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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Cult Film Review: Grabbers

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Directed by John Wright and story by Kevin Lehane, Grabbers is a 2012 horror-comedy about small island town that faces off against tentacled horrors that dwell in the sea.  It follows two Garda officers as they’re deployed to the seaside community, only to discover their problems lie beyond rude dock workers, drunken fools and deranged scientists.  Teaming up with various survivors of “The Grabbers”, the motley crew does all they can to keep these monstrous horrors from consuming the entire island.  As one would expect, it’s campy and schlocky, but that’s what the film was intending to go for in the first place.

Author’s Note: I was originally planning on reviewing this for a magazine, but some things sadly didn’t quite work out.  As a result, I revisited what I wrote and used it as notes as I watched it again.  Needless to say, not many of my opinions have changed.  Enjoy.  Also beware, this review contains spoilers.  If ya wanna avoid spoilers, hop down to the smiling Erin Island sign! 

Image Sources – Grabbers Screenshots via Horrorhoneys, Bloody-Disgusting, Slant Magazine; Grabbing Arm – Amazon

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R.I.P. Wes Craven

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Wes Craven was more than just a filmmaker to me.  He was a huge inspiration!  Not only did he create some of the most iconic faces in horror, but he made icons that transcend time itself!  2 – 3 decades later, we still all know and love (and fear) the likes of Ghostface and Freddy Krueger.  Along with Giger, he convinced me that my nightmares weren’t just images of a frustrated mind, but a gateway into a morbid imagination.  His work helped to get me interested in horror, as well as want to make something horrific of my own.  From the moment I saw the first Nightmare as a young child, I was hooked on his stuff!  And since then, I’ve been greatly inspired by his eerie works.  While he may be gone, I’ll always be grateful for the awesome contributions he’s made not just to the genre of horror, but its awesome fandom as well.  Thanks for the dark dreams, Wes.  I wouldn’t be nearly the same without you or your creepy creations.

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Guest Review: The Mirror by bound-incubus

Hey, everyone!  Lots of bedlum happening in my own chaotic sector of the multiverse here.  No matter, one of my friends (who I’m addressing by their tumblr name) was eager to submit a review involving the rather new-ish horror film from Britain called, “The Mirror”.  While my opinions differ on this film, my guest is the one doing the review and not me.  Rather than blabbing away on an intro segment like I always do, I figure I’ll let him jump right into it.

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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: Puppet Master

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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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Guest Review: Annabelle (by Bound-Incubus)

Since I’m working entire weekends throughout October, I’m still figuring out a schedule so I can deliver reviews on time.  Don’t worry, things won’t be so screwy next week. Although, I’ll probably just post what I’m writing really early in the morning anyway.  In the meantime, please enjoy a review of the 2014 horror film, “Annabelle.” 

Without further ado, the floor belongs to Bound Incubus (one of my friends, you may recognize him from a previous guest review.)

Note:  The opinions in this review might not reflect my opinions on the film.

 

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Film: Annabelle (2014) – Warner Bros. Pictures.
So I recently saw Annabelle, actually on the day it was released because I was very excited to see this movie. I’d seen The Conjuring in theaters and it was pretty scary and very few horror movies make me jump and yell, which it accomplished it very well. I had high expectations for Annabelle and I was not disappointed.
As advertised, this is a prequel somewhat to The Conjuring, which featured a small story before the main movie about the doll Annabelle that two nurses and their roommate had and were being terrorized by before Ed and Lorraine Warren took the doll into their posession. This movie takes place one year before the nurses obtain the doll and how Annabelle came to be. I’ll talk about the real story, and how it relates to the movie as well as discrepencies to give the full effect of the movie.
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