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A Couple Horror Films You May Have Missed

Posted in Doctor's orders with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2011 by Doctor Gash

Okay gorehounds, I see a LOT of horror info while on the job for Dread Central and it has occurred to me that the best horror you’re going to get these days is nowhere near your local mega-plex. Horror, at its finest, is dirty, uncomfortable and unpredictable. Those are three things Hollywood  traditionally tries to distance itself from. That’s why the best horror sometimes takes a little effort to find. But, oh boy, is it worth it!

Let’s be honest, nine times out of 10 you KNOW the horror movie you just saw 15 commercials for on prime time television is going to suck. Whether it be a remake or one of an endless series of sequels, if it’s getting big publicity, it’s probably going to be watered down and lame. Sure, you get the occasional exception to the rule, but that’s what they are, exceptions. Since I get a chance to check out a bunch of indie stuff, I just wanted to bounce a couple off you that you may have missed.

First, I can’t say enough about Stake Land, a great vampire apocalypse film that almost feels like a dramatic version of Zombieland. For horror-comedy, I’ve never seen it done better than in Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. Easily one of the funniest horror films, ever. Extra helpings of laughs and gore. Excellent offering!

Released on the same day, but unfortunately overshadowed by the infinitely disappointing Cowboys vs. Aliens was another alien encounter film entitled Attack the Block. Excellent! And going back a bit earlier this year, Troll Hunter and Hobo With A Shotgun were beautifully creative and unique flicks.

And we can go on and on…from incredibly controversial A Serbian Film to the over the top outrageousness of The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), horror is on a roll. Don’t ever listen to anyone who says all the genre has are remakes and sequels…those people just don’t know where to look. With OnDemand and ever growing streaming video services, it’s easier than ever to find those hidden horror gems. Take a look. Tell ’em Doctor Gash sent ya!



What does “A Serbian Film” teach us?

Posted in Doctor's orders with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2011 by Doctor Gash

As Doctor Gash I consider it my duty to be well versed in all aspects of the horror genre. Whether it be the newest horror-themed video game, a cool trailer for something coming soon to theaters, or even Sharktopus dropping on DVD, I like to be in the know. So when I kept hearing an increasingly growing buzz around A Serbian Film I knew sooner or later I would need to screen the film. I heard that it’s “…the most disturbing film ever created…” and “…you don’t want to see A Serbian Film you just think you do…” and all the usual hoopla that comes with a horror film. Only this time it wasn’t just hype. A Serbian Film is a seriously twisted picture. With over 25 years of horror movie experience, I can say that this film presents some of the most disturbing images ever used in film.

Instead of rehashing the entire film (and quite honestly some of the material is a bit more extreme than I’d care to present on, I give you this link to the Wikipedia entry for A Serbian Film. If you are curious about exactly what makes this film so intense, this page pretty much sums it all up. The ‘Plot’ section of the entry details the entire film, so if you’re trying to avoid spoilers, don’t read that. But even without reading the plot of the film, I’d urge you to simply take my word for it, A Serbian Film is harsh. Subjects include necrophilia, pedophilia and sexual violence. I felt like I needed to take a shower for a week after watching this movie, and it only got worse as time went on. The more the film settled into my psyche, the more the images haunted me. It’s tough to shake.

But as much as I detested what I saw on the screen, I have to give the makers of the film credit. They accomplished exactly what they set out to do. They shocked and disgusted the audience. And how many ‘horror’ films today can say that? How many films rolled out in front of today’s jaded audiences really have an effect on them. Very few. A Serbian Film does what it says it will do. It gets inside you and festers. But the question I have to ask is, “Is it a fair movie?” By that I mean did the film makers stay within the parameters deemed acceptable by society? As movie goers we put a certain amount of trust into movie producers and directors. We trust that as intense as they want to make a movie, they understand there is  a certain line that separates what is acceptable and what is not. You true gorehounds may say that no such line exists, but I have to say it does. And we trust it will not be crossed. And believe me, we can take a lot from a film. A LOT. But some things just go to far. A Serbian Film goes too far and uses these blatantly brutal images that will undoubtedly shock the viewer.

But then again, isn’t that the nature of the horror genre? This is a form of entertainment that always needs to be topping itself to stay ahead. And this is the case with all extreme forms of entertainment. If you don’t believe me, there is a 456 foot tall roller coaster in Jackson, New Jersey that runs at over 125 miles per hour that proves my point. If you are going to scare or shock someone, you’d better be scarier and more shocking than anything they’ve seen before. “What, you’ve been on a roller coaster that goes 100 miles per hour? I bet you haven’t been on this one that goes 125!” A Serbian Film is simply that. Raising the bar. Alice Cooper became Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie. Dark Shadows became True Blood. If you’re going to entertain through shock and awe, you’d better top what they’ve already seen.

So if you are curious about A Serbian Film, follow the link above and check out the subject matter of the movie. Again, be warned, even the synopsis is intense. See if you agree. Did the filmmakers go too far? Did they cross a line? Is there a line? Do you agree that a movie can go too far, or should the filmmakers  be commended for making a horror movie that is actually truly horrific? As a student of the genre I’m glad to have seen the film once to be able to have knowledge of the movie, but I can honestly say I was very happy when it was over and I think I can safely say I will never see it again.