31 December 2011

BLOODY NEW YEAR

BLOODY... um, HAPPY NEW YEAR TO Y'ALL!!! :-)


BLOODY NEW YEAR

Alternate Titles:
Horror Hotel / Time Warp Terror

UK, 1987
Director: Norman J. Warren

5,5/10










Yay! Norman J. Warren, England's #1 sleazemeister, did it again: 
"Bloody New Year", a quite hilarious little low-budget flick that rips off countless classic 80s horror movies like "The Shining" (an abandoned hotel), "The Evil Dead" (zombie-creatures that look and sound like the Deadites), "Poltergeist" (invisible ghosts moving furniture around), "Elm Street" (hands coming out of the wall) and other stuff.


The whole movie looks extremely cheap, especially because of many laughable-looking special effects and some horrid editing. The actors are either dull or completely overact their parts; the dialogue is incredibly stupid, character development is nonexistent and it's packed with large plot holes and plot points that just make no sense.

Gladly, it's full of kinda-creepy things and amusing ideas that I really, really enjoyed: 
a killer elevator, an attacking vacuum cleaner, a table-top that transforms into a swamp monster, murderous fishing nets, a killer sheik that jumps out of a black-and-white film, an indoor snowstorm and a few nice-looking zombies.
There's also some damn cool organ-music, the camera work is pretty cool and it never gets boring.


 
If you're into oldschool b-movie cheesefests (like me), you sure will have a bloody good time watching "Bloody New Year".

29 December 2011

THE VIOLENT KIND

THE VIOLENT KIND

German Title:
Von der bösen Art - The Violent Kind

USA, 2010
Directors: The Butcher Brothers
(Mitchell Altieri & Phil Flores)

5/10





The first Butcher Brothers film I saw was "The Hamiltons", one of the dullest and most boring horror movies I've seen in the last 10 years. "The Violent Kind" is fortunately way better, but still far from being a good movie.

Actually, the first 50 minutes are quite good. There's some mediocre acting and the pacing is often too slow, but aside from that, we get to see many highly thrilling scenes and atmospheric settings, some gorgeous gore and a few superhot chicks. The soundtrack consists of cool punk / rock / rockabilly tunes and the plot feels like an interesting blend of biker exploitation, exorcism horror and "The Evil Dead".


Unfortunately, the remaining 30 minutes are largely crap. The plot, that throws up more questions than answers, takes a twist that turns out to be as inept as the twists in "Kill List" or "Slaughter", we get introduced to a few characters that annoyed the shit out of me, the dialogue is incredibly inane, and the very last "Independence Day"-like scene is just ridiculous.

Nice try Butcher Brothers., but please try harder next time.

Imdb

28 December 2011

THE SKIN I LIVE IN

THE SKIN I LIVE IN

Original Title:
La piel que habito

German Title:
Die Haut in der ich wohne

Spain, 2011
Director: Pedro Almodóvar

10/10





"The Skin I Live In" is an outstanding horror-thriller-drama that feels like a blend of classic Hitchcockian suspense and Cronenbergian body-horror.
I'm not exactly sure if this is Pedro Almodóvar's best movie but it is definitely on a par with masterpieces like "Volver" or "All About My Mother".

 
The story about a surgeon who tries to create a new kind of skin, and his test object, a mysterious young woman who bears a dark secret, is not only highly intelligent and incredibly fascinating, but also totally breathtaking and mindblowing, due to an almost perfect script, a baffling non-linear narrative and many completely unpredictable plot twists.
Whenever I thought I figured it all out... BAM another mindfucking twist came around and swept me off my feet, especially the movie's main twist which is so shocking, so gobsmacking, so overwhelming, it's hard to believe.

Furthermore, the whole movie is incredibly intense and thrilling, full of gloomy atmopshere and absolutely never boring. We get to see some gorgeous-looking, beautifully designed settings, the cinematography is astonishing, the intriguing soundtrack is just marvellous and the acting is simply excellent:
a creepy Antonio Banderas in one of his best performances, a wonderfull Elena Anaya, a brilliantly entertaining Marisa Paredes and a super-freaky Roberto Álamo in a hilarious tiger costume.



One of the greatest and most overwhelming movies in 2011; an astonishing must-see masterpiece.
I really hope that Almodóvar will do more stuff like this in the future.

A DANGEROUS METHOD

A DANGEROUS METHOD

German Title:
Eine dunkle Begierde

Canada / Germany / UK / Switzerland, 2011
Director: David Cronenberg

9/10








"A Dangerous Method" is another absolutely stunning work of art from David Cronenberg, one of the greatest directors alive. Despite my rather low expectations, this impressive dialogue-heavy movie simply blew me away.

The Story about Carl Jung's difficult friendship with Sigmund Freud and the love affair with his patient Sabrina Spielrein, is highly interesting, brilliantly written and very well told. The compelling direction and the magnificent cinematography is absorbing and fascinating; the costumes and the beautiful filming locations (Vienna, Bodensee) are a feast for the eye.


Best of all, the acting.
Michael Fassbender is amazing as ambitious and thoughtful Dr. Jung, Viggo Mortensen is superb as stubborn old Dr. Freud and Keira Knightley's expressive and emotional performance as mentally ill young woman is surprisingly mindblowing and almost oscar-worthy.
Other great performances: Vincent Cassel as anarchic psychiatrist and Sarah Gadon as passive mother.

A strong and highly satisfying psycho-drama, highly recommended to every Cronenberg-fan, especially to the ones who adore "Dead Ringers".

26 December 2011

Christmas hangover with JACK FROST

JACK FROST

German Title:
Jack Frost - Der eiskalte Killer

USA, 1997
Director: Michael Cooney

6/10








I promise: this is the last Xmas review this year. Originally, I wanted to watch something different, something more sophisticated, but after a huge Christmas hangover and a massive headache, I was only able to watch something really mindless and so I rented "Jack Frost 1 & 2" :-)

 
"Jack Frost" is a really silly but quite entertaining cheesefest about a serial killer who accidentally got mutated into a bloodthirsty killer-snowman. It looks a bit like a Full Moon or Troma release and gladly doesn't take itself too seriously.

What's good:
Jack Frost is a wonderfully iconic horror character. He constantly delivers brilliantly funny one-liners ("Look Ma, I'm a Picasso!" / "Is it cold in here or is it just me?" / "I'm the world's most pissed-off snow cone!"), his kills are absolutely fabulous (axe-handle into throat, baubles in mouth, icicle into forehead) and IMO he just looks gorgeous!
The acting is pretty solid (especially Christopher Allport and F. William Parker) the cinematography is nice, the soundtrack is neat, and scenes like the antifreeze-finale or the carrot-rape-scene made me LOL a lot.

 
What's bad:
The pacing is pretty lame, especially in the first half, there is definitely not enough tension or suspense and the direction is quite mediocre. Some of the humor falls flat and the Christmassy soundtrack is at times a bit annoying.

Overall, funny and enjoyable b-movie trash.

Wiki ~ Imdb



JACK FROST 2: REVENGE OF THE MUTANT KILLER SNOWMAN

German Title:
Jack Frost 2 - Die Rache des Killerschneemanns

USA, 2000
Director: Michael Cooney

5/10





Surprise, surprise: "Jack Frost 2" is far better than I expected. I mean... the movie is dumb, VERY dumb and due to some VERY low budget, it looks just terrible. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.


What's good:
It's completely over-the-top compared to the first part. Nearly every character is totally bonkers and outrageously dorky, most notably Christopher Allport who completely loses his mind, the superfunny Colonel Hickering (Ray Cooney) and the uber-jerk Captain Fun (Sean Patrick Murphy).
Jack Frost is as hilarious as in Part 1, his murderous Gremlins-like killer-snowballs are just gorgeous and the kills are mostly pretty nice.

What's bad:
Again, there's hardly any tension or suspense. The look of the whole movie is plain awful, due to the low budget, poor production values and TV-movie-like cinematography. The CGI effects all look horrendous (especially the gore) and the plot is simply bad.


Recommended to fans of cheap z-grade cinema only!

24 December 2011

XMAS

Grrr, my Webcam sucks and my video upload skills are terrible
Nevertheless, this is for you my fellow bloggers! :-)




Oh btw, I already got my first Christmas present:
Thanx to CineMarvellous for giving me the absolutely outstanding Necronomicon Award!!!





MERRY XMAS!!!!!

22 December 2011

SANTA'S SLAY

SANTA'S SLAY

Alternate German Title:
Santa's Slay - Blutige Weihnachten

Canada / USA, 2005
Director: David Steiman

7/10








Ho Ho Hooray! It's "Santa's Slay", a silly but incredibly entertaining Xmas-horror-comedy, about as entertaining as "Silent Night "Deadly Night" or the "Black Christmas" reboot.
It has its flaws (an underwhelming ending, some awful-looking CGI), but overall it's just one helluva fun.


Wrestling star Bill Goldberg is absolutely hilarious as demonic Santa. He looks awesome, his kills are all terrific (especially the outstanding opening scene where he kills off an entire Christmas dinner in less than 2 minutes, incl. Fran Drescher who gets drowned in eggnog and James Caan who gets his hands stabbed to the table with steak knives),
and he constantly delivers super-funny one-liners (I laughed my ass of when he's in the strip club, shouting out "Ho Ho... [topless girl passes by] ...HOES!"). 

The other actors are also pretty cool, especially Douglas Smith and Emilie de Ravin as lovely teen couple, and Robert Culp as crazy grandfather. The script is tight, the camera work is neat and the punk-rockin' soundtrack is really cool.

 
Other highlights:
The fabulous stop-motion curling scene, the 'Hell Deer', the nutcracker-gun, the poor deli owner who gets killed with his own menorah and Ms. Green, the 'pleasant old lady' ("Oh, you being cute, you little shit." / "You're just as looney as your crackpot grandfather." / "Go fuck yourself. What a fucking whore.").

Overall, a highly amusing must-see Xmas flick that will entertain the shit out of you!

16 December 2011

SAINT (2010)

SAINT

Original Title:
Sint

Alternate Title:
Saint Nick

Netherlands, 2010
Director: Dick Maas

7/10





After a few dull years, he's finally back: Ducth director Dick Maas, the creator of the infamous "Flodder" family, the 80s classic "Amsterdamned" (which I haven't seen in a very long time) and silly cheese like the 2 killer-elevator flicks "The Lift" & "Down".

 
His newest movie is a well-written, well-paced and wonderfully diverting oldschool horror comedy about the bloodthirsty bishop Sinterklaas (= Saint Nicholas) and his helpers (the Zwarte Pieten = Black Petes) who, whenever there's a full moon on 5th December, rise from the dead and haunt the streets of Amsterdam to kill as many children as possible.

"Saint" is fun, big fun. It's full with amusing characters, played by solid actors, who constantly deliver amusing dialogue and one-liners
("I'm writing a poem for my dad. What rhymes with prostate?" /
"Jasper told me that St. Nicholas puts all the naughty children into his bag and takes them to Spain." - "That's nice. Then this year we'll finally get rid of Jasper.").



There's also loads of nice-looking gore, many super-suspenseful scenes (opening scene at the farm, the stunning scene in the children's home) and a few cool nods to genre classics like "The Fog", "Halloween" or "Poltergeist".
The foggy sea and the snowy landscapes are visually stunning, the soundtrack is extremely rousing and the editing is just excellent.

Ok, there are way too many mediocre-looking CGI effects and the premise may be a bit silly, but apart from that, "Saint" is a fabulous holiday horror film and a wonderful comeback of one of Europe's most original mainstream directors.

By the way, believe it or not: this is Huub Stapel
better known as Johnny Flodder!!

15 December 2011

"SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT" (Chilling Classics 50 Movies Pack, #25)

SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT

Alternate Titles:
Night Of The Dark Full Moon / Deathouse

German Title:
Blutnacht - Das Haus des Todes / Haus des Todes

USA, 1972
Director: Theodore Gershuny

6,5/10



"Silent Night, Bloody Night" (not to be confused with the "Silent Night, Deadly Night" franchise) is a quite enjoyable little low-budget 70s chiller that strongly reminds me of the works of S.F. Brownrigg and the good old gothic horror flicks with Michael Gough.


Pros:
There's a certain creepiness all over the movie which is just brilliant. Eerie shots of an old mansion, haunting hallways and a few really scary scenes. Gershon Kingsley's Herrmann-esque soundtrack is just amazing, especially due to a fantastic minor-key version of 'Silent Night'.
Apart from some good acting performances (James Patterson, John Carradine) and a fabulous-looking sepia-colored flashback-scene, the movie's absolute highlight is the totally unpredictable and surprisingly gory plot twist after the first half hour, which is about as shocking as the shower scene in "Psycho".


Cons:
The plot is too muddled and confusing, there are way too many unanswered questions and annoying plot holes, the script is pretty mediocre and quite badly paced, and Gershuny's direction often feels completely shiftless.
Furthermore, a few actors deliver lame and really unconvincing performances (especially Mary Woronov and Fran Stevens), and the disappointing ending feels rushed and incomplete.

 Not a must-see, but definitely worth a look, especially for oldschool horror buffs.

14 December 2011

CHRISTMAS EVIL

CHRISTMAS EVIL

Alternate Titles:
You Better Watch Out / Terror In Toyland

German Title:
Teuflische Weihnachten

USA, 1980
Director: Lewis Jackson

7,5/10




Holy Santa! Just when I thought there are no more good Xmas horror flicks, I stumbled upon "Christmas Evil", a pretty underrated an overseen, but highly impressive 'seasonal' horror thriller.
I originally expected this to be some kinda holiday slasher, but surprisingly it turned out to be a psychological horror-drama, a bit in the vein of the depressing "Don't Go In The House".


Brandon Maggart plays the poor loner Harry who's totally obsessed with Christmas and slowly goes insane - and he delivers one of the greatest and most intense acting performances of the 80s. The way he looks, the way he acts, his facial expressions, his maniacal laughter - wonderful, just wonderful!
'Highlight' is the scene where he super-glues a Santa beard to his face; a stunning and pretty disturbing scene.
Other highlights: the sequence where Harry tries to slide down the chimney and the very last scene which totally makes you forget about the 'moon bike ride' in "E.T.", I promise!

Furthermore, the movie looks absolutely wonderful. Plenty of eerie shots, loads of dark and gritty atmosphere, cool cinematography and a few very well designed set pieces (f.e. the illuminated Christmas garden, the toy factory, Harry's house)
The soundtrack is creepy, the editing is terrific and the rest of the cast also delivers solid performances (incl. Patricia "Home Improvement" Richardson in a minor role).


If you prefer your Xmas horror gory and funny, I suggest you to watch "Silent Night, Deadly Night 1 & 2" instead, but if you're open minded and enjoy movies about 'tickin' timebombs' (f.e. "Taxi Driver", "The Fan", "Driller Killer"), this is a must-see!

DON'T OPEN TILL CHRISTMAS


DON'T OPEN TILL CHRISTMAS

Alternate Title:
Don't Open 'Til Christmas

German Title:
Fröhliche Weihnacht

UK, 1984
Director: Edmund Purdom

7/10




A big YAY for one of my favorite Christmas slashers of all time: "Don't Open Till Christmas", a goofy but incredibly entertaining British horror flick about an insane killer who kills off people in Santa Claus costumes during Christmas season in London.


The budget was very low, the production took more than 2 years and there were 3 directors needed to finish the film - despite all these problems, the end product is surprisingly pretty cool and hilarious (sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally).

There's nothing special about the acting, though I really enjoyed the quite creepy performances of Alan Lake and especially Edmund Purdom who's well-known to horror fans for his memorable roles in "Absurd" and "Pieces" (btw: "Don't Open Till Christmas" was produced by Dick Randall & Stephen Minasian, the producers of "Pieces"!).


The whole movie is incredibly atmospheric and tense, with a few breathtakingly suspensful scenes (check out the scenes in the London Dungeon and in the Piccadilly Theatre). The camera work is nice, the settings look great and the soundtrack, a mix of gloomy 80s synths, pompous classical music and silly pop tunes, is just fabulous.

Highlights: next to the killer's creepy masks, some gorgeous nudity, a nice Caroline Munro cameo, funny opening credits and an 'explosive' twist ending, 
we get to see a shitload of really amazing kills. Slit throats, stabbed bellies, stabbed chests, poked out eye, machete in the face, spear through the head, a roasted face and (best of all) a ludicrous castration in a public urinal.


A superb holiday-horror-movie, highly recommend to fans of slashers and 80s cheese in general.

Wiki ~ Imdb

Oh btw, check out the German cover (Fröhliche Weihnacht = Merry Christmas) which looks a tit... err, a bit better IMO :-D


12 December 2011

AMERICAN PSYCHO 1 & 2


AMERICAN PSYCHO

USA, 2000
Director: Mary Harron

4,5/10









I'm a huge, huuuuge fan of Bret Easton Ellis. I adore his books (except the last one which is meh) and read them all several times. The pinnacle of his writing career is of course the uber-brilliant "American Psycho", not only my favorite novel of all time, but also the only novel I've read more than 10 times AND the only novel I've read in 2 languages (German and English). 
I'm absolutely addicted to this book.


When I first saw Mary Harron's film adaptation a couple of years ago (after I've already read the book 4-5 times and loved it to the core), I was completely upset and disappointed about it. It totally bored the fuck out of me and I simply couldn't understand why so many people like it.

Now with all the talk of a new American Psycho adaptation, I thought I give it another chance. I tried to be as open-minded as  I could - and yeah, I enjoyed it a bit more this time and to some extent, I also understand now why people like it so much. However, this adaptation still isn't my cup of coffee: it's weak, it's boring and IMO it's immensely overrated.

The good things:

~ For the greater part, the cast is simply excellent. Christian Bale looks absolutely amazing and delivers an incredible performance as yuppie/serial-killer Patrick Bateman.
Chloë Sevigny (I love that woman) is just wonderful as Bateman's secretary, Samantha Mathis is terrific as Bateman's Xanax/Valium-addicted lover and Justin Theroux, one of the most underrated actors of all time, is super-cool as one of Bateman's fellows.
I surprisingly also enjoyed the peformances from Reese Witherspoon and Jared Leto, 2 actors I usually don't like that much.


~ It's a really stunning-looking movie, not only because of some damn fine cinematography, but also because of the really gorgeous 80s settings and costumes; the Wall Street bureaus, the restaurants, the clubs, Bateman's apartment, the hairstyles, the fashion etc. etc.

~ The movie stays very true to the book, especially in terms of dialogue and monologue, chronology and seemingly minor details, such as the cash machine that wants to eat a stray cat, Bateman washing his gloved hands or the porn movie Bateman's watching ('Inside Lydia's Ass').


The bad things:

~ It's often extremely boring and tedious, thanks to a muddled script and Harron's utterly mediocre direction. Especially the second half just drags and drags and drags.

~ It's far... FAAAAR too tame. Where the book is packed to the brim with violent, horribly gruesome and super-gory kills, the movie only shows a few bland, ungory and uninteresting killings.


~ Willem Dafoe was miscast for the role as Detective Kimball, Matt Ross looks way too gay and Cara Seymour is just terrible as Christie.

~ What's with the music? I expected lots of INXS, Talking Heads and Madonna - instead we get crap like Chris de Burgh, Katrina & The Waves or Robert Palmer.


~ As great as Bale's performance is... it's just a tragedy what they did to the character of Patrick Bateman.
In the book he's a powerful, charismatic, unpredictable and coldhearted character, very attracted to everything expensive and luxurious, to perfect-looking hard-bodies and cocaine, obsessed with brands and trendy restaurants.
In the film he's just a dorky and quite annoying moron with no charisma at all.

~ Call me a geek but I really hated the fact that they changed various names,
f.e. Paul Owen to Paul Allen, Marcus Halberstam to Marcus Halberstram, Timothy Price to Timothy Bryce etc.


~ Many important scenes are missing such as the killing of Bateman's old girlfriend Bethany, the killing of the boy in the zoo, the summer in the Hamptons, the breakdown of Luis Carruthers, Bateman and Jean at the Dorsia etc.

~ We don't get to see enough of important characters like Evelyn, Courtney, McDermott and Carruthers.

~ There was absolutely no need to let Bateman tell about his musical obsessions whilst fucking and killing.

~ Scenes that I really, REALLY hate: the chainsaw kill and Bateman's quirky dance.


I might be a bit too harsh, but I can't help it: I just don't really like it.
IMO It could have been far more awesome if someone like David Fincher, Michael Mann, Brian De Palma or Martin Scorsese would have directed it. 
Well, I stay with the book.

AMERICAN PSYCHO II: ALL AMERICAN GIRL

Alternate Title:
American Psycho 2

German Title:
American Psycho II - Der Horror geht weiter

USA, 2002
Director: Morgan J. Freeman

1,5/10



I have seen one movie from Morgan J. Freeman (not to confuse with the friendly black oscar winner) before: the dreadfully boring "Homecoming" with the horribly untalented Mischa Barton.
This one's not as horrible, but still a stupid and extremely superfluous waste of celluloid.


Apart from a few far-fetched connections, this has absolutely nothing to do with Part 1 or the novel. It's just a super-failed attempt in creating some kinda serial-killer parody, badly directed, boring and extremely predictable from the first to the last minute.
The plot sucks, most of the acting is lame, the characters are all cliché-ridden cardboard cut-outs, every single kills is bland and disappointing, the soundtrack sounds like it was composed for some kids' comedy, the voice-over is annoying and the dialogue in general is terrible. Oh, and the one scene with the CGI fire... no comment.


Mila Kunis' performance is ok and it's always fun to watch William Shatner. The rest of this in-name-only sequel is pure garbage.

11 December 2011

Horror Blog Of The Month: STICKY RED

I proudly present the last "Horror Blog Of The Month" in 2011:


"STICKY RED - A Bodycount Compendium", the gorgeous little blog from Kaijinu a.k.a. Herman, a nice guy from the Philippines.

Herman is a huge slasher fan who regularly writes about all kinds of killer-flicks, from the obscure to well-known. Nearly every post includes loads of screenshots and (best of all) a detailed bodycount!

Informative, good-looking and entertaining - "STICKY RED", a total must-read and must-follow, especially for slasher fans!




Maynard:
Hi Herman! Who are you and why do you blog?

Herman:
Hi there, mates! This is "Kaijinu" AKA the dude who had so many screennames you got to be a really close guy to know the real one. I live in Manila, Philippines, currently 19 if you're reading this and a horror film nerd, Slasher films mostly and sometimes film critique of his own world.

I made this blog to show how widespread slasher films had gone to, even if it's coming from a country who hadn't made a decent slasher flick at all. (well, we got "Kutob", which is the nearest one being one... nah, just kidding, it sucked.) I wanted to go beyond cheesy long-haired ghosts and haunted objects that my country had grown accustomed to, and I guess masked killers and deranged school girls is the way to go. 

And then there's bodycounting, the joy of slasher films everywhere.  
(Fun game, everytime i say "slasher" we take a shot of Chartreuse!)

Which movie made you a horror fan (and why)?

I was treated to some scary shit back when I was still five years old. I know it's scientifically impossible to remember everything so accurately at that age, but I do recall seeing (some) "Dellamorte Dellamore" as a baby, as well as "Night of the Scarecrow" (1995) (not to be confused with "Dark Night of the Scarecrow"), "Jack Frost" and even some "Night of The Living Dead" ...90s remake.

It wasn't until around my second year of highschool that I became a slasher fan, though back then I dunno what a "slasher" is, or even aware of the sub-genre's existence. I guess I had to thank my dad for throwing me into the pit (nearly every first slasher film I saw was from him bringing home rented "suspense" titles).

Who is your favorite horror director (and why)?

Tough one, but I have to say one of them is Lucio Fulci. I can relate to him in a way, other than religion, but I, too, see God in pain. He's not afraid to push his limits and try experimenting with genres, and if he does a horror film, he can either make it grueling or accidentally fun. It's a blunder, but a lovable blunder. 
Another would be Maurice Deveraux. His slasher films are full of originality and thought, it's not hard to admire his efforts. 

Quentin Tarantino is another. I'm a huge fan of this guy, no matter what genre he does, it's always certified gold. 
Lastly, there's Brian De Palma. He knows how to be consistent with his works and he knows how to appeal to his crowd. Even if his works can be a bit mediocre and recycled, he knows how to make it interesting.

What are your alltime horror favorites?

I could just show you a page about me in my blog...or I could just save the drama and tell you guys already.

- Friday the 13ths (no exceptions. Yes, even the dreaded "Jason Takes Manhattan" has some plus sides for me.)

- Neon Maniacs

- SE7EN

- Silence of the Lambs

- Let the Right one In 

- Day of the Dead (this one's very essential. Not talking about the shit-remake.)

- Phantasm movies

- Psycho

- John Carpenter's The Thing

- Little Shop of Horrors (I know it ain't "true" horror, but I really like it!)

- 30 Days of Night

- Dorm

- Ju-On: The Grudge

- Carrie

What's the worst horror movie you've seen so far?

I'd seen a lot of those, but it has to be the dullest ones I'd seen: 
"Madness", a 2010 Swedish DTV slasher flick. Zero plot and an uber-mess of things. 
Second will be "Seed", Uwe Boll's serial killer-slasher. Tell me again why we let this guy direct?

Most of my friends still don't like horror. How about your friends?

Being a misft, I'm thankful that my buddies still accept me for who I am. I do recommend them some titles, mostly mainstream, but I do strike a few gold at times. One of them happens to know "Body Parts (1991), and I told him I hadn't seen that one yet. He just smiled at me and told me how good it was. Saw that movie a week ago, and I'm thankful I took his word for it.

Choose:
Freddy? Michael Jason? Leatherface? Other?

Jason. Hands down it has to be Jason...

Choose:
European Horror? US Horror? Asian Horror? Other?

Oh God... let's see...I would say Euro-horror. I like US horror, but there's something about Euro that's more grittier and raw. I have a few fave Asian horror, but ghost movies never interested me.

Do you prefer watching horror at home or at the theater?

It depends, but normally, I like it more at home. DVDs and CDs more specifically. In my country, when gore is massive in a film, it's more likely they'll cut it (who hasn't?). When it comes out to DVD or VCD, it's uncut, most of them, and I would rather see that. However, there are times a DVD goes through the cutting room (You wouldn't believe how tame the Philippine relaese of Laid to Rest was. What? No suprise gutting?! That was my fave kill! Boo!)

I'll settle to downloads and bootlegs, thank you. Philippines is too tame when it comes to releasing movies. If you want to see "The Human Centipede" (both first and full sequence), you're more likely to find it here via bootleg.

What music do you like?

Well, in contrast to my horror obsession, I'm more into instrumentals, classical piano and violins. Then there's country rock. Some punk rock (MCR's getting better these days, so is GORILLAZ), some "oldie' rock, most of them 80s. A few heavy metal, though nothing of the more recent ones, save a few. (When will Foo Fighters have their next soundtrack? If they already did, what was it like?)
I also enjoy some movie and, rarely, J-pop soundtracks. The more I like a certain movie or anime mini-series, the more I enjoy it's soundtrack. (You have no idea how many times I'd listen to Baby Lied by Rick Bowles after loving Neon Maniacs!)

What do you read? 

Some classic novels, forensic books, autobiographies and biographies of famous comedians, Some horror novels, encyclopedias and biographies of horror actors (of course), marvel comics, but mostly mini-series (I ain't spending money for issue number 3886751 and get nothing of the story!), some mangas, but I never inteded to finish a series (save, of course again, mini series or one-shots). Some horror comics; Hellraiser, Tapping the vein, marvel Zombies, Vampire Loves...that last one's more of a comedy, though, and of course, Lenore the Cute little dead girl.

Let's not forget Stephen King. King is God. Respect God.

Tell me the first 3 things that come to your mind when you think about Austria:

Beer, Germany, and for some reason, Augustus Gloop from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory...

Anything else you wanna tells us?

No Animals were harmed in the making of this interview...save a fly, but he had it coming...

Thank you, Herman!


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