Archive for the 2011 New Category

COLD SWEAT aka SUDOR FRIO (2010)

Posted in 2011 New, Movies (2011) with tags , , on March 3, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 3/3/2011

I watched this at home in preparation for a SXSW interview with director Adrián García Bogliano. The story is simple, a man goes to look for his girlfriend who has been lured into a strange home. Inside, things gets weird and explosive. It’s a simple film filled with simple, primal pleasures. I knew as soon as I finished watching this I absolutely had to watch it again on the big screen at the fest. Fortunately, I had a great interview with Adrián and was afforded the opportunity to intro his film and lead Q&A with him. After the fest he gave me some of his earlier works. Look for some write-ups on those later.

Read my full review of COLD SWEAT over at GordonandtheWhale.com!

  • 2011 New: 75
  • 2011 Re-see: 32
  • 2010 TOTAL: 107
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Horror Movie Night: THE CURSE (1987)

Posted in 2011 New, Horror Movie Night, Movies (2011) with tags , , on March 2, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 3/2/2011

A meteor crash lands on Wil Wheaton’s farm in this loose adaptation of Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out of Space”. The meteorite melts into the ground and things start to get weird as fruits becomes infested with maggots and explode and people turn into weird mutation blobby people. Directed by David Keith (!), produced/2nd unit directed by Lucio Fulci (!!), and featuring the best plucking-spores-from-ass scene of the ’80s, THE CURSE is an curious film that is actually highly entertaining. It spawned 3 sequels, the rest of which will play Horror Movie Night in 2011 and 2012.

Buy THE CURSE on DVD here!

  • 2011 New: 74
  • 2011 Re-see: 32
  • 2010 TOTAL: 106

GRIZZLY PARK (2008)

Posted in 2011 New, Movies (2011) with tags , on February 28, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 2/28/2011

A group of super hot petty criminals sentenced to community service in the woods are stalked by a serial killer and animals. Sounds awesome, right? Well, unfortunately it takes WAY too long to get awesome. It’s well into act 3 before any major blood is spilled. Admittedly, once it does begin flowing there are some awesome gore effects. It’s a well shot and pretty decently acted low-budget affair but sadly just isn’t that entertaining until the end.

Buy GRIZZLY PARK on DVD here!

  • 2011 New: 73
  • 2011 Re-see: 31
  • 2010 TOTAL: 104

BLOOD, BOOBS, & BEAST (2007)

Posted in 2011 New, Movies (2011) with tags , on February 28, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 2/28/2011

This was a fairly engrossing documentary about micro-budget filmmaker Don Dohler (THE ALIEN FACTOR, NIGHTBEAST). The requisite modern day filmmakers (like J.J. Abrams?!) discuss their being influenced by Don’s indie spirt, etc. The movie made me realize I don’t know which Dohler movie(s) I’ve seen. I know I’ve seen at least 1 or 2. I think I’ll catch up by programming some of his work during Horror Movie Night 2012. A decent watch for anyone interested in low-budget, indie horror.

Buy BLOOD, BOOBS, & BEAST on DVD here!

  • 2011 New: 72
  • 2011 Re-see: 31
  • 2010 TOTAL: 103

PSYCHO FROM TEXAS aka WHEELER (1975)

Posted in 2011 New, Movies (2011) with tags , on February 27, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 2/27/2011

Wheeler drifts into a small town not necessarily looking for trouble but is the kind man that has trouble following him wherever he goes. He is hired to kidnap an oil baron. When the kidnapped man escapes, Wheeler’s assistant chases after him. This happens while Wheeler is out doing other crazy stuff like terrorize a young barmaid played by Linnea Quigley in her first role. The scene is intense, trashy and sort of a microcosmic peek at the rest of Quigley’s career to come. PSYCHO FROM TEXAS benefits most by a powerful performance by John King III as Wheeler. He’s not much to look at but there’s intense, brooding psychosis apparent in his every move. I hope it was just acting because this guy is a bit creepy. The movie attempts to explain Wheeler’s mental state by showing flashbacks of his childhood watching his prostitute mother earn a living. It kinda works, I guess. The whole thing is just dripping in sleeze and that’s why I love it! Oh, I wish the song they use over and over again in this movie, “Yesterday was a Long Time Ago” was available somewhere. It’s gloriously bad and supremely catchy!

  • 2011 New: 71
  • 2011 Re-see: 31
  • 2010 TOTAL: 102

MACGRUBER (2010)

Posted in 2011 New, Movies (2011) with tags , on February 27, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 2/27/2011

Fuck this unfunny piece of shit. Awful.

  • 2011 New: 70
  • 2011 Re-see: 31
  • 2010 TOTAL: 101

RGECA 2010: The Willbreaker

Posted in 2011 New, Movies (2011), RGECA 2010 with tags , , on February 27, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 2/27/2011

The Reel Grit Endurance Challenge started in LA and we Austin folks finally got permission to hold our own. The basic premise is a film marathon where all the movies are generally considered awful, participants may not talk through the films, if one must use the restroom one must do so in less than a minute or be forced to stand for the remainder of the film, etc. It is exactly what its name implies. The problem is, it seems we Austinites have more tolerance for crap…

The thing about RGEC is that it ends with a Willbreaker, a movie that is supposed to be so bad nobody can stand it, it’s the movie that destroys your soul after 12 hours of awfulness. And the reward for making through is… the Willbreaker is a secret everyone who participates takes to the grave. I can’t even tell you when it was made, who was in it, anything… I WILL say, though, that it wasn’t the worst movie of the night and I’d probably watch it again someday if it was put on in front of me and I didn’t have the power to change it.

  • 2011 New: 69
  • 2011 Re-see: 31
  • 2010 TOTAL: 100