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WEIRDO’WEEN #05: Children Of The Night [2014]

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If you’ve been following warrenisweird for a while now, you’d know that I receive special screener copies of movies in the mail before their widespread release date. They’re usually foreign films that I’ll get an email about first but a couple days ago, I received one that I hadn’t heard of. [all the way from Argentina!] It had a evil looking kids on the cover, and had the title Children Of The Night yet everywhere I looked online, it was under as the title Limbo. Either way, with a name like Children Of The Night, I took it to obviously mean that vampires would be somehow involved – and were they ever! If you follow me on Twitter, I also used “#livetweet” last night as I sent tweets as I was watching the film – as a way to give my thoughts as the movie went along [if you want this to become a “thing”, let me know!] and by the movie’s end; I quite enjoyed it. So let’s talk about these Children, [Of The Night] assuming they really are kids..

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The story follows a secluded colony of child-like vampires who are being hunted by vengeful villagers. We meet Alice, a journalist, who decides to visit a secluded Orphanage she’s heard about where the children suffer from an unknown skin disease. According to Erda, a religious ex-nurse whose destiny in life is to find these ‘lost souls’ and raise them in her Orphanage, – which is called Limbo – this disease makes the children sensitive to the sun’s light, making them almost nocturnal; the kids only come out at night, and for some reason – they act fairly mature for their age. Oh, and you gotta give them points, cause this disease that the “kids” have is called “Translyvirus.” [if that doesn’t scream the word ‘vampire’, I don’t know what does..] 

Eventually, Alice learns [like us, the viewer, already knows] that they are in fact not children, but vampires aging anywhere from 4 to 120 years old, who have been bitten at an early age and forever remain in that physical state. [because, as we’re told, “young blood tastes better”] Through religious teachings, nocturnal rituals and the occasional visit to local towns for fresh human blood, Erda keeps them safe – at least, until a group of men from a nearby village plot to destroy the refuge. Now the children, headed by none other than the 90-year-old grandson of Count Dracula, must defend their way of life, or accept their defeat; in death!

Quite literally, because not even half an hour into the film and already one of these “vampire kids” is killed.

What’s great about Children Of The Night is that even if these “kids” are really “adults in kids bodies”, we see them act like kids, at least during the darkest parts of the evening. We see some kids sitting under a tree reading [although that kid admits to being over 80!] and another fixing a bicycle wheel! It’s really appealing to see that they’re still in some shape.. human.There’s also a subplot about how Alice, the journalist who’s been interviewing these vampires, [who seem very open to talking about it for some reason] knew Seigfried, one of the vampires when she was a kid, but didn’t recognize him until he explained that he had been protecting her for a very long time. He’s also a fairly young vampire; being only 33 [just like Alice!] and that he’s been in love with her ever since they were kids. It’s weird, and almost uncomfortable, to watch a child actor tell a grown woman that she has “great breasts”.. but it’s okay, because the character is actually 33…right? Either way, you’re here for the vampires; like the blood and the biting, and stuff..

[left to right: Seigfried and Alice. remember, they’re technically lovers..]

It’s only just before when the group of men come to attack, that things really take off in a bloody, messy way. About three-quarters into the movie, Erda allows the vampires to go to the nearby village to feed before they start hunting the men who plan on destroying the Orphanage. Sounds legit, until you realize that this movie isn’t the standard vampire flick!

Before they ‘head out’, [so to speak] the vampires all gather in the basement of Limbo..for a drink? The scene is actually really good, showing kids aerating the blood [like wine] and talking about it’s different scents. One vampire even offers another some ‘wine’ from an 80 year old nun, which he turns down because it’s too bitter. Then, the final showdown with the group of men happens.

Being as it’s a full out fight between just under 10 men versus [around] 20 vampires, it goes just as you’d expect it to..except with techno music, and kids. It’s bloody, it’s gory, and it’s actually really well executed. If vampire children wasn’t enough to keep you satisfied, there’s a scene where the two 80 year old vampire kids actually pull the intestines out of one of the men, and play jump rope with them.. it’s oddly satisfying. I tried to find a clip of it, because it’s arguably my new favorite thing, but to no avail.

y’know, for the Grandson of Dracula, he definitely has the look working for him..

I won’t say that Children Of The Night is a perfect film; it’s subplot with Seigfried and Alice was a little strange for my liking, [and in case you’re wondering; he does change her into a vampire by the end of the film. Thus, making them “together forever”..] and on my screener copy; the subtitles were a bit off with some words not fully in English. [almost like a half English, half Spanish hybrid] However, by the end of the credits, I can honestly say that I found so much more positive than negative within the film. There was many moments where I found myself smiling because the film found ways to make the vampires different and likable. I had a huge grin on my face during some of the more obscure scenes too; mainly the scene with the intestines being used as jump rope and another where one kid gets her finger half bitten off, only to be met with hearty laughter from Erda, who states: “it’ll be better by morning!

Hopefully, this review helps people understand that Children Of The Night was a surreal experience that I wholeheartedly enjoyed. [to say in the least] It had humor, as well as the vampire scare factor; which made the film an entertaining watch. Be sure to catch the movie when it’s released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 26th, 2015! what are your thoughts on a movie about vampire children? Nothing new? Or something that should be explored more? Let me know in a comment or two! Also, if you have an idea for the next weirdo’ween review please let me know which movie[s] you want 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 tomorrow when I post weirdo’ween #06STAY TUNED!

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SPECIAL REVIEW: THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES

If you follow me on Instagram, chances are that you saw this picture that I had posted a few days ago – stating that it was a “hint” to something new to come to warrenisweird. Now although movie reviews aren’t new, and are in fact something I do all the time, this film is a little different than the others for one reason: The House With 100 Eyes hasn’t been released yet on DVD/Blu-Ray: which – other than Netflix or the movie theater – is how I watch most films these days, especially as someone who collects movies.

Now before you jump at me about how I must have downloaded the film, or I “ripped” it, I want to nip these rumors at the bud and explain: I’ve actually been working with a distribution company called Artsploitation Films to receive ‘screener’ copies of their movies before it’s widespread release – which in return – I’ll review here on the blog. Bear in mind, not all of them are horror, but a good number of them will be, so don’t be surprised if one day I review something non-horror related movie. Being as they’re a company from the USA – and I’m in Canada – I also have to wait in order to get them mailed to my address, so patience is definitely a virtue here.

So there you it is; my “big secret” of the day, week, month, whatever you want to call it:  I will be reviewing a few films that haven’t been released yet, and this will become a more common thing around the blog. It just depends when the screener arrives, or if one is on the way. I hope this clears things up with what this new thing I’m going to be doing for a while now is, and hopefully you enjoy reading these as much as I enjoy writing them! Please remember though, if you enjoy the review enough, and you find yourself interested, be sure to snag a copy of the film once they’re released, whether it’s DVD, Blu-Ray, digital copy, or however you see fit: it really does help the movie makers, which I’m a huge supporter of, and as movie fans: you should too. Obviously, this won’t be the only thing that happens on warrenisweird, but rather, a new ‘segment’ to the blog, for lack of a better term. Regular posts will still appear as often as possible, but for now, let’s move onto the main event of the day: the actual review of The House With 100 Eyes!

Meet Ed and Susan [above]. They are your typical suburban married couple. Susan is the perfect trophy-wife for someone like Ed, she seems to “get him”, and they do everything together.. everything. The House With 100 Eyes is their life story, where they attempt to create the ultimate “film” [for their dying fans!], complete with behind the scenes footage and even a director’s commentary – all the features you’d expect on a regular DVD: but that’s just extra, because everyone knows you’re here for their main attraction: The world’s first triple feature: Three victims, Three murders, One night!

Before even the first shot, we’re told that the film we are about to watch is ‘edited’ from an actual snuff film, that it was ‘found’ by the producers, and that it’s based on actual events; with religious music playing over the words. When the beginning of the movie officially starts, it feels fairly slow to set the pace. With Susan and Ed filming themselves in first person view, which the most of the movie is, Ed begins to tell the camera that they plan to make “an adult movie”. But of course, this is no ordinary movie, because it’s the most terrible type of film: a snuff film. Ed makes a comment or two about how they plan to go further than any other film of this nature has before by filming the entire process: from how they choose their victim to the “finale”. But like I said above, they change it up, and instead of one victim, they are including three victims, or as they refer to them, cast members. It gets almost scary in a sense because we hear Susan and Ed talk about killing people and filming the deaths just as they would if they were discussing something as natural as planting a tree or going for a leisurely stroll. It’s on the outside that they look like a normal, happy couple – but clearly that’s just a front to cover where evil truly lies.

Eventually, we learn that every day they can, our favorite couple drives the streets, looking for their “cast members” for their next “feature film” – telling people that they can make quick money. Along the way, we notice it’s not as easy as it seems to be made out to be: With a few either wanting to leave, or just plain ignore their offers of fast-cash. but after a few trial and errors, we meet Jamie, Crystal [as seen above], and Clutch. We see Ed lure them into his van with the promise of $500 for showing up to their show, and being as they are desperate for cash in a town they don’t know, the three agree to go back to Ed and Susan’s House. Once back at the home, [and after a few drinks] Susan and Ed waste no time introducing their ‘staff members’ to their homemade torture chamber[s] amongst the walls of the House. Jumping right into the action, they begin torturing and tormenting each one of them with smiling faces, and cameras everywhere[I took the “100 Eyes” to be the cameras] These victims go through a number of horrific experiences [including, but not limited to, cutting stomach fat out and being force-fed it] with what looks like no chance, or hope, of survival. The worst part is, there’s a high chance that no one will even know they are missing.. making the movie feel painfully real. Their will to survive push them to at least try to make it out alive, but we all know in horror films – except for a typical “final girl”, the rest are pretty well finished for good.. Scene by scene, Susan and Ed vent their pain, anger, and frustration at humankind onto their play-things – all while their 100 cameras are filming. If they’re lucky, maybe the fans will send them some cold, hard earned cash for their efforts; assuming it all went to plan.

The House With 100 Eyes is definitely not a movie for everyone: it’s brutal, it’s violent as all hell, and it’s terrifyingly real. Not surprisingly though, some scenes will offend some viewers, but fear not: it all has its place in the movie. With graphic violence, blood/gore, fast-paced action and a disturbingly evil feeling plot, It’s clear that Jim Roofthe writer and actor of Ed – was hoping to open people’s eyes to the depravity that is out there – no matter how much we deny it. and he succeeded. The film is clear with it’s showing that even a small cast is the perfect way to do a film like this, and with most of the movie taking place in the dark of night, visual effects and camera work are/is insanely good at feeling realistic – it just feels like it helps turn the “House” into a scary, creepy atmosphere for a killing floor! If this movie sounds interesting enough for you, I’ve included the trailer for the film down below, just be sure to check out THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES when it’s released on DVD and Blu-Ray June 16, 2015!

THANKS FOR READING.