Wednesday, October 22, 2014

31 DAYS OF DREW 2 - DAY 22: RE-ANIMATOR

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: Re-Animator (1985)


I've said it plenty of times, but it bears repeating: the eighties were the golden era of effects-driven horror. The revolutions that were happening in the burgeoning field meant lots of on-screen benefits for viewers. With this fun attitude infusing the effects, the eighties also provided us with plenty of classic horror-comedies. One of the absolute best of these is Re-Animator, Stuart Gordon's loose adaptation of a series of H.P. Lovecraft stories.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

31 DAYS OF DREW 2 - DAY 21: PARANORMAN

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: ParaNorman (2012)


I love movies about weird kids. Most people feel weird when they're kids, and it's much easier to relate to young outcasts than it is ti even semi-popular characters. Not only do I love ParaNorman for this reason, but also because the overall message of the film ends up being about how we judge people who are different, and how that almost always leads to nothing but trouble.

Monday, October 20, 2014

THE DREW REVIEWS PODCAST - EPISODE 5: TWIN PEAKS, David Lynch, and the Dark Lord Satan

After a minor name change, we're back! In this episode, we discuss the cult TV show, Twin Peaks, and its mad genius of a creator, David Lynch. We also continue to alienate as many listeners as possible, due to our accidental offensiveness. We heart you all!
 

MOVIE REVIEW: HOUSEBOUND Is Here to Save Halloween


Maybe it's just me, but 2014 seems to have been a weak year for horror so far. There have been a few hidden gems (Grand Piano and Witching & Bitching are the only ones I've seen), but as far as anything monumental, there hasn't been much of anything causing a blip on my radar. There's some entries yet to be released that I'm holding out hopes for (The Babadook, It Follows, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Open Windows and Cooties), but otherwise it's been one heck of a dry spell. Thank New Zealand for Housebound, which has shown up just in time to give the Halloween season exactly the kind of film it needs: scary, funny and crafted by true lovers of the genre.

31 DAYS OF DREW 2 - DAY 20: SLITHER

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: Slither (2006)


Before he conquered the box office with a sentient tree and a talking raccoon, James Gunn was one of the horror genre's newest rock stars. Coming up under the independent spirit of Troma Films' Lloyd Kaufman, Gunn had better training than most when he helmed his feature directorial debut, Slither. It's pretty apparent that the guy was destined for greatest, even form the outset, because Slither is a horror fan's wet dream (that wetness is mostly alien slug slime and blood).

Sunday, October 19, 2014

31 DAYS OF DREW 2 - DAY 19: THE MANITOU

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: The Manitou (1978)


If all you're looking for this Halloween season is a heavy dose of unfettered weirdness , look no further than The Manitou. Based off the book by Graham Masterson, this nutty tale involves the resurrection of an evil shaman who is being reborn through a tumor on Susan Strasberg's neck. I swear that's the actual plot, and it's kind of incredible.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

31 DAYS OF DREW 2 - DAY 18: THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES

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: The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)


Expect Vincent Price to make an appearance in this series at least once every year. I quoted Horror Movie A Day scribe Brian Collins once before and I'll quote him again: "If you go all October without watching a Vincent Price movie, you're doing something wrong." While I still think Theatre of Blood is Price's crowning achievement in the horror genre, The Abominable Dr. Phibes is a very close second, and even though the general setup of the two films are strikingly similar (Price is a character getting revenge on a group of people who wronged him), they each offer their own flourishes of creativity.