Bloody Disgusting Selects: This Is Only The Beginning (Films 1-10 Reviewed)

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Back in early 2011, horror fan-site juggernaut Bloody Disgusting took a stand for independent and foreign genre lore by partnering with The Collective and AMC Theaters, establishing distribution company Bloody Disgusting Selects. Their purpose? To hand-pick often glanced over horror gems which get lost in the mainstream remake shuffle, and grant those deemed worthy of proper theatrical and Video On Demand releases exposure.

As an avid follower and member of “The Infected” (the site’s online community), Bloody Disgusting Selects seemed like a gleaming beacon of hope in the world of inventive, creative, and one-of-a-kind horror experiences. Selected by site staffers and genre enthusiast super fans sharing a common love for skin crawling madness, I made it my mission not to skip a single feature. Now, with their first ten tales of terror rated and reviewed, I thought I’d touch upon Bloody Disgusting’s foray into film distribution and determine the company’s future.

From worst to first, let’s take a gander…

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Atrocious

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Quick Synopsis:  ”The Quintanilla family was found dead. Recorded evidence was discovered by the police. Production company acquires the confidential material and edits it into a Horror Movie.”

Director: Fernando Barreda Luna

Alas, the old first person camera gimmick: so hard to master and too easily exploited.

In the vein of Paranormal Activity, Luna both excites and disappoints with the camera work in Atrocious, never finding a steadily entertaining balance. While a spooky forest atmosphere sends chills and a lack of cheap in-your-face scares are respectably passed on, far too much time is spent watching absolutely nothing unfold.

Our pint-sized sibling investigators are either walking or running through a garden labyrinth seemingly the whole movie with little discovery, making silly banter and wasting precious time. Then, when all seems to be climaxing and action finally sets in, tension is cut as we’re again treated to bouts of heavy breathing and characters talking to themselves whilst running through dense foliage in a blurry confusing mess, only made more impossible to decipher by night-time darkness and poor shot set up.

Plot holes and flawed humanistic writing also detract from the overall experience of Atrocious, as characters exist in a mind-numbing realm where rational decision-making only kicks in when Luna determines. We watch a brother leave his unprotected sister to fend for herself while running deeper into a wooded area where ghastly discoveries had already been made. When he inevitably gets spooked and flees, minutes pass before he even thinks to search for directional markings made all over the maze that would guide anybody directly out. Talk about your reactionary thinking gone wrong?

Frustrating logic hinders many horror movies on a daily basis, and unfortunately Luna’s film cannot escape such a doomed fate.

Despite an intriguing yet obvious twist, Atrocious became stagnant and boring, containing footage that could have been cut even shorter than the hour and a half run time.

Bottom of the barrel horror in comparison to BD Selects other releases, Atrocious is yet another film that rides the coattails of a few successful found footage horror flicks in hopes of the same overnight success.

Final Rating: 4.5/10

YellowBrickRoad

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Quick Synopsis: “1940: the entire population of Friar, New Hampshire walked up a winding mountain trail, leaving everything behind. 2008: the first official expedition into the wilderness attempts to solve the mystery of the lost citizens of Friar.”

Directors: Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton

I received a lot of flak for my disapproval of YellowBrickRoad, as angry fanboys/fangirls left witless comments on my blog exclaiming the story was simply too complex for my understanding, but these jabs were hardly correct.

Holland and Mitton created a psychological horror film with sinister undertones about self discovery and a slow descent into each character’s personal hell, but an out-of-place full circle ending kills what momentum our ambitious directors muster.

YellowBrickRoad carries an “I’m better than you” attitude as an egotistical air clouds deep storylines, making the whole experience a slow and arduous watch. Not to mention I saw easily the worst horror kill of 2011 when a character walks off a cliff to her death, looking more like editors went into iMovie and dragged her motionless body down off-screen with a swift mouse scroll.

Just because a screenplay is deemed complex doesn’t mean it’s pure genius. YellowBrickRoad fails to create enjoyable intellectual horror for the masses. Those in need for a good hack and slash will be lost along this winding trail, playing more like an artsy film school project.  Not the best film to start with in the BD Selects catalogue.

Final Rating: 5/10

Outcast

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Quick Synopsis: “Outcast tells the tale of Petronella (a Scottish/Romany girl) and Fergal (her mysterious Irish traveller boyfriend). As their doomed relationship plays out, a Beast stalks the estate, killing locals, working its way towards our protagonists.”

Director: Colm McCarthy

Here’s where things began to pick up for me.

Outcast was fun and inventive, conjuring a mystical tale from Celtic voodoo and cultist beliefs which embodies Bloody Disgusting Selects‘ quest for fresh horror.

Colm and his brother Tom McCarthy‘s screenplay strays a tad into familiar genre territory and isn’t without some pretty glaring holes, but a rich magical back story lifts Outcast from the spell of being just another werewolf hunting horror film. Spectacular special effects work painted Scotland red as civilians get caught between two ferociously realistic werebeasts fighting for dominance, created with rather impressive CGI authenticity.

Some head scratching moments and slow pacing hamper the potency of this enchanting spell, but enough entertaining stand out moments make Outcast a watchable horror experience.

You’ll fear the beasties that lurk in Outcast‘s shadows, you’ll enjoy some more familiar casting faces, and you’ll even get a splash of enjoyable creativity…but a few missing ingredients prevent Outcast from being bumped to that next level of superb horror.

Final Rating: 6.5/10

Phase 7

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Quick Synopsis: “Inside a quarantined apartment building a man must protect his pregnant wife from his new neighbors.”

Director: Nicolás Goldbart

My analysis of Phase 7 was all over the place after viewing number one, completely thrown for a loop based on previous trailers and news.  Goldbart’s focus here is less on horrific end of days storytelling and more centric on lead character Coco’s (Daniel Hendler) evolution from slacker to hero, devoid of the action and intensity once imagined.  Phase 7 dances the line of psychological horror with the absence of infected flesh eaters or evil government agencies, instead fearing homely neighbors once perceived as civilized.

The quarantined building operates like a Wild West town of sorts full of rogue gun slingers and salvagers intent on providing only for their own, playing to Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” nod.  Supporting characters range from chaotic good (super survival mode but avoiding conflict) to chaotic evil (roaming the halls with a double-barreled shotgun), offering both friend and foe to Coco. But again, Phase 7 was missing that extra hint of excitement that we lose being zoned in on Coco’s transformation.

Minimal character existence limits Coco’s interactions with numerous personalities and puts a kibosh on any type of big fight scene promises, limiting variety on the whole. I would have loved some high pace action to rock the boat a little and propel Phase 7 into B-Movie goodness, but I respect Goldbart for properly making a man out of Coco and letting us watch his journey. But oh what could have been…

Final Rating: 6.5/10

The Pack

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Quick Synopsis: “In the middle of a snowy no man’s land, Charlotte picks up Max, a hitchhiker; they stop in a truck-stop restaurant, and when Max doesn’t come back from the bathroom, Charlotte starts looking for him in vain. She decides to return during the night but gets kidnapped by the bartender, La Spack, who turns out to be Max’s mother and needs to feed her kids, ‘The pack’, a bunch of blood lusting ghouls.”

Director: Frank Richard

French extremism horror films are always eager to go above and beyond the cusp of “appropriate,” like our American grindhouse so wonderfully depicts.

The Pack understands what fun can be created inside the horror genre while both grossing out and scripting a killer story. Much like Outcast, Richard’s screenplay is heavy-handed in folklore and mythology, which give our faceless creatures meaning and purpose.

Too many slashers now a days just create a villain with no purpose who slices through gorgeous actors while mounting a quantity over quality kill count. All well and good, but The Pack actually connects us to its demons by humanizing their motivations and sickly enough brings audience understanding.

Oh and don’t worry, Richard doesn’t skimp on stomach churning gore and hilariously colorful characters either, combining both in an all too entertaining shootout between rowdy bikers and cursed beings.

A much better watch for horror fans than The Pack‘s critical ratings suggest, Frank Richard strikes a terror nerve with his deranged French white trash family toting eyeless mud beasts. Fantastic monster design and amped up intensity add an enjoyable level to the fun horror flick, understanding what genre fans crave.

Just don’t expect the next Martyrs or High Tension and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Final Rating: 7/10

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Rammbock: Berlin Undead

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Quick Synopsis: “Just when Michael arrives in Berlin to visit his ex-girlfriend Gabi, a terrible virus starts spreading across the city at a rapid pace…”

Director: Marvin Kren

Rammbock: Berlin Undead does something marvellous that other films neglect to do by. It flaunts a 59 minute running length and follows the idea of “tell your story and move on.”

How many times are we, the audience, forced to sit through puffy filler scenes just to bump a movie’s run time into hour and a half normality?  Here, Kren creates a tight and concise story that only needs an hour for full exposure and ends when absolutely necessary, which avoids senselessly dragging on.

Time flew by as the characters defended themselves from zombies and Macguyver-ed their way through a populated apartment complex, never letting up due to the short delivery. But more impressive still is Kren’s ability to bury a tender love story which comes beautifully full circle under the mounting corpses and lets us horror nuts share romantic emotions unique to our beloved genre.

Short, sweet, and to the point: Rammbock: Berlin Undead capitalizes on minimalistic filmmaking coupled with a grand understanding of efficiency.  In other words, a punctuated lovey dovey bloody mess. Come Valentines Day horror fans now have their own movie tradition to start!

Final Rating: 7.5/10

 Chop

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Quick Synopsis: “Lance Reed is forced by a psychotic stranger to confront his duplicitous past. Seeking retribution for a crime, the man forces Lance to reveal his inner most secrets by systematically removing his limbs.”

Director: Trent Haaga

Haaga’s directorial debut oozes every bit of Troma influenced campy hilarity absorbed from his time with the famed B-Movie production company, creating an original horror comedy knowing no boundaries. Detach yourself from reality as Lance (Will Keenan) is forced to re-live his drug filled and debaucherous past while visited by people whom he wronged and who seek a little deserved payback.

Rational thought should be found nowhere near Chop, as Keenan crafts a dimwitted and charismatic lead character, understanding the cheese-tastic nature B-Movie actors normally exude, and tailors such behaviors to Lance.

Timothy Muskatell play’s Lance’s abductor and deserves his own acting recognition as well, embodying a vivaciously delusional and twisted torturer who is exposed full force come Chop‘s finale.

It almost feels devilish watching Lance’s body be severed in numerous places as he struggles to remember the fateful incident which spurred his capture, but writer Adam Minarovich keeps a joking tone present which never lets his script slip into serious horror land so laugh away!

Sick, twisted, deranged, and wildly entertaining, Trent Haaga picked up all the right traits from Troma and forgot the bad, making a splatterific B-Movie worthy of the highest Troma distribution honor.  Too bad Bloody Disgusting Selects beat them to it!

Final Rating: 7.5/10

The Woman

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Quick Synopsis: “When a successful country lawyer captures and attempts to “civilize” the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast coast for decades, he puts the lives of his family in jeopardy.

Director: Lucky McKee

Screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011, McKee’s torture film hybrid was said to be so offensive it sent one audience member into an irate rant which obstructed Q and A sessioning and eventually led to his removal (video here). So yes, I was instantaneously excited for “The Most Controversial Film At The Sundance Film Festival.”

From a horror point of view, The Woman was every bit disturbing as I could have expected, but for completely different reasons. Lucky doesn’t pointlessly degrade women in a perverted Saw type mannerism or shamelessly exploit actors for a horror film lacking any moral compass, as much larger themes are at play. McKee’s picture perfect family, The Cleeks, are seemingly straight from a Lifetime special, until each member peels back a mask hiding shocking dark secrets.

“The Woman” herself, played by Pollyanna McIntosh, serves more as a tool used to break each character down, debating supposed civility against our most basic animal instincts.

On the flip side, actor Sean Bridgers absolutely embodies the villainous role of Mr. Cleek to a sickening extent, exposing McKee’s fantastic script twist just as you think you’ve figured it all out. Bold performances and a strong script deserve brilliant recognition from the horror community.

The Woman is a very strong horror film, put together by an ingeniously savvy director dancing through dangerous territory to question so many aspects of the society we have created.  No one deserves the Bloody Disgusting Selects bump more than Lucky McKee.

Final Rating: 7.5/10

Exit Humanity

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Quick Synopsis: “A young man’s struggle to survive in the aftermath of a deadly undead outbreak during the American Civil War.”

Director: John Geddes

A period piece yes, but a character piece more so. Not the epic zombie vs. zombie or zombie vs. human Civil War such as the story teases, but instead an emotional film about how one lonely soldier deals with the arrival of undead foes and the loss of his family.

Geddes follows poor Edward Young, strongly portrayed by relative newcomer Mark Gibson, on his quest for answers and vengeance.  A tad bit slow for the adrenaline junky, Exit Humanity represents intelligent and heartfelt horror through the eyes of one phenomenal character.

We’re not robbed of scenes featuring zombie slaughter and crooked villains as veteran genre actor Bill Moseley plays antagonist General Williams, but Edward’s self discovery about what humanity actually means demands screen time and trumps usual horror drivel.

Edward’s tumultuous struggle only strengthens Geddes’ zombie menace by offering a jaded protagonist amongst some wasted backdrops, but following our hero sets a heavy pit in our stomach as Geddes displays superior storytelling to accommodate brutal circumstances, all while altering a sacred piece of history.

Exit Humanity successfully displays the serious tone that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter so questionably used, achieving a believable realism while never making us wish for a tonal shift to utter silliness.

Plenty of brain munching and six-shooting makes Exit Humanity a passable flick, but hallowed storytelling by iconic voice Brian Cox separates schlock from impressive craftsmanship.  Major studios could learn a thing or two from Exit Humanity‘s focus on a tightly knit story and respectable horror, all done on an independent budget mind you.

Final Rating: 7.5/10

Cold Fish

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Quick Synopsis: “When Syamoto’s teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps resolve the situation. The man and his wife offer to have Syamoto’s troublesome daughter work at their fish store. Syamoto soon discovers the horrific truth of the seemingly perfect couple.

Director: Shion Sono

Cold Fish exists as the “coup de grace” so far for Bloody Disgusting Selects.

At a marathon run time of 144 minutes, Sono achieves horror in a full circle transformation of lead character Mr. Syamoto (Mitsuru Fukikoshi), as he becomes corrupted by fiendish competitor Yukiko Murata (Denden).  With a familiar story showcasing character development from timid doormat to full-blown psychopath, Cold Fish strikes a chilling nerve commentating on both big business monopolization and leaders possessing a God-like complex.

Kudos to actor Denden who embraces the role of evil genius with vibrant realism, showing signs of true psychosis as he manipulates Mr. Syamoto while literally slaying the competition.  But more terrifying is the character of Mr. Syamoto himself, a once quiet and respectable man harboring a beast within which breaks out beyond control. Both clashing personalities work as a crazy team at first, offering a dramatic dynamic, culminating with a poetic nature as Mr. Syamoto completes his bloody metamorphosis.

Much like I Saw The Devil, Sono takes us on a wild and brutal ride by breaking down one unlucky character and telling a tale so sadistic and twisted, one wonders how our actors even remained sane during production.

Just like any good Japanese cinema, Cold Fish is a test of wits from the intimidating run time to ruthless gore vicious enough to send weaker stomachs away, but Sono grasps every single minute of ambitious yet disturbing psychological terror worth biting into.

Final Rating: 8/10

The Retrospective:

Ratings be damned, Bloody Disgusting Selects are admirably giving originality a fighting chance in today’s increasingly hard Hollywood market. Studios have begun passing on more “gamble” projects as of late, which writer Todd Farmer can attest to since his Ghost Rider 2 script got denied for being “too violent” and brutal.

I actually sat down one day and read Farmer’s script treatment. As an avid horror fan/gorehound, I had loads more fun imagining Ghost Rider’s written antics than watching inevitable safety play out in Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance, which made every single mistake found in the first.

Horror fans everywhere are screaming for a savior in today’s film world to give us something new, fresh, bold, unique, and all around fun.  Bloody Disgusting heard those pleas for help and are trying their absolute hardest to quell such cries.

Bloody Disgusting Selects creation stands as THE best thing to happen to horror since…well…honestly I’m not even sure due my beloved genre running rampant with reboots and remakes. It was always a chore to get a copy of lesser known and underground titles overshadowed by the 27 millionth Friday the 13th film, but BDS can now provide that shining spotlight such films deserve.

To the guys at Bloody Disgusting, this is my very own plea: PLEASE NEVER STOP.

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  • Alif Hafiz

    This selection of movies has piqued my interest because most of it are unheard of. ( and I do like horror movie)

  • Daniel Taraschke

    I think i want to see all of these!

  • Nemo Hoes

    The majority of these sucked, sorry.

  • http://twitter.com/Vichingo Eizzy IceBorne

    I`ve already seen Atrocious and that film is really not worth recommanding. Confusing, boring and no qualities.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Donato/556930521 Matt Donato

      I would never turn someone away from a movie because no two people have the exact same tastes, but I agree completely. The final sentence in that summary sums up my feelings perfectly. Atrocious is just another found footage flick pumped out to capitalize on the current craze.

  • luy

    When you say Nicholás Goldbart , didn’t you mean
    Nicolás Goldbart? Don’t “americanize” the name please

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Donato/556930521 Matt Donato

      I absolutely did, thanks for pointing that out! “Americanizing” was not intentional!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GKXD2QXJOUN34WXJXVGEEHFW3Q Alexander Onasis

      Easy name nazi, a misplaced typo doesn’t instantly “americanize” something. People make mistakes too, you know. Jeez…

  • PatrickxJonathan

    The only ones I found worth a watch were: Rammbock, The Women, Exit Humanity, and Chop (which is not a horror movie) it’s more black comedy.

  • Cait

    SLIGHT YellowBrickRoad spoiler. Not much of one, but worth noting nonetheless.

    Ugh. That was WAY too generous a review for YellowBrickRoad. The movie was boring (don’t give me that ‘slow burn’ nonsense), trite, and the special effects were awful. It is worth a watch to see one of the characters “jump” off a cliff. It was hilariously bad, actually.

    The ending was atrocious and irritating.

    • Craig

      I agree! That’s the only movie I’ve seen on this list, and it was kinda terrible.

      • Vandal Fawkes

        It was a film about the descent into madness, ironically while ascending to the mountaintop. Don’t expect your typical slasher or jump scare type of movie. This was a good movie. Not an A-lister, but an interesting and very unique film. It is a ‘slow burn’ and obviously, the two commenters above either don’t appreciate this type of film or just wanted more instant gratification (i.e. typical Hollywood nonsense).

      • Ashley Decker

        Terrible is a slight understatement.
        There are only a few movies that I’ve truly regretted seeing, this being one of them. It had a slight chance at a little redemption with how it ended, but it failed miserably. 5 out of 10 is generous.

    • http://twitter.com/loudude2000 Lou Collins

      I could completely respect a movie like YellowBrickRoad, my issue with it seems to be the same as the article though. i can understand the “slow burn”, it develops character understanding, but the end of the movie was so left feild that it completely ruined the momentum of the entire film leaving me with psycological blue ball.

  • John

    Of all the films you listed here, I only watched Phase 7. A 6.5 rating is fairly accurate although I enjoyed it substantially more than the rating would indicate. While it’s true that Coco is the central character – the roles of Horacio and Zanutto make the film a compelling ‘must-see’. Horacio, in particular, will stand out as the memorable, bigger-than-life character. (FYI: Spanish w/English Subtitles).

    Of the others listed, I like your description of some of the others – in particular… ‘The Pack’, ‘Rammbock: Berlin Undead’ and ‘The Woman’.

  • mronduley@hotmail.com

    Great list – much appreciated – I ordered 6 of them!

  • John

    I wrote a few days ago and since that time, I managed to see ‘The Woman’. Wow! A 7.5 rating here doesn’t do it justice. It’s one of those films that evokes a strong response from the viewer. The titular character was mesmerizing in her portrayal. The family well thought out and developed – so we got a strong sense of their individual personalities (and their sins…).

    While I still haven’t seen most of the films on this list, I highly recommend ‘The Woman’ as the must see film on this list. Without giving anything away (no spoilers), I understand why “things” happened the way they did. By the end of the film, I was reminded of the quote by Martin Niemöller “First they came…” and how even a victim can be part of the system of abuse and is accountable…

    The only confusing element of the story is the very beginning because it differs from the IMDB synopsis (as well as the one here). It states that the Woman is the last remaining member of a violent clan (and perhaps this is so based on how the story concludes). Yet… the first few minutes show (not really a spoiler since this happens right away) a baby and a wolf together – giving the impression of a feral woman. And yet she was clothed in the beginning – so that in itself lends credence to some kind of behavior learned from a group. The clan aspect works much better in the story even if it’s wholly unclear in the film.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Donato/556930521 Matt Donato

      I’m glad to see you’re giving these a try! Don’t get me wrong, I loved The Woman 100% and I completely agree that Pollyanna McIntosh as The Woman was downright awe-inspiring. Don’t think a 7.5 is somthing bland. I hold 9-10 as really perfect films like The Godfather and such, so it skews the numbers moving downward if that makes sense haha. A 7.5 isn’t a C grade to me, more of a B+.
      To address your comment about the clan as well, The Woman is actually a sequel of sorts, following the movie based on Jack Ketchum’s novel The Offspring, telling the story of The Woman’s clan. It wasn’t directed by McKee, but if you enjoyed the dyanmic of this film it might be worth finding out more about the character’s background.

      • John

        Thanks for the reply! I hadn’t considered that there might be a prequel. Definitely planning on looking into the backstory. According to IMDB, ‘Offspring’ is certainly a different type of film (lots of gore) but since it also includes Pollyanna McIntosh, I’m going to give it a chance. There certainly was a ‘wrath of god’ feel to the sequel which I don’t expect to find in ‘Offspring’.
        .
        A couple of other Ketchum film adaptations also caught my eye – ‘Red’ and ‘The Girl Next Door’. The premise for both look promising. Cheers!

  • http://luisgalarza.blogspot.com/ Luis Galarza

    The first one is the only one looking very interesting… But, as a movie collector and lover I gonna check all of them! :)

  • http://twitter.com/thetanloc thetanloc

    The Woman is actually a follow up of another movie, John. I’ve not seen it, but it was called Offspring, from 2009. So that accounts for the woman’s clothes.

  • Stu

    Reminds me of the 8 Films To Die For – After Dark Horrorfest films. Which I’ve quite enjoyed over the years.

    I’ll bump and add some of these to my netflix cue, thx for the list and heads-up!

    Stu

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Donato/556930521 Matt Donato

      You’ll be happy to find most of these films can be found on Netflix Watch Instantly too, so you don’t even have to wait!

  • M

    The Woman was all around shitty, but I’m glad some of you found some uninspired torture porn you can by smug about.

    • jswap

      I think you’ll like the movie “Dead Girl” a lot.

  • Butternut

    Seen all but the last two on the list. YBR was tiring as was Atrocious. A couple others are either love ‘em or hate ‘em, so whatever… Good list, though. I happened to enjoy Phase 7 as a middle-of-the-road bedtime movie. It was cute.

  • v4vendetta14

    I think Yellow Brick Road was one of those movies where they had a great idea, but an ineffective delivery. A slow madness descending upon the group is a great premise. What they did with that premise was long-winded and tedious. I think this movie could have been great with some editing.

    As for the Woman, that the first B.D. movie I watched. It was unexpected but a great movie, although I wasn’t 100% sold on the ending. Now that I know The Woman was based on The Offspring, I have to see that too. This movie reminded me of the Masters of Horror or Tales From the Crypt. I miss those horror serials.

    I have started watching all the Bloody Disgusting labeled movies on Netflix.

    • xenatikkanen

      I totally agree v4vendetta14! I didn’t hate YBR but it felt much longer than even its LONG running time. But as far as the deaths, I disagree with the author of this blog: the long shot view of the girl jumping off the cliff was possibly the creepiest death I have ever seen. There was something so unsettling about it and the way it was filmed – so different from everything else in the film – that it stayed with me for days. The rest just irritated me! LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/douglas.mcconnell.58 Douglas Mcconnell

    Exit Humanity could have been so much better if two ham actors didn’t think screaming was the greatest way to fill minutes of screen time. How dumb and unthought out is this movie? You’ve survived an outbreak, you’ve even figured out they have a great sense of smell. So of course, you camp right out in the open unprotected and are shocked to find yourself surrounded by them when you wake up..

    • Joe Waters

      I know! All that damn screaming! LOL. Me and my friend eventually made a drinking game out of it. We got drunk pretty fast.

  • http://www.facebook.com/automaticgenesisman Matty Roberts

    i love it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.meyer.581 Chris Meyer

    the outcast blew me away, especially towards the end, the mom was kinda hot lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.meyer.581 Chris Meyer

    now maybe you guys can help me, ive been trying to find a movie but i cant remember the name…i remember how the movie ends though, its got these monsters that movie in the shadows and all, the end is where the woman gets locked up in a mental inst. in the morning when the doctor comes to check on her, shes not in her room, he lloks around then he opens the closet door only to see a single hanger moving, then the cam pans to show the girl looking at the doctor from the other side of the wall and you can hear these monsters chittering behind her and shes banging on the wall trying to get his attn, but then he goes and closes the closet door and these ( i want to say demons or something ) monsters get her right as the cave or whatever goes dark…sorry for such a long description but ive been going crazy trying to find this movie cuz its the kind of movie that truly makes you wonder about what lurkes in the shadows…plz send the answer

    • ayeworld

      It sounds like the the film They, but since I haven’t watched it in years I could be wrong. Might watch it again as it was quite entertaining. Managed to get the foreign chiller Sleep Tight to watch, so far the reviews have been good.In the UK the FrightFest horror festival always brings along some unsung gems too.

    • Raeven

      That is most definitely the movie “They”.

  • Joe Waters

    Exit Humanity was quite possibly The WORST horror I’ve seen in years.

    • Mark Campbell

      Exit Humanity is a good movie. The primary antagonists happen to be zombies but, if the enemies were indians, it would be a western.
      I agree that the horror aspect is a little weak but the story is as good as The Searchers or The Outlaw Josey Wales.

      • Joe Waters

        b/s who paid you to say that? It’s the worst movie of the year. Not even Bloody Disgusting cared to review it-and they released it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mightymeeko MightyMeeko Customs

    thanks for this….cant wait to see a few of these(just orders 6 of them of amazon), but they really cant be as bad as the S*** holloywood makes and calls ”horror” like ‘paranormal activity series’, ‘chernobyl dairies’ and that piece of crap ‘cabin in the woods’

    • Lukemeister

      Chernobyl Diaries was a let down but Cabin in the woods is a classic!!!

  • jeff

    hi there.

    in your review of “the woman” what is the “fantastic script twist”?
    i love this movie but i expected everything that happened.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Donato/556930521 Matt Donato

      lol I don’t want to say anything, but what the father has also kept….I thought that was a nice touch

  • Natsume

    Sion Sono.

  • Griffin

    I love the work of Sion Sono. He’s made some of my favourite movies of all time. Cold Fish? Fucking awful. He’s never made a movie that dull and lifeless prior.

    • http://marknmays.com Mark Mays

      Cold Fish was brilliant. Don’t know what you’re on about.

  • Colin Carney

    Ive seen at least half of these movies and I have to agree that they were all pretty great movies. I would have given Exit Humanity at least an 8, maybe even an 8.5, but that may be because I like westerns also.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Donato/556930521 Matt Donato

      it actually edged its way into my Top 10 Horror Films of 2012, so I’d say it did pretty well in my book ;)

  • Colin Carney

    Also the acting in CHOP was ridiculous, and I think Senseless (2008 Jason Behr) should have made the list.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hlf2001 Heather Fields

    I have seen all of these except for Exit Humanity, YellowBrickRoad, Outcast, and Rammbock. I enjoyed all of these even though I am not a fan of foreign films. Although my preferences are being changed with every movie I watch. I guess my horizons are being broadened. LOL

  • Evan Bolick

    SO GLAD that you called out yellowbrickroad. Not only was it pretentious, but it was also incredibly grating. Originality does not always = good (watch most Richard Kelly non-Donnie Darko films for evidence). Atrocious was also a major disappointment.

  • Nicole Nevermind

    Great article all around! But thank you most of all for sharing my views on YellowBrickRoad. I adore horror, from the worst B-movies to high budget, from intelligent to ridiculous. But that movie was a pretentious ball of steaming, celluloid crap. The story is not “too deep” or “too complex” for we philistines to comprehend. It’s fucking moronic. Ahhh… catharsis. ;) Thanks again!

    P.S. Sorry I’m so late to the party, just stumbled onto the article tonight.

    • Matt Donato

      Better late than never! Yeah, I wrote my real review for YellowBrickRoad on my own personal blog a while back, and got so many comments saying I wasn’t smart enough to comprehend the overall message. Not true, I could comprehend it just fine – it was just awful shite haha Part 2 should be coming rather soon as BD keeps releasing flicks, so stay tuned!

  • John Nash

    If you’re going to do a ‘top ten’ review, for god sake use big numbers ONE to TEN. Talk about Journalism class #1.

    • Matt Donato

      it wasn’t a top 10, it was just a rundown of the first 10 films released for Bloody Disgusting Selects. Plus, if you look at the ratings, they go from lowest to highest.

  • Green

    Are there only 10 of these, so far?

    • Matt Donato

      Nope! We’re actually getting close to the next installment, I think there’s about 16 or so at this point?

  • FJ doreza

    I recently saw, INSENSITIVE and THE BODY, two Spanish films that were surprising, creative and full of twists. I can also highly recommend I SAW THE DEVIL a Korean serial killer film. One more was THE OTHER WOMAN, a French film in the style of Polanski.