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  • Big Trouble in Little China 1986

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 30 Oct, 2014 10

    "You will not be saved by the Holy Ghost...." - The Complete Carpenter Project

    You can sort of see why Big Trouble In Little China was a financial flop, even if all right-minded people love it these days.

    After all, people were expecting another John Carpenter horror masterclass not....this? A martial arts movie homage crossed with a fantasy adventure and romantic comedy, that's not what people would have been expecting from a guy who had already tucked several all-time classics…

  • The Thing 1982

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 30 Oct, 2014 7

    "You will not be saved by the Holy Ghost...." - The Complete Carpenter Project

    I know I said I was going to do Argento, but sometimes I need a bit of familiarity in my film viewing on nights when I'm feeling like plop. I'll do Dario next!

    I thought I'd reviewed The Thing more than once, but apparently not! I didn't even write a proper review last time, I just wrote a list of complaints. And if you think that's…

  • Red Balloon 2010

    ★★½ Watched 29 Oct, 2014

    The Road To Halloween - Short And Scary

    Red Balloon has one or two parts to it that suggested it could have been a really good horror short.

    It just doesn't get its timing right for one of its twists, perhaps due to some pretty shoddy acting and dialogue, which is a problem throughout the film. Also, the actual final reveal is very poorly telegraphed earlier on and drags the whole thing down as well.

    It does manage to drum…

  • Mamá 2008

    ★★★ Watched 29 Oct, 2014 2

    The Road To Halloween - Short And Scary

    This is the Spanish short film that was made into a feature length film starring Jessica Chastain last year by the same director and with production from Guillermo Del Toro.

    You can see why Del Toro would be interested in it, what with its theme of childhood terror. Shot beautifully in almost one uninterrupted shot at that, it has a predictable ending that doesn't quite build on the reasonably creepy atmosphere that it creates before then. Not bad, and at three minutes long, you might as well watch it!

    You can watch it on Vimeo here.

  • Treevenge 2008

    ★★★½ Watched 29 Oct, 2014 3

    The Road To Halloween - Short And Scary

    So nearly wonderful!

    But the ending! Yeah, I never can let something get away with just ending. I think if they hadn't spent so much time getting to the violent stuff, they might have been able to do an ending of some description rather than what they did here.

    There are so many positives though, and I'm not just talking about the appearances of J-Roc and Sarah from Trailer Park Boys. The…

  • Monster 2005

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Oct, 2014

    The Road To Halloween - Short And Scary

    If I wasn't already looking forward greatly to seeing The Babadook, I bloody would be after this.

    As great a little horror story as Monster is, there are plenty of things about it that really stood out to be individually impressively yet all came together to make for a brilliant little short film. The performance of Susan Prior as the mother of the piece is pretty wonderful, it has to be said.…

  • Night of the Demons 1988

    ★★½ Watched 28 Oct, 2014 4

    The Road To Halloween - Eliminating The Horror 'Classics'


    This October of horror is juddering to a climax mainly because I barely have time for the films right now, let alone the reviews. So this is going to be even less of a review than my usual junk. Just a few points of order though before I sort out some work bits before falling asleep in front of old wrestling:-

    1) The opening titles here are absolutely…

  • The Blood on Satan's Claw 1971

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Oct, 2014 6

    The Road To Halloween - Eliminating The Horror 'Classics'

    During this month of spookiness I have discovered a couple of things about my horror film preferences that have made me really glad that I've done this project. That is even outside the fact that I've watched some fantastic films that I should have watched ages ago.

    My most recent discovery, upon watching The Blood On Satan's Claw, is that I really love folk horror. I love it. I didn't even…

  • PROXiMITY 2013

    ★★½ Watched 26 Oct, 2014

    The Road To Halloween - Short And Scary

    This isn't a horror film, and I can't remember what site said that it was. Meh.

    This is the second short that I've seen from Ryan Connolly. The first, Losses was not too bad but suffered from being a bit slow for too much of its running time - a strange criticism to have of a short film, admittedly. That's not the problem with PROXiMITY. It's breakneck stuff from the outset.


  • ABE 2013

    ★★★ Watched 26 Oct, 2014 2

    The Road To Halloween - Short And Scary

    Interesting and quite creepy little sci-fi horror short about a robot who seems to have some emotional issues.

    It's an interesting idea, like I say, but it doesn't really do enough with what could have been an interesting ending. It probably should have been a few minutes longer to try and develop its idea here. Even so, it's pretty well done and the final shot is quite an effective one. Not really a horror as such, but still worth checking out.

    You can watch it on Vimeo here.

  • Fist of Jesus 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 26 Oct, 2014 7

    The Road To Halloween - Short And Scary

    As recommended to me by that dEL, this is the perfect follow-up to last night's splendid Brutal Relax, being as it is directed by two of the same blokes and features José María Angorrilla once again, albeit in a smaller role.

    The plot of this one sees Jesus trying his trick of resurrecting Lazarus. The only thing is that he brings him back as a fucking zombie. The silly bastard. So with…

  • Brutal Relax 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Oct, 2014 4

    The Road To Halloween - Short And Scary

    I'm a bit like that when the batteries run out in the TV remote.

    A very strange man is sent away on holiday for some rest and relaxation by his worried doctor. But when his Walkman conks out, he loses his shit. Oh, and some zombies just crawled out of the sea. They were supposed to have cleaned up that pollution in Blackpool as well.

    This was really, really great. Disgustingly violent…