A Quiet Place – Spoiler-Free Review



A Quiet Place is one of the best horror films I’ve seen in a theater. It’s not often to find a good one not released direct to DVD when it comes to new horror. I won’t spoil the movie for you by giving details, but rather point out what this movie did right, and why it’s more than worth your time.

They didn’t spoil the pacing or tension by explaining things. There is no backstory, no details about what, why, or how. It doesn’t need to explain itself. There are a few newspapers strewn around that show something happened, but even those have a purpose; they aren’t thrown in only to give explanation. The information is as ambiguous as it should be.

The movie isn’t full of extra garbage that’s not important to the story. No excessive gore, no unneeded sex scenes. The story is what it is, and all it needs to be.

Creatures. Too many movies show too much of the creature. And too soon. This movie only reveals glimpses and quick, mostly shadowed shots. They saved revealing the creature until the end, just as a good creature flick should do. And although I’m a fan of practical effects over digital, they were actually pretty awesome.

The ending, while quite abrupt, is well-executed. There isn’t a sunrise where everyone walks away and things are fine. They don’t go into any boring and expected solution where everything is explained and tied up neatly. It ends where it should end.

All in all, a great new horror movie that will more than likely be added to my collection.

I highly recommend seeing it!


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Judging Hellraiser: Judgment

As a long-time fan of the Hellraiser franchise, I had to watch this one. But I was hesitant to do so after the saturation of not-so-great Hellraiser movies. I’m not saying they’re complete garbage—some of them have their own charm—but the first two resonate with me in a way none of the others can.

If you haven’t read Clive Barker’s The Hellbound Heart I strongly encourage you to!

I won’t say that Judgment was the worst of the franchise. But I think it doesn’t belong there.

First off, any Hellraiser without Doug Bradley as Pinhead just doesn’t work for me. When the same actor has played a character for so long, it’s a hell of a thing to try and get the same effect with another actor. No matter their skill, it just isn’t the same. Another actor playing Pinhead is like someone other than Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine. No matter how badass they are at the role, the original character has been the same actor for way too long for it to really work.


I will say this, Paul Taylor didn’t do a bad job as Pinhead. He had kind of a Doug Bradley look and his voice and tone weren’t a deterrent to his performance. I was less disappointed with him than I thought I’d be. But like I said, I can’t see Pinhead as anyone but Doug Bradley.

There are some great things about this movie. And some not so great things as well.

The trailer for it looked promising, though I didn’t trust it. My mistrust was justified. The entire trailer is made up of snippets from the first 15 minutes of the film, which really, was the only truly enjoyable part of the experience. It then goes into a long, slow, boring story about some detectives investigating a serial killer. That’s the first place this movie went wrong. Too much talk, not enough… anything else.

If you manage to stay awake through the dialogue that doesn’t carry any real weight to the story, you’ll get to see some scenes that are worthwhile.


The man with the cut-up face and dark glasses was a great character! He was probably the best part of the entire movie. At first I wasn’t sure if he was human or a cenobite, and to be honest I’m still not completely sure. No spoilers, but I’m leaning more towards one of those conclusions than the other.

The entire idea of that character and his role in the story was the only thing that made Hellraiser: Judgment worth watching. If the story revolved around him it probably would have been a better movie. They focused too much on the less interesting aspects of the story (as well as trying to make it a Hellraiser movie by throwing bits and pieces of its history in without any true meaning). I won’t spoil it for you, but there were some really great ideas that were wasted.

I think if they removed the cenobites, took the name Hellraiser out of the title completely, and got rid of the boring dialogue, it could have been a great film. On its own, it had potential. Hellraiser: Judgment’s biggest downfall is that they slapped the franchise onto a movie that could have done well on its own. Excuse the pun, but that brought judgment down hard on a movie that might not have been looked at so harshly otherwise.

If you’re a die-hard fan of Hellraiser, you’re probably not going to like how it ends. I certainly did not. There’s only one positive side to its ending: they can’t do it again…

But don’t let my bad review stop you from enjoying this film. I enjoyed some of it (it really did have some good scenes), but it was a watch-once and never bother with it again deal for me. My best advice, see it for yourself and pass your own judgment.

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Best Episodes of Black Mirror


The best advice I can give to you if you haven’t seen the show already, is to not watch Season 1, Episode 1, The National Anthem. Trust me, you probably don’t want to see that…

The strange thing I noticed about this show is that the seasons and episodes are listed backwards on Netflix. Usually when you go to a show, the first season is listed at the top, and episodes follow in a top-down format. This show lists the latest season first, and has the previous seasons below it. I think it might be an intentional way to avoid people from seeing The National Anthem first. It could definitely ruin the show for a lot of people, making them not want to watch any more episodes if they’d seen that first. A lot of the episodes are hit and miss, many not appealing to everyone.

That’s why I’ve put together this list for the horror fans out there. To filter out the stuff you might want to skip. By all means, watch the whole series; I did. But some episodes I enjoyed more than others.

Either way, here is my list of recommendations:


Season 2, Episode 2: White Bear

I have to say this is probably my favorite of all the episodes in regards to horror. Great story, atmosphere, pacing, and ending.




Season 4, Episode 5: Metalhead

This is my second favorite. Post-apocalyptic scenereo with robots? Yes please! Again, great story, atmosphere (they did this one entirely in black and white), pacing, and ending. One of the best in the series.




Season 4, Episode 6: Black Museum

If you plan to watch the entire series, you should probably save this one for last. But the way the show is constructed, it doesn’t really matter. You’ll get the story. (There are just a few easter eggs in the episode you may see if you’ve watched other episodes).




Season 3, Episode 5: Men Against Fire

This is also a great episode. Has its fair share of horror and a good ending.




Season 2, Episode 4: White Christmas

This one strikes hard on fear of time. The cruelty of what occurs made me cringe.




Season 4, Episode 1: USS Callister

This one isn’t necessarily horror (it has its moments), but as a Star Trek fan it’s something I can’t ignore. By far one of the best Star Trek inspired pieces I’ve ever seen. Even if you’ve never seen Star Trek, it’s an enjoyable episode.



Hope you enjoy the show! And fair warning: don’t watch The National Anthem.

Channel Zero Review


It’s not often I write about a television series, but Channel Zero appealed to me five minutes into the first episode. I kept saying, “I’d die in this show, because I know damn well I’d be first in line to go in that house.”

Oddly enough, I’d never heard of the show at all. Of course, I don’t watch cable TV and it was on the Sci-Fi Channel (I know it’s SyFy now, but I refuse to accept that). I was introduced to it on New Year’s Eve by my date as something to watch during dinner. I’m glad we were done eating before certain parts… We ended up watching an entire season in one sitting. I started with the second season, No-End House, as she’d already seen the first, Candle Cove. It’s sort of like American Horror Story where each season is a completely different storyline so it doesn’t matter which one you watch first.

Both are great, but I felt Season 2 had a more fast-paced flow than Season 1. I’d almost recommend starting with Season 2, No-End House. Candle Cove moves a bit slow in the beginning, but keep watching. The end is worth it.

That’s one thing I’ll say about this show. They know how to make a good ending!

I’m surprised the show hasn’t gathered more attention. I feel it’s underrated, which is why I’m writing about it. Season 3 comes out soon, within a month or two from what I’ve read. I’m excited to see where they’re going to go with it!

I made this post short, as not to spoil the show for you with details. Just here to spread my love for a good horror series.

Feel free to comment and share your thoughts on the show if you’ve seen it.

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Why ‘Night of the Creeps’ is One of the Best B-Movies of All Time.


Aliens in bad rubber costumes, 1950s throwbacks in black and white, ax-wielding psychopaths, slug monsters, zombies, a detective with a dark past, and a full helping of campy 80s B-movie humor—this is the masterpiece that is Night of the Creeps. The recipe for this cult-classic sounds absurd. What the hell kind of movie has all that in it without being completely ridiculous? Somehow, Night of the Creeps managed to pull it off.




Released in 1986, starring Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, and Tom Atkins, the film starts with a scene that doesn’t fit the rest of the movie at all—aliens on a spacecraft. Yes, aliens. In cheesy rubber costumes. They even went as far as adding subtitles in both English, and for some reason, the alien’s language as well. This is an odd but lovable detail, especially for this kind of movie.

After that it jumps to old-school black and white, representative of scenes that happen in the 50s. Although it’s been done before, the style during these scenes bring a unique quality to this type of 80s horror. And they add a backstory to everything that happens later. Slasher films weren’t common in the 50s, but had their golden era in the 80s. That’s what makes ax-wielding psychopath so special. Night of the Creeps has 80s written all over it, but the killer is in the black and white 50s scenes—a nice twist to the mashup.



When the story jumps forward to 1986, it’s literally saturated with everything 80s. Frat parties, nerds, jocks, it’s all there. Jason Lively from National Lampoon’s European Vacation just tops it off. Adding to the B-movie humor, the homicide detective is given some of the worst lines of dialogue. But if you love that campy 80s style, it’s perfect. They bring that element to the movie while leaving the rest of the characters with more serious lines.



Although the ‘zombies’ in Night of the Creeps aren’t really zombies, at least not the Romero variety, they’re damn close. I won’t spoil the movie, but they have something to do with the aliens and slug monsters, and when everything comes together, all the unusual aspects of this film create a masterpiece that still shines over thirty years later.


John Carpenter’s Remake of The Thing Wasn’t a Remake

There seems to be some disagreement and misinterpretation on John Carpenter’s The Thing. I’ve read it online, spoken about the movie with other fans (as it happens to be a personal favorite), and keep hearing how it was a remake of The Thing from Another World. As a hardcore fan of these movies, I felt compelled to write about them, and how this popular opinion is contrary to what appear to be facts.

There are three renditions of the film, The Thing. John Carpenter’s 1982 version is arguably the most popular, which by majority opinion is a remake of the original, The Thing from Another World, originally released in 1951. Another addition to the franchise was introduced in 2011, which was thought (depending on opinion) to be a prequel of John Carpenter’s or second remake of the original 1951 classic.


The Thing from Another World 1951


The Thing 1982


The Thing 2011


So there are two remakes for the same film? Sure, it’s not unlike Hollywood to rehash the same thing (pun intended) more than a few times, but this isn’t the case. In the original 1951 story, scientists uncover an alien spacecraft buried under ice near an arctic research station where they work. They find an extraterrestrial pilot frozen in the ice and dig it out. The being accidentally gets thawed out, and things go downhill from there.

The story of John Carpenter’s 1982 version is in fact a sequel to the original. In the story, American scientists working at a different arctic research facility are startled by a helicopter coming toward their base, which is chasing a dog, a man firing at it with a rifle. The dog escapes unscathed and the helicopter pilot is killed in an accidental explosion while trying to kill the dog with a grenade.

When the American scientists go to the other research base to investigate the strange behavior of the unexpected visitors, they find the place deserted and mostly destroyed. They also find video footage of the scientists finding the spacecraft and the chunk of ice the creature originally escaped from.

This tells us that this is in fact a sequel, not a remake. It follows events which take place after the original film.

The 2011 version, again considered a remake, technically is. But not of the film most people associate it with. It’s not a remake of John Carpenter’s film, but of the original 1951 version. It’s the story of the Norwegian scientists who found and unleashed the alien in the first place. The movie even ends with the dog escaping (presumably thought to be the alien creature) while being chased by a helicopter. This movie could be considered a prequel to John Carpenter’s version, if anything, as it ties the events together more closely than the original 1951 version.

I hope this makes you want to watch and enjoy these movies again (or for the first time if you haven’t seen them), if only to see for yourself how they are truly connected.

7 Obscure Disturbing Movies You Might Regret Watching


Fans of horror cinema love their movies. Most of us are always looking for that next film that puts us on the edge of our seat—literally. Once you’ve seen the worst of the worst it’s hard to get a good scare out of even the most terrifying scenes. There’s another way to achieve success in finding things that will scare even the most seasoned horror fan—find movies that aren’t necessarily horror, but unsettling in the worst ways. Stuff that makes you question your choices in movies, things that stick in your memory like a photograph, moments you know you will never forget. For the rest of your life…

Upstream Color


In the movie’s description, it’s classified as a cerebral science fiction piece. And it is…but not one for the faint of heart. Some of the scenes are downright disturbing as hell. To put it simply, a thief uses hypnosis drugs obtained from a rare plant to violate and steal people’s money. The drug turns into a parasitic worm that must be removed from the victim. Once it’s removed it’s placed inside a pig. From then on, the person wakes up from the hypnotic state and has no memory of what happened, but retain a psychic connection to the pig who has their parasite inside it. The man who takes care of the pigs, (dubbed ‘the pig farmer’) touches the pigs and can see through the eyes of whoever had that pig’s parasite. The pig farmer breeds the parasite infested pigs and drops the piglets in a river. When the bodies decompose, the drug is reintroduced into the flowers where the hypnosis drug came from in the first place. It’s a difficult movie to understand. There’s very little dialogue, and much of the film is shot in short scenes that jump from one character to the next. It’s like pieces of a puzzle that you have to put together through interpretation, and the film as a whole can be seen from different perspectives.

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore


This movie starts out as a quirky but well-made independent film, but has its unexpected moments that get absolutely gruesome. The plot revolves around a woman whose house is robbed. She calls the police but gets no help. She ends up meeting an oddball neighbor down the street who helps her track down her stolen laptop, but when they get it back, they discover the people who had it bought if from a pawn shop and weren’t the thieves after all. They go on a quest to find the thief and things go from weird, to bad, to an all-out WTF moment…

Fire in the Sky


This was based on a true story, where a man named Travis Walton claimed to be abducted by a UFO and was subjected to terrifying and agonizing medical experiments. It isn’t exactly considered a horror movie in general terms, but it’s quite possibly the most realistic cinematic representation of an alien abduction ever created. The scenes of Travis Walton inside the spacecraft, the experiments and strange tools, and the physical appearance of the extraterrestrials themselves, are enough to induce nightmares in even the most seasoned horror fan.

One Hour Photo


When one thinks of a movie starring Robin Williams, titles like Patch Adams, Jumanji, and Mrs. Doubtfire come to mind—movies full of good laughs. But late in his career Robin Williams began to explore darker roles in movies like Insomnia and The Final Cut. But none of these films compare to the horror of One Hour Photo. The film is about a painfully lonely man who works as a one-hour-photo technician. He becomes obsessed with a particular family who over the years have had their film developed where he works. He has an entire wall in his apartment covered in every photo the family has ever taken, lit up by industrial spotlights. It’s by far the most disturbing role Robin Williams ever played, and just the fact that it’s him makes it even more unsettling.



Anyone who knows the name David Lynch has seen some messed up stuff that doesn’t really make any sense. Even if you try to rationalize what you see in his films, it just doesn’t add up; there are always loopholes. But his first film is undoubtedly his most horrifying. The entire atmosphere is filled with unsettling sound and desolate images. But the ending is what burns into your memory. It’s something you’ll probably remember as long as you live. There’s speculation on what the true meaning of the film is, even though it makes more sense than most of his other work.

The Lobster


This film is extremely unusual and the reality it portrays is terrifying. It’s set in a world where being single is unacceptable by society and is even prohibited by law. If you’re single for a certain period of time, you’re sent to a rehabilitation center with other single people and given a short deadline to find a mate. If you can’t find one, they use a strange technology to turn you into an animal of your choice. The main character chooses a lobster, and enters the center with his dog (who is actually his brother turned into a dog). He tries and fails to find a partner. In fear of being turned into an animal, he escapes and finds a band of rebels living in the forest outside the facility, who ironically are opposed to being in a relationship and punishes its members if they don’t stay single. He’s thrown from one extreme to another, but finally finds love. And pays a high price…



David Cronenberg is known for making some of the best and most memorable horror films out there. And although none of his movies are on this list, he’s worth an honorable mention. And because his son, Brandon Cronenberg made this movie. It’s set in the future, where obsession with celebrities has become a disturbing phenomenon. When celebrities get sick, or get a disease, fans can purchase the disease and experience it themselves, making them feel closer to their favorite star. A company purchases blood samples directly from sick celebrities and infect customers with it. If that isn’t twisted enough, there are butcher shops that cell cloned human meat, and it’s cloned from the cells of their favorite celebrities. In this sick world, one can actually eat their favorite movie star, singer, or other famous person. But the ending of the movie is where it crosses the line. I won’t spoil it for you. See it for yourself…

Birdemic: Shock and Terror


This week I watched Birdemic: Shock and Terror. I’m not really sure what to say about it. It’s either intentionally the worst movie ever made, or… I don’t know. I just don’t know. Most of the movie just follows the main character’s boring life. He eats breakfast. He leaves the house for work. He stops for gas. He gets stuck in traffic. He spends his day at work. And it goes on and on like that for quite some time, showing every little thing he does throughout his day.

Then, suddenly, birds! Birds in the sky, dive bombing gas stations with airplane sound effects and explosions. Airplane sound effects? Yes, that’s right. The movie just gets worse from there.

Why are birds dive bombing gas stations like airplanes and exploding on impact? That’s explained by some guy standing on a random bridge who goes on a ten minute rant about global warming. This happens again later in the movie when they meet some guy who lives in a tree house. He goes on a rant about how global warming is killing the forests and he lives there to protect the trees.

The whole movie seems like a failed attempt at sending a message about global warming. I don’t know what else to say about it, other than the fact that Birdemic: Shock and Terror has the worst special effects in history. Plan 9 From Outer Space is a work of art in comparison.

In the Mouth of Madness

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In the 1994 film, “In the Mouth of Madness,” directed by John Carpenter, there is one scene that I’ve never stopped thinking about. If you haven’t seen the movie, go watch it, then finish reading this.

The scene I’m talking about is when Sam Neil and Julie Carmen are in the car together, on their way to Hobbs End. She’s sleeping in the passenger seat. He opens the glove box, takes out a horn, and honks it in her ear to wake her up. Anything seem odd about that?

After seeing the movie a number of times I said to myself, why the hell does he have a horn in his car? Who carries around a horn in the glove box?

This scene confirms and reveals the true nature of what’s going on in the story in such a subtle way that you don’t notice it until you think about it.

The only explanation for why he had a horn in his car is that Sutter Cane wrote it that way.