Hope you have a happy and safe Halloween! If you need a creepy story for the night (or day, really) here is the spectacular episode of Escape named "Three Skeleton Key". It stars Vincent Price and is one of the best scary old radio shows of all time.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Monday, October 29, 2018
But, the great Victor Israel does a lot in this crazed combination of mad science, missing person mystery, family angst and severely cold weather. He wears a creepy mask and hooded robe. He stalks and attacks graveyard lurkers. He dunks human heads into a bucket to remove the flesh.
He's a busy bastard here! But the film is such a bizarre mess I can't care! Not event the sight of the very lovely frequent Naschy co-star Beatriz Elorrieta running around in a miniskirt (in the freakin' snow!) can keep me from wishing for a better script. Or more coherent editing. Or less sloppy camera operation. Or better acting. (Don't get me started on the stilted, crappy acting from most of the cast.) Ugh!
And yet - I'm kind of glad I watched this thing.
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Watching this mess now I can kind of understand what writer/director Rob Hedden might have been thinking. This is the third Friday the 13th film in which Jason is an undead zombie-like creature who is resurrected whenever the producers need a new film. Lightening or electricity seems to be the preferred method of returning him to 'life' and since the rules for what Jason really IS are never clearly established I think Hedden was allowed to make up his own. Resurrected human zombie? Sure. Un-killable monster? Yep. Ferocious murderer? Of course. So, why not give him the supernatural ability to move around like a ghost?
BECAUSE IT'S F#*KING STUPID!! It destroys any and all opportunity to establish suspense or tension or anything resembling dread. It's not horrific - it's silly!
Clearly Hedden had something in mind about mixing up the formula when making this mess. If you doubt this, that bizarre ending in the sewers should drive it home easily. But turning Jason into a teleporting ghost-like critter was the wrong move. I'll take the bizarre shenanigans in JASON GOES TO HELL (1993) over this every time.
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Friday, October 26, 2018
AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING (2017) did not strike me as much more than a pretty effective little chiller as it was playing on the screen before me. I considered it well cast and effectively directed but the whole Amityville thing has always bothered me in a way that has nothing to the films' actual quality. Since I know the claims on which the original tale is based are BS I've had a resistance to the movies. Knowing that the book and film were carefully calculated lies built to hoodwink the public into thinking that demon possession is a reality pisses me off. It's an obvious con made to sucker the rubes into coughing up their money to be told how not to get the Debbil on their backs (or in their bodies). But this new movie.......
Somehow it has stuck with me in a way that few decades-after-the-fact sequels can. I'm still thinking about it days later. As I've stated, I don't like the previous movies and only watched this one out of sick curiosity. I had to know what filmmakers in 2017 would bring to this silly old tale. Well, as it turns out they brought a pretty effective bag of tricks. And it worked on me! I really enjoyed this even as I felt my Amityville resistance well up the film's quick pace, logical structure and good dialog kept battling it back. It was a well made ninety minutes of horror entertainment with a couple of very well played twists that amped up the tension and terror. I think that the odd choice to make the past films exist as movies in this film's narrative enhances the story and may have been what got me on board. Plus, the cast is really strong with very good performances from the central female actors.
If I had done my homework I might have gone into this with higher expectations as the director was also responsible for the impressive 2012 remake of MANIAC and the tight little thriller P2 (2007). He's someone to pay attention to as his career continues.
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
I was just reminded by a fan of the Naschycast of the very cool HORROR EXPRESS theme. It seems I used it as interstitial music on an older show and didn't identify it at the time. I do that a lot, sadly.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Monday, October 22, 2018
Saturday, October 20, 2018
The always amusing Michael Schlesinger breaks down one of my favorites of the late period Hammer vampire pictures. I'm happy that now we have a sequel to the tale, even if it's only in comic book form.
Friday, October 19, 2018
I only learned about these wild horror comics long after they ceased publication but I'm not sure I would have had the guts to buy them anyway! I'm getting my hands on a few reprints soon!
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Plus, Dean Stockwell's performance is slickly mesmerizing. Rarely has such a creepy character slithered across the screen so smoothly. I only wish his third act demise was more satisfying and not another example of a low budget effect.