Friday, May 27, 2011

"They Will Make Cemeteries Their Cathedrals And The Cities Will Be Your Tombs."

This week's entry is one of my favourite Italian horror films, Lamberto Bava's "Demons".

This movie is one of a few favourite films i watched over and over when i was younger, and as such, it holds a special place in my heart. It concerns a group of people trapped in a Berlin movie theater while an outbreak of demonic behaviour goes around, all set to an 80's metal soundtrack. The real draw here are the numerous scenes of splattery demon gore, and the cool monster effects, accomplished with puppets, impressive make-up, and lots of neon green puke.

A lot of thought seems to have been put into the titular demons, as they stand on their own seperate plateau away from other monsters, despite sharing numerous traits with zombies and vampires. Spread by a scratch from a demonic mask, the demons run rampant, mutilating and infecting everyone in their path.

Best scene: The two main characters ride a motorcycle through a deserted movie theatre auditorium, cutting down demons with a samurai sword while "Fast Like A Shark" by Accept plays on the soundtrack. Awesome.

View the trailer here!

Friday, May 20, 2011

"If you go down to the woods today... Watch out for Cropsy!"

For the very first entry, I chose one of my favourite slasher films from the 80's,..."The Burning".

This film does a wonderful job of being the quintessential slasher film, for better or worse. The story is of a camp caretaker who is horribly burned in a prank gone wrong, only to return years later as a melty-faced goon with a pair of gardening shears. Violence ensues, all centering around a massacre on a raft three-quarters through the film. the slasher make-up was designed by special effects master Tom Savini, and was designed and constructed in only two days. This may be why the killer, Cropsey, looks less like an actual burn victim, and more like a melted candle. All in all, a classic camp slasher film that can boast a really cool villain. Plus, it's got George Costanza (Jason Alexander) when he still had hair.

Click here for the theatrical trailer.