Thursday, October 30, 2014

31 DAYS OF DREW 2 - DAY 30: HALLOWEEN III

Every horrorhound's favorite month is upon us, and to celebrate, I'll be dishing out film recommendations for every day in October. I hope you enjoy the month with some good movies, even if they aren't ones I recommend!

Today's Pick: Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)


Last year, before I bailed on my 31 Days of Drew, I had intended to make Halloween the penultimate entry. Now, I do think Halloween is an unmitigated masterpiece, but what's interesting is that the holiday it takes its name from isn't really central to the story. It's just a backdrop that the filmmakers realized hadn't really been taken advantage of in films prior. The same cannot be said about not-really-a-sequel Halloween III, which is a film drowning in Halloween imagery, history and insanity. If you can stop complaining that Michael Myers isn't in it, you'll be in for a treat.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

31 DAYS OF DREW 2 - DAY 29: WNUF HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

Every horrorhound's favorite month is upon us, and to celebrate, I'll be dishing out film recommendations for every day in October. I hope you enjoy the month with some good movies, even if they aren't ones I recommend!

Today's Pick: WNUF Halloween Special (2013)


I'm not a huge fan of found footage as a sub-genre (read: gimmick) for horror films. It can be used effectively, but the hit-to-miss ratio highly favors the duds. Authenticity is the hardest thing to capture in a found footage film, and the golden standard for the technique has been made: WNUF Halloween Special is so believable that you could easily prank your more gullible friends into thinking it really is some infamous lost piece of urban legends goodness.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

31 DAYS OF DREW 2 - DAY 28: ERNEST SCARED STUPID

Every horrorhound's favorite month is upon us, and to celebrate, I'll be dishing out film recommendations for every day in October. I hope you enjoy the month with some good movies, even if they aren't ones I recommend!

Today's Pick: Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)


One last one for the kids. I don't think I'm going to be able to make any kind of articulate argument as to why Ernest Scared Stupid is worthy of your holiday viewing time (it's certainly not the best Ernest film. That title belongs to Ernest Goes to Jail), so I think I'll relate a bit of a personal anecdote as to why I have a bit of affection for this film.

Monday, October 27, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: JOHN WICK Has Won My Useless Award for "Best Action Movie of the Year"


"They don't make them like they used to," is a common axiom that is spouted in regards to motion pictures, particularly films in the action genre. While it's true that superheroes and science fiction have sublimated the genre, there are still occasional surprises that manage to reinvigorate those of us who enjoy clever gunplay and brutally straightforward story. John Wick is such a film, and exceeds even those standards to become something outlandishly noteworthy. As far as I'm concerned, it's unquestionably the best action film of 2014, and maybe even one of the best that the entire decade will produce.

31 DAYS OF DREW 2 - DAY 27: CANDYMAN

Every horrorhound's favorite month is upon us, and to celebrate, I'll be dishing out film recommendations for every day in October. I hope you enjoy the month with some good movies, even if they aren't ones I recommend!

Today's Pick: Candyman (1992)


Maybe it's just my perception, but it seems like Candyman's presence in the horror dialogue has become somewhat diminished in the last few years. It certainly has its fans, but it feels like it should be even more heralded than it currently is. In my opinion, it's one of the supreme genre offerings from the 90's.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

31 DAYS OF DREW 2 - DAY 26: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990)

Every horrorhound's favorite month is upon us, and to celebrate, I'll be dishing out film recommendations for every day in October. I hope you enjoy the month with some good movies, even if they aren't ones I recommend!

Today's Pick: Night of the Living Dead (1990)


Until the end of human history, we will be indebted to George A. Romero for giving us the popular image and concept of the modern zombie. Considering how beloved the creatures are thanks to The Walking Dead and other media, it's surprising how many younger people have never seen the one that started it all. It's an absolute classic and needs to be seen, especially given its importance in creating an entire sub-genre of horror. But, I'm going to take a moment to talk about the 1990 remake, which seems to have been lost in the shambling shuffle of zombie films, despite it's importance to the genre.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

31 DAYS OF DREW 2 - DAY 25: DEAD ALIVE

Every horrorhound's favorite month is upon us, and to celebrate, I'll be dishing out film recommendations for every day in October. I hope you enjoy the month with some good movies, even if they aren't ones I recommend!

Today's Pick: Dead Alive a.k.a. Braindead (1992)


When they write Peter Jackson's obituary, it will probably be all about his landmark adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. If I was writing it, I'd probably spend a lot more time focusing on his insane early outings like Bad Taste and Meet the Feebles because they are such memorably gonzo flicks that once you see them, they are seared into your brain forever, regardless of your opinion on their quality. Chief among his first few features is the bonkers masterpiece, Dead Alive (a.k.a. Braindead), which is a benchmark in horror-comedy history.