Saturday, 30 January 2010
Looks cool, doesn't it?! The creator is offering producer packages to fund the film so if you fancy seeing your name on the end credits and more to boot, why don't you take a look at the official website. More updates when I have them.
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Saturday, 23 January 2010
In this film Alice Evans (Brittany Murphy) is a troubled writer who escapes to a secluded house to write her next book while recovering from her nervous breakdown. It doesn’t take long for the house to start displaying the standard haunted house characteristics like the bathtub that likes to fill itself with water. Personally I wouldn’t mind my bath being filled for me one bit.
At first Alice seems to think it may be something other than supernatural. The possible suspects are soon set up; rich owner of said house who’s wanted to jump her bones for the past year, apparently; the violent ex-boyfriend who’s been released from prison that very night! She finds some old camcorder tapes and watches them to find footage of a young couple, where the husband is clearly a little unhinged and records everything. The footage seems to mirror her own life but Alice’s mental state deteriorates further and you are left wondering how much of what we see is merely in her head.
All the typical characters are here including the friend, Rebecca who is there to feign concern when we the viewer forget to. I spent first 10 minutes of the film expecting them to snog at any moment. Well, one can dream. Then I realise they are actually supposed to be girlfriends. Still no snogging though. Maybe that’s why it went straight to DVD. Just saying.
The performances were pretty good although Thora Birch’s makeup when she appears as the ghost with a cracked white face is bloody unforgivable. There were many similarities between this and The Shining unbelievably, but not in a good way. Mainly just with the secluded haunted house theme and visions of the past but when Alice walks in to the room with her laptop and sees the words “HE WON’T LET ME LEAVE. HE WON’T LET ME LEAVE” repeated 100 times on the screen, I did have to laugh. This was a very predictable film with a story line you could’ve had a good guess at 20 minutes in. If you need a good laugh though, go ahead.
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Andre is experimenting on himself with matter transference when a fly accidentally gets stuck in the machine with him, turning his head and left hand in to that of a fly's. I do hope he is not left handed. The reveal is wonderful and the head really is quite grotesque. At first he keeps his head covered with a sheet and his hand in his pocket so as not to freak the wife out. He can't speak so he has to type instructions to Helene on his typewriter with his "good hand". The first things he asks for are a glass of milk and a brandy. Who'd of thought! Andre types that he is finding it hard to keep his human mind in control. I don't know how any of it can be human; his head is a freaking great big fly's head! Anyway...
Helene now must find the fly, which has the head of her husband on it by the way, to have any chance of swapping everything back! She enlists the help of their son, shouting at him when he fails to find the fly in their 20 acre garden, geez. Too much time has passed and now Andre is starting to freak out. Unable to fight it any longer, he begs Helene to kill him under this massive press they happen to have in their house. Don't ask.
I love the scene the morning after she squishes him, waking up in bed with a huge smile on her face. Basically, "my husband and father to my child turned in to a monster with a fly head, now he's dead, who gives a fuck?" (Not an actual quote, you understand). Made of tough stuff these broads.
Inspector Charas: He put his head and arm under the press. Why?
Helene: I cannot answer that question; coffee, Inspector?
Sunday, 17 January 2010
So here it is. 30 years after a meteorite crashes to earth in the Swiss mountains unleashing a virus that kills everyone within a 20 mile radius, the virus is released again in England causing the once friendly locals to, well, change. It's up to the remaining survivors to save the world and try not to get eaten. The trailer should be available soon and when it is I'll post it here.
Saturday, 16 January 2010
So first up Emma gets killed and stuffed in to one of her own ghost-scarecrows because she disrespected Halloween. The Principle poisons a young boy's candy and buries him in the back garden. I had no idea I was capable of laughing at a man finishing off a kid with a shovel at the bottom of a hole in the lawn. Well I am capable. What of it? This is such a clever and thoroughly enjoyable scene which we later revisit in the form of the story colliding with another. You see, this is an anthology of four Halloween themed stories that intertwine.
They all have another thing in common - Sam. He is the voyeur of the film. Dressed in pyjamas and a pumpkin head. An innocent Trick or Treater? No fear. Sam gets his revenge on those who do not adhere to his ideal Halloween.
A traditional feel of a classic horror and not your typical slasher, illustrated with the scary haunted house imagery and drunk teenage revellers. Now, where's that veg and my big sharp knife?
"Don't forget to help me with the eyes!"
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
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In your opinion, what is the most creative use of fake blood in a horror film?
This can be either a real film or something from your disturbed mind. The contest is open to all. Get permission if you are under 18. All entries must be received by 26th January 2010 at 18:00 GMT.
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Tuesday, 12 January 2010
As a child I was always a bit scared of escalators. Couldn't quite put my finger on why... Well, THIS IS WHY!!!!!!!!!!
Probably one of the most famous PIF's, this segment of Protect & Survive details what you should do in the aftermath of a nuclear attack. And in particular, what you should do with any dead bodies you might have lying around. Get that creepy music!
Be good, kids!
Go check it out!
Monday, 11 January 2010
At one point we visit his friends, a retired serial killer and his wife. They give him pep talks and offer advice on how to take the next steps with his victim while they chop the vegetables for dinner. These are quite beautiful moments. The performances here are so natural you believe it. You want to believe it! Robert Englund (Freddy Cruiger) plays the Dr Loomis type character and Zelder Rubinstein (Poltergeist) plays a librarian who is just a tool for Leslie to get to his victim. The film crew play an important part here. They are, unbelievably, going along with it all. Maybe they don't really think he will go through with it. Occasionally we switch from the Blair Witch Project type shaky camera work of the documentary and jump to classic film. Once the crew decide to stop filming we switch to this permanently.
Sunday, 10 January 2010
Saturday, 9 January 2010
Short Story Review
We meet our English protagonist driving alone at night on a Belgian motorway, from the monotony he is having microsleeps. He notices a man at the side of the road dressed head to toe in hi-vis clothing, signalling traffic to slow down, alerting them of an incident up ahead that we never see. We immediately jump from this scene to a few nights previously, where we see his marriage is in trouble and he is having an affair with a journalist in Belgium.
Back in the original scene, he is having trouble staying awake and in the distance sees the same orange glow of the safety guy in hi-vis clothing. He gets closer and realises the man is lying on the ground. He stops the car and runs over to the man but when he gets there he realises his face looks like it is made from some kind of plastic. His body feels real and has weight to it but it is just a dummy. Still, he picks it up and puts it in his car and drives aimlessly on, probably taking the dummy for some kind of company.
Freud was right, there is something scary about inanimate objects. They're not supposed to be able to move or make a noise. We trust them with our secrets and we are free to be ourselves without being judged. But what if they had more to them than we gave them credit for? What if they then took what was ours because us dummies let our guards down?
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Thursday, 7 January 2010
I have always been quite fascinated with them. The most significant PIFs when I was growing up were things that resonate with all children the world over. The following film, Charley Says, was one of a series of animations shown in the 1970's and 80's and featured a small boy and his cat facing scary things like being approached by strangers.
The next film, Lonley Water, first shown in the 1970's, was made to deter children from playing near lakes or frozen water. I think you'll agree, pretty scary!
And this next one they showed us at school one afternoon. Who would've thought playing with a Frisbee would be so dangerous?
A little more graffic these days, purhaps. They are matter-of-fact and make no apologies. A medium not to be underestimated, the PIFs have the authority to shock and appall. They come uninvited into our living room through the TV, where other genres of film dare not tread before the watershed.