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Halloween Horror Countdown Pt. 14 October 29, 2008

Posted by vorpalkeith in Movie Review.


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.


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.



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