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.

Sep 18

Zombie Flesh Eaters

zombieflesheatersGenre: Horror
Year: 1979
Country: Italy

original title: Zombi 2
aka: Island of the Flesh-Eaters, Island of the Living Dead, Zombie, Zombie 2: The Dead are Among Us, Zombies, Zombies 2

Director: Lucio Fulci
Starring: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson, Al Cliver, Auretta Gay

 

When the earth spits out the dead, they will rise to suck the blood of the living!

 

An abandoned boat drifts into the harbor of New York. When the coast guards arrive, they get attacked by a rotting zombie. The daughter of the owner of the ship tries to get information to find out what has happened to the ship and her father and it is first when she meets the journalist Peter West that she gets some help on the case.

They travel to the Island of Matul where her father was supposed to have been last seen. Instead of finding a beautiful and peaceful tropical island, they arrive at an island where the dead has risen from their graves again and attacks the living.

Sep 16

Terror Eyes

terroreyesGenre: Horror
Year: 1981
Country: USA

aka: Night School

Director: Ken Hughes
Starring: Leonard Mann, Rachel Ward, Drew Snyder, Joseph R. Sicari, Nicholas Cairis

 

Man is the only animal that kills for pleasure.

 

A killer is on the loose in Boston. He is wearing a motorcycle outfit and helmet and his favorite victims are female students at Wendell Night School. Judd and Taj are the detective who are handling the case and there is plenty of suspects available including the teacher Vincent who likes his student in more than one way, his not to friendly assistant Eleanor and a creepy waiter who they know are stalking some of the women.

Terror Eyes is an obscure and forgotten slasher movie from 1981. It’s directed by Ken Hughes who are mostly known for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. His influence here seems to be from the italian giallo movies and the look of the killer might be taken from Strip Nude for Your Killer. Umberto Lenzi brought this outfit back to life again later with his late 80’s Welcome to Spring Break movie.

Sep 15

Evil in the Woods

evilinthewoodsGenre: Horror
Year: 1986
Country: USA

Director: William J. Oates
Starring: Brian Abent, Stephanie Kaskel, Jennifer Bates, Diane Casey, Mister Pee

 

A movie that proves that dying can be fun!

 

A little boy finds a mystical book called Evil in the Woods at a local library and takes it home with him. The story he reads is about a film production involving aliens and bigfoot that are having huge problems getting the film done. This is caused by a witch and her cannibalistic family and there’s a family who’s looking for their kid together with a sheriff.

Yeah, this one really makes no sense at all. The movie is basically a schlock piece that is supposed to be funny. It’s narrated by an annoying guy and all the jokes seems forced and is not funny whatsoever. The acting is bad, the production is crap and you start to regret pressing play after the first ten minutes. There are some cheap gore, but nothing that can save this film from being terrible.

Sep 13

The House on the Edge of the Park

houseontheedgeoftheparkGenre: Horror
Year: 1980
Country: Italy

original title: La Casa Sperduta Nel Parco

Director: Ruggero Deodato
Starring: David Hess, Annie Belle, Christian Borromeo, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Marie Claude Joseph

 

Delivers shocks to the maximum… pushes the limits of acceptability

 

Alex is a mechanic in New York City and he enjoys taking his semi-retarded friend Ricky out to explore the disco scene, get down and boogie and pick up some young women. And if the girls don’t agree to have some intimate moments with him, Alex has no trouble raping them and even murdering them after he is done.

One night before Alex and Ricky has had time to close up shop, a young couple comes driving in with a car problem and persuades them to fix it. When they mention that they are on their way to a party, Alex invites him and Ricky along with them and when they arrive they start to have a party the way they like it, violent and bloody.

Sep 10

Visiting Hours

vistinghoursGenre: Horror
Year: 1982
Country: Canada

Director. Jean-Claude Lord
Starring: Michael Ironside, Lee Grant, Linda Purl, William Shatner, Lenore Zann

 

So frightening you’ll never recover

 

Colt Hawker is a disturbed guy who gets obsessed with a strong and outspoken TV host named Deborah Ballin who are very loud about equal rights for females and anti-violence. He breaks into her house and fails to kill her off, but manages to hospitalize her. He can’t let her go and spends every minute trying to get into the hospital to finish her off.

Visiting Hours seems like a big studio attempt to join in on the success that Halloween, Friday the 13th and the others had in the very early 80’s. Visiting Hours got several experiences actors and a budget high above the average serial killer movie at that time.

What’s great about this movie is that it’s got such intensity in the scenes where Colt is terrorizing his victims. It starts off great, but gets a little lost in the middle of the movie. Running at a little over 100 minutes it could have benefited from having a tighter script or cut down the length. The dialogue and choices some of the characters does is frankly stupid.

Sep 07

The Cannibal Man

cannibalmanGenre: Horror
Year: 1973
Country: Spain

original title: La Sernana del Asesino
aka: The Apartment on the 13th Floor, The Week of the Killer

Director: Eloy de la Iglesia
Starring: Vicente Parra, Emma Cohen, Eusebio Poncela, Charly Bravo, Fernando Sanchez Polack

 

When the butcher goes berserk…

 

Marcos is a depressed young male who has a poor paying job at the local slaughterhouse and lives together with his older brother in a small house that are located right next to a new expensive apartment complex.

One evening while taking a cab back from a night out on town with his fiance, Marcos snaps and accidentally kills the cab driver. This opens up a very dark part of Marcos that will take more and more control over him, making the usually quiet little town unsafe for anyone who comes across him and especially unsafe for his close ones.

The Cannibal Man is a psychological study of a man who is driving himself into insanity by digging a hole he cannot get out of. Even though this title does suggest it, he does not eat his victims but someone else will get some unwanted pieces of meat on their dinner plate.

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