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Halloween Horror Countdown Pt. 15 October 31, 2008

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THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS

Nobody does creepy nutjob quite like Peter Lorre could.  Add in a disembodied hand, murderous to boot, and you got yourself the makings of a really solid classic horror film.

I give it 3 spooky pumpkins out of 5.

THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

“To a new world of gods and monsters!”

Wow, the very definition of a classic.  Heartbreaking . . .

I give it 5 spooky pumpkins out of 5.

WILLARD

There’s nothing quite like the love between a boy and his rat.  Or rats.  Or rather, hundreds of rats.

Willard is such a poor guy, and pathetic too.  You feel genuinely sorry for him, and genuinely sickened by him at the same time.  He’s played with twisted conviction by Crispen Glover.

I give Willard 3.5 spooky pumpkins out of five.

TWICE-TOLD TALES

I love me athologies.  I also love me some Vincent Price.  Combine the two and you have magic.  Apparently these stories are from Nathaniel Hawthorne works . . . but really, who could pay attention beyond the ultimately awesome Vincent Price.

3.5 spooky pumpkins out of 5.

Cine-Rama Episode 16 – Halloween: The Curse of Michael (and Barb) Myers October 29, 2008

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This episode is a mack daddy of chills and spills.  The boys are joined by Mike Myers (Geek Brunch, DC Noise, Rocky Mountain Comic Book Noise) and Barb (the woman who dared to love him!).  Together they discuss the movie High Tension and then cap the episode off by counting down their ten favorite horror films.  In true Halloween fashion the episode is haunted by the ghost of Heath Holland.  All this, plus the song stylings of Christian Kocinski.

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Halloween Horror Countdown Pt. 14 October 29, 2008

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THE CURSE OF THE LIVING CORPSE

The cruel patriarch of a detached, arrogant, and utterly worthless family dies . . . or does he?  There’s a fairly decent chance that he was actually buried alive, due to a chronic nerve condition that causes temporary paralysis.  In his will he leaves strict instructions for how his body is to be treated, and threatens that if they are ignored (which they are) he will rise from the grave and each member of the family will die in the method of his or hers greatest fear.

You shouldn’t be surprised that people start to die . . .  But you should be surprised it has Roy Scheider.

I give it 2 spooky pumpkins out of 5.

THE INVISIBLE MAN

It’s simply amazing the level of special effects they were able to pull off with this movie . . .in 1933 no less.  Going back to a movie like this, with what we would call simplistic tricks today, reminds us that film is indeed magic.

I also have to praise Claude Raines for his delightfully maniacal performance.  It was a thing of beauty to watch.

I give it 4 spooky pumpkins out of 5.

Halloween Horror Countdown Pt. 13 October 28, 2008

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28 WEEKS LATER

I wasn’t sure that it would be even possible to do a sequel to 28 Days Later well, and I certainly didn’t think one was necessary.  I felt like the story was done, that they’d said all the needed to, and to a degree that’s true.  But this movie was better than I thought it would be.  It wasn’t as good as the first one, but I certainly enjoyed myself.

I give it 4 spooky pumpkins out of 5.

THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN

They changed the plot of Frankenstein significantly in this from the novel, and not to a good end.  BUT it did star Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, so that ratchets it up into the awesome category just a little bit.

I give it 2.5 spooky pumpkins out 5.

THE MYSTERIOUS DOCTOR

A headless ghost!  A mysterious doctor!  A man in an executioner’s mask!  Nazi agents!  A well-meaning simpleton!  A World War!  A tin mine!

Thrills and black-and-white chills!

I give it 2 spooky pumpkins out of 5.

THE RETURN OF DOCTOR X

Did you know that Humphrey Bogart once played a reanimated child killer?  Cause I sure as heck didn’t.  But he sure as heck did.  This movie is about Bogart playing a reanimated child killer . . . and not much else.  It was really kind of boring, to be honest.

I give it 2 spooky pumpkins out of 5.

Halloween Horror Countdown Pt. 12 October 27, 2008

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A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS

“In my dreams I’m the wizard master.”

Why does every film interpretation of a gamer always make him some pathetic loser.  Oh well, I guess that’s the best that you can expect from the 80’s.  And believe me, this movie has some of the world’s greatest bad 80’s dialogue.

That said it was a bit better than I expected it to be.  Someone correct me if I’m wrong but this was the last of the series that Wes Craven had anything remotely to do with before he came back with New Nightmare.  What followed was the utterly terrible “Dream Child” the less said about it, the better.

This movie has two things which are cool in it.  The idea that these kids have decided to actually fight Freddie (never done often enough in horror) and hints about Freddie’s birth.  I don’t want to spoil it, but the term “bastard son of a hundred maniacs” comes into play.

I give it 3 spooky pumpkins out of 5.

Halloween Horror Countdown Pt. 11 October 24, 2008

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CAT PEOPLE

Okay, if you take your lady into a pet store and EVERY animal in the building starts going nuts it’s probably a sign that you shouldn’t date her.  You definitely shouldn’t marry her after she reveals that she comes from a village that used to be full of devil worshippers.  I mean, really, man!

So yeah . . . cat people . . . this new Serbian bride of this guy fears that she may be one.  A cat person apparently transforms into a panther-like creature and kills when kissed or jealous.  Don’t all women?

Something ironic happened while watching this.  My own cat knocked over a planter, shattering it.  Coincidence or something more sinister?  I think the latter.

I give it 2.5 spooky pumpkins out of 5.

Cine-Rama Episode 15 – “Like my porno!” October 23, 2008

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In this episode the boys discuss Tropic Thunder. They also discuss Dedication. They also also discuss Cool Hand Luke. In a rare moment of seriousness they also talk about the life and career of Paul Newman.

Halloween Horror Countdown Pt. 10 October 22, 2008

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WICKED, WICKED

Man, it’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these, huh?  I promise that it hasn’t been deliberate neglect on my part, merely the end result of having a far too busy schedule.

At the start of this film they warn us that it is presented in something known as “duo-vision” which for those of us in the know we should just say split screen.  We get to see two sets of events going on at the same time.  I thought this was particularly effective for the horror genre because it allows us to ratchet up the tension because we KNOW the slasher is getting close, because we can see it in the other panel.  It also gives us insights into the psychology of characters at the moment they say something . . . their past traumas and their lies.

The plot:  well, it’s pretty standard and the acting is pretty weak.  Slasher stalks blonds in a hotel.  Now the performance from the man playing the slasher himself was pretty good, but everyone else was  . . . not so much.

I give the film 3 spooky pumpkins out of 5.

The Wrath of Screaming Tiki Con October 20, 2008

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And, no, I’m not talking about the buffet food I ate for lunch . . .

Man, there’s so much to talk about with cons that it’s just unintelligable.  I’m going to try to do bullet points for any of this to make any sense.  Yeah, that’s the ticket.

– Spent way too much money.  But so worth it . . . I picked up those NECA Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures based on the original comic designs.  They’re friggin’ awesome.  I also added three new figures to my collection of Ralph McQuarrie concept Star Wars figs.  Got four more quick sketches from Art Balthasar for my collection: Alan Scott Green Lantern, Jay Garrick Flash, Hourman, and Dr. Midnight.

– Met Adam West.  He was a gracious gentleman.

– Met Jeremy Bulloch (aka Boba Fett).  Fantastically nice guy and hilarious!

– Met Peter Mayhew (aka Chewbacca).  Another fantastically nice guy and also hilarious. 

– Went to a party after the con with some of the costuming organizations.  Saw this really, incredibly, ridiculously beautiful redheaded girl dancing.  Art Balthasar was there too.  But . . . what’s more . . . so was Peter Mayhew!!!  True to life I was at a party with Chewbacca, sitting across the table from him, having a conversation while he sipped his beer. 

That, my friends, is proof that life is awesome.

24 Frames Screening in Alaska October 17, 2008

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From Brad:

“I just received word that “24 Frames” has been accepted and will screen at the Anchorage International Film Festival in the great state of Alaska. Festival activity has slowed down somewhat, mainly because I’m sick of paying entry fees, but there are still several I’m waiting to hear from.

In other news, I was a “visiting artist” at a college in Michigan called Siena Heights this week. I screened the film there a few times and got some really good reactions, and cultivated a new generation of fans. Good group of kids.

As always, thank you all for your kind words and support.”