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Next Door Vampires, Ghost Studies, Mexican Haunted Houses

Posted in Classic Horror, Evil, Ghosts, Scream Queens, Vampires with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2017 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Fright Night

Fright Night, a highly entertaining suburban vampire movie, was released back in 1985. It spawned a same-named re-boot (not half bad) in 2011 and a toothless sequel (Fright Night 2: New Blood/2013). Despite Hollywood’s inept handling of a milkable franchise, the original film has since reached cult status and, like me, has a legion of fans. Ahem.

Fright Night

To commemorate writer director Tom Holland’s clever take on the theme (a teenager is convinced a vampire has moved next door to him), the rights to the film are being returned to him as part of the U.S. CongressCopyright Act of 1976. (Basically, the act granted artists the possibility to reclaim previously licensed works after 35 years. A cake walk — vampires can easily live was longer than three decades.)

Fright Night Resurection

But that’s not all — a 300-page paperback written by Holland is titled Fright Night Resurection and is being released on February 20, 2018. Hopefully someone will catch the typo in the header before they actually go to print. (Somebody should call Waterside, the publisher, to break the bad news.)

While we wait for someone to catch the embarrassing goof, here are a few just released/upcoming horror and sci-fi movies that may or may not feature sixth grade grammar…

Coffin 2

COFFIN 2 (available now)
Bobby Church is tasked with following up on a lead that the infamous Deathstalker killer has taken five hostages, including a cop. With help from some new friends and old enemies he must find their location before time runs out.”

Sounds like another rip-off of Saw. Must be rough going through life with the last name of “Church.” Does that mean when he he takes off his shoes, people go, “Pew!”?

The Gatehouse

THE GATEHOUSE (December 5, 2017)
“Jack is a struggling writer recovering from the death of his wife. In a coincidental turn of fate, Jack agrees to undertake a writing project about the ‘legend of the black flowers’ at the same time that his 10-year-old daughter Eternity discovers a mysterious object in the woods, and the forest wants it back. They’ve unlocked an ancient curse and must now fight for survival.”

Probably spoiler: the mysterious object the forest wants back is a pine cone. But not just any pine cone. This one is cursed. No big deal, though; like evil racoons and/or poisonous bears, most pine cones come pre-cursed.

Ghost Stories

GHOST STORIES (2018)
Professor Phillip Goodman, psychologist and arch-skeptic, has his rationality tested to the hilt when he stumbles across a long lost file containing details of three cases of terrifying ‘hauntings’. Shaken by what he has read, Goodman embarks upon a quest to find rational explanations for these stories. As Goodman digs into their stories, his carefully maintained rational world starts to dissolve around him – a trick of the mind or are darker forces at work?”

Sounds like a re-working of Skeptic (2009). I’m oddly okay with that. And yes, darker forces are at work. That, or cursed pine cones.

Deadtectives

DEADTECTIVES (2018)
In this hilarious take on the paranormal, TV’s DeadTectives are dispatched to Mexico’s most haunted mansion and are charged with the task of bringing ‘real’ scares and big ratings or face cancellation. However, when the true dark secrets of the mansion begin to reveal themselves the hapless presenters quickly discover that this house is no hoax. With zero ghost-hunting skills (or really any other applicable skills) the team has to figure out how to bust the ghosts, deliver the episode of a lifetime and escape the house with both their lives and their dignity.”

Great kicker line: “Fake hunters. Real Ghosts. Complete Dicks.” This one goes on the grocery list. But why go to Mexico to explore a haunted mansion? We have one on almost every block in the U.S.. In fact, I’m going to visit the one next door as soon as I drink some tea made with holy water.

The Wrongs of Dracula’s Rites

Posted in Classic Horror, Evil, Scream Queens, Vampires with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2016 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

The Satanic Rites of Dracula

In The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) D’s plan is to introduce a new strain of the Bubonic plague to wipe humans off the face of the Earth. I don’t think Dracula was thinking ahead on this one. I mean, aren’t humans his grocery stores?

The Satanic Rites of Dracula

It’s the Eve of the Sabbath – and not the day before Black Sabbath releases a new album. Nope, this is the Sabbath of the Undead, kinda like spring break for those sorta not living. This does not meet eternal foe Van Helsing’s eco concerns, so he confronts Dracula at the very same spot they locked crosses two years earlier in Dracula A.D. 1972. Van Helsing comes prepared with a silver bullet, but AS ALWAYS can’t get the shot off in time before Dracula enunciates and throws a hissing fit.

The Satanic Rites of Dracula

The place catches on fire, so the fight spills over into the woods filled with Hawthorn bushes – he only other thing besides silver, garlic, pure running water, holy crosses, biblical scripture, altar boys and daylight that can defeat Dracula and make him soil his cape. Getting a sort of “crown of thorns,” Dracula gets tangled up, giving Van Helsing enough time to impale the evil outdoorsman with a fence post. As with every movie starring Dracula, he disintegrates. (Why can’t he explode just once?)

The Satanic Rites of Dracula

In all, Dracula shows up for a sec in the beginning of the movie and a few minutes at the end. Maybe he had other necks to do in the meantime. Bogged down in long stretches of back-story dialogue, there’s no room left for toothy action. Republican meddling once again. But when you rent a movie with the words “satanic” and “ritual” and “Dracula” in the title, you expect serious evil flavor to go down. Alas, it does not meet your eco concerns.

Evil Reunion

Posted in Classic Horror, Evil with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2014 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Exorcist: The Beginning

Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) is the backstory about Father Merrin, the priest who drove the Hell out of Linda Blair in The Exorcist (1973).

Exorcist: The Beginning

Turns out Merrin is an old buddy of the demon Pazuzu, whom he first encountered in East Africa and then again in Holland during WWII. Even Pazuzu’s stink breath was no match for the war atrocities Merrin witnessed. So the priest/archaeologist heads to Egypt where he thinks he’ll knock back a few cold ones, pet a camel or two, hang out and leave a pyramid in every bathroom.

Exorcist: The Beginning

But the call comes in to return to Africa, this time to scope out an ancient church that was just discovered buried under dirt. (People in that part of the world know nothing about vacuum cleaners. Heathens, I tell you.)

Exorcist: The Beginning

Merrin arrives in Kenya and upon entering the Centuries-old church, notices the place is in pretty good shape despite being buried under elephant crap that long. What the hoohaw, thinks Merrin; this can’t be a church as it was built several millennia before Christianity plagued the world.

Exorcist: The Beginning

But I didn’t come here for a history lesson. I’m here to see evil stuff, which includes babies being born with maggots on ’em, a little boy being torn apart and eaten alive by wild hyenas, another little boy’s head turning all the way around without that snap, crackle and pop sound…

Exorcist: The Beginning

All this leads up to Merrin having a reunion with his ’ol BFF Pazuzu, who looks like a white-faced, stupid Goth wussy. While the demon stuff is icky, it serves no purpose other than to gross you out. I’m OK with gross out, though there’s no impending sense of religious dread causing an immediate need to wash your naughty parts in holy water.

Exorcist: The Beginning

If Pazuzu wants to get back to being truly evil, he needs to quit listening to weenie-ass Goth and start banging his horned head to some righteous heavy metal. And to quit making prequels/pointless sequels.