Wednesday, February 13, 2019

technical difficulties (read as: I'm not happy with the episode) are causing me to re-record and push back episode 1 until next Wednesday. Stay tuned for episode 1 pod racing to follow.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

We're back! And in Pod form!


In the words of Dr. Dre, "...I've been in the lab with a pen and a pad tryin' to get this damn label off."  So I apologize for the long break but the time has come for a big announcement:

Over the last few cuts I've found it hard to maintain the motivation to keep up with the intense schedule of watching and reviewing 5+ films a week.  No matter how I tried to restructure my work schedule for this website, it was constantly burning me out by the end of it.  In addition to that, my general life schedule just isn't allowing for that kind of madness anymore.  So once 2019 started I was a bit unsure of where to go with 30 Days of Plight.  I had some plans, but felt that I was dragging my feet too much.

With that said, I finally settled and got my shit together and we're changing formats in more ways than one.  The biggest of which is going to be that 30 Days of Plight is becoming a weekly podcast!  This website is still going to exist and I'll be linking the podcasts onto here as well as any other content I do but as far as reviews go, there will no longer be any straight up written reviews.

Right now I'm in the process of getting set up with iTunes and Sticher and everything else but for the moment I'm hosting the podcast on Podbean. Episode 0 is out right now which is just a quick intro to the podcast before I start uploading episodes in mid-February.

My plan is to release an episode every Wednesday at that point with an occasional extra episode here and there. 

So there it is!! Once again, sorry for the wait but it'll be better, trust me...

Friday, December 21, 2018

you can't kill it... it'll only come back stronger...

stay tuned...

Monday, October 29, 2018

10th Cut Final Cut Wrap-Up! (330+ Films reviewed so far)


When I started typing this wrap-up a few days ago I was sitting in an airport in Atlanta, waiting for my connection to Pittsburgh.  I had it about 90% done, but then I was out in the city today when my husband texted me about real life horror less than a mile from where I was standing.  I specifically avoid politics, or anything of that ilk, on this website but I've never shied away from being open about my life and experiences.

I've said this before, but my mom used to say that she watched horror because it made the everyday things less scary.  A supernatural slasher or strange atomic creature combined with your imagination is much more frightening than dealing with bills or your 9-to-5.  Unfortunately for us, real monsters exist.  There aren't many, but they're out there.  Yet, for every Jason that exists in this camp of life there are thousands if not millions of camp counselors out there all willing to stop him.  Every Elm Street is full of of hundreds of teenagers all looking to prevent Freddy from harming anyone.  We, as horror fans, are a community.  We, as humans, are a community.

So if you, or someone you know, needs help of any form then there are a lot of resources out there for you.  There's never any shame in reaching out when you need it most.

There's a line that's stuck in my head from the band Behind Enemy Lines, and that's:
"We're in this together / Don't shut out one another / Don't ever forget that we depend on each other."

With all of that said, what's going on with 30DoP?

Since the next two months are going to be busy with holidays and such I plan on taking them off from the website and returning in January.  It's much easier to handle watching films and reviewing them when I'm not juggling work, holidays, and travel the whole time.

I'll still do occasional posts and as I get screeners I'll post the Saturday Screamers.

Speaking of which, if you or someone you know has a horror movie, book, zine, comic, or game coming out and would like a review of it then please feel free to hit me up at 30DaysOfPlight@gmail.com.

Also if you just want to say "hi" or reach out in general, you can get a hold of me through that e-mail or via our Twitter @30DaysOfPlight.

Have a good holiday season and I'll see you in January...

I'll be right back...

Friday, October 26, 2018

Tokyo Zombie (2005) 1h 43m


I picked this film up at the one, and only, horror convention that has happened here in New Orleans since we moved here almost seven years ago.  You would think that New Orleans would have more horror stuff but mostly it's just lame Anne Rice shit.  Anyway, Tokyo Zombie has been on my to-watch list even prior to owning it.  I just never had the chance to get a copy of it until then, and then it sat on my shelf since then as well.

I will never feel bad about my
comics ever again.
Based off of a manga, I can only describe Tokyo Zombie as a live-action anime if they were still trying to make it as anime as fuck.  The film itself is actually broken into two sections.  The first half focuses on Fujio and Mitsuo, two guys that spend most of their time fucking around on mattresses with Mitsuo teaching Fujio jujitsu.  Outside is a large pile of buried trash (and bodies) known as Black Fuji for it's immense size.  When zombies begin to come out of it and eat people our duo decides to take their work truck and attempt to flee to Russia.  Instead Mitsuo gets "bit" and throws himself off a bridge and into the river below.  We're given a brief animated segue where we learn that the world has become this strange Hunger Games-esq land of upper class and slums and the only way to gain a measure of respect was in a zombie fighting arena.  Fujio uses his learned jujitsu to decimate his zombie opponents until he finally has to face off against a "zombie" Mitsuo.  Also there is apparently some strange revolution or Mad Max style raiders that exist here too.

Tokyo Zombie felt like I was watching a Japanese game show.  There were a lot of moments where the humor tried to be too absurd and you're expected to laugh along but it just didn't reach me.  The only solid comparisons I could give would be if you take Kung-Fu Hustle and put the Three Stooges as the main characters.

Now that I've said that, I'm okay with Tokyo Zombie, but that's it.  Just okay.  I'm concerned that I came into this expecting something else though so rather than complain about how this wasn't what I wanted I'm just going to say that I plan to revisit this again at another point and give it a fair shot now that I know what I'm getting into.  So I'm going to do something different here and I'm going to suspend my rating of this film.  In the future I will re-watch it and give it an honest go.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Eko Eko Azarak: Wizard of Darkness (1995) 1h 20m


Ever since I bought this film, I continually forget that I own it.  I wasn't even looking for it when I was searching for a film to watch, it just happened to be in the same binder as tomorrow's film and I found it first.  So what does that say about Eko Eko Azarak: Wizard of Darkness, aside from that title is too long?

Eko Eko Azarak: Wizard of Darkness (or Eko Eko as I'm going to call it from now on) opens with a satanic cult using magic to kill teenagers.  Their apparent goal is to take the lives of 13 innocent teens in order to bring Lucifer to Earth to do whatever.  This film is really vague on what the end goal is here so we get: Step 1: Kill Teens, Step 2: Summon Lucifer, Step 3: ????, Step 4: Profit!  At the end of their opening ritual they get a warning about a strong witch coming that they should not make an enemy of.  Enter Misa, said teenage witch that ends up trapped in the school with 13 other students and two perverted teachers.  Her goal is to find the head person behind the killings and prevent the rise of Lucifer as this is apparently all she does in each school she goes to.

I forgot this happened.
Eko Eko had this weird feeling to it, like it never sat quite right with me.  It looks like it was just a made-for-tv-movie and its short running time (at least compared to most J-horror films) only bolsters that sentiment.  The plot is relatively straight forward and some of the set-up and magick effects look okay but you can tell that this was most likely made for a PG-13 audience.  This isn't to say that films under an R rating are bad, just that in this case it all feels a bit immature.

Eko Eko was based off of a manga from the 70's and apparently spawned six fucking sequels and a short television series.  I don't know how I feel about that info.  I would like to go back and read the manga for a comparison just to see if they toned things down or if this was always as tame as I perceive it.  You know, because I perceive the magickal murder of teenagers in order to invoke the rising of Lucifer to be a mundane task.

I give Eko Eko Azarak: Wizard of Darkness 2 I-no from Guilty Gear out of 5:

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Helldriver (2010) 1h 57m


If you haven't noticed by now, this week I'm going through my J-Horror collection and reviewing those things that I bought mainly because they looked cool.  Surprisingly, I only just realized that a majority of these films that I own have something to do with Tokyo Shock (The Asiatic cinema/television focus of the larger company, Media Blasters).  It makes sense though since most of my favorites have high powered blood sprays, lots of action, and insane creature design.  So with that fresh in your brain, let's jump into Helldriver!

Kika's home life isn't ideal. She comes home one day to find her mother and uncle eating her still living father.  During her escape attempt a meteor crashes through the mother's chest but her mom pulls Kika's heart out to replace her now missing one.  At the same time, the meteor was an alien which takes over the mother and encases her in some sort of amber-like shield.  Kika is thrown to the side but not before she gets the same shielding.  The mother than shoots space spores into the air which turn those that breath it in into zombies with strange fungal antenna on their forehead (like ophiocordyceps unilateralis in ants).  Kika is rescued and turned into a cyborg (although they say android here) with a metal chest plate and a chainsaw katana.  She and a small group of sudden friends attempt to take out this zombie queen and save the world.

Look at this Silent Hill shit!
All the things I love with these Japanese hyper-gore films are present here.  There's a lot of blood, intense action scenes, absurd and nonsensical things that only work for this movie (ie. a car made out of zombie body parts), and the overall feeling of not taking itself too seriously where it would ruin the film.  If I had any real complaint with Helldriver then it would be my usual gripe about pacing.  I was about 45 minutes into it before the title card appeared which made me feel like the whole first half of the film was meant to be an intro to the latter half, and in a way it really was.  We have so much time spent establishing our characters and the world that, when we get to the heart of the matter, doesn't really need to exist.  It's like playing an RPG and you have to grind for a few hours before you're even able to leave the first section and get to the actual adventure.

Helldriver is really a niche film.  This isn't something I could just drop on a friend and tell them to check it out without advanced knowledge of their cinema tastes.  In this case, it would have to taste like blood... a fire hose of blood all yelling at you in Japanese.

I give Helldriver 2 zombie ants out of 5: