TV Terror for Christmas – Kazuo Umezu’s THE PRESENT

 

Happy Holidays Horror Fiends! with all the Killer santa films out there. it can be hard choosing one to watch this yuletide season. So i am here to suggest a offbeat, fun and gruesome Killer santa film…FROM JAPAN. yep…There is a Japanese Killer Santa film out there folks. Watch the vid and dont forget to subscribe.

 

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HALLOWEEN HORRORS!!! – Chiller Network’s Dare 2 Direct film contests 2007/2008

ITS HERE HORRORFIENDS! The Halloween season is upon us! and if you havent already read Matthews review of the cheesetastic lost Canadian slasher film “Massacre up North” Then check out the first episode of the Halloween oriented Hidden Horrors you must See videos “HALLOWEEN HORRORS”

In this first episode, Yours Truly presents a VHS recorded cut of Chiller Networks Halloween specials…There Dare 2 Direct Film Contests both 2007 and 2008. – James J. Coker

ENJOY! MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

New episode of Hidden Horrors youtube series…..MAN-THING

Hey there Horrorfiends! a new episode of the Hidden Horrors youtube page is here and this time we take a look at the mid 2000s Marvel Superheroes Monster movie…. MAN-THING.

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 FOR ST. PATRICK’s DAY – ISOLATION (2005)

isolation HAPPY ST. PATRICK’ DAY HORRORFIENDS! so here at Hidden Horrors instead of suggesting you all watch one of the terrible Leprechaun movies for this day instead we will suggest an actual horror movie from Ireland! a slow-burn but dread inducing Irish creature-feature “ISOLATION”

A broke Irish farmer rents his farm to scientist to test and research genetic modification to cattle to increase fertilization. Naturally something goes terribly wrong and a freshly born calf is pregnant with parasite like creatures that can borrow into both cows and people and can also infect them. All the parasites are killed except for one, so farmer, the scientist and a couple have to survive and find the creature which is growing in size in the now quarantined farm.

Right from the beginning of this film there is already a sense of building dread from the atmosphere and the tone. The film sets this up pretty decent and only builds from there and gets even better once the characters discover what they are dealing with. The movie also takes its time getting to the horror not rushing anything, nor over bearing the viewer with too much character development. The characters are understandable and that works. During the horror the characters actually have realistic reactions to it and even more understandable solutions to the problems. There is something about the characters and reactions in this film that you would hardly find in a american film. Lets face it American horror victims are incredibly stupid.

Now the Monster in this film is truly odd yet nightmarish. Imagine a log of pink bloody flesh that slithers along and does nasty things and you are on the right track. Now not only is the monster a little cringe inducing but there is also a little body-horror and paranoia thrown in as well with the characters becoming worried and aggressive over the creature being able to infect them. In subtle ways the film reminded me of the fear and paranoia in John Carpenters The Thing.

So this St.Patricks Day skip those awful Leprechaun movies and seek out this actual good little monster movie from Ireland instead. Drink some green beer and enjoy – James J. Coker

HIDDEN HORROR FOR CHRISTMAS – Wind Chill

windchill_1Now another Cold “wintery” horror movie for your Christmas season horror fiends is a little “Chiller” from 2007 that went under the radar, in fact its hardly talked about nowadays and it starred the then unknown Emily Blunt. It was the character driven ghost story WIND CHILL

from IMDB : A couple of college students known only as the Girl and the Guy are traveling home to Delaware the day before Christmas Eve. They’re on a frozen road that the Guy is convinced is a scenic short-cut. In the middle of nowhere in below freezing conditions they are run off the road by a hit and runner. They soon realize they’re caught in a supernatural bubble where a crime from 1953 is doomed to repeat itself, year after year threatening new victims.

Now what took me by surprise with this movie is at first the film is slow and both “the Guy” and “the Girl” are actually a little unlikable but all of that changes once there car is stuck in the snow. From there on out it turns into a character driven, creepy, twilight zone esque survival story. Both characters end up being more likable then they started out to be and you actually care for them towards the end.

Now when the more supernatural aspects happen it is quite the creep fest. The frozen ghoulish looking ghosts (makeup FX courtesy of Todd Masters of Tales from the Crypt fame) are quite the shocker and when the Twilight Zone like aspects happen you begin to question if they are ever going to get away from the horror. But the most dangerous thing in this movie is not the ghosts but the cold. The cold is a constant danger to this characters and what ends up being the real villain of the movie.

Wind Chill is a good character driven haunted house movie that just happens to take place on a snowy road in the winter versus a house. It is a good little “Chiller” to include in your christmas horror movie watch list every season. It is a damn shame this one came and went. – James J. Coker

HIDDEN HORROR FOR HALLOWEEN – The Roost

23 roost_posterSo close to Halloween dear Horrorfiends! so why not a little known horror movie from horror director Ti West that takes place on Halloween, it is the Showtime channel Produced slow burn but equally nostalgia inducing THE ROOST

Before the main story begins we are treated to a terrific beginning showing the whole movie to be a old black and white late night “creature-Feature” Television showings with cheesy but cool cobwebs, Gothic corridors and a creepy horror host played by Tom Noonan, then the main story begins which is about four friends on there way to a wedding on Halloween in the countryside, but they are attacked by infected bats that when they bite you you turn into ravenous zombie like things.

Now since this is a Ti West movie one has to expect it to be slow burn…and it is but though this film is slow burn it has a good amount of fun and creepy moments. Ti West does a good job creating a sense of isolation for our characters through bright light that shines on them about complete darkness surrounding everything else. The pitch black darkness that surrounds them constantly gives a creepy and isolated vibe. Also when the bat and zombie attacks happen they are furious and fun.

But the best aspect of the whole movie is actually the Creature Feature horror host segments in the beginning and end. They give such a profoundly old school tone to it that one cant help but smile at…But the ending horror host segment takes a left turn, turning into a rather unsettling and creepy as hell POV style horror with a good jump scare to top it all off. It is a left turn that is completely unexpected and took me off guard.

So here is a little obscure mid 2000’s horror movie perfect for Halloween that usually goes off everyones radar this time of year, check this one out and give Ti West’s early stuff a chance. – James J. Coker