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WARRENISWEIRD’S TOP 07 SCARIEST SANTA CLAUS’ IN HORROR

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Christmas, the holiday of cheer, joy and over-commercialization. Family and friends share gifts and meals and enjoy each others company, and Pine trees spread with tinsel and Christmas lists from anxious and over excited children! But behind all of the gifts and shining stars, is a dark and sinister world where Christmas can be a terrifying holiday. During the colder months of the year, this holiday brings about sinister elves, a naughty list, and, most of all: a large man in a red suit climbing down your chimney and into your home! Oh yes, Whether you like it or not, St. Nick is a terrifying figure himself! With Christmas being less than a week away, I’m here to show you not one, but seven Santa Claus‘ that show that a seemingly cheerful holiday is right around the corner from a fearful one! Here are my picks for the scariest Santa Claus’ in horror movies in no particular order! Be warned – as expected, some spoilers may or may not be in each description!

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SAINT [2010]

In many horror films, the creepy Santas are not the “real Santa”, but rather a guy in a Santa suit. This more sinister Santa though, is the real deal. In Saint – a Norwegian horror film – follows the traditional Dutch and Belgian tradition of St. Nicholas [or Sinterklaas as he’s called]. On his own birthday, December 5th, Sinterklaas awakens from his yearly slumber and rides across rooftops on his white horse dropping presents down good children’s chimneys. However, as we see in this film, Sinterklaas is actually fairly sadistic as we see him kidnap [and terrorizes] children! Forget dropping presents, this Santa wants his revenge for his murder centuries ago, and he is willing to take every naughty child along with him.

[watch the trailer here!]

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM [2012]

Killer Santas can be real demented, and American Horror Story decided to take the classic serial killer Santa and make him just that much worse. This Santa, played by Ian McShane takes a path of revenge for his poor treatment in the asylum, reclaiming his Santa costume to commit more terror in the name of Father Christmas. With a throat that sounds like it’s full of rocks, McShane feels like the be-all-end-all of evil Santas.

[watch the preview for the episode here!]

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SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT [1984]

You have to almost feel sorry for the guy! In Silent Night, Deadly Night, a young boy [Billy] watches his parents be murdered at the hands of a man in a Santa suit. He is then raised in a orphanage where he is at the constant abuse at the hands of Mother Superior. As an adult, Billy’s job as a video store clerk has him wear a Santa suit for Christmas holidays, and well, so much for his sanity. This teenage Santa takes the award for most-unlikely-to-don-a-Santa-suit in this horror gem filled with plenty of inventive kills. [“strangulation by Christmas lights”]

[watch the trailer here!]

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RARE EXPORTS [2010]

Here’s one you might not have heard of! Rare Exports is full of original, and deep mythology of giant, humanoid creatures buried deep in the Earth. These myths helped to inspire the image of Santa Claus. In this Finnish film, we see Santa as a monster, not a serial killer or a legend, but a legitimate movie monster. A group of archaeologists uncover something they call “the largest burial mound in the world” only to uncover supernatural beings that punish naughty children. The stakes only rise higher when a reindeer herder captures one of the beasts. Rare Exports is a difficult film to put into one genre since it has elements of horror, fantasy, coming-of-age, and dark comedy – all wrapped in one; but it is a special [and terrifying] film that you need to seek out if you haven’t already!

[watch the trailer here!]

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CHRISTMAS EVIL [1980]

Who doesn’t like Christmas? Christmas Evil is a film that is truly terrifying and is often considered the best holiday horror film next to John Carpenter’s Halloween. Christmas Evil offers a complicated psychopath for the sinister Santa. The film follows a young boy who is traumatized when he discovers that Santa is not real.. by catching Santa getting jolly with his Mother on Christmas Eve[tough break, kid!] Flash forward to when he is an adult, and that boy – now a toy-maker – becomes obsessed with both making toys that children will love and analyzing the way children think. Naturally, society is not kind to grown men who hang around small children, and he is met with stares and angry parents. As expected in these kinds of films, he snaps.

[watch the trailer here!]

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TALES FROM THE CRYPT: AND ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE [1989]

Arguably my favorite Santa on this list comes from an episode of one of my favortie shows: Tales From The Crypt! This episode gives us a woman who murders her husband, only to become the victim of an escaped mental patient dressed as Santa Claus. What makes this episode so great is the fun performance by Larry Drake as Santa. He plays such a gross and gritty Santa in the best way that I cannot stress how great this short is!

[watch the full episode here!]

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A CHRISTMAS STORY [1983]

Okay, while technically this isn’t a horror film, but this movie is no laughing matter – Santa is still pretty damn scary! For many of us, one scene provides recurring nightmares and ruined mall trips forever – the Santa visit. What makes Ralphie’s Santa visit so terrifying is the reality that he will not get what he wants for Christmas, and even the big man in red will make sure you don’t have it! The bleached white beard and too red nose only make the imagery worse. Then his voice, as he bellows “Ho! Ho! Ho!” as he pushes Ralphie down the slide with his filthy boot just makes you scared! Take note people, Santa doesn’t have to hurt you to be scary!

[watch the trailer here!]


As obvious as it may come across as saying, not all Santas are nice. Whether you dig them up from a mound of dirt, or Santa is out for revenge, each one has their motive to stalk and go after kids.. which Santa was Your favorite? [or least favorite] Did he make Your list? Let me know in a comment or two! Be sure to also follow me over on my Facebook page! [we’re at over 170+ likes – let’s get to 200!] By clicking that “like” button, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been “gone live” online; and I also share links to articles and pictures/videos that will not be featured here on the blog. So go follow over there too! 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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warrenisweird’s top 05 winter-themed horror movies

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Walking home from work this morning, I quickly realized how cold it’s getting outside. Being in Canada, I have no doubt in my mind that sooner than later; there’s going to be snow on the ground – and I’m not excited for it. I’m not a fan of feeling like an ice cube: so seeing frost on the ground, and seeing people all bundled up, makes me feel like I’m halfway to frozen. That being said, it also caught my attention that there’s actually a few horror movies that take place in the winter, or at the very least; during Christmas. Since it’s that time of year, I figured this is the best time to talk about some of my personal favorite winter horror movies. Just remember: if these movies don’t give you the chills, the weather outside will

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No, I don’t mean that film..Frozen is a film by a Director I hold most dear: Adam Green, and Frozen is arguably one of his best. It’s eerie, it’s atmospheric, and in case you couldn’t tell: it mostly all takes place on a ski lift. The best part is that it mainly focuses on only three people – but that’s enough to give you fright from high above, especially when the ski lift shuts down for the night…and you’re still aboard. [check out the trailer here]

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Rare Exports is a film I was late to seeing because of how ridiculously  difficult it’s been trying to find a way to watch it. It makes this list because it fits both bills: it takes place around Christmas and it’s in the winter – though being from Finland, it would be snowing.. Rare Exports takes us to the depths of The Korvatunturi mountains, where 486 meters in the ice we find the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas, Santa Claus. It’s a dark film that definitely has a different spin on the holiday season. [check out the trailer here]

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Arguably one of my favorite films ever, The Thing is a movie that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s unparalleled in the way it presents fear in the snow. Even if it could be could technically be categorized as sci-fi as well, I feel like this movie is more horror. It follows a group of scientists in the Antarctic who are forced to face a alien that seems to assume the appearance of the people it kills.. [check out the trailer here]

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One part vampire story, full on horror. 30 Days Of Night is a film I watched on a whim when it first came out, only to be presently surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The only thing I knew about it, was that it was based on a comic and that there was vampires. Like The Thing above, the movie takes place in Antarctica, where for one month during the year; the sun doesn’t come out..naturally, this is perfect feeding time for vampires. It’s creepy, and shockingly more gory than expected! [check out the trailer here]

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Consider the following: you see your parents get murdered, and as a result you have to stay at an orphanage.. where you’re abused by the Mother Superior. Would this make you a killer? Cause this is exactly what happens to Billy in Silent Night, Deadly Night. [check out the trailer here]


So what have we learned today? That the cold isn’t the only thing that can be considered dangerous this time of the year? That, Santa does exist, he’s just Frozen in the mountains? I guess the real lesson learned here is that Christmas is just around the corner [ugh, I know..I’m not happy about it either – so much snow on the way!] but we have to think positive: family gatherings and free food! [okay, the family gatherings don’t sound as fun as they did in my head]

What’s your favorite Christmas horror movie? If it isn’t related to Christmas, what’s your favorite horror movie that takes place in the snow? Although one of my personal favorites, Let The Right One In didn’t make the list, it’s only because I’ve talked about it extensively on here. But seriously: let me know in a comment your favorite, and we can compare!

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[if you can tell me what this screenshot is from, you’ll win my love!]

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warrenisweird’s TOP 05 MASKS in horror movies

top5masksNow that Halloween has ended, [and so has weirdo’ween] one of the things I can talk about now is my love for masks. It’s become one of – if not the single most obvious – facts of horror movies: when you hide the face of the killer behind a mask: the fear, terror, and inhumanity goes through the roof. Sometimes, the mask itself becomes a legend, and turns into the stuff of nightmares for entire groups of people.. Sometimes, they’re used in order to hide the killer’s identity, while other times they hide a disfigured face underneath. Other times, well, let’s be honest: the production team just thought it’d look cool on screen. The idea is that it’s what hides beneath that’s scary, but a good horror movie mask is frightening in its own right.

As you could probably expect, there’s clearly many different types of masks – for different movies. I couldn’t help but think of some of the more memorable masked killers in film. Everybody knows the big name contenders, guys like Jason Voorhees, Michael MyersLeatherface and Ghostface. But if you were to dig a little deeper, you’ll find plenty of fearsome faces, and chances are – you saw a few of these on Halloween.  So let’s look into it: a list of my personal top five favorite masks in horror, and why I like them. Also, because characters like Jason, Myers, Leatherface and Ghostface are extremely recognizable – and I’m planning on going the unique route today – they will not be featured on this list; even if I am a fan of their masks as well.

the wind up frog:

as worn by: Dr Hargreaves in The Abominable Dr Phibes:

Even if this frog mask isn’t that scary to look at, it’s what it does that gives it a sinister presence on this list. Rather than being used as a disguise for the killer, like most of the masks on this list will incorporate, this particular mask is designed for a victim: the way it works, is that it has a built-in mechanism causes the mask to tighten [around the head] until it crushes the skull of the one who wears it. Think of it as an early Reverse Bear Trap..kinda.


Vernon‘s mask:

as worn by: Leslie Vernon in Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon

[First and foremost, if you haven’t seen this movie – get on that!] Leslie Vernon knows better than most about how important a good serial killing mask is: he’s studied the classics and is working on building his own serial killer story. I’m a huge fan of the sunken in eyes, and the deeply cut mouth. Not to mention he chose a great shade of greenish-grey for the mask itself!


the bunny mask:

as worn by: Frank in Donnie Darko

Although not technically a killer in the movie, but Frank more or less pressures Donnie into committing all the crimes he did, so I think that counts for something. Imagine seeing that looking back at you from inside the mirror: you’d probably never want to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night again!


the haunted mask:

as worn by: Carly Beth in Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask

While  not the scariest thing ever anymore, this specific mask used to scare the hell out of me. Besides the obvious fanged grin, I was always terrified by the idea that the mask would attach itself to Carly Beth‘s face; and not want to be removed. If it wasn’t creepy enough, they made the TV version [as seen above] into a two-part episode – making you wait to see if the characters ever got it off.


Tomás‘ mask:

as worn by: Tomás in The Orphanage

Let’s get one thing straight: kids in horror movies are already creepy. In the case of The Orphanage though, it really steps the game up by having one of the kids [Simón] claims to be seeing a ghostly child who is only ever seen wearing a bag-like mask with rosy-red cheeks and darkened eyes.  It gets depressing when you realize that the other children stole a mask that he wore to in order to hide his deformed face.


Now clearly these are just five of so many masks that have been featured in horror films. There’s creepy ones, but a lot of them have psychological reasoning behind them [okay, maybe not the wind up frog] which makes them more interesting than anything. Which mask was your favorite? Was it mentioned on this list? Maybe you had a different one in mind? If different, which one is it and why? I’d love to discuss the many styles of them, and who knows – Maybe this post gave you an idea for next Halloween!

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TERROR IN THE SNOW: top 05 horror films from CANADA!

canadianhorrorAlthough it’s not the first thing you’d think of when you’d think of my home-country of Canada, [I tend to think “snow”] we actually make a lot of horror films! The best part is that many of them are recognizable by a larger set audience – even if you didn’t know they were made in Canada! We have had some of the best films the horror genre has had to offer, and that’s why I feel like I want to talk about Canadian horror. Specifically, five of my favorite horror films made here in the White North. Be sure to stick around, cause you never know if you’ll be surprised at some of these Canadian gems! Not surprisingly, many of the films on this list were filmed either entirely, or in part, in Toronto, Ontario.


SPLICE :

Splice was a weird, albeit exciting film about two young scientists who are told by their employers to quit their research on splicing together DNA. Although they swear that they’ve stopped the work, they secretly continue their work, but this time with human DNA. Filmed mainly in Toronto, Ontario; Splice also was filmed – in part – in Hamilton: just outside of Toronto.


SILENT HILL :

based on the video game of the same name, Silent Hill didn’t get the attention it deserved; since a lot of gamers found the story to be incorrect, or just terribly adapted. As a fan of the games myself, I actually found the movie refreshing – giving the sleepy town of Silent Hill a new spin. Like Splice, this movie was mainly filmed in Toronto, Ontario; but also had scenes shot in Winnipeg, Manitoba!


TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL :

arguably my favorite horror-comedy in a long time, Tucker & Dale VS Evil is a film everyone that enjoys the horror genre should see at least once. It’s funny, it’s vicious, and it’s got heart. I won’t explain what happens in the film, because it’s best going in blind – let’s just say I was told about the film, I watched it on Netflix, and then promptly ordered it..like immediately after seeing it. The film was shot entirely in Alberta.


VIDEODROME :

one of my more favorite films on this list ever since I bought a shirt from Fright-Rags with the same image above printed on it. [order that shirt here!] Videodrome is probably the weirdest thing you’ll see on tape/dvd/bluray. It’s a film you have to watch more than once to “feel” like you understand it – even if you don’t. It follows a sleazy TV programmer who begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station.. It was filmed in various sections of Toronto, Ontario


AMERICAN MARY :

I’ve talked about it before, I’ll mention it again, Mary Mason [above] is extremely hot.. like, ridiculously. The Soska twins definitely grab my attention every time they cast Katharine Isabelle in one of their films, her acting is just as good as her looks. American Mary is no different: It’s gory, it’s entertaining, it’s even a little sad by the end of the film. Totally recommended. Unlike many of the other choices on this list, this film wasn’t filmed in Toronto, but rather Vancouver, British Colombia!


Obviously, there are a dozen and one other Canadian films out there, I just decided to mention my favorite five. Hopefully this list showed you that there are actually well known movies that were made in the Great White North, especially big named movies such as Splice or even Videodrome! Because there’s so many more Canadian horrors, I may just have to a part two to this list. But only if there’s enough demand for it. What Canadian Horror film is your favorite? Tucker & Dale? maybe even Silent Hill – or, is it not mentioned on this list? Let me know in a comment, below! Also, if you found yourself to enjoy this piece, please take a minute and follow me over on Facebook where you can click the “like” button on my Facebook page. By clicking “like”, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been posted. I also share things that will not be featured here on the blog.  So be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same, and share the page with family and friends!

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where are they now? children OF horror edition: Part II

Considering the popularity of the first post I wrote about child stars in horror films, I figured it was about time that I wrote up a part II: with more kids who have become more grown-up, Many of them seem to be working jobs that are not even in the movie industry. Today, we look at four more horror kids, with some being more recognizable than others. How many do you recognize?


Zach Galligan:

If you couldn’t already tell from the picture, Galligan is mostly known for the cult classic Gremlins as young-faced Billy. Still acting to this day, at the age of 51, We last saw Zach in Hatchet III as Sheriff Fowler. He’s even working on a movie adaptation of the graphic novel known as: The Chair.

[see Zach Galligan as he looks now]


Daveigh Chase:

Although not a recognizable name at first, Daveigh is actually fairly well known, both as Samantha in Donnie Darko, and Samara in The Ring. Like Danielle Harris in part 1, Chase grew up to be quite the catch; at age 24. So much of a catch in fact – I’d wager a bet that I’m not the only one who would be okay with her crawling out of my TV now-a-days!

[see Daveigh Chase as she looks now]


Andre Gower:

Whether you’ve heard of it or not, The Monster Squad is one of my favorite family-friendly horror films. Basically, being The Goonies of horror films. Sean, played by Andre Gower, the one in the orange shirt is our actor of choice this time around.. Now 41, he has been in a few movies lately, but mainly acts as an acting coach for those starting out in the entertainment industry.

[see Andre Gower as he is now]


Lisa Loring:

I grew up loving The Addams Family [1991] but the real definitive version of the show was the 60’s version of the series, in black and white. With either version of the series though, my favorite character [and first TV crush] was always Wednesday Addams! Loring, who played Wednesday in the 60’s version of the show, is now 57 years old – with two kids! She was last seen in a movie back in 2013.

[see Lisa Loring as she is now]


With four newer child stars, that concludes Part II of “where are they now?” . Now I turn to you, the reader; which of these actors surprised you the most? Or more importantly, would you allow Samara to crawl through your TV? ..at least as she looks now!  If you enjoyed reading this piece, head over to Facebook and click the “like” button on my page. By clicking “like”, you’ll see every post the moment it’s been posted; if that’s not convincing enough, I also share things that will not be featured here on the blog! So, be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same, and share the page with family and friends!

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warrenisweird’s top 05 SEXIEST female killers in horror

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Imagine for a minute that you’re watching a horror film [like there’s any other kind you’d be watching] and you can’t help but notice that the killer is a girl .. now, imagine that the female killer may not be justified in her ways, but for some reason, you find her attractive. Does that pose a problem? or does her being “evil” make her even hotter?

In today’s post, I’m going to share five of my personal favorite female killers that I find attractive. Whether or not you agree, is up to you. Please be aware that the idea behind this post is for just for fun, and is not meant to be sexist in any sort of way. Also, like with my usual lists, the following is in no particular order. Start looking at some horror babes with me, right after the jump!


Mary Mason: American Mary

One of my more favorite femme fatales, Mary is one person I wouldn’t want to mess around with. With expert surgical skills, she knows the human body almost too well, that alone could earn her a spot on this list!

actress: Katharine Isabelle


Marie: High Tension

High Tension is an interesting french film that follows two college friends, Marie and Alexa, who encounter some trouble [and some major blood] while they are on vacation at Alexa‘s parents’ country home.  The film is insanely brutal, but the ending is where it’s truly one for the books! I’m not always one for short hair, but with Marie, it works beautifully.

actress: Cecile de France


Baby Firefly: The Devil’s Rejects

Say what you will, but I’ve got this weird thing for Baby in this movie. I’m pretty sure it’s her playful-like behavior [which can get annoying], but there’s also the fact of her ripped jeans. She also has this evil, yet maniacal laugh, which is a definite plus!

actress: Sherri Moon Zombie


Jennifer HillsI Spit On Your Grave [2010]

Though this may be in bad taste, considering [in the movie] she gets bruised, beaten, raped, and then left for dead; but something about a vengeful writer just makes the world a better place.

actress: Sarah Butler


Debra Morgan: Dexter

while technically from a show, it took me until Dexter to appreciate the actress this time around, even though she has been in horror movies such as The Exorcism Of Emily Rose. As seen in the promo art above, how could you not like her? her outfit [and that knife!] just adds to the hot coming off of this horror babe!

actress: Jennifer Carpenter


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The thing I’ve learned through writing movie lists is that there are obviously so many other choices I could have picked, but I have to narrow it down to only five. Who would you choose if you were to pick five female killers from horror movies [current or classic films!] who would you choose? Let me know in a comment on here, or over on Facebook:

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Give Foreign Horror a chance! warrenisweird’s top 05 FOREIGN films:

When it comes to brutality in foreign horror, there are two types of fans: The first type will see a trailer or even a GIF online and giggle to themselves for a minute before coming to the conclusion of, “I NEED to see this wacky, and over the top gore-fest NOW!”, They’ll go to their local movie store, [I’m not the only one who still buys movies, right?!] grab the unrated copy, and rush home to go on a insane roller-coaster ride of utter brutality for 90-some minutes!

and then there’s the second type: These are the ones who also love what they’re seeing on their screen, but something will jump out at them. Specifically, the use of subtitles. To these horror fans, the very thought of having to read subtitles while watching a film makes them shudder. With a feeling of dread washing over them as they wonder how bad the dubbed voices will be this time.. I can see where you’re coming from, but unlike you, I was never really like this, [having the closed captioning on as a kid, being as I have deaf parents helped] but often times; the laughable dubbed versions of otherwise amazing movies felt like the film was [for lack of a better word] ruined. There would be some kind of infernal wish there was just some way for the real acting to shine through the bad dubs. I’m not trying to say all dubs aren’t great, but let’s face the movie facts, here: something will always “feel” off when you’re watching an actor’s lips move, but the words are out of sync with their screams! [..I mean dialogue] Somewhere, in the process of changing from their natural accent to English, the characters in the film you’re watching loses their natural charm.. it’s as if you’re no longer watching the actor[s] giving their body and soul to their job; but more like of a bad ‘out of body experience’.

In some of the more extreme cases, some horror fans will even go so far as to shy away from foreign horror entirely, just to avoid the terrible voice overs and the need of having to read subtitles, and in my opinion, this is the worst thing you can do as a horror fan: limit your horizons. In the list I’m going to share below, I’m going to try and make a case for subtitled films, and try and find a way to make those Type twos make the switch over to accepting subtitled horror for what it is: I’m going to present you with my personal 05 favorite foreign films you NEED to watch with subtitles, as always – these films are in no particular order.. and please, don’t let the subtitles scare you away!

 

Battle Royale:

Battle Royale is Kinji Fukasaku‘s adaptation of a novel about a dystopian society where the Japanese government kidnaps a class of middle-school students and puts them on an island.. the twist is that on that island, these students have only 3 days to slice, dice, shoot, and stab each other to death until only one student is left alive! If they try to escape though, [or if more than one student is alive at the end of their time limit] the explosive bomb collars that are placed around each of their necks will detonate, causing an obvious mess!

[check out the trailer for Battle Royale]


I SAW THE DEVIL:

I’ve talked about it before, but this is easily one of my favorite foreign films: though it could be considered more thriller, I Saw The Devil follows a secret agent who blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge.. it’s brutal, it’s insane with it’s acting, and the climax is just mind numbing!

[check out the trailer for I SAW THE DEVIL]


Dead Snow:

this movie had to make the list, especially after watching it’s sequel, Dead Snow 2: Red vs Red [expect a review on Letterboxd soon!] last night! Dead Snow follows a group of medical students as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable evil: Nazi zombies! It’s cheesy, it’s gory as hell, and it’s Norwegian!

[check out the trailer for Dead Snow]


Audition:

Arguably one of the more “realistic horror” films I’ve seen in a long time, Audition is beyond fucked.Without giving too much away [it’s more of an experience, rather than a movie] Audition follows a widower. this widower reluctantly agrees to an offer to “screen girls” at a special “audition”, which was arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. However, the girl he ends up liking is not who she appears to be..

[check out the trailer for Audition]


Inside:

coming from France, Inside is one of the more fucked up films on this list. It follows a woman on the brink of motherhood Four months after the death of her husband, is suddenly attacked in her home by a strange woman.. who just happens to want her unborn baby.

[check out the trailer for Inside]


Obviously, this is just five of many different foreign films: from zombies to crazy women wanting unborn children; if I’ve learned anything from watching foreign films, it’s that they don’t hold back the terror/violence. Hopefully by the end of this piece, you’re more open to watching subtitled films.. because they’re a marvel to behold! If you enjoyed reading this piece, head over to Facebook and click the “like” button on my page. By clicking “like”, you’ll see every post the moment it’s been posted; if that’s not convincing enough, I also share things that will not be featured here on the blog, and be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same!

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Horror Movie Challenge: round two [part 3]

So here we are, the end of yet another challenge. We’ve answered all the questions except for the final ten. [if you missed part 1, click here. if you missed part 2, click here] From asking about an animal, to asking what the cheesiest film I’ve seen is; I’ve answered some strange questions during this challenge. But enough babble, it’s time to finish this thing off; starting the end with question 21:


Question 21: A horrible twist:

While definitely not a film for everyone, The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence was a film that was creepy, beyond gruesome, and in general – just fucked up. However, after seeing everything that Martin [above] had done, it cuts to being all in his head [a really tired twist in my opinion]


Question 22: Best movie based on a book:

I’ve talked about it a bunch so I won’t talk too much about it, but Let The Right One In is so damn beautiful it hurts. [read my thoughts on the film]


Question 23: Scariest old person:

though there’s  probably many I could mention, Mrs. Ganush from Drag Me To Hell is probably my least favorite old person in a horror- probably cause of her damn expressions..well played.


Question 24: A movie you expected to be bad, but enjoyed:

the Evil Dead reboot was a film I wanted to hate so badly, but couldn’t help but praise after it’s release. The only reason I went to see it was because Bruce Campbell had said to give it a chance. best decision ever!


Question 25: A franchise you don’t like:

while I actually enjoyed the first two films, I grew tired of Friday The 13th and it’s sequels really quickly. With yet another reboot/sequel in the works, I rest my case. [I just don’t like how Jason gets his face melted off at the end of one film, only to be perfectly fine and killing in the next..]


Question 26: Worst sequel:

I liked American Psycho. I also think Mila Kunis is an absolute babe. [like so many other guys] But a sequel to American Psycho featuring Mila Kunis as a killer just because she happened to be a victim of Patrick Bateman, and somehow escaped?? no. just..don’t.


Question 27: Favorite Stephen King movie:

Carrie. no questions, just a choice I was guaranteed to choose.. Seriously though, this version from 1976 is an absolute blast – if you do watch the remake, just know that it’s essentially a carbon copy; like, shot for shot.


Question 28: A great zombie movie:

Without a doubt, I can definitely say that I like zombie films. they’re usually gory as hell, and just all around fun. If I had to choose one of the greats, I’d go with one of my personal favorites: Dawn Of The Dead.


Question 29: A movie you refuse to watch:

I like gory films. I even like really messed up films from time to time. but, A Serbian Film is a film I haven’t seen and don’t plan on watching. There’s already a ton of controversy behind it [can you say “eye socket” or “newborn”?] It just feels like it’s “fucked” for the sake of being “fucked”. Yeah, No thanks..


Question 30: One you need to watch ASAP:

The real problem with this question is that I can fill it with a ton of films. Død Snø 2: Red vs Dead is one of the big ones that I’m definitely looking forward to finally seeing [hopefully this weekend!] Another film that I really need to get on seeing is The Babadook.


With that, the second challenge is complete! With all 30 questions answered, We saw some weird questions come up. What would you put for your answers? Do you agree with some of mine? Let me know in a comment or two, or even on Facebook. While you’re over there, why not smack that “like” button? By doing so, you’ll see things not found here on the actual blog! Join me tomorrow where we start back to regular posts! Thanks for taking the time to deal with me answering 30 completely random questions about different horror films! and as always,

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Horror Movie Challenge: round two [part 2]

picking up where we left off on Friday, today’s portion of the Horror Movie Challenge [if you missed part 1, click here]  will be answering ten more questions from the list, making our way closer and closer to the finale: question 30. As I’ve said before, this is an opinion piece so feel free to disagree, or even argue points I’ve made about certain films. So let us begin, with question #11, after the jump..

Question 11: Most psychotic killer:

Frank Zito from the original Maniac was pretty damn scary. From his motives, to the way he scalped the women, he was ruthless! [Elijah Wood was pretty weird in his own way in the remake of the film!]


Question 12: The goriest movie you’ve seen:

Another obvious choice, with Peter Jackson’s: Dead Alive [or “BrainDead”] taking the spot. Even the film’s DVD cover mentions it as “the goriest fright-fest of all time”. If that doesn’t say something, I don’t know what will..


Question 13: Favorite foreign horror:

While some will argue that this is more “thriller”, I SAW THE DEVIL is fucking extreme in it’s quality, it’s story telling, and the visuals are mind numbing! Unfortunately, like all good foreign films, there is talk of an “American-ized” remake..[should I even remind you of the Oldboy remake?!] 


Question 14: The cheesiest horror you’ve ever seen:

the cheesiest of all the cheese has to go to Birdemic: Shock & Terror. I don’t even have to say anything about it’s “scariness” other than it’s 1.8 rating on IMDb – or rather, just watch the clip below: decide for yourselves and let me know what you think in a comment! [I am so sorry for putting you through this clip.. it’s beyond laughable!]


Question 15: A great 80’s horror movie:

The Thing is a film I like to mention when a friend or a family member is starting to try to “get into horror films”. It’s gory, it’s got fantastic special effects, and the ending still has people talking.. and that is how to make a good story!


Question 16: Great indie horror:

whether you love it or hate it, Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon was brilliance at it’s finest. I’m one of the few [of my friends] that actually really liked this movie, and are still broken up over a lack of sequel..


Question 17: Favorite horror franchise:

Probably one of the first franchises I watched continuously to the point of [slightly] growing tired of it: the Nightmare On Elm Street films are some of my absolute favorites – well, except that remake.. [runner up: SAW series]


Question 18: A movie people hate that you love:

While admittedly, it wasn’t a fantastic film; Stay Alive is an absolute guilty pleasure film of mine, mainly due to memories being attached to it. That, and being a gamer, I totally would have a blast with this “game”. [plus, you can’t possibly tell me that you didn’t think Sophia Bush was hot in this film]


Question 19: A movie that disappointed you:

Unfortunately, ABC’s Of Death was a film with an awesome premise/concept, but was executed terribly. I can’t judge the film too hard though, since I haven’t seen the sequel yet.


Question 20: A great twist ending:

Another case of “is it really considered ‘horror’ though?”, Se7en is a great film that everyone should see at least once. Any villain that is willing to get killed as part of his “plan”, is pretty damn great as far as I can see. [SPOILER ALERT: if you really want to know what was in that box, it was a head]


That’s two parts down, and one more to go. join me tomorrow when I publish the finale to this challenge, and from there – we’re back to regular postings. I hope you enjoy reading my responses as much as I enjoy writing the answers. What would you put for some of the questions? let me know in a comment, or over on Facebook. While you’re over there, why not hit the “like” button? It would a million, and by doing so; you’re getting access to posts/pictures not featured on the actual website!

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HORROR MOVIE CHALLENGE: ROUND TWO [part 1]

hmcround2If there’s one guilty pleasure of mine on the internet, it’s challenges. [as seen in my original part 1 here, part 2 here, and part 3 over here] However, being as I haven’t watched many new films latelyshocker, I know – I can’t exactly write a new review on something I haven’t seen yet! So this is where this post comes in: [which will be broken into three parts again]  It’s a newer horror movie challenge – where I post the question asked, and then I respond with my own answers. Obviously, being an opinion piece, I don’t want to come across as the guy who claims his answer is more correct than anyone else’s, so feel free to argue points with me!

So without further ado, let’s move towards the first ten questions on the HORROR MOVIE CHALLENGE: Round two, Part one..


Question 01: A memorable animal in a horror movie:

an obvious choice to a easy question – the “deer-deadite” in Evil Dead II was, and in many ways still is, one of the weirdest but most entertaining animals in a horror film.


Question 02: One of your earliest encounters with the horror genre:

I remember when I first sawThir13en Ghosts. It was during a friend’s 12th birthday..and we watched it in the day time, because there was a time when this movie was considered scary to me, okay? [but there were boobies in the movie, which 12 year old Warren seemed to be half-okay with..]


Question 03: A favorite saw [or chainsaw] scene:

arguably one of my more recent favorite zombie films, Død Snø had some fantastic effects, especially the casual nods to other horror films, all while staying original in it’s own right [runner up – Evil Dead]


Question 04: A great horror movie doctor:

Mainly cause how absolutely fucked he looks and acts, but Doctor Satan from House Of 1000 Corpses is creepy as hell – which I totally appreciate.


Question 05: Favorite horror director:

although I could choose a dozen directors: Guillermo del Toro is brilliant. there’s just no contest when it comes to his specific style.


Question 06: Your favorite movie by your favorite director:

Oddly enough, Pan’s Labyrinth was something I was debating on watching the other day, considering I can never get enough of this film.


Question 07: A great hero:

can I just throw The Evil Dead back into this challenge? cause it’s probably going to come up a lot: Ash is easily my favorite hero!


Question 08: Best comedy-horror:

Shaun Of The Dead. I absolutely love Edgar Wright and this film is no exception. I can watch it a thousand and one times and still notice something new about the film! 100/10


Question 09: A boring horror movie:

Children Of The Corn is a film that I love the premise of, but can never finish: it’s a slow burner for sure, but it’s a slow burner – as in, yawn!


Question 10: Favorite classic horror movie:

Frankenstein has always been fascinating to me, to the point where I actually want to get a portrait of the above photo tattooed! The story, the acting, and the videography is just splendid. In fact, all the classic monsters are pretty bad-ass!


So ends the first part to Round 2 of a newer horror challenge.  the second part will most likely be posted on Sunday, since I’m working [24 hours of on call!] tomorrow. Be aware that part two will consist of questions #11 to #20, and then the finale will have #21 to #30! Join me then for more fun horror questions, with my obscure responses! For even more fun, join me over on Facebook by hitting that “like” button and telling your family and friends to do that exact same thing!!

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