STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS: AWESOME!
In 2009 we saw a much needed reboot of the Star Trek film franchise. Gone were the Star Trek TNG cast and in its place were a batch of young faces and talent. Most notably Zachary Quinto who was born to play Spock. J. J. Abrams directing a Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman screenplay gave us a worthy science fiction spectacle that did justice to a much beloved Sci Fi property. It is easy to say that Abrams reboot reignited an interest in Star Trek which was in danger of being relegated… Continue reading
IRON MAN 3: SHANE BLACK AND HIS CAST BRING THE FUN
It is interesting now to look back at the history of live-action superhero content. Let’s face it, 40+ years ago superheroes could not be brought to a small (TV) screen without a gimmick like “camp” and have audiences buy into it. I’m talking about the Batman television series with Adam West. The cape crusader was brought to life with a silly black rayon cape and grey tights. It looked silly on screen but adding the camp aspect to the series made it all digestible. Don’t get me… Continue reading
TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D: “DO YOUR THING CUZ… WTF?
Having been around a while and having the opportunity to grow up with the Horror genre as a kid, a teen, a young adult and now as an adult I find myself wondering why I like these silly much maligned movies. The answer is simple and straight forward… I enjoy a story attempting to scare me. The question then becomes what is scary? This becomes a much trickier question to answer which may send one down the path of revisiting films that we can all agree are scary. One of these… Continue reading
MANBORG: 80′s CHEESE AGED TO PERFECTION
In order to understand Manborg we must first discuss the Canadian film production company Astron-6. Astron-6 was founded in 2007 by Adam Brooks and Jeremy Gillespie. Matt Kennedy, Connor Sweeney and Steven Kostanski later joined making Astron-6 what it is now, a five man film making team that creates low-budget films that have a 1980′s vibe. The films combine Horror, Sci Fi and Comedy. Basically its a bunch of talented guys that have the same love of genre films from the 80′s. Astron-6 makes the films they want on the cheap. This may… Continue reading
THE LORDS OF SALEM: ZOMBIE BRINGS THE OLD SCHOOL VIBE… BIG TIME!
I was first introduced to Rob Zombie in 1992 through the music of Zombie’s band White Zombie. Being a fan of the Universal monster films and the subsequent black and white Horror films of the 1940′s and 1950′s it was obvious that Rob Zombie and I were kindred spirits (with respect to cinematic taste). We shared an admiration of classic Horror especially since his band was named White Zombie. His follow up album Astro Creep: 2000 continued the Horror themes and were paired with similarly themed videos… Continue reading
OBLIVION: WELCOMED SCI FI ALBEIT FAMILIAR
Tom Cruise has been making films since he was nineteen first appearing 1981′s Endless Love starring Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt. It was a small part most likely not remembered by most even myself. Yes, I have seen Endless Love. The CouchZombie needs a little romance too you know. This allows Cruise to be discussed as a teen star who went on to be a successful actor which we all know is tricky business considering the pitfalls that many young people people in the business have to navigate, many without success. Not… Continue reading
EVIL DEAD: MAKING THE TERROR OF THE UNKNOWN LESS SCARY WITH SPECIFICITY
I’ve been around long enough and have seen enough movies now that I can look back and see without a doubt movies that were truly special Horror experiences. Movies that I say to myself, “I don’t care who remakes this film, it will never be as special an experience as the original”. We don’t even have to be talking within the context of remakes some films were and remain such special experiences that it is hard to imagine anyone producing anything better. I would cite Psycho (1960),… Continue reading
G.I. JOE RETALIATION: GO JOE!
The toy company Hasbro released a G.I Joe toy line in 1964. These were basically 12 inch dolls for little boys that were military themed with articulated joints. In 1970 the toy line was re-branded to the G.I. Joe Adventure Team to soften the war theme aspect of the toy line. In 1974 Hasbro added the now famous G.I. Joe with “Kung Fu Grip” and the ”Eagle Eye” toy mechanic in 1976. The original toy line featured generic soldiers that were intended to represent a figure for each facet of America’s… Continue reading
BLOOD RUNS COLD: SNOWY SLASHER FLICK
The Scandinavian region of Europe has been delivering some great Horror films recently like Cold Prey (2006), Frostbitten (2006), Let the Right One In (2008), Dark Floors (2008), Dead Snow (2009), Troll Hunter (2010), Thale (2012) and others. This region of the world has been finding ways to use its strengths (culture, myths and cold snowy landscapes) to tell horror stories within the templates set by western Horror cinema. As a fan of the genre I welcome the adoption of the standard Horror tropes by other countries because this means more… Continue reading
THE GRANDMASTER: BADASS ART HOUSE KUNG FU CINEMA
I grew up watching Kung Fu flicks courtesy of a local television station in my area. Every Saturday I would get to watch the best that the Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest had to offer. I got to experience the best of Kiing Hu and Chang Che films. These films were action oriented films churned out a dime a dozen. These films dealt with topics about the old school passing along wisdom to the new and up and coming, this school against that school, Chinese patriotism during Japanese occupation, or in… Continue reading
MIMESIS NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: DEJA… BOO!
George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968) was ground zero, the genesis, the template… for a change in the way zombies were portrayed. However you want to see it or describe it, NotLD changed everything. Before NotLD zombies were created by voodoo magic and controlled by a witch doctor of sorts. George Romero re-imagined the zombie as something different. Something that was controlled not by a witch doctor but a ravenous need to eat human flesh. A singular purpose of the newly dead to kill the living. A small tweaking… Continue reading
ADAM CHAPLIN: HEAVEN VALLEY… ANYTHING BUT HEAVEN
Adam Chaplin is an Italian film written and directed by Emanuelle De Santi. Not only does De Santi write and direct but he also stars in the film as Adam Chaplin the title character. It doesn’t end there as De Santi also receives a Prosthetics/Animatronics Effects Director and Director of Photography credit. If you sit through the credits of the film you will also see that the guy writes all the music for the film. De Santi does it all. His brother Giulio De Santi appears in the film as Derek and… Continue reading