Sunday, July 28, 2019

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Review

Cast: Zac Efron, Lilly Collins, Kaya Scodelario, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan, Dylan Baker, Jim Parsons, Angela Sarafyan, Hayley Joel Osment, James Hetfield

Director: Joe Berlinger

In 1969, a young woman abd mother named Elizabeth Kloepfer  meets a charming man named Ted Bundy and from there, their relationship grows.

As Elizabeth thinks she has finally found the man of her dreams, Ted is keeping a dark secret from her that he is a serial killer.

As his crimes finally comes to light, Elizabeth refuses to believe the truth that is staring her right in the face.

I was very excited when I found out that Netflix was releasing this film and seeing the trailer made me even more happy.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is a very well made film, told through the eyes of Ted's ex-girlfriend Elizabeth that is based on her revealing tell-all book, The Phantom Prince: My Life With Ted Bundy, which I would love to pick up and read for myself.

Unlike other real life serial killer films that I've seen, this one is more of a courtroom drama than focusing on all of his crimes, although you do get to see a glimpse of one murder, which was just a tad bit disappointing, but I was still glad to see that scene none the less.

This movie has one killer cast, which includes Zac Efron playing Ted Bundy. That was a surprising cast choice, but he nailed it. His mannerisms were so spot on, I was very impressed. Lilly Collins was incredible as Ted's longtime and suffering girlfriend, Elizabeth, I can truly feel the agony she was going through, espevially after finding out the man of her dreams was truly a monster.

One of the main reasons I wanted to see this movie was for the very short cameo of Metallica's very own James Hetfield, who portrays the police officer that originally arrested Ted Bundy. I was quite impressed and if I didn't already know who James was, I'd swear he could'be been a real cop. He certainly had the look of one, instead of being in that band, which now sicks. He should definitely do some more acting.

EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE was a surprising film that you should definitely check out and make sure to stay during the credits for footage of the real Ted Bundy. I thought that was a nice touch to finish it off with.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Leatherface Review

Cast: Stephen Dorff, Vanessa Grasse, Sam Strike, Lili Taylor, Chris Adamson, Finn Jones, James Blood, Jessica Madsen, Sam Coleman

Director: Julian Maury and Alexandre Bustillo

After the murder of a Texas Ranger's daughter, young Jed Sawyer was taken into custody and placed in a mental hospital.

10 years later, Jed was given a new identity for his own protection. After a revolt from the other patients, Jed and a few others escape into the Texas badlands with the Texas lawmen out for blood and the Sawyer clan out to retrieve one of their own.

Blood will be shed and Leatherface will be born.

What the hell was this? I'm not usually hard on any movies. I always give them a biting chance, but it felt like a chore just to get through it and that hurts me.

Leatherface is a prequel to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise and I was so disappointed. I actually felt like I wasn't even watching a Texas Chainsaw Massacre film at all.

What they gave us was a character-driven piece instead of an all out horror film, like I am used to. When you are a huge fan of an iconic villain that you grew up with, why do they think it's ok to all of a sudden give them a back story. For me, not knowing is scarier than anything else. I don't want to think where they came from, I want to be terrified.

The filmmakers could've given a bit more effort, but it seemed extremely rushed just to get it out there after the successful, Texas Chainsaw 3D, which I thought was a great movie. Plus, I think this was the only TCM film that was not released to theaters. That was a really big mistake.

I have to give it to all the actors. They did try to give it their all, especially Stephen Dorff and Lili Taylor, but it just  didn't help that much with the outcome, especially with such a weak script. Everyone should be given another chance, if they decide to do a follow-up.

There was some cool gore scenes, including one involving some pigs. I just wish there could've been more. The one thing that disappointed me the most was that a chainsaw was only used twice and it didn't seem right to me.

I think Leatherface should've been a sequel more than anything else. If you must check this it out, then do so. I will say that this movie was better than Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation and that's not really saying much.

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Lords of Chaos Review

"I am Øystein Aarseth, aka Euronymous and I was brought to this world to create suffering, chaos and death. This is my story and it will end badly."

Cast: Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Jack Kilmer, Sky Ferreira, Anthony De La Torre, Johnathan Barnwell, Valter Skarsgård, Wilson Gonzalez

Director Jonas Akerlund

Based on the book of the same name, Lords of Chaos centers around Euronymous, guitarist and founder of the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem.

In 1987 Norway, a teenager known as Euronymous becomes obsessed with creating a whole new musical genre he calls true Norwegian black metal with his band, Mayhem. But as years go by and the band's popularity begins to rise, a power struggle ensues that leads to a very  brutal murder.

The very first time I ever heard of Mayhem was back in the 90's when my family received a copy of The Watchtower. Reading the details of the shocking events that occurred has stuck with me for more than 20 years, so when I found out that a movie was going to be made, I was very excited. However, no one could've predicted that this movie would invade every part of my life, including my dreams.

I knew and read many stories about the crimes that were committed  between Euronymous and Varg, but actually seeing these scenes unfold before your eyes is very unsettling. I didn't know if I could even get through the entire film, but I'm glad I did because it changed me so much.

I was very skeptical about the choices in actors that were chosen for Lords of Chaos, especially Rory Culkin, but I couldn't believe it. His transformation into Euronymous was uncanny, he brought him back to life.  I really loved him narrating the entire film. It was like Euronymous was telling his side of the story from beyond the grave. Witnessing his very brutal murder shook me down to my very soul that I ended up in tears and no matter how many times I have seen the movie, my feelings will always be the same.

I thought Jack Kilmer did an amazing job. His unbelievable portrayal of Pelle 'Dead' Ohlin is very heartbreaking to watch, especially the suffering and depression that he goes through that lead to his shocking suicide. It was definitely hard to sit through because you knew exactly what was going to happen.

Lords of Chaos is a very brutal, unsettling and heartbreaking film. Jonas Akerlund did a great job bringing it all together, especially the replications of the photos, that was amazing. Now, this movie is in no way completely accurate and I don't think we'll ever truly know what happened, except for the suicide, church burnings and the murders, which is public knowledge.

There was so much controversy with the making of Lords of Chaos that the black metal community was shunning it. I just don't get why, it's a movie that really needed to be told. I was very happy that Mayhem allowed some of their music to be used in the film. It just wouldn't make sense, right? Plus, I am beginning to listen to a lot of their music now and they have a new fan on their hands.

 Lords of Chaos is an excellent film that everyone should check out and if you want to learn more, I also recommend two fantastic documentaries... Pure Fucking Mayhem and Until the Light Takes Us to go along with this film. You won't be sorry.

And in Euronymous' final words, I leave you with this....

"I'm Euronymous, founder of Mayhem, the most infamous black metal band in the world. I had my own record store, I had my own record label, I created a whole new musical genre... True Norwegian Black Metal. And I created Mayhem. What the fuck have you done lately? Poser!"

Friday, November 09, 2018

Halloween (2018) Review

Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Will Patton, Haluk Bilginer, Virginia Gardner, Andi Matichak, Jefferson Hall, Toby Huss, Dylan Arnold, Rhian Rees, Miles Robbins, Omar Dorsey

Directed By: David Gordon Green

On Halloween night in 1978, Laurie Strode survived a night of terror by the hands of serial killer, Michael Myers.

Now it's 40 years later and Laurie is living like a recluse, still traumatized by what she went through and getting herself prepared in case the day came when Michael were to come looking for the one that got away.

But that time is about to come true...

Being an obsessed fan of Michael Myers ever since I was a kid, I would get very excited every time a new installment of the Halloween franchise would get released

Sure, not all of them are great, but I can certainly appreciate what the filmmakers were trying to do. However, when Rob Zombie's Halloween 2 came out, it shattered my heart on so many levels. It was such a disaster that I didn't think anyone could ever bring back the Halloween films to the high standards that I hold dear to me.


David Gordon Green's version of Halloween is what I've been waiting for.

Just like Halloween: H20, forget everything you thought you knew as all of the sequels have been scraped from memory. This Halloween is now a direct sequel to the original 1978 film, although I do wish they had kept the 2nd one just because it took place the same night, but I guess they knew what was best.

I was so happy that Jamie Lee Curtis returned to the franchise that made her a household name. She is such a bad ass, especially with her confrontation with Michael Myers. I enjoyed every minute of it.

When Michael began his long awaited killing spree, it gave me chills. Especially when he finally put his mask back on. The fan in me cheered the whole time. Some of the killings were shown off-screen, but as the night went on, they got even more brutal, especially the head stomp. Now that was the greatest scene ever.

What I loved the most was that throughout this film, there were homages to the other Halloween movies, but make sure you pay close attention or you might miss something.

David Gordon Green's Halloween is a long awaited love letter to the fans that shouldn't be missed and I would be very happy if they stopped with this one, but we will see what the future holds.

I highly recommend it!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

The Agent is in the House

In the biggest announcement that I will be making since starting Gates of Gore, I am very pleased to announce that Mitch Penman has officially been confirmed as my new agent. I have never been so excited about anything as I am about this. Mitch's support and encouragement keeps me going, even when I have wanted to give it up. I don't know what I would ever do without him and there is no one better with this new job. We are a force to be reckoned with and there are so many projects that we will be working on together.

In other news, I have begun writing a new script called Belly of the Beast. I will keep everyone updated with more info about this soon. Also, I will be writing some new reviews in a month, so be on the lookout for those.

Gates of Gore is back in full force, baby.....

Saturday, October 01, 2016

October has finally arrived

That's right all you Gates of Gore supporters, it's that time of year again. Fall has arrived and Halloween will be approaching us soon.

For the entire month of October, I will be having the ultimate horror movie marathon. I haven't decided what this marathon will entail yet, but it will be fun to find out and by the end of the marathon, I will post an update with the full list of horror movies that was watched, so stay tuned and while I'm here, please join me on this fun venture.