Welcome the official kickoff for Video Junkie’s Halloween Havoc, where we will be covering horror movies exclusively for the month of Shocktober. We were hoping to start on the first, but the Indiana Jones clones found it necessary to occupy a few extra days. Regardless, prepare for an onslaught of reviews of horror movies from all over the spectrum to get you in the mood for the best holiday of the year. While you decay your teeth, we will hopefully help you rot your brain.
The inaugural selection is THE DISTURBANCE, an underrated and mostly unknown flick. This is one of the kinds of movies we love here at Video Junkie – low budget and regionally shot by a one-and-done director. It might not be on the level of the slick product at the time, but it displays enough creativity/oddity and certainly has its heart in the right place. The proceedings get off on the right foot with a guy going off about pain in a mental health support group. One member, Clay Moyer (Timothy Greeson), then tells the group about his recurring nightmare of being chased by a person who then has a demon burst out of their face.
DEATH COLLECTOR and the totally 80s POSED FOR MURDER). One thing most folks don’t know is the folks at Media Blasters slipped a hidden commentary track on this one and POSED. Providing remarks and observations fueled by 40oz. Cobra are employees Dave Beinlich, William Hellfire and Richard York. Don’t let the alcohol mention fool you, these guys actually provide lots of details and info about the film and its makers with editor/DVD author Beinlich even going so far as to track down the actual locations and business owners. Definitely a nice surprise and a great listen. Interestingly, American Film Team offers two versions of this film on their website. One is the aforementioned horror flick and the other is a more “serious” look at schizophrenia under the more exploitive title WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE NEIGHBOR’S SON? (something I hear in my neighborhood every day).