Sunday, 26 August 2012

5 Nasty Video Nasties

In the early 80's the United Kingdom created the Video Nasty.  Like the PMRC, that came out a couple of years later, the BBFC believed that there was too much sex and violence in films and they didn't want these tapes falling into children's hands. The first Video Nasties list appeared in 1983 and after the Video Recordings Act was passed in 1984, all videos needed to be submitted for ratings classification.  If the film didn't meet the standard, it needed to be cut to comply or it would be banned!
 
These low budget horrors became gold to cine files everywhere and the search for these titles became a passion. In total, 72 films were put on the list and most of the films were low budget horror films from Europe and the United States that contained graphic violence, real life animal abuse or excessive abuse of women. 39 of the films were successfully prosecuted by the Obscene Publications Act and the others were either unsuccessful or not prosecuted.   However, people still got these films and became prizes to most.

Here are 5 Nasty Video Nasties:

5. Cannibal Man (1973) - Marco and Paula are getting randy in the backseat of a cab.  The cab driver tells them to get out and get a room.  They leave cab but the driver still wants to be paid and starts attacking Paula.  Marco knocks out the cab driver and they walk home.  The next day, they read that the cab driver is dead!  Paula begs Marco to go to the police and turn himself in.  She gives him an ultimatum, either he turns himself in or their relationship is over and she'll turn him in.  With a tear in his eye and a heavy heart, Marco decides to kill Paula and stuffs her under his bed. Where else would you put a body?  It's a good thing Marco's brother/roomate is at work trucking for the next couple days, oh wait, he's home early and wants to know what that smell is?  Now, we have another body under the bed.  Luckily, Marco realizes he is a butcher at a processing plant for a soup company, so he can bring parts of their bodies into work and dispose of them nice easily.  That soup tastes feety.  Unfortunately, more people are coming over looking for the his brother and Paula, and Marco's solution for putting nosy people under the bed isn't working, what is he gonna do?  From Spain, this movie has some terrific bludgeoning scenes and the gore is done really well.  The pacing is slow but the story is good and it's a interesting film.  However, I don't understand why it's called Cannibal Man when he isn't a cannibal.  Outside him dumping pieces of people into the soup, nobody in the film is a cannibal.  That is disappointing but the rest of the film is fine.

4. Night of the Demon (1980) - While in the hospital, Professor Nugent tells the story of what happened on his class trip to find Bigfoot.  While out in the woods, he and his students discover a Satanic cult and mute woman, who has been raped by Bigfoot and has given birth to another Sasquatch!  I was excited to watch this because of the Bigfoot element but as the movie progressed there were tons of other things to be excited for.  Most of the violent scenes are told in flashbacks and are from stories that have been told about the encounters with this creature.  Ranging from Girls Scouts, couples, old men and the best scene in the film, the motorcyclist.  The Professor and his students are bullies, who camp on people's property, disturb religious ceremonies, interrogate emotionally crippled women and even dig up dead babies, just to prove their point.  By the end of the film, I wanted to kill them too.  Again, short on story, the camera work and editing are questionable and the acting is blah.  The blood shed is amusing and the when the creature is revealed, I'm sure you'll have a good chuckle.  Watch with a grain of salt.
3. Bloodeaters (aka Toxic Zombies) (1980) - A group of hippies are growing weed in the mountains and the government needs to stop them!  The government agents decide to use a crop dusting plane to spray untested toxic chemicals on the crop to kill the weed.  Unfortunately, it also covers the hippies and turns them into blood thirsty zombies!  Fuckin hippies!  A little ways away a  family of four are vacationing and further down the creek, a forest agent is fishing with his wife and brother.  The parents are attacked by the zombies leaving the daughter and her mentally handicapped brother to fend for themselves until the find the forest agent and his party.  Now they must escape the woods and warn civilization about the toxic zombies! This is a bad looking movie at first, but as it goes on it does have it's charm.  It reminds me of the old 50's B-films with locked camera, panel wall scenes and how are we gonna wrap this kind of story.  What it lacks in story, acting, dialogue, set... anyway, it has in gore.  Lots of blood and inventive kills.  It's fun and it doesn't take itself seriously.
2. Horrible (aka Absurd) (1981) - The film opens with a man being chased by a priest and ends up being impaled on the gate of a wealthy family.  The man is brought to the hospital and to the doctors surprise, the patient's blood coagulates very quickly and is alive again.  To everyone's disappointment, the man goes on a killing spree and escapes the hospital to return to the wealthy families house, for some reason? Anyway, the wealthy parents are going to watch the American football championship game at their neighbours, while the their crippled daughter and obnoxious son are left with the babysitter.  However, there is a new babysitter coming, who happens to be the nurse at the hospital, times are tough and she must need the money?  No one believes the child when he tells them he's seen the boogeyman but they find out quickly as they discover bodies and are put on the oven irons.  The priest is working with the most incompetent cops in the history of cinema and eventually they stumble upon the plot but can they get there before it's too late.  This was confused to be the sequel to Antropophagus but they only things that are the same are the director, Joe D'Amato and the villain, George Eastman.  There are some good scenes, but the plotting is slow and they cut to the parents watching the game in some key areas, where they really should stay on the killer.  You want Eastman to catch this kid because he is soooooo unlikeable and annoying.  The police are chauffeured around and they aren't even trying to conceal that the other detective is in the back seat.  Again, there are some good kill scenes and nice work on the special effects and worth it if you want to finish your nasties list.
1. Evil Dead (1981) -You should know this but, 5 college kids go on vacation in a cabin in the woods.  They discover a creepy looking book, a sacrificial knife and a tape machine.  They bring the stuff upstairs and play the tape.  They hear a professor talk about the discovery of the book and it being the "Naturan Demanto", a Sumerian variation of the Book of the Dead.  The professor begins to read incantations and unfortunately for the group, his words release some evil demons upon them.  The rest of the evening is hell, as one by one the they all succumb to the demons until Ash is the only one left and must fight these demons to save himself and his friends.  Love Evil Dead, perfect example for film makers of what you can do with a lot imagination and a shoestring budget.  What's great about it can be smart and funny at times, terrifying and goretastic at others.  If you haven't seen, then you must! Go watch, I'll wait...
There are still 10 films that are still banned in the UK, even thought the BBFC have become a little more lenient over the years, allowing film series such as Hostel and Saw to come through uncut.  I think a lot of these nasty films would have been over looked if the BBFC wouldn't have brought so much attention to them.  So, thank you British government for giving us a list of movies to watch! Here is a list of other Video Nasties from Wikipedia, if your interested in crazy Horror movies.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

5 Films that are Silent but Deadly

Before 5.1 audio, before stereo and even before mono, there was the silent film. The film would play on the screen and there was someone who played the piano to go along with the film.  Instead of hearing voices, the dialogue was slated and film was much more of a visual medium compared to what it is today.  In those days, facial expression and actions were key to the success of the film.

These horror movies are not the same as the ones we see today.  There is no bloodshed and the violence was always eluded to and done off camera.  The most risque shots of the human body, may be a partial shot of a bum and any foul language is done with #@&*!  With this in mind the pacing is slower but the stories that are told are still scary and medium allows the viewer to use his/her imagination.

Here are 5 Films that are Silent but Deadly:

5. Nosferatu (1922) - Knock sends Thomas Hutter to Transylvania to visit Count Orlok because he is interested in buying some land in Wisborg. While at an inn, Hutter is warned to visit Orlok because a werewolf is on the prowl and he should go in the morning.  The next morning a coachmen takes him as far as he can before night fall and lets Hutter off a ways away from Castle Orlok.  Luckily, a mysterious black coach arrives and brings him to the castle, where he meets Count Orlok.  Hutter is chastised for being late by Count Orlok and told that the servants have all gone to bed.  Over perhaps the most uncomfortable dinner ever, Hutter cuts his thumb and Orlok tries to suck it out. Awwwkward.  The next morning, Hutter notices two bite marks on his neck, which he attributes to spiders or mosquitos (?) and that evening has Count Orlok sign the papers to the house across the street from him.  Later that evening, while reading the book about vampires that he stole from the inn, he realizes that Count Orlok is Nosferatu! Dun dun dun! However, it's too late! Orlok has packed his coffins and hit the road and locked Hutter up in the castle.  Hutter escapes and heads back to Wisborg to save them from his new creepy neighbour!  Director F.W. Murnau does a wonderful job using the obvious elements of Bram Stoker's Dracula.  With the use of shadows and lighting, he creates a vampire tale that set the standard for the time.  Max Schreck is the ugliest vampire ever and is a nice change to the dashing vampires, you see after Lugosi's "Dracula".  Good film and still can be very creepy, so leave the lights on!  

4. The Cat and the Canary (1927) - 20 years after the death of their millionaire uncle Cyrus West, Annabelle West, Paul Jones, Charlie Wilder and a number of other relatives reunite for the reading of his will, which has been locked away all this time.  The executor of the will, discovers that someone may have been trying to tamper with the will, but luckily none of the seals have been broken.  They sit down at midnight and find out that Annabelle is the inheritor of the millions under one condition.  She must be declared sane by the doctor.  If she is deemed insane, then they go to envelope number 2 and that person wins the cash and prizes.  Just as everyone is preparing to leave, a guard from the local asylum(?) bursts in and tells everyone that a lunatic is loose and may or may not be in the house.  He suggests they all stay the night.  Did I also mention, everybody thinks the mansion is haunted.  Everybody thinks the mansion is haunted, so when people and things start disappearing, they all start freaking out.  Is the house haunted? Can they find the lunatic? Why is Paul Jones trying to hit on his cousin, you'll have to watch and see! Fantastic film by director Paul Leni, exceptionally funny and great atmosphere for a haunted house.  Good use of title cards, using different fonts and filming them with tilts and zooms.  Probably, the best use of the cards out of all the silent films I've seen.  Good story, reproduced 12 years later with Bob Hope, and the acting is well done.  Fun film, that will spook you and make you laugh at the same time.
3. Haxan (1922) - Writer/Director Benjamin Christensen creates a fascinating documentary of witchcraft from middle ages to present day (1922).  He cuts between title cards, still pictures and dramatized sequences that will surely please any horror buff.  The costumes of the devils are incredible and this was the most expensive Scandinavian silent film ever.  It was banned from the States and heavily edited at the time for scenes involving nudity, torture and sexual perversion.  After watching it, it's not that racy compared to today's standard, maybe a PG-13.  While watching the scenes with the inquisition, it reminded me of "WitchFinder General" and how at the time , being accused of being a witch was a no win situation.  Interesting film, great insight and good watch for those who enjoy the occult.
2. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) - Francis is sitting with a old friend, when Jane sleep walks past them.  Francis begins to tell his old friend of an adventure that he and Jane went through together.  It starts when Francis and his friend Alan visit a carnival in a mountain town of Holstenwall.  They get rooked into seeing a Somnambulist show, run by Dr. Caligari.  They see Cesare, the Somnambulist and he predicts that Alan will die by the crack of dawn.  Alan probably thought that, it was the worst show ever but he does get murdered in the night.  This has been the 2nd murder in so many nights since the carnival arrived and the police seem baffled.  Can Francis and Jane must find a way to stop this sleepy killer and wake up for his murderous nightmare!  Incredible sets and excellent storytelling from director Robert Wiene with some awesome twists at the end.  Also some scenes are tinted different colours to offer emotional context which as an interesting aspect.  Great film and one that won't put you to sleep.
The Phantom of the Opera (1925) - The Paris Opera House is sold during the new season and as the old owners are leaving they mention to the new owners to beware of the Phantom.  The new owners laugh and think the old owners are crazy until they start receiving letters from the Phantom to have a young understudy, Christine Daae take over the lead from Mme Carlotta.  He warns them if Christine does not go on, then he will take dire action against the Opera House. Fortunately, Carlotta falls ill before the performance and Christine is allowed to perform.  The next evening, the owners receive another letter saying that Christine should replace Carlotta or their will be trouble.  The owners laugh it off and that night Carlotta takes the stage.  During her performance that evening, the lights go dim and a giant chandelier falls in the middle of the Opera House! Take that bitches!  In the confusion, The Phantom steals Christine away and brings her to his underground sewer love nest.  She is totally creeped out, by the phantom, who is wearing a mask and is telling her, how he's been watching her and how much he really really loves her.  Like most stalkers, he starts playing her a song, that he thinks will bring them together and then she pulls off his mask!  To her surprise (he was wearing a mask for a reason), he is a hideous dude and he freaks.  He calms down, tells her she can go back to the surface but she has to dump her boyfriend and she agrees and goes back to the surface.  Her boyfriend Raoul is choked but won't give up on Christine and they decide to meet at the masked ball.  At the ball, the phantom over hears Christine tell Raoul everything that happened.  Enraged with jealousy the phantom devises a plan, so that everyone who has hurt him will pay! (costalkerugh!)  Lon Chaney is brilliant in this film and like in the "Hunchback of Notre Dame" creates the perfect face for the phantom.  The sets are stunning and the do an excellent job on the costumes.  Especially, during the masked ball scene, where the film was shot in colour.  There are some great moments in this film, including a very violent ending which is must see for any horror fan!

Not only are these great horror films and you can see the genesis of the movie genre but you can find most of the films on line for free or on a cheap DVD set.  These are public domain films so I've included them, instead of the trailers.  So, check'em out and listen real closely because you may hear yourself screaming.








Sunday, 12 August 2012

5 Intense Italian Horror Films

Like Japanese cinema, Italian films have a certain flair all there own and there tends to be nuances that reflect a general style.  Referred to as Giallo, these crime/mysteries have a slower pace compared to North American horrors, more scenes with nudity or sex and most notably, the murder scenes are extended and much more graphic. The stories twist and turn, bringing out strong psychological elements of the characters and as the layers are peeled away for each suspect, they seem to be knocked off one by one. Until, we find the killer, who is wrought with madness and brings the case to a full boil.

During the 70's, Italian filmakers taking elements of giallo, also created some of the most outrageous and graphic cannibal and zombie films, having a number of their films on the infamous Video Nasties list.  Mostly set in the jungle, these films showcased some of the most graphic human mutilation and animal stock footage imaginable.

So with that in mind, here are 5 Intense Italian Horror Films:


5. Don't Torture A Duckling (1972) - Someone is murdering children in a remote village in southern Italy.  The police are baffled and all their leads are turning up to be dead ends.  There are several suspects, the old witch and her warlock boyfriend in the mountains, the sexy heiress, who just arrived in town or maybe it's the town buffoon, who ended up burying one of the boys by mistake.  Only with the help of veteran journalist, Andrea Martelli can they find the truth behind the murders and bring the killer to justice.  This is the first film, director Lucio Fulci shot where he uses extreme gore effects.  The film is good but the story like most Fulci movies, pretty convoluted.  It's mixed up and I think, one of the kids who dies, shows up again later in the film but nobody watches Fulci for plot.  There is a surprising high death count, some gory scenes and the ending is pretty bitchin.

4. Eaten Alive (1980) - A native from the jungles of New Guinea is hit by a car after killing 3 people in New York.  The police bring in Sheila because the people who were killed were former followers of this cult leader Jonas, who dated Sheila's sister Diana, who has been missing.  Sheila decides that she should find Diana and with the help of a professor, tries to find out where in the world she is.  After getting some valuable information from a junkie/hooker and leaving her behind while her pimp beats her for talking, Sheila flies to the jungle to hire a guide for her adventure.  In a bar, she sets her sights on the winner of an arm wrestling match named Mark and offers him 80 thousand dollars to help find her sister in New Guinea.  He rips up the check and says he only takes cash! So the next day, Mark (?) and Sheila go to the last known residence of Jonas, Diana and his many followers but they have packed up and gone deeper into the jungle, to be away from civilization.  Using a gun, Mark forces the people of that village to give them a canoe, supplies and 2 guides to venture in the jungle.  On their way, they are attack by crocodiles and Cannibals! dun dun dun. Luckily, Mark and Sheila are saved by Dick, a follower of Jonas (what a coincidence) and brought to their village.  There Sheila is reunited with Diana, get to watch a traditional raping and are given mind controlling substances by Jonas.  Can they ever escape Jonas and his crazy followers and make it through the jungles filled with wild animals and tribes of Cannibals? You'll have to watch and see!  This film is pretty crazy, directed by Umberto Lenzi, he actually uses footage from a previous cannibal film of his "Man From Deep River" and from Sergio Martino's "The Mountain of the Cannibal God".  It has all your classic traps of jungle cannibal films, stock footage scenes of animals being torn apart alive my men, animals attacking animals, rape, penis mutilation and of course, a river.  There are some serious gore scenes in this film and the evil Jonas has this strange dildo covered with snake blood, so it's not for the faint of heart. Worth watching, if you can stomach it.
3. Hell of the Living Dead (Virus, Zombie Creeping Flesh) (1980) - A chemical plant in New Guinea called the Hope Centre #1 has a chemical leak and turns the people of the plant into, are you ready for it, Zombies!  Somewhere in Europe, a group of people have taken over an embassy and are demanding that the close down all to Hope Centres because they are dangerous!  Luckily, a crack SWAT team, consisting of 4 guys go in, kill the hippies and are now being sent to New Guinea for their next mission. However, in a village in New Guinea, a car has broken down leaving a reporter, her camera man and a family of three stranded together.(?) The crabby mom leaves the car frustrated and heads off, while the reporter, Lia & cameraman Max look for water.  The father stays in the car and holding his sick son in the car, unfortunately the child dies becomes a zombie and attacks his father.  At the watering hole, Lia & Max run into some strange dudes and high tail it back to the car, only to find the father being attack by the savage zombie child! Luckily, our SWAT team guys have arrived and know what to do.  The kill the child and start a search for the mother, who has disappeared.  They soon find her dead and discover the whole village is filled with these flesh eating parasites (zombies, not reporters) and make a harrowing escape.  They come across a tribe, Lia says she'll check them out and to come into the village in an hour.  She then, takes off all her clothes and walks into the village, she is a brave stupid girl.  There she finds out that the dead are returning to life and that the villagers won't burn the bodies because of traditions.  An hour later everyone shows up, they find out what's going on and stay for supper.  To everyone's surprise a few hours later, they are overcome by zombies and make yet another escape.  The SWAT team knows that they must complete their top secret mission, but they don't feel it right to leave the hot journalist and her mustached camera man behind in the jungle with the whole zombie thing going on.  This is a funny film and if you like bad B-movies, this is right up your alley.  It's a mix between, Dawn of the Dead and Zombie.  The story is Ok, the acting is horrible but the special effects are pretty good.  Lots of zombies, lots of blood and they even steal the theme for Dawn of the Dead by Goblin. Cheap, quick and fun.
2. Phenomena (1985) - Jennifer Corvino, is the daughter of a famous movie star and has been sent to live in a exclusive and eerie boarding school in the Swiss Alps.  Unfortunately, there has been a number of recent murders there and everyone is a little edgy.  Luckily the police have a bug expert, Professor John McGregor and his helper monkey are able to pinpoint the time of death of all the victims.  Back at the school, Jennifer isn't having any luck.  She is walking in her sleep, her roommate has disappeared and some girls found a letter to her dad saying that she controls insects with her mind.  It's too bad you don't control ponies or rainbows, Jennifer.  Anywhoo, the other girls give her a right ribbing until Jennifer unleashes her mighty bug power on the lot, destroying any chance of making friends with these people.  The teachers decide she needs to go to a mental institution and Jennifer runs away, ends up at Professor McGregor and is put on the case to find the killer using her special power.  Can this 15 year old psychic girl find the killer who has evaded the police for so long by following a fly? Can Professor McGregor actually deputize a 15 year old girl? and what about the monkey? Originally cut and sent to North America under the name Creepers, Dario Argento does a great job, working with Jennifer Connelly and Donald Pleasence in creating this eerie tale.  Lots of plot twists, good violence and an excellent soundtrack that includes Goblin, Iron Maiden and Motorhead.  Must see for any Argento fan!
1. Bay of Blood (Twitch of the Death Nerve) (1971) -The Countess is murdered in the middle of the night by her husband, who is then murdered.  Now, the families want to know who will be inherit the bay but who will survive the night with a killer on the loose! Also, some teenagers have shown up and need to die.  Mario Bava directs one of the bloodiest slasher films of the 70's. So, gory Christopher Lee walked out of the theatre in disgust. Friday the 13th has copied (stolen) scenes from this film and it has inspired countless other slasher tales like The Burning and Just Before Dawn (which I neeeed to see).  Carlo Rambaldi (Profondo Rosso, Close Encounter of the Third Kind, Possession)(RIP) is brilliant with the make up effects and creates some fantastic gore scenes.  The story can be confusing and there are a ton of red herrings but there is a large body count and the ending is just twisted.  It's a great Giallo/Slasher cocktail.

These films are just a taste of the horror bolognese that can be found in Italian cinema. There are tons of films, but the directors most noted for this style are Mario Bava, Dario Argento, Umberto Lenzi and Lucio Fulci and are great places to look to be introduced to Italian Horror cinema.  It's always nice with a little cheese on top!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

5 Telekinetic Films Flying Right at You

At one time or another we've all tried moving things with our mind.  The power of telekinesis would make life so much easier, if we could just harness that power.  No more getting up for a beer, no more lifting with the knees and no more typing with fingers. 

I wanted to do something simple like a 5 psychic horror films but as I got into it more, I saw that there was more to it than just being psychic.  I guess I should have saw that coming.  Anyway, after watching a few titles I realized that some films, have psychics that are evil but most were good psychics trying to help mankind stop it's enemies.  Then I remembered in the 80's when the horror franchises were throwing in these psychic leading ladies to stop Jason, Freddy and Michael Myers.  This trend came to an end in the 90's, and the only psychics you could find were on talk shows and 1-800 phone lines.

So, I went with evil psychics and here 5 Telekinetic Films Flying Right at You:

5. Village of the Damned (1960) - Everyone in the small village of Midwich falls a sleep for several hours, only to wake up and learn months later, that all their ladies have been impregnated. A few years later,  the village is filled with little blonde kids with creepy eyes, who roam in packs and can read their parents minds.  Professor Gordon Zellaby, his wife Anthea and the rest of the village must find a way to stop these children before they become to powerful and take over the world, but how?!?!?!  Great film, George Sanders, former Hitchcock regular, does a terrific job as Gordon Zellaby, who is torn between being a father and saving the human race.  You'll recognize a number of classic scenes which have been spoofed in many sitcoms, like the Simpsons or SNL.  John Carpenter even took a crack recreating this film bu ended up with poor results.  Stick with the original and watch it without the kids, they may be one of them.

4. Scanners (1981) - A homeless Cameron Vale is picked up by the police and brought to Dr. Paul Ruth because Vale seems to have an unusual psychic ability.  Dr. Ruth at ConSec, a corporation that just happens to work with these psychic types that they call "scanners".  Coincidentally, ConSec is holding a demonstration for the military brass and other big wigs to show that their scanners can work covert operations.  They ask for a volunteer from the audience and a man walks up to the stage.  He is then asked a question and while the ConSec scanner is trying to read his mind, the volunteer totally punks him and blows the ConSec scanner's head apart.  You've been scanned, bitch!  The room flees and ConSec realizes that the volunteer was Darryl Revok, one of the most powerful scanners in the world, leader of the scanner underground and all around bad dude.  Luckily, Dr. Ruth has just found another powerful scanner, Cameron Vale and asks him to search the evil Darryl Revok, so that scanners can live in harmony with the rest of the world.  Cameron, who thinks this is a way better gig then eating peoples unwanted hot dog reminents at the mall, joins the good fight and even though he's not trained at all, searches to find the evil and powerful Revok.  Cronenberg serves up a another slice of Canadian horror with this chilling film. Patrick McGoohan (Danger Man, The Prisoner) is excellent as Dr. Ruth and Michael Ironside (V, Total Recall, The Littlest Hobo, Danger Bay) was the face of evil in the late 70's and 80's.  The story is great and there are some excellent gory psychic battles.   Fun movie, worth checking out, but you knew that.
3. Patrick (1978) - One evening while listening to his mother and her boyfriend making out in a bathtub in the next room, Patrick gets up and electrocutes them. Fast forward 3 years later, Patrick is in a coma (?) and Kathy Jacquard is being hired to take care of him.  Miss Jacquard assures Matron Cassidy that she is not a lesbian, nymphomaniac, enema specialist or anything else that the Roget Clinic attracts and is hired on the spot.  She meets Dr. Roget and brought up to meet Patrick.  We find out the Kathy is recently divorced and her new nurse friend has just the right guy to hook her up with.  However, Patrick has already fell smitten to Kathy and with his special ability tries to drown her new beau at the party.  Kathy starts communicating with Patrick at the hospital using a typewriter and a Morse code like spitting technique.  Also, Patrick likes it when she rubs his area to make sure he has some vital signs. Unfortunately, Patrick only does these things for her and the rest of the staff think that Kathy's a loon and is let go.  Patrick gets mad and starts killing and trapping people Kathy loves and works with.  This movie is pretty bumpy and doesn't make sense sometimes.  It's pretty slow and there are a couple of good scenes but it seems to focus more on Kathy and her love life than it does on Patrick.  I know this has won a few awards but it wasn't as scary as I was expecting.  Also, I didn't know that Goblin only did the Italian version because even though Brian May (not Queen) is very talented, I would have preferred the Goblin score. blah
2. Chronicle (2012) - Andrew Detmer is a poor nerdy teen with an abusive dad, dying mother and has recently bought a video camera, which he must now obsessively video tape everything he does.  His only friend is his cousin Matt, who is around the same age and goes to the same high school.  One night, Matt convinces Andrew to go to a rave with him, so he goes, gets bored and as he's leaving runs into Matt and the most popular kid in school, Steve.  They ask him to come video tape some mysterious hole in the ground, he says sure and before you know it they're underground standing in front of this huge energy crystal type thing.  Being teens, they're touching it and the camera cuts out.  Weeks later, the discover that they have telekinetic powers and start honing their skills.  However, the darker side of Andrew begins to show as they become more powerful and he begins to seek revenge on the other people who have hurt him or made him an outcast.  I didn't think I was going to like this film at first because I not a huge fan of POV filming but director Josh Trank takes an overused technique and makes it fresh again.  I liked watching the characters building their powers, learning how to use them and eventually realizing that they can they can use it for good...and evil.  The cast is great and it's also a nice spin on the already oversaturated superhero market.  Good film, you'll be super surprised.  
1. Carrie (1976) - Carrie White is having a shower after gym class and has her period.  Even though she is 16, she doesn't know what's happening, freaks out and begs the other girls in the change room to help her.  Her classmates being very sympathetic, push her back into the shower, pelt her with tampons and chant "Plug it up!"  The gym teacher, Miss Collins reprimands the ladies and helps Carrie get changed, brings her to the office and she is sent home for the rest of the day.  When she gets home, she asks her god fearing, bible thumping mother, why she wasn't told about having a period and her mother responds with something about evil and sin.  Carrie is then locked in a closet and forced to pray for hours and then sent to her room.  While in her room, she notices that she has a new ability to move things with her mind.  At school, Miss Collins punishes the girls for what they did to Carrie with exercise (nooooo!) and when Chris Hargensen gets fed up with it, she receives a slap in the face and her prom tickets revoked. Meow, 70's education got to love it.  Chris is pissed, so her and her friends come up with a plan to pay back Carrie White for having her period and not knowing what it was. So, they get high school heart throb, Tommy Ross to ask Carrie out, get some pigs blood and start their evil plan to humiliate Carrie White.  However, they don't know that Carrie is getting pretty handy with her telekinesis powers, isn't taking shit from her mother anymore and if messed with, there could be a hell of a payback.  This was the first Stephen King novel to be adapted for the big screen and director Brian De Palma does a fantastic job fleshing it out.  Stellar cast with Sissy Spacek as Carrie, Piper Laurie as her mother, Nancy Allen, John Travolta and even PJ Soles is in this film! (I love PJ Soles) The pacing of the film is slow but it really builds momentum for the ending which is fantastic and probably the dream of anybody who has ever been picked on at high school.  Great movie and definite must see!

I don't know if psychic abilities really exist, if people can really read other peoples mind, move objects or even blow up goats but I'd like to think that there some way, I could stop going to work and make money using my mind.