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

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  1. Rocker10

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    Day 12

    50. In the Mouth of Madness (1994) Blu - Another movie I forgot that I had bought (I see a pattern here). I had remembered this movie being kind of crazy back in the day it was new. It was just the way I remembered it.

    51. The Changeling (1980) Blu - I watched this last year for the first time. I think I enjoyed it even more this viewing. The story developed better and it felt more 'creepy' this time around even though I knew what was coming. A definite classic!

    52. Grizzly (1976) Blu - This was definitely the re-do version of this classic film. Big time nostalgic factor in this film for me. Liked the cast as well. Glad I picked up this version a bit back as I feel the quality definitely was even better than the previous release.

    53. Night of the Living Dead (1968) Blu - This is the recent Criterion release of this movie. It feels great to own a decent version of this film. So many bad versions out there. I had grabbed the Happinet version to suffice and then this one came out. The scan looks stunning!

    54. Hell Night (1981) Blu - It's pretty sad how many films either have lost elements or just haven't been taken care of. This one is a bit rough, but I understand why if the elements were indeed lost. I know there was some controversy of this release a while back. The movie is fun and once again nostalgic.

    That catches me up with the exception of today. By the way, where is Maskull?

    ~Rocker10
     
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    Save your money, dude. Much as I prefer older films, I would take Dagon any day over this. Have not seen The Resurrected.
     
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    KGBRadioMoskow Makes any meat boneless!

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    Worth the visit. It isn't perfect - the casting of the protagonists being the major flaw. Jane Sibbett as the damsel in need and Robert Romanus as the dirt digging sidekick are strictly C/D list actors whose performances usually depended on a strong lead to bounce off of. And in John Terry as the slick gumshoe they definitely didn't have it. Apart from being blandly unlikable and just not looking the part, it’s clear the director couldn't have got an energetic performance from him if he had applied 50,000 volts.

    The first act absolutely plods. The "detective agency" set would have looked cheap on a TV show, in a theatrical film it’s an eyesore. But the film shifts to the Ward house, and a chilling Lovecraft vibe sets in as flash backs set the back story, the cellar laboratory is explored and the pit revealed. The film turns from barely glimpsed horror to blatant 80s-90s shock effects by the end, the usual for Lovecraft cinema but not unwelcome given how well it’s done.

    And above all else, there is Chris Sarandon, arriving with more charisma than the rest of the cast combined. Then delivering it at the same time he's being evasive and menacing. The film would still be watchable without him, but he kicks it up that needed quality notch.
     
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    15. The Outer Limits S01E5: The Sixth Finger (James Goldstone, 1963)

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    Another episode that's only so-so. The "science" in this is so wacky, it's hilarious. David McCallum is somehow evolved ahead thousands of years, which of course gives him a giant head and no hair. Not bad, but not great.

    16. The Addams Family (Greg Tiernan & Conrad Vernon, 2019)

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    Another film that I was able to watch with my daughter. She's been enjoying the early 90's films with Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston, and is planning to dress up as Wednesday for Halloween, so this was a must-watch for us once it came out this past weekend. It's fine. Pretty much exactly what you would expect from a CGI Addams Family movie aiming for mass market appeal. The voice cast is pretty impressive, but there's nothing particularly memorable about the film. I'll stick with Raul Julia.

    17. The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (Sergio Martino, 1971)

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    Finishing up the last Martino giallo on my list, and it's another good one. I love how twisty this one is, and the resolution is pretty excellent. Hilton and Fenech are amazing, once again.

    18. The House that Dripped Blood (Peter Duffell, 1971)

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    I've kind of drifted away from my initial plan to focus solely on anthologies and television episodes this October, but I'm still trying to fit them in here and there. I'd seen this a while ago, but really enjoyed it again upon this rewatch. All the stories are great, and Cushing and Lee are fantastic as always, although it would have been great to see them on screen together.
     
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    19. Demented (Arthur Jeffreys, 1980)

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    Ho boy.

    This film feels vaguely unfinished. Like it was 80% complete, then abandoned, and then someone who had nothing to do with it slapped some unrelated credits (starring a cartoon joker?) onto the beginning and end, and threw it onto a vhs tape in the hopes that someone would watch it. Less than 2 minutes into the movie we are "treated" to a really poorly filmed gang rape of a woman whose name we haven't even learned yet. It's like I Spit on Your Grave, but without the good taste. And it stars porn star Harry Reems! Despite all of this, and the fact that it takes another hour for any of the titular dementia to show itself, it's strangely watchable. Not good. At all. But watchable. The only extra on the Scream Factory blu ray was a 3 minute trailer that gave away the entire movie. It begins with the rape, shows all the kills, and ends with the final shot of the film. Wow. Glad I checked that out after watching.
     
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    KGBRadioMoskow Makes any meat boneless!

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    More shlock on tap. Ratings are out of ****.

    10/7/19 - The Heirloom (2005) *1/2
    A young couple inherit a dilapidated mansion, where their guests can't seem to stop dropping in.

    A lot of wasted potential in this one. Which might have been left on the editing room floor, as the film has a strangely disjointed feel, like its missing parts or details essential to the plot. There are lots of segues to spooky imagery that do more to confuse than scare, and despite the establishing mythology there doesn't seem to be a point to it all for most of the run.

    Then the entire explanation of familial evil is dropped in the viewers lap with a lazy flashback-narration, only slightly tweaked later by a minor twist. It all adds up to a mediocre story with a muddled ending, having started with an intriguing setup that hinted at so much more.

    10/8/19 - 2001 Maniacs (2005) **1/2
    Three college twits on spring break take the wrong short cut in the Southern US, and become the guests of honor at a Confederate themed celebration.

    A gorier, more polished, but less distinctive sequel to the wacked out classic Two Thousand Maniacs!. This time the tone is more directly comedic, with a specially humorous curve ball thrown when two last minute and highly ethnic guests show up. The "festivities" start earlier than the original and stray from the whole "Southern revenge" ritual bit, being more a showcase for clever kills. There also isn't much effort made in staying period authentic in lingo and knowledge, with the locals clearly up to date on modern times.

    The final showdown is just absurd, and the shock ending is amusing but cliched. But all the local yokel performances, headed by bantering butcher Robert Englund, are gleefully perverted throughout. The film makers take their own spin, but clearly wanted to respectfully homage the original. All making for an entertaining and welcome revisit to that vengeful deep south ghost town.

    Fortress (1985) **1/2
    The teacher and students of an outback school house are taken for ransom by masked gunmen, and their plans to escape turn to an armed stand for survival.

    Gets to a rough start with the children being a group of bickering, complaining, bullying, unruly, unsympathetic, zero impulse control little shits. Their self-centered behavior frequently puts the group in jeopardy even as the situation worsens, making the almost unflappable teacher's shepherding a saintly effort.

    Despite marketing as a survival thriller, its survival drama, with the villains being nowhere around for most of the scenes. Definitely not horror, despite the nasty slaughter of a hapless rural couple and a bloodthirsty finale with a massively Children of the Corn vibe.

    Engaging cinematography, a solid performance by the lead Rachel Ward, and competent if unoriginal scripting makes for worthwhile viewing. Just not worth re-viewing, as this one hit my purge pile.

    10/9/19 - Horror Hospital (1973) **
    An outcast musician decides to take a break at a sanitarium like hotel in the country.

    An awesome opening decapitation scene. "Lively" dinner guests. Late night burials. Bubbling bogs that kill on contact. A lobotomized army. Leather clad motorcycle helmeted guards. A devious dwarf. A melted man. Stopping a flight for life for a late night snack. And a protagonist who spends much of the film with a large and unexplained anus area bloodstain on his pants.

    This film is weird, farcical, totally bonkers. Rivetingly lead by Michael Gough's campy performance as the mad doctor and Skip Martin as his henchman of low stature and lower loyalty. By no measure is this a good film, but it’s just so far out there as to be recommended viewing.
     
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  7. Natas

    Natas Is it October yet?

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    I'm glad you mentioned this flick. It's been years since I watched but I've always thought it was a blast. Lot of stupid fun. Consider it added to the list!
     
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    Day 13

    55. Jeepers Creepers (2001) Blu - Another film that I tend to go back to time and time again. Really like the first installment of this franchise. A bit creepy and not necessarily the happiest of endings. I have never seen the third film and see a lot of negativity towards it. Is it worth a watch? I see the Blu is just over 12 dollars on Amazon.

    56. The Babadook (2014) Blu - Second time watch on this one. This film is kind of dark, but engaging and a pretty decent flick. Was turned on to it a few years back by my cousin. It's the kind of movie you can still pick up on things you missed with each viewing.

    57. Monster Dog (1985) DVD - Being a big fan of Alice Cooper, I became familiar with this one years ago. I completely forgot to upgrade to Blu when Kino released it. I hear it looks pretty good which is good because the DVD is a bit rough. Seeing this mentioned earlier, decided to pull it out and check it out again. Not the best film in a lot of ways, but it's Alice Cooper!

    58. The Screaming Skull (1958) Blu - Decided to end today with a couple of older black and white films. I've seen this one a few times. A little bit slow and not very scary, it's still a classic in its own way. Kind of comical that it claimed they would pay for your funeral if it scared you to death.

    59. The Raven (1935) Blu - Another film in the Universal Horror collection that showcases the Karloff/Lugosi chemistry. Always a treat and very cool with the addition of Edgar Allen Poe subject material. Film looks really good in terms of quality. Nice way to end the weekend viewing.

    ~Rocker10
     
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    10/11/19

    THE PRICE IS RIGHT DOUBLE FEATURE


    HOUSE OF WAX (1953)

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    New York City in the early 1900’s is where you will find Professor Henry Jarrod (Vincent Price) working passionately on a variety of sculptures. Jarrod takes pride in creating beauty. Most of the exhibits in his wax museum showcase history. An unscrupulous business partner wants out of it and burns the place down to collect on the insurance proceeds. Left for dead, The Professor returns injured and confined to a wheelchair. The proud owner of a new wax museum, his loyal assistants perform the physical work per his instructions. Quite a departure from the last venue, the spotlight is now upon a Chamber of Horrors. Jarrod takes it even further by incorporating true crime and grisly murder recreations for current news headlines. Everyone across the city is talking about it, including the inquisitive Sue Allen (Phyllis Kirk) who is troubled by the Joan of Arc figure.

    House of Wax was a remake of Mystery of the Wax Museum from 20 years earlier. Vincent Price had done a handful of film noir mysteries and thrillers before. The success of this 3-D production established the actor as leading villain talent with countless horror roles to arrive in the coming years. Price excels as Jarrod, truly a changed man after the burning tragedy. Great makeup effects help bring his character to life. Look for a young Carolyn Jones (Morticia from the original Addams Family) as a ditzy blonde pal of the lead actress. Charles Bronson is also aboard as a deaf-mute assistant working for Price.

    I don’t have the 3-D setup at home, though I did manage to see this one at the theater as a kid in the 80’s for a retro screening around Halloween (complete with 3-D glasses.). I still have no interest in the 2005 so-called remake with Paris Hilton. House of Wax remains one of my favorite Vincent Price films, a timeless classic.


    THEATRE OF BLOOD (1973)

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    Members of the prestigious Theatre Critics Guild are being murdered around London in increasingly strange ways. Their connection would be former stage actor Edward Lionheart (Vincent Price). Two years earlier during their annual awards ceremony, the association of 9 members gave the top honor to a younger actor on the rise. None of them were ever enamored with Edward’s method acting style. Lionheart confronted them at the time during a reception like a raving madman only to take his life by diving into the River Thames. From the first murder, it’s obvious who is back for revenge. Will he reach the magic number of nine?

    Theatre of Blood was made shortly after Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972). Theatre has much in common with that character, particularly The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971). Both eccentrics are out for revenge and in a killing mood. Phibes is inspired by the biblical plagues of Egypt. Lionheart imitates death scenes from the works of William Shakespeare. Phibes has a young female accomplice named Vulnavia, while Lionheart has the eager participation of his daughter Edwina (Diana Rigg). Both pairs of avengers rely on a wide array of disguises. It’s hard to see anyone else in the role of Edward Lionheart. Just when you find him sympathetic, he flies off the rails to such extremes that you can see why the critics just wanted him to go away.

    Theatre of Blood doesn’t match either of the Dr. Phibes films on an entertainment level, but there is still great fun to be had here. Just the right mixture of black comedy and horror, this theatre deserves an encore performance.
     
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    Way out there, man! Only watched this once so far. Definitely not a good film, but I actually enjoyed it. No disrespect to his other films, but I think Michael Gough was at his best playing over the top villains. Dennis Price (from a handful of Jess Franco films) is also in this.
     
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    Oof. I'd been meaning to watch this one for a while (it was on my Shudder list) and after your "recommendation" I decided to give it a go. Yeah. It's everything you just said and more. That's about as harsh as a movie can get.
     
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    10/5: It Conquered the World VHS
    Invasion of the Saucermen VHS
    Frankenstein's Daughter VHS (Elvira Presents)
    I Was a Teenage Werewolf VHS

    10/12: Screamers DVD - see a man turned inside out (or a rubber face in the mud, a corpse in a cave who sorta fits the bill and a man turned into a Warlord of the Deep)
    Galaxy of Terror DVD - (I will always prefer this as "Planet of Horrors")
    Humanoids From the Deep DVD - always fun flick
    The Nesting DVD - has some of the right elements but it never seems memorable.

    10/13: ALIEN at the cinema. "Okay" screening from Phantom Events. All sound came from the screen, most white colors leaned toward cyan so it must be latest transfer. The black bars (dark gray, really)
    should have been masked off. The "exclusive" content was a short bit of info after the end credits by TCM host - stuff most fans know already. It was like watching DVD at home. Reclining chairs!

    The Power (1983) blu
    Scalps (1984) DVD
     
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    32) There’s Nothing Out There: While on spring break, a horror film buff tries to warn his friends of impending doom at their lakeside cabin. A bit on the nose for a horror satire, but this one succeeds by not taking itself too seriously. The acting is hit or miss, the lizard creature is a bit silly looking, and there is a particularly bad practical effect involving a melting face, yet I still managed to laugh several times throughout. The film does seem to forget it’s a satire and ultimately just becomes a standard horror comedy, but “There’s Nothing Out There” is still worth a watch. (6/10)


    33) Doom Asylum: A group of teens head to an abandoned asylum looking to party only to find themselves being picked off by a deformed madman armed with power tools. Defiantly one of the more stupid and annoying attempts at a horror comedy. It seemed like they were trying to go the Freddy Krueger route with the villain, but Michael Rogen is no Robert Englund. The acting is pretty bad across the board, the effects are okay, and the attempts at satirizing the social climate of the late 1908’s are pitiful. If anything, it’s only worthwhile to see a young Kristen Davis in a killer one piece throughout much of the runtime. (3/10)
     
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    Day 13 of the Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge.
    DO YOU FEEL LUCKY, PUNK?: A film about luck; good, bad or ugly.
    This was a hard one to come up with. Finally settled on Leprechaun 3. This movie is certainly something. What that is I don't know. Haven't watched any of the Leprechaun films in years. I remember it being one of the better ones. An okay time waster.

    Having watched Leprechaun 3 Sunday afternoon. I got in some more movies Sunday night.

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    Contamination .7 is the kind of schlock film that gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. The dubbing and dialogue are atrocious. The miniature helicopter and bulldozer might have just been kids toys. And the music is pure Italian synth. Some of it re-used from Umberto Lenzi's movies Ghosthouse and Hitcher in the Dark.

    Nightfall. A low budget vampire film from 1999. An FBI agent is on the trail of a Lestat wannabe who killed his partner. Pretty standard. The only saving grace is the '90's hair and some of the bad acting.

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    And the last film I watched was Dweller. A film from John Polonia and Mark Polonia. If you've seen one of their films, you know what to expect. There's a lot of filler here as people wander around the woods. As an alien that makes the energy creatures of classic Star Trek look positively ILM-like in comparison stalks them. The main characters are three bank robbers, they spend most of the film bickering as randos get picked off by the alien. Highlights include the space battle that looks like test footage for Babylon 5. And the "amazing" heist scene.
     
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    10/12/19

    THE HAUNTING (1963)

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    Dr. John Markway (Richard Johnson) signs a short-term lease on a massive New England mansion. No intent to ever move in, the dark history dating back for the past 90 years intrigues him as a professional. Hill House has long earned a reputation as haunted. Markway assembles a team to prove this to mainstream science. The psychic Theo (Claire Bloom) is joined by Nell (Julie Harris), who experienced poltergeist activity as a child. Since all the other recruits drop out, the quartet is rounded out by property heir Luke (Russ Tamblyn). As their radically different personalities document findings on each floor, the nursery looks like the center of spectral energy.

    Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting of Hill House has been made into two films (also a 1999 remake) and most recently a Netflix streaming series. The 1963 movie is all that I am familiar with. Haunted house cinema often explores psychological themes, sometimes at the expense of supernatural content. One of the characters struggles with mental breakdown. This fight is magnified by the overpowering forces in control of these visitors. There is little doubt that Hill House is indeed haunted and not a place of mass hysteria. Plenty of camera tricks and unconventional movements succeed in a distortion effect, leaving the viewer uncomfortable. Pounding audio during nightly ghost encounters put you on edge. Creepy visuals come to life when something as ordinary as a wallpaper pattern suddenly takes on a demonic face. It’s subtle, yet effective. The human element works perhaps best of all. Much as the team can argue with one another, each of them offers value as real people and investigators. Nell is very sympathetic despite her difficult mood swings.

    The black and white charm of The Haunting may be too old fashioned for current tastes. I first discovered this in the 1990’s and rank it as one of my top favorite haunted house films. The Legend of Hell House (1973) is another great one, but Hill House is my preferred destination of the two.
     
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    24. The Gore Gore Girls (1972) First Time Viewing.

    Blu ray . This Felt like H.G.L trying to do a Giallo film . This again was a lot of fun and follows a dandy detective and lady reporter trying to solve a series of murders of strippers at a stripclub. Same as his other films there is bad acting , poor editing , poor pacing and no plot development but you cant help getting caught up in the crazyness of it, it somehow still all works as a whole.

    Frank Kress was funny as the detective , by far the best thing about this film. Only thing was the strippers looked bored and i probably would have payed them to keep their clothes on. 4/5

    25. The Gruesome Twosome (1967) First Time Viewing

    Blu Ray. A woman and her mentally handicaped son are killing young college girls to Scalp them to make wigs for their wig shop. One of the female students tries to get the bottom of the killings and just wanders about till the finale. Starts off with 2 dummys heads talking to each other about how they got there, then a murder, then long periods of nothingness in between showing you the other co-eds geting offed. One of those so bad it good films , did not enjoy this as much as the other ones i have seen however i just sat back , switched off and had a lot of fun with this. 3/5

    26. Color Me Blood Red (1965) First Time Viewing

    Blu Ray - Final watch of the night , had a lot of fun so far digging through the Arrow video H.G.L boxset .

    A critically panned painter a accidently starts painting using human blood. He then finds out that people love his new work and starts out on a string of murders to keep his blood paint supply full so he can continue his work. lots of fun and good gore with some genuinely funny bits , like when he uses one of his victims head as a paintbrush.

    good way to finish of the night. 4/5
     
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    October 13th: Forbidden World

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    I had a good time with Galaxy of Terror and decided to break open my copy of that other Corman-produced Alien rip-off, Forbidden World. It deals with an artificially created lifeform that breaks down human beings into gelatinous masses of protein which it needs for sustenance. I have a soft spot for melty body horror (I love The Incredible Melting Man), and Forbidden World had enough of the gooey stuff to satisfy me. The mutant itself, with its segmented legs, xenomorph-like head, and amorphous body, is not quite as impressive, and characters get themselves killed in unbelievably stupid ways. Still, I was perfectly entertained throughout, and even found a couple of the jump scares effective.

    October 14th: American Nightmare

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    I have a thing for sleazy 80’s horror thrillers, and American Nightmare is a dirty laundry basket of prostitution, strip joints, drug dealers, and murder – so, right up my alley. Unlike Vice Squad, American Nightmare has very little sense of humor, and what there is is cynically self-depricating. My favorite character is Dolly, a gay man who spends most of the movie in drag and gets the best line in the movie: ”I'm getting out. [...] right out of town - this is no place for a nice girl like Dolly!” Unfortunately, American Nightmare isn’t always successful in the suspense department. At one point, our hero confronts a drug dealer who has been built up by the narrative as extremely dangerous. Fortunately for our hero, he finds the dealer asleep in a porno theatre and is able to casually reach into the dealer’s jacket and turn his own gun on him. Phew! That was easy. When the killer is revealed, it’s also a bit of a dud. Still, there’s a nicely seedy atmosphere, there’s Michael Ironside, and the hero’s quite a hunk. Dolly agrees with me.
     
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    10/13/19

    FULL MOON DOUBLE FEATURE


    THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF (1961)

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    A despicable Marquis in 18th century Spain who gets off on imprisoning others for frivolous reasons is the one to blame for cruel attacks on a beautiful servant (Yvonne Romain). The poor girl is later found in the forest by Don Alfredo (Clifford Evans), a respectable gentleman who with the aid of his housekeeper nurses her back to health. On Christmas Day, she dies during childbirth. Alfredo adopts the boy named Leon. It’s not that the child doesn’t play well with others, turning into a werewolf presents much bigger issues. Young adult Leon (Oliver Reed) leaves home to work at a winery. He falls in love with a girl named Christina (Catherine Feller). Can she control the beast?

    It’s surprising that Hammer Film Productions made only one werewolf picture. Considering how much of their catalog brought all kinds of monsters to life (and usually for more than one outing), it probably wasn’t a lack of creative ideas. Depending on your take, Curse of the Werewolf takes longer than it should to get going. Oliver Reed could be an intimidating presence, both on and offscreen. Turning him into a werewolf just pushes that factor even further. Kind of a waste that Reed doesn’t even show up until around halfway into the movie. Too much time is spent on Leon’s origin story, both the awful way he was conceived and his difficult childhood. The early portion with the Marquis is often in very poor taste. Look for an uncredited cameo near the beginning from Desmond Llewelyn (Q in the James Bond films). Less origin story and more Oliver Reed would have been a better formula. The makeup effects from Roy Ashton are incredible. Curse of the Werewolf boasts one of the best-looking werewolves ever. Still have to say that Jack Pierce gets the top honor for his work on Lon Chaney Jr in the Universal Monster films.

    Curse of the Werewolf was buried in an 8 pack Blu-ray release from Universal that also includes two other Oliver Reed films: Paranoiac (1963) and Night Creatures (1962). While it’s not the classic it could have been, Curse of the Werewolf still has some great moments and a memorable monster.

    THE HOWLING (1981)

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    Popular news anchor Karen White (Dee Wallace) has been the target of obscene phone calls from serial killer Eddie Quist (Robert Picardo). Working with the LAPD, she agrees to meet him in the private booth of a sex shop. Eddie is gunned down by the cops. What went down in the peepshow was just too much for Karen. Her therapist Dr. George Waggner (Patrick Macnee) sends her to The Colony, a new age retreat secluded in the mountains up north. Many things around The Colony are not quite what they initially seem and it’s more than just the live hillbilly music played at cold late night beach barbecues. Karen’s husband Bill (Christopher Stone) is too distracted to care. Instead her friends Terri (Belinda Balaski) and Chris (Dennis Dugan) help figure out what’s going on.

    The Howling is truly a fun film overflowing with retro horror references for trivia buffs. Scanning the cast credits, many are named after directors from Universal Monsters and Hammer Film Productions. Cans of Wolf brand chili are seen along with wolf named medicine, old movies and cartoons playing also keep the theme consistent. Familiar genre faces round out the supporting cast like: Kevin McCarthy, John Carradine, and even Slim Pickens. Best of all, we get Dick Miller as occult bookstore owner Walter Paisley. Huge praise should be given to Rob Bottin. The makeup effects are very impressive considering the budget. Rob would have a much larger budget to work with the following year on John Carpenter’s remake of The Thing (1982).

    Comparable to what Joe Dante did with Piranha (1978), the balance between horror and comedy works just right in The Howling. Scream Factory doesn’t always score points for their artwork. This Blu-ray on the other hand is a keeper.
     
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    Playing a bit of catch-up since the site going down deleted a bunch of these and I've only been posting from my laptop since tinypic went under and imgur doesn't do what I need it to on mobile.

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    Movie #4:
    Dangerous Game (1988)
    First time viewing (DVD)
    *** (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    4. BLACK FRIDAY: A rough day at the shopping maul.

    This visually striking thriller was the film that got Stephen Hopkins his sequel gigs Nightmare on Elm Street 5 and Predator 2. It features a crazy cop stalking teens who have broken into a mall after hours.

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    Movie #5:
    Child's Play (2019)
    First time viewing (DVD)
    *1/2 (out of 5)

    When I don't want to financially support a movie, I'll check it out from my local library. For a "big budget remake" this thing felt like it all took place in Andy's apartment and the doll looked like shit. Last 15 minutes were fun though.

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    Movie #6:
    The Monster Squad (1987)
    Rewatch (Lionsgate DVD)
    **** (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    5. MUMMY'S DAY: An ancient woman wrapped in linen has resurfaced with new purpose.

    Watched all the Universal Mummy movies earlier this year and they are my least favorite of their classic monster films, so I wasn't going to go that route with this guideline. My Lionsgate Blu-ray had succumbed to the disc rot that affected some of their early titles, so I had to rebuy the DVD to get all the great extras.

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    Movie #7:
    Drag Me to Hell (2009)
    Rewatch (Scream Factory Blu-ray)
    ***1/2 (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    666. THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP: A mass, ritual or summoning scene celebrating the Dark Prince.

    While watching this I realized it's been 6 years since the last Sam Raimi film. That is not acceptable, Hollywood.

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    Movie #8:
    The Host (2006)
    Rewatch (Tubi)
    **** (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    7. DAIKAIJU: The bigger the better. Who needs a city anyway?

    Bought a DVD from a second-hand shop and started watching that, but the disc was so scratched the movie refused to play at about an hour in. After trying to clean it and getting very pissed off, I just finished it on Tubi. I love physical media, but buying used can be so hit and miss.

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    Movie #9:
    The Last Man on Earth (1964)
    First time viewing (Scream Factory's Vincent Price Collection II Blu-ray)
    *** (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    8. AFTER THE DISASTER: Will we rebuild, adapt or move on?

    First third is most interesting, but overdoes it with the Vincent Price voice-over. The second act stumbles with a lengthy flashback that threw the momentum off for the rest of the picture for me.

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    Movie #10:
    Congo (1995)
    Rewatch (Amazon Prime)
    **1/2 (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    9. DIGITAL S(T)IMULATIONS: A pre-2000 movie using computer generated "special" effects.

    Not only do you get "bad gorillas" when watching Congo, you also get bad CGI lava! An example of great casting in the supporting parts keeping a ridiculous movie entertaining. There are Oscar winners I've seen and forgotten, but I will never forget "STOP EATING MY SESAME CAKE!"

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    Movie #11:
    The Omega Man (1971)
    First time viewing (Amazon VOD)
    *** (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    10. ANALOG MANIPULATIONS: Practical effects are the truth. No CGI will be tolerated.

    Wanted to watch this after Last Man on Earth and so I jammed it into this guideline. Enjoyed this about the same as that earlier version.

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    Movie #12:
    The Bad Seed (1956)
    First time viewing (DVD)
    ***1/2 (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    11. THE OLD WAY: Watch a classic from 1959 or before.

    Felt very tied to it's stage-bound origins. Not usually a problem for me, but since this goes on 40 minutes longer than most classic horror films I was growing very tired of the main room the characters always seem to occupy.

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    Movie #13:
    From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
    Rewatch (German Blu-ray)
    ***** (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    12. THE FRACAS & THE FUZZ: Something revolving around cops and criminals.

    This was the first film scripted by Tarantino that I saw and it's still my favorite.

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    Movie #14:
    Night of the Demon (1980)
    Rewatch (Code Red DVD)
    ** (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    13. DO YOU FEEL LUCKY, PUNK?: A film about luck; good, bad or ugly.

    Anyone who sees Bigfoot is pretty lucky is how I justified picking this one. In reality I was in no mood to rewatch any Leprechaun films.
     
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    Paff Super Moderator

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    THREE Herschell Gordon Lewis movies back to back to back? That's dedication, my friend. I couldn't do it.
     

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