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Nov 18

All Cheerleaders Die

allcheerleadersdieGenre: Comedy / Horror
Year: 2013
Country: USA

Director: Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson
Starring: Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Brooke Butler, Amanda Grace Cooper, Reanin Johannink

 

Revenge is a bitch

 

Maddy used to be a nerdy and unpopular girl and she spent her time filming other high school students, making own documentaries and video blogs for herself. She particularly disliked the bratty popular crowd that consisted of football players and cheerleaders.

However, when senior year starts she has transformed herself into a hot little chick that wants to become a part of the same crowd that she previously despised. She has her own reason for doing this and it will prove to become a deadly one for them all.

All Cheerleaders Die is a remake of Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertsons first low budget movie effort from back in 2001. After that one, McKee has made a name for himself within the horror genre with brilliant efforts such as May and Sick Girl (from the Masters of Horror TV show). He has also done other notable films that I haven’t seen yet like The Woods and The Woman, before now teaming back up with Sivertson to bring a new version of their first effort back to life with this remake.

Oct 27

Patrick

patrickGenre: Horror
Year: 2013
Country: Australia

Director: Mark Hartley
Starring: Charles Dance, Rachel Griffiths, Sharni Vilson, Peta Sergeant, Damon Garneau

 

The killer in a coma returns

 

The young, but bright nurse Kathy Jacquard is starting her new job at the Roget Clinic, a private hospital that treats comatose patients. It is run by the arrogant Dr. Sebastian Roget and his creepy daughter and head nurse Matron Cassidy.

Kathy takes a liking to one of the patients, a young male named Patrick. She starts to believe that even though he is in a coma, he can hear what is happening around him and even feel pain. But it doesn’t take long before she realizes that while Patrick is bound to his bed, he is still dangerous to her and her closest ones.

Patrick is a remake of a 1978 movie with the same title. I’ve seen the original a long time ago, but hardly remember anything about it except that it seemed like a decent story to tell again on the big screen. This version is way more visually polished and feels less exploitative than the original. The traditional gothic atmosphere sets this a part from most newer horror films, even if they couldn’t resist themselves from adding a few unnecessary jump scares scenes. I’m guessing someone was afraid that it wouldn’t be “horror” enough without these additions. Commercially it probably was a smart move, but I would have prefered them to just tell the story and stay away from the cheap scares.

Oct 15

Night of the Living Dead

notld90Genre: Horror
Year: 1990
Country: USA

Director: Tom Savini
Starring: Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman, Tom Towles, McKee Anderson, William Butler

 

There IS a fate worse than death.

 

Barbara and her brother Johnny is visiting their mother’s grave. Johnny starts to make fun of his sister while they are there, but suddenly zombies starts to appear and attack them. Johnny gets killed during the struggle, while Barbara is able to flee away.

She arrives at a farmhouse where she first come across a zombie inside and quickly leaves, only to be consoled by a guy named Ben who arrived just as she was running out of the house and they decide that it’s still safer to go inside this house than stay outside of it. They find more people, living this time, in the basement and they use the house as a safety zone while more and more zombies are gathering outside of it.

This is a remake of one of the highest regarded horror movies of old time – the George Romero classic with the same title from 1968. Some say the birth of the remake came simply because the filmmakers never got the copyright for the original and this was a decent way to make some well deserved money off the title. This time the original director George Romero was happy to produce and write the script, while the makeup wizard Tom Savini got his chance to direct his first full length movie.

Oct 03

Dredd

dreddGenre: Action / Sci-Fi
Year: 2012
Country: USA

Director: Pete Travis
Starring: Karl Urban, Rachel Wood, Andile Mngadi, Porteus Xandau, Jason Cope

 

Judgement is coming

 

The American society has fallen on bad terms. Street drugs have become more and more dangerous and lethal and the gangs have become even more brutal than ever before and the same can be said about the new authority in the big cities – the judges.

One of these judges, Judge Dredd is known to be the most tough out there and he is now assigned to train a new recruit named Cassandra. Cassandra has a special gift of being a psychic and with powers like this she can become very valuable to the authorities, but the question is if she can survive her very first assignment with Dredd.

I’m not a huge comic book fan, so my first meeting with Judge Dredd was when I went to the local cinema to watch the 1995 film starring Sylvester Stallone. While that film was entertaining, it felt like there was still more to do with this concept so this remake/reboot/whatever they call it these days is something I welcomed for once.

Jul 27

Halloween

halloween2007Genre: 2007
Year: Horror
Country: USA

aka: Halloween – The Beginning

Director: Rob Zombie
Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Mane, Daeg Faerch, Sheri Moon Zombie

 

Evil has a destiny

 

Michael Myers was an outcast as a child. He was bullied at his school, his mother worked as a stripper and has a bad choice in men, which makes it impossible for Michael to have a male role model in his life. He finds comfort in making Halloween masks and torturing small pets. After his sister refuses to take him out to trick or treat on Halloween night, he calmly kills off both his obnoxious stepdad, his big sister and her boyfriend.

He gets locked up in the Smith’s Grove mental hospital and put under the care of doctor Sam Loomis, who tries his best to get through to Michael without succeeding. Michael’s mother has enough after he kills off one of the nurses at the hospital, so she gives up and commits suicide. Michael is kept in the hospital for fifteen years until he sees the opportunity to get out of the place and sets out on a path to get home to his home town Haddonfield to finish off his family by also killing off his baby sister Laurie. Dr. Loomis heads after him and Laurie’s only hope is that he can get to her before Michael does.

Jul 03

Dawn of the Dead

POSTER - DAWN OF THE DEAD - REMAKE (2)Genre: Horror
Year: 2004
Country: USA

Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Ty Burrell

 

When the undead rise, civilization will fall

 

Ana returns home to her husband after a long day at work. When they wake up they are attacked by a young girl who lives in the neighborhood. She seems to have turned from a sweet young girl into a ravaging bloodthirsty beast. Ana’s husband is bitten and after some minutes, he also turns into a frenzied beast. Ana is able to escape and sees that the whole world is falling apart in front of her eyes.

She has a car crash and is found by police sergeant Kenneth. They, together with the Michael and the couple Andre and Luda they head over to the local shopping mall to seek refuge. Three security guards are already there and the group has to beg for their kindness to be allowed to stay at the mall. After their differences are settled, they all make a new life in the mall while more and more zombies gather right outside.

May 21

Children of the Corn

childrenofthecorn2009Genre: Horror
Year: 2009
Country: USA

aka: Stephen King’s Children of the Corn

Director: Donald P. Borchers
Starring: David Anders, Kandyse McClure, Daniel Newman, Preston Bailey, Robert Gerdisch

 

 

The unhappy couple of the ex-soldier Burt and ex-prom queen Vicky are nagging on each other driving through Nebraska when suddenly a young boy appears in the middle of the road and they run him over.

The boy dies and the couple drives to the nearby town of Gatlin where they try to find some assistance. Gatlin is however not a normal town and there are no adults to be found. The children of the town has taken over and all the adults have been slaughtered and the couple is now finding themselves in danger of ending up with the same faith as the parents of these children.

The Children of the Corn saga had been dead and buried for nearly ten years when this made for TV (Syfy out of all networks actually) remake popped up. The idea was to make a film that was more based on the original story by Stephen King than what the 1984 movie was but although they might succeed on that point (I don’t believe I ever read King’s short story), everything else in this film is worse than the original film and even worse than all of the sequels aswell.

Apr 04

Piranha

2879-E_PIRANHA 3d ART 70x100 OP 50%.inddGenre: Horror / Comedy
Year: 2010
Country: USA

aka: Piranha 3D

Director: Alexandre Aja
Starring: Steven R. McQueen, Ving Rhames, Elisabeth Sue, Jessica Szohr, Jerry O’Connell

 

There’s something in the water

 

It’s spring break in Lake Victoria, Arizona and lots of young adults are arriving to drink themself silly, show off their young bodies and have unprotected sex with whatever gender they find at the end of the night. Jake is a young and unpopular teen who meets a sleazy pornographer named Derrick and agrees to show him the good spots to film whatever ladies that shows off their body parts.

Right before the spring break party goes into full party mode, a fisherman gets ripped apart by a bunch of piranhas that are freed by a small earthquake. The bloodthirsty piranhas are on their way to the shore where the partying is going on. Jake, Derrick and a couple of hotties are out on a yacht filming, when suddenly the boat crashes and they get stuck. It’s now up to Jake’s mother Sheriff Julie Forrester to both evacuate the lake and also save her son from the killer fish.

Jan 07

Nosferatu the Vampyre

POSTER - NOSFERATU THE VAMPIREGenre: Horror
Year: 1979
Country: Germany

original title: Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht

Director: Werner Herzog
Starring: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Roland Topor, Walter Ladengast

 

 

Jonathan Harker is a real estate agent traveling to visit the recluse Count Dracula at his castle in Transylvania. When he gets close to the castle, he gets warned by locals that the count is a bloodsucking vampire. He ignores the warnings and meets the strange character at his castle where he spends the upcoming nights.

The property that the count is after is in Wismar, Germany where Harker is from. The count also sees a portrait of Harker’s wife Lucy and gets mesmerized by her looks. He decides to buy the property and travel to Wismar, leaving Harker imprisoned at the castle. Harker has to escape and get home before Dracula gets to his young and lovely wife.

Nosferatu The Vampyre is a stylish remake/homage to the legendary 1922 movie. It is handled very respectful by director Werner Herzog and it oozes of style and atmosphere. It stays true to the original movie and the small things that are changed or added work very well. He also had to shoot the movie in both german and english at the same time. The general consensus seems to be that the german language one is better and that’s also the one I watched.

Jan 03

The Blob

POSTER - THE BLOB (1988)Genre: Horror / Sci-Fi
Year: 1988
Country: USA

Director: Chuck Russell
Starring: Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch, Jeffrey DeMunn, Candy Clark

 

Scream now, while there’s still room to breathe

 

Arborville, California was a quiet small american town, until a meteorite crashes right outside of the city. An old weird guy finds the remaining pieces and notice that something is hidden inside of it. When he gets closer to it, a liquid jelly like thing attaches itself to his hand and starts to digest it. He is found by three young adults named Meg, Paul and Brian (who goes by the nickname Flagg). They take him to the hospital so he can get help.

While waiting for help at the hospital, the blob eats up more of the poor guy before he gets help and when it is done with him it starts to look for more food. After it also gets a hold of Paul, Meg tries to find Flagg again in the city to convince him to help her warn the city. They not only have to fight together against this hungry creature, but also the military who are putting the whole city under quarantine and also hiding the truth behind the origin of this killer blob.

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