Friday, September 22, 2017

Divided by Werewolves - Episode 31

Episode 31 of the Divided by Werewolves show is up! We talk a LOT of Destiny 2 and the new film adaptation of Stephen King's IT. You can listen down below or find us on iTunes by searching for Divided by Werewolves. Thanks as always to any who listen.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Tim Curry on IT 2017

My favorite youtube channel, Bloodbath and Beyond, recently uploaded a video from Fan Expo of Toronto of Tim Curry speaking about the new IT. The video has gone viral, and so I thought I'd post it up as well. I believe this video needs to show up everywhere, as I love Tim Curry and I'm of the opinion that his performance in the original IT is about the only reason to watch it. Enjoy!

Italian Horror Week 2017 - Nightmare City

As promised, here's my entry from Doc Terror's Italian Horror Week 2107...


Italian Horror Week is how I got to know Doc Terror. My exposure to Italian cinema is best described as “limited”, and once I decided I wanted to seek out more, Doc’s name kept coming up in my search results. This of course lead me to the Blog of Horrors. I may not have ever met James Harris in person, but I learned more about horror from him than I have anyone else in my life. I am honored to be taking part in this first Italian Horror Week without him. I may not know as much as many of the other contributors, and that should be said up front as you decided as to whether you read on or not, but I owe Doc Terror at least this much. For my entry, i did a first time watch of Umberto Lenzi’s
Nightmare City from 1980.

Following an explosion at a nuclear facility, an unidentified aircraft that’s supposed to have the world’s leading nuclear scientist aboard arrives at an airport. The plane has made no radio contact, and the air traffic control tower calls in the authorities after several attempts to reach anyone inside the aircraft. Standing by is network reporter Dean Miller, who is there in the hopes of getting an exclusive interview with the scientist, professor Hagenbeck. There continues to be no response from inside the plane when the military begin ordering the door to be opened. When it finally does, the doctor and everyone inside emerges in a murderous rage. Dean narrowly escapes, and races to get to his wife who is performing surgery at a nearby hospital. Together the two fight to surive against a growing army of radioactive zombies who are cutting a violent swath across the city.

Ok, so I said “radioactive zombies” there, but honestly, I don’t know what they were. They ran, used weapons, and they drove vehicles. Some acted like zombies, doing what looked like they were eating their victims, others acted like vampires who were in a bloodlust. Nightmare City is a lot of things, but consistent it ain’t. It’s full of plot holes, what plot is there doesn’t make a lot of sense, the effects go from almost non-existant (there are times in scenes with a large group wreaking havoc that knives stab or go across knecks and there’s not a drop of blood to be seen) to comically over-done (a shot from a pistol makes a woman’s head explode). The “zombies” themselves even vary. Some of them just look like regular people holding their eyes wide open, others are covered with this strange brownish green substance that closely resembles clay or mud. The acting is bad, dialog is bad, and it has one of the most unsatisfying endings you’ll ever see.
So how did I feel about Nightmare City? In short, I fucking loved it. Yes, it has all of the problems I mentioned, but it’s charm is undeniable. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that Umberto Lenzi watched George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, immediately left the theater, and started writing. Nightmare City feels like Dawn’s idiot cousin who nobody in the family talks about. I laughed, a lot. This is that kind of movie. If you can have a couple of drinks, get some friends over, and just let the movie be itself, it’s a fun time. If you’re a horror snob, who needs their movies to be perfect, it’s probably best if you move along and leave Nightmare City for those of us who enjoy watching the occasional trashy movie.


Nightmare City gets a thumbs up for me. If you’re still reading, thanks for sticking with me. Enjoy the rest of your Italian Horror Week, I’m sure I will be. Doc Terror Forever.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Divided by Werewolves - Episode 30

Episode 30 of Divided by Werewolves is here! This time we talk about Adam Wingard's Death Note, It Comes at Night, and our initial impressions of Destiny 2. You can check it out below or find us on iTunes. Thanks as always to any who listen.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Italian Horror Week 2017

It's that time of year again, and in honor of James "Doc Terror" Harris, a bunch of us are keeping the tradition of Italian Horror Week going. There are giveaways, reviews, retrospectives and more all week long, celebrating Italian horror, which Doc loved so dearly. Yours truly did a small write-up on Nightmare City which I'll be posting here as well, once it has officially gone up. You can follow along with us over at Doc Terror's site. Feel free to share things around on social media, and make sure to enter the giveaways. It's going to be a fun week.

There's still not a day that goes by that I don't think of James, and I hope wherever he is, he's celebrating along with us. Love ya, Jimmy. Miss you every day. DOCTERRORFOREVER.