Blogtober 17, 2016

Tonight’s selection:

Nightmare Castle
1965
Starring: Barbara Steele, Paul Muller, Helga Line

A count who experiments with electro-stimulation of human blood discovers that his wife is having an affair. Catching the two lovers together, the count tortures and kills them, using their hearts and blood to further his experiments and to restore the beauty of his own lover. After his wife’s death, the count discovers that her castle and fortune are to be given to her sister instead of him. Hoping to continue his lifestyle and his experiments, the count manipulates the sister and marries her, hoping to eliminate her as he did his first wife, not knowing that the spirits of his wife and her lover are out for revenge.

Watch it or Skip it? Watch it. It’s pretty good. Not as scary as the horror movies of today, but this Italian Gothic is one to be seen.

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Blogtober 9, 2016

Today I decided to switch from the 50 Legends of Horror to the 50 Horror Classics (both of which make up the 100 Greatest Horror Classics collection) in hopes of getting some better, or at least, more interesting flicks, and some real classics that I adore! I’m not hard to please, really, I like a lot of things where many people don’t, but some of these movies are just falling flat to me.

With that, today’s selections are Carnival of Souls, Atom Age Vampire, and Creature from the Haunted Sea.

Carnival of Souls
1962
Starring: Candace Hilliness, Frances Feist, Sydney Berger

A young woman apparently survives a drag race accident that had the car she was in toppling off of a bridge and into the river below. Unfazed by this experience, the woman heads off cross country to her new job as a church organist. Experiencing strange things along her trip and also when she arrives at her new home, the woman begins to suspect that her survival of the accident was not as it appears.

Watch it or Skip it? Watch it! I saw this one many many years ago and I love it. Even though of course we figure out what is happening to the woman long before she does for herself, it doesn’t take away from this one. And since I love the creepiness of organ music, this movie really calls to me.

Atom Age Vampire
1960
Starring: Alberto Lupo, Susanne Loret, Sergio Fantoni

An exotic dancer has a terrible automobile accident and as a result is horribly scarred on her face. Hoping for a miracle treatment, the dancer visits a scientist who has had marvelous results in restoring patient’s appearances and is cured of her scars. Unfortunately, there are some terrible side-effects from the procedure that the scientist must use some unethical methods to try and make the cure permanent. With suspicions growing in the dancer’s boyfriend and the authorities closing in, the scientist tries some last-minute treatments to help the dancer and also win her heart.

Watch it or Skip it? Skip it. This movie is just, I don’t even know how to describe it. Some movies from this era are just spectacular, while some, like this one, are just not up to par. It is another that has left me with many unanswered questions, confused, and not paying 100% attention to it.

Creature from the Haunted Sea
1961
Starring: Antony Carbone, Betsy Jones-Moreland, Robert Towne

An American gangster agrees to transport a group of Caribbean exiles and their national treasury to safe haven, with the intent of eliminating the exiles and keeping the money. Hoping to use the local legend of a sea monster as cover for killing off the soldiers, the gangster and his crew discover that the legend is true.

Watch it or Skip it? Watch it! This one is so horrible it makes it so good. You got action, you got gangsters, you got a pretty lady, you got singing, and you got one horrible creature costume. What more could you ask for?

Blogtober 8, 2016

Today’s selections are Crimes at the Dark House, The Long Hair of Death, and The Incredible Petrified World

Crimes at the Dark House
1940
Starring: Tod Slaughter, Sylvia Marriott, Hilary Eaves

The blurb:

A deranged man murders another man in order to assume his identity and take over a recently inherited estate. Soon after arriving at the estate, the psychotic man finds he must continue his murderous tendencies in order to keep hi charade from being exposed. As the number of victims increase along with is deepening madness, it becomes a matter of time before all is revealed and the man’s true identity is exposed.

Watch it or Skip it? Watch it. I enjoyed this one.

The Long Hair of Death
1964
Starring: Barbara Steele, George Ardisson, Halina Zalewsky

The blurb:

A woman is put to death after being accused of witchcraft. Her daughter confronts the man who accused her mother of the crime and discovers the true reason for the accusation, but loses her life in doing so. The youngest daughter is taken in by the man’s family and is raised by them, with the intent to marry her off to the man’s son. When the girl comes of age, her deceased sister returns to exact her revenge upon the family.

Watch it or Skip it? Skip it. This movie couldn’t keep my interest and I found myself being confused with what exactly was happening. I liked the ending though.

The Incredible Petrified World
1957
Starring: John Carradine, Robert Clarke, Phyllis Coates

The blurb:

When a diving bell goes missing along with its crew of four, their expedition gives up hope of finding them alive. However the missing vehicle has become trapped in a labyrinth of underwater caverns. After exiting their craft, the foursome encounters a survivor from a shipwreck who informs them that there is no escape from their underwater tomb. Our intrepid explorers, however, trace the flow of oxygen to a volcanic vent and a possible escape route.

Watch it or Skip it? Skip it. I had high hopes for this one, partly because I love movies involving the deep sea, diving, exploration, caves, and caverns. But this movie fell flat.

Blogtober 6, 2016

The Ghost
1963
Starring Barbara Steele, Peter Baldwin, Elio Jotta

The blurb:

A woman and her lover murder her invalid physician husband in order to take his fortune and live their lives together. Watched by the physician’s faithful housekeeper, the two lovers begin searching for the money they believe is hidden upon the grounds of the estate. When mysterious occurrences begin to happen to the couple, they suspect that the physician’s ghost has appeared to seek revenge for their crime.

Watch it or skip it? Watch it!

I really enjoyed this one. And there is a nice little twist at the end.

Blogtober 4, 2016

Today’s selections are : The Murder in the Red Barn and The Ape Man.

The Murder in the Red Barn 

1935 Starring Tod Slaughter, Sophie Stewart, D.J. Williams

This film is pretty straight forward and short.

The blurb:

Based upon a true story, a small English town is the setting of a love triangle involving Squire Corder, the gypsy Carlos and young Maria Marten. While Maria is smitten with Squire Corder, the son of a rich businessman, she has attracted the attention of the roguish gypsy Carlos. When maria disappears after entering the Red Barn, suspicions fall upon both men as to what indeed happened to her.

Watch it or skip it? Watch it!

The Ape Man

1943 Starring Bela Lugosi, Minerva Urecal, Ralph Littlefield

The blurb:

Dr. Brewster is working on a serum derived from gorilla spinal fluid and tests his experimental formula upon himself. Unfortunately, the serum transforms Dr. Brewster into a simian-like creature and he desperately attempts to find a cure. Only human spinal fluid will return him to normal but Dr. Brewster uses some nefarious methods to extract his needed supply.

Watch it or skip it? Watch it!

Blogtober 2, 2016

Today’s film selection, The Demon comes from 1979. And, I think it should have stayed there. It stars Cameron Mitchell, Jennifer Holmes, Craig Gardner.

Seriously, this could have been a really great horror flick, but, it is quite a bit confusing because it deals with a series of bizarre murders and the unexplained stalking of the main characters by an unidentified man with no apparent motives.

The blurb:

A deranged killer is stalking the citizens of a small-town, brutally killing a family and abducting the daughter. The town is terrified of these events and is unable to find the killer. Only a former cop with psychic abilities appears to be the town’s only hope of tracking down the murderer and finding the missing girl.

With that being said, I found myself with my eyes not glued to the screen.

Watch it or Skip it?

Skip it and go watch Halloween instead.

Blogtober 1, 2016: Blogtober is back!

It’s October 1st! So that means, it’s another year of Blogtober! I missed last year, so I am very excited to get back to it this year.

This year, I’ve decided to make my way through a collection of 100 movies of the Legends of Horror/Greatest Horror Classics.

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Tonight’s selection is:

Jamaica Inn

This is a 1939 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Charles Laughton, Robert Newton, Maureen O’Hara

The blurb:

Adapted from a Daphne Du Maurier story, the film takes place at a small inn on the coast of Cornwall. The inn is the base of operations of a band of criminals who deliberately shipwreck vessels for their cargo. The arrival of one of the gang member’s niece and also a Lloyd’s of London investigator disrupt the gang’s plans.

No blood or guts in this one, but it’s still pretty good. Being a film from the 30’s, it is definitely from a different era, so many may be disinterested in it and not call it a horror classic. But I say to give it a chance. Plus it’s a Hitchcock!!

It looks like they did a remake of this film in 2015. I’ll have to check it out.

Blogtober 31, 2014

FAVORITE:

Halloween,

the movie franchise!


HALLOWEEN MUST WATCH MOVIES:

Halloween

Even though Jason Voorhees is my favorite, Michael Myers is pretty freaky as well.

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I must admit, I am not watching these movies today/tonight, I already did, because there was no way in hell that I was going to watch them home alone.

Movie Descriptions:

Halloween (1978): A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish adolescent girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets.

Halloween (2007): After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution (where he was committed as a 10 year old) and he immediately returns to Haddonfield, where he wants to find his baby sister, Laurie. Anyone who crosses his path is in mortal danger.

Halloween II (1981): While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her.

Halloween II (2009): Laurie Strode struggles to come to terms with her brother Michael’s deadly return to Haddonfield, Illinois; meanwhile, Michael prepares for another reunion with his sister.

Halloween III (1982): A large Halloween mask-making company has plans to kill millions of American children with something sinister hidden in Halloween masks.

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988): Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece on Halloween. Can Dr. Loomis stop him?

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989): It’s one year later after the events of Halloween 4. Michael survives the shootings and on October 31st he returns with a vengeance. Lurking and stalking, Jamie, Rachel, and Rachel’s friends, Michael forms a plan to lure Jamie out of the children’s hospital where events lead up to the confrontation at the Myers house.

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995): Six years after he was presumed dead in a fire, Myers, has returned to kill again – and this time there’s no escape! As the homicidal fury build to a spine-tingling climax, the long-hidden secrets of the screen’s most maniacal murderer are revealed…with shocking results.

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998): Laurie Strode, now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, must battle the Shape one last time and now the life of her own son hangs in the balance.

Halloween: Resurrection (2002): The reality programmers at DangerTainment have selected a group of thrill-seeking teenagers to spend one fun-filled night in the childhood home of serial killer Michael Myers. But the planned live broadcast turns deadly when their evening of excitement becomes a night of horror s Michael himself decides to crash the party.

 

Blogtober 30, 2014

FAVORITE:

Edgar Allan Poe


HALLOWEEN MUST WATCH MOVIES:

The Raven and Masters of Horror The Black Cat

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Movie Descriptions:

The Raven (2012): Baltimore, 1849. While investigating a horrific double murder, police detective Emmett Fields makes a startling discovery: the killer’s methods mirror the twisted writings of Edgar Allan Poe. Suspecting Poe at first, Fields ultimately enlists the writer’s help to stop future attacks. But in this deadly game of cat and mouse, the stakes are raised with each gruesome slaying as the pair races to catch a madman before he brings every one of Poe’s shocking stories to chilling life…and death.

Masters of Horror The Black Cat (2007): The Black Cat, set in 1840 Philadelphia, has the great writer Edgar Allan Poe, struggling with alcoholism, writers block, as well as being out of ideas, short on cash, and tormented by his wife Virginia’s black cat that will either destroy his life or inspire him to write one of his most famous stories.

 

 

Blogtober 29, 2014

FAVORITE:

Tim Burton

I would love to take a journey through his head.

He’s a master. Every Single Project is an A+


HALLOWEEN MUST WATCH MOVIES:

Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, & Frankenweenie

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Movie Descriptions:

Beetlejuice (1988): A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a “bio-exorcist” in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.

Edward Scissorhands (1990): Once upon a time in a castle high on a hill lived an inventor whose greatest creation was named Edward. Although Edward had an irresistible charm, he wasn’t quite perfect. The inventor’s sudden death left him unfinished, with sharp shears of metal for hands. Edward lived alone in the darkness until one day a kind Avon lady took him home to live with her family. So began Edward’s fantastical adventures in a pastel paradise known as Suburbia.

Frankenweenie (1984): Victor Frankenstein is a young boy who creates movies starring his dog, Sparky. After Sparky is hit by a car, Victor learns at school about electrical impulses in muscles and is inspired to bring his pet back to life. He creates elaborate machines which bring down a bolt of lightning that revives the dog. While Victor is pleased, his neighbors are terrified by the animal.