Monday, March 9, 2009

New Horror out on DVD this week: "Let The Right One In", arguably the best horror film of the year...

Much like last week, there's not a ton of new horror out this week, but what IS coming out is really good stuff. Led by, what some people are calling the best horror film of the year - "Let The Right One In", you've got some great films to choose from, most of which are indie's, as well. As usual, you can head over to our Youtube Page to see all the trailers and you can click on the title, to get to their page on Amazon.

So, I've seen "Let The Right One In" and I just found out, right now, that the film is supposed to take place in the early '80's. No insult to Swedes, but... I just figured that Sweden was a little behind the times. The kid's haircut should've been a tip-off, but... whatever. The long and short about this movie is that very rarely do you see art-house and horror blended so perfectly. It's a real accomplishment, if for that reason only. It's directed by Tomas Alfredson and it's based on the novel of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist, who also wrote the screenplay. It's gained huge international acclaim and has won various awards, including the "Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature" at Tribeca and top honors from the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation. It's one of those films that just couldn't be made over here, even though I heard they're going to try and remake it. I cringe at the thought... and so will you, after you see it. It's about a fragile 12 year old boy, Oskar, who is frequently bullied and dreams of getting revenge... who meets Eli, who looks 12, but is really a 200 year old vampire. There's so much going on in the film, plus it looks like there was even more stuff going on in the book. If you see only one international, vampire, art-house horror film about 12 year olds, this is the one.

"Crowley" comes out this week and, to be honest, I've heard the name Aleister Crowley before, but I didn't really know much more than that. So, I guess he was a British occultist, writer, mountaineer, poet and yogi. An influential member of several occult organizations, he's best known today for his occult writings and is commonly referred to as 'The Wickedest Man in the World'. If you're an Ozzy fan, he's the Mr. Crowley from the song "Mr. Crowley" on Blizzard of Ozz, he's the second cut-out on the top row on the cover of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and Iron Maiden had two tracks about him, "Moonchild" and "Revelations"... in fact, Bruce Dickinson, of Iron Maiden fame, wrote the script for this film. It's about a virtual reality experiment gone wrong, which sends the soul of Crowley into the body of a shy university professor.

"Stash" is an indie horror from Jacob Ennis, who wrote, directed, shot and edited the film. It's got Debbie Rochon in it, plus a great cast of indie horror regulars. It's about Bud, who's a good ole boy brought up on Bluegrass and Moonshine, who also happens to supply the surrounding counties with weed. Bud also has a darker secret, one that lays trapped under his cabin in the hills of Eastern Kentucky... to quote "MrSkin.com" on it, it has full-frontal nudity, bloodsoaked naked hotties... and sweet stinky ganja.

I'm not going to lie, the title "Prometheus Triumphant: A Fugue in the Key of Flesh" kinda puts me off, but it also intrigues me. Not the "Prometheus Triumphant" part... the "A Fugue in the Key of Flesh" part. Anyhow, it draws a big WTF, which, for me, is a good thing, as it makes me want to know more... turns out that it's a low-budget indie from Jim Towns and Mike McKown. They draw from the silent film era, creating a look and feel reminiscent of "Nosferatu" or "Frankenstein". Further, it's getting great reviews... and not from reviewers, but from average folks who happen to have checked it out. It's about a young, rebellious Doctor, Dr. Janick, who reveals a radical cure for a deadly plague, but he's deemed a heretic and is banished. He disappears into the wild, but his beloved Esmeralda, who was left behind, succumbs to the disease. Then, a mysterious masked figure, known only as The Creator, shows up, exhumes her dead body and gives her new life.

"Dark Reel" is a film that I've actually known about for quite some time, as I've had a massive press kit for it, sitting here, forever, but I never had the opportunity to check it out. Well, that opportunity will finally come around tomorrow! It's a film from Josh Eisenstadt, who also made "Specter's Rock" and "Red Lightning" and it's got a great, great cast, including Lance Henriksen, Edward Furlong, Tony Todd, Tiffany Shepis, among many others... It's about a B movie fan, Adam Waltz, who wins a walk on role in a film featuring scream queen, Cassie Blue, played by Shepis. Adam thinks his luck has changed for the better, however he's really stepped into chaos, as there's a killer on the loose and no one on the production is safe.

"Growing Out" comes from Graham Ratliff and, after reading the synopsis, I'm really going to have to check this one out. So, it's about a washed up musician, Tom, who finds a job as a caretaker at an old mansion. After cleaning the house, he finds something a little odd... a human hand growing out of the basement floor. The hand, over time, develops into an arm, then eventually sprouts a head. The Growth, now named Archie, quickly befriends Tom. Tom also finds himself romantically involved with his neighbor's girlfriend, Veronica. Archie, the human growth, ends up getting Tom caught and consequences turn violent. Wow...

Indie horror, "Dead by Dawn", comes out this week and I actually had the chance to see the film a few days ago. Further, I hope to have an interview with the filmmaker, Nigel Hartwell, done soon. Unfortunately, as it has a similar title to "Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn", I can't find the trailer on Youtube for you guys, but I assure you... it's a great indie horror, with a great story and it's well acted, also. I don't want to give TOO much away, as I hope to post an interview soon, but it's a ghost story about identical twin sisters... one who was brutally raped and murdered. The grieving twin and her comforting friends head to a cottage to celebrate graduation and, as soon as they get there, strange things start to happen and things turn ugly.

1 comment:

Zadora said...

Enjoyed the post about Let the Right One In. Will even forgive you for the comment about Swedes... :)