Movie trailers...some of them don't give much of the film away...some give everything away...and then some trick you into thinking that what you're about to watch is exciting, visceral and gory. Welcome to Velvet Buzzsaw! Is it a horror film? No! Is it a mediocre industry satire that tries to be a horror film even though the director obviously has no idea how to make a horror film? Yes, yes it is! Netflix, please stop trying to trick us into watching your garbage films with misleading trailers. I think we have 2019's 'Cloverfield Paradox' right here with 'Velvet Buzzsaw'!
You can't cheat death, but you can sure as hell try! This week on the podcast, we discuss Final Destination, and how it went from a potential X-Files episode to a five-film horror franchise that's about to be rebooted. Now, while the sequels are hit or miss and the focus became on how to top prior deaths, the original is tense and pretty damn solid all around, with Devon Sawa killing it in the lead role! So if you haven't seen it, then do yourself a favor and watch the first two in the series...and maybe part five.
If Lovecraftian Horror is your thing, then do we have the movie for you. A follow-up to Stuart Gordon's 1985 classic 'Re-Animator,' 1986's 'From Beyond' was meant to be just the beginning of an H.P. Lovecraft film universe in which various cast members would appear thoughout the anthology of films. In this case, we have the return of Jeffrey Combs & Barbara Crampton taking on characters that are almost polar opposites of their 'Re-Animator' ones. It would have been nice to see this universe fully come to life with each film having a very distinct look, and color palate with 'Re-Animator' have a vibrant green motif, while 'From Beyond' is saturated in purples and deep pinks. True we do get Dagon later on with heavy emphasis the color blue, but we're lacking the recurring cast that made these first two films so damn entertaining. An H.P. Lovecraft film universe, now that's an extended universe that I could get behind.
Episode 75 - Apostle
The Raid's Gareth Evans teams up with Dan Stevens & Netflix to give us a visually stunning & brutal period horror film. Dan Stevens plays Thomas, a former missionary, who must travel to an island of a religious cult to save his kidnapped sister. Seems simple enough, but there's something much more sinister going on than originally thought. Add in Gareth Evans amazing cinematic style and amazing performances by the entire cast, and you've got a slow burn horror that should stand the test of time.
Netflix's 'Bird Box' has taken the world by storm since it's release on December 21st. It's essentially a mediocre, plot-hole filled thriller with a top-notch cast that was then released on a platform with over 100 million subscribers. Of course, people were going to watch it, especially when it looked like a vision impaired 'A Quiet Place.' After watching it though, our comparisons are closer to 'The Happening' meets 'The Road.' Honestly, though, this film just seems like an extended pilot for a 'Bird Box' series.
Over 50 years later and 'Rosemary's Baby' is still as timely and controversial as ever. With the New Year having finally arrived, we here at 'oh! The Horror!' have decided to start off with the film that gave us Mia Farrow's iconic haircut, a satanic cult, and an Academy Award & Golden Globe for Ruth Gordon's portrayal of Minnie Castevet. Followed by an inferior made-for-television sequel a few years later & a pointless TV miniseries, the original is the epitome of slow-burn horror. If you haven't seen this brilliantly filmed classic, thinking that it's just some old boring thriller, then grab some tannis root, snack on some raw meat, and get ready for a dark & twisted ride.
Sometimes we review movies that we hate. That's what we did this week, so you 'Better Watch Out'! One of the most divisive films of 2016, the trailer for this film, kinda like 'Black Xmas' (2006), is a lie. After watching the trailer, one would expect this a twisted version of 'Home Alone' with tons of over the top gore. Nope, instead, we get this lump of coal in our stocking. So head over to Shudder.com, watch the film, see if you agree with us, and download the newest episode! Happy Horrordays!
Not all classics are revered when they're first released. Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' was one of those films. Upon its release in the summer of 1980, it was given mediocre reviews by critics, panned by Stephen King, and was nominated for 2 Razzie Awards. Once 'The Shining' hit home video though, critics and viewers gave it a second chance, and it is now considered in most horror Top 10 Lists. This week we talk about the beauty and brutality that Stanley Kubrick captured on camera, and how Shelley Duvall was almost driven insane when she was forced to do 127 takes of the climactic baseball bat scene. Also, it took 148 takes to get the 'shine' scene between Scatman Crothers & Danny Lloyd and another 60 to get the shot of crothers alone in his room. Seriously, the making of this film is a horror movie in itself. Check out the documentary 'room 237' get a peek into the behind the scenes drama that occurred.
Released in 1987, Fred Dekker's 'The Monster Squad,' bombed horribly, only earning $3.8 million on a $12 million budget and was pulled from theaters after two weeks. Luckily, 'The Monster Squad' thrived on home video and 31 years later is more popular than it has ever been. There is even an upcoming documentary chronicling the film's ever-growing cult status called, 'Wolfman's Got Nards' directed Andre Gower aka Sean, the leader of the titular squad. Make sure to check it out and while you're at it check out the latest episode!
'Tis the season for 'Gremlins!' Welcome to a film that pushed that limits of the PG rating. This film along with 'Temple of Doom' was the final straw for the MPAA, which created the PG-13 rating in response to the increase in onscreen violence in films. It should also be noted that this Joe Dante & Steven Spielberg collaboration was originally meant to be a much darker film where Gizmo would have been the villain, Barney wouldn't make it out alive (stop killing the dog dammit), and Billy's mom would lose her head! Also, the Futterman's were killed in that draft too! Now when you rewatch this film, know that 'Home Alone' director Chris Columbus's original script was violent and morbid as hell.