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Re-REVIEW: The Dead Matter

October 16, 2012

Written by: Tony Demci & Edward Douglas

Directed by: Edward Douglas

Starring: Andrew Divoff, Tom Savini, Sean Serino, Tom Nagel, C.B. Spencer

QUICK FIX:

A young woman is guilt-ridden and depressed over the death of her brother and hey, who wouldn’t be? After several supernaturally inspired attempts to contact him on The Other Side end in failure, by shear luck and good plotting she comes upon an ancient mystical scarab charm necklace that she soon finds out just so happens to control the dead. Or should I say undead, as he (or she) who controls the scarab also commands and controls an army of zombies. Not the always hungry, brain-eating kind. I’m talking the mindless, soulless, kill-on-command, at-your-command, by-your-command kind of zombie – my kind of army of darkness right there. It’s like having your very own platoon of Paul Walkers at your fingertips to do your bidding! But wait, there’s more…

There also just happens to be a couple of vampire dudes who have been fighting back and forth with each other for centuries – one who is embracing a new way of life in a very GODFATHER type of role and another who refuses to renounce the old ways – who are after the scarab, each for his own degrees of nefarious intent. And guess who’s caught in the middle of all this mess? Damn right – the guilt-ridden, depressed girl and her friends. Enter a fearless vampire hunter into the mix, and what we have here folks, is one hell of an epic G vs. E tale unfolding RIGHT HERE on our very own TV screens. So pass the Super Duper Nachos and Jameson, and make some room on the sofa for me – we got us a party goin on right here!!!

RAMBLINGS:

Let me start by saying this right out of the gate – I really wish this flick had gotten a nationwide theatrical release. Sparkly, sanitized vampires glowing with emo-angst-ridden lust preening about to a 30 Seconds To Mars soundtrack have been steadily littering our screens for the last few years and honestly, sitting through one of those lazily written tales of a boring teen torn between two different, even more boring, groups of vamps and lycans has been more than enough to make me want to drive a stake through my own heart, standing in the sunlight no less. I was very much afraid that the days of brutal vampirism in the vein (HA!) of 30 DAYS OF NIGHT had been forever whitewashed into a six-movie deal of a love triangle.

Now, finally, someone has stepped up and said, “There will be none of that shit goin down in MY house!! NOT IN MY HOUSE!!!!!”, and I will forever be grateful Mr. Edward Douglas for bringing back the true vamps of old. I’m not saying this is balls to the wall action in the 30 DAYS OF NIGHT style. There is action and oh yes, there is blood, but there is also style, substance, and much like onions and ogres, layers. Good old fashioned storytelling here, folks. I’m talking multiple story arcs and conflict-ridden characters all very well written and all coming to a believable culmination by the time all’s said and done.

On the acting front, you’d better believe your ass that once again and as always, Divoff and Savini never disappoint. If only they had more screen time together to add to their epic battle…but hey, even if they were on screen together for every second of every frame and this were an eight-hour miniseries, I’d probably still bitch that they weren’t together enough. After all, this is the Djinn and Sex Machine on screen together dammit, so that’s just the geek in me coming to the surface again. Everyone else did their jobs extremely well…when you have great material to read from, you can’t go wrong. Only one small complaint about the whole deal…Sean Serino is a very beautiful young lady, but I just could not wrap my head around why such a pivotal character with so much happening to her and around her and with so much conflict in her life would be portrayed as so spacey and aloof the whole way through the flick. It was almost like she was about 37 doses too heavily into Prozac Heaven. More than once, it almost took me out of my viewing experience, but thankfully everyone else brought me back where I needed to be.

I must also send a special shout out to my kickasstastic SyFy Saturday Premiere Girlfriend – the lovely and talented Jen Sharlow, who portrayed Concubine. Tis a small role, sadly, but I’ll take what I can get. So watch for her, drool over her, want her for yourself, but most importantly, cast her…there’s a ton of heart, talent, and brains wrapped up in that body just waiting for a mass horror audience to revel in.

But now…NOW…that dream could very well come true hopefully sooner rather than later the more people that see it. Right now, THE DEAD MATTER is available at many places including your favorite online retail outlets. And before long…wait for it…WAIT FOR IIIIIIIIITTTTT…I can’t say just yet, sorry. But rest assured that soon…SOON, my fiends, you will know all the facts, and it will be in your face bigger and brighter than HD Blu-Ray porn.

LAST WORDS:

I reviewed this flick once already a couple or so years ago, as you may or may not remember. But in light of a huge announcement coming VERY soon from the one & only Midnight Syndicate, I’m coming out of reviewing retirement and resurrecting my review for a special return engagement. But still, after all this time, while keelhauling my brain for something more recent to compare this flick to in order to peak your interest like mine is, my mind became way too preoccupied with the pleasure of being keelhauled and went completely when it came to anything else. But it DOES defy every single page of the current Hollyweird rulebook of horror movie making by being neither a remake, a former TV show, nor edited in today’s standard quick cut Super Hi-Meth mode – it’s an actual story unfolding right before your very eyes, just like the old Dracula movies from Hammer Films did back in the late 60s to early 70s. So there you have it, I guess – it’s like a modern Hammer film! So get your ass out there, support incredibly well done indie horror, and put this sucker in your DVD collection!!!

– Craig

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Twisted Central to Host Fundraiser

October 9, 2012

Twisted Central has joined forces with indie film maker Michael Stevens (Brutal) to help bring some much needed attention to homeless animals and victims of violent crime.

Brutal will be making it’s Texas premiere during a two night screening on December 7th & 8th at 7pm at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, Texas. Director and actor Michael Stevens, star A. Michael Baldwin (Phantasm) and composer Alan Howarth (The Thing, Halloween) will be on hand for a Q&A immediately following the film on both nights. A raffle and silent auction will be held with items signed and donated by many of your favorite horror celebrities with all proceeds going to Operation Kindness, North Texas’ oldest and largest no kill animal shelter and For Those in Need, a Portland, OR based victims of violent crime organization.

Guests scheduled to attend include actor Bill Oberst Jr. (Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies), Camille Keaton (I Spit on Your Grave), Frederic Doss (Humans vs. Zombies), Kristen Hall (Sweatshop), model Courtney Crave and many more.

Tickets are $15.00 and will be available at the door or to reserve your seat early, you can preorder tickets by visiting the Twisted Central event page at http://www.twistedcentral.com/p/events_3.html. If you are unable to attend but would like to donate that option is also available on the site. Seats are limited!!

For more information and updates you can also join the event page at http://www.facebook.com/events/510672102294586/.

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Homemade Horror Short Film Festival – Winner screens before Paranormal Activity 4

September 7, 2012

Mr. Frights

I’m asking ALL my wonderful filmmaker / Horror friends to help me to pass this along. I know there are a lot of filmmakers out there making great horror flicks and I know a bunch of them have connections to Ohio. We are looking for submissions and the deadline of Sept. 28th is coming up super fast! So I need your help to spread the word. WINNERS can get up to a $500 dollar prize and the top winner also gets their film screened before Paranormal Activity 4 on opening weekend!! That is AWESOME! I’m helping to judge this wonderful contest and I really hope to see a bunch of great films. So all of you guys with shows, people with blogs or websites, you Twitterers, you Facebookers… PLEASE post this, pass it along. And by all means, if you’re eligible, please submit your horror film!! Thanks a bunch to all of you!

http://www.ohiohomemadehorror.com/

And remember to enjoy the horror my frightful friends!!

– Mr. Frights

 

 

 

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REVIEW: Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader

August 30, 2012

Craig McGee

Written by:  Mike MacLean

Directed by:  Kevin O’Neill

Starring:  Jena Sims, Ryan Merriman, Sasha Jackson, Olivia Alexander, AJ Llamas, and Treat Williams

 

 

QUICK FIX:

In this update of the 1958 classic, ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN, cute yet pimply and mousy college freshman scientist Cassie helps develop a new serum that could revolutionize the beauty industry and will quickly turn a “Butterface” (or worse) into “OHHHH HELLS YEAH!!!” seemingly overnight.   With the funding she gets from this, the world could be her burrito – guys, money, fame, new science projects…everything a lab geek could possibly want, right?

Well, not exactly.  See, Cassie, more than anything else in the world, just wants love and acceptance but she’s a girl that’s lookin for love in all the wrong places – from pleasing her vain mother to joining the cheer squad to getting into the hottest sorority on campus – those are her college goals.  So what’s a cute yet pimply and mousy college freshman scientist to do?  Faster than you can say “THE NUTTY PROFESSOR”, she runs back to the lab and injects herself with the magical serum and the next morning BAM, superfox.  But that’s not all…of course with the super hotness also comes getting accepted everywhere she wanted that shunned her before, as well as greater strength, enhanced coordination, etc.  But then our gorgeous young Cassie begins to grow…and grow…and GROW…and before long a guy would need goggles and a snorkel just to…oh, wait…kids read this, don’t they?

Anyway, it isn’t long before a pesky arachnid and Cassie’s hot yet peskily bitchy nemesis, Brittany, also fall victim to the side effects of the body growth serum and on top of dealing with that there’s the pesky-nasty pharmaceutical company rep and his platoon of goons trying to harness Cassie and her size as well.  As Confucius would say, “Short man who dance with tall woman get bust in mouth.”  Let’s hope our gorgeous heroine is able to…stand tall, during all of this…

RAMBLINGS:

Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader

Oh, Roger Corman, you’ve done it again!!!  For decades you’ve been entertaining me in the wildest ways by producing flicks on a budget for each movie that was more than likely lower than my annual property taxes and for that I’m not only thankful, but more than a little envious as well.  You’ve had way more hits with me than misses and that far exceeds most other writer/director/producers in any genre, especially horror, so thanks for the mammaries and here’s to many more to come…CHEERS!!!

Speaking of hits…I know that in two years’ time, I’ve written now a total of four glowing reviews for all four movies that Mike MacLean has written.  DINOCROC vs. SUPERGATOR, SHARKTOPUS, PIRANHACONDA, and now ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT CHEERLEADER.  That’s four for four, for those of you keeping track.  I don’t know this man personally and unfortunately he doesn’t pay me for these awesome reviews, I just like to reward excellence and repeatedly thank the man for writing flicks that I am constantly and consistently entertained by and can watch over and over and over again.  I say this again – keep your eyes on this dude, he is a force to be reckoned with.  His writing that I already love improves with every feature and you just can’t ask for much more than that.  This was also a departure for MacLean, as yes there are still giants in this movie, but except for two little scenes all the giants are in fact human.  I always enjoy little breakout moments like these, especially when the giant female cast is so easy on the eyes!  MacLean…KEEP WRITING MOVIES!!!!

The horror vet cameo list is long and distinguished this time around with appearances by the awesome Mary Woronov, Sean Young, Ted Raimi, and in one hilarious classroom scene (one of my favorite scenes) John Landis and The Man himself, Roger Corman.  Not to mention we get Treat Williams (who will forever be Finnegan to me, as well as my favorite Substitute) chewing up every scene he’s in with the glee of 37 William Shatners and seems to enjoy every second of his time on screen.  I know I sure as hell did – one great line after another.  But my favorite came when Cassie’s nerdy scientist colleague whipped out his phone and threatened to call the FDA on them.  But of course, Treat sez, “Why don’t you set your phone to ‘Shut The Fuck Up!’” before tazing the shit out of him.  Ohhhhhh, what I wouldn’t pay to have that line as my ringtone!!

LAST WORDS:

This may come as a surprise once you see my name attached to this review, but it was actually NOT a SyFy Saturday premiere.  It was in fact a Saturday, but it premiered on the Epix Movie Channel instead and I for one am thrilled and grateful.  This flick would NOT have worked on SyFy very well.  Why?  BOOBS, GLORIOUS BOOOOBS!!!!  The giant topless Royal Rumble at the end alone would’ve had to have been heavily blocked or edited and we just cannot have that in this day and age.  No, sez I.  Yes, I AM still a 12 year old at heart, thank you very much.  But think about it – when a hot chick grows to ten times her normal height, the clothes don’t expand with her…thank goodness, if you catch my drift.

No word yet on a DVD release date, but we will keep you posted.  I cannot wait to add this flick to my collection.  Oh, which reminds me…I FLIPPIN LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!!  Take the giant Jena Sims and stack the giant Olivia Alexander on top of her (Hmmm…) and multiply by 1000 and that MIGHT come close to explaining my love for it.  Cheesy, schlocky, hokey giant woman flick where toplessness happens at random; a giddy Treat Williams chomping up scenery like a starving Sharktopus, and trademark Mike MacLean one-liners, ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT CHEERLEADER is my favorite Saturday night date so far this year!!!

– Craig

 

 

 

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SEPTEMBER (AKA – MY BIRTHDAY MONTH, EXCELLENT; THE MONTH BEFORE HALLOWEEN, ROCK ON; AND THE FIRST BIG MONTH FOR HORROR DVD RELEASES, MOST IMPORTANT!!!!!)

August 27, 2012

Craig McGee

WOOOOOO!!!!!  I can’t help it…I know that round here at mrfrights.com we’re supposed to be Halloween-365, and I AM, I swear.  BUT, geeks everywhere also know that July & August are the months that us starving writers start hooking for loose change and saving as much of it as we possibly can and then every Tuesday in September we SPEND our asses off like we just got our first huge royalty check in the mail!!!

Now, my list here is, for the most part, more mainstream with a gem and a couple of intriguing Indies thrown in for good measure.  There’s a lil bit for everyone, but these are the highlights that I could dig up at the moment.  Plus, I don’t have near enough time, space, or energy to go through, research, and list all the “8 Best Horror Films” or “50 Greatest Horror Films” packs they’re putting out between now and Halloween, of which there are already several dozen listed online.  I’m sure you’ll find them on your own in the $5.00 bins at your local Wal-Mart soon enough.

 

September 4th:

PIRANHA 3DD

PIRANHA 3DD: Sequel to the wildly fun PIRANHA 3D that wound up falling way too short for me.  Even Busey and Hasselhoff looked embarrassed to be in this one and I can understand why – the writing team of Melton & Dunstan have embarrassingly screwed up some of my favorite franchises in the last few years, but that’s just one writer’s opinion.

HAVEN: The Complete 2nd Season – SyFy Original Series fans, rejoice!!  This one started off slow for me, but the 2nd season was much better in my opinion, especially when WWE Superstar Edge showed up for a story arc.  Yep, I’m THAT guy…

FRINGE: The Complete 4th Season – Started out really promising but then tried to out X-Files The X-Files and wound up tripping over its own mythology week after week, as most J.J. Abrams television series tend to do, and I was done with it after Season Two.  But for all you loyal fans out there that have kept it going this long, here you go!

 

September 11th (this is a BIG one):

CHILLERS: A creepy, well-told anthology flick from 1987 with five stories told to each other by strangers waiting on a late bus.  Well worth adding to your collection since it’s finally getting some DVD lovin.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY Trilogy: To me, the most overhyped, boring “horror” flicks to come along since THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, but obviously some people like them as each sequel seems to out-gross the last in terms of ticket sales.  For those of you that have been holding out, now you can finally get the first three in one package to gear up for the 4th hitting theaters in October.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: The Complete 3rd Season – Kevin Williamson, one of my writing idols, is behind this yet I’m ashamed to say I’ve never watched a single episode.  I’ve heard nothing but great things though, so rest assured I will catch up very soon.

TERRA NOVA: The Complete Series – I couldn’t WAIT for this to hit the small screen…time-travel, dinosaurs, military involvement; what’s not to love??  Well, too much family drama that belonged on THE O.C. with other whiney teens and not enough dino carnage for me.  Obviously many others thought the same as it never made it past 13 episodes.  But I do know a couple of fans out there so if you’re reading this, here’s your chance to get the entire short-lived series.

CASTLE: The Complete 4th Season – My 2nd favorite show on TV (behind Psych and Californication, who are both tied for first) and it keeps getting better and better every season!!  It comes out just in time for you to refresh yourself before the 5th season starts, and you know this happy geek has already pre-ordered it!

PSYCH-O-WEEN

THE PSYCH-O-WEEN COLLECTION: Besides snagging the 6th season when it’s released, this is probably what I’m looking forward to most.  Includes 4 episodes altogether, 2 of which have never been to DVD – both horror-themed episodes from last season – “This Episode Sucks” and “Heeeeeere’s Lassie” and both of them instant classics.  No word at all that I could find on what the other two episodes are, but that will give us all something to speculate on and geek out about very soon!

 

 

 

 

 

September 18th (only two that matter):

SUPERNATURAL Season 7

SUPERNATURAL: The Complete 7th Season – The Winchester Brothers spend less of this season emoting than normal and more time kicking all sorts of demon ass, and that’s just fine by me!!!  My 3rd favorite show on TV saw last season spending most of the time with the nasty critters from Purgatory trying to go global with their lining us up as cattle for the slaughter to feed them for eternity.  Ending with the typical cliffhanger we’ve all known to love yet curse at until the next season starts, for me the 8th season can’t start soon enough!!

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS: I’ve blogged about this one, I’ve praised it endlessly, I’ve seen it several times and even so YES, I’m buying this one immediately.  THE SINGLE BEST EPIC FLIPPIN HORROR MOVIE OF THE LAST FIVE YEARS!!!!!  Not to everyone, but to me and most everyone I know that watched it.  With tributes to EVIL DEAD, intelligent writing and characters that turn horror as we know it on its ear, and a final 20 minutes that is so batshit crazy-awesome it STILL has to be seen to be believed…I still can’t get enough of it.  BRING IT ON!!!

 

September 25th:

STRIPPERS vs. WEREWOLVES: Yes, it’s just exactly as much fun as the title suggests.  Low budget and lowbrow humor abound.  Take it for what it is and enjoy the hell out of it!

THE TALL MAN: Unfortunately NOT a documentary on Angus Scrimm’s involvement in the PHANTASM franchise, but instead a Jessica Biel-starring ghost or demon child-snatching flick…or something.  Never heard of it till now, but it’s the hotness of Miss Biel, so I’ll watch it once.  At least heh heh.

VAMPIRE DOG: Wackiness ensues in fun for the whole family when a boy unwittingly adopts a wisecracking 600 year old talking vampire dog.  Okay, I’m not positive about the wisecracking part; it just seemed to fit in there.  I haven’t actually seen it, but now I’m curious…

ZOMBIE BABIES: You don’t really need a synopsis for this, do ya?  The title pretty much says it all and it just screams out something sick and twisted that I MUST watch.  So yeah, I’m ordering this one!

The Avengers

THE AVENGERS: Yep, I’m throwing this in here simply because it’s a Joss Whedon flick, and it’s the greatest superhero movie ever made.  Nuff said.  And yep, it’s already pre-ordered!

So there you have it!  Hope you enjoy some happy shopping next month, I know I will.  Especially after I sell a kidney or two to get my credit card balance down enough so I can snag all these suckers when they hit the shelves!  What??  I didn’t say they would be MY kidneys…

 

 

 

 

– Craig McGee

 

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What’s Worth Seeing – The Apparition

August 21, 2012

Mr. Frights

So this looks scary as hell! I’m pretty geared up to see The Possession, but I just saw the trailer for this which means it’s a good possibility I’ll be making another trip to the theater this coming weekend.

The Apparition — Official Trailer 2012 [HD] – YouTube.


Be sure to check out the website for some more scary fun, and I mean scary. I wouldn’t even continue with their “Dare to Summon” thing. Will you? – http://theapparition.warnerbros.com/

 

Enjoy the scary my friends!

– Mr. Frights

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REVIEW: ParaNorman

August 20, 2012

 

Mr. Frights

It’s pretty hard to go into this movie and not know what it’s about. The trailers do a decent job of setting expectations, giving the audience a clue as to how much fun this movie is going to be without going so far as to ruin it. Like a skilled pusher, they give you a taste & then you’re on the hook for more, unable to resist wanting to see this. Even people outside the targeted audience are clamoring to check it out. The thing is, it’s WAY better than you think!

I went in a couple days late, I’d not seen a lot of discussion on the flick, but comments were favorable, not that it really mattered because like I said, it looked great! If you follow my blog then you saw me post about ParaNorman being worth seeing and tossing you it’s website. Hopefully you went to check it out because they have some fun things on there including a mobile game, info on the characters, info on the people who made the movie, it’s a good pre-show experience. If you haven’t seen it yet, go check out the site: http://www.paranorman.com/

And don’t forget to hit up the production company’s website which looks pretty cool as well: http://www.laika.com/

Without giving anything away… The story is about a kid who can see and talk with the deceased, but he’s used to it and it’s like they are just normal people. There’s this curse on the town and it’s his time to use his gift to help save everyone after his creepy uncle who has the same gift ends up passing on. Norman is joined by a typical group of “friends” to help him along, however, they turn out to be anything but the usual lot after all which does a lot for the movie. The film is full of scares and very intense moments, especially toward the end, but it’s also filled with a great message or two not just for the kids, but for everyone; and it hits on many levels without being preachy.

The first writing & directing credit for Chris Butler, it’s a very impressive mark on both kid films and horror cinema. Previously Chris worked on “Corpse Bride” and “Coraline”, according to IMDB, as a storyboard artist. So, who knows where he got his ability to put something so completely amazing together. The movie is Co-Directed with Sam Fell, who also doesn’t have a huge IMDB resume just yet, other than the hit “The Tale of Despereaux”. Another thing of note is the music which was really impressive. I don’t know too many films that had me paying any attention at all to the score they way this did and this just stirred something in me, especially how it added to the movie – so I have to mention it.

I didn’t recognize a ton of names in the cast, but they all did a great job. My only issue with the movie is that the mom’s face looked really weird to me for some reason. It kind of reminded me of someone who might have had dental work done recently and just had this deformation from swelling or something. Oh and John Goodman’s character has this beard that reminded me of one of those shag type carpets that are so popular these days. So nothing really big deal to dislike, and nothing took me out of the story.

Anyone who goes to check out this flick is going to have a lot of fun! I saw it in 3D and that was exceptionally done with the right depth and not just as a gimmick. Not to mention I got a sweet pair of special green ParaNorman 3D glasses!

ParaNorman | Official Theatrical Trailer – Rated PG [HD] – YouTube.

As for this being a movie for the whole family… I went and saw it with my 8 year old daughter. I saw someone post it would be scary for kids, and I can totally see what they are talking about, but she loved it! The movie is intense and it’s not your typical family fun flick. They did a great job with this movie, giving everyone something to enjoy, they pushed the intensity though and that’s the part that might get to a child if they scare easily. However, there’s no real gore or anything, the zombies are a bit scary but fun, and it is a cartoon so…

I highly suggest going to see this in theaters, the scope of the film and the intensity of it makes it one of those movies you don’t want to pass up while it’s out there. Especially the 3D aspect of it. If you want to see a family horror movie done the right way, this one is what will hold up as the standard both as a family horror flick and as a 3D movie. It’s a great opening to the Halloween season of films and while I’m looking forward to the other similar type of movies coming along here in the next month, this one sets the bar pretty high!

Enjoy the horror my friends!

– Mr. Frights

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