31 Days of October Madness Strikes Back! – Part 4 - Dread Central
Connect with us

News

31 Days of October Madness Strikes Back! – Part 4

Published

on

Pet Sematary

All Hallows’ Eve is upon us as mischief and the unexplained fill the air. It’s the time of year when misfits and wary souls dance in harmony amongst the autumn leaves and fiery jack-o-lanterns grin with sinister delight.

It’s time to heat up that pot of gourmet coffee and let October Madness guide you through the treacherous path of dreadful cinematic entertainment that will surely cast a deadly spell on your evening celebration. Continue reading if you dare and for those of you who survive the night with your sanity intact, see you next year.

FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER

Tom Savini was lured into doing make-up effects on this sequel by the opportunity to kill Jason Voorhees; after all, who better suited to kill a monster than the master who created him? Of course any movie that turns a reasonable profit for a major studio is going to warrant more sequels until the well dries up, and since we ended up getting Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives out of it, you’ll get no complaints from me. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter is a strong fan favorite for many reasons: the oddball characters, the hilarious dialogue and entertaining kills. Who could forget Crispin Glover getting a corkscrew in the hand before a brutal cleaver in the face? I now leave you with ten things you’ll learn about the characters in this movie.

1 – Axel loves to watch women exercise.
2 – Teddy’s computer says that Jimmy is a dead fuck.
3 – Twins on bicycles love to go skinny dipping.
4 – Nobody wants to kiss Ted’s teddy bear.
5 – If you leave your twin behind, grab an umbrella.
6 – Tommy Jarvis can fix your car if you give him a screwdriver.
7 – Jason is more than happy to help you find the corkscrew.
8 – If you win Sara’s heart, she’ll share the bottom bunk.
9 – When there’s a killer outside the house, ask Tommy to hold the fort.
10 – Tommy can do things with a machete that would impress other kids.

Friday the 13th the final chapter

RE-ANIMATOR

A loose and fun adaptation of roughly the first half of H.P.Lovecraft’s original short story “Herbert West – Re-Animator” (the sequel, Bride of Re-Animator, just about covers the rest), this comedic horror/sci-fi film from 1985 is responsible for showcasing the talent of Jeffrey Combs in the same way Evil Dead 2 did for Bruce Campbell. No living soul has managed to adapt Lovecraft on film more than Stuart Gordon and this one still holds up as his best. This one is always fun to revisit and remains an imaginative and twisted offering that’s funny, disturbing, gross and witty.

Re-Animator

GREEN ROOM

After seeing Blue Ruin, to say I was highly anticipating the next feature from filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier is a slight understatement, and I can say without question that his follow-up did not let me down. After a long, disappointing tour, a young punk rock band called The Ain’t Rights find themselves desperately accepting a last-minute gig to pay for gas money and find themselves in a secluded club run by racist skinheads. If that’s not bad enough, they end up witnessing a murder that basically ensures this club will be their tomb. Jeremy Saulnier really uses this Assault on Precinct 13 kind of premise to his advantage and meticulously crafts every detail and not unlike Hitchcock plays the audience like a finely tuned instrument, never letting the tension escape them. Of course these punk rockers aren’t going down without a fight, and there’s no better satisfaction than seeing an underdog take out a scumbag white supremacist in brutal fashion.

Patrick Stewart is absolutely chilling as Darcy, the ringleader of the homicidal Nazis, and the late Anton Yelchin delivers one of those performances that shows how much talent and passion he possessed and would surely have had an amazing and interesting career still ahead of him if not for unfortunate circumstances. Green Room is intense to the point of exhaustion, but thoughtful and entertaining in equal proportions, and now I’m once again anticipating what this director does next.

Green Room

THE EXORCIST III

It’s been a great month for fans of The Exorcist; not only is the series on FOX ten times better than any of us would have expected, but Scream Factory just put out a gorgeous collector’s edition Blu-ray of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist III that not only includes loads of awesome new features but includes a director’s cut that’s more true to his novel and his original vision for this off-the-wall sequel. After revisiting the theatrical cut and this director’s cut, I can say that the theatrical cut is the version I’d recommend; however, the director’s cut is a sight to behold and is essential viewing for previously converted fans of this film.

For the uninitiated of this bizarre and creepy favorite of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer of all people, this movie mostly ignores the awful Exorcist II: The Heretic and revolves around the murder of Father Dyer by the supernatural hands of the vengeful Gemini Killer, partially inspired by the real-life Zodiac Killer. George C. Scott is Lieutenant William F. Kinderman, Father Dyer’s friend who will stop at nothing to avenge him, and his efforts lead to a psychiatric ward where he finds a gonzo Brad Dourif radiating sheer insanity as the notorious killer possessing the body of Father Karras and an exorcism showdown that has to be seen to be believed. Keep an eye out for the blink and you’ll miss it cameo from Samuel L. Jackson: as a blind man in a crazy dream sequence.

Exorcist 3

THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL

Nostalgia is more prevalent than ever in independent horror, and much of that is owed to Ti West’s phenomenal The House of the Devil. Not only was it an early trendsetter in attempting to create the look and feel of an earlier time, but it does it with so much masterful conviction and intricate attention to detail that it feels like a discovered masterpiece that’s been lost for over thirty years. Shot on 16mm film, Ti West made a chilling film that makes clever use of its satanic panic elements and is a perfect example of creating atmosphere and tension in a way that doesn’t draw attention to itself. The scene where Samantha dances around the house while listening to “One Thing Leads to Another” by The Fixx is one of my favorite horror movie moments of the last ten years, and how could anyone hate a movie that subtly references the 1989 Patrick Dempsey comedy Loverboy?

House of the Devil

FRIGHT NIGHT

Whenever someone asks for an example of a movie that perfectly balances laughs and scares, Fright Night is always the first that comes to mind, and no, I’m not talking about the forgettable remake from 2011. One thing that really worked in Tom Holland’s favor is the lack of studio interference; Columbia Pictures was so preoccupied with the John Travolta/Jamie Lee Curtis vehicle Perfect, which they were sure would be a huge smash for them (it wasn’t), that they pretty much left the creative team behind this modest budget vampire movie alone. Steve Johnson and Randall William Cook provided the most impressive visual effects work for a vampire movie at the time, and all of the actors were allowed to add background to their characters, which is why they all remain so rich and remarkable. This charming picture was the second highest grossing horror film of 1985 and remains a timeless classic to this day.

Fright Night

BONE TOMAHAWK

Novelist S. Craig Zahler’s feature film debut is a ruthless and uncompromising blend of the classic western genre laced with dark humor, brutal cannibalism and lingering dread. Imagine the bastard child of The Searchers and The Hills Have Eyes with Kurt Russell charismatic as always thrown in for good measure. Benji Bakshi’s beautiful cinematography treats the landscape with visceral delicacy, and the screenplay allows the character development to flourish as the journey descends upon desolate caves where horrific anticipation unleashes within a claustrophobic abyss. Bone Tomahawk is alluring and allows the horror elements to fester in the distance, and it still won’t quite prepare you for the disturbing revelation that awaits the posse of Bright Hope.

Bone Tomahawk

PET SEMATARY

Few authors have been adapted to the screen more than the master of horror himself, Stephen King; yet, when it comes to his horror novels translating to the silver screen, I can count the ones that really work on one hand. One of those movies was based on a novel that King has claimed to be the only one he wrote that really terrified him, and that of course was Pet Sematary, so who better to write the screenplay? Directed by Mary Lambert, a talented music video director with an eye for style and a directing style filled with punk rock energy, she and King are an unstoppable force with this meanspirited horror film that remains just as creepy as it did back in 1989. Pet Sematary isn’t a perfect film, Dale Midkiff is completely miscast as the grieving father (Bruce Campbell was supposedly the first choice for the role of Louis Creed, which would have been some inspired casting), and Denise Crosby doesn’t give her best work either, but Fred Gwynne, aka Herman Munster, as Jud Crandall is right on the money. Filled with atmosphere and ferocity, this movie plays like a Ramones concert in a graveyard and is the last horror adaptation of Stephen King to truly capture my heart.

Pet Sematary

THE FRIGHTENERS

Originally intended to be a “Tales from the Crypt” feature, The Frighteners was one of the last films to showcase any trace of the unpredictable and fervent spirit of Peter Jackson’s early work. I’m talking about Bad Taste and Meet the Feebles, movies that felt dangerous like only an imaginative looney could possibly conceive them. Don’t get me wrong; I think his Lord of the Rings trilogy is absolutely brilliant, but just about everything he’s done since has felt complacent and uninspired, with the possible exception of his uneven but passionate remake of King Kong.

Despite some wonky visual effects work that hasn’t exactly aged well, this is the closest that Peter Jackson has returned to his roots in a mainstream movie, and it’s an absolute joy. Michael J. Fox ended his career in live-action feature films on a high note, even though this was a failure at the box office. (For some reason Universal thought this would fare well in the summer against Independence Day.) It’s garnered a reputable cult following since, and Jeffrey Combs just fires on all cylinders. Filled with black humor, anarchy and ghoulish delight, this film always manages to leave a smile on my face.

Frighteners

TALES OF HALLOWEEN

Like most horror anthologies, some segments are going to be stronger than others, but Tales of Halloween manages to feature ten segments with a really good average and, like Trick ‘r Treat, should be annual viewing for your October movie fix. Every short brings something unique and fun with distinct personalities that all manage to work in harmony and capture the essence of what makes this holiday so much fun. Some of my favorites are “The Night Billy Raised Hell” by Darren Lynn Bousman, which is a zestful exercise in chaos and chicanery; “This Means War” by Andrew Kasch and John Skipp is like the angry spirit of Chuck Jones pitting the old and new traditions of horror to battle smack dab in the middle of suburbia; “Grim Grinning Ghost” by Axelle Carolyn is an effective supernatural tale by a promising young talent; and “Bad Seed” by Neil Marshall leaves a satisfying taste that complements all that came before it. Make sure to watch this one on Halloween night!

Sweet Tooth - Dave Parker

Sweet Tooth – Dave Parker

Comments

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Comments

News

Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 152 – Cloverfield Paradox & The Ritual

Published

on

Last week Netflix shocked the world by not only releasing a new trailer for Cloverfield Paradox during the Superbowl, but announcing the film would be available to stream right after the game. In a move no one saw coming, Netflix shook the film industry to it’s very core. A few days later, Netflix quietly released horror festival darling: The Ritual.

Hold on to your Higgs Boson, because this week we’ve got a double header for ya, and we’re not talking about that “world’s largest gummy worm” in your mom’s nightstand. Why was one film marketed during the biggest sporting event of the year, and why was one quietly snuck in like a pinky in your pooper? Tune in a find out!

Meet me at the waterfront after the social for the Who Goes There Podcast episode 152!

If you like what you hear, please consider joining our Patreon subscribers. For less than the cost of a beer, you get bonus content, exclusive merchandise, special giveaways, and you get to help us continue doing what we love.

The Who Goes There Podcast is available to subscribe to on iTunes right here. Not an iTunes user? You can listen on our Dread Central page. Can’t get enough? We also do that social media shit. You’ll find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramTwitch, and YouTube.

Comments

Continue Reading

News

Ryan Schifrin’s Abominable Gets a Sasquatch-Sized Blu-Ray

Published

on

A recent scientific study concluded that since the year 2000 there have 4,374,139 killer Bigfoot movies. 2006’s Abominable is one of the better Sasquatch-ploitation flicks of the era. Now this creature feature is getting a collector’s edition blu-ray complete with a brand new cut of the gruesome flick.

MVD Rewind Collection has announced they’re planning a special edition of Ryan Schifrin’s gory Hitchcock-influenced Bigfoot flick Abominable, which cast Matt McCoy as a wheelchair bound man who begins Rear Window-ing a psycho Sasquatch terrorizing his hot-blooded cabin neighbors that then turns his big foot towards him. Lance Henriksen, Dee Wallace, Jeffrey Combs, Tiffany Shepis, Haley Joel, Karin Anna Cheung, and Paul Gleason co-star.

It has been sighted 42,000 times in 68 countries, a vicious creature of myth and legend called Sasquatch, Yeti, and perhaps most infamously, Bigfoot. It’s been hunted it for years. But what happens when it decides to hunt us?



After recovering from a horrific accident, paraplegic Preston Rogers (Matt McCoy) moves back into the remote cabin where he and his now-deceased wife once lived. When his new neighbor Karen, is attacked by a gigantic creature, Rogers contacts the local authorities. But after the police and those around him dismiss Rogers as a delusional widower, he sets out to stop the abominable creature himself.

This won’t be your typical collector’s edition as not only will be getting a new high definition transfer of the film originally shot on 35mm, this will also include an all-new cut of the film with improved CGI-effects overseen by filmmaker Schifrin and editor Chris Conlee with enhanced color timing and correction.

As if two cuts of the film weren’t enough, MVD’s Abominable release will also boast a ton of extras both new and ported over from the original DVD release:
-Brand New 2k Remaster of the Film from the Original Camera Negative
-Brand New Introduction from Director Ryan Schifrin (HD)
-‘Basil & Mobius: No Rest For The Wicked’ (16:28, HD) – New short film written and directed by Ryan Schifrin featuring a score by legendary composer Lalo Schifrin and starring Zachari Levi, Ray Park, Malcolm McDowell and Kane Hodder
-Audio Commentary with writer/director Ryan Schifrin, Actors Matt McCoy and Jeffrey Combs
-‘Back to Genre: Making ABOMINABLE” featurette (SD)
-Deleted and Extended Scenes (SD)
-Outtakes and Bloopers (SD)
-“Shadows” Director Ryan Schifrin’s USC Student Film (SD)
-The original 2005 version of “Abominable” (Blu-ray only, 94 mins, SD)
-Original Theatrical Trailer
-Poster & Still Gallery Storyboard Gallery
-Collectible Poster
-Audio: 5.1 Surround Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)

The MVD Rewind Collection release of Abomimable stomps its way to blu-ray on June 12th.

Comments

Continue Reading

News

Horror Retro Caps Boasts Hats Featuring The Lamp, The Video Dead, Rosemary’s Killer and more!

Published

on

Yesterday I was stumbling around on Instagram and I came across this killer account called @horrorretrocaps. They make horror movie-themed hats and I felt the need to share their work with you guys today.

It’s not so much the hats (which are cool), or the quality of the product (which looks sound as a pound) but it is the obvious love of horror by the guys behind the scenes that gets me all warm and fuzzy.

I mean sure there are products like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But they also have hats celebrating such classics as The Outing, The Lamp (hell, yeah!), The Gate, Zombie Lake, and The Video Dead.

Nice!

On top of that, the product that sealed the deal for me was their Rosemary’s Killer hat. As some of you might know, Rosemary’s Killer is the alternate title of Joseph Zito’s underrated slasher The Prowler. That alone just earned them horror-cred for days.

You can check out some of their choice caps below and then head on over to their account to purchase some product: @horrorretrocaps.

All caps are $15 plus $4 shipping in the U.S., and he also takes requests for $20.

Enjoy!

Comments

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Go Ad Free!

Support Dread Central on Patreon!
Advertisement

Recent Comments

Advertisement

Join the Box of Dread Mailing List

* indicates required

Trending

Copyright © 2017 Dread Central Media LLC