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
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
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
Necrosis (aka Blood Snow) 
Six friends head off to an isolated cabin on a mountain for the weekend, they make a quick stop at a bar before they head out. While there they get warned that the place they’re going to is haunted and bad things happen up on the mountain. Once they get things settled for the weekend, they’re warned about a blizzard that’s approaching.
They find out about the Donner party, which involved someone who bought the cabin a long time ago that went mad and killed his family before taking his own life.
The plot had potential, and there were even a few twists. But they all went flat or didn’t follow through all of the way, the acting wasn’t extremely terrible, The cabin was a nice setting, but the CGI snow that was used was done poorly. Not much blood, some graphic scenes, and some nudity.
The film doesn’t make sense at some points, and seems to rush towards the end after a whole bunch of nothing happens. A real slow paced film with some scenes that tend to pick up. Sadly, the cameos in the film were probably the highlight.
4/10 rotting corpses
Strippers vs Zombies 
A werewolf dies in a strip club and it’s up to the strippers to prepare themselves for the next full moon and get ready for the werewolves that will seek out vengeance.
The cast is pretty decent with a few known actors/actresses including a cameo from Robert Englund, but his is very short. There’s some ‘battle scenes’ but they aren’t as lengthy as they could be. Considering the casting the acting doesn’t live up to anything special.
The plot lacks direction due to many subplots during the film, but is it enjoyable? Yes. Is it funny? For the most part. Strippers vs Werewolves is as serious as the title is. The ending was fun though, plenty of babes, some bad jokes which makes it even funnier, and an overall decent watch to kill some time. It does have moments when it picks up, some parts did tend to drag.
5/10 rotting corpses
Cabin In The Woods (2012)
Five teens, your very stereotypical horror movie teens venture out on a weekend trip to, guess where!? A cabin in the woods.
Little do they know they’re not the only ones hanging out in the woods. A film like this can’t be explained without you watching it. It gives too much away, and we can’t be doing all of that.
This film is fun, funny, gory as all bloody hell, and a perfect homage to the horror genre. Don’t expect the scariest movie of all time, it’s not trying to be that. What it is, though, is fresh, bloody, exciting, and thrilling. I found myself rooting for the good guys as much as the bad guys, and didn’t see a lot of things coming.
The acting was on point, a very nice cast, not trying to hard but very effective. If you’re looking for a mastermind of a plot, this isn’t for you. The closest I can give you without spoiling it for you is by telling you to picture Evil Dead, with a little more blood and gore.
I loved this film. It was funny, I laughed through most of it, it had a few intense scenes, and the last 20-25 minutes are just insane.
Enjoy, and don’t go into the cabin in the woods.
9/10 rotting corpses
Girls Gone Dead (2012)
Rebecca and her friends decide to head out and enjoy spring break at her parents summer home. There, they get naked, they drink, they party, Rebecca runs into her ex, oh, and there’s a killer wielding a war hammer.
This flick has a lot of bad things going for it, bad acting, a crappy plot, and some bad effects.
But, Linnea Quigley as bartender Wild Willie (she looks like Crocodile Dundee’s wife). Howard Stern’s Beetlejuice, and Jerry “The King” Lawler fucking pile drives someone. Also, lots of nudity.
There’s nothing incredible here, but it’s a decent watch. You’ll laugh, it won’t bore you to death, and the war hammer is pretty tight.
6.5/10 rotting corpses
The Reeds (2010)
A group of 5 decide to go on a boat trip out on the reeds. To their dismay they find that all the boats are taken, that is all but one, that they need to go to the middle of nowhere to get. Once there the group finds a handful of nasty teenagers that are up to no good. When the kids leave, they get on the boat and start heading down the reeds.
The boat ends up getting hit by a sharp object, just as it gets dark and foggy. That’s when everything goes down, teenagers reappear, dogs show up, and the 5 people don’t know how to handle if. Oh, and to top it off there’s a hooded man with a loaded shotgun. There’s a heavy ghost element to the movie, but there’s just too much going on that it becomes overbearing.
The setting made for an awesome location, just too much things going on at once to fully enjoy. Nothing gets answered, and there’s far too many plot holes.
3/10 rotting corpses
The Video Dead (1987)
When a family moves into a new house (mom and dad are out of the country) the kids (brother and sister) find a TV down in the basement. When he brings the television to his room he finds a woman on the other side talking to him. He also gets a warning, but doesn’t think it’s real.
Zombies eventually come out of the TV with intentions to attack. It’s up to this brother, sister, a neighbor, and an awkward “zombie hunter” to save the day!
The Video Dead is an awesome flick, filled with 80’s cheesy goodness, punk rock, and zombies. Lots and lots of zombies. If you’re a fan of old school zombie B-movies I’d definitely suggest giving this a watch.
6/10 rotting corpses
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
I was bored and needed something to kill some time before bed.
This film is a prequel to the first, a somewhat backstory to what happened years before the beginning. This shows the two main females from the first one as children. They befriend an imaginary friend named Toby.
Their dad notices weird things around the house and becomes obsessed with trying to capture evidence of some kind. As the oldest of the two children makes fun of the youngest, Toby makes his presence known.
Paranormal Activity 3 is no better than Paranormal 1 or 2, it’s a gimmick that ran dry about halfway through the first one. A few scenes that could’ve showed potential, but ran flat. The beginning, and middle seemed to drag. While the end of the film seemed way to rush and ended before anything was explained.
3/10 rotting corpses
The Wolf Man (1941)
One of my personal favorite werewolf movies ever.
When Larry Talbot returns to town after the death of his brother he meets a woman after spying on her with his telescope. He heads to her shop, ends up buying a cane (with a wolf head on it) and he asks her on a date. She ends up bringing a friend along as they decide to go and see the gypsies to get their palm read. The gypsy reads her friend’s palm and tells her to leave immediately because she is in danger.
Her friend flees and gets attacked by a wolf, Larry went to try to save her and ended up getting scratched by a werewolf. As Larry slowly turns into a werewolf he becomes afraid, more shy, and is viewed as a murderer for the death of the young woman. He tries to find the gypsy to help him, but once cursed, you live with it.
This movie is very well written, the acting is superb, and you could see the pain, and the fear in Larry’s eyes. There’s a little bit of everything here, action, a love story, werewolves, and gypsies. This film still manages to stand the test of time.
8.5/10 rotting corpses
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The Mummy (1932)
In 1921 a group of scientists head to Egypt for an expedition. They find and discover a mummy, believed to be Im-Ho-Tep, a high priest. He comes back from the dead, the scientists die, leading Im-Ho-Tep to escape.
Ten years pass as the son of one of the scientists, Frank, finds the tomb of Princess Anck-es-en-Amon, which happens to be Im-Ho-Tep’s lover. Im-Ho-Tep shows up, very human like with the intentions to bring his love back from the dead. While using the body of the Frank’s girlfriend.
A classic film, very bare bones, but done so well. The film doesn’t drag, and seems to progress rather quickly. A classic tale of the Mummy, a famous monster.
7/10 rotting corpses