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Terror is a Man quickly became my standout favorite last October. Taking its premise from Island of Lost Souls (and therefore from The Island of Doctor Moreau) and stitching it together with Frankenstein‘s plot and the locations from I Walked With a Zombie, Terror is a Man’s story focuses on a shipwrecked man washing ashore … Continue Reading Terror is a Man (1959) October 12th, 2020
Ah, mermaid horror, too weird to live too rare to die. The Lure is a loose adaptation of The Little Mermaid fairytale set in modern Poland. Two mermaid sisters venture on land to feast on man flesh are caught in the snaring gaze of a cute boy. He’s a lounge musician whose band needs new … Continue Reading The Lure (2015) October 12th, 2020
I love monster movies. Monsters actually created The List. Back then my wife and I decided to watch every movie in the Universal Monsters catalog. At the time a 30 movie commitment felt ambitious but now The List has grown out of control, absorbing every film in sight. Now it stands over 500 stories tall … Continue Reading The Blob (1958) October 12th, 2020
As of this blog post I still haven’t seen David Cronenberg’s The Fly remake. Obviously there are a lot of great movies I still haven’t seen. Casablanca, Wild Strawberries, Labyrinth… the emptiness where these cultural touchstones should be are oft met with scoffing disbelief and interrogations about why I haven’t prioritized one cinema classic over … Continue Reading The Fly (1958) October 12th, 2020
Is a month of horror movies complete if you haven’t watched a Cronenberg movie? No, not unless you’ve seen them all… and then, ya know… watch something new… Luckily Dead Ringers is both Cronenberg AND new (to us at least)! We couldn’t find Dead Ringers on a streaming service without paying more than our normal … Continue Reading Dead Ringers (1988) October 11th, 2020
So, here’s what happened. On the last day of July 2020 the company where I worked was purchased by a larger corporate entity. The month that followed involved lots of work to ease the transition while applying for jobs, and learning I would not be joining my former coworkers in the new company. I was … Continue Reading The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) Oct 10, 2020
Spookies is delightfully bad. It’s one of those movies that’s fun to laugh at, not with. As I understand it, Spookies has a devoted following like Troll 2 or Tommy Wiseau’s The Room. Like those two titans-of- trash, Spookies is a successful attempt to make a genre classic… just not the genre it wanted. The … Continue Reading Spookies (1986) October 9th, 2020
Tremors 2: Aftershocks picks up where Tremors left off with Earl Bassett (Fred Ward) who is down on his luck years after the events of the first film. He’s broke, angry, and alone. Enter the Mexican government who’re struggling with a new Graboid infestation and look for help from the only person with that perfect … Continue Reading Tremors 2: Aftershocks (1996) October 8th, 2020
Katrina, the vampire lord Marco’s lover, will die without a heart transplant. Unfortunately only the heart of Charito, her secret twin sister, will save her. Marco’s unrelenting efforts bring him and his vampire crew into conflict with the local villagers throughout the film and culminate in a human vs. vampire forest brawl. I won’t recommend … Continue Reading The Blood Drinkers (1964) October 7th, 2020
There’s no shortage of horror films about cats. There’s Cat People, the sequel The Curse of the Cat People, and the Malcolm McDowell remake. The nautical cat-in-cat movie The Uninvited that’s a horror both in genre and in viewing experience. Stephen King alone is responsible for Sleepwalkers, Cat’s Eye, and two Pet Semetary films. Lucio … Continue Reading The Black Cat (1981) October 6th, 2020
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