Blu-Ray Review: Halloween 3 Season of the Witch

by  on Sep.24, 2012, under Halloween, horror movies, John Carpenter, Slasher Movies

It’s not a secret that I absolutely love Halloween 3. Yes I’m aware that it has nothing to do with Michael Myers and that’s precisely why it’s such a cinematic oddity. Now Shout Factory has released Halloween 3 on a lovingly re-mastered Blu-ray with lots of extras so it seemed like a great opportunity to revisit this misunderstood film.

After the success of Halloween parts 1 and 2 John Carpenter and Debra Hill Decided they had told the story of Michael Myers and it was time to try something new. Their concept was that they would keep the Halloween name alive and release new films that took place around the holiday. They brought in Nigel Neale who wrote the Quatermass films of the 50′s and 60′s to create a more psychological story about a Irish mask maker who wants to punish the world for not taking Halloween seriously. Interesting side note, The Quatermass films heavily inspired the X-Files so much so that they’re are striking similarities between Fight The Future and one of the Quatermass films. (more…)

 

Our Upcoming “Giallo” Horror Film project

by  on May.29, 2012, under Uncategorized

Horror Slasher moviesI’ve long been a fan of 70′s and 80′s Italian “Giallo” films. Filmmakers like Maria Bava, Dario Argento, and Lucio Fulci made these films where the killer was always portrayed as just a leather gloved, trench coated man whose identity stayed a secret until the final moments of the film. Usually we were shown the killers Point of View as he murdered his victims! Movies like the beautifully shot “Opera” and “Tenebre” truly fit the mold of “Giallo” where artistic flair and cool shots trump story. In fact the victims practically offered themselves up to the killer and barely fought back. The dialogue was always dubbed in and often made no sense but I still loved the movies.

So for our next film project we decided on to do a homage to 80′s Giallo films. We found a great location, Playland Bonkers! in Flint Michigan which has a great old school arcade that hasn’t changed much since the 80′s. We found a great actress that looked the part perfectly and we were able to get our friend Jon Shroyer, a professional make up F/X wizard, to help out with the blood and gore effects. We have most of this film completed with just one major scene to go and we’re hoping to release it in October/November of this year.

We’ve been extremely happy with the footage we’ve shot so far. You can see a screen shot from the video above. This is the first project we’ve been shooting entirely on the Canon 5D Mark III and Its been amazing! In fact I’ve gone from liking the camera to absolutely loving it! We were able to shoot in available light like never before. Its almost whatever your eye sees is what the camera sees. Its been a great film making tool! Highly recommended!

I’ll post updates on our Giallo project as it develops! Stay tuned!

 

Movie Review: House of the Devil

by  on Apr.26, 2012, under horror movies, Retro Horror Movies

Ah the 1980′s! The era of big hair, happy non-threatening metal bands, tight jeans, and satanic panic! Back in the 1980′s I can still remember the panic over anything that seemed satanic. whether it be music, movies, or people the parents were all over it like white on rice. Even in my home town we had the usual rumors that every small town no doubt had about satanic cults that met under bridges, in cemeteries, or in the darkness of the woods. Looking back on it now 20 years later it seems really surreal that we actually worried about that kind of thing. The Satanic panic fizzled out in the 90′s and is pretty much dead today. For all the rumors and speculation there was little to no proof that such practices in worship of the devil ever occurred anywhere. Nor that anyone was ever hurt or killed because of it. Its in this world that Ti West (The Roost, Trigger Man) has set his latest film, House of the Devil. A film that captures the look and feel of every satanic panic film from the period so well that you’d be excused if you thought it was a long lost gem from the 80′s! (more…)

 

Retro Horror Review: John Carpenters The Fog

by  on Apr.21, 2012, under horror movies, Movie Review, reviews, Slasher Movies

John Carpenter’s The Fog was released in February of 1980 but the story takes place in April 21st 1980, the 100th Anniversary of the small Town of Antonio Bay. So with Today being the 21st of April it seemed like a good time to go back and pay tribute to this great film!

After the success of Halloween Carpenter decided to take on the classic ghost story after seeing a distant fog bank while on vacation one night. That planted the seed that would become The Fog. The film is about the small seaside town of Antonio Bay that’s about to celebrate their 100th anniversary. However the anniversary mysteriously falls on the same anniversary as the sinking of the Elizabeth Dane, a clipper ship that followed a false fire on the shore to their doom and crashed on the rocks and sunk taking the entire crew with her.

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Night Terrors Haunted House 2011 Trailer

by  on Sep.26, 2011, under Halloween, Haunted Houses, HDSLR Filmmaking, horror movies

Just finished this 2011 Trailer for Night Terrors haunted house. The video was provided by Night Terrors and then we edited it all together and added all the music and titles. Its a great example of what we can do when clients provide us with some great video! Check it out below:

 

80′s Horror Cheesefest: Freddy’s Nightmares

by  on Sep.24, 2011, under horror movies, Retro Horror Movies, Slasher Movies

Like most hardcore horror fans I have a big spot in my heart for bad, cheesy horror flicks. Movies that the occasional horror viewer wouldn’t waste 5 minutes on are often some of my favorites. Being a kid of the 80′s there were a lot of great cheesy horror films for me and my friends. On TV we had quite possibly the pinnacle of bad horror television called Freddy’s Nightmares.

By 1988 New Line Cinema was trying to squeeze out every drop of marketing blood they could out of the Nightmare on Elm Street Franchise. They had posters, games, toys and even a talking doll, which I still have. It was crazy how much they tried to make a child killer appeal to kids. So the next logical step was a tv series for Freddy. Thus was born Freddy’s Nightmares which saw Freddy acting as a crypt keeper of sorts presiding over 2 stories per episode that were loosely connected to each other. (more…)

 

2011 Rogues Hollow Promo Reel

by  on Mar.16, 2011, under Canon 5D Mark II, Halloween, Haunted Houses, HDSLR Filmmaking, horror movies, Slasher Movies

If you were at Transworld this past weekend you likely saw at least a little of this as you past by my booth. As you know the show floor isn’t really conducive to focusing your attention on any one thing so, here’s the Rogues Hollow 2011 Promo Reel for you to enjoy!

Rogues Hollow Promo Reel 2011 from Christopher Brielmaier on Vimeo.

 

My Bloody Valentine 3-D Review

by  on Jan.24, 2009, under horror movies, Movie Review, Slasher Movies

When I was a kid I remember watching the original My Bloody Valentine on VHS. Nothing really stood out about it other than the somewhat iconic image of the miners mask. The kills in the movie were always cut away from before you could really see anything so it wasn’t much to write home about. So when I heard about the remake I thought they finally found a movie they could improve upon and I was right!

My Bloody Valentine is a fun, scary, and bloody ride that blew me away in 3D! I can’t remember when I had more fun watching a horror movie in a theatre. The storyline has been changed quite a bit from the original. The story starts off when a mine collapse that buries several men in the mine. Only 1 survives named Harry Warden who is hospitalized from his injuries. The blame for the cave in is aimed at Tom Hanniger played by Jensen Ackles of the TV series Supernatural. For some reason workers from the mine and lots of kids decide to have a party at the mine even though this tragedy recently happened there. Harry Warden promptly escapes from the hospital and shows up at the mine to slaughter the revellers in true splatter fashion. He’s eventually stopped while trying to kill Tom Hanniger when the Sheriff shoots him several times. Harry manages to run into the mine and get away. The film then jumps to 10 years later when Tom Hanniger returns to the town to sell the mine and close it down. Tom’s girlfriend has moved on and married the Axel, one of Toms rivals from 10 years ago.

As soon as Tom returns the murders start up again and it seems that Harry Warden has returned to punish the town. There’s some amazing kills here and once scene in particular that features a fully naked woman being stalked by the killer for a good 10 minutes of screen time. There were times I was really surprised by how much gore and nudity they seemed to get away with for an R rated movie! The 3D is put to bloody good use here as well. The kills really take advantage of putting that action right in your lap!

The movie really does an excellent job at balancing itself. It never goes to silly and never takes itself too seriously either. Its funny at times, scary at others and bloody as hell all the way! Director Patrick Lussier has redeemed himself after languishing it direct to DVD hell since the mediocre Dracula 2000 films. He’s managed to make a very exciting and fun movie! The story does offer a pretty decent twist of an ending and really just left me wanting more when the lights came up.

What I really like about this film is it has taken the concept of 80′s slasher films and made it really fun and scary! I felt like a kid watching this movie! I grew up watching 80′s slasher films and loved them even though the plots were awful and the acting was bad. In the 90′s we had a resugence of slasher films but they were self referential and satires of the 80′s films. Today we’re seeing a return to the 80′s style slasher but with a more serious take and much better acting and production values. This year alone we have 3 memorable Horror icons from the 80′s coming back to audiences. My Bloody Valentine has set the bar pretty high for The Upcoming Friday the 13th remake and Halloween 2. I really hope this trend continues for awhile.

If you are a horror fan and a child of the 80′s your going to love this movie! Go see it now while you can in bloody 3D!!

4.5 out of 5