Saturday, October 4, 2014

31 Day Horror Movie Challenge - Movie #4 - The Corridor

When a group of childhood friends get together to help a friend spread the ashes of his deceased mother things take a supernatural turn when they stumble upon a mystic door that gives them unreal powers. As the supernatural presence increases in power so does the descent of the friends into complete madness. Although not a completely new concept of supernatural things in the woods it still proved to be an entertaining film. It had a Dreamcatchers vibe, if that gives you a better idea of the feel of the movie. The characters were believable the dialogue and concepts throughout moved at a good pace, with only a few parts that seemed to drag on a bit too much. The one thing that I was surprised about was there were some good moments of creepiness and suspense. I have to say I've watched several IFC Midnight films and I haven't been disappointed yet and this one is worth a view.


This film is available on Hulu.

Friday, October 3, 2014

31 Horror Movie Challenge - Movie #3 - Cabin Fever Patient Zero

I had been wanting to see this movie for awhile large in part is because I'm a completest and I had watched the previous 2 and I figured I would finish out the series. Another reason was because various horror sites had touted this film as a bloody gory good time mess with some great scenes of carnage. Well after viewing this film you can't believe everything you read. This installment finds a group of friends on a bachelor party outing who charter a boat for fun at sea to which they detour to an isolated island which of course has a flesh eating virus in the water and horror clique insanity ensues. I feel the only way I can sum up this film is as if Wyatt and Gary from Weird Science went on a Scooby adventure where everyone has flesh eating virus and those people puke on your face. The characters were the typical cookie cutter horror clique of lead guy getting ready to get married to a girl that is way way out of his league, his nice friend, his douchebag friend and a slutty girl. One of my biggest pet peeves is that Sean Astin, who could possible hold the key to this outbreak just seems out of place through the whole movie. There are several times when I thought to myself "why is he in this movie?" The acting was standard and the special effects ranged from pretty good to pretty awful. Even with saying that it wasn't a completely terrible movie, but it really wasn't that good either. It's a rather typical installment to this series and bottom line it's a movie to pass the time but don't expect greatness.

This film is available on Netflix

Thursday, October 2, 2014

31 Day Horror Movie Challenge - Movie #2 -13 Sins

Elliott is a down and out guy, he is up to his neck in debt, his father's a racist, he just lost his job, he cares for his mentally handicapped brother and his fiance is pregnant. He is at his wits end with no way out. But, when he gets a mysterious phone call from a stranger asking him to participate in a game, Elliott thinks his luck might be changing. The premise of the game is that Elliott will be forced to complete 13 challenges, if he fails any challenge or informs anyone of this game he will lose the prize winning money, but if he completes all challenges then he will receive a very large sum of money that could end a lot of his troubles....but is it all worth it? I heard pretty good things about this movie so I had high hopes for it and thankfully it didn't disappoint. Granted the premise of a person being forced to their brink by competing hellish acts is nothing new, but this took it in a fresh new direction. The movie started bold and continued on with a fast and steady pace, without any unnecessary scenes to weigh it down. The acting was solid and the script provided some great twist and turns throughout the film. Ron Pearlman turns in a great performance as a detective and Rutina Wesley from True Blood is solid throughout as Elliott's fiance. Overall it was great film that kept my attention throughout and it is well worth a view.

This film is available on Netflix

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

31 Day Horror Movie Challenge - Movie #1 The Sacrament

Happy October everyone!! It's the time of year we horror lovers celebrate all things horror related either through decorations, costumes, blog posting, parties or challenges! For those that follow the blog (thank you) I did the 31 Horror Movie Challenge last year. This year I am still doing the challenge, but I am really challenging myself this time by watching 31 horror movies I have never seen before! So, as usual I will be posting my reviews on the movies I watch and I encourage you to participate. Even if you can't watch 31 horror movies just watching a few you might not have ever watched or had a chance to watch still celebrates the great month of horror.....so, let's get started!


Directed by Ti West (The Innkeepers) The Sacrament tells the story of Peter who discovers that his sister has left the country and moved into a religious community. His boss hears about this and decides that they will film Peter's journey to see his sister and of course things go ire. I understand that this film is based off the Jim Jones story, which is what got me intrigued about this film in the first place. I have read books, viewed documentaries and watched a film based on the tragedy. So, going into this movie I already had a layout of how this film would be. I have to say for a documentary style footage movie it is filmed beautifully, no constant shaky cameras or odd angles that most filmed footage movies have a tendency to do. I also liked that this movie started off on point and stuck with it. A lot of these types of films need to add what I call "fillers" which is a bunch of useless footage to  make you get to know the characters better, most of the time it makes you hate the characters and weighs down the movie and thankfully this movie didn't do any of that. All the scenes worked well and help to weave an eerie tale of madness. Overall, I enjoyed the film, I thought the pace was steady and the acting was pretty top notch. The film was believable because it actually happened and Ti West captured that feeling throughout the film and I have to say this was a great start to this challenge. 


This film is currently available on Netflix. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

So, You're a Horror Fan....7 Things Horror Fans Deal With

So, You're a Horror Fan....7 Things Horror Fans Deal With

There comes a time in every horror fan's life when you have to interact with non horror people. Although it can be fun and you can make wonderful memories there are perils and reactions horror fans usually have to deal with. I am not saying you have encountered everything on this list, but I know you have at least encountered one. So, let's take a moment to embrace the reactions people have to you when you tell them you're a horror fan.

People thinking you worship the devil.
If I had a nickle for every look, comment or question I get about whether I worship Satan or am I part of a cult I would have the funds to live my dream of being independently wealthy. I think there is this assumption
that because you prefer to watch horror that you automatically enjoy the darker things in life, which I do I just don't worship the devil or sacrifice animals on the weekends.

People using examples of horribly bad horror to explain why they don't like horror.
I blame the SyFy Channel for the uprising in access to terrible horror movies. Back in the day you really had to seek out bad horror, but now it's on television on a daily basis and in marathon viewings on the weekends. So, due to this there are abundant amounts of examples that regular folks can pull from to explain to you why the genre you love is so terrible.

Having to hear...."I hate horror it doesn't scare me".
I will admit I do kind of understand this general thought with horror I mean it does say horror in the genre so one would assume that scares would be mandatory. Several horror filmmakers do try to scare their audience and some achieve this goal, but sadly most do not. But that doesn't mean that a horror movie has been a complete failure because you didn't have nightmares for weeks over it. The degree to which someone can be scared is relative to the individual. Some people (who usually sit beside me in a theater) will scream at everything that makes a sound on the screen while some people barely even register a movement with a great chest bursting scene. So, having to deal with people who only want to think a good horror movie experience is screaming your head off all night is a bit of an irritate.

People telling you that they love Halloween but they don't watch horror movies.
Now I am not saying that you have to be a hardcore horror fan in order to love Halloween, but I think just by the nature of Halloween celebrating all things scary it seems you would actually watch horror movies... other than just in the month of October. I am sure people will tell me I am in the wrong, but someone who decorates their entire house in zombie decor, but can't bring themselves to watch Romero's Night of the Living Dead....just seem a bit odd.

Hearing people say "I guess you like the Twilight movies".
Nothing gets you throat punched faster then uttering anything positive about the Twilight franchise. Who knew a basic religious shut in would damage the horror genre with her unrealistic love story, werewolves that are not werewolves and vampires that sparkle. Now, I am sure there are horror fans out there that really enjoy the Twilight movies, but I just haven't meet any yet.

*insert smirk, laugh or eye roll*
This is the one that gets me almost more angry than the Twilight statement. You tell people you are a horror fan and they automatically give you that smirk, eye roll or mini laugh. It says I have nothing to say other than to think aren't you a little to old to be liking horror? Or shouldn't you have really grown out of this faze by now. For some reason or another there seems to be this thought that being a fan of anything has a shelf life. The truth is no fandom has a shelf life and when you want to stop being a fan of something or someone then that is your choice not anyone else is.

You have to hear people's zombie outbreak plan
With the explosion of zombies into the mainstream everyone and their mother....literally have a zombie outbreak plan. So, you listen to them say to you with confidence their entire outbreak plan, which is so flawed you don't know whether to laugh or cry for them.

Did I miss something on the list? Let me know you can email me at spacedasylum@gmail.com or hit me up on twitter!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Horror Games from E3




I love to game, although I am not particularly good at it I still try to have fun with it. I generally stick with zombie and racing games although I have been branching out into games like Mass Effect, Tomb Raider, Batman Arkham City and the various Lego games. But, as an avid horror fan, blood and gore are my main gravitational pull when it comes to gaming. So, I was excited to see what E3 had to offer in the realm of horror gaming and I have to say with what I have seen so far it's great to see horror gaming being elevated. For those that didn't have time to catch up on the horror games I figured I would give a rundown (with mini commentary) of the horror games that are bloody, gory and I'm pretty sure will be a downright blast to play! 

Let the games begin!


Alien: Isolation This time we get to see Ripley's daughter Amanda take the reigns and fight the big bad Xenomorph. I have been wanting to play this since the moment I heard about it and the trailer only solidifies that feeling even more!


Doom 4  Although I have never played a Doom game this trailer makes me rethink that stance!



The Evil Within Who doesn't like waking up to being hung upside down in a strange place while Leatherface's cousin is chopping away on the cutting board. The real horror begins when you free yourself and are chased by a chainsaw weidling madman. I saw the gameplay for this awhile back and was instantly sold. It looks balls out full of insanely gory goodness....I hope it lives up to my expectations!



Evolve Release the Kraken!! This was the first trailer I watched and it looks like it is going to be an amazing game. You can play as either Assault, Support, Medic, a Trapper or you can switch it up and play as the monster itself! 



Bloodborne From the initial looks of this game I thought it was a Fable's/Assassin's Creed style game, but then when I viewed the trailer and saw the zombified dog that would scare  the dog from Resident Evil to death I knew this was going to be good.



Dying Light Being a zombie game this has already peaked my interest and it looks like from the trailer this is no typical zombie game, which is a welcome change and I am ready to play it!



Dead Island 2  Having played Dead Island I am looking forward to Dead Island 2. The trailer is pretty clever and moving it to a California setting is sure to raise the stakes of survival.



Let it Die This looks like if you took every slasher and homicidal maniac locked them in a building and let them go at each other MMA style with weapons like a spiked baseball bat, machete and a chainsaw, just to name a few, it all adds up to gory and bloody....just how I like it!



My Evil Ways This feels like if Ellis from Left for Dead 2 got more edge to him and went completely mental this would be his solo game. It is survival mode in a zombie outbreak and although it looks like a typical shoot'em up zombie game I think this game is going to offer a lot more than just killing zombies.


Hunt Terrors of the Gilded Age Although the trailer is less than a minute long you can pretty much figure out the plot of this game. Hunters killing monsters and zombies....I'm in!


Monday, May 26, 2014

HACK/SLASH Mobile Background Skin Available Now!


As we eagerly await the release of HACK/SLASH: Son of Samhain we now just got word that salvation is on the way....well partly in the way of a downloadable mobile background skin. You have always had the ability to have Cassie Hack in your pants.....I mean as wallpaper for your phone....honestly quite being a perv....ya perv! Now there is an additional monster kicking image to add to your collection! Click the link below to download this new action packed wallpaper to your mobile device or your PC! It's just another portable way you can tell people to "KISS IT"!



Thursday, May 15, 2014

Godzilla Review

If you were a horror kid like me then part of your movie watching included the classic so bad it's good Godzilla films. If you were also like me then you had the big green plastic Godzilla with the red lever in the back to move his mouth open  so you could reenact his fire breathing with his plastic fire tongue.....I'll be honest I took that toy everywhere! Then in 1998 there was a resurgence in Godzilla with the Matthew Broderick driven movie, but sadly as we all know that failed miserably. So, once again there is another attempt at breathing life back in the iconic giant lizard from the ocean. Thankfully this time around they got it right.....really right!

Joe Brody (Bryan Cranson) is an American engineer working in Japan at a nuclear power
plant, but when he starts to monitor seismic anomalies around the plant he knows something isn't right. Disregarded by his colleagues Joe presses for the truth. But when a sudden energy surge causes a catastrophic disaster that levels the plant and kills his wife. Joe vows to found out what the Japanese government is really trying to cover up.

Directed by Gareth Edwards this film has that classic feel of the old Godzilla movies we grew up on with a modern update. The story is strong and the acting is solid, the pace doesn't lag in places like most movies like this normally do. The characters are compelling and the emotion feels real. The action is spot on and the CGI is really amazing to look at and at times you could feel like you were watching the action from the site. Godzilla looked amazing I know there was some discord about his size, but it really fits with the movie and he has some great facial reactions that add character to his new look. It is rare that any movie moves me to react during the viewing, but this had me cheering in several areas. This movie played out way better than I expected it would and it just proves that with the right kind of story, director, actors and artists bringing back a prehistoric legend is a thing of beauty.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Infliction - Screening May 3 - Lake Hopatcong NJ


Disturbing Assembled Footage Film “Infliction” to screen Saturday May 3rd 
in Lake Hopatcong, NJ 

LAKE HOPATCONG, NJ (March 30, 2014) – Fox Trail Productions announces two screenings of the 
controversial film “Infliction” at the Camp Jefferson Theater on Saturday May 3rd, 2014 at 7pm and 9pm at 
Camp Jefferson, Building #11, 81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Produced by award-winning filmmaker Jack Thomas Smith, whose feature film “Disorder” was released by Universal/Vivendi and Warner Brothers, “Infliction” is a dark and disturbing assembled footage film that documents two brothers’ murder spree in NC and the horrific truth behind their actions.

“Working on ‘Infliction’ left me troubled and haunted,” says Jack 
Thomas Smith, who will be attending the screenings. “It left me 
thinking about people’s actions or lack thereof and the inevitable 
domino effect. We all walk our own path in life, which shapes and 
defines us. What happens to us today, good or bad, will affect 
generations to come.” 

Jack Thomas Smith will host a Q&A session after the screenings. 
 
Jack Thomas Smith will host a Q&A session after the screenings. 

Admission is $8.00 and tickets can be purchased in advance at www.inflictiontapes.com or at the door. 

“Infliction” will screen in select theaters across the country in the spring and summer of 2014 with the nationwide DVD, PPV, VOD, and digital release set for later this year by Virgil Films & 
Entertainment. 

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About the Director

Jack Thomas Smith made his feature film-directing debut with the psychological thriller “Disorder.” He was also the writer and producer of that film. “Disorder” was released on DVD by Universal/Vivendi and New Light Entertainment. It was released on Pay-Per-View and Video-On-Demand by Warner Brothers. Overseas, it screened at the Cannes Film Festival and the Raindance Film Festival in London. Curb Entertainment represented “Disorder” for foreign sales and secured distribution deals around the world. 
 
Born in 1969 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Smith lived there until he was eight when his family relocated to a quiet island community in Michigan, which would later serve as the inspiration for his upcoming film “In the 
Dark.” He began to write at a very young age after reading the Stephen King novels “Salem’s Lot” and “The Shining.” By the time he was eleven, he had written a 300-page novel and a number of short stories. 
 
Smith’s family moved to Sparta, New Jersey when he was a teenager. It was there in that middle-class town that he discovered the films of George A. Romero, Stanley Kubrick, Brian DePalma, and John Carpenter. Inspired to make movies, he wrote and directed a handful of short films that were shot on Super 8mm and starred his brother and friends in all of the roles. 
 
As a young adult, Smith produced films for noted horror directors Ted Bohus and John Russo, co-creator of “Night of the Living Dead.” From that point on, it was only a matter of time for his growth as a filmmaker to expand. Smith’s current project he calls “Infliction” is a dark and disturbing assembled footage film that documents two brothers’ murder spree in NC and the horrific truth behind their actions. Smith’s production company, Fox Trail Productions, Inc., is currently developing the action/horror film “In the Dark”, 
the drama “Illegals”, and the comedy “Ties that Bind.” 
 
Film Details: 
Title: Infliction 
Running Time: 106 minutes 
Language: English 
Year of Production: 2013 
Country: USA 
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Horror 
This film has not yet been rated. 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

KISS IT: The HACK/SLASH 10th Anniversary Panel at C2E2


Attending C2E2 this weekend in Chicago? Make sure you put on your to do list (or on the C2E2 mobile app) while at the con to attend KISS IT: The HACK/SLASH 10th Anniversary Panel! This panel starts Saturday April 26th at 11:15 a.m. in room N426! We will have HACK/SLASH creator Tim Seeley, Devil's Due Publisher Josh Blaylock as well as HACK/SLASH artists Jenny Frison, Mike Norton and Daniel Leister! Also in attendance will be Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley who will be giving some insight into the new HACK/SLASH comic - Son of Samhain that will be released in July. We will also have a Q&A for those in attendance and as an audience member you will have the chance to win art prizes and more! 


This panel will be co-moderated with Jeff Bohn from HackSlashInc.com and my myself.