The Slayer (1982)

Rating: 3.0/10
Runtime: 86
Language: English
Country: USA
Color: Color
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Director: J.S. Cardone
Cast:
Sarah Kendall … Kay
Frederick Flynn … Eric
Carol Kottenbrook … Brooke
Alan McRae … David
Michael Holmes … Marsh
Paul Gandolfo … Fisherman
Newell Alexander … Kay’s Father
Ivy Jones … Kay’s Mother
Jennifer Gaffin … Young Kay
Richard Van Brakel … Young Eric
Carl Kraines … The Slayer

 

SYNOPSIS:

Siblings, Eric & his surreal artist sister Kay, her doctor husband David, her sister-in-law Brooke along with pilot Marsh become stranded on a rugged isle face off against a supernatural beast drawn to Kay who dreams of its killings.

REVIEW:

Kay (Sarah Kendall) is a painter who has been experiencing terrifying nightmares of being chased by a mysterious, bloodthirsty creature.

The imagery is starting to invade her work and affect her nerves, so a getaway is planned for her to get some relaxation in before a big gallery show.

She flies to a dark and stormy island with her husband, David (Alan McRae); her brother, Eric (Frederick Flynn); and his wife, Brooke (Carol Kottenbrook). Though she has never visited it before, Kay recognizes their rented beach house from one of her nightmares and expresses her unease, but everyone dismisses this as the result of her art getting too surreal. After Kay dreams of finding David’s disembodied head in bed with her, he disappears and is later found mangled and hanging from the roof of an old barn. Kay refuses to sleep, sure that to do so will mean more deaths, but Eric sedates her secretly, worried about her sanity. He is certain that the culprit is Marsh (Michael Holmes), the pilot who flew them to the island, though Brooke is inclined to believe Kay’s supernatural explanation. More mayhem ensues while Kay slumbers, and when she awakes alone, she is intent to stay conscious and avoid facing the slayer herself.

This is quite a creepy film, a little out-dated these days, but fun for the cheesiness-value of it all!

 

RATING: 6.2 out of 10 – See it for the Cheese!

Story Submissions Wanted- Between the Tracks : Tales from the Ghost Train!

Good friend Steve from Oz Horror Con will be publishing a collection of short stories in 2017, the working title of which is “Between the Tracks … Tales from the Ghost Train”.

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Good friend Steve from Oz Horror Con will be publishing a collection of short stories in 2017, the working title of which is “Between the Tracks … Tales from the Ghost Train”.

A public call for submissions via social media and on our web site, www.OzHorrorCon.com has led to a trainload of short stories, ideas, links to urban myths and supernatural tales involving trains and trams, trolleys and tracks of all kind. Behind the scenes, we also reached out to established horror writers to provide archetypes and best-of-breed tales of track-related terror. We would now like to announce two anchor writers for the anthology, and while neither writer requires an introduction to the horror community, we wanted to offer a brief note about these maestros of horror.

Clive Barker – The Midnight Meat Train

We’ve selected Clive Barker’s tale The Midnight Meat Train as an archetype. A highly visceral story at one level, Midnight Meat Train is also concerned with our protagonist’s own journey in a city renowned for its ruthless, uncaring nature. The train itself, the underground, the tunnels, and its final destination all provide a suitably thematic arena for exploring paranoia, entrapment, claustrophobia, gruesome murders and ultimately, the unveiling of deep mysteries.

Ramsey Campbell – to be announced

Ramsey Campbell is undisputed grand-master of paranoiac, creepy tales of insidious terror. He has won many major awards and received numerous accolades over several decades. We’re excitedly reading through several of Ramsey’s tales now to decide which story best aligns with the character of ‘Between the Tracks.’
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Please look out for future announcements on the website or our FaceBook group at http://www.facebook.com/GhostlyTrac…

L’été (1968) Summer

Rating: 9.0/10
Runtime: 64
Language: French
Country: France
Color: Black & White
IMDb Link: www.imdb.com/title/tt0063858

Director: Marcel Hanoun
Cast:
Graziella Buci … Graziella
Pierre-Henri Deleau

 

After the event of May 1968, a young woman shelters in the country, in a house where she waits for her partner.

 

“…‘Who creates? And for whom?’ What is important is that Hanoun does not answer these questions in a grandiloquent way.

On the contrary, far from showing a series of dramatic actions, he focuses on the in-between moments in the life of his beautiful young protagonist. He plays with fragments of the scene, re-framing the image, using frames (doors, windows, a mirror as a tableau vivant) and all of this confronts the viewer with a sort of catalog of repetitive acts, where drama and character development are absent.

These moments characterized by their pure banality end up permitting the real subject to slip through the cracks of the narrative… a whole series of scenes, sequences, images, that any other director would have cut, eliminated, removed, because they contributed neither to the narrative’s suspense nor its climax, nor to its dramatic progress, but which, because of the distance established, permit Hanoun to reveal the key, the meaning of his film: the confrontation, the controversial relation between desire and reality. In this way, the questions — Who creates? And for whom? — are reformulated in a more precise way: what one wishes for and how one seeks to change reality to satisfy this desire.”










Rating: 7/10

 

Top Ten”Hillbilly/Southern” Horror Films!

No disrespect to Hillbillies or Southerners in general is meant by this list or any of the content within it, it’s purely for fun, and I happen to love Hillbilly Horror films, and films set in the South in general.

The list is in no real particular  order at all.

 

1. Deliverance (1972)

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Although not horror specifically, this film was made in ’72 and is still very effective by today’s standards. Some of the shots of the team of guys paddling through the Cahulawassee River are still chilling to this day, especially when you realize that they’re being watched by a community of undesirable inbred locals! Check this one out if you have not done so already!

8/10

2. Southern Comfort (1981)

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Once again, not horror really at all, and somewhat of a cash-in (in ways) on Deliverance’s success, but this film is still solid, and the hillbilly’s who are stalking these National Guards all throughout this film are quite menacing indeed. A little more Action/Thriller than horror, but definitely check this one out, it was one of my brother and I’s favorite action flicks when it came out.

6/10

3. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

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This is Tobe Hoopers best film, bar none. The overall atmosphere and feeling of dread throughout this piece is still very unsettling today, and somewhat of an achievement as a director, I feel. Although the film was followed by so many sequels and remakes, this is the best, and the only one you should really see, although The Beginning is also a good watch, as i s the official Remake of this film.

8.5/10

4. Just Before Dawn (1981) 

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Just Before the Dawn is a nice little bit of hillbilly stalker horror from 1981. Be honest, everyone likes a wild machete wielding hillbilly stalking 5 campers through the woods,right? This is actually much better than your average hillbilly slasher from the 80’s, and is led by a pretty good cast and some impressive kill-scenes.

7.0/10

5. Rituals (1977)

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Originally titled Rituals, re-titled as “The Creeper”.

Five doctors go on vacation deep in the Canadian wilderness. After all but one pair of the party’s shoes disappear, the remaining camper decides to hike out and go look for help. Soon after he leaves, however, his four companions realizes that something is very wrong when someone leaves a decapitated deer head just outside their camp. Even though they still don’t have their shoes, they decide to follow their friend’s trail out of the woods, but their path is blocked by someone who doesn’t want to see them leave the forest alive. This is a very tight and menacing slasher/horror, led be a nice cast of actors, and a very good. This film is often overlooked by people, yet it started the whole “maniac in the woods” horror genre, and it is quite good indeed.

6.5/10

6. Hunter’s Blood (1986)

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Five “city boys” travel to the country to relax by doing some hunting, drinking Bud, and generally having good time. However, the local inbred backwoods psychos turn the hunters to be the hunted, and they need all the ammo and wits they have to get out of the woods alive.This is quite a fun late 80’s hillbilly horror, one which a lot of people miss out on, purely because I think it gets lost in the mix, but check this one out!

7. Deranged (1974)

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This film came out the same year that Texas Chainsaw Massacre came out, which is why I think it got slept on a bit. It’s based on Ed Gein (who everybody knows was one sick hillbilly), a deranged rural farmer becomes a grave robber and murderer after the death of his possessive mother whom he keeps her corpse, among others, as his companions in his decaying farmhouse. There is some truly sick moments throughout this nasty piece, and it holds a special place in my heart as one of the earlier films in this genre that I saw. Robert Blossoms gives an outstanding (and very believable) performance here, worth seeing the film for alone!

8. Straw Dogs (1971)

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I first saw Straw Dogs back in about 1981, long before I should have, but it has stuck with me. This film delivers fine performances from Dustin Hoffman, the beautiful Susan George and a host of others. What sets this is apart from others of the genre is the fact that instead of American Southern hillbillies, we here have British rural countryside ones. A breath of fresh air indeed, with some incredibly nasty kills, and top-notch direction from Sam Peckinpah

9/10

9. Wrong Turn (2003)

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Even though this spawned a shit-tonne of sequels (as per usual), the original and first is still the best. The Hillbilly savages in this flick are both menacing and somewhat funny, which is quite refreshing in the genre, each hillbilly has been given a specific style, which is also a nice touch. Matched with some very nice kills, and the beautiful Eliza Dushku.

7.2/10

10. Day of the Woman (aka I Spit on your Grave) – (1978)

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This (if in order of favorites) would be my number one, but since this list is in no order, I have saved my personal best for last. The original of this film is astonishing, and everyone who is a fan of horror of exploitation films in general should know it. A knockout performance from the stunning actress Camille Keaton, this film is menacing, twisted, dark and very nasty. If you’re not a fan of rape-revenge type 70’s films, you should still check this ultimate classic out, and it’s remake from 2002.

10/10 – a Classic!

Clown Town (2016)

 

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SYNOPSIS:

A group of friends get stranded in a seemingly deserted small town and find themselves stalked by a violent gang of psychopaths dressed as clowns.
REVIEW:
Despite being something of a cliched idea, this direct to DVD/HD flick is surprisingly good, I had a lot of fun with it, to be honest.
The main thing that sets it apart from the norm is that it has a very creepy/eerie feeling throughout the duration of the film, something which many “modern day horror films” are lacking these days.
Another thing that sets it apart is the gore/blood content – it does not hold back or shy away from some pretty nasty kills and torture scenes (not giving any of these away, as you need to experience them for yourself).
Everybody hates clowns, and the use of them in a horror film as villains is nothing new and can be traced back decades, but do yourself a favor and check this little indie flick out, it’s a fine example of how good things can be done on a low budget whilst still being better than half the “major” horror films that are being spewed out by Hollywood today.
RATING:
6.6 out of 10 – a gem of an indie film.
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Hellraiser (1987)

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

A man finds he is given more than he bargains for when he solves the puzzle of the Lament Configuration – a doorway to hell. But his ex-lover has found a way of bringing him back, and his niece, Kirsty Lawrence, finds herself bargaining with the Cenobites, angels to some, demons to others, whose greatest pleasure is the greatest pain.

REVIEW:

I was originally going to review this film for the very first post on this site, but I decided against that, because it would have seemed too obvious for me to have done so. Hellraiser is an incredible slice of late 80’s gore and horror, from one of the Masters of the genre (in both film and literature) – Clive Barker.

My experience seeing this film at the cinema when it was released is nothing short or breathtaking. I was enthralled from the opening sequence where a man purchases a very nasty looking “box”, only to take it home and have it literally open up the gates of hell for him and reveal the most incredible icon of horror film in the last 40 years – Pinhead.

Barker’s creation is brought to the screen and director by him, and this is truly the only Hellraiser film you need to see – there are numerous sequels available, but this is the only one directed by Clive Barker.

When I first saw this film, I was young (very young), and more than 20 years later, the film still sticks in my mind as perhaps one of the modern day horror masterpieces of cinema, and it holds up (special effects-wise) even to some of today’s shit being produced and churned out by Hollywood.

Doug Bradley brings Pinhead to life in this, in perhaps one of the most menacing horror icons around, not to mention the other cenobite characters which have emerged from the genius mind of Clive Barker.

The Box itself also plays a major role in this film, opening the gates of hell, yet also answering all of your desires  – at a price. How far would you go to have your ultimate desire? Would you die or kill for it?

Many years ago, I purchased a replica of the box from one of those old online horror stores (most likely based in Asia somewhere), but I recall my disappointment when the box which I received was incredibly badly made, and did not even open! (hey, I was young!!)

Most secondary characters in the film actually do a superb job with what they are given too, with special mention going to Claire Higgins as Julia, Ashley Laurence as Kristy, and Oliver Smith as Frank the Monster.

Any self-confessed horror fan has already seen this film (along with it’s sequels), but if you have not (shame on you!) – stop reading now and go and pick this absolute classic up from wherever you can find it (there’s actually a very nice looking Bluray box-set out now, which I would like for Xmas!).

RATING:

10 out of 10 – an instant classic, which has aged very nicely, like a fine wine.

Now somebody please buy me a real puzzle-box??

Blood Harvest (1987)

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

In a small town, people are being murdered by having their throats cut.

 

REVIEW:

Tiny Tim stars in his first dramatic film role in this taut drama, directed by Bill Rebane.

A Beautiful young girl, Jill Robinson, returns to her peaceful rural home town to find that her life has been turned upside down.

The house she grew up in has been defaced, her parents are missing, and the whole town hates her father, the bank supervisor who had foreclosed on many of the local farms.

Only “Marvelous Mervo” (Tiny Tim) seems happy to see her.

He wanders around the community dressed in a clown’s suit with a clown’s permanent grin grotesquely painted on his face.

Mervo’s brother tries to re-kindle his love affair with Jill.

Then, one by one, those closest to her are slaughtered like cattle… tied upside down from the rafters of the barn… until the surprise ending reveals the madman.. and a very unlikely savior.

To say that this film is great is bullshit, it is not. It is,however, slightly entertaining, and Tiny Tim has always been a creepy character, weather he was doing his “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” business, or trying to act.

In this role, because of his overall obscurity, Tiny Tim succeeds, but is sadly the only saving grace for this film.

All in all, I would probably give this film a:

RATING:

3 out of 10 – Based purely on Tiny Tim’s creepy performance.