31 Days of Horror: “See No Evil 2″ (2014) Review

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Following the events of the first film, the sequel takes place shortly afterwards. We meet Amy (Danielle Harris), a young woman just finishing up her shift as the local morgue. When news arrives that the corpse of killer Jacob Goodnight (Glenn “Kane” Jacobs) is about to arrive, Amy cancels her birthday plans to help her co-workers Seth (Kaj-Erik Eriksen) and Holden (Michael Eklund) with the body. To Amy’s surprise, her friends show up unexpectedly to celebrate her birthday. The group features the feisty Tamara (Katharine Isabelle), her whipped boyfriend Carter (Lee Majdoub), the bubbly Kayla (Chelan Simmons), and Amy’s brother Will (Greyston Holt). It’s not too long before Jacob Goodnight rises from his slab and is out to crash the party and the group must find a way out of the enclosed morgue to survive.

While I was a fan of the original film, I didn’t find it anything great, but still fairly fun. I was shocked that it actually snagged a sequel. And it was ultimately an enjoyable one. It wasn’t miles better than the first, but still entertaining and slightly better. The film takes place in an excellent setting, many places to run, but plenty of places to get lost. Especially in the dark. Kane is badder than ever in his return as Jacob Goodnight. Showing no mercy for our characters. Scream Queen Danielle Harris is solid as always as our leading lady. She’s a friendly girl with edge who will do whatever it takes to get her friends and herself out alive. Also notable is other Scream Queen Katharine Isabelle. She plays the rule of Tamara with a perfect amount of feistiness and provides laughs with her over-the-top character moments. The rest of the cast does a decent job with their roles. As opposed the first film, the characters themselves range from tolerable to likable, and it helps that they are diverse and have their own personalities. The kills, while sometimes brutal, aren’t nearly as fun or creative as the ones in the original film, but it doesn’t bring the film down. What also scores the film points is the shock factor for a certain moment that occurs towards the end of the movie.

Overall, See No Evil 2 isn’t a perfect slasher film, but it is a fun sequel that features a nice cast with likable enough characters, and a decent body count. But what really stands out the most is the setting and following the characters throughout it. Keeping the audience on edge, not knowing what lies around every corner or in any room they find themselves.

–Cody Landman

2.5

31 Days of Horror: “The Town That Dreaded Sundown” (2014) Review

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Many years after the killings in small town by a killer known as “The Phantom” resulted in the making of the 1976 film The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Texarkana is once again plagued by murders. Every Halloween, the town has a drive in screening of the original film depicting their own town. On this particular night, Jami (Addison Timlin) and her boyfriend Corey (Spencer Treat Clark) decide to bail on the film and go elsewhere. When they are attacked by an assailant dressed as The Phantom, Jami starts to suspect that history is about to repeat itself, and the new Phantom has certain plans for Jami and her small town.

It is difficult to say whether this version of The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a reboot or a sequel. But whatever it is, it works. The original film had its creepy moments, but this film has a lot more going for it. For starters, this definitely has more of a slasher film feel to it than the original. We are given a very creepy killer, plenty of great and spooky night time scenes with him, plenty of chase scenes, and excellent and bloody kills. Not to mention it is VERY well-filmed with a great atmosphere and nice splicing between this and the original film. It also keeps you guessing as to what exactly is going on. Our leading lady played by Addison Timlin, while definitely isn’t legendary as far as a Final Girl, but she’s likable enough for us to root for her. And she has very sweet scenes with her grandmother, played by Veronica Cartwright. The acting isn’t bad, but it’s not anything great either. Timlin does well with the lead role, and easily does give the best and only note-worthy performance of the film. The concept itself is very interesting in how it is trying to bring new life the original film, and bring in a new generation. However, the concept does have a few problems. It bares a very strong resemblance to Scream 4 in trying to re-create the events of a real story/film in the film’s world. In fact, there’s a few things that can be compared to with Scream in regards to this film. The twist is another one of its weak spots. When it’s revealed, it’s not so much shocking as it is that you don’t see much point to it.

Despite the film’s borrowing of ideas and strong resemblances to Scream/Scream 4 and the awkward twist, this reboot/sequel is ultimately a fun slasher film. Let’s face it, there haven’t been many good ones. So if you look for particular aspects in a slasher film like a creepy killer, chase scenes, a decent body count, and bloody kills, with a likable lead, you may just enjoy this. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, which makes it all the more fun.

–Cody Landman

3

31 Days of Horror: Movies to Watch For Halloween

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As a horror fan I thought I would take some time to come up with a list of a few films that I would highly recommend for this time of year. Some mainstream classics, indie cult hits, and some unknown gems are in the mix for everyone. Here is my list of some of the horror films I would recommend to you.

Halloween
Ginger Snaps
Don’t Go To The Reunion
American Mary
The Exorcist
The Fog
The Thing
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Cabin Fever
Friday the 13th
Black Christmas
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Scream
Evil Dead
Slaughter High
Terror Train
Prom Night
Laid To Rest
Would You Rather
John Dies At The End
All Cheerleaders Die
Happy Birthday to Me
The Loved Ones
Wolf Creek
Hell Night
Rest Stop
Wrong Turn
The Slumber Party Massacre
Donnie Darko
Halloween 2007
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003
Idle Hands
The Craft
I Know What You Did Last Summer
The Faculty
Halloween 2 (1981)
Halloween H20

Well there you have it a list of some of my personal favorite Halloween Horror treats. Now if you are looking for films for a family audience here is a small list of a few classics.

Hocus Pocus
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Halloweentown
Casper
Hocus Pocus
Monster House
Scooby Doo
Gremlins
Paranorman

Well there you go everyone hope this list has helped you in deciding what to watch this October!

–Ross Wilcock

“Don’t Go to the Reunion” Now Available to Rent on IndieReign

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Our first slasher, Don’t Go to the Reunion, is now available to rent though IndieReign. Just $2.99 gets you a five day rental on what we hope will be your new favorite slasher. Click on the link below to rent the film today if you are looking for something new to watch this Halloween season. Slashers never die!!

Synopsis:
Scott Rantzen (Brady Simenson) is a horror movie loving misfit who is teased by the popular students in school. When a date with the very popular and very beautiful Erica Carpenter (Stephanie Leigh Rose) backfires, he feels as though his life is ruined. Ten years later, the gang reunite for their class reunion. Little do they know that someone is waiting for them and ready to see that they pay for what they did. Is Scott back for revenge and will the old gang survive to tell the tale? It’ll be more gore for Class of 04.

Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: Countdown to HALLOWEEN (Part 1)

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On this week’s episode of Slasher Studios Horror Podcast, our hosts Kevin Sommerfield and Andrew Beirl will be reviewing the first three films in the Halloween series. It’s a countdown until Halloween with a brand new Halloween themed show for the next three weeks. Wednesday night at 10PM central, make sure to call with your thoughts on the series. Click on the link below to listen in live or to check out an archive of a previous episode.

Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: Countdown to HALLOWEEN (Part 1)

31 Days of Horror: “The Haunting” (1960)

I am not going to do a whole lot here….did I mention for the hundredth time how wicked my schedule can get? I am quite behind, here, and any spare few minutes I have I’m a zombie.
Anyway, this is one of my favorite movies. It’s based on the book House on Haunted Hill, which is a book I really want to get my hands on, actually. I keep forgetting to order it. I think I’ll do that today.

I adore the way this film is shot and cast. I remember being a kid and seeing this on television and thinking, “Tsss. A black and white movie. How boring,” especially when I imagined how un-scary a black and white horror movie must be….

Something caught my eye, though, and I kept watching it, fascinated and disturbed. It scared the hell out of me. This very well may be the movie that inspired my love for haunted house movies. Years later I watch it, and it still creeps me out, yet I now recognize how also beautifully shot it is and well acted.

(I will stop here to mention how much I hate. Detest. Loathe. The remake. just because of my devotion to this one- so no offense if you find the remake great or whatever- just don’t talk to me about it.)

The supporting Claire Bloom as Theo is lovely and coolly collected in contrast to Nell’s character, and while Julie Harris does an excellent job as the vulnerable, fragile minded, ready-to-snap-at any-second star of the movie, she is not a very likable character. She’s annoyingly naive, uptight and prudish, and she’s always bitching about something or taking something the wrong way and flying off the handle throughout most of the movie until the end. The synopsis on IMDB has noted her as “one of the participants” in the haunted house expedition she joins who “soon starts losing her mind.”

This is where I’d like to bring up the first scene involving Nell when she is speaking to her horrible sister and brother-in-law about leaving to research the house with the others. She’s resentful and angry and a little nutty to begin with, and during this scene they begin to argue and it ends with Nell losing her temper and casting the others out of the room. During their conversation and Nell’s building tension, there is a child’s record playing a notably loud, happy, twinkly tune, which sets us up for the obvious- that Nell is already losing her mind, and it’s gonna go any time.

Her desperation, vulnerability, and loneliness are ultimately what “the house” uses to consumes her. Among the creepiest moments I remember of this movie from watching this as a kid was the part when Nell is lying in bed, tortured with fear and staring at the wall. The camera zeroes in on a small part of the wall while we hear what Nell is hearing- faint whispering, laughter, chanting and weeping. It was a memorable moment for me that gave me the chills as a kid and still does.

–Catherine Kincannon

Lynn Lowry to Be in “North Woods” If IGG Goal Is Met

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We covered the indie horror “North Woods” a few months back on Slasher Studios and we have some exciting news to share with you regarding the film. Lynn Lowry, of The Crazies (1973), Shivers (1975) & Cat People (1982) fame, is to be in North Woods, playing a very pivotal & important role in the film, but only if they make their IndieGoGo campaign goal!

From the IndieGoGo page:

Featuring legendary Indie Horror/B-Movie scream queen, Debbie Rochon, North Woods guarantees you an authentic visceral yet surreal experience, in the vein of directors such as Dario Argento, Sam Raimi, Don Coscarelli & David Lynch, straight from the era where Grindhouse Slashers & Drive-in Horror relentlessly ruled the cinemas!

From the official press release:

In the vein of Dario Argento, Mario Bava, David Lynch & the bizarre macabre films of the 70’s/80’s, comes this psychotic motion picture of unrelenting terror!

From within the woods, a blood spattered young man, named John Prescott, runs out in front of a car, terrified and muttering gibberish. Enter Dr. Pamela Alley, an esteemed psychologist, and Detective Morris West, her secret lover from the local police force, who have just been assigned the boy’s case. As the teen begins telling his diabolical tale of a local weekend vacation gone horribly wrong, it becomes clear that nothing is ever what it seems when a very troubled substitute teacher, with a webbed past of nightmares,emerges at the center of the proceedings. What keys does she hold to the nearly phantasmic events surrounding the area for the last several years?

Perhaps some secrets are better left in…the North Woods.

Like the official FB page:
https://www.facebook.com/NorthWoods2015Film

To become a backer:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/north-woods-a-motion-picture-of-relentless-terror

Cloudy With a Chance of Blood – “Deatherman” Now Available on DVD

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Looking for a fun new horror movie to watch in time for Halloween? Deatherman is now available on DVD and fans of SOV horror are sure to have a blast with this one. I know I did when I caught it last weekend as part of the FANtom Fest Horror Film Festival.

Synopsis:
In a small populated town, located in Cyphers County there’s a quaint crew of newscasters at Action 13 News. Dalton Law (John Kasper), the beloved local weatherman, never missed a day of work or misguided his town’s people to imperfect forecasts. Dalton’s days are predictable, down to his morning coffee and daily bathroom run-ins with anchorman Dan Anders (Mike Gavern). However, Dalton predicts an acid rain storm in the evening but does not predict his unfortunate demise by Holley Cooper (Dominique Capone), the psychopathic new intern on her way to becoming a lead weatherman, or should we say “weatherwoman”.

The next morning Dalton awakens… dirty, bloody and confused. His once unquestionable priority to go to work has been erased. Now Dalton is here for revenge and must kill anyone that gets in his way!

Order your DVD from Amazon today: Deatherman: Cloudy with a chance of BLOOD!