Saturday, 28 July 2012

Fright Night (1985) and the Differences Between Horror Comedy and Horror with Humour

‘Fright Night’ is a very much loved genre classic remaining a constant re-watch among horror aficionados during the twenty-seven years of its release. It is easy to see why it is as cherished as it is as it has an undeniable charm that just keeps working with each viewing - a film that has very much stood the test of time and last year’s terrible 3D remake could not change that. This is partly due to the perfect balance of its two distinct elements among many other positives. Horror comedy is not a term I have always been entirely comfortable with using, as there is a need to differentiate between what is an outright fusion of two genres - horror and comedy - and what is essentially a horror movie but just so happens to be genuinely funny with well-placed humour in all the right moments. This film falls into the latter. Are you confused? Well I will try to explain it as clearly as I can…

Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

This is a spoiler heavy review.

‘Taste the Blood of Dracula’ is the most hit and miss of all the entries in Hammer Films’ vampire series starring the magnificent Christopher Lee in the title role. It does not quite sink to the depths of the inferior instalments that followed it but this is the start of the rot. The fourth film with Lee as the bloodthirsty embodied essence of pure evil (he was absent from the second 1960’s ‘The Brides of Dracula’) it is though a passable piece of Gothic horror entertainment despite its flaws.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

30 Days of Night: Dark Days (2010)

When I first saw the TV spots for ’30 Days of Night’ in 2007 my first impression was that it was a good time vampire horror in the vein of the beer and pizza flick ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ (1996). Not being an avid comic book reader, I knew nothing of the original source material of the graphic novel. If I had of read it before watching the movie though it would have spoiled the huge surprise that was in store for me.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) - It Really Was “The Final Chapter”

Warning! This feature review contains massive spoilers.

‘Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter’ would reunite the collaborative team behind the flawed yet sturdy 1981 slasher The Prowler. Joseph Zito’s work on that film released the same year that Friday the 13th would become a brand name franchise with its first sequel is what gave the director the task of putting Jason Voorhees to rest one last time. Coming along for the ride to make the ultimate series finale was fellow collaborator SFX maestro Tom Savini who had also created the viscerally gory murder set-pieces in the original movie and only agreed to return as he was promised that he could kill off the creation he accidently had a hand in bringing to fruition.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

He Knows You’re Alone (1980) - Foreshadowing ‘Scream’ and Ripping Off ‘Halloween’

‘He Knows You’re Alone’ was one of the very first ‘Halloween’ clones to be released coming out two years after the phenomenal success of John Carpenter’s master class in taut suspense. It also followed just four months after Sean S. Cunningham’s ‘Friday the 13th’ which was almost equally as successful in terms of acquiring massive box office revenue and itself a prototype template for the slasher film leading to the sub-genre’s early 80’s boom in showcasing gory murder set-pieces.