2009
10.31

EP7: Friday The 13th

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The counselors may have not been paying any attention, but you should to this exciting episode of Terror Transmission, in which M&J vivisect the 1980 release of one of the greatest slasher films of the decade: Friday The 13th. As our vengeful killer picks off the kiddies one by one, your hosts will fill your woozy, bloodsoaked head full of background info, FT13 trivia, their own twisted fantasies, their amazingly witty repartee… and they even drag a doll… um, I mean, an action figure… into the fray. Plus, the usual post-movie chat and some e-mail following the feature. Careful! It’s got a death curse!

Encephalitis | Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco | Dorothy Hamill hairdo | EST | Jeannine Taylor | Crystal Lake Memories | Paraskevidekatriaphobia | Strip Monopoly | Mary Crosby – Hot Bikini Action | Manfredini! | Larry “Bud” Melman | Aldo Nova | Tom Savini | The Burning | Brennivin | Le Quebecois Don’t Like You | FT13 Story Timelines | Scary Monsters | Werwolf Ensemble

Also listen to Terror Transmission: Friday The 13th Part 2

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2009
10.30

Review: Tahkhana (The Dungeon)

JasonReviewsSo who knew that Indians weren’t merely cattle-worshiping, computer savvy, dot-headed, curry-loving cabbies but could make a decent horror movie too? (I’m fucking kidding, so please stop sharpening your Aum!) India has the world’s biggest film industry with the U.S. and Nigeria(!?) following closely behind, and produces more than 1300 features annually, compared to approximately 800 vomit-inducing pieces of shit produced under the auspices of the good ol’ stars and stripes. It is a crying shame that most of us only know of Indian film by way of two-steps removed pictures like “Slumdog Millionaire” (which I still haven’t seen), especially considering the talent fielded both behind and in front of the camera and production values that rival the U.S. and Korea as tops in the world (in my book, anyhoo).

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2009
10.29

Musings From Jason’s Fevered Mind… 10/29/09

I love lists. Call me OCD if you like, but I am that guy with a list for everything. Music, books, comics, toys, movies — basically every one of my interests has “want” lists or “own” lists attached to them. This particular mania is somewhat born out of necessity in order to keep my collections straight (ask Matt about the ridiculous collections throughout my abode) but also, as those who share my disease know, because there is no finer feeling than crossing an object of desire off of a list as “conquered” or “obtained.” So I made a list for you fine folks in computer-land to peruse for reasons manifold, but especially so that you can get to know how my fevered mind works. Hopefully, henceforth you’ll be better able to put my reviews into perspective or, at the worst, dismiss them entirely as “quackery.” Whatever your conclusion, sit back, savor, and enjoy the fruits of my lunacy!

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2009
10.28

Review: Eyeball

JasonReviewsEyeball (Gatti rossi in un labirinto di vetro, El ojo en la oscuridad, The Devil’s Eye, The Eye, The Secret Killer, Wide-Eyed in the Dark) – 1975 – Italy/Spain – Bootleg DVD-r in matted widescreen

Giallo (yellow) is a term used for Italian murder-mystery pocket novels that proliferated in that country from the 1930s onwards, most of which feature an amateur detective investigating the lurid slayings of the morally-corrupt social elite at the hands of an enigmatic black-gloved killer. These novels were popular amongst the hoi polloi in much the same way as today’s grocery store paperbacks are, and were easily identifiable by their trademark yellow covers.

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2009
10.27

Review: Cloverfield

I wanted to hate this movie. I really did. I had heard all sorts of terrible, horrible things about it. Things just vague enough to make me wonder if this was some bandwagon folks were jumping on. So in the interest of fair play (and my love of monster movies), I gave it a shot. And guess what? I didn’t hate it.

By now, you’ve heard something of the plot: Monster attacks NYC (notably, midtown Manhattan) and a small group of well-groomed socialites spend the remaining length of the film trying to make a run for it… anywhere, somewhere. The a/v point of view comes from the hand-held camera of one of the main characters, an almost incidental chap appropriately named Hud (think Dane Cook, only stupider).

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2009
10.26

Review: The Mist

In many ways, this Stephen King-adapted story is a basic survival horror tale: a group of people trapped in a physical space who need to figure out how to deal with an unknown aggressive force. But, there is more here than tentacled beings, waves of blood, and impending hopelessness. Not that I always need more than that from a horror movie, but I’m glad to get more than I expected this time around.

Let’s cut to the chase here. This is a social commentary piece, albeit an occasionally gory one. A main plot point in this film centers around Mrs. Carmody, the fanatical end-times Christian who does a little more than thump her Bible and spit out verses amongst the trapped grocery store customers.

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2009
10.24

Review: Devil Doctor Woman

JasonReviewsDevil Doctor Woman (Guinea Pig 4: Devil Doctor Woman) – 1990 – Japan – Unearthed Films (as part of the Guinea Pig Box Set)

The Guinea Pig series started in 1985 when Satoru Ogura fabricated a snuff film called “The Devil’s Experiment.” The idea was financially-motivated, simplistic brilliance; three men in a tarpaulin-blanketed room proceed to torture and kill a captive young lady in a series of gruesomely realistic set-pieces. The film was marketed as an authentic snuff film and released without credits to make it that much more convincing as a “discovered” documentary of murder. The second film, “The Flower of Flesh and Blood” (1985), was cast simultaneously and involved noted comic illustrator Hideshi Hino and followed the same rough guideline as the first film. “Flower” even managed to hit the top ten in the video rental market and assure a continuation of the series.

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2009
10.22

Review: The Reincarnation of Isabel

JasonReviewsThe Reincarnation of Isabel (Riti, magie nere e segrete orge nel trecento) – 1973 – Italy – Redemption (It should be noted that the original European version is being reviewed here.)

Renato Polselli is the same auteur who brought us such dreck as “The Vampire and the Ballerina” (1960), “The Vampire of the Opera” (1964), and the uninspired Giallo, “Delirium” (1972), so my expectations weren’t exactly in the stratosphere for this picture. I had heard some decent things being bandied about in the horror community regarding this flick, so the completist in me plopped down his 10 bucks and apprehensively sat with fingers crossed through 98 minutes of over/under-acted, languorously paced and oblivious nonsense. Oh, the laborious pains I go through for you, dear reader!

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2009
10.22

Review: The Rites of Frankenstein

JasonReviewsThe Rites of Frankenstein (La maldicion de Frankenstein, The Curse of Frankenstein, The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein) – 1972 – Spain/France – Image Entertainment

Whatever happened, Jess Franco? You went from gothic masterpieces like “The Sadistic Baron Von Klaus” and “The Awful Dr. Orloff” to avant-garde awesomeness like “The Diabolical Dr. Z” and “Vampyros Lesbos” to utter shite like this sorry mess. I know you refer to your early higher-quality pictures as “museum pieces,” and that you lost your (and our) beloved Soledad Miranda to an untimely demise, but really! Your decline is made so much more bewildering to us because of the potential you showed in your nascent career. But I digress…

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2009
10.21

Review: Revenge of the Living Dead Girls

JasonReviewsRevenge of the Living Dead Girls (Le Revanche de les Mortes-Vivantes) – 1987 – France – Retromedia DVD

Billed as the first French gore film,  though perhaps not the best, (my vote still goes to the ultra-sick Baby Blood from 1990 for that distinction) this is an unofficial sequel to Jean Rollin’s 1982 feature “The Living Dead Girl.”  In that pic toxic waste resurrects a foxy young blonde who proceeds to lurk about the countryside surrounding her beautiful chateau seeking to drain and ingest the blood of her victims. It is said that Rollin may have directed this flick under a pseudonym, but I can see none of his visual flair or idiosyncratic surrealism on display, so I have to question that postulation.

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