Friday, September 30, 2011

Blogger Zombie Walk!!

So, for the Zombie Blogger Walk, I decided to do a post on the top 10 Zombie Movies!

10. Day of the Dead (1985)
     Do I really need to explain why I put this movie on this list? It's a classic, it had to be here! And because I hate the 2008 version.

9. Army of Darkness
     In three words, Bruce Campbell, "Boomstick," AND dead creatures...and witches...and awesomeness! Ok, so a little more than three words!

8. 28 Weeks Later
     I don't know why, but I really liked this movie. But, like I've said in earlier posts, I seem to like a lot of movies that people HATE!

7. The Walking Dead
    I know it's not a movie BUT I had to include this show in my list because, a) it's an awesome show b) it's about zombies and c) I can, that's why! I wish they made more zombie shows!

6. Night of the Living Dead
     This, to me, is another classic. Enough said!

5. Zombieland
     I think this movie is generally hated by people, which is why I like it! haha. No, not really. But I liked it. I thought it was good. So it made my list!

4. Land of the Dead
     I like this movie. Actually, I love this movie. I think it's awesome that the zombies were a little smarter. Well, one of them was. It makes for some more interesting fight scenes. And there were some parts where the zombies would get a hold of one of the characters and kill them in a way that gave you chills. Like, when that guy had a zombie rip his hand apart through his fingers.

3. Re-animator
     I really can't put into words how much I love the Re-animator movies. I love them. I think everyone in the whole world should see them because they....are....awesome!

2. Shaun of the Dead
     Another great movie. It was funny, it had zombies, it was great! You kind of run out of things to say about zombie movies after the first few haha. I love it though!

1. Return of the Living Dead
     I will always love this movie and it's ALL because of one word

I'm interested to know what everyone else's favorite zombie movies are. If you want to name a few, please do in the comments. ALSO! I'm planning on having a Halloween giveaway!! Because I love Halloween. It will probably only be for my followers but I can assure you, it will include DVDs and Halloween candy. Who doesn't love that? So make sure you follow to keep updated with that!
Oh, and a huge, massive, thanks to Autumnforest @ Ghost Hunting Theories! She is awesome and does many, many great things. So check her out!!!

Make sure you check everyone else on the Zombie walk:
Above the Norm: Bizarre Arizona
Zombies Everywhere
Holly's Horrorland
Little Gothic Horrors
Anything Horror
Katy Bennett Horror Writer and Poet
Bubba's Place
Horror Smorgasbord
Monkey Man
Words and Music
Red Shoes Chronicles
The Wolf's Eyes
My Day in a Sentence
Pixie's Horror Galore
Strange State
The Misadventures of HalloweeNut
Halloween Blues
Kweeny Todd
The California Blogging Massacre
Horror Shock Lolipop
Vanessa Morgan
Improbable Frontiers
No Really, You Can Eat It
Art By Living Dead Girl Nicole
Two Gory Chicks
A Dust Bunny in the Wind
A Ghoul's Best Friend
Zombies Are Magic
Cherry Neko Saves the World
Tall Tales
At the Mansion of Madness
The Haunted Rose
The Rotting Zombie
Halloween Overkill
Out of the Shadows
Creepy Glow Keyhole Gallery
Creepy Glowbugg
Bifocal Univision
Sherry Soule
Anchors and Roses
Paranormal Researchers Group
Whispering Pines History
Lovely Miss Megs
Sean Thomas Fisher's Blogwash
Rise and Fight
Stump Town Horror
LoliClown's Little Blog of Horror
Zombies Can't Love
Books and Beyond
The Grave Bandits
Screaming Goregasms
Lazy Daisy Life
Icky Monster
Pretty in Fiction
Ivy's Closet
Justine's Halloween
Annie Walls
Just Johnny

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Girl Next Door

Director: Gregory Wilson

Rated: R

Anchor Bay: December 4th, 2007

91 Minutes
From Amazon:
In a quiet suburban town in the summer of 1958, two recently orphaned sisters are placed in the care of their mentally unstable Aunt Ruth (Emmy® winner Blanche Baker of HOLOCAUST). But Ruth s depraved sense of discipline will soon lead to unspeakable acts of abuse and torture that involve her young sons, the neighborhood children, and one 12-year-old boy whose life will be changed forever. William Atherton (DIE HARD), Catherine Mary Stewart (NIGHT OF THE COMET) and Grant Show (MELROSE PLACE) co-star in this devastating drama adapted from the controversial best seller by Jack Ketchum that Rue Morgue Magazine called one of the most disturbing reads in the history of horror literature.

I recently saw this movie on my Netflix recommended list so I watched it. I heard it was really good and had some really good ratings. I'm happy to say that it was actually really good lol. I didn't know when I first started watching it that it was a 'based on true events' movie. But, it is actually based on a real story that I read up on and I have to say, gross. Sick, gross, nasty, disturbing. Like, how the....? I mean, really? Who does that? It's not scary. Well, I don't know, maybe it is. But it wasn't scary to me, it was just disturbing. And I mean really disturbing.

It's the retelling of an actual event. Some guy turned it into a book and the book was made into a movie. It's about this girl named Meg. And she is young, like maybe 14? I'm not exactly sure how old she is. Anyways, her parents are dead so she has to go and live with her Aunt. Her aunt doesn't have a husband but has 3 kids. She is sick and twisted. Like, I wish I could meet the real lady, I'd punch her in her damn face! I'd like to do much worse things than that to her but whatever. Anyways, this young girl is roped up in a basement, naked, for days. days and days. She is blindfolded and gagged so that she won't scream. This kid Davie tries to help her escape which doesn't work out.

I'm not going to give away too much about the movie because I think everyone should see it. It's really distrubing. I mean, especially if you're a chick. messed up does a person have to be to do half of this shit? Seriously! After you watch the movie, look it up. Google it, it's real. Disgusting. Anyways, I give this movie:

My Rating: 4/5

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Chain Letter

Director: Deon Taylor

Rated: Not Rated

Image Entertainment: February 1st, 2011

89 Minutes
From Amazon:
Six high school friends are bound together again by a sinister chain letter passing into their lives through e-mails and text messages. If the deadly letter isn’t passed on, the recipient faces a grisly, unexpected death – and nothing can stop it. As time runs out and the deadly letter’s rules become more challenging, the survivors must untangle the chilling secret – or die trying. Featuring Nikki Reed (The Twilight Saga), Betsy Russell (the Saw series), and Michael J. Pagan (CSI: Miami), this terrifying thriller in the tradition of The Grudge and Final Destination proves death is always watching and waiting – and anyone could be next!

I saw a preview for this movie a long time ago and was going to watch it but I never did. Then I saw it again the other night on my Netflix queue so I figured I'd check it out. It has Nikki Reed in it and I like her from some earlier, non Twilight related roles. It also has Betsy Russell from the Saw series. Anyways, although I like Nikki Reed and I like movies that most people hate, that didn't work here. This movie is basically a teen slasher. But...not a good one. Some of the acting was good, some not so much. It kind of reminded me of Pulse except about superstitious teens...who clearly aren't teens....

This movie is about some random person who HATES technology. And, because he hates technology, he decides to send out an internet chain letter. Something about a link in the chain, every link is a life. Basically, send it or die. Some people do, some don't. Then this deformed looking man shows up, with chain tattoos on his arms, and starts killing the people who don't send it. Let me clarify a few things. First, this individual hates technology, yeah, that's why he knows how to send emails, he knows how to track them, he knows how to use a virus and put it on peoples cell phones thus enabling him to be able to track the activity regarding said chain letter. Oh, he also knows how to hack someones computer and watch their webcam. Anyways, so he kills a bunch of people because they didn't forward his stupid chain letter and he's part of some "Anti-technology" group. Make sense?

At any rate, I held a higher hope for this movie then what I got. While some of the acting was good and some was decent, the story line kind of sucked. And it was full of gaps and things just didn't add up. For instance, the killer who hates technology, is part of an anti-tecnology group who doesn't use cell phones or computers or anything. But he knows how to hack things and do this and that on them. It doesn't quite add up for me. Also, a lot of these "teens" are killed in their houses. Where are their parents? Because, they are home but can't hear their kids screaming and dieing in a room down the hall? I don't get it. Anyways, I guess that was an ok movie if you're into that kind of thing. And the acting wasn't too bad. If you are bored, check it out, otherwise, I'd hold out for something a little better.

My Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Director: Samuel Bayer

Rated: R

New Line Cinema: October 5, 2010

97 Minutes
From Amazon:
Five teenage friends living on one street all dream of a sinister man with a disfigured face, a frightening voice and a gardener's glove with knives for fingers. One by one, he terrorizes them within their dreams--where the rules are his and the only way out is to wake up. But when one among them dies, they soon realize that what happens in their dreams happens for real and the only way to stay alive is to stay awake. Buried in their past is a debt that has just come due. To save themselves, they must plunge into the mind of the most twisted nightmare of all: Freddy Krueger. Jackie Earle Haley plays the legendary evildoer in this contemporary reimagining of the seminal horror classic.
I am a huge fan of the 'Nightmare on Elm Street' series. Which is exactly why I bought the new 'Nightmare on Elm Street,' I had to check it out. I love Robert Englund and all of his glorious-ness so I needed to see the new Krueger and how he did in comparison. Well, for me, no one can compare to Englund but Haley did a decent job. This movie was decent but it definitely wasn't the Krueger I loved. One of the things I loved about the original Elm Street movies, was Kruegers character. He was funny, and his voice is recognized worldwide. And through all the jokes, he has a deep, booming, creepy laugh. New Krueger sounds like a child molester...which is fairly accurate but he still has that sinister laugh.

Krueger is the face of the Elm Street series. No one really ever cared about Nancy, or Glen or any of the other characters in the films. They were just part of the numerous victims. In the original, Krueger's kills were thought out, funny, inventive. But the new 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' does not have that same quality. Where the original was funny and creative. Kreuger would go as far as dressing up as a female nurse, or eating people whole, pulling them into a bed, crazy stuff in all the original movies. In this one, all the deaths seem the same. They all get pulled into the same place, die the same way. It's a little repetitive. Old Freddy's face is like...a horror movie icon, but new Freddy literally looks like a burn victim:
Despite all the comparisons, I really did like the new 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' movie. It had good acting, decent cast, and it was a fairly accurate remake. Nothing will ever replace the original Elm Street movies for me, but that doesn't mean that I can't like this one as well. It's more...realistic? haha. I definitely think it's worth checking out. It's a good movie even if it's not the original.

My Rating: 4/5

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Shark Night 3D

Director:  David R. Ellis

Incentive Filmed Entertainment

PG-13 - 2011 - 91 mins

From IMDb:  A weekend at a lake house in the Louisiana Gulf turns into a nightmare for seven vacationers as they are subjected to fresh-water shark attacks.

Do we really need another shark movie? Despite the 3D technology, the movie is still like a fish out of water...a flop.

I find myself comparing all these shark movies to the King of all shark movies - Jaws. As more and more shark movies come out, they still go back and "borrow" from Jaws. Scantily clad pretty ladies getting chomped on, water-skier's getting attacked, boats getting attacked and always one or two hereos at the end who kill the monster beast. 
The first attack happens early in the movie with a girl in shallow water, bouncing around with the gratuitousness ass shot. The shark silently appears from under the water and attacks her and that's all she wrote.
It then flashes forward to an university campus and next thing you know, they are piling into a truck to head to an island for some "sex, music, drinking, etc". 
I have to say the dialogue in this movie is not stellar, and even the storyline is quite routine. By the time the real action starts, I found it to be a waste of time, yet like other trainwreck movies, it's just so damn hard to turn off. First we have a sheriff who knows the young pretty blonde who owns the resort on the island. They offer him a beer, he chugs one and gets back in the boat and "goes back to work". Then the big strong male athlete is boarding, flipping in the air and gets attacked...he loses an arm. Another boy jumps back into the water to retrieve the arm, and while doing that, discovers the shark. They race to the dock and of course makes it just in the nick of time. They then pile into the boat for a 2 hr ride to the nearest hospital, separated arm wrapped in a blanket. Along the way, the blood seeping through the drain in the boat, entices the shark who then attacks them and eats the dude's girlfriend.
I had to laugh at some parts, with the same dude who lost his arm, trying to attack the shark with one arm, with a spear. With help from another friend, they manage to kill the shark and notice a camera is attached to it. 
Long story short, 3 of the locals have a twisted thought that if they film these shark attacks they can sell their movies to "Shark Week" and make lots of money. Even the local drunk sheriff is in on it. 
I won't give more of the story away, but people, save your money till this comes out on video. It's very disappointing, despite the 3D, bad storyline, and the fact they are sacrificing people to tiger sharks, cookie cutter sharks's just a bad movie. I don't understand in this day and age, with the amount of technology available, no one has yet been able to make a quality movie that stands up to Jaws. 
I will finish this review, with saying, one of the best parts is at the very end...involving a shark flying out of the water!

Overall, I need to rate this movie 3/5...and that might even be too high of a rating.

Bidding you bloody nightmares,

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Dark Water

Director:  Walter Salles

Rated: PG-13

Touchstone Pictures, 8 July 2005, 105 mins.

From IMDb:  A mother and daughter, still wounded from a bitter custody dispute, hole up in a run-down apartment building. Adding further drama to their plight, they are targeted by the ghost of former resident.

I've seen this movie a few times, and each time certain parts make me jump. It's not what you would consider a gory, gruesome horror movie. It does have some suspense and scary parts, but done in a way that throughout the movie you don't really know what the "bad thing" is. 
The story is touching, as it proves a mother's love for their child is very strong and they would rather give their life than allow the child to die. 

As IMDB's description states, the mother and daughter move to a run down apartment and soon after, discover a strange black, wet spot on their ceiling in the child's bedroom. Over time, the ceiling proceeds to drip and fills up bucket after bucket of black/dark water. Despite the numerous attempts to repair and stop the leaking, it begins again. Dahlia, the mother, played by Jennifer Connelly hears footsteps upstairs, but is told that no one lives there. She ventures on upstairs to explore and discovers the apartment flooded and signs of neighbourhood "kids" playing around in the abandoned apartment.

Dahlia continues to explore the apartment building, including the roof. She soon finds out the real history of the apartment and decides that it's better to pack up everything and leave. The final night in their apartment proves to be the last night. 

Without giving too many spoilers, it was quite loving how Dahlia put her daughter first. I was surprised to see Tim Roth (Lie To Me fame) in this movie, acting as Dahlia's lawyer. He played a great part, like he does with everything he's in. Little Ariel Gade played the role of Dahlia's daughter CeCi perfectly. 

Like I mentioned earlier, the movie may not contain all the usual blood and gore that I look for in a horror movie, but the suspense and thrills make up for it. I usually end up watching it over again, if it comes on TV. I would say see this movie.

Therefore, I would give this movie 4/5.

Bidding you bloody nightmares,