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I’m pretty stoked to talk about this one, as it is a film that is dear to my heart. As I’ve mentioned before in my blog, my Dad has always been a huge influence in my love for horror cinema. I began watching movies with the greats at a really young age, and for some reason I really loved Vincent Price’s work. There was something very obscure and classic about him that I’ve always been so enthralled by. In fact I recently found out that my aunt met him in the 80s and they had a lengthy conversation apparently. I’m very, very bitter about that. ANYWAY.

The Abominable Dr. Phibes stars Price, playing Dr. Anton Phibes, a famous organist and musical genius. In 1921 after a devastating car crash that leaves him horribly disfigured and his wife Victoria severely injured, Dr. Phibes goes into hiding after learning that his wife died on the operating table. For several years he plots his revenge against the doctors that killed his wife. Four years after the accident, with the help of his mute sidekick Vulvania, the Doctor begins to put his plan into motion, with a series of grotesque murders.

I love love love this film. It is so completely bizarre and imaginative. For example, Dr. Phibes is left without the ability to speak after the accident, so he uses his knowledge of music to create a device that allows him to speak through a Victrola. To obscure his scarred face, he creates a lifelike mask and wig.

The best aspect of this film in my opinion is the creative death scenes. Each medical professional faces a horrifying and inventive end, obviously calculated with extreme care. This film is really a pleasure to watch. It has been described as having an art deco feel, with its vibrant colors and 1920s fashions.

To put it all together, this is a super great flick with awesomely bizarre characters, fantastic contraptions and a storyline that will keep you interested all the way through. A classic for sure.

For fans of frog masks, animatronics, and embalming fluid.

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Session 9 (2001)

Posted: February 3, 2011 in *NEW!!*, Psychological, Supernatural

Gordon is the owner of a small asbestos removal company, and is in desperate need of cash. He places a bid on a job for a huge abandoned mental institution, telling the client that he can have the job done in one week. After winning the job, Gordon and his crew get to work, but start to show strange effects from being inside the institution.

(This is not a still from the movie, but an actual photo of the state hospital.)

This film has a very calculated feeling to it. It builds tension slowly, to the point where you are completely on edge. I found it to be suspenseful from beginning to end, and for the first time in month if not YEARS, I was frightened during a movie. Yes, frightened. Nervous. I wanted my Mommy. The only thing I found issue with was the ending, I feel like it was drawn out a bit much but overall I was satisfied and I got my taste of gore.

If you are looking for cheap scares or heavy violence you won’t find it in Session 9, but you will find a damn creepy movie with some really great cinematography, since it was set in the real Danvers State Mental Hospital, in Danvers Massachusetts. I have seen it in person and it’s huge and such an amazing place to film a movie like this.

This movie is for fans of hazardous materials, David Caruso smoking weed, and multiple personalities.

Black Swan (2010)

Posted: December 19, 2010 in *NEW!!*, Psychological

I loved this fucking movie! The director Darren Aronofsky also directed other such great films like Pi, Requiem For A Dream and one of my favorites of the past 10 years, The Wrestler.  I was at first hesitant to review this because I thought going into it that it would be more in the psychological thriller category…Which is is, but it most certainly is still a horror film. It may be one of the most unsettling and unique ones I’ve seen in a very long time.

Nina Sayers played by Natalie Portman, is a ballet dancer at a New York company, trying to make her way to center stage. When the company’s prima ballerina suddenly retires, Nina tries for the now open part of queen swan in the production of “Swan Lake”. The story of Swan Lake is very tragic one. There once was a princess who was turned into a white swan. The only way she could break free from her swan form was from the magic of true love. The swan finally met her prince and was going to be free, but the prince was tricked by the good swan’s evil twin, the black swan. Knowing that she would never become a princess again and would be trapped forever, the white swan killed herself.

(Winona Ryder as Beth, the ex-prima ballerina)

The manager of the company, Thomas, casts Nina because of her wonderful dancing and portrayal of the white swan. She is fragile and timid, innocent and pure.  But Thomas cannot see the role in her of the black swan, whom she must also play. The black swan is sensual and commanding, charismatic and dances with reckless abandon. Nina’s life of pressures; her eating disorder, constant training and overbearing mother have turned her into a living doll. To try to control the chaos in her life, Nina has made her dancing mechanical and perfect, never a step out of place. Then a new girl joins the company named Lily, played by Mila Kunis. Lily is everything Nina isn’t; dark, dangerous, carefree—perfect for the role of the black swan. Lily pulls Nina into her world, and from there things start to get freaky.

I was so drawn in by this movie. I’m trying to figure out how to even convey how I felt about it because a.) I have limited writing ability and b.) I can’t really think of the words to describe it. Included in those words would be frantic, claustrophobic, paranoid, and confused. These were all things I felt in Nina’s character, a girl who was so dedicated and determined literally be perfect that her real life became the dream and Swan Lake became her reality. Her descent into complete delusion was moving and the ending sequence was beautiful and heart-breaking. I want to say more but I just can’t spoil it. All I can say is that I was invested in Nina so much and was so sucked in and her descent into darkness was perfection. I found Natalie P’s performance to be tremendous in this film.

The subtleties of this movie were wonderful. I especially liked the use of bird-like sounds while Nina was dancing, the tap tap tap of feet on the floor or a whoosh of wind caused by the flapping of wings. These became more and more apparent as Nina became more and more delusional toward the end of the film. More obvious was the use of mirrors throughout the film, which gain more symbolism as Nina’s self-identity comes more into question. I was impressed with the authentic portrayal of the ballet industry. I’m not a ballet dancer obviously, but had several dedicated dancer friends growing up. It was not always a pretty picture. This film showed those parts….Broken toenails and blisters, blood, nasty feet…I was very squeamish during many scenes, including any and ALL of the ones involving fingernails or tiny cuts, etc. Honestly that is more disturbing to me that seeing a guy get hacked to death with a chainsaw. In addition, even if you don’t like this movie, it just LOOKS great. The photography is gorgeous.

I could really go on about this but you just have to go out and see the film. I’d have to say that this is the second ballet-oriented horror film I’ve ever seen, second to the fabulous Suspiria! Black Swan is for fans of girl on girl action, feathers and gross skin problems.