All in the family
Family... it can fuck with your head.
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Parents 1989, R)
Meet the Applegates 1991, R)
American Beauty 1999, R)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974, R)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 1986, R)
Whereas the original Texas was more about was more geared towards shock and madness (though not quite without a sense of humor) this one is more about fun and campy insanity. Hooper goes full bore into splatter comedy territory. I love Choptop (Bill Mosely) heating up the wire hanger with a lighter and using it to pick skin away from the metal plate in his head (which he then eats) and his insane comments such as "Lick my plate, dog dick!". Dennis Hopper plays the vengeful uncle of Sally and Franklin from the first film. Just seeing him going ape shit with a chainsaw while singing "Bringing In The Sheaves" brings a big smile to my face. Leatherface (Bill Johnson) seems to have sexual inadequacy problems signified by his chainsaw failing to start when he's around the prettyish radio D.J. (Caroline Williams) who becomes entangled in the affairs of the Sawyer Clan. Jim Siedow is the only returning member of the original cast, and he makes the transition from creepy, demented cook to over the top comic miscreant who uses his unique chili recipe to win chili cook offs all around Texas perfectly. It's all geared to tickle your funny bone (right down to the original movie poster which has the Sawyers spoofing The Breakfast club). Is it, for lack of a better word, as scary as the original? Hell no, but that's not the point of this one. Hooper was taking it in a new direction, and he succeeded in my opinion.
The Hills Have Eyes 1977, R)
Plague Town 2008, Unrated)
Tideland 2005, R)
Is it possible for a nightmare and a sweet dream to be the same thing? This movie has the answer, and it's a resounding yes. Gilliam has brought us the darkest film in his catalog, with all the visual playfulness that we've come to expect from him. Jeliza- Rose is such a lovable character that you want to reach into the screen and rescue her from the horrible surroundings that she's been thrust into. At some points the discomfort levels get so high that it's hard to watch. Picture Alice In Wonderland if it had been written by Todd Solondz, and you're somewhere in the ballpark.
Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me 1992, R)
Happiness 1998, Unrated)
Life During Wartime 2009, R)
Raising Arizona 1987, PG-13)
Oldboy 2004, R)
The Brood 1979, R)
Eraserhead 1977, R)
Dead Ringers 1988, R)
Spider 2002, R)
The Royal Tenenbaums 2001, R)
The Darjeeling Limited 2007, R)
Basket Case 1982, R)
Basket Case 2 1990, R)
Basket Case 3: The Progeny 1992, R)
Pink Flamingos 1972, NC-17)
Polyester 1981, R)
Pecker 1998, R)
Serial Mom 1994, R)
Now don't get me wrong, I love my mom. I'd say she did her best to raise me (many may disagree, but they can go fuck themselves). Now having said that, if my mom didn't exist and I had to choose a new one it would definitely be Beverly Sutphin. I mean think about it for a second, she's a loving, nurturing, mom with a love of birds, horror movies, and serial killers, and best of all, she'll lay waste to your enemies. Those are my kinda family values. This is the movie that introduced me to the sick, sleazy mind of John Waters, and there was no going back after that. One of my favorite quotes about this movie is from Waters himself, "I heard Kathleen Turner call Mink Stole a cocksucker and thought finally, my worlds have come together." Turner is great as the happy, homicidal homemaker who wreaks havoc in Baltimore. True this isn't Pink Flamingos, but really, what is?
Little Otik 2000, Unrated)
Martin 1978, R)
In my humble opinion Martin is one of the best vampire films ever made, and probably my favorite non-zombie Romero flick. Romero put his own spin on the legend offering a more realistic and ambiguous take on vampirism. It is never made clear whether Martin is actually a vampire or just a confused (and somewhat psychotic) young man. His crazy old world cousin, who Martin is forced to live with, doesn't help matters much by constantly referring to him as Nosferatu, and hanging garlic and crosses all over his house in order to prevent Martin from entering certain rooms (to no effect). Martin's blood lust is treated like an addiction, which, as far as I'm aware, was a relatively original idea at the time. It is also his only form of sexual release. Things start to change once he meets a lonely housewife. He begins to experience the pleasures that come with a living partner, and starts to realize there may be more to life than drugging women, slashing their wrists, and drinking their blood (as if that were possible). If your looking for a good, atypical vampire movie then this one should be at the top of your list.
Julien Donkey-Boy 1999, R)
"I'm a black albino, straight from Alabama" -Victor Varnado
The People Under The Stairs 1991, R)
Hellraiser 1987, R)
Dead Alive (Braindead) 1992, R)
The splatterfest to end all splatterfests. This may be one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. Between the zombie sex, kung fu priest, and enough blood to qualify it for The Guinness Book, there's more than enough to keep you interested. To me, the sign of a good movie is if it has the ability to make the person you're watching it with want to throw up (this movie has done that on several occasions). This is an urgent plea to Peter Jackson, please go back to your roots. The horror world needs you.
The Simpsons Movie 2007, PG-13)
Rosemary's Baby 1968, R)
The Squid and the Whale 2006, R)
American Pop 1981, R)
A beautifully animated story of the evolution of American music told through the trials of four generations of a Jewish family. Ralph Bakshi films aren't your typical animated films. They dealt with issues that most filmmakers would never attempt. This is no different, although it's much less hard edged than most of his previous films (Fritz The Cat, Heavy Traffic, and Coonskin). He's able to convey an emotion through his work that is somewhat lacking in most animated features. His characters are real people, with real problems, not just your average 2-D cartoon fodder (with the possible exception of The Lord Of The Rings and Wizards). This isn't to say that there aren't other fantastic animators out there, with great stories to tell, but for me, Bakshi is king.
Spanking the Monkey 1994, Unrated)
Blood Diner 1987, Unrated)
It's Alive 1974, R)
The Manson Family 2004, R)
Deranged 1974, R)
Motel Hell 1980, R)
The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia 2009, Unrated)
"I was born with nothin', and I'll probably die with nothin'. I'm just glad people know who the fuck we are." As am I.
Ginger Snaps 2000, R)
Paperhouse 1989, PG-13)
Brand Upon the Brain! 2006, Unrated)
The second part in Maddin's "autobiographical" trilogy, is a strange tale about a family who live in a light house/orphanage. The Mother is a domineering monster, the father is a mad scientist, and the son and daughter, along with the help of the Lightbulb Kids (a "pair" of fictional child detectives) are trying to figure out what the hell their parents are up to with the orphans. Beautifully made. Guy Maddin really knows how to fuck with your head in wonderful ways.
My Winnipeg 2007, Unrated)
Offspring 2008, R)
House of 1000 Corpses 2002, R)
The Devil's Rejects 2005, R)
Mum & Dad 2008, Unrated)
Bad Boy Bubby 1993, Unrated)
Summer's Blood (Summer's Moon) 2009, R)
American Gothic (Hide and Shriek) 1987, R)
The Girl Next Door 2007, R)
Shogun Assassin 1980, R)
Visitor Q (Bijitâ Q) 2001, R)
Antichrist 2009, Unrated)
Baby Blood (The Evil Within) 1989, R)
Singapore sling: O anthropos pou agapise ena ptoma 1990, Unrated)
Onibaba 1964, Unrated)
Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha 1999, R)
"1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4" With that count off we begin one of the most hyper-active, ultra-violent, over the top spectacles I've ever had the child-like joy of witnessing. Seriously, the first ten minutes contains more insanity than most movies do in their entire running time, but that's just a punch in the gut to get your attention. The film truly is an exercise in envelope pushing. Kiddy pools full of human excrement (the technical term being shit), bestiality porno filmmakers , Takashi's increasingly over the top brand yakuza antics, and, if I may be allowed to make an extremely lame and cliched remark, an explosive ending. Depravity, sweet depravity, you have found the perfect vessel in the form of Mr. Miike.
Thirteen 2002, R)
Aswang (The Unearthing) 1994, R)
Buffalo 66 1998, R)
The Butcher Boy 1997, R)
Hausu (House) 1977, Unrated)