The Haunting of Whaley House (2012): A Macabre Review.

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Ah, The Asylum.  They never cease to surprise me.  Whenever I dive into one of their movies I’m never sure what I’m going to be in for.  There’s a near constant back-and-forth between good cheesy fun, and high levels of boredom and out-loud groans.  The paranoia of another possible bad experience followed me into the movie like a loyal dog at my side.  But enough banter, let’s get into The Haunting of Whaley House, shall we? Continue reading

Spiders (2013): A Macabre Review.

Hello once again, horror freaks.  You know, it’sSpiders Poster been quite a while since I’ve watched a spider themed horror movie.  If I recall, the last one was 8-Legged Freaks.  So when I heard about the release of Spiders, I said “why not?  I could go for some cheesy, CGI spider fun”.  Well, I must say, this movie surprised me, but not in the way I expected.  Allow me to tell you why.

Here’s the skinny: some meteorites crash into a Soviet satellite, breaking a good-sized chunk of the satellite off and making it crash back into Earth.  The satellite was home to spiders which were part of a gene-splicing experiment involving DNA taken from dead aliens found in a UFO buried in ice in Russia somewhere.  What’s left of the satellite crashes into one of the NYC subway tunnels, and the few surviving spiders escape the wreckage and begin to quickly reproduce and build themselves a home underground.  Naturally, the subway tunnels aren’t enough and the spiders eventually decide to explore the surface of New York.   Continue reading

Rise of the Zombies (2012): A Macabre Review.

Well horror fans, it was only Rise Of The Zombies Postera matter of time before zombies entered the game here at the Necropolis Macabre.  To be honest, I’ve been sort of holding back with zombie reviews.  After all, there are so damn many of them, and there’s plenty of time to go through all of them.  Not that I really plan to go through all of them however.  I mean, do I need to review any of the classic Romero flicks, for example?  I really don’t think so.

Rise of the Zombies was aired on the SYFY channel on October 27, 2012 as part of their “31 Days of Halloween” programming.  I didn’t watch it myself at that time, but the movie was released on DVD and Blu-Ray February 12, so I decided it was as good a time as any to check it out and offer my thoughts. Continue reading

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2010): A Macabre Review.

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Dylan Dog Digs Detective Duties Donning Dashing Duds

Hello again horror fans.  Your loyal Gravedigger Glen here.  Last time, I reviewed Dellamorte Dellamore.  A movie that shares a connection to the Italian comic ‘Dylan Dog’.  After a comment from atypicaloracle mentioning the Dylan Dog movie that I completely forgot even existed, it seemed the logical choice for me was to continue the connection route and give it a look to see how it fared.

We begin with learning that Dylan has retired from the supernatural aspect of detective work, due to the love of his life being murdered at the hands of vampires.  His work life now consists of your standard P.I. work, photographing cheating spouses and the like.  His plucky sidekick Marcus gives him a case involving the murder of a successful importer, so Dylan decided to at least check it out.  When the importer’s daughter claims the murder was the fault of a monster, Dylan storms out of the house, refusing to take the case.  Later in the night however, when he returns to his office to find Marcus dead on his office floor, it’s clear that it was done by something non-human.  So Continue reading

Dellamorte Dellamore (Cemetery Man) (1994): A Macabre Review.

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The poster with alternate name ‘Cemetery Man’.

Well here we are, Necropolis Macabre’s first review.  I was unsure of what I was going to kick things off with, but in the end I decided to begin with something that fit the theme of the blog.  And as the title of this post indicates, the horror-comedy  Dellamorte Dellamore was the winner.

Released back in 1994, Michele Soavi (who was hand-picked to direct it by none other than horror master Dario Argento himself) tells the tale of Francesco Dellamorte, the caretaker of the Buffalora Cemetery.  His job has the added complication of the dead returning to life within a week of being buried.  The reason for this is never explained, and it’s unclear whether or not it’s happening in other cemeteries.  Francesco wants the living dead issue to be investigated, but with the possibility of having the cemetery shut down by the mayor, and the paperwork involved, Francesco decides “It’s easier just to shoot them.”  As with standard zombie movie fare, destroying the brain is the way to permanently kill the returners.  So, with his mentally handicapped right-hand man Gnagi at his side, he continues his vigil to put the “returners” as he calls them back into the ground for good. Continue reading

Graveside Ramblings: A little about me and this blog.

Greetings, horror junkies. This is your humble servant, Graveyard Glen. And I decided to begin this whole shindig by basically doing an on-the-fly “About Me” post, just so you can get to know me a little better, and so I can talk a little about what I have in mind for this blog (besides generic horror that is).

I’ve been a fan of horror since my age first hit double digits. My very first experience with anything horror-related was when I was around five or six years old, when my local TV station decided to air Michael Jackson’s Thriller for Halloween. Needless to say, it scared the crap out of me, and I promptly ran into another room so I didn’t have to watch any more. When I was either ten or eleven (I can’t seem to remember), I first watched The Exorcist. Watching that movie at so young an age scarred me to the point of not being able to watch it again for at least a decade later. And even then I had a lot of trouble getting through it without being very uncomfortable.

With that early experience, you’d think horror would be a turn off. However, my stubbornness even then knew no bounds. My other horror firsts included Evil Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Friday the 13th Part 6. And ever since I’ve soaked up as much horror as my brain could contain. Which culminated to the here and now, with Necropolis Macabre.

My primary focus here will be movie reviews, with both individual movies and the periodic series retrospective. Also, every now and then I’ll talk about stuff like books, comics, toys etc. And any horror related new I hear about that really catches my attention I’ll discuss here too. Another segment I’ll do once in a while is tentatively called “Graveside Ramblings”, where I just talk about whatever is on my mind horror-wise that I feel like getting off my chest, or just wanna rant about. In fact, with the level of rambling I’m already doing right now, I suppose this can be considered my first Graveside Rambling entry.

Well there’s a long road ahead, with a mile long list of things to review and talk about. So let the adventure begin!!