Monthly Archives: March 2015
Hello, my beloved horror squad! There was such a great response to the poems last blog that we’ll revisit that theme next post with a spotlight on dark poet Rick Powell. I look forward to it.
But first, there’s something I’ve been wanting to share. I know a lot of you hardcore horror fans already know about the Drew Daywalt short horror films. They’ve been out for 5 years or so. I’d seen a few of them during my own internet escapades, but until blog follower Peggie Christy pointed it out to me, I had no idea just how many of these fun little films there actually are! You can find HOURS of entertainment (or at least, it felt like it took me hours to watch them all!) on the following Youtube channels: Fewdiodotcom and Drew Daywalt. The only videos I haven’t watched are the episodes of Camera Obscura, which I am saving for a rainy day when I can sit down and view all 20 back to back. As for the stand alone films, I’ve picked my two favorites from each channel and posted them below.
Until I started obsessing over these films, I wasn’t aware that Drew also directed a film I really enjoyed back in 2002 called Stark Raving Mad. These days, in 2015, it seems Drew has embarked on a new path authoring children’s books. An interesting guy, to be sure, and you can’t go wrong on a lazy day by checking out his free films if you haven’t already. Maybe start with my picks below?
From Drew Daywalt Fear Factory:
As promised, this blog will focus on a variety of entertainment, so long as it’s plenty horrific! Today, I bring you poetry.
Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies. By the age of 8, he began writing his own stories. Fast forward to 2012 – that’s when his first novel was published by Damnation Books, and he’s been busy cranking out dark tales and poetry for his readers ever since.
Alistair hosts a live radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE, and you can find his website at: AlistairCross.com. The two poems we’ve chosen to share with you are dark and clever and evocatively disturbing. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
The Beautiful Girl
I woke up with a girl
Who was dead as could be
This a most macabre scenario
That made no sense to me
I couldn’t recollect her
From the night before
But there she was with cold blue flesh
In a dress made of velour
Her sightless eyes were watching me
Her mouth agape in fear
And down her cheek a tell-tale streak
Of a single dried up tear
And for weeks now I have wondered
How she came to be
This beautiful, decaying girl
Who keeps me company
A Book of Morbid Methods
I met her in the pages
Of an old dust-covered book
A book of misadventure
And the sad wife of a crook
She married into money
That was her belief
But she recently discovered
She’d been married to a thief
She was written to be pretty
She had diamond rings and furs
And she said it was all mine
If I’d trade my world for hers
She was angry at her writer
For her husband’s cons and lies
For her life of sins and secrets
And her pseudo-human guise
But I told her it was dull
Here on the other side
That over here, life’s dismal
And ruled by greed and pride
I declined her proposition
But she said, “Just look at me…
I have everything I want
I am glamorous and free…”
For a moment, I considered
What did I have to lose?
The world might have more meaning
If viewed from in her shoes
She watched me as I pondered
But she sensed my hesitation
Then a tear fell from her eye
And she said in desperation…
“My husband is suspicious
That I know what’s going on
He’s a man of morbid methods
I’ll be sorry before long.”
And this I did consider
What was I to do?
Maybe if I tried
I could rewrite a page or two
And so I traded places
With my newfound fiction friend
But what I didn’t realize
Was the book was at its end
For, just moments after stepping
Into the pages of this book
By way of strangulation
I was murdered by the crook
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Today’s topic is The Dirty Dozen, twelve of the most disturbing moments in horror. The selections in my countdown are based on two things: scares that made me jump or shift uncomfortably in my seat and scenes that stuck with me long after the credits had rolled. WARNING: IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN A TON OF HORROR MOVIES, THIS LIST MIGHT BE A *SPOILER OVERLOAD* FOR YOU. I can’t make this list without including some spoilers. You’ve been warned. Now onto the countdown….
#12: Candyman – chest full of bees
In this dark urban nightmare, main character Helen tries to uncover the truth behind the legend of Candyman. A hundred years ago, a young black man was tortured for his love of a white woman. His hand was hacked off with a rusty saw before he was covered in honey and thrown to the bees. Slowly and miserably, he died. Now, if you look into the mirror and say his name five times, you’re dead meat. Or so the story goes. But what’s really going on? Helen wants to find out. Soon she finds herself in a game of cat and mouse and discovers exactly what Candyman’s got beneath that wicked trench coat.
#11: The Amityville Horror – dead guy in the bathroom
Remakes are widely criticized (and often by myself!), but when it comes to tired, old movies I never cared for in the first place (i.e the original 1979 Amityville Horror), I’m all for a revamp. I thought this one was well done, and there was a particular scene that made me jump an inch from my couch cushion. The little boy needs to pee in the middle of the night, and… and… BAM! DEAD GUY IN THE BATHROOM!
#10: The Haunting – whose hand was I holding?
Certain classics hold a place in my heart, and this 1963 film is one of them, not to mention that it’s based on a novel by one of my favorite authors, Shirley Jackson. In this scene, Eleanor begins to hear frightening voices, wicked laughter, and crying children through the walls at night. She holds her friend’s hand for comfort as this goes on for a few minutes. When she can’t take it any longer, she screams, the lights come on, and she’s shocked with the realization that there is no one beside her holding her hand as she’d thought.
#9: Hostel – holy shit… her eye!
I’ve only watched this scene twice. That was enough. The Hostel movies are a bit much for me because I get so darn MAD at the bad guys. What a bunch of sickos, eh? The cherry on top was the scene in which a pretty young female loses her eye. Sure, it’s fake as hell and the puss (yellow slime?) wouldn’t really ooze from that wound, but this knowledge doesn’t stop the bile from rising as you watch it. Sometimes corny gore is still quite effective. It’s like a Dead Alive moment for me, and I love it. I’ve included a rather tame picture of the “after” wound here, as I don’t want anyone tossing their cookies.
#8: The Wicker Man – those bitches!
What else can be said about those evil bitches at the end of The Wicker Man? Yikes!
#7: The Sentinel – man in the bedroom
In this 1977 film, a young woman’s apartment is the gateway to Hell. That being said, I’ll be honest: the movie tends to drag on in parts and might not hold every horror fan’s attention, but some of the imagery, like the old, dead, mostly naked man power-walking across her dark bedroom, simply cannot be beat.
#6: Mirrors – that moment when a relaxing bath turns brutal
I think what makes this scene in Mirrors so creepy is the loss of self-control. The victim becomes a puppet to herself, or rather, to her evil reflection in the mirror. She is forced to grab her own jaw and yank and yank until…
#5: The Devil’s Rejects – I am the devil, and I’m here to do the devil’s work
Few modern horror movie scenes compare to the intensity in this one. Every time I view it, I am forced to picture myself on the other end of this murdering psycho’s wrath and wonder… what could I do to escape him? How does a person summon dignity and hope in the face of a killer as vicious and uncaring as Otis Driftwood?
#4: Night Of The Living Dead (1990) – opening scenes
Hey, looky there. Bill Moseley has back-to-back roles on my countdown, as he plays the annoying brother in the graveyard scene of this cult remake. But this time it’s not Mr. Moseley who brings the terror to life, but the freshly risen zombies who begin to shamble on scene, attacking him and running our heroine’s car into a tree. From there, all the fun begins.
#3: Insidious – the red demon appears
I don’t even want to spoil this one by saying where or when the demon pops up. Rest assured, it scared the crap out of me when it did!
#2: Juon – the ghost’s descent down the staircase
Listen to me, Americans… FORGET THE GRUDGE. The Grudge SUCKS compared to Takashi Shimizu’s original Japanese version, Juon. There are so many wonderful scares in this movie, but the piece de resistance is the bloody woman on the staircase. Her broken, sketchy movements and relentless eye contact seemed to go on FOREVER the first time I saw this scene. Brilliant.
#1: Pet Sematary – meet Zelda
Over the years, I have made jokes about forming a Zelda support group for all the people who were under 14 when they first saw Pet Sematary. I’m not sure if the imagery of Zelda has the same scarring effect on the fully developed adult brain as it does on the adolescent brain, but one thing is for sure (and I’m not exaggerating here), I’ve met at least twenty people who suffered from crippling Zelda fear during childhood. If you’re one of them *HUGS* you’re not alone. You’re not alone.
So there you have it. My Dirty Dozen Top Twelve Horror Movie Moments. Feel free to share yours in the comments below or contact me personally. I might do a reader-submitted version of this blog if I get enough feedback! Thanks for reading! Keep it ghastly!
Hey there! This is post #2, and things are rolling right along. Tons of new followers. Woot, woot! I’ve got some great stuff lined up, but in the meantime: have you noticed the “Horror Humor” section on your top menu bar? This will be an ever-growing collection of hilarious horror pictures to keep you chuckling… because horror can be so funny! Here are a few of my favorites so far. Make sure to check them ALL out at: www.dirtylittlehorror.com/horror-humor and check back often. More will be added all the time!
Welcome to the ribbon cutting ceremony at DirtyLittleHorror.com! Shall we cut the ribbon Leatherface-style with a rusty chainsaw or just Freddy Krueger it to pieces? Aw, heck, hand me the machete and we’ll go full-on Jason in honor of today’s date, Friday the 13th.
So… what exactly IS this blog? Simple answer: A place for all things horror. My only goal is to entertain. There is SO MUCH more I plan to do with this website, but I figured today is a fitting release date, so why wait?
My first post will be a list of my favorite online horror films. These short movies are awesome because they are FREE to stream online, they don’t take much time to watch, and they are extremely entertaining! I have listed my Top Ten in random order. I love them all equally. Why compete?
1: THE SMILING MAN – Proving that horror needs no words.
2: LIGHTS OUT – Just… oh my god.
3: SUCK-A-BLOOD – a morbid nursery rhyme
4: NIGHT OF THE LITTLE DEAD – If you’re a Bill Moseley fan and you missed this little gem, watch immediately!
5: LITTLE REAPER- Even Death has trouble raising his teen in this hilarious horror comedy.
6: UNLUCKY GIRL – zooooooombies
7: ALEXIA – when your girl stalks you on social media
8: HORRIFIC – gore comedy at its finest
9: DON’T MOVE – really, don’t move!!
10: MOTHER DIED – an engrossing end of the world tale
So that’s it! My first post! Lots more to come. Please follow!