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Geek Nerdery: IT (2017)

When IT was first announced as being up on the remake slot (or re-adaptation if you want to approach it that way) I was not really that thrilled with the idea.  I once met the director of the 1990 TV miniseries version of IT.  I straight up told him that I blamed him for the reason I didn’t like clowns.  Anyone in my age range will tell you that Tim Curry pretty much ruined the ever enjoying a clown again.  For me there was no way anyone could ever do Pennywise justice.  Tim Curry had terrified a whole generation with some grease paint and a wicked smile.

The longer it went on I hoped more and more that IT would be put in the old development hell section of Hollywood where things like Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash or such gems as a sequel to Bubba Ho-Tep seemed to live.  I wouldn’t get my wish.  I began my crusade of denying this movie.  Hell no we won’t go . . . . to the cinema to see a new IT!  The chant was awkward so I dropped it but I kept saying there was no way a new IT would be good.  Then the first trailer hit.  Suddenly a slight crack in my facade began to show.  I was still adamant that Pennywise wouldn’t be nearly as good as Tim Curry’s but damn did the footage look pretty good.

Trailer 2 hit.  The cracks were really showing now.  IT actually looked scary.  As much as I love the 1990 TV movie version because it scared my 10 year old self senseless it has lost some of the scary luster it once held and now I just appreciate it for how it USED to scare me.  These trailers had made it look actually scary again.  Yeah but still he was no Tim Curry.  What I learned this weekend is that he didn’t need to be.

I’d been waiting to hate on this movie since it was first announced and now here I sit opening weekend telling you I can’t.  Don’t get me wrong, it still has some quibbles with me, but I actually can say I really enjoyed it.  They took a story I’ve loved all my life and gave it a loving tribute to it’s source material.  The time frame is updated to 1989.  Making the kids pretty much the same age I was when I saw IT for the first time.  Suddenly I’m caught in a nostalgia loop.  I’m reliving my childhood through these characters and they were also about to get the piss scared out of them by a killer clown.

The casting is about spot on perfect for me.  I have no complaints what so ever.  Bill is great as an awkward leader consumed by his brother’s disappearance.  Eddie is one sneeze away from being put into an iron lung by his over bearing mother.  Richie is the foul mouthed class clown we all wished we could have been.  And there’s Bev.  Poor poor Bevie.  I worry about her a lot.

These kids feel like friends.  It’s no stretch of the imagination to see these kids hanging out.  The chemistry on screen is near perfect.  Henry Bowers has traded in his duck tail hair cut and leather jacket for a mullet and sleeveless t-shirts fitting right into the 1989 setting. Pennywise.  Oh let me tell you about this Dancing Clown.  Bill Skarsgard brings a new twist onto King’s terrifying shape shifter.  He doesn’t try to do what Tim Curry did.  He didn’t do an impression.  He creates something new.  Which is exactly what you need in a remake like this.  Something new.  This evil clown doesn’t lure you in with his innocent clown tricks.  No.  This clown lures you in with his smile and then keeps right on smiling as he rips your guts out.  If Tim Curry gave 10 year old me nightmares then Skarsgard is going to give the almost 40 year old me some sleepless nights for the next few days.

I am pleading with you if you have been on the fence to give the new IT a try.  And this is from a fan who denounced it from the start.  Give it a chance.  You might just get a few night terrors of your own.

I actually have seen IT twice this weekend.  First with a few friends I had made plans with a few months ago and then just today I got a chance to go see IT with an invitation for free passes to try the 4DX version.  A new 4DX theater had opened in Illinois and I was curious to check it out so I gladly accepted.  With 4DX you get an immersive experience.  Your seat will move and vibrate along with the movie.  You’ll get fans blowing when the characters are riding their bikes so you can feel the wind rushing past your head.  New smells will enter the theater during every scene.  There was strobe lights to help accentuate the lightning.  Mist and air from the seats in front of you to bring you into the wet and surprising scenes.  Seems like a great idea . . .

. . .unless you’re trying to watch an atmospheric horror film.  Sadly it didn’t help with this movie.  The audience also didn’t help.  Lots of talking and people checking phones.  Part of me thinks the 4DX didn’t help with this.  When you have air blasting in your face and your friends are laughing it seemed to open up the idea that you could just talk about it at full volume.  Many times during the film my seat was shaking and moving all over the place and making it hard to pay attention to what was going on on screen.  I looked over at my friend Scott who came with me to see him almost a foot higher than me because our seats were moving at such a weird pace.

Also I didn’t smell anything.  Nothing seemed to change during the movie.  I felt bad as this was Scott’s first time seeing the film and what was supposed to be an immersive experience seemed to be distracting him from actually enjoying the movie.  I don’t think it’s a bad idea overall.  If I saw Jurassic World in this theater I probably would have enjoyed every second of it but for a movie like this it seemed to make it harder to enjoy the film.  I say YES to 4DX but not for something like this.

Outside of that GO SEE IT!  From the box office it would seem like a lot of you did which means we will probably see more R rated horror films and more Stephen King in the theater.  Both of which can be good things.

On the way home from the theater me and Scott decided to break out the recorder and talk about our experience.  There was a lot of road noise so I did best I could to get rid of it but you may hear some bleeps and bloops.  Sorry.

Music provided by The Fantastic Plastics.

TLH Episode 92 – Chopping Mall Commentary

Well, after two solid years, we’ve decided to call it a wrap. It’s with great sadness that we offer you our final episode of The Last Horrorcast. And we could not think of a more fitting way to end the show than with a commentary of what has become the show’s most beloved film, Chopping Mall. So sit back, grab a beer, and enjoy one last horror film with Scott, Doug, and Bryan. But most of all, thank you for two great years.

 

TLH Episode 91 – Dawn of the Dead and The Return of the Living Dead

We continue Romero month by taking a look at a couple of non Romero movies that would never have been made if not for his influence. First, the Dawn of the Dead remake followed by The Return of the Living Dead. Keeping with the remake discussion, we review I Spit on Your Grave, I Spit on Your Grave 2, The Dark Tower, Riverdale, and Penny Dreadful. Be sure to stick around until the end of the episode for some important show updates.

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TLH Episode 90 – Martin and The Dark Half

This week we honor one of the great legends of horror, George Romero. We discuss two of his lesser known films, Martin and The Dark Half. We also discuss Scanners, Play Motel, The Pit, Bruiser, KnightridersLand of the Dead and begin Scott’s Buffy odyssey (complete with theme song).

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TLH Episode 89 – Bad Moon and The Boy Who Cried Werewolf

There’s a full moon out tonight, as we discuss some kids vs werewolf films. We look at Bad Moon from 1996 and The Boy Who Cried Werewolf from 1973. After the break we talk Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Car, The Fan, and other random nerdy things.

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TLH Episode 88 – Theater of Blood and The Flesh and Blood Show

This week we class this shit up with some theater as we discuss Theater of Blood and The Flesh and Blood Show. We also discuss The Host, Hellevator,  Portal to the Unknown, Castlevania, Burning Bright, Prey, Savage Harvest, The Void, Graduation Day, The Belko Experiment, and The Mist.

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Movie Break: The Scorned with Tonya, Trishelle and Steven Hill

We’re on hiatus from The Challenge, so the crew sits down to discuss the forgotten horror movie, The Scorned starring Challenge alum Trishelle, Tonya and Steven. No drama this time around, or challenges or eliminations, but we do discuss blood and gore and death scenes. That’s similar, right?

TLH Episode 87 – Jessabelle and The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh

This week we take another look at some haunted house films with Jessabelle and The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh. Stay tuned for lots of discussion on Frightmare, The Comeback, The Survivor, The Rezort, The Blackcoat’s Daughter, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Dark Touch, Don’t Breathe, Ticks, Friday the 13th (2009), Chained, Occult Crimes, and Under the Skin.

Oh, and for your viewing pleasure…

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TLH Episode 86 – Sinister and The Canal

This week we discuss ghosts on film with Sinister and The Canal. We also talk about Child’s Play, Dead End Drive-In, Friday the 13th the game, and Occult Crimes.

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TLH Episode 85 – Fallen and The Hidden

This week we take a look at some body jumping horror movies with Fallen and The Hidden. After the break we hear from a new listener and discuss The Curse as well as other random horror things.

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‘Alien:Covenant’ review: Is it more like ‘Alien’ or ‘Prometheus’?

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When I told friends I saw the most recent addition to the Alien family last week, the first question was always the same: Was it more like Alien or Prometheus? And my answer is always the same, Yes but it is also it’s own. Ridley Scott’s masterful direction is both a sequel to Prometheus and a gateway that is leading the audience to Alien. The film’s prologue begins with a young Peter Weyland introducing his latest creation David (played by one of the best parts and performances of this movie Michael Fassbender) to the world. This is where the elements of Prometheus begin, the religious overtones of creation/God making Man. When David asks Weyland, “If God made Man, who made God?”, you can see Weyland’s’s face shift to the realization that his creation has questioned him and asked what he himself would like to know.

Then, piece by piece, the opening title sequence takes you back to Alien and the tone is set of what the audience is in for.  It’s 2104, 10 years after Prometheus and 18 years prior to the original Alien.   The Covenant is carrying the frozen cryosleep crew of twelve and 2,000 other sleepy frozen passengers along with 1000’s of embryos on a 7 year journey to a distant planet Origae-6 when it is thrown off course by a burst of crap/space storm/neutrino shock wave that shreds this gold shield thing and nearly kills everyone. Luckily, the humanoid watching over the ship, Walter (also Fassbender) wakes up the crew and saves the day, except for (spoiler alert) James Franco. If you are not a Franco fan then this is the movie for you because his demise is not pretty. The crew mourns briefly, fixes the ship, hears a beacon on a seemingly perfect new planet and despite the fact that they have a course set to a destination I’m pretty positive some really smart people have done a ton of research on, they take 3/4’s of the remaining crew and go to this equally inhabitable planet to explore and shortly after that all hell breaks loose.

So here are the pros: Covenant is a dark, haunting, exhilarating exploration in space and bloodier than the previous films in the franchise that brings the scares Prometheus lacked.The Xenomorphs are magnificent in size and scare factor and the introduction of the Neomorphs (add that to your lexicon) are both terrifying and adorable. Plush Neomorphs and baby Groots may be THE gift for the kids this summer. There is also a POV from the Xenomorph that I don’t recall experiencing as an audience member before. As for the performances, the standouts are

DF-14740 – Katherine Waterston as Daniels in ALIEN: COVENANT. Photo Credit: Mark Rogers.

Daniels (Katherine Waterston despite her Floyd Christmas haircut) the female lead reminiscent of Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley cautious, couragous and kicking ass. Faris (Amy Seimetz) the ship’s co-pilot who has the most believable performance from the moment she awakens from cryosleep to her encounter with an ill crew member and what transpires after, she is the only member of the team that follows protocol and her fear looks more than real. The standout and star is David/Walter (Fassbender) who is outstanding and entertaining especially in scenes where he acts with, himself. It is clear that writers John Logan and Dante Harper enjoyed writing the scenes between these two characters with a line like, “Watch me…I’ll do the fingering.”

Which leads to the cons: While practical effects were used, there is a quintessential scene where they were not and in my opinion missed the mark where it was an easy target. Award for worst crew in space goes to…. The Covenant. You have 2,000 lives on board your ship and you decide to go exploring? Last time I checked you had a mission and a destination but this shiny penny planet apparently means more than human existense. And who takes 3/4 of their remaining crew to “check out” a perfect uninhabited planet? Do they not show reruns of ANY television show set in space in 2104?

The character development is abysmal. What angers me about this is the 4 minute teaser trailer released 2 months before of a Last Supper with the crew that establishes relationships, personalites, banter and makes you feel and at least know more than 4 of the charachters names. Why this was not added to the final film I don’t understand because this 4 minute addition would have been that touch the film needed.

Despite the lack of character development and storyline plotholes, Covenant is a gorgeous film that splits the feel of Alien and Prometheus. The Covenant ship is a dead ringer for the Nostromo while the landscape of the planet, both barren of life and beautiful is reminiscent of Prometheus.The production design department led by Chris Seagers will be, in my opinion, nominated and possibly winning many accolades during awards season because of their exquisite craftmandship.

Alien:Covenant is a transition film that is an equal mix of Alien and Prometheus with the horror and tension of the original and the ambition to answer the question of creation and life from the latter. While it did not leave me feeling, anything actually, I do believe it is a film with some misses but a film that should be watched and enjoyed in the theater. I guess my disappointment is that I know this is a an A movie that ended up being a B. This is not the end however, which makes me hopeful. Alien:Covenant opens in theaters May 19th.

 

Garden Party Massacre – A Review

Good god I love Indie horror. I grew up on a steady stream of Troma and Full Moon movies as a kid (Ask your parents). There is something about a movie that is shot on a shoe string budget by people who love what they are doing, its elevates the idea into an art form.

Garden Party Massacre is a low budget, indie send up of your typical horror movies. Imagine if you would The 3 Stooges taking on Sam Raimi and you get the idea behind Garden Party Massacre.

Written, directed and starring Gregory Blair, Massacre begins as typical get together of several friend but quickly turns into a comedic romp that had me  giggling throughout the film. Massacre doesn’t take itself seriously and neither should you.

One of the hardest things to do is nail horror comedy, and Garden Party Massacre hits all the bloody beats in its brisk 1:10 play time and it uses every moment it has to full effect.

The pros – There are a lot of chuckles to be had and when you think you have the movie figured out, you don’t.

The Cons – Its a low budget indie movie. Some of the acting is questionable, but  I still had a damn good time watching this flick.

Garden Party Massacre is currently making the round on the festival circuit and from what I have seen, audiences are eating it up.  Check out the trailer below.

 

TLH Episode 84 – Pet Sematary and IT

This week we shine a spotlight on Stephen King with reviews of Pet Sematary and IT. After the break we have a lot more to talk about, including Get Out, Final Girl, Mulholland Dr., Bates Motel, Point of Terror, The Eyes of My Mother, The Devils, Train to Busan, Incarnate, The Bye Bye Man, and Hostage to the Devil.

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TLH Episode 83 – Arachnophobia and Matinee

This week Bryan leaves Scott and Doug to host alone, and that means two things; a spider movie is on the list and a short episode was recorded. They discuss the two early 90s John Goodman films Matinee and Arachnophobia, and that’s about it.

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TLH Episode 82 – The Changeling and The Haunting

This week it’s just Bryan and Doug. (Scott’s busy working on a secret clown related fanfic.) They manage to keep things together long enough to discuss a couple ghost movies; The Haunting and The Changeling [spoilers from 56:41-1:13:27].

Be sure to stick around for some very worthwhile thoughts on The Girl Who Talked to Dolphins, Blood Mania, Batman: The Killing Joke, Pet, and Kong: Skull Island.

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Chucky Goes All Inception For New Sequel

Don’t fuck with the Chuck!

After the stunning cinematic suppository that was Seed of Chucky (I still defend Bride, but that is another article entirely), it was a welcome return to form of the popular killer doll franchise when Curse of Chucky returned to its outright horror roots, and it seemed to have done well enough to actually get a new sequel greenlit as well.

We have known the title for the 7th installment of the long running series, Cult of Chucky, for a while but little has been mentioned as to what the movie will even be about, until now.

Cult of Chucky will pick up right after the events of Curse with the wheelchair bound Nica, played by none other than Brad Douriff’s (Voice of Chucky and Charles Lee Ray) daughter Fiona Douriff, being blamed for the vicious murder of her family.

“[‘Cult of Chucky’] picks up the story of Nica after the bloodbath that happens in the last movie, and Nica has taken the wrap for all of Chucky’s murders,” Mancini told the Monsterpalooza audience. “She was sent to a mental institution, and after four years of shock therapy and drugs, doctors have convinced her that Chucky was just a delusion and that she had actually murdered her entire family.

“It’s a cool prescription for suspense, right?[…]Then her doctor complicates matters by introducing into her group therapy sessions…a Chucky doll.”

Chucky is such a versatile character that you can plug him into different sub genres,” says Mancini, who calls the new film surreal. “This one is the mind fuck, Chucky meets ‘Inception’ because you’re dealing with a bunch of characters whose perception reality is altered by their madness, the drugs that their on, and by hypnosis.”

And there is good news for the gore hounds out there…

“The gore effects in this movie….this is definitly the goriest of all of the movies,” Mancini stated while assuring the audience that he wasn’t pandering to them. “[This] wasn’t something [we] set out to do, it just sort of turned out that way.”

Cult of Chucky is due to hit our screens sometime around October.

TLH Episode 81 – Club Dread and Turistas

This week we close out Bill Paxton month by taking a vacation. Or…we watch Club Dread and Turistas. We also talk about Pulse, The Last of Sheila,  Lights Out, Rituals, and the new IT trailer.

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TLH Episode 80 – Predator 2 and Silver Bullet

This week on the show, we once again celebrate Bill Paxton by spotlighting a different actor. This time, it’s Gary Busey. We review Predator 2 and Silver Bullet, plus look at Time After Time and Shut In.

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TLH Episode 79 – Frailty and Reign of Fire

Time for week two of Bill Paxton memorial month. This week we honor Bill by taking a look at a couple of Matthew McConaughy films? Join us as we review Reign of Fire and Frailty [spoilers from 58:00-1:28:00]. Also…10 to Midnight and XX.

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New Poster And Trailer For Upcoming IT Remake

I’m a huge King nerd.  That’s not a secret.  I’ve been on record that I just don’t know about this IT remake.  Not that I don’t think they could improve on it with a higher budget and less restrictions but the big point of contention with me is Pennywise.  I mean how do you even come close to living up to Tim Curry’s performance?

Well we got our fist look at the new trailer and while everything looks good and it has a creepiness to it there is still no real look at the Pennywise performance.  We see some flashes of him and such but no dialogue and no real interaction with the characters.  But I know I’ll still be there opening weekend as since I’m a constant reader I have to.  Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.