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post #1251 of 1824

1408

 

A smart, effective little haunted house movie.  I've never read the short story, but I have to imagine this is the gold standard for minor King adaptations.  The single location never gets stale; Mikael Halfstrom finds all sorts of different ways to shoot the room, giving us just enough to explore while still maintaining a sense of claustrophobia.  The pacing is great, and when the general supernatural hijinx give way to heavier emotional stuff, it feels earned.  Sam Jackson is perfect in the two scenes hes in, dumping exposition like a pro.  Lots of fun.

 

 

2017 RANKINGS (in order of enjoyment):

 

1. IT (2017)

2. GERALD'S GAME (2017)

3. DREAMCATCHER (2003)

4. 1408 (2007)

5. THE STAND (1994)

6. PET SEMATARY (1989)

7. THINNER (1996)

8. DESPERATION (2006)

9. PET SEMATARY TWO (1992)

10. IT (1990)

11. GRAVEYARD SHIFT (1990)

post #1252 of 1824
Been a little slow because of work but I’m still getting them done.

4.Pet Sematary
Yesterday was Pet Sematary (because we have Hulu now and I’ve also never seen it). I wish I had seen this as a little kid because I think it would’ve really gotten to me. The death of Gage is tough knowing they tease at it a few times, and Miko Hughes was a great actor at a young age. The idea of a better actor than Midkiff in the role I will echo, because damn, he was incredibly weak. I’d throw in John Heard, Dreyfus, or maybe even Richard Gere as replacements.

Question:how does the wife die, I know Gage got her, but, who made a noose and stuffed her in the ceiling? Gage??

5. Halloween H20: All this talk of the Green/McBride Halloween made me do a reassessment of it. Yea, it’s the Laurie Strode Survivor Story. Yes it is also a Scream Inspired slasher. The dialogue is a bit annoying and too on the nose and/or cute for my taste now. The scenes with the changing masks were fun to look for. As a whole it holds up as it did a few years back, the retcon of the ending they did in H8 leaves a bad taste in my mouth with this one, which is kind of unfair. But, seeing as how all of the sequels are being erased, big whoop right?

Enjoyment
1.Geralds Game
2. Pet Sematary
3.Halloween H20
4.Cult of Chucky
5.Prom Night
post #1253 of 1824

I had a medical emergency that set me back but now I'm recovering and can't really do anything but watch tv so I've been putting movies away. Yesterday I watched:

 

 

 

THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE (1973)

Found this on Netflix. Didn't really connect with it. It was shortly after returning from the hospital and I had a toddler running around so that could be why. Might have to revisit. 

 

 

 

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET PART 2: FREDDY'S REVENGE (1985)

Probably my favorite Nightmare film outside of 1, 3 and New Nightmare. Freddy is still dark in this, especially the way he mentally toys with Jesse and the dogs with the creepy kid faces are pretty freaky looking. A lot of unintentional comedy in this. You get an exploding parakeet. Jesse's "You can't talk to me like that." I won't get into all of the homoerotic subtext as that's been talked to death but that dance Jesse does while cleaning his room tho.

 

 

 

TEXAS CHAINSAW (2013)

I like this when I first saw it and I still like it now. However, I will say that I have a low bar for what makes me like a movie and that is did I or did I not enjoy it. I thought it was an interesting direction to go after the Platinum Dunes entries. I like how they made all of her friends pretty terrible and the one guy a thief so that way when she decides to stay you're not saying but that dude killed all of your friends. I was hoping the new Leatherface movie from this year would pick up after this but from what I understand it's a prequel.

 

 

 

MY BLOODY VALENTINE (2009)

This is my kind of movie. I'm a fan of blood and gore so the beginning when Warden wakes up and murders a whole hospital and there is blood and body parts everywhere, I'm in. I wish Jensen Ackles would do more movies. I think he does a good job with what he's given, especially at the end when it's time for him to flip the switch and go full crazy. 

 

 

 

THE POSSESSION (2012)

It was Winchester's day at my house as this one has Jeffrey Dean Morgan in it. Pretty standard demonic possession fare. One critic called it "The Jewish Exorcist" That's about right. 

 

 

IN ORDER

 

1. Night of the Demons (1988)

2. The Blob (1988)

3. Re-Animator (1985)

4. Cult of Chucky (2017)

5. IT (1990)

6. Legend of Hell House (1973)

7. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 (1985)

8. Texas Chainsaw (2013)

9. My Bloody Valentine (2009)

10. The Possession (2012)

post #1254 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

16 Cult of Chucky

17 Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary

18 Cube 2 <- Yep. I have both "sequels." Definitely not as good as the first. For better and worse, it amplifies everything from the first film. While this has some horrific moments, it's certainly more sci-fi than horror. The CG. Oof.

post #1255 of 1824

I also re-watched PET SEMATARY last night.  I guess it's been pointed out that it's on Amazon Prime at the moment?  Some thoughts:

 

- Fred Gwynne is great.

- I still don't know how they got that performance out that kid.  It's incredible because that same kid is my least favorite element of NEW NIGHTMARE, although perhaps Craven's direction is more at fault in that case.

- It's weird the way the head trauma ghost becomes the movie's comic relief.  And boy howdy does it need some.  It's a nasty piece of work.

- On that subject, the movie's goofier elements (and there are many) contribute to the unease for me.  Your mileage may vary, and there was definitely a less schlocky movie to be made from the same source material, but I kind of value the corniness as part of the atmosphere.  The bit where the father-in-law indicts Creed at the funeral is a perfect example. It's almost comically over-the-top but also really upsetting.  The movie achieves a kind of clownish anxiety.

- I agree with everyone that the Zelda scenes are by far the scariest parts of the movie.

 

I never did see PET SEMATARY 2.  Is it worth a watch?

post #1256 of 1824
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I never did see PET SEMATARY 2.  Is it worth a watch?

Yes -- only for Clancy Brown.

post #1257 of 1824
Watched "Pet Sematary" earlier this week as well. Hadn't seen it since its release in theaters, and it's a mark of how memorable pieces of it are-- Herman Munster, Gage and Zelda mainly-- that they've stuck with me (and pop culture) for all these years. But yeah, is it ever dragged down by the lead performances from Tasha Yar and a guy who should've been working as a stand-in for Richard Dean Anderson, at best. My wife and I spent the whole time goofing on him, which undercut a lot of the horror.

Back in the plus column, the fuckin Ramones. Good movie overall.

Then on TCM On Demand:



Samurai ghost story, basically. I'm not all that familiar with the subgenre, but this is evidently the most famous of such stories, adapted multiple times. It's the heartwarming tale of the world's biggest jerk, a ronin who is encouraged by his Iago-like servant to commit a series of murders and gets haunted to death for his troubles. Very simple but well done, shot in moody, lurid Eastman Color.

1. Bride of Frankenstein
2. Dracula ('31)
3. Gerald's Game
4. Inferno
5. Pet Sematary
6. Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan ('58)
7. House of Dracula
8. What Have You Done to Solange?
9. Lights Out
10. Whistle and I'll Come to You ('10)
11. Curse of the Crimson Altar
12. Dracula's Daughter
13. Slumber Party Massacre
post #1258 of 1824
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1408

 

A smart, effective little haunted house movie.  I've never read the short story, but I have to imagine this is the gold standard for minor King adaptations.  The single location never gets stale; Mikael Halfstrom finds all sorts of different ways to shoot the room, giving us just enough to explore while still maintaining a sense of claustrophobia.  The pacing is great, and when the general supernatural hijinx give way to heavier emotional stuff, it feels earned.  Sam Jackson is perfect in the two scenes hes in, dumping exposition like a pro.  Lots of fun.

I like this one a lot, too, though I think it has a rather serious misstep with the third act detour/fakeout the movie takes us on.

 

And you're right about Jackson's scenes, especially the first one, which presents key expository information in a compelling way; it really builds up a sense of anticipation for what we're about to see.

 

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THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE (1973)

Found this on Netflix. Didn't really connect with it. It was shortly after returning from the hospital and I had a toddler running around so that could be why. Might have to revisit.

Roddy McDowall alone pulls me though this one, plus there's some fine unease crafted by the director, but the movie pales in comparison to Richard Matheson's novel.  Almost all of the book's darker, weirder, and more frank elements had to be sanded down in a way that hurts the effectiveness of the story.

post #1259 of 1824
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I like this one a lot, too, though I think it has a rather serious misstep with the third act detour/fakeout the movie takes us on.

That was my big beef with 1408 as well. I simply never bought it, so it didn't really play as a fakeout, which was clearly the intent. But the opening hour or so is really, really good.

post #1260 of 1824
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That was my big beef with 1408 as well. I simply never bought it, so it didn't really play as a fakeout, which was clearly the intent. But the opening hour or so is really, really good.


That particular section really strikes me as padding.  They didn't have quite enough to get us to feature-length, so they pulled the old dream/hallucination sequence on us to expand the running time.

post #1261 of 1824
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I like this one a lot, too, though I think it has a rather serious misstep with the third act detour/fakeout the movie takes us on.

 

Yeah, the fakeout never even registers as a fakeout; its just one of those beats you assume is going to be part of a story like this at some point.  I thought the detour was worth it for the bit at the post office where everyone starts violently tearing down the walls to reveal the interior of the room again - I really liked that scene.

post #1262 of 1824

Day 6: The Sequel

 

 

I definitely liked this much more than the first. I'd heard of the Ensfield haunting before (I was BIG into Paranormal research growing up) but it's rather wonderfully dramatized here. The family's an absolute sympathetic treat and FUCK the scares had me swearing kinda throughout. Also, while yeah, the real Warrens were full of shit, the Movie Warrens as played by Wilson and Vermiga are just a joy to watch. I could follow their loving, folksy demon hunting for like 5 more of these if they keep this quality.

 

Although I need some lighter Raimi-esque fair tomorrow I think. 2spooky4me

 

My list (in order of enjoyment):

 

1) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

2) The Conjuring 2

3) The Conjuring 

4) It Follows

5) Alien 3

6) Hostel Part III 

post #1263 of 1824

 

 

DEAD ALIVE (1992)

I haven't seen this one in ages and was inspired to rewatch it by an earlier conversation. I forgot what a total fucking riot this one is. It's every bit as fun an inventive as Raimi at his best and easily earns its place as the bloodiest movie ever made. I love the LOTR films but I'd give them all away in a heartbeat for Peter Jackson to make another movie like this.

 

 

In order of enjoyment:

1. Dead Alive

2. Gerald's Game

3. The Host

4. Cult of Chucky

5. The Resurrected

post #1264 of 1824

It's been a busy-as-hell week, so I fell behind but I think I should be able to catch up soon enough.

I watched the Blob, and although it wasn't anything amazing from a story perspective, I really liked the twist on the monster's origin and the effects are top notch. It's chock-full of "I kinda recognize that person" actors. Overall I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Re-watched Hush with my lady friend, and I still liked it but for such a short movie I really feel that the middle kind of drags. Without spoiling, I think there's almost nothing gained by the entry of another character mid-way through besides not being an hour long, honestly.

I finally managed to catch IT in the theater this past weekend, and boy do I have some conflicting feelings on that one. I'm not a huge fan of the book, or anything, but a lot of the changes they made seemed really arbitrary.
I think the performances of the kids are all top-notch, even those who didn't have a ton to do. Richie (Finn Wolfhard) was the clear star of the kids to me, but I think it actually did a much better job than the book of making you care about Stan. Unfortunately, that development came at the cost of Mike's character. There seems to be some missing time where Ben and especially Mike become more interwoven into the group. Cutting out the dam-building scene made Ben seem like he just magically fits in (which, I get that they help him, but as a former fat child I guarantee it would still be an awkward transition), and it undercuts his utility to the point they have to take Mike's primary trait and give it to Ben, leaving Mike out in the cold. This may be my inner historian, but I really hated that Mike lost his status as town historian, though I suppose they may change who the "narrator" of the second part is?
Pennywise frankly left me cold. He's not corny on purpose, so he's corny on accident instead. There's good bits, but he also seems like the part they were least willing to change from the book. I didn't catch any time when "beep beep, Richie" is used by the Losers, so why does he say it? Why does he turn into a mummy, when cheap horror movies aren't part of the movie at all? I hated his self-consciously creepy jitter effect, and his dialogue left me wanting, too.
Overall, the good outweighed the bad, but watching the kids bounce off each other would have been even better with a more substantial antagonist.


1. Let the Right One In
2. Gerald's Game
3. Hush
4. IT
5. The Blob
6. Grave Encounters
7. Hell House LLC

(I liked all of these, but the above are my subject-to-change rankings)

post #1265 of 1824

Hey, while I'm here, can I get a ruling on Assault on Precinct 13, as it relates to being a horror movie? It's an old favorite of mine that I rewatched yesterday because it was on Shudder...it's certainly a thriller?

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Hey, while I'm here, can I get a ruling on Assault on Precinct 13, as it relates to being a horror movie? It's an old favorite of mine that I rewatched yesterday because it was on Shudder...it's certainly a thriller?
Easy litmus test. Is it streaming on Shudder? It turns out it is. It counts as horror.
post #1267 of 1824

So is Shudder TV free to watch and you just have to watch whatever they are playing?

 

I was checking out their website and it started playing and I'm not a subscriber or anything.

post #1268 of 1824
It's not free. You have to subscribe. 5 bucks a month. I don't understand their Shudder TV thing. When I open the app on Roku it does the same thing. But it always plays the same movie and starts from the same spot. It's weird.
post #1269 of 1824

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)

 

Wes Craven’s best and most iconic film.  The premise is so simple, yet frighteningly potent and powerful, and there is imagery in here that I still find deeply unsettling to this day.  Tina’s death and the preceding nightmare sequence is one of the formative memories of my horror movie upbringing, and I was reminded during this rewatch just how truly menacing Freddy is throughout; this is pre-standup Freddy, and Englund’s performance, the makeup, the costume, and the way he is photographed combine to make him one of the greatest and most sinister cinematic boogeyman ever (this version of him, anyway).  The series would eventually evolve and go into wilder and sillier directions, but this first film retains its ability to scare because Craven and company are taking it seriously.

 

Availability: Various home video formats, Amazon, Vudu, iTunes

 

Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment

    1.    DRACULA (1931)
    2.    THE WOLF MAN (1941)
    3.    BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)
    4.    A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)
    5.    THE NIGHT STALKER (1972)
    6.    BEETLEJUICE (1988)
    7.    THE FOG (1980)
    8.    GERALD’S GAME (2017)
    9.    CREEP (2014)
    10.  HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982)
    11.  WE GO ON (2016)
    12.  THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM (2017)
    13.  MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933)
    14.  DRACULA’S DAUGHTER (1936)
    15.  TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE (1983)
    16.  HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II (1987)
    17.  SLEEPAWAY CAMP (1983)
    18.  BLAIR WITCH (2016)
    19.  THE BEAST WITHIN (1982)
    20.  THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960)
    21.  PROJECT: METALBEAST (1995)
    22.  NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1980)
    23.  LEATHERFACE (2017)

post #1270 of 1824
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It's not free. You have to subscribe. 5 bucks a month. I don't understand their Shudder TV thing. When I open the app on Roku it does the same thing. But it always plays the same movie and starts from the same spot. It's weird.

Thanks.

 

I knew you had to subscribe for all the other stuff. That Shudder TV just started playing, so I was curious what was up.

post #1271 of 1824

DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE (1968)

 

It’s not the Halloween Season without a little Hammer!  This one (directed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Freddie Francis) is sort of a textbook example of what Hammer films looked like in the late 1960s: surprisingly nice cinematography, plunging necklines on the female performers, and saturated, lurid bloodletting; indeed, this is almost certainly the goriest G-rated film ever made, as the blood flows freely.  By this period in the Dracula series, Christopher Lee was totally disinterested, but he’s the consummate pro here and throws himself into the role with his trademark imposing physicality.  The young leads are on the weak side, and there are better Hammer offerings, to be sure, but this is one that serves up a to-the-point, fundamental taste of what Hammer was all about.

 

Availability: Various home video formats, Google Play, Amazon, Vudu

 

Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment

    1.    DRACULA (1931)
    2.    THE WOLF MAN (1941)
    3.    BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)
    4.    A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)
    5.    THE NIGHT STALKER (1972)
    6.    BEETLEJUICE (1988)
    7.    THE FOG (1980)
    8.    GERALD’S GAME (2017)
    9.    CREEP (2014)
    10.  HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982)
    11.  WE GO ON (2016)
    12.  THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM (2017)
    13.  MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933)
    14.  DRACULA’S DAUGHTER (1936)
    15.  TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE (1983)
    16.  HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II (1987)
    17.  DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE (1968)
    18.  SLEEPAWAY CAMP (1983)
    19.  BLAIR WITCH (2016)
    20.  THE BEAST WITHIN (1982)
    21.  THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960)
    22.  PROJECT: METALBEAST (1995)
    23.  NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1980)
    24.  LEATHERFACE (2017)

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Day 11:  Nazi zombies on the rise!

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Sleepaway Camp (streaming on Shudder and free On YouTube)

Another classic I like to drink and have fun with. Everyone talks about the ending, but for me, the MVP is cousin Ricky and Muscle Man Counselor’s crop top and red pants.

Will edit to add my list tomorrow, but this will sit one spot above Madman.
post #1274 of 1824
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Day 11:  Nazi zombies on the rise!

This is one I still need to check out.  I've heard good things over the years.

 

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Everyone talks about the ending, but for me, the MVP is cousin Ricky and Muscle Man Counselor’s crop top and red pants.

It's a movie full of questionable costuming choices, for sure!

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Sleepaway Camp (streaming on Shudder and free On YouTube)

Another classic I like to drink and have fun with. Everyone talks about the ending, but for me, the MVP is cousin Ricky and Muscle Man Counselor’s crop top and red pants.

Will edit to add my list tomorrow, but this will sit one spot above Madman.

I've always liked this Dissolve review, which notices how uniquely wacky ALL of this movie is. The aunt/stepmom/can't remember at the start gives one of the strangest performances ever.

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11. AND SOON THE DARKNESS (original) -  very European rural paranoia thriller. I paid a good chunk of change for OOP Anchor Bay DVD, but it was worth it.  Excellent mood piece where every character is suspicious and makes you uneasy. Slowly escalates to a breathless nail biter finale.

 

12. AND SOON THE DARKNESS (Remake) (Blu) - enjoyably watchable even if it botches everything that made original a classic.  Argentina locale and Amber Heard scream queen carry the show

 

13. THE BEGUILED (original) (Blu) - a psychosexual Southern Gothic Horror Story. In his prime Clint really played around with his image like few classic  movie stars ever dared. He's a charming rogue, but movie pulls no punches in that he's a lying predator creep. That's why I always say Siegel's politics weren't as reactionary as his reputation. Film is almost a feminist revenge cautionary tale.

 

14. BAD DREAMS  (DVD)-  1988 pseudo-Slasher written by de Souza.  Ebert notoriously hated it, but until twist ending derail, it's pretty effective B, although never the complete freak out it should be. Best use of weirdo Richard Lynch factor since GOD TOLD ME TO.  The second of a brilliant 1-2 punch for Dean Cameron.  Also Sy Richardson! (who cracks me up as the most 'I don't give a fuck'/ 'I've seen it all Cop' ever during goofy last few minutes).

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Easy litmus test. Is it streaming on Shudder? It turns out it is. It counts as horror.


I'll take it!


Re-watched Silver Bullet. This was basically my perfect movie as a kid (violent, kids fighting a monster, rednecks) and although I see the seams a lot more today I think it's still pretty effective. It's a silly movie but McGill is great, and the town full of shitkickers rang as very genuine to me, as a resident of rural New Mexico.

1. Assault on Precinct 13
2. Let the Right One In
3. Gerald's Game
4. Hush
5. IT
6. The Blob
7. Silver Bullet
8. Grave Encounters
9. Hell House LLC

I'm almost caught up!

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A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)

 

Availability: Various home video formats, Amazon, Vudu, iTunes


I want to point out to anyone who lives near a participating Cinemark theater that they'll be beaming this on the big screen on Oct. 22nd and Oct. 25th.

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SALEM'S LOT

 

Really good.  There are certainly aspects that end up disappointing - it drives the DARK TOWER fan in me nuts to see Father Callahan show up for what amounts to a 90 second cameo - but I think this might be the strongest King miniseries.  The film is atmospheric from the start and the gradual build-up to the full on vampire outbreak really works, even if the actual climax is somewhat abbreviated.  We get to spend just enough time with all the various side characters living out their normal lives, all of whom, whether book-accurate or not, still feel like proper King characters.  For the first couple hours, the supernatural stuff is happening in the margins, and its a joy to watch the various narrative threads intersect.  Strong work from Tobe Hooper, who's doing a lot with what I assume is a minuscule TV budget; the Ralphie Glick scene comes to mind - simple, but iconic.  Cast is good all around, but James Mason is the MVP.     

 

 

 

2017 RANKINGS (in order of enjoyment):

 

1. IT (2017)

2. GERALD'S GAME (2017)

3. SALEM'S LOT (1979)

4. DREAMCATCHER (2003)

5. 1408 (2007)

6. THE STAND (1994)

7. PET SEMATARY (1989)

8. THINNER (1996)

9. DESPERATION (2006)

10. PET SEMATARY TWO (1992)

11. IT (1990)

12. GRAVEYARD SHIFT (1990)

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THE BURNING (1981)

 

Easily the best of the three I watched. I don't think I'd ever seen a young Jason Alexander in anything before. Could have had a higher body count given how many campers there were. It bucks the slasher convention of a final girl and has two guys that take Cropsy out. It's worth a watch for the raft massacre alone.

 

 


SLEEPAWAY CAMP II (1988)

 

I had fun with this. There are tons of better slashers but I liked this for what it was. This was my day to get around to movies I'd been meaning to watch for the last couple of years. While not great the movie is fun, you can tell they just didn't give a fuck. I did like how she just kept saying she sent people home so by the end it was only her and the other girl, Molly, left in their cabin.  Ally's outhouse murder was the highlight just for how gross it made me feel. Also, I had no idea that the woman who plays Angela is Bruce Springsteen's sister. 

 

 


SLEEPAWAY CAMP III (1989)

 

I think I liked the second one better. I wish the plot point of the one counselor being the father of one of the kids from the second one would have been given more attention. Instead it really only matters for a couple of minutes and ends as a non-event.  Compared with the ending of the second one, I don't know why she would choose to let the last two people live in this one when in the second one she actually liked Molly.  Overall two weird little movies. 

 

Tomorrow is Friday the 13th day.

 

IN ORDER

 

1. Night of the Demons (1988)

2. The Blob (1988)

3. Re-Animator (1985)

4. Cult of Chucky (2017)

5. IT (1990)

6. Legend of Hell House (1973)

7. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 (1985)

8. Texas Chainsaw (2013)

9. My Bloody Valentine (2009)

10. The Possession (2012)

11. The Burning (1981)

12. Sleepaway Camp II (1988)

13. Sleepaway Camp III (1989)

post #1281 of 1824
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THE BURNING (1981)

 

Easily the best of the three I watched. I don't think I'd ever seen a young Jason Alexander in anything before. Could have had a higher body count given how many campers there were. It bucks the slasher convention of a final girl and has two guys that take Cropsy out. It's worth a watch for the raft massacre alone.

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The Burning is also the first movie Harvey Weinstein produced if I'm not mistaken..
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I want to point out to anyone who lives near a participating Cinemark theater that they'll be beaming this on the big screen on Oct. 22nd and Oct. 25th.

I have a Cinemark right up the street from my house. I saw Nightmare at the drive-in last year for Halloween which was great, I'll definitely hit my theater if they are showing it. 

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The Burning is also the first movie Harvey Weinstein produced if I'm not mistaken..


It was.

 

Also Mangy, there are no words to describe that commercial. I grew up in the 80's yet don't remember that.

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The Burning is also the first movie Harvey Weinstein produced if I'm not mistaken..

Way to kill the mood!

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Way to kill the mood!

Haha!

Also, The Burning features a wordless cameo from Holly Hunter.

 

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http://www.imdb.com/list/ls002593075/

 

Found this on IMDB. Might dig into some of the lower ones. Has anyone seen Mortuary? Says Bill Paxton is in it.

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IT'S ALIVE: THE TRUE STORY OF FRANKENSTEIN (1994)

 

A television documentary which first aired on A&E in 1994, this is an examination of the Frankenstein story from its inception through its presentation in various media and artistic formats through the 19th and 20th centuries.  It's pretty extensive, featuring interviews with lots of literature/philosophy/film professors and historians, as well as countless authors, plus film personalities who worked on various adaptations of the novel.  The information about Mary Shelley's background, the circumstances which brought about the novel, and the ensuing reaction it caused is particularly interesting.  It's also (weirdly!) hosted by Roger Moore, narrated by Eli Wallach, and has Richard Dreyfuss (and other notable names) performing some vocal re-enactments (Dreyfuss' no-nonsense version of Jack Pierce is a highlight).  My local library had a VHS copy of this, and it became an October tradition for me to check it out when I was a kid.  It was fun to rediscover this after probably 10 years of having not seen it. 

 

Availability: On a DVD set with two other Frankenstein-related documentaries.

 

I'm not going to include this in my formal rankings because it leans so heavily on other existing films (and discussion of those films), but I did want to share it as something that I watched as part of the season!

 

Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment

    1.    DRACULA (1931)
    2.    THE WOLF MAN (1941)
    3.    BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)
    4.    A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)
    5.    THE NIGHT STALKER (1972)
    6.    BEETLEJUICE (1988)
    7.    THE FOG (1980)
    8.    GERALD’S GAME (2017)
    9.    CREEP (2014)
    10.  HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982)
    11.  WE GO ON (2016)
    12.  THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM (2017)
    13.  MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933)
    14.  DRACULA’S DAUGHTER (1936)
    15.  TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE (1983)
    16.  HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II (1987)
    17.  DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE (1968)
    18.  SLEEPAWAY CAMP (1983)
    19.  BLAIR WITCH (2016)
    20.  THE BEAST WITHIN (1982)
    21.  THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960)
    22.  PROJECT: METALBEAST (1995)
    23.  NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1980)
    24.  LEATHERFACE (2017)

 

Supplemental Viewing (So to Speak!)
    •    IT’S ALIVE: THE TRUE STORY OF FRANKENSTEIN (1994)

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Thread Starter 

5. Cult of Chucky - Movies get weirder and weirder, but remain entertaining

6. The Body Snatcher - Big Val Lewton and Karloff fan, and this was a first time viewing. Pretty depraved for a '40s movie. 

7. The Beyond - The Italian horror movies have odd paces, but this had some awesome mutilation effects. Bonus for demonically blinded girl getting her head shot off. 

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I'd heard of the Ensfield haunting before (I was BIG into Paranormal research growing up) but it's rather wonderfully dramatized here.

Have you seen Ghostwatch? If not, do yourself a favour and get on that. 'Tis the season.

There was also a rather good British mini series a few years ago simply called The Enfield Haunting, starring Timothy Spall. Didn't have the big scares or budget or general Hollywood slickness of The Conjuring 2, but was nevertheless quite effective in a more low key sort of way (and was a lot more faithful to the "facts" of the case)
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THE BURNING (1981)

Easily the best of the three I watched. I don't think I'd ever seen a young Jason Alexander in anything before. Could have had a higher body count given how many campers there were. It bucks the slasher convention of a final girl and has two guys that take Cropsy out. It's worth a watch for the raft massacre alone.





SLEEPAWAY CAMP II (1988)

I had fun with this. There are tons of better slashers but I liked this for what it was. This was my day to get around to movies I'd been meaning to watch for the last couple of years. While not great the movie is fun, you can tell they just didn't give a fuck. I did like how she just kept saying she sent people home so by the end it was only her and the other girl, Molly, left in their cabin.  Ally's outhouse murder was the highlight just for how gross it made me feel. Also, I had no idea that the woman who plays Angela is Bruce Springsteen's sister. 





SLEEPAWAY CAMP III (1989)

I think I liked the second one better. I wish the plot point of the one counselor being the father of one of the kids from the second one would have been given more attention. Instead it really only matters for a couple of minutes and ends as a non-event.  Compared with the ending of the second one, I don't know why she would choose to let the last two people live in this one when in the second one she actually liked Molly.  Overall two weird little movies. 

Tomorrow is Friday the 13th day.

IN ORDER

1. Night of the Demons (1988)
2. The Blob (1988)
3. Re-Animator (1985)
4. Cult of Chucky (2017)
5. IT (1990)
6. Legend of Hell House (1973)
7. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 (1985)
8. Texas Chainsaw (2013)
9. My Bloody Valentine (2009)
10. The Possession (2012)
11. The Burning (1981)
12. Sleepaway Camp II (1988)
13. Sleepaway Camp III (1989)

Which F13 movies will you be watching for the big day?
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Day 7: Evi made me do it.

 

 

First time watching it and here follows my meticulous critical review: AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAOHFUCKINGGODIMGONNAVOMITHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHOLYFUCKISTHATAKUNGFUPRIESTHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA

 

-vomits-

 

AAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAH!

 

That was fucking perfection. Sickening, disgusting, bloody, abso-fucking-lutely wonderful perfection. 10/10

 

My list:

 

1) Dead Alive

2) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

3) The Conjuring 2

4) The Conjuring

5) It Follows

6) Alien 3

7) Hostel Part III

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Which F13 movies will you be watching for the big day?


All of them.

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I know we'll start the morning with part 1 and 2, then go out for lunch.  After lunch it's up in the air.  Probably have time for only two more before we have to pick up the toddler from day care.  And we may get one more in after said toddler goes to bed.  So I'm thinking 1-2. Lunch. 3-4.  Baby time.  Then skip to 6.  Though it may 5 instead.  As long as my wife doesn't request the remake.

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I should be getting work done today, but nope!

 

FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE (1974)

One of the last Amicus horror anthologies, this one is on the disappointing end.  It has all of the unique Amicus feel in spades (and it’s a feel that’s hard to describe, but it’s markedly chillier and more “modern” than Hammer’s more gothic, sensual vibe), and it has a terrific cast (Peter Cushing, Donald Pleasence, and David Warner are among the headliners this time out), but the quality of the stories themselves leaves something to be desired.  The wraparound is of an agreeably classic and familiar style, and Warner’s segment has some fun occult trappings and a high body count, but beyond that there’s not much to get excited about.  None are bad, really, they just don’t hit the spot in the way plenty of other Amicus segments do... although two of them are about haunted home decor, which is something not a lot of anthologies can say!

 

Availability:  DVD, iTunes, Amazon, YouTube

 

Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment

    1.    DRACULA (1931)
    2.    THE WOLF MAN (1941)
    3.    BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)
    4.    A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)
    5.    THE NIGHT STALKER (1972)
    6.    BEETLEJUICE (1988)
    7.    THE FOG (1980)
    8.    GERALD’S GAME (2017)
    9.    CREEP (2014)
    10.  HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982)
    11.  WE GO ON (2016)
    12.  THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM (2017)
    13.  MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933)
    14.  DRACULA’S DAUGHTER (1936)
    15.  TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE (1983)
    16.  HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II (1987)
    17.  DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE (1968)
    18.  SLEEPAWAY CAMP (1983)
    19.  BLAIR WITCH (2016)
    20.  THE BEAST WITHIN (1982)
    21.  FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE (1974)
    22.  THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960)
    23.  PROJECT: METALBEAST (1995)
    24.  NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1980)
    25.  LEATHERFACE (2017)

 

Supplemental Viewing (So to Speak!)
    •    IT’S ALIVE: THE TRUE STORY OF FRANKENSTEIN

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Some earlier Argento, "The Cat o' Nine Tails":



Not really a stitch on his debut "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage", not as striking or horrific, though it is polished and is classed up a bit with some American actors (Karl Malden playing blind, and James Franciscus of "Beneath the Planet of the Apes" fame). It's a movie.


1. Bride of Frankenstein
2. Dracula ('31)
3. Gerald's Game
4. Inferno
5. Pet Sematary
6. Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan ('58)
7. House of Dracula
8. The Cat o' Nine Tails
9. What Have You Done to Solange?
10. Lights Out
11. Whistle and I'll Come to You ('10)
12. Curse of the Crimson Altar
13. Dracula's Daughter
14. Slumber Party Massacre
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No. 12: and oldie but a goodie.

Steve Miner (finally) firing on all cylinders.  Gotta love Bull, Norm and The Greatest American Hero headlining a flick.

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AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING (2017)

 

Unlike probably most people, I still think there are things that could be explored with the Amityville mythos in a compelling movie; unfortunately, AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING is not that movie.  It’s never a good sign when a movie has been sitting on a shelf for 2+ years, and that holds true here.  It’s not aggressively awful, just extraordinarily uninspired, a slick film that is also an empty one, devoid of personality, legitimate unease, and compelling characters.  Jennifer Jason Leigh does the best she can, and never gives the impression that she thinks she’s slumming by appearing here, but the script gives her nothing of substance to work with.  Ditto for Bella Thorne, who’s saddled with the rote, cliched “rebellious teenager” type we’ve seen countless times before, and she’s a difficult heroine to root for (at least for the first half).  Plotting-wise, there’s not much new to see here (save for one modestly unexpected third act development), and the “scary” stuff is mostly confined to pedestrian jump scares.  The one really interesting element - this is a story where the original AMITYVILLE HORROR is a movie that exists within the reality of this film - is never paid off like it might have been in more creative hands.  While I can get a kick out of the idea that the Amityville story is still inspiring movies, THE AWAKENING is just a lazy attempt.

 

Availability: Free on Google Play right now.

 

Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment

    1.    DRACULA (1931)
    2.    THE WOLF MAN (1941)
    3.    BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)
    4.    A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)
    5.    THE NIGHT STALKER (1972)
    6.    BEETLEJUICE (1988)
    7.    THE FOG (1980)
    8.    GERALD’S GAME (2017)
    9.    CREEP (2014)
    10.  HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982)
    11.  WE GO ON (2016)
    12.  THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM (2017)
    13.  MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933)
    14.  DRACULA’S DAUGHTER (1936)
    15.  TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE (1983)
    16.  HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II (1987)
    17.  DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE (1968)
    18.  SLEEPAWAY CAMP (1983)
    19.  BLAIR WITCH (2016)
    20.  THE BEAST WITHIN (1982)
    21.  FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE (1974)
    22.  THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960)
    23.  PROJECT: METALBEAST (1995)
    24.  AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING (2017)
    25.  NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1980)
    26.  LEATHERFACE (2017)

 

Supplemental Viewing (So to Speak!)
    •    IT’S ALIVE: THE TRUE STORY OF FRANKENSTEIN

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And for my bit of Steve Minor.


Halloween H20 (streaming on Hulu)

Not my favorite Steve Minor film by a long shot. That would be Friday the 13th part 2 (coming tomorrow). This was the first time I have watched this since it came out. Not a big fan. Usually movies I don’t like seem to drag, but this felt an hour long. Too many wink callbacks to the first 2 for my taste. The mask isn’t right. And I swear they use several different masks with slightly different facial expressions, which just seems silly. However, I did like the ending. I like that Strode knows Michael isn’t dead and is going to finish him off. It’s a good ending. I just wasn’t a huge fan of everything that came before.

Tomorrow, hopefully 4-5 Friday the 13th movies!!!

EDIT: It also occurred to me watching this movie. So H20 is 20 years later. Next year will be 20 years since H20. What the fuck?!?
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And for my bit of Steve Minor.


Halloween H20 (streaming on Hulu)

Not my favorite Steve Minor film by a long shot. That would be Friday the 13th part 2 (coming tomorrow). This was the first time I have watched this since it came out. Not a big fan. Usually movies I don’t like seem to drag, but this felt an hour long. Too many wink callbacks to the first 2 for my taste. The mask isn’t right. And I swear they use several different masks with slightly different facial expressions, which just seems silly. However, I did like the ending. I like that Strode knows Michael isn’t dead and is going to finish him off. It’s a good ending. I just wasn’t a huge fan of everything that came before.

Tomorrow, hopefully 4-5 Friday the 13th movies!!!


I really wish they hadn't made Ressurection after this. One of the first horror movies my mom ever showed me was the original Halloween so we were very excited for this when it came out. We went together to see it opening night, I was sixteen. When she cut off his head it was a legitimate oh shit moment. Then they ruined it.

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When she cut off his head it was a legitimate oh shit moment. Then they ruined it.

It's one of the worst retcons ever.  That's why I pretend RESURRECTION doesn't exist.

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