Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Editor (UPDATED April 26th, 2016)

Like Italian giallo films of the 70s and 80s?

Like a good giggle mixed in with your violence?

Well, you're going to love THE EDITOR. These folks NAIL the feel of 70s and 80s giallo films coming out of Italy and have such a grand sense of humor about it that I laughed all the way through while saying, "TOTALLY NAILED THAT!" out loud several times.

Silly and perfect, The Editor hits every giallo trope it can and does it with a laugh, wink and smile that I loved.

They even dubbed the actors so it has that Italian dub feel.

Fantastic.




UPDATE: April 26th, 2016

I'm still thinking about this film! 

They got so much right here it kinda hurts. hehehe  Now, I can see someone who is not familiar with the giallo style and tropes saying, "This film is a silly mess of crazy scenes!" But, that's the beauty of  giallo films. There are so many strange and wonderful silly aspects to these films that when you are familiar with them, you're rather upset when you DON'T see them represented. 

These folks must have just put on a bunch of the classics one week and taken notes on everything they saw in them. They even catch some of the paranormal elements shown in films like SUSPIRIA and the like. 

The use of this overdubbing really sold the whole of it for me. After looking back at the trailer, I had another giggle about it. It is definitely an element of the genre. 

The film is super solid as well. Unlike some parody films of late where jokes and gags are just tossed at you like confetti on New Years ("HERE! BOOM! FUNNY, right?! And...HERE! And....HERE!) with little to no effort to string the humor along a solid backbone, THE EDITOR actually crafts a giallo-style tale to weave the humor into and they do it really well - again, following the classic stylings of these murder mysteries of the past. 

If you're a fan of the classics like DEEP RED, FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON, A BAY OF BLOOD, or TENBRAE and you like humor, then you simply MUST make an effort to see this film at once. I'm sure you'll love it.



Monday, February 15, 2016

Southbound

THIS IS A SPOILER FREE POST - AS USUAL.

It's been a while since I've posted anything. I've been sticking to my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheHorrorSho/) and my Twitter page (https://twitter.com/TheHorrorSho)  and leaving the blog alone for the most part.

However, last night I saw SOUTHBOUND and I thought I'd write a little short post about it. Not that anyone reads this blog, but.....  :::grin::

I really enjoyed this new format for a VHS-style anthology. While I loved most of the VHS saga, I was starting to get a bit jaded with the format. It was starting to become a bit repetitive. This Southbound style is fun and equally based in storytelling and the anthology style, but the flow was much stronger - going from story to story seamlessly without stopping at the "station" every time between segments. Loved that aspect. I was thinking that this story style could be played out in various places in future releases (...he said, hoping they make more!) and not just out in the desert, though that was a fun little spot. This could easily work in a rundown area of a city, some snowy wasteland, or even in a jungle paradise.

If you have not seen the trailer yet, don't watch it! While it doesn't give anything away, it had to show a lot to get viewers hooked in, so I would have preferred to go in a bit more cold than I did. It would have been fun if they shot something special for the trailer that tied in with the film, but didn't give the goods of the stories within. But...you know...I went looking for it because I thought the trailer was so cool, so....


Southbound is a rather standard horror anthology for the most part. Folks are introduced (again, seamlessly) and you watch as they go through their own little, nasty story. The writing is fun and entertaining. The characters are a good mix of likable and unlikable, so you don't get caught up in a "set 'em up, knock 'em down" mentality.



The film was made by some familiar folks. The Directors this round were Roxanne Benjamin,  David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath, and Radio Silence - many of the same folks involved with the VHS series. The writers were many of the same folks as well. Roxanne Benjamin, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Susan Burke, Dallas Richard Hallam (as Dallas Hallam), and Patrick Horvath.

I just like calling out these folks when I like a film. :) Credit where credit is due.

So...the honest part now that all the sycophantic, butt kissing is over. hehehe

When I finished the film last night (mind you, after tons of yard work both Saturday and Sunday that wore me out physically)  I said, "Well...yeah...that was good, I guess. Not super strong...but good. I feel good about dropping $7 on it and would probably do it again if I had the choice." I wasn't blown away like I was when I saw VHS in the theater, but I wasn't demanding my 90 minutes back, either.

HOWEVER, when I woke up this morning and thought about it again when describing it to a Horror Friend of mine, I told her that it really stuck with me. In that haunting, mind worm way. The visuals and situations swam around in my brain and I re-thought a few things and had myself a few chuckles whenI remembered how things played out. Most of my malaise about the outcome of watching was due to me being SO excited about the film - especially since it was being released on my birthday. I over-hyped it in my head. Thinking back, it was a super strong film with a great story, good acting, and some scenes that had me wincing and bashing my foot on the floor. (...in a good way.) :)

My suggestion -  
Go into SOUTHBOUND as cold as you can, avoiding the trailer and other reviews that go deep into the stories. Let it wash over you and pay attention. It's a great film and well worth a watch. 

Great work, Folks!  I'm looking forward to revisiting this style in the near future!










Tuesday, November 10, 2015

DARK WAS THE NIGHT


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

SHUDDER



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.

https://www.shudder.com/

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.