Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween Day By Day: Halloween (1978)

As I sat down to write this, I wondered what the point of yet another review/write up of John Carpenter's seminal movie would be. Writers far more talented, an learned, than I have already said their piece. Film historians and cinephiles have contributed their two bits to this classic film.

Do I have anything new to add? Is there more that can said about a movie that made its mark on horror movies -- and cinema in general -- 40 years ago?

Halloween Day By Day: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

Just as it wouldn't be Christmas without watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas", it wouldn't be Halloween without watching, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"... so I did.

It's Halloween, and the Peanuts gang is trick or treating... except for Linus.

He's waiting... waiting for the mysterious Great Pumpkin to rise, and bringing Halloween goodness to the world.

I'm probably going to sound biased since I've been a fan of Charlie Brown since I was a kid, but that's because I am biased. LOL

This is one of those cartoons that is just a relaxing, charming tradition for me.  There's an innocence to it that is charming, and allows you to forget the sort of things that are part of our modern world.  There's no moral to the story- you're not being preached to about this thing or that thing.  It's simply meant to make you smile and forget your cares for a bit.

Yes, the animation is dated- but in my opinion, that makes it all the more charming.  It's perfectly in keeping with the simplicity of the story, and the childhood wonder of the characters.

And that's why I love watching it every year.  It's just a great way for me to pop my feet up, scarf down some Halloween candy, and simply relax and smile.  For that reason, it sits firmly in "The Good" for me.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Halloween Day By Day: Ghostwatch

On Oct. 31, 1992, the BBC broadcast Ghostwatch, a Halloween mockumentary that "investigated" an alleged haunted house. It used real BBC personalities, including Sarah Greene, Craig Charles and Michael Parkinson, and loosely based the haunting on the famous Enfield poltergeist case.

The end result was so damn convincing -- and ultimately frightening -- that Orson Welle's War-of-the-Worlds level of panic was caused. Viewers were terrified, one person is rumoured to have died from fright, and Ghostwatch was banned, never to be seen again.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Halloween Day By Day: Terrifier

I've always found it interesting how people are so scared of clowns, myself included. I suppose it's all context. I see a clown at a circus, no worries. But, as Alfred Hitchcock once said, "there's nothing scarier than a clown after midnight."

In the case of the slasher flick Terrifier, there's nothing scarier than a clown after midnight . . . on Halloween!

Yup, that's the plot of Damien Leone's 80s throwback movie. Literally, there is no more to the movie than that. But that's also why it works: this is a simple horror film that aspires to give us no more than hot chicks on the run for a murderous clown on Halloween night.

And gore . . . Leone also gives us lots and lots of gore. Oh, and a Psycho-like twist. Spoiler alert.
Whether or not you like the movie depends on your tastes. I enjoy this kind of thing, and found David Howard Thornton's performance as Art the Clown to be quite ominous. He says nothing, and conveys a real physical menace. Seeing him out after midnight would suck balls!

Halloween Day by Day: Ouija (2014)

I suspect that everyone, at one point or another, has either played- or thought of playing with a Ouija board.

After her friend dies, Laine Morris and her friends use a Ouija board to contact her...

Too bad, they reached the wrong person...

Friday, October 26, 2018

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina interview, Hunter Killer and Indivisible

A family emergency means this week's extended cut isn't as extended as it usually is (does that make sense?), but the show still goes on!

While you won't get the usual Jason and Shawn banter, you do get Jason and Shawn's full interview with Elizabeth Thomson, the art director on Netflix's newest spooky creation, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina!

Halloween Day By Day: The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

I'm heading out for vacation today (don't worry I've got a bunch of stuff scheduled to auto-publish as part of #HalloweenDayByDay!), so I figured I would watch and review the 2012 film, "The Cabin in the Woods".

A group of college friends go to an isolated cabin for the weekend.  But it's not your garden variety cabin.  There's something sinister under it.  Something sinister that is the only thing standing between them... and a greater threat.

The artistic Chilling Adventures of Sabrina interview hunter kills the Indivisible Johnny English

So that was a pretty damn wordy headline, but this is a pretty damn wordy edition for the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show, one that promises to shed light on the creepy look of Netflix's newest show, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Jason and Shawn interviewed Elizabeth Thomson, the show's art director, earlier this month, and have a three-minute clip to share with audiences this morning. Thomson reveals how a show's production design comes together, and what an important facet of filmmaking it is.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Halloween Day By Day: Malevolence 3: Killer

In the world of movie making, there's a fine line between making an homage and crafting a ripoff. Malevolence 3: Killer walks this razor's edge in fine style.

Mena, who continues a trilogy that began with Malevolence in 2003 and continued with a prequel, Bereavement, in 2010, is clearly a fan of John Carpenter. So much so he makes no attempt to hide it. In fact, he embraces it.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Halloween Day By Day: Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2011)

Comics have come a long way in regards to being an acceptable form of entertainment- as has horror.  Which is why I was glad to find a horror comic movie... and Italian one no less.

Dylan Dog is a private investigator... one who used to be the investigator of choice for the undead.

Until an incident turned him into a pariah in the undead community.

But now... a long dormant evil is waking up... and Dylan's in the thick of things again...

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Review: Daredevil Season Three

While the Mighty Marvel Cinematic Universe has proven a powerful force at the box office and among fans, Marvel's Netflix lineup is a bit shaky. Each series has its own merits (maybe not Iron *spits* Fist) but only The Punisher has managed to hold my interest through the full season.

The Punisher and, of course, Daredevil.

Daredevil is hands down the best of the Marvel Netflix shows, and one of the few remaining now that Iron Fist and Luke Cage have been cancelled. The series continues in fine fashion with this third season. In fact, after a slow warmup, this could be the strongest run yet for Matt Murdock and company.

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...

First Man has Bad Times with Goosebumps

It's a big weekend at the box office, with no fewer than four movies competing for your dollar, and Jason and Howie are ready, willing and able to throw down on what to watch as We Came from the Basement returns to the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show.

But they aren't just talking movies, as Netflix debuts a limited series based on the classic Shirley Jackson novel The Haunting of Hill House, and Taylor Swift is now liked 25 per cent less by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Halloween Day By Day: He Knows You're Alone (1980)

Few can argue that John Carpenter's Halloween is one of the most influential films of all time. It's a lean, mean, technically brilliant scare machine that established a formula for genre flicks to come.

Yes, it spawned many imitators. Some were good, most were bad, and then there's ones like He Knows You're Alone.

Review: The Proposal (2018)

"Admit it: that was cool as fuck."

Star Marc Natoli says that line about half way through the action short The Proposal, and there's no better way to sum the film up. Although just 10 or so minutes long, The Proposal is everything an action fan could ask for.

In fact, the only complaint I've got is I wanted more!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Halloween Day By Day: Salem's Lot (1979)

Vampires.  Stephen King.  Halloween Day By Day.  Mike S.

A match made in heaven, right?

Writer Ben Mears returns to his home town of Salem's Lot to write about the local "haunted house"- the Marsten House.  His arrival seems to herald a plague: children disappearing... locals feeling tired and run down... and growing fear and suspicion.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Halloween Day By Day: Malevolent

Netflix is cranking out the genre movies this October. There's so many, they're hard to keep track of. The studio's track record is a bit spotty when it comes to horror, though. Hush is brilliant, The Open House not so much. And now we've got Malevolent.

The trailer was certainly spot on, promising chills and a twist as a brother and sister "ghost hunting" duo look for a big scam to cash in on, only to have something go horribly wrong . . . something far more malevolent than ghosts.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Halloween Day By Day: Happy Death Day (2017)

Birthdays are great.  Dying on them, not so great.  Having to repeat your birthday over and over again?  Hilarious...

It's Theresa's birthday today.  After going to a party, a masked person kills her in a dark tunnel.

It's Theresa's birthday today.  After going to a party, she goes straight home... but a masked person kills her in her bedroom.

It's Theresa's birthday today.  It will always be Theresa's birthday unless she can identify and stop the masked person from kill her again... and again... and again.

Marc Natoli throws down in The Proposal clip

Taking a break from our Halloween Day By Day to share with you Basement Dwellers this first clip from the upcoming ode to 80s and 90s action flicks, The Proposal.

Why now, you ask? Because it's Thanksgiving, and we're feeling thankful for your support these last eight years, and the support The Proposal's writer, John Fallon, and star, Marc Natoli, have shown us.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Venom and A Star Is Born

The time is now! Meaning it's time once again for Jason and Shawn to take to the Interwebs for this, the extended cut of Friday's segment on the mighty Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show.

What is an extended cut, you might ask? Easy: it's extra content created for long-time fans of We Came from the Basement featuring the original duo of Jason and Shawn. The show turned eight this year, and no one in The Basement wants to disappoint those who have stuck with us since the beginning.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Halloween Day By Day: Rosewood Lane (2011)

As much as I love slasher horror movies, I still find time to enjoy the more subtle suspenseful psychological horror movies.  I recently took a visit to "Rosewood Lane"...

Dr. Sonny Blake returns to her childhood home in Rosewood Lane after her alcoholic father dies.  Her arrival attracts the attention of the local newspaper deliverer, who offers her a free subscription.

Her refusal begins a dark game of cat and mouse that can only end with one of them dead...

A Star Is Born with Venom

Two decidedly different movies duke it out for your box-office dollars this weekend. One is a highly praised drama from Bradley Cooper, the other a comic-book movie starring Tom Hardy with a parasite.

Yup, Jason and Howie are talking about A Star Is Born and Venom on the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show later this morning!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Halloween Day By Day: Piranha (1978)

My only real childhood memory of Joe Dante's Piranha is the beautiful and spunky Heather Menzies distracting a soldier by ripping open her shirt and displaying her braless boobs to him.

Hey, I was maybe eight at the time, and boobs were the tits, to coin a phrase. Still are really. Wanna fight about it?

But that scene, which still plays well today (ahem) sums up the film perfectly. This movie is designed to be a non-pretentious schlockfest intent on being as entertaining as possible. Nothing more, nothing less.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Halloween Day By Day: Prince of Darkness (1987)

As most people who know me are aware, I have a fondness for the older horror movies, so it's no surprise that I would be willing to pop back to 1987 to find an interesting one to review.

That interesting one just happens to be John Carpenter's "Prince of Darkness"...

A small church in Los Angeles is hiding a secret... a secret that has been guarded for thousands of year.

A secret that has existed since before time began.

A secret that is finally waking up...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Halloween Day By Day: Hell House LLC 2: The Abaddon Hotel

I stumbled across the original Hell House LLC on Shudder earlier this year and found it a surprisingly effective and creepy little found-footage movie. Yes, that subgenera is alive and well and, I assume, is never going to go away.

But when done well, as is the case with Hell House LLC, the format works. Writer/Director Stephen Cognetti crafted some fine analog scares and created a frightening -- and plausible -- back story that was the basis of the film.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Halloween Day by Day in The Basement!

Greetings, everyone.

Welcome to October... a month of chilly breaths seen on the air, and shadowy phantom shapes seen flitting through the corners of our eyes.

The month of Halloween!

To celebrate this, our favorite month of the year, "We Came From the Basement" and "The Corner of Terror" are teaming up to bring you 31 days of horror goodness.

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