John Carpenter’s Enduring Classic Halloween

Ten years after a young boy named Michael murders his babysitter and her boyfriend in the sleepy town of Haddonfield, IL, he returns to finish wreaking his revenge. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, Donald Pleasence as Dr. Loomis, P. J. Soles as Laurie’s friend Lynda, Halloween is directed by John Carpenter based on a screenplay written by Carpenter and Debra Hill. IContinue reading “John Carpenter’s Enduring Classic Halloween”

Clive Barker’s Classic Vision of the Beyond – Hellraiser

The news that Clive Barker will be involved in a reboot of the Hellraiser franchise made me want to go back and revisit the original.  After all, Hellraiser has shaped (and warped) minds like mine for more than 25 years.  If it comes to pass – we all know how these things (somtimes don’t) goContinue reading “Clive Barker’s Classic Vision of the Beyond – Hellraiser”

Is the 2010 Remake of The Crazies Better Than the Original?

Life moves at a different pace in Ogden Marsh, Iowa.  That is, until a downed military airplane carrying a to-be-decommissioned biological weapon crashes and contaminates the water supply.  Soon after, the once neighborly population begins tearing itself apart. The 2010 Breck Eisner remake of George A. Romero‘s The Crazies lends itself well to modernization.  In a world where everything can beContinue reading “Is the 2010 Remake of The Crazies Better Than the Original?”

Director Alexandre Aja’s Terrifying Remake of The Hills Have Eyes

The effects of nuclear testing have had a long lasting and devastating effect on a desolate mining community in the hills of the New Mexico desert.  One thing’s clear – someone has to pay. On their 25th wedding anniversary, Bob (Ted Levine) and Ethel (Kathleen Quinlan), traveling across the desert in their Airstream trailer withContinue reading “Director Alexandre Aja’s Terrifying Remake of The Hills Have Eyes”

Surviving the Horror of the Home in The Silent Scream

The year is 1980.  It’s Autumn and Scotty Parker is starting school.  In a crunch to find an apartment, she hastily rents a room in a grand hilltop mansion overlooking the ocean.  What is it they say about things being too good to be true?  She makes fast friends with the other boarders and asContinue reading “Surviving the Horror of the Home in The Silent Scream”

Why I Have a Love/Hate Relationship with The Woman

When a country lawyer finds a near-feral woman in the woods of his property, he gets an idea.  He’ll capture and culture her.  With the assistance of his family, he’ll “save” her from her wild ways and bring her to civilization.  What could possibly go wrong? The Woman is the 2011 follow-up to Offspring and isContinue reading “Why I Have a Love/Hate Relationship with The Woman”

Session 9, One of the Best Horror Films You’ve Probably Never Seen

Session 9 centers around a group of asbestos abatement professionals looking to make a hefty bonus on a bid if they can complete a monster job in a week.  The job?  Get the notorious Massachusetts Danvers State Hospital clean and ready for renovation. The team is a group comprised of old friends Gordon, Phil and Mike (Peter Mullan, DavidContinue reading “Session 9, One of the Best Horror Films You’ve Probably Never Seen”

Shock Waves – Nazi Zombies, 70s Hotties, & Peter Cushing

It’s the 70s, baby.  Six strangers on a reef diving adventure are about to get more than they paid for when their boat’s engine starts acting up and they run into the remains of a gnarly shipwreck.  Forced to disembark their water-filled boat, the group heads for a nearby island for help.  Their presence awakensContinue reading “Shock Waves – Nazi Zombies, 70s Hotties, & Peter Cushing”

Remember Why You Love Vampires with Let the Right One In

Twelve year old Oskar is a mess.  Bullied at school and coming to terms with the separation of his parents, Oskar is at a crossroads.  He can either lay down and take what the world seems intent on feeding him or he can stand up for himself.  With the arrival of a mysterious young girl,Continue reading “Remember Why You Love Vampires with Let the Right One In”

They’re Still Here, Poltergeist 30 Years On

When a malevolent force decides to claim their young daughter, pulling her into another dimension, everything the Freeling family knows about life, death, and the energies lingering between is forever changed. Starring JoBeth Williams as Diane, Craig T. Nelson as Steven, Heather O’Rourke or Carol Anne, Dominique Dunne as Dana, Oliver Robins as Robbie, Beatrice Straight as Dr. Lesh, and the indelible Zelda Rubinstein as Tangina, Poltergeist is directed by Tobe Hooper based onContinue reading “They’re Still Here, Poltergeist 30 Years On”