Tuesday, December 22, 2009

You Better Watch Out: 7 Evil Santas in TV and Film

 You Better Watch Out: 7 Evil Santas in TV and Film

From Mental Floss. Santa isn't always jolly and you definitely do not want any of these guys coming down your chimney on Christmas Eve... or any other night of the year for that matter. (Okay, maybe Goldberg [at left] but not as Evil Santa.)

Naughty or Nice? It's all the same with Robot Santa, so watch out!
Stopping Robot Santa

10 Creepy Santas (whose laps we want nothing to do with)

From Mental Floss, a collection of some of the most undesirable Santas you could imagine. Any kid would cry if they had to pose with these questionable characters...

Here are three "winners" to get you started...

This Santa seems to be one of the Undead.

I hate to say it, but this Santa probably shouldn't be touching your children.

I want whatever it is this Santa had.

Gremlins: The Greatest Christmas Movie...Evar!

I'm sure some of you will argue with me about this, and I welcome a hearty discussion, but as far as I'm concerned, the greatest Christmas movie ever has got to be Gremlins.  I truly get a warm fuzzy feeling when I watch this movie.

It kicks off with one of the greatest holiday songs, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)", which as it turns out happens to be David Letterman's favorite Christmas song.  For the longest time, I knew that as the Gremlins Song, only later learning it was a regular song before this movie.  What the hell ever, it's still the Gremlins song as far as I'm concerned.

As with most Christmas themed movies, you have a parent who is out to get the best gift for their child.  In this instance, we've got a dad who back-alley wheels and deals and gets his kid a mogwai, henceforth known as Gizmo.  And of course, craziness then ensues.

I won't go into the details of the plot, you know them already.  The part that sticks out for me and is the first thing I recall about this movie is the cookie making scene.  The mom is toiling away making decorative Christmas cookies, with "Do You Hear What I Hear" playing in the background.  The song skips and something is awry...

Okay, here is where I was going to embed the video of this scene, but for some reason, the person who loaded the video on YouTube has disabled embedding, so instead, you must make yourself be un-lazy and click this link to view the full scene.

Oh god!  When that thing senses her and turns around!  That used to creep the crap out of me! Oh, and man, when she blends and then microwaves them!  Nothing says Happy Holidays like gremlins popping in the microwave, nom nom nom!

Another memorable scene is the 'Memories of Santa' scene, where Kate, the girlfriend, recalls how she came to hate Christmas...

Yeah, that might ruin your Christmas.  The thing is, now it's pretty laughable.  In fact, they make fun of this whole scene in Gremlins 2, where Kate recounts the President's Day from hell.  Good times!

You know, I could sit here and recount this whole movie and each and every fantastic scene (there are so many of them), but I won't.  I urge you to go out and rent this movie and watch it with the family this holiday season.  However, I will leave you with little nugget

Monday, December 21, 2009

Creepy animated short ALMA

Below is an independent short from Pixar animator Rodrigo Blaas called ALMA.  At only 5 and a half minutes, it's not long but definitely packs in plenty of creepiness.  The short starts off with a little girl wandering, strangely, all alone in an alley way, scribbling her name, Alma, on a wall across from a store whose window looks like a giant gaping monster maw.  As the little girl continues through the alley, she notices that a doll has appeared in the window that looks amazingly just like her.  I will let the short tell the rest of the story, but the moral to take away from this...a doll that looks exactly like you is not to be trusted.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Follow a Daybreaker on Twitter

Viral marketing is not just a good business move, its damn fun, too.  By creating accounts on Facebook and Twitter that are from characters or organizations in a movie, the film allows the movie-goer to become a part of the story.  And who doesn't like to be a part of something!  Gee Willikers!

I am very excited about Daybreakers coming out soon and was equally excited when I learned of their viral marketing/social media campaigns.  Become a fan on Facebook and keep abreast of the latest news and info.  Visit the Capture Humans website, sponsored by Bromley Marks, to learn how YOU started the evolution. When you visit the Bromley Marks website, sign up for your own blood account and feed off of your friends on Facebook.

On Twitter, follow @willthedaybreak and interact with a human fighting to stay alive and make sense of this strange new world. Below is a photo (one of several that he's tweeted) that @willthedaybreak took from the stairwell of his building as well as a short video of someone (or something) he found outside his apartment.

Friday, December 11, 2009

New iPhone app-- Paranormal Activity: The Search for Katie

I admit it: I covered my face at the end of Paranormal Activity...both times!  Yes, even though I love horror movies and can watch the goriest hackfest, I couldn't stand the suspense of wondering what was going to pop out of the dark hallway as those heavy footsteps came up the stairs!  And once the movie was over, I wanted more, even though I could barely handle what they'd already given me.  If you were like me and wondered what the hell happened to Katie (did she vaporize, did she go on a killing spree, etc) you'll now get your answer.

IDW Publishing has created a digital comic iPhone app that is a serial continuation of the story.  Paranormal Activity: The Search for Katie is available to download for 99¢.  The reviews are luke-warm at best, though I'm not sure why.  If you are familiar with comics/graphic novels, I think you'll find this an entertaining app, well worth the money and a good continuation of the story.  I can only wager a guess that the lackluster reviews are from those who don't dig comics on a regular basis and were going to be disappointed no matter what.

Here is a brief synopsis of PA: SFK from the IDW website:

iPhone and iPod touch users have exclusive access to this digital comic, which begins AFTER the film's shocking cliff-hanger ending. IDW Publishing's first digital-exclusive comic follows a brilliant demonologist named Dr. Johann Averys [the guy in the film that Katie tried to get to help, but who was out of the country], as he tries to find Katie, the tragic main character of Paranormal Activity. Written by comic great Scott Lobdell (X-MEN; Jennifer Love Hewitt's Music Box), Paranormal Activity: The Search For Katie pairs Dr. Averys with feisty S.D.P.D. Detective Singh; together they attempt to discover the origins of the demon who haunted Micah and Katie. Mark Badger (The Gargoyle) provides captivating art that expertly depicts the horror of this tale. [Click here for full details.]

If nothing else, the app avatar is worth the 99¢ due to the fact that it's Katie's creepy mug as she lunges at the camera at the end of the movie.  So I finally get to see what I missed, and now that I've seen her face, I'm still sort of glad I didn't see it in motion! (Yes, yes, I know, I am a pansy...)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Zombie Disney Cosplay

Wish I could say I found this on my own, but must give props to the folks at Neatorama for finding these awesome pics of Undead Disney Cosplay!  Go to their site for a link to the full set of photos on Flickr, they're too good to miss.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

How Everything Goes to Hell in a Zombie Apocalypse (Illustrated)

Leave it to The Oatmeal to boil down the beginnings of a Zombie Apocalypse to illustrations.  The best part, it's pretty much the plot of all your most recent zombie themed movies.  I'm including only a snippet below, so be sure to stop over at The Oatmeal's website to view the full illustration and prepare to laugh your ass off.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Trick 'r Treat: Review & Pseudo-Synopsis

When we first started discussing this movie, our intent was to do a basic review for Trick R Treat.  However, this is an incredibly intelligent movie and given the nature of the stories within the movie, we found ourselves hard pressed to be able to do a review without divulging parts of the plot and significant spoilers.   So basically, instead a generic review, you're also getting a psuedo-synopsis (though the one on Wikipedia's TRT synopsis is ten times better, just being honest) along with our review.  Because of this, there are also SIGNIFICANT SPOILERS AHEAD.  You have been warned.  Enjoy!

KELLY: I loved it. I found it to be quite fun. Felt like sitting around a campfire telling ghost stories.

PATRICE: I thought it felt like the vibe from older horror movies like when I was a kid - the first Halloween, for example. Very realistic settings and people and you're right there with them in the 'burbs.... and then the scary stuff starts happening!

KELLY: I'm totally with you, it also felt nostalgic to me, though I couldn't quite put my finger on what was so retro about it. I had read on another blog where someone likened it to what a Tales From the Crypt movie should have been like instead of the crap movies they actually released.  I thought that was a pretty apt description. 

PATRICE: Retro is right, that was my lingering impression of it.  I have to say I was so impressed with the overall quality of it. The look of it, the actors…just everything to me. And it was more fun to watch than most modern horror movies.
 KELLY: It’s confusing as to why it languished for so long on a shelf before being released. It’s a good movie, a really good movie, in fact, so what do you think kept it shelved forever and a day?  (We did find a couple of sites that gave differing reasons, you can check them out here and here). Though can tell you why it was finally released, though. Anna Paquin. Someone at the studio decided to ride the coattails of True Blood.
PATRICE: Oh yeah, and she looked amazing, too.

 KELLY: Heck yeah she did. But honestly, I still see her as the child queen jumping up and down on the bed in Amistad.

PATRICE: I think of her as the child in Piano.  As far as other actors - I have always liked Brian Cox, who plays the bus driver in the present day.  Not to mention Dylan Baker as the sadistic dad, Steven Wilkins - loved him.

KELLY: Ah, yes, the principal, I absolutely loved him.
So, the  basic premise of the movie...It’s a peak into a small Ohio town on Halloween night, where we see tales of different people with different story lines that are all interconnected.

PATRICE: It starts out with the introduction of a couple who are actually the last of the 5 vignettes - I don't know why exactly it was done that way, putting technically the last story at the beginning of the film.

KELLY: I think perhaps that was done because while we're watching the couple, there are things taking place in the periphery that are part of the other stories, so that at the end, when they all come together, you're like A-Ha!

PATRICE: That makes sense.  So, there are five rules for Halloween that are addressed in the separate stories. The Rules are:
1. Always check your candy.
2. Never blow out a jack-o'-lantern before midnight.
3. Wear a costume.
4. Hand out sweets to trick-or-treaters.
5.Never go out alone.

The Stories are:
 1.The Principal
2. The School Bus Massacre Revisited
3. Surprise Party
4. Meet Sam
5. The Opening (which actually is the opening, no cute name for this one)

KELLY: Good ol' Sam. But we'll get to him in a bit...
Side note: the event takes place in a town called Warren Valley, OH. There isn't really a Warren Valley, though there is just a Warren, OH.  In the movie, this fictitious town is infamous as a huge Halloween party central.

PATRICE: it was really interesting how they were treating Halloween like it was Mardi Gras

KELLY: Well, funnily enough, there is a town in Ohio, Athens (the town where Ohio University is located), that really is known for its Halloween throw-downs.  So perhaps this is a nod to that?

PATRICE: I was looking to see if the writer was from there, but he’s is not.  So I’m not sure if there is really a connection or if it’s just a coincidence.  So anyhow, moving on....
The story was based on the animated short written by Chris Dougherty called Season's Greetings - it's included on the DVD.  Right away it starts off with this opening story that gives you a feel for where the movie is going to take you as the viewer and really grabs your attention.

KELLY: We've got Leslie Bibb and the dude from Dollhouse coming home drunk from a night of good Halloweenin'. They're front yard is decked out big time, and yet you discover immediately that the girl actually detests Halloween and goes ahead and blows out the Jack-O-Lantern despite the guy's protests. So here's my question: if she dislikes Halloween so very much, why does she go crazy with the decorations? The guy seemed a little spineless to me, so I don't buy for a moment that he had insisted on the decorations, so what then?  Meh, doesn't matter I guess, but for some reason that nagged at me. However, if she hadn't had all those decorations, I guess the set up for how she gets off'd wouldn't have been as good.

PATRICE: Yeah, I wondered that, too. Is it because they live in this very quaint town that gets all het up over Halloween and they feel like they have to keep up with the neighbors, or what?

KELLY: Possibly, that seems feasible.

PATRICE: It would have made more sense though if she was really into it, but just wanted to get it cleaned up before going to bed (which by the way makes no sense anyway).  I mean, she was more concerned with taking down the decorations in the dark than going in and boinking her husband.  Dumbass.

KELLY: Yeah, I thought of that as well, and how the husband was like 'sure, you can clean all this up by yourself, I’m gonna go inside and get ready to have sex with you when you're done in a couple of hours and probably gross and sweaty'.

 PATRICE: Poor guy falls asleep to porn.  As if.

KELLY: So we see Miss Bibb get attacked by something, don't know what it is at the beginning, and that sets the mood for the rest of the movie.

PATRICE: Some unseen something attacks and kills her  and then when the husband wakes up and goes out to find her...but we'll leave it to the readers to find out how he discovers her, that's half the fun of that story!

KELLY: The Principal story basically played on the fears of every child: bad things hidden in candy, your teachers are out to get you…In this story, a repugnant kid is going up and down the line of houses, taking all the candy, pigging out and just littering his used wrappers and vandalizing Jack-O-Lanterns. Why? Because he's a snot-nosed kid. When he gets to the principal's house and is about to steal all the candy, the principal has a nasty little surprise for him.

I honestly thought this kid got what was coming to him.

 PATRICE: Oh yeah, he was completely detestable. This is rule 1 - as Mr. Wilkins says:  "Always check your candy".  Due to the principal’s ‘nasty little surprise’ the fat kid spews chocolate and blood and dies and Mr. Wilkins goes to bury him in the backyard in a hole already dug and holding one or more bodies in burlap bags.

KELLY: Makes you wonder if he's been collecting all night or if this is a regular hobby!

PATRICE: Good question.  It should also be noted that the kids from a forthcoming storyline come along asking to have one of his pumpkins just as he has drags the fat kid into the house.  Plus, the old man neighbor is yelling at Mr. Wilkins telling him to “get your kid out of my yard” (the kid is actually in the house).  Foreshadowing and overlapping ensues.  Wilkins then returns to the house after burying the fat kid.

KELLY: The story is set up to make you wonder if perhaps the principal has something against kids, not just others, but perhaps his as well. While he’s trying to bury the fat kid, his son keeps bothering and interrupting him, and Wilkins acts really, really annoyed with him and you wonder if he's going to take action against his own son. However, the reality is actually quite amusing!

His son is pestering him into coming in to carve the Jack-O-Lantern, and as the father raises the knife menacingly above his sons head.......well, we'll leave that part a surprise!

PATRICE: Ha.  "You have to help me with the EYES!" Ewwww…

KELLY: Let's just say he's raising one sick little puppy.

So now we move on the group of kids that had asked the principal for his Jack-O-Lantern. They comprise the School Bus Massacre Revisited. You have a two girls and two boys, with a snotty  girl the obvious leader of this pack. They're going around collecting Jack-O-Lanterns to supposedly pay homage to the dead.  They stop and pick up another girl, Sara, who doesn't really seem to fit in with the rest of the group, and they head off to a secret location.

PATRICE: Macy, the snotty girl, tells the story that there was a group of special kids who rode a short bus, it was Halloween, they were all in costume, and they were on the bus riding home.  And  they were also chained to their seats, which was a bit much. According to the story, the parents of the kids wanted to get rid of them and propositioned the bus driver to drive the bus off into the abandoned rock quarry in the town.  The bus driver stops the bus at the edge of the quarry and parks it, and then for some reason, he goes to each kid and gives them candy from a bucket he's carrying and one of the kids is clearly agitated about the change of routine and keeps repeating "gotta go home" and next thing you know, he's in the driver's seat throwing the bus into gear, and the busload of students disappears into the quarry.  

You get the impression that this is a legend that may or may not be made up by these kids and then Macy announces that they plan to go down to the bottom of the quarry.  From there on, it's all in the spirit of good Halloween scaring...

KELLY: The original 4 kids have set up Rhonda with an elaborate prank to get the shit scared out of her, and in the end, they get taken care of by the vengeful spirits of the School Bus kids. I have to say, that sort of made me sad. Here is the busload of special needs kids that did nothing, they get murdered in a horrific way, and now they're doomed to live as the undead in the bottom of a quarry? Don't seem right!

PATRICE: But they get their revenge!

KELLY: yeah, maybe, but it’s still sad. Though, once again, I reveled in the snotty kids getting it. I think that's the leftovers from my tormented childhood cheering for the picked-on girl to end up on top.  Go nerd girl!

PATRICE: Oh me, too, I was always that kid - the one who talked about shit nobody else cared about like when she's going on about Samhain…

KELLY: Yeah, that was me as well. Dorks unite!  So, now we move to the polar opposite of dorks to a group of sexy girls heading out to a party...Two sisters and their friends are shopping for sexy Halloween costumes and dates.  Anna Paquin's character must wear a Little Red Riding Hood costume, according to some custom the girls insist upon honoring.  And so they set off!  From the conversations, we learn that Paquin's character is a 'virgin' and the friends are trying to help her out. They get fidgety after finding their dates and head off to the party, leaving Anna to find her own date and get there all by her little lonesome.

PATRICE: Which I have to say I thought was odd.  I mean, they are trying to help her.

 KELLY:  Just like her costume inspiration, little red riding hood sets off into the forest all on her lonesome to get to the party.

PATRICE:  She encounters a masked man who we have previously seen murder his date in an alleyway...this guy has followed her into the woods, planning to make her his next victim.  You see him leap on her, and you figure she's a goner, until you see her arrive at the party where her sister and friends are…

KELLY: Actually, the would-be attacker arrives first, dropping out of the trees with a thud on the ground!  I liked the slow dawning of realization when you see, ah, this was ironic, because, well, things start getting a little hairy, if you will…the girls aren't quite what they appear to be!

Most can probably figure out what we're hinting at, what with the irony of the Little Red Riding Hood costume and that it gets 'hairy', but still, we'll leave that to the viewers to see exactly what happens!

PATRICE:   The last story is Meet Sam.  It was the scariest.

KELLY: I think this one was my favorite.  Long story short, you've got an old man who shuns the whole Trick or Treat deal, scaring away little kids. In fact, he scares some so bad they drop their candy and run screaming!

PATRICE:  He's holed up in his house, drinking, burning old photos in the fireplace.

KELLY: He gets one little Trick or Treater, though, that takes this tradition very seriously.  I think the rule here should have been "don't screw with a kid wanting candy"

PATRICE: Ha! Well this is also where you see the overlap with the Principal Wilkins story.  Kreeg's dog Spite is barking outside, and Kreeg goes out to see what's up - Spite is chewing on the finger that Wilkins cut off and threw to him to distract him from barking.  Kreeg asks Wilkins what he's doing and also shouts "get your kid out of my yard!", which of course doesn't make sense at first.

KELLY: Was that the dog's name? Spite? Ha, I never caught that, how funny!

PATRICE: yeah, I thought he was saying "Spike" initially.  Well, I wouldn't want to give away what happens when he meets "Sam", but we can say that when Kreeg goes back into his house, he discovers that he is not alone...

KELLY:  Basically the trick or treater gets into his house and starts to torment him, chase him about and all out beat the snot out of him. I guess you'd call the little character the spirit of Halloween or something?

When he starts beating up Kreeg, I kind of got annoyed with something, and tell me if you noticed this...When Sam (spirit of Halloween) first shows up, he's the size of a child.  Then, when he starts to beat up on Kreeg and torment him, he's all of a sudden the size of an adult.

PATRICE: Right, but he’s suddenly much bigger.  Bad continuity.

KELLY: That just annoyed the crap out of me. Don't for a second tell me that they couldn't hire a stunt double that was Sam's original size, I know they exist, I've seen them with my own two eyes.  And then, when the melee is over, he's all of a sudden shrunk back to his smaller stature.  Annoying.

PATRICE: Oh definitely - I wondered why on earth they did that.

KELLY: And then he reveals his face under the mask. I have mixed feelings about that.

PATRICE:  It was creepy.

KELLY: I was dying to know what he looked like, but I'll be honest and say I was kind of disappointed when I saw him. It wasn't a bad face or anything, but sort of cheesey in my opinion.

PATRICE: then again, it would have been better not to show him at all, right?

KELLY: I was chatting about it with a coworker and she it would have been awesome if he'd pulled the mask away and it'd been someone like Suri Cruise the entire time! Ha, that would have been fantastic! That would have been creepy, this super angelic face, running around chopping off limbs and tormenting old drunk men.

PATRICE: Hilarious!  I think a cute kid would have been much more disturbing.

KELLY: So, we won't reveal exactly what happens to Kreeg, I think that's best left to the audience to see, because there was an interesting twist, but let's say that he and Sam had a meeting of minds, and then Kreeg ended up getting what was coming to him.

PATRICE:  Oh! the character is named Sam, for Samhain, I just got that.  On a side note, you should check out the short on which this was based, you can find it on YouTube.

KELLY: Final Verdict? I loved, loved, loved this movie. I thought it so much fun. Was it scary? Not incredibly, it had its moments, but it was more fun. I found that I had a big goofy grin slapped on my face the entire time I was watching it.

PATRICE:  I enjoyed it to, but I did think it had more scare than funny - not that I was scared, but the moments of funny were more like black humor, and added to the feel of it. I would highly recommend it - I don't think I'd say "must see" but it's far better than most movies of its kind - the Halloween myths/legends genre.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Who knew dead animals made such beautiful art..

Behold the awesome art of sculptor Sabrina Brewer!  Some are creepy, some are actually quite beautiful, but I guess that's determined by the eye of the beholder.  A few of these remind me of the scene in House of 1000 Corpses where one of the girls is trying to escape and she finds her boyfriend has been taxidermied with monkeys and fish and such.  See more of her creations here.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

'Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated' Screening on Facebook

Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated will be having a virtual screening from November 12-November 15 on it's Facebook Event Page.  Please see the update that was sent out earlier today for the full details.  Be sure to sign up to 'Attend' the screening by clicking here.

On November 12th, the complete feature-length project, Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated, will be uploaded directly to the event's page. From November 12th-15th, the project will be viewable right through facebook. After this 'event' is over, the screener will then be taken down from the page... thus ending the screening.

This means that the location of this event is the event's announcement page itself. You will be able to access the video in full through your computer for free.

This screening is part of the Facebook Comic Con ( a virtual comic convention hosted through the architecture of Facebook. ) Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated also has it's own 'table' (in the form of a facebook group) at the Facebook Comic Con with over 50 of the artists from the project 'attending' as guests of this virtual convention. By joining the group, you will be able to speak and interact with all of these artists as well as other viewer/ fans. The page for this table is available [by clicking here.]  We will also be announcing any real world screenings and events directly through that group.

In short, this means next week you will have 4 days (Nov 12-15) in which you will be able to see Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated online... months before it's final cut is given a wide release online and on DVD.

This 'virtual premiere' is open to everyone, so feel free to extend the invitation to others.
I hope that clarifies any confusion and I hope you all enjoy NOTLD:R.

-Mike Schneider
Organizer/ Curator of NOTLD:R

The Sims Horror Movie Trailer

God bless College Humor!
"They won't let me sleep...they won't let me eat..."

Undead Baby Dolls, Toddlerpedes & More Creepy Creations | WebUrbanist

We love what they do over at Web Urbanist. Every day they feature collected images of some of the most interesting examples of art and design that you have ever seen. Here's yet another one that fits into the continuing theme we have going on Bloody Blondes' with weird, creepy, and generally unsettling works of art. In this case dolls, puppets, and other small creatures. What is it about dolls that lends itself to so easily be twisted and altered so that they can become the most nightmare-inducing examples of freakdom? We don't know exactly what that is, either, but we like these and thought you would, too.


All images from the linked Web Urbanist article, via original artist websites as provided there.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

The Creepy Art of "Fizzgig"

DeviantArt.com contains a plethora of incredibly talented artists.  Fizzgig is my latest fave.  Peruse through his creepy prints and perhaps take some home for your very own.

Best Zombie Costume

This is hands down the best zombie costume ever, probably the most realistic for not being costuming in a film.  Click here for the original link from Street Anatomy, which includes a link to purchase the costume.

Paste's 25 Best Worst Horror Movies

This was such a fun list to read through.  Paste Magazine has created a list of their 25 Best Worst Halloween Movies of All Time.  Some of these are seriously hysterical, making the cut of being so bad that they're good.  However, they've got Sleepaway Camp in there, not sure that I agree with that.  Campy-scary? Yes, absolutely. But one of the worst?  Nah, I wouldn't categorize it as that.  Here are my favorites:

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Self-mutilating pumpkins in "Halloween Awakening"

Aww, what a cute pumpkin, cutting himself into a jack-o-lantern...hey, wait, I see strings, this is fake?!

Songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas

One of the best movies ever, hands down, is The Nightmare Before Christmas.  Words cannot properly express how much I love this movie.  It combines my favorite things: Disney, creepiness, musical numbers and animation.  With music by Danny Elfman and created by the King of Creep, Tim Burton, it was a grand slam the moment it was conceived.  For your viewing and listening entertainment, I present some of the awesome songs of TNBC:




Drag Me To Hell (in a handbasket)


Alison Lohman..........Christine Brown
Justin Long.................Clay Dalton
Lorna Raver................Mrs. Ganush
Dileep Rao..................Rham Jas

I don't know if I should start because I thought it was fairly lame.

I had the impression that it was actually dark and scary, which is what I expect in a horror movie... and it did get a little creepy in some parts, especially at the beginning of the appearance of the demon presence:  when Christine is at home and the thing is lurking and throws her around, that was actually a little frightening. What annoyed me was the way they did the scenes with the old gypsy woman. She was creepy and ominous in the build-up... but when the action started with her, and throughout the movie, I found myself annoyed with the ridiculous, almost slapstick approach. I half-expected a laugh track.  I definitely did jump a few times, must  admit there were some things that did scare, still…

I didn't dig the girl. She was pretty dippy. I was distracted by her dizzying array of hairdos.  And not at all believable as a loan officer.  Pfft.  However, I loved the psychic guy and thought his scenes had more of what I was hoping for as far as the ominous foreboding. Plus, I just liked him.  And I like Justin Long, and as funny as he is anywhere else, he managed to play a great straight role in this movie. I liked his performance.

I enjoyed DMTH.  I do agree that it was marketed in a way that leads one to believe that the movie will be darker and scarier and not so campy.   Right after it was released, I read a couple of reviews that commented on the campy nature of it, so I guess that's why I ended up enjoying it, I knew going in what sort of feel to expect.

There were a couple of moments that did make me jump and want to cover my eyes, but I found myself laughing out loud more than I found myself getting scared. About halfway through the movie I noticed that others in the theater seemed a little more at ease and we were all commenting "don't go in there" and such.

I was SO grossed out by the stuff with the old woman.  The bodily excretions made me want to barf.

Yeah, those things were played up quite a bit and I whole heartedly agree they were very nauseating, but I got such a kick out of those gags. When she's first in the bank and she's oozing and dripping and her teeth, oh god, her teeth...

and the loogie she hocked up…


I know!

Oh, something I noticed in the film…I wasn't sure if it was basic product placement or if it was supposed to be just a little nudge towards Justin Long's other gig, but I laughed out loud when they showed a close-up of his iPhone and his Mac.  Gotta get that Apple plug in there!

I didn't even think about that - they're so ubiquitous now.

I liked the story itself and I think it could have been so much scarier, but I think Raimi was wanting to hearken back to his earlier projects, which he did a decent enough job of.

Well like Ghost Busters - more funny than scary.  So what did you think about the whole bank/boss/rival thing?

Didn't think on that part too much. Good enough set up to create the opportunity for her to interact and piss off the old hag, so that worked. But I really kept hoping something bad would happen to the rival. But I'm a spiteful bitch...

No, I'm with you. As soon as the psychic said "you have to give that to somebody" I was yelling "oh, oh, the dude at the bank!”  Then he turned out to be a douchebag anyway.

That whole part of the movie was nothing more than a reason for her to meet the old woman and then to have someone to potentially ruin, which she didn't do.  I was disappointed.

And what was with the "you used to be fat" stuff?  She did eat a lot of crap when she got upset, that's for sure. But I don't know where they were going with that.

And the boyfriend's parents…Again, just a setup for her to experience the demon that no one else could see or hear.
Seriously improbable scenario there: they hate her until she blurts out that her mother is an alcoholic who never goes out... like that has anything to do with anything anyway... and then they're all, "oh she's so refreshingly honest, now we like her".  So odd.

I understood the scenario with meeting the parents, gives the excuse for the demon to wreak havoc, but I also found the part where she admits her mother is an alcoholic and everyone celebrates it to be a little contrived.  First they don't like her, then they like her, then there's weird stuff in the cake and they don't like her yet again. Back and forth, back and forth.

Oh yeah, the scene with the eyeball in the cake - I guess they were just trying to work in more hallucination/special effects.

And the repetitive over the top scenes where she's doing battle with the old woman...those, while funny at times, got a bit old and very, very drawn out.  The incident in the tool shed started off tense, but then by the end of that scene, I was ready for it to be done, just a little too much in my opinion.  Overkill.  Chocolate syrup is good on a sundae, but when it runs out the side of the bowl, you need to stop.

All of the stuff with the old woman struck me that way.  It should also be noted that I was watching the director's cut, so there was extra stuff in there, but I don't know what it was and what was there originally.  I agree with you, that's exactly what my feeling is – overkill.  Just because you can do it, doesn't mean it adds anything.

I saw it in the theater, and there was overkill in the theatrical version, so lord knows what you got!


The movie was basically predictable. When the button/nickle plot point took place, totally saw that one coming a mile away.  But then again, maybe you were supposed to see that coming, so you were focused on that and not how it was going to end.

Don’t forget about  the whole digging the coffin up scene...oy!  First of all, no fucking way could she have done it, obviously, but damn, talk about drawn out

Ha!  The coffin scene was funny, but once again, overkill, got old after a bit.

Oh, I just remembered the kitten scene. L Didn’t you find that to be heart breaking?

That was completely unnecessary.

Maybe that's why they did it.

Seriously,  that pissed me off that they even put that in there!  Can’t even talk about it…

I did like the goat! 

OMG! Yes, the goat was the best part of the movie!  That part made me laugh my ass off!

If you watch the extra features on the DVD, it turns out that they had to use a mechanical goat because the real one was so friendly. 

So they replaced the goat because it was overly friendly?  What, did they expect to find one with a demonic attitude?  It’s a freaking goat!

They couldn't get him to just stand there - he kept looking at the actors and trying to nuzzle them at the table in that scene.


Yeah, the trainer kept saying he was just too adorable.  His name is "Billy", of course.  He was cute though - they showed some of the training in the extra stuff.  The extra material on the dvd was better than the movie, they showed how all the effects were done and interviewed all the actors and most of the designers.

Not that it matters, but the set up for the story, with the hispanic family and the demon ghost and the woman, was also not really necessary.  Hell, they could have just made up somebody who exorcises demons and it would have worked just as well.

Agreed.  I mean, I guess can understand someone being so upset about losing a child to a demon that they'd be out for revenge, thus the motivation to take this case even though she was basically retired, but yet another victim of overkill.

Come to think of it, so much of it was just contrived.  I'm not saying I hated it, but I guess it was disappointing to me. 

And they went to great lengths to create the look of the film, I mean, shit you would never notice.  Like with the psychic's shop - you would not believe the detail of the shit in that room.  They created this very elaborate backstory for him and I'm like...why?  None of that is in the movie.  They were showing all these fake books they made, the portraits on the walls, the tea he drank, the thing he smoked...

Maybe he'll be a spin off…

That wouldn't be a bad idea, I liked him more than the rest of the movie.

But when it comes to the look and feel of a movie, you at least want to get the props accurate, I get that

Yeah, but I didn't notice any of that shit and wasn’t able to see most of it in those scenes, just learned of it when viewing the extra features.

Well, despite the fact that I some of the scenes were way over thought and over done, and given that it was less scary and more campy, I did enjoy the movie.

I would say I did get some enjoyment out of it.  Not a huge endorsement, but it did have its moments.

That's an improvement, because initially you called it lame!
 Nah, I still think it was lame.  It had some good bits, but just overall tried too hard.

So, final verdict? I'd recommend watching it.  It was fun, though not necessarily scary

Yes, if you go into it knowing that it's more about the effects and that it is more funny than scary, then you will definitely enjoy it for those aspects.