Last Sunday night, The Walking Dead concluded its fourth season with a finale that was a marked improvement over last season’s lackluster conclusion and overall better than some of the dull episodes we were subjected to throughout the season.
The Walking Dead is a show that above all else is about inconsistencies in the quality of the writing. For me, every great episode comes at the price of two or three dull, disjointed episodes. Sunday’s finale, simply titled “A”, was something of a marriage between the disjointed and the stellar writing techniques of the series.
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Adaptations & Remakes is an ongoing feature where I take a movie or a book and compare it to its remake and/or adaptation.
Happy Halloween, everyone! If you’ve been checking on the blog throughout the day, you’ll know that earlier in the day, Tiny applied his newfound appreciation for the Halloween franchise to compare Carpenter’s vision with Zombie’s depiction. Then a little later, Mike lent his slasher expertise to tackle the original Friday the 13th against its modern day counterpart.
Now I am here for the sacred final post to close out the holiday season. I’m comparing Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street against the 2010 remake featuring Rorschach himself: Jackie Earle Haley. Enjoy and let me know what you think.
Of course, you can find more of Mike and Tiny’s Shocktober contributions (Shocktributions, if you will) on the Shocktober page and don’t forget you can follow them and me on Twitter and like The Obsessive Viewer on Facebook.
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Tagged a nightmare on Elm Street, Buy Digitally, Freddy Krueger, Freddy's Dead: The Final nightmare, Heather Langenkamp, Jackie Earle Haley, Johnny Depp, Kyle gallner, Movies, Rent Digitally, Robert Englund, Rooney Mara, Samuel Bayer, Shocktober, Shocktober 2013, Wes Craven
Promiscuous teenagers fall prey to a deranged killer at Camp Crystal Lake. Continue reading
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Tagged Adaptations & Remakes, Camp Crystal Lake, Friday the 13th, Horror, horror movies, Jason Voorhees, Marcus Nispel, Remake, Remakes, Roger Ebert, Sean S. Cunningham, Shocktober, Shocktober 2013
Seeing as Halloween is now upon us and I’ve committed myself to writing four “Days of Blood” posts, I figured I would devote the fourth and final post to some of the better (and more recent) horror and horror-adjacent titles available to stream on Netflix. Hopefully it will make up for the way I’ve been neglecting my Streaming Saturday recommendations this month.
Before I get started, though, I want to thank everyone for indulging me as I let my horror fandom take control of the blog and the podcast. I’d also like to thank my friends Mike (@IAmMikeWhite) and Tiny (@ObsessiveTiny) for contributing so much content this month. I’d also like to thank my friend Pat (@Patty_Kuhn) for joining us on the Zombie episode of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast.
Finally, I would like to thank John Dugan from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994) and Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013) for letting us interview him on the podcast. We had such a great time talking to him and can’t thank him enough. If you’re ever at a convention and have a chance to meet him, I highly recommend it.
So let’s get to the list, shall we? It’s Halloween, so here are some streaming recommendations to make the holiday even better. Continue reading
Posted in Horror, Netflix, Shocktober, Shocktober 2013
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Since 2009’s Trick R Treat, horror audiences have been treated to a resurgence of anthology movies. V/H/S and it’s superior sequel were successful movies, and a breath of fresh air from the Paranormal Activity movies dominating theaters every year. The anthology format serves horror well. Where several horror movies struggle to pack 90 minutes with scares, segments in a horror anthology can back out to the frame story before tension wavers. Even a weak segment reaps the benefits of a mostly successful group of shorts. When the work is cohesive and the scares are quick and fun, anthologies thrive. Continue reading
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Tagged all hallow's eve, Art the Clown, Cole Mathewson, Damien Leone, Katie Maguire, Mike White, Obsessive Friends, Paranormal Activities, Sydney Freihofer, Terrifier, trick r Treat, VHS
Posted in Horror, Obsessive Friends, Shocktober, Shocktober 2013, Tiny
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Make sure you check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast’s episode celebrating our love of zombies.
Zombies are by far my favorite movie monster. There’s nothing about zombies that scares me, per se. I would actually go so far as to say that they’re fairly low on the list of scariest movie monsters. But zombie movies, to me, are never really about the monsters. Zombies bring out the monsters that live within us and within the people we encounter every day. Continue reading
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Space is an endless landscape for humanity to explore. The idea of colonizing the vast unknown and taking humanity to the stars has been a dream of humanity for centuries. This dream has led to a vast array of fictional voyages into space.
Still, there’s something inherently terrifying about the idea of space travel and the isolation that goes with it. The same unknown that inspires humanity also has the power to ignite our morbid sides. Take a group of humans, put them in a confined space millions of miles from other humans, and horrific monsters won’t be far behind. Continue reading
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We are nearing the end of Shocktober 2013. In the run up to the final week, I realized I have a ton of movies I still want to watch. So, with plenty of unused vacation time to spare, I took Monday and Tuesday off from work. Throughout this mini-vacation I’ve created for myself, I’m going to be watching a ton of Shocktober movies. I’ve set myself a goal of writing up one blog post for each day, similar to Tiny’s Shocktober Musings posts.
Here we have Part I, my “found footage fest.” Found footage movies get a bad rap. Sure, there’s plenty of dreck in the subgenre and it inspires needless sequels that are churned out faster than they can be written. But when the format is handled right, it can be an absolutely terrifying experience that gets under your skin.
Let me know what you think about the found footage genre in the comments below and follow me around the internet with the links below.
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I picked up the Halloween: 35th Anniversary blu-ray a few weeks ago and was eager to jump into it and the features. In honor of Shocktober I thought I’d review it for anyone curious about whether they should upgrade their collection or enhance it with this horror movie classic for the first time.
The blu-ray comes in a booklet case with 20 pages stapled inside. The pages are filled with old photos from the movie and an essay written by Stef Hutchinson of the Halloween: 25 Years of Terror documentary.
Read on as I detail the release and the features within it. Let me know what you think of in the comments below and be sure to follow me around the internet.
Posted in Blu-Ray and DVD, Horror, Shocktober, Shocktober 2013
Tagged Autumn, blu-ray, Halloween, Halloween 25 Years of Terror, Halloween 35th Anniversary, HorrorHound Weekend, Indianapolis, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Carpenter, Michael Myers, ps3, Shocktober, Shocktober 2013, Stef Hutchinson, The Night She Came Home
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The Collector is a movie that I have been meaning to watch for a while. I was really intrigued by the concept of the protagonist being a man breaking into a house, only to have to save the family from a sadistic killer. I was hopeful that it would lead to a bit more actual storytelling than we are used to in this genre.
What held me back from watching it, though, was the widespread opinion that it was simply a Saw rip-off. Well, I finally watched it last night. Read on to see what I thought and check out the Shocktober 2013 page of the blog for more Horror-related content. Continue reading
Posted in Horror, Shocktober, Shocktober 2013
Tagged Andrea Roth, antihero, Buy it Full Price, Home Alone, Josh Stewart, Juan Fernández, Marcus Dunstan, Movies, Patrick Melton, review, saw, Shocktober, The Collector