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Goregirl’s TOP 10 Favourite Horror Films From 1998

Posted in horror, movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2013 by goregirl

Just one more list after this one and this 90s horror feature is done like dinner!! I’ll be announcing the winner of the Criterion contest this Friday, March 1! Nothing new with 1998, lots of crap and a handful of gems. The top two films earned a 5/5, films three, four and five I rated 4/5, films six, seven, eight and nine are films I rated 3.5/5 and film number ten I rated 3/5. I also rated the following films 3/5; The Untold Story 2, Progeny, Night Time and The Wolves of Kromer.

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#10 SOMBRE
Directed By: Philippe Grandrieux

Sombre is definitely a somber affair. This slow-moving artful film has lovely looking and gritty visuals and at times is thoughtful and provocative. Marc Barbé and Elina Löwensohn both give great performances but I did long for more character introspection. On reading my May 2010 review I suspect I allowed myself to be affected by another’s influences. It seems like something I would normally be all over. Even what I can recall, it was still the strongest of the films I rated 3/5 from 1998. I need to revisit this one again soon. To read my 2010 review click here.

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#9 THE FACULTY
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

Films with covers like The Faculty scare the hell out of me. So many films I hate from the 90s and early 2000s featured covers with the faces of their 20-something cast strategically lined up. Quite a few of these god-awful abominations were on this 1998 list; Disturbing Behavior, Urban Legends, Phantoms, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. I hate those films so very very much! I was literally afraid to rent The Faculty when it showed up on the new release wall at my video store! The Faculty was an exception to the rule. While the film is not without its flaws it is actually a pretty fun movie. The students suspect their teachers might be aliens, and inevitably are correct. The teachers are as integral to the plot as the students and the cast largely speaking is pretty good. Action, laughs, a few surprises and it’s a high school flick where the adults get to have all the fun!

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#8 RAZOR BLADE SMILE
Directed By: Jake West

This trailer is a little on the “self-aware” side! Nonetheless this low budget effort is a lot of fun. Lilith Silver is a sexy black-clad assassin who also happens to be a vampire. She draws a lot of unwanted attention when she starts knocking off rich powerful business men. They do all sorts of neat original things in this vampire flick. Eating a woman out when she has her period?! Is that a little too graphic for ya’ll? Well, you have to admit that is something you don’t see too often; and frankly it makes sense that a vampire should enjoy that! In Razor Blade Smile gunfights, swordplay, sex and the obligatory stakes are all part of the fun in this violent, gory and humorous low budget effort from the UK.

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#7 GOODBYE 20th CENTURY
Directed By: Darko Mitrevski & Aleksandar Popovski

No trailer for this one I am afraid, and in fact this little bit of bizarreness does not appear to be available on DVD. Goodbye 20th Century is a Macedonian film. I don’t think I have ever seen a film from Macedonia other than this one. I watched this at a friend’s place who warned me it was not a horror film. Well, it came up on the IMDB list so here it is. My friend was right, it isn’t exactly a horror film, but it does have a ton of violence and even some gore! It is sort of a Christmas film too! Yeah, Santa is a character in Goodbye 20th Century! And he may or may not be god?! There is also an immortal dude who gets shot a whole bunch of times that is the catalyst for the whole tale. There is all manner of religious mumbo-jumbo in this crazy trippy apocalyptic film which is a real mixed bag of craziness! If Goodbye 20th Century was a stew some of its ingredients might be The Holy Mountain, Road Warrior and Bladerunner with a pinch of Batman. I don’t think I understood it all, but it sure was a visual extravaganza!

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#6 BIO ZOMBIE
Directed By: Wilson Yip

There is a goodly amount of horror-comedy on this list, but I am surprised by how few zombie films were around in the 90s. A soft drink called Lucozade has been spiked with a bio weapon that turns its consumer into a zombie. Enter Woody and Bee, a pair of lazy, irritating losers that work in the mall selling bootleg films. These two got on my nerves early in the film, but by mid-film I found myself rooting for them and their group of pals. There is a significant body count but not much in the way of gore. It is more of a comedic character-driven affair, but there is plenty of action in its second half and a freaking great finale! Bio Zombie is undead fun from Hong Kong! To read the full review click here.

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#5 VAMPIRES
Directed By: John Carpenter

Another vampire film?! Bloody hell! Why Vampires isn’t listed as a horror-comedy on IMDB is a mystery to me. The film has more one-liners than you can shake a stick at! Vampires is an entirely campy affair that is action packed with loads o’violence! James Woods is super terrific as cheeky slayer Jack Crow and has a hell of a lot of fun with the role. Thomas Ian Griffith is also a hoot as bad-ass vampire Valek. The effects are quite decent, the kills are energetic and there are plenty of laughs. Expect more fun than frights.

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#4 RINGU
Directed By: Hideo Nakata

It is so easy to forget how good Ringu was after countless bland and outright terrible long black-haired Japanese girl ghost flicks that followed it. North America isn’t the only movie making continent that can bastardize a cool concept! A video tape that kills its viewer seven days after watching it is the premise behind this scary, well-filmed and intense little Japanese horror flick. The real fun however comes in the discovery of the story behind the tape. The first time I seen this was a midnight showing with a friend who wasn’t much of a horror fan, and it scared them so bad they insisted on spending the night at my house!

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#3 BLADE
Directed By: Stephen Norrington

This splashy big budget affair is one of a handful of mainstream flicks I love from the 90s. It is insanely action packed and I rather like the idea of a vampire slayer that is a vampire himself. Wesley Snipes is also smoking hot, even with that stupid ass looking hairdo! Martial arts, swordplay, great special effects and a nifty cast without a second of downtime. Kris Kristofferson as Blade’s mortal assistant Whistler is top notch and Udo Kier as Dragonetti is a no-brainer. Goddamn I have included a lot of vampire titles on these 90s top ten lists! Apparently I like vampire films!

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#2 BRIDE OF CHUCKY
Directed By: Ronny Yu

Yeah, that’s right Bride-of-motherfucking-Chucky! Oh how I do love this ridiculously silly film!! The Child’s Play franchise was meant to be horror-comedy in my opinion! I love that smart-ass doll and his voluptuous bride! Curvy Jennifer Tilly was the perfect choice for Tiffany and what can I say about Brad Dourif? I love that guy! I’ve probably seen this movie at least a dozen times and it makes me laugh without fail. Bride of Chucky is violent, hilarious and incredibly daft fun I personally can’t get enough of. “Chucky gets lucky” – that shit practically writes itself!!

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#1 THE QUIET FAMILY
Directed By: Jee-woon Kim

Director Jee-woon Kim is without a doubt one of my favourite directors and is one of South Korea’s most talented. His spectacular A Bittersweet Life, the gritty I Saw the Devil, the beautiful and haunting A Tale of Two Sisters, the quirky The Good, The Bad and The Weird and The Foul King; the man can do no wrong in my book. As much as I love all of these films one of my favourites is still his first feature film; The Quiet Family. Dark, hilarious and superbly cast The Quiet Family is one of the smartest and most original horror comedies ever. Damn shame I could not find an English subtitled trailer for The Quiet Family as the laughs just don’t translate here. I really can’t recommend this film more highly and I could go on and on but I will instead direct you to my friend Jason’s review over at Genkinahito’s Blog (click here).

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GOREGIRL-FRIENDLY FILM COUPLES

Posted in movies with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2011 by goregirl

Valentine’s Day is dumb. I have always loathed the idea of picking flowers out of the ground to watch them die in a vase, and while I enjoy chocolate occasionally I’m a salty snack person. Even as a child I thought the selection of cheesy heart covered gifts offered were just lame. But I suppose I’m not your average gal. I avoid romantic comedies and love stories in general. I love the love as much as the next person, but the gaggy, ridiculous and ultimately unrealistic syrupy way they are presented makes me want to vomit. So in honor of this pseudo holiday I don’t get a day off work for, where we are expected to profess our love with over-priced junk and false Hallmark sentiment, I give you a list of film couples who are in love and have great chemistry but don’t make me feel like retching.

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JOE and KATE From PSYCHOS IN LOVE (1987)
Carmine Capobianco & Debi Thibeault
Two serial killers who both passionately hate grapes meet, fall in love and move in together. This low budget horror-comedy is loads of fun and proves there is someone out there for everyone.

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TIFFANY and CHUCKY From BRIDE OF CHUCKY (1998)
Jennifer Tilly & Brad Dourif
He’s a serial killer whose soul has resided in a Chucky doll since 1988. Finally Chucky gets lucky when the voluptuous Tiffany also gets transformed inside a doll. Dolls or not, these two were clearly meant to be. This film is silly as hell but I love it and Tiffany and Chucky have better chemistry than most real actors!

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HARRY and KATE From ANGEL BABY (1995)
John Lynch & Jacqueline McKenzie
Two schizophrenics meet, fall in love, get pregnant, and go off their meds. This Australian film is equal parts sweet, funny, hopeful and emotionally exhausting and depressing. Angel Baby is not typical Goregirl fare but thanks to its excellent leads who really bare all it was a pleasant and bittersweet surprise.

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MICHELE AND SNAKE From H (1990)
Pascale Montpetit & Martin Neufeld
In attempt to kick heroin for good Snake barricades himself and girlfriend Michele in their apartment to “dry out”. This Canadian film is a very claustrophic, intense look at addiction. Theirs is a relationship based on co-dependence that connects them in a unique way as we watch them bare their souls. Pascale Montpetit outshines Martin Neufeld’s performance but regardless the couple is well-matched and believable.

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MICKEY and MALLORY KNOX From NATURAL BORN KILLERS (1994)
Woody Harrelson & Juliette Lewis
Mickey saves Mallory from her abusive father and together they travel across America killing randomly for kicks. This bloody film is on too many lists, but dammit, I love Mickey and Mallory. Juliette Lewis and Woody Harrelson are perfectly cast here. I love the films biting commentary and its parade of sleazy characters, but it is the criminally likable duo that makes it all work.

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LIONEL COSGROVE and PAQUITA MARIA SANCHEZ From DEAD ALIVE (1992)
Timothy Balme & Diana Peñalver
Mama’s boy Lionel meets the lovely Paquita and takes her on a date to the zoo. Unfortunately his crazy mom is spying on them and gets bit by a Sumatran Rat Monkey. Mom turns into a zombie and causes all manner of chaos but in the end, Lionel grows some balls and gets the girl. Not much time is spent on the love story between Lionel and Paquita, but they are both awkwardly adorable and it is their story that actually motivates the action.

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JACK SKELLINGTON and SALLY From THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993)
Chris Sarandon & Catherine O’Hara
One of my favourite animated films of all time! I love its dark gothic presentation and how it manages so well to balance sweetness and darkness. With the great Chris Sarandon and Catherine O’Hara voicing the adorable couple how could they not be endearing?

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CHERRY DARLING and WRAY From PLANET TERROR (2007)
Rose McGowan & Freddy Rodríguez
Cherry just quit her stripping gig and meets up with ex-boyfriend Wray at a little roadside eatery. A zombie outbreak forces them to work together which inevitably revives the relationship. Wray handles fire arms like a pro and Cherry has a gun for a leg. I think these two are just so darn-diddley adorable and that cheesy ending for their storyline is a little hokey, but it worked.

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LULA FORTUNE and SAILOR RIPLEY From WILD AT HEART (1990)
Laura Dern & Nicolas Cage
No one does a love story quite like David Lynch! Lula and Sailor are passionately in love, but Lula’s wicked mama Marietta isn’t having any of it. Fresh out of jail, Sailor skips out on probation to take his girl to California for some fun. Strange characters and violence threaten to break their bond forever. Laura Dern and Nicolas Cage are positively electric together as Lula and Sailor. One of my favourite films of all time!

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SETH BRUNDLE and VERONICA QUAIFE From THE FLY (1986)
Jeff Goldblum & Geena Davis
Eccentric scientist Seth Brundle convinces Journalist Veronica Quaife to document his latest experiment. Brundle has created a machine that can successfully transport matter from one pod to another. Whilst documenting Veronica develops an intimate relationship with Seth, which is hindered by the fact that he is turning into a fly. Cronenberg’s remake of The Fly has amazing effects and a great mood but a big part of what makes it work is its two leads. Their relationship feels genuine and natural and I always thought that was a big part of what made this film work.

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