Hello all, we have done a good deal of films this year dealing with various monsters and the mayhem that they cause. For our final monster, I’ve delved back to the early 2000’s. Today, I give to you Jeepers Creepers.
This movie has spawned two sequels (the latest film arrived in September 2017), features a good creature design, does not give away all of its secrets, and features a young Justin Long. Two siblings are harassed by a strange truck on a small country road. They see the driver of the truck throwing strangely shaped bundles into a drainpipe and investigate. This is where they become a target of the creeper. Inside, they find a strange mural of the macabre with multiple human bodies having been preserved and placed on the stone wall. Their attempts to flee the monster will lead them to a local psychic and a final pulse-pounding chase through a crowded police station.
Part of the charm of this series is the fact that it hints at a mythology that creates a solid reality and never fully explains everything. You don’t see a wood-cutting from a book and then receive a flashback to fully detail the events of the past. What the film does is provide you with a glimpse of historic things featuring our monster, while not explaining the hows and whys. For a low-budget horror film, Jeepers Creepers hits all the right buttons for me.
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Synopsis: After making a horrific discovery in the basement of an old abandoned church, Trish (Gina Philips) and her brother Darry (Justin Long) watch their routine road trip home turn into a heart stopping race for their lives.
When you think of the frozen landscapes that can be the setting for a horror story, most horror fans will go to John Carpenter’s The Thing or H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. Both of these are great examples of how to use the isolation and strange white vistas to craft a compelling tale. I’m also willing to wager that most of you are aware of them. Today, I wanted to bring you a different movie that is very much in the vein of these giants of horror.
Harbinger Down is a film that was born from 2011’s The Thing (the prequel). Amalgamated Dynamics was hired to do most of the special effects work on the film. By the time the film was released, most of their work had been replaced by CGI in post-production. The effects team posted the footage of their effects on Youtube, where it received great response. The team started a Kickstarter campaign to make their own film, utilizing their own practical effects. It was the most successful scifi/horror Kickstarter campaign at the time.
This film is great for fans of practical effects in monster movies. I enjoyed the cast and felt that the film made the most out of a meager budget for a film of this scope. Lance Henriksen stars as the Captain of a crab boat that dredges up something nasty from the Soviet space program. If you haven’t seen this film, but love Carpenter’s The Thing, then I advise you to check out this movie. You can click the cover below to pick up a copy and read on for the official synopsis.
Synopsis: A group of grad students have booked passage on the crabbing boat Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Belugas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly.