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Hotel Inferno 2013

HOTEL INFERNO: FIRST PERSON SPLATTER HORROR

Proper gore fans are well aware of the bloody spectacle that is Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991). Riki-Oh is seemingly a Martial Arts film that goes a step beyond the genre and delivers graphic violence the likes of which I had never seen before. The funny thing is that as a Kung Fu flick it clearly fails. I love Kung Fu film so I believe I am on firm ground making that assertion. Where Riki-Oh shines is as a bloody prison film.  It takes our worst and most violent assumptions of what… Continue reading

Killer Legends 2014

KILLER LEGENDS: EVER WONDER IF THERE BE TRUTH TO URBAN LEGENDS?

In 2009 Joshua Zeman delivered a curious little documentary that focused on a New York urban legend called Cropsey. In this documentary Joshua Zeman explored an urban legend of his youth. The documentary explores the Cropsey legend and then pivots to how it actually became true as five missing children succumb to a real-life Cropsey boogeyman. What was compelling about Zeman’s documentary was his exploration of the concept of the urban legend itself then pivoting to how it actually became real a specific instance. The concept of the… Continue reading

Rigor Mortis 2014

RIGOR MORTIS: A HOPPING GOOD SLOW BURN TIME

Upon having the opportunity to see the amazing trailer for Juno Mak’s Rigor Mortis several months back, I was immediately struck by its serious approach to the material. I have been an Asian film fan since I was a kid so I am familiar with the Chinese hopping vampire. Yes, Chinese vampires hop and while it’s hard for western audiences to deal with that without a chuckle, those are the facts. Ricky Lau’s Mr. Vampire (1985) showed me how to enjoy the Chinese vampire: a little horror, a little Kung Fu and… Continue reading

Godzilla 2014

GODZILLA: HE’S BACK!

I grew up in a rural setting which meant that there weren’t a lot of kids around. I spent a lot of time by myself. At the time I lamented the lack of other children with which to socialize but as an adult I have managed to come to appreciate this disadvantage. I was forced to find ways to entertain myself and thus I discovered and began exercising the “muscle” that is my creativity and imagination. I indulged in reading and creative play. This began a long relationship with escapism and for me this started with the… Continue reading

Wer 2013

WER: WEREWOLVES ARE COOL AGAIN… I HOPE

Let me start by asking the simple question, “Where are all the werewolf movies?” We’ve got vampire movies out the wazoo but very few werewolf movies. The number of solid werewolf films can be counted on one hand and the total number of werewolf movies can be counted by using the the other hand. OK, I’m exaggerating about the last part of the statement but why are there so few werewolf movies. The werewolf movie has it all: human drama, opportunities for graphic violence and a sympathetic monster. It’s a sad state of… Continue reading

Big Bad Wolves 2013

BIG BAD WOLVES: DARK COMIC LOOK AT REVENGE

What a great time to be a genre film fan! There is just so much creativity floating around in the filmmaking ether right now. Technology has opened Pandora’s box of film possibilities. Not only can we watch anything ever made because of unprecedented access but what we are presented as new has the benefit of standing on the shoulders of what came before. Young and old filmmakers are also taking advantage of new technology that inspires creativity which inspires new techniques. Sure, there are still a lot of stinkers out there but… Continue reading

Savaged 2013

SAVAGED: LOW BUDGET FILMMAKING DONE RIGHT

One of the great things about being a fan of genre cinema is that one gets to enjoy all manner of wild, crazy and creative permutations of well tread story lines. They can be as wild and wacky as the creator wants them to be as the only rule in storytelling and genre film storytelling is that it work. It must work within its own narrative environment to entertain. If a filmmaker wants to tell the story of a block of cheese that saves the world form alien ghosts then all is fair in… Continue reading

The Raid 2 2014

THE RAID 2: ACTION REDEFINED

When I was a kid, the local television station had a block of time reserved every Saturday afternoon for something called Kung Fu Theater. This block of time was my temple every Saturday for many years. It was an indoctrination that I cherish to this day because this was not only the beginning of my love and appreciation for Martial Arts cinema but also the beginning of my appreciation for foreign cinema. I am not one of those people that fears subtitles like the plague. As a matter of fact, I prefer subtitles over dubbing… Continue reading

The Borderlands 2013

THE BORDERLANDS: SLOW BURN FOUND FOOTAGE… SANS HEAT

Today, as Horror fans, we are now aware that the Found Footage format is not a fad but a film genre that is here to stay. I understand that for many the format is an acquired taste but for me it is just another way to tell Horror stories. The format has negatives and positives to overcome and to take advantage of all at the same time. Some film makers see it as a way to make a film on the cheap to get their foot in the door, while others see… Continue reading

Dark House 2014

DARK HOUSE: DECEPTIVELY INTERESTING, DISAPPOINTINGLY INCOMPLETE

At the end of the 1990′s I found myself in a discussion with a friend about how lean the decade had been in terms of Horror film production. Little did I know the resurgence that the Horror genre would make in the new millennium. This resurgence would happen in part by a world wide discovery and appreciation for the genre. Millions of global Horror film lovers growing up on American Horror exports were now coming of age and becoming Horror film makers. These new film makers were producing films in the genre they had… Continue reading

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