March & April Horror Movie Watching Thread 2020 - Coronavirus Edition!

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  1. Angelman

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    Watched “Simon, King of the Witches” which really isn’t horror, but I dig subtle witchy post-Manson stuff and this qualifies. It’s goofy but earnest and worth a viewing. Andrew Prine gives his role everything he’s got which probably rescues the film.

    I love Effects. Everything guerilla film making should be.
     
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    Watched Necromancy... kind of a soft Witchy/Wickerman-ish vibe. Cheap. Orson Welles sleepwalks through it.

    Moving on...
     
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    The Usual Suspects
    Prey
    Black Mama White Mama
    The French Connection
    Her Name was Lisa
    The Case of the Scorpion's Tail

    And yes, another Sunday of Law & Order and Police Story
     
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    Up From the Depths (1979)

    What a weird Jaws rip off. Follows the same beats, populated by similar character types but it can’t decide if it is a comedy or horror film and tons of it is poorly ADR’d making for an awkward, jarring experience.
     
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    House on Straw Hill (1976) - British sex and violence exploitation with genre favorites Udo Kier and Linda Hayden is actually not that good. Udo is dubbed, the plot is obvious, the sex scenes are silly, there's a questionable rape scene and the climax is ridiculous. I've wanted to see this for ages and was highly disappointed.

    Lady in a Cage (1964) - Early home invasion thriller/horror movie with Olivia de Havilland stuck in a caged elevator (in her house) while various characters rob her. This is quite a nasty movie for its time and seems to be a commentary on the increase of brutality and violence in society in the 1960s. It is let down by the portrayal of the three main invaders (one is James Caan) who are seen as clownish and mentally deficient and that detracts from the intensity. This could also be seen as part of the cycle of "Hag horror" started by Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. Definitely worth a watch.

    Dark of the Night (aka Mr Wrong) (1986) - Young woman buys a used car and discovers it is haunted. Average New Zealand thriller which shows its hand a bit early. Way below Duel, Christine and The Car in the haunted/possessed vehicle canon.

    The Boat (2018) - Unusual story (with barely any dialog) of a young man who gets stuck on a boat which which seems to have a mind of its own. From haunted car to haunted boat, this is a really well done movie by a father/son team who get as much out of the premise as possible. Free to watch on Amazon Prime - I would be interested in seeing what other people think of this.

    The Majorettes (1987) - John Russo delivers another dud. It's a below average slasher as someone is killing a school's majorettes (no cheerleaders were available apparently) that shoehorns in a revenge subplot for 20 minutes or so. Another movie that was shot near me.

    Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971)
    Tenebre (1984)

    Two giallo essentials.

    The most horrifying film I saw recently was Panic in Needle Park, a non-sensationalist and intense study of drug addiction. Perfect example of 1970s American film-making.
     
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    From the TCM broadcast earlier this month?

    I had seen it before, but it didn't stick with me. I think I was expecting something over-the-top like Requiem For a Dream, but like you say, it's non-sensationalist. They just go about their day, from one fix to the next. It's petty theft, it's borrowing money, it's prostitution (and ripping off Paul Sorvino in the process!)

    This time it really got to me.
     
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    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    KILL BABY, KILL - finally watched this whole film WITH the commentary from Tim Lucas. What a great film.
     
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    I had it on the DVR from a TCM airing but it could have been from a while ago as I have a bad habit of leaving stuff on there for a while. The lockdown has been good for me to clear off those year-old 2 - 3 hour foreign movies that I never get a chance to watch.:)

    I really like Requiem For a Dream but this almost takes the opposite approach which is actually one of my favorite types of movie - where you just get to follow characters going about the business of their daily lives and it is shown in a matter-of-fact way. What happens to Kitty Winn is heart-breaking but way too believable and I really loved her performance. I liked Pacino too but he seemed to be relying too much on some actorly tricks.

    How about the ending of the movie? It just kind of stops in the middle of a conversation!
     
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    My best friend's cousin did all the wardrobe handling for that film. Packs a whallop. Realistic depiction.
     
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    But it was all you needed to know, wasn't it? They're just gonna keep living that life.
     
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    One of Michael Moore's long time co-producers Jeff Gibbs has release a documentary of his own, Planet of the Humans, free online. While I find Moore's own documentaries unbearable I thought I'd check it out; it is free after all.

    While it closely follows the Moore model for documentaries which is more of an "editorial" approach, I found Gibbs less bristling and instead refreshingly candid by slowly walking us through his own disillusionment with the green energy industry and especially the green movement. There's a lot of data out there suggesting things are only getting worse and this helps explain why. TLDR: What we are doing isn't helping, if anything it's making things worse.

    There's a phrase this film brings to my mind, "If stupidity got us into this mess why can't it get us out?" This hits pretty close to home my own growing belief that building solar panels, building wind turbines, and battery storage is not an ecological solution. It's just taking shit from one pile and putting it into another. All the while using even more resources than we otherwise would have had we remained on course and giving us a false sense of security. This does bring my attention to biomass, the subject of the bulk of the documentary, which is on the surface of it a foolish endeavor. The reason why we've switched to coal generationally was because it was more efficient than burning lumber. Why would we go back to lumber?

    The illusion being sold to us is that addressing climate change can be done through capitalism. Essentially that whoever comes up with the solution will be rich and we can all make money along the way. The truth is that it will be a costly endeavor that will not only be unprofitable but will have huge financial losses. But the reason why we must do it is because this economic ruin will happen anyways. We have to decide if we want to parse it out in a controlled manner at a time and pace of our choosing or just suddenly, unexpectedly and at an overwhelming rate. Remind you of anything?

    This helps put us on the road to answering the question, "If capitalism got us into this mess why can't it get us out?"

    What this only hints at is the bare truth that what we need is not renewables or recycling but less consumption. Capitalism will not get us out of it. Period.
     
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    Agree with you there. I try to buy most everything used with new released dvds being my only exception. My car has been sitting in the driveway since november, and if Im cooking I use a little toaster oven and shut the heat off. I have my own little extravagances, but I try diligently to balance them out. My only issue with the capitalism approach is it has aspects that seem to contribute to big businesses using self protection measures via government bedfellows and that capitalist systems as we know them are afraid to go green as it seems they are scared they will lose profits switching to an energy source that isn't finite.

    That said, just got Shudder's Party Hard Die Young dvd in the mail. The Shudder imprint is starting to be blind buys for me, and I feel like as a whole they are filling that void left by the After Dark Fest in their dvd releases.
     
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    Today is The Code Blu Ray of Sergio Martino’s The Great Alligator. Typical Jaws rip off combined with some Mondo style elements (jungle location, murdeous natives). It’s fine if unmemorable, marred by being too slow - two kills in the first hour and ten minutes and some well-intentioned but unconvincing miniature work. Barbara Bach is beautiful as always though not given much to do. Has a touch of repulsive animal abuse at the start that was totally unnecessary.

    Eh...
     
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    Also today the Shout Factory Blu of William Friedkin’s The Guardian - loosely falls under the killer hot nanny subgenre but with a Druid/supernatural angle so... killer trees.

    It was very watchable with some good 90s actors but also super odd.
     
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    Dialed it back a little this weekend, with the NFL draft (closest thing we've had to televised sports in a while), another SNL at home, and 90+ degree weather.

    Sharon 1.2.3
    Blazing Saddles
    Bloodsucking Freaks (Last Drive-In)
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    Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
     
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    I watched the animated Addams Family movie from last year........ It was fun, man. I highly recommend, especially if you have children. But my wife and I enjoyed it very much (no kids)
     
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    The Eternal (1998) - Annoying, terrible would-be horror movie about an Irish woman revisiting her homeland and discovering a Druid witch wants to take her over. Christopher Walken is in it playing her Irish uncle who is reviving the witch in his basement. Probably the worst horror movie I've seen in a while.

    Stranger in Our House (1978) - aka Summer of Fear - Linda Blair's aunt and uncle die in a car crash and her cousin comes to live with her. Terror ensues. Silly TV movie that some may enjoy for its cheeziness. Hilarious to think that Wes Craven made this after Last House on the Left and Hills Have Eyes.

    Split Second (1992) - Sci-fi/horror from the director of The Burning. "Over the edge" crazy cop Rutger Hauer searches for a serial killer in a flooded future London but the results are just bland. His sidekick is odd, most of the humor does not land, the setting is underused and irrelevant and the serial killer ridiculous. Definite "turn off your brain" fare.

    Mausoleum (1983) - A woman gets possessed by a demon via a family curse. Just OK but loses out in the mausoleum horror movies pantheon to One Dark Night and of course Phantasm. More interesting than the film is the life of lead male actor, Marjoe Gortner who started out as an revivalist minister at age 4 (not a typo) and was the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary in 1972.

    Frightmare (1983) - A bad-tempered horror movie star (Ferdy Mayne who played the vampire in Fearless Vampire Killers) dies and his body is stolen by a group of local horror fan students. Then he is somehow revived and slasher hijinks begin. The plot synopsis makes it sound better than it is but fans of 80s slashers could do worse. A mausoleum plays a major part in this movie also and Jeffrey Combs (pre-Reanimator) plays one of the students.

    Perfume of the Lady in Black (1974) - Superior Italian giallo (which is not really a giallo) has Mimsy Farmer experiencing disturbing visions linked to her dead parents. Beautiful color scheme in this somewhat murky film with a baffling ending. Highly recommended.

    Daughter of Darkness (1948) - Fascinating British Gothic with noir stylings about a young woman who other women don't like and men are strangely attracted to. She gets hounded out of her village after an incident at a carnival but trouble just seems to find her (or does she create the trouble?). Not an overt horror movie but a strangely different type of film that does not try to explain the main character but has a suggestion of things beyond our knowledge. Recommended for those looking for something different, this is available on YouTube.

    Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (2018) - Korean found footage film about a "Ghost Hunters" style show crew entering an abandoned asylum. Possibly the found footage film containing the most cameras, this film is just average but others may enjoy it more. I'm just burnt out on this style of film.
     
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    Stuff I've been watching over last couple weeks. Besides I started re-watching 24.

    Scarecrows (1988)
    G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987)
    Isle of the Dead (1945)
    Scorpion (1986)
    Empire of the Ants (1977)
    Abomination: The Evilmaker II (2003)
    Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
    Deliver Us from Evil (2014)
    Triple Impact (1992)
    Delta Force Commando (1988)
    The Demon (1979)
    Stakes (2002)
    The Snow Creature (1954)
    The Children (1980)
    This Darkness: The Vampire Virus (2003)
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
     
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    I'm gonna have to put aside this weekend to hit up all the TCM movies on my DVR. Even with all the movies I've watched, it's still got:
    Klute
    Cover Me Babe
    Smithereens
    a Buster Keaton documentary
    Sherlock Jr.
    Hanabi
    Born Losers
    Wild Angels

    and it's already programmed to record Shaft and The Super Cops tonight.
     

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