The Human Centipede

February 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Articles

A mad scientist kidnaps and mutilates a trio of tourists in order to reassemble them into a new “pet”– a human centipede, created by stitching their mouths to each others’ rectums.

Whoa – This was one of the most, if not THE most disturbing movies that I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen many terror films in which people are tortured such as the “Hostel” movies and Wolf Creek but this movie, in my opinion has seriously crossed the line. It was grotesque. I mean, holy shit on a shingle….who comes up with this kind of thing. Let’s try to re-enact what the creator of this film thought the day he came up with this Gem…”I want to make a fun movie….I got it” “I’ll have someone kidnap 3 unsuspecting victims and sew 2 of there faces to the ASSs of the other 2″ “Oh Oh, even better, I’ll then force the first on the line to eat” …. well you can only imagine what comes next, huh? Only that of a warped mind in which I would never ever want to sit down to dinner with can think up this type of garbage, that’s for sure. Yikes, I’ll never sit through this one again. Ever. 

Share

The Haunting in Connecticut: Fact or Fiction?

February 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Articles

As an Avid horror movie lover, I am even more intrigued with stories based on true events the most. The movie “The Haunting in Connecticut” is such a movie. The movie is about a family is forced to relocate to a new town and home for their son’s health. They begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, which turns out to be a former mortuary.

My first thoughts of this movie being based on true events is “who in their right mind would move into a house that used to be a funeral home with the morgue as one of the bedrooms”? Well, after doing some research, I found that there actually was a family that moved into this house in Connecticut and that they said the events really did occur. Thy claimed to have been ‘haunted’ by evil spirits or demons or whatever you want to call them.

Below, I have posted photos of the actual house as well as the official movie trailer and a few interviews of the the paranormal investigator who looked into the claims and a few videos of Carmen Snedeker being interviewed. I also included the entire Sally Jessy show that the Snedekers appeared on in 1992.

Review the videos and decide for yourself if you belive the claims to be true or fabricated for the sake of fame and fortune.

 

ct house 01            The actual home             ct house 02

 

 

 

 

The Snedeker’s

ct family

Here is the official trailer of the movie

Here is a short clip of the Paranormal investigator that looked into the validity of the case claimed by the Snedekers.

 Here is a short clip of the real Carmen Snedeker who is the Mother that reported the claims of haunting.

Here is the Sally Jesse show that the Snedekers appeared on in 1992 explaining in details what had occured and defending themselves from the naysayers.

Did this really happen? Were the Snedekers victims of a Ghostly assault?

YOU be the judge.

 

Share

Kill Katie Malone (2010)

January 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Articles

Directed by Carlos Ramos Jr

A few College students & best friends Ginger Matheson, Jim Duncan, and Kyle “Dixie” Canning, pitch in to buy a “ghost in a box” in an online auction. And as you’d expect in any B rate horror movie, nothing good comes of it.

This was mediocre at best. I was obvious and sometimes boring. Gee wiz, let’s buy a ghost in a box in which grants wishes. Haven’t these people seen the movie “The Gate” back in the 80’s whereas some dorky kid trying to look like a rocker and his goofy friends open a gate to the underworld and when they wished for stuff. Then got it but it all turned to CRAP!?

Okay, so, nothing turns to Crap. However, my mood did when I found myself watching this movie. There is nothing new original about this one. It’s a just another Ghost revenge story in which the Ghost seeks revenge on unrelated to the people that wronged her, Lame. At best, this would be a so-so made for TV movie that doesn’t even need to be edited. It’s quite possible that it actually was made for TV and I just missed the memo. I just didn’t think that it made any sense. I will say this, the acting and direction of the movie was fine. I couldn’t even tell they were acting (Tongue is now pressing against my cheek).

Share

Texas Chainsaw Massacre – Gets me Every Freaking Time!

December 31, 2012 by  
Filed under Articles, Reviews

I don’t know how many times I’ve seen the Texas Chainsaw Massacre but I am on the edge of my seat every time I watch this movie. This is probably my favorite slasher, horror movie. It was probably the first movie that made me say “GET UP AND RUN…dummy”.

I met the original Leather face in the early 90′s. Part of me wanted to run up to him and hug him…part of me wanted to stay away from him (thinking anyone that can pull that roll off has just a little but wrong with him). But the reality was, I just wanted to shake his hand and take advantage of the photo op. Of course, I had him strangling me in the photo. I was smiling which is something that you’ll not see in the movie.

I say “Hopefully, this will be reminiscent of the old horror movies from back in the day” A LOT. This is the exact example of what I am talking about.

 

Share

Why in Hell are People Drawn to Scary Movies?

December 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Articles

As we grow, we leave our fears of the closet monsters behind by rationalizing or trying to meet the expectations of our peers. But these closet monsters are never really left behind. They linger in some corner of our subconscious. Watching a scary movie gets into forefront all the hidden fears from a safe avenue. The lure of scary movies in people may be because of several factors such as lifestyle, gender, personality, age, physiology, heredity etc.

 Lifestyle

 People watch scary movies to be scared! Getting scared is a lifestyle statement. Everybody who goes to a scary movie knows that it will eventually be over and that they will get out of the theatre alive and still breathing. Watching a scary movie can also be like a good healthy exercise for your nervous system. Everybody deserves a change from their mundane lives and a scary movie can be a welcome change sometimes.

 Gender roles

 Gender roles also play an important role in influencing people to watch scary movies. Horror and scary movies are usually date movies. These movies provide the girls with an excellent excuse to scream their guts out and hold on to their date for dear life while the guy pretends to be the strong man that he is. Studies have showed that males tend to display bravery while the females tend to display fear. A fine example of classic exaggerated role playing situation!

 Personality

 Personality is another factor that leads people to watch scary movies. The way in which a person reacts in any situation can be determined by his/her personality. Some people like to confront the situations at hand while others prefer to avoid any confrontation. Studies have indicated that those who enjoy confrontations also like horror movies compared to those that avoid confrontations.

 Physiology

 The physiology of a person or in simpler terms, the way in which a person reacts to different situations, also determines if he/she will or will not be lured towards scary movies. These reaction traits vary depending on factors such as the person’s ancestry, adaption to fear and so on. People go to horror movies and on roller coaster rides not only because they like to be scared but also because they enjoy the excitement and the adrenaline rush.

 Age

 A person’s age also plays a crucial role in how he/she reacts to a movie. Young people are more drawn towards highly intense and gory movies whereas older folk prefer movies that are scary but without the blood and gore.

Share

Waking the Dead – Why Most Horror Movie Remakes Don’t Work

December 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Articles

When it comes to remaking movies, a touch-and-go topic in itself, the genre of horror is the biggest casualty. The fact that horror movies rely on scares makes it easier for directors to take extreme “cinematic liberties”. Iconic moments that terrified entire generations are rehashed as badly made copies of the original. The end result is not unlike a genetic experiment gone awry in its attempt to replicate life.

 Old is gold and can’t be resold

 Bad ad libs aside, there’s a reason why original movies worked so well and why their remakes didn’t. Every film is a product of its times. When a film is both critically and/or commercially successful, it means that its central theme has struck a chord with the audience of that era. A good horror/thriller movie brings out the deepest fears of the average cinema-goer. A good example is the second “Friday the 13th” movie. It showed Jason making quick work of hormonal teenagers at Camp Crystal Lake and spooked an entire generation of young boys and girls who swarmed the beaches and lakes at spring break.

 Another big reason why some films went on to become iconic movies, is the fact that they drew first blood; so to speak. When “The Exorcist” released, it was the first movie that depicted demonic possession. After its release, there was reportedly a phenomenal increase in the number of phone calls made to Catholic institutions around the world about reported “possessions”. This unprecedented impact was mainly because the subject hadn’t been dealt with before. So when it came along, audiences discovered to their horror that there was a whole new realm of the paranormal that they had no knowledge of.

 Most remakes also suffer from a lack of imagination on the part of the writer/director. Glossy production quality and special effects are poor substitutes for a gripping screenplay. This is why remakes like “Psycho” and “Quarantine” failed to grip the audience’s imagination unlike their superlative originals.

 But enough about the film-makers. What about us; the audience? The slew of bad remakes is no one-way street. If studios continue to churn out terrible remakes, it’s because there is a thriving market for these monstrosities. Many cinema-goers enjoy the overdose of gore that is passed off as horror. This is a major reason for the dumbing down of the genre.

 Let the Dead Rest in Peace

 Lack of originality and imagination to present a classic in a new light, besides poor performances, is why most movie enthusiasts reject remakes. Given that only a handful of film-makers and actors are able to breathe new life into remakes, studios should wise up and look for new ideas. Our old monsters have done their job and admirably so. It’s now time to let them rest in peace.

Share

Trick or Treat: Why We Are Drawn to Horror Movies?

December 28, 2012 by  
Filed under Articles

It happens almost every Friday. Groups of people, young and not-so-young, flock to the theaters for a good scare. If there’s a horror movie running, you can be sure that half the crowd is buying tickets for it. In fact, I’ll admit that I take an unhealthy delight in being scared out of my wits. There’s something very fundamental and primal about being frightened. Fear taps into the innermost recesses of our mind. It is an emotion that every person experiences irrespective of their cultural background, upbringing and social status. As an adversary, there’s nothing that gets the better of us or makes us feel more united, than fear. Given that I’m such a huge fan of the horror genre myself, I’ve always been curious to understand my own fascination with it. So here’s taking a stab (pun intended) at what makes us squirm through the endless sequels to Saw or an hour and half of The Ring.

Getting to be a kid again: The most obvious explanation of our fascination with horror, is the chance to become a child again. Watching the protagonist hide from a supernatural being makes us regress to the time when we checked under our beds every night for the proverbial monster. Marketing executives know this all too well. Which is why trailers are designed the way they are; to whet the curiosity of your inner child. You find yourself wanting to know more about what happens on that dark deserted road. No matter how grown-up and mature we may become, we’ll always be afraid of dark scary places.

 ~  We love a good scare: Most of us have a morbid fascination for things that frighten us. If you’ve ever been to a carnival, or seen one in movies, you’ll remember the looks on the people’s faces. Out comes the bizarre three-headed cow and although clearly horrified, they’re staring at it with wonder. This is an inexplicable and universal phenomenon. It is also a strong reason why you peer through your fingers or half-shut eyes when the protagonist sees the ghost for the first time.

 ~  It’s Good to be Bad: We all have a set of norms, a code, that we follow every day. Whether it’s not cutting ahead in a queue or tolerating your neighbor’s pesky kid, you toe the line. So, many of us look forward to leaving behind all societal norms for an hour or two of pure misbehavior. Here, we’re not the hapless young girl being chased through the forest; but the maniac wielding the axe. It probably means there’s some deep-rooted issue that needs to be sorted out with a good psychiatrist. But spending a few dollars to indulge in it harmlessly feels like a great release and we never get enough of it!

Share

The Kids are Alright – Or are they? Horror movies with Children as the Antagonists

December 28, 2012 by  
Filed under Articles

There’s something about little children that makes them perfect candidates for evil entities. If you find this hard to digest, just take a look at the list of movies with children as antagonists. The Omen, Children of the Corn, The Exorcist, and the most recent Case 39 are just a few of the more well-known examples. In each of these movies, the killer isn’t a monstrous-looking entity, but a fresh-faced child. With the influx of new ideas into the genre of horror, there have been changes in treatment in such movies too. Here’s taking a look at the most iconic ones over the years.

 

  1. Children of the Corn: This 1984 classic was adapted from the Stephen King story of the same name. Linda Hamilton and Peter Horton played a young couple who get trapped in a desolate town where no adults survive. They soon find out that the children in the town, led by a psychotic boy preacher, have murdered all the adults. John Franklin as Isaac, the boy preacher with an angelic face, can make even the most devout church-goer clench their Sunday hats in terror. When it released, the movie faced some criticism for its treatment and for the scenes of violence featuring children. Despite that, it remains one of the most popular horror movies with  children as the killers.

 

  1. The Omen: This is a classic from the 1970s. An American ambassador finds out that his young son is the incarnate of the devil; the Anti-Christ. This movie was one of the first to show a child as being purely evil, rather than being possessed or manipulated into doing something bad. However, it was made clear that the child in question was not really an innocent child. He was the Devil himself. So when young Damien pushes his mother off the balcony, even when you’re flinching you know that it isn’t a child but the Anti-Christ who gives the fatal push.

 

  1. The Exorcist: No horror movie list is complete without this 1973 classic. An actress and mother of a young girl finds that her daughter is possessed by an ancient demonic entity. As the days go by, the young girl slowly transforms into a horrifying entity. The scene where the young girl Regan crawls downstairs like a twisted acrobat will remain seared onto our collective consciousness for ever. Linda Blair gained worldwide fame for her role as Regan and till today, there hasn’t been a scarier little girl at the movies.

 

So these are 3 of the most memorable films that featured children as the antagonists. There were many more such movies in the years that followed, but none matched the impression these films left on our minds. You could say that when it’s a little child’s smile that masks a killer’s face, the screams are all the more louder.

Share