October 3 [Nature films marathon] 7. Skeeter*(1993, 95 minutes) 3.5/10: I rated this movie higher not because it's good but because it's entertainingly bad early 90s cheese and I caught it in the right mood but otherwise I'm not sure it's recommended for casual viewers. I really enjoyed the giant plastic monster mosquitoes. Am I the only one who can't watch William Sanderson without thinking of Daryl from that Bob Newhart show? 8. Kingdom of the Spiders*(1977, 97 minutes) 7/10 : It took me some time to get use to the country atmosphere of the film but eventually found that part of the appeal. I didn't expect to enjoy it (preferring supernatural horror) but ended up having a good time. The film starts off slow but builds up. 9. The Black Cat*(1981, 92 minutes) 5/10 : Good Poe homage that pulls from several stories with nice atmosphere using foggy settings, cat's eye camera tactics, and a few gruesome deaths. The corny way Fulci overuses eye close-ups is amusing. I've read some bad reviews about this movie but am glad I caught it. 10. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, 85 minutes) : Most of the humor falls into cutesy rather than funny but an enjoyable diversion for "family movie night." It was nice to take a break from more serious movies. Curse of the Were-Rabbit had several fun homages to American Werewolf in London and King Kong. 11. Zoltan, Hound of Dracula* (1978, 87 minutes) 1/10 : Painfully boring movie; I think it could have shown some promise but the plot was too ackward and the visuals not strong enough. The coolest part of the movie seems to happen within the first 5 minutes and downhill from there. I had trouble sitting through this one. I wonder if all Albert Band directed movies are this lame. October 4 [Satanic marathon] 12. Black Candles *(1982, 82 minutes) 2/10: Not that I have anything against gratuitous nudity but does it really have to be justified with such a pointless plot? The bestiality scene was shocking though awkward. I hear José Ramón Larraz, who directed and later disowned this film, is hilariously profane on the Vampyres commentary so might check that out later. 13. Satánico Pandemonium (aka La Sexorcista)*(1973, 90 minutes) 7/10 : I heard good things about this film but it was better than expected with some good imagery about a nun's temptation by the devil. Intelligently executed nunsploitation (however oxymoronic that might sound). This film my first exposure to Mondo Macabro's catalog so I'm looking forward to checking out Satan's Blood and Assault! Jack the Ripper also under their banner. 13. Exorcism (1974, 89 minutes) 4/10 : I often find Paul Naschy's characters too smug to the detriment of his films. Exorcism is a slow paced tame Exorcist rip-off that never quite pays off. Interestingly the DVD has clothed variants of the scenes with nudity. The non-nude scenes were in the original theatrical release.