Remembering George Romero.

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Yesterday brought us the sad and surprising news that George Romero passed away at age 77 after a bout with lung cancer. As far as I know, his illness was kept quiet and out of the press until his passing. I was shocked at the announcement, as recent news indicated he was working on an adaptation of his comic Empire of the Dead for AMC. Continue reading

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O.H.M.A.D. 2015 Day 6: The Beyond (1981)

beyond2The Beyond is the closest thing to a nightmare ever captured on film.  Poetic, gory, and haunting, the story focuses on a New Orleans hotel built over one of the seven gateways to hell.  A young woman named Liza inherits the hotel from her family, is determined to restore it to it’s former glory and make a bunch of money.  Thankfully, that doesn’t happen for her or we wouldn’t have much of a movie.  Sixty years previous to Eliza’s arrival, a lynch mob murdered Schweick, a painter, for fear he was a warlock and would open the gateway.  During Eliza’s renovations, Joe the plumber ends up opening up one of the gateways and unleashing the vengeful Schweick.  And a bunch of horrible things happen to a lot of good people. Continue reading

The Summer of the Savage South Spotlight: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

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I came into The Texas Chain Saw Massacre series a bit out of order and at a way too young age. When I was around nine or so, the lady next door had her young nephews over each summer who were around my age. We’d hang out and it is because of them that I first saw The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 2 (review forthcoming). The humor of the film fit right in with my morbid 10 year old self who though Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kidswere cultural milestones. Continue reading

Clean, Shaven (1993)

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Director Lodge Kerigan’s film Clean, Shaven chronicles the last days of a mentally ill man named Peter Winters (played by Peter Greene, whom most will remember as the pawn shop owner in Pulp Fiction) on a quest to find his daughter whom he believes is in danger of being murdered by a child killer. Continue reading

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