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Friday, October 27, 2006

I'm going to the Spooky Movie Film Festival in Fairfax, VA this weekend. Well, at least part of it. I'll be there pretty much all day on Sunday (October 29), watching movies, promoting Atrocities Cinema.com ('natch), and acting as a "special guest"! I'm introducing Christopher Alan Broadstone's short film Human No More (starring Tony Simmons) as the kick-off film for a block of short films on Sunday afternoon. I'll also be handing out some cool swag and prizes, so if you live in the area, get your butt over to www.thespookymovie.com and buy some tickets!

It's going to be a hoot. A hoot, I tells ya'! I'll post news about some of the other films I see when I get back.

-Matt signing off...

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Reporting from fango con. I interviewed Jack Ketchum & Phil Nutman last night. More news soon...

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors East or Bust!

In a little over 48 hours, I'm leaving for New Jersey, and the 2006 Fangoria Weekend of Horrors.

Anyone who's going to be there, let me know, and maybe we can hook up for a beer or something. Cheers!

I'm going to come back with tons of news, previews, interviews, and more. Hell, I might even post a blog update from my cell phone if something really cool happens.

This is going to be a blast...I can fucking feel it.
-Matt signing off...

Monday, September 18, 2006

Takashi Miike and the Beans of Ultimate Destiny...

Last night, I watched Takashi Miike's epic The Great Yokai War, and I've got to say, I never thought that the director of Audition and Ichi the Killer (and more recently, the banned MoH episode Imprint) would have it in him to make an effective "kid's" movie. Well, calling it a "kid's" movie isn't exactly fair, as The Great Yokai War has much more violence (some of it quite graphic) than any kiddie-flick would ever have here in the states.

The film is kind of a cross between the Harry Potter films, Lord of the Rings, every manga you've ever seen/read, Arthurian legend, and The Neverending Story. Here, a young boy becomes the unwitting master of a mythical sword, and the ally of "good monsters" who co-exist with mankind...albeit on a different plane of existence. When a "bad yokai" decides to take on the world, and teach mankind a few lessons about being such wasteful, lazy bastards, the boy and his monstrous allies must wage all-out war on the bad guy and his robot minions.

I'm not going to spend too much time on this, as only die-hard Miike fans (like myself) are even going to be remotely interested (hence the lack of a full review for this flick on Atrocities Cinema.com). However, it's a damned fine flick, suitable for most ages (it is, however, a bit questionable for its target audience of 8-10 year olds), and it's chock full of cool special effects, heroism, goofy slapstick humor, and what are unquestionably the most important beans in motion picture history. That' right...beans...when/if you see The Great Yokai War, you'll fully understand.

You could do a lot worse, so seek it out and see another side of Miike.
-Matt signing off...

Friday, September 15, 2006

The Strife of the Wife of the Guy who Loves Shaun of the Dead...

OK. I love horror movies. You all know that. But, as much as I love horror movies, that's how much my wife DOESN'T like horror movies. So, when I finally talked her into watching Shaun of the Dead on DVD a few weeks ago, I counted it as a small but significant victory.

I told her, "You know, it's more of a romantic comedy than anything." That piqued her interest enough, I suppose, to give the film a try. Well, that coupled with the fact that I've been pestering her to watch the film with me for about two years.

So, I popped the DVD into the player, dimmed the lights, and snuggled up to my wife. She thought a lot of the film was funny; she laughed at all the parts you're supposed to laugh at. She cringed when "Mary" fell over backwards and got impaled on the steel post. She went "Eeeewwwwww" when David got ripped in half. She was appropriately saddened when Ed got left behind. So, she reacted to the film pretty much how one should react to it.

Sure, she didn't understand some of the proprietary "anglicisms" in the film, like just what the hell a "Coronetto" is (for those of you who don't know, it's the UK equivalent of a "Nutty Buddy" ice cream novelty). She had a bit of trouble grasping some of the accents. Other than that, though, she seemed to enjoy the movie fairly well. Score one for me! Hooray.

Afterward, I asked her what she thought of Shaun of the Dead. She carefully thought about it for a moment, and then asked, "If zombies came and attacked us, would you save me?" Heh.

Of course, I would save her, and anyone else I could, but her reaction got me to thinking about how some people...some women...view horror films; even the "tongue in cheek" ones like "Shaun". They view them as exercises in survival, and tests of gumption and fortitude. At the very least, they like to think of things in terms of how those specific situations would effect them...how their loved ones would react. And, I suppose, that's not the worst way to view things...especially horror films.

-Matt signing off...

Friday, September 08, 2006

Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors 2006, Secaucus, New Jersey...

Oh yeah baby...I'm so going to this thing. After I had such a great time a month ago at the Horrorfind Weekend in Hunt Valley, Maryland, I'm damned sure going to get my ass up to Jersey for this thing.

Among my reasons for needing to go (not just "wanting" to go) is to meet up with J.T. Petty and others.

And then there's the dealer's room...man, I'm sure I'm going to spend waaaay too much money at the WoH. It's like a shopping mall, but every single store is horror related! Woo hoo!

Yeah, yeah...I've heard that the WoH is much geekier than any other horror convention...all the freaks come crawling out of the woodwork to attend. Still, unless some seriously bad shit happens in the next couple of weeks, I'm going to be there...microphone and camera in hand...talking to anybody and everybody that cares to talk to me. Shit, man! I'm a journalist! That's what I do. Trust me when I say that I'll come back with some pretty cool news, stories, and pictures to share with my readers.

WoH or bust!

Let's Scare Jessica to Death

I remember this flick from my childhood. I distinctly remember sneaking down to the TV room when I was a kid...probably no more than five or six years old...and catching Let's Scare Jessica to Death on the late, late, late horror show one Saturday night. It scared the ever-living crap out of me, as I recall. It's one of those films that contains a few select images that have stuck with me for all these years.

Now, all this time has passed, and I hadn't seen the film for probably at least twenty five years. So, when I picked it up on DVD last week, I had high hopes that it would still have that same chill-inducing effect on me. Man oh man, am I happy to tell you that not only am I not "let down" by revisiting Let's Scare Jessica to Death, but it's actually better than I remember it being.

Like Rosemary's Baby (another favorite of mine), Jessica operates on a much more psychological level than do most horror flicks. I'm going to save most of my thoughts on this thing for my full review (coming shortly), but believe me...you should go out and pick this sucker up. If, like me, you remember the film from your youth, then you'll be amazed at this release (even though it is quite bare bones). If, on the other hand, you've yet to witness Let's Scare Jessica to Death in all its fog-shrouded glory, then buddy...you're going to have a great time with this one...
-Matt signing off...

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Holy shit, man...

I can post blogs via email.

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I received a movie from TLA yesterday called Feed, directed by Brett "Lawnmower Man" Leonard. I'd heard of this sick little bitch of film, of course...it's gotten quite a lot of coverage in some of the...ahem...major genre publications. So, imagine my delight when I got this in the mail.

I've only watched about a half hour of the film. I started watching it last night, and I got really tired (I've been zonked out on Percoset for a couple of days here...root canal therapy will knock you on your ass). From what I've seen thus far, though, this is going to be a bitter little pill to swallow. I'm going to review the living crap out of Feed, but in the meantime, go out there and get yourself a copy.

It's one of the sicker movies (just based on the first half hour, I remind you) that I've seen in a while. You'll never look at a morbidly obese person the same way again...and that's a promise.

-Matt signing off...
So, I get an email from Dante Tomaselli yesterday. Dante, as you know, is the director of the hallucinogenic Desecration, the even more hallucinogenic Horror, and the somewhat more hallucinogenic and more traditional Satan's Playground (my review of the latter coming soon).

Dante's been working on his new film The Ocean, and so far, all signs point to it being (you guessed it) hallucinogenic, though somewhat more traditional than any of his work thus far. In an effort to keep me posted, Dante told me the following:

I have the best news coming up. Please please keep this off the record. This is a secret. But I am in talks with someone to produce THE OCEAN (my next film). And that someone is..."

...ahem. And that's all I can say. Well, almost...
Dante did tell me who that person is. It IS adimittedly cool news, and I would very much like to share that news with you. Sometimes, though, I've just got to stay cool and keep things quiet...or mostly quiet, anyway.

Suffice it to say that this mystery producer is a big name...a BIG BIG name. That's really awesome news for Dante, his future, and his film.

So, as soon as Dante says, "post that fucker", I'm going to break the news officially.
-Matt signing off.

So, I'm trying to get a few things accomplished at Atrocities Cinema.com...
  • Launch Shock Radio
  • Launch this blog. :)
  • Get my tickets and hotel reservations for Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors in Secaucus in a couple of weeks
  • Arrange meetings (the term "meetings" used in the loosest possible sense, of course) with J.T. Petty, Dante Tomaselli, and others
  • Launch a short film competition...more details to come
Since I'm juggling all of this, I don't exactly have tons of time to post my regular reviews and stuff on AC. However, rest assured that I'm working on it.