December 2009

A Hooper Horror: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

At this late date, it’s difficult to differentiate adept film making from intentional camp. Removed from its release by over two decades in 1986, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 certainly isn’t a masterful piece of work, although the film does maintain a specific tone and visual bent throughout the entirety of its one hundred minute run time.

The beginnings of Massacre, though, date back to the ‘70s. After working in and around Austin, Texas – the city of his childhood – Tobe Hooper worked on a film called Eggshells. Using the backdrop of a hippie commune, the 1969 supernatural feature didn’t see an actual release, but still set up Hooper to work in the feature medium again a few years on.

Dunwich Horror

I had high hopes for this one. After all, it was based on an H. P. Lovecraft short story. Think old ones, weird rituals, creepy towns and other such elements that make up a good Lovecraft tale. Well, it didn't turn out the way it expected, despite having the aforementioned features. In fact, the movie was a bit on the bland side. Let's see why.

Fido


There's nothing cheesy to talk about this week. Oh no, I'll talk about an incredibly funny, rather well-done zombie flick. It's the Canadian undead ventyre called Fido. Released in 2007, this movie was directed by Andrew Currie and features big names like Billy Connolly and Carrie-Ann Moss. Despite its excellent story, direction and cast, the movie came and went without much of a buzz. Which is a shame given how this movie succeeds where all other recent ones have failed in doing justice to the zombie genre. I'm talking about you, 2008's Day of the Dead.

Silver Bullet

 

Ever think back to old horror flicks that scared the living daylights out of you when you were a kid? Did you ever find yourself rewatching them in an effort to relive the thrills, be all freaked out again? Well, that's how I ended up nabbing Silver Bullet and sitting down for a good old fright night.

Horror Movies and Holidays

In a few weeks, it will be holiday time. Most of us will hopefully have plenty of time to catch up with family and friends and indulge in your favorite hobbies. Aside from fun and games with loved ones, this is also the perfect time for a movie marathon. Especially one consisting of horror flicks! I've compiled a list of scary movies that work well for the holiday period. A lot of them are set in the Christmas period, others have a vacation setting as the backdrop. Enjoy!