HIDDEN HORROR – Rogue (2007)

RogueAustralia is a land of beautiful and vast territories…and many of the deadliest animals on the planet like the Saltwater Crocodile. In 2007 Australian genre director Greg Mclean the man responsible for the Wolf Creek franchise gave us arguably one of the best killer croc movies ever…it was ROGUE.

from IMDB: An idyllic wildlife cruise disintegrates into terror when a party of tourists are stalked by a massive man-eating crocodile. Pete McKell, a cynical American travel writer, joins a disparate group of holiday-makers on a river cruise through the waters of Kakadu National Park. Initially Pete clashes with their tour captain, Kate, a feisty young woman who assumes he is just another ‘city-slicker’ in search of a quick thrill. After an uneventful day cruising the river, Kate is reluctantly persuaded to steer their boat into unexplored territory. They discover a secluded lake but terror strikes when their craft receives a powerful blow from beneath the murky depths and begins to sink. With little choice, she beaches the vessel on the closest dry land -a tiny mud island. With a rising tide and only half an hour of daylight left, fear grips the group as they realize they are trapped in the lair of a huge ‘rogue’ crocodile, governed only by its need to hunt and kill.

Beautiful cinematography and sheer tension abound in this wonderful film. The cinematography of the beautiful northern Australian outbacks and rivers are astonishing and all of the characters in this film are likable and very realistic. you dont want to see any of the tourist get eaten by the big croc when it happens.

The tension in the film is at a high note for almost the whole movie, as soon as the tour boat realizes what there trap with is when the tension just builds and builds in this movie. And when the big Croc shows itself it was frightening! due to the impressive visual FX they had to create a realistic looking yet frightening big Croc.

The tension in this film all boils to a ending involving a final confrontation with the reporter and the big croc that is practically nail biting. seriously I have shown this film to multiple people and they all agree that the big croc in this film is indeed very threatening and the ending is nerve racking. This is a damn well made movie in the Killer Crocodile sub-genre and i would go so far as to say it is the best of them all…even better then Alligator (1980) – James J. Coker


HIDDEN HORROR – Panic Beats (1983)

28 Panic Beats           If you havent discovered the wonderful Spainard horror movies starring Paul Naschy. I highly suggest you seek them out now! One Paul Naschy horror movie from the early 80s is a particularly fun, gory and haunting one that practically plays itself almost identical to the plot of a Tales from the Crypt episode. That movie is PANIC BEATS.

Desperate to salvage his crumbling financial empire. Paul Marnac (Paul Naschy) decides to kill his heiress wife with the help of the sexy and ambitious maid. The heiress has a heart condition so the pair decide to slowly and psychologically scare her with a ghost story connected to the manor in which they are all staying. Soon the heiress is scared to death but for the maid just one murder is not enough to satisfy her greed and more murders happen. As the corpses pile up, the ghost story from earlier becomes true and the evil woman is then haunted and hunted down by the very ghosts whom she convinced the heiress were real.

Now with a plot like that you can pretty much say that that sounds like a Tales from the Crypt episode and it pretty much is. But the strengths of this film is that though we dont get the true ghosts n ghouls till the very end. There is enough to intrigue us throughout the rest of the film. We slowly see the murder plots unfold and almost every character is plotting against one another.

Also peppered throughout the whole film are rather old-school, ghostly and rather fun dream sequences and scenes involving the husband and maid trying to scare and convince the heiress that the ghost legend is real. This scenes bring back memories of late night creature features with horror hosts. Believe me these scenes alone deserve to be watched at night with candles or near Halloween.


Also along with those fun “Spooky” scenes the crime aspect of the film is entertaining and always making twists and turns. And with its own share of gory death scenes. There are chokings, Bludgeoningsevered eyeballs, multiple face mutilations, an electrocution and even an axe to the gut with intestines coming out. The film doesnt skip on the splatter but one has to wait for it.


Finally the ending is where the films supernatural side really starts the shine. The spooky, atmospheric and fun hauntings start to happen once there is only one character standing. There filled with rotting corpses returning from there graves, fog filled cemeteries, bloody skulls appearing, shower faucets oozing blood all leading up to the main ghost returning to exact gory revenge on the final character A’la very Tales from the Crypt like.


Now if you are an older horror fan who appreciates the “Spooky” vibe of old horror films along with a good side of splatter then i urge you to see out the horrors of Spain and Paul Naschy from the 70s and 80s, The film PANIC BEATS being a prime example.  – James J. Coker







Happy Mothers Day Dear Horrorfiends! and for this holiday i have decided to instead of suggesting the horror classic “Mothers Day”(1980) to watch which lets face it all the other horror sites are suggesting. I say instead check out this other killer mother film that goes completely under the radar even on the other horror sites, that is 1991’s MOM

from IMDB: During a time when the city of Los Angeles is terrorized by animal attack style murders, a kindly elderly lady provides a nomad with room and board. It turns out that he is a flesh-eating creature and is responsible for the recent killings. He bites the elderly woman, turning her into the same kind of flesh-eater. Now her adult son must try to prevent the both of them from doing any more harm

Now right from the beginning in which we see the original flesh eater (played by the late Brion James) attack and killer a young woman, we think that the rest of the film will be a fun monster movie, but instead the movie takes a slight left turn and the film is much more about a son just trying to keep his elderly mother from eating people. The movie did surprise me when they kill off the original flesh eater rather quickly into the movie. But the strength of the film is the relationship between the son and the now flesh-eating mother. The son truly cares for his mother and tries everything he can to make sure that she doesnt go out and kill anyone else, but sadly the constant care for his mother takes its toll on his personal life and even sadder is he doesnt succeed in keeping her at bay and her cravings turn stronger and stronger.

In a way the film is practically a drug abuse drama with a supernatural and somewhat gory twist. When the flesh-eaters attack there form changes into some cool makeup-fx for the time and the gore is actually rather small but still effective.

So if you want a rather slow-burn killer mom film this Mothers Day and want something really really obscure then check out “MOM” I believe the film is out in its entirety online but sadly never made it to dvd or Blu-ray    – James J. Coker