Apr 23

Hellraiser: Inferno

hellraiserinfernoGenre: Horror
Year: 2000
Country: USA

aka: Hellraiser 5: Inferno

Director: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Craig Sheffer, Nicholas Turturro, James Remar, Doug Bradley, Nicholas Sadler

 

The terrifying new chapter in the “Hellraiser” legacy!

 

Joseph Thorne is a working detective in Denver that takes everything he has for granted. He has a beautiful wife, a lovely young daughter and a respectable job, but he still can’t let go of living a life of sin. He cheats on his wife, is hardly home and doesn’t play it straight at his job.

After investigating a strange murder, he finds a puzzle box that he takes with him home. After opening the box he Thorne opens up the doors to another dimension that will mess with him while he is still trying to solve the murder case by hunting down an evil being named “The Engineer”.

This fifth entry in the Hellraiser series marks a change in the direction. No longer does the story really revolve around the puzzle box and the cenobites, instead the fans got several sequels that felt like they were original scripts that they just found a way to add the cenobites and the puzzle box into. Why the studios decided to go this way with such a fantastic and popular franchise is beyond me and is the biggest puzzle of the entire franchise.

Apr 20

Hellraiser IV: Bloodline

hellraiserbloodlineGenre: Horror / Sci-Fi
Year: 1996
Country: USA

aka: Hellraiser: Bloodline

Director: Kevin Yagher, Joe Chappelle
Starring: Bruce Ramsay, Valentina Vargas, Doug Bradley, Charlotte Chatton, Adam Scott

 

This year, the past, the present and the future will all meet at the crossroads of hell

 

Dr. Merchant is on a mission to close the gates to hell forever. He comes from a long line of toymakers and it is actually his ancestor from the 18th century that is responsible for building the original Lament Configuration that had the power to open the gates and release the cenobites into our world.

Merchant has been able to make a reverse box that he will use to save humans from the terrible torture brought on by the cenobites, but the cenobites knows what the toymaker is up to and will do whatever they can to stop him before his plans are put into motion.

Hellraiser 4: Bloodline, or Hellraiser in Space as it is also cruelly called, tries to tell the backstory of the puzzle box. We go from the 18th century, to modern day and into the future with the Merchant family line and how this puzzle box has affected their bloodline through the times. It is a very ambiguous story to tell and sadly due to studio interferences, budget problems, re-shoots and re-editing, the movie ended up being anything else than an epic saga of the Lament Configuration.

Apr 17

Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth

hellraiser3Genre: Horror
Year: 1992
Country: USA

Director: Anthony Hickox
Starring: Kevin Bernhardt, Lawrence Mortorff, Terry Farrell, Paula Marshall, Doug Bradley

 

What began in Hell, will end on Earth

 

J.P. Monroe is a spoiled brat who in his mid 20′s owns a popular nightclub called The Boiler Room. He gets his hands on a totem that contains the flesh and blood of Pinhead and it doesn’t take long before they strike a deal that will unleash Pinhead into the real world.

The young and aspiring journalist Joey Summerskill is slowly learning about the macabre events that are starting to take place in The Boiler Room and at night she is haunted by the spirit of an ex-soldier named Eliot Spencer, who turns out to be the human spirit of Pinhead. She has to figure out the reason behind all that is happening before it’s too late, or else there will be Hell on Earth.

Apr 14

Hellbound – Hellraiser II

hellboundGenre: Horror
Year: 1988
Country: England / USA

aka: Hellraiser 2

Director: Tony Randel
Starring: Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Kenneth Cranham, Imogen Boorman, Sean Chapman

 

It will tear your soul apart… again

 

Kirsty Cotton survives her worst nightmare, but also lost her father and stepmother after the atrocious events that happened in their house after the gateway to hell was opened. Of course nobody believes Kirsty when she tells the story of what happened and she is quickly admitted to a hospital where she is put under the care of Dr. Phillip Channard.

Kirsty is still haunted by the entities from hell and when she gets a bloody message that she believe is from her father, asking for her help from hell, she desperately tries to find a way to save him from the eternal torment of the cenobites.

After the huge success of Hellraiser, it was only a matter of time before a sequel was put into production and only a year after the release of the first film Hellbound was ready to disturb horror fans worldwide. Most of the crew involved with the first film came back for the second film, except a few changes like Tony Randel directing the film instead of Clive Barker who rather stayed on as a producer instead.

Apr 07

Hellraiser

hellraiserGenre:Horror
Year: 1987
Country: USA

Director: Clive Barker
Starring: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman, Oliver Smith

 

It will tear your soul apart

 

Frank Cotton is an adventurous deviant who is never satisfied and always on the chase after some new undiscovered thrills. His seeking has led him to Morocco where he is able to get his hands on a mysterious puzzle box that is supposed to hold the secret of all things please and pain, and that’s exactly what he got.

Back in the states, Frank’s brother Larry and his wife Julia is moving into his childhood home. It doesn’t take long before Julia is getting a sense of Frank’s present and due to her lust for him and lack of love for Larry, she is able to bring Frank back and he is not coming alone.

In the last half of the 80′s, horror became more and more reliant on special effects and catered more towards the teenage crowd. While Hellraiser has some brilliant special effects, the film deals with mature issues and was more darker than the average horror film that was being made at the time. The addition of S&M elements was also quite new and fresh to the horror scene, although pleasure and pain has played a part in several earlier films in the genre of course, Hellraiser was able to bring it more into the spotlight by becoming a huge success. Even Stephen King had to give it props and named Clive Barker the new face of horror.

Mar 31

Kiss of the Damned

kissofthedamnedGenre: Horror
Year: 2012
Country: USA

Director: Xan Cassavetes
Starring: Josephine de La Baume, Milo Ventimiglia, Roxane Mesquida, Anna Mouglalis, Michael Rapaport

 

Her love will never die

 

Paulo has found a woman that he is falling more and more in love with, even if she is rejecting his attention at first. His love interest Djuna has a dark and bloodthirsty secret… she is a vampire. A vampire that tries her best to not live on the blood of humans, but rather take the life of animals instead.

She cannot reject her own lust for Paulo and after a while they become a couple. A living man and an undead woman. Their new life together is filled with steamy sex and love, until Djuna’s devilish sister Mimi decides to drop by and change the life of the happy couple forever.

From what I had read before watching Kiss of the Damned, it was supposed to be a very sexy vampire film in the same vein as the 70′s Jean Rollin flicks. So what I expected going in to this was exactly that, a sexy and stylish vampire film. I guess it does succeed in the visual department and some hot stuff in it, but it was honestly not a very fun experience.

Mar 24

The Purge

thepurgeGenre: Horror / Thriller
Year: 2013
Country: USA

Director: James DeMonaco
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge

 

Reminder all emergency services will be suspended for a 12-hour period during the purge

 

It’s the year 2022 and the United States has changed a bit. The New Founding Fathers of America has recreated parts of society and made it much better with low unemployment rates and crime rates. This is thanks to the annual Purge, a 12-hour period each year were all Americans are allowed to commit crimes and get all their violent thoughts out of their system without being prosecuted for it.

The Sandin family have done quite well for themselves, with the father of the family James having much success in selling home security systems. The Purge of this year though will bring the danger of the outside within the security system of the Sandin family when the son of the family opens up the doors to a stranger in desperate need of help.

Mar 19

Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Volume 1

returntonukeemGenre: Comedy / Horror
Year: 2013
Country: USA

Director: Lloyd Kaufman
Starring: Asta Paredes, Catherine Corcoran, Vito Trigo, Clay von Carlowitz, Zac Amico

 

Readin’… writin’… radiation… again!

 

Tromaville High School. The filthiest school in the world and most likely the only school that has had its students turn into mutated freaks because of the smart placement of a nuclear plant right next to it.

Although the radiation from the nuclear plant is long gone, a new evil corporation named Tromorganic Foodstuffs Conglomerate strikes a deal with the school to serve delicious green taco’s. This turns several of the students into new mutated Cretins and once again the school becomes a violent freak show.

20 years after the last Nuke ‘Em High film, Troma finally brought it back to life again with this new story that was split into two films with the second volume being released later this year. Supposedly the idea of splitting the film into two parts came by advise from Quentin Tarantino, but this isn’t the first time Lloyd Kaufman has done this. It was done with both the two first sequels of Toxic Avenger and also the two sequels of Class of Nuke ‘Em High.

Mar 12

Dead Snow

deadsnowGenre: Horror / Comedy
Year: 2009
Country: Norway

original title: Død Snø
aka: Zombie SS

Director: Tommy Wirkola
Starring: Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Charlotte Frogner, Lasse Valdal, Evy Kasseth Røsten

 

Ein! Zwei! Die!

 

A group of friends are heading out to the snowy mountains of Norway to have a weekend full of party and fun. On a dark night a strange man shows up at their door and he creeps everyone out with a story about a local curse that comes from the second World War when the German nazis were active in the area.

The old man wasn’t making things up and the young group accidentally disturb the grave of the old nazis soon after, finding themselves in great trouble when the gang of flesh crazy nazi zombies are unleashing their wrath upon them.

My very own country Norway is not big on horror films. For some reason, our cinema has been more theater inspired than anything else and it is only in the last 20 years that we have been presenting more movies based on simply entertainment for the masses. And although there has been some horror films during the last 15 years, Dead Snow really made a mark with its commercial success, both in Norway and even in some foreign countries.

Mar 11

Tesis

tesisGenre: Horror / Thriller
Year: 1996
Country: Spain

aka: Thesis, Snuff, Snuff-Movie

Director: Alejandro Amenabar
Starring: Ana Torrent, Fele Martinez, Eduardo Noriega, Xabier Elorriaga, Miguel Picazo

 

My name is Angela. They’re going to kill me.

 

Angela is a young film school student who has chosen the topic of violence in media for her thesis. This brings her on a path to seek out the worst of the worst videotapes containing violence. She befriends another student at the school called Chema, an antisocial horror geek who has collected every tape with shocking content he has been able to get his hands on.

While they are watching mondo tapes, her professor is gets a videotape from the film library. Angela finds him dead in the viewing room the very next day and by instinct she steals the tape he was watching. It turns out to be a locally made snuff film and her discovery brings both her and Chema in danger of starring in the next film made by the killer behind the first tape.

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