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Goregirl’s TOP 10 Favourite Horror Films From 1990

Posted in horror, movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2012 by goregirl

Happy New Year y’all! I am hitting you with a top ten list right off the bat; and what a wonderful array of insanely messed up celluloid this bunch is! The top four are films I rated 5/5 and spots 5 – 10 were all rated 4/5. It was tough choosing spots 5 – 10 as I rated seven other films 4/5; Two Evil Eyes, Adrenaline, Frankenstein Unbound, The Ambulance, The Death King, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie and Nightmare Concert (please do not start with Nightmare Concert if you have never seen a Lucio Fulci film, this one is for fans of daddy like myself). Let the 90s madness begin!

*Only feature-length films will be included on the top ten lists for the decade; I do not include shorts, documentaries or made for television movies.


Directed By: Nikos Nikolaidis

Singapore Sling is the story of a private eye searching for a woman named Laura who follows the trail to the home of an incestuous, sadomasochist mother and daughter team. An absolutely bizarre mix of humour, weird, kinky, vile sex and a touch of blood, gore and torture. The two women although murderous are far more interested in exploring the lines between pain and pleasure. They don’t do anything to their captors they don’t do to themselves. Prepare yourself for shock therapy, water torture, and golden showers amoung other unsavory acts. Ever shove your fingers down your throat so you can vomit on your partners face while they orgasm? Needless to say, Singapore Sling is not for everyone! Thankfully filmed in black and white, and quite beautifully I might add with great performances too. Michele Valley and Meredyth Herold who play the mother and daughter roles are both bold, fearless and fascinating. The private eye whom they nickname Singapore Sling has little to no dialog and spends the film in a semi-comatose state, but actor Panos Thanassoulis does get to have some fun in the film’s finale. Singapore Sling has a very satisfying ending I won’t soon forget! Singapore Sling is a cheeky and nasty little film I found unique and thoroughly mesmerizing. To read the full review click here.

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Directed By: Clive Barker

I have an extra special place in my heart for Nightbreed. Nighbreed is written and directed by Clive Barker and is based on his story Cabal. Aaron Boone dreams of a city called Midian where strange creatures have been forced into hiding. Aaron goes to see psychiatrist Philip Decker at the bequest of his girlfriend Lori. Decker convinces Aaron that he is responsible for a series of murders that Decker himself has committed. Aaron in a hallucinatory state is hit by a truck and while in the hospital he meets a man who gives him directions to Midian. Aaron immediately seeks out Midian only to find he is not welcomed. He is bitten by one of the Nightbreed from whom he escapes only to be gunned down by police. The bite he took from the Nightbreed brings him back from the dead and he once again seeks out Midian. Aaron now accepted as one of the Nightbreed is forced to fight an all out war to save them. I do love my creatures and Nightbreed is jammed packed with beautifully realized nightmares. Equally impressive are the fantastic sets and sets pieces and I think this may just be one of Danny Elfman’s best scores. I will not deny there are some continuity issues and Craig Sheffer was not a great choice for lead but what it gets right is so very satisfying. I understand that Clive Barker was livid when a huge chunk of the film was cut before it was released. Barker casts David Cronenberg as the psychotic Philip Decker and he is just creepy as hell and Lori played by Anne Bobby is cute and likable. But really, this is all about the wonderful world of Midian and its gorgeously grotesque and massively creative creatures. I adore Nightbreed despite its problems and I think it is a must see for fans of creature features.



Directed By: Ron Underwood

Tremors is yet another creature feature from the decade but this one leans towards a 50s sci-fi and is played strictly for laughs. Handymen; Val and Earl attempt to vacate the teeny tiny town of Perfection but discover the dead body of a man on their way out. This is only the first of several corpses that turn up and a rock slide prevents the duo or anyone else from leaving. A young female seismologist suggests that the tremors and the deaths are related and it turns out she is correct. Giant sand worm creatures they call Graboids are determined to eliminate every last resident. I have a huge crush on Fred Ward who plays Earl and I really think he is one of the most under-appreciated actors out there. He has good chemistry with Kevin Bacon who plays Val. The two characters have some great back and forths. I also enjoyed the gun crazy fanatical Gummers played by Reba McEntire and Michael Gross. While there is a significant body count there certainly is not much here in the way of blood and gore. This is definitely PG but it sure is fun and action packed. The lightening fast pace, copious action, entertaining characters, solid performances and amusing dialog make Tremors a re-watchable amusement.



Directed By: William Peter Blatty

The Exorcist III is the sequel that should have been called Exorcist II. Exorcist II: The Heretic is just shite. The Exorcist III is directed by William Peter Blatty the author of The Exorcist which the original movie is based on and he wrote the screenplay for. The Exorcist III is based on Blatty’s book Legion. Exorcist III takes place fifteen years after the events of the original film. Lieutenant Kinderman is investigating a series of murders that bare a striking resemblance to those of a dead serial killer coined The Gemini. Possession and death ensues. Suspenseful, intense, well-acted; The Exorcist III is both a visceral experience and a head trip. Some of the creepiest moments are relayed verbally and are equally as effective as the visual stuff. A fabulous cast including the great George C. Scott, Brad Dourif, Ed Flanders and Jason Miller amoung others and all are perfectly cast. Smart, well-acted and genuinely scary; The Exorcist III is a fantastic horror film worthy of multiple viewings.

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Directed By: E. Elias Merhige

Begotten is filmed in black and white and features a barrage of violent and unsettling images. The film has no dialog, very little music and most of the sound filling the air is those of nature and grunting. It has a grainy ancient look that I found most alluring. I don’t profess to understand every aspect of Begotten by any means. It is a strange, trippy and violent journey full of Christian and Pagan symbolism that I believe is really left open to interpretation. The three key characters are God killing himself, Mother Earth and Son of Earth (Flesh on Bone); there is no disputing the religious imagery. Begotten opens with a particularly nasty snippet of God disemboweling himself. Mother Earth emerges from God’s gory remains and arouses his corpse to impregnate herself. Begotten is visually stimulating, challenging and utterly mesmerizing. To read the full review click here.



Directed By: Rob Reiner

There sure as hell aren’t too many films reviewed on ye olde blog that have won Academy Awards. Kathy Bates won a much deserved Oscar for best actress playing the role of the frighteningly dowdy and dangerous Annie Wilkes in Misery. Novelist Paul Sheldon crashes his car en route back to the city and is “rescued” by Annie Wilkes who also happens to be his number one fan. Annie is kind and accommodating initially but Paul quickly discerns the woman is not in her right mind. After Annie reads the draft for his latest novel and discovers Paul has killed off the heroine of his series Paul learns just how “off” the woman truly is. Misery is a well-paced and thrilling trip. I thought James Caan was an interesting choice for the role of Paul Sheldon. Other actors might have provoked more empathy than Caan but I sort of appreciated that the character was somewhat prickly. He didn’t exactly strike me as someone who would write romantic drama, but what the hell do I know about authors who write romantic dramas? There is a nice tension building and a cynical sense of humour throughout. Misery is really Kathy Bates show though, and she shines like a psychotic bright light!



Directed By: Alain Robak

This wonderfully twisted French horror film is an exceptional entry in the killer baby genre…sort of. It is more of a parasite than a baby actually. The parasite crawls into a woman’s womb and she is forced to nurture and feed it by killing and drinking the blood of her victims. Yanka is the abused wife of a circus performer; those of you who visit this blog regularly are well familiar with my obsession for carnival and circus-themed horror films. The circus theme is definitely secondary but adds an effective weirdness to the action. Baby Blood has a mildly sleazy vibe with plenty of blood to satisfy particularly in its delightful second half. The voluptuous Emmanuelle Escourrou is an absolute freaking delight as the involuntary parasite mama and her relationship with the thing that resides within her is intriguing, bizarre and sometimes humorous. The initially meek Yanka becomes stronger and more confident with every kill. Fun fact; Baxter, the dog from the excellent French film of the same name makes a cameo! Baby Blood is well-filmed, gory, bizarre, funny and over-the-top high jinx of the first order!

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Directed By: Frank Henenlotter

Frank Henenlotter is a horror-comedy genius! I can’t say enough good things about Henenlotter’s Basket Case and Brain Damage; two of the highlights of the 80s! Frankenhooker if the name didn’t tip you off is loosely based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Very, very loosely based! After losing his girlfriend Elizabeth in a tragic lawnmower accident Medical school dropout Jeffrey Franken will stop at nothing to have her back. Jeffrey creates a drug that makes people literally explode. He takes his supercrack to the streets and tries it out on some hookers whose parts help to reconstruct his girl. But of course Elizabeth is not the girl she used to be and is no longer satisfied with just Jeffrey. A tragic lawnmower accident?! That alone is some funny shit but Henenlotter keeps up the goodness right up to the end! Frankenhooker is a fast-paced, effects intensive, bit of hilarity! Jeffrey Franken is an absolutely mad character and is played with finesse by James Lorinz and the lovely Patty Mullen is a too perfect as Elizabeth Shelley/Frankenhooker. The effects are top-notch; there isn’t a computer generated image in sight. So few films get that balance of horror and comedy right but Henenlotter hits the nail on the head! Frankenhooker is utterly outrageous and an absolute shitload of fun!



Directed By: Philip Ridley

The Reflecting Skin is about a nine year old boy named Seth Dove and his nightmarish life living in a small rural community in the 1950s. The film is really just teetering on the edge of horror. Although it explores some horrifying ideas it leans heavier towards the drama. The Reflecting Skin is beautifully filmed with its endless fields and massive sky that adds so very nicely to the film’s feeling of desolation. It has a relaxed pace and leisurely unleashes a series of vignettes; one more bleak than the other. Its mix of strange, melancholy and ugliness was compelling. There are some peculiar trippy snippets that give The Reflecting Skin a dream like feel; like Seth walking past two women chirping carrying a dead bird. Seth seems to immerse himself more deeply in fantasy as the film wears on. There isn’t much in the way of graphic violence but what they include is very effective and at times disturbing. The Reflecting Skin is a hypnotic watch and its slow grind added to that vibe. I loved its perfect slap you in the face finale! The Reflecting Skin is beautifully filmed, unique, powerful, strange, sad, hopeless and merciless. To read the full review click here.

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Directed By: Adrian Lyne

Jacob’s Ladder is a film I have seen several times over the years and it never fails to blow my mind. Tim Robbins completely and utterly bares his soul in this film. He is a likable and extremely empathetic character who runs through an impressive gamut of emotions. Tim Robbins plays Jacob Singer an ex-Vietnam vet. Our first shot of Jacob sees him at war. His platoon is attacked and several men are left dead while others are in a state of seizures. Jacob attempts to flee only to be stabbed. Jacob awakes on a subway train in New York. Jacob is plagued not just by his memories of the war but his young son’s untimely death. Now employed as a mailman and living in Brooklyn with a woman named Jezzie, Jacob begins to experience horrifying hallucinations pointing to a serious case of post-traumatic stress that may have more heinous roots to a chemical experiment gone horribly wrong. The line between reality and hallucination become blurred to nightmare proportions. While the film definitely focuses on Jacob, all of the minor performances are also noteworthy, particularly the wonderful Danny Aiello who plays Jacob’s chiropractor. Jacob’s Ladder is beautifully filmed with fantastic visuals that are hard to shake and the heart-wrenching performance from Tim Robbins makes this a re-watchable masterpiece.

Jacob's Ladder


BAD BIOLOGY (2008) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, movies, USA with tags , , on September 29, 2011 by goregirl

“A God Awful Love Story”

First off, I need to make a correction on something I said in my ten favourite penis scenes video. I put today’s film Bad Biology in my number two spot and during my blurb I said the woman with the seven clitorises was named Charlee. The character’s name is in fact Jennifer; Charlee is her real name. My apologies!

Beware: This review contains some spoilers!

Frank Henenlotter hasn’t directed a film since 1992’s Basket Case 3: The Progeny. I am a big fan of Henenlotter’s original Basket Case and Brain Damage; two films I count among my favourites from the 1980’s. His 1990 film Frankenhooker is also a hoot! I was revved when I read Henenlotter was actually directing a new film. The man does love his mutations! In his new film Bad Biology his mutations are of a sexual nature. While I didn’t quite have the same love for Bad Biology as I do for his two 80s entries it is nonetheless twisted, entertaining fun. There is certainly no mistaking that this is a Henenlotter film!

Photographer Jennifer has seven clitorises and an insatiable and uncontrollable need for sex. She “unintentionally” kills her partners during sex and snaps their picture in the throes of orgasm/death; shortly after which she delivers a mutated baby. Charlee believes God has a higher purpose for her seven clitorises. When she meets Batz after he rents his home for a photo shoot she believes she has found the perfect mate. Batz has a problem of his own that provides a visual for trouser snake you won’t soon forget! Problem is his giant snake-like penis is addicted to drugs and has a mind all its own.

How does that plot summary grab you? Needless to say there is nudity and sex in Bad Biology. If these things make you blush, you probably stopped reading this review after my plot summary. Those of you still reading be prepared for sex scenes that are definitely more humorous than sexy. Bad Biology clearly has comedic intentions. After Charlee delivers the first screaming mutant baby in her bathtub she simply gets dressed and leaves her apartment. On her way out the door she stops to address us; telling us not to judge her for abandoning her little mutant freak baby. Al Magliochetti who was responsible for overseeing the effects in Henenlotter’s Brain Damage and Frankenhooker is back on the job for Bad Biology. Jennifer’s mutant crying babies are probably the most unsavoury aspect of Bad Biology. Personally, I loved the addition of the spontaneous births and the bloody mutant babies! Despite the fact that Jennifer kills all her sex partners, there isn’t a whole lot of gore outside of the bloody mutant babies. I would have liked to have seen more nasty and vile deaths for her lovers but the weirdness trumps the gore in this one so I can live with it. There are some excellent and very funny point of view shots from both the multiple clitorises and the detached penis. If you ever wondered what life was like for your penis (and/or?!) clitoris you need wonder no longer!! In one scene, Jennifer dresses some models and equips them with Vagina masks for a hip hop video. How wonderfully tacky, disturbing and clever! Halloween costume inspiration! Make it a couple costume; Dickhead and Cuntface! It is sure to be a smash hit at your next Halloween party! Rivalling the babies is the delightful penis prosthetic. Batz wrestles with his penis in one very amusing scene and later his penis detaches itself with a mission to find as many women to enter as possible. My god this thing is ugly!! Veiny, pulsing and filthy looking it crashes through drywall into one woman’s apartment after another. And the monster member breathes! At one point it is actually gasping for breathe! Too funny.

And than we have the masturbation and sacrilege. Ah yes, how could there not be masturbation in Bad Biology? Jennifer has quite the Tesla-like device she uses for masturbation but it doesn’t quite leave the same impression as Batz masturbation device. I included a picture for your review. There is some kind of motor on this box and inside the box I believe was spring and barbed wire and if I’m not mistaken he squeezes some dish washing soap in there for lubrication. While masturbating he watches porn but what he sees is a woman telling him how much she loves him and needs him and his mutation means nothing to her. Poor Batz. His crazy cock gives hookers orgasms that last hours and probably has the ability to kill women with less experience. You need more than love to take this perversion of science on! Perhaps seven clitorises could tame this monster? The film clearly is building to the couples hook-up, but the two soul mates don’t actually get together until the final 15 minutes of the film. If the sex and mutant babies haven’t turned you off perhaps we can offend your Christian sensibilities. Jennifer believes God gave her seven clitorises so he himself could fuck her.

Charlee Danielson wasn’t a bad choice for Jennifer. She has a girl next store look about her that fit. Danielson often delivers her lines like a machine gun, and I had to rewind twice during two of her longer rants. On the other hand, if I was constantly in a state of pre-orgasm I suppose I would be a fast talker too. The larger issue was her delivery was a little flat. She doesn’t quite have the enthusiasm a woman with seven clitorises who believes her purpose is to fuck god should have. Anthony Sneed does fine as Batz who is a rather awkward character who doesn’t say much and gets overshadowed by his monstrous member. The best bit o’acting comes from the crack addict character that sadly appears only briefly. She storms through one scene breaking shit and screaming her fool head off “Where’s my Jimmy Jam!?” She was absolutely freaking hilarious! To say the acting was good in Bad Biology would be a stretch but I thought there were some decent b-movie performances here.

I read a few reviews on IMDB from people who claim to be Henenlotter fans that really tear a strip off of Bad Biology. Despite that, I think most Henenlotter fans will find something to like about Bad Biology. It is campy, funny, and nasty just the way I like my Henenlotter. Speaking for myself, I got a real kick out of Bad Biology and I think some of you will too. Highly recommended!

Dungeon Rating: 4/5

Directed By: Frank Henenlotter

Starring: Charlee Danielson, Anthony Sneed

AustinChef Reviews BASKET CASE (1982)

Posted in horror, movies, USA with tags , , on January 5, 2010 by goregirl

The Theater of the Grotesque is alive and well in Basket Case! Basket Case is a throwback to the grindhouse and exploitation flicks of the 1970’s. As I get older and watch more and more horror movies this one stands out as a certifiable classic. I see this movie as bridging the monster flicks of the 70’s and the new, up and coming slasher genre of the 80’s by way of the grindhouse flicks of the time that were slowly beginning to fade away. Writer-director Frank Henenlotter crafts a wonderfully disturbing, sleazy, 42nd street-grindhouse experience on a micro budget.

Duane Bradley, played by the wonderfully innocent and naïve Kevin Van Hentenryck, arrives in a very sleazy New York City with only a wicker basket. He gets a room at the Broslin Hotel; a run down, disgusting hotel run by Robert Vogel (who gives a fantastic performance. Think of Danny Devito’s Louie De Palma character from Taxi, and then multiple that by a thousand). The hotel is full of oddball characters; a nosey Italian woman, an older alcoholic with criminal tendencies, a smattering of hookers, etc … . But Duane fits right in. People pretty much leave him alone and only bother him to ask Duane the recurring question, “What’s in the box?” We probably get that question asked 20 times.

And soon we learn that inside the basket is his grotesque Siamese brother Belial who was forcefully removed from Duane when they were 12 years old. Belial didn’t much care for that and now has revenge on the mind. Belial is as twisted mentally as he is physically and it turns out the point of the trip to NYC is so Belial can exact revenge on the doctors who separated him from Duane. They track down all three docs (one of them turns out to be a veterinarian) involved in the forced separation and Belial has his revenge. It’s interesting; Belial doesn’t have any legs, yet when Duane opens the basket’s lid Belial comes flying out. An amazing feat of physics-defying acrobatics!! This is a classic flick that needs to be seen to be believed. Yes there are a lot of holes in the plot and story, but you’ll be having so much fun you won’t give a shit. How could you not love such dialogue like:

Josephine: What’s in the basket?
Duane: My brother.
Josephine: Your brother? What is he, a midget?
Duane: No, he’s deformed.

HA! And talk about a low budget. When Duane originally gets the hotel room in the beginning of the film he pulls out a wad of money. According to Henenlotter in a later interview, that was the entire movies’ budget. But he makes the best of that budget, squeezes every penny from it, and gives us one helluva fun movie.

Henenlotter also paints a pretty sleazy portrait of New York City and its inhabitants. In the beginning when Duane is walking around the city at night you can’t help but wanna take a shower. Henenlotter has captured a long ago forgotten NYC where the streets were full of hookers, drug dealers, criminals, and sex/porn theaters. Aahhh, the old New York. Henenlotter also has a shot of NY where the World Trade Towers are shown for about three minutes. It’s an unexpected shot that will stop you in your tracks. This is really a “time capsule” of the old NYC that today’s teens and twenty-something’s won’t believe.

The relationship between Duane and Belial is an odd one as well. They have a psychic link whereby they communicate using only their minds. They can also feel what the other one is experiencing. Duane gets a girlfriend, Sharon (played by Terri Susan Smith) and at first Belial uses this special link of theirs to experience sex in a very creepy and disturbing scene. But eventually Belial gets jealous of Duane’s girlfriend and is afraid Duane will leave him behind. So Belial does what he does best and kills Sharon. Interesting bit of trivia here: During the filming of Sharon’s death scene, the crew got so offended that they all walked off the production set. It seems they all loved the character of Sharon who was a very sweet and innocent kind of girl.

But despite the low budget and amateur actors, Henenlotter pulls this movie off beautifully. The gore f/x are effective and juicy despite the low budget. Henenlotter was doing “guerrilla filmmaking” long before the amazing Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Pictures fame. Henenlotter had no permits to film around NYC and his cast and crew were so small that most of the credits at the end of the movie were made-up; they decided that instead of just having the same names repeat over and over again they would make up phony names. This is a great friggin’ flick that documents a slice of NYC long gone and a style of filmmaking that is quickly fading away. Definitely see this one.

Write-Director: Frank Henenlotter
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Gore: 7 out of 10 skulls
Zombies: 0 out of 5 brains