Yesterday marked the decade anniversary of the release of “Cloverfield.” It was in 2007 that Bad Robot unleashed an amazing and painfully addictive viral campaign for what was essentially a modern giant monster movie. Taking to the internet as the primary tool, fans speculated for over a year what “Cloverfield” was from theories about a Cthulhu apocalypse film to “Voltron,” and fans even created their own monster designs for what the monster would and should logically look like.
There was even a mysterious online game that had zero to do with the movie but capitalized on the mystery, nonetheless. “Cloverfield” ended up being a wonderful film, and the start of an anthology movie series that involved human struggle, a mysterious marketing campaign and a giant behemoth of some kind. With “Cloverfield” now a decade old and two more mysterious movies from the series coming very soon, I look at five reasons why the movie is still so fantastic.
It’s that time of year, the time where we rush out to buy presents for our loved ones for Christmas, or Hanukah, or Kwanzaa, or Festivus. Or whatever you celebrate. To ease the troubles of looking for something special for that nephew you’ve only met two times in the last ten years, but know he likes movies… we have suggestions for you!
If you’ve ever seen the series “Freddy’s Nightmares” (Trust me, don’t, it’s awful), then it’s verified in various episodes that Freddy Krueger isn’t the only dream demon out there. In fact he’s one of many, and there are other types of demons that can haunt our dreams and our subconscious. In either case, I was thinking about the slew of horror movie monsters out there introduced since Krueger hit the movies in the eighties and wondered what other boogey men could perhaps be a part of Freddy’s world, or from his lineage. Here are five monsters that I think could be related to Freddy Krueger.
“Twilight Zone: The Movie” is one of my childhood favorite movies, it’s a pretty all star tribute to one of my all time favorite television series. While it’s by no means a masterpiece, it’s also never been as bad as many people have proclaimed it. It has genuine heart, some wonderful production quality and a great sense of humor to it. Re-watching it years later, it’s still very heavily flawed, but damnit, it’s also a strong anthology horror film that’s inconsistent in tone, but also embraces the weird and wonderful of the original show. Despite the horrendous legacy involving the on set deaths, the movie is worth checking out, and sets the stage for the solid eighties reboot.
If you’re looking for some great Halloween oriented or scary animated shorts with a classic flair, the folks at MGM, Disney, Hanna Barbera and Warner Bros. have a humongous library of classic cartoons that will fit your Halloween theme. These are only five of my favorite horror themed animated shorts that will make you laugh and spook you out at the same time. These can be purchased online or viewed on almost any video streaming website! Trick or Treat!
The staff at Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival makes a great effort to bring all kinds of horrific, kooky, and fun shorts to their fest. The films chosen are of a wide array and all different from each other. Here are a few shorts reviews for a few of these short films:
Known primarily as “The New Twilight Zone,” the new iteration of the classic Rod Serling anthology has garnered its own following and reputation for offering its own unique tales. While not timeless like the original show, the 1980’s series from CBS has stellar episodes in its own right, not to mention a pretty awesome twist on the classic theme as performed by The Grateful Dead, no less. The writers and producers took off from the controversial feature film, this time creating their own stories, with only a few classic “Twilight Zone” episodes being remade for the contemporary eighties setting. “The New Twilight Zone” aimed to carve out its own identity, and in the end it’s an above par series with some great episodes.
These are five of my favorite episodes from its 1985 to 1989 run.
Since just about every other movie blog are offering their choices for the adult “The Losers Club” for Chapter Two of 2017’s “It,” I thought it’d be fun to offer my own dream cast. A lot of people agree that once “It” shifts over to the adult portion of its horror tale that it kind of loses steam (the 1990 miniseries fell victim to that, especially), so with Andres Muschietti planning some interesting twists that will explore Pennywise’s horrific origins, as well as where they’ve been for almost thirty years, the adult cast needs to be dynamic.
I’m sure they have some amazing actors in mind, since the casting for “It” was pretty superb, already. And I’m sure I’ll enjoy who they bring on board, eventually. What can I say? “It” filled with me enough confidence where I am sure that they know what they’re doing with this adaptation. But just for fun, here’s who I’d pick for the Loser’s Club when we meet them again twenty seven years later.