HORROR FILM REVIEW:AMERICAN MARY (2012)

Directed by the talented young Soska sisters, this is their first real movie with a good budget and strong cast and script. The main character of Mary is played by cult horror fave Katharine Isabelle (star of the very original and clever Ginger Snaps werewolf trilogy a few years ago) who is steadily failing her medical studies at college. Running out of money and increasingly desperate, one night she finds herself in a situation which offers a large amount of cash with a sudden grizzly task to consider. She steps in and earns to money, and the next day, a very strange woman calls on her for more unusual surgical help…

After the wild and fun low budget dark slasher debut film, the Soska twins here direct a much more sophisticated, focused and very well crafted dark tale. Mary enters into the world of body modification, becoming a much sought after savior to many, while police start to look for a killer and her fascination with extreme surgery continues to dangerous conclusions…

It was a brave and bold move for the directors to decide to put on screen the world of body modification, and with skill they do not show people of this sub-culture as freaks but as individual real people, while the film moves along as a tense, interesting and disturbing dark bloody thriller. It does bring to mind eventually the atmosphere and some sequences of recent ‘torture porn’ horror like Hostel and Human Centipede, which largely I do not find to be great films at all. Thankfully this movie, also has well written characters and an interesting plot, with Mary being a desperate, lost young woman,but whom is also strong and manipulative at times.

The scenes of her delicate yet gruesome work and bloody art, remind me of Cronenberg movies like Dead Ringers or Crash with their quiet yet deadly tense scenes of intimate dangers and eroticism. This is a fascinating and strong film, more than simple horror, intelligent and challenging while chilling and dark.

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HORROR FILM REVIEW:TRAILER PARK OF TERROR (2009)

Another film from my Halloween week ‘Horror film after breakfast’ was this nasty, filthy little creep-show. This one is inspired by the comic-book series of the same name from Imperium comics, and tragic darkly comic horror flick. We see the pretty young Norma, desperate to get out of the sleazy dead-end trailer park, watched by creepy local sleaze balls and leering creeps. Her charming boyfriend from out of town arrives to propose and take her away finally, but quickly he is killed off, and no body around her seems to care. Soon enough Norma takes a brutal revenge out on all the dirty, filthy creeps who killed her boyfriend, but she too died a horrible death.

Cut to the present day, and again a gang of usual young teens, this time driving across America on a Christian missionary help retreat. There is a goth girl, a pot head, a weird girl not too pretty, a slutty girl and a horny porn-addicted guy. They get lost as rain comes down, and the church youth pastor decides to eventually look in at the nearby trailer park for help…

At times it feel like a greasy and dirty mix up of Texas Chainsaw, Hills have eyes and Creepshow movies. They meet the helpful and entertaining Norma, who quickly encourages them to spend the night until they can safely leave. They kids go off to sleep in separate trailers, and as the dark clouds and times moves on, disturbing things arise.

This is a wild and crazy zombie horror dark comedy, and with the tragic tale of Norma established, the teens gradually encounter the undead trailer-park trash who Norma leads as the deaths and slaughter spreads. The zombie trailer dead-beats crack jokes, fall to pieces, pull themselves together, chase the screaming bunch of youths around the trailer park until dawn.

With the sad tale of Norma, it has more heart than Texas Chainsaw, but there are many unhinged and wicked scenes of death and terror along with zombie visual gags. One of them even plays guitar standing on a trailer while the bloodshed takes place, cackling from above. It may be just a little to familiar to many other teen slashers at times, but there are some very bizarre and memorable creepy characters and some great rockin’ zombie tunes through this mad horror flick. .

HORROR FILM REVIEW:2001 MANIACS (REMAKE)

So over Halloween a couple of weeks ago, I tried to catch up with just a few of the mounting horror films gathering around my dvd player. In recent times I have collected up a few odd curiosities which are not the most popular or infamous but ones which I have wanted to see for some reason or other.

This splatter flick is a loose remake of one of the ‘video nasties’ from a couple of decades back-a classic cheapo low budget, big splatter flick, with pretty bad acting and script but strange and memorable plot and effects at the time. I did see the original a while ago, and yes it was a strange bizarre movie, fairly cheap and inoffensive today, but I could see how it was put along with the many others in the nasty pack.

The big draw of this comedy horror as cackling creepy nightmare legend Robert Englund from A Nightmare on Elmstreet fame. It starts out like many regular teen slasher movies-group of slacker teens travel along on motorway, get lost, stop at truck stop, fill up on gas and then drive along into very strange backwoods old town. This is where all the corny red-neck jokes start, and just keep coming. The town is a mix of Amish and redneck inbred hillbilly types, at first seeming very stupid, clueless, simple and ignorant. The young sexy teens mock them a little, get all horny and eventually one goes missing. The splatter begins as the missing horny girl is pulled to pieces by four horses as hill-billies laugh and watch.

As the backwoods jokes and gags continue, one by one, each next horny teens disappears. The townsfolk are preparing for their regular annual big festival event with yes…mystery BBQ for all. It does feel like it might have really been made in the late 80’s/early 90’s, but the crude splatter puns and black comedy horror gags are exactly the right fit for Robert Englund. He crops up every once in a while, casually warning the out of town teens to be respectful of their town ways, and be sure to enjoy the festivities and might fine food planned for all soon…

It is gruesome, darkly funny, bizarre, at times predictable but trashy splatter gore fun all the way. If you loved your 80’s comedy horror with buckets of blood splashed here and there, bad pun jokes and visual gags-usually around severed heads, etc this one is for you.