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CINEMA: HORROR MOVIES


I remember watching this movie as a child. I loved all those giant monster movies that come from Japan. I don’t know what was it about those particular creature movies that made America love them so much? To be honest, I’ve only really been a fan of the old Gamera and Godzilla. Although they couldn’t speak, they had personality that showed through their body language, especially Godzilla, Godzilla was hilarious! It wasn’t all about giant monsters destroying cities, and killing millions of people. We got a sense of what monsters were really good, and which ones were really bad. I wish they’d come back to traditional Godzilla tho, it appears to have changed from a protector of earth, to a demonic/supernatural conjured creature. I also loved Mothra too, you know, the giant butterfly?  A can’t remember too many giant creature movies that America has made. Well, there’s “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman,” but she wasn’t really a creature, but I guess that depends on how you interpret it. I know there’s probably a couple of others, but there isn’t much in comparison. I think it’s safe to say that America’s thing were vampires, wolves, and supernatural type of movies.

So, in essence, Daimajin is some sort of god, that I can’t help but to notice many similarities to christianity; in terms of crucifixion, a god that will come and take out revenge on behalf of it’s people, etc. I really don’t know about Daimajin in the historical sense. But Japan probably had just as many mythical gods as the Romans. However, this particular god has a twist. Daimajin is almost the equivalent of the god of war, yet Daimajin is really good. The problem with Daimajin is that once you pray to him, invoke his name, and he comes to your aid, that’s it! He comes to destroy EVERYTHING including all the victims’ town! The person, or persons that pray to this god, damn near gets killed themselves trying to stop him from decimating everything (including woman and children). Now, yes, Daimajin is a demon, you might say “how is he good?” Well, he’s kind of like the evil that can handle evil to do good. You understand what I’m trying to say? I find it interesting that when Daimajin comes alive, his body still looks like stone (great job in conveying that), but his face is human. It quickly becomes obvious that it is a guy with a mask. Makes me think was this intentional? To convey a human side? This is NOT a stellar series, however it is wonderfully nostalgic. There’s about 3 or 4 Daimajin movies that you can order on Netflix.

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I normally don’t like “B” movies, unless it is Blaxploitation. However, this shit here? Despite the 4.8 IMDB rating, I found this movie to be fucking hilarious! Just the title of the movie alone, got me laughing about 5 minutes. I immediately knew that I needed to search for it, and watch it as soon as I could. Oh, my goodness. Granted, you have to be a certain kind of person to be able to watch this movie, but If you like “B” movie horror, I am pretty confident you’ll like this one. I haven’t laughed at a good low budget movie in a long time. Look, the reality is, very few directors can take a low budget movie, poor actors, and create a masterpiece (and that still holds true today).

The thought of zombie animals coming back to life? I’ve never seen a movie like this before. What the hell a zombie animal look like, how do they act? To be honest, I first thought about the zombeavers feeding on other animals, since traditionally the once human now zombies feed on humans still alive. The thought of something like that dying and coming-back alive, without some sort of magic, or a witch being involved was so foreign to me.

This is the typical movie, where college kids go to some family’s members house (who happens to be on vacation of sort) to eventually have sex, then all hell breaks loose.What I also liked about this movie, was that the director/writer throw in one additional huge bomb. In addition to having to fight these dead  beaver zombie creatures; there are 3 boys, and 3 girls who are all friends and currently dating each other. One of the girls cheated with with another guy in that group. Out of heat of anger, both her female friend, and the cheater’s boyfriend all found out at the same time. How their struggle to survive these killer beaver zombies, knowing that two people out of the six cheated. Like any other zombie, their bites are infectious, and slowly their friends are starting to turn in to beaver zombies.

Please remember that this is a modern “B” movie, the acting here was awful, but it is the kind of awful that is funny tolerable, and the beavers (you can see they’re obviously puppets with quite a few of the scenes) are hilarious. Although the pool scene got a little serious (I will not share spoiler), I still don’t know whether the movie is a comedy or not, it appears to swing in either direction. Will the students be able to get out alive? Get if from Netflix here.

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Wow, it’s almost Halloween already! Well, in the spirit of Halloween, I was thinking of a nice classic to write about. Then I thought of the original Carrie (1976). I think most would agree that this is one of the scariest, and to some extent realistic horror movie ever made! This is the best movie Sissy Spacek ever made in her career in my opinion, and will ever be known for this movie. Tons and tons of stars, including John Trovolta, and Amy Irving, whom you may remember from Barbara Streisand’s “Yentl (1983),” and The Fury (1978).”We’ve had a few remakes after this, but none came close to being even half as good as the original. Now, although I hate giving out spoilers, but I will try to give as few as possible. However at this point, I think everybody under the sun has pretty much seen Carrie already. If you happen to be one of my younger readers who likes old movies, and you happened to be the last person on earth that didn’t see Carrie, you may want to skip today’s post if you absolutely don’t want spoilers.

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Like “The Night Of The Living Dead,” after seeing Carrie  so many times, I want to take a closer look as to what made this movie great! The movie had all the elements that make up the look and feel of what life was like in High School. Can’t have a movie of school life without bullies, a helpful and caring teacher, a boyfriend that feels sorry for you, and a crazy mother! LOLOL!! Well not quite as crazy as Carrie’s mother, but when your mom loves you, she’ll do crazy things to protect you. It just so happens that Carrie’s mom was a Looney Toones. Carrie tries to get through school in one piece and avoid the bullying, not realizing she had the power to destroy everyone with her mind. Well, that was until she got really pissed.

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What I thought was interesting was the teacher, reason being, she literally took on the role of Carries mother. I also thought it was incredibly interesting, that they included a scene where Carrie never experienced her menstrual period before, and screamed bloody murder in the shower. I never known what was the real purpose of that? Was it to show she had so much stress that she reached puberty late? Or was that to give us a clue as to how batty her mother was in the movie? I don’t think I’ve seen or heard this from any other movie. I was really upset what happened to her teacher in the movie………… Keeping my mouth shut……… But anyways, she was the kind of teacher I wish I had growing up! Then you realize it’s just TV.

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I think what said it all was Sissy’s eyes. Her eyes said it ALL. This was a look were you knew she just freak’n’ had enough, and went ape shit. I have never seen anyone look like this, I mean, I actually wondered whether or not she had prosthetic on or something. How was it possible that she was able to open her eyes wide open like that? She’s got that face when a straight woman confronts the woman her husband cheated with. LOLOL.. If she was still young, she could have been on that TV show called “Snapped.”

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I’m sorry to say that, if there does exist someone who has the power of telekinesis at the level that Carrie had it, I can really understand someone being so effected by the bullying that she would lose all her humanity. When she started electrocuting (or actually frying) people, you can tell she didn’t give a f**k! Once the doors closed, and she blew out the regular light, then the emergency red lights came on, you knew sh*t was about to happen. But it wasn’t until I heard that dramatic base violin in the background, that I really got scared and said “oh sh*t” as a kid. What made it even worse, as a kid, anything with base, if loud enough, the floor would shake, and you got the look of Sissy wanting to kill all those MF at the prom.

untitled-8She then walked down the stairs, as if she mentally told the fire to finish them off. She walked as if she controlled fire too! She didn’t care that she still had pig blood on her, she didn’t care people were screaming, she didn’t care who she killed, she was just had it with all those MF. Yet there was a sense when she walked down the stairs, it was as though she finally saw herself as pretty, and or worthy. Like after she damn near killed everyone at that point, she was satisfied. What really shocked me was when John Trovolta, and I think it was Nancy Allen, who tried to run over Carrie when she was walking in the street. That’s when I realized how evil her bullies were. Of course she gave it to them good. Imagine, they saw that something wasn’t right, they managed to get away, then turn around and try to kill Carrie, and got themselves killed for being so damn evil.

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I have to end this post with Carrie’s mom, who was played by Piper Laurie. Oh my goodness! I don’t think I’ve EVER laughed so hard at a serious horror movie in my life! Piper was hilarious! She was truly coco for coco puffs! When Carrie used her powers/mind to through those knives at her mother as she launched toward her, I didn’t know whether she was in pain, or having an orgasm. Oh my goodness, it was funnnnnnnny! YET, it didn’t take away from the seriousness of the movie. Piper showed that she was indeed a crazy woman. How ironic is that? How Carrie turned out to be one of the most powerful young woman in the world, and her mother turns out to be a nut? If you’re looking for a great horror classic for Halloween, get Carrie from Netflix.

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Hi guys. Today I decided to watch “Night Of The Living Dead (1968)” again. It’s funny, it seems that every time I re-watch this cult classic, I almost always walk away with a different perspective. Now, I won’t say that I’m a serious horror buff (on a scale of 1 to 10, I’m probably about a 7); but I will say that I am quite picky when it comes to horror movies; they must have good story lines; and I don’t like it when they’re too gory. Having said that, I probably haven’t seen as much horror movies as most horror fans may have. However, I think I’ve seen enough to say that this particular movie, of all classic horror movies gets me the most. The writers and producers were way ahead of their time. I think this is the only horror/zombie movie, where I’ve actually sat down and analyzed the most for some reason. 😀

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First off, I don’t recall any major cult zombie classic (other than “Night Of The Living Dead), where there exist a strong male Black lead (in this time frame). There were an incredible amount of zombie horror movies where Black men 90% of the time were portrayed as “scardey cats,” and the “White Men Of Hollywood” would be the ones to save the day. I must say that Duane Jones really done a fine job in this movie. Come to think about it, not only was his acting superb, but it almost seemed like he’s done the bulk of the work in this movie too. Duane’s character reacted to the zombies in this movie, exactly how I feel my people would react if zombies were really real! So much so that I wonder if Duane had a huge say in his character’s script. I don’t know if my readers realize, this movie is extremely emotionally and psychologically charged. Just in case you’re one of the few people on this planet that hasn’t seen this movie, I’ll try not to give away too many spoilers (it will be kind of hard though).

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Long story short, the movie starts off with actress Judith O’Dea and her brother driving to visit someone’s grave. They both get out the car, walk to the site and place the reef on the grave. The next thing you know, a zombie comes out and attacks the brother and kills him. Judith is scared out of her wits, and manages to get back in the car and drive off. However, she crashes in to a tree 😀 (crashing in trees, and running through the woods then falling seems to never get old with these horror movies). She finds a house to hide in, and that’s when she meets Duane. I wasn’t quite sure what was the chemistry between them (still not sure to be honest). I say this because she barely spoke in the movie (without close interaction with Duane, so I wasn’t sure if she didn’t like Black people or not; maybe it was because the writers wanted to show the emotion of a White woman for the first time interacting with a Black man that has taken full charge? (please keep my prior statement in the context of the movie/time frame and no where else please)).

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Soon, Duane and Judith discovered that other survivors, such as Karl Hardman, that were hiding down stars in the basement with a sick child (who unfortunately changing in to a zombie (unbeknown to them). Karl was a real pain in the butt, almost to the point you wanna hate his character. He was sooooo irrational, and made no kind of sense. He was also a bit of a coward too, cause there was a scene were Duane almost got killed because of him. But then I had to realize, if I knew the area was surrounded with thousands of zombies just waiting to eat me alive, I’d act the same way he did. He was scared out of his wits! I gain, It was almost comical that Duane was the level headed Black guy in this zombie movie, cause you just didn’t see it even in this era.

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Everyone found a TV that worked, and saw one the news that the zombies was pretty much created by radiation that came from out of space. I thought it was kind of funny, because you heard the law officials say, ” just shoot the zombies and then burn them,” as if to say this happens all the time! LOLOLOL! I’m not going to lie, you’re not going to like the ending. However, I think it’s interesting to watch both for nostalgic reasons, and because  there aren’t that many zombie/horror movies that dive in to the emotional, psychological, and straight up fright in a closed environment. What if it were you? I would say the final huge difference between this movie and the zombie movies of today, a lot of zombie movies seem to be outdoors now; where as “Night Of The Living Dead” actors are locked and enclosed, which makes you think. You can watch this Public Domain movie for free on YouTube here. I don’t recommend that you purchase it from anywhere (even on On-Line streaming). Because first, it’s Public Domain and it’s free; and two because you’re not going to get HD quality.

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I have to tell you guys, as a child this movie was very traumatizing to me. However, as an adult, I think this is one of the most hilarious horror movies I’ve ever seen in my life! There was something about that doll that was scary as f**k! Even if you’ve never seen the movie before, you can take one look at that doll and know that the movie is scary. I mean, anyone who is old enough to remember seeing this movie as a child would agree; that this movie is scarier that Chucky! Understand that it really wasn’t just about how scary and demonic the doll looked; it was the fact that the African doll in this movie would not stop torturing its target victim (whoever becomes owner of the doll) until they are finally either killed or possessed. Chucky on the other hand, just likes to kill for fun, and at random simply ’cause it’s a d**k. Trilogy Of Terror is actually 3-4 short stories, all starring Karen Black. However, the last one (The Vudu Doll) was what made her famous. I don’t think any body even remembers the other 2-3 shorts. As an adult, what made this movie so hilarious, Karen tried to stab it, thew it, kick it, stomped on it, & blow it up. She even tried throw it in the oven and burn it. That doll would not die for shit LOL. The doll was possessed with an evil African spirit, that was unfortunately given to her as a gift. But, there were specific instructions to keep the special chain on the doll, otherwise it becomes alive! Of course, you know the chain so easily falls off once she put the doll on her living room table. I think this is worth a Netflix order, just to see the last short with the crazy vudu doll.

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