HIDDEN HORROR FOR VALENTINES DAY – Unmasked Part 25

tumblr_inline_nel0cyeBm51r07hioHappy Valentines day horrorfiends! and if your in the mood to watch a obscure..well very oscure little slasher movie involving love then i got one “hidden Horror” that is quite different from the rest of them and sadly very obscure even to Horrorfans. The late 80s British slasher film that takes a hard left turn called “Unmasked Part 25″…no there is no parts 1-24, The title is a spoof of slasher franchises.

on a lonely night in London a trench coat and hockey masked slasher named Jackson butchers several party goers, in the midst of all the killing he runs into a blind girl named shelly who is convinced he is her blind date, Shelly shows compassion towards Jackson and they soon start a relationship. During which Jackson begin to question the point of all his killing while Shelly shows him that life isnt all that bad. Soon Jackson is torn between his love for Shelly and wanting a normal life and his very gruesome killer nature.

Now if your a slasher movie fan and have been craving for something different and unexpected in the slasher genre then this film can be quite the breath of fresh air for you, granted your okay with how the film takes a unexpected left turn. But if your worried it will be like the (throws up in mouth) Twilight movies or the well done Warm Bodies there is no need to worry, there is still plenty of wonderfully fun and gory kills in the movie, actually right in the beginning and a few near the end. The very first death scene we are treated to involves Jackson ripping off a guys face then ripping out his heart! then afterwards we are then treated to throat slashings, heads beat in with shovels, bodies skewered with spikes, and broken light bulbs shoved in mouths coming out the back of the head and this is all in the first 10 minutes of the movie!

But as i mentioned before the movie takes that left turn and we are then treated to how Jackson deals with all his killing and the inner torment of a monster trying to fight against his very nature to have a life with the woman he loves. Not only is there wonderful death scenes and refreshing change of pace for a slasher plot formula but there is even some “Meta” moments to the film with Shelly talking about a slasher film franchise called “Hand of Death” and Jackson telling her that “he is those movies” not to mention a quite funny scene involving shelly trying to get Jackson into some BDSM sex and Jackson just not really getting into it.

Near the ending of the film we are treated to a few more death scenes involving pitchforks to the chest, axes to the chest, necks ripped open, screwdrivers to the forehead, cleavers to the face and a particularly nasty head crushing scene with brains oozing out of one of the eye sockets. But the ending is a bit depressing as Jackson realizes that he cannot fight his nature and is doomed to always kill with Jackson looking upon a movie theater showing the newest film “Hand of Death part 26 Jacksons return”.

So if you want a slasher film involving love and the pursuit of happiness and something a fresh change of pace to the tired old formulas of the slasher genre then seek out the very obscure little British Slasher film “Unmasked part 25”. Youll enjoy how much of a different animal is it, though sadly it is a hard to find movie – James J. Coker

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TERROR TV – TALES FROM THE CRYPT – Split Personality

Split PersonalitySince were so close to Valentines Day horrorfiends I decided to share with you all a particular favorite episode of the Crypt that indeed involves love..the Love between a man and a woman…well in this case the love between a con-artist and twins. A love that is then split…with a CHAINSAW! this little season 4 tale of the Crypt is called “Split Personality”.

A swindler named Jack (Joe Pesci) who loves money and Twins meets two rich twins who take an interest in him. Jack romances both of them but then tricks them into thinking he has a twin brother himself who is constantly gone away on business trips, he then uses that lie to marry both of them and get there money but little does he know that these rich twins arent as innocent as he thinks they are and they find out his little secret too.

Now “Split Personality” is one hell of an enjoyable episode of the Crypt. Joe Pesci is as always wonderful to watch as the swindler Jack and even a little hammy at times especially when he is actually seen singing to the awesomely bad 90s song “im so Sexy”. The Twins do a terrific job playing innocent naive shut ins only to have a very dark side at the very end. The whole episode is peppered with great crooner music from Dean Martin, Perry Como and Marvin Gaye throughout that just adds to the con-artist in love atmosphere. And finally the ending of this episode is the shinning star of the whole thing, the ending turns from a con-artist story into a full blown 80’s style horror story with 80s style green and pink lighting, our Poor Jack tied to a bed and our twins wearing sexy white lingerie and using a high powered Chainsaw to end up “sharing” our main character in a gruesome way the twins really prefer. And believe me the spot were they start to use that chainsaw on our poor Jack is enough to make any male viewer cringe in agony.

So if your looking to venture into the 4th season of the Crypt and want a fun episode with enjoyable characters, good music and a “Killer” cringe inducing ending then dont hesitate to watch “Split Personality”. – James J. Coker

 

TERROR TV – ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK – the Tale of the Crimson Clown

17 The Tale of the Crimson Clown.mp4_000673146HAPPY NEW YEAR HORROR FIENDS!……well…okay yes we know its February and were really late with saying happy New Year. You see here at Hidden Horrors we all have been talking a much needed break because quite frankly the Christmas season really kicked all our asses and plus our reviewers and myself have other stuff going on in our lives too. Remember this blog is pretty much just for fun. Anyway without further ado i would like to present the very first Hidden Horrors you must see review of 2015 and its a Terror TV review of an episode of the classic Nickolodean kids horror anthology show ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK. And like the last review of Are you Afraid of the Dark this one is again about a evil clown. This one is the Tale of the Crimson Clown.

Tale of the Crimson Clown is practically your basic children’s horror morality tale of being a good little boy. Its about two young brothers one is good and the younger one is a little bastard. He always does what he wants and even steals the money his brother earned and wanted to use for there mothers birthday and buys himself a video game and then blames his brother on it to there mother. So basically you already hate this little bastard right from the get go. But before getting home the little boy sees a odd yet creepy old clown doll at the antic store and is told it punishes bad kids. He quickly brushes it off but deep down the guilt of what he has done starts to get to him and soon he sees visions of the Crimson clown haunting him.

What works for this particular Are you Afraid of the Dark episode is the sheer simplicity to its horror story. Its basically a rotten little boy being taught a lesson by the supernatural and though the storyline is simple it has quite a well crafted scenes of creepiness and nightmare inducing imaginary sure to gets little kids Shivering. Particularly the scenes where the clown doll just shows up at random places just sitting there taunting the boy without saying or doing anything or one vision the boy has is of the clowns arm coming out  of the television stretching to abnormal length trying to get the clown and laughing at him.

So if you want to show your little ones a particulary creepy episode of the kids horror show from our childhood to really scare them straight or you just want to revisit a classic show from the 90s. Seek out the creepy clown doll episode “Tale of the Crimson Clown” an episode i would go so far as to say it is a more effective clown episode then the now famous “Tale of the Laughing in the Dark”.  – James J. Coker