March & April Horror Movie Watching Thread 2020 - Coronavirus Edition!

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  1. MaxRenn

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    No, I did not DVR Smithereens. I think I thought I had already seen it (which I haven't) or something about it did not appeal to me. I'll keep a look out for it.
     
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    The Black Cat (1966)
    Besides a few flashes of macabre brilliance this one's pretty dreadful and becomes especially a slog with its dull actors. There's some meaty parts here but what we get is mostly whining not craze. A little over an hour in length I still found my self checking the run time on the player. Which is too bad because some of the sequences with the cat are pretty gruesome and could have really made the film stand out more had it been more competently made.

    The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism ( Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel ) (1967)
    This one's a lot of fun... eventually. It's a little slow to start as even its interesting opening is a bit bogged down by people literally walking through a dungeon for a couple of minutes and an execution sequence that's mostly just horses getting corralled. Then there's a carriage ride that takes about twenty minutes with nary a Christopher Lee in sight. But eventually even the carriage ride gets spooky good and then the rest of the film is a nice build of wacky Gothic tropes sliced, diced and blended into a nice mix of supernatural and natural terrors. Plus Christopher Lee sticks around a bit at the end he's not just a blink and you miss him appearance; however I didn't find his performance surprisingly wooden. It's a meaty character but he plays it a bit too straight. Overall it's some good fun. Now that I know what to fast forward through it'll be a joy to watch again and again (which over the next two years I probably will...).
     
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    Watched the 2018 Halloween last night. I enjoyed it for the most part. There's a couple things that bugged me. And the plot twist was a bit clunky. It felt like it was only there to get Michael Myers in place for the climax and could have been accomplished better. I loved the score. Great to have Carpenter back during a movie score.
     
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    The Devil’s Wedding Night Blu (Code Red)
    Feels more like a Spanish (think Naschy) Film than Italian but the usual trappings: twin brothers, Transylvania, lots of female nudity. Basically follows the Dracula story with some new angles and a bunch of twists at the end. I’ll forget this soon.
     
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  5. wago70

    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    I finally, after years of owning these, watched THE DEATHMASTER with Robert Quarry and CRYPT OF THE LIVING DEAD with Andrew Prine. I absolutely love the era and the photography of those films is nice. THE DEATHMASTER is the Retromedia DVD and CRYPT is Vinegar Syndrome. I'm unsure if I'll keep them, though. DEATHMASTER has one of those annoying leads who keeps putting himself in danger, gets captured, runs away and then returns with authorities who end up not believing him. I get irritated with those stories.
    CRYPT - although I love the era and style, not to mention the actors, I just couldn't make it through. For three different tries, I have fallen asleep before the halfway mark. I'll give it one more go and then decide if I should keep it or not. DEATHMASTER is something of a collector item since it's signed by Robert Quarry. Still not sure if I'll ever watch it again, however.
     
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    ...So I'm reading an online review of a movie called "The Wretched" while I'm watching a movie called "A Hole In the Ground." The reviewer writes that there's a scene in "The Wretched" that shamelessly cribs from David Cronenberg's remake of "The Fly." A few moments later, I witness a scene in the movie I'm watching also rip off a scene from "The Fly" remake....weird to read about it then witness it happen in a completely different movie...
     
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    Orgasmo (1968)
    Knife of Ice (1972)

    A couple of Umberto Lenzi gialli both starring Carroll Baker being menaced in different ways. Lenzi likes to claim he started the modern giallo but Orgasmo's violence is rather tame compared to Bird with the Crystal Plumage. Knife of Ice is better with a more typical giallo feel and wacky conclusion. It also features Snoopy and Donald Duck dolls as plot points.

    Something Creeping in the Dark (1971)
    Italian mixture of gothic/supernatural/crime is just OK but has one great atmospheric fantasy sequence that's worth watching and totally out of character with the rest of the movie



    The House of Seven Corpses (1974)
    A low-budget horror film is being made in a creepy family mansion with a history of violence. Elements of the past slowly start affecting the cast and crew. Not a lot happens until the last third and the plot is not really explained but the movie-within-the-movie scenes are fun. Has some of the feel of a 1940s film – John Carradine's in it.

    Cut and Run (1985)
    A couple of journalists follow a drug story to the jungle where they get involved with a survivor of the Jonestown massacre and a native tribe. Ruggero Deodato combines two or three different exploitation genres in an entertaining nonstop violent adventure. Cast includes Michael Berryman, Karen Black, Richard Lynch, Richard Bright and Eriq LaSalle.

    Sleep Tight (2011)
    Disturbing story of a Spanish apartment caretaker who becomes too involved in the life of one of the residents. One of my favorite horror films of the last 10 years, this is a different type of home invasion movie and the main character is one of the most despicable characters you will find. Also features a nasty little schoolgirl and a downbeat ending.

    Watch Me When I Kill (1977)
    Solid, unspectacular giallo concerning the murders of several people that have a connection to World War 2. A little more serious than normal this is also known as Eyes of the Jade Cat and is influenced by Deep Red but nowhere near as stylish.

    Slaughter High (1986)
    Standard slasher plot of a pranked high school student getting revenge at the 10 year school reunion. This is notable for being made by Brits in the UK (but set in the US) and the presence of Caroline Munro. Some stupid plot points and character behavior are almost pointless to complain about in this type of movie but there are some good kills. People always make fun of 80s movies for having schoolkids who look too old but this one may take that too far – Munro was about 35 here.

    Notable non-horror movies seen: rewatches of Drug War , a top-notch Asian action film, and Shame – Bergman's depressing study of the effect of a civil war on a married couple. I also enjoyed the low-budget Standoff at Sparrow's Creek, a paranoia-fueled whodunnit concerning members of a militia trapped in a warehouse, investigating which of them committed a mass shooting. Not your normal characters and very well-done with a great ending.
     
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    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE and WAR OF THE WORLDS. The original 1950's classics. These movies used to seem to harmless and innocent. I watched them with new eyes. They're rather frightening, really. I watched the Paramount DVDs for the very first time - beginning to end. Not the type of films to make you forget about the troubles of the world today...but they're really good.
    I stayed up super late to watch the bright full moon stay at my window from 2:45 a.m. until it fell to horizon. Amazing sight...and thought a lot about WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE. I didn't have a restful sleep after that.
     
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    Viewings over the last week:

    The Wild Angels
    Klute
    The Super Cops
    Deep Red (Last Drive-In)
    One More Train to Rob
    Give me Liberty
    Who Can Kill a Child?
     
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    I watched Blastfighter last night, having grabbed the blu-ray from the recent Ronin sale. LOVED it! Lamberto Bava's fun Italian mash-up of Deliverance and First Blood, filmed in the Georgia Smoky Mountains. In fact, they filmed it on the same river as Deliverance and even included a cameo from the infamous banjo kid. He appears briefly in the grocery store scene holding (you guessed it) a banjo. So much fun!
     
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    Who can kill a child? is an time favorite. Great movie.
     
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    Oof. This was not good. I mostly watched for Danica McKellar and Juliet Landau, and wasn't disappointed there. Everything else? Yeah, pretty bad. Way too "meta" for it's own good, and borderline offensive with some of the characters.

    Next-to-worst offense: Running the credits super slow to pad the running time to 90 minutes.
    Worst offense: Despite the 6+ minute credit sequence, they didn't list any of the music played! There were some good punky songs played at the beginning of the film, and I was hoping to find the name of the artist. Don't suggest IMDb, already checked there.
     
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    Weird tidbit: Danica McKellar’s kid and my kid played on the same little league team together.
     
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    She and her sister Crystal (who was also on The Wonder Years) have streets named after them in my city. Small streets, basically the entry to a condo complex. We thought it was just a coincidence when it was being built, till we noticed the name of the company building the complex: McKellar Construction
     
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    Knife+Heart (2019)
    Rewatch of one of my favorite horror movies of last year in which someone is murdering the actors at a gay porn company in 1979. This is the way to do a modern giallo – by expanding the parameters of the genre but still keeping many of the classic elements. This contains stylish murder set-pieces, sexual elements, bizarre story material, an investigation by the lead character as well as more modern sensibilities. It also does a great job of humanizing the main character who really behaves in a terrible way at certain points.

    The Lodge (2019)
    Two children battle against their dad's new girlfriend after a family trauma. I liked Goodnight Mommy, the previous movie by this directing team, but this goes the Hereditary route in plot and style and is too long, derivative and pretentious. It telegraphs its twist and has some serious believability problems but the climax delivers.

    The Deadly Mantis (1957)
    Average 1950s monster movie has a frozen giant mantis thawing out from the Arctic and causing the usual havoc as it travels south.

    Invaders from Mars (1953)
    A boy witnesses an spaceship landing and people starting to act strange. Could it be they have been taken over by aliens? This is quite highly thought of by some but I found it just run-of-the-mill as the budget and effects really hurts it. Pales next to Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

    Bordello of Blood (1996)
    A private eye investigates strange happenings at a local bordello. This stars Dennis Miller when he was just Dennis Miller the smartass comedian and is actually better than its reputation. Good effects and gore makes it a worthy follow-up to Demon Kinight. Oddball cast has Corey Feldman and Chris Sarandon, who has made a surprising number of good horror films.

    Trespassers (2018)
    Two couples rent a really classy house for the weekend and a home invasion ensues. Poor horror movie that tries to trick the viewer into thinking it's good by throwing in stupid twists.

    Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)
    Pretty good anthology with a unique wraparound. That last segment is great.

    Silver Bullet (1985)
    Good nostalgic werewolf movie with Corey Haim as a kid in a wheelchair investigating a possible werewolf with his sister and uncle played by Gary Busey. I thought I had seen this one but I was wrong.

    Good non-horror movies I saw were Unstoppable, a simple but exciting action movie, Waves an ambitious and emotional journey through tragedy and renewal, Saint Jack, a fantastic character study of a pimp in Singapore brilliantly played by Ben Gazzara and The Set-Up, one of my favorite noirs.
     
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    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    After streetwalking down memory lane with the first two FRIDAY THE 13TH movies (May, you know) I have recently watched:
    THE FAN 1981 - it was released in '81 on May 15 so I gave my DVD another spin while watching it on Dish Network recording at the same time to compare quality. The Dish version had a better picture (it was recorded last year) and clearer sound. Looking forward to seeing my new Blu ray of it soon.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME 1981 - also released May 15...on standby for now. I originally saw this May 29th in 1981 (yes, theatrically and there WERE effects shots not seen since then - I swear). That'll be the anniversary viewing, lol.
    DESTROY ALL MONSTERS on Media Blasters Blu Ray and DVD - had no idea it had so many fun extras.
    GODZILLA VS. MEGALON on Media Blasters DVD - had so many fun extras that weren't carried over to their blu ray.
    THE NESTING - DVD and Blu - not sure which one I prefer. Okay the DVD. I have seen this many times. Never a favorite but kudos to Showtime for showing it in 1982. One handwritten letter and soon they were delivering the horror goods. Seriously I wrote a letter and they showed every film in my request list and then some. Their response was not a form letter, either. I have it SOME WHERE. I just remember telling them that HBO had shown Halloween, The Fog, Prom Night and Without Warning and we were sorta crushed because we couldn't afford another pay cable service and liked the new horror films that were coming out.
    THE UNSEEN - seen many times. Wasn't impressed with seeing this on cable back in 1982, but it's really well made and I like all the actors in this. Love that house!
    THE HOWLING - just because.
    STAR CRASH - the ode to Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. Selling my blu ray but keeping my DVD.
    PIRANHA - I used to watch this on VHS from 1989 to 1992 during finals before summer. It was the movie that made me think "Summer".
     
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    This is now on HULU, for anyone who may be curious.
     
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    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    My July 4rth Viewing was fun - a totally Lock-Down Experience (i'm opting OUT of society until they...)
    Anyway my 7/4 viewing: SIX DAYS IN ROSWELL - fun stuff. It's been a tradition to watch this every July since I got the DVD when it was first release.
    Dario Argento's DEEP RED - the Blue Underground Blu Ray.
    STAGEFRIGHT the Soavi giallo...on DVD from EC Entertainment. Because tradition.
    BLADE IN THE DARK - the Lamberto Bava thriller...DVD from EC Entertainment.
    Dario Argento's INFERNO the Blue Underground Blu Ray - I'm patiently waiting for THIS to be 4K.
    Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE. I watched the earliest Anchor Bay DVD that wasn't 16:9 enhanced...and my Blu player upscaled it to 16:9. I'll always prefer this one for it's
    darker image and stuff - the make up effects are serviced better by the grunge. I like the color of blood in this one, too.
     
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    Bringing this post back, as H&I is just about at the final episode of the series and will be starting over from season 1 next week. I think the first episode they're showing is the second half of the final episode, then they'll start over. Set your DVR.
     
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    Thanks. Set. Episodes 1 & 2.
     

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