Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Grave Encounters (2011) - Crazy Found Footage Horror

I watched this film expecting it to be terrible, as most found footage horrors are. I was so wrong. This film is fantastic, and is a close second in my favourite two found footage horrors, just sitting behind the Blair Witch Project. I thought the setting of it in an abandoned asylum was an exceptional idea, and obviously the film succeeded as a result. I usually don't get frightened when I watch modern horrors, however this scared the crap out of me.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Hostel (2005) - Average gory horror

I'm not really a huge fan of this film although it did contain some decent horror concepts. The film is very gory at numerous points, however the torture scenes and brief and to the point. They don't go over the top, or seem unrealistic. It contains an uncomfortable element of not knowing what comes next, which definitely made me feel uneasy whilst I watched this film.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

The Evil Dead (1981) - Fantastic horror masterpiece

Wow what can I say about this film. It is a proper horror icon, being possibly one of the best zombie horrors I've seen. For being made in 1981, it is very disturbing, frightening, and also extremely violent. I have also came to the conclusion now that I prefer this to the remake made in 2013. So if I've previously said I preferred the remake, don't take my word because this is so much better than the remake. Sam Raimi created an absolute masterpiece in 1981.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Dawn of the Dead (2004) - brilliant zombie horror

A lot of people complain about remakes nowadays, however similarly to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), this remake was incredible. I mean, most films begin with a rather boring ten minutes summarising the story line, however the first ten minutes of this film are insane. Five minutes into the film, there are already high-intensity scenes, full of shock, horror and pure gore.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Under The Flesh - Issue #2 - Preview

First of all guys, I would like to thank all who helped out the Under The Flesh comic kick starter project, as they successfully gained enough funds to print the first issue and begin on the second issue. Under The Flesh is a super hero horror comic for any of you guys who are unaware of it.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Blog News/ Updates

Instead of writing a review tonight, I have prioritised updates. Basically instead of posting 3 times a week - Monday, Wednesday and Saturday - I have reduced this number to just 2 nights. Now some of you might be thinking "Why on earth would you do that?". Well, it's not that I don't dedicate enough time to my blog, as I constantly advertise, and involve myself in the horror community everyday. The quality of the posts is the problem.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Night of the Living Dead (1968) - favourite zombie horror

For me, this film, produced in 1968 originally black and white, is my favourite zombie film. It is honestly one of my favourite horrors of all time. It doesn't matter if it's really old, or lacks in quality. It is a masterpiece. I thought to myself - surely this film cannot deliver such an exquisite horror, after being made in 1968.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

The House Of The Devil (1896)

The house of the devil is also known as "le manoir du diable" and is the first horror film ever to be made. You could call it a "horror film" although it really is a short horror due to its short run time. It consists of no sound whatsoever, and contains merely a bunch of random black and white animations. I think it is really funny and cool to see though, as a bat suddenly turns into a man, and it is pretty bizarre to watch. Some of the animations actually gave me goose bumps.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

War Of The Worlds (2005) - decent sci-fi thriller

I have always adored this film since the first time I seen it. I remember when I first watched it - I was absolutely terrified, being only a young boy, and I had a pillow in front of my face for the majority of the film. It's quite funny actually when I think about it. Although, I've seen it several times since then and I must admit, it's a really good thriller in my opinion.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) - average action thriller

I began watching this film without expecting anything extremely good at all really. However, I had to watch it as one of my favourite fantasy tales when I was young was Hansel & Gretel. I was rather intrigued that a fantasy tale had been created into a gory thriller, and felt as though I had to see it. Not only does this film address the story,

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Free Giveaway! - Follow to enter

So since my blog has developed at a fast rate in the 6 months I have owned it, I've decided to post about something different rather than a review. First of all, I would like to thank every one of my Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ followers for providing awesome support in reading my posts and also to my blogger followers who have been loyal in checking out all of my posts!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) - Fantastic Depp!

Yes, I'm sorry to all you guys that hate horror musicals. Some people argue that musicals shouldn't even be associated with horror. I completely agree, however with the famous Johnny Depp in this film, I couldn't turn it down. After not expecting a lot from this film, I loved it. The acting was incredible, as was the gore content.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Elena - Chapter 8

Malcolm woke rather freshly at around 10am the following morning with thoughts bombarding inside his head as to what had happened the previous night. He looked to his left to see Cindy sleeping very peaceful which was good to see. However, he was still disturbed by her behaviour. Before attempting to wake Cindy without any violence or shouting, he went down for some breakfast. He tidied up the remainders of the wreck from the previous night, and within 5 minutes, he began to make some tea.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

The Sixth Sense (1999) - Exceptional Psychological Thriller

What an absolutely fantastic piece of work directed by M. Night Shyamala. Honestly after watching this film I was overwhelmed. Not only is the film itself exceptional, but the film is perfectly concluded with a twist. One that you perhaps may have not expected, however I anticipated it coming later into the film. I'll do my best not to address any sort of spoilers but the ending is remarkable.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Halloween Special - Top 5 Halloween Horrors

Happy Halloween to all! I thought I'd delay my Wednesday's blog post to use more time to write an epic Top 5 list of some terrifying horrors that you should consider on Halloween. So without further ado, I'll get to the awesome list!

Monday, 27 October 2014

Elena - Chapter 7

"Cindy, you need to answer me right now... What's the matter?" said Malcolm, who was clearly trembling with fear. There was still no sign of Cindy to respond to this question, and Malcolm guessed from this sight that something was seriously wrong. Baldo was hovering behind Malcolm, also unaware of the current physical state of Cindy, but made a guess.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Awesome new horror web series! - Damnata

Once I came across the Damnata project, I was pretty interested to see how the same content is covered through comics, gaming and even now online! Basically, Damnata is a cross-platform project which merges gaming, comics, and online activity together through following the haunted life of the protagonist Elizabeth Kovacs and a unique and rich demon mythology.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Ouija (2014) - New Halloween Horror Preview

Today I'm going to compile a quick review on a horror which I am rather attracted to after watching several trailers. It has not released yet either in the UK or the US and the dates of release is as follows:

  • USA - 24/10/2014
  • UK - 31/10/2014
You guys might be thinking "Oh great, another ridiculous modern horror to exacerbate the horror genre!"

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Carrie (2013) - no mercy...

WOW. This by far, is one of the best horrors I have seen in a long time! Believe it or not, I'm reviewing this masterpiece with no knowledge on the original film in 1976, and so perhaps the original may be better? You tell me! As you can see, it gets very decent ratings (well for a modern horror film anyway):-

  • IMDB - 6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - 49%
  • Metacritic - 53%
For me, Rotten Tomatoes were harsh on this film. I felt IMDB gave Carrie an appropriate score, since it was a very successful remake to me. There were plenty of thrilling moments, and the film revolved around a brilliant story of Carrie being bullied at school.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Stalkers Shadow - creepy short horror!

I have seen many short horror films on YouTube and I'm sure most of you guys probably have as well, but this one was awesome! You'll find Stalkers Shadow on YouTube on a channel called Horror shorts - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCexaETvNqBrFXo5DHv1LpZw - and I recommend you check this video out!

Elena - Chapter 6

Within a few moments after calming his beloved wife Cindy, Malcolm quickly ran down the stairs to clean up. After closing the door, he heard a lot of people outside from the square. His instincts immediately suggested he should join them to see how long the power cut was going to last, and so he ran up to get Cindy who was now rather calm but still startled. After a couple of minutes, they left. Cindy had still not said a word since her attempt to convince her husband she had seen Elena.
In about 5 minutes time, after walking in silence Malcolm and Cindy had arrived in the square. Several small families and groups sat around a statue that was central to the square, and Malcolm began to ask anyone if they had seen Baldo.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Child's Play 3 (1991) - Brilliant ending!

Unfortunately for me, I thought this was a bit disappointing. As much as I love Chucky as one of my favourite horror characters, I was let down with this film. I was unsure about the idea of Andy Barclay (Justin Whalin) being relocated to a military school, as it kind of ruined the story. I feel that it was an unnecessary idea in the story, and it focused too much on the relationship between Andy and De Silva (Perrey Reeves) which also developed throughout the film. Here are the ratings for the film from IMDB:-

Monday, 29 September 2014

Elena - Chapter 5

Malcolm jumped at the sight of the missing bunny rabbit teddy and cursed quickly under his breath. "What's the matter?" Cindy exclaimed rather anxiously. Malcolm did not reply to this but merely, and very slowly, raised his hand to point his finger towards the desk where the bunny rabbit teddy was last seen. Cindy quickly glared round at this location and her eyes widened wider in pure shock. "Oh my God, what is happening! " said Cindy nervously.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

My Soul To Take (2010) - really Wes Craven?

This shocker of a horror is a fine example of today's horrors and how they are such a letdown compared to your horrors from the 20th century. I would seriously recommend that no one goes near this horror as it is complete trash as the ratings below will show:-

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Elena - Chapter 4

What sat calmly on the pavement was the same small bunny rabbit teddy he had seen the little girl holding at the airport. He was completely shocked by this and was very desperate to figure out what was going on. After a few moments, he quickly sprinted down the house stairs, and almost broke the door down in a rush to get to this creepy bunny rabbit. There was a complete change in his pace as he began to calm down and slowly walk towards this soft doll which sat perfectly on the pavement. A few steps closer, within every second.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Chernobyl Diaries (2012) - Decent Thriller

I nearly went to see this horror in the cinema as I thought it looked different to any other horror/thriller. After watching it, I was fairly impressed with it. I wouldn't say I thought it was amazing, but I would certainly disagree with anyone who thought it was absolutely terrible. Take a look at some online ratings:-

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The Mist (2007) - impressive modern Sci-Fi thriller

I was quite impressed with this film. Similarly to any other modern thriller I have seen, I misjudged this thinking it would be full of overpowered CGI and a pathetic story line. Well I was very intrigued and on the opposite side of the fence to my initial opinion after watching this. I highly recommend this film to anyone. It has a different kind of approach that any other horror would as it seems to go into a lot of depth with the central characters, and conveys the extremities they can reach when being under chaotic situations.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Elena - Chapter 3

The thought of poor Elena was gripping the mind of Malcolm for the whole night. Coming to Bennanio on vacation again however this time to find out it had been demolished and an innocent little girl was crushed under the rubble. Now all the inhabitants of Bennanio were staying in this place called Storevio. He woke early in the morning - roughly around 7:00 to hearing someone thumping on the door as loud as possible. Malcolm quickly ran down the stairs of his newly located house in attempt to quickly open the door before this person woke up Cindy. He opened the door to the sight of Baldo, somehow exhausted and slightly sweaty. "Oh, hello there. Please, come in." said Malcolm. Without any hesitation Baldo quickly entered the house and sat down on the seat that Malcolm offered him to sit down on.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Infliction (2013) - decent found footage horror

When I received my copy of Infliction in from the post, I was stuck in two minds. I am not a fan of any type of tape recordings horrors at all, but I felt like this film would perhaps change my mind as I did like the sound of it. Unfortunately after watching it, my opinion towards found-footage films remained the same, but I have to say - this was a really good film in my opinion. I was quite surprised in the end to have enjoyed it since it was found-footage but I guess that's a lesson for me not to misjudge films too quickly.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Two films you should forever avoid!

Trust me on this one. It is highly recommended for you that you do not watch the following movies I will talk about for your own safety, and definitely for the faint hearted! Anyway, the two most gruesome and generally terrible films I have seen in my life are The Human Centipede 1(2009) and 2(2011). Somehow each of them obtain a score higher than 3.5 on IMDB, but I reckon for me they would score two out of ten at the maximum. It is a complete shock to see them listed in the horror genre, as for me they completely destroy it and give every other film a bad name.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Elena - Chapter 2

How could this possibly have happened? This was the thought rampaging around the insides of Malcolm's head as he glared at the rubble in shock. What used to be the beautiful village of Bennanio was now complete rubble. The little houses that Malcolm and Cindy would walk past on their way to the local bar lay in large crumpled piles on the ground. 
"This is a disaster!" exclaimed Cindy. "How could we possibly have booked a holiday here? Surely this must have happened in the past week or so" Malcolm mumbled in complete curiosity. Malcolm and Cindy both quickly discussed whether this could perhaps have been some sort of earthquake or a general planned demolition of the beautiful village.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Friday The 13th Part 2 (1981) - Jason returns!

(WARNING REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
I watched this film with a question. Will we finally see the face of Jason or will the franchise continue with concealing this thrilling killer? About halfway into the film, people were still being killed by someone who was recording in first person until about the last 20 minutes of the film. Yes, we finally saw Jason himself! So about three quarters into the film, we came across the initial appearance of him. Just a guy wearing casual clothes, with some sort of cloth mask over his head. I was thrilled to finally see him, and watching the second film for so long. I was very impressed with the ending in the film in particular.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Orphan (2009) - very creepy film!

(WARNING REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
So after watching many remakes and films with similar concepts and plots in the decade of the 2000's, I thought of this horror to be another lame failure. I remember clearly setting out to watch this at the weekend with very low expectations. Since the year 2000, I have been forced to watch modern horror really as I have seen most of the horror films from the 70's to 90's. However, I was rather impressed with this thrilling, mysterious film. Not only was it not a remake, but for once in the 2000's, the film was completely unlike any other classic produced years ago.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

New Short Story! - Elena - Chapter 1

Bennanio is a beautiful place. Casually perched on the top of a glamorous mountain situated just outside the city of Lucca, Italy. About an hour north of Lucca, after hurdling a large group of mountains, was where this beautiful location exists. The ideal holiday location – well for Malcolm anyway. For a couple containing Malcolm and Cindy – both aged 45 – this was the perfect place.
Cindy sat there relaxed on her seat in the second last row of the Ryan Air flight approaching Pisa, Italy. She was staring out of the window to the very appealing country of Italy, nice and comfortably, with some chilled music through her earphones to accompany her peacefulness.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

World War Z 3D (2013) - sublime action thriller

(WARNING! REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
Marc Foster's World War Z is an absolutely exceptional film based on the spread of a new virus, leading to an 'infected' society - in other words - what you may call a zombie outbreak. However, in my opinion, I wouldn't refer to the infected as 'zombies' as they seem too wild to be the normal 'zombies' you used to see decades ago. I would nowadays call them merely - 'infected' humans. I miss the old days, where zombies were awesome to see, wandering around slowly in attempt to find any human meat (however we still see it in the Walking Dead). 

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Halloween 2 (1981) - Michael Myers returns!

(WARNING REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
I was very excited to seeing the sequel to the first Halloween film, after we witnessed Michael Myers escape his supposed 'certain death'. I've seen this film receive many different opinions - positive and negative; mainly positive though. I am one of the positive voters, as in my opinion it is simply a fantastic attempt as a sequel to the previous slasher. I found most of the film very good, especially some of the death scenes which built suspense and momentum! However, I can only think of two ways to criticise it. The acting in some scenarios was a letdown in my opinion, and when Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is attempting to escape through the ventilation grill, it took forever for Michael Myers to walk over to her and pull her back down.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

My Bloody Valentine (3D) (2009) - Insane massacre!

(WARNING REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
I have to say, for all of those who are huge fans of slasher horrors; this by far is the best film for you! The gore starts from the moment the film starts by covering the history of the massacre in the old coal mine ten years ago, and throughout the film right until the end. If you are really that interested in the gore itself more than the horror, then the 3D feature within the film perfectly ensures that human eyes, hearts and other body parts coming flying out of the screen towards you! The film is full of jump-scares, although some are unfortunately unexpected. For the full horror experience, I recommend that if you decide to watch this, ensure that you are shrouded in darkness! The film itself is very eerie at points and I believe that this is down to the character of 'the miner' and the spooky mines themselves. 

Saturday, 16 August 2014

A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) - Freddie Krueger!

(WARNING REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
On the international movie database (IMDB), this fantastic classic gets a 7.5! I would increase that so much if I could but lets face it, one person giving it a higher rating unfortunately won't change the overall rating. It's rating clearly sums up my view of how older horrors are far better than most of today's junk! If you have a look at some horrors nowadays, you'll notice most of them sit between 5 and 6.5. Well, it's because there are no attempts at trying something new! Every one of them takes old cliched ideas from previous films. However, I will admit that I have really enjoyed some horror films from the 2000's to today.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The Omen (1976) - Don't mess with the Devil's child...

(WARNING REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
I'll immediately give you some advice guys - don't watch the 2006 remake of this classic. Whether you have seen the 1976 Omen or not, it will completely ruin it. Never rely on remakes guys, as the majority of them destroy the old classics. Well to be fair, one exception for my rule not to watch remakes is the Evil Dead (2013) remake. However, apart from that epic film, you shouldn't really consider watching remakes - especially if you lived through the 60's to the year 2000, where horrors made then have now became legendary classics. My opinion of The Omen (the 1976 version now guys) was that it was very different and imaginative at the time it was made. I mean, for the devil to control the body of Damien (Harvey Stephens) was a remarkable idea. 

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Friday The 13th (1980) - Massacre at Camp Crystal Lake

(WARNING REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
Friday The 13th. A date to remember after this sublime classic was produced. This is what allows us to claim that Friday The 13th is an unlucky day because 13 is a supposed unlucky number! I could watch this any time of the day, and any day of the week. Even though it was produced in 1980, it is a pure classic and a unique symbol to the horror genre. In my opinion, it creates the (now clich├ęd) idea - a group of teens hanging out by a local lake - soon to be shredded or brutally murdered in any imaginable way by a psychotic murderer, one by one.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Under The Flesh comic support

Although I am now too late in supporting the campaign to promote the awesome first issue, I would like to give a huge shout out to the Under The Flesh comic and a congratulations on their success on kick starter, after they have successfully achieved funds to print the first issue and create the art of the second issue. Under The Flesh is a very intriguing comic having a very interesting summary.
It is set two months later since Desolation Day, when an unknown male-specific virus ravaged the world, degenerating men into savage cannibals called “fleshers.” Ruben Lobos, is a short-tempered, genetically enhanced soldier, who’s clueless about his abilities since the pathogen struck at the same time of his experiment. He’s interestingly surrounded by a diverse cast of strong female characters in a dying world where women outlast men. That's the world of Under The Flesh.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Fantastic Horror Classic - The Thing (1982)

One of the greatest horror classics ever! I really enjoyed this awesome film. To have been made in 1982 I was very impressed by the quality in it, as I only seen this film about 5 years ago. I have grown up through the era of overpowered and needless CGI in most horrors, and tons of captured footage horrors. I'm telling you, this is a fantastic film, and if you haven't seen it, it's a classic that you can't pass bye. There was a remake for this classic in 2011 which I thought was decent, but you can't watch the remake if you haven't watching the older version, right?

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Evil Dead (2013) - Another successful remake

Usually nowadays, the remakes of fantastic classic horrors seem to be getting worse, rather than better. In my opinion, all this is down to overpowered and needless CGI. However, I thought the remake of Evil Dead was very imaginative, and rather successful. After reading some reviews, I am rather inquisitive as to why a lot of people are giving it negative reviews. I thought it was fairly similar to The Cabin In The Woods (2012), as there were many fairly related moments and ideas such as the obvious - some friends hanging out in a cabin in the middle of the woods! Also, the 'dead' were awoken through some type of witchcraft by Eric reading the Book of The Dead and similarly in The Cabin In The Woods, Dana reads an old book found in the midst of some old relics, which awakens the dead.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

The Purge: Anarchy (2014) - More white-masked strangers roaming the streets

(WARNING - I must warn everyone first by telling you that there may be several spoilers for anyone who has not seen the film as I am reviewing the entire film)
I went to see this sequel to The Purge (2013) last night not expecting anything that great. The first Purge in 2013 was heavily criticised however, not by me. I did enjoy the first film but there were some slight negative aspects to it, and it was too short. I felt that The Purge: Anarchy was a much better production being longer, having a better story in my opinion, and you could expect anything coming! I mean even the scares, some of them came from completely nowhere, from normal talking scenes before the Purge actually commenced. This was a feature I found worked very well, since in the first Purge, every scare was expected because it was so silent.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Special Post - Top 10 horror characters

As promised for the awesome 1000 followers I have achieved on Twitter, I have decided to release a special blog post for you guys to reflect my gratitude for the unbelievable support I have received so far. In this post, I am going to inform you guys on who my top 10 favourite horror characters are and why I have chosen them! I will start in descending order, of course leaving the best to last, and I will also include the movie that the characters star in so you can check them out!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Interesting thriller - The Others (2001)

Whilst I was on vacation it struck me to see The Others on the television. As far as I can remember, I was sure this was the first horror I had ever watched, and I thought it was terrifying! This is a really interesting, awesome film guys that definitely deserves a review. You may not necessarily find it classified as a 'horror' similarly to Child's Play, however it is another fantastic film that absolutely nails the eerie silenced atmosphere to establish great tension and even some jump scares.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Child's Play (1988) - Got to love Chucky!

I didn't watch this thriller until about 2009, and oh my I was amazed. To have been made in 1988, the film completely exceeded my expectations. Yeah it sounds pretty cool - a wicked little doll (good guy) following his plot to escape his plastic figure body and to take the soul of a poor innocent little child. Sounds pretty nasty too doesn't it? This film, in my opinion, is absolutely remarkable and is most definitely worth a watch! Guys if you haven't seen this film yet then wow, where have you been? What really impressed me was how incredible the voice for the evil little doll Chucky was played by Brad Dourif. His voice is perfect for the role of Chucky - very rough, and extremely nasty. It was very successful in portraying this very small doll into a powerful, frightening little character who you would not want to mess with!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

My ghost/paranormal adventures on my holiday!

I would like to firstly apologise for any inconvenience I may have caused whilst I was away on my holiday in Italy. Since the date of my departure (28th June), I have not made a blog post and so I am going to make this as best as possible to make up for the time I was away. Also, I hope I have not lost the support from any of you guys because you provide me with sustained, awesome support which is still clear from my 4000 page views on this blog! So thanks a lot everyone!
Anyway, let me continue developing my blog by telling you about my fantastic, but in some cases spooky holiday and all the strange and if you like 'paranormal' events I believe I encountered. Aside the scary incidents I was involved in, some of the locations in the mountains I visited were beautiful! I was situated in an absolutely remarkable setting in the mountains named 'Boveglio' in the province of 'Lucca'.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Dark Realm - by Ron Fitzgerald - awesome illusionist!

Ron Fitzgerald's 'Dark Realm' is the story of a Master illusionist inspired by the Occult who may actually be in league with evil forces to assure his success. His deadly secret may also bring destruction upon himself, and everyone else in his macabre show. The reason why I recommend you check this awesome film out is because it is a unique combination of both Ron Fitzgerald's Gothic Illusion performances , accompanied very well with a horror film narrative.
This film is not docudrama, not just full of performance footage, but something distinctive. It is something completely different which you will probably have never seen before. Never before in the genres of horror or magic has this kind of film project been attempted. This award-winning independent feature film is based on Master Gothic Illusionist Ron Fitzgerald's stage show "Fitzgerald's Realm of Magic", featuring his dark, edgy, supernatural illusions, alongside a horror storyline to produce the unique atmosphere.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Preview - 2015 Psychological Horror - The Chair

I decided to preview another awesome looking horror which is estimated to be released in 2015.  The Chair is a psychological horror which is created by Peter Simeti, and it revolves around the graphic novel of The Chair if you guys have read it - it's pretty awesome, hence explaining why I am looking forward to this awesome thriller coming in 2015.
As well as being a psychological horror, it contains aspects of strong crime and themes of capital punishment, child abuse, mental health, and the criminal justice system. The Chair is also not really considered as your average horror film, as it isn't like one of your slasher films, where you may find yourself running away from the film to escape the view of a masked man with a horrific weapon. The Chair seems like a very different film - perhaps more of an ugly tale, full of ugly people, and a realistic portrayal set in the realm of fiction.
The film is directed by Chad Ferrin, the screenplay designed by Erin Kohut, and the fantastic story itself is created by Peter Simeti.
The plot of this epic horror revolves around Richard Sullivan (Brian Thompson) as you will see on your right, who is an innocent man struggling to escape execution on death row.

Notice - My Blog Summer Schedule!

Hey guys, as you may have heard, I depart for my holiday this Friday (27/06/14) for my holiday, and therefore my blog post this Wednesday will be my last one until I return which will be Saturday the 12th of July. I apologise in advance for any inconvenience I may cause to any of you awesome horror fans, and I therefore promise you guys awesome content and reviews when I return.
Also, unfortunately when I return on Saturday the 12th of July, I will be following a new schedule as follows-
I will only be able to post twice a week, and the two days I will post on are most likely to be Wednesday and Saturday.
I'm pretty sure a lot of you guys will be out and doing a lot during this Summer anyway, and so I hope I don't let too many people down. The reason for my change in schedule for the Summer is because my family are coming to visit from Canada, and I have not seen them in a long while. I will be working hard to produce the 2 blog posts I have now promised, and will be following this schedule until the end of Summer.
Again guys, sorry for any inconvenience, and I'll put a lot of work into the reviews I do for you guys starting Saturday the 12th of July.
Remember I depart this Friday (27/06/14) and so Wednesday will most likely be my final post before I leave. I hope you guys have an awesome Summer, and when Friday comes, don't grieve, I'll be back soon!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Mystery Thriller! - Devil (2010)

So as promised guys, this article will make up for me rescheduling Friday's weekly post to today, which I hope will be epic due to the inconvenience I may have caused. Also, I noticed huge support on my blog post last night reviewing The Grudge, so I must give a huge thanks to all of you who checked it out and especially those who re-tweeted it on Twitter!
Anyways, I felt that Devil was a rather unique, and different horror than any other horror film. It sits comfortably under the 'mystery' sub-genre of horror, since the audience becomes very curious and puzzled as to how certain events occur. It is a very thrilling film in my opinion, being released only a few years ago, and the atmosphere is insane! It really is a frightening movie, full of creepy paranormal incidents within a single elevator!
The film is directed by John Erick Dowdle, and lasts 80 minutes overall which may seem short in comparison to other thrillers I have reviewed, but it's a great movie. The plot is very straightforward and is based in Philadelphia, based around Detective Bowden (Chris Messina), who we discover is still grieving over the deaths of his wife and son, who were killed in a hit-and-run incident years ago.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Creepy psychological horror film - The Grudge (2004)

'The Grudge' is another one of your eerie Japanese thrillers that is rated very low on IMDB, and I am not stereotyping at all here, but I'm pretty sure a lot of people from the UK aren't very keen in Japanese thrillers. I really don't know why to be honest, but I think this film is fantastic and is very 'jumpy' and spooky for a Saturday night. The Gothic-like 'grudge girl' is what makes this film so special, as she takes on the traditional 'scary girl' appearance - wearing a sparkling white dress, with her black carelessly combed all over her face. This image of a disturbed young girl seems to really startle everyone, especially with some accompanied thrilling background music, occasionally boosted to give someone the unexpected 'jump scare'. This is what I feel really makes this film so eerie.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Top-notch zombie horror - 28 Weeks Later (2007)

Now, you may not believe that a zombie film is classed as a 'horror' film, but trust me, this film fits into the 'horror' genre without a doubt. Also I  must warn you as this is the sequel to the previous '28 days later' which was produced in 2002, therefore spoilers may occur. I would normally watch and review previous films in a saga, but this film is so epic and frightening that I believe it is very necessary to give you guys an awesome review of it!
It is directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, and runs for a grand total of 100 minutes. The plot begins with an overview of the first 6 months of the Rage virus, by showing the audience the huge impact it had on London, and how the majority of the people were blood-sucking creatures after this period. The film spends a huge deal of time convey the experiences of the virus that people faced, before moving onto the central concern of the plot, which is for Britain to reconstruct. 
The film is based around the re-united family consisting of  Don (Robert Carlyle), Alice (Catherine McCormack), and the children of them.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Upcoming zombie horror preview! - Apocalypse (2015)

Don't you guys just love to chill out by settling down onto a cushion and watching an awesome, thrilling zombie movie? Well, I certainly do, and nothing can beat a fantastic zombie film. However, I am sometimes disappointed if I watch a zombie movie that lacks the quality and thrills that occupies the best, and well-known zombie horrors; ones that hit the highest rated horror films on IMDB.
This is why I am looking forward to Apocalypse (2015), which I believe, will be an absolutely exceptional horror. My reasons for this view, being that over 20 countries are involved with the filming of the movie, and it will be released roughly in Summer 2015, with the filming beginning this Summer (2014). It is being compiled merely by a large amount of horror fans worldwide, which brings me to one of my reasons for my excitement. There will be diversity within the film due to over 20 countries taking part in the filming, and it is not common for so much diversity in horrors.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Thriller for Saturday! - The Birds (1963)

This film, in my opinion is one of the greatest oldest horrors in existence. Now, you may consider this not to be a horror, as I feel that is more a thriller than anything. I seen this film a long time ago, when I was very young and it give me a lot of nightmare's. Also in addition, I felt frightened within a close distance with any type of bird. Although, I am fine now haha.
The film is directed by the famous Alfred Hitchcock, and lasts a whopping 119 minutes, being very long for a horror in contrast to the lengths of a lot of today's modern horrors. The plot revolves around Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) who is a very rich socialite and seems to be a bit of a 'spoiled brat'. After she enters a pet shop, lawyer Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) plays a practical joke on her after noticing her, and she decides to return the favour. She travels about an hour north of San Francisco to Bodega Bay where Mitch spends the weekend with his mother Lydia Brenner (Jessica Tandy), and his younger sister Cathy Brenner (Veronica Cartright).

Friday, 13 June 2014

Friday the 13th! - Halloween (1978)

Welcome to another review on another awesome 70's horror classic perhaps proving the 70's to be very significant in terms of horror films. You may believe this is only a horror to be watched specifically on Halloween (31st October), but since it is Friday the 13th, I feel it is a must-watch class. Also, it contains one of my favourite horror characters being Michael Myers!
I feel it is a brilliant film, lasting 91 minutes, and is also well-known in my opinion for a mysterious, and eerie atmosphere due to the intense, and thrilling silence sustained throughout the film.
The movie is directed by John Carpenter and begins with the background of Michael Myers (Tony Moran) as a young child in 1963, on Halloween, who returns trick-or-treating, and for some crazy reason, stabs his sister - Judith Myers (Sandy Johnson) - to death with a knife, and is stared at by his parents who are immersed in shock. From this, the film then shows us that he was sent to a special mental hospital, where he spent the next 15 years of his life, and seemed to make no progress at all after the attempted teaching from Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasance).

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) - Awesome horror remake!

In my opinion, usually many remakes of horror films kinda destroy the quality of their older generation film by using overpowered special FX and filming methods etc. However, this is one film in many that I believe was remade in such a fantastic way. Honestly, I LOVED the older generation Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), but being completely honest, I thought the remake in 2003 was absolutely incredible.
The film lasts a fair amount of time being 98 minutes, and is directed by Marcus Nispel. The movie basically revolves around a small group of young adults in Texas consisting of - Erin (Jessica Biel), her boyfriend Kemper (Eric Balfour), and their friends Andy (Mike Vogel), Morgan (Jonathon Tucker), and a hitchhiker named Pepper (Erica Leerhsen) - who are all travelling home from Mexico after seeing a Lynnard Skynnard gig.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Monday night horror! - The Blair Witch Project (1999)

In my opinion, I feel there is something very unique to this film. It's not one of your normal horror films, but instead it is merely recorded through an analogue video camera. Like, the whole film is. You could call it a documentary, but it is not very factual, but it is, very frightening!
To any of you guys who dislike horrors which make use of personal handheld recordings to compile the film, I must say, I was impressed with what I saw in this movie. Most of my friends were telling me to give it a watch, but until about a year ago, I was never going to watch it. I usually dislike horrors of this kind, which use handheld equipment, but I was very, VERY impressed with this. In fact, I was overwhelmed.
I usually feel there is no proper plot to any of these types of horrors, but the plot was clear through this film especially, and there was a fantastic eerie atmosphere sustained through the whole 81 minutes it lasts.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Epic horror for a Saturday night! - Drag Me To Hell (2009)

So for tonight, I've decided to give you guys a wee cool down from The Exorcist last night, by providing a review based on Drag Me To Hell (2009) which isn't quite as scary. However, don't expect no scares or jumps within this film, as after watching it, I thought it was incredibly scary. I remember watching this film in the cinema during the first few weeks of its release, and thought it was very frightening. You could however, state this was due to my younger age, although I re-watched it earlier this month and was amazed with how nervy I still was watching it even though I had anticipated everything coming.
I knew what to expect from the 99 minutes it lasts, however due to the sound FX and many more techniques, I still found myself jumping every now and again.

Friday, 6 June 2014

The Exorcist Itself (1973) - MUST WATCH

Although I label this as a'MUST WATCH' movie to all you horror fans, consequently, I must also warn you. Through the majority of reliable and trust-worthy sources, this is rated, by people all over the globe, as the scariest film in existence. I too, agree. I mean, for it to have been made in 1973 is absolutely unbelievable due to the quality filming and the insuppressible nerves it shocked me with. This is my last warning: Do Not, I repeat, Do Not watch this film if you are uncomfortable with movies which express the control Satan or spirits can have over our body, and if you like 'tame' horrors, as this will destroy you and possibly your sleep for the rest of your life.
Anyways, enough of the emphasis on how scary it is (although it must be addressed), it is a remarkable film, lasting a long 122 minutes full of intensely frightening, yet intriguing and possibly (to you) very disturbing scenes.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Classic horror for a Wednesday - The Shining (1980)

If you have not seen this film, then I'm sorry for perhaps being rude, but you are not a true horror fan yet. However, I, among many others certainly believe that if you give this awesome thriller a watch, you will definitely certify yourself as a true horror fan!
In my opinion, due to the music, the actual video, and the scares, this has got to be one of the scariest rated movies of ALL time. However, I have noticed this to be viewed as "not scary at all" nowadays, and I can explain this. I believe the reason for people to have this perspective on it nowadays is merely since it was made a long time ago, therefore reducing the effectiveness of Special FX, and the quality of recording. Nowadays, it may seem a bit lame, but this film was extraordinary in the 1980s (sending people running out of theatres) , and at the time was high competitors with The Exorcist (1973).

Monday, 2 June 2014

Miserable Monday? - Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

Who is having a miserable day today?
Well if so, I have the perfect solution to your misery  - Insidious: Chapter 2. This awesome modern horror will definitely boost the excitement within your day and will perfectly conclude your day!
WARNING - Please ensure you have seen Insidious (2010) before even attempting to watch Chapter 2, because if you do not watch the first film you will be confused and completely unaware of anything this is happening! Also, if you have not seen the first film, this review may contain spoilers of it! Be sure to check out my review of the first film! - http://horrorfilmz4you.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/insidious-2010-another-phenomenal.html
Insidious: Chapter 2 is a complete 'carry-on' from the previous film, and basically revolves around the fact that the Lambert family unfortunately still have strong links with the spirit world still contained within their family members.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

1000 page views already! - massive thanks

Just thought I would write a blog post for you guys to inform you how happy I am now that my horror blog has hit 1000 page views already after only 3 weeks of existence! I can't tell you guys how happy I am and how much I appreciate the support I have received from you guys! Awesome man!
When I first started my blog, I didn't believe I would be capable of receiving any page views at all but for 1000 in my first 3 weeks is remarkable.
I don't know how to express my appreciation for the support guys. Thanks a lot, and I will ensure you, I will be very consistent with my blog posts from now on and will recommend awesome horrors!
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Saturday, 31 May 2014

Saturday Nights amazing horror film! - Shutter (2008)

So some people are looking for a really good horror film for tonight? Well, Shutter (2008) is an extraordinary film directed by Masayuki Ochiai and is highly recommended for a Saturday night. This, unfortunately, is not a well-known movie, and does not have a high reputation. Therefore my choice of this film is down to the film itself and not because of how popular it is within the world.
One reason for it to be not well-known could be perhaps that it is set in Tokyo, and speaking statistically, quite a lot of people do not like horror films from Japan such as this, The Grudge etc.
However, I seriously recommend this film as it is very frightening in my opinion and very intense throughout the 85 minutes it lasts. I feel that it is a really unique horror as although it only lasts 85 minutes (which is quite short in comparison to other horrors), it is very interesting and the plot is very distinctive and contrasting to your normal masked serial killers such as Michael Myers, Jason etc. Instead, the plot has nothing to do with any serial killers and is very different to any other horror.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Friday night special! - The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)

WARNING! - If you were terrified of the original exorcist film in 1973, I highly recommend you to consider giving this a miss, because in my opinion it is much scarier than The Exorcist in 1973.
For a Friday night, this is the perfect film to give you a real horror experience. Also, without a doubt, you may wish to highly consider finding some pillows or quilts to hide from what you may see.
The Exorcism Of Emily Rose is a fantastic film basically similar to the plot of The Exorcist (1973), which contains moments of intense horror and very disturbing scenes!
The film was directed by Scott Derrickson, who also directed Sinister (2012). Therefore if you found Sinister scary I'm telling you, this will be very scary at points as well!

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The Cabin In The Woods - Another wacky Wednesday?

Anyone had a really wacky Wednesday? Well if so, this is the perfect film to conclude your day! The Cabin In The Woods is a very gory, fast-paced film (towards the end), which contains a huge 'twist in the tale'. It is a remarkable, but rather insane film directed by Drew Goddard, which contains a huge twist at the midpoint within the film. I won't tell you what it is though obviously as it will merely ruin the film ha ha!
Basically, it is about a group of teenage friends, and some being couples, who head off for a weekend at an isolated cabin within the woods - hence the name 'The Cabin In The Woods'.

Monday, 26 May 2014

The Strangers (2008) - really, REALLY scary!!

Warning - this is a very, very scary film! If you are up for an extremely frightening movie tonight then you have come to the right place. The film is an impressive horror in my opinion, and is directed by Bryan Bertino.
The plot revolves around a couple - James Hoyt (Scott Speedman) and his beloved Kristen McKay (Liv Tyler) who, after returning from a wedding reception, spend some time at an isolated holiday house. Soon enough, late at night, the intense horror begins when the couple receive a knock on the door. From this moment, it is not long until they begin to be invaded by three mysterious strangers, whose faces are concealed behind masks.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Insidious (2010) - another phenomenal modern horror

Looking for a really freaky horror film tonight? Well insidious (2010) is the perfect answer, in my opinion, for a late Saturday night. The movie is an excessively frightening movie and is very thrilling through key moments within the 103 minutes it lasts.
The film is directed by the same producer of 'The Conjuring' - James Wan and is very similar to The Conjuring in terms of the plot and the genre of horror being 'paranormal activity'.
The movies revolves around the parents Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson - from 'The Conjuring'), and Renai Lambert (Rose Byrne), and the son - Dalton Lambert (Ty Simpkins).

Friday, 23 May 2014

The Conjuring - another quality horror film! (2013)

My favourite paranormal film by far has to be The Conjuring directed by James Wan which is full of nerve wracking moments, and sustained "jump scares". In addition to the high quality of fear established, the plot is also very impressive.
The film is set in the year 1971 and revolves around the characters Roger Perron (Ron Livingston) and Carolyn Perron (Lili Taylor) who move their family outwith the city to a Rhode island farmhouse where weird things begin to occur within and outside the new house.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Exceptional horror movie! - The Woman In Black (2012)

Another one of my favourite modern horror films! The Woman In Black is an absolutely exceptional piece of work directed by James Watkins, which contains very spooky, eerie moments, and events which create suspense.
Lawyer Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is still grieving about his wife's death four years ago after delivering their young baby Joseph. Later, his employer assigns him to travel to a village named Cryphin Glifford to study some documentation that used to belong to the deceased Mrs. Drablow. After making friends with Sam Daily (Ciaran Hinds) on the train to his destination, he travels to the Glifford Arms inn. However, he is turned down by the owner who claims he did not receive the reservation request and there are no rooms available. After being advised to return to London, Arthur goes to an abandoned house to discover it is haunted by a spooky woman in black who merely seeks vengeance on the children of the locals due to the passing of her own son.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Amazing Horror Classic - Psycho (1960)

Undoubtedly, Psycho is definitely one of the best 'old' horror movies I have seen! The film is an extraordinary film containing large elements of mystery, which is directed by the famous Alfred Hitchcock.
The film is based upon an office worker named Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), who decides she is beginning to get fed up with her life. Therefore, one day, Marion is given £25,000 to bank, and she regards this as an opportunity to quite literally 'run away' to start a new life. After a long drive out of town to Sam's California store, she is too tired to continue, and decides to check into the Bates Motel.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Saturday Night's Horror - a bit of demons and spirits and stuff? - The Amityville Horror (2005)

For a Saturday Night, where you are all comfortable in your bed, ready to watch a movie, The Amityville Horror (2005) is a fantastic recommendation.
It is a very frightening movie, directed by Andrew Douglas in which the Lutz family consisting of George (Ryan Reynolds), Kathy (Melissa George) , and 3 children move into a new house in which there was a previous horrific murder previously. Once finding out about the murder, the family hopefully attempt to put the previous disastrous murder behind themselves, and attempt to look to the future and keep their house.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Perfect horror for a Friday Night? - Sinister (2012)

It has to be Sinister, of 2012, possibly the scariest movie I have ever went to see in a cinema.
 This film is a remarkable movie directed by Scott Derrickson which contains a few disturbing scenes, and displays great imaginative thoughts through the story-line and the frequently occurring jumps, and scares.
'Sinister' revolves around a writer named Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke),  who transports himself and his family to a horrific house which previously contained a disastrous crime, that his family secretly don't know about.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Anyone feel like a really frightening movie tonight? - Unborn (2009) - 9/10

This is the perfect film for any of you horror fans who wish to terrify yourselves as a hobby. 'Unborn' is a very excessively frightening horror film directed by David S. Goyer. It is about a young female named Casey Beldon (Odette Annable) who at first experiences a very frightening nightmare involving a weird dog and an evil child. After telling her friend Romy (Meagan Good) over the phone about it, she begins to be haunted by this strange boy from her dream.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Wacky Wednesday? - You're Next (2011)

Who feels like a really crazy, wacky horror movie tonight?
Well here's your answer! 'You're Next' is an intensely brutal horror directed by Adam Wingard. The plot is based on the Davison family who intend to spend a peaceful and enjoyable time away, for a family reunion.
All seems well at first, until several family members are spontaneously attacked through the use of weapons from a range outside the house.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Tuesday Thriller! - Misery (1990)

Fancy a good thriller for a Tuesday night?


Well, I'm telling you, Rob Reiner's 'Misery' is an intensely exciting thriller, which contains several moments of suspense and shock. The film revolves around a central character who is a novelist named Paul Sheldon (played by James Caan), and is rescued by his 'number one fan' - Annie Wilkes (played by Kathy Bates) after his tragic car crash on his way home.