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
Pumpkinhead 4: Blood Feud
This made for TV movie ties in the Hatfields and the McCoys, and their bitter rivalry intensifies when a wedding between Ricky McCoy and Jodie Hatfield have their wedding stopped by the bickering families. In an act of desperation and revenge Ricky resurrects Pumpkinhead to act out his vengeance towards the family.
This film is definitely made for TV, but it’s cheesy, horrible, and almost too predictable. Although the film was released in ‘07 it looks like it’s straight from the 90’s. What saves it from being completely horrible is all of the killing that ensues throughout the film, especially towards the end.
I love the Pumpkinhead series, despite how each one was progressively worse than the last. Pumpkinhead is one of the monsters that I’ve always enjoyed.
Pumpkinhead IV: if you’ve seen any of the Pumpkinhead movies then you know what to expect. If you haven’t seen any of them and happen to catch Blood Feud, give it a go, there’s usually some type of recap on who he is so you won’t be lost.
5/10 rotting corpses
Mutants is a film that is a lot like 28 Days Later, which could be a bad or good thing, depending on your side of the spectrum. There is an infection that is spreading, and it’s fatal. We get no story on where it came from or any of that.
The film focuses on two characters, Sonia, and Marco. Their relationship becomes the focal point of the movie as Marco becomes infected but Sonia doesn’t. As she awaits the arrival of the government for some type of rescue. They seem to become real interested in the fact that she’s been bitten but isn’t infected.
The film has some dramatic, emotional moments, and a fair share of ‘infected’ attacks on people. The film struggles at times when it just becomes a love story for a bit, but it does pick up without ease. Plenty of gore and atmosphere to keep you interested and a few surprises to keep you pulled in. Worth a watch for sure.
7.5/10 rotting corpses
October has finally arrived.
Ed Gein (2000) also known as (In the Light of the Moon)
The man who inspired many movies, the man who grave robbed many people, exhumed corpses for trophies and many other uses, the man from Plainfield, WI.
Sadly the film that was meant to portray him fell flat, like a cut off leg trying to stand on it’s own. The film portrays more of a mental side of Ed Gein, and doesn’t do it well.
They portrayed him a quiet weird man with visions of his crazy religious obsessed mother, and his rebellious brother. Which is fine, but would have been better if they didn’t make him seem like he was always looked down on and almost casted out by the town. They could have made a better movie by beefing up the atmosphere. Instead, the whole thing seemed really half assed by displaying too much in between things and not enough important scenes.
Steve Railsback, who plays Ed Gein does an incredible job in his efforts of being good old Ed, which was probably the only entertaining part of the film. He did a solid job in showing a quiet awkward southern charm.
As a ‘horror’ film, there’s too many things that don’t make it work. As a film on Ed Gein, it falls just as flat. It was a drag to start and it almost lost me, but I made it out alive!
4/10 rotting corpses
The Grey (2011)
After a plane crashes in Alaska , six oil workers survive as well as a hunter. With the fear of freezing to death at an all high, things get worse when the survivors realize they’re not alone in the frozen wilderness.
They attempt to stay by the crash zone so they can have some sort of shelter but when someone dies from a wolf attack things start to heat up. The survivors decide to leave the crash zone to run away from the pack of wolves that seem to be hungry.
With the leader of the group (Liam Neeson) and his hunting expertise he attempts to guide the group of survivors away from the wolves. While the film struggles with some horrible character cliches (angry guy who feels he should lead, big scary guy with a soft heart and sad past, etc.) they do keep it interesting and each play a part.
I’ve seen people argue about the realism lacking in The Grey, but if you’re looking for some realism go watch a documentary. The wolves are fast, scary, and angry as hell. There’s some intense moments and a fair amount of suspense. The setting is great, harsh weather that adds to the suspense and a enough separation in attacks to keep you interested in this almost 2 hour long flick.
If you’re a fan of dramatic survival movies, Liam Neeson, and wolves, I suggest you give this a go. Nothing scary too scary, not too dragged out, and the casting might appear annoying at first but it works out.
7/10 rotting corpses
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The Devil’s Carnival (2012)
Three people die in different ways. One from suicide, one gets shot, and the other from being abused. They end up in hell, or the Devil’s carnival to be exact. There, they have to come face to face with the sins that led them there.
This film plays like a musical and is brought to you from people involved in “Repo! The Genetic Opera”. Just like Repo there’s a lot of dark colors, and plenty of music.
The characters are 50/50 some roles were executed greatly and others just fell flat. There’s also a big bag of mixed reviews, if you’re a fan of musicals with a touch of horror then this would be up your alley. If you don’t want anything to do with songs I would stay away.
The film is a short one, under an hour. But it’s just the first installation, so they’ll be more coming. The story is cool for the most part, but was rather rushed. The ending had an interesting twist that involves the devil himself.
If you can sit through a musical I suggest giving it a watch, there’s still a decent amount of entertainment present. There could have easily been more to this film but it does cut short. The effects and visuals really stand out, the carnies probably make the film as much fun as it is.
6/10 rotting corpses
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