I’m a big fan of Rob Zombie and his horrific visions. One stand out, twisted vision he delivered to audiences was the now cult classic The Devil’s Rejects. His eye for horror and violence are one of a kind. Mixing his flair for the macabre with some southern fried goodness, his movies tend to focus on the down trodden lives of the underbelly of the American south. Zombie loves to showcase his characters and the violence they’re capable of with an awesome soundtrack and some eye-catching cinematography. The sequel to Rejects and the third movie in his Firefly Family story line 3 From Hell has just released, and I was super stoked to see what these characters, who I assumed dead, were up to.
3 From Hell picks up where Rejects left off. After a grand shootout with the cops, our three convicts were left riddled with bullet holes and a straight ticket to hell. Somehow, they managed to survive the onslaught and spent years in intensive care recovering from what should have been the fatal blow to the Firefly gang. After their miraculous survival they are tried and incarcerated. Ten years later and after the execution of the beloved Captain Spaulding, the remaining rejects manage to escape incarceration and pick up right where they left off, killing and having tons of fun doing it.
The long wait for the second chapter in the IT saga is finally over. We horror fans have been waiting patiently to see what this incarnation of Chapter 2 would bring us, and it did not disappoint.
When we last saw the Losers Club, they were making a blood pact to return to Derry if Pennywise ever resurfaced. They knew that they were the only ones who truly understood the threat, and realized they were also the only ones who could put a stop to the soul sucking, child eating demon clown. Twenty-seven years later, as foretold by prophecy, the not-so loveable clown returns to Derry to terrorize its citizens.
I’ve been a “maggot” for twenty years now. My first experience with the ‘Knot was in fall of 1999, my freshman year of high school. A buddy loaned me a copy of their self-titled debut record which he had borrowed from his brother. When I put the album into my CD player my mind was immediately blown. I can confidently say I was legitimately scared. I already dabbled in metal at the time— some post Cliff Metallica, some Korn, some Rob Zombie and Rammstein. A little bit of this and a little bit of that, nothing too crazy, but when my auditory senses were introduced to the first full track of that self-titled album, “(sic)”, everything changed. It’s as if the Dark Lord himself had paid me a visit and asked me to hand over my soul for the greater good of heavy metal. The heaviness and ferocity of Slipknot enabled me to go further down the spiral of metal and listen to the heavier, more extreme tones of this great genre. The track “Surfacing” is still, to this day, one of the heaviest songs I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.
With their 2001 release, Iowa, Slipknot had pushed the boundaries of their extremity even further. That album was just as fierce as their previous effort, but with more of a heat-seeking missile focus. The songs were better composed and even angrier if that’s even possible. The album cover art was majestic. A holographic black goat splashed across the shiny silver front cover was quite the memorable piece of art and put the listener in a special place to accept all the destruction their ears were about to face. Tracks “People=Sh*t” and “Disasterpiece”, which are featured back-to-back on the track listing, were two of the heaviest anthems they had written for that record. Both songs were crushing.
I’ve mentioned in the past how much we at CorpseFeed enjoy genre movies centered around death games. Movies like Saw, Battle Royale, and Would You Rather tickle the imagination and put the viewer in a, “What would you do if you were in their shoes?” mental space. The possibilities for death games are endless. These types of movies usually think outside of the box when it comes to what they want their protagonists to go through. Ready or Not falls in that category.
Ready or Not tells the story of Grace, a newlywed who needs to partake in the tradition of her in-laws in order to be an official part of the family. What she doesn’t know and what her husband didn’t tell her was how his family acquired their fortune. The dark secret behind their wealth will forever change her marriage and her life.
As a kid I recall asking my folks to buy me the collection of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark when we were at our local wholesale club. The books came packaged together in a neat little horror-tastic bundle. The very first thing that attracted me to these books was the dark and creepy art they had splashed across the covers. The images called to my young adolescent imagination and have been forever ingrained in my memory. The artwork was a shock for a children’s book. To have such detailed and horrific imagery on a kids’ book was unheard of back in the day, and ‘til this day no other kids book has ever dared to display such awesomeness on their covers. So you can imagine how excited I was to have an adaption of these stories on film— and to top it off, produced by Guillermo del Toro, who is known for his practical effects and creature designs. Been ready my entire life since childhood for this, and I was not disappointed.