Thursday, January 29, 2015

Feed the Gods (2014)

As another night ticks by, I am at least excited by the fact that I was finally able to submit my Jersey Devil short story for review for possible publication. As a writer, there is nothing worse than the wait for results. With that in my head, I decided on a crypto themed movie: 2014s Feed the Gods.

Plot/ Two brothers return to a small mountain town in search of their long lost parents only to discover that the place has a monstrous taste for tourists.

Yes, I am a sucker for any type of Cryptozoological horror flick that comes along, especially if it is not a SyFy Channel original. While this one was not one of those, it was also hard to classify as a Bigfoot movie, as squatch makes but a brief appearance. More of a straight low horror budget entry, there is not anything new in it, as it features the typical head-scratching actions in the script, uneven performances, and seriously amateur special effects. In fact, other than the last quarter of the film, there was nothing in it that kept my interest peaked. In the end, it was not a terrible low budget entry, but it is definitely not one that I would break down a door to find.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wax (2014)

I love low budget cinema and when I find one I have to catch it. This is especially true, when I see the poster, and it reminds me of something Vincent Price would have been in, it is even more intriguing. Next up for review is the 2014 horror flick Wax.

Plot/ Young journalist Mike gets an assignment to spend one whole evening in a spooky wax museum. Initially believing to be alone inside the place, Mike eventually finds himself being terrorized by the malevolent presence of sadistic cannibal surgeon Dr. Knox.

Honestly, I was not expecting much from this one, and was completely surprised with what I saw. This low budget entry was everything that made classic grindhouse/exploitation flicks so awesome except the grainy film stock. The storyline, while somewhat cliché was interesting and twisted, the performances solid, and there was a ton of nudity and gore. Even the cinematography and pacing worked really well and kept me entertained throughout. If there were a downfall, it would be the fact that it was somewhat predictable. In the end, this one was one of the better entries I have seen in some time and an entertaining and worthwhile movie to watch. If you have not seen it, give it a shot it was definitely one of the better ones from Full Moon in a long time.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Speak No Evil (2013)

Luckily, for me, the weather has not been too bad over the past few days, and in turn, I have not had to deal with a lot of craziness on the roads. Couple that with the fact that I little ahead on my college work and now I have time to focus on the blog. Next, up for review is the 2013 no-budget indie possession flick Speak No Evil.

Plot/ When all the children in a small town become possessed, one mother refuses to believe that her daughter is lost to the devil and will do whatever it takes to keep her alive.

Movies about possessed children are often hit and miss, especially when they are dealing with large groups of them, and that was the case with this one. Sure, the storyline was interesting (albeit underdeveloped) and the acting was decent, the children were creepy, but that was not enough to push this up a notch. Between the uneven pacing, lack of atmosphere, and many clichés, the overall horror experience was lacking. In the end, this movie did have some potential, but did not come close to matching it. While not for everyone, this no-budget indie flick definitely has some rough edges. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Jessabelle (2014)

Now that my weekend is over, it was back to the grindstone. Fortunately, I have a solid list of flicks that I must catch up on for the blog. Next up for review is an under the RADAR flick, Jessabelle from 2014.

Plot/ Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return -- and has no intention of letting her escape.

After being disappointed by Annabelle, I was a little hesitant to jump back into a paranormal themed movie. Fortunately, I decided to look past that experience and give this one a shot. This movie, while a touch clichéd, featured some interesting aspects including a creepy atmosphere, a layered storyline with some decent twists, and some solid performances. More importantly, it kept me interested throughout while watching it with the daughters, something many PG-13 movies do not do. Sure, there is nothing new in this one, and it definitely reuses some of the southern accents that make Louisianan voodoo movies attractive. In the end, this one is entertaining and much better than I expected it to be. If you enjoy supernatural and voodoo themed horror, give it a shot! You could do a lot worse.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Frankenhooker (1990)

Now that I finally feel like me again with the sickness apparently gone and my weekly homework complete, it is time to settle down and focus on catching up on some of the films I have watched this week. One of the more entertaining and fun was one I had not seen in over a decade, the 1990 schlockfest Frankenhooker.

Plot/ A medical student sets out to recreate his decapitated fiancée by building her a new body made of Manhattan Street hookers.

If you are a fan of cheesy 1980s horror, you have definitely seen something from the mind of Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case). While none of these films will ever win an Academy Award, they will definitely live on in many circles as cult classics. This is definitely the case with Frankenhooker! Honestly, one look at the title should be enough to make anyone realize exactly what they are in for: classic low budget schlock at its finest. Yes, the effects range from laughable to bad, the acting is all over, and you must suspend the reality for a while, but that should have been expected. What you do have is an interesting and imaginative storyline mixed with a great balance of comedy and gore, something that many more refined (or popular) horror comedies lack. In the end, this movie is an entertaining romp through B-movie horror. If you love this type of film and have not seen it, check it out! For fans of schlock cinema, give it a shot!