Monday, 29 October 2012

DEDfest Part 4: Famine

Ah, we have come to the conclusion of DEDfest Victoria with the final film that appeared that evening, Famine by Vancouver director Ryan Nicholson. It is a slasher that takes place during a 24 hour Famine (my school wasn't allowed to call them famines so we had 30 hour fasts).

For my review read on after the break.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Scary Fairy Tales: Stanley Park Ghost Train 2012

There have been a few things in Vancouver that I have wanted to do this Halloween season. The first that I did was go to the Stanley Park Ghost Train who's theme was:
For a selection of photos from the train ride and an over all assessment of the event read on.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

DEDfest Part 3: V/H/S BC Premiere

If you have been wondering why it has been taking me so long to pump out these mini reviews, it's because I've been distracted by a little thing called my Halloween costume (photos to come before Thursday). Anyhow next up is the BC premiere of the first Bloody Disgusting (produced?) film V/H/S. Read more to see my review.

I actually found a poster for the festival!

Monday, 22 October 2012

DEDfest Part 2: Creepshow

The second film I had the pleasure of viewing at DEDfest was the anthology film from the minds of George A. Romero and Stephen King, of course you know what it's called (and if you don't please just google horror anthology films and come back once you have watched the top ten from your research). Right off the bat I will tell you it starts in a classic way that every parent should learn from, NEVER throw away your child's comic books... EVER.
He clearly missed parenting 101
Also their monster host felt a lot like a Crypt Keeper knock-off, but perhaps this was before the Tales From the Crypt Keeper movie yet, I'm not in the mood to look it up right now so for more info you're on your own.

Click on to read the rest of the review.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

DEDFest Victoria Part 1: Night of the Living Dead

I was intensely excited to go to my first solely horror film festival and while it didn't seem the rest of the city was quite as enthusiastic as me based on attendance I was still jazzed to be there and had a great time. It was planned to coincide perfectly with the zombie walk starting about an hour after the walk finished and located close to the end point. You would think that more zombies would have shuffled on over, but apparently some of them had to help set-up for a marathon. Anyways in honour of the festival, which I hope will begin to thrive in coming years, I am doing a mini-review of each of the films (mini because I was enjoying myself far to much to take a lot of notes). First on the hit list the George A. Romero classic that started it all, Night of the Living Dead. Continue on for my observations.

And not this nearly unrelated failure that I saw in 2D.

Friday, 12 October 2012

And the Dead Will Walk the Earth

This past Saturday I had pretty much a perfect day. I went on my first ever zombie walk followed by going to a horror movie film festival called DedFest. Most of you are probably thinking "What do you mean YOU have never done a zombie walk before!?!" Well in the past I have always been working or out of town. And here is photo proof that it happened:

Those were tasty.
Read on for more photos.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Children's Horror Part 1: ParaNorman

Well it is officially Autumn and that means that people aside from me are going to start getting excited about Halloween. With this comes movie channels gradually moving to horror movies 24/7 until the wonderful month of October is over. It also means that children's channels will start showing Halloween and junior horror films. What is a junior horror film you might ask? Well there aren't as many good ones to point to in recent history, but if you are around my age you might remember a few. To me a good junior horror movie has 1. a real monster, 2. a combination of jump scares and humour 3. a lack of real blood and gore so parents don't feel they are corrupting their children & 4. at least a couple of jokes or moments only the adults being forced to watch these with the wee ones will get. A prime example to me are the Scooby Doo movies of the late 90s where there are real zombies & a twist I didn't see coming as a kid and in the other they solve a mystery of a fake witch only to have it turn out there is a real witch's curse that gets released by a Stephen King wannabe. Another would be Beetlejuice, I mean come on who doesn't love Beetlejuice? I'd watch Beetlejuice anytime of th- OH SHIT I said his name three times!

I hope you now understand what I mean when I say junior horror because this is the first in an ongoing series of articles basically about modern junior horror . And for our first instalment for your reading pleasure is my observational review of ParaNorman. If you don't want any accidental spoilers than please watch the movie, then read this. Otherwise click on to read more.