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  • Pumpkinhead 1988

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 19 Oct, 2014

    October Horror Challenge 2014 Movie #55

    I've seen this a couple dozen of times at least so I'm not going too deep into this one, if any of these vapid ramblings can be called "going deep," but I can bring up a few points.

    This is still my favorite creature work in a film. It's beautifully designed and the movement and physicality of the thing induces shivers. It honestly saddens me to know we'll never see anything like it again,…

  • Doctor Hackenstein 1989

    ★★½ Watched 19 Oct, 2014

    October Horror Challenge 2014 Movie #54

    Desperately wants to be on the same level of Re-Animator, but falls short due to playing it for broad laughs instead of the off-kilter and sardonically demented aforementioned excursion. Imagine Re-Animator being played as a British chambermaid comedy, with less vulgarity, and it's a bit closer. That's not to say it's not enjoyable. The actors are giving it their all, and it is fun in quite a few stretches, but other times it feels long in the tooth as the flat-lining humor wears thin.

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  • Fright Night 1985

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Oct, 2014

    October Horror Challenge 2014 Movie #42

    After showing my son The Monster Squad a few weeks ago, he seems to have developed an interest in vampires, or more specifically, vampire hunters. It struck me as a weirdly specific interest, but hey, who am I to judge. Well, when someone asks to see a movie about vampire hunters, who the fuck else are you going to turn to other than Peter Vincent?

    Out of the ten years I've been doing this…

  • The Carpenter 1988

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Oct, 2014

    October Horror Challenge 2014 Movie #39

    As this started up, I was expecting a crass and low-budget slasher with gore, bad acting, bad sound, and bad lighting. I mean look at the cover over there. <-- You see that and wouldn't expect the same? I was not expecting a surreal, charming little goof that I would go so far to even call sweet-natured. Both Wings Hauser and Lynne Adams, especially the stunning Adams, are incredibly likeable. To tell the truth,…