Friday, June 3, 2011

Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama

Just hearing the name of this movie is enough to turn a few heads. I had a professor that always told me about this movie and I finally threw some money down and ordered it. I wasn’t too disappointed. If you are looking for some fun 80’s cheese, this is the ultimate. Directed by the man who brought you Witchouse, Beach Babes from Beyond, Creepozoids, and countless other films that should have never been made like the killer boy band movie, Ring of Darkness. Ugh. Anyway, David DeCoteau is a legend in his own right. He got his start in the same place a lot of big name filmmakers did with none other than Roger Corman.

Sorority Babes starts with a group of college boys who get mixed up with a sorority initiation prank. The final initiation, after an approximately 10 minute spanking scene, is to steal a trophy from the bowling alley at the mall after hours. The gang of kids head out only to run into a girl named Spider (Linnea Quigley) who is robbing the alley. They finally get a hold of the trophy and accidently unleash a mischievous imp into the mall. He grants them wishes that of course go painfully wrong and makes some really bad jokes at their expense. Gotta hate those imps.

I had a really good time watching this. I just wish I would have waited to have a group of people over to watch it for the first time. It’s definitely the kind of movie you crack open a case of beer, order a pizza, and laugh at all the way through. It’s hard to review this movie because it doesn’t take itself seriously at all. DeCoteau knew what he was making and went for it. Nothing in the story is believable and why should it be?

The characters were all really formulaic and I think I loved them for that reason. It had all of your typical 80’s teen movie characters. There were preppy girls, nice girls, nerds, a bully, a punk and a bumbling old janitor. I was happy to see Linnea Quigley was the punk, Spider, who was robbing the bowling alley. She played her usual Return of the Living Dead Trash character and was great. She is probably the reason most people watched this movie when it came out! 


For all of you Linnea Quigley fans out there, here is a clip from her 1990 release: Linnea Quigley’s Horror Workout. Just got a bootleg of it and I’ll definitely have to put it next to my Chuck Norris: Private Lesson tape.

Scared Stiff

This movie just popped up on my radar recently and I was able to pick up the VHS fairly cheap online. It seemed fitting to throw on the blog. Scared Stiff is from 1987 and it is also known as The Masterson Curse.

Scared Stiff is tells the story of a family that gets more than they bargained for when they move into an old mansion in Charleston, South Carolina. Pop singer Kate Christopher (Mary Page Keller), her son Jason, and Psychiatrist David Young (Andrew Stevens) move in together after Kate met David under his care. Soon after moving in Kate begins to have visions/dreams about the slave master of the house. Soon strange things are happening to them and others surrounding the family and the mansion.

This damn movie felt like a chore to watch for the first hour. The acting is stiff, the characters are not well developed, and the story isn’t totally there. They deal more with the history of the house than they do any real character development of the main three characters of the movie. You are given little bits of pieces to put the story together and it never really gets explained fully. Most things are explained with the simple answer… CURSE.

Scared Stiff has an interesting, original premise and it does hold your attention to an extent.  I am going to attribute the good things in this movie to one of the three writers of the movie, Mark Frost. Frost was one of the creators and writers on Twin Peaks. This movie having three writers was probably the reason it had so many downfalls. Director Richard Friedman should have just let Frost have his way with the screenplay.

I digress. The last half hour was really fun. If there was anything worth watching this movie for, it was this. There are some really fun cheesy and at points gory effects thrown at you. Transformations into beasts, skin falling off, a dead body flying through the window, etc. All of that good stuff. That’s what I paid $4 to see!



Sunday, April 10, 2011

Update: April

If you haven't noticed, Kdaver's Movie Morgue is now on Facebook. If you don't have a google account or you are not checking it as much you can "like" us on Facebook. I'll be doing some exclusive content just for the Facebook page when we get some more likes there.

In other news KMM is now part of the Horror Blogger Alliance. Check out their website for other great blogs. Just click the banner below:

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Until next time Friends!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Terror In The Aisles

Hello everyone! Sorry it's been a little while, things have been crazy lately. Last weekend was Cinema Wasteland and I dropped quite a bit of money on movies, so there should be a nice amount of reviews coming up. The first movie I looked at was one that has been eating away at me to watch. Thankfully, I found a bootleg of Terror In The Aisles (1984). I talked to quite a few people about it over the weekend and I really feel like I missed out watching this one when I was a kid. Everyone had such fond memories of it and it seemed like the kind of movie you grow up with being a horror fan.

Anyhow, Terror In The Aisles is sort of a documentary. It doesn't really give you any insight into the genre, which is what I was hoping for. The back of the VHS has a whole list of celebrities that are in it. They were just referencing the movie clips compiled. The only two celebrities that actually talked were Donald Pleasence (Halloween) and Nancy Allen (Dressed To Kill, Robocop). There was an interesting clip from Alfred Hitchcock: Men Who Made The Movies that featured Hitchcock discussing how to create suspense in a scene.

The entirety of the movie was made up of Pleasence and Allen amongst a crowd of people in a movie theater. They would introduce themes like the Devil, sex, killers and then proceed to show clips from dozens of recognizable movies. Eventually it would relate back to them in the theater repeating the infamous mantra, "it's only a movie... it's only a movie."

If you are looking for some mindless viewing or a nice classic horror compilation this one will do it for you. Like I said earlier, don't expect to take much out of this. There is not much on the obscure front since all of the movies they draw from are pretty well known. Despite the movie's shortcomings, it is definitely a fun movie. Terror In The Aisles is one of those movies that every horror fan should have on their shelf.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Street Law

A few months ago I reviewed Vigilante and said I may follow up with a review of its Italian counterpart. Well, here it is:

This film tells the story of a righteous Italian citizen, Carlo Antonelli (played by the legendary Franco Nero), and his quest for justice. Antonelli is caught in the middle of a bank robbery and later kidnapped and beaten. He goes to the police and finds that they are incapable of providing any means of justice or assistance. He then enlists the help of a criminal, Tommy (Giancarlo Prete), to set up his revenge plot. Much to his girlfriend's (Barbara Bach) dismay, Antonelli creates a scenario that springs police into action and criminals into hiding.

I thought everything was spot on in this film. Franco Nero played his part with an incredible amount of passion. You could see the pain in his face during every shot and every scene. It also helped immensely that Nero performed all of his stunts. The director, Enzo Castellari had worked with Nero quite a bit during their careers and I think it comes out strong in this movie. Castellari knew Nero's strengths and ran with them.

Castellari did some unique things in this film compared to most in the revenge genre. All of the crimes during the beginning credits were based off of actual news and police reports. He wanted the plot to really reflect the mentality of citizens in the city. I also enjoyed how immersed into the criminal world Antonelli was. As most revenge films do, Street Law looks how someone can fight violence with violence and not become what they are fighting against. Even Antonelli's growing friendship with the criminal Tommy shows the similarities between the two characters.

Besides being incredibly well done, there was a lot of interesting facts surrounding film. First of all, tell me how this is a sequel when Street Law was released in 1975 and Vigilante was released in 1985. Even William Lustig credited this as being an inspiration for Vigilante. Also, Enzo Castellari was fairly infamous in Italian cinema for inventing the Italian police thriller genre. He worked with Franco Nero on an earlier film called High Crime and this was the first time Italian audiences had seen a film like this that wasn't from the States. Both films were great successes and sparked hundreds of other similar Italian films to be made.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Profile: Gary Pullin

Ghoulish Gary Pullin is Rue Morgue Magazine's art director and one of the most successful artists in horror culture today. You may not know him by name but I'm sure that you have come across his work. Whether it's the latest cover of Rue Morgue or your favorite bands new artwork, it's always awe-inspiring.

I asked Gary a few questions about his artwork and how this all came to be. Check it out in the first installment of Kdaver's Movie Morgue artist profiles!

KMM: How did you come to work for Rue Morgue?

GP: Around 98, I was at a Fantasia Film Fest screening for Lucio Fulci's The Beyond here in Toronto. It was a sold out screening and founder Rodrigo Gudino was there selling the first few issues of the magazine. I had seen a copy once before and was really impressed with it. I gave him my card expressing how I'd love to do some artwork for the magazine. Rod called the following week and we arranged a meeting. I showed him my portfolio and we talked at length about horror and the vision for the magazine. Before I knew it, I became fast friends with everyone there and worked on everything and anything they could send my way. I was holding down a full time job at a commercial design firm and moonlighting for RM on evenings and weekends. By this time, I had already designed the Rue Morgue logo, illustrated covers, columns and was contributing on every issue. Knowing I was ready for something new, Rod asked that I hold off on any other job offers and the next year, he hired me officially full time in 2001. It was a pretty exciting time for me. I was that young kid who used to hunt for horror magazine's and now I had the opportunity to help make one.

KMM: Your illustrations have a very distinct look to them. Are there any artists that have influenced your unique style?
GP: I have a lot of art heroes and am inspired by a new one on a monthly basis. Charles Burns, Basil Gogos, Bernie Wrightson, Todd Schorr, Robert Crumb and Joe Coleman have all had an impact on me. I love the Tales from the Crypt artists like Ghastly Graham Ingles and Jack Davis. I love the classic movie poster artists like Saul Bass, Reynold Brown and Norman Sanders… the list goes on and on and on…

Artwork © Gary Pullin 2011. Pictures posted with permission.

KMM: What does the future hold for Gary Pullin?

GP: I'm not really sure. I'm always pushing and doing different things to see where my art will take me. I have a bucket list. I'd love to publish a coffee table art book. I'd love to do an animated short one day. Right now I'm having a great time working with the talented kids at the magazine and with industry folks in the genre I love.

KMM: What is your all-time favorite horror film? If you can pick one!

GP: You had to ask! It's too hard to pick one. Even if you try to narrow it down to a top five, it's almost impossible. I love classic horror. The Creature from the Black Lagoon remains' the most wonderfully shot and designed "guy in a suit" monster flick. I love the music score, the time of day when I first saw it... I mean, there's so many reason's why we love a certain film. But if I had to say one, Creature could be it. Tobe Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Massacre is also one of my favourite films because how utterly terrified I was after I had seen it. It was the first movie I watched that had that documentary feel to it, no goofy music or elaborate, theatrical set pieces. It felt as though I was watching something in real time and it blew me away. I also love The Thing, Fulci's The Beyond, The Changeling, Day of the Dead...

KMM: Lastly, is there anything you want to plug going on right now?

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Artwork © Gary Pullin 2011. Pictures posted with permission.

Update: February

Sorry it's been a while... I've been busy setting up some exciting new ventures for the blog.

I am starting a new segment called profiles. In the next couple weeks I will be catching up with some of my favorite artists in the horror genre. We'll take a look at a little bit of their artwork and find out what is behind the madness.

In addition to the profiles, I will be producing some upcoming video posts. The weather is getting nicer and that means horror conventions and traveling!

So stay tuned fellow horror fans!