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post #1151 of 1824

Absolutely.

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Day 3:

 

 

I never actually knew they made a third one. And with good reason it seems! I'm actually quite a fan of the first two but this was pretty shitty aside from a novel twist here and there. Boring characters, boring kills and it adds absolutely nothing of value. Just a crappy DTV sequel. 

 

My list (in order of enjoyment):

 

1) It Follows

2) Alien 3

3) Hostel Part III

post #1153 of 1824
I thought that guy getting his face pulled off was a series highlight. But otherwise, yes.
post #1154 of 1824
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I thought that guy getting his face pulled off was a series highlight. But otherwise, yes.

 

In theory it should be, but the scene is so bloodless and poorly shot that it didn't do anything for me. I thought the crossbow death was much, much better.

 

And nothing here comes close to the tendon cutting and eye ball dangling of the original, or the Elizabeth Bathory scene in Part II (best death in the whole franchise).

post #1155 of 1824

Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1982) (I watched this on YouTube under the film's much more boring title, Night Warninghttps://youtu.be/S2-ftoTMH0Q video quality is just okay)

 

 

Holy moley, this was wacky. Susan Tyrrell plays an aunt with ... feelings for her nephew. She ends up killing a TV repairman, and Detective Bo Svenson, playing a homophobic bigoted nut, finds out the TV repairman was gay and becomes convinced that the nephew is gay and killed the TV repairman as part of a gay love triangle. (This guy really doesn't like gay people; I swear he says "f--" at least 15 times)

 

Tyrrell and Svenson are both amazing. (Look for a cameo from up n' comer "William Paxton") Not very scary, but it more than makes up for it by being strange as hell. The combination of incest and Svenson's raging homophobia makes for an incredibly bizarre psychosexual stew. From the director of Beach Blanket Bingo!

 

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. Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1982, YouTube)

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

8. Asylum (1972 - Amazon Prime)

9. Madman (1981 - Amazon Prime)

10. Incubus (1982 - Amazon Prime)

post #1156 of 1824

Hoo boy.  I'm sure I've watched it, back when owning a bowl and copious amounts of weed was a thing to me.

post #1157 of 1824
Tonight: "What Have You Done to Solange?"



A giallo from 1972. Seen better, seen worse from this genre-- didn't really have the striking visuals that you'd get from an Argento or Bava picture, but it had some disturbing kills and somewhat surprising resolution.

Like a number of these movies, it's only marginally horror, a mystery thriller with proto-slasher elements. So I guess you could debate whether it counts for the October challenge... But as far as I'm concerned, there's always room for giallo.

1. Bride of Frankenstein
2. Dracula ('31)
3. Gerald's Game
4. What Have You Done to Solange?
5. Lights Out
6. Whistle and I'll Come to You ('10)
7. Curse of the Crimson Altar
8. Dracula's Daughter
post #1158 of 1824
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But as far as I'm concerned, there's always room for giallo.

There's so much about this that I like.

post #1159 of 1824

Movies I've watched so far:

 

Carrie

Doomsday

Alien Covenant

SCREAM 1-3

Let the Right One In

My Bloody Valentine

The Devil's Backbone

Deep Blue Sea

Gerald's Game

The Ruins

(and The Witches of Eastwick, Ghost and Casper. Not quite horror but still fitting Halloween films)

 

Tonight:

 

 


Edited by smugbug - 10/6/17 at 12:00am
post #1160 of 1824
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Tonight:

 

 

Wow, these are a blast from my VHS past!

 

GHOULIES has what is still one of my favorite goofy movie posters:


That tagline is a classic!

post #1161 of 1824

Watched Street Trash. Don't know if I've seen a movie were the hero rapes a women, which leads into a hobo squad raping a women to death with no consequence. Even though the rapey guy who runs the junkyard seems to get syphilis from raping the women's corpse?? Solid melting though!

 

The random Mafia Don, who brings nothing to the plot, has a completely ridiculous song over the end credits I suppose.

 

1- Night of The Demons

2- Street Trash

3- The Stuff

post #1162 of 1824
Hey everyone. Longtime lurker, first time poster. This is a great idea so thought I'd come in and have a pop! So in order of enjoyment so far I have:

1. The Blob (1988) Rewatch
2. Society (1989) Rewatch
3. Cult of Chucky (2017) First time watch
4. Cat's Eye (1985) Rewatch
5. 1408 (2007) First time Watch
6. The Limehouse Golem (2017) First time.
7. Let's scare Jessica to death (1971) First.
8. The Beast Within (1982) First time watch.
9. Ghoulies (1984) Rewatch I think.

Enjoyed them all immensely apart from Ghoulies which I just didn't like. I remember the V.H.S cover well and it's by far the best thing about it. I was enjoying the first 20 mins then it just got tedious.

Next up The Visit!

Nice to finally post!
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The Blackwell Ghost (Amazon Prime)

A couple days ago a friend posted on Facebook that she was watching this and it was stressing her out so much he wanted to vomit. Intriguing. Is this a hidden gem? Also the movie is barely an hour long. Last night I didn't get into movie watching mode until later than usual. It's a work night, so I didn't want to stay up too late. Perfect night for a quick stress me out so much I want to commit movie.

So it's a found footage movie where this skeptic is shooting a documentary about ghosts. Apparently he's sick of making shitty zombie movies. He contacts someone who sent him a video about his haunted house. The filmmaker and his wife decide to spend a few nights at the house to document any bump in the night shenanigans.

Really this is just a garbage, no budget movie. The kind that mass amounts get dumped straight to streaming. Also it's not scary at all, as much as it wants to be. I guess if the horror of a high water bill due to people leaving the tap running is a real thing to you, then this would be a scary movie. And at 60 minutes this still felt too long.




1. The Fog
2. Gerald's Game
3. Society
4. The Blob '88
5. Monster House
6. The Blackwell Ghost
post #1164 of 1824

The twins have a new number one.

 

 

There was some trepidation at first. The middle story, based on the Ledge, really got to them."You mean that was really his wife's HEAD in the bag!" And then, when the troll first arrived, there was some hands over the eyes. But, by the end they were standing up and cheering as General cranked the record player and the troll exploded in the fan.

 

October Rankings:

 

1. Cat's Eye

2. The Lost Boys

3. Army of Darkness

4. The Invisible Man

5. Dracula

post #1165 of 1824

I'm a little behind here.

 

These are in chronological order.

 

1. Channel Zero - season 1 - eps 1-3
2. The Loved Ones (Hulu)
3. Gerald's Game (Netflix)
4. Friday the 13th (remake) (cinemax)
5. Wolves at the Door (Cinemax)
6. Morgan (Cinemax)
7. Channel Zero - season 1 - eps 4-6
8. Channel Zero - season 2 - eps 1-2
9. Incarnate (Cinemax)

10.  Curse of Chucky (Netflix)

11.  Cult of Chucky (Netflix)

 

Wolves at the Door - a re-telling of the night Sharon Tate was murdered. Not sure how accurate it was, but pretty typical of home invasion movies. One thing I have learned from these home invasion movies is that if you get one of them down, better kill them. Everyone thinks just knock them out and you're good. They end up coming back to get you in the end.

 

Morgan - not a bad movie about genetically engineered people. This might be a stretch for Horror, but it had some decent kills. I saw the twist at the end coming a mile away, almost too obvious.

 

Channel Zero - great show as many have already said here.

 

Incarnate - a cross between The Exorcist and Dreamscape. Aaron Eckhart is a guy who can exorcise demons by going into your brain and convincing you that you are possessed and showing you the way out. A different take on the idea, but not sure how successful it really was. A dumb ending where they break one of their rules and the obvious thing happens.

 

Chucky movies - I don't really watch these, I may have only seen the first one, but all the hub bub here got me interested. I'll have to say I enjoyed it. Silly of course, but some good stuff in there and some decent kills. Some nice head smashing in Cult of Chucky.

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THE STAND

 

One of my very favorite books, and when I last watched the miniseries - about a decade ago - I remember walking away thinking only about all the things Mick Garris completely whiffed on.  I figured my opinion would not have changed too much, and through the first couple hours, I was mostly right.  Part 1 and Part 2 are frustrating slogs.  King's screenplay is manic, slowing down to cover a specific turn of events in excruciating detail, while other key developments shoot past in the blink of an eye.  Its simultaneously too fast and too slow.

 

The wonderful internalized characterization from the novels doesn't translate at all, and the casting, for the most part, does the film no favors.  Gary Sinise is a fine Stu Redman I suppose, and the great Miguel Ferrer - the best of the bunch here - does a lot with a little, but the rest... its bad news.  Molly Ringwald and Corin Nemec are the worst, and unfortunately they have tons of scenes together.  As for Flagg: I get what they're going for here, but yikes.  I wish I could say Matthew McConaughey ran away with the role in THE DARK TOWER, but they are 0-2 as far as I'm concerned.

 

Still, things really start to gel in the back half.  How much of that is due to Garris's filmmaking, and how much is due to my love of the source material bleeding through is up for debate, but I can't deny: it was all working for me.  The climactic segment in Vegas is really great, especially when you consider there isn't whole lot actually happening.  And as much as I hate some of the casting and performances, we spend so much time with these characters, you can't help but grow attached.  The schmaltzy sentimentality reminds me (in the best possible way, of course) of LOST.   

 

 

 

2017 RANKINGS (in order of enjoyment):

 

1. IT (2017)

2. GERALD'S GAME (2017)

3. DREAMCATCHER (2003)

4. THE STAND (1994)

4. THINNER (1996)

5. PET SEMATARY (1989)

6. PET SEMATARY TWO (1992)

7. IT (1990)

post #1167 of 1824
I don’t have the most forgiving schedule when it comes to movies now, but I started yesterday and have watched a few since then.

1. Gerald’s Game- only got halfway through the book as a jr. High school kid (the marital strife stuff bored me I’m guessing) but damn was the movie excellent. I’m with everyone on the ending though, yikes. The “ungloving” was cringe-inducing. Makes me want to read the book now.

2. Prom Night- wish I could have had more fun with this one. Jamie Lee was the highlight obviously, and she was super easy on the eyes. That disco scene was pretty awesome. Not as fun as Terror Train. This only leaves Road Games as the last one of her slashers I gotta see, tough to find a copy.

3. Cult of Chucky- Had fun with this. No scares but some pretty decent gore and some of the best imagery of the series. Also, it is keeping the arch’s of the characters changing, which is awesome. Wish Alex Vincent was a better actor though, take some lessons for the next one dude.


1. Gerald’s Game
2. Cult of Chucky
3. Prom Night
post #1168 of 1824
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2. Prom Night- wish I could have had more fun with this one. Jamie Lee was the highlight obviously, and she was super easy on the eyes. That disco scene was pretty awesome. Not as fun as Terror Train. This only leaves Road Games as the last one of her slashers I gotta see, tough to find a copy.
 

Shudder has it streaming.  You should get it just for the month of October.  It's only 5 bucks a month.  It's also the only place streaming Noroi: The Curse if you're into Japanese Supernatural stuff at all.  I highly recommend it.

 

I probably won't get a horror movie in tonight.  I think I'm going to watch Blade Runner in anticipation of the new one.

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I keep forgetting about Shudder. 5 a month is a steal.
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I need a ruling on High Plains Drifter. It's really really close.
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Yeah, why not? Just the other day I heard the critic Kim Newman say he considered "horror" to be more a matter of tone and style than anything else, and I agree. "High Plains Drifter" is full of horrific elements that qualify, and it sure isn't a traditional western.
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No. 6:

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Tonight, will put one of these on. Basically, this weekend through Monday, these are whats showing here...








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The documentary on the "Street Trash" DVD brought a short film to my attention that stars James Lorinz. It's called "Swirlee," and Lorinz plays a guy with an ice cream cone for a head. I found it on YouTube. The film plays like an indie social realist drama and (bewilderingly) David Caruso, who was an unknown actor when the film was shot, shows up as the protagonist's fed-up roommate. It's pretty amazing, maybe not a "horror" film per se. Unless you're lactose intolerant.
post #1175 of 1824

James Lorinz would've make CSI: Miami a whole lot better.

post #1176 of 1824
Now I'm trying to work out if Caruso would have made Frankenhooker better or worse.
post #1177 of 1824

And now, for Eddie Furlong's best work, and possibly Clancy Brown's.....

The horror sequel that gives no fucks whom it entertains. Nasty and mean-spirited to the core.

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HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER - This movie kicks ass. And this viewing removed any shadow of a doubt I had about what was going on in it. He's a fucking ghost, no two ways about it. A ghost who enjoys fucking quite a bit. This might be my favorite of Eastwood's non-Unforgiven Westerns, and it has such an unique old school EC Horror Comics vibe, but with absolutely no sense of humor. Just the pure wages of sin, enforced by a vengeful God, or more likely Satan. What it really reminded me of this time were those weird pirate comics that pop up in Watchmen. The historical romance of the era is swept away, revealing pure human ugliness beneath, all of it begging to be smote. Eastwood is a gaunt revenant, his Man With No Name character reframed as a demon. And the misanthropic world view of the thing is in every nook and cranny. Great dialogue throughout, and a striking visual style, especially the last third, when the town (literally?) turns into Hell.

 

I'm going to have to watch some classic this weekend, because this will currently be sitting atop my list looking like a big fat Western, even though it's easily a more effective horror yarn than just about everything else I've seen. I'll be talking about this on my podcast next week, and I expect that will be a fun one.

 

In Order of Enjoyment

 

1. High Plains Drifter

2. Gerald's Game

3. Re-Animator

4. Graveyard Shift

5. Cujo

6. 47 Meters Down

7. Friend Request

8. Mercy

9. Flatliners

10. The Axe Murders of Vilisca

post #1179 of 1824

I’m visiting friends for the weekend, and we’re doing lots of movie-watching…

 

THE WOLF MAN (1941)

 

Classic Universal horror.  Fog-shrouded forests, gypsies, townsfolk with torches, fabulous turns by various character actors, and one hell of an iconic title monster.  Jack Pierce was responsible for a slew of flat-out iconic monster creations, but the Wolf Man has always been my favorite makeup design of his.  What really jumped out to me during this watch was the quality of the acting; Chaney’s great as the sympathetic Larry Talbot, but for my money the real MVPs are Claude Rains and Maria Ouspenskaya.  Ouspenskaya, particularly, brings a great deal of verisimilitude to her role; it’s a naturalistic, quietly humane performance that helps us buy into werewolf lore.  I can't say much more about this one that hasn't already been said, except that I still love it!


BLAIR WITCH (2016)

 

I revisited this after being underwhelmed by it last year.  My opinion of it has mostly solidified as follows:  a superior found footage film, but an inferior Blair Witch-centered film.  I hate the “rules” this one brings to the table, and I intensely dislike the way it sets up bizarre random occurrences that are left unexplained (and not in a fun, engaging way, but in a “we’re just throwing anything we can think of in here” way).  That said, the final 20 minutes taken as a whole are a legit fantastic haunted house setpiece, and the movie justifies its existence with that sequence alone.  At the end of the day, this is THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT cranked up to 11, and while that does provide some pretty fun jolts, it’s utterly lacking in the special unease that made (and still makes) that original film truly frightening. 

 

Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment

    1.    DRACULA (1931)
    2.    THE WOLF MAN (1941)
    3.    BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)
    4.    BEETLEJUICE (1988)
    5.    GERALD’S GAME (2017)
    6.    WE GO ON (2016)
    7.    THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM (2017)
    8.    MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933)
    9.    DRACULA’S DAUGHTER (1936)
    10.  HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II (1987)
    11.  BLAIR WITCH (2016)
    12.  THE BEAST WITHIN (1982)
    13.  THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960)
    14.  PROJECT: METALBEAST (1995)
    15.  NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1980)
    16.  LEATHERFACE (2017)

post #1180 of 1824
More from Italy with Argento's 1980 follow-up to "Suspiria":




Somehow never seen this before. What a cool-looking movie. Moment to moment, scene to scene, I could nearly convince myself that "Inferno" is better than its predecessor. But the fact is it doesn't hold up as well as a whole.

Main problem is that you're ostensibly hanging onto to this whitebread nitwit, Mark, as the protagonist. Stretches of the film present a few women as though they're each now the focus of the story-- only they're each murderously dispatched, and you're back to goddamn Mark.

Still, pretty good, with a scene or two that gives even a hardcase like me the willies... Fuckin rats, man.

1. Bride of Frankenstein
2. Dracula ('31)
3. Gerald's Game
4. Inferno
5. What Have You Done to Solange?
6. Lights Out
7. Whistle and I'll Come to You ('10)
8. Curse of the Crimson Altar
9. Dracula's Daughter

By the way, maybe somebody can help me out here: both this and last night's movie are on Prime. I am positive they also had "Suspiria" up there not more than a month ago.

I think I even put it on late one night after drinking and fell asleep to it. Now I can't find it streaming there, or anywhere else for that matter. Am I crazy or what?
Edited by Slim - 10/6/17 at 11:13pm
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I ended having to watch my brother's dog tonight, so he could attend a wedding.  By the time I finally got the dog to take a nap, The Monster Squad was starting on public access and became my choice for the night.  I've seen it a million times - most of those when I was four or five - but I always end up getting in one viewing every October.  It continues to be a blast, and it was cool to watch it for the 30th anniversary.  I love the atmosphere and think the makeup effects on the Wolf Man are still pretty great.  The kids are fun too; no one ever believes poor Eugene.

 

The best part?  The dog waking up and staring at the television every time the Wolf Man howled.  I laughed.

 

1. The Monster Squad (1987)

2. Cult of Chucky (2017)

post #1182 of 1824
I saw "Victor Crowley" tonight. I've only seen the first two "Hatchet" movies, so I was a little lost going into this one. Well, I also remember zilch about the first two "Hatchet" movies because I drink a lot.

At any rate, Adam Green intro'd the screening and asked us not to spoil the movie. I mean, I don't know what's spoiler territory for the flick anyway. I guess the mid-credits scene is spoilery? I dunno.

1) Street Trash
2) Nightmare City
3) Victor Crowley
post #1183 of 1824
The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015)
 

 

Some good cinematography, but the atmosphere couldn't overcome the thin story. I remember the compositions more than the characters. Disappointing.

 

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. Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1982, YouTube)

7. Madman (1981 - Amazon Prime; I'm bumping this up because the damn Madman Marz theme might be the most memorable part of this month for me. GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD)

8. The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015, Amazon Prime)

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

10. Asylum (1972 - Amazon Prime)

11. Incubus (1982 - Amazon Prime)

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Kicked off my own October with a run of Stephen King flicks:

 

1. THE SHINING - the GOAT. Masterfully directed, of course, with 3 brilliant central performances all in perfect harmony with tone. At the moment I'm thinking Danny Lloyd's is the one to most savor. As pitch perfect and unnerving a child performance as we've ever gotten. As essential as Linda Blair in THE EXORCIST.

 

2. GERALD'S GAME - Jacob Knight called this the quintessential King adaption. That's really overselling it. There's a flatness to it.; a TV movie feel, overcome only by jaw-droppingly terrific Carla Gugino.

 

3. SLEEPWALKERS - not counting LAWNMOWER MAN which King sued to have his name taken off, I always considered this the nadir. However, a fresh look revealed a film that while still a mess is not one without its charms. From a screenplay by King,  if it had any directorial flourishes at all, and creature fx that weren't a total disaster, it might've come off as minor SILVER BULLET-esque  fun camp.

 

 

 

4. BODY DOUBLE - the MOST De Palma. Brief scene with Barbara Crampton perhaps most devastating moment in all De Palma canon. The look she gives Wasson ....a soul crusher

 

5. I MARRIED A WITCH -  I Loooove this movie so much. goddess Veronica!

 

6. NEEDFUL THINGS -  adaptation of first King book to disappoint/ bore me doesn't  quite work as a movie either, but omg Ed Harris is all in, and sells the climatic speech making it a great scene

 

7. STAGEFRIGHT ('87) -  Michele Soavi's Neo-Giallo Slasher is one I love a little more each time

 

8. POPCORN -  a fun goof; kind of BAD DREAMS meets MATINEE

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One last thing NEEDFUL THINGS - I got so excited when I saw W. D. Richter's name in opening credits as writer, but it's really only the J.T. Walsh stuff that hints at his wit.

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Easter Sunday (2014)

 

 

In the Netflix heads-up thread, Kyle Reese described Amazon Prime thusly:

 

Quote:
 It's like 50 jazzercise aquarium videos and amateur horror boobs movies for every real movie.

This was one of their amateur horror boobs movies. 
 

Good God, this is one of the worst things I've ever seen. The first kill takes place at night...you know, when everybody hunts for Easter eggs. Unwatchable, nonsensical, embarrassing, shitty trash. I couldn't finish it. Also, Robert Z'Dar is in this and he looks like hell.


On the bright side, after seeing this, there's no question that the movie I was part of will be able to get on Amazon Prime. It was almost comforting seeing something this terrible on a streaming service.

 

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. Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1982, YouTube)

7. Madman (1981 - Amazon Prime)

8. The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015, Amazon Prime)

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

10. Asylum (1972 - Amazon Prime)

11. Incubus (1982 - Amazon Prime)

12. Easter Sunday (2014 - Amazon Prime)

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Going to run through this. Not a movie but about horror movies and its become a October tradition to watch all of them.  One of the better things that Bravo had done. Its just fun. Also, reminds me to rewatch Freaks

 

 

(BTW, all episodes - five 60-minute slots that count down from 100 - are on Youtube.)

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Mangy, did Robert Z'dar act in Easter Sunday before or after he died?
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I'm not sure.

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Going to run through this. Not a movie but about horror movies and its become a October tradition to watch all of them.  One of the better things that Bravo had done. Its just fun. Also, reminds me to rewatch Freaks

 

 

(BTW, all episodes - five 60-minute slots that count down from 100 - are on Youtube.)


This is one of my seasonal traditions, as well.  Fun program.  I have strong memories of watching this entire thing on a Saturday night in October with my freshman roommate at college when it actually aired on Bravo.

 

In other news, the marathon weekend with friends is continuing...

 

SLEEPAWAY CAMP (1983)

 

A film made infamous by its absolutely bonkers final reveal, perhaps the most nutty of all slasher cinema.  It’s got a surprisingly solid cast of characters, and it’s one of the rare camp-set horror movies that is actually concerned with the day-to-day goings on, including all the rivalries that develop amongst the campers and the counselors.  There are also some solid, creative kills that manage to be more suggestive than too explicitly gory.

 

Availability:  Various home video formats, Amazon, Vudu

 

HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982)

The best HALLOWEEN sequel?  It might be!  Perhaps more than any other movie in the series, SEASON OF THE WITCH captures the feel of the holiday; so much of the story is built around the lore and mythology of Halloween, which gives the movie a unique flavor.  Dean Cundey’s cinematography is terrific, particularly the usage of lighting and shadow; there are visual moments here, like the image on the poster, that are like mini encapsulations of what Halloween feels like.  Cundey’s films of this era always look richer and more expensive than they really are, and this one is no exception.  Tommy Lee Wallace’s direction is also strong - while he’s certainly no John Carpenter, he knows when and how to reveal visual information in a way which creates tension and intrigue, and that fits this tale of paranoia quite well.  And finally we have the score from Carpenter and Alan Howarth, which absolutely, perfectly nails the vibe.

 

Availability:  Various home video formats (the Scream Factory Blu is particularly good), Amazon, iTunes

 

CREEP (2014)

One of the most tonally unique genre films of recent years.  This is a movie that is a pretty deft balance of genuine humor and genuine unease.  Mark Duplass has created here a wholly singular character, somebody who manages to be totally convincing as a goofball, while also totally convincing as somebody capable of very dark, dangerous things.  Structurally the movie’s pretty interesting too, as it takes some unexpected turns in the second half.  Big fan of this one.

 

Availability: Netflix

 

TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE (1983)

Wanna see something really scary?

 

One of the perennial scary movies of my childhood (even though really only a couple of the segments have frightening elements).  The quality of the individual stories is a mixed bag of sorts (Landis’ is easily the weakest, though at least some of that was unavoidable due to the accident during shooting), but the execution is strong throughout.  Dante and Miller’s segments are terrific, energetic fun, and John Lithgow delivers one of the finest turns of his entire career in the final segment.  Also great throughout is Jerry Goldsmith’s score; nakedly emotional and longing in Spielberg’s segment, frenzied and frightening in Miller’s.

 

Availability:  Various home video formats, Amazon, Vudu

 

Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment

    1.    DRACULA (1931)
    2.    THE WOLF MAN (1941)
    3.    BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)
    4.    BEETLEJUICE (1988)
    5.    GERALD’S GAME (2017)
    6.    HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH
    7.    WE GO ON (2016)
    8.    CREEP (2014)
    9.    THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM (2017)
    10.  MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933)
    11.  DRACULA’S DAUGHTER (1936)
    12.  TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE (1983)
    13.  HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II (1987)
    14.  SLEEPAWAY CAMP (1983)
    15.  BLAIR WITCH (2016)
    16.  THE BEAST WITHIN (1982)
    17.  THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960)
    18.  PROJECT: METALBEAST (1995)
    19.  NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1980)
    20.  LEATHERFACE (2017)

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Is that Bravo special the one where Rob Zombie talks about how much Audition freaked him out?

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Is that Bravo special the one where Rob Zombie talks about how much Audition freaked him out?


Yup. 

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Speaking of horror boobs movies on Amazon Prime:



After seeing the writing credit for Rita Mae Brown, of all people, on this, I took a look at its Wikipedia entry. Turns out this was originally intended as a slasher parody-- which for 1982 seems like it would be ahead of its time-- and you can see that a bit here because there are a couple of funny gags. But it's mostly staightforwardly terrible, and only funny in the way that terrible slasher movies blur that line anyhow.

In its favor are its short running time and the aforementioned boobs.


1. Bride of Frankenstein
2. Dracula ('31)
3. Gerald's Game
4. Inferno
5. What Have You Done to Solange?
6. Lights Out
7. Whistle and I'll Come to You ('10)
8. Curse of the Crimson Altar
9. Dracula's Daughter
10. Slumber Party Massacre
post #1194 of 1824
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Yup. 

I immediately sought Audition out after seeing that.

 

Hello, Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987)

 

 

The disco from the first one is replaced with bits cribbed from The Exorcist and Carrie, and there are even a handful of inventively Raimi-esque camera shots. I thought this was a big step up from the first. Agreed with Belloq about Ironsides being somewhat miscast; he's never struck me as meek.

 

My list in order of preference:

 

1. The Thing (1982 - Blu-Ray)

2. The Blob (1988 - Hulu)

3. Gerald's Game (2017 - Netflix)

4. Hello, Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987 - Amazon Prime)

5. Prom Night (1980 - Amazon Prime)

6. The Last Horror Film (1982 - Amazon Prime)

7. Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1982 - YouTube)

8. Madman (1981 - Amazon Prime)

9. The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015 - Amazon Prime)

10. Fiend Without A Face (1958 - Filmstruck - Dailymotion)

11. Asylum (1972 - Amazon Prime)

12. Incubus (1982 - Amazon Prime)

13. Easter Sunday (2014 - Amazon Prime)


Edited by Mangy - 10/8/17 at 6:23am
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THE FOG (1980)

 

Perhaps John Carpenter’s most underrated film.  Unparalleled atmosphere, and the incredible maritime/seaside vibe lends some weight to what is ultimately a very classic ghost story.  It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but rather tries to present a traditional chiller story, albeit jazzed up a bit with some (more implied than seen) violence.  The cast is packed with great faces and talents - who doesn't love Houseman opening the movie by literally telling a campfire ghost story? - and Cundey once again lights and shoots the hell out of the script.  And for my money, this is Carpenter’s best score.

 

Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment

    1.    DRACULA (1931)
    2.    THE WOLF MAN (1941)
    3.    BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)
    4.    BEETLEJUICE (1988)
    5.    GERALD’S GAME (2017)
    6.    THE FOG (1980)
    7.    HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982)
    8.    WE GO ON (2016)
    9.    CREEP (2014)
    10.  THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM (2017)
    11.  MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933)
    12.  DRACULA’S DAUGHTER (1936)
    13.  TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE (1983)
    14.  HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II (1987)
    15.  SLEEPAWAY CAMP (1983)
    16.  BLAIR WITCH (2016)
    17.  THE BEAST WITHIN (1982)
    18.  THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960)
    19.  PROJECT: METALBEAST (1995)
    20.  NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1980)
    21.  LEATHERFACE (2017)

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Day 8:

My introduction to Lovecraft started with this at age 10.  Thanks, Dad.

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Tucker and Dale vs.Evil (DVD, also available on Netflix)

Yesterday the family went on a walk to downtown for one of those city events where there are food trucks, martial arts demos, booths of people selling random shit, and some rock band of high school kids playing Don't Stop Believing. You know the kind. Afterwards we swing into a pizza joint for some pizza and beers. Good times. I asked my wife what horror movie she would like to watch, and in the buzz of pizza and beer she said she kind of wanted to rent The Little Hours. I told her since I didn't watch a horrible movie on Friday I wanted to watch a horror movie so I didn't fall too far behind. We compromised by her requesting we watch something fun like Tucker and Dale. I said we could watch that or rent The Final Girls. So we decided to rent The Final Girls. Once we walked back home, got the baby (I guess she's really a toddler at this point) bathed, fed, and put to bed, we were both exhausted. So we decided Tucker and Dale since we didn't want to pay to rent a movie that we may pass out during. So T&D it was! Holly would up tapping out after an hour, and I think I fell asleep during the last 15 minutes. Asleep in bed at 9:30 on a Saturday night! Considering that I think the last 20 or so minutes of this movie is the weakest part, no big loss. The rest of the movie I find quite enjoyable.

1. The Fog
2. Gerald's Game
3. Society
4. Tucker and Dale
5. The Blob '88
6. Monster House
7. The Blackwell Ghost
post #1198 of 1824
Cult of Chucky was weirdly fun but not as solid as Curse.

Watched Creep again and I feel it's one of the best found footage movies out there. Can't wait for second.
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Creep IS fantastic, and it got me interested in following the Duplass Brothers filmography. Togetherness is a pretty great show, and Blue Jay, while fairly heartbreaking (note: pretty fucking heartbreaking) is awesome. Him and Sarah Paulson are the perfect “couple”.
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"Frankenstein Unbound" is a weird one. John Hurt is a scientist in 2031 whose particle beam experiment creates some sort of temporal anomaly that sends him (and his talking car) back to 1817, where he meets Victor Frankenstein, played by Raul Julia. They become fast frenemies, and when you're beginning to wonder if this is PG, the Monster rips someone's heart out.

Oh, and it was directed by Roger Corman. Unreal.

1) Street Trash
2) Nightmare City
3) Frankenstein Unbound
4) Victor Crowley
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