Archive for the Horror Category

Alien Covenant “Monkey-Alien”

Posted in Horror, Sci-Fi with tags , , on April 29, 2017 by MONSTERMINIONS

Alien Conenant’s xenomorph looks like an Alien-Monkey hybrid. 

Alien Covenant Face-Hugger

Posted in Horror, Sci-Fi with tags , on December 27, 2016 by MONSTERMINIONS

And a few screen captures from the latest Red Band trailer for Alien Covenant (May 2017).

Demon using a High-Matic

Posted in Horror, Miscellania with tags , on December 7, 2016 by MONSTERMINIONS

Just watched the Korean horror film The Wailing (2016) and I’ll be damned that’s a demon holding a Minolta High-Matic.

Alien: Covenant, One-Sheet

Posted in Horror with tags on November 25, 2016 by MONSTERMINIONS

Univeral Monsters and Spider-Woman

Posted in Collectibles, Horror with tags on July 2, 2016 by MONSTERMINIONS

The Thing (1982) Deluxe Blu-Ray

Posted in Flying Saucers, Horror, Sci-Fi with tags , on June 8, 2016 by MONSTERMINIONS

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Wow! Shout Factory is at it again! I got this one on order. A two-disc Blu-ray Special Edition Blu-ray loaded with extras.

Special Features and Specifications:

  • NEW 2K scan of the Inter-positive supervised and approved by director of photography Dean Cundey
  • NEW 4.1 created from the original 70MM Six Track Dolby Stereo soundtrack
  • NEW Audio Commentary with director of photography Dean Cundey
  • NEW The Men of Outpost 31 – interviews with Keith David, Thomas Waites, Peter Maloney and more…
  • NEW Assembling and Assimilation – an interview with editor Todd Ramsay
  • NEW Behind the Chameleon – interviews with visual effects artists Peter Kuran and Susan Turner, special make-up effects artist Rob Burman and Brian Wade and more….
  • NEW Sounds from the Cold – interviews with supervising sound editor David Lewis Yewdall and special sound effects designer Alan Howarth
  • NEW Between the Lines – an interview with novelization author Alan Dean Foster
  • Audio Commentary by director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell
  • John Carpenter’s The Thing: Terror Takes Shape – a documentary on the making of THE THING featuring interviews with John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, special effects make-up designer Rob Bottin, legendary matte artist Albert Whitlock plus members of the cast and crew (80 minutes – SD)
  • Outtakes (5 minutes – SD)
  • Vintage featurettes from the electronic press kit featuring interviews with John Carpenter, Kurt Russell and Rob Bottin (12 minutes – SD)
  • Vintage featurettes – The Making of a Chilling Tale and The Making of THE THING (1982 – 14 minutes – SD)
  • Vintage Product Reel – contains a promotional condensed version of the film with additional footage not in the film (19 minutes – SD)
  • Vintage Behind-the-Scenes footage (2 minutes – SD)
    Annotated Production Archive – Production Art and Storyboards, Location Scouting,
  • Special Make-up Effects, Post Production (48 minutes – SD)
  • Network TV Broadcast version of THE THING (92 minutes – SD)
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailers (U.S. and German Trailer)
  • TV spots
  • Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery (behind-the-scenes photos, posters and lobby cards)

1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)/DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/1982/Approximate Feature Running Time: +/- 109 minutes/English Subtitles/Special Features Are Not Rated. Region A (U.S. and Canada).


The Hallow (2015)

Posted in Horror with tags , on June 5, 2016 by MONSTERMINIONS

Somehow I missed this unusual Irish horror indie from 2015. I recently picked it up in a $10 Blu-ray bin at Best Buy. The film draws inspiration from several movies, and reminds me of Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man (1973), with superstitious locals and pagan themes; Splinter (2008), which also featured a parasitic black ooze; the remake of Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)(Guillermo Del Toro’s vision of a ancient evil forest is similar to this one); The Thing (1981), a polymorphic copycat organism; and Philip Kaufman’s remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), which first depicted an organism with mycorrhizal-like tendrils that take over a host. Director Corin Hardy has acknowledged several influences primarily from the late 1970’s to mid-1980’s.

Visually the film is stunning and the creatures look like something fabricated by Rob Bottin, circa 1980. This is all prop work with puppets and prosthetics. The script refers to the monsters as forest dwelling fairies, gnomes or banshees that seek out what we love most. I liked the story about a conservationist investigating a plague impacting flora and fauna in a deep Irish woodland, and putting his wife and child in harm. The film looks good too and the monsters deliver. I liked the inclusion of iron as a talisman to fight off ancient evil. 

However, as the film moved along I lost interest in the characters. The script never allows the two leads to be likable —they put their baby in a cubbard, scoff at local traditions, spray-paint Xs on trees, drive around the forest playing obnoxious music, and we really never get to identify with the players. We know what’s coming to this couple.

I wish the film had expanded a bit more on the folklore of the hallow. A fantastic book of folklore is introduced and it potentially serves the same purpose (a key) as Karswell’s “witchcraft through the ages” volume in Night of the Demon (1957). It’s a mysterious book bound with a thorny botanical cover —it reminds me of the Voynich manuscript, but we never get a deep glimpse into the book.

I also thought the unsatisfying ending was convenient, with the purifying rays of the sun once again saving the day. Was the final end title sequence an environmental stance against logging in Ireland? We know the Hallow will be back.

Still, I liked this film and appreciate the old school approach. I could see the story in a vintage Hammer film starring Peter Cushing as the scientist and Christopher Lee as the leader of a pagan cult, with Niall Macginnis as an angry villager toting a shotgun. 

The Hallow (2015) is worth a peak. Don’t expect a classic. Fangoria called this “a visually engaging and starkly terrifying monster film” and I agree.