Thursday, October 17, 2019

31 Days of Halloween 2019: Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire

[Once again I'm going to attempt to do a horror(ish) movie review a day for the entire month of October. I've done this the last few years on The Cleveland Movie Blog. Most of the time I succeeded. Other times I didn't. We'll see if I can pull it off this year.]

Review by Bob Ignizio

First of all, I missed a day. Real life has been busy, what can I say. Hopefully I'll get caught up and still end the month with 31 reviews, but it's looking rough. Ok, on with the review.

The creepy old Abaddon Hotel that has been the site of murder, mayhem, and reported paranormal activity is saved from demolition by tech entrepreneur Russell Wynn (Gabriel Chytry) who plans on turning it into a performance space called Insomnia. His troupe of actors will be putting on an interpretation of ‘Faust’ while a camera crew from local paranormal program Morning Mysteries, including host Vanessa Shepherd (Elizabeth Vermilyea), films the events leading up to opening night.

All this is shown in past tense, along with interviews and other relevant footage, in the faux documentary and Shudder original HELL HOUSE LLC: LAKE OF FIRE. We don’t know what exactly happened on Insomnia’s opening night as the film begins. We only know it was yet another strange and terrifying event at this seemingly cursed location.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

31 Days of Halloween 2019: Annabelle Comes Home


[Once again I'm going to attempt to do a horror(ish) movie review a day for the entire month of October. I've done this the last few years on The Cleveland Movie Blog. Most of the time I succeeded. Other times I didn't. We'll see if I can pull it off this year.]

Review by Bob Ignizio



Although Annabelle get’s top billing, ANNABELLE COMES HOME is more of a monster rally in the HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN or DESTROY ALL MONSTERS mold than a star vehicle for the demonic doll. Still, the title isn’t entirely misleading as the film begins with Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) takin the titular menace away from the clueless college kids who she was last terrorizing, and tossing her in the backseat for a late night ride to their home. Once there, the terrifying toy is placed in a special locked and blessed display case in the Warren’s museum of the macabre from which she can never escape.



Sure.


Monday, October 14, 2019

31 Days of Halloween 2019: Creepshow Season 1, Episodes 1-3

[Once again I'm going to attempt to do a horror(ish) movie review a day for the entire month of October. I've done this the last few years on The Cleveland Movie Blog. Most of the time I succeeded. Other times I didn't. We'll see if I can pull it off this year.]

Review by Bob Ignizio

We’re three episodes into Shudder’s reboot of CREEPSHOW, the comic book inspired horror anthology series that originated with Stephen King and Berni Wrightson’s graphic novel and its companion film adaptation by George A. Romero in 1982. With each episode delivering two stories at roughly 45 minutes long, that adds up to a little over 2 hours total so far. So more or less the length of a feature film. Seems like as good a point as any to analyze what we’ve seen so far.

In general, just like the original film, each story aims for a tone similar to fifties horror comics ala EC's "Tales From the Crypt". That means lots of bright primary colors, black humor, and a host in the form of The Creep. Unlike The Crypt Keeper, however, The Creep is essentially mute, only offering the occasional raspy laugh. Now on the the specifics.