Your Weekend Horror Movie Guide: July 15, 2005deadmanwalkin
Here are our selections for this edition of the "Weekend Horror Movie Guide." We hope you are enjoying the films that we have been picking - as we enjoy selecting (what we feel) to be the best "horror has to offer."
So without further intro, here are the staff's picks for this week.. now start a renting!
Deadmanwalkin's Pick - Mimic 3: Sentinel
For being a direct to video sequel to the Mimic franchise, Mimic 3: Sentinel is one film that seems to be most oftened overlooked by horror fans and I would hate to say "underrated" because nobody really knows about this film.
To give you an immediate image of this film, in the words of director J.T. Petty: "Think Rear Window meets Killer Cockroaches" and you have the basic setup for Mimic 3: Sentinel.
Mimic 3: Sentinel was a surprise and pleasure to watch - not for the scares and gore (cause there’s not much), but more for the strong visual directorial style of J.T. Petty and the acting of Karl Geary (Marvin). Both were very impressive and actually carried the film - without that, Mimic 3 would be a less than average film. (Review)
"A young man whose various respiratory illnesses have forced him to live in a protected plastic encasing. Saddled with being known as the "bubble boy" as well as with a dysfunctional family, Marvin retreats to his own corner of the world, which is whatever he can see out of his bedroom window.
However, when the flesh hungry mutated cockroaches from the first two films invade the neighborhood, Marvin must band together with his family to survive."
Meh's Pick - Jeepers Creepers
"A brother and sister return home during college break and discover some kind of scary creature in the basement of a church, and well, you know what that can lead to."
Moviemaven's Pick - The Howling
This is one of my favorite werewolf films. Hell, it was even quoted in Dogma. How much more of a send-up do you need?
This is classic, two-legged, pre-CGI, badass werewolfage. If Landis' AWIL had not snagged the best transformation already, this one surely would. I dig it. You should too.
"Based on the best-selling novel by Gary Brandner, this horror film makes effective use of the classic werewolf tale. Dee Wallace stars as Karen White, a popular female reporter in Los Angeles who cannot escape the horror of a traumatic experience that she suffered while trying to capture Eddie Quist, a dangerous serial killer.
When her psychologist recommends a retreat to "The Colony," up the Northern California coast, she reluctantly agrees, hoping to recover from her nightmarish visions. Karen and her husband arrive at the remote retreat and are shocked at the bizarre behavior of the motley crew of residents.
Lurking in the ominous Northern California woods, blanketed by fog, strange sounds can be heard at night, luring the members of the retreat into the forest. In anguish, Karen stumbles on the deadly secret of the community: when sexually excited, they turn into werewolves! The horrified journalist tries to escape from the retreat, battling the lair of leering lycanthropes in a fight for her life."
Goon's Pick - Dog Soldiers
Dog Soldiers has to be one of the best werewolf movies to be released. The story is great and it keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time.
If you haven't seen this flick, what are you waiting for? Check it out this weekend.
"This lean, efficient horror flick stands well above most bloated blockbusters.
Dog Soldiers follows a military squad on a training mission in the Scottish wilds, where they run into a pack of werewolves. There's nothing fancy about the plot--the soldiers hole up in a farmhouse and desperately try to fend off the werewolves until dawn--but the script is full of smart dialogue and clever ideas, the direction is dynamic, and the performances are strong and committed throughout.
Dog Soldiers pays homage to Night of the Living Dead, Aliens, and The Evil Dead, among other films, but the references are woven into the fabric of the movie. An unpretentious, tension-inducing flick like this is a pleasant reminder that even crude special effects can be more evocative than expensive computer flashiness."
MacReady's Pick - Night of the Living Dead
George A. Romero's classic Zombie movie that started the area of modern horror film. Never before has terror been shown this explicit.
Every horror fan should see this movie, but beware: Make sure only to watch a non colorized version. Colorization kills the suspense Romero built in Black and white completely.
"We can hardly imagine how shocking this film was when it first broke into the film scene in 1968. There's never been anything quite like it again, though there have been numerous pale imitations. Part of the terror lies in the fact that it is shot in such a raw and unadorned fashion that it feels like a home movie, and is all the more authentic because of that.
It draws us into its world gradually, content to establish a merely spooky atmosphere before leading us through a horrifically logical progression that we hardly could have anticipated. The story is simple: Radiation from a fallen satellite has caused the dead to walk, and hunger for human flesh. Once bitten, you become one of them. And the only way to kill one is by a shot or blow to the head. We follow a group holed up in a small farmhouse who are trying to fend off the inevitable onslaught of the dead.
The tension between the members of this unstable, makeshift community drives the film. Night of the Living Dead establishes savagery as a necessary condition of life. Marked by fatality and a grim humor, the film gnaws through to the bone, then proceeds on to the marrow."