Bad Ben, 2016

Bad Ben is 2016 horror comedy starring Nigel Bach. The estimated budget for the film was roughly around $300. Do not let that dissuade you from enjoying this hidden gem! It is a found footage film and it will make you laugh, and at times, creep you out just a little.

The story revolves around Tom Riley, played by Nigel Bach (also the director), who purchases a house at a sheriffs’ sale. The opening scene shows Tom driving down the now infamous Steelmanville Road and talking about his plans with his newly acquired house. Upon arriving, we are greeted with a beautiful two story house and a huge front lawn that would be a pain to mow by hand in the summer heat.

The walk-way as you can tell is lit up to the front porch. When he arrives, he can tell he will make a lot of money with this. Upon entering the house, he sees that the former tenants have left behind all of their belongings. Thousands of dollars worth of stuff. This would be a red flag to most, but to Tom is blissfully unaware of the dangers that lurk ahead.

He heads upstairs to check out the rest of the house when he hears a loud “bang” come from downstairs. He rushes back expecting to find people, but finds no one. Instead, he finds his furniture has been thrown about. Red flag 3. He gives his buddy a call who is tech savvy and asks him to rewatch and then email him the results. He also calls the police to come and search for the would be intruder. Nothing.

After going from room to room he notices that their are cameras everywhere in the house. Red flag two. He just wonders why their were so many, but never gives any thought of paranormal activity. He takes a walk on the property and notices a shed that is locked. He will come back for this later. He takes a stroll through the woods, and not too much longer, stumbles upon a make-shift burial plot with a childrens’ toy. A huge rock is lying in the middle of the grave with rocks surrounding it.

He makes the mistake of taking the toy, and kicking the crucifix and rocks over to the side to not creep out potential buyers. Heading back in, all sorts of crazy things happen. Doors opening, more funiture redecorating, and poor Tom not accepting the fact that something is causing this, not a someone, until he gets a call from his friend and sees for himself on the camera, that the sofa, chairs, and table all moved by themselves.

NO MORE!!!! I do not wanna give away anymore details about this film. I think it is a great movie and I have watched this along with the sequels quite a few times. Their is also a prequel. This movie is very well made for such a limited budget. Nigel also did not have a script while filming. He thought of all the dialogue right off the top of his head. That is very impressive!

I hope you start to check this movie out. You can catch it on Prime.

Starring: Nigel Bach as Tom Riley, 5/5

Until next time….stay scary, stay safe!!!!!

Train To Busan

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A 2016 horror movie that took Netflix by storm, Train To Busan is an absolute must see for any horror fan….and action fan. This film requires you to read subtitles, but don’t let that discourage you from seeing what this movie has to offer. It starts out pretty quickly, and does not let go until the ending credits.

A chemical leak at a plant triggers the outbreak that is swiftly spreading throughout South Korea. The movie focuses on an overworked and divorced father and his young daughter, who happens to want to see her mother on her upcoming birthday. As the film suggests, it takes places mostly on a train headed to Busan as a zombie apocalypse just happens to be tearing the country apart. The passengers clearly have no idea for what awaits them.

They board the train thinking it would be just another outing, but soon realize that something is dangerously amiss. On the train they meet a wide variety of people. A man and his pregnant wife, a baseball team and their coach, a cheerleader, a business man, and two older women who are sisters. The terror begins as an infected woman boards the train and collapses. She soon attacks an attendant, and very quickly many onboard are infected.

With fear gipping everyone on the train, they quickly decide to try and make it to the Daejeon Train Station where the South Koren Army is supposedly waiting. They were…just not in human form. Many of the passengers are attacked and killed by the former soldiers as they are vastly outnumbered. Some of the passengers stay on the train, locking themselves inside the front and rear cars. However, they do not know how to operate the trains’ doors.

Moving as quietly as possible through the now train graveyard, the group unfortunately grabs the attention of the undead, who of course, are not shy when it comes to chasing down their next meal. The business man convinces all of the passengers that everyone is infected, and should not be allowed into the safe haven that is their car. What a nice guy!!

The married man with the pregnant wife ends up sacrificing himself for the sake of his beloved, along with the other passengers as they attempted to sneak through the train, just inches from the zombies. The zombies eventually break into the front car and start their long-awaited feast. Many are killed with the the exception of the businessman as he hides himself into a locked bathroom.

The train is forced to come to a stop at East Daegu Station, and in his attempt to flee, the businessman pushes the captain of the train and an attendant into a pack of zombies.

I will stop there. I will not give away the ending, even though I have gave away quite a bit. This movie is quite entertaining and different from other zombie films I have seen. I have seen quite a bit of course! This movie is rumored to be getting a remake from James Wan, so if I recommend you checking out the original first. In my opinion, a remake is not warranted, but we shall see how it turns out if it does comes to pass.

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  • Gong Yoo as Seo Seok-woo, a fund manager who is estranged from his daughter and wife
  • Ma Dong-seok as Yoon Sang-hwa, a tough man married to Seong-kyeong
  • Kim Su-an as Seo Su-an, Seok-woo’s young daughter who wants to go to Busan to see her mother Na-young
  • Jung Yu-mi as Seong-kyeong, Sang-hwa’s kind, brave wife who is pregnant. During the film, she is the one who mostly looks after Su-an.
  • Choi Woo-shik as Min Yong-guk, a high school student and baseball player who is going to Busan to a baseball game
  • Ahn So-hee as Kim Jin-hee, one of Yong-guk’s friends.
  • Kim Eui-sung as Yon-suk, COO of Stallion Express
  • Choi Gwi-hwa as a homeless man, who suffers from possibly a mental disorder following the attack.
  • Jeong Seok-yong as Captain of KTX……..the businessman you will love to hate!!!
  • Ye Soo-jung as In-gil, elderly woman who is the older sister of Jong-gil
  • Park Myung-sin as Jong-gil, sister of In-gil
  • Han Sung-soo as The KTX team leader
  • Jang Hyuk-jin as Ki-chul, train attendant
  • Kim Chang-hwan as Kim Jin-mo
  • Shim Eun-kyung as Runaway Girl
  • Lee Joo-shil as Seok-woo’s mother. She dotes on Su-an and hopes that her son can reconcile with Na-young (Seok-woo’s estranged wife)

Let me know what you think of this film. Thanks again friends!

Stay scary, stay safe!!

Horror Genres, Pt.1

Their are many different genres and sub-genres to choose from, but which would you say is the one you enjoy the most? The one you enjoy the least? Reason? Or, like me, you simply enjoy all of them. In this little post, we will go over a couple of the genres, and what each brings to the table.

Slashers are fun to watch! The most popular genre in the horror field, this should come at no surprise. What is more fun than being chased by a weapon weilding maniac only to think you have gotten away, only to trip and fall and get stabbed in the back or a nice decapitation? The blood and gore, sexual content, drug, and alcohol abuse may turn a lot of people off to this genre, but for us hardcore horror fans, we know that is just what come with the territory.

Psychological horror is a very interesting genre. What is lacks up for in the the above, it makes up for in pure thrill and suspense. Sometimes, these are actually better to give you a nice chill up your spine and make you squirm in your seat. While trying to figure out what is actually going on, you are left with only your imagination until the final climax…but not always.

These movies have also been around for quite some time, with The Silence of The Lambs being arguably the most popular. While it does incorporate some of the slasher qualities, it more than makes up for in the pure suspense we spoke of earlier. I tend to enjoy these just as much as the previous because any horror flick to me, is worth a watch.

The Shining is another shining example of a psychological horror done 100% correctly. It will leave you guessing what is to come, with suspicions arising throughout as the film progresses. This is one of my all time favorite flicks because the story is superbly crafted to fit Jack Nicholsons’ character. His visions become darker and darker, leaving the audience with a pretty much, but not quite clear, understanding on exactly how this movie is going to end.

Let me know what you think about these! I will delve even deeper into the genres and we will explore some gems along the way in case you missed them.

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Until next time, stay scary, stay safe!!

The Crumbs

Directed by: David J Espinosa

Written by: Craig Ahrens and David J Espinosa

2020, 1 hr, 50 min.

Featured on Amazon Prime

Starring:

Jeff Hatch as Dr. Benjamin Crumb

Maria Olsen as Irene Crumb

David j Esipinsosa as Angel Valente

Anton Clark as Leonard

Craig Ahrens as Homeless Man

Alena Gerard as Mrs. Smith

****SPOILERS**** I WILL TRY TO NOT GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY!!

My Rating: 5/5

The next time you are looking for a nice and quiet getaway at a secluded BnB surrounded by a beautiful backdrop and the blissful sound of silence, you may want to think again. The Crumbs will take you there, and make you wonder about your hosts should you ever visit nice,quaint BnB. They appear completely normal and civilized, offering food and a nice room for those with reservations.

However, if you do not have one of those, you’re in for a very unlucky stay. The opening scene shows depicts what is to come with this strange family. A sudden knock at the door turns rather frantic as men burst into the house with a gunshot victim. The father, Dr. Benjamin Crumb is called upon to dress the wound of the victim. Meanwhile, one of the others makes a horrible mistake is trying to take advantage of the “young” and and attractive Victoria. After chasing her up the stairs, and trying to force himself upon her, he is quickly grabbed and thrown off after her scream alerts Leonard to come to her rescue.

After the initial sequence , it’s time to get started! The acting is quite good in this film. With original characters and plot. It doesn’t take too long for more people to start showing up without reservations, and finding themselves unconscious after having some of Irenes’ famous sweet tea. Upon waking, they find themselves in a medical laboratory, strapped to a what looks to be a massage table, and being stuck with needles. Fun, right?

I will not give away the plot of the film, but just know that it is very interesting to say the least. Dr. Crumb has been a very busy man for awhile. Cannibalism may also play a part in this film. If so, that makes it all the bit more disturbing, and entertaining! You will come to find that Leonard has a soft spot for Victoria, and God forbid if you even look at her the wrong way! The jealous, not so friendly giant will toss you like a pillow if he so chooses.

Not so much of a gory film, it leaves that up to that imagination, which is something that I really do like. It will let you see just a peek, and decide for yourself what is actually happening. This film never stops. It keeps going from start to finish. Even with a police officer and private detective closing in on them…perhaps.

I highly recommend this movie. It will entertain you the entire time, and every now and then you will get a slight chuckle. This film is perfect to watch at night time. I have already seen it twice, and it never fails to entertain. Do yourself a favor and go and watch this film immediately!!!!

I apologize that it has take me so long to write again. I have been extremely busy with work, and I will try and do this more often, as it is something I love to do. Horror is my passion!

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Until next time…stay scary, stay safe!!!!

Texas Frightmare Weekend 2019, Pt. 1, Felissa Rose

***SPOILERS***

Texas Frightmare Weekend 2019 took place May3rd-May 5th at the Hyatt Regency DFW Airport in Dallas , Texas. It attracts millions of horror fans from all across the globe get a chance to meet their favorite actors/actresses’, and to make some new friends. I had previously posted about my meeting Nick Castle and Robert Englund, so I thought I should write about the experience as a whole, and the other celebrities I was fortunate enough to meet.

First up is Felissa Rose who played Angela in the cult classic Sleepaway Camp that was released on Nov. 18th, 1983. It was directed by Robert Hiltzik. The story is simplistic in nature, but has such a twist at the ending you will be left shaking your head in utter disbelief, as was I. The movie is about a young girl that is sent away to a summer camp by her aunt Dr. Martha Thomas, played by Desiree Gould, along with her cousin Ricky, played by Jonathan Tiersten.

Most of the film looks at the relationship between Angela and Ricky, as he is attempting to protect her from bullies. While she is shy, some of the fellow girls’ try to interact with her, but she is socially awkard. She even has a young boy interested in her, but their relationship becomes strained after he kisses her. Paul, played by Christopher Collet, evidently wanted to take their friendship to the next level. She is mocked by some of the other camp goers, but that won’t happen for too much longer. After some time, the bullies start killed in gruesome ways, as the everyone is now scared out of their minds as to whom the killer is, and who the next victim will be, and why.

The camp cook, Artie, played by Owen Hughes, attempts to violate Angela, however, her cousin comes to her rescue and gets her safely out of harms way. Not too long after, somebody knocks over boiling water on Artie, causing intense scalding. It was ruled an accident.

As usual, I am trying my best not to give too much away for the sake of those who have not seen this nice addidtion to the slasher genre. If you have not watched this hidden gem, you should do so when you have some free time available.

The counselors’ believe that Ricky is the antagonist, and he receives a vicious beating. Not too long after, two counselors happen upon Angela at the beach, running her hands through hair of boy on the beach. They soon discover that the head has been severed, and she is holding a blood soaked knife. Of course, the killer was just named, but I will leave the details of the ending out.

Meeting Felissa Rose was such fun! She is such a sweetheart. Very warm and appreciative of her fans, she will give away multiple hugs and make you feel good about yourself, all while being extremely salt of the earth type, and humble about her role in one of the most slept on slasher films.

Next up in my blog will be about meeting Tom Savini, the legendary special effects makeup artist for numerous films. Please like and follow, comment your thoughts on this film. Thank you very much, and until next time…stay scary, stay safe!!!

Zombie

This film is what put Lucio Fulci on the map. If you are a die-hard horror fan you know who I am referring too. If not, I will shed a little light for you: Fulci was an Italian film director, political activist, screenwriterm and actor. He was born on June 17, 1927 and passed away on March 13, 1996 in Rome, Italy. He had his hand in quite a few genres, even comedies, but this film really helped to jump start his career.

Zombie was a low-budget film that still offers great detail in the look of the zombies. The acting is somewhat generic, but that can be easily overlooked with some of the brutal scenes that this movie offers. One of which is the famed “splinter in the eye scene” that a lot of the people cannot watch. It is done nice and slow, almost where you can feel it. You will definitely blink a few times and even rub your eyes after witnessing it.

The film begins when a boat drifts into the New York Harbor and is investigated by two police officers. Upon searching, they encounter a zombie which manages to kill one of them, but is eventually killed by being shot in the head by the remaining officer. They find out that the boat belongs to a man conducting research on Matul, a Caribbean island. Tisa Farrows, who plays Anne Bowles, is the dauther of the missing father.

She soon meets up with a newspaper reporter, Peter West, played by Ian McCulloch, and they soon discover that her father is suffering from some type of odd illness on the island. They rent a boat and hire two guides, Brian Hull, played by Al Cliver, and his wife Susan Barrett, played by Auretta Gay, to take them to Matul.

Dr. David Menard, played by Richard Johnson, along with his wife Paola, played by Olga Karlatos, have been doing research on the reanimation of the corpses. Paolo insists on leaving the island due to the events unfolding, but is met with a stern “that’s not happening” by her husband. A make-shift hospital has been set up to attempt to heal and comfort those who have become infected. With no medication to do any good, every patient passes away and is buried by hospital staff.

I do not want to give away too many spoilers, however, I will delve a bit further. Paola is the poor soul who gets the splinter in the eye after a zombie decides to pay her a visit. Upon reaching the house, the main characters in the story, aside from the doctor, discover her body being consumed. The visuals in this movie are pretty good and for me, has a high “re-run” rate. Meaning, I have saw it several times and it never gets old.

If you are looking for a decent foreign zombie film, you cannot go wrong with this one. The ending leaves some to the imagination. Decent plot, nice gore, and of course…zombies!! Let me know what you think. What were your favorite parts of the film? Would you recommend it? Until next time friends, stay scary, stay safe!!!

Halloween and meeting Nick Castle

One of the classics. This is probably one of the best horror films hands-down. Since 1978 this film has been scaring teenagers and even some adults to make sure and double-check the deadbolt on their doors before they go to bed. This movie set the tone for a lot more to follow. Personally, this is my absolute favorite in the series, with Part 2, well…coming in 2nd place.

Some will argue that their wasn’t really any blood or gore and that for that reason, it doesn’t serve as a top tier horror film. I think the opposite. While the lack of blood and gore isn’t a problem for most, even with us who enjoy that, the movie makes up for it with the suspense that slowly builds throughout the film. You see a 6 yr old boy kill his sister, but you don’t see it. You see the knife plunging, but you don’t. That’s all left up to the imagination. To let you figure out how it would play out.

By doing that, John Carpenter cemented his name in the industry as a guy to be watched out for. The soundtrack is in a world of its’ own too. Everybody knows that music. The creepy piano gives off the vibe that something sinister is coming, and is about to happen.

Michael Myers, played by Nick Castle, who appears in the ending credits as The Shape, was hired on one of the facts that his father was a professional dancer, and Nick had the skills they were looking for to move about gracefully. Nick did a terrific job as the antagonist, stalking his prey and being one step ahead of Dr. Loomis and the police. The murders in which he commits are all done so suddenly, that it makes one to think to always check the backseat of the car before getting in. Poor Annie.

The infamous mask worn by Nick is actually a William Shatner mask that was painted white in a last ditch effort to find a mask that was original, and avoid the cliched clown or ski mask. They did an outstanding job! It’s very creepy and surely suits the character better than any other mask would have. What are your thoughts on this film? Over-rated? What do you love/hate about it? Below are the pictures of Nick and I at Texas Frightmare 2019 and his autograph. He is a very nice man, down to earth, and thankful of his fans. Poor guy was so exhausted he just wanted to get some sleep.

Until next time friends, stay scary, stay safe!!

Playing With Horror

Kicking back and enjoying a horror flick or book is one thing, but what if you were to actually engage yourself in the story? What if you were the main character that everyone was rooting for? Well, you can experience that if you’re a gamer. Their has been quite a few horror video games released over the years, with the original Resident Evil of 1996 for the PS1 usually taking the throne, that has sent chills and nightmares to anyone brave enough to play them.

One game has pretty much changed the way we all look at horror. Fighting off hordes of zombies and monsters with guns and knives is one thing, but what if you were totally unarmed? No gun, knife, and no ability to pick up anything to defend yourself. You cannot even throw a punch or a kick. Sounds insanely difficult, correct? Yes. It is, however, one of the most clever ideas to come out of the video game world in some time.

 

On February 4, 2014 a game was released for the Playstation 4. It had received quite the positive feedback, but no one was expecting it to be one of the greatest horror video games ever created. On June 19, 2014 it was released for the XBOX One. March 31, 2015 brought it to Linux. February 27, 2018 the Nintendo Switch got the gift. The earliest it had arrived was on Microsoft Windows on September 4, 2013.

 

Outlast is a first person survival horror video game developed and published by Red Barrels. Written by J.T. Petty and with the soundtrack by Samuel Laflamme, it gave players the very real feeling of being completely helpless in a very unsettling atmosphere. You play as Investigative Journalist Miles Upshur who decides, for some reason, to investigate an abandoned mental hospital in Leadville, Co. Armed with only a camcorder that has the night vision function, and a pad and pen to collect evidence and your thoughts, you head into the massive asylum to do a little exploring.

 

You quickly find out that using the night vision function on your camcorder drains your battery level, you will begin to find yourself frantically searching for batteries in every nook and cranny. Without it, the game is extremely difficult to see. Even with the brightness on your TV and in game turned up, you may still find yourself stumbling around in the dark. With blood on the floor, you know that you are not alone. This blood is fresh.

You will run into all sorts of madness here. Homicidal patients freely roam the building and grounds as you soon realize that their also may be a supernatural entity at work. You will run, jump, crawl, and hide your way to survival in this thrilling addition to your horror library. Now, I am very doubtful that any horror/gamer has yet to play or see this, but I do want to spare too many details just in the case that someone reads this, and decides they are up for the challenge.

 

If you are a gamger and a horror aficionado you owe it to yourself to give this game a go. It can be frustrating with the sheer darkness and running into walls, but it seems to grow on you after awhile. Nothing is perfect, but this game shines pretty brightly after fans were screaming for a true horror game. People asked, and people received. A lot of blood, gore, sexual themes, and cursing plague this game, so if you are easily offended, this may not be the game for you. I just wanted to throw that disclamier out there.

 

Let me know what your thoughts are on this game. Did you like it? Love it? Hate it? Why? Let me know! Until next time friends…stay scary, stay safe!!

Scariest Movie?

We’ve all came across this question before. What would you consider to be the most frightening film you’ve ever had the “pleasure” of watching? Too many, including myself, their is one name that seemingly pops up all the time. You already know it.

 

The Exorcist. This movie was causing people to literally drop in theaters from shock. It sounds pretty far fetched now, but back then….yep. It happened. Personally, the movie is the scariest because of the realism of it. An innocent child is taken over by Captain Howdy, a.k.a. Satan, and pretty much uses the chance to get out every profanity while also saying some pretty derogatory obscenities’. Not to mention the nice visuals that accompany the film as it progresses. What’s not to love!?

 

Released in 1973, this film still gives me the creeps. I honestly do not believe anything will surpass it in terms of sheer, genuine fright. The gurgling voice, the iconic head spin, and the green vomit are just some of the effects that make this movie great. The spider walk down the stairs in the extended release was terrifying. This movie legitimately scared me as a kid.

 

I could hear her voice and I knew it was going to be a restless night. So many flicks have claimed to the scariest, yet none in my opinion will go as far as this to make you look over your shoulder more than once and possibly run to the nearest Wal-mart and buy a night-light.

 

In 2017 a movie premiered on Netflix called Veronica, which again, claimed to be the scariest movie ever made. Upon reading about it, I was curious. Although I knew it would match up to The Exorcist at all. Reading about how people were having to turn it off not even halfway through because they could not take it anymore was clearly a marketing strategy. Effective as it gained enormous popularity, even with critics taking it apart piece by piece.

 

It wasn’t that it was bad. It was the fact that it was way too over-hyped. If it hadn’t been for that singular reason I believe it would have done so much better.

 

But, I digress. Let me know what you think. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to hang out with me for a few. Stay scary, stay safe!!

Meeting Robert Englund

In the summer of May 2019, I was fortunate enough to meet the legend himself. My idol. The man that introduced me to the world of horror when I was just five years old. Standing in line for over six hours was well worth it. Their were a lot of people there, and my legs were beginning to give way. Slouching up against the wall, I noticed the line starting to move. I was next!!

I approached the table, and began telling him everything. About how he got me into horror, and how I had followed his career. He did not even look up. I then mentioned a movie he had appeared in, opposite the late Sid Haig, called Galaxy of Terror from 1981. He immediately looked up at me, threw his arms in the air, and said, “Oh, c’mon!!.”

Then, he started to talk to me! I couldn’t believe it. I was actually speaking with Fred Krueger himself. This was wild. He was talking about people doing their own stunts in the movie and getting injured, and how he almost could not believe I had brought it up. I got my autograph. My name is Jason, so he writes….

I thought that was the most badass thing he could write. We shook hands and I made my way back up to my hotel room where I needed to lie down. I dared not to fall asleep because in just a couple of hours, I would be able to get my picture taken with him. I played around on my phone, called my sister, walked around the room….anything to keep myself awake.

5:00pm….it was time to head down and get my picture. Their was such a rush of people it was overwhelming. Security had to stop a lot of them just tell them not to trample others, and that we would all get our chance. When it was my turn, I walked up to him and smiled and said, “Hey, remember me?” and started laughing. He smirked. I had a chain around my neck and he, now wearing his iconic glove, hooked two blades underneath it, pulled me closer and said it his “Freddy voice”…..”I told you to change your fucking name!” Then, FLASH! pic taken, we shook hands again and I thanked him, and they hurried me out of there.

My experience: He is a very down to earth guy who loves to chat with fans, does not have an ego, and has a very good sense of humor. If you ever have the opportunity of meeting him, do it!!! You’ll never regret it. I remember wearing a fedora when I was 6 on the Freddy hotline in my hometown of Dayton, Oh just so I could hear my idol talk. Some might say it is strange that a child would look up to a fictional serial killer, but hey…who are they to judge!?

If you are wondering where I met him, it was at Texas Frightmare Weekend 2019 at the Hyatt Regency DFW Airport.

Thank you for reading my blog and feel free to leave any comments. Stay scary, stay safe!!!