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I recently revisited a movie that was a remake of a great horror film – and one that has been remade itself. But it is a beloved horror film by fans and regular movie buffs alike. It’s a genuinely terrifying movie, folks. You should see it if you haven’t, but...Read More
It’s the darkly magical time of year again: Halloween. Mystical, morbid, and magnificent, this is any true horror fan’s favorite time of the year. I always get antsy and even more horror obsessed than usual when the leaves turn. But this is also the time of year when...Read More
What director Lawrence David Foldes asks with his film Don’t Go Near the Park, is a rather simple question: As a mother, how do you punish your kids for being cannibals? The answer he comes up with is a simple one: you make them live forever as old bags who must cannibalize...Read More
So as many of you are likely aware by now, on top of being a huge horror fanatic, I am also a rabid fan of a few old TV shows, specifically Married… With Children, The Simpsons and All in the Family. With so much nerdy fandom swishing around in my head (along with all of that...Read More
How appropriate that Hatchet III, the third installment in the cult horror franchise, should be released for Father’s Day weekend. Those of you who are familiar with Victor Crowley, arguably the most beloved slasher of the new millennium, know that he has serious Daddy issues....Read More
The Rock Warrior THOR has always shaken the very halls of Valhalla with inspiring anthemic Metal as powerful as the enchanted warhammer Mjolnir itself! Bodybuilding champion, heavy metal icon, producer/star of such horror gems including the legendary Rock N’ Roll...Read More
THE HORROR SHOW vs. SHOCKER It’s time for another slaughterhouse showdown here at Tavern of Terror. While our previous entry Let’s Commit Aerobicide caused some discussion, it also pertained to some rather hard to find flicks, Death Spa and Killer Workout. This new title bout...Read More
The autumn wind howls like a distant wolf. The air turns not just cold, but a little bit mean. Winter lurks inward with shorter days and ruthless nights.
It may seem like a ghost town over here at Tavern of Terror, but trust me when I say that we have incredible things in the works – including interviews, contests, reviews, giveaways and some solid new articles.
But beyond that, your bartender (and head content writer here) Kristopher Triana is hard at work on a forthcoming horror BOOK being published by Blue Juice Comics. Stay tuned for more home-brewed horrors, fright fans!
I recently revisited a movie that was a remake of a great horror film – and one that has been remade itself. But it is a beloved horror film by fans and regular movie buffs alike. It’s a genuinely terrifying movie, folks. You should see it if you haven’t, but more on it later.
Anyway, this got me thinking about horror remakes and about how while the bulk of them are turds so big and wretched that they are nearly unflushable once looked at, there are actually some remakes out there that are great and even… dare I say it… transcend the originals. Others are merely decent fright flicks in their own right, even if they stray far from the source material. But in this day and age of watered-down tripe, it’s nice to have decency if nothing else.
So today we’re looking at my personal top ten, solid remakes, because there are more of them than we horror fans like to admit. We’re purists. I myself can get on a tall fuckin’ soapbox about how Rob Zombie’s Halloween takes all the mystery, and therefore the horror, away for mighty, mighty Myers. I also tend to hate remakes because I feel that many great horror scripts are sitting in rusting filing cabinets while beloved classics are being poorly remade, needlessly.
As Calvin and Hobbes‘ creator Bill Watterson once put it:
“You can’t really blame people for preferring more of what they already know and like. The trade-off, of course, is that predictability is boring. Repetition is the death of magic.”
I agree with Mr. Watterson, but some remakes, albeit few and far between, make us rethink the story they are founded upon, and really use the term re-imagining to its full potential. Those are the diamonds in the re-do ruff I care to discuss with y’all today.
The Rock Warrior THOR has always shaken the very halls of Valhalla with inspiring anthemic Metal as powerful as the enchanted warhammer Mjolnir itself!
Bodybuilding champion, heavy metal icon, producer/star of such horror gems including the legendary Rock N’ Roll Nightmare, and explosive performer (blowing up hot water bottles, bending steel, and having cinder blocks broken over his chest are all in a night’s work)… THOR is an immensely powerful figure and it is an honor to have him join us at the Tavern! THOR will be a guest of honor on Friday September 27th at our Cult Film Fest, and on Saturday he will be performing LIVE at 80s in the Park. Tickets are still on sale — this show is not to be missed!!
The blonde hair. The bulging muscles. The thousand-mile stare.
Ted Prior is no stranger to cult cinema.
Multi-talented as an actor, filmmaker, model, musician and FX artist, Ted has lent his skills to screen and stage since his youth. He is beloved by cult cinema fans for his roles in Troma productions, his sci-fi buddy flick with David Carradine, and most of all, his collaborations with his director brother David A. Prior.
Together, the Prior brothers have created some cult and camp favorites, including Killer Workout, Sledgehammer, Born Killer, Raw Nerve and Raw Justice.
But the film they are most celebrated for is their 1987 one-man-army movie, Deadly Prey – a wild and ferocious underground film that is part The Deadliest Game and part First Blood. In it, an army of mercenaries who train by hunting live targets pursues an unstoppable killing machine. That killing machine is Mike Danton, and he is played perfectly by a muscle-bound and mullet-headed Ted Prior.
One reason I believe Deadly Prey is so beloved is that it is a time-capsule example of post-Vietnam War American films – particularly those that came out during the 80’s VHS boom, when indie filmmakers flooded the Mom n’ Pop video shelves with their more cost effective alternatives to big studio releases. It is one of many angry film fantasies from that era that vented the country’s frustration over the outcome of that war – films like Missing in Action, Steele Justice and of course the Rambo series.
But the other reason Deadly Prey remains one of the Prior’s brother’s most popular movies is that it never gets preachy, never takes itself too seriously, and it knows how to deliver truckloads of explosive fun even upon repeat viewings. It is over the top, ultra-violent, and shamelessly hammy.
When watching a movie like Deadly Prey, cult cinema fans can’t help but remark: “Man, they just don’t make them like this anymore.”
For twenty-seven years, that has been true. But now it’s 2013, and Mike Danton is back, baby!Read More
Want to win a DVD copy of the new horror film BOUNTY KILLER, starring Gary Busey and Beverly D’Angelo? Entering is easy!
One winner will be chosen at random and will get a brand new DVD copy of the movie.
Hurry! Entries must be in by 9:00pm, EST on Thursday, September 19th.
It may only be mid-September, but we horror fans are already starting to celebrate the Season of the Witch, and the fall beers are joining us. One of our favorites at the tavern is Big Boss Brewery’s Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Big Boss to giveaway some spooky swag this Friday the 13th! While we’d love to send you the beer itself, the fuzz won’t allow it – but don’t worry, we’re making up for it with a glorious gift set. Barware, T-shirts and stickers abound, all featuring the reaper and sickle image and spouting that Danzig style font. This beer knows how to kick it wicked.
Last year I whipped up this Top ten List of The Best Halloween Horror Movies, showcasing my selection for the films that best embody the spirit of the holiday. I decided to repost it here for our Harvest of Horrors Giveaway. Check it out and then find out how to enter to WIN!Read More