Friday, October 28, 2011

Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell, Spontaneous Combustion, The Thing (2011), Trick 'R Treat, Mimic, Night of the Demon, The Legend of Hell House, The House of Usher, The Old Dark House, Deadline, Tales from the Darkside, Alien Resurrection, Prince of Darkness, Paranormal Activity 3, Cry of the Werewolf, Ghost Ship, Chrstine, The Haunting (1999), The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Oct 14
Frankenstein and The Monster from Hell (1974)

Mr Cushing as the mad scientist again. This is pretty weak stuff as far as it goes. Not a terrible afternoons watch but pretty bloodless. 

Oct 14
Spontaneous Combustion (1990)

OMG how have I not seen this? Chris and I were almost rolling on the floor with the hilarity of it all. Brad Dourif (who I LOVE!) is amazingly cheesy as the result of NUCLEAR EXPERIMENTATION. He sets EVERYTHING ON FIRE!! Fire shooting out of his elbow! Heads on fire. Tobe Hooper (or is it POOPER?) shits this little little gem out. The award for the most neon used in one set goes to ...this movie. Serious fun.

Oct 16 
The Thing (2011)

Pretty forgettable. Neatly dovetails the end of this into the original, but has no soul in it at all. Some really nice shots, but that's it. :/

Oct 17
Trick R Treat (2006)

I really love this movie with my jack o'lantern of a heart. A glorious love letter to the best day of the year. I watched this time with commentary and it was well worth it. Some good insights and fun stuff. Almost canon for me at this point. 

Oct 18
Mimic (1997)

What's that shit up there? Better than I remembered. 

Oct 18
Night of the Demon (1957)

I wanted to punch the lead actor right in his smug fucker nose for most of this movie. But don't think that means I didn't like it. I really enjoy this movie. I rooted for Satan again! 

Oct 19
The Legend of Hell House (1973)

I'd never seen this movie but had read the book a few months ago. I couldn't figure out why I knew what was gonna happen. Dumbass I has it. Anyways, this was pretty faithful to the source material, so it was pretty boring. There was some hot ladies in it tho. Not much else. 

Oct 19
The House of Usher (1960)

Vincent Price as a slightly incest-y brother in this Poe tale. Roger Corman directed. I prefer Mr Price not bleach blonde.

Oct 19
The Old Dark House (1932)

Fantastic set piece featuring Karloff as the crazy drunk servant. There is a little bit of the screwball comedies in this, but has enough atmosphere for 2 movies! Loved it. 

Oct 20
Deadline (2009)

This was an incoherent piece of shit. I feel sorry for Ms Brittany Murphy that this was her final work. She also looked terrible in it. And the really bad weave didn't help. Bad bad bad. 

Oct 21
Tales from the Darkside (1990)

This really held up! Debbie Harry is foxy as all get out in the wrap around story. They were all satisfying stories, and really well paced. What can I say? I miss that Christian Slater. 

Oct 21
Alien Resurrection (1997)

You can see the seeds of Firefly in this Joss Whedon penned adder to the collection. Easily the weakest of them, but still fun to watch. Ron Perlman is always great. Fun fact: I'm wearing nail polish that looks just like Ripley's nails in this! 

Oct 22
Prince of Darkness (1987)

I had such a thing for Jameson Parker back in the day. Yeah so this is classic Carpenter. Part of his Apocalypse Trilogy. I think it's my least favourite of the three  but still LOVE IT. Canon.

Oct 23
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

I read this has the biggest opening weekend of any horror movie EVER. And I forked my $$ over too. OMG THIS WAS FREAKY. But I have a real lady boner for haunted house/demon/ghost stories. This is the strongest of the three movies, and the first one I went to see in a theatre. It would have been awesome if there were more people in it, but I sure enjoyed it. Chris got all freaked out too. Can't ask for more than that right?? GHOST!

Oct 2
Cry Of The Werewolf (1944)

Not much werewolf in this. :(((

Oct 25
Ghost Ship (2002)

Aside from some of the vaguely shitty effects this movie is the balls. It stands as one of the best opening set-ups EVER. Truly fucked up stuff that. I sure enjoy the shit outta this flick.

Oct 26
Christine (1983)

My notes say meh. Yup. Meh. 

Oct 26 
The Haunting (1999)

Poor Owen Wilson. His head gets smushed right off. RIGHT OFF. Wanna talk about shitty effects? Here's a good place to start. This is when cgi was just finding it's feet and you can see the awful-ness of it all over this. Also: Lili Taylor bores the shit out of me in this. Fun fact: 2 characters just disappear in this!

Oct 27
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

More a courtroom drama than true horror flick, but has some creepy, creepy moments. I like this.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Frankenstein (1931), Ghost Rider, The Wolfman (1941), The Evil of Frankenstein, House of 1000 Corpses, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Poltergeist

Oct 6
Frankenstein (1931)

I've never seen this. Wow. I see where the genesis of all the modern movies come from as I watch these classics. Karloff was amazing and tragic as the poor monster. Also he was far more nimble than the lumbering monster we all think of. The sets and matte paintings are worth watching for too.. a lost art almost. 

Oct 7
Ghost Rider (2007)

Just shut up. Chris and I both really enjoy this cheese fest. It is funny (intentionally? I have no idea) and goofy and I LOVE YOU NIC CAGE. There I said it. Happy now?

Oct 8
The Wolfman (1941)

Lon Chaney broke my heart in this. He really did. His sweetness shone through and made the story even sadder. I can see how this inspired Benecio Del Toro to become an actor. I just wish he hadn't re-made this nearly perfect movie as a "tribute". 

Oct 10
The Evil Of Frankenstein (1967)

Peter Cushing played the (not very) mad doctor in this re-telling. He is too bloodless to be passionate to be believable but dude.. the monster was pretty rad. Even if he was kind of a pussy monster. I mean he ate a couple of goats and could be hypnotised. It was weaksauce. Sad drippy weaksauce. With a side order of goat. :(((

Oct 11
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

AAAAAAAAAH! I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!!! FISHBOY!! Otis is one of my favourite characters ever. This whole hot mess turns my crank and is so fucking creepy/crawly/gross/nasty/awesome. I love Dr Satan, and Mother Firefly and you know, if this had Brad Dourif in it, it would have exploded into a movie-gasm I would have to have died and gone to hell for. So basically it was pretty good. Oh and we listened to Rob Zombie's commentary which was really good. Informative and kinda funny. 

Oct 12
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

This is a fitting movie to watch after Ho1kC as Zombie seemed to really take most of his inspiration from it. It is a batshit masterpiece. Dennis Hopper (RIP man) was nutso to the extreme in a hymn singing, chainsaw swinging way. Again Mr Bill Moseley is a fucking genius as Chop-Top. I love these gonzo wackadoo flicks. And make sure you watch the very end carefully. Is that Grandma rising up? You judge..

Oct 13
Poltergeist (1982)

A classic. How this was rated PG is beyond me. Canon.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Dracula Prince of Darkness, The Perfect Host, The Brides of Dracula, Drive Angry, Creature, The Witches, Nightbreed, The Devil Rides In, Beyond the Door, 7 Doors of Death (The Beyond), Existenz

Sept 29
Dracula Prince of Darkness (1966)

Direct sequel to 1958's Dracula. With no Peter Cushing. Mr Lee is present though and that is enough for me.I love seeing those sets get all that use. It warms my cold shriveled heart.

Sept 29 
The Perfect Host (2010)

This was another Chris pick. We were kind of expecting a black comedy and we got it, but it was wrapped in a candy shell of HOLY SHIT WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON-ness. It's a right little jewel of a flick that has you reconsidering dinner parties and opening your door. EVER. A great performance by David Hyde Pierce is only the beginning of this. It's got some nifty twists I didn't see coming, and I LOVED IT. 

Sept 30
The Brides of Dracula (1960)

This proves that the Hammer ladies were gorgeous but DUMB. Like box of hair dumb. I guess it also proves you can survive a vamp bite. If you're Peter Cushing. Actually it's the second time I've seen them burn it out with fire. Kudos for continuity Hammer!

Sept 30
Drive Angry (2011)

Honestly? Even better on second view. Nic Cage in the hotel room with the chick? GENIUS. Fun-o-rama.

Oct 2
Creature (2011)

A Hatchet rip-off. it was "ok tho" according to my notes. Damning with faint praise. 

Oct 3 
The Witches (1966)

A Hammer modern dance epic. Epic my ass but it was a rather entertaining tale of new witchery gone bananas in rural England. Pretty funny worship scenes if I do say so. 
Oct 3
Nightbreed (1990)

Craig Scheffer makes his triumphant return to my blog. Damn I love this movie and know what? It still looks marvelous! Cronenberg is so creepy in this, understated and did I mention.. IT"S SET IN ALBERTA! Calgary! Woo. 

Oct 4
The Devil Rides Out (1968)

I've reviewed this before. Any movie that gives Mr Lee more dialogue is golden in my book!

Oct 5
Beyond the Door (1975)

I don't even know where to begin about this hot mess of Italian goodness. The dubbing in what sounded like a dumpster? The swearing kids? Their obsession with pea soup? The WHOLE PLOT? The fact that the name Demetri is said so many time all I can hear is THE MEAT TREE? The whole lack of plot? Well since I am befuddled I'll just say I kinda loved it in a Fulci/D' Amato way. 

Oct 5
7 Doors of Death (The Beyond 1975)

One of my fave Fulci flicks. For all the stupid non head shots that Dr Dumbass does, I forgive this movie. The flooded basement really gives me the chills. Also: the spider attack. While I know this could never happen it FREAKS ME OUT! Weird and nonsensical, I love this. 

Oct 5
Existenz (1999)

That stupid Inception movie owes this a huge debt of thanks for giving it a plot to follow. This is by far better, weirder and grosser. Jude Law is pretty amazing in it. The themes are icky (like all good Cronenberg body horror) and uncomfortable. I forgot how much I like this. Effects are fantastic still.