Skip to main content

The Month of Horror Day 10: VHS 2

Basement contributor Matt Bellamy has taken it upon himself to watch and review at least one horror movie a day for the month of October . . . because he's awesome that way! Tonight . . . Bellamy catches a movie we haven't seen yet. How about that!?! 

Apologies in advance, I've had a bit to drink tonight so hopefully that won't influence this review too much although with this particular flick I think that tying a few on is a total benefit! Remember 'Creepshow'? Yes? No? That was a horror anthology and basically what that means, if you're un-familair, is that it's a bunch of horrific short stories that make up a whole, usually with some kind of bookend that is incorporated--that is what VHS is. Now, I'll admit, I was not a big fan of the first one because I found it to be way too amateurish in areas and only a couple of the stories were worthwhile but this one, the sequel... man, what an improvement! It's like the makers of the original listened to everyone's complaints and did their darndest to fix whatever problems there were before and just amp things up in every possible area; this is badass!

I'll say right off the bat, the best segment belongs to Gareth Evans, the guy responsible for the ass-kickery that was 'The Raid', and his short story revolves around a cult and... what can go wrong. I seriously do not want to say any more because when you watch what he has masterminded here you will be in shock at what occurs, it's insane! Some other notable directors who contributed include Adam Wingard (You're Next) and Jason Eisner (The Crazies) and both manage to inject some much needed life, which was missing from the original, into their proceedings. We've got a zombie story unlike anything you've ever seen before, a kid's sleepover party that goes completely off the rails and the horrible results of a man whose eye is also a camera, recording some truly ridiculous things.

This is a horror movie for people who love horror and can find the inherent fun in the genre, who can not take anything too seriously but instead just sit back, crack open a beer and try to laugh as much as you cringe. We need more horror movies like this, they're a terrible amount of fun!

Enhanced by Zemanta


Popular posts from this blog

#CocktailHour: Slushtail

  Summer approaches, inspiring thoughts of sunshine, backyard parties, and having a tip and sip with friends.  With that in mind, I bring you this week sunny beverage. To make a slushtail, mix a can of frozen orange juice, a can of frozen lemonade (or limeade), a can of pineapple juice, a couple cups of black tea (or English Breakfast), and two cups of bourbon- such as Southern Comfort, in a pitcher.  When it's all nicely mixed, put it in the freezer until it's a nice slushy consistency. Scoop the slush into a cocktail glass, and pour in some Sprite or 7-Up.  Add a little umbrella for some frivolous fun, and a straw. Voila!  Ready to enjoy. This is a very refreshing drink.  The fruit juices, Sprite, and bourbon- when chilled makes for a great punch-like drink.  The bourbon doesn't overwhelm juices.   In fact, they are all nicely balanced in terms of flavors.  The sourness of the citrus fruits contrasts well with the slightly sweeter Southern Comfort.  It was refreshing enou

Marcus Flor vs Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

In film, there's nothing I enjoy more than passionate creativity. Compared to the sea of mediocrity surrounding it, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is practically overflowing with it. This animated movie is vibrant, kinetic, and extremely inventive with its art style. On top of all that, this is just a solid movie. It tells its story with sincerity and tact, always focusing on the important aspects of Miles' emotional journey. The script wastes no time on pointless scenes or moments, which also gives the film an energetic rhythm that draws you in. One of the other great aspects of this movie is its reinvention of the Spider-Man story. It's clever writing demonstrates a true understanding of the webslinger, and offers commentary on the current state of his movie adaptations. In the end, you get a film both Spidey fans and non-fans can enjoy. Above all other aspects, what I like most about Spider-Verse is how fun it is. It demonstrates quality animation and filmmaking doesn

From The Basement - the "final" three

Just a gentle reminder From The Basement returns next Friday -- June 11 -- to the mighty Radio NL with an all-new episode! That's the good news. The bad news it'll be the first of our final three prime-time shows. What, you might ask? Are you bastards quitting AGAIN!?!? No. No we're not. We learned our lesson the last time. Shawn and I's long-running show will return to being "just a podcast," and not adhering to any set broadcast schedule. Why, you ask? Our lives are becoming increasingly busy outside of The Basement, and it's getting harder for Shawn and I to keep up with the latest movies, TV shows and entertainment news. We'd rather cease our weekly duties than produce an inferior product. Simple as that. Much thanks to Howie Reimer and the Radio NL crew for hosting us the last three years, first as a Friday morning segment, then as a prime-time series. It's been a blast! Don't worry, we're not coasting on these last three episodes. T