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Shocktober #30 – The Crow

October 31, 2009 Leave a comment

The Crow PosterThe Crow
Release Date: 1994
Starring: Brandon Lee, Ernie Hudson
Director: Alex Proyas
Rated R

Greed is for amateurs. Disorder, chaos, anarchy: now that’s fun! -Top Dollar

The Crow is a simple story of a gang that terrorizes the local tenants for payment on devil’s night. When they choose the wrong life to take after throwing Eric Draven out of his apartment window. His spirit still flies free. One year later he returns in the form of a crow to avenge his death and his girlfriends. Filled with blood, breathtaking scenes, fantastic story telling and characters to be remembered forever, The Crow is one that is a must see for any film fan.

I thought The Crow would be a fitting choice for the Devil’s Night pick for shocktober. Although not very shocking, it does include: rape, murder, vengeance, drug abuse, racism, Detroit, and the all important rock and roll. The Crow is easily one of my all-time favorite comic book adaptations. The story that happened while it was finishing up the production is the shocking part. Brandon Lee you are missed.

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Shocktober #29 – Haute Tension

October 29, 2009 Leave a comment

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High Tension French Poster

High Tension
Release Date: 2003
Starring:Cécile de France, Maïwenn Le Besco
Director: Alexandre Aja
Rated R

The fourth and final European film to be added to Shocktober is High Tension. It’s yet another French horror film to make it to the list. It’s about two friends, girls believe it or not, that go back home to rural France. Within twenty minutes in the film we discover our main character that has emotional problems is curious lesbian. When she makes it to bed in the attic guest room a strange character arrives to the home. This strange man slaughters the whole family in regular brutal French fashion. In one scene the man of the household’s head becomes decapitate by way of a dresser. You will have to see that one to believe it.

When I went to screen the film at my local movie house I was the only in the auditorium. This was perfect as I had to read the movie and it helped me concentrate on the dynamic storyline without interruption. Man, was I amazed as the story is played out. The acting is alright, but its the unspoken emotions that are seen in the faces of the characters that are great. This is another good one to take in on a rainy afternoon. Check it out on Netflix or buy it from Amazon.

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Shocktober #28 – Martyrs

October 29, 2009 Leave a comment

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Martyrs
Release Date: 2009
Starring:Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï
Director: Pascal Laugier
Rated R

According to Wikipedia, a Martyr is someone who is persecuted and punished to death for not renouncing their beliefs. Usually involves religion or some sort of religious belief. Martyrs is a film of about a group of people trying to create martyrs to try and collect information of the afterlife.

The movie is about a girl who escapes an abandoned warehouse where we find out she has been abused and beaten. Since she has no family she is sent to an orphanage where she befriends another orphan. These two girls become best friends. Anna, the main heroine, is visited by creatures of some sort which we are to believe are because of the trauma sustained from the warehouse incident. When the two girls grow up, Anna, finds her captors and unleashes righteous judgement. Now, the real story unfolds as we learn new information on who Anna’s captors are and why they chose her.

Thoroughly an absolutely brutal film from France. In order to create a martyr there is more brutal punishment than you think. I was shocked at how much punishment was dealt on the heroines of the story. I just can’t find any other words other than just brutally real. Check this one out on Netflix, or just pick it up at Amazon as this is a great film to watch on a lazy Sunday.

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Shocktober #27 – Inside

October 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Inside PosterInside
Release Date:2007
Starring:Franck Ribiere, Rodolphe Guglielmi, Frederic Ovcaric
Director:Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury
Rated R

In the past few years France has given us some truly disturbing images of horror that cannot be unseen. Inside is not different from such classics. It tells a story about two cars that get into a car crash during a down pour of rain. One car’s occupants include a man and a woman with child. Cut to almost a year later. There are riots in the streets of Paris and tumultuous times are ahead for population of France. On the eve of Christmas, our heroine is getting ready to have her baby. That is, until darkness falls, and a strange visitor is harassing her at her secluded home. Watch the terror through the stalker’s eyes and see the fear that can be stricken into the undeserving, for what you seek is Inside.

Although, I have watched this film a few times it is still troubling to swallow what is happening on the screen. The first time I viewed it I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The images that are portrayed are truly disturbing and hard to stomach. This is not for the faint of heart and if you enjoy the macabre, then dig in. Spectacularly acted and well done. This is definitely one of the Frenchies’ best in my book. Check it out as it is available at your local retailer.

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Black Dynamite – Comin’ at cha, sucka

October 23, 2009 Leave a comment

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Black Dynamite Poster

Black Dynamite is amazingly well done spoof of some of the best blaxpoitation films of the ’70s. Michael Jai White co-wrote this 90 minute epic from what I presume is a love and homage to some of the greats in the past. The camera work, acting, and one liners were so over the top that I could not stop laughing.

When you go into watching a blaxpoitation film you must expect some great things to come from it. Everybody talks jive except for “the man” or white people, generally referred to as honkys. I don’t think they were intended to make you laugh, but one thing is for sure the one-liners are definitely memorable.

Melvin Van-Peebles is one of the revolutionaries of this genre, if not the father, who created, starred, and directed Sweet Sweetback’s Bad Assssssssssssssssss Song. This particular film was not meant to be funny and it really wasn’t. It was just a good picture in my opinion especially if you knew the blood sweat and tears that went it it. The reason I am talking about Melvin and his film is because

Sweet Sweetback's Badasssssssss Song

Sweet Sweetback's Badasssssssss Song

Black Dynamite wants you to get interested in a genre that is long past our generation and I feel that his work must be viewed as well as Rudy Ray Moore’s Dolemite.

So, anyway, without further ado, please find this Black Dynamite at your local theater and check it out. It is well worth it! Check out both trailers and see the similarities for yourself!

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Shocktober #21 – Tromeo + Juliet

October 21, 2009 Leave a comment
Tromeo + Juliet 10th Anniversary

Tromeo + Juliet 10th Anniversary

Tromeo + Juliet
Release Date: 1996
Starring:Jane Jensen, Will Keenan, Valentine Miele
Director: Lloyd Kaufman
Rated R

One of my favorite filmmakers, James Gunn, wrote the screenplay for our fourth installment of Troma-fest. Tromeo + Juliet is filled with some of the worst scenes I have ever seen in film. It includes lesbians, penis monsters, gratuitous violence, stock footage from previous Troma films and Lemmy from Motorhead. What else could make this movie more shocking? or right, the incest.

Tromeo + Juliet is a basic adaptation of William Shakespeare’s immortal classic Romeo and Juliet. Except it has been modernized to meet the standards of a Troma instant cult classic. This adaptation is set in modern day Manhattan where our narrator Lemmy introduces the two rival gangs. Tromeo loves Juliet but it is a forbidden love that their rival gangs will not allow. Juliet is sequestered by her father just like in the original but she is locked in a small cage where her abusive father can have his way with her. Watch as this classic is ripped apart and demoralized by the only people I would choose to remake it.

When I first saw this movie I thoroughly enjoyed them destroying a classic that bored me to death when reading. When it was released it was surprisingly received with rave reviews from some of the biggest magazines. This movie is a definite buy just because of shock value and cult status.

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Shocktober #19 – Class Of Nuke ‘Em High

October 19, 2009 Leave a comment

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Class Of Nuke ‘Em High
Release Date: 1986
Starring:Janelle Brady, Gil Brenton, Robert Prichard, Pat Ryan
Director: Richard W. Haines, Michael Herz, Samuel Weil
Rated R

It rotted their bodies. It corrupted their minds. And thats’s the good news.

Tromaville High School has your normal array of students and cliques scattered throughout its facility. The building is located near the super industrial nuclear power plant next door. Nothing starts out this good anymore. At this power plant one of the workers is growing marijuana just outside the plant but inside the maximum security seven foot fence. Little does he know is that his new flower is radioactive. When a group of kids at the high school purchase some they transform into motorcycle thugs.

Why does this sound so bad? Usually because Troma movies have some great moments that include stock footage. Yet another cult classic, Nuke ‘Em High is a great follow up to their last hit The Toxic Avenger. It includes the four basic food groups that is included in all Troma Hits. Sex, Drugs, Violence and Rock ‘n Roll.

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