I’ve seen a lot of buzz over the last few weeks about an Eli Roth produced haunted-house-gone-wrong story called Haunt. I shelled out $5 via On Demand to give it a watch and gotta say it was as fun as everyone has been saying! Don’t let hype ruin it for you – it’s not anything mind blowing – but it’s entertaining and will satisfy fans of modern slashers and anyone who has ever wondered what would happen if a Halloween haunted house went awry.
31 Nights of Horror, Night 2: The Sacrament (2013)
Three sentence review:
Just three years ago, an upcoming horror movie with Eli Roth at top billing would be enough to pique my interest – but then I discovered budding horror auteur Ti West. West’s The Sacrament follows a young crew of Vice Media employees who visit a colleague’s sister in the utopian, tropical commune of Eden Parish; and the film soon educates younger viewers on the origins of the idiom “drinking the Kool-Aid.” The Sacrament contrasts West’s previous works in style and pacing, but excels in authenticity, superb acting (Swanberg, Seimetz, and Bowen FOREVAAAA), and that punch-in-the-gut malaise that only stems from knowing the horrific events depicted in the film actually happened.
I highly recommend that you pick any upcoming weekend or free time to binge REAL HARD on Eli Roth’s insanely addictive horror series “Hemlock Grove”. Available on Netflix, Hemlock Grove is a town shrouded in mystery and a twisted past. The show follows the friendship of Peter Rumancek and Roman Godfrey as they try to track down who (or what) is responsible for horrific killings that have shocked the town. But Peter and Roman have their own dark secrets, too.
The show is well written and entertaining enough to satisfy non-horror fans. I was particularly enthralled by the performances in this series. Not once did I become bored with the characters which speaks to the quality of acting. For horror fans like myself, Hemlock Grove shines in its moments of weirdness, depravity, gore, and some fucking awesome werewolf transformations.
Hemlock Grove is based on a novel by Brian McGreevy. Production of season 2 has completed, but no release date has been announced. I also recommend the soundtrack which is available on Spotify.
HOLY MOLY…LOVE this kick ass horror flick made by two very bad ass gore lovin’ ladies – the Soska Sisters! American Mary is about a smart, meticulous, hard working, but struggling medical student who finds herself involved in the bizarre, underground world of body modification surgery to pay the bills (she wears KILLER stilettos throughout the entire movie while doing this). The story line is a little disorganized, but the actress who plays Mary gives a fantastic performance as an incredibly strong female lead who frankly punches the “scream queen” stereotype in the face – ALSO, YAY FOR LADY HORROR DIRECTORS!!!
Have you heard of body modification?
HALLELUJAH for a fucking awesome female protagonist who scares the shit out of every man in the movie. I am now a huge fan of the Soska Sisters and can’t wait to see what else they release!