EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: THE FILTH AND THE FURY

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: THE FILTH AND THE FURY

They say all good things must come to an end. They are right. I wish that weren’t true, but sometimes you can’t stop a tsunami, you know? I’ve been writing “”Excess Hollywood” on a weekly basis for quite some time now. I’ve often thought I’ve written everything I need to write, but that’s not entirely […]



Posted on September 12, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: TEN HORROR FILMS OF NOTE PART 10 — ZA GINIPIGGU

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: TEN HORROR FILMS OF NOTE PART 10 — ZA GINIPIGGU

Few other films have garnered as much controversy as the “”Za Ginipiggu” (“”Guinea Pig”) series. These films have been the subjects of investigations, news reports, speculation and have even been banned. Actor Charlie Sheen saw one of the movies in the series, “”Flowers of Flesh and Blood,” and believed it to be a real snuff […]



Posted on September 5, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: TEN HORROR FILMS OF NOTE PART 9 — CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: TEN HORROR FILMS OF NOTE PART 9 — CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST

Director/writer Ruggero Deodato (who also had a great cameo in “”Hostel 2″) may have said he made a simple movie about people eating other people, but the end result was something far beyond that. “”Cannibal Holocaust” is not just a film about people eating people, it’s actually a very pointed and angry rant against a […]



Posted on August 29, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: TEN HORROR FILMS OF NOTE PART 8 — SNUFF

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: TEN HORROR FILMS OF NOTE PART 8 — SNUFF

There is one word that accurately describes “”Snuff,” a film from the notorious Michael and Roberta Findlay: crap. It’s not a good film. It’s not even a bad film that’s fun to watch. It’s painful to sit through, and the payoff isn’t worth it. Only a fool would rate it as a competent movie, and […]



Posted on August 22, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: TEN HORROR FILMS OF NOTE PART 7 — THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: TEN HORROR FILMS OF NOTE PART 7 — THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT

There are two points that need to be made about “”The Blair Witch Project,” neither of which is based on anything more than observation and general consensus. The first being that the films owes a lot to “”Cannibal Holocaust,” which is covered later on this list and is a far better film. The second is […]



Posted on August 15, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: TEN HORROR FILMS OF NOTE PART 6 — DAWN OF THE DEAD

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: TEN HORROR FILMS OF NOTE PART 6 — DAWN OF THE DEAD

George Romero says a lot with his zombie films. They are political/social statements disguised as horror movies that have a distinct comic book feel to them. (It’s no surprise to learn he was influenced by EC Comics.) “”Night of the Living Dead,” the first film in the zombie franchise, is considered to be a classic, […]



Posted on August 8, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: TEN HORROR FILMS OF NOTE PART 5 — BLOOD FEAST

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: TEN HORROR FILMS OF NOTE PART 5 — BLOOD FEAST

“”Blood Feast,” a Herschell Gordon Lewis film, is not a good movie. It’s barely even a passable movie. It does have something about it, however, that makes it a horror film of note. It was the first to introduce gore to the masses. Up until “”Blood Feast,” Lewis was known for doing nudie cuties. When […]



Posted on August 1, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: TEN HORROR FILMS OF NOTE PART 4 — THE EXORCIST

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: TEN HORROR FILMS OF NOTE PART 4 — THE EXORCIST

It’s an iconic scene. Max von Sydow’s character standing in the shaft of light blazing through the window of a house he’s about to enter. It’s a picture that uses what is normally considered good symbolism (the light of a house, which equates to warmth and safety) and tweaks it by setting it on a […]



Posted on July 25, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: TEN HORROR FILMS OF NOTE PART 3 — HALLOWEEN

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: TEN HORROR FILMS OF NOTE PART 3 — HALLOWEEN

Even if you don’t like horror films you’ve seen “”Halloween” and probably a few of its sequels. It was an independent film that took a startling simple concept (unstoppable masked killer returns to his hometown and starts killing people) and mixed it with a great soundtrack and outstanding direction to make it one of the […]



Posted on July 18, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: TEN HORROR FILMS OF NOTE PART 2 — SUSPIRIA

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: TEN HORROR FILMS OF NOTE PART 2 — SUSPIRIA

If you read any of the reviews of “”Suspiria” you quickly realize that most critics think it is director Dario Argento’s best work. (I would actually consider his best film to be the much maligned “”The Stendhal Syndrome,” but that isn’t relevant here.) It’s an imaginative horror/fairy tale set in a school of dance run […]



Posted on July 11, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: TEN HORROR FILMS OF NOTE PART 1 — THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: TEN HORROR FILMS OF NOTE PART 1 — THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE

I was recently asked by a friend if I could do a series of columns (or “”blogs” if you want to sound like a moron) on what I thought were ten horror movies of importance for one reason or another. They didn’t have to be great films, but they had to be important in the […]



Posted on July 4, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: ANOTHER REASON THE MPAA GETS AN F

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: ANOTHER REASON THE MPAA GETS AN F

Let me preface this column (blog, whatever) with two things. The movie ratings system should be abolished, and “”Hostel 2″ was a better film than the first one, which I liked. If you agree that the ratings board is a necessary evil (and I don’t, but plenty do), you have to admit that it got […]



Posted on June 27, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

Ever since I was a little kid I’ve liked horror films. When I was 10 I started keeping a typewritten list of all the horror movies I’d seen and how I rated them (just like Film Threat rates them with one to five stars). I did the same with the books I read, too, many […]



Posted on June 20, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES

Jello Biafra, singer of the Dead Kennedys, once asked (and I’m paraphrasing here) which was responsible for more deaths: music or “”Top Gun”? The implication wasn’t that music or a movie killed anyone directly. It was that a movie, which was very pro military, caused people to enlist, which in turn led to their untimely […]



Posted on June 13, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: WASTED

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: WASTED

A recent issue of “”US Weekly” (May 21, 2007, #640, to be exact) had an interesting article on that car wreck known as Lindsay Lohan, star of a surprisingly inept hit and run video and several shocking Hollywood weight loss specials. It wasn’t about her breast implants, her father’s criminal record, her mother’s shameless exploitation […]



Posted on June 6, 2007 by

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