Jan 20

Subspecies II: Bloodstone

subspecies2Genre: Horror
Year: 1993
Country: USA

aka: Bloodstone: Subspecies II

Director: Ted Nicolaou
Starring: Anders Hove, Denice Duff, Kevin Spirtas, Melanie Shatner, Michael Denish

 

Some things are better left Undead

 

Radu’s small creatures have been able to save the old vampire from eternal death and he quickly takes advantage of the opportunity to kill off his brother Stefan, but he spares the life of the newly made vampire Michelle because he is starting to develop some feelings for the beautiful girl.

Michelle is struggling with her new life as a vampire and she ends up stealing the Bloodstone and heads out to Bucharest to try to locate her sister Becky for help. But even though she is running away, Radu is not letting her or the Bloodstone get away from him that easily.

The second and third Subspecies films were both shot back-to-back, again in Romania. It was a decision that was probably done due to saving money, but since both films also continue right after each other it also gave them the opportunity to have the same atmosphere in both films and also the same cast. The first thing that fans will notice in this is that the character of Michelle is now played by Denice Duff instead of Laura Mae Tate. I liked Tate more, but it’s not a change that brings the movie down that much anyway.

Jan 15

Creepshow III

creepshow3Genre: Horror
Year: 2006
Country: USA

Director: Ana Clavell, James Glenn Dudelson
Starring: Stephanie Pettee, A.J. Bowen, Bunny Gibson, Camillie Lacey, Bo Kresic

 

Tales of murder, mayhem and madness

 

There’s a third Creepshow you say? Indeed it is and this film was created in 2006 by a production company named Taurus Entertainment Company together with Creepy Films Productions. They first got the rights to make a low budget sequel to George Romero’s Day of the Dead, this one being called Day of the Dead 2: Contagium and apparently they also secured the rights to do a sequel to one of the greatest horror anthology films ever created – Creepshow.

There is a sort of wraparound story here as in the two previous Creepshow films, but it not based on the EC comic books this time around and… I’m not even sure how to describe it. There is some awful computer animations that starts off the film and the ending does have a nod to the other Creepshow movies, but it is all just worthless really.

Jan 13

Bloody Moon

bloodymoonGenre: Horror
Year: 1981
Country: Germany

original title: Die Sage des Todes
aka: The Bloody Moon Murders, The Saw of Death

Director: Jess Franco
Starring: Olivia Pascal, Christopher Brugger, Nadja Gerganoff, Alexander Waechter, Jasmin Losensky

 

Don’t panic… it only happens once in a… Bloody Moon

 

Miguel is a young man who has had to live his life with a disfigured face, making him very distance to the female gender. After being rejected by a beautiful girl at a masquerade party, he snaps and starts to stab her with a pair of scissors.

Five years after this horrible event, Miguel is let out from a mental asylum and is put into the care of his sister Manuela, the only female he has ever been able to confide in. He travels out to the boarding school she works at, but not long after he arrives, young girls end up missing…

Bloody Moon is the legendary cult director Jess Franco’s take on the slasher genre, but as always with Franco he is not out to do something generic just to make a quick buck. The atmosphere of the film and the style it is shot in might not be the best of Franco, but it sure makes the film stand out from the rest of the early 80’s slasher films. The murders are set up nicely, delivering enough blood and guts to keep slasher fans happy.

Jan 12

8mm II

8mm2Genre: Thriller
Year: 2005
Country: USA

Director: J.S. Cardone
Starring: Johnathon Schaech, Lori Heuring, Bruce Davison, Julie Benz, Valentine Pelka

 

From the last kiss to the last breath…

 

David and Tish are an engaged couple that started off from two different worlds. While Tish was born in a rich family, David has had to work himself up the food chain and his marriage with Tish will mean that he is financially secured for the rest of his life.

The couple spends a wild night at a hotel spa together with an exotic model and a few days later they start to receive blackmailing letters with photos and videotapes of their threesome with the young model. To avoid having this material be exposed they have to go on a hunt through the underground of Hungary to find the ones responsible for trying to ruin their lives.

First of all, 8mm 2 has absolutely nothing to do with the original 8mm movie starring Nicholas Cage. Nor does it have anything to do with the subject of “snuff movies”. It actually has nothing to do with 8mm tapes at all. 8mm 2 is a totally separate project that was under production under the title The Velvet Side of Hell before Sony picked it up and changed the name to make a quick buck out of it.

Jan 10

Blood Feast

bloodfeastGenre: Horror
Year: 1963
Country: USA

aka: Egyptian Blood Feast, Feast of Flesh

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Starring: William Kerwin, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason, Lyn Bolton, Scott H. Hall

 

Adult Horror!

 

Fuad Ramses works as a caterer, but his real passion is to slaughter women as sacrifice offers to Ishtar, an Egyptian God who he wants to bring back to life. His next assignment to please his God is to serve dinner for Suzette’s surprise party and the only thing that can save her from being used in a sacrifice is if her boyfriend and local detective Pete Thornton is able to find out who is responsible for all these murders before Fuad gets ahold of her.

Blood Feast is about gore, gore and more gore! It’s said to be the first American splatter movie, although I wouldn’t be surprised if someone is able to dig up a gory movie even before 1963. The plot isn’t important or even tried to make interesting, it’s all about the red blood, mutilation and body parts.

Jan 07

Subspecies

subspeciesGenre: Horror
Year: 1991
Country: USA

Director: Ted Nicolaou
Starring: Angus Scrimm, Anders Hove, Irina Movila, Larua Mae Tate, Michelle McBride

 

The night has fangs

 

Three American college students are in for an experience of a lifetime when they are going to a small Romanian town to study the local culture. They find a nearby castle that holds a gruesome secret of the town.

The castle is the home of an evil vampire named Radu, and it doesn’t take long before the vampire takes an interest in the young American college girls. The girls seek help from a local young guy named Stefan, who unknown to them is actually Radu’s brother.

Subspecies is one of the most popular film series from Full Moon, and for once it doesn’t focus on small puppets (although they had to add some type of strange looking creatures in this one aswell) but rather tackles the old saga of the vampire creature and it does it quite well.

Jan 03

Meet the Feebles

meetthefeeblesGenre: Comedy
Year: 1989
Country: New Zealand

Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Donna Akersten, Stuart Devenie, Mark Hadlow, Brian Sergent, Peter Vere-Jones

 

Hell hath no fury like a hippo with a machine gun

 

Robert is the newest addition to the popular musical variety show called The Feebles. The Feebles is ran by Bletch while the main star is his wife Heidi. Heidi is at her end of her 15 minutes of fame and has started to let her looks go, which makes Bletch consider to replace her with his side girl Samantha. He also uses drugs and violence to control his performers.

Robert quickly finds himself attracted to one of the backup singers named Lucille and tries to get her attention and they start to develop a sweet relationship together. The Feebles then gets a big deal to do a television show, but things are not going well when the performers are either suicidal, drug addicted or got some other personal problems.

Meet The Feebles is black comedy that is done with puppets. It’s one of the three splatter films that Peter Jackson did before he went over and became a mainstream director. It is probably the funniest movies with puppets ever made and you can spot some criticism towards show business and fame aswell.

Jan 03

The Horror of 2014 Wrap Up

thebabadook2014 turned out to become an interesting year for horror fans. It has been a year that has made genre fans seek out independent cinema since pretty much all the efforts by the big studios ended up being disappointing. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Annabelle, Deliver Us From Evil, Ouija and Oculus all dealt with the supernatural, made plenty of money in the box office while still not doing much to impress the critics (or me for that matter). The biggest disappointment for me was Annabelle, it is not a terrible movie but being a spinoff of the Insidious films set the bar high and it failed to live up to it. It will be interesting to see if the focus on supernatural films will continue in the future or if there will come along a totally new trend to change the genre again. If it does then it is most likely to come from the indie scene as there is a growing amount of indie filmmakers telling unique stories that the studios doesn’t seem to have any will to take a chance on.

Dec 29

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie

letsleepingcorpseslieGenre: Horror
Year: 1974
Country: Italy / Spain

original title: Non Si Deve Profanare Il Sonno Dei Morti
aka: Do Not Speak Ill of the Dead, Don’t Open the Window, Invasion of the Zombies, The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue

Director: Jorge Grau
Starring: Cristina Galbo, Ray Lovelock, Arthur Kennedy, Aldo Massasso, Giorgio Trestini

 

They tampered with nature – now they must pay the price…

 

George is an antique dealer from London who is traveling on motorcycle to Manchester to have a fun weekend out on the countryside with a few friends. His trip gets cut off however when a young girl named Edna accidentally backs her car into his motorcycle. She agrees to give him a lift, but they have to stop by Edna’s sister Katie first in Southgate.

While there, George discovers that the government is testing a new pest control system in the area and later on he comes across a dead male who arrived from the cemetery and attacked Edna. George is able to fight him off, but can’t help but think that this is related to the pest control that is being tested in the area. He goes on to investigate this, while the local police officers are suspecting him to be responsible for the increasing amount of murders that are happening in the area.

Dec 17

Deadly Friend

deadlyfriendGenre: Horror
Year: 1986
Country: USA

Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Matthew Laborteaux, Kristy Swanson, Michael Sharrett, Anne Twomey, Anne Ramsey

 

She can’t live without you

 

Paul Conway is a young brainiac who has been able to develop artificial intelligence and use his knowledge to create a robot that he calls B.B., who is able to learn new skills and communicate with Paul and other humans.

Paul, his mother and B.B. moves to a new city where Paul has gotten a good job at the local college to further explore his knowledge. His world is soon turn upside down when he has to deal with the loss of both B.B. and his new friend Samantha. He refuses to accept the death of his two best friends and decide to use his knowledge to try to bring them both back… with Samantha’s dead body as the vehicle.

Wes Craven has always been a hit or miss horror director who will deliver one or two great films per decade, but also a big amount of crappy ones. Deadly Friend, based on a novel by Diana Henstell called Friend and I guess Deadly was put in front to make it seem more horror.

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