I covered The Purge as part of last year’s marathon and was not a fan of the movie, really only being impressed with Ethan Hawke as that man can lend credibility to just about any project he’s involved with, no matter how terrible everything that surrounds him may be. It was so strange to me that they had this gimmicky premise (all crime, including murder, is legal across the United States for 12 hours once a year) and then chose to execute it in the most trite way possible by just making another run of the mill home invasion movie with the occasional unique touch.
This year’s sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, showed a lot more potential as the film required moving beyond a single family and following people stuck out on the street while the purge is taking place. Opening up the scope sounded like it should resolve a lot of the original film’s problems. Eh, kind of. It’s certainly a better film but I was surprised to see a lot of the same issues present here, as well as a few new ones to go along with them.
You know, I am genuinely not sure why I own a copy of this movie. Sure I’ve watched some of the classic Universal monster movies but I wouldn’t say that I have any particular affinity for them and I am certainly not a huge fan of classic black and white comedies. I also know little to nothing about the characters of Abbott and Costello. So outside of “it was real cheap” I don’t know what possessed me to pick this one up.
After actually sitting down and watching the movie, I don’t at all have a clearer answer for that question.
Elijah Wood has had a very strange career hasn’t he? The dude starred in one of the biggest movie franchises of all time and seemingly could have then gone on to do whatever he wanted and what he chose to do is a series of small scale but largely interesting films. I took a look at his remake of Maniac in the first marathon and really enjoyed it, and earlier this year was also surprised by how much I enjoyed Grand Piano. Open Windows looked to be another in the “weird Elijah Wood movies” chain and while it doesn’t compete with those other 2 in terms of quality, it certainly continues the trend of Wood participating in some pretty unique fare.
Wow, I don't think I've written an actual news post on this site in about two years. However the time felt right as seemingly every day this week something awesome is getting announced and I have to share these because oh my god.
First off, after abuot a five year absense it seems we might be on the cusp of more Homestar Runner content - http://homestarrunner.com/fisheyelens.html
Well that's pretty incredible you no doubt say, and you are correct. But then what if I told that David Lynch is going to bring Twin Peaks back in 2016 - http://arts.nationalpost.com/2014/10/06/twin-peaks-is-coming-back-david-...
At this point the joy must be a little hard to take right? Welllllll Vib Ribbon is finally going to see a North American release tomorrow - http://www.joystiq.com/2014/10/06/vib-ribbon-launching-in-north-american...
Whaaaaat?! This is almost too much good news! Cartoons, TV and video games; there is awesome shit happening across the board. Oh but wait, what about movies? Wellllllll - http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/kickstarter-might-be-used-to-partially-f...
Well THAT was unexpected!
I had never even heard of this movie until I was browsing a forum topic featuring horror movie recommendations and noticed a good number of people who said to check this one out. I saw it was on Netflix so I passed on my original planned movie (Grabbers which I think is about a huge octopus attacking Ireland which yes sounds awesome so don’t worry we’ll still get around to that one) and fired this one up, despite the fact that neither the poster or the plot description make this one sound like a horror movie in any way.
I…wh….wait…what…….but the…wh….what is movie?!
Detention has been on my Netflix list for at least a year or more now. I’d known it about forever and simply forgot about it for the longest time but I needed a movie for today and this one felt perfect. I’d already heard that this is a shining example of a movie you’re going to either absolutely love or completely hate but fuck you convention because I thought it was merely ok.
October's Daily Horror Dose 3: Reckoning - Day #4 - Halloween The Curse of Michael Myers - Producer's Cut
I don’t want to shock you or anything, but Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (aka Halloween 6) is not a quality product. At least not the theatrical version anyway. I’d always heard the stories of the far superior producer’s cut that was floating around out there but had never actually taken the time to see it. Plus the idea of watching a shitty bootleg copy of it wasn’t too appealing. However, thanks to the recently released Halloween box set from Scream Factory (my third review of one of their releases in a row, I should be getting a cut from them by this point) the producer’s cut is now available as a quality release so I finally got to see what all the fuss was about.
….huh. Well this was an interesting one. The cover, showing a dude in a pig mask wielding a chainsaw, is what initially attracted me as it led me to believe that Motel Hell is some overlooked Texas Chainsaw Masscare rip off that I somehow had never heard of. It’s certainly nothing like the original but definitely in line with Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 as not only is it more silly than scary, but it also features a chainsaw duel at the end. This chainsaw fight may not feature Dennis Hopper but it does have pig mask man which is a pretty fair trade, so I really can’t say which is the better battle.
How…how have I never seen the original Pumpkinhead? Not only have I owned a sweet looking Pumpkinhead action figure for about fifteen years, but I’ve seen the sequels. Oh not Pumpkinhead 2 if that’s what you’re thinking. No I didn’t see the one sequel apparently worth watching. I saw Pumpkinhead 3 and fucking 4, the two direct to TV sequels that even Lance Henriksen is ashamed of and have you seen that dude’s filmography? Thankfully, the glorious people over at Scream Factory released a fantastic special edition of the original movie and since I gladly consume everything they release ever, I snatched it up and finally corrected this long overdue movie blind spot.
Well….looks like we’re going to do this again huh? I won’t lie – I thought about bailing but I knew I would regret it later so here we are! 31 days, 31 horror movies that I have never seen before. *deep breath* Oh I am so ready for this.