The Mist (2007)

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Stephen King’s The Mist was a better film than I had expected. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Stephen King nerd and have seen almost ever film and read almost every book by him… but when this movie first came out, the trailer didn’t seem to grab my fancy. Last night, I caved and checked it out. Now, I’m completely unsure if I will have ** SPOILERS** in this review or not. I try not to include any form of spoilers but with this film, I think there is a decent amount to say about it. With that, you have been warned and I apologize in advance.

Story Line: A mist consumes a small Maine town with unknown creatures lurking within it. Townspeople are trapped within their local grocery store where they attempt to wait out this eerie “storm” and/or the mysterious creatures. We follow main character David Drayton and his son while they are trapped within the grocery store and meet up with fellow interesting “townies.”

Movie is: Suspenseful; Thrilling; Mysterious; Emotional – keeps you at the edge of your seat!

Films it’s similar to: The Thing, The Fog

Monsters compared to: The Thing

Craziest Character: Mrs. Carmody (Jesus Freak)

This film was long but had a quick pace to it which is perfect for those that aren’t into slow movies (i.e. Storm of the Century), Although the film had a quick pace and jumped right in, it wasn’t too fast to ignore any form of detail or suspense. While watching this film, a lot of different emotions could be felt. Here are a few emotions I felt while watching the film: Anger, Sadness, Annoyance, Thoughtful, Curious.

This film sticks out because although it is a Sci-Fi movie, it picks at the emotions of human and is more human than anything. I guess that’s what happens when you have a great story line and an awesome cast. The cast didn’t make it feel like it was some movie that a college kid thought up in their basement. They did a great job being believable in the roll they were in. Made it feel like you were also included in this grocery store struggling for survival.

Speaking of that – the whole time I was watching this, I was contemplating in my head what I would have done in a situation such as this. Would I have panicked? Would I have been the leader? The follower? Or maybe even, I would be the sacrifice?

I think I am the only one or at least one of the very few that finds deep meaning in films like this. It turns out the monsters are in the mist because of a confidential military experiment that went awry. Scientists became a curious cat and wanted to see if there was life in other dimensions or if it could be traveled through. Well sir, curiosity killed the cat. In this instance, I think it shows how we as humans allow our curiosity to sometimes impair are judgement on making smart decisions. We don’t just want to leave well enough alone and leave certain things up to imagination. No. Can’t have that can we? An absurd thought. Imagination is just for children in their schoolyards. Not mature-i-will-take-over-the-world-because-I’m-an-idiot adults.

Mrs. Carmody is a “jesus freak” who starts reciting scripture from the bible and speaking about doomsday. In the beginning, it doesn’t phase people much until they see the creatures. Then, the start following Mrs. Carmody’s lead in praying for forgiveness and salvation. All the while this happens, she starts wanting to be the leader of everyone in the grocery store. She sacrifices a military man because he came clean about the experiment and offered him as a sacrifice as in order to survive they needed to have a “blood sacrifice to God.” Eventually, she wants to sacrifice anyone that doesn’t agree with her and her doomsday regime. Even tried taking a son away from his own father!

This clearly shows how religion is used to prey on people when they are in their weakest and most desperate state. Instead of using as a tool to up lift spirits like it should be — It’s used as a threatening tool. Throughout the film, Mrs. Carmody (annoyed me all to hell) says that they are all going to hell for their sins and it’s their fault the monsters are here because no one is praying to God. Maybe not the exact words – but the gist of what she blabs throughout the whole film. I’m not saying all religious people act like Mrs. Carmody, but it’s rare to see someone who is religious who uses their faith to uplift those in a dark spot. These people needed uplifting… not being called demons or ridiculed. And surely the innocent army man didn’t need to be sacrificed to the tentacles.

What I did like about this movie **SPOILERS????IDKMAYBE???** was that Mrs. Carmody was right about one thing: Stay within the grocery store, and you will be rescued. Not by Jesus but by the military coming to destroy the town and take out the survivors.

The movie did have a sad and unexpected ending, but I do think it’s perfect for the film. I think there is symbolism with the group Mr. Drayton led into his car to try to escape the mist by driving away. Instead of sitting back and using our minds, in a desperate situation we sometimes act to quickly not giving anything a single thought. That’s exactly what Mr. Drayton did at the end of this film. He acted to hastily which lead him to live with a sadness and regret for the rest of his life.

Over all, I give The Mist 10/10 Corpse Fetuses.

Definitely check it out and tune in next time when I write about whatever the hell I want.

– Mercy Desdemona

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Batty Holidays My Dearies!

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Good Evening my devils and ghouls! 

Welcome to my holiday post. I hope you are all well and fantastic. I’m hoping to get a new lining for my coffin this holiday season. ‘Tis the season for people to act like spoiled brats and be greedy little bastards  people! What a wonderful world we live in? I have seen a lot during my part-time job in retail. The way people threaten associates and even managers, put their hands on associates over coupons… it’s completely ridiculous.

Anyway, no ranting today! Today we will talk about Santa Conquers the Martians!

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Santa Conquers the Martians is a B-Movie from 1964. I gotta say, it’s one of the funniest films I have in my library. The martians kidnap good ol’ saint nick so he could bring xmas joy to them. The reason why? because their martian children are obsessed with television from Earth. So they kidnap Santa and he goes on an adventure.

I highly recommend this to anyone who needs a bit of goofy von toofy sort of film. Whatever that means… I don’t know.. it’s been a long and dreadful day… anyway, we follow Santa to his toy shop in Mars and watch these men in suits.. I mean Martians, get into horrible squabbles and bring you some joy at it’s idiocy!

 

One of the greatest films in my collection~

 

Hope all is well!

 

-Mercy

Yellow Brick Road (2010) Review

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Hello Devils & Ghouls!

Today we will take a look at the film Yellow Brick Road that came out in 2010. I don’t normally do recent movies, but this one really left me with a lot to say. When browsing upon Hulu with my love, we stumbled upon this film due to it’s interesting description, we thought it would be a good film to watch. Here is the description/storyline from IDMB:

One Morning in New England, 1940, the entire population of Friar New Hampshire – 572 people – walked together up a winding mountain trail and into the wilderness. They left behind their clothes, their money, all of their essentials. Even their dogs were abandoned, tied to posts and left to starve. No One knows why. A search party dispatched by the U.S. Army eventually discovered the remains of nearly 300 of Friar’s evacuees. Many had frozen to death. Others were cruelly and mysteriously slaughtered. The bodies of the remaining citizens are still unaccounted for. Over the years, a quiet cover-up operation managed to weave the story of Friar into the stuff of legends and backwoods fairy tales. The town has slowly repopulated, but the vast wilderness is mostly untracked, with the northern-most stretches off limits to local hunters and loggers. In 2008, the coordinates for the “YELLOWBRICKROAD” trail head were declassified. The first official expedition into a dark and twisted wilderness (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1398428/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1)

 

As you can see, from the description of the film it seems like a great story line filled with wonder and adventure! I hate to say this, but the small description is the most exciting of the film. In my opinion, the whole thing was rushed. It starts off by showing old photos of the mishap in the 1940s, and a man with his wife are writing a book about the amazing mystery of the Yellow Brick Road. They get a team to go up the trail in search of any clues that may help them write their book. Right away though, everything is moving so fast it’s hard to follow. They don’t really go deep into the history of why these people are going in the expedition. All you think is, okay this guy is just going for a hike. The lack of detail made the film quite annoying. After you get the gist of what is going on, you follow the people on the trail. Slowly one by one they start going insane, especially after finding an old hat. You get interested in where they are going because you want to know whats at the end of the trail.

The movie has this big build up to a sucky ending that just leaves you confused. I really don’t get why it ended like that, maybe they didn’t really think out their storyline or there were some issues I don’t know but it is the worst ending after all the craziness and build up in the world! There really is never an explanation as to why they all went bonkers on the trail — My guess is because they ended up like the people from the 1940s — but on the other hand, there were some survivors that was gathered by a few interviews they did with people so I really don’t know.

 

If you are bored and just need something on in the background, I recommend this film. I don’t recommend it if you actually want to sit and watch something.

-900/10

 

– Mercy

Return of Horror Review Fridays!

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The Last Horror Film (1982)

Summary: A lonely and creepy taxi driver stalks an attractive actress who will be at a film festival, and coincidentally, her friends get murdered while this fruit loop is around.

       Hello Devils & Ghouls and welcome back to Horror Review Fridays. We’ll kick it off with a review of a film called The Last Horror Movie. I first saw this film when my boyfriend and I were perusing the web and stumbled upon this film on the Troma Movies YouTube. It does have marvelous B-Movie status as it is very whacky. This one is definitely a horror/comedy as a taxi driver named Vinny – obviously a lonely pervert – gets obsessed with an actress named Jana Bates. So obsessed that he stalks her to a film festival and goes to very creepy lengths to try to get her to star in his own horror movie. Vinny has pictures of Jana all over his walls and there is this one scene where he is at a strip club and has thoughts of cross-dressing and stripping himself. It was quite a weird… film but even though this film is whacky and sort of silly, you can’t help but think that there really are people out there like this.

         See film trailer here:

          I have to rate this film a great 7 dead babies as it’s as weird as it could possibly get. We watch Vinny the cabbie get so lost into creating a horror movie, he starts practicing in real life and can’t tell the difference between weird ass flashbacks or reality. This movie is highly recommended for horror nerds that are inviting people over to have a good laugh. Even non-horror fans that just want to see a comedy – this would work for you because it’s just over all bad acting and awkward dialogue. When viewing the film, it almost looks like a college film student project and a small budget. Vinny gets annoying during the film and you will start taking bets on when Vinny will get punched in the face or not. Vinny – I don’t sympathize with you buddy!

You can view the full movie here:

Short review is short. But I’m getting back into the swing of things. Check back Nxt Friday for Horror REview Fridays!

– Mercy

September is Silent Film Month!

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Devils & Ghouls,

I thank you before hand for your time. I have decided to go through with my plans I have mentioned earlier in a previous blog of going through specialty months. September is when my birthday is and it’s when the first signs of autumn become aware to the human eye. My biggest inspiration for all my creativity is the Silent Era. Now in silent film month, I won’t just review horror films but I will review the actors/actresses/directors…. jumbling it up a bit.

My passion for music comes from a mixture of 4 things: Type O Negative, Ronnie James Dio, Vintage Looney Tunes, and Silent Films! I will start up on Friday with this month of Silent Era!

 

Horrific Wishes.

Mercy Desdemomna

Blood Bride (aka. Death of a Nun) 1980 Review

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Hello my little devils and creeps.

Today we take a stroll down into 1980 to review Blood Bride (aka. Death of a Nun). I saw this film for the first time yesterday with my love and let’s just say it was odd.

Let’s start off with the description of the movie:

A young Catholic woman can’t wait to get married and finally finds the right man who spends an inordinate amount of time in Church. Little does she know that her Mr. Right has a side to him that is down right evil.

You read the description, and you’re like okay… kinda strange but peaks the curiosity of a strange individual like myself. When reading this description – I thought – Okay, so a woman ands up marrying a serial killer. Sounds a lot like the plots on that Lifetime movie network my dad’s girlfriend watches. But, it’s under the horror section so maybe there will be some “satanic” rituals and all that jazz.

This film is like a cheesy soap opera and doesn’t belong in the horror genre. It is something that belongs on one of those soap t.v. stations. They could have done a lot more with this but they didn’t. [Insert Sigh]

The woman is 26 years old and her parents are pushing her to get married because they keep calling her an old maid. The movie starts off with the woman feeding her dad his breakfast and talking about a crappy date with some fella. Saddened by the fact his daughter didn’t have a good date, he frowns and mumbles some stuff about how she needs to find someone because he doesn’t know what to do with her.

She then heads over to confession to confess that she yearns for love of the flesh and God’s love of her soul isn’t enough.

The woman is a secretary at an office and the fella she marries walks in to have an appointment with her boss. After he leaves her boss’s office she is called in and her boss keeps asking her why she is single and then she meets up with her fella who takes her out on a lunch date where she talks in a run on sentence like the one I just wrote about how her life sucks. 🙂

Okay, so the fella has some creepy fetish for some nun that was around when he was a young boy. There are all these flashbacks of him being a little boy and a beautiful woman and then a nun showing off her legs in a sexual manner. So you know right then and there that this is a plot twist for Lifetime Movie Network (I’m ashamed I know of that network…but it’s all they play in waiting rooms at the doctors.)

Oh, there’s also this weird scene when this woman dresses in a sexy nun costume and he ties her up and stabs her…

The lovebirds wed and on their honeymoon he ditches her to go into his library and think about the nun that gave him a show when he was younger. While the woman is left in her room wondering what’s wrong with her and why her new husband won’t have any sexual manner with her. He locks them away in his country inn and starts to beat her so she tries to get away.

Over all, I rate this movie 2 dead babies since the description of it did lead me to watch it. The movie itself could have been much better. The could have at least… shown more background to the hubby and why he was so damn crazy. There were a lot of things missing with this film. It wasn’t at all attention grabbing while watching it. Several times I got up during it to make food, get a drink, do laundry, and even read a stephen king article. But hey, I guess that’s what you get for a film like this.

It does have a very nice cheese factor to it, so that’s a plus. But it doesn’t have a suspense factor. It’s much like a college kid doing a film project sort of feels.

If you’d like to check out the film, we found it here FULL on youtube:

 

 

 

~ Mercy

 

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