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Halloween Horror Countdown 2010 Day 8 October 20, 2010

Posted by vorpalkeith in Movie Review.
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Dementia 13
1963
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Thank you Wikipedia for confirming my suspicions that Coppola was inspired by Psycho for this. “The producer wanted a cheap Psycho-copy, complete with gothic atmosphere and brutal killings, and Coppola quickly wrote a screenplay in accordance with Corman’s requirements.”

That would be Roger Corman, by the way.

It’s a decent movie limited by it’s budget mostly. I’d be curious to see what Coppola (who ever heard of him, am I right?) would have accomplished with more money.

Still, I give it three out of five spooky pumpkins.

Dracula and His Vampire Brides
1974
Directed by Alan Gibson

It took me awhile to find info on this, as the title I have was only one of the titles it was distributed under. It should perhaps appropriately be called “The Satanic Rites of Dracula”. That’s actually a cooler name.

There are three things you need to know about this:
1) Hammer Horror Films
2) Christopher Lee
3) Peter Cushing

If that doesn’t make you want to watch the movie, I don’t think anything I say will.

This film is the last in Hammer’s Dracula series, which began in 1958 with Horror of Dracula. Even though there are more in the series, it is also the last in the trilogy with Horror of Dracula and Dracula A.D. 1972.

The movie is a sort of mix of horror sci-fi and spy thriller (I take this right off the Wikipedia page) with a script from Doctor Who veteran Don Houghton. It’s awesome!

It details the final battle between Dracula and the Van Helsing family in a grand showdown wherein the world itself is at stake. Dracula, in a final bid for revenge against the world, seeks to wipe out the human race with a new super plague.

Peter Cushing smelts a silver crucifix into a bullet! That has to be, like, the ultimate in vampire hunting technology!

Four spooky pumpkins out of five!

The Last Man on Earth
1964
Directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sydney Salkow

Say it with me now . . . VINCENT! PRICE!

Fuck yeah!

As you probably already know from my review of the Omega Man, this is an adaptation of the same novel “I am Legend” by Richard Matheson.

There’s not much else I can say about it in terms of story. Replace Charlton Heston with Vincent Price and remove the 70s cheese and holocaust cloaks, and you pretty much got this.

This is still better. It keeps the bleak ending of the novel which makes it the most faithful so far.

Plus, Vincent Price!

Three spooky pumpkins out of five.

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