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What a Strange Week it has Been!!!!!

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What a strange week it has been, literally, I never imagined that when I started this week so many crazy and disturbing stories would make the news in North America. I know I have watched and possibly reviewed on here some of the most disturbing flicks out there. In fact, it was just last week where I profiled the true story behind the movie The Afflicted. However, as tragic and disturbing as that story is, it has nothing on the reality of this week. If you missed it, here is a recap of sorts. Saturday, news broke of the strange cannibalistic attack on a man on the MacArther causeway near Miami Beach, FL.Not only was this a ghastly attack, the entire thing was captured on a security camera, bringing the entire story to world in full color. Of course, this camera also captured the violent end when the police shot the perpetrator multiple times after he would not stop eating the victims face.

If you are not familiar with the story, Haitian born Rudy Eugene attacked a man by chewing a…

The Woman in Black (2012)

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When I ran to Family Video to take some flicks back, I decided to check and see what was available. For me, this heat has been miserable and even made me suffer inside on my first Memorial Day since I have retired. I did get out early in the morning to go fishing with my dad, catching three amazing trout, but that drained me to the point where I could not function. Luckily, I had something to watch in the 2012 Hammer Films atmospheric ghost story The Woman in Black.

Plot/ A young lawyer, struggling with work after the death of his wife, is sent to a remote village to settle the estate of a deceased eccentric woman who owns an English manor. The village residents want him to leave as they are trying to conceal a deadly secret.

It is not often, where you find a movie, surrounded by hype, which actually hits home. For me, that is exactly what happened with this one. Honestly, it was amazing to see Hammer Films return with this atmospheric gem. The acting was solid, with Daniel Radcliff…

Death and Cremation (2010)

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I wanted to keep watching flicks that centered on serial killers or something from the slasher genre. Of course, there are many choices out there, especially when hitting our local Family Video Store. What did we find this time? The 2010 romp, Death and Cremation.

Plot/ In a typical American suburb filled with middle class morals, a lonely 59-year-old, Stan, contributes to society by offering cremation services from his basement. In fact, Stan murders neighbors he perceives to be social bullies. Jarod, a fatherless 17-year-old high school outcast, lands an after-school job in Stan's cremation house and the two develop an unusual working relationship that quickly evolves into a partnership. As detective Matt Fairchild puts together clues from local disappearances, Stan must decide if protecting his newfound trainee is worth killing for.

This was an interesting little flick. Then again, usually anything with Brad Dourif can be at least a little creepy. The acting was decent, the st…

The Fields (2011)

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I had hoped to continue my string of serial killer based horror with something a bit different. As a horror fan, that is the great thing that we get to experience, there are so many sub-genre’s that we can watch similar themed flicks that are totally different. When I saw that this next flick mentioned Charles Manson, I had to watch it. The Manson story has so many layers and is always a great source of information. Unfortunately, I fell to the box art demon and the flick, The Fields, was not the flick I expected, but…

Plot/ Tells the story of a young boy and his family who are terrorized by an unseen presence.

More of a thriller / drama than horror flick, this one does have a heavy atmosphere and a sense of foreboding that lasts throughout. Loosely based on true events, and memories writer Harrison Smith about the days of Charles Manson, his family, the murders and the media circus that followed as viewed from afar in rural Pennsylvania. This film is an interesting story driven, chara…

Filth to Ashes, Flesh to Dust (2011)

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So, after a week spent in the depths of religion on here, this week seems centered around serial killers and slashers. Of course, that is always a somewhat fun genre to watch, as those flicks can be all over the place. The next one up for review is the 2011 indie entry from Brain Damage Films and Midnight Releasing, Filth to Ashes Flesh to Dust.

Plot/ “Filth to Ashes, Flesh to Dust,” that was the motto the serial killer known as "Purge" lived by: A schizophrenic, driven by voices to delete the unworthy, the unpure from the human landscape. Nevertheless, if no one is perfect, and we all have flaws, virtually no one is safe. A group of college bound friends find that out the hard way as a trip to the thought dead killers lair turns into a nightmare. The killer Purge is alive and well. Trapped beneath the ground where no one can hear or help, the six teenagers must face each of their own weaknesses and fight Purge with everything they have, if they want to see daylight again. …

Serial Killer Theresa Knorr: The Disturbing Truth Behind The Afflicted

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There are times when you watch a movie that is based on a true story, that you scratch your head and just say no way. Some of the depraved, disgusting and violent acts depicted in movies just cannot be true. One such film that left me feeling this way was The Afflicted from Midnight Releasing. However, after a couple emails with them on another subject, the passed on the name of the actual person and case which the movie was based. Yes, it seems, as some of the flick was fictional (the ending), but the majority of the story was indeed based on fact.

This lady, Theresa Knorr, was that immoral and evil. Born in 1946, Knorr was convicted of torturing and murdering two of her children and was sentenced to two-consecutive life sentences after pleading guilty to save herself from the Death Penalty. Incredibly, some of the most intense parts of movie are in fact true. The story arc of the mother shooting her daughter, leaving her to rot in the bath tub handcuffed to the soap dish, nursin…

A Darker Reality (2008)

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Whenever you go to a video store, there is always that film that you look at and in the end decide against. Finally, after some time, you break down and pick it up, hoping you made the right decision. In my case, with the terrible streak I am on, I am sure that it would never be what I was hoping for. The flick that backed me into this corner was A Darker Reality from 2008.

Plot/ Detective Alex Belasco and his assistant a media savvy personality named Jesse Metcalfe are searching for a serial killer who targets women known only as “The Ghost”. As they dive deeper into his mind and inch closer to finding him, they discover something dark, depraved and disturbing.

I had passed on this one a few times before grabbing it, and I am glad I finally grabbed it. First off, Daniel Baldwin does a great job at playing a psychopath; he was extremely believable and intense throughout. While there were some flaws, mostly centered around the police / detective characters and characterizations; they…

Requiem for the Damned (2012)

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I was going to did out The Wicker Man, instead, I decided to venture into the darkness that is Edgar Allan Poe. I love Poe and the deep stories he created. He was truly a genius and he was lost before his time. While The Raven is all the rage, I decided to venture into something different, the 2012 Indie entry, Requiem for the Damned.

Plot/ For nearly two hundred years his stories of the macabre have shocked and terrified audiences. And now, inspired by five of Poe's most terrifying tales, five filmmakers have banded together to create the ultimate tribute to the master: Edgar Allan Poe's Requiem For The Damned - featuring adaptations of : The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Murders in the Rue Morgue.

I will have to admit, as a Poe fanatic, I hate watching failed interpretations of his works. While, I personally enjoy some of the modern twists, they have to be done right, and that is often a tall order. In this fli…

The Wicker Tree (2010)

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After watching 11-11-11, I decided to venture back to the Family Video Store to see if I could find something of a religious nature to continue my unplanned religion week here on the site. While there was a ton of selections, one film caught my eye, The Wicker Tree. This sequel (30 some years later) is one I had hoped would someday be made, as the original flick The Wicker Man, is one of the greatest flicks I have seen. How did it stack up? Well…

Plot/ Charmed by the residents of Tressock, Scotland, two young missionaries accept the invitation to participate in a local festival, fully unaware of the consequences of their decision.

I probably should not review this one. As a huge fan of the original classic The Wicker Man, I knew that there was no way a sequel (or remake) could ever duplicate the intricacies and depth of the original. This film is very different from that great work. Full of cliché, dark humor, and stereotype, it seemed forced and failed to create the atmosphere or c…

11-11-11:The Prophecy (2011)

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In looking at the blog this week, it seems like a strange religious theme started to permeate the pages. Incredibly, there was not plan to this and there was no rhyme or reason for it to take place, especially considering the movies were selected at random. The next film that came in was the Darren Lynn Bousman religious thriller 11-11-11: The Prophecy.

Plot/ After the death of his wife and child, an author travels to Barcelona to see his estranged brother and dying father, where he learns that his life is plagued by events that occur on 11-11-11.

I think I may be in the minority on this one, but I enjoyed it. The character driven tension with the religious overtones seem to create an interesting feel. Yes, it was not really the apocalyptic flick that some of the advertisements portrayed, and yes, the ending left a lot to be desired, but it was somewhat effective. The acting was ok, the scripting decent, and pace solid. There were some flaws as the effects seemed forced and the ending…

The Devil Inside (2012)

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After watching a twisted religious piece in The Afflicted, I wanted to keep the strange religious themes going this week. I mean, honestly, is there anything better than demons running amuck or seeing an exorcism? I do not think so. My selection for the evening is the 2012 docudrama / horror The Devil Inside.

Plot/ In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism.

Was this a perfect movie? Absolutely not, but there was actually a lot more to like about it than I expected. The storyline was interesting and quite dark, it was actually one of the more eerie flicks I have seen lately (and the contortionist creeped me out…ugh). The acting was solid, and honestly, the atmosphere really worked. Yes, there were some plot holes, there was no gore and the hand cam / mockumentary style has been over done recently, but overall, it was an intriguing flick…

The Afflicted (2010)

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After an interesting day at work, and a unfruitful trip to the lake, I decided to kick back and watch something a bit different. This one was more of a drama or thriller than clear-cut horror entry, but who cares. It is always good to change things up. The selection from 2010 is The Afflicted from Midnight Releasing.

Plot/ This is a story of incomprehensible abuse delivered by an explosively violent mother of four and a journey through the mind of a child that experiences a living hell, defined and defended by the twisted religious beliefs of her mother.

Let me start by saying this was a dark, twisted and unsettling journey into a disturbing topic. As a parent, I could never imagine falling into the trappings of abuse in any way, and was quite disturbed. This was a interesting flick, with solid cinematography, good acting and a dark storyline. More of a thriller or drama than horror, it definitely seems to cross genres and may not have a true target audience. It is truly unbelievable…

Creature (2011)

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If you have read my blog, you know that I love creature features and cheesy low budget flicks. Honestly, is there anything better than a schlockfest with a man in a rubber suit? Well, I am sure there is, but whenever the flick is based on a reptilian Bigfoot like Lock Jaw, it cannot be all bad, can it? Hmmm, I guess it can. What movie am I talking about, Creature from 2011.

Plot/ In the back country of Louisiana, a group of friends unearth a terrible secret that unleashes a monster from the depths of the swamp.

A creature feature with Sid Haig, could you ask for anything more? Well, yes, but as a low budget (relatively speaking) flick with a man in a rubber suit, I have seen much worse. This one has everything one could imagine from a cheap creature feature, it has all the cheesiness, violence, nudity, and blood splatter that make these tolerable. Yes, it is full of cliché, the acting is uneven, the scripting predictable, and the creature effects were laughable, but hey, it was a che…