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Silent Night Deadly Night (1984)
The Horror Show aka House III (1989)
Starring: Lance Henriksen, Brion James, Rita Taggart
Writers: Leslie Bohem, Alan Smithee (really Allyn Warner)
Directors: James Isaac, David Blyth (released from duty)
Synopsis (Scream Factory):
116 people are dead at the hands of Max Jenke and his trusty meat cleaver. Now, justice is about to be served as Jenke is sentenced to the electric chair. But from the first high-voltage blast, it becomes clear that Max is no ordinary serial killer. With a blood-chilling laugh from the depths of hell, Max enters our world, transformed into a supernatural force by the high-voltage blast of electricity. Max vows revenge on the cop who captured him. Well-aware of the maniacal killer’s passion to destroy, Detective Lucas McCarthy can only begin to imagine the horror that awaits him and his family.
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Eve of Destruction is another one of these early nineties movies, that’s actually a leftover eighties movie in disguise. Scream Factory is almost specializing in this type of movie at this juncture. It’s actually pretty familiar to their Blu-ray release of I Come In Peace. It’s an obscure enough title that virtually no behind-the-scenes footage or any kind of footage that could use used as supplemental material for the disc is in existence, but the fact that it has been released to Blu-ray is an impressive enough accomplishment. I’m not going to sit here, like some would do, and exclaim that Eve of Destruction has always been my favorite movie. In fact, I think I had only seen it twice prior to my Blu-ray viewing. Back in the early days of HBO and Cinemax, of course. But, I did have fond memories of the times that I did see it. And, I was always a fan of Gregory Hines when I was younger. Maybe it was just because it was his time, and he had tons of movies that would be played on the premium channels, such as Running Scared, White Nights and of course this. But, did this film stand the test of time, or would it be placed in the pile of films that I enjoyed when I was younger, but found difficulty enjoying it as an adult? Thankfully, I think I found an even deeper appreciation of the film viewing it as a grown-ass man. Continue reading
Chances are if you grew up creepy, you owned a fair share of Garbage Pail Kids cards. I know I had a ton of these, and most of my childhood belongings were also covered in their stickers. I never got into baseball cards or the various other attempts to lure kids to collect cardboard as if they were tiny squares of heroin. However, anytime I went out shopping with my Mom and my eye spotted a box of Garbage Pail Kids, my collection would grow a little larger. If you share such fond memories of this franchise as I do, then I have the kickstarter of your dreams! Continue reading
Writer / director, Eamon Hardiman returns with the third installment of the Porkchop franchise, entitled Porkchop 3D. This time around a group of survivors from the previous films return to the back woods of West Virginia in search of revenge. Meanwhile, Burt Flemming’s nephew is also in the area, throwing a party in the cabin in the woods. Soon enough it becomes a fight for survival for all parties dumb enough to enter the domain of Porkchop. Continue reading
What’s this, you say? Another Carpenter classic getting the collector’s edition Blu-ray treatment from Scream Factory? Is he going to mention, yet again, the John Carpenter retrospective that they recorded all throughout the year of 2012? Well, of course I am, because we put a lot of work into that series. We were drinking the Carpenter Kool-Aid before it was cool. Seriously though, these episodes we recorded are pretty in-depth, and they would make for great companion pieces for these releases. Scream Factory’s collector’s edition releases come with great extra features, but we dug really deep and examined not only the specific film we were discussing each episode, but where it fit into Carpenter’s career, and what impact it had on his future in the business. You can find the series here. Assault On Precinct 13 maybe, if not my favorite, my second favorite John Carpenter film. As simplistic as it is, the score of the film is right at the top of the list of the best of the best musical scores from John Carpenter films. The type of film making that went into the film itself, Carpenter wearing his influences on his sleeve, puts Carpenter far ahead of the game in-terms of self-aware genre films. I love Tarantino, but to be fair, Carpenter was perfecting that particular “style” while T was still in diapers. Continue reading
Dustin Mill’s The Ballad of Skinless Pete, follows the story of a scientist on the verge of a medical breakthrough. Dr. Pete Peele, believes he has found the cure for cancer in the stomach of a parasitic worm. Desperate to prove his finding to be true in order to save himself from his own skin cancer, Pete pushes forward with human testing enlisting himself as the Guinea pig. Pete injects the “cure” into his body unleashing a nightmare he could have never prepared for in this beautiful return to 80s era sci-fi horror. Continue reading
Another John Carpenter film receiving the collector’s edition treatment courtesy of Scream Factory, means that I’m going to mention yet again, that in the year 2012, we conducted a year long retrospective series, examining Carpenter’s career in chronological order. If you missed out on the first run of this series, you can play catch up by following this link. Don’t get me wrong, Scream Factory does a fantastic job at supplying extra features on their discs, but this would make the perfect companion piece to any new release Carpenter Blu-rays you decide to pick up. It’s not just movie reviews, it’s an examination of his career as a whole. That being said, Body Bags is one of my least favorite Carpenter films. Most of the time, though, even the few bad Carpenter films have some redeeming qualities, and Body Bags is no exception to that rule. Continue reading
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The Walking Dead: Episodes 403 & 404 – Isolation & Indifference
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The Walking Dead: Episode 402 – Infected
Welcome back to Dead Already, The Liberal Dead‘s Unofficial Walking Dead podcast!
This week on the show, Jeff (@Jeff_FOTD) and Heather (@VDA_Net – curator of all things horror at Viewer Discretion Advised) come to you live from the Toronto After Dark Film Festival to discuss Episode Two of Season Four, “Infected”.
8 Different Covers!
ONE BIG COMIC!!!
We here at The Liberal Dead are starting our new comic line off right, with a Halloween Special! One giant issue covered with sex, death, drugs, Michael Myers, Silver Shamrock, and more!!! Our first issue comes with 8 different variants: Continue reading
This week on the show, Jeff (@Jeff_FOTD) is joined by special guest Chris Williams (@Exorcast) from the Exorcast podcast to review the latest film in the CHILD’S PLAY franchise, Curse Of Chucky.
How big is Chris’ beard? Is this movie really a return to the straight forward horror of the first few films? How drunk does Jeff get?
Well, here we are… The ninth, and final, night of Toronto After Dark 2013 has officially passed, and the festival is wrapped for another year. Luckily, the festival ended on a pretty high note, with two of the best films of the batch closing things out; Cheap Thrills and Big Bad Wolves. Continue reading
I think Anton Yelchin does just a fantastic job at winning hearts. That’s why he was great as the son in the TV show Huff and Fright Night (which has to be one of the more controversial remakes I’ve made in an opening statement to a film review). I was looking back over his career that started in 2000’s and figuring out just where I had seen him. Each movie he’s been in that I enjoyed, he was able to tie himself to me emotionally by being a soft spoken lion that would roar from beneath his quiet, nervous exterior to become a dominant acting for and a stronger a character. That brings us to 2013’s Odd Thomas, a movie featured at Toronto After Dark that is finally seeing a release after being stalled in some contractual/lender litigation. It’s a great watch because Yelchin’s on fire, but it’s even better because of the twisted writing style of Dean Koontz and the adaptation that favors metaphysical relationships between characters that will force the audience into thinking mode and allow for a deeper viewing experience.
The penultimate night of Toronto After Dark 2013 is now behind us, and for all intents and purposes, it was a great success. The night’s movies were programmed so that they had a horror theme, and the directors of both were in the house to talk about them. As such, it wasn’t a surprise that the auditorium was packed to the brim for both features. Continue reading
We are now about a week deep into Toronto After Dark 2013, and there are only two more nights left of the festival. As always, I’m starting to really miss my nice comfortable bed, and the thought of a homecooked meal is making me drool, but some of the festival’s most anticipated titles are still in store. Continue reading
Posted in Festival Coverage, Reviews, Toronto After Dark, Toronto After Dark
Tagged Banshee Chapter, Evil Feed, Found, grindhouse, Sasquatch, Serial Killer, Toronto After Dark, Toronto After Dark 2013, Willow Creek
In keeping with the themed nights at this year’s festival, last night was Sci-Fi night at Toronto After Dark. I was looking forward to the films because I had heard a lot of buzz around them, and for the most part, they delivered.
I knew that the first screening of the night was going to be a busy one, because the passholders line and the ticket holders line were both jam-packed with people, and folks were standing in the Rush line as well. That means that the show was either sold out, or it was going to be close. In this case, it was the former, so it was a packed house when Festival Director Adam Lopez took the stage to say a few words. As always, his enthusiasm is contagious, and he not only got people excited about Last Days On Mars (which they were already there to see), but he also did his best to sell the crowd on The Machine, which apparently still had a lot of seats left at the time. Continue reading
Silent Retreat (2013)
Starring: Chelsea Jenish, Sophia Banzhaf, Robert Nolan
Writers: Corey Brown & Tricia Lee
Director: Tricia Lee
Synopsis (From Facebook Page):
In this quiet horror film, Janey is sent to a silent retreat in the middle of the woods for rehabilitation, only to discover that the men who run it are after more than her voice, and aren’t afraid to show her what lurks beyond the trees… Continue reading
The 2013 Edition of Toronto After Dark Film Festival has now passed the halfway mark. Generally, Monday night is a bit lighter because folks are exhausted from the last four nights of missing sleep, drinking, and trying to talk over loud music and people at the pub. However, last night featured a solid pair of films, and the auditorium over at the Scotiabank Theater was packed. Continue reading