31 Days of Halloween ~Splatter

God love Corey Feldman! He has had a rough road.

But what the hell was going on in this movie?!

SPLATTER

Yeah so I am totally guilty of picking out Netflix horror films based on their cover photo. Don’t judge. I know I am not the only one. But, considering my indie sci-fi horror cult existence,

YES, I should know better. This pic was kinda looked cool so I clicked. Before I had a chance to double think, there he was, Corey Feldman. I thought to myself. This could go two ways.

Horribly bad as I find big name actors don’t seem to translate well into to horror cult camp genre. It just doesn’t seem to make sense in their wheelhouse. Apparently we starving artist have stronger sense of the horror humor in the low low LOW budget world. I thinks it’s our element of passion and creative drive and or insanity.

OR it could be a total cult diamond in the rough. I mean why else would Netflix put it up…

Don’t get me wrong. Goonies, Lost Boys, Stand By Me, License to Drive, I loved LOved LOVED those movies.   And, truth be told, I’ve met Corey Feldman. He is a super nice guy. Maybe just a little lost and still searching for his new niche in 2017 Hollywood. Being child superstar to respected and or just working adult actor  often proves to be a challenge. So, you know what, I don’t hate him for trying. But this movie…

seemed to be running long at 29 minutes. Cause, it was actually pilot. I didn’t realize til it was to late . I got sucked into the weird….

Gist: Rockstar kills himself . Then kills friends in memorial deathtrap, to find out his real friends, from the beyond via the guidance of his pre-taped suicide video. Then comes back from the dead w/  loyal friends and has new perspective on how to be a rock band in Hollywood  aka bad Twilight Zone / Hitchcock rip off with a little twist of Anne Rice.

Director: Joe Dante (Hawaii 5-O, Salem)

Cast: Corey Feldman, Mark Alan, Tony Todd (Candyman), Erin Way (Colony, Handmaid’s Tale), Tara Leigh, Stuart Pankin

To me it look like a group of friends got together to film a low-budget tv concept pilot on beta-max with cheap effects, a weird apartment and horrible lighting. Sure in the real indie cult world this may have worked. There is a method to madness. However said method was not present in this production. BUT apparently 10 episodes were made. Ironically, I kinda was into the storyline, minus ALL the other elements. Maybe the series could be fun…after a few vodka shots and or maybe the whole bottle.

  Although, It did get distribution…SO, no matter what, this Cult Queen says kudos to you, Corey!

I mean for real, LUCIFER, is in it’s 2nd/3rd season.

Corey might just have a shot at a reboot.

31 days of Halloween ~ Byzantium

So, I wanted to watch a horror film I knew nothing about.

Turn on Netflix. Search Halloween Movies. Find this little artistic gem.

BYZANTIUM

This was beautifully told vampire film shot in Ireland. This movie is based on the play by Moira Buffini (she also wrote the screenplay) and tells the story of a mother, Clara (Gemma Arterton) and daughter, Eloise (Saoirse Ronan) vampire duo who have been on the run for 200 years.

Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret.  As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence.

Director: Neil Jordan ( The Borgias, The Crying Game, Interview with a Vampire:The Vampire Chronicles)

Starring: Saoirse Ronan ( Brooklyn, Lovely Bones, How I Live Now)

Gemma Arterton ( Prince of Persia, Hansel & Gretel, Clash of the Titans)

I liked this movie. It wasn’t the blood guts & gore slasher I am often seeking out. It was a nicely done vampire chronicle. I liked their back story of how the vampires came about. I liked the mother daughter struggle for independence in their co-dependent relationship. Obviously I love seeing strong scripts / role for females.

Gemma, Clara, was stunning, exciting and although slightly sociopathic like all good vampires, I felt empathy for her. Forced into brothel as child. Struggling to survive. Providing for her daughter that she secretly tucked into an affluent orphanage for a safe proper upbringing. Becoming a vampire was her road to freedom. Sure she turned her into a vampire at 16…But I assume Clara was just trying to liberate her daughter in the only way she knew how. AND at least she’d be young and fabulous forever. Like a supernatural Chris Jenner…right?

Saoirse Ronan, Eloise was intriguing with her Lestat- ish internal torment and urber excellent talent for music. That vampire chick could play the piano! But conflicted by guilt of her blood sucking survival and  her mother’s prostitution ways (I guess old habits die hard) Eloise yearned for a better way to live. Now if she was smart and lived in the time of youtube she could have marketed her child prodigy  piano skills to world  and created a new way of life for her and her mom. Forever reinventing her child prodigy platform forever! So many child stars would kill for that status…movie idea…

Obviously that is not what happened…

This is an excellent post Halloween morning watch. Grab a Latte, cheeseburger and or whatever hangover cure need be avail. Ease on into the reality that it’s time to hang up the cape, the fangs, the pimp and ho gear etc til next year.