Hostel

Spoiler warning! 

When I first saw Hostel I honestly wasn’t a fan. It takes a looong time to get to any kind of gore (we’re 33 minutes in before the first severed head is revealed – and then it’s another 20 minutes before the real gory stuff starts), and the main characters are all completely unlikable douche-bags.

But, I’ve since come around. Why? Because Eli Roth has a masterful way of telling a story, and mygod, that man knows his gore. A recent re-watch made me realize that there’s actually a surprisingly little amount of blood and guts on screen. I tallied it up, and all the bloody stuff adds up to roughly 20 minutes.  (more…)

Re-Animator

31 Horror Movies I Own #8: Re-Animator

A long-time Re-Animator fan, one of the best memories I have is of heading to The Grand Illusion with friends to see a screening and meet Director Stuart Gordon, who introduced the film with hilarious tales of how it started as a stage play, and how they’d throw buckets of fake blood on the audience during key scenes.

Oh man, how I wish I could have been there for THAT.

But it’s okay, because the movie Re-Animator is just as awesome. Jeffery Combs totally nails it as out-of-control Herbert West, hell-bent on developing a serum that will bring people back to life. (more…)

May

31 Horror Movies I Own #3: May

May stands out as one of my favorites because it’s so far from the typical horror-film plot that it’s wholly unlike anything else I’ve seen. It’s like a horror movie wrapped around a super-creepy psychological thriller, and the unique thing about May is May, herself.

Angela Bettis plays the title character, and even though she’s totally awkward, strange, and more than a little creepy, you find yourself rooting for her throughout the film. (more…)