From the Depths of Netflix: The Terror Within

Happy Halloween everybody.  I decided I’d dust off the old review typing fingers and bring you a new feature that I like to call “From the Depths of Netflix”.  While most of the movies that we’ve reviewed over the years have been hard if not impossible to come by for most people, occasionally I’ll find a hidden b-movie gem on Netflix.  I’m going to use this feature to bring these titles to you.  This way, anyone with a Netflix account can join in on the horribleness of watching along.  The first title in this series is “The Terror Within“.

In an apocalyptic world resources are scarce, and life is a struggle day to day for the Mojave center for disease control.  It seems that this particular apocalypse (not to be confused with all the others that happen in most of these movies) has caused some people to mutate into what are known as gargoyles – huge rubber suited alien looking beasts.  Thankfully, these gargoyles have all been contained in caves and underground.  One day on patrol, a couple members of the Mojave crew find meet their untimely demise while scouting for food at the hands of a new breed of gargoyle… the kind that come walk among us.

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The Blob (1988)

One day you’re sitting in a tree smoking a cigarette, thinking about how you’re gonna jump the broken down old bridge at Elkin’s Grove.  The next day you’re fighting off some huge unrelenting pink pile of ooze that just spread into town.  “How did you get here” you might ask yourself.  If you’re Brian Flagg (Kevin Dillon), you’d probably be asking yourself the exact same thing.  Life was so easy just being a juvenile delinquent.  Now you’re just trying to survive The Blob. Continue reading “The Blob (1988)”

Phenomena aka Creepers

I’m always interested to see where people got there start in movies. Take Billy Bob Thorton for instance.  One of his first was a terrible flick called Chopper Chicks in Zombietown.  Most people in fact start with something bad, or just small, like Robert Patrick in Equalizer 2000.  They work with other little known people.  But Jennifer Connelly had a much different beginning.  Her first big break was working with two horror legends, Donald Pleasence and Dario Argento.  We all know Pleasence from the Halloween series and other John Carpenter movies.  Argento isn’t well known in the US, but in Europe he’s a household name in terror.  He took a big chance with a young Connelly in the fright fest Phenomena, which was later released in the States as Creepers.

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The Evil Dead

Fall is fast approaching.  The weather is getting cooler and it’s getting the perfect time to go out to the woods and snuggle up next to your honey near a fire.  When your friends invite you and your lady friend out to an isolated cabin in the wilderness for some good times and libations, it sounds like a good idea.  When they tell you they got it for cheap you assume that it has to be a pit, and when you get there it is.  Everything seems to be in order, but when the cellar door starts flapping in the house like there’s someone down there, you should just leave it alone.  If you do happen to go down there and find a book that looks like it’s got a cover made of skin, a tape recorder and some kind of ceremonial dagger – for the love of all that is holy, don’t bring them upstairs and play the recording.  You might just unleash The Evil Dead

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