Between Peter Jackson’s penchant for cartoonish unserious gore and Bob McCarron’s off-screen makeup effects manipulations,
Braindead achieves something that approaches inspired genius in the heretofore unknown artform of human carnage. The film is filled with moments of joyous slapstick tableaux... And then there is that moment where
Braindead finally breaks through to achieve a transcendentally surreal glory of excess where Tim Balme wades into battle against the zombies armed with a lawnmower, drenching an entire room in showers of blood. (
Braindead holds the record for the greatest amount of artificial blood ever used in a film). The film is a work of perverse genius.
- Richard Scheib
posted by Egg Shen
on Dec 8, 2012 -
"What is a cult film? A cult film is one that has a passionate following, but does not appeal to everyone. James Bond movies are not cult films, but chainsaw movies are. Just because a film has become a cult movie does not automatically guarantee quality. Some are very bad; others are very, very good. Some make an awful lot of money at the box office; others make no money at all. Some are considered quality films; others are exploitation movies. One thing cult movies do have in common is that they are all genre films - for example gangster films or westerns. They also have a tendency to slosh over from one genre into another, so that a science fiction film might also be a detective movie, or vice versa. They share common themes as well, themes that are found in all drama: love, murder and greed."
- of the British TV film slots accompanied by an introduction perhaps the most celebrated
, running between 1988 and 2000 and presented first by Repo Man director Alex Cox
and then film critic Mark Cousins
. [more inside]
posted by Artw
on Aug 3, 2012 -
... it’s no exaggeration to say that LIFEFORCE tosses everything in but the kitchen in an attempt to entertain you. Actually, scratch that, it tosses everything including the kitchen sink. By the time the movie is complete, you may have to watch it again just to verify that you actually saw what you just saw. The movie is a mess of enormous proportions which I absolutely loved.* (previously) [more inside]
posted by Trurl
on Feb 6, 2012 -
Horror movie blog Arbogast on Film
is counting down the days of October with studies of 31 cinematic screams
. Considered thus far: shrieks from The Tingler
, The Pit and the Pendulum
, Two on a Guillotine
, Macchie Solari
, The Black Cat
, Monster House
, The Silence of the Lambs
, She Demons
, The Thing
, L'Amante del Vampiro
, The Nesting
, and Witchcraft
. [more inside]
posted by Iridic
on Oct 12, 2011 -
From the start of Bill Lancaster writing the original script to the final edited cut of the film, The Thing underwent some serious changes. A lot of footage ended up littering the cutting room floor. The Collector's Edition DVD gives us a look at some of the Outtakes and Deleted Scenes, but it falls shy of showing us what really was cut.
- Deleted Scenes
from The Thing
and other assorted goodies at Outpost 31
.There is also a prequel of some kind.
posted by Artw
on Sep 20, 2011 -
Jason Zinoman, author of the newly-published Shock Value
, a study of horror films from the late 1960s/early 1970s, presents a four-part essay in which he diagnoses the ills of the modern horror film and presents a few solutions. (1 2 3 4
) [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast
on Jul 8, 2011 -
Daughter of Horror
(original title: Dementia) was a 1955 avant garde film featuring a noir style
, a surrealist sensibility, and virtually no dialogue. A later version of the film even included an over-the-top voice over by none other than Tonight Show sidekick Ed McMahon
, but like Blade Runner the flick is better off without the narration. Daughter of Horror
is probably most famous for being the film playing in the theater overrun by The Blob
. And with a few more surrealistic elements and peculiar dialogue added, this could have been done by David Lynch in a later decade. The film, recently featured on Turner Classic Movies, is available for free
posted by Celsius1414
on May 1, 2011 -
The HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast talks to director Stuart Gordon about Herbert West - Reanimator (part 1
, part 2
). A prolific director, Gordon is responsible for some of the better adaptations
of Lovecraft's work (and From Beyond
). Currently he is directing Reanimator star Jeffrey Combs as Edgar Allan Poe
in the one-man shoe Nevermore, which just finished a hugely successful run in LA and is now heading for Poe's hometown of Baltimore
posted by Artw
on Dec 25, 2009 -
What's 51 years old and made of silicone with red food dye? The Blob
, best known for it's work in The Blob
, an independent film released in 1958, with Steve McQueen's second movie role (following Never Love a Stranger
, which was released earlier that same year). The movie has been considered the definitive '50s film about a town that won't listen to the kids until it's too late
(as noted in a review for the Criterion laserdisc release
), with a super-catchy theme song
(extended single version
and b-side Saturday Night in Tiajuana
) that was Burt Bacharach's third US hit song
. (See more: theatrical trailer
, full film on Veoh
, full film as YouTube playlist
) Times change, and so do monsters, and things got a bit wacky in the 1970s, with Beware! The Blob
(aka Son of Blob
, full film
). The sequel played more to the slapstick comedy than the sci-fi/horror spectrum of things. Thirty years after the original, The Blob was remade in 1988
, full film
), and is supposedly being re-created by Rob Zombie
, though his statement about reviving The Blob without "the big red blobby thing" has people asking, then why remake The Blob?
(previous blobby goodness
) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Nov 3, 2009 -
It was the 80's. We were younger then, and anything seemed possible. So it all seemed part of Destiny when my very first screenplay was bought and produced; fame and fortune was surely just around the corner. HA! Fat chance.
- The making of Forever Evil
posted by Artw
on Oct 4, 2008 -
"A group of teenagers, en route to attend a rock concert, lose their way when their car runs out of fuel in the dead of night. They find themselves in an unfamiliar rural backwater where they are confronted by flesh-eating zombies and a psychotic cannibalistic killer dressed in a sheet. It could be the plot to a thousand Hollywood horror films but while these teenagers may dress, talk and smoke dope like young Americans they are in fact young Pakistanis, and the film - Zibahkhana or Hell's Ground
- is the first modern horror film to be filmed in Pakistan.
posted by brundlefly
on Aug 15, 2007 -
Your teenage son loves terrible horror movies, like C.H.U.D.
How do you mend his ways? Well, you start with Paranoiac
, and move on to Ravenous 1
While he's still quaking, show him Takashi Miike's brutal Ôdishon ( even YouTube won't air those scenes.)
Lighten the coming dark with Shaun of the Dead.
posted by Mblue
on Aug 11, 2007 -
Top 50 Horror Movies
This is one blogger's opinion of the Top 50 horror movies. There are some expected (Night of the Living Dead, The Exorcist) and some unexpected (Return of the Living Dead 3, Interview with the Vampire) choices for the top horror movies.
posted by Four-Eyed Girl
on Jul 1, 2007 -
"It wasn't scary, it was just gratuitous, as if they thought, 'I know, let's have a rape,' and that made me quite angry."
The question will be asked often in the coming weeks, as "Vacancy" and "Hostel 2" approach: Do modern horror films ("gorno
," or gore pornography) go too far, particularly when it comes to women
? Who said violent misogyny was entertaining?
Is this just a retread of the exploitation wave
of the 1970s/80s
? (Most links NSFW, sensitive souls, people who detest violence)
posted by jbickers
on Apr 11, 2007 -
There was a time when his scowling, oversized visage, his battered black fedora, and his long black coat, were as familiar to horror fans as such characters as Frankenstein and Dracula. This character, who appeared in three films, was called "The Brute Man"
or "The Creeper."
Only that terrifying face wasn't a mask or a creation of makeup. It was an actual face, a product of a condition called agromegaly
. And The Creeper never planned to be an actor at all, he was simply decorated war veteran-turned-Tampa reporter
who had shown up one day to cover a film. The movie's director noticed him and recommended he move to Hollywood and pursue a career as a character actor.
He was Rondo Hatton
posted by Astro Zombie
on Mar 5, 2006 -
"He was someone who acted out our psyches ... He somehow got into the shadows inside our bodies; he was able to nail down some of our secret fears and put them on-screen... the history of Lon Chaney is the history of unrequited loves. He brings that part of you out into the open, because you fear that you are not loved, you fear that you never will be loved, you fear there is some part of you that's grotesque, that the world will turn away from."
A Valentine for Lon Chaney
, the Man
of a Thousand Faces
. (BugMeNot for the first link; more inside)
posted by matteo
on Feb 18, 2006 -
The house in Amityville with the fan-shaped windows making an inhuman face is the Godzilla
of haunted house movies. The town and current owner of the house where the DeFeo family was murdered try to downplay
(registration required) its signficance. The trademark windows in the original have been replaced to disguise its identity, and lawsuits force studios to use a house-double. Although latest remake claims the status of "true story," the case has been widely dismissed as a hoax
and the 2005 film has even rased the ire of George Lutz
for how he is portrayed as the haunted father-figure. Other people involved in the case including convicted murder DeFeo are unhappy
with the new attention. Still, the story has its true believers
who argue the debunkers have their own agenda. Then again, Texas Chainsaw Massacre
was also claimed by the same production company to be "inspired by a true story."
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Apr 15, 2005 -
The Horror Channel
A 24-hour, all-horror, uncensored, digital cable channel plans to be launched for Halloween 2004, with programming to include classic and contemporary movies, specials, documentaries and original series’ each season. CEO and founder Nicholas A. Psaltos (former Director of Acquisitions and Program Administration at Bravo Television Networks) hopes the new genre network will capitalize on the success of other genre channels like Comedy Central and The Sci-Fi Channel. Psaltos has even put together a creative advisory board of genre legends and newcomers including John Carpenter, Roger Corman, Wes Craven, Guillermo del Toro, Tobe Hooper, Stuart Gordon, Lucky McKee, Eli Roth, George Romero and Rob Zombie. Starting a TV network is risky business and The Horror Channel is petitioning horror fans to help with programming by providing a survey on their consumer website. (Via Rue Morgue
posted by Jeffy
on Oct 2, 2003 -
As the remake
opens in Japan
, a rash of remakes of Asian horror movies seems to be winding its way through Hollywood. Not only has Hideo Nakata's latest movie, Honogurai mizu no soko kara (Dark Water)
, been optioned, the inevitable remake of Ringu 2
will occur, and the Hong Kong The Sixth Sense
-esque The Eye
has also been picked up for the Hollywood process.
While it's nothing new to remake
classic Japanese movies
, this latest wave brings a lot of new questions. Is it near-impossible for the US to create horror movies that aren't increasingly self
? How long is it before we get remakes of Audition
, Battle Royale
, and Suicide Club
? And will we eventually end up with a horror movie in the style of Fa talai jone
, a Thailand Western influenced by Hollywood Westerns
which were influenced by Japanese Samurai movies
posted by Katemonkey
on Nov 5, 2002 -
100 scariest movie moments
Retrocrush is listing their top 100 scariest movie moments, and so far, the quality is pretty high -- well-chosen scenes, and interesting writeups. And one exploding head. You've been warned. Happy Halloween!
posted by GaelFC
on Oct 31, 2002 -
Don't watch this.
Dreamworks is starting up the hype machine for their remake of the Japanese horror film Ringu (aka The Ring)
, and it looks like they're taking the A.I. route with it. The movie centers on a mysterious videotape that causes those who watch it to die seven days later. Websites are popping up all over the place
that seem to connect to the 'mystery'. The first link up top goes to a flash teaser of the actual video from the film, but if you're brave, you can watch the whole thing
at iFilm. I'm curious if this will indeed turn out to be an online game like the Evan Chan mystery
from A.I., or just some better-than-average Web marketing for what looks to be a damn creepy movie.
posted by toddshot
on Jul 31, 2002 -
Low or no budget
horror films. They're awful, and oh so enticing (prolly 'cause they can be awful, amusing, and sometimes really good). How
do you do special effects
on no budget? Boggles the mind. As Halloween as it gets, the independant film makers and horror officiandos have their own portal
. Crawl down these haunted corridors
at your own risk.
posted by Wulfgar!
on Oct 31, 2001 -