Saturday, December 30, 2006

Santa Claws Review


Director: John Russo
Cast: Debbie Rochon, Grant Cramer, John Mowod, Dawn Michelucci, Savannah Calhoun, Marilyn Eastman, Julie Wallace Deklavon

Santa Claws was recently released in a 10th anniversary DVD from PopCinema. I was hoping that I would've gotten this DVD, so I'd have an excuse to review it, but it never came. I do, however, own the VHS that has a completely different cover than the one that was just released, which is cool with me.


When the Christmas holiday recently came upon us, I decided to check out this film again. I haven't watched it since the first time I bought the movie, which was some years ago. The only thing that I remembered was that I didn't like the movie at all when I first viewed it. Has my mind changed, since that first viewing? Well, all I will say at this moment is that it did....but only a little bit.

Raven Quinn is an erotic b-movie horror actress who's having serious problems in her marriage. However, that's not the only problem she's having problems with...her next door neighbor has an unhealthy obsession with Raven and will do anything he can to make her happy, even if it mean dressing up like Santa Clause and offing anyone that's in her way...mainly the people that she works with.

Will Raven get away from this lunatic and get her marriage back on track?

This was the first movie I had ever seen with Debbie Rochon. At that time, I had no idea who she was, but she sure impressed the hell out of me. It wasn't until years later and many more films I had seen was when I had become one of the biggest fans of Debbie's. She just gives off an amazing presence in every role that she has, whether the movie is great or a big disappointment. You can always count on Debbie to make every movie worthwhile.

I think the only thing I wish was that Santa Claws could've been a bit gorier. The killings were actually pretty lame and almost bloodless. That's something that irks me because I love watching people get mutilated in various ways. No, I don't need help, I just love gory horror movies...hehe!

In my opinion, I think that Santa Claws could've been executed in a much better way. I'm not a huge fan of John Russo. Have you ever seen some of his interviews? He's a bit incoherent at times, you just can't understand him. Maybe that's just the way he is, I don't know, I've never met him.

On a final note, I'd have to say that Santa Claws is definitely for all you die hard Debbie Rochon fans only, but sadly, no one else!

Friday, December 29, 2006

Best Movies of 2006

2006 is about to come to an end soon and I have been lucky to see quite a few movies that impressed the shit out of me this year.

So, without further adieu, here is my list of what I considered the best movies of 2006.

10.See No Evil (Director: Gregory Dark)
9. Carnage For the Destroyer (Director: Chris Seaver)
8. The Karaoke Kid (Director: Chris Seaver)
7. Last Rites of the Dead (Director: Marc Fratto)
6. Shock-O-Rama (Director: Brett Piper)
5. Destruction Kings (Director: Chris Seaver)
4. My Dead Girlfriend (Director: Brett Kelly)
3. Slither (Director: James Gunn)
2. Marty Jenkins and the Vampire Bitches (Director: Henrique Couto)
1. Murder Is Like Sex (Director: Keith Boron)

I would also like to give an honorary mention to the best short films I've seen this year and those belong to Gonzoriffic Films. The Cannibal Sisters remake and their newest short film, Two in the Pink were amazing and very impressive. I am so looking forward to more from Andrew Shearer and the Gonzoriffic crew!

Let's say goodbye to 2006 and hello to a very productive 2007!!!!!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Zombiethon Review


Remember the good old days of Wizard Video? They released some really cool horror flicks back in the day like THE BOOGEYMAN, THE HEADLESS EYES, CARNIVAL OF BLOOD and the movie that I'm about to review...ZOMBIETHON.

Sometimes I wish I could go back in time and relive those days again, renting these movies from my all-time favorite video store called Ray's Rent A Movie. They had the best selection and I was always fascinated by the big porno-style VHS boxes that they carried in this store. ZOMBIETHON was one of those releases that I wish I owned, but sadly mine is just a clamshell case. I will keep looking around until I find that big VHS box though.

Anyway, I should get to this review......

ZOMBIETHON doesn't really have much of a plot. Basically, the whole film is a bunch of clips from zombie films thrown together and this all takes place at a movie theater that is run by...you guessed it...zombies.

Besides the zombies, there are a few women that are lured into this theater by some of the zombies in which each of the clips are shown.

ZOMBIETHON features clips from ZOMBIE, ZOMBIE LAKE, OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES, THE INVISIBLE DEAD, A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD, THE ASTRO-ZOMBIES and even one that doesn't have anything to do with zombies called FEAR. Not sure why that was included, but I'll be honest, it looked cool and I wouldn't mind seeing that one.

There are a couple of things that I love about this film....

1.) The zombies that are in this theater are so fake and you can tell. I guess that's why I think it's so funny. The main zombie that's running the projector just cracks me up, even when he's having problems with the tape.

2. ) Each of the clips that are shown are probably some of the bloodiest and sexiest scenes from each of the movies. It makes me wanna watch all of those movies for those reasons alone. Ok, not ZOMBIE LAKE, that movie just flat out sucked.

If you are a fan of zombie films and come on...who isn't? Then I suggest you try and find this movie. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to find one of those mom and pop stores and they'll have it.