The Lords of Salem
4/5 charred witches
Rob Zombie's take on Euro Horror. A coven of witches look to bring about the birth of the Anti-christ and punish the descendants of the citizens responsible for the Salem witch trials.
Salem's Lot (original)
5/5 yellow eyed child vampires
Directed by Tobe (TCM) Hooper, this made for television mini-series, adapted from the book by Stephen King, is still pretty frightening today. Author Ben Mears returns to his hometown of Jerusalem's Lot, and upon his arrival, the residents start coming down with a strange disease...vampirism!
5/5 mutilated swimmers
Classic Spielberg film about a great white shark that terrorizes the small town of Amity.
The Beyond (Grindhouse Edition)
5/5 open gates to hell
Eliza inherits an old Hotel in Louisiana. Little does she know that it was built over 1 of the 7 dreaded gateways to hell. The gateway gets open by Joe the plumber and an over the top bloodbath ensues in the form of eye-gougings, face melting, head shots, devouring by spiders, a dog attack, and a zombie attack. i've blogged and podcasted about this, so i don't need to explain anymore.
2 pts (?) video nasty bonus?
5/5 pitiful humans
Adapted from a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, the film focuses on Miskatonic U student, Crawford Tillingast (Brilliantly played by Jeffery Combs) who helps Dr. Pretorius invent the Resonator, a machine that uses vibrations to stimulate the pineal gland. As an added bonus, the machine also unlocks a dimension of vicious creatures, one of which consumes the mind of Dr. Pretorius, turning him and It into the most powerful being in the universe.
Bram Stoker's Dracula
4/5 Gary Oldman's
Francis Ford Coppola's non-traditional take on the traditional Dracula story.
Although plagued by Keanu Reeves' wooden acting, this film is saved by the special FX and the venerable Gary Oldman as Count Dracula.
The 9th Gate
5/5 LCF engravings
Johnny Depp plays Dean Corso, a charismatic slimeball "book detective", who is hired by the sinister Boris Balkin, played by Frank Langella in my 2nd favorite role by him (The first as Skeletor in The Masters of the Universe) to research the diabolical book, "The Nine Gates to the Kingdom of Shadows." Corso travels to Europe ti examine the books only to encounter murder and other strange events at every turn.
1976/ 111 min
5/5 cute anti-christs
On June 6th, at 6 am, Kathy Thorn gave birth to a baby boy, but it died as it was born. A priest approaches Robert Thorn with a proposal to adopt a newborn baby boy who's mother has just passed. Unable to break the heart of his wife, Robert covers up the fact that their real child was dead and presents baby Damien to his wife. A few days later, Robert is appointed as American ambassador to England. Flash forward a few years to Damien's 5th birthday party. It is then that things take a turn as Damien's Nanny hangs herself in front of the party guests. Soonafter, Robert finds that Damien is not what he seems.
The House of the Devil
5/5 Tom Noonans
In the 1980's, college student Samantha (played brilliantly by Jocelyn Donahue), finds a place to live, but is short on money. Desperate to get out of her dormitory, she gets a babysitting job. However, when she arrives at the house on East Beaumont, things are not what they appear. Mr. Ullman (played by a rocking Tom Noonan) confesses that the bsbysitting job isn't for a child, but his elderly mother in law. After upping the ante to $400, Samantha decides to take the job. Little does she know that she basically sold her soul for $400. There is an eclipse that night, and Samantha is the guest of honor in the House of the Devil.