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Why is Hollywood so obsessed with demonic possession films??? I just don’t get it…

For the last several years, Hollywood have made too many horror films based on demonic possession. Maybe some people are right that Hollywood can’t think of anything new??? I just finished watching the film, “Devil’s Due” with Zach Gilford and it’s one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. It was dumb.

I think Hollywood’s obsession all started with the “Paranormal Activity” franchise obviously. Well, Hollywood have been making demon possession movies long before then ever since “The Exorcist”… “The Exorcist” with Linda Blair pretty much started it all but when the first, “Paranormal Activity” movie came out… Hollywood started making those movies like crazy.

Lets list all of the demonic possession movies over the years other than “The Exorcist” and “Paranormal Activity” franchise… “The Rite”, “The Devil Inside”, “The Possession”, “Requiem”, “Deliver Us From Evil”, the Evil Dead franchise, etc. This list can go on forever.

There are too many films where people get their bodies taken over by the devil. What’s with this trend in Hollywood? Do they keep making these movies ’cause they know they help make the money in the box office and they know that this stuff is what people wanna see?

No, I think it’s a possibility that these film makers might be “secret” satanists themselves. Think about it, right? They wouldn’t be making these movies if they didn’t have an interest in the devil. They had to do so much research about Satanism before making the movie. They seem to know so much about it.

It’s pretty strange and at the same time kind of scary that Hollywood is obsessed with Satanism in movies. I do love horror films but I’m not really a big fan of these demonic possession stuff except the only films that I liked were the original “Exorcist” and I do like “The Paranormal Activity” franchise. I did see “Deliver Us From Evil” w/ Eric Bana and that was really good but that’s about it. I don’t really believe in demonic possession, really and these movies try to make it look believable.

I love horror films, it’s my favorite genre but I mostly like to watch slasher flicks, old horror films and serial killer type stuff. I’m not into those Satanic kind of movies that much. I try to stay away from those.

It’s interesting how Hollywood is all over Satanic movies lately. Hollywood is not gonna stop making these movies any time soon. These Exorcism movies are getting old. I’m tired of them really. Only “The Exorcist” was a masterpiece film. No other exorcism or Satanist movie will ever top what “The Exorcist” did. I’m sure you all would agree with me on that one.

Kev

Double film review: “V/H/S 2” and “Texas Chainsaw”…

Earlier this week I watched two new horror films and I thought it would be cool to review them briefly for this site… here they are:

This movie, “V/H/S 2” is a found footage film. Filmed in the style of “Paranormal Activity”, “Blare Witch Project”, etc. Ya know, those movies filmed with just a handheld camera.

This film is the sequel to “V/H/S” which you could stream on Netflix. “V/H/S/ 2” is pretty much the same idea from the first movie except the plot to this film is about two private investigators who are on the search for a missing student. They go to the missing students home and they find a collection of VHS tapes. The two investigators watch the collection of tapes which have different things going on them. They aren’t good things either… they are evil things. Things like ghost stories, zombies, the cult and aliens.

The VHS films are a collection of short horror films kind of like what you see in “Creepshow”.

I did like the first V/H/S film but it had slight problems. I think the “VHS 2”, the second one was a big improvement. The stories were scarier… even more gruesome and disturbing. They can get funny and entertaining as well. I was watching this film at the edge of my seat throughout the whole movie and I rarely experience that watching horror films. It was a pretty intense movie. After the movie got over with, I was blown away and was like, “What the hell did I just see?”.

I think VHS 2 is one of the best movies of this year.

I think the VHS series deserve more recognition and hope someday… these films get the respect they deserve. When this film first opened, it wasn’t shown in that many theaters so it wasn’t a wide release so I guess you can call it a straight to DVD release. I can understand why ’cause movies like this are way too graphic to be shown nationwide. If the makers of the VHS series keep up the great work, they can one day be bigger than the “Paranormal Activity” franchise.

VHS series are awesome and I’m already looking forward to “V/H/S 3”.

I watched the new “Texas Chainsaw” film last night and to be honest, I was pretty disappointed with it. It was a horrible film, actually. Probably one of the worst movies of this year. This film is the sequel to the 1974 film directed by Tobe Hooper. This film is about a young woman who travels to Texas to collect an inheritance from her family. She goes to Texas with a group of friends to go to her home that she was going to sign papers for. The home is a huge mansion that her grandmother once owned. Of course, turns out that Leatherface the chainsaw guy was living there.

They really need to come up with new material if they want the Texas Chainsaw franchise to work. It’s the same rehash from the two other remakes. A group of friends travelling in a van to some old house only to find out a cannibalistic man with a chainsaw living there. Same usual thing… her friends get killed… Leatherface chasing a screaming girl through the woods…. blah blah blah… you get the deal. Plus, this movie has tons of plot holes. I don’t mean to spoil things… not trying to but they gave Leatherface a name in this movie… they revealed his identity and turned him into a good person instead of this evil mysterious monster. Tons of plot holes all over this film. It was too predictable as well.

How many times can Hollywood remake Texas Chainsaw and ruin it? It’s sad because I’m a huge fan of the franchise and the Leatherface character. I wouldn’t recommend this movie for Halloween. If you want to watch a Texas Chainsaw movie for Halloween… I would suggest the 1974 film and the Marcus Nispel 2003 film is pretty good too.

While I do like the fact that Hollywood is trying to keep the horror genre alive… they’re gonna destroy the horror genre if they keep exploiting iconic characters like Leatherface, Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kreuger, Michael Myers, etc. I hear a Chucky and Hellraiser reboots are on the way too.

Forget the new “Texas Chainsaw”… the movie was garbage.

Kev

Brock talks about the original, “I Spit On Your Grave” film, and why the film works more than the remake…

Now that the original 1978 horror film, “I Spit On Your Grave” is now Netflix streamable, the film is still getting a lot of mixed responses to this day. You either love it or you hate it. I watched the original film last Sunday night. I’ve seen both versions. The original and the remake (I have the remake on DVD). While both versions got mixed opinions and Roger Ebert gave both versions negative reviews, I’m about to explain why this film is serious and why it works. While I do like both versions, I like the original a lot more than the remake. The original is a lot more realistic than the remake.

Both films are about this young woman who is a writer who takes a vacation out on her own to a cabin where she can write. Then she is stalked by a gang who works at a gas station nearby, and she was raped by all four of them. Then she goes on a killing spree, getting back at them for revenge. Both versions have similar plots, but the remake has a more modern feeling.

Reading some of the reviews by fans, some say the original movie is too gruesome and out of line. They also say the original mostly concentrated on the rapes throughout most of the film, when the revenge stuff starts toward the end of the film instead. Well, I believe that’s the way the films supposed to be. The film is mostly rapes throughout most of it ’cause they want you to get a clue that something like this can happen in real life. That’s how realistic the movie really is. The film wants to let women know that it’s okay to defend yourself if they’ve been raped. Without the gruesome rapes, and the brutal murders toward the end, the film wouldn’t have worked.

Yes, the film, both versions were going to create controversy in the media. They know the film would get banned by some countries and the media, but whatever it takes to get their point across about something serious. The films would get people angry, but I think that’s the goal with both films. The film’s goal is to bring awareness that women gets raped like this all the time, all over the world. It’s the film makers way of trying to protect women in this world. The film wasn’t made for entertainment purposes at all. I think the film was made as an educational kind of thing. The film wants to gross people out on purpose.

People also slam the original because of it’s bad acting. Well yeah. Of course. A lot of movies from the 70’s had bad acting ’cause that’s how films were back in those days. Older films like that were filmed on a tight budget, so the acting of these films are not going to be perfect. They don’t have to be Oscar worthy acting anyway. Most actors from the 70’s were amateur actors who didn’t have much experience in film, back then. Remember, those days weren’t like today’s movies at all.

It’s interesting how Netflix made the original streamable and it already got a big response. Which is understandable ’cause the title, “I Spit On Your Grave” is an eye catching title that draws people to the film quickly. The girl on the cover helps bring people to the film too. I really liked the original. The big difference between the original and the remake. The remake didn’t have much nudity in it, while the original had nudity throughout the entire film. Plus, I think the girl’s murders against her rapers were better in the original, than the remake.

If you haven’t seen this film yet, check it out if you like a pretty realistic revenge movie. I understand it’s not for everyone, but check it out and give it a try. You’ll find that it’s actually not that bad if you give it a chance, but if you find it too disturbing for your taste, that’s understandable. Like I said, I’m used to the disturbing and gross out material ’cause I’ve been watching this stuff for years. This stuff excites me.

Kev

Brock’s Top 20 Favorite Horror films of all time…

It’s that’s time again. Halloween is just around the corner and I think it’s about time to do another Top Favorite Horror films list of all time. Just my way of recommending you some good stuff to watch on Halloween night. I think I usually do 15 every year, but I think I’ll do 20 this time. The list changes yearly due to the newer horror films that come out lately.

If you’re looking for some good movies to watch with all the lights off, here’s my list:

  1. Halloween (Carpenter version) – I’ll never get tired of this masterpiece. I watch it pretty much every Halloween night and I’m sure other people do as well. It’s a classic, indeed.
  2. Halloween II (Rob Zombie version) – Critics and movie fans hated this movie, but I fucking LOVED it. I thought Rob did a wonderful job on doing justice with Michael Myers, the way he’s supposed to be. This was a really disturbing and creepy film. I haven’t seen this film in a long time, maybe I’ll watch it again this weekend.
  3. Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn – This is my favorite of the Evil Dead series. Love this movie too much. If you want to be scared to death, get grossed out and laugh your ass off at the same time, this is the film for you. Always a great film to watch on Halloween.
  4. The Exorcist – Of course, can’t leave this one off the list, and it needs to be in the top 5 for sure. Can never forget the incredible performance by Max Von Sydow.
  5. The Omen (original) – Man, I love this movie. Everything about this movie is perfect, and of course, Gregory Peck was amazing in this flick.
  6. Night of the Living Dead (original) – Can’t forget the George A. Romero classic, the man responsible for bringing zombies into films. There maybe so many zombie flicks over the years, but nothing else will be able to top this masterpiece.
  7. Dracula (1931, original) – There’s been way too many remakes of “Dracula” over the years, but nothing will top the Bela Lugosi classic. While Francis Ford Coppola’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” is a wonderful film, the original will always be better.
  8. A Nightmare on Elm St. (both, original & remake, two way tie) – I loved both the original Wes Craven film and the remake just the same. I loved Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy.
  9. Nosferatu (original, 1932, silent film) – Forget “Twilight” and forget all the nonsense Anne Rice Lestat books. Nosferatu is probably the best vampire of them all.
  10. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (remake) – I’m probably gonna get slammed for this, but I loved the remake more than the original Tobe Hooper version. I thought the remake did the Leatherface character just right. Plus, Marcus Nispel’s vision of horror films is just fascinating.
  11. The Ring (remake) – The 2002 film starring Naomi Watts, this film is actually pretty scary as hell. While I did love this movie, I didn’t care for the sequel too much though.
  12. Frailty – A film about two young kids living with their Dad who is a serial killer, in which he saw people as demons. It’s a really good film.
  13. Wolf Creek – It’s another serial killer film, one of the better new horror films. About young backpackers getting kidnapped by a psycho madman. Check it out.
  14. Hellraiser I and II – Most of the Hellraiser movies were pretty bad, but I think the first two Hellbound films were the best. It is sad the Horror film industry ruined such a great character. I hope Hellraiser gets a re-boot someday.
  15. Twilight Zone: The Movie – Do you want to see something, really scary? Enough said!
  16. I Spit On Your Grave (Remake) – A film about a young girl who has been gang raped by a bunch of men, and she kills her attackers for revenge. This film will be a gross out, but it’s a really good revenge story. I love this film.
  17. An American Werewolf In London – Time to throw another classic in here. I think this is the best werewolf movie.
  18. Paranormal Activity series – A lot of people are giving the P.A. movies bad reviews, but I honestly love them so far. I love the story of Katie Featherston. I’m looking forward to the 3rd movie. The third “P.A.” movie is actually a prequel of the first movie.
  19. The Others – This is an excellent ghost story, starring Nicole Kidman. The pacing maybe slow and you may not be into it at first, but it’ll grow on you.
  20. Buried – It’s not really a horror film but scary enough to watch it on Halloween. It stars Ryan Reynolds, about a US truck driver based in Iraq, finds himself buried alive in a coffin underground. This movie is actually pretty scary. Why? Because it’s realistic. I watched this movie on Netflix a couple of weeks ago, and I loved it.
That’s it. There are too many horror films that I like but those above are my favorite.
Kev

Report: Bruce Campbell is planning horror film full of horror movie icons much like, “The Expendables”…

Former “Evil Dead” star Bruce Campbell said he saw, “The Expendables”, and Stallone’s new action film just gave Bruce an idea for a movie of his own. Bruce revealed that he is working on a script where he plans to make a horror film full of huge horror movie icons. He came up with Kane Hodder who played Jason Voorhees in the original “Friday the 13th” movies and he wants Robert Englund as well. He’s making it into a horror comedy of course. Read more on the article here.

Who else should Bruce have in the cast of this all star, horror movie?

I’d say he sould get Brad Dourif, who voiced Chucky in the “Child’s Play” films. He should also get Pamela Springsteen, who played Angela Baker in the “Sleepaway Camp” movies. Sigourney Weaver should definitely get a role since she was in “Alien”. Definitely Doug Bradley from the Hellraiser flicks. Maybe one of the Michael Myers actors from the earlier Halloween movies, ’cause Michael Myers had too many actors. Julian Sands from “Warlock”. Tobin Bell from the “Saw” series.

Finally, horror legend, Christopher Lee should get a role ’cause that dude is still alive.

If anybody out there can think of more, feel free to name some.

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