Visions: A Missed Opportunity for Lifetime

A Supernatural Honey New to Netflix Review by Suzanne

Visions (2016)

I’m back, my spooky darlings, and I couldn’t be happier to get away from the zombie hoard of January’s Honey Switch Month. I’ve missed my ghosties and demons SO much. So let’s get our haunt back on, shall we?

A few days ago, our Revenge Honey reviewed The Veil, one of a group of films released to Netflix this month from Blumhouse Productions. Also included in this group was Visions. a psychological thriller with a supernatural twist, so of course I had to watch it.

Hardcover Honey Jam - 'Monster'

That night he caged her
Bruised and broke her
He struggled closer
Then he stole her
Violet wrists and then her ankles
Silent Pain
Then he slowly saw their nightmares were his dreams

I've brought up Meg & Dia before for Honey Jam purposes, because they are basically the go-to band for literature-based musical awesomeness. But best of all, they always seems to base their songs on my absolute favorite dark works of classic literature. Their song, "Monster," is unequivocally one of my favorite songs they have written, first and foremost because it is utterly badass. But "Monster" is also amazing because it is based on one of my favorite novels, John Steinbeck's East of Eden. This shocking and twisted family epic has always been known for its portrayal of the multi-generational relationship between the Trask brothers. However, Meg & Dia's song focuses on the "villain" of East of Eden: Cathy Ames, the young prostitute who shows up on the doorstep of the Trask's and upends their entire lives.

Personally, I always love an alternate point of view on a classic, but "Monster" goes deep into Cathy's psychological state and her fractured psyche. This is one of those special songs that make you want to rush out and re-read the book. Or if you are too lazy, watch the classic film. ~RH

But seriously. Read the book too.


#52FilmsByWomen with The Horror Honeys ~ Week 5!

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!

Friday Favorites: Torture Scenes

Torture: it's not pretty. When it comes to real life, torture is one of the most hotly debated topics in the entire world. But when we are talking about horror films, tying people down and making them scream is pretty much the bread and bloody-butter of the industry. Even if you hate "torture porn" like Hostel or Saw, chances are that your favorite horror film features at least once torture scene. For this reason, the Honeys chose to share their favorite clips (ha! pun) of pain and misery with you this week! Some may not be from conventional horror films, and some may be downright nauseating, but all of them are guaranteed to make you close one eye, count your fingers and toes, or if you're a dude, cross your legs. Enjoy, and tweet us with YOUR favorite torture scene, #horrortorture!

Sci-Friday ~ Pod People or Paranoid PTSD?

A Sci-Fi Honey Review by Katie

Pod (2015)

Let’s hear it for the little movies with the big horror hearts; the ones that don’t have a whole lot in the way of A-list actors, production values, or bottom lines, but make up for it (or at least attempt to) in creativity and ambition. Making its way onto DVD and Netflix Instant after premiering at last year’s South by Southwest festival is one such film: Mickey Keating’s Pod, an indie that feels tiny all-around, from the handful of characters stuck in a single primary location to a runtime that barely passes the one-hour mark. Little films can land with a big impact, however, and this one is able to reimagine some widely used conventions of sci-fi fiction with images and scares that pack a decent punch. Are they enough, though, for Pod to leave an indelible impression that lasts beyond its 76 minutes of screen time?

WiHM: Zombies and Classic Literature

A Guest Honey Zombie Expose by Catherine

Three reasons why Jane Eyre deserves the zombie horror treatment rather than Pride & Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies hits theaters this weekend and I was lucky enough to avoid even seeing the trailer until earlier today. It's not even on my, “Well I should see it because it's part of the modern horror culture now” list. Let someone else fall on that concealed garter blade while I properly explain why I will not endorse this dreck.

2009 – Pop-culture competitions are still a fun thing to do, Pirates vs. Ninjas vs. Robots, ad nauseum. The parody novel Pride & Prejudice & Zombies hits store shelves to generally good reviews. Author Seth Grahame-Smith credits his editor, Jason Rekulak;

All the angry feels.
“He had had this sort of long-gestating idea of doing some kind of mashup, he called it. He didn't know what it was, he just knew there was something to it. He had these lists, and on one side he had a column of War and Peace and Crime and Punishment and Wuthering Heights and whatever public domain classic literature you can think of. And on the other side he would have these phenomena like werewolves and pirates and zombies and vampires. He called me one day... and he said, all I have is this title, and I can't stop thinking about this title. And he said: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. For whatever reason, it just struck me as the most brilliant thing I'd ever heard.”
[Grossman 2009]

That's right, they started with the title and worked backward – injecting violence, bloodshed, the undead, and ninjas into a classic piece of literature. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for some ultra violent nonsense, it just has to be in the right vehicle. Austen's Pride & Prejudice was chosen because it's the low-hanging fruit of classic lit. There have been many popular adaptations and I would argue that the general plot is almost as well known as Romeo and Juliet in the public consciousness.

Truly Madly Deeply: A Review. And a Tribute.

A Sorrowful Goodbye with Revenge Honey Linnie

Truly Madly Deeply (1985)

No, forgive me.
If you no longer live,
if you, beloved, my love,
if you have died,
all the leaves will fall in my breast,
it will rain on my soul night and day,
the snow will burn my heart,
I shall walk with frost and fire and death and snow,
my feet will want to march to where you are sleeping, but
I shall go on living…

Generally, when a beloved actor passes away, the Horror Honeys pen some sort of tribute to the person, as our way of saying goodbye to an artist who has touched our lives in one way or another. But when it came to Alan Rickman, I don't think anyone knew what to say. It didn't seem real. It was too soon. It was too much. Time passed, and still, no one said anything, because, at least in my case, perhaps if we didn't say anything, it wouldn't become truth. Saying goodbye was just too damn hard. To some, Alan Rickman was an actor. A beloved actor yes, but an actor, and nothing more.

To me, he was a man who taught me about love. About what it meant to love fearfully, and forcefully, and frightfully. To love with all of your heart, and all of your soul. He taught me about love, because the first film I saw him in was Anthony Minghella's ghostly love story, Truly Madly Deeply, and while I came to appreciate his capacity to illicit fear and wonder and terror in later years, I would never stop seeing him as Jamie, a man who was part of a love so passionate, even death couldn't destroy it.

The Veil: Seriously, Blumhouse. That's Enough.

This poster has almost NOTHING to do
with the bulk of the movie. Solid work, BH.
A Revenge Honey "It's Good to Be Back" Review with Linnie

The Veil (2016)

It's my first review back being Revenge Honey after Honey Switch Month, and I have to say, acting as Sci-Fi Honey was a bit weird for me. Mostly, because I was only talking about films I loved and I never got the chance to rage about terrible films, as I so often do when reviewing under my own designation. Thank goodness, shortly before I came back, Blumhouse dumped a bunch of their bottom-of-the-barrel movies on to Netflix weeks before their planned releases (this behavior will henceforth be known as a "Blumhouse Dump"), presenting me with an opportunity to talk about Phil Joanou's The Veil...

A movie that might have been okay in theory, had it not been ruined by typical jump scare, blue-filtered, found-footage, Blumhouse bullshit. And it was. Ruined by it. Totally.

American Horror Story: Season 5, FINALE "Be Our Guest"

A Horror TV Honey Season Finale Recap by Lisa

After what’s been a pretty stellar season, we have finally reached the AHS Hotel season finale. After the death of Donovan, the banishment of Miss Evers, the completion of the Ten Commandments killings and the Countess becoming a permanent guest at the hotel, what more could there possibly be? Liz Taylor and Iris, of course. Everyone’s favorite fierce, middle aged divas have taken over the Hotel Cortez with dreams of getting a four star review on one of those internet travel sites. As Liz tells us at the beginning of the episode, “It was supposed to be the perfect ending” In a lot of ways, it will be, but it wouldn’t be a Ryan Murphy jam without the addition of something completely unnecessary.

HSM ~ Turn It Off! Top 5 TV Monsters

A Honey Switch Month Horror TV Honey Top 5 List by Jennica

As Honey Switch Month comes to a close and we each return to our designated subgenres, one of us will remain tentacles-deep in new territory. In case that was too subtle a hint, yours ghouly will be tucking away the role of Monster Honey and vegging on the couch to fill in as the Horror TV Honey... for now. While my monster movies will be dearly missed, I find comfort in the creatures lurking on my television screen. To kick off this transition, I have bid RAWR! (Translation: "farewell" or "see you later") to the monster movie subgenre and I have greeted horror television by listing my top five TV monsters. Until we meet again, monsters...