July 28, 2016

Horror Movie Music: Lost in the Shadows (The Lost Boys, 1987)

As much as we love Horror movies (and movies in general) around here, I have to admit that we might love music even more. I could write a thesis paper on how important music is, and why we need it so much, but let's just leave it at we need music like the body needs blood.

When we find good music in the movies we love, we need it even more.  

So let's fire up our virtual MP3 player and see what's playing, shall we?

When The Lost Boys came out back in 1987, it instantly became our favorite movie (you can read our review HERE.) It was slick, stylish, sexy, and it had a soundtrack that was perfect to rock out to when we cruised around looking for babes. Yeah, I just said that. I'm a kid of the 80's, it can't be helped.

Anywho, the soundtrack rocked, but it was always Lou Gramm's Lost in the Shadows (The Lost Boys) that got the most play. Cry Little Sister is officially the "Theme from The Lost Boys" but Lost in the Shadows is the one that defined the movie for us.

It's a huge song, and gets our blood pumping every time.


(Chorus)
Say hello to the night
Lost in the shadows
Say hello to the night
Lost in the loneliness
Say hello to the night
Lost in the shadows
No one knows

I can't wait, I can't wait, no
When I see little lights in the shadows
One must hide when the sun gets higher
I don't know what this madness means

Here comes the night, the bedroom in shadows
Candlelights, I don't know where it's coming from
But I, I keep moving on
Till the darkest thought makes me want to try these wings

Repeat Chorus

Loneliness pours over you
Emptiness can pull you through
Did you go to sleep with the light on?
I can't wait for this feeling to free me

Wind blows hard, but it doesn't matter
'Cause when the sun goes down
Nothing else matters, the line is where the night lies
I will wait outside her window tonight
 

Repeat Chorus

Loneliness pours over you
Emptiness can pull you through
Did you go to sleep with the light on?
I can't wait for this feeling to free me

Repeat Chorus


I always thought it was "Sail on Into the Night." Shit.

Great movie, great soundtrack, great song.

*In addition to rocking out with Foreigner for years, Lou Gramm released two solo albums that had some great songs on them. Midnight Blue and Just Between You and Me are two faves of ours.

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Blu-ray Review: The Lost Boys (1987)

"Easily one of the Top 10 Vampire Movies ever made."

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093437/
(aka MTV: Fangs.)
Release Date: July 31st, 1987.
Country: USA.
Rating: R.
Written by: Jan Fischer and James Jerimias.
Directed by: Joel Schumacher.
Starring: Corey Haim, Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, and Jami Gertz.

From a personal standpoint, we'd love to say that The Lost Boys is the best vampire movie ever, because to us, it just might be. If we're being honest though, it's not THE best. Top 10, objectively, and depending on your taste in vamp flicks, but definitely not #1.

Regardless of ranking, The Lost Boys remains today one of the most stylish, enjoyable Horror flicks to come out of the 80's, and in fact, I'm listening to the soundtrack as I write these words, and not just because we decided to watch and review the movie; no, this soundtrack has been in my rotation since it first came out, because it rocks.

Talk about staying power...

A recently divorced mother moves she and her two kids, Sam and Michael, to the scenic beach town of Santa Carla, California to live with her father. Sam is a bit of a comic book geek, and Michael is a brooding bad boy looking for adventure (girls), so when they realize that their Grandpa is a half bubble off plum, they take to the local boardwalk to find some action.

IT ACTUALLY FINDS THEM.
Michael, being an angsty teen with a pecker that cant be contained, falls under the spell of a beautiful local girl named Star, which in turn leads him to a gang of motorcycle riding Abercrombie models who are nothing but trouble. As Michael is inducted into the Lost Boy's gang, Sam meets the Frog Bothers; two local kids who run their dad's comic book shop, who are also fearsome vampire hunters. Sam thinks that they're crazy at first with all of their "Santa Carla is crawling with vampires" talk, but it's not long before he realizes they're right, when Michael begins showing signs of vampirism.

T-R-O-U-B-L-E.
As Michael gets closer and closer to falling into the eternal grasp of The Lost Boys, Sam and the Frog Brothers decide that they only way to save him is to kill the master vampire, which is David... and David is a bad-ass who isn't going to be easy to kill.

Death by stereo ensues.

ON THEIR OWN, JUST THE WAY THEY LIKE IT.
The Lost Boys is a classic Horror movie in every sense of the word. It's smart, slick, populated with well-written characters who are played by a perfect cast, and not only does it capture the unique style of the 80's perfectly, but it plays every bit as well today as it did back in 1987. You can't say that about a lot of movies. It's a lot of style, to say the least, but its also got a lot of substance to it too.

This one is way more fun than it is scary (although the vampires, especially David, were ferocious at times), and it's plan to see that its tongue is planted firmly in its cheek, and maybe that's why it works so well; it's funny without trying to be, and it's intense without needing to be. The script is sharp and witty, and the direction by Joel Schumacher is perfect, but it's really the cast that makes this one so fantastic.

WHO'S A GOOD BOY? NANOOK, THAT'S WHO.
Fresh off of his villainous role in Stand By Me (another excellent flick), Kiefer Sutherland is the subtle standout here. His David might not speak much, but Keifer makes his words feel weighty when he does, and the way that he carries himself is truly ominous. He's one of the best vampire characters ever committed to film, and he's definitely our favorite Keifer Sutherland character (sorry, Jack Bauer.) Other than Solarbabies, Jason Patric was virtually unknown when he starred as Michael, and he and Jami Gertz (who was also in Solarbabies) made for a perfect on-screen duo in this one. Fun fact: They also dated. 

Speaking of duos, this was the first time that The Two Corey's (Haim and Feldman) starred in a movie together, and their chemistry was perfect from the get-go. It got no bigger than Corey Feldman as far as child stars in the 80's went, and Corey Haim was no slouch either, and this movie marked the beginning of their long-standing on-screen tandem and real-life friendship, which even lead to a reality show in 2007. Sam and The Frog Brothers make for a perfect vampire hunting team, and watching them riff off of each other in this one brilliant.

CREEPY.
It's a bit of a bummer watching this one knowing that Corey Haim is dead. He seemed like such a happy kid, and just knowing that abuse lead him to the lifestyle that eventually killed him is truly sad. He was our on-screen bro in the 80's, and we hope that he found the peace in death that was so elusive to him in life. 

THAT OUTFIT AND HAIRCUT THOUGH...
What in the hell was with the half-naked poster of Rob Lowe on Sam's wall?

SAM, WHERE ARE YOUR HANDS?!?
There's not as much gore in this one as you'd think there would be in an R-Rated vampire flick, but we do get a few bloody vampire-fueled kill scenes throughout.

"YOU'LL NEVER GROW OLD, MICHAEL, AND YOU'LL NEVER DIE... BUT YOU MUST FEED!"
There's a love scene, but there's no nudity in this one. Well, unless you count Tim Capello being all greased up and shirtless (you can see him in the music section below.)

JAMI GERTZ WAS 80's HOT, EVEN WITH THAT JACKET ON.
In the 80's, soundtracks were often times every bit as good as the movies from which they came, and The Lost Boys is an excellent example of that. In fact, you could argue that the music added a hell of a lot to the movie, almost like it was its own character.

Lost in the Shadows (The Lost Boys) by Lou Gramm is the standout track on an album filled with standout tracks, with its energetic, anthemic grandeur, but then again Cry Little Sister is a haunting ballad... and I Still Believe has energy to spare... We can't decide!

With the exception of the instrumental track at the end, every song on this soundtrack rocks, and makes a perfect compliment to the movie.

YES TIM, WE STILL BELIEVE.
 
This WB disc is solid visually, but it isn't as good as it could be. It would be ideal if someone like Scream Factory could get a hold of the rights for The Lost Boys and give it a crisp, new, frame-by-frame transfer, but that's probably not going to happen, so this one will have to do. Don't get me wrong, this movie looks great on Blu-ray, it's just not as eye-popping as we'd like it to be. The lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track, however, is fantastic, which is especially nice in a movie where the music features so prominently.

The Special Features are varied and solid, with the commentary track by Joel Shumacher and the deleted scenes being our faves. It's also got Lou Gramm's Lost in the Shadows video, which is a really cool bonus.

Fans of The Lost Boys should be well-pleased with this disc, especially at its $9 price-point.

FIN.
The soundtrack, the lovable and memorable characters, the great acting from such a young, unknown cast... The Lost Boys is an A+ flick for us. It's not a perfect movie, as few ever are, but it's a slick, stylish flick that blends Horror and Comedy together perfectly, the end result of which is an ultra-enjoyable movie that holds up just as well today as it did when it premiered nearly 30 years ago.

If you haven't seen The Lost Boys yet, which would be really odd, you should grab a copy of the Blu-ray, and kick back and enjoy the nostalgic 80's Horror feels that it offers.

A+

The Lost Boys is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.

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Jami Gertz made our hearts skip a beat when we were kids, and she still looks fantastic decades later. Good for her.

July 27, 2016

Random Picture Round-Up: The Fantasia Fest Edition (Part 2)!

We spend a lot of time here at THC searching for great pictures to use in our reviews, for our banners, and for whatever else strikes our fancy. It's not always easy finding the perfect screenshot, but when we do find pictures that make us laugh, say "What the hell?," or are just plain awesome, we save them.

Unfortunately, we never use them all, and so they just sit there in our picture folder, waiting... which is why we decided to start posting them in random groups on a weekly basis!

They might even help you to decide what to watch.

This week we focus on some random images from the movies that will be premiering at Fantasia Fest (you can read all about that HERE) over the next two weeks.

  • You can click each pic to find out what movie they're from, if you don't recognize them. The links go to Their Fantasia Fest page. 
  • The movie's titles are also in the file name of the pictures, if you decide to save them to your computer. 
  • Enjoy!

http://www.fantasiafestival.com/2016/en/films-schedule/76/antibirth
http://www.fantasiafestival.com/2016/en/films-schedule/35/creepy
http://www.fantasiafestival.com/2016/en/films-schedule/44/demon
http://www.fantasiafestival.com/2016/en/films-schedule/46/in-a-valley-of-violence
http://www.fantasiafestival.com/2016/en/films-schedule/30/the-lure
http://www.fantasiafestival.com/2016/en/films-schedule/38/the-master-cleanse
http://www.fantasiafestival.com/2016/en/films-schedule/41/the-priests
http://www.fantasiafestival.com/2016/en/films-schedule/47/under-the-shadow
http://www.fantasiafestival.com/2016/en/films-schedule/75/white-coffin
http://www.fantasiafestival.com/2016/en/films-schedule/169/yoga-hosers

SDCC '16: Scream Factory Announces 13 new titles!

Yes, we're still sifting through the fallout of Comic-Con, as there are still notable announcements to cover. Like this one...

This past weekend, Scream Factory, one of our favorite boutique Genre Blu-ray labels, announced 13 new titles that they'll be adding to their already impressive catalogue, including two of our favorite Horror movies of all-time.

Check out the Press Release below.


***HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT OF 13 UPCOMING TITLES!***

"We just revealed the following upcoming Scream Factory blu-ray releases at our Comic Con panel this evening. Here's the exciting line-up:

1. BUBBA HO-TEP (2002) (Collector’s Edition) – Stars Bruce Campbell and directed by Don Coscarelli.
2 WILLARD (1971) – The rare 70s rat-revenge film is (finally) coming to DVD & Blu-ray!
3. BEN (1972) – The sequel to Willard.
4. BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974) (Collector’s Edition) – The original slasher classic!
5. POLTERGEIST II (1986) (Collector’s Edition)– “They’re Back!”
6. POLTERGEIST III (1988) (Collector’s Edition) – “They’ve Found Her!”
7. DREAMSCAPE (1984) (Collector’s Edition) – The fantasy cult classic starring Dennis Quaid and Kate Capshaw.
8. RABID (1977) (Collector’s Edition) – The early Cronenberg classic!
9. DEAD RINGERS (1988) (Collector’s Editon) – Another Cronenberg favorite. Stars Jeremy Irons.
10 & 11. SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE II (1987) & III (1990) double feature. – You asked for it (a lot) so make sure to buy it! :)
12. THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED (1970- Rare AIP early “slasher” film!
13. DEAD OF WINTER (1987) – Chilling thriller starring Mary Steenburgen and the late great Roddy McDowell. 

We have no other details to report on this time. Expect though that some of these will be begin releasing in November. 

We hope you are as excited as we are about these. Which ones are you looking forward to this most???"


Now, the movie on that list that we're most excited about is Bubba Ho-Tep. Not only is it an excellent movie, but it's never been on Blu-ray before, and the fact that Scream is working with Don Coscarelli to give us a Collector's Edition of the 00's Classic means that it will get the love and care that it deserves.

We're also curious to see if they'll be doing a completely new transfer of Black Christmas too. If so, it will be a Must Own title for us, as it's one of the best Horror flicks ever made.

Add to those the 2 killer rat movies from the 70's; two great David Cronenberg flicks; the two Poltergeist and Slumber Party Massacre sequels; and Dead of Winter, and we've got a lot to look forward to from Scream Factory over the next few months, and into the new year.

It's a good time to be a Horror fan.

July 26, 2016

SDCC '16: MST3K is Coming to Netflix!

We've been HUGE fans of MST3K since They were on the Sci-Fi Channel back in the 90's, when we'd wake up every Saturday morning, and start our day off with some crazy riffing from Mike, Tom Servo, and Crow T. Robot, and the entire Satellite of Love crew.

It was brilliant. 

We've known for a while that an MST3K revival was happening, but we found out this weekend thanks to Comic Con that it would be a 14-episode run on Netflix, and now we have the details about the project.

From the Press Release:

"- The new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will be available exclusively on Netflix in the U.S., Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

- Original creator Joel Hodgson will be joined by comedian Jonah Ray (“Jonah Heston”) as the new host and Felicia Day (Geek & Sundry) as “Kinga Forrester.” Joel McHale and Dan Harmon have attached as writers. Additionally, Mary Jo Pehl (“Pearl Forrester”), Bill Corbett (“Crow T. Robot”) and Kevin Murphy (“Tom Servo”) from the original cast will reprise their roles in the new series.

- Elliott Kalan, Emmy-winning former head writer of The Daily Show, will serve as the new head writer on the revival.

- A Kickstarter starter campaign, spearheaded by Hodgson and Shout! Factory, surpassed the goal of funding the production of 14 new episodes and set the world record as the highest-funded film and TV crowdfunding campaign in history.

- Mystery Science Theater 3000’s national broadcast life began in 1989. Set on the Satellite of Love where a human host is trapped by mad scientists with his two robot sidekicks and forced to watch an endless run of B movies. The format proved to be popular, and during its eleven years and 198 episodes on the Comedy Channel and Sci-Fi Channel, it attained a loyal fan base and critical acclaim, including a Peabody Award and two Emmys® nominations."

Color us beyond excited.

Now, if they'd just tell us which movies they'll be tearing apart...

Blu-ray & DVD: The Digital Dread Report for 7/26

A great Exploitation Collection from Blue Underground; a top-notch Thriller from Karen Kusama; and a bunch of smaller releases that will appeal to a wide range of tastes... there are more than enough titles being released this week to satisfy any movie lover's hunger.

*Be sure to click the pics below to buy the movies, or even rent them. Or both. Or neither. It really depends on your mood, now doesn't it?

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"Three sexy "Killer Thrillers" for one low price!

BABA YAGA:
Legendary sex symbol Carroll Baker stars as a mysterious sorceress with an undying hunger for sensual ecstasy and unspeakable torture. But when she casts a spell over a beautiful young fashion photographer (the gorgeous Isabelle De Funes), Milan's most luscious models are sucked into a nightmare world of lesbian seduction and shocking sadism. Are these carnal crimes the result of one woman's forbidden fantasies or is this the depraved curse of the devil witch known as BABA YAGA?


NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS:
It was released as SECOND HOUSE ON THE LEFT, NEW HOUSE ON THE LEFT, and TORTURE TRAIN. The ads screamed, "Most movies last less than two hours! This is one of everlasting torment!" It remains one of the most graphically fiendish films in exploitation history, the story of two teenage girls traveling through Europe, forced into a nightmare of sexual assault and sadistic violence.

STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER:
The stunning Edwige Fenech stars in this infamous shocker that packs more grisly violence and sexual depravity into each frame than most any other film in the entire giallo genre. There's succulent flesh aplenty as a mysterious killer dressed in black leather and wearing a motorcycle helmet begins butchering beautiful young fashion models with no mercy and one deranged request: STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER!"

A re-packaging of three of Blue Underground's sleazier releases, The Killer Thriller Collection is one that we have to own on Day One. We love any Blu-ray set that allows us to save space, especially when all of the films contained therein are good ones, as is the case here.

Fans of 70's Exploitation and Giallo should definitely take note, and give this one a go.

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"In this taut psychological thriller from award-winning director Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer's Body), the tension is palpable when Will shows up to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife Eden, and new husband David. The estranged divorcees' tragic past haunts an equally eerie present; amid Eden's suspicious behavior and her mysterious house guests, Will becomes convinced that his invitation was extended with a hidden agenda. Unfolding over one dark evening in the Hollywood Hills, The Invitation blurs layers of mounting paranoia, mystery, and horror until both Will-and the audience-are unsure what threats are real or imagined."

The Invitation is easily one of the best movies that we've seen in 2016, and even though we can catch it any time we like on Netflix, this is a Blu-ray that we'd like to have in our Collection; it probably won't stay on Netflix forever, and it's going to look and sound better on Blu-ray than via any streaming service.

If you have yet to check out this eerie, moody, paranoid Thriller, now is your chance.

http://thehorrorclub.blogspot.com/2016/04/vod-review-invitation-2016.html

  • Hardcore Henry was an exercise in patience for us. It's POV gimmick was fun for a while, but it quickly became repetitive and ended up being just too much style and not near enough substance. It was fun, but it just didn't do it for us. 
  • Hellhole is a great release, mainly because we're fans of B-Movies from the 80's.
  • Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil's Son-In-Law is a classic Blaxploitation movie that once again showcases Rudy Ray Moore's comedic talent. 
  • River look solid.
  • We're curious to check out The Perfect Husband, because Artsploitation Films tends to release the kind of gritty foreign flicks that we dig.
  • And any new MST3K set is always noteworthy. 
  • Everything else, as always, is a crap-shoot.

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