The Annual October Horror Movie Watching Thread - Part 2017!!!!

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    44) The Record (2000): Every review I've read of this movie mentions I Know What You Did Last Summer, and I can understand why. To the point that there are scenes lifted from that movie. But I wouldn't mind that if this thing had some bite. A couple of bloody bodies and an out of left field final twist aside, this really does feel like a total cash in by people who didn't really want to make the movie and were just rushing to get it done. They don't even bother with character development, a reason how someone thinks they can stab someone with a knife and not have them die, or even why it is that everyone took no convincing at all to burn the body rather than call the police. Even the girl who wasn't involved at all jumped right on board. This is pretty shoddy filmmaking but at least the ending was silly enough to make this not a total waste.

    45) Marronnier (2004): After a truly painful first 30 minutes that I was hard pressed to sit through (not helped by the subtitles on my disc being off by half a second), I kind of got into this once the killer dolls showed up. They are freakin' creepy! So yeah the dolls are all horrifying and there's some moments of z-level gore that are surprisingly effective, but the movie makes no sense at all and is either trying to be a nightmare or is just being weird for weird's sake or the man making the movie is just nuts. I dunno but there are stretches of the movie that are downright annoying and confusing. I kind of like weird, confusing and even at times annoying movies but this one just goes too far at times but then some times it's funny and like I said the dolls are freaky creepy and when they attack or someone's being doll-ified, this movie approaches awesome. But I would never recommend this to anyone. But I liked it more this time around. I still don't get most of what happened.

    46) Mail (2004): Follow Akiba as he travels around Japan with his youthful assistant...Chiaki Kuriyama...hunting down pesky spirits and dispatching them with his magical, holy, mystical ghost zapping gun. The first hour is pretty episodic as our heroes face and take out a variety of malevolent (ok not all are bad) ghosts....there's even a title card for each case, but it's all obviously leading up to something else. As evidenced by Akiba continually having visions or flashbacks. We're not sure. We just know once Akiba saves his 100th soul, all will be revealed.

    The movie didn't totally hold my attention during the opening hour because each incident/story just ended with Akiba shooting the ghost and the stories weren't exactly fleshed out, but I stuck around because I wanted to see where things were going. Let's just say I figured out the mystery long before Akiba did (everyone will) and after a certain point I really just wanted him to catch up so we could get to the point. It goes somewhere that ain't exactly horrific...ok on a certain level it is...but more just sad. But I'd say this barely qualifies as horror. Maybe the first half, but it's actually a mystery that's backloaded with a crap ton of melodrama.

    47) Ebola Syndrome (1996): I was sitting there watching this feeling a little disappointed that the ebola victims weren't a little more...um...gross, needed some puss or something, and then the police told our "hero" that he had ebola ("EBOLA! EBOLA!") and crap hit the fan!!!! The ending alone makes this movie worth watching. It was so demented and hilarious and sick all rolled into one! The rest of the movie is pretty darn nasty too with the spewing of bodily fluids, rapes, surprise cannibalism, meat f**king, a mouse being run over, nudity, frogs chopped up, murders, mouth spores, chickens getting their heads chopped off and rubbed on a man's body, and bad humour...with some long stretches of slow...but the ending is why you need to watch this. A Cat III that actually lives up to it.
     
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    Oct 16 - Curse of the Devil (1973)
    Paul Naschy just makes a great werewolf - this was a fun little flick although I don't consider it one of his best. Unfortunately the only copy I could hunt down for this was dubbed with no spanish track available.
    3/5
    Oct 17 - Dark Ride (2006)
    I love the atmosphere of this movie in the "dark" carnival ride. Sure it is a bit familiar but it has some pretty wild kills, decent acting and decent premise. My 2nd time watching it and still enjoyed it.
    3.5/5
     
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    OCTOBER 17TH: Night of the Living Dead (1968), Night of the Living Dead (1990), Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Zombie
     
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    Now there's a lineup.
     
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    Day 17

    Hard to believe were past the half way point already. Still rollin' though.

    59. Wacko (1982) Stream- A comedy horror of sorts with extremely dry humor. Similar to the humor used in shows like Airplane, but not done as well. I guess this movie was the introduction of Andrew 'Dice' Clay. Kind of a boring movie actually.

    60. Halloween Tales (2017) Stream- Going to do you all a favor. Save you from this steaming turd pile. This is hands down the shittiest acting I have ever scene not to mention every other angle to this movie. I figured what the hell, but am now glad I learned to multitask so I don't have to feel like I wasted an hour and a half on this shitfest. You've been warned.

    61. Phenomena (1985) Blu- Iredeemed myself with this flick. I am a big Argento fan, but this is one of his that I hadn't secured until the recent blu release. I loved this movie. Argento is a great story teller and I loved the way this movie was presented. I still need to see Tenebrae as well, but this will be one of those films I go back to. Just great execution in my opinion.

    62. The Fog (1980) Blu- More classic don't miss stuff. What else can you say? If you haven't seen this one you have to have been hiding out somewhere. I usually take this one in yearly and got it in this years run today. Great stuff that never gets old!

    63. Rawhead Rex (1986) Blu- Finally got this one today. Not sure what the delay was, but it is here and now it is watched. Had not seen it. Starting to feel like a horror noob. There has been a lot I haven't seen, and probably still is a lot out there I still need to. I liked this movie even if the effects with the Rex-suit were looking a bit dated. I figure 'hey, it was 1986'. I am going to have to go back and watch a lot of the extras on all of these sets as I am mainly movie watching for now. Kino did a pretty decent job with this one. Loved the video quality. Nice looking grain throughout.

    Anyway, good productive watching day. On to tomorrow!

    ~Rocker10
     
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    THE SLAYER (1982)

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    Professional artist Kay (Sarah Kendall) has been dealing with psychological problems since childhood, specifically horrific nightmares. Add that to some career burnout & it's easy to see she is little fun to be around. Realizing that her meds alone aren't cutting it, mustachioed husband doctor David (Alan McRae) arranges for them to take a relaxing vacation on the coast with her brother TV commercial director Eric (Frederick Flynn) and his less than thrilled wife Brooke (Carol Kottenbrook). They reach the seemingly remote island via tiny private plane, landing on a strip of rugged beach. In short order the group learns that this is not the island paradise that was described beforehand. Offseason & pretty much alone, the island is desolate - you wouldn't call this a travel "destination." The vacation home despite a weathered exterior is more welcoming inside. Kay gets frightened by deja vu as she insists the island surroundings are from her dreams. It's easy to blow off her observations as madness. When someone or something begins stalking them in the real world, scary shit gets harder to explain away.

    Despite this being my first time watching the film, I was well aware that The Slayer had been a Blu-ray wish list title for many collectors. I thought this nicely transcended the slasher subgenre by going further into psychological territory and the "monster from my nightmares" concept. Seeing Kay in great distress & scared to fall asleep will no doubt remind viewers of Freddy Krueger & the Nightmare on Elm Street series. Just remember that The Slayer arrived two years earlier. I often applaud when films are shot in less common locations with regional flavor. The Slayer really delivers in this department. Watching the documentary on the Arrow Video release, this was shot in the winter on Tybee Island off the coast of Georgia. Mostly dreary weather, storm conditions, and just about everything a tourist wouldn't want is found on this island. The closed down theater Kay is fixated upon is extremely eerie in all of its abandoned glory.

    My only definite complaint would be the screen time for the monster. When I say too brief, it's extremely limited. What little bit we get though looks pretty great thanks to Arrow's 4K transfer.
     
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    39) Night of the Demons (1988)
     
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    Oct 17th-

    Watched a horror film nerd double feature. Fade to Black I've grown to like more and more over the years. The Horror Star I remember renting when it was titled Frightmare. Which confused the hell out of me, after I'd rented Pete Walker's Frightmare. Which was re-titled Frightmare 2.
     
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    Sorry for the long post, been absent from the board the last couple of days but that hasn't slowed down my October viewings!

    14th - October Madness No.25 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 14 - KING FOR A DAY: Watch anything based on a Stephen King story. Shawshank don't count, the rules...


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    The Mangler (1994) - Rating: 2/5
    This one was weirder than I had any expectations of. Tobe Hooper teams up again with legendary producer Harry Allan Towers and star Robert Englund having previously worked together on Night Terrors the year before and come out with similar results - a mess of a film that has some interesting and bizarre elements but nothing adds up to a coherent or enjoyable whole. Stylistically this movie is interesting, with people, locations, and vehicles looking like they are from the 40s but still set in "present day" and the Mangler itself is a crazy gigantic movie prop (and that end chase scene - did not see that coming!) yet nothing really clicks. While Englund gets top billing and is genuinely creepy he is under utilized and real leading actor Ted Levine sounds like he's permanently got a mouth full of chew or marbles and mumbles his way incoherently through the entire picture.

    14th - October Madness No.26:

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    Suffer, Little Children (1983) Rewatch - Rating: 3/5
    After a mute child arrives at a UK orphanage accidents begin to happen and the staff and a singer from rock band try to find out what in the Devil is happening! This Omen-esque horror film was made by a children's drama school (!) and is a real underground SOV treat and surprisingly well made for what it is - a glorified home movie - but if you can stick it out as there as LOT of talking and set-up until things finally hit the fan but the final bloody 15 minutes are all worth the wait! This was my second time seeing it and I got to see it on the big screen as I actually hosted a screening of this at a local theatre in association with Intervision and I made sure to show it with the subtitle track - which if you get the DVD you should most definitely turn it on since the dialogue is insanely hard to hear under the loud music and amateur quality home video production.

    15th - October Madness No.27 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 15 - HAUNTED HOUSE WARMING PARTY: A new homeowners worst nightmares come true.

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    The Evil (1977) Rewatch - Rating: 3/5
    Richard Crenna and his wife purchase a dilapidate mansion that they plan to renovate and turn into clinic, but they get more than they bargained for as an evil force is let loose. This Corman produced haunted house flick is a fun time featuring some goofy and mean-spirited practical effects while also delving into analytical territory with its subplot about religion, atheism, and the battle of good vs. evil.

    15th - October Madness No.28 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 15 Part 2 - HAUNTED HOUSE WARMING PARTY: A new homeowners worst nightmares come true.

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    Twice Dead (1988) Rewatch - Rating: 3/5
    Decided to also spin the second feature on The Evil's double-feature DVD, which is another Corman produced haunted house flick. Twice Dead is a riot if you've never seen it, combining violent punks with a vengeful ghost. When a family inherits a dead stage actor's home they also find out it's been the local haunt of a street gang who are none too friendly. It may not be an intelligent film but Twice Dead delivers the gory goods, plenty of surprises, and is a blast from start to finish.

    15th - October Madness No.29:

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    The Babysitter (2017) - Rating: 2/5
    I know most of you enjoyed this Netflix original about an evil babysitter and her vain friends but I found it dull, mostly unfunny, that it tried way too hard to be "cool", and was about as predictable as they come - and I should have known because it was directed by McG who's the cheaper version of Michael Bay in his cinematic styling's, one-note characters, and dedication to the portrayal of the "male fantasy".

    16th - October Madness No.30 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 16 - RURAL HORROR: The dangers of city folk nosin' around where they don't belong.

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    Blood Frenzy (1987) Rewatch - Rating: 3.5/5
    From porn director Hal Freemen comes a slasher about a group of patients of an addictions counselor who head out on a camping retreat to the desert as part of their therapy only to be stalked by a crazed killer with a jack-in-the-box and affinity for slitting throats. This rarely seen slasher hasn't resurfaced since VHS and is ripe for rediscovery as it's chock full of grisly gore, hilariously un-PC dialogue, and stars the all-grown-up original Wednesday Addams - Lisa Loring!

    16th - October Madness No.31 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 16 Part 2 - RURAL HORROR: The dangers of city folk nosin' around where they don't belong.

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    Splatter Farm (1987) Rewatch - Rating: 3.5/5
    The Polonia Brothers break-out film Splatter Farm is a gross, gore-filled SOV masterpiece that is still shocking to this day. When two brothers (played by the Polonia's themselves) arrive at their aunt's farm for the summer they find things unsettling as their cousin Jeremy seems demented and their aunt is quite creepily lonely for affection... but they are not prepared for the bloodshed and violation they are about to experience. Very loosely inspired by the story of Ed Gein, Splatter Farm is gruesome feast for gorehounds and if you've never really dived into shot-on-video movies is definitely a good starting point.

    16th - October Madness No.32 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 16 Part 3 - RURAL HORROR: The dangers of city folk nosin' around where they don't belong.

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    Massacre in Dinosaur Valley (1985) Rewatch - Rating: 2.5/5
    Massacre in Dinosaur Valley is definitely one of the tamer entries of the Italian cannibal genre - also arriving quite a few years after the genre reached it's peak - but still delivers the bonkers jungle action, although it's definitely more in the vain of exploitation and action than horror as there's really only one example of cannibalism in the movie and the plot shifts to colonialism and resource exploitation and keeps the cannibals as secondary characters who only make a few brief appearances.

    17th - October Madness No.33 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 17 - URBAN HORROR: The dangers of city folk nosin' around where they do belong.

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    Bones (2001) - Rating: 3/5
    After purchasing a dilapidated building a bunch of young adults/DJs plan to turn it into the hottest night club but get more than they bargained for when they resurrect the spirit of Jimmy Bones (Snoop Dogg), a drug kingpin who's house this was before he was double-crossed and murdered in the late '70s. Bones was a welcome surprise, directed by Ernest Dickerson (Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight) and offering a plot that references and is influenced by classic Blaxploitation but also delivers the horror. While some of the effects and set-pieces seem terribly dated and stuck in that 2000s horror look, Bones still manages to deliver some truly original and horrifying imagery such as hellish masses of doomed souls and maggot-vomiting dogs. Plus it's got Pam Grier!
     
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    October 17th: Madman



    With many of my favourite scary movies, I like to allow myself a few years between each viewing so that I don't become over accustomed to every jolt. Madman, a spooky little campfire tale, is such a movie. It was actually interesting watching it less than a week after Friday the 13th. For all its atmosphere, Friday the 13th isn't really suspenseful until the final chase, and it only has one or two good jump scares. Madman has several well-executed jump scares, and allows for most of the victims to realise that they're in danger well before they are killed, allowing the tension to build. One of the victims, the whiny Ellie, even gets her own chase scene, rivalling that off the final girl (Annie gets a short chase scene in Friday the 13th, but it never had me on the edge of my seat). Madman also features some of the tightest cinematography of the subgenre and makes excellent use of light and darkness to control both what the audience and a prospective victim sees. Friday the 13th is certainly the more iconic movie, and its flaws are less glaring, but from a technical as well as narrative standpoint, there are certain things which Madman does better. Both remain favourites.
     
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    27. The Burning (1981)
    Finally got round to opening my Arrow steelbook and watching this. I dont know how this is not as well known as the Friday 13th series. For me its a better made film and has a great cast and only lacks an iconic villian to make it great. the raft scene alone makes it stand out from other similar films with the killer going after a group of kids in broad daylight instead of the usual picking off the victims one by one. 4.25/5

    28. Tales of Halloween. (2015)
    Now a halloween staple of mine. Similar in tone to Trick r treat in that its an anthology set around Halloween night in a single town. Plenty of cameos from well known horror actors including Adrienne Barbeau who plays a radio host who speaks in between the segments , hearing her sexy voice speaking made me want to stick on The
    Fog. 10 segments of varying quality also means the stories move at a swift pace so you dont get bored, my favorite being The Night Billy Raised Hell which was funny and had a good twist at the end. 4/5


    29. The Monster Squad (1987)
    One of the films i used to introduce my Grandson to horror films and the Universal Monsters , although he now prefers Freddy , Jason and Chucky to the Black and white classics i grew up with. This has aged surprisingly well and the monsters and effects still hold up . Dracula Versus the Goonies is how i describe it when i recommend it to people. 4/5
     
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    10/17/17

    SIMON - KING OF THE WITCHES (1971)

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    Simon Sinestrari (Andrew Prine from The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Grizzly, Terror Circus) is a homeless Los Angeles based warlock dwelling in a storm drain. Arrested one night for vagrancy, he makes the acquaintance of Turk (George Paulsin) while gaining entry to the lives of seemingly everyone from the social dropouts to high society. Quite often Simon is just trying to make a buck selling his spiritual wares along with card readings, spells, and whatever else can sustain him. In the newly expanded social circle, Simon meets Linda (Brenda Scott, who happened to be Prine's real life on & off wife). Appearances can be misleading as Linda is the daughter of the District Attorney. After a series of smaller scale spells & rituals, Simon unleashes all kind of dark magic fury on the city itself to right a number of wrongs with law enforcement right in the center of it all.

    I had owned the Dark Sky DVD for many years & am happy to pass along that this Blu-ray edition from Code Red is a very nice step up. If you are expecting just a straightforward horror film of witchcraft, this is not the film for you. Simon - King of the Witches is undeniably a horror film, though one that weaves in elements of comedy & early 70's hippy culture. It's certainly a character driven piece, with Prine especially getting the focus. He is a likeable personality with depth that is not afraid to talk aloud to trees & nature. Goofy eccentric at times, but when it comes to magic Simon is the real deal. Prine delivers what in other hands could be awkward dialogue (especially during the rituals) with conviction. What's harder to take seriously are the optical effects that were intended to be the manifestations of dark magic. Campy sound effects in these moments & psychedelic blob lights aren't so convincing even for a forgiving viewer such as myself.

    Part big city warlock & part counterculture hero feature, Simon King of the Witches should appeal to those who enjoy the A.I.P. films of the era.
     
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    Two expected better disappointments and two pleasantly surprised watches this time. Ratings are out of ****.

    10/13/17 - Siren (2016) ***
    At a bachelor's party in Satan's underground strip club, a gallant rescue attempt turns into a truly fatal attraction.

    An edgy, entertaining thrills & chills flick. Nothing deep, but definitely different. The protagonists are a rather boring lot, it is the villain performances that crank things up a notch - particularly Hannah Fierman as the creepy Barbara Steele eyed succubus and Justin Welborn as the always in control master of ceremonies.

    A definite step up from director Bishop's previous works, though the story and script credit belong to other creators this time.

    10/14/17 - Mystics in Bali (1981) *1/2
    An occult writer researching magic in Indonesia agrees to learn from an evil witch and gets a lesson on making stupid decisions.

    I've been fascinated by the penanggal legend for decades, there are a few Asian films on the subject of varying quality but most are effectively lost to general availability. I knew of this film's reputed flaws, but given its the most well known and readily available film of its type I gave it a go. And while the watch was worth it, the criticisms about this film are well deserved.

    First off, the film drags arse. It wanders all over - literally, with pointlessly scene and location changes and even transitionless time shifts. In familiar Asian film style, characters do lots of excessive posturing and emoting while doing nothing. High drama means camera shots that shift and focus to background subjects then change scene with nothing actually resulting. Previously unmentioned characters show up at dramatic moments, and are never seen again. Characters ignore all common sense as the most freakish of events occur before their eyes. Conversations take excessive lengths and say little. All attempting to be frightening or profound but only being pointless. Add hilarious attempts to make scenes both erotic and yet strict censorship passable tameness, and that other Asian film favorite trope - the abrupt and absurd ending.

    In all this mess, the film buries a select few gems of cheap but riveting horror imagery that almost make it all worth it. The gut trailing vampiric head flying over the village homes and sucking out and devouring the unborn, the animal transformations, the pig woman fight, and the vomiting up of bile covered live mice. Even so, it is tough to recommend this film, even for the curious.

    10/15/17 - The Unseen (1980) ***
    An all female TV reporting crew take alternate lodging while covering a small town festival, and become a news worthy story in a really bad way.

    Gleeful viewing for fans of that perennial favorite genre, the twisted family with the inbred freak in their cellar. High octane foreshadowing, non-stop bad vibe scenes, and an awesome split scene tension building first kill will have you chorus channeling Kevin Meaney with "that's not right!". I relished every minute of it.

    The protagonists, as often the case for films like this, are bland - particularly Barbara Bach's wooden, near emotionless turn making an unsympathetic heroine (her two companions are much more engaging and arguably more alluring - IMO a definite poor casting choice for the film's focus). What kicks things up a notch are, of course, the villains. Sydney Lassick does what he excels at, playing the opportunistic slimy toad. And Stephen Furst as the title character is awesomely wacked, like a cartoon gene splice of Jason Voorhees, Curly Howard, and Blaster from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

    A low body count and pointless protagonist exposition scenes detract a bit, but definitely recommended viewing.

    10/16/17 - Fear Inc. (2017) **
    Jaded with what passes as seasonal frights, an aging slacker is intrigued by a company that promises the thrill of a life time.

    Not a totally original idea, and done much better in the past, but one with plenty of remaining ore to be mined. If the pitfalls of being too genre referential or labyrinth plotted are avoided, that is. For brief moments this film seems like it might manage, but ultimately it fails for all the expected reasons.

    The secondary failure is the main character, a flaky narcissistic pussy who is difficult to tolerate on screen and impossible to accept as having any real friends. The primary failure is the plot, succumbing to the temptation of adding "clever" layers to the story but only succeeding in burying itself under a pile of its own shit. The ending is as pointless as it is predictable, a "why bother" cap that sums up well the feelings I had when I finished the movie.
     
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    Just as a side note, wanted to give a shout out of appreciation for your tossing some really obscure gems out there, and taking the time to do solid write ups on them. Props to everyone on this thread who take the time to write a few lines, something to make some viewing decisions on, and more so if they also wandered off the reservation to hunt their viewing choices.

    But IMO you're definitely going above and beyond, and while most of the ones you've mentioned I've done a pass on, you've roped me into buying a couple titles I'd heard little or nothing about. And for me, that is an uncommon treat.
     
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    Thanks, man! I've frequented this thread every October & posted my movies watched throughout the month. In the past, I would only list the movies & when feeling mildly ambitious I would include a photo. This year for whatever reason I decided to be less of an introvert & included write ups. I'm enjoying it a lot actually. Also enjoying reading what other people write.

    I worked in a couple video stores when I was younger. At that time I was so intent on recommending movies to people. Turns out that's a good way to make enemies in some cases. In more recent years I have gotten to the point that I have very little if any interest in recommending any movies. At last I just broke out of my shell a bit to give some personal feedback. It's fun to see what other people watch, listen to their spin on things, maybe turn on to a couple new flicks, and in some cases see what pairs up in themes.
     
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    All Blu today. I believe all are first time views as well.

    64. The Unholy (1988) Blu- Pretty good story driven horror stuff here. This is maybe the only one of this batch I might have seen before, but can't remember. Started cracking the Vestron stuff. I have all titles so far. The number thing is killing me on the spine. Gotta have em without a missing title. Great marketing strategy for such a simple thing. Anyway, thought this was a decent movie that kept me interested from start to finish.

    65. The Slayer (1982) Blu- Recent Arrow title. I agree with a previous poster on this one. Kind of an odd film where you don't see who is doing the killing until a certain spot and it's very short. Movie was a bit slow, but I did like it. Just something about this era that I really enjoy. Good nostalgia factor.

    66. One Dark Night (1982) Blu- Was not familiar with this one. I ended up looking up some reviews on IMDB to get a feel for what people thought about the film before I purchased. Seemed that quite a few really liked it. I did as well. Good story for the most part and a decent creep factor to it. Thought the movie was pretty effective, especially for a PG rating. A few rough spots in video quality, but that was mentioned at the beginning of the film as the source material was rough. Nonetheless, good purchase.

    67. Warlock (1988) Blu- Another Vestron title. Not really scary or anything, but does have horror elements I guess. Never paid much attention to Warlock in the past. I will stick with this collection as I have it, but was probably my least favorite film in this batch. Maybe it gets better?

    68. Wishmaster (1997) Blu- Ended the night with even more Vestron stuff. I really did like this one. It may not be for everybody, but I liked the tone of it. I think the other 3 films will be interesting to watch as this is another franchise I largely ignored in the past. This movie changed it for me. Not perfect by any stretch, but a lot of fun.

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    She-Devils on Wheels (1968)
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    In Blu, straight outta the new H.G. Lewis boxset from Arrow! First-time viewing, and wowza, did this ever look great. Bright colors and detail. Really fun to watch certain actors try to ride their bikes in what seemed like for the first time, while others fared a little better. In the race, for example, several of the actors couldn't even start their bikes, ha ha. Many scenes seemed like a camera was set up and the actors were told to simply "Go!" Lots of extended pauses between dialogue and characters speaking with backs turned to the camera. In short, a delight. It was a surprise when it came time to drag Bill; Karen's reaction was the one true reaction in the film, and I was impressed. The rest, though? Big cheese.

    A Curse for Wellness (2016)
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    Only 2.5 hours too long! This was a huge let-down, with a plot that thought it was being mysterious, but was actually brutally obvious and dull. It poses questions like, are all the people in the insane asylum REALLY INSANE? And it expects the audience to scratch their heads for 2.5 hours after brow-beating them with the answer over and over. It was a film with a few gorgeous scenes but otherwise drab and overly focused on eels. Eels, eels, eels! Why so many eels, you ask? Well,
    apparently eels hold the secret to longevity, and if you ingest enough of them, and then your bodily secretions are distilled, and then those distillations are ingested by humans, you can live a long time.
    I mean, I'd drink whatever Mia Goth wanted me to drink, but this film was a wasted opportunity by a talented cast and crew. Never scary, never shocking, always boring and clumsy and a slog.

    Programming note: I'm off to Italy for the rest of the week/end and will be in a horror film dead zone. Looking fwd to catching up on all the great write-ups when I get back!
     
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    40) Killer Klowns from Outer Space


    41) Fright Night (1985)


    42) Wax Work
     
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    10/18 Rawhead Rex (1986) Kino Lorber Blu Ray

    I have always had a fondness for this ever since I first read about it in Fangoria #61. Of course the film itself is a mixed bag. A pre-christian demon, trapped under a huge stone marker is unleashed to attack trailer parks. I joke, but I think part of what the film struggles with is that there is a great idea there but there's not enough budget/time to really tell it all properly. A lot of it is classic Barker: the attack on dogmatic Christianity, the perversion, the sexual overtones. All of that works.

    On the other hand the acting is hit-or-miss, there are some major holes in the narrative and any time the camera lingers too long on Rawhead the film stumbles. The longer the shot, the more obvious it is a guy in a Halloween costume. It just derails and otherwise unique story.

    I always found it comical that Doomsday from the "Death of Superman" storyline from the Superman comics was clearly lifted from Rawhead Rex. It's not even subtle.

    Having said all that, I still enjoy the film. It never wanders off track narratively, has reasonable gore and feels very much like a Barker vision, even if it is one that didn't quite "get there".
     
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