Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Most Underrated Sequels Of All Time Part 1

Most underrated sequels of all time Part 1

I love sequels, in fact...I adore them. I would highly have to agree with the great debate scene in Scream 2 that sequels can honestly go either way. There are some groundbreaking movies out that that followed the original and seriously kicked their ass. (Evil Dead II, Aliens, Dawn Of The Dead, ect) But then there are sequels which are in no means better than the original, but in their own way they rock and have a very different style and direction (Such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The Devil's Rejects, ect). Here is a list of lesser known sequels which are awesome in their own right, yet don't seem to have the credit they deserve since their originals were so awesome. So here it is, part 1 of the most underrated sequels of all time! 
Warlock II

Waxwork II Lost In Time

Child's Play 2

Psycho II

Hello Mary Lou Prom Night II

Hellbound Hellrasier II

The Hitcher II I've Been Waiting

Pet Sematary II

Phantasm II

Children Of The Corn II The Final Sacrifice

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Waxwork II Lost In Time - Review

Waxwork II Lost In Time (1992)

PLOT -The waxwork from the original film has now burnt down with all the monsters inside. Mark and Sara escape but unfortunately for them a severed hand crawled out of the flames shortly before everything burned down to the ground. Shaken by what happened, Sara goes home only to witness her stepfather brutally murdered by the stalking hand and then becomes convicted for his death. Trying his hardest to prove she's innocent, Mark returns to Sir Wilfred's house for answers only to discover a time traveling compass that transports them to several different horror filled worlds.

LOW DOWN – Just last week I re-discovered the 1988 very underrated horror classic Waxwork. Falling in love with the fun of this movie I decided to give the sequel a try and bought it for very cheap off Amazon as a double feature with the original. Anthony Hickox returns to the director chair, clearly establishing his style and trying to bring things to a whole new level with this continued story. Zach Galligan also returns as our leading hero Mark, but sadly Deborah Foreman did not return as Sara, making way for new actress Monika Schnarre who is very pretty but doesn't give the magic Deborah did in the previous movie. This movie deals with time travel versus the whole waxwork display thing. It's both a positive and a negative for this movie. I could tell Mr. Hickox was trying for something very original here and if this movie had been successful who knows how many more films would have been made to show Mark and Sara's adventures. This movie had NOTHING to do with wax, it was mostly time travel and following these two characters into even stranger places while still paying tribute to some really awesome movies. I feel it didn't capture the magic the original did with all the different stories and worlds we're taken to, but still it was a very original idea and was acutely very well written. I think Hickox wanted to make a movie about time travel and decided to just tack it onto the Waxwork series. This movie was even known for a while as simply Lost In Time trying to make it a standalone film. Now trust me, this movie took a very odd direction but still had plenty of charm. The soundtrack/score really made a lot of the scenes, as did the comical adventure like elements and some pretty awesome cameos such as Bruce Campbell, and believe it or not Drew Barrymore. Yes the movie dragged at parts, and did seem a little scattered and all over the place, but I think it was the characters and the cool direction that kept this from being a complete train wreck. I also sorta didn't understand the ending, but I believe that what they were going for was to leave it open ended for a part three. Sadly it never happened. Waxwork II is a fun movie, not as good as the original but still a very good time and worth checking out!

Three stars!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Hottie Of Horror

Hottie Of Horror

Zach Galligan 

I'll admit it, as cool and as cute as Gremlins is, I'm more of a Critters fan than anything else. In fact shocking enough I didn't really watch Gremlins that much as a kid and all I honestly remember was a certian speech in that movie that let every child in the world have nightmares about Santa Clause. I really didn't notice Zach until he was in one of my all time favorite Tales From The Crypt episodes Strung Along with features a very creepy clown puppet. Just a few weeks ago I re-discovered the late 1980's classic Waxwork, which features a very adorable Mr. Galligan. Now currently in the middle of watching it's over the top sequel Waxwork II Lost In Time (review to be posted later) I think it's safe to say that Zach made the list of being a hottie of horror. That's one handsome looking Jew!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Stars Dripped In Blood!

Oh The Horror! Stars Dripped In Blood!
Part 1

Horror movies are usually the starting point for any actor's career? Why you may ask? Well it's because there's plenty of them being rolled off the shelf’s every year, some have low budget productions, and are always looking for fresh blood that are willing to do ANYTHING to get on the big silver screen. Here is a list of some of my favorite stars before they were famous in some very awesome horror movie roles...

Johnny Depp
 A Nightmare On Elm Street

Patrica Arquette
 A Nightmare On Elm Street 3 Dream Warriors

Fisher Stevens
 The Burning

Brad Pitt
 Cutting Class

Kevin Bacon 
 Friday the 13th

George Clooney
 Return To Horror High

Leonardo Dicaprio 
 Critters 3

Tom Hanks
 He Knows Your Alone

Matthew McConaughey
 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Next Generation

Brooke Shields 

Alice Sweet Alice

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sickening action figure

Damn you Comic Con!

Why do you have to be on the other side of the country? First you have Sam Raimi there, then you had a very special edition Black & White Comic Book Freddy from A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 5.

I guess Neca only released these babies along with a very awesome Ash figure from Evil Dead 2 for the convention. The prices for them on Ebay are insane. As a collector of Freddy figures I pray that either the prices on line will drop or the company will release them for a brief period of time. Total props though for such an awesome figure!

Kill Of The Week

Kill Of The Week

Name - Farmer
Actor -  Patrick Campbell
Movie - Critters 2
Year - 1988
Cause Of Death - Rolled over and eaten by millions of critters!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Book Review - Deadly Friend

Book Review

Deadly Friend

PLOT - Peter is just about to graduate high school. Besides his regular problems of being painfully attracted to one of the most popular girls in town, being harassed by a local group of thugs, and feeling awkward and completely out of place...his beloved young brother Bobby was mysteriously killed in a rock slide right near a place in the woods the kids call Dead Man's Cliff. Heartbroken over this sudden loss, Peter begins to slowly see life change around for him for the best after the girl of his dreams notices him and the two begin to date. It isn't long before the truth that maybe Peter's brother's death wasn't exactly an accident. That maybe some of those thugs that bully him did have something to do with it and covered up the accident. One by one these teens are brutally murdered as the spirit of an angry little boy begins to haunt the town.

LOW DOWN - I'm a huge fan of Wes Craven's Deadly Friend, and quickly I learned that the movie was actually based off a much darker novel written a year or so before the movie was released. Wanting to read it, I searched Amazon and Ebay and the first things that popped up was this novel with the same name. After reading the plot and noticing it was written by a different author I saw that it was simply just another book that went by the same name. Still, the haunting image of the little boy laying in a casket couldn't get out of my mind. Just a few weeks ago I went up to NH to visit Ruth, the old woman who owns a barn in the middle of nowhere who sells thousands of VHS tapes and old books. I decided to swing by there one last time after pretty much clearing her out of all her tapes this past year with a few friends. Wanting to check out the last of her thriller and horror novels, I went up there one last time and cleared her completely out with some gems. Mostly paperbacks that are out of print based off movies. My first visit I was lucky enough to get the actual Deadly Friend novel that the Wes Craven movie was based off (which I'll be reviewing in the future) while grabbing as many horror books as I could I noticed the cover to this one and remembered it right away. This was a quick read for me, roughly it's 350 pages. It's a very straight forward story that's written well and has a very good story. I found the whole ghost story very interesting and the murders even better. My one complaint is the ending. I loved the twist and believe it or not didn't call it until the last three pages, but found it a little rushed and the ending line cringe worthy. I think another five or so pages to wrap up loose ends would have made this book perfect. Deadly Friend is a fun read and worth checking out!

Four stars!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises

Yes, it isn't a horror movie. But ever since I was little I have been a huge Batman fan. In fact I was border-line obsessed with Batman Returns and dressed as Catwoman three Halloweens in a row. It's just something magic about the city of Gotham, and all it's villains. Sadly, Batman Returns is really the only Batman movie I'm actually a fan of. Superhero movies really aren't my thing even though I do enjoy the Sam Raimi Spiderman movies, and Watchmen. I do believe though the darker the story is the better. Sorry but I just didn't jump on the Avengers bandwagon.

Many thanks to Christopher Nolan for taking a character who's whole series was going down in flames, and rising it from the ashes with a brand new reboot that forever changed the eyes of remakes for all time.

I'll admit, I haven't seen Batman Begins, nor do I really have the urge to. I saw
The Dark Knight in theaters after all the hype it got after Mr. Ledger's sudden death. I was blown away. It had been years since I saw such an epic movie and it's safe to say that was one of the greatest superhero movies ever made. Perfection at it's greatest.

Then back in 2009 I saw my first trailer for Inception and I was hooked. Beyond curious I wondered exactly what this movie was about. How can we forget that awesome trailer with all those loud boom sounds. When it was finally released I was blown away. Never before had I seen a movie so many times in theaters and never got sick of it. In fact it's one of my all time favorite movies. It was very ahead of it's time and changed my outlook towards movies forever.

I was very excited to see The Dark Knight Rises, and was pretty bummed out after hearing about all the trouble that has happened since the movie released. Putting all of that aside, today I went in knowing zero about the movie. First off they shot the film in Pittsburgh, which was close to where I just graduated. Second I hinted and asked a few questions to some friends of mine who are huge comic book fans. My main thing I was most curious about Joseph Gordon Levitt's part.

I'm a huge Joseph Gordon Levitt fan and this was way before he broke out with his 500 Days Of Summer role. Long ago I have many fond memories watching him in such parts like 3rd Rock From The Sun, Halloween H20, and 10 Things I Hate About You. Watching this cute long haired child actor breakout and become a superstar, I've noticed he's picked more and more interesting roles.

I mean come on let's face it he ruled in Inception and the hallway fight scene was what really made the movie. How kick ass and amazing was that scene?

I was very fold of Christopher Nolan's choice to make this a trilogy even though I haven't seen the first movie yet. After proving he's a genius with creating an original story like in Inception, I was very egar to see how he would end this story.

This movie was very political and I'll admit took a very long time to get rolling. I feel as though it could have been done much better, but it gave the audience enough time to get to know each character and learn how slowly these people's life's were being affected.

Bane was a great creepy villain (Tom Hardy yet again steals the show) that accent of his had me beyond creeped out. Watching how quickly Gotham ran into ruins and madness was very interesting and had sorta an Escape From New York feel to it.

The rest of the cast was as always very impressive and we saw some old faces from other Nolan projects.

The next big thing was Catwoman. Now of course I feel very protective of this role since Batman Returns was one of my all time favorite movies growing up and I pretty much worshiped Michelle Pfeiffer in that role. I mean everything about her was perfect. Between her shinny vinyl stitch costume, her back story, being thrown out a window by Christopher Walken and then bit by hundreds of cats! I loved the sexual love/hate tension between her and Batman and loved the last shot of the movie. This was one character I sadly missed by the series and even though I never watched it, Birds of Prey sounded like a very interesting TV show when it first aired.

I'm not the biggest Anne Hathaway fan in the world, and was sorta on the fence after seeing a few leaked photos of her on set. Surprisingly enough, I was very pleased with her portray of Catwoman and liked Nolan's direction with her, even though some of the dialog seemed a bit forced.

I liked the tragic story of a city that goes to ruins and how a fallen hero rises up to give one last night. Sure the movie had it's flaws, and I believe if maybe they took a few things in a few different directions it would have been 100% perfect, than maybe it would have rang closer to The Dark Knight. Instead Rises tells the closing chapter and in all honestly the last five minutes was that really made the movie for me. I'm not ashamed to admit I got goosebumps and found it a fitting ending to three very epic movies.

And also, MONTHS before this movie was released and having not looked up any spoilers, I guessed the ending which I was very impressed and pleased with. So much in fact I wouldn't mind seeing a forth movie sometime down the road.

Who knows, we'll see...

Four Stars!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Own your own original horror painting

Own your own original horror painting!

Have a favorite character,victim, or scene in a horror movie? Well if you're interested my company StayStillFX is currently taking special orders for any requests!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Summer Camp Slashers

The Best Summer Camp Slashers

Now rolling into the dog days of summer, I decided to make a little list of some of my all time favorite summer camp slashers. So pack your sleeping bag, grab an axe, and prepare to roast marshmallows over some nice freshly burning corpses!

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th part 2

Sleepaway Camp

Summer Camp Nightmare

The Burning

Just Before Dawn

Sleepaway Camp II Unhappy Campers

Friday the 13th part III

Sleepaway Camp III Teenage Wasteland

Friday the 13th part IV The Final Chapter

Friday, July 20, 2012

How many copies...is too many...

How many copies is too many?

Yes, I'm that guy who sometimes just has to re-buy the same movie over and over and over again. With Blu-Ray just starting to catch on, I all ready know certian movies I'm going to get completely out of control with ( such as Evil Dead II) All I need is a blue-ray edition of Fright Night and I'll have it on VHS, Laser Disk, DVD, and Blu-Ray. There's also my Friday The 13th part IV The Final Chapter collection which I can't seem to find in which I seriously think I own three VHS copies, and my Cujo collection with including my Blu-Ray copy, I think I own four of five versions of that movie.. Why re-buy the same movie over and over again you may ask? Well...what if I break one...then what?

Here are a few photos of some different copies I have of the same movie. Yes I know...my name is Stacy and I have a problem...