Based on the extremely controversial 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis, the film version of 'American Psycho' was met with just as much controversy during pre-production with multiple actors & directors walking away from the project. David Cronenberg, Stuart Gordon, and Oliver Stone were all one board to direct at one point or another until Mary Harron took the helm. Meanwhile, some of the actors tapped to play Patrick Bateman, who ended up bailing, included Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, and Ewan McGregor; with Christian Bale actually having the courage to tackle the role and the potential backlash. With a budget of $7 million, 'American Psycho' ended up pulling in $34 million worldwide and became an instant cult classic. It's interesting to look back at the film that was meant to be a career killer but ended up catapulting Christian Bale into stardom.
35 years ago Wes Craven turned the tired slasher genre on its head with, 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' and introduced Freddy Krueger into our dreams. A huge risk for New Line Cinema, this film was either going to make or break them. On a $1.8m budget, it went on to scare up $25.5m at the domestic box office and spawn a franchise that became synonymous with the '80s. It's also pretty amazing that Robert Englund reprised his role as Freddy in every iteration minus the 2010 reboot. Here's hoping he decides to don the fedora and glove for one more film!
Prepare yourself for 'The Evil Dead, the Ultimate Experience in Grueling Horror,' and yes, that was the closing credits title for Sam Raimi's 1981 horror classic. It is one of the most influential and successful independent horror films of all time, and the story of how it was made is just as amazing as the film itself. Personally, I think that if you're looking to make an indie horror film, then this is the film that you should research and study. Also, it's cool to see Ash back in 1981, when he was still young naive Ashley J. Williams, frozen in fear, and easily defeated by flimsy wooden bookshelves.
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!