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Monday, April 18, 2016

Netflix Horror Reviews (April 2016)

Some Kind of Hate (2015)
A ghost story about a bullied sorta-emo kid who meets/summons a ghost who kills his bullies. The bullied weirdo hooks up with a hot girl whose motivations aren't that believable. She's the highlight of the film because she's a decent actor and she looks like this:
Rich CW bitch sipping her Mocha Frappuccino that I paid for with my Netflix subscription.
The movie is more brutal than expected for a cast made up of teens. But ultimately the characters are pretty shallow and the plotholes involving the ghost get tiresome. She's a ghost that bleeds and leaves messages written in her blood. She was killed with unexplained brutality and can now kill anyone. The only thing I'd kill for is to be that dirty Frappuccino.

Houndbound (2014)
New Zealand likes its horror quirky. But there's more to this directorial debut than meets the quirk.
It's another ghost story, but it's funny and with a much more likable lead than that last pile of ghost-dookie. The less said about the plot, the better, but it involves a girl confined to a haunted house by law. It's a bit like Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs meets Peter Jackson's Brain Dead/Dead Alive, except without the obscenely gross gore. It starts slow, but stay with it and you'll find a real classic. Hopefully it's the start of a great career. Or the end of one.

The Babadook (2014)
On the flip side, this one's a bit overrated. If you even casually watch horror, you've seen The Babadook by now because each year the mainstream critics choose just one horror movie to love. Last year it was It Follows and this year it's The Witch. A creepy storybook character come to life is an unsettling idea, but I can't help wish this was less of a domestic drama.
I wanted it to take a turn into a scarier, more surreal realm, but it only flirts with a realm of terror. Lead actress Essie Davis does a killer job, however, of helping us identify with her child's fears. And not just because of her lack of makeup.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

2010s Predictions


I've been thinking about the future of horror lately because of the mainstream-ification of the genre with TV like American Horror Story, Scream Queens, Scream and the continuing parade of remakes.
Without further adieu, here are my crackpot predictions for the next 5-10 years of horror.
1) We'll finally get the Suspiria remake and it'll indeed be disappointing.
2) There will be a Ginger Snaps TV series that'll actually be received well by fans.
3) A true Hellraiser remake will continue to linger in a hellworld limbo.
4) More Texas Chainsaw Massacre remakes/sequels will roll out as horror fans roll their eyes.
5) Following Wes Craven's death, Robert Englund will "go postal" and get arrested for consecutive DUIs.
6) John Carpenter will kick the bucket wearing his trademark "who gives a fuck" sweatsuit.
7) Masters of Horror will be resurrected in some form. I can dream, can't I?
8) Eric Stanze will continue to make terrible movies following his 1999 masterpiece Ice from the Sun.
9) Jennifer Rubin and Tuesday Knight will collaborate on a get-rich-quick scheme and end up badmouthing each other to bored bloggers.
10) Blogger 'Mr. Xploit' will untie the noose from his neck and not jump from his chair, when it's announced that both Emily Perkins gets the lead in an erotic horror epic and Russell Brand is elected president of the US of A.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

There's a Dick Miller documentary


If you've seen his face, you're either a horror fan or you watch terrible 70s TV.
"Aaaaaayyy, I'm like that guy in that otha' show with the leatha' jacket but not at all. Aaaaayyy!" It's great seeing a hard-working character actor such as Miller get his own tribute documentary. I'll always remember him as that guy I furiously whacked off to in Evil Toons. No wait, that was Monique Gabrielle. Come to think of it, she'd make an even better documentary subject!
Miller's Evil Toons role was great though, because he played a "Dick Miller" type guy watching his own character-actor roles on TV. Looks like the old sonofabitch is finally getting his due!
Let's hope the trend of documentaries continues! Now to actually watch the damn thing!

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Worrying Road of the "It" Remake


Things looked promising when Cary Fukunaga, the director of the first season of True Detective, was chosen to write and direct a two part remake of Stephen King's It. Prior to True Detective, Fukunaga helmed the award-winning, gritty Mexican flick Sin Nombre.
Andres Muschietti is apparently the new director behind the remake that for some reason has to happen. He made the legitimately scary 2008 short Mama, then made the very weak feature version Mama, which was critically and commercially successful.
Mama went for being a cute PG-13 fairy tale as opposed to a hardcore horror movie. It would be a smart career move for Muschietti to do this again with It, but it wouldn't please the fanbase. Critics always like the E.T. stories and shit on grisly fare like The Thing.
And then there's this brat, who'll probably play Pennywise. Hopefully he'll subvert the director's advice and creep the shit out of us. Thankfully, "it" is the best description I can think of for this kid.
The make-up jobs they churn out in these ubiquitous remakes are also commonly dispassionate, case-in-point Freddy in that 2010 bullhockey. This softball crap is the reason that Martyrs director Pascal Laugier jumped ship on the Hellraiser remake, which I dare not think about.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Cersei's Walk of Shame!


Since Sunday night's finale of Game of Thrones, I've been waiting to dissect Cersei Lannister's (Lena Headey) debut nude scene on the show. It was a controversial scene for its brutality, the high cost it took to shoot over three days and for using visual FX to map Headey's face onto a body double naked body. Reading about it was the most angry I've ever been post-fap! The giveaways were the strangely sub-par CGI and someone else's big titties under Lena's face.
The hot nude body belonged to actress Rebecca Van Cleave. I shall dissect an interview she and director David Nutter just did about the scene in Entertainment Weekly.
Van Cleave: "...it's such an emotional experience for Cersei, you almost check out of the fact that you're nude."
Mr. Xploit: "You were clearly born to body double and steal away quality nude scenes. You bastard."

Van Cleave: "I personally don't agree with anybody who says having a body double detracts from the scene."
Mr. Xploit: "Ma'am, you stand in the way of everything me, my forefathers and the good folks at Kleenex have stood for for four generations. You've co-opted the impressionable minds of HBO for the last time! I'll see to it!"

Van Cleave: "It should be about the finished product, not about whose body was where and whose head was where."
Mr. Xploit: "You knew where every male viewers' head was and you took full advantage! For shame! Your walk of penance should've been the length of Rhode Island, if you ask me!"

David Nutter: "We needed somebody who could do The Walk of Shame physically, somebody who could match Lena's integrity, intensity and sensibility."
Mr. Xploit: "I agree, her intensity radiated right through her areolas."


That's my take! What's yours?

Friday, June 5, 2015

Blogger Problems: Shitty Screeners


They tease us with nice cover art, name actors or the simple art of being free. It kills me a little bit inside when a film producer wants you to promote his/her assfart of a horror movie. If you're hitting up the internet for promotion, have something someone is going to remember.
I visit sooo many horror sites that give kind reviews/promos of horror that's clearly terrible because they "just want to be nice." If you do this, I believe you're contributing to the bad reputation of the genre. Encouraging lazy filmmaking isn't for the better of the genre in the long run. 2011's phenomenal Absentia, made for less than $100,000, is proof that creativity, talent and passion are the key ingredients to making a classic. Marc Fratto is a director that puts out one hysterical movie after another, making the most out of low low budgets.
Blog with care, friends. Don't besmirch your reputation by recommending a joke. And yes, I know the word besmirch; I went to the university of hard knocks. Or at least the trade school...

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Needs a Remake: Nightwish (1989)


A group of grad students and their strange professor take a trip to a remote cabin to document... er-herm... "paranormal activity." Things get scary, hallucinatory and a little erotic. But wait! The increasingly weird outing is actually within a dream-research experiment. It becomes a creepy, shared nightmare and their guide becomes less trustworthy. Original concept + small budget= Ripe remake
The through storyline is eventually too hard to follow and the acting isn't great, but the ideas are horror movie gold. Its neat ending is very memorable and it has an attractive young cast. Look for it on home video cassette, or I guess torrents? Otherwise you're fucked.