The most eagerly anticipated film of the year (decade?) has finally arrived, and the web-o-sphere is swirling with thoughts and spoilers and appraisals. By this time you’ve undoubtedly been exposed to the conventional wisdom, but in case you need further reassurance before braving the long lines this weekend – STAR WARS: The Force Awakens is… great! Read more »
Oh, Droppo… what a film.
A regular target of MST3k, Rifftrax, and the like, Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, while being an incredibly silly – or, even, that useless, meaningless criticism, a “bad” – movie, is also a highly entertaining Christmas sci-fi film… as well as a film that did mark a few historical milestones. Santa Claus Conquers The Martians marks the film debut of Pia Zadora, as well as being the first documented appearance of Mrs. Claus in a feature film. Yet… who am I kidding? Read more »
If you like your werewolf films a little less Twilight-y, then be on the lookout for Uncaged. Starring Zack Weiner and Ben Getz, Uncaged is available this week on DVD and Video On Demand.
“Orphaned as a child in the wake of a grisly tragedy, Jack was raised alongside his cousin and best friend, Brandon. At age 18, however, Jack’s otherwise uneventful life takes a sinister turn when he’s suddenly plagued by a series of bizarre sleepwalking episodes. After repeatedly waking up in the woods naked with no memory of the night before, Jack straps a camera to himself to document his behavior—and discovers a shocking truth: He is the unwitting heir to a monstrous family legacy of savagery, slaughter, and unrelenting horror from which death may be the only escape!” Read more »
Rob Zombie is probably the most debated and polarizing director working in horror today. No current director in the genre draws such extreme and varying reactions as Zombie, and, as an admitted fan of his work, I find this hard to believe. It could be that Zombie, known to many fans for years as the frontman and creative drive behind seminal metal band White Zombie (and then as the lead of his own, self-titled band) had some high expectations to meet as a lifelong and high-profile fan of the genre. It could also be that, no matter how good a “Rob Zombie film” ended up, the “Rob Zombie film” that audiences created in their own mind (for good or for ill) would never live up to the realities of said film. While both of these are possibilities, I tend to be more cynical and go with the theory that, quite simply, haters gonna hate. Read more »
The Casket Creatures – Deranged (2016)
Right off the bat, it’s my opinion that 2016 is already shaping up to be a good year for horror punk. It’s not hyperbole, and, while I’m not holding my breath for Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only to hug and make up, I have to say that the demon children of music who are following in their ghastly footprints are doing well to fill the void left by the Godfathers of Horror Punk… and The Casket Creatures are no exception. Read more »