Four Great Horror Movies in Need of More Sequels

Sequels can be a blessing or curse. Usually, sequels don't top an original, but some come awfully close. Bottom line: Sequels keep movies profitable for producers and fun for us fans.
For most horror movie lovers, sequels transform a popular film into an enduring bonanza series lasting many years or even decades. Debuting in 1980, the Friday the 13th movies featuring crazed teen killer Jason Vorhees spawned 10 blood soaked installments and there was even a Freddy VS Jason movie pitting the Camp Crystal Lake killer against Nightmare On Elm Street finger knife phantom Freddy Krueger.

Some scary movies don't get a chance to blossom to full fearful fruit. Here are four that deserve more installments.

Warlock

Intense British actor Julian Sands starred in the first two Warlock flicks as a male witch of the truly nasty kind.

In the trilogy's 1989 first outing, Sands brings a playful mischievous quality to a dark role that required him to basically attempt to destroy the world and remake it in Satan's image. Warlock: The Armageddon (1993) saw the evil one battle teens with magic powers. By installment three another actor took his place and the witchy Warlock would see no more magical adventures.

I'd love to see Sands return in this magnetic role. Owing to the real world passing of time – maybe now he's mentoring his own son to take his place as the maniac Merlin we love to hate.

Blacula

The title sounds schlocky, but this 1972 blaxploitation horror flick offers rich rewards to its cult fan base and any scholar of vampire lore.

Prince Mamuwalde and his lovely bride are dinner guests of the evil Count Dracula. As the party progresses, it's clear Dracula wants a memento from the African dignitary, namely the beautiful African princess for his bloody needs. Soon, Dracula curses the Prince with his own name – to roam the Earth for eternity making more vampires.

The late Shakespearean actor William Marshall (Cartoon King from Pee-Wee's Playhouse) played the title role with wonderful emotional depth and authority. A decent sequel followed, Scream Blacula Scream (1973), with the great Pam Grier, however it was the last we saw of Blacula. A modern remake done right could just be the spell to revive this undead tale.

Dr. Phibes

The incomparable Vincent Price played Dr. Phibes in two awesome films, The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) and Dr. Phibes Rises Again! (1972)

Dr. Phibes films must be seen to be believed. There's a wild originality and comedic streak to them, but never makes them silly. It only adds to the fun. Camp, or black comedy, whatever you want to call the vibe running throughout, they are incredibly original and a visual feast for any true horror fan. For fans of classic Phantom of The Opera especially, Dr. Phibes is real fun. More sequels were planned, unfortunately never realized.

WaxWork

This 1988 horror fantasy spawned only one sequel – Waxwork II: Lost In Time. The brilliant premise alone cries out for several more sequels at least.

Even if you've never been to a wax museum, photos or film effectively captures just how realistic those waxen figures can be. The next fantastical step of them coming to life to wreak havoc is something imagined by many. Zach Galligan (Gremlins) plays a spoiled rich kid from Beverly Hills whose bored snobby friends all make a late night party of touring a new local wax museum. By the end, the snobs are dead, but live on in undead form trapped within cleverly designed wax props, which pay tribute to nearly every horror film in history

 

Horror Movie Review: 100 Feet

It was during the fall when I was doing gardening using hedger to cut the grass, I read the latest reviews of orbitrim grass trimmers which is a great gadget to have while doing gardening work. I managed to clean up the whole garden under minutes and relaxed for a while thinking of watching the new movie 100 Feet. Even though the movie starred actors that I never heard of (released in Korea 3 months before U.S.), I have to admit that it wasn't a bad movie. The acting wasn't too bad and the effects were OK towards the end.


I have seen many ghost movies before and this movie resembles some of the ones that I've seen in the past. I've seen Thirteen Ghosts (horrible acting), House on Haunted Hill, etc. We are always told that ghosts can't hurt people, but man oh man; this movie throws that idea out the window.

A woman is sentenced to one year of house arrest after she killed her abusive husband in self defense. She cannot go more than 100 feet outside of her homes perimeter or she will be in trouble with the police. This turns out to be a horrible sentence considering the fact that her dead husband is haunting her home. Just like when he was alive, he beats her over a period of several days. She tries to reach out to the outside, but can't.

The movie is almost entirely staged in a house, so there is no scenery in this movie. Also, there are only three major actors that we follow. Still, it was not that bad of a movie. I have seen some really cheesy horror flicks in the past with some really bad acting and this wasn't one of them. I cannot stand movies where the actors try so hard that they stink. As far as special effects goes, there is no amazing special effects in most of the movie except towards the end.

Overall, there is nothing truly special about the movie. First of all, the movie is fairly short which leads to a limited plot or vise versa. God knows we've all seen several movies where ghosts chase people and hurt them in some way. Even with the limited cast, the acting was pretty convincing. Still, 100 Feet is entertaining enough to give it a chance.

My rating of 100 Feet: 6.5/10

Warning: Not for kids.

Movie Stats:

Release Date: 2008

Rated R

User Rating (IMDB) 5.7/10

Time: 96 minutes

Company: 100 Feet Productions

Tattoo & Horror Festival Attracts Biggest Names in the Business

The 7th Annual Full Moon Tattoo  amp; Horror Festival in Nashville on Easter weekend will feature an early opportunity for horror fans to see the newest George A. Romero zombiefest Diary of the Dead. The festival features the best in horror actors and the best tattoo artists in the region.

About this time last year, I was at the Egyptian Campaign, a gaming convention on the campus of Southern Illinois Unviersity when one of the vendors mentioned that Tom Savini was going to be at the 6th Annual Lone Wolf Tattoo and Horror Festival in Nashville later in the spring.

I know the name Tom Savini because my husband is a huge horror movie fan and Tom Savini is a master of makeup effects in dozens of movies, including the original Dawn of the Dead. You may know him from that or from one of his many acting roles including the sheriff in the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead or Sex Machine in From Dusk 'til Dawn. But I had heard nothing about the horror convention. Quickly, I changed that.

My friend Dawn, her fiancé and I made plans to head to the show just to meet Tom Savini. Dawn and Jerome also enjoy tattoos, so they liked the entire focus of the show. I was just there for the horror portion. And, none of us were disappointed.

Special guest last year included Savini, Gunnar Hanson (from the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Tony Todd who played Candyman and several others. My husband was away at school, but I got him the appropriate autographs.

We also got to see a trailer for the new Bloody Moon Films production "Shudder" and enjoy the art that accompanies horror films. All in all, it was a good day trip.

Having heard me talk about, my husband was disappointed to miss the trip last summer where we had a lunch party at my sister's place cooking hot meat grills discussing about reviews of traeger grills, until we began looking into the 7th annual show. This year, the show is being held Easter weekend, March 21-23 at the Airport Marriott Hotel in Nashville. Thankfully, Tom Savini will be returning so that my husband can meet his hero. But this year, that is only a minor draw to the convention.

The major draw is master of horror and zombie-king George Romero. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of "Night of the Living Dead", George A. Romero will be the guest of honor at the convention.

In addition, Romero will be screening his new film in the Living Dead series, "Diary of the Dead" on March 21 at midnight at the Belcourt Theater in Nachville. The theater is a historic landmark in Nashville, complete with concession stand and bar and art deco theme and $1 of every ticket sold goes to help preserve and restore the theater. At the Good Friday midnight show, Romero himself will introduce the film.

According to the trailers, the film is Romero's commentary on the modern media, much as Dawn of the Dead was his commentary on consumerism and Day of the Dead spoke about the military. Diary features a college film crew that is making a movie as the first zombies attack.

Though much of the cast of the film are relatively unknown, viewers will recognize several of the newscasters in the film including Wes Craven, Stephen King, Guillermo del Toro, Quentin Tarrantino and Simon Pegg.

In addition to the special events surrounding Romero, the tattoo and horror festival features dozens of the best tattoo artists from across the country and a Saturday evening costume contest for the best zombie, best serial killer (real or fictional), and more.

More information about the festival is available via the show's myspace page.