Archive for the ‘Anthology’ Category

Dead of Night (1945)

Posted: September 30, 2009 in Anthology, Classics

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Walter Craig, and architect, accepts an invitation to visit a quaint farmhouse in the country. As his car reaches the bend in the road, the farmhouse comes into view. Walter is perplexed, as he recognizes the house. Setting aside the thought, he comes to the door and is greeted warmly by his hostess, and introduced to several other people seated in the living room. Again, strangely, it was as if he had seen them all before all together, in that very room. Walter explains himself, telling everyone about his feelings of “deja vu”. The groups spends the remainder of the evening sharing their experiences with the unexplained.

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This classic movie is a must-see. This is the sort of thing that would scare the crap out of me as a kid. I love that this film feels more like a collection of short stories that are seemingly un-related, then they are all tied together in the end. One of the stories tells of an evil mirror. Another, of a ghostly Christmas party….and probably the creepiest one, a dummy that comes alive.

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(Doesn’t that guy look like Bruce Willis?)

I’m really into the “urban legend” feel of these stories. There is sequence toward the the end that I found to be especially frightening and reminded me a lot of Carnival of Souls, with the scary faces and all.

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Dead of Night ends with a fantastic twist. I think that anyone would enjoy this movie, horror fans or not. If you’re 12 and you’re reading this, I give you permission.

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Waxwork (1988)

Posted: July 23, 2009 in Anthology

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Four teens attend a private showing of a new waxwork museum in town at a creepy old house. The wax artist happens to be David Warner, and actor whom I’ve always found to be rather creepy.

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Upon entry of the museum, the teens find each scene to be very realistic and disturbing, as each one portrays teenagers being killed in various ways. They soon find out that there is something frighteningly real about this wax museum.

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Super fun and funny movie. There is some fantastic imagery in here. Corny effects but very entertaining. I laughed more than a few times.

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Here’s a clip, involving a the worst werewolf I’ve ever seen in a movie. Fucking hilarious.

Would watch again!

The Signal (2007)

Posted: July 16, 2009 in Anthology, Blood & Guts, Zombies

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This is a three-part film, each “transmission” is directed by three different people. This alone grabbed me right away. The more perspectives, the better.

In this flick, technology freaks out. Cell phones, radios, televisions and the like all begin sending out a mysterious transmission, causing mass psychosis the turns normal people into aggressive killers.

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The first transmission is “Crazy in love”, directed by David Bruckner. It focuses on a young wife named Mya who is torn between her love and her suspicious husband, who is the first to be shown as having this killing disease. From then on, you’re pretty much thrown head-first into a world of murder. A scene that sticks out for me in this first part is a guy in a hallway who snips a girl’s throat with a pair of hedge clippers. You go boy.

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Transmission two, “Jealousy Monster” directed by Jacob Gentry, is a more satirical approach on the situation, and I think this is the better of the three. It delves deeper into the delusions of the diseased and really shows you how fucked up these people are. What I appreciate about this film is that it’s not a zombie film, these people aren’t numbed. They are completely aware of what they are doing, and rational in their own minds. Lots of dark humor, and some guy who just wants some pussy. Hmm.

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Transmission three, “Escape From Terminus” directed by Dan Bush, was probably my least favorite, and the perplexing. At one point a man convinces himself that he can talk to a decapitated head, and that is awesome. Other than that I was confused, which was the point presumably. I felt empty at the conclusion, unsure of what really happened. Either I’m an idiot, or I just had a difficult time keeping up. The jealous husband thinks he’s the lover, the lover thinks he’s the husband, “what did you do with my wife”, “she’s my wife not yours”, blah blah…It was all very messy and I still have no fucking clue what was up with that. So if you can figure it out, hey, cheers to you.

All in all rather entertaining, nice effects. Amazing dialogue, some parts were laugh out loud funny. I can see this pairing well with a bowl of popcorn and some Coca Cola.

A fun quote: “When that ball drops, I’m gonna grab a slut and I’m just gonna pee in her butt!”

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