Archive for VCR

Ghost vs. Ghost

Posted in Classic Horror, Evil, Foreign Horror, Ghosts, Scream Queens with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2017 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Sadako vs. Kayako

Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) had all the elements to become a supernatural tour de force lock-up worthy of a pay-per-view. (Now that I think about it, that’s what VOD is.) Regardless, the Japanese horror match with Sadako the long black haired ghost chick that crawls out of wells/TV screens from The Ring franchise, and Kayako, the long black hair ghost chick that crawls down stairs on her stomach from the Ju-on Grudge series, should’ve been a box office bonanza for these two iconic ghosts. Instead, it turned into a slow-moving, frightless flick made for teens. To put a sharper point on it, teens are more scary than this movie.

Sadako vs. Kayako

To access these vengeful ghost gals is easy. For Sadako, just watch a cursed video tape. Then the phone rings and it’s Sadako informing you of deadness by death in 48 hours. With Kayako, just poke around the abandoned house where she “lives” with that pasty white kid in diapers who makes cat growl sounds. Once inside, she spider crawls down the stairs and pretty much ends your existence with just a blink of her one eyeball. (Wonder if she wears contacts?)

Sadako vs. Kayako

Two high school chicks learn about Sadako from their urban legends teacher, then later go to a junk shop and buy an old VCR, which just happens to have the cursed tape still in it. Like all teens they burn it onto a disc and upload it to the Internet, where it goes viral. Now that’s some efficient population control. Of course, one of the girls actually watches the tape and the phone rings. Nice not knowing you.

Sadako vs. Kayako

Over at Kayako’s house, four young school boys go inside and…school’s out forever. This was witnessed by the teen girl across the street who is made stinky by the curse of Kayako. And now we have the dots in place to connect how this movie is supposed to work.

Sadako vs. Kayako

A botched exorcism with the girl earmarked for death introduces us to Keizo Tokiwa, a ghostbuster with psychic powers, who whips his hand around the doomed victim to expel said curse. Doesn’t always work. Must not be whipping hard enough. The die-now-pay-later teen kills herself with a belt wrapped around her neck instead of sagging britches. This leaves the unkilled friend and the girl across the street whose parents Kayako just ghosted (in a confusing sequence that made about much sense as the little boy who talks like a wet cat) to all gather at the Kayako’s house for the big showdown.

Sadako vs. Kayoko

And here’s where all the pointlessness could’ve been salvaged — the two scariest poltergeists in Japan’s movie history finally facing off. Keizo theorized that the ghost gals would cancel each others’ curses when their disparate energies collide. Guess what didn’t happen? Their first meeting had them evenly matched and nothing really happens except a lot of flailing black hair and everyone ending up in the well outside. (Who even has one of those in a middle class neighborhood? If I was middle class, I might consider having one installed — without the bucket retrievable curses.)

Sadako vs. Kayako

With no pay-off, Sadako vs. Kayako is a BIG let-down. There was so little screen time for both S and K, you wonder how someone justified their names being used in the title. They must have good agents.

Mimeographed Maniacs, Polymorphic Pyschosis, VCRs

Posted in Evil, Science Fiction, Slashers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2016 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Beyond The Gates

Too bad horror movies can’t be as scary as the 2016 election. Good thing horror movies don’t last four years, though. I like my horror in 90 minute doses.

BEYOND THE GATES (December 9, 2016 / VOD / Limited)
“Two estranged brothers reunite at their missing father’s video store to liquidate the property and sell off his assets. As they dig through the store, they find a VCR board game dubbed Beyond The Gates that holds a connection to their father’s disappearance and deadly consequences for anyone who plays it.”

What’s a “VCR”, you ask? A VCR is just a bigger 8-track player that plays movies instead of old Jim Croce albums and… Wait, you ask; what are albums? Don’t make me make you stay after class and clean chalkboard erasers. What are chalkboard erasers, you ask?

Terrifier

TERRIFIER (2017)
“A maniacal clown named Art terrorizes three young women on Halloween night and everyone else who stands in his way.”

A plot so overused and lame, not at all surprised it’s being used YET AGAIN. Must be made by Republicans. And a maniacal clown named Art? At least they could’ve given him some dignity and named him Slicey McChop Chop. That, or Choppy McSlicey. Both work for me.

Split

SPLIT (2017)
“Though Kevin has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him — as well as everyone around him — as the walls between his compartments shatter.”

I say let those compartments shatter. Pull down the pants of sanity! Splash around in the bubble bath of dementia! Party on the patio of psychosis! Let your freak flag fly, Kev — I believe in you.

Let's Be Evil

LET’S BE EVIL (December 13, 2016)
“Three chaperones are hired to supervise an advanced learning program for gifted children who wear Augmented Reality Glasses to assist in their education. Contained within a secure, underground facility, events quickly spiral out of control.”

Great title. But aren’t Augmented Reality Glasses just freshly emptied beer mugs? The movie’s message is clear, though: If you wanna see in augmented reality, drink beer. I believe in you, movies.