Monday, October 22, 2018

Halloween Day By Day: Cloverfield (2008)


Is it just me, or is New York becoming the new Tokyo of monster movies?

A group of friends have a going away part interrupted by something very loud... and large, destroying New York.

This is their footage.  This is their story...

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Halloween Day By Day: Halloween (2018)

As a lifelong fan of John Carpenter's Halloween and the franchise it inspired, catching David Gordon Green's direct sequel to the 1978 original was a bit of an overwhelming experience. Possibly even more so for this critic than seeing The Force Awakens.

Suffice to say, that's why my review on our latest podcast was brief, and my thoughts on the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show even more so.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Halloween (2018) and The Hate U Give

It's that time of year again (well, almost) and that means everyone is entitled to one good scare . . . even Jason and Shawn.

And that's what The Basement Boys are in for with this, the extended cut of Friday's segment on the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show. Why, because they are venturing out of The Basement and into the cinema to see the new Halloween.

Halloween knows The Hate U Give

There are a pair of movies vying for your attention this weekend; one of them a highly anticipated follow up to a 40-year-old classic, the other a super charged take a beloved book.

Given the differences between the latest Halloween film and The Hate U Give, there's room for both movies at the box office. But, when it comes to dollars earned, Jason and Howie will likely put their money on Jamie Lee Curtis during today's segment on the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show, starting at 8:20 a.m.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Halloween Day By Day: Tentacles (1977)

A lot of the films discussed during our Halloween Day By Day series were inspired by John Carpenter's Halloween. Given the title and setting of that movie, it's easy to understand why. Duh!

But one mustn't forget that Steven Spielberg's Jaws touched off a whole wave of similar genre films in the 70s and early 80s. And, as with Halloween, most of these ripoffs just weren't as good.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Halloween Day By Day: IT- Chapter One (2017)


One of the most talked about horror movies in 2017 was the most recent adaptation of Stephen King's "IT".

Well, it's 2018, and I'm going to be talking about it.

What?  Too soon?

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Halloween Day By Day: The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

Taking on a classic psychological horror story like Shirley Jackson's seminal novel The Haunting of Hill House must have been a daunting thing for writer/director Mike Flanagan. It's a classic story that's already been twice told - once with great success by Robert Wise in the 1960s, and once as a big, giant turd in the late 90s.

The key to the book's success, and that of Wise's film, is the implied rather than the seen, which Jan De Bont got so, so wrong with his 1999 adaptation. To draw out psychological horror over a 10-episode series . . . well, that's a tricky thing as most audiences want to see something sooner or later.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Halloween Day By Day: The Children (2008)


Halloween and children go together like peanut butter and jam.  Murder and children... not so much, right?  You might be surprised...

Two families come together to share the holidays together, and ring in the New Year.

Unfortunately, their children start to fall ill, and act irrationally.

The New Year's going to be rung in with murderous intent this year...

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Proposal, First Man, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween and Bad Times at the El Royale

Jason and Shawn are back and ready to throw down over an action-packed short film in this, the extended cut of Friday's segment on the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show.

What's the short film? It's called The Proposal, and comes by way of long-time friend and collaborator John Fallon, and rising martial arts star Marc Natoli. And it killed it this past week at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Halloween Day By Day: Unfriended (2014)


Social Media is a huge part of our lives.  It keeps us connected to friends and family, and news.  It allows us to share our lives with a multitude of people.

But, it has a dark side as well.

Blaire Lily and her friends are talking on Skype, when a mysterious seventh person logs in.  Soon, they learn that they are the target of a vengeful killer determined to expose their roles in the suicide of a fellow classmate... even if it means killing them one by one...