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Cabin in the Woods

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Cabin in the Woods (2012) is fresh even though it starts out a bit moldy. That is the point. It pays homage to all the great horror movies like Evil Dead with Bruce Campbell (1983). We have five friends getting away for the weekend in an RV en-route to a cabin deep in the woods. There are two cuties, a stoner, a jock and brainiac. Sounds typical but the movie complete with the most amazing twists. This one is a game changer folks a fun ride and a definite must have for your movie collection.

House of Wax

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House of Wax is fast becoming a classic horror movie that is a “must-have” for any horror collection. It has all the typical elements and really goes the distance. Arguable Paris Hilton’s best movie. Some of you may have forgotten, but there is another star in this movie that you might recognize, Jared Padalecki is very young in this 2005 flick. You almost won’t recognize him, but look carefully. That’s right! It’s Sam of Sam & Dean in Supernatural.

Why Deep Horror Began

Having been an avid fan of modern horror, I would routinely rent 5 to 10 movies from my local Blockbuster on the weekends. It wasn’t until I accidentally rented Playhouse that I felt my relationship with Blockbuster and the whole movie industry start to falter. Why? Well, up until now you could expect that any movie you rent is professionally produced with the standard qualities you would expect in a movie. This isn’t the case with Playhouse. The cover looked interesting, but upon playing it in the DVD player to my surprise it looked like someone had stolen the DVD out of the carton and replaced it with a home-made handy cam version. I checked and the DVD itself had screen print that matched the cover. I was dumbfounded. Why would anyone go to this much trouble of distributing this amateurish drivel? Looking at the DVD carton more closely and I mean really closely there was something amiss. There wasn’t a standard movie specification block that showed the screen proportion and run time, etc. Curiously on the back of the Playhouse DVD carton it says that the sound is in 5.1 surround sound. Which means you get to hear really crappy sound all around you. This isn’t the experience I was looking for. I couldn’t even get through more than 15 minutes of the bad sound, horrible acting, bad lighting. The list goes on and on. So why was this on the shelf?

I know, even professionally made movies can be stinkers, but they weren’t even trying on Playhouse. If there is anything below low-budget or no-budget this was the one. This isn’t about the subject matter. It is about the expected production quality in a rented movie. I only wish there was a section for novice film because I am sure there is a market for it. I just don’t like being cheated out of my money. They might as well have placed someone’s home video of their kid’s first play inside the Playhouse DVD carton because that is what it seemed like.

So that is why we developed Deep Horror. For anyone who asks; “Can you recommend a good scary movie?”, we can resoundingly say “YES!” If we come across sub-par movies you will see them appear on the “Do Not Rent” list. These are movies that should never be in the marketplace.

Who are we to judge art? Well, again this is a production quality issue. There are plenty of bad movies out there with a million plus budgets, however, they have all the essential production values we have come to expect from a movie that we pay to see. You don’t expect a fake plastic hamburger from McDonald’s. You expect a real hamburger.

Amusement

Skull Rating: 4

Description:
The near-catatonic Tabitha (Katheryn Winnick) tries to explain why she and two of her childhood friends (Laura Breckenridge and Jessica Lucas) are being hunted by a serial killer while being interrogated by a police psychiatrist. The truth that’s dying to come out weaves together three tragic secrets from their past. Keir O’Donnell and Tad Hilgenbrinck co-star as two of the girls’ boyfriends who become unwitting targets in their deadly game.

Rated R, 1 hr. 25 min., 2008

Our Opinion:
You never know who is going to take things personally and hold a life long grudge against you from childhood. This guy builds an elaborate scheme to get back at his childhood school mates many years later. Very unique idea and well produced. This one that you will probably wouldn’t mind seeing again.

Nine Dead

Skull Rating: 3

Description:
Starting without a single clue , nine strangers face the mind-bender of a lifetime when a hooded madman locks them in a basement and announces that he will slay one of them every 10 minutes until they uncover the mysterious connection they all share. Can any of them solve the puzzle in less than 90 minutes? This horror-suspense film from director Chris Shadley stars Melissa Joan Hart, John Terry and Lucille Soong.

Rated R, 1 hr. 26 min., 2009

Our Opinion:
This is another single location shoot, but it is mixed with flashbacks as each participant is trying to recall their connection to their abductor. This one is very entertaining and will leave you guessing to the very end.

Breathing Room

Skull Rating: 3

Description:
When Tonya (Ailsa Marshall) finds herself stranded in an unfamiliar room with 13 prisoners, and each is held hostage by an electronic collar left to agonize about what horrible fate may await. It turns out, they’re slated to die, and as the clock ticks down, the terrified strangers go toes up one by one. The catch, of course, is that one of them is the killer — but who is it?

Rated R, 1 hr. 29 min., 2007

Our Opinion:
There a few movies like this where you have a single location and we a forced to examine each character to figure out the puzzle. This one is good and I would recommend it.

It’s Alive

Skull Rating: 4

Description:
Maternal bliss soon turns to horror for new mom Lenore (Bijou Phillips),  when she discovers her little bundle of joy is a natural born killer who leaves a trail of dead in his tiny wake. As the death toll mounts, the doting mom can stay in denial for only so long. James Murray co-stars as the proud papa in director Josef Rusnak’s chilling remake of Larry Cohen’s 1974 cult horror hit.

Rated R, 1 hr. 30 min., 2008

Our Opinion:
This is a great upgrade for the original title, however, I don’t know if I would call it a remake. It is quite a different movie and also plays well for the modern horror audience. If you are pregnant this one will be even more scary for you. Who knew babies could kill…

Let the Right One In

Skull Rating: 4

Description:
Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) collects news items about the grisly murders plaguing his town. He is twelve-year-old and is the constant target of bullies. Spending his time plotting revenge, he then meets a new girl named Eli (Lina Leandersson), a misfit vampire who steals his heart. As a serial killer continues to prey on teen boys in their small Swedish village, Eli helps Oskar find the courage to stand up to his tormenters.

Rated R, 1 hr. 54 min., 2008

Our Opinion:
This is a darling of a horror film. A puppy love story of two 12 year olds with a little twist, Eli is a vampire. It is a rare that foreign films can capture a world wide audience like this one. There is talk of an English re-make. It is a true gem and if you like vampire movies this one is very interesting and should be added to your collection. See trailer: Let the Right One In

Slices

Star Rating: 1

Description:
This macabre anthology, like “Creepshow”, features five short horror films, including “The Exterminator,” in which a ruthless businessman gets a taste of his own medicine — and then some — when he’s abducted by his own hatchet man. Other eerie tales include “Turnout,” “The Range,” “Night Scream” and “Dead Letters,” in which a grieving writer discovers a way to resurrect his beloved dead wife — but at what cost?

Rated R, 2 hr. 28 min., 2008

Our Opinion:
Don’t waste your time with this one. This movie contains the following; bad acting, bad writing, bad lighting, horrible audio and bad story telling. Why these types of films are available for rent is beyond me. If this was a film student’s assignment, they probably got a D.

Seventh Moon

Star Rating: 1

Description:
Melissa (Amy Smart) and Yul (Tim Chiou) are enjoying the Hungry Ghost Festival immensely, but their hosts think they’re enjoying it too much. Soon, the couple is abandoned in the middle of nowhere — but they’re far from being alone.

Rated R, 1 hr. 27 min., 2008

Our Opinion:
Run from this one as far as you can. It is a rip off. It is amazing what they call movies these days. You see an actress like Amy Smart on the cover and you think well how could they make a bad movie with a well known celebrity. Well they can. In fact, it seemed like a cheap excuse to write-off a vacation to China. The entire film is hand-held and dark. When I say dark I mean there is nothing on the screen to see.