With a list for the disturbed, one for zombies/living dead/infected, a 31-day map of horror and even a list for Halloween-ers who aren’t horror fans, I’ve come to one with a special disturbing dedication: blood and gore and uncomfortable pains! While the other disturbing list is a bunch of general unsettling movies, this one isContinue reading “More Disturbing Halloween Horror: Blood, Guts, Skulls and Stuff”
The Last Horror Movie. 2003. Directed by Julian Richards; screenplay by James Handel from an idea by Julian Richards. Starring Kevin Howarth, Mark Stevenson, Antonia Beamish, Christabel Muir, Jonathan Coote, Rita Davies, Joe Hurley, Jamie Langthorne, John Berlyne, and Mandy Gordon. Prolific Films/Snakehair Productions. Rated R. 75 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★★1/2 I’ve talked a lot inContinue reading “The Last Horror Movie: Genuinely Chilling Found Footage Horror”
Hostel. 2005. Directed & Written by Eli Roth. Starring Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Eythor Gudjonsson, Barbara Nedeljakova, Jan Vlasák, Jana Kaderabkova, Jennifer Lim, Keiko Seiko, Lubomír Bukový, Jana Havlickova, Rick Hoffman, Petr Janis, Takashi Miike, Patrik Zigo, and Milda Jedi Havlas. Raw Never/International Production Company/Next Entertainment/Hostel LLC. Rated R. 94 minutes. Horror ★★★★1/2 I’ll not back downContinue reading “Eli Roth’s Hostel is a 21st Century ’80s Gore Flick”
Martyrs. 2008. Directed & Written by Pascal Laugier. Starring Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin, Robert Toupin, Patricia Tulasne, Juliette Gosselin, Xavier Dolan, Louise Boisvert, and Jean-Marie Moncelet. Canal+. Rated R. 99 minutes. Drama/Horror ★★★★★ Martyrs is most definitely a bloody, gory, savage film from beginning to end. Of course those bits alternate, as well as theContinue reading “The Bleeding Religion of Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs”
An American man goes on a vacation to flee his life, in the process finding love and cosmic terror.
An enduring piece of cinematic terror: Steven Spielberg’s JAWS.
[Rec]. 2007. Directed by Jaume Balagueró & Paco Plaza. Screenplay by Jaume Balagueró, Luis Berdejo & Paco Plaza. Starring Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano, Pablo Rosso, David Vert, Vicente Gil, Martha Carbonell, and Carlos Vicente. Sony Pictures. Rated R. 78 minutes. Horror/Mystery/Thriller ★★★★1/2 First off – I’m not one of these snobs who feels the needContinue reading “[REC] Follows Everyday Life into a Zombie Epidemic”
Summer of Blood. 2014. Directed & Written by Onur Tukel. Starring Onur Tukel, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Vanna Pilgrim, Jason Selvig, and Melodie Sisk. Dark Sky Films. Not Rated. 86 minutes. Comedy/Horror ★★1/2 Erik Sparrow, played by writer and director Onur Tukel, seems to have a stable life – he has a nice job, he livesContinue reading “SUMMER OF BLOOD: Unlikeable Hipster Vampires”
Proxy. 2014. Dir. Zack Parker. Starring Kristina Klebe, Joe Swanberg, Alexa Havins, and Alexia Rasmussen. IFC Midnight. Unrated. 120 minutes. Drama/Horror/Thriller ★★★★★ Previously, I’ve seen Zack Parker’s work with his earlier film Scalene, which I actually really enjoyed. Perhaps enjoy is not the best verb to describe the experience of that film, but either way itContinue reading “Zack Parker’s PROXY: Twisting Tales of Extraordinary Madness”
Almost Human. 2013. Directed & Written by Joe Begos. Starring Graham Skipper, Josh Ethier, Vanessa Leigh, Susan T. Travers, and Anthony Amaral III. IFC Midnight. Not Rated. 80 minutes. Horror/Sci-Fi/Thriller ★★★1/2 While this was made in 2013 and released in certain areas, this didn’t make its way to Canada until 2014, so it’s one ofContinue reading “ALMOST HUMAN: Help, My Best Friend is a Murderous Alien!”
Poker Night. 2014. Dir. Greg Francis. Screenplay by Dough Buchanan & Francis. Starring Beau Mirchoff, Ron Perlman, Titus Welliver, Halston Sage, Ron Eldard, Corey Large, Giancarlo Esposito, and Michael Eklund. XLrator Media. Not Rated. 104 minutes. Action/Crime/Thriller ★★★★ I’d anticipated this movie just because of the trailer. Now, sometimes this can come back to biteContinue reading “Not Everyone’s Cut Out for POKER NIGHT”
Bela Kiss: Prologue. 2013. Directed & Written by Lucien Förstner. Starring Kristina Klebe, Rudolf Martin, Fabian Stumm, Ben Bela Böhm, Janina Elkin, Angus McGruther, Julia Horvath, and Jörg Koslowsky. 4Digital Media. Rated R. 106 minutes. Horror/Mystery/Thriller 1/2★ There are movies which sometimes fool me, for one reason or another, into thinking they’ll turn out to beContinue reading “Bela Kiss: Prologue – Because Literary Terms Be Damned”