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Spider Danger

2012 / d. Andrea Ricca
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Zero budget filmmaker Andrea Ricca (THE FURFANGS) returns with a new 5-minute sci-fi/horror short, guaranteed to bring out your inner arachnophobe! When a man wakes up to discover his home has been invaded by dozens of wall-crawling intruders, he must rely on only his wits and his trusted bug-spray to survive! Armed with a sharp eye, a keen sense of filmmaking, and some serious computer-animation skills, Mr. Ricca once again succeeds in creating an entertaining and highly enjoyable short film. It reminds us that it is possible to make a film without a budget, provided you’re passionate enough (and creative enough) to see it through to the end. And for those who gripe about CGI monsters, he challenges our biases and shows us that if utilized well, computerized creatures can still be effective. Also: kudos to Antonio DeLuise for the very fitting and complementary musical score. To watch SPIDER DANGER and the rest of Mr. Ricca’s short films, visit his website: http://www.andrearicca.com/

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Pumpkinhead

1988 / d. Stan Winston
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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.

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It’s Alive

1974 / d. Larry Cohen
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What should Frank and Lenore Davis expect while they’re expecting? If your answer is anything other than “the spawn of Satan”, you’re horribly wrong! After a delivery room massacre, the horrific fruit of Frank’s loins is loosed on the city, and begins carrying out an infantile bloodbath. You’ve heard of the “terrible twos“? Well here’s a case of theterrible two-days-old! IT’S ALIVE, despite hiding under the guise of a ridiculous horror film, tackles important issues like familial rejection, the fear of birthing an unhealthy child, and the pressures which stem from accepting responsibility for the actions of your children. Frank, Lenore, and their non-mutated son are all presented as exaggerated sterotypes as they would have existed in a typical 1970s family hierarchy. Frank is a man’s man, whose obligation is to protect his family above all else, whereas Lenore’s maternal instincts drive her to look past the derangement of the baby, and see it for what it essentially is: her child. Though not overly graphic, Rick Baker’s special effects are a pleasure to watch as always, and the film overall makes for an excellent watch. Highly recommended.