That Awkward Moment When You Realize Dollman Was a Stand Up Comedian

•May 21, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I always liked this guy as a kid.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who grew up watching him in Full Moon/Charles Band films* where he played the quick-witted, but stoic, anti-heroes in Trancers and Dollman.  I always thought he was a good actor, and up there with John Saxon as far as favorite genre guys.  Interestingly enough, I came across this while looking through the comment section of the A.V. Club’s article on the Death Wish series in which they focus on the more unpleasant aspects of the series.  I can’t deny the things they say exist, however, I think they miss the point that the films were meant to be escapist grindhouse fare, and not the treatise on conservatism it’s painted as.  The comments section, as always with the site, is incredibly entertaining as quips about the series and fond recollections are posted, as well as the inevitable Simpsons reference.  One of the more interesting comments notes the girl who played Bronson’s daughter in the first film was also the commenters history teacher.  He notes it was odd seeing her ass spray painted in a film and then going to class the next day, to which one guy says “Yeah teachers have lives outside of class, how strange!” and someone quips back “Yeah seeing a teacher naked on screen isn’t exactly the same as bumping into her at the gas station”.

*I’m going to be really embarrassed if I’m the only one who remembers Tim Thomerson.

The Conspiracy (2012)

•May 13, 2015 • 5 Comments

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I just finished watching this little film on Netflix and I must say I did like it a lot.  The Conspiracy loosely falls under the “found footage” genre, but is more accurately a mockumentary.  A couple film makers are doing a documentary about on-line conspiracy theories when they meet a local man named Terrance G.  As they begin talking with him, they realize just how much the things he says makes a strange sort of logic.  Interspersed with the interview footage of Terrance are news reports of events he’s talking about, as well as newspaper and magazine articles.  Suddenly, Terrance disappears, and the two documentarians are left with the conundrum of what happened to him.  Was he a paranoid schizophrenic, or are more nefarious forces at work? Continue reading ‘The Conspiracy (2012)’

Sabotage (2014)

•May 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment

sabotage_ver7Arnold Schwarzenegger has had an incredible career resurgence over the past few years. Most of them have been cheesy action yarns that call back to his past glory as an action star, complete with one-liners and comedic relief. Sabotage is the antithesis of all of that. This is not a very fun movie, people expecting a funny Arnold and a feel good story are going to be gutted by what they see here. The film opens on a home video recording of a woman being tortured to death by them, setting the tone that this isn’t going to be a pleasant experience. Continue reading ‘Sabotage (2014)’

The Quiet Ones (2014)

•May 6, 2015 • 2 Comments

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When this came out to little or no fanfare and quite horrible reviews, I was disappointed. Thankfully fellow blogger Seven Doors of Death wrote a nice review of it after having watched it on Netflix, and so I decided to give it a go. Like any good possession flick, this film revolves around the made up events surrounding a true story. It also for some reason takes place in an alternate version of 1975 in which hair-metal band Quiet Riot exists. As far as time paradoxes go, I’m ok with this one. Continue reading ‘The Quiet Ones (2014)’

Torture Chamber (2014)

•May 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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In 2003, I was a big fan of director Dante Tomaselli’s second film, simply titled Horror.   While it definitely had it’s limitations in both budget and acting, something about it became a splinter in my mind that I haven’t been able to pick out.  Over the years, I’ve come to realize that most of my favorite films are heavy on the abstract; the narrative isn’t as important to me as the feeling I get from them, and it is because of this that I had high hopes for Tomaselli’s career.   It was no coincidence a lot of people at this time praised Tomaselli as the new coming of Fulci and Argento due to his movies operating very heavily on a dream-type logic (which helps to cover up the weakness of his actors).  Indeed, Tomaselli’s old-school approach to horror films is what has made him a hero on the horror circuit over the past few years. Continue reading ‘Torture Chamber (2014)’

The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker (2015)

•March 2, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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This has been one of the most hotly anticipated books of this year among horror fans.  Clive Barker returns to the character that put him on the map, the cenobite Pinhead, who was made iconic in the film Hellraiser, which was adapted from Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart.  It seems like Clive has been talking about returning to that character for the past twenty years.  The concept of the book has been described by it’s creator as being about Pinhead, who he really is, where he comes from, his real name, and his eventual destruction at the hands of Barker’s regular character Harry D’Amour.  One of D’Amour’s stories was also made into a film in 1995’s Lord of Illusions.  The book seems like a dream come true for Barker fans as the ideas on display tie a lot of his works together, especially The Books of the Art series that D’Amour appears in. Continue reading ‘The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker (2015)’

Witching and Bitching (2013)

•February 21, 2015 • 1 Comment

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Alex de La Iglesia is fast becoming one of my favorite filmmakers.  After having seen his remarkable Here Comes the Devil and the flawed but interesting The Last Circus in years past at the Milwaukee Film Festival, it was a given that I’d be seeing Witching and Bitching at last years same event.  My fiancee was even able to score free tickets to the event courtesy of the great people at Milwaukee Movie Talk for a midnight showing of the event on a Saturday. Continue reading ‘Witching and Bitching (2013)’

 
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