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Shudder looks at cursed movie sets that are scarier than the movie
February 26th, 2020 under Shudder. [ Comments: none ]

Some of the scariest movies ever made are The Exorcist, The Omen, and Poltergeist. All three of those movies had something happen when the cameras weren’t rolling that is scarier than the movie itself.

Several cast members from Poltergeist died young, including the two actresses who played the daughters. They were not the only ones to die before their movies came out. Vic Murrow and Brandon Lee were both killed, making their movies The Twilight Zone: The Movie and The Crow.

Shudder is streaming a 5-part documentary, Cursed Movies, that looks at the curses behind all of those films starting on April 2nd. Were they really cursed, or was it just a coincidence that several people, who worked on The Omen, were on different planes that all got struck by lightning while the feature was in production?

We will find out. Make sure to keep the lights on because you won’t be able to sleep at night after you watch this docuseries. Truth is always scarier than fiction.

Hopefully, if they get a second season, they will do the most infamously cursed movie. While Rebel Without a Cause was not a horror movie, what happened to all three leads is.


Belzebuth will possess your nightmares
August 29th, 2019 under Shudder. [ Comments: none ]

Belzebuth, which is streaming on Shudder now, is the type of horror movie you watch that stays with you long after the credits roll. It is a scary movie that plays out in the perfect amount of time. While some movies drag on and on, they waste no time with getting the story started and keeping up the pace during the whole feature.

Belzebuth starts with Detective Ritter (Joaquín Cosio) being excited because his baby boy was just born. That happiness will not last because a nurse will go into the maternity ward and stab him several times before slashing her own throat.

The movie skips ahead five years and a young boy opens fire in a kindergarten class. He kills several students, some teachers and himself. Detective Ritter is called out to cover the case. It is a mystery why this boy did it.

As the country deals with that horror, a woman wraps herself with a live wire and jumps into a pool, killing several children and herself. Again Ritter is asked to investigate this case. Ivan Franco (Tate Ellington) shows up at the scene and tells Ritter the three crimes are all connected.

Together the two of them will look for what is connecting all of these horrific murders. They will talk to a psychic for guidance. As she looks for a connection with them, they find out that there is a very strong entity that does not want to be stopped.

The two men will go to Vasilio Canetti (Tobin Bell). He is a former priest who was excommunicated as a consequence for something he did during an exorcism. He tells them what the connection is and why they are out to kill certain children including Ritter’s son. The three of them will work together to protect a special little boy.

However, along the way, one of them will be possessed by a demonic spirit. The spirit will do everything in his power to kill that boy. It is a fight of good vs evil with only one winner. Who will it be?

Belzebuth was directed by Emilio Portes and written by him and Luis Carlos Fuentes. The film does not rely heavily on special effects which makes it even more terrifying. You feel you are there with them and all of this is really happening. Movies that are not CGI heavy are more believable and scary because they feel authentic. I cannot remember the last time a possession film went old school, but they made the right choice by not giving into computer graphics.

The movie takes place on the Mexican/USA border, so large parts of it are in Spanish. However, about a quarter of the way through, they switch to English and go back and forth from thereon.

Belzebuth is the perfect movie to watch with someone because it is too scary to watch alone. Make sure to Shudder and Shrill this weekend with someone special.


Does the Creepshow trailer make you Shudder?
July 19th, 2019 under Shudder. [ Comments: none ]

Shudder released the first trailer for their reboot of Creepshow and I cannot wait for the series to debut on September 26th. Some people said the It: Chapter 2 trailer was scary. It does not have anything on the series. This looks like it is going to be the horror series we have been craving and have not been getting.

Not only will they be doing 12 new episodes over 6 weeks, but there are also plenty of great stars appearing in them like Kid Cudi, Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Davison, DJ Qualls, Adrienne Barbeau, Giancarlo Esposito, David Arquette, Tobin Bell, Tricia Helfer and Dana Gould.

The best part, this season they are not doing the cockroach episode. If you saw the original 1982 movie, then you know why I am grateful for that. I hate bugs and that segment still gives me nightmares.

To read all about the upcoming episodes, then click here!


Boar is anything but a bore
June 6th, 2019 under Shudder. [ Comments: none ]

We have seen creature features that have featured killer dogs, cats, birds, sharks, piranhas, alligators and even Zombeavers, but I don’t think we ever saw one with a boar? That is until now. Shudder is exclusively streaming Boar about an oversized pig running wild in the Australian Outback and killing anyone who comes in his path.

Bruce (Bill Moseley) takes his wife, his stepson, his stepdaughter and her boyfriend on vacation in the Outback to relax and get to know each other. They are joined by Uncle Bernie (Nathan Jones) who is almost as big as the killer swine they don’t know is about to ruin their holiday and everyone else’s whose path he comes across.

The indestructible hog, who is the size of a minivan, has no mercy. He chews up his victims and then spits them out. Sometimes he just bites off their heads and swallows the body whole. He is one mean hungry killer. Since he kills everyone he meets, no one knows that he is the monster leaving a bloody path of destructrion wherever he goes. Even if the beast didn’t eat all of those people he sees, who would believe that a porker the size of a tank existed.

He will be able to survive all the attacks on him, until he finally meets his match in Uncle Bernie and his famil. Will this be the end of the monster who is not Kosher or he will he be the ultimate winner in this walkabout?

So many horror movies rely heavily on CGI to make them scary, but they only make creatures features feel more unbelievable than the concept already is. Boar is so well done, you almost believe he is real like some of the movies from the ’70s that used real animals to actually create the effect. Even though you are looking at a mouse the size of a bathroom, you believe it because it looks authentic. That is why I believed Boar and threw out all the bacon in my house. I don’t want him coming after me.

If you like creature features with a lot of awesomely bad kills, then you are going to hog wild for this film. You might just say you’ll be as happy as a pig in mud.

Boar was written and direcr by Chris Sun.


You will be as hungry for Critters: A New Binge as they are for humans!
March 21st, 2019 under Shudder. [ Comments: none ]

Back in 1986, Critters landed down on Earth, caused a lot of death and destruction, and remained on a roll until 1992. That is when they went back to their own planet. Or so we thought…

Today, they are back in Critters: A New Binge on Shudder and the hairy balls with red eyes are hungrier than ever. After all, they have not eaten any humans or animals for a long time.

The 10-part webseries starts off with them on the spaceship heading to Earth to retrieve one of their Crite brothers. This Crite is so special, he will save their species and make them more powerful than they have ever been. They don’t know where he is but they know the general whereabouts. This mission is so important, their president tells they are only there to bring back the Crite and they cannot stop to eat anything. Will they listen? Not at all.

Nerdy overweight Christopher (Joey Morgan) and his best friend Charlie (Bzhaun Rhoden) decide to visit the popular girl he has a crush on Dana (Stephi Chin-Salvo) at the rescue shelter where she works. When they get there, they find out that all of the animals have been killed. It as though something ate them and tore them all to shreds. What could have done that?

When the three of them get to school, Dana reveals she is having a party and they are invited. Her boyfriend doesn’t want them there, but he doesn’t have a say in the matter. Therefore, he gets into a fight with Charlie and the four of them get detention.

When Charlie’s mom (Kirsten Robek) finds out about the fight, she grounds him and tells him he cannot go to the party. Thankfully, his uncle (Gilbert Gottfried), who lives with them, lets him go, but Charlie will quickly regret that. That is because the Critters decide to crash the party to find their missing Crite, but they are unsuccessful.

The next day, while his mom is making out with her boyfriend (Christain Sloan), the Critters come to her house looking for the Crite. That is when her boyfriend reveals that he is a shape-shifting, bounty hunter who came down to Earth to stop the Critters. He also tells her he knows the Critters are looking for her, but he does not know why.

What do the Critters want with Charlie and his mom? What is the connection? Will they be able to stop them before they eat all of Burbank at the hot dog eating contests? Will the Critters find their Crite? You will just have to go to Shudder to find out in this 10-part webseries with bite-size episodes.

Critters: A New Binge comes from the brilliant mind of Jordan Rubin who also gave us the highlarious Zombeavers. He knows how to make Hormedies fun and scary at the same time. Horror is more enjoyable when it does not take itself too seriously and this series does just that. It is loyal to the original series but adapted for today’s world.

Even though the Critters are murderous hairy balls, they are also so cute. I want a stuffed version of one to sleep with. To me, that is what makes this a great small creature feature.

It’s an ’80s horror comedy in 2019 and that was the best era for the genre. I miss the days when horror was less dark and more about the kills than the killing. It is harder to make us laugh with a horror movie than it is to scare us in torture porn. I prefer to do the former. If you do too, then you are going to love Critters: A New Binge as much I do.

If enough of us watch, then we will get the sequel that they elude to in the final scene. I need that sequel and you will too.


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