Film Review: Krampus

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For those who have been following me long enough, you can tell I’m quite the fan of Santa’s Satanic Helper!  Of course, I’m referring to the Krampus.  For those out of the loop, Krampus is a creature originating from Germanic folklore.  He trails Santa around the world to punish naughty children, while Santa takes care of the good.  Specifically, Krampus hits you with his bundle of sticks before sweeping you into a bag full of little hell raisers!  This holiday horror looks like a diabolic monster with coarse black hair all over him, usually with horns and cloven hooves.  For centuries, the image of this creature has haunted and fascinated countless people.

Needless to say, Krampus has slowly been catching on in the United States.  Whether it’s pop songs or animated parodies, the Christmas Devil himself has been popping up in public consciousness.  A couple of years ago, the creators of “Trick R’ Treat” had announced they were bringing this being to life in a new movie.  As of December 2015, that movie is out and the Krampus will punish all of those who dare act naughty during this season.  So, how does the movie itself hold up?  Read onward to find out. (Warning: Some spoilers ahead!)

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Movie Review – What We Do In The Shadows (2014)

How every Vampire the Masquerade game ends up.

Initially, this film slipped past my radar, as I’ve seen many contenders tackling the mockumentary genre, aspiring to be like some of the greats within the genre.  However, what I also missed was that it was from the creators of Flight of the Conchords, and that is by all means a favorite of mine.  Instead, we follow a group of vampires living within an eerie old flat in Wellington.  Each of them contends with their own problems, usually initiating more squabbles in the process.  But, the petty drama of long time roommates in a world they don’t understand is all part of the fun.  So, what can these flatmates teach us ignorant mortals?  Read on and find out!

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Film Review: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Rock ‘N’ Roll!

Greetings from the untamed waste, my good prospectors and bandits!  The summer blockbuster season has only just begun as we’ve seen a couple familiar faces either be teased (i.e. Jurassic World) or make their way to theatres everywhere (i.e. Avengers, Poltergeist).  Among those beloved franchises is one that has stood the poisoned sands of time, Mad Max.  Despite speculation over being a reboot or sequel, George Miller himself described it as more a return to the universe’s mythology instead.  As to how this film fits in the series, it’s left relatively vague.  In fact, the date the series take place has been altered by speculation and retcon alike.  Likely picking up somewhere after Thunderdome (since it’s not really described when), this film focuses on Imperator Furiosa’s rebellion against tyrannical leader and slaver, Immortan Joe.  In fact, while Max gets plenty of time to explore how his character continues to handle the empty Outback, Furiosa’s story takes center stage.  So, how does the film handle?  Well, let’s take some war rigs down Fury Road and find out!

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Cult Film Review: Steamboy (2004)


“GRAND FATHER!!”

Over ten years ago, I was an awkward and geeky teen like many others.  Among my many hobbies was collecting all sorts of Japanese animation (or anime) titles.  Granted, this was the turning point from “crack is cheaper” to anime being readily available at a decent price.  Some time during ’03/’04, a program on G4TV/TechTV announced a new movie by the director of AKIRA (Katsuhiro Otomo) which takes place in a dystopian Britain. Here, a young inventor must protect a secret experiment from greedy businessmen and power-hungry bureaucrats after losing his father and nearly losing his grandfather in an industrial accident.

At the time, I was slightly new to the emerging “steampunk” fad, so I was coloured intrigued!  Upon watching the movie, I found it to be an enjoyable action picture with a cool protagonist I related too.  Now, it’s over a decade later and I’m a fair bit different from my slightly younger self.  So, how does this picture hold up today?  Let’s turn some valves and let loose some steam as we discuss “Steamboy”.
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The Doc Speaks/Reviews: A Look at my favorite Christmas (Hanukkah, and other Holiday) movies!

Our ever surreal holly jolly season has returned and is soon also coming to close once more. As such, it’s always good time to check out the many pieces of popular culture that make us think about the holidays. They can encourage what we love about them, hate about them, or other something else entirely. These seasonal bits of popular culture can help to enhance our many opinions in many ways; each with their own styles and flavors. Since I tend to enjoy the more absurd, heavily imaginative or cynical among them, let’s dive deep into some movies and specials that I enjoyed the most.
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Cult Film Review: Halloween III Season of the Witch

“No more days till Halloween, Halloween, Halloween!  Silver Shamrock!”

Just in time for Halloween, we’re investigating the oddball sequel of the Halloween films.  The strange thing about this film is it has NOTHING to do with Michael Myers and his killings.  Long story short, Halloween was pitched as an anthology series, with this being a part of it.  After that idea was scrapped, this film faded into the abyss… even though the Return of Michael Myers was “Halloween 4.”

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Cult Film Review: Puppet Master

Puppet master

As far as cult films go, this was one of my favorites. In honor of the Halloween season, I’m coming back to give it another look! It’s a haunted house story with creepy puppets and a team of weird psychics, what’s not to love? But the real question is if this Full Moon Direct early project still as good as I remember. Let’s dive deep into my collection of b-movies on VHS and watch Puppet Master once more.
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From the Vaults: Call of Cthulhu

I’ll admit, I’m not a patient film goer. Most of the time, I struggle to finish silent movies. But, something about this one is different!

Greetings, faithful followers! This time it’s a return to dark cosmic mythos with the HPLHS film project, “The Call of Cthulhu.” This film is an intentional homage to both the original story and the silent cinema of the era. So, how good does this film do at adapting one of H.P. Lovecraft’s most famous tales? Let’s find out!
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From the Vaults: Cast a Deadlly Spell


“Magic. Gives me the shakes what you can buy in this town.”

Cast A Deadly Spell is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek urban fantasy with a late 1940s Film Noir backdrop.  This alternate history of LA features a city gone mad after magic becomes just as common practice as sports night at the pub.  Occultists and mobsters seek far and wide for diabolic tomes and eldritch artifacts.  Even our main character shares his office with a witch.  So, welcome to Las Angeles; where you won’t just need a gun, but a book of spells too!

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