It is the 41st anniversary of the Norrmalmstorg robbery. If you are unfamiliar let me give a quick summarized lesson! Norrmalmstorg robbery refers to the bank robbery gone wrong in Norrmalmstorg square in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1973. What began as a simple robbery quickly turned into a hostage situation, where the victims found themselves barricaded in with their captors for 5 days, finally ending on Aug 28. The Stockholm Syndrome was coined after this crime, as during the time of confinement the hostages seemed to bond with their captors, going so far as to say they felt safe with them despite numerous threats of death at the hands of their captors. Numerous hostages claim they were more afraid of the police trying to rescue them, than of their captors.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, directed once again by Tobe Hooper, takes center stage with its US release back in 1986. This film is a cult classic although it veered a bit away from the terror inducing seriousness of the first one and focused more on very dark comedic one liners that had become popular in that time period, it is still a fantastic film that deserves to be dusted off and rewatched. Texas Chainsaw 2 is filled with weird, unexpected, gross, funny moments and includes icons of the industry Dennis Hopper and Bill Mosely among the cast, that alone was worth the price of admission!
John Landis' mega hit American Werewolf in London, starring David Naughton premiered in the United States this day in 1981. This film is still seen as one of the most important modern werewolf films, based on its "transformation" scenes which shocked and awed audiences of the day. The film went on to win Outstanding Achievement in Makeup in the category's inaugural year, ensuring its place in horror history! Celebrating its 33rd Anniversary this film still stands up today an entertaining film full of gore and dark humor, if you haven't seen this one hunt it down and get familiar, you' be happy you did!
2010, Corman Classic Piranha received the remake treatment and in 3D none the less, much to the joy of audiences! Piranha 3D shows that some remakes can be hugely successful, made on a $24 million dollar budget, the film went on to gross more than $83 million, spawning the fantastically over the top fun sequel Piranha 3DD, even though they most actresses in the film were "enhanced" to DD status the film failed to garner the same attention as the first and didn't fair near as well at the box office.
Hong Kong was the setting for the premier of the disturbing film Dumplings,in 2004. The story of one actresses pursuit for eternal youth and the shocking recipe that seems to grant her desire. Dumplings is the full length feature based on a short of the same name originally seen in the film Three... Extremes, both films are highly regarded and if you haven't seen are most certainly worth the watch! The original short definitely gave me the heebies, and the although the feature length lacks a bit of the shock value (at least for those of us who saw the original short) it is still a beautifully macabre ride of violence, sex and horrors.
Roman Polanski turns 81 today, born in Paris in 1933, he is famous for much beyond just his influential films in the genre, but lets start there. Polanski directed numerous seminal films over the years Repulsion,The Fearless Vampire Killers (where he met future wife Sharon Tate), Rosemary's Baby, The Tenant ( the last film in his "Apartment trilogy") and The Ninth Gate to name some of the best known.
Polanskis life is one touched by both blessing and curse. As a young boy Polanski found himself , along with is family, living in Poland as the WWII invasion of Poland took place, he lost both his parents to the concentration camps, but somehow found a way survive the ordeal wandering the countryside, and living with Catholic families, but he witnessed many of the atrocities of the war, and suffered great personal loss. Eventually he found his way into film, and met his future wife Sharon Tate on set in 1967, they wed and as most know while Roman was out of country working on a film Sharon Tate, only two weeks from her due date, was murdered in her home along with Abigail Folgers (and others), by members of the Manson Family, in what was supposed to be the beginning of the cultural and Race war.
Polanski is also well know for for some sexual exploits and accusations that we wont go into here, but needless to say it is a bit of a hot button subject leaving many in the industry, and the public in general, very divided in their personal opinions of the events and accusations... All we can say is we hope at this stage in his life Mr Roman Polanski has finally found the peace that seems to have been so elusive for him for most of his life. We wish you a Happy 81st Birthday Sir.
1990 we once again met our old friend Father Karras, now in a psychiatric ward, not dead as long thought, in The Exorcist III: Legion. This is a film that has crept up in popularity over the years, but intentionally was seen as a complete flop of a film. Starring George C Scott as Lt. Kinderman, Ed Flanders as Father Dyer and Brad Dourif as the Gemini Killer, this film fuses a serial killer into the possession story we all love and fear. I have to say I love this film, there are some great performances, and some truly eerie moments, along with creepy effects throughout the film. Exorcist 3 is a vastly underrated horror thriller that deserves a look so this 24th Anniversary pull out a copy and give this little gem a watch! We The Horror Nation are many, we are Legion... of fans bwahahahaha! (*insert scary soundtrack music here* lol)