Make your choice. What’s their best film?
THE BIRTHDAY PARTY-1968
THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY’S-1968
THE BOYS IN THE BAND-1970
THE BRINK’S JOB-1978
DEAL OF THE CENTURY-1983
C.A.T. SQUAD (TV)-1986
C.A.T. SQUAD: PYTHON WOLF (TV)-1988
12 ANGRY MEN (TV)-1997
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT-2000
THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (w/Daniel Myrick)-1999
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This is usually a Friday post. However, I was interrupted by the Fed-ex guy dropping off our new satellite receiver which of course my wife wanted me to hook up. That wasn’t so bad. What was bad was that I had to call DirecTV and go through the motions with the world’s slowest customer service rep. I started to tell him, “Would you please hurry up? I have a blog to write!” I figured that would go over as well as, “It’s okay, I’m a limo driver!!” By the time I was done it was time to go to work and my post was unfinished and that explains why it is a Saturday post and not a Friday one as originally intended. Once again this month the choices are filmmakers whose main source of income comes from the horror genre. What’s their best film? You tell me.
THE DEVIL’S REJECTS-2005
THE LORDS OF SALEM-2012
TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE (It’s A Good Life segment)-1983
THE WARLORD:BATTLE FOR THE GALAXY (TV)-1998
LOONEY TUNES:BACK IN ACTION-2003
BLEACHER BUMS (TV)-1979
DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS (TV)-1990
KING OF THE ANTS-2003
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AMBER ALERT-United States-2012
Also starring Jasen Wade.
Directed by Kerry Bellessa
Screenplay by Joshua Oram and Kerry Bellessa
I asked my wife if she was ever scared of the boogeyman when she was a child. She responded by answering a question with another question; why should she be afraid of the boogeyman or vampires, werewolves or zombies for that matter? It’s not the imaginary creatures that can harm you; it’s the ones that are all too human that can. Seeing as how I love being scared by a good old monster flick as much as the next guy I couldn’t really get where she was coming from. After witnessing Amber Alert, the debut feature from director Kerry Bellessa I get her way more than I care to admit. The film is about human evil at its lowest form; the abduction and potential molestation, rape and murder of a child.
Friends Nate (Chris Hill) and Samantha (Summer Bellessa) are in Nate’s car when they spy a vehicle described in an Amber Alert. From there the film becomes a ‘what would you do’ situation and the two friends are the argument that our own minds would play out if we were in the same situation; do you call the police and then mind your own business or call the police and follow the vehicle in the desperate hope that you can do something to alter the situation for the better.
Amber Alert is another in a long line of ‘found footage’ films. I usually throw up a little in my mouth when I say those two words but not this time. It seems strange to say considering the subject matter; but I truly enjoyed this film. The two leads, Hill and Bellessa, are believable in their roles. I would assume that the two are friends off camera; they bring believability to the characters that two people who are unfamiliar to each other could not. I endeared myself to Summer Bellessa the most. Her personality was quite infectious at the beginning; but it was her side of the argument that won me over to her. I understand that a lot of her actions come from motherly instinct, but I just don’t see how anyone in the right frame of mind could stand by and let harm come to a child.
Amber Alert is not a perfect film. A good portion of the movie takes place inside the car and I found myself wishing that the editor had done his job a little better and shaved a little time off. However, that’s nitpicking and I am well aware of it. Director Kerry Bellessa has crafted that rare horror film that makes us think as much as it scares us. The last 15 minutes of the movie had me holding my breath and peering through my fingers at the screen. The last time I did that with the vampires or the werewolves was when I was six. Make believe monsters can be killed very easily by changing the channel, turning off the TV or closing the book. The real monsters will never go away and Amber Alert makes us all too aware of that truth.
Amber Alert is available on VOD and is scheduled for release to theaters on November 2nd, 2012.
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It’s very simple; I give you three directors and their respective filmography and you tell me what you think is their very best movie. I do list TV movies; but only if they are an original piece (“Duel”) and not an already established series (“C.S.I.”).
Without further ado, I give you:
DARK STAR (1974)
ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (1976)
SOMEONE’S WATCHING ME! (TV Movie, 1978)
ELVIS (TV Movie,1979)
THE FOG (1980)
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981)
THE THING (1982)
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986)
PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1987)
THEY LIVE (1988)
MEMOIRS OF AN INVISIBLE MAN (1992)
IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (1994)
VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1995)
ESCAPE FROM L.A. (1996)
GHOSTS OF MARS (2001)
THE WARD (2010)
CRIMES OF THE FUTURE (1970)
JIM RITCHIE SCULPTOR (TV Movie, 1971)
LETTER FROM MICHELANGELO (TV Movie, 1971)
TOURETTES (TV Movie, 1971)
THEY CAME FROM WITHIN (1975)
FAST COMPANY (1979)
THE BROOD (1979)
THE DEAD ZONE (1983)
THE FLY (1986)
DEAD RINGERS (1988)
NAKED LUNCH (1991)
M. BUTTERFLY (1993)
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE (2005)
EASTERN PROMISES (2007)
A DANGEROUS METHOD (2011)
MURDER Á LA MOD (1968)
THE WEDDING PARTY (1969)
HI, MOM! (1970)
GET TO KNOW YOUR RABBIT (1972)
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (1974)
THE FURY (1978)
HOME MOVIES (1980)
DRESSED TO KILL (1980)
BLOW OUT (1981)
BODY DOUBLE (1984)
WISE GUYS (1986)
THE UNTOUCHABLES (1987)
CASUALTIES OF WAR (1989)
THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES (1990)
RAISING CAIN (1992)
CARLITO’S WAY (1993)
SNAKE EYES (1998)
MISSION TO MARS (2000)
FEMME FATALE (2002)
THE BLACK DAHLIA (2006)
I can’t wait to hear from you. Take care and stay scared!!
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Directed by Frank Marshall
Story by Don Jakoby and Al Williams
Screenplay by Don Jakoby and Wesley Strick
This movie bored the crap out of me. It can’t decide whether it wants to be a horror film about super-venomous arachnids or a Spielbergian Disney film about life in a small town with spiders. Jeff Daniels sleepwalks through the entire film and the rest of the cast is completely cookie-cutter in the style of small town country bumpkins. The only saving grace that this film has is a hilarious and all too brief performance by John Goodman as the local exterminator. Hell, the subject matter alone is enough to divide audiences. Everyone knows that there are two kinds of people in this world: those who like spiders and those who do not. The former finds them to be fascinating and magnificent creatures; the latter carry not only a disdain, but a fear that causes them to shudder at the mere mention of the word ‘spider’ and total terror at the sight of one. Let’s not even mention the fact of what would happen if one were to actually crawl across their bare skin.
I think it’s because I fall into the former category that I found this movie to be so tedious. I love spiders. I found myself actually cheering for the spiders to put these cardboard characters out of their misery just a little bit quicker than the script called for. That may sound a bit on the cruel side, but I can dream, can’t I?
The small spiders used in the film were Avondale spiders (Delena Cancerides), a harmless species from New Zealand that were provided by Landcare Research in Auckland. Despite their fierce appearance, this spider is docile member of the crab-spider family and are, in fact, harmless to humans. They were not allowed back in New Zealand for quarantine reasons. The giant “spider” used in the film was a species of a bird-eating tarantula, which attains an 8″ legspan or more. Those types of tarantula are not easy to handle and can give a nasty bite. The spiders in the film were managed and handled by famed entomologist Steven R. Kutcher.
The first film released under Disney’s Hollywood Pictures label, which was also created so the studio could release more adult-oriented fare.
The sound of a spider being crushed by John Goodman was made by the foley artists crushing a couple of potato chips.
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THE HITCHER-United States-1986
Directed by Robert Harmon
Written by Eric Red
Was there ever an actor more bad-ass than Rutger Hauer in the 1980′s? I for one believe that the man had merely to gaze in your direction and you’d be pissing in your pants. That’s why I can’t think of any other actor for the role of John Ryder, the murderous hitchhiker who plays cat to Thomas Howell’s mouse in The Hitcher. Hauer has more intensity in his little finger than a dozen other stars have in their entire bodies.
For me, this has to be the tenth time that I’ve watched this film. First I watched it on VHS, and then I’d watch bits and pieces of it on late night TV. The Hitcher, like Hellraiser, is one of those movies that, when you’re flipping channels late at night and suddenly it flashes onto your screen, you stop. It may be just beginning, it may be halfway through but you just stop and watch the rest of it.
The film never explains why Hauer is obsessed with Howell, or why he wants Howell to stop him. There is never a moment in the film where Hauer shows any sign of remorse. This man makes Schwarzenegger’s soulless Terminator seem like Mister Rogers in comparison. So why does he want Howell to stop him? Maybe it’s for the better that we don’t know.
In the last few years The Hitcher could come to be known as a ‘what goes around comes around’ film. In the 2009 season of TV’s Criminal Minds, C. Thomas Howell played George Foyet, a killer as cold and remorseless as Hauer’s John Ryder. What goes around, indeed?
Eric Red, (writer), said that the film was inspired by the Doors song, “Riders on the Storm”.
C. Thomas Howell admitted that he was actually afraid of Rutger Hauer on and off the set because of the actor’s general intensity.
Sam Elliott and Terence Stamp were offered the role of John Ryder.
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Also starring Thomas Huber as Simon Grombeck
Directed by Martin Weisz
Written by T.S. Faull
I’m at a loss for words. I just watched a movie where one guy willingly let another guy eat his penis and I am at a complete loss for words. Well, maybe not completely. The phrase ‘what the fuck?’ keeps running through my brain. The movie, Grimm Love, is based on the true story of Armin Meiwes. Meiwes was the guy that placed an ad on an internet message board that he was ”looking for a well-built 18 to 30-year-old to be slaughtered and then consumed” Never mind that the message board, The Cannibal Cafe, had posted a disclaimer mentioning the distinction between fantasy and reality. I guess Meiwes never read the fine print. But what’s more disturbing about someone placing an ad for a human meal is that someone would actually answer the ad. But that is exactly what Bernd Jürgen Brandes did. The two met on March 9, 2001. Meiwes attempted to bite off Brandes penis, but it was too tough and he had to use a knife. The two of them attempted to consume it but Brandes found it to be too tough and chewy. Afterward, Meiwes killed and dismembered Brandes and over the next ten months devoured parts of his body. He was tried and convicted and eventually sentenced to life imprisonment for first degree murder.
There were two things I kept thinking about as I watched this film. The first is why would anyone want to eat another human being? The second is why would anyone volunteer to be eaten by another human being? Grimm Love tries its best to explain it by giving us glimpses into Meiwes and Brandes childhood. Supposedly Meiwes had a domineering mother who consumed (pun intended) all of his time. On the other hand Brandes’ mother committed suicide when he was a child and he blames himself for her death. I guess a mother’s suicide is enough to make a guy want his penis bitten off. But hey, who am I to criticize?
Hmm, I guess I wasn’t at a loss for words after all. By the way I watched the film at the behest of a gorgeous blonde. All this time I thought redheads were my weakness.
“Inspired” by the real life story of the “Cannibal of Rotenburg”, Armin Meiwes, who mutilated, killed, and finally ate a man who had previously agreed to Meiwes doing just that with him. Both men met on the Internet where media subsequently discovered vast communities of people fantasizing about eating and being eaten by others sharing their “quirk”.
When Oliver visits the Cannibal Cantina message board, the thread titles “Meat Hook Sodomy,” “I Will Kill You,” and “Orgasm Through Torture” are taken from songs by the death metal band Cannibal Corpse.
When screened at Sitges, the film caused one viewer to faint.
Let me start by telling you that the story you are about to read is 100% bullshit free. My parents, my brother and sister and I lived in my grandmother’s house when I was growing up in Spartanburg,South Carolina. I don’t remember if my two siblings were still living there when all this happened, but that doesn’t matter. It happened to me, not to them.
To say that my grandmother was an eccentric woman is pretty much hitting the ten-penny nail on the head. When I was growing up she was already well into her 90′s. She used to yell at the TV if her beloved wrestling show was interrupted. When they cut into the show to announce that we had landed on the moon I could her shouting “I wish they’d land on the sun. Interrupt my rasslin’ for this garbage, dadblast’em!!” Yes, indeed, grandma was quite a sweetheart.
As the years passed she began to get a little bit crazier and a whole lot sneakier. You don’t know what it’s like to be all alone in the house with her late at night. My mother and father would be out and my brother and sister would be with friends. I’d be at home stretched out on the couch watching “World Wide Wrestling“. I was reveling in the joy of watching Wahoo McDaniel tomahawk chop the living snot out of the hated ‘Nature Boy‘ Ric Flair. Suddenly I would catch something out of the corner of my eye that made me jump clean out of my skin. It was my grandma, peering around the corner, her white hair standing up like a cross between Don King and Albert Einstein and with a wash cloth dangling out of her mouth. Now just sit back and get a good mental picture of that and tell me you wouldn’t jump too. Anyways, after the initial scare wore off I would do what I would always do and that would be to calmly tell her ‘Grandma, go to bed.’ She would let out a low moan and then I would hear her shuffling her house slippers across the carpet as she headed back toward her room. I would continue watching the wrestling and all would be well.
When my grandma was 97 she fell and broke her hip. As is the case many a time with an injury of that magnitude she did not recover. Soon after her death I moved into her bedroom. It was about a year after that the main part of this story, which I have taken all the way around the world, took place.
It was late one night, probably around 2 a.m. I was lying in bed facing the wall with my back to the room. I heard the sound of my grandmother’s slippers shuffling on the carpet behind me. Without thinking I did what I always did when I heard her moving about through the house at night. ‘Grandma, go to bed.’ I heard that low familiar moan and I knew that she had heard me and was on her way to bed. Now, there are just two things wrong with that whole situation I just told you about. One, my grandmother had been deceased for a little over a year and two…
…I was in her bed.
I froze with that little piece of information running through my brain. Then, and like the rest of the tale this part is 100% bullshit free, I felt the bed shift behind me as if there were someone crawling into it. I could feel their back against mine as they settled in to sleep. I know you may think that it was my brother or sister but neither of them were the type to play a practical joke. It certainly wasn’t my mother and father. They had very little sense of humor and were well into their eighth hour of sleep.
I didn’t turn over the entire night. I finally feel asleep around 5 a.m. When I did I could still feel my grandmother’s back pressed against my own. I still to this day don’t know why she paid me that little visit. Maybe it was to say goodbye and to let me know she was okay. Maybe she wanted to feel the warmth and comfort of her old bed again.
Then again maybe she just wanted to scare the shit out of me one last time.