Movies For Halloween: HBO Documentary Edition

October 2, 2015

There are three types of people in this world; Those who by the grace of God can afford HBO, people who are crafty enough to steal HBO, and people who are really missing out. If you are one of the first two, these are two documentaries that are on HBO.

The Jinx:The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015)


My friend and fellow Off the Edge collaborator/HBO fanboy, Peter, came over to my place one day to have an HBO Chromecasting session. He raved about this six part Documentary series called The Jinx and suggested we star watching it. I was a little reluctant to start a six hour long Documentary, but Peter was convincing. We ended up finishing it within 24 hours.

The Jinx is a Documentary that fell into place by fortune. Andrew Jarecki directed a movie All Good Things in 2010. It was based on the story of a suspected murderer named Robert Durst. Robert Durst is a member of the Durst family, one of the richest families in Manhattan. They own the real estate for a good portion of lower Manhattan including but not limited to, the fucking Freedom Tower. My point is, they are super wealthy. Durst saw All Good Things and contacted Jarecki with the desire to tell his side of the story.

The Jinx tells the story of the murders and disappearances of people that all have one thing in common; Robert Durst. It chronicles several different cases involving Robert Durst as a suspect. I don’t want to say much more then that because the way the story unfolds throughout the series is downright shocking. This is one of the most chilling documentaries I have ever seen. The interviews with none other than Robert Durst himself are riveting and will make the hair stand on end the way a really great true crime story will. The Jinx isn’t necessarily horror but it does give a great look into the life of a real life  monster, It is definitely worth the six hours it will take you to watch it.



Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)

Ok,this one is not horror or related to horror in any way. I felt compelled to mention it because it did two things for me; it made me live in actual fear of Scientology, and it renewed my fear of religion in general. This film is basically the definitive piece on Scientology. It tells you everything you need to know to completely understand the modern debacle that is Scientology. It provides a condensed history of the organization and an introduction to Dianetics, which is the principle belief of Scientology. It contains tell all interviews with former high ranking members of the church, which highlight the abuses and misdoing of the church as a whole. Going Clear is a fantastic documentary that I found to be very unsettling and downright creepy. It is definitely a must see.




The Green Inferno (Eli Roth, 2015)

October 1, 2015

I can’t say that I am a huge fan of Eli Roth. I did like Hostel (2005) but I really despised Hostel: Part II (2007), so I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into this film. I decided I needed to see it just to see what all the buzz was about. Much like past Roth films it was criticized for being over the top in violence and gore. I went in with a pretty open mind. I gotta say I do enjoy a good splatterfest from time to time.

The Green Inferno definitely delivers on gore, like all things with Greg Nicotero’s name attached to it. The gore effects were downright beautiful, if you find that sort of thing beautiful. Nicotero once again shows us that he is the best in the business for gore effects. I gotta give credit where it is due and commend the special effects. That being said there isn’t much more for you other than that. The movie lacks almost everything else. The characters are one dimensional, and the story is in parts downright silly.(I’m talking diarrhea gags and one of the dumbest marijuana jokes I have ever seen.)  I had a really hard time trying to decide if this movie needed to take itself more seriously or less seriously. If it were either of those it could have been a lot better. A lot of folks will say “come on man, it’s an exploitation piece, what do you expect?” To those people I say “fuck you dude, movies are supposed to be first and foremost stories.” If I’m being honest I really didn’t find this movie scary or even suspenseful. By the end of this movie I was really just waiting for it to be over. I had no emotional attachment to any of the characters and didn’t really care what happened to any of them. This movie is highly influenced by Cannibal Holocaust (1980) which if you are an avid reader of the blog you will know I really fucking hate that movie. If Eli Roth set out to give us another film like that he totally succeeded. He made a really gross shitty movie with an even shittier ending, just like Cannibal Holocaust. So good job there Mr. Roth, mission accomplished.

If you are looking for a movie to watch with your friends and be completely disgusted by violence and gore, it might be worth the watch. It could be called a novelty at best. If you’re like me and like a little bit of substance in your films (yes, even in horror) this film probably isn’t worth your time or money.



Horrathon 2014: Horror International

October 7, 2014

I know what you’re thinking, it’s October already and Off The Edge hasn’t been posting for their annual Halloween Horror countdown. Well we’re totally still doing it, better later than never I guess. Our list this year is mostly films from around the world (countries that still make actual horror films) because The English speaking world seems to not be able make decent ones these days. A few of these are supposed to be really really disturbing so watch along at your own risk.

1. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

2. Maniac (2012)

3.Pandorum (2009)

4. Troll Hunter (2010

5. Frontier(s) (2007)

6. Macabre (Darah) (2009)

7. Calvaire (2004)

8. Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)

9. The Collection (2012)

10. August Underground (2001)

11. Irreversible (2002)

12. Resolution (212)

13. Confessions (2010)

14. Man Bites Dog (1992)

15. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

16. Shivers (1975) “They Came From Within”

17. Visitor Q (2001)

18. They Eyes Without a Face (1960)

19. Sleep Tight (2011)

20. Extracted (2012)


Movies For Halloween: The List

September 21, 2013

I know what you’re thinking. Every year the Halloween season seem to get longer. We here at Off The Edge have already completely hijacked the entire month of October with our yearly countdown of horror films. Truth be told we really look forward to this shit all year. We usually start thinking about our choices sometime in the summer. This year we have decided to post the list a few weeks before October begins in case you want to watch along with us. Both of us have chosen a dozen horror films and we have arranged them in an alternating fashion. Many of our selections are of course on Netflix Instant play but I will also link you to a place where you can Torrent the film (for those internet thieves out there). Without further ado here is the list. Watch along if you wanna be cool like us. Have an awesome Halloween!


Alligator (1980) –


Mother (2009)


Creature From the Black Lagoon  (1954)


Jug Face (2013) –


Frankenstein’s Army (2013)


Taxidermia (2006)


Freaks (1932)


Noroi: The Curse (2005)


Event Horizon (1997)

Inside (2007)


The House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)


Badlands (1973)


The Wicker Man (1973)


The Hour of the Wolf (1968)


American Mary (2012)

Absentia (2011)

Kiss of the Damned (2012)

The People Under the Stairs (1991)

Pulse (2001)

Blood Runs Cold (2011)

Red, White and Blue (2010)

Resolution (2012)

Berberian Sound Studio (2012)


Sinister (Scott Derrickson 2012)

October 20, 2012

Welcome to Movies for Halloween Bonus Edition: Part 2: Return to Bonus edition. This Film is not on the list but I saw it in theaters this weekend and thought I’d write a review for it.

So it’s about 2 A.M. as I am writing this and I just got back from seeing the movie Sinister at the good ole cinema and it left quite an impression on me. First off this movie was pretty damn scary. It’s one of those movie that stay with you when the lights finally come back on at the end. You can always tell by that moment how good a movie was. The hair on the back of my neck was still standing up well into the parking lot.

This movie has a lot of typical annoying horror movie behavior but that can easily be forgiven. It usually is among the horror viewer. Not only does the main character like to investigate creepy shit and then find said creepy shit and never tell anyone about it, while he does it he never seems to want to turn on the lights while doing so. (who can blame him though electricity is fucking expensive these days) These extremely dark scenes really contribute to the atmosphere of the film. Much like in Neil Marshal’s The Descent but to a lesser extent. This film also has great cinematography while only serves to contribute to the sense of terror throughout the film. There is one scene in particular right when the shit starts to hit the fan so to speak that uses long steadicam shots following our main character down the hall ways of his pitch black house. I don’t wanna give this scene away but you will most likely know it when you see it. It is one of the more frightening scenes in the movie.

The plot is also just plain creepy and makes a shift from the natural to the supernatural in a way that I really enjoyed. I really didn’t know much about this movie going into it so I had no idea if it was going to be a supernatural horror or not. The plot is that of a washed up true crime novel author that is trying to recapture the success of a book he wrote a decade ago. He moves his family to a small town where the murder that is the subject of his next book took place. What he doesn’t tell his family is that the house that they are moving into is the very same house where the murder took place. He then finds a box of old 8mm home movie in the attic that depict graphic murders including the one that he is writing his book about. Instead of calling police to report the new evidence he decides to figure it all out himself because, hey it would make a great true crime book right? We then get to follow the main character on his investigation that becomes more and more disturbing as more information comes to light. We see him get consumed by the mystery and we are consumed right alone with him. The whole story also has a looming sense of doom to it. Through out the film you slowly realize that it is not going to end well for these characters and we can do nothing but watch it happen. It sort of reminds me of the novel The Ruins Scott Smith. (which is the shit. I highly recommend the book, the film adaptation sucks hard compared to the novel)

Another unique thing that I like about this film is that probably around 80% of all the scenes are just us watching the main character, played by Ethan Hawk, unraveling this disturbing web of murders. So much of the film rests on the ability of this one character to hold our attention and bring us along on the road to obsession. Ethan Hawk does a great job of this. You actually feel yourself being drawn into the whole mess just as much as he is. When he is investigating creepy shit going on in his house you feel like it is your own house and you are right along side of him.

This film also uses found footage sequences to terrifying effect but not completely relying on them like so many of the horror films today that they seem to make in some lame ass factory somewhere, probably in Utah. It’s has traditional story telling but uses found footage to enhance the story, which is great because it is really the best of both worlds. You get the really strong scares from the restricted narration of the found footage but you don’t have to sit through prolonged scenes using the technique that aren’t scary and do little to build tension. Lets be honest watching many found footage films these days is exhausting. Some scenes in the Paranormal Activity franchise have all the thrills of sitting and watching fucking surveillance footage from a bank or some equally boring shit.

All in all I thought this movie was great and it is money well spent to go see it in theaters, which is really the most exciting way to watch horror films provided you go when there aren’t too many goddamned teenagers screaming and making all kinds of noise because the consideration for fellow human beings part of their brain has yet to develop. Anyways that’s a whole other subject. Definitely see this movie. 8.5/10


Black Sabbath (Mario Bava & Salvatore Billitteri. 1963)

October 20, 2012

Danny- We here at Off the Edge Productions love horror anthologies. We even have our very own horror anthology about 75% written and early reviews say it’s the greatest one ever made once it’s made. For those that don’t know what an anthology is, take a goddamn literature class. Just kidding. Anthologies are a single film made up of several independent stories. Many times each story is done by a different director, which are the coolest kinds in my humble opinion. Black Sabbath is an Italian Horror anthology from the early 60’s. A Black Sabbath is the day which Satanists perform the Black Mass which is a parody of the Catholic mass. It is traditionally done at 3:30 A.M. on Friday morning. The more you know.

And yes the English Rock band took their name from the English title of this film.

Of all the horror anthologies I have seen Black Sabbath is probably more toward the bottom of my list of favorites. That is not to say that it is bad there are just a lot of great horror anthologies out there. I really like the first two parts but felt the third part “the Wurdulack” I felt was too long and dragged. For some reason it was twice as long as the other two segments I wish they would have just shortened it and done a fourth segment.

The bottom line for this film is that time really wasn’t kind to it. It isn’t quite old enough to have the classic thing going for it and the atmosphere just isn’t there. I’m sure I would have loved it if I saw it in the 1960’s. If you are looking for a good Horror Anthology I would point you in the direction of Trick R’ Treat, Creepshow, Three Extremes or the greatest yet Off the Edge untitled Horror Anthology slated to be released sometime in the next decade.

I would recommend watching this film unless you can get a hold of the European version because not only is the version on Netflix the Censored American version and it is also overdubbed into English which fuckin sucks. 6/10

Joe- Like Danny said we both love horror anthologies and if you’re fiending for one look for Trick R Treat or the classic film Creepshow. And if you’re really, really desperate I guess you could watch Black Sabbath. This movie tells three different stories that involve ghosts and vampires. The film is Italian made, but the version we watched on Netflix is the American version which features less gore and subtle story alterations to get past American censors. Oh, and on top of all that it was dubbed. All of this definitely contributes to a less than satisfying viewing experience. The other problem I have with Black Sabbath is that it’s not really scary and it doesn’t have the atmosphere that early horror films had. It’s kind of a middle of the road experience where you can tell most of the twists and nothing is really shocking.

I think I might have really loved this movie if I was a 20 year old Italian kid in 1963…but I wasn’t. I would like to see the European version of this film uncut to see if it makes a difference, but as is Black Sabbath is an average film that does a decent job of holding your attention, but it doesn’t do much else.


Watch it and judge for yourself on Netflix:

Insidious (2011. James Wan)

October 16, 2012

Danny-This my friends, is a film for sure. I had some reservations about watching this one because of things that I had heard about it. My sisters went to see it in theaters and they both said they hated it. Which normally shouldn’t mean anything because my family are Philistines for the most part when it comes to film. If I could only say one thing about this movie is that I thought it was scary as shit. Luckily I have a blog about movies so I can say a lot more. This first thing I noticed about this movie was the score. It is a throwback to the horror films of days past. It is heavy on squeaking strings which are extremely effective in a horror score. Interestingly enough I read an article about a scientific study of music and sound that said that the screeching sound actually stimulates the fear centers in our brain. This is because it mimics the sound of a person or animal in distress. (see: rabbit being slowly killed by a fox.) This score definitely does its job in creating a fearful atmosphere.

This movie can really be split into two different parts. The first 2/3’s of the movie are pretty conventional. Not to say it isn’t scary because it is. There are a ton of great visual scares in this part of the movie. The cool thing is that these scares defy the convention. I am a person that can 9 times outta 10 know which the direction the visual scare is coming from. This comes from years of seeing the same type of shot be set up in the same way. Insidious however is really hard to read in that way. This left me jumping out of my seat every few minutes. This movie has some of the most startling scares I have ever seen. The last time I had a start like that was during Canadian indie horror masterpiece End of the Line which almost made me drop my brand new laptop. The second part of this movie is when it gets well weird.

With out giving too much away the second part is a huge shift from convention. The second part of this movie was a lot like what you see when you take about 12 Benadryl at once. It is also not unlike many of my nightmares. When this shift happened I was left with the thought that I couldn’t believe that I was watching a mainstream horror film. It had the feel of something that you’d see in an Indie horror film. I hate to say this, but the reason you can tell the difference is because the vast majority of mainstream horror films are for lack of a better word dumb. They use the same old tired plots and scares over and over and the mainstream horror audience (teenage girls) eat the shit up. This is probably why a lot of people that typically go to see mainstream horror films (my sisters) hated it. It turns out this movie did start out as an Indie horror film and was picked up by the same people that did the exact same thing with Paranormal Activity. That really explains a lot.

All that being said I really recommend this film. Really good and really scary. I proudly give it a 9/10

Joe-Insidious is a really weird and off the wall movie. It’s scary, funny, and goes all over the place in the third act. Personally, I thought it was fantastic. Insidious opens in a very conventional way with a family moving into a new house that appears to be, and is, haunted. The family itself is a very normal, middle class family. Josh (Patrick Wilson) is a teacher and his wife Renai (Rose Byrne) is a stay at home mom who looks after their two children, Dalton and Elise (Ty Simpkins and Lin Shaye). Strange things happen and Dalton ends up going into a sort of coma. No one can wake him up and no one is sure what is going on with him. The supernatural sightings and occurrences increase and finally the family gives up and moves into a different home. This is where the film really starts to have fun with horror conventions. One of the film’s taglines says, “it’s not the house that is haunted” and that’s true. It’s Dalton, the little boy, who is haunted.

This creates a whole sub-genre within the haunted house trope where they basically replace the house with a child. It’s a really creative little twist and it sets in motion the rest of the movie, which is really scary. The spirits/demons that haunt the boy vary in shape and appearance, but one thing is pretty much guaranteed…they’ll all scare you. From a little ghost boy who wants to play hide and seek all the way up to an evil demon who wants to devour the child’s soul. James Wan does a fantastic job at creating tension and surprising you with where the scare is gonna come from. One scene in particular nearly made me jump up out of my chair. The score, as Danny said, does a great job at creating this tension. It goes from shrill violin shrieks to subtle ambient movements, but both add to the atmosphere of the film in their own way. Which, by the way, Insidious nails. The atmosphere is all old school horror with lots of low key lighting, fog, and lots of shadows. Again, it adds so much to the film’s look.

I don’t want to give away anything about the final third of the film. Just know it’s gonna get crazy and go off the rails. I don’t think that’s a bad thing though. Insidious is a great, low budget horror film that will scare you and always keep you on your toes. Definitely give it a watch.


Watch it here on Netflix Instant Play.