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The Strange Dr. Weird ep 18 – The Voice of Death

Posted on 13 October 2014 by VinnieAve

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Dweller in the Dark: A Halloween Special

Posted on 10 October 2013 by VinnieAve

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Cycle of the Werewolf, Powerpuff Girls, Halloween and Scream

Posted on 19 November 2012 by VinnieAve

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31 Days of Halloween October 4th: The Perfect Host

Posted on 04 October 2012 by DM

Day 4: The Perfect Host
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, WAF*

Premise: Fugitive John Taylor bites off more than he can chew when he cons his way into Warwick’s (David Hyde Pierce from Frasier) home and discovers there’s worse out there than himself.

Thoughts: I knew a great deal about this movie coming into it and it still managed to shock me.  David Hyde Pierce rocks the role of Warwick and I refuse to say that much more about it because I urge people to take a look at this one if you’re not skittish.  Full of shocks and suspense, The Perfect Host has a nice pacing and is not afraid to take you into the dark corners of the human psyche whilst making sure that those of us who like a good laugh in our horror are still satisfied.  Score 4 out of 5 Skeelys

*WAS=Weird as Fuck

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31 Days of Halloween October 3rd

Posted on 03 October 2012 by DM

Day 3: Friday the 13th Part 2

Genre Slasher

Premise

A new camp to train counselors opens up on Camp Crystal Lake prompting Jason to avenge his mothers death.

Thoughts

Ok this time were watching a sequel to a movie I’ve seen and seeing how that floats. Honestly, in many ways it was a better movie. The heroine was more capable and interesting this time around. Our villain was new and realistically inept. We did have a ton more gratuitous nudity/sex but I don’t consider that in the good or bad pile. All in all if you liked the first movie you’ll like this one and if you didn’t you should probably stay away.

 

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31 Days of Halloween October 2nd

Posted on 02 October 2012 by DM

31 Days of Halloween

Day 2: The Caller

Genre: Sci-Fi, thriller

 

Premise: Recently divorced Mary Kee moves into a new home where she begins to receive telephone calls from a troubled woman named Rose. It doesn’t take too long for Mary to realize that there’s more to these calls than meets the eye.

 

Thoughts: I turned this movie on because I thought that the premise sounded like one of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes. Man did I make the wrong call. The premise is sound and the directed does well in achieving a suspenseful atmosphere but for my own tastes, it went too far. The time travel aspects were strong and well done but I think the actions they have Mary take in the past move this movie into a really horrid place. Wile this movie isn’t for me I think that those of you who aren’t squeamish and find the premise of a caller from the past intriguing may find this a gem in the rough.

 

DM

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31 Days of Halloween: Day 1

Posted on 30 September 2012 by DM

In honor of the holiday that is tied for favorite in my heart, I am going to be watching and reviewing a horror movie that I have never seen for each day of the month of October. It’s like 30 Days of Christmas but with blood. So enjoy.

 

Day 1: Grave Encounters

Genre: Ghost/Supernatural

Release Date: 2011

Grave Encounters is a small production that depicts the leftover footage from a reality television crew that, ala Ghost Hunters, is trying to prove the reality of ghosts with pseudo science, which apparently bites off more than it can chew (much like me and this last sentence). As they investigate an abandoned mental hospital, reality becomes skewed and the crew is confronted horrible supernatural encounters.

 

Additional notes: The reality tv angel worked well to help with scares but made it all the more jarring when a scene was filmed outside of that direct camera context.

 

Summary: Under the premise of a “proving the paranormal” reality television show, Grave Encounters takes a bit long to deliver on the scares and gives them for too brief a time. All in all, it is too top-heavy a movie.

DM

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Being a Better Geek: Halloween (1978) and Scream

Posted on 30 September 2012 by VinnieAve

For the month of October I decided on a couple of films that steered me towards the horror genre, Halloween and Scream. My assumption is that Vincenzo will hate them both and punish me later but the point of this little endeavor is to share what helped to develop our various geekdoms. I grew into the horror franchise after High School and scream was one of the first movies I saw that drove me there. The franchise is a favorite of mine, filled with witty banter and inside jokes pertaining to the industry. I came to Halloween much later but it quickly became my all time favorite horror movie. So much so that I crave my DVD that was lent for the purposes of this article before Too much of October is behind us. I have rarely seen movies succeed at creating an atmosphere as well as this film. So much so that I watch it several times during the month of October to help me maintain that Halloween spirit. The soundtrack will also be playing most of the month in an effort to make pedestrians fear my car as it drives along.

Vincenzo's Take

I am by no means a horror fan, and in particular I am not a slasher horror fan. So I have not seen any of these, probably because there is a house in my town that does amazing Halloween decoration and at night they have people dressed up. One night when we went there a man dressed up as Freddy Kruger was there and I was terrified at the time. For this reason I avoided slasher films. Thus this week I will be talking about Halloween (1978) and Scream.

So first to Halloween, I have enjoyed John Carpenter for a number of years with The Thing coming in as one of my favorite horror films overall, so suffice it to say I have intended to see this for a while now and this was as good a reason as any. The basic story of Halloween is that Michael Myers has escaped from the asylum and has gone back to his town in the process stalking Laurie Strode and killing the teens. I don’t particularly care to go over the story since it’s pretty standard fare at this point making its way into the lexicon of film. That is not to say that this one is not great a film and there was definitely a reason to watch this even if you are not a horror fan. This film was a fantastic piece of art. There are a number of well filmed scenes from the beginning of the film with the first scene being entirely 1st person. Throughout the film there is an excellent use of light and darkness.

The next big part of the movie that was the music, John Carpenter’s films always have a standard soundtrack type that can enhance the film or not have any effect. In this case the music has such a great effect on the level of terror in the film. There was one particular story element that I found troublesome. For the first part of the story Michael is very clearly human and is bound by human rules and the laws of nature. However, in the last act of the film in particular, there are several elements of Michael that are much more super-natural. I think this change damages the character and weakens the film. However, at the end of the day I really enjoyed this film and most likely will be adding this to my collection at some point.

The second film that I was assigned for Being a Better Geek was Scream.
I have to start this with the statement is that Scream is a satire and parody of the slasher genre. Sadly this film’s humor hinges almost entirely on knowing the tropes of the genre otherwise this movie is a pretty weak and goofy film. This review will be short since by and large I like to talk about what worked really well and what worked terribly poorly.

The biggest short coming of this film is that it tries to balance between being a horror film and being a comedy about horror films, this causes there to be odd tonal shifts, particularly when there are attack scenes. When Ghostface attacks he almost always takes a few big hits and is really taken down like a chump before he kills the person who it has attacked.

It was difficult for me to enjoy this movie since so much of it hinges on the audience knowing about the genre. There is a scene where a character goes over the rules of surviving a horror film. While everyone knows them, the people who will actually enjoy this are fans, not the initiate. This major element causes me to not be able to recommend this to people who are not fans already.

 

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Being a Better Geek: Cycle of the Werewolf

Posted on 01 September 2012 by VinnieAve

Why I picked it…Its simple really; It was the first Horror literature that I was exposed to (unless you count fairy tales, which I did not until much later).  Cycle of the Werewolf was read to my fourth grade class in the afternoons post recess.  The adult in me is sure that it was edited for our little ears but it still called to me.  By no means is it an award winning work.  The writing is very early King and that is to say sub par in key elements like depth and plot.  It was the atmosphere that captured me though. King has always been able to pull his reader into the moment, to feel what they feel and experience what they experience.  So I assign to Vincenzo the novella that started my love of Horror Fiction, and I hope that he likes it because its a long road from here.
DM

Vincenzo’s Take

I write this as I sit in the back seat of my parent’s car, driving to Cambridge, MA for my cousin’s wedding. I tell you this because this week we read Cycle of the Werewolf, a novella by Stephen King, so if even if you are like me, you know that he loves to write his stories in New England, in this case like most of his stuff Maine. The basic premise of this tale is that there is a vignette for each month of a year with various werewolf attacks throughout the year.

There were some things about this book that I enjoyed. I will give King this he has a wonderful talent for describing and building his world. You get an excellent feel for the small town nature with more or less everyone knows everyone. You know the shops and the people the setting is great. Without a doubt this was the best part of the story. I enjoyed the main conceit of the book, being the short vignette format worked well, and it was a good way to move quickly from each month to another.

Sadly, both of the benefits came at a cost. While there are a good number of characters who you know a little bit about but there is no real main character to identify with or carry the story. I found the book to be uncompelling and not really caring who died or what really happened. The book had very little emotion to it. This made the book a bit of a failure and I would be hesitant to recomend this book to people who are not already big horror fans or are people who must read all of Stephen King’s works.

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