Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Popular Actors in Early Horror Roles- 92 Day to Halloween

Clint Eastwood- Tarantula (1955)

Jack Nicholson- Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

Anthony Hopkins- Audrey Rose (1977)

Jeff Goldblum- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Tom Hanks- He Knows You're Alone (1980)

Johnny Depp (A Nightmare on Elm St) 1984

Jim Carrey- Once Bitten (1985)

George Clooney- Return to Horror High (1987)

Brad Pitt- Cutting Class (1989)

Leonardo DiCaprio- Critters 3 (1991)

Matthew McConaughey- 
Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Next Generation (1994)

Paul Rudd- 
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

Adam Scott- Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996) 

Edward Norton- Primal Fear (1996)

Robert Downey Jr- In Dreams (1999)

Bradley Cooper- My Little Eye (2002)

Kevin Hart- Scary Movie 3 (2003)

Michael Fassbender- Eden Lake (2008)

Monday, July 29, 2019

10 Great Movies- Danielle Harris- 93 Days to Halloween

Stake Land (2010) 
Danielle Harris plays Belle, a pregnant woman who joins Martin and Mister on their journey north to evade the vampires and their cult followers.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)
Danielle Harris has a small role as a townsperson 

Victor Crowley (2017)
Danielle Harris makes a cameo appearance in the fourth movie of the Hatchet series as Victor's chief nemesis Marybeth

Hatchet III (2013)
Marybeth joins forces with a policeman, his ex-wife and a team of SWAT members to prove her innocence after surviving another encounter with Victor Cowley 

Halloween Reboot (2007)
Danielle Harris appears as Annie Brackett, one of Laurie Strode's friends in the 2007 reboot of Halloween directed by Rob Zombie.

See No Evil 2 (2014)
Danielle Harris plays Amy, an employee in the city morgue who along with her coworkers and friends have to fight off Jacob Goodnight who has survived a seemingly fatal fall in See No Evil

Halloween 4 (1988)
Danielle Harris makes her film debut as Jamie Lloyd, the daughter of Laurie Strode who is now the target of Michael Myers.

Hatchet II (2010)
Danielle Harris takes over the role of Marybeth Dunston in this sequel to the 2006 slasher movie Hatchet. After surviving an encounter with Victor Crowley, Marybeth seeks help from Reverend Zombie and an armed posse. 

Urban Legend (1998)
Danielle Harris makes a return to horror films as Alicia Witt's goth roommate Tosh Guaneri in the first film of the Urban Legend franchise.

Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 (2011)
Danielle Harris plays Spann, the assistant to serial killer Jesse "ChromeSkull" Cromeans in the sequel to 2009 film Laid to Rest 

To Hell and Back (2017)
Danielle Harris appears along with other horror movie actors in this documentary about horror movie actor Kane Hodder who is best known for his roles as Jason Voorhees in 4 Friday the 13th movies and 4 Victor Crowley movies

Sunday, July 28, 2019

3 Great Horror Movie Actors of the Silent Era- 94 Days to Halloween

Conrad Veidt (1893-1943)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
The Head of Janus (1920)
The Hands of Orlac (1924)
Waxworks (1924)
The Student of Prague (1926)
The Man Who Laughs (1928)
The Last Performance (1929)

Lon Chaney (1883-1930)
The Penalty (1920)
A Blind Bargain (1922)
The Huchback of Notre Dame (1923)
While Paris Sleeps (1923)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
London After Midnight (1927)
The Unknown (1927)
West of Zanzibar (1928)

Max Schreck (178-1936)
Nosferatu (1922)
Boo! (1932)

Misleading Horror Movie Posters- 95 Days to Halloween

Screamers (1979)

The movie poster promised we would see a man inside out who was still alive. Instead, we got a Roger Corman version of a much better Italian movie called Island of the Fishmen. The preview does show some bizarre special effects that were supposed to be of the inside out man, but it is not in the movie. 

Chopping Mall (1986)

In all fairness Chopping Mall was not the original title of this 1986 cult classic. Released under the name Killbots but after a poor box office showing the studio renamed the film to the more slasher sounding Chopping Mall despite no actual chopping or slashing. 

Def-Con 4 (1985)

What has to be one of the coolest looking movie posters is also one of the most disappointing. Def-Con 4 is a post-apocalyptic movie about a trio of astronauts who survived a nuclear holocaust only to find themselves brought back to earth facing a different world. Nowhere in the film do you see anything remotely cool as the poster and instead get a Sad Max movie without any action.

Night Train to Terror (1985)

The poster for Night Train to Terror looks more like an alternate poster for the early 80s slasher Terror Train yet this movie is not about a knife-wielding slasher on a train. It is an anthology with very little activity on a train and no knife to be seen.

Ghoulies (1984)

The Ghoulies series used a toilet with the goblin-like Ghoulie in 3 of the movies but its barely even shown in in the first movie.

The Happening (2008)

Ths movie poster for M Night Shyamalan's The Happening pretty much shows nothing even remotely related to the plot of the movie. What is sad is that this poster looks like a great scene from a disaster movie.

Zombie Nation (2004)

This independent horror film released in 2005 but contrary to the box cover, there are only a half dozen zombies in the movie.

Camp Hell (2010)

A little known horror film from 2010, this movie has been given more attention due to Jess Eisenberg being in the film but not in a significant role. The cover art even shows a picture of Jesse Eisenberg suggesting he is the star causing Mr. Eisenberg to sue the studio for capitalizing on his fame.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Creepy and Mysterious Servants in Horror- 96 Days to Halloween

Burnt Offerings (Chauffer Driver)
The Amityville Horror has overshadowed this haunted house thriller from 1970.  It still remains a creepy movie thanks in part to the mysterious chauffeur who does nothing more but gives you a creepy smile behind his dark-tinted sunglasses.

Flowers in the Attic (Butler)
This movie based on the shocking VC Andrews novel has four children being kept hidden in the attic as their recently widowed mother tries to mend bridges with her estranged family. Besides their mother and grandmother, the children encounter a cold and uncaring butler named John, who carries out the wishes of his madam without question. 

The Omen (Nanny Mrs. Blaylock)
Damien Thorn is one of the best horror villains, and being a child makes him all the more menacing. Early in the film, his Nanny hangs herself in front of a birthday party crowd only to be replaced by the mysterious and unannounced Mrs. Blaylock who is well aware Damien's destiny and willing to kill anyone who gets in her way.

House on Haunted Hill (Mr. and Mrs. Slydes Caretakers)
Millionaire Fredrick Loren has rented a large house and is offering money to those who survive the night. Mr. and Mrs. Styles are the caretakers of the house, and Mrs. Slydes gives one of the guests a genuine scare as she not only surprises her but slides by her.

I Am the Pretty Thing that Lives in the House (Live in Nurse)
Working as a live-in nurse, Lily Saylor learns that the novel written by her patient may not be as fictitious as she claims. The secrets of the home begin to cause conflict as Lily learns her fate may be a part of the house

The Others (Servants)
One of the best ghosts stories of the past 20 years, The Others presents an excellent tale of a mother caring for her kids with a trio of servants who are hiding some secrets from her. Time will reveal the nature of the haunting in her home.

The Shining (Lloyd the Bartender)
Hired on as a winter caretaker Jack Torrance has his family join him in the massive Colorado hotel, once there his sanity is challenged. He seems to find some answers from a mysterious bartender named Llyod who serves him drinks

Get Out (Walter the Gardner and Georgina the maid) 
When Chris Washington visits his girlfriends family home, they are quite welcoming, but he soon encounters Walter and Georgina, the married couple who are the gardener and maid. They come across as friendly and helpful, but Chris notices their behavior is odd 

Monkeyshines (Helper Monkey)
After an accident renders Allan Mann, a quadriplegic his friend offers him a capuchin monkey that experimented on in his lab. At first, the monkey named Ella is helpful, but the experiments have given Ella abilities that make her dangerous as she can channel her master's emotions and desire to seek revenge

Estranged (Servants)
After surviving an accident that has temporality crippled her and left her with memory loss, a young woman is sent home to her parents. She is surprised to learn that she comes from wealth but does not remember much. The exact nature of her relationship with her family is unknown as secrets come out, and the servants tell more.

The Guardian (Tree tending Nanny)
A family in need of a nanny hire a seemingly perfect woman named Camilla. Little does the family realize that Camilla has an eye for the child as she is the caretaker on an old tree that needs fresh bodies to keep alive

I am Mother (Robot Nanny)
In this dystopian sci-fi thriller, a seemingly benevolent robot nanny raises a young woman from infancy to her teen years. One day a stranger is let in, and she reacts with hostility to the robot nanny. What is the secret the Nanny is not telling her