horror comedy

Chillerama (REVIEW)

If I had to guess, I would assume that nostalgia plays a huge role in a lot of horror fans love of the genre. Personally, I know that when people ask me why I like and write about genre flicks, my go-to answer usually involves growing up watching these films with my father and childhood friends. Given that I grew up as a child of the nineties, anthology horror in particular triggered that nostalgic feeling more than almost anything.

Scary Movie 2 (REVIEW)

I’ve long held the belief that the “Adjective Movie” series has been the single worst trend of the 2000’s. That said, I’ve held this belief without ever seeing a single film in the series. Yes, somehow despite being a teenage male just entering High School when the original “Scary Movie” came out in 2000 (in other words, the key demographic), I’ve somehow avoided all four movies in that series, “Not Another Teen Movie”, “Epic Movie”, “Date Movie”, “Meet the Spartans”, “Superhero Movie”, “Disaster Movie”, “Dance Flick” and, most recently, “Vampires Suck”.

Snapshot: "Vamps" (2011)

In the above snapshot from the upcoming "Vamps", Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter star as two modern day vampires whose immortality is threatened when love enters the picture. This is coming to us from writer and director Amy Heckerling ("Fast Times at Ridgemont High", "Clueless"), so if her past movies and fun star-studded cast (Sigourney Weaver, Wallace Shawn, Malcom McDowell) are any indicators, this is hopefully going to be a fun little horror comedy.

Retro Trailer: "Remote Control" (1988)

Jeff Lieberman's "Remote Control" gives us an inside look at what happens when a video store clerk unearths an alien plot to take over the world with a 1950's sci fi movie that brainwashes its viewers into becoming mindless killers. Jennifer Tilly stars in this horror comedy alongside a pre-Entourage Kevin Dillon. I must admit, this was one of my favorites growing up, though I haven't seen it in years and I'm pretty sure this is one of those movies that you re-watch for nostalgic purposes only. From what I've read this one is pretty hard to come by, as it has yet to be released on DVD.

Retro Trailer: "The Stuff"

So apparently, if you are a miner and you witness a strange goo-like substance erupting from the earth deep within your mine shaft, your first instinct would be to taste the stuff. Am I right?! In writer and director Larry Cohen's horror comedy, the goo found in the earth is found to be sweet, creamy, delicious and best of all no calories! Understandably so, the stuff becomes a nationwide craze (I mean, c'mon, who doesn't wanna eat stuff found oozing out of the ground?!) and even begins hurting ice cream sales.

Netflix Streaming Friday: "Dead Alive (Braindead)"

Yes. "Dead Alive" is now streaming.

For most of you, that's enough to have you go rushing to your TVs to boot your Netflix streaming device of choice up. If you're somehow unfamilar with the film "Dead Alive", you may know it under the name "Braindead".

Retro Trailer: "Evil Toons" (1992)

In this, uh, interesting horror-comedy, we get an insider's look at what happens when you mix an animated monster, porn actresses, and David Carradine... and let me tell you, it's pretty darn entertaining, in a watch with a group of friends and a ton of beer sort of way. Four girls land a job cleaning up an old abandoned house for the weekend, only to be interrupted by a creepy man (David Carradine), who shows up with an ancient book that is full of weird spells and drawings of a wolf like creature.

Netflix Streaming Friday - Week of February 11th, 2011

I'm turning twenty-five at the end of the month. Despite the fact that I know I'm relatively still a young guy (especially compared to Joe, ba-zing!), I'm kinda freaking out about it. As a result, when I was looking through Netflix's streaming offerings to find something to write about and stumbled across this movie, I knew exactly what I had to do; watch "Killer Klowns from Outer Space" as soon as possible.

Snapshot: "Detention" (2011)

Yep. That's Dane Cook. With blood on him. He stars along with Josh Hutcherson ("The Kids Are All Right") in director Joseph Khan's "Detention." Described as a horror comedy with a little bit of time travel and John Hughes films mixed in, "Detention" focuses on a group of high school seniors who are stuck in detention on prom night. And as luck would have it, a serial killer from a slasher movie has come to life to terrorize the teens. "Detention" is scheduled for release on July 21, 2011 by Universal Pictures in (surprise, surprise!) 3D.

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