What’s your favorite scary movie? You ask most people this, and nine times out of ten the response will be a movie from the 70′s to mid 80s. Usually it’s The Exorcist or Halloween…but in my opinion it is The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. I have a long, torrid history with this film and series. As a kid I had some friends who got me to watch The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 2; which is more of a dark comedy than an actual horror film. So when I finally watched the first film on the Video Treasures label (which eventually transitioned into Anchor Bay) after I conned her into buying it for me, I was shocked at what I saw. For years, I couldn’t get past the opening scene with Ed Neal as the twitchy Hitchhiker. That whole scene greatly unnerved me and I’d cut the tape off. Continue reading ‘Texas Chainsaw (2012)’
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As seen from the ending of the original, Billy Caldwell’s younger brother is taking up the proverbial and literal ax to take on the abusive mother superior. And so we get this “sequel” — I put this in quotes because anyone who has seen this film knows that half the films running time consists of an abridged version of the first film! However, when the story proper picks up it gives us some of the most hilariously bad film making ever. Continue reading ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 (1987)’
Based loosely on the 1997 Madonna song, Frozen tells the tale of a young woman named Elsa (Idina Menzel) who for reasons never explained has the mutant ability to turn everything around her into a winter wonderland. She also happens to be the heir to her families kingdom but she has a snafu and almost inadvertently kills her younger sister Anna (Kristin Bell). After that incident, Elsa shuts herself in her room until the time comes for to ascend to the throne. Not having seen her sister for so long, Anna tries to reconnect with her and Elsa’s repressed feelings get the better of her and she ends up putting the whole kingdom under ice during the middle of Summer (global warming believers would love this part of the film). Continue reading ‘Frozen (2013)’
There has been a resurgence of the old guard coming back into action films over the past few years in the wake of Stallone’s closing chapters of his flagship film series Rocky and Rambo and his new series The Expendables. All of them have been fun, and Stallone is the man for bringing back the balls into action films (Matt Damon isn’t kicking anyone’s ass), but there is one man who spear-headed the entire genre who still has a part to play in it: Arnold Schwarzenegger. Continue reading ‘The Last Stand (2013)’
What in the world? Gone is all the trashy humor from the first two movies in exchange for a moody piece that bores us to tears and practically kill Bill Mosley’s career! Proving true the curse of 3′s (any genre film with the number 3 behind it is terrible) this is absolutely terrible — so much so that I couldn’t even make it through the film drunk. So Ricky Caldwell is no longer the over acting douche bag from the first film, he’s Bill Moseley now. And the film is directed by cult director Monte Hellman and even with that epicness we are stuck with a boring film very indicative of the worst trends during the VHS era. Continue reading ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night 3 (1989)’
This was an amazing, once in a lifetime event that I was fortunate enough to attend. Goblin, for those who do not know, did the landmark music scores for Dawn of the Dead, Suspiria, Tenebrae, and Deep Red. They have also done music for other films as well as a few records of their own. I am a big fan of all those movies and really love their music and was stunned to hear they were doing a North American tour and were stopping by Milwaukee as part of it. Continue reading ‘Goblin LIVE at Turner Hall Ballroom 12/1/13′