JACK FROST (1997)

Straight from the Snowmonton comes JACK FROST, a tasty slasher with some serious comic heft. This 1997 is the stuff of legend, predictably loathed by those who watch movies with their arms crossed and enjoyed by those with a thing for unconventional, on-the-carrot-nose winter horror.

SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (1984)

While Christmas is the “most wonderful time of the year” for some, it’s a nightmare for others. This year, the holidays will definitely boast a unique set of challenges. Things may not take the turn found in Christmas slashers like SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot of people won’t struggleContinue reading “SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (1984)”

CHOPPING MALL (1986)

Robots terrify a shopping centre in CHOPPING MALL, what could best be described now as a sort of historical horror. This 1986 movie is directed by Jim Wynorski, who began his career flunking out of film school and working for Roger Corman. CHOPPING MALL is his second picture, with Corman’s wife Julie serving as producer.

BLOODY BIRTHDAY (1991)

From HOME ALONE to CHILDREN OF THE CORN, movies about dreadful youngsters aren’t exactly novel. But in the case of the 1981 horror BLOODY BIRTHDAY, the kids are not alright. This Ed Hunt film features just about the most brazenly homicidal killers in memory, producing a concoction so vile it’s as delightful as poisoned icing.

DEADLY MANOR (1990)

As one of the last films by Spanish exploitation director Jose Ramon Larraz, DEADLY MANOR is not without charm. The 1990 horror is familiar in setup, but overachieves in terms of atmosphere and characters. The screenplay by Larraz, Larry Ganem and Brian Smedley-Aston makes great use of the titular Hillburn Manor, a century-old mansion slippedContinue reading “DEADLY MANOR (1990)”

HELL NIGHT (1981)

Without question, HELL NIGHT is a formula movie. That’s not always a bad thing, as plenty of other horror flicks have achieved an awful lot out of formula. But in the case of Tom DeSimone’s picture, it’s hard to say anything impactful happens until it’s too late. The method is kind of all there is,Continue reading “HELL NIGHT (1981)”

THE PREY (1983)

Directed by Edwin Brown and based on a screenplay by Brown and his wife Summer, THE PREY is a compelling entry in the slasher genre. It is unique for its nearly languid feel, a sensibility which might frustrate some. Indeed, the central conceit of the characters being “prey” in the most natural sense of theContinue reading “THE PREY (1983)”

THE MUTILATOR (1984)

THE MUTILATOR is a surprisingly entertaining slasher, a sort of SAVED BY THE BELL meets FRIDAY THE 13TH – except with a little more beer. Directed by the incomparable Buddy Cooper with co-director John S. Douglass, the film is also known as FALL BREAK and contains a theme song of the same name. That extraordinaryContinue reading “THE MUTILATOR (1984)”

SLEEPAWAY CAMP II: UNHAPPY CAMPERS (1988)

Five years after the scandalous events of Robert Hiltzik’s SLEEPAWAY CAMP comes SLEEPAWAY CAMP II: UNHAPPY CAMPERS, a 1988 horror that jacks up the comedy and has no lack of sexual obsession. This time, however, the focus is on punishment and castigation. It’s a lot of stupid fun.