Nov 24

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

texaschainsaw2003Genre: Horror
Year: 2003
Country: USA

Director: Marcus Nispel
Starring: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Erica Leerhsen, Mike Vogel, Eric Balfour


Inspired by a true story


A young group of friends are using their summer to travel down to Texas to attend a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert. On their way they pick up a disturbed hitchhiker that suddenly takes out a gun and shots herself in the head.

They head over to the nearest town to try to find help. On their hunt to find the local authorities they end up at a plantation home where they come become the target of a demented and cannibalistic redneck family that always welcome new fresh meat.

So, apparently in the early 2000’s none other than Michael Bay decided that there was a need for a new production company that should specialize in horror movies. The company was called Platinum Dunes and ten years later it can be called a big success… financially. The company is mostly known for remaking loved horror films of the past, a trend that wasn’t exactly welcomed by the majority of the so-called “hardcore” horror fans.

Nov 23

Nightmare in a Damaged Brain

nightmareinadamagedbrainGenre: Horror
Year: 1981
Country: USA

aka: Nightmare, Schizo, Blood Splash

Director: Romano Scavolini
Starring: Baird Stafford, Sharon Smith, C.J. Cooke, Mik Cribben, Danny Ronan


«From the man who terrified you in «Dawn of the Dead» and «Friday the 13TH»!


George Tatum is not very stable. He is haunted by some terrible nightmares from his childhood. The doctors at the mental asylum he is staying at tries an experimental drug on George, and when he seems to respond positive he is labeled sane enough for release. Back to real life, he is unable to cope with the everyday life in New York and travels down to Florida instead to start over. In his new city he becomes focused on a family that seems to have problems with the morbid and violent thoughts of their little boy C.J. and his mental problems are slowly rising up from the depths of his demented mind.

Nov 20

Starry Eyes

starryeyesGenre: Horror
Year: 2014
Country: USA

Directors: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer
Starring: Alex Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan, Fabianne Therese, Shane Coffey


She would kill to be famous


Sarah Walker is a young aspiring actress in her twenties that are willing to dedicate her entire life to make it in Hollywood. Her life consists of working at a cheesy fast food restaurant while living together with a group of youngsters that also aspire to make it in as actors.

One day she gets an invitation for an audition of a horror film called The Silver Scream by Astraeus Pictures, the biggest horror company in the business. The audition process will prove to be unusual and Sarah will have to decide if it is worth giving up your soul to become famous.

Play with the devil and you might become one yourself. Starry Eyes is not the first film that puts criticism against the Hollywood system, but this one does it in a very different and clever way. It’s nice to see a film comment that you should have limits to what you do in order to achieve your dream and that true happiness might come in easier ways than fame and fortune.

Nov 08

The Green Inferno

thegreeninfernoGenre: Horror
Year: 2013
Country: USA / Chile

Director: Eli Roth
Starring: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Magda Apanowicz


No good deed goes unpunished


Justine is a college freshman, who becomes interested in the work of a local social activism group. Ignoring the warning of her friend, she joins the group on a trip to Peru where they plan to stop a company from destroying the forest.

When they plan to head home their plane crashes and they are stuck in the middle of the jungle. The group is quickly surrounded and taken captive by a group of savage meat loving cannibals. Unless they find a way to escape, they will all end up on the dinner plate, one by one…

So, Eli Roth is back with a new film. Well, not exactly new as The Green Inferno was supposed to be released back in 2013, but due to problems at the production company the release has been postponed until now, late 2015. Even though I have not been fond of any previous efforts of Roth, I am still hoping that he will knock it out of the park one day. He is a horror nerd, like us fans and nothing would make me happier than to be able to cheer for “one of our own”.

Nov 06

[Rec] IV: Apocalypse

rec4Genre: Horror
Year: 2014
Country: Spain

Director: Jaume Balaguero
Starring: Manuela Velasco, Paco Manzanedo, Hector Colome, Ismael Fritschi, Crispulo Cabezas


It’s time to get out


The military has killed off all the infected in an apartment complex and the only survivor is the television reporter Angela Vidal. She, and one of the soldiers named Guzman is brought on board a boat where they can be isolated and examined by a group of scientists who are trying to figure out what caused the outbreak in the first place.

The scientists also has a monkey that has been injected with infected blood. It doesn’t take long before the monkey is let loose and the infestation starts to spread among the people on the boat, leaving Angela yet again to face off against a group of bloodthirsty creatures.

[Rec] 4 is the (supposedly) final entry to the [Rec] saga, which shock things up in the horror genre back in 2007 when the first one was released too much praise. The first one was a fresh entry to the growing found footage subgenre and it did everything so well, including a great ending that would send shivers down spines worldwide. Two very well made sequels has come since the first one, leaving a big thirst for this fourth and final film.

Nov 05

Deliver Us From Evil

deliverusfromevilGenre: Horror / Thriller
Year: 2014
Country: USA

Director: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Chris Coy, Dorian Missick


You haven’t seen true evil


Deliver Us from Evil has an interesting background as it is based on a book called Beware The Night by Ralph Sarchie, a retired NYPD police officer who would later become a so-called demonologist. Although films that claim to be based on true stories doesn’t always end up to be very good, there’s no denying that the backstory of this one provides something fresh and interesting.

Eric Bana portrays Ralph Sarchie in the film and the case he works on is his first contact with true evil when he investigates a series of violent and demonic events. Together with his non-believer partner Butler and the young priest Mendoza, Ralph goes up against an evil demon that has traveled all the way from the deep caves of Iraq.

The film plays like a dark thriller, following the cops chasing the evil around the gritty streets of New York. You always feel like the horror elements are present and it does have some horrific scenes in it early on aswell before it turns to become a more typical and generic exorcism movie in the final part, which is also the low point of the film.

Nov 04

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II

texaschainsaw2Genre: Horror
Year: 1986
Country: USA

aka: Texas Chainsaw 2

Director: Tobe Hooper
Starring: Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow, Bill Moseley, Bill Johnson


After a decade of silence… the buzz is back!


Vanita “Stretch” Brock works as a DJ at a small radio station in Dallas and one night she gets a call from two bratty high school seniors that are having fun by doing some fast driving while intoxicated on the highway.

Stretch records them while they are brutally attacked by someone and this recorded tape will put her in great danger by a twisted and demented family of meat loving cannibals. Her only help comes in a former Texas Ranger nicknamed Left, who has his own reasons for going up against this family of butchers.

It would take incredible twelve years between the first Texas Chainsaw and the first sequel, an unheard of break today when it comes to popular horror films that made money. The idea of churning out sequels for a quick buck started in the eighties though, especially with the slasher icons such as Jason Vorhees, Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger. It’s no surprise that they thought this might work for the Texas Chainsaw story aswell, since the original after all has one of the most interesting and iconic killer in the Leatherface character.

Nov 02

Oz: The Complete Series

ozGenre: Drama / Crime
Year: 1997-2003
Country: USA

Directors: Various
Starring: Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen, Dean Winters, George Morfogen


It’s no place like home


Welcome to the Oswald State Correctional Facility, also known by the nickname “Oz”, where we are invited to get an inside look at life behind bars. Oz is a maximum security prison located in New York with an own level called “Emerald City” where the inmates have more freedom in order to learn responsibility and being able to socialize peacefully with others.

That’s of course how it is meant to be in Emerald City. The reality is that there is a constant power struggle between the different cliques that are broken into the Homeboys, the Wiseguys, the Muslims, the Aryan Brotherhood, the Bikers, the Gays, the Irish and the Latinos. And you can also add the correctional officers as another gang as they are not exactly law abiding citizens themselves.

Oz is a television show that ran on HBO from 1997 to 2003 that was hyped up as being “edgy”, which it was and I guess still is. There’s way more male nudity and homosexual scenes in this show than in anything else I have ever seen. Although violence is acceptable in TV today, back in the late 90’s it wasn’t so common to see rough violence on the small screen, so Oz should probably get some “props” for paving the way for more violence and nudity on TV.

Nov 01

We Are Still Here

wearestillhereGenre: Horror
Year: 2015
Country: USA

Director: Ted Geoghegan
Starring: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie, Larry Fessenden, Monte Markham


This house needs a family


Paul and Anne Saccheti has been through rough times after their son was killed in a car crash. They decide to start a new life when they find an old house out in a small town. Their neighbors are fast to inform them of the gruesome old story of the house and it doesn’t take long before the couple starts to feel that there is something in the house with them.

Haunted house movies have been dominating the horror genre for the last ten years, most of them have either been done in the “found footage” type of filming or had some very stylish and professional camera work like Insidious. There are still a place left for a film in the genre to have a bit of a retro 70’s film style in my opinion and the few that have tried that haven’t been that great.

Oct 31

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

texaschainsawmassacreGenre: Horror
Year: 1974
Country: USA

aka: The Devil of Punishment

Director: Tobe Hooper
Starring: Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail, Teri McMinn


Who will survive and what will be left of them?


A group of friends are taking a summer trip down to Texas to visit the grave of Sally and Franklin’s grandfather after hearing reports that there has been vandalism and grave robbing in the area. After they have investigated his grave, they decide to head out to the old family home.

Shortly after they arrive at the old abandoned house, they split up and find out that there aren’t any southern hospitality around these parts. The group of youngsters is put up against a demented family that consider every type of meat, even human, to be edible.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. There’s not that much you can say about this iconic horror movie that hasn’t been said already. To save you time I can say right away that if you haven’t seen this film, then you have been missing out. It is such a big part of cinema history and it is rightfully credited for changing the genre forever.

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