Review: Pumpkinhead

September 2, 2008 MGP 2

“Bolted doors and windows barred, Guard dogs prowling in the yard, Won’t protect you in your bed, Nothing will, from Pumpkinhead.” Despite the title, this 1988 film is not about a serial killer who wears a pumpkin on his head. That would be dumb. Rather, it is an interesting take on both the revenge and teen slasher sub-genres, and with one lovable denizen of Hell on center stage. Our story […]

Review: Botched

August 26, 2008 MGP 0

Comedy horror seems to be making a wee bit of a comeback these days. From the fun (Slither) to the stupid (Hatchet) to the truly inspired (Otis), it’s certainly a far cry from the sub-genre’s earliest (intentional) attempt, Student Bodies, which could be considered the retarded grandfather of the comedy/horror experiment — the one you hide from the neighbors in total embarassment. But sometimes, the occasional moments of genre adoption […]

Magic and Madness: The Films of H.P. Lovecraft

August 20, 2008 MGP 2

Today would be the 118th birthday of horror fiction writer, H.P. Lovecraft. And although a few of you might be familiar with his Cthulhu Mythos tales from his books, it’s a better bet that you’ve seen at least one film adaptation of his stories in general, perhaps without even knowing it was such. In either case, Lovecraft’s work has had some incredible reach. He has been cited as a strong […]

Review: I Am Legend

August 14, 2008 MGP 2

Since I can only guess that there exists an entire generation of moviegoers who are not in-the-know, let me get this out of the way. I Am Legend is not the first movie adapted from the Richard Matheson novel of the same name. So, a quick pre-history might be needed for the youngins. The first known film translation of Matheson’s book was The Last Man On Earth (1964) starring Vincent […]

Review: Diary of the Dead

August 7, 2008 MGP 3

Dear Movie Industry: Please stop George Romero from making any more horror movies. He no longer knows what he is doing. Thank you. Love, Matt. In this unfortunate fifth installment (with a sequel already in the works) of Romero’s “Dead” films, It seems the old boy has truly given in to Hollywood gimmickry. Every trick in modern horror trend is exploited, but to no real ends. I honestly had to […]

Review: Cloverfield

July 30, 2008 MGP 1

I wanted to hate this movie. I really did. I had heard all sorts of terrible, horrible things about it. Things just vague enough to make me wonder if this was some bandwagon folks were jumping on. So in the interest of fair play (and my love of monster movies), I gave it a shot. And guess what? I didn’t hate it. By now, you’ve heard something of the plot: […]

Review: The Mist

July 22, 2008 MGP 2

In many ways, this Stephen King-adapted story is a basic survival horror tale: a group of people trapped in a physical space who need to figure out how to deal with an unknown aggressive force. But, there is more here than tentacled beings, waves of blood, and impending hopelessness. Not that I always need more than that from a horror movie, but I’m glad to get more than I expected […]

“Watching Girls Get Stuck Is Entertainment”

July 20, 2008 MGP 0

Somehow, Mr. Siskel, I get a feeling you mean a little more by that statement than just violence… The video below is a clip from At The Movies aired sometime, no doubt, in 1984, when Friday The 13th – The Final Chapter was released. I think it’s fair to say that movie critics in general aren’t usually horror fans and are quick to dismiss any of the slasher sub-genre. These […]

What Needs To Stop In Horror Movies

April 20, 2007 MGP 0

Ever since I was 10 years old and snuck into my first horror movie (hint: it was the movie I saw on 31 October 1978), I have been an avid fan of horror movies. From the Saturday afternoons glued to the TV set for Creature Double Feature to gorging myself on the slasher films of the 1980s and on, I have a deep love and understanding of the horror genre. […]

The Great “Friday The 13th Part 2” Debate

September 9, 2004 MGP 3

I’ve been on a bit of an 80s horror movie bender over the past week or two, which has led me to watch the first four installments of the “Friday The 13th” franchise (in order, of course). In fact, the occasional occurrence of the actual date during a given year will often prompt me to gather some horror fiends together to drink and watch a few of the films, often […]