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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HIDDEN HORROR FOR HALLOWEEN – POE Project of Evil

poe Project of EvilI believe one should honor Edgar Allan Poe in some way during the fright season, some read his stories, others listen to audio readings of his stories and some even seek out movies based on his works like i did. After searching for enjoyable Poe movies online i came across a Poe inspired anthology released by Brain Damage films called “POE project of Evil” which is 7 short films from filmmakers from around the world that are adaptations of Poe stories. And this little anthology packed with monsters, gory mayhem and bleak endings.

“the Pit and the Pendulum” is a rather different and modern take on the story. It is in a more futuristic torture chamber you can say and ends with a rather old school and cool looking monster.  “Alone” is one filled with Torture and a man forced to do horrendous acts, fans of the 00’s Torture subgenre might like this one. “Loss of Breath” is a sleazy tale of a porn star who gets tortured by some thugs and involves a graphic Castration scene.

Now the segment based on Murders in the Rue Morgue titled “Morgue Street” is perhaps the most powerful and shocking out of the whole anthology. It’s sleazy and disturbing, filled with flashing colored lighting reminiscent of Dario Argento. But the most shocking and horrific scene in the segment involves a prostitute getting cut up with a straight Razor in cringe inducing fashion and is then followed by a scene that left my jaw drop. I cannot spoil it, I would say seek out this anthology just for the “Morgue Street” segment.

The next Segments, “Tell Tale Heart” is a rather slow and thought provoking take on the tale and set in south east asia. “The System of Dr. Tar and Prof. Feather” is a powerful, gruesome and artsy one with some genuine gruesome moments and a stylistic feel to it and the final segment ‘the Premature Burial” has a nice twist at the ending that makes a good twist to the classic Poe story.

All in all this is a well put together Anthology film celebrating Edgar Allan Poe but all in different ways from different filmmakers. If you love indie horror, gruesome horror and the works of the great Mr. Poe then seek out this very obscure anthology. It is a great “Poe Movie” for you Halloween season – 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

31 HIDDEN HORRORS FOR HALLOWEEN – OCT.31st HALLOWEEN – HIDDEN HORROR – Trick ‘r’ Treat

Well we’re finally here, the 31st of October, HALLOWEEN, and our 31 Hidden Horrors for Halloween countdown has come to an end. I surely hope that all those who have been checking out our countdown have noted all the films and TV episodes mentioned here and plan to, or have already, watched them. Now that it has all come to an end what Halloween movie is so good that it is the best of them all? A Halloween film that is still undiscovered by regular movie goers but the horror community has been drooling over since it first came out? A Halloween movie that can be considered better then John Carpenter’s “Halloween?” I surely hope you all know what I’m talking about, I’m talking about the greatest Halloween movie ever made, a film that has the Halloween spirit shoved down your throat and then writes a love letter to the holiday right after. I’m talking about Michael Dougherty’s “Trick ‘r’ Treat”

The film consists of five interwoven stories that occur in the same town on the same Halloween night: A couple finds out what happens when they blow out a jack o’ lantern before midnight, a high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer, a college virgin might have met the right guy for her, a group of mean teens play a prank that they take too far and a mean old hermit is visited by a special trick or treater.

For many, when a horror film is over hyped they’re always let down when they see the actual movie. Like with anything there are a few exceptions and Trick ‘r’ Treat is definitely one of them. If you have heard all the good things about this film they are absolutely true. It will blow you away as it did me when it first came out in 2009.

The film is incredibly well made. It’s a fun and Imaginative horror anthology with many ghoulish monsters like rotten zombie kids, vampires, werewolves and a very special trick or treater. It also boasts incredible production values, set decorations, top rate actors, a sharp sense of direction and well crafted practical effects work. As a Halloween movie there truly is none like it. No other Halloween movie has such a love for the holiday and is as festive as this film. Just from the first few minutes you already have the Halloween atmosphere shoved down your throat but in such a wonderfully fun and atmospheric way.

So as we close off our Halloween countdown I have to say if there is just one Halloween movie I urge you all to watch every Halloween season it MUST be this film, it MUST be Michael Dougherty’s TRICK ‘R’ TREAT. And a personal message from me James J. Coker to all of our Hidden Horrors You Must See readers I hope you all have a very happy, horror filed, fun and ghoulish Halloween.

-James J. Coker