I was trying to think of a way that I could post on a more regular basis and at the same time not burn myself out. So, I borrowed (stole?) a little from a couple of other blogs and came up with (stole?) the Semi-Daily Horror Quote of the Day. Today is the first semi-daily day and I just want to say thank you to the blogs My Two Cents for the Quote of the Day and to Book Quotes Hub for the awesome book quotes. I would also of course like to thank both blogs for their inspiration (giving me something to rip off).So, without further ado is the inaugural entry of this new feature. I hope you like it. Take care and stay scared!
From The Exorcist:
- The Inspiration Behind Blogging For Me Personally (prefs.zemanta.com)
- Authors pay tribute to James Herbert (bbc.co.uk)
- Quote of the Day (ungiornonellavita.wordpress.com)
- Quote of the Day – March 23 2013 (grosenberg.wordpress.com)
- “If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happneing too.” -Dr. Suess (backroadbliss.wordpress.com)
- Quote of the Day (ungiornonellavita.wordpress.com)
- Quote of the Day (yourseachangelife.com)
- Indie Horror – Future Of Horror Gaming? (lupoentertainment.wordpress.com)
- In Memoriam – David B. Silva, James Herbert, and Rick Hautala (dreadfultales.com)
- Issue 7 of Horror Magazine Sanitarium is out now: Zombie Apocalypse Part 7! (racheltsoumbakos.wordpress.com)
This goes out to the anonymous commenter who posted in response to my review for “Dead Hooker in a Trunk.” I don’t know if you realize this, but I trashed your comment. Not because you said anything derogatory towards me, but because of the things you said in general. Let’s review:
1. You said that my first mistake was referencing bloodydisgusting.com. You said that everyone knows that they are paid to promote crap. Well, they gave their highest rating to films like Jaws, The Exorcist, Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2 and several other films that are considered by many to be classics of the horror genre. So maybe the trouble is that they don’t line up with what you like. Maybe they gave a favorable review to a film you hated. Who knows? Who cares? Your statement is moot.
2. Secondly, you stated that you had never seen “Dead Hooker in a Trunk” and that you couldn’t really comment on it. That means that you can’t judge it for its acting, directing, writing or anything else for that matter. But wait, there’s more.
3. The next sentence you quoted that I said I would like to see what the Soskia sisters (the brains behind “Dead Hooker in a Trunk”) could do with a remake of “Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers”. Your reply was an emphatic ‘Noooooooo!’ Now don’t get me wrong, but didn’t you say in a previous sentence that you had not seen “Dead Hooker in a Trunk” and therefore could not comment on it? Well, then that would mean that you have no reason to comment on the statement I made about them tackling “Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers”. You judged them without knowing anything about them.
4. This is the main reason I deleted your comment; if you’re going to say all these things then at least have the balls (or the vag) to sign your name.
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THE DEVIL INSIDE-United States-2012
Directed by William Brent Bell
Written by William Brent Bell and Matthew Peterman
When The Exorcist was released in 1973 it completely changed the way we look at horror. Gone were the days of the lumbering Frankenstein monster and the howling at the moon Wolfman. In its place was a frightened 12 year old girl, her mother, two priests and a nasty demon with a fixation for vaginas and crucifixes. Ever since the day that this film was released I can assure you that every film made since then about demonic possession has secretly (or not) wanted to be The Exorcist. The latest pretender to the throne is the execrable The Devil Inside. Here we have a film that wants so badly to be a horror film, and yet nearly everything about it screams out “LAUGH AT ME!!” at the top of its lungs. The scenes where we meet the possessed woman are filled with what they want us to think are scary faces and sounds, but they reminded me more of someone mugging for the camera and making fart noises with their armpits. The scene in which they take the daughter of the possessed woman to witness an actual exorcism is so much a blatant rip off of scenes from the Exorcist that I kept expecting to hear a demonic voice go “THAT’S HOW WE DID IT IN MY MOVIE! YA’LL AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A BUNCH OF COPYCATS AND COPYCATS BURN IN HELL!!” Don’t even get me started on the two priests. They’re acting outside the laws of the Vatican and performing exorcisms on their own, sort of like Dirty Harry‘s with holy water and crosses. Father Damien and Father Karras would have kicked their asses and sent the demons back to hell without batting an eye. Then there is the biggest faux pas of them all; they made the entire thing in the form of a pseudo-documentary ‘found footage’ style film. Ho fucking hum. If you want to be scared, watch the Exorcist. You’re just going to laugh at The Devil Inside.
NO TRIVIA AVAILABLE FOR THIS FILM
0 out of 4 BLOOD DROPS
- New in Theatres – January 06, 2012 (surlygurls.net)
- The Devil Inside: The Devil didn’t do it – Toronto Star (thestar.com)
- Review: ‘The Devil Inside’ just possesses your money (abclocal.go.com)
- Friday Flicks: Is This the Worst Week of Movie Releases of the Year? (newsfeed.time.com)
THE EXORCIST-United States-1973
Directed by William Friedkin
Written for the screen and based on the novel by William Peter Blatty
Ellen Burstyn as Chris MacNeil
Jason Miller as Father Karras
Lee J. Cobb as Lt. Kinderman
Linda Blair as Regan McNeil
and Mercedes McCambridge as the voice of the demon.
What can be said about The Exorcist that hasn’t already been said? Other than perhaps The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, this film has recieved more acclaim and more accolades since it’s intial release in 1973 that any thing I say about it would be absolutely pointless.
So how does one review a film that is called by many ‘the scariest horror film of all time’? I don’t want to repeat what everyone else says about it. I write these reviews so that I may voice my own opinion, whether the reader agrees with it or not. If I didn’t do that I feel that I would lose the respect of you, the reader. The best thing for me to do is to tell you just what it is that this film says to me as a person, as a believer in God and as a reviewer.
When I was growing up in the South, my mother used to say that lightning was the devil behind the door beating his wife with a frying pan. An old wives tale, for sure, but one that stuck with me throughout the years.
I was eleven in 1973, the year that the film was first released. I wasn’t allowed to see the film; a ruling set forth by my parents despite the fact that I had been watching horror films since I was six years old. So, I had to wait. It wasn’t until around 1979 that I first had the chance to see the movie. I remember watching and when the scene comes up where Regan’s bed begins shaking uncontrollably the first thought that entered into my mind was ‘well, shit, the devil’s not behind the door anymore.’ The second thought was that maybe, just maybe, I would be sleeping with the light on that night. I was 17 at the time.
I feel that The Exorcist has been such a monumental success because it doesn’t just tap into our fears but instead digs deep into them to the very core of what scares us. How many stories and tall tales have we heard about the devil over the years ? The devil is behind the door. He’s under the bed. On and on. The Exorcist takes every one of those tall tales and stories and throws them right in our faces and for a little over two hours we are small children again with our eyes covering our faces and peeking through our fingers. No film since then has achieved the level of deep-rooted fear so intensely as this film has.
I mentioned my belief in God and what that means as far as the effect that this film has had on me. It’s very simple and I will quote the Reverend Cotton Marcus from The Last Exorcism on the matter. He said, ‘if you are going to believe in God, then you have to believe in the devil’. I believe in good (God), therefore I believe in evil (Satan). This is not preaching. I don’t expect every person who reads this to feel the same way I do. I am not telling you how the film affected your life; I am telling you how it affected mine.
As a reviewer and as a fan, the film affected me because I know that there is always that one film that comes along that influences, impacts and shapes the films that come along after it. Look at Goodfellas. The film is considered one of the greatest gangster films of all time, and yet it will always be overshadowed by The Godfather. The same is true of virtually any film dealing with demonic possession. Each and every one of them will be forever in the shadow of The Exorcist. The Last Exorcism, Paranormal Activity and countless other films owe their existence to this film.
I’m not even going to bother with a plot synopsis. I don’t have to. After all these years if you don’t know what the film is about then by all means rent it, buy it, whatever. Just watch it. I promise you will never be the same again.