Being Film #23 for Hooptober 2021 Is there anything left to be said about The Evil Dead? Sam Raimi's 1981 debut horror has been hailed as one of the greatest horror films of all time, "ferociously original" by none other than the Master of Horror himself, Stephen King. It ushered in the reign of his... Continue Reading →
Being Film #20 for Hooptober 2021 It's interesting watching something like Evilspeak now, 40 years after its release and in a completely different world where "nerd is the new cool" holds sway and the kind of ruthless bullying we see on display feels even more startling than it must have when it first came out.... Continue Reading →
Being Film #4 for Hooptober 2021 I've gone on record a few times during Hooptober about my less than ardent love for Lucio Fulci. With the exception of The Beyond, his "Gates of Hell" films felt scattered and gratuitous and his riff on Romero with Zombi was anemic at best. So I'm as shocked as... Continue Reading →
Being Film #1 for Hooptober 2021 Stan Winston is a legend. This is undisputed. The man was a master of practical effects. The stuff he did for both Aliens and Jurassic Park (two films you can definitely spot shades of here) are some of the most breathtaking works of imagination put to screen. So when... Continue Reading →
Take martial arts action, sleazy exploitation and supernatural horror, sprinkle it with a small dose of sex comedy. Give it an almost non-existent budget, populate it with a bunch of terrible but overjoyed actors and combine it with a concept straight out of the head of a nine year old weaned on cross-pollinated action figure mayhem and it STILL doesn’t come close to what ends on the screen, which is a ridiculously enjoyable B movie that gives 100%.