Tag Archives: Blue Underground
The Lift Review
In horror, whether literature or film, we’ve seen haunted automobiles, haunted washing machines, and of course haunted houses. Very rarely have we seen anything like a haunted elevator shaft. That is unless you’ve watched Dick Maas’ 1983 film, The Lift, of course.
After a brief power outage, a group of had-too-much-to-drink couples gets stuck inside of an elevator. With the elevator’s air conditioning also not working, the group doesn’t last long, passing out from heat exhaustion and almost losing [...]
The Stendhal Syndrome Review
There have been a number of times that I’ve changed my mind about a particular film, instances where I’ve gone from hating a movie the first time seeing it, only to enjoy it immensely during my next visit. That seems to be the case, once again, with Dario Argento’s 1996 film, The Stendhal Syndrome.
There is nothing more exciting than finding new slasher films from the golden era of horror. The 80’s saw releases of some of the greatest horror films of all time. Among them are slasher greats like Intruder, Maniac, and The Burning. Now, I have another to add to the ever-growing list with Dick Maas’ Amsterdamned.
A deranged killer is murdering people throughout Amsterdam. He is able to avoid capture, however, by using the city’s canal system [...]
Death Line Review
When I started reviewing horror films, years ago, I never imagined the myriad of obscure films that would be getting the Blu-ray (and sometimes 4K) re-mastered treatment. Films that were originally extremely hard to hunt down are now being delivered in stunning fashion. One of the latest that has followed this trend is Gary Sherman’s 1972 film, Death Line.
When a couple stumbles upon an unconscious man in the London subway system, they inform the nearest constable. Upon returning [...]
99 Women Review
There are various types of exploitation films; Over the years, I’ve come across nunsploitation, blaxploitation, nazisploitation, even dwarfsploitation (see The Sinful Dwarf). One of the oldest and most popular amongst fans, however, seems to be women in prison films. Numerous filmmakers have entries in the sub-genre, but the king of all exploitation seems to be unanimously voted as the prolific Jess Franco. The film that I am referring to, this time around, is his 1969 production of 99 Women [...]
Manhattan Baby Review
Mythological tales exist from almost every culture you can think of — Babylonian, Greek, Roman, Egyptian, etc. They are rich in culture and tell a great deal about the history of the people whom created such stories. There is plenty of material out there and one director who was intelligent and imaginative enough to seize the opportunity to make a film about some of the mythos was Lucio Fulci with his 1982 production, Manhattan Baby.
While on vacation in [...]
One of my favorite things about the horror genre is the diversity of its antagonists. The killers of our favorite movies come in all shapes and sizes. There are the brooding villains from the slasher films, supernatural entities that haunt and hunt their prey alike. Hell, there are even killer gingerbread men and murdering puppets! However, among all of these, some of my favorite films are those that utilize nature’s various killers. You know, films like Jaws, Shakma, [...]