Monday, July 21, 2014

Top Ten Aquatic Horror Movies

Aquatic horror movies have always been a favorite of mine.  I find being on water scary personally, mostly because you never know what's out there with you.  You've got sharks, alligators, piranha, squids, octopi,  and other creatures that actively want to eat you.  Then you've got brain eating amoebas floating around just waiting for a chance to melt your brain.

So here's my top ten aquatic horror movies that aren't Jaws.  I left off Jaws because it's classic in it's own right.



10. Creature

If you're Peter Benchley how do you make sharks scarier? You give them arms and legs and have them chase Craig T. Nelson and Kim Cattrall.

9. Beast 
 Another Peter Benchley entry, this one has William Peterson doing battle with a giant squid.  Originally a made for TV mini series, it's been edited down to movie length for some DVD versions.  

8. Ghost Ship
The opening scene alone secured this one a place on the list.  The rest of the movie is good, but that opening scene is what you'll remember.



7. Dagon 
Actually based on "The Shadow over Innsmouth" Dagon begins with a ship wreck.  The survivors find themselves trapped in town where people like the woman above live.  If that isn't enough to make you leave town in a hurry I don't know what will.


6. Alligator 

Based on one of the greatest urban legends of all time, this movie really delivers.  I saw it as a kid and the scene at the children's birthday party really freaked me out.

5. Shark Night 
If you combine I know what you Did Last Summer, Jaws and Saw you get Shark Night.  That is such a ridiculous idea that I had to see it.   This one is fun to watch with a group, but kind of a drag if you watch it alone. 

4.  Deep Rising 
While the creature effects are way to busy, the cast is top notch.  Another fun movie to watch with your friends.  A great game to play is who can do the best imitation of the sound the first mercenary killed makes.


3.Beneath  
A great film that didn't get enough attention when it was released.  The scariest thing in this movie wasn't the fish, it was the people.


2. The Deep Blue Sea 
I went into this movie knowing nothing about it and was blown away.  This film managed to really throw me for a loop with some of the deaths.


1. Leviathan
I liked this movie when I saw it in theaters.  It had a great cast and great effects.  What really made me love this was seeing it again in college.  The Campus Activities Board showed it at the pool.  They had a screen at one end of the pool and you could watch while floating in the pool or sitting beside it.  It was great being in the dark, floating in the water watching this. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Willow Creek


This reminds me of "In the Hills, the cities" by Clive Barker
Found footage, Bigfoot and Bobcat Goldthwait are an unlikely mix for a horror movie.  I went in to this not convinced it would work.  Bobcat is a talented filmmaker but I wasn't sure he could pull this off.  My doubts proved to unfounded however. 

A bad night for camping.
and star as Kelly and Jim who go out to the woods to try and catch some footage of Bigfoot.  They wind up getting more than they bargained for. 

The first half of this movie is very bright, cheery and mostly played for laughs.  It was almost like a Christopher Guest film.  One night falls, the movie really ups the scares and tension level.  After watching this film it's safe to say I'll never go Bigfoot hunting, 

My only problem with the movie is that end is one of the most WTF things I've ever seen, and there's no real explanation.  I would have liked a few more minutes to wrap things up. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Spooky Empire's May-Hem


I will attending all three days.  If they could have gotten Jamie Lee Curtis it would be a clean sweep of the Halloween cast. 

I think I'm most excited to meet the Godzilla guys. 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Almost Human

In horror movies nothing good ever happens in the woods.

I first heard about this movie on The Movie Crypt last year.  It sounded interesting and once it was available on VOD, I decided to check it out.  

Writer/director Joe Begos does a great job of capturing the feel of an 80's horror movie.  This is the type of movie my friends I would rent when I was in high school.  It's gritty, tense and disturbing, all of which I mean in a good way.  

The most amazing thing about this movie is that the whole thing was made for $50,000.  Which is proof that story and talent are way more important that budget.  

The Blu-Ray will be released on June 17th and I'm anxious to hear the commentary and see the behind the scenes footage.

If you're looking for an old school VHS horror movie, this is it. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Halloween Box Set

Photo: *** LIMITED EDITION 15-DISC DELUXE EDITION BRINGS TOGETHER ALL THE HALLOWEEN FEATURE FILMS IN ONE MASSIVE SET FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER; All-New Bonus Features, Collectible Packaging, and 40-Page Book Make This THE Blu-ray™ Box Set Event of 2014!***

Yes, you’ve heard the news by now and let’s just say that we are BEYOND thrilled to be working with Anchor Bay and Malek Akkad from Trancas Entertainment directly on this very special project! (It really is a dream come true.) Artwork and bonus features to be announced in the next couple of months so hang tight! 

Here’s the quick breakdown of the Deluxe Edition:  

- 15 Discs 
- Contains all the Halloween feature films – Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween H20, Halloween: Resurrection, Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween II. 
- Includes the never-before-released producers cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers as well as the ultra-rare network TV version of the original Halloween, the network TV version of Halloween II,  plus the unrated versions of Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween II. 
- Packed with hours of BRAND NEW bonus features including new interviews with cast and crew from the entire franchise
- Due to fan demand, the first Halloween film will now also include the original mono audio track and the set will include both versions of the original Halloween-the original Blu-ray™ release and the recently remastered 35th Anniversary version with the mono track added back in!  
- Includes limited edition 40-page book written by Michael Gingold of Fangoria Magazine.  
- Collectible packaging will include a newly commissioned illustration on the outer case and each film will be in its own black Blu-ray™ case with the original theatrical one sheet as the key art. 
- SRP: $169.99

**EXCLUSIVE TO SCREAM FACTORY: The pre-order link is now live on our site @http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/halloween-complete-collection-deluxe-edition-exclusive-lithograph which will come with an exclusive 14” x 36” litho. The litho offer is only limited to 500 pieces and we will be revealing the litho design at the same time as the artwork next month. 

Street date is Sept 23rd. #michaeliscominghome 

From the Scream Factory Press release:

 *** LIMITED EDITION 15-DISC DELUXE EDITION BRINGS TOGETHER ALL THE HALLOWEEN FEATURE FILMS IN ONE MASSIVE SET FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER; All-New Bonus Features, Collectible Packaging, and 40-Page Book Make This THE Blu-ray™ Box Set Event of 2014!***

Yes, you’ve heard the news by now and let’s just say that we are BEYOND thrilled to be working with Anchor Bay and Malek Akkad from Trancas Entertainment directly on this very special project! (It really is a dream come true.) Artwork and bonus features to be announced in the next couple of months so hang tight!

Here’s the quick breakdown of the Deluxe Edition:

- 15 Discs
- Contains all the Halloween feature films – Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween H20, Halloween: Resurrection, Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween II.
- Includes the never-before-released producers cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers as well as the ultra-rare network TV version of the original Halloween, the network TV version of Halloween II, plus the unrated versions of Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween II.
- Packed with hours of BRAND NEW bonus features including new interviews with cast and crew from the entire franchise
- Due to fan demand, the first Halloween film will now also include the original mono audio track and the set will include both versions of the original Halloween-the original Blu-ray™ release and the recently remastered 35th Anniversary version with the mono track added back in!
- Includes limited edition 40-page book written by Michael Gingold of Fangoria Magazine.
- Collectible packaging will include a newly commissioned illustration on the outer case and each film will be in its own black Blu-ray™ case with the original theatrical one sheet as the key art. 
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This is great news! I've always wanted to see the producers cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.   It was previously available only as a bootleg, and I didn't want to see it that way. 
 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Gateway Horror Film

I was just wondering what was the first movie you saw that got you interested in horror?  

Post your answers in the comments please.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Constantine TV series


They have the look of Constantine down, but it feels like they're recycling the movie plot a bit. I'm still excited to see how it goes.