Sunday, October 21, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween: Idol Threats

We're ten nights away from the Big One, and I hope everyone's getting into the Halloween Spirit! Here's another short film to help you along the way. It's full of ancient mystery... so full of it in fact that I don't quite follow why the evil spirit did what it did. For that reason, the film doesn't quite work for me, even if I did find it very creepy and entertaining. Maybe someone out there can explain why what happened to Colin happened?

Idol Threats (2014)
Starring: Michelle Corvais and Dennis Frymire
Director: David Schmidt
Rating: Six of Ten Stars

Saturday, October 20, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween: The Visitant

If you like straight-up horror movies, then you're going to like this one about a mother, demons, and a big knife. This 31 Nights of Halloween offering packs more horror into 5 minutes than many films manage in 75.

The Visitant (2014)
Starring: Amy Smart, Sibyl Gregory, and Doug Jones
Director: Nick Petersen
Rating: Nine of Ten Stars

"The Visitant" was incorporated into the 2016 anthology horror film "Patient Seven". It was a well-deserved second life for this excellent bit of film-making.

Saturday Scream Queen: Amy Smart

This is Amy Smart's second appearance as a Saturday Scream Queen, but, as you'll see if you watch "The Visitant"--appearing here this evening as part of the 31 Nights of Halloween celebration--you'll see that it's well deserved. In fact, if you've seen any the horror films she's had a large role in, you know it's well deserved.

Born in 1976, she studied dance and acting as a child, and had her first professional acting gigs in 1996. She added horror films to her resume in 1997 with "Campfire Tales" and "Strangelands" and they've been a regular part of her busy schedule ever since.

Horror films in the past ten years that have been graced by Smart's presence are "Mirrors" and "Seventh Moon", both released in 2008; "Among Ravens", Flight 7500", "Run for You Life", and "The Visitant" (all debuting in 2014); "Hangman" (2015); and, most recently, "The Keeping Hours" (2017).

Friday, October 19, 2018

Fear-filled Phantasms: Emanuele Taglietti

During the 1970s and 1980s, adult-oriented horror comics were big business in Itality. Emanuele Taglietti was one of the most prolific painter of covers for these titles, sometimes creating as many as ten in a single month. Every Friday this month, I'm presented a small gallery of his work in celebration of the 31 Nights of Halloween.

When the market for comics full of sex and violence and monsters and gore began to shrank, Taglietti  left the commercial art field to work as a fine artist and art instructor. He retired in 2000, but he continues to do work in the field of mural restoration.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween: Knock Knock

This is a nice little chiller that sags a bit in a middle, and there are a few touches that raise questions that are never answered, but it otherwise fairly well done. (It was based on a two-sentence story, which I will post below... but don't read it until after you've watched the film.)

Also--and I never thought I'd say this--but it's refreshing to see this sort of story NOT feature a young hottie in her undies and/or nightie. Maybe I've watched waaaay too many of these short-shorts over the past few years?

Knock Knock (2014)
Starring: Akansha Sukhija
Director: Simrat Sandhu
Rating: Six of Ten Stars

And the two sentence story the film is based on: "I woke up to hear knocking on glass. At first, I thought it was the window until I heard it come from the mirror again."

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween: Sleepwalker

Here's a great example of "less is more" when it comes to horror films!

Sleepwalker (2017)
Starring: Isabelle Goddard and Aimee Piere
Directors: Sean Loch and Sammi Price
Rating: Seven of Ten Stars

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween: Selfie Pride

Today's film is a cautionary tale about stupid online challenges. (The creators of this 2017 film are are unknown, and I don't recognized the star, but I give "Selfie Pride" Eight of Ten Stars for making me chuckle in the way "Tales from the Crypt" comics used to make make chuckle.)