It’s been 11 years since The Devil’s Rejects (13 since House of 1000 Corpses). I mention this because the reality is this is how long it’s been since Rob Zombie has directed a really good horror movie. Don’t believe me? Since then we’ve had his disappointing Halloween remake, the diabolically bad sequel & the mind-numbingly boring Lords of Salem.
Fans will argue that the quality of House of 1000 Corpses & The Devil’s Rejects (the latter in particular, although it’s well worth remembering that Zombie hit gold with the cast there) ensures Zombie has a place in most horror movie fans hearts & this is true, up to a point. You see, now rather than approach a new Rob Zombie horror with excitement, its approached with a sense of trepidation, a hope that it’s going to be more Rejects & less Halloween II, a hope that he might be able to recapture the magic felt at early point of his movie making career.
31 promised to be a film in the same vein as his early work & there is no denying it has a similar style but unfortunately once again Rob Zombie proves to be ALL style & no substance.
31 isn’t just an average horror movie, it’s a bad one.
Most Likely to Die is a slasher throwback that struggles to keep its head above water for most of its 80 minute run time. Originality within the sub-genre is long dead so all you can hope for is an entertaining ride with a decent killer reveal at the end.
Most Likely to Die doesn’t quite manage either but doesn’t completely fall flat on its face.
One of Phil Anselmo’s many side projects, but also one of his most popular in underground circles, Superjoint (formerly known as Superjoint Ritual) have released their first bit of new material in over a decade in Sociopathic Herd Delusion which is the first single from a new album due for release on the 11th of November this year called Caught Up in the Gears of Application with will be released on Phil’s own label, Housecore Records.
You may have heard that Metallica are due to release their new album, Hardwired to Self-Destruct, very soon. They were big in the news a few weeks back when their first new song in many years was released. The song, Hardwired, was met with a lot of praise, and a bit of criticism. It was definitely a return to their thrash roots and was a short, heavy track that I really like but it did have an only average guitar solo and probably below average lyrics. They are minor criticisms though as mostly, it rocks. Fast forward a few weeks and we now have our second release, Moth Into Flame. If the first track got you excited for the new release, well, this adds to that tenfold. This song is brilliant.
Don’t Blink has an really interesting premise, one that will leave you feeling a tad uncomfortable as you try to comprehend just what it would be like to be in the situation the characters here find themselves in.
A large group of friends arrive at an isolated resort in the snowy mountains to find the place deserted. Not deserted in the ‘no-ones been there for a while’ kind of way but deserted in the ‘everyone literally just disappeared’ kind of way. Luggage is unpacked, food is half-eaten on tables, car engines are still running but there is not a soul around.