Sunday, November 09, 2014


 I went to see this last night and I was pleasantly surprised.  "Ouija" is a definite throwback to the days when they produced horror movies that had actual budgets.  Over the last few years we've been inundated with found footage and similar low budget fare.  A low budget horror movie used to be one that was under $10 million.  Now $10 million is considered a high budget one. 

"Ouija" also reminds me of the horror films of the 1980's.  There is some actual character development and the characters generally avoid doing stupid things.  The script even manages to throw in a twist, although it won't be a shock to most horror fans. 

In general this is a very solid "B" movie that deserves more praise than it's getting. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Spooky Empire 2014

Only five more days until Spooky Empire.  We'll be there all three days, then we're all hitting Halloween Horror Nights on Sunday evening. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Dracula Untold

It's a shame when so many things are done right in a movie, that they missed the most important one,the script. 

This movie looks amazing.  The effects are top notch, the sets and costumes look great.  While Luke Evans wouldn't have been my choice for Dracula, he does a good job showing the warrior side of Dracula. 

The problem is that there are far to many plot holes for the movie to be effective.  The way that Dracula becomes a vampire makes little sense, and without spoiling it, brings up more questions later.  The death of one character who is thrown from a 1,000 foot high cliff only to land perfectly on their back and with no blood is laughable.  Another issue is that you could have made this same movie and left out the Dracula name, and it wouldn't have changed it that much. 

As the first major studio Dracula movie since Dracula 2000, I was hoping for better. 

Friday, October 10, 2014


I finally got to check this out tonight.  It's a well enough made film, but it was nowhere near as scary as it was made out.   I can't think of anything in it that made it deserve the "R" rating.

To me it felt like a made for TV horror film from the 70's.  Knowing what becomes of Annabelle in The Conjuring tends to blunt the edge of it's scares.

Not a terrible movie, but not a memorable one either.  

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Doctor Mordrid

Thanks to the good people at Fangoria and Full Moon, I now have a copy of Doctor Mordrid.  Thank you very much!

Doctor Mordrid started as an adaptation of "Dr. Strange" but after the rights were lost they retooled it. 

It should be interesting to watch. 

Monday, October 06, 2014

Pinhead vs Freddy

It will never happen, but this would be my ultimate horror movie crossover. 

Just imagine that one of the kids Freddy is tormenting tries to use Lemarchand's box to stop him.  Freddy might even kill a few of the other Cenobites, but in the end my money's on Pinhead. 

Sunday, October 05, 2014

The Darker Side of Robin Williams

It's been a couple of months since Robin Williams died, and it still doesn't feel real yet.  So in this entry I thought I would recommend a couple of his darker movies.   Everyone is familiar with ones like "One Hour Photo" and "Insomnia" but there are a few more that are worth while.

In a future society people can get memory implants that allow them to record their entire lives.  Williams plays Alan Hakman a "cutter".  Cutters are people who assemble the recorded memories of a person into a movie viewable at their funeral.  His latest assignment leads to more than he bargained for.

Williams plays a radio host who receives a manuscript from his biggest fan.  Intrigued by it, he tries to make contact, only to be drawn in a bizarre mystery. 

A private detective is trying to find out the identity of a woman with amnesia.  He turns to a disgraced psychiatrist, played by Williams, for advice. Williams appearance in this shocked people at the time because he was uncredited.