29 June 2010

THE VINDICATOR


THE VINDICATOR

Alternate Titles:
Vindicator / Frankenstein '88

Alternate German Title:
Micro-Chip-Man

USA / Canada, 1986
Director: Jean-Claude Lord

2/10





Huge disappointment: the premise sounded good and the cover-art looks brilliant. Sadly it's a pretty weak and unintentionally funny Robocop/Frankenstein revenge flick, slow and boring with a cheesy main character, a silly script, lame kills and a whole bunch of lethargic actors.

BIOHAZARD

BIOHAZARD

German Title:
Monster aus der Galaxis

USA, 1985
Director: Fred Olen Ray

2/10








Super-hilarious no-budget alien trash from Fred Olen Ray, one of the 80s' most productive schlock-directors, with a really shitty plot, a bunch of horribly bad non-actors, nonsensical dialogue, extremely crappy effects and an uber-cheesy ridiculous-looking space monster (which was played by the director's 5-year-old child - I shit you not!). At least it takes itself not too seriously, the unintentionally funny killing scenes are highly amusing and the ending is so unbelievably wacko, it's hard to believe.
Trash as trash can!


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DEADLY EYES

DEADLY EYES

Alternate Titles:
The Rats / Rats

German Titles:
Night Eyes / Die Rückkehr der Killerratten / Mit den Augen der Nacht

Canada, 1982
Director: Robert Clouse

5/10




Come on, it's time for some more ratshit, although this one's surprisingly not that bad. Of course it's far from being a masterpiece and has its flaws: some mediocre acting, many boring and/or pointless scenes and a terrible score (whenever a rat pops up, there's some horribly annoying screeching sound which makes your ears bleed) - nevertheless the rat scenes are pretty well shot (they actually used in dogs in rat suits; gladly they kept most of the rat scenes in the dark, so they never look cheap or poor), there's some great atmosphere, a bunch of highly suspenseful scenes and a gorgeous guest appearance from our favorite hotel cook Scatman Crothers.
Nothing special but thankfully way, WAY better than that Food Of The Gods schlock.

27 June 2010

THE FOOD OF THE GODS 1 & 2

THE FOOD OF THE GODS

German Title:
Die Insel der Ungeheuer

USA, 1976
Director: Bert I. Gordon

2/10







Super-schlocky and unintentionally hilarious trash gem, loosely based on a H.G. Wells novel. Absolutely no tension at all, most of the actors are lame and the dialogue often is simply horrid. Worst of all are the effects: I laughed my ass off when I saw the giant rubber chicken and the poor-looking monster wasps. At least some of the rat scenes are ok and there's even some neat gore but overall it's simply a dull cheesefest which is so bad, it nearly hurts.




FOOD OF THE GODS II

Alternate Titles:
Gnaw: Food Of The Gods II / Gnaw: Food Of The Gods Part 2

German Titles:
Die Stunde der Ratte / Angriff der Killer-Ratten

Canada, 1989
Director: Damian Lee

1/10



Completely unrelated sequel which has only the oversized rats in common with the original - and boy, how bad it is! It's a really terrible trashfest with awfully bad rat puppets and awfully bad rat attacks, dull acting, annoying dialogue, a horrible soundtrack (including a cheesy synth version of "Ode to Joy") and a whole lotta clearly visible goofs (crew members, boom mics etc.). Simply craptastic.

26 June 2010

CUJO

CUJO

USA, 1983
Director: Lewis Teague

8/10










There are only a few really good Stephen King adaptations and this is one of them. Very true to the amazing novel, highly atmospheric and intense, scary and suspenseful with a brilliant score, top acting, excellent settings and a well-paced script.
Highlights are the make-up of Cujo (man, how fucked up that dog looks!) and the wonderful sunset/sunrise-moods throughout the second half.
"Cujo", a brilliant but still somewhat underrated shocker and definitely one of the most realistic horror movies ever made.

EXTE: HAIR EXTENSIONS


EXTE: HAIR EXTENSIONS

Original Title:
Ekusute

Alternate Title:
Hair Extensions

Japan, 2007
Director: Sion Sono

7/10




Hilarious and super-freaky out J-horror parody about some kind of 'killer hair'. It could have been a bit more tense and scary, apart from that it's absolutely entertaining, full of funny dialogue and weird characters, with a great score, nice-looking settings and of course all the ingeniously amazing hair-kill-scenes. No masterpiece but still a crazy and original film you really need to watch.

25 June 2010

VIDEO NASTIES

"Video nasty" was a term coined in the United Kingdom in the 1980s that originally applied to a number of films distributed on video cassette that were criticized for their violent content by various religious organizations, in the press and by commentators such as Mary Whitehouse. While violence in cinema had been subject of censorship for many years, the lack of a regulatory system for video sales combined with the claim that any film could fall into children's hands led to new levels of concern. Many of these "video nasties" were low-budget horror films produced in Italy and the United States. The furore created by the moral crusade against video nasties led to the introduction of the UK's Video Recordings Act 1984 which imposed a stricter code of censorship on videos than was required for cinema release. Several major studio productions ended up being banned on video, falling afoul of legislation that was designed to control the distribution of video nasties.
There is currently no legislation in force, owing to a legislative mistake in 1984. In August 2009 it was discovered that the Act was unenforceable, as the European Commission had not been notified about it, as required by Directive 83/189 (see now Directive 98/34). The Act had in fact been technically invalid since 31 March 1984, and any prosecutions still pending in August 2009 were abandoned. It is anticipated that the system described will continue on a voluntary basis, and the legal structure was to have been enacted in November 2009.

The DPP list of 'video nasties' was first made public in June 1983. The list was modified monthly as prosecutions failed or were dropped. In total, 72 separate films appeared on the list at one time or another. Thirty-nine films were successfully prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act but some of these films have been subsequently cut and then approved for release by the BBFC. The remaining 35 were either not prosecuted or had unsuccessful prosecutions.
A number of films spent a short time on this list because their prosecutions failed shortly after publication or because it was decided that prosecution was not worth pursuing. Ultimately, the list became obsolete when the Video Recordings Act came into force, and since 2001, several of the films have been released uncut. In the majority of cases below where cuts were made, they were scenes of real-life animal cruelty and/or excessive violence to women, both of which are still regarded with some degree of severity by the BBFC.
Although commonly thought of as part of the DPP list, the following two titles never actually appeared on any government list:
  • Last House On Dead End Street
  • Shogun Assassin
  • Xtro

22 June 2010

SLAUGHTER HIGH

SLAUGHTER HIGH

Alternate Titles:
April Fool's Day / Jolly Killer

German Titles:
Die Todesparty / Slaughter High - Die Todesparty

UK / USA, 1986
Directors: George Dugdale, Mark Ezra & Peter Litten

6/10




An absolutely neat late-80s april fools slasher. The story is unoriginal and cliché-laden, the acting is mediocre and there's not much tension or suspense in here - gladly there's a shit load of uber-excellent kills (exploding guts, death by tractor, electrocution whilst fucking...), some really funny dialogue ("Talk dirty, Frank! Talk Dirty!" - "Um... tits." - "DIRTY dirty!" - "Um... fuck. Ah, tits. Screw.") and a brilliant score from the great Harry Manfredini.
Not as good as "April Fool's Day" but still pretty entertaining.

21 June 2010

CATACLYSM


CATACLYSM

Alternate Titles:
The Nightmare Never Ends / Cataclysm ...The Nightmare Never Ends / Satan's Supper

German Title:
Cataclysm - Der unendliche Alptraum

USA, 1980
Directors: Phillip Marshak, Tom McGowan & Gregg C. Tallas

3/10



One of the 3 bad movies that were edited into the horrid "Night Train To Terror".
Well, actually it is a quite bad movie, but one that keeps you entertained and interested, mainly because it's so bizarre.
The acting is awfully bad, the effects are shoddy and the dialogue is lame but at least there are 3 things that make this movie entertaining:
(1) the weird but funny satan/nazi-stuff, (2) the atheistic professor and his 'remarkable' "God Is Dead"-book & (3) the amusingly gory ending.

20 June 2010

TRAUMA

TRAUMA

German Title:
Aura

Italy / USA, 1993
Director: Dario Argento

7/10








Argento's first full US production: it sadly is no masterpiece, mainly because it's a bit too long and looks a bit too 'Americanized'. Still, it's a pretty decent and entertaining giallo/slasher, suspenseful and atmospheric with a very good cast (Asia Argento, Piper Laurie...), fabulous camera work, beautiful settings and a bunch of brilliant decapitations - plus: the impressive noose-o-matic (devised by godfather Tom Savini), one of most effective murder weapons ever created!

19 June 2010

HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER

HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER

USA, 1986
Director: John McNaughton

5/10










"Henry" is considered as one of the best, most disturbing, most shocking and most realistic horror thrillers of all time - and I totally don't understand it.
Maybe I'm just desensitized from all the horror movies I've seen over the years but to me this was in no way impressing or disturbing or shocking or whatever. It really did nothing to me.
Michael Rooker delivers a great and haunting performance but the rest of the cast is just lame. The kill/rape scenes are pretty great, the score is interesting, there's also some cool atmosphere, but unfortunately there are way too many scenes that are just too slow and boring and totally interrupt the flow. The script is also much too predictable
Believe me when I say that I really wanted to love this movie as much as I wanted to love "The Exorcist". Well, it didn't worked out.

18 June 2010

MAREBITO


MAREBITO

Alternate Title:
The Stranger From Afar

Japan, 2004
Director: Takashi Shimizu

8/10








Impressive surreal/psychological J-horror from Takashi Shimizu, back in the days when he was still good. Dark and disturbing, eerie and suspenseful, with a tremendously interesting story, brilliant actors, terrific atmosphere, great camera work and fascinating monologue/dialogue. Highly underrated, a must-see for everyone who likes intelligent and thought-provoking horror.

HIGH LANE

HIGH LANE

Original Title:
Vertige

France, 2009
Director: Abel Ferry

4/10








Pretty lame mix of "Wrong Turn", "The Descent" and "Just Before Dawn". Beautiful camera work, incredibly intense climbing scenes and some neat gore - sadly all 6 characters are absolutely annoying (1 half-arsed villain and 5 completely unlikable wannabe-climbers who all deserve a gruesome death, especially that one girl who is constantly screaming her lungs out), a terribly predictable plot and some horrid dialogue.
This movie actually makes you realize that not every French horror movie is a masterpiece. Pity...

HOUSE (1977)


HOUSE

Original Title:
Hausu

Japan, 1977
Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi

10/10







Basically it's a Japanese variation on the haunted house theme... but only basically, because actually this is probably the wackiest, craziest, freakiest and weirdest movie ever made. 'House' is so indescribably bizarre, it's hard to comprehend. I've never seen anything like that
Unbelievably funny but als pretty disturbing, with super-surreal camera work and editing techniques, full of grotesque settings, freaky music and crazy characters - plus: lots of things and scenes which are so freaked out, so insane, you won't get them out of your head, f.e. a girl-eating piano, a blood-spitting clock, a man transforming into bananas just because he doesn't like watermelons, a noodle-cooking bear, attacking mattresses, et cetera, et cetera...
Seriously, one of those movies you absolutely have to watch before you die!

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17 June 2010

The NIGHT OF THE DEMONS series


NIGHT OF THE DEMONS

Alternate Title:
Halloween Party

German Title:
Nacht der Dämonen

USA, 1988
Director: Kevin S. Tenney

7/10





Yeah, that's how I like my 80s. In fact this movie sums up everything that was important in 80s horror: your average partying stereotype-teenies (the cool dude, the idiot, the virgin, the bitch etc.), hardrock and bad synth music, a spooky house, booze, sex, lots of nudity, lots of gore, zombies and demons. Not very suspenseful or creepy, but highly entertaining with great make-up, great effects, terrific atmosphere, fabulous one-liners ("Eat a bowl of fuck, I'm here to party!" / "Typical... shut up and drive, BITCH!!") and some damn brilliant kills.
Classic horror-fun from the golden age.

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NIGHT OF THE DEMONS 2

Alternate Title:
Night Of The Demons: Angela's Revenge

German Title:
Night Of The Demons

USA, 1994
Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith

7/10




A worthy sequel which is just as good as Part 1 and one of the few 90s horror flicks with a fabulous 80s feeling. It's extremely entertaining, funny and highly atmospheric. Angela and her zombie-demons look absolutely great. I'd say the make-up / special effects are even better in here. The acting is pretty nice (most notably the beautiful wallflower Merle Kennedy), the score is quite haunting, the metal/hardrock soundtrack is pretty banging and the settings all look wonderfully eerie. The icing on the cake: a lot of gorgeous nudity and again some really cool one-liners ("Smells like Godzilla's butthole." / "Leave room for the holy ghost!").
Marvellous!

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NIGHT OF THE DEMONS 3

Alternate Titles:
Demon House / Demon Night

German Title:
Demon Night - One Night In Hell


USA / Canada, 1997
Director: Jim Kaufman

3/10





A lame, hardly entertaining and unnecessary sequel, disappointing at all levels.
Starts out quite great with a cool and unexpected shoot-out scene but then it goes downhill extremely fast: bad plot, bad dialogue, terribly written and paced script, horribly annoying characters, awfully cheap special effects, a poor soundtrack, no suspense, no atmosphere and nearly no fun. Some ok demon appearances and kills but overall simply a stupid and pointless movie.

NIGHT OF THE DEMONS
(Remake)

USA, 2009
Director: Adam Gierasch

5/10










An ok and quite entertaining remake, sadly not as wild and fun as I expected it to be. It seems as Gierasch just didn't had the balls to fill it up with the right amount of nudity, gore and brutality - for whatever reason. The lack of tension, scariness and atmosphere is also extremely disappointing. Yet, the acting is decent, the demon house looks terrific, make-up and special effects are mostly pretty cool-looking and I totally love the hardrock/gothic-rock soundtrack.
Nice DTV-stuff but unfortunately nothing special.

15 June 2010

CREEPOZOIDS

CREEPOZOIDS

German Titles:
Creepzone / Creep Zone / Creepozoids - Angriff der Mutanten

USA, 1987
Director: David DeCoteau

2/10






Terribly bad post-apocalyptic monster/mutant-trash with crappy rubber creatures, an abandoned laboratory complex that looks like an abandoned warehouse, lame acting, even lamer dialogue and a horribly annoying synth score. At least it has some unintentionally hilarious schlock moments (mutant babies, mutant rats, people vomiting black slime etc.).

MANSION OF THE DOOMED

MANSION OF THE DOOMED

Alternate Titles:
Massacre Mansion / The Terror Of Dr. Chaney

German Title:
Das Haus mit dem Folterkeller

USA, 1976
Director: Michael Pataki

7/10




Effective and entertaining but highly underrated and unknown horror movie about gruesome eye transplantation experiments. Quite fast-paced, pretty atmospheric, creepy and also a bit disturbing (the eyeless ones in the cellar... hardcore!) with a decent cast, nice make-up and wonderful cinematography.
Keep an eye on this flick ;-)

12 June 2010

MASTERS OF HORROR

MASTERS OF HORROR
(TV-series, 2005;
wonderful anthology series with 1-hour episodes created from horror history's most important directors and writers)


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Episode List




SEASON 1


INCIDENT ON AND OFF A MOUNTAIN ROAD
(Season 1, Episode 1)

USA, 2005
Director: Don Coscarelli

8/10








First episode of this very awesome series, and it's a fabulous one! Genius Coscarelli created a brilliant survival/slasher/backwoods-themed tale, atmospheric, tense and pretty scary with an excellent script, great dialogue, beautiful settings and some splendid acting (Angus Scrimm!).

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DREAMS IN THE WITCH HOUSE
(Season 1, Epsiode 2)

USA, 2005
Director: Stuart Gordon

8/10









Highly entertaining adaptation of a classic H.P. Lovecraft story from the #1 Lovecraft interpreter Stuart Gordon. Very scary and tense with a neat cast, nice effects, brilliant gore and full of fabulous lovecraftian elements (rats in the wall, the Necromonicon, the Miskatonic university...).

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DANCE OF THE DEAD
(Season 1, Episode 3)

USA / Canada, 2005
Director: Tobe Hooper

5/10









Hooper's episode could have really brilliant: an amazing Robert Englund, an apocalyptic zombie-themed plot, fantastic-looking settings, a score composed by Billy Corgan - unfortunately it's overall quite boring, most of the characters are just plain annoying and the script is one helluva mess.

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JENIFER
(Season 1, Episode 4)

USA, 2005
Director: Dario Argento

9/10









I'm impressed: this is probably the best thing Argento did in a looong time. A terrific obsession-story, extremely suspenseful with a bunch of great actors, a brilliant soundtrack (a bit reminiscent of Bernard Herrmann's works) and wonderful camera work. The gore is absolutely ace and Jenifer is one helluva disturbing badass monster-bitch.

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CHOCOLATE
(Season 1, Episode 5)

USA / Canada, 2005
Director: Mick Garris

6/10









Interesting but disappointing episode from the "Masters Of Horror"-creator Garris. Visually stunning and fascinating with a great cast, an inventive story and a beautiful score - sadly it's gettin' a bit boring in the second half and the ending is a huge letdown.

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HOMECOMING
(Season 1, Episode 6)

USA / Canada, 2005
Director: Joe Dante

7/10









Dante's take on the zombie theme is not your average undead-schlock but a highly intelligent, thought-provoking and hilariously funny political satire. There could have been more gore and tension but apart from that it's quite entertaining with amazing dialogue, brilliant zombie soldiers and a pretty good cast.

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DEER WOMAN
(Season 1, Episode 7)

USA, 2005
Director: John Landis

7/10









Hilarious and extremely amusing horror-comedy from John Landis with a stupid but funny plot. The acting is pretty great (especially the uber-beautiful Cinthia Moura as Deer Woman), there's some wonderful b-movie atmosphere in it and it's full of highly memorable scenes (the death-by-deer figuring-out, the knife stab, the "American Werewolf" reference...). Fun!







CIGARETTE BURNS
(Season 1, Episode 8)

USA, 2005
Director: John Carpenter

10/10









Undoubtedly one of the best things godfather Carpenter ever did. An unbelievably fascinating and absolutely brilliant story, very thrilling, disturbing and violent with great atmosphere, great acting, a wonderful score and some of the best gore I've seen in a long time - plus: the ending scene is one of the most excellent things I've ever seen. A masterpiece!





THE FAIR HAIRED CILD
(Season 1, Episode 9)

USA / Canada, 2006
Director: William Malone

8,5/10









Just last week I said that Malone is a strange director who never seems to get it fully right. Well, I stand corrected: this time he got it fully right with this fabulous episode. Extremely suspenseful and scary with wonderful atmosphere, brilliant effects, a great score, a neat cast and a nice story. One extra half point for the usage of Beethoven's 'Symphony N°7 in A Major Op. 92' - it works in here as good as in the famous ending sequence of "Irreversible".




SICK GIRL
(Season 1, Episode 10)

USA / Canada, 2006
Director: Lucky McKee

8/10









Grotesque but extremely entertaining episode from Lucky McKee in the vein of his cult classic "May", again with the fabulous Angela Bettis and an also great Misty Mundae. A gorgeous black comedy story with hilarious dialogue, brilliant effects and a brilliant soundtrack.

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PICK ME UP
(Season 1, Episode 11)

USA / Canada, 2006
Director: Larry Cohen

4/10









Cohen's story is so far the weakest episode from the first season. An ok cast and some nice gore - apart from that it's pretty unfunny, boring and surprisingly extremely predictable. I also think that the plot itself is just ridiculous. Next.

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HAECKEL'S TALE
(Season 1, Epsiode 12)

Canada / USA, 2006
Director: John McNaughton

8/10









I'm not a huge fan of McNaughton but he really did a good job with this Clive Barker adaptation. A terrific story full of great horror elements (Frankenstein, Necrophilia, zombies...), quite creepy and atmospheric with a pretty good cast, wonderful-looking settings, brilliant-looking make-up and one of the most remarkable sex scenes I've ever seen. Marvellous!

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IMPRINT
(Season 1, Episode 13)

USA / Japan, 2006
Director: Takashi Miike

10/10









Season One's best episode along with "Cigarette Burns". Fuck, Miike totally gave a shit about any kind of limitation and created something so extremely disturbing and shocking that it got banned from TV - well, I can see why: besides an abortion and a horrifying creature, there is one pretty long and excellent torture scene that is so brutal and gruesome, it's nearly sickening.
"Imprint" is also extremely eerie, haunting and atmospheric with brilliant camera work, a great cast, a great score, a tremendous script, amazing settings and fantastic make-up. Masterpiece!






SEASON 2


THE DAMNED THING
(Season 2, Episode 1)

German Title:
The Damned Thing - Texas Horror

Canada / USA, 2006
Director: Tobe Hooper

5/10






Hooper's second episode and again he doesn't get it fully right. It's a mediocre Ambrose Bierce adaptation that starts out really great (atmospheric, suspenseful, brilliant gore scenes) but then goes slightly downhill (nearly no atmosphere, no suspense, lame CGI).

Wiki ~ Imdb




FAMILY
(Season 2, Episode 2)

German Title:
Family Psycho

USA / Canada, 2006
Director: John Landis

9/10






John Landis second episode, way better than his first one and undoubtedly one of the highlights from this wonderful series. Highly tense and thrilling, extremely amusing and entertaining with a terrific George Wendt (I love this guy!), an excellent script full of awesome twists and an amazing ending. Brilliant!

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THE V WORD
(Season 2, Episode 3)

German Title:
The V Word - Blutrausch der Vampire

Canada / USA, 2006
Director: Ernest R. Dickerson

4,5/10





I think we can all agree that Dickerson clearly is no horror-master and he's proving it with this mediocre vampire tale which starts out pretty good but gets boring and lengthy pretty fast. The acting is good and there's some nice gore but overall it's just disappointing and quite lame.

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SOUNDS LIKE
(Season 2, Episode 4)

German Title:
Sounds Like - Der Schrei der Stille

USA, 2006
Director: Brad Anderson

8/10






Simply an excellent and original episode from the fabulous Brad Anderson, pretty tense and suspenseful with some impressive images and sounds, brilliant cinematography and a nice cast. Great!

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PRO-LIFE
(Season 2, Episode 5)

German Title:
Pro-Life - Des Teufels Brut

USA / Canada, 2006
Director: John Carpenter

7/10





Nowhere near as fantastic as Carpenter's previous episode ("Cigarette Burns") but still pretty entertaining. The story is silly and the cast is surprisingly rather so-so (even Ron Perlman is lame), apart from that it's fairly tense and full of brilliant gore, disturbing images and 2 magnificent creatures.

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PELTS
(Season 2, Episode 6)

German Title:
Pelts - Getrieben vom Wahn

Canada / USA, 2006
Director: Dario Argento

8/10






Again, a brilliant episode from the Italian horror god. A strong story, pretty tense and atmospheric, but also pretty entertaining with a haunting score, brilliant-looking settings, a really good cast (especially a hilariously great Meat Loaf) and a high amount of fantastically shocking gore scenes. Terrific!

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THE SCREWFLY SOLUTION
(Season 2, Episode 7)

Canada / USA, 2006
Director: Joe Dante

5/10









Dante disappoints with a mediocre episode that starts off great but falls flat in the second half. Highly interesting story, well scripted and with some disturbing gore, yet, it's often quite boring, the acting is dull and the ending is a big letdown.

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VALERIE ON THE STAIRS
(Season 2, Episode 8)

USA / Canada, 2006
Director: Mick Garris

7/10









Pretty good Clive Barker adaptation and a bit better than Garris' first episode. A little too lengthy and slow in the middle, but overall a decent ghost story with some major twists. Good acting, nice settings, 2-3 great jump scares and some brilliantly gory kills.

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RIGHT TO DIE
(Season 2, Episode 9)

USA / Canada, 2007
Director: Rob Schmidt

9/10









Absolutely excellent episode from "Wrong Turn"-director Schmidt. Brilliantly written, brilliantly paced, pretty gruesome and disgusting, but also funny and extremely entertaining with great acting, fabulous deaths and one helluva burnt victim. Highlight: the last 15 minutes which are so incredibly twisted and freaked out, it's incredible.

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WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM
(Season 2, Episode 10)

USA / Canada, 2007
Director: Tom Holland

4,5/10








Holland totally disappoints with a clown-revenge story that could have been really great, if there would have been a decent script - which was not.
The acting is decent, the clown and his ice cream van look gorgeous and the way his victims die is just brilliant. Sadly the whole thing never really gets going. There's just no tension, no suspense and nothing scary or eerie. Pity.

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THE BLACK CAT
(Season 2, Episode 11)

USA / Canada, 2007
Director: Stuart Gordon

7/10









Stuart Gordon's take on Edgar Allen Poe's "The Black Cat" with a twist - not as good as his previous episode, but still pretty entertaining. Very atmospheric and eerie with wonderful settings, a haunting score, some glorious gore and an outstanding Jeffrey Combs as Poe. Sadly it's a bit too tedious and slow in the first half.

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THE WASHINGTONIANS
(Season 2, Episode 12)

German Title:
The Washingtonians - Die Menschenfresser

USA / Canada, 2007
Director: Peter Medak

3/10





Clearly the weakest episode from the whole series (although the premise sounded really interesting). Boring and slow in the beginning, lame and shiftless in the middle, disappointing and unspectacular in the ending. Overall, completely forgettable.

Wiki ~ Imdb





DREAM CRUISE
(Season 2, Episode 13)

USA / Japan, 2007
Director: Norio Tsuruta

6/10








Tsuruta's episode is a mixed blessing: the first half is pretty tense with some glorious gore, great jump scares and a great performance from Ryo Ishibashi. In the second half there's unfortunately no more Ryo, the remaining actors are just mediocre, there's no more tension, no more scariness and a annoying amount of unoriginal and cliché-laden J-Horror ghost appearances.

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