New ‘Walking Dead’ webisode series ‘The Oath’ is out now, and it’s a prequel

Now you can watch all three Walking Dead webisodes for this year (they generally do it between seasons, so this is the third batch).  For the first series we had the gruesome, gut-wrenching (in more ways than one, but damn it was sad) Bicycle Girl backstory. The second was a stand-alone featuring some really good talent (and a grim, satisfying payoff).

This year we get a prequel, and here’s a small spoiler as to what iconic moment from AMC’s The Walking Dead –come to think of it, the comic had it too–check out the four words from the below image (copyright AMC):

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Buckle up and enjoy, these three new webisodes (ominously titled “The Oath”)  should hold you over until the season 4 premiere this Sunday …especially since Greg Nicotero created and directed them!

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Barricade (2012) Gets A Dreaded One Stabby-Knife (Out of Five) Rating From Dread Central – Read Their Hilarious Review Here!

“My rewritten lyrics to Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” should have been the theme song for Barricade, easily one of my least favorite horror movie experiences of the past year. A tedious and muddled mess boasting an ending so lame it made me reconsider how hard I was on The Devil Inside.”

-from the Barricade Review by Foywonder on DreadCentral.com

So, Mrs. Horror Boom has been having a rough month (as you can see from the almost bare-minimum amount of posts/pieces the last few weeks)*  and watching as much as possible when she can for the entertainment and escapism value. Today I saw The Day (2012), which I was expecting to be about a 5/10 tops, with what I’d heard was a couple unexpected turns and some good acting from Ashley Bell (AKA, the actress whose amazing acting performance was the best thing in The Last Exorcism and the… OK, the only redeeming quality of The Last Exorcism 2). I admit, also heard there was at least one giant-sized, “HOAH!“** contained.

I’ll elaborate with my review later, but I was pleasantly (if you can describe a bleak post-apocalyptic horror/thriller movie with that adverb) surprised. Ashley Bell’s acting was nothing short of amazing (she may well have stolen the movie) and even though she plays a very stoic, tough woman who doesn’t speak one word more than she needs to,  and makes some possibly questionable choices to survive, I was rooting for her to survive the movie.  When I was briefly skimming some reviews before putting it in my Netflix DVD queue, I happened across a spoiler that some inconsiderate bastard didn’t feel it was worth the extra three-second hassle it would have taken them to put a spoiler warning in front of, even though it happens at the climax of the movie. Fortunately,  they mixed up the characters in question, so it was still a jaw-dropper… and a pretty fucking awesome one.

This is the GOOD movie, not to be confused by "Barricade".

This is the well-reviewed movie, not to be confused with the terrible “Barricade”.

I’d give The Day 7/10, only taking it down from an 8/10 because it was one of those bleak/dark movies the film-makers decide to bleach nearly all the color out of (à la 30 Days of Night, I’m too tired right now to look up the technical name of the process) expect for one flashback scene and adding some slight color to a couple other scenes, which isn’t a favorite choice of mine. Though in the filmmaker’s defense, I’m pretty sure in this case it was no avoid an NC-17 rating, because it is a violent, bloody movie, most of the gore coming from two or more humans trying to kill (and in one nasty case, torture) one another to survive. None of it is exploitational or really unnecessary, it fits in the plot and is earned, rather than just gore for the sake of gore. Don’t get me wrong, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love Grand Guignol, as long as there’s some sense of showmanship about it, done right.

OK, I’ll save a longer review for later, but I do recommend The Day, especially if you like the survivalist genre, realistically tough chicks, and a clever script where the choices characters make are ones you could see yourself making. ANYWAY! The DVD rental showed a decent-looking preview for the movie Barricade, and it actually looked like a potential decent rental with a couple creepy moments in the preview. Not a lot of plot background, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie. Turns out in this case, it does!

“Detailed” plot synopsis from the IMDB, which doesn’t exactly set you on fire to see the thing in the first place:

This movie is about the Shade family, a year after the death of the mother/wife Leah, the husband and father (Eric McCormack) and his two children go to a cabin retreat in the mountains. While there they are tormented by visions and happenings that start to scare them. But are these incidents real or in their minds? The father feels compelled to barricade them in the cabin in order to keep them safe. But will it work out?

Ooooooo!

No, no it probably won’t work out, for them or the audience. Oh, and the Parent’s Guide (contributed to by one of those neuters individuals that lists a man not wearing a shirt or a woman wearing a bikini, under “sex/nudity” …sigh)  lists the following under ‘Violence/Gore’:

A younger man rough-houses an elderly man. There are sounds of someone in pain being heard frequently throughout the residence.

Oh, I don’t know if even us jaded horror buffs have the stomach to experience that!  Inside (2007) and Hatchet 2 (2010) were one thing, but rough-housing is where I have to draw the line! Anyway, I had a dim memory that I may have been strongly warned against it, but since I could have confused it with a similarly-titled movie, I headed to trusty Dread Central (after seeing a 4.3 average on the IMDB) and discovered this hilarious review. Check it out below if you want a good laugh!

Barricade (DVD) | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central.

I don't know, this looks like it might be a little bit  too scary for us...

I don’t know, this looks like it might be a little bit too scary for us…

*Sorry for the skimpy content, an old friend had a very sudden, serious medical crisis last month and passed this week. Hard to focus much on anything and both all of us at Horror Boom appreciate your patience – and thanks to those of you who sent kinds words.

**We’ve also heard this described as a “Holy Fucking Shit Moment” (or HFS moment, depending how easily offended the person you’re discussing it with is) Moment. Once we figured out how to spell it phonetically to exactly reproduce it, though, we like to use it a lot more. Example- audience reaction to a bus/car/truck coming speeding into frame out of nowhere suddenly and mowing down a character, often when they have just finished (or are even in the middle of) a sentence, sometimes causing them to more or less explode on impact. “HOAH!”

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Why You May End Up Deciding To Skip The Last Exorcism Part II (2013) – Review/Spoiler Link (Best-Horror-Movies.Com)

“Missed opportunity is the theme of the day with this film, and even the good performers couldn’t save the fact that nothing ever really happens… Even the climax, which should by all accounts be the most exciting and fear-inducing part of the film, was so wrought with obviously fake dummies flying out windows and CGI flames that it was laughable, almost an insult. If an audience is going to sit through a slow and tedious script watching set-up and drama unfold, then that same audience is due some kind of payoff. The Last Exorcism Part II has no payoff whatsoever.”

– From “The Last Exorcism 2” review, © Don Sumner  (Editor-in-Chief of best-horror-movies.com)

All very good points. All very good reasons to avoid this movie like the plague, as well.

We haven’t seen the movie yet; furthermore, we’re not going to. Me personally?  Ole Mrs. Horror Boom admits to a strong dislike of the first film (seen for free on Netflix streaming and I still was mad I’d wasted my time). Ashley Bell was the best and creepiest thing about the movie, I have no quarrel whatsoever with her and was in fact impressed by her talent.  Even if the movie hadn’t been filled with plot holes you could drive a truck through and a batshit ending (batshit in the worst way, not the fun kind), they lost me when they broke the first rule of what NOT to put in a found footage horror movie: ADDING A GODDAMNED SOUNDTRACK in post, including ambient music to set moods and worst of all, “stingers” during jump moments/reveals.

Okay… deep breath…

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Some people/reviewers who had mixed feelings about the first movie but a modicum of hope for Part 2 have said they actually ended up preferring Part 1.  I had a sliver of optimism due to the fact A. this time it wasn’t found footage they could bungle like before and B. seemed to promise a more coherent story arc*. I also thought Ashley Bell’s performance might make up for any shortcomings. Then I saw…

Uh-oh…  well, that doesn’t guarantee a failure, I thought. Then I started reading review after review from publications I trust, and most of them end up being as disappointed in the movie as Best-Horror-Movies.com in the below review…  click on the big red link to check it out!

The Last Exorcism Part II (2013) Review (from Best Horror Movies.com)

 

If you want a complete spoiler for the film, the same cool horror website has also provided one! I personally appreciated this, as I wanted to read what this train-wreck consisted of (especially the notoriously stupid ending that seemed to knock every single reviewer’s already low-grade/rating down a notch).  They usually don’t run detailed spoilers,  and we rarely link to them because we’re usually writing about movies we’re pulling for and rooting to make enough well-deserved revenue. Not so much in this case. Click on the even bigger red link below to check out a complete spoiler for The Last Exorcism 2;  it’s probably got to be more entertaining than sitting through the flick.**

The Last Exorcism 2 Explained – Complete Spoiler For The Sequel,  Spoiled By Don Sumner (We’re Pretty Sure The Thing’s Already Rotten, Though).


Uncle Creepy from Dread Central wrote
in a comment (after Jinx’s review of the movie went live on Dreadcentral.com) that he hated it, and it easily made his worst of the year list thus far.. Check out the links above to read them;  the review on DreadCentral.com has ripped into it the least so far, or was the most tactfully bad review.

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We’ll leave you to look up the Rotten Tomatoes Rating…

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Original poster art that exceeds the quality of the movie (and the poster they ended up using) by far.

*As opposed to the “I think I’ll end the movie riiiiiiiiight…. HERE!” approach taken by the director, all too popular in recent shitty found-footage movies (and some non-found-footage ones also, sadly).

**You want entertainment, be sure to check out the last link under “Related Articles” below, which shows the Last Exorcism 2  “Beauty Shop Prank”‘. Lots of people said they would have just laughed at the mirror reveal (and some do). Depending on what kind of mood I was in (example: *ahem* mellow and relaxed, or ‘watched a few too many creepy Asian horror films recently’), I would have at least jumped and/or blurted out, “What the FUCK!” before I figured it out. “Nell” spider-walking suddenly through the room, though? I would have been out of my chair and down the street within seconds, probably even on Xanax.