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Friday, December 31, 2021



  So 2021 was supposed to be a rebound off of the dismal year that was 2020. However, 2021 hasn't been that exciting either, and looks to be going down the drain in the last few months. With all the bad one thing has remained constant…horror movies. 2020 brought horror fans some fantastic movies while expanding on platforms like Shudder, Netflix, and Amazon. That trend continued in 2021 with probably higher expectations because of some big franchise movies getting moved back a year.

  Unfortunately, many of those expectations from those franchises weren’t met for me. “Halloween Kills,” “Candyman,” and “Spiral” aren’t in my top ten list. While I respect and love many of those franchises, it doesn’t mean they’re always good movies, and that we need more of them made. You’ll find only one major franchise movie in my list, and that’s a credit to those bringing us fresh stories, and new characters to fall in love with.  

  Those are big themes in my list this year. Some of the movies made it because of the characters created, and the brilliant acting jobs done. Three of my top five movies had some of my favorite performances of the year. There are a lot of new stories here, even if some might seem familiar in some ways. You know I like my horror nice and bloody, and many of these movies have some brutal moments. On the other hand, some of them have plenty of laughs in them. Yes, I continue to go soft, and enjoy more and more horror comedies.

  One final note about the list. Last year I gave “The Dark and the Wicked” my number one spot in August, and it held onto that spot. This year’s number one movie did something even more impressive. I saw it in January, challenged a movie to beat it, and while it was close it remained number one. Trust me, number 2 is plenty worthy of a number one spot, and I won’t be surprised if it’s on more people’s list next year after it gets a larger release. With that, enjoy my top 10…

#10 Frank & Zed: The tenth spot is always a hard one to fill because it officially leaves out a few other movies that easily could have landed here. This movie is all puppets, and puppets that aren’t afraid to get down and dirty. It’s hard to think a puppet movie can be gory, but this one does it with a crazy battle in the final act. Taking 6 years to make, it deserves some recognition for what they accomplished.

#9 The Toll: Yes, a surprise pick that you probably won’t find on many other lists. I liked so many things about this one starting with the lack of trust between the two many characters, and the situation they find themselves in. There’s a high level of creepiness going on, and it just leaves you wanting to know more about the Toll Man.

#8 A Quiet Place 2: The one big name horror film to make my list. I’m a huge fan of the first movie, and enjoyed this one almost as much as the original. There’s just something so intense about them having to be so quiet. The creatures are awesome, and it’s great to see the kids overcome their challenges in this new world. Can’t wait for part 3!

#7 Werewolves Within: This one might not have gotten as bloody as some werewolf movies, but it has its moments. What’s really great here are the performances of Sam Richardson, and Milana Vayntrub. Their back and forth keeps the film moving with plenty of laughs and awkward moments. It’s a fun mystery although not the hardest one to figure out.

#6 V/H/S/94: Knowing my affection for blood and guts it can’t be a surprise to find this one on the list. Blood is spilled from the beginning to the end of this one. It’s a great blend of different kinds of shorts with a solid wrap around story. If you have to remember anything about it just remember to Hail Raatma!

#5 The Medium: Last year I raved about some of the new Indonesian films out there, and this one continues down the same path. Of course, this one is out of Thailand and South Korea, but gives you the same elements to love. It’s really shocking how this one starts off so slow, and like a true documentary, and then flips in madness by the end.

#4 Jakob’s Wife: Horror icon Barbara Crampton proves why she deserves that title in this one. She sinks her teeth into this role, and has some fantastic bloody moments. The story is also very interesting as her character goes from housewife to vampire, and tests the loyalty of husband and wife. Oh and it doesn’t hurt having another icon in Larry Fessenden playing opposite of her.

#3 Superhost: While there’s so many things I like about this movie, there’s no doubt it got the 3rd spot because of the performance of Gracie Gillam as Rebecca. She put on my favorite performance of the year, and created a character that I would love to see again and again. She’s fun as the awkward host, but when she flips the crazy switch later on it’s special. There’s not many kills, but they make the most of the ones there are.

#2 The Sadness: This one will definitely make a splash once it hits a larger release. I saw it via Fantasia, and it meets the definition of pools of blood. It separates a couple, sends them out into that is about to be taken over by the infected, and goes bat-shit crazy while trying to bring them back together. There’s stabbings, lost fingers, broken bones, rape, bloody sex, fowl language, and so much more. It doesn’t hold back at all, and that’s a wonderful thing. This movie could have easily been number 1, but that goes to…

#1 Pyscho Goreman: Being a fan of 80s horror, and basically most things from the 80s makes this an easy film to enjoy. It has a Star Wars like background while bringing an alien together with an interesting family. Psycho Goreman can kill anyone he wants, but unfortunately finds himself at the command of a young girl named Mimi. Mimi is played by Nita-Josee Hanna, who is simply awesome playing opposite of the big alien. They create so many funny situations fitting in Psycho Goreman with the real world, and then entertain us with the evolving situation with people in Goreman's universe. The SFX is practical, which I always prefer, and is pushed to the limits time and time again. Really, what’s there not to love about this Hunky boy?

  So that’s my top 10. Some shockers, and some standards? Want to know the films that just missed the cut? Maybe a little more about why these films made the list? Well for the first time I decided to do my top 10 list on video as well. I talk about these films but try to show some love to the films that I left out as well. Also some thoughts on horror in general, and some of the series and shows from 2021. Check it out below…

Monday, December 27, 2021



In an isolated Oregon town, a middle-school teacher and her sheriff broher become embroiled with her enigmatic student, whose dark secrets lead to terrifying encounters with an ancestral creature.

Starring: Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, and Jeremy T. Thomas

Directed by: Scott Cooper

Written by: Henry Chaisson, Nick Antosca, and Scott Cooper

Check out the video below and find out how many pools of blood it received...

Friday, December 24, 2021



A medical student suffering from sleep paralysis finds herself plagued by a demonic entity, after moving in with her boyfriend.

Starring: Bethan Waller, Johnny Fleming, and Kit Smith

Directed and written by: Leroy Kincaide 

Check out the video below and find out how many pools of blood it received...

Wednesday, December 22, 2021



A single mother and her young daughter are driving on a desolate road in a moonless desert. After meeting a young female hitchhiker at a gas station, the mother realizes her daughter is missing. As they search for her, a merciless force begins to torment the two women, unraveling a world of terror they must survive if they are to discover the terrifying truth behind the daughter’s disappearance.

Starring: Najarra Townsend, Gwyneth Glover, and Leah Lauren

Directed and written by: Eduardo Rodriguez

Check out the video below and find out how many pools of blood it received...

Monday, December 20, 2021



Luna is a young embalmer with a strange passion for everything concerning death. One day, during a trip in the woods, she finds two bodies. The first one is a dead woman, the other one is a man who is still barely breathing.

Starring: Ester Andriani, Corinna Coroneo, and Edoardo Lazzari

Directed and written by: Alex Visani

Check out the video below and find out how many pools of blood it received...

Saturday, December 18, 2021


In July of 2013 Sean Miller disappeared for four days. Seven years later a documentary film crew found out why.

Starring: Sean Ed, Ash Hamilton, and Chanell Hamilton

Directed and written by: Ash Hamilton

Check out the video below and find out how many pools of blood it received...

Thursday, December 16, 2021



A rare parasite has contained a local meat processing plant and tactical police are sent in, but all is not what it appears.

Starring: Jamie Langlands, Michael Swatton, and Charlotte Curwood

Directed and written by: Steph Du Melo

Check out the video below and find out how many pools of blood it received...

Monday, December 13, 2021



High School senior, Wally Banks is selling knives door to door, and gets trapped in a man’s house with a dark secret and must escape before it’s too late.

Starring: Kane Hodder, Austin Kulman, and Peter Giroy

Directed by: Zach Zorba Grashin 

Written by: Zach Zorba Grashin, and L.E. Staiman

Check out the video below and find out how many pools of blood it received...

Saturday, December 11, 2021


A dysfunctional couple head to a remote cabin to reconnect, but each has intentions to kill the other. Before they can carry out their plans, unexpected visitors arrive and they face a greater danger.

Starring: Noomi Rapace, Aksel Hennie, and Atle Antonsen

Directed by: Tommy Wirkola

Written by: Tommy Wirkola, Nick Ball, and John Niven

Check out the video below and find out how many pools of blood it received...

Thursday, December 9, 2021



Mercenaries with nothing to lose are hired to rescue a bioengineer imprisoned in a cold war bunker. Upon entering the ominous facility, they find themselves in a fight for their lives when they come under attack from an unknown and deadly creature.

Starring: Jeremy Ninaber, Ethan Mitchell, and Kristen Kaster

Directed and written by: Matthew Ninaber

  This “Death Valley” will come with some deaths, and some surprises. In an underground facility something has gone extremely wrong. Dr. Chloe (Kristen Kaster) is trying to escape, but appears to get locked in with something lurking inside. She makes a call asking for someone to rescue her before it’s too late. Luckily, her call gets answered, and a small group of soldiers is on the way.

  Unfortunately for Marshall (Ethan Mitchell), Beckett (Jeremy Ninaber) and others, they have no idea what they’re getting into. Before they can reach the facility, they’re attack by another group of soldiers. Apparently this group is interested in what the doctor knows, and wants her for themselves. The two sides fight it out before Marshall and Beckett finally find themselves inside. While they search for the doctor something will be searching for them.

  It won’t take long before the audience realizes this film is just as much an action movie as it is a horror movie. An action/horror movie that feels kind of familiar in some ways. Research as gone wrong creating a creature, people get trapped and need rescuing from the creature, and the group doing the rescuing are in for more than they bargained for. However, this one does sprinkle in a couple of nice little twists before it ends. 

  And how about all the action and horror? Well the action is actually pretty good. The fight between the two groups of soldiers early on injects some excitement to get this one started. Bullets will fly and people will go down, but it gets interesting when the bad guys take a hostage and introduce him what’s really going on here. There’s an even better more physical fight leading to the end. 

  Of course the horror is driven by the creature. It’s a nasty looking thing that hunts by sound because it lacks some eyes. As gruesome as it looks it would have been nice to see it really go to town on someone. They do make good use of it sneaking around in the background. Another thing at play here is that others can be infected and change as well. This also sets up some added bloody situations. 

  “Death Valley” manages to give the audience a little bit of everything it needs. There’s plenty of action including a gun battle early on, and a brutal fight to conclude things. There’s a creature that the audience wouldn’t want to find in its nightmares, along with some sort of virus that can change others as well. The twists give the story that little something it needs to be different. Ethan and Jeremy are great as their soldier characters, and they find just the right time to sneak in some slight humor in a dark situation. With that, I give it 3 pools of blood! 


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Monday, December 6, 2021



An aspiring fashion designer is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer. But the glamour is not all it appears to be and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something darker.

Starring: Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Matt Smith

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Written by: Edgar Wright and Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Check out the video below and find out how many pools of blood it received...

Saturday, December 4, 2021



A feminist remake of the 1982 slasher film about sorority girls attacked by a maniac killer with a large electric drill.

Starring: Hannah Gonera, Frances Sholto Douglas, and Mila Rayne 

Directed by: Danishka Esterhazy

Written by: Suzanne Keilly

Check out the video below and find out how many pools of blood it received...

Thursday, December 2, 2021



Eva, an ex-dancer, is now living in a wheelchair, unable to walk. When her friend Sophie gives her an old wooden antique advent calendar before Christmas, she realizes each window contains a surprise that triggers repercussions in real life: some of them good, but most of them bad - Now Eva will have to choose between getting rid of calendar or walking again - even if it causes death around her.

Starring: Eugenie Derouand, Honorine Magnier, and Clement Olivieri

Directed and written by: Patrick Ridremont

  Don't take candy from strangers, or “The Advent Calendar!” Eva (Eugenie Derouand) is lucky to be alive, but unfortunately now confined to a wheelchair after an accident. She’s making the most of it, but still struggling with finding love and issues with her parents. As December begins, her friend Sophie (Honorine Magnier) visits her with a gift. Yes, she gives her the advent calendar.

  They start playing with it only to realize it comes with some rules. The first one is that if you eat one piece of candy then you must eat them all or the creature will kill you. It will also kill you if you break any of the other rules as well. Basically, Eva now has to eat a candy a day and a good thing will happen to her. That’s nice except that a bad thing will also happen, and it eventually amounts to a lot of deaths piling up.

  Horror fans have to love when a character receives something with rules attached. They know rules will be broken, and bad things will happen. That’s right, some deaths are headed the audiences way in this one. Some are left somewhat to the imagination, but there will be some well worth watching. Mixed in is plenty of tension in many dark scenes, and while not a movie focused on jump scares it may still catch the audience. However, the scariest thing about the film might be the creature, which may leave the audience wanting more of it.

  All of that is the fun part, but what’s interesting is Eva and the choices she has to make. It’s easy to feel for Eva because she’s in a wheelchair, but her personality may make the audience question that early on. However, once good things start happening to her, and they see her just wanting love they’ll definitely be all in on her. And her choices, well early on it’s simple because people who are easy to hate are the ones suffering with Eva’s gains. It becomes harder when she must decide to hurt those closest to her all for the chance to walk again. The choice in how this one ends might be the hardest of all, and might not please everyone.

  “The Advent Calendar” is going to seem plenty familiar to horror fans. A present with rules is given to someone who might not be ready for the responsibility it holds. Someone who might be easy to feel for, but will still give the audience reasons to question her at times. Things will be too good to be true to start, but much death is to come. With the familiar, the film still manages to carve out its own path starting with the intriguing looking calendar, and the rules it comes with. It moves at just the right pace as it places Eva in harder and harder situations to deal with. And the dark creature controlling the calendar, well that’s definitely something unfamiliar, but would be welcomed for a return appearance anytime! With that, I give it 3.5 pools of blood, and won't be taking any candy from a calendar anytime soon!



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Wednesday, December 1, 2021


Two escaped convicts plan to burglarize a mysterious home in East Texas with even more sinister inhabitants.

Starring: Joe Walker, Sal Castaneda, and Avery Anne, and Sara Rashelle

Directed and written by: Joseph Herrera

  The audience will have to wait for it, but someone will definitely “Drop Dead.” Lucky (Joe Walker) and Nicholas (Sal Castaneda) have recently escaped prison, and are looking to get into trouble once again. They’ve made their way to a home where they believe they can make away with something valuable. They knock on the door, pretend to have broken down on the side of the road, and want to use a phone. Of course, Anna (Sara Rashelle) invites them right on in.

  Now inside, she lets them know they’ll have to say overnight because the women in the house don’t have a phone. Their plan seems to be working out well…too well! As Lucky starts to sneak around the house full of women, he begins to notice some strange things going on. Not getting much help from his partner, he’s going to have to find what he’s looking for before it’s too late.

  One of the best things about this short film is how they hide the ultimate secret the women are hiding. They present several women some of which seem kind of normal, but it’s the stranger ones that get the audience guessing at what they’re up to. It all leads to a fun ending moment. There aren’t a lot of victims here, but they make the most of the kills that happen. Probably the only thing holding back the film is the acting in some situations. There are a few moments when they needed to nail a line or two, and it just didn't happen. Those are my thoughts, but you can catch the film right now on YouTube before you “Drop Dead”… 



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