A legitimately good slasher film that has been reduced to cult status simply by being a by-product of genre over-saturation.
Just Before Dawn came out in 1981. As anyone with more than a passing interest in horror knows, 1981 was the year of the slasher. So many movies came out that year, so many. We like to think that time allows the cream to rise to the top and the rest are rightfully forgotten. As I see…
Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" is a character study of a woman wrapped in the artifice of her own making, and who is trapped by her misdeeds and those of the people around her. She is scarred and unrelentingly determined to keep up past appearances; but, most importantly, she is a survivor. Allen does not celebrate her, he does not glorify her, he does not insult her; he simply lets her exist in her own misbegotten splendor, living to fight another…
I was going to watch John Carpenter's Halloween, because I'm skipping school today, and I figured that it would be nice to kick back and just treat myself. But, then I got to thinking about this film, and how much I hate myself, and I checked on Netflix, and it was there, so I figured, what the heck. Rob Zombie's Halloween is a film for those who saw the original, and were like, I wish this film was a steaming…
Part of Lise and Jonnie’s Horror-o-thon 2014
It’s probably the only thing that’s stayed in my head throughout the decades since I last watched Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Perhaps it’s because of the perfect 50’s campy horror title, but my vague remembrance was that this 1978 remake was rather cheesy, low budget, and somewhat wooden.
I couldn't have been more wrong.
The first thing that struck me was the look. Crisp and somehow claustrophobic; right from the…
Rarely laugh-out-loud funny but fairly consistently entertaining. McBride is always good for a comedy and the rest of the cast is decent enough. Rasmus Hardiker, playing Courtney, was one of my favourite characters. He had lots of fun little moments.
There is a lot of stuff here that I just don't find funny at all. The wise wizard was a stupid segment as was the finger monster thing and the leader there, who was horrible. Anyway, it's fun that DGG can do stuff like this and then stuff like Joe. Great guy.
No matter how many times I've seen this movie, it still has the power.
First, the new 40th anniversary BD looks really terrific. The grimy texture of the film didn't get lost in translation but everything also looks so much clearer. The only way I've ever seen this movie is via the original DVD release that came out back in 1999; this was kind of a revelation to me.
Second, fuck man. Fuck. The reason this film has resonated for…
A much higher score than when I first watched the film.
As I mentioned in my review of the first Halloween, expectations really do have a real effect on ones reception of a film. I try my hardest to go into movies with no expectations, good or bad, and to just take the film on its own terms. Sometimes this is easier said than done. When I first…
When taking the other films of John 'Bud' Cardos into consideration (Mutant, The Dark '79), I went in with extremely low expectations for Kingdom of the Spiders. But, Cardos surprised me with a low-budget film that had a high-quality feel.
It should be noted that at $10 per tarantula, the $500,000 budget set aside $50,000 for the spiders. 5,000 large, hairy spiders were used in the film and it's unknown exactly how many died for the sake of the movie,…
The Film Ape Self Imposed Isolation Procedure Should There be an Epidemic
1 Plain White Room (of decent size)
1 Bed (king-size)
10 Pillows (of varying sizes)
5 Blankets (2 howling wolves pattern, 2 popular rock group pattern, 1 zombie Marilyn Monroe pattern.)
1 Television (70 inch or larger)
2 Backup Televisions (50 inch or larger)
Blurays (No less than 2,000)
DVDs (for pretentious art film stuff that isn't on Bluray, no less than 500)
42 12-Packs of…