The Annual October Horror Movie Watching Thread -- 2019!!!

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    Saw this one when it played at a film festival with my Bigfoot film a few years back. One of my favorite recent indies. Has the creep factor of a good Unsolved Mysteries segment, the photographs detailing the night the townspeople disappeared definitely stick out in my mind. I will say that in the end something happened that was so subtle I completely missed it and so some of the final shots which play during the end credits didn't resonate like they were supposed to. Was sad to see this didn't get a big home video or VOD push, but hopefully more people check it out now that it's on Amazon Prime.
     
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    Oct. 1st:

    Satanic Panic (2019)

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    I'm a fan of writer Grady Hendrix's prose, and I assumed this would be elevated thanks to his script and story. Sadly, no. This felt more like an (over)extended short. The script is full of dialogue quips, but the rest meanders, with characters happy to pause and wait for events to play out...and there eventually is payoff but the films drags to get there.

    What Satanic lore there is certainly feels believable, with Hendrix digging into his vast horror knowledge to pull out creepy-sounding chanting and demon summoning rites. Except! Our protagonist is
    revealed to be a virgin, and we are told that her sexual journey with Baphomet will be a dire one, immediately followed by instant pregnancy. Yet, when Baphomet shows up, he does a dance and all of a sudden our hero is pregnant. Huh? Not that I WANTED to see a demonic assault, but for a R-rated film, this was a strange route, given all the build-up.

    By the end, my view group was mostly on their phones. Not quite funny to be an outright comedy, and not a scare in sight.
     
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    Agreed, I had no idea this film even existed until a few months ago and came out entertained. It sucks when a film with a unique premise gets buried in streaming service Hell.
     
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    HAPPY OCTOBER!

    October 1st:


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    1.) The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1984) (Arrow blu-ray) - Apparently a lot of us had the same idea, as I've seen this one a lot in the thread here already, but I kicked off midnight with Arrow's new blu-ray of Craven's disowned sequel The Hills Have Eyes Part II. I've never been a huge fan of this one, primarily because the second half of this movie has always been so dark and less than watchable. Now that I can finally see what is going on, I thoroughly enjoyed it. With Manfredini's Friday score laid on top of it, it feels a lot like a Friday sequel set in the desert. I had fun!

    Arrow went all out on the packaging here, which I assume is to match their release of the first movie. Outer box, booklet, poster, lobby cards, etc. I'm kind of surprised they went all out for this one, as I don't think it's exactly beloved. That said, the only real extra on the disc is a half-hour featurette. The featurette is quite good (includes Berryman, Blythe, Manfredini, Locke, etc), but given all the bells and whistles packaging-wise, plus the increased MSRP, I was maybe expecting a little more in the extras department. Still, recommended. Arrow does stellar work, as always.

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    2.) The Society Episodes 1 - 3 "What Happened" "Our Town" "Childhood's End" (NetFlix) - I was saving this for October because I had expected it to be more genre-centric. So far, the genre-elements are pretty mild. A high-school class goes on a field trip, but when they return they find their town has been completely deserted. When they try to leave, they find there are no ways out of town. So we're left in a town with no adults (the show ignores the school bus drivers, which according to the show's logic should still be around, but so far they haven't been addressed since the buses returned to town). So far they are giving socialism a try, but you know it won't last and they're going to go full Lord Of The Flies at some point. It's kind of a teen-centric spin on The Leftovers or Under The Dome.

    The show has a pretty massive cast and there are quite a few familiar faces, including Olivia DeJonge (The Visit, Better Watch Out), Rachel Keller (Legion, Fargo), and Chloe Levine (The Ranger, Larry Fessenden's Depraved) although a few of them have already been killed off in these first few episodes. I'm enjoying the show so far, but like I said, it's not as genre-heavy as I had been expecting. At least not yet anyway.
    NOTE: Episodes 1&2 were watched on 10/1, while episode 3 was watched on 10/2. I just thought it'd be easier to clump them all together instead of doing separate entries.

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    3.) Secta Siniestra aka Bloody Sect (1982) (Vinegar Syndrome blu-ray) - I had never heard of this movie before Vinegar Syndrome added it to their September line-up. This movie is bonkers. In the opening scene alone, a woman catches her husband in bed with another woman, so she gouges his eyes out with a pronged fireplace poker. He survives but is obviously blinded, the wife is institutionalized, and he marries the mistress. He and the former-mistress-now-wife are unable to conceive, so she in inseminated. Unbeknownst to her, she has been inseminated with the seed of Satan and now a cult of creepy people dressed in black are following her around to ensure she delivers the baby. Also, the crazy wife has escaped from the looney bin and is headed home...

    The movie is quite atmospheric and even a little creepy at times, but it's equally silly and outrageous. There's a scene where the blind husband goes into the attic, and there are literally rubber bats being bounced up and down on strings Hammer style. Don't expect the restraint of Rosemary's Baby here, as you do see the baby. I don't want to spoil anything, although it's plastered right on Vinegar Syndrome's artwork and slipcover, but you have to see it to believe it. This definitely won't be for everyone, but I can't say I was ever bored! The VS disc presents the movie in Spanish with English subtitles, and the only extra is a brief photo gallery.

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    4.) Fear No Evil (1981) (Scream Factory blu-ray) - I had watched this way back when the Anchor Bay DVD was released and didn't exactly love it. Now over a decade later, I found myself really into it! I had so much fun! It was a perfect follow-up to Bloody Sect, as this one might even out-bonkers it. I had remembered things like the lethal dodge-ball game, the homoerotic shower scene, the bloody Passion play, etc. I had also forgotten quite a bit of it, such as the bully pulling open his shirt to reveal a pair of breasts (how could I forget that?!?). The movie has terrific autumn atmosphere, and visually looks quite similar to LaLoggia's Lady In White.

    What I really loved this time around is the incredible island castle location! Strand a bunch of teens there and unleash a horde of zombies, that's my kind of fun! Some might find the movie a bit slow, but you can't say the finale doesn't deliver! Unlike a lot of the teen-horror of the '80s, this one devotes just as much time to the adults as it does to the high-schoolers. In a way, this might leave the teen characters a bit underdeveloped, but this isn't exactly the kind of movie you watch for great characters. I had a great time, and I loved revisiting via Scream's new blu-ray. The disc includes two fairly lengthy interviews, with Stefan Arngrim's being the better of the two. He's full of fun stories from the shoot.
     
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    Blue Vengeance (1989) Vinegar Syndrome Blu

    I’ve been watching the piles of movies I’ve bought but haven’t got around to watching to start the October viewing season. I save the classics for the final days leading up to Halloween. As for Blue Vengeance, I have no idea what I just watched. Part cop drama, part action film, part slasher film (kinda). Kind of a stock set up: killer escapes from prison but is believed dead, haunted cop who put him away believes he is back and killing people and teams up with a teenage rock photographer to crack the case. The rest is medieval fantasy interludes, heavy metal soundtracks and lyrics, explosions, mutilations, and jousting. I was surprisingly engaged with this. It’s bad, clunky – for sure – but it’s also hard not to watch and oddly compelling.

    So Far:
    Pre-Oct:
    - Nightwish (Unearthed Blu)
    - The Hills Have Eyes 2 (Arrow Blu)
    - Prince of Darkness ( Theatrical at the Church where it was shot)

    10/1 Maniac (New Blue Underground Blu)
    10/2 Blue Vengeance (Vinegar Syndrome Blu)
     
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    Yes, it's a very bad movie, but I too found myself watching till the end, and not half-assed watching like you normally do when you don't like a movie but still feel compelled to see it all the way through.
    Part of the reason for me is that the late 80s was when I was going to NYC for punk rock shows, so it was one of the few times that era was captured on film (unlike say, the 70s, where there were a shit-ton of NYC-centered movies made).
     
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    Oct 1st

    Going with the Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge again this year. Last year's was a lot of fun and it's a little easier on me. Years past I tried to cram in as much horror as I could into October. But I just don't have the time or energy for that anymore. Even if I only get one movie in a day, I feel like I accomplished something with the challenge. Plus it's fun to see what other people went with.

    So yesterday's challenge was...
    1. SLIP INTO SOMETHING CHALLENGING: Ease into 2019's list by watching something with a lot of slime, body goop or questionable muck in it. Wiggle your toes in the gooey glory.

    For this I went with From Beyond. I've always preferred it to Re-Animator. I like Re-Animator, but From Beyond has the crazy monsters, a colorful look and that kinky vibe going on.
    Can you believe I first saw it on afternoon TV in the 80;s?
     
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    Natas Is it October yet?

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    The Poughkeepsie Tapes

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    First time viewing. Really glad I bought the blu ray.....Really enjoyable. Part found footage part fake documentary, really well done, creepy at times, highly recommend if you haven't had the chance.

    Clownado

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    Well.......I kept an open mind. But Clownado is mostly a piece of shit. However.....I did have some fun with it. I laughed quite a bit. Practical gore but it's looks awful. I'm pretty sure it's just food. One little set looked just like mushed up Jello. Actually kinda made me in the mood for some. Haha

    Anyways, low budget (obvious by the trailer) with some ridiculous accents......oh and a black Elvis hitchhiker who might be worth the price of the dvd. At least that's what I'm telling myself.
     
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    Hellraiser 2 -

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    I'm going to try and post a picture as well like last year as I believe a few words plus a picture helps me check out these movies a bit more.

    I started off the month with a watch / listen to Hellraiser 2. Plus some other stuff as well but I'm going to really get started this weekend and post a few topics.

    I've seen Hellraiser 2 before but I mainly watched it again to decide if I wanted to get the Mondo vinyl record release. Which I decided against purchasing. I'll just have that first Mondo vinyl release from the original movie.

    I still don't like Hellraiser 2 that much. It's too much dark fantasy for me. The messed up hospital and the later settings. Part 2 is also where the new evil characters just seem to be more gross out characters. I do like Julia as the villain as Hellraiser for me is pretty much a don't get involved with the wrong woman story. Also Kirsty is a cool character and I enjoy seeing her in this movie and the later sequel too. But overall, I only really like the original Hellraiser and Part 3 for the 80s feel and Star Trek actress in the lead.

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    I got one myself and started a topic just now for Mondo releases as they are going to release something everyday for the whole month. This is the normal version, there is a variant too.

    I love that scene where she's just sitting and waiting for the phone to ring with that sack in the background.
     
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    Right?? I mean, a lot of people talk about that scene for the shock value of the sack, but for me it's her smile when the phone rings. That's about the most evil thing ever depicted on film.
     
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    Pieces (1982)
     
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    2. Alfred Hitchcock Presents S02E13: Mr. Blanchard's Secret (Alfred Hitchcock, 1956)

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    Jumping back into AHP where I last left it, my first episode is Mr. Blanchard's Secret, where a nosy mystery writer hypothesizes over what her odd neighbours are up to. This is one of the episodes directed by The Master of Suspense himself, and it's kind of fun to see what he does with a 25 minute time slot. I mean, I'm certain he would have been able to do any of the scripts that were available, so it's interesting to see which ones he actually chooses. This one is pretty much a one-woman show with Mary Scott working herself up into a tizzy and bouncing her weird ideas off of the people who wander into her orbit. There's a great scene where she spends 5 minutes (pretty significant amount of time in a 25 minute episode) talking incessantly to her sleeping husband while she walks to the window, gets into bed, gets out of bed again, goes back to the window, etc, etc. She's pretty great, and I wouldn't be surprised if this scene was one of the reasons Hitch chose to do this script. It also has a bit of a zinger for an ending, which seems in keeping with his persona.
     
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    Movie #2:
    Asylum Blackout (2011)
    First time viewing (MPI DVD)
    *** (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    2. SOMEBODY'S GOTTA DO IT: Something involving a less than desirable job that must be done.

    Cooks at an asylum for the criminally insane must fight for survival when a storm knocks out power to the facility and the inmates run loose. A pre-Bone Tomahawk S. Craig Zahler penned the screenplay and for some reason it's an 80s period piece set in Washington. Good characters and premise make it an entertaining watch, but a completely unnecessary ending left a bad taste in my mouth.
     
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    3. Alfred Hitchcock Presents S02E15: Crackpot (John Meredyth Lucas, 1957)

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    After finishing episode 13, I realized that I had seen it before. It's been so long since I watched any of this set, that I'd forgotten where I stopped. Episode 14 was the last one I'd watched, so I jumped ahead to episode 15. This one also stars Mary Scott, interestingly, although her newlywed character here isn't quite as much fun as the suspicious mystery writer from Mr. Blanchard's Secret. Robert Emhardt is great as Mr. Moon, a psycho who starts to stalk our heroes. It's got a pretty sinister vibe, which I enjoyed.
     
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    October 1st: Circus of Horrors. They totally waste Donald Pleasence here by relegating him to basically a cameo appearance, but I thought this was a lot of fun. Some great/terrible facial scar makeup and a delightfully diabolical performance from Anton Diffring as a deranged plastic surgeon/circus proprietor. Erika Remberg is also very entertaining here. I've never liked circuses, but there are even a few cool stunts here, like rope dancer 30-feet in the air, spinning full speed with a rope around her neck. Or the girl standing on a moving horse's back using a hula hoop like a jump rope. I think this movie is considered to be pretty poor (it's being played during the MST3K live tour this year), and sure, the plot is outlandish, almost like something from a Krimi (Scotland Yard is even on the case here), but this is a blast in my opinion.

    October 2nd: Luz. This is an extremely arthouse possession movie from Germany. I haven't been this lost watching a movie since Primer. It's only about 66 minutes before the credits roll, but I don't think there was a single second in those 66 minutes that I knew what the hell was going on. It looks great, the score is great, and the atmosphere is pretty unsettling, but I totally didn't get it beyond "Uh, I guess that girl is possessed?"
     
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    4. Alfred Hitchcock Presents S02E16: Nightmare in 4-D (Justus Addiss, 1957)

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    This one was kind of weak. Not much to say about it. Even Hitch's intro is a little dull. A married man with a crush on a neighbour helps her hide a body and wackiness ensues.
     
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    Day 2

    Loving the write-ups that everyone are doing! I look for ideas and a have a few, so thanks in advance.

    5. The Prey (1983) Blu - Grabbed this new Arrow release recently due to the comments in the Arrow Video thread. Liked the movie, but had to agree with quite a few that mentioned the U.S. cut being the preferred. I watched that first, then popped in the International cut and the Gypsie stuff for the most part seemed distracting. I get why that would have been there, but the U.S. cut just had better flow in my opinion. This was a first time view for me. I always mention it every year, just when I think I have seen most of the stuff I want to, I discover plenty more!

    6. The Strange Case of Dr. Rx (1942) Blu - Even though annoyed with Shout's 'great' pricing structure, I have been picked up these Universal Horror sets. I've turned into kind of a nut for old black and white cinema, so decided to check this movie out today. In ways, kind of a whodunit style movie. Good storytelling for the most part. I always like to look at the trivia sections on some of these older shows as there are some very interesting tidbits. The two I pulled out with the actors and actresses of this movie were kind of cool. Anne Gwynne who played the female lead was the mother in law of Robert Pine who people will remember was Sgt. Getraer on Chips. Also, Lionel Atwill's third wife was the ex-wife of General Douglas MacArthur. Kind of cool I thought.

    7. Splatter University (1984) Blu - First time view. I enjoy Vinegar Syndrome's work so this was a bit of a blind buy. Didn't realize it was a Troma Team release until I fired it up. I used to love to watch their stuff. The movie was okay. I kept thinking it was a 70's film instead of 80's but IMDB says 1984. Guess it just felt and looked a little older. Not great, but entertaining in it's own way I guess.

    8. The Hills Have Eyes 2 (1984) - Everybody else was jumping into this one early in the month and I just got that new Arrow set, so I followed suit. I can't add a lot to what's been said, but the set is nice, but would have liked to have seen a few more on disc extras. I'm guessing Arrow probably did the best with what they could do. I always preferred the first movie, but this one is decent as well. Nice to have both of the early Hills movies in these nice sets Thanks Arrow!

    It's cool seeing the Hitchcock presents stuff mentioned by dave13. I went through a bunch of these a while back on Hulu and enjoyed the heck out of it. Love Hitchcock and what he brought to cinema. I also have been recently watching Thriller which features Boris Karloff in a few episodes as well as the intro. Enjoying that show as well although I may not return to it until after the binge is over.

    ~Rocker10
     
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    4) The Dark (2018): A cannibalistic young girl who stalks a dense woodland area finds a change of heart when she recuses a young boy from a locked car trunk. A pleasant surprise from first time director Justin P. Lange, with an interesting take on urban legends, the undead, and coming-of-age all in one film. The film takes stock in practical effects – a plus – and the lead actors were great for kids. I also loved the sound design/mixing, giving much added layers and ambience to the woodland setting. The big problem here is the final act, which is underwhelming, and the lack of context to the girl’s supernatural abilities needed a bit more explaining. (6/10)


    5) Let Her Out: Following a series of health problems as a result of a car accident, a young woman discovers that a benign tumor is not only responsible but is also her unborn parasitic twin who wants to take over her life. Despite some interesting visuals and great practical effects, “Let Her Out” is a disaster on all fronts. Littered with cringey dialogue, wooden acting, and spastic editing. Unlike “The Dark” this one has some of the worst sound mixing I’ve heard. I often had to toggle the volume on my remote because either the dialogue was inaudible, or the obnoxious score was eardrum shatteringly loud. But what this really gets wrong is the story, which is a poorly executed mash up of body horror and psychosexual thriller, doing neither justice. (3/10)


    6) Like Me: Kiya, a loner and outcast, embarks on a crime ridden rampage that she broadcasts on social media. I’ve seen a number of these “millennial” based horror films over the last few years, the majority of which are pretentious and overbearing (“#Horror” “M.F.A.”), but “Like Me” is a standout amongst the pack. Featuring trippy visuals and editing, and an unorthodox score, it came across refreshing in many ways. I also liked its meta-commentary on our social media-based life, in particular how – even with the ability to connect and communicate with easy– we live in a world that is cold, embittered, and isolating. Factor in great performances from the leads (Addison Timlin and Larry Feddenden) and you get a truly engaging film. It’s not without faults, the random asides from a youtube vlogger who trolls Kiya are peppered in randomly throughout the runtime – which are distracting and don’t add much to the main narrative until the finale – and not to mention the young man portraying this character is too over the top for me. The film also becomes unglued in the final act, and ends abruptly, as if the writer didn’t know where to take things, which really dragged the film down. An interesting if flawed watch. (6/10)
     
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    10/2/19

    MAKO: THE JAWS OF DEATH (1976)

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    Two paid guides take a Northern tourist on a fishing excursion near the Florida Keys. Hoping to catch a big one, their efforts fail reeling in a moderate sized shark. Scuba diver Sonny Stein (Richard Jaeckel) interferes at the right time, saving the fish and playing deep sea vigilante on the boat. A former marine salvage specialist, Stein has dedicated his life to the welfare of sharks. This eccentric anti-social guy lives on the water and has the strange ability to communicate with sharks. He’s also protected from them thanks to a hokey amulet given to him by a Filipino shaman. If you endanger any member of the shark population and this dude finds out, expect furious revenge of the wet variety. Some lowlife offenders continue to push his buttons.

    Mako: The Jaws of Death was directed by William Grefé. I’ve only seen three of his films so far. This was the first time I gave my Retromedia DVD a spin. Mako was one of the first exploitation films intended to cash-in on the blockbuster success of Jaws (1975). Expectations need to be adjusted for this regional drive-in production as the budget is just a tiny fraction of Spielberg’s film. The underwater footage limits the interaction between human actors with sharks and utilizes some stock footage.

    Richard Jaeckel has done a bunch of cult movies. His performance ranges from mildly sympathetic to unintentional comedy to melodramatic meltdowns. For a better look at his talents in the genre there is William Girdler’s Grizzly (released the same year) or The Dark (1979). James Bond icon Harold Sakata (Oddjob from Goldfinger) joins the party as half of a poaching duo. Also look for a cameo from Jerry Albert, lead actor from Blood Stalkers (another regional horror film made in Florida).

    I had read previously that Arrow Video was planning to do a box set of William Grefé films. Mako probably would have been included along with Impulse, Stanley, and others. Have my doubts this is still happening when you consider how Arrow seems to be releasing bigger more mainstream titles. Just read up on what postcards have appeared in recent releases for collectors online (The Wolf of Wall Street, anyone?). If that’s the case, this rough quality DVD may be all for now.


    PIRANHA (1978)

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    No trespassing signs are meant to be ignored in cinema. Fortunately for us, two young backpackers honor this tradition and venture into a seemingly abandoned military facility. Late night skinny dipping gives a sneak preview of what’s to come. A mutant strain of flesh-eating piranhas gets inadvertently released into a Texas river system. If that’s not bad enough, the danger is headed directly towards a kids’ summer camp and a popular resort area with special events on schedule. Never fear though. The less than dynamic duo attempting to save the day include a backwoods guide alcoholic and a bumbling skip tracer.

    Piranha was one of the most successful films to cash-in on Jaws (1975), earning far beyond its budget of less than one million dollars. Directed by Joe Dante, this New World Pictures release maintains a healthy balance of horror and comedy. The 2010 remake Piranha 3D was far less effective in my opinion, pushing the comedy to the forefront with too much 3D gimmickry. The practical effects here in the original get the job done just fine with some clever audio. Effects co-creator Rob Bottin would go on to do Dante’s The Howling (1981) and John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982).

    A great cast with some familiar faces from other Dante films keeps the movie entertaining. In addition to Brad Dillman (Dirty Harry films) and Heather Menzies (Sssssss), the supporting cast is more than capable. Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and Barbara Steele (Black Sunday) are mad scientists. Dick Miller (The Howling, Gremlins) is a shady land developer. Paul Bartel (Rock & Roll High School) is the uptight summer camp director.

    Over time Piranha has earned its cult classic status. Enough ideas surface to make it one of the best Jaws clones. Had not watched this for several years, but the recent Scream Factory steelbook release with a new transfer brought me back this time. Glad I did.
     
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    Movie #3:
    Blood Hook (1986)
    First time viewing (Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray)
    **1/2 (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    3. SPORTS & FITNESS: All pain, no gain. A workout watch out!

    Less goofy than the Troma Team label and cover art in the VHS days would suggest, but this still didn't totally work for me. The characters are all engaging enough and don't go for cheap jokes (the killer fisherman reeling in victims plot is played relatively straight), but the 110 minute runtime and repetitive storyline wore on me.
     
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2019

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