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

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    I just noticed that six days of my movie posts have been deleted from this thread and I have no idea how or why ?
     
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    The site crashed a couple of times. So all posts from the last couple of days are gone.
     
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    Epic Recap of MADNESS!!!
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    A few of my spots are gone since the Thanos snap, so let' review shall we! :D

    Oct. 4th


    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)


    Oct. 5th

    12) Tilt: An unemployed filmmaker begins to lose his grip on reality as the birth of his first child looms. I love me a good “Am I going crazy?” psychological thriller, unfortunately “Tilt” isn’t one of those films. If anything, it’s a bargain kitchen sink drama masquerading as one. IT doesn’t help matters that the lead is an obnoxious, self-absorbed asshole, which drains any sort of tension or drama out of it. As the film progressed, I felt my attention waning and couldn’t wait for it to be over. For what it’s worth, the film is well directed, and the score is quite ominous, but the overall production is a total bore. (3/10)


    13) Images: A children’s author retreats to the Irish countryside, where she believes she’s being tormented by otherworldly apparitions, or is she? This film has gained a minor cult following over the years and I’m glad I got around to watching it, because this gets everything right that “Tilt” got wrong. I loved the dreamlike quality director Robert Altman brought to the film, which brings a real unsettling atmosphere that creeped me out. The musical score is perfect, brining to life the nightmarish world our character finds herself in, and Sunnah York really brings it to the table as a person who is slowly losing their mind. I do think the film goes a bit overboard in its final act, because narrative becomes very discombobulated and overly confusing for no reason. A great little film that deserves more love. (7/10)


    Oct. 6th

    14) Death Walks on High Heels: Following the death of her criminal father, a famous Paris stripper is wanted by the police – and a masked lunatic – for missing jewels from his latest heist. This was my first experience with director Luciano Ercoli, So I didn’t know what to expect, but I came away wanting a lot more. Its strong with the opening 20 minutes or so, but quickly becomes tedious in the second act with a lot of meandering. I felt like I was watching a pulpy film noir as opposed to a traditional Giallo. It did have a fair amount of twists and turns, which held my interest, but it really needed something more to justify its nearly two-hour runtime. (5/10)


    15) Death Walks at Midnight: A fashion model partakes in an experimental drug where she witnesses the brutal death of another woman, and ultimately becomes stalked by the killer. Ercoli’s follow up to “Death Walks on High Heels” is an improvement. I thought the direction and story structure were much cleaner in presentation and the film moved swiftly. The absurd premise aside, I found myself more engaged and was invested in the mystery. The film did slow down a bit too much in final act, but I thought the climax was much more satisfying. (6/10)


    16) The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave: Shortly after remarrying a woman he just met, a mentally disturbed English lord begins to believe he is being haunted by the apparition of his deceased first wife. I always used to see the VHS cover for this film at my local video stores over the years as a kid and thought it must’ve been badass. Looking back now it didn’t live up to the expectations I had in my head, but it was still an entertaining piece of Italian Gothic horror. Taking big influence from Hammer Films, this one does enough of its own thing to rise above being just as Hammer clone. I think the film could have benefited from fleshing out some of the supporting cast, and the first 30 minutes of the English lord seducing and torturing random woman lead to not much of anything. I also wasn’t a fan of the triple twist ending which border lined on lunacy. Overall, I came away pleased. (6/10)


    17) The Red Queen Kills Seven Times: Two sisters inherit their family’s castle, only to fear their ancestor – the Red Queen – is behind a string of local murders. This was without a doubt the best film I watched this evening. This was everything I wanted out of a Giallo, beautiful color pallet, creative and gory deaths, beautiful women, and a menacing villain who stands out in a sea of leather glove donning killers. Bruno Nicolai’s score adds so much personality and life to the film as well, really capturing the tone. Sure, the plot is overly complicated, and it does go a bit off the rails towards the end, but you can’t go wrong with this overlooked 70’s Giallo. (7/10)


    Oct. 7th

    18) Cemetery Gates: Environmental activists set loose a mutated Tasmanian Devil into an isolated, woodland cemetery. A stupid and annoying attempt at a horror comedy if I ever saw one. It seems they were trying to go the Troma route with this, but it doesn’t have any of the charm or creatively of some of Troma’s worst films. The humor is bottom of the barrel, featuring everything from dumb rednecks, douchey frat boys, big tiddy bimbos, and an over abundance of toilet humor. I typically wouldn’t mind most of these tropes if the story and dialogue was the least bit clever, but this film was clearly written by a 12-year-old. I can say it does deliver in the gore department, featuring some great, over the top death sequences. The Tasmanian Devil creature is laughably bad looking, and Reggie Bannister is underutilized. I can forgive its lack of budget, but I can’t forgivable it for being painfully unfunny. (2/10)


    19) The Nest: Flesh craving roaches descend upon an island community following a botched scientific experiment. A solid killer bug flick with that quintessential 80’s cheese. Despite some boring melodrama and a romance angle that slowed things down, “The Nest” delivers the goods. The action involving the roaches is entertaining, and the special effects are impressive. The cast is lively and likeable as well – even the weird Hawaiian shirt guy – which helped with some of the dull parts. It did – however – remind me a bit too much of “Slugs” (a film I enjoy) but it wasn’t nearly as entertaining as that film but would make a great double feature if you haven’t seen either. (6/10)


    Oct. 8th

    20) Incubus (1982): A small town is terrorized by a sexual predator who may be a demonic entity. An interesting mash up of crime drama, 80’s slasher, and supernatural thriller. Match that with the taboo subject matter, John Cassavetes, and a hilarious cameo from Bruce Dickinson, and you get somethings very unique. I can’t say it’s without faults though, featuring an unnecessary love angle, a silly looking monster and an anticlimactic finale. But I’ll give the end credits its due, it’s truly ominous and creepy. Worth a look. (6/10)


    21) The Oily Manic: A crippled man uses a magic spell to transform into an oil slicked monster in order to kill unsavory characters. A real oddball entry in the Shaw Brothers cannon, “The oily Maniac” plays out like a Hong Kong Cinema equivalent to “The Toxic Avenger” but without the self-awareness. The creature – which is kind of goofy looking – resembles a hybrid of Toxie, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the fish monster from “Blood Waters or Dr. Z” and oh is it hilarious. The story is minimalistic, the action is sparse (expect for the finale), and some of the practical and visual effects are horribly dated, but I still had fun with it. A solid throwback to old Hollywood B-movies with an Eastern twist. (6/10)
     
  4. Natas

    Natas Is it October yet?

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    Tales from the Crypt presents: Demon Knight

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    I had so much fun watching this for the first time since I was a kid. Definitely the highlight of my October so far.

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    First time viewing (blu ray) The setup is similar to a Friday the 13th flick. It's an alien movie, however this alien doesn't really make an appearance till well after the hour mark. Before that the "aliens" are just flying discs with teeth about the size of a pancake. I had fun with it. Really young David Caruso....a couple of half way creepy sequences.

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    An all time favorite of mine. The first horror movie I ever caught in the theaters. Never gets old. I love the "5 film set" blu ray I own of parts 1-2-3. I watched this late night with a few Shipyard Pumpkinheads and had a blast.
     
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    13. After Death (1989) First time Watch

    Finally opened up my 88 films Bluray which i bought last year this is known as Zombie Flesh Eaters 3 in the UK.

    the film starts with a Voodoo ritual to bring the dead back to life started by a witch doctor whos daughter is killed by a group of scientists who are trying to find the cure for all diseases , all inhabitants of the island are killed except a little girl , whos mother had given her a totem to ward off evil, cut to 20 years later and this little girl returns to the island with a group of mercenaries to get answer to what happen 20 years before, then off course they run into the Zombies of the dead islanders.

    Dont think this will be on many lists of best zombie films but you know what to expect with late 80s italian films , low budgets , poor effects and bad acting , going in with low expectations helped me enjoy this more than i should have . Dont think i will return to this anytime soon. 2/5

    14. The Iguana With The Tongue Of Fire (1971) First Time Watch.

    Arrow Blu Ray. Been looking forward to this and have been saving it since i bought it for this October marathon.

    The Film starts with woman who is burned with acid, throat slashed with a razor, and stuffed in the boot of a car belonging to the Swiss ambassador to Ireland then a former policeman goes undercover to start an investigation into the murder then the bodies start pileing up.

    Not generally thought as top tier Giallo however i really liked it , with a title like it has you would expect it to be good and also the unique setting of Ireland as its location gives it a different feel to similar themed Gialli.
    4/5

    15. The Blood Spattered Bride (1972) First Time watch

    Blu Ray. A new bride moves with her husband to his ancestral home and when she finds out her husband has some weird sexual fantasies , she starts to have nightmares about a beautiful vampire who wants to drink her blood. She also notices that there are only paintings of his male ancestors in the house and and she learns that the paintings of the wifes are kept in the basement , here she notices a painting of Mircalla Karstein who had mudered her husband on the night of their wedding. The now resurrected Mircalla is found buried in sand at the beach and taken home by the husband which starts a battle for the young bride's soul between the husband and Mircalla

    Very dreamlike atmosphere with a unique take on the vampire genre , great cinematography and score elevate this above other similar eurohorrors of the time 4.5/5

    16. Macabre (1980) First Time Watch

    Blu ray . An adulterous wife whos lover was killed in a car accident and whos son was killed , leaves her husband an moves into a guest house run by a Blind guy. The landlord hears his new tenant sounding like shes having sex but is in the apartment herself. he investigates and finds a disturbing secret locked in her freezer.

    A very slow film with many scenes repeated but the last 15 minutes goes nuts and more than makes up for this. 3.5/5

    17. Paganini Horror (1989) First Time Watch

    Opened up my 88 films blu ray not knowing what to expect as i had not heard a lot about this film except it starred Donald Pleasance , which normally would be enough for me.

    A story of a failing popstar who manages to buy a score written by a famous composer who was rumoured to have sold his soul to the devil , the film starts with a young girl who electrocutes her mother in the bath then moves onto the main story. The popstars manager manages to hire the house where the composer Paganini lived to make their pop video, when the band start playing the score the composer returns from the dead to pick off the band one by one.

    Very slow and ponderous with poor special effects and tries to throw in a last minute twist which will be seen a mile away, Donald Pleasance looked bored and was in the film for a total of 5 minutes also they dubbed his iconic voice. Not a lot to recommend it. 1.5/5

    18. In The Tall Grass (2019) First time Watch

    Netflix . A Brother and sister are travelling to San Diego when they stop at a church and hear the shouts of a young boy in the long grassy field opposite, They go in to help the boy and find themselves lost in the field, then other people start to appear and strange things start to happen.

    Based on a story by Stephen King and his son Joe Hill , this feels like a King film however it is a tad repetetive and maybe goes on about 15 minutes too long. on the plus side the camera work is disorientating and adds to the feel of the film and the cast are good also good to see Patrick Wilson take on a villanous role. 3.5/5
     
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    BEYOND EVIL (1980)

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    Larry Andrews (John Saxon) and his wife Barbara (Lynda Day George) arrive in the Philippines. He’s working on the construction of a condo building. Old friend and colleague Del Giorgio (Michael Dante) facilitates their relocation. Scheduled to move into an apartment, he surprises them with the down payment on a historical mansion that hasn’t been lived in for many years. Locals on the island fear the place. An infamous past concerning prior resident Alma Martin is the center of the haunting, a woman who immersed herself in the study of black magic. Doesn’t take long to figure out who the prime target is, though honestly no one entering the house is safe.

    Beyond Evil was directed by Herb Freed, whose next project was Graduation Day (1981). Not exactly the scarefest suggested by the title, Beyond Evil takes a little while to heat up. John Saxon appeared in countless genre films, having made Blood Beach and Cannibal Apocalypse the same year. He is nearly always a welcome addition to any cast. Lynda Day George gets more to do with her role, switching between hot and cold and ever susceptible to the malevolent forces. This is still a couple years before she would do Pieces (1982) and Mortuary (1983). The mansion brings some credibility. It’s a location you can believe as being haunted. Having a crypt on the property helps even more. Pino Donaggio composed the musical score, having also done: Carrie (1976), Tourist Trap (1979), Dressed to Kill (1980), The Howling (1981) – among many others.

    Vinegar Syndrome brought this to Blu-ray last month. Extra grain is evident without ruining the viewing pleasure. The green spectral glowing is still prominent. That devil statue with the pitchfork and extra horns which never goes away remains creepy. I intend to watch this movie again.


    SUPERBEAST (1972)

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    Sticking around in the Philippines, Dr. Alix Pardee (Antoinette Bower) discovers the domain of another doctor named Bill Fleming (Craig Littler). Falling clearly into the realm of mad scientist, his genetic experiments on convicts are done in secret aside from a wealthy financier (Harry Lauter). The good doctor connects the dots while posing a threat to inform the outside world that nothing done on this island is in the name of rehabilitation.

    Superbeast is a cheap exploitation picture that played on a double feature with the more entertaining Daughters of Satan, starring Tom Selleck. It’s easy to draw some parallels to better known stories like The Island of Doctor Moreau and The Most Dangerous Game, but there is so little substance to be found lurking inside that it’s pointless. Even the Blood Island films have much more to offer for jungle horrors and mad science. John Chambers gets a screen credit for makeup effects, though very little is on display. Chambers is best known for his Oscar winning work in the original Planet of the Apes film franchise.

    Superbeast should have been paired up as a double feature with Daughters of Satan. The ever-greedy Scream Factory of course failed to do so and instead released on both on Blu-ray separately last year. Superbeast is a waste on its own. At least Daughters of Satan offers up some cult movie fun. Both do however feature Filipino character actor Vic Diaz as shady characters he so often specialized in.
     
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    SATANIC SUNDAY TRIPLE FEATURE


    SATANIS - THE DEVIL'S MASS (1969)

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    1969 must have been a wild time to be alive, particularly in California. While the Manson Family made news headlines in Southern California, up in San Francisco there was the Church of Satan. Founded by Anton Szandor LaVey, this religious organization was operated out of his home – referred to as The Black House. Satanis - the Devil’s Mass is a feature length documentary which gets a look inside the cult. Extensive interview footage with LaVey is included along with some of his neighbors (both admirers and opponents). Daughter Karla and wife at the time Diane also participate. In addition to a filmed mass and fetish ceremony, you also watch Anton performing spellcasting for members. LaVey’s pet lion also gets discussed, though by the time of filming the pet was at the zoo and no longer at home.

    The Church of Satan comes across differently than some outsiders might expect. It’s very much about indulgence and non-violence. LaVey himself is rather articulate and charismatic. Some interesting macabre décor is on display throughout. Fairly ample nudity is shown, though be forewarned some of it is from women you wouldn’t want to see naked. Fifty years later, Satanis is an interesting flashback of a far-out time and place.

    SATAN'S CHILDREN (1975)

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    Life at home really sucks for Florida teenager Bobby Douglas (Stephen White). Stepsister Janis (Joyce Molloy) comes onto him repeatedly and winds up playing tattletale for a bag of weed stashed in his bedroom. Having enough, he runs away only to be hit on by an older male customer at a restaurant. A younger motorcyclist intervenes and offers a place to crash for the night. Bobby soon thereafter finds himself in a much worse predicament than he could have imagined. If that wasn’t enough, our unfortunate protagonist ends up with a rural satanic cult overflowing with unrest.

    Satan’s Children is flat-out bonkers grindhouse horror cinema. This very low budget regional production was made in the Tampa Bay area. About as politically incorrect as film can be, there is a lot of anti-gay sentiment and some very uncomfortable moments. Quite a contrast from the Satanis documentary in which Church of Satan people say they would welcome any gay members and never discriminate. The lead actor spends significant screen time running around in his underwear. Simon (Robert C. Ray) has got to be the most conservatively dressed Satanic cult leader I have ever seen. He looks ready to go to a job interview (in the 1970’s of course). So much in-fighting within the cult leads to unexpected sick twists. Sexually confused Bobby finally reaches his breaking point and unleashes his inner beast before the credits roll.

    AGFA recently packaged the LaVey documentary and Satan’s Children together as a double feature Blu-ray. Both entries are presented in as-is condition. Having seen both on DVD previously, there is an upgrade – just not a significant one.

    SECTA SINIESTRA (a.k.a. BLOODY SECT) (1982)

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    Retired mercenary Frederic (Carlos Martos) would rather forget some of his past, namely a car accident which disfigured his wife Elizabeth (Diana Conca). Confined to the attic, she is now a raving lunatic. That’s not enough to keep him from getting laid with his new love, Helen (Emma Quer). Elizabeth discovers them together and retaliates with a gruesome attack on her husband. Frederic’s poor condition should be enough to keep him down for the count, right? No, despite the awful timing he now wants to start a family with Helen. After learning Frederic is sterile, they turn to artificial insemination. Nothing further can go wrong unless of course a satanic cult gets involved and sabotages the process.

    It’s very likely that Rosemary’s Baby was the starting point of discussion, however this Spanish production is drastically different. Secta Siniestra lacks the subtlety of Rosemary and goes far over the top into outrageous territory. Even if you watch this subtitled film late at night, chances are you won’t fall asleep in boredom. Violent outbursts can explode at any moment. All were welcome except for the frog animal cruelty in one scene. At least it was over more quickly than the gut-wrenching slaughter moments I watched last year in Slave of the Cannibal God. I can be pretty forgiving, but the bat attack reaches new heights of unconvincing cheese. Even worse would be the baby revealing at the abrupt conclusion. Henry Ragoud is capable as the satanic priest of The Eternal Angels order, just not as effective as say the sinister devil cult leader Julián Ugarte in the superior All the Colors of the Dark (1972). Oscar Daniel was a fun surprise as the nephew of Frederic. The kid plays a bigger than expected role and has quite a mouth on him, best seen after someone tries to run him over.

    Secta Siniestra is not the only Spanish horror release from Vinegar Syndrome this year. The Corruption of Chris Miller (1973) was another and I enjoyed both a lot. Really hoping that Vinegar Syndrome brings us more 70’s & 80’s Spanish horror in the new year!
     
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    Nearly caught up with my Write ups after the site being down for me for 4 days.

    19. Countess Dracula (1971) First Time Watch


    Blu Ray. Hammer Horror's take on the Elizabeth Bathory story of the Hungarian countess who murdered countless virgins as she believed bathing in her blood kept her young , despite the name of Dracula in the title , this is not a Vampire film and is more a supernatural tale . Best thing about the film is the beautiful Ingrid Pitt who plays a dual role here as the old countess and also masquerades as her daughter . More relevant in todays society with our obsession of beauty and staying and looking young. IMO not up there with classic hammers of the sixties but well worth a watch 3.5/5

    20. Lust for a Vampire (1971) First Time Watch

    Blu ray. Hammers second movie in the Karnstein Trilogy is set in a girls boarding school , which finds the resurrected Carmilla picking off pupils and teachers at the school one by one.

    According to the villagers the Karnsteins re-appear every 40 years to claim new victims till they are stopped , so a good place to open a school and when an author sees Carmilla he cons his way into a position in the school to get closer to her and ends up falling in love with her.

    Ralph Bates is good as the slimy history teacher who want to serve Carmilla even though he is killed off about 35 minutes into the film he is the best character in the film and Yutte Stensgard plays Carmilla/Mircalla well as she is conflicted between her love for her teacher and her bloodlust.

    Tame by todays standards but this must have racy when first released , especially in the uk. 3.5/5

    21. Blood Feast (1963) First time viewing

    Never seen any of HG Lewis's film before , been sitting on this Arrow Boxset for a few years now and finally decided to spin this up and see what i have been missing.

    Low budget , poorly acted however i could'nt help but sit there with a smile on my face at the pure sillyness of it. The film did not pull any punches with its gore and i liked the Egyptian premise of a Cult member trying to resurrect an egyptian goddess through sacrificing parts of dead bodies to bring her to life.

    Loved my first tast of HG Lewis and cant wait to dip in to more this month. 4/5

    22. Two Thousand Maniacs ! (1964)

    Put this on right after Blood Feast as i was in the mood to see more of HGL's films , this i also found to be a lot of fun. Again poorly acted and low budget , however i could'nt help enjoy this and got caught up in the charm and obvious love that went into the making of this film.

    Enjoyed the music too and the kills were inventive. 4/5

    23. The Faculty (1998)

    Blu Ray . Scream inspired version of Invasion of the Body snatchers with shades of the Thing . Six students suspect that the teachers and pupils at school have been taken over by aliens and try to stop them before the infection spread outside the school and town.

    Great cast and music , had not seen this since it first release at the cinema and this has mostly aged well except the CGI effects .
     
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    VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1960)

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    Strange phenomena in the English country village of Midwich knocks the population unconscious for several hours during the day. Women of child-bearing age in this zone become pregnant afterwards. Nothing seems right as all of the children are born on the same day and develop at an alarming rate. Professor Gordon Zellaby (George Sanders) and his wife Anthea (Barbara Shelley) are the parents of one such kid named David (Martin Stephens). Platinum blonde hair, penetrating demonic eyes, and mind reading prowess are just some of their supernatural abilities. Many questions linger, but one thing is for sure – they are very dangerous.

    Up until now, I am embarrassed to say that I had never seen this film. Attempted to watch John Carpenter’s 1995 remake years ago. Just couldn’t get into it. It’s easy now to understand the appeal of the original with this imaginative screenplay. Great black and white photography effectively captures these evil kids doing their thing. This is best seen whenever they give adults the “evil eye.” There are two faces from Hammer Films in major roles: Barbara Shelley (Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Quatermass and the Pit) and Michael Gwynn (Revenge of Frankenstein, Scars of Dracula). I enjoyed the heavy ending, including the strategy used by a certain character to combat the youngsters. Can’t imagine that the sequel Children of the Damned (1964) would top this.

    Village of the Damned is a worthy Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection. Audio and video are both strong. John Carpenter’s remake may have its fans. I however will return to this original sci-fi/horror classic before anything else.

    THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951)

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    Eager for a story, journalist Ned Scott (Douglas Spencer) accompanies air force Captain Hendry (Kenneth Tobey) to the North Pole following orders. Polar Expedition Six has discovered an aircraft crash site believed to be a flying saucer. The vessel winds up destroyed during excavation. It’s not a total loss though as a body frozen in ice is brought back to their outpost. Lead scientist Dr. Carrington (Robert Cornthwaite) is intent on communicating with the alien to the point of obsession. The military staff do not share his feelings. Once fully thawed out, keeping the creature under control is impossible.

    This was just my second screening of The Thing from Another World, having first seen it in a California movie theater eleven years ago. John Carpenter’s remake on the other hand, I have seen countless times as it’s a personal favorite. Made over 30 years earlier, the original film should be judged on its own terms. Special effects advancements to come in the following decades have much to do with that. The title character here is a startling humanoid walking upright as played by James Arness, looking a little like Frankenstein’s Monster. Really enjoyed what we get to see, though very often it remains an offscreen menace. The audience does get more of the alien near the conclusion of the film.

    Rounding out my Warner Archive Collection double feature of the day, The Thing is an essential sci-fi/horror classic that no doubt paved the way for many other films. I seriously doubt the original will surpass John Carpenter’s remake for personal viewings in this house. For old school creature features however, this one pushes the right buttons.
     
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    22) Slaughterhouse: The owner of a slaughterhouse, who’s looking a foreclosure, sends his demented son a killing spree during the town’s annual festival. I’ll give this film kudos for having original and colorful villains, which helps them stand out amongst the dime-a-dozen slasher films of the last 1980’s, but I can’t ignore the obvious allusions to “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and how far this comes sort of that film. What’s more head scratching is that IMDB defines this as a horror comedy, because I’m not sure that was the intention. If anything, they were trying to hard to make a creepy, disturbing slasher film. But the intent is confusing when you factor in the wacky demeanor of the villains and the bumbling cop who was complete cringe as the comedic relief. The gore was fantastic, which is a plus, but this film was too tonally conflicting to move this towards greatness. (6/10)


    23) Blood Rage: After a decade in an insane asylum for a murder he committed as a child, Todd escapes on Thanksgiving to commit a murderous rampage in search of his twin brother. A bizarre, delightfully entertaining slasher film that I’m glad Arrow Video dug out of obscurity. It’s convoluted plot aside, “Blood Rage” manages to rise above its short comings, and boasts a loony – yet charismatic – villain, over-the-top death scenes, and the cuckoo mother of the twins, who steals the show. The film is a bit haphazard in terms of editing, often jumping from one scene to another regardless of tone or context,
    At one point the mother is having a mental breakdown of the one with the operator, and then – out of the blue – we cut back to two people having sex on a diving board.
    but it’s little things like that that gives this film real personality. A wild ride from start to finish. (7/10)


    24) Microwave Massacre: A man resorts to cannibalism because of his wife’s terrible cooking. It’s just as weird and stupid as the title suggests, “microwave Massacre” doesn’t overstay its welcome at just 75 minutes. IT does have a bit too much scene padding early on, but its unusual corks held my interest. The lead actor (Jackie Vernon) is terrible, but has a unique present about himself, although the juvenile humor does hurt more than it helps. The real bummer with this one is the bad practical effects. There are several scenes that involve a severed head that looks like a mannequin with a wig on. IT’s self-aware enough this it’s watchable, I just didn’t think it was all that special. (4/10)
     
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    Ouch. I lost my last post, don't have a backup, and don't remember where I left off. So I think I'm out this year, except for maybe a seldom entry here and there. I certainly won't be tracking everything.

    For what it's worth though, a lot of what I've watched in the time the boards were down is the same as everyone else. New disc releases like Nightmare Beach, Pledge Night, Beyond Evil, etc. I re-watched Ma, which I found disappointing in theaters but enjoyed much more this time around. Also watched several of the new releases from the Halloween Calendar thread. Harpoon, Encounter, Into The Dark: Uncanny Annie, Little Monsters, etc. Also dived into some streaming anthology series like Creeped Out, Two-Sentence Horror Stories, Haunted, Creepshow, etc.

    Although I'll share one of the, uh, stranger entries I indulged in so far this month: Sleepy Hollow High (2000).

    This is an absolutely terrible no-budget teen slasher movie that was made in the mid-'90s, but somehow found wide VHS distribution in 2000 to cash-in on Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow and the post-Scream teen slashers. I remember the VHS cover from the shelves of Hollywood Video falsely proclaiming "Scream meets Dawson's Creek" and I always wanted to see it, but never got around to it. Nearly 20 years later, I noticed it on Amazon Prime and finally decided to give it a try... and I regret that. I'm not kidding when I say no-budget, this looks like it was made on a home video camera in the woods behind the director's house. Absolutely terrible, but at least my curiosity has finally been satisfied I guess? Best of all, I didn't have to pay for it.

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    25) Don’t Go in the House: A disturbed young man stalks and kills women with a flamethrower following the death of his abusive mother. An obvious “Psycho” rip-off, this film is completely lopsided in its storytelling, and tone deaf in terms of its approach to psychosis. The first act blows its load with just about all of the kills, the second act is an exposition heavy bore, and the ending it underwhelming. The lead villain is inconsistent in demeanor, sometimes acting like a conniving sociopath, and other times acting like a deranged schzio, pulling off neither in the process. I think this film could have benefited more if the kills were spread out, but other than that you have a pretty skippable slasher. (5/10)


    26) Angst: A family living in a secluded area find themselves at the mercy of a sadistic madman. This 80’s German exploitation film has garnered quite a reputation over the years, and I can see why. “Angst” rises above the usual shock and awe - with no substance – of most exploitation films with a truly raw and gritty feel. The camera work – which is often cinema verité in nature – does a great job of conveying the chaotic nature of the film. We also get a lot of narration from the antagonist, giving the viewer a good look into his mentally unstable psychic. The brutally of the crimes, and the brooding synth score, make this an uncomfortable watch, making or a sloppy, disgusting ride you won’t forget. (7/10)


    27) The Nesting: An agoraphobic novelist moves to the country to find inspiration for her new book, only for everyone around her to be murdered by an unknown assailant. “The Nesting” is a frustrating watch because it tries to play both ends against the middle. On one hand it’s embarrassed to be a slasher film, - although it’s trying to chew off the growing trend of the time – and on the other it’s not the Hitchcockian thriller it fancies itself to be. Even though it’s well directed, has a great Victorian era mansion as a set piece and a dense plot, this thing is way too over methodical and drawn out at points. It also becomes a complete farce around the midway point with a ridiculous chase scene. By the final act it completely falls apart, with too many plot themes and elements that are tossed to the wayside. (4/10)
     
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    THE BRAY ROAD BEAST (2018)

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    Just under 50 miles outside of Milwaukee lies the rural community of Elkhorn. Not much would put the small town on the map ordinarily, though back in the early 1990’s there were a series of werewolf sightings along and near a country road stretching around four miles. Local reporter at the time Linda Godfrey has been more involved in this than probably anyone. In addition to her contributions on this documentary, she has written a book on the subject and still devotes time to further research. Also helpful is the input from a gentleman who worked county animal control back then. Worth noting is a farmer from this present decade with many strange experiences on his property, some of them captured on game cameras.

    Small Town Monsters focuses on folklore and the paranormal, mostly in the form of documentary films for the past several years. The average person tends to be skeptical, so these features won’t appeal to everyone. I tend to believe in these subjects more than the next dude and have enjoyed reading up on them since childhood. The CGI used in certain recreations are of the eye rolling variety. The stories themselves are better, firsthand witnesses are available in some instances. Fleeting references are made to Native American legends. Satanic cult activity and sacrifices were active in the vicinity during the late 80’s to early 90’s. While this adds an additional creepy layer to the subject matter, the connection is a bit uncertain.

    The Bray Road Beast is another enjoyable documentary from Small Town Monsters, viewed here via Amazon Prime. Like others made by them, it could have run a little longer. In the early run time, a whole host of other paranormal phenomena are referenced in Wisconsin. Sounds like I have more reading material to add to my library.

    MONSTER DOG (1984)

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    Rockstar Vince Raven (Alice Cooper) returns to his hometown after nearly 20 years. Production recently wrapped on his “Identity Crisis” music video. More than just a trip down memory lane, a video for his new single “See Me in the Mirror” will shoot in a controlled setting with his film crew and girlfriend Sandra (Victoria Vera) along. Vicious dog attacks continue to plague the area, with more ominous warnings of a werewolf (hence, the Monster Dog). Vince has some family secrets tied to lycanthropy that he finally shares with Sandra. A group of Spaghetti Western looking villains crash the homecoming with an old grudge of sorts to settle. Where is this all going? Will there be enough hairspray and makeup for the music video?

    I’ve always had a soft spot for Monster Dog, dating back to my first viewing on VHS (video rental) with pizza and soda pop in the late 80’s. Definitely one of my favorite hobbies growing up. Alice Cooper is one of my all-time favorite musicians. His presence alone brings me in even though it’s not his voice spoken. Coop unfortunately did not participate in the dubbing process. At least it’s his actual voice in the songs played. The werewolf effects could have been much better. An unconvincing puppet head is employed, lessening the impact of attacks. Despite these setbacks, I still find much to enjoy. The Raven home is haunted house material throughout. Hard not to like the macabre family portrait hanging inside. Let’s just say the blood flows, the fog machines work overtime, and the 80’s era Headbangers Ball lighting all puts a smile on my face still to this day.

    Writer and director Claudio Fragasso uses an alias in the credits. Haven’t seen many of his films, but the only other one I have enjoyed was Night Killer (1990) for much different reasons. This is a nice release from Kino Lorber with a nearly 45 minute featurette.
     
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    INVASION ON CHESTNUT RIDGE (2017)

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    Southwestern Pennsylvania is home to the Chestnut Ridge. This mountainous region (over 70 miles) stretches through two counties in PA, ending in Northern West Virginia. The small town of Kecksburg is along this route and was put on the paranormal map in 1965 after a UFO crashed in the woods. State police and the military quickly descended and sealed off the area. One of the witnesses from back then recounts what really went down. Official statements debunked the incident, however further sightings continued in the remainder of the decade. In the 70’s, the Chestnut Ridge saw additional lights in the sky along with much more. Bigfoot sightings were now happening, with heavy activity between 1973 and 1974. An audio interview from one of the witnesses to an incident in Fayette County in ’73 describes in detail a mind-blowing experience involving both a UFO and multiple Sasquatch. No idea when this interview was recorded, but I would hope this wasn’t a drug-induced vision.

    Invasion on Chestnut Ridge offers the most jaw dropping testimony of the paranormal I have watched yet from Small Town Monsters. Whether or not you buy into this part of Pennsylvania as a magnet for high strangeness is up to you to decide? Regardless of where you stand, there are a great many interesting stories presented here. Some are from witnesses, others from local researchers like Stan Gordon. While much of the content is devoted to flying saucers and Bigfoot, there are also accounts of: Dogmen, thunderbirds, ghostly orbs and all kind of ambiguity roaming these forests. Not that I see it happening, but this would be a great location for a genre film.

    Like the Bray Road Beast, I watched this on Amazon Prime. Invasion on Chestnut Ridge runs several minutes shorter. The abundance of wild tales packed inside though make this a memorable documentary.

    CREATURE FROM BLACK LAKE (1976)

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    Chicago college students Rives (John David Carson) and Pahoo (wait, what?) (Dennis Fimple) are so inspired by their anthropology professor’s lectures on Bigfoot, that they make plans to venture South and do field research. Their quest brings them to tiny Oil City, Louisiana. They ask around for Joe Canton (Jack Elam), a local trapper who survived an attack from the beast in the bayou. As students in the 70’s, both want to get laid about as much as making a great discovery in the name of science. One of those wishes may come true, but neither one of them realizes just how dangerous and unpredictable this outdoors adventure is about to get.

    The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972) was a major box office hit on such a small budget, it was inevitable more Southern Fried Sasquatch would arrive before long. Rather than take the docudrama approach of its predecessor, Creature from Black Lake is traditional narrative cinema. Oil City and Caddo Lake are the primary locations, less than 50 miles south of the Boggy Creek country of Fouke. Caddo Lake happens to be significant stomping grounds for real life Bigfoot activity. Certain spots outside of town can carry a spooky atmosphere any time of day. At night the creepiness is often pushed to the limit. Our visiting students don’t exactly have to try hard for a Sasquatch encounter, as they receive multiple beastly visits around their campsites. Not the most credible approach to a story, yet certainly one that gives the exploitation audience what they want. A bigger guy in the monster suit would have been preferable. What he lacks in size though, this Bigfoot makes up for in aggression and screaming fury.

    Dennis Fimple is probably best known in the genre as Grandpa Hugo in House of 1,000 Corpses (2003), which ended up being his final role. Despite being the older of the two, Pahoo frequently operates in goofball mode. His survival skills learned in Vietnam however still serve him well. Carson gets to be more of the straight man in comparison. Despite their differences and arguments, their friendship is always genuine. Jack Elam (Cannonball Run and countless Westerns) is perfectly cast as the grizzled trapper with all kinds of information on the Swamp Ape and an unquenchable thirst for liquor. Another familiar face playing a helpful local is Dub Taylor (from many Sam Peckinpah films). Both great character actors bring credibility to the production with their inimitable style.

    As much as I remain interested in all things Sasquatch, the cinematic representation in more recent years has very often been poor. I blame part of this on the overabundance of found footage films made on the subject. Along with the Legend of Boggy Creek, I rank Creature from Black Lake near the very top of Best Bigfoot films. Was so happy to learn just a couple months ago that this film was available on Amazon Prime. After suffering through public domain DVD garbage, it was very satisfying to watch this in widescreen on a grindhouse transfer that is in surprisingly pretty good shape. Ever hopeful I am that a Blu-ray release is in the works.
     
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    We'll try this again and see if the site holds.

    23. Final Destination (2000) Blu - Like the concept of this series. You can't cheat death. All of these movies I have seen before, but it is always fun to go back to them from time to time. This first movie gets started with the plane explosion and the movie takes off from there.

    24. Final Destination 2 (2003) Blu - This one is th logging truck accident. I liked they way this one was set up. Crazy chain of events

    25. Murders in the Zoo (1933) Blu - From the Universal Horror collection volume 2. I had probably seen Lionel Atwill from time to time, but can't honestly say I remembered much about him. Wanted to get a classic in and this fit the bill perfectly. Good and fitting ending.

    26. The Plague of the Zombies (1966) Blu - Wasn't familiar with this title and was a blind buy. Enjoyed the style of the movie and the different feel for a zombie movie.

    27. Snowbeast (1977) DVD - Part of the Sasquatch Horror set from Retromedia a few years back. Good cast overall, but pretty boring made for TV movie.

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    28. Big Legend (2018) Prime - Enjoyed this movie. May not be for everyone, but having Lance Henriksen and Adrienne Barbeau in it was cool. Although they weren't featured as heavy it was nice to see them. Sounds like there may be more from this movie eventually. Time will tell.

    29. The Invoking (2013) Prime - Can't say the characters were very likeable in this movie and thought it was extremely boring overall. Not my cup of tea.

    30. Asylum (1972) Prime - Good anthology film. Saw this one mentioned earlier in this thread and wanted to check it out. Would like to see it given some love eventually in the form of a collectors edition set.

    31. Halloween (2018) 4K - First time watch. I bought it when it was released but wanted to fit it in this years marathon. Liked the movie. Really missed Dr. Loomis. I also liked how it all started with the same colors, fonts, etc as the earlier movies.

    32. Chopping Mall (1986) Blu - A many times watch here. Just a fun movie that reflects on the 80's in a big way. Kind of silly obviously, but I have fun with it every time I watch.

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    33. Final Destination 3 (2006) Blu - The rollercoaster accident starts this one off. Same premise as the other movies. I don't think I have checked out the feature on the disc that lets you determine the outcomes. Probably check that out eventually.

    34. The Final Destination (2009) Blu - Fourth movie in the series that starts with the race crash. Same premise once again. You could feel the series getting a bit tired at this point and the CGI looks slightly dated. Fun, but not my favorite of the series.

    35. Voodoo Island (1957) DVD - It's kind of an odd Karloff film, but is still one of my favorites of his due to it being a childhood favorite. It stuck with me. Usually get this one in at least once a year.

    36. Lake Placid (1999) Blu - The oversized gator film. Some great performances in this one even though the movie has been done in other forms before. I had bought this a while back and finally cracked the set open. Been trying to get some sealed stuff watched this marathon. Have been getting some first time watches in as well which is always a bonus.

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    I'll probably post this day and then catch the rest up tomorrow.

    37. Sorority Party Massacre (2012) Prime - Where do I begin with this one? First, there was no party...lol. I could go into much more, but this was a brainless shitfest. The movie actually ran about 103 minutes and could've been done an hour before. Can't win em all I guess.

    38. Donner Pass (2011) Prime - I always thought the whole Donner Party situation was interesting. I was interested to see what they would do with it. While this move wasn't great, it wasn't totally bad either. Interesting ending to it as well.

    39. When a Stranger Calls Back (1993) Prime - First time watch with this one. Pretty decent movie that I guess is a sequel. Never saw the first one as far as I know, but might have to.

    40. The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976) I usually watch this one in each years marathon as well. Like the nostalgia of it. I'm sure most have seen it so I won't be adding anything that anyone doesn't know already.

    41. Final Destination 5 (2011) Blu - Wrapping up my run of the franchise. This one started with the suspension bridge collapse. Obviously, same premise. They did try to add a different twist on this movie which was interesting, but we haven't seen a movie since. I thought it was fun nonetheless, but maybe the series has run its course?

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    Now that the site has resurfaced like R'lyeh, I've cast up on those shores a post of my viewings. Ratings are out of ****.

    10/1/19 - The Woman in Black (1989) ***
    A junior lawyer is tasked with finalizing the remote estate of a deceased widow, where unfinished business from beyond the grave may finalize him.

    Films like this are practically a lost art today. Slow paced, subtle, period to the point of quaintness and stoutly British. A foreboding mood is oppressively conveyed throughout by the morose locations and continually dour grey cast on every scene. It’s a simple, effective, and a tactic forgotten to our modern era of jump scares, jittery cameras, and pounding sounds.

    The film doesn't worry about tying up the loose ends, and the typical for the movie era cruel ending is a bit excessive to the point of perplexing. Overall I don't think the film warrants quite the classic status it’s held to, but it’s still quite good.

    10/2/19 - American Nightmares (2018) **
    A pair of blackmailing video stream hackers are treated to a more ghoulish viewing.

    The third installment of the Tales From the Hood anthologies in all but name and, unfortunately, quality. The style is way too modern-trendy with jitter shots and a techy vibe. The framing device is awkward, with clunky transitions and essentially zero connection to the stories. And unlike the predecessors, not much effort to keep a racial issue theme in the tales.

    The stories don't elevate things either, with a whopping 7 squeezed in where focus should have been quality not quantity. First, a poorly set up and weakly executed tale of domestic violence - a far cry from the cringe inducing Grier starring original. Second, a confusing and contrived retribution for judicial injustice. Third an extreme to the point of absurdity racist gets alternate reality wish fulfilment. Fourth is an intriguingly odd clown fetish tale let down by a stupid ending. Fifth, a gender bender Rush Limbaugh parody. Sixth, a welcome back to Clarence Williams III who introduces a swindling TV evangelist to some faith(less) healing. Lastly, an anti-abortion tale with a satanic twist.

    The excessive number of stories gives none time to develop, and they probably would have dragged if they had given the inept execution. Overall a mediocre treatment of a couple notable ideas, only two worth watching, but not at the cost of trudging through the entire film.

    10/3/19 - The Ritual (2017) ***
    A group of men bonding and bickering during a European hiking trip make the very bad decision to take a short cut through the woods.

    A skillfully done tale of relatable blokes reacting as they get further lost, the warning signs compound, and finally something starts picking them off. The opening scene, relating the tragedy that prompted their excursion, is particularly brutal.

    The final act stumbles a bit, with a side track to a pagan cult, culminating in the film becoming a CGI creature feature. This is one of those films where the high quality points sometimes do more to highlight where the film misses the mark, but it’s still worth a watch.

    Where the Dead Go to Die (2012) ***
    Freakish residents and inciting demons inflict torment on the hapless residents of a small town, centering on three broken children.

    This crude CGI animated film is grotesque, psychedelic, and gratuitously shocking and offensive. Mostly for its own sake, although there is a heavy handed point being made in all the soul tarnishing filth.

    Before partaking, consider the following, often revisited scenes. Demons masturbating. Bestiality. Child rape. Abortion by dog mauling. Animal cruelty. Extreme child abuse. Perversions of Christian theology. There's a lot that is upsetting to witness, on the literal visual and on the emotional devastation levels. Even given the inconsistent voice acting talent, it was the relentlessly hopeless plight of the children that had me wanting to scrub my brain clean, the more blatant visual smut barely measured comparatively.

    The director's later When Black Birds Fly is a more polished, coherent effort and overall a better film. But both are excessive, crass, exploitive, and require a bit of viewer fortitude - or maybe a lack of.
     
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