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.

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 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.

 

Blogtober 28, 2014

FAVORITE:

Vampires

I have always fantasized about being a vampire. I mean, it would be pretty cool. I have a huge thing for vampires. Always have. They have a pull on me. I love them all. The creepy ones, the sparkly ones, it doesn’t matter. They all rock.


HALLOWEEN MUST WATCH MOVIES:

Let The Right One In and its remake Let Me In

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In this case, the original is 10 times better. It was remade quickly because the original is a foreign film in a different language.

Movie Descriptions:

Let The Right One In (2008): Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

Let Me In (2010): A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian.

 

Blogtober 27, 2014

FAVORITE:

Witches

Who wouldn’t want to be a witch???


HALLOWEEN MUST WATCH MOVIES:

The Craft and The Blair Witch Project

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The Craft is a movie that I could watch over and over. It’s just a fave. And I love Blair Witch because, let’s face it, the woods are creepy, with a witch or not.

Movie Descriptions:

The Craft (1996): A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.

The Blair Witch Project (1999): Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

 

Blogtober 26, 2014

FAVORITE:

Ghosts


HALLOWEEN MUST WATCH MOVIES:

Thirteen Ghosts, Ghost Ship, and The Others

3 very enjoyable, yet creepy movies. Why would you ever want to collect ghosts?? Would you ever aboard an abandoned ship?? What if you really were the ghost?

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Movie Descriptions:

Thirteen Ghosts (2001): What a house! It’s all steel and glass and elegance – and it all belongs to Arthur Kriticos and his family as an unexpected inheritance. You could say it’s their dream home. Especially if the dreams are nightmares. The house itself is a design marvel and a mysterious puzzle-cube whose eerie corridors, sliding walls, spinning floors and phantasmic fiends may allow no escape.

Ghost Ship (2002): Finders keepers. Any abandoned ship floating in international waters can be claimed and towed to port by whoever is fortunate enough to find it. Or, in the case of one team of salvage experts, unfortunate enough. Salvagers trained for any situation imaginable come face to horrifying face with the unimaginable after boarding a derelict luxury liner.

The Others (2001): A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.