Knock at the Cabin (2023)
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by BC
5d ago
FEBRUARY 2, 2023 GENRE: THRILLER SOURCE: THEATRICAL (REGULAR SCREENING) I hadn't gotten ten feet from my seat on the way out of Knock at the Cabin before hearing someone complaining about what it changed from the book (Paul Tremblay's The Cabin at the End of the World; another thing people have been whining about since it's not mentioned in the marketing*), a conversation I made sure not to overhear by speedwalking away. Because I haven't read it yet, and I'm sure it's probably a better version of the story and would like to experience it for myself - with the added bonus of having a memory of ..read more
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FTP: House on the Edge of the Park (1980)
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by BC
6d ago
JANUARY 31, 2023 GENRE: THRILLER SOURCE: BLU-RAY (OWN COLLECTION) Unlike most “pile” movies, I remember exactly when I got House on the Edge of the Park – it was my prize for winning horror trivia at last year’s Overlook Film Festival (donated from the good folks at Severin). And it’d probably stay there for a lot longer if not for two things: the fact that I just this week booked a flight and hotel to *return* to this year’s incarnation of Overlook, and the recent passing of director Ruggero Deodato, who died in December at the relatively young age of 82. I must admit I’m not a huge fan of De ..read more
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Fear (2023)
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by BC
1w ago
JANUARY 29, 2023 GENRE: PSYCHOLOGICAL (or SUPERNATURAL, or both) SOURCE: THEATRICAL (REGULAR SCREENING) I spied a poster for Fear (stylized as Fear? on the poster, and changed (?) to Don't Fear at the end of the film - more on that soon) at my AMC way back in September, assuming it was some kind of Halloween season release that escaped my attention. I then basically forgot about it until I saw it listed on their app as coming soon, and realized that in the four months in between, I had yet to hear anything else about it. Intrigued, I decided to go see it completely blind; a practice I love but ..read more
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FTP: Gags The Clown (2018)
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by BC
1w ago
JANUARY 23, 2023 GENRE: MOCKUMENTARY, SUPERNATURAL SOURCE: BLU-RAY (OWN COLLECTION) The only thing easier to find than a bad killer clown movie is a bad found footage movie, so the deck was pretty stacked against Gags The Clown even before I found out it was based on a viral phenomenon, giving me unpleasant flashbacks to Slender Man. But to my pleasant surprise, it got out from under the shadow of all those red flags and turned out to be a pretty good little chiller; the sort of thing that, back in the regular days of this site, I would be grateful to for being above average and giving me some ..read more
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FTP: Suffer Little Children (1983)
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by BC
2w ago
JANUARY 18, 2023 GENRE: SUPERNATURAL SOURCE: DVD (OWN COLLECTION) After watching Skinamarink last night, I wanted something a little more traditional for a horror movie viewing. And yet of all the movies in the pile (less than 70 now! Down from 150 or so!) I managed to single out Suffer Little Children, which comes from the same line that brought us the WTFery of Things and Sledgehammer, and might be more incompetent than the two of those put together. But I could at least tell you what it was about without needing prompts from the official synopsis to fill in some gaps, so it got one over Ski ..read more
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Skinamarink (2022)
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by BC
3w ago
JANUARY 17, 2023 GENRE: HAUNTED HOUSE, WEIRD SOURCE: THEATRICAL (REGULAR SCREENING) We’ve all been duped with a misleading trailer once or twice, but in the case of Skinamarink, I’m hard-pressed to think of a MORE honest promotion for a horror movie. Outside of the oft-repeated “in this house” not appearing in the film (I can’t tell if the trailer voice is meant to be, you know, TRAILER VOICE or if it’s trying to pass off the line as dialogue), the vibe of the trailer is exactly what the film is, albeit for 100 minutes instead of two. So if you watched the trailer and thought "OK, this is more ..read more
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The House Where Evil Dwells (1982)/Ghost Warrior (1984)
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by BC
3w ago
JANUARY 16, 2023 GENRE: HAUNTED HOUSE SOURCE: BLU-RAY (OWN COLLECTION) One of the oldest “residents” of my dreaded (but now smaller!) pile is a double feature of The House Where Evil Dwells and Ghost Warrior, a pair of genre films from the early 80s that attempted to bridge Japanese and American audiences now that we were all friends again. In fact, it’s been sitting there so long (I wasn’t even living in the same house at the time!) that the disc is now out of print, so maybe I shouldn’t have opened it and just sold it on eBay for a few bucks. I really should start just sorting them chronolog ..read more
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FTP: Book of Monsters (2019)
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by BC
1M ago
DECEMBER 22, 2022 GENRE: SUPERNATURAL SOURCE: BLU-RAY (OWN COLLECTION) Given the success and – more importantly – inspiring nature of Evil Dead and its first sequel (after that they had real money), it’s not all that surprising to see some of its plot devices end up in independent genre films. But sometimes these films can be grating, especially if they try to force memorable catchphrases down our throats in hopes of creating the next “Groovy” or whatever (made worse when you consider how many of them feature actors with nary an ounce of Bruce Campbell’s charm. So I admit I wasn’t expecting mu ..read more
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FTP: A Taste of Phobia (2018)
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by BC
1M ago
DECEMBER 16, 2022 GENRE: ANTHOLOGY SOURCE: DVD (OWN COLLECTION) I don’t wish them ill or anything, but I really have little to no interest in multi director anthologies, something I figured out about a decade ago when we were suddenly bombarded by them (V/H/S, ABCs of Death, etc). I mean, to be fair I don’t even love a lot of traditional, single-filmmaker ones like Creepshow, feeling that the time spent on a few short films could have been spent on a full narrative I can sink my teeth into (I don’t DISLIKE Creepshow, to be clear – but I rarely feel like rewatching it either; I’ve probably seen ..read more
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A Toast To The Men of BLACK CHRISTMAS
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by BC
2M ago
(NOTE: This is more of a "Collins' Crypt" type of piece I just didn't have anywhere to post as the sites I write for already have plenty of Black Christmas material. So you get an off-brand piece here. You're welcome.) Jess: “Clare Harrison is missing. I was out with the search party looking for her.” Peter: “How noble.” Let’s get something out of the way here: Keir Dullea’s Peter is NOT the killer in Black Christmas, despite the well intentioned efforts to make us think he is. If you want to assume he is and that the phone ringing at the end of the film is just a coincidental phone call (perh ..read more
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