Oct 21

Night of the Bloody Apes

nightofthebloodyapesGenre: Horror
Year: 1969
Country: Mexico

original title: La Horripilante Bestia Humana
aka: Gomar: The Human Gorilla, Horror and Sex, Sex Monsters

Director: Rene Cardona
Starring: Jose Elias Moreno, Carlos Lopez Moctezuma, Armando Silvestre, Norma Lazareno, Agustin Martinez Solares

 

Half man, half beast, all horror!

 

Lucy is a lucha libre (mexican wrestler) who fights her matches in a red devil outfit. One night she injures her opponent Elena and the thought of fighting again upsets her. Happily for her, the cop and boyfriend Arturo is there to calm her and help her through it. Elena gets taken to the local hospital where the brain specialist Dr. Krauman gets called in to help her.

Dr. Krauman and his assistant has recently kidnapped a gorilla from the zoo and are planning to use it for a heart transplant to save his son Julio who are terminally ill. The transplantation does give Julio new life, but also turns him into a half man – half beast. He manages to escape and attacks a woman before being captured by Dr. Krauman.

Oct 20

Flesh for Frankenstein

fleshforfrankensteinGenre: Horror / Comedy
Year: 1973
Country: USA / Italy

aka: Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein, Andy Warhol’s Young Frankenstein, Frankenstein, The Devil and Dr. Frankenstein, Up Frankenstein, Andy Warhol’s Flesh For Frankenstein, The Frankenstein Experiment

Director: Paul Morrissey
Starring: Joe Dallesandro, Monique Van Vooren, Udo Kier, Arno Juerging, Dalila Di Lazzaro

 

We dare you to see…

 

Baron von Frankenstein is spending all his time together with his creepy assistant Otto on creating a perfect new human race by putting together the best parts of different human beings and then bringing it back to life.

While doing this macabre experiment, he is also neglecting his relationship with his wife / sister Katrin. She gets back at him by bringing in the young male Nicholas to their castle as a servant and sex slave. What Katrin was unaware of was that the head of Nicholas friend is being used by Baron von Frankenstein to create his monster and when Nicholas is made aware of this, he sets out to destroy the evil plans of the Baron and the monster.

Oct 16

Annabelle

annabelleGenre: Horror
Year: 2014
Country: USA

Director: John R. Leonetti
Starring: Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Tony Amendola, Alfre Woodard, Kerry O’Malley

 

Before The Conjuring there was Annabelle

 

The Conjuring was the biggest horror film of 2013, praised by critics and moviegoers alike all over the world. The opening to that film contained a small story about a doll that had great evil within it, the doll was called Annabelle and the evil was fought by the paranormal investigator couple named Warrens. The doll is now safely (?) kept in their museum.

This opening got quite the response by people and it came to no one’s surprise that the doll would get its own movie, a spinoff of The Conjuring to feed us horror fans while we await the “real” sequel titled The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist (don’t be surprised if the story and title changes before release) – a film slated for a release October 2015.

Annabelle, just like The Conjuring, is also set in the past. This one is set in 1969 and revolves around the young couple John and Mia Gordon, who are expecting their first child together. Mia collects porcelain dolls and one day John gives her a special one that she has been looking for a long time.

Oct 15

Blodig Weekend 2014

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This is the third time Blodig Weekend is being held in Copenhagen, Denmark. This time around the festival is split between two weekends, one in Cinemateket in Copenhagen and the next split up in CinemaxX and Grand Teatret in Aarhus. I only attended the first part in Copenhagen and that’s the part I will be reviewing.

First off, setting a horror convention in Copenhagen is awesome and there is probably not a single better city in Scandinavia to have one in. Copenhagen is a lovely city in every way, there’s cheap beer, nice people and several stores that you can find everything from DVDs to VHS’s in. I was lucky enough to be here while a store called Accord had a sale where I got 50 DVDs for the lovely price of 150 Danish kroner (which equals to around 17 US dollars as of today). The city is great enough to warrant a visit from anyone regardless of the festival and I will be back regardless if it is for another Blodig Weekend festival or not.

Oct 08

Snuff

snuffGenre: Horror
Year: 1976
Country: Argentina / USA

aka: American Cannibale, Big Snuff

Director: Michael Findlay, Horacio Fredriksson, Simon Nuchtern
Starring: Enrique Larratelli, Mirtha Massa, Aldo Mayo, Liliana Fernandez Blanco, Margarita Amuchastegui

 

A film that could only be made in South America, where life is CHEAP!

 

Snuff is not really a movie. Snuff is exploitation. Independent low-budget distributor Allan Shackleton took a forgotten movie called The Slaughter and made a new ending that was supposed to be “real” snuff footage of an actress getting gutted. It’s hard to get any more exploitive than marketing a movie as a snuff film and it is something that could never be done today with information spreading around so fast thanks to the internet.

The Slaughter was a very shitty low-budget film about a Manson influenced biker gang that ran around and left a lot of brutal acts behind in their way. The gang is more of less influenced by Charles Manson and his family and their head honcho is a guy that the girls call Satan and they are willing to follow his every word.

Oct 05

The Slayer

thelsayerGenre: Horror
Year: 1982
Country: USA

Director: J.S. Cardone
Starring: Sarah Kendall, Frederick Flynn, Carol Kottenbrook, Alan McRae, Michael Holmes

 

Is it a nightmare? Or is it…

 

Two couples set out for a romantic vacation on a deserted island. Kay, played by Sarah Kendall, is a frustrated painter who are going through a rough time in her life because of haunting nightmares, which is also affecting her work. With her on this trip is her husband David, her brother Eric and sister-in-law Brooke. Soon after they arrive Kat starts to get a sense of deja-vu and she is sure that someone else is on the island with them, but fails to convince the others that danger might be close…

When you start up a Video Nasty movie with that title you would expect to see a vicious slasher movie where lots of teens get killed off in all kinds of bloody ways. This however isn’t quite like that. It’s got element from the slasher era it was made in mixed with some dark visuals, old school horror music and low body count.

Oct 02

Highway to Hell

highwaytohellGenre: Action / Horror
Year: 1991
Country: USA

Director: Ate De Jong
Starring: Patrick Bergin, Adam Storke, Chad Lowe, Kristy Swanson, Pamela Gidley

 

The cops on this road don’t take you to jail… They take you to HELL.

 

Charlie and Rachel are a young couple who has decided to run away together to Las Vegas to tie the knot. Because Charlie is afraid that Rachel’s parents are up to their plan, he argues that the couple should take an abandoned road to get to Las Vegas without any chance of being spotted by anyone.

The road is abandoned for a reason though and the couple will soon find out why. They get stopped on the road by a devilish cop from Hell who kidnaps Rachel and brings her to hell. Charlie has to go through a portal to go to hell and win back his wife-to-be by challenging Satan himself.

Highway to Hell is a hell of a ride (pun intended) and it is so mind blowing that the film is currently not available on DVD or Blu-Ray. The film had a budget of 9 million dollars, a well known cast and even several celebrity cameo’s by everyone from Lita Ford to Gilbert Gottfried (as Adolf Hitler!) and pretty much the entire Stiller family. It was even written by Brian Helgeland, who wun an Academy Award for his work on L.A. Confidential.

Sep 30

The Devil’s Hand

devilshandGenre: Horror
Year: 2014
Country: USA

Director: Christian E. Christiansen
Starring: Rufus Sewell, Alycia Debnam Carey, Adelaide Kane, Leah Pipes, Thomas McDonell

 

Forgive me father for I am sin

 

The Devil’s Hand, or Where the Devil Hides, The Devil’s Rapture or The Occult as it has also been titled before getting its release, had its world premiere at the Danish horror film festival Blodig Weekend (translated into… Bloody Weekend), which I was lucky enough to attend this year. The film originally wrapped up production back in 2013 and has been pushed back several times before now getting a limited theatrical release in October this year.

The film takes place in a secluded Amish community of New Bethlehem. The village fears that the prophecy of the dark will take place when six children are both on the sixth day of the sixth month to different mothers. The elders in charge wants to slaughter all the newborns but are convinced by Jacob Brown, the father of one of the children, that they have nothing to fear.

Sep 22

The Driller Killer

drillerkillerGenre: Horror
Year: 1979
Country: USA

Director: Abel Ferrara
Starring: Abel Ferrara, Carolyn Marz, Baybi Day, Harry Schultz, Alan Wynroth

 

It will shatter you!

 

Reno is a young painter trying to make a living for himself by doing his art while living with his girlfriend Carol and her lover Pamela in a gritty neighborhood in New York. While he is working on his new piece, a punk band moves in next door and their noise is quickly becoming a big annoyance for Reno.

That, together with the economic problems and relationship problems between him and Carol are starting to take a toll on him and he is experiencing more and more aggressiveness within himself. In the end, he snaps, and the result leaves a bunch of bodies floating in the streets of New York.

The Driller Killer… such a grizzly title, such a grotesque cover, such an infamous brutal movie that helped spark the video nasty hysteria in the UK. Behind all of that is a film about the struggles of a man who can’t cope with his own downfall wrapped up into an interesting look at the New York scene at the time.

Sep 20

Pranks

pranksGenre: Horror
Year: 1982
Country: USA

aka: The Dorm That Dripped Blood, Death Dorm

Director: Stephen Carpenter, Jeffrey Obrow
Starring: Laurie Lapinski, Stephen Sachs, David Snow, Pamela Holland, Dennis Ely

 

When the kidding stops… the killing starts!

 

A group of young friends are staying behind at their dorm over the winter to renovate the place, while still enjoying their free time by partying and having fun with each other. One of the girls notices a strange and creepy guy lurking around the place one night and the gang can’t decide if it is a stranger that has no business being around the place or if it is in fact one of them that are playing a scary prank on the others.

Pranks, or The Dorm That Dripped Blood as it is also known as, is another slasher film that came out during the slasher craze of the early 80’s. It had an estimated budget of a little below $100,000 and was filmed in Los Angeles, California. It is not a slasher film that is able to set itself apart from others, and if it wasn’t for the fact that it ended up becoming one of the Video Nasties in the UK, then it would probably have been an obscure horror film by now.

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