1998 / d. Don Coscarelli
Angus Scrimm, Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, and Reggie Bannister re-unite for this fitting final chapter to the series. A compelling storyline takes the audience on a cross-dimensional ride and shows them a glimpse into The Tall Man’s past. If you can look past the slow pace and just appreciate the fact that these films have always been about old-fashioned atmospheric horror fun, you’re bound to enjoy it. Big tall and scary is looking his best in this one: white haired, decrepit, and sinister. And without a doubt, the silver spheres look the best yet in this installment. Kudos to Coscarelli for making use of previously unseen footage from the first film, achieving an unexpected effect seemingly impossible without the aid of a time machine. Trippy, eerie, and fun.
2010 / d. Alexandre Aja
Ah, spring break. The time of year that calls for beach parties, tequila shots, wet t-shirt contests, and… wait for it… getting schooled by hundreds of carnivorous fishees! In PIRANHA 3D, veteran horror filmmaker Alexandre Aja (Haute Tension, The Hills Have Eyes) delves out of his usual atmospheric element, and brilliantly combines the camp and cheese of a Roger Corman film with all the voluptuous excess of a Russ Meyer picture! It’s pure comedic goodness with an ultra gory twist! See: a beach full of nearly-nudes devoured alive! Gaze in horror as able-bodied humans are ruthlessly skeletalized and turned into fish-food! It’s everything you could hope for in a creature feature, including cameo appearances by Christopher Lloyd, Eli Roth, and Richard Dreyfuss. Take a bite out of spring… the PIRANHA way!
1988 / d. Stan Winston
Stan Winston works his dark-wizardry in conjuring up a gothic, heavily atmospheric, and still to this dayunderplayed horror classic. Lance Henriksen stars as a father who, after losing his son in a tragic accident, is driven into a world of unspeakable darkness when he seeks to invoke a powerful demon of vengeance — the menacing, extraordinary creature known as Pumpkinhead. Genuinely eerie from start to end, Winston spins a moving tale of grief, regret, and one man’s struggle for redemption. Like Tom Savini’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990) remake, we are shown that when special effects artists take the helm of a film, a truly memorable product can often result.
2006 / d. Fred Vogel
If you’ve noticed, there aren’t a lot of films that get perfect 10’s on our GORE SCORE. However, you can pretty much bet the farm that anything from Fred Vogel and Toe Tag Pictures is going to snag top marks when it comes to repulsive, bile inducing, ultra-traumatizing gore. Vogel, armed with a natural zest for dynamic filmmaking, is hacking through every good-taste boundary there is. His films are vile, despicable, often impossible to watch in one sitting, and contain more putrid violence in five minutes than the entire FRIDAY THE 13TH series combined. THE REDSIN TOWER, while far more accessible than his infamously controversial AUGUST UNDERGROUND, still delivers the goods and is guaranteed to satisfy even the most desensitized of gorehounds.
2007 / d. Piraphan Laoyont, Thodsapol Siriwiwat
Oh, Asian horror… you so crazy at times. And without a doubt, one of “those times” is right here in SICK NURSES; a film so over-the-top, gratuitous, and downright outrageous that it’s guaranteed to leave your head spinning and your stomach churning! Unless you’re already a fan of Asian splatter films, this is a movie that’s definitely better geared toward a group viewing experience, so you and your friends can share in the absurdity and balls-to-walls gore that this flick dishes up every few minutes. The overall plot (not surprisingly) is focused around an angry spirit exacting her revenge on the medical team who killed her. One by one, a gaggle of sexy Asian nurses meet cruel and tortuous demises, which teeter between hilarious and sickening by merit of just how graphic and excessive they are. I mean, without spoiling anything, when was the last time you saw someone choke to death on a fetus? Oh… what’s that? You’ve never seen that? I was like you, once… before watching SICK NURSES.