Horror Movies Watched and Books Read (May 2010)


Insanitarium (2008) **
I'm not even sure where to begin on this one. Crazy people are used as experiments by a doctor which is the subplot. This movie goes all over the place. Good gore and Peter Stormare's usual fine acting are about the only thing making this remotely tolerable.

The Graves (2010) **
A small town feeds passer by's to a demon in order to keep themselves safe. Nothing really worked for me in this one except the performances of Bill Mosley and Tony Todd.

The Black House(2007) ***1/2
An insurance agent tries to prove a man murdered his step-son for the money and gets far more than he bargained for. If the make it through the rather boring and procedural first half, then you are in for a great final half of the movies which stays away from the usual supernatural elements found in Asian cinema.

Splatter Beach (2007) 1/2
Sometimes you know what you're getting into before even deciding to watch a movie. I knew this a D grade movie, but I wanted some background noise while I was working on something else. I'm surprised that I even rated this monstrosity 1/2 star.

The Train () **
An overdone premise - US students traveling Europe are slain for the organs on the black market. Slightly suspensful and a tad gory, but not really worth it.

Shock Waves () **
Some would this nazi zombie flick a classic. I think it could have so much better with more logic and better characters. Even John Carradine and Peter Cushing seem to walk through their roles.

Legion (2009) *1/2
Such a disappointment. Had a couple of decent moments before the constant, mind numbing action sequences began.

Pyscho II (1982) ***
A very suspenseful tale that has you guessing if Norman has slipped back into his old ways right up until the end.

The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008) **1/2
Nothing special about this spawn of Satan tale, but it did enough to keep me interested in watching the outcome

Trilogy of Terror (1975) ***
A decent made for TV movie with 3 short films. The best one is last with the famous Zuni voodoo doll.

# Supernatural, Season 5 (2009-2010) *****
Even though the show is going at least one more season, this felt like a series finale (as it was going to be). The Winchesters battle continue to battle angles, demons, Lucifer, and themselves to try a stop the Apocalypse from happening. I'm cant recall a more satisfying end cap to long term story arc from a series on Network TV. This show new what it was doing from day one and took the viewers on an incredible ride. Next season will be impossible to top, by I'll eagerly await to see where the saga of Dean and Sam head.

# Fringe, Season 2 (2009-2010) ****
I really enjoyed this season. I think the show is starting to hit it's stride and the stories they come up with on a weekly basis is amazing.

The Descent 2 (2010) ***
Picks up basically where the first one leaves off, with a search party looking for the missing group of cave explorers. Better than most sequels and the only the stupid decisions made by the Sheriff took away from it.

Animals (2010) **
I wanted to like this movie. But the ultra-terrible computer animation for the monsters and the unnecessary narration ruined the otherwise decent movie.

Necrosis (2009) *1/2
Bad acting and a thin story makes for an unbearable movie.

Carriers (2009) ***
Four people try to survive a virus outbreak. They heading to a secluded place on the beach and ride out the disease. Of course it's not going to be that easy. A good and very bleak movie where the horror lies in what you will do to survive.

The Human Centipede (2010) **1/2
The concept behind this movie is utterly sickening. However, it's not nearly as gruesome as I was lead to believe. Worth watching just for the villainous doctor.

# Lost, Season 6 (2009-2010) ***1/2
There has already been so much debate on this season, the entire series, and the last episode. For me, the entire season seemed a bit rushed and a letdown. The show turned into an event where the island was the main character. This year so many things where answered, but way too many where left opened as the focus turned back to the original survivors of the Oceanic flight. Still it will go down as groundbreaking TV, the likes we may never see again.

The Quiet Family (1999) ****
A Korean film about a family who runs a mountain hotel where guest keep dying off. Loads of black humor and light on gore, but I enjoyed it. Not nearly as wacky as the Takeshi Miike remake though.

Survival of the Dead (2010) **1/2
The story was decent, basically a modern day western but with zombies as a backdrop. But the CGI was terrible.


Death Troopers by Joel Scriber ***1/2
Star Wars and horror...interesting. The Empire constructs a virus that turns people into zombie like creatures. And it's the unfortunate luck of prison vessel to stumble upon the ship where the testing is being done.

Ghost Road Blues by John Maberry *****
The first book in a trilogy which I will anxiously await to finish. The book has everything for a horror fan. Supernatural elements, a great bad guy, kick ass fight scenes, drama, cringe worthy moments, and amazing true to life characters. Why did I wait so long to read this story about a town rising up to fight evil? It's one of the best novels I've picked up this year.

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton ***
The first book in the Anita Blake series. I was captivated by the main character and this world she lives in that has a unique mythos on the supernatural world.

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