After Dustin Boltjes of Skeletonwitch — one of our newest writers — contributed a column on must-see horror flicks, we decided to open the topic up to the members of other bands. Why? Well, in addition to music and literature, we’re huge movie buffs and feel maybe your life could benefit from a big screen broadening.
So here for you now is a new column from Gravehill’s Mike Abominator.
NO, not the stupid-ass Will Smith/Martin Lawrence buddy cop flick — this is the 1983 classic that starred a young Sean Penn as a Irish steet hoodlum in the streets of Chicago.
He gets sent to a juvenile detention center and you can guess what happens next. The always killer Esai Morales is also on board as Penn’s rival. The cast is chock full of future stars and character actors you will recognize.
It has a message and whatnot, but this is not one of those “after school specials” that were big at the time. This is violent and brutal. This movie RULES!
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
Here we have Sam Peckinpah’s “Grindhouse” classic.
It was HATED when it came out from what I understand, but I love it. Creepy bad-ass Warren Oates plays Bennie, a bar manager with some alterior motives. He is kind of a fuck up. But an offer from a crime boss comes up and he just can’t turn it down to make some quick cash.
This story is twisted as fuck and has many turns for the worse, just when you think shit is getting normal, it gets crazy again. The movie is all over the place and is not for everyone. But it’s a classic ’70s crime flick in my eyes. A down and dirty masterpiece of grimy suspense and action.
Oh yeah — the infamous exploding head scene. So bad-ass when you are an impressionable 10-year-old sneaking peeks at “Scanners” on this new invention called CABLE TV and it’s new main station, HBO.
Or at least I thought it was bad-ass when I was 10!
To this day, bad guy character actor Michael Ironside is still a bad-ass. In this he plays Daryl Revok, a rogue “Scanner” (who are people with the ability to “scan” other people). This is explained as the ability to connect two nervous systems separated by space.
This included the ability to involuntarily hear people’s thoughts through telepathy and control other functions, such a their heart beat. Needless to say, if you had the full range of these powers, you could fuck some shit up and also do harm to people (like blowing their head off of their neck!)
It’s a typical David Cronenberg romp complete with horror, sci-fi, suspense, drama and mystery. BEST quote by Revok: “I’m gonna suck your brain dry”
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