awards and opened the door to present the feature screenplay.

 Malek Akkad is producing the film, how did that come to be?

Malek and I had known each other from the reboot of Halloween he produced with Rob Zombie. Malek and I were friendly but we did not know each other on the level as a filmmaker as I never pushed that. When we started pushing the film, a mutual friend of ours reintroduced us with the intention of Malek checking out the short film and reading the script. Malek loved the short film and we had a meeting discussing the prospects of making the feature. Malek and I dove into the script and molded the scenes to elevate the story. Once we were funded both Malek and I hardly had any sleep. We would meet 3 hours before the start of our shoot day, work on the script and plan out each scene. We would then work 12 to 15 hours, talk about another hour after we wrapped and our day would be almost 18 hours. We did that every day of shooting!

How would you describe your experience directing your first feature? Do you have any advise for first time directors?

Well, this is actually not my first feature. This is my first horror feature. My first short film titled SECOND DANCE went to Sundance. I then directed a feature titled DOMINION, then a few more short films and another feature titled THE ART OF A BULLET. I wanted to get into a thriller and the idea of what we now call THE HATRED came to life. I wanted to take a chance as I never directed or wrote a horror script so I researched and decided to make it more of a thriller. One of my favorite thriller/horror films is THE CHANGELING starring George C Scott.
My advice to first time directors is to research, prep and prep and prep. The more prep you have the easier your day will go to cover everything. And don’t shoot anything for the sake of making a film. Would you have a baby for the sake of just having a baby??? I don’t think so. Find something in a feature script you can make and then take out a scene that has a beginning, a middle and an end. Use that as a stand alone story! Take your time with that. Shoot a thriller or a horror/thriller and stylize it. Get a great DP that is hungry and talented. You want to be sure that the look of your film exceeds your budget. Then find a great cast. READ AS MANY ACTORS AS YOU CAN!! Don’t just find an warm body to fill the role. This is your first shot! Surround yourself with people that are smarter than you! Go observe acting classes, go to plays, look at short films on YouTube and find the actors that are right for your script.

 I have seen posters for The Hatred with the name Alice of them, why was the title altered?

The original title was HUSH, then Blumhouse released their feature HUSH, so we had to change it. We then started calling it ALICE, but there were several films titled ALICE so we started throwing names around and came up with THE HATRED which is in the dialogue of the script.

If you had to chose to be any villain or survivor from a horror film who would you chose and why?

I’d want to be R.J. MacReady from John Carpenter’s ‘THE THING”. That film is my favorite film of this genre.

Thank you for taking the time to spend on my film THE HATRED. Our goal is to entertain the audience and making it a fun event to see a movie. I will keep you informed as to my future films. The next one takes me to Iceland for a Sci Fi Thriller. Please see THE HATRED!!!
People can get updates and follow on social media:
Twitter: @MikeyKehoe
Instagram: mikehoe11

Watch Hush with an opening from The Bleeding Critic

Watch the trailer here!

Thank you and keep spreading the FEAR of THE HATRED!!!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Hearse

I was lucky recently and won a copy of this on Blu-Ray,  I had never seen it before, despite having looked at it in the video store for years as a kid.  It was just one of those ones I never got around to renting, I assumed video stores would always be there,

First, let's talk about the disc itself.  Vinegar Syndrome did an amazing job with the transfer on this. It was scanned in 2K and restored from the original negative.  I can't imagine that it looked this good even at the time of its release.  The colors are all very bright and even the night scenes are clear.  The sound is great and level throughout the movie.  I don't like the releases where the dialogue is quiet and the action scenes deafen you.  Here every sound in the house and outside is crisp and adds to fright factor of the movie.

The edition I got had a reversible cover and I liked the art better than the original theatrical poster. The art is by Chris Garofalo and you should look at his stuff, it's amazing.  Here's a link to his site:

Now onto the movie itself.  The Hearse revolves around Jane Hardy (Trish Van Devere) who moves from San Francisco to Blackford.  She takes up residence in her aunts old house, which was left to her years ago,

Now all horror fans know that once you move to an old house in the country there are two possible situations.  The house is either haunted or you will be menaced by evil locals.  In this movie it's the former, but with a dash of the latter.

"Why hey there pretty girl" there were no sexual harassment laws in the 80's

Once Sarah moves in she find the locals are uncooperative with her and afraid of the house.  It also doesn't take long until the titular hearse shows up to menace her at every opportunity.

Not a sight you want to see in your mirror 
 This is slow burn movie that reminds me a bit of The Changeling  and Burnt Offerings.  I enjoyed it and I miss this era of movies a lot.  There was no heavy reliance on special effects, just old fashioned suspense.

One last thing, is it just me or does the local preacher look like Reverend Kane's younger brother?

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Streets of Horror

We recently decided to snap some pics of some streets around Orlando with horror related names.

Enjoy our trip through the mean streets of Orlando.

It didn't seem like a very legendary road.  

Not a summer camp in site.  

There were some odd looking people, but this is Florida

This one just reminded us of Nancy from A Nightmare on Elm Street