Episode 155: Children of the Corn 4 – The Gathering

coc4Welcome to the Gathering!  By gathering, we mean the gathering of the ghosts of podcast past and present as Ron is joined by Little Miss Horror Nerd and Hammer to take on Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering.  Much discussion is had including whether or not his movie started it’s life as a Children of the Corn movie, the strange objects of death in the movie, motivation of the killer, how this movie would fare as A Nightmare on Elm Street 9 and Hammer and Ron write their own Children of the Corn movie.

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Little Miss Horror Nerd’s Little Horror Blog 92

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MY TEN FAVORITE HORROR MOVIE VILLAINS

A key ingredient to a quality, scary horror film is a villain you can love or love to hate. Whether the boogie man is an animal, demon, person or object as the viewer you want to be scared but you also want to be able to identify in some way with the villain. You may find this connection through humor, empathy, fear or even hatred.

This week I give you 10 of my favorite horror villains in no particular order.

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1. Hannibal Lecter lives in movies, a TV show, and the books where his character originated. He was created by Thomas Harris and introduced in the book Red Dragon. His character was expanded for the sequel, Silence of the Lambs, which was made into an Academy Award winning film. Hannibal is by my estimation the perfect villian. He is at once terrifying and seductive. He is polite, intelligent, and engaging. He is also as dangerous as a Great White shark or a polar bear. Do not get your flesh near their mouths!

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2. The 1985 film Fright Night has one of the most handsome, clever and calculating villains I have ever encountered in a horror film. Who can forget Jerry Dandridge, the vampire who moved in next door to Charlie Brewster? Once he was all unpacked and comfy in his new home, Mr. Dandridge began draining hot women of their blood in his free time. Unfortunately, Charlie is a witness and once he reveals this to his neighbor he and his friends become the target. I must say Jerry Dandridge could have easily sexed me up then drained my blood. No hypnotism necessary. He was a handsome, smooth, dick head — just like I like em!

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3. Black Christmas (1974) had a very simplistic approach to scaring its viewers. It was light on gore and heavy on atmosphere. The creep factor was over the top and part of that was a simple villain. Billy has broken into a sorority house during Christmas break and is hiding in the attic. We never see him except his eyeball and once his silhouette as he is about to kill one of the girls. We don’t hear him except for the prank calls he makes but we are not sure if that is his voice. We have no idea why he is killing or where he came from. In the end, we are not even sure what has become of him. He is quite possibly the most mysterious villian I have ever met in a horror film. I like it that way. The lack of information is what makes this character so pure but frightening at the same time.

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4. I think every horror fan probably has a favorite horror movie icon. I do and it is Michael Myers. Mr. Myers has terrorized me on screen and in my nightmares for many years. What makes this particular boogie man so scary is his lack of humanity. Although every film since the first sequel including Halloween 2007 & 2009 has attempted to explain his homicidal rage, I’ve never felt like any of those explanations have stuck. He is just a one man killing machine. He cannot be reasoned with and really just exists to murder stupid teenagers and the occasional dog.

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5.  The Wolf Creek films are some of the most disturbing horror films I have ever seen. The secret to their creepy factor is the villain, Mick Taylor. He’s a tricky one. While backpacking in the Australian Outback some young travelers come across Mick. It seems he can help them with their car trouble. He is a serial killer seeking victims. His character uses humor and a gregarious attitude to gain his victim’s trust. Once they let him get close enough physically — he attacks! There are gore and disturbing deaths in the original Wolf Creek, which works off of a quiet dread. Once we get to the sequel, Mick really let’s his hair down raping and torturing his new victims with reckless abandon. Don’t be fooled by friendly locals while vacationing or it may be your last!

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6. The next time you turn down a date with the awkward girl think about Lola, the villian in The Loved Ones. Lola is a serial killer disguised as a frumpy, awkward 16 year old. She does not like the word ‘no’! If she asks you out, you’d better say yes or you may end up thrown down her basement to die a slow and painful death after she tortures you for hours. I doubt most teens are fearful of the socially awkward bland looking kids in their class. Never judge a book by its cover.

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7. Le Femme is the only name they gave to the villian in the French film Inside.
Sarah has been in a car accident. She is pregnant. Her baby survives but her husband is killed. Many months later a female intruder shows up at her home. She gets inside and begins attacking Sarah and anyone else who shows up to get in her way. This woman is relentless in her mission to steal Sarah ‘s unborn baby and kill her. For the majority of the film we have no idea who this woman is and why she wants this baby. She is a bad ass villain who only cares about getting the baby above all else including being stabbed, beaten, and burned among other things.

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8. I think most of the people reading this would agree Otis, Baby, and Captain Spaulding are some amazing villians. These three lunatics are completely devoid of any sort of moral compass. Everyone is a potential victim to them. They are like a tornado of violence. They are coming your way and even with warning you may not get away in time. If you cross paths with them there is nothing you can say or do to disuade them from killing you if that is what they choose to do.

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9. Let’s face it — no one wants their car breaking down in Leatherface’s neighborhood!
He may not be the sharpest tool in the shed but he sure is handy with a chainsaw. He’s a big guy with what seems like an endless supply of energy. To add to this, he seems to be controlled at least to some degree by his nutty family members. I’m not even certain he knows he is killing people and not livestock. Tobe Hooper himself has described Leatherface as a big baby who kills in self defense when he feels threatened. It is never good to feel sorry for the person trying to murder you.

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10. John Kramer is a pretty amazing villian. This is a man who had a mission and while he lost site of it, he found a way to continue it after death. How many of us can say that? Your dreams usually die with you. Even if you don’t agree with the turn John took with his mission of making people grateful to be alive by escaping his traps, the other characters in these films seemed to. He was somehow so good at manipulation he was able continue his work after death with help of others including his wife and a former victim. That my friends is a master manipulator and a very smart man!

There you have it! Ten of my favorite horror villains. There are many more great baddies from horror films. Tell us what some of yours are in the comments below.

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Bonus Episode 008: Killer Klowns from Outer Space Commentary

517V2RAAC0LHappy birthday to us!  The third anniversary of the show has come and gone!  As has been our tradition, we celebrate by bringing a commentary of a great movie to you, our great listeners.  This year we decided to get our circus on with the cult classic Killer Klowns from Outer Space.  Sitting in on this commentary is Ron, Little Miss Horror Nerd, Clint the Reckless and Monty — because of course, Monty.  Killer Klowns from Outer Space has been a favorite B-horror movie from its inception back in the greatest decade known to man, the 1980s.  Get yourself a hambone sandwich, pop in the DVD and let our team guide you through a world of advocating for Killer Klowns, acceptable nudity, a game of would you/wouldn’t you and even lessons about what alcohol actually does to your body!

 

 

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Episode 154: Children of the Corn 3 – Urban Harvest

coc3What’s a guy to do when all the parents in Gatlin, NE are killed and there are no more around for murdering?  Move onto some place bigger — like Chicago!  Join Ron and Little Miss Horror Nerd as they take on the third movie in the Children of the Corn franchise as the franchise goes all urban on them.  Things discussed will include Charlize Theron, corn turning into cockroaches, the first 80 minutes of the film, the last ten minutes of the film, Corn Demon vs. the Catholic Church, He Who Walks Behind the Rows and what he feeds on.

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Little Miss Horror Nerd’s Little Horror Blog 91

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IT FOLLOWS

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It Follows was written and directed by David Robert Mitchell. It was released on DVD, Blu Ray and VOD July 14, 2015.

The film follows Jay and her friends as they try to figure out what or who is following her. Jay has had sex with the boy she has been dating. As soon as they are finished he chloroforms her and she wakes up tied to a chair. At this time Jay is told that a curse has been passed to her. He informs her that until she has sex again she will be followed by “It”.  “It” is a person but can take the form of multiple people. Sometimes “It” is a stranger, sometimes “It” is someone you know. If “It” catches you “It” will kill you and then go after the person who passed the curse to you.

Screenshot_2015-07-19-21-59-44-1Jay is dropped off at her house where she and her friends spend the remainder of the film trying to evade and destroy this “It” that follows her. I’m going to stop here since I don’t do spoilers. I enjoyed this film. It kept me engaged and totally creeped out. However after thinking about the film for several days, I do feel it was a bit thin on plot. How did the curse begin?  What is “It”? Why is “It” following people after sex?

It is possible the film was intended to be vague. Sometimes a simple monster is scarier. I believe there will be sequel to this film based on it’s success. If I could make a request it would be for a prequel.

Screenshot_2015-07-19-22-02-32-1That said, I liked this film even without the explanation. It Follows is not set in any clear time period and this I love. It was almost eerie how much it felt like 70s and 80s. The music gave me the chills as it transported me back to horror films of those decades. I felt that the thing following Jay had a paranormal origin however it seemed to be up for interpretation. It Follows was able to convey a strong feeling of dread with the atmosphere created by the cinematography. There is sex but only one set of boobs and when you see them you will wish you hadn’t. There is violence but it is not excessive with just several deaths. If you like a slow burn that sets out to creep you out with it’s atmosphere over gore and jump scares this may be the film for you.

I have a few bits of trivia for before my rating:

— The director has said in an interview that the idea for the film came from a recurring nightmare he had of be stalked.

–He also has indicated that neither a condom nor gay sex will stop the curse from being passed.

I encourage my readers to share their thoughts on It Follows in the comment section below.

LITTLE MISS HORROR NERD’S RATING: 3 1/2 out of 5

 

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