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Review: ‘Sightseers’ is a Bloody Romp

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Mum: “Murderer!”  Tina: “It was an accident.”  Mum: “So were you!”

Sightseers is a madcap black comedy with a serious mean streak—and a body count.

Reads my review after the jump.

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Top 10 Home Invasion Horror Movies (Part 1)

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Watching The Aggression Scale on Tuesday and blogging about it yesterday got me thinking about the very best examples of the Home Invasion subgenre of Horror.  Time for another list!

See my Top 10 Home Invasion Horror Movies after the jump.

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Top 10 Cannibal Horror Movies (Part 1)

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Watching We Are What We Are last night and blogging about it this morning got me thinking about the cannibalism sub-genre of Horror.  Time for another Top 10 list boys and girls!

But before I begin, I’d just like to take a moment to state the following:  FUCK CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST.  I refuse to say anything redeeming about this film from 1980 even though it is, perhaps, the most infamous cannibal-themed offering in existence.  I don’t mind using this platform, however, to talk about what a disgrace CH is and why it should never be watched by anyone.  I’m about as anti-censorship as one can be, but this film features real animals being brutally murdered in the name of “Entertainment”.   Don’t buy into the hype that CH is trailblazing and/or responsible for the “Found Footage” sub-genre of Horror.  In reality, it’s just a poorly made piece of shit and among the lowest forms of art.

Ok, I’m off the soapbox.  Check out my Top 10 Cannibal Horror Movies list after the jump.

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10 Horror Films That Could Benefit from a Reboot (Part 2)

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Last Year’s Evil Dead single handedly restored my faith in “Reboots”.

It’s not as if ED is the only good reboot/remake ever done, it’s just that they are very few and far between.  The vast majority of remakes, in my humble opinion, should never have been attempted.  You want examples?  Alphabetically: The Amityville Horror (2005), Carrie (2013), The Fog (2005), Fright Night (2011), Halloween (2007—sorry Rob Zombie, I know you tried), The Hitcher (2007), House of Wax (2005), My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009), A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010), The Omen (2006), One Missed Call (2008), Prom Night (2008), Psycho (1998), The Thing (2011), and the hideous abomination that was The Wicker Man (2006).  True, there have been a handful of successful remakes (another list perhaps?) but nothing near as impressive as Evil Dead.

Yesterday I published the first half of my list: 10 Horror Films That Could Benefit from a Reboot.  Read the second half after the jump.

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Book Review: ‘The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion’ by Titan Books

So “the secret” has been out for a few weeks now, but I still can’t bring myself to write publicly about the ending of Liongate’s The Cabin in the Woods for fear of ruining some lagger’s future enjoyment.  Despite the rave reviews, I know a bunch of people will wait to see this movie on DVD.  Fools!

“The secret” is not that there is a high-tech control room beneath the Cabin wherein a shadowy organization is controlling the supernatural happenings above.  Anyone who saw the TV commercials already knows that.  “The secret” is why this is happening and who this organization works for.  But those of us who HAVE actually watched the film know that the story itself is just as good as the reveal, with amazing visuals and a literal army of otherworldly beings.

I’ve already seen Cabin twice and still don’t feel like I’ve absorbed every aspect.  The film is chock-full of interesting characters, allusions to other horror films, and truly original situations.  Well, now I can take my time exploring the cabin at my leisure with The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion recent released by Titan Books.

Read more about the Visual Companion at FilmSponge.com!


Check out my Review of Shark Night 3D on Film Sponge!

And join the debate on the merits of Jaws…

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Someone Else’s List of the Top 25 Horror Movies of All Time (and My Responses)

Someone Else’s List of the Top 25 Horror Movies of All Time (and My Responses)

Part Three: 9 thru 1

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Someone Else’s List of the Top 25 Horror Movies of All Time (and My Responses) Part II

It’s midnight on Friday the 13th… the perfect moment for my latest post.  I’m about to creep into my attic lair with a stack of creepy DVD’s.    And without further delay, feel free to enjoy…

Someone Else’s List of the Top 25 Horror Movies of All Time (and My Responses)

Part Two: 18 thru 10

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Someone Else’s List of the Top 25 Horror Movies of All Time

Someone Else’s List of the Top 25 Horror Movies of All Time (and My Responses)

Part One: 1 thru 7

Source: movies.ign.com

Rather than make my own list of the Top 10 Horror Movies of All Time and subject it to your judgment, I decided it would be smarter to review someone else’s.

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BLOOD AND GUTS FOR GROWN UPS

BLOOD AND GUTS FOR GROWN UPS

Introduction

When I was a child, I liked childish things like pop-rocks, Dungeons & Dragons, hanging out at the mall, and watching Horror Movies.  Actually, I was a bit of a Horror fanatic.  It drove my mom crazy as she probably thought my obsession with garbage blood and gore films would lead to a career in serial killing.  I would even draw my favorite Horror slashers heroes when I was supposed to be paying attention in class.  I swear to God, I drew a picture of Freddy Krueger fighting with Jason Voorhees back in 1985.  That was my idea!  Today, I’m no longer a child.  I’m a man.  I’m an actual adult man.  I do, however, still enjoy Horror Movies.  I still love Horror Movies!

It’s not that I never grew-up; I went to college at age 18, pursued a career, and today I am a happily married home-owner.  But just as I have evolved and changed throughout the past 20 years, so have Horror Movies (and indeed all Cinema).  There sheer number of films being released today is exponentially larger than in the mid-eighties.  Genres have been split into sub genres, with additional branches added almost monthly.

In my youth, I loved the movies about high school students who find their care-free lives interrupted by an evil darkness (the obvious metaphor for adolescent angst), like: Fright Night, The Lost Boys, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, and (of course) Friday the 13th.  From there, I drifted into more adult-themed Horror like Hellraiser, Alien, The Fly (1986), and Re-animator—movies that really took some effort to watch and pushed the envelope (not to mention the gag reflex).  Then, like any true coinsure, I went back and learned my Horror history by renting “Classics” like Night of the Living Dead, Psycho, Jaws, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and of course, The Exorcist (just to name a few).

Today, I no longer love the movies that most appealed to me as a youth, that clichéd repetition of humping teens being impaled (often while humping), people running up the stairs when they should obviously be running out, and those who assume the killer is dead simply because you shot him and he’s lying very still.  That trite stuff won’t even raise a neck-hair on me anymore.  Luckily, the Horror Genre has charted so much new ground these past couple decades that there’s not even an envelope left to push.  Add to the mix the growing number of incredibly made independent Horror films, foreign Horror, and re-releases of obscure oldies, and it no longer takes any effort to find a really decent fright.  And as a former literature major, I can’t help but see beyond scripts and images, finding themes and symbolism that my juvenile mind couldn’t possibly have absorbed.

Let’s get it straight from the get-go.  I don’t intend to write about tired old Hollywood teenage-formula flicks.  This is Blood and Guts for Grown-Ups.  And when I say “Blood and Guts”, please trust that I’m not limiting myself to those films that actually portray disembowelment since, as any true horror fan will tell you, the scariest movies (the ones that really get under your skin and haunt your memories) can be gore-free.  (Rosemary’s Baby and the recent hit Paranormal Activities are great examples.)

This blog is for adults who may feel embarrassed about the fact that they still crave a great scare and those who get excited about seeing remakes from their childhood.  You are not alone.  This blog is for people who enjoy a really good story, whether it’s about a green ogre named Shreck or a group of friend who get lost on a road trip.  You are not alone.  This blog is for those brave enough to see past the shocking imagry and negative mainstream media reviews.  You are not alone.  This is a blog for thinking men and women who just so happen to love (or even just like) Horror Movies.  You are not alone.

Without drifting into pseudo-academia, I hope to use this blog as a vehicle to promote a more intelligent dialogue about Horror Movies.  Sure, I’ll review new mainstream films as they’re released, but I’ll also do theme entries where we can discuss things like: The Zombie phenomena, Remakes verses Originals, American Adaptations of Foreign Films, “Re-boots”, and Horror as Satire/Commentary on Contemporary Society.  We can even explore why we crave these terrifying creations and the purposes that they serve.  I’ll do my best to share the gems I discover as I plum the depth of Netflix and Red Box, and I’m opened to topic suggestions from anyone reading.

I am not alone… or am I?

Sincerely

Saucy Josh