Let The Right One In
More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead
The House of the Devil
What We Do in the Shadows
Creepers (aka Phenomena)
Deathdream (aka Dead of Night)
Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf
10 Cloverfield Lane
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
The Final Girls
(NEW) Lake Nowhere
Life After Beth
Tetsuo: The Iron Man
Let's Scare Jessica to Death
The Green Inferno
We Are What We Are (2010)
Dead Rising: Watchtower
I Drink Your Blood
The House by the Cemetery
The Houses October Built
[REC]4 : Apocalypse
The New York Ripper
The Town That Dreaded Sundown(1976)
(NEW) Zombie Holocaust
(NEW) The Brood
(NEW) Let Sleeping Corpses Lie ( aka The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue )
(NEW) Cat in the Brain
(NEW) Father's Day
Would You Rather
The Last House on the Left(1972)
Monster on Campus
Deadtime Stories: Tales of Death
Alice, Sweet Alice
(NEW) Werewolf Shadow
Feeders 2: Slay Bells
Rites of Spring
The Bunnyman Massacre
(NEW) Africa, Blood and Guts
They Don't Cut the Grass Anymore
Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer
Beware! Children at Play
Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell
Tombs of the Blind Dead (aka La Noche del Terror Ciego)
Return of the Evil Dead (aka El Ataque de los Muertos Sin Ojos)
Don't Look in the Basement
(NEW) Intruder (Director's Cut)
(NEW) The Alien Factor
(NEW) Phantasm (Remastered)
(NEW) Frankenstein's Bloody Terror
(NEW) The Willies
(NEW) The Greasy Strangler
(NEW) Slime City
(NEW) Redneck Zombies
Let the Right One In: It is definitely one of the few horror movies that I would describe as touching. It has a great story that covers the full gamut of emotions and an ending that will leave you totally satisfied. I loved this movie so much that I ordered it on BluRay while the credits were rolling.
Alien: A true classic that I'm sorry that I waited so long to watch in its entirety. I could have watched the Director's Cut, but I opted to watch the original theatrical release and loved the story and the atmosphere. It's a film that I think stands the test of time despite lacking the advancements of modern film. Add this movie to your collection if you don't already have it.
More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead: Return of the Living Dead is definitely one of my favorite horror movies, so I had high hopes for this documentary about the film. I am happy to report that the film exceeds my expectations. The documentary only covers the first film but it does so in spades. It discusses everything from pre-production to post-production and includes commentary from most of the original cast, the special effects guys, John Russo, and other people that worked on the film. The main documentary is 2 hours long and I enjoyed every minute of it. I will definitely be purchasing this documentary very soon so that I can enjoy the 2 hours of special features that I didn't get a chance to watch. Watch Return of the Living Dead and then watch this all inclusive documentary, you will not be disappointed.
Aliens: This is another great entry in the Alien series. I love everything about it. The story, the acting, and the practical effects are all tremendous. I even enjoy Bill Paxton's performance in his comedic relief role. This movie also does a great job of balancing action and horror elements. It's not too often that a sequel is on par with the original film. This is definitely the case with Aliens. Your Bluray collection should definitely contain this film if you are a fan of sci-fi/horror.
The House of the Devil: I really enjoy this movie. It's very atmospheric with an 80's vibe. I definitely thought it was an old movie at first. I had some small issues with the story which keep it from being a "Buy It Now" but it is definitely worth watching none-the-less, especially if you like a film where the tension builds throughout. So, turn off all of the lights and grab a blanket to hide under, you're going to need it.
Housebound: Very enjoyable horror/comedy from New Zealand. Definitely exceeded my expectations, story-wise. The accents can be a little thick sometimes but overall not a really big issue. There are some small lulls in the story but the payoff was well worth it, in my opinion, so stick it out til the end.
What We Do in the Shadows: I loved this film. I was either laughing or had a smile on my face for most of the movie. A faux documentary about vampires in New Zealand starring Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords. And it even had some gore! A must see, for sure.
Creepers (aka Phenomena): I really loved the atmosphere and the story of this Dario Argento film from 1985. It's definitely very creepy and strange and....Italian! And who doesn't want to see Donald Pleasence in a role where he is yet again fighting evil. The only difference is that this time he does it from a wheelchair and with the help of his monkey assistant and a young Jennifer Connelly. But despite having a premise that I love, a few points in the story aren't explained leading to some confusion as to what is exactly going on. That's not to say that this hampers my enjoyment of the film, but it does drop it down a notch in my rating system. That being said, add this movie to your queue, you will not be disappointed.
Suspiria: The more films I see by Dario Argento, the more I am becoming a huge fan. That's not to say that this movie doesn't have its issues but overall I really enjoyed it. It starts off strong but then quickly goes back to the beginning, as far as building tension is concerned. That leads to my main gripe with the film, that it does suffer from parts that are pretty slow. But one thing that offsets this is the brilliant cinematography, where bright colors and lights are infused into most of the shots. Upon doing further research, it turns out that Argento has said that he modeled the look of the film from Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and I can totally see that. Cinematography aside, the story is pretty straightforward but the tension continues to build until the end of the film, where the payoff makes it all worth while. I still say that I enjoy Creepers more, but that shouldn't stop you from putting both of these Dario Argento classics on your "To Watch List".
Deathdream (aka Dead of Night): Who knew that the guy who directed A Christmas Story would give me a hand full of horror films that I really enjoy? Again, Bob Clark doesn't disappoint with this tale that is as much relevant today as it was back in the 70's. I enjoy the premise and the story and the ending leaves me completely satisfied. My only gripes are that the film can be slow at times and that the editing falls apart a little at the end when the action starts picking up. Those gripes aside, this is a solid film that I recommend that you watch at some point.
Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf: I'm a sucker for a good werewolf flick and this movie fits the bill. Overall, I find the story enjoyable even though there are some plot points that are either never explained or never fully realized. They aren't deal breakers but I would enjoy this film more if those items were addressed. And you can't discuss a werewolf movie without mentioning the werewolf make-up. I am a fan of the way that the werewolves look in this film. They even have a slight playful look to them that I think works. There are some inconsistencies though, The werewolves seem to get significantly taller than their human form but in one scene in particular, the werewolf appears shorter than the person that they are standing next to. I'm not sure if they meant for that to be the case, but it definitely takes away from the believability of the scene. But don't let these issues keep you from watching this movie. The interactions between Nick Damici and Tom Noonan are worth the price of admission alone.
The Editor: Very enjoyable homage to 70's Italian horror flicks. Spot on, in my opinion. I love the premise, the humor and the gore! And I hope that you like nudity! Tits and dicks galore!
10 Cloverfield Lane: I think that this is a very enjoyable movie. I'm not gonna lie. That may be due to the fact that I love John Goodman so much. He will always be Dan Conner to me. I also admit that I may have went into this movie hoping that a 100-foot-tall Roseanne Conner was going to be the Cloverfield monster. Now, I won't say if that's how it ends or not, but I will say that I am satisfied by the ending. It's mostly everything leading up to the end that does it for me. I really enjoy the story, the characters and the mystery of the whole situation. And I really love John Goodman. Did I mention that already? Seriously, give this movie a try this Halloween season!
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse: This movie was definitely a pleasant surprise. It's kind of like the teenage, male offspring of Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland, full of sexual humor all while paying homage to all of the zombie movies that came before it and poking fun at it them at the same time. It has a story that you can relate to all while tugging at your heartstrings and it has a good mix of CGI and practical effects when it comes to gore. I don't want to say much else as to keep from spoiling any of the moments that I enjoy. I'll just say that I can't complain about too much when it comes to this movie and that I highly recommend that you experience it for yourself.
The Final Girls: I definitely had a great time with this movie. My only real gripe with it is that it is PG-13 thus no nudity and not a lot of blood. Those are two definite disappointments, especially in a movie that's an homage to horror movies of the 80's. But, I really love the story and the premise and it's chock full of laughs. Maybe it just reminds me of my childhood. I mean, I did own Friday the 13th on VHS before we even owned a VCR. Nostalgia aside, it's definitely one that I would own and watch many times.
(NEW) Lake Nowhere: Even though this movie is only 50 minutes long, I am impressed with all that it accomplished in that short period of time. It starts off with a couple of faux trailers. The second trailer is definitely for a movie that I would like to see be made. I love the retro feeling that this film exudes. That coupled with cheesy gore and a satisfying story that leaves a lot of questions (but in a good way) makes this a film that you should definitely check out this Halloween season.
(NEW) Dolls: Another very enjoyable film by Stuart Gordan. Creepy moments, a good story, and great effects make this a movie that I will definitely watch again.
American Mary: Very original premise with a decent amount of gore. Overall, the story falls a little bit flat but definitely worth your time for at least one viewing.
Zombeavers: Definitely way better than I was expecting. I don't find any of the dialog cringe inducing and I actually laughed several times during this film, especially during the celebrity cameos. The story wasn't anything special but I actually like the premise. Definitely a fun movie to watch this Halloween season.
WolfCop: Another film that was way better than I was expecting. I really enjoyed the campiness of this movie but I wish the WolfCop make-up/costume was a bit better and that the gore/kills were more plentiful. The story/ comedic dialog kept me entertained enough that I never got bored. If WolfCop 2 can improve the story and address the complaints that I had about the film, it may be a future Burosh Cult Classic.
Grabbers: Decent Irish creature feature that was funny at times. It almost had a Shaun of the Dead vibe but just not as enjoyable. A fine film to watch once, especially if you decide to imbibe while doing so.
Sinister: Very atmospheric and creepy at times. I can honestly say that I got the chills a few times during this movie. But, in the end, nothing really that ground breaking. Pretty much the epitome of the category that I put this movie into, Good for at Least One Watch.
Tusk: Very strange movie with enjoyable performances by Michael Parks and an uncredited A-list celebrity that I will let you figure out by yourself. And I'm not talking about Haley Joel Osment. The story's weirdness may turn some people off but it's what I found most enjoyable about the film. But if you watch as many horror films as I do, I think it's safe to add to your queue.
Life After Beth: I'm going to be honest. I really only watched this movie because it is about zombies and John. C Reilly is in it. But overall, I'm not mad that I watched this zombie comedy. It definitely approaches the zombie genre from a different angle and was good for at least a few chuckles. Will I ever watch it again? Probably not, but it was fine to watch once.
Tetsuo: The Iron Man: It was pretty much what I expected from watching the trailer. I loved the visuals of this movie and I get the overall story, I think. I would definitely have to watch this a few more times to get a handle on what's exactly is going on but that would be easy to do since this movie is relatively short. Give this movie a shot if you enjoy weird Japanese horror.
Splinter: Splinter wasn't a horrible movie, but I feel as though it could have been a lot better. It did have a semi-original premise but at times it felt derivative of other films, namely John Carpenter's The Thing. Maybe even a little tinge of Evil Dead II. But, my main gripe of the film was the overly shaky camera any time the "evil" was on camera. It was distracting enough to drop this film down a notch, in my opinion.
Let's Scare Jessica to Death: Although this film was pretty slow for most of its duration, I mostly found the atmosphere and the story to be enjoyable. They even threw in a few creepy moments. Did they scare me to death? Not tremendously. Did they scare Jessica to death? You'll have to to find out for yourself when you watch this movie.
The Green Inferno: I think that because I was hungry when I left the theater I want to liken this movie-going experience to entering a fine dining establishment to order a medium-rare hamburger on a toasted bun only to be served a medium burger on a burnt bun. You're left with a burger where the meat isn't as bloody as you like it and the ends are inedible, making it best enjoyed by just eating the meat. Not to mention, that's probably the last time that you'll order that meal at that restaurant. That's exactly how I feel about this movie. Take away the slow beginning that makes me hate the protagonist and take away the unsatisfying ending that makes me scratch my head and I would be left with the middle portion of this movie which I think is almost spot on. My only gripe with the middle of The Green Inferno is that it isn't as bloody and as graphic as I like horror movies about cannibals to be. In retrospect, a few scenes come to mind that seem like they could have been edited so that the movie could fit under an "R" rating. Gore issues aside, the middle story is solid and even contains a few comedic moments to relieve the tension. It's just too bad that when they combine all of the parts, I'm left with a movie that I'm not likely to watch more than once.
Spookies: Everything about this movie screams the 1980's: the costumes, the special effects, the 45-year-old's playing teenagers. Too bad the story is a complete mess and the acting is straight out of an 80's after school special. I'm not going to lie though, the overacting of one character in particular is pretty hilarious. Overall, I enjoy this movie but my major gripes are that the story and the costume design feel very disjointed at times. Thanks to a friend, I found out that there is a reason for this. Turns out that this film is a patchwork of a never released film called Twisted Souls and of additional footage that was filmed the following year by a completely new director with a completely new cast. Despite this fact, I recommend that you give this film a watch, especially if you are as nostalgic about the 80's as I am.
We Are What We Are (2010): Overall, I enjoy the premise of this movie but, in the end, the story had its flaws and didn't pay off in the end. A decent amount of gore, but not enough for a movie with this subject matter. I thought that it was well acted though and it's good enough for one-and-done.
Creep: This movie is co-written by and stars Mark Duplass. This movie also can be added to the list of movies that I've seen him in that I like but at the same time don't wow me. I don't have any problems with the story but the premise isn't really anything new or ground breaking. The movie provides some laughs and has some tense moments but overall it's not really that scary. Unless you count jump scares. This movie likes its jump scares, that's for sure. I prefer a movie that builds tension and suspense rather than resorts to jump scares that are mostly predictable. Overall, it's not a movie that you will want to add to your collection but it will entertain you for the one time that you do watch it.
Tenebre: This is my least favorite of the Dario Argento flicks that I have watched thus far. It is a little bit slow at times but overall I like the story. My main gripe is with the way it ends. I won't get into it here but I'll just say that I don't like when they end movies like the way they end this one. But it can be a fun ride up until that point. It has suspense, mystery, and even a little bit of blood, making it worth watching at least once.
Dead Rising: Watchtower: This is a movie based on the Dead Rising video game series that is set sometime between the second and the third game. I don't think that it's a horrible movie but you'd probably get the most enjoyment out of it if you play the games before viewing it. If you watch this and you haven't played any of the games before, the story and the references will all be lost on you. One of my main gripes with the movie is how they portray the protagonist from the first game, Frank West. Don't get me wrong, I think Rob Riggle is funny as Frank West but he is nothing like his character is in the first game. Definitely a much bigger douchebag in the movie, but I get it, they want him to be the comedic relief. Overall, this movie is a serviceable prequel to the third game. I recommend it as a "good for one watch" for those of my gamer friends that have played the games before.
Opera: This Dario Argento film takes a while to get into the good stuff, but when it finally gets there, it is a tension filled ride with some great cinematography and a soundtrack that fits the scenes perfectly. However, it is slightly predictable and the ending is kind of a mess. Enough so that it takes this film down a notch in my book. All that being said, this is still a good movie that you should watch at least once.
The Freakmaker: This is a movie that I became aware of while watching Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell. Overall, I am glad that I watched this movie, but I do have some issues with it. Most of the fun stuff happens in the last 30 minutes of the film. I just wish that the rest of the film could be on the same level. And I love the mad scientist feel of some of the scenes. I just wish that there were more of those scenes in this movie. Instead, this film feels a tad unbalanced with a story that could have been so much more than it really is. All of that being said, it is still a film that is interesting enough to watch at least one time.
I Drink Your Blood: Cheesy premise and story but fun enough to watch once. A decent amount of gore, which was my favorite thing about it.
The House by the Cemetery: I love creepy and atmospheric Italian horror films from the 80's. I almost put this film in Burosh Cult Classics but it can be slow at times and it doesn't have enough creepy parts. I will probably watch it again, but I figure that a lot of horror fans that may read this review may only find it good enough to watch once.
The Houses October Built: I definitely like the premise and the visuals of this creepy "found footage" film. My main problems are that the story goes no where, leaving me unsatisfied at the end and the whole shaky camera thing makes it hard to tell what is going on at times. I think it's worth watching once though, especially for its creepy visuals.
Alien3: I don't hate this move but I don't love it either. The story is okay but this is where the Alien formula starts getting a little stale. Wake Ripley from space sleep to contain the alien threat. Check. They throw a twist in there to spice things up but overall I don't feel the need to ever watch this movie again. Also, unlike Aliens, the balance between action elements and horror elements is out of whack. In fact, I don't think there is really much action or horror going on in this film. I just don't think it does enough to set up tense moments, which is what I love about the first two Alien movies. Right after watching this movie, I found out that the next Alien sequel takes place right after the events of Aliens, thus totally deleting the Alien3 lore from Alien canon. So, obviously I am not the only one that feels that this film isn't that great.
Alien: Resurrection: Another just okay adventure in the Alien series that finds a way to bring Ripley back to contain the Alien threat. This movie has some horror elements but it is definitely top heavy on the action elements. I don't mind that, especially when the action includes some Ron Perlman, but I definitely wish the horror elements were amped up as well. And who thought it was a good idea to have Nick Tortelli from cheers play a general on a military spacecraft? Oops! Anyway, events that happen in the home stretch of this movie were definitely my favorite part. So much so that I have to say that I enjoy this movie more than Alien3. Which I guess is for naught anyway since the next Alien sequel will potentially wipe this movie's lore from Alien canon. Regardless, I think this movie is worth watching at least once.
Triangle: I think this movie is worth watching once. It has an interesting premise even if it is more of a thriller/mystery than a horror movie. Some scenes definitely had my mind working to figure out what was going on and added to my enjoyment of the film. Sadly though, some plot holes and an unsatisfying payoff make this a movie one that I won't likely watch again.
[REC]4 : Apocalypse: I love the first two [REC] films but the third was a complete train wreck. Thus, I didn't have high hopes for the third sequel in the series. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. I'm not saying that it's as good as the first two, but you surely won't waste your time by watching this film at least once. It has a serviceable story with some blood and gore and a few enjoyable scenes that I won't spoil here. All in all, most likely a one and done type of movie for most zombie/infected movie fans.
Goodnight Mommy: After watching the trailer, I thought this movie was going to be way weirder and more abstract than it really turns out to be. The highlights of this film are it's great cinematography and some genuinely creepy moments. I think the story is okay and in the end turns out to be a film that you won't really need to watch more than once.
Curtains: This movie is a slasher/murder mystery hybrid that provides some creepy moments as well as some tense ones. To me, it even almost feels like an Americanized, Italian horror flick, in that it doesn't have much gore and it keeps you guessing the identity of the killer. I definitely recommend this movie for at least one watch.
The Prowler: Even though there are some parts of this movie that are pretty slow, overall I enjoy it. Great practical effects by horror master Tom Savini are peppered throughout the movie and lead to a pretty decent body count. The hallmark of any good slasher film. I also think that this movie provides a compelling story. By the end, you will want to know who the killer is and why he is doing what he is doing. This year is turning out to be my year of the slasher and I am loving every minute of it.
The New York Ripper: An entertaining enough giallo from 1982 that was directed by and co-written by Lucio Fulci. I have seen my fair share of gialli and I can honestly say that this is probably the most sexually explicit one that I have seen. I'm not saying that they show penetration but sex is definitely a major theme of this movie. So much so that it made me wonder if it was going to tie in with the story somehow. I won't say if it does or not. I also won't spoil the other interesting angle of this film. It is definitely a unique angle and I was definitely wondering throughout the whole film how it was going to be explained by the end. Overall, I think that this movie is quirky enough and thought provoking enough to give it a shot.
The Town That Dreaded Sundown(1976): I like this movie based on a true story. It has some entertaining characters, creepy moments, and even some times when it feels like an episode of The Dukes of Hazzard. I didn't much care for the ending but since it's based on a true story, how can I really complain about that? Overall, a movie worth watching at least once.
(NEW) Maniac: I didn't like this 2012 remake starring Elijah Wood as much as the original but I still recommend giving it a shot. It definitely has it's ups and downs. I don't know if I am completely sold on the moments of the film that were filmed in the first person, but they do give a better feeling of what the character is feeling and what they are going through. I do enjoy the fact that the film makes you actually feel sorry for a serial killer. Or maybe he is just relatable enough for me that I feel sorry for him. Either way, I like that about the film. Also, it has a good amount of gore and I liked the ending. All in all, you can't go wrong giving this movie a shot.
(NEW) Zombie Holocaust: Somehow, I didn't remember seeing this movie 10 years ago while watching the trailer recently and added it to my queue. I finally realized that fact about 30 minutes into the movie. Luckily, it turns out to be a film that is worth watching at least once. It has a decent story with a bucket load of gore and zombies that look pretty cool. What more do you need any Halloween season?
(NEW) The Brood: I've meant to watch this early David Cronenberg horror classic for a while now. I am glad that I finally did. It has an interesting story that will keep you intrigued throughout it's entirety. There is not a ton of blood but there is some. I did get a kick out of the practical effects and the "monster make-up". You can't go wrong watching this movie during the Halloween season.
(NEW) Let Sleeping Corpses Lie ( aka The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue ): I have so many horror movies in my queue, it's hard to know sometimes how they got there in the first place. Turns out that this movie was in my queue because both Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright cite this movie as an influence on their movie, Shaun of Dead, which is one of my all time favorites. Though overall I couldn't really pinpoint what about this film made it's way into Shaun of the Dead other than the way that the zombies sound. Despite that, I must say that I am pleasantly surprised by this film. It looked like it was going to be pretty slow, based on the trailer, but I enjoyed it. I love the atmosphere and locale of the movie, which is set in the rural countryside of England. The original premise and decent amount of gore also tickle my fancy. The zombie make-up is very minimalistic but I am satisfied with they way they look since they are supposed to be newly deceased. Top it off with an ending that I like and this makes this a movie that I would definitely watch again and one that you too should check out at least once.
(NEW) Discopath: A movie about a guy that is put into a homicidal rampage whenever he hears disco music? Did someone enter my brain and make a horror movie just for me? Almost. This film does have gory moments and lots of disco music, which is right up my alley. Sadly, the story takes a turn after an awesome beginning and never fully recovers. That being said, I still like this movie. It just never became the movie that I'd hope that it'd become. If you like gore and disco music, it is definitely worth watching at least once.
(NEW) Antibirth: This movie is very slow paced but intriguing. It made me keep wondering what was going on and what was going to happen. I can't say the pay off is totally worth it but I still like it enough to say that you should watch this movie at least once.
(NEW) Cat in the Brain:
(NEW) Father's Day:
Bad Milo: Here's a movie where I like the premise but the overall story does nothing for me. Also, for a horror/comedy, I don't remember laughing very often, if at all. I'm sure there are some people that might like this movie, but it's definitely not my cup of tea.
Would You Rather: I want to like this film just because Jeffrey Combs is in it and he provides an enjoyable performance, but sadly the rest of the film doesn't follow suit. I find the premise very promising but the story is pretty predictable and the gore factor is just way too low for this type of film. In the end, not a film that I care for nor can I recommend that you watch it.
Feeders: I couldn't find the trailer, so clicking on the title leads to a scene that captures the movie rather nicely. I want to like this film but alas, the bad acting, plain story and lackluster special effects make this film that I didn't mind watching but that I wouldn't recommend to anyone. Nor will I ever watch it again.
The Last House on the Left: I watched this film because it was Wes Craven's first film. I am sad to report that I didn't like this film as much I had hoped. The story was okay and there were parts I enjoyed but overall not a movie that I would watch again. One of the things I liked the least were the musical choices throughout the movie. They seemed very out of place and did a horrible job of setting the mood. I'm glad that Wes got his shit together by the time he got to A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Quarantine: Quarantine wasn't a horrible film but it's a few notches behind the movie it is emulating, the Spanish film, [REC]. It's almost a scene for scene remake but changing the lore of the story is where this film goes wrong. I also found the dialog to be a little hokey at times and not up to par with the original. And the beginning dragged on for me. Almost to the point where I wanted to hit stop. I do recommend this story but only if you watch the original.
Monster on Campus: A horror movie from 1958 that I only watched because it was featured on Svengoolie last week. I think this is a film that would be much more enjoyable if it was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000. The story was pretty straight forward and the special effects were very indicative of the time period. Overall, it didn't do much for me.
Grotesque: This movie is basically semi-hardcore Japanese torture porn but with somewhat of a sweet story. I say semi-hardcore because, to me, it seems to be smack dab in between softcore and hardcore. In fact, this movie pretty much goes "semi" in all departments. There is some romance. There is some blood. There is some dismemberment. Maybe that's why I don't care much for this movie. Maybe I would have been more excited with this movie if they would have chosen a few aspects of it and went balls-to-the-wall. But they didn't thus this isn't a title that I would recommend to anyone. P.S. The one thing I will remember most about this film were the sound effects. Award winning sounds for nipple licking and urine trickling down a leg, for sure. See, the sound department guy knows how to go full-on! Too bad he didn't write and direct the film as well.
Horrible(aka Absurd): This movie doesn't quite live up to its name. I might even say that I enjoy it on a certain level but that would be mostly because it has a vibe that only an Italian horror movie from the 80's can have. The film quality, the music, and the setting are all on the right track to winning a place in my heart. It's just too bad that the story is so slow and absurd. What do a Priest fighting for God with biochemistry, a serial killer with a beard and flared jeans, blood that looks like red paint and a Superbowl with the Rams facing off against the Steelers all have in common? They all happen in this movie, that's what. Besides all of that, this film is pretty lackluster all the way up until the end. Surprisingly, I actually like the ending. I like it enough that it even almost makes me put it one category higher in my rating scheme. Then, I remember how the rest of the movie makes me feel and I am content with where it's at on the list.
Extraterrestrial: I wouldn't say that this movie is horrible. It's just not one that I would watch again nor would I recommend it to anyone. For most of the time, it feels like an alien movie that you would see any day of the week on SyFy. They raise the production value late in the film but none of it feels inspired. On the contrary, it all feels cliché and derivative of other alien films. Two scenes in particular come to mind. One scene seems straight out of the 1993 film with D.B. Sweeney called Fire in the Sky and another scene seems "inspired" from the movie Independence Day. Even the CG aliens are ones that you would find in any Aliens 101 textbook. Unless you are desperate for a movie of this type, I would recommend that you get your sci-fi/horror fix elsewhere.
Deadtime Stories: Tales of Death: Boy, this is another case of the trailer looking way better than the movie actually is. The overarching story is of a douchebag uncle telling his nephew bedtime stories to try to get him to go to sleep. Well, he almost succeeded at getting me to fall asleep. There's not too much excitement in the first two stories. They were both pretty simple and straight forward. I enjoy the third story the most but it isn't enough to pull this movie out of the depths of mediocrity. Overall, it is just a bit too tame for my liking. Except for a few flashes of nudity in the third story, this feels like a movie that could have aired on network tv when it was first released. That being said, I did enjoy some of the special effects and creature designs and I like the premise of giving a horror spin to childhood bedtime stories, I just don't feel like this movie does enough to make it feel like it was made for anyone other than males between the age of 12-14.
Alice, Sweet Alice: This is a movie that I originally put into the watch once category, but after I thought about it more critically, I realized that it wasn't a movie that I care for that much. It isn't a horrible movie. It's just not one that scares me or makes me want to recommend it to anyone I know. One of the problems is that the story is pretty straight forward. They want you to keep guessing on what's going on but then they quickly shut down any theories that you may have, which takes away from the fun of movies like this. I also found some of the parts of this film to be unbelievable. I try to be someone that can suspend my disbelief when watching any type of movie, but this one almost made me want to scream at my TV. In the end, all of the issues that I have with the film suggest that you just pass on it.
Kill List: The highlight of this film was the gore. It definitely doesn't feel like a horror movie at first but as the story progresses, you see that things may not be what they seem. That was enough to make me want to see how it was going to play out. Unfortunately, the ending was a let down to me. It's definitely one of those movies that leaves you pondering what the hell is going on, but I didn't feel particularly inclined to try to figure this one out.
The Witch: I really want to love The Witch. It has amazing visuals and some genuinely creepy parts, but in the end I found that it mostly wasn't my cup of tea. It is a little bit too slow at times for my taste and the dialogue can be just a tad hard to understand. I also don't care for the ending nor the direction in which they take the story. Even though it's not my kind of movie, it is a very promising directorial debut for Robert Eggers(he also wrote the screenplay). I will definitely be keeping my eye out for his work in the future.
Feast: Feast is by no means a bad movie. It's just not one that does much to keep my boat afloat. I was excited when I saw that Clu Gulager has a role in it, but in the end it turns out not to be enough to save this movie for me. The story was nothing special but it did have some cool ideas that I wish were more fleshed out and featured way more often in the film. But the one thing that turns me off about the movie is the shaking camera every time the creatures come on screen. Every time I see this in a movie, I think they do this so that people can't get a close look at monster that maybe they thought wasn't totally up to snuff. Then they throw in the shaky camera during moments of gore. Maybe so that people that are more squeamish won't turn it off? I really don't get it. That is enough to be a deal breaker for me with this movie.
Sinister 2: I watched the first Sinister last year. I think it has an interesting enough story and some genuinely creepy moments. Sadly, the sequel doesn't follow in it's footsteps. The story doesn't do much for me and it is completely lacking any parts that creep me out. The few scares that it does have are all jump scares and poor jump scares at that. Not so great CGI and loud noises do not equate to great jump scares in my book. This film definitely toned down everything that I like about the first film and I can't say that I would recommend it to anyone.
(NEW) Baskin: I was super excited when I first saw the trailer for this movie. Then, I got even more excited when I was reading that people were saying the film is Clive Barker-esque. Sadly, I do not care much for this film. I'm not saying it's horrible, just not my cup of tea. The imagery of this movie is definitely my favorite part. The story is just so slow moving and when it finally gets to the good stuff, it not really anything that I haven't seen before.
(NEW) Werewolf Shadow: This is the first film I've watched starring Paul Naschy. Although it was very atmospheric, I find the movie to be a bit too slow for my taste. I do appreciate the old timey look to the werewolf but the story just wasn't up to snuff for me. But I've watched trailers to other Paul Naschy movies and I hope that they fare better.
The Hamiltons: Very boring movie that tried to be smart and unpredictable but failed at its attempt. The pay-off was not worth it. Be glad that Burosh bit the bullet and watched it first.
Feeder's 2: Slay Bells: I had some enjoyment at the expense of the horrible acting and dialog, but 15 minutes(consecutive) of the 75 minute run time are a flash back of events from the first movie. Lame. I will never watch this movie again but I may watch the following scene on occasion.
Treehouse: The trailer definitely made this movie look better than it actually was. Nothing in this movie makes it worth watching. Horrible dialogue plus an uninspired story will almost always equal an unhappy me. What's after them in the Treehouse? It would have been way more entertaining if it turned out to be zombie Richard Simmons.
Rites of Spring: Wow. Possibly the worst horror movie that I've ever seen. It's so bad that it even makes me wonder how it made it past my screening process. Obviously, there are flaws in my system that need to be addressed. In the beginning, I thought that they had some good ideas. They almost even tricked me into believing that I was going to like this movie. Then the story went to shit and the antagonist turned into the least scary entity this side of My Little Pony. By the end, I had literally said "What?" out loud several times and was left wondering if I had suffered a stroke at some point during the film. I cannot recommend this film to anyone but deep down I want at least one person to watch it so that we can talk about how bad it is.
Woodchipper Massacre: I actually watched this film on Halloween of 2015 and boy what a way to make the season go out with a huge fizzle. I understand that it's a parody of 80's sitcoms with a horror twist but I am extremely disappointed with the amount of gore in this movie. And that is absolutely zilch, nada, none. Zero blood in a movie called Woodchipper Masscre. Who would have thought? Anyway, the story is serviceable, the acting is horrible and the blood is non-existent. Needless to say, don't even bother to try to extract enjoyment for this film that should have thrown into the woodchipper before it was even released.
Inbred: I don't have too many things to say about this movie. The story isn't that great, the gore is too lacking, and the make-up on the "Inbred" folks is pretty piss poor. Fix all of those things and maybe then they'd have something. But the current state of the movie makes it one that I can't even recommend for one watch. I guess when you are watching over 60 horror movies in a two month period of time you are bound to run into some not so good ones.
The Bunnyman Massacre: I found this movie on Amazon Instant and it had 3.5 stars, so I decided that I'd give it a shot. I wasn't expecting much after watching the trailer but I was still hoping for a so-bad-that-it's-good type of movie. Turns out, I just got a movie that is just plain bad. The story is downright dull and peppered with horrible CGI and bad practical effects. It also has some of the dumbest characters that I've ever seen in a horror movie. Meaning that the decisions that the characters make in the movie defy all logic. There are also a few controversial moments early on in the film that seem to be put in there just to be controversial. Just so that they could put it in the trailer in hopes that it might get people taking about this movie. So, please do yourself a favor and skip this movie and forget that I ever even mentioned it.
(NEW) Africa, Blood and Guts: I didn't know about this movie until I saw the trailer for it in Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell. Sadly, this is the first one I've watched that Mad Ron got wrong. I thought that it was going to be more like the Faces of Death series but instead I got a film that was part historical documentary about the decolonization of Africa mixed with tourism videos for South Africa mixed with scenes of actual animal poaching mixed with animal rescue efforts. This is the first Tunnel of Terror film that I actually thought about stopping multiple times. The animal poaching scenes were absolutely dreadful and gave me a huge knot in my stomach. But, I decided to finish it for the animals sake. Please, do not watch this movie. I bit the bullet so none of you will ever have too.
They Don't Cut the Grass Anymore: 80's amateur, slasher flick that has bad acting, cheesy dialog and even cheesier gore. And I absolutely love it! It's probably the furthest thing from being a horror masterpiece, but what it lacks in story, art direction, and special effects, it more than makes up for with a charm that can only be achieved in an amateur film with a minimal budget. Now, I'm not saying that any of you will enjoy this at all but if one of you can finish this movie and say that you enjoy it, I just might marry you. Note: I even enjoyed the Special Features of the DVD which included short films that the director made when he was a child.
Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer: This is a film that I stumbled upon while perusing Amazon Instant Video, and boy am I glad that I did. Unfortunately, this is another film that many may not stick around to see how it turns out. While the acting and the dialog will probably make most people reach for the stop button, I found the relatively original premise and the over-the-top, cheesy gore to be right up my alley. The story will not blow your socks off but I thought that it was totally serviceable and it kept me entertained. That being said, I feel it necessary to mention that it's not the most politically correct movie out there so be forewarned if you decide to give it a chance.
Bone Sickness: After I unearthed this amateur film while doing research on the goriest horror films ever, I watched the Japanese trailer and had a feeling that this film and I were going to totally get along. Boy was I right. It didn't just deliver buckets of blood and guts, it was more like 55 gallon drums of the stuff. And, sure, there was a story and there were characters that delivered lines but those were definitely not the selling points of this film. I watched this film because it looked kind of creepy and it seemed like the gore was going to be copious. And I was not disappointed.
Beware! Children at Play: I thought about making another category called "Only for the Hardcore" after watching this Troma film from 1989. That is because, while I enjoyed this movie overall, one scene in particular would probably offend a majority of my friends that might be reading this list. Actually, I can only think of a very small handful of my friends that I would even recommend watch this movie. But since I don't want to add a new category half way through the Halloween season , I will just add the caveat that if you think that you could be offended, check out the Wikipedia page entry here before viewing the film. For those still interested, I will say that it is a very low budget film, but it has an original premise that's sort of Lord of the Flies meets Children of the Corn. The acting is mostly bad but it I think it has the kind of charm that only a low budget, amateur film can have. It's really not even a tremendously gory film, but I never felt like there wasn't enough. All of that being said, I don't want to add this movie to the "Worth One Watch" category because I want to reserve that category for movies that I would recommend to the those who love horror movies. Instead, I add it to the growing list of Burosh Cult Classics.
Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell: How does a man and his zombie-puppet friend entertain a horde of zombies looking for a little R&R? By showing them a bunch of B horror movie trailers from the 1970's, that's how. Seriously, who knew that a movie that is just a collection of horror movie trailers could be so fun? Well, it turns out that's also how you entertain me for a good two and a half hours. That's not because the movie is that long, but because I had to stop constantly to research the films that were being showcased and to try to add them to my movie queue. A few of the nearly 50 films I have heard before and a few of them I have even seen myself, but a good majority of the trailers in this movie are for movies that I have never heard of before. Overall, not a bad find for a random stroll through the Netflix streaming catalog. I definitely recommend this film to anyone looking to beef up their cult classic/B horror movie lists.
Tombs of the Blind Dead (aka La Noche del Terror Ciego): I'm not sure that this is a movie that casual horror movie fans will like. While it has a premise that I can get behind, the story does have its kind of ridiculous moments and in the end just turns out to be serviceable. And this movie is definitely not winning any awards for acting skill or dialog. What sells this movie for me and what I love this movie for are the creepy visuals, the creature design and the great atmosphere of the first third and the last third. So much so that I am excited about the prospect of watching the other three movies in this series. In the end, this movie is a great movie to check out in complete darkness during the Halloween season.
Body Melt: An Australian "body horror" film from the early 90's that had lots of fun gore. Body horror is quickly becoming one of my favorite sub genres of horror movies. This film has a decent premise and story and will definitely be one that I will watch again in the future.
Abominable: I like this film way more than I thought I would. It's a fun yet straight forward creature feature that has small but entertaining roles by Jeffery Combs and Lance Heriksen. I love the cartoony yet scary look of the creature design and the kills are fun and imaginative.
Bad Taste: Peter Jackson's first film! Not as enjoyable as one of his other early films, Dead Alive, but it's still one that I enjoy watching. Not the most exciting story but I like the premise and the tons of gore that are involved. And for being his first film, I was actually impressed by the costume design of the alien creatures. A fun film to watch for sure!
Return of the Evil Dead (aka El Ataque de los Muertos Sin Ojos): The second entry of the Blind Dead series. This film definitely has a better story than the first film. Not as many slow parts. The atmosphere and creepy costume design are my two favorite things about this series and they make a return. But it still has questionable story choices which make it not the best horror movie out there but still very enjoyable to me.
Condemned: This is definitely not a good movie in the traditional sense of a good movie, but as far as body horror/melt films go, it's definitely a goo time. It has an amusing story chock full of entertaining characters, a good amount of blood and guts and, of course, lots of multi-color goo. My only real gripe is that I feel like the ending is rushed. I am ultimately fine with the ending, I just wish that it would have taken a little bit longer to get there. Body horror/melt films may not be for everyone though, so click these links on body horror and melt films to decide if they are for you.
The Mutilator: To set up the tone for this review, I want you to listen to the song from towards the beginning of this movie. I knew that once I heard this that I was gonna be in for a treat. It's kind of a typical slasher film from the 80's with a serviceable story and some of the actors with make you wish for their speedy demise, but the surprisingly good special effects and cheesy death sequences will have you rooting for the killer to continue on his rampage. This is definitely not the best slasher film out there but it's definitely one that I will watch again and again.
Offspring: This movie has been in my queue so long that I forgot why I even added it. Then, it dawned on me while I was watching it that this film is actually the predecessor to The Woman, which is a movie that I really like. All in all, I enjoy Offspring. It has a premise that I find intriguing. It's not the most well acted film I've ever seen but it has moments of gore and brutality and it will definitely make some people cringe or feel uncomfortable during certain parts. I don't like it as much as I like The Woman. This movie feels more low budget compared to that film. But as part of the series, I would definitely watch it again.
Blood Rage: I just want to mention that these comments pertain to the "hard home video" version of this movie. According to a review of this movie, the theatrical version is "toned down" compared to the "hard home video" version so I definitely had to go with the gorier of the two. I must say that I am definitely glad that I did. Definitely a fun and unique slasher with plenty o' killing and a good amount of blood and guts. I also love the practical effects, Louise Lasser's performance as the uncomfortably nutty mother, and the definite 80's feeling of this movie, complete with synth music, feathered haircuts and hornball cannon fodder. Throw in a weird but satisfying ending and you have an 80's slasher that is right up my alley.
Don't Look in the Basement: I like this movie a lot more than I thought I was after watching the trailer. It has a unique premise with a bunch of interesting characters. Oh, and there are murders too! Oh boy! Not a ton of gore and some of the acting is better than the rest but it has a story that I found interesting and an ending that I was totally satisfied with. Not bad for a low budget film from the early 70's. It's definitely a film that I would own and watch again.
Nightmare (Uncut): I almost didn't like this movie. It starts off strong with some great gore but then goes into a story that isn't very exciting and that has some questionable plot choices. It isn't until the last 30 minutes that the film hits a turning point for me. The story picks it up a notch and then there are some creepy moments mixed in with an excellent death scene. It finally concludes with an ending that I give a thumbs up. So, if you can make it through the middle part of this movie, you are in for a treat.
Zombie Lake: This is probably one of the worst movies that I've ever seen. The zombies are pretty much just people covered in light green body paint. Some even have some sort of fleshy applications on them too but most were just covered in green paint. Since they are zombies that come from a lake, expect to see zombies with the green paint coming off as well. There are even a few scenes where the "fleshy applications" are coming off and you can see their normal looking skin underneath. That is just one of the many issues with this film. The horrible dialogue and mediocre story are also problematic. But, I did put this film under so bad that it's good for a reason. There is a lot of nudity, which is always a plus. It's the other story choices that make this movie worth watching at least once. I don't want to spoil those things but I'll just say that there are things that happen that I have never seen happen in a zombie movie before. For those things alone, I am glad that I watched this movie.
(NEW) Intruder (Director's Cut): I don't know why, but I am a sucker for anything set in a grocery store. Maybe it was all the time I spent looking at horror magazines like Fangoria and Gorezone at the local grocery store when I was a kid or all the episodes that I watched of Supermarket Sweep. Whatever the draw, the supermarket setting of this movie is definitely right up my alley. The story is okay and the acting is pretty bad and cheese filled but that's fine with me. There is even a poorly choreographed fight scene towards the beginning of the film but that also adds to the charm of it. It takes a while to finally get to some good gore, but by the end the body count is satisfyingly gooey. If you are in the mood for some 80's slasher goodness, add this film to your list right now.
(NEW) The Alien Factor: Super schlocky creature design and bad acting galore. Which definitely gives this movie the charm the practical effects. That, in my opinion, is where it's at. The worst part of this movie is a way too long band performance in bar in case you need to get up and go to the bathroom or get a snack. Which I definitely recommend that you take advantage of. The story is serviceable and the ending is so-so, but this is definitely a film I will revisit in the future.
(NEW) Phantasm (Remastered):
(NEW) Frankenstein's Bloody Terror:
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(NEW) The Greasy Strangler:
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(NEW) Redneck Zombies: This one is a borderline Burosh Cult Classic. The story is just okay and parts of this film are just plain skippable. It almost makes me want to put this movie into the "Not My Cup of Tea" category, but the the over-the-top, cheesy acting and moments of extreme gore pull me right back in. I can't say that everyone will enjoy this film but it's the kind of film that I enjoy watching even if it turns out to be only once.