31 May 2010

THE RIFT

THE RIFT

Original Title:
La grieta

Alternate Title:
Endless Descent

German Titles:
Sirene I / U1 - Tauchfahrt des Todes

Spain / USA, 1990
Director: Juan Piquer Simón

6/10


Quite stupid but highly entertaining underwater creature-feature cheesefest from trash-genius Simón. An unoriginal plot, mediocre acting, dull dialogue- yet, it's often pretty tense, action-packed and atmospheric, the sea-monsters all look great, the low budget effects are gorgeous and of course it's always fun to watch the fabulous R. Lee Ermey.

29 May 2010

THE CAR

THE CAR

Alternate Title:
Deathmobile

German Title:
Der Teufel auf Rädern

USA, 1977
Director: Elliot Silverstein

7/10





One of the first car-horror-flicks, clearly influenced by "Duel" and "Jaws", yet still pretty original and unique. The car (a rebuilt Lincoln Mark III) looks terrifically creepy and its honking sounds really terrifying. The whole movie is quite suspenseful and atmospheric, the cast is really good (James Brolin, John Marley...), the soundtrack is brilliant and the last 10-15 minutes are just marvellous.

KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS

KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS

German Title:
Mörderspinnen

USA, 1977
Director: John 'Bud' Cardos

7/10








Highly entertaining spider-invasion movie and definitely one of the better nature-goes-wild flicks from the 70s. The plot is weak and the dialogue is often quite silly, but apart from that it's just great with a surprisingly good William Shatner, a great build-up of tension, great atmosphere, an outstandingly awesome ending and, of course, the huge amount of real tarantulas (more than 5.000).

28 May 2010

JUST BEFORE DAWN

JUST BEFORE DAWN

German Titles:
Vor Morgengrauen / Blutige Dämmerung

USA, 1981
Director: Jeff Lieberman

5/10







Average backwoods slasher which tries to differ from similar movies of that time, but sadly fails. There's plenty of atmosphere, wonderful camera work, an interesting soundtrack and some great non-sterotype actors. Yet, the script is too much of a mess, it's often way too lengthy and unsuspenseful and the killers/kills are quite underwhelming.

THE GUARDIAN


THE GUARDIAN

German Title:
Das Kindermädchen

USA, 1990
Director: William Friedkin

7/10







I totally loved this movie when I was a kid and surprisingly I still do. Yeah, it's a bit cheesy and the plot is really nothing special, but it has a nice cast (Jenny Seagrove, you hot bitch!), a huge amount of nerve-wracking tension and wonderful atmosphere, cool effects and some great gore. It's a mystery to me why this movie is not more popular.

DEADLY BLESSING


DEADLY BLESSING

German Titles:
Tödlicher Segen / Dem Tode geweiht / Gesichter des Teufels


USA, 1981
Director: Wes Craven

4/10







A quite weak early work from Wes Craven (some kinda slasher in an Amish-like community). Most of the time it's extremely boring, incredibly slow and totally unscary. A few stand-out scenes (bath tub snake attack, all the barn scenes, the surprising ending) and an interesting cast (Ernest Borgnine, Michael Berryman, Sharon Stone...) but overall, it's rather forgettable.

27 May 2010

FARMHOUSE


FARMHOUSE

Alternate Title:
Farm House


USA, 2008
Director: George Bessudo

8/10








Bessudo's first moviet "Lake Dead" was total crap but his second one is surprisingly absolutely brilliant! A highly tense and extremely intelligent horror flick, very thrilling and atmospheric with a bunch of great actors, an awfully great plot, a super-twisted script and some terrifyingly brutal scenes (that cheese grader... ouch!).
Strongly recommended!


Wiki ~ Imdb

SHALLOW GRAVE

SHALLOW GRAVE

German Title:
Shallow Grave - Reise in die Hölle

USA, 1987
Director: Richard Styles

4/10








Weak little slasher/thriller-blend that desperately tries to be original or different, but sadly fails. Ok actors, ok soundtrack, some memorable scenes (the cool shower-scene spoof, the headshot, the tense barn scene...) but overall just way too slow and boring.

Imdb

INVASION OF THE BLOOD FARMERS


INVASION OF THE BLOOD FARMERS

German Titles:
Invasion der Blutfarmer / Invasion der Tollwütigen

USA, 1972
Director: Ed Adlum

1/10





One of those atrocious no-budget exploitation-flicks from the 70s, unbelievably crappy with grotty actors, a terrible plot and extremely awful dialogue - yet, in some kind of way it's pretty entertaining. The blood farmers look like they're totally retarded and the 'growing blood' is one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time.

25 May 2010

DRIVE THRU


DRIVE THRU

Alternate Titles:
Drive-Thru / Burger Kill

USA, 2007
Directors: Brendan Cowles & Shane Kuhn

7/10








Highly amusing fun-slasher that takes itself not too seriously. The story is pretty stupid and full of plot holes, but that's not important here. It's all about 'Horny, the clown' who works at the fast food restaurant 'Hella-Burger' and loves to slaughter off teenagers. I know how that sounds, but actually it is really great: the killer clown looks breathtakingly awesome and knows how to kill. There's some nice tension and atmosphere, a bunch of ok actors, a cool soundtrack and some funny dialogue.
I highly recommend this flick!

Wiki ~ Imdb

THE NAIL GUN MASSACRE


THE NAIL GUN MASSACRE

Alternate Titles:
Carnage / Nail Gun Massacre / Texas Nailgun Massacre

Alternate German Title:
The Nailgun Massacre - Blutgericht in Arizona


USA, 1985
Directors: Terry Lofton & Bill Leslie

1/10


Supercrappy and unbelievably bad slasher-cheesefest, probably produced with a budget of about 50 bucks. Terrible actors, horrible dialogue, an unbearable soundtrack, pointless sex scenes, laughable kills and a mega-stupid-looking killer with an extremely annoying synthesizer voice.
If you're into crap like "The Suckling" or "Bleed", then this is your movie.

24 May 2010

BATTLE ROYALE 1 & 2



Original Title:
Batoru rowaiaru


Japan, 2000
Director: Kinji Fukasaku

9/10








Highly disturbing, ultra-violent and extremely intelligent masterstroke. The story is just brilliant and very thought-provoking, but also pretty challenging. The acting is great, the depressing atmosphere is incredibly impressive, settings and cinematography are just wonderful and the kills are all terrifically gory and awesome.
A tough but excellent film, hard to swallow but eventually it's worth it.

Wiki ~ Imdb



BATTLE ROYALE II: REQUIEM

Original Title:
Batoru rowaiaru II: Chinkonka


Alternate Titles:
Battle Royale 2 / Battle Royale 2: Survival Program


Japan, 2003
Directors: Kinji Fukasaku (died after directing only one scene), Kenta Fukasaku (Kinji's son finished the film)

4/10


It's a real shame but unfortunately the sequel sucks to a great extent.
It starts off great, really great. The first 50 minutes are absolutely excellent: extremely fast-paced, highly suspenseful, gloriously violent and gory, with nice dialogue and great atmosphere
- but then it goes downhill rapidly. Everything, really everything after this terrific opening is crap: it's utterly boring and tedious, the plot goes into a completely uninteresting direction, there's no suspense, no tension, the acting is weak and the characters are all pathetic idiots.
Simply a huge disappointment.

NIGHTMARES

NIGHTMARES

Alternate Title:
Stage Fright

German Title:
Nightmare On The Street

Australia, 1980
Director: John D. Lamond

6/10





Probably Australia's first slasher movie and it's a decent one. The story is weak and there are many slow and uninteresting scenes. Yet, the cast is pretty ok, the dialogue is often hilariously great, there's plenty of atmosphere, the theater settings look wonderful and the kills are all brilliant.
(I'm not sure but it looks like this movie could have influenced the similar slashers "Stage Fright" and "Curtains")


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22 May 2010

NEON MANIACS


NEON MANIACS

Alternate Title:
Evil Dead Warriors

German Title:
Maniacs - Die Horrorbande

USA, 1986
Director: Joseph Mangine

5/10





Imagine someone's telling you a story about a gang of 12 monsters living under the Golden Gate bridge, running around killing people, and they can only be defeated with water, and you ask him "Who are they? And where do they come from?", and he answers "I have no idea."
Well, that's what 'Neon Maniacs' is all about, a pretty weird 80s flick which is on the one hand so 80s it hurts, but on the other hand pretty entertaining with a high body count, some great atmosphere and a nice soundtrack.

21 May 2010

BLOOD SURF


BLOOD SURF

Alternate Title:
Krocodylus

USA, 2000
Director: James D.R. Hickox

2/10







An awfully bad croc-schlock with some terrible special/visual effects, an extremely fake-looking crocodile, a completely stupid and pointless plot, a horribly messed up script and a bunch of horribly lousy actors playing annoying and imbecile characters.
I recommend to watch the "Killer Crocodile" flicks instead; they may be as crappy as 'Blood Surf', but they are at least a bit more entertaining.

20 May 2010

PIG HUNT


PIG HUNT

German Title:
Pig Hunt - Dreck, Blut und Schweine

USA, 2008
Director: James Isaac

3/10







Pretty stupid and fucked up backwoods creature feature about a monster boar called 'Ripper' (how original!) and an insane hippie commune. Some nice kills, some funny dialogue and a great soundtrack - apart from that it's extremely boring, full of annoying and unlikeable characters, and the pig itself looks just disappointing.
Do yourself a favor and watch "Razorback" instead.

THE HORDE


THE HORDE

Original Title:
La horde

German Title:
Die Horde

France, 2009
Directors: Yannick Dahan & Benjamin Rocher

8/10




Hell yeah, once again a great horror flick from France. This time it's a rapid and ravishing take on the zombie genre, apocalyptic, action-packed and gore-filled, with a good cast (especially the hilarious old guy), a brilliant-looking setting (an abandoned apartment tower), amusing dialogue and lots of great zombie action. A total must-see.

VISITING HOURS


VISITING HOURS

Alternate Titles:
Get Well Soon / The Fright

German Title:
Das Horror-Hospital

Canada, 1982
Director: Jean-Claude Lord

6/10





Quite decent hospital slasher, sadly completely forgotten. It's far too long and slow, but thankfully it never really gets boring. There are some great suspense-scenes, the cast is pretty good (Michael Ironside, William Shatner...) and the kills are all well.
Nothing special but definitely worth watching.


Wiki ~ Imdb

The PUMPKINHEAD series

PUMPKINHEAD

Alternate Title:
Vengeance: The Demon

Alternate German Title:
Halloween Monster / Das Halloween Monster / Pumpkinhead (Das Halloween Monster) / Die Rache der Dämonen

USA, 1988
Director: Stan Winston

7/10



The directorial debut from the grandmaster of special effects Stan Winston, a great and entertaining cult classic. A bit too slow-paced in the first half, but overall quite tense and atmospheric with a good cast, interesting characters, a brilliant story and of course the mighty Pumpkinhead, one helluva fantastic-looking creature.

PUMPKINHEAD II: BLOOD WINGS

Alternate Titles:
The Revenge Of Pumpkinhead / Pumpkinhead 2: The Demon Returns

German Titles:
Pumpkinhead II / Die Rache der Dämonen 2

USA, 1994
Director: Jeff Burr

4/10


Unoriginal and disappointing sequel, nowhere near as good as the original.
All 4 points go to all the fabulous Pumpkinhead-scenes: they're all extremely entertaining and well shot, good ol' Pumpkin again looks brilliant, is terrifically badass and kills a high amount of people in brutal and supergory ways.
No points go to the lame story, the lousy actors, the annoying characters, the bad dialogue and the lack of tension and atmosphere.

16 May 2010

HE KNOWS YOU'RE ALONE


HE KNOWS YOU'RE ALONE

German Title:
Panische Angst

USA, 1980
Director: Armand Mastroianni

6/10






A pretty decent "Halloween" rip-off. Not as great as "Final Exam", the rip-off of all rip-offs, but still fairly entertaining, mainly because of a really gorgeous killer, a few stunning suspense-scenes and a neat John-Carpenter-like soundtrack - plus: Tom Hanks' first movie appearence!

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA


THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Alternate Title:
Phantom Of The Opera: The Motion Picture

German Title:
Das Phantom der Oper

USA, 1989
Director: Dwight H. Little

7/10





A really nice take on Gaston Leroux' classic tale, quite tense and atmospheric, but also pretty violent and gory with some beautifully stylish settings, great music and a decent cast (scream queen Jill Schoelen, the fabulous Bill Nighy in one of his earliest roles...). Highlight of the movie is of course the wonderful Robert Englund who delivers a brilliant performance as disgustingly deformed phantom.

LAKE DEAD


LAKE DEAD

USA, 2007
Director: George Bessudo

2/10











Extremely stupid backwoods crap that desperately tries to be like "TCM", "Wrong Turn" or "Hills Have Eyes" but ultimately ends up as bad as "Timber Falls" or "Gnaw".
Lame acting, a stereotyped plot, no tension, no atmosphere, no nothing. At least there are 2-3 nice kills and the soundtrack is ok.

13 May 2010

FRAGILE: A GHOST STORY

FRAGILE: A GHOST STORY

Original Title:
Frágiles

Alternate Title:
Fragile

Alternate German Title:
Mercy Falls - Geisterwache

Spain / UK, 2005
Director: Jaume Balagueró

6,5/10


Suspenseful ghost story, not perfect but quite entertaining. The Mercy Falls hospital looks stunning and creepy. There's much tension and atmosphere, an effective soundtrack, a whole lotta jump scares and some good actors.
Flaws: some unnecessary plot holes, Calista Flockhart's acting is lame and there's far too little suspense in the last third.

MULBERRY STREET


MULBERRY STREET

Alternate Titles:
Mulberry St. / Zombie Virus On Mulberry Street

USA, 2006
Director: Jim Mickle

5/10







Interesting and atmospheric but also pretty weird take on the epidemic/zombie-theme. The ramshackle Mulberry neighborhood looks great, the acting is decent and the zombie scenes are all wonderfully violent and fast-paced. Sadly there's not much tension going on, it's often quite boring and the acting is just mediocre.

THE GRAVEDANCERS


THE GRAVEDANCERS

German Title:
The Gravedancers - Ruhe nicht in Frieden!

USA, 2006
Director: Mike Mendez

7/10








A highly original supernatural shocker in the vein of classic 70s and/or 80s stuff. Despite the mediocre acting and a few lenghts in the middle, this is really a gorgeous flick, pretty creepy and extremely atmospheric with some brilliant jump scares, nice-looking effects, 3 stunningly scary ghosts and a superb plot.
I'm pretty sure we need more movies like this.

THE BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA


THE BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA

Original Title:
La tarantola dal ventre nero

German Title:
Der schwarze Leib der Tarantel

Italy / France, 1971
Director: Paolo Cavara

8/10




Absolutely brilliant giallo yet still highly underrated. Tense and thrilling from beginning to the end with some outstanding cinematography (especially the lampshade shots), wonderful atmosphere, a great score from Maestro Morricone, an interesting plot, a few cool kills and a decent cast.
A movie that should get WAY more praise.

THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS


THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS

German Title:
Das Haus der Vergessenen

USA, 1991
Director: Wes Craven

6/10






An interesting but odd and lackluster horror-thriller with some black humor. I absolutely love the look of the labyrinth-like house with all its gimmicks. The 'people under the stairs' look quite creepy and there are a whole lotta really scary scenes. Sadly there's not much suspense, many of the actors are totally unsuitable for their parts and the whole social-commentary-story seems a bit out of place.
Nice flick but definitely no Craven-masterpiece.

09 May 2010

The CHILDREN OF THE CORN series


CHILDREN OF THE CORN

German Title:
Kinder des Zorns

USA, 1984
Director: Fritz Kiersch

4/10







Weak adaptation of Stephen King's brilliant short story. Though there is some great atmosphere, a nice soundtrack and a pretty neat cast, there are also many boring and unsuspenseful scenes, poor effects, huge plot holes and a pretty shitty ending.
Disappointing.

Wiki ~ Imdb





CHILDREN OF THE CORN II: THE FINAL SACRIFICE

German Titles:
Tödliche Ernte - Kinder des Zorns II / Kinder des Zorns 2 - Tödliche Ernte

USA, 1992
Director: David Price

3/10






Quite ridiculous sequel without any tension or atmosphere and packed with lame actors and stupid dialogue. At least there are a bunch of really nice and entertaining kills (death by corn, death by wheelchair, death by farmhouse, etc.).


Wiki ~ Imdb







CHILDREN OF THE CORN III: URBAN HARVEST

German Title:
Kinder des Zorns III - Das Chicago-Massaker

USA, 1995
Director: James D.R. Hickox



3/10











Part 3 is stupid, extremely stupid. Most of the acting is terrible, the dialogue is horrid and the special effects are extremely cheesy. Nevertheless there are so many amusing and unintentionally hilarious scenes, you just have to love it. The living scarecrow, the killing corn fields, the schlocky stop-motion creature at the end etc. - fun, fun, fun.

Wiki ~ Imdb







CHILDREN OF THE CORN IV: THE GATHERING

Alternate Title:
Children Of The Corn: The Gathering

German Title:
Kinder des Zorns IV - Mörderischer Kult

USA, 1996
Director: Greg Spence

5/10



Although this one has got nearly nothing to do with its predecessors, it's surprisingly pretty decent. Sure, it's nothing special and the plot is quite stupid, but at least it manages to create some great tension and atmosphere, plus there's some really great gore and a really neat cast (f.e. Naomi Watts in one of her first roles).

Wiki ~ Imdb




CHILDREN OF THE CORN V: FIELDS OF TERROR

German Title:
Kinder des Zorns - Feld des Terrors / Kinder des Zorns V

USA, 1998
Director: Ethan Wiley

2/10






Things I like about Part 5: cool cameo appearances from David Carradine and Kane Hodder, Eva Mendes in her first role, some neat gore and a nice-looking silo.
Things I dislike about it: everything else. A horrendous plot, a bad cast, terrible dialogue and absolutely no tension. 
Rubbish.

Wiki ~ Imdb





CHILDREN OF THE CORN 666: ISAAC'S RETURN

German Title:
Kinder des Zorns VI: Isaac's Rückkehr

USA, 1999
Director: Kari Skogland

1/10






An absolutely terrible and horribly boring sequel with a super-crappy plot and a bunch of extremely lousy actors. Avoid this piece of shit!

Wiki ~ Imdb





CHILDREN OF THE CORN: REVELATION

Alternate Title:
Children Of The Corn VII: Revelation

USA, 2001
Director: Guy Magar

1/10






The 7th and hopefully last part of this rubbish series. 

Again a super-terrible plot, lame acting, outstandingly awful special effects, and it's just boring, boring, boring.

Wiki ~ Imdb





CHILDREN OF THE CORN
(Remake)

USA, 2009
Director: Donald P. Borchers

2/10









Lousy made-for-TV remake of a lame adaptation. The only good thing about it is that it's extremely true to King's short story. Apart from that it's incredibly tedious and boring with absolutely no atmosphere or tension, some annoying acting and lengthy dialogue.

GALAXY OF TERROR


GALAXY OF TERROR

Alternate Title:
Mindwarp: An Infinity Of Terror / Planet Of Horrors

German Title:
Planet des Schreckens

USA, 1981
Director: Bruce D. Clark

6/10




Highly entertaining SciFi-cheese in the vein of "Alien". Quite cheesy and trashy with bad dialogue and many plot holes - but surprisingly it's pretty tense and extremely atmospheric with brilliant-looking settings, great creatures, pretty good special effects, an amusingly effective score and a great cast (Robert Englund, Sid Haig, Grace Zabriskie...). Definitely one of the better space b-movies from that time.

08 May 2010

SOLE SURVIVOR


SOLE SURVIVOR

German Title:
Nur Tote überleben

USA, 1983
Director: Thom Eberhardt

4/10







Interesting but weird and unsatisfying take on the zombie genre which feels likee a blend of "Final Destination" and "Night Of The Living Dead". Great-looking settings, beautiful cinematography and brilliant atmosphere - unfortunately there are way too many boring and lengthy scenes, many plot holes and a disappointing ending.

THE NUN


THE NUN

Original Title:
La monja

Spain / UK, 2005
Director: Luis de la Madrid

5/10







Mediocre horror flick about a flying water-ghost/killer-nun (yes, you read right :-)
The first half is very tense and suspenseful with some great kills and some very effective scares. Sadly, the second half is extremely lengthy, boring and completely unsuspenseful.
Great cinematography, cool effects, ok acting - but a pretty lousy script with a very disappointing ending.

06 May 2010

Shameless Self-Promotion

A few weeks ago Bloody Disgusting gave their readers the chance to ask director Tom Six a question which he will answer in a video.

Tom Six is the director of "The Human Centipede: First Sequence", a movie I'm really lookin' forward to (will do a review soon).

Well, guess what? Right, Mr. Six actually answered my question!

My question: As far as I know there will be a second part. Any plans on more parts, some kind of centipede-franchise?

Watch the answer at 00:52



05 May 2010

GHOST TOWN


GHOST TOWN

German Alternate Title:
Ghost Town - Tote kannst du nicht töten

USA, 1988
Director: Richard Governor

8/10








Unexpectedly brilliant and highly original, yet terribly underrated horror western. Quite creepy, pretty tense and extremely atmospheric, with a really good cast, interesting characters, awonderfully designed ghost town settings and a decent plot. A wonderful 80s gem; they don't make movies like this anymore.

04 May 2010

ZOMBIES OF MASS DESTRUCTION


ZOMBIES OF MASS DESTRUCTION

Alternate Title:
ZMD: Zombies Of Mass Destruction

German Title:
Zombieworld

USA, 2009
Director: Kevin Hamedani

2/10





Unbelievably stupid zomedy that desperately tries to be funny but totally fails. Some ok jokes and a nice score - everything else in here is just annoying, from the ridiculous characters to the completely fake-looking gore/zombie-effects. Just skip that piece of shit.

THE THAW

THE THAW

Alternate Title:
Arctic Outbreak / Frozen

German Title:
Frozen - Etwas hat überlebt

USA / Canada, 2009
Director: Mark A. Lewis

8/10





Highly intelligent and extremely interesting parasite/infection-movie in the vein of "The Thing". Apart from a wonderful setting, a decent cast, great tension and some beautifully disgusting gore scenes, we get a well-conceived and logical story with an intriguing message (you could say it's a 'green' horror movie).
Please, make more movies like this one!

03 May 2010

HONEYMOON HORROR


HONEYMOON HORROR

USA, 1982
Director: Harry Preston

1,5/10










Totally terrible slasher-cheese. Some good gore, ok soundtrack - everything else is just bullcrap. Incapable actors, horrible dialogue, cheap effects and absolutely no tension.

THE GHOST

THE GHOST

Original Title:
Ryeong

Alternate Title:
Dead Friend

German Title:
Ghost

South Korea, 2004
Director: Tae-kyeong Kim

7/10


Interesting and well-narrated Asian ghost story, unfortunately pretty underrated. Sure, the story itself is not very original and there are just too many things we have seen before in movies like "Ring", "Dark Water" or "Ju-On" (f.e. girl with black hair, ghostly water etc.). Nevertheless it's a must-see if you like Asian horror: very atmospheric and extremely scary with an excellent cast, brilliant cinematography and an ingenious script full of terrific twists and with an awesome ending.

THE HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK

THE HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK

Original Title:
La casa sperduta nel parco

Alternate Titles:
The House At The Edge Of The Park / House On The Edge Of The Park

German Title:
Der Schlitzer

Italy, 1980
Director: Ruggero Deodato

7/10


Quite terrifying exploitation classic, not as uncomfortable and violent as Deodato's previous classic, but still pretty disturbing and nasty, but also extremely atmospheric and tense, and in some kind of way also a bit erotic. The cast is great (especially the fantastic David Hess and the 4 beautiful girls), the settings look wonderful, the script is amazing and the soundtrack is just awesome.
Only flaw: it's sometimes a bit too slow and lengthy.

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