Why Horror?

For myself it’s a bit more than just that. I wrote an article that explains a bit about why I enjoy the genre so much, but I’ll give you a few reasons here before it goes up:

  1. Horror fiction/movies can be used as commentary for particular issues.
  2. It is diverse; where there is a will there is a way for someone to take the mundane and turn it upside down.
  3. It can be really fun (horror comedies)!

Another thing I might add is this: if you’re watching an action movie where someone is getting their brains blown out how is that any different than horror? Murder is murder, no matter how shiny or gritty you make it, and despite the reasons for the characters committing it. There is definitely a blurring between genres that happens in entertainment (books, movies, etcetera).

Cheers!

Stung

Ever since these two became a part of Channel Awesome I’ve been watching them from time to time. If you want a good horror flick, or a good-bad horror flick to watch I would recommend watching their videos (they also have their own shows too, but they work together so well).

Cheers!

Ashkenaz, the ever living flame, and jerk

Our benovelent/malevolent overlord, Theo Monster

Recommendation From Theo

The monster recommends The Houses That October Built. 

A horror movie shot documentary-style, a group of friends embark on a tour of southern US haunted houses looking the ever elusive “real” scares, where there have been stories of people using “extreme” methods to give visitors an actual dose of fear. Unfortunately the people running those types of haunted houses don’t take too kindly to being recorded and judged. And it only gets worse from there.

An entertaining film without being too reliant on jump-scares, this movie captures the feel of being shadowed and prodded along a path you no longer wish to be on, trapped in a Hell where you don’t know what’s out there, what’s real and what isn’t. Light-hearted fun goes bad real fast.

Check out the trailer below and remember, keep it monstrous.

-Theo

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Check These Movies Out

Check These Movies Out

It is I, Jon Kruschack, fillin’ in for Penny this Friday. She’s asked me (at the behest of Theo) to do up a few articles from today through Sunday. So, lets start things off easy with a list of movie recommendations I think you’ll enjoy. No spoilers, just three quick reviews.

Afflicted (2013)

One of the few good found footage-style horror movies out there. Afflicted is a fantastic movie, written and directed by Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, who are also the stars and play themselves.  No spoiler plot overview: two friends go on a worldwide adventure, one comes down with a medical condition that is fatal, they go anyway, something happens and things go poorly. Great acting, good cinematography, interesting story. The less I say the better, just check it out. I give it a 9/10.

Dragon (2011) 

Donnie Yen stars in the martial arts film Dragon along with Takeshi Kaneshiro. Yen plays a man with a mysterious past while Kaneshiro plays a detective who seems dead-set against trying find out who he really is after he kills two men in self-defence with incredible skill.  It’s probably one of the best martial arts movies I’ve ever seen, great dialogue and exciting fights. A bit visceral in terms of gore (severed limbs and such) but not overt. There’s even a hilarious scene involving both Yen and Kaneshiro after Kaneshiro’s character concocts a plan to expose Yen’s character…by stabbing him in the back. Literally. I won’t say why its funny, or what happens after the stabbing. Just that it is VERY MUCH WORTH YOUR TIME. Dragon also gets a 9/10.

Come Back To Me (2014)

Come Back To Me was a movie I was not excited about seeing but ending up actually enjoying. It’s not a perfect movie. Characters at times act in ways that make you want to scream at the screen but far from the usual idiocy of horror-movie characters. Basic plot is that Sarah and Josh are married in the suburbs. Sarah gets into a car accident, begins to suffer blackouts and nightmares, ending up pregnant despite the fact that Josh is sterile. Sarah sets up cameras in her home to unlock the secret of her blackouts and the answer is horrifying. Katie Walder plays Sarah, Matt Passmore plays Josh and Jon Abrahams plays Johnny, their new, very odd neighbour and really plays up his character, almost stealing the show with his off-putting, eccentric behaviour. A solid 7/10.

Hope you enjoyed this, check out these movies and come back Saturday and Sunday for more.

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There and Back Again

There and Back Again | Creature Feature

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This is why you should go to book sales, or:

How many versions of The Hobbit can a person have? Not enough, as it turns out. We bring you a version of the classic tale with illustrations from the Rankin and Bass film. It’s quite the delight! Continue reading

How to Spend Your Free Time Wisely

How to Spend Your Free Time Wisely

We bring you another recommendation from the Lovecraft eZine! They’ve got some quality stuff there, but don’t just take our word for it. Observe these Lovecraftian movie recommendations, and then be entranced by these free Lovecraftian studio movies! Sit down and relax with a pumpkin-whatever while you’re at it (or your tea, or your coffee, or whatever else you mortals drink today)!

In another dimension, some of the team will be performing a reading tonight! More info to come on that . . .

Regards,
Theo Monster

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Kaiju Roars & Reality Sores

Kaiju Roars & Reality Sores

EMPodcast episode 15. Thanks for the wait! Theo Monster loves you! Blah, blah, blah . . .