When I went off to nab an old horror flick recently, I was in the mood for something silly but weird. Thus, I ended up with The Wasp Woman (the movie and not something I came home with from a bizarro pub). So there I was, all geared up for mind-bogglingly bad/goofy horror when I found that it was a Roger Corman flick. Oh oh! You know what that means! You have to brace yourself for three typically Corman traits. Firstly the storyline would be as far-fetched as you can imagine. Secondly there would be incredibly cheesy interactions between the characters. And thirdly, any monster conjured up in this flick would look like a wet-suit walking out of the hen house. Needless to say I was not wrong on any of those counts.
Just in time for Halloween, Los Angeles based artist Evanimal gives us "Bone Pile, NJ, 10/31/73," a vintage depiction of a jam session between Dracula, Wolfman, Frankenstein, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon! This handprinted two color screen print on French paper is an edition of 75, and can be seen in all it's glory in our print store:
Since I have been watching a lot of old movies recently, I figured it was time to check out something new. By the way, that horrid movie from last week does not count as a modern horror; it was more of a 'laugh-a-minute' festival. Well, in the hopes that someone has dazzled everyone with a brand new horror theme, I checked out 1408.
I caught a vampire in space movie recently called Bloodsuckers. It is a Canadian flick directed by Matthew Hastings and was made in 2005. I'll give you this, the story of this sci-fi thriller was not bad. Cross space travel with discovery of varied vampiric aliens and you have a winner. Mention space battles and futuristic melee-fights on land and you're probably already halfway to video store to rent this movie.
I recently came across a trailer for an old Hindi movie on Youtube. Admittedly it was not as bad as the Nigerian 666; on the other hand, it was a gruelling 2 and half minutes as I tried to decipher the selling point of the movie. This brief clip revived my interest in cheesy foreign horror and thus, I embarked on a mission to find other unintentionally entertaining hindi horror flicks. And my word, there were many!
I came across this Australian horror flick the other night. It's a zombie flick called Undead that has generous doses of comedy sprinkled throughout the movie. The movie was cheesy -albeit, not Bloody Pit of Horror-style cheesy, but that in itself is a good thing- and it proved to be a fresh take on the unusual zombie plague scenario. This movie is written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig, the two guys behind the upcoming hyped-up vampire movie called Daybreakers. See, I knew that would grab your attention!
As long as there have been movies, there have been vampire movies, and as long as there have been vampire movies, there have been bad vampire movies. Finding a decent blood-sucking flick usually requires a dedicated slog through the dozens of cheap, poorly-written, badly-acted and negligently-directed movies in the subgenre produced every year. We in the United States have a nice shortcut to good movies, though. Generally, if a foreign language film gets wide distribution in America, it's probably good enough to stand on its own merits. This is definitely the case with Tomas Alfredson's 2008 romantic thriller Let The Right One In.
After the raven-filled horror from last week, it's back to old school horror. However, this movie is not in the league as the somewhat charming old horrors; oh no, this one's in a league of its own. Dating back to 1960s, this dubbed-from-Italian flick goes by many names – Orgy of Sadism, Crimson Executioner and Virgins for the Hangman. For the purposes of this review, let's go by one of the milder names i.e. The Bloody Pit of Horror. You have some idea what to expect now; blood, gore, torture, women in skimpy outfits prancing around in a dungeon squealing. Take my warning to heart, don't eat any snacks while watching this movie. Yea, you might laugh so hard that you choke on your popcorn.