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Brock’s Top 15 horror films of all time…

Well October is here and Halloween is just around the corner. My favorite thing to do when celebrating Halloween is sitting around the house, watching horror films. As some of you may know, horror is my favorite genre. I do these lists every year on Halloween and sometimes these lists changes. The list for this year will be quite different ’cause I’ve seen plenty of great horror films that really impressed me the last several years.

Here is the list, I’ll go backwards with the no. 1 being the best I’ve ever seen in a long time. Enjoy as this list may be quite a shocker to you as well….

 

15. Wolf Creek

(this film was released in 2005, an Australian horror film about a group of teenage backpackers out on a hike, then they find themselves held captive by a vicious serial killer. I’ve seen many teen slashers, and I think “Wolf Creek” is the best teen slasher I’ve ever seen. If you want to see a teen slasher flick that is actually scary as hell, see this one. This one will send shivers down your spine, trust me. There are some scary scenes in this flick and some of the most brutal murders in a film ever. The killer whose name is Mick Taylor is one scary dude)

14. Frailty

(This is a horror film that stars Bill Paxton and Matthew McConaughey, the film was also directed by Bill Paxton himself. The story tells a group of young children who are brothers, they live with their single dad when they don’t know about his evil past of being a demonic serial killer. The father claims he kills people because he sees them as demons. A creepy film that is perfect for watching with all the lights off)

13. Quarantine

(A young female news reporter does a report on firemen. Firemen go to this apartment building to rescue people from these evil beings, wouldn’t really call them zombies, but they are people that were infected by a mutant virus. One of the scariest new horror films I’ve seen in a long time, so this definitely makes the list. Might start off kind of boring and slow, but toward the end, the film will take you at the edge of your seat…)

12. Night of the Living Dead (Romero version)

(This is such a perfect film to watch on Halloween night every year, classic film and amazing, although Romero is still doing Zombie movies today, the rest of his work won’t top this one)

11. Nosferatu

(My favorite vampire movie over Dracula, the silent film version is so scary…you may not like silent films but they can be great when you get into it. Silent films was the start of Hollywood films, keep in mind…)

10. Hellraiser

(The first Hellraiser movie was amazing. Told a good story, and powerful writing. This has always been one of my favorite horror films of all times)

9. Friday the 13th (remake, directed by Marcus Nispel)

(This is actually an impressive remake. I liked the new Jason Voorhees, much improvement. It told a good story too, I thought this film was great and better than the original series, honestly)

8. The Omen

(To throw in another classic here, “The Omen” has always been an incredible film and a film I would never get tired of watching. I think it’s Gregory Peck’s best film)

7. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (remake, Marcus Nispel)

(Believe it or not, I think the Marcus Nispel remake of Texas Chainsaw is much better than the Tobe Hooper original. I think the remake was what the original should have been. I think Marcus is a fine film maker in the horror genre and he certainly knows how to make a remake better than the original)

6. The Ring

(Starring Naomi Watts, and directed by Gore Verbinski, a very creepy film, in my opinion. This is creative storytelling. There’s no gore, no murder, just a scary film. I love it)

5. The Strangers

(This film “The Strangers” with Liv Tyler, makes high on the list. I was completely blown away by the film. Definitely scary and horrifying. You’ll know when you see it, this is a perfect Halloween film)

4. Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn

(My favorite of the Evil Dead series. Groovy)

3. The Exorcist

(Another classic I had to throw in here. I loved this flick ever since I was a child)

2. Halloween (John Carpenter)

(This always made no. 1 every year on my list. Why is it no. 2 now? Carpenter’s a classic, a film that I love, but there’s something else I’ve seen that I liked even more)

 

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1. Halloween II (remake, Rob Zombie)

(This may come to quite a shock to you, and may create some controversy, but that’s okay. I find Rob Zombie’s “Halloween II” to be quite a masterpiece. No lie. It didn’t get the best reviews, but I learned that the movies getting negative reviews is what makes them really good. You’ve read my review of this in the past when it first came out and I was in awe. Rob Zombie’s a gifted film maker. I just love his vision on how Rob concentrates on the villain’s point of view more than it’s leading star. In Rob’s movies, the villain’s the leading star, not Laurie Strode. This really was a fantastic movie, I loved it. The critics and movie fans that trashed this film, just don’t understand Rob Zombie’s film making style. I do. This is one of the best horror flicks I’ve seen in the last decade)

Kev

Report: “Halloween 3D” also greenlighted this week!!

The Weinstein Co. has already greenlighted a third installment to the rebooted, Halloween, franchise…but the next one will be shot digitally in 3D, as to be retitled to, “Halloween 3D”.

Rob Zombie announced, he is no longer doing Halloween movies, as he will go on to remake, “The Blob” next. Weinstein says they are in negotiations with a new director for “Halloween 3D”, but they refuse to say who it is this time, but the director has a lot of experience directing horror films.

More on it here:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2009/08/halloween-3d-coming-in-summer-2010.html

Could the director for “Halloween 3D” be either, Marcus Nispel or James Wan? I’m betting my money it could be one of them.

I haven’t seen “Halloween II” yet, hoping to see it this week.

Kev

RANT: Rob Zombie is a good film maker, like him or not…

This is in response to all the negativity and hate that Rob Zombie has been getting to his new “Halloween” franchise, as of late. When people are bashing and hating on Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” sequels, it just amazes me, how uninformed people really are about Hollywood film making.

The reason I believe that people are hating on Rob’s versions of these Halloween movies is that they are claiming that Rob is ruining these classics. He is only making them better and improving them.

I love the first Zombie’s “Halloween” for a lot of reasons. I’ll talk about the sequel too.

  • John Carpenter – Yes, the original “Halloween” with Jamie Lee Curtis is a classic. Rob has been wanting to re-make the “Halloween” movies for a long while, so John Carpenter gave Rob the approval, but he have to make his own version of it. John ordered Rob to not copy every scene from the original which Rob did exactly that. Rob made “Halloween” his own movie. It’s a different and original film. Rob wanted to show how Michael Myers turned into a serial killer, while John Carpenter’s version didn’t do that at all. Michael Myers is supposed to be a psychotic madman that is supposed to be insane. John Carpenter made the character crazy and insane, but not insane enough the way Rob made him. Rob knows how the character is supposed to be and he did a fine job at it, in my opinion. The way the old Michael Myers (Carpenter’s version) slowly walked around killing people was actually kind of boring, while Rob’s version of Michael Myers made him more fun and entertaining.
  • Michael Myers mask being different than the Carpenter version – Another complaint that the Zombie haters are complaining about, is the new version of the mask. They don’t like how it isn’t the same as the original. Like Carpenter said, Rob wasn’t allowed to make everything the same as the originals, so he had no choice but to make the mask different. I personally find the new mask much scarier and creepier than the John Carpenter version. You have to admit that it’s much scarier looking. I wouldn’t want the mask to be the same, I would want a different look too.
  • Sherri Moon being casted – Rob’s wife, Sherri Moon, is being attacked because they think she has bad acting skills and keep saying hateful things about her, that she needs to quit acting and not being allowed to star in the “Halloween” films. They hate her for that she stars in every Rob Zombie horror film because she’s his wife. Well, yeah. Of course. Nothing wrong with getting a job for your family, is there? Have you ever had a family member who owned a business and he/she gets you a job there for free, no matter what happens? It’s the same with Rob and Sherri. It’s the same with WWE when Vince McMahon gives his kids jobs at the WWE company. As far as Sherri Moon’s acting skills though, the only reason, they are shitting on her acting is because she is Rob Zombie’s wife and she’s beautiful. They are jealous of Rob that he has a hot wife. In horror films, you don’t have to have an Oscar worthy performance. There is bad acting all over horror films. Attacking Sherri Moon for her acting skills is pretty lame and silly, in my opinion. I agree, her acting isn’t the greatest but I thought her character playing Michael’s mom as a stripper worked pretty well, in my opinion. On top of that, Sherri’s been acting in Rob’s film work way before he started working on movies. Sherri’s been starring in many of White Zombie’s music videos and his solo music career videos too. She’s also been appearing on their album covers, a lot as well. Rob has an obsession with her, so what, nothing wrong with it.
  • The sequel getting rid of it’s classic “theme” song – So Rob Zombie ditched the classic theme song from the original Halloween for his sequel. Sorry to say, but I think this is a good plan. To try and have a much darker and scarier score. It helps makes the film original. I wouldn’t want to hear the same theme song in every film, would be boring and Rob felt it was time to ditch it for something new.
  • Rob’s directing style – A lot of people seem to shit on Rob’s camera work and style of directing. I think Rob’s one of the most talented horror directors out there. Sorry guys, but this isn’t the 80’s anymore. All them horror directors in the 80’s: John Carpenter, Wes Craven, George A. Romero, Tobe Hooper, etc. They all had their time. These are the 2000’s years. I’ve had a post that the reason so many horror remakes are happening, is because of today’s technology and they want to make horror films look like new with technology that they didn’t have back in those days.
  • Remakes shouldn’t be happening, they are ruining the classics – This is another popular argument with movie remakes. A lot of people complaining that classic films shouldn’t be remade ’cause they ruin ’em. Ya know, I’ll be honest, I have no problem with remakes and actually glad that the classics are being remade. It’s a good thing actually. People saying that remakes ruin the classics, doesn’t make a bit of sense at all. When they say that remakes ruin the classics, they mostly say it without any insight to backup with their discussion. How is it ruining the classics? You can’t think of an answer can ya? That’s just proof it isn’t ruining the classics. Rob’s Halloween series are successful, like ’em or not. He was the one that started all these horror films to be remade, since the classic films are getting too old, I find it okay to make new versions. I liked the “Friday the 13th” remake, they did a great job with that one. “Texas Chainsaw” remake was really good too.

I really am looking forward to seeing “H2” this year, Rob is a genius film maker and he will be considered a horror directing legend 20 years from now.

Kev

Report: Margot Kidder joins Rob Zombie’s “H2″…

The filming of Rob Zombie’s Halloween sequel, “H2”, has just begun and he is still not done casting yet. Mr. Zombie, has just added Margot Kidder to the still growing cast. Forgotten who she was? Lets take a trip back to memory lane. She played the original Lois Lane in the first four “Superman” movies, the horror film “Black Christmas”, and the original “Amityville Horror”.  Kidder is set to play a character named, Barbara Collier, who is Laurie Strode’s therapist.

From Rob Zombie’s official myspace:

http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.viewcustom&friendId=28735418&blogId=476892147&swapped=true

Kev

Report: Rob Zombie reveals why he went back to Halloween sequel after turning it down in the past…

Rob Zombie and his brother, Spider, who is the frontman for Powerman 5000, speaks on the Pulse of Radio with Rob revealing to the public as to why he returned to directing Halloween, after repeatingly turning it down in the past.

After Rob did the first one, he admitted that he had no desire to do it again, that he was burnt out and tired, he thought the work on the first movie was stressful and difficult. Then he says, as time went by, he grew excitement and had a passion for Halloween again that made him want to return. He says he came up with a great idea for a story and its characters, that he couldn’t pass this up.

Rob Zombie already signed Tyler Mane to return as the legendary killer. Zombie is in talks of signing Scout Taylor-Compton to return as Laurie Strode and Malcolm MacDowell to return as Dr. Loomis.

“H2” is scheduled to begin filming in March.

More on it here:

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=111490

Those who keep slamming Rob Zombie for turning it down in the past and wanting to do it again, you have to keep in mind that Zombie is a writer. When a writer comes up with a story idea and it hits them, it makes them want to get it off their chest. Well, Rob came up with a story idea for the sequel that he wants to get off his chest. You have a vision in your head, your own movie in your head, and you think to yourself, “How do I get my story to the world?”

It happens to all writers. Writers can’t help themselves. When they say they’re going to stop, they have no choice but to keep writing because of one word, “inspiration”. “Inspiration” hit Rob again that drove him to want to helm Halloween again.

The same goes for Christopher Nolan doing a third Batman movie or Lucas/Spielberg doing a 5th Indy movie. You can’t just expect these guys to do another sequel this quick. You have to give them time for inspiration to hit them with a good story idea, then they’ll do it. Chris Nolan said a hundred times that he may or may not do a third Batman movie, depending on a good story. The same goes for Lucas with Indy 5, he said a hundred times that he isn’t sure if he should go on without Shia and Karen Allen, depending on a good Indy story.

Writing and creating something is like an addictive drug. You say you’re going to stop but for some reason you can’t. I’m getting back into story fiction writing soon because I’ve been inspired to get back into it.

I’m sure Rob won’t dissapoint the Halloween sequel ’cause he is a creative guy when it comes to the horror genre. He’ll probably make the sequel better than the first.

Kev

Confirmed: Rob Zombie WILL direct “Halloween” sequel simply titled “H2″…

Yes, Rob Zombie has inked a deal with Dimension films that he is returning to direct the “Halloween” sequel. The next “Halloween” film will simply be titled “H2”, yes that’s it. With the letter “H” and “2” both together, making it “H2”, the next movie title. Rob Zombie will write and direct, “H2” ,just like he did with the first movie. Filming will begin in March and they hope to get an October release date of 2009.

The new film will leave off right where the first movie ended except the sequel “H2” will NOT be a remake of  1981’s “Halloween 2” which also starred Jamie Lee Curtis. In “Halloween 2” it was mostly taken place in a hospital, Rob Zombie’s version of the sequel will be a totally different story. This article doesn’t give anymore details on the plot though.

No word if Tyler Mane will return as the fictional serial killer, Michael Myers, he probably will.

You can also see a teaser poster that Dimension already made for the film here at Variety:

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117997402.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

This is fantastic news!!! I’m so happy that Rob Zombie is on board for the sequel!!! YES!!!

Congrats to Rob. He had quite a career ride in the film business. He worked very hard to get into the movie business and now he is a big name film director thanks to “Halloween”.

Remember, Rob Zombie fought hard to get “House of 1,000 Corpses” a big screen release but no studio wanted to buy it off him because of it’s graphic content, but Lionsgate finally bought the movie off Rob and released it nationwide, the film became a hit. Then he released “The Devils Rejects” which also became a hit.

I’m looking forward to the sequel. I also hope Malcolm Macdowell will return as Dr. Loomis and I’m sure he will.

Kev

Brock’s Top 20 Favorite Horror films of all time!! -part 2-

Guess I’ll do this now to get this all over with. Enjoy the last  ten of my list. While I know some of you may complain like, why is this and that film not on the list, you may find it weird that I leave out some classics, but these films are “my” opinions. My lists will not be the same as every other top horror film lists you see in other film sites online, these are my opinions alone.

The rest of my top twenty here:

11. Rob Zombie’s “Halloween”

I’ve had worries that this film was going to suck. I’m like, oh no, Rob Zombie is going to ruin a great classic. But when I actually went out and saw it in theater, I FUCKING LOVED IT!!!! Zombie didn’t dissapoint at all, I loved the film all the way through. I’m now starting to watch this version on Halloween night a lot.

12. Stephen King’s “Carrie”

There’s a lot of Stephen King adapted films out there, but out of all the ones out there, I find “Carrie” to be an incredible film. Sissy Spacek’s role in this is very haunting and sends chills. Brian Depalma is a fine film maker too.

13. Freddy vs. Jason

I don’t think this is much of a horror film, it’s actually a mix between comedy and horror. There’s a lot of laughs in this. A fun flick. I really enjoyed this film and I hope a sequel is on the way.

14. Dead Silence

Forget the “Saw” series. The James Wan directed “Dead Silence” is even better, in my opinion. A film about a man who is solving a murder mystery who ever killed his wife, it ends up being linked to the ghost of a murdered ventriloquist. Sssshhhh…the ventriloquist dummies found in an old house seems to be alive and moving.

15. The Omen

The original version of “The Omen” starring Gregory Peck has always been one of my favorite horror films. The films a classic.

16. The Others

Another horror film with no blood and no murder, that is actually creepy. A film that stars Nicole Kidman. The film is shot low budget, the pacing is kind of slow but the film is real short, a little over an hour long, give it a rent and check it out. The film has a surprise ending that’ll get your head spinning.

17. The Hills Have Eyes remake

This film blew my mind. It’s pretty much a mix of action, horror and a gore fest all at once. It tells a story about a family going on vacation, they get lost, and now they are being stalked by strange evil people. This film is great.

18. A Nightmare on Elm St. – all of the series

I’m a big fan of Freddy. I not only love the first one, I love the rest of the Nightmare on Elm St. series as well. Freddy rules.

19. The Mothman Prophecies

A film that stars Richard Gere which is in my opinion one of the best films he’s ever starred in. It’s more of a thriller and horror type of film but still scary and kind of creepy. A great film to watch on Halloween night. I would reccomend this one.

20. Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers

I’m a fan of the Sleepaway Camp series. I always found the 2nd one to be the best one. Since the horror film industry is trying to reboot all the iconic horror films lately, I think the Sleepaway Camp series deserves a reboot too. I think it would be successful if they brought Angela Baker back played by a different actress of today. Hollywood should go for it.

Kev

Brock’s Top 20 Favorite Horror films of all time!!! —part 1—

It is now October already and Halloween night is just around the corner! They can be horror films from the past and even today’s horror films. These are the ones that I think that are the absolute best, a horror movie with perfection, with a small explanation under the title in italics, I’ll start off with the first ten.

On Halloween night, if you’re looking for some flicks to rent at your local video stores, check out these. I’m sure you’ve already seen some of them many times before though.

My Top Ten in order here:

1. Halloween (Carpenter version)

Simply a classic film. Best horror film ever made in my opinion nothing tops this. This is one of those films that you never get tired of watching and it is kind of scary everytime you see it too. I watch this every year on Halloween night.

2. The Exorcist

This film is amazing. I watch this one on Halloween night a lot too.

3. Night of the Living Dead (original Romero version)

Obviously the best zombie flick of the Romero Living Dead series. Definitely a perfect film to watch with all the lights off.

4. Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn

This is my favorite of the entire Evil Dead series. It has humor, gore and scary parts mixed into one. A perfect Halloween flick.

5. The Ring

A newer film, but this film is fantastic. I hated the Ring II, but the first one was very well made. The first one was actually creepy and scary as hell. There’s no gore and no murder in this film, that’s what a true horror movie is supposed to be.

6. Frailty

Bill Paxton wrote, directed and starred the leading role in. This film is dark and evil, about a couple kids living their life not realizing what their dad really was, a serial killer. I’d reccomend you see this one.

7. Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake

I love the remake more than the Tobe Hooper original, sorry. I find the remake to be much more scarier and more entertaining. This film is great!

8. Hellraiser

This is such a great movie, Hellbound rules. A character created by it’s own Clive Barker.

9. Hellbound: Hellraiser II

The sequel to Hellraiser is really great too. The first couple of Hellraiser movies were real good, but everything past IV are crap. The Hellraiser movies are screwed. No wonder they are planning a reboot now.

10. Wolf Creek

Simply one of the best new teen slasher flicks in a long long long time. I was really surprised by this film. I thought it would be no different than other teen slashers, but I was wrong, this one was different. Some of the scenes are actually disturbing and shocking. Another serial killer flick that is reccomended to see.

I’ll finish the other ten in the next week or so.

Kev

Report: Dimension films to move on without Rob Zombie for “Halloween” sequel?

This blog is claiming that a magazine called Rue Morgue is confirming that Dimension studios could move on to a “Halloween” sequel without Rob Zombie.

To be honest, I am not believing this news as I am calling it a big fat rumour, hey I’m not blaming this blogger for starting the rumour, keep in mind that, magazines can make mistakes too.

I am not believe this news until Rob Zombie himself says he is not doing a “Halloween 2”.

More on it here:

http://joblo.com/arrow/index.php?id=13520

I really hope this ain’t true. I really enjoyed the Halloween remake by Rob Zombie. It’s an intense film and love it very much.

If Dimension is serious on ditching Rob Zombie for the sequel, then that would be disgraceful and a shame to the companies part. Rob Zombie made the “Halloween” remake one of the most successful horror film remakes ever made. Before the “Halloween” remake, there were hardily any horror movie remakes then. Now at the world of horror films today, most horror movie classics are all being remade now because Rob Zombie made that happen with “Halloween”. That’s how Rob changed the movie industry.

If it turns out true that Dimension is getting rid of Rob Zombie for the sequel, then I will have no interest in it at all whatsoever.

Kev

Report: Dimension films to move on without Rob Zombie for “Halloween” sequel?

This blog is claiming that a magazine called Rue Morgue is confirming that Dimension studios could move on to a “Halloween” sequel without Rob Zombie.

To be honest, I am not believing this news as I am calling it a big fat rumour, hey I’m not blaming this blogger for starting the rumour, keep in mind that, magazines can make mistakes too.

I am not believe this news until Rob Zombie himself says he is not doing a “Halloween 2”.

More on it here:

http://joblo.com/arrow/index.php?id=13520

I really hope this ain’t true. I really enjoyed the Halloween remake by Rob Zombie. It’s an intense film and love it very much.

If Dimension is serious on ditching Rob Zombie for the sequel, then that would be disgraceful and a shame to the companies part. Rob Zombie made the “Halloween” remake one of the most successful horror film remakes ever made. Before the “Halloween” remake, there were hardily any horror movie remakes then. Now at the world of horror films today, most horror movie classics are all being remade now because Rob Zombie made that happen with “Halloween”. That’s how Rob changed the movie industry.

If it turns out true that Dimension is getting rid of Rob Zombie for the sequel, then I will have no interest in it at all whatsoever.

Kev