Thursday, October 30, 2014


Staff Picks

After a night of acquiring all the candy in the neighborhood it is time to sit down and watch a good scary movie. The reviewers of Cinema Abyss have picked their top five Halloween night movies. Get some hot buttered popcorn, a nice cool drink, and enjoy a good freighting movie. 

Number 5: FRIDAY THE 13th (1980) Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child's drowning. - IMDB

This movie stars very young Kevin Bacon. He does not make it. 

Number 4: THE EVIL DEAD (1981) Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. - IMDB

Written and Directed by Sam Raimi. The film stars the amazing Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams.

Number 3: NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)  Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. When the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep. - IMDB

This movie stars John Saxon, is Johnny Depp’s first movie, and Freddy Krueger is masterfully played by Robert Englund

Number 2: EXORCIST (1973) When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. - IMDB

This is an all time classic. Stars Max van Sydow, and a very juvenile Linda Blair several years before she became a super freak. 

Number 1: HALLOWEEN (1978) A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish adolescent girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets. - IMDB

This movie drips atmosphere. The director John Carpenter did a wonderful job in this low budget feature. Our number one pick stars the great Donald Pleasence as Dr. Sam Loomis, and cute youthful Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Live Twitter Event / Movie Review

Worry Doll
The SYFY channel has blessed us again with another original movie. This time with the horror film FINDERS KEEPERS.  Cinema Abyss did a live twitter feed during the premier. Abyss reviewer Taylor and I watched the movie and threw out one-liners to the twitter verse. 

FINDERS KEEPERS is about a newly divorced mother Alyson Simon played by Jaime Pressly and her daughter Claire Simon who is played by Kylie Rodgers. They move into a new house and Claire finds a doll that had been hidden in the air condition ducts.  Claire bonds with the doll and soon they are inseparable

The doll is a Guatemalan munecas Quitapenas also known as a worry doll. Worry dolls are given to children to help them sleep at night. The dolls are supposed to remove the worries of the owner. Once the child sleeps with the doll the parents would remove the doll telling the child the doll had taken their troubles and gone away. Claire’s doll is broken. Her doll does not want to be removed from the children. This doll bonds with the child so that it causes distress if it is removed.  If the doll is threatened the threat is usually killed. The doll uses the bond between it and Claire to possess her and their bond gets so strong that any harm to the doll is also harm to Claire.

This Syfy feature was very enjoyable. The acting was done well and there were only a few WTF moments.  The most notable was when Alyson coughs up a fly for no reason.  She just coughs it up and goes about her day. Never once does she question why that happened. That was just strange.

The Tweets:

1) U deserve a new doll not a broken down old doll. (Sounds like what women say about my wife.)-- Rick

            This was a quote from cat lady Janine played by STAR TREK actress Marina Sirtis. She said this in the presence of the doll. Things did not go well for her after that. (Yes this was a jab at the wife but it is ok she was in the room when I sent it out.)

2) I guess horror and SYFY fans need Viagra.

            There were a lot of boner commercials during this movie.

3) Let’s scream at the insane person who killed his family.

            And that is just what Alyson does, by visiting the killer child that had murdered his family in the home she had just bought.

4) Zachary looks like a demon from Supernatural

            Zachary killed his family and is still possessed by the doll. He looked like the demons from supernatural while under the doll’s influence.

5) That is a strong little doll

            The 10” doll is throwing grown people around like toys.

6) Let’s be twins

            Claire starts to dress like the doll

7) Leave Starfleet and you become a crazy dead cat woman

            Yep, Marina Sirtis character has been killed

8) Walk uninvited to my house the same thing will happen to you

            Real estate agent just walks into Alyson’s house. Unlucky for him the doll takes offense.

9) Evil now contained in the garbage

            Alyson throws the doll in the trash

10) Time to use a Nanny cam

            Claire has unexplained bruises

11) mmmmm Burnt Pancakes with no sugar or syrup. She must be evil

            The upset Claire maybe possessed Claire eats pancakes with her hands with no good stuff.

12) Like she did not see the bodies hanging from the ceiling. Way to be aware.

            We are supposed to believe Alyson walks into her child psychologist’s office and does not immediately see 2 full grown people hanging from the antler chandelier.

13) Demon Smoke

            Another Supernatural reference

 14) Sounds like the Tea Party

            A political poke when the college professor explains how the doll works

15) Eye for an Eye Bitch

            They try to take out the dolls eyes. She returns the favor.

16) The power of Christ compels you

            Claire is now completely possessed. Her head spins around like Regan’s in THE EXORCIST.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Live Event

The reviewers of CINEMA ABYSS will be taking over The ATEMI CAST twitter for a live twitter event of the new SYFY movie FINDERS KEEPERS. Grab some popcorn and join the fun.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Chico at the movies

Abyss fans we would like to introduce our newest movie reviewer Alex, a.k.a. "Chico." So, sit back and enjoy this episode of "Chico at the movies!"

Chico: Yo, well ANNABELLE the movie was ok. I want to give it 6 beers out of 12 pack. The devil costume was good but only some parts were intense enough to be scary. This movie could have been scarier and shit but, it was not all that bad for a scary movie. I mean it had a Chico jumping and shit once or twice but, not all that like they showed on the previews. 

It lacked in the story line from where Annabella came from but, the film was good quality but not enough special effects. The doll didn't even speak, I mean come on at least they could have made the lil doll say some shit. I see this movie like a bad Chucky knock off almost. I liked the Chucky movies, they were mixed with scary scenes and some comedy. At least in the Chucky movie they let you know how he became the doll and shit.

I think a movie like this should be scary from start to end and not just in some parts. They should have worked a little more on the story line. Overall it was aiight, but I wouldn't go watch that shit again na what i mean? This has been Chico at the movies, dale!

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Helen in the shower
My exploitation film journey continues with cinematic voyages of Italy. I have immersed myself into the world of giallo film. Giallo films are Italian murder mysteries. They tend to have plenty of entertaining twists, brutal killings, and titillating Italian women. Giallo films may have started as murder mysteries but this style grew to include slasher movies as well as zombie films. Great directors like Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, and Mario Bava are masters of this genre.

A QUIET PLACE TO KILL is a film by Umberto Lenzi.  This Italian director is a known international superstar. His work spans spaghetti westerns, war movies, and action films. Lenzi is also considered the father of the cannibal film.

The movie is about Helen a race-car driver that is recovering from a car wreck during an upcoming race’s time trials. While in the hospital she receives a letter from her ex husband Maurice asking that she visit him in Madrid. Even though Helen tried to kill Maurice three years earlier, she accepts. 

When she arrives in Madrid she discovers that her ex is remarried. His new wife is an older, attractive, but very rich woman.  Here we find that it was not the ex-husband that sent the invitation but his current wife Constance.

The story starts to pick up here. Maurice wants Helen back. Constance wants help disposing of Maurice. Helen finds herself with decisions to make. Does she take back the man that broke her financially and whom she has already tried to slay or should she team up with Constance and take the life of the playboy that has ruined their lives.

This was a fun entertaining flick. It does take awhile getting used to the outlandish fashions of 1960’s Europe.  But that is part of the fun.  Also the music is awful. Do not expect any good late 60’s music.

Director: Umberto Lenzi
Carroll Baker as Helen
Jean Sorel as Maurice Sauvage
Anna Proclemer as Constance Sauvage
Marian Coffa as Susan Sauvage