A mysterious ship is found adrift in mid-ocean without a crew. But this mystery is soon forgotten when Captain Ramsey, his two sexy first mates and the crew discover its precious cargo of ... See full summary »
A group of women find themselves captive to a depraved psychopath whose blood-lust and insanity knows no bounds. Time is running out as Ghost's sick experiments begin to leave the girls tortured beyond recognition.
James C. Burns,
When college students sign up for what seems a simple paid research study, they soon realize their lives are in danger. Unfortunately they've unknowingly volunteered their bodies as human collateral in an ongoing U.S. Military experiment.
George, convinced a ghost killed his family, hires Robert, a talented Medium frustrated by his job. As the dead return to tell of ghostly seduction, demonic rage, and brutal murder, Robert discovers a horror more real than any ghost story.
Kenneth G. Hodgson
John Carradine narrates five horror tales, each with a comically predictable surprise ending. In the first, "The Witches Clock" (sic), The Farrells have purchased an old mansion in Salem ... See full summary »
David L. Hewitt
Lon Chaney Jr.,
Come inside and find out what can happen, when a house is not just haunted, but possessed. After the gruesome death of his best friend, Sevin Michaels is determined to get to the bottom of ... See full summary »
"Spike" opens with a dream sequence, and though that dream is short and stylistically distinct from the rest of the movie -- it's exactly the skin-crawling kind of dream you have when you doze off on a late-night car ride -- those few seconds set the stage for a surreal, deeply unsettling 90 minutes. If you're expecting a horror movie, or a teens-in-the-woods monster movie, you're going to be sad. Instead "Spike" is a gorgeous and haunting meditation on love and death, childhood and fantasy, like "Picnic at Hanging Rock" in a dark palette of red, silver and black. It, well, gets under your skin.
The plot makes about as much sense as Shakespeare's setup for "As You Like It": it's just an excuse to get the characters into the forest. And once the two unnamed couples (one hetero, one lesbian) are there, weird things begin to happen. Something scary pops out of the woods and takes out one of the characters, and for a minute it seems maybe this will be a traditional horror movie. But director/screenwriter Robert Beaucage immediately lets you know you're in different territory: the scary monster leaves behind a handwritten poem. This isn't Freddy, this isn't Jason -- as it turns out, it's just an incredibly lonely guy with a crush on the straight girl. And he's covered in spikes.
The cast does a nice job of keeping you grounded in the strange terrain: this may be a trippy fairy tale, but these are real people. At first I didn't expect to like Sarah Livingston Evans' lead character, who stands around looking vague and then starts fainting; but as the story unspools you gradually see the strength, compassion and even humor behind her delicate features. And I loved Nancy Corbo as the resourceful person you'd always want with you when you're lost in the woods.
Initially I docked this movie a star because none of the characters have names; if you're going to separate your characters and have them wandering around the woods, they need to be able to call "Hey, Bobbi Jo!" or whatever. But after thinking about it I decided that was just ornery; I sort of like that they're all nameless, because you end up identifying with each of them in turn. This movie takes you deep into the primordial forest of the psyche, all the way back to your childhood: your first real friend, your first nightmares. It asks questions everyone can relate to: How do you let someone go? What will you do to protect the one you love? How can you love more than one person? Do you ever really forget someone? And it delivers one final heartbreaking answer: You can never help from hurting the person you love.
(NB to IMDb: This review SO does not have spelling mistakes.)
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