Texas Chainsaw Week, Day 4: The Next Generation

August 27th, 2014

The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1994)
Directed by Kim Henkel

Every horror movie franchise is weird. The villains are strange monsters and the stories are convoluted. Rarely does one film in a series have a good story, let alone does the entire franchise fit together well as a whole. In a genre that’s known for being unusual, the Texas Chainsaw movies stand out even more. The most bizarre installment by far is The Next Generation.

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Texas Chainsaw Week, Day 3: Leatherface

August 26th, 2014

Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III

Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)
Directed by Jeff Burr

In a way, Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III is the most unusual film in the entire series. It’s not ahead of its time like the original, nor does it go in a bizarre new direction like the fourth film. Instead, it’s a nonsensical slasher that fits in perfectly with other franchise horror installments of the late 1980s and early ’90s. With a new director and the third actor to play Leatherface in as many movies, this film features a number of elements common in horror films that are not common within the Texas Chainsaw series.

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Texas Chainsaw Week, Day 2: Part 2

August 25th, 2014

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
Directed by Tobe Hooper

After the release of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, the horror genre began to rapidly evolve. Michael Myers cemented the slasher subgenre with Halloween and Halloween II. Freddy Krueger was well on his way to icon status after two installments in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. Jason Voorhees had terrorized countless campers, died, been impersonated, and returned from the grave in the first six Friday the 13th movies. In other words, Leatherface almost missed out on the slasher boom he had helped create by the time the long-overdue Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel was released.

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Texas Chainsaw Week, Day 1: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

August 24th, 2014

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Directed by Tobe Hooper

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is, for a number of reasons, one of the most important horror films of all time. It’s one of the earliest examples of a slasher and helped establish the subgenre. It’s one of the most successful independent movies ever made and established director Tobe Hooper as one of the most promising young filmmakers at the time. Perhaps most impressively, the film has its own unique tone and style that has never been replicated anywhere else, not even by the various sequels and remakes within the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series.

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Movie of the Week: Sharknado 2

August 13th, 2014

Sharknado 2: The Second One

Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)
Directed by Anthony C. Ferrante

Disney’s Frozen and Iron Man 3 may have made the most money in 2013, but Sharknado easily made the biggest splash. What started out as just another terrible made-for-TV monster movie (which have been countless in recent years) gained appreciation for its absurd premise. It wasn’t just horror fans, either. In fact, some “real” horror fans are offended by the idea of Sharknado representing their beloved genre. Celebrities on social media helped spread the word, and subsequent airings saw increased ratings. The Second One was inevitable.

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Movie of the Week: Ghostbusters II

July 16th, 2014

Ghostbusters II

Ghostbusters II (1989)
Directed by Ivan Reitman

Sequels almost never live up to expectations. A sequel is a movie studio recognizing the success of a film and continuing the story. In other words, typically only popular, financially-successful movies get sequels. When that original film is one of the best of all time, such as Ghostbusters, it’s practically impossible for the follow-up to match its success or popularity. Ghostbusters II isn’t a widely-hated sequel, but it is definitely considered inferior to the first movie.

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Movie of the Week: Red Dragon

July 6th, 2014

Red Dragon

Red Dragon (2002)
Directed by Brett Ratner

The first Hannibal Lecter novel was initially adapted in 1986 as Manhunter. In spite of that film’s lack of popularity, the second novel, The Silence of the Lambs, was made into a wildly popular, Oscar-winning film that reignited interest in the character. Since then, Hannibal Lecter has appeared in three more movies and, most recently, a network television series. By far the best of those remaining films, and coincidentally most underrated, is Red Dragon, a retelling of the first novel starring Anthony Hopkins in the role he defined.

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Gremlins Ugly Christmas Sweater

December 22nd, 2013

Gremlins Ugly Christmas Sweater

Every year, I look for the perfect ugly Christmas sweater. I’ve never owned a Christmas sweater, because I have never found one that’s ugly enough and actually fits. I understand that a poor fit is part of the fun, but for me, comfort is essential. I was very excited to find Archie McPhee’s ugly Christmas sweaters this year, and even though the Krampus and Bigfoot styles are awesome, I really wanted the sold-out Cthulhu design. It was then that I realized what needed to be done… I needed to make my own ugly Christmas sweater. Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties are just begging to have a little Creepmas injected into them.

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Creepmas Wish List 2013

December 5th, 2013

Creepmas Wish List 2013

Are you looking for the perfect gifts to give your loved and/or hated ones this Creepmas? If so, my 2013 Creepmas Wish List is just what you’ve been waiting for! Maybe you need a great present for somebody who loves horror movies. Maybe you want to make other people hate the holidays as much as you do. Or maybe, just maybe, you don’t get your fill of putting on a costume and scaring kids on Halloween. Whatever the case, you should find something to scream about among these 13 gift ideas.

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13 Reasons to See Elves

December 3rd, 2013

13 Reasons to See Elves

You have never seen Elves, the greatest film of all time. That’s because the VHS is out of print and a DVD or Blu-ray version would never sell. It’s hard to find, but it’s worth the effort. You should see Elves. Everyone should see Elves. Here are 13 reasons why. Please note that there are some pretty serious spoilers here. I’m going to give everything away. But it won’t matter because you’ll never see Elves anyway.

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