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WEIRDO’WEEN #11: Tucker And Dale VS Evil [2010]

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writer’s note: I understand this was technically supposed to come out yesterday, but since I had my family had it’s Thanksgiving dinner last night, I had no choice but to wait until now for #11. Tonight, I will be writing up #12, and tomorrow morning will be #13; therefore, everything will be on track again.


Meet Tucker and Dale: two lovable hillbillies from West Virginia. They’re best friends and do everything together. This weekend, they are planning on headin’ to their “fixer-upper” vacation cabin [that Tucker just bought] to drink some beer, do some fishin’, and have an all around good time. Y’know, Hillbilly stuff.. I don’t know much about that lifestyle, but from what I gather; they’re pretty laid back people. But when they run into a group of preppy college kids who assume from their looks that they must be in-bred, chainsaw wielding killers, Tucker & Dale‘s vacation takes a bloody [and hilarious] turn for the worse..and that’s what our movie today is about: the unexpected situations that they fall into – even if all they wanted was a get away from society for a few days! As I shared on Facebook yesterday, today’s  movie review is on none other than Tucker and Dale VS Evil.

weirdo'ween-#11As I said, the movie revolves around two hilarious hillbillies: Tucker and Dale, who just want to have a weekend away from society at their “Vacation Home”. Shortly after they arrive, a group of College kids show up at a nearby camp and immediately wrongly assuming Tucker and Dale are psychotic rednecks out to murder them. [you know, because of course they are..] Considering that their property is filled with tools for renovations, such as chainsaws and a wood chipper, it’s not long before the comedy and gruesome carnage start, proving the line it blurs between horror and comedy! Like Shaun Of The Dead and Zombieland did for their respective genres, Tucker and Dale feels like it fits right in, being one of the funniest and surprising movies in recent years! [it was shelved for three years before it’s initial release..why it was, I’ll never know] One thing that makes it so entertaining, from a horror perspective is, the amount of mistakes that result in a lot of gory [and creative] deaths for the dim-witted college kids! I mean, one dives head first into the wood chipper while trying to stab Tucker! [and because he tries to pull the kid out, it looks like he’s pushing him farther in! Yeah, comedy gold, kids!]

But what makes this movie special is the obvious relationship between Tucker and Dale themselves. The two are sweet, helpful, and hopelessly clueless guys who are only involved because of the disaster that the College kids created around them.. One message that certainly comes across loud and clear [yet, subconsciously at the same time] is that appearances can be deceiving and that you shouldn’t judge a proverbial book by the cover.. Because people are still their own individuals and not just the stereotypes they portray. That’s right, Tucker and Dale VS Evil comes with a lesson to be learned!

The movie actually has a lot to say about stereotypes, and not just the ones I mentioned above. But it also mentions how people project onto others those stereotypes, and their own inner “dark sides” come about based on those stereotypes. Being as it’s also a horror film, there is definitely blood and gore involved, but the violence is presented in such a comedic way, you almost laugh when it comes up..it’s not scary in the slightest. I remember the first time I watched it [Netflix!] and thought: this is surprisingly, a really good movie. It’s depressing to think [and realize] that we probably won’t be getting a sequel, but if enough of us protest..maybe? [I really want a sequel, guys..]

So please, check out Tucker and Dale VS Evil; it’s funny, it’s gory,  but most of all – it has heart. It’s unfortunate that it wasn’t recognized as much, but it may be because of the fact that it didn’t get a wide-spread release! [tell everyone about it!] What makes the film so much fun is the stereotyping it picks at, and the hilarious deaths make it all the more worthwhile. Even without a chance at sequel, [though, if one did appear I’d be happy!] it’s a fun film for everyone – even if you aren’t that into horror as a genre.

Another thing! If you have an idea for the next weirdo’ween review please let me know which movie[s] you’d like to see next! If you found yourself to enjoy this particular review – and want to see more – then take a minute and follow me over on my Facebook page [it’s at over 120+ likes almost at 130!] By clicking that “like” button, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been posted online; as well as links to articles and pictures/videos that will not be featured here on the blog. Every “like” helps me a ton, giving me the ability to write more posts for you to read, so be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same, and share The Facebook Page with your family and friends! Join me tonight when I talk about weirdo’ween #12! STAY TUNED!

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film study: horror-comedy Vs. comedy-horror

Do you prefer your films horror-comedy or comedy-horror? Contrary to popular belief, there actually is a difference; even if you don’t exactly come to realize it. Horror-comedy and comedy-horror fall under two sub-genres that mainstream viewers don’t seem to understand. [Hipsters, I swear!] Lately, it’s as if people just don’t “get it” when something is supposed to be funny in a horror movie. seriously. There’s been so many times in the past where I’ve actually nearly walked out of a theater for one of these films and all I hear is other people complaining that “it wasn’t very scary” or that it was really lame, not realizing that it was trying to be funny. and then there are some people who think that these sub-genres are new or that they invented them.. But I’m here, as your resident weird one saying that there is in fact a difference between horror-comedy and comedy-horror, and I’m interested to know which one you prefer, if you prefer one at all.

Disclaimer: I’m sure I don’t need to explain this to each and every one of you, since I’d assume you are clearly fans of the horror genre if you follow me on here, but let’s at least play catch up for anyone who may not be as horror-savvy as the rest of us.


horrorcomedyHorror-comedies are first and foremost: horror movies, but have some comedic elements to go along with it. Before you jump at me, I’m fully aware that many horror films have humor as a point, but a horror-comedy film goes just “a little further” with the jokes, and the comedic feel. Here’s a few examples of horror-comedies to drive my point home:

Creepshow [and Creepshow 2]

The Cabin In The Woods

Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn

Fright Night

Drag Me To Hell

horrorcomedy2Like horror-comedy, comedy-horror is the opposite: when it’s mainly a comedy, but it has underlying themes of fear and horror. This is generally the choice genre for parody films; such as Scary Movie. Other examples of comedy-horror include:

Zombieland

Beetlejuice

Tusk

Shaun Of The Dead

Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil


While some of you might disagree with a few of the films’ placements on the above lists, these fall under what I consider a horror-comedy or a comedy-horror. It all boils down on what you consider your sense of humor, I suppose. In the past, I’ve talked to people about how they prefer their horror to be hard-hitting – like Evil Dead – with no humor involved, whatsoever, and I certainly understand that, but if you are walking into a horror-comedy or comedy-horror film knowingly; then you really don’t have an excuse to be disappointed when you walk out of the theater. Especially if you walked in willingly and understanding what it is.. Ultimately, I find myself more of a fan of the horror-comedy films. Don’t get me wrong – I love a good comedy-horror, but I find many of them to be more or less the same. They’re not really anything new, sadly..

So now I turn to you, what do you prefer? Are you a fan of the lighter feeling comedy-horror genre? Or do you prefer the films to be a darker and eerier feeling film? Let me know in a comment or two, with your favorite from the genre! If you found yourself to enjoy this article, then please take a minute and follow me over on my Facebook page [it’s at over 100+ likes – only 15 more and we’ll have reached 130!] By clicking that “like” button, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been posted online; as well as links to articles and pictures/videos that will not be featured here on the blog. Every “like” helps me a ton, giving me the ability to write more posts for you to read, so be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same, and share The Facebook Page with your family and friends!

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[sooner and sooner, as we approach October, #weirdoween is coming faster than ever: October on warrenisweird will be something to keep your eyes open for! STAY TUNED]

in defense of Rob Zombie’s “The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto” [2009]

indefenseElSuperI always find it fascinating when an actor or a movie Director steps out of their comfort zone to try something new. A classic example that I think of is Martin Scorsese, who followed up the masterpiece that is Shutter Island with a film adaptation of the children’s book “The Invention Of Hugo Cabret.” [Hugo] Hugo wasn’t a bad movie at all, it’s just that it felt so much more different than what we came to expect from Scorsese. The same could be said for Rob Zombie: who was working on The Devil’s Rejects, which was violent, filled with gore and filled with inappropriate themes such as necrophilia; when he came up and started working with the concept/art for the animated movie we’re talking about today:The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto. When it was first released, it came with very mixed reviews: saying things like “it’s way too inappropriate” or “it’s not funny – it’s sick and perverse!” Some people even said it deserves an X-rating! Even fans of Zombie‘s work weren’t entirely happy, I remember reading some reviews saying it was disappointing..but I have to say otherwise – though, maybe I’m bias. As with most things I talk about, expect spoilers; because I really couldn’t say much if I didn’t spoil it. If you’ve seen the film, or you are perfectly fine with spoilers – we’re starting..right after the jump.


Let’s start from the beginning: the plot of The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto is completely different than what we’re used to from Rob Zombie; because instead of a murderous family, [The Fireflys] we find this film to be a comedic homage to horror, action and exploitation films…it’s also animated! The plot isn’t really anything special, but it revolves around a super-hero luchador, the titular El Superbeasto who, along with his sister Suzi X, must try to save the world from the evil Dr. Satan[but not this Dr. Satan] who plans to try and gain ultimate power by having sex with an swearing, big breasted stripper by the name of Velvet von Black.. Also, Nazi Zombies are in the film, because they can be. seriously. But you know what? I like it – it’s different, and the fact that it’s an animation makes the whole thing feel goofy, and I like that it isn’t trying to take itself too seriously, even the music is only there as a way to tell the audiences what is happening during that particular scene – It’s like it knows it’s a parody, but there’s one true reason I love this movie so much, what is that reason? If you’re curious enough, you should read on!

[note: the whole catfight scene – as seen here – is arguably one of the most entertaining bloodfests I’ve seen in a long time! The music during really sets the scene..]

The single greatest things about the film is that it includes [many] cameo appearances by many iconic horror figures including King Kong, Dracula, The Bride Of Frankenstein, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Michael Myers and The Creature From The Black Lagoon! Even Jack Torrence from The Shining makes an appearance! If that isn’t enough, we also see two very special characters from Zombie‘s previous work, House Of 1000 Corpses; Captain Spaulding and Otis B. Driftwood in the bar scene. [don’t believe me?] Zombie‘s wife, the [extremely] beautiful Sheri Moon Zombie also provides the voice for Suzi X. Also, while not strictly horror film, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto is notable for its genre casting, which includes many [voice] actors who have appeared in Rob Zombie‘s other works such as Ken Foree, Dee Wallace, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and even Danny Trejo! It really shows Rob‘s dedication to the genre of horror, placing them in his film[s] as an homage – which works really well! It feels like he’s paying them tribute, almost thanking them for being an inspiration!


I guess realistically though, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto isn’t the most fantastic film on the planet. It’s [really] good, and it’s a fun cult film to watch if you need something ‘scary, but not really scary’, but I wouldn’t go as far as to call it my favorite Rob Zombie film, because that title still is held by The Devil’s Rejects. So now I turn to you, dear reader: have you watched El Superbeasto? If you have, what were your thoughts on it? Did you actually enjoy the film, like I did; or did you find it disappointing – like many fans of Rob Zombie? Let me know in a comment or two! Leave it to Rob Zombie to have a smokin’ hot blond hide out as a werewolf Nazi.. I mean, I’m confused how I feel about that!

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FRIDAY FUN FACT: Tales From The Crypt [1989-1996]

You know what I miss writing that I almost forgot that I do: Friday Fun Facts. Y’know, when I talk about a certain movie – or franchise – and talk about weird little tidbits that you might not have known about them. It was originally planned to be an every Friday thing but that didn’t pan out exactly as planned because I either was too busy to write anything, or I’d find something I’d consider “more exciting” to write about. So consider this a warning: not every Friday will include a Friday Fun Fact post; I will try and do more, more often – but I can’t promise anything..especially with new things happening both here on the blog, and in my actual real life – where I go out and actually get sunlight once and a while. [shocking! I know!]

What better way to jump back into FFFs by talking about one of my top 3 favorite shows of all time: Tales From The Crypt: don’t act like you don’t know it. Cause you do..I know you do, even if you don’t recognize it by name. Tales is an American horror anthology series that played on HBO for seven seasons, with a running total of 93 episodes! One thing to note is that the title of the series, is based on the 1950s EC Comics series of the same name and most of the content in the show, came from that or the six other EC Comics that were being released at the same time. [The Crypt of Terror, Haunt of Fear, Vault of Horror, Crime SuspenStories, Shock SuspenStories and Two-Fisted Tales] Introduced by a creepy puppet called “The Crypt Keeper“, who seems like he’s only around to have fun, [and make terrible puns!] Tales From The Crypt is a show that definitely feels like a cross between The Twilight Zone and modern horror movies. Basically, I’m trying to tell you that as a whole, it’s not suitable for younger audiences or even the squeamish, really.

but did you know?

The introduction sequence during the opening theme that played each and every episode through The Cryptkeeper‘s ‘home’ is actually fairly small: roughly the size of a miniature golf course. To achieve the look of a large mansion, small “snorkel” cameras were used to film. However, the descent into the crypt at the end of the intro is computer generated. Be sure to check out the opening theme, here!

John Kassir actually hurt his voice while doing the signature voice of The Cryptkeeper. Because of the raspy-ness of the character, He had to often swallow lemon juice mixed with honey in order to sooth his throat. [after doing his lines] John Kassir even came up with the trademark voice himself, when he auditioned for the part, the producers of the show loved it so much they almost immediately chose him. Well done, John!

One of the weirder and more obscure pieces of trivia about the show, involves the actual puppet of The Cryptkeeper. It seems that while animatronics expert Kevin Yagher was in the last stages of designing The Cryptkeeper, he tried putting on a few noses to see which would look best for and on the character; who already had shed lips, some hair and most of his teeth.. but none looked quite right. It wasn’t until Director and producer Robert Zemeckis simply stated, “You know, you don’t necessarily have to have a nose on him..”


So there you have it Fright Fans, three things that you may or may not have known about the cult classic anthology show: Tales From The Crypt. Which piece of trivia did you like best? Could it be that The Crypt Keeper almost had a nose? Or is it the fact that the voice actor seemed to actually hurt himself, for the sake of the show? Let me know in a comment or two! As I said above, I will try to make Friday Fun Facts more often, but I can’t promise anything – a lot is happening with both the blog and daily life, which if everything pans out the way I hope it will- I’ll talk about it on here; but when the timing is right.

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yeah.. uh. no thank you!

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HOLLISTON is coming BACK for SEASON 3 in 2016!

It’s no secret that I’m a fairly large fan of Adam Green; with Hatchet being one of the greater slasher films of recent years [if you can consider 2006 ‘recent’] and my love for the Ariescope name in general, I’m pretty psyched to announce that after a two year hiatus, season three of Holliston is coming sooner than we may think! The show stars directors Adam Green and Joe Lynch themselves as aspiring film makers who struggle with their film careers and we also get their on-show girlfriends, played by Laura Ortiz and Corri English. If you’ve never seen the show, one thing to mention is even Dee Snider of Twisted Sister returns to the show for the upcoming season. This third season will be like the other two, being that it has 10 episodes lined up and will air on the GeekNation digital network, which is also the host of Green and Lynch’s podcast, “The Movie Crypt” – which if you don’t listen to, you should get on that ASAP.

Adam has gone on record to say the following quote about working with GeekNation: “It’s almost embarrassing to admit but there we were on a quest to find a new outlet for Holliston where we could continue to creatively make the show our way, but also have it distributed on a platform where absolutely anyone who wants to watch it can easily find and enjoy it…and the answer was literally right in front of our noses the entire time.”

Unfortunately, one of the more important characters was GWAR‘s front man Oderus Urungus, who was played by the very talented Dave Brockie.. But as those in the metal scene know, Brockie passed away back in March of 2014.. Naturally, Adam and Joe have mentioned their thoughts about Brockie’s passing and that by continuing the show, they’re actually paying tribute to him by continuing:

“It’s crucial to note that Dave was so much more than just a cast member of Holliston. He was a dear friend to all of us and his absence will be deeply felt by everyone in our cast and crew. For Adam especially, he not only writes every single episode but he was also the only actor on the show who shared the most scenes with Oderus, so continuing the series without Dave is an extremely difficult task for him emotionally. It has been a very delicate and slow process to get outselves back to this point. Thankfully, we have an incredibly patient and understanding fanbase that has supported us unconditionally and that has mourned with us through all of this. Our fans appreciate that we’re real people who have to heal from our loss and that we’re not just fictional characters on their screens, despite the fact that we all play versions of ourselves in a way.”

To which Green has since added:

“As cliché as it might sound, no one would want to see Holliston continue more than Dave. On the season 2 behind-the-scenes-Blu-ray making-of feature, Dave says directly to the camera that ‘Holliston is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.’ It’s been a long heartbreaking road, but we’re at a point now where we’re back on our feet and we’re ready to laugh once again. Last week, the main cast got together to table-read some of the new material for the first time and we could all feel without a doubt that no one was laughing louder or harder than Dave.”

Left to Right: Adam Green and Oderus Urungus

[check out the opening theme for Holliston here] With the show returning in 2016, I’m curious with how the show is going to go.. I understand it’s a difficult process, especially for the cast getting over Brockie‘s death still, but like Adam said, He would have wanted this – the season is going to be almost a dedication to him; I just find myself wondering how they’re going to pull off Adam not having an imaginary friend anymore..perhaps he ‘grows up’?  Only time will tell…

For those who have never watched the show – it’s based on creator Adam Green‘s real life and set in his small hometown of Holliston, MA, follows the lives of Adam and Joe, two friends chasing the dream of becoming successful horror movie filmmakers [which is ironic since they are] while struggling to make ends meet and dealing with life and the opposite sex in their post-college jobs at a Boston area cable access station where they also host a late night movie program called “The Movie Crypt” The core ensemble is rounded out by Joe‘s girlfriend Laura [a morbid yet adorable aspiring artist] and Adam‘s ex-girlfriend and the greatest heartbreak of his life Corri. [a gorgeous nurse and aspiring country singer] The other main characters on the show include Adam and Joe‘s boss Lance Rockett and Adam‘s imaginary friend Oderus Urungus [who we all know is an alien who lives in his closet and advises him on his life. badly] Often referred to as “Friends” for geeks and “The Big Bang Theory” meets “Evil Dead 2“, Holliston is a brilliantly twisted take on the traditional multi-camera sitcom that captures the comedy, the horror, and the heart of the time of life when the struggle to “make it” is really just beginning and nothing is working out like they told you it would..

“hey Adam..you got a little something on your face. there you go – wait, stop!”

So now I turn to you, dear readers – are you going to watch the next season of Holliston? Or is it the other way around, and you haven’t seen the show yet? [if not, I strongly recommend it – and you can buy both seasons 1 & 2 – autographed! – for only 30 bucks on blu-ray on the Ariescope site!] It’s funny, it’s gory, it’s Holliston !!

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FRIDAY FUN FACT: SHAUN OF THE DEAD [2004]

Okay, okay. I know; it’s been a while since we’ve had a Friday Fun Fact, but hold on a second..why haven’t we? If we look back at the past few Fridays, I’ve either written about something completely different than a Friday Fun Fact, or I’d be working – making it impossible to write about something elaborate before or after. Especially working two jobs now, makes things extremely difficult. However to move pass the excuses, and the reasonings; today, we’re talking [Friday] Fun Facts from one of, – if not – my favorite horror-comedies ever: SHAUN OF THE DEAD.

I feel like everyone has seen this film, but if not – the story is about Shaun, who isn’t having a very good day. He then decides to turn his life around by getting his ex [who he’s in love with] to take him back, but timing is clearly not on his side, since he times all this in the middle of a zombie [“don’t say the ‘z’ word!”] apocalypse.. But luckily for him, he sees it as an opportunity to show everyone he knows how useful he is by saving them all. All he has to do is survive… And get his ex back. It also has a ton of quirky trivia, but we won’t mention it all for time reasons; the film itself is fairly gory at times, it’s awesomely satirical, and it’s all around good natured fun! It’s also a relatively an easy enough film to get your hands on, so if you haven’t seen it; definitely get on that one!


but did you know?

At one point in the film, Shaun tells Liz that he’s going to take her to dinner at “the place that does all the fish”, which sounds like he forgot the name of the restaurant. However, when he opens the phone book to call for reservations, you can see that the restaurant is literally called ‘The Place That Does All the Fish’.

Near the beginning of the film, when Ed is playing on the Playstation 2, Shaun directs him with controls. [‘top left, reload, good shot’ etc] Later in the film, when the gang are in The Winchester pub and Shaun is firing at the zombies, Ed repeats exactly what Shaun instructed him to do during the gaming sequence – in case you were wondering, they were playing Time Splitters 2..

Surprisingly hard to notice, but the Battle Royale poster in Shaun‘s living room [as seen in this scene; on the right] is designed by Fred Deakin. He is also a member of the band Lemon Jellÿ, which provides music for the soundtrack of this film.

Does the zombie [don’t say the ‘z’ word!] look familiar? He definitely should, cause that’s SIMON PEGG [who played Shaun in our movie of choice today!] as it turns out, George A. Romero was so impressed with Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright‘s work on Shaun Of The Dead that he asked them to appear in Land Of The Dead, the fourth part of his “Dead” series, in cameos as zombies – as seen above!


Hopefully you learned a thing or two about Shaun Of The Dead, and why it’s such a perfect zombie film. as I said above, there’s so much more trivia to know about this film – as it’s within the details that we learn more about the story. Thankfully, I also plan to do more FRIDAY FUN FACTS, it’ll become more regular again, as long as work allows, and I can squeeze it in.

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FILM STUDY: Let’s talk about KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE

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It’s no surprise that I have a little something called coulrophobia. I link it all the way back to my childhood when a clown thought of laughing directly in my face, which turned me right away from the very thought of them. Through the magic world of [horror] film, the fear is still present; what with clowns like Pennywise in Stephen King‘s It being the first that comes to mind. Hell, there was even I time that I wrote about some of the clowns in horror that don’t scare me – back when I first started warrenisweird. [read the whole article] One set of “klowns” on this list were from today’s review: Killer Klowns From Outer Space. [yes, that’s with a “k”] The film, generally speaking, is considered a horror; but it’s fairly campy, and a definite cult-classic. Although the klowns are pretty scary, at least to us with coulrophobia, the cheesiness of the film make the klowns special to me.. both in the way that they are portrayed, and the originality of the film as a whole.

The film opens up during the evening in a small town, [which isn’t named] when suddenly, an alien spaceship – which could have been mistaken for a comet – shoots over the night sky. Enter two of the main characters: Mike and Debbie, who happen to be out on their first date, who decide to go and investigate the “comet” they saw fly over their head! It isn’t until they arrive at what appears to be a circus tent, that they discover the ones that came from outer space and are hiding inside.. And those inside just happen to be aliens.. that look exactly like clowns. These “klowns” have come to Earth to secretly kill humans with their circus-themed weapons; everything from “popcorn guns” to a balloon animal dog [on a leash of course] – to smell out the humans! Mike and Debbie, along with a fellow Police Officer, take it upon themselves to stop these KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, or we’re all doomed to be killed or worse: eaten!

The really fantastic thing about this movie is how original it is, both in plot and death scenes: as I said above, the klowns use circus-like weapons, such as their popcorn guns, or even throwing pies in the people’s faces! [which actually melt the person in question!] Although, with all their sorts of weapons, my favorite scene still stands with the shadow puppet T-Rex eating the people at the bus stop – both for it’s creativity, and knowing that something so simple and innocent can lead to a movie sequence like no other! [as seen below:]

they just don’t make movies like this anymore..

truth be told, Killer Klowns is a fairly difficult movie to do a review on, mainly because of how special of a film it is: It has an insane cult fan-base, which can be proven by trying to find the movie for sale – without ordering it, a ton of toys based on the film, [which tend to be extremely pricey] and because of this fucking awesome shirt! [writer’s note: my birthday is on the 23rd of this month if anyone wants to order it for me!]

Well, it’s a definite given fact that you’ll be met with blank stares and confusion if you try and explain what this film has to offer to anybody who hasn’t seen it before, so do yourself [and others] a favor: pop yourselves a big bucket of popcorn, grab some cotton candy [though, maybe not the cotton candy from the movie..] and sit your friends all down in front of the TV. From there: just sit back, relax and take in the obscurity that is Killer Klowns From Outer Space!

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the GORIEST fright-fest of ALL time: Dead Alive [AKA] Brain Dead [1992]

goriest-fright-filmWho would have imagined that back in 1992, there would be a film director who made only really made cult movies would get himself the popularity and the stature in the movie world he has today? Surprisingly, this is exactly the case with famed director Peter Jackson, who back then brought the world this ridiculously gory, somewhat horrific, but yet hilarious film known as Braindead, or as I know it as: Dead Alive. If you seem to recognize the name Peter Jackson, it’s probably because he’s mainly known for directing The Lord Of The Rings [and the more recent] Hobbit trilogies.

Our story begins In 1957, where a zoologist traps a rare “Sumatran Rat-Monkey” on Skull Island and decides to bring it back home with him to New Zealand. Meanwhile – in present day, a young man named Lionel falls for a woman named Paquita, and decides to take his young lover to the zoo. Unfortunately, Lionel‘s overbearing and disapproving mother follows them there and gets herself bitten by the infamous rat-monkey! [who just happens to be in the zoo]  When the monkey’s bite turns her into a flesh-eating zombie, her son has no choice but to keep her [and the eventual other zombies she’s bitten] tranquilized and in the basement all while trying to preserve his love life!

probably the most bad-ass poster for DEAD ALIVE [from Japan]

Dead Alive is not a scary movie in the slightest, but don’t worry.. for what it lacks in scares, it makes up for in gore: a lot of gore. Like the title of this post suggests, it’s been called the goriest fright-fest ever, and that isn’t said or meant lightly: I mean, a whopping 300 liters of fake blood was used in the final scene of the film alone, shooting out as fast as 5 gallons per second! [if you’ve seen the film, you know what scene I’m talking about. If not, I’ll be bringing it up below!] If that’s not enough to consider it gory enough, Eli Roth [who we know as the writer/director of Hostel] once said this film was one of, if not the only film that actually “quenched his ever lasting blood-lust”.

“heeeeeere’s baby!”

As I said above, the final scene is probably the goriest thing that comes to mind when I think “splatter-fest”, since it involves a ton of zombies.. and a fucking lawnmower! [you read that right]  The best way to explain the scene is like this: by this point in the film, pretty well everyone at this rate is a zombie, [everyone except Lionel and Paquita] and as a way to stop [most of] the zombies, Lionel gets the brilliant idea of bringing a lawnmower to the show; which he actually ends up doing, and the end result is fucking glorious! Check out this scene – in full – down below!

It’s violent, it’s gory, and it’s over the top zombie fun! Dead Alive is a great horror flick that can probably appeal to everyone; [at least in one way or another] even to the seasoned horror fan!! [I haven’t even mentioned the baby scenes, which I showed quickly above: breaking out of Rita‘s face!]  If you like your zombies, your funny quips/quotes, and you like your bloodier, gorier films: make sure you check this film out [although it might be hard to find!] and I promise, you won’t be disappointed!

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warrenisweird’s TOP 05 movies watched in 2014

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As 2014 comes closer to a close everyday, I figured it’d be best to do this now rather than later and talk about some of my favorite films of the year. However, I’m doing it differently than most people who do this kind of thing: instead of my favorite movies from this year, I’m going to be doing a list of movies I watched in 2014 – meaning, if a film came out in 2013, but I saw it for the first time in 2014, then it’s completely valid for this particular list. Make sense? Cool. Some of the films I’ve chosen even have full posts dedicated to how awesome they were. Now, enough babble – let’s begin this list; and surprisingly, some of them aren’t even horror!

[note: as per usual, this list is in no specific order!]


13 Sins:

To begin this list, I’m going to mention a film I once called a “special little gem”. I had heard of it before, and when I finally got around to actually watching it – I was in awe. Apparently it was quite the awe-inspiring film, cause I even dedicated an entire post to it: check it out here! It’s a remake of a Korean film, but I didn’t know that until after I watched it, so I’m not arguing that point!


Guardians Of The Galaxy:

I must be Hooked On A Feeling [I am so sorry for that pun] cause honestly, this film is probably one of the greatest film I have seen in a long time. It had everything I wanted it to have.. and more! I mean who doesn’t like a talking raccoon and a walking, talking tree?! I know I do! read a full-fledged review of Guardians over here.


How To Train Your Dragon 2:

Simply put, How To Train Your Dragon 2 is probably the most heart-warming films to make this list. The first Dragons film is one of my all time favorite animated films ever, and this sequel definitely confirmed my love for the characters. It’s an emotional roller-coaster, and I absolutely loved it. The movie left me with but a singular thought: I want a fucking dragon. [read my letterboxd review on the film]


American Mary:

Although technically from 2012, I first watched American Mary all the way back in February. It’s a hauntingly beautiful film, [especially after a rewatch] with some nice horror elements to say in the least. It was a quirky little film that definitely deserves more love. Did I mention that Katharine Isabelle is extremely hot in this film? [seriously. don’t believe me? click here! NSFW warning]


Tusk:

This one is definitely one for the books. Tusk is one of those films that you either love, or you find yourself absolutely hating. It isn’t a movie for everyone. It’s funny, it’s eerie, it’s fucking weird. But you can feel Kevin Smith oozing from it. [this is not a bad thing] It’s about a man who wants to turn another man into a walrus.. and then he fucking does. [because of course he does] It’s a blood-soaked mess, but I absolutely loved it – particularly, the concept. If you want to know my full thoughts on this beast, read my review on the film here.


Obviously, there are tons of movies that I could have mentioned for this list, but there’s just so many to choose from.. I could have gone on and on forever with the movies I enjoyed this past year, but it’s hard to narrow it down to just five. What were your favorite films of the year? Do you have a favorite that comes from this list? let me know in a comment! With 2014 officially on it’s way out, it’s time to prepare for 2015, and all it’s horror [films] that are coming our way! [and that’s not including the newest slate of horror remakes that are bound to happen cause as we all know, Hollywood is completely out of originality these days]

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Hotel Transylvania 2’s “Vlad” finally surfaces!

Go ahead and say what will, but I actually really enjoyed 2012’s Hotel Transylvania. It was a family styled animation, that played off classic Hollywood Monsters; such as the Wolfman and Frankenstein. The film followed Dracula, [voiced perfectly by Adam Sandler] who runs a high-class resort far away from the world of humans,  who drives himself into overprotective father mode when a young human boy stumbles into the resort and falls for the Count’s teen daughter. Obviously, [like most family films] it ends on a high and happy note, with everyone getting along; including Dracula and Jonathan, [the human] even leaving some room for a sequel – and what a sequel we are getting! Without a trailer yet, the film is slated for release on September 25th, 2015.

Last week, [December 3rd, 2014] news broke loose that Oscar-, Tony-, Grammy– and Emmy– award winning writer, director, performer, composer and producer [sheesh! what a mouthful, am I right?] Mel Brooks will in fact, be in Hotel Transylvania 2.. and as Vlad, Dracula‘s father, none the less; some [but not many] pictures have surfaced online from the upcoming film including one of Mr. Brooks in the role of Vlad – the ancient, undead [and extremely] grumpy father to Sandler‘s Dracula character. If you haven’t heard about the film yet, the plot for the Hotel Transylvania 2 is as follows:

Dracula, Mavis, Jonathan the human and all of their monster friends are back in the brand new comedy adventure: when the old-old-old-fashioned vampire Vlad arrives at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together, the Hotel Transylvania is in for a comic collision of supernatural old-school and modern day cool.”

Mel Brooks – who takes on the role 40 years after writing/directing the horror-comedy classic Young Frankenstein – has said, “I’m having a wonderful time with the character Vlad. He’s been around for eons and he’s a pretty crabby guy. Basically, he reminds me of me.” If that doesn’t get you excited, check out our first look at Vlad in the screenshot below!

Hell, Vlad even looks like Mel Brooks [look at the above image, and then click here to compare the two] I’m just hoping that the second film is as fun as the first one, which it should be, with all it’s quirky humor: with Sandler being executive-producer on set. According to producer Michelle Murdocca, Jonathan found Dracula quite intimidating in the original Hotel Transylvania movie, [and the movie proves that really well] but by the time the sequel comes around, he’s really weirded out by Vlad. Murdocca mentioned how “He [Vlad] actually lives in a cave — he’s about as old school as it gets. So when he comes and sees that Dracula is running a hotel, he’s like, ‘What is going on here?’ ”

How do you feel about Mel Brooks joining the cast of Hotel Transylvania 2? More importantly, how do you feel about the idea of Vlad coming in this installment into [what could turn into] this franchise? Let me know in a comment or two! If you haven’t seen the first film yet, I strongly recommend it – it’s a strong family film with tons of humor, and horror references to even the classic monster films we all know and love!

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