I spent last summer stressed out beyond belief or insanely drunk to the point where it was inexcusable and thus this awesome seventeen minute short film slipped completely under my radar. Directed by Joe Lynch (Holliston, Cabin Fever 2) Truth In Journalism focuses on a reporter named Eddie Brock (played by Ryan Kwanten, True Blood) who was fired from his job at the Daily Bugle and now works as a journalist for the tabloid The Examiner. Set sometime during the mid-80s, the film is shot in the same style as the French cult hit Man Bites Dog. Eddie is followed around by a film crew who shoot his exploits. He is an amoral guy who doesn’t really care much about the value of human life and his dark deeds start to creep out his film crew. After they decide to turn down his offer to continue to film, Eddie reveals his true nature to them. Continue reading ‘Truth in Journalism (2013)’
When I first saw this film in the summer of 2009, I hated it. It did not sit well with me at all. Micheal Myers was shot point blank in the face at the end of the remake, leaving no room or reason for a sequel. Rob Zombie’s horror cred was rapidly diminishing around this time because of him going back on his word on ever doing remakes, and also saying his
Halloween was to be a stand-alone film. Zombie was someone whom I really admired for a long while and I was really shocked he was doing these things. However, I was a bit excited for the sequel given how off the wall he seemed to be going with it. It seemed he was swinging for the fences with the film, doing odd things like casting Weird Al to be on a talk show segment with Dr. Loomis.
When it was first announced that Rob Zombie would be doing a remake of our beloved franchise, it was met with skepticism and ridicule by pretty much everyone. Then it came out to the largest opening in Labor Day weekend history and became a lighting rod of controversy among horror fans. Some really liked the new take, and others hated it. It also didn’t help Rob looked like a huge hypocrite for decrying remakes up until that point.
I’ve always been a big fan of Zombie’s work way back since seventh grade. And I was really upset with him for making this movie. It seemed to be spitting in the face of everything he stood against since he made the grind house epics House of 1000 Corpses, and The Devil’s Rejects. Continue reading ‘Rob Zombie’s Halloween Unrated Cut (2007)’
Ok so this isn’t the most realistic film in the world, let’s just go ahead and put that out there right now. But the ideas and it’s presentation given it’s budget exceeds it’s limitations and a true horror fan has wasted 76 minutes of their time on worse movies. Elizabeth Benton (screen name Lizbeth8) is doing a college study on webcam chat habits on a site called “TheDen”. If any of you have ever frequented an anonymous webcam chat site (don’t lie, you have, I’m watching you) you’ll see some of the familiar types encountered, but only one penis. Continue reading ‘The Den (2013)’
And now for something completely different……
I was drunk the other day and seriously jamming to this.
Some of you may have heard a little company called Shout Factory is putting out some really awesome re-releases of our favorite films on glorious blu-ray and stacked to the gills with extras. It makes me feel like it’s 2000 all over again, when DVD was just coming into it’s own and we got digital video discs of some rather gritty films we never thought die out on videocassette. Just like back then, it’s getting a bit unwieldy (I still think it’s hilarious we got I Spit on your Grave remastered in THX).
However, there is one franchise that has needed a complete box set for a while now. Given what film this review is of, you can surmise what I’m speaking about. One that falls on October 31st.
I had this big-as-all-outdoors sitting on my shelf to read for the better part of three years and picked it around mid-August. I finished it last week and I kept thinking to myself while I was reading it, “Self, why in the hell didn’t you read this book when you bought it, you big munk head!”. Most of King’s books start out with him describing every little detail of his characters lives down to what toothpaste they use and how much money they owe on their car payment, and these little details help flesh out the characters, and make them relateable, after a certain point it begins to be bit much. Thankfully, King is like “to hell with that!”, drops a dome down on a small town in the opening page, and let’s us experience the aftermath. Continue reading ‘Under the Dome by Stephen King’