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Friday, August 26, 2016

Horror for the small screen

I love when I can find a great horror show on television. The only problem is that they are few and far between but when they are done right it gives me life. I've comprised a list of a few of my favorites that have been on television over the years.
Hannibal was the most amazing show to come from the mind of Bryan Fuller. Being a fan of the books and films his interpretation changed my out look on the story. His use of cinematography was just as important as his script. I mean the show has scully!!

The actor he chose to play Hannibal was fantastic. Mads Mikkelsen was born to play the role. While many praised Anthony Hopkins after seeing Mads in the role there is no comparison. First off his accent and background are more on par with the character. He also carries himself with a sense of class and sophistication, the way it should be played. And his clothes were just amazing, my brother looks for ways to to capture his style.No offense but Hopkins was over the top.

This is one show that I hope they are able to make a film or gets picked up so we can see where exactly Fuller was going to take the story.

 I was sad to see it go. RIP Hannibal 2013-2015 still alive in reruns on Amazon
Enjoy a taste

              OutCast by Cinemax

This was a new show that came out over the summer. It comes from the same creator that wrote the Walking Dead. While I may not read to many graphic novels this guy has me rethinking that. Robert Kirkman is a genius. He has the ability to bring this story to life from the pages to the screen.

This show tells the story of a small West Virginia town that has an unusual problem. They have been plagued by demons, resulting in an alarming amount of exorcisums. 

The protagonist has a special ability and teams up with a preacher to figure out what exactly is going on. Won't say more because it would be a spoiler.

This next choice is one I feel like has to be on the list. While I will say I was late to joining the craze but since I have I am enjoying the ride.

This is exactly what a true horror loves. It has gore, awesome killings and Zombies!! The beauty of it thouhg there is a great cast and one hell of  a script. The world ends and will people act reasonible or will society collapse. I have always believed in the latter.

 My question to you is who got to meet lucille up close and personal? AMC this fall
                     RIP 2014-2016
This was another short lived show but it was stunning. I loved how dark and gloomy it was it added a much needed atmosphere to truly capture the characters struggle.

The whole show is about one womans fight for her eternal soul. Vanessa Ives played beautifully by  Eva Green takes her character to the deepest darkest reaches of her soul.

On her journey she makes friends and everyone on the cast has something special to offer her in her lifelong battle. I mean you have a James Bond Timothy Dalton and the return of Josh Hartnett. It's a well rounded cast that take on fighting different types of evil.

Now this show ended ubrubtly over the summer, it was a suprise to all the fans. The writers said her story was done so there was no need for the show to go on but I would say it was probably the lack luster ratings.
You can find it on Netlix if you do not have Showtime.

                     my favorite is #9
No list would be complete without the best show of all time. While it might not be "horror" to some it truly is. It deals with aliens, serial killers, demons, inbreds, government cover ups and the list goes on. This show had some of the darkset episodes on a network television channel.

It was also able to show us some of the funniest episodes that a drama has ever done. It was so well thought out from beggining to end. I mean they were able to create a movie that was just a really long episode between two extremely complicated season. Agh the 90's had some good tv.

I was happy when the show came back if only for a short season over the spring but the way it ended seems like this won't be the last time we see the show. See you soon Mulder and Scully the FBI's least wanted.

All these shows offer something for everyone check them out and let me know which one is your favorite!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Summer Fun

Summertime is almost over, but beofre it ends once Labor Day rears its ugly head, the kids are back from camp and ready to go back to school. Lets look at some classic summer trips that just make me want to swim with great whites, camp with maniacs or their mother.

1. Sleepaway Camp: Young Angela and her cousin Ricky get shipped off to Camp Arawak for the summer by Ricky's creepy mom. I don't think she'll be winning mother of the year anytime soon. Her look just adds to the awesomeness of the movie.

It has to be hands down one of my favorite movies. Yes it is filled with that cheesy 80's trope but the ENDING!!!!! It is now a cult classic due to that suprose is the last act. I remember the first time I saw it. I was with my friend Kristen doing our typical Video Thunder rental for the weekend ( we chose by vhs cover) and we came across this little gem and thought why not.

Well that moment changed our lives. Litterally if you've seen the ending then you know. Like most young kids we just kept replaying it.

2.Jason: This time young counselors are going to set up for the kids when they start getting picked off one by one. Another creepy mom in this one must of been a trend in the 80's.

This was great when I first saw it. I've seen them all but once he gets to space it was a bit much for me. This one also has a pretty cool ending for those that have never seen it but seriously how could you know have seen it.

3. Piranha 2010: A massive earthquake unleashes preastoric flesh eating creatures that casue more damage on Spring Break than college kids ever could.

I chose this version and not the original becuase selfishly I have actually been to spring break where this was filmed. Beautiful Lake Havasu, Arizona. rittled with kids and I could just image the damage these little creatures would do.

4. Cabin Fever 2002: More kids learning that when you go camping don't be rude to the locals because it just never ends up good.... Pancakes lol

This movie stuck with me for the sheer level of ugh but not gore I usually love and think is cool. Eli Roth  loves to make movies that are as gorey as possible in his vision. I'm still on the fence about him but this is fun.

5. Jaws: The tale of one of my favorite creatures. This film is beautifully shot, acted and plot driven. I mean come on that monologue on the boat.

This was a must on the list especially with all the great white sightings off the coast of Massachusetts this year.

Notable mention: Cannibal Holocaust for all those do gooders who take trips during the summer to help the natives. Hope the food is good.

Enjoy the water come Labor Day.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Don't You Like a Good Tease

I wait year round for San Diego Comic Con cool stuff. Now it might be true that yes we have here in Boston event info, nothing compares to the kick off in SD. You just never know what cool information might come out of it. Whether its news about the upcoming Marvel or DC franchises..... I like them but seriously is this what have to deal with for the next 10 years is going to monopolized by when it comes to fantasy and action. At this point I feel like I know Iron Man personally I get it, its cool.

Back on point this year was filled with a massive surprise to us horror fans. Most of you have probably heard about the little known movie The Woods hitting the circuit. I for one watched the trailer  and thought it seemed good but you couldn't really tell. Even the description " teens go into woods, they are not alone, trouble ensues" sounds familiar; like haunted house 101. Probably the most basic of horror set-ups but when done right is down right effective.

But what this studio managed to do, which I thought would be impossible with all the spoilers and leaks out today; shocked us all. Not only did they give a cool early screening for the woods they released too all of us what the movie was truly was and the who world went nuts. Just like many of us I was a huge fan of the original Blaire Witch trailer but was left needing more from the ending and without needing to say the second one did not deliver ( not even worth a notable just sucked)

They managed to sneak pass us all even with releasing a tease that yes the movie takes place in the woods it is actually a sequel of Blaire Witch that cater to everything we wanted or needed to happen at the end of the first. We can see from the trailer that Heather's brother still believing his sister is alive after new found evidence constructs a team (of course cause who wouldn't want to go into the haunted woods) built up of friends and some much needed locals. In classic horror fashion they will find what they are looking for or meant to see even if it's not what they want but isn't that what we all want........ YES!!!!!!!!

Check out the trailer here

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Ode to My Designer

We are supposed to protect each other, that is a family.

But you grew up captive by your secrets.
Were guarded by your feelings of mistrust.
Making it hard for you to move on and forgive.
The tension was suffocating, it couldn’t erased.
Innocence was lost in a sea of lies.

I’m sorry for the way you had to lie.
That is not the love of family.
I’m sure those nights cannot be erased.
Something you thought you could always keep secret.
It is clear why it was never forgiven.
An  unspeakable deed that caused mistrust.

That is a relationship that should be built on trust.
But instead yours was built on a bed of lies.
Surrounded by shame and unable to forgive.
You learned what was not a family.
But knowing you must maintain this dirty secret.
So you decided your past must be erased.

But why did I have to be erased?
Shouldn’t I have learned how to trust?
Couldn’t I have helped keep your secret?
Did my whole life have to be a lie?
Didn’t I deserve to know the true nature of my family?
Why wasn’t I given the chance to be forgiven?

You are selfish and unforgiven
Your memory will be erased
I will destroy your family
I have no need for trust
The idea is a shallow lie
But I will maintain your secret

Because my life is that secret
I care not for forgiveness
I hope you are enjoying where you lie
I am here and not erased
I have a duty in which I trust
That comfort is my family

I understand the grand lie
Will expose the grand secret
While others shall beg for my forgiveness

The new Master of Horror

James Wan Insidious 2

The horror game has changed over the last few decades. There are new players in the game and one man is leading the pact. James Wan has single handedly brought some of the most chillingly breathtaking films. Being as versatile as he is he just has his hands in different aspects of the genre. From producing to writer and of course directing he just hasn't stopped since he hit the American market in 2004 with the breakout hit Saw (that ending was epic!) Spoiler!!

This guy consistently finds new and unexpected ways to elevate the genre. He has breathed life into a genre that some thought was nothing more than Amityville remakes. Those faux fans shouldn't worry though there's one in the works and will be out next year Trailer. Now for those of us that live for scares, gore and what some might call torture porn; he's our answer.

This man can do no wrong in my eyes.....except for the time he said he was "leaving" horror to do Fast an Furious 7? Talk about a short lived break. Needless to say he did do that movie but he obviously came back to where his heart is. He can back with a bang showing critics and deniers that a sequel can be better than the first. The Conjuring 2 was one his best films. It absolutely captures and showcases all of his genius. The setting was so atmospheric and the characters were fleshed out ( something that usually goes missing in films). You care if anything bad happens to the family an cringe when you see fuck yea it sure does they go through hell. Trailer

Probably one of my favorite reasons to love him though is what he has done to help bring to life one of the creepiest short films on YouTube. It shows that he is the type of guy that cares about new and interesting pieces of work getting made. Needless to say he is truly a man after my own heart. Like many of us who get lost in the YouTube effect Wan heard about this small film that won in a Swedish film festival. Stepping it up as a producer Wan approached the creator of the short about making his movie into a feature film.  Lights Out has been killing it in theaters since it premiered a few weeks ago. Trailer

Check out the original short here. You definitely have to take a look before heading to the theaters to see what the buzz is about. Trust me it won't be a disappointment. Watch in the dark if you dare.  If your like me there is no other way to watch.