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Movie Review: See No Evil 2

See No Evil 2The wait is finally over, See No Evil 2 is now available on Video On Demand and October 21st, you can own it on DVD. As a fan of the first See No Evil film from 2006, I of course had to watch the sequel especially with the Twisted Twins directing.

Before I get into the review, here is a bit of background information on the film.

Written by: Nathan Brookes and Bobby Lee Daby

Directed by: Jen and Sylvia Soska

Starring: Danielle Harris, Katharine Isabelle and Glenn Jacobs (Kane)

Run time: 90 minutes

Synopsis:

A group of friends pays a late-night visit to the city morgue to surprise Amy (Harris) on her birthday. But the surprise is on them when the one-eyed corpse of brutal psychopath Jacob Goodnight (Jacobs) unexpectedly rises from a cold sub-basement slab. Their wild party quickly turns into a terrifying slay-fest as the sadistic mass-murderer resumes his savage rampage complete with hooks, surgical knives and power saws.

In See No Evil 2, we see the return of Jacob Goodnight (Glenn Jacobs) and this time he is locked in a morgue with a brand See No Evil 2new set of victims. Scream queens Danielle Harris (Halloween, Hatchet) and Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, American Mary) share the screen and face off with one of horror’s most intimidating foes. 

If you liked the first film, you will love this one. The kills are more horrifying than before and Jacob Goodnight’s arsenal of weapons has gotten larger, sharper and even more brutal. Jen and Sylvia Soska not only directed this film, but they have a brief cameo at the beginning during the opening credits. 

See No Evil 2Katharine Isabelle is known mostly for her sexy, badass roles, but in See No Evil 2, she is a bit of a comedic relief. That is one of the many things that makes this film great. Not only is there gore and fear, but there is a perfect mix of drunken, fearful comedy. Danielle Harris is a phenomenal combination of the damsel in distress and the fearless heroine. Glenn’s portrayal of Jacob Goodnight is absolutely terrifying. He has such a natural ability to convey rage and hate, he really looks like he means it. He doesn’t speak much, but the few lines that he does have throughout the film are delivered in an almost guttural growl. His performance is utterly perfect.

The new look of Jacob Goodnight, let’s call it cadaver chic, is even more frightening than in the first film. If you’re a fan of old See No Evil 2school WWF and WWE, you know Glenn is no stranger to wearing a mask, and he wears them well. He dawns the mask of a burn victim he finds in the morgue to cover up the eye that was destroyed in the first film. As a bit of a nod to American Mary, he also straps on an apron since his clothes were destroyed. The new look makes him look bigger and ready to destroy anything and anyone that gets in his way. 

The setting of the film really added to the overall horror of this film. What makes Jacob Goodnight an even more terrifying killer? Being locked in a morgue with him. The lighting provided a very eerie environment throughout the entire film. 

See No Evil 2See No Evil 2 is a breath of fresh, maddening air for horror fans. There was not a thing I found to complain about. The cast was great, the writing was phenomenal and the setting was ominous. See No Evil 2 is the perfect combination of terror and gore with a splash of comedy thrown in every now and then.

I recommend any horror fan see this film. If you haven’t seen the first one, you should, but it won’t effect your ability to enjoy the second installment. Both films carry different story lines and the only character they have in common is Jacob Goodnight. 

I give See No Evil 2 a perfect 10 out of 10.

Trailer:

http://youtu.be/d2KTKHELmeY

See No Evil 2: First Official Trailer and Release Date

see-no-evil-2San Diego Comic-Con brought forth a glimpse at a lot of great upcoming films and television shows, and one of those glimpses was the very first official trailer for See No Evil 2.

See No Evil 2 was written by Nathan Brookes and Bobby Lee Darby and directed by the Twisted Twins Jen and Sylvia Soska. The film stars WWE superstar Kane, Danielle Harris, Katharine Isabelle, Chelan Simmons, Michael Eklund and Kaj-Erik Erikson.

Synopsis:

See No Evil 2 revives the nightmare of the first film when Jacob Goodnight rises from the dead in the city morgue after his killing spree at the Blackwell hotel. In this ominous, underground locker for the dead, a group of medical students fight to survive as this deranged psychopath once again starts to pick them apart one by one.

See No Evil 2 will be released directly to VOD, DVD and Blu-Ray. Lionsgate Home Entertainment will distribute the film. See No Evil 2 will be released to VOD on Friday, October 17th and on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, October 21st.

Trailer:

Review: The Movie Crypt

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Fans of the popular FEARNET show Holliston starring Adam Green and Joe Lynch are familiar with their local cable show (on the show), The Movie Crypt. Adam and Joe have since made The Movie Crypt a reality.

url-51What is The Movie Crypt? It is a weekly podcast hosted by Adam Green, Joe Lynch and usually a special guest, and they discuss all manner of topics including, but not limited to, movies, film making and working in Hollywood. Past guests include Kane Hodder, Derek Mears, Oderus Urungus, Colton Dunn, Dee Snider, Corri English, Danielle Harris and many other great names.

Being a horror nerd and fan of Adam Green and Holliston, I was super excited to see The Movie Crypt become an actual podcast. I knew that there would obviously be film and industry talk as well JoeLynchHollisteras a bit of hilarity, but it is way better than I thought possible. Adam and Joe are not only comical in discussing whatever topic is on that day’s agenda, but the level of comedy that is thrown in makes The Movie Crypt quite possibly the best podcast ever.

The chemistry that Adam and Joe have together make this podcast even better. They compliment each other so well, they really are a more awesome version of Abbott and Costello. Don’t let all of the comedy fool you though, there has been a serious episode. Following the death of GWAR front man and good friend to Adam and Joe, Dave Brockie aka Oderus Urungus, they did a tribute episode to him. It will make you want to cry and laugh at the same time.

There has yet to be a bad episode of The Movie Crypt. I highly recommend it to any fan of Adam, Joe, Holliston and just horror fans in general. Not only is it awesome, but it’s FREE.

It airs Mondays at 10 am PST. Missed an episode or have yet to listen, don’t worry, all episodes are in a scroll bar at the bottom. You can find new and past episodes here.

To make sure that you stay up to date on The Movie Crypt, be sure to follow Adam, Joe and The Movie Crypt on twitter (if you’re not already, you can do so by clicking the names).

HOLLISTON Season 2 Now Available On Blu-Ray

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Holliston-Season-2In the wake of the tragic loss of Dave Brockie aka Oderus Urungus and the sad news that FEARNET will be no more, some good news has come, HOLLISTON season 2 is now available on blu-ray.

If you have yet to see an episode of HOLLISTON, you are really missing out. Season 2 is even better than season 1. For those still living under a rock, here is the recap of season 1:

Adam Green and Joe Lynch star as two aspiring horror filmmakers working for the very androgynous (to say the least) Lance Rocket (played by Dee Snider) who fronts a Van Halen tribute band called Dyver Down. Adam and Joe live in a really shitty apartment and Adam has an imaginary friend that lives in his closet, enter Oderus Urungus. Adam is still in love with his childhood flame, Corri and Joe is dating the artistic Laura (she’s Colombian not Mexican). There are loads of guest appearances by horror icons such as Bill Moseley, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Sid Haig and many more. Adam and Joe are trying to make their soccer zombie film Shinpads (“When they score, you die”). You also learn that tits are good and balls are bad. Hilarity and mayhem ensue, and you get the best damn show around. Get out from under the rock and check it out. You can buy season 1 HERE.

The HOLLISTON season 2 blu-ray includes eleven episodes, including an uncut version of the hour long Christmas special, cast commentary tracks, and over 70 minutes of bonus features. That totals a shit load of awesomeness. Not only are the episodes funny, but many of them include some pretty awesome guest stars like Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, Seth Green, Sid Haig, David Naughton and Derek Mears just to name a few

One more bonus, when you purchase the blu-ray via the ArieScope website, not only do you get the awesomeness of the season, but you also get it autographed. To purchase via ArieScope, CLICK HERE.

Season 2 trailer via FEARNET

In honor of Dave, here are his outtakes from HOLLISTON season 1 via FEARNET and a special tribute via the ArieScope YouTube channel

 

 

FEARnet Gives Us All Something To Be Thankful For In November

FEARnetLogoFEARnet GIVES FANS SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR IN NOVEMBER WITH BROADCAST PREMIERES OF DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, AND HUMAN CENTIPEDE ON THANKSGIVING DAY

 

 

FEARnet Celebrates “Tom Holland Day” on Saturday, November 9, with the Original ‘80s Vampire Classic ‘FRIGHT NIGHT’ at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

 

 

FEARnet Presents Network Premieres of ‘TAKE SHELTER’, ‘PROWL’, ‘TASK’,

‘SECONDS APART’ and ‘FERTILE GROUND’

 

(SANTA MONICA – OCTOBER 29, 2013) – FEARnet brings your worst night terrors to life with the broadcast premiere of the creature feature DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, produced and co-written by Guillermo del Toro, on Sunday, November 10, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT., as a young girl (TROPHY WIFE’s Bailee Madison) is haunted by vicious nocturnal nymphs who dwell in the bowels of her family’s (Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes) new home.

And, this Thanksgiving, gather your friends and loved ones around the TV for the broadcast premiere of HUMAN CENTIPEDE at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. One of the most infamous films to ever emerge from the genre, shocking audiences worldwide with its disturbing subject matter, HUMAN CENTIPEDE is the twisted tale of a retired surgeon (Dieter Laser) who dreams of creating a scientific abomination. His dream becomes a reality—with unsettling consequences—in this body horror shocker that claims to be “100% medically accurate.”

 

Also in November, few things are more frightening than holiday shopping the day after Thanksgiving, but FEARnet’s got you covered with the loaded Black Friday Sweepstakes. Starting Friday, November 1, at 9 a.m. PT, and running until 5 p.m. PT on Monday, December 2, participants can enter the Black Friday Sweepstakes at http://fearnet.com/blackfridaysweeps, to win a cornucopia of terror featuring a Sony Tablet; Sony Handycam; chilling DVDs such as 30 DAYS OF NIGHTFRIGHT NIGHT, and JEEPERS CREEPERS; DL & Co. Silver Skull Stirrers; $100 gift card to BuyCostumes.com; exclusive TALES FROM THE CRYPT merchandise; FEARnet swag, and more!

 

Other November Highlights Include:

·         “Expedition FEAR” – Every Friday (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)

FEARnet shows its love for international suspense, as “Expedition FEAR” kicks off on November 1, with the darkly comedic UK slasher SEVERANCE (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), as office drones on a business retreat find themselves stalked by skilled hunters. And a reformed bloodsucker develops a sweet tooth in the Canadian creeper BLOOD & DONUTS (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT). On November 8, it’s a double dose of German medical mayhem with ANATOMY (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), starring Franka Potenteas a med student who uncovers a deadly conspiracy. ANATOMY 2 (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT) follows, as murders plague a prestigious school that harbors a secret society.

 

 

On November 15, our neighbors to the North once again provide the chills with Canada’s BLOOD & DONUTS (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), and DOLAN’S CADILLAC (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT), starring Christian Slater as a murderous human trafficker, and Wes Bentley as a man desperate for revenge. November 22, it’s a UK double feature with SEVERANCE (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), andTHE WICKER MAN (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT)—the original ‘70s classic about a detective investigating the disappearance of a little girl on an eerie Scottish isle. The November leg of the expedition closes on November 29, as a small town policeman runs afoul of sportsmen who prey on humans in the French import THE HUNTERS (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT). And an airborne virus turns citizens into zombies in Chile’s DESCENDENTS (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT).

 

·         ‘TAKE SHELTER (Broadcast Premiere) – Sunday, November 3 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)

Apocalyptic visions lead a man (Michael Shannon) to construct an elaborate storm shelter in his backyard, as his wife (Jessica Chastain) and children fear for his sanity.

 

·         “Tom Holland Day”: ‘FRIGHT NIGHT’ – Saturday, November 9 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)

FEARnet celebrates the master behind such fan favorites as CHILD’S PLAY and PSYCHO II, with a special airing of the original genre classic, FRIGHT NIGHT, which Holland wrote and directed. The ‘80s fan favorite tells the story of teenage everyman Charley Brewster, who enlists the help of a late-night horror movie host (Roddy McDowall) when a vampire (Chris Sarandon) moves in next door.

 

Beginning Monday, November 4, all 10 episodes of Tom Holland’s TWISTED TALES anthology series will be available for “binge viewing” exclusively on the FEARnet website and VOD platforms. The horror anthology series presents a variety of stories, each with its own unique special effects and nerve-shredding twists, and boasting guest appearances from genre favorites such as William ForsytheDanielle HarrisAngela Bettis, and many more. Additionally, viewers will be able to access special behind-the-scenes looks at select shorts, as well as interviews with Tom Holland and Danielle Harris.

 

 

·         “After Dark Originals” Marathon – Thursday, November 14 (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT)

Experience some of the best films that the After Dark Horrorfest has to offer with this all-night marathon packed with four network premieres. PROWL (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT) gets things started, as friends find themselves trapped in a warehouse full of bloodthirsty creatures. Next, reality show contestants must complete THE TASK (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) in a prison haunted by malevolent spirits. Then, telepathic twins terrorize a town in SECONDS APART (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT). FERTILE GROUND (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT) brings the evening to an end, as a young couple are victimized by ghosts of the past in their ancestral New Hampshire home.

 

Original vs Remake: Halloween (1978) vs Halloween (2007)

cooltext1205611622halloween-movie-poster-1020189584John Carpenter’s 1978 classic Halloween has been one of the most viewed and talked about horror hh2films in the history of the genre.  As a matter of fact, it was the first horror movie I saw.  In 2007, John Carpenter’s classic got a reboot from the disturbed mind of Rob Zombie.  Being a fan of the original Halloween and Rob Zombie, of course I went to see it and of course I had to add the film to my collection.  Anytime a remake or reboot comes about, the first thing anyone does is compare the film to the original.  I decided to sit down and watch both the original and the reboot back to back and add Halloween to my Original vs Remake series.

LaurieStrode_-_Curtis_&_Taylor-ComptonThe first comparison I made was the role of Laurie Strode, the sister and main target of Michael Myers.  In 1978 the amazing Jamie Lee Curtis put on her innocent face to grace the screen as he damsel in distress turned badass heroine.  Jamie Lee Curtis could never be topped in the role of Laurie Strode.  In the 2007 reboot,  an actress new to the scene, Scout Taylor-Compton was cast as Laurie.  In 1978, Laurie was much more reserved and timid whereas in 2007 she was more outgoing and not nearly as standoffish.  Both films portray Laurie as the more innocent one of her group of friends.  Scout did an incredible job resurrecting the iconic role, but she did not sell it as well as Jamie Lee.

The next most vital role is obviously Michael Myers.  In 1978 Tony Moran played the masked Tyler Mane as Michael Myers in Halloweenpsycho and in 2007 the very large, intimidating Tyler Mane reprized the role.  Tony Moran was of course amazing, but Tyler Mane’s Michael was much more menacing.  Tyler was larger and his movements were much more brutal.  Michael’s kills in the 2007 Halloween were much more gruesome than those in the 1978 Michael_Myersfilm.  In the battle of Michaels, I am going to have to give it to Tyler Mane.  

The most iconic image from the Halloween franchise is without a doubt, Michael’s white mask.  The masks are drastically different in both films.  The 1978 mask was not very detailed and seemed to be very loose fitting and it did not have many human characteristics.  In 2007, Michael’s mask was much more defined and tighter fitting.  You could tell that there was a human face behind the mask.  In the battle of the masks, I would have to say that Tyler Mane’s mask in the 2007 Halloween wins this one.  Michael’s face does not seem as blank and I love that he has more human qualities to his face.

225px-SamuelLoomis_-_Pleasence_&_McDowellOf course Halloween would not be the same without Dr. Samuel Loomis, Michael’s doctor.  Both the original and the remake had icons playing this role.  In 1978, Donald Pleasence played the role and in 2007, Malcolm McDowell dawned the tan trench coat and pursued Michael around Haddonfield.  The role in both films, in my opinion, is kind of a creepy one.  Loomis is a very complex character, he’s a good guy, yet he’s very conflicted.  Both Pleasence and McDowell did an incredible job in the role, and it is almost impossible for me to choose which one I liked more as Loomis.  So, when it comes to this role, I’m calling it a draw.

Now to compare the contents of the films.  Both films have the same characters and the same basic concept.  One thing that I did like more about the 2007 reboot was that we got to see more into the mind and life of young Michael Myers.  Being able to see more into Michael’s past makes him easier to understand and much more a sympathetic character.  In the 1978 classic, we only see young Michael when he dawns the mask and kills Judith, but in 2007, his rampage is much more brutal and his body count is much higher.  It was great to see the hell he went through at home and at school that makes him snap.  It gave the film much more depth and more of a story to build on.  In John Carpenter’s Halloween, we are not quite sure what happens to Michael’s parents, but in 2007, we see that he kills his step-father/mother’s boyfriend and that his mother kills herself after a very traumatizing visit to see Michael in Smithsgrove.

In the 1978 film, Michael moves more like a mindless killing machine, which I guess would kind of make sense. However, in 2007 Michael moves with more calculation and his actions are much more methodical and thought out.  I like the actions of Michael in Rob Zombie’s Halloween more than his actions in John Carpenter’s film because if you really think about it, he has had 15+ years to think about what he is going to do, so his actions should appear to be more thought out.  In 1978, Michael seems to be on a mission to kill Laurie, but in 2007 he seems to be on more of a mission to bring her home and make her understand that she is his sister.

In 2007, we see Michael kill the Strodes on his destructive path to find his baby sister, but in 1978, we have no clue what happens to them.

hal03-300x154Laurie of course has her group of party girl friends, Lynda and Annie.  In both films, Lynda2_Halloween_071122093758557_wideweb__300x375 and Annie were much more outgoing and sexually driven than Laurie.  In 1978, PJ Soles and Nancy Kyes/Loomis play the mischievous duo.  In 2007, Kristina Klebe plays Lynda and a veteran to the Halloween franchise, Danielle Harris plays Annie. Of the teenagers killed on Halloween night by Michael Myers, one of the most memorable ones is Lynda.  In both 1978 and 2007, Lynda’s iconic death is the same.  Lynda and her boyfriend fooling around in the Myers’ house and when they are finished Lynda has her boyfriend get her a beer.  On his way back he is brutally killed by Michael and Michael then dawns a sheet and her boyfriend’s glasses and enters the room Lynda is in.  After some bitchy lines from Lynda, Michael hands her the beer and then proceeds to strangle Lynda.  I am glad they kept that kill from the original the same.  Annie however has a different fate in both films.  In 1978,  Michael is in the backseat of Annie’s car and when she gets in to go pick up Paul, Michael reaches to the front seat and straggles her.  However, in the 2007 reboot, Paul picks Annie up after she drop Lindsey off to Laurie and they head off for a rendezvous.  While they are messing around on the couch, Michael channels his inner voyeur and watches them for a bit then proceeds to kill Paul.  Annie however tries to run away and Michael catches up to her and stabs her a few times, but Laurie finds Annie still alive laying on the floor.

In both films, Michael finally gets a hold of Laurie and takes her to their childhood home.  In both films, Laurie sees Lynda laying at the foot of Judith’s tombstone in the basement of the Myers‘ house.  In the 1978 film, Annie is also in the basement, dead with Lynda, and we all know that in 2007’s adaptation, Annie survives and is not in the basement with Linda.

Loomis_saves_LaurieThe endings to both films were different yet similar.  They were both very open and left Laurie_shoots_Michaelroom for a sequel.  Both involved Laurie, Michael and a gun.  In the original, Michael finds Laurie in a closet and she stabs him in the eye with a coat hanger then Loomis enters the room and shoots Michael and he falls out the upstairs window.  When they look out the window, Michael is gone.  In the reboot, Laurie tries to shoot Michael but the gun jams then Michael tackles her out the window.  Laurie lands on top of Michael and then she repeatedly tries to shoot him, but the gun does not go off.  Finally, the gun goes off and she shoots Michael in the head.  The movie ends with Laurie sitting on top of Michael screaming.

In this edition on Original vs Remake: Halloween (1978) vs Halloween (2007), I am giving the title to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic Halloween.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved Rob Zombie’s reboot, but when it comes to such an iconic film, nothing tops the classic.

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Horror’s Top Scream Queens To Star In WWE Entertainment’s ‘See No Evil 2’

danielle-harris-20134Well the cat is out of the bag, scream queens Danielle Harris (Halloween 4&5, Rob Zombie’s Halloween & H2who-is-katharine-isabelle-is-star-or-no-star-katherine-isobel-murray-celebrity-vote and Hatchet II & III) and Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, Freddy vs Jason and American Mary) will be starring in the sequel to WWE Entertainment and Lionsgate’s 2006 ‘See No Evil‘, ‘See No Evil 2‘.

Joining Danielle and Katharine are horror’s hottest writer/directer duo Jen and Sylvia Soska (Dead Hooker In A Trunk and American Mary), which Katharine Isabelle worked with on American Mary.  The twisted twins will be directing this film which was written by Nathan Brookes and Bobby Lee Darby and like the first installment, will be presented by WWE Entertainment and Lionsgate.  Glenn Jacobs aka Kane of the WWE will be returning as blood thirsty psychopath, Jacob Goodnight.

See No Evil 2‘ will pick up where the first installment left off, with Jacob Goodnight returning from the dead in the city morgue after his murderous rampage at the Blackwell Hotel.  glenn-jacobs-1759591379We will be introduced to a group of medical students that will soon fall prey to Jacob Goodnight in an all8793710 new murder spree.

I was a fan of the first ‘See No Evil‘, so I’m hoping with a cast that will include Danielle Harris and Katharine Isabelle, as well the return of Glenn Jacobs as Jacob Goodnight, the Soska sisters will direct another incredible film and make this a sequel worth seeing.

See No Evil 2‘ is currently in pre-production and will begin filming this fall.

My Experience at Scarefest 6

sf6-logo-300x145 I had the opportunity to have a Press Pass for Scarefest 6 this past weekend.  I was at the event on Saturday September 14 and this was my first Scarefest.

DSCF8016When you enter the Lexington Convention Center for Sacrefest, you are greeted by an amazing entrance way that leads you down a corridor and into the hall where the DSCF8020convention is held.   The first stop for many fans was of course, the Scarefest backdrop where you and your friends could take a nice commemorative together or with one of the many amazing cosplayers that were walking around.  After you pass the backdrop, you enter the room where all of the vendors and celebrity guests are set up.

DSCF8007The cosplayers that were on hand to entertain and take photos with fans were some of the best I have ever seen.  Aside from the Star Wars and Silent Hill group that were taking pictures with fans by the Scarefest backdrop, there was the king of horror himself, Jason Vorhees.  The man behind the mask was one of the most intense cosplayers I have ever met.  He never broke character and he did not speak.  One of the best takes on Jason I have ever seen.   Absolutely amazing!

First stop made in the sea of amazing guests was none other than Sean Clark, writer/producer of TheDSCF7995 Black Waters of Echo’s Pond, writer/host of Horror’s Hallowed Grounds and owner of Convention All Stars (many know him as @malfuncsean on twitter).  Sean is a sweet, down to earth person.  He took his time talking to his fans and was very humble about his work.  I would highly suggest saying hello to him at the next convention you see him at.

DSCF7997We made our way through the path of vendors and met the amazingly talented icon, Kane Hodder.  In his appearance, he is very intimidating, but he is one of the nicest people you will ever meet.  Kane was also very appreciative to his fans and loves meeting them.  For those of you that have yet to meet or be choked by Mr. Hodder, yes he really does choke you, it is not an act.  He saw my Hatchet Army DSCF7998tattoo on the back of my neck and was so blown away by it, that he asked me if he could take a picture with it. Kane is a real class act and one of the best human beings I have had the opportunity of meeting.

DSCF8001Next, was a short walk across from Kane to the lovely Danielle Harris.  Danielle is so sweet to all that visit her.  She is as adorable in person as she is on screen.  She is also quite funny.  Despite what some people think about her, she was nice to her fans and more than happy to take pictures with them and sign whatever they asked her to.

After meeting Danielle, it was time for the Malcolm McDowell Q&A panel.  Mr. McDowell DSCF8013was all about having fun with the people that asked him questions.  He was serious about discussing his work, but had his guests laughing almost the whole time.

DSCF8017Aaron Goodwin of the hit Travel Channel show, Ghost Adventures, was on hand having fun with his fans and making people laugh. He ran his own “Big Steppin” booth while he signed for fans.  He still took the time out to meet ant talk to each and every one of them.  He was next to his adorable, talented sister Amy.

All of the celebrity guests were just as excited to meet their fans as their fans were to DSCF8002meet them.

DSCF8004There were some random things at Scarefest like the Mystery Machine and the Scooby Gang and of course some mannequins and Halloween props to entertain the guests walking around.

There were a ton of vendors!  All of them were incredible.  My personal favorite was a vendor called Terror Gloves.  They make replica Freddy Krueger gloves.  These had to be some of the best gloves I have ever seen.  Much like DSCF8006other conventions, there was a lot of DSCF8005one of a kind jewelry and other horror collectibles.  There were more vendors at Scarefest 6 than I have ever seen at any other convention I have previously been to.

Everyone was nice as can be and the “staph” was helpful and very well organized.  I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Scarefest even though I was only there for one day of the three day event.  I will more than likely be making the 4 1/2 hour trip to Lexington again next year for Scarefest 7 1185665_10201285120283365_1760803024_nand hopefully be there for the whole weekend.  I hope all of you that made it out this year enjoyed your time there as much as I did and I hope to see you there next year!

Movie Review: The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond (2009)

black_waters_of_echos_pond_ver3_xlgWritten by: Sean Clark, Gabriel Bologna and Michael Berenson

Directed by: Gabriel Bologna

Starring: Danielle Harris, Robert Patrick, James Duval, Electra and Elise Avellan, Mircea Monroe, Nick Mennell, M.D. Walton, Walker Howard and Arcadiy Golubovich

Synopsis:

Nine friends take a holiday at a Victorian home on a private island and uncover a game that when played brings out the worst in each of them. Jealously, greed, hatred, lust, all of the things they keep buried deep inside themselves rise to the surface and come to a boil.

The long wait to own The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond is finally over.  I have never seen this film in its entirety until I bought it.  I had only seen trailers and had read some articles and reviews of  it.  I was interested by it right away.

The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond is conceptually a great film.  There have been other films similar, but this one stands above those.  Sean Clark‘s rewrites of the film were fantastic.  The plot had everything that makes a horror movie worth watching, jealousy, greed, hatred, lust, revenge and demonic possession.  The twists in the plot were put together seamlessly.  There were no wholes what so ever and it was easy to fallow along with what was going on.

The casting of The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond was perfect.  Danielle Harris was incredible.  Robert Patrick was a perfect addition to the cast although he doesn’t have much screen time.  The entire cast was natural in the way that they interacted with one another.  When the game brought out the dark feelings in the group, they were all believable.  Many times with this many emotions in a group in a film, someone ends up over acting a part and completely butchering it to upstage someone else, but I am happy to say that this did not occur here.

Every demonic movie has to have a character that represents the evil in it.  The demon/creature in was creepy as hell.  I loved the overall look of it.  The mask was creative and fit the film perfectly.

On the bluray, and I’m assuming the DVD as well, there is an alternate opening in the bonus features.  The alternate beginning was more disturbing than the one that was used, but the opening that was used, in my opinion, fit the film better.

The ending was very bizarre.  I must say that it was something that I did not see coming.  I loved it!  I was afraid of the typical ending, but was pleasantly surprised.

The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond was definitely low balled by the critics, big time.  I give it a 9 out of 10

Movie Review: Among Friends (2012)

Among-Friends-movie-posterI have been waiting a while to see Danielle Harris‘ directional debut, Among Friends.  Among Friends was written by Alyssa Lobit and directed by the lovely Danielle Harris.  It stars Jennifer Blanc, AJ Bowen, Christopher Backus, Brianne Davis, Kamala Jones, Alyssa Lobit and Chris Meyer.

Synopsis:

A group of friends get together for a murder mystery party, but things take a dark turn when 1377552356_3one hijacks the evening and is out for blood.

I was so excited to see the debut of Danielle Harris as a director, but I must say, Among Friends was kind of a let down.  In my opinion, it had nothing to do with Danielle‘s directing ability, but the script that ruined this film for me.

The plot of Among Friends held a lot of promise, but was not carried out to its full potential.  There were many holes in the plot and a lot of 2013_08_18_-_AMONG_FRIENDS_004_1“what the fuck” moments.  With this film being a dark comedy, every cliche stereotypical characteramong-friends-dvd-4 from traditional horror films were made fun of, and that is all well and good but the best part/character of the whole film was Kane Hodder’s cameo as the perverted limo driver.  I loved that we got to see Kane’s funny side when he spoke to the passengers of the limo, and none of his lines were scripted, it was all him.

To be completely fair, Among Friends was conceptually great.  Everyone wants to call their friends 1377552356_2out on their bullshit and we would all like to know what people do and say about you behind closed doors. This film to me was a bit of a fucked up dinner among-friends-dvd-3-300x169party with elements of Saw thrown in.  The ending was a total let down and completely confusing.

I love Danielle and I hope she continues to direct, but Among Friends was not a very good film in my opinion.  I give Among Friends a 5 out of 10 for a decent plot concept and a good cast, but the plot did not tie together well at all.

 

The Among Friends trailer: