Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Horror Hangover


Another Sunday, another hangover, but unfortunately for me I have to work this afternoon. Boy am I jealous that some of you get to fight off the pain you're feeling, by sleeping in and watching some commercial filled, edited for TV, movies! YAY-UH! This afternoon is a great day for televised cinema, as well as an interesting one with how it starts, in contrast to how it all ends.

Things start with a plop over at AMC with Escape from L.A. (1996) at 11:00. This was just on a recent Hangover and I enjoy it for what it is, but it's not one that everyone likes. I don't blame them, I felt the same way for a long time. But it's on, so watch if you so desire.

Moving in a slightly better direction, TBS gives you the gift of choice with Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), which is also on at 11:00. This is another film that came up recently, but I'll quickly share my thoughts again. I enjoy the RE series for what it is, mindless action and horror that meld together for a fun time spent with Mila Jovovich. Nothing else. Apocalypse is my least favorite of the trilogy, with my favorite being, Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), which just so happens to be on TBS at 1:00, right after Apocalypse.  How's that for set up! RE Extinction is so close to being awesome, that it is awesome!

Next up, WGN is showing Wes Craven Presents: They (2002) at 2:00. I have never had even the slightest of interest in They, Wes Craven's name all over it or not. However, it is directed by Rob Harmon, the same director that brought us 1986's The Hitcher, so that gives the film a little more credibility. I also kind of dig this trailer too, but I am still only slightly more interested than not at all.  

Speaking of never been interested, TBS keeps 'em coming with The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) at 3:00. I loved Pitch Black and even loved the Riddick video game, but I have not heard too many positive things about this one, and I also thought it looked awful. Maybe I'm wrong, but maybe I'm not?!     

Things go boo-yah over at Sundance Channel with Shotgun Stories (2008) at 4:00. This is one I have not, but have really wanted to see since The Gentlemen's Guide to Midnite Cinema covered it way back. You'll get the gist of the film from the trailer, and it is a great trailer for what looks to be a great movie. Sundance will certainly due it justice, so I'll have to go with Shotgun Stories as my pick of the week! 

Second place pick of the week would have to go to IFC's showing of Right at Your Door (2007) at 4:45. Very low-key and almost as low budget, this is a movie that would fall under the genre of the Apocalypse! Set almost entirely in one home and over the course of a day or two, Right at Your Door is a solid post-911 character study about the many levels of fear and paranoia that could be faced at anytime due to attack. Great movie that uses imagination and Wellsian tactics very well, and anyone that is a fan of Pontypool, should definitely give this one a try.

That's all the guidance I can give you for this week, love. See ya next time!


  1. STAY AWAY FROM THEY! Boring as shit, plastic performances and terrible CGI. One of the worst movies I've ever seen. I can't believe Craven even put his name on this stinker.

    Right At Your Door I've heard is nothing short of fantastic. I think its next in my Netflix queue. Excited to see it.

  2. Right At Your Door is definitely solid, especially for what it achieves with how little it uses to achieve it. Plus, it's funny seeing the dude from Dazed and Confused in it! I do believe that it is on Instant watch, so you can watch it without losing a sent DVD!

    And thanks for the warning about They...I will continue to avoid!

  3. Marc Blucas is in THey. That should be reason enough to stay far far away. Also, PoT is right in citing it as a terrible, terrible movie.

    And Right At Your Door, on the other hand, rocked my socks off.

  4. Thou shall never think of seeing They ever again! I'm not surprised it sucks at all, but I think the worst thing about it is Craven's name all over it?! Just lame to sell a movie to people by slapping a well known name on it.

  5. It's an age old trope in the film industry though. Funny, I did a post on this a while back if you're curious:

    Oddly enough, I linked it from my blog and specifically included really stupid photos of Marc Blucas (tophat, leotard) and ironically, that page gets me the most hits. Sad really.

  6. Agreed THEY is absolutely dreadful, I dont even remember what it was about outside of nightmares but I still make fun of the film to this day with my high school friends. THEY. Lame. I gotta agree with everyone from the last thread Matt, liked the old layout better but I do like the background, maybe keep the background but play around with the layout?

  7. Emily: I remember that article and just reread it...that same shit is done with Tarantino's name and I had to constantly explain to people that he did not direct Hostel. Some just do not understand the meaning of the word "presents" I guess.

    I also checked out the pics you put up of your boyfriend, Marc again and the comment that chick left is so hysterical. Apparently, she didn't get that you liked that dude, but she sure did!

    Carl: I'm surprised so many people have seen it?! Maybe I should watch it just to see what kind of anger it gets out of me!!

    You must have missed out on the wild lightning background I had up for a was quite insane! If I change the layout anymore, I would maybe go with double sidebars, but I probably won't do it anytime soon. Thanks for the feedback!

  8. Oooh I totally forgot about the Tarantino/Hostel confusion. At least it sold the film some tickets.

    And that comment is amazing! I've been sitting on it for a few days now becauseI have no idea how to respond. There aren't really enough words.

  9. I will take your advice. Funny too because I saw that trailer a few weeks ago and thought, "SHit, this looks like the most painful film I'll thankfully never see." Now I feel like it should go on Horrible Non-Horror!


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