Them! (1954)

Written by Ted Sherdeman, Russel Hughes and George Worthing Yates

Directed by Gordon Douglas

Starring Edmund Gwenn, James Whitmore and Leonard Nimoy

Plot : Early atomic testing mutates ants into giant man-eating monsters.

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For this movie i took into account that it was 1954 near the height of nuclear paranoia but this movie doesn’t actually need any help to be good, it just is.

It opens beautifully, the little girl is so cute and such a great actress. I was also impressed with the accuracy of the science in the movie. Fantastic Freddy claws considering it is a giant bug movie. It was even funny in places. It manages to be relevant and politically charged.

We found it to be original, realistic and had a good cast. Tara really enjoyed it with a score of 78 out 100 and I loved it with a score of 86 out of a possible 100. Watch it or more appropriately, watch THEM!

 

“He’s either lying or he’s deaf. And he aint deaf.”

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RIP George Romero

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Occasionally you have to write the sad stuff and this is beyond sad.  The man was a legend.  He propelled my love of horror and of writing.  We were lucky enough to get to meet him.  I personally got to hold his hand while he inspected a tattoo I had just gotten on my wrist.  It was a ladybug.  He said he loved it.  I named it George in honor of him.

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Squirm (1976)

Written and directed by Jeff Lieberman.  Starring Don Scardino, Patricia Pearcy and R.A. Dow.

Plot: a storm causes power lines to fall, drawing millions of man eating worms out of the ground

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Let me start by telling you a little tidbit about myself that is completely strange: I have vermiphobia.  Vermiphobia is the fear of worms.  You’re probably thinking, “Tara, why such an irrational fear?  Worms can’t hurt you.”  Well, I have no answer for you.  It just is what it is.  Next question: “Tara, why would you watch such a movie knowing you have vermiphobia?”  Answer: I like to be scared.  And I did watch it primarily through my fingers.

Now, about this fun little movie itself.  Because it is fun to watch.  Sure, the soundtrack sucks, there are a couple of scenes that don’t make any sense and the worms seem to be magical – disappearing and reappearing at will.  But the rest of it is aces.  The accents are so thick that you can’t understand them half the time, but that’s so bad it’s great.  You can make your own dialogue it you want to.

The people are likable.  The specials were really, really good for 1976.  And the ending was cool.  Gross, but cool.  There’s a Roger Monster that I suspect will be in one of my nightmares somewhere down the line.  Some people lived though and that’s always nice when a movie can creep you out and still keep some people alive.

Me and DJ agreed on this one.  We really liked it.  Gave it a 65.  If you can find it, see it.  It is classic.

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Within (2016)

Directed by Phil Claydon.  Written by Gary Dauberman.

Starring Michael Vartan, Erin Moriarty, Nadine Velazquez, JoBeth Williams, Blake Jenner, and Tom Wright.

Plot: a widower moves his daughter and new wife into a new house for a fresh start, but of course their ideal suburban home is anything but ideal

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This movie starts out like any other “haunted house” movie.  Young Hannah (Moriarty) starts seeing strange things.  Doors opening and closing by themselves.  Furniture suddenly moved from it’s spot.  But even she ignores these first clues that something is wrong.  Then she sees a man in her attic and all bets are off.  She wants out of the house, but her father (Vartan) doesn’t believe her.  You see, Hannah’s been trouble before and her father can’t believe a word she says.  Her stepmother (Velazquez) sort of has her back, but won’t really go against her husband’s word, so she’s essentially useless.

Now, I didn’t really like this film when it came down to it and DJ almost hated the thing by the end, but I have to tell you that once you see the man that Hannah saw, it is just awful.  He totally freaks me out.  Very zombie like dude that sort of glides around rather than walking.  Honestly, sitting here typing this I keep looking behind me because the movie is still that much with me.  It was genuinely unsettling and in that respect it did the job that all scary movies are supposed to do.

However, there are a lot of things left up in the air when the movie ends.  We wondered where certain bodies went to.  Whether the cat left the movie because he knew it was about to start sucking ass.  It was unrealistic and there were no rules whatsoever.  And DJ is absolutely sick of the indestructible monster.

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The cast delivers great performances though.  I believe everyone is who they are supposed to be.  The effects are also very good.  Like I said, the man isn’t pretty.  Whoever did the makeup in this one was a genius.  It’s subtle, but terrifying.  It’s just a shame that the end of the movie shit the bed.  We really were with this whole thing almost to the end and then it lost us.  Completely.  But do I recommend it?  Yes.  Our scores aren’t high, but watch for the thrill of it.  If it had ended differently I think it may have been one of my favorite movies of the year.

DJ only gave it a 26, but I gave it a 43.  See it for yourself.

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Just Before Dawn (1981)

Written by Jeff Lieberman, Mark Arywitz and Jonas Middleton

Directed by Jeff Lieberman

Starring George Kennedy, Gregg Henry, Chris Lemmon, Mike Kellin, Ralph Seymour and Deborah Benson

Plot: a group of young people ignore several warnings and go deep into the woods for camp where they encounter inbred killers

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These people start off ignoring the park ranger which is stupid enough , but then they ignore the crazy old man which we all know not to do. Needless to say Tara and I would not be in this situation. There is even a third warning so i did not really feel sorry for these people at all.

The one girl has excellent tree climbing skills lol watch and you will see. This movie boasts one of the coolest kills we have ever seen. I won’t spoil it for you. Plenty of boob shots. good direction and unintentionally funny.

Overall I was bored a little bit, but i loved the ending, part of which is kinda funny, again won’t spoil it for you. We gave this a solid score of 64/100.

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We all know remakes are a contentious subject. But…

If you could have any horror movie remade what would it be and why. For me i would remake Hellraiser 2. Clean up some storyline issues and make that fight scene absolutely epic!!!!

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The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

Written and Directed by Rob Zombie

Starring Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie, William Forsythe, Ken Foree, Leslie Easterbrook, Priscilla Barnes, EG Daily, Michael Berryman, Dallas Page, Danny Trejo and PJ Soles

Plot: The sadistic Firefly Family take to the road to escape a crazy sheriff and his vengeful police force who aren’t afraid to be as ruthless as their targets.

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This was way more original than house of 1000 corpses. It also boasts an amazing cast of which ive met 11 of, ok so im tooting my own horn here but it was awesome to get to meet 11 cool people from a movie i enjoy.

The movie also features some memorable dialogue and it followed rules it set for itself. I liked the motive as it was basically revenge and survival. Good effects and soundtrack. Good opening and ending. Boob shots a plenty lol. It was also funny in parts.

I know the Firefly family were pretty much evil but in some parts i couldn’t help but root for them.

Overall i really enjoyed it and gave it a 78/100

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House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

Written and Directed by Rob Zombie

Starring Sid Haig, BIll Moseley, Karen Black, Chris Hardwick, Rainn Wilson and Sheri Moon Zombie

Plot: two couples traveling across Texas get more than they bargained for when they meet a bizarre and sadistic family.

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A friend of mine called this psychedelic garbage and i can not totally disagree however there were some good things i thought, like the cast was great and the acting too, i got a chance to meet several of them and they were all awesome. The effects were good too, nice makeup jobs. It had decent innovation of murders and plenty of boob shots. Captain Spaulding is easily my favorite part of the movie.

There were some rough things about the movie though like it lacked originality, just a rehashing of Texas Chainsaw really. It felt all over the place in spots.One of the girls is a bitch so i took points off for likability. The overall motive didn’t do it for me either so more points off.

Just kind of a below average horror movie but worth a watch if you dig this sorta thing, i gave it a 47/100.

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Jeruzalem (2015)

Written and Directed by The Paz brothers, Doron and Yoav.

Starring Danielle Jadelyn, Yael Grobglas and Yon Tumarkin.

Plot: 2 Women follow a handsome stranger into Jerusalem and then a biblical apocalypse befalls the city and traps them.

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This movie reminded Tara of Cloverfield in that it is a creature feature, was very tense but you only halfway see things. Tara also found Kevin to be cute and I dug Rachel, so points for eye candy. However neither of us like the main girl Sarah because she was a total whiner.

Finally!!! a movie where they meet a stranger abroad who did not want to kill them. Great creature/zombie motive so points there, and it was original with good acting,boob shots and good effects but we wish we had seen the creatures more but we understand that some people might like the coy aspect. Also had low Freddy Claws. We also would have liked more back story.

Tara liked the beginning but did not like part of the end but no spoilers here, i liked the ending. Overall we enjoyed the movie, Tara gave it a 60/100 and I highly recommend it with a 70/100.

“There are three gates to hell, one in the desert, one in the ocean and one in Jerusalem!”

 

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The Faculty (1998)

Directed by Robert Rodriguez.  Written by Kevin Williamson, David Wechter and Bruce Kimmel.  Starring Jordana Brewster, Clea Duvall, Josh Hartnett, Shawn Hatosy, Elijah Wood, Famke Janssen, Piper Laurie, Robert Patrick, Jon Stewart and Usher.

Plot: the faculty at a high school are turning into aliens and they have the students on the run

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Almost 20 years ago now, (someone hit me with something hard) there was this angst fueled horror gem.  I was 16 at the time and identified with Stokely (DuVall) the most, although I never loved the jock.  My sights would have been set on Zeke, drug dealer, rebel, all around James Dean attitude complete with wanting to ride too fast in a cherry car.

The movie starts with him and I suppose ends that way, too.  He is the “leader” of the bunch trying to survive without becoming aliens themselves.  Although his crush on a certain teacher (Janssen) almost gets him dead, he’s the one who figures out how to kill the aliens.  After that, it’s just a matter of figuring out the bad guys from the good guys.

We really like this movie.  There are some things that could be better.  Because of it’s wide release and rating, there’s no boobs.  Also, no Freddy Claws and no one likable in the first 30 minutes or so.  Even Stokely’s a bit harsh for no reason.  I also have a problem with the mouse death (may he RIP) and the use of a Creed song.  Because any Creed song, at any time, is bad news.

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The acting is good though.  The cast is great.  It followed rules and it’s fun to watch.  And DJ, with his happy ending, loving self, adores the sweet changes in the students lives by the end of the movie.  It’s enough to make a normal person want to throw up.

Give it a go people, if you haven’t already.  We give it a 65/100.

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