This past weekend I finally got to see the annual Chicago Oddities and Curiosities Expo at the Odeum in Villa Park. The event proudly proclaims itself geared for “lovers of the strange and unusual” and features taxidermy, specimens, artwork, and just about anything bizarre. My teen daughters, Leia and Jade, joined me and although the event took place both on Saturday and Sunday, our schedules only permitted Saturday a.k.a. one of the hottest days on record. The unholy mix of southwestern temps and midwestern humidity made for an uncomfortable journey but, in the end, we all agreed it was worth it.
Let’s go break into the house that a family was just murdered…BAD IDEA!
Director Jed Brian
Released November 2017 DVD/VOD /Amazon
1:14 running time
I must first admit that I am NOT a big fan of point of view movies, horror or any kind of film. I was of the thinking that it was easy to make a POV film, and in fact many do. Since the HUGE indie hit The Blair Witch Project in 1999 everyone tried, but many fall short of their success. Over the last couple years only a very small few have done a good job.
I love when I get an email from my friends, the Terror Daves, and it starts with, “Would you be interested in reviewing this film?” My answer is almost always “YES” and it’s even better when the film turns out to be a decent found footage film such as this.
Salem at Halloween time has been an almost annual event for me for the past 7 years. With Halloween being my favorite holiday, there is no place better to celebrate. Everything about Salem is perfect from the museums, stores and haunted houses to the people watching.
I had heard about It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection but until we arrived in Salem, and went by the Peabody Essex Museum, I had forgotten that it was actually in Salem! How excited was I to see that not only was it in Salem but was in fact still available to be viewed.
Join us with George’s close family and friends as we celebrate the life and career of the legendary horror filmmaker, who passed away on July 16th, 2017 at the age of 77.
Romero, who pioneered the zombie film genre with the 1968 feature, Night of the Living Dead, made an indelible imprint on the industry and inspired a multitude of influential directors and actors.Help us celebrity his legacy with a Q&A with celebrity fans and friends, followed by a screening of George’s classic Warner Bros. film Creepshow, starring Ed Harris, Ted Danson, Leslie Nielsen, Stephen King, Hal Holbrook, and Adrienne Barbeau, among others.
The George A. Romero Official Tribute and Memorial
Live at the historic 1400-seat Alex Theatre in Glendale
Wednesday, October 25th
VIP tickets are $50 per person and include a VIP reception at 7 p.m. and preferred seating.
GA tickets are $30 per person.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.alextheatre.org.
There have been so many genre movie guides out there and to be honest, I didn’t think anything could be done that was new and exciting. I was very glad to be proven wrong with this book, published by McFarland. McFarland has had a long history of excellent movie guides, particularly those in the horror and science fiction genre, and this one promises to rate among the best!
Today’s review is about another great Australian film. The film scene down under consistently puts out a few great films a year. WYRMWOOD, Wolf Creek and Animal Kingdom come to mind as great thriller/horror films since 2005. It also goes without saying FURY ROAD is in another category all together! But before I get into KILLING GROUND I think it is worth a moment to clear up what is a HORROR film and/or THRILLER film. When I am asked what makes a film a thriller or horror I often give a quote ex-vice president Al Gore’s wife stated (for another reason, but works for me) during her fight to censor music lyrics. When asked what are explicit lyrics she said, “Well it’s like pornography. I am not sure but I know when I see it.” I feel the same way about a HORROR film or THRILLER film. Hard to define, but I know when I see it. I did a little research and here are the best definitions I can find (although vague) that make it easier to really know the difference and why so many films have been described as BOTH!
Horror: an intense feeling of fear, shock, or disgust. Thriller: with an exciting plot, typically involving crime or a high degree of intrigue, adventure or suspense.