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Topic: horror

The Blood Trilogy

Let it bleed, in high-def.


Horror

Rod Lott
While Herschell Gordon Lewis has made a fortune in the advertising business, it's his earlier career as a drive-in filmmaker that fuels his still-going legacy. He's still kicking — 2010's gruesome game-show parody "The Uh-Oh Show" is his latest, while several of his movies have been remade — and Something Weird Video and Image Entertainment have released a new documentary about him, "Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore.” But more importantly, they’ve unleashed arguably his most notorious works on Blu-ray.
 
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Others

THE LIGHT WILL KILL THEM!!!


Horror

Rod Lott
Among all Hollywood's stabs at ghost stories and haunted-house movies of late — your "Paranormal Activity" and whatnot — none can hold a candle to the old-fashioned Gothic chills of 2001's "The Others," still mega-creepy after all these years and now on Blu-ray.
 
Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fantastic Fest: 'Livid'

It may French-fry your mind.

Writers/directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury finally follow up their 2007 hit, "Inside," with another French horror film in "Livid." While not a sophomore slump, it doesn't pay off on their debut's promise. Most of that is because the new movie makes so little sense.

On one hand, that's good, because you're not quite sure what's going to happen next. On the other hand, when stuff does happen, you may ask yourself, "Qu'est-ce?"

Appealing young actress Chloé Coulloud is Lucie, a new home-care nurse being trained by a jaded veteran of elderly diaper-changing (Catherine Jacob, "Who Killed Bambi?"). On day one, the most memorable stop is that of the Jessel mansion, where a 100-year-old lives in a vegetative state by herself (credibility alert!) on the top floor. The pro tells the newbie of a rumored treasure somewhere within the massive estate.

After sharing this news with her frustrated boyfriend, Lucie find herself as part of a trio breaking into the place amid the witching hour to hunt for the riches. They find something else. If a senior citizen in an oxygen mask is the stuff of your nightmares, prepare to soil your drawers.

From there, the story unfolds in a manner audiences may not expect, but "Livid" becomes less lucid. The nonsense speeds up as the pacing slows to a near-crawl. I'm all for acts of the supernatural, but not without some context as to what is occurring before our eyes. Bustillo and Maury are unclear, perhaps in an attempt to be arty. The team pulls off some outstanding visuals, but ghost stories cannot work on those alone.

The title "Livid" has no proper connection to the movie's events; it's as if someone wanted a word that sounded like "Insidious." Now that's a flick that yielded fright while containing all other necessary ingredients. As for "Livid," let's chalk it up as a somewhat noble misfire. —Rod Lott
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Scream 4

More like a whimper.


Horror

Rod Lott
To place “Scream 4” within its franchise, let’s talk superlatives: It’s the bloodiest, the shortest and the least satisfying.
 
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Born of Earth

Abort! Abort!


Horror

Rod Lott
Poor Daniel Baldwin. In the opening moments of “Born of Earth,” his wife is murdered, his kids get sucked into the ground, and he survives, meaning he has to star in the torturous remainder of “Born of Earth.”
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Black Zoo

Admission to this sanguine safari is recommended.


Horror

Rod Lott
One wacky dude, this Michael Conrad (Michael Gough, Alfred in the "Batman" movies of Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher) of 1963's "Black Zoo." He's the owner of a zoo that appears to be the hottest hang-out in town — frequented not only by schoolchildren, but also newlyweds and hot college girls — and whose furry residents he calls "my children."
 
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Killer Party

I'm dying to RSVP again.


Horror

Rod Lott
Immediately, I understood why 1986's "Killer Party" enjoys such a cult following: The unconventional slasher opens with a stereotypical flaming priest quoting "The Wizard of Oz" as he presides over a funeral. It's all a goof — part of a movie-within-a-movie-within-a-movie joke.
 
Monday, October 3, 2011

Vlog

Tag this one #guiltypleasure.


Horror

Rod Lott
My latest guilty pleasure is the super-short “Vlog.” At first, I was uncertain whether the 71-minute horror film was supposed to be funny on purpose, but I was certain that it’s supposed to gory, coming from several “Saw” producers. Even if you hate that franchise, give this stripped-down effort a shot. It may surprise you.
 
Friday, October 7, 2011

Night School

Enroll in Slashers 101.


Horror

Rod Lott
Attention, class, "Night School" is now in session. Today's lesson: how to capitalize on the slasher craze started by "Friday the 13th" without the benefit of having a holiday in your title. This 1981 B movie gets an A for effort, because it does give it the ol' college try.
 
Friday, October 28, 2011

The Sylvian Experiments

No further research necessary; they failed.


Horror

Rod Lott
Even masters have their off days. Hiroshi Takahashi, the celebrated screenwriter of Japanese modern horror classics “Don’t Look Up” and “Ringu” (aka “The Ring”), makes a rare outing as director, too, with “Sylvian Experiments,” retitled for American consumption from its original “Kyôfu.” (Gesundheit.)
 
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
 
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