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?
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
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
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
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!
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
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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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 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
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
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...
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
Yes, it spawned many imitators. Some were good, most were bad, and then there's ones like He Knows You're Alone.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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...
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
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
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
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
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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