Our one and only resident twitter reviewer Tim Schilling is back with a look at the vampire classic “The Lost Boys.” One of the first “MTV style” horror movies some have slammed the film for being a case of style over substance. Nonetheless, the film was a huge hit on initial release taking in nearly $40 million and has remained a popular horror movie to this day. Let’s see if Tim’s stab at the film turns him into a fan of vampire flicks.
Thoughts before the film:
If you’ve talked to me about horror movies before you’ll know I’m not a huge vampire fan. Tons of people recommended this one. #TheLostBoys
Thoughts while watching:
0:05 This movie already has an advantage of being made in the 80’s. I’m a sucker for a good 80’s movie.
0:07 I don’t want my grandpa to play dead next time I see him…
0:09 Read the tv guide, you don’t need a tv! Perfect sense.
0:22 I swear the mother in this movie is smoking something.
0:32 I don’t understand what these vampires are trying to do. Hanging from a bridge?
0:37 I should keep count how many times they said Michael/Mike in this movie. It’s literally every other word.
0:40 You wait until mom finds out you’re a vampire!
0:51 Yup the mom is definitely on something.
0:58 This is such an awkward dinner.
1:01 These vampires are straight up hooligans.
1:14 I want everyone in the town to end up being vampires at the end.
1:23 Death by stereo!
1:24 Are you serious? That was a little boy? I thought it was a girl this whole movie…
1:29 I knew he was the head vampire. I knew it when he asked to be invited in the house.
1:30 I bet the mom is thinking she’s having a bad trip right now.
1:33 Hahhaa, grandpa. “All the damn vampires!”
Pretty much loved #TheLostBoys. So corny but smart with tons of horror references at the same time. Great story and music. Not sure if it was supposed to be funny but I got a bunch of laughs out of it. Definitely one of my favorite vampire movies now.
On this week’s episode of Slasher Studios, our hosts Kevin Sommerfield and Steve Goltz will be joined with special co-host Dave Kaye as the three discuss their all time favorite guilty pleasure horror movies. Movies they should be ashamed they love but still love anyway. Show starts Monday September 3rd at 10PM central. Find out if your guilty pleasure makes the cut! Simply click on the link below to listen in live or to catch an archive of a previous show.
Director Ti West takes on this ultra gory sequel with one thing in mind: BLOOD! And he sure does deliver the goods. Paul, played by Rider Strong, makes an appearance (it’s short, but an appearance nonetheless) as he tries his hardest to make it out of the woods alive. Unfortunately for him, but lucky for us horror fans, he picks the wrong time to cross the road. As a school bus comes barreling down the road, the bloody and bloated Paul begins to lose his balance and falls victim to the bus as his body is BLASTED into a millions pieces and scattered across the road.
I’ve spent the last two hours trying to accurately put into words my feelings towards the horror anthology flick “V/H/S.” To say the film as a whole is a bit of a mixed bag is to overly simplify the matter. For every element that works in “V/H/S,” there is an element that fails and fails miserably. My most anticipated movie of the year ended up being something I wasn’t expecting but more on this later. Are you in the mood for a tasty and gruesome schmorgesborg of horror? You might want to be prepared to eat something a little halfbaked. Slasher Studios will be reviewing the individual stories and giving a rating to each as well the film as a whole. Ready to press play?
Our wraparound story and by far the weakest segment of the film. We meet a group of unlikable guys who are getting paid to create their own little snuff films. Films featuring such acts as mugging and assaulting young women, recording underneath girl’s skirts, and other lewd behavior. They will receive the ultimate prize if they break into an old man’s house and steal a rare VHS tape. When they arrive at the house, the old man is dead and the crew is forced to look through the “snuff” VHS tapes to try to find the killer flick. Not a bad premise but the characters are hateful, disgusting, and without any traces of humanity. We do not care a bit about any of these characters and therefore can hardly be expected to show emotion when the terrible things begin to happen to them. This wraparound segment is far too long, features too many jarring cuts, and ends before the final story even starts. What kind of a wraparound story is that? Not a very good one, that’s for sure.
The first of our VHS stories begins as we meet three buds out for a night on the town as they are getting ready in their hotel room. One of the college aged frat boys is wearing a set of glasses with a hidden camera in it to check out the women at the clubs in all of their glory. The trio meet a couple of girls they find desirable (for college guys it doesn’t take much) including a strange young woman who resembles a young Susan Sarandon crossed with Rose McGowan with a little bit of panther. No..I’m not kidding. Yet, like the guys in this story, there is something about the girl that is oddly appealing. Well, things go a little on the crazy side and the guys are attacked by….something. Let’s just say this story owes a LOT to the “Lover’s Vow” segment in “Tales From the Darkside.” “Darkside” did it first and did it better. Once again, annoying characters and overacting sink this story from the moment it starts.
The segment I was most excited to see as I am a huge fan of Ti West’s earlier work (“The House of the Devil” and “The Innkeepers”) but sadly, this is the story that turns out to be the biggest disappointment. “Second Honeymoon” begins as we meet a young couple on a road trip through Arizona. The couple are excited about their trip to Vegas and decide to film their adventures. They go to an old Wild Wild West ghost town, explore some caves, and even do a little exploring of each other. They spend the night at a dirty hotel and are watched in the middle of the night by a strange woman in a mask and cloak. The woman steals money from the couple of disappears. So far, so dull. The next night she returns to attack. Lots of blood can’t cover up a half baked ending that sounds great in theory but doesn’t work in reality because we don’t receive any reasoning behind the decisions made. Ti West, you can do better than this.
“Tuesday the 17th”
What’s this? We finally receive a good story an hour into the film? That’s right kiddies, we have our first worthwhile story with “Tuesday the 17th,” a nice little homage to 80’s slashers. In this story, we meet a group of four teens who are on their way to do some camping in the woods. When one of the girls warns the others they are all going to die in the woods, the crew begin to die in hilariously gruesome ways. Turns out you can only see the killer while viewing the killer through the video camera. That “distortion” on old VHS tapes…that’s him, and he’s ready to kill. No, it doesn’t make a lot of sense but it is a lot of fun and fun is something I wouldn’t call any of the stories that preseeded this one. Take it or leave it but if you are a fan of slasher flicks, don’t be surprised if this ends up being your favorite story.
“The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Young”
Chalk this story up to the “interesting concept, so-so execution” category of anthology flicks. “Emily” begins as we meet the title character, a young woman having a webcam conversation with her boyfriend. She tells him of a strange lump on her arm that has been bothering her and a mysterious presence haunting her in the house. As the days go by, the conversations become more and more bizarre and she tries cutting out the “lump” in her arm much to her boyfriend’s horror. Is she going crazy or are these strange things really happening to Emily? The twist ending in this story is clever but leaves too many questions opened. It is as if the filmmakers came up with the ending at the last minute and said “Wouldn’t it be really cool if…” It doesn’t really work but I give them points for trying.
Another batshit crazy story as we meet a group of four college aged guys (this movie sure does love frat guys) getting ready to go to a Halloween house party at a friend’s house. One of the friends is dressed as a teddy bear with a camera (he’s a nannycam, get it?) and he is there to document to footage of the crazy house party. When they get to said house, no one appears to be home until they hear noises coming from upstairs. When they arrive upstairs, they find a young woman chained up by a couple of middle aged men ready to torture and torment her. They are able to break her free but all hell is about the break loose..literally. What happens next is every over the top cliche in haunted house flicks you can think of in a two minute span of time. It’s so demented and off the wall, it left a smile on my face. This story doesn’t overstay it’s welcome and goes out with a bang. Literally…
I feel as though I am being overly generous with this score as I love the concept behind this movie SO much, I may have let it cloud my judgment. It isn’t a perfect film but it does at least try to do something different with the horror genre. For that alone, it is very much worth watching. The next horror masterpiece? You’ll have to find another “VHS” tape.
It’s been awhile but our Twitter reviewer Tim Schilling is back with a brand new tweet by tweet review on “Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3.” The film was a box office bomb when released grossing less than $10 million in theaters and receiving harsh criticism among both fans and critics of the series. Out on DVD in an unrated cut, does the film deserve the scorn it received or does the added carnage make the film worth the buzz?
Thoughts before the film:
I get to choose to watch the rated version or the unrated version. I wonder what I’ll pick. #TexasChainsawMassacre3
Thoughts while watching:
0:02 Oh hey Ken Foree. I didn’t know you were in this.
0:15 …when is something gonna happen.
0:18 There’s at least one Psycho reference in every slasher film.
0:22 This chase scene makes no sense.It was day when they left,guy in the truck left at night, now they’re together.
0:26 Leatherface what did I tell you about coming out of no where and making me jump like that!
0:27 How did this woman get her license!? She hits everything on the road!
0:31 Ken Foree doesn’t age.
0:38 Leatherface is like a ninja in this one with all his little gadgets and how he keeps appearing out of nowhere.
0:45 The Texas in this series is completely different in each movie. Very few things are simar about the setting.
0:50 Grandpa looks dead again. I bet he’s gonna walk around later as usual like nothing happened.
1:01 I just want Leatherface to be as mean as he was in the first one.
1:06 No Leatherface, ‘food’ is not the correct way to spell Santa. Try again.
1:12 These fight scenes have great music.
1:15 Chainsaws don’t float around in water!
I’m not sure why I love The Texas Chainsaw series as much as I do, and Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III just proves it again. Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III was a good spin on the simple story that the first made, I loved the sets, and all the characters were different from each other and the characters from the other movies which made it even more entertaining.
This weekend TEDDY is going to be slashing up Horrorfind Weekend as TEDDY takes over Pennsylvania. Are you going to Horrorfind Weekend? TEDDY will be screening this Saturday September 1st at 4:40PM. Tickets are available at the door for a day pass of $25 or a weekend pass for only $45. Support independent horror and make sure to check it out. For more details on the film festival/horror convention simply click on the link below.
We have a brand new video for you slasher fans today as part of our Slasher Studios Presents line! It’s our brand new Youtube horror show in which deliver a top 5 in horror every week! Whether it be the scariest villains, the best slashers, the worst slashers, the best Final Girls, etc. You name it, we will do a show for it. This week we discuss out Top 5 Scream Queens. Which actress make your list as worthy final girls who scream with style?
Top 5 Scream Queens: