Friday, August 31, 2012

Review - Happy Birthday To Me (1981)

Review – Happy Birthday To Me
Year – 1981
Director – J. Lee Thomson
Tag-line - “Someone's having a party for the top ten, the senior class snobs. Before they get to celebrate, six of them will die in the most bizarre ways you'll ever see.”

Since today is my 24th birthday I found it fitting to review a great slasher that takes place during somebody's birthday. Get ready to blow out those's going to be a blood bath!

PLOT - Virginia is proud that she belongs to a clique. The best students at a private school. But before her 18th birthday, a grueling set of murders take place and her friends are the ones who are falling prey.

LOWDOWN – For years I had heard about the ever so popular and very underrated slasher Happy Birthday To Me. Being a huge fan of holiday themed slashers, I remember clearly reading about this one and always being very curious about it. One of my favorite slashers of all time is My Bloody Valentine, and after hearing that this came from the same producers I was beyond excited when I began to dig deeper and found articles and photos showing off the ever so popular and iconic poster showing the Shish Kebab death in all it's glory. It wasn't until 2009 or so that finally it was re-released on DVD with it's original and famous poster artwork that I decided to take the plunge and blind buy it. I was not disappointed. I love slasher movies...even better I love holiday slashers, so this was right up my alley. I'm a huge fan of Bloody Birthday, so I found this movie very amusing. First off it has some great classic elements. I love the whole Top Ten thing, and the fact this movie played off the fact to show some of the weirdest deaths ever to grace the screen, even if some weren't even showed. It had a pretty impressive cast, some creepy flashbacks, a weird overall vibe, and an even cooler ending that leaves you haunted. It was back in the golden age of slasher movies and I have to say, it's one of the best birthday parties I've ever been to.

MY THOUGHTS – Like I said I'm a huge fan of slashers, mostly ones with great classic elements that were very strong in the early 80's right before the slasher boom fully hit. This was a cool creepy off beat slasher that took such a simple holiday as somebody's birthday and made it awesome. Yeah there's a few flaws with the plot, and believe it or not the whole huge twist reveal at the end really didn't get me. A little too hokey for my taste. Still it left me guessing and I honestly think they could have made the plot a little more straight forward simple to work best. Still, there was some really great scenes (love the score) and most of all loved the final ending. Nothing says birthday fun more than a table full of corpses. Also who doesn't love a French guy asking “What the Hell are you looking at?” Classic slasher for fans all around. Also a great movie to watch on one's birthday.

Four Stars!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Death Of The Week

Death Of The Week
Character - Greta
Actress - Erika Anderson
Movie - A Nightmare On Elm Street 5 The Dream Master
Cause Of Death - Forced to eat large amounts of food/her own stomach before choking

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Top moments in horror that made me cry like a baby

Top moments in horror that made me cry like a baby

Yep, I'm that guy. I guess I'm just overly emotional. I cry at the weirdest shit in the world. It could just be the certain music cue, or just how a certain scene was filmed and I'm a blubbering mess. On the other hand you pop in Terms Of Endearment and I'm completely dry eyed through the whole thing. I'm one odd duck...

Here is a list of some of the oddest moments in horror that I've gotten misty eyed during...

Phantasm IV

I could honestly go on for hours about this film series. Most of all this movie. I'm sure in the future you'll see plenty of posts about them and my many odd theories about the Phantasm universe. The one moment that stands out the most to be is the last five minutes of the series. If you're ever looking for a full circle payoff for any series of films, this is it. A lot of people found the forth movie confusing and weird, I on the other hand found it beautiful. The ending is always viewed differently due to however you look at the movies, I see it as being very simple. Michael came to terms with death and finally woke up to reality. The last scene of Michael and Reggie when their younger riding off into the darkness is truly haunting, along with the simple and bitter sweet last lines “It's just the wind.”

Prom Night

I'm talking the original here with Jamie Lee Curtis, none of this Brittany Snow bullshit. I always found the last scene very tragic and sad. First I absolutely loved the disco soundtrack. Yep that's right, the same four songs playing over and over on a loop at the prom. I really loved the final show down between the masked killer and Kim and Nick. The truly haunting moment is when the killer is injured by Kim and locks eyes with her, only seeing a horrible realization come across her as she stares itno the killer's eyes. As the killer stumbles out with the young teenagers screaming in horror, police sires sound as we watch him have flashbacks to that faithful day when young Robin was teased and pushed accidentally out the factory window. The horrible chanting “Kill! Kill! Kill!” echoes over the soundtrack before the killer drops and Kim rushes over. The identity is of the killer is revealed as Kim cradles him in her arms and his last lines are broken and hopeless, confessing why he committed the crimes that he did. As 'Fade To Black' plays I'm completely blubbering and a mess.

Psycho II

I'm a huge fan of this very underrated sequel. The one scene that really makes me truly emotional is when Norman believes his dead mother is running loose in his house and locks himself along with Mary in the guestroom until dawn. Together the two hold each other when Normal comments in a very sweet and innocent manner that Mary smells like the tested cheese sandwiches his mother used to make for him whenever he got sick. Here Normal talks about how his mother used to do all kinds of nice things for him before she went insane. Claiming that the doctors have taken all his good memories of her, he admits the only one he stills has is that distant memory of those sandwiches. I think this is the only time I would tear up at the thought of a woman smelling like a grilled cheese.

Pet Sematary II

I hate to admit this but I get more upset whenever an animal dies than a child (is it scary to think I work with children?) any who, Pet Sematary did make the list for one certain emotional moment, but the one that tops is has to be the guilty pleasure of a sequel. In fact I find this to honestly be the only real moment in the film that wasn't completely cheesy or over the top. This is the moment when that bastard Clancy Brown shoots his stepson's dog. Maybe it was the song that played, but whenever I see that chubby little kid sitting in the woods with his dying dog in his lap I just go to pieces. (Side Note...I couldn't help but using this photo above. I mean really wtf is this?)


Stephen King is honestly the master of scaring the life out of you and also making you want to jump off a bridge from utter depression. What can I say? I love the man. A few of his movies really did go deep and get pretty heavy hitting, but with Carrie I find it to be one of the worst. After the prom massacre Carrie returns home to take a bath and try to scrub herself clean from her 'sins' and mess of that bloody night. Walking out her insane mother almost in a trance confronts her and goes on like a mad woman about the night she was conceived. Here Carrie listens just like a small child as her mother opens her arms, for once acting like a loving and comforting parent. Here they decide to 'Pray for the last time'. The moment Carrie's mother plunges the knife into her daughter's back, and the look of utter shock and despair that comes across her scares eyes makes the sharp music cue even more effective.

An American Werewolf In London

Even though this really is a black comedy, the one moment that pulled on my heart strings was when poor Alex runs ahead of the police and is slowly approaching David in the dark alleyway. I guess it's the music that plays over the soundtrack + Alex's speech to the wolf about how she loves him. I honestly think the animal understood what she was saying (re-watch the movie again and look at it's eyes and expression when she says she loves him) and then the animal lunging itself at Alex before getting shot down dead. An American Werewolf In London's ending is pure perfection. I love the quick cut of David's naked body before the very fast paced version of 'Blue Moon' plays over the credits. I always found this ending very tragic but well suited for such a film.

Day Of The Dead

This is my all time favorite zombie movie, and the one scene that always gives me chills is when the three leads are escaping up the old missile silo and just as John begins to climb a zombie latches onto his foot, groaning and trying to pull him down. That's when McDermott shoots down and kills the zombie before looking at John and saying something along the lines of “Gotta fly us to the promise land!” Just the music cue when this happens and how the three of them continue climbing, just awesome.

Pet Sematary

Yep, this is the moment I was talking about. At the very end when Louis knows he's brought back a monster instead of his young son. Sitting in the hallway, he coaxes the evil toddler over to him while having memories of how his son was before he died. Just the look of pure horror and sadness of the father's face when he sticks the syringe in the baby's neck and how Gage let's out that terrible cry of pain. I'm sure for anybody who has children this scene is ten times worse. Heavy stuff...

The Gift

This is truly Sam Raimi's next masterpiece after Evil Dead II. The scene that always brings a tear to my eye is when Buddy saves Annie and tells her he escaped the mental hospital and now that he's free. Their little talk in the truck always makes me very sad, mostly with the big reveal after Annie goes to the police station.


One of my all time favorite scenes in a movie has to be the 'Show me' scene in Christine. Not only is is beautiful, it also gives me goosebumps. I just love how beaten down the lead character is. He's always getting shit on, and finally when he thought his life was coming it all fell apart. Just watching him stare at the shattered remains of his one true love is heartbreaking. I hate whenever he leans against the car almost hugging it completely alone and says “We'll make it all better...we'll show them.” It just goes to show how lost and alone this one kid is and how powerful the obsession of the car truly is.

The Hitcher

Without a shadow of a doubt, the original Hitcher is one of my all time favorite movies ever made. Everything about this movie is beautiful. I could make a whole list about my favorite shots/moments/and theories from this one film. The one moment that always brings somewhat of a tear to my eye is the very ending when Jim and John go face to face on the highway at sunrise. I always loved the soundtrack from this movie and how settle it was. Just the shot of Jim staring down at John and gently stroking his face with the shotgun before turning around. I love how John pops up, throwing the chains and laughing and just the expression on Jim's face before he whips around and fires the shotgun at John finally killing him. John got what he wanted in the end, he pushed Jim to the edge. I love how final that scene is and how silently Jim goes to the truck and lights a cigarette knowing the nightmare is over as the credits roll.

The Fog

This moment didn't exactly make me cry, but I always do get chills. It's the scene at the end when everything is all over and everyone steps out of the church and Andy the little boy points and says “Look! It's going away!” I always loved the final message Stevie gave at her radio station and the theme that played over the darkness of the ocean. Such a great movie with such a simple idea.

The Entity

This is truly one of the most disturbing movies I own. The one moment I always feel so crushed and devastated for a character is at the near end when our lead who's been through Hell and back is waiting for the next attack in the fake setup of her house. I love the speech she gives saying that it can do whatever it wants to her, even kill her...but it can't ever have her again. I always found it very powerful how she just got up and walked out alone, ignoring the help and even the handsome young doctor. I loved how she faced her fears despite the fact the horrible problem hadn't gone away. Talk about strength!


This brilliant movie has now sadly blended in with all these stupid sequels that were cranked out one after another. Putting all that aside, I must stress how much I love the ending to the original and first Saw. I honestly believe and have said this many times, if they had only made the first one it would have gone down as one of the best thrillers since Se7en. The scene that makes me the most emotional is what many fans like to call the 'love scene' this is when at the very end Adam and Dr. Gordon are able to crawl to the floor to each other. Both are bleeding and in pain and try to give each other a little comfort. I always get chills when Dr. Gordon tells Adam if he doesn't get help he'll bleed to death and that he promises he'll come back. If you watch the other movies you'll know why this is so sad. Poor Leigh Whannell...


The scene that always gets to me is when Helen crawls out from the burning mountain of trash, clutching the infant and bringing him to his mother. Just seeing what pure Hell Helen went through and how nobody believed her. I hate how badly burned and in pain she is and how everyone watches in stunned silence. Then her funeral in which her asshole of a husband brings his lover to and how all the people of those apartment buildings come to pay their respects, throwing the hook down against her coffin. Very sad and very tragic.

Bubba Ho-Tep

This movie has grown on me over the years and I find it to really be a truly amazing movie (I mean come on now, it's from the same director as Phantasm) I always get misty eyed at the very end when Elvis is laying down dying looking at the stars and sees the 'All is well' message. If you're an Elvis fan like me you can't help but choke up.


Words can't express how much I love this movie. Maybe it's because I love John Cusack. Any who, I always cry a little when Cusack's character realizes what's truly going on and snaps out of it going back to the motel. I love the shot of him standing there with his hands out feeling the rain and slowly going back. I always loved the shot of him grabbing Paris and whispering in her ear “Stay here Paris...stay here.” After the big shootout one of my all time favorite lines from a movie is spoken here. In fact one day as odd as this sounds, I would love to get it tattooed on me. It's when Cusack is laying in the rain and Paris leans over him sobbing asking where he went and what he saw. There he stares up and her and says “I saw...I saw you in and Orange Grove.”

The Dead Zone

Ever want to know what it's like to be kicked in the face? Watch this movie. It seriously hits you when you're all ready down. The scene that really killed me was when Johnny's old love comes to his door when he's with a student with her new husband. Just the music and how Johnny tries his hardest to put on a strong face before shutting the door. I love how the student asks what's wrong and how Johnny just grabs and hugs him, looking for any human comfort.


Stephen King strikes yet again! I believe it or not enjoy the film Firestarter much more than the novel. I think a big part of this had to do with the acting and the theme. As cheesy as this sounds and I've brought up the ending to this movie many times, I always get a little emotional during the ending scene when Charlie is finally brought to the press to tell her story. You sorta know things aren't going to turn out good for her (forget the shit sequel) but I always love her telling her father she's finally doing it before walking inside.

The Exorcist III

Back when horror was elegant and beautiful, The original Exorcist was a prime example of this. There's so many sad moments in that movie but I think the last fifteen minutes truly is what made it. In part III (Which I believe is one of the best thriller's ever made) the very ending scene always makes me cry. First off there's all this brilliant buildup (such as the scene where the nurse explains how the patient only used that certain voice once before) or when the patient explains how old he was when he died. This is a haunting movie with an even more bitter sweet tragic ending. I love the ending lines in the cell after all the madness has stopped. “Bill now! Shoot me now!” and “We won free me” If you ever want to listen to a beautiful soundtrack, listen to the ending music of this movie.

Wow I'm a baby...where's the tissues. Next thing you'll know I'll be crying over Jason wearing his hockey mask in one of the Friday The 13th's. I mean I'm all ready thinking about Manhunter and how there's like ten million scenes in that one movie alone that could have made this list. I'm so out of control it isn't even funny!
Well I'm sure I'm going to think of ten million more movies that make me very emotional so stay tune for a part 2!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Review - Psychic 1992

Review -

Director - George Mihalka

Plot - A serial killer is terrorizing a small college town. When a student begins to have psychic visions of the killer with clues as to who he is, he gives this information to the police - only to find that he himself is suspected of committing the murders.

The Low Down – After rediscovering Waxwork, which has now became a new favorite of time. I have also rediscovered actor Zach Galligan. I'm the sort of person that if I notice an actor or actress I need to try and research if they have been in any other horror or thriller films to add to my collection. Zach back in the 1980's to mid 1990's had a pretty steady career. Not only was he in the Gremlins and Waxwork movies, he was also in a few very underrated movies that flew very low under the radar. I noticed Psychic was on his resume on the IMDB and looked up the trailer to this. I have a soft spot for early 90's thrillers and this movie looked pretty legit. After finding it through a friend of mine. I was able t collect the movie on tape and look into it myself. Earlier this year while VHS shopping up in NH I saw this video several times and even picked it up but never bothered to buy it. Last week I popped it in finally and sadly was very disappointed. This movie very so much potential but ended up just disappearing with all the other straight to video titles that were cranked out that decade. It breaks my heart.

My Thoughts – I love movies about people with psychic abilities such as The Dead Zone, and The Gift. I have always found this sort of thing interesting and can make for a great storyline if done the right way. With Psychic, I feel as though if they had maybe just taken a little more time on the screenplay and direction, it could have turned out to be a pretty decent movie. George Mihalka was the man responsible for one of my all time favorite holiday slashers My Bloody Valentine. This man rocked in making that movie. I know what sort of movie he was going for with this one, but it sadly just didn't seem to work. I feel if they had gone a little more dramatic and maybe focused less on trying to frame the main character, it would have turned out to be a really cool movie. There are certain scenes that try to capture what I feel the movie was trying to be. Such as when Patrick goes to the scene of the crime and feels the ground where one of the girl's were murdered and has his vision, or the opening vision/dream scene. I think they could have made the Patrick character could have been the next Christopher Walken via The Dead Zone. Nothing pulls at my heart than some tragic character you feel sorry for that tries to use their gift to help others. The acting wasn't exactly great (sorry Zach) and I feel they went in the completely wrong direction with the ending. I don't even care if I spoil this, but the person who ended up being the killer was so obvious it wasn't even funny. In fact for the whole movie I kept expecting them to pull a twist that seems a tad overdone now a days, but I feel back in 1992 would have been pretty cutting edge. In fact I waited for this twist to be revealed right up until the end when they started to roll the credits. Safe to say I was beyond disappointed. The ending was very rushed and way too over the top. The ending lines made me cringe and had me shaking my head. I feel if they had gone a little more serious and darker, this could have been a brilliant movie. I'm sure if I ever do get to meet Zach I'll have him autograph this tape as well, but for others I just have to say it's really not worth checking out unless you're a fan of his. Catherine Mary Stewart who I adored in Night Of The Comet does a terrible job in this. So really unless your a hardcore fan I would say don't even waste your time. It's a slow paced let down of a thriller that had me left hanging and wanting much more.

Two stars

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Double Review - Cherry Falls/Terror Tract

Double Review
Cherry Falls – 2000
Terror Tract – 2000

  • There are certain movies that you just can't seem to forget no matter how amazing or how awful they were. This is how I feel about the double feature I'm about to review. Back in the late 90's/early 2000's I clearly remember when video stores were sorta on their last limbs. Slowly the mom & pop stores were shutting down and chain stores such as Blockbuster were taking their place. The selection was growing smaller, and slowly but surely it was breaking my heart. I do remember though that the whole world of horror was slowly starting to creep back down in that small abyss it had sunken into back in the early to mid 1990's. The whole Scream wave had began to ware off and just a few years before the Splat Pack graced us with their amazing films, horror movies were in sort of a weird limbo. This was when many made for DVD titles began to roll off, some being produced for television. USA long before they pumped out such series as Burn Notice and White Collar, made a few guilty pleasure horror flicks such as Cabin By The Lake, Return To Cabin By The Lake, Cherry Falls, and Terror Tract. All of which I clearly remember renting and enjoying. Years later I stumbled upon a DVD double feature that was far too awesome to pass out. Both Cherry Falls and Terror Tract on one disk! Buying it for dirt cheap on my new favorite site Amazon, I couldn't wait to review these forgotten memories.

Cherry Falls – 2000

The Low Down – I remember renting this movie when it was first released and believe it or not being very impressed with it. The story was a modern day telling of your typical slasher that was so popular twenty or so years before. Taking place in a small town, a killer is stalking young teenagers and slaughtering them. The only thing that these kids have in common is...their all virgins. Yep that's right. Breaking the mold of one of the most important rules we learned in the first Scream, it shows even the innocent aren't safe from this insane killer. Following the sheriff’s daughter who escapes a near fatal attack, she's surrounded by all her friends who arrange to have a full fledged orgy to take them off the new endangered species list. Slowly learning truths from her parent's past, she may be closer to this unseen killer than she thinks.

Thoughts – Even though this movie was made at a time that horror really was at a standstill, I found it very interesting and shines when so many other titles made around that same time didn't. First off it had a very impressive cast. First the late Brittany Murphy (I really have to admit, this was really the only movie I liked her in) Michael Biehn, who was a childhood crush of mine, Jay Mohr, and Candy Clark who many may remember from such favorites as Amityville 3D, Cat's Eye, and The Blob. The second thing that stood out to me was how this film was sorta honoring so many awesome slashers that were made in the 1980's. In fact I'm almost sure that had this movie been made in 1986 or 1987, it would have been ten times more popular than it all ready is. Maybe even a cult classic. It has all the elements to make this your typical classic slasher, but this movie seems to have a little more texture (mostly the background, and edgy take on the killer going after virgns) sadly this film was lost by a few cheesy moments, and the time it was released. Overall it's a film horror movie that's very worth checking out.

Terror Tract – 2000

The Low Down – Ever remember a movie and thinking it was way cooler than it actually was? Well that was Terror Tract for me. I clearly remember this title and the fact the late John Ritter stared in this. For some unknown reason I remember back in high school learning about his death in the car pool I was taking and broke down crying like a little baby (Besides IT and Problem Child, I really hadn't seen any of his other films) but for some reason finding out he died hit me like a pile of bricks. My sister still teases me about it. With that all side, I'm a huge fan of anthology style films such as Creepshow, Tales From The Darkside, Body Bags, ect. This movie tells the story of a real estate agent who takes a couple around to several different houses in what seems like the perfect neighborhood, only to scare them after telling them horrible stories about each family that used to live in the houses he's showing.

Thoughts – Yeah...wasn't as awesome as I remembered. Terror Tract is what it is. A made for TV black comedy that only really gets scary until the last story. In this movie we're treated to three tales from each house the couple is brought to including the very weird wrap around story with John Ritter as he takes the couple around. The first story reminds me of an old urban legend story about the cheating wife and her lover. Pretty clever ending but it really wasn't anything out of this world. The second story is about Bobo, the killer money. All I really wanted to do was slap the little girl from this segment. I work with kids and trust it, it takes a lot for them to get under my skin. This one made me want to rip my hair out. The last story about the granny killer was the one I remember the clearest. All I have to say is whoever sculpted that mask...complete props. It was creepy as hell! In fact I'll admit this past weekend when I was watching it alone, I found myself not wanting to go down to my basement to put my laundry in the dryer. Can we say pussy or what?! All in all the movie is a good enough film to have playing in the background of you're sculpting or painting, besides that it's pretty bad, even with it's over the top ending. I wouldn't really recommend this's pretty bad.

Cherry Falls – Three stars
Terror Tract – Two stars

Monday, August 20, 2012

Sickening Waxwork comic

Sicking Waxwork comic!

I think it's clear that certain movies hold special places in my heart. (Christine, Intruder, Jaws, Evil Dead, Critters, ect) One of the more recent movies I've fallen head over heels in love with is none other than Waxwork. This movie I vaguely remember watching as a child and it wasn't until last month that I re-watched it and couldn't believe it had taken me this long to revisit such an amazing and awesome movie. It honestly had everything I love about horror movies all rolled into one. First it was made in the very kick ass year that I was born in (1988) and had a great young cast, gory piratical makeup, a clever storyline, and an overall feel that seemed that it was made very ahead of it's time. Waxwork reminds me of certain movies such as Witchboard, Popcorn, and Night Of The Demons. Their fun movies that are made for the fans. Kicking myself for not feeling star Zach Galligan (who has been at several shows I've attended in the past) I decided it make it my life's goal to have some really cool and original things to have him and actress Debora Foreman (who has began doing shows as well) to sign. I'm a huge lover of having people sign VHS tapes, but I've yet to find a good enough copy of this film on tape. Looking around on line I couldn't believe that back when the film was first released, a 3D comic book was made as a fun promotional tool for the movie. Finding it on Amazon for dirt cheap I decided to buy myself an early birthday gift and order it. Today it came in and it's safe to say I have the biggest smile on my face.

The comic doesn't exactly cover the whole movie and has some major changes in it, but having just flipped through the pages, it looks like a fun little non to now one of my new favorite films.

The comic is in 3D and luckly I have a pair of old school 3D glasses and even though the red and blue effects aren't exactly eye popping, it's still really cool to hold something from the late 1980's for such an awesome film.

So here it is friends, my very own Waxwork comic.

Can't wait to have Zach and Debora sign it in the future!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Kill Of The Week

Kill Of The Week

Movie - Friday the 13th part 2
Name - Terry
Actress - Kristen Baker
Cause Of Death - Killed off screen, but most likely stabbed. Poor Muffin is an orphan...

Friday, August 17, 2012

Favorite Horror Couples Part 1

Favorite Horror Couples
Part 1

I'm all for not doing your typical choices when it comes to making lists. So here is my picks for my all time favorite couples in a horror movies. Don't they just warm your heart...

Night Of The Creeps - Chris and Cynthia
 Whenever I get married I plan on having a figure of these two on the top of my cake. 

Waxwork/Waxwork II Lost In Time - Mark and Sara
 Yes Debora didn't come back in the sequel, but I still do love the pairing of Mark and Sara.
The Midnight Hour - Phil and Sandy
 If your ever looking for the most sweet and adorable pairing, watch The Midnight Hour. 
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 - Stretch and Bubba 
 Thanks to Freddy In Space for supplying this very amazing photo. Pretty much sums up this romance.
Deadly Friend - Sam and Paul
 A tragic tale of romance beyond the grave, but hey you gotta hand it to Paul. What's stopping you from bringing back your dead girlfriend when you have a robot handy.

Bride Of Chucky - Tiffany and Chucky
 These movies are guilty pleasures but I still remember waiting in line to go see Urban Legend and seeing the poster for this. Classic idea which turned out awesome.
My Demon Lover - Kaz and Denny
 This is by far one of my favorites on the list. If you ever want to watch the most weirdest yet cutest romance story, go pick up this baby.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Best and worse Stephen King endings

Best and worse endings to a Stephen King movie.

I adore Mr. King. Having grown up in a household where my late mother used to read every single work of his, it became custom that his mini series and movies were a big part of me and my sister's childhood growing up. Now in my twenties, it's safe to say I've pretty much read almost every single novel of his with only a few more recent titles to tackle. I've also grown to love all his work that's been adapted to the small and big screen. Here is a list of my top 5 favorite and top 5 worse endings to some of his movies. Honorable mentions for Best goes to Thinner, and and Firestater. Some people may disagree with me on these two but it killed me that I couldn't fit them in the list. Thinner's ending twist is beyond clever, and you'll never look at pie the same way again, and Firestater has such a simple and bitter sweet ending that went along lovely with the beautiful theme. Runner up for what didn't make the list for worse has to be Dreamcatcher I would have loved to know what the hell that movie was about. There were so many farts and sex shaped organ aliens, I couldn't stand it!


The Mist (2007)
 I was floored at the ending of The Mist. For those who haven't seen it I don't want to spoil it for you. Beyond haunting and tragic. By far one of the greatest endings to a film I've ever seen.

The Shinning (1980)
 As a child this last shot of the movie used to give me the creeps.

The Dead Zone (1983)
 Beautiful and tragic...of course it's a Stephen King movie. David Croneberg really knows how to get the tears flowing with this ending. 

Christine (1983)
 Something so simple as a tiny bit of metal bending and a very awesome credit song, makes the ending to this movie awesome. "God I have Rock N Roll..."

Pet Sematary (1989)
 I've spoken about my love for the ending of this movie many times. Nothing better than a nice old sloppy kiss and then one of the best end credit songs of all time!


The Langoliers (1995)

 If you ever want to shit on my face, play the ending to this movie for it. Horrible...just horrible.

Maximum Overdrive (1986)
What can really honestly stop Mr. King's coke crazed train wreck of a movie better than Yeardley Smith talking in that lovely voice of hers on a boat and ACDC blasting. I really don't know...

Silver Bullet (1985)
 The voice over of this movie really worked up until the last line and the freeze frame. So cheesy!

1408 (2007)
 This movie had like ten million endings and which one do they go with? The weakest! Should have ended with him telling the firefighters not to go into that room and the numbers on the door melting. Instead we have a very weak ending that I honestly didn't buy.

The Shinning (1997)
If you ever want to see me puke play this over the top HORRIBLE cheesy ending. I can't stand it!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Most underrated hidden gems of horror

Most underrated hidden gems of horror

I truly like to believe that over the years I have discovered and rediscovered some very amazing gems hidden away through the years movie wise. Here is a short list of some of my personal favorites that I believe are very underrated and often forgotten. Here is a list of some very amazing, awesome,and fun underrated and often forgotten films...

Amityville 1992 It's About Time
The Amityville movies honestly go either way with me. Some were good, some were bad...and most were ugly. I would say my favorites in the series are part one, two, Next Generation, and this one. From the director of Hellbound Hellrasier II, this movie honestly is one of the most underrated sequels of all time. A creepy twist on the whole haunted house story, this time with a cursed clock. Very impressive for being a early 90's movie with a very clever ending. 

The Horror House aka House III
I owned this movie for a couple of years and honestly never really had any interest to check it out (why is beyond me) I loved the first movie, and found the second amusing, but even though I got two uncut bootlegs of the third and forth, both sat collecting dust for many years. Finally away at school, me and a couple of my roommates got a "little" messed up and decided to pop it in. I was very impressed and stunned I haven't given this movie a chance. Very close to the vibes of Shocker, House III has nothing to do with the previous films and takes a very different direction that works. Some great scenes in this movie and a must see for fans all over!

 Just last month I was staying over a friend's house and decided to check out their Fear-Net on-demand and noticed Waxwork in their list of free movies. Vaguely remembering this title from my childhood I decided to re-watch it and all I have to say is HOLY FUCK. This movie was completely my kind of thing. Very ahead of it's time with a clever storyline, great gory moments, and of course the ever so handsome Zach Galligan. I re-fell in love with this movie all over again. In fact I would go so far to say it's now in my top ten favorite horror movies of all time. (It's sequel Waxwork II Lost In Time...well that's a different story...)
 There are many underrated slashers in the 1980's. This hidden gem is one of my new favorites. Hardly anyone besides hardcore fans remember it, but trust me it's very worth checking out. It has it all. A creepy setting, a great storyline, amazing gore by effects artist Ed French (who is also from Boston) and a great cameo from Ted Raimi!

Bloody Birthday
 I love holiday themed slashers. Some of the most fun aren't your typical ones, such as the most exciting day of the whole year...yep that's right...YOUR BIRTHDAY! I feel it's a must to watch Happy Birthday To Me and this title every year around the time whenever it marks the anniversary of you coming into this world. A very creepy movie featuring some killer kids, marks a very interesting plot in a small town. If your looking for a nice unsettling story about some really fucked up kids, watch this. You'll never look at birthday cake the same way again!

Silent Night Deadly Night Part 3
 I'm a huge fan of the original Silent Night slasher, and bow my head down in shame over the sequel, but was really excited when I found part 3 and 4 while VHS hunting early this year. I remember always seeing the cover to this movie as a kid while renting videos and always thought it looked interesting. This year I find it safe to say that part 3 and 5 are my new favorites. Their so weird and amazing they work. Part 3 is believe it or not a very simple story that works. Looks like I have a new favorite to watch around the holidays!

 The love I have for this movie is insane. The memories I hold watching it are very close and dear to my heart. If you ever wanted to watch a very original movie that has a blend of everything, check Popcorn out. I was blown away by how well made it was and how dark the ending was. Looking forward to seeing it come out on DVD! By far one of the most underrated but now is finally getting it's time to shine!

 I was shown this movie by a friend who was trying to show me the weirdest grossest movies from the 80's ever. This gem believe it or not was VERY well made. I was honestly on the edge of my seat the whole viewing and couldn't believe that for a sorta low budget movie how insane the effects were. If your ever looking for a gross out movie with a very long 80's band montage, this is your movie!
 My favorite 'Dead' movie has to be Day Of The Dead. I adore that movie and most of all I adore Cpt. Rhodes. The biggest asshole in horror history. Researching some of his earlier movies with the same dead crew in the Pittsburgh crew, I stumbled upon the biggest lost gem of them all. Visiting some of the locations when I was away at school in that area, I have to say as weird as this movie is, the plot is very well written and the ending twist is very unsettling. Very well made and a must see for horror fans.