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Thursday, 9 July 2015

Subspecies (1991).






Full Moon Entertainment hasn't always been synonymous with great or even good films. They were a staple of my childhood (as were Empire Pictures before them), and my love for Puppet Master, Robot Jox and Demonic Toys is never ending. 'Subspecies' is another series of films which for some reason I never managed to see until my mid teens, and they really surprised me.

Gone was the overt campness rife in most Full Moon films, only to be replaced with Gothic sensibilities (it being one of the first American films to be filmed in Romania goes a long way to achieve this) and what is possibly the scariest and most enigmatic Vampire to ever grace the silver screen. Oh, and did I mention the opening scene features 'The Tall Man' Angus Scrimm in a very memorable cameo?

In Subspecies, we follow three students who travel to Romania to study folklore. Unfortunately, they find themselves at the center of a blood-feud between Radu and his brother Stefan. As Stefan befriends the girls, Radu targets them while Stefan attempts to protect them from his murderous brother. Some may die, and some may become undead!

Subspecies manages to work on every level. It has a Villain who is played fantastically by Anders Hove, that will chill even the most hardened horror fan. Radu should be up there with the likes of Freddy, Jason, Michael etc. He is pure evil, with a smile that is so sinister it chills the spine. There is also an air of tradgedy around him, which is explored, along with his wanting for love in the sequels. But it is in the first film where his demoniacal behaviour is at its cruelest, with our introduction to Radu being one of sadistic glee.

Along with the incredible Anders Hove, the setting goes such a long way to creating the perfect atmosphere for the film. Everything just seems to have fallen into place, and in my humble opinion, everything about Subspecies is incredible. This is even more surprising as Vampire films aren't usually my thing (I can count on one foot the number of Vampire films I enjoy).

If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing any of these films, seek them out and you too can see Radu's blood-soaked smile and the murder and mayhem that ensues between two undead brothers.

Darkest regards......Dani.






I have risen from the dead!! (Well.....sort of...)

Doctor Carnage's World of Horror is coming back. Yes, I finally feel the need to begin writing here again. I hadn't given this blog a thought since beginning University in October 2014, and with other things in my private life taking their toll on me (such as being diagnosed with yet another lifelong illness and continuing to fight for my children, who I love and miss dearly) my world of horror has taken a bit of a backseat.

I will now make an active effort to update this regularly once more, hopefully bringing you more reviews, features and interviews than ever before. At least until my second year at University begins in October. So lets raise a glass of grue to horror and gore, and let us delve once more into the world of horror.

Don't worry. I have your hand. I promise I won't let go......

Darkest regards......Dani.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Derek Huey's 'I'm Sorry' (2015).

Crazy. Hilarious. Shocking. How many adjectives can one use to describe a short film? When Derek Huey is the filmmaker, as many as he can possibly think of! I'm not one for hyperbole, but seriously, this short is pure excellence. 'I'm Sorry' is a near eight minute short film, and easily takes the title of 'the funniest short I have seen so far this year'. Not only that, but it provokes a number of other emotions from the viewer.

I won't give anything away, for fear of spoiling the short film, but things move along briskly as the viewer is drawn in right away as we see someone get murdered. The music added to the tense death scene, and it was incredibly well-realised and almost operatic in its execution. Rarely does such a simple execution work so well.

The movie then gives a nod to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, which had me chuckling out loud. Then we are drawn right back in, as the killer bursts into another home. What happens next surprised me yet again, and bought to mind a scene out of 'The Omen', only with even more shock value.

Put simply, it seems as though Derek Huey is going from strength to strength with each subsequent film he makes. I cannot wait to see a full length feature from this guy. I am continually impressed by his work. In 'I'm Sorry', you can tell Derek has put his heart and soul into this film, and it shows in every single frame. Horror and offfbeat humour (which comes across as very British, in a Monty Python's Flying Circus kind of way) is the order of the day in this short, and it works that well, I think I am going to watch it again!

The film was made for The Zone Sci Fan Film Race Festival, which is Houston's first Sci-Fi/Fantasy film race and festival, and has been submitted for the Audience Award, so is not available to the public yet. As soon as it is, a post will be made right here, letting you all know how you can see this awesome piece of cinema.

You can check out more about The Zone Sci Fan Film Race Festival by clicking HERE.

Darkest regards......Dani.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Dustin Wade Mills' Applecart.

 Applecart DVD




This is my first foray into the films of Dustin Wade Mills. His work is spoken about with great enthusiasm between fans of horror, and as I am always interested in viewing new and interesting horror films, I requested to view a screener of 'Applecart', as I have read many raving over his films.

Watching this film, you truly feel you are experiencing the mind of both a genius and a madman. The film, a four part anthology connected by ideas of forbidden fruit and love, works on many levels. Not only is it incredibly artistic, it draws you into its warped nightmarish landscape like nothing else out there. A feat many films fail at the first hurdle. Not 'Applecart'. It continues to draw you in, almost hypnotising the viewer and twisting their stomachs into knots throughout the entire film.

I watched this film with mouth agape, eyes locked on the screen, nails digging deep into the palm of my hand. Shot in black and white and featuring no dialogue, 'Applecart' transcends both the exploitation film tropes it displays, and to a greater degree the artistic performances and storytelling on offer, to become something much greater than the sum of its parts. It is purely and simply breathtaking, and pushes boundaries in every respect. The fact the cast all wear near white emotionless masks helps the viewer proect their own fears upon the individuals who perform in this cinematic triumph, making it that much more disturbing. You can literally feel everything being played out in your gut. This film, despite not showing it, really succeeds in portraying raw emotion and disturbing images to turn even the most jaded horror fans stomachs. As honest as it is transgressive, 'Applecart' is a thing of nightmarish beauty.

The fact that the actors and actresses cannot convey emotion through their faces means they take a much more theatrical approach to their performances, using elements of performance art, and it works to the advantage of the film, keeping the audience on edge and not letting them have any idea where the film is going to go next. How many films do that? I presonally can't think of any that have come out in the last ten years that have such impassioned and artistic merit as 'Applecart' does.

Even after watching horror and exploitation films for nearly 28 years, it is such a great feeling to see something wholly original. Something that manages to shock and surprise in equal measure. 'Applecart' is that very film. If this is any indication of just what Dustin Wade Mills can do, then this man should have his films in every horror and exploitation fans collection. That's a fact.

You can purchase 'Applecart' from Crumpleshack by clicking HERE.

Darkest regards......Dani.




Thursday, 26 March 2015

Facebook is an asshole.

Further to my previous post about this blog moving over to WordPress, that is now not going to happen. While in conversation with a director whose work I am incredibly looking forward to checking out and writing about, I noticed Facebook once more allowed me to post links to Blogger on my timeline.

As before, when they stopped this, there was no mention this was the case. So I am as surprised and slightly annoyed as everyone else who uses this blogging platform who had the same problem.

As I am now back on track with University work (and have onlyeight weeks left) there will be an increase in output here once more. Coming over the next week will be a review of Alexis Gonzalez's 'Spookfield' anthology, and Dustin Wade Mills' new flick 'Applecart'.

Thank you all who continue to read my ramblings. This World of Horror will carry on here!

Darkest regards......Dani.


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

My move over to Wordpress.

Doctor Carnage's World of Horror is moving to Wordpress. Facebook has blocked all links to Blogger, making this move necessary as without Facebook, I have very little to promote my articles with. I will be moving all of the articles/promos and reviews over to doctorcarnage.wordpress.com so I hope you will join me there for more reviews, promos and editorials.

Darkest regards......Dani.

Extended synopsis and awesome page shots from Kill-Crazy Nymphos Attack!







Well look here! The Soska sisters have today released page shots and an extended synopsis for their upcoming collaboration with writer Daniel Way and artist Rob Dumo. I for one am really looking forward to this. Here is the extended synopsis!

Kill-Crazy Nymphos Attack! is an original graphic novel presented in a grindhouse/exploitation film style. It’s irreverent and raw but, at the same time, it’s a story–an actual story with a beginning, middle and end–that’s infused with relevant social commentary.

The story centers upon Purvis Gunt, a malcontent and pervert who works at a pharmaceutical lab. Purvis is obsessed with having rampant, porno-style sex with nearly every woman he sees but it’s never gonna happen for him because, in addition to the fact that he’s married, he’s revolting in every possible way. So he turns to science for a way to cheat the situation, using the resources of the pharmaceutical lab to create something that will cause women to lose any and all inhibition or restraint and fill them with uncontrollable lust. Purvis, however, is a terrible scientist. What he cooks up is a virus that fills women with not only a lust for sex…but for blood!

When the virus gets out and infects the female population of the small town where Purvis lives, carnage ensues and it’s up to Purvis, disgraced priest Father Osorio and super macho but sexually ambiguous SWAT officer Mack Diesel to contain the situation before woman-hating US President Pole drops a nuke on the whole goddamn mess!

Tell me that doesn't get you excited! This graphic novel is going to revel in 42nd Street madness, bringing the exploitation style of the films shown there to great effect in the style of artistic storytelling.

Look! Page shots too!! I have to say, it really does look incredible!



 

Don't forget to visit the Kickstarter for this amazing project, as there are fantastic perks on offer, so donate and/or share as much as you can!!

You can visit the Kickstarter for Kill-Crazy Nymphos Attack! by clicking HERE.

Darkest regards......Dani.