Archive for Antarctica

Icy Horror, Chilling Ghosts, Cold Demons

Posted in Aliens, Evil, Foreign Horror, Ghosts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2017 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Want a real life/real time horror story? A Yahoo!.com science article published on Thursday, July 13, 2017 stated that unchecked climate change will eventually lead to widespread devastation on Earth. To that I say, YEESH! intentionally in all caps.

The jolting article, written by Business Insider’s Kevin Loria, goes on to say, “Rising seas will inundate coastal cities like Miami, searing heat will increase human mortality, and acidic oceans will become inhospitable to fish and coral, leaving behind little but rubbery masses of jellyfish. These consequences of human activity could be the thing that prevents our civilization from advancing much further. In a particularly extreme scenario, it could even wind up wiping us from the face of the Earth.” (They had me at “rubbery masses of jellyfish.”)

This information is timely given that a trillion ton glacier chunk the size of Delaware recently broke off the Antarctica ice shelf (it’s like a cupboard for frozen water), an event horizon that portends mega doom for at least more than a few Emperor penguins and/or whale-eating polar bears. And all this time I presumed aliens would zap our sorry asses, suck up all the valuables (gas, alcohol, bit coins, frozen burritos) and head back to Mars for a kick ass party.

Geostorm

Earth-ending weather-gone-wild horror movies are nothing new (the most recent upcoming  being Geostorm/2017), but to have it all come to real life is a whole different box office.

Speaking of, here are a few upcoming horror/sci-fi movies we may or may not get to see once that huge iceberg smashes into our neighborhoods and precious 7-Elevens™. But hey, at the very least, beer will be the coldest it’s ever been!

Planetarium

PLANETARIUM (August 11, 2017/New York — August 18, 2017/Los Angeles)
“In 1930s France, two sisters who are thought to be able to communicate with ghosts meet a visionary producer while performing in Paris.”

Interesting fun fact: All French people can communicate with ghosts, or “des fantômes.” And yes, it has everything to do with drinking a quart of wine per meal.

Ghost House

GHOST HOUSE (August 25, 2017)
A young couple, Jim and Julie, are vacationing in Thailand where Julie falls in love with photographing small shrines called ‘Ghost Houses’ that are believed to give spirits shelter and comfort. A couple of British travelers take them into the countryside with the promise of showing Jim and Julie a ghost house graveyard where many of the shrines are discarded. After leaving the graveyard with a souvenir, Julie is increasingly plagued by visits from a malevolent spirit that threatens both her sanity and her life. After Julie is literally frozen in a state of terror, Jim must find a way to lift the curse before he loses Julie to the ghost world forever.”

Yeah, you don’t wanna shoplift in graveyards. First, said item(s) are always gonna be marinated in evil. Secondly, you don’t want stealing from the dead on your record. As for the Ghost Houses, rent is oddly steep for those things. I looked ‘em up on Zillow.com. You can see pics of inside these houses and it looks like someone lives there — but you never actually see people in the photos. Sounds like ghosts to me.

Exorcism of the Dead

EXORCISM OF THE DEAD (2017/2018)
“Candace, a deeply troubled young woman, is possessed by an ambitious demon. Her family has tried every conventional method to heal her, but both medicine and psychology have failed. As a last resort, they reach out for aid from the church, unaware the priest who arrives to deal with the situation has his own dark secrets.”

This premise has been done and overdone more times than I’ve been exorcised (47 and counting. Note to stupid preachers — not possessed, just drunk-ish.) But I take my collar off for the demon’s sticktoitiveness work ethic.

Turkish Dracula

Posted in Classic Horror, Evil, Foreign Horror, Vampires with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2016 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Drakula İstanbul’da

1953’s Drakula İstanbul’da — painstakingly translated to Dracula in Istanbul, paints the Prince of Darkness in humorless hues. (Actually, the movie is in black and white, but Dracula was/is a pretty colorful guy.) This Turkish Dracula is balding, has crayon tip fangs pointing opposite directions, and is only interested in real estate deals and juicing your neck.

Drakula İstanbul’da

Drakula İstanbul’da is a re-vamping (heh) of the 1928 novel Kazıklı Voyvoda (Impaler Voivode). And that book was a near photocopied translation of Bram Stoker’s novel that brought Dracula into the mainstream. Only difference is the Mina character is a stripper (um, I mean “showgirl”) and Dracula boot lick Renfield is nowhere to be found. (He’s probably in some basement eating the life force of bugs.)

Drakula İstanbul’da

Drakula is hungry and his feeding techniques look more like he’s leaning in to tell you a bawdy joke rather than a perforation. His target is two young ladies, one of whom has a mysterious secret: sleepwalking. Scary, but assured it’ll go away once she’s married. (Heard that doesn’t work with uncontrollable flatulence.)

Drakula İstanbul’da

Drakula is hunted down in a long and boring process (the only chills would be if you watched this in the Antarctica with the windows open), and dispatched with a medium rare stake through the heart as applied with a rock. Time to take down the anti-Drakula decorations — all garlic must go. “But I use it to cook with,” says Mina, who protests she won’t be able to make her eggplant recipe without it. (No person in their right mind would eat that crap anyway, so better to just move on to mac ’n cheese and give up this eggplant madness and schemes.)

Turkish Batman

Dracula isn’t the only intellectual property grave Istanbul has robbed. Superman, Flash Gordon, Zorro, Captain America, Batman, Tarzan, Satan and Spider-Man (as a green-suited criminal) have all been given a Turkish bath, and look like they were dressed in clothes their moms made them. Final note: You haven’t any idea of what Istanbul is all about until you’ve seen Turkish Batman cavort with ladies of burlesque.

Turkish Captain America

P.S. For some prime hardcore Turkish horror action, check out Baskin (2015), wherein four cops enter the foyer of Hell when they happen upon a Black Mass in an abandoned building. Hope you have a strong stomach. Otherwise it’s recycled eggplant time.

Baskin

Coach Class Ghosts

Posted in Evil, Foreign Horror, Ghosts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2016 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Flight 7500

If you thought late flights were bad, Flight 7500 from Los Angeles to Tokyo was delayed four years. I speak of course of Flight 7500, the “stalled on the Hollywood runway” horror movie by Takashi Shimizu, the Japanese filmmaker behind all those tedious Grudge revenge ghost movies.

Flight 7500

According to someone on the Internet, Flight 7500 – originally titled 7500 back in 2012 – was released in 2014. No one told me as it slipped past my air control. Since then it’s been released in important media hubs like the Philippines and probably Antarctica, because those movie markets are way more strategic than insignificant outposts like Los Angeles and New York.

7500

So Flight 7500 is finally scheduled to be released on April 12, 2016 on DVD. Will it be worth the fuss/wait? Here’s what to expect: “Flight 7500 departs Los Angeles International Airport bound for Tokyo. As the overnight flight makes its way over the Pacific Ocean during its ten-hour course, the passengers encounter a supernatural force in the cabin.”

7500

Yep, a ghost. Maybe that’s why they tried to keep the movie stalled for so long. It gave the actors a chance to catch another flight outta town.

If the plot sounds familiar, it is. Thailand’s 407 (aka, 407 Dark Flight 3D) was released early 2012 and goes like this: “A passenger plane is haunted by ghosts that gradually trick the passengers into going insane and killing each other.”

Looks like that restroom’s been occupied for some time.

The Ghost of Flight 401

P.S. There was a polter-passenger on a plane in 1978’s The Ghost of Flight 401, which was based on a TRUE story and adpated from a book. Books don’t lie. I even compared 407 with 401 on a blawg post on October 20, 2011. No lie.

Ice Bugs – Heat ’n Eat

Posted in Giant Monsters, Nature Gone Wild, Science Fiction with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2016 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Deep Freeze

Deep Freeze (2003), also known as Chillers. Also known as Ice Crawlers. Also known as Crapsicle. No matter how many times they change the title, it’s still double lame sci-fi with no original thought given to script, dialogue, acting or special monster effects designed to make you forget all of the above.

Deep Freeze

A group of grad students are flown to the Antarctica (dumb name – there are no ants there) to figure out why the oil-drilling sub-station is experiencing earthquakes.

Deep Freeze

One bright chick student with “Welcome to McDonald’s drive-thru—may I take your order?” written all over her post-college face insists the entire continental plate is being compromised due to one five-foot drill bit. What we know that everyone else doesn’t is that a creature (or creatures) is making the whole place do the big pee shiver.

Deep Freeze

Mix in a frozen plot to blow up the place because they didn’t find any oil. The plan is to blame it on the inexperienced college students so that the corporation funding this train wreck can collect the insurance and bring back an over-sized Trilobite (prehistoric bed bug) to market as the “archaeological find of the Century.” Meanwhile, not one but two Trilobites skitter undetected around the outpost, eating people.

Deep Freeze

By the time this is figured out, most everyone has been chowed upon. Just when you think it can’t get any worse…it does. Up from the depths comes Momma Trilobite, roughly the size of three or four igloos stacked crookedly on top of each other.

Deep Freeze

Mom doesn’t do anything except screech and wiggle her limbs. This buys the token foreign guy just enough time to set the explosive charge and turn everyone into Trilo-bites (heh).

Oh, sure – the bomb shut down the station, but it couldn’t shut off my TV.

Dino-Sores

Posted in Classic Horror, Giant Monsters, Nature Gone Wild, Science Fiction, Scream Queens with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2014 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

The Land Unknown

In an attempt to map the Antarctic so future people can make more accurate classroom world globes, an arriving Naval expedition deploys a scout copter with three military dudes and a supermodel journalist to fly miles and miles over nothin’ but ice and freezing wind. Good idea.

The Land Unknown

Before you can say “that wasn’t a good idea,” the copter is forced out of the sky 3,000 feet below sea level by super dense fog. Either they entered into another dimension or there’s a big hole in the Antarctic. I have another theory that involves Langoliers, but need to do more research.

The Land Unknown

Up top it’s 40 below. Down there it’s 100 degrees and 100% humidity. The copter, slightly damaged after a mid-air collision with a giant flying reptile, can’t go anywhere without a straight rod to replace a bent one. That rule applies to a lot of things.

The Land Unknown

Beneath the Antarctic is a prehistoric world filled with bus-sized lizards, three or more Loch Ness monsters, a woman-eating octopus plant and a hungry T-rex taking a break from his busy schedule to have brunch. There’s also a lone survivor of a previous expedition whose been trapped in the steamy jungle for 10 years. You know what he wants more than to be rescued? The answer is changing out of her sweaty blouse.

The Land Unknown

After a bad first impression, it is discovered his plane wreckage might have the exact part they need to fix the copter. Obtaining it, though, is another issue as hermit wants woman. A trade is thrown on the table. Good lookin’ gal, but I don’t do well in 100% humidity and would make the swap in a hot second. Points and counterpoints ensue while giant monsters pursue.

The Land Unknown

The Land Unknown (1957) is full of big beasts, a bit of drama, stock war footage, and a rather nifty battle between one of the Loch Ness monsters and the helicopter. But it’s the last 60 seconds of dialogue that will give you “Wha?” face. It’s that good.

Multi-lingual Parasite

Posted in Aliens, Asian Horror, Asian Sci-Fi, Foreign Horror, Nature Gone Wild, Science Fiction, Zombies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2013 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Parasite X

I am SO confused. More so than usual, it seems. The French horror/sci-fi thrill-a-second Dead Shadows (2012) with English sub-titles is being released in Japan as Parasite X. And the movie over-borrows like Congress from the Canadian zombie horror moving picture show Rabid (1977).

Since everybody’s sticking their weenie in the campfire, I’m gonna release it myself in Antarctica with Taiwan subtitles under the name of Icky Body Worms, with all profits being donated to ME.

Dead Shadows

Dead Shadows/Parasite X/Icky Body Worms goes a little something like this: “Tonight, a new comet is going to appear and everyone in an apartment building are getting ready for a party to celebrate the event. There’s even an apocalypse theory going around. As the night falls, Chris starts to discover that people are acting strange – and it seems to somehow be connected to the comet.

People are becoming disoriented and violent and it doesn’t take long before they start mutating into something from beyond this world. In a fight for survival, Chris has to try to escape from his building with the help from some other tenants – but will they make it out alive?”

Rabid

My hope is that no one makes it out of the building alive. Cynical, I know. But I don’t watch horror movies for happy endings. I go to a massage parlor for that. You know, to help me get rid of my…ICKY BODY WORMS.

Now THAT’S product placement.