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The Sand: Dirt-y Horror

Posted in Giant Monsters, Nature Gone Wild, Scream Queens, TV Vixens with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2015 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

The Sand

The Sand, arriving October 13, 2015 on DVD/VOD, is the type of brainless horror movie that belongs in one of those $3 bins next to the Slim-Jims™ and Tic Tacs™ at a gas station mini-mart.

The Sand

Why am I being so gently harsh? Two reasons – first, the plot: After an all-night graduation beach party, a group of hungover twenty-somethings awake to a beating sun, and a seemingly carnivorous beach that devours anything with a heartbeat that touches the sand.”

Hungover twenty-somethings – clearly the movie’s target audience.

Blood Beach

Secondly, The Sand, with its painfully dumb title, steals directly from 1980’s Blood Beach, wherein: “One by one, something is attacking people on the beach. Some are mutilated, but most are sucked into the sand, disappearing without a trace.”

Blood Beach

That was 35 years ago. And The Sand takes its cover from Blood Beach (and even The Evil Dead/1981) as well. Horror never forgets.

To be fair – and I’m usually not – Tremors (1990), with burrowing, giant Graboid slugs sucking you into the dirt for feasting purposes, lifted BB’s premise as well.

Tremors

A few fun facts about Blood Beach: It cleverly re-purposed Jaws 2’s (1978) famous tagline of “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” and turned it into: “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water – you can’t get to it!” Brilliant, I tell you.

Burt Young

Also, Blood Beach starred the salty Burt Young, who also played the super mean dad in Amityville II: The Possession (1982).

I am a veritable fountain of useless knowledge.

Blood and Ass Blasters

Posted in Classic Horror, Giant Monsters, Nature Gone Wild, Science Fiction with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2015 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Blood Story

Hard to tear myself away from binge watching The Walking Dead (all five seasons back-to-back for the sixth time) in order to seek out new horror/sci-fi with which to explore, share and make fun of. Alas, a fortunate break in the form of a rather long bathroom intermission afforded me enough time to bring two possible gems to light.

First up is Blood Story (2015), just now out on DVD/VOD, and “centers on the discovery of the legendary Fountain of Youth and the awaking of a centuries old demon that unleashes upon the guests of a nearby villa, subjecting them to unspeakable acts of depravity, perversion and murder.” There is nothing about “unspeakable acts of…” that doesn’t find an application in my own life.

Tremors 5: Bloodlines

As a fan of the Tremors (1990) franchise, I look forward to Tremors 5: Bloodlines (releasing October, 2015), starring original actor Michael Gross returning as the excitable Graboid hunter, Burt Gummer. (Graboids, as you know are Dune-esque sand slugs that can sense people walking on the soft desert dirt, occasionally burrowing up for human candy bar treats.)

Tremors 5: Bloodlines goes like this: “Weapons enthusiast and expert subterranean creature hunter Burt Gummer sides up with Travis as his new tech-savvy right hand man. The pair are joined by an international cast as they mount a battle against the deadly creatures that turn out to be far more than they bargained for.”

Ass Blasters

I hope they give the varying creatures cool names like they did  in the earlier films (Tremors (1990), Tremors 2 – Aftershocks (1996), Tremors 3 – Back to Perfection (2001), Tremors 4 – The Legend Begins (2004) and Tremors Attack Pack (box set, 2005). They were originally called Graboids, but my favorite is Ass Blasters – flying Graboids that use an obvious form of propulsion to take and maintain flight.

Not obvious? Binge watch all the Tremors movies and shoot for a bathroom intermission for enlightenment.