Every year we all make these “Best of” lists, and every year I bitch and moan about having to assign arbitrary rankings to the movies that I enjoyed. Actually, scratch that. Every year I bitch and moan about it, and then cheat in some way, negating the ranking all together. 2013 is going to be no different. I think “ranking” your enjoyment of all of the films you consumed throughout a year is pretty useless. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy a plethora of different films for different reasons, and it is impossible for me to say that my enjoying of Film X is any better than my enjoyment of Film Y. So, instead, here is a multi-part list of films I saw in 2013 that I found to be exceptional, and worthy of your time. Some of these will have not been released yet, but they’re going to be here anyway, because I watched them this year. You are more than entitled, if you see AND enjoy said films as well as I did, to include them on your best of 2014 list, as that is likely when they will be unleashed upon the general population. Keep in mind that there is no rank to this list, It’s just sort of a stream of consciousness type of situation. This is part one of the list, expect at least one more part to this list within the next couple of days, and possibly even a third part, depending on the word count. Continue reading
Posted in Lists, Movies, Reviews
Tagged 2013, Aftershock, best of the year, cheap thrills, evil dead, Insidious: Chapter 2, Motivational Growth, pain & gain, Pawn Shop Chronicles, The Battery, The World's End, this is the end, Top of the year lists
As soon as I saw the list of crew members that helped to bring Cheap Thrills to fruition, I knew I was going to love it. I’m a huge fan of Adam Wingard, and his style seems to rub off on his friends, and those he tends to work with. Couple that with the exceptional cast, and I was instantly on-board, despite the plot summary sounding derivative of several lesser films. Cheap Thrills played at Toronto After Dark this year, and as some of you might be aware, Jeff and Heather were there to take it in with a crowd, and I’m insanely jealous that I had to miss that. This was absolutely one of the best genre films I saw in 2013, and I would be shocked if it didn’t land pretty high on my end-of-the-year list. The story is simple, and honestly, it has been done several times before. The difference is, this time it has been done extremely well. Just recently, a similarly themed movie was being touted by some, Would You Rather?, and while I didn’t find that to be a terrible film, compared to Cheap Thrills it is far less effective, and far less competently crafted. Continue reading
Posted in Movies, Reviews
Tagged Adam Wingard, cheap thrills, David Koechner, Drafthouse Films, E.L. Katz, Ethan Embry, Pat Healy, Sara Paxton, Toronto After Dark, VOD
As a fan of cult classic exploitation romps and binges there are few sets that appeal to me as much as The 4 Cult Movie Marathon series from Shout Factory. With the two new volumes in this series, the first two volumes, they’re stepping into some ground that is wholly appropriate for the label and which has been dominated by the Drive-In Cult Classics series from Mill Creek Entertainment and touches on some of what has made the Vinegar Syndrome a breakthrough label in 2013. The competition between these moving parts could be incredible, digging ever deeper to uncover the raunchiest, campiest and most exploitative. That’s not to say there aren’t a horde of labels and series vying for the crown of king smut, but I’m enjoying what I’ve seen from Shout and Vinegar especially. When there’s no more room at the bottom of the barrel, look under the barrel and you’ll find the movies that make up the second volume of the Cult Movie Marathon series. We’ll talk about each one briefly in a review that will share time on both The Liberal Dead and DOCTERROR.COM.
We will discuss two movies on this side of the horror-verse and then transition to DOCTERROR.COM
You can pick up 4 Cult Movie Marathon Vol. 2 HERE NOW! I want to stress that these aren’t Hi-Def. They are not extra filled. They have crazy shit movies at a great price.
This podcast contains major plot spoilers for the film… Watch before you listen!
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