Posts for Cult Horror

Hobo With a Shotgun

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Rutger Hauer (Actor),

Jason Eisener (Director)

Rated: R

Released: 2011

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Piranha

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Elisabeth Shue (Actor), Jerry O’Connell (Actor),

Alejandre Aja (Director)

Rated: R

Released: 2010

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Dead Girl

Star Rating: 4

Description:
After skipping school, Rickie (Shiloh Fernandez) and JT (Noah Segan) break into the boiler room of a deserted mental hospital,  then make a shocking discovery: the plastic-covered naked body of a woman lying on a gurney. When they realize that the woman may be alive, JT shocks Rickie by suggesting they take advantage of her. But all is not as it seems in this dark thriller: The door to the boiler room had been rusted shut for years.

Rated R, 1 hr. 41 min., 2008

Our Opinion:
Yep, they went over the line and get to be placed in our “Disturbing” category. You will probably want to take a shower after seeing this one. The characters are rich and will have you screaming “Don’t Go There…” While a bit low budget, generally this film is well put together and will keep your attention. The trailer is mild compared to the actual movie. I’d like to say more but I don’t want to spoil it for you. There are some interesting developments in the last half of the film. See Trailer

House of 1000 Corpses

Star Rating: 5

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Set in rural Texas in the 1970s, the group gets more than they bargained for when they find themselves stranded in an all-too-realistic house of horrors. Helmed by rocker Rob Zombie, this gore fest follows two young couples on their quest to find the truth about a mythical character known only as “Dr. Satan.”

Rated R, 1 hr. 28 min., 2002

Our Opinion:
Rob Zombie knows what horror fans like. This film illustrates that you should not get stuck in the middle of nowhere and for Pete’s sake don’t get involved with the natives. You are just asking for trouble like these guys did. This roadside family of misfits do things a little differently than you and me. The Dr Satan character appears briefly in this movie. It is such a rich character I wish Rob would do a Pre-quel to develop that idea more. Very cool horror flick. You won’t feel the same about yourself once you  have watched it.

Cabin Fever

Star Rating: 5

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Five college friends (Rider Strong, Jordan Ladd, Joey Kern, Cerina Vincent, and James DeBello) head off to the woods for a weekend of drinking, partying and fooling around. But as they sit at their campfire the first night, a blood-soaked hermit approaches them. He appears to have been infected with a flesh-eating bacterial virus, and as the hapless kids start to catch the bug, paranoia and hostility run rampant. Combine that with a bad-tempered dog and a party-loving police deputy (Giuseppe Andrews, giving a particularly funny performance), leads everyone into confusion and bloody chaos.

Rated R, 1 hr. 32 min., 2003

Our Opinion:
This is destine to be a cult classic by Eli Roth (Hostel). This is a fun movie to watch and the actors really got into their characters. You can sense the enthusiasm which really propelled this nothing low-budget flick to much higher quality piece of art. I hope to see more like this from Eli. This another one that you will dust off from time to time to show friends.

Monster Man

Star Rating: 4

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Two buddies, played by Adam (Eric Jungmann) and Harley (Justin Urich),  set out on a road trip only to find themselves in a heap of trouble when obnoxious Harley makes the wrong people mad at a seedy biker bar. The two are forced to run for their lives when one man gets behind the wheel of his truck and tries to plow the pair down. Will they be able to escape this monster truck with its monstrous driver, or will they become road-kill?

Rated R, 1 hr. 35 min., 2003

Our Opinion:
This low budget film is very entertaining. The dialog and antics between Adam and Harley are very funny. Why not have a scary monster truck with a hideous driver chase you all over the desert? They had a lot of fun making this movie and you won’t mind seeing it a second or third time. This one gets cult status and would be a great addition to any movie night with friends. See the trailer…

I Spit on Your Grave

Star Rating: 3

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Director Meir Zarchi’s revenge movie has the dubious honor of containing one of the longest and most violent gang-rape scenes on film. When writer Jenny Hill (Camille Keaton) rents a remote cabin, she’s surprised to find that the local townsfolk are friendly — too friendly, in fact. What follows is decidedly unpleasant: After being brutalized, violated and left for dead, Jenny goes on her own spree of killing, mutilation and castration.

Rated R, 1 hr. 40 min., 1978

Our Opinion:
This is a golden oldie but still very shocking even for today’s audience. It is typical of 70’s type films with long scenes and campy dialog. The audio was pretty bad even though the version I watched was remastered in digital dolby. Perhaps they had to. This is a graphic film which had a hard time keeping an R rating when it was released. The mainstream movie critics didn’t like it. Horror fans loved it because it goes to the edge and maybe beyond. That is why it deserves cult status. I had to see it because I was curious what other horror fans were talking about.