The ongoing adventures of Scott Weinberg, a friendly yet annoyingly opinionated guy who does nothing but watch movies and then write about them.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Impending Horrors

Over the past several years, I've attended and re-attended the following festivals: Sundance / Slamdance in January, SXSW in March, Philadelphia in April, Toronto and Fantastic Fest in September. I aim to add a few more trips to that list, but only if they're stuff like Fantastic Fest: A non-stop week of almost nothing but horror flicks. I can watch, appreciate and review just about anything under the sun (I even reviewed a Fassbinder once, and was only barely up to the task), but horror flicks is my absolute passion.

So here's a bunch of titles that should be available semi-soon, all of which earn the Weinnerd Seal of Horror Geek Approval. And no, I don't like everything. I just kinda dismiss the ones I didn't like, cuz for all I know other horror freaks might really love something like Blood Trails or Trapped Ashes, and I wouldn't want to dissuade them from giving 'em a shot. Anyway keep an eye out for...

  • All the Boys Love Mandy Lane -- Feels like it was found on a horror shelf circa 1985. Which is cool.
  • Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon -- Even better the second time around.
  • Black Sheep -- Very amusing monster-com about killer sheep and a few human zombie sheep.
  • Borderland -- American kids run into some Mexican satanists. Dark and fun.
  • Broken -- Starts out like a Saw retread and slowly gets a lot better.
  • Bug -- Friedkin's best film in years.
  • End of the Line -- Caught no attention whatsoever at Toronto '06, but I liked it quite a bit.
  • Fido -- Leave it to Beaver meets Night of the Living Dead. Fun stuff.
  • Frostbite -- Yet another Swedish vampire horror comedy.
  • Grimm Love -- Moves real slow, but ends with a ... bang.
  • Hatchet -- A movie made entirely of geeky talent and gorehound enthusiasm.
  • The Host -- Coolest monster movie in years, even if it does run a bit long.
  • The Last Winter -- Takes its time warming up, but a good cast and a creepy premise keep it interesting.
  • Lie Still -- Surprisingly compelling Brit indie.
  • The Living and the Dead -- As 1/3 of the Fantastic Fest jury, I voted to give this one top prize.
  • Murder Party -- If you hate art school students, you'll definitely dig this one.
  • Roman -- Not for all tastes, but I find it hard to dislike these McKee/Bettis projects.
  • S&Man -- JT Petty's cleverly twisted doco really tries to mess with your head.
  • Severance -- Two genres in one, and they're both great!
  • Simon Says -- Standard slasher throwback, only this one stars Crispin Glover. 'Nuff said.
  • The Signal -- Indie apocalypse awesomeness.
  • Teeth -- Yes, the one about the girl with the teeth "down there." I really dug this one.
  • Them -- 77 minutes long, none of 'em wasted.
  • Trigger Man -- Moves real slow, but ends with ... several bangs.


Andi said...

Coming over from Catawumpus, this post was EXACTLY what I needed to grab my attention. I'm going to have to steal away some time to watch these as they become available. Just. Can't. Wait.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Lie Still mention. We have signed a deal for US distribution, but can't say any more than that as yet. I'll keep you posted...