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This movie is one of a kind and unlike anything you’ve ever seen, but has a little bit of everything. Think Adams Family meets Evil Dead meets Hocus Pocus.

If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, Dellamorte Dellamore is the film for you. Rupert Everett (YES PLEASE) plays Franscesco Dellamorte, the caretaker of a cemetary in a small town in Italy. It’s his job to dig the graves, keep things neat, and shoot zombies when they rise from the dead. No big deal. Franscesco and his assistant Gnaghi live life the same every day, until a strange woman shows up and sweeps Franscesco off his feet. Things don’t go as planned, and Franscesco’s heartbreak makes him so self-absorbed that he can no longer differentiate between life, and death (hence the title, meaning “Of Death, of Love”).

Franscesco is definitely a weirdo. He loses touch with reality and has bizarre fantasies and hallucinations, but as you watch you get sucked into his turmoil. It’s hard to distinguish between reality and fantasy, reflecting his own perceptions.

You get the sense throughout the film that he really wants to leave the town but for some reason he stays there and does the same things, day after day. He and Gnaghi make an interesting pair. Gnaghi reminds me of Uncle Fester. Not only that but while Franscesco is off being a weirdo, Gnaghi falls in love with a little girl, vomits on her, and then digs her head up after she dies. Then they fall in love. Yeah.

You need to watch this. For fans of: nice breasts, zombie boy scouts, messy eaters and human remains.

Red Velvet (2009)

Posted: December 26, 2009 in Blood & Guts, Horror-comedy

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Aaron’s neighbors are a young couple who are too loud. Always fighting, throwing shit around, and he’s sick of it. So when he runs into the girlfriend Linda from next door at the laundromat, he’s not exactly thrilled at first. They exchange witty banter and somehow end up together eating lunch at a thai restaurant. Linda learns that Aaron is a storyteller, and naturally she wants a sample of his work. Aaron uses Linda’s real life friends as inspiration, and their trip to a cabin in the woods as the setting for a story of drinking, swimming, sun…and murder.
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This movie is a horror comedy, something I usally don’t find myself dabbling in too much. I read a few positive reviews and gave it a shot, and I’m really glad I did. This is a smart, funny movie. The killer is this guy (don’t worry, this isn’t a spoiler):
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Reminds me of Frank from Donnie Darko in a white jumpsuit. Also note the pink belt.
What I have to say is this: Red Velvet’s plot is predictable, but it’s execution is not. I would like to own a copy of this flick to watch on a bigger screen. The colors are marvelous, and some of the sequences have been compared to films like Suspiria in regards to the vibrancy of the colors. Example:
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Henry Thomas played Aaron’s character well, being aggressive and manipulative, while Linda (Kelli Garner) struggled to keep up. I found her to be a bit much and the acting wasn’t exactly on the same par as Thomas’s. She irritated the shit out of me mostly.
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This film was captivating and the plot moved at a brisk pace, keeping me interested the whole time. And don’t worry folks…if you need your dose of gore, you won’t be left empty-handed.

Awesome flick, well worth a watch.

Trick R Treat (2008)

Posted: September 27, 2009 in Horror-comedy

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Halloween, the one night of the year where the boundaries of the living and the dead fade, and the spirits of the dead are free to roam the earth. It is a day of parties, spiked punch, and jack-lanterns. Children dress in costumes and venture into the night creating mischief and knocking on doors or, “trick or treating” as they say, to receive all the candy they desire. But what if Halloween wasn’t all fun and games? What if All Hallow’s Eve was all trick and no treat? What if it became a deadly game? This time, there will be all tricks, and no treats…and you might get more than you bargained for when you knock on that door.

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This long-awaited film was originally scheduled for release in October of 2007, but to the dismay of many horror fans the film’s release was pushed back until October of 2009. As you can see, I have already seen the film. Yes, I cheated, I know…I just couldn’t wait for it!

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Among several of the big-name horror flicks released in the past few years, only a few of them stick out to me. The others seemed to fade away into the land of “been there, done that”. This one was a breath of fresh air. I was captivated the whole way through and a big part of that was because of the way everything was presented. A handful of stories woven together into a scattered timeline, set during one Halloween night in a small town. The music was fantastic, the colors were vibrant. It’s just a GOOD Halloween movie.

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Surprisingly one of my favorite parts were the opening credits. I won’t tell you about that, just keep in mind that the best way to see this film is in the theatre on on October 6th.

A clever, funny film with a refreshing approach to a horror movie that’s been long overdue. Good watch.

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