January 10, 2011

Cloverfield (2008)

Cloverfield (2008)

Revolves around a monster attack in New York as told from the point of view of a small group of people.

Rating: 4

[Viewing Date: 05/03/2008]

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January 06, 2011

Psycho (1960)

Psycho (1960)

A young woman steals $40,000 from her employer's client, and subsequently encounters a young motel proprietor too long under the domination of his mother.

Still remains one of the few nearly perfect horror pictures.

Rating: 8

[Viewing Date: 04/02/2008]

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January 05, 2011

30 Days of Night (2007)

30 Days of Night (2007)

After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires.

This is one of my favorite dark demon films. The arctic setting is perfect.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 03/11/2008]

Posted by mark at 09:03 PM | Comments (0)

February 06, 2008

Black Christmas (2006)

IMDB: Black Christmas (2006)

Plot Outline:
An escaped maniac returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one. A remake of the 1974 horror movie, Black Christmas (1974).

Something to watch while cleaning my room.

Rating: 4

[Viewing Date: 02/04/2008]

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February 04, 2008

Saw III (2006)

IMDB: Saw III (2006)

Plot Outline:
Jigsaw kidnaps a doctor to keep him alive while he watches his new apprentice put an unlucky citizen through a brutal test.

Not anywhere near as good as Saw, and not even as good as Saw 2.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 02/03/2008]

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January 17, 2008

2001 Maniacs (2005)

IMDB: 2001 Maniacs (2005)

Plot Outline:
Eight college students traveling to Florida for Spring Break stumble into a remote town in Georgia where they are set upon by the residents who are out to avenge their deaths by Union troops over 100 years earlier during the Civil War.

Rating: 4

[Viewing Date:01/13/08]

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January 13, 2008

The Mist (2007)

IMDB: The Mist (2007)

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date:12/05/07]

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January 12, 2008

Bug (2006)

IMDB: Bug (2006)

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date:11/23/07]

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28 Weeks Later (2007)

IMDB: 28 Weeks Later (2007)

Plot Outline:
Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes to plan.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date:10/28/07]

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Hostel (2005)

IMDB: Hostel (2005)

Plot Outline:
Three backpackers head to a Slovakian city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date:08/16/07]

Posted by mark at 05:38 PM | Comments (0)

1408 (2007)

IMDB: 1408 (2007)

Plot Outline:
A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date:07/22/07]

Posted by mark at 05:02 PM | Comments (0)

January 06, 2008

Land of the Dead (2005)

IMDB: Land of the Dead (2005)

Plot Outline:
The living dead have taken over the world, and the last humans live in a walled city to protect themselves as they come to grips with the situation.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date:07/07/07]

Posted by mark at 09:13 PM | Comments (0)

Mortuary (2005)

IMDB: Mortuary (2005)

Plot Outline:
A family moves to a small town in California where they plan on starting a new life while running a long-abandoned funeral home. The locals fear the place, which is suspected to be on haunted ground.
Rating: 4

[Viewing Date: 06/24/07]

Posted by mark at 08:55 PM | Comments (0)

May 15, 2007

Marebito (2004)

IMDB: Marebito (2004)

Plot Outline:
A fear-obsessed freelance cameraman (Shinya Tsukamoto) investigates an urban legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 04/08/07]

Posted by mark at 09:28 PM | Comments (0)

May 13, 2007

Dèmoni (1985)

IMDB: Dèmoni (1985)

Plot Outline:
A group of people are trapped in a large West Berlin movie theater infected by ravenous demons whom proceed to kill and posses the humans one-by-one thereby multiplying their numbers.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 03/11/07]

Posted by mark at 09:48 PM | Comments (0)

November 21, 2006

Rest Stop (2006)

IMDB: Rest Stop (2006)

Plot Outline: While on a road trip with her boyfriend, a young woman (Alexander) is pulled into a cat-and-mouse game with a deranged psychopath, after her boyfriend is abducted at the rest stop.


This job from X-Men writer John Shiban is an OK slasher/horror film, but is probably worthy of going straight to video.

Rating: 3

[Viewing Date: 11/19/06]

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Bloodletting (1997)

IMDB: Bloodletting (1997)

PPlot Outline: A young woman, fascinated with mass murderers, tracks down the world's most famous uncaught serial killer and becomes his apprentice; together they go on a killing spree.


This was recommended on some of the horror genre sites, and all I can say is that somebody was doing way too many Qualudes, because Bloodletting was only good for low-brow camp. There were some giggles involved, no decent CG, nada.

Rating: 2

[Viewing Date: 11/19/06]

Posted by mark at 07:39 PM | Comments (0)

Masters of Horror: Imprint (2006)

IMDB: Masters of Horror: Imprint (2006)

Set in the mid 1800s, Christopher (Billy Drago) is a young American journalist who ventures to Japan to search for the Japanese prostitute he loved and abandoned years earlier. But when he ventures to an island off the coast, he sees that human demons and whores rule the land where a deformed courtesan awaits his arrival leading to a tale of extreme cruelty and perverse vengeance.


Billy Drago does a decent job in this otherwise way over-the-top (even for Miike) horror film. I would posit that the reason that Showtime decided not to show this episode in the Masters of Horror series was the 'jungle abortionist' theme - throwing embryos in the river - rather than any reasons based on extreme gore or violence.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 10/25/06]

Posted by mark at 07:19 PM | Comments (0)

The Skeleton Key (2005)

IMDB: The Skeleton Key (2005)

Plot Outline: A young woman helping care for an invalid in New Orleans finds herself caught in the middle of morbid going-ons centered around a group of Hoodoo (Not Voodoo, it's different. Hoodoo is an old African American magic that only works if you believe in it.) practitioners.


Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 10/15/06]

Posted by mark at 07:10 PM | Comments (0)

November 19, 2006

Touch of Death (Quando Alice ruppe lo specchio )(1988)

IMDB: Touch of Death (Quando Alice ruppe lo specchio) (1988)

Plot Outline: A moody, middle-aged gigolo kills off women after he gets bored with dating them and uses their body parts for trophies and for consumption.

Rating: 3

[Viewing Date: 10/08/06]

Posted by mark at 10:51 PM | Comments (0)

June 25, 2006

Friday the 13th (1980)

IMDB: Friday the 13th (1980)

Blurb: "Many years after two summer camp councilers are killed at Camp Crystal Lake, the owner decides to reopen, which sparks a series of grisly murders."

A classic -- in it's time probably more effective than the present day, but still an early 'slasher' standard.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 06/19/06]

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Near Dark (1987)

IMDB: Near Dark (1987)

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 05/11/06]

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May 01, 2006

Ginger Snaps (2000)

IMDB: Ginger Snaps (2000)

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 04/30/06]

Posted by mark at 08:52 PM | Comments (0)

Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)

IMDB: Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 04/27/06]

Posted by mark at 08:51 PM | Comments (0)

April 23, 2006

Three Extremes (2004)

IMDB: Three Extremes (2004)

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 04/16/06]

Posted by mark at 11:15 PM | Comments (0)

The Neighbour in No. 13

The Neighbour in No. 13

Split personalities of good and evil inhabit a young man, abused as a child.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 04/19/06]

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The Company of Wolves (1984)

IMDB: The Company of Wolves (1984)

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 03/19/06]

Posted by mark at 10:38 PM | Comments (0)

March 20, 2006

New York Ripper (1982)

IMDB: New York Ripper (1982)

[Viewing Date: 02/12/06]

Posted by mark at 11:09 PM | Comments (0)

Seven Days to Live (2000)

IMDB: Seven Days to Live (2000)

[Viewing Date: 02/05/08]

Posted by mark at 11:05 PM | Comments (0)

The Sentinel (1977)

IMDB: The Sentinel (1977)

[Viewing Date: 02/07/06]

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Jason X (2001)

IMDB: Jason X (2001)

[Viewing Date: 02/05/06]

Posted by mark at 10:58 PM | Comments (0)

January 29, 2006

Saw II (2005)

IMDB: Saw II (2005)

Although attempting to re-create the twists of the original, this sequel sadly fails to even hold the viewers attention.

Even the death gadgets were unremarkable.

Rating: 4

[Viewing Date: 12/04/05]

Posted by mark at 12:18 PM | Comments (0)

December 03, 2005

Fright Night Part 2 (1988)

IMDB: Fright Night Part 2 (1988)

Total pitiful sequal. 'Nuff said.

Rating: 4

Posted by mark at 08:37 PM | Comments (0)

November 27, 2005

The Devil's Rejects (2005)

IMDB: The Devil's Rejects (2005)

A much more polished sequal to the, at times, somewhat jarring House of 1000 Corpses, Rob Zombie's latest feature brings back the funhouse of gore and violence (mostly the latter this time around) and of course, those darkly disturbed monsters Otis, Baby, and Captain Spaulding.

Again, this is a very extreme film, most definitely not for the squeamish, but a rock solid entertainment for certain.

Rating: 7

Posted by mark at 05:03 PM | Comments (0)

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

IMDB: The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

Drive-In Movie Horror/Camp at its finest. Michael Berryman is one whacky freakazoid.

Rating: 7

Posted by mark at 01:12 PM | Comments (0)

October 23, 2005

Opera (1987)

IMDB: Opera (1987)

Only a few scenes worth mentioning with regard to horror -- perhaps this wasn't the D'argento I should have started with, but it was quite tame for my tastes.

Rating: 5

Posted by mark at 07:53 PM | Comments (0)

I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

IMDB: I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

Without a doubt, the *best* women's gonzo revenge film to date. Mostly criticized for its anti-woman theme, it's difficult to find an audience that doesn't want to cheer when Camille Keaton's character gets back at the lower forms of life.

Rating: 6

Posted by mark at 07:32 PM | Comments (0)

September 29, 2005

Maniac (1980)

IMDB: Maniac (1980)

Joe Spinell (ROCKY, THE GODFATHER) pretty much holds this one together. While there are a couple pretty neat gore effects, I found the extras including the Spinell story and interviews to be more entertaining than the movie.

Rating: 5

Posted by mark at 07:20 PM | Comments (0)

September 11, 2005

Deathwatch (2002)

IMDB: Deathwatch (2002)

From IMDB, "In the middle of World War I, nine British soldiers caught behind enemy lines seek refuge in a complex network of German trenches. What they soon discover is that they aren't alone...and it isn't a German soldier that's hunting them down."

While on the one hand a horror film, Deathwatch is more a presentation of the the overwhelming stresses placed upon the soldiers, and how fragile their good judgement becomes.

In fact, you could probably take the supernatural aspect totally out of the picture, and it would make a pretty good tale of tragedy and suffering.

Rating: 6

Posted by mark at 01:35 PM | Comments (0)

August 13, 2005

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

IMDB: From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

This Quentin Tarantino screenplay, directed by Robert Rodriguez and starring Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, and Juliette Lewis is one slam bang vampire killing joyride.

Two low-class criminals kidnap a preacher and his two step children for the use of their RV to reach the promised payoff location. Only problem is that the meeting place - a Mexican bar and strip club -- happens to be the favorite hidey hole of more vampires than you can shake a stick at (no pun intended).

Such challenges create interesting alliances, and much violence.

Rating: 7

Posted by mark at 03:43 PM | Comments (0)

Ripper: Letter from Hell (2001)

IMDB: Ripper: Letter from Hell (2001)

This pitiful representation of Teen scary horror has no scares, and no horror. Someone on the Net had said it had a great twist at the end. Well, it was one of those twists that most of us guess 15 minutes into the film.

Rating: 4

Posted by mark at 03:37 PM | Comments (0)

Bad Taste (1987)

IMDB: Bad Taste (1987)

This is a shoestring budget comedy gore-fest co-written, produced, and directed by Peter Jackson.

If you like to laugh at exploding sheep and eating brains out of the skull bowl with a spoon, then you'll truly enjoy Bad Taste


Rating: 6

Posted by mark at 02:19 PM | Comments (0)

Braindead (1992)

IMDB: Braindead (1992)

Peter Jackson's Braindead a.k.a. Dead-Alive is the funniest, most over-the-top comedy horror show I've ever seen!

I thought Jackson's Bad Taste (1987) was pretty funny for an early work of campy gore, but Braindead is hysterical.

It is noted on IMDB as the goriest, bloodiest work to date, as in more fake blood was used than in any film before it.

Albeit, this fare is not for everyone, but if you're a fan of the Evil Dead series, you should treat yourself to Braindead

Rating: 7

Posted by mark at 02:04 PM | Comments (0)

July 13, 2005

Visitor Q (2001)

IMDB: Visitor Q

While it is almost an axiom that Takashi Miike's films are all Dark, Disturbing, and Difficult, there is also quite a bit of dark comedy in his work, and Visitor Q is probably the darkest.

If you can imagine a failed newsman, whose sense of self-worth is so low that he has sex with his prostitute daughter. His son is bullied by his schoolmates and so in turn beats his own mother, leaving large welts all over her body. She finds relief by shooting heroin and pimping herself out to local businessmen.

The newsman sees his son being bullied and decides this is a great story that will get him back in the graces of his former colleagues.

By the end of the film, we have a potpourri of incest, drug use, parental abuse, violence, with a smattering of necrophilia.

Needless to say, this is one whacked movie, but I have to admit, I found it to be not totally without redemption.

Rating: 6

Posted by mark at 11:21 PM | Comments (0)

House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

IMDB: House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

Wow, that was a really fun ride! This naturally belongs in my Dark, Disturbing, and Difficult box, but I found myself paying more attention to Rob Zombie's freshman film work than allowing it to affect me viscerally.

I admit I had no experience with Zombie's music prior to watching 1000 Corpses, but he most definitely has a knack for doing an interesting and not expected sound mix on top of some rather graphic imagery -- somewhat resemblant of Tarantino's musical sensibilities.

Captain Spaulding, the 'clown', portrayed by Sid Haig, was a riot. Having him welcome the viewer in the DVD Root Menu in his rather colorful fashion set the tone for the rest of the picture.

Some pretty creepy sets and costumes, and the shock/flash images purportedly taken by Zombie in his house with a handheld 16mm after the film was shot, keep the uneasy feeling nourished.

If you're the squeamish type, this is *not* the movie for you. If however, you are a fan of Horror, and especially if you intend to see the upcoming Zombie sequel "The Devil's Rejects", go now to the store and rent this one!

Rating: 7

Posted by mark at 10:24 PM | Comments (0)

July 05, 2005

Zombie (1979)

Zombie (1979)

Sometimes billed as Zombi 2, this excellent example of the Italian horror genre was intended to be the 'sequel' to the 1978 George Romero's Dawn of the Dead
although it really has nothing to do with Romero's film. Director Lucio Fulci manages to stay this side of camp for the most part.

Modest production values aside, some of the scenes in Zombie are truly scary and for all but the most hardened of us, shocking. If you don't care for jagged splinters of wood meeting up with human eyeballs, you might want to stay away from this one though.


Rating: 7

Posted by mark at 06:20 PM

May 30, 2005

The Grudge (2004)

IMDB: The Grudge (2004)

Some pretty creepy visuals (the little boy was scary) -- I may want to watch the original before giving a review based on the story. Sorry, but Sarah Michelle Geller has never done it for me, aside from her Buffy role and this film didn't change my opinion of her.

Rating: 5

Posted by mark at 07:23 PM

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

IMDB: Shaun of the Dead (2004)

This is one funny Zombie movie!

Rating: 7

Posted by mark at 07:15 PM

Haute Tension (2003)

IMDB: Haute Tension (2003)

Plot Outline: Two college friends, Marie and Alexa, encounter loads of trouble (and blood) while on holiday at Alexa's parent's country home when a mysterious killer invades their quiet getaway.

Pretty cool Slash 'em whack-a-doodle with a twist.

It's difficult to determine the difference between the 2003 French version with dubbed English and the one whose trailers are being shown now, set to hit the domestic theaters June 10, 2005.

The cast looks to be identical.

Rating: 5

Posted by mark at 05:30 PM

March 24, 2005

Session 9 (2001)

IMDB: Session 9 (2001)

Brad Anderson -- remember the name of the director of Session 9, so you can make it a point to avoid anything even remotely connected to that name, or that film.

Next to Session 9, Papparazzi is Citizen Kane! 90 minutes of pure torture! If you're a Catholic, and believe in Purgatory, you don't have to wait for judgement day -- just pop Session 9 in the DVD player and watch the soul drain out of you.

One would get more entertainment from outtakes of Chucky 3.

What was intended as a creepy thriller is nothing more than a jumbled cacaphony of 'Hasmat team meets its own multiple personality.'

God, it is a good thing that David Caruso has CSI: Miami to depend on for his income, cause this puppy would have ensured an end to his career.

Rating: 2

Posted by mark at 10:37 PM

November 20, 2004

Saw (2004)

IMDB: Saw (2004)

Plot Outline: With a dead body laying between them, two men (Whannell and Elwes) wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who's been nicknamed "Jigsaw" by the police because of his unusual calling card.

In the vein of psycho/serial-killer/twist films, this one does a decent job. While slow at times, the end twist surprised me if not for just a moment, and evoked an all-around dark thriller.

Rating: 6

Posted by mark at 07:59 PM

September 11, 2004

Earth vs. the Spider (2001)

IMDB: Earth vs. the Spider (2001)

Plot Summary: A shy, obsessive comic book fan gets injected with an experimental serum of a lab that is studying how to give humans the abilities of spiders.

Just to think, I could have been stabbing myself in the face with a fork for 90 minutes and felt oh so much better.

Rating: 1

Posted by mark at 05:32 PM

Earth vs. the Spider (2001)

IMDB: Earth vs. the Spider (2001)

Plot Summary: A shy, obsessive comic book fan gets injected with an experimental serum of a lab that is studying how to give humans the abilities of spiders.

Just to think, I could have been stabbing myself in the face with a fork for 90 minutes and felt oh so much better.

Rating: 1

Posted by mark at 05:32 PM