ATTENTION HORRORFIENDS! New Episode of Hidden Horrors to get your “Space Horror” fix this weekend.

in honor of Alien Covenant out this weekend, Here is a NEW episode of Hidden Horrors where Yours Truly sheds some light on a little known Nightmarish Space Horror from the early 80s.
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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 – The Being

Being-The-Poster-1So its been a little while since the last review dear horror fiends…I apologize, but the Hidden Horrors crew is planning some new features coming this way so that is one reason its been awhile.

anyway, I would just like to share with you a fun little monster movie from the early 80s that surely gets over-looked by the horror crowd quite often.That film is Jackie Kong’s THE BEING! a fun and very “Small town atmosphere” monster movie.

The plot is extremely reminiscent of 50s horror movies, A cop and a scientist (played by Martin Landau) team up to save their rural town from a boy mutated into a monster by hazardous pollution.

Now dont let the IMDB reviews fool you into thinking this film is trash…its not!…its FUN trash! the characters are lively yet incredibly inept to a entertaining point, the creature which leaves gallons of slime where ever it goes stays in the shadows up until the end except for when it flies out of nowhere into the characters. I am not kidding, certain scenes it looks like the filmmakers just throw a dummy version of the monster into the actors for several shots!

But the three best aspects of this film is the atmosphere which has a very strong very dusty small town in Idaho vibe with a foreboding sense of dread looming in. The look of the monster is a tiny bit nightmarish yet cheesy in a very fun way. And finally a extremely tense yet cute scene involving a adorable little baby girl who during an Easter egg hunt runs into the monster! you think the monster will devour this poor child but luckily she is saved while no one notices the monster and she waves bye-bye to it. It is a strong scene that starts off very tense only to end cutely.

So if you want a fun 1980s monster movie that has “B-Movie” written all over it but in the best of ways. This is a good saturday night with a couple of beers horror movie. Check out THE BEING      – 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 HALLOWEEN – The Runestone

therunestoneA Norse Werewolf in America would have been an acceptable name for this 1991 creature-feature, but it may have attracted a completely different crowd, and wouldn’t have that mysterious and curiosity-generating aura that The Runestone provides.

Most Hidden Horrors readers may have never heard of it because it never made it past the VHS format. The Runestone is currently stuck in DVD limbo, along with The Keep, Grim Prairie Tales and I Was a Teenage Werewolf.

When an ancient Norse stone is excavated, it is shipped to New York for closer examination. When one of the archeologists becomes possessed by the stone’s power, he transforms into a Norse werewolf, a nocturnal killing machine that leaves a wake of bodies nightly.

runestone1Apart from the creature effects, gore, and over-the-top violence, which are arguably some of the best special effects put to film in the early nineties, The Runestone has a well paced script with some quirky dialogue and a farcical look at art culture.

The film also features a supporting role by the late, great William Hickey as the crazy old occultist and Norse mythology expert.

If you stumble upon a VHS copy of The Runestone at a flea market, garage sale or thrift store, claw it up, as it makes a great addition to your over-grown collection of werewolf films, and is a great inclusion to your Halloween viewing.

 

~ Matthew Cthulhu McPhee

 

HIDDEN HORROR – Island of Terror

island_of_terror_by_harnois75-d5ouai8The 1960s was no stranger to Hammer horror films and even many fun silly monster movies, one of which was from great Britain and stars Peter Cushing called “Island of Terror” this fun, silly and somewhat nightmarish little monster movie involved creatures that suck the bones out of you! im not kidding.

from imdb: A small island community is overrun with creeping, blobbish, tentacled monsters which liquefy and digest the bones from living creatures. The community struggles to fight back.

Now as a british monster movie from the 1960s, the pacing is a little slow at times and at times just a little talky, and the Monster FX may seem dated, but rest assured this “sucker” is alot of fun and the concept of slimy booger amoeba things sucking the bones out of people is both silly and yet somewhat nightmarish. And when said monsters called in the film “Silicates” suck the bones out of there victims, the sound of said a killing sounds like cans being crushed, which all the more adds to the fun horror of it all.

So if you want a dated yet fun little monster movie with a crazy concept, seek out Island of Terror..though sadly it has only been released in the US on VHS and in the UK on dvd. – James J. Coker

HIDDEN HORROR and UNDERRATED SEQUEL FOR CHRISTMAS – Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed

gingersnaps2Shortly after the events of the first film, we find Brigitte on the run, searching for a cure for her lycanthropy while being pursued by a male werewolf determined on mating with her all while being haunted by apparitions of her dead sister, Ginger. After overdosing on monkshood, she is institutionalized in a rehabilitation centre for young women.

Without her wolf’s bane (which she has recently learned only slows the process of her changing into a werewolf) she is biding her time, intent on breaking out before the unknown werewolf tracks her down, or worse, before she changes into a savage beast herself.

In the hospital, Brigitte befriends a strange little girl named “Ghost” (Tatiana Maslany, TV’s Orphan Black), who embodies innocence, but has some skeletons in her closet. The two eventually flee the institution and seek refuge in Ghost’s sick grandmother’s desolate house in a wooded winter wonderland. Barricading the home before the anonymous wolf makes an appearance, Brigitte is getting closer to her transformation, which all leads up to a brutal climax and a bizarre denouement.

The sequel uses plenty of dark humor but lacks the satire that drove its predecessor. But one improvement is the special effects, which surpass the intriguing tangible effects of the first film in a time of increasingly popular computer-generated visual effects.

The film also takes on themes of suicide and drug addiction, not to stray too far from the original’s subjects of death and sex, and the winter setting gives the film an eerie feeling of desolation and despair, as if the landscape is a character itself.

~ Matthew McPhee