Archive for psychological horror

Putting A Name On Horror

Posted in Classic Horror, Evil with tags , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2014 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Starry Eyes

Two things I really anti-like about horror movies – besides the two dozen previous gripes – is the use of the word “dark” in the title (it should be banned and whoever violates it should be forced to wear white clothes for an entire day), and any horror film with a title that sounds anything but a horror film.

I assign an example of this grievance to Starry Eyes (2014), a psychological horror movie whose title actually makes you not want to watch it. Which is too bad, because the plot is tantalizing, much like an unattended plate of oatmeal raisin cookies…

“Determined to make it as an actress in Hollywood, Sarah Walker spends her days working a dead-end job, enduring petty friendships and going on countless casting calls in hopes of catching her big break.”

“After a series of strange auditions, Sarah lands the leading role in a new film from a mysterious production company. But with this opportunity comes bizarre ramifications that will transform her both mentally and physically into something beautiful…and altogether terrifying.”

I bet something terrifying happens.

Starry Eyes

Since Hollywood never listens to me, I doubt some horror filmmakers just won’t get a clue and give their art something a lot more marketable. Heck it could be as simple as adding phrases like “death smack,” “kill-butt” or “blood explosion.” I double dog dare you to not go see a movie with anyone of those brilliant, nay, solid gold, suggestions.

P.S. Starry Kill-Butt Death Smack Blood Explosion Eyes is available on VOD and iTunes™ November 14, 2014

Smoke On The Daughter

Posted in Classic Horror, Misc. Horror with tags , , , , , on October 29, 2013 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Audrey Rose

Eleven year-old Ivy Smith doesn’t know it yet, but she’s really the reincarnation of Audrey Rose, a little girl who was barbecued alive in a painful car crash/fire. Hard to go through life with two first names, let alone souls.

Audrey Rose

Audrey’s grief-stricken dad goes to New York, looking for the soul of his burnt daughter. Thanks to a religious tip, he believes his daughter’s crispy essence has taken up shop in Ivy. Now all he has to do is convince Ivy’s parents to let him have her. Good luck with that.

Audrey Rose

While this is going, on Ivy is beginning to suffer horrific nightmares of being oven-roasted, even getting burn blisters on her hands from touching a cold window during a gnarly sleep-walking episode. And the nightmare continue as it nears what would’ve been Audrey’s birthday. (Just don’t light the candles. Just sayin’.)

Audrey Rose

The hypno-regression scene is pretty darn hairy and rounds out this intriguing psychological horror thriller. To enjoy Audrey Rose (1977) , all you need to do is sit back with a refreshing adult beverage and a grilled (sorry) hot dog and you’re set.