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Two nights left...

As the week draws to a close, there are only a few nights left of my "End of  Summer Horror" series, and it has been, for the most part, a ton of fun. Determining which movies will make the cut before the next gimmick series could prove to rather difficult as I have about four slashers on the mind as of now...

I was thinking of maybe Bloody Birthday and The Initiation Friday night, closing Saturday with Pieces and maybe a Friday the 13th movie. Who knows? Something else may pop up before Saturday concludes...we'll see.

Final Exam

The general consensus, just by reading the thoughts, opinions, and reviews of slasher fans, the devotees, quite a vocal bunch, is that Final Exam is a mediocre example of the genre. Though, I normally don't read where a lot of the folks say it absolutely sucks, you definitely feel that the sentiment is Final Exam doesn't really satiate the appetite of the common slasher fan. Not a bloody movie, or particularly fast-paced, more concerned with character development and giving the characters personalities, Final Exam is actually atypical in that regard. But even by those standards, likable characters can only take you so far. If the movie doesn't bleed, peril isn't accentuated enough to cause nail-biting suspense, and there's an absense of babes sans clothes, tolerance is normally "snuffed out", patience is "bled dry", and resolve is "brutalized". Look, Final Exam is an endurance test because besides the opening minutes, there isn't …

Some thoughts, brief: Slumber Party Massacre...

I have yet to put a collection of thoughts for this movie in any sort of satisfying review, so, in the mean time here are a few things I have to say about the movie. Losing that review from the other night...it is so excruciating. Anyway, I've been trying to recycle bits and pieces I had meshed into a whole, but nothing I write seems to work to me. Anyway, here's some shit about the movie that rambled around in the gray matter and spit out of the mind...

Regardless of the intention of the female writer-director team, and their possible feminist ideals, I look at what is presented on screen. I felt the ladies were saying with their movie, "Fuck you, guys, we can make a film just a gratuitous, in-your-face, and bloody, if not better." For me, they did. The notorious prolongued shower is one of the more documented scenes with slasher fans, the camera ogling lustfully the naked bodies of the high school girls basketball team, bathing in the showers, a killer not too far …

Cheerleader Camp

The "end of summer horror" series seems to have gave way to "end of summer slasher" series, as the next movie on the agenda was Cheerleader Camp (I also enjoyed its alternate title, Bloody Pom Poms, as well). I was expecting a slight step downward from the previous nights, but this flick, as downright daffy as it was, still found a way to keep me entertained.

I will start off by saying that to me nothing's more horrifying than seeing Leif Garrett rap. Just saying. A bit of the plot: a cheerleading camp is held for various groups to attend and compete. A psychopath, with ties to Betsy Russell, crashes the camp and hacks up members of her team.

To say that Betsy Russell's performance is broad and her character is more than a bit unstable would be the understatement of the week. Saying that, I have to be honest...I couldn't take my eyes off of her. That and I couldn't stop salivating while eyeballing her up and down like a starving mutt, chained to a w…

Slumber Party Massacre

I'm pretty bummed out at the moment. Ever have a blog review, detailed with all the things you ever could imagine explaining a movie that felt just right? I had one but my stupid ass didn't save it in Word. Maybe tomorrow. Alas.

"He's so cold..."
"Is the pizza?"

Despite feeling for the poor pizza man with his eyes gouged, I laughed my ass off at that.

Sleepaway Camp

Continuing my "end of summer horror" series, started Sunday night with Just Before Dawn, I decided to take a look at Sleepaway Camp, a notorious camp slasher that earned quite a reputation for the final image, a money shot that defined shock value and leaves the mouth agape. It explains why Angela is afraid of the water, doesn't shower with the girls, needed a secretly concealed 'physical exam" sent to Camp Arawak hiding a truth that her legal guardian (one warped guarantor for sure) never wants unveiled, and remains isolated from (and stares at) the other girls in her cabin in camp.

The slasher part of the plot consists of certain characters who torment Angela (Felissa Rose) and suffer the wrath of a psychopath. A filthy, sleazebag head chef of the camp, corners Angela in the food locker, starting to pull his belt off when her cousin, Ricky, thankfully appears in the nick of time. He has a big pot of boiling water immersion thanks to the killer catching him in…

Just Before Dawn

Summer is on its way to a close and I normally annually watch Just Before Dawn so why not tonight? I have been reading some reviews and as expected--because people like me, watching the movie for the first time, in 2005, watched the much appreciated Shriek Show release and were blown away by what we saw, telling anyone who would listen to see it--many of those who checked it out consider such praise as overrated. I wasn't looking for a slasher in the woods, but was expecting it to tell you the truth, and got a little something extra. I admire a film that wants to establish atmosphere and something beyond butchered young adults/teenagers in the wilderness. I want that I can just watch the awesomely awful Don't Go Into the Woods....Alone!!!! (thank you, Code Red for that release, by the way, because it was a lot of fun despite its ability to rot the brain and deteriorate the IQs of anyone who watches).



You know, the film doesn't have a lot of bloodshed. If you happen across…

The Fog remake

Oh, man, is The Fog remake even worse than I remembered. This was the case where everything Carpenter and company did right in the original film was performed poorly, ill-advised and dumbly overplayed, in the remake.

Casting, dull and lifeless (the joker playing the priest is woefully rotten, a pathetic substitute for the haunting Hal Holbrook, whose face wore shame, regret, and horror extremely well; this guy is just a asshole with an attitude problem), an abundance of CGI effects that do little to salvage a lack of real atmosphere (this is a special effects movie, not an atmosphere movie...), the need by the screenplay to explain explicitly all of what happened to the crew of the Elizabeth Dane (I really don't need, or felt the original needed to explain, a ton of exposition; when you have John Houseman, that sinister, gentlemanly voice and his ghoulish story, it can go a long way, certainly more affective than a modicum of special effects drawn up in a hi-tech studio with compu…

The Apparition

What a whole lot of nothing. Oh,brother, regrets. We have all had theatrical regrets; follow the gut, it normally doesn't let you down. It didn't here, either, but I took the chance anyway, and this is what it got me. Ever watched a movie that seemed to have footage and story missing? This is one movie that had a whole ending that seemed to indicate that more was intended but left on the cutting room floor. An entity (I honestly don't know what else to call it) is released by tech kids into proving the supernatural exists, the expensive technology at their disposal to hopefully succeed. A "rift" is opened by them, and those involved with the seance (or whatever it is) are *haunted* by *it*. Ashley Greene, a stunning beauty whose petite body is showcased in lingerie at one point in the movie, her beau a hunk for the chicks who happen to attend, is tormented in her new Phoenix suburban home because boyfriend was part of the paranormal group who opened the rift and…
Until last year, I had opened October month with Dracula's Daughter. It had kind of become a tradition. Of course, last year is an October month I would love to forget, although I won't considering all the crap I had to deal with. That said, I think I might return to that tradition this year. It just seems like the right kind of movie to open Halloween month. Gloria Holden, the vamp who wants to be free from the Dracula curse, and her intimidating, slick-haired manservant, Irving Pichel, brooding over her, reminding her of the bloodthirst because he doesn't want her to change; instead, he wants to be turned, perhaps to be the man she desires (instead, Holden longs for Otto Kruger). Professor Van Helsing was relegated to a minor part here, forewarning but rather limited to his role in stopping Dracula's daughter. Holden's haunting presence, conveying both a craving for freedom and hunger for blood, is really what I think keeps the film relevant. I have read from oth…

October Will Be Here Before You Know It

...and I couldn't be more excited about it. I had gall bladder surgery last October, had an allergic skin reaction to the pain medication, had to battle soreness when off of the pain meds, and couldn't find my usual jonesing for horror. It was certainly an off year. Have you ever entered late August/early September and find yourself almost purposely avoiding horror just because October is nearing? I always do around this time of the year. I have lots of older films I have been saving just for the first-time viewing experience. I want gems, both old and modern, and I hope this October, where I'm healthier and happier, will bring a lot of entertainment. I will especially devote plenty of time to this blog as I have not lent much creatively to The Darkside as of late. I have plans for a Russ Meyer festival of films coming in September and he will be the focus of my blogspot. I couldn't be more excited as I plan to watch a first-time Meyer film every Saturday in Sept. Shou…

Ghost Story

I really literally stumbled on this movie last night, hadn't really planned on even mentioning it, but I did think about whether or not I liked it or not. I did decide I plan to read the Straub novel so I can seek some answers that puzzled me about the movie. Sure, I get the whole scenario involving a tragedy from the past never truly leaving those involved, the ghost soon returning to get her revenge (or could it just be a ghoul called guilt, a spectre t hat remains even if a secret is kept for decades). What puzzled me was how she took a form with beautiful flesh, having sexual intercourse with the sons of one she plans to kill (and succeeds). It was kind of strange to see, for me personally, Fred Astaire in a movie featuring steamy sex between Krige and Wasson (not to mention, Krige nude for portions of the film). While old pros like Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, and John Houseman bring some name recognition to the film, I think it was easy to see that Astaire's pr…

The Total Recall Remake

Yeah, against my better judgment, I'll check out the probably very tame remake, reboot, reimagining, whatever, of a film I flat fucking loved when I was a teenager. I picked up a copy of the SE in fact in the Walmart bargain bin, which lifted my spirits nicely to say the least. Verhoeven's directorial flourishes I imagine will  be sorely missed. I'm not sure what exactly appeals to me other than I just love sci-fi and the trailer seems to say that it will have eye-popping visual effects to soak up in a theatrical experience. I never have yet went to see Spiderman or Batman yet at the theater...need to do that before both leave my theaters.