Archive for October, 2010

Bonus Live Blog: The Walking Dead

Posted in live blogs with tags , on October 31, 2010 by adam

Hey there friends of 31FoT! I’m so psyched for the series premiere of The Walking Dead on AMC tonight I thought I’d do something a little different: my very first live blog. Stop back at 10 and watch me fuck it up!

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31FoT Final Recap and Awards Show!

Posted in recaps on October 31, 2010 by adam

It’s been a great month: 31 days, 31 delicious Flavors of Terror. I am now clinically insane.  Continue reading

Splice (2009)

Posted in movies with tags on October 31, 2010 by adam

Holy shitballs, it’s my last Flavor! Happy fuckin’ Halloween! While this is indeed the last movie in the 2010 edition of 31 Flavors of Terror, be sure to stop by later today for the big finish, where I’ll run through the highlights (and lowlights) of the month. And stick around for the series premiere of The Walking Dead on AMC tonight at 10. I’ll be right here watching, even though it means I’ll have to DVR my beloved Steelers as they take on the defending Superbowl champs. Don’t tell me what happens!

I wanted to do something special for my last movie so I saved one that seemed like it would be particularly good: the gene-bending monster flick, Splice. It sports a top-notch cast and the trailers made it look smart and creepy, which I’m happy to report it is. Also topical: remember that section in one of George W. Bush’s State of the Union addresses about the dangers of cloning? At one point he made a chuckle-inducing reference to nefarious plots to create human-animal hybrids. I have to believe if he knew they’d come out looking like French supermodels, he might not have been so worried.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Posted in movies with tags on October 30, 2010 by adam

One, two, Freddy’s comin’ for you…
Three, four, better shut the door.

The echoing sound of children’s voices singing that refrain has stuck with me since I first saw A Nightmare on Elm Street twenty years ago. It’s easy to forget, given the comic turn the franchise would ultimately take, but the original Nightmare on Elm Street was one of the most terrifying and innovative horror films of its time. Its novel approach to its villain’s creation – he’s already dead when the movie starts, with no explanation given as to how he’s able to manifest himself in kids’ nightmares – and its blurring of the lines between dreams and reality were previously unseen. And the iconic madman himself, with his horribly scarred visage, dirty red and green sweater, and razor-fingered glove, was truly unforgettable.

Since the franchise went insane and lost any relevance it might have had long before Freddy ever tangled with Jason, it certainly appeared ripe for a reboot. If nothing else it seemed like a movie that could benefit from modern special effects technology. Beyond that, though, I had a hard time imagining what improvement an update could offer. Not much, it turns out.

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Saw 3D (2010)

Posted in movies with tags , on October 29, 2010 by adam

Even if, as the advertising campaign proclaims, Saw 3D is to be the last hurrah of the wildly repetitive torture porn franchise, how long until some idiot pitches a reboot? There is literally no ground left to cover story-wise, and it’s hard to imagine special effects advancing enough to motivate a remake since what was on screen tonight was already more than sufficient to have me choking on my popcorn. But if there’s a dollar to be made, I’m sure someone will find a reason.

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Week 4 Recap

Posted in recaps on October 28, 2010 by adam

Four weeks down, only the final weekend of terror remains. Here’s a look at what you might have missed this week:

Paranormal Activity – Looking forward to the deleted sex scenes. They have to exist, right?

Paranormal Activity 2 – Once more, with family.

Doghouse – Next time, request vegetarian strippers.

Night of the Demons (2009) – John Connor has really let himself go.

The American Nightmare – Old people are so cute when they talk about dismembering people and having sex with their corpses.

Coraline – By far the most terrifying movie so far.

The House of the Devil – When I was a kid we had to walk to school, uphill, with devil worshippers chasing us. Both ways!

That’s it for this week, but come back tomorrow for the beginning of the ultimate three-day Halloweekend, featuring yet another children’s movie: Saw 3D!

The House of the Devil (2009)

Posted in movies with tags , on October 28, 2010 by adam

Remember a couple of days ago when I mentioned mixing up two movies with similar titles that came out around the same time? After surviving the mostly dreadful Night of the Demons, I was at last rewarded with the excellent House of the Devil, a taut homage to vintage ’80s horror.

I sure do miss the ’80s and all the quaint relics long forgotten in our modern world: rotary phones, tape decks, jeans that came up to your ribcage, and Satan worshipers. Especially Satan worshipers.

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