The Minus Man (1999)

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An unassuming serial killer named Vann (Owen Wilson) takes up residence in a small town after poisoning a drug addict (Sheryl Crow). Vann finds residence in the home of a couple of grieving parents who are renting out the room of their missing teenage daughter, and takes up a job as a mailman during the Christmas season. After he poisons a star high school athlete, the town is turned upside down and Vann watches the ramifications of his actions while contemplating what it all means. There are quite a few twists and turns as Vann’s compulsive need to randomly poison people begins to put his new life in jeopardy. 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

The Lords of Salem (2012)

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years since Rob Zombie’s first film, House of 1000 Corpses was released.   Since that time Rob Zombie has released four other films of varying quality.  It’s because of the flaws of those films that a critical backlash has erupted towards Zombie’s film work.  As much as I love his first two movies, I have to admit, the writing is severely limited.  All of them have suffered from white-trash characters spouting obscenities.  Seemingly, this film is a rebuttal to those critics who said Rob Zombie was limited to hicksploitation.  Continue reading

Movie Preview: Rob Zombie’s “The Lords of Salem”.

Rob Zombie finally has a new film coming out! It’s been seven years since his last film, The Devil’s Rejects, and now after years of deliberation The Lords of Salem is set to be unleashed upon us sometime next year.

Rob has been talking about this movie since around the time Rejects came out. The original idea was that the film would center around a heavy metal act called, yes, The Lords of Salem, who would travel the US doing all the cool shit Tipper Gore thought heavy metal acts were responsible for in the 80’s. Murder, suicide, satanic rituals, etc. The coolest part was that Rob was planning to actually form an actual L.O.S. band to tour the country side in conjunction with the films release. Continue reading