Archive for September, 2014

‘As Above, So Below’

Posted in Found Footage on September 22, 2014 by Justin T.
As Above, So Below

“We have to keep going…”

Hey, it’s me again! You might have thought that I planned on exclusively reviewing the Halloween franchise of movies. No, I’ll be reviewing other horror flicks as well. Here’s a recent theatrical release called…

As Above, So Below (2014) — Directed by John Erick Dowdle. Starring Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil, Marion Lambert, Ali Marhyar.

If somebody turned Tomb Raider into a low budget, found footage horror movie, As Above, So Below might be the outcome. Our hero is Scarlett (Perdita Weeks), an aspiring Lara Croft/Indiana Jones archaeologist/adventurer type whose search for the famed Philosopher’s Stone drives her to make questionable decisions, i.e. traveling to Iran to search a series of soon to be destroyed underground tunnels. She finds the information she needs, while narrowly escaping with her life, but the text is in Aramaic. Since this is not one of the half dozen languages she is fluent in, she searches out a former boyfriend, George (Ben Feldman), for his skills at deciphering the ancient script. He reluctantly helps her and what they discover leads them to the catacombs under Paris. Scarlett puts together the remainder of her ragtag team of misfits, including cameraman, Benji (Edwin Hodge), a guide named Papillon (François Civil), and a couple of other unlucky characters. With cameras strapped to their heads, they descend into the catacombs, through the infrequently explored tunnels and discover… well, literally the gates of hell.

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The Fifth Annual Halloween Horror Movie Marathon Begins!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 15, 2014 by Justin T.

Halloween decoration and candy in Lucky's

Recently in the local grocery store I stumbled across the inflatable jack-o-lantern you see above, leering at me with his obnoxious smile. “Come here, gullible fool,” he seemed to say. “Buy some Halloween candy before it runs out in the middle of September! You wouldn’t want to be the only idiot on the block with no candy for the kiddies, would you?” I shook my head and the decoration leaned into me. “Well then,” he cackled, blowing a whiff of stale, plastic air and grocery clerk tobacco breath. “It’s time to get started on your Halloween Horror Movie Marathon!” Yes, dear polymer pumpkin. It most definitely is.

This will be my fifth year spending the weeks before Halloween watching horror movies and writing reviews. This being the Fifth Anniversary of my Halloween Horror Movie Marathon, I suppose it is a milestone of sorts, worthy of commemoration, if only in my own mind. It has occurred to me that for a fan of horror, I’ve seen surprisingly little of each of the major horror franchises. Just a couple of the Friday the 13th films, maybe a few of the Elm Street movies… So this year I’ll honor five years of my favorite Halloween tradition by catching myself up on a series. Since we’re getting a new, complete release of it on blu-ray this year, the Halloween slasher films seemed like a decent pick. Well, apparently the box set isn’t completely complete as, sadly, it leaves out Official Halloween Parody Nevertheless, it’s time to spend Halloween 2014 getting to know the original slasher, Michael Myers.

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