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Monster Reviews: Saint Bernard 2013

Monster Reviews: Saint Bernard 2013

Some films induce the spirit of horror. Whether it’s with style, gore, flash, story, special effects, or what have you, they convey the very essence of the word. They scrape at your nerves and hack at your sanity. Some films employ savage tactics to push you over the edge and chill you to the bone.

Saint Bernard is a 2013 fantasy horror film, written, produced and directed by Gabriel Bartalos. It stars Jason Dugre, Warwick Davis, Katy Sullivan, Peter Iasillo Jr., Bob Zmuda, Jack Doroshow and George Clayton Johnson.An orchestra conductor on the brink of insanity slowly spirals into a decaying world of madness.”

Truly compelling films utilize certain aspects like loud piercing sound effects, extreme psychotic performances, or brutal blood and gore to scare the crap out of you. They challenge the limits and do everything they can to get under your skin. They test the viewers resolve and terrify you at all costs. This is one of those films.

Saint Bernard is a real horror film in every facet. The film has no actual story line or plot. You have no idea where it’s going, yet you can’t seem to peel your face from the screen. It’s a like being lost in a bizarre maze of insanity. Strap in for one seriously frightening trip, with no idea at where it will eventually derail.

Saint Bernard is every horror fans wet dream. It’s a demented and sickening game of mental chess. The film takes you on a journey into darkness, full of bad ass practical effects and characters straight out of a child’s nightmare. It’s arguably the most excellent horror film of all time, in that it doesn’t adhere to the regular formats and traditional standards that most genre films follow. There’s absolutely no other film like this, period.

Bartalos’s masterpiece is unlike any other. The performances are strange and wondrous, and the gore is simply on another level. Then again, what do you expect from the expert special makeup effects artist? From top to bottom this films exude horror. Its pure adrenaline-fueled insanity.

The sets are magnificent. They shuffle you through some of the weirdest shit you’ll ever see; an underworld labyrinth full of monsters and alarming characters. The costumes and makeup couldn’t be any better, and special effects hold it all together. There are just so many things to love about this film. It’s macabre, wondrous, and inspiring.

For the most part, the film is pretty tough to get through, as it virtually has no point to it. However, for those who can withstand the dive into the dark abyss, expect it to slither into your thoughts with some fantastic performances that will strike a chord. The music and sound add to the ambiance and help give the film a hostile, dark undertone. You keep thinking that you’re either going crazy or something is trying to get you.

Saint Bernard is a total mind fuck. It spins you round and round while repeatedly stabbing into your subconscious. It sinks a blade in snugly and twists. Bartalos’s spectacular extravaganza of gore blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. It’s as if he took a nightmare and transferred it straight from paper to film. It doesn’t get more horror than this.

Jason Dugre is phenomenal as the mentally unstable orchestra conductor, Bernard. His performance is one of a kind. It’s one of the best horror portrayals of all time. Warwick Davis is also at the top of his game as Othello. He’s mesmerizing and engaging. Jack Doroshow was frightening and super creepy, and Bob Zmuda and Peter Iasillo Jr. were excellent in their roles as well.

Overall, Saint Bernard is a practical effects masterpiece along with the likes of From Beyond and The Thing. It’s not for everyone and is a disturbing film for serious, hardcore fans. The film recently received its much anticipated Blu Ray release, so don’t hesitate, grab yourself a copy today!

Monster Reviews: Anniversary of the Leprechaun (1993)

Monster Reviews: Anniversary of the Leprechaun (1993)

Celebrating its anniversary this month, we revisit the original Leprechaun and take a look at the legendary slasher film responsible for spawning multiple sequels and a prequel. Let’s take a step back and look at the film that birthed the legendary horror icon, the one and only, Leprechaun.

Considered one of the ultimate slashers, Leprechaun is a 1993 horror film written and directed by Mark Jones. It stars Jennifer Aniston, Ken Olandt, Robert Hy Gorman, Mark Holton and the legendary Warwick Davis as the Leprechaun. An ancient evil Leprechaun will stop at nothing to get back his pot of gold.

The Leprechaun is easily one of the top ten iconic slashers in the genre. Something about a the tiny, ugly little green monster with buckles on his shoes and hat, is just unsettling. Most of the time Leprechauns are portrayed as gentle fun loving little pranksters. But not in this film. In this one, he’s an evil little bastard who’s only happy with one thing…killing. 

There’s a multitude of aspects that make the original the best in the franchise. It contains some overlooked and forgotten elements, which attributed to its ferocity and appeal. Things such as the Leprechaun eating Lucky Charms cereal, or how the protagonists escape the ugly little monster by throwing shoes, which he can’t help but shine.

The Leprechaun is arguably Warwick Davis’s ultimate character portrayal. A three foot tall green monster who has a pungent for ripping off limbs and other body parts, definitely sets him apart from the other slashers. Everyone always thinks it would be easy to defeat such a small foe, however, the Leprechaun proves extremely difficult to thwart.

The special effects in this are magnificent and really hold the film together. The makeup and use of light and shadows works wonders. It creates a dark atmosphere which looms strongly over the film. The makeup and practical effects make this one of the most memorable classic slasher films in the genre. The crusty, flaky and coarse skin really add a level of fear to the little guy.

There’s also some really strong acting and performances which help the film stand tall. Jennifer Aniston is terrific as the modern, girly girl. A strong female lead is always effective in horror films. It builds a familiarity with the audience and gives them someone to root for. 

Also, there were some stout performances from Ken Olandt as the beefy heartthrob Nathan, and Robert Hy Gorman as the smart, witty and imaginative, Alex. The best performance however, came from Mark Holton as the eccentric, quirky and autistic, Ozzie. He brought some much needed and well placed humor to the dark and fantastical film. 

The sets were graceful and eye catching, especially the quiet little farmhouse. The costumes are some of the best around and still hold strong today. They give it a really creepy vibe. Also, the use of a cell phone, or “mobile”, by Tori (Aniston), always makes me smile. 

Whether you like it or not, Leprechaun is a powerhouse and extremely well crafted. It’s one of the all time iconic slasher films and a standard in any collection. It’s a must see for any slasher or horror fan. So, grab yourself a copy today, but beware any pots of gold. 

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Leprechaun Returns gives us the pot of gold earlier than we expected

Leprechaun Returns gives us the pot of gold earlier than we expected

Linden Porco

Growing up as a kid I made it my mission to watch Leprechaun when it first came out. When I was able to finally watch it on VHS I couldn’t be happier the films were pretty much gory b movies to finally just…a comedy…to LEPRECHAUN ORIGINS. The less said about origins the better. All hope was lost in the films. Well they have them all on Blu-ray so there’s that. Then there was word the film was going to get a reboot I was listening again. Sure it was going to be on SYFY, but the directors of The Void (2017) Steven Kostanski, Jeremy Gillespie were going to be behind it  so I have faith in it. With news breaking today of a poster it pretty much gives us the hint that this will be a direct sequel to Leprechaun (1993) Now originally, we were going to see the film in March of 2019 but a couple of great things: The movie will be released next month on VOD DEC 11TH. Plus the original distributor LIONSGATE will be behind it after all. So, this means more blood and more gore. The plot for Leprechaun Returns is “The Leprechaun returns once again, when a group of girls unwillingly awaken him, when they tear down a cabin so that they can build a new sorority house.” Truth be told I’m not looking for Oscar worthy stuff just give me a creature terrorizing people out in the woods, city, Las Vegas, Space, wherever he may bust just as long as we have Leprechaun back on the small or big screen. Below is the teaser trailer that premiered this past St. Patrick’s Day. Sadly, Warwick Davis won’t be in this version but there will be a new actor playing name Linden Porco who you may have seen in Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block and Cult of Chucky (2017). Linden has done numerous roles in movies and tv shows bringing a lot to his roles. So, this should be interesting to maybe see a different take on Leprechaun.