Friday, September 28, 2012

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The Top Fearless Females in Horror


Women are a big part of the horror genre but are usually given the vulnerable victim roles as well as the main female heroine. It's rare that a woman is in the role of the empowered and dangerous villain reeking havoc on everyone around them. Men normally get all of the fun being the one to fear; however, there are a few fearless females that have taken over the male dominated role and have caused destruction a lot worse and a lot more creative than any man ever could. Check out  the list of my favorite female horror badasses.
Asami Yamazaki--Audition
If you tell a woman that you're going to call her--you better call her. What's the point in playing games and causing her to wait by the phone? In the 1999 Japanese horror, Audition, a widow in search of love sets up a fake movie audition, where he auditions females he's interested in. He's introduced to the beautiful and quiet Asami and their relationship blooms from then on out. The only problem--Asami is batshit crazy. Not only does the beauty literally sit by her phone for DAYS waiting for her love to call her, she's got a man tied up and treated like a dog in a sack kept in her apartment. Not to mention, she has an unusual fascination with piano wire which she uses in creative ways to seek revenge on her man once he breaks things off.
Annie Wilkes--Misery
Fanaticism is something each and everyone of us has felt over a particular person. Celebrities have also suffered from stalkers or have had close encounters with crazed fans. Stephen King explored the idea of what would happen if one of those crazed fans took things a bit further and actually kidnapped their favorite celeb and held them hostage in their home. For superfan, Annie Wilkes, author Paul Sheldon's books aren't just words on a page--they're her life. The obsession with the writer's work causes her to go to extreme lengths to keep a hold of her favorite author and to make her favorite book series come to life again.
Lola Stone--The Loved Ones
Prom is supposed to be one of the most memorable nights in a teenager's high school life. Outcast, Lola Stone makes sure that her night, along with her desired date's, is one that will never be forgotten. After being rejected by the boy of her dreams, the spoiled princess has her daddy kidnap him so that she can have who she wants for prom regardless. Except, her idea of prom includes lots of torture and blood as well as some light drill work. The mentally disturbed young woman playfully inflicts pain upon her date and happily describes her past conquests in vivid detail all while looking killer in a hot pink prom dress and crown.
May Canady--May
For some people, making friends is a lot harder to do. For May Canady, it's almost damn near impossible. The socially awkward young woman meets people a long the way but rather than liking them for their personalities, she falls in love with their particular body parts. The painfully shy girl decides that if she can't make friends regularly, she's going to literally make a friend out of various body parts sewn together. Determined to make the perfect human doll, May makes her rounds, killing and taking body parts from the people she physically admires. Why have a bunch of actual friends when you can have one giant fake one?
Madison Bell--Swimfan

Young love can be powerful and sometimes a crush can literally be deadly, especially if you're psychotic. When Madison Bell moves to a new town and falls for the unavailable swim team star, she doesn't let the minor obstacle get in her way. She pursues him, seduces him, sleeps with him, and then threatens everyone and everything in his life. The scorned lover stops at nothing to make sure that she has her crush all to herself, even if he doesn't want her.
Pamela Voorhees--Friday the 13th
Mother's will always protect their children, even when they can't. After her son tragically dies at summer camp, Pamela Voorhees vows to get revenge on the counselors who let him drown. When the camp is revived years later, Mrs. Voorhees pays a visit, a long with a really big knife, and begins killing the horny bastards too busy having sex to pay attention to their actual jobs. The dedicated mother proves that she will literally fight and die for her son, showing everyone just how strong her love for him truly is.
Ginger--Ginger Snaps
Being a girl coming into adulthood can really suck, especially after you've been bitten by a werewolf. Not only does Ginger have to endure the pain and misery of getting her period for the first time, she has to deal with subduing her new found lust for blood. The social outcast quickly blossoms into a seductive beauty and transforms physically and mentally into the beast that she was meant to become. The experience is exciting and fun at first, however, Ginger takes a dark turn and begins hurting the ones closest to her.
Baby Firefly--House of 1000 Corpses/The Devil's Rejects
Some families hate each other and other families, like the Firefly's, will fight and die for each other. The demented group of murderous necrophiliacs is made up of two feisty blondes, one of whom is the badass daughter, Baby. Baby likes to play and dress up just like any other girl except, she likes to include helpless victims as a part of her game. When the shit hits the fan for her and her family, she doesn't go down without a fight. The devious diva proves that blood is thicker than water when she literally dies fighting for the ones that she loves most.
La Femme--Inside
For most women, having a child is a natural desire and if they can't have that in their life, they can go crazy trying to get it. For La Femme in Inside, not having a baby is NOT an option and she decides that if she can't make one herself, she'll just take somebody else's. On the eve of a pregnant woman's scheduled delivery, La Femme breaks into her house and attempts to cut the baby from her belly, and viciously attacks the woman until she gets exactly what she went there for. The crazed mommy-wannabe creatively uses scissors for more than just cutting paper and makes you pray to never wake up to her standing over your bed.
Carrie White--Carrie
Bullying sucks but Carrie White discovers that there are ways to stop the abuse and get revenge on her classmates. On the night of her prom, after enduring a horrible prank, the normally timid young girl decides that she's had enough and reacts in a way that no one expected. Covered in pig's blood, Carrie uses her telekinetic powers to hurt and murder her classmates all while burning the school down.

Women are usually brushed off as harmless and weak but women can be deadly too. It's that false preconceived notion that helps most of them succeed in causing destruction all around them. There are so many more fearless females from now and horror's past. Bitches be crazy--we all know that--but I don't have time to list every single one of them. Did your favorite female villain make the list?
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Lovely Molly Actor Found Dead


Lovely Molly star, Johnny Lewis, was found dead Wednesday morning after falling to his death outside a home in L.A. Inside was the body of 81 year-old Catherine Davis, as well as her dismembered cat--believed to have been murdered by the troubled actor.

Lewis recently appeared in the horror, Lovely Molly, as the title character's husband and has also appeared on the FX hit, Sons of Anarchy. The 28 year-old actor was renting out a room in the elderly woman's home where he met his end after neighbors describe the pair fighting and screaming inside the residence.

Witnesses explain that they heard the woman screaming followed by Lewis exiting the home with a 2-by-4 piece of wood, which he used to attack two other individuals on his lawn. Initially, it was suspected that the actor was on drugs, PCP or Meth; now, authorities are investigating a new synthetic drug called "smiles", explaining to ABC news, "The thing we are seeing lately here in Los Angeles and across the country are synthetic designer-type drugs, something like 'bath salts', or the new one we've heard around here called 'smiles'".

According to TMZ, the men who were attacked by Lewis prior to his death explain that while fighting the star, he was "phenomenally strong" and described his fighting as "superhuman."

Authorities are investigating the woman's death, ruling it a homicide, and narrowing in on Lewis as the only suspect. They haven't found drugs at the scene and won't know if Lewis was intoxicated until after a full autopsy is done.

WTF?

If this isn't a PSA on why to stay off drugs--I don't know what is. Although the actor didn't star in big roles, it was obvious that the kid had some talent. It's sad to see someone so young die, tragically, and even sadder to learn it was most likely due to drugs. Lewis's bizarre story can be added to the long list of weird attacks that have been popping up across the globe.

Rest in Peace Johnny as well as the people who fell into your path on that fateful day.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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The Loved Ones: Movie Review


It's the quiet ones you always have to watch out for. They're the ones that are always watching, learning, and plotting away. In the The Loved Ones, a young man makes the fatal mistake of turning down the high school outcast as his date to the prom. He pays for his actions when the wallflower takes matters into her own hands.

The Loved Ones is a 2009 Australian horror, written and directed by Sean Byrne, which follows the tale of a young girl who gets rejected by her desired prom date. As the old saying goes, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and for Lola Stone, not getting what she wants isn't an option. The spoiled princess enlists the help of her loving daddy to kidnap her prince and bring him back to their place for a mock prom. Except, their version of prom includes a whole lot more torture.

Lola is the typical daddy's little princess but slightly more unhinged. Not to mention, her father is a little crazy himself. Together, their dysfunctional relationship destroys families as well as the lives of vulnerable young men. When Brent turns Lola down, he never expected he'd be paying for it in blood and when Lola takes out her revenge, she never expected to get a fight.

The film was just released in the United States after much critical praise for Byrne and his debut addage to the horror genre. The film pays homage to horror classics like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Misery, and The People Under the Stairs with a mixture of newer films like Hostel.


The Loved Ones is heavy on violence and gore but the way in which the scenes are directed, full of bright colors like hot pink, makes them appear beautiful. The soundtrack is an added bonus that gives the movie a psychedelic, happy feeling despite the depressing subject matter. Plus, the cover is super pretty.

Robin McLeavy gave a chilling and relentless performance as Lola, perfectly exhibiting personality traits and actions of an indivudual with serious mental issues. Her character was presented as very unsympathetic and full-on evil as she brutally tortures her victim in a playful manner. Mcleavy's girlish giddiness made the characer more frightening because it showed audiences how emotionally unhinged she was and how little human life meant to her. The entire situation was a game to her, which she made clear when expressing her past conquests to Brent all with a devious smile across her face.

Although Lola was meant to be despised, I couldn't help but like her for being so badass. Seeing a female character in a powerful situation usually suited for a man--no matter how awful her ruling actually may be--was refreshing. McLeavy's facial expressions and her eyes that seduced the camera, made her a very powerful character to me. I was fascinated by her, her beliefs, and her actions and didn't want to take my eyes off of her. Not to mention, the subtle looks she would exchange with her father, played by John Brumpton, succeeded in creeping me out, despite their quickness.

McLeavy is what made the film worth watching for me as she was definitely the best character in the movie. Brumpton's portrayal of daddy was second because he came off as very timid and quiet but whenever he had to take care of business for his little girl, he made sure to do it and make it count. His character reminded me of serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer (which the murders are based on), who on the outside looked like a shy and gentle man but on the inside was deeply disturbed and itching to act out his sadistic desires.

Xavier Samuel, who played Brent, didn't disappoint as the victim, either. He was in a difficult situation throughout the movie and had to convey all of his fears and anger through his eyes and he succeeded in making the audience feel his pain. The tragedy that occurs in his life prior to his kidnapping, as well as the depression he experienced, nicely ties into his story arc. The audience sees his character fully transform and realize that he wants to live and he wants to fight for his survival, which is one good thing that came out of the situation for him.

Although The Loved Ones is an entertaining and stunningly beautiful horror film, the hype it was given is what contributed to its downfall--for me, anyway. I am not saying that I hated the movie, because I didn't. With all of its positive reviews and statements regarding it as the best horror movie of the year, I was expecting a lot more from what I was given.

The torture in the film was creative because Byrne took certain instances from the real-life crimes of Dahmer and Robert Berdella, however, once that was taken out of the equation, the film didn't feel completely new for me. I understand that Byrne was paying homage to Texas Chainsaw but it seemed as though a lot of what happened in the film was a rehashing of older tales. Not to mention, there were several horror cliche's thrown in the mix, such as the cop who investigates a scene without calling backup as well as stupid character decisions that should have been avoided.

Some people had issues with a subplot that didn't seem to have anything to do with the rest of the story but the director's mission was clear; the subplot was meant to break up the intensity of the film and give viewers time to catch their breath and recover from all of the misery they had witnessed. Having said that, I think that Byrne could have improved on the subplot and tied it in more closely with the overall story because what we were given didn't reward us with anything in the end.

Speaking of endings, this film's ending was almost anti-climactic. We see our victim go through hell and back and we expect this battle to erupt on screen but none of that really happens. It was just an ending with a neat bow tied onto it and fade to black that left me feeling slightly cheated.

The idea and the main characters of the film were perfect. I was entertained all of the way through, despite some minor hesitations I had about particular issues. However, those things can easily be overlooked because the film pretty much gave me what I wanted: a fun ride. It was an excellent first film for Byrne who clearly has a knack for filmmaking--he just has to work more on his storytelling.

Some may argue that this horror is nothing but torture porn and I would strongly disagree. Yes, there are several instances of torture in the movie but I wouldn't define it as a torture film. We don't get to see a lot of the torture that is inflicted upon Brent; we get to see the excited reactions from Lola and Daddy as they examine their work of art. The color in the film makes the situation more bearable to watch because it doesn't feel like a torture flick.

The Loved Ones is more a story of losing the will to live and regaining it back again as well as a young girl coming to terms with her daddy-issues. A lot of violence, sex, and drugs is nicely sprinkled throughout.

This is an awesome and entertaining horror film with a badass female as the villain. I wouldn't go as far as saying it was the greatest horror of all time but it was extremely fun to watch. Try to go into it without listening to others perceptions, although, that will probably be hard to do after reading this review as well as countless others on horror sites.




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Military Preps for Zombie Outbreak


With the increasing amount of zombie outbreak drills happening across the U.S., along with the mysterious cannibalistic attacks, it seems that even the government is certain of a zombie apocalypse on the horizon. Security firm, HALO Corp, will be holding a zombie apocalypse drill as a part of their annual counter-terrorism summit next month.

The Military Times reports that HALO's drill will include around 1,000 military personnel, police officials, medical workers, and federal experts whom will prepare and act out a real-life zombie disaster. In the exercise, participants will learn exactly how to respond to a worldwide pandemic, where people  usually react similarly to zombies (i.e. violent, crazy, fearful).

There aren't many details on the upcoming scenario, however, the Military Times noted that the zombies in the drill will not be real. The HALO Corporation isn't the only company prepping for disaster with a zombie drill; earlier in the month, The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement saying, "The zombies are coming," in effort to get people to prepare for disaster situations. The Center for Disease Control issued similar zombie statements as a fun way to bring attention to the issue.

Sure, it's all fun and games until people actually start waking up from the dead and begin taking over our streets in search of food. If you laugh now, you will cry later. Take precautions and take the zombie apocalypse seriously--or you will get your face eaten off.

Friday, September 14, 2012

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New Images from S3 of The Walking Dead


In exactly one month, fans will be reunited with their favorite (and not-so-favorite) apocalyspe survivors and be introduced to some badass new faces in the season 3 premiere of The Walking Dead. New images were released to TVLine today to keep us happy until then and although they're not extremely exciting, they still gave me a ginormous nerd boner.

The upcoming season, which is composed of 16 all-new episodes, follows Rick and the gang as they continue to struggle for survival, this time seeking refuge in an abandoned prison. The group quickly realize that the zombies are the least of their worries when they run into the Governor (David Morrissey).

Season 3 of the AMC zombie drama premieres Sunday, October 14 at 9pm!



 
Check out the images below:







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Maine is Fully Prepared for a Zombie Apocalypse


With the abundance of zombie attacks happening lately, it doesn't hurt to prepare for the impending apocalypse. People in Bangor, Maine (Stephen King's hometown) have stepped things up a notch and decided to have a zombie training exercise which allowed residents and medical officials to experience and learn how to react once a zombie outbreak happens.

The Bangor Daily News reported of the event, which occurred this past Summer, detailing a daylong pandemic exercise created by Bangor city officials. The drill existed of 100 emergency responders from 8 different area counties who were reacting to a zombie virus that originated from a bite in Jamaica, eventually making its way to their town.

Victims exposed to the virus were given stickers to wear on their legs, marking them as bite victims, and were either given a "zombie vaccine" to stop the infection, or they became zombies. Along with the zombies, other participants were training on how to deal with mass casualties.

Director of the Northeastern Maine Regional Resource Center, Kathy Knight, told The Maine Public Broadcasting Network, "This gives us the opportunity to do something a little bit different, but it still has the same principles that would apply in a real situation."

She continued, "[Emergency workers] need to figure out what they need, how they’re going to respond and how they are going to share their resources to respond to the disaster. They need to know who to go to outside their community to find the resources they don’t have, so it’s a different twist."

Well, people in Maine may have bad teeth, but they are damn well prepared for a zombie apocalypse. I know where I'm headed once shit hits the fan.
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Blood-Covered Man Bites Woman's Head


Eating people is all the rage these days and 20 year-old Richard Cimino Jr. just wanted to be a part of all the fun! The Pennsylvania man was arrested by police after (allegedly) chewing on the head of a female. Oh, and he was naked too. Of course! Why risk getting all that blood on a perfectly fine pair of pants?

The newest zombie-attack happened this morning, Friday, September 14, in Hawley, PA. The gentleman apparently decided to park his car on the side of the road and strip to his skivies while simultaneously "screaming like an animal." When police arrived to the scene, they were forced to use stun guns to subdue him.

Before the attacks, Cimino attempted to break into a home but was chased away by the owner. When that break-in failed, he broke into a vacant home where he got into his birthday suit and lept from the 2nd floor window. I guess stairs are overrated.

Police speculate that he suffered injuries from the jump, explaining that he was covered in blood. After his mad dash from the house, he spotted 2 females and decided to attack one of them. When officials arrived to the scene, Cimino continued to be belligerent and punched a medic in the face. After taking the crazed man down, he was sent to Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton for an evaluation.

Somewhere Ronald Poppo is muttering, "My face was eaten off before it was cool."

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