Mandao of the Dead – USA, 2018

‘This Halloween… Jay and Jackson are going astral.’

Mandao of the Dead is a 2018 American science fiction comedy horror feature film written , directed and starring Scott Dunn. The movie also stars Alexandre Chen, Sean Liang and Gina Gomez.

A sequel, Mandao of the Damned, is apparently already in development.

Plot:

Unambitious Jay Mandao (Scott Dunn) lives frugally off his late father’s cereal royalties. He wants nothing more than to live in solitude, but is duped into taking in his adult nephew-in-law, Jackson (Sean McBride).

As Halloween approaches, Jay begins having odd dreams, and comes to find that he has the ability of astral projection. Jay and Jackson are approached by a ghost who has a small window of opportunity to reverse his death at the hands of Jackson’s murderous ex-girlfriend…

Release:

Mandao of the Dead is available exclusively on Amazon Instant Video and will be released on  iTunes in February 2019.

Reviews:

“Dunn beats the odds and delivers an impressive horror comedy that hurls the classic duo dynamic into ’90s slacker culture” Film Threat

Cast and characters:

  • Scott Dunn … Jay Mandao
  • Alexandre Chen … Raymond Mandao
  • Sean Liang … Cousin Andy
  • Gina Gomez … Fer
  • Erin Leigh Neumeyer … Mrs. Mandao
  • Marisa Hood … Maeve
  • Linda Loysen … Maeve’s Mother
  • Samara Kohne … April
  • David Gallegos … Darth
  • Sean McBride … Jackson
  • Tenoch Gomez … Dj Miguel (voice)
  • Rosa Ledesma … Lucinda
  • Max Moreno … Young Jay

Technical credits:

74 minutes | 2.35: 1

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The Grot in the Grotto – short, UK, 2016

The Grot in the Grotto is a 2016 British comedy horror short film directed by James William Roberts from a script by James Hamilton.

Plot:

Where do department store Santas really come from? Meet the sinister organisation responsible for making sure there’s one in every grotto this Christmas…

Cast and characters:

  • David Arrondelle … Christmas Elf
  • Luke Booys … Christmas Elf
  • Greg Cranness … Homeless Man
  • James Hamilton … Walter Crust
  • Alex Whyman … Christmas Elf

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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark – USA, 1988

‘Elvira makes her big scream debut in her hot new comedy’

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is a 1988 American comedy horror feature film directed by James Signorelli from a screenplay co-written by Sam Egan, John Paragon and Cassandra Peterson. The latter stars as Elvira alongside W. Morgan Shepard, Daniel Greene, Jeff Conaway, Susan Kellerman and Edie McClurg.

Plot:

Having just quit her job as a Los Angeles TV horror hostess, Elvira receives the unexpected news that she s set to inherit part of her great-aunt Morgana s estate. Arriving in the small town of Fallwell, Massachusetts, to claim her inheritance, Elvira receives a less than enthusiastic reception from the conservative locals – amongst them, her sinister uncle Vinny, who unbeknownst to Elvira, is an evil warlock who secretly schemes to lay his hands on the old family spell book for his own nefarious ends…

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  • Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original interpositive
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original Uncompressed Stereo 2.0 audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Introduction to the film by director James Signorelli
  • 2017 audio commentary with director James Signorelli, hosted by Fangoria Editor Emeritus Tony Timpone
  • 2017 audio commentary with Elvira Webmaster and judge of US TV show The Search for the Next Elvira Patterson Lundquist
  • Archival audio commentary with actors Cassandra Peterson, Edie McClurg and writer John Paragon
  • Too Macabre – The Making of Elvira: Mistress of the Dark – newly-revised 2018 version of this feature-length documentary on the making of the film including interviews with various cast and crew and rare never-before-seen archival material
  • Recipe for Terror: The Creation of the Pot Monster – newly-revised 2018 version of this featurette on the concept and design of the pot monster, as well as the other SFX of the movie
  • Original Storyboards
  • Original US Theatrical and Teaser Trailers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Patterson Lundquist and a short note on the 2012 audio commentary by Sam Irvin

Reviews:

Mistress of the Dark is by no means a masterpiece, but compared to the likes of similar fare like Repossessed, it’s just infinitely more watchable and entertaining. Elvira sticks closely to the horror genre, providing a fish out of water comedy that was quite popular in films like Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and the eventual Addams Family big screen debut.” Cinema Crazed

” …shouldn’t be viewed as a horror movie. Sure, it has supernatural themes, slime covered beasties, heavy gothic overtones, and a token fog enshrouded graveyard or two, but the comedy is what makes this one so entertaining. Well, that and Elvira’s cleavage of course.” Digital Retribution

“Some of it misses, a lot of it sticks but all throughout Cassandra Peterson has her character nailed, hitting the big screen fully formed and armed with an arsenal of quips and put-downs that she delivers with all the relish of somebody who probably isn’t quite sure if they will get this opportunity again so is making the most of it.” FrightFest

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is no shining example of cutting-edge writing or overly competent filmmaking but it’s quite funny and self-aware.  Co-written by Peterson, the movie is tailor-made to fit into the Elvira brand and while not a critical or box office hit, it gained enough notoriety through video rentals to keep Elvira alive and kickin’.” The MN Movie Man

“The film has no real pretence to be anything other than a series of obvious bad jokes, innuendoes and sight gags, something at which it at least proves entertaining. It makes a light-hearted dig at fundamentalism – the town for example is called Fallwell, Massachusetts – although it never takes its own standpoint very seriously…” Moria

” …makes for goofy amusement with a finale that trots out a bunch of horror elements (a live severed hand, demons and all sorts of mischife), a main character who’s likeable and Edie McClurg amusing as the towns “goodie goodie”. Co-writer/star Cassandra Peterson does more than we’d of expected with the character and this is a fun timewaster for sure.” The Video Graveyard

” …just as Pee-wee Herman’s films are vehicles for his shtick, Elvira is mostly Elvira wisecracking and busting out of her dress. She’s fun, a Transylvania Valley Girl grown up into the Queen of the Bs, but after 96 minutes you may start thinking more fondly about those ’50s and ’60s camp classics she’s usually interspersed with.” Richard Harrington, The Washington Post

Main cast and characters:

  • Phil Rubenstein … Director
  • Larry Flash Jenkins … Technical Director
  • Cassandra Peterson … Elvira
  • Damita Jo Freeman … Associate Producer
  • Tress MacNeille … Anchorwoman
  • Edwina Moore … Hairdresser
  • Mario Celario … Rudy
  • Lee McLaughlin … Earl Hooter
  • Bill Swearingen … Cameraman
  • Charles Woolf … Manny
  • Bill Dance … Messenger (as William Dance)
  • William Cort … Lawyer / Game Show Host
  • Sharon Hays … Game Show Girl
  • Bill Cable … Cop
  • John Paragon … Gas Station Attendant
  • Joseph Arias … Hitchhiker
  • Edie McClurg … Chastity Pariah
  • Kris Kamm … Randy
  • Scott Morris … Sean
  • Ira Heiden … Bo
  • Bill Morey … Mr. Rivers
  • Pat Crawford Brown … Mrs. Meeker
  • William Duell … Lesley Meeker
  • Ellen Dunning … Robin Meeker
  • Jeff Conaway … Travis
  • Frank Collison … Billy

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A Cadaver Christmas aka Zombies at Christmas – USA, 2011

‘Zombies for the holidays’

A Cadaver Christmas – aka Zombies at Christmas – is a 2011 American comedy horror feature film directed by Joe Zerull from a screenplay co-written with Daniel Rairdin-Hale and Hanlon Smith-Dorsey who also star.

Plot:

United by terrifying and bizarre circumstances, the janitor, the drunk, the bartender, the cop, his perp, and the student security guard must fight to undo the professor’s work.

A dark force is at work in the cadaver lab this Christmas and this unconventional band of heroes are the only hope the world has against an army of living corpses that are quickly recruiting new members….

Reviews:

“The film focus mostly on the slapstick comedy element and doesn’t have a lot of gory scenes. The comedy is hit or miss and I didn’t think it was very funny. It should be said that I rarely do find that horror / comedy films work very well though, so I’m not surprised that I didn’t care much for this one.” Torstein Karlsen, Cinema Terror

“Mixing elements of Braindead and Feast, with a few other splatterific titles referenced along the way, A Cadaver Christmas tries hard for most of its runtime, but it becomes clear after the first few scenes that this is a slight film built around a few set-pieces that aren’t as memorable as they were in the minds of the men writing the script…” Kevin Matthews, For It Is Man’s Number

“Co-scenarist Hale does the angry-nerd-turned-superhero to perfection, but Smith-Dorsey is particularly funny as the dimmest bulb onscreen. Feature directorial debutant Joe Zerull keeps the silly tale just pacey, deadpan and loopy enough to buoy it several degrees above Troma-style low camp.” Dennis Harvey, Variety

“There are some great scenes that get punctuated by some genuinely funny lines (“He stabbed Eddie in the neck with a desk!”) and some visual gags that actually made me laugh. Credit should also be given to Hale (who also produced as Daniel Rairdin-Hale) for his committed performance as the janitor.” William S. Wilson, Video Junkie

Main cast and credits:

  • Daniel Rairdin-Hale … The Janitor (as Dan Hale)
  • Hanlon Smith-Dorsey … Tom Tunninbum
  • Yosh Hayashi … Sam Sheriff
  • Ben Hopkins … Eddie
  • Jessica Denney … Kristen Stable
  • Andrew Ryan Harvey … The Perp (as Andrew Harvey)
  • Michael Kennedy … Professor Hildencress
  • Mark Weitzel … Zed Cadaver
  • Matt Cox … Plunger Face Cadaver
  • Megan Cox … Broken Foot Cadaver

Filming locations:

Blue Grass and Davenport, Iowa, USA

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Beetlejuice – USA, 1988

‘In this house… if you’ve seen one ghost… you haven’t seen them all.’

Beetlejuice is a 1988 American comedy horror feature film directed by Tim Burton (Frankenweenie; Dark Shadows; Sweeney Todd; Sleepy Hollow; Mars Attacks!) from a screenplay by Michael McDowell (Cold Moon; Thinner; Tales from the Darkside) and Warren Skaaren. The Geffen Film Company production stars Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton. It was distributed by Warner Bros.

The film’s soundtrack score was composed by Danny Elfman (Goosebumps; Dark Shadows; The Wolfman; Nightbreed; et al).

Plot:

After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house.

When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose “help” quickly becomes dangerous…

Reviews:

“While the character is pretty iconic, his hazy characterization leaves us confused as to where Burton wants to take this movie. It’s also a shame that the most developed character here is the title character whose own back story begs for more emphasis over the stale heroes played by Alec Baldwin and Gena Davis. Some scenes and gags make absolutely no sense..” Felix Vasquez, Cinema Crazed

“The uniformly great cast is by turns mournful and affecting, callous and obnoxious, and in the case of Michael Keaton, unforgettably and wonderfully repulsive. In his portrayal of Beetlejuice, Keaton created a screen icon for freaks and weirdos.” The Daily Grindhouse

 

“Beetlejuice is one of the most original characters of the last 25 years, and one has to wonder why a sequel (which could have explored his past) was never made […] Beetlejuice is in a league of its own. Few films combine ghosts, shrimp-monsters, and conga dancing in the way that this one does, and that’s why it remains a classic it this day.” Mike Long, DVD Sleuth

” …Beetlejuice combines gleefully gory special effects with high camp, sharp wit and irreverent humour. There’s gentle comedy structured around the Maitlands’ social awkwardness in the afterlife, turning into something much darker as they realise what they have unleashed. Yet what stands out most about this film is its sense of fun…” Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

“The story almost comes off the rails, but Beetlejuice’s charm lies more in the execution. The movie is crammed with visual invention and snappy comedy. The afterlife is richly imagined as a macabre bureaucracy. The living world is no less outlandish, especially with those eye-popping interiors and costumes.” Steve Rose, The Guardian

” …a delight; it’s an experience, rather than another helping of the same old thing. There isn’t much to it, storywise (Michael McDowell and Larry Wilson conceived the idea), but it brilliantly creates a sense of wonder missing from so many current Hollywood films […] colorful, delightfully deranged and endlessly inventive — a grand-scale funhouse that can be enjoyed by children of all ages.” The Hollywood Reporter

” …tries anything and everything for effect, and only occasionally manages something marginally funny” Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Off-the-wall humour and some sensational sight gags make the movie, maddenly disjointed though it sometimes is, a truly astonishing piece of work.” Steve Grant, Time Out (London)

“There’s a whole lot of creativity on display here, especially during scenes in the afterlife and all it’s various victims, and the predominantly stop motion effects still look good to this day. The production design is also great balancing Leave It to Beaver with dank underworlds and they’ve thrown in a lot of little touches (like when they’re sucked into the model the grass is turf-like in appearance), which pleased me to no end.” The Video Graveyard

 

Beetlejuice is a blast the whole way through.  The entire cast is flawless […] The plot gets increasingly sloppy as the film goes on but Burton cranks up the energy so much that you don’t notice it too much.” Mitch Lovell, The Video Vacuum

Choice dialogue:

Beetlejuice: “I’ll eat anything you want me to eat. I’ll swallow anything you want me to swallow. But, come on down and I’ll… chew on a dog! Arroooo!”

Cast and characters:

  • Michael Keaton … Betelgeuse (pronounced “Beetlejuice”)
  • Alec Baldwin … Adam Maitland
  • Geena Davis … Barbara Maitland
  • Winona Ryder … Lydia Deetz
  • Catherine O’Hara … Delia Deetz
  • Jeffrey Jones … Charles Deetz
  • Annie McEnroe … Jane Butterfield
  • Glenn Shadix … Otho
  • Sylvia Sidney … Juno
  • Robert Goulet … Maxie Dean
  • Maree Cheatham … Sarah Dean
  • Dick Cavett … Bernard
  • Susan Kellermann … Grace
  • Adelle Lutz … Beryl
  • Simmy Bow … Janitor
  • Carmen Filpi … Messenger
  • Patrice Martinez … Receptionist
  • Tony Cox … Preacher
  • Jack Angel … the voice of the Preacher
  • Cindy Daly … the Three-Fingered Typist
  • Rachel Mittelman … Little Jane
  • Douglas Turner … Char Man

Filming locations:

East Corinth, Vermont (General Store and Masonic Hall)
Culver Studios, Culver City, California

Technical credits:

92 minutes | Technicolor | 1.85: 1

Release:

March 30, 1988

Box office:

Beetlejuice took $73,707,461 domestically, against a reported budget of $15 million. Worldwide takings are unavailable.

Other media:

Due to the film’s financial success, ABC created a Beetlejuice animated television series which show ran for four seasons lasting from September 9, 1989 to December 6, 1991. Three tie-in video games were also produced.

Trivia:

Warner Bros. disliked the title Beetlejuice and wanted to call the film House Ghosts. As a joke, Burton allegedly suggested the name Scared Sheetless and was horrified when the studio actually considered using it.

Juliette Lewis auditioned for the role of Lydia. Lori Loughlin, Diane Lane, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brooke Shields, Justine Bateman, Molly Ringwald, and Jennifer Connelly all turned down the same role.

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Christmas with the Dead – USA, 2012

‘The Christmas spirit never dies’

Christmas with the Dead is a 2012 American  comedy horror feature film directed by T.L. Lankford [as Terrill Lee Lankford] from a screenplay by Keith Lansdale, based on a story by Joe R. Lansdale. The movie stars Damian Maffei, Brad Maule and Chet Williamson.

Plot:

In his quest to fulfil a promise made to his wife, Calvin sets out to right his wrongs and make it the best Christmas ever for his family. If only it weren’t June and the majority of the population, including his wife and daughter, hadn’t been turned into flesh-eating snappers by a mysterious atmospheric phenomenon, he’d be in pretty good shape.

Driven by guilt in a race against the apocalyptic clock, Calving teams up with G.M., a wily ex-garbage man turned undead slayer, as together they attempt to deck the halls during the most magical time of the year. It’s Christmas in June. And snappers be damned… The lights and decorations are going up.

Reviews:

“…clever, and quite funny, tongue-in-cheek humor abounds herein, from the snappy, knee-slapping dialog…the caustic, albeit laughable interaction of the characters…even to the zombies themselves, who shamble, jerk, spark and ‘pop’ about, as if they were uncontrollably plagued by perpetual body Tourette’s Syndrome…” Kevin Moye, Cinema Head Cheese

“Hilarious, scrappy, and even creepy!” Chris Alexander, Fangoria

” …comes to life with some snappy dialogue and a crafty sense of humor. This shouldn’t be much of a surprise as legendary scribe Joe R. Lansdale wrote the short story of the same name. Adapted for the (small) screen by his own spawn Keith Landsale, we finally have a shot-on-video, amateur acted, low-renter that is actually well-written, through no fault of its own.” Thomas T. Sueyres, Video Junkie

Cast and characters:

  • Damian Maffei … Calvin – Haunt; The Strangers: Prey at Night; The House That Cried Blood short; Night of the Pumpkin short; Nikos the Impaler
  • Brad Maule … G.M.
  • Chet Williamson … Reverend Mac
  • Clyde Williams … Driver
  • Madeline Brassell … Tina
  • Marsail Carlo … Snapper
  • Katie Chambers … Snapper bride
  • Adam Coats … Ray
  • Jennifer Daniel … Snapper
  • David Evett … Snapper
  • Kristen Hall … Gate snapper
  • Sheri Hambrick … Nana zombie
  • James Harris … Santa snapper
  • Jaime Hedrick … Snapper
  • Christopher Shea Howard … Man with shotgun

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Cursed – web series

‘What the worst thing that can happen?’

Cursed is a 2018 Australian comedy horror web series written and directed by Connor Fairclough and produced by Tristan Barr. The Continuance Pictures production stars Kyle McCallion, Cleo Massey, Omar Al-Sobky, Elliot Loney, Neel Kolhatkar, Mitch Wanless and Josh Wade.

Official synopsis:

“Ever been interrupted by an inter-dimensional force of evil whilst on the toilet? Or had to take responsibility of a possessed doll when you haven’t even mastered personal responsibility? Had to distance yourself from a clingy demon spirit in the form of a clown? Isaac and Ned have, and they’re not overly thrilled about it

Cursed is a horror-comedy series that parodies the clichés and techniques typically found in the horror genre, similar in style to Shaun of the Dead. Shot with the intention of an online release, Cursed draws influence and satirises such horror films as The Conjuring, IT, The Nun, and Annabelle.

The story follows Isaac (Kyle McCallion), who releases a curse on himself after fiddling with a Ouija Board one drunken night. Through each episode, he and his useless housemate Ned (Omar Al-Sobky) must deal with countless paranormal hauntings whilst managing their daily mundane lives.

“The show was born out of my amusement when watching various horror movies and placing myself in scenes, begging the question, what would I do if faced with different entities of evil?” creator and writer Connor Fairclough says.

Connor reunites his Head Above Water cast that can be seen on Channel 9 and Stan, including Elliot Loney who plays ‘Perry’ an unassuming but aspirational entity and Neel Kolhatkar who plays “Charles D” a pompous real estate agents assistant.”

Will you be watching Cursed? Let us know in the comments below. Don’t hold back…

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Silk Scream – USA, 2016

‘One size kills all’

Silk Scream is a 2016 American comedy horror feature film co-produced and directed by Jason Matherne (Grimewave; Goregasm; Stabbed in the Face; Goreface Killer) from a screenplay by co-producer Bill Heintz (short: Creepy Dean), who also provided the synth soundtrack. The Terror Optics Studios movie stars Ari Lehman, Renell Gibbs, Lauren Alexandra and Lisa Mackel Smith.

Plot:

In New Orleans, two unlikely heroes team up to solve an ongoing killing spree targeting clients and co-workers of a t-shirt printing business…

Release:

Silk Scream will be issued on DVD in the USA on March 12, 2019, by Wild Eye Releasing.

Cast and characters:

  • Ari Lehman … Hanes – Clown Motel: Spirits Arise; Terror Tales; Rock Paper Dead; Camp Killer; The Barn; Easter Sunday; Friday the 13th (1980); et al
  • Renell Gibbs … Tank
  • Lauren Alexandra … Heather
  • Lisa Mackel Smith … Lace
  • Jason Matherne … Reggie
  • Hunter McGregor … Art
  • Bill Heintz … Mark
  • Steve Waltz … Tee
  • Lorraine Chetta … Bella
  • Jenn Attaway … Polly

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Zena’s Period Blood: In Love with the CEMETERY MAN

It can be difficult finding horror films of quality, so allow me to welcome you to your salvation from frustration. “Zena’s Period Blood” is here to guide you to the horror films that will make you say, “This is a good horror. Point blank. PERIOD.”


Do you love when a movie hooks you from the first scene? It opens, does something bizarre, and before you know it, you accept the rules of this world, which is considerably different than yours. Well, this describes Michele Soavi’s Cemetery Man (1994), which opens to a normal guy. He’s on the phone, hears a noise at his front door, opens the door to a bedraggled man, shoots the man between the eyes, and resumes his phone call. Based on Tiziano Sclavi’s book Dellamorte Dellamore, Cemetery Man is a movie I recently watched for the first time—and one that instantly resonated as a classic in my heart.

Francesco Dellamorte (Rupert Everett) is a cemetery caretaker in Buffalora, Italy. He lives in a rundown shack with his friend and partner Gnaghi (François Hadji-Lazaro). Unfortunately, Francesco’s duties extend beyond the simple funeral receptions and grounds upkeep. It includes killing “Returners”, a word coined by Francesco that describes the living dead who revive within seven days of passing. Their sole intent is the butchery of the living. Now, this situation could be enough for an exciting yet simple story, but love often complicates the simple. We witness Francesco fall in love with a recently widowed woman. That same night, Francesco gets the booty on her husband’s grave. This steamy connection ends as Francesco plunges a bullet in her head deep enough to reach the end of her life. Tormented, Francesco continues to see her among the living. This ignites his search for meaning beyond the life he has grown accustomed to at the cemetery.

From the actors to the locations, this film flaunted beauty. But nothing resonated more for me than cinematographer Mauro Marchetti, who used wide angles to welcome us to new scenes. When we first see Dellamorte’s friend Franco (Anton Alexander), we observe his sea of file folders. Though the office is small, the wide angle allows us to take in the filing monstrosity that dwarfs Dellamorte and his plea for an investigation into the returners. Another awesome wide-angle shot included Claudio (Alessandro Zamattio), who glides from his grave, mounted on the motorcycle his family buried with him. For some reason, this one-shot made me applaud all of the 90s for its creativity.

Although Cemetery Man is considered a comedy, one cannot leave this film without noting the life questions and lessons it imparts. I expected nothing less from director Soavi, who trained under visionary director Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria). In one scene, Francesco questions why we care about love, especially when we all end up in the cemetery sooner or later. Then, he dives deeper into thought when he asks, “Who knows if the rest of the world even exists?” Often times, we wonder about another world, in spite of the lack of evidence that it exists. At other times, we are so stuck in our own world that we refuse to accept there may be another out there.

“I don’t know the difference between the living and dead,” Francesco revealed later in the film. “The living dead and the dying living are cut from the same cloth.” Sometimes, I feel this way. I see in other people, and have once or twice been victim to, a life without meaning. But Francesco asked the right question at a powerful point in the film. “Where are you going if you don’t understand the difference between life and death?”

I got a little deep with this review. Whew. Well, if you are in the mood to ponder the meaning of life while watching some sizzling sex scenes and laughing in between, look no further than Cemetery Man. It is a great 90s horror film. Point blank. Period.


In addition to contributing to Dread Central, Zena Dixon has been writing about all things creepy and horrific for over six years at RealQueenofHorror.com. She has always loved horror films and will soon be known directing her own feature-length horror. Feel free to follow her on Twitter @LovelyZena.


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Terror Toons III: Herschell’s Gory Story – USA, 2015

‘In the cartoon dimension… anything is possible.’

Terror Toons III: Herschell’s Gory Story – aka Terror Toons 3 – is a 2015 American comedy horror feature film directed by Joe Castro (Terror Toons and sequel) from a screenplay co-written with Steven J. Escobar. The movie stars director Herschell Gordon Lewis, Beverly Lynne, Lizzy Borden and Lizet Garcia.

Plot:

Cindy and her little sister Candy are still fighting the good fight against evil Dr. Carnage and his abominable sidekick, Max Assassin, with the help of their friends. Enter the darken, kaleidoscope coloured world of the cartoon dimension where anything is possible. Where everyone is subject to a blood splattered crazy cartoon death…

Reviews:

“We get some cool bloody death scenes and while several are a little too out there and over the top (the one with the breast enlargement comes to mind immediately) they are still fun in their own zany way for the most part. Even though the biggest majority of them are weird and wacky they are still pretty brutal and bloody at the same time…” Todd Martin, Horror News

“There’s so much computer generated trash on screen at any given moment that it literally becomes incomprehensible visual gibberish, and not in the questionably arty-farty style of Alejandro Jodorowsky.  This thing is a veritable dog’s breakfast on your television screen.  At times it felt like it was procedurally generated by some sort of twisted artificial intelligence hell-bent on extracting its vengeance on mankind.” Nightmarish Conjurings

“There is not much plot, and it is more about the various insane segments of splattery mayhem, anything-goes fantasy, and random violence, and, obviously, actors act over-the-top while the scenery chews them. Once again, terrible and entertaining at the same time.” The Worldwide Celluloid Massacre

Cast and characters:

  • Herschell Gordon Lewis … Himself
  • Beverly Lynne … Cindy
  • Lizzy Borden … Candy
  • Lizet Garcia … Sheriff Hate
  • Jonah Nemetz … Red
  • Brashaad Mayweather … Bad Wolf
  • Robert Rhine … Doctor / TV Host
  • Mike Mendez … Police Chief
  • Brinke Stevens … Pandora

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