Something Evil (1972) – Did They Mean Something Crappy? Ah, But I still Had To Watch…
So, I went searching for a movie that scared the hell out of me as a very young child. All I had were vague fragments of memories: a baby crying, an evil goop in a big jar and a design on a floor. I found what I was looking for, but maybe I was better off before I searched!
Watch my semi-review of 1972’s Something Evil:
Snoop Dogg`s Hood of Horror (2006) – Surprisingly Good
2006’s Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror is a movie I would most likely never had seen had it not been for Netflix`s suggestion system – and I am glad Netflix did suggest it, because this was refreshing and fun.
A compilation of several stories that take place in the “hood”all tied together by Snoop, whos is a sort of gatekeeper, making sure people pay their dues when it’s time. The movie starts off with an extended animated sequence that explains how Snoop becomes the supernatural character that he is (giving his life for a family member…). The individual stories are interesting enough: a female tagger (graffiti artist) is given the power to get revenge on her tormentors by a very evil and wild looking Danny Trejo. That is, until she abuses the power given to her. Next, a son of a recently deceased vet has to live with poor veterans for a year (with his bitch wife) to see what the unfortunate go through. He puts them through a living hell until they exact their revenge. Then a story of an up and coming rapper that is forced to pay for his past transgressions against his friend and colaborator that died on the cusp of greatness in what seemed like a random act of violence. Then everything gets tied up in an epilogue.
Anyway, this film oozes fun and horror together. Like all horror compilations, there are twists, turns and plenty of comedy to go around. Snoop is perfect for his roll in this film, also.
This is one that I definitely suggest. Check out the trailer below:
Ghoulies (1985) – Why Was This Made?
Just finished watching 1985’s Ghoulies and I’ve been left wondering why this film was made. No compelling actors or performances, the “monsters looked like the Boglins puppets that were available in the 80s (but not as good), and unlike other movies in this genre, there wasn’t even any gratuitous tits or ass.
Ok… A guy, Jonathan, inherits an old mansion, discovers an old book wrapped in some ornate robes. Reads the book, which compels him to perform a ritual, raising a demon/moster thing…and then two midgets/dwarves who do his bidding. All this leads to him becoming possessed in a way. Luring his friends to the home, he performs a bigger ceremony that releases what apparently was his evil, estranged, dead father and the two feebly battle. The caretaker of the house (who is very powerful) commes to the guy’d defence… Yeah, fuck this.
I didn’t like it.
Here is the trailer:
Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things (1973) or Generally Be a Douche to Dead Things Either
This 1973 (or 1972 depending on your source) Zombie film about a troupe of actors brought to an island by the troupe;s douchiest of douche-bag leaders, Alan to perform a necromantic ceremony – for shock value… I guess.
This group of actors are bossed around by Alan continuously. I mean, this guy is completely unlikeable – and had the worst pants in history (watch the movie just for the pants, if you must). Freaking out the women continuously – one of them already a hippy basket case anyway. Oh, and the guys aren’t to impressed with Alan, either.
Anyway, they dig up a corpse and Alan performs an incantation – poorly- to raise the dead. Since he did such a piss poor job that one of the woman takes over and performs the ritual with more gusto. Soon the place is over run with recently raised zombies with a hunger for living flesh. Now these are slow, lumbering zombies that often causes this film to be compared to George A. Romero’s classic, Night of the Living Dead – and I am sure that the success of that film had much to do with this Zombie film being made. There are differences: these Zombies are paranormal Zombies, raised through a Satanic ritual. Romero’s Zombies were radiation – plague Zombies – and Romero’s movie was much better.
Anyway, they get attacked by Zombies, hole up in a house (more similarities to Night of the Living Dead), but like all Zombie movies, the Zombies eventually get them.
I watched this film way back in 1980 at the ripe old age of 11 years old. I didn’t find it scary then (much), and I don’t know, but as I stated at the beginning of this post, it is interesting.Should you watch this film? Well it’s not great, but if you are into the Zombie genre (and you should be), then yes, I think you should watch it as it is kind of important in the evolution of the Zombie film genre. You only have to watch it once, mind you… An interesting note: Director Bob Clarke went on to direct the 80’s classics Porkys and A Christmas Story!
Check out the trailer here:
Evilspeak (1981) – There Might Be a Reason Clint Howard Rarely Stars in a Film
I watched this movie back in 1982 or so on HBO or Cinemax and really liked it – then I watched in again in 1990 and was not so impressed. I watched it again last night, and while still not impressed, I liked it better than in 1990. The main reason for liking it a little better – a newer cut with more left in it.
This is not a good film. Not worse than many profiled on this blog so far, but still not good. Stanley Coopersmith, (played by Clint Howard), an outcast, geeky orphan enrolled in a military academy, alway being picked on by the more co-ordinated and popular students finds an ally in Satan, through Esteban, and ancient priest that turned to Satan and was cast out of the Church a few centuries before. Coopersmith, while cleaning out the cellar of the old church on campus discovers an ancient book that is the writings of this Estaban.
Using the school’s trust Apple II computers, Coopersmith translates the ancient book and after a few false starts raises Satan/Esteban and rains Hell down on those that made his life… err… Hell. Along the journey he gains a dog, loses a dog, gets threatened and gets revenge on “Sarge” – a seemingly dangerous old drunk and more.
This film was banned in the United Kingdom for years due to it’s gory climax and Satanism. Still, this film manages to stay boring. Watch it if you like, but it gets no recommendation from me.
Here is the trailer:
Father’s Day (2011)… Holy Cow – What Did I watch?
Just finished watching the Troma film, Father’s Day and my head is still spinning.This Canadian production is what I like to call Nouveau Grindhouse: new movies with an intentional gritty,dirty and cheap made for the 1970’s Drive-In feel.
This film is brutal, gory, gruesome and socially unnerving… and funny. A supernatural gore-fest sexual comedy? I don’t really know how else to describe it. The basics? fathers are being killed, a young punk that is being harassed by a jerk cop, , a young, confused and wimpy priest, an ex cop, just out of jail for a revenge killing that went wrong and his stripper/hooker sister have to defeat the Satanic killer of those fathers. Fill in the middle parts with gore, horror, incest, murder, rape and some laughs. Yeah… that’s the ticket.
Watch it if you like the movies I have suggested on this blog in the past. If you don’t like the movies I have blogged about, then don’t watch this: you’ll hate it (are you reading this, Tim?). I liked it.
Check out the trailer here: