Weekly Watching – Monsters of Film

I have had an incredibly busy week, filming lots of projects and having no time to blog at all. Last week I went to the Monsters of Film Festival in Stockholm and saw a couple of horror films. I did not see as many as I wanted, but I still got to see some new films.

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Wednesday: Swiss Army Man.

Thursday: Short film special, which featured – The Stylist, Speculus, Bionic Girl, Mars IV, The Puppet Man, Madre De Dios, Dawn of the Deaf, Criaturitas and The Fisherman and later that evening I saw Bodom.

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Friday: Pet, Rupture and Ares.

Saturday: Trash Fire

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Me and Jasmine got to meet the stars from Bodom, Mimosa Willamo and Nelly Hirst-Gee.

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The Stylist (2016)

stylist1I saw The Stylist at the Monsters of Film Festival and I was very impressed.

The StylistClaire is a lonely hairstylist with an unnerving desire to escape her disappointing reality. When her final client of the evening arrives with the request to look perfect, Claire has plans of her own.

I have seen short films from Director Jill Gevargizian before and this one was equally good as the others ones. It is shot beautifully and uses the lighting to it’s best advantage. The lead is played by Najarra Townsend, who does an amazing job.

The gore was good and there was one really nasty moment which I absolutely loved. If you love short horror films you need to see The Stylist as soon as possible.

Grading: 8 out of 10.

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Najarra Townsend as Claire.

Birth of the Living Dead (2013)

birth1I have always loved George A Romero’s zombie movies and Dawn of the Dead has always been my favorite. Birth of the Living Dead is a documentary that explains the story behind making Night of the living dead.

Birth of the Living Dead: A documentary that shows how George A. Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers to shoot his seminal film: Night of the Living dead (1968).

I saw Night of the living dead 1968 when I was very young and fell in love with it, so I was excited about this documentary. It was interesting and taught me a lot that I did not know. It was a bit short because I wanted to know more. It was great to know how little money and experience the crew had when they made this movie, because it shows that with heart and hard work, you can achieve anything and he basically created the zombie genre after making Night of the living dead.

Grading: 8 out fo 10.

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Terrordactyl (2016)

terror1I always watch these kinds of movies, even though 99 percent of the time, they suck and Terrordactyl definitely belong to the sucking section.

Terrordactyl: When ancient flying reptiles attack Los Angeles, it’s up to two working-class friends, the unlikeliest of heroes, to save the day.

Really bad CGI is what annoyed me the most about this film, seriously having someone walking around in a suit would be so much better than using bad CGI. Creature movies like Sharknado are so bad that they turn comedic, which is a good thing, but Terrordactyl is just bad minus the comedy.

Grading: 3 out of 10.

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What have they done to your daughters? (1974)

what1Giallo is a subgenre that I really like and that is why I had to check out What have they done to your daughters?

What have they done to your daughters?Police investigate apparent suicide of teen girl and uncover details of a teenage prostitution racket. They go on the hunt for a motorcycle riding killer.

There were a few creepy scenes with the masked man, but this film did not felt as thought through as other Giallo movies. The twist did not blow me away, but there were some beautiful scenes and I did like the camerawork. I also did like the killers weapon and the look of the killer.

Grading: 5 out of 10.

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Weekly Watching

I watched a lot of bad horror films last week, but hopefully this week will bring good horror because I will be attending the Monsters of Film Festival.

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An evil clown in Clowntown.

Monday: I watched Dark, Clowntown and Anarchy Parlor.

Tuesday: I had a lot of meetings so I did not have time to watch anything.

Wednesday: I watched Masterminds at the cinema.

Thursday: I watched Patient Seven and What have they done to your daughters?

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Strange things going on in Lifeforce.

Friday: I watched Lifeforce.

Saturday: I watched Ditch Day Massacre, KillerSaurus and Tank Girl.

Sunday: I watched Spun.

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Melissa Benoist as Supergirl.

I finished watching iZombie season 2 and continued watching season 4 of Arrow. I also began watching the first season of Supergirl.

The Story Behind: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974

I don’t even know how many times I have seen The Texas Chainsaw Massacre from 1974, but I do remember the first time. I was 13 years old, standing in a film store, choosing what to buy. I saw a very special edition of this movie and I got very intrigued. I bought it and watched it the same day. Everything about the film excited me, the cinematography, Leatherface, the killings and the atmosphere, I knew I had just vitnessed something special.

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I was hooked on this film and had to show it to my mom and friends. The scene that has always been my favorite, was when Teri McMinn’s character was strung up on that meat hook and she had to watch her friends being dismembered by Leatherface. That scene changed something in me. Friends thought that I was insane for loving such a movie so much and were disgusted when I show them my favorite scene, but friends come and go, but movies are forever right?

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Later I bought another edition of this film and I still love this film as much as I did the first time I saw it. I also got an autograph from Gunnar Hansen at a Sci-Fi Convention in Stockholm a few years ago.

Patient Seven (2016)

patient1.jpgI had never heard about this movie before I watched it, but I saw that Michael Ironside was in it, so I wanted to give it a chance, but not even Ironside could save Patient Seven.

Patient SevenThe film centers on Dr. Marcus, a renowned psychiatrist who has selected 6 severe mentally ill and dangerous patients from the Spring Valley Mental Hospital to interview as part of research for his new book. As Dr. Marcus interviews each patient, one by one the horrors they have committed begin to unfold. However, Dr. Marcus soon learns that there is one patient who ties them all together – Patient Seven.

For the most part Patient Seven was boring and I lost my interest in it several times during the movie. It also had many side stories which made it feel very drawn out. It got better towards the end, but it is almost two hours long and that was way too long.

Grading: 2 out of 10.

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Anarchy Parlor (2015)

anarchy1.jpgLove horror and tattoos? Then I would suggest checking out Anarchy Parlor.

Anarchy ParlorA mysterious nomad known as the “Artist” practices a dark art form passed down through the generations.

The concept was good and I did like the gore scenes. Someone described this movie as if Hostel took place in a tattoo parlor and that is pretty aqurate, except this one is not as good as Hostel. The characters, except for the two that works in the tattoo parlor, are not so interesting.

I did like the ending and ”The Artist” was good. Anarchy Parlor is definitely worth checking out if you have some time to spare.

Grading: 6 out of 10.

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Weekly Watching

The month of Halloween is here and I have watched a few horror films, but not as many as I would have liked to.

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Monday: I Went to the Cinema and saw Deepwater Horizon.

Tuesday: I saw Vidocq and The Silenced.

Wednesday: I saw Inbred and Friend Request.

Thursday: I saw Blood widow and rewatched Truth or Dare.

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Friday: I watched Stardust memories and The Philly Kid.

Saturday: I rewatched A million ways to die in the west and Never Back Down.

Sunday: I rewatched Ghostbusters. I saw the shortfilms Hades and TLMEA. I finished my week by watching Plank Face.

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I did not Watch any tv-series this week.