-This is a disclaimer acknowledging that every Friday from here on out I will provide to you a weeks worth of Horror movies on the rental and VOD circuit. Some of these movies are so bad they will never see the light of day on the main screen but some are hidden gems unknown to the general mainstream moviegoers. I feel it its my duty to make sure you don’t miss out on any future cult classics so I bring to you my weekly installment of Horror Movies Uncut. The thoughts and opinions on these reviews are clearly my own and should be shared by many!
BEST PICK OF THE WEEK
This was a decent week for horror. The stand out to me is the film Spiders. Before you question my sanity understand that I am always a fan of films that know what they are and never try too much. That’s what we have here with Spiders. Monster movies are always hard to do. These days many of the films over use CGI and don’t focus on story or execution of plot development and so on. The great thing about Spiders is there is a little humor, a little CGI, a little story and nothing was really overdone. Now this film is not scary unless any spider movie gives you the creeps, but enjoyable. This film really had many opportunities to be bad and it seemed as if right before that happened it was corrected. For a film created for 3D purposes it held well on the 2D screen also. This is a good movie that is great for a Friday or Saturday night. It reminds me of the big monster movies in their heyday and is one that shouldn't be missed. Take a chance on this one folks.
THE REST OF THE FILMS
Easily could have been my pick of the week. Just a great tale about a man and his wife that any movie fan would love. So much surrounding the making of the film Psycho leads to an extraordinary cast in the film Hitchcock making due with a less than overwhelming story. There were times when I enjoyed watching the film and learning the history of the two, but wanted the film to move a little faster. This is not a film to see for horror purposes but to see the vision behind a man and woman not known for horror but making it fantastic. The story of Hitchcock tells us that even when you are at the top of the game you should take some risks. This is a great film to watch with the parents as I’m sure they can recall where they were the first time they saw Psycho. Out of all the stars in Hitchcock the performance of Helen Mirren who plays Alma Reville the wife of Hitch steals the show. Her character is the most dynamic as she deals with Hitch’s obsession of blondes (which she is not) and feeling like she gets no credit for helping him with the films. Its a great performance by a great actress and is worth the movie. Pick this one up for sure as it is a film you can enjoy with the family.
CURANDERO DAWN OF THE DEMON-
A Curandero is defined as a “healer” or “shaman” in Latin and Native American cultures. Robert Rodriguez's name attached to a project means money. These two combined is an awful movie experience that I would like to keep you away from. The film follows a cute detective looking for the help of a famed Curandero to help solve the case of some pretty sick murders. This dark and visually vivid tale had some potential if not for the horrible emotionless acting and an overuse of disturbing images to scare. I’m all for being different when trying to scare someone but pictures of bloody goats mouths are ridiculous. I enjoyed seeing the movie in a primarily dark setting because it added atmosphere to the movie that couldn't be denied. The characters just were too unbelievable to give this film any kind of ground to stand on. It’s a good thing there are folks like myself out there to watch these films for you because they try and trick you guys with putting names on these films to move them off the shelves. Not so fast as us gore hounds are always on the prowl. This gore hound advises you to pass up on this one.
FANGORIA PRESENTS: GERM Z-
Now i’ll be honest. I didn’t get to see this one. Too little time and who ever rented it decided not to return it this week. So it must be good right? I’m happy to see the Fangoria Presents line and I love the comic book look to the titles. If you guys want to watch this and it’s not available in your store you can rent it online at fangoria's site (wish I knew that yesterday). We all love a good outerspace virus turns us into zombies tale so I think this maybe one to get. Here is the plot: "A military satellite in a decaying orbit circles the earth as soldiers, led by COOPER, target it for destruction. As the seconds count down towards the planned, violent conclusion of this exercise, the unexpected occurs: a meteor rockets through the solar system and strikes the satellite, knocking it Earthward. The meteor plays host to an alien life form, and now that life form heads for Earth with the wreckage of the satellite, falling towards a remote, small town known as Preacher’s Mill.” Sounds like one to watch so look for it this weekend