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Pick(s) of the Week(s): June – July 18

What’s up, Creeps? Man, it’s been awhile. It’s insane how quickly time can slip away on you. There have been many changes in my personal life (great changes), but I’m back to deliver you some great recommendations to sink your teeth into. Many of the titles I’m about to mention are available via streaming TV or fairly cheap for rental. So let’s get right in!

 

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Southbound (2015)

A very cool, creepy, thrill ride of an anthology film, featuring shorts from up and coming horror directors Roxanne Benjamin (co-producer of Faults, The Devil’s Candy, V/H/S films), David Bruckner (The Signal, V/H/S films), Patrick Horvath (The Pact II) and Radio Silence (V/H/S). I love a good anthology with a nice wrap-around that ties the stories up with a nice, little bow. Plus, listening to the eerily soothing voice of Larry Fessenden is always a thumbs up.

 

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Deathgasm (2015)

Black metal, satanists, demons, gore, comedy and corpse paint; this film has a little bit of everything. I’ve been meaning to check this film out for quite some time now. It’s a blend of my two favorite things period; death metal and gruesomeness. With this film and Housebound, New Zealand is leading the surge of horror comedies and I’m really excited to see what Jason Lei Howden (a very accomplished visual effects artist) does next.

 

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Hush (2016)

Directed by Mike Flanagan (Absentia, Oculus, Before I Wake), this film was a little bit of a festival darling early on and was released to Netflix last month. It tells the story of a deaf writer, escaping to a cabin in the woods to work and gets terrorized by a man with a crossbow. What separates this film from other slashers is the aspect of being hunted without the use of one of your senses. This allows for some really cool set pieces and guaranteed to leave you on the edge of your seat. Speaking of Mike Flanagan, he recently appeared on an episode of the Shock Waves podcast and delivered an astounding interview. Check it out if you’re into the podcast thing. Also, Flanagan announced earlier this year that he’s working on a film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Gerald’s Game, which should be pretty f’n interesting.

 

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Making a Murderer (Netflix Series) (2015)

Not really “horror”, but can be horrific at times, this 10 part series blew the pants off of America when it was released. Of course, I waited for all of the fuss to die down before checking it out…and I’m really glad I watched this. It engages you and leaves you talking about it for the next two weeks. If you haven’t seen this, I highly recommend checking it out

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POTW 6/13 – 6/19

What’s up, everyone? It’s been a while, but we’re back at it again. Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there! Personally, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate a day for dads then watching a new film that will creep the pants off of you. Luckily for you, I have just the film to tense up your nerves.

 

This Week:

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The Invitation (2015)

Karyn Kusama’s fourth full length film (six years after Jennifer’s Body) is my #1 film of the year so far. I’m a big fan of films that have cults as the subject matter, so I’ve been following this one for quite some time now. As soon as I saw it was released on VOD, I didn’t hesitate to purchase it (Blu/DVD released this week!). It’s the type of slow burn that spreads through your body until you can’t take it anymore.

Will (Logan Marshall-Green) and his girlfriend Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi) are invited to a dinner party thrown by Will’s ex-wife and new husband. After being back in his old homestead and being around the ex Eden (a mesmerizing performance by Tammy Blanchard), Will begins to suspect that there is something dangerous happening and the party is a cover for something evil.

Beautifully shot, astounding performances and amazing writing makes this film a must-see for anyone who enjoys the genre. Let me tell you…when the tension breaks, try not to jump out of your seat.

RATING: 9/10

 

Pick of the Week (4/25 – 5/8)

How’s it hanging, fright fiends? We’re back with a new Pick of the Week! I missed last week because I didn’t do any horror watching. This week, I’m posting two recommendations to make up for it. Strap yourself in. Let’s pop, lock and drop it.

This week:

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Let’s start with Shutter, the absolutely horrifying film from Thailand. Directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun and released in Thailand in September of 2004 (released in the U.S. at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival), this film scared the pants off of me in broad daylight with the lights on. Unfortunately, it spawned a dreadful American remake (damn you, Joshua Jackson) that put a bad taste in my mouth about seeing the original. I can admit when I’m wrong…and I was VERY wrong to sleep on this film for as long as I did. The jump scares are chilling, the make-up effects are gnarly (dead Natre are what nightmares are made of) and, even with a simple plot, the story holds you in your place. Granted, the remake is a retelling of the same story, Banjong does a better job of grasping the audience. Subtitles may put some people off, but it’s completely worth a viewing if you want some spine-cringing terror.

My Rating: 7/10

Next up is a film that I previously never heard of until Tuesday of last week. Right now, Shudder is in the swing of Movie Mayhem, where the great folks are posting a new film for every weekday of May. Seriously, subscribe to Shudder. Tuesday’s choice was The Baby, a 1973 horror-thriller directed by Ted Post. Post has directed a little bit of everything in the film and television world, including a few episodes of The Twilight Zone and the film Night Slaves that looks rather interesting.

The Baby tells the story of a mother, her two daughters and a grown man who has never developed into a man and still acts and is treated like an infant…named simply Baby. Ann Gentry (Anjanette Comer) plays a social worker who becomes engulfed in the case of Baby and the Wadsworth family. This dirty little secret from the 70s is the type of film that has my name written all over it. It’s disturbing and tough to watch at times (some torture and incestuous situations), yet the film is all you think about for the next few days. And the ending is astonishing. Well acted, well directed, well written. Double thumbs up!

My Rating: 8.5/10

Pick of the Week (4/18-4/24)

Welcome back for another Pick of the Week! Last night, I did a pretty rockin’ double feature that will begin a new column here at GAM titled Midnight Madness Double Features and because I have never seen this film before, I had to make it last weeks POTW.

 

This Week…

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Fright Night II (1988)

That’s right. I dug out Fright Night and Fright Night 2 last night to have myself a wonderful double feature viewing. Usually, I’m pretty brief in “reviewing” these weekly picks for good reason…I’ll have a nice, big write up about both of these films later this week.

Charley Brewster and Peter Vincent are back at it! Hunting vampires and taking names. Only this time, Charley falls victim to the allure of Regine, leader of an entire horde of blood-suckers out to inflict pain and leave a trail of carnage behind. This film is so much fun! Its predecessor is a much better film, but, as far as sequels go, Fright Night 2 is just as fantastic. I highly recommend this to anyone who has yet to see it.

My Rating: 7/10

Short and sweet, but I’ll have full reviews for both of these mammoths of the macabre in a later post. That’s all for now. Stay posted for more fun and gore! See you soon. Stay spooked.

Pick of the Week (4/11 – 4/17)

Pick of the Week (4/11 – 4/17)

What’s happening, ghouls? GAM back again with this weeks Pick of the Week! Unfortunately, I didn’t get much watching under my belt this week, but I did get a chance to check out a pretty awesome flick via Shudder. So let’s get it!

This Week:

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The Theatre Bizarre

Festival darling of 2011 with a DVD premiere in 2012, The Theatre Bizarre is not your ordinary, run of the mill horror flicks. It festers on your skin, seeps into your pores and buries itself in your bones. This anthology is comprised of six tales, each becoming a little more gruesome than the previous. Not all of the stories are my cup of tea (The Mother of Toads, Wet Dreams), but they are still very effective and eerie. “I Love You” is a tale of love lost and the how far you would be willing to go to stay with that love. “Sweets” is another commentary on relationships and society in general. “Vision Stains” is the hands down winner of this anthology. Rough, gritty, shocking and all around great, this story is why I highly recommend this film.

My Rating: 7/10

Check it out, if you get the chance. And a huge recommendation of Shudder if you have the means to access this. I’ll be a loyal customer until the end.

Thanks for stopping by and stay posted. Much more to come!

Pick of the Week (4/4 -4/10)

Good afternoon, fright fans! Glynn Avenue Massacre is back with a new article for a new column; Pick of the Week! Pretty self explanatory; every week I’ll write a little something about a film I recommend that I watched during said week. Got it? Great! Now, these won’t necessarily be new releases, but films that I watched for the first time (usually) that week. That being said, let’s crack this thing open and get it! And hey, if you’ve seen these films or read this and check the film out, let me know what you think (good and bad).

 

This week:

The Homesman (2014)

The Homesman

Now, right from the start I want to say that I’m totally and completely aware of the fact that this is not a horror movie…or is it? It’s not. But, the dread and anguish you feel for these characters is incredibly real. Hilary Swank stars as Mary Bee Cuddy, a husbandless woman who volunteers to lead three woman who have lost their minds across country during pioneer times. She enlists drifter George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones) to help her after saving his life from the other men of the town. As their voyage trudges along, their troubles grow exponentially, which get pretty darn horrific. Tommy Lee Jones wrote and directed this film. That alone is worth a viewing. No spoilers aloud; you’ll just have to take my word for it. It’s not only the best film I’ve seen all week; it’s possibly the best film I’ve seen all year (besides The Witch). Give it a chance. Sure it’s a western drama, but this film, at its core, is pretty terrifying.

My Rating: 8/10

 

Thanks for checking us out! I’m currently working on another great I GOT 5 ON IT list that I’ll post next week and a review of a fun little 80s gem. Also, something new this way comes! in the form of another new category. Thanks for reading! Click that follow button, leave some comments. Let me know what you think! Until next time, stay spooked.

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