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Thriller Chiller! – My Night out at a Horror Film Festival!


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Hello one and all….

My wife made it back from her overseas vacation after 14 Long Days…BUT what did I do while she was gone during  all that time?

Well…after I got tired of all the strippers and hookers night after night laying around and drinking up all my orange juice in the fridge at my house, I decided to go to the THRILLER CHILLER FILM FESTIVAL in my area.

The Festival was scheduled to go for  three days , Thursdays thru Saturday from midday well into the night…

I had limited time on my hands because of all the hookers,  so I could only chose one day, Friday ended being  the day I would attend the festival.

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The Film Festival is held annually at the local Wealthy Street Theatre in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  It’s a beautiful theatre . It houses Theatre A which showcases the longer running film and Theatre B for a lot of the movie shorts.

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This was to be my first Film Festival and I didn’t know what to expect.  I did expect this to be a more intimate affair as this was a small venue along with it being a less well known event. (but getting bigger every year!!! )

 The front Lobby and the inside of the theatre give off  nice ambiance. Theatres like this are like coming home. It was nice just to sit there in my seat and just take it all in.

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I didn’t go with anyone but I did run into a friend named, Mary Marly Green, who often frequents these events and who also does a little acting herself in this genre of film. She’s a great actress, she dies very well also….:)  Hire her.

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I saw many great movies Long and Short such as: Kill Switch, The Gauntlet, For No Eyes Only, O Amuleto do Dragao,Devils in the Darkness.

Check out the trailers above. I highly recommend all of the movies if you run across them in a film Festival in your area .

I had a good time for a first timer. I will definitely be going to next year’s event and perhaps look for others to attend between that time…:).     Check out other pictures I took at the event below!

Actual Creature Prop hand you could buy from the Movie – ” Devils in the Darkness”
The Director of Devil in the Darkness, Daniel E. Falicki, getting a little frisky with one of the actors in the movie…
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Marly and Me…. wait wasn’t that a movie?
Devils in the Darkness made it’s Premiere here the night I went to the Film Festival…it was a Michigan based production group that produced the film!

Evil Dead -2013 Remake now out on DVD…my review


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Finally saw the Evil Dead Remake tonight on DVD….yeah it took me a while.  I was busy okay.

First off,  I will start off  by saying I loved the original Evil Dead  movie when I first saw it so many years ago.  You might say it was my very first real Horror movie I ever saw at the movie theatre. I was eleven years old when I saw this movie…ELEVEN!  What was my mom thinking when she took me to this thing? I remember my mom running out in horror about forty-five minutes in, and waiting for us in the lobby until the movie had finished.

Quite a movie  to see for your first horror movie in a theatre, wouldn’t you agree?

It displayed gore in a whole new facet for me. Splurting and sputtering bloody stumps, talking decapitated heads, grinding of  pencils into ankles,  raping via foliage.   It was a pure physical master piece of horrific damage on display. Besides all that, it was a good story.  A fun story. Well fun in the sense that you felt you were there with the characters. You felt what they felt. You were there in the story with them…you felt a part of it.  For me, it was a well paced, well choreographed piece of work that made sense in the world you were suddenly thrown into to try and get a grasp on. Great job Sam Raimi.

NOW for the REMAKE of EVIL Dead 2013 version:

I don’t feel I am giving anything away regarding the plot points of  this movie as I speak about it here.  It’s pretty much similar to the original. A group of five friends find a book of evil  in the  basement of the old cabin, speak words from the book they shouldn’t,  and yes of course call forth an ancient evil,  called I think Shaitan.  Shaitan possesses one of them soon after. Then all hell breaks loose after that.

I will say that the movie started off good, but started to tank about 30 minutes in for me…bad pacing…and the stilted dialogue…characters were not engaging or realistic for people in how they would normally react to certain situations.  Of the five characters only one was interesting with the rest being pretty flat which I don’t think they took full advantage of when they could have.  The positive was that there were sometimes unique grotesque ways of inflicted damage upon others…:)   same as the original movie had done.

For the remake, unlike the original, you never felt like you were part of the movie. Half the time you wanted to yell at the characters and ask them what the hell are you thinking? And why are you leaving her alone?  And why are you leaving her alone…and what the hell are you doing?  Why did just she die like that when all the rest had to die a “certain” way.  Why did you choose an old rusty chainsaw with no gas over a big machete? C’mon!

Towards the end I had to shake my head at one pivotal plot point  that ended with a small twist. Which I thought hey, that’s original,  but not coming from him…he’s been an idiot the whole time in the movie. I don’t buy it. If you want to see what I mean then rent it, but don’t buy it. Please, it’s not worth buying.

For a grade I give it a straight  B.   I was disappointed. I wanted this movie  to be on par with the original but it fell very short for me.  I hear they may also remake Evil Dead II  and perhaps the  Army of Darkness movie as well… I hope they do a better job.  I was only mildly entertained for the unique goriness of it at times but that was it.

I can watch the original again and the other two in the series many times over. I have no desire to see this one ever again. What does that say?

Best movies to put you into the Spirit of Halloween


My friend  and fellow blogger of mine Seth over at Kloipy Speaks posted a blog about 10 things to get you in the Mood for Halloween..so I thought I would post my top Five  favorite HalloweenThemed –  Kid Friendly (well maybe semi-kid friendly for some) to Adult Horror Movies that I like or have liked to watch with my  family around Halloween :

5. Ernest Scared Stupid:

Yes as the title says Ernest is stupid but it’s fun scary stupid. When I first saw this movie I didn’t expect it to be as scary as it was…but it was. Yes it’s slaptstick at times but there are moments when it can rival any A rated Horror flick for sheer mood and delivery of a good scare…especially for a young kid. Good starter for a  8-10yr old kid that you plan on priming for the serious stuff down the line ..our kid is so used to horror flicks it takes alot to scare him now and this is where it all started,

4. The Halloween Tree:

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A great animated feature based on Ray Bradbury’s little epic worldwind and time traveling adventure story about Halloween. I loved  Leonard Nimoy as the voice of Profesor Mound Shround the devious dealer of young childrens souls. Great for kids starting at 6yrs to adult and you might just learn a little real history about witches, mummies, gargoyles, and the Day of the Dead along the way. Great little story about friendship and sticking together.

3. Halloween (The Original):

Okay okay this is really not  kid friendly movie, it’s more like Teenager friendly, in this day in age of Horror it’s definitely PG-13 in comparison. A nice solid thriller horror set on the day of Halloween…it makes you want to lock your doors and not give out any more candy! Don’t think I need to explain this one much to people. Just enjoy it and then maybe follow it up  with Halloween 2 which happens on that same night.

2. The Crow:

Okay I’m cheating here a little, this movie actually leads up to Devil’s night, the night before Halloween…but’s one of my favorites. A soul brought back to our plane of existence to exact revenge on those who murdered him and his wife…A classice movie which never grow old for me….I love the line in the movie “It can’t rain all the time.”

1. Peanuts – Halloween:

You know I had to go with the tried and true Charlie Brown Halloween Special. Who doesn’t love –  The Great Pumpkin,  All I got was a rock line, Snoopy shot down behind enemy lines sneaking through the battelfield (till he ends up in the Pumpkin Patch)

Good stuff…..the witching Hour is upon us my friends so enjoy….:)