Movie Confessions Blogathon

Hello all and welcome back to Man vs Horror.  Today I am partaking in an excellent blogathon from the wonderful group over at Myfilmviews.  In this blogathon I will confess to certain things, some good, some bad, and some ugly.  Grab a sandwich and soda, kick back, and prepare to enter the mind of a film nerd with too much time on his hands.  (Oh, if you are interested in joining this blogathon, head on over to the link provided here to sign up.) Continue reading

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Movie Poster Monday

Hello and welcome back to Man vs Horror.  Today we have two films with shock, twist endings.  One twist ending has been dissected and analyzed to try to solve the film’s riddle while the other has a sad, disturbing ending that breaks far from the source material.  Also, the poster shares a common theme:  the protagonist has his back to us while he stares at what’s ahead.

Non-Horror

One look of this poster makes you think “what the hell am I looking at?”  Structurally, this poster has a lot going on in it.  Leo is holding a gun, in a suit, in the middle of a flooded city.  But why?  This poster certainly passes the “look test,” causing you to stop what you’re doing, stare at it, and draw your own conclusions as to what the hell is going on.  For a few months after the first teaser trailer hit during Super Bowl XLIV, nobody had a clue as to what the film was going to be about and the poster doesn’t help either.  The poster, like the film, is very fresh and evokes a great sense of mystery.

Horror

Another poster that passes the “look test.”  Like the Inception poster, it really forces you to ask yourself “what the hell is going on?” But unlike Inception, you have a clue as to what’s going on:  a father and son are hiding in a building from the mist that’s outside.  But the $64,000 question is: what’s in the mist?  The poster gives no indication as to what’s in it or why they are hiding from it, but you get the assumption that the mist is bad.  The lighting is superb as well, with shades of dark light and smack in the middle, bright, almost holy light.  Fantastic poster for a fantastic little gem.

Tales from the Hood

Year of Release:  1995

Directed by:  Rusty Cundieff

Source:  Netflix (instant stream)

Average IMDb Rating:  5.8

Average Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  38%

What is it about anthology films that are so appealing to the horror fan?  Could it be that we don’t just get one horror story, but multiple ones?  I personally love anthology films, from Trick ‘r Treat to both Creepshows (let’s pretend that the third one doesn’t exist), it’s my favorite sub-genre in horror.  However, there are a lot more bad ones than good ones.  For every classic, like Creepshow, we get several bad films a la Campfire Tales and George Romero Presents Deadtime Stories.  However, every once in a while we get a diamond in the rough.  The gem I’m referring to is a Spike Lee produced joint from the mid 90s that never gets addressed in the world of horror:  Tales from the Hood. Continue reading

New Feature: Movie Poster Monday

To fight off writer’s block, I’ve decided to create a brand new weekly feature, highlighting my favorite movie posters of all time.  To differentiate my selections, I will showcase one horror movie poster and one non-horror movie poster.  I might have a theme between the two posters or I might not.  Just know that I am only showcasing the quality of the poster and not the content of the films themselves.  The only real criteria I have for these posters is the “Look Test”:  If you were in a movie theater, walked by these posters, stopped, and looked, you passed the look test.

And now, presented for the first time ever, here are the first two posters for Movie Poster Monday:

NON-HORROR

The Incredible Hulk (2008)  Talk about an effective poster.  The image of a lonely, sad Bruce Banner with his dark side, the Hulk, leering behind him invokes a powerful message:  no matter where you go, your dark side will always follow you.  I personally was a fan of this reboot of the Incredible Hulk franchise despite what all the critics said about it.  Plus, that opening act in Brazil is straight bad ass.

HORROR

Tales from the Hood (1995)  Even though it is perceived as a so-so horror flick by most critics/fans/bloggers, I think this was one of the better anthology films not only of the 90s, but of all time.  But to the haters out there, you have to admit, this poster is pretty bad ass.  It looks like the Cryptkeeper if he was a hardcore gangster from the 90s.  The single gold tooth and the dark rimmed shades really make the image pop out to you.  Plus, couldn’t you picture 2Pac rocking this tattoo somewhere on his body?

Actors’ Horror Beginnings

Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars all got their first big break in the world of horror.  We all know about Johnny Depp in Nightmare on Elm Street and Kevin Bacon in Friday the 13th, but there are other big stars, like George Clooney and Ben Affleck, who also had their origins in horror that a lot of people are unfamiliar with.  Man vs Horror presents a handy guide to the early origins of some of your favorite actors (I will make another post for actresses at a later date):

Ben Affleck in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Before he was the bomb in Phantoms, Ben Affleck was a basketball player in a very small role in 1992’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Continue reading

Top 10 Horror Themed Wrestlers

**If you like this post, check out my article on wrestling stables and my sabremetrics approach to picking the best one**

When I was a kid, I used to LOVE wrestling.  Wrestling in the 90s and the early 2000s was my favorite sport (I use that term loosely because even though the match results are pre-determined, you still have to be a good athlete to be a pro wrestler.  Don’t believe me?  Watch the main event of Wrestlemania XI, Bam Bam Bigelow vs Lawrence Taylor, a pro wrestler vs an NFL football player.  Taylor was so tired at the end of the match he had to be carried out of the ring.  And he’s a freaking football player!!!!!!). Continue reading