Blood Red: Hoop-Tober 4.0 – Week One

blood red hoop-tober week 1

We’re one week into the annual Hoop-Tober horror marathon, and five films in it’s been a bit of mixed bag.  On the plus side Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It plays like gangbusters on the big screen, building scares more like action sequences and (for the most part) eschewing needless jump scares.  And Tobe Hooper’s The Funhouse had a great grimy feel mixed in with its Hitchcockian thriller elements.  Alas, Burnt Offerings was too slow and boring despite some truly unnerving scenes and a killer cast with Oliver Reed, Karen Black and Bette Davis.  The House on Willow Street took an interesting premise (thieves take girl hostage who happens to be possessed by a demon) and kills it with terrible dialog and performances.  And I wish I could say I really enjoyed the meta-commentary in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, but it wasn’t enough to redeem what they did to Freddy.

Great opening, though.   Continue reading

Blood Red: Train to Busan, Hush, & Starry Eyes (Netflix Edition)

Blood Red - Train to Busan, Hush, Starry Eyes

Another month, another Sunday, another Blood Red.  You’d think we’d try to be thematic and center this month’s entries around movies with mothers, right? Heck, we could do Mother’s Day, Goodnight, Mommy, and Psycho right off the top of my head.  But that of course would imply a level of foresight and preparation that would go against everything we’ve done for this column so far.  Besides, I literally just remembered that it was Mother’s Day as I was writing this, so really I’m thinking about all the trouble I’m going to be in when I come to my wife empty handed.  That’s the real horror, folks.

So in the meantime let’s take a look at three recent films streaming on Netflix, the MOTHER OF ALL STREAMING NETWORKS (see?  Thematic!) that are more than worth your time.  Zombies, psychotic killers and bargains with the powers of evil are all here in Train to Busan, Hush, and Starry Eyes.   Continue reading