Baskin [REVIEW]

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Are you ready to be one with the cosmos? – Baba

Going in to Baskin I was expecting Clive Barker level craziness and boy did it deliver! The story concerns a group of cops responding to a call to an abandoned police station who discover hell waiting for them. Thing is, the narrative is more complicated than that. It has a very Lynchian vibe with visions within dreams within nightmares. The film is very gory. Like the goriest I have seen in 2016. But the film does it in such a way that will delight genre fans. The whole film is cast in these beautiful shades of red, purple, blue and yellow. The kind of horror candy that reminds us of Argento before he was making 3D movies with giant praying mantis and visually molesting his grown daughter with his camera. I won’t go deep into the plot because the finer points will spoil it. But I will say, I googled it and I am pretty sure that dude’s lips are real. And by real I mean that they are not prosthetics. Pretty sure someone injected his mug full of silicone in a back alley in Istanbul.

Point of story? If you like movies like Hellraiser, you need to get your eye balls on Baskin.

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Candyman [Review]

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Our names will be written on a thousand walls. Our crimes told and retold by our faithful believers. We shall die together in front of their very eyes and give them something to be haunted by. Come with me and be immortal.-Candyman

Based on a short story by homo-horror meister Clive Barker, Candyman is one of the most underrated films of the early 90s. With various other franchises from the golden era petering out (Jason Goes to Hell, Freddy’s Dead etc) and the post modern classics still only a pipe dream (Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer), Candyman often gets lost and forgotten.For those who are not familiar with the film, here is how I explained it to my mom when she called part way through watching it last night:

ME: Hey!

MOM: How are you?

ME: I am good… eating an entire pumpkin pie and watching Candyman!

MOM: Fatty… Is that a scary movie?

ME: Yes. It’s an AMAZING scary movie…!

MOM: Is that the one with the clown? IT I think? Where the clown drags the little girl under the bed?

ME: No… That’s Poltergeist… IT is the one where the clown is actually a fear-spider-monster…

MOM: I never saw that one…

ME: Candyman is about a grad student named Helen who is doing her thesis on urban legends. She begins studying Candyman. The legend goes you say his name 5 times in the mirror and he appears and guts you with a hook shoved in the bloody stump where his hand used to be.

MOM: That’s fucked up…

Helen’s search for Candyman leads her to Cabrini Green a housing project in the ghetto. What she finds is so much more then what she ever could have imagined. Eventually here quest leads to the mythical Candyman, the victim of a heinous crime who begins to appear to Helen leaving a trail of blood and gore in his wake.

Candyman is all kinds of epic. It has one of the best horror scores of all time by MOTHER EFFING Phillip Glass! It stars Virginia Masden! It features amazing Kubrick-esque shots of Chicago! All of the exterior shots of Cabrini Green are of actual housing projects in the Ghetto! All of the extras in these scenes are actual early 90s gang members who agreed to be in the movie after the film crew showed up and the men refused to leave their turf?! Most importantly it has one of the greatest horror icons of all time (I say icon and not villain because really Helen’s husband Trevor is the real villain in all of this). Candyman (played by genre vet and Shakespearean actor Tony Todd) still makes me mess my underthings… His deep booming voice, gentlemanly mannerisms and terrifying and ominous screen presence still send chills down my spine.

If you haven’t seen Candyman get your ass to the videostore (or torrent site cause it is 2012 but go rent it and support your local videostore…). It is the perfect movie for a chilly October viewing in the dark with a couple candles and lots of sweets.

Evil Dead [REVIEW]

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You don’t understand. There was something in the woods… and I think it’s in here with us… now. – Mia

Going into the latest in a looong wave of remakes, reimaginings,reboots and pseudo-sequels. So going in to Evil Dead all I expected was tons of gore and a  fun time. Was it incredibly gory? Hell yes! Was it fun? Certainly. Was it the most terrifying movie I’ve ever seen? Nope sorry. I was at moments scared, but over all it was the kind of movie that made the 1980s great, with a splash of European gore thrown in.

But there is no way anything was going to top the original trilogy. But instead they take a new direction with the narrative while giving iconic FX a new modern and more realistic look. It reminds me of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Halloween remake. It gives us a new take style wise while paying homage to the original.

So go henceforth and enjoy the blood rain and chainsaw fun! If you want to be shaken to your emotional core try Martyrs. If you want to see the bloodiest film since Dead Alive then check out Evil Dead. Get into it! Thi may finally make the real start of good horror movies being done by bigger studios! Put your money where your mouth is! K thanks!