Slasher Poster Friday: “Halloween II” (1981)

Last week on Horror Movie Poster Fridays, I shared my favorite posters of the Friday the 13th franchise. This week, with the upcoming entry in the Halloween series just months from filming, I thought I’d share my favorite posters of my personal favorite entry in the Halloween franchise. Directed by Rick Rosenthal, Halloween II is the sequel that has divided many horror fans. Some love it, some feel indifferent, and some absolutely despise it. I personally prefer it to the original and have a lot of memories with it.

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Art credit: James Rheem Davis

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Art credit: Nathan Thomas Milliner

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Check back next week for an all new Horror Movie Poster Fridays.

–Noah Nicholas Nelson

Slasher Studios World Premiere: “Dismembering Christmas” Official Trailer

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We are pleased to bring you the world premiere trailer for our newest horror feature from Slasher Studios: Dismembering Christmas. Make sure to like the film on Facebook for updates on the upcoming slasher as well as pick up your limited edition Dismembering Christmas t-shirt today. It’s going to be a gory good time!!

Plot:
It was supposed to be a holiday vacation they would never forget, not a holiday vacation they would never survive. When Mark and his friends go up to his fathers new vacation home for Christmas vacation, they were ready for a fun time. Out in the middle of nowhere, the house is cheerfully decorated for Christmas. But an unknown visitor is there, and one by one they are murdered. Its Christmas and not a creature is stirring except the killer in the house…

Slashing up DVD & limited edition VHS/Blu-ray this Fall.

I Love the 80’s: Horror Movies of 1988

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We are continuing our marathon of 80’s horror this week at Slasher Studios Horror Podcast with a brand new episode tonight at 10PM central discussing the horror movies of 1988. Join Andrew Beirl and Kevin Sommerfield as they talk about the best and worst horror from 1988.

I Love the 80’s: Horror Movies of 1988

Second Opinion Review: “Insidious: Chapter 3″ (2015)

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Insidious Chapter 3 is the third installment in the Insidious series. However, it is actually a prequel to the original 2010 smash hit horror.

The story follows a family grieving over the loss of their mother/wife. They are thrown into the darkness when the daughter, Quinn, tries to contact her mother from beyond the grave. She accidentally opens herself up to the outside demonic world. However, with the help of Elise (Lin Shaye), they try to bring her back from the evil possession that has attached itself to Quinn’s soul.

I was very excited to see this hopefully last entry in the Insidious series after the first one terrified me at the cinema. However, that sadly was not the case with this movie. Although there were many scary points and tension building moments, overall the film was built of cheap and predictable jump scares that anyone could see coming.

In saying this though, I highly enjoyed myself watching this film. I think it was a very fun cinema experience and I would recommend seeing the film for sure. I really do think this was a great end to the trilogy. Putting it within the trilogy it is actually above the usual standard for a third entry in a horror film series. So, on that note, I do think it’s a pretty decent film and has a lot of interesting concepts in it.

This I thought, although weaker than the first two, is a solid horror film on its own. I think the fact of it being a prequel means that you can watch it without seeing the other two. Although, it is best to watch the first two if possible. I think that gives the film its edge and also a standalone feel.

Overall I was entertained, scared at points, and even found myself laughing at certain moments.
I thought and hoped it would be better than what it was but it was still a fun watch and definitely a film to go see with a big group of friends and enjoy yourself.

–Ross Wilcock

Meta Murder: “Scream” (2015) – Pilot Review

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The episode begins with a creepy voiceover singing Daisy (Bicycle Built for Two) as it opens with a shot of a lone lake. The voice resembling the singing voice of Billy from the original Black Christmas. From there, we see a video of two young women making out in a car. The prime target is Audrey (Bex Taylor-Klaus), who suddenly become a victim of cyber-bullying when the video goes viral. Cut to the class mean girl Nina (Bella Thorne), alone in her house and receiving threatening text messages and is soon brutally murdered. The rest of the episode follows Nina’s classmates dealing with her death. Some showing no signs of remorse (Audrey included), and some in disbelief. It is only when the killer begins taunting Emma (Willa Fitzgerald) and her friends, as well as Emma’s mother, that they realize Nina wasn’t just a lone kill, and that the town of Lakewood’s deadly past may be coming back for bloody vengeance.

This series is based off of the popular slasher series of the same name by Wes Craven. However, it is completely set apart from the film’s storyline featuring new characters and a new story. Now I admit, that compared to the films it is VERY weak and nowhere near engaging, however, with it being different than the films it is hardly fair to judge it on that. The opening scene featuring Bella Thorne is supposed to be reminiscent to Drew Barrymore’s opening in the original film. The opening had potential to be great, but there really wasn’t much to it, they could have amped the terror much more and strung it out more. Bella Thorne does well with the role with what she has, and she was impressive in her brief panic mode, but had the scene been longer, she would have had more time to shine.

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Moving on we have our main cast. Emma is our main girl here, the popular girl. Though she is a popular girl, Emma has a caring side, but is also not afraid to stand up for herself or others. Willa Fitzgerald really does well with the role and really makes Emma likable, Fitzgerald doesn’t get to show too much of her panic mode until the very end, so it’s too hard to judge her acting in that department, but overall she did a fine job here. She is the girlfriend of our jock character Will, he is your typical gorgeous jock, but isn’t a total douche, but he can have his moments. Then there is Audrey, Emma’s old best friend. She’s mainly the pitiful victim of the characters who appears on and off. Her character seems hardly worthy of existing considering she’s hardly one of the main focuses and doesn’t have really any redeeming qualities to make us care about her. Noah is our film/television buff who walks us through his theories of how things will play out. He is also the aspect of the show that gives us its meta voice. Although some of his dialogue is very cheesy, the character himself is pretty cocky and seems like he gets his kicks from creeping out his crew with his horror knowledge (I like him already). At this point he is Audrey’s only real good friend. We get our bitch character in Brooke (played very horribly by Carlson Young). She’s the character who just sits around flashing her blonde hair, waiting for any given moment to spout out any bitchy remark, otherwise she doesn’t have anything to say. Riley is another member of the main group who is essentially Brooke’s sidekick. She’s also the one who feeds in most to Noah’s horror theories (will this help her survive?), Riley isn’t terribly unlikable, but there isn’t anything particularly special to her, but it’s comical seeing her so enticed in the horror theories as if she’s never even heard of a horror movie. Finally, there is Jake (Will’s wingman and the big douchebag), and Kieran (the new and mysterious bad guy that Emma becomes infatuated with). Jake is just your stereotypical drunk douchebag (really, that’s it). Kieran is a fairly interesting character, he has some charm and nice guy moments, but he has a mysterious quality that makes you think there is something dark hidden behind his nice guy exterior. Overall it’s a very divided group of characters, you will either love them or hate them. I personally really only like Emma and Noah. As far as the acting goes, it is still early to make it concrete, but going by this first episode, a majority of the acting is weak except for Willa Fitzgerald, John Karna (Noah), and Amadeaus Serafini (Kieran). Also on a side note, Tracy Middendorf who plays Emma’s mother is a major character in the film, is a slasher alum for her role as Julie in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare.

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Now, moving on to the overall story. Going by this first episode, it is clear so far that the series wants to play a very strong tribute to the spirit of the film by having nods as far as its scenes (such as the opening, discussion of horror films, and even creepy calls/messages), but in some ways it’s also a remake of the original film but trying to throw a new story in. This story comes in form of numerous 80s slasher films, and admittedly, it does a great job in this department. You may also see some nods to other slasher films besides Scream. As for the killer, I personally love the look of the costume. The mask gives enough tribute to Ghostface while getting its own character. Overall he/she has a very creepy look to him, but the phone calls the killer provides, while semi-creepy in dialogue, is weak as far as the voice speaking it. So, in my final words, Scream the Series is one that you more than likely won’t enjoy if you don’t like rich, pretty, teeny bopper drama and their characters (but if you want to see some of them die you might think differently). But if you are willing to look past all of this and see it as a show trying to pay tribute to a fantastic slasher series and slashers from the 80s generation you may want to tune in. Quite frankly if anything will keep me tuned in all the way, it is the story given, not so much the characters. As long as you don’t go in comparing it to the show (as hard as it may be, trust me because you will hate it in that case), and can get over the glossy characters and appreciate the slasher story aspect, you may just enjoy this. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its numerous faults in weak acting, some uninteresting characters, weak dialogue, and just plain simply the usual MTV drama, you may enjoy it. The pilot is at least worth watching a slasher fan just to see if the story grabs you enough.

An overall review of the first season to come following the season finale.

–Cody Landman

2.5

Vomit Gore 4: “Black Mass of the Nazi Sex Wizard” Review

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Black Mass of the Nazi Sex Wizard is the fourth installment of the Vomit Gore films. Directed by Lucifer Valentine, this film, unsurprisingly, still has the five elements from the first three films that made them work – vomit, gore, satanic imagery, flashy editing, and sound design that is very atmospheric and harsh. But is this long-awaited fourth film good as its predecessors? Well, it’s better than Slaughtered Vomit Dolls…

I would be lying if I said I enjoyed this film as much as ReGOREgitated Sacrifice and Slow Torture Puke Chamber. Those two films hold a special place in my heart because they didn’t feel pretentious or just shock for shock value sake. I found them to be disturbing, gruesome, depressing, dark, and beautiful
in some sort of depraved way. They had this “downfall of the doll” aspect that made them interesting to watch since the characters (reincarnations of the main character in the first film) were beautiful and had these depressing and interesting monologues right before they were puked on and torn apart by Hank Skinny (who returned for this installment). Unfortunately, while this fourth film still has the self-destructive feel to it, I didn’t like it as much as ReGORE and STPC. Something about it just didn’t stick with me like those two movies. Don’t get me wrong – some things about it are great, but I was disappointed.

Pros:
The sound design was unsurprisingly amazing in this film. Even though I still hate the first Vomit Gore film, the sound design builds this eerie and hateful atmosphere that stayed for three more films. It’s harsh, angry, and awesome to listen to.

The clips of cartoons placed throughout menacing scenes of purging, satanic rituals, and abuse showed Lucifer Valentine’s obsession with “childlike innocence” and made it very uncomfortable to watch (which is a good thing). It just adds another layer of creepy and strange to this film which I liked.

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Cons:
Though this may just be nit-picking I didn’t like how the aspect ratio kept changing between scenes. Unlike Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, the aspect ratio shifts just felt like lazy unfixed editing instead of being artistic or symbolic.

The gore effects here also disappointed me. Though I wasn’t expecting something on a Tom Savini level in a Lucifer Valentine film, the gore effects felt very lower budget and fake. Some effects were decent like a woman getting her face peeled off but at times it felt like not much effort was put into the effects. ReGOREgitated Sacrifice was definitely higher budget than this entry with the effects. Though the effects here weren’t awful, I expected more.

Final Verdict: Black Mass of the Nazi Sex Wizard is a mixed bag. It still has the dark atmosphere from the first three movies and it still has a lot of gore and depraved imagery but I can’t see myself watching this ever again unless LV makes another one and I want to have a marathon. I can’t really see this movie making waves either unlike the sequels. Though I have seen some talk about it outside of Lucifer Valentine fan groups, I feel like some underground horror films will overshadow it and only the Lucifer Valentine fans will see it. Unlike the first three which are still reviewed and talked/trashed about by non-LV fans, the fact that this came out years later than it should have will lower any kind of impact this movie will have.

I’m giving Black Mass of the Nazi Sex Wizard a 4.5/10.

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-Jared

Slasher Poster Friday: “Friday the 13th” Series

Last time on Horror Movie Poster Friday, I reviewed posters off the classic Evil Dead trilogy. This time, with the recent passing of the legendary Betsy Palmer, I’m showing off some beautiful art for my favorite slasher franchise of all time, Friday the 13th. Whether it’s fan art or official, I’m selecting my favorite poster from each entry in the original series (1-8).

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Art credit: Jeff Zornow

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Art credit: Phantom City Creative

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Art credit: Chris Garofalo

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Beautiful posters for a beautiful and iconic franchise. The Jason Takes Manhattan poster above is my favorite horror poster of all time. Simple, clean, and elegant. How I wish it were the official poster.
Check back next Friday for the next installment of Horror Movie Poster Friday.

–Noah Nicholas Nelson