The Merits of Sin: The Haunting of Rebecca Verlaine aka Garden of Love (2003) (Germany)

Olaf Ittenbach is up to his old bloody tricks in this enjoyable and poorly acted dismemberment fest. The brutal slaughter of a peaceful commune (we get to see all the nasty and under-lit murders spliced in with the opening credits) leaves young Rebecca Verlaine the sole survivor. She wakes up from her shock induced coma … More The Merits of Sin: The Haunting of Rebecca Verlaine aka Garden of Love (2003) (Germany)

The Merits of Sin: Jack-O aka Jack O’Lantern (1995) (USA)

Inclusion is important. That’s why participation awards exist. Sure ya sucked but at least ya fucking tried. I feel if I was ever running a horror film awards ceremony I’d be giving out a shit ton of participation awards. I wouldn’t be showering praise on every poor excuse for a movie but a lot of … More The Merits of Sin: Jack-O aka Jack O’Lantern (1995) (USA)

The Merits of Sin: Zapatlela (1993) (India)

There’s something so damn beautiful about a rip-off handled through the hands of another culture. Although, I should say “rip-off” may be too strong of a term. You see, this Indian flick has the lifeblood of Child’s Play running through its veins but somewhere a blood transfusion was necessary and it just mutated into its … More The Merits of Sin: Zapatlela (1993) (India)

The Merits of Sin: Herencia Diabolica (1993) (Mexico)

An elderly satanist passes away peacefully and leaves her mansion to her only surviving relative, a nephew in New York. Tony and his wife fly to Mexico to move into their new home. A new job and a pregnancy soon follow. However, the joy won’t be lasting that long because whilst looking around the house, … More The Merits of Sin: Herencia Diabolica (1993) (Mexico)

Fresh Cuts: Hellboy (2019) (USA/UK/Bulgaria/Canada)

I did not come to this new interpretation of Mike Mignola’s essential character from the perspective of the previous filmic version. Guillermo Del Toro’s flawed original and excellent sequel are their own thing and I decided to respect that. I was able to almost completely forget about that duo thanks to my history with the … More Fresh Cuts: Hellboy (2019) (USA/UK/Bulgaria/Canada)

The Merits of Sin: Nagai Go Kawai Zone: Kaiki aka Go Nagai’s Scary Zone: The Mysterious Demon (1989) (Japan)

Uhhhhhh wha? I’m not sure what the hell I just watched but a man in a cape was there and he told me two stories. Granted, I don’t speak Japanese and have never suffered intense brain trauma… which would probably have helped me wrap my head around the nonsense playing out in front of my … More The Merits of Sin: Nagai Go Kawai Zone: Kaiki aka Go Nagai’s Scary Zone: The Mysterious Demon (1989) (Japan)