Happy Birthday To Me (1981): A Macabre Review.

Happy Birthday To MeStarring: Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford, Lawrence Dane

Directed by J. Lee Thompson

Seeing as how my birthday is here, I decided to take it upon myself to review something with a birthday theme.  And today I’m talking about a movie that can’t be more aptly named, Happy Birthday To Me.  I’ve had originally intended to do a review for this last year, but it just wasn’t in the cards.  This year, however, is a different matter.  Director J. Lee Thompson doesn’t have a whole lot of horror-related directing under his belt, but he did direct two Planet of the Apes sequels, so I took that as a good sign that things will go well here.  Was I correct in that thinking?  Well, let’s find out. Continue reading

Dead On Appraisal (2014): A Macabre Review.

Dead On AppraisalStarring Zack Fahey, Mike Pfaff, Marguerite Insolia

Directed By Sean Canfield, Scott Dawson, and David Sherbrook

Hello again my freakish followers.  Today I’m returning to the world of Brain Damage Films with another anthology entry.  Dead On Appraisal shares a similarity with Horror House, another anthology movie I previously reviewed, in that it revolves around a real estate agent trying to sell a house with a rather dark history .  But that’s pretty much where the similarities end. Continue reading

Under The Bed (2012): A Macabre Review.

Under The BedStarring Jonny Weston, Gattlin Griffith, Peter Holden

Directed by Steven C. Miller

I don’t believe there are too many people out there who, as little kids, had some level of fear about some creature that might be hiding under the bed, in the closet, or anywhere where shadows can hide it from the light.  I personally never had a fear of anything in my closet or under my bed, but the basement in the house I grew up in was a different story, which is odd since I spent a fair mount of time there during daylight hours.  But I digress. Continue reading

Absentia (2011): A Macabre Review.

Absentia PosterStarring Katie Parker, Courtney Bell, Dave Levine

Directed  by Mike Flanagan

Indie horror has been pretty hit and miss for me over the years, and it’s because of this that I rarely get high hopes when I dive into the next one.  And as I’ve mentioned in the past, I can no longer trust trailers thanks to movies like The Apparition and Chernobyl Diaries, which promised good things but failed to deliver. Continue reading

Godzilla (2014): A Macabre Review.

Godzilla 2014 PosterStarring Bryan Cranston, Aaron-Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe

Directed by Gareth Edwards

As a kid I grew up on Godzilla, the first one I watched being King Kong vs. Godzilla if I recall correctly.  From then on I was hooked.  Granted, some of the movies were not that great, but there was definitely some level of entertainment value in each one.  Then the 1998 Godzilla hit.  I don’t think I need to get into what that movie did to Godzilla fans, but I know my mental scars are pretty much faded away these days.

And then I had heard about a new American Godzilla movie in the works.  Naturally I was plenty worried about it.  Then the first trailer popped up.  I won’t deny that hearing the Godzilla scream at the end of the trailer gave me chills, and my worry immediately turned into excitement.  Like many fans of the King of the Monsters, I rewatched some of the old Toho classics in preparation for the theatrical release.  Then last night I sat down in the theater seat to soak in the awesomeness. Continue reading

Murder University (2012): A Macabre Review.

Murder University PosterStarring Jamie Dufault, Michael Thurber, Samantha Acampora

Directed by Richard Griffin

 

Hello once again. After a brief involuntary hiatus from reviewing, I’m finally back to try to pick up the slack. I’ve been wanting to  watch and talk about another movie directed by Richard Griffin. And so I decided to go with today’s choice, Murder University.  Let’s get to it. Continue reading

Formula For A Murder (1985): A Macabre Review.

Formula For A Murder PosterStarring Christina Nagy, David Warbeck, Carroll Blumenberg

Directed by Alberto De Martino

It’s been a while since I reviewed something a little older, and thanks to the nice people at Shameless Films, I’ll be doing just that today.  It’s a return to Italy for a review of Formula For a Murder (aka 7, Hyden Park: La Casa Maledetta).  Although,  it’s not exactly a return to Italy per se, as the movie itself takes place in New York City.  Well, you get what I’m saying.  Let’s begin. Continue reading

Rabid Love (2013): A Macabre Review.

Rabid Love PosterStarring Hayley Derryberry, Jessica Sonneborn, Brandon Stacy

Directed by Paul J. Porter

If I had to pick my favorite decade for horror, it would have to be the 80s.  Sure, the 80s had some horrible movies like any other decade, but it also had some of horror’s most memorable characters, one-liners, and practical effects.  And when someone tries to capture the 80s feel for their movie it definitely piques my interest.  It also worries me a little, for fear that the movie will fail utterly in that regard. Continue reading

Exhumed (2011): A Macabre Review.

Exhumed PosterStarring Debbie Rochon, Sarah Nicklin, Michael Thurber

Directed by Richard Griffin

For today’s review I’m traveling back to the magical year of 2011.  At least I think it was magical, I don’t really remember a whole lot about that year.  And no, alcohol wasn’t a factor.  Ok, it wasn’t a HUGE factor.  Anyway,  I’ve watched a LOT of horror in my time, but there is an equal (or maybe even greater) amount that I still have yet to see.  Enter Exhumed, a movie that I’m embarrassed to say escaped my radar until recently.  This is thanks to Rob at the wonderful Wild Eye Releasing, who was nice enough to send me a goodie-bag (or box in this case) of horror flicks to watch and review.

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Head Cases: Serial Killers In The Delaware Valley (2013): A Macabre Review.

Head Cases: Serial Killers in the Delaware ValleyStarring Paul McCloskey, Brinke Stevens, Mark Cray

Directed by Anthony Spadaccini

It’s serial killer time here at the Necropolis Macabre, and today I’m talking about Head Cases: Serial Killers In The Delaware Valley.  My thanks go to director Anthony Spadaccini, who was nice enough to hook me up with a screener earlier in the week.  It’s been a while since I watched either a serial killer movie or a mockumentary, so let’s get into it and see what I thought of this. Continue reading