Directed By: Fede Alvarez
Written By: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues, Sam Raimi (based on original motion picture “The Evil Dead”)
Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci
R 1 hr 31 min – Horror
Man oh man, where to even start with this one. Cast? Sounds good. Evil Dead is of course a remake of the 1981 classic from Sam Raimi and it stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore. These 5 friends venture to a cabin in the woods (first mistake) to help Mia (Levy) get off drugs. The second mistake is made by Eric (Pucci) who opens a creepy ass book full of Latin badness, some of which is written in blood (come on man!). From there it shows the 5 of them battling the demonic evil that possesses one of them. It was directed by visionary director Fede Alvarez who did an outstanding job revamping one of the all-time best horror classics into a modern masterpiece. Viewers beware…it’s not for the faint of heart or those with a weak stomach. The gore is incredible, blood and guts all over the place and it’s stylish as hell. Solid camera work, great script and boy do these actors really bring some talent to the silver screen leaving you really wishing that dumbass never got curious. I personally adopted a very firm policy: never open a book bound in barbed wire…and if you do, don’t read the obviously demonic passages from it aloud?! Go buy this on Blu-Ray, wait till dark, grab the love of your life and brace yourself…cuz this shit gets real, real quick…and it doesn’t let up until the credits role. If you’re a horror enthusiast like myself, you won’t be disappointed.
Martyrs (2008) Miller Meter-10/10
Directed By: Pascal Laugier
Written By: Pascal Laugier
Starring: Morjana Alaoui, Mylene Jampanoi
Here’s one of my all time favorite foreign horror flicks. Now I must advised that this one is for experienced horror buffs or those brave enough to endure it! It’s cut up into a masterful 3 act story that keeps you equally disgusted and horrified until the very end. I must warn you that even as a seasoned pro this one gets me.
High Tension (2003) Miller Meter-10/10
Directed By: Alexandre Aja
Written By: Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur
Starring: Cecile De France, Maiwenn, Philippe Nahon and Frank Khalfoun
Here’s a nice little story of a couple of college girls making a sorry attempt to vacation at their parents’ country home. Shit gets real when all of a sudden a mysterious killer decides to crash their slumber party. The gore is absolutely tip top, a killer story and amazing acting, and one of the best openers to a horror film I’ve seen to date…this one is easily on my top faves for Halloween. It was written and directed by one of my go-to’s in the horror community as he later gave us the wonderful remake of “The Hills Have Eyes”. This was before he had anyone telling him “no dude…that’s too much”.
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Directed By: Charles E. Sellier Jr.
Written By: Paul Caimi and Michael Hickey
Starring: Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick, Toni Nero, Robert Brian Wilson
Here’s one of my absolute favorite classic horror flicks. Everyone loves Christmas until a maniac dressed up like Santy Clause kills your family in front of you at the tender age of 8. Billy then grows up as the seemingly perfect kid, despite his horrific past, until one night Christmas finally caught up to him…SLAUGHTER FEST!!!!!!! Fun for the whole family, and by that I mean 18+ of course.