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Goregirl’s TOP 10 Favourite Horror Films From 1997

Posted in horror, movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2013 by goregirl

Like every year of the 90s, 1997 had a handful of horror gems. I was optimistic when the first few titles I watched ended up being pretty entertaining, but my enthusiasm quickly waned. Oh boy did it wane! I watched 57 horror titles for 1997 and failed more than half of them. To be honest I am ready for this feature to be done. I am having serious 70s withdrawal! I slipped and watched A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin the other night and now I don’t want to watch any more fecking 90s crap. There is just one week left of this feature so now I find myself having to double up on the top ten lists. This list, as will be the case with the next two will be considerably more…um…efficient! I rated film number one 5/5, films two, three and four I rated 4.5/5, films five and six I rated 4/5, films seven and eight I rated 3.5/5 and films nine and ten earned a shaky 3/5. I gave one other film from 1997 a 3/5 which was Scream 2.

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#10 JACK FROST
Directed By: Michael Cooney

I did not think for a second that I would be including Jack Frost on a top ten list. Of the 57 films I saw from 1997 however it was a hell of a lot more fun than most. Jack Frost has swearing, nudity, graphic violence, rape and terribly bad one-liners. Sure, Jack Frost is a film about a serial killer-shape-shifting-icicle shooting-snowman with potty mouth, a tasteless sense of humour and a seriously bad attitude and what can I say? It made me laugh. To read the full review click here. “He’s chillin…and killin.”

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#9 MIMIC
Directed By: Guillermo del Toro

I would rank Mimic fairly low among my favourite films of Guillermo del Toro. That said, the effects are neat, and I do love me some killer predatory insects. It starts out interesting enough but the second half gets a little hokey despite being the more action-packed section of the film. It’s okay. This is definitely a light recommend. If you want to check out some really brilliant Guillermo del Toro flicks check out Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone or Pan’s Labyrinth. “Evolution has a way of keeping things alive.”

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#8 NIGHTWATCH
Directed By: Ole Bornedal

When I saw this on the list for 97 I assumed this was the Russian horror film Night Watch but it turns out there are at least three titles under this name. Ole Bornedal remade his own Danish language 1994 film with English speaking actors. Chances are had I seen the original (which I have not) I would have been much harder on this remake. Being that I hadn’t I enjoyed Nightwatch despite the insanely blaring red herring and a couple overly coincidental plot twists. “He’s a full-time college student who just took the wrong part-time job. Now he’s the final piece in a brilliant serial killer’s puzzle.”

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#7 THE UGLY
Directed By: Scott Reynolds

A lot of mixed feelings out there about this New Zealand entry. I wouldn’t call The Ugly screamingly original but I dug it anyway. It is psychological, supernatural, sort of dreamy-nightmary and fairly brutal with the violence. We get a glimpse of the killer’s life through flashbacks and it isn’t pretty. In fact…it’s Ugly! “A subversive incursion into human mind perversions!”

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#6 CUBE
Directed By: Vincenzo Natali

A Canadian entry and this one is a doozy! Cube, the film about seven people plunked into a endless maze of deadly traps is an original, intense and suspenseful thrill ride with some decent performances. “Fear… Paranoia… Suspicion… Desperation.”

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#5 EVENT HORIZON
Directed By: Paul W.S. Anderson

I wrote a long rambling review for this film with lots of pretty pictures so I am just going to say Event Horizon is a visually appealing, well cast and acted, action-packed, creepy and intense sci-fi horror flick. I love you Sam Neill you crazy bastard! To read the full review for Event Horizon click here. “Where we’re going, we won’t need eyes to see.”

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#4 PERFECT BLUE
Directed By: Satoshi Kon

I am just beginning to delve into the world of Japanese animated films and Perfect Blue has been one of my favourites so far. Perfect Blue is an excellent thriller-horror full of twists, turns and surprises complimented by an array of beautiful and violent images. To read the full review click here. “The color of illusion is Perfect Blue.”

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#3 PERDITA DURANGO
Directed By: Álex de la Iglesia

This is director Álex de la Iglesia’s second entry on a top ten. Before starting this feature I had no idea who Mr. Iglesia was, now I look forward to checking out all his stuff! Perdita Durango is funny, violent, action-packed, sexy, salty and a crapload of energetic fun! To read the full review click here. “A scientist? No, you’re definitely a dentist. I could tell from the stupid smile on your face.”

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#2 STARSHIP TROOPERS
Directed By: Paul Verhoeven

Starship Troopers is not a horror film; but hell it has more violence in it than a lot of titles I have included on these top ten lists. I have a huge soft spot for this film! I actually went to see it at the theatre three times when it came out. It is deliciously campy, action-packed, over-the-top, and has some really top notch and fun effects. Sure it is fluff, but it is freaking awesomely fun fluff! “Join the Mobile Infantry and save the Galaxy. Service guarantees citizenship. Would you like to know more?”

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#1 CURE
Directed By: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Cure is quite simply one of the best films I have ever seen with a serial killer theme. I really need to see more of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s films!! It is beautifully filmed, intense, suspenseful, brilliantly acted, well-paced, nasty and well, just freaking perfect. I can’t recommend more highly seeking this one out. “With just one word, you will do anything.”

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PERDITA DURANGO (1997) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, movies, Spain, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2013 by goregirl

I thoroughly enjoyed Álex de la Iglesia’s Day of the Beast, so the director’s name was on my radar. When his film Perdita Durango showed up on the 1997 IMDB horror list I knew it was one I had to seek out immediately. Is there anything better than discovering a director with an already well-established resume of films?! For me it is absolutely goregasmic! Álex de la Iglesia’s Perdita Durango certainly did not disappoint but I would hardly call it a horror film.

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Perdita Durango and Romeo Dolorosa meet at the Mexican border. Romeo is attracted to Perdita at first glance and asks her if she would like to accompany him on his journey. In the back of his vehicle is a freshly dug up corpse that he plans on using in one of his rituals. Romeo introduces himself to Perdita as a scientist but is in fact a practitioner of Santeria, a syncretic religion that he believes brings him good fortune in exchange for blood sacrifice. They manage to cross the border without incident. After some energetic sweaty sex Romeo conducts his ritual as his partner Adolfo collects money. Perdita does not actually believe in this hocus pocus but Romeo does and she is happy enough to play along. Romeo is introduced to Santo through his cousin and agrees to take a job. $10,000 in cash up front and another $10,000 when the delivery is made. The task is to get a truckload of fetuses across the Mexican border to a Las Vegas cosmetic company. Romeo however is unaware he is being trailed by Willie Dumas; Special Agent for the Federal Narcotics Division. Perdita suggests he hold one more ritual before he performs the job. She suggests a gringo be sacrificed; something his followers will never forget. Faster than you can say pass the tequila; the couple kidnap a pair of blond-haired all American college students. And so begins the adventures of Perdita and Romeo!

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I had no idea there was a tie-in to David Lynch’s Wild at Heart until someone on twitter mentioned it to me. I have seen Wild at Heart at least 20 times in my life and did not make the connection. Shame on me!! In fairness Perdita Durango is a very minor character in Wild at Heart, but still I should have clued in. After seeing Rosie Perez in the role I think Isabella Rossellini was an odd choice. I am dying of curiosity to read Barry Gifford’s book 59 Degrees and Raining: The Story of Perdita Durango. Barry Gifford wrote the books on which both Wild at Heart and Perdita Durango are based. Evidently Barry Gifford also wrote the screenplay to Perdita Durango along with David Trueba, Alex de la Iglesia and Jorge Guerricaechevarría. In a way the two films are somewhat similar although there is more humour in Perdita Durango and less weirdness; but both could certainly qualify as violent love stories.

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Rape, murder, robbery, grifting, kidnapping, Perdita and Romeo do it all! Perdita and Romeo are both people who take what they want and rarely question the results of their actions. There really is something undeniably appealing to me about characters with no borders. Have you never had the urge to be naughty? I mean…really naughty? Have you never dreamt of holding up a bank with 70s-era Franco Nero or robbing an art gallery with a blond-haired and pierced Tadanobu Asano? Okay, I might be alone on those two. Most of us however weigh the consequences and don’t act on these urges. It is so much fun living precariously through fictional film characters!

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Javier Bardem and Rosie Perez have positively electric chemistry! Perdita Durango is the role Rosie Perez was born to play! She is trashy, dangerous, and unforgiving as Perdita but she is also spunky, full of life and alluring. I really loved her in this role; I really don’t think she has ever been better or more perfectly cast! Perdita has a reoccurring dream where she is in bed with a Jaguar; it speaks so perfectly to the character’s personality! Javier Bardem is psychotic, charismatic and full of sexual bravado as Romero Dolorosa. He is the perfect partner for Perdita and the two have an undeniable fiery connection. Duane and Estelle the young couple Perdita and Romeo kidnap are blindingly blond all-American types whose scrubbed clean existence is utterly rocked by the eccentric duo. They are raped, slapped, pushed around, screamed at and witness some serious violence at the hands of Perdita and Romeo. Their world will be forever changed after this experience; if of course they survive it. Harley Cross and Aimee Graham are equal parts grating and sympathetic; Duane and Estelle sort of grew on me by the end of the film. Federal agent Willie Dumas is a douchebag, and a damn durable one; James Gandolfini is perfect in the role; his character takes a serious freaking beating! Romeo’s ritual right hand man Adolfo is an absolute hoot and is played with great enthusiasm by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. Don Stroud plays Santos and is dead on as the bad-ass gangster.

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There is a ton of violence and sweaty sex in this film! What can I say? I like violence and sweaty sex! Does it have a moral lesson to teach us? Sure, if you consider live by the sword die by the sword a moral lesson. Perdita Durango is funny, violent, action-packed, sexy, salty and a crapload of energetic fun!

Dungeon Rating: 4.5/5

Directed By: Álex de la Iglesia

Starring: Rosie Perez, Javier Bardem, Harley Cross, Aimee Graham, James Gandolfini, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Demián Bichir, Carlos Bardem, Santiago Segura, Harry Porter, Carlos Arau, Don Stroud, Alex Cox, Miguel Galván, Regina Orozco

Goregirl’s TOP 10 Favourite Horror Films From 1995

Posted in horror, movies with tags , , , , , on February 10, 2013 by goregirl

I seen a significant number of titles from 1995; or so I thought until I copied the IMDB list for the year. I watched an additional seventeen titles for the year which gave me a grand total of 78 films to work with; not even half of the 193 titles listed. Nonetheless 78 was a chunky number that gave me plenty of wiggle room. It goes without saying that there was a healthy helping of dreck in the mix but overall 1995 was rather a hoot! I gave the films in the number one and two spots a 5/5, I rated films three and four 4.5/5, films five through nine were rated 4/5 and film ten I rated 3.5/5. I also rated the following six films 3.5/5 The Moor’s Head, Screamers, The Grotesque, Species, Castle Freak and Lord of Illusions. I have been including some films on these lists that are not listed as horror on IMBD. Two popular films from 1995 did not come up on the IMDB horror list; one I decided to include (see spot #2) and the other, based on a Stephen King novel I did not. Dolores Claiborne will get the review treatment later this week but she is not a horror film.

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#10 HABIT
Directed By: Larry Fessenden

Habit is one of three vampire films I included on this top ten list. Having covered the 60s, 70s and 80s before this 90s feature there has never been a decade where vampire films have not been popular. Habit is definitely a more subtle approach to the sub-genre. Sam is on a path of self-destruction after the recent death of his father and breaking up with his girlfriend. In a drunken haze he hooks up with a woman named Anna who he comes to believe is a vampire after she nibbles on him during sex. Larry Fessenden wrote, directed and stars as central character Sam and does a solid job on all fronts. Fessenden is believable and empathetic in the role of Sam. Meredith Snaider who plays Anna is cute and quiet albeit onerous. Aaron Beall is also good as Sam’s sanctimonious friend Nick. New York’s nightlife in all its trippy glory plays an important part in the film and is used to great effectiveness. Habit is an inconspicuous journey into vampirism. Fessenden takes a stylish approached and adds a nice creeping uneasy feel to it. The slow boil and lack of gore will not appeal to everyone but I quite enjoyed Fessenden’s interesting and circumspective take on the subgenre.

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#9 EVIL ED
Directed By: Anders Jacobsson

Anders Jacobsson’s Evil Ed is a 90ish minute long love letter to horror. There are countless nods to other horror films with a heavy how do you do to The Evil Dead series. He calls the heartless study exec Sam Campbell, includes an Evil Deadesque POV camera shot, and Ed gives a guy a beating reminiscent of Ash’s hilarious battle with his possessed arm in Dead by Dawn, and hell the film is called Evil Ed (although I suppose that could have been some love for Fright Night too)! And it isn’t the only ode by any means! Look for winks to The Shining, Halloween, Gremlins and Silence of the Lambs among others. Ed is a mild mannered film editor who is transferred to the Splatter and Gore department after the former editor committed suicide. He is tasked with editing the Loose Limbs series; a popular and infamously graphic franchise of splatter films. Ed is sent to a cabin belonging to the company’s sleazy exec to do his work which quickly causes him to begin hallucinating and going completely and utterly mad! Evil Ed is poorly dubbed (possibly intentionally so) with fabulously fun and frivolously over-the-top effects. Tongue is planted firmly in cheek and the result is a wild, action-packed, fast paced, funny trip that I thought was an absolute riot!

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#8 GODZILLA VS DESTROYAH
Directed By: Takao Okawara

Woohoo! 90s Godzilla…I love you! Godzilla vs. Destroyah is basically a sequel to the original 1954 Godzilla. Godzilla is really hot under the collar in this one…you might even say so hot he is nuclear! They bring in the grandson of Dr. Kyohei Yamane (Dr. Yamane is a character from the original film) who deduces that Godzilla’s heart has become a nuclear reactor of sorts and the giant beast is heading for a meltdown! A meltdown that would explode with the force of a thousand nuclear explosions and destroy the world! If that isn’t enough threat it would seem that Dr. Serizawa’s Oxygen Destroyer from the original film has created tiny microorganisms that have evolved over the decades into crab-like monsters. Coined Destroyah they also wreak havoc on Japan. And what is this?!! Minilla, or mini Godzilla is all grown up and is practically the size of his adapted dad! Psychics, scientists and giant monsters oh my! Lots of awesome Kaiju action, a great story and a ton of destruction. This is one of the best of the newer generation Godzilla flicks and if you love your Kaiju as much as I do, Godzilla vs Destroyah is a must see!

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#7 TALES FROM THE CRYPT: DEMON KNIGHT
Directed By: Ernest R. Dickerson

Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight was filmed right here in beautiful supernatural British Columbia! The last time I seen Demon Knight was when it was out in theatres. Damn! The Collector is pursuing a drifter by the name of Frank Brayker who possesses a powerful key; the last of seven keys that would give ultimate power. He holds up in a boarding house where the residents including a prostitute, a convict, a postal worker and a creepy cook become involved in the action when all hell literally breaks loose. This high-energy horror-comedy is fabulous fun! Gore, laughs, neato effects and great action. It has a campy attitude that is a perfect complimentary nod to its source material. All the performances are decent with Dick Miller, Gary Farmer, Charles Fleischer, Jada Pinkett, Thomas Haden Church and William Sadler. The highlight here is definitely Billy Zane who is an absolute shitload of awesomeness as the delightfully evil Collector! Zane often plays the bad guy but I don’t think I have ever seen him play it with such zealous relish as he does here! Frankly the story is completely daft but boy is Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight freaking entertaining!

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#6 301, 302
Directed By: Cheol-su Park

This was my first viewing of the excellent South Korean film 301, 302. The film’s name references two women’s apartment numbers. Apartment 302 is inhabited by Yun; an introverted writer with a hard-core aversion to food. In apartment 301 lives Song, a recently divorced cook obsessed with food. Song is new to the building and does her best to make friends with Yun who does her best to avoid Song. Every day Song brings Yun a plate of food which Yun promptly dumps in the garbage. Eventually Song runs into Yun as she is about to dispose of a plastic bag full of Song’s meals. At first Song goes absolutely berserk but the two women actually become friends and relay to each other their stories. 301, 302 begins with the disappearance of Yun and a cop questioning Song about her neighbor. The aforementioned bits are flashbacks. The question isn’t so much what happened to Yun, it is more of a question of why and how. What we learn about the women changes our view of them significantly. The vast majority of the film takes place in the two women’s apartments that visually reflect their personalities. These two women could not be more unalike but yet they share a common thread of obsession. Sin-Hye Hwang as Yun and Eun-jin Pang as Song are both excellent in their roles. 301, 302 is more of a mystery filled drama than straight up horror but it has its moments. There isn’t anything graphic here, but the insinuated stuff works just as well. The countless scenes of food preparation and gorging were a touch nausea-inducing for me. 301, 302 is not vegetarian-friendly, or animal lover-friendly for that matter. 301, 302 is well filmed, beautifully acted and an absolutely engrossing piece of cinema.

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#5 BLOOD AND DONUTS
Directed By: Holly Dale

A Canadian made horror-comedy with a female director no less! There are far too few female directors and even fewer that do horror. Blood and Donuts was even nominated for three Genie Awards (the Canadian equivalent to the Oscars). The story is about a vampire named Boya who is awaken after a twenty-five year nap. Boya frequents a 24 hour donut shop where he befriends a taxi driver and falls in love with a waitress but some local criminals and an ex-lover become a serious threat to him and his new found chums. Blood and Donuts is a clever, funny and charming tale. It has little gore and violence and even its vampire does his best not to harm human beings preferring to drink the blood of rats and birds. When his friends are in harms way however the fangs do come out. Gordon Currie who plays Boya is attractive and very likable and his smart and sassy love interest Molly played by Helene Clarkson is a real gem. There is also a noteworthy cameo from David Cronenberg as a crime boss. Blood and Donuts has a well thought out story that is funny and enthralling and a collection of wonderfully quirky characters. Blood and Donuts proves that there was still plenty of room for fun and originality in the vampire subgenre.

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#4 THE PROPHECY
Directed By: Gregory Widen

A war in heaven? Angels? I remember thinking back in the day that this was a film that was just not going to appeal to me on any level. How wrong I was! These are not your halo-wearing, white-clad, winged whimsy’s out to do good. Apparently the whole heaven and hell thing is not as cut and dry as your bible says it is. Turns out some angels are having issues with management. Christopher Walken is definitely the highlight here as the defiant, spellbinding and cheeky angel Gabriel. He is too much fun! I guess we are not supposed to root for Gabriel, but how in the hell can you help but not? He is such a wildly entertaining character! Every performance in the film is perfecto and it boasts a pretty damn impressive cast too! Handsome Eric Stoltz plays good angel Simon, Elias Koteas plays ex-priest turned police detective Thomas, the lovely Virginia Madsen plays a teacher who gets tangled up in the whole ordeal, Amanda Plummer and Adam Goldberg play two of Gabriel’s unfortunate human puppets and the immensely talented Viggo Mortensen plays Lucifer. Mortensen is so freaking good he actually steals some of Walken’s thunder! The Prophecy’s story is pretty convoluted and crazy but I can not say it was not compelling. The Prophecy is packed to the brim with action, humour, thrills galore and great performances not to be missed! It is the best mother-fucking film I have ever seen about angels I’ll tell ya what!

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#3 THE DAY OF THE BEAST
Directed By: Álex de la Iglesia

Angel Berriartua a Priest and Theology Professor has cracked the code and discovered the day on which the Antichrist will be born. With the help of Jose Maria a heavy metal loving acid head and Cavan the host of a popular occult TV show he sets out to find where the birth will take place. Will the unlikely trio discover the location of the Antichrist’s birth and save the world? The Day of the Beast is not without some drama and violence but first and foremost it is a comedy, and a damn funny one at that! The characters are a blast, the acting is great and it is packed with a ton of energetic, funny, action-packed goodness. The Day of the Beast is a seriously entertaining little nugget from Spain that is one helluva hoot! To read the full review click here.

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#2 SEVEN
Directed By: David Fincher

I could not very well include The Silence of the Lambs on these lists and not include Seven. I consider both to be thrillers but both films do have a serial killer plot. If you have somehow managed to miss this one, the Seven of its title refers to the seven deadly sins. The killer is a meticulous type who takes the time to slowly starve a man for a full year. Now that is dedication. You have to give the guy points for creativity! I mean the seven deadly sins enacted? How fun is that? Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Lust, Pride; but our killer saves the last two sins of Envy and Wrath for his pursuing cop friends in the finale. And what a delicious finale it is! Morgan Freeman plays the detective heading into retirement and Brad Pitt plays the recently transferred rookie. Pitt and Freeman have good chemistry and play off each other quite well. Who doesn’t like Morgan Freeman?! The man is just ridiculously lovable and brings class to even the worst crud. Pitt I have mixed feelings about. I enjoy him in his quirkier roles like Snatch, Fight Club and especially Twelve Monkeys but his roles in Meet Joe Black and Legends of the Fall make me want to wretch. In any case, he is excellent in Seven. Seven is a slick looking film with meticulous pacing a wonderfully nasty premise and a finale that can’t be beat; add great performances and what you have is perfection.

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#1 THE ADDICTION
Directed By: Abel Ferrara

Grad student Kathleen Conklin is bitten by a vampire and attempts to come to terms with her insatiable cravings for blood. That doesn’t exactly make the film sound screamingly original but I assure you in the hands of Abel Ferrera it most definitely is. Abel Ferrara has a unique style and in my opinion his films were a huge highlight of the decade. King of New York, Bad Lieutenant and The Funeral are all fantastic (I was however disappointed in his one other horror entry Body Snatchers but I won’t hold that against him). Besides his unique style he also regularly casts my man Christopher Walken who is without a doubt one of my favourite actors of all time. Despite the appearance of Mr. Walken, this film really belongs to the talented Lili Taylor. Lili Taylor gives a wonderfully brooding performance as the loquacious and articulate student who tries to adjust to this strange and violent existence she has been thrust into. “What makes you think you’ve been forgiven for lying to your mother as a child or having slept with married men in adultery or paying taxes that turn Central America into a mud puddle?” This allegorical and angst-ridden tale makes all manner of commentary on the nature of good versus evil among other topics. The performances across the board are all magnificent, as is the black and white photography, the score and every other bloody thing about The Addiction. The Addiction is a smart, beautiful and superbly acted vampire flick for those who enjoy a more thoughtful and philosophical approach to their horror.

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THE DAY OF THE BEAST (1995) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, movies, Spain with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2013 by goregirl

The best thing about doing these top ten lists is discovering the hidden treasures. For all my (mostly justified) whining every year of the 1990s has had at least one previously undiscovered nugget of gold. One of my favourite new discoveries so far has been The Day of the Beast, an action/comedy/horror hybrid from Spain. The Day of the Beast is about the end times; you know, when the Antichrist will be born upon this earth and will reign supreme over all mankind. I have no idea why there are not more comedies on the subject because personally I think that shit has such enormous humorous potential!

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Angel Berriartua a Priest and Theology Professor has cracked the code and discovered the day on which the Antichrist will be born. Angel travels to Madrid committing as much sin as possible in an attempt to  invoke the devil. He has figured out the birth will take place in Madrid, but the problem is he has no idea where in Madrid. Angel meets Jose Maria a dedicated fan of heavy metal working in a small record store. Jose gives him the address of a boarding house his mother runs and recommends he check out a club called Hell. Angel is getting desperate as the time ticks away and decides a television personality calling himself Cavan can help. Angel and Jose Maria follow Cavan home where Angel knocks him out and ties him up. Cavan of course, is nothing more than a television personality and admits to Angel that he is a fraud. Angel refuses to hear it, and gives Cavan a good beating and insists he guide him through an invocation ritual. Much to Cavan’s surprise the ritual works but will they discover the location of the Antichrist’s birth before it is too late?

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Whether Angel has indeed cracked the code and discovered the true birth date of the Antichrist is left ambiguous right up to the finale. The Day of the Beast’s opening scene starts out with a monstrous sized cross falling and crushing a priest to death. A bad sign perhaps, but a sign of the impending birth of the Antichrist? Not necessarily. During the ritual performed by Angel, Cavan and Jose Maria they see some trippy weird shit, but as part of the ritual they mix acid into the blood. Could be tripping out right? Considering their mission is to locate some pregnant woman somewhere and kill her baby, one would like to be 100% sure. Of course Angel believes it completely and utterly. No one can sway Angel from his mission and he does some pretty crazy things with such utter conviction. Watching Angel sinning up a storm was hysterical. He steals money from a beggar, keys some cars, steals a book, swipes a guy’s luggage and listens to death metal among other naughtiness. Angel is a fantastic character; his actions cracked me up regularly.

Jose Maria is the last person you would expect to hook up with a priest. Jose Maria is a dedicated metal fan, part time record store clerk and a full time acid head. When we first meet Jose he is handling a shoplifter by shoving the guy’s head through a glass display case. An intimidating few seconds but Jose is really a pussycat. He lives in the boarding house with his grandfather who walks around in the nude and his mother who is one tough broad. He gives his grandpa half a hit of acid every day to give him some pep. He is also a big fan of Jesus Christ Superstar. He is not exactly the brightest light bulb but he does end up being quite helpful and even a hero by the time the film is over. Mina is the young woman he loves. Not really, but he’s been trying to bang her for a while and she just isn’t giving in. Mina helps out at the boarding house and is the only twenty-something virgin in Madrid; she becomes important.

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“I can help you achieve the impossible” Cavan

Cavan is a hugely popular television star loved by wives and mothers all over Madrid. He can tell you your future, he can perform exorcisms and he can even invoke the devil. Cavan arrives home to a message from his girlfriend saying that she is on her way over. Cavan doesn’t hesitate when the door bell rings. Unfortunately for Cavan it is Angel and he is about to give him a good whack to the head. Cavan is a rather good sport about all of it if you ask me. He takes a pretty freaking good beating from Angel. Of course no one is more surprised when the invocation appears to have worked than him. Cavan is the perfect arrogant showman, just the sort of character you would expect to be hosting an occult television show. Cavan is alright man.

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The Day of the Beast does have a few serious moments, and a few violent ones too but let’s face it, the coming of the Antichrist can’t be all fun and games! The Day of the Beast is a ton of energetic, funny, action-packed goodness. The characters are a blast and the acting is great. The Day of the Beast is seriously entertaining! Highly recommended!

Dungeon Rating: 4.5/5

Directed By: Álex de la Iglesia

Starring: Álex Angulo, Armando De Razza, Santiago Segura, José María, Terele Pávez, Nathalie Seseña, Maria Grazia Cucinotta