Monday, March 14, 2011

Playing Catch Up With 2010's Horror Movies

So I've been bored the past few nights and decided to check out some of 2010's horror flicks that I skipped over. I've managed to watch four of them in the past two days, so I figured I'd write about my initial reactions to the movies.

Frozen: Adam Green paints a story of three friends who venture to the snowy terrain of Mount Holliston for a snowboarding trip. In an unfortunate, last-minute decision, the friends persuade the ski lift operator to let them ride up for one last run down the slope. He warns them that bad weather is rolling in, and the resort needs to close, but he ends up giving into their demands, and the friends start the ride that will change their lives. To sum things up, the trio gets stranded on the ski lift and must make what I think would be an incredibly disturbing decision: to either freeze to death or attempt to leave the chairlift, despite the perils that await them below. This movie will stir up memories of Open Water, but I found Frozen to be much more disturbing and unsettling. Perhaps this is because I felt a connection to the couple in it, but it also didn't help that there were a few key, brutal scenes that left me unable to sleep. True, much of the scenarios in the movie aren't realistic, but if you're looking for a quick, entertaining movie (the run time is only 93 minutes), then I recommend checking this out.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The House of the Devil


There's only a few movies that have stayed in my DVD player for days -- the reason being that I can't stop watching the flick. So after I rented The House of the Devil on a whim, I quickly realized that this thriller would be keeping me entertained for nights upon nights. Actually, I hit the replay button as soon as I finished my first watch. Why? Because this movie plain out rocks.

Directed by Ti West (Cabin Fever 2), The House of the Devil is an obvious throwback to the 80s. From the grainy look of the film to the music and the high-waisted jeans, it's easy to forget you're watching a film that was made in 2009. The movie plays upon multiple urban legends: babysitter doomsday, satanic cults, lunar eclipse massacres, etc. The main character, played by a charming gal named Jocelin Donahue, guides the story through its chilling and suspenseful twists and turns. Some might find this movie slow, but I think West does an excellent job of building a nightmarish, demented atmosphere. Instead of immediately throwing viewers into a traumatic scene, West starts us off with a rather normal look into the life of a college girl who is exasperated with her roommate and in need of cash (hey we can all relate to that, right?). As the story continues, though, the film changes its tone to one of mystery and danger.

Don't watch this film and expect it to be a brutal slasher movie. The House of the Devil is composed of slow-burning tension and suspense, much like a Hitchcock thriller (but not as boring). And it will leave you feeling satisfyingly frightened right up to the crazy ending.


If you are a horror fan, do yourself a favor and watch this, especially if you are nutty for older scary movies. Hopefully it will do for you as it did for me and renew your faith in the creativity of today's young horror directors. If I had a skull rating system, The House of the Devil would get 4.5 skulls out of 5.


Have a horrific day,

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I'm Hereeeeee

Hello horror hounds!

Wow, OK. So it's been months since I last updated this blog, and I'm not at all happy about that. First, let me apologize for my absence. You see, I had quite the rigorous schedule this past semester in school. For those of you who care to know about my personal life, here's the update:

1) I graduated in May from the best journalism school in the country! That's right; I'm awesome.
2) I moved back home to Texas and currently reside in my favorite city in the world: Austin.
3) I still LOVE horror movies more than anything. Well, I love my boyfriend more. But he likes to watch scary movies with me, so that's great!
4) I held an amazing position as a music editor this past semester, and though it took up every waking hour of my life, I loved every minute of the mind-bending work I did.
5) I currently have a neat internship with a city magazine in Austin.
6) I need to find a job with a horror magazine, Rob Zombie, Eli Roth or a random horror movie...seriously people. I was bred for this type of work.
7) In the time I spent away from this blog, I watched oodles and oodles of horror movies. I will tell you my favs in upcoming posts!

Thanks for reading and keeping up with me.

Hugs and blood :)


Friday, December 11, 2009

Watch First Five Minutes of [REC] 2 Now!

Here's an early holiday gift for those of you who enjoyed [Rec].
The sequel won't be released (straight to video...seriously?) in the states until next year, but this preview adds to the anticipation. My theory for why it isn't getting a U.S. theatrical release is because America's adaptation, Quarantine, is releasing its own sequel. Spain's version is so, so, so GOOD though. UGH!!!

Enjoy the first five minutes of the flick (no english subtitles, sorry).

Knives and hearts,

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Favorite Scene From Silent Night, Deadly Night

So last night I watched 1989's Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out!
I ordered a dvd set of the series' final movies for only 15 bucks. Fortunately, I'm getting a lot of bang for my buck. The movie was terrible, of course. But three Silent Night films for 15 bucks? I can handle that.
The only issue, is that I can't watch the original two films. So instead, I'll post the epic "garbage day" scene from Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2.

Nothing like hilariously bad 80s horror movies to get you in the holiday spirit!


Has anyone seen Dead Snow yet? It made an appearance at the Sundance Festival this year, and the local art-house theater here is screening it tonight. I really want to see it.
Synopsis: A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies. After the zombies appear, the movie turns into a spitfire of blood.
Zombies, loads of gore, stupid college kids and chainsaws? Sounds like a campy B-movie to me, and campy B-movies are my favorite genre so right on!

Let me know what you think if you've seen this already!

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon by Richard Gale

Hi scary scoundrels,

So since I neglected to post this back when it first premiered, I will post it now!

"This strange man has been attacking me... with a spoon!"

bwahaha, that line makes me laugh.

Hugs and blood,