After some hiatus… NEW EPISODE!!!!

Sorry for the Hiatus Horrorfiends! Technical difficulties…
A NEW EPISODE OF HIDDEN HORRORS IS HERE! and just for the incredibly hot summer. This episode is all about an underrated little talked about Summer Camp Slasher movie…no its not Friday the 13th…no its not Sleepaway Camp…. its THE BURNING !

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New episode of hidden Horrors you must hear! episode 6…favorites of 2016

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!


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HIDDEN HORROR – MASSACRE UP NORTH

There’s not much to say about Paul Stoichevesk’s 2001 shot-on-video opus Massacre Up North, except for it’s the best worst movie ever made. It’s a haphazard deconstruction of the slasher genre, as if Ed Wood himself wrote and directed Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon as an objective narrative.

After young Leslie Rejick is disfigured in an accident during a family outing, he seeks vengeance against those who mistreat him for his appearance. And what starts off as a slasher-revenge film, quickly tailspins into several other genres, such as torture porn and a police procedural.

 

There’s no real reasoning behind most of adult Leslie’s (portrayed by Stoichevesk) selection and murders, but he utilizes the hardware store he works at as his armory, as well as an arsenal of homemade weapons from the middle ages.

There are certainly some laugh-out-loud moments that are intended for shocks and scares, but the execution is amateur at best. The acting is clumsy and the cinematography is all but present. One merit is that Stoichevesk does not skimp on the gore. Massacre Up North may not be a well-made film, but it’s sure as hell entertaining.

Lost in the annals of VHS format for 15 years, I was lucky enough to score a copying when big chain video stores were selling off their stock before closing up for good. But thanks to Shivers Entertainment, Canada’s newest independent distribution company, Massacre Up North has been rereleased on DVD and limited VHS editions.

~ Matthew McPhee

HIDDEN HORROR – the Hills Run Red

The_Hills_Run_Red_DVD_coverMany horror fans have heard of that “lost horror movie” the old scare film from decades ago that is nowhere to be found and supposedly incredibly gory and incredibly scary. For horror fans it is the ultimate treasure, to find that lost holy grail of a horror film, but what if the concept of a horror fan trying desperately to find that lost horror film was turned into a horror film itself? what if finding that lost horror film ends up going to very dark and dangerous places? enter Dave Parkers incredibly gruesome, mean spirited and well made 2009 straight to video slasher film THE HILLS RUN RED.

from imdb : A group of young horror fans go searching for a film that mysteriously vanished years ago along with the films director, but instead find that the demented killer from the movie (babyface) is real, all of the death scenes from the existing trailer are real and he’s thrilled to meet fans who will die gruesomely for his art.

Now if you are a fan of slasher films in the least of senses then you need to seek this one out NOW! Dave Parker’s the Hills Run Red is one hell of a entertaining and gruesome slasher film. All of the actors do a good job portraying believable characters but the acting spotlight of the film really shines on both William Sadler who plays the elusive film director Wilson Wylder Cancannon and actress Sophie Monk who plays the directors daughter who is helping the young horror fans find the lost slasher film.

Now the main villain of the film “BabyFace” is a damn good slasher villain who should be up there with the likes of Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers. Not only is he a damn creepy and gruesome looking killer but how he dispatches his many many MANY victims in the film is incredibly mean-spirited and gruesome. One such death scene involving a poor girl and hooks and that is all ill give away. But not only is Babyface creepy and very gruesome in his kills but he also surprises not only the characters in the film for what he is capable of but also surprises the viewer too in a very “whoa!” kind of a moment near the end.

Director Dave Parker’s style and tone are front and center in the film. Bright red lighting and red coloring is present through a number of scenes through the film and as soon as our character enter into Babyface’s domain the whole film gets more gruesome and demented with each passing scene, ending in a very bleak and macabre place for our characters. Director Dave Parker provides zero safety for both the viewers and the characters in the film.

You need to seek this one out immediately dear horror fans. The Hills Run Red is one hell of a entertaining, gruesome, mean spirited and just plain fucked up slasher film that you cant pass up – James J. Coker

 

Sweet Dreams, Wes Craven

wes2It’s hard to imagine a world without Wes Craven, but regrettably, earlier this week, the world has lost this giant in the realm of moving pictures.

The man who has inarguably made his mark in, and invigorated, three decades of genre pictures, from the gritty The Last House of the Left, to the incredible A Nightmare on Elm Street, to the self-aware Scream, is also the man who didn’t want to be categorized as a “horror director.”

After seeing To Kill a Mocking Bird as a boy, Craven decided he wanted to make pictures for a living. Once unleashing Nightmare on Elm Street on the world, and making a lot of money for New Line Cinema, he then got stuffed into the category because he was a very lucrative filmmaker for the genre.

Growing up in a small community, with nothing but acres of land and a VCR in the video rental days, my childhood consisted of Saturday morning cartoons and the influence of my older siblings’ horror films, including the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. Freddy Krueger is so embedded in my childhood I had learned to love him just as much as Mickey Mouse or Superman.

Now appreciating my parents lack of censorship, my five or six-year-old self was able sit and watch films like Shocker or The People Under the Stairs with my father on a Friday night, after visiting the local video store.

In the mid nineties, long after the death of the slasher film, Craven and Kevin Williamson gave hope to the sub genre with the meta-slasher Scream, which kick-started a whole new franchise and inevitably rebooted the sub genre with PG-rated slashers aimed towards teenagers (although my adolescent self still preferred the R-rated slashers of the 80s).

It wasn’t until years later where I sought out his grittier early works like The Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes, which left the biggest impressions on me. They also made me realize that Craven’s talents were timeless and boundless. He spent four decades changing the course of horror films and influencing generations of young and aspiring filmmakers throughout.

In interviews, Craven came across as a sophisticated and gentle human being. He kept a cool demeanor and always smiled – perhaps a far cry from what some people would expect of a horror filmmaker.

He also seemed to have a great sense of humor while making cameos in films.

 


In the long run, we shouldn’t be too upset over Wes Craven’s passing. He gave us so much and left a legacy, and he doesn’t owe us anything. He did more in his lifetime than what most genre filmmakers do in three. Craven was a great story teller and a visionist. He wasn’t a great genre filmmaker; he was a great filmmaker. Period.

Rest in peace Mr. Craven.

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~ Matthew McPhee

HIDDEN HORROR – Carver (2008)

CarverIf any of you can remember the video store days, then you can definitely remember going to blockbuster or hollywood video and going to the horror section and seeing all the horror cover art, some of which looked appealing, others looked generic, one such slasher movie to come out straight to video and in video stores during the last days of the video store was a little backwoods slasher movie called “Carver” directed by the grossly under-appreciated Franklin Guerrero Jr.

Carver concerns 5 twenty somethings camping in the mountain town of Halcyon Ridge, there they discover an old shed containing 16MM snuff films of some obese overall wearing redneck murdering several people in vicious ways, they soon discover that the films are indeed real and the murderous redneck is out to kill them.

Now i know this all might sound very very familiar to the casual horror fan but believe me this backwoods slasher film is quite brutal and very much for gorehounds. The death scenes throughout the film are very gory and cringe inducing. with nails to the forehead, stabbings, hand saws slowing decapitating victims, sledgehammers to the face repeatedly, screw drivers to the forehead, gore gun shot blasts to the face and seriously one of the most cringe inducing and grossest death scene ever….all ill say is it involves a character getting covered in poop and then a pair of pliers is taken to one of his testicles…

Not only are the death scenes incredibly graphic in this one but also the uncomfortable backwoods atmosphere of it all really gets under your skin right from the beginning with a disturbing Blue grass song playing on repeat. Also this movie is filmed on digital video and it shows, now though some might say that look is bad but believe me the digital video look of the film really makes the gory, brutal backwoods nature of the film all the more uncomfortable. OH! and it has a good grim ending to it all. Seriously director Franklin Guerrero Jr. proves his worth with this film and his previous gory demon possession film “8th Plague” it is a damn shame he has not made any other horror films.

So if you want a backwoods slasher that is very brutal, gory and fucked up. Then Carver is right up your alley, just make sure you get the unrated version. – James J. Coker

HIDDEN HORROR – MadMan

madmanSummer is practically here horrorfiends! and for many horror fans that means summertime horror films. and what can be more of a summer time horror film then that of the summer camp slasher film, particularly ones from the 1980s. Now i know i covered “The Burning” last summer and since this blog is all about HIDDEN HORRORS i will of course never cover the friday the 13th movies because those are surely not Hidden Horrors, no this time i will be covering another summer camp slasher film that is well loved by horror fans but normal movie goers never heard of it, it is MADMAN!

At a summer camp for youths, cockey pre-teen calls out the name of mass serial killer “Madman Marz”. Suddenly, counselors are being maimed and slaughtered in various ways by the backwoodsman who has returned when his name was called.

Now it may seem “Madman” is your run of the mil 1980s summer camp slasher movie and in a way your right but DAMN is it a fun movie. though many of the characters are not very interesting the kills in the film are pretty damn fun with multiple axe murders, slashings and even a decapitation via car hood. Not only are the death scenes fun but the film oozes with atmosphere as well, the whole film is at night so there is this moody blue tone and chilling windy vibe to everything not to mention a scene with a very creepy dilapitated farm house, one can almost say that Madman is a summercamp slasher movie that can be viewed in October! given its atmosphere. and Finally the killer himself Madman Marz is a good one, this hulking beared mongoloid of a farmer is almost the epitome of the term “mongoloid slasher” among horror fans.

So pop this slasher classic in and see what slasher movie fans have been talking about – James J. Coker