Well, it's been a long time since I've posted here, and my fellow writers seem quite uninterested too (though I can't blame them). I will, however, let you know that I am officially flying solo to build a portfolio so that one day, when I go into a writing program at a university, I'll have something to build on. Basically, you know that I need to do this. Well, here's the new site: http://florasspot.blogspot.com/ Flora's Spot! I want to do so many things for it - interviews, fiction, random philosophical quirks that mean little to most people, and the like.
Welcome to ATWKS!
- Henry Ford
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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Saturday, January 17, 2009
I've decided to add a fun little section on this blog called "quotes." The reason why I'm adding it is because I've been told I say the oddest or funniest things, so I decided I'd share my apparent insanity with you all.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I haven't posted in ages. I've not much to say to you except that I want to talk to you about a problem that has been interfering with my life, and it's not even myself that has the problem.
Friday, October 31, 2008
I'm sorry to say I cannot offer reviews of the movies Black Christmas and Halloween, which I watched at the bash, as it was far too loud and chaotic to understand most of it - what a hell of a party! But here's some reviews of the other stuff I've watched since:
Dellamorte Dellamore - 5/5
Well, this is awesome. Dellamorte Dellamore is an Italian flick about zombies - but it isn't quite what you're thinking. This is an intelligent little film that blends in heavy, morose romance and some blackened comedy into the traditional George Romero mold.
It's really quite fascinating, the movie treading into dark waters with heavy political and social commentary squeezing its way into the fold alongside a well fit message of isolation and disappointment in one's career. Francesco Dellamorte is a very entertaining character to watch on screen, a sterling performance delivered by Mr. Rupert Everett indeed, and the side characters range from silly to agitating to downright creepy. There are a lot of small plotlines running through the first three quarters of the film, and it all makes for a package that is entertaining as well as stimulating, appealing to both those who love humor and those who love the dark, introspective side of film.
Another thing I like about this movie is the fact that it's marketed like one of those cheap 50s horror flicks. I mean, it's just great, paying homage to the classic shlock while also moving forward into the future. Dellamorte Dellamore packs a funny, gory, sexy and intelligent film that will knock all you Romero lovers off your seats. Highly recommended!
Halloween 2 - 4.25/5
Halloween was one of the best horror movies ever, and following it up would indeed be a difficult task, but Halloween 2 did the job fairly well. One thing I loved about the first one was how it captured the essence of Halloween perfectly, and this one is no different, just as Halloween-ish as ever, except now in a hospital instead of an old suburban home. The acting is good for slasher films especially, and the kills are cool, keeping to the spirit of the original. And I must also note how sleek and mature the whole thing is, compared to its companions at the time, with a sinister mood and a lot of black, completely hopeless moments that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
My only complaint here is the fact that they took away pretty much all of the mystique that made our slasher a horrifying enemy. Here they gave him a name, and a background, and with it he lost a lot of the mysterious allure behind him. The scariest part of the original Halloween was the fact that this was just some creepy mother****er going around cutting up teenagers on Halloween, and we just don't have that here.
It's still a good movie, though, so check it out if you want another film to satisfy your Halloween thirst.
Suspiria - 4.75/5
Colorful, ethereal, bizarre and sinister, Suspiria is a carnival of strange, bloody fantasy. Made by horror master Dario Argento, this movie has a cult following in many circles, and now I can see why. This is an extremely abstract little flick, with lots of bright, neon lighting covering up what would otherwise be a generic sort of slasher flick. Also doing the job is the mystique layered over the whole thing like whipped cream frosting. I won't spoil it for those of you who haven't seen it yet, but let me just say this is probably like nothing else you've seen before, with several downright ****ing scary moments!
The acting here is really atrocious, though, so that's why it didn't get a perfect score. Seriously, it's really bad, but the movie is good enough to where it doesn't matter.
If you want a suspenseful, unique romp through superstitions and urban myths, this will be your ticket. Pick it up today.
Posted by Larry Griffin at 10:51 PM
Monday, October 27, 2008
Silent Night, Deadly Night - 4.75/5
This is fucking golden, man. Silent Night, Deadly Night is a slasher film in the vein of Halloween, but only this time WITH CHRISTMAS INSTEAD! Filled with delicious bloody slashing (in the typical creative Friday the 13th/Nightmare on Elm St. fashion, making for a lot of fun), gratuitous nudity and cheap filmmaking (although strangely more effective here than on counterparts like Friday III or The Burning, with some genuinely creepy and dark moments that will stay in your head for a long time), this movie just sleighs (pun intended).
In addition to being slasher gold, it's also very funny. With lines like "Let's get shitfaced!" from the ever-lovable store manager character, "It's just your imagination, Mr. Simms" (listen to the way the older female employee says this; it made me burst out laughing), and the great scene in which the police bust in on the "Santa Claus," in addition to some of the killings themselves, this packs a gamut of laughs for everyone.
And, hell, it's a movie about a serial killing Santa Claus.
Process that for a few seconds.
This is gold for the bad movie fans. Highly recommended.
Next: Dellamorte Dellamore
Posted by Larry Griffin at 10:58 PM
The Wizard of Gore (1970) - 3.25/5
While its strange, mystical sense of suspense aids it, this movie is pretty mediocre in all other aspects, and yet I still find myself enjoying it. It's got terrible acting, bad picture quality and shaky, flawed transitions between scenes (and even stranger ones when it tries to demonstrate the Wizard's "power"), but it's still enjoyable. I wouldn't call this a horror movie so much as a strange combination of fantasy and gore, but it fits my Halloween bill well enough. The Wizard of Gore doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but then, like Phantasm, it isn't really supposed to.
There is a 2007 remake of this around, and I might just be inclined to check it out, to see what modern filmmaking could do for this little gem...
Next: Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Posted by Larry Griffin at 10:57 PM
The Burning (1981) - 3.5/5
Of all the Friday the 13th ripoff movies that came out in the early 80s, this one seems to get a lot of recognition, being a similar camp story with boobs, blood and gore all around, and a deadly killer who you don't see until the end. The acting is pretty shitty, but some of the characters are enjoyable to watch while they're on screen. The movie starts off a bit shakily, with an extremely sloppy and amateurish scene where a prostitute is murdered, but after that it gets better. Also notable is the strange soundtrack, featuring a wide variety of different types of music that don't always work perfectly with the story, but they are pretty cool anyway.
The real star here is Tom Savini and his special effects and makeup work. Seriously, some of the gore here, on this uncut version, is just awesome, with the standout being the raft scene, in which the killer bloodily dismembers and disfigures about seven people in a span of a few seconds - and then the scene later on in which the others find the raft and are subsequently grossed out. Gross? Yes. Cool? Definitely yes.
Another interesting thing about The Burning is how Friday the 13th IV, a much more popular film, got so much influence from it. Just look at the ending, and you'll see what I mean. The Burning is a pretty bad movie, but I liked it, and so will you, if you're looking for B-grade slasher glory.
Next: The Wizard of Gore (1970)