31 Horror Movies In 31 Days – Check Out What We Saw, Including Best and Worst! (Part One of Three)

This is going to have to be split up into three posts, since we already needed to take a month to watch the movies and don’t want to take another month writing this.

Even with the number of horror movies ole Mrs. Horror Boom sees being more in a month that the average movie-goer sees in a year, you’d think finding 31 I hadn’t seen yet would be a cinch, right? Wrong! Fortunately, there was a huge number of new releases for the month of October 2014. I actually saw more than 31, but some were so shitty I don’t even want to add them to the list. A couple of them literally put me to sleep, and there were a couple of others that were so bad I blew a mental fuse just sitting through and trying to tolerate the goddamned things, and either picked up my iPad for some task/game that required most of my attention, or just said the hell with it and turned it off, then re-watched something I knew was a sure thing and would not disappoint me (thus, the few re-watches on the list).

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However, let’s just start with the list. I could put them in the order I saw them, but then I would have to look at a detail of our Amazon Instant Video and the VOD cable bill, which I am too nervous to look at and see how fast the charges added up (I’ve seen enough scary movies, I don’t need scary real-life).  Let’s try alphabetical order. An asterisk means that the movie was a fairly new release, say available on VOD less than six weeks.

Oh, and if there is an R-Rated and an Unrated version available for a flick, assume I watched the Unrated (such as the very torture porn-y Carver.  Also if they ever tried to make an R-Rated version of The ABCs of Death 2,* it would probably cut the running time by a good 10 minutes, depending how much of a prude the ratings board members were for that project. For PG-13, there would be about 200 words that you cannot say in a PG-13 movie cut out, and some of the shorts (they usually average 3-4 minutes) would last maybe 30 seconds and you would not definitely know what the fuck was going on with most of them. So thank you, Magnet Releasing!

I also added links to the IMDB pages (or pieces Horror Boom did on the fright flick in question previously), and stuck in a few of the better trailers to keep things interesting. Turns out roughly a third of the horror movies on the list are found footage, and while at least a couple will end up on the “worst” list, there were some nice surprises (including the “mockumentary” The Gerber Syndrome).

The list, and links:

*The ABCs of Death 2 (2014)

(Here’s the gory Red Band trailer, NSFW–enjoy!)

Alyce Kills (2011)

American Mary (re-watch, 2012)

Any Minute Now (2013)

Antisocial (2013)

Bad Kids Go to Hell (2012)

 Black Death (re-watch, 2010)

Here’s the Black Death HD trailer (and yeah, it’s as grim and bleak as it looks)

*Cabin Fever – Patient Zero (2014)

*The Canal (2014)

Carver (2008)

Chasing The Devil (2014)

*Chemical Peel (2014)

Dark Mountain (2013)

*Dead Snow 2 – Red VS Dead (2014)

*Deliver Us From Evil (2014)

Evil Things (2009)

*Found (completed in 2012, but not released on VOD till Fall 2014). Trailer is below, and it earned every blurb and award)

The Gerber Syndrome (2011)

*Horns (2013, but only released recently)

*Housebound (2014)

*The Houses October Built (2014)

Here’s a clip for you from the above movie (yep, more found footage).

*Inner Demons (2014)

The Monkey’s Paw (2013) (quit laughing! I was scraping the bottom of the barrel by this point, I believe Day 29.)

Open Grave (2013)

The Possession of Michael King (2014)

Here’s the trailer for the latter:

*See No Evil 2 (2014)

Sleepy Hollow (1999, re-watch…on Halloween, Day 31)

*The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014 – sale rental on Amazon, free on Netflix streaming)

*V/H/S Viral (2014)

Witching and Bitching (2013)

*Wrong Turn Six- The Last Resort (2014)

Up next? The ten worst films on the list; after that we’ll get to the ten best.

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* We will have a review of ABCs of Death 2 coming up where we name the top ten entries. This will actually take some work, because the shorts were so much better it’d be faster just to name the few stupid or lazy ones. In the first ABCs of Death, I couldn’t even get a list of the top ten together; after “X is for XXL”, “L is for Libido”, “T is For Toilet”, “Young Buck”, and “Dog Fight”,  picking five more would be a stretch.  A list of the ten worst for the same movie, however, would pretty much write itself. I was happy to discover after the sequel roared to a finish that I could barely list the five worst. But I digress…

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Variety.com’s Review: Giallo Spoof ‘The Editor’ Is Over-The-Top Fun For Fans Of The Genre

We thought, when we first saw the trailer, that this was more of a Giallo homage than a spoof… until we saw that Paz de La Huerta was starring in it, at which point we realized it wasn’t going to take itself too seriously. As Dennis Harvey points out, it won’t reach a wide audience, but those of us horror fans who know their way around an Argento movie will definitely be seeing it!
Click “view original” in the lower left to read the entire review from Variety.com (though it’s not especially long, you’ll appreciate it). Many other raves have been popping up online.

Eli Roth returns with The Green Inferno; check out some new stills!

Check THIS out! Ohhh, there is NO WAY this is going to end well for the students traveling to the jungle in an Italian cannibal flick. Another selling point: since Eli Roth is an animal rights supporter, there won’t be a bunch of actual animal killings (We don’t even want to see fake ones) like the movies Green Inferno was inspired by (Cannibal Holocaust, Make Them Die Slowly). Those sick fucks. Nope, looks like it’ll just be the characters in this one.

 

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With TIFF just around the corner, Eli Roth is currently gearing up for his cannibal tale The Green Inferno to have its world premiere at the festival. Roth hasn’t directed a feature film since 2007’s Hostel: Part II so to say the horror genre has missed his talents would be a huge understatement. As a big fan of Roth’s films, I really can’t wait to see what he has in store for us — especially when it’s a film directly inspired by one of the nastiest pieces of cinema — Cannibal Holocaust.

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Daniel Radcliffe’s ‘Horns’ and Eli Roth’s ‘Green Inferno’ to premiere at Toronto Film Festival

Almost Human is all well and good, but we can’t help it, we wanna see a trailer for Green Inferno NOW. Here’s the official synopsis:

How far would you go for a cause you believe in? In horror master Eli Roth’s terrifying new film, a group of college students take their humanitarian protest from New York to the Amazon jungle, only to get kidnapped by the native tribe they came to save: a tribe that still practices the ancient rite of cannibalism, and has a healthy appetite for intruders.

Yeah, no way that is going to end well (for the students, usually most of the cannibals –the male ones, anyway–make it out OK in the old-school Italian cannibal flicks The Green Inferno was inspired by.

YEAH! ‘The ABCs Of Death 2’ in Production Now – Check Out The Details Here (MoreHorror.com)!

Oh, it is freakin’ ON! Check out the big red link below to get all excited about The ABCs Of Death 2. Also, looks like we’ll be able to get our review up before the sequel hits theaters (we’re on the review for the original ABCs of Death, promise).

‘ABCs Of Death 2’ in Production | More Horror – Movie News, Film Reviews, Exclusive Interviews.

 

 

Here’s to hoping they will bring back Xavier Gens (X is for XXL segment), Lee Hardcastle (T is for Toilet) for another awesome, fun, jaw-dropping claymation short, Jason Eisener (‘Y is for Youngbuck’), Timo Tjahjanto (who did the standout short L is for Libido), Jake West* (‘Speed’), Adam Wingard (‘Quack’)and Marcel Sarmiento (“Dogfight”). We could, however, definitely pass on a return engagement for a few, such as Yoshihiro Nishimura and Noboru Iguchi …what a mess those were (and this coming from a Tokyo Gore Police fan.

Awesome additional poster art for the film.

Awesome additional poster art for the first film.

*and Ti West wore out his welcome completely with one of the laziest entries, “M is for Miscarraige”. In fact, anything that involved a toilet, other than Lee Hardcastle’s short, really, well… stunk. Bathroom (X is for XXL, E is for Exterminate)? Not a problem.

Must See: Popcornhorror.com’s Voting Deadline For Your Favorite “Blood Games” Horror Short is April 30th!

We discovered this site today (of course, at the last minute, but it’s still not too late).

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We’ll try to (for now) give you the Cliff Notes version, with more to come. You can also just read the “About Us” section on PopcornHorror.com, but if you’re in a hurry:

Most of the staff either grew up in the 80s like us, or are younger but very well-informed and huge 80s horror fans. You just need to look at their’ favorites’ list under bios.

  • Popcornhorror.com is based out of Scotland, started in 2011, and is a website and an app (we do still recommend, when you’re watching the short films,  that you watch them on a laptop rather than a tiny screen the size of an index card, though).
  • Popcornhorror was made –does this sound familiar?– BY horror fans, FOR horror fans. And we know us horror fans always have the coolest shit, right?
  • They want to help out and encourage all short horror filmmakers, or aspiring ones, to send in their work and get it out there (but they don’t own the rights if they decide to post your submitted film). There’s more of that on the FAQ Page.
  • What’s not to love about all the above?

Anyway, since the clock is ticking, we highly encourage you to click here ASAP to check out six quality horror shorts that are the finalists for a contest they ran called “Blood Games.” The theme was basically, well, like it sounds. For the six finalists the tagline could either be It Started Off As A Game…  or  It Was Just Supposed To Be a Fun Game… or Some Games Should Never Be Played.  I believe the longest was ten minutes, another was a little over four, another two minutes.

From the nail-biting  horror short finalist "Click"

From the nail-biting horror short finalist “Click”

We didn’t feel at all like we were wasting out time after watching any of them. One of the finalists is well-made but didn’t stand out, another contender reminded me of a different, better short I saw on BloodyCuts.uk  last year that blew me out of the water,  another only has one word of dialogue yet definitely gets the message across, but all six of the finalists are better than most horror shorts you’ll watch.  One has a twist ending that I’ll bet… hell, I’ll bet our Park Chan-Wook Vengeance Trilogy Boxed Set on that you will NEVER see coming. I pride myself (and get on my own nerves) by almost never being surprised by a twist, it’s pretty rare when I see something I absolutely couldn’t even begin to second-guess. No, I’m not going to tell you which ones are which, go in clean–and not trying to figure out the twist–and find out yourself. It’s much more fun that way!

If you’re short on time and can watch only two, I’d recommend “Click” (for successfully using a simple, very chilling element to scare the hell out of you, while staying understated; I don’t think there’s one drop of blood spilled) and the recently released “Don’t Move” from our horror pals across the pond at Bloody Cuts. Now THAT one is full of gore and sleep-with-the-lights-on scary. Though the budget was very low, you would never, ever guess it from watching. Crank the sound– not so much for the jumps but the amazing stunning, crisp, and terrifying audio. You won’t see (nor have you seen) anything like it. “Don’t Move” is also currently the top vote-getter.

From the show-stopping NSFW horror short "Don't Move" (Bloodycuts.uk)

From the show-stopping NSFW horror short “Don’t Move” (Bloodycuts.uk)

Those are the two that stick in my mind–the chills and suspense in the simple (but very clever) terror of “Click” (that title is in no way internet-related), and the in-your-face horror show that is “Don’t Move,” with the kind of quality you’d expect from Bloody Cuts at the top of their game. Voting closes April 30th (I assume at midnight) so get in those votes for your favorite and most deserving of the prize package now!

Nope, I do NOT mind waiting for the fresh popcorn.

Check Out Awesome “Mama” (2013) Film Review – The Hollywood Reporter (They Loved It)!

OK, now this is more like it!  Check out the link below to read a more balanced, intelligent review (not to mention, a review that doesn’t sound like broken English). However, the reviewer states that the main demographic for the film will be “teenage girls”. I know plenty of grown men planning to see it (and who have wanted to see it for months), and women over 21, not so much high school girls. Horror fans of all ages, male and female, know that less gore can equal INTENSE fear. The reviewer compares the film briefly to J-horror as far as the “less is more” school of scary, atmospheric terror.

I can almost guarantee you that even though I will KNOW the jump scare scene –actually, the moment (probably you know the one I refer to) is not just a jump scare scene, it’s more of a FUCKING JUMP SCARE SCENE –shown in the featured image, the short film,  and   in the trailer’s stinger (on almost every TV spot, by the way) is coming, and I’ll see it coming, too, I will scream in complete panic at the top of my lungs when it comes. I might not be the only one in the theater, either…

Here’s the Hollywood Reporter Review- click below!

Mama: Film Review – The Hollywood Reporter.

 

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I want to see this movie NOW… and yet my central nervous system is telling me to take my time!

The Only Review for “Mama” We Could Find So Far Is In German, But That’s What The “Translate” Tool Is For (Yes, Cinetastic.de Loved It)

This review actually went up a couple of months ago, and we kept checking back, thinking any time now, reviews are going to pop up. Soon they probably will be, since they’re giving away preview passes is certain cities, and they’re pre-screening for critics. We finally gave up and are posting a link to the review on Cinetastic.de, written by Ronny Dombrowski.  He gave it 7/10 popcorn boxes,  and certainly didn’t have any major complaints. Simply from reading the translation, he only mentions that the character of Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who most Game Of Thrones fans will recognize as the fine-looking actor who plays Jaime Stark) doesn’t really have much to do, or anything essential to the plot. It sounds like Jessica Chastain, however,  more than has her role and character of Annabel covered.  Basically, it’s not perfect, but it is original and scary as hell, with excellent effects that are frightening but not overdone.

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We also get a little bit of back-story (no major spoilers), which if search terms in our daily stats are anything to go by,  is something fans REALLY want more of. Even with the translate tool, I had to spend a couple of hours smoothing and polishing the review, and if the review sounds clumsy and clunky, you should have seen it after it was immediately translated.

Here’s the link if you speak German, or have an app of some kind of translation software better than Google Translate

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If you’re short on time, here’s the “review summary”, also translated:

Andres Muschietti’s “Mama” is a successful adaptation of his own short firm. The actors are excellent throughout, the story entertaining, even more so in particular at the end of the movie, so that even a [demanding fan] of horror films will be terrified.

…and here’s the translated review from Cinetastic.de, written by Ronny Dombrowski.

In the current state of the horror genre there are few innovations, which is partly why Scott Derrickson’s recent film Sinster could stand out, with a successful atmosphere with the audience. In a quite similar breach jumps director  Muschietti with his film Mama  and  presents a collaboration with producer Guillermo del Toro with an amazingly effective end result.

Five years ago,  the father of the two sisters, Victoria (Megan Charpentier) and Lilly (Isabelle Nelisse) killed his wife and fled in the middle of a snowstorm with his two daughters in the car, then a short time later the car slid from the road and ended up in  deep ditch. He fled into the woods with his two daughters, and finally the three found an old abandoned house to take shelter in, but the house was not as empty as it looked. Five years later her uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend Annabel (Jessica Chastain) are still searching for his nieces and finds them (as if by a wild coincidence) in said house, but both girls have changed radically since they’ve seen them. Lucas and Annabel take the two girls and try to offer  their new home, a new family, but someone completely different comes with Victoria and Lily…

Producer Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy)  has been primarily known over the last twenty years known for his numerous high-quality productions. Together with director Andres Muschietti,  (the movie came from his own short film in 2008), Mama  has not only been adapted for the big screen, but also now supplemented by a few interesting new story twists and characters. Andres wrote the script with his wife Barbara Muschietti  (Just Visiting),  and screenwriter Neil Cross (Luther),  a unique collaboration.

The focus of the story with Victoria and Lilly are two siblings would not be different, although both full five years have been raised by many someone or something they do not  talk about except for the name “Mama.” The fact that Lucas and his rocker girlfriend Annabel had been trying for children is more than communicated clearly, this would be enough without the failing pregnancy test.

Compared to many similar horror films Mama  and its message does not last long behind the scenes; The supernatural force reveals it at the beginning rather quickly, as “Mama” saves the children from their homicidal father. With a kind of maternal instinct that protects the children in the following five years, she feeds and also lives in the house where they were found, but then the children are taken from her to live with Lucas and his girlfriend. The jump-in-your-seat moments are for the most part good, if sometimes predictable, especially when signalled by the appropriate music of composer Fernando Velázquez uses (The Orphanage),   though the rest of score lends the individual scenes atmosphere.

In terms of the look of Mama herself, the special effects team, led by Warren Appleby, was successful in their effort, The effects are unique and frightening. Whether you see Mama from behind, from the corners of your eyes, blurred by Victoria’s glasses, or in the open in the end, especially in the climax of the film, the low-budget effects in ”Mama” are just as high quality and effective as any big budget movies.

Looking at the individual actors a little more closely, there are noticeable differences. Because  Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jo Nesbø‘s Headhunters ) as Lucas has little screen time and thus little opportunity to get himself in the movie, this leaves the movie all the more on the shoulders of Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life) , and her acting is marvelous as we see her character changes from one with an initial dislike of the children, into the person who wants to protect Lilly and Victoria at any price in the world. The real stars of “Mama” are Megan Charpentier (Red Riding Hood – Under the Wolf Moon) and Isabelle Nelisse (whitewash), who play the two children Victoria and Lilly. Their performance, especially their facial expressions, is so intense and convincing that both contribute significantly to the successful atmosphere of the film.

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And now that we’ve lost sleep translating that, the flood of Mama reviews should come pouring in any minute now! You’re welcome.

Update: Under “related articles”,  I found a shitty, mean-spirited review by Rex Reed (with a well-earned reputation for being a catty, bitchy hack AND for hating horror movies across the board) from The Observer. He right off the bat expresses his distaste …I’m being too nice. He says all ghost movies are the same, always stupid and never scary, and gets so unnecessarily nasty and petty in the review that I took the link down. I’m not kidding, this review puts down all horror fans, will piss you off and make you want to punch him in the teeth, plus it’s clear he didn’t watch the entire movie. I’m not one of those fans who dislikes critics in general, though I do know a couple who dislike horror movies and thus whose reviews I take with a grain of salt, but I would like to go on record: Rex Reed? Fuck that guy.  If I ever see him in person, I’m throwing a drink in his face (a situation I’m sure he is no stranger to).

Name that (Horror) Frame Contest- Week of 8/12/2012!

OK, Here’s the round-up for this week! Besides the other DVDs in the giveaway, I’ve new added the UNRATED, Uncensored, uncut version of Adam Green‘s Hatchet  to the mix. Best place to put your guesses/answers is in the comments section.

First up,  I’m hoping this looks familiar to someone (I think it may have even been in the theatrical trailer, so there)!

This one isn’t too complicated (at least I HOPE not)! Major theatrical release.

Okey dokey… this one’s a bit harder…

To be fair, this is from an alternate ending, but you SHOULD be able to recognize her and the movie title if you know your J-horror!

And last but not least: Most will remember Mr. Carl Rimbaldi as the FX wizard who won as Oscar for creating E.T. and a second one for Special Effects for  the original Alien (I believe it was mostly for all the work done on  the animatronic head, with the additional set of sharp teeth, the mouth/jaw within-a-mouth)!  However, we genre fans may also be more likely to recall his work in Dario Argento’s Deep Red (Profoundo Rosso). I actually recall the first time I saw a Dario Argento film–Deep Red, in my case–more clearly and even more fondly than when I saw E.T.*   Mr. Rimbaldi was also responsible for the makeup/FX in another horror movie –the one that the below still is from (late 1980s). Can you identify it?

This one is a tribute to the memory of Carlo Rimbaldi, who passed away at his home in Italy a few days ago (as of this writing). RIP, Mr. Rimbaldi.

He also received a special Academy Award for the visual effects in  King Kong (1976). That award was shared with Glen Robinson and Frank Van der Veer. Mr Rimbaldi will be missed!

Any takers?  Remember those DVDs you can win! Happy Monday, if that’s not an oxymoron.

*My main memories of seeing E.T. in the theater are that I went on what my very naïve young mind thought was my first date. I was so young I hadn’t started crying at movies yet. I remember that, during the scene in the evil shitty government agency that had taken E.T. where E.T. is very, very weak and sad, I looked over and saw with unease that my “date'”was crying so hard that he was wiping snot from his nose (and he’d hit puberty, too). The scene was pretty sad, I’m not a sociopath, but I was old enough to know the movie was going to have a happy ending because half the audience in the theater was under age 10. Great special effects, though, enough so it didn’t sit there wondering how they did it …just watching it and buying into it completely so I could focus on the movie.