Monday, September 27, 2010


This year's vintage Asian freakout is...

House (1977) - We showed this bootleg-style back at October Frights '09 and attendance was nil despite it being pretty much the awesomest thing on that whole slate. For the occasion of Frights '10, the good folks at Criterion have been gracious enough to release the fucker ON BLU-RAY (!) and if you don't show up this time, we're gonna shred your membership card.

Friday, September 24, 2010


Confirmed to date:

Premiere #1 is a nasty Australian nightmare. The ladies are gonna freak for this.

Premiere #2 is a remake of an old Frights fave.

Premiere #3 is the sickest thing Frights has ever shown. It's unsuitable for viewing by humans, animals, particles floating in the air...really any lifeform. It's also awesome.


Thursday, September 23, 2010


Frights Group presents...


Some of these are almost borderline decent. The rest are at least violent. Or have violent themes and/or adult situations. I mean, it could be argued.

Last April, Killer Kiddies had their way. Now Mom and Dad get a turn.


American Gothic (1987) - When I was a kid, I asked my parents, "What's going on in that box art with those old people?" They were like, "We're thinking of sending you to military school."


Flesh Eating Mothers (1988) - Yeah, yeah, it looks fucking cheesy. But come on.  The idea of a Killer Parents section? On paper? Gold.

The Granny (1995) - On the other hand, zero cheese here. Looks like straight gravy to me. Maybe I'll stash this one until mid-October, when Frights-exhaustion threatens to take hold.

I tried to talk Olive into doing this section at April Frights '10, but she insisted on full-blown October.

Dogs (1976) - I love how, in this picture, they show five dogs, but only two of them actually look aggressive. Or even interested.
The Pack (1977) - A lost gem (never on DVD) in which a bunch of pissed off dogs attack a cabin and Joe Don Baker fucking handles it.

Play Dead (1986) - Apparently, this one is not just a killer dog, but a magical killer dog. I don't know. I booked it as soon as I read the "killer" part.

This shit is set in the woods. Two of them feature George Kennedy. Like the man says, "Drink this and stop being a pussy."

Demonwarp (1988) - As you can see from the cover, George is laying it down huge in this one. He's fighting some kind of Bigfoot creature, but then it looks like the creature is handling dynamite? Kennedywarp.

Grotesque (1988) - How did this film (notably lacking George Kennedy) make the lineup? Look at the cover. That's how. Somebody drew that years ago and because of it, we're watching this piece of shit today.

Humongous (1982) - Again with the cover art. I picked up this box every time I went to the video store as a kid. Was never allowed to rent it. It's time to finally be disappointed by the actual movie.

Just Before Dawn (1981) - Kennedy film #2! This is just straight slasher goodness right here. It's fucking packed with vitamins.

Shriek of the Mutilated (1974) - This one has a Bigfoot. Or maybe it's an Abominable Snowman. It just looks like some doofus wearing tons of gear on a ski trip. Regardless, Sasquatch genre.

No one is excused this year. If it gets pulled, it gets watched.

Jack-O (1995) - This one mysteriously fell off the lineup last October. It won't happen again. Time to take your stupid pumpkinhead medicine.

Nightbeast (1982) - Jesus. What can be said? The creature in that picture irritates people in Baltimore.

Revenge of Billy the Kid (1992) - "Old McDonald had a farm...and on the farm he had a goat." Billy was born and now it's our problem.

Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness (1986) - A lock for the Frights '10 "Nutbar" award. Gorey, gonzo shot-on-video trash. Just looking at it for more than like 10 seconds literally hurts your eyes.

Frights' cool, calm center of semi-reasonably solid shit.


The Borrower (1991) - Another gem that's MIA on DVD. I remember this being fun and Josh giving it a thumbs up. I think he dozed off during parts though.

The Brain (1988) - So what if it belongs in Shitfest? Have you looked at that section? It's fucking crowded this year. I had the issue of Fangoria with gore shots from this film, but my mom confiscated it and scribbled over the pics with a black marker. So who knows. This is her fault.
The Convent (2000) - A splattery goof with teens fighting demonic nuns. Note: first appearance of Coolio in Frights. Finally.

Ghosthouse (1988) - Haunted house trash made by Justin's Italian ancestors. Clown doll!

Humanoids from the Deep (1980) - Quite possibly the bloodiest and horniest of Roger Corman's 70s-80s horror ripoffs. Please no rape complaints from female Frights fans. I mean, come on. They're rubber suit monsters.


Night of the Demons 3 (1997) - We've come this far in the passable low-end gore series and no complaints yet. Though I'm not gonna lie -- the 1997 date on this third and final chapter is goddamn terrifying.

The Sleeping Car (1990) - Young Chad read the "Forget Freddy, forget Jason" tagline on the box as, "This is some hardcore shit and you are not old enough to watch it." I am now old enough.

Tales from the Hood (1995) - Yeah, I know. You've been reading down this whole page, thinking, "What gives...where's the anthology?" Well here it is, and bonus -- it's mid-to-decent level.

The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter (1993) - No, that title is not fake. If you were at the now-legendary April Frights '10 screening of the first one, then you know how mind-blowing it is that Randolph Carter, one of the most pathetic losers in the history of cinema, is back to lead a second film. Historic.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010


October Frights '10 will open with...

The most talked-about horror film of the year is the first of a very select group of contemporary titles getting the Frights treatment this October.  The rest will be shown unannounced, but hints will be posted following the full lineup, which is almost here.  It's creeping up the stairs...