Cursed

 

Starring Jesse Eisenberg before anyone knew who Jesse Eisenberg was (pre-Zombieland & The Social Network) and Christina Ricci, Cursed is a Craven/Williamson pairing that failed MISERABLY.

I was super excited at the prospect of a Werewolf tale from these two, especially one with Pacey Joshua Jackson, but unfortunately. Uggggh. There is so much terrible here. So, so, so, so much.

Ellie (Ricci) and Jimmy (Eisenberg) are a brother and sister who hit get into a car accident because of an animal running across the road, and then get scratched by whatever the animal is while trying to save the girl in the other car.

Jimmy seems to realize right away that all signs point to a werewolf, but Ellie insists that can’t be true while simultaneously struggling with her new, heightened senses and having crazily detailed nightmares about eating her boyfriend Jake (Jackson) alive.

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Lost Girl Kicks Ass

I was skeptical about this whole “fae” thing, but as it turns out, SyFy’s Lost Girl is filling the void that Buffy left in my fantasy-loving heart.

Main character Bo is a sexy succubus with the power to drain the life out of men or women, or you know – touch them and make them do her bidding. Rough gig, huh? Anyway, she avoids joining up with either the dark or light fae gangs, which makes her extra-desirable, kinda like the sexy wolfman/cop Dyson (who can help heal her by gettin’ busy RAWR).

It’s glossy and super-sexed up, but I am growing to LOVE IT – even if at least one of the episode’s plots was so Buffy it hurt (hello! Sorority house sacrifices to a creepy swamp-dweller is a little too familiar, writers).

Bonus: Goth-girl Kenzi makes an excellent sidekick. “Holy shitballs” exclamations, crazy antics, and a clever kick of Whedon-like humor make her super endearing.

I recommend you check it out, as it’s replaced Grimm as my supernatural go-to lately, along with The Fades (post forthcoming) and Being Human. Also, last episode’s head-chopping off incident proved they don’t shy away from good splatter.

Ginger Snaps 2

31 Horror Movies in 31 Days Two-for-1!
Well, more like two in one day, since I missed yesterday’s post. 

I know I’ve talked about my love for Ginger Snaps before, but I feel like it needs even more appreciation, along with its sequel: Ginger Snaps: Unleashed.

Ginger Snaps is a fantastic little horror film, blending humor, teenage girl angst, and bloody horror into a very enjoyable ride. Katherine Isabelle is perfect as Ginger, delivering each sarcastic line with deadpan joy, and acting the crap out of the terror of becoming a werewolf. Emily Perkins as Brigitte also totally kills it as her awkward younger sister.

Ginger Snaps 2  lets Perkins really shine by making Brigitte the main character, and also introduces Tatiana Maslany as Ghost, who is so amazing in this film it’s almost unreal. This is one of those rare instances where the sequel is as good as the original — and it also has a very different, much darker tone. I don’t want to give away anything, but at the end of this one, my mouth was hanging open in disbelief.

Two different directors managed to turn out a couple of great werewolf films that are just begging for a double-feature night. Rent ‘em both for bloody, gory goodness!

Just skip the third installment – a prequel that’s weak and uninteresting.

Artfully Terrifying

This is FANTASTIC! So much goodness packed into one illustration.

An American Werewolf in London

31 Horror Movies I Own #27: An American Werewolf in London

Another horror-comedy, An American Werewolf in London is the film that kicked off my obsession with gory special F/X.

College backpackers David and Jack are hiking across some spooky, fog-covered moors in England when the stumble upon a pub called “The Slaughtered Lamb”, and notice that everyone inside is a bit jumpy. They leave and a large wolf attacks them both, killing Jack and leaving David alive but wounded.

David, now in the process of becoming a werewolf, is then haunted by Jack—as it seems the rule is werewolf victims are doomed to roam the earth as bloody ghosts until their murdered is killed. To complicate matters, David and sexy nurse Alex start to fall in love…just before the full moon.

The best part is of course, the climatic scene with lupine David terrorizing Piccadilly Circus, but really I love everything about this film. There’s tons of great blood and gore and clever humor, and overall it’s just tight, well-constructed cinema.

But the scene that I tend to watch over and over again is David’s first werewolf transformation, when latex-effects master Rick Baker rocked the 80s horror movie genre by winning the Oscar in 1982 for Best Makeup effects. However, if you’ve only seen that part, you’re missing out. You should DEFINITELY see the entire film.

Unlike most other fans I’ve talked to, I also like the sequel, An American Werewolf in Paris, ignoring the somewhat sub par CGI werewolves because of the adorableness of both Tom Everett Scott and Julie Delpy, and also because I heart it to death for coming up with the whole “Americans Only” party invite/slaughter-fest thing. Trust me, it’s good!

The Howling

31 Horror Movies I Own #12: The Howling
“I’m gonna give you a piece of my mind….”

A couple of years before he exploded my 80s kid brain with fuzzy adorable Gizmo and his nemesis, Spike, in Gremlins, Joe Dante directed what I still think is one of the finest werewolf movies ever made: The Howling.

In the most bone-headed move ever, a television station sends their attractive star female reporter Karen (Dee Wallace, at the time with Stone accompanying her name) undercover to a sleazy porn theater to entrap Eddie Quinn, whom they suspect of raping and murdering several women. Um. What.

In the theater, Karen is attacked by Eddie, who, after he’s shot, pulls a piece of his brain out of the bullet hole in his head and utters the quote I’ve noted above. BRILLIANT. Anyway, it traumatizes Karen enough that she gets amnesia. (more…)

Ginger Snaps

Horror Movies I Own #5: Ginger Snaps
“Out by 16 or dead in the scene, but together forever…”

Ginger Snaps is one of those surprising little horror films that I might have skipped over if several friends hadn’t assured me I’d love it—and I do. How could I not love a story about death-obsessed Goth girls?

The girls, Brigitte and Ginger, hate everything about being a teenager and thus spend long hours planning elaborate ways to die and excel at being total outcasts. On a revenge mission to kidnap their enemy’s dog, Ginger gets attacked by a werewolf and it’s not long before she has to deal with changes of both the regular teenage girl variety and the Lycanthropic kind. (more…)

The Wolfman

I’m a big fan of anything trying to emulate the look and feel of the old Universal Monsters flicks – so I was really excited about The 2010 version of The Wolfman. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations.

First off: Benicio del Toro. Usually a fine actor, I felt like he was pretty much phoning it in here. And Anthony Hopkins, as his father, was basically playing a caricature of himself: a mashup of Col. William Ludlow and Van Helsing, to be precise. Emily Blunt is just fine as the brokenhearted (but not for long!) fiance, but all she has to do here is look ethereally beautiful (Hugo Weaving did the best acting in this thing, chewing up scenery and acting like he actually cared about the film). (more…)