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Discussion in 'General' started by maskull, Sep 26, 2016.
October 1st: VIDEO RENTAL STORE FLASHBACK, VESTRON EDITION
Been some time since I participated in a thread or challenge of this type but I started off with
1. Dracula 1958
While this movie is no stranger to me I recently purchased the region b blu-ray. The film looks and sounds wonderful it oozes atmosphere and the set pieces bring you into castle dracula. Hammer to me had classiness and it showed on screen with its actors and actresses. Christopher Lee had a presence of terror and his stature shows it and he wasn't your suave vampire either which I love. I did doze off in the middle of the film but I've viewed it enough to not miss anything important. I watched the BFI cut of the film.
2. The Break-In
I'm a sucker for these "home invasion"
movies and this movie made me feel tense like a finger nail picking tense. It's a movie shot through home surveillance and a cell phone. Likable characters and a really hot female lead acting is pretty decent. Pretty good movie and the ending is a downer.I recommend it for a watch. I watched it on Amazon prime for free but you can buy it digitally for under 5 bucks.
3.Don't look in the Basement 2
Pretty good low budget film, mostly likable characters, not too bad gore and a easy to follow story line. You don't need to watch the first film because they reference it in this film. It was a fun watch.
4. Dracula Prince of Darkness
I've seen this movie as many times as Dracula 1958 and while it's great I wish Lee spoke in this. Beautiful female leads and a fantastic monk and the ending is priceless.
5. Tales from the Dark side The Movie
6.American Horror Story season 6
episode 1 & 2
7.Halloween & 8. Halloween 2
American Horror Story season 6
Day 1-caught hellbent and horrorhouse on highway 5
Day 2-dead end drive in (not REALLY horror but I'm gonna sneak it in)
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
First time viewing (Scream Factory Blu)
*** (out of 5)
Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
1. Family day (aka easin’ in to it). Something rated PG or less.
Just Before Dawn (1981): Probably my best viewing of this film so far. I really liked that lack of score for most of the movie and there are some great locations, body reveals, killer reveals, and a total bad ass final girl. I actually like just putting this dvd on the menu screen and listening to the bit of score they play over and over.
For those who are interested in Tales of Halloween, and have a BD player capable of reading Region B titles, there's a new german BD, quite cheap (Amazon.de has it for €7.99), that apparently has the big majority of extras from the US 4 disc set (including short films, documentaries, commentary, ...).
I'll receive my copy next week, and I will confirm what is missing.
Anyway, for my first day, I was only able to watch one movie:
Movie #1: Green Room
It's beautifully shot, it has a great cast, but it wasn't really what I expected. The reviews make it seem like a somewhat fast paced, adrenaline-filled, movie, but it's mostly slower pace, and has a bit of a dark, melancholic vibe to it.
I liked it, but it definitely wasn't the ideal movie to watch after having dinner the previous day with a friend who is in the final stages of terminal cancer.
Thanks for the heads up. Looking forward to your thoughts on the release when it arrives.
Oct 1 I kicked October off with the Blair Witch Project and Dead End.
I love both these films. Both great examples of independent horror at its finest.
Both are yearly staples for my October Horror Fest....at least were. I haven't watched Dead End in a couple of years now. I'll have to remedy that this year for sure!
Not sure I'll be able to keep up all month long, but did manage to squeeze in a few first time viewings yesterday.
1.) Edgar Allan Poe's Buried Alive (1990) - Trashy slasher flick with quite the cast, including Donald Pleasance, Robert Vaughn, Nia Long, porn star Ginger Lynn, horror vet Bill Butler, Arnold Vosloo, and John Carradine. Very forgettable, goes in one ear and out the other, but fans of movies like The Stay Awake or Bloodmoon should enjoy it. DVRed this off Comet.
2.) Doctor Death: Seeker Of Souls (1973) - Loved this one, great little '70s drive-in flick. Starts out as a supernatural love story, but manages to throw in some '70s proto-slasher exploitation thrills as it goes along. Excellent performance from John Considine as the titular doctor. Very happy with this blind-buy, and the new blu-ray from Scorpion releasing looks stellar. Highly recommended!
3.) Cult Of The Damned (1969) - Probably shouldn't be included here, but having never seen the movie before I approached it as a horror movie, expecting a dash of Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls or the Manson hysteria of the time. Unfortunately, I was sorely disappointed, as it's more of a plodding teen angst drama about an overweight girl who is seduced by a cult of musicians (including Roddy McDowall). It had some moments, but I can't say I was a huge fan, or that I'd revisit it. Viewed the Kino / Scorpion blu-ray.
October 1st: Alien
I watched this with an 11-year-old I regurlaly babysit. He likes scary movies, and so far, I've introduced him to Tremors, The Blob, and Jaws. I was sceptical about whether or not he'd like it, because Alien is admittedly a slow-moving mood piece until the xenomorph starts killing everybody. I think he enjoyed it, at least the jump scares got him, and he thought Sigourney Weaver was hot. It remains an absolutely gorgeous movie for me with a fantastic cast and genuine scares.
Psycho III (1986)-Huge fan of the original as well as the excellent sequel with Meg Tilly. I had not watched this one in years and was quickly reminded why, Psycho III is a huge letdown after the first two installments. I appreciate Perkins directorial effort but the whole thing seems like a heavy handed B-movie satire complete with distracting religious symbolism. I get the feeling Perkins was trying to purge some demons with this one, but I must admit I don't completely 'get it'.
The characters are another problem altogether, largely unlikeable and often appearing nuttier than Norman Bates. A showdown in room 12 between 'Duane' and 'Norman' borders on hysterics. Add a random load of drunken, horny partygoers in town for a sporting event and the whole thing has a semblance of any faceless eighties slasher. There is an uncomfortable misogny that permeates throughout, not understated in the slightest, the 'Duane' character played by Jeff Fahey should go down as one of the slimiest I've seen committed to celluloid. Though a huge fan of Perkins, his performance falls flat as well, melodramatic and much less endearing than the previous two entries. I also don't think Scarwid was an adequate successor to Leigh or Tilly, pretty as she may be.
The film references the original in ways that seem satirical at times (staircase death, reference to the bathroom in room 1 having seen worst days), but work against 'III' in many ways echoing what the franchise used to be.
The 90 minute running time suffers from a terrible sense of deja-vu coupled with the most stereotypical conventions of the slasher genre.
I'm sure this will piss off many fans of this film, but really I could not believe how disappointed I was viewing this again. Cinematic tedium at its worst.
No offense to fans who enjoy this one.
Octaman (1971) Well I just panned a Psycho sequel and I'm about to praise a notorious B-movie. This childhood favorite of mine has held up as a gloriously cheesy B-movie cult classic. It feels like a weird remake of 'The Creature From The Black Lagoon', of course nowhere near as accomplished. Still it benefits from a tight, compact running time and a solid performance from Kerwin Matthews.
There is something to be admired about a horror film that features a shoddy man in a rubber suit monster but still does not shy away from showing it close-up and in excruciating detail.
Dig that crazy musical score as well.
Retromedia offers up a solid fortieth anniversary dvd presentation.
A good time.
Halloween (1978) 10/10.
2. Ghostbusters (Paul Feig, 2016) (3/5)
Well, I finally got around to seeing it. My wife fell asleep. My 4-year old asked why it was so long. It's...ok. It's not very funny. But the characters were all enjoyable, and I certainly bought them as ghostbusters. It seemed like the movie was so busy setting up elaborate references to the original, and obvious comments on the fan reaction, that it doesn't allow itself to construct a compelling story. It's engaging in fits and spurts, but never consistently. It's like every 15 minutes it has to reset the momentum of the film. Still, it's not the trainwreck so many expected. I feel bad for the leads, since they all did good work. If only they'd had a tighter script to work with.
4) The Dead Room: A stale and tame haunted house flick. Kudos to the writers for the authenticity with what goes into paranormal hunting, but everything else about the story is too bland. The characters are paper thin and the twist ending that comes at the final few minutes was unnecessary and silly. If anything, director Jason Stutter might have a future in filmmaker if he can find better scripts, a better DP and acquire a larger budget. His tracking shots really made good use of the house set piece, really accenting the long narrow hallways. Other than that this is forgettable. (4/10)
5) Anguish: I was a bit hesitant about watching this one because of the low rating on Netflix, but I came away somewhat surprised. Really good direction, a solid cast, and a unique take on the supernatural possession subgenre. My big gripe with this is it never really gets off the ground as a full fledged horror film. It has some creepy moments toward the midway mark, but it just digresses back to being a straight domestic drama, and the shoehorned plot convenience about why this girl becomes possessed is a bit eye rolling. A solid drama, but a so-so “horror” film. (6/10)
6) The Abandoned: A generic take on the supernatural genre that doesn’t capture the psychological aspect well. There are hints of influence from “The Shining” and “Session 9” but this does not live up to either of those films in terms of atmosphere or cleverness. Jason Patrick is delightful as the smarmy curmudgeon, but everything else just falls flat. (4/10)
Knucklebones, not great but a few nice gore sequences
October 1st - Chopping Mall - 80s cheese horror at it's very best - really enjoyed the special features on this release as well- 4/5
October 2nd - The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave - Better than I expected - fun gothic giallo - 3.5/5
Are we editing our original posts like in years past, or can we just add a new entry as we go along?
Movie #6,7,8, &9:
Salem's Lot (1979): As a kid, Stephen King's Salem's Lot was the only one of his books that I read that actually managed to scare me. When I went to watch the movie, I was expecting a similar result but ended up just finding it to be extremely boring. Now, as an old man I finally gave this another try, and while I can see why the younger version of myself found it hard to get through, I am a more patient person these days and enjoy atmosphere and a slow build up just as much as I like explosions and gore.
So yeah, I liked this a lot more this time around. I liked the escalation as slowly people begin to figure out what's going on. I like the portrayal of the vampires multiplying and the feeling that the town is doomed if someone doesn't do something. I even liked the little side stories that seem to have nothing to do with the main plot but do help to illustrate the town's descent into evil. And the main vampire is pretty damn terrifying looking!!!
My only complaint, besides 3 hours long, is the kid at the windows scenes. They looked a little more Peter Pan than scary vampires and that should've been the most terrifying part of the movie. I remember it being the part of the book that most traumatised me as a kid.
SSSSSSS (1973): Kind of fun mad scientist movie meets killer snakes movie which doesn't totally make sense as to why the scientist is doing what he's doing....except of course because he's mad? Lots of nice snake footage and a mongoose vs cobra scene near the end (which I'm not sure how I feel about), but does drag a bit in the middle with the (necessary, I guess) love story. But the snakes are really cool and the ending is incredibly goofy but entertaining.
Tentacles (1977): Maybe one of the greatest giant-octopus-attacks-boat-race-but-you-never-actually-see-anything-while-goofy-comedian-on-shore-tells-stupid-jokes scenes ever filmed, and also one of the best giant octopus puppet vs. 2 orca puppet battles ever! Plus, there's an amazing score, some really cool attack scenes, some environmental messages, and a funny performance by Shelley Winters. Sherry Buchanan ain't too hard on the eyes in her brief appearance in the movie as octopus food. All of this and more, with some decidedly slow-to-a-crawl boring bits, done in the classic Italian blockbuster cheapo rip off style that I have come to love.
The Toolbox Murders (2004): So much better than I remember it! Quirky characters in a rundown old Hollywood apartment building, with a killer running around offing people and the great Angela Bettis trying to solve a mystery....what more can I ask for????
I've always just added new posts for each movie or day I watched something. Saves people from having to go back to the first page to read your updates.