Thursday, January 18, 2018

30 horror movies that are turning 30 this year...

30 horror movies that are turning 30 this year...

Not only is 1988 my birth year, it's also in my eyes one of the most killer years for horror. It's crazy to think that this year myself, along with these 30 killer classics will be turning...well 30! Yikes! Here are some killer classics that are celebrating a pretty massive milestone in 2018!

Child's Play
- A single mother from Chicago tries to prove to the local police that the person responsible for several murders in the city are by the hands of her young son's doll that he received for his birthday.

Hellbound Hellraiser II
- Picking up directly after the original, Kristy is convinced her father is trapped in Hell seeking rescue while her step-mother returns from the underworld, showing the twisted man who brought her back the labyrinth of horrors from where she came. 

A Nightmare On Elm Street 4 The Dream Master
- A year after Dream Warriors, Kincaid, Joey, and Kristin are trying to move on living normal life's. It isn't until Kristen begins suffering from strange dreams that she tries to convince her friends that Freddy has returned.

The Blob
- A remake of the 1950's classic with mind bending effects on the flesh eating goo from space!

Killer Klowns From Outer Space
- Evil aliens from space take the form of circus clowns and slowly take over a small town.

Friday The 13th Part VII The New Blood
- Jason is accidentally woken from his watery grave by a young girl with unexplained powers. While she returns to her father's lakeside cabin, Jason decides to crash a birthday party full of horny teens next door.

- Several teens are invited to a wax museum one night where they soon discover that if you enter the display, you become trapped in a different dimension.

Night Of The Demons
- Several teens decide to throw a Halloween party at an old haunted house one night. When they accidentally awaken evil spirits, some of the teens becomes possessed, trapping the remaining guests to fight them off until dawn.

- A farmer seeking revenge conjures a monster that kills everyone who has harmed him. One by one, he begins to see the terrifying unstoppable power he's released.

Return Of The Living Dead 2
- A zany follow up to the zombie classic shows the undead returning to a small town, munching away on neighbors!

Phantasm II
- Several years after the original, Mike is released from a mental hospital, where he convinces Reggie that all of this didn't in fact take place in his mind. That the Tall Man is real, and it's up to them to track him down, and stop him once and for all.

Poltergeist III
- Carol Ann now staying with her aunt and uncle in a high tech skyscraper in Chicago, begins to feel the same evil spirits that's haunted her most of her life.

Halloween 4 The Return Of Michael Myers
- Ten years after the original, we meet young Jamie Lloyd, only daughter to Laurie, the survivor back in 1978. After Lauire's sudden death nearly a year before, Jamie is staying with foster parents, and decides to celebrate Halloween. Unknown to her, Michael (her uncle) has woken from his decade long coma, and wants to end his bloodline once and for all.

Brain Damage 
- A young man in New York wakes up one night with an awful headache, and the back of his neck bleeding. After experiencing one of the best and surreal highs of his entire life, he discovers a small blue creature that strikes a deal with him. If he feeds him, he'll continue injecting him with the fluid that gives him this amazing experience. The only thing is...this creature loves brains. Human brains...

Maniac Cop
- A series of brutal murders plague the city, where a massive man dressed as a police officers is butchering innocent people. It's up to a few fellow police to try and solve the mystery and stop this terrifying and very powerful killer.

- A man meets a mysterious woman who he believes is the woman of his dreams. Little does he know...she may be the woman of his nightmares...

Fright Night Part II
- Convinced that everything that happened in the original was all in his head, Charlie is now away at college trying to move on. That's when a very sexy, and mysterious woman begins to appear in his life. A woman who's connected to his past, looking for revenge. 

Sleepaway Camp Unhappy Campers
- Years after the original massacre, Angela has served her time at a mental hospital, and got herself a sex change. Now with a new identity, she's working at a local summer camp (never a good idea) and judging who are the good kids, and who are the bad.

The Unholy
- An evil spirit continues to return over and over to temp men of God. It isn't until it sets it's sights on a man who was chosen to take part in the battle between good and evil, that it has finally met it's match.

Cheerleader Camp
- A young girl suffering from strange dreams decides to go to a local summer camp where fellow cheerleading squads are all up for a huge competition. Here the cheerleaders and teammates begin getting murdered by an unseen killer who has a hidden agenda. 

The Howling IV The Original Nightmare
- A re-telling of the original story, shows a young woman and her husband escaping up North after she suffers a mental breakdown. Here she begins to suspect that this small isolated town isn't what it seems.

They Live
- A drifter stumbles upon a pair of sunglasses that reveals a whole hidden world where the public have been blind to for years. The upper class are aliens, and they have been using everyone as slaves, programing them to stay asleep and serve them.

The Kiss 
- After her mother's brutal and sudden passing, a young teenage girl doesn't exactly trust her mysterious aunt from overseas who she's never met before. It isn't long before her aunt slowly takes over her life, with a dark secret from her past bubbling to the surface.

The Nest
- A small island is plagued by giant flash eating roaches. The only thing about these bugs are, they are very hard to kill, and can transform into whatever they last ate!

Bad Dreams
- A young girl awakes from a coma, being the only survivor from a mass suicide in the late 1960's. Now recovering in a hospital, she starts to suffer from vivid nightmares, where the leader of the cult she belonged to as a child as returned, killing all of her new friends, and continues inviting her to join him in the afterlife. 

- A deeply disturbed wealthy man becomes obsessed with his late father's medical doll who he's been fascinated with since a child. Here we watch his mental state slowly crumple, revealing a terrifying outlook towards his younger sister.

- Flesh eating slugs slowly take over a small town and are unstoppable! 

Monkey Shines 
- After a terrible accident, a young man is paralyzed from the waist down. His good friend gives him a trained monkey, who is supposed to take care of most of his needs around his house. Here, after the animal is injected with a powerful drug, it turns on it's owner, trapping him, and becoming a complete monster.

Critters 2
- Bradley Brown returns to his hometown to visit his grandmother for Easter. Little does he know, some eggs from his family's farm has lasted over the years, and are now currently being used in the town Easter Egg Hunt!

The Watchers 
- A highly intelligent dog escapes a government compound and befriends a young teen. Here they go on the run as men try to track down this animal who knows horrible secrets. 

Happy 30th!!!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Slumber Party Massacre 3 drinking game!

Slumber Party Massacre 3 drinking game!

I really can't explain it, but Slumber Party Massacre 3 always reminds me of the winter. Why this's really beyond me. The film takes place on the West Coast, there's no mention of it taking place durning the winter, and half of the girls are running around naked. Funny, part 1 and 2 I always see as movies to watch once the weather gets warmer, this film...a must to view durning January and February. Anyone else have weird movie habits like this? What only me? Any who, maybe a big reason behind this strange outlook on this movie is because I truly first discovered it last winter, and how I instantly picked it the KILLER Shout Factory blu-ray release that was released in February. So to honor this guilty pleasure slasher favorite of mine, here's a killer drinking game you guys can play while watching it! So order a pizza, crank up the tunes, and crack open a cheap 6-pack of beer and play Staystillreviews' Slumber Party Massacre 3 drinking game! Let the games begin!

Drink when...
A girl is topless.
Someone is murdered.
Someone uses the phone.
A song is playing.
Someone screams.
The girls have the perfect chance to get away and don't take it.
Someone is seen eating.
A photograph is seen.
Someone says the word "Pizza"
You see people playing volleyball.

Take a shot when...
The doorbell rings.
The basement is seen.

Waterfall when...
The drill is ever being used.

Drink up and enjoy!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Top 5 Alan Rickman performances.

 Top 10 Alan Rickman performances. 

Just recently I found myself settling down and re-visiting the truly magical and epic world of Harry Potter. Having read several books out of the series, my sister (a huge fan of both books and movies) got me to watch all 8 films back in 2013. After many...and I stress many goblets of gin, we somehow made it through all 18+ hours of them. I loved them, but over the Christmas holiday I finally watched these movies again and truly appreciate how wonderful these films were. In fact, I enjoyed them so much, it got me kick started on finishing the last three or four books I have left in the series. By the end of the last film I was crying my eyes out, blown away over how amazing these were. A huge reason behind how emotional I felt was watching the late and great Alan Rickman play Professor Snape. Ever since I was little, Alan has been a favorite actor of mine. The true reason behind this is a story I'm sure many people who know me have heard.

In 1988 my mother was pregnant with me. This was a tough year for her since she had suddenly lost her father who she was very close with. I remember she told me while she was pregnant with me, she belonged to a video store club where she received a special VHS copy of Die Hard which was a screener and released months ahead of time for members of this certain club. My mother told me she couldn't explain it, but for some unknown reason she found this movie very comforting and watched it basicaly every day durning her pregnancy. Trust me, I totally get it. I find the strangest movies comforting, and after losing my mom I re-watched the same films over and over again simply as something to just tune out and keep my mind off things. I always loved this story since I would like to believe the voice of Hans Gruber aka Alan Rickman was one of the first sounds I heard even before I was born. That it shaped me into the person I am today.

I grew up loving Alan's movies. My mother was a huge fan, so I was a huge fan. Die Hard has always been one of my favorite movies, but I remember watching Robin Hood Prince Of Thief's, and instantly becoming fascinated with Alan's over the top performance as The Sheriff Of Nottingham. I would like to believe this kick started my taste for the villain or bad guys in movies. Of course I continued loving all of Alan's work with his deadpan delivery and rich sounding voice. What thrilled me, was that new generations were welcomed to Alan's talent when he played Snape, one of the most heartbreaking characters in literature in the past twenty or so years. The fact that children each day are discovering these books and movies goes to show that Alan's work will be immortal.

I still remember in early 2016 hearing word of Alan's sudden passing while I was at work. I still remember how my heart sank, and how yet again the harsh reality hit me that I was indeed getting older. That heroes of mine were in fact dying, and sadly it was just another part of life. What killed me was that after my mother's own passing, I took comfort in watching tons of Alan's movies. He was one of my all time favorite actors, and I was looked forward seeing him in a new film. When he died I was crushed, and still am to this day. This was a true icon who started his career after the year of 40. Who stole the show in everything he ever appeared in. I feel Kevin Smith got it right in Dogma. This guy really was an angel, and as sappy as it sounds, makes me feel better we have yet another good guy up in Heaven. With the anniversary of his passing and birthday approaching, I want to pin-point my top 5 favorite performances of Alan's, and why he will forever be a hero of mine. 

5) Jamie - Truly Madly Deeply 
- This in my eyes is one of Alan's greatest pieces of work. Usually typecast as the "villain", Alan was able to display his real talent by playing Jamie, the ghost of a man who returns to comfort his girlfriend who hasn't been able to move on from his sudden passing. Jamie returns witnessing that his girlfriend is still completely crushed over his death, having moved into a few flat in London, and feels as if his spirit if still with her. Returning, the two lovers spend a few blissful days together in the apartment, ignoring the rest of the outside world. The girlfriend believes this is truly a dream come true. Her soulmate has returned. Quickly she begins to notice small things about Jamie that annoyed her when he was alive, and still does in the afterlife! Suddenly she begins to see that despite it all, Jamie is still a ghost and the two will never be able to have a true future together. Still, she's unable to let go. Suddenly it becomes clear on why Jamie returned, and that he's trying to annoy her on purpose to make her move on, fall in love with someone else, and finally let go of him once and for all. The ending scene of Jamie surrounded by his fellow ghost friends, watching as his girlfriend finally accepts his death, and leaves with her new boyfriend is truly heartbreaking. We watch as Jamie smiles, happy with her, controlling his own tears as his friends comfort her. The chemistry Rickman shares with actress Juliet Stevenson (who plays his girlfriend) is adorable. I absolutely loved the scenes of them fooling around singing and dancing (Alan had quite the singing voice!) as well as them sitting down at the end bearing each other's souls to each other, recalling the first night they met. This is a cute romance, that really hits home for anyone who's ever lost a loved one. It was refreshing to watch Alan as a romantic interest role, showing that love from beyond the grave is possible...

4) Sheriff Of Nottingham  - Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves 
- Let's all just get this out in the open. Kevin Costner movies are always a mess. Let it be the Postman, Waterworld, or even Robin Hood. I remember watching this movie constantly as a kid. In fact, it very well might be one of the first movies I ever watched Alan in. This film is just so all over the place. It tells the classic tale but honestly even to this day I have to just laugh and roll my eyes. I mean where is Kevin Costner's accent? Do they really call Morgan Freeman "The painted man"? How many POV shots do we need of an arrow flying through the air? Still, we have to really say that Alan was the true MVP of this movie. Rumor has it he was offered it several times, before finally he decided to take the role since he was allowed to play the character as over the top as he wanted. I guess Kevin Costner was bullshit since Alan stole the show and everyone even to this day remembers what a riot Rickman was in it as the Sheriff Of Nottingham. Seriously, he stole the show every time he appeared on scene. It was almost as if he knew this movie was a complete joke so he might as well just ham it up and have fun with it. I die whenever he tells Robin that he's going to cut his heart out with a spoon!

3) Metatron - Dogma 
- If somebody made me sketch what I believe a "Guardian angel" looks like, I would probably loosely base it off Alan from this zany smartly written comedy. This is another film I clearly remember watching over and over again as a kid. I think the main reason why I liked the comedy was I was raised Catholic and attended Catholic school for several years. I'll be the first to admit, the only Kevin Smith movies I've seen are Clerks 2, this, and Tusk. (I know, I know...) still I've always admired the man for being a true fanboy at heart, and his podcasts are a complete riot. Starting off as an independent film maker, he made this risky comedy with an all star cast which took a stab at religion and showed that your actually could believe and keep a sense of humor. Alan plays Metatron...the voice of God. I mean honestly, Smith was brilliant in casting him in this. Who better to be the voice of God than Alan? His voice will forever be iconic. He could have made a career out of reading books on tape and still be a rock star. Metatron helps move the plot along, with his dry sense of humor, deadpan voice, and...body built like a Ken doll. Even though Alan only really appears in three scenes, he's a true highlight in this strange but wonderful film. I still to this day die laughing at how disgusted he is when he gets blood on his shirt. "It never ends!"

2) Professor Snape - Harry Potter 
- "Always" that one word will never be the same. SPOILERS for anyone who hasn't read the books or seen the movies. When I first started watching/reading the books in the famous series, I really did love how many talented actors appeared as these amazing characters. Rickman played Severus Snape, the moody potions professor who seems to really have it out for Harry Potter from the second he arrives at Hogwarts. Snape has the long black greasy hair, the dark eyes, and cloak. Little is known about him, only his distaste over Harry and his friends, and how over the course of 7+ years we see how bitter he is, and how it appears he prefers the dark arts. Without going into too much detail, there are some HUGE plot twists involving Snape which will make you downright hate him. It isn't until all is revealed in the last book/movies that you learn that Snape was desperately in love with Harry's mother Lilly since they were children. That he was forced to watch from afar as she fell in love with his rival (Harry's father) before being brutally murdered. Here we watch that Snape from the beginning has had Harry's best interest in mind, always looking after and protecting him even though it always seemed that he hated him and was the bad guy. That he was there in the aftermath following Harry's mother's death, and how crushed he was discovering her body. (The scene of him rocking her lifeless body in the nursery as a baby Harry watches on kills me every time) that he made Dumbledore swear never to reveal his feelings or that he promised to look after Harry. In the later books/films we also learn that Dumbledore knew he was dying and wanted to make sure they had a spy who could earn full trust by the Death Eaters, so he made Snape be the one to kill him (taking the place of what was supposed to be a young Hogwarts' student) the burden was on him and when you re-watch the scene from The Half-Blood Prince the emotion in Rickman's eyes says it all. Just him staring at his friend, knowing what has to be done. In the final movies you watch seeing that Snape worked basically as a double agent sacrificing himself and even not approving on the truth about Harry and what had to be done when he war finally came. His death scene is absolutely heartbreaking as is the flashbacks showing the truth all along. This is a beautiful tragic character who makes these books/films so powerful. Like I said before, I feel grateful Rickman was able to play Snape throughout the series, and the fact he'll live on in these works for future generations warms my heart to no end. 

1) Hans Gruber - Die Hard
- One of the greatest action movies of all time. I mean the fact that 30 years later people will quote it, watch it, and fight over the fact if it's a Christmas movie (it is by the way, even though I find myself watching it constantly throughout the year) As I started above in this article this film is near and dear to my heart due to my late mother once telling me that she watched this film every day throughout her pregnancy with me for some unknown reason besides the fact she found it comforting. That I believe Alan's voice was something I heard before I was even born shaping me into the person I am today. Hans Gruber goes down as one of the best villains of all time. (How Rickman was never a Bond villain is beyond me?!) This was Alan's first major breakout film role since before this all he had really done was stage and TV work. Hans Gruber and his crew of merry men take over a skyscraper on Christmas Eve for a hidden agenda which is worth roughly around 600 million dollars. Alan's portrayal of Gruber is smooth, cunning, and in a strange way likable. I mean I could quote this character for days. One of my favorite scenes has to be between him and Willis where he acts as "Bill Clay" an American. Beyond iconic as well as him asking one of his partners to "Shoot da glass!" Hans hands down was the best villain in this entire series and has the best bad guy death on scene e-v-e-r. In fact I would love to honor my mother someday by getting Gruber tattooed on me. Who knows guys! I might just do it!

So three cheers to Alan Rickman. A great talent taken far too soon. Who will "always" be remembered!

1946 - 2016

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Chip's 2017 mixed tape!

 Chip's 2017 mixed tape!

With 2018 just a few hours away, over here at Staystillreviews we're celebrating in style! With it's ups and downs, 2017 still overall had it's moments. The biggest ones of course being that Twin Peaks returned, and that our blog finally got it's official mascot Chip the movie loving kid! I want to thank everyone who's supported and followed Staystillreviews over the past year! 2018 I feel is going to be one HELL of a year. (I mean I am turning 30 after all. Yikes!) Stay tuned for tons of new interviews, reviews, giveaways, and yes playlists from Chip!

Speaking of playlists, Chip has whipped up a pretty killer playlist you can rock out to celebrating some of our favorite music we listed to durning this past year. Grab a boombox, some firecrackers, a cheap 6-pack of beer, and plenty of cheesy 80 horror movies while you blast these tunes and ring in the new year!

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Top films of 2017!

 Top films of 2017!
Every year since I started this blog I always try to narrow down my top favorite films I either saw for the first time in the passing year or that I found myself re-watching constantly. Here I'm narrowing down my top choices!

Day Of The Dead (1985)
- Ah, Day Of The Dead. This film has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. I adore George A Romero films, and this film played a huge part in my love of horror and horror makeup. As much as I adore Dawn, Day has always been my favorite. Between the bleak storyline, the beautiful music, the over the top gore, zombie makeup, acting, and of course the greatest villain to ever grace the silver screen...Captain Rhodes. This film has it all. In my eyes as much as I enjoyed Land, Day completes the trilogy, and is the strongest entry in the entire series. I LOVE this one. I re-discovered my love for this movie this past summer, and I seriously must have watched it over a 100 times. Strange how I find this movie comforting as people are torn to pieces...go figure! I was even lucky enough to watch this movie at a screening at my friend Chris' place where he watched it outside and ate ribs durning the big massacre. Truly an awesome experience! In fact, I watched this movie so much in 2017 I plan on watching instead the ball dropping...I'm going to watch the platform filled with zombies lower to ring in the new year!

Slumber Party Massacre III
- I've always been a big fan of the Slumber Party Massacre movies. It wasn't until last winer that they released both part 2 and 3 on blu-ray thanks to ShoutFactory. Having loved the first two movies in the series, I knew I instantly needed to check this movie out the second I read a review that said that this was mean spirited, and had quite the bodycount. This movie is late 80's/early 90's cheese at it's best. It actually vaguely has a pretty decent disturbing backstory, and a group load of teens getting murdered by a crazed killer with a drill. I thought this film was a complete riot, mostly the fact that the girls were all "trapped" inside the house. I'm not even joking, the killer drags a table in front of a giant doorway and somehow the girls just can't quite figure out how to crawl over or under it. Filled with gore, awesome music, and laughable acting this is a huge guilty pleasure movie of mine now and I watched it over and over again this year. Hands down one of my favorite slashers.

Love Is Now
- If I had to pick my favorite film on this list, Love Is Now with be the winner. This past summer I watched Twin Peaks The Return, where I discovered the character of Richard Horne, played by the very talented Eamon Farren. Wanting to see what else this guy was in, I stumbled upon Love Is Now. A tragic romance made in Australia. It's about a young photographer Dean (Farren) who just recently lost his father, and moves out to try his stab at photography. While in the city, he meets a beautiful young girl named Audrey who shares the same passion of photography as him. The two hit it off, and it's love at first sight. Here Audrey convinces him to join her on a summer trip through the outback following the harvest trail. She made the same trip two summers ago, and feels the experience will make Dean a better photographer. Durning this trip, Dean suddenly notices a drastic change in Audrey. She seems distant, as well as interested in other guys. Becoming unnerved, not quite understanding the sudden change, Dean begins to suffer from blackouts. Without spoiling anything, hands down this was one of the most tragic, beautiful, and shocking endings I've ever seen. Truly floored by the end of this film.

Spring Break
- This past winer I discovered Sean S. Cunningham's sex comedy Spring Break. This movie is seriously the perfect beach flick and I can't believe it took me this long to end up watching. It tells the story of a group of guys who head to Florida for Spring Break for a week filled with booze, girls, and fun. Along the way they have to compete in wet T-shirt contests, cannonballs, nightclubs, the motel they are staying at closing, and finding love. This is a cheesy awesome movie with GREAT soundtrack. I watched this movie several times in the middle of the winter trying my best to beat the blizzard blues.

- I really didn't make it out to the movies that much this year (I'm still yet to see Star Wars) so I was pretty pumped after enjoying M. Night Shyamalan latest film. I'll be the first to admit, this man got way too cocky and after The Village I honestly didn't enjoy one single film he made. Finally he redeemed himself with this film. Split tells the story of a group of girls who are kidnapped by a deeply disturbed man named Dennis who suffers from multiple personality disorder. The movie is truly one big display of what an amazing actor James McAvoy is. This film is everything that's good about a M. Night Shyamalan film. The ending is what really packs the punch. Let's just say I'll be counting down the days until Glass is released.

Gerald's Game
- For years I had heard about Stephen King novel. Rumor had it that there was no way this movie could ever be made for the content. Basically it's about this middle aged couple who want to spice things up in their failing marriage. they head up to their isolated cabin to decide to take part in a sex game. He handcuffs her to the bedposts, and that's when the husband suffers a fatal heart attack. With her spouse dead on top of her, and no way to free herself, the woman suddenly remembers that they didn't tell anyone they were coming up there. It's off season, so nobody is around, and surprise surprise they didn't properly close the front door so a wild dog comes on it...and he's hungry. I wasn't exactly sure since this was going to be a Netflix original movie. I now know this was the perfect way to release a story like this. Mike Flanagan was the right director for the job, and basicaly told a haunting story with two amazing actors all in one room. The entire time I was on the edge of my seat, screaming, and feeling like I was actually her. Carla Gugino plays the lead Jessie, and in my eyes she gave the strongest performance of 2017. One of the best moments had to be her meeting the Moonlight Man and saying this simple yet powerful sentence. "Your so much smaller than I remember..." 

- I discovered this film yet again thanks to Twin Peaks The Return where as I've said above I noticed Eamon Farren playing Richard Horne. I saw that a few years before working in The Return he appeared in Lynch's daughter's film Chained. I'm a huge fan of Jennifer Lynch thanks to her amazing work in the highly underrated work Boxing Helena. Buying it blind, I honestly haven't been this truly disturbed seeing a film in years. It tells the story of a mother and son who are kidnapped one afternoon after taking a cab ride back home after going to the movies. The driver, a deeply disturbed man, takes them to his isolated farm house, murders the mother, and decides to keep the terrified young boy as his slave. He chains him to the wall, and teaches him to clean up after him whenever he "Brings one home." It appears that he's a crazed psychopath who's been raping and murdering women for years. The boy grows into a meek frightened teenage boy, when suddenly his captor decides it's time for him to start following in his footsteps. I can't rave about this movie enough. It's such a tragic, beauitfuil movie, with haunting performances by both Vincent D' Onofrio, and Eamon Farren. The movie has one HELL of a twist ending, and makes you truly feel so horrible for this poor boy who was made to believe he was forgotten, and that this was his only choice in living. You will seriously root for this young man right until the very end. Bravo Jennifer Lynch, bravo.

You Better Watch Out
- This was a blind buy for me. I bought it after hearing several people online rave about it. A young babysitter right before she's set the move before the holidays agrees to watch a 12 year old boy she's been watching for years one last time. Knowing absolutely nothing about it (which I feel is the best way to watch this movie) It starts off with setting the Christmas mood perfectly. We have plenty of dark humor, and what looks like the typical home invasion movies quickly switches gears with not one twist, but two. I seriously gasped when the focus of the plot shifted, and sat back on the edge of my seat the whole time. Like I said before to friends, it's like Home Alone meets Funny Games. The movie has plenty of laughs, with mixes perfectly with how truly unsettling and disturbing some of the moments are. I really don't want to go too far into it, but this film is a really fun watch and now a must in my holiday rotation. 

Red Christmas 
- I discovered this movie just a few weeks ago when it hit Netflix. My mission this past month was trying to cram in as many holiday movies as I could in this brief space of time. I watched it, and was super surprised by how much I really truly loved it. I'm a huge Dee Wallace fan, so seeing her play the mother character in this movie was great. It's a very disturbing slasher movie with pretty rich backstory. Sure some of it is a little far fetched, but this is a very dark family drama that shows how the past can honestly come back and bite you in the ass. Set in Australia, we meet a mother who's holding the last annual family Christmas at her home with her adult children. With plans on selling the house off and moving to Europe, the mother tries everything she can to make this last holiday together memorable. Sadly, she gets exactly what she wishes. A tall stranger, dressed in a dark cloak arrives at the doorstep wishing to meet his mother. Here we watch the horrifying truth behind this as the mother and her children need to work together to survive the night.

- I honestly can't believe it took me this long to finally discover this beyond amazing hidden gem by George A Romero. Durning the summer as I've stated above, I re-discovered my love for Romero's films (most of all his 1985 epic Day Of The Dead) I've been a fan of George's for years now, his films have always held a special place in my heart. While re-watching his films throughout the summer, I stumbled upon a film I had always heard about, but never got around to looking into. This film was quite the experience. It's basically a modern day re-telling of King Arthur and his court of knights. It shows a traveling group that perform shows at a renaissance fair all year long. These actors take part in a pretty dangerous take on jostling where instead of riding horses, they ride motorcycles, all competing for the crown. The group is very much like a family, and their leader the King holds them all together. Fighting against the modern world, the temptation of fame, and relationships, we watch as the group do everything they can to try and hold it together, all the while as the King slowly leads up to his destiny. I really liked this movie. Sure it was cheesy at times (That Tom Savini tho...) but it was packed full of talented Romero regulars, and the ending really packed a punch. I'll never forget, the morning that Romero passed away, I was tanning on my back deck and actually reading up on this production and for some unknown reason getting choked up reading about how close this project had been to Romero's heart. Without spoiling anything, there's a funeral scene at the end of the film involving a character we grow to care about, and after hearing of George's passing, I re-watched this scene and not afraid at all to admit I was sobbing like an infant.

3 cheers to 2017! Here's to 2018!