The Void (2016)

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A group of cultists unleash an evil from another dimension, and the night crew of the local hospital as well as their sheriff is caught in the aftermath and must fight to survive till morning. With cultists on the outside, people transforming into monsters on the inside, a psychopath hellbent on revenge, and nefarious experiments going on in the basement, will these poor people survive The Void? Continue reading

October Horror Movie a Day: Day 1 and 2. Hush (2016), Jaws of Satan (1981)

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Hush is a nifty throwback to the early slasher days that is about a deaf woman terrorized by a masked assailant.  As he realizes his prey is deaf, he spends the movie toying with her only to realize he may have made a big mistake.  One of the things Hush does right is introduce us to the home of the deaf heroine Maggie (Kate Siegel, who also serves as co-writer) and the systems she uses in it to assist her with her disability.  These are things that both hinder and help her as the story progresses.  Continue reading

O.H.M.A.D 2015 Day 11: It Follows (2014)

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Have you ever wanted to see a movie people were raving about only to finally see it and wonder if you were watching the same thing they were?  The last time this happened to me was with We Are What We Are.  And yes, It Follows was that type of film for me.  The plot focuses on some kind of curse handed down through intercourse that works on a chain letter principal so that you have to pass it a long or die.  The opening of the film sees our heroine Jamie (Maika Monroe) having a one night stand in the back seat of a car, and have the encounter end as all one night stands do by being chloroformed, tied to a chair, and told she is now the recipient of a hellish STD she must pass on. Continue reading

O.H.M.A.D. 2015 Day 4: Christine (1983)

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I’m going to be honest and say I’m not really a big fan of this film although I see the appeal. This is a total quickie review because I don’t have much to say about it.  High school outcast Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordan from The Strain, and Dressed to Kill) gets a new lease on life after buying and restoring a ’58 Plymouth Fury. As it turns out the car, which Arnie has named Christine, is possessed by an evil spirit with a vicious jealous streak.  Arnie goes from nerd to cocky narcissist in 0 to 60 and alienates his friends and family in the process who want to bring Arnie back to them, and end the obsession he has with the car.  Christine doesn’t take too kindly to that and responds by running over a whole bunch of people. Continue reading

The Guest (2014)

The-Guest-Poster-1The best way for me to describe this film is  “What if Capt America was The Stepfather?”.  Dan Stevens (Downtown Abbey) plays as David, a returning war vet who goes to visit the parents of his dead war buddy to give them their sons dying message.  He first meets the mother, Laura Peterson (Shelia Kelly from Lost) and immediately charms her into letting her stay with the family for a while.  Her husband objects to the idea at first, but is also charmed enough by the stranger.  Their son Luke (Brendan Meyer, iZombie) is apathetic, and the trouble comes from their daughter Anna (Maika Monroe, It Follows) immediately distrusts him. Continue reading

Almost Human (2013)

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Up until this past week, I managed to overlook this film because I confused it with the cool looking sci-fi TV show that I refused to watch because Fox was giving in the Firefly treatment.  However, I read an interesting article on Entertainment Weekly on the influence John Carpenter is having on films in 2014.  One of the films mentioned is Almost Human, which contains a credit sequence with the trademark Carpenter font, as well as a Carpenter inspired synth score.  While browsing through Netflix yesterday morning, I noticed Almost Human had recently been added.  I took the plunge and watched it, and it was a very mixed bag. Continue reading

John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness (1987)

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This is a film about a metaphysical Satan trapped in green ooze trying to break free to take over the world. A group of college students are brought in by their physics teacher (Victor Wong) to study the ooze at the behest of a Priest (Donald Pleasence). The container holding the ooze is locked in the basement of an old church and has been kept secret for many, many years. The students spend the night in the old church, and from there, things get weird. The ooze starts to break free and possess the students one by one and Alice Cooper leads an army of homeless bums who kill anyone who tries to escape. As the stakes and tension mount, it’s a battle of good vs. evil to save the world that ends on an enigmatic note. Continue reading