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.
Back in 1974, Tobe Hooper brought us the epitome of low budget indie filmmaking with 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.' Despite its title, it wasn't nearly the splatterfest one would expect and is the least violent of the franchise. Originally set out to be a PG-rated horror film, Tobe Hooper kept most of the graphic violence offscreen, which freaked out the censors so much that they slapped it with an X-rating and the film had to be edited down repeatedly just to get an R-rating. Hooper had turned horror on its head with a movie that felt grisly & brutal without being overly violent & gory and introduced us to one of the most iconic villains of all time - Leatherface!
30 years ago, Tim Burton gave us 'Beetlejuice,' one of the greatest films of all time and arguably his best film. It is known almost solely for Michael Keaton's amazing title performance, but here's the thing, Keaton is only in 17.5 minutes out of a 93-minute movie. In reality, it is more of a 'fish out of water' story with Alec Baldwin & Geena Davis's characters, the Maitlands, coping with their deaths and learning the in's and out's of the afterlife while befriending Wynona Ryder's character Lydia. This is completely unexpected as most people who haven't seen the film think that it's all about Beetlejuice & Lydia's relationship as it was in the cartoon that was released less than a year later. Unexpected, but brilliant in its marketing efforts, full of amazing practical effects, stop-motion & miniatures galore, 'Beetlejuice' is a film that never disappoints and totally pushes the limits of the late 80's PG rating! There have been talks of a sequel for years with Wynona Ryder & Michael Keaton reprising their roles, and now at the 30-year mark, there is no better time than right now to greenlight 'Beetlejuice 2!' Download our full discussion & review Below!
This week, we take a look at 'Overlord!' It's the best Wolfenstein movie we've never gotten. This movie pay homage to some of the horror greats with it's special effects & Techniques, 'Evil Dead 2', 'The Fly', 'The Thing' & 'RE-Animator' just to name a few. From the trailer, a lot of people keep thinking that the Nazi with the giant blown-up face is CGI. They would be wrong since actor Pilou Asbaek had to sit through 5 hours of prosthetic make-up every day in order to get real and honest reactions from the other actors. Using gimbals to hoist a prop plane and then blowing up the front of it and having stuntmen get slung around through fire. Utilizing puppetry & animatronics when having a character snap their body apart. That's old school filmmaking and it is nice to see it making a comeback. Unfortunately, it only grossed $10 million on opening weekend. Simply put, this movie kicks ass and you need to see it NOW!
The new 'Suspiria' directed by Luca Guadagnino, has been an extremely divisive film since it's debut at the 75th Venice International Film Festival. This remake or more of a reimagining, adds an hour-long subplot about Dr. Josef Klemperer also played by Tilda Swinton, which seems unnecessary and bloats the runtime of the film to a staggering 152 minutes. Because of this, the film lacks tension and pales in comparison to Argento's masterpiece. There's a great movie in there somewhere, unfortunately, it's hidden behind long subplots, unintentional humor, and a terrible slow-motion, shaky-cam ending. That being said, both Dakota Johnson & Tilda Swinton are amazing as Susie Bannion & Madame Blanc. Check out our full review below.
Halloween is here, and with it comes horror movie marathons. So, we decided to bring back 'Let's Talk Franchise' with The 'Halloween' series. There have been a lot of highs and lows throughout the series. Some of those things include: Laurie Strode, Paul Rudd's film debut, 'Season Of The Witch', the 'Cult of Thorn' trilogy, a CGI mask, Donald Pleasence, a blond Michael mask, and of course Busta Rhymes karate kicking Michael Myers out of a window. We'll let you figure out which is which.
Since we have already reviewed the newest 'Halloween', we'll be focusing on the first eight films. The Rob Zombie films will be featured in an upcoming Remakes episode.
Yes, that's right, Today we're talking about 'The Cabin in the woods.' This 2012 comedy-horror from joss Whedon & Drew Goddard changed the way we look at modern horror tropes. Having wrapped in 2009 & then sitting on the shelves for years due to MGM going bankrupt, it was finally picked up by Lionsgate and given a proper theatrical release in 2012. It's a good thing that it was because it's essentially the 'Scream' of this generation. So if you haven't seen it yet, go watch it, Then check out the review here!
ALso, Here's some information & trivia about the film.
The Cabin in the Woods
Released: April 13th, 2012
Budget: Est. $30 Million
opening weekend: $14,743,614
Total Domestic: $42,073,277
Total Foreign: $24,412,803
The Nightmare Creatures
The monsters on the whiteboard
Yes, during the office betting pool, When Richard Jenkins character 'Sitterson' is standing in front of the betting board, the following monsters/creatures are listed on the board:
Angry Molesting Tree
The Scarecrow Folk
Zombie Redneck Torture Family
Other Monsters & Creatures seen in the film
The Ancient Ones (Kronos in particular)
Giant Animals/Insects (Too Many to Name. Seriously, if It's an animal or insects it's probably giant)
Japanese Floaty Girl
Klu Klux Klan (Of Course they're in this, but where are the nazis?)
Reaver (Life a leaf in the wind)
Left 4 Dead monsters Because of An originally intended crossover (Boomer, Charger, Hunter, Smoker, Tank, Witch)
... And WAY TOO MANY MORE TO NAME
Hello everyone and welcome to our website!
Yes, we have advanced from just a modest libsyn site to a real website with a real web address. This also means that we will be adding some extra elements to the 'oh! The Horror!' brand.
we will be featuring more indie horror reviews along with interviews from established & Upcoming indie horror directors.
Now you're probably wondering when this is going to start.
how about November 1st when we released our exclusive interview with award-winning writer/director Jeremy Wechter where we talk about his new film 'e-demon,' now out on VOD.