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AMAD-Horror Edition: Pig Hunt

2 Oct

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Oct 3rd,2009–

cinemagrade b-Sou-eeeee! You boys just took a wrong turn! Right through the wild backwaters of cinema and into the dingy, scat-littered lair of Pig Hunt. This is one crazy movie. Expecting some sort of Sy-Fy channel opus about a cgi giant hog, what I found instead in Pig Hunt was an off-kilter action flick with plenty of beasts, babes and ‘billies of the Northern California variety. James Isaac isn’t a director that inspires confidence–his only other movies are Jason X, Skinwalkers, and House III: The Horror Show–but his newest is actually so crazy, so demented and over-the-top insane that it achieves a kind of grandeur. Absurdity and oddness for its own sake are the mark of Pig Hunt. If John Waters ever made a horror movie it might feel a lot like this. Continue reading

Rorshach’s Coming For You! ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ trailer hits!

28 Sep

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September 28th,2009–

And the horror remake parade continues. The ever ‘inventive’ Platinum Dunes just keeps the retreads coming. With Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th down, and a few of Craven’s earlier films in the bucket, Hollywood has finally turned its sights on Krueger. Which is too bad, because I was personally holding out for a Deadly Friend remake(note to lurking studio execs: that was sarcasm). Continue reading

Now Playing: One Spaceship Flies Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in ‘Pandorum’

26 Sep

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September 26th, 2009–

Here’s the Great Fatsby with his review of Pandorum. How did it pan out? Good, bad, craptastic? I’ll let him fill you in on the details. Take it away Fatsby….

cinemagrade c+As a big fan of both the science fiction and horror genres, from cheesy to classic, I’ve always had a particular love of sci-fi horror.  Any time you can blend two of my favorite elements into one delicious product, like the almighty Reeses Peanut Butter Cup, I’m hooked.  The most recent truly great mixture of these, in my mind, is Event Horizon.  Come on, it’s like Hellraiser (and by that I mean parts 1 and 2, not the 8 other crappy sequels) on a spaceship – beam me up, Scotty.  So I was fairly excited to see Pandorum, and was only mildly disappointed. Continue reading

Now Playing: Apocalypse is Feast for the Imagination in ‘9’

10 Sep

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9 (PG-13) Directed by: Shane Acker. Writers: Pamela Petter & Shane Acker  79 minutes.

cinemagrade A  Shane Acker’s 9 is all kinds of proof that good things–great ones even–can come in small packages. Trumped up and marketed out of the wazoo recently (it’s nice to see studios finally coming behind their more unique fare) this sci-fi fantasy isn’t just a story about diminutive warrior dolls battling robotic monsters in a burned-out future, it’s also an elaborate fable that approaches art. The most fascinating part is that it does all of this in a scant 79 minutes. It’s fast-paced, exotic and beautifully rendered in tones of steampunk apocalypse and Victorian gothic horror. It may be animated, but it isn’t exclusively for children. I’d dare to guess that it will more than frighten most younger children. But when the familiar and haunting strains of Judy Garland’s ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ echo across a fractured, nightmare landscape, Acker demonstrates that he isn’t just a crafty visualist but also a gifted filmmaker. He shakes up several different genres, themes, motifs and myths into one large stirring pot and what emerges is both unique and fearsome. Continue reading

Maurice Sendak talks Wild Things, Spike Jonze, and the new movie!

28 Jul

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July 28th, 2009–

This is really cool. I’ve been a big fan of Maurice Sendak and his work ever since pulling that battered, old-glue smelling copy of Where The Wild Things Are off the school library shelf some 25 years ago.  Over the years, I’ve attempted to keep track of the man and what he’s been up to, but it’s neat to see him here reflecting passionately on his now 40 year old book. It’s also a good sign, and a vote of confidence, that Maurice seems to be just as excited and encouraged by what Spike Jonze has done with the movie. If you are a Wild Things fan, a Sendak or Jonze fan, or just love seeing people discuss their art then this will be a bright spot in your day.

If nothing else, you get to see some Wild Things clips and some great talking head stuff by Sendak.

Check it out HERE.

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Trick ‘R’ Treat will be making the rounds this October–DVD/Bluray art to prove it!

17 Jul

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July 17th, 2009–

You know how there are those movies you feel like you have been waiting forever for? Like Avatar, which Cameron has been talking up for the better part of 12 years now, ever since Titanic docked at the box office. For me, Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘R’ Treat is one of those movies. Not to be confused with the Gene Simmons, Ozzie Osbourne horror flick from the late 80s, this one (for those who don’t already know) is an anthology flick following several interconnected stories taking place on Halloween night and starring the likes of Anna Paquin, Dylan Baker, Leslie Bibb. The little character portrayed in the posters is apparently featured in all of the stories, particularly in a segment where terrorizes Brian Cox’s old grizzled Halloween-hating recluse. Theres a nine minute clip online that can be found HERE that gives you a flavor for that scene. Continue reading

Now Playing: ‘Blood:The Last Vampire’ is anemic

10 Jul

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Blood: The Last Vampire (R) 91 min. Directed by: Chris Nahon. Written by: Chris Chow.based on characters by: Kenji Kamayama & Katsuya Terada. Starring: Gianna Jun, Allison Miller, Maisela Lusha, JJ Field, Koyuki, Liam Cunningham. Cinematography: Hang-Sang Poon Original Music by: Clint Mansell

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Looking like the bad dream half-breed of the Martial Arts Matinee and the Saturday Creature Feature, Blood: The Last Vampire comes stumbling into theaters this weekend with little of the style or atmosphere of its animated source material. Based off of a 2001 anime of the same name, Blood tells a story that horror fans could recite in their sleep. There’s a race of terrible creatures who hide themselves among the human population, feeding off of them, and in the midst of this secret tribe is a once-human warrior who rejects her monstrous pedigree. Her name is Saya and along with help from the enigmatic Council, she tracks and kills the vampires (she refers to them as either demons or bloodsuckers) wherever she finds them. Existing forever in a perpetual teenage state, Saya is searching for the head vampiress who turned her and murdered her family 400 years ago.

The culprit is Onigen, a female spirit who looks like a Geisha crossed with a pirahna, and who has most recently taken up resident at an American military base in Japan. When dead and not-so-dead bodies start turning up on base, the Council sends Saya in, undercover as a high school student, to destroy the blood suckers. With a plot like that, one could almost expect a silly gonzo comedy, like the upcoming Vampire Girl Vs. Frankenstein Girl or a hard-edged super-hero thriller like the Blade films. Instead, what flops out on screen is a choppy, half-baked fantasy with so little sense or imagination that its only source of comfort is that it is at least three times as good as the overblown Transformers 2. And trust me, that is meager consolation indeed. Continue reading