Tuesday, January 16, 2018

"The Void" (2017) Movie

"The Void" is an independent horror film with Lovecraftian overtones written and directed by Steven Kostanski & Jeremy Gillespie.

The film is a fine example of filmmaking within a small budget. I say that because upon viewing it in it's entirety, one would  be hard pressed to put it in the "low budget horror" category! The look & feel of the film is slick, like a film that would have a much bigger budget. The visuals, predominantly practical effects, are very effective.

I cannot overstate the Lovecraftian overtones in the film. The film works on several levels & multiple viewings reveal many different layers of interpretation.

The film on first viewing might seem to be a combination of various films like "The Thing", "Prince of Darkness" with elements of "The Whisperer in Darkness" thrown in.

However, it is much more than that if you're knowledgeable in the Cthulhu Mythos by Lovecraft. The film exudes cosmic horror like few films have - although many have tried.

I'm not going to spoil this film for you. I really want to tell you about slimy tentacled creatures breaching a great cosmic threshold into our world...but...I'd rather you see it!

I will say that this type of film resides squarely into a very specialized niche in horror & it's not for everyone. It's "Cosmic Horror", a reality-bending, body horror insanity-driven nightmare that should not be missed!!

Deadite Joe's Rating: 4/5 Chainsaws

Monday, October 23, 2017

"Walking Dead" Season 8 Premiere (10/22/17)

Let's get real here, the 100th episode & season 8 premiere for TWD was mediocre.
Too many cut scenes, confusing time jumps or dreams (depending on who you ask!), Negan's portrayal, etc.
Shame shit, different day.

I understand the need for foreshadowing but doing so many, so surrealistically, is downright confusing.

Again, I say that the quality has suffered. There's no big pay off, especially for a premiere or a 100th episode.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

"Shin Godzilla" Blu-Ray & Movie Opinion.

Kaiju fans have a new reason to rejoice with the new blu-ray release of the newest reboot, "Shin Godzilla" aka "Godzilla Resurgence".

The bold, new take on Toho's cash cow isn't exactly what many kaiju fans were expecting, especially American fans but that's a good thing.

The US released blu-ray/dvd/digital download pack only has one extra: a podcast-like interview with distribution company "Funimation's" resident Godzilla nerds.

The blu-ray itself is of exceptional picture & sound quality. The movies special effects are eye popping! Options are Original Japanese with English subtitles or Dubbed English.

The movie itself is a much needed reboot to bring new ideas into the Godzilla Mythos & it does so in spades!  Harkening back to the original film in 1954, it takes a different approach to traditional kaiju story telling.

It's an allegorical study of how mired Japanese government is in red tape & disaster response woven into the monster story.

Godzilla himself is now a horrifying harbinger of death & destruction. The new ideas of Godzillas origins, his physiology & abilities are interestingly expounded upon.

A true kaiju-lover will want this as an addition to their collection.

Deadite Joe ranking: 4/5 Chainsaws.

Monday, April 3, 2017

TWD: "Wash, Rinse, Repeat"

Well, the Season 7 finale has aired, analyzed, re-watched, digested & regurgitated for dissection.
My opinion: "It was good."

1- No real payoff except for the "run & gun" parts. Which, it seems, are the parts TWD writers try to avoid. We knew Sashas fate episodes ago. No surprises there. Shiva was the highlight of the episode.

2-Negan, in one of the most out of character moments since his introduction, makes an error in judgement that doesn't make any sense whatsoever. For a man who covers his bases, he didn't in the one instance that mattered.

3-There's a "surprise twist" & then there's a "cheat". The Scavengers betrayal of Rick was a cheat. No subtle forshadowing. Plus, the Scavenger culture is simply ridiculous. Their speech, their mannerisms...it's just too silly. A Scavenger kicked Michonnes ass, really? An UNKNOWN scavenger too. Are we to believe they're awesome warriors by their creed & their junkyard life? Another cheat.

4-Flashbacks can be a useful tool to help further a story narrative but when used for ret-conning is totally unnecessary. Fluff & padding.

5-Red shirt syndrome. Lotta deaths, just no-one we really cared about...or knew who they were in the first place.

6-Repetitive Storylines. Negan is only different from the Governor in a few ways. Same shit, different guy.

7- Zombies relegated to few & far between gags. They're not much of a threat anymore. Hell, where our characters at one time had to remain silent to avoid attracting walkers now, it appears that entire speeches can be loudly yelled without interruption by those pesky undead.

8-Run time too long. Too many commercial breaks. Finale ratings are usually higher, so ad rates go up. Longer run time means more breaks which means more money.

TWD should take some lessons from the "Ash vs Evil Dead" playbook. A 30 minute episode mandates a brisk, active pace without sacrificing character development at all.

It was good. "The best episode ever!" - No.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Eibon Press "Zombie" Issue #2

Issue #2 continues the movie storyline and seamlessly adds depth to it with new elements.
Fulci films are an acquired taste and sometimes his films defied certain horror movie storyline sensibilities but that's the core of his film style.
These comics are the of the highest quality and they are created with the Fulci fan in mind.
In a word: Awesome.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Eibon Press "Lucio Fulci's Zombie" Graphic Novel #1

Issue #1

Eibon Press has released an incredible adaptation of the zombie masterpiece by Lucio Fulci! 

Not the run of the mill graphic novel here but an ingenious design with great readability. Each issue is contained within a unique "Eibon Sleeve" with different artwork than the cover. In addition, each issue contains collectibles!

The value of these limited printing graphic novels has, in most cases, more than doubled their initial purchase price!

No need for me to tell you the story because if you're here, you're most likely a fan of the movie already. If you haven't seen it - go do it right now!

I'll be posting a pic & short overall review of issues #2 & #3 in the next blogs.

Issue #4 preorders begin in March!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Value of Freedom.

The greatest things in life are indeed free.
Does anything else really matter in the great picture of our lives? If there is something other than freedom that has a greater impact in our lives, what is it?
Without that basic human right all else cannot be obtained.
The price of freedom is always paid for. You pay for it yourself or someone else pays  for you. Either way,  that debt gets paid.
So, make sure you're square before you use the free services afforded to you.
Know the value of the price paid before you open your mouth.