On this page are 11 reviews for some really mixed obscure horror titles, only one that is probably well known is Carnival of Souls, the rest not so much. I watched all 11 titles thanks to a single Blu-ray, which actually had all 11 on the single disc, well it actually houses 12 films, but it being a German import, 1 of the 12 titles was missing its original English language for some reason. Never the less I was able to watch the rest and here are their reviews.
So let’s begin;
#HOLD YOUR BREATH (2012)
OMG! How are Asylum still making movies, when 99.9% of their films are garbage. Well because even though they are garbage, some have enough going for them to keep one entertained, and this film is no exception. It may have bad acting, a weak script, but it still somehow managed to keep me watching it till the end. The idea was there, to a degree. It stars pretty much a group of nobodies, I’m not even going to bother to mention. It was directed by Jared Cohn; he is one of Asylum’s most loyal directors, making a good bulk of their films, including; Born Bad, Bikini Spring Break, Atlantic Rim, Jailbird, Bound, Little Dead Rotting Hood, Atlantic Rim Resurrection, Alien Predator, among many others. He also directs movies for other low budget film companies, even directing the film Devil’s Revenge starring William Shatner and Jeri Ryan.
Now for the actual plot, a group of friends on a weekend camping trip find themselves being picked off one by one when one member of the group refuses to abide by the urban myth that you can breathe in evil spirits when passing cemeteries, if you don’t hold your breath. Cheap effects, cheap production values, non-existent cheap thrills, let’s face it, it’s a very cheap film, but it’s still better than some of Asylum’s other film’s, and I do like the poster.
I have nothing more to say on this film, so I will just quickly rate it, 2 1/2 out of 5.
This movie actually surprised me, it wasn’t a bad little film for what it was. A couple move into a new home, after the loss of their child. There’s an old barn at the end of the property, that is haunted by the spirit of a Witch. The Spirit tries to drive the husband insane with aberrations, when his wife becomes pregnant.
I won’t say much more on the plot, other than watch it for yourself. It’s a bit of a slow burner but it’s a great little story, with good performances from it’s cast. The film stars; Andrew Bowen, Maxine Bahns, John Schneider, and Tom Nowicki. It was directed by Clint Hutchinson.
It’s a low budget film, so don’t expect great production values. I enjoyed it that much I am going to give the film a rating of 4 out of 5.
CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962)
Carnival of Souls is a cult classic horror film from the 60’s. It inspired many filmmakers and even gained a very different and gory remake in 1998, that had no relation to the original. It’s a well crafted gripping film that follows Mary Henry, after she survives a traumatic accident, she becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival, and finds herself being stalked by a mysterious phantom, who appears and disappears, to taunt her. Also unexpected things start to happen to her, like at times no one can see or hear her. It all builds up to a brilliant twist, that has been used many times in movies since.
Candace Hilligoss is brilliant in the lead role, and credit also has to go to Sidney Berger as the sleazy neighbour, John Linden, who wants to get into her knickers. Herk Harvey did a great job at directing this creepy little film, and the choice of organ music as it’s main music score is brilliant decision.
It’s a true classic, actually this is my third copy of it, 5 out of 5.
AMERICAN HORROR HOUSE (2012)
I had very low expectations of this film when I learnt it was a horror movie made by the SYFY Channel, and I was right to be, it wasn’t all that bad, but it wasn’t great either. Alessandra Torresani (star of Battlestar Gallactica Spin-off series, Caprica) played the lead, and she was probably the best thing about the film. It’s Halloween night. A sorority house is inundated with ghosts while the housemother goes on a killing spree, as she is really a spirit who wants a sorority of ghosts, so she won’t be alone.
Cheap, cheesy, with some amusing moments, the film has some weaknesses, but isn’t still the worst I’ve seen, with at least some nice gory moments.
Not much more to say on this, so I will rate it, 3 1/2 out of 5.
HAUNTING OF THE INNOCENT (2014)
Haunting of the Innocent wasn’t a bad little movie, had it’s flaws, as with many of the films on this disc, but it wasn’t that bad. A couple with a young son, move away to a small town after she is raped (the opening scene of the movie), and well their troubles are only beginning, but the husband kinda deserves everything he gets in this film, as not only is he cheating on his wife with a woman at his work, but he cheats on her again with someone else later in the film.
The film stars Jessica Morris, Rib Hillis, Judd Nelson, and a load of other unrecognisable names and faces, and directed by Matt Hish. It’s overall look and feel is a little quirky, and maybe what some people have said about it over the years, regarding it’s pace is true somewhat, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying it to a point.
A very watchable effort, 4 out of 5.
A HAUNTING IN SALEM (2011)
Oh no it’s another horror movie from Asylum films, but actually it wasn’t that bad and it even made me jump at least once. In the film a sheriff relocates his family to a house in Salem with a bad reputation, and it turns out its haunted, and the evil spirits want the Sheriff’s blood.
I cringed at the start of the movie, Shane Van Dyke’s (Dick Van Dyke’s Grandson) direction is god awful, but if you let yourself just get into the story, you might find a good enough movie, to at least watch on TV.
I’ll give this film, 3 out of 5.
OF SILENCE (2014)
Of Silence was quite a different and surprisingly decent film, starring, written, produced, and directed by Jeremiah Sayys as a man who isn’t coping very well with the loss of his wife and is also behind on his bills, at one point even his electric is cut off. As the title suggests, there are a lot of scenes of silence, as the viewer just watches him alone in his own despair. After a while he starts hearing and seeing things, which soon become violent. It’s a pretty good film in the fact that it makes you wonder if it’s actually happening to him or if it’s all in his head.
The film being a low budget movie, it doesn’t star any big names, but it does have Muse Watson as the main character’s father, who is famous for his roles in NCIS, Prison Break, and the films I Know What You Did Last Summer and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.
A truly surprising film, 4 out of 5.
AMERICAN POLTERGEIST 3 (2014)
American Poltergeist 3 also known as American Conjuring, is a pretty dull affair. It had potential to be a decent low grade movie, but failed badly. It contains poor effects and a thin plot and even though some of the cast try to act, it isn’t enough to save it.
People trapped in an old haunted building by evil demonic spirits, bumping the occasional cast member off from time to time. It was a bit slow in places and difficult to get through.
Not going to go any further in to the film, 2 1/2 out of 5.
HAUNTING OF WHALEY HOUSE (2012)
Here we go again with another horror film from Asylum Films, and I’d say it’s on par with A Haunting in Salem, just with slightly better direction. It’s not to be taken too seriously, as it opens with a rather amusing opening.
The film is about a tour guide of the infamous haunted Whaley House, breaking the rules, by allowing a group of friends have a private tour at night, the spirits aren’t too happy, and well the dead bodies start to mount. As usual there ain’t any recognisable actors in this, other than perhaps Mindy Robinson, who appears in only a brief and very pointless scene that seems to be only put in the film to have a quick flash of some breasts.
The overall finished product ain’t too bad, it entertains, and that is truly all you really want from any movie. 3 out of 5.
Spirits is one of those typical straight to video horror films from the 90’s, fun, bloody, and cheesy, very reminiscent of something Charles Band was churning out during this time. It even stars two of his regulars, Brinke Stevens and Michelle Bauer, and directed by Fred Olen Ray, who also directed the fun 1988 video nasty, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, one of my favourites of the genre.
A priest, trying to regain his standing in the church after “falling” and sleeping with a woman, teams with a group of ESP experts to investigate a haunted house, and fight off evil demonic spirits. It’s heaps of fun, and I am glad this was included on the disc.
I’ll rate this movie, 4 out of 5.
THE BATES HAUNTING (2012)
I’ve seen this horror film once before, it isn’t a bad horror, but it is the odd film out on this disc, as it doesn’t feature any ghosts, and is in fact more of a slasher film.
Jean Louise O’Sullivan is the lead of this film, in fact probably the only recognisable face in the film. She has also appeared in horror films, Trophy Heads, Puppet Master X Axis Rising, Puppet Master Axis Termination, among others. It was the directorial debut of Bryon Turk.
The film is probably not that well conceived but the idea was truly there, and I have to give it merit for that alone. The film is about a horrific accident resulted in Agnes witnessing Lily’s fiery death in a spectacle gone wrong. After a year of obsessing over a murder investigation everyone else thinks is open and shut, Agnes goes to work at the Haunt in an attempt to confront her trauma. Horrific events begin to claim the lives of her coworkers and Agnes must figure out what is behind all of the “accidents” before more people die. The film was filmed on location at The Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride, a real-life Halloween attraction in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, which does give it a little bit authenticity.
A overall decent horror movie, 3 1/2 out of 5.