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

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  1. MaxRenn

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    Hey, our DVRs match - I recorded most of that. Watched Hana-Bi last night - one of my favorites. Also, Super Cops is a great funny lesser-known cop movie.
     
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    The Monster Club Blu-Ray (Scorpion).
    Cute, kid friendly monster anthology with a wrap-around/through story with Vincent Price and John Carradine. Feels like a TV movie version of Creepshow but with 100% more bad 80s new wave bands.

    The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane Blu Ray (Kino)
    What an outstanding, unique, dark little film. Jodie Foster is amazing as usual and Martin Sheen is all creep menace. It plays like a twisted stage play and feels like a spiritual cousin to films like Lemora and Let the Right One In in the sense that it doesn’t dumb down the inner lives of kids. Highly recommended.

    Disconnected Blu Ray (Vinegar Syndrome)
    Weird blend of slasher and psychological thriller done on no budget. Oddly watchable even though it feels like a 70s student film.
     
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    I've actually never seen Hanabi. I can't remember if I've seen The Super Cops.

    Of that DVR list, the only movies I've actually seen already are Klute (10 years ago, so I've forgotten a lot), Sherlock Jr. (but really, can you ever get tired of watching Buster Keaton?), and Born Losers. So a lot of first time watches coming up. Yes, even Shaft. I've heard he's a bad mother...
     
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    The Buster Keaton documentary was great. If I didn't have limited DVR space, I'd have kept it on, so many of Keaton's great gags are there. Also one Fatty Arbuckle cigarette gag I watched at least 3-4 times. Great celebrity participation, even Johnny Knoxville. Would have liked Jackie Chan, even with his limited English, but at least they showed Chan's Project A Part II stunt taken directly from Steamboat Bill Jr. They also showed Keaton falling through several awnings, just like Chan would later do in Project A. I knew the beginning part of that stunt by Chan (the clock tower) came from Harold Lloyd but I didn't know the fall was from Keaton.

    Born Losers is way too long and talky for a biker flick. No way should a biker movie flirt with the 2-hour mark.
     
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    Requoting. Did you also DVR Smithereens? I watched that last night. Depressing, downer movie, but really good. I love those "downward spiral" movies. This would be a great double-bill with Panic in Needle Park, or maybe Times Square (haven't watched that one in a long time though). I'll be getting the recent Blu from Criterion.

    Also, if you're a Law & Order fan, look for Chris "Detective Logan" Noth as a transvestite prostitute(!)
     
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    Psychos in Love Blu Ray (Vinegar Syndrome)
    I liked Disconnected but this was just bad. Stale gags, unfunny attempts at serial killer(s) relationship humor. CHEAP. The horror/gore felt lifeless and uninspired and was weakened by lame attempts at comedy. Managed to not succeed at being any of the things it was trying to be.
     
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    ^ Yeah, if I didn't like redheads (I do), not sure I would have made it all the way to the end.
     
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    No, I did not DVR Smithereens. I think I thought I had already seen it (which I haven't) or something about it did not appeal to me. I'll keep a look out for it.
     
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    The Black Cat (1966)
    Besides a few flashes of macabre brilliance this one's pretty dreadful and becomes especially a slog with its dull actors. There's some meaty parts here but what we get is mostly whining not craze. A little over an hour in length I still found my self checking the run time on the player. Which is too bad because some of the sequences with the cat are pretty gruesome and could have really made the film stand out more had it been more competently made.

    The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism ( Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel ) (1967)
    This one's a lot of fun... eventually. It's a little slow to start as even its interesting opening is a bit bogged down by people literally walking through a dungeon for a couple of minutes and an execution sequence that's mostly just horses getting corralled. Then there's a carriage ride that takes about twenty minutes with nary a Christopher Lee in sight. But eventually even the carriage ride gets spooky good and then the rest of the film is a nice build of wacky Gothic tropes sliced, diced and blended into a nice mix of supernatural and natural terrors. Plus Christopher Lee sticks around a bit at the end he's not just a blink and you miss him appearance; however I didn't find his performance surprisingly wooden. It's a meaty character but he plays it a bit too straight. Overall it's some good fun. Now that I know what to fast forward through it'll be a joy to watch again and again (which over the next two years I probably will...).
     
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    Watched the 2018 Halloween last night. I enjoyed it for the most part. There's a couple things that bugged me. And the plot twist was a bit clunky. It felt like it was only there to get Michael Myers in place for the climax and could have been accomplished better. I loved the score. Great to have Carpenter back during a movie score.
     
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    The Devil’s Wedding Night Blu (Code Red)
    Feels more like a Spanish (think Naschy) Film than Italian but the usual trappings: twin brothers, Transylvania, lots of female nudity. Basically follows the Dracula story with some new angles and a bunch of twists at the end. I’ll forget this soon.
     
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    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    I finally, after years of owning these, watched THE DEATHMASTER with Robert Quarry and CRYPT OF THE LIVING DEAD with Andrew Prine. I absolutely love the era and the photography of those films is nice. THE DEATHMASTER is the Retromedia DVD and CRYPT is Vinegar Syndrome. I'm unsure if I'll keep them, though. DEATHMASTER has one of those annoying leads who keeps putting himself in danger, gets captured, runs away and then returns with authorities who end up not believing him. I get irritated with those stories.
    CRYPT - although I love the era and style, not to mention the actors, I just couldn't make it through. For three different tries, I have fallen asleep before the halfway mark. I'll give it one more go and then decide if I should keep it or not. DEATHMASTER is something of a collector item since it's signed by Robert Quarry. Still not sure if I'll ever watch it again, however.
     
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    ...So I'm reading an online review of a movie called "The Wretched" while I'm watching a movie called "A Hole In the Ground." The reviewer writes that there's a scene in "The Wretched" that shamelessly cribs from David Cronenberg's remake of "The Fly." A few moments later, I witness a scene in the movie I'm watching also rip off a scene from "The Fly" remake....weird to read about it then witness it happen in a completely different movie...
     
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    Orgasmo (1968)
    Knife of Ice (1972)

    A couple of Umberto Lenzi gialli both starring Carroll Baker being menaced in different ways. Lenzi likes to claim he started the modern giallo but Orgasmo's violence is rather tame compared to Bird with the Crystal Plumage. Knife of Ice is better with a more typical giallo feel and wacky conclusion. It also features Snoopy and Donald Duck dolls as plot points.

    Something Creeping in the Dark (1971)
    Italian mixture of gothic/supernatural/crime is just OK but has one great atmospheric fantasy sequence that's worth watching and totally out of character with the rest of the movie



    The House of Seven Corpses (1974)
    A low-budget horror film is being made in a creepy family mansion with a history of violence. Elements of the past slowly start affecting the cast and crew. Not a lot happens until the last third and the plot is not really explained but the movie-within-the-movie scenes are fun. Has some of the feel of a 1940s film – John Carradine's in it.

    Cut and Run (1985)
    A couple of journalists follow a drug story to the jungle where they get involved with a survivor of the Jonestown massacre and a native tribe. Ruggero Deodato combines two or three different exploitation genres in an entertaining nonstop violent adventure. Cast includes Michael Berryman, Karen Black, Richard Lynch, Richard Bright and Eriq LaSalle.

    Sleep Tight (2011)
    Disturbing story of a Spanish apartment caretaker who becomes too involved in the life of one of the residents. One of my favorite horror films of the last 10 years, this is a different type of home invasion movie and the main character is one of the most despicable characters you will find. Also features a nasty little schoolgirl and a downbeat ending.

    Watch Me When I Kill (1977)
    Solid, unspectacular giallo concerning the murders of several people that have a connection to World War 2. A little more serious than normal this is also known as Eyes of the Jade Cat and is influenced by Deep Red but nowhere near as stylish.

    Slaughter High (1986)
    Standard slasher plot of a pranked high school student getting revenge at the 10 year school reunion. This is notable for being made by Brits in the UK (but set in the US) and the presence of Caroline Munro. Some stupid plot points and character behavior are almost pointless to complain about in this type of movie but there are some good kills. People always make fun of 80s movies for having schoolkids who look too old but this one may take that too far – Munro was about 35 here.

    Notable non-horror movies seen: rewatches of Drug War , a top-notch Asian action film, and Shame – Bergman's depressing study of the effect of a civil war on a married couple. I also enjoyed the low-budget Standoff at Sparrow's Creek, a paranoia-fueled whodunnit concerning members of a militia trapped in a warehouse, investigating which of them committed a mass shooting. Not your normal characters and very well-done with a great ending.
     
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    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE and WAR OF THE WORLDS. The original 1950's classics. These movies used to seem to harmless and innocent. I watched them with new eyes. They're rather frightening, really. I watched the Paramount DVDs for the very first time - beginning to end. Not the type of films to make you forget about the troubles of the world today...but they're really good.
    I stayed up super late to watch the bright full moon stay at my window from 2:45 a.m. until it fell to horizon. Amazing sight...and thought a lot about WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE. I didn't have a restful sleep after that.
     
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    Viewings over the last week:

    The Wild Angels
    Klute
    The Super Cops
    Deep Red (Last Drive-In)
    One More Train to Rob
    Give me Liberty
    Who Can Kill a Child?
     
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    I watched Blastfighter last night, having grabbed the blu-ray from the recent Ronin sale. LOVED it! Lamberto Bava's fun Italian mash-up of Deliverance and First Blood, filmed in the Georgia Smoky Mountains. In fact, they filmed it on the same river as Deliverance and even included a cameo from the infamous banjo kid. He appears briefly in the grocery store scene holding (you guessed it) a banjo. So much fun!
     
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    Who can kill a child? is an time favorite. Great movie.
     
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    Oof. This was not good. I mostly watched for Danica McKellar and Juliet Landau, and wasn't disappointed there. Everything else? Yeah, pretty bad. Way too "meta" for it's own good, and borderline offensive with some of the characters.

    Next-to-worst offense: Running the credits super slow to pad the running time to 90 minutes.
    Worst offense: Despite the 6+ minute credit sequence, they didn't list any of the music played! There were some good punky songs played at the beginning of the film, and I was hoping to find the name of the artist. Don't suggest IMDb, already checked there.
     
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    Weird tidbit: Danica McKellar’s kid and my kid played on the same little league team together.
     

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