Monster Brawl (2011)
Let’s get ready to rumble!
8 of the worlds monsters battle it out in the ring to finally see who’s the baddest monster of all. With appearances from Jimmy Hart, and Kevin Nash. Monsters like the mummy, the wolf man, Frankenstein’s monster, and some others.
There’s no real plot here, there’s a brief description for each fighter right before there matches. The whole flick plays out like an episode of Raw or Smackdown. So if you’re not a wrestling fan you might not enjoy it as much, but the fights are fun to watch to an extent, and eventually they become really repetitive.
The gore is minimal, and chaos breaks out after a while but it isn’t anything more than watching a cheap PPV with monsters wrestling. I enjoyed the concept, and kinda hoped for a bit more given the premise. The commentary throughout the matches tends to vary, some witty and dry humor but some just ridiculous banter.
Overall, I sat threw it, liked some things, didn’t like some things. Even as a wrestling fan it dragged out a bit. So if you’re just expecting monsters to go crazy on each other and fuck each other up, look elsewhere.
5.5/10 rotting corpses
Grave Encounters 2 (2012)
I was really looking forward to this sequel. I enjoyed the first one, and had high hopes for Grave Encounters 2. Sadly, it was really a mixed bag. The parts I enjoyed I enjoyed a lot, the other parts… Not so much. This does take place a few months after the first Grave Encounters.
When young film maker Alex starts obsessing over Grave Encounters he starts to wonder if it was a hoax, or if it was real. He looks up the actors of the Grave Encounters to see if they have done anything since. He finds no results, so he starts tackling social media to find answers. What he finds, is only the beginning.
Alex starts trying to track down the casts family only to be told to go away. Until one day he gets a message from someone who’s name is DeathAwaits666, in which they tell him if he wants any answers he needs to return to the asylum where it all started. Alex decides to go because it’s a great chance to film, he brings his girlfriend and some of his friends.
When they enter the same building that’s when things start picking up. Here’s where the film goes both ways, there’s a lot of fun scares, the plot line gets a little twisty and there’s some interesting/not so interesting deaths. The ending was cool and had a decent amount of build up.
This sequel is okay for a sequel. Was it worth a wait? I guess so, questions were answered, the film is definitely worth a watch if you enjoyed the first one. I would strongly suggest watching the first one before just jumping into the sequel. I enjoyed the first one a lot and appreciated it more after watching the sequel.
6/10 rotting corpses
Got another documentary for you folks, and this time this one is a doozy. In Cropsey we follow two filmmakers, Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio who travel back to their childhood in Staten Island to try to find more evidence of a local ‘boogeyman’ in which they names Cropsey.
Cropsey began as a legend just to keep children away from abandoned buildings, and unfortunately became a cold reality when children started going missing. All of whom seemed to have some type of disability. When police find some evidence it led them to Andre Rand, someone who was convicted for two of the kidnappings.
While some parents feel strongly about the system not doing enough. How there is no comfort period, and how things don’t get better in time. They feel as if the crime is still unsolved. They show a number of previous newscasts as well as a lot of interviews.
This documentary is spot on, entertaining and pretty creepy. The interviews are intense, and the whole story is scary. Definitely worth a watch if you’re into horror, documentaries, or true crime.
8.5/10 rotting corpses
H. H. Holmes - America’s First Serial Killer (2004)
In this documentary we learn about Henry Mudgett, aka H. H. Holmes, and how he used a hotel to dispose of many people. He had torture rooms, rooms for gassing, and was one hell of a con artist.
This isn’t a lengthy documentary and is pretty straight forward. The details provided are very insightful. The dude was crazy, showed no remorse and had a sick mind. The documentary is worth a watch if you’re looking for something interesting and entertaining.
I can’t go into much more detail without going into detail about H. H. Holmes without spoiling it, but I did enjoy it. There’s also a few black and white reenactment scenes.
6.5/10 rotting corpses
The Raven (2012)
When a serial killer starts killing, he mimics some of Edgar Allan Poe’s more gruesome tales. When a detective discovers a crime scene that seems familiar, he realizes it’s almost like a scene from a story by Poe.
Naturally, they bring Poe down to the station since he was prime suspect. Until someone else was killed while Poe was detained. Poe then becomes a consultant with the Maryland police department to try to help get into the killers mind, who seems to be using Poe’s writing as a guideline for murder.
The killer kidnaps Poe’s girlfriend and leaves clues behind after every killing. The film has some fun moments, and a surprisingly bit of gore for what it is. The film is entertaining but I felt as if some scenes dragged on and others seemed to just end. I wish they would’ve used better time management in showing more of the serial killing aspect and more of trying to get into the mind of Poe.
Overall the film was decent, you won’t be missing out on a piece of film history if you choose to skip out on it. But worth a watch if you’re not doing much and just want to watch something.
6/10 rotting corpses
Easter is coming.
So Yahoo told me my account a hacked, and it took a while for me to get a password. Apologies for all of that, hope everyone is doing well!
What are you guys reading/watching? Anything good? Anything scary?
Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XXIV
I don’t watch the Simpsons nearly as much as I used to, but every year I do my best to watch the Halloween special because it’s always been one of my favorites.
I’m not sure what it is with the Simpsons lately but boy have they fell off. This year the offering wasn’t fantastic but it was still good. Guillermo Del Toro did the intro this year which was a nice touch, and we’re given three tales this year.
The first was a rendition of a Dr. Suess story, the second was a short about Bart getting decapitated and having to share his head with little sister Lisa, and the last was a parody towards the movie Freaks, which was about a freak show. The last one was probably the best one and the most enjoyable.
The past few Treehouse of Horrors have been up and down, but this one was still a fun watch! Excited to see what they do next year.
7/10 rotting corpses
Truth or Dare aka Truth or Die in the U.S. 
This is a British flick on bullying gone wrong.
One night, at a party, Felix [shy, quiet, nerdy kid who can’t talk to girls] gets picked on and made fun of as the party gets out of hand. A few months later the group that picked on him gets an invitation to a party at Felix’s parents mansion. When they arrive, the caretaker of the grounds tells them the party has been moved to a cabin up the road. Onward they went, a few were somewhat skeptical towards it, but free booze is free booze. As they show up to the cabin, Felix’s older military brother greets them and tells them to enter.
As it turns out, something grave happened to Felix after the party where he was harassed, and his brother felt that the people who he sent the invitations to were to blame. He ends up tying them to chairs, and attempts to play a game of truth or dare to get to the bottom of what happened. Except, this is no ordinary game of truth or dare, this is sadistic, some military torture and some good ‘ole fashioned pistol whipping.
The characters throughout the film went from cliche, to annoying, but none really stood out. What benefited the film was a few clever plot twists that happened while the torture went on. So it wasn’t a direct torture film, it added some depth to the plot which in turn made the film much better than I was hoping for. The few twists that are presented turn out to be pretty interesting and kind of turns the whole thing around. You’ll be blaming someone you think that you know for a fact is responsible.
Give this film a chance, it’s a little over the place at first so just hang in there, when it picks up it picks up. Is it re-watchable? It could be, but it wouldn’t be something I’d watch over and over again. I’d maybe watch it again but I seem to get what I needed to get out of it within the first watch.
6.5/10 rotting corpses
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Anyone else going to watch this?