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Blaxploitation Horror Classics

Posted in Alexander S. Brown, blaxploitation, blaxploitation cinema, blaxploitation horror, cult classic, cult classics, cult favorites, Cult horror, discussion, entertaining, entertainment, frightening, Horror, horror art, Horror Fans, Horror Lovers, Horror Movies, Horror Punks, Independent Horror, movie discussion, movie review, movies, scary, scary movies on February 11, 2017 by Alexander S. Brown

With February being Black History Month, I wanted to write about a sub-genre that doesn’t receive the spotlight it deserves.  Rather than focus on movies that might be too contemporary, or mainstream, I would like to start at the beginning.  Below is a list of five Blaxploitation classics that have gained cult followings, and have laid the stepping stones for modern day African American horror cinema.

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House on Skull Mountain is an underrated gem with a simple premise.  The movie begins with a mambo by the name of Pauline Christophe who dies from old age in her home.  Upon her passing, the heirs to her estate arrive at her mansion to receive their inheritance.  Once gathered, each family member is terrorized and murdered by a supernatural power summoned by a bokor.

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Although I’m sure the scenery in this classic won’t creep out today’s younger generation, there are quite a few chilling shots and set designs.  Examples include: the land formation of Skull Mountain and the burial scene in the family cemetery.  Even the architecture and decoration of the mansion itself felt brooding and empty.  Overall, the entire property is a true stereotype to the word “haunting” in every aspect of its definition.  Furthermore, to increase the viewer’s tension, the director provides optical illusions, that subliminally keeps us observant of the architecture and character’s environment.

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Not only is there gothic eye candy galore, the movie is packed with symbolism.  A good portion of the symbols presented are self-explanatory, such as the hooded figure representing death, or the snake (whereas here it represents evil, rather than Damballa who is synchronized with positive entities.)  Yet, there are a few enigmatic segments.  The crow dropping a charm onto Pauline Christophe’s grave requires more interpretation from the viewer.  In some customs, the crow represents life magic, adaptability, and destiny.  The charm it drops is a voodoo symbol for death.  Also, this scene foreshadows later conflict.  Midway through the feature, we see a caged crow.  Although this could be interpreted many ways, my mind perceived it as symbolism representing repressed life, discomfort, and being restrained from one’s destiny.

Despite this being hailed as a part of the Blaxploitation genre, I feel it should take a step further and become known as Gothic Horror due to its style and set design.

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I hesitated on seeing Blacula for quite some time, because I had yet to develop a taste for campy cinema.  However, upon viewing it, I found myself quickly engrossed due its pacing, plot, and symbolism.

In this re-imaging of Bram Stoker’s masterpiece, Blacula opens with a strong reflection on slavery.  After Prince Mamuwalde and his bride, Luva, travel to Transylvania to convince the infamous Count Dracula to end the slave trade, Dracula transforms Mamuwalde into a vampire.  Such as what any slave master would do to his slaves, Dracula strips Mamuwalde’s of his African name and mockingly dubs him, Blacula.  Next, Count Dracula traps him in a coffin and leaves Luva to die in captivity.  Two centuries later, a gay interracial couple are snooping around a warehouse where they accidentaly release Blacula from his coffin.  Once free, Blacula goes on a killing spree where he encounters Tina, who happens to be the reincarnation of Luva.

One reason I appreciate this film is due to the decisions that were made while filming.  Originally, Blacula’s name was to be Andrew Brown.  Yet, actor William Marshall demanded that the character have dignity.  Because of Mr. Marshall, the concept of Andrew Brown was scrapped, and the backstory of Mamuwalde was born.  Also, the choice of a rhythm and blues soundtrack was a good decision.  It keeps the viewer drawn into the theme of the 70s, rather than the horror elements.

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Another reason I appreciate Blacula is because it is a solid horror movie.  Neverminding how some of the makeup isn’t top notch, the director redeems himself by providing suspenseful timing for scares.  A perfect example of this is the morgue scene where one of Blacula’s victims rises from a gurney, runs down the hall, and attacks the mortician.  In the few seconds this vampire is on camera, she is wide eyed with animalistic rage, her hair is disheveled, and her screaming mouth reveals a set of lethal fangs.  To this day, I can’t figure out why this moment is so effective.  I have been torn between questioning if it’s the makeup, the slow-motion filming, or a mixture of both.  Without a doubt, this vampire is what nightmares are made of.

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Throughout the movie, Blacula embodies an iconic physical and emotional character.  In some ways, his character design pays a greater homage to the literary Dracula compared to other movies.  In the book, Stoker provides brief description of Dracula’s facial hair.  Opposed to Gary Oldman’s Dracula who kept a gentleman’s mustache, William Marshall provides a facial canvas that is monstrously highlighted by bizarre hair patterns, which ends up being nightmare fuel.

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Abby is a movie that I was surprised to hear mentioned when I inquired on my social media about Blaxploitation Horror.  For years, it has been one of those hidden gems that I loved, but I thought no one else knew of its existence.   I can’t help but think Warner Bros. is to blame for is limited audience, since WB sued American International Pictures on grounds of copyright issues.  Because of the squabble surrounding Abby ripping off of The Exorcist, this movie fell into a premature grave that wasn’t resurrected until years later.  Despite Warner Bros. winning the infringement lawsuit, one would have to grasp at straws to see a deep connection between Abby and The Exorcist.

Abby begins with Dr. Williams (Abby’s father in law, played by William Marshall) lecturing his class about the entity named Eshu.  For his minimal explanation, we learn Eshu is a trickster, a creator of whirlwinds, and chaos.  Research proves this brief description is accurate.  However, research also explains Eshu’s duty is to ensure that the world maintains balance.  To obtain this balance, Eshu provokes chaos.

Next, Dr. Williams visits Nigeria and finds a puzzle box hidden within a cave he is excavating.  Upon opening the box, he unleashes the very spirit he earlier lectured about.  As coincidental as this sounds, the world of occultism shows there are 101 paths to Eshu.  After the spirit is released, it travels across the Atlantic Ocean where it arrives in America and possesses Abby.  Throughout the feature, it’s never explains why the spirit chooses Abby as its host.  However, since Abby is married to a reverend, and her father in law is also ordained, one can assume Abby’s possession is because she’s the closest of kin to Dr. Williams who isn’t a minister.

The movie does progress without conformation if the spirit possessing Abby’s body is actually Eshu or not.  Even at one point, Dr. Williams speculates the spirit isn’t actually Eshu.  Instead, it is an impostor.  Other than Dr. Williams uncovering the possessed artifact, and the speculation of whether or not the spirit possessing Abby is an impostor, there are no other connections I could depict between this movie and The Exorcist.

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Overall, Abby is fun.  Some of the makeup designs aren’t great, and once possessed, some of Abby’s dialogue sounds suitable for the spoof skit SNL did of The Exorcist.  By no means would I call this movie scary or grotesque.  Instead, it’s a fun installment in the Blaxploitation sub-genre that does deserve to be watched late at night with a group of friends.  Rarely do I ever say this, but I would be interested to see Abby remade.

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J.D.’s Revenge is a movie I had considered watching throughout my life, but I recently settled on viewing it prior to this blog.  The plot focuses on a New Orleans resident named Isaac.  One night when he and his girlfriend Christella are on a date, they attend a hypnosis act where he volunteers to be hypnotized.  When Isaac has successfully reached a trance state, he becomes the unwilling host of a hustler who died in the 1940s known as J.D.  With Isaac gradually acquiring more of J.D.’s mannerisms, J.D. eventually becomes the dominant inhabitant of Isaac’s body, resulting in attempted rape, murder, and exacting revenge upon those who murdered him and his sister, Betty Jo.

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Out of all of the movies on this list, I felt this one had the least to offer in regards to content.  Still, I enjoyed the movie as a period piece and a thriller.  Besides J.D.’s Revenge, being exactly what it is, a man possessed by a vengeful hustler, there aren’t any deep metaphors, or real social commentary to philosophize on.  With food for thought being limited, I suggest audiences to leave their brain at the door, relax, and enjoy this as a supernatural thriller.  The concept is simple, the cast is well put together, and there are quite a few fun one liners throughout.

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Sugar Hill is a movie I immediately fell in love with upon viewing.  The plot follows an upcoming voodoo princess named Sugar Hill.  After a gang murders her boyfriend because he refuses to sell his nightclub, Sugar Hill visits a voodoo queen named Mama Maitreese for help.  Once explaining the circumstance, Mama introduces her to Baron Samedi, who provides her with a gang of zombies to exact her revenge.  With the basis simplistic, this allows a greater concentration on the social commentary, which focuses on racism.

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This Blaxploitation classic is a must see due to the acting, casting, and character design alone.  One can’t help but like Sugar Hill.  She is portrayed as a strong, powerful woman, which I’m a sucker for in horror movies.  She is full of sass, isn’t afraid to risk her soul for sweet revenge, and whenever she is opposed with conflict, she remains calm with stone cold features.

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The overzealous portrayal of Baron Samedi is one of the most diabolic representations I have ever seen.  Rather his character moping about, he is energy driven with a wide-eyed gaze and a brazen grin.  By the glee he displays when assisting Sugar Hill, we can assume he loves his job.

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Mama Maitreese is a fun character because she is the true personification of what one might expect from an elderly voodoo queen.  She is full of knowledge, advice, and behind her grandmotherly appearance is a force not to be reckoned with.

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After honoring the strongest of Sugar Hill’s cast, I can’t close this blog without expressing my admiration towards her zombie gang.  Unlike the flesh-eating zombies that we have become so accustomed to in movies and literature, these zombies are the traditional Haitian ghoul whose sole purpose isn’t to eat, but serve their conjurer.  Their makeup and their bulbous, glassy eyes feel soulless, robotic, and they somewhat pay homage to the zombies featured in, I Walked with a Zombie.

I hope everyone enjoyed this list.  Besides the five movies I spoke of, there are quite a few other classics in circulation regarding African American themed horror.  At the moment, I’m not sure if I want to focus on movies or books for next Black History Month.  Instead of racking my brains over the subject, how about I leave the decision up to you?  Would you prefer next year’s African American Horror blog to be based on movies or books?  Please, leave your answer in the comments.

P.S. If you say movies, there’s a chance I will have quite a few contemporary films listed, most of which, everyone has already seen.  If you say books, there’s a chance I will have quite a few hidden gems up my sleeve.  The choice is yours.

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Lords of Salem Book/Movie Comparison

Posted in Alexander S. Brown, authors, Book Reviews, books, cult books, cult classic, cult classics, cult favorites, Cult horror, discussion, entertaining, entertainment, fandom, Fiction, frightening, holidays, Horror, Horror Authors, Horror Book, Horror Books, Horror Fans, Horror Fiction, horror literature, Horror Lovers, Horror Movies, Horror Punks, Horror Readers, literature, movie discussion, movie review, movies, Read, readers, reading, Readings, Rob Zombie, scary, scary movies on November 26, 2016 by Alexander S. Brown

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During October I decided to listen to something witchy.  Considering I’m a huge fan of the movie, The Lords of Salem, I gave the audiobook an opportunity. For those who don’t prefer audiobook, TLOS is also available in print.

Upon finishing TLOS, my immediate thoughts were: I should have read the book first, it seems Rob Zombie’s hands were tied regarding onscreen content, and the studio butchered the Hell out of the movie.  The book is a companion that addresses some of the random scenes featured in the film.  Also, the backstory of the main characters, especially Heidi, seems more developed.  Aside from offering more information, the book is 100% more brutal than what the studios released.

In comparison to the movie, the book doesn’t provide any new twists or scares, and it follows the same concept throughout. The major differences regard ritual sacrifice, the descendants hypnotized by the coven’s music, and the concert sequence.  Movie wise, these scenes were watered down.  Had the movie not utilized nudity, drugs, or explicit language, it could have been pg-13. However, if these very elements were removed from the book, the subject matter would still teeter between NC-17 and R, due to violence alone.

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With gore and character development aside, the book provides a brief reasoning for the delusions Heidi suffered, mostly giving insight to the humanoid creatures.  The way these delusions appear in the movie, makes the viewer feel like something frightening is placed at the most random spot for no reason. The book suggests these creatures are used to put Heidi in a low place mentally, physically, and spiritually.  Furthermore, they are given a brief origin, as the authors suggest these creatures were once human.  Thus allowing the reader to speculate that the entities are the results of damned human souls.

Although, it seems that if one reads the book, they should skip the movie, I assure you, this isn’t the case.  Despite the movie won’t provide the intensity found within the book, it introduces Rob Zombie’s ability to create a visually satisfying art house movie.  From start to end, Zombie unleashes hellish scenes, historic urban settings, and Kubrickian imagery.

However, the eye candy doesn’t end with the artistic angle alone, as the casting is favorable to cult icons.  I think what makes TLOS so frightening is not only the character Margret Morgan, but the way Meg Foster portrays her by image and vocals.  Character wise, Margret Morgan is one of the most frightening witches since The Black Queen in Dario Argento’s Susperia.  Actress wise, this role makes us remember why Meg Foster is an icon to start with.

Even though Sherri Moon Zombie is already iconic, her role as Heidi reinforces her cult status.  My supporting reasons include Heidi’s musical and wardrobe taste, her tangible personality, and her unsettling skull face.  Compared to Moon’s other roles, her portraying Heidi is a great contrast between her prior achievements, such as: Baby Firefly and Deborah Myers.

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Casting honorable mentions include: Bruce Davidson (Willard & The Crucible), Jeff Daniel Phillips (To Die for 2 & Halloween 2), Judy Geeson (Berserk & Goodbye Gemini), Patricia Quinn (Rocky Horror Picture Show & Shock Treatment), Dee Wallace (The Howling & Cujo), and Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead & From Beyond).

From a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the worst, 10 being the best, I would rate the book a 9 and the audio narration a 10.  Bringing my final decision to a 9 ½ total.  Movie, I would rate a 7 ½ .

Do You Have the Guts?

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For those who have never read Haunted, the experience that awaits you lacks comparison to any other book by Chuck Palahniuk.  Crafted in the style of what would happen if John Waters paid homage to The Canterbury Tales, the reader is shaken by stories that are grotesque, humorous, and depressing. Described as a novel of short stories, Haunted opens with our lead characters gathering on a bus for a once in a lifetime writer’s retreat.

At their destination, the aspiring authors discover the retreat is an abandoned theater where they are expected to write their masterpiece.  With reluctance, they proceed forward, hoping this experience will help them produce a bestseller.  Once entering the theater, they are locked inside for three months.  To intensify their experience further, the retreat’s host Mr. Whittier, and his assistant Tess Clark, deprive their guests of sleep, food, water, and warmth, until someone produces a successful story.

With the stage set, each chapter unfolds in three sections: the wrap around story, a free verse poem introducing one author at a time, and a story narrated by the author who introduced themselves by poem.  From here, each of the seventeen authors try to outdo the other by making their story more shocking, depressing, or repulsive than the last.

What intrigued me most were the pseudonyms given to the authors, and how their names foreshadowed their stories.  From this motley crew, my favorite characters include: Saint Gut Free, Mother Nature, Lady Baglady, The Earl of Slander, Director Denial, Conrad Snarky, Baroness Frostbite, Reverend Godless, Tess Clark, and Mr. Whittier.  The rest of the characters are divided between mediocre and unappealing.  Although some of the stories weren’t as good as others, the wrap around tale kept me on the edge of my seat.

The first story, Guts by Saint Gut Free, stirs emotions similar to what one might expect if a grenade fell into a septic tank. Holding strong with its infamous ability to make readers faint, I consider this piece to be a rite of passage that will prolapse the soul.  Considering I am the sicko that I praise myself to be, I found a free audio upload of this story on YouTube, which I shared on social media.  This entry is my favorite and everyone should experience it blindly.  If you would like to lose your innocence, click HERE for the audio of Guts.

Foot Work by Mother Nature isn’t as grotesque as Guts, but it provides a unique scenario. I became enthralled with the originality this tale had in aspects that were sexual and crime related. By the end of the story, I questioned the reality of the circumstance, and it made me want to explore the pros and cons of reflexology.

Slumming by Lady Baglady was a story that utilized maximum intensity without relying on extreme sex or gore. This segment presents a role-playing scenario between a wealthy married couple, which soon goes from fun to frightening.  As the story concludes, it leaves the reader with an old-school sense of dread, adding a whole new level of fear to being homeless.

Swan Song by The Earl of Slander reminds me of an adulterated Aesop’s Fables.  The segment focuses on The Earl’s career as a reporter.  Down on his luck, he decides to further his career by planting a kiddie porn collection in the home of a retired child star.  Before the story can end happily for The Earl, an ironic twist causes him to regret his actions.  In a sense, the ending is delivered like a tasteless joke that is amusing, despite its poor taste.

Exodus by Director Denial is my 2nd favorite story in Haunted.  To me, this story focuses on how some people harbor dark perversities, or secrets, and can keep these private thoughts buried deep, until something allows them to indulge. The scenario here includes two preteen sex dolls, an eccentric case worker, and a horny police squad.  Although this segment is deeply perverted, it does provide dark humor.

Speaking Bitterness by Conrad Snarky was a difficult pill to swallow. It was degrading, and deeply saturated in bigotry.  Yet, it was my third favorite story as it focuses on adult bullying and instigators.  In my opinion, this entry is the most powerful of the book and I can see it confusing the emotions of someone who has discriminated.

Hot Potting by The Baroness Frostbite is a piece that grants backstory to her disfigured appearance.  In this action packed, survivalist themed sequence, I was on the edge of my seat until the final word.  Although predicting the tragedy long before it unfolded, I continued reading with anticipation.  Once the inevitable happened, my skin crawled due to Palahniuk’s cringeworthy prose.

Punch Drunk by Reverend Godless tells about the reverend being an ex-military man who plans to get rich from lip sinking to Celine Dion while in drag. However, that is not the extent of his plan and his reasoning for getting rich is just as intriguing. Written to not be humorous, grotesque, or shocking, this story comes off as nothing more but depressing. Yet, its motive is an untouched concept that will hold one’s interest.

Post-Production, The Nightmare Box, Poster Child, and Cassandra are all stories by Tess Clark, which chronicle her life and the life of her abducted daughter Cassandra.  Determined to learn what happened to her daughter, Tess returns to the location where Cassandra was found, which is also the very spot in which she is now trapped.  The number of stories that Tess was provided surprised me, since all other characters were granted fewer spots. Despite her frequent returns throughout the book, her interesting life could have been expanded into a full novel.  In her stories, she shares about her career as a porn star, her botched plastic surgery, the abduction and rescue of her self-mutilating daughter, and a mercy killing.

Last, but not least, the stories: Dog Days and Obsolete chronicle the life of, and is told by, Mr. Whittier. These stories give a solid background to our villain who has orchestrated this torturous writer’s retreat.  They detail how he received the theater and how he blackmailed his way into wealth. Although it seems that he will continue orchestrating to the end of the book, an unseen turn of events happens during the frame story, making matters go from bad to worse.

Out of the 23 stories, 14 of these were enjoyable, and the others did very little to keep my attention.  Although some stories lacked, the characters who told them played vital roles in the frame story itself.  From a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the worst and 10 being the best, I give this an 8, mostly because of the stories by Miss America, The Duke of Vandals, The Matchmaker, Sister Vigilante, Chef Assassin, Agent Tattletale, The Missing Link, The Countess Foresight, and Miss Sneezy falling short.  Yet, after factoring in the creativity of this book, the likable stories, and the pacing of the frame story, the better content outweighs the boring.

I Have Lived to Tell About Psycho Path

Posted in Alexander S. Brown, entertaining, entertainment, fandom, ghosts, Halloween, Halloween Events, holidays, Horror, Horror Fans, Horror Lovers, Horror Punks, Mississippi, Mississippi Events, october, paranormal, Psycho Path Haunted Attraction, Read, readers, reading, Readings, scary, south, Splatterpunk on October 23, 2016 by Alexander S. Brown

 

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As Halloween approaches, I have decorated my house, gathered new horror movies, and downloaded the audiobook of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to enjoy on my back porch on Halloween Eve. Now, all I have to do is carve a few Jack O’ Lanterns, and I’ll be ready for the night when all things run amuck.  Although, I will spend my Halloween at home, I would like to share with my readers an opportunity that they will not want to miss.

Last night, I went to the haunted attraction known as Psycho Path in Ellisville, MS.  Their complete info, for those who want to visit is as follows:

Psycho Path

28 Buffalo Hill Road

Ellisville, MS 39437

Phone: 601-641-1757

Payment is cash only, no refunds.

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Myself and partner arrived early to avoid any lines, and we had the opportunity to speak with the ticket booth operator, a sweet woman by the name of Mamma Psycho.  In the time we were waiting, we learned fun facts about the path, such as how long it takes to set up and how frequently the owner changes the path, so it continues to surprise returning guests.

Before purchasing our tickets, we were warned that we could get blood, or dirt, on us.  Furthermore, Mamma Psycho stated, real weapons were used inside the path, and the actors/actresses were allowed to touch their guests, which could result in being pulled off the path.  By the way, if you visit in a large group, expect to be divided if your group is over 10 people.  The path can only take 10 people at a time, due to safety and small spaces, please respect this rule for your own safety and don’t hassle anyone about it.

When the time came to enter the path, we were led by a tour guide, who wore a bloody jumpsuit and a sack over his head.  Clutched in his right hand was a real meat hook.  His voice, guttural and menacing.  Behind us was his assistant, who was dressed as an erotic court jester from Hell.  While we followed our guide, and he spoke of the horrors that filled the woods, she took great care of us, as she informed when a dip down was coming, where roots were, holes, etc.  Because of them knowing the land that we walked upon, no one had any problems in exploration.

I won’t give away many spoliers, but I can’t describe the overall experience by keeping everything to myself.  The first scene we approached was interactive.  Our guide explained we had 30 seconds to make a choice, and the results could be to our favor, or not.  All I can say is, do it.  Open the door.

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As we ascended the path, we went through a maze that became disorienting.  This is when the actors/actresses took advantage of the darkness and came after those who are walking through.  Once past the darkest section of the path, we were brought to a grim scene dedicated to Mississippi witches.  At this stop, our guide provided a story of murder and mayhem.  Besides the typical witch burnings, or hangings, one might expect to hear about, the story he told was unique and chilling.

From this attraction to the next, we had more actors/actresses attack, until we came to a location that harbored a bedframe with a sinister history.  The story that our guide provided for this relic is sure to make one feel like they are staring the devil in the eye.

Next, we were presented with a school bus, which we were told to load upon and sit.  Here, we received a story that is perhaps one of the most unsettling tales I have ever heard in a tour, which also provides, names, location, ages, and accuracy on the horrors that had happened on this bus.  As I listened to the tragedy that befell one poor girl, I couldn’t help but feel myself growing anxious with vibes that urged I was partaking in something forbidden.

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After leaving the bus, if you haven’t already run for the hills, be sure your shoelaces are tied, because running will be important for the final scene.  After surviving the path, I was so excited about what I had experienced, I inquired with one of the actresses if the stories they told were true, or if they were just part of the show.  The actress confirmed, “Both, the stories are part of the show, but they are also true.”  Furthermore, she spoke about experiencing paranormal activity on the path, and how she lacked a rational explanation to debunk what had happened.

For the first time in a decade, I have experienced a truly frightening attraction, and I have no one else but the crew of Psycho Path to thank.  Prior to attending this haunt, I had no idea that not only would I receive scares, but I would explore a property that had collected haunted objects.  The overall experience made me feel like I had just walked through the Mississippi version of the infamous Warren’s Occult Museum.

Despite how intense this attraction is, it is family friendly.  However, if you have children who are inexperienced to horror, scares, or ghastly tales, I would suggest finding a babysitter.  Since this is a family friendly event, NO alcohol, bullying, or fighting is allowed on the premises.  Respect these rules and you will be able to experience the path in its full, adrenaline rushing glory.

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Controversial Movies 2

Posted in Alexander S. Brown, Controversial Films, cult classic, cult classics, cult favorites, Cult horror, discussion, entertaining, entertainment, foreign films, foreign horror films, foreign movies, frightening, Halloween, Horror, Horror Fans, Horror Lovers, Horror Movies, Horror Punks, Independent Horror, movie discussion, movie review, movies, october, scary, scary movies, Splatterpunk, Uncategorized on October 11, 2016 by Alexander S. Brown

As Halloween approaches, I have been asked again for a list of controversial horror movies.  If you have not seen the first list, click HERE to be redirected.  Below is another Top 10, that I consider to be movies that will repulse you and test the friendship of anyone who you dare share them with.

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Nekromantik 1 & 2 are German art house films, directed by the infamous Jorg Buttgereit.  For those who are wondering where these movies stand in underground cinema, John Waters quoted part 1 as, “Ground breakingly gruesome!  The first erotic film for necrophiles.” Although neither are as shocking as what their reputation proceeds, they are still worth the watch for gorehounds.

Nekromantik opens with a cleanup crew bagging the corpses from a car crash. The attention zooms in on a street sweeper named Rob, who seems smitten by the mangled bodies.  Shortly thereafter, we gain insight into his life, and learn that he and his girlfriend, Betty, have an unhealthy obsession with death.  Living in a world where only their thoughts have subdued their taboo urges, Rob takes the next step to make their dream a reality.

Presented as causal as a person bringing home a third party for a ménage a trois, Rob smuggles into his apartment a full bodied decomposing corpse, which is used sexually by himself and Betty. When Betty falls in love with the corpse, she runs off and takes it with her.  By Betty leaving, Rob spirals out into a descent of madness, until the epic conclusion, which is one of the most bizarre masturbation scenes I have ever witnessed. Perhaps the director is trying to say that open relationships can kill an already established relationship?

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Nekromantik 2 picks up where its predecessor left off. However, as the first movie focused on a male necrophile, its sequel focuses on Monika, a female necrophile. The opening scene shows our lead female digging up Rob’s grave. Such as in the first movie, she brings Rob’s decomposing corpse back to her home, where she attempts to make love to it.

Not long after, Monika meets Mark, and a love interest sparks.  While pursuing a relationship with a living person, she keeps her necrophilic lifestyle a secret. After Rob’s corpse deteriorates further, she saws off his head and genitals, and keeps them preserved in her refrigerator.  Next, Monika lures Mark into her apartment for sex, and the result will make you lose your head. Perhaps the director is commenting on how some people move from one stagnate relationship to the next?

Regardless of how puke worthy these movies are, they both have a beautifully instrumental soundtrack. Also, the art house fashion they are filmed in leaves room for interpretation.

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Megan is Missing is an awareness film about Internet predators.  Although it doesn’t play on a gore factor, the subject matter hits hard.  The movie focuses on two fourteen-year-old girls, Megan and Amy. Although these two have polar opposite personalities, they carry a best friend status.  Megan plays the party hard, smoking, drinking, drug using character, who has already lost her virginity.  Amy is the shy, unpopular virgin who has good grades and refuses to indulge in substances.  Despite their personalities clashing, they find a deep understanding of one another that is documented through web cams, cell phones, and other found footage devices.

One day, Megan stumbles upon a seventeen-year-old boy in a chat room by the name of Josh.  When she suggests that they webcam together, he insists that his cam is broken and will only provide his voice.  As Megan develops a quick relationship with Josh, even though she has no clue what he looks like, the viewer gets a sense in the pit of their stomach that she is being manipulated.

While their online relationship grows, Megan introduces Amy to Josh via webcam.  Although Amy seems apprehensive, Megan continues to revel in her blossoming online relationship.  Days later, Megan decides to meet Josh, and upon their meeting, she is never heard from again.

From here, Amy dedicates herself to finding Megan. In the end, she does find Megan, and the grown man who identified himself as the teenage Josh.  However, the outcome will literally make your flesh crawl.

Despite how this movie does nothing more than indicate the abuse that the girls suffered, it is presented in a way that we might as well have bared witness to the horrors.  Even though I am not a parent, this movie haunted me for days to come.  It opened up my eyes to the possibilities of how well predators can manipulate children, even more so if the parents of these children are neglectful.

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Cannibal is a German art house film based on the true case of Armin Meiwes. For those unfamiliar with this case, Meiwes had spent his time in online chatrooms regarding taboos and fetishes. One night, he comes across Bernd Brandes who expresses his desire to submit to a cannibal. From there, the rest is history.

In the movie adaptation of this bizarre cannibal relationship, Meiwes’s character is known as The Man, and Brandes’s character is known as The Flesh.  Much like an actual online relationship, The Man and The Flesh, chat for some time.  When their fantasy can no longer be tamed, they meet and build a deeper relationship, with the understanding that this is building up to the moment where The Man consumes The Flesh.

Once they establish a trustworthy partnership, they begin discussing when and how their fantasy will unfold.  However, a small hiccup occurs and The Flesh leaves.  Determined not to let this moment pass him by, The Man confronts The Flesh at a train station and convinces The Flesh to return home with him.  Next, The Flesh guzzles down dangerous amounts of alcohol and pills, then he instructs The Man to castrate him, which he does.  Together, they eat the severed penis.  Afterwards, The Man takes The Flesh to the bathroom and bathes him before mutilating him further.

 
The conclusion of this movie is full of vomit, scat, and uncut scenes of gore.  The “in your face” fashion this is filmed in makes no apologies for the subject matter, and it finished on a note that is just as crude as the prior scenes.  Another noteworthy movie that tackles the Meiwes case is a movie called, Grimm Love staring Keri Russell. If you have a weak stomach, you might want to settle for the Grimm Love version.

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The Poughkeepsie Tapes is a movie that haunted me long after viewing it, and it is perhaps my favorite movie on this list. Since it never received a DVD/Blu Ray release, it can occasionally be seen floating around the Internet, like a snuff film that has accidentally leaked.

Shot in a found footage style, from the point of view of the serial killer, we receive insight into his home movies, which detail his methods of stalking, torturing, and killing.  Throughout his mayhem, one scene depicting a severed head sewn up in a dead woman’s stomach, the tapes focus on a victim, Cheryl Dempsey, who he kidnapped during her teenage years.  In the time that he has her as his prisoner, he dehumanizes her sexually and emotionally over what could easily be a decade.  The end result of what she has undergone, shows in her personality, as she becomes completely submissive.

The final segments of this movie focus on Cheryl’s rescue and her mentality.  Without gore, the movie ends on such a disturbing note, that her psychological state shook me more than the torture scenes.  If you do get a chance to view this movie, watch past the credits, there is a hidden scene at the end.  For me, since the only way this can be viewed is by finding it online, the experience creeped me out more than similar movies that one might have easy access to.

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Guinea Pig: Flower of Flesh and Blood is the infamous torture porn movie that caused Charlie Sheen to call the FBI and report it as a snuff film.  Obviously, this wasn’t the first complaint the FBI had received, as they were already investigating the filmmakers.  To everyone’s relief, the footage was deemed to be fake.

For those unfamiliar with the Guinea Pig movies, they are a series that gained notoriety during the 1980s -1990s. The original concept was to have the movies reflect Hideshi Hino’s manga.  Most of these movies are filmed in one location and lack any real plot. Their main purpose is to repulse and show off special effect skills.

Guinea Pig: Flower of Flesh and Blood is the most famous of the series.  For America, this is possibly because of Charlie Sheen calling the FBI, yet, it could be because this installment provides nerve cringing scenes that look so realistic, the viewer starts doubting if they are fake or not.

Since this movie lacks plot and provides gore for no other reason but to repulse, it doesn’t build a fear factor until the end, as we learn the maniac remains at large, looking for his next victim. Although some would say the idea isn’t frightening, I have always been compelled to make sure my doors are locked, and blinds are pulled, when a movie ends with the killer running amuck.

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The Girl Next Door is based off of the book by the same title and is inspired by the true story of Sylvia Likens and Gertrude Baniszewski. If you are looking for a movie that not only will repulse, but make your blood boil with rage, this one is for you.

The movie follows two sisters, Meg and Susan, who have lost their parents in a car crash.  With nowhere to go, they are sent to live with Aunt Ruth and her three sons.  Although this caregiver comes off as a loving parent, she encourages smoking and alcoholism among her sons and their friends.   As Aunt Ruth teeters on the edge of sanity from her own alcoholism and jealousy, she utilizes Meg as a scapegoat.

Once seeing what she can get away with, Ruth begins encouraging her children to also bully Meg.  Soon, the bullying and verbal abuse becomes physical with beatings and cigarette burns.  Shortly thereafter, Ruth ties Meg up in the basement where she is starved, deprived of sleep, gang raped, cut, beaten, and circumcised with a blow torch.

When seeing this movie, I had no clue what I had bargained for until after I watched it. If you are looking for that one film that will make you want to bathe in Clorox, this is it. However, if you are interested in the story vs. the torture porn aspects of it, the movie starring Ellen Page, Evan Peters, Catherine Kenner, and James Franco called An American Crime, could be more your speed.  Also, An American Crime is more of an accurate telling.

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Begotten is a movie that just can’t be categorized. Instead of it being a flat out horror movie, I could easily see it falling into the fantasy genre. Begotten is truly a one of a kind experience, as there is no dialogue, or music, for its entire length. Instead of conversing persons, sound effects, or theme songs, we have 72 minutes worth of chirping crickets.

Filmed in harsh black and white, without utilizing any of the gray scale, we watch as God disembowels himself. After he dies, a female known as Mother Earth emerges from him and impregnates herself with his seed. As she wanders off into a barren wasteland, she gives birth to a full grown man, who she leaves to the elements. In the credits, this character is known as Son of Earth.

Just when I didn’t think the movie could become any more bizarre, a group of nomads encounter Son of Earth and drag him away by what appears to be an umbilical cord.  After these nomads torture and burn Son of Earth, Mother Earth returns to him, attempting to bring him comfort.

During her coddling, the nomads rape and dismember her, as Son of Earth is forced to watch.  Next, they dismember Son of Earth, then they bury him with Mother Earth.  Once both have been buried, flowers bloom across the once barren land.

Although Begotten’s graphic scenes are few and in between. It is an intense movie that sucks the viewer into its hypnotic imagery and story.  For those who are curious to what this movie represents, it is supposed to be the writer/director’s take on Genesis.

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Martyrs is a movie that left me feeling stunned. The movie opens with a young girl named Lucie escaping what appears to be an abandoned warehouse.  By her appearance, we assume she has undergone a tremendous degree of torture.  After Lucie is rescued, she is taken in by an orphanage where she befriends Anna, a girl who is near her own age.  The childhood sequence wraps itself up with Lucie catching a glimpse of something unworldly.

A decade later, Lucie and Anna hunt down the family responsible for her child abuse.  Once her vengeance has been exacted, the movie takes a hard turn for the worse.  Although filled with scenes of intense gore, violence, and torture, this movie is packed with twists and turns, and still delivers a psychological plot.

The first time I saw Martyrs, I went into it blindly, and I’m glad I did. First, I thought it was a revenge movie.  Then I thought it was a creature movie.  Finally, I saw it was a speculative film commenting on those who witness the afterlife.  Out of all of the movies listed here, this is the most unique, creative, and thought provoking of the bunch.

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I Spit on Your Grave (original). By now, everyone has either seen, or heard of I Spit on Your Grave. In case you are one of the few left in the dark, here’s the concept. A young author, Jennifer Hills, takes refuge in the wilderness and is gang raped by a group of locals. After being left for dead, she recuperates and exacts her revenge.

My first experience watching this was when I was a teenager, and it was like having a bucket of ice water dumped on me.  Never before, or since, have I seen a rape sequence this descriptive, as the brutality spans for the better part of 30 minutes. Although some of the acting could be considered B rated, the effects and rape sequence is realistic enough to make one question if the scenes are acted or not.

In my opinion, the one scene that could prevent someone from continuing forward in this movie, if they aren’t already used to extreme cinema, is the boulder rape scene. If you make it past that, the bottle rape and castration scenes will be a walk in the park.  For anyone looking for the ultimate revenge flick, it doesn’t get any better than the original I Spit on Your Grave.

I hope you enjoyed this list.  I look forward to everyone’s comments.  And if you do decide to venture into any of these movies, proceed with caution.

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Jack O’ Lantern Shot Recipe

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Last night, I shared online that I concocted a secret shot recipe for my new book, The Night the Jack O’ Lantern Went Out.

I offered to reveal that recipe, if TNTJWO was shared over 13+ times. Due to everyone’s support and love, here is my secret recipe.

Jack O’ Lantern Shot

Rim shot glass with:

Maple Syrup & Brown Sugar

Fill shot glass with:

Half Pumpkin Vodka

Half Amaretto Liquor

Enjoy!

For those who are unfamiliar with TNTJWO, this book is a collection of 13 vintage Halloween stories that are themed around folklore, customs, and superstitions. On its release date, it was ranked in the top 100 under 3 bestseller lists on www.Amazon.com.

Lists include:

Ebooks

#19 Horror Short Stories

#88 Genre Fiction/ Holidays

Books

#93 Holidays

TNTJWO is already on its way to becoming a holiday cult classic with young adults and adults. Order your paperback or ebook by clicking HERE.

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Interview with Actress Sylvia Brown from The Acquired Taste

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The Acquired Taste is a short film written for screen and directed by Chuck Jett, creator of Empty Coffin Studio Films.  It was tastefully adapted by the short story of the same title by author and producer Alexander S. Brown.  Fans can anticipate a free viewing of the film in 2017.  It is currently being shown at conventions throughout the Southern states.  Its next appearance will be at Contraflow Convention in New Orleans, LA.

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For the final interview from this dark comedy, I would like to welcome actress Sylvia Brown, so that she may elaborate on her part in The Acquired Taste and her life.

 

  1. What made you want to be a part of The Acquired Taste?

I wanted to help my son and see what it was like to act in a film.

  1. What was your experience like on set?

Everyone was nice and polite and had patience with me.

  1. What other projects have you been a part of?

A couple of school plays.

  1. Are there any roles that you would turn down? Or are there any roles that would make you uncomfortable?

Any that regard nudity, animal abuse, and child abuse.

  1. What role is more fun? The victim, the hero, or the villain. Why?

The villain.  I’d rather do it to someone else; rather than have it done to me.

  1. What got you into acting?

My son.  When he wrote the short story The Acquired Taste, he had me in mind as the mother.

  1. What are some of your favorite movies?

Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Wizard of Oz, Footloose, Dirty Dancing, Ghost, Stripes, Haunted Honeymoon, Ghost Dad, Back to the Future, E.T., Carousel, Free Willie, Snow Day, Are We there Yet, Romeo and Juliet, What Dreams May Come, Encino Man, The Goonies, The Poseidon Adventure, and many more.

  1. Who are your favorite actors/actresses? How do you draw inspiration from them?

Judy Garland, Michael J. Fox, and The Rock

  1. Who are your favorite directors?

Stephen Spielberg

  1. What future projects are you working on?

None, at the moment.

  1. Tell us about yourself.

I’m a homebody person for the most part.  My interests are family, animals, animal rights and activism, paranormal research, astrology, and music.

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Watch Chuck Jett’s first short film, PINKY SWEAR HERE!