The Washingtonians – Masters of Horror – Rating 2 out of 5

Absurd and ridiculous pretty much sums this one up. In essence we have the story of George Washington as a cannibal and a secret society that will do anything to keep that secret.

The movie starts of fine with a timid little girl in an old house which she feels is creepy. Shadows around every corner, creepy pictures and sheets covering items in the basement give plenty of reasons for her to jump. And during one of her jumps a painting gets knocked down and a note gets revealed which very briefly sums up that Washington was a cannibal. Why you would write something like that I have no idea, but there it is.

The townspeople find out about the note and their legend seems to be close to being exposed. How 3 sentences on a sheet of paper would actually be enough to cause this sort of exposure is beyond me, but they feel it to be a real threat.

The townspeople proceed to dress in period costumes complete with white faces and crazy wigs and threaten to kill the family if they don’t get the note. What ensues is a poorly acted, completely absurd plot of actions that just don’t have any basis in reality. And what they lack in plot they make up for in dinner scenes designed to depict eating human flesh with blood dripping down their faces complete with blood soaked clothes and napkins. It’s gross to be sure, but it’s so over the top it becomes comical. Watching people suck on intestines does have a gross out factor but when they start to suck it up like spaghetti it looses its scare factor.

There is little to like about this story. It has great sets and the costumes look authentic, but the movie is just too silly to cause a good scare. It would have been better to try make this a dark comedy or spoof.

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After Dark Horrorfest on sale at BestBuy for $4.99

BestBuy is having a huge sale on their After Dark Horrorfest DVD collection. They have 7 of them on sale for $4.99 each. Just in time for Halloween! Looks like “The Abandoned” didn’t make it on the list and is still regular price. Bastards! :)

Dark Ride
The Gravedancers
Wicked Little Things
The Hamiltons
Penny Dreadful

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Masters of Horror – $4.99 at BestBuy

BestBuy is having a huge sale on their Master of Horror DVD collection. They have over 20 of them on sale for $4.99 each. Just in time for Halloween! I grabbed several of these. I just watched “The Black Cat” which I thought was quite good.

The sale will probably end pretty quick so you might want to pick these up while you’re getting your hands on SpiderMan 3.

Master Of Horror: Cigarette Burns
Master Of Horror: Dreams In The Witch House
Masters of Horror: Chocolate
Masters Of Horror: Incident on and off a Mountain Road
Masters of Horror: Deer Woman
Masters of Horror: Sick Girl
Masters of Horror: Homecoming
Masters of Horror: Jenifer
Masters of Horror: Haeckel’s Tale
Masters of Horror: Imprint
Masters of Horror: Pick Me Up
Masters of Horror: Fair Haired Child
Masters of Horror: Pelts
Masters of Horror: Right to Die
Masters of Horror: Family
Masters of Horror: The Screwfly Solution
Masters of Horror: The Black Cat
Masters of Horror: We All Scream for Ice Cream
Masters of Horror: Valerie on the Stairs
Masters of Horror: The Washingtonians
Masters of Horror: Sounds Like
Masters of Horror: The Damned Thing

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The Visitation – Rating 2 out of 5

The small town of Antioch gets all excited when mysterious figures enter their town performing miracles and saying “He is coming” as they depart. What follows is a pretty predictable story of small town good, overcoming outside evil influences. As the small time tent evangelist heals the townspeople, more and more are drawn into his power. Only a few strong willed remain to fight the devil.

Hardly a movie speaking of the prophetic end of the world, what follows is a predictable story of evil taking over the minds of those who want to believe and being cast out by those of pure faith. A pretty Ho Hum story with a typical cast of characters such as the fallen priest, the new comer to town, the renegade law man, and the soft spoken preacher.

Overall the movie was mildly entertaining, with a better than expected ending, but again there was no tension, no fear that the wrath of evil was invading this small town, no sense of dread or moments that really grip you about the battle of good and evil.

There is nothing new in this story and it ends pretty much the way you would expect. I can’t even say this is a good rental because of how cliché and predictable the movie is. It’s hard to imagine Fox put this one out. It has the look and feel of an independent movie funded by religious groups. This movie won’t make you a believer and movies like “Emily Rose” do a lot more to stir up religious convictions and debate.

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