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Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Walking Dead Season 1 retrospective

So the short maiden voyage of The Walking Dead was come to an end, and I'll be presenting my thoughts below.

This show started out with so much hype behind it that it seemed to be unable to fail. Darabont making a zombie show on amc? Sounds like a formula that is destined for greatness, and in terms of ratings and shares it is.

The show had a great pilot, I mean one of the best pilots I've seen in a long time. It had all of the horror, humanity, drama, and action that audiences would be clamoring to see every week. It sets up so many relationships, situations, and characters that you had to come back and see what happened.

The show slowed down from here for me, it seemed like it was trying to keep up with the pilot by hiding the drama and character development with zombie heads and blood flying in the air. Which is what the final 2 episodes lacked, creating the divide between people that value character driven stories and ZOMG ZOMBIE 'SPLOSIONS.

I hope season 2 picks up right where we left off and that they don't kill off any characters between seasons.

Random thoughts of the season and the future:
  • I almost cried like a baby when Rick and his family got back together.
  • Where the hell did the guy that cut off his hand go?
  • When is Carl going to get some legit screentime/lines? He needs to develop
  • How quickly into season 2 will the shit hit the fan with shane and rick?
  • How much of the comic will be retained in season 2? Specifically characters.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sons of Anarchy season 3

 There are spoilers for season 3 of Sons of Anarchy below, don't read if you haven't watched/plan on watching it.

Sons of Anarchy is one of my favorite tv shows that is still running. I think everything about it is wonderfully produced, the acting, the writing, the direction. It's all beautifully constructed and assembled to present us with these insane acts that none of us deal with, but is just every day business in Charming.

This season started out slow in my opinion and I, and it seems I wasn't alone, had trouble understanding the Irish scenes sometimes (but I got used to it and was eventually able to comprehend them, especially when what they started saying was very important).

Sons of Anarchy has some of my favorite characters in television on it and the struggles they went through this season were painful to see them be put through (but pure entertainment and worth every minute of watching).

The only complaint I have is the 10 minutes "incest" scene that happened, that didn't further the plot any in my opinion and everything that has happened and did happen wouldn't have been affected by it's absence.

Bring on season 4 Mr. Sutter, I love these outlaws.

Monday, November 8, 2010

My Scarefest experience

This past weekend I went to my first horror convention, and it was everything I expected it to be. Following are the chronicles of said convention, as well as photos.


We (myself, my brother, and our roommate) arrived in Lexington about an hour after the convention had started, though it was only going to last from 5-10 that day which seems silly in comparison to other conventions across the land.We got our arm bands which would grant us entry for that day and the next, as well as our beads to wear Saturday evening to the convention sponsored pub crawl.

We got in the con and first decided to walk around before buying anything, or so I told myself to do this (though it did not work). In addition to being a horror film convention it was a paranormal convention, so there were lots of booths dedicated to ghost hunting, tarot readings, etc etc.

The first thing I bought was:

I knew when I saw it that I had to have it, and thus couldn't leave the convention knowing that I passed up the opportunity to have a shirt of one of my favorite movies.

We continued to walk around and look at things, then we walked to the back of the convention known as "star row" where we looked at the celebrities from various horror opuses from the years with amazement (and surprise to some degree as some were much shorter than we had anticipated). The one that had me the most mezmerized was the godfather of the zombie film himself George A. Romero.

The Dawn of the Dead poster that I currently have on my wall is nearly ripped to shreds, so I managed to find a dealer selling horror bootlegs as well as Dawn of the Dead posters. I got in line and waited about twenty minutes but then I got to meet one of my idols.

George was a great guy, he made small talk and seemed really appreciative of the support that he's been given from the fans all these years. Needless to say the poster he autographed is going to be framed soon and put in my room.

From here we wandered around a little more, I bought another shirt:
It's a beauty, and somehow I managed to talk the vendor down three dollars on it. I told him I wanted the shirt but I didn't want to spend any more money that night (and was sincere about it too) then he offered me the same shirt for three dollars less, and I took it of course.

Though I don't believe in ghosts/psychics (the paranormal aspect of this horror/paranormal convention) we decided to go to a Q&A with this guy Chip Coffey, who apparently is a psychic medium on some ghost hunting shows. It was very entertaining to see an old psychic queen get up there and tell us stories about things, though I didn't really take much of it seriously.

We parted ways with the convention center and checked into our hotel and promptly left again to get food. We ate at this great place called Raferty's in Lexington, phenomenal food and service I highly recommend it (apparently they're all over the south except in Alabama). From here we went to a local grocery store and purchased some bottles of fun. We returned to our hotel and slept until the next morning.

Today was the "big day" of the convention. It was going to last from 11 to 8 at night and we would be present for most of it. The first thing we did was go meet Danielle Harris (Jamie Lloyd in Halloween 4/5, and Annie Bracket in Rob Zombie's Halloween series).
Then we got in line for my brother to get Danny Trejo (Machete) to sign his first season DVD of King of the Hill. Apparently this tickled Danny Trejo to no end because he laughed when my brother handed it to him, and then began to do his character's voice from the show. When my brother asked for a picture he replied with "OH SHIT YEA MAN", he even held up the DVD in the photo.

After this we walked around some more and bought some more things. I got this stack of old Stephen King books for $6.

We then went to the "Hatchet 2" panel which consisted of Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder and R. A. Mihailoff (Leatherface from TCM part 3). It was an hour of them telling us stories about working on both Hatchet and the horror business in general. Kane told us about how Tommy Lee Jones and Steven Segal are assholes, Danielle Harris told us about how the first attempt someone had made at her with a "casting couch" experience was with Steven Segal.

After this I went and got in line to meet Kane Hodder (Jason from Friday the 13th 7,8,9,X). Yes he might have been in the worst Fthe13th movies but he was a great Jason, and I really admire him for his work.

This actually hurt quite a bit, but it made for one hell of a picture. After this we waited patiently for the Q&A everyone at the con was waiting for: The George Romero panel.

We waited for about 45 mintues before we finally got in, then another 15 before George & company finally got there. It was a decent enough Q&A, mostly because George Romero was present, but the sheer amount of dumb questions and people more complimenting the panel members instead of asking a question was astounding and made me enraged.

The first half of the Alabama game started while we were waiting, after the Q&A ended we went to a nearby sports bar to watch the second half. After it was over we were ready for the pub crawl to start.

I bought one more thing before we waited for the pub crawl:
This is probably my favorite of the shirts I bought this weekend.

After some driving around to get gas/resting at the hotel we returned to the convention center for the pub crawl. We waited about 20 minutes and when it began we were charged with the idea of just doing the "tour" part of the crawl first and being told what bars we were going to and to go off on our own. No one voted for that when we voted on what to do, but that's what the leader did anyway. So we stand and walk around in the cold for about 30 minutes before we finally go off to the bars (luckily they were doing trivia during the tour and I managed to win two DVDs).

The first bars special for us on the pub crawl was a Zombie, a mighty tasty drink. Nothing to special about this place except that we got in just before they started charging for the cover.

The second bar we stayed at for a while, their special we were told was a candy corn shot, so I ordered it and it wasn't candy corn but more of a lemon drop shot (also FYI this place was voted the #3 bourbon bar in the world by Whiskey Magazine).

The final bar we went to was your typical college student bar setting, we sat at the bar and had some beer before embarking on the last event of the weekend: A ghost hunt.

Just like on those shows I don't watch/believe in we were going to go on our own investigation.

There were about 20 of us in total and at first it seemed like me and my roommate were the only ones that didn't believe in all of this nonsense, but as the night went on I would find people by themselves and ask them if they really believed in it some said yes others no (they were just being more polite about it than me and my roommate were).

As I walked around I tried recording an EVP on my phone a few times, but nothing ever happened. I asked the ghosts to manifest themselves as orbs around me while someone took my picture:
(me and my roommate, both still quite inebriated, and still not believing in ghosts)

They didn't appear in pictures with me. at least not when I asked them.
These girls we were talking to took this picture, in which two "orbs" appear near me, it seems they're trying to run train on me if you look at right. Though this proves nothing to me about ghosts, from a believers stand point it is interesting that the only person that saw orbs in their pictures was taking a picture of the non believer.

It was obvious that some of the people on this investigation were REALLY into ghost hunting, they wanted something paranormal to happen SO BAD that it was laughable.

The tour ended with nothing to convince me of the existence of ghosts. A good joke came about though that the ghosts were perhaps shy about their alcohol purchases as we found this in the basement:
Yup, an old PBR.

After this tour we went back to the hotel, slept for some hours, got up and drove back to Alabama. It was a wonderful weekend and a great experience that I hope to repeat again next year.

This is where the story runs out of steam, so here are some billboards we saw on our way there.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Horror on Television

I'm a HUGE fan of television, and by television I mean TV serials (shows that you have to watch each episode to understand what's going on). I love shows like Breaking Bad, The Wire, Sons of Anarchy, I could literally go on for an entire post (or perhaps an entire blog in the future?) about shows I love. But this leads me to my point for today, Horror doesn't have a big enough impression on television today.

Sure we have shows like Dexter, True Blood, and the recent edition of The Walking Dead, but that's only 3 shows out of everything that is on television at the moment. There are limited series that were either planned to be one season (Dead Set) or that just ended up being one season because some network thought it would be a good idea to put it on during the summer when no one is watching TV (Happy Town, Harper's Island, Fear Itself).

Growing up we had the horror anthologies like Tales from the Crypt and Are you Afraid of the Dark, what happened to this format of horror television?

Horror television needs to make a comeback, anthology shows were a huge success, we need more things like The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Goosebumps, Are you Afraid of the Dark in our life, just something to help us take our mind off of our lives and entertain us each week.

We also need more horror serials, more stuff about serial killers or ghosts or something else horrific, there's not enough on our television that can scare us.

Sure I've got ideas, but I'm still a few years away from being able to successfully pitch a show to a channel, but you have my guarantee one day I will and I'll bring the horror back into your living room.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Johnny the Homocidal Maniac

I recently finall finished reading the Director's cut of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, and I have to say it's one of my favorite comic collections that I own/have ever read.

Johnny is the first public forte of its creator Jhonen Vasquez, you might know him better as the man behind the short lived cartoon Invader Zim. Johnny is very much the same style as Zim in that the drawings are incredibly similar, however Johnny is the NC-17 version of Zim, and that's why I like it.

The surrealist absurdist stories and dialogue in the comic are genuinely funny and the violence is wonderfully over the top. It's also filled to the brim with social commentary that was relevant when published (95-97) and some of which is still relevant today.

The titular character is probably one of my favorite psychos because of the internal epidemic that he goes through throughout the series as well as his reasoning for killing all of the people in the series that he does.

Great series, pick it up and check it out. It gets the Pumpkin Cave seal of Excellence and Approval.

Monday, November 1, 2010

On how to end a series poorly, or a few words on Saw 7

It doesn't matter if you like it or not, the Saw film series is the most succesful horror franchise in history, and I love the series to death. Since I was in high school its been a tradition for me every October to go see the new Saw movie, to see the evolution of Jigsaw's plans, the stories of his victims, and the well thought out death traps. I love it now, loved it then, and will love it for the rest of my life. I consider myself a self proclaimed Saw scholar, I know A LOT about the series.

So when I heard that Saw 7 was the last in the series I was sad and excited at the same time. Sad because something that I loved was coming to an end, and excited because I love the flicks and knew there had to be something that they had been saving for the last entry in the series.

Be warned, spoilers for Saw 7 will be below, read no further if you don't want to know what happens.

I liked the first ten minutes of Saw 7, it answered a question that fans have been wondering about for six movies (what happened to Dr. Gordon after he sawed off his foot and left the bathroom in the first movie), and the first trap in Saw 7 was pretty good.

What followed sounds like a great story, Jigsaw survivor support group, a fake survivor is kidnapped and placed in a game, Hoffman runs around like a badass killing everyone, and only one of them is interesting.

The story about the cops looking for Hoffman is boring, and I don't care about them or if they die because I don't know who they are and because they're terrible actors.

I don't care if the fake survivor lives or dies because he was an atrociously terrible person.

The jigsaw survivors didn't do much of anything, of all the familiar faces in the group only two speak and one speaks that hasn't been in the other movies and her trap is summarized in 5 seconds. I would have loved to have seen more elaboration on this.

The best part of the flick was Costas Mandylor running around killing everyone, he's great in my opinion and an even better villain than jigsaw in the series as a whole.

Here are my two major complaints for the movie though.

Number 1
All of the traps/games in the film are under the precedent like most of the traps in the later entries in the series in that most of the people in traps/games can't save themselves, they're at the mercy of someone else and their life depends on them. This is a fundamental flaw in Jigsaw's plans from the first film in that the traps should be focused on one or a group of people that can all get out of the trap by them self and don't need someone else to save them.

As I think about this as I write it it makes sense that this would happen since Jigsaw has ceased to design and execute the traps, it's all Hoffman or Amanda, so I guess this complaint isn't well suited since it makes quite a bit of sense.

Number 2
It is shown at the end of Saw 7 that after Dr. Gordon cauterized his self amputated wound that Jigsaw exited the bathroom, saw him, and saved him. As in the scene he wakes up the passed out Doctor and congratulates him, calling him his best work to date or something like that.

This doesn't make sense. In the original film, Dr. Gordon is charged with killing his cellmate Adam before 6 on the clock, or his wife and daughter would die and Jigsaw would leave him in the bathroom to rot. Dr. Gordon didn't kill adam, and he certainly didn't do it before 6 on the clock.

Why would Jigsaw be proud of the man that didn't follow the rules in his game? Is it because Gordon had the cojones to cut off his own foot in an effort to reach his family? This is a likely explanation but Jigsaw strikes me as an all or nothing kind of guy who in my opinion probably would have left Dr. Gordon in that hallway to die, not save him and get his help and advice on traps and future victims (which is what they say happened, as Dr. Gordon's help is tied back to victims in Saw 2, 3 and 4).

Though the explanation the writers offered us doesn't make sense the grand scheme of the Saw mythos, I still liked the ending. That was a very chilling set of shots showing Dr. Gordon looking at his own rotten foot in the bathroom, the expression on his face was PERFECT for the circumstance. When Gordon left Hoffman locked in the bathroom with no saw and no flashlight, that was a fitting ending to bring the whole series full circle to start in that bathroom and end in it too. But like some people have said if Eric Matthew could get out of the bathroom at the beginning of Saw 3 with no saw, so can Hoffman; though Hoffman has no flashlight, I still think he is smart enough and bad ass enough to do it somehow.

It's a fitting ending, the bad guy can't get away in a story, and with this series the bad guy is definitely not going anywhere now.

I should write a book about the Saw series, would you read it?

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

I hope you're having a great Halloween folks. Here are my suggestions for Halloween movies for you to watch with the remainder of the greatest holiday all year:

The Original Grandfather of them all

 A (great in my opinion) movie set on Halloween, guaranteed to spook you

Another questionable pick in your opinion probably, but I love it

How can you not love it?

One of the best horror movies of the past 10 years, and possibly one of the best Halloween movies ever


(Another) Classic

The perfect Halloween or Christmas movie

The Great-Grandfather of them all

For your Halloween karaoke needs


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Horror in comics

 I don't think the horror genre is properly represented in comics like it should be, I mean a lot of comic writers and companies have their roots in horror comics. Movies like Creepshow, Tales from the Crypt and countless others expound on the idea of comic books being either strictly horror stories or a majority of them being horror.

It's not fair for me to act like there aren't any horror comics, because there are some and most of them are about zombies, and sadly most of them are just limited series. Victorian Undead, The Walking Dead, We Will Bury You, The Waking, all zombie comics and only one of them is a continuing series.

I would encourage you to read The Walking Dead, I'm about half way through compendium 1 of the series (the first 48 issues) and I really enjoy it thus far, also the television adaptation airs on Halloween night on AMC.

Though it's small, the horror comic needs to expand from zombies. There is one non-zombie horror comic coming out now that I'm reading that I find enjoyable, and if you're reading this you'd probably like it too: X-files 30 Days of Night. Yup, a crossover where Mulder and Scully investigate the vampires up in Alaska, not a bad comic and certainly has enough vampire action in it to be considered scary.

Go read horror comics, actually buy them, trades, issues whaterver. Buy them and then the companies will make more, because we need them.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Movies 51-55

 Movie #51 Deadgirl
What do you do if you find a girl chained up in the basement of an old mental asylum? Do you make her your unresponsive sex slave? A very interesting movie, a new spin on the zombie story with strong performances and a great script. I highly recommend this to everyone.

movie #52 4bia
This four part horror anthology from Thailand is proof that this type of horror movie still works. The stories in this are very affective and quite scary. A great flick, loved it.

Movie #53 Slaughter High
Stupid, cliche, nothing new here. Avoid this please.

Movie #54 Bubba Ho-tep
Another movie I'm ashamed to admit I hadn't seen before, because I absolutely loved it. Its a Bruce Campbell movie in case you didn't know, and if for some reason you need further reason to see it Bruce plays Elvis. Great movie, I prefer it much more to the director's previous film I saw (Phantasm)

Movie #55 Paranormal Activity 2
Here is how you should know if you should watch this movie, Did you see the first one and like it? If yes, you'll probably really like this, if no you'll probably really hate this. The movie does recycle a lot of the gags from the first, but it DOES turn them up to 11 instead of just leaving them at the same level. An affective scary movie that will lose all of its muster on home video I'm sure. One thing I don't like about it though, to quote my roommate, "I hate how a lot of the 'scary parts' are just loud noises", couldn't have said that better myself. I think I like this movie more than the first one, and it also does a great job of relating itself back to the original film. Fans will want to check it out, haters keep on hatin'.

Friday, October 22, 2010


It certainly doesn't look like I'll make it to 100 by the end of the month, but I'll certainly do my best to watch as many as I possibly can.

I'm trying to think of other ideas to keep this blog going after the end of the month too, so if you have any suggestions you should let me know.


Monday, October 18, 2010

The first 50

A quick recap of the first 50, the ones I've seen are underlined, and the ones I hadn't seen that I thought were the best will have a * next to them.

1.       The Exorcist II: The Heretic
2.       The Exorcist III: Legion
3.       Planet Terror
4.       Paranormal Activity
5.       Feast
6.       The Butcher
7.       Dolls
8.       An American Haunting
9.       The Gate
10.   The Monster Squad *
11.   Evil Dead Trap
12.   Satan’s Little Helper
13.   Pontypool *
14.   Wrong Turn
15.   Wrong Turn 2: Dead End
16.   Urban Legend *
17.   Wicked Little Things
18.   Day of the Dead *
19.   The Lost Boys *
20.   Hellbound: Hellraiser II
21.   Legion
22.   Children of the Corn
23.   Blood: The Last Vampire
24.   Night of the Comet
25.   Pumpkinhead
26.   [REC]
27.   Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
28.   AXE
29.   Nekromantik
30.   In the Mouth of Madness
31.   The Rocky Horror Picture Show *
32.   Student Bodies
33.   Jeepers Creepers
34.   The Frighteners
35.   Hatchet
36.   Frozen *
37.   Fright Night
38.   The Descent
39.   Dead Silence
40.   Dog Soldiers
41.   Demons
42.   Shocker
43.   Mother’s Day
44.   Alien
45.   Chopping Mall
46.   Grotesque
47.   The Descent Part 2
48.   The Hamiltons
49.   City of the Living Dead
50.   My Name is Bruce

Movies 45-50

Movie #45 Chopping Mall
Very goofy horror film, poster can lead you to believe it's a slasher movie but its actually about killer robots. Stupid at times, some kills are cool, but there's no substance here to make it worth watching.

Movie #46 Grotesque
Another Asian snuff film movie. The title gets it right, if you want to see a movie about senseless (and at times highly sexual) violence with almost no story behind it this is your movie. At least I can get behind the Saw and Hostel movies, because the victims actually stand a chance, there is no hope in this movie for the victims. Personally this wasn't an enjoyable movie to me, well made yes, worthy of the label "good"? I'm not sure.

Movie #47 The Descent Part 2
The idea of a sequel to The Descent sounds stupid to me, and the first twenty minutes of the movie will lead you to believe that your assumption was wrong, the opening act for the film is quite good. Then they get back in the cave and start recycling things from the first. There are new ideas about the creatures and the caves in the movie but they just don't click like everything in the first did. If you've seen the first and are curious about the sequel, it wouldn't hurt to watch it but I would recommend you just pretend this movie doesn't exist. The ending is flat out terrible too.

Movie #48 The Hamiltons
Slow, predictable, boring, cliche. All of these describe this movie, its mediocre story, its dreadful actors, and cheap camerawork. Avoid.

Movie #49 City of the Living Dead
A different kind of movie, I've noticed a trend in these 80s Italian horror movies in that the gore is good but it seems the ideas for kills and effects came before the story. Not as good as  movie #41 Demons, but not terrible either. Pretty slow start, and boring at times. Only watch it if you have nothing else better to watch.

Movie #50 My Name Is Bruce
This movie is ridiculous and silly, and that's exactly all it needed to be. Could have been better but I certainly didn't hate it. Campbell is easily the best part of the flick (didn't see that coming did you?).

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Movie 41, 42, 43 and 44

Movie #41 Demons
Not a bad flick, the effects are pretty good and though the story is very far-fetched it plays very well. Cheesy at times, and sometimes things happen on screen that have nothing to do with anything else on screen and then is never referenced again. This boasts one of my favorite tag lines of the movies I've seen this month.

Movie #42 Shocker
This was wes craven's attempt at making another horror franchise after Nightmare on Elm Street, he failed. This movie is long and boring, the story isn't terrible but the execution is poor. Absolutely boring and stupid.

Movie #43 Mother's Day
An okay movie overall, goes back to the backwoods/last house on the left era where everyone was trying to be last house on the left. Very silly at times, boring too, the last 30 minutes is more watchable than the first hour. The remake should be good, and better.

Movie #44 Alien
A very affective movie. Essentially a haunted house movie in space, one of the greatest sci fi horror movies of all time. If you haven't seen it, you should, great flick.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Movies 37, 38, 39 and 40

Movie #37 Fright Night
A very interesting movie. Good performances from the lead protagonist, the vampire, and "the vampire killer". The vampires are pretty awesome in this movie, the effects look very awesome. A good movie, but everything thats not the vampire aspect of it doesn't hold up well.

Movie #38 The Descent
This might be one of my favorite horror movies ever. The characters are great in my opinion, and the scares don't start with the monsters. This movie is to spelunking what Frozen is to Skiing in my opinion. The monsters are quite disturbing, the direction in this movie is wonderful and this movie doesn't let up once it gets going.

Movie #39 Dead Silence
Ends up being more silly than scary, has potential at times to be very frightening but falls short of its goal. Script is somewhat clever at times, the gore sucks, and for once the unrated version isn't as good as the theatrical cut. An okay movie overall, don't watch it if you have a better option to see instead.

Movie #40 Dog Soldiers
Pretty good movie overall, the good parts don't really come until the last 45 minutes. The werewolves are quite good in this movie, probably the best werewolf movie to come out in the past 10 or 15 years. Good affects, good script, good direction, I liked it.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Movies 33, 34, 35 and 36

Movie #33 Jeepers Creepers
It had been a while since I had seen this movie in its entirety, but it did hold up. I rather like this movie, not because its good (it's okay overall) but I think this movie has a lot of special things about it that we don't see really in most mainstream horror. This movie has some very genuine scares, and lots of it is quite frightening; however it suffers from a second/third act slump. The ending of the second act/start of the third are so slow and boring that its almost not the same movie at all. I still really like this movie, the scares/creepy parts are great and the antagonist is quite original and quite terrifying.

Movie #34 The Frighteners
A movie about a series of strange killings that can only be solved thanks to a psychic Michael J. Fox and the spirits of dead people that he keeps around to make money of the towns people by clearing the ghosts under his employment out of their homes. The effects in this movie are quite good, and are still passable among todays standards (even though it was made in 1996), but its Peter Jackson when he was still doing what hes best at so what should you expect? The script is great and the actors are fantastic, this movie is a winner.

Movie #35 Hatchet
I've seen this movie at least a dozen times all the way through, and it still holds up incredibly well in my opinion. The movie is so funny in its first act and it has some of the best kills in recent memory, and apparently slasher movies can still be scary (as one of the people we were watching with jumped continuously throughout the flick). A bit of a hokie premise in retrospect but the dialogue is very well written. Big fan of the director, great flick.

Movie #36 Frozen
This movie comes to us from the writer/director of Hatchet, and I was speechless while watching. This movie proves that Adam Green doesn't have to rely on special effects and gore to scare the audience, he is a capable enough writer and director to unnerve and frighten us with simply his characters and visuals. Green has matured so much as a filmmaker in just three movies, and it really really shows. His same style of writing is still present (not complaining though), and though not the focus, he brings gore to the table for the fans. This movie is very very intense, an incredible character driven horror movie that has made me never want to go skiing EVER.

Movies 29, 30, 31 and 32

Movie #29 Nekromantik
This is one of the most disgusting movies I've ever seen, and that is NOT a compliment. Very stupid, horrendous, rediculous, and down right terrible. This is one of the worst and most outlandish movies i've ever seen, but it does have a fantastic ending (though it's not worth sitting through it to get to the ending).
Highlight this area if you want to know just whats so gross about this movie:
They take a rabbit, and show the following on screen: Stabbing it, bleeding it out, stringing it up by its feet, pulling its skin off with the guy's bare hands, and gutting it....ON SCREEN, and it serves NO purpose in the movie...AT ALL. Also, it's real....not a fake bunny....a REALLY REAL BUNNY.
Also the main characters steals a corpse because he and his girlfriend are necrophiles, and his girlfriend takes a section of lead pipe, sticks it in the groin of the rotting corpse AND HAS SEX WITH IT.

Movie #30 In the Mouth of Madness
While watching this movie I didn't think I really liked it, it had everything going for it but there was something about it that didn't seem to click, but then I finished the movie and thought about it and I decided I really liked it. A great script (though it owes SO much to H.P. Lovecraft without any credit), a good performance and fantastic directing by one of my all time favorites John Carpenter. Good movie, I liked it.

Movie #31 The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Yes, ashamed to admit I hadn't seen the flick (though I was very familiar with the concept and story), and there's nothing I can say about this movie that hasn't been said already except that I loved it.

Movie #32 Student Bodies
If you like humor like in The Naked Gun or Airplane movies you will love this movie. I laughed my ass off, and now consider it one of the funniest horror comedies I've ever seen. Not scary, but very very funny.