ONTD Original™ – Halloween Edition: 20 Cryptids & Mythological Creatures Found in Movies & TV

October 9, 2017


Cryptozoology is a pseudoscience with the objective of proving the existence of extinct animals, or animals from folklore and mythology. These creatures are referred to as cryptids. The most famous cryptids are Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. However, there are more out there, waiting to be found. Here is a brief list of some of the better known cryptids, all of which have found their way into movies and television.

Wendigo
The wendigo is a creature or spirit from Algonquian folklore. It is said to inhabit the northern forests of the Atlantic Coast and the Great Lakes area of both the United States of America and Canada. The wendigo is associated with cannibalism, greed, and other human taboos.

The culture bound syndrome known as Wendigo psychosis gets its name from this creature. The symptoms include the craving of human flesh and a fear of becoming a cannibal.

The wendigo has appeared in several movies and television shows. Director and writer Larry Fessenden has especially included the beast in several of his works, starting with the aptly titled Wendigo (pictured to the left). The sister witches in Charmed battled a wendigo, which was depicted as more werewolf-like, and it could turn some humans into wendigos by scratching them. The wendigo seen in Supernatural was more human-looking.

Chupacabra
The chupacabra, whose name translates to "goat sucker," is a legendary creature known throughout the Americas. Visual descriptions vary. Some say it looks reptilian, is the size of a small bear, and it has spines running down its back and tail. Another common description says it resembles a mutant dog.

While witnesses' accounts are not consistent, the chupacabra is always reported to feed on livestock's blood or organs.

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The chupacabra has appeared in several low-budget horror B-movies including Chubacabra – Dark Seas and Mexican Werewolf in Texas. A group of people are attacked by a pack of humanoid chupacabras in the recent movie Indigenous (pictured to the left) . The X-Files episode "El Mundo Gira" had its own spin on the chupacabra legend.
Mothman
The mothman is a well-known legendary entity from West Virginian folklore. Sightings of the black and winged, red-eyed humanoid go back as far as 1966 in the region.

Many connect the mothman to the 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant. Some say the mothman is even an omen.

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Richard Gere and Laura Linney starred in 2002's The Mothman Prophecies, which was loosely based on the paranormal book of the same name. In 2010, Syfy aired a creature feature, Mothman (pictured to the left), that had the titular monster killing a group of young people sharing a dark secret from the past.
Sewer alligator
Alligators obviously exist, but there is a special breed of the American alligator that supposedly lives beneath New York City. An old urban legend consists of families flushing pet gators down the toilet, and these critters grow into full-sized, albino adults that lurk in the sewers.

There have been actual accounts of alligators being misplaced and ending up in the sewers, but they did not appear to be albino. Scientists rule out sewers as a hospitable habitat for alligators as the reptiles are cold-blooded and regular s of food are scarce.

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Lewis Teague's 1980 creature feature Alligator (pictured to the left) plays on the urban myth by having a city's residents being munched on by a giant alligator rising from the sewers. It grew to mammoth proportions by eating discarded pets injected with growth hormones.
Jersey Devil
This legendary beast is from New Jersey folklore, and it is said to haunt the Pine Barrens in the southern part of the state. According to legend, the Jersery Devil is the thirteenth child of Deborah "Mother" Leeds. The frustrated mother cursed her child in 1735, causing the newborn to eventually change into the Jersey Devil.

The Jersey Devil is described to be bipedal, and it has hooved feet and clawed hands. The monster has a goat head and bat wings as well as a serpent's tail.

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In The X-Files, the protagonists encounter the elusive creature in the episode "The Jersey Devil." Stephen Moyer starred in The Barrens, a supernatural horror movie where a family spending time in the famous wooded area is suffering from the delusions of their father. The ice hockey team, the New Jersey Devils, are named after the creature.
Megaconda
The megaconda is a much larger, rumored variant of the anaconda, a real species of snake that lives in South America. Actual anacondas can reach up to 17 feet in length, but megacondas are said to be well over 30, almost 40 feet. Some sightings have been bold enough to say a megaconda was nearly 60 feet long.

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In the 1997 box ofice hit Anaconda (pictured to the left), Jon Voight and Jennifer Lopez combat a giant anaconda that defies both logic and realism. More of these fictional serpents appear in the three sequels to the movie.
Mokèlé-mbèmbé
The Mokèlé-mbèmbé is a creature from Congo River basin folklore. Its name in the Lingala language translates to the "one who stops the flow of rivers."

Based on witness accounts, the beast resembles a sauropod.

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Among the many other expeditions on and off screen, Josh Gates and his team investigated the Mokèlé-mbèmbé in an episode of Destination Truth. The 1985 movie Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (pictured to the left) features a family of sauropods being captured and hunted by humans. A 2012 found footage movie, The Dinosaur Project, starts off with the characters searching for the Mokèlé-mbèmbé, but end up in a world where dinosaurs and other prehistoric monsters still exist.
Hellhound
The hellhound or black dog is a supernatural canine that has been part of various folklores for hundreds of years. Some associate them with hellfire, and others say the beasts will kill anyone who stares into their eyes for three times or more.

The Black Dog of Bouley is a black dog that lives in the Channel Islands.

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Assassin-like demonic dogs called hellhounds are "seen" in the long-running CW horror drama Supernatural (pictured to the left). Up until a point in the series, the beasts were invisible to the naked eye. Their true forms are finally shown to audiences in the eighth season.
Owlman
The owlman is a flying creature that has been sighted in Mawnan, Cornwall, England. It is similar in appearance to the mothman from the U.S.A.

The first sighting was in 1976 when a family spotted the owlman on top of a church. Many people think this is a case of mistaken identity, and the owlman is just an eagle owl.

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The Scottish micro-budget horror movie Lord of Tears (pictured to the left) depicts a man being haunted by the owlman. The owlman is one of the many cryptids showcased in the short-lived animated series The Secret Saturdays.
Beast of Exmoor
The Beast of Exmoor is a supposed phantom cat (or cats) that resides in the fields of Exmoor in Devon and Somerset. These ABCs (alien big cats) are believed to be large, exotic felines that have either escaped from zoos or personal collections, or dogs misidentified as felids.

The first Exmoore sightings date back to the 1970s. Some describe them to be a hybrid species with characteristics of a puma and a leopard.

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A couple looking to make some money look for the ABC in the British horror movie X-Moor (pictured to the left).
Thunderbird
The thunderbird appears in the cultures of the Algonquian, the Menominee, the Ojibwe, and the Winnebago. Some say it is a deity that lives in the sky, creating thunder with its wings. Other s believe that the thunderbirds were shapeshifting humans.

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In the FOX series Freakylinks (pictured to the left; click here for a photo of the one used in the show), a group of paranormal investigators finds itself in a small town where a mysterious monster kills and eats people every thirty years between periods of hibernation. They conclude that it is the thunderbird of Native American myth, which was actually a surviving pteranodon. The episode based its story on an unconfirmed photo depicting Civil War soldiers standing over a dead pterodactyl.
Aswang
The aswang (or asuwang) is a mythological, vampiric creature from native Filipino culture. It is said that it shapeshifts and consumes human flesh and or blood.

Anthropologists have a theory that Spaniards concocted the aswang myth to instill fear in the Filipinos.

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In the 2009 movie Surviving Evil (pictured to the left) starring Billy Zane, a documentary crew is attacked by the flying, bloodthirsty aswangs while filming in the Philippines.
Bunyip
The bunyip is a semi-aquatic creature in Native Australian mythology. Natives today translate the name to mean "evil spirit" or "devil."

Physical descriptions of the bunyip vary from region to region, and person to person. Some describe it as a chimera of sorts, with features from crocodiles, walruses, horses, ducks, and dogs.

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The titular character in the Canadian animated series Mona the Vampire (pictured to the left) meets a friendly bunyip in one episode. In the video game Final Fantasy X, one of the enemies is a bunyip.
Ogopogo
The ogopogo is a Canadian water creature rooted in First Nation lore. It is believed to dwell in the Okanagan Lake in British Columbia. The ogopogo is described to look like either a Basilosaurus or a Mosasaur. The name comes from an old English song, "The Ogo-pogo: The Funny Fox Trot."

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Ogopogo served as the inspiration for the 2005 Jim Henson movie Mee-Shee: The Water Giant (pictured to the left). The name of the film's water creature was changed from "Ogopogo" to "Mee-Shee" due to claims of cultural appropriation.
Kappa
A kappa ("river child") is a water-dwelling yōkai or imp from Japanese folklore. They are recognized for having a pool of water suspended above their heads, which signifies their life force and is also possibly a of their power.

People generally describe kappa to resemble a child-sized humanoid with turtle features including a shell and a beak. Warnings of kappa are sometimes used as a way to keep children from playing near rivers and other bodies of water.

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In the Lost Girl episode "Oh Kappa, My Kappa" (pictured to the left) sorority girls are sacrificed to an imprisoned kappa. The character Dendy in Ian Jones-Quartey's online series OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes is a kappa.
Qilin
The qilin is a mythological beast throughout East Asian culture, but it first originated in Chinese folklore. It is said to appear at the birth or death of a sage or a respected ruler.

The qilin is supposedly a stylized, ancient representation of a giraffe. In Japanese, a giraffe is called a "kirin." Many depictions of the qilin has it resembling a scaly unicorn-like beast covered in flames. The qilin is considered a good omen that is connected to prosperity and serenity.

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In Five Star Squadron Dairanger (pictured to the left), a series in the long-running Japanese franchise Super Sentai, the blue member's totem animal is the Qilin (or Kirin). Power Rangers' adaptation of the series' footage called the creature a unicorn, though.
Mongolian death worm
This creature, whose name translates to "large intestine worm," from Mongolian folklore inhabits the Gobi Desert. The worm is said to be able to generate electricity, which it uses along with venom for hunting prey.

The Mongolian death worm is described as being about five feet long and shaped like a sausage.

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Sean Patrick Flannery starred in a Syfy movie, Mongolian Death Worm (pictured to the left), that featured many of these creatures. The Graboids in the Tremors franchise could be inspired by the Mongolian death worm.
Loch Ness Monster
One of the most famous cryptids to "exist" is Nessie, the aquatic monster that supposedly lives in the Loch Ness. Nessie is almost always described to look like a plesiosaur.

Over the years, researchers still have yet to find conclusive evidence of Nessie's existence. There have been many hoaxes, too.

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Nessie has been the inspiration for many contemporary sea/lake monsters in both real life and fiction. Vintage movies such as The Crater Lake Monster (pictured to the left) and The Loch Ness Horror both tried to capitalize on Nessie's reputation. Ted Danson starred in a 1996 movie, Loch Ness, and a children's movie by the name of The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep was released in 2007.
Beast of Gévaudan
The real-life Beast of Gévaudan was thought to be a dog, wolf, or wolfdog that terrorized southern France between 1764 and 1767. Depending on the , there is said to be between 60-200 victims. The Kingdom of France devoted much time and money to stopping the Beast of Gévaudan.

Modern theories about what the Beast of Gévaudan really was include it being an armored mastiff, owned by Jean Chastel, or an escaped lion.

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The 2001 movie Brotherhood of the Wolf (pictured to the left) showed the Beast of Gévaudan to be a crossbred lion covered in protective armor and spikes. In the Teen Wolf TV series, the beast was a werewolf.
Bigfoot
Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, is a bipedal, ape-like animal that is believed to live in the Pacific Northwest. The name "Sasquatch" is from the Halkomelem word "sásq'ets."

Bigfoot is often described as tall, reaching up to nine feet in height. Many claim it is nocturnal and omnivorous.

There are other Bigfoot-like hominids across the globe. This includes the Yeti of the Himalayas, the Menk of Russia, and the Yowie of Australia.

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Bigfoot is the most commonly depicted cryptid in the media, including books, commercials, movies, and television. The creature is usually cast as the antagonist of sorts in many horror movies, including the 2014 found footage flick Exists (pictured to the left).
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ONTD Original™ – Halloween Edition: 35 Road Thrillers and Horror Movies

October 6, 2017

Do you check your backseat before you get in to your car every night? Do you sometimes see scary shadows on the side of the road? Ever thought about giving a ride to that hitchhiker stuck in the rain? Well, here are thirty-five thrillers and horror movies that take place on the road. They might make you rethink going for a late night drive anytime soon.


The Hitcher (1986)
Starring: Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh

A young man delivering a car from Chicago to San Diego decides to pick up a hitchhiker, hoping the stranger will help him stay awake. He soon regrets his own kindness when the hitchhiker reveals his psychotic ways. It is up to the young man to stop the madman as he leaves a trail of bodies in his wake.

This bloody road thriller has been thought to be a waking nightmare since many elements about it are outlandish, even by horror standards. Hauer's killer character is virtually supernatural in the way that he always knows where Howell's character is. There is also a strong sense of homoeroticism between the male leads. In the end, The Hitcher is a taut, sinister classic in road rage. The "ripped apart" death scene alone will haunt some viewers. A horrible direct sequel, The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting, was sent straight-to-video in 2003, and a serviceable remake where the protagonist's gender was changed to be a woman (played by Sophia Bush) was released in 2007.


The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
Starring: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman

Two men pick up a hitchhiker that plans on murdering them when the ride ends.

This noir coasts on exceptional performances and direction.


Road Games (1981)
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Stacy Keach

A hitchhiker helps a truck driver track down a serial killer in Australia.

This is not often remembered as one of Jamie Lee Curtis' best horror films during the slasher boom of the early eighties. It runs a too long at 100 minutes, so pacing is definitely an issue. The tension in some scenes, though, is a saving grace.


Duel (1971)
Starring: Dennis Weaver

A lone driver is stalked by a maniac in a tanker truck on a long stretch of Californian canyon roads.

This Steven Spielberg directed TV-movie was based on a short story by Richard Matheson (whose works inspired episodes of The Twilight Zone) that was first printed in Playboy. Additional scenes were added, and the movie was released in theaters after airing on ABC as a movie-of-the-week. Duel is a staple in highway horror that can never be replicated no matter how hard one tries. Weaver carries the film acting wise as he is the only visibily seen character in it.


Race with the Devil (1975)
Starring: Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit, Lara Parker, R.G. Armstrong

A group of people traveling in an RV escape for their lives after crossing paths with deadly Satanists.

Satanism was a hot topic in 1970s horror. The paranoia about Devil worshipping continued well into the eighties. Race with the Devil combines action and horror, but there are plenty of creepy scenes to be found here.


The Car (1977)
Starring: James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley

A small town's residents are terrorized by a mysterious black car and its unseen driver.

This is one of those really strange '70s movies that takes itself so seriously that it's actually hilarious. The finale's reveal, though, is spooky. The movie looks especially spectacular on the Blu-ray release.


Night Drive (1977)
Starring: Valerie Harper, Richard Romanus, Nicholas Pryor

When a housewife witnesses the murder of a highway patrol officer, she becomes the killer's next target.

The underappreciated Valerie Harper plays the heroine in this suspenseful made-for-TV thriller. Coincidentally, she and Dennis Weaver from Duel would star together in one of the most popular vintage TV-made horror movies, Don't Go to Sleep.


Death Car on the Freeway (1979)
Starring: Shelley Hack, Frank Gorshin, Peter Graves, Dinah Shore, George Hamilton

A news reporter investigates a string of unsolved murders where someone in a van is running women off the freeway.

Made-for-television movies from the seventies sometimes tackled with female empowerment in a way that theatrical movies at the time did not. Shelley Hack plays a headstrong reporter looking for respect at her job and in her struggling relationship while trying to stop a serial killer that no one else seems to think is a serial killer. She takes it upon herself to learn stunt driving from a professional, which plays into the rather fantastic finale of this forgotten thriller. Check it out on YouTube.


Maximum Overdrive (1986)
Starring: Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington, Christopher Murney

A comet passing over Earth somehow causes many inanimate objects, including cars and machinery, to become sentient. A group of people then find themselves trapped inside a truck stop diner.

This was the first movie adaptation of Stephen King's short story, "Trucks," from his 'Night Shift' collection. Maximum Overdrive is cheesy and full of dark humor. It probably won't be in many people's top five for King movies. In 1997, there was a mediocre TV-movie simply called Trucks that was based on the same short story.


Death Valley (1982)
Starring: Catherine Hicks, Edward Herrmann, Peter Billingsley, Paul Le Mat

While traveling through Death Valley with his mother and her new boyfriend, a young boy enters into a cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer after the child obtains evidence linking the man to the crimes.

This slow burn thriller starring the mother from Child's Play and later 7th Heaven is backed by a fantastic score.


Christine (1983)
Starring: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul

A nerdy teenager's personality changes for the worse when it gets his hands on a demonic Plymouth.

The rights to Stephen King's novel of the same name were sold before the book was even finished, and the initial drafts were supposedly a mess. So, those factors may or may not signal the quality of the material. That being said, the 1983 movie adaptation is a surprisingly well preserved classic in automobile horror. The characters aren't driving on desolate roads away from home, but that doesn't mean there isn't terror to be had.


Near Dark (1987)
Starring: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton

A small town man joins a group of nomadic vampires after he becomes infected.

There aren't many great contemporary vampire movies out there. And then when there is one like Near Dark, it never gets the love it deserves until years later.


The Wraith (1986)
Starring: Charlie Sheen, Nick Cassavetes, Sherilyn Fenn, Randy Quaid

A murdered teen returns as a nearly invincible street racing ghost that takes revenge on a group of car thieves.

If you want something brain dead and totally '80s with a great soundtrack, check out The Wraith.


Dark of the Night (1984)
Starring: Heather Bolton, David Letch, Perry Piercy

A woman gains a ghostly passenger when she buys a used Jaguar.

This vehicular ghost story from New Zealand is also known as Mr. Wrong in some areas. The main character is a nervous one, hoping that getting her own car would give her the independence she so desires. This is one of those hidden gems that will likely never gain any kind of cult following, but it has an appealing, down-to-earth eerieness that should not go unappreciated.


Wheels of Terror (1990)
Starring: Joanna Cassidy, Marcie Leeds

A man in a blacked out Dodge Charger abducts and assaults kids in a small town. A bus driver sets out to save a victim as well as stop the assailant before someone else is hurt.

This TV-movie first aired on the USA Network. It is absolutely dreadful yet almost watchable in the way that many '80s/'90s telepics are. If you're brave enough for a ride, you can watch it on YouTube.


The Vanishing (1993)
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland, Sandra Bullock, Nancy Travis

Jeff's girlfriend goes missing at a gas station during their road trip. Three years have since passed, and the man secretly searches for his ex despite being involved with a new woman. The abductor makes contact with Jeff, and he wants to tell him what he did to his ex-girlfriend.

Critics did not care for this English remake of the popular 1988 Dutch-French movie, Spoorloos (literally "without a trace"). Many did not like the happy ending in the adaptation. While The Vanishing is indeed tedious, it has some good performances, especially from Jeff Bridges and Nancy Travis.


Kalifornia (1993)
Starring: David Duchovny, Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, Michelle Forbes

In a drive to California, journalists share a ride with two strangers, one of which is a serial killer.

This movie did not fare well at the box office, but it is a well made, tense thriller with sexual tension between all four characters.


Joy Ride (2001)
Starring: Paul Walker, Steve Zahn, Leelee Sobieski

Two brothers make the mistake of playing a misguided prank on a deranged truck driver whose CB handle is "Rusty Nail." The driver begins to stalk the brothers and their passenger on their road trip.

Joy Ride was targeted to the teen demo, but it really does not feel like a teen movie. It is a solid cat-and-mouse type horror movie where you never see the antagonist. His voice alone is chilling.


Black Cadillac (2003)
Starring: Randy Quaid, Shane Johnson, Josh Hammond, Jason Dohring

A pair of brothers and their friend get tailed by a black cadillac one night as they drive through a rural town.

Randy Quaid has such a strange career. He seems weird in real life, too. He headlines this B-movie as the creepy cop. It's an adequate late night watch if you're bored (or drunk) enough.


Say Yes (2001)
Starring: Joong-Hoon Park, Sang-mi Choo, Ju-hyuk Kim

A husband and wife encounter a dangerous man on their vacation.

This Korean movie owes a lot to The Hitcher, especially the actor playing the villain. Mimicry aside, Say Yes is very entertaining.


Gone (2006)
Starring: Shaun Evans, Scott Mechlowicz, Amelia Warner, Yvonne Strahovski

A British man vacationing abroad in Australia befriends a charismastic American tourist, even inviting him to tag along with him and his girlfriend that they eventually meet up with. The boyfriend starts to have suspicions about the American's true intentions, though, but by the time his girlfriend agrees, it is too late for either of them.

Gone takes the Single White Female formula and adjusts it accordingly to fit its story. Although there are no surprises in this supposedly suspenseful tale set in Australia, it manages to skirt by thanks to some decent cinematography and a short running time.


The Forsaken (2001)
Starring: Kerr Smith, Brendan Fehr, Johnathon Schaech, Izabella Miko, Simon Rex

A man en route to his sister's wedding gets mixed up with a vampire hunter and his prey, a group of homicidal bloodsuckers.

Critics and audiences have interpreted this 2001 box office bomb to be an obvious metaphor for the denial of homosexuality and to take it even further, HIV. The familiar WB era leads play well together in this generic vamp romp.


Dead End (2003)
Starring: Alexandra Holden, Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Mick Cain, Billy Asher, Amber Smith

The patriarch of a family decides to take a scenic route during their route to a relative's house on Christmas Eve. However, the trip never seems to end, and there are no other cars other than a hearse on the road. This creates conflict within the family as they search for answers as to why they can never reach their destination.

Ray Wise and Lin Shaye star in the underrated Dead End, a movie filmed in France. It was not a financial success by any stretch, but it is well executed indie horror-comedy that only suffers a marginal amount due to the hackneyed ending.


Wind Chill (2007)
Starring: Emily Blunt, Ashton Holmes Martin Donovan

A college student accepts a ride home for the holidays from another student that she doesn't know. They later get stranded in the snow, though, after getting lost in an area with little to no traffic. The two soon learn that they are not alone.

There are two things wrong with this movie: the two main characters. Emily Blunt plays an obnoxious person off the bat, and Ashton Holmes' character is a stalker pretending to be a Nice Guy™. It is very hard to care about either of them as the movie progresses. Which is a shame because the story otherwise could have been tolerable with some revisions.


Highwaymen (2004)
Starring: Jim Caviezel, Rhona Mitra, Colm Feore, Frankie Faison

A serial killer who uses a car to murder faces off with the vengeful husband of one of his victims.

Not many people saw this movie, or even know that it exists. It is from the director of the original The Hitcher. It's well shot and it has some mild thrills.


A Bloody Aria (2006)
Starring: Ye-ryeon Cha, Suk-kyu Han, Kyeong-ho Jeong

An opera singer and his much younger female companion are toyed with by a group of sadistic locals out in the countryside.

This is not a torture porn movie. It is more of a black comedy where the torture is psychological rather than physical. There is violence, but it mostly directed at the villains, and it comes off as humorous and sloppy. A Bloody Aria has an assortment of strange characters, and you never really guess where the story is going. The ending is also bizarre considering who ends up dead and who doesn't.


Rest Stop (2006)
Starring: Jaimie Alexander, Joey Lawrence

A couple driving to California encounters the supernatural at a roadside rest stop.

How did this get made? Rest Stop is one of those truly awful straight-to-video torture porn horrors from the 2000s that makes one question how directors like this maintain a job. Unfortunately, there is a sequel: Rest Stop – Don't Look Back.


Splinter (2008)
Starring: Shea Whigham, Jill Wagner, Paulo Costanzo

A couple's car gets hijacked by an escaped convict and his girlfriend. At a gas station, they all eventually battle a voracious parasite that reanimates its dead hosts.

The plot is admittedly goofy, but the practical special effects in this proto-zombie flick are better than you would expect in something so low-budget.


Road Games (2015)
Starring: Andrew Simpson, Joséphine de La Baume, Frédéric Pierrot, Barbara Crampton

Along with his French companion, a young British man backpacking in France is targeted by a dangerous couple.

Language plays a pivotal part in this French psycho-thriller. Without it, the story would not have progressed the way it did. Road Games is not a complex movie, but it has a good cast and an artful sheen to its appearance.


Road Train (2010)
Starring: Xavier Samuel, Bob Morley, Sophie Lowe, Georgina Haig

Four young people encounter a driver-less, demonic big rig truck.

Australia tends to come up with some unique horror movies. Alas, this was not one of them. The cast is attractive, but that's about all it has going for it.


Hush (2008)
Starring: William Ash, Christine Bottomley, Andreas Wisniewski

A man that replaces posters is working one night with his girlfriend at his side when they both see a chained up woman in the back of a truck. The girlfriend is eventually abducted, and the man must find her before she joins the lot of missing women.

There is being a good samaritan, and then there is just being stupid. It is a mix of both in this better-than-expected British motorway horror.


In Fear (2013)
Starring: Iain De Caestecker, Alice Englert, Allen Leech

In route to a bed-and-breakfast in the Irish countryside, a couple is terrorized by a stranger.

The movie wins no points for originality, but there is some nice scenery shots in yet another British yarn of urbanites venturing outside their habitat.


Penny Dreadful (2006)
Starring: Rachel Miner, Mimi Rogers

A psychologist helps a patient with an intense fear of cars. They have an uncomfortable situation with a hitchhiker, which leads into them getting a flat tire. The patient is left alone as her doctor leaves to find help. Or so she thinks. The remainder of the night, the young woman is taunted by someone outside the car.

Horror movies set in confined spaces have the potential to either be genius or patience testing. Penny Dreadful falls into the latter situation. The actor playing the patient is so bad that you really do not care if the killer gets inside the car or not.


Death Proof (2007)
Starring: Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Rose McGowan, Sydney Poitier, Tracie Thoms, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Zoë Bell

A group of women out on the road for a fun day are being followed by a man named Stuntman Mike.

Death Proof is probably not Quentin Tarantino's best work, but it sure is fun even if it does flub a bit when it comes to Austin's street layout.


Wolf Creek (2005)
Starring: John Jarratt, Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi

Backpackers and tourists are abducted and killed by a maniac on a lonely Australian highway.

The 2000s was a dark time for horror fans. The torture porn game was at a record high, and it really soured the general public's outlook on the whole genre's resurgence. Wolf Creek was one of the few that elevated itself among the pack, but that does not mean it came and left without deserved criticism of the story and content. The movie has a sequel and a spin-off television series that was granted a second season.

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‘Beach Rats’ director answers whether or not a straight woman should make movies about gay men

September 19, 2017

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  • Eliza Hittman, the director and writer of the recent drama Beach Rats, is a straight woman. Her film has been criticized for connecting gay sex with violence. At Sundance, an audience member brought up the #BuryYourGays trope in regards to the movie's ending. The director wondered if her being a woman affected the audience's not-so-positive response to her film.
  • The director drew inspiration for Beach Rats partly from both her personally witnessing men cruising on the boardwalk in Coney Island as well the death of Michael Sandy in 2006.
  • When interviewed about the criticisms, Hittman said, "I don't think that men are questioned for taking on, or inhabiting, the world of women. It feels more taboo to take on the world of men for some reason." She later says, "When I watch films about women that are imagined by men, for me, I don't walk into a theater ready to criticize it because it was written by a man. For me the criticism often comes from a place of feeling like it's underdeveloped or superficial. That would provoke my response."
  • In regards to the film's subject matter, Hittman added: "It's not a film about coming out, it's a film about exploration—it's about desire, and it's about putting yourself in sexual situations because you don't know your worth in the world, and putting yourself into risky situations because you don’t have that sense of who you are and what you’re worth. I don’t see that as appropriation."

Top 10 Movies So Bad They Were Pulled From Theaters

April 30, 2017

10. Mortdecai

9. Swept Away

8. Seeking Justice

4. Jem and the Holograms

2. Gigli

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Top CRINGE Worthy Moments From Superhero Movies

March 26, 2017

10. Nicholas Cage Loses It – “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” (2012)
8. The Bar Scene – “Suicide Squad” (2016)
7. I Am the Law! – “Judge Dredd” (1995)
4. The Playground Scene – “Daredevil” (2003)
2. Emo Peter Parker – “Spider-Man 3” (2007)

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