Posts

Showing posts from May, 2010

Contact (Short)

Image
Drugs, nudity, gore, psychotronic violence... All elements that I love to find when watching a movie. To me, those are the things I see when I write and hopefully, someday get to film. Recently, I had a chance to witness a film of this nature, the short film Contact directed by Jeremiah Kipp and it was more than I could have imagined.
In fact, I was blown away by this short and the twists put into 10 minutes, it was amazing. Contact is full of imagery and atmosphere, with a perfect soundtrack that along with black and white filming only adding to the overall qualities. The effects, the cinematography and the storyline are all solid with a very surreal energy running throughout the movie making it much more than most horror shorts out there today. This is definitely a must see if you get the chance! If interested check it out here.

Terror (1978)

Image
As my quiet afternoon continued, I decided to dive back into the Gorehouse Greats Collection for some afternoon entertainment. My choice, the 1978 Norman J.Warren entry, Terror. With no expectations, the afternoon bloodbath continued, with what was definitely an homage to Dario Argento and a nice alternative to Lake Placid 2.

Plot/ Royal ancestors feel the wrath of the curse of the condemned witch Mad Dolly, who spews forth her prophecy while she is burned at the stake. The victims suffer death by having their heads removed in various fashions, getting their limbs caught in animal traps, knife wounds, and other methods of medieval torture.

This movie was a lot better than I expected, the imagery, gore and pace were really good. Even the low light that it seemed to be filmed in made it surprisingly atmospheric. However, with a so-so script, OK acting and a basic storyline, the movie is far from great. I do have to admit the opening sequence of a movie within the movie came off tremend…

Daybeakers (2009)

Image
With an afternoon of quiet (Bren took the girls to the pool), I broke down and decided to watch Daybreakers. To me it was going to be interesting because I have heard both good and bad things about this futuristic vampire flick, so much so that I was honestly unsure of what to expect.

Plot/ In a world 10 years into the future, vampires make up the vast majority of the population with only 5% of the human race remaining. This presents particular challenges as the vampires' food supply - human blood - is dwindling and rationing is now the norm. There is growing evidence that vampires deprived of an adequate blood supply are themselves evolving into wild, vile creatures that attack anyone and anything in order to survive. Dr. Edward Dalton, a vampire and hematologist who works for a pharmaceutical firm, has been working on finding an artificial blood supply that will meet the vampire society's needs. He is sympathetic to humans and sees his work as a way of alleviating their suf…

Abominable (2006)

Image
I was actually a bit excited when I saw Abominable (2006) in the used bin today (I had watched parts last night). As I have mentioned before, Bigfoot and mythological creatures have always fascinated me, and while I know they are usually terrible, I do enjoy the majority of creature features that have come to light in recent years.

Plot/ It has been sighted 42,000 times in 68 countries; a creature of myth and legend known by several names; Yeti, Sasquatch and the infamous Bigfoot! We have hunted it for years, but what happens when it decides to hunt us? "Abominable" centers on a man recovering from a mountain climbing accident, trapped in a remote cabin in the woods, who sees the legendary beast, and must convince someone to believe him, before the monster goes on a bloody rampage.

This movie may be the best of the SyFy monster movies. Yes, the idea is a manipulated version of the Hitchcock classic Rear Window, with Bigfoot taking over as the killer, but it works! A strong …

Yeti (2008)

Image
As a person that truly believes that creatures like Bigfoot roam the planet searching for food; I was actually a bit excited when I saw that the Sci Fi channel was playing their original film Yeti (2008) last night (pictures with the Yeti is at the bottom of this blog). While I know that these made for TV movies are usually beyond terrible, occasionally, there is at least something entertaining in them.

Plot/ After their plane crashes into uncharted territory in the snowy Himalayan Mountains, the surviving members of a college football team set out to find help in a freezing cold blizzard. As days pass with no rescue in sight, food and morale run low for the survivors. The team eventually comes face to face with the Yeti, who begins to pick off the survivors one by one. In the meantime, two mountain rangers begin to scale the mountain to locate the survivors after receiving their distress signal.

As expected this movie was far from perfect, and may be one of the worst Snowbeast-type…

The Bell Witch Legend (2008)

Image
Filmmaker Zac Adams ventured into the eerie depths of the famed Bell Witch for his project the Bell Witch Legend, and what he came up with was a tremendous effort into this classic tale. From the first scene, to the last interview, this documentary does a great job bringing the legend to life.
With a nice mixture of reenactments, historical profiles and interviews with historians, researchers, residents and even descendants, the film carries a sense of darkness that remains true to the horrific events that tortured John Bell all those years ago. It also provides some very interesting facts about the haunting and the area of Adams, TN, which are not readily known. One such fact surrounds items taken from the Bell Witch Cave and the negative effects they have on those who mistakenly take a chance claiming such artifacts.
Make no mistake, at the heart of the story is the fabled tale of the Bell family and the spirit or energy that created so much turmoil. This bizarre account of pain,…

Undead Or Alive (2007)

Image
Last night when I was sitting around bored, I luckily found Undead or Alive (2007) on Showtime. Having never heard (if I did I don’t remember), I thought the idea of seeing Chris Kattan in a “Zombedy” may actually be fun, after all that would at least be more entertaining than Dancing With Stars.

Plot/ Army deserter Elmer Winslow and local cowboy Luke Budd are on the run after robbing the evil Sheriff Claypool, stealing his money and fleeing the town, they find themselves with an angry posse on their trail. Joining Elmer and Luke is an Apache warrior, who's out to wreak vengeance on behalf of her decimated people; her plan is to attack the U.S. Army wherever she can find it, and she takes Elmer up on his offer to go with her to the nearest Army outpost he knows. Their plans become complicated when they discover that, because of the great Apache Geronimo's curse on the white man, all the people of the surrounding areas have turned into zombies.

When I saw this flipping through…

Day of the Dead (2008)

Image
While I was coming up with a vision for a project I am working on, I found Day of the Dead (2008) on Showtime. Since I read about it in Rue Morgue and first saw this in the stores, the cover screamed terrible so I just walked by. Because I already pay for Showtime, I can only lose but 90 minutes of my life! After all, there is no way it could measure up to the original Day of the Dead.

Plot/ In Leadville, Colorado, Captain Rhodes and his army seals off the town to contain an influenza-type epidemic. The locals are not allowed to leave the town and the Pine Valley Medical Center is crowded with sick people. Corporal Sarah Bowman was born and raised in Leadville and goes to her home with Private Bud Crain to visit her mother. Sarah finds that her mother is ill and takes her to the local hospital. However, the sick people suddenly transform in flesh eating, fast moving zombies which attack the non-infected humans. Sarah, Bud and Private Salazar get a jeep and head to the town exit to esc…