October 10, 2015

The 31 Days of Horror #22: Wolf Creek (2005)

Title: Wolf Creek
Year: 2005.
Sub-Genre: Backwoods, Survival, Torture Porn.
Read our full review HERE.

And now we enter the stretch of our Millennium Countdown where things get nasty...

Aussie Horror probably doesn't get enough credit for being as good as it is. Movies like Acolytes, Rogue, or The Tunnel never seem to break big, despite being excellent films. Wolf Creek is one Aussie Horror flick however, that actually managed to get some of the worldwide love and attention that it deserves.

Loosely based on the real life "backpacker murders" that occurred in Australia throughout the 90's and early 2000's, Wolf Creek is a nasty, bleak, and disturbing movie that pulls no punches with its story, and even fewer with its depiction of brutal violence. Head on a stick. That's all we're saying.

John Jarratt is brilliant as sadistic killer Mick Taylor, and his performance truly makes the movie more than just another Torture Porn flick. That's not to say that it wasn't well-made, or that the rest of the cast didn't do their jobs well (because it is, and they did), but there's just something about Jarratt that is haunting... and so very terrifying.

Fans of well-made, brutal films have probably already seen Wolf Creek, but it should definitely be on the top of everybody else's Watch List this Halloween Season. It's a modern day classic.

See you tomorrow with #21!

October 9, 2015

Horror Hotties: Malin Akerman

After watching The Final Girls (review soon), we had to take a quick look at Malin Akerman. Because she's a total QT.

She's no stranger to Genre work (The Skulls, Watchmen, The Numbers Station, Cottage Country), but this is the first time that she's ever been at the forefront of a Horror flick... and as hot as she is, it's about damn time.

Anyhow, here she is in all of her sexy glory, so enjoy.

VOD Review: I Spit On Your Grave: Vengeance is Mine (2015)

The average Rape Revenge flick isn't usually our cup of tea. I don't know if that kind of subject matter is just a little bit too "real world" for us to enjoy, or if it's the fact that these kinds of movies almost always involve a dude getting his dick cut off, but we tend not to get much enjoyment out of them at all.

The gore gags are always great though, so I suppose that's one thing...

The remake of I Spit On your Grave (1978) was one of the biggest surprises of the year for us back in 2010; it was competent, nasty as hell, and Sarah Butler, aside from being smoking hot, made for one  of the most compelling Final Girls in recent memory. We're not sure why, but we never managed to catch I Spit On Your Grave 2. When we heard that the heroine from the first movie was returning for this third sequel in the series though, we decided to give it a go, and we're not unhappy that we did.

It's been five years since the events of I Spit On Your Grave, and Jennifer Hill is still trying to heal. I mean, torturing redneck rapists takes a toll, you know? At the suggestion of her therapist, she joins a survivors group, with the idea that opening up in front of other people who have endured similar horrific assaults might do her some good.

While there, she bonds with fellow survivor, Marla, who is every bit as traumatized as she is, and then some. When they learn about a young girl's abuse at the hands of her stepfather, they decide to pay the guy a visit, and end up nearly killing him. The new partnership of vengeance looks to be off to a strong start... until Marla turns up dead at the hands of her abusive ex-boyfriend.

With the killer going free due to a lack of evidence, Jennifer loses her shit, and turns into the female version of Charles Bronson, embarking on a course of brutal vengeance which sees her killing off the scummiest of scumbags in some pretty vile ways... which we're totally cool with, because they absolutely have it coming.

Rape Revenge-fueled-insanity ensues.

This was a surprisingly better sequel than we thought it would be. It had its issues, but as far as the average Rape Revenge flick goes, it also did a lot of things right. Along with some pretty nasty gore gags, Sarah Butler basically carried this movie on her back. She's a hell of an actress that plays tough better than most, and she was all kinds of tough throughout this one. A bit deranged, as well. It was interesting to see how this movie made her both hero and villain at the same time, as this movie could have easily gone the full "men are evil and need to be stopped!" route. That balance was kind of refreshing.

As for those gore gags... well, gorehounds rejoice, because this movie contains plenty of horrifically brutal violence. The first of Jennifer's kills is one of the most graphic things we've ever seen, and that's not hyperbole at all. We won't ruin it for you, but Jesus, they seriously went THERE with that scene, and they weren't shy about showing it in graphic detail. The anal pipe-fitting scene was no picnic either.

As for the negatives, we weren't thrilled about the way that some of the movie's violence was only a part of Jennifer's imagination. Most of what happened actually happened, but there were times when something crazy would pop off, only to be revealed as a fantasy in Jennifer's mind. Even though it served a purpose plot-wise, it was kind of distracting.

There was also a lot of male bashing throughout this one, which is completely understandable for the average Rape Revenge flick, but in this day and age of SJW causes where entire groups of people are vilified by other groups of people who just want something to rally against, it was a little grating. In all fairness though, the movie ended up being pretty balanced in that aspect, so it's not a huge complaint.

The twist at the end became fairly obvious about halfway through the movie too.

A fairly well-made flick, I Spit On Your Grave: Vengeance Is Mine ended up being way better than we expected it to be. It's still middle-of-the-road fare to us, but it was definitely good enough to warrant a watch. If you're down with seeing a bad-ass chick doling out justice to evil men who have it coming (and then some), then this is definitely a movie that you'll want to check out.


I Spit On Your Grave: Vengeance Is Mine is available now on VOD.


Sarah Butler is a sassy little mynx, and a tough one to boot. Also, sexy.

What's New on VOD This Week? (10/6-10/9)

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We're going to be switching up the format of our weekly VOD post through the end of October; with the sheer volume of titles hitting VOD between now and Halloween, we need to condense things a bit, or else risk having some crazy long posts.

You can still rent the movies or watch their trailers by clicking the posters below, so really, same thing, just a different format.

There are so many new releases on VOD this week that we had to break them up into two sections, which is a first for us. 17 new movies hit VOD today, and if nothing else, they offer a crazy amount of variety. 

It's a toss-up as to which one is the Must See title of the week: The Final Girls or Knock Knock. Either way, you really can't go wrong.

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  • The Final Girls looks great, has been getting solid-to-rave reviews, and it's probably our Must See VOD movie of the week. This has been a hell of a year for Horror Comedies, and we hope that this one thrills us as much as Deathgasm and What We Do In the Shadows did. Plus, Mini-Farmiga is in this, so, bonus!
  • Coming in at a very, very close second, is Eli Roth's Knock Knock, which also looks like it's going to be all kinds of kick-ass. Keanu Reeves facing off against two killer whores sounds like a fun time to us, especially when Eli Roth is at the helm, steering the action. Also, Ana de Armas might be the most gorgeous woman in the world, so, another bonus!
  • The excellent Friday the 13th Doc, Crystal Lake Memories, hits VOD outlets today, in 2 parts; mainly because they total 7 hours of material between them. If you haven't yet bought this gem on Blu-ray (shame on you), then you owe it to yourself to rent both parts asap. It's one of the best, most comprehensive Horror Docs that exists. A+ material
  • I Spit On Your Grave: Vengeance is Mine is a decent enough Rape Revenge flick. Our review is coming soon, but for now we can say that there's one scene in this movie that made us recoil in terror. Literally. It's well-worth a rent if this is your kind of thing. 
  • Gravy looks like a crazy movie, and we're going to check it out, just not too close to dinner time.

Oh wait, there are 11 more titles to cover, so don't go anywhere just yet.

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  • All Hallows' Eve 2 was better than we expected it to be. It's uneven, but we're glad we saw it. Mostly. Check out our review HERE
  • Tremors 5 looks like it could be fun, and we'll most likely check it out soon enough. *It's also streaming on Netflix right now, so you subscribers can save a rental fee and watch it for free. 
  • Yakuza Apocalypse... Takashi Miike? We're there.
  • Deep in the Woods is a French Horror flick from 2001 that we've always wanted to check out, but we just never got ahold of a copy. Now, we can.
  • Partisan is basically Vincent Cassel vs. an 11-year-old kid, presumably to the death, and so we're all in. It looks great.
  • The Last Shift looks trippy, and kinda creepy.
  • Manson Family Vacation looks odd, and somehow endearing. Is it a true Horror flick or a quirky Dramedy? Not sure, but we wanna see it either way.
  • Dead Rising: Watchtower, Honeyspider, The Invoking 2, and June are all b-grade flicks that look alright, but we have too much to watch to take any of them in right now.

*Be sure to click the pics to rent or check out the trailers for the movies, and happy streaming!