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post #1101 of 1824

 

 

RE-ANIMATOR - I have to admit, I've never been in love with this. It's certainly good, with a great Jeffrey Combs performance and the last half hour is a crazy delight. It's just never quite reached the rare air of such Splatter classics as Evil Dead 2 or Dead Alive. I think I even prefer From Beyond. But it keeps growing on me, and again, that last half hour is pretty hard to deny. It really is an endlessly rewatchable film, and it moves like lightning. I always forget the main theme comes from this film, as I seem to hear it in a lot of stuff. But as always, it's a fun movie. Watched on BluRay

 

47 METERS DOWN - Relatively average, when it comes to shark movies. I think the biggest issue is the extended use of (good-looking) CGI, which is understandable, given both the central underwater conceit of the film, and its low budget. But it's definitely a shark movie that works best when you can't see the sharks, just negative underwater space. The girls are reasonably likable, the premise is believable and the logistics well-explained, and it features a completely wacky fake-out ending, which I thought was going to be utterly nihilistic and ends up just being bizarrely soft. But it can't compare to The Shallows from last year, and it often feels like that film's worst sequences stretched out. Watched through RedBox

 

In Order of Enjoyment:

 

1. Gerald's Game

2. Re-Animator

3. Graveyard Shift

4. Cujo

5. 47 Meters Down

6. Friend Request

7. Flatliners

8. The Axe Murders of Vilisca

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RE-ANIMATOR - I always forget the main theme comes from this film, as I seem to hear it in a lot of stuff. But as always, it's a fun movie. Watched on BluRa
Isn't the main theme essentially a reworking of the Psycho theme tune?
post #1103 of 1824
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Isn't the main theme essentially a reworking of the Psycho theme tune?

It definitely sounds like it.
post #1104 of 1824

Day 2.

 

Decided to give the twins a grounding in classic horror.

 

 

It took them a bit to get into this one (they had trouble understanding the accents), but loved it's simplicity by then end.

 

Found this waiting on my pillow at bedtime.

 

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Madman (1981)

 



Nothing in this movie is as entertaining as the shirtless blocky muscle dude on the poster. So generic that I've already forgotten most of it, save for the guy singing at the campfire about the killer during the opening scene, which was quite weird.

 

My list in order of preference:

 

1. The Thing (1982 - Blu-Ray)

2. The Blob (1988 - Hulu)

3. Gerald's Game (2017 - Netflix)

4. The Last Horror Film (1982, Amazon Prime)

5. Fiend Without A Face (1958 - Filmstruck, Dailymotion)

6. Asylum (1972 - Amazon Prime)

7. Madman (1981 - Amazon Prime)

8. Incubus (1982 - Amazon Prime)

post #1106 of 1824

I actually have quite the soft spot for Madman.  The opening campfire song is great.  The main guy's name being TP is such an odd choice, not to mention to romantic song that he sings that plays over that hot tub scene.  But I always have fun watching this movie.

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I actually have quite the soft spot for Madman.  The opening campfire song is great.  The main guy's name being TP is such an odd choice, not to mention to romantic song that he sings that plays over that hot tub scene.  But I always have fun watching this movie.

Yeah, the singer gets a couple of moments to croon. He's certainly the most semi-memorable character. Then he dies about 30 minutes in and it gets rough.

 

Come to think of it, there was also a guy who looked just like John Oates.

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THINNER 

 

What a weird ass movie.  I've never read the book, so I can only hope that the sequence where Joe Mantegna's ridiculous mob boss character storms a gypsy camp commando-style and threatens to dump acid on a woman's face is in there somewhere.  THINNER starts off as kind of a goof (DRAG ME TO HELL lite), with Robocop III himself donning a truly terrible fat-suit, but man does it go off the rails.  It really took me by surprise.  And its a breezy 90 minutes, so that's another plus.     

 

 

2017 RANKINGS (in order of enjoyment):

 

1. IT (2017)

2. GERALD'S GAME (2017)

3. DREAMCATCHER (2003)

4. THINNER (1996)

5. IT (1990)

post #1109 of 1824
I saw Thinner last year and liked it better than I thought I would. I didn't see it when it originally came out, but I remember the reviews savaging it at the time. I'm guessing the Library of Congress won't be preserving it, but it's not that bad.
 
Another thing I remember from Madman - the synthesizer ZIIIIIIIIING when the title of the movie appears. It's so effective they do it at the end too:

 
Credit also due for the original song about Madman Marz. (Dalyn almost has me convinced that I liked this, ha)
post #1110 of 1824
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Isn't the main theme essentially a reworking of the Psycho theme tune?

I believe the composer has acknowledged it as such.

 

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Madman (1981)

 

A movie whose existence is justified solely by the theme song!

 

 

It'll become an earworm if you let it!

post #1111 of 1824

I started two days late sorry. But I want to do it properly this year so I'm gonna try and do one each day from now on.

 

First up:

 

 

I hadn't watched this one in years, and back then it was the Theatrical Cut. This was my first time watching the Assembly Cut on Blu, and I have to say I was surprised with how much I liked it. Of the original trilogy it's obviously the weakest, but for a return to the horror sensibilities of the original I have to say I think it stands really well on its own and is really not as much of a retread as my memory thought. Fury 161 is a pretty great location and manages to feel very distinct from the Nostromo and LV426. So desolate and run down. The convicts are also good characters. Charles Dance's Clemens is really wonderful and his brutal death was really felt. Charles S. Dutton as Dillon and Paul McGann as Golic were also a lot of fun to watch. It drags at parts, the CGI is REALLY REALLY BAD, its very apparent the film was cut to shit and found in the editing room and as a horror film it really doesn't hold a candle to the original...but I enjoyed my time with it. There's a pretty great theme of 'Life, Motherhood and Death' running through the first three films. This one especially is very concerned with DEATH. The Xenomorph is born from a dead animal. The planet and prison are very much dying. The idea of shaving all body hair off is something of a pre-death ritual. The convicts religion is very much about waiting for Judgement and the afterlife. And the whole movie is pretty much about Ripley accepting death. Even if its VERY messy in how that is delivered. I like this so much I don't even consider the other movies canon anymore. Even Resurrection which I actually like doesn't fit with these themes. So not-canon by mine will. 

 

And speaking of messy. There's some delightful gore splattering on display. The most of the trilogy really.

 

My list (in order of enjoyment):

 

1) Alien 3

post #1112 of 1824

Day 3 in the books.

 

 

The twins say this has been their favorite, "by far!" Corey Haim was, "the best" and I have a feeling I'm going to hear the girls shout, "Death by stereo, that's awesome!" in my dreams.

 

October rankings:

 

1. The Lost Boys

2. Army of Darkness

3. Dracula (1931)

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BEETLEJUICE (1988)

 

A textbook example of what people probably think when they hear the phrase “A Tim Burton Film."  So macabre, so morbid, and yet also whimsical, playful, and funny.  Michael Keaton justifiably gets a ton of praise, because it’s basically a tour de force comedic performance, but I don’t think Alec Baldwin or Geena Davis have ever really gotten their due here, because they have a really charming, earnest quality that is absolutely necessary in making the weirdness of the rest of the characters truly work.  The production and creature/makeup designs have a great, off-kilter quality, which is where you can really feel Burton’s touch.  It’s also got a quintessential Danny Elfman score, including one of his finest, most infectious main title pieces.  There was a phase in my childhood where I watched this film on a weekly basis, so I guess it’s possible that nostalgia still colors the movie, but looking at it as objectively as possible, I still think it’s hugely entertaining, and perfect Halloween Season viewing for kids (one F-bomb aside) and adults alike.  It’s one of those movies that always puts a smile on my face.

 

Availability: Various home video formats, Amazon, iTunes

 

Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment

    1.    DRACULA (1931)
    2.    BEETLEJUICE (1988)
    3.    GERALD’S GAME (2017)
    4.    WE GO ON (2016)
    5.    THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM (2017)
    6.    MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933)
    7.    DRACULA’S DAUGHTER (1936)
    8.    HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II (1987)
    9.    THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960)
    10.  PROJECT: METALBEAST (1995)
    11.  NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1980)
    12.  LEATHERFACE (2017)

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CULT OF CHUCKY (2017)

I took a step outside of my 80's theme since this is available on Netflix. Interesting new direction for the series. Overall I think I liked it, I'm still unpacking it. I don't really think there was a need for Jennifer Tilly. So I'm assuming that it was Alice in the Tiffany doll? When Fiona Dourif came around the corner in the long coat and the scarf I thought holy shit she looks like her dad. Apparently she got his laugh as well.


IN ORDER

1. Night of the Demons (1988)
2. The Blob (1988)
3. Re-Animator (1985)
4. Cult of Chucky (2017)
post #1115 of 1824

BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)

 

One of the absolute high points of all genre cinema.  BRIDE takes everything that worked in the first film and delivers more of it, but also brings this extra layer of subversive subtext (on a number of levels) to create what is ultimately a funnier - one might even say sillier - picture, but one which deals with even deeper and more complex themes than the first film.  Karloff was vehemently against giving the Monster the ability to speak, and while that does take away some of the character’s menace, the result is probably the most human, sympathetic portrayal of the creature ever put to film, and kudos to Karloff for pulling it off.  Also worth highlighting is Franz Waxman’s musical score, which is one of the best and most influential of the 1930s.  There are other Universal horror movies that I like more than this one, and certainly several are far creepier, but those who consider this the crowning achievement of that cycle have good reason to do so, because it’s terrific.

 

Availability: Various home video formats, Turner Classic Movies, iTunes, Amazon

 

Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment

    1.    DRACULA (1931)
    2.    BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)
    3.    BEETLEJUICE (1988)
    4.    GERALD’S GAME (2017)
    5.    WE GO ON (2016)
    6.    THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM (2017)
    7.    MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933)
    8.    DRACULA’S DAUGHTER (1936)
    9.    HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II (1987)
    10.  THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960)
    11.  PROJECT: METALBEAST (1995)
    12.  NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1980)
    13.  LEATHERFACE (2017)

post #1116 of 1824


Society (Streaming on Amazon and Shudder)

There’s no subtlety to it. The rich suck off the poor. But man, it doesn’t get much more gonzo than the last 20 minutes of this movie. Just pure insanity and enough body horror effects to make David Cronenberg. One thing that’s horrible and certainly dates this movie was the score. This was I believe 88 or 89, so it’s when most horror movies seemed to have spent no budget on music, just bought a shitty Casio and banged out some horrible garbage. Luckily the movie itself is able to overcome this.
Fun fact: this movie stars Billy Warlock, who’s first movie was Halloween 2. His dad is Dick Warlock, aka the guy who played “The Shape” in Halloween 2. The hospital used in a society was the same hospital used in Halloween 2.

1. The Fog
2. Gerald’s Game
3. Society
3. Monster House
post #1117 of 1824
First two Universal Frankensteins on TCM tonight... For all the weird stuff in "Bride"-- and there is a bit-- I always find the Mary Shelley framing device extra strange for some reason. It gives them a good way to recap the first movie, I guess, but it sticks out oddly because the first movie has an enirely different kind of intro... Also, its set in Shelley's own early 19th century, while the story itself remains set in the early 20th, so she really is telling a futuristic sci-fi tale when you look at it that way... I don't know, odd.

Anyway, great movie. I second everything Belloq has said on it.

1. Bride of Frankenstein
2. Dracula ('31)
3. Gerald's Game
4. Whistle and I'll Come to You ('10)
5. Curse of the Crimson Altar
6. Dracula's Daughter
post #1118 of 1824

I watched the Lost Boys for the first time in a few years just before the month started, it holds up startlingly well.

I ended up falling asleep 10 minutes into the Blob (not necessarily the movie's fault, I started it very late)...and I couldn't find my Child's Play 2 DVD, so I re-watched Grave Encounters. It holds up fairly well, but I definitely noticed how thin the characters are this time around. Great scares though, especially the bathtub scene. Without spoiling too much, the last death in the movie is completely amazing and is probably the lowest budget one in the whole movie.

I stepped out of the list I mentioned earlier and watched Hell House LLC, which features literally no actors I've ever seen in anything... I think this really helped the movie out, frankly. I must admit that I'm a huge mark for found footage horror, but this is a really good one. This is the rare film I've seen in the last few years that lets you connect dots to figure out what happened, but I admit I had to go to Reddit (where the director had answered a bunch of similar questions) to confirm that what I thought had happened is what happened.


1.Let the Right One In
2. Gerald's Game
3. Grave Encounters
4. Hell House LLC


(I reserve the right to flip this order as I let movies percolate in my mind.)
 

post #1119 of 1824

That sounds interesting. I like when a movie is sort of a light puzzle. Nothing too taxing, I can be dense, and half-coherent when watching films of this type. Willow Creek had a similar rolling sense of discovery.

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I always find the Mary Shelley framing device extra strange for some reason. It gives them a good way to recap the first movie, I guess, but it sticks out oddly because the first movie has an enirely different kind of intro... Also, its set in Shelley's own early 19th century, while the story itself remains set in the early 20th, so she really is telling a futuristic sci-fi tale when you look at it that way... I don't know, odd.

I agree with this, and I also find it weird because the first film is not exactly a faithful telling of her novel, and yet they recap it at the beginning of BRIDE as if everything in that movie was of her creation.

 

But even so, it's a nice bit of extra screentime for Elsa Lanchester, and the actor playing Lord Byron is a huge ham who's having some fun.

post #1121 of 1824

Watched "The Stuff". Real bad. Weirdly wouldn't mind watching the main guy have his own monster hunting show. "They call me Mo, because I ask for more money".

 

Watching people fight yogurt is mildly amusing for about 5 seconds. A shame the movie is 90 minutes. I enjoyed when the Dad who gets Stuff brainwashed talks about how food we eat has living stuff in it. I wonder where the idea for this movie came from??

 

1- Night of The Demons

2- The Stuff

post #1122 of 1824
-THE JACKALS (2017). Boring home invasión entry.
-NIGHT OF THE SEAGULLS (1975). My favourite BLIND DEAD Flick, more story & character-driven and I love the Lovecraft overtones.
-HOWLING 4 (1988). A bit less shitty than 2 & 3, but nothing else. Poor John Hough.
-THE SLAYER (1982). It has something. A somewhat haunting and abstract atmosphere (and for once, the no answers help it). A guilty pleasure, pretty good low budget film.
-THE RUNESTONE (1990). Okay tv-movie about a monster of ViKing legends. Fun entertainment
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Watched "The Stuff". Real bad. Weirdly wouldn't mind watching the main guy have his own monster hunting show. "They call me Mo, because I ask for more money".

 

Larry Cohen tends to get really fun, really weird performances out of Michael Moriarty.  If you've never seen Q: THE WINGED SERPENT or ITS ALIVE 3, they might be worth tracking down just for Michael Moriarty.  He's not playing the same character, but they are all definitely cut from the same cloth.   

post #1124 of 1824

1 The 'Burbs

2-10 Puppet Masters 1-9

10 Castle Freak

11 lights out

12 The Descent: Original Cut

13 Don't Kill It <- Netflix. Meh. I don't like Dolph much, and the most violent scene was ripped straight from Kingsman.

14 Cube <- I still love this movie. Great concept. Great use of resources. Mostly one set piece reused with great success. Great.

post #1125 of 1824

PET SEMATARY 

 

Good enough I suppose.  The novel has always felt like the perfect gateway to the world of Stephen King; not because its a favorite or anything, but because its just weird enough, while still being more understated and conventional than his classic epics.  The characters are still strong - my favorite aspect of the book is the relationship between Louis and Jud, and Fred Gwynne's casting helps that stuff translate.  The movie doesn't really do anything wrong, but aside from the Zelda scenes (which are great), it never really pops either. 

 

 

2017 RANKINGS (in order of enjoyment):

 

1. IT (2017)

2. GERALD'S GAME (2017)

3. DREAMCATCHER (2003)

4. THINNER (1996)

5. PET SEMATARY (1989)

6. IT (1990)

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PET SEMATARY 

 

Good enough I suppose.  The novel has always felt like the perfect gateway to the world of Stephen King; not because its a favorite or anything, but because its just weird enough, while still being more understated and conventional than his classic epics.  The characters are still strong - my favorite aspect of the book is the relationship between Louis and Jud, and Fred Gwynne's casting helps that stuff translate.  The movie doesn't really do anything wrong, but aside from the Zelda scenes (which are great), it never really pops either.

I will always prefer the sequel for Clancy Brown.

post #1127 of 1824

The Madman Marz theme has been in my head for the last 24 hours. DAMMIT.

 

Prom Night (1980)

 

 

This was on Amazon Prime in TV format, so beware of the cruddy quality. However, I liked this more than I expected. I liked the procedural elements and found the story surprisingly interesting, but I wasn't prepared for all of the disco. SO MUCH DISCO. It's as if Halloween had a baby with Saturday Night Fever. Also, Leslie Nielsen is in this, and it's impossible not to think of him as Frank Drebin.

 

My list in order of preference:

 

1. The Thing (1982 - Blu-Ray)

2. The Blob (1988 - Hulu)

3. Gerald's Game (2017 - Netflix)

4. Prom Night (1985 - Amazon Prime)

5. The Last Horror Film (1982, Amazon Prime)

6. Fiend Without A Face (1958 - Filmstruck, Dailymotion)

7. Asylum (1972 - Amazon Prime)

8. Madman (1981 - Amazon Prime)

9. Incubus (1982 - Amazon Prime)

post #1128 of 1824

I haven't been as diligent about this as I wanted to be but so far:

 

-Cult of Chucky (Solid but I don't think I liked quite as much as Curse. I do like the new direction Mancini took it in, though. Interesting way to keep it fresh after seven entries)

-A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 (I like this one. Freddy was in full-on vaudeville mode by this point but Renny Harlin directs the hell out of it).

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I will always prefer the sequel for Clancy Brown.

 

Love me some Clancy Brown.  Sounds like I should look into this.

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The Madman Marz theme has been in my head for the last 24 hours. DAMMIT.

 

Prom Night (1980)

 

 

This was on Amazon Prime in TV format, so beware of the cruddy quality. However, I liked this more than I expected. I liked the procedural elements and found the story surprisingly interesting, but I wasn't prepared for all of the disco. SO MUCH DISCO. It's as if Halloween had a baby with Saturday Night Fever. Also, Leslie Nielsen is in this, and it's impossible not to think of him as Frank Drebin.

 

Yeah, lots of disco!  And I don't know why or what it is, but I get uncomfortable (not in a good way) watching JLC disco dance.  I don't even know why and cant explain it.  It's not like she's a bad dancer.  I don't know.  Maybe it's like watching old film of your mom getting down on the dance floor.  I'm like "I don't really want to watch this".  I think JLC busts out more dance moved in Terror Train, if I remember correctly.

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Love me some Clancy Brown.  Sounds like I should look into this.

Do so immediately and then check back in.

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Yeah, lots of disco!  And I don't know why or what it is, but I get uncomfortable (not in a good way) watching JLC disco dance.  I don't even know why and cant explain it.  It's not like she's a bad dancer.  I don't know.  Maybe it's like watching old film of your mom getting down on the dance floor.  I'm like "I don't really want to watch this".  I think JLC busts out more dance moved in Terror Train, if I remember correctly.

Haha, I think part of it is JLC gets down. She's an intense, unsmiling disco inferno, bringing the same heat she brought to that lap dance in True Lies. It's kinda hard to watch after she did those commercials for yogurt that makes you poop.

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Prom Night (1980)

 

SO MUCH DISCO.

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Haha, I think part of it is JLC gets down. She's an intense, unsmiling disco inferno, bringing the same heat she brought to that lap dance in True Lies. It's kinda hard to watch after she did those commercials for yogurt that makes you poop.

It could be that/.  It could be that even getting down she still dresses like a mom.  But yeah, you are correct about the intensity.  I feel like I'm in trouble for something watching her dance.

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I feel like I'm in trouble for something watching her dance.

Hah!

post #1136 of 1824

Day 2:

 

 

I had missed the hype and all the talk about this when it first hit the scene. So I managed to go into this relatively fresh and with no idea what to expect. So what I got turned out to a really neat and enjoyable take on a tried and true horror trope. More than anything, I really appreciate that this is determined to never over explain ANYTHING about the concept and just trusts the audience to go with it. It's operating on a kind of dream logic and the open ending just strengthens that. Some absolutely gorgeous cinematography on display throughout as well. Had a fantastic time with this. 

My list (in order of enjoyment):

 

1) It Follows

2) Alien 3

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THE BEAST WITHIN (1982)

 

Swampy, sweaty, southern-fried sleaze.  When your film opens with a vaguely exploitational scene where a woman is raped by a goopy monster (after the family dog has been horribly maimed), you know you’re in for something special.  This is not a good movie, but it is filled with wonderfully uncomfortable moments and one of the great transformation sequences of the 1980s, which ups the ante for drool, skin peeling, flesh splitting.  Ronny Cox is on board to add a bit of character and class, and his plotline - involving uncovering a dark town conspiracy populated by recognizable character actors - is the most interesting part of the story.  Tom Holland’s script mines the usual “coming of age”/sexual awakening subtext about as well could be expected (and the protagonist is well performed), but it’s ultimately just window dressing for some yucky murders and slimy creature feature shenanigans.  So many elements of this movie are in questionable taste that you can’t help but enjoy it a bit.  

 

Availability: Various home video formats, iTunes, Amazon

 

Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment

    1.    DRACULA (1931)
    2.    BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)
    3.    BEETLEJUICE (1988)
    4.    GERALD’S GAME (2017)
    5.    WE GO ON (2016)
    6.    THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM (2017)
    7.    MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933)
    8.    DRACULA’S DAUGHTER (1936)
    9.    HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II (1987)
    10.  THE BEAST WITHIN (1982)
    11.  THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960)
    12.  PROJECT: METALBEAST (1995)
    13.  NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1980)
    14.  LEATHERFACE (2017)

post #1138 of 1824

Night 4:

Haven't seen this in nearly or over 10 years.  Time for a reassessment.

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Night 4:


Haven't seen this in nearly or over 10 years.  Time for a reassessment.

I was just thinking of part 3 yesterday. Was tempted to watch it after I checked out 4 for the first time a few months back. The motive and relationship of the killer i was trying to remember most.

And forget the Jay and Silent Bob cameo, ffs.
post #1140 of 1824

 

The Blob (Streaming on Hulu)

 

I enjoyed this film up until when the government shows up.  After that it starts to lose some steam with me.  The make-up FX are fantastic, while the Blob itself moving around starts off looking good, but seems to look worse the further along the movie goes.  Kevin Dillon just looks like a goofball the whole time.  The music is that shit late 80's early 90's synth that I mentioned in yesterday's movie that I hate so much.  Other than these few complaints the movie has a lot of great moments and a mostly solid cast.

 

1. The Fog

2. Gerald's Game

3. Society

4. The Blob '88

5. Monster House 

post #1141 of 1824
Tonight was "Lights Out" from last year, a movie I hadn't even heard of till yesterday. Turns out it was just added to HBO GO.

Not bad for the modern crop of PG-13 jump scare horror. It has some clever fun with its creature premise at least. And there's Maria Bello-- always good to see her... That's about it.

1. Bride of Frankenstein
2. Dracula ('31)
3. Gerald's Game
4. Lights Out
5. Whistle and I'll Come to You ('10)
6. Curse of the Crimson Altar
7. Dracula's Daughter
post #1142 of 1824

 

MERCY - It's an adaptation of one of Stephen King's best short stories, Gramma, and one I had not been aware of until just recently. The unfortunate takeaway is that it whiffs just about every single technical challenge of filmmaking, and as a result, the movie has no real flavor or effect. Add to this that they've expanded the story by adding backstory and extra characters and none of it's very graceful. That said, it remains a terrific premise, and just like the short story, it involves some deep cuts into the Cthulhu mythos (although who knows if the film realizes this). Witch movies are fun, even when badly shot and edited. And the cast is ridiculously over-qualified: Frances O'Connor, Mark Duplass, Dylan McDermott, the kid from Walking Dead plays the lead, if that's interesting to you. Character actress Shirley Knight plays the witch, and it's fun to see her vomit blood all over the place. But still, this is mostly just a curiosity for King superfans, not the adaptation the story deserves (there's a better one as an episode of Tales From the Darkside). Watched on Netflix

 

In Order of Enjoyment

 

1. Gerald's Game

2. Re-Animator

3. Graveyard Shift

4. Cujo

5. 47 Meters Down

6. Friend Request

7. Mercy

8. Flatliners

9. The Axe Murders of Vilisca

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IT (1990)

 

Had to revisit this after seeing the new one a couple of times. Plus my 10 year old really wanted to watch it. I love Tim Curry but his Pennywise doesn't hold up too much anymore. Don't get me wrong it's still an iconic performance but he's too hammy. I understand the kids taste better when they're afraid but man he could have legitimately had Ben, Eddie, and Richie but let them go. All of the stuff with the kids is still gold though. If there was one thing I could take from this version and put into the new version, however, would be Henry Bowers. 

 

IN ORDER

 

1. Night of the Demons (1988)

2. The Blob (1988)

3. Re-Animator (1985)

4. Cult of Chucky (2017)

5. IT (1990)

post #1144 of 1824

I'll jump into this late if you guys will have me.  My schedule will kick my ass, but I'll try not to embarrass myself.

 

My first flick was Cult of Chucky, which didn't do a whole lot for me.  It's entertaining enough, but the Andy and Tiffany stuff was undercooked.  And the asylum setting didn't work for me as well as the house in the last flick.  

 

Still, it's cool that Mancini gets to churn these out every few years.  Fiona Douriff continues to be awesome, and Chucky had some good laughs.  The quality remains higher than most (all?) slasher series this long in the tooth, even if I do find the new look of Chucky a little distracting.

 

Netflix didn't have the post-credits scene, which I was unaware of until reading about it afterward.

 

1. Cult of Chucky (2017)

post #1145 of 1824

Almost lost a day. We came home from work/school and the power was off. Fortunately, it was not serial killer related. We finally got it restored at 7:30, which only left us an hour before the twins had to go to bed, (hey, it's a school night). WE had time to squeeze in anothe rof teh classics, since mot of them barely hit the hour mark.

 

Day 4: The Invisible Man

 

 

The twins enjoyed this, though not as much as the three-year-old, who caught part of it and ran around the house screaming, "I'm the divisible girl!" The twins are slowly getting better at watching a movie and letting it develop without asking fifty questions. The challenge has been great so far.

 

October rankings:

1. The Lost Boys

2. Army of Darkness

3. The Invisible Man

4. Dracula

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Do so immediately and then check back in.

 

Done!  Both PET SEMATARY movies are streaming on Amazon Prime, so the sequel proved easier to track down than I thought.  

 

The first film gets the benefit of King's blueprint, and there's an emotional resonance to the story and characters that the sequel just doesn't have.  Ultimately I have to say I prefer the first film.  But the sequel does definitely lean into the genre tropes a lot harder, and and as a result there's more 'incident' (read: gore and death).  The motorcycle kill is brutal.  Speaking of that - Clancy Brown delivers, as he always does, beating the shit out of kids left and right.  Lastly, this might be the least irritating Edward Furlong has ever been!

 

 

2017 RANKINGS (in order of enjoyment):

 

1. IT (2017)

2. GERALD'S GAME (2017)

3. DREAMCATCHER (2003)

4. THINNER (1996)

5. PET SEMATARY (1989)

6. PET SEMATARY TWO (1992)

7. IT (1990)

post #1147 of 1824

1 The 'Burbs

2-10 Puppet Masters 1-9

10 Castle Freak

11 lights out

12 The Descent: Original Cut

13 Don't Kill It

14 Cube

15 Gerald's Game <- Quite good. I love gore, and that scene really got me. Count me in as hating those last few minutes.

 

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Whoa, wait, you watched nine Puppet Master movies in quick succession? How did that go? Yikes!
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Whoa, wait, you watched nine Puppet Master movies in quick succession? How did that go? Yikes!

It was fine through the 5th. Like I said, I am a fan of their cheesiness. The subsequent movies were not as fun. The 6th wasn't horrible I guess. It was easy enough just because I watch them while I work out.

post #1150 of 1824

I'm guessing your list is chronological and not by enjoyment.

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