Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Netflix is on a roll with it's suggestions. DARK WAS THE NIGHT is a fantastic little monster movie. This slow burn really builds up the characters and tension as the film rolls along at it's slow burn pace. Those who want to see the action clear and crisp won't like this film - the majority of the cryptozoological fun happens in the shadows, but the creepy factor - tromping around in the dark looking for the bump in the night - makes it all worthwhile and really enjoyable.

Jack Heller's direction in DARK has made me even more excited to see BONE TOMAHAWK and I'm moving that up in my list. Kevin Durand and Lukas Haas brood through their performances and relay the darkness and sadness that dwells within humanity perfectly. This isn't an uplifting film, but it's a fun little monster movie for sure.

Sadly, the film's creatures do tend to look a little "computer-esque" in their somewhat flat appearance, but the whole of the film does more than enough to support the difficult creature work the 3D folks tried to get across. I almost think a large puppet or animatronic creature might have done this more justice for the third act.

That aside, DARK WAS THE NIGHT is a must see for creature feature fans! 

Last Shift

 LAST SHIFT was one of those NETFLIX suggestions I back burnered for some moment when I really wasn't going to be watching a lot of what was on - model making, file organization,  or something where some background noise was needed, but where I wasn't going to be doing a lot of looking at the screen. I tossed it on, but didn't have high hopes. Man, was I pleasantly surprised!

The film is like a lifeboat or bottle episode of something - one location with a very limited cast. The lion's share of the actor heavy lifting is done by the rather talented Juliana Harkavy who plays an officer assigned to hang out...alone...in the old precinct waiting for a hazmat crew to come in and take the last of the hazardous crime scene materials away before the place is shut down. All the other officers are at the new place blocks away, so she's there...alone...and waiting.

Then shit gets strange.

I'm not going to say much about this film - again, keeping things short and sweet. But....wow...this film has a lot of good stuff in it! It's a new fave for sure.

Anthony DiBlasi's (Dread) direction is super tight and there's nothing in here that's forced or yawn worthy. Once the ride starts, you're strapped in and you just need to hold on. DiBlasi does some fantastic tricks in here and there are many, "Wait....WHAT the HELL was THAT?!" moments to keep you're eyes open for.

The rest of the cast take their roles and really make them stick. They may not have a lot of screen time, but when they are on, Joshua Mikel, J. LaRose, Natalie Victoria, Sarah Sculco, Kathryn Kilger, Matt Doman and Mary Lankford really take things and run with them in a great way. 

If you dig creepy....ghosly....and hallucinogenic horror, give LAST SHIFT a go for sure! 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Pino Donaggio film scores

I just re-watched the brilliant TOURIST TRAP. I used to watch it all the time in my teens when it was showcased on pay cable. When it was on and I was home, I'd be watching. So good, strange and creepy.
One of the things that made it so odd and grand was the score. Well, it seemed familiar, but I thought it was just due to the fact that I had watched it so many times before. But, when someone mentioned Donaggio, it clicked in my head.

He's done TONS of scores for some of my favorite films! :::slaps forehead:::

I thought I'd dig some up and post them for kicks. Enjoy!

Monday, October 26, 2015


I just wanted to do a little shout out to the website SHUDDER. When I first heard about it, I disregarded it. I already had NETFLIX (which I love) so I didn't think about heading somewhere else just to watch horror movies. However, they have a fun offering and a price that's easy on the wallet, so I gave it a go.


At first, the experience was frustration overload. Things didn't seem to be working 100%, when I pinged their support I didn't hear back, and I was just about to give up on the whole of it when their support team pulled it all back together for me.

This is a work in progress that they are trying to build up. Working in tech myself, I pictured a handful of dedicated folks trying day and night to keep things moving forward. Struggling, but enjoying the struggle. The tech folks resolved all my issues expertly and made sure I was happy with the experience as a whole, which I was.

Now I find myself going there 85% of the time to check out their horror offerings. I'm not 100% on the WHY behind it - maybe because all they do is horror. Maybe it's because they have some strange offerings that I've really been enjoying.

At any rate, give SHUDDER a go if you're a horror fan. 'Tis the Season, right?! There's still time to get your horror on! :)

They even have a fantastic mobile offering.

They have pretty pictures as well, but I love the organization!

And it goes beyond just dumping a bunch of horror into a streaming site. They have spent a lot of time crafting the site - making it function properly, taking the time to send survey's out to gather information in their BETA testing phase, and adding in little nuggets like reviews and being able to rate said reviews.

I hope these folks make it and continue to add to their offerings. While other streaming sites might only want to obtain a limited amount of horror in their catalog, having someone that deals with horror exclusively has a lot of potential for some really amazing things to be brought into the mix. First time directors would have a spot to feature short films, for example.

High hopes for SHUDDER! I really dig them! 

Over My Dead Body

A fantastic short a friend of mine helped bring to life.

I love seeing productions like this. They don't overstay their welcome. They don't pander. And, they bring something new and interesting to the table. In this case, that is quite an effort because the subject matter has been done many times before. Finding something new an interesting to add to the genre is rather amazing, honestly.

Well worth the 7 minutes it takes to take it in. Another aspect of this that I found to be rather interesting - unlike other horror shorts I've seen of late, I wanted this to go on for longer due to the fact that I liked what I was seeing so much. :)

Give them some love!

Over My Dead Body (Short Film) from Timothy Plain on Vimeo.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Common Shiner's Social Mediasochist | Teen Slasher Parody

These guys TOTALLY NAIL IT with this fantastic, comedy video. A lot of work went into it. It's a perfect way to kick off the Halloween pre-game! :)

Count the references - see if you can catch 'em all! There are a LOT of gags in here.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Tales of Halloween

A huge thank you to the makers of TALES OF HALLOWEEN. Huge.

I had a lot of fun watching this film. Many laugh out loud moments. Some grand horror moments. I'm super happy about making this purchase and...carving out some time to watch it.

Like many films before, this is a classic horror anthology. Ten tales to thrill. It's not super dark. It actually has many comedy moments and is kept light throughout. Out of the 10, only one didn't fill me with absolute glee - it only filled me with 80% glee. :)

I won't bore you with more. Suffice it to say that I love this film and will be adding it to my Halloween film watching list every year along side TRICK OR TREAT, CREEPSHOW, and my NIGHT GALLERY BluRays!!! :)

Do yourself a favor - watch this RIGHT AWAY. Invite friends! Order pizza, make popcorn....maybe serve a few adult beverages and have a ton of fun.  So good!

Keep an eye open for the amazing cameos as well!

Great work by some great people including.....

Directed by

Darren Lynn Bousman ... (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")
Axelle Carolyn ... (segment "Grimm Grinning Ghost")
Adam Gierasch ... (segment "Trick")
Andrew Kasch ... (segment "This Means War")
Neil Marshall ... (segment "Bad Seed")
Lucky McKee ... (segment "Ding Dong")
Mike Mendez ... (segment "Friday the 31st")
Dave Parker ... (segment "Sweet Tooth")
Ryan Schifrin ... (segment "The Ransom of Rusty Rex")
John Skipp ... (segment "This Means War")
Paul Solet ... (segment "The Weak and the Wicked")

Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)

Axelle Carolyn ... (segment "Grimm Grinning Ghost")
Andrew Kasch ... (segment "This Means War")
Neil Marshall ... (segment "Bad Seed")
Lucky McKee ... (segment "Ding Dong")
Mike Mendez ... (segment "Friday the 31st")
Dave Parker ... (segment "Sweet Tooth")
Ryan Schifrin ... (segment "The Ransom of Rusty Rex")
Clint Sears ... (segment "The Night Billy Raised Hell")
John Skipp ... (segment "This Means War")