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Discussion in 'General' started by maskull, Sep 27, 2012.
Oct 27 -
Frankenstein (1931) blu
27th - Suspiria (1977 - DVD)
27th - Inferno (1980 - DvD)
Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010) with Rifftrax - A local AMC played this--not sure if it was a live feed or what, but I was really surprised that a big chain would host this, and I was surprised that it was almost sold out. Huge turnout for this. It did not disappoint, but it would be impossible for me to sit through this without the Rifftrax. Lots of inspired jokes and then running jokes as the film progressed. I read that a sequel is being made, which makes me question everything I know about anything.
Waxwork (1988) - This has been a favorite since childhood, and it held up tonight. Galligan sells it, the humor is sublime, and the story is absurd. The first 20 minutes are gold, as far as I'm concerned.
Friday The 13th (2009): I used to not mind this movie but the more I watch it, the harder it is to make it through. I find myself skipping certain chapters as I watch it.
27th - City Of The Living Dead (1980 - DVD)
28th - The Beyond (1981 - DVD)
Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines: Terrible writing and acting. Some bad cgi blood at the start. Bad make-up on the hillbillies, you could tell they were wearing masks. It just felt...cheap. I'm also not sure that I like the direction of the hillbillies torturing people for fun more than just killing for food. That being said, I still found the movie to be entertaining between the "OH-MY-GOD-THAT-WAS-MORONIC!!!" moments. Doug Bradley was pretty awesome anyway.
Chernobyl Diaries: Starts off really well. The mood and scenery were just what I wanted from this movie...then they got close to the end and it became extremely typical and a little boring. I do like that they made use of radiation in the story. All in all a decent enough movie for a weekend afternoon.
The Darkest Hour: Continuing with the USSR theme we have this movie about electric aliens coming to conquer earth and mine our minerals. Why they bothered to have it take place in Moscow I'll never know...though it does have some cool scenery. Otherwise it's the usual alien invasion movie with plenty of people doing dumb things, melodrama, and the unlikeable character that you know is going to die. Not a total waste of time though. Like I said, there were plenty of nice shots around Moscow, and some clever ways to tell if the aliens were coming. I also liked how people died.
Donkey Punch: Starts off almost like a porno then things go wrong. Pretty decent flick with lots of turns, keeping me watching and wondering what horrible things people were going to do next.
The Roost: Second time watching this. I get what Ti West was trying to do with this movie a bit more this time around after seeing his more recent movies. For a movie about killer vampire bats that turn people into zombie-ish creatures, it's actually pretty slow. It's also really low budget but it mostly works. Sure the acting is pretty bad and there's not many sfx, probably due to budget constraints, but it's...charming...and a good jumping off point to show where Ti West started out. That being said I could've done without the Tom Noonan stuff, especially the one break in the middle of the movie.
The Hole: Feels like a Joe Dante movie. Slightly scary but not too bad. Scary lite. A bit of a mess in the plot department, especially towards the end, and the main teen guy was a pretty horrible actor. Actually pretty much everyone in this movie was a bad actor. Still horror lite entertaining for Dante fans.
The Funhouse: Trying to decide if I want to put down the money for the blu ray after a first viewing that left me a little uninspired. This time the viewing was much better, especially the build up to the action. I really enjoyed the couples just wandering around the carnival checking out all the weird and wacky things. Once the killing started, it seemed a little rushed and perhaps almost an after thought to the movie. Think I'll definitely buy the blu, just not at over $20.
Eaten Alive: Second viewing. Weird, sleazy, mean-spirited, badly shot, kind of awful movie. But fascinating too. I feel dirty for admitting this, but I really, really like this movie.
Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974): I still get really sick of Marilyn Burns screaming so much, and the dude in the wheelchair is obnoxious but I'm really liking this movie now. Every time I watch it I like it more. Some really f**kin awesome scenes, especially the first appearance of Leatherface.
Friday The 13th (1980): It's a classic. `Nuff said!
Suicide Girls Must Die
Strippers Vs. Werewolves
Wizard Of Gore (2007)
Requiem For A Vampire BD
The Demoniacs BD
The Living Dead Girl BD
Female Vampire BD
That was enough hairy pussies for me in one day.
The Boogens BD
Mother's Day (1980) BD
01. Murders in the Zoo (1933)
02. The Strange Case of Dr.Rx (1942)
03. Calling Dr. Death (1943)
04. Weird Woman (1944)
05. Thriller: The Cheaters (1960)
06. Ed Wood (1994) Blu
07. Evil Dead II (1987) Blu
08. The Thing (1982) Blu
09. Dead Man's Eyes (1944)
10. The Frozen Ghost (1945)
11. Strange Confession (1945)
12. The Uninvited (1944)
13. Pillow of Death (1945)
14. Thriller: The Hungry Glass (1961)
15. The Fog (1980)
16. The Shining (1980) Blu
17. The Frighteners (1996) Blu
18. The Haunting (1963)
19. House on Haunted Hill (1959)
20. Mr. Sardonicus (1961)
21. The Tingler (1959)
22. Psycho (1960) Blu
23. Dracula (1931) Blu
24. The Black Cat (1934)
25. The Raven (1935)
26. The Mummy (1932) Blu
27. The Invisible Man (1933) Blu
28. The Wolf Man (1941) Blu
29. Phantom of the Opera (1943) Blu
30. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) Blu
31. Frankenstein (1931) Special Theater Showing
32. Bride of Frankenstein (1935) Special Theater Showing
33. I Bury the Living (1958)
34. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
35. The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (1974) Blu
36. Zombie (1979) Blu
37. Dawn of the Dead (1978) [Extended Version]
38. Day of the Dead (1985) Blu
39. The Return of the Living Dead (1985) Blu
40. Land of the Dead (2005) Blu
** = first time viewing
10/01 - Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988) 6/10 **
10/02 - Frankenstein (1931) **
10/03 - The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) **
10/04 - The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) 7/10 **
10/05 - The Exorcist [Theatrical Version] (1973) **
10/06 - The Exorcist 2: Heretic [Full 117 Minute Version] (1977) 1/10 **
10/06 - The XXXorcist (2006) 6/10 **
10/07 - The Dwelling (1993) 5/10 **
10/08 - Innocent Prey (1984) 4/10 **
10/09 – The Cabin in the Woods (2011) 9/10 **
10/10 – Dracula (1931) **
10/11 – The Horror of Dracula (1958) 4/10 **
10/12 - The Devil Within Her (Beyond the Door) (1974) 1/10 **
10/13 - The Exorcist 3 (1990) 8/10 **
10/14 - The Hitchhiker: The Miracle of Alice Ames (1989) 6/10 **
10/14 - The Hitchhiker: Ghostwriter (1986) 6/10 **
10/14 - The Hitchhiker: Man's Best Friend (1985) 6/10 **
10/15 - Porkchop (2010) 5/10 **
10/15 - Porkchop II: Rise of the Rind (2011) 3/10 **
10/16 - The Devil's Rock (2011) 8/10 **
10/17 - The Vampire Lovers (1970) 6/10 **
10/18 - Lust for a Vampire (1971) 3/10 **
10/19 - Twins of Evil (1971) 6/10 **
10/19 - Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) 7/10 **
10/20 - Malabimba [Unrated] (1979) 5/10 **
10/20 - Elvira's Movie Macabre: Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks (1974) 6/10 **
10/21 - Masters of Horror S1: Dreams in the Witch House (2005) 6/10 **
10/21 - Masters of Horror S1: The Fair Haired Child (2006) 5/10 **
10/21 - Masters of Horror S1: Jenifer (2005) 6/10 **
10/21 - Possession: Until Death Do You Part (Possession) (1987) 5/10 **
10/22 - Sledgehammer (1983) 3/10 **
10/22 - House of Whipcord (1974) 1/10 **
10/23 - Elvira's Movie Macabre: The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) 2/10 **
10/23 - The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) 4/10 **
10/24 - Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) 5/10 **
10/25 - Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula (2008) 5/10 **
10/25 - Girls Gone Dead (2012) 7/10 **
10/26 - Murder Party (2007) 5/10 **
Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula (2008) 5/10 **
When gangsters meet vampires, there's bloody hell to pay. It’s no surprise that Trent Haaga and Tiffany Shepis are fun to watch when playing 1930’s gangsters/vampire hunters. The production values are better than expected as well. Unfortunately, Bonnie and Clyde don’t meet Dracula until late in the film and the showdown is just kinda meh. Still, the film has its moments despite a lull in the middle act. One of those moments is some exquisite nudity from a soaking wet Ms. Shepis. I’d love to see a sequel.
Girls Gone Dead (2012) 7/10 **
A group of six ex-high school cheerleaders are stalked by a killer with a medieval war hammer and battle axe during their first Spring Break from college. I enjoyed this film more than most would. There just aren’t enough kills in the first hour. That didn’t keep me from enjoying the hot group of girls being catty bitches and prancing around in varies degrees of undress. The final 45 minutes of carnage was very enjoyable as well. The film is well shot and clever, especially when you consider the budget. If you enjoyed Sorority Row (2009) and Piranha (2010) you should check this one out.
Murder Party (2007) 5/10 **
A random invitation to a Halloween party leads a man into the hands of a rogue collective intent on murdering him for the sake of their art, sparking a bloodbath of mishap, mayhem and hilarity. I was really digging this film, then it seemed like there was nothing but talking, followed by more talking then even more talking. It definitely has its moments and is well worth seeing, I just wish there was something more in the middle of the film. It nicely captures the spirit of Halloween.
Oct 27- Terror Train- Blu
50. Scream And Scream Again 4/5—Super groovy 70s soundtrack enlivens busy tale involving limb harvesting, gruesome murders, and the sinister agenda of a Nazi-like totalitarian organization. Price, Cushing, and Lee do excellent work. But despite prominent billing they’re supporting players. The real star is Alfred Marks as perpetually grumpy, sarcastic police inspector with a knack for uttering memorable lines. Mid-section chase scene is a lot of fun too.
51. Dr. Jekyll And the Werewolf 3/5—The further adventures of El Hombre Lobo. This time out the Nasch-inator seeks an unusual cure for his lycanthropy. Definitely a step down from Werewolf Shadow. But there’s still a lot of loopy fun to be had—particularly late in the game when Waldemar gets to know his Hyde-like alter ego. Also boasts one of the most amusing sequences in the series. Ever wonder what would happen if you got trapped in an elevator with a werewolf while the moon is rising? Well…
52. Monster House 5/5—Don't be chased away by the animation. This is a real movie. Great characters provide a strong backbone for this witty haunted house horror-action mash-up. Excellent voice acting across the board gives life and personality to each character. And the fast-paced story touches lots of bases effectively. Definitely a nostalgic delight for those who dove headfirst into Halloween as children.
53. In the Mouth of Madness 3/5—Middle of the road Carpenter flick has lots of good ideas but doesn’t do much with them. Early restaurant scene has a great payoff. But quickly loses momentum as insurance investigator Sam Neill begins to question his sanity. Supporting cast is weak—with Julie Carmen and Jurgen Prochnow giving particularly ineffectual performances. Score is awfully ho-hum for Carpenter too. Has some good moments before things totally fall apart in the third act. Lovecraftian elements work much better in Stuart Gordon’s Dagon.
54. Frankenstein 5/5--First of the Frankensteins is still the best. Whale plays it straight and delivers a film that retains its ability to chill more than 80 years down the line. Colin Clive and Karloff give amazing performances. And Jack P. Pierce's iconic Monster design has never been bested. Marred only by the terrible casting of Frederick Kerr as Baron Frankenstein and the misguided decision to have The Monster launch little Maria into the lake. Karloff campaigned for The Monster to place her gently in the water like the flowers. But he was vetoed by Whale. New Blu-Ray is a revelation. Wrinkles in canvas painted backdrops are now painfully apparent.
55. Bride of Frankenstein 4/5--Most lauded of the Frankenstein cycle is substantially overrated in my opinion. Stark black and white photography is sensational. And the Monster's sequences with the blind hermit are tremendously moving. But Whale's cheeky sense of humor is over-indulged--which results in far too much mugging by Una O'Connor and tension-busting goofy scenes like the one with Pretorious's miniature people. Score is also overly playful far too often--a problem that was fortunately rectified in the next outing for The Monster. Climax retains its impact. It's chock full of iconic images. A mixed bag for me featuring the best and worst sequences in the series. Karloff continues to be remarkably sympathetic despite considerable brutality. From the time I first saw these films as a child I wanted him to get away from the villagers and find happiness. Another spectacular Blu-Ray restoration for those who haven't yet picked up the new Classic Monsters set yet.
56. Son of Frankenstein 4/5--Vastly underrated 2nd sequel to Frankenstein gives Bela Lugosi a rare chance to shine in a quality production. Bela's grinning, malevolent hunchback Ygor steals the show. He's funny and menacing at the same time. Director Rowland Lee dialed back the campy shenanigans that curtail Bride, which makes this a relatively tense affair. Fully committed to the horror elements of the story and stages a few effectively nasty murders. One particularly memorable killing is illustrated in shadow. Awesome score by Frank Skinner is a huge boost. Small wonder that Universal recycled it endlessly over the next few years. Skinner's music masterfully adds mood to the eerie scenes of Lugosi playing his horn--and velocity to the breakneck finish. Karloff is largely shunted to the sidelines by Lugosi, Basil Rathbone, and Lionel Atwill. But he gets a few effective scenes--including a marvelously subtle one in front of a mirror with Rathbone.
57. Trick 'r Treat 4/5--Briskly paced anthology film does a great job of capturing the spirit of Halloween. Dazzling seasonal imagery, from jack-o'-lantern lined streets to the neon-lit Halloween parade, brilliantly establishes the mood of late October. Inter-cut stories are pretty good too, with Cox's frenzied battle with a strange interloper a real highlight. Establishes a great new horror icon in Sam. He's more than worthy of future outings.
58. Dark Night of the Scarecrow 4/5--Outstanding TV horror film about the unjust execution of a mentally handicapped man. Spooky atmosphere abounds. And numerous shots of lonely corn fields give an ominous air to the proceedings. Kudos to Charles Durning. He gives a nuanced performance as a grand-standing postman harboring dark urges. Effectively retains ambiguity before laying its cards on the table in the final act.
59. Superstition* 4/5—Relatively obscure witchcraft slasher is a tasty slice of 80s cheese. Underdeveloped characters start dropping like flies at a mostly abandoned church property that the locals consider “cursed.” Turns out it was the site of a witch burning in the 1600s—and the victim didn’t go gently into the good night. If you’re a fan of 80s horror this is must-see stuff—completely over-the-top and un-PC with a variety of inventive and funny deaths. And although it isn’t particularly well written or acted, it features some memorable characters. Funny horny young priest role probably could have become iconic in better hands than James Houghton's. Albert Salmi does much better as an abrasive police inspector. He delivers his ridiculously confrontational dialogue with the same kind of panache as Tom Atkins in Night of the Creeps.
60. Shock* 4/5--Mario Bava's final film is a journey into psycho sexual terror. Argento squeeze Daria Nicolodi stars as the put-upon mom of a young son exhibiting constantly escalating Oedipal issues. Is he as malevolent as she believes? Or is she suffering another nervous breakdown? Nicolodi is more sympathetic and less harsh-looking than usual. And compelling story maintains interest through the conclusion. Somewhat more generic in execution than other Bava outings, with less camera calisthenics and technical trickery.
61. Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things 4/5--Bob Clark's first venture into horror is full of amateurish moments. But Clark's genre chops are immediately evident. The opening credits scene establishes a seriously creepy vibe and culminates in a very effective freeze frame jump scare. Special props to Carl Zittrer's supremely chilling score. It recalls classic horror sounds while walking a more experimental path. Deftly exploits taboos about the dead and establishes a mood of palpable dread. These rituals aren't the kind of thing anyone should be doing--and witnessing them is an uncomfortable experience. Clark's signature humor is in evidence--particularly in an early scene where a character is scared to the point of, uh, he's scared very badly. Poorly acted by all involved (and apparently a real source of embarrassment to star Alan Ormsby). But Clark gives the audience enough opportunities to laugh with the film that I never felt the need to laugh at it. Might be too talky for many modern viewers. But stick with it. The final 20 minutes are a knockout.
62. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) 5/5--A true masterpiece and superior to the original. Director Philip Kaufman does a superb job of ratcheting up the paranoia and suspense. And uniformly great performances from the A list cast members ring every spooky nuance from the material. Dour but darkly funny too. The smart script offers many knowing winks without breaking the tension. Funny cameos for fans of the original are just the tip of the iceberg. The effects and sound design merit special recognition. If they didn't work the film would be laughable. But they do--which makes Sutherland's nap on his terrace a truly memorably scene. This time out I noticed what looks like an homage to Roeg's "Don't Look Now." In one of the big chase scenes there's a woman in a red slicker with her hood pulled up in the mob. Highest recommendation.
63. Murder Party* 3/5--Micro budgeted indie has a lot to offer--but ultimately can't fully overcome the obvious financial constraints. Nebbish Chris Sharp finds an invitation to a "murder party" blowing down the street and stupidly decides to attend. And, of course, he turns out to be the guest of honor. Probably the best film you could make with a cast of amateurs in a warehouse. Characters are annoying but fairly well drawn. And the snarky dialogue offers some legitimate laughs. But too many talking scenes go on too long. Gore effects are fairly good. And frenzied finale is enjoyable. I'd definitely be curious to see what director Jeremy Saulnier could do with a bigger budget.
64. The Ape Man* 2/5--Typically cheap Monogram production from director William "One Shot" Beaudine makes it clear how he earned his nickname. But Bela Lugosi gives one of his most over-the-top performances. And for that, I'm grateful. From his memorable first appearance (inside a cage with a guy in a cheap gorilla suit!) Lugosi overacts shamelessly, which makes a pretty dull affair quite enjoyable at times. And he's a particularly nasty villain, more than happy to kill innocent strangers to pursue a cure for his malady. Sadness of fully realizing the depth of Lugosi's fall in the 12 years since Dracula is offset by the obvious fact that Lugosi so clearly loved performing. The enthusiasm he demonstrates while hunched over like a gorilla at age 60 is contagious. Too bad the supporting cast grates--especially the bickering male-female reporter team that does little to recall "His Girl Friday." For Lugosi fans only.
65. The Human Monster* 3/5--Preposterous Edgar Wallace story is a great vehicle for Lugosi--and the first British horror film to earn an "H" (for horrific) rating. This one is more of a detective story with horror elements. Lugosi stars as a philanthropist who might not be as kindly as he seems (duh). Bela again gets to crank the overacting meter to 11. And he gets a few wickedly nasty moments. But he might actually be out-"hammed" by Edmon Ryan, whose caricatured itchy-fingered American detective delivers his groan-inducing dialogue with a beaming grin. Some of the twist elements are laughably obvious despite some serious cheating on the part of the filmmakers.
66. Curse of the Devil 4/5--Superior Hombre Lobo outing offers yet another varying origin story. This one goes the period route, with two different generations of Daninskys involved in the ultimate cursing of Waldemar. Benefits from a lot of outdoor night shooting and a relatively high body count. And as usual, Naschy gets to cavort in the buff with several attractive female costars. Features some of the best wolf man attacks in the series, with the aerial leap attack from an upper balcony the standout.
67. Halloween 5 2/5--Stupefyingly bad film is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Plays out like a lost Fulci film--with characters and story taking a backseat to the gory set pieces. Lack of rational thought is dumb-founding. Michael lays on an old guy's cot for a year? The Myers house is now a gothic castle? And Michael is being aided by a nebulous, dog-kicking man in cowboy boots? Inexplicably kills off the likable heroine of Halloween 4 in favor of one of the most annoying characters in the history of the genre. And surrounds her with a cast of irritating cardboard cut-outs wearing "victim" signs from their first appearances. Further demerits for the keystone cops and their accompanying clown music. What was the director thinking? Definitely features some effective suspense scenes. And mean-spirited in the extreme, with youngster Danielle Harris brutally terrorized well beyond the point of good taste.
* first-time viewing
61) Paranormal Activity 4: I've been a fan, even an apologetic, for this series since day one, but today is the day I really can't defend it anymore. The series has officially hit the wall with the filmmakers resorting to a lot of jump scares, disposable and paper thin characters and a completely unsatisfying, paint by the numbers story line. If the Paranormal Activity series does not attempt to step out of it's comfort zone with the next installment and bring something fresh to the table, I can only see a tragic end to this promising franchise. If you hated everything up to this point, there is no reason to seek this one out. But, if you're a fan like me, it's worth seeing for some really cool moments (The Chandelier scene) and a tense finale, but don't expect too much as for progression of its plot. Descent, but disappointing. (6/10)
62) Blair Witch Project
28th - Hatchet (Unrated) (2006 - DVD)
28th - Hatchet II (Unrated) (2010 - Blu-ray)
Oct. 27th.-The Fog: Pretty much a perfect horror film for me in spite of some plot holes. John Houseman sets the tone with the creepy intro, and that score suits the film like a glove. Janet Leigh, Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hal Holbrook, you don't see that much acting talent in most horror films. A great pairing of the classic ghost story and the contemporary horror film. Blake is a little seen, but menacing antagonist. I actually prefer it to John Carpenter's Halloween. 5/5.