Thursday, March 27, 2014

BLOODY STREAMS with Matt Dean

Bloody Streams is back for another week of Deviant streaming suggestions. We've literally got the broadest selection this week; both in streaming locations and quality of the movies. An Oscar winner, a bloodbath, an ‘in memoriam’ and a film worthy of any Troma-lover’s time fills out this week’s options. Enjoy!!!




Silence of the Lambs (1991)


Ah, Silence of the Lambs  is back on Netflix and, after finishing the really well-done show Hannibal  recently, it couldn't have happened at a better time. Even though the purists in the room would say the next film to watch would be Manhunter  or Red Dragon, it’s still an amazing way to continue the story of Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter. The film picks up with the character already in a maximum security prison, locked away for his particularly violent ‘taste’ in extracurricular activities. FBI director Crawford sends in a trainee to see if she can get some info out of Hannibal regarding a serial killer known as Buffalo Bill (Because he skins his victims). This first scene alone is chock full of great lines, memorable performances and one really stomach churning fling of the wrist that sets the mood for what depravities we're in for. This movie is in my top ten of all time. Instead of playing on your emotions, the film almost feels like it’s a visual case file of the events. This makes it some so much colder, creepier and scarier than it should be. It’s no surprise that the film won Best Picture the year that it was nominated. So, grab some fava beans, a nice Chianti and have a friend over for dinner and a movie.

Also, I can't talk about SOTL  without mentioning some of my favorite quotes:

"It puts the lotion on it's skin or else it gets the hose again." 
"He said...I can smell your cunt." .... "Ah, (Sniffs) I, myself, cannot." 
"What're you, about a size 14?"

There're too many to list here. Anyway...here's the link...





Grotesque (2009)


This film almost made it into Dirty Deviant week last month, but I honestly didn't want to inundate everyone with too many subtitles at one time. It definitely fits the bill, though, because this movie has most of the elements of the Guinea Pig  films and the quality is actually a good bit better; albeit probably because it was made in 2009. The film starts out with a young couple on their first date. They flirt, eat and decide to take their relationship at a slow pace. As they walk home, the girl turns to the boy and asks, “Would you die for me?” The boy hesitates and, before he can answer, the girl laughs and says she was just joking. This line of dialogue will become the backbone of the rest of the movie because immediately after this the couple is kidnapped and awaken shackled in a dark basement. A man comes in and begins torturing them both, all the while mocking their relationship and how far they would go for each other. The torture gets pretty graphic, more so because the man seems to be an adept surgeon and very cultured and refined; he even plays classical music during the entire affair. This is a particularly creepy effect and one akin to a number of scenes in the aforementioned Hannibal Lecter series. What is it with psychos and the classics? While most of the more grisly acts occur just out of sight, it still could make the average viewer a bit squeamish. It’s definitely not a date movie.







Ghostbusters II (1989)


I had to include this movie in this week’s Bloody Streams; firstly because it’s a great movie and a worthy sequel, secondly it just arrived a mere couple of weeks after I included the first film in the stream and thirdly in memoriam for the recently deceased Harold Ramis. This time around the gang investigates a river of pink ooze that’s beginning to flow under the streets of New York City and its possible connection with the arrival of a new painting at the local art museum. The painting is of Vigo the Carpathian and upon investigation they realize that this painting may be inhabited with more than just water-colors. While this is a little less frightening, it’s still got some pretty creepy elements that are sure to freak out the younger kids and appease the older ones. Ramis, you will be missed, may you embody the highest form of ectoplasm.






Frankenhooker (1990)


Because, well, sometimes you just need a really bad film to make you laugh your ass off. From the director of classics like Basket Case  1, 2 and 3 comes…(Insert DUH DUH DUH!!!)…Frankenhooker. This movie, while made in 1990, has so many great 80’s staples, pun intended. Imagine if Frankenstein  and Weird Science  had a baby together - this would be it! A man’s fiancĂ© is killed when she’s using his newly designed and built remote control lawn mower and she runs it right over herself. The police are baffled because when the dust settles, pieces of her are missing. You can guess where they went. This “scientist” will do anything to keep his fiancĂ© alive and well, even if that means chopping other people up to complete her body. I don't have qualms with saying that this is a pretty bad movie, even if it were a Troma film, but like that fare it offers a very light viewing experience and plenty of gratuitous nudity and bloodshed. If that’s what you’re in the mood for, give her a spin. Also, it must be noted that this is very similar to Re-Animator, but the quality in acting, plot and effects is nowhere near each other.








Matt, Signing Out



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