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

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  1. Colin

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    7) Bliss: A struggling artist in need of inspiration goes on a drug binge, only to develop a thirst for human blood. Joe Begos may be one of the most visually impressive directors working in horror, and “Bliss” proves that once again. The way he uses the camera as an extension of the chaos is quite unique. But all the camera trickery and cinematography doesn’t make up for the lack of story. At 80 minutes, this thing takes a bit too long to get to the action which is fun and super gory. But the biggest hurtles with “Bliss” – much like the rest of Begos filmography – are the subpar acting and crummy dialogue. Entertaining enough, but it defiantly needed something more. (6/10)


    8) Haunt (2019): A group of Friends go to a haunted house attraction on Halloween night, where they are hunted down by a group of deranged murderers. I had my fingers crossed for this to be something good – I’m a sucker for horror movies that take place around Halloween – but with Eli Roth’s name attached I should have known better. “Haunt” is filled with one too many horror clichés to the point that I was rolling my eyes more often than I wanted to. The film had quality production value, but lacked any real passion, with stilted acting and uninteresting characters. The film does pick up thankfully in the final act, with plenty of gore, violent death sequences and villains who were creepy as shit looking, each with their own distinct weapon of choice. There was some fun to be had, but it took way too long to get there to consider it worthwhile. (5/10)
     
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    9) What the Waters Left Behind: A group of friends head out to a ruined Argentine village that was destroyed by a flood decades ago to film a documentary. It’s not before long they realize they are not alone. The Onetti Brothers really wear their love for horror films on their sleeves. Taking influence from 70’s horror, American torture porn, and the French extremity subgenre with little shame. It’s not long into the film that it becomes obvious the duo was trying to make the Argentine equivalent to “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and boy do they come up short. Other than some great visuals and a gorgeous set piece that was the ruined city of Epecuen, everything about it felt like a faux, gritty horror film from the early 2000’s (in the worst way). The film’s tone is beyond confusing as well, to a point where I was questioning if they were trying to make some sort of satire as opposed to a serious exploitation film. The soundtrack didn’t help matters either because it is all over the place in terms of genres and doesn’t consider the tone of the scene. The acting ranges anywhere from terrible to over the top – despite the language barrier – and the “twist” ending was unnecessary and silly. The lead villain is pretty bad ass looking, and the gory is plenty, but this is nothing to get overly excited about. (5/10)


    10) Psychopaths: Possessed by the soul of an executed serial killer, random people engage in acts of violence and murder during a full moon. Writer/director Micky Keating has a varied filmography in terms of style, subject matter, and quality. I do appreciate his “Fuck the rules!” approach to filmmaking, but this one is a miss in my book. The film is very hyper stylized and intoxicating to look at – much like Keating other films – but the absurd premise and disjointed narrative make this frustrating to watch. It plays out more like a series of short films smashed together and that really tested my patience more than anything. I’m really torn here because it is such a well made film, with a lot of fun carnage and mayhem – which is usually up my alley – and Keating regular Ashley Bell is fantastic in her role, but “Psychopaths” is too much of a mess to truly recommend. (5/10)


    11) The Furies: A group of kidnapped women are thrusted into a game where they are hunted down by masked men. Although “The Furies” has a fairly simple premise, a lot of gore, and a short runtime, it’s still a big chore to sit through. The undertones of the story attempts – poorly – at commentating on gender politics, but the characters are so underdeveloped that it doesn’t really have anything interesting to say. The film’s lead does have epilepsy, but that is just used for the sake of plot convenience later in the film to better explain the rules of the game.
    the rules of the game: there are six women and six men, with each man (hunters) are assigned to a specific woman as a protector. The objective is to keep their women safe while killing off the other five. If your woman dies, your head explodes.
    Factor in the low production value, flat direction and lack of self-awareness, and you have wasted potential. (4/10)
     
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    10/2 Madhouse (1981) Arrow Blu

    Like other films that Ovidio Assonitis had his fingerprints on, this film is well-made, acted (for the most part), exquisitely well shot but In the end there is something lumbering, almost mechanical about it that robs of it of spark and suspense.

    The "killer sibling" aspect is nothing new and the film tips its hand very early on about the twist and then reveals the twist with over 30 minutes left making for a way-too-drawn-out ending that overstays it's welcome.

    10/3 Kingdom of the Spiders (1977) Code Red Blu

    Code Red's Blu of this JAWS-style insect invasion flick is pretty good. I'm ho-hum about the movie as it falls into GRIZZLY, etc. territory pretty fast but Shatner is Shatner and you get Tiffany Bolling, Woody Strode and a few others to chew scenery. The film kind of lacks bite (pun intended), as it's vanilla attacks and plot kind of keep it from reaching any great heights, though its probably effective for those with arachnophobia.

    10/4 The Black Hole (1979) Disney Blu

    Not Halloween fare, but revisited anyway. Love this flick.
     
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    5.) The Addams Family (1991) (blu-ray) - I had been holding off on buying this on blu-ray until they released the sequel too. Cut to 2019, Paramount released a 2-disc double feature at a super affordable price to coincide with the theatrical released of the animated Addams Family movie. I'm glad I waited!

    The disc is a barebones affair, with only two theatrical trailers as extras. I assume it's the exact same disc they released years ago. The interesting thing about the trailers is that this was originally released on Thanksgiving weekend instead of a month earlier during the Halloween season. I guess that explains the Christmas opening scene. It looks like the sequel kept that weekend, but at least they incorporated some Thanksgiving into it.

    The movie is a lot of fun, but I think I'm most impressed by the sets and production design. You really don't see that anymore, even in a lot of major studio films. Even modern Tim Burton movies look like they CGI the sets. I enjoyed revisiting, but I'm more curious to revisit the sequel, which I preferred when I was younger. We'll see how it holds up.

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    6.) Buried Alive (1990) (VHS) - There are multiple movies with this title, even another one released the same year. This is the Frank Darabont directed TV-movie starring Tim Matheson and Jennifer Jason Leigh. It had been a while since I've seen this one, which basically plays like a 90 minute Tales From The Crypt episode. Co-star William Atherton even starred in a similar Crypt episode "Three's A Crowd". There's too much here to cram into a single Crypt episode, but at the same time there's maybe not enough to fill a 90-minute feature. Still, Darabont does a great job keeping things brisk and fun, injecting quite a bit of style into the movie. The cast is also game. Tim Matheson's rigor-mortis moment is a hilarious shock.

    For those unfamiliar, Matheson and Leigh play husband and wife in a small town. He's a carpenter and she dreams of the big city. She's having an affair with Atherton, who plants an idea in her mind to poison her husband using an exotic fish venom so they can run away together. She does, and he's assumed dead, but due to a series of convenient coincidences, he's still alive and wakes up in a coffin. He manages to dig himself out of the ground and return home, where he finds Leigh and Atherton together. He proceeds to Bad Ronald the house, lurking around unbeknownst to Leigh, while he plans his revenge on the murderous couple using his skills as a carpenter...

    The whole thing is pretty silly, and the VHS release even got away with a PG-13 rating, but it's a tawdry fun '90s suburban noir. I think it received a disc release overseas, but still languishes in VHS purgatory over here. A few other USA network originals have made it to blu-ray this year, those being Strays and Trilogy Of Terror II, so hopefully this one can make the leap at some point.

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    7.) The Society Episodes 4 - 10 "Drop By Drop" "Putting On The Clothes" "Like A F-ing God Or Something" "Allie's Rules" "Poison" "New Names" "How It Happens" (NetFlix) - Episode 3 ended with a murder, and episodes 4-6 deal with the aftermath. Namely finding the killer and figuring out what to do with them. It culminates in a pretty shocking moment. From there, we jump ahead in time for the remainder of the season and see how their society is working out. They also do the old Hitchcock "bomb under the table" device, only this time they use a poisoned pumpkin pie at the town's Thanksgiving celebration…

    I thoroughly enjoyed this show, but again, it's not as genre heavy as I had expected. It's decent daytime filler though, as I don't like to watch horror movies in the middle of the afternoon, at least not ones that are attempting to actually scare. The show really doesn't explore the science of what happened to them, at least not until the final episode. It's more of an observational teen soap opera about what happens when authority and law is removed from society. The finale ends with a pretty major upheaval and cliffhanger, but fortunately NetFlix has renewed the series for a second season coming 2020.
    NOTE: This was viewed over the course of October 3rd – 5th but condensed into one entry.

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    8.) The Furies (2019) (SHUDDER) - I'm mixed on this one, because it's a fairly effective backwoods slasher film with brutal kills and a fast-pace. On the other hand, it's also very generic and repetitive with bland atmosphere and uninteresting characters. So the movie certainly held my interest, however it failed to leave much of an impression, nor would I be interested in revisiting it. I guess that makes streaming/SHUDDER the perfect home for it.

    I’m struggling to come up with much else to say about this one. It's a fair one-time watch if you like backwoods slashers, but you can also safely skip it and not miss a thing.

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    9.) Buried Alive II (1997) (VHS) - This is more or less a basic retread of the first movie minus the style, but it also heavily ties itself to the first movie. Tim Matheson returns, both in his original role and as director this time around. Ten years after the events of the first movie, Hoyt Axton's sheriff character has passed away. His niece, played by Ally Sheedy, receives a hefty inheritance, which her loser husband wants to spend on a yacht. The events of the first movie have become local folklore, and inspired by the story, her husband decides to use exotic fish venom to murder her and take the money. Shocker, history repeats itself, and Ally is back for revenge, assisted by Matheson's character who had discretely returned to town for the sheriff's funeral.

    The first movie is pretty silly, but in all the best ways. This one gets even sillier, but maybe crosses the line of being too silly. The first movie has the amazing basement climax, but this time it's aboard the husband's coveted yacht, and frankly it's kind of hilarious. All in all, this is a decent and faithful follow-up and is still lots of tawdry fun, but Darabont did it better.

    10.) American Horror Story: 1984 Episode 3 "Slashdance" (DVR / FX) - This is the best season they've done since Roanoke, but I’m probably biased because ‘80s slashers are right up my alley. There's maybe a little too much going on, but I can't say I'm bored. Episodes 2&3 have basically been an extended chase scene, and I'm wondering if they can sustain this until the end of the season. I'm expecting a midway switcheroo like they did with Roanoke. I enjoyed Dreama Walker's small role.

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    11.) The Curse Of Halloween Jack (2019) (DVD) - If you put Halloween or pumpkins on your cover, I'm going to watch it. That's just the way it is. This one is a sequel to a movie I saw a few Octobers ago called The Legend Of Halloween Jack, which I couldn't remember a thing about except it was British. This one gives you a brief reminder at the beginning of how the previous movie ended. It starts with a cult who wants to bring back Halloween Jack, the killer from the first movie. They succeed, but the cult is killed off right away, so their sole purpose here is to bring the killer back.

    The town hasn't celebrated Halloween since the events of the first movie, but now the local teens are bringing it back. Go figure, Halloween Jack returns to pick them off in a very half-hearted slasher film. Scene of cops talking about the case, cut to scene of teenager being killed off, cut back to cops talking about the case, cut to random teenage being killed off, etc, etc, repeat, etc.

    This movie was made by Andrew Jones, who is basically the British’s answer to The Asylum. He doesn't seem to care about horror, he just wants to get product out there that sells. He did cabin movies to cash in on The Strangers (Cabin 28 and The Utah Cabin Murders), a series of cheap Robert The Doll movies to cash in on Annabelle, and a bunch of low-rent serial killer movies. The good news is that his movies are usually barely 70 minutes, so they're mercifully short. I can’t say any of them are worth seeing.

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    12.) In The Tall Grass (2019) (NetFlix) - The new NetFlix horror movie from the director of Cube and Splice and based on the novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill. A brother and sister venture into a field, following the cries of a young boy, and once inside the field they find themselves in an endless maze with no way out. There are a few others in the mix, including the young boy they were seeking, but for the most part this is a repetitive and monotonous movie of people wandering through a cornmaze. It's not afraid of get weird, which I appreciated. That said, the movie didn't hold much in the way of surprises, and it ended exactly how I thought it was going to. This would make a great episode of Twilight Zone (although it’s not heavy-handed enough for entry into Peele’s series) or Outer Limits, but dragged out into a feature stretches things way too thin.

    Apparently James Marsden was attached to the movie at one point in the Patrick Wilson role, but dropped out to do Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. The funny thing is, I don't remember him in that movie at all. He apparently played Burt Reynolds? Anyway, Wilson has a fair amount of screentime here, as opposed to the none Marsden had in Taratino's film.

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    13.) The Amityville Horror (1979) (Scream Factory blu-ray) - One of the great haunted house movies. It has all the ingredients these movies need to work. Great atmosphere, a beautiful yet ominous house, genuine scares, a terrific cast, a family you actually care about, and a perfect horror movie score (which earned Lalo Schifrin an Academy Award nomination). That's right, The Amityville Horror was an Oscar nominee. I might give the edge to Poltergeist for having a stronger narrative. Here, the family moves in and you’re just counting down the days until they leave. The scares are largely random, but they mostly work. I love the opening, where Brolin and Kidder are touring the house and each room is intercut with it’s macabre history.

    This was my first time cracking open the Scream Factory set. I had seen this movie a lot when I was younger, so it isn't necessarily one I needed to revisit right away. Also, all those Conjuring and Insidious movies have completely burned me out on the genre, which deterred me from a revisit. It was refreshing seeing it again now, just to see how good a haunted house movie can be if it's done well. The disc contains a delightful featurette with Brolin and Kidder, which was carried over from the old MGM release. Scream brings to the table a completely indecipherable interview with Schifrin. I couldn't understand a word of it.

    14.) Wrinkles The Clown (2019) (VOD) – This was the worst documentary I’ve seen since Room 237. I usually love weirdo documentaries like this, but this one is an absolute chore. At least the rental was cheap. The running time was short, but felt like twice the length. The documentary is about a clown for hire named Wrinkles, who parents in Florida can hire to scare their children into behaving. We meet the man behind the costume, whose face isn't shown but his beer belly sure is. He's a retiree who mostly sits around in his underwear and drinks beer in his mobile home. He doesn't have much to contribute to the story. He plasters Wrinkles stickers around town with his phone number on them and receives hundreds of calls per day.

    This is intercut with interviews from various kids across the country who called the phone number. I should emphasize that none of these are kids whose parents actually hired Wrinkles. They just heard the story and called the phone number. This basically amounts to 40 minutes of kids going "omg wrinkles the clown lives in my closet and at night he tries to eat me" and "i called this number and was like omg it was so scurry". Again, none of these kids have ever encountered Wrinkles The Clown. Around the 50-minute mark, they pull back the curtain further and reveal everything… and it's pretty stupid and boring. It also comes as a big F-U to the viewer, saying "hey, we just wasted 50 minutes of your time".

    Awful documentary. Poorly made and constructed, uninteresting story, just an absolute waste of time. Avoid like the plague.

    Previous Entries:
    1.) The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1984)
    2.) The Society Episodes 1 - 3 "What Happened" "Our Town" "Childhood's End"
    3.) Secta Siniestra aka Bloody Sect (1982)
    4.) Fear No Evil (1981)
     
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    Death Line

    MIND THE DOORS!!! A slice of 70's English horror, a fun ride, pretty goddam gory for an early 70's flick, a fun atmospheric yrip, there is a lot to enjoy here, but for me the biggest problem and nearly a game changer is Donald Pleasance, what the hell, his character is so unlikeable, so annoying, responding in a way so outside what you expect, this is a character who could break the movie, thankfully it stays just behind the line and everything else in the end makes up for it. just! MIND THE DOIRS!!!
     
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    Day 2 of the Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge.
    SOMEBODY'S GOTTA DO IT: Something involving a less than desirable job must be done.
    For this one I went with Graveyard Shift. This is one I remember going to see on it's opening weekend at the matinee showing. I also remember the Fangoria coverage. Stephen Macht and Brad Dourif steal every scene their in. I've never seen a film that's made me itch more.

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    Day 3 of the Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge.
    SPORTS AND FITNESS: All pain, no gain. A workout watch out!
    For this one I went with Demons 2 and it's sweaty gym folk. I enjoy this one a whole lot. And the soundtrack is great. But that little Gremlin demon can kiss my ass.

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    Day 4 of the Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge.
    BLACK FRIDAY: A rough day at the shopping maul.
    I could of gone with one of the Dawn of The Dead films. But after work and shopping I needed something cheesy and short.
    Chopping Mall fit the bill perfectly.
    To me it's a VHS classic. Having rented it many times. Plus seeing it on cable and DVD a zillion times. It's pure 80's schlock.
     
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    First time viewing. Recently picked up the blu ray. I had a lot of fun. I didn't realize this was released as House 3 internationally.

    Anyways. It's very similar to Shocker. Maybe not as goofy. Fun slasher though.
     
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    Day 3

    Site was down for some reason so catching up from the last couple of days.

    9. Savageland (2015) Prime - Was an out and about day, so back to the tablet. This was mentioned earlier in the thread and sounded interesting so I checked it out. Kind of an interesting story. Can't really add too much to what was said about it already.

    10. Return to Horror Hotel (2019) Prime - This one was a horror anthology consisting of 4 short stories. All 4 are entertaining enough. I wasn't familiar with this show, but I believe this to be a sequel to Horror Hotel The Movie. I liked the premise of the story about the Navy sailor that hadn't aged the best.

    11. Devil on the Mountain (2006) Prime - Wasn't familiar with this one either but it had Tim Thomerson and Lance Henriksen, so I gave it a go. Kind of a cops and robbers meets Sasquatch flick. Kind of an odd mix but it did have entertainment value. Kind of fun digging around Amazon Video and trying some of these out without the risk of purchase. Would probably watch again at some point.

    12. Shock Waves (1977) Blu - It's a favorite every year. I'm sure everyone is aware of this movie already. Falls into the nazi zombie genre and stars Brooke Adams and Peter Cushing. You have those movies that just click with you as a viewer. This is one that is just fun every time I pop it in.

    13. The House That Dripped Blood (1970) Blu - I had never seen this, but had ordered it sometime back after it was released. Good anthology film. I got distracted while watching so I had to go back and re-watch parts of it. Enjoyed it and thought the stories were pretty good. That the casting was pretty cool as well.

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    Day 4

    Been cracking quite a few discs open that have been in my watch pile.

    14. Nightmare Beach (1989) Blu - Just got this one the other day. The new Kino release. It was a first time watch for me and the movie was pretty crazy. A spring break slasher movie with all of the goods of spring break. One thing that stuck out to me was all the heavy music that was playing all the time.

    15. Don't Go In the Woods (1981) Blu - This is such a horrible movie, but you can't stop watching it. Acting is absolutely atrocious, music is horrible, and the killer is goofy. But it's a cult film that you go back to over time. Makes you appreciate movies that are actually good. And, what the hell is a guy trying to climb a hill in a wheelchair for...lol.

    16. Next of Kin (1989) Blu - Pretty decent Australian thriller. I had never heard of it at the time it was released, but figured I would bite. Enjoyed my first viewing of it.

    17. The Reaping (2007) Blu - Don't remember watching this one recently, but might have watched it last year. Interesting premise to this one with the Biblical prophecies and such.

    18. The Beast from Hollow Mountain (1956) This one feels more like a western, but eventually gives us the beast. Old school effects make this one fun to watch from time to time. Had some Gilligan's Island quicksand as well. That's a plus!

    More soon..

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    SCREAMS OF A WINTER NIGHT (1979)

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    A group of college students head off the beaten path to a lakeside cabin lodge in Louisiana. John (Matt Borel) is the only one familiar with this place, as his family used to vacation there. It’s been a while though and with it being offseason, the property has seen better days. John is well versed in the local history and plays up the creepy past. Some of it has to do with Native American legends. They decide to share stories while drinking. You can call them part urban legends or campfire tales. The first one finds a couple out of gas on a deserted forest road soon to encounter a Bigfoot cryptid creature. Three fraternity pledges are featured in the next story. Their challenge is to spend the night in an abandoned haunted hotel with a warning about venturing past the first floor. After that, we learn about a witch that haunts an old cemetery. Yet another entry finds a young woman pushed to extreme behavior after a date with an overly aggressive scumbag.

    Screams of a Winter Night checks off many boxes for me: regional horror film, anthology format, and Sasquatch theme. If your leanings are for modern genre cinema, this is probably not the picture for you. Clocking in at two hours, new school fans will likely find pacing issues. Takes some time before even the first story begins. I don’t believe I have watched an anthology film that dedicated so much time to the wraparound. Each of the four short stories are straightforward in content. I would have preferred some more substance in all but the last one. The date gone wrong aftermath was a chore to sit through and predictably boring. The other three were effective at building a sense of spooky atmosphere, even though you may find yourself wanting a little more. The finale gets the blood pumping. All the talk of paranormal energy and Indian legends really pays off. Between howling winds and supernatural destruction, all hell breaks loose. The bleak ending was quite satisfying.

    From the first mention of a Blu-ray, it took quite a while for this Code Red release to materialize. Probably didn’t live up to the Dark Force social media hype machine, but what release could? Best surprise of all was getting the director’s cut with the reinstated cemetery witch tale. Like the movie taken as a whole, it’s memorable old-fashioned horror best watched late at night. By the way, look for a William Ragsdale (Fright Night) cameo early on.
     
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    5. Freddy's Nightmares - A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series S01E02: It's a Miserable Life (Tom McLoughlin, 1988)

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    Two shows that I've always been curious about are Friday the 13th: The Series and Freddy's Nightmares. I knew that neither one was supposed to be all that great, but unlike F13: The Series, I knew that Nightmares at least made an attempt to tie it into the film mythology. So I decided to watch the two episodes that were included on the NoES blu ray set.

    Ouch.

    I can see why this doesn't have much of a following. Cheap design. Poor writing. Zero atmosphere. It looks like it was filmed on a shoestring, and the Freddy content is so minimal and irrelevant as to render it pointless. The story itself is muddled and meandering, with no real plot or conflict, and the episode makes such an abrupt transition half-way through that it feels more like two 20 minute episodes rather than a full 40 minute episode. The supernatural elements aren't really defined, and it's not even clear if Freddy is orchestrating the goings on, or merely commenting on them in a Crypt Keeper-type fashion. It's directed by Tom McLaughlin and stars Lar Park Lincoln, so it's got an interesting connection to the Friday the 13th film series...perhaps that's why this episode was chosen for inclusion? It's honestly pretty terrible, though.

    Can anyone comment on where this ranks within the rest of the show? I know this was only the second episode. Did the show improve with time? Is there any reason for me to seek out more of the show, beyond the two episodes that are on this disc?

    Also, is Friday the 13th: The Series as bad as this? I was kind of thinking of picking up one of the season sets to give it a shot, but if it's of a similar quality to this...I may just give it a pass.
     
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    10/4/19

    MANDY (2018)

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    In the Pacific Northwest of 1983, Red Miller (Nicolas Cage) lives with his girlfriend Mandy (Andrea Riseborough) in the Shadow Mountains. He is a lumberjack, while the title girl is a fantasy artist and store clerk. One day Mandy catches the attention of a strange hippie cult called Children of the New Dawn. Must be the dope they are taking, as leader Jeremiah Sand (Linus Roache) instantly becomes obsessed with her. Unspeakable acts follow which brings Red after them for bloody revenge.

    Mandy undeniably marches to the beat of its own drum and is not meant for everyone. Could be one of the reasons I enjoy it so much, but not the only one. Wild At Heart and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans are my favorite Nicolas Cage roles. While most of his recent films don’t interest me, Mandy gives Cage ample opportunity to run wild. Andrea Riseborough is more of a mystery character here, though we do get a sense of past trauma in some conversations. Even for a cult leader, Linus Roache is a superfreak and laughable wannabe musician. Behind all the tough talk and religious babbling, Jeremiah is a pathetic coward who would be lost without his minions doing all the dirty work. One of his followers looks like a poor man’s grown up Thurman Merman (from Bad Santa). Supernatural contractors The Black Skulls step in for heavy lifting duties. Not anyone you want extensive interaction with, the Skulls get around on motorcycles and ATVs. Something like demons or cenobites, it’s best to stay out of their way. Blame some of this madness on The Chemist, as played by Richard Brake (3 from Hell & Rob Zombie’s 31). He is the madman making the drugs, particularly a jacked-up form of LSD sure to fry your brain. Bill Duke (Predator, Commando) drops in for a cool cameo and proves he’s still a badass.

    Director and co-writer Panos Cosmatos made a visually rich film with trippy colors. Lots of little things also help bring the story to life. Red and Mandy’s home has an interesting architectural design, especially their bedroom with extensive windows for stargazing and assorted nocturnal shapes. Enjoyed seeing the old heavy metal shirts, fantasy novels, and inspired animation. The 1982 cult movie Nightbeast from Don Dohler plays on an old television. Even more memorable would be Cheddar Goblin, the mac & cheese for connoisseurs with the ultimate mascot.
     
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    6. Freddy's Nightmares - A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series S01E03: Killer Instinct (Mick Garris, 1988)

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    And here we have the second episode on the NoES bonus disc. This one is a bit of a step up from It's a Miserable Life, although not by much. The design is still super cheap, but at least this one gets outside for a bit, so it doesn't feel quite as set-bound. Miserable Life felt like its diner, house, and hospital sets were all about the size of a bedroom. The high school setting for Killer Instinct gives it a bit of openness that the other episode was lacking, and feels better used. This episode stars Lori Petty and was directed by Mick Garris, so once again it's got some genre cred, which again seems like it might have been the reason for it's inclusion. Or maybe these are just the two best episodes from the series? That's a sad thought. The issues with the other episode persist: the story is a little unfocused and poorly explained. Freddy is around, but it's not clear if he's actually doing anything. You can really tell that they had Englund on set in makeup for a day and they just filmed all of his segments for the entire season in one go.

    I chose the above screengrab because I feel like it sums up the show pretty well. At one point Freddy awkwardly slices through a gym towel bag to grin and wink at the audience. At first the tendrils of the torn bag are falling directly in front of his face, and he has to daintily move them out of the way before he can give his trademark cackle. There's a similar shot in the first episode of Freddy rising from a deep fryer (seen in the screengrab for that episode a little ways up on this page) which works way better. Why they didn't just redo this shot is beyond me. I assume their time with Englund was pretty rushed. Or maybe they didn't have the budget for another towel bag?

    I have to say, I'm not exactly disappointed that there aren't more of these episodes for me to watch. Time to get back to something a little better...
     
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    7. Asylum (Roy Ward Baker, 1972)

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    This movie gets going with a bang, that music playing over the opening drive towards the asylum is fantastic. And it just gets better. The macabre body in the freezer in "Frozen Fear", Peter Cushing in "The Weird Tailor", Herbert Lom glaring at his little robot in "Mannikins of Horror" (I love the segment titles too, by the way) - there are lots of wonderful moments and scenes in this one, and the wraparound is one of the best I've seen. I wonder if the conclusion of "Lucy Comes to Stay" was much of a surprise at the time? That reveal has become a bit of a cliche, but in 1972 it might not have been so obvious.
     
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    Jennifer (1978) Kino/Scorpion Blu

    Remember that movie (with a girl's name as the title) about the picked-on redhead with supernatural powers who is pushed to violence by her religious parent and cruel classmates? Yep, you guessed it: Jennifer...

    This is like the TV movie version of Carrie. Not as much nudity, not as much violence. And some snakes. Lisa Pelikan is a good lead, and the other actors fill out the Betty Buckley and Nancy Allen roles adequately and the narrative leads to a satisfying end. Weirdly I found the tormenting of Jennifer way more unsettling than the tormenting of Carrie - maybe because a lot of the tormenting of Jennifer felt more realistic. Not one I will likely revisit, but worth a spin.

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    - The Hills Have Eyes 2 (Arrow Blu)
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    10/1 Maniac (New Blue Underground Blu)
    10/2 Blue Vengeance (Vinegar Syndrome Blu)
    10/2 Madhouse (1981) Arrow Blu
    10/3 Kingdom of the Spiders (1977) Code Red Blu
    10/4 The Black Hole (1979) Disney Blu
    10/5 Jennifer (1978) Kino/Scorpion Blu
     
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    Day 5

    I started today with some stuff that I have had for a pretty long time and never watched.

    19. The Wolfman (2010) Blu - I have meant to watch this one for some time, but either the mood wasn't there or just didn't have the time. Decided to finally give it a go after owning it for almost 10 years or so. I liked it. There are some similarities to the original movie from the 40's, but also different ideas brought in as well. I was glad I gave it a shot.

    20. Underworld Blood Wars (2016) Blu - I have been a fan of this series since the first movie, but got lost with it somewhere along the way. I'm feeling like I may have missed one of the movies somewhere along the way, but was in tune with most of the story regardless. The Lycan vs. Vampires war continues to rage on. More action sequences like the previous movies. Not my favorite of the series, but still found it engaging.

    21. The Wolf Man (1941) Blu - Mainly watched this one due to watching the 2010 movie mentioned for comparison reasons. This is a classic film with great actors. Always worth a watch.

    22. Texas Chainsaw (2013) Blu - Kind of an odd movie. It uses footage from the original and there are tie-in's, but this movie kind of goes off on its own. As I started watching I remembered watching it not too long ago, but think I may have confused it with the other Chainsaw movie probably just prior to this one.

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    Scream 2 (1997) Netflix

    I actually have a fondness for this one. Certainly nothing can top the freshness of the first one, and this one does its best with a meta take on sequels but which has inherently diminishing returns. I remember at the time I loved it and my friend hated it because
    when Randy gets killed, not unlike the mid-film murders in Craven's own The Hills Have Eyes, sets the tone that no character is off limits. to me, this is essential in having some suspense in a sequel.
    At any rate there's more gore, some surprises and a goofy, yet satisfying ending.

    Snapshot (1979) Vinegar Syndrome Blu

    Is this a horror film? Even calling it a thriller is a stretch. Young girl is seduced into the fashion photography scene by people who seek to take advantage of her. Meanwhile he creepy ex and domineering mother drive her crazy. The movie is a sloooooooow burn until that last 15 minutes before it takes a few twists. It's probably one of VS's best transfers but the film is just not my taste. Not bad, per se, just kind of too slow to register any real shocks.

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

    10/1 Maniac (New Blue Underground Blu)
    10/2 Blue Vengeance (Vinegar Syndrome Blu)
    10/2 Madhouse (1981) Arrow Blu
    10/3 Kingdom of the Spiders (1977) Code Red Blu
    10/4 The Black Hole (1979) Disney Blu
    10/5 Jennifer (1978) Kino/Scorpion Blu
    10/9 Scream 2 (Netflix)
    10/10 Snapshot (1979) (Vinegar Syndrome Blu)
     
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    Snapshot is one of my favorite VS titles, but yeah, I wouldn't call it a horror movie at all.

    Just be thankful you weren't one of the people who got duped into believing it's a sequel to Halloween. I can't imagine how pissed off those audiences were.
     
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    I did my research, so yeah I knew what I was getting. And the transfer is A++++. Didn't hate it, but it wasn't really my cup of tea.
     
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    Unfortunately, it seems that some of my previous posts got lost when the site disappeared for a little while. I'll repost what was lost, but some of the comments might be a little lacking this second time around...

    8. The Outer Limits S01E03: The Architects of Fear (Byron Haskin, 1963)

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    I really liked this episode. Robert Culp is slowly changing into something other than human, and his transformation is very effective, both in terms of his grisly makeup and his slow descent into madness. The final monster is kind of silly looking, but still entertaining.

    9. After Midnight (Ken & Jim Wheat, 1989)

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    This anthology was a surprise. It's modern, but not overly grisly or gory. The wraparound is very elaborate and involved, and is definitely the highlight of the film, which I didn't expect. The individual segments are all interesting, but a little anti-climactic, considering that they're all supposed to be the scariest stories these people have ever heard. I was really surprised by the 11th hour tonal shift that really came out of nowhere. It might not be a perfect film, but it was nice to have virtually all of my expectations for it upended.

    10. Hocus Pocus (Kenny Ortega, 1993)


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    I watched this with my daughter, and we both loved it. I remember seeing it as a kid when it came out, and being disappointed that it was so much of a comedy. I'm not sure why I expected it to be anything darker than what it is, but there you go. In any case, rewatching it 25 years later, I found it to be very funny and charming. Bette Midler in particular was great.

    11. Escapes (David Steensland, 1986)

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    A super low-budget shot on video anthology of eerie stories ostensibly hosted by Vincent Price, although his screen time probably doesn't even total a minute. The stories are short, strange, and not always explained, but they're actually very well crafted, despite the technical limitations. This was a very pleasant surprise.

    12. The Outer Limits S01E04: The Man with the Power (Laslo Benedek, 1963)

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    Did Donald Pleasence ever look young? This wasn't the strongest Outer Limits episode, but he's good in it, as always. The notion that someone with unlimited psychic power would be encouraged and employed by the government rather than immediately executed speaks to a much more naive age. Pleasence can incinerate people just by thinking about it, but it's all ok because he's a "peace-loving man" as the show puts it...

    13. The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (Sergio Martino,1971)

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    I know that it's a bit of a stretch to consider giallos like this to be "horror" films, but this was were my Halloween mood took me, so I went with it. This was a first time watch for me, and I really loved it. Gruesome kills, wonderful direction by Martino, and lots of twists and turns. The resolution even almost makes sense!

    14. All the Colors of the Dark (Sergio Martino, 1972)

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    Another day, another Martino giallo. This time it's a bit more Halloween appropriate with a Satanic coven that is trying to alternately seduce/murder Edwige Fenech. Another great film. More great direction from Martino. George Hilton is once again smugly charming. The resolution doesn't make a lick of sense this time. And Edwige Fenech is all over this movie and is absolutely stunning.
     
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