Friday, March 23, 2018

Horror On Netflix: The Rift (2016)



Horror On Netflix: They Look Like People



Horror On Netflix: The Ritual (Netflix Original)


Original poster, with original tagline.







Horror On Netflix: Dig Two Graves



Horror On Netflix: The Collection (2012)







Horror On Netflix: Nightworld (2017)







Horror On Netflix: The Disappointments Room (2016)





Horror On Netflix: Be Afraid (2017)



Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday, March 9, 2018

ME AND MY CAT MINI-REVIEW: The Evil In Us (2016)



Where to start...first I should just say out right, I didn't like this one; but wasn't just because it was an out and out bad horror film; I didn't like because it could not seem to decide what it wanted to be.  It took itself too seriously, in that the script called for twists that any self-respecting cannibal flick would avoid at all costs.  I was 1/3 of the way through and I still felt like I was watching some combination of Twilight mushed up with an episode of Harper's Island; even after the infection starts to take hold (which looks for all the world like demon possession for the longest time--which Weena was into), it just seemed like Patient Zero, the third Cabin Fever film, was added to the mix.  And since I am making film comparisons, I should also mention that the character of John Wheeler (Ian Collins) could have been a great vehicle for the script to finally get somewhere, because yes, I am comparing the potential of this film to be something like Get Out (I know, I know--it's not really a fair move on my part, but I had to say it anyway), but the character is not fleshed out (yeah, I went there..) enough to save the film from mediocrity.  Could have been a decent teen or young adult exploitation film if all the lab stuff was left off.  Really, this one was just all over the map and ultimately went nowhere.  Weena, though, gives it Two Paws of approval, because there is a ton of screaming and crying...and she's part cenobite--she loves good suffering! 


ME AND MY CAT MINI-REVIEW: Don't Kill It (2016)


Yes, this is a Dolph Lundgren film! I admit I was doing some eye-rolling when this one came up (in case any one might be wondering where all these horror gems are coming from, they mostly come from a list compiled from tooling around the Internet Car Movie Database, homepage here).  I was ready for this to be BAD, in a bad way! It didn't disappoint in cheesiness for sure; but it made such good fun of itself as film, that I found myself really enjoying it.  Yes, it's a vehicle for an aging action star...but it's also a demon movie set in a small town in Mississippi (Chickory Creek)...and honestly, I've seen far worse in Mississippi...it ain't a nice place (sorry to anyone living there who might read this).  And...yes, it does have an "explain the rules" section, where you learn all the rules for this particular demon (parallel dimension aka it's a bad place and people with bloodlines and stuff), but from there it picks up and becomes quite fun.  I particularly enjoyed the shooting scene, where everyone from grandma to accountants go bat shit crazy with every manner of fire arm shooting at anything that might be possessed [good musical selection there]. The dead-pan humor of Lundgren as Jebediah Woodley was also appreciated, Exorcist joke and all.  For what it is: a silly, lower-budget, action horror film--it delivered.  Now, Weena loves a good demon flick (!!), but she was Meh on this one.  We will just have to agree to disagree! 🙀



ME AND MY CAT MINI-REVIEW: Panic (1982)


This is one that we watched some weeks back; I didn't have any time to write anything about it--so we gave it another whirl today...though I don't know why!  There was nothing much to say about it then, and there isn't really today either.  It's a Tonino Ricci film, under the Anglicized name of Anthony Richmond, from 1982 about a mad scientist who accidentally turns himself into a barely scary monster.  It's meant to be one of those "it got loose in the sewers" films, only the sewers in question are supposed to be in London...England...and they are clearly not (at first blush they look Italian, and there is even mention of "Roman sewers" in the film....uh um, there are NO Roman sewers in London...but upon looking up locations, it turns out the sewers in question were actually filmed in Spain).  The monster in question is only visible at the end of the film, and I think I am safe in saying this without spoilers; sure, there is a lot of monster noises and banging on doors and such throughout the film, but not much else.  For me, this is really, really cheap Fulci territory--and I am a huge fan of Lucio Fulci--without any of the cheeky charm of his films, and all of the bad Italian sound and post-production dub, with a little extra tediousness about the dangers of modern environmental science thrown in for good measure.  Weena, on the other hand, liked it the first time around, but not so much the second time...so I would say #TheHorrorLovingCat gives it one paw of approval because she loves a film with lots of yelling! 




ME AND MY CAT MINI-REVIEW: Ben (1972)


Ben is the 1972 sequel to the 1971 Willard starring Bruce Davison and Elsa "The Bride of Frankenstein" Lanchester.  I have seen this many times over the years, but Weena #TheHorrorLovingCat had never seen it (we watched the TCM print of this, which is excellent).  I've always been a bigger fan of  Ben than Willard; even though it takes forever to get going.  The general idea behind the film is that Willard's main rat Ben survives the ending mayhem of the first film and winds up with a puppet loving little boy Danny Garrison (Lee Montgomery--he also stars as the boy in Burnt Offerings 4 years later).  I'm sure that a lot of younger fans of horror will wonder what there is like about this as far a horror goes--in my case, it is that, once it does get going, it reminds me of one of my favorite radioactive films of the 1950's: Them!. Also, I love animal horror, so for fans of that sub-genre, this is a must.   However, I will be the first to acknowledge that this is not for everyone; very many will find it annoying, or just plain boring.  Weena certainly wasn't that impressed, she gave it a solid cat MEH!! 😼 (...And if you really want to know something truly amusing or strange about this film, it was that it was a (at least in part) a Bing Crosby Productions funded horror picture!  Go figure!! 😉). If you are interested, both Willard and Ben will be on TCM on the 24th of this month: here is a lineup.  





ME AND MY CAT MINI REVIEW: Kiss Of The Damned (2012)



This is a Xan Casavetes film, she wrote and directed it. She is the daughter of the late actor and filmmaker of note John Cassavetes (see Rosemary's Baby) and actress Gena Rowlands--just for the record.  I mention it only because people will expect her to me a powerhouse in the business.  This film, however, is a little independent number, clearly made with a lot of craft and care.  It has a decent little love story line (I don't mean to be condescending here, but we kinda like our vamp flicks pretty damn gory...think 30 Day of Night) and is shot very well! Cinematographer Tobias Datum did a lovely job! My only complaint with the film is the music.  Not the music unto itself, just the manner in which it's employed.  There are definitely some spots that would have benefited from having no background score at all.  It would have made other uses of music, such as few very nicely selected needle-drops, more effective.  There are places where I was distracted completely by what was going on by "musical interruption."  The over-all score by Steven Hufsteter (who has worked with Robert Rodriguez) is also very likeable--it's almost retro; it's the sort of music one would expect to find in an early 1970's vampire film like Hammer's The Vampire Lovers.  This is part of the reason that a little less use of music in some places would have been appreciated.  Overall a great little independent vampire flick, handmade with a great deal of love! Weena gave it one paw of approval.






Me And My Cat Reviews




Weena and I will doing a some mini-reviews of films today after watching them. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Horror On TCM: March Edition



TCM Homepage

*Denotes films with horror elements


The Following 3 titles part of guest programmer Drew Scott's evening lineup:


March 9: 1207 AM



March 9: 12:15 AM Trailer

March 9: 2:30 AM Trailer*

March 9: 10:15 AM Trailer

The following 7 titles are part of a day of horror on the channel:

March 12: 6 AM Trailer

March 12: 7:15 AM Clip

March 12: 8:30 AM Trailer

March 12: 10:15 AM Clip

March 12: 12 PM Trailer

March 12: 1:15 AM Clip

March 12: 2:45 PM Trailer


March 19: 11:45 PM Trailer

March 20: 3:30 AM Trailer

March 20: 11:45 PM Trailer*

March 22: 10 AM Trailer

March 24: 2:30 AM Trailer

March 24: 4:15 AM Trailer

March 24: 8 AM Trailer

March 24: 2 PM Trailer*

March 25: 4 PM Trailer

The Following 7 titles are part of TCM's What's On Tonight: Radioactive! marathon:

March 26: 8 PM Trailer

March 26: 9:30 PM Trailer

March 26: 11:15 PM Trailer

March 27: 12:45 AM Trailer

March 27: 2:15 AM Trailer

March 27: 3:45 AM Trailer

March 27: 5:15 AM  Trailer

March 31: 2 AM (special TCM Presents) Trailer

March 31: 6 PM Trailer