More Post-Shocktober Dreck

Wow, I cannot believe how many horror movies I sat through in October. It turned out to be well over a hundred. Here are another handful that didn’t quite make the cut.

Mad Ron’s Prevues from Hell (1987) – Not rated

“With chain-rattling cannibal Mad Ron at the projectors, ventriloquist Nick Pawlow and his reanimated pal Happy Goldsplatt unspool a gut-busting reel of horror filmdom’s most notorious sneak peeks while a theaterful of flesh-loving zombies feast on. A cult favorite in its own right, the 1987 collection cherry-picks trailers, forgotten scenes and poster art from 47 gory oldies, including Bay of Blood, Black Christmas and The Blood Spattered Bride.”

While not quite as bad as Celluloid Bloodbath, this is another example of how NOT to do a trailer show. For examples of how to do this type of show properly see Machete Maidens Unleashed, Not Quite Hollywood, go to the website Trailers from Hell (where trailers can be picked and viewed with or without commentary), or get any of the 42nd Street DVDs.

Absentia (2011) – Rated R

“Seven years after her husband, Daniel, went missing, Tricia is about to have him declared dead. But as she copes with her grief and the reappearance of her annoying sister, Tricia begins to suspect a sinister force is behind Daniel’s disappearance.”

The subplot with the detective is handled in a heavy-handed and obvious fashion and the movie is clearly on a tiny budget but the overall plot, script, and much of the acting are quite good. This is a more thoughtful horror and not a gorefest or a monster mash. I may review this later as I enjoyed it more than I would have thought.

Dreamworks Spooky Stories: Volume 2 (2011) – Not Rated

“The Shrek characters parody Michael Jackson’s epic music video “Thriller”; B.O.B., Doc and The Missing Link band together on Halloween to save their town from zombie carrots; and Megamind must save the city after someone presses the Button of Doom.”

Netflix’ description mentions a Thriller parody but that is not on here. There are two new Monster vs. Aliens stories, a new Megamind story, and a new Shrek story. These are not as good as volume 1 but still enjoyable if you liked the animated movies they were based on. I really enjoyed Night of the Living Carrots.

Wreckage (2010) – Unrated

“After their car breaks down, Jake, Kate, Rick and Jessica take refuge at a junkyard — unaware that an escaped convict is on the loose. When Kate is hurt, Jake goes for help. But when he returns, Jessica’s dead and the others are nowhere to be found.”

Umm can we just call it Dreckage and leave it at that? Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad is in this but the events are overly telegraphed and obvious, just not worth your time.

The Tall Man (2012) – Rated R

“The faded mining town of Cold Rock is haunted by a lethal specter known as the Tall Man, thought to be behind the disappearance of numerous children. When Julia Denning’s son David also vanishes, she sets out to unlock the chilling mystery herself.”

The Tall Man is marketed as a horror movie but it isn’t really that. The movie has a fascinating plot that might have been better handled by other actors or another director. If you watch it, you will have to pay attention as it morphs almost without warning at least twice.