Black Ribbons (2010)

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Remember what the song says ‘don’t let ’em get you down’.  The most important thing is love.  All you know or all you need to know.  Or was that beauty?  What’s the difference?  Love your family, love your neighbor, love your enemy as yourself.  Go on loving, it’s what humans do best and the one thing they can’t kill, got it?  This is Will of The Wisp, the time now is no time, the temperature is cold, the news is blue. For now, the light still shines.

So begins the last broadcast of talk radio DJ Will o’ Wisp (played and partially written by Stephen King) on the night before the US Government shuts down all outlets of free speech.  Will’s last night is filled with diatribes against the current situation mixed with a hopefulness that maybe things will change (while admitting such hope is helped with a bottle of Jack Daniels), while playing the band from the discography of the fictional band Hierophant.  Continue reading

Baskin (2015)

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Baskin is a Turkish horror film about a group of hard-edged police officers who find themselves up the fecal creek with out a paddle as they investigate a house full of primitive cultists.  But before they get there, we have to watch them have conversations and have misadventures for an hour and some change.  It’s up to the viewer as to if this is worth the pay off.  Continue reading

I saw Phantasm Remastered at Chicago’s Flashback Weekend.

Flashback Weekend is a yearly horror convention held in Chicago.  For the past couple years I’ve been meaning to go, but circumstances conspired against me.  This year, my fiancee and I made it down there for the 2016 outing — Flashback’s fourteenth year of operation. Our plans were originally just to catch the screening of Phantasm Remastered.  That changed when we inadvertently booked our hotel at the Rosemont, the same hotel where Flashback Weekend was taking place.     Continue reading

V/H/S: Viral (2014)

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The third and final entry in the V/H/S franchise, Viral, is the most ambitious in scope; though slightly undercut by it’s budget.  The entire series has been divisive among horror fans, but the general consensus is that Viral is awful.  This word of mouth is why I put off watching it for the past couple years, which is odd, because I really liked the first two V/H/S films a lot.  At about ten minutes into Viral, I was hooked, and chalked the negative reviews up to typical internet backlash. Continue reading

The Savage South Rises Again: The Loved Ones (2009)

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I’m bending the rules here on what counts as southern horror by expanding it to the land down under (so you better run, you better take cover).  The Loved Ones is a dark comedy/horror about a troubled young man named Brent.  Reeling from the loss of his father during an auto-accident, he’s on the verge of self-destruction.  His classmate Lola asks him to the prom, but is denied.  Brent is currently involved with someone else and this does not sit well with the obsessive Lola, who along with her father, kidnap Brent and submit him to a night of terror in order to make him become one of her “loved ones”. Continue reading

The Savage South Rises Again: Eaten Alive (1976)

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Eaten Alive tells the sordid tale of Judd — a psychotic hotel owner in east Texas who feeds problem tenets to his pet alligator.  The movie introduces it’s lurid tone from the get go by having a pre-Nightmare on Elm St. Robert Englund unbuckling his belt and introducing himself to a prostitute by saying “My name is Buck. I’m here to *insert word that rhymes with Buck and is a synonym for coitus*”, (Tarantino “borrowed” this in Kill Bill vol. 1).  It’s all downhill from there as this event sets in motion a collision course between a few of the residents of the town and Judd. Continue reading

The Summer of the Savage South Rises Again: Day of the Dead (1985)

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After last years fantastic run of my fan favorite Savage South series, I’ve decided I’m going to have another Summer time focus on southern horror.  I’m playing a bit fast and loose with this first entry in the series, however, it does take place in Florida. Day of the Dead is the final entry in the original Romero zombie trilogy and was of course proceeded by Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. Continue reading

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