Thursday, December 20, 2007

Gates of Gore's Top 10 Movies of 2007

10. Splatter Beach ~ Camp Motion Pictures was steered in the right direction with this film as their first in-house production. Directed by the Polonia Bros. and starring Erin Brown and Erika Smith, I thought this film had a really great feel of those old 50's beach movies mixed in with the creature features. I've been a fan of the Polonia Bros. for quite a while now, so it's really awesome to see something new from them.

9. Basic Slaughter ~ Steve Rudzinski's first attempt at making a slasher film was quite impressive by my standards and this coming from someone who basically worships slasher films. Steve did an awesome job and I hope that maybe there will be a sequel coming...maybe in 2008.

8. Dead Clowns ~ Not actually made in 2007, but was officially released this year by Lions Gate, I thought it definitely deserved to be mentioned as one of Gates of Gore's fave in 2007. I mean, come get some great scream queens like Brinke Stevens, Debbie Rochon and Robyn Griggs being slaughtered by "dead clowns" that remind you of those zombies that Fulci had done. For those that haven't seen this movie yet, you definitely should!

7. Book of Lore ~ After having seen Chris LaMartina's Dead Teenagers, I was hoping that "Book of Lore" would actually be a feature film on it's own and it has! Not a really gory movie, but I was fucking impressed with what Chris came up with. He did such an excellent job and everyone was great. I was not disappointed at all!

6. Planet Terror ~ I missed the whole "Grindhouse" experience when it hit the theaters and I haven't seen Death Proof yet, but I have to say that Planet Terror was everything I was hoping for and more. Rose McGowan fucking rocks!!!!

5. Hack! ~ Just recently released not that long ago, Hack! has quickly become one of my new face slashers of 2007. With small cameos by Kane Hodder and William Forsythe and a cavalcade of soap stars (yes, I watch soap so shut up!) this movie really surprised me. It was quite gory, plus there was quite a bit of horror references that I thought was cool. Defintely worth check out, especially if you love slashers like i do.

4. Plane Dead ~ Saw this one with the original title. It's now known as "Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane". I'll be honest though, I thought Plane Dead was a better title. Anyway, just imagine "Snakes on a Plane", but with zombies instead and then there you go. I had alot of fun watching this movie, it just had enough of gore to satisfy me. Check it out!

3. Hatchet ~ Fuck Yeah!!!!! This movie rules so much. When I first watched it, I was surprised at how much gore there was. I mean you get bodies pulled apart and mutilated...ahhh! It just came out on DVD, so pick it up you fuckers!

2. Halloween (2007) ~ I hated the thought of Halloween being remade. I mean the original is such a classic and one of my all-time favorite movies. Then I heard that Rob Zombie was the one doing it. I had some hope that it was going to be good and being Rob, I knew that it was going to be gory. I had got my hands on the workprint version and I thought it was ok, nothing special really. However, I got the unrated director's cut and loved it even more. Between both, the ending of the unrated one was a hundred times better than the workprint one, so I'm glad it was changed. The only thing is that they cut out Bill Moseley and Leslie Easterbrook in this unrated version and I really wanted to see them. On the other hand, I got to see Mickey Dolenz and that made me happy because I love The Monkees.

1. Fake Blood ~ Finally, a full length feature made by one of my favorite filmmakers, Andrew Shearer. Fake Blood is actually a mockumentary about the behind the scenes of the making of a horror film and all the grueling stuff they have to go through to get it done, even all the crap that a so-called diva soap actress put them through (played convincingly by Mitsu Bitchi). I really hope that Andrew makes more feature films because it shows that he can definitely pull it off.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Basic Slaughter Review

A mysterious person, dressed from head to toe in all black and wielding a machete has come to the town of Rotary, Pennsylvania with one thing in mind....butcher as many people as this person comes in contact with.

Why is this person killing? Will anybody survive? Will anyone care? Probably not because after all, it is just BASIC SLAUGHTER!

Basic Slaughter is the latest film from writer/director Steve Rudzinski, who is known for his films....Legends and Wolfster. What's so different from these films? Basic Slaughter is not meant to be comedic in any shape or form. This is a pretty straight forward slasher film with some funny moments and a high body count.

I was quite surprised with Steve's first effort at making a slasher film. Sure, a majority of the characters were annoying, but when they get butchered in various ways, you don't really care about just want to cheer for the killer.

I did think that it was really cool that A Nightmare on Elm Street was mentioned a few times, plus the scene with Steve doing his karate reminded me of Nightmare on Elm Street 4 (the character of Rick doing the same stuff), although I'm not sure if that what he meant to do.

I feel the only drawback was that some scenes seemed to drag on a bit, but I guess we had to get a feel of the characters, although I thought it was a bit much at times.

In my opinion, slashers are the greatest form of entertainment in the horror genre and I think Basic Slaughter fits right in there, and I really hope that there might be a sequel in the future. Just an idea!

Check out Basic Slaughter, if you dare!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Book of Lore Review

Ricky's girlfriend has just turned up dead and he gets handed what looks like a composition notebook known as "Book of Lore"...which is an encyclopedia of local murders that happened in his small town. Strange things begin to happen and more bodies start piling up as Ricky and his friends try to uncover what's really going on.

Can they stop the evil that has returned to this town?

Chris LaMartina first introduced us to the "Book of Lore" in the anthology film, "Dead Teenagers". I remember getting to review that film and thinking..."what a great idea that would be if "Book of Lore" was made into a movie." It was a total surprise that it was indeed going to become a film on it's own.

After viewing "Book of Lore" it came to my mind that I had just watched what I consider the best film of 2007. Don't get me wrong, there's been some going movies of this year, but none of them had such an impact on me, especially of the low budget variety.

This film is not overly gory, which I love most of the time, but it had some death scenes that impressed the hell out of me.

I was also happy with the casting of this movie. I thought everyone did a splendid job and I hope to see them in more movies!

If you love horror movies that has alot of twists and turns and has you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end, then I highly recommend, "Book of Lore"...a surefire horror classic of the ages!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Camp Slaughter Review

Last year I was browsing through Netflix looking for some horror movies to rent when I came upon a movie called "Camp Slaughter". I had known about this flick, but not what it was about. After reading the synopsis for it, I knew it was one that I had to rent. Sadly, when it got here, I never even had to chance to watch it. I thought that was a bummer. However, I finally got to watch it this year and realized that I sure missed something when I first rented it.

It's 1981 and the counselors and campers at Camp Hiawatha are having a really good time. They are singing around the campfire and just having a blast. 2 of the campers sneak off into the woods to have a little fun of their own, but it's not too long when someone murders them (ala Friday the 13th).

Fast forward 24 years later. A group of friends are heading to Maine when they all of a sudden get stranded in the middle of nowhere. It's late at night and their SUV will not start, so they stay in the vehicle all night long until they get woke up by a few people that looks like they came right out of the 80's.

What these friends find out is that they are now stranded at Camp Hiawatha, it's 1981 and there's a killer on the they are having to live each day over and over.

Will these friends get out of what I like to call the twilight zone before it's too late?

"Camp Slaughter" is a cross between "Friday the 13th" and "Groundhog Day" and I never thought that could even be possible, but director Alex Pucci really did a great job combining both movies.

For those that are into the camp slashers like me, you will love the various ways that these campers and counselors are's like you are reliving the good old days of the 80's camp slashers and I truly felt like I was witnessing the mayhem.

"Camp Slaughter' will satisfy all you slasher fans with all the bloody goodness plus on a final note, if you are a fan of the show "Kyle XY"...make sure to check out Matt Dallas' acting in this film....he was great!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Video Violence 2 Review

As I sit here and wait for the official release of the VIDEO VIOLENCE double feature DVD to come out, I thought I'd go ahead and write up my review for VIDEO VIOLENCE 2, which happens to be quite rare on VHS. I found my copy a few years back and only paid 13 bucks for it, while I recently checked again and saw it for 100 bucks. Is it really worth that much? Well, no. No movie in my opinion is worth $100.00 unless it comes complete in a set and possibly a DVD, but VHS isn't worth it. Good thing I found it back then and I grabbed it before anybody else could.

Enough about me talking about myself buying movies....onto the review.

If you all will remember, the first VIDEO VIOLENCE flick took place in what else, a video store. However in this sequel, the 2 miscreints from the first one...Howard and Eli...have now moved on to pirating their own cable access channel and we are treated to a variety of homeade splatter/snuff flicks from their loyal viewers, along with some of the kookiest commercials I have ever seen.

"This Christmas....bring home a Wilbur"

Haha, I just had to post that quote. It's my all-time favorite commercial that appears in this movie. You really have to see it to believe it!

Even though I thought the first VIDEO VIOLENCE was one of the best SOV horror flicks, the sequel really isn't too far off. It's got more of the same, violent/gory death scenes and some of the weirdest (or I should say funniest) characters. Sometimes I didn't know if it was going to be serious or maybe I just wanted to laugh. Some of the videos that are shown were pretty cool, although I thought one dragged a bit on. I don't want to mention what that one was, you'd have to figure it out on your own.

I've been checking some things out lately and found out that a script for VIDEO VIOLENCE 3 exists and I really hope it does eventually get made.

Finally, I would like to say thank you Camp Motion Pictures for releasing these movies on DVD! You have made my dream a reality!

Check it out!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Skin Crawl Review

Director: Justin Wingenfeld

Cast: Julian Wells, Debbie Rochon, Kevin G. Shinnick, Armand Anthony Mazza, John Fedele, Rodney Gray, Heidi Sjurssen

For a few years now, back in 2004 I think, I had been paying close attention to a film called SKIN CRAWL. I had seen the trailer for it when I bought a copy of SUBURBAN NIGHTMARE. I could tell that it was going to be my kind of flick. Not only does it have the talents of Julian Wells and Debbie Rochon, but it was also about witches, which I have a little secret about, but I won't say what that it right now.

I knew that it was making the convention rounds, but I was trying to by what I saw. SKIN CRAWL was quite an experience.

A woman named Margaret, who happens to be a descendent of witches from 3 centuries ago, is having troubles in her marriage. Her scum of a husband, Howard, is having an affair and his mistress suggests that he have his wife killed, so they can collect the inheritance.

When Margaret is murdered in cold-blood, they think they are living on easy street. However, things aren't what they seem, but I don't want to spoil any of it for those that haven't seen it yet. Let me just swait patiently for it to finally make it to DVD. When I checked the Shock-O-Rama website, SKIN CRAWL was featured on there and I knew that it was coming out soon and I happen to have gotten a copy of it last week.

Anyway, I popped this sucker into the DVD player this morning and was blown away ay that this conclusion will leave you very satisfied.

As I was watching SKIN CRAWL, I thought it was going to be more straight forward, but what I got was a movie that had alot more twists than I expected and I thought that was great!

Debbie Rochon played both a witch from 3 centuries ago and also her descenedent Margaret and she was amazing, as she is in all the movies I've seen her in. Yes it's true, I am one of her biggest fans, which is one of the main reasons I wanted to see this movie. There's nothing wrong with that, right? Good!

There's not as much blood as I was hoping for, but I was really impressed with what was shown on the screen, especially the scene close to the last. It actually made me kinda sick, which is very rare for me, but that's a good thing.

I'm weird, so sue me!

On a final note, I thought SKIN CRAWL was a fantastic movie that had me glued to my seat until the final frame. I highly recommend it!