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Goregirl’s TOP 10 Favourite Horror Films From 1996

Posted in horror, movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2013 by goregirl

There was the regular volume of 90s mud to wade through and a few of the worst of the worst were mainstream efforts which included The Island of Dr. Moreau, Mary Reilly and Diabolique but I still managed to pull together what I think is a solid top ten. There have not been a whole lot of repeat directors showing up on these 90s list but 1996 is an exception with Dario Argento, Peter Jackson, Shozin Fukui and Wes Craven all having their second entries! Film number one earned a 5/5 rating, films two through nine are films I rated 4/5 and film ten I rated 3.5/5. I gave one other film from 1996 a 3.5/5 which was Ebola Syndrome.

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#10 KILLER CONDOM
Directed By: Martin Walz

Killer Condom is based on the comic book of the same name by Ralf König. Apparently H. R. Giger was a creative consultant on the project. Killer Condom is a German film spoken in German that is set in New York?! Men in New York are losing their penises to the titular Killer Condom’s and Luigi Mackaroni is on the case. Luigi Mackaroni is a man who knows the streets of New York; a well-seasoned, chain smoking openly gay detective who is well known at the particular hotel where it all started. While Killer Condom definitely has a sleazy vibe and an outrageous premise neither the violence nor nudity is graphic; it is more campy than exploitative. It features a super Luigi sized killer condom, a mad scientist, a self-righteous pious villain and a lot of adorable little rubbers that make giggly cartoony noises. If that isn’t enough it has a love story and a heart warming happy ending! Killer Condom kept my attention and made me laugh often. To read the full review click here.

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#9 GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF THE LEGION
Directed By: Shûsuke Kaneko

Gamera! I mean really?! Who amoung us does not love a giant flying turtle?! Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion is one of the many entertaining post 80s Kaiju flicks I am discovering is well worth visiting. In Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion; the Legion refers to a species of alien insects that landed via meteor and have created a home in the city’s subway. The Legion is causing the oxygen levels to rise which explode their flower thingies with an end game of colonization. Gamera to the rescue! Tons of destruction, huge spectacular Kaiju battles, cool monster effects (some of the best I have seen in a Kaiju film!) and action galore make Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion an absolute must see bit of entertainment!

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#8 SPLATTER: NAKED BLOOD
Directed By: Hisayasu Sato

Splatter: Naked Blood is about a trio of women who volunteer to test a chemical contraceptive. The doctor’s son however is looking to conduct his own experiment and injects his own potion into his mother’s with horrific results. Splatter: Naked Blood has some nasty gore, weirdness, nudity, sex, laughs, nifty sound effects and a neato soundtrack. Be warned, the gore is nasty, but if that is your thing, have at it! To read my full review click here. I couldn’t find a trailer for the film, but I think this clip says it all.

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#7 THE STENDHAL SYNDROME
Directed By: Dario Argento

The Stendhal Syndrome is based on psychologist’s Graziella Magherini book about the affliction. Argento himself apparently once suffered from Stendhal Syndrome when he was a child. Detective Anna Manni is struck by the titular torment while at a museum. The detective is on the trail of a serial killer who uses the infirmity against her. Asia Argento plays Detective Manni and goes through the full gamut of emotions and is at times vulnerable, sad, and fierce; I think it is one of her best performances and despite looking terribly young and fresh faced she is quite effective in the role. The Stendhal Syndrome did not come up on the IMDB horror movie list much to my surprise! After this re-watch I understand why; The Stendhal Syndrome really is a dramatic thriller not a horror film. The Stendhal Syndrome is not without some plot issues, but is well paced, beautifully filmed with gorgeous sets and is a fascinating, unsettling and at times brutal bit of goodness.

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#6 THE FRIGHTENERS
Directed By: Peter Jackson

The Frighteners is a wacky horror-comedy about an architect named Frank Bannister who after surviving a car wreck that kills his wife has the ability to communicate with ghosts. The architect becomes a ghostbusting con man who uses the spirits to haunt residents that he than exorcises for cash. It is all fun and games until a malevolent spirit shows up. Frank tries to help the victims as he is able to see a number on their foreheads prior to their deaths and becomes suspect himself. Eccentric and obsessive FBI agent Milton Dammers is brought in to work on the case. The Frighteners is well-written, humorous, creepy, and has outrageous characters and great effects. Nicely cast too especially Jeffrey Combs who is absolutely brilliant as the insane FBI agent Dammers. Boo-haha!

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#5 RUBBER’S LOVER
Directed By: Shozin Fukui

Shozin Fukui’s 964 Pinocchio earned the number four slot for my favourites of 1991. Fukui’s Rubber’s Lover is a prequel of sorts to 964 Pinocchio and is an equally hallucinatory trip! Like its predecessor; Rubber’s Lover is a highly visual, incredibly weird, graphic and violent cyberpunk entry. Rubber’s Lover focuses on a group of psychotic scientists conducting twisted experiments using sensory depravation and mind-altering drugs to torture their unfortunate and involuntary patients. Their experiments are dangerous and brutal and inevitably result in calamity. Filmed in black and white with a heavy emphasis on metal, gears and fetishism. Do not stand; Keep your arms inside the vehicle at all times and your seatbelt securely fastened.

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#4 DON’T LOOK UP
Directed By: Hideo Nakata

It is like Don’t Look Up never existed. I could not find a trailer or a single clip for this film on YouTube; only its god-awful disaster of a remake from 2007 showed up in searches. This original directed by Hideo Nakata is virtually impossible to find and doesn’t seem to have ever had a release on DVD. What a shame because I think it is one of Nakata’s best. A crew filming in an old studio reviews the rushes from a day of shooting and it appears some old film stock has become intermingled with their new shots. The director recognizes the old footage from something he had watched on television as a child. He becomes obsessed with the images and learns the film was never finished. I seeked out this well-made, thoughtful and eerie supernatural tale on the strong recommendation of Wednesday’s Child over at 90s Horror (and Deep Red Rum) and it was no easy task to find! I am certainly not in the habit of doing such things, but this was such a great little film I have decided to post the link to where I was able to watch it online (click here). For fans of Japanese ghost stories I think it is well worth a watch.

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#3 TESIS
Directed By: Alejandro Amenábar

Tesis did not come up on the IMDB horror film search and definitely leans towards a mystery-thriller but I think the film’s theme qualifies it enough to be here. Angela is a film student working on a thesis of violence in media at the University Complutense (the same University its director Alejandro Amenábar attended in real life). Through her research she discovers a video where a former student of the university is brutally killed. Her investigation of the material draws her into a heinous snuff ring. The film’s tagline is “My name is Angela. They’re going to kill me.” Which should give you some idea of where the story inevitable goes. The excellent performances from Ana Torrent, Fele Martínez and the handsome Eduardo Noriega (who would go on to star in Amenábar’s excellent Open Your Eyes) are all top notch. Tesis is smart, thrilling, suspenseful and an exceptionally well acted film from Spain that is well worth checking out.

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#2 SCREAM
Directed By: Wes Craven

Scream satirizes the horror genre and its many clichés. Based ever so loosely on The Gainesville Ripper and taking place in the fictional town of Woodsboro; it focuses on central character Sidney Prescott whose mother was killed one year previously. When teenagers from the town begin turning up dead Sidney begins to think that the crimes may be related to her mother’s death. An estranged father, her mother’s ex-lover and even her friends are all suspects. Scream was a huge commercial success and brought renewed interest to the genre; sadly it also seems to have birthed a series of irritating, stupid nonsense like I Know What You Did Last Summer, Valentine and Urban Legend but nonetheless Scream is a funny, clever and nasty film that is damn entertaining.

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#1 FROM DUSK TIL DAWN
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

Bad-ass Brothers Richie and Seth Gecko are wanted men looking for a way to cross the border. As luck would have it a pastor questioning his faith and his two children show up in a motorhome. The Gecko’s take the family hostage and successfully cross the border to meet up with their contact at a remote strip club called the Titty Twister. Unfortunately for the group the Titty Twister happens to be a nest for a whole lotta vicious and nasty vampires. I love how From Dusk til Dawn starts out as a crime thriller and evolves into a full frontal horror flick. From Dusk til Dawn is action-packed, violent, nasty, well-paced, full of dark humour, has great effects and is perfectly cast. Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis, George Clooney, Ernest Liu, Quentin Tarantino and cameos from the likes of Cheech Marin, Michael Parks, Salma Hayek, John Saxon, Danny Trejo, Fred Williamson and Tom Savini. And it has pussy; hot pussy, cold pussy, wet pussy, smelly pussy, snapping pussy…come on in pussy lovers…From Dusk til Dawn is a shitload of bloody fun!

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Scream – Trouble in Woodsboro (Music & Images from the film)

Posted in horror, movies, USA with tags , , , , , , , on January 3, 2013 by goregirl

I thought I would attempt to post some soundtrack music from the 1990s but I have shit all in my collection! This was literally the one and only piece of music from the decade that I had not posted previously. I do not actually own the soundtrack to Scream, this ditty was from a horror compilation. Music & Images from Wes Craven’s 1996 film Scream. Music by Marco Beltrami.

Craving the Craven: A Look at Horror Master WES CRAVEN

Posted in horror, movies with tags , , , , , , on March 20, 2009 by goregirl

I posted a poll asking people to pick their favorite American horror film director. There was a choice of 17 directors with an option for “other”. The overwhelming favorite was Wes Craven.

John Carpenter x 1
David Cronenberg x 2
Joe Dante x 2
Stuart Gordon x 2
Tobe Hooper x 1
Sam Raimi x 1
George Romero x 1
Rob Zombie x 1
Wes Craven x 6

You said give me some Wes Craven and some Wes Craven you shall have!
wes-craven-nightmareA BRIEF HISTORY

Craven was born in Cleveland Ohio and went on to eventually get a masters from J. Hopkins University. He taught humanities to college students and got married and had a couple kids. He left the teaching career behind and drove cab for a stint before landing a job as a sound editor. He directed a film with Sean Cunningham in 1971 (Cunningham went on to direct Friday the 13th in 1980) and never looked back. In 1972 he directed his first horror feature “THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT”.

deadly-friend-promo-posterTHE FILMS

Below is a look at Wes Craven’s list of films from 1972 to present.

Craven’s considerable contribution to the horror industry cannot be denied. The man did “A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET” for god sake! Freddy is without a doubt one of the most recognizable iconic horror figures in history! His first two films are the nastiest of his career and “Hills” is one of my personal favorites. “THE HILLS HAVE EYES” and “THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT” garnered much praise but the extreme violence in the films were palatable only to those who were fans of the genre. Not to say that Craven didn’t do anything good after these two films but he certainly didn’t do anything as gritty.

scream-2-promo-poster1It has been too long since I seen his next effort, “DEADLY BLESSINGS” but I do remember liking this one as a kid, I recall a scene with a tarantula dropping into a woman’s mouth. Now “SWAMP THING” is a movie I totally dig. I have never seen the original film but I love the cheesy comic book feeling this film has. The interaction between Swamp Thing and Adrienne Barbeau was perfect. The next film in the queue is “A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET”. You may not be a fan of this series but you can hardly deny that the concept of a man burned alive by a mob and coming back to kill the mobs children while they sleep is anything short of brilliant. Over the course of the series it has offered some of the most original and occasionally hilarious deaths to grace celluloid. Unfortunately this little piece of perfection was followed up by two of Craven’s weakest films. The only good thing about “THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2” is that wonderful cheesy, retro inspired promotional poster. freddy2“DEADLY FRIEND” I thought wasn’t such a bad idea but it would have been better served as a horror comedy. It is pretty hard to swallow a boy genius with a robot companion saving his friend by implanting his robots brain in her. He adds this whole abusive father angle in there too which really solidifies Craven somehow thought we would actually take this seriously. I can not tell you how much I love the tagline for the film “THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW”. “Don’t bury me…I’m not dead!” is one of those great quotes that stay with you. Sometimes I just randomly shout it out at work. This was a bloody good film and Pullman gives an excellent, memorable performance. Bringing an evil bastard back from the dead worked well for him once so he tried it again with “SHOCKER”. This time the killer gets the chair and uses electricity to bring himself back. It certainly is not “NIGHTMARE” caliber but does definitely have its charms. “THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS” is a dungeon favorite. I love everything about this film. It is not really all that scary or suspenseful or gory, but it is wonderfully strange and original. “A NEW NIGHTMARE” is not one of the best efforts in the series by any means but we still like it. It’s Freddy so It’s okay by me. Eddie Murphy as a vampire did not work for me and in “VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN”, he seems uncomfortable and out of his element. When the general population thinks of Wes Craven “SCREAM” is the one film they can name; His most commercially successful film. Sure, I liked the first Scream. It was smart and fun even though it was packed with star power. But talk about your unnecessary sequels. Ick. The second one was tolerable but the 3rd in the series was an abomination. And there is now talk of a fourth. “CURSED” was exactly that and it was all I could do to sit through the whole thing. “RED EYE” I thought was great up to mid-film but lost me after that. One of the dumbest endings ever. It really is more of a “thriller” than a horror. His last film is Paris J’taime. He is one of several directors including Joel and Ethan Coen, Tom Tykwer, and Gus Van Sant who contribute to this really excellent collection of short stories about love in the city of Paris.

Mr. Craven will be 70 years old this August and is still going strong. He has a film in production right now about a serial killer who returns to his hometown to stalk seven kids who share a birthday with his date of death. Sounds fun and it is full of lesser known actors and actresses which I find most intriguing indeed. Although the Dungeon may not be overly fond of his more recent efforts they have been shocker-promo-postercommercial successes for a director who has definitely put in his time behind the camera. His film “MUSIC OF THE HEART”, his only non-horror entry was nominated for two Oscars; one for Streep for Best Actress and another for original song. Craven has some TV credits, including The Twilight Zone but below I have included only the Horror film titles he directed. He has an extensive list of writing and producing credits also. Among others he produced
“WISHMASTER”, “DRACULA 2000” and “FEAST” and wrote the screenplay for the American remake of the Asian film “PULSE”. Sure
there have been a few fumbles but when you have been directing horror for 37 years you are entitled. Wes Craven is indisputably one of the great horror masters.

Scream 4 (2010) (announced) (in talks)

25/8 (2009) (post-production)

Starring: Max Thieriot, Denzel Whitaker, Frank Grillo, Zena Grey, Danai Jekesai Gurira, Dennis Boutsikaris and Trevor St. John

Red Eye (2005)

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox and Jayma Mays

Cursed (2005)

Starring: Mya, Shannon Elizabeth, Portia de Rossi, Kristina Anapau, Daniel Edward Mora, Solar, Jesse Eisenberg, Milo Ventimiglia, Jonny Acker, Eric Ladin, Christina Ricci, Joshua Jackson and Derek Mears

Scream 3 (2000)

Starring: Liev Schreiber, Kelly Rutherford, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Patrick Dempsey, Lynn McRee, Lance Henriksen, Matt Keeslar, Jenny McCarthy, Emily Mortimer, Parker Posey, Patrick Warburton and David Arquette

Scream 2 (1997)

Starring: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie Kennedy, Laurie Metcalf, Elise Neal, Jerry O’Connell, Timothy Olyphant, Jada Pinkett Smith and Liev Schreiber

Scream (1996/I)

Starring: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Skeet Ulrich, Rose McGowan, Matthew Lillard, Jamie Kennedy, W. Earl Brown and Drew Barrymore

Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Angela Bassett, Allen Payne, Kadeem Hardison, John Witherspoon, Zakes Mokae and Joanna Cassidy

New Nightmare (1994)

Starring: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Miko Hughes, David Newsom, Tracy Middendorf, Wes Craven, John Saxon, Robert Shaye, Sara Risher and Marianne Maddalena

The People Under the Stairs (1991)

Starring: Brandon Quintin Adams, Everett McGill, Wendy Robie, A.J. Langer, Ving Rhames, Sean Whalen, Bill Cobbs and Kelly Jo Minter

Shocker (1989)

Starring: Michael Murphy, Peter Berg, Mitch Pileggi, Sam Scarber, Camille Cooper, Ted Raimi, Keith Anthony-Lubow-Bellamy and Heather Langenkamp

The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

Starring: Bill Pullman, Cathy Tyson, Zakes Mokae, Paul Winfield, Brent Jennings, Conrad Roberts and Badja Djola

Deadly Friend (1986)

Starring: Matthew Laborteaux, Kristy Swanson, Michael Sharrett, Anne Twomey, Anne Ramsey, Richard Marcus and Russ Marin

The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1985)

Starring: Tamara Stafford, Kevin Spirtas, John Bloom, Colleen Riley, Michael Berryman, Penny Johnson, Janus Blythe, John Laughlin and Willard E. Pugh

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Starring: John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, Jsu Garcia, Johnny Depp, Charles Fleischer, Joseph Whipp, Robert Englund, Lin Shaye and Joe Unger

Swamp Thing (1982)

Starring: Louis Jourdan, Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Wise, David Hess, Nicholas Worth, Don Knight, Al Ruban and Dick Durock

Deadly Blessing (1981)

Starring: Maren Jensen, Sharon Stone, Susan Buckner, Jeff East, Colleen Riley, Douglas Barr, Lisa Hartman, Lois Nettleton and Ernest Borgnine

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

Starring: Susan Lanier, Robert Houston, Martin Speer, Dee Wallace, Russ Grieve, John Steadman, James Whitworth, Virginia Vincent, Lance Gordon and Michael Berryman

The Last House on the Left (1972)

Starring: Sandra Cassel, Lucy Grantham, David Hess, Fred J. Lincoln, Jeramie Rain, Marc Sheffler, Richard Towers and Cynthia Carr