M.L. Miller here! As I go into the tenth year of reviewing horror films, I wanted to go back to the beginning and repost some of the films I loved. Moving on to Year Three of my decade-long Retro-Best in Horror recap Countdowns begins officially on October 1, 2012 and goes through September 30, 2013. I have posted compilation lists in the past, but a lot of those old reviews haven’t seen the light of day since they were first posted many moons ago. Being the OCD person that I am, I have also worked and reworked the list, looking back at my own choices and shifting them around, and even adding a few that I might have missed or looked over from the year in question. So, if you think you know how these lists are going to turn out, you don’t!

How did I compile this list? I simply looked through films released between October 1st, 2012 and September 30, 2013 and worked and reworked the list until I had the magic number—31. Again, I never call myself any kind of expert in horror. I simply watch a lot of horror films and love writing about them. Don’t forget to like and share my picks with your pals across the web on your own personal social media. Chime in after the review and let me know what you think of the film, how on the nose or mind-numbingly wrong I am, or most importantly, come up with your own darn list…let’s go!

Released on June 18, 2013 and available on digital download, On Demand and BluRay/DVD here!

MON AMI (2012)

Directed by Rob Grant
Written by Rob Grant
Starring Michael Kovac, Scott Wallis, Bradley Duffy, John Fitzgerald, Len Harvey, P. Lynn Johnson, Bill Murdoch, Chelsea Reist, Justin Sproule, Teagan Vincze, Graham Wardle
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This bloody little masterpiece had me laughing the whole way through. Hailing from the great white Canadian north, MON AMI is one of those films that gives no fucks about anything and is proud to wallow in blood, obscenity, and making those making it look like idiots.

The story is something straight out of a Cohen Brothers film as a pair of hardware store managers who think they are up for a promotion to own the store once the owner retires are disappointed beyond belief when the store owner gives the store to his two douchebag sons. So the two clerks (played to comic perfection by Michael Kovac and Scott Wallis) hatch a scheme to kidnap the boss’s daughter and hold her for ransom. Of course, the plan goes pear-shaped from the get go.

This comedy of errors gets bloody quickly, but the thing that makes this film so special is that despite the gory levels this film sinks to, somehow, someway, the two protagonists are still extremely likable. Maybe because we understand how they feel so well when they are passed over on the raise, or maybe it’s because they seem so believable as such good friends, or because the two are extremely likeable actors. Nevertheless, despite how bloody and brutal this film gets by the end (and it does get pretty damn brutal), you’re with these two the whole way.

I’ve mentioned the blood (there’s a lot), but what makes it all stomachable is the humor which evens this film out. Be it the ingenious way the initial abduction is orchestrated (not the plan itself, but the way the two stooges muck it up so bad, but still are able to successfully accomplish it) through each subsequent misstep from the ransom demand to the drop off to the confrontation with the victim’s father to the way it all wraps up in the end, each moment gets more and more ludicrous, yet believable. The way writer/director Rob Grant balances it all makes me want to pay close attention to this guy’s next project.

Gross-out horror comedies often try to overindulge in either the blood or the laughs, but rarely does one of these films succeed evenly at both. MON AMI is a bloody buddy movie through and through, and I promise those who give this film a shot will laugh, then maybe feel bad for laughing for a tick, then laugh all over again.




THE 2012-2013 COUNTDOWN!


#24 – MON AMI
#25 – EUROPA REPORT
#26 – BLIND ALLEY
#27 – MIDNIGHT SON
#28 – DEVIL’S PASS
#29 – COME OUT AND PLAY
#30 – THE LAST WILL & TESTAMENT OF ROSALIND LEIGH
#31 – I DIDN’T COME HERE TO DIE


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