Thursday, October 27, 2011

House of Frankenstein



This is another classic horror film from 1944. If you have not seen it, you really need to.

Universal studios brought together some great movie monsters to try to drive some traffic into the theater. What could be better than one monster in a movie? FIVE!

(Even if it's only REALLY three monsters...it's still cool!)

And you get Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr. , and John Carradine in the same film.

The one thing about this film that I could never get around is the odd looking Elena Verdugo. She always had a slightly goofy expression as I recall. However, this is a small price to pay for such a fantastic lineup! :)

Full movie (Part I) below!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Scarecrow Triple



Scarecrows (1988)
This has to be my fave out of the scarecrow movie lot. Some naughty military folks rob their base, then escape. Sadly, someone decides he wants ALL the loot and bails out of the plane they are escaping in. The rest of the robbery team decide to go after him.

They didn't count on...the scarecrows.

Full movie here!




DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW
A made for TV nugget from 1981

Full movie here:




Night of the Scarecrow
(1995)







Thursday, October 13, 2011

Nightbreed


I was just speaking to a friend about the Danny Elfman CD set MUSIC FOR A DARKENED THEATER and was revisiting some of the tracks when I saw NIGHTBREED listed.

I had forgotten about this strange, little 1990 movie gem. I remembered that I had liked it when it came out - an odd tale both written and directed by Clive Barker - but I didn't really remember much about it.






Through the wonders of the Intertubes® , you too can revisit NIGHTBREED. David Cronenberg as a bad guy, too. Can't go wrong there.

Let me know what you thought about it in the comments! :)





PART ONE

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Practical Magic


I've recently re-watched this movie.

I have to say, it's like a blanket - warm and comforting.

Now, I know what you're saying. "Really? The HORROR SHOW is backing Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing and Dianne West as witches doing love spells and things?!"

Well....yeah. Sandra Bullock is hot. :)

But, besides that, it has a dark side. Really dark. It also has some nice scenes and interesting direction by Griffin "After Hours" Dunne, who I really dig.

Looking for a little romantic comedy action with a little kick to it? Check it out. It's not bad.

This Week In Horror


I'll keep this short and sweet.
This Week in Horror is great. Watch it. :)
http://thisweekin.com/thisweekin-horror/

Interviews with some of the top folks in the horror genre. GO!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Boys in Trouble Double


BOYS IN TROUBLE DOUBLE:
DORM
& THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE

A perfect double feature for foreign movie fans, these two features are very similar, but different enough to make things interesting.

In DORM, a boy is sent to a boy's school and he has a hard time acclimating to the new surroundings. Of course, when a ghost singles you out, things can be rather tough as well. What is the mystery of the poor soul that haunts the school?





THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE has a similar feel. Director Guillermo del Toro brings his delicious style to the tale of a boys school during the Spanish Civil War (Part of the set of films del Toro helped get out into the world set in this time period - DEVIL'S BACKBONE, PAN'S LABYRINTH and THE ORPHANAGE. A must have set of DVDs!!) Times are hard and this home for boys is barely holding it together. The place is run with love by an older man and woman, however a dark younger man is filled with so much hate and rage that he is like a cancer that eats away at the soul of the home.
And...what of the home's dark secrets and frighteningly AWESOME child ghost that roams the halls at night?
Some of the coolest ghost effects I've seen.




All in all, this would make a fantastic double feature.


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Monday, October 10, 2011

DOLLS


What a fun little spook movie this is! Creepy dolls, old house and things that go bump in the night? Oh yeah!

This is a nugget from 1987 with some simple, but effective special effects work. The concept is creepy for sure. Fun stop action effects and some cool camera play really make things pop.

Fans of WAXWORK and it's comedic horror flavor will love this film. Another goodie from Stuart Gordon. (Re-Animator, From Beyond, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids)

It's a lite and adorable flick that holds up pretty well.


DOLLS TRAILER

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Nightmares in Red, White and Blue






KNOW YOUR HORROR HISTORY!
A great documentary on American Horror Cinema. The comprehensive overview of American horror is narrated by Lance Henriksen and explores America's love of horror with some fantastic interviews with Romero, Dante, Carpenter and more.


Available on NETFLIX!

Crazy Girls





Ah...crazy girls in cinema. So much fun.Slowly spinning further and further down the rabbit hole.

Check out some of these titles. Some of the best crazy girls I've seen.








When I started this list, I COMPLETELY forgot about the most nutty and evil crazy of 'em all - La Femme from INSIDE. ::::shiver:::::




Ideal for midnight viewing. Right when your brain is starting to go a little soft. So creepy. So spot on.



Darren Aronofsky harnesses the madness yet again in this creepy tale of darkness creeping in around the edges.



"Crazy. I'm crazy for feelin'...so lonely."
So very awesome. So very crazy. A personal fave.



Poor Carrie White.



And...some of these ladies are just crazy from the get go...like Annie.



Miike knows crazy. He made Queen Crazy.



Esther isn't well at all, either.




What are some of YOUR faves? LET ME KNOW!

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

One Dark Night


A creepy blast from the past. 80s awesome with Meg Tilly.
What happens when you break into the wrong mausoleum?

BATMAN (Adam West) also brightens the cast with his acting chops.

Elizabeth Daily - sex symbol gone cartoon voice talent and singer - appears as well. It's worth watching just for that! :)
And the acting. Oh....the acting. I love the 26 year old (being kind) high school students, too.

WATCH IT HERE!

PART ONE

GOTHIC (1986)






Have you seen Ken Russell's movie GOTHIC?

If you have not, do so immediately.

If you have, maybe it's time to re-watch it?

The film is an amazing, visual treat that is filled with strange, nightmare visions and dramatic acting. It is a fictional document of Mary Shelly (Natasha Richardson) visiting Lord Byron (Gabriel Byrne) the night she comes up with FRANKENSTEIN. Julian Sands is in it as well and he's as over the top as usual. Myriam Cyr is also present in all her creepy-beauty glory.



This romantic, gothic tale is well worth a watch. The visuals stay swirling in your mind after you watch it like some sort of nightmare dream state. I have to say, I would love to spend a night like this somewhere! :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Thriller

If you're like me, it's been a while since you've seen John Landis' video for Michael Jackson's THRILLER. Yes, John "BLUES BROTHERS•TWILIGHT ZONE•AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON•ANIMAL HOUSE" Landis.

Sadly, Mr. Landis was involved in a horrid accident during the shooting of his portion of THE TWILIGHT ZONE where Vic Morrow and two child extras were killed. He made some choices that lead to the accident and his career and name took a major hit. He's stayed active, but has not been on the course he would have been on.

And, Michael Jackson. Troubled mega-star. A life filled with drama and questions that had a sad and abrupt end.

But...before all that....there was THRILLER.

Man, I remember the premier of the video - on MTV way back when they played videos. That video was talked about all day. "Coming up in three hours! Two hours! ONE HOUR!" We were thrilled, that's for sure. The promise of fantastic effects work by Rick Baker had me drooling!

And when we saw the epic story unfold, we were taken on the wild ride we were promised.

Jackson as a werecat-man-thing. AWESOME!

Dancing around the cute girl when they leave the theater. AWESOME!

Then....BANG! ZOMBIES before zombies were in everything from horror movies to car commercials. And scary zombies that crawled out of graves. Fabulous!

AND THEN THEY ALL DANCE?!?!? HOLY CRAP!!!!!

This video holds up to this day.

Take a look - you're bound to enjoy it!