i don’t think i’ve seen slaughter high, so i’m looking forward to yet another ‘childhood prank leads to school reunion murder spree’ slasher from the 1980s. the plot of the band from hell sounds so ridiculous, it just might be good. the telling is another horror anthology, which usually means it will be either really good or really, really bad (i’m looking at you trapped ashes). i hope it is the former. however, my pick this week goes to the much-hyped splinter. i know next to nothing about this film except that it has won a bunch of awards, currently has a 70% freshness rating on rottentomatoes, and is the talk-of-the-town on twitter. using my psychic powers (which, oddly, only work when it comes to horror dvds), my prediction is — it will be very good.
The House that Cried Murder (1973)
When spoiled daddy’s girl Barbara (Robin Strasser) discovers her brand-new husband, David (Arthur Roberts), in the embrace of his ex-flame Ellen (Iva Jean Saraceni), she comes up with a dark plan to turn their isolated woodland house into a trap for the adulterers. Using her father’s (John Beal) unlimited funds, she delights in finding cruel and unusual methods of making the lovers pay. Jean-Marie Pélissié directs this horror thriller.
My Best Friend is a Vampire (1988)
After a night of passion with a seductive customer, shy teen delivery boy Jeremy (Robert Sean Leonard) starts looking pale, hating garlic and thirsting for blood. Mentored by the mysterious Modoc (Rene Auberjonois), the budding bloodsucker slowly gets the hang of his new lifestyle. David Warner co-stars as the ruthless vampire-hunting professor Leopold McCarthy in this smartly written, underrated 1980s teen comedy.
After trying a drug given to her by a mysterious foreigner (Jonathan Oldham), young artist Sai (Sarah Farooqui) enters a dreamlike space and develops a thirst for blood. As Sai’s cravings grow, she unwittingly attracts a dimensional vampire trying to cross over into the real world. A horror film full of blood and lust, Bled co-stars Alex Petrovitch, Chris Ivan Cevic, Michele Morrow and Ivan L. Moody.
Slaughter High (1986)
A decade after a cruel prank against a fellow student went horribly awry, eight friends receive a mysterious invitation to a “private” reunion at their now-closed high school, where they come face-to-face with a frightening figure from their past (Simon Scuddamore). One by one, the once-popular former students fall victim to a twisted, bloody fate, and the only person laughing now is the one getting revenge.
The Band from Hell (2009)
Wannabe rocker Tony (Michael Frascino) returns to his college town with one goal: to reconnect with the woman of his dreams, his ex-girlfriend, Rosemary (Heidi Johanningmeier). But his life changes drastically when he winds up joining rock band Neowolf, led by Vince (Agim Kaba) and Paula (Megan Pepin). Suddenly he’s pulled into a dark world, and Rosemary soon seeks help from a mysterious woman (Veronica Cartwright) in this werewolf shocker.
The Telling (2009)
When a trio of college girls pledges a popular — but deadly — sorority, each must reveal the most horrific tale she knows in this anthology of spine-chillers. As the stories unfold, an unknown person at the sorority begins committing murder. The three distinct segments involve a homicidal doll, an undead crew directing a fading actress and a gory hunting tale ending in death. Stars include Bridget Marquardt and Holly Madison.
Forest of Death (2007)
Detective Ha (Qi Shu) investigates the rape and murder of a woman who died in the Forest of Death, a popular suicide spot considered haunted. With the help of botanist Shum (Ekin Cheng), Ha tries to identify the killer by unlocking secrets held by the forest’s plants. This horror movie also follows Shum’s girlfriend, May, a television reporter who grows increasingly popular as she chronicles the paranormal activity happening in the forest.
Pick of the Week
Kidnapped by an escaped convict (Shea Whigham) and his young accomplice (Rachel Kerbs), Seth Belzer (Paulo Costanzo) and Polly Watt (Jill Wagner) are thrust into the fight of their lives when the four of them become the prey of a bloodthirsty splinter parasite. Trapped inside an abandoned gas station, the foursome is forced to band together to thwart the monster’s vicious attacks and make it out alive.