Entries by Larry Dwyer

Best Slasher Flicks of the 1980s

by: Larry Dwyer

 

So, after reviewing The Sleeper (a 2012 slasher flick set in 1981), I got the idea to come up with a list of my favorite 80’s slashers. Wikipedia defines a slasher film as “a type of crime film typically involving a psychopathic killer stalking and killing a sequence of victims in a graphically violent manner, often with a cutting tool such as a knife or axe”. That’s as fitting a definition as any but it also should be noted that they tend to take place at summer camps or sorority houses.
 
I’ve managed to whittle this list down to my 25 favorites (in no particular order). I’m sure you’ll notice a few glaring omissions which can mean only one of two things: A) I forgot about it or B) I didn’t like it. Go ahead and ask, I’ll tell you which one it is. read more

“The Sleeper” Review

When I was a kid my parents didn’t have much money so while some families went to Disney, we went to the drive-in. Honestly, it seemed like we were there nearly every weekend. There was something special about the smell of burnt pizza and the sound of honking horns at the Candlelight-Pix drive-in in Bridgeport, CT and it was there that I was first introduced to horror movies in the late 70s/early 80s. I have many fond memories of sitting in the backseat of my parents Plymouth Valiant, eating my mom’s cold fried chicken while watching Blood Beach, Mother’s Day and other assorted gems. Justin Russell’s The Sleeper is just that same kind of movie that I would have seen in between bites of fried chicken and in between my mom’s fingers as she tried, in vain, to cover my eyes during a sweet boobie scene. read more read more

Occupy Midian – Nightbreed re-cut?

by: Larry Dwyer

Now I’m not normally a “petitions” kind of guy. However, I have found just the kind of petition that I can really get behind: “Occupy Midian”. “Occupy Midian” is a website/movement put together by people who are petitioning to get a glimpse of the entire uncut version of Clive Barker’s 1990 classic “Nightbreed”. I remember seeing “Nightbreed” in the theater and being so mesmerized by all of the gorgeous monsters and I remember thinking how original it was that the monsters were actually the good guys. Not long after that, I read the story that the film was based on, “Cabal”. After reading the story, I became kind of upset by what I thought were missed opportunities in the movie; missed chances to make “Nightbreed” one of the most spectacular and original horror films in years. read more read more

The Terror Experiment review

 

Where to begin with “The Terror Experiment”? I guess the beginning is as good a place as any. The movie starts with a handful of very frightened-looking people being chased down a stairwell by a bunch of zombie-types with weapons. Some stabbing and biting ensues and we’re all of a sudden whisked away to the bedroom of our hero played by Jason London (of “Dazed and Confused” fame) and we’re told that the bedroom scene is “four hours before” what we’ve  just witnessed in the stairwell. What’s majorly kooky is that we’re already back to the stairwell scene about five minutes later into the movie which led me to ask, “why the hell would you bother giving me a glimpse of something that I’m going to see in five minutes”? read more read more

Camel Spiders review

Having grown up on Roger Corman’s adaptations of the classic Edgar Allan Poe stories, I was pretty psyched to see his name attached to “Camel Spiders”. Today I sat down to check this flick out with big hopes for some classic B-movie cheese; what I got was bad CGI and heartburn.

This movie begins with a firefight between some American soldiers (led by Brian Krause of “Sleepwalkers” and “Charmed” fame) and some Taliban fighters in the deserts of Afghanistan. All of a sudden, during the middle of an everyday gun-fight, out come the camel spiders to drag away and kill the Taliban soldiers while the Americans try to piece together what went on. read more read more

Ten Best Horror Movies You May Have Never Seen

So a friend and I were having a discussion the other day about how some horror movies become almost household names and some, that may be superior, are not as well recognized. Take The Blair Witch Project for example; this movie is, in my humble opinion, one of the biggest turds ever made but everyone knows, and for some reason loves it! But just mention Phantasm to the casual fan and watch the puzzled look that you get from at least half of them! read more

Wound review

If I say “New Zealand Horror”, what are the first things that pop into your head? If you’re like me it’s Peter Jackson’s “Bad Taste” and “Dead Alive”; if you’re like most other people, it’s “New Zealand has horror movies?” Well, sure they do. New Zealand may not have as big a share in the horror genre as some other countries, but they certainly do have their share and David Blyth has been a part of that genre since the early 1970’s. read more read more