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Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Axe To Grind Show Guest Spot

Every year young people disappear... And then become creepy mannequins. 

Hey guys,

Last night I got the chance to go on The Axe To Grind Blog Talk Radio Show to chat about Horror Movies. It was a lot of fun talking about some of our favorites which include: Hell Night, Tourist Trap, Let's Scare Jessica To Death and a couple others. Went by super quick as it's only a half hour show. Give it a listen if you're bored and into that sort of thing or just like to hear people gush about Horror.

Episode 4:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-axetogrind-show/2012/06/13/the-axe-to-grind-show--episode-4

In your head... In your head... Zombie... Zombie...Zombie

Seth to the rescue!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Preview Of The Week: Pin (1988)



Pin
From Transatlantic & New World 
Original Theatrical Release Date: January 27, 1989

Pin, in it's own strange way, was a refreshingly old fashioned Horror Movie from 1988. Even the trailer feels a bit like something that might have come out of the 60's or 70's rather than the neon-spandex nadir of 1988 (which I love in itself, too). It's a Movie out of time, but somehow it found me at the absolutely right moment. Don't you love it when that happens?


Cheer up... It's dinner! Pin's Bizarre Love Triangle

In a world where Movie trailers are full of flash and not much else, comes Pin... The tender story of teenage brother and sister Leon and Ursula, and the wacky, anatomically correct medical doll that comes in between them. Look out for Horror veterans Terry O'Quinn (The Stepfather) and Helene Udy (My Bloody Valentine/The Dead Zone) in supporting roles amongst other Canadian Horror alumni.

Pin is indeed a bizarre Film (it is Canadian, after all) but it's also unexpectedly moving. There are some frights, there's a lot of weird, but there's also heart. I'm a huge fan of this Movie. The ending might be a bit too anti-climatic, but it doesn't hurt the Film overall. See Pin with your favorite sibling... or blow-up doll.




Also check out the book by Andrew Neiderman (Devil's Advocate). It was originally published in 1981. And it's great!



Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Meep Pic Of The Week: Slums Of Beverly Hills (1998)

Slums of Beverly Hills
From Fox Searchlight
Original Theatrical Release Date: August 14, 1998

As a big fan of the Coming Of Age Film, I would rank Slums Of Beverly Hills as one of the best to come out of the 90's. This story of a nomad family in 1976 who move to an apartment just inside the Beverly Hills zip code so the kids can go to a good school, is funny, touching and smart. It strikes the perfect balance between the comedy and the more serious, and has a strong central performance by Natasha Lyonne as Vivian.

Alan Arkin and Marisa Tomei are also really good and funny here, in performances that range from subdued to violatile to just plain wacky. Kevin Corrigan (Walking And Talking) shows up in a funny bit as a drug-dealing neighbor with the hots for Vivian.

Watching TV with your bizarre family. It's what you did.

There are a lot of funny moments in Slums (the vibrator dance scene naturally comes to mind), and there's also a lot of honesty. You totally get that the Film was a labor of love for it's Writer/Director Tamara Jenkins. It's pretty hard to draw on your childhood experiences, especially the ones that you might want to forget, and then make them entertaining and funny for others. She pulls it off pretty deftly here.

Sadly, Tamara has only made one other Film since: The Savages from 2007... Another good Movie that drew on personal experience. That one about a brother and sister dealing with their elderly father's declining health. Surprisingly it's not at all dreary, but rather, funny, a little sad and most importantly, honest. Hopefully she makes more Films.




Friday, June 1, 2012

Preview Of The Week: The Amityville Horror (1979)



The Amityville Horror is among some of my most favorite Horror Films. Taking a closer look, it's actually a product of really good 70's Filmmaking with a focus on characterization and realism, even when things veer into the supernatural. Very much like The Exorcist from 1974.

Amity eschews simple exploitation gimmicks of similar low budget Films of the time, yet remains potent and scary, and has lasted all these years later because of it.

Curl up in your favorite chair and enjoy.


 

Amityville Facts: 

  • Both James Brolin & Margot kidder doubt the Lutz's story. 
  • Amityville is on Long Island, and on the way back from visiting the house, my car somehow got stuck on a curb, and had to be towed off of it. I blame Jodie the demon pig, and not my driving skills. 
  • The Movie was actually shot in New Jersey, which is scary in itself.
  • Halloween ($47 million) was often cited as the most successful Independent Film of all time (until The Blair Witch Project) - But in actuality, this Film, though it cost a bit more to produce by Independent American International Pictures, grossed nearly double Halloween with over $86 million. 
  • Composer Lalo Schifrin lost the Academy Award that year for the haunting score to this Film to... a Movie about a preteen girl and the old man who gives her love advice (A Little Romance)
  • James Brolin had a beard.
  • Writer Sandor Stern also wrote another Movie that very same year that starred a man with a beard... Fast Break with Gabe Kaplan.
  • Most Critics hated the Movie upon it's release.
  • Audiences often know more than Critics.
  • Margot Kidder was hot.



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