Reviews

  • Black Annis – DIE you Zombie Bastards!! -   DIE You Zombie Bastards!!!! Ben and Misty return with a story of love, cannibalism, and revenge! Join us as we discuss the immortal classic, Die You Zombie Bastards. Ok, so it’s not an immortal classic. More like a ridiculous journey into a world of tits, rubber cocks, and the importance of taking your loved one on a picnic! We’re back you magnificent bastards! Promos by: Cinema Psyops, Scream Queenz, The Podcast on Haunted Hill, and Evil Episodes Podcast Podcast: Play in new window | Download
  • Bo’s Top 10 Horror Movies of 2016 - Before the calendar turns over one more time, let’s take a final look back at the year that was.  I have to say, there has been an embarrassment of riches in 2016.  From arthouse wonders to surprise box office smashes to straight-to-video gems, I can’t recall a more exciting time to be a fan of horror films.  There are so many ways for creators to get their vision on the screen, the horror genre as a whole has become a wonderfully diverse realm.  So, enough jibber-jawing, let’s talk movies!   10. Southbound I’m a sucker for a good anthology.  Southbound is uneven, and I think the framing story is the weakest of the lot, but that doesn’t diminish the unsettling weirdness of this movie.  The whole thing has a somber, dischordant tone that breeds anxiety.  The centerpiece tales of a girl band being seduced by a nice, wholesome family is like mental fingernails on a chalkboard (in a good way!), an indictment of “family values” and rural homogeneity I really like.  The adjacent story is all about a man trying to follow the instructions of a sadistic doctor over the phone as he treats a girl struck by his car.  The [...]
  • Bo’s Horrible Horror of 2016! - This year, huh?  Quite the old kick to the proverbial nards, spiritually speaking.  The upside of the year is that it has been astoundingly rich with entertainment choices.  No matter what you like, what genres, there is terrific work out there.  If you’re like me, finding solace in media has been a welcome respite from dealing with the modern horrors outside the window, so it is perhaps for this reason that the awfulest of awful movies felt particularly… well, awful-er.  So, here is my list for the five movies you should absolutely, no-questions-ask avoid.  You have been warned.   5. The Forest Maybe it’s my love of Asian horror that made this such a slough, but The Forest manages to take the very real and very creepy location of Aokigahara forest and make it bland and dull.  No kidding, there’s a real place in Japan where so many people wander into the trees to commit suicide that they had to put up a sign urging potential self-offers to think of their families.  It has long been associated with vengeful spirits and the spirit world, so it makes for the perfect setting for a horror film, right?  Sadly, not this time.  Natalie [...]
  • Train to Busan Is an Unforgettable Journey - For regular readers, you know two things about me – I love Asian horror and I’m just about fed up with zombie movies. So, imagine my conflicted feelings as I sat down to watch the much-hyped Train to Busan, a zombie apocalypse film from South Korea.  Directed by Yeon Sang-ho, whose previous work has largely been in animated features, Train to Busan has a distinctly Western feel in execution that I assume will make it more palatable for the masses in the West, unlike the more culturally-specific The Wailing from the same country this year.  That broad appeal does not imply a lack of focus or a watering-down of its elements.  Surprisingly, Train to Busan has quickly become one of the great zombie epics of cinema. Gong Yoo stars as Sok-woo, a fund manager separated from his wife and juggling the care of his young daughter, Soo-an (Kim Soo-an), with the aid of his mother.  Truth be told, he’s not doing such a great job of it.  His work has become his life, and even his own mother chides Sok-woo for missing his daughter’s recent recital and suggests that Sok-woo is missing his daughter’s childhood.  Soo-an is eager to return to Busan to be with [...]
  • Black Annis Episode 6 – Danny Dyer Double - Tonight we face off against the most dangerous man in Britain! Join us as we look at two films starring our favourite duck lover, Danny Dyer. Feeling like a badass yet? You should be! Scorn Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKTkCa5nB_8 Podcast: Play in new window | Download
  • ‘Blair Witch’ Scares, Confounds In Equal Parts -   What scares you?  The question will differ between those asked as surely as a seemingly forgotten franchise will be rebooted these days.  In this case, 1999’s The Blair Witch Project has been placed in the Micmac burial ground of Hollywood.  Unless you were alive when the original dropped, replete with faux documentary and a first-of-its-kind viral marketing campaign, it is very difficult to describe how seismic its impact on popular culture was lo these seventeen years ago.  And in the interest of compensating bias, I loved the original.  Opening night, shuffling into a theater with friends (one of whom had to leave in the middle due to motion sickness), the film began and there was a real sense that you were part of an event, something special.  As history has shown, it divided the viewers and the horror community who debated whether the film was a masturbatory exercise in student filmmaking or one of the great horror films of the modern era.  For those of you who find the debates of It Follows or The Witch surprising, rest assured that this conversation has been ongoing since film began.  Horror is a subjective mode, a preference for those terrors that appeal uniquely to us.  Seeing The Blair [...]
  • Black Annis Episode 5: There can be only One - Episode 5 is here! This episode introduces a new logo, a new intro song, and a new series of episodes that we will be doing…. Well pretty much whenever we feel like straying from our regular reviews. Tonight we will be featuring the unnamed versus episode where we will be looking at The Thing From Another World and John Carpenter’s The Thing. One will ride high on the wings of eternity, while the loser is put to death with extreme prejudice. We will also be featuring our first game review as Ben will tell is what he thought of The Thing video game which came out in 2002, and is based on the sequel that was never made. So sit back, relax, have a drink, and enjoy! Logo art – Mel Langton / www.mellangton.com Intro Music by – Luke Sibley / Ultimate Master of Awesomeness and all around cool guy. Podcast: Play in new window | Download
  • Answer the Call for… Ugh, I Just Can’t… Ghostbusters (2016) Reviewed - Ghostbusters (2016) is a movie with a hell of a pedigree.  You have four leads that are individually very funny and talented comedians, and a director who has produced some fine comedic work.  On paper, this sounds like a wonderful way to reboot a franchise that’s floundered since the second Ghostbusters  film in 1989.  Come to think of it, let’s not talk about Ghostbusters 2, a movie that squandered the talent of its cast with unfunny material and a groan-worthy conclusion.  With that in mind, it’s not like this new Ghostbusters had a very high bar to meet.  The original ’84 Ghostbusters is one of those lightning-in-a-bottle meetings of powerful comedic forces and can simply never be duplicated.  The second one… eh, not so much.  If this new film can fall somewhere in the middle, you have yourself a decent movie worthy of the name. Sadly, that’s not the case.  Ghostbusters ’16 is a lifeless, unfunny film that is more infuriating for the talent involved in its production.  The movie serves as a full reboot, ignoring the first two films altogether.  Kristen Wiig is Erin Gilbert, a professor on the cusp of tenure at a prestigious university.  After being approached by a fan of [...]
  • Green Room Isn’t a Movie… It’s a Ticking Bomb - To date, Jeremy Saulnier has directed only three features, Green Room being the last.  Prior to that, Saulnier directed the uneven but entertaining Murder Party and the outstanding Southern Gothic-inspired Blue Ruin.  With Green Room, Saulnier proves he is a film force to be reckoned with, and offers up one of the most jarring, breathless thrillers in years. Anton Yelchin is Pat, a member of the punk band The Ain’t Rights, a hand-to-mouth band touring the Pacific Northwest on stolen gas and the money earned from the last gig to get them to the next.  A nearby contact comes to the rescue when they run out of gas, offering them a place to crash and the promise of another venue to replenish their dwindling funds.  It’s here we understand that the band eschews all social media, announcing their preference to keep live music pure with the same surety that all young artists have.  It’s roleplay, we come to learn, but a style we all engage in, a way for us to be our ideal selves.  Unfortunately, the world of Green Room detests ideals, and the band find themselves en route to a skinhead bar in the middle of nowhere to play their next set, thanks [...]
  • Cell’s Signal Is Frustratingly Broken - In the interest of full disclosure, I didn’t really care for the novel Cell, first published by Stephen King in 2006.  In particular, the resolution of that novel sparked such a degree of fan disapproval that King stated he had crafted a new ending for the film adaptation.  Well, that film is now upon us, and, boy, is it a mixed bag. If you’re not a King reader, or simply missed this one, Cell is the story of Clay Riddell (John Cusack), a comic book artist and writer returning from a business trip when the world goes sideways.  As he searches for a power source to charge his drained cell phone and continue the plot-necessary conversation with his estranged wife and son, a signal turns cell phone users into rabid maniacs who seem to attack anything they see.  After a wild flight from the airport terminal, Clay finds himself in the company of subway engineer Tom McCourt (Samuel L. Jackson), who accompanies Clay out of the tunnel and to the relative safety of Clay’s bachelor pad. There, they pick up another survivor, Alice Maxwell (Isabel Fuhrman), and decide to journey out of the city of Boston to find Clay’s missing wife and child. [...]

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