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

They Look Like People (2015)

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Wyatt is a very troubled young man who has fallen on hard times. Dealing with paranoid delusions, he seeks solace by going to stay with his best friend Christian.  Christian has been pulling himself up out of a bad spot in his life and is trying to climb the ladder at his job while also wooing a co-worker.  When Wyatt starts to receive strange phone calls in the middle of the night warning him of an on-coming invasion from otherworldly forces, the bonds of their friendship are tested.  Can two drowning men save each other? Continue reading

The Hallow (2015)

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Viewed by it’s writer/director Corin Hardy as a mix between Straw Dogs and Pan’s Labyrinth, The Hollow is a cool little creature feature flick currently streaming on Netflix.  A conservationist named Adam and his wife Claire move into a new home with their infant son Finn and are quickly warned by locals to stay out of the woods.  Of course, they don’t listen, and Finn finds something he shouldn’t: a strange carcass covered in a strange black goo in an abandoned house.  He takes a sample of the goo home and studies it only to find it’s a type of parasite.  He eventually discovers the creatures the goo creates out in the woods, and that they want his son. Continue reading

Green Room (2016)

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A young punk rock band is riding the road in search of gigs in order to survive.  Barely scraping bay, siphoning gas to stay on the road, and with a couple cartons of Mexican take out for sustenance, the group take on a gig at a skinhead Neo-Nazi bar for $350.  After the gig is over, they stumble upon a crime scene in the bar and things go downhill quick for all involved.  This review contains very light spoilers. Continue reading

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

bvsFollowing the Events of Man of Steel, Dawn of Justice follows the collision course between Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent after the destruction of Metropolis.  Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) lives in fear of what Superman could do if he went rogue and feels Supes is a threat that needs to be taken down.  His paranoia isn’t helped by Machiavellian social engineering done by fellow billionaire Lex Luthor that makes the two super heroes showdown inevitable. Continue reading

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