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

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    33. Trilogy of Terror (Dan Curtis, 1975)

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    I was surprised upon rewatching this that I didn't enjoy it quite as much as I remembered. It's still very good, but my memory was of it being pretty fantastic, and the reality is that its made-for-television origins are pretty obvious throughout. The first story is very good, but drags on maybe a few minutes too long. The second story, likewise good, but the twist is so obvious from the start that I wasn't sure while watching it this time if it was actually supposed to be a twist, or if the audience was expected to know what was going on the whole time? The final story is, of course, the highlight, and the little fetish doll chasing her around her apartment is pretty wild.

    All this is not to say in any way that I didn't enjoy the film. It's great. I just think that my expectations were a little too high based on my own rose-tinted memories of it.

    34. Trilogy of Terror II (Dan Curtis, 1996)

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    Interestingly, this was the opposite scenario. My expectations for this were pretty low. Having never seen this before, and after reading some fairly unflattering reviews of it, I thought I was in for a pretty mediocre follow-up, so I was pleasantly surprised when I found myself enjoying each of the stories in this belated sequel. Lysette Anthony is no Karen Black, but she still manages to carry the film. It's always nice to see Geoffrey Lewis, who (much like in The Lawnmower Man) inexplicably has an Irish accent here. I really enjoyed the direction that The Graveyard Rats segment went in, and the He Who Kills Zuni fetish doll sequel really lived up to the original. The Bobby segment was probably the weakest link, although if it had been 5-10 minutes shorter it probably would have packed more of a punch.

    After watching these two back-to-back, I still certainly prefer the first one, but I was surprised that they were closer together in quality than I expected. Two really good movies.
     
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    72) DeadAlive


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    35. Zoltan...Hound of Dracula (Albert Band, 1978)

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    Not much to say about this one. It's got a completely nutty concept, but plays it completely straight. It's clearly got a really minimal budget, as almost the entire movie takes place in a variety of fields and forest settings as Michael Dracula (Mel Ferrer's stone-faced delivery of that name had me laughing pretty hard) and family do some much needed camping. The setup actually reminded me a lot of The Hills Have Eyes, with the family camping with two dogs that keep running off to get into mortal danger. It's a fine movie that probably should have been 15 minutes shorter, because the fun starts to dwindle after it crosses the one-hour mark. A tighter conclusion would have helped it stick the landing. And I'm sure it wasn't possible given the obviously low budget, but giving Zoltan a bit more supernatural presence would have made for a much more entertaining film. As it is, he's basically just a regular dog who happens to be angry and have big teeth.
     
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    36. Wishmaster (Robert Kurtzman, 1997)

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    I remember that for a brief second, after Scream hit it big, "Wes Craven Presents" seemed like it was a thing. Wishmaster, Dracula 2000, They, and something called Carnival of Souls (apparently not a remake of the Herk Harvey film...I had to look that up, having never seen it) all gave that title a lot of gravitas in their marketing. But this is pretty much some straight-to-video guff that hit at just the right time and got the theatrical treatment. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it definitely has modest aspirations. I probably hadn't seen it in 6 or 7 years, and I enjoyed it watching it again. Andrew Divoff chews every piece of scenery he can find, and is a lot of fun to watch. Tammy Lauren is unfortunately not very charismatic as a leading lady. From IMDB it seems like this was her big shot at breaking out of television that didn't really pan out. Not entirely her fault, as the movie doesn't really give her a whole lot to do. Divoff's makeup is great, but clearly restrictive as he tends to stay very still and act with his face and fingers when he's in full gear. Sort of like Michael Keaton in Batman.
     
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    37. Dead of Night (Dan Curtis, 1977)

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    After enjoying both Trilogy of Terror films, I decided to try another Dan Curtis made-for-tv anthology film. This one is more of a mixed bag, and in this case deliberately so. As the opening narration indicates, the film contains "three tales...one of mystery, one of imagination, and one of terror." So it's not entirely focused on horror, especially in the first story with Ed Begley Jr. driving his restored car into the past. The second one, with Patrick Macnee, is a bit edgier, with a woman afraid that she is being tormented by a vampire. And the third, I was surprised to discover, is the source material for the second segment (both called "Bobby") from Trilogy of Terror II. So that was interesting to compare. The 90's remake copies the original almost word-for-word, so I think I prefer the original version, since the dialogue feels a bit more natural in the 1970's versus the 1990's.
     
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    Wishmaster rules!

    Avoid the Carnival of Souls you mentioned like the plague! I gave it a shot a couple of weeks ago and was fucking atrocious.
     
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    ^ That Carnival Of Souls from 1998 is a remake. On the back of the DVD case, the credits state "Based Upon The Motion Picture Carnival Of Souls" and credits both director Herk Harvey and writer John Clifford.

    That said, I also remember it being a bit of a bore, but I like Shawnee Smith's musical number. I'm pretty sure it's on Amazon Prime if you're morbidly curious.
     
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    25th - October Madness No.28 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 25 - VANISHING CITIES: One with gentrification or real estate development as the setting.

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    Candyman (1992) Rewatch - Rating: 3.5/5

    Bernard Rose's adaptation of Clive Barker's story elevates the slasher genre by melding the urban legend against the backdrop and gentrification of inner city Chicago and the decaying Cabrini Green ghetto high-rise, dealing with the systemic effects and horrors of racism under the guise of a ghostly revenge story. With a haunting performance by Tony Todd as the titular Candyman and Virginia Madsen cast hypnotically under his spell, Candyman is a scary, taut, and intelligent horror thriller featuring a memorable score from Philip Glass.

    25th - October Madness No.29

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    Häxan (1922) [theatrical screening with live score by The Garrys] Rewatch - Rating: 3.5/5

    A local cinema every Halloween shows a silent genre film featuring a live score by a local or touring band, this years film was 1922's pseduo-documentary/history lesson Häxan featuring a live score by local surf-doom band The Garrys. The film itself is a visually fun ride through the history of witchcraft through the ages examining the often ridiculous and completely untrue and unfair prosecution of people - mainly women - believed to be witches, culminating in it's argument that treatment "modern" hysteria is the new "witch hunt". The Garry's score was haunting with many repeated themes throughout, although at times I felt it was a bit too light-hearted for some of the visual material but none-the-less a good new score that complimented the film.

    26th - October Madness No.30 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 26 - THERE'S SOMETHING IN THEM THAR HILLS: Twangy cringers from the backwoods and by-waters.

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    Backwoods (1987) Rewatch - Rating: 3.5/5

    Dean Crow's Backwoods is an Indiana-shot regional horror thriller that is still stuck existing only on VHS and is a lost gem that needs to be rediscovered. Karen and Jamie are on holiday camping and decide to ignore the Ranger's suggestion to avoid a certain area of the local backwoods, so when they wake up the next morning faced with the sight of an older man with a shotgun in the face of a young girl outside their tent, the holiday then doesn't go as planned. Diffusing the situation, they find that the girl, Beth, is the daughter of the man, Eben, and is suffering from asphyxiation from an injury and he was going to put her out of her misery. Jamie intervenes saying he's a doctor and does an emergency tracheotomy, rescuing the girl. Eben, thankful, invites them back to his homestead where they drink moonshine and spend the night. But the next morning they discover a hidden family secret in the form of Eben's son William who's a Geek (bites the heads off chickens) and things begin to go south. Backwoods is a slow-burn thriller that's part Deliverance, part Luther the Geek, but rather subdued and well constructed. The first hour may be a bit slow for some but the writing and character development really establishes both families as grounded and wanting to only protect their own, which makes the final third taut and suspenseful.

    26th - October Madness No.31 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 26 Part 2 - THERE'S SOMETHING IN THEM THAR HILLS: Twangy cringers from the backwoods and by-waters.

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    Sleepy Hollow (1999) Rewatch - Rating: 3.5/5

    While maybe not quite as twangy, Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow still pits a man from the big city against the locals and their ghostly 'backwoods' legend. This update of the classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow tale not only embellishes the story gleefully, but provides a full-on assault to those expecting something more family-friendly from Burton. I hadn't seen this in a while and had forgotten just how violent and gory this re-imagining is! But I guess when special make-up effects legend Kevin Yagher serving as executive producer and story writer, this ain't your normal Sleepy Hollow. Fast-paced, fun, inventive, and a witchy good time, Sleepy Hollow has aged quite well.

    27th - October Madness No.32 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 27 - SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS: Made for TV movies from the '70s, classic era of the bronze screen.

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    Satan's School for Girls (1973) - Rating: 2/5

    Elizabeth (Pamela Franklin) goes undercover as a new student at the all-girl Salem Academy to uncover the mystery behind the suicide death of her sister, who was a student at the school. By-the-numbers '70s TV mystery full of predictable red herrings and twists, and a goofy Satanic cult led by a 300 year old teacher who's waiting until the 1970's for 8 students to replace his long deceased cult.

    28th - October Madness No.33 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 28 - A LORELESS YARN: One based on a true story.

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    Cruising (1980) Rewatch - Rating: 4/5

    While William Friedkin's Cruising and the book it's based on aren't 100% based on a true story, they sure are inspired by one. A reworking of the Paul Bateson killings, Cruising is prime Friedkin material seeing as believe it or not the real-life serial killer was an extra, playing the spinal tap nurse, in The Exorcist only a few years before he would begin his killing spree! Al Pacino plays a cop who must go undercover and infiltrate New York's meatpacking district and gay S&M clubs to hunt down a serial killer targeting gay men in the scene. Featuring Grade-A performances from the leads and even the smaller roles (character actor Joe Spinell is truly haunting as a corrupt and abusive cop that features in one of the film's haunting sub-plots) tight directing, and a wonderfully ambiguous and multi-faceted ending, Cruising is a masterpiece.
     
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    Whoops, my mistake. I was just going by what the brief online synopsis I read said, and it was something about carney's raping her mom, so I thought: not a remake.
     
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    Day 29

    Hard to believe, but were almost done. Still have so many I planned on, and probably won't get to, at least for the marathon.

    127. Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981) Blu - Grabbed this a while back after seeing it mentioned multiple times on this site. Had never seen it, but actually liked it. I watched the interview with Susan Tyrell after and she was pretty wacky in real life as well.

    128. Night of the Demon (1980) Prime - This one was mentioned by Indrid13 in the last day or so. Was curious due to the comparison to Don't go in the Woods. The version on prime is a bit rough. Night scenes were pretty dark and it could be hard to see what was going on. Pretty low budget stuff. It's a step better than Don't go in the Woods as it seemed to have a story. Don't go in the Woods was a bunch of randomness. Also, this one had a sasquatch.

    129. Amityville II: The Possession (1982) Blu - Kind of an odd sequel. It obviously reflects much heavier on a possession where it seemed it was more on the house and evil spirits or whatever. Not as good as the first film but had its moments.

    130. Psycho (1960) Blu - A definite horror classic. What more can be said about this one. Great performances and atmosphere. Part of my Alfred Hitchcock collection that has quite a few great movies in it.

    131. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) Blu - One of my favorite Argento films. I would consider this one a classic as well.

    ~Rocker10
     
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    In the final stretch of the season. Ratings are out of ****.

    10/28/19 - Dead of Night (1945) ***
    An architect arrives at a rural cottage and becomes increasingly distraught at the guests he swears he dreamt of and their stories of the bizarre he thinks prelude tragedy.

    An anthology of 19th century style ghost stories - more the shiver down the spine than in your face shock tales, welcome viewing for the M. R. James crowd. The film style is a comfortably quaint example of the era, with the obvious silent film influence.

    We Are The Flesh (2016) ?
    Two teenagers intrude on the lair of a brutish, deranged man surviving the aftermath of...something. Having interrupted his socially devolved and meaningless days of survival, they prioritize their own by willingly becoming his captives. Taping together a cavernous labyrinth of junk, they indulge his twisted fantasies.

    This is a continual gore soaked psycho-sexual obscenity. Perverse, graphically pornographic, psychedelic, and disgusting. Maybe it aspires to be artsy, but it’s just too depraved to qualify. The ending tosses the core assumption of the setting away, making one wonder what was the point.

    I've got a significant tolerance for films that push the boundaries of taste, show sex acts of abnormal persuasion, and consider shock to have its own merits. But I may have met my limit on this one, remaining undecided only because I was disgustedly enthralled and must admit maybe that was the point.

    10/29/19 - Don't Torture a Duckling (1972) ***
    Three mischievous, maybe even malicious, young boys are strangled in a rural Italian town. With each death, a mob lashes out for vengeance. First at a simple minded extortionist, then a hermetic witch, then a habitually lying rich girl. And yet the killings continue, with only a mute and mentally impaired young girl possibly knowing the truth.

    This is a stylish murder mystery and biting social drama, with the brutality of the child killings exceeded by the violence of the vigilantes. The concepts are far from original, it’s the garish presentation that makes it novel. Things conclude with a race against time against a shocking culprit dealt excessively graphic (almost cartoony) justice.

    It’s too messy to be a great film, but it is a damn good one, and widely considered Fulci's best.

    The Untold Story (1993) ***1/2
    After slaughtering a man and his family over a gambling debt, an amoral brute takes over their restaurant and bumps off anyone who would prevent selling out and making a getaway.

    Wasting no time, the film starts with a flinch worthy murder and establishing identify theft. Switch scenes to a cheap eats Asian restaurant that, if such didn't already make you nervous, the waste not want not method of body disposal will. You'll at least put down the pork buns, if not switch outright to granola and salad bars.

    Matching the greedy monster's lack of wits is a precinct of stereotype lazy, corrupt cops. Taking the victim slice and dice, with shlock literally hitting the fan, to graphic acts of extreme prison torture.

    This isn't sophisticated drama, or breath taking art. This is over the top, sick, gory, brutal cinema in that distinctly bonkers Hong Kong style. Its Memories of Murder if remade in the image of Story of Ricky. Every bit on par with other wacked out far East classics, and absolutely awesome Halloween viewing.
     
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    FEAR NO EVIL (1981)

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    Many moons ago, an older priest battles a young freak with bizarre facial hair claiming to be Lucifer on the grounds of an island castle. If that’s not operatic enough, the fallen one vows to return. Andrew Williams is born years later nearby. The child’s baptism turns into a ceremony of flowing blood. More unsettling forces surround the family as now 18-year-old Andrew (Stefan Arngrim) is an honor roll student. Quite an introvert, he is often bullied in high school by class psychopath Tony (Daniel Eden). Andrew is drawn to the castle estate where the murder occurred. Whatever he is plotting must be significant. Two archangels named Mikhail (Elizabeth Hoffman) and Gabrielle (Kathleen Rowe McAllen) are preparing for an epic showdown.

    Fear No Evil was a regional production shot around Rochester (New York) and tourist attraction Boldt Castle (Thousand Islands area). The castle provides a unique eerie atmosphere for this eventful story of antichrist rebirth, coming of age high school melodrama, and Christian scare propaganda. In total there is a lot to process here. Modern day stigmata, dual personalities, a ferocious dodgeball game, and a supernatural light show are a few examples. My personal favorite involves a little necromancy when an undead army is resurrected for some dirty work. Before really unleashing the beast, Andrew attacks Tony’s sexual identity. This crushes the school bully arguably worse than some Karate self-defense instruction might have done.

    Scream Factory issued this last month on Blu-ray. The wild makeup effects come to life with excellent video quality. Fear No Evil gets crazy in its interpretation of good versus evil. One thing seems certain. You probably won’t be bored. There’s even a punk/new wave soundtrack featuring: The Ramones, Sex Pistols, Talking Heads, Boomtown Rats, and more.
     
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    Happy Death Day 2 -

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    I think I watched the original Happy Death Day during October last year. I remember not being thrilled at the start of the movie because of the main character. But she turned out to be cool. And I think if you like her character, then you'll like the sequel. Because it is just as fun as the original. But I do tend to like time loop movies and TV shows.

    I think some might be a bit upset with the tone or feel of the sequel. As it's a bit more sci-fi than horror this time around. But you can pretty much tell it's going to be different at the start. And there is a Mondo Back to the Future poster in the room everytime the she wakes up from the beginning. So that was kind of a hint that they would take that route. Overall, I'm pleased with these two movies. I'll add them to the collection one day. I would be up for a Mondo or other art gallery poster for these as well.

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    Terminator (6? I think) Dark Fate - No picture because of reasons below.

    The original Terminator was a dark, cyberpunk sci-fi horror movie. It is still one of the best movies ever made and one of my favorites.

    Terminator 2 had more action but it still had it's share of dark sci-fi horror moments and cyberpunk scenes. It was a worthly sequel to the original. And like Aliens an example of how to handle a sequel to an already classic movie.

    But almost every movie after Terminator 2, I'll give The Sarah Connor Chronicles TV show and some of the books and comics a pass because a few of those are actually good, began the lightening up of the series to an almost straight action sci-fi series. The sequels just don't have the same tone and feel compared to the first two. Still I heard James Cameron was somehow involved with Dark Fate. But he did give a pass to Terminator Genesis and that wasn't that good.

    So what I did with Dark Fate was I heard things like Dark Fate is the best parts of Terminator and Terminator 2. And also that Dark Fate is like The Force Awakens. These were alerts to me of a bad movie or at best a lame retread. I took a look at the trailers which I usually don't do unless the previous movies were really bad. The action scenes seemed ok. But one scene they were selling in the trailer did recall the scene in Terminator 2. Also I didn't still didn't see the adult John Connor and I heard Edward Furlong was going to be in the movie. Sarah Connor is prominent in the trailer and on posters. But no Edward Furlong in the trailer or on posters.

    I'm sure people that have seen Edward Furlong know he went though a rough period. He was in that Night of the Demons remake which I thought was kind of good. But his character is one that is pretty much dealing drugs, seemingly on drugs, and ends up looking for his drugs. So I guess one of those art equals life sort of things. Still he was funny in that movie.

    So with all these bad feelings I looked and then fully read the wiki and thankfully I did. As I won't watch this movie until it's on for free somewhere. And that will be just for the action scenes. I won't even bother looking online for it like I did with that last terrible Predator movie. I'm in no rush to see Dark Fate. Terminator is a dead series now, like Alien and Predator. The only two good movies in all three series are the first two. It's really shocking how they can continue making bad movies in these series. Terminator, Predator, and Alien are now like Hellraiser with movies that continue to somehow get worse and worse.
     
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    Late reply and I'm on page 10 so I don't know if you went ahead with the purchase.

    But the third Jeepers Creepers is terrible. I'm sure I posted a review some where here if not on the horror.com forum. I remember it was either direct to Syfy or some kind of exclusive. Even the twist was bad as was the thing with the returning character. I still want to watch the second one again though. I recall that it was kind of good but I remember missing the opening 15 minutes or so. But avoid the third one at all costs. No need to watch it. You can spend $12 on far better movies. If not multiple movies with Black Friday coming up.
     
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    74) An American Werewolf in London


    75) The Blob (1988)
     
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    Natas Is it October yet?

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    Halloween 6 The Curse of Michael Myers


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    I've grown to love this entry after the years..... I was very happy to watch on blu ray finally, after many VHS watches. It's almost a different movie. A lot of Halloween eye candy here. The story of Michael Myers? Meh. I guess its a cool concept in theory.....but at the end of the day this one delivers. Good deaths, plenty of chase sequences, blood, phenomenal Halloween atmosphere and of course the beautiful score.

    I do find it funny Michael's stalking is so inconsistent. One scene he's damn near a Romero zombie, shambling about.....next he's got a power walk going, pretty much in a jog.
     
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    Movie #35:
    One Cut of the Dead (2017)
    First time viewing (Shudder)
    ***1/2 (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    29. COMEDY OF TERRORS: A matter of laughter at the splatter of matter. A funny one, duh.

    This film initially presents itself as something that I'm not a fan of, but if you make it through the opening long shot you'll be rewarded with one of the best comedies I've seen this year. Definitely one to go into spoiler free.

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    Movie #36:
    Bloody Birthday (1981)
    First time viewing (Shudder)
    **1/2 (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    30. IT'S YOUR SPECIAL DAY: Brutal birthdays.

    There is some exploitation fun to be had, but the story is so simplistic (3 kids born during an eclipse kill people leading up to their 10th birthday) that there isn't much here beyond scenes of nudity and random kills.
     
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    THE CHILD (1977)

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    Alicia Anne (Laurel Barnett) is hired as governess for the Nordon family daughter Rosalie (Rosalie Cole). Her mother died under circumstances never made clear. She’s been more than a handful for big brother Len (Richard Hanners) and curmudgeon Father (Frank Janson). Neighbors are sparse in the rural wasteland they call home in 1930’s California. Untamed forest lurks nearby. There have been warnings of wild animals and derelict tramps that keep people inside their homes after dark. Rosalie is unfazed with regular visits to a creepy old cemetery that serves as a macabre playground for her and her “friends.”

    The Child is a very low budget production shot in a desolate area on the outskirts of Los Angeles. We never leave this forlorn zone and it’s for the best. Between the cemetery, dilapidated buildings, and dirt roads – a feeling of unease stays with you. Halloween atmosphere is on display with a scarecrow coming to life, heavy layers of fog, and a spooky Jack-o’-lantern that relights itself after being blown out. Try to forgive the erratic day for night filming, it may spoil the mood for some viewers. Rosalie Cole is convincing within the grindhouse universe as a junior sociopath plugged into the supernatural. Her father shows glimpses of normalcy at times. His dark side comes out when telling the story of a group of boy scouts who explored their neck of the woods and all died from oleander poisoning while laughing it up like Gomez Addams. Takes a little while before we meet Rosalie’s “friends” face to face. The last twenty minutes depicts them rising from their graves and ready to kill. The zombies have a bit of a charbroiled look to them, yet still menacing.

    It took over three years for Arrow Video to release American Horror Project Volume 2. Unlike the majority here, I’ve really enjoyed most of the films (except for The Premonition on Volume 1). Of the six films in these two packages, my personal favorites are Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood (1973) and The Child. These movies aren’t for everyone, but I sure do appreciate them. Looking forward to Volume 3 and hoping for a much shorter wait this time.

     
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    I had already bought and watched. I think I remember that review and that was why I was getting the general consensus. The first two movies were very enjoyable. The third was just odd with some of the things they did for it being an in between the other two movies. Thanks for the reply!
     
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    29th - October Madness No.34 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 29 - COMEDY OF TERRORS: A matter of laughter at the splatter of matter. A funny one, duh.

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    Young Frankenstein (1974) Rewatch - Rating: 3/5

    Mel Brooks' and Gene Wilder's Young Frankenstein is a fun send-up of the classic Universal Frankenstein films, although for a Mel Brooks' spoof it's actually a bit on the dryer side at times. The attention to detail though is impressive, especially for the use of the original Frankenstein laboratory equipment (rented from the original film's special equipment props manager Ken Strickfaden) and gorgeous black & white cinematography, and when the jokes hit they are side-splittingly funny. But like the Monster, Young Frankenstein occasionally lumbers.
     

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