Sunday, January 31, 2010

There's A Zombie On Your Lawn

For those who don't play Plants Vs. Zombies this will be a real treat.

Here's a music video from the PC game.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Horror Blogger Awards

Holy Crap! our blog has been nominated for the Horror Blogger Award over at Bloody-Disgusting!

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Friday, January 22, 2010

*Preview* Frozen

"No one knows you're up there."

Last week I stumbled accross the trailer for "Frozen", which is listed as a drama/thriller but will inevitably be recognized as a horror. The story goes something like this: Three skiers somehow get left behind on the lift after they decide to make one last run right before the place closes...Unfortunately for them, nobody knows they're there. What makes things even worse for them is it's a Sunday, and they wont be open again until Friday. It's only a matter of time before they realize that if they want to get out of this alive, they will have to make some very tough choices. Which puts them in an interesting position; the only thing more dangerous than doing something, would be to do nothing.

"Frozen" stars Emma Bell, Shawn Ashmore, Kevin Zegers, and is Directed by "Hatchet's" Adam Green, which most people praise a lot more than I do. It's good to see that this film will be rated "R", and that they will not shy away from the potential of gritty imagery here, instead of trying to cater to the tween audience. These days that's alone an accomplishment when it comes to American horror.
Watch the trailer:

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Burning (1981) Review

Gather Around The Campfire To Die!

Yes, gather round indeed. The Burning is about a prank that goes wrong back at old Camp Blackfoot. A few boys try to prank a weird camp caretaker by putting an old rotted skull that's lit up near his bed. They bang on the window and whoops old Cropsy accidently knocks the skull onto his bed. He than gets up and runs outside where he is covered in flames.The next scene is in a hospital and the film informs us that 5 years later he is released. Wait... 5 years? Wouldn't they take him out of the hospital and move him somewhere else? Well it's a horror movie so I'll let it slide. Moving on. Cropsy is than shown walking down some random city street. He follows some hooker home and she freaks out about his face and he kills her.

Now we go back to Camp Blackfoot and guess what, Baseball scene! Yes! and Jason Alexander. I love baseball scenes in camping horror movies. Just like when I used to go to camp. Anyways, a lot of the movie revolves around this one kid Alfred who is a huge creeper. He watches some girl while she's in the shower and gets yelled at for it. Todd, the head camp counselor tries to help him out since Alfred is a loner and has no friends. Some good and fun camp mooning happens down by the lake with the other campers. There's a guy named Glazer that keeps picking on Alfred. He looks like a weird James Franco.

A bunch of the campers and counselors than go on a journey to the another part of camp that is farther up the lake in a bunch of canoes. Banjo music is played. It's a race to the other side. They make it and soon it's nightfall. Todd is telling a story by the fire about Cropsy. Todd tells how Cropsy would carry garden shears around everywhere he went and that he was also a huge drunk. He says how Cropsy followed one kid around and than says how that same kid got back at him by pranking Cropsy with his friends. He says how while Cropsy was on fire he yelled out, "I wil return, I will have my revenge" and no one ever found his body. Someone than pops out wearing a mask and the campers get scared. Two characters named Eddy and Karen go off to skinny dip. Karen doesn't want to have sex with Eddy so she gets out. Her clothes are thrown about the woods and Cropsy kills her.

The next morning all the campers and counselors notice Karen is missing and so are their canoes. All the campers go looking for the canoes. Todd and his counselor friends start making a raft so that they can go back to the camp to try to find Karen. They finish it within a few hours which is quite amazing. So some of the campers and Eddy make their way back to camp. While heading back to they find a lone canoe which leads to the infamous raft massacre scene and Cropsy. Needless to say, they all die. Back to the other campers, Blazer and this girl Sally are doing it in woods. Blazer goes off into the woods after to go find matches to build a fire. Sally is left alone and Cropsy gets her. Alfred follows Blazer back because he's a creeper and wants to watch them do it. He hides behind a tree while Blazer is killed. Alfred runs back to where the rest of the campers are and wakes up Todd. Todd thinks he's joking but follows him anyways. Todd and Alfred go back to where Blazer was murdered, Todd is in shock. Cropsy appears and Todd gets slapped in the head with Cropsy's shears. Now begins the running scene. Alfred just starts running. oh to where you ask? just off into the woods.

The other campers see that the raft is floating back up stream and they think the campers on the raft are playing a game (of course). So one of the counselors swims out and finds out they're all dead and everyone starts crying. Oh yeah and Todd is okay and runs off to find Alfred. The rest of the remaining campers and counselors head back to the original camp they came from.

Alfred ends up making it to an abandoned temple that looks like something straight out of Legends of the Hidden Temple. What's it's doing there is a mystery. Todd starts running through the woods. More running scenes occur. Meanwhile, the rest of the campers make it back safely to camp and call the police. Two of the main counselors are shown going back to where Alfred and Todd are to go help out. Hooray! Back to the temple, Alfred gets snagged by Cropsy and is pulled inside a building where he is gaged and somewhat tortured. Todd finds the hidden temple and there's a bunch of shots of him just looking around. Eventually, he finds the entrance where he than goes searching for Alfred. He gets knocked down by a random mine cart and notices one of the camps who was murdered and gagged which just looks like a photo that is cropped. There is a flashback which shows us that Todd was one of the campers that played the prank on ol' Cropsy back in the day. He finally runs into Cropsy who is carrying
a flame thrower. Cropsy's face is finally shown. Alfred gets out of his situation and stabs Cropsy. Oh no, Cropsy gets back up and this time Todd axes him right in the head and if that wasn't bad enough he gets set on fire. Again. The counselors make it to around where Todd and Alfred are. They than signal a helicopter. The end shows another counselor telling the tale and says how they never found Cropsy's body.

The End.

I did enjoy this film even though it sounds like I'm making fun of it. It's a good campy 80s horror film and you can't go wrong with those.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Maweanne's Top 10 Horror Movies of the 80s

I made a list with my top 10 favorite horror movies of the 80s when Chuck of Zombies DON'T Run asked his followers what there top 10 were. There was a vote and the results can be found here !

So here's my top 10:

10: Brain Damage
9: Waxwork
8: The Toxic Avenger
7: Mother's Day
6: Sleepaway Camp
5: Nightmare on Elm Street
4: An American Werewolf in London
3: C.H.U.D.
2: Return of the Living Dead
1: The Thing

Friday, January 8, 2010

Ghostly Bloggings: Ghost Adventures

Part 1 of the ghost show blogs I am doing in the near future. Even if you don't believe these shows are real I still love them for the entertainment value.

Ghost Adventures

Ghost adventures started as an independent documentary shown on the Sci Fi channel in 2007 but was originally filmed back in 2004. They were picked up by the Travel Channel as a reality show and their first episode aired in 2008. It is now on it's third season. The show follows 3 investigators (Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, and Nick Groff) who are locked in a haunted location for 12 hours with only themselves and their equiptment. The first 30 minutes of the episode is usually made up of interviews and history of the location. The second half is the crew investigating the location. The difference between this show and most paranormal shows is that the team (especially Zak) usually taunt the spirits to the extreme. Ocassionally, they try to recreate tragic moments in the location's history that will cause a reaction.

My first thoughts of this show were negative. I really couldn't stand the main guy, Zak. I thought he was kind of a tool but after watching all of the episodes streaming on netflix I really got hooked in. Aaron is hilarious. There's so many moments that really creeped me out while watching this late at night. Each season gets better. Along with it being creepy there are many moments that are ridiculous and silly. I've seen all of the first and second season and most of the third.

All the episodes of Season 1 & 2 are streaming for free on netflix. Check them out.

The scariest episode in my opinion right now is:
Season 3: Ohio State Reformatory

The trailer for the original documentary

(yeah I know the old women in it is scary)

Some Funny Moments of Season 3

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Awards Day!

So I guess today was award day and after a pretty boring day I came home to find out I had received a KREATIVE BLOGGER AWARD from Chuck over at Zombies DON'T Run. The rules are:

1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog (it’s already on the left side!).
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated

#1. Thank you so much Chuck. It's an honor. I never thought I would receive an award.

#2 Done
#3 Done

#4 Well Here Goes:
1. The first movie that truly gave me nightmares as a child was Invaders From Mars (1986). I had nightmares from it for years.
2. One movie that I get embarassed to say I'm scared of is War of the Worlds. That movie is terrifying to me. I should really make a blog post about that one of these days. I know I wouldn't want to be turned to ash and clothes.
3. I'm terrified of chainsaws at Halloween events but any other time I think they're totally badass. When I worked at Halloween Horror Nights I would not go near the Texas Chainsaw Massacre House. (this whole thing has turned into shinfo on what I'm scared of).
4. I was picked up by a modeling agency in high school but I turned it down to do marching band instead.
5. My first word was cat.
6. My favorite food is a perogie.
7. I hate whistling.

Day of the Women

Top 10 of the last 10

Since I haven't been around in a while I thought the best way to kickstart the new decade would be to remember the last one. So without furthur ado, here is my list for the top horror films of the last decade:

10. The Others

A little on the boring side? Yea. A little long? Probably. One of the best twists in movie history? No-fucking-doubt.

9. The Host

If i wasn't on the lookout for Japanese creature features before this, than I can assure you that I wont make that mistake again. From the point the monster comes out of the water to the ending credits, this movie had me.

8. Let the Right One In

This is what happens when a vampire movie is done the right way.

7. Rec

Better than the American remake by a longshot, and I'm not one of those people who automatically say that. This is one of the few movies that made the camera-in-hand style work, and it did it to an art. I am very excited to hear of a sequel in the works.

6. Hostel

This is a movie that is either Hate or Love for most people ( capitalization intended ). Obviously you can see what side of the fence I'm on. I loved this movie because it used a traditional 3 act story, and did it well. You may have hated all three lead characters, but at the end, one of them has redeeming qualities - and you end up rooting for him. Which is huge in a movie where people are being tortured. However, I will say that Hostel 2 would make my worst of the decade list if I had one.

5. Teeth

Killer pussy? Count me in! I'm not sure if the creator of this little film should be shot or praised. This is a genuinly fucked up movie. This film is disgusting and hilarious at the same time, and for that I praise it. Will it do for sex what Jaws did for swimming? Probably not.

4. Frailty

This features both an amazing piece of work by Director Bill Paxton, and a movie featuring Matthew Mcconaughey that doesn't make me want to vomit all over myself. Well done.

3. Orphan

Orphan puts a twist on the creepy child genre that I absolutely hate. Despite a few flaws, this is a movie from 2009 that you should not miss. Isabelle Fuhrman is brilliant in her role as Esther.

2. Drag Me to Hell

Proved to me and everyone else that Sam Raimi has not lost his horror touch, if he ever had to prove it at all. Both my favorite horror of 2009 and most underrated of the year.

1. The Ring

Say what you want about The Ring, but there is no other horror movie that actually had me clenching the arm rests of my seat. There was no more successful or terrifying movie of the last decade. I was genuinly squirming in my seat when she came out of the T.V. at the end. One of the best movie theater experiences I've ever had. It was also better than the original, Ringu.
Honorable Mention: Dawn of the Dead

Friday, January 1, 2010

Top 20 From The Decade

My top horror films of the decade. It was so hard to narrow this down and come up with a top 20 but I finally did it. Here goes nothing...don't beat me up.

Number 20: Cabin Fever
I'm pretty sure this was the first film R film I got into by myself. I love how ridiculous it is.

Number 19: Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead
Ah Troma, how I love thee. What would this decade be without a Lloyd Kaufman directed Troma film? Watch the behind the scenes film if you have the DVD.

Number 18: Dance of the Dead
This film in a weird way reminds me of a Troma film. I think it's the toxic plant near the graveyard shown in the beginning. I just pretend the high school is Nuke Em High.

Number 17: Dead Silence
I feel silly to admit this but I used to fall asleep to this one almost every night in college. I hated it at first but now I really love it. I get made fun of a lot for liking it. I think it scared me more knowing that all the actors at HHN 08' playing Mary Shaw at the Dead Silence house were men. Weird.

Number 16: Drag Me To Hell
The first time pots and pans have ever scared me. I love the sound design in this film especially in the theater. So loud and great.

Number 15: Ginger Snaps
There needs to be more good werewolf movies.

Number 14: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Love it or Hate it. I love it. I think some of the songs could be a bit better but I couldn't stop watching it once it came out or listening to the music.

Number 13: Inside
I had to cover my eyes quite a few times while watching this one.

Number 12: Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer
I show this movie to all of my friends. I love it. I always recommend it.

Number 11: The Devil's Rejects/ House of 1,000 Corpses
I love them both, what can I say.

Number 10: Battle Royale
A bloody good adventure

Number 9: Let the Right One In
The only scene I have a problem with in this one is the CGI cats. That's the only flaw it has.

Number 8: Dawn of the Dead
It makes me sad I never saw this film in theaters. A great remake, probably one of the best dare I say.

Number 7: Lo
Let me tell you something, as soon as this film is released, go see it! It's incredible. I saw Lo at Shriekfest a few months ago and was blown away. The creatures in it are so creative and original. The story is phenominal and so are the actors. As soon as this film is released I'm buying it for all my friends and making them watch it. I cannot recommend it more to a horror fan. Please check it out.
The website for Lo can be found here

Number 6: American Psycho
What a crazy gorgeous man. Classic. I can watch this movie on repeat and never get sick of it.

Number 5: 28 Days Later
The night this film came out our nearby theater over sold the hall that it was being shown in. I remember seeing people jump while sitting on the stairs. The scene in the church still scares the hell out of me.

Number 4: Slither
Yeah, I know it's pretty high up on my list but I can't help loving this film. I remember waiting for it to come out on DVD just to watch it again. It took forever.

Number 3: Shaun of the Dead
Classic. I remember seeing this film after getting out of the hospital. Cheered me up more than anything else.

Number 2: Saw
Talk about a theater experience, I remember seeing this film the day it came out and shaking after I left. No other Saw will ever be as great as this one.

Number 1: Trick R Treat
From the minute I saw the trailer for this film I knew it would be a classic for me. I remember going by myself to see the film because it had sold out so fast at Screamfest in LA in 2008. The audience reaction was great and at the end of the film they had a Q&A for the film. I've never left a movie so excited. If you don't have the coffee table book for this film, get it. It's amazing. My mom liked this film so much that she decorated our lawn like the lawn in the film this year on Halloween. Next year, look out for Sam's appearence on our lawn.

Any thoughts?