100 Days of Horror welcomes you to ... SATANFEST 2013

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"Y'all know me, know how I earn a livin'. I'll catch this bird for you, but it ain't gonna be easy. Bad fish! Not like going down to the pond and chasing bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow ya whole. Little shakin', little tenderizin', and down you go. And we gotta do it quick, that'll bring back the tourists, that'll put all your businesses on a payin' basis. But it's not gonna be pleasant! I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, chief. I'll find him for three, but I'll catch him, and kill him, for ten. But you've gotta make up your minds. If you want to stay alive, then ante up. If you want to play it cheap, be on welfare the whole winter. I don't want no volunteers, I don't want no mates, there's too many captains on this island. Ten thousand dollars for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail, the whole damn thing."

Saturday, July 24, 2010

100 Days of Horror begins today with "The Ring!"

Hey there my Groovy Ghoulies!

Yes it is here at last - the beginning of the 100 Days of Horror challenge! We begin tonight with 2002's "The Ring." We will be watching around 8 or so, so if you're playing along at home or are planning to come by, schedule appropriately.

The Ring (2002): Directed by Gore Verbinski. Starring Naomi Watts, Brian Cox, David Dorfman, and Martin Henderson.

What’s good: One of a flood of early-2000 remakes of Asian films that are ultimately inferior to the originals, “The Ring” actually has a few stand out moments that wind up disturbing more than horrifying. The opening scenes between the teenaged girls is an exception to that rule, however, as well as the action happening on the supposedly cursed tape that causes all the problems. The titular “Ring” is the phone call you receive seven days after viewing the tape – the one that seals your grisly fate. And of course, the image of Samara crawling out the television is always as creepy as hell.

What’s bad: Plenty. First, the film suffers from its PG-13 rating, that forces director Gore Verbinski to hold back both the gore and the horror factors. Instead, he relies on smash cuts and a jolting soundtrack to solicit the thrills. Second, the film just isn’t scary, really – it’s more a disturbing drama than a true horror movie, but since it is a pared-down version of a much scarier Japanese movie marketed to teens and tweens, the horror tag sells more tickets than the drama tag.

Why we like it: We don’t actually. But, the tape and the dead girl and the opening scene are all great. And Naomi Watts is always a pleasure. But that’s about it, really.

Memorable junk: No lines stand out, really – the tag lines were “Before you die, you see … THE RING!” GASP! The horror! And some of the things the little girl says that appear innocent at first wind up being damn disturbing (Dr. Scott: “You don't want to hurt anyone.” Samara: “But I do, and I'm sorry. It won't stop.”). Other than that, it’s all about the creepiness of the video tape itself. And damn is it ever creepy.