The Hitcher (1986)

the_hitcherAs a screenplay writer I enjoy movies with a good script and that is the main reason I recommend every one to watch The Hitcher.

The HitcherA young man who escaped the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked by the hitcher and framed for his crimes.

As I mentioned before the script and the dialogue is excellent. My favorite part is the first conversation between Rutger Hauer and C. Thomas Howell in the car, where everything goes from pretty normal to very intense very quickly. It is one special line in that scene that changes the entire mood of the film and it is done in a brilliant way.

The film never loses its tension and the acting is very good, Hauer plays his part perfectly.  I have to rewatch The Hitcher soon, because it has been a few years since I saw it.

Grading: 8/10

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Lady Stay Dead (1981)

lady1Just watched this Ozploitation film for the first time this morning and Lady, Stay Dead did not disappoint.

Lady, Stay DeadA Young woman is looking after her sister’s house, unaware that her sister and neighbor have been murdered by their handyman who also happens to be a serial killer.

I think that the cinematography in this film is beautiful and the story is also good, even though it is simple, it is effective. The killer’s character is working very well, because he truly isn’t aware that what he doing is wrong and that made me think that anything could happen at any moment.

One of the death scenes was very creative, involving a fish tank, but this isn’t a very bloody film, I wish there would have been even more blood and gruesomeness. The film never gets boring and I found the last 20 minutes to be intense.

Grading: 7/10

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It is finally October

The month of October has always been special to me, because it marks the beginning of the Halloween month. It is usually beautiful outside with gorgeous red colors and it just makes me feel happier. I took a walk today and just enjoyed the weather and now I will watch a couple of movies and later watch the UFC-event that will be live tonight.

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I have decorated my room with some Halloween stuff and I am pretty pleased with it. I saw 1920 London today and a review will be up later!

R.I.P Herschell Gordon Lewis

I just heard the news about the passing of The Godfather of Gore and it me very sad, because I enjoyed watching his movies.

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I remember watching Blood Feast and I knew that every viewing of one his films would be a very special one. I loved the gore in them and all the creative kills and my favorite film is Two Thousand Maniacs, but I also do love the remake 2001 Maniacs, it was a very nice homage to H.G Lewis.

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Other movies that I really like are Wizard of Gore, Color me blood red and The Gore Gore Girls. I haven’t seen all of his films yet and I really want to see The Gruesome Twosome. Lewis did a lot of great things for the horror genre and opened up a whole new world to gore by making Blood Feast.

Movies that I used to watch with my dad

As you may all know, my dad meant everything to me and when he died in 1999 I was just heartbrokened without any reason to live. 17 years later and the pain is less hurtfull, but I still feel much anxiety at night and this night was a rough one. I couldn’t sleep and I missed my dad a lot, but I thought that I would write a post about a few movies he and I usually watched together, not all horror, but still movies.

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Jurassic Park – We always used to laugh at the toilet scene where the T-rex gobbles down on his meal after finding him hiding in a toilet.

The Police Academy – I used to sit in my dad’s lap and watch this funny movie together with him.

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Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice – I have seen Beetlejuice atleast 50 times, I would always put it on before going to school every morning and sing my little heart out to the words ‘Eeeeeyoo Eeeeeeyo’.

People always say that time heals all wounds, but I do not find that true, sure the wounds might get a bit smaller, but the pain is always there and some days are harder than others. At least I am going to the cinema later to see The Shallows, but sadly no one is able to watch it with me and I really need someone today, being alone feels horrible today, because I still feel the anxiety from last night.

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The Story Behind: Halloween 1978

Here is another post in the category of The Story Behind, which is a very personal category and this time I will go deeper in the circumstances when I first saw John Carpenter’s Halloween.

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This movie actually changed my life, no I’m not kidding, it really did. I remember sitting home watching TV on night when I was 6 years old. I think that my mom was downstairs and I was supposed to be asleep, but I wasn’t, I was flipping through channels on the TV instead and suddenly I saw the first scene in Halloween and I could not keep my eyes away.

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I was so fascinated with what was happening on the screen that I watched the entire film, on very low volume so that my mom or dad wouldn’t hear and after watching Halloween, I was hooked on the horror genre. This film is one of only 3 or 4 films that have ever truly scared me, manly because of Michael Myers and because of the music. This was the first horror movie I had ever seen (at least from what I remember) and it made such a huge impact on me.

I want to see: Wasteland (2013)

wasteland1If you are looking for something to watch, look no further and watch Wasteland! I am very excited about this film and going to watch it soon.

WastelandWasteland is set in a world ravaged by a deadly virus and within that world is Scott Miller, a man who, against the odds, is trying to carve out some sort of life. The deadly infection that has ravaged the globe has almost totally wiped out the human race and Scott must spend his days finding water, food etc. Whilst trying to find uninfected people by radio, he must also avoid the many dangers that lurk in the outside world, while he waits for the return of the love of his life, Beth.

Wasteland is directed by Tom Wadlow and features Shameer Seepersand, Jessica Messenger, Mark Drake and John H Shelton even appears in one scene.

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You can watch the trailer for Wasteland here. You will also find information about how you can rent or buy the film.

 

The Cat O’Nine Tails (1971)

cat2Another brilliant Giallo from Dario Argento, The Cat O’Nine Tails is a great film that will have you guessing who the killer is until the very end!

The Cat O’Nine TailsA newspaper reporter and a retired, blind journalist try to solve a series of killings connected to a pharmaceutical company’s experimental, top-secret research projects and in so doing, both become targets of the killer.

Once again, the story is my favorite thing about The Cat O’Nine tails and this is another great Giallo from Argento. The deathscenes are also creative and the movie never gets boring despite being almost two hours long. I often feel that horror movies do not need to be longer then one hour and thirty minutes, but a few can be longer without getting boring.

Grading: 8 out fo 10.

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Come into Dario Argento’s world

I will review almost every film by my favorite director, Dario Argento. He has done some wonderful things for the horror genre and made fans fall in love with Italian horror movies.

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What fascinates me the most with Argento’s movies is the way we leave reality to step into a whole new mysterious world filled with gruesome deathscenes and wonderful plot twists.

I first got in touch with his films when I was 15 and was recommended to watch Suspiria by a friend and after watching it I was hooked. I asked my mom to buy me a collection box with 9 of his movie for my 16th birthday and I got it. I was so thrilled and happy.

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All I did after that was to search for every movie that he has had his finger in and buy it. I’ve got a few of his movie on Arrow (forgot to include these two in my Arrow Collection posts), like Tenebrae and Opera and three different editions of Suspiria, as pictured above.

If you’re familiar with his work then you know what to expect from his films, but if you haven’t seen any of his films then I shall prepare you. They are a few things to look for when watching one of his films.

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The lighting: it is very artistic and helps build a fantastic but also scary world for our characters.

The Gore: The deathscenes in his movies are creative to say the least. Often they are very brutal and drawn out.

The Story: It can take you anywhere and there will be some plot twists that you will not see coming!

The Music: It is very creative and lifts the horror and intesifies it, especially everytime Goblin is on.

So join me as I dive into the world of the amazing Dario Argento.

Weekly watching

Every sunday, I will write about all the movies and tv-series that I have watched throughout the week. I mostly watch horror movies, but I also watch other genres aswell, so I will write about movies and tv-series from all genres.

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Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem

Monday: I started out the week by rewatching Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem. After that I watched Dead 7, starring half of the Backstreet Boys and I finished by watching Philomena.

Tuesday: I started my day by watching the funny ABC’s of Superheroes. After that I watched Sharktopus vs Whalewolf and ended with Blue Ruin.

Wednesday: I was sick this day and stayed in bed all day, so I had lots of time to watch movies. I started with the Norwegian movie, Hodejegerna (Headhunter). I then watched Pumping Iron, the Japanesee horror film Okuratu (Occult), Franklyn, Bounty Killer and ended with some action by watching Killer Elite.

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Eva Green in Franklyn

Thursday: Even though I was working almost 14 hours this day, I still managed to watch the Swedish movie Till det som är vackert (Pure), Ice Sharks, Ozark Sharks and The Geisha Killer.

Friday: Before going on a weekend getaway, I watched Woody Allen’s Shadow and Fog.

Saturday: I rewatched Epic.

Sunday: I watched the short horror film 3 Versos.

I also began watching the first season of Arrow and the second season of Breaking Bad. So this was a pretty good filmweek, can’t wait to see what movies I will watch next week!

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Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston chillin’ in Breaking Bad.

Which movies did you watch this week? Comment and let me know.