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

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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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The Bat (1926 & 1959) – Review

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Hello Creeps.

Today we are going to review the film “The Bat” both the 1926 and the 1959 versions. As the vintage film nerd that I am, I have to say that I recommend both versions to the horror or mystery fanatic. Let’s begin with the beloved 1926 version shall we?

The Bat (1926)

First off, you can’t exactly call this a horror or why it’s under “vampire” I do not know becuase it’s more of a comedy/mystery/thriller. The eccentric maid in the film is who gives us the comedic effect. The story line of the film is that a masked criminal dresses up as a gigantic bat figure and terrorizes guests of a house that is being rented out by a well-known mystery writer. The film is based off the play by Avery Hopwood. Miss Cornelia Van Gorder is the famous mystery writer who rents the house to continue working on a novel. She is accompanied by her faithful maid, Lizzie Allen who was played by Louise Fazenda – whose over reactions made the character all more eccentric and comical. The murderer is interested in the wealth that is hidden within the house and will get rid of anyone in their way. What I like most about the 1926 version is the effects. For back in the day, these effects are pretty kick ass and it’s always a marvelous thing to see old school films with such marvelous effects without the aid of computers and green screens. They are proof that we don’t need to make everything digital! The actors and actresses within the film expressed their roles accordingly. Meaning, there wasn’t too much of the over expressions that you saw in many silent films. (Silent films actors/actresses were so goddamn talented! 🙂 ) For me, this film pulled me into the story and I really enjoyed the shadiness of the film. Honestly, a film like this belongs in the silent film era. Could you imagine the people seeing it for the first time on the screen?! It would have been down right terrifying for them to see this considering it wasn’t a monster film at all!

If you’d like to check out the 1926 version, I found the full movie on YouTube:

 

The Bat (1959)

Well, you already know the story line with the paragraph above. I must say for this version they couldn’t have picked better actors and actresses to play within this version. They had the marvelous, Vincent Price as Doctor Malcolm Wells and the ever so classy, Agnes Moorehead as Cornelia Van Gorder. Their actor and actress choice was perfect because they fit the roles so well. You could pictures Agnes as Cornelia. It didn’t seem like she was acting at all, but being herself. Mr.Price of eerie nature plays the doctor who is suspected to be the bat. When I first saw this version, I was immediately hooked. Although, I had seen the silent film version first and knew the story line, this “talkie” version was as amazing as the original. The acting was perfect and when I watched it, I had a list of suspects in my head, checking them off as the film went along. It takes you for a lot of twists and turns until you reach the end. This is an instant thriller classic. The “who-done-it” theme song of this version is quite catchy! (It was stuck in my head for a few hours.)

If you’d like to see the 1959 version of The Bat, I found the Full movie on YouTube here:

 

 

 

Thank you for wasting time with my existence. I hope you enjoyed this short review. If you have any requests, leave them in the comments below.

-Mercy Desdemona of Unsuccessful Entertainment

Curtains (1983) Review

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Hey Creeps. I can’t seem to sleep at the moment, so I thought I’d watch a random film and write my review while watching it. I just closed my eyes and clicked the film Curtains from the horror and suspense section of Hulu.

I’m about five or ten minutes into it and I’m already bored to pieces.The facial expressions… or should I say lack of facial expressions of the actors and actresses would make a corpse seem perky.

So basically, this actress is “re-surching” [that’s how she pronounced it] how it is to be a mad woman because that’s what she needs to play. And some creepy tickle giggly lady comes out of nowhere and makes me feel like I was just touched in the no-no zone.

Seems these mental patients are under some sort of creepy laughing gas. It’s quite annoying. They all look like people that need baths. Quite frankly, I don’t know if I can even finish the film. You can’t really tell whats going on all that much. You see laughing people, a guy that I think is the actress’s agent? The doctor and a nurse.

Oh look, a cheesy stand up comedy. That totally doesn’t lighten the mood what so ever. Okay, so now it switches to another actress with a bad attitude that seems like she’s probably an alcoholic when no one is looking. I have no idea what her purpose is in the film because its too hard to keep track of what exactly the plot of this film is.

Okay… so i guess an insane lady got out by her friend and… What the hell?! Who made this movie? Whoever did needs a good smack in the head. This movie should come with a map to point you in the direction of the plot.

20 minutes in you think that a guy is actually trying to kill a bimbo, but turns out they are just sick couple into creepy crap. I wouldn’t recommend this movie to roadkill. Every time you think the story is moving forward and a killing is going to happen it turns out its just a dream or a sick twisted fetish.

There is absolutely no main character, you barely hear any names spoken to keep up with the characters. And pretty much all these actresses want a part in some form of whatever yadda yadda and they supposedly get killed. I’m sorry.. I can’t do this. This movie is putting me to sleep.

I rate it ZERO Give an F’s.

Goodnight

– Mercy

The Lodger – A Story of the London Fog (1927)

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Hello Creeps. I apologize that my Friday Night horror film review is taking place on this Saturday morning. I completely lost track of the days. Today I would like to discuss one of my personal Hitchcock favorites: The Lodger – A Story of the London Fog. This film is one of his silent films from 1927, and is one of the few that didn’t end up lost. Let’s sum up the story line: News has spread that there is a killer on the loose who is killing women with blonde hair. A man asks for a room at what I assume is an inn or apartment building. The mother of the daughter begins to question if the man is in fact the serial killer.

The film starts out with a police men talking to a distressed woman. They find a piece of paper with the words “The Avenger” on it. I felt this opening made you feel like you were part of the movie. We find out that the Avenger is a Tall man with his face wrapped up. That is the only description that could be made about the serial killer The Avenger. He favored to kill women with beauty and golden hair. It’s quite apparent that The Avenger is like a Jack the Ripper who favored to mutilate prostitutes.
What I enjoy most about this film is the fact that it feels like you are part of it. It feels like you are someone walking down the street listening to the paper boy scream about the recent news. It feels like you’re in the car with the police officers driving through the streets. It feels like you are at the apartment building living with the family and worrying about who could be next.
This film mixes horror, comedy, and romance all into one in a great manner. For example, the daughter of the landlady is a fashion model with golden hair. To keep safe from The Avenger she wears a hat the covers the rest of her hair but has dark curls at the front end to make it look like she’s a dark haired woman.
When we get to the apartment building, we meet the mother, father, and the lover of the daughter. The lover of the daughter is a detective who goes on the search for The Avenger within the film. When the lodger comes to ask for a room, he immediately begins to stare at the daughter. At first, you start to believe that he finds her to be a very beautiful woman and she has captured his interest.
The daughter and the lodger become good friends and she doesn’t think it will cause any harm done by being friends. Her family and her lover don’t approve of the friendship since the Lodger is nothing but a mere stranger.
I enjoy the fact that this film can mix your emotions towards everyone in the film. There isn’t a moment where you aren’t actually thinking about each character in the film. Since it’s silent, the actors and actresses portray the emotion very well. It comes out of the screen and into your body to flow within. Unlike many silent films of the time, the body language of the people in the film isn’t over acted. Their reactions are more realistic as to what the reactions would be if we were all there in real life.

If you’d like to get lost within this Hitchcock film I found the full movie here:

If you do check out the film, please feel free to comment back and share with me your thoughts. I’d be interested in hearing them.

Blood & Guts,
Mercy Desdemona.