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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Hey there Horrorfiends! instead of the usual episode, this time it is going to be episode 6 of the Hidden Horrors you must HEAR podcast with Sterling Anno and yours truly with pictures.
In this episode We discuss our top 13 favorite horror films of 2016 with LOTS of obscure ones and batshit crazy horror films you probably didnt hear about last year.
we also discuss the 2016 horror films that disappointed us, the 2017 horror movies we are looking forward to and finally show some much needed love and fond memories of the horror website Dreadcentral.
so hit play, listen and have fun with the first video upload of the Hidden Horrors you must hear podcast!
Australia 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
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
So 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
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