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October Horror Movie Challenge
Hellbound: Hellraiser II
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I hadn't seen this in a very long time, and my tendency is to remember the good stuff, and compare it favorably to what came after. Both of those things still hold true, of course, and this remains the second best of the series by a significant margin, but it's still pretty sloppy. Feels like a movie that got cut to shreds in editing, or something. I know they lost a ton of their budget right before shooting, and perhaps that explains the budget version of Hell, but for a movie that really attempts to go deep on the mythology, I come out of this feeling like I understand it less, not more. And I'd have a hard time trying to explain what I do think I know. But, in some sense, there's a power to that confusion, if you want it, and the make up and effects work are pretty excellent. From the skinless bodies to the ambitious cenobite design to more than a few legitimately disturbing sequences (the dude mutilating himself with a straight razor is pretty gnarly), this is an awfully effective movie, when it comes to visceral horror.
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I like Channard's funny little dance that he does when he's getting turned into a Cenobite.
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Gonna clean this up and add numbers. Was curious about how many I've had this month.

1. The Haunting of Hill House (series)
2. Theatre of Blood*
3. Sleepy Hollow
4. The Masque of the Red Death
5. The Fly (1986)
6. Annabelle: Creation
7. One Cut of the Dead
8. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
9. The Mortuary Collection*
10. Alien: Covenant
11. Death Proof
12. My Bloody Valentine (1981)*
13. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
14. Z*
15. Fade to Black*
16. The Haunting of Bly Manor (series)*
17. The Blob (1988)
18. 1408
19. Before I Wake*
20. Tales of Terror*
21. Hellbound: Hellraiser II
22. The Relic
23. Scary Storie To Tell in the Dark
24. In Search of Darkness*
25. Cry of the Banshee*
26. Hubie Halloween*
27. Extra Ordinary*
28. Madhouse*
29. Come To Daddy*
30. Season of the Witch*
31. Motel Hell*
32. Let Us Prey*
33. The Witches (2020)*
34. Daniel Isn't Real*
35. Body Bags*
36. Noroi: The Curse*
37. Mausoleum*
38. We Go On*
39. La Llorona*
40. The Lawnmower Man
41. The Final Girls
42. Scary Stories*
43. Tomb of Ligeia*
44. Parents*
45. Scare Package*
46. Mara*
47. You Can't Kill Stephen King*
48. The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow*

That's more than any previous year, and I've still got this week. Planning to go hog wild tonight, in fact, sort of the last big run before Halloween.
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Hellraiser 2 has a lot of cool stuff here and there, a lot of nice visuals; but I like the third on more. For all the nice stuff in Hellraiser 2, and as good as those opening minutes of it are, there's also just a lot of nothing fluff. Hellraiser 2 was definitely something I flipped back and forth between basically every time I'd watch it on tv when I was younger because there was a lot of nothing there.
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THE MAD GHOUL (1943)
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Kind of Universal’s take on the zombie film, where an unscrupulous scientist experiments on a protege and turns him into the titular creation, which the scientist commands to do his nefarious bidding.  George Zucco’s very good as the scientist, being a convincing slimeball who claims to care about his protege, but really just wants to use him (and steal his girlfriend!).   The movie’s significant weakness is that -- in order to service its fairly large roster of supporting characters -- it resorts to some pretty hackneyed and melodramatic “love quadrangle”-type relationship stuff that really only serves to pad the (already short) 65-minute running time.  Unfortunately, this is more of the focus than the horror shenanigans.  That said, KING KONG’s Robert Armstrong turns up as an investigative reporter, and he’s a fun presence, and the overall conceit is a solid one.  Shame about the extraneous stuff, though.

2020 Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment
    1.      PSYCHO (1960)
    2.      YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974)
    3.      THE HAUNTING (1963)  
    4.      DRACULA (1931)
    5.      BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (1992)
    6.      THE DEVIL RIDES OUT (1968)
    7.      CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954)
    8.      VAMPIRE CIRCUS (1972)
    9.      CAST A DEADLY SPELL (1991)
    10.    THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1961)
    11.    DEMONS OF THE MIND (1972)
    12.    FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)
    13.    THE BLOB (1958)
    14.    DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE (1971)
    15.    BLACK SUNDAY (1960)
    16.    MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE (1932)
    17.    DEMENTIA 13 (1963)
    18.    THE NIGHTCOMERS (1971)
    19.    EYES OF LAURA MARS (1978)
    20.    HORROR EXPRESS (1972)
    21.    TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE (1990)
    22.    DEAD SILENCE (2007)
    23.    THE DARK HALF (1993)
    24.    THE BEAST MUST DIE (1974)
    25.    ISLAND OF TERROR (1966)
    26.    INFERNO (1980)
    27.    FORBIDDEN WORLD (1982)
    28.    EDGE OF SANITY (1989)
    29.    HOMEWRECKER (2019)
    30.    SWEET SIXTEEN (1983)
    31.    NOCTURNE (2020)
    32.    BLACK FRIDAY (1940)
    33.    CURTAINS (1983)
    34.    DOMINIQUE (1979)
    35.    THE WITCHES (2020)
    36.    CHERRY FALLS (2000)
    37.    THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1958)
    38.    THE LEGACY (1978)
    39.    HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER (1958)
    40.    HOUSE (1985)
    41.    GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN (2018)
    42.    THE MAD GHOUL (1943)
    43.    SCARE ME (2020)
    44.    DEMON SEED (1977)
    45.    THE WASP WOMAN (1959)
    46.    BEYOND THE DOOR (1974)
    47.    BOOKS OF BLOOD (2020)
    48.    POSSESSED (2000)
    49.    IT! (1967)
    50.    SHOCK WAVES (1977)
    51.    THE LAZARUS EFFECT (2015)
    52.    THE BRAIN EATERS (1958)
    53.    THE NEW YORK RIPPER (1982)
    54.    HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS (1983)
    55.    THE MANSTER (1959)
    56.    DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1912)
    57.    DOOM ASYLUM (1988)
    58.    DON’T GO IN THE WOODS (1981)

Supplemental Viewing
    •     THE MAD DOCTOR (1933)
    •     MR. BOOGEDY (1986)
    •     TERROR IN THE AISLES (1984)
    •     100 YEARS OF HORROR: VAMPIRES (1996)
    •     CINEMASSACRE’S MONSTER MADNESS: HISTORY OF HORROR (2007)
    •     THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (2020)
    •     IT’S ALIVE: THE TRUE STORY OF FRANKENSTEIN (1994)
    •     THE HALLOWEEN THAT ALMOST WASN’T (1979)
    •     THE THIRD DAY (2020)
    •     TALES FROM THE CRYPT - “Yellow” (1991)
    •     ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? - “The Tale of the Dead Man’s Float” (1995)
    •     THE SKELETON DANCE (1929)
    •     YOU’RE SO COOL, BREWSTER!  THE STORY OF FRIGHT NIGHT (2016)
If we can dream it, then we can do it.
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Hellraiser II still has the top shelf Pinhead dialogue, including the all-timer “Go on. But trick us again child, and your suffering will be legendary...even in Hell!”
I'm not Avery.
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Night 46

A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting (2020)

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This was an alright action horror fantasy movie for kids with a little Bond element to it. It's the kind thing, watching it, that I'd imagine would have a little more edgy to it if it'd been done in the '80s alongside stuff like Gremlins, Return to Oz, The NeverEnding Story, and Labyrinth. That said, after recently seeing that Artemis Fowl movie this thing is like some kind of triumphant miracle. This is kind of like Labyrinth, in so far as the Goblin King stealing a kid, (and if his goblins were cartoon characters) if getting the kid back involved some secret Bond like group of babysitters that fight monsters...and didn't involve the cool world of the Labyrinth. Although there are some nice looking locations in this.

This is also based on a book, but I'm not exactly sure if that book is a normal narrative book like the movie, or if it's like the monster guide book in the movie.

Masters of Horror — Jenifer (2005)

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The Butter Face version of The Cat Came Back.

Based on a comic by Bruce Jones and Berni Wrightson from Creepy. There's definitely some interesting stuff here, it's definitely interesting to see Argento go for it, but what the fuck happened to Dario Argento? This is so sloppy it's almost hard to believe this was made by the same person that did The Bird with the Crystal Plumage and Suspiria.

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Funnily, while the movie ramps of everything about the comic, it does not have the big cool shotgun blast.

The mothers reaction to first seeing Jenifer in this is so over the top (which is not the same as the comic) that she just comes off as a fucking horrible bitch. Maybe the idea was meant to be that Jenifer is so ugly she couldn't help of react in the same way a small child might, but it doesn't read that way.

The guy trying to kill Jenifer at the start of this being a business man seems like a nod to the comic, where the focus is on a business man.
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FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 7 - THE NEW BLOOD

So you get some CARRIE grafted into this thing, which, despite the more supernatural direction of the later series, makes it all seem neither fish nor fowl. You spend what feels like a *lot* of time with Tina and her psychic troubles, and that's something that been done so much better in other movies. And the Jason elements are outclassed by every other entry in this series so far (I suppose, outside of the excellent physicality Kane Hodder now brings to the role). The sense of things being watered down I got from PART 6 is even more acute here.

Cutest girl: I don't think I was paying enough attention to make a determination. Didn't really care for Tina, anyway.

Best kill: About the only thing that kept me watching was to see the sleazy Dr. Crews get his. So, that.

Dunno-- feeling a bit demoralized here.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 8 - JASON TAKES MANHATTAN

Feel a little better after this. Despite the distinct shortage of Manhattan being took in this picture, I enjoyed the change of scenery and situations here, even on the boat. And it's very much in line with the classic monster movie sensibilities of PART 6, which goes some way to make up for the relative lack of truly violent kills. I wasn't bored.

Cutest girl: I thought maybe the Joan Jett wannabe (who's called J.J., natch), but it was hard to tell, what with the hair, and also she exits real early. You also get a baby faced Kelly Hu, who's on the receiving end of one of the better murder sequences. But it's Tamara, the bitchy one who tries to blackmail the dickhead teacher. I admire her... initiative.

Best kill: Nothing real remarkable. Jason punching the head off the one kid after a humorously drawn-out display of pugilism will have to do.

Anyway, happens that a couple of the RLM guys took a look at some of the Friday sequels this past week. Their opinions mostly track along with mine, only Jay also had some good things to say about PART 5. Between that (as well as what simbob wrote upthread) and the last couple of these movies, I think I may have been too hard on the bastard child of this series.

1. SISTERS (1972)
2. THE HAUNTED PALACE (1963)
3. ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES (1993)
4. DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE (1971)
5. VICTOR CROWLEY (2017)
6. THE LODGER (1944)
7. FADE TO BLACK (1980)
8. A BUCKET OF BLOOD (1959)
9. FRIGHT NIGHT PART 2 (1988)
10. GHOSTBUSTERS 2 (1989)
11. LAKE PLACID (1999)
12. CRAWL (2019)
13. INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE (1994)
14. READY OR NOT (2019)
15. THE MUMMY (1959)
16. DEEPSTAR SIX (1989)
17. LEVIATHAN (1989)
18. THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN (1976)
19. MORTUARY (1983)
20. DEATH LINE (1974)
21. THE ADDAMS FAMILY (2019)
22. GINGER SNAPS (2000)
23. ELVIRA - MISTRESS OF THE DARK (1988)
24. MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981)
25. A TALE OF TWO SISTERS (2002)
26. SWEENEY TODD (2007)
27. THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES (1972)
28. THE CAR (1977)
29. SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE 2 (1987)

Friday the Thirteenthses

1. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 4 - THE FINAL CHAPTER
2. FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)
2A. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 (1981)
3. JASON LIVES - FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 6
4. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3(-D) (1982)
5. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 5 - A NEW BEGINNING
6. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 8 - JASON TAKES MANHATTAN
7. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 7 - THE NEW BLOOD

Unranked classics

MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (1964)
FRIGHT NIGHT (1985)
DRACULA (1978)
GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)
DRACULA (1958)
BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA (1992)

Bonus viewing

IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS (2019)
THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (2020)
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
LOVECRAFT COUNTRY
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Night 47

The Mountain of the Cannibal God (1978)

Aka

Slave of the Cannibal God

Aka

Prisoner of the Cannibal God

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Tubi says this is rated R, but there's no way in hell this is the R rated version of this movie. That's not me saying this some hacked up version either. There's no way the scene of a woman fingering herself gets to stay in as it is in a R rated movie. 

Sergio Martino entry into the cannibal film sub-genre of horror films starring Ursula Andress, Stacy Keach, and Claudio Cassinelli. I guess it's because this comes before Cannibal Holocaust, but Cannibal God has the most traditional formal movie look of all the cannibal movies I've seen. That said, it's also not without the animal stuff you'd expect to find in cannibal films...although here it's more staged animals getting animals document type stuff than someone just cutting a monkey or turtle up. These scene seem like Martino was forced to add them at times, as the in for them will be something like a character telling someone to "look over there," cut to something like an anaconda getting a monkey...at one point in the movie there's a cartoon branch used to cover up either an arm or a poll that was used to push an animal towards another. Apart from that kind of stuff, this gets more wild than most too, which seems funny given it's classier looking production...I mean a man fucks a giant pig. I guess it is the year after Emanauelle in America, and an Emanuelle movie would have been on of the cannibal movies from '77.

This also plays more like a classic, albeit violent, jungle adventure movie than later post-Cannibal Holocaust movies would.

Edge of the Axe (1988)

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Edge of the Axe is a Spanish American slasher co-production set in America, directed by Spanish director José Ramón Larraz, and it looks like it's written by four Spanish guys.

This is a really nice looking slasher, one of the nicer looking ones; the story is pretty convoluted, but the look of this is good and makes it worth a watch. It's a shame all those giallo guys from the '70s weren't brought in to do slasher films in the '80s by studios like Paramount and New Line, it's actually a bit weird that didn't happen.

The killers mask in this really reminds me of Fanômas from the '64 movie. Looks like they got a mask of that version of Fanômas, covered the mouth, and painted the whole thing white.

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Watched JOE BOB'S HALLOWEEN HIDEAWAY. A pleasure as always.

HAUNT (2019) - Frankly, my wife and I faded out towards the end of this on Friday due to excess amounts of booze, so we rewatched the second half again and really enjoyed it. Maybe not groundbreaking, but well made, and after seeing so much crud the past few weeks, being well made counts for a lot.

HACK-O-LANTERN (1988) - This, however....Dear Lord. Joe Bob explained that this was directed by an Indian who had never heard of Halloween before taking on the gig. I believe him! It also appears the director had never seen a horror movie, or had any experience with normal human behavior. Hy Pyke plays the demented Satan-worshipping grandpa, and he reminded me of a Hillbilly Harvey Fierstein. Some occasional nudity, some mild violence, and Mac's dad from Always Sunny in Philadelphia dreams he's in a music video for a hair metal song called "Devil's Son." Despite the painful acting, the inept horror and the guy doing lame stand-up outside the Halloween party, I'd say the most awkward part was when I immediately noticed Jeanna Fine and had to explain to the wife where I knew her from.

In order of preference:

1. THE THING (rewatch)
2. CABIN IN THE WOODS (rewatch)
3. HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER (rewatch)
4. THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM
5. DERANGED
6. DEATHDREAM
7. THE CHANGELING (rewatch, sorta)
8. THE FUNHOUSE
9. COLOR OUT OF SPACE
10. DESCENT INTO DARKNESS
11. HAUNT
12. THE HILLS HAVE EYES (rewatch)
13. ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN
14. HUBIE HALLOWEEN
15. THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES
16. THE RENTAL
17. HELL HOUSE, LLC
18. AMSTERDAMNED
19. Z
20. MIKEY
21. DEATHGASM (rewatch)
22. 1BR
23. UNCLE SAM
24. AS ABOVE, SO BELOW
25. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990)
26. MONSTER PARTY
27. A LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN
28. TWICE DEAD
29. YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT
30. PIECES
31. PLEDGE NIGHT
32. THE SLAYER
33. SWEET SIXTEEN
34. BLAIR WITCH 2: BOOK OF SHADOWS
35. BEYOND THE DARKNESS
36. ABSURD
37. BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA
38. THE MONSTER CLUB
39. VAMPIRES VS. THE BRONX
40. HELLHOLE
41. GHOSTKEEPER
42. 30 MILES FROM NOWHERE
43. THEY'RE WATCHING
44. DEVIL TIMES FIVE
45. LAKE NOWHERE
46. SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-A-RAMA (rewatch)
47. FRANCESCA
48. ANTRUM: THE DEADLIEST MOVIE EVER MADE
49. QUEEN OF BLOOD
50. THE POOL
51. HELL HOUSE LLC III: LAKE OF FIRE
52. SPIRAL
53. CHOPPING MALL
54. WRECKAGE
55. DESTROYER
56. HELL HOUSE LLC II: THE ABADDON HOTEL
57. FREAKS OF NATURE
58. DEATH WARMED UP
59. BERSERKER
60. THE GHOST DANCE
61. MEMORIAL VALLEY MASSACRE
62. ISLAND OF BLOOD
63. MOONSTALKER
64. CUT
65. THE VIDEO DEAD
66(6). BLOOD DINER
67. NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR
68. DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE
69. PARTY LINE
70. THE EXPELLED
71. MASK MAKER
72. HELLMASTER
73. THE MAJORETTES
74. HACK-O-LANTERN
75. NIGHT KILLER
76. SPELLCASTER
77. THE STAY AWAKE
78. RECTUMA
79. RED VELVET
80. STAR CRYSTAL
81. INVASION OF THE BLOOD FARMERS
82. BUDDY BEBOP VS. THE LIVING DEAD
83. POOL PARTY MASSACRE
84. NIGHT FRIGHT
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BODY BAGS (1993)
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A TALES FROM THE CRYPT or CREEPSHOW-style anthology, directed by John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper, with Carpenter also appearing on-screen as our campy, fourth-wall-breaking, Cryptkeeper-esque host.  That’s a recipe for a fun time, and it mostly is.  The stories aren’t particularly great, but they’re enjoyable enough when taken together in the anthology format.  The actors all do fine work (including some fun cameos from other horror personalities), and there’s some solid gore and makeup effects, but probably the best part of the whole movie is Carpenter’s performance as the emcee.  It’s inessential, but completely watchable.  

2020 Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment
    1.      PSYCHO (1960)
    2.      YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974)
    3.      THE HAUNTING (1963)  
    4.      DRACULA (1931)
    5.      BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (1992)
    6.      THE DEVIL RIDES OUT (1968)
    7.      CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954)
    8.      VAMPIRE CIRCUS (1972)
    9.      CAST A DEADLY SPELL (1991)
    10.    THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1961)
    11.    DEMONS OF THE MIND (1972)
    12.    FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)
    13.    THE BLOB (1958)
    14.    DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE (1971)
    15.    BLACK SUNDAY (1960)
    16.    MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE (1932)
    17.    DEMENTIA 13 (1963)
    18.    THE NIGHTCOMERS (1971)
    19.    EYES OF LAURA MARS (1978)
    20.    HORROR EXPRESS (1972)
    21.    TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE (1990)
    22.    DEAD SILENCE (2007)
    23.    THE DARK HALF (1993)
    24.    THE BEAST MUST DIE (1974)
    25.    ISLAND OF TERROR (1966)
    26.    INFERNO (1980)
    27.    FORBIDDEN WORLD (1982)
    28.    EDGE OF SANITY (1989)
    29.    HOMEWRECKER (2019)
    30.    SWEET SIXTEEN (1983)
    31.    NOCTURNE (2020)
    32.    BODY BAGS (1993)
    33.    BLACK FRIDAY (1940)
    34.    CURTAINS (1983)
    35.    DOMINIQUE (1979)
    36.    THE WITCHES (2020)
    37.    CHERRY FALLS (2000)
    38.    THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1958)
    39.    THE LEGACY (1978)
    40.    HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER (1958)
    41.    HOUSE (1985)
    42.    GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN (2018)
    43.    THE MAD GHOUL (1943)
    44.    SCARE ME (2020)
    45.    DEMON SEED (1977)
    46.    THE WASP WOMAN (1959)
    47.    BEYOND THE DOOR (1974)
    48.    BOOKS OF BLOOD (2020)
    49.    POSSESSED (2000)
    50.    IT! (1967)
    51.    SHOCK WAVES (1977)
    52.    THE LAZARUS EFFECT (2015)
    53.    THE BRAIN EATERS (1958)
    54.    THE NEW YORK RIPPER (1982)
    55.    HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS (1983)
    56.    THE MANSTER (1959)
    57.    DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1912)
    58.    DOOM ASYLUM (1988)
    59.    DON’T GO IN THE WOODS (1981)

Supplemental Viewing
    •     THE MAD DOCTOR (1933)
    •     MR. BOOGEDY (1986)
    •     TERROR IN THE AISLES (1984)
    •     100 YEARS OF HORROR: VAMPIRES (1996)
    •     CINEMASSACRE’S MONSTER MADNESS: HISTORY OF HORROR (2007)
    •     THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (2020)
    •     IT’S ALIVE: THE TRUE STORY OF FRANKENSTEIN (1994)
    •     THE HALLOWEEN THAT ALMOST WASN’T (1979)
    •     THE THIRD DAY (2020)
    •     TALES FROM THE CRYPT - “Yellow” (1991)
    •     ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? - “The Tale of the Dead Man’s Float” (1995)
    •     THE SKELETON DANCE (1929)
    •     YOU’RE SO COOL, BREWSTER!  THE STORY OF FRIGHT NIGHT (2016)
If we can dream it, then we can do it.
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I'm honestly feeling a little burned out by horror so I'm not really sure what I'm going to watch for the remaining days of the month, besides probably wrapping up the remaining episodes of 50 States of Fright.

I have been letting the Joe Bob episode of Haunt play in the background the last couple nights. I don't know what it is about this movie but I haven't gotten sick of it yet.
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Turns out that Kobayashi guy was pretty solid director. Who knew? 

KWAIDAN is another one of those classic movies that’s been on my list for far too long. The Criterion has been sitting on my shelf, waiting for the day that I decided not to be a dumbass. This rocked so hard. Can’t think of an anthology film I would rank higher. An added amusement was that one of the tales (“The Woman of the Snow”) is recognizably the inspiration for the James Remar segment of TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE. Of course the 1990 American version of this stately, sad and beautiful ghost story would be a campy, synth-scored gorefest involving an animatronic gargoyle saying “YOU IDIOT!”. I love both, though.

I also caught the Rifftrax of JACK-O. Lots of laughs to be had out of this direct-to-video garbage, none louder than that kid’s bored delivery of “No...” as he’s being buried alive.
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Got any monster movies you haven't seen but have wanted to? Like giant monster movies, or action fantasy type things with creature FXs? Less straight horror stuff and more cool creature feature type things, or just cool FX  stuff.
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KWAIDAN is amazing. Crazy to think "Woman in the Snow" was cut out of the original US release.
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(10-27-2020, 10:07 PM)simbob Wrote: Got any monster movies you haven't seen but have wanted to? Like giant monster movies, or action fantasy type things with creature FXs? Less straight horror stuff and more cool creature feature type things, or just cool FX  stuff.

Them! and Love and Monsters sort of satisfied my giant monster itch for the month, but now that you mention it there is a creature episode of the anthology series Monsters that I haven't seen since I was a kid that I've been meaning to revisit. I'll add that to the watchlist tomorrow.
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(10-27-2020, 10:07 PM)simbob Wrote: Got any monster movies you haven't seen but have wanted to? Like giant monster movies, or action fantasy type things with creature FXs? Less straight horror stuff and more cool creature feature type things, or just cool FX  stuff.

Do NOT watch Rectuma.
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I heard that movie is Ass.

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Up early again today and before work started to pick up, I noticed JEEPERS CREEPERS 1 and 2 just sitting there on HBOmax, going unwatched. Hopefully I can just bypass the Victor Salva conversation, even if it does uncomfortably re-contextualize some specific sequences of these movies, because I thought the first one really worked. The leads have good chemistry and I like them, the villain is weird and scary and has a cool truck, and I like the way the plot unfolds as kind of this nightmare chase movie. The second movie goes the ALIENS route (i.e. more is more) - higher body count, more action, generally pretty overstuffed and goofy. Ray Wise, though. He's certainly in it!

In order of enjoyment:
1. THE THING (1982)
2. HOT FUZZ (2007)
3. X-FILES: FIGHT THE FUTURE (1998)
4. BRAIN DAMAGE (1988)
5. GINGER SNAPS (2000)
6. SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK (2019)
7. RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER (2016)
8. BLAIR WITCH 2: BOOK OF SHADOWS (2000)
9. LAKE PLACID (1999)
10. THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951)
11. RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION (2007)
12. RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE (2010)
13. DEVIL'S GATE (2017)
14. THE MORTUARY COLLECTION (2019)
15. JEEPERS CREEPERS (2001)
16. BOOKS OF BLOOD (2020)
17. SILENT HILL (2006)
18. RESIDENT EVIL (2002)
19. THE HITCHER (1986)
20. THE CLEANSING HOUR (2019)
21. RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION (2012)
22. RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE (2004)
23. SCARE ME (2020)
24. SPIRAL (2020)
25. DEAD BIRDS (2004)
26. STORM OF THE CENTURY (1999)
27. JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 (2003)
28. GHOSTLAND (2018)
29. THE GRACEFIELD INCIDENT (2017)
30. THE THING (2007)
31. THE WNUF HALLOWEEN SPECIAL (2013)
32. VEROTIKA (2019)
33. PILGRIM (2020)

Supplementary Viewing:
CHANNEL ZERO - No End House
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First time full viewing of Creepshow, second viewing of Creepshow 2 (first two stories)

After some Tales and watching Trick'R'Treat on a previous night, went back to the biggie, the original Romero/King Creepshow. I knew the stories well enough, so I must have seen some of them at some point or another. But I'd never watched it through. I dug it, but didn't quite love it. Maybe I loved Ed Harris dancing, though. I felt The Crate was a bit overlong (but with some great gore), and watching Stephen King act like a cartoon was certainly something, and I must remember the Bernie Wrightson artwork on that story more than the movie. The last part was quite effective though, and also had some amazing effects. And was funny as hell, with E.G. Marshall absolutely killing it on the phone.

Started C2, which I had seen in Junior High on VHS, to watch through The Raft (and maybe Lois Chiles topless). Thanks to CHUD, I was now aware that the bad guy in Chief Wood'N'Head was Holt McCallany (which was awesome). George Kennedy plays the nicest general store owner in the world. Makes the revenge a little spicier. I liked both OK, but the Raft wasn't quite as awesome as I recalled. I certainly had thought there was a little more consent between the last two survivors when he feels her up and kisses her, but I kind of dug that *his* selfish horniness directly caused *her* death near the end. What a dick.

Still, glad I sampled them. But that's enough of the bite-sized stories. Sticking with classics only from here to the full moon.
I'm not Avery.
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I don't recall if that specific "lack of consent" moment is in the King short story or if it was invented for the movie, but yeah... wouldn't fly if they were making the movie today!

"The Hitchhiker" is still CREEPSHOW 2's best segment. Not just for Lois Chiles being kind of great ("You're seeing things, bitch!"), but also for the great makeup. And it's also very darkly funny in a way that feels very EC Comics.
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(10-28-2020, 12:27 PM)fuzzy dunlop Wrote: Up early again today and before work started to pick up, I noticed JEEPERS CREEPERS 1 and 2 just sitting there on HBOmax, going unwatched.  Hopefully I can just bypass the Victor Salva conversation, even if it does uncomfortably re-contextualize some specific sequences of these movies, because I thought the first one really worked.  The leads have good chemistry and I like them, the villain is weird and scary and has a cool truck, and I like the way the plot unfolds as kind of this nightmare chase movie.  The second movie goes the ALIENS route (i.e. more is more) - higher body count, more action, generally pretty overstuffed and goofy.  Ray Wise, though.  He's certainly in it!

In order of enjoyment:
1. THE THING (1982)
2. HOT FUZZ (2007)
3. X-FILES: FIGHT THE FUTURE (1998)
4. BRAIN DAMAGE (1988)
5. GINGER SNAPS (2000)
6. SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK (2019)
7. RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER (2016)
8. BLAIR WITCH 2: BOOK OF SHADOWS (2000)
9. LAKE PLACID (1999)
10. THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951)
11. RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION (2007)
12. RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE (2010)
13. DEVIL'S GATE (2017)
14. THE MORTUARY COLLECTION (2019)
15. JEEPERS CREEPERS (2001)
16. BOOKS OF BLOOD (2020)
17. SILENT HILL (2006)
18. RESIDENT EVIL (2002)
19. THE HITCHER (1986)
20. THE CLEANSING HOUR (2019)
21. RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION (2012)
22. RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE (2004)
23. SCARE ME (2020)
24. SPIRAL (2020)
25. DEAD BIRDS (2004)
26. STORM OF THE CENTURY (1999)
27. JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 (2003)
28. GHOSTLAND (2018)
29. THE GRACEFIELD INCIDENT (2017)
30. THE THING (2007)
31. THE WNUF HALLOWEEN SPECIAL (2013)
32. VEROTIKA (2019)
33. PILGRIM (2020)

Supplementary Viewing:
CHANNEL ZERO - No End House

Jeepers Creepers is something that I actually found more interesting after finding out about Salva. Before that I just kind of through of it as something that was really good until they revealed the killer was some monster man that works on his creepy truck and can also fly around. But a lot of the stuff, like the monster sniffing around the one guy's underwear, and being this unrelenting monster that steals a part of his victims was something I hadn't really thought of before until afterwards. On the flip side you could also say it's a bit cowerdly for Salva to seemingly deal with that stuff hidden in genre, at least when it comes to the first film, but I guess that's show business.

The Raft is the only part of Creepshow 2 I liked. After the fantastic first movie the second is a pretty big letdown. I'm also not sure what the fuck is up with the Creepshow stuff after the first movie forgetting what was so fun and cool about that first movie. Both the second movie and the tv show (and that third shit movie) for whatever reason dropped the comic book FXs and lighting...at least what I saw of the show didn't have that stuff.

It's weird, Creepshow is a rated R movie, but I'm pretty sure they dubbed in one of Adrienne Barbeau lines because she called someone a "cunt." In the trailer for Creepshow (and the comic, although that isn't exactly the same) you can see some of the scenes that got cut from the final film.

Speaking of EC comics, that Primal cartoon (which I really need to watch the second season of) is kind of like the old Devil Dinosaur comic happened at EC Comics instead of Marvel.
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(10-27-2020, 01:55 AM)Belloq87 Wrote: PSYCHO (1960)
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An extraordinary number of words have been written about PSYCHO since its release, so this will be brief.


There's been a lot written for sure-- but for anyone who hasn't read it, I'd highly recommend critic David Tomson's "The Moment of Psycho". It's brief too, more a long monographic cultural essay than a full-on book, but it's got a lot of neat insight in it.

Along these lines, last night the wife and I watched

PEEPING TOM (1960)


   


Don't know if this is still a thing, but when I was first in film school years and years ago, the hot nerd take-- probably because Scorcese had revived a lot of interest in the work of Michael Powell-- was that PEEPING TOM is an equal, if not the superior, "psycho" movie of 1960. Always thought that was nuts, but it's still really, really great.

What it has going for it in terms of complexity of narrative incident and psychology is also why it doesn't quite measure up to the stark but deceptive simplicity of Hitchcock’s film. I think a lot of that had gotten dulled by familiarity, where Powell's-- which most people hadn't seen at the time-- felt fresh and exciting. It was, of course, ahead of it's time, which is pretty much why it ruined Powell's career.

By now I've seen it a bunch, mostly spinning my old Criterion DVD, but also a few times in repertory over the years. I never get tired of it. This was the first time for my wife, though-- and she was totally skeeved out.

...

In a little bonus viewing, last night we also watched MARY SHELLEY from 2017. It's a pretty much a paint-by-numbers account of her early relationship with Percy Shelley and the composition/publication of "Frankenstein".

Elle Fanning is good in it (I've become a real fan of hers thanks to that Catherine the Great dramedy series on Hulu). Stephen Dillane too. But it was nothing special on the whole.

Might make an interesting double-feature with Ken Russell's GOTHIC, I guess.

1. SISTERS (1972)
2. THE HAUNTED PALACE (1963)
3. ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES (1993)
4. DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE (1971)
5. VICTOR CROWLEY (2017)
6. THE LODGER (1944)
7. FADE TO BLACK (1980)
8. A BUCKET OF BLOOD (1959)
9. FRIGHT NIGHT PART 2 (1988)
10. GHOSTBUSTERS 2 (1989)
11. LAKE PLACID (1999)
12. CRAWL (2019)
13. INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE (1994)
14. READY OR NOT (2019)
15. THE MUMMY (1959)
16. DEEPSTAR SIX (1989)
17. LEVIATHAN (1989)
18. THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN (1976)
19. MORTUARY (1983)
20. DEATH LINE (1974)
21. THE ADDAMS FAMILY (2019)
22. GINGER SNAPS (2000)
23. ELVIRA - MISTRESS OF THE DARK (1988)
24. MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981)
25. A TALE OF TWO SISTERS (2002)
26. SWEENEY TODD (2007)
27. THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES (1972)
28. THE CAR (1977)
29. SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE 2 (1987)

Friday the Thirteenthses

1. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 4 - THE FINAL CHAPTER
2. FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)
2A. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 (1981)
3. JASON LIVES - FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 6
4. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3(-D) (1982)
5. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 5 - A NEW BEGINNING
6. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 8 - JASON TAKES MANHATTAN
7. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 7 - THE NEW BLOOD

Unranked classics

MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (1964)
FRIGHT NIGHT (1985)
DRACULA (1978)
GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)
DRACULA (1958)
BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA (1992)
PEEPING TOM (1960)

Bonus viewing

IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS (2019)
THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (2020)
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
LOVECRAFT COUNTRY
MARY SHELLEY (2017)
Our sanitariums are full of men who think they're Napoleon... Or God.
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I'll put that book on the list.
If we can dream it, then we can do it.
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Night 48

Watched the last like 56 minutes of Night of the Demons on COMET...which is a favorite of mine. So basically I caught it right as everything was kicking off. 

This was kind of funny to see after the previous cut to hell zombie night COMET ran because this, which I've seen on COMET & ThisTV in the past, was not cut to cut. This tv version has all the eyeball gouging and razed blade swallowing of the R rated movie, which was quite the contrast to the other movie that was blurring everything out when it wasn't just cutting it entirely...woo-hoo.

Pieces (1982)

Aka

The Night Has 1000 Screams

Aka

Chainsaw Bastard

And in the Netherlands...

Chainsaw Devil

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Another Spanish slasher film. This time from the director of Slugs, which is a pretty cool horror movie itself. 

It is about the most pure slasher movie there may be. It just sets 'em up and slashes them down. You can almost imagine Juan Piquer Simón and Roberto Loyola being given the task of making a slasher, being shown some slashers, and being like: Yes, I've made a slasher, these are movies where a girl is sexy in some way, then a man kills her, and that's what I've made.

The first chainsaw kill in this happens so nonchalantly, and so out of the blue it's almost a surprise. And it's so fucking bloody. It's so bloody, and the kill after it is so not bloody in comparison if you told me they accidentally used all their second kill blood in that first on I'd believe it. That first chainsaw kill was so bloody I was like: Holy shit, is that what this whole movie is going to be? It isn't quite, but still, it's pretty crazy. The aftermath in this one is quite something in comparison to other slasher movies.

The story for this is basically the same thing as...you remember that Seven knockoff Resurrection with Christopher Lambert? Well, it's that. Only interested of rebuilding the body of Christ, the killer here is making his own personal Jesus.

The ending of this one, which as is is just a Carrie style final shock stinger, makes me wish the movie had went in an explored the implications of this as opposed to it being what it is. Because it basically implies a whole different movie that's not even hinted at.

The biggest missed opportunity of this movie is Paul L Smith does not ever face the killer. This thing should have ended with him just beating the shit out of the killer.

Ian Sera as the cool guy, mister big man on campus is such a weird casting choice. It feels like getting Horshack as your hero.
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TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA (1970)
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While it’s always enjoyable to watch Christopher Lee as the Count, this is the entry -- right at the midpoint of Lee’s run -- where the Hammer Dracula series starts to feel a little stale.  It gives the impression of being a kind of pro forma effort, where it knows it has to hit very specific beats, and does so in a rather perfunctory way (it’s kind of telling that the movie is most interesting before Dracula shows up; indeed, his resurrection sequence is the best scene of the entire movie, and it's kind of downhill from there).  Now, that said, the character actors assembled here do some solid work, and there’s a mean-spiritedness to some of the bloodletting that hits the spot for that sort of thing.  

Lee’s next three Dracula films pivot into more interesting directions, which leaves this one as the least-good of his tenure.  But even so, it's not outright bad.

2020 Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment
    1.      PSYCHO (1960)
    2.      YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974)
    3.      THE HAUNTING (1963)  
    4.      DRACULA (1931)
    5.      BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (1992)
    6.      THE DEVIL RIDES OUT (1968)
    7.      CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954)
    8.      VAMPIRE CIRCUS (1972)
    9.      CAST A DEADLY SPELL (1991)
    10.    THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1961)
    11.    DEMONS OF THE MIND (1972)
    12.    FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)
    13.    THE BLOB (1958)
    14.    DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE (1971)
    15.    BLACK SUNDAY (1960)
    16.    MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE (1932)
    17.    DEMENTIA 13 (1963)
    18.    THE NIGHTCOMERS (1971)
    19.    EYES OF LAURA MARS (1978)
    20.    HORROR EXPRESS (1972)
    21.    TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE (1990)
    22.    DEAD SILENCE (2007)
    23.    THE DARK HALF (1993)
    24.    THE BEAST MUST DIE (1974)
    25.    ISLAND OF TERROR (1966)
    26.    INFERNO (1980)
    27.    FORBIDDEN WORLD (1982)
    28.    EDGE OF SANITY (1989)
    29.    HOMEWRECKER (2019)
    30.    SWEET SIXTEEN (1983)
    31.    NOCTURNE (2020)
    32.    BODY BAGS (1993)
    33.    BLACK FRIDAY (1940)
    34.    CURTAINS (1983)
    35.    DOMINIQUE (1979)
    36.    THE WITCHES (2020)
    37.    CHERRY FALLS (2000)
    38.    TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA (1970)
    39.    THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1958)
    40.    THE LEGACY (1978)
    41.    HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER (1958)
    42.    HOUSE (1985)
    43.    GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN (2018)
    44.    THE MAD GHOUL (1943)
    45.    SCARE ME (2020)
    46.    DEMON SEED (1977)
    47.    THE WASP WOMAN (1959)
    48.    BEYOND THE DOOR (1974)
    49.    BOOKS OF BLOOD (2020)
    50.    POSSESSED (2000)
    51.    IT! (1967)
    52.    SHOCK WAVES (1977)
    53.    THE LAZARUS EFFECT (2015)
    54.    THE BRAIN EATERS (1958)
    55.    THE NEW YORK RIPPER (1982)
    56.    HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS (1983)
    57.    THE MANSTER (1959)
    58.    DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1912)
    59.    DOOM ASYLUM (1988)
    60.    DON’T GO IN THE WOODS (1981)

Supplemental Viewing
    •     THE MAD DOCTOR (1933)
    •     MR. BOOGEDY (1986)
    •     TERROR IN THE AISLES (1984)
    •     100 YEARS OF HORROR: VAMPIRES (1996)
    •     CINEMASSACRE’S MONSTER MADNESS: HISTORY OF HORROR (2007)
    •     THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (2020)
    •     IT’S ALIVE: THE TRUE STORY OF FRANKENSTEIN (1994)
    •     THE HALLOWEEN THAT ALMOST WASN’T (1979)
    •     THE THIRD DAY (2020)
    •     TALES FROM THE CRYPT - “Yellow” (1991)
    •     ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? - “The Tale of the Dead Man’s Float” (1995)
    •     THE SKELETON DANCE (1929)
    •     YOU’RE SO COOL, BREWSTER!  THE STORY OF FRIGHT NIGHT (2016)
If we can dream it, then we can do it.
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Monsters: A Bond of Silk (1989)

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A newlywed couple stays at a honeymoon suite, not knowing it's the home of a giant spider. I don't have arachnophobia but this one always creeped me out as a kid because they never explain where that big fucking spider comes from. Our two characters are idiots (The husband thinks the spider web is a hammock) but since this is only 20 minutes they're not too annoying). We get some decent suspense as the couple tries to escape the web and the actual spider is a fun stop motion effect. Overall a fun revisit. I'll have to check out other episodes in the near future (There's one about a yeti-like creature in a subway station that always stuck in my mind).

Locker Room Z (2020)

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This was a deleted segment from the horror anthology Scare Package that was included on the Blu-ray as one of the special features. In a story told completely through texts, a cute girl in a gym unknowingly wanders into a locker room full of zombies while she's distracted by her phone. This is definitely the kind of story that beats you over the head with its message. On the plus side, the girl is very hot and we get zombie breasts. Honestly I would've swapped this one out with the stupid remote segment that actually made it into the film.

1. HAUNT (JOE BOB'S HALLOWEEN HIDEAWAY) (2019/2020)
2. TRICK 'R TREAT (2007)
3. THEM! (1954)
4. THE MORTUARY COLLECTION (2020)
5. 50 STATES OF FRIGHT: ALMOST THERE (IOWA) (2020)
6. THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954)
7. THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (1964)
8. THE NEW MUTANTS (2020?)
9. TRICK OR TREAT (1986)
10. SCARE PACKAGE (THE LAST DRIVE-IN WITH JOE BOB BRIGGS (2020)
11. 50 STATES OF FRIGHT: GREY CLOUD ISLAND (MINNESOTA) (2020)
12. 50 STATES OF FRIGHT: SCARED STIFF (OREGON) (2020)
13. PRIMAL: COVEN OF THE DAMNED (2020)
14. PRIMAL: PLAGUE OF MADNESS (2020)
15. PRIMAL: THE NIGHT FEEDER (2020)
16. CORPSE BRIDE (2005)
17. TO YOUR LAST DEATH (2020)
18. TWICE DEAD (1988)
19. LAKE NOWHERE (2016)
20. 50 STATES OF FRIGHT: DESTINO (FLORIDA) (2020)
21. FADE TO BLACK (1980)
22. LOVE AND MONSTERS (2020)
23. BLOOD VESSEL (2019)
24. HAPPY HALLOWEEN, SCOOBY-DOO! (2020)
25. DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK (2010)
26. MIDNIGHT MOVIE: THE KILLER CUT (2008)
27. PERSONAL SHOPPER (2016)
28. SCARE ME (2020)
29. TREMORS: SHRIEKER ISLAND (2020)
30. HACK-O-LANTERN (JOE BOB'S HALLOWEEN HIDEAWAY) (1988/2020)
31. 50 STATES OF FRIGHT: 13 STEPS TO HELL (WASHINGTON) (2020)
32. 50 STATES OF FRIGHT: BALL OF TWINE (KANSAS) (2020)
33. 50 STATES OF FRIGHT: THE GOLDEN ARM (MICHIGAN) (2020)
34. THE LAST EXORCISM (2010)
35. TALES FROM THE HOOD 3 (2020)
36. NEVER HIKE IN THE SNOW: A FRIDAY THE 13TH FAN FILM (2020)
37. MINER'S MOUNTAIN (2020)
38. NOSFERATU (1922)
39. SUPERNATURAL: DRAG ME AWAY (FROM YOU) (2020)
40. SUPERNATURAL: GIMME SHELTER (2020)
41. SUPERNATURAL: LAST HOLIDAY (2020)
42. ABSURD (1981)
43. THE OUTING (1987)
44. GRIZZLY (1976)
45. WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS (2019)
46. JENNIFER'S BODY (2009)
47. LOCKER ROOM Z (2020)
48. MONSTERS: A BOND OF SILK (1989)
49. ABRAHAM LINCOLN VS. ZOMBIES (2012, via Comet)
50. THE JACK IN THE BOX (2020)
51. THE EVIL (1978)
52. YUMMY (2019)
53. BOOKS OF BLOOD (2020)
54. TALES OF HALLOWEEN (2015)
55. WALK THE DARK STREET (1956, riffed by the Mads)
JESUS WEPT. HUBIE HALLOWEEN (2020)

Supplemental Viewing:

Friday the 13th Sequels - re:View (2020)
Tremors: Making Perfection (2020)
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THE FINAL TERROR (1983)
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It’s rough around the edges, but the fact that THE FINAL TERROR was made by an actual filmmaker (Andrew Davis, of eventual UNDER SEIGE and THE FUGITIVE fame) and stars actual, recognizable performers (such as Daryl Hannah, Rachel Ward, and Joe Pantoliano) goes a long way towards making this feel like a real movie... despite being, basically, slasher nonsense.  Pantoliano, in particular, is actually kind of great in this.  The character interactions have just slightly more uniqueness to them than usual, and the wilderness setting is photographed pretty well.  Seeing this in close proximity to DON’T GO IN THE WOODS is really eye-opening, because they’re essentially the same movie, yet this one is exponentially more successful at being what it wants to be.

2020 Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment
    1.      PSYCHO (1960)
    2.      YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974)
    3.      THE HAUNTING (1963)  
    4.      DRACULA (1931)
    5.      BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (1992)
    6.      THE DEVIL RIDES OUT (1968)
    7.      CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954)
    8.      VAMPIRE CIRCUS (1972)
    9.      CAST A DEADLY SPELL (1991)
    10.    THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1961)
    11.    DEMONS OF THE MIND (1972)
    12.    FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)
    13.    THE BLOB (1958)
    14.    DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE (1971)
    15.    BLACK SUNDAY (1960)
    16.    MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE (1932)
    17.    DEMENTIA 13 (1963)
    18.    THE NIGHTCOMERS (1971)
    19.    EYES OF LAURA MARS (1978)
    20.    HORROR EXPRESS (1972)
    21.    TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE (1990)
    22.    DEAD SILENCE (2007)
    23.    THE DARK HALF (1993)
    24.    THE BEAST MUST DIE (1974)
    25.    ISLAND OF TERROR (1966)
    26.    INFERNO (1980)
    27.    FORBIDDEN WORLD (1982)
    28.    EDGE OF SANITY (1989)
    29.    HOMEWRECKER (2019)
    30.    SWEET SIXTEEN (1983)
    31.    NOCTURNE (2020)
    32.    BODY BAGS (1993)
    33.    BLACK FRIDAY (1940)
    34.    CURTAINS (1983)
    35.    DOMINIQUE (1979)
    36.    THE WITCHES (2020)
    37.    CHERRY FALLS (2000)
    38.    TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA (1970)
    39.    THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1958)
    40.    THE LEGACY (1978)
    41.    HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER (1958)
    42.    HOUSE (1985)
    43.    GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN (2018)
    44.    THE FINAL TERROR (1983)
    45.    THE MAD GHOUL (1943)
    46.    SCARE ME (2020)
    47.    DEMON SEED (1977)
    48.    THE WASP WOMAN (1959)
    49.    BEYOND THE DOOR (1974)
    50.    BOOKS OF BLOOD (2020)
    51.    POSSESSED (2000)
    52.    IT! (1967)
    53.    SHOCK WAVES (1977)
    54.    THE LAZARUS EFFECT (2015)
    55.    THE BRAIN EATERS (1958)
    56.    THE NEW YORK RIPPER (1982)
    57.    HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS (1983)
    58.    THE MANSTER (1959)
    59.    DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1912)
    60.    DOOM ASYLUM (1988)
    61.    DON’T GO IN THE WOODS (1981)

Supplemental Viewing
    •     THE MAD DOCTOR (1933)
    •     MR. BOOGEDY (1986)
    •     TERROR IN THE AISLES (1984)
    •     100 YEARS OF HORROR: VAMPIRES (1996)
    •     CINEMASSACRE’S MONSTER MADNESS: HISTORY OF HORROR (2007)
    •     THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (2020)
    •     IT’S ALIVE: THE TRUE STORY OF FRANKENSTEIN (1994)
    •     THE HALLOWEEN THAT ALMOST WASN’T (1979)
    •     THE THIRD DAY (2020)
    •     TALES FROM THE CRYPT - “Yellow” (1991)
    •     ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? - “The Tale of the Dead Man’s Float” (1995)
    •     THE SKELETON DANCE (1929)
    •     YOU’RE SO COOL, BREWSTER!  THE STORY OF FRIGHT NIGHT (2016)
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Essential Adrian Zmed.
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Of course.
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Watched the recent Amazon Blumhouse movie, EVIL EYE. It's about a young Indian woman (played by Sunita Mani from Glow, Mr. Robot, The Good Place) who falls for a handsome dude she meets while having coffee. All is well, until her superstitious mother (Sarita Choudhury from Mississippi Masala, Kama Sutra) back in India suspects that this new boyfriend is somehow connected to the mother's dark history. 

I give it props for being the first major American-made horror production with South Asian leads, but the end result was so disappointing. The premise is cool and the talented cast were game (Mani and Choudhury are good together in their scenes), yet it ends up playing more like a Lifetime movie with swearing than actual horror. I would have liked it more if they delved into the horror/mythological stuff! It also drags a lot of the time and the obvious foreshadowing take away the surprise when the big twist is revealed. 

Here's hoping for better executed horror with South Asian themes in the future.
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Had a huge Horror Movie night, a marathon to replace the one I usually go to at the Jacob Burns Film Center up in Westchester every year. Watched five movies in one night. It wasn't planned this way, but all the films ended up being family-centric.

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Poltergeist
The original, had been meaning to revisit for some time. It's great! The original huge appeal of it, that it felt exactly like the suburbs we were all children in (at least in my circles) has since left it, and the movie now feels like an enormous time capsule, but this is true of all the Spielberg Amblin films in 2020, and the charm of it remains. Craig T Nelson and JoBeth Williams deserve more credit for grounding this thing - they really feel like Mom and Dad. But I think the person who really elevates it with their performance is Beatrice Streight as Dr. Lesh. She injects so much life into her dialogue, which is the most purely expositional of any character. It's a lot of fun, and still spooky scary.

Color Out of Space
I loved this when I saw it in theaters, a thousand years ago, but have since been somewhat convinced that it's maybe not as great as I originally imagined, by the somewhat muted response from others. Nope, I was right originally, this movie rules. I absolutely love the look of this movie, I love that it feels like a descent into alien madness, I love the tricks it takes from Hereditary and the like, making the central family feel more relatable by making them weird. I love Nicolas Cage's weirdness - I think he delivers a hilarious performance in the center of what would otherwise be a very upsetting film, and these tones are somehow complementary instead of contradictory. Having just revisited the Hellraiser franchise, I was struck by the idea that this is pretty much what I want from those movies, but aside from the original, never really get.

The Lost Boys
Color Out of Space was a bit overwhelming for the Missus (a real trooper throughout, let me tell you), so we switched it up and went for pure 80s hair and addiction metaphors. This was probably her favorite film of the night, but for me, I have one big issue here. Despite Corey Haim and the Frog brothers being my favorites when I was kid, watching it now, I'm just annoyed by them. You've got this badass Tony Scott vampire teenager movie going on, and then it just stops every five minutes or so and we check in on Zach Morris and the rest of the Saved by the Bell crew. They're fucking trash. But otherwise, loads of fun. Could have used more children's choir singing 'Though Shall Not Fall' though.

Night of the Comet
The first unseen movie of the night, this was more 80s fun, if anything more overtly than Lost Boys. Solid. I like that it changes into a different movie every fifteen minutes or so. The best sequence is when they're accosted by zombie incels who've taken over the department store. I can't say this ever got to me emotionally, but as surface level 80s apocalypse cheese, it was good fun. This has been a very 80s night (likely because of In Search of Darkness, which my wife caught a lot of), and that was fun. Great decade for Horror, what can you say?

Satan's Slaves 
Now the wife went to bed, and I decided to keep the party rolling with this Indonesian haunted house movie. The plot is basically a cross between Hereditary and Insidious, with interesting cultural differences. It's pretty much a big ripoff of the James Wan ghost attacks, but the fun lies in seeing American horror tropes interpreted by another culture. These seem to be the kind of movies I've seen coming from Southeast Asia, revisions of American things (I recall the similar Kuntilanak from a previous year), but I don't know if that's because this is the main thing they're making or if these are the only things distributers like Shudder sees a stateside audience for. Well, anyway, this one's alright. Nothing special, but decent enough. Probably the least of the night, but then, it had the disadvantage of being fifth. I considered going for six, but ultimately decided passing out would be much smarter.

In Order of Enjoyment

1. The Haunting of Hill House (series)
2. Theatre of Blood*
3. Sleepy Hollow
4. Color Out of Space
5. The Masque of the Red Death
6. The Fly (1986)
7. Poltergeist
8. Annabelle: Creation
9. One Cut of the Dead
10. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
11. The Mortuary Collection*
12. Alien: Covenant
13. Death Proof
14. My Bloody Valentine (1981)*
15. The Lost Boys
16. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
17. Z*
18. Fade to Black*
19. The Haunting of Bly Manor (series)*
20. The Blob (1988)
21. 1408
22. Before I Wake*
23. Tales of Terror*
24. Hellbound: Hellraiser II
25. The Relic
26. Night of the Comet*
27. Scary Storie To Tell in the Dark
28. In Search of Darkness*
29. Cry of the Banshee*
30. Hubie Halloween*
31. Satan's Slaves*
32. Extra Ordinary*
33. Madhouse*
34. Come To Daddy*
35. Season of the Witch*
36. Motel Hell*
37. Let Us Prey*
38. The Witches (2020)*
39. Daniel Isn't Real*
40. Body Bags*
41. Noroi: The Curse*
42. Mausoleum*
43. We Go On*
44. La Llorona*
45. The Lawnmower Man
46. The Final Girls
47. Scary Stories*
48. Tomb of Ligeia*
49. Parents*
50. Scare Package*
51. Mara*
52. You Can't Kill Stephen King*
53. The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow*
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Working towards the big finish. Viewing Young Frankenstein last night. It had been YEARS since I had seen it. Not much to add to the nearly unanimous praise, except to say that the Blind Man scene was a comic highlight and HOLY SHIT Teri Garr is a 12/10 in the film. Beautifully made film.
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What knockers!
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Cage's bizarre Tarantino by way of Baldwin SNL Trump "possessed" voice is enough to put it over Mandy for me.
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