The Sacrament (2013) Film Review

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Upon viewing this, I was glad to see that Eli Roth isn’t only involved in torture porn. I was even happier to see that director Ti West was at it again. West has been responsible for bringing a new generation of horror to the mainstream. He is also one of a small group of young directors that are revitalizing a genre that seemed to be dying out. Not to mention, he writes, directs, and edits his own films. He is horror’s Robert Rodriguez.

Ti West’s films have been hot and cold for me in the past. For instance, I loved The House of the Devil (9/10) while I thought The Innkeepers was a boring and a little overrated (6/10). I feel like The Sacrament was closer to The House of the Devil as far as displaying his talents as a filmmaker.

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The Zombie Series: Confusing International Sequels Rated and Ranked!!

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A few weeks ago, I completed and ranked the entire American released zombie series. If you don’t know what I mean by this, Wikipedia does a decent job of explaining it. Basically, Dawn of the Dead started multiple strings of films in different countries. No matter who or where they were made, different countries pieced together their own “series” and released them. The US version was lucky enough to claim two of the worst films out of all of the countries’ releases.http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zombi_%28film_series%29

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Why Does Everyone Hate Rob Zombie?: My Opinion in One Minute

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I guess I understand both sides of the argument. I just feel like lately people have been hating on him recently because it’s been the cool thing to do. I loved House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. I was a little put off by the Halloween films, but didn’t hate them…okay I hated the second one. I even thought there were a couple memorable scenes in Lords of Salem, even though it is probably his weakest film to date. When it comes to the originality thing, I am torn. The same people that hate Rob Zombie probably hate Tarantino too. I, however, see this as a director paying tribute to classic films that people may have never heard about before. I don’t know how many awesome Kung Fu and Blaxploitation films I have found, watched, and developed appreciation for, just because they were referenced in Tarantino’s work. I have also found great films from Zombie’s work, by looking through his actors’ IMDB pages. So in the end, I would say I am a Rob Zombie fan, for the most part. Maybe I’m just a sucker for trying to find the silver lining in everything I watch, but that’s what makes being a film geek fun.

Buy any of the Rob Zombie films with this link from Amazon.

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VHS Collecting: The New Obsession in the Weird World of Horror Collecting

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If you are like me and you can vividly remember the artwork on the covers of certain VHS movies sitting on the shelves of your local Family Video…then you are getting old, the blog is over, and goodnight.

Okay, not really. But seriously people, this is something that the next generation of horror fanatics will never be able to experience. Sure the movie cover is on their Netflix queue, but they will never be able to hold the film in their hand. They will never have to go from one end of the store to put the Texas Chainsaw Massacre tape into the Milo and Otis case to attempt a rental switch for the ages. They will never be like you and me, scouring Ebay and Amazon for films of which you barely remember the title, but you would buy today because the cover art would take you back to a certain place in time. Yeah, you’re still old as hell, and if you’re still reading, you’re probably just as much of a nerd as I am.

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When all is said and done, we are all nerds about one thing or another. My newest internet shopping obsession is VHS tapes. You would be surprised to know that there are VHS tapes out there fetching $20, $50, and even $100! This is completely insane, but in the age of streaming media you forget to think about the films that never got DVD releases. These films are becoming insanely rare, and the streaming services aren’t rushing out to buy the rights for them. Most of the films may not be worth their time or money, but neither are hundreds of the films that are already on Netflix.

The other problem is that since some of these films never went digital, there are too many damaged and low quality transfers out there. Luckily there are companies like Full Moon Films and Shriek Show that are trying to restore many of the films we thought we had lost. I have recently purchased Necropolis and Dreamaniac from the Full Moon Grind House DVD Collection and they are awesome. They came off of VHS transfers, so although it is a DVD, you get all of the low budget grainy goodness you want from your days of 1980’s horror films.

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Wolf Cop: Great Canadian Horror/Comedy

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If you love gory horror, hilarious dialogue, and exploding genitals…keep reading.

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The 2014 Housecore Horror Film Festival

Last October I attended the Housecore Horror Film Festival. It was a pretty amazing experience, and I have yet to write about it. I have a ton to say about it, but I’m trying to cut it down into manageable chunks. So here’s a quick highlight from the trip.

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This is me with @choptopmoseley (Bill Moseley) from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and The Devil’s Rejects. He’s an amazing guy in real life, and still kinda terrifying. His role in The Devil’s Rejects is one of my favorite performances in horror film history.
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Back Again and Cheaper than Ever!!

So, ever since the birth of Horror Baby, I have had to make budget cuts. Therefore, this is the new site. I have had to get rid of my paid domain names…for now. It will still be an awesome source for everything in the horror and heavy metal world. You can also still follow me @deaducation on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. My Facebook page is also available at http://www.facebook.com/deaducated so hit me up.
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The official page of the unofficial book on movie collecting.

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