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.

Mar 10

The X-Files – Season Two

xfilesses2Genre: Sci-Fi
Year: 1994/95
Country: USA

Directors: David Nutter, Daniel Sackheim, Rob Bowman, Chris Carter, Michael Lange, R.W. Goodwin, Win Phelps, Stephen Surjik, Kim Manners, Nick Marck, James Whitmore Jr., Michael Vejar, James Contner
Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Steven Williams, William B. Davis

 

FBI has shut down the X-Files and has put Fox Mulder and Dana Scully has been assigned new tasks at the Bureau. Mulder is put on a very dull surveillance job and Scully is now teaching younger aspiring agents.

However, Mulder’s obsession with the paranormal has not stopped and he uses whatever opportunity he has to keep the work of the X-Files active and he even starts to get assignments that might look ordinary to most, but not to the experienced eyes of Mulder.

Mulder also gets a new partner in Alex Krycek, who presents himself as a believer in Mulder’s work. Mulder also gets a new informant in the mysterious man who just calls himself X. One of the cases they get to work on is a hostage situation where a crazy guy named Duane Berry is holding a group of people, including his old psychiatrist Dr. Hakkie hostage. The case ends with Berry being able to escape from a mental institution and kidnaps Scully to deliver her to the aliens so they can abduct her instead of him.

Mar 09

Paranormal Entity

ParanormalEntityGenre: Horror
Year: 2009
Country: USA

aka: Paranormal Investigations 3

Director: Shane Van Dyke
Starring: Shane Van Dyke, Erin Marie Hogan, Fia Perera, Normal Saleet

 

The Finley “Murder” Tapes

 

Thomas Finley has been convicted of murdering a psychic named Dr. Edgar Lauren. And even worse than that, he is also convicted of raping and murdering his big sister Samantha. Not long after the conviction, Thomas decides to give up on life and commits suicide in prison.

Some tapes are found at their house where Thomas has been filming strange happenings around in his house, especially something tormenting his sister. Their mother Ellen believes at first that all of these happenings can be blamed on the ghost of her late husband David, but after a while these attacks start to get very violent…

When Paranormal Activity became a huge success in cinemas all around the world, it was only a matter of a few weeks before a bunch of independent filmmakers decides to copy the formula and create their own found footage ghost movie. The concept of filming a haunted house movie with a handheld camera makes it look easy and it is a very cheap way to create a film.

Mar 08

Jabberwock

jabberwockGenre: Action / Sci-Fi
Year: 2011
Country: USA

Director: Steven R. Monroe
Starring: Tahmoh Penikett, Michael Worth, Kacey Barnfield, Raffaello Degruttola, Hugh Ross

 

 

Let the riveting tale of the Jabberwock unfold in front of you. The embracing powers of reunion between long lost brothers, the lust of love that has never been revealed, the honor and strength of warriors and the fight between the evil of the beast and the courage of the man!

Ok, maybe this was a little oversaturating. Jabberwock is however a Syfy Production made in 2011. A jabberwock is a creature created in a poem by Lewis Carroll. It is a flying pre-historic dragon looking beast that have probably looked more scary in other tales than it does in this movie. The treatment the creature has gotten in this Syfy movie is… well, the Syfy treatment of poor CGI.

The story is set in the medieval times and is centered around a small village (very small actually, I think there where 20 people tops there), who are getting attacked by this Jabberwock that has has come to life after lightening made its egg hatch (makes sense right?). Oh, and by the way, the beast grows from a small babywock to a full-grown jabberwock in ten seconds.

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