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Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

Classic 1960′s horror comes to light with our in depth look at Michael Powell’s “Peeping Tom”, plus contest winners and the catchy tunes of “Primus”.

Like what you hear? Want more? Think we’re idiots? Let us know! Be sure to leave comments here at CinemaFromage.com, or by email at cinemafromage@gmail.com! Feel free to leave us a voice mail at 1-206-984-9853, and you might even make it on the show!

And remember folks….

We watch crap so you don’t have to.

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Monday, April 28th, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

This week we tackle the cult classic C.H.U.D from 1984 starring Daniel Stern and John Herd. The crew is in good spirits and we get the show in on time for the first time in ages.

To win a “Cloverfield” DVD, answer the following question and email us. “When the group is in the subway, what fictional cartoon character does Lizzy Kaplan’s character reference while making fun of HUD, the camera man”. The contest will end on May 10th, so enter while you can!

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Friday, April 25th, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

We have a new voice mail number for Midnight Muenster! Want to leave a comment, call us idiots, sing us a song? Now you can! Just call 1-206-984-9853 and speak your mind!

Never know, it might just land you on the show!

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

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Your truly and the gang at Bloody Good Horror has been chosen as the AMC Monster Fest Blog’s Site of the Week!

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And if you’re shy, feel free to congratulate the rest of the gang at Bloody Good Horror here!

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

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Botched

In debt to a Russian mobster, Stephen Dorff finds himself attempting to steal an ornate cross from Moscow high rise. Partnered with two hapless Russian criminals, all seems to be going well until Russian sidekick #1 grows trigger happy and kills someone in the heist attempt. Soon Mr. Dorff and company find themselves on an elevator full of passengers, stuck on the thirteenth floor with security in hot pursuit. Turning their simple heist into a hostage affair all begins to go down hill as they soon learn that all of the hostages have quirks of their own, as well as the newly discovered serial killer stalking the halls of the thirteenth floor.

First off, fair warning: I’m a Stephen Dorff fanboy. I can’t say for sure why, but I think it stems from his first horror feature in “The Gate”. Sure, he’s not the greatest actor in the world but I generally enjoy it when he shows up in a movie. While this factor may flavor my opinion of “Botched”, I believe the movie has many other strengths to stand on that make it for a pretty enjoyable horror comedy in it’s own right. Now, I use the term ‘horror’ here lightly; other than the fact that there’s a serial killer involved, there’s not much horror here. Still, the movie manages to hold a dark sense of humor that left me laughing out loud throughout.

While the writing is pretty enjoyable or “Botched” the highlight of the movie is it’s cast of misfit hostages. The majority of the laughs comes from these folks as they bumble about making their own quirks known. From the mercenary wanna-be security guard to the neurotic young man who only wishes to go home, to the prudish Russian religious zealot, all bring a laugh to the forefront. Dorff’s two Russian sidekicks are a laugh riot in their own right as one is an aggressive blow hard while the other is a milquetoast simpleton who only wants to eat his sandwich.

The movie manages to feel like a standard heist comedy from the start, setting forth the standard trappings of said genre for the first twenty minutes or so. As the gang descends upon the thirteenth floor for the first time, the movie begins to shine in it’s black comedy effort. The acting is well handled here to help round out the comedy with a few familiar faces and most not so familiar. As mentioned before, Stephen Dorff is our biggest name actor take a pretty standard and low key role throughout. He has his moments, but the focus is more on the supporting cast than his role here. Other faces you may recognize Jaime Murray who plays Dexter’s criminally insane love interest on Showtime’s “Dexter” (who I might add is sexy even with her clothes ON) as well as Bronagh Gallagher who once graced the screen in 1991′s “The Commitments”.

“Botched” does not really contain a lot of surprises; it’s a straight forward killer comedy. Thankfully, it handles the comedy moments well since it goes light on the horror. I laughed pretty hard throughout, I feel you would do the same! Definitely give it some time if you flip across it on cable late at night and it would be worth the rental as well.

7 Jaime Murray’s got hella legs! out of 10

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

For those not in the know, I’ve started a weekly DVD Release column on Bloody Good Horror wherein I painstakingly pour through the upcoming horror DVD’s coming out for the given week!

So, Check out this week’s column as I point out the good, and bad for the week of 4/22/08!

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Monday, April 21st, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

We take a much needed trip to Nostalgia-Land this week and talk about two Italian horror classics, Dario Argento’s “Suspiria” and its sequel “Inferno”. The crew is pretty split down the middle on both films but a good time is had by all. Also, Bryan from Drunken Zombie calls in to berate us and Schnaars continues his crusade for all things fancy with his “Word of the Day”.

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Sunday, April 20th, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

The Bloody Good Horror Crew goes at it on a new topic every Friday afternoon, we call it the “Hack-Off”. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in the comments.

This week we take a look at a current issue plaguing the horror genre: Hack-Off: Best PG-13 Horror Film?

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Sunday, April 20th, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

This week’s episode we introduce the first Midnight Muenster contest, cover 2007′s “The Signal” and Shannon Sossaman’s 2007 feature flick, “Catacombs”, a Fear Net original! As always, please please please let us know what you think!

Feel free to leave us a comment at www.cinemafromage.com, or by email at cinemafromage@gmail.com!

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Friday, April 18th, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

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Poultrygeist

Death by Anal Zombie Fisting. Lloyd Kaufman’s back!

Tromaville has a new restaurant in town; The American Chicken Bunker. Unfortunately for General Lee Roy, there’s quite a few people that are unhappy. First up, the parking lot is filled with protesters against the slaughter of innocent chickens, against corporate chains pushing out mom and pop shops and many more. Second; the residents of the Indian burial ground they built the restaurant on top of. With the militant lesbians en force outside, and the vengeful spirits inhabiting the food to take out their frustrations on those that run the joint and those that partake, it’s going to be a long and messy opening day for the American Chicken Bunker.

Troma Films are a genre all their own and as such, really can only be compared and rated against themselves. Troma itself pumps out a lot of low budget pulp but when the boss man Kaufman gets involved, you know it’s going to get the signature treatment. So it is with their latest full fledge release, “Poultrygeist”.

The movie starts out with the blurb I posted at the top of the review, a death by anal fisting, courtesy of an undead zombie arm. The team wastes no time whatsoever to prove that this movie will be no exception; its going to be packed full of low budget and over the top gore. If you’ve never had the pleasure of a Troma movie you’re in for a treat. The gore is not the only factor though; they do indeed tell a story and sometimes there’s even a message there too.

“Poultrygeist” smacks you over the head with their anti corporate food message with a 2×4. Whether or not they are genuine is their loathing it’s hard to say. It all boils down to a fun movie plot however and that’s what counts. Throughout the movie we are treated to a large number of things that people love to hate or point fingers at; corporate food chains, Starbucks, the KKK, militant lesbians, drunken indians, racism, bestiality… they’re all there and I’m sure a lot I missed. Lloyd Kauffman knows how to bring to light social issues with smart ass sarcasm that can only make you laugh harder at the ridiculous lengths some will go to when angry over an issue they have no control over. To round out the absurdity, he also manages to take this socio-policital view, pack it with zombie-were-chickens cum vengeful indiana spirits…and turn it into a musical.

Yes, a musical. With monster chickens. It’s Troma, did you expect any less?

The songs throughout “Poultrygeist” are corny, ham fisted and poorly choreographed. Regardless, they still manage to be integral to the story line and add to the low budget charm of it all. Really, they are more of an afterthought and far less effective than the songs used in “Tromeo and Juliet”, but that’s okay. I still cracked a few laughs. For the actors involved, we see a flip flop of the acting in “Tromeo and Juliet”; our male lead is a fairly strong actor and enjoyable all together. The female lead on the other hand is a bit flat and uninteresting, but she does get topless a lot and makes out with women so it is ultimately forgivable. And as I keep pointing out, it’s a Troma flick. We’re not expecting “Shakespeare in the Park”.

The true beauty of the film arrives with the onset of the zombie chicken onslaught. The gore and gags come trundling along by the bucketful and well done and enjoyable. The large number of people that they had dressed as monster chickens was hilarious in it’s own right and would have been a beautiful site to see if you happened to be passing by the store on filming night. Throughout the film I counted no less that three deaths initiated by some sort of anal insertion. As the humans begin to transform, the sequences of the egg laying was downright hilarious as you see anything from a head shorn lesbian laying an egg in the middle of the restaurant to a man sprouting eggs, with chicks, from his ‘bitch titties’. All in all, when the final chaos hits you are delivered what you expect from Troma and then some. You will cry out with oooo’s aaah’s and HOLY SHIT!’s throughout.

Die hard Troma fans will find much to love in “Poultrygeist”. It fits in perfectly with the past Kaufman catalog and dare I say… shows an improvement in over all quality. Mind you, you need to be a fan to get the full enjoyment out of this; otherwise you will find it too over the top and silly to be taken silly. Do give it a shot though because it’s the most enjoyable and polished flick to come out of Troma to date.

8 zombie-were-chicken-spirits out of 10

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