Monday, April 7, 2014
Over the past couple of days, I've come across an article about Jeffrey Dahmer's childhood home for sale. Of course I jumped at that article. Jeffrey Dahmer has always been my favorite serial killer to learn about so It's no surprise that I would be really excited about this article.
According to this article(which made a lot of mistakes) the house has only had five owners since 1982. This house is indeed the house where Jeffrey committed his very first murder in 1978. The victim was a hitchhiker, Steven Hicks, he brought to his house to drink beers and smoke pot. He ended up killing Hicks because he didn't want him to leave. After that he dismembered the body in the crawl space the next day then buried the remains in the backyard.
The undated modern home at 4480 West Bath Rd in Akron, OH can be yours for a whopping $295,000. If I had the money I would totally buy this house, why? Because I'm a freak, that's why. Since I can't afford it, I wouldn't mind taking a tour of the house to actually see where he committed his first murder. From the listing, you can tell that they made this house look pretty damn cool.
>From the real estate listing:
>Nature views abound at this updated ranch. Wooded property with a pond and lovely flower gardens. Granite counters in kitchen. Lots of hardwood flooring. Spacious Family Room with built-ins and wood burning fireplace. Master bedroom complete with fireplace. Oversized windows in Living Room lets the natural light in while you enjoy the scenery.
See listing here
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Original vs. Remake: Prom Night
Prom Night (1980)
After the accidental death of a child, a masked killer stalks the children responsible and seeks revenge during their High School's Senior Prom.
Boy, this movie was weird. Like super freakin' weird. It wasn't even the type of weird that makes the movie fun. After watching it you can't help but think "What the hell did I just watch?" It comes off like a Charles Band movie which isn't a compliment.
The story line was basically a clichéd 80's version of 'I know what you did last Summer.' Kids are playing around and one of the kids gets killed. Instead of calling the police they panic and make a pact that they will never speak of this again. Many years later the "killer" get revenge on the kids who kept the secret. Sounds like the same old slasher movie that we've all seen a dozen times.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a sucker for cheesy 80's slasher movies but this one did nothing for me. The acting got on my nerves and the only one who I thought did an okay job was Jamie Lee Curtis. I try not to get my hopes up for some stellar acting because of the era I knew I was going to get nothing but a cheesefest.
The build up for the main event of the movie took way too long and it was boring. This movie was 89 mins and it felt like 3 hours. The prom scene wasn't even that exciting and left you underwhelmed. You pretty much knew who the killer could be at the beginning of the movie, that is if you paid attention. It was very hard to pay attention to this movie and not drift off since it was so BORING. I couldn't wait for this movie to be over.
I give this movie 2 out of 5 Skulls.
Prom Night (2008)
Donna is set on having the time of her life during her Senior Prom. But a sadistic killer from her past get's released from jail and plans on taking her hostage and isn't afraid to kill anyone who get's in the way of his love for her.
Now this movie was entertaining and the story line was much better. It wasn't the best movie out there but it kept you interested and the movie was very inviting. The acting was pretty decent and it wasn't cheesy to the point of being annoying.
The reason I liked this movie so much is because I love movies where crazy people kill in the name of Love. It's so romantic. I like how they decided to make the concept of the movie different from the original and have the only similar thing be the title and a killer stalking kids at their prom.
The build up for the climax of the movie was very well done. The prom scene was fun and didn't leave you feeling underwhelmed or cheated. I do like how they made the killer look like Charles Manson, whether that was their intention or not it was still pretty funny.
IMO, this movie fell flat on being a remake of the 80's Prom Night. Besides having the same title and a killer stalking the teenagers leading up to their prom is the only thing that's similar between the two movies. The movie standing by itself did a great job. It being a remake was a dud. However, I enjoyed this movie a lot and would watch it more than once. I give this movie 3 1/2 out of 5 Skulls.
The Final SCREAM:
I recommend the 2008 version of Prom Night. It wasn't boring and was very fun to watch. The concept of the movie was much better and the killer made the movie great. You're in for a good time with Prom Night (2008)
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
16 year old Nicole Walker meets a charming young man named David McCall at a local party. They begin a relationship and Nicole is having the time of her life until David shows his true colors. She starts to realize that David isn't who he said he was. Nicole finds herself trapped in a controlling relationship with David and doesn't know how to break free in fear of the outcome
FEAR is a nice movie about crazy psycho boyfriends who are controlling. There's only one thing I like more than psycho boyfriends and that's psycho girlfriends. I think they should of named this movie "Obsession" and not FEAR. They had fear at the end of the movie but the whole movie was mainly about David being obsessed with Nicole.
The acting was pleasantly nice and everyone did a good job. Reese Witherspoon played Nicole and she did a very good job at being a snooty little 16 year old. Mark Wahlberg did the best at being the controlling boyfriend. The supporting players weren't too shabby themselves. Alyssa Milano played Margo, Nicole's best friend, and as always did a great job since she is an amazing actress.
William Peterson and Amy Brenneman were great as Nicole's parents. Even Christopher Gray who played Nicole's step brother did a nice job. I wasn't surprised with the acting in this movie since it had a lot of heavy hitters staring in it. They all held their own and did a great job.
The story line and concept of the movie was very interesting and a lot of people can relate to it. Well, probably not to the same extent but similar scenarios. You meet a good looking guy at a party and he seems nice and you start to hang out with him and you think to yourself "Wow, this guy is amazing. I wonder why he is still single?" and then something changes in his attitude. If something seems like it's too good to be true then it most likely is.
We've all dated one guy / girl or another who sugar coated a lot of things and made everything seem a lot cooler and more exciting than it really is. The one complaint I have with this movie is I wish they had David act a lot more psycho than he did. I think they had a huge opening of ideas to put in the movie but they decided not to use them. It would of made the movie a lot better and more exciting. If you're watching a movie about a psycho boyfriend then you want to see him act psycho through most of the movie and not the second half and towards the ending.
All in all this movie was very good and I enjoyed it a lot. It's a good movie and despite it's minor flaw (IMO) a lot of people will like it because it's a very inviting movie. The anticipation of what's going to happen next or how David is going to react keeps you intrigued and interested in the movie. I give this movie 4 out of 5 Skulls.
Monday, March 3, 2014
A year after her friend, Lilly's death, Agnes goes to work at the Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride to get over the trauma. Once she gets to work, she starts to notice strange things are happening. One by one, Agnes's coworkers are beginning to die. It's now up to her to figure out who or what is causing all of these deaths before she becomes the next victim.
I bought this movie at WalMart for $5.00 because the cover art caught my eye and I really dig the movie title. To be honest, the movie title is kind of misleading. I bought the movie thinking it had to do with Norman Bates and his mother since it's called The Bates Haunting. It doesn't. They mention Norman two times and one of the character's last name is Bates.
Other than that this movie has nothing to do with Norman Bates and the original Bates Motel. Total buzz kill. They probably chose that title so fans of the original Psycho and Bates Motel would buy it. Well, it worked for me. The writing/script for this movie was just blah. Not refreshing, not original and not entertaining.
The acting was mediocre. The only person who actually gave a strong performance was the lead actress, Agnes, played by Jean Louise O'Sullivan. She did the best she could with an awful script. The two things that was actually decent in the movie was the gore and the soundtrack. They had just the right amount of blood to please any horror fan.
The music in the movie was the best thing. It was eerie, creepy and pleasantly soothing. I'm not sure if it fit the movie that well but it was nice to listen to. I think if I watched this movie without expecting it to be about Norman Bates and his mother, I might have enjoyed it a lot more than I did. I also don't know why they called it a haunting. There is nothing supernatural about this movie and it doesn't have any hauntings, ghosts or anything in that category.
I give this movie 2 1/2 5 Skulls.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Yes, It's true. Santa Claus is real. But he's actually a Demon who lost a bet with an Angel. So, now he has to become the giver of toys and happiness. Once the bet is off he returns to his evil ways and now the naughty kids are not the only ones on his list to punish.
I wasn't expecting much when I turned this on. It was actually on my list to watch but I kept putting it off in fear I wasn't going to like it or it was going to be boring. After the first couple of minutes of watching it, I knew I was going to enjoy it. It was very entertaining and it had a good story to it that was unique.
The acting was surprisingly not bad. With a movie like this that's known for being a B-Movie, I wasn't expecting the acting to be good. The cameos of Fran Drescher (The Nanny), Chris Kattan (A Night at the Roxbury) and James Caan (Misery) were fun to watch and really stood out for just having a couple minutes of screen time.
The leading actors held their own and did a pretty good job. Douglas Smith (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) got on my nerves a little but it wasn't bad to the point that I couldn't stand him on screen. Emilie de Ravin ( Carrie - Tv version) was the herion of the film and gave a strong performance. Robert Culp (Silent Night: Deadly Night 3) gave the weakest performance in the movie. I think it was due to the type of character he played.
Bill Goldberg (WWE, WCW) gave the best performance in the movie as Santa. He stole the show and made it his own. He definitely makes for one badass, sexy Santa. Dude, I really need to get me a boyfriend. The special effects in this movie were kind of cheesy and made it come off like it was made in the mid 80's. I don't know if that was their intention or they just had bad special effects. Apart from that, this movie was entertaining and enjoyable.
Don't let the name of this movie fool you, it's not as bad as it sounds. The direction of the film was pretty good and each scene followed each other very well. The movie stayed on topic and every scene made sure that it tied together and didn't fall of track. I've seen other movies that added scenes that have nothing to do with the story of the film and made no sense.
It's nice that this movie didn't do that. It made sense and the story didn't fall flat. I highly suggest this film if you're looking for a movie that will deliver a cheesy good time and you're wanting to be entertained. This movie won't disappoint. I give this movie 3 1/2 out of 5 Skulls.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Hey everyone! Just wanted to let you all know that I wrote a guest review of the films, The Butterfly Effect 1 & 2 for my good friend Zena's blog, Real Queen of Horror. Be sure to check it out and let me know what you think. Also, a big THANK YOU to Zena for letting me write a review for her blog. :D
Real Queen of Horror: Double Feature Review's of The Butterfly Effect & The Butterfly Effect 2
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Carrie White, a shy girl who is shunned and teased by her peers and sheltered by her overbearing religious mother, unleashes her power of telekinesis while creating havoc upon her classmates at senior prom when she's finally pushed too far.
The long awaited remake (second remake & third film adaptation) has finally come out for our viewing pleasure. The anticipation of this film was a lot better and more exciting than the actual film itself. What a shame. I've actually had high hopes for this movie. Which is a big compliment since I never have high hopes and I bitch any chance I get when I catch news of a new remake of cult classic horror film.
I respect the fact that they wanted to set this movie in present day to attract audience of the younger generation, which makes sense and I understand their thinking behind it. However, I do not like how they pretty much had the same dialogue from the original movie along with the same scenes that were shot-for-shot. It came off like you were watching the original movie but with a much younger cast. They added a couple of new scenes to make this remake stand out from all the other adaptations including the original but that didn't do the film justice since the original dialogue and shot-for-shot scenes overpowered the rest of the scenes.
The acting overall wasn't that great. This film had two big names starring in it so I would expect their acting to be amazing. Eh. Chloe Grace Moretz landed the role of Carrie White, the role any young actress her age would kill for. Unfortunately for Chloe, they should of got a different actress for the iconic role of Carrie. I'm not saying Chloe is a terrible actress because she's not, she's far from it. However, she didn't shine at this role and she didn't do a good job at bringing the character to life. The sad part is, if this was the very first film I saw her in then I would of thought she was a horrible actress. Thankfully this isn't the first film I've seen her in so I know she's not a horrible actress.
My theory as to why she didn't do a great job is because she was trying a little too hard to surpass Sissy Spacek's performance in the original. But let's all be fair, there is no way any actress could do that. I think she wanted to make this film her own and make everyone think of her when they think of Carrie White and it came off as forced. I had my doubts when they chose her for the role and my doubts were right. Julianne Moore on the other hand did an amazing job as Carrie's mother, Margaret White. I adored Piper Laurie's performance as Carrie's mother in the original so I am very pleased that I wasn't disappointed with Julianne.
I didn't expect Moore to be horrible cause she's a wonderful actress but I didn't expect her acting to shine through as much as it did. You would expect this movie to be Chloe's movie since she plays the title role and the whole movie is about her. Nope, this movie was Julianne Moore's movie. If she wasn't cast as Margaret White then I think this movie would of got a lower rating then it did. She made this movie her's and did a great job. She did such an amazing job that you'd wish she was in every scene. I was surprised at how great she was. It's pretty awkward knowing that your costar who doesn't have as much screen time as you, doing a better job in the movie and making more of an impression than you.
Gabriella Wilde did a great job as Sue Snell along with Ansel Elgort who played her boyfriend, Tommy Ross. Tommy Ross was the most likable character in the movie and he's the type of person that everyone would want to be friends with and date. Portia Doubleday put the itch in bitch as her role of Chris Hargensen. She was the typical rich, spoiled little brat that just so happens to have Daddy's credit card everywhere she goes. I couldn't help but gag every time she was on screen, which is a good thing. Alex Russell who played Sue's boyfriend, Billy Nolan also did a great job and put the ick in dick. Haha I love those jokes. ;) I wasn't too impressed with Judy Greer's performance as the gym teacher, Ms. Desjardin. I also thought her acting in this movie was forced and it came off as fake. I like her in other movies such as '13 Going On 30' but I didn't like her in this movie.
Now onto the main event of the movie, the prom massacre. While watching this movie I had high anxiety waiting for this scene to come. The biggest scene of the movie and the one that had the most expectations. I couldn't wait to see what they had done with it and how it was going to play out. Having anxiety and excitement for this scene, it was a huge disappointment that the prom massacre scene was a huge letdown and very underwhelming. It wasn't scary, it wasn't big and it wasn't a blow out as it should of been. It left you thinking "That was it!?" and feeling ripped off. Chloe's facial expressions and hand movements throughout this scene looked REALLY stupid. I understand that Carrie uses her hands to control her power in the novel but the way she did it was dumb. Also, the fact that she flew out of the gym was the dumbest part in this scene.
Kimberly Peirce's direction of the movie wasn't bad, I just wish she made this movie more of her own. I read in an article that she had a vision going for this remake but I don't think her vision was expressed that much in the movie. There are three things that I really, really, REALLY wish they would of fixed in the movie and it irritated me the most.
1: Chloe Grace Moretz was way too pretty in the movie. Her being bullied in school would of made more sense if they made her ugly in the movie. A super pretty girl who's super religious being the most bullied girl in school sounds stupid compared to a ugly girl who's super religious. Now, don't get me wrong. I DO NOT condone any form of bullying but a girl being bullied in school because she's not pretty or popular and she's super religious (along with having a overbearing religious mother) makes more sense. I know they could of fugged her up but chose not to. Come on, Hollywood. Shape up!
2: I don't like how they threw out Sue's subplot at the very end of the movie. (Don't worry, I won't spoil it) They didn't even develop it very well and the way they put it in there made it seem like they were just trying to add more things to the movie before it was over. It also made me feel like they just put it in there to have it open the door for a sequel and we don't need that.
3: While watching this movie I kept thinking that it was PG-13. Every time they would say the would fuck I would be shocked that they actually said that more than once in a PG-13 movie. Then I remembered that it was rated R, not PG-13. I don't know about you all but when I go to an R rated movie, I want it to look like an R rated movie. Not an R rated movie that looks and makes you feel like it's a PG-13 movie. I know this might not be that big of a deal to everyone but I don't think it's a good thing that an R rated movie comes off as a PG-13 or makes you feel like that.
I know I've mentioned before that I was pleased with the end result of this movie, that may be true but I need to clarify that statement. I was pleased with this movie as it being just a normal horror movie by itself. I wasn't pleased with this movie at it being a remake of cult classic horror movie. I can see it being really good if this was the very first adaptation of the film but it's not. It didn't do a great job because this movie didn't need to be remade, there was no point in it. Hollywood horror has run out of ideas for movies and they're lazy so they rather make a pointless remake or sequel that's going to suck rather than be creative and come up with a new original concept for a movie. I said it once and I'll say it again. Lazy fat cats.
I give this movie 3 out of 5 Skulls.