Creature Cast
Yesterday, I took a trip to Best Buy and picked up a copy of Trick ‘r Treat. Now if you have not seen this movie, run to Best Buy and grab yourself a copy, (mine was on sale for $3.99, a steal).
The film’s structure follows the anthology format, 4 tales of horror linked together by the character of Samhain, our pint sized terror. As the film progresses the stories begin to intertwine.
We begin with a couple returning home, the girlfriend is so over Halloween and wants to take down the awesome display the boyfriend had up in their yard. And thus the first victim gets it and the film jets forward. I don’t want to give away much since this film has a lot of little surprises and twists, but you can look forward to a ghost story about a school bus accident; a girl’s wild night out, a school principal with a dark secret and Anna Paquin dressed as Little Red Riding Hood. Plus our pint size terror stalks and terrorizes the creepy old neighbor played by Brian Cox; whose best line of the film is, It smells like a dead whore out here. Now the best line does go to the little annoying Billy as he screams, “Charlie Brown’s an Asshole” Genius!
Sit back and enjoy the scares, Harry Envy Out!

Yesterday, I took a trip to Best Buy and picked up a copy of Trick ‘r Treat. Now if you have not seen this movie, run to Best Buy and grab yourself a copy, (mine was on sale for $3.99, a steal).

The film’s structure follows the anthology format, 4 tales of horror linked together by the character of Samhain, our pint sized terror. As the film progresses the stories begin to intertwine.

We begin with a couple returning home, the girlfriend is so over Halloween and wants to take down the awesome display the boyfriend had up in their yard. And thus the first victim gets it and the film jets forward. I don’t want to give away much since this film has a lot of little surprises and twists, but you can look forward to a ghost story about a school bus accident; a girl’s wild night out, a school principal with a dark secret and Anna Paquin dressed as Little Red Riding Hood. Plus our pint size terror stalks and terrorizes the creepy old neighbor played by Brian Cox; whose best line of the film is, It smells like a dead whore out here. Now the best line does go to the little annoying Billy as he screams, “Charlie Brown’s an Asshole” Genius!

Sit back and enjoy the scares, Harry Envy Out!

So, yesterday may have been Sunday the 13th, but it’s a 13 so it was an appropriate day to honor Jason Voorhees and his long running franchise, Friday the 13th!!!!!!

Now, I’m not gonna go in depth on every film, because honestly, I can’t recall watching them all :) So, let’s start at the beginning with the original camp slasher, 1980’s Friday the 13th.

What I love about the original film is the fact that the serial killer was a woman; which is so fucking rare in the horror genre. And Betsy Palmer is so fucking good as Pamela Voorhees. And I totally had a revelation while I was writing the My Bloody Valentine post that Harry Warden and Pamela Voorhees are like the perfect match; they both became killers because people weren’t doing their jobs. Mind Blown, you’re welcome. The story is pretty much a revenge film, Pamela’s son Jason drowned in the lake because the camp counselors were to busy fucking to watch him. Flash forward to the present where Pamela is stalking and killing the new counselors who are attempting to reopen Camp Crystal Lake.

Friday the 13th part 2, brings us the official introduction of the Horror icon himself, the mask comes later this Jason wore a stack to cover is face. The film opens up months after the events of part one where we find our Final Girl, Alice, trying to get her life back together. Sadly, she does not last the first 5 minutes because Jason Voorhees did not drown at Camp Crystal and to make matters worse he witnessed his mother’s death at Alice’s hand. Now, a new camp is set to open just down the road from Crystal Lake and these counselors do not know what they are in for.  

With parts 3 and 4, I honestly do not know if I have seen them; or seen them all the way through.  Part 5, the only scene that stuck to my memories was the girl who was killed with hedge clippers.

Now, part 6 I do remember watching, in fact I l think it was the first one I taped off Showtime (yes, horror fans I just dated myself). What I liked about Jason Lives was the fact that cast sounded and acted like teenagers. Can’t recall much else at this time.

Part 7, New Blood is a favorite because one,I have a thing for girls who are telekinetic and two, I believe every guy in this film was gay in real life and it shows. (not that it matters, but I love me some eye candy).

Part 8, Jason takes Manhattan, which should have been titled Jason on a cruise ship to Manhattan since most of the story/kills happen on the ship.

Jason Goes to Hell  was the first Friday film I saw in the theatres and it was trippy; 13 year old Harry didn’t quite get it. And honestly the best part of this film for me was when Freddy’s glove burst out of the ground and pulled Jason’s mask to hell. I’ll talk more about Freddy vs. Jason in the Nightmare post.

And lastly, Jason X, the horror movie set in space. I will not lie, I enjoyed the fuck out of this film when i watched it. I had no expectations and this is probably why it was so much fun.

Now you have some options for a Friday the 13th marathon; see a few or see them all, you’ll be happy (or not) either way.

~ Harry Envy Out!

Today, I felt like honoring high camp and drag.  And really only one person embodies both, the Mistress of the Dark herself, Elvira!!!!!

I grew up watching Elvira’s Movie Macabre that aired on KCal 9 back in the 80’s and idolized her (really what gay boy didn’t?). In 1988 she hit the big screen with Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.  The film follows Elvira as she leaves Los Angeles for New Englund to claim an inheritance from a recently deceased Great Aunt. This uptight town is not ready for the fabulous Elvira (but the town’s teenagers sure are). Turns out Elvira’s Aunt was a witch and her uncle wants the power for himself. 

This film is hilarious and is still a favorite of mine, it’s over the top, campy as all hell and there is a musical number in which Elvira raps (it’s what they did in the 80’s).

I suggest pairing this up with a newer (well 2010) film done by my drag idol, the Fiercely Fabulous Mistress of Cult, San Francisco’s darling Peaches Christ!! (her boy persona, Joshua Grannell wrote and directed the feature)

All About Evil is a fantastic ode to the horror genre. It’s equally campy, funny, and gory. The cast is amazing (hello, Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Decker, Mink Stole, and Cassandra Peterson - Elvira herself star in it). The film follows Deborah Tennis, a mousy librarian who inherits her father’s movie theatre, which is not doing so well. After accidentally killing her stepmother, Deborah’s inner serial killer comes out and uses the camera footage of the murder to create a short film. Rapid horror fans rejoice and her career as a filmmaker/serial killer is born. If this doesn’t make you want to see the movie, well I’m not sure if we can be friends.  

~ Harry Envy Out

Due to the success of Scream, the late 90’s was filled with a abundance of new Slasher films, some good, some terrible and all of which spun sequels they did not need, Urban Legend was one series that did not need the sequels it got, hence why I did not include them. But for those that a glutton for punishment, the sequels were titled Final Cut and Bloody Mary.
But let’s talk about the one at hand, Urban Legend. We all grew up hearing these stories, a friend of a friend of a friends sister’s cousins boyfriend etc etc etc. The film is set at a New England college and follows Natalie as she tries to uncover the truth behind a series of murders all involving Urban Legends; mainly because she is the link between all the victims. 
I still get a kick out of this film, it’s fun and the cast isn’t horrible; plus Robert Englund as a supporting role and who doesn’t love Freddy Krueger?  Also, favorite death is courtesy of Danielle Harris (of Halloween fame) who’s a goth girl that likes to bring boys back to the room and of course she is sharing a dorm room with Natalie; who always turns on the light when she gets in, but this night she doesn’t and wakes up the the following phrase written in her roommate’s blood
AREN’T YOU GLAD YOU DIDN’T TURN ON THE LIGHT
Love it!! Yes, the film’s final act isn’t all that great, come on who really bought Rebecca Gayheart as the killer? Regardless, the kills are fun and that is what counts.
~ Harry Envy Out!

Due to the success of Scream, the late 90’s was filled with a abundance of new Slasher films, some good, some terrible and all of which spun sequels they did not need, Urban Legend was one series that did not need the sequels it got, hence why I did not include them. But for those that a glutton for punishment, the sequels were titled Final Cut and Bloody Mary.

But let’s talk about the one at hand, Urban Legend. We all grew up hearing these stories, a friend of a friend of a friends sister’s cousins boyfriend etc etc etc. The film is set at a New England college and follows Natalie as she tries to uncover the truth behind a series of murders all involving Urban Legends; mainly because she is the link between all the victims. 

I still get a kick out of this film, it’s fun and the cast isn’t horrible; plus Robert Englund as a supporting role and who doesn’t love Freddy Krueger?  Also, favorite death is courtesy of Danielle Harris (of Halloween fame) who’s a goth girl that likes to bring boys back to the room and of course she is sharing a dorm room with Natalie; who always turns on the light when she gets in, but this night she doesn’t and wakes up the the following phrase written in her roommate’s blood

AREN’T YOU GLAD YOU DIDN’T TURN ON THE LIGHT

Love it!! Yes, the film’s final act isn’t all that great, come on who really bought Rebecca Gayheart as the killer? Regardless, the kills are fun and that is what counts.

~ Harry Envy Out!

Since Friday was National Coming Out Day and as Creature Cast’s resident Scream Queen, why not talk about Hellbent.  Labeled the first gay horror flick, yes A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 is very very gay as are many slasher films produced in the 80’s, but what makes this one unique is the core cast of characters we are following this Halloween night are all gay.
The story is simple: group of friends are partying the night away one Halloween and are slowing being killed off by this hot “Devil”. Now you know nothing about our killer before the movie starts or after it ends, he’s just sort of there stalking hot WeHo (West Hollywood) boys and murdering them with out a care.  Honestly, who hasn’t wanted to stalk and murder vapid/swallow gays?
Another interesting thing about this “Devil” is he is only targeting men, no women were killed in the making of this film” One of our group was dressed in drag and when he crosses paths with the “Devil” he gets ignored.  And no gay man likes to be ignored, so he starts shouting and trying to grab his attention, takes off his wig and screams “I’m a Dude” (okay may not be the actual dialogue) which of course gets the “Devil’s” attention and bang bitch is dead. Should have kept the wig on girl.
All in all if you’re looking for a movie with a hot killer and victims and need a little gay in ya (wink, wink) gives this one a try.
~ Harry Envy Out (as if I was ever in)

Since Friday was National Coming Out Day and as Creature Cast’s resident Scream Queen, why not talk about Hellbent.  Labeled the first gay horror flick, yes A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 is very very gay as are many slasher films produced in the 80’s, but what makes this one unique is the core cast of characters we are following this Halloween night are all gay.

The story is simple: group of friends are partying the night away one Halloween and are slowing being killed off by this hot “Devil”. Now you know nothing about our killer before the movie starts or after it ends, he’s just sort of there stalking hot WeHo (West Hollywood) boys and murdering them with out a care.  Honestly, who hasn’t wanted to stalk and murder vapid/swallow gays?

Another interesting thing about this “Devil” is he is only targeting men, no women were killed in the making of this film” One of our group was dressed in drag and when he crosses paths with the “Devil” he gets ignored.  And no gay man likes to be ignored, so he starts shouting and trying to grab his attention, takes off his wig and screams “I’m a Dude” (okay may not be the actual dialogue) which of course gets the “Devil’s” attention and bang bitch is dead. Should have kept the wig on girl.

All in all if you’re looking for a movie with a hot killer and victims and need a little gay in ya (wink, wink) gives this one a try.

~ Harry Envy Out (as if I was ever in)

My initial plan for October was to post something daily, but as you can see that has not happened. So get ready for a plethora of Horror goodness. 
By now you have realized my love for the 80’s. And this classic of my childhood helped shape my love for campy horror, ladies and gents, I present The Monster Squad.
Think Goonies meets the Universal Monsters; the film follows a group of kids who really love horror movies, so much they form a club (or squad). Good thing too since Dracula and his horde of Monsters ascend on their town in search of an amulet, one that will help Dracula rule the world!!!!
Yes, it’s a little dated but who cares. It’s fun and when Dracula lifts 5 year old Phoebe off the ground and looks directly at her and screams,   “Give me the amulet you, Bitch!” I get giddy. Oh, and the age old question about the Wolfman is answered, he does in fact have Nards. 
~ Harry Envy Out

My initial plan for October was to post something daily, but as you can see that has not happened. So get ready for a plethora of Horror goodness. 

By now you have realized my love for the 80’s. And this classic of my childhood helped shape my love for campy horror, ladies and gents, I present The Monster Squad.

Think Goonies meets the Universal Monsters; the film follows a group of kids who really love horror movies, so much they form a club (or squad). Good thing too since Dracula and his horde of Monsters ascend on their town in search of an amulet, one that will help Dracula rule the world!!!!

Yes, it’s a little dated but who cares. It’s fun and when Dracula lifts 5 year old Phoebe off the ground and looks directly at her and screams,   “Give me the amulet you, Bitch!” I get giddy. Oh, and the age old question about the Wolfman is answered, he does in fact have Nards. 

~ Harry Envy Out

Hail to the guardians of the watchtowers of the north, by the powers of mother and Earth… I invoke thee!

That’s right children, the witching hour is upon us and today’s treat is all about my favorite films about some wicked, wicked witches.

My teen years were all about The Craft, raise your hand if you played Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board with your friends after watching the trailer. The film follows four high school outcasts (Neve Campbell, Rachel True, Robin Tunney and the amazingly fantastic Fairuza Balk); who form a coven to make high school life a little more bearable. And with all this new power, to much is never a good thing. An amazing soundtrack, witchcraft and a cat fight that won an MTV Movie award, The Craft is a must see this season.

And speaking of Fairuza Balk, The Craft was not her first turn as a witch, back in 1986 she starred in an HBO special titled, The Worst Witch; thnk Harry Potter set in an all girls witch academy. The story follows Mildred Hubble, who (you guessed it) is the worst witch to grace the schools hallowed halls. This was one of those things I watched religiously as a child; watching is now it doesn’t quite hold up but the high camp and cheesy musical numbers still hold a special place in my heart. Plus Tim Curry has a supporting role and I love me some Tim Curry.

The next entry in my coven belongs to The Witches of Eastwick, starring Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer (love her); throw in Jack Nicholson and Veronica Cartright and you have yourself the makings of a cult hit. When the devilish Daryl Van Horne arrives in Eastwick our three leading ladies fall under his spell and causes some magic of their own… you will never look at cherries the same after this.

In 2002 their was an attempt at a television series set 15 years after the film ended following the women’s sons. who were born at the end of the film (can you guess who daddy dearest was?) Other than a pilot the series never saw light. Flash forward to 2009 where ABC brought Eastwick to it’s Wednesday night lineup. It lasted 13 episodes before it was canned.

Next up, the film adaption to Roald Dahl’s The Witches starring the fabulous Anjelica Huston. The story follows a young boy named Luke, while on vacation with his Gran, he discovers the hotel they are staying in is infested by Witches (they’re having a convention). The witches hate children and want to transform them all into mice. This is a fun one to watch with the kids in your life and may I suggest making it a double feature with another classic Dahl film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Lastly, is a film loved by every child, tween, and teen who grew up in the 90’s; Disney’s Hocus Pocus. Come on, you knew a post devoted to witches had to include this film; Bette Midler is a goddess. The film follows the Sanderson sisters who curse the town, vowing to return one All Hallow’s Eve night when a virgin will light the black flame candle allowing their return to this mortal coil.  Low and behold a virgin lights the candle, the sister return, sing a killer version of “I Put a Spell on You”, attempt to suck the life essences of the youth (to stay forever young of course). Plus Sarah Jessica Parker’s song, Sarah’s Theme aka Come Little Children is equally beautiful as it is haunting.

~ Harry Envy Out 

Nothing says Halloween like Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and April Fool’s.

Today we look at some of my favorite slasher flicks with a holiday feel.

First up 1974’s Black Christmas, talk about setting the bar for the slasher genre of the late 70’s/early 80’s.  Everything you love about slasher films kinda being here.  When I saw this movie for the first time I was all “geez, way to steal of x and y film” Then I saw the date this movie was made and realized, this predates the films I thought it was stealing from and in fact those films took there clues from here.

Now the story follows a small group of sorority girls who are spending winter break at their sorority house. They begin getting strange and off putting phone calls and of course, murderous rampage ensues. Oh and one of the most notable horror movie quotes of all time originates here, the infamous, “THE CALL IS COMING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE!”

The film got remade in 2006, this more bloodier update gives audiences more back story of our killer, “Billy”. The creepy tone of the original isn’t found here but the kills are great and fun to watch. Plus Michelle Trachtenberg is in this and I love me some Dawn Summers/Georgina Sparks.

Next, we head up to Canada (cause that’s were the film is set) for 1981’s My Bloody Valentine.  Picture it, Valentine’s Day 1961, a coal mining accident occurs and the sole survivor, Harry Warden (of course it’s a Harry) snaps and kills the security men who were to busy partying and you know not doing their job and warns the town that if any one celebrates V-Day he will return.  And guess what those crazy kids of the 80’s do… have a Valentine’s Day party… and what happens… MURDER!! 

In 2009 the film got the remake treatment, this time shot is 3D!!! The story is similar to the original, mining accident, Harry Warden is the lone survivor, this time around while trapped in the mind Harry snaps and kills his fellow miners and after his rescue goes on a killing spree, he’s killed and we flash forward 10 years to where one of the survivors of the Valentine day massacre (Tom Hanniger) returns home.  With his return comes more blood and death. Has Harry Warden risen from the dead? Or did someone else snap?

And last up, 1986’s April Fool’s Day. This is one of my favorite films from my childhood, granted 6 year old Harry Envy did not understand a lot of what was going on with each character’s back story, but I loved it none the less. This film features a who’s who of 80’s teen and horror films, such as Deborah Foreman (Valley Girl, Waxwork); Deborah Goodrich and Clayton Rohner (Just One of the Guys); Amy Steel (Friday the 13th part 2’s final girl); Ken Olandt (Summer School); and Thomas Wilson (Back to the Future). You may not know the names but you will know the faces, especially if you watched all these films in the 80’s.

The story follow 8 friends celebrating their final year of college, they are invited by Muffy St. John (can ya get more waspy?) to stay at her families island mansion. Soon secrets are exposed and a body count begins to pile. Is there a killer on the island or is someone really into April Fool’s Day? I’d ask Muffy, but she hasn’t been herself all weekend…

~ Harry Envy Out!

Onto another favorite film of my youth, the 1988 cult favorite, Waxwork.

Waxwork follows a group of privileged teens that are invited to the new wax museum that opened up, but all isn’t what it seems.  You see each exhibit is a portal onto a famous horror troupe and if you are killed there your corpse is added to the scene.  And the waxwork’s owner needs a certain number of new additions to join the museum in order to unleash these horrors onto the real world.

Yes, this movie is cheesy and over acted, but damn it is a lot fun. As a young kid I loved watching this, as an adult it has lost some of its charm but grab a few friends and yell at the TV and you forget what you don’t like.

And because this movie did ok, 4 years later Waxwork II: Lost in Time was released.  The premise? Well, in the all out battle at the end of Waxwork, a disembodied hand escapes and follows are survivors home. The hand killed the father of of survivor girl (Sarah) and she must stand trail. To prove her innocence, her boyfriend Mark uses a portal through time to find another disembodied hand. Not as scary as the previous film, but tons more campy. Is it good no, can ya skip it, yes.  But if ya wanna watch it, make it a double feature.

Nighty night kids,

~Harry Envy Out   

Since I’ve already talked about clowns, let’s move on to another staple of the horror genre, creep dolls that kill; and the most famous being Chucky!

The Child’s Play series began in 1988 with the release of the original film where a My Buddy doll (in the film it’s known as a Good Guys dolls) gets possessed with the soul of a serial killer. After 3 successful films, the series moves away from the full on horror tone to one that is more campy with the release of Bride of Chucky.

Now Bride of Chuck and it’s followup Seed of Chucky, lose the scares and give on the camp full force and of course this makes these latter two films my favorite of the series, hello they star Jennifer fucking Tilly, of course I love them.

Funny story, when Seed of Chucky was released I was living in San Francisco and went to see a Sunday matinee and honestly I don’t even think there were a dozen people in the theatre. Movie starts and I am chuckling along to the story and laughing my ass off, and I realize I was the only one laughing, no one else in the theatre were getting the in-jokes. I was the lone homo in the crowd and the gay subtext was lost on everyone else.

Now, there is a new Child’s Play feature coming to DVD titled, Curse of Chucky, I plan on checking it out and will let me follow creaturecasters know if it is worth the Redbox rental.

Next up, Full Moon entertainments long running (and not always good) Puppet Master series and to be honest I lost count on just how many sequels this little movie spawned. Really, the selling point are the puppets themselves, Blade, Leech Woman, Tunneler, Jester, Pinhead, and later Six-Shooter are designed amazingly.

The highlight to the series is actually part 3, which is an origin story set in World War II Germany, where we see the creation of many of our favorite puppets and the back story on what made Andre Toulon create them.If you’re gonna dive into the Puppet Master series, I highly recommend starting here with the third installment.

Lastly, one of my favorite movies to watch as a kid was this uber cheesey and kinda terrible 1987 film, Dolls. The story follows a group on individuals who all find themselves stranded in this mansion, owned by two old toy makers. As the night goes on the various “guests” begin being stalked by the various dolls seen throughout the house. In the end off the victims joined the collection as new dolls themselves.

And there you have it, Until tomorrow kiddies

~ Harry Envy Out!