28 September 2012

GIRLS AGAINST BOYS [/SLASH Filmfestival 2012]


USA, 2012
Director: Austin Chick


Undoubtedly one of this year's biggest surprises: "Girls Against Boys", the third feature of writer/director Austin Chick (what a name!), an intense and extremely gripping semi-feminist rape/revenge-variation; cooler, smarter and more elaborated than I ever expected.

The movie is a rollercoaster ride of deep emotions, nervewracking thrills and brutal shocks, consisting of three equally awesome parts: the opening third which is basically a stunning feast of aural and visual delights, the middle which could be best described as "Thelma & Louise" vs. "I Spit On Your Grave", and the gobsmacking finale which is simply mindblowing in its bizarreness.

Chick's script and direction are absolutely fantastic, Kathryn Westergaard's ("Life Is Hot In Cracktown") striking cinematography is comprised of wonderfully composed shots and vivid colours, and Nina-Persson-husband Nathan Larson's pumping electro-soundtrack is so fucking awesome, it made my ears bleed with joy + cool songs from Donovan (Hurdy Gurdy Man) & Joy Division (She's Lost Control).

Highlights: the badass performances of Danielle Panabaker ("The Crazies") and uber-hottie Nicole LaLiberte (my goodness, that girl has boobs!!), the stylish and highly erotic opening scene, the slow-mo scene in the club with the hammering techno tune, every single kill/torture-scene and the fantastic

A tremendous and absolutely impressive film. I loved it!


INBRED [/SLASH Filmfestival 2012]


UK / Germany, 2011
Director: Alex Chandon


About 10 years after the Dani-Filth-egotrip "Cradle Of Fear", director Alex Chandon returns with a ridiculous, horrendously unoriginal and completely unnecessary backwoods-horror-comedy that looks and feels like a blend of the two suckfests "Gnaw (UK)" and "2001 Maniacs".

Acting ranges from ok to poor, and nearly every single character is a pain in the ass. There's hardly any suspense or anything thrilling, large parts of the movie are predictable as fuck, direction and script are muddled.

The kills are entertaining, the gore looks cool and Dave Andrews chilling score strongly reminded me of Charles Bernstein's "Elm Street" score - everything else about "Inbred" is simply forgettable.

27 September 2012

REPLICAS (a.k.a In Their Skin) [/SLASH Filmfestival 2012]


Alternate Title:
In Their Skin

Canada, 2012
Director: Jeremy Power Regimbal


Just when I thought the home-invasion genre is on its deathbed, this little movie comes along and revives it: "Replicas", the debut feature of Jeremy Power Regimbal, written by and starring Joshua Close, a gripping and clever horror-thriller, in terms of unsettling intensity similar to Haneke's "Funny Games".

"Replicas" starts out slow but grim and thickly atmospheric, gets darker and darker in the middle, and ends up with a shocking and powerful climax. Regimbal's pitch-perfect direction is fascinating, mainly because he took all kinds of genre clichés (window jump scares, barricading in bathroom, mysterious sounds in the dark), kinda reinvented them and used them here in new and unpredicted ways.

Every single actors delivers an absolutely excellent performance, especially the magnificent Selma Blair (goddammit, that woman is so effin' sexy!!), a sad-looking Joshua Close and an uber-insane James D'Arcy.
The interior of the family's cottage looks astonishingly gorgeous, the camera work of Norm Li ("Beyond The Black Rainbow") is mesmerizing and Keith Power's ("Final Destination 4 & 5") rousing score gave me goosebumps.

Terrific little shocker, way better than I expected.

26 September 2012

THE FP [/SLASH Filmfestival 2012]


USA, 2012
Directors: Brandon Trost & Jason Trost


Holy fuck! That was awesome. I never... NEVER expected "The FP" to be THAT awesome!! The storyline sounded pretty dumb and the trailer didn't exactly set me on fire... but omfg, I had sooo much fun with this.

"The FP" takes place in Frazier Park, a semi-post-apocalyptic town in California where two rivaled gangs battle each other in an arcade game called "Beat Beat Revelation" (obviously very similar to "Dance Dance Revolution") to gain control over the FP town area and (most important) over the local liquor store. What may sound stupid and completely ludicrous, is actually one of the most unique, most original movies I've seen in years.

The Trost Brothers created an absurd but super-entertaining firework of awesomeness, full of hilarious over-the-top characters with names like 'JTRO' or
'L Dubba E' who look and act like they dropped out of a parallel Rocky/Madmax/KarateKid-universe, constantly delivering super-silly ghetto slang
("Logs is chill." / "I'll be backing your shit up until the end." /
Bitch fired off a few lucky shots, but JTRO jumped his ass and was like Bow to the Bridge. Yo, Kick it!").

The movie is highly entertaining and very well paced, thanks to the tight direction and the well written script. The acting is thoroughly good - stand-outs: Jason Trost as supercool one-eyed JTRO, Art Hsu ("Crank 2") as motor mouth KCDC, Nick Principe ("Laid To Rest 1 & 2") as badass BLT and James DeBello ("Cabin Fever") as pisshead Beat Box Busta Bill.
George Holdcroft's EuroTechno/Retro-Electro soundtrack is fucking amazing and Brandon Trost's ("The Lords Of Salem", "Halloween II") cinematography is simply stunning + best final shot ever.

"The FP" is the shit, man. For reals, bro! ;-)

COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES [/SLASH Filmfestival 2012]


UK, 2012
Director: Matthias Hoene


What originally looked like some bloody good piece of zombie-fun, is actually just another stale and uninspired zom-com that desperately tries to be a cult-worthy fun-flick but ultimately fails due to lack of ideas, an unexperienced director and misused budget.

- The bad -
The story is paperthin and unoriginal, the screenplay is predictable and incredibly unimaginative. There's lots of tedious and overlong scenes that bored the fuck outta me, especially in the second half. Most of the characters are either unsympathetic or plain annoying, and many of the meant-to-be-funny jokes and dialogue lines aren't funny at all. Also, the CGI effects look disastrous (Fuck you, CGI Gore!!) and the amateurish editing often makes it look like some piece of lowest-budget DTV rubbish.

- The good -
A handful of absolutely hilarious and/or uber-cool scenes (impressive opening, superslow zombie chase, baby kill, the bankrobbery, badass climax), some really awesome acting - most notably: Alan Ford ("Snatch"), Honor Blackman ("Goldfinger") and Michelle Ryan ("EastEnders") - and a fabulous soundtrack (Kaiser Chiefs, The Automatic, Chas & Dave).

Overall, a load of old bollocks.
Only recommended to zombie / zom-com completists.

25 September 2012

RITES OF SPRING [/SLASH Filmfestival 2012]


USA, 2012
Director: Padraig Reynolds


Padraig Reynolds' debut feature "Rites Of Spring" is a highly unoriginal and quite frustrating little indie flick, that desperately tries to look like some oldschool slasher movie, but eventually comes off as bland "Jeepers Creepers" ripoff without any surprises.

There's some eerie atmosphere in the first half, many beautiful rural settings and a few quite tense scenes in the first half, as well as some neat acting and two interesting interweaving storylines that make the screenplay look clever and ambitious.

Yet, in the second half we get to realize that the screenplay is crap because there's actually no connection between the 2 storylines and they both end up going nowhere. There's also loads of huge plot holes, many completely shallow characters, an underwhelming, lame-looking creature and an ending which is as dumb and pointless as the ending in "Devil Inside".

No frights in 'Rites', no swing in 'Spring'.

24 September 2012

STITCHES [/SLASH Filmfestival 2012]


Ireland, 2012
Director: Conor McMahon


"Stitches", the latest flick of irish director Conor McMahon ("Dead Meat"), is an incredibly well made, uber-original and fantastically entertaining clown-slasher that pays tribute to the horror movies of the 80s, without rubbing it in your face. Don't expect a run-of-the-mill hack-and-slash-fest. Imagine a smart mix of "Clownhouse" and "House On Sorority Row" and you get the idea.

The movie is super-thrilling, highly suspenseful and breathtakingly atmospheric, but also very funny, very witty and fabuously entertaining. It's packed to the brim with kick-ass kills that will shock you AND make you LOL at the same time, incl. an awesome slow-mo decapitation, a hilarious scene where someone's brain gets "spooned out" and the best umbrella-kill since "Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2".

Script and storyline are surprisingly clever, especially the story parts which deal with the "Clown Egg Register", every single character is somewhat likable (even the ones who aren't meant to be likable) and McMahon's direction is tight as hell. Massive kudos to Patrick Jordan for the amazing cinematography, and to the person who's responsible for the terrific editing (not listed on Imdb).

Every actor delivers a wonderful performance, especially comedian Ross Noble as killer-clown 'Stitches' who makes you completely forget about Tim Curry, Tommy Knight as pitiful Coulrophobic and the uber-gorgeous, uber-hot
Gemma Leah Devereux

The blood-and-gore effects look amazing (all practical), the few CGI effects look solid, the soundtrack is chilling and Cutting Crew's "I Just Died In Your Arms" never sounded so good.

All hail "Stitches", the new king of kreepy killer klowns. Fuck Pennywise.

ACE ATTORNEY [/SLASH Filmfestival 2012]


Original Title:
Gyakuten saiban

German Title:
Phoenix Wright - Ace Attorney

Japan, 2012
Director: Takashi Miike


I'm a non-gamer and obviously never played any of the "Ace Attorney" games, but I'm a huge fan of Takashi Miike ("Ichi The Killer", "Zebraman") and the trailer for this looked brilliant, so I expected this to be another piece of Miike-awesomeness - however, I ended up completely disappointed.

"Ace Attorney" is a very, VERY flawed movie: it's way too slow, way too dull and waaaay too long. The whole thing just drags along and bores you to death, thanks to a muddled, messy and overcomplicated screenplay and Miike's surprisingly weak direction. The courtroom scenes are fun, but everything else in-between is tiresome.

Also, the fact that this was purely made for the gamers, made me hate it even more. There were lots of scenes and gags where the audience cheered and laughed, while I stared at the screen, wondering what the heck was just going on. I mean, a good videogame-adaptation, like "Silent Hill" or the "Resident Evil" flicks, should be able to entertain gamers AND non-gamers. Even Uwe Boll knows that. Ok, his adaptations aren't exactly entertaining, but you don't have to know the games to understand the movies.

The acting is pretty great, the CGI effects look awesome and the music is cool. Aside from that, "Ace Attorney" is a big letdown.

Wiki ~ Imdb

21 September 2012

"ESCAPE" [/SLASH Filmfestival 2012]


Original Title

German Title:
Escape - Vermächtnis der Wikinger

Norway, 2012
Director: Roar Uthaug


Norwegian director Roar Uthaug loves to shoot movies that are completely different from each other: after his awesome snow-slasher "Cold Prey" (2006) and the
kids movie "Magic Silver" (2009), he now returns with "Escape", a thrilling and action-packed survival-drama somewhere between Astrid Lindgren's "Ronia", "Valhalla Rising" and "Game Of Thrones", taking place in the 14th century Norway.

From the first to the last minute, "Flukt" is tense, captivating and ass-kicking, thanks to Uthaug's sharp direction and the excellent script of Thomas Moldestad ("Cold Prey 1 & 2"). It's full of gripping scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat, full of intense shocks and brutal kills, but there are also many touching and heart-warming sequences.

Magnus Beite ("Cold Prey 1-3") delivered a rousing, stirring soundtrack, and the majestic Norwegian landscapes were wonderfully captured by John Christian Rosenlund's ("Factotum") beautiful cinematography.
Best of all: the acting, especially the two amazing youngster actresses Isabel Christine Andreasen and Milla Olin, as well as the fantastic Ingrid Bolsø Berdal ("Cold Prey 1 & 2", "Chernobyl Diaries") who gives a striking performance as uber-badass warrior-mother.

Only flaw: the over-the-top climax is a bit too long. IMO the movie should have ended after the grim cliffs-scene prior to the climax - other than that, I had a super-great time with "Escape", and I hope this gets a wide release soon.


19 September 2012

Letter to my readers

Dear readers, blog buddies and followers,

the next 11 days I'm spending my time at the /SLASH Filmfestival in Vienna where I'm gonna watch about 40(!!) films. I have my netbook with me, and I'll try to keep you updated with a few reviews and updates fresh from the festival  - if I find the time :)

Pardon me for not answering your comments, or leaving comments on your blog posts in the next 11 days. I'll catch up with you in October.

Cheers and greetz,

18 September 2012

AREA 407

AREA 407

Alternate Title:
Tape 407

USA, 2012
Directors: Dale Fabrigar & Everette Wallin


Yet another found footage failure that makes me hate this quasi-genre more and more. It's not as bad as "The Tapes" or "Haunted Poland", but still pretty bad.

"Area 407" is basically 15 minutes of boring talk on a plane, 2 minutes of plane crashing and 70 minutes of annoying douchebags covered in blood, running around, screaming at each other. Imagine William Brent Bell turning
"Langoliers", "Flight Of The Phoenix" and "Jurassic Park" into a shaky-cam z-movie and you get the idea.

Most of the acting is lame, the characters are all idiots and the ad-libbed dialogue is painfully bad. There's no suspense, nothing scary or gripping. The script is a nonsensical and predictable mess and the direction is poor. Worst of all: the few shots of the CGI dinosaur. Hell, not even "Mega Shark" looks as shitty as this.

Some ok jump scares and a cool performance of Melanie Lyons - aside from that... yeah, just another found footage failure.


0, 1, 2, 3, 1, 0 (Short Film)

0, 1, 2, 3, 1, 0 - NULL, EINS, ZWEI, DREI, EINS, NULL
(11minute short)

Alternate Title:
Diligo Victum

USA, 2010
Director: Dick Jane


Bizarre and awesome-looking but not entirely satisfying experimental-short about a heartbroken and suicidal widow on the anniversary of her husband's murder at the hands of his mistress.

"0, 1, 2, 3, 1, 0" looks absolutely stunning, thanks to the beautiful cinematography, the excellent lighting and the stylish set-up. It's packed with emphatic images and symbols, the music (various clips from Trent Reznor's brilliant song cycle "Ghosts") is haunting and highly effective, and I loved the odd german narration throughout the film.

Unfortunately, the whole thing is rather a case of style over substance, as there are way too many open and unanswered questions, and the story / the characters lack development. Also, it felt a bit too dull and tedious for my liking.

Recommended to fans of Jeremiah Kipp's works.

Director Dick Jane's Official Site

16 September 2012

Sequel September: An incomplete A-Z of unmade and unfinished Horror Sequels

Big thanks to my blog buddy Fred "The Wolf", the mastermind behind FULL MOON REVIEWS, who invited me to contribute to his
"SEQUEL SEPTEMBER" extravaganza.

Originally, I wanted to do Top 10 lists of my favorite and least favorite sequels, but then for no apparent reason, I thought I'd do something completely different, something I wanted to do for a long time: an overview about unfinished and unmade, unreleased and unrealized horror sequels. Sequels that were announced but never made, sequels that are stuck in development hell, sequels that will probably never happen although horror fans crave for them.

For me, it was a very tough write-up, mainly because my English is still kinda limited, but in the end I think the whole thing turned out to be quite decent.
Enjoy reading! :)

A possible sequel to "28 Days Later" (2002) and "28 Weeks Later" (2007), first announced in 2007.
Director Danny Boyle and several people confirmed their interest in this threequel, but nothing ever came to fruition. It's currently in development limbo.

If this project was ever alive, it's now obviously deader than dead. After the success of the Michael-Bay-produced 2010 re-crap, there was some talk going on about a possible 3D sequel... um, and that's about it.

In production hell for more than 7 years and still not dead: "Bubba Nosferatu", the sequel/prequel to Don Coscarelli's cult-hit "Bubba Ho-Tep" (2002).
In the credits of "Bubba Ho-Tep", there is a short announcement saying "Elvis will return in 'Bubba Nosferatu: Curse Of The She-Vampires'". This was originally only meant to be a joke, but due to massive fan response, Coscarelli turned the joke into a serious project. Apparently, there's a finished screenplay and there are various actors attached (Paul Giamatti and Ron Perlman - NOT Bruce Campbell). Unfortunately, there's still no news when (or if) this will finally happen.

Since 2008, Drew Goddard, Matt Reeves and J.J. Abrams are talking about a possible "Cloverfield" follow-up - a follow-up that may never happen, because none of the afore-mentioned writers / directors aren't exactly enthusiastic about it, and they're all too busy with their own schedules :-/

Aw, this could have been really cool: in 2010 Trent Haaga ("Deadgirl", "Chop", "Citizen Toxie") wrote a highly interesting screenplay for a possible sequel to the controversial indie-flick "Deadgirl" (2010) and in early 2011 reports hit the internet that's it already in pre-production - rumors that were later denied by Haaga himself who confirmed that "Deadgirl 2" is dead. At least, he made the screenplay available for free download.

One last "Evil Dead" sequel = the dream of every horror fan. Doesn't matter if it would be an "Evil Dead 4" or an "Army Of Darkness 2", as long as Bruce Campbell or Sam Raimi would be on board.
No, we don't want a remake and no, "Drag Me To Hell" is NOT an Evil Dead sequel (as some websites claimed).
Earlier in 2012, a film company called Award Pictures announced that they are in the middle of making a fourth film in the franchise, entitled "Evil Dead 4: Consequences", but Raimi successfully sued the shit outta them and all plans for this unauthorised sequel became abandoned.

"FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 (in 3D)"
The 2009 "Friday" reboot was bad, but successful enough to spawn a follow-up... um, a follow-up that never happened. Back in 2009, the rumour factory worked overtime: there will be a sequel and it will probably be in 3D, it will probably released in August 2010, it will offer a completely new storyline, it may involve a Crystal Lake re-opening, it may involve a snow setting etc. etc.
Then in 2010, producer Brad Fuller announced that the sequel is officially dead, due to various vague reasons, though he still hopes that it will see the light of day in the near future. - Some 2011-rumors about an upcoming found-footage-style sequel were hopefully just bullshit...

Since 2007, rumors have circulated about a possible "Gremlins" sequel, entitled "Gremlins 3: The Takeover" -  with CGI Gremlins (yuck) and in 3D (meh), but with no involvment of Joe Dante (ugh).
Gladly, at the moment it doesn't look like this will ever happen (yay!).

The holy grail of unfinished / unreleased horror sequels, featuring George Clooney, Charlie Sheen and Laura Dern - and I have seen it!

A threequel that will hopefully never happen, although it's in development hell for about 2 years and still far from being dead!
In the 1990s Dan Aykroyd wrote a script for a potential third film, called "Ghostbusters 3: Hellbent!". According to this IGN-article, the script sucks and we can be happy that it never got realized.
In 2010 Ivan Reitman confirmed that he would be directing a third part, based on a script by Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky ("Bad Teacher") which was approved by Sony in October 2010.
In August 2011, Aykroyd claimed that "Ghostbusters 3" was moving forward and planning to shoot in early 2012 - however, in December 2012 it was reported that Bill Murray shredded the script and sent it back to Aykroyd, saying that "no-one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts". In July 2012 it was confirmed that Etan Cohen ("Men In Black 3") would be writing a new script...

Due to the massive success of Rob Zombie's two "Halloween" reboots (2007 & 2009), Dimension Films and the Weinsteins hired Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer, the team behind the 3D reboot of "My Bloody Valentine" (2009), to write and direct a 3D sequel. Possible release date: October 2010.
Unfortunately, due to various reasons (rushed production, Weinsteins ran out of money, "Drive Angry"...), production was delayed, and the project remains stuck in development.

A sequel to the 1990 cult classic "Hardware" which was anounced by director Richard Stanley himself in 1996. He wrote a script and was ready to go, but due to many reasons (rights, financial stuff), the movie never got into production.
In 2009 Stanley made the latest draft of his screenplay available for free download, saying that he's still trying to get this movie done one day.

For many years, director Stuart Gordon expressed his interest in a 4th "Re-Animator" movie, a political satire about Herbert West moving into the White House, re-animating the deceased Vice President, played by the great George Wendt - imagine that!
Unfortunately, in 2010 Gordon confirmed that he couldn't find anyone to fund it, and that he now has lost interest in the project :-(

In 2008 director Jon Knautz confirmed that a Jack Brooks sequel is in the scripting stage (yay!). Sadly, in 2009 he said that "it's not going to be happening anytime in the near future" (bleh).

The threequel to Victor Salva's cult flicks "Jeepers Creepers" (2001) and "Jeepers Creepers 2" (2003) was first announced in 2008 and officially confirmed in 2009. It was plannned to be released in 2011, but... um, it ultimately wasn't. In 2012 it was announced to be finally released in 2013/2014, but hasn't been officially confirmed.
When "Jeepers Creepers 3" was announced, rumors surfaced there would be a 4th part, shot back-to-back with Part 3 and released in 2016. Um, yeah...

Mid-80s, video distribution company Vestron was strongly interested in funding a sequel to Wes Craven's awesome 70s classic. They created an "Now in Pre-Production" ad, they cut together a teaser trailer, and they hired "Friday The 13th Part V" director Danny Steinmann to write and direct this follow-up.
Unfortunately, Vestron didn't get permission of the original writer to shoot a sequel and the whole project got buried.

Will this ever be made? I strongly hope so though it becomes more and more unlikely. Since 1999 plans were made, scripts were written (including one from Roger "Killing Zoe" Avary), possible titles were announced ("Phantasm's End" / "Phantasm 1999"), various rumors circulated - but nothing ever came to fruition. Sucks hard.

Between 2005 and 2008 loads of rumors hit the internet about a new "Poltergeist" sequel, based on a script by Michael Grais, screenwriter of the first 2 parts. The rumors stopped after MGM announced a possible "Poltergeist" remake in 2008.

When Brian Yuzna's debut film "Society" (1989) came out, it wasn't a hit, but over the years it became a cult classic. In 2004/2005 it was announced that a sequel called "Society 2: Body Modification" (cool title!), was in development with a script from Stephen Miro (owner of Unearthed Films) - and that's about all we ever got to know about this 'project'.

The 4th entry in the popular "Sleepaway Camp" franchise began filming in October 1992. During this time, the film's production company Double Helix went bankrupt, which caused the production to shut down. Only about 34 minutes of footage were filmed.
In 2002, the footage was released as a bonus disc for a limited "Sleepaway Camp" box set. In 2012, this footage was edited together into a 70minute quasi-final-cut and independently released on DVD - though, according to the Cinema Snob review it's better to ignore its existence.

After Part 1 and "Return To Sleepaway Camp", Robert Hiltzik's third entry in the franchise. Little is known about it. It was set for a 2D/3D release back in October 2011, but for unknown reasons the release fell through. It is rumored that the movie is still in production / post-production.

Michael A. Simpson, director of Part 2 & 3, and author Fred Willard wrote a script for a new "Sleepaway Camp" film which is supposed to be some kinda supernatural slasher. This was announced in 2007, and since then nothing much happened

"Timesweep" (1987) is a terribly lame lowest-budget straight-to-video flick, completely obscure and forgotten, made by three totally untalented writers and directors who were confident enough to announce a sequel in the credits - which eventually was never made.
The title sounds interesting, but I guess it would have been an equally lousy film due to the non-existent talent of cast and crew.

Yes, due to the massive late "success" of "Troll 2", director Claudio Fragasso and his wife Rossella Drudi announced to shoot a (hopefully) equally shoddy sequel, possibly entitled "Troll 2: Part 2", which was the winning title of an audience poll at a "Troll 2"-convention in 2007.
Since then, Fragasso directed and co-directed a few movies which all were "Troll 2"-unrelated, and there's still no news if this will ever happen or if this was just meant to be a silly joke...

The long-time rumored follow-up to the 2009 box-office hit. In 2010 it really looked like this would eventually happen: Director Ruben Fleischer and the cast were enthusiastic about a possible 3D sequel. Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were raving about turning "Zombieland" into a franchise, maybe even into a TV series.
However, in 2011Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg took a step back from the project, and Fleischer suggested it's unlikely that it'll ever happen. "Zombieland 2" is currently in development hell.

Thanks for reading. If you know of other unmade horror sequels, drop me a comment. I might do a sequel to this post! :)

15 September 2012


"This fucking movie (...) is just a party favor bag of failure and feces."
 [Alex J, poet of passion]

This month's HBOTM - or (H)BOTM - is the marvellous "ALEX JOWSKI MOVIE REVIEWS", a blog strongly focusing on horror and stuff,
but also covering other genres.

The eponymous Alex Jowski is a cool movie geek from Pueblo, Colorado. He's writing loads of wonderfully entertaining, often super-hilarious movie reviews (check out his rant about the Italo-crapfest "Frankenstein 80"), but he's also doing awesome vlogs / video reviews ("Antisocial Commentaries") and funny podcasts for his other site Geek Juice Media.

The main reason why I love his blog so much, is the fact that he's also doing reviews for Mill Creek movie packs. To be fair, he's not as Mill-Creek-infested as me ("only" 19 Pure Terror reviews so far), but I already can see him slowly transforming into a grimly Movie-Pack-monster, just like I am ;-)

A fabulous blog, a must-read and a must-follow. You'll love it!

Hi Alex! Who are you and why do you blog?

I am Alex Jowski - film school grad and cinephile.  I blog because I love writing and I love discussing film with other people.  Blogging affords someone the opportunity to not only publish my own thoughts about a movie but to read the thoughts of others and discuss loved/hated movies with them.
I also run
www.geekjuicemedia.com, a site I aspire to build into a media resource and be able to focus full time on blogging.  I've found writing about and discussing movies to be much more enjoyable than actually making movies.

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

"Child's Play 3."  I was about 12 or 13 at the time and terrified of EVERYTHING, so I didn't watch horror movies at all.  I went to a friend's house and they wanted to watch horror movies all night long, starting with "Child's Play 3."  Not wanting to look like a coward in front of friends I figured I would just try to deal with it.
However it was the fact that we were all laughing at the movie that made me enjoy it - no longer afraid I started renting every horror movie I could get my hands on.  Found a lot that made me laugh and quite a few that gave me sleepless nights.

Who is your all-time favorite horror director (and why)?

My all-time favorite horror director would probably be Roger Corman.  Sure, the vast majority of his films are among the cheesiest B-movies you will ever find, but I have immense respect for the man.  He was one of the most prolific and most profitable producers ever.  As a distributor he also imported and introduced audiences to the works of Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa and others.  So many famous directors nowadays got their start working under and learning from Corman,
people like James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdonavich, Joe Dante and actors like Robert DeNiro and Jack Nicholson.
Though only a fraction of the film's Corman directed are wonderful - he influenced the whole of film more than anyone else I can think of.

Your all-time horror favorites are...

In no particular order
1. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)
2. Martyrs
3. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hopper)
4. Poltergeist
5. Dawn of the Dead (George Romero)

What's the worst horror film you've ever seen?

Probably "August Underground's Mordum"  It is absolute trash and unwatchable.
One of the most reprehensible things I've ever watched.  Well - watched half of, once the characters started raping children I was DONE with that piece of crap and turned it off.

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

I have two sets of friends really - online friends and real-life friends.  Most of my online friends like horror films.  Away from the internet, however, not many of my friends like horror.  However, they will watch a horror film if I highly recommend it as a good movie despite its genre.

Michael? Jason? Leatherface? Chucky? Other?

Leatherface.  Because out of all the franchises listed - the original "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" truly did frighten me.  Heck, just from the start opening of that film I already had to turn the light on and make sure the doors and windows were locked.  Then when Leatherface showed up - well...

US Horror? European Horror? Asian Horror? Other?

This is a tough question - I'm tempted to say "all but US horror."  However Asian horror films tend to fall into a lot of redundant fads so I'm going to go with European horror.  There's a lot of originality in all European horror, less censorship or cutting the movie down to a specific rating to sell more tickets.

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

Definitely at home simply because of the availability of the movies I can watch.  Horror shown in theaters these days is usually the most moronic PG13 crap around and I'm not going to pay money to see it.  Very rarely will I feel that a horror movie is improved by watching it with an audience, but without the right kind of audience or film it is a miserable experience.  At home I can watch whatever I want to watch.

What kind of music do you like?

Well, most types of music.  Lately I've been listening to a lot of Japanese pop music and third generation ska.  However I am very partial to 90s alternative rock and Weezer is my favorite band ever.

What do you read?

I read a LOT of non-fiction.  Either books on film to pass the time or I will read books on the legal system because I really aspire one day to go back to school for a law degree.  Fiction, I read all kinds with my favorite authors being Chuck Palahniuk, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Stephen King.

Tell me the first 3 things that come to your mind when you think about Austria (not Australia):

- It's a lot like Germany
- It was the assassination of Austrian archduke Franz  Ferdinand that started World War 1 (and, incidentally, there is a band from the UK named after the guy)
- Their currency is the Euro

Anything else you wanna tell us?

Geez, that's open-ended.  Well I do like talking to and meeting new people so anyone at all can feel free to e-mail me at alexjowski@gmail.com.

Thank you, Alex!


14 September 2012


YES, it's that time again!
From Sept 20 to Sept 30 I'm attending the super-super-awesome /SLASH FILMFESTIVAL at the Filmcasino in Vienna. 
11 days of pure madness and insanity - yay!!! :-)

-Day 1- Opening Night
~ ESCAPE [a.k.a. Flukt] ~
in the presence of director Roar Uthaug ("Cold Prey")
and main actress Ingrid Bolsø Berdal ("Cold Prey 1&2", "Chernobyl Diaries")

-Day 2-
starring Honor "Pussy Galore" Blackman
both directed by Noboru Iguchi ("Karate-Robo Zaborgar", "Machine Girl")
directed by Conor McMahon ("Dead Meat")
starring Stephen McHattie ("Pontypool", "A History Of Violence")

-Day 3-
directed by Alex Chandon ("Cradle Of Fear")
starring AJ Bowen ("The House Of The Devil", "A Horrible Way To Die")
directed by the great Takashi Miike ("Ichi The Killer", "Zebraman 1&2")
directed by Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me")
~ THE FP ~
starring Nick Principe ("Laid To Rest 1&2", "Madison County")
Retro Screening:
~ John Badham's WARGAMES (1983) ~

+ Cosplay Contest
+ Gaming Workshop "A MAZE: Night Of Machinima"

-Day 4-
in the presence of restoration directors Russell Cherrington & Simon Badford
in the presence of director Joshua Grannell a.k.a. drag queen "Peaches Christ"
directed by the great Takashi Miike ("One Missed Call", "Cold Fish")
directed by Makoto Shinkai ("5 Centimeters By Second")

-Day 5-
starring Malcolm McDowell (!), Traci Lords (!!) & John Waters (!!!)
starring Joel Murray ("Hatchet")
incl. guest appearances from Jeff Goldblum, Will Ferrell,
John C. Reilly & Zach Galifianakis

-Day 6-
directed by Pascal Laugier ("Martyrs"), starring Jessica Biel
directed by Steven C. Miller ("Automaton Transfusion")
starring Selma Blair ("Hellboy 1&2", "Cruel Intentions")

-Day 7-
directed by Jennifer Lynch ("Boxing Helena")
incl guest performance of the great Tom Savini ("From Dusk Till Dawn")
starring Danielle Panabaker ("Piranha 3DD")

+ Scream Queen Contest

-Day 8-
~ TWIXT 3D ~
directed by Francis Ford Coppola ("Dracula", "The Godfather 1-3")
starring Michael Rogers ("Hellraiser: Hellseeker")
starring Woo-seul-hye Hwang ("Thirst")

-Day 9-
starring David Hasselhoff, Ving Rhames, Christopher Lloyd & Bruce Dern
directed by Tsui Hark ("Once Upon A Time In China"), starring Jet Li
starring Kiyomi Ito ("Love - Zero = Infinity")

+ Surprise Film!
+ Porno-Night with Porn Shorts & Mini-Burlesque-Show

 -Day 10- Closing Night
~ V/H/S ~
directed by Ti West (The Innkeepers"), Adam Wingard ("A Horrible Way To Die"),
David Bruckner ("The Signal"), and others
incl. guest performance from Troma boss Lloyd Kaufman
directed by James Bickert ("Dumpster Baby")
starring James Cosmo ("Game Of Thrones")
starring Andrés Castaneda ("Love In The Time Of Cholera")

+ Live Discussion with director Marvin Kren ("Rammbock")

-Day 11-
starring Casper Van Dien ("Sleepy Hollow")

+ Re-Screening of the Festival's 3 most popular movies~
+ Live Séance with "Black Manna"


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