#52FilmsByWomen with The Horror Honeys ~ Week 17!

This year, The Horror Honeys decided to take a pledge, rather that make a resolution there was zero chance of us keeping. Women in Film has launched the 52 Films by Women project, in which you take a pledge to watch just ONE film directed by a woman every week this year. Easy enough right? And since this is The Horror Honeys, we are going to guide through the project, every week this year, with a featured horror film written or directed by a fierce female!

Take the pledge yourself here, and check out our next pick below!

Gamer Honey Jam ~ '(I Always Kill) The Things I Love'

Some folk would die for the sake of another
Lay down their life for their sisters and brothers
For me sacrifice is something quite other
'Cause I love to kill the things I love
The look in your eyes will turn to surprise
As you feel the pain and you realize
The one hurtin' you is somebody who once said "I love you..."

L.A. Noire is a game that I loved so much, I've played it all the way through twice now, even though not all that much changes on replay. Part of the reason I loved it was because I'm nostalgic for a Los Angeles I will never know, not the Los Angeles of now. But most of the reason is the gorgeous, pain-staking detail that the developers went to in order to re-create the world of 40s LA. It was only on the second play, when I could spend more time paying attention to those details, that I noticed the fantastic soundtrack. One of my favorite songs created for L.A. Noire is "(I Always Kill) The Things I Love" by The Real Tuesday Weld, featuring the vocals of Claudia Brüken. Three separate songs were written for the game by The Real Tuesday Weld, but I think you will quickly see... this one is just the perfect Honey Love Song. ~RH

Friday Favorites: Medical Horror

Horror films that are based in science and medicine seem to strike a chord with people, probably because they tend to be based in reality. Your odds of being chased down an abandoned highway by a chainsaw wielding slasher are slim to none, but everyone will find themselves at the mercy of a doctor eventually. And while 99% of them may be awesome, there is always the chance that you could end up under the knife of a homicidal physician using you for his nefarious experimentations. Thus, medical horror is scary as crap.

Do you have a favorite medical horror film? Let us know, using #medicalhorror!

Sci-Friday ~ The ‘Thing’ from the Sea

A Sci-Fi Honey Review by Katie

Harbinger Down (2015)

Movie special effects: we all have our opinions on what works and what doesn’t, which films utilize them the best, and what types are the most effective. Some audiences prefer the good ol’ Ray Harryhausen days when handcrafted practical effects reigned supreme, using mainly stop-motion animation, models, puppetry, and miniatures to enrich the fantastical cinematic landscape. For the rest of us, we recognize the modern-day popularization of computer-generated effects as a necessary evil that can either diminish or enhance our enjoyment of a film, particularly when it comes to the effects-heavy genre of sci-fi. The story behind the making of Harbinger Down, a 2015 indie mashup of Alien and The Thing, perfectly encapsulates the struggle that visual effects artists of a bygone era face in the wake of the digital revolution. The resulting movie may be a sinking ship for today’s blasé audiences, but it’s also an important treatise for filmmakers who advocate for the increasingly obsolete art of practical effects.

BATES MOTEL Recap: Season 4, Ep. 6 ~ “The Vault”

A Horror TV Honey Recap with Jennica

It has now been a week since Episode 6 of Bates Motel, appropriately titled “The Vault,” first aired on the A&E network and I am still mopping up my salt water puddles from the trauma that was unleashed. So far this season, Freddie Highmore has left viewers choking on tears and whispering “Emmy award” at their television screens and just when we think he has destroyed us with his best performance, we are proven wrong the next week. But Norman was not the only one who went a little psycho last week as Chick opened up a can of worms in Norma’s new “Housewives of White Pine Bay” life, allowing Vera Farmiga room to let loose the outbursts that make Norma the woman that we have loved and feared throughout the series. Much of the Bates Motel series has focused on the monstrous side of Norma and Norman, the thoughts and behaviors that make them killers. However, this season—especially this episode—force us to remember that Norma and Norman are still people at their cores and they are capable of feeling pain and betrayal just as anyone else would. 

Continuing his regular therapy sessions, Norman has now accepted that he is not always himself and that, in fact, he is sometimes his mother. Dr. Edwards explains to Norman the characteristics of dissociative identity disorder, or what used to be called multiple or split personality disorder. In an attempt to get to the core of Norman’s extra identity, he begins to question Norman regarding his family life during his childhood because Freudian psychoanalysis is still alive and well. Just as he has described his relationship with his mother, he describes his childhood has “normal.” His father was not home often and when he was home, he was drunk and fighting with his mother. No big deal. Beyond that, Norman has very little memory of his home life before his father’s death. 

Victor Frankenstein: Meet your fairly inaccurate makers...

A Monster Honey New Release Review by Sarah

Victor Frankenstein (2015)

"Professor X and Harry Potter make a monster and only James Moriarty can stop them!"

Okay, now that I’ve got that out of my system, we can begin.

There can be a benefit to looking at a familiar story from a different point of view, to mixing things up from what we’ve seen dozens of times before. Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein is hardly a stranger to adaptation, with filmmakers having a go at bringing the monster to screen since 1910. Director Paul McGuigan and screenwriter Max Landis’ take in Victor Frankenstein is to tell the story from the point of view of Igor, Dr Frankenstein’s famously hunchback assistant. Daniel Radcliffe takes the role of Igor, in this a poorly treated and nameless hunchback in the circus who is liberated when medical student Victor Frankenstein finds him out to be something of a scientific savant. Victor cures Igor of his deformity and recruits him as his helper in his experiments of creating life from death, something which all leads to a familiar setting of a castle in the midst of a lightning storm and a body rising from a slab.

The Cutting Room: Stop Hiding Your Killer Until The End!

A Slasher Honey New Release Review by Chassity

The Cutting Room (2015)

I like to research movies as much as possible before I select them to review. I prefer to leave as little as possible up to chance. If I’m not at least almost fully confident that I will love a movie going into it, I pass on it. It’s not that I mind being wrong, because I don’t. 

And boy am I often wrong. 

I am not sure I have ever been more wrong than in the case of The Cutting Room. 
As I was doing my normal Sunday scroll through the list of movies I’ve been meaning to get around to but haven’t yet, this one caught my eye because it seemed to be among the rarest of rare: the found footage slasher. I was sure I was in for a film that would put other found footage films, even The Blair Witch project, to shame. 

Not quite. 

Blu-ray and DVD Releases for April 26, 2016!

This is a damn exciting week, poppets! Sure, Krampus is coming out, as are a few other classics. But let's be real. Here at the Honeys, we've been waiting impatiently for one moment for weeks. And it's here. IT'S HERE!

Death Becomes Her: Sempre Viva

A Head Honey Nostalgia Trip by Kat

Death Becomes Her (1992)

In the summer of 1992, I turned 13. You don’t need me to tell you that 13 was a weird age, and I was a bit of a weird kid. That being said, I was probably way too young to love Death Becomes Her as much as I did (and still do).

The story: “Wrinkle wrinkle, little star… hope they never see the scar…” Hollywood’s obsession with youth, beauty and fame  - and the lengths that people will go through to chase that ever escaping dragon is the core of Death Becomes Her. Helen Sharp and Madeline Ashton are friends from way back, and where Helen is mousey and quiet, Madeline is vibrant, exciting and glamorous. As the two have always tussled in affairs of the heart, Helen’s fiancé, brilliant Hollywood plastic surgeon Ernest Menville, is the newest fly to fall into Madeline Ashton’s web.

This is how you spell fabulous.

Jeruzalem: Warning, POV ahead.

A Head Honey Indie New Release Review by Kat

Jeruzalem (2015)

I thought there was nothing I could hate more than found footage… and then POV filming became a thing. Before Hardcore Henry made it officially cool, Jeruzalem was rocking the POV “not Google Glass” Google Glass filming style. The only saving grace of POV filming is that the need to explain why this douchebag with a camera won’t stop filming or put the camera down to help his friends when they’re being dragged screaming in to the woods by a mostly unseen creature is explained away. Small mercies, my friends.