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  • Phantasm

    Phantasm 1979

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Oct, 2016

    -The Tall Man

    The two franchises I wanted to put under my belt this Horroctober were the Japanese Ringu films and the Phantasm films. Now Ringu I had a good idea what I was getting into because of the American films, but when it came to Phantasm the only thing I really knew were the image of Angus Scrimm as The Tall Man and that a flying metallic sphere figured into things. Wish I had a recording of my…

  • Hellraiser

    Hellraiser 1987

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 14 Oct, 2016

    We have such sights to show you!

    I have no idea how many times I've seen Hellraiser because I actually lost count how many times I saw it the first time I rented on VHS. Back in the days when horror was primarily dominated by slasher films, Hellraiser blew my teenage mind away and I proceeded to spend the next few days of that first rental forcing every single friend I had to watch it and even friends of…

  • The Curse of the Werewolf

    The Curse of the Werewolf 1961

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Oct, 2016

    Pepe's silver bullet!

    Making an effort to expand my Hammer Horror experience a little more outside of the Frankenstein and Dracula films (even though they are awesome). Can't go wrong with a monster film directed by Terence Fisher.

    The House of Hammer's take on the werewolf mythology is a much darker and an even more tragic tale than Universal Monsters own Wolf Man film.

    Most werewolf films have the curse set upon someone who survives a werewolf attack, not…

  • The Ring Two

    The Ring Two 2005

    ★★ Rewatched 13 Oct, 2016

    Have you ever seen something so scary that you just... you had to show someone else?

    Ringu had three followups (2 sequels, 1 prequel) that all connected to the original while being independent of each other, that last part was mostly because none of them really worked as well as the original so they kept trying over and over again.

    It was Hollywood's turn to try and followup their successful remake with a sequel. To their credit instead of…

  • Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings

    Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings 1994

    ★★★ Watched 12 Oct, 2016

    Let me guess... you guys are the local badasses?

    The sequel to Pumpkinhead doesn't touch the original on a narrative standpoint so maybe that's why director Jeff Burr injected a healthy (or unhealthy) dose of cheese to make up for it. This is definitely a bad horror film on the surface, but it has joy to find if you look for it.

    First off I was sure I had seen this, but there's too much in the movie that…

  • The Plague of the Zombies

    The Plague of the Zombies 1966

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Oct, 2016

    Someone in this village is practicing witchcraft. That corpse wandering on the moors is an undead, a zombie.
    -Sir James Forbes

    A very fun "Pre-George A. Romero-Flesh-Eating-Zombie" film, back when zombies were slaves made from voodoo and were either the dead brought back to life or people who were brought into a "dead like trance". Modern horror movies pretty much abandoned this version of zombies when Romero's flesh eaters created a new zombie craze.

    I like this older premise though…

  • Maniac Cop

    Maniac Cop 1988

    ★★★½ Rewatched 11 Oct, 2016 2

    Look at the size of those hematomas!
    -Frank McCrae

    Tom Atkins is a cop trying to prove fellow officer Bruce Campbell's been framed for being a psychotic murderer. That sounds amazing already but Richard Roundtree and B-movie heroine Laurene Landon are here too! It's a miracle they were able to fit Bruce Campbell and Robert Z'Dar's chins in the same movie.

    Reviewed previously on Letterboxd here where I sounded mildly negative about the movie, but this thing only gets better with each viewing.

    Part of:
    Horroctober VI: DuLac of the Dead

  • The Woods

    The Woods 2006

    ★★½ Watched 10 Oct, 2016 2

    We have a certain way of doing things here. And you better find out what that way is or there will be serious consequences.
    -Ms. Traverse

    I've seen my fair share of Lucky McKee films and even his contribution to Masters of Horror. Some were great (May), others I feel guilty about liking (All Cheerleaders Die), but overall his work is usually satisfying on some level. Here though... I just felt "meh".

    It's competently made, has style and a solid…

  • Dirty Grandpa

    Dirty Grandpa 2016

    ★★ Watched 10 Oct, 2016

    I don't think you're very popular here, Grandpa.
    -Jason Kelly

  • Near Dark

    Near Dark 1987

    ★★★★ Rewatched 10 Oct, 2016 2

    It's finger-lickin' GOOD!

    Ashamed to now notice that when I originally logged Near Dark on Letterboxd (here) I made no mention of the Aliens reunion (Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton and Jenette Goldstein) that takes place in this movie. It's magnified by the fact that it's the first time I notice that Aliens is playing in a theater across the street while Adrian Pasdar is strolling by.

    If you've never seen Near Dark check it out. You've never seen Henriksen or Paxton better. Especially Paxton.

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  • Basket Case

    Basket Case 1982

    ★★★★ Rewatched 10 Oct, 2016 4

    What's in the basket?

    I already did a little review for Frank Henenlotter's psychotronic insanity on Letterboxd here. The sequels are a lot of fun, but the micro budget of the original freed Henenlotter to cut loose with no one to answer too except his limited resources.

    It might be a good thing that having backing for films causes Henenlotter to hold back because the world will never be ready for the fully unhinged Henenlotter.

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  • Rings

    Rings 2005

    ★★★ Watched 09 Oct, 2016

    First time watching this. Didn't even know it existed. "The tape" has become legend and kids are playing a game for Russian Roulette with it to see who can last the most days before finally making someone new watch their copy to stop the curse.

    I want to say that this was a better idea than The Ring Two, but I have no recollection what that movie was about at all. I remember the deer attack... and that's it. Could…