ghosts

I had a pretty scary roommate once. Guy had a tendency to lock himself in his room and watch conspiracy theory videos he downloaded off of the internet for hours on end. He duct taped newspaper over his bedroom windows. There were two separate occasions where he broke down laughing uncontrollably in the shower. He played “DOOM” almost every waking hour. Oh, and he also loved Alanis Morrissette. Like I said, creepy dude. And unfortunately for the filmmakers behind 2010’s import horror flick, “The Roommate”, he was way creepier than anything in this film.

I’m a “glass is half full” kind of guy. I try to find the positive side of everything in my life. For example, when I was recently dumped via text message, I rationalized it by being grateful that it saved me a trip across town to have that conversation in person. When I was recovering from surgery this Summer and couldn’t drink for two months, I considered it a perfect opportunity to save some money and drop some pounds. That said, I can’t find anything positive about this movie.

Horror films need a set of rules. Given all the insane, supernatural things that occur in them, the viewers need to know what can and can’t happen in the film’s universe so that they can properly react to what they are viewing. For example, we know that in “Evil Dead II” the dead are raised by the incantation of a passage from an ancient text and that the only way they can be stopped is for another passage from the book to be read aloud.

A lot of movies get added to Netflix's Instant Stream every week. Luckily for you, I'm here to dig through what's new and highlight new releases that may be of interest to BGH readers. Halloween is right around the corner and Netflix is really ramping up the horror releases.

Here's a nice little BTS video from "Saw VI". Mostly fluff, but not a bad watch for a minute and a half. The newest installment lands this Halloween.

Van Damme comes to horror? After his next action film he says he's all set to star in "Breed", about "a village where strange things happen". Boy does that guy have a way with words. I'm sure this will turn out just great.

It doesn't have a wacky title, but today's Indie shoutout goes to "A Mannequin in Static". Go check out the trailer at the site, comes recommended from me.

Mezco snags the rights to "Halloween 2" toy production. They're usually a solid company when it comes to these things, so no worries here.

I came into this four issue mini late, but not too late thankfully. Perhaps just in time. Based on a short story by comic madman Warren Ellis, "Hotwire" has a lot of creep and edgy futuristic weirdness going for it.

The Chinese Hopping Vampire has to be one of the weirdest monsters ever to terrorize the screen that didn’t spring from Lloyd Kaufman’s imagination. Properly known as Jiang Shi, they arguably have more in common with Western zombies than they do vampires. The Jiang Shi are dead bodies reanimated by Taoist priests that suck the life force out of the living. They hop around stiffly with arms outstretched, tongues hanging out of their mouths, tracking down humans by listening for their breath.

"1408" is a summer fear flick that certainly has the pedigree worthy of a horror classic. It has everything going for it. You've got a story by the legendary Stephen King, some great lead actors like John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, and some solid direction from Swedish director Mikael Håfström. Does this strange brew mix together to form a summer blockbuster? Read on and find out.