Thursday, February 18, 2010

I've gotten quite a bit behind on my movie posting, mainly due to being without power for four days because of the great North Texas snowstorm of 2010. I'm going to try and burn through a few of them really quick to catch up.

Frozen - 2010 - Dir: Adam Green
Location - AMC Mesquite

Since first hearing about this film from Green I had been wanting to see it. Everyone at Butt-Numb-A-Thon already saw it and I heard plenty of good things. When realizing it was only getting a limited release I waved bye-bye to my chances, but I was shocked to see Dallas was one of the few cities getting the film. Micah and I met up at one of the AMC theaters showing the film on Super Bowl Sunday because neither one of us care for the sport and would rather spend the time with a thrilling flick.

Going into it I was not quite sure how watching three people stuck on a chairlift would be scary but Green managed to pull of a pulse pounding film. The three college aged skiers con their way onto the lift and late at night are forgotten about and stuck halfway up the mountain. A winter storm is coming in and, if that weren't bad enough, it's Sunday and the place won't be open again until Friday. There are plenty of "edge of your seat" moments throughout and the tension could cut you like the sharp wire holding the chairlift. Even though this is not really a horror film there are plenty of wince inducing, gore filled moments. I could hear people squirming around in their seats in the theater. I love that.

This is a highly effective film Green managed to pull off and I look forward to see more from him in the future. This film has expanded since its first week so it should be at, or coming to, a theater near you soon. Get there!

Hatchet - 2006 - Dir: Adam Green
Location: The Comfort of My House

On the high from Frozen when I came home I wanted to revisit my first taste of Adam Green from a few years ago. I originally saw this at Fantastic Fest in Austin with Green in attendance and it was a great experience. You can tell this man knows and loves the horror genre with this love letter to slasher flicks of the 80s. He really went all out here and called in the big guns with appearances by Robert Englund (Freddy), Tony Todd (Candyman) and playing the killer Victor Crowley Kane Hodder (Jason). Boobs are aplenty and blood flows just as freely - the key components to a good slasher flick. In this genre kills scenes and inventive deaths are very important and there are some great ones here. My favorite would have to be ripping a woman's head open from her mouth, but they are all great.

A lot of this film is either funny or scary and all bloody but well worth the time. Be sure to pick up this
uncut DVD here, and get read for Hatchet 2 which is shooting now.

Baby Blood - 1990 - Dir: Alain Robak
Location: The Comfort of My House

I've had this DVD for a while now but never took the time to watch it, but now I wish I had. This is the tale of a carny woman who runs from her abusive husband after an alien being burrows into her womb. Now she's out on her own with a thing growing inside of her which she can hear talk to her and it needs blood. The middle act is kind of slow but by that last third things get really bloody and crazy. It doesn't hurt that the woman, Yanka (Emmanuelle Escourrou), has a great body that she shows off quite a bit. Her teeth have a huge gap in them but it's not enough to ruin ogling at her.

This indie French flick will wet the throat of any gorehound and I highly recommend it to all. The DVD is available
right here. One of my favorite parts shows a poster in the background advertising Baby Blood 2, which never came out. Howevery there is a yet to be released sequel filmed a couple years ago called Lady Blood starring the same woman. She was even a co-writer! Hopefully it will come out soon.

Disorderlies - 1987 - Dir: Michael Schultz
Location: The Comfort of My House

It has been years and years since I've seen this film. When I worked at the wonderful mom-and-pop video store B.J.'s right out of high school may have been the last time. I probably rented an old copy from the comedy section with its faded cover of The Fat Boys pushing the old man in a wheelchair. Ah, the good old days. The story involves a very rich man whose nephew wants his money, and will get it when he dies so he hires the worst orderlies he can find. Of course hilarity ensues along the way and The Fat Boys' odd brand of healthcare actually works for the old man.

Everyone loves the bumbling character foiling the plans of criminals and this should be no exception. The DVD is not readily available but you can get a used or new copy from an
individual seller here.

Here's a look at the rap The Fat Boys do during the film in beautiful high-def. Could a Blu-Ray be on the horizon? Ha!

The Hills Run Red - 2009 - Dir: Dave Parker
Location: The Comfort of My House

I never would have watched this film, but I read a few good things about it online. While I don't think this is brilliant by any means I did enjoy the film. It concerns a young filmmaker looking for info on the infamous lost film The Hills Run Red. He begins to make a documentary about the mysteries surrounding it and tracks down the deceased director's daughter. She's a drug addicted stripper who he helps clean up and has her take them out to the filming locations in hopes that they will find something. When they get there things become a lot more violent then expected.

Parker is someone who really loves the horror genre and it shows in this film. I really enjoyed one of his previous movies, The Dead Hate the Living (2000), about zombies and horror filmmaking. It's nothing spectacular but it has a ton of fun stuff for the horror fan, which is exactly how this film plays out. Some good gore and a few twists and turns will keep you interested. Most people may not really get into this, but film fans and horror hounds will get a little more out of the experience knowing how much they would love to track down a lost film. London After Midnight anyone? Pick up the
DVD here.


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