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Review: The Grudge 2 [Oct. 13th, 2006|12:46 am]
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It's me again folks with another fun review. Saw "The Grudge 2" tonight courtesy of some free pre-screening movie passes provided by anomiedysthymia. The Grudge 2 starts off where the last one ended. Karen is in the hospital recovering from the fire and events that transpired in the first movie. Her sister, Aubrey, is sent by their sickly mother to Tokyo to bring her back home and find out what in the hell is going on over there. Meanwhile 3 school girls decide to enter the house on a lark. Naturally the entity, Kayako, shows itself to the school girls who flee the home. Once in Tokyo Aubrey hooks up with Eason, a reporter who has been investigating the house since the murders occurred some time ago. They go to the hospital to visit Karen who is thrown off of the roof by Kayako as they leave the building. Aubrey decides to help Eason and investigate what drove her sister to madness. Meanwhile, back in America, some other family is starting to fall apart and the young boy in the household notices a lot of strange stuff happening in the apartment next door. This is confusing because it appears that two movies with the same storyline are spliced into one picture.

Kayako continues to haunt the school girls, Aubrey, and Eason. Two of the school girls are offed by Kayako eventually and Aubrey decides to enter the house against her sister's wishes with a little help from the creepy little boy. They find a journal where Eason discovers that Kayako's Mom was an exorcist and would take demons out of sick people and put them in her daughter. So they decide to track down Kayako's Mother who resides in a small village in the middle of nowhere. Eason doesn't make it. More events transpire in America back at the apartment building that seem unrelated. After Aubrey's confrontation with Kayako's mother, who croaks naturally, she decides to go back to the house and confront the entity once and for all. Not to spoil any of the ending but we find out at the climax what the American apartment building has to do with this story and it's really quite lame.

This movie REALLY drags and some of the supposed scary parts are actually quite laughable. This is not my opinion. The entire audience felt the same way. In fact, at the end of the movie the audience soundly booed the picture. Judging from their reaction they felt that this was a total dud of a sequel as well. There are no new twists or turns and not much else is revealed about Kayako's backgroung that we find interesting or even anything that can be used to stop her rampage.

Basically, The Grudge 2 fails at being a viable sequel. While not as bad as the Ring sequel was this movie is a waste of 95 minutes. If you MUST see this sequel please wait for it to come on DVD, which will no doubt be soon, instead forking over $10 of your hard earned cash.

1 Skull out of 5
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Rock and Shock Updates [Oct. 12th, 2006|10:39 pm]
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:Please Repost this! Just click reply and then copy the message, then paste anywhere you like. Email it to your friends...you know they got nuthin' better to do!::

Just a quick update...ROCK AND SHOCK have added Howard Sherman ("Bub" from Day of the Dead), Eileen Dietz (The Exorcist, Creepshow 3), our own little zombie girl Kyra Schon (Night Of The Living Dead), Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick (Damien from The Omen 2006) and Brian Harnois (SciFi Channel's Ghost Hunters) to an already jam packed list of celebs for this weekend's show!!! Also note that the first people into the special SLITHER screening with get FREE Slither swag from Universal!

October 13th-15th
Worcester, MA

This is THE most unique experience going for Horror Fans. By day, hit the DCU Center and meet Darren Lynn Bousman (director Saw 2 and 3), Michael Rooker (of Slither, Henry), Jeff Combs (Re-Animator), Doug bradley (Hellraiser), cast from the recent Hills Have Eyes remake and a nice chunk of your favorite Devil's Rejects!! As the sun sets, you'll head over to the Palladium to rock out with the likes of GWAR!!

Feel like emercing yourself in a new movie or catching some sneak peeks at an upcoming film? We've got you covered!
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Movie Review: The Dead Next Door [Oct. 11th, 2006|02:23 pm]
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Saw this one over at Best Buy for $10.99 with a recommendation on the front that it was a "worthy addition to any gorehound's DVD shelf" by Rue Morgue. So I figured I couldn't go wrong on this one. I shoulda put it back on the shelf and invested in that 6 DVD "Lone Wolf and Cub" collection instead. Where do I start? Ok, the plot. Well, the plot isn't much of a plot. It's in a world where zombies are overunning society and our story centers around a group of police like soldiers called the Zombie Squad. They're guarding a facility where some scientists are working on a cure for the epidemic. Meanwhile in another part of town a cult run by a guy wearing old people's sunglasses, you know those huge black ones, is doing human sacrifices and worshipping the zombie epidemic mainly because the cult leader's son was turned into one. The cultists are causing problems with the Zombie Squad and scientists over philosophical differences and that's where trouble begins. So, that's the story really. The major characters are named after famous horror directors like Raimi, Romero, Carpenter, etc. (Side note: The box claims that this film was made with the help of a LEGENDARY Hollywood Director. This is misleading. It turns out that Sam Raimi of "Evil Dead" fame merely helped finance this pile of dung.)

The acting ranges from competent to "go back to the drama club... PLEASE". I mean some of these performances are just god awful bad and it's apparent why when you look through the DVD extras. There's an audition section on there where they show that everyone in the movie were just walk on's whose only requirement in the audition was to tell an interesting story about themselves and scream. No acting out any dialogue or anything. Well, you get what you get I guess. The special effects were pretty cool in some parts of the flick and lame in others. I've read some reviews that said the effects were awesome. Believe me, they are not. They're not even really that gory except for a shot here and there. Factor in that this film was shot in Super 8, a filming format not even up to stuff with an average $300 video camera, and you get the picture.

The box claims that this film was digitally remastered. I hate to break it to the film makers but transferring the original Super 8's to DVD does not constitute digtal remastering. There's also a Dolby 5.1 soundtrack but it doesn't enhance the experience. I barely noticed anything significant coming from my rear speakers. The DVD is loaded with extras but they are pretty boring. One amusing extra is the "Frightvision 2000 Reunion" clip. It shows some of the original cast members and director talking about how looking back on it again they've realized what a wonderful film they made. I guess time really does make you forget. There are maybe 15 or 20 people in the audience listening to them talk one of which is some goth guy whose face says "please shoot me now".

All in all this one isn't recommended kiddies unless you are into self-torture.

1 Skull out of 5.
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Rock & Shock This Weekend! [Oct. 11th, 2006|02:13 pm]
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This weekend in Worcester, MA the Rock & Shock 2006 horror convention/music fest kicks off. Some of us will be taking a trip there on Saturday for the day. Here's a rundown of the schedule for that day:

Anyone still interested in going please contact me. Tickets are $20.

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New Issue of Rue Morgue Out! [Oct. 11th, 2006|05:58 pm]
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This month's issue of Rue Morgue has arrived and boy is it a good one! The headline article is a tribute to Lucio Fulci with an exclusive interview with his daughter Antonella Fulci as well as a summary of all of his genre flicks. The latest issue also features a history of the Ouija Board, essential alternative horror books, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning interview with R Lee Ermey, and the usual reviews and such.

Here are some interesting links to suit your fancy:

Spell out any phrase with the undead at http://e-zombie.com

Roger Corman fan? Check out some of his classics like Death Race 2000, Piranha, Rock N' Roll High School, and Humanoids From the Deep at http://cormancult.com

Help Ed Wood get a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame at http://dappercadaver.com/how-participate-a-3.html
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John Gulager's Feast at Spectrum tonight only [Sep. 23rd, 2006|05:03 pm]
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[mood |sicksick]
[music |John Oswald - Plunderphonics]

Midnight showing - last night and tonight only. http://www.spectrum7.com/showing/index.html#9

Reviews I've read aren't good though; while there's a bunch of positive user comments on IMDb one suspects that those people haven't commented on any other movie than this one. Also, when you look at the vote breakdown http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0426459/ratings there's an awful lot of 10/10s which is absurd, and the highest ratings not surprisingly come from the under 18 crowd.

I doubt at the moment whether I'll go - caught a cold sometime between yesterday and today.
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Albacon 11 October 6-8 Crowne Plaza, Albany [Sep. 20th, 2006|10:27 am]
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[mood |soresore]


Some locally-made horror movies showing there, but otherwise of a Sci-Fi bent. I've never been to an Albacon. Put on by Latham-Albany-Schenectady-Troy Science Fiction Association (LASTSFA) http://www.lastsfa.org/ I'm not familiar with them.

This sounds interesting, but the cost...!

Ghosts and Revenants: Memory, History, and Folklore
World Fantasy 2007
Saratoga Springs, New York
November 1 - 4, 2007

I'm not familiar with the Albacon guests, but the WF guests Kim Newman and Lisa Tuttle I know of.
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Charles Band's Full Moon Horror Road Show 2006 Tour [Sep. 14th, 2006|11:58 am]
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In Poughkeepsie, NY on Saturday October 7th at The Loft. 7:30PM

For more details go to www.fullmoondirect.com
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area horror resources [Sep. 6th, 2006|11:37 am]
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I guess if there are new people, it's worth mentioning at least a few things:

Walk of Fame Video in Cohoes has perhaps the area's largest collection of horror videos and DVDs for rent (Yahoo! Yellow Pages link http://tinyurl.com/jjlxw )

The Spectrum Theatre in Albany has an Underground Film series - midnight movies that are sometimes horror http://www.spectrum7.com/coming/index.html (scroll to the bottom)

Local independent filmmakers sometimes have screenings of their horror movies around Halloween, at the Empire State Plaza, Hudson Valley Community College, or independent theaters. See e.g. http://www.archangelproductions.org/BFG%20Film%20Fest/home.html

Not sure what else to plug at the moment.
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(no subject) [Sep. 5th, 2006|06:17 pm]
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I'm Lorelle, I'm a freshman here at Albany and I love horror movies!

Have we ever thought of turning this into an actual school club?
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