October Horrorthon 2012

Well, it’s that time of year again. The month where I watch way too many horror flicks (if that’s even a thing) in an attempt to watch at least 1 a day throughout October.

I’m pretty sure I pulled it off last year, though some of my original list (http://dorkswithoutfaces.com/newmicroshock/?p=1537) got bumped for other movies (that I clearly didn’t bother to mention or update you about). I’ve added some of the ones I missed to this list, but really, who knows if any of them will be misplaced or displaced or something along those lines.

Anyway, without further adieu, here is the current list of my

October Horrorthon 2012

1) Popcorn (1991) – “Buy a Bag, Go Home in a Box

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV7UB2jYMeE

“A “Leatherface” type murderer who wears other people’s faces, kills at an all-night horrorthon at an old theatre put on by a bunch of film students. Maggie, the lead character, believes it’s really Lanyard Gates, a crazed film maker who killed his family live on stage, fifteen years ago. And now he’s back to kill his daughter, Sara, who is believed to be really Maggie”

I’d watched this one last year and really enjoyed it, but don’t really remember it that well. Based on the long in progress internet campaign to release this film on Blu Ray (http://slasherfilmsanctuary.blogspot.ca/2011/04/popcorn-dvdblu-ray-re-release-fund-by.html), I’m intrigued enough to give it another shot. Plus, “Lanyard” is a sweet word / name.

2) Nightmare City (1980)“Don’t get caught “alive”… you’d be better off dead!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKmPCFP6pI8

”An airplane exposed to radiation lands, and blood drinking zombies emerge armed with knives, guns and teeth! They go on a rampage slicing, dicing, and biting their way across the Italian countryside.”

I’ve always been a fan of Lucio Fulci and fulci-esque 80′s italian zombie, demon-type gore flicks. Most of them aren’t particularly good, and for every Zombi 2 there’s a Demons 2. Anyway, this one’s from the director of Cannibal Ferox, which I personally prefer to the more well known Cannibal Holocaust, but I probably won’t be going out of my way to watch either of them again anytime soon. Anyway, this one is about zombies who run (20+ years before 28 Days Later) and are able to use guns. Sounds sort of amazing. Can’t believe it’s taken me this long to watch this (presumed) “gem”.

Side note – Cannibal Ferox has a wicked theme song that I was eventually able to get a 7″ of on vinyl. So good – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t833O1-1Pd4

3) The Blob (1988) – “Scream now, while you can still breathe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyuWJ-7jeGY

“Remake of the 1958 horror sci-fi about a deadly blob from another planet which consumes everyone in its path. Teenagers try in vain to warn the townsfolk, who refuse to take them seriously.”

With all the uproar over remakes of “Classic” horror films (or films in general) I always felt this 80′s remake rose above most. It’s been awhile since I caught it on Scream (remember when it was a channel ? Remember when it was a GOOD channel ?), but if it’s half as good as I remember than it belongs on the shortlist of good horror remakes (along with The Crazies, Dawn of the Dead, The Thing, The Fly, Piranha and maybe The Hills Have Eyes).

4) Motel Hell (1980)“It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent fritters”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4AR3BgaCdA

“Farmer Vincent kidnaps unsuspecting travellers and is burying them in his garden. Unfortunately for his victims, they are not dead. He feeds his victims to prepare them for his roadside stand. His motto is: It takes all kinds of critters…to make Farmer Vincents fritters. The movie is gory, but is also a parody of slasher movies like Last House on the Left.”

This is a pretty well known 80′s Cult Classic horror/comedy that Scream also used to play back in its heyday. I’ve definitely seen it once or twice, and I always hear pretty good things about it, but I can never remember much about it or if I actually liked it or not. I remember him “planting” people and wearing a giant pig-head while fighting cops with a chainsaw, but that’s about it. Still, considering the amount of chances I gave Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, a movie with a Chainsaw Pig fighting cops deserves another shot.

5) Intruder (1989)“If this one does not scare you, you’re already dead!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Gb_jROtuBQ

“The ex-boyfriend of a check-out girl at a supermarket returns at closing time to make trouble. They quarrel and the boyfriend is ejected from the store. After they lock the building up to take inventory, the employees start dying off, and the survivors must eventually find a way to escape with their lives.”

This one is a pretty well known Cult Classic as well. Starring Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi, Bruce Campbell and written/directed by the writer of Evil Dead 2, this is a very cool low budget slasher/mystery flick. I was lucky enough to win a copy of the recently released Blu Ray autographed by the director himself (having recently directed the surprisingly decent Hostel 3). I had a lot of fun with it then and I’ve been looking forward to watching it again.

6) The Woods (2006)“…Evil grows there!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt6pusXSbKg

“In 1965, after provoking a fire in a forest, the rebel teenager Heather Fasulo is sent to the boarding school Falburn Academy in the middle of the woods by her estranged mother Alice Fasulo and her neglected father Joe Fasulo. The dean Ms. Traverse accepts Heather in spite of the bad financial condition of her father. The displaced Heather becomes close friend of he weird Marcy Turner, while they are maltreated by the abusive mate Samantha Wise. During the nights, Heather has nightmares and listens to voices from the woods, and along the days she believes that the school is a coven of witches. When some students, including Marcy, simply vanish, Heather believes she will be the next one.”

Speaking of Bruce Campbell, he plays it straight in a supporting role in Lucky McKees The Woods, his follow up to the excellent May. I’ve read so much about this troubled production, but never actually gotten around to seeing it. I remember that M Night Shymalans The Village was originally supposed to be called “The Woods” but changed its title since McKees film was slated to come out first. That was in 2004. I’d always assumed the worst, but I trust McKee enough to give this a shot. Plus it was filmed in Montreal, so that’s something, right ?

7) The Stepfather (1987)“Who Am I Here?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6dg84FhA9k

“A family-values man named Jerry Blake marries widows and divorcées with children in search of the perfect family. As soon as his new family members show signs of being human and not robots who will march unquestioningly to his tune, his dreams of domestic bliss begin to crumble, and he kills them. Then he alters his appearance, assumes a new identity, and skips to another town to begin the deadly ritual all over again. He marries Susan Maine, who sees him as the ideal surrogate father for her teenage daughter Stephanie, and he is soon up to his old tricks when she proves to be too much of a troublesome teen to handle.”

Now here’s one that I remember seeing in the VHS horror section at the local videoflicks (that I would eventually go on to work at) when I was a kid. I never actually watched it, but it certainly stuck with me. It has 2 sequels (including a made for TV third installment with a different star, which the explained with plastic surgery) and a supposedly abysmal remake but I’ve always heard good things about the original. And yeah, star Terry O’Quinn went on to be in Lost, but I’ll always remember him in another favourite of mine – Pin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=um9rXGoMTv8) !!

8) Rec 2 (2009) / Rec 3 (2012) “Two radically different films from Paco Plaza and Jaume Balagueró”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0-gVB-U5is

“The medical Dr. Owen leads a three-men SWAT team inside the sealed off building to get blood sample from the girl Medeiros to develop an antidote. They are attacked by the zombie-like creatures and Dr. Owen locks a zombie inside a room using a crucifix. He discloses that the patient zero was possessed by the evil and the Vatican sent him to save mankind. Further, they will only leave the building under his voice command. Meanwhile, three teenagers follow a fireman and a man that breaks into the building through the sewage system to rescue his colleague and daughter respectively and they are trapped inside. They are lured and release the evil creature that was locked by Dr. Owen in a room. Out of the blue, the lead team meets the journalist Ângela Vidal hidden inside the building.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlzGK2uy7Es

“The action now takes place miles away from the original location and partly in broad daylight, giving the film an entirely fresh yet disturbing new reality. The infection has left the building. In a clever twist that draws together the plots of the first two movies, this third part of the saga also works as a decoder to uncover information hidden in the first two films and leaves the door open for the final installment, the future ‘[REC] 4 Apocalypse‘.”

Rec 2 is a movie I’ve been trying to watch for quite some time now. I loved Rec (and hated Quarantine, for obvious reasons) and have been hearing great things about the follow up. I started watching it a few years ago when I had a shitty projector instead of a big boy TV. Needless to say, it was pretty hard to read the dialogue when it’s tiny and blurry. Eventually I decided to wait it out until the (then) upcoming Rec 3 came out. At this point if I don’t watch them now I may as well wait for Rec 4, and I just don’t have that kind of time, come on now.

9) Evil Aliens (2005)“A bloody close encounter”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91umuPYc6Nc

“The sensationalist reporter Michelle Fox presents the TV show Weird World, with phony matters about UFOS and aliens. When she hears about Cat, a young woman that claims that have been abducted with her boyfriend and become pregnant by aliens, she convinces her chief to travel with a team to the remote Welsh island of Scalled to interview Cat. She invites the cameraman Ricky Anderson with his sound technician partner; the nerd expert in “ufology” and “ley lines” Gavin Gorman; the actress Candy Vixen and an obscure gay actor to prepare the matter. They get a van and wait for the low tide to reach the island, and when they find evidences that aliens are really landed in the location, the ambitious Michelle decides to film her way to fame and wealth.”

Here’s one that I’ve read a lot about but never gotten around to seeing. Apparently it’s super gory and ridiculous and possibly hilarious. I’ll be the judge of that I guess, but the fact that it’s british automatically increases its chances.

10) Jacob’s Ladder (1990)“The most frightening thing about Jacob Singer’s nightmare is that he isn’t dreaming”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJztRnDxdM8

“New York postal worker Jacob Singer is trying to keep his frayed life from unraveling. His days are increasingly being invaded by flashbacks to his first marriage, his now-dead son, and his tour of duty in Vietnam. Athough his new wife tries to help Jacob keep his grip on sanity, the line between reality and delusion is steadily growing more and more uncertain.”

Kind of surprised I’ve never actually seen this one. Big fan of Tim Robbins, and I’ve always heard really good things about it. Probably more psychological than horror, it’s still about time I cross it off the list. Especially if it’s half as good as Arlington Road or Nothing to Lose.

11) The Stuff (1985)“Are you eating it …or is it eating you?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uE6Z1nBqLwo

“Weird yummy goo erupts from the earth and is discovered by a couple of miners. They taste it and decide to market it because it tastes so good. The American public literally eats up the new dessert sensation now known as the Stuff but, unfortunately, it takes over the brains of those who eat it, turning them into zombie-like creatures. It is up to ex-FBI agent David Rutherford and a kid named Jason to stop the spread of the mind-devouring dessert.”

Mmmm, delicious yummy goo. I keep wondering if I’ve ever gotten around to watching this whole movie before. I know that it’s another Scream classic, but it’s hard to keep track of them after awhile. I will admit to being an occasional fan of writer/director Larry Cohens work (It’s Alive trilogy, Maniac Cop trilogy, Q, Phone Booth), he IS pretty hit and miss. Anyway, great tagline.

12) The Loved Ones (2009)“You don’t have to die to go to hell”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb5BFm4qIow

“In order to avoid a ghostly figure in the road, high school senior Brent Mitchell wraps his car around a tree, killing his father. Constantly confronted by his mother’s emotional collapse after the accident, Brent escapes into a marijuana fueled world of loud metal music to block the pain and guilt. Dejected and out of sorts, he has a shot at happiness with his girlfriend Holly, a grounded, caring girl with drop dead good looks, a dream date for the high school prom. But his plans are thwarted by a disturbing series of events that take place under a mirrored disco ball, involving pink satin, glitter, syringes, nails, power drills and a secret admirer. Brent has become the prom king at a macabre, sadistic event where he is the entertainment.”

This one has been getting great reviews for some time now, not surprising since it came out 3 years ago overseas and is only now being released here. Looks pretty demented, and I’ve been on a good roll lately with Australian horror (The Reef, Black Water, Rogue, to a lesser extent Wolf Creek and Lake Mungo) so I’m looking forward to this one. And all of them really.

13) Tourist Trap (1979)“Every year young people disappear”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjZf77O3w8Q

“Teenagers come across a shut-in psychopath with telekinetic powers. He proceeds to use these powers to slay them one by one as well as animate the various mannequins he uses to keep himself company.”

Here’s another that I’ve been meaning to watch (and may have started) but haven’t gotten through. It’s a slightly under the radar cult flick that is generally well reviewed for its weird, creepy tone. I’d heard the title before, but I actually looked into it because it stars Chuck Connors who I really enjoyed in the grindhouse classic The Mad Bomber (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl65laykr3E&feature=relmfu).

14) The Dead Pit (1989) “When the dead start to walk you’d better start running…”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRSG4y-gc1A

“A renegade doctor is shot dead and entombed with his fiendish experiments in the basement of an abandoned wing of a mental hospital. Twenty years later, a mysterious woman is admitted with amnesia, and her arrival is marked by an earthquake – which cracks the seal to the Dead Pit, freeing the evil doctor to continue his work.”

Here’s another remnant from last years list. It sounds pretty great (mad doctor, zombies, pits, etc) and I think I started to watch it but never seemed to finish it. Probably doesn’t bode well for its quality, but maybe the complexities of the pit were just too much for me last year. 2012 – Year of the Pit.

15) Altered States (1980)When he heard his cry for help it wasn’t human”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyBE_aKg858

“An American researching different states of consciousness with the aid of mind altering drugs and an isolation chamber begins to experience disturbing physical changes in his body that point toward an evolutionary regression.”

Another highly regarded film that I’ve never gotten the chance to see, I mostly remember it for constantly being in the sale bin at HMV for like 5$ throughout my tenure there. I do like William Hurt, and how can you go wrong with the director of Tommy and Whore ? Also The Devils (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9DFfrH-018), which I should really get around to watching. Like most things in my collection it seems.

16) The Day of the Beast (1995)“A devilishly dark comedy”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA2FjEOyl9I

“A basque priest finds by means of a cabalistic study of the bible that the anti-christ is going to be born on Christmas day in Madrid. Helped by a heavy-metal fan and by the showman of a TV esoteric program, he will try to invoke the devil to find out the place of birth and kill the baby.”

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to use this one in October or save it for my annual “12 Slays of Christmas” in December. Tough call, but what if it uses up one of the days that would have held Silent Night Deadly Night 2 or Christmas Evil ?! I … I just wouldn’t be able to live with the lump of cole that Santa would bring me for snubbing such “gems”.

17) Nightbreed (1990)“Come meet the dead of night”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MntiEGXQFk

“A community of mutant outcasts of varying types and abilities attempts to escape the attention of a psychotic serial killer and redneck vigilantes with the help of a brooding young man who discovers them.”

As a huge fan of the Hellraiser, this is a movie I’ve been meaning to check out for quite some time. To be honest, I’d mostly avoided it this long because of the well documented problems Clive Barker had with the studio re-cutting the film and severely changing his intentions in the process. That said, Barker has recently assembled and been given permission to raise funds for a restored version of the film, dubbed “The Cabal Cut” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX0-AlytIXY). For awhile I figured I’d just wait for that version, but I was afraid I might not even LIKE the film in the first place, so I’ve decided to give “The Cut Cut” (aka theatrical version) a go.

18) The Horde (2009)“An end of the world battle between gangsters, cops and zombies”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY4ui929TiE

“A posse of crooked cops, malevolent gangsters and a horde of walking dead are the centre point of this gruesome, tight, action packed, claustrophobic tale of retribution and escape. Penned like animals, on the top floor of a deserted high-rise block, these two opposing gangs find that they are not alone in the lair of bloodthirsty corridors of death. Joining forces to survive, they must reach ground level together or perish. Loaded with a bad ass attitude, guns, axes and extremely creative hand-to-hand combat sequences that project the fears and paranoia that are the fighting forces behind the need to survive, when caught up in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

I’ve heard that this french zombie flick is a really good spin on the genre as well as being very well made (unlike most zombie flicks, recent or otherwise). I really enjoyed my first movie of the October viewings last year (The Deadhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e6lP7gksV0) and am hoping to similarly enjoy this one.

19) Creepshow (1982)“The Most Fun You’ll Ever Have… BEING SCARED!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_6vtAmFnkA

“Five tales of terror are presented. The first deals with a demented old man returning from the grave to get the Father’s Day cake his murdering daughter never gave him. The second is about a not-too-bright farmer discovering a meteor that turns everything into plant-life. The third is about a vengeful husband burying his wife and her lover up to their necks on the beach. The fourth is about a creature that resides in a crate under the steps of a college. The final story is about an ultra-rich businessman who gets his comeuppance from cockroaches.”

God I love this movie. Written by Stephen King, Directed by George Romero, Starring Ed Harris, Hal Holbrook, Ted Danson, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Savini, Stephen King, etc. It came out the year I was born, it’s an homage to the 50′s EC comics I love, and on and on. Creepshow is my favourite horror film and this year the local Mayfair Theatre (http://bank.mayfairtheatre.ca/) is showing it on glorious (and soon to be gone) 35mm. I’m so so so stoked to see it like this for the first time. If you’re from Ottawa or you’ve never seen this gem (actual gem this time) before, I advise you to check it out.

20) Some Guy Who Kills People (2011)“Ken Boyd, a lonely man fresh out of the loony bin, sets out to kill those he deems responsible for his miserable life”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJnQ4yYFDEk

“This film is about Ken Boyd, a guy who is not long out of a mental hospital who is working at an ice-cream/burger parlor. The people that put him in the mental hospital start turning up dead, killed in horrific ways. He finds out he has a daughter while at the same time that these killings are happening in the town. Meanwhile the local Sheriff is going out with Ken’s mom and he starts to suspect that Ken is the killer. All the evidence is pointing that way, and Ken’s estranged daughter catches him in a compromising position. It’s not looking good for Ken.”

I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about this one. Supposedly more comedy than horror, but it DOES involve a guy getting out of a mental hospital and people getting killed, so close enough, right ?

21) Silent Hill (2006)“Population. ZERO”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5mT5LhbRJw

“After the continuous sleep walking episodes of Sharon, the young daughter of Rose Da Silva, the decision is made to take Sharon to the place only mentioned in her restless dreams- Silent Hill. However, the road to Silent Hill is anything but easy to access, and Rose creates a high speed chase between herself and a police officer only to end in a crash for them both. When she wakes up, Sharon has disappeared and Rose is at the entrance to the deserted, dream-like town of Silent Hill. As Rose begins the search for her daughter, she does not realize the terror and mystery surrounding her. Rose is led on a blind search for her beloved daughter, finding herself getting more and more entwined into disturbing past of Silent Hill.”

I definitely tried watching this when it came out, but I fell asleep and didn’t think much of it after that. However, I really enjoyed Director Christophe Gans’ Brotherhood of the Wolf and I’ve heard good things about this one in the years that followed, so why not give it another chance ? Also, the sequel is about to come out, I’d hate to fall behind like that.

22) The Burrowers (2008)“Evil will surface”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbfQB8Aq3uE

“A band of courageous men sets out to find and recover a family of settlers that has mysteriously vanished from their home. Expecting the offenders to be a band of fierce natives, the group prepares for a routine battle. But they soon discover that the real enemy stalks them from below.”

Apparently this one is kind of a western meets Tremors type flick. I can certainly get behind the premise, and enough people have said good (or, not bad) things about this one, so I’m stoked to see some olde timey grabber type action.

23) Parents (1989)“There’s A New Name For Terror…”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67KhqYRUVVg

“Michael Laemie is a young boy living in a typical 1950′s suburbanite home… except for his bizarre and horrific nightmares, and continued unease around his parents. Especially his father, Nick Laemie (played by Randy Quaid). Young Michael begins to suspect his parents are cooking more than just hamburgers on the grill outside, but has trouble explaining his fears to his new-found friend Sheila, or the school’s social worker.”

Another Scream classic, I remember really enjoying this one. It plays on the paranoia of the premise nicely, and even if it builds towards a semi-predictable ending, it’s still a fun movie. Plus it has Randy Quaid (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOdac7vdiRw) !

24) Damien: The Omen 2 (1978)“The first time was only a warning”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az86iKhWAjk

“Seven years later, 13-year-old Damien is just discovering who he really is, and what he is destined to do. Now living with his Aunt, Uncle, and cousin in a wealthy suburb of Chicago, Damien is anxious to inherit everything. Can Richard Thorn finish the job that Damien’s father (Ambassador Thorn) started?”

I’m not a huge fan of The Omen (or the 3rd, 4th or remake) but the second one is a genuinely creepy (and I think superior) movie. Which is of course no disrespect to my boy Sam Neil who would go on to play Damien in the 3rd film (spoiler ?).

25) Lifeforce (1985)“In the blink of an eye, the terror begins”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqNquDlAanE

“A space shuttle mission investigating Halley’s Comet brings back a malevolent race of space vampires who transform most of London’s population into zombies. The only survivor of the expedition and British authorities attempt to capture a mysterious but beautiful alien woman who appears responsible.”

There’s a lot to (presumably) like about this movie. Directed by Tope Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Poltergeist, Salem’s Lot), Written by Dan O’Bannon (Alien, Total Recall, Return of the Living Dead, Dead & Buried) and Starring Patrick Stewart (Masterminds), I’ve always heard good things about it. I tried watching it once when I was younger, but I really couldn’t get into it. Based on the fact that I probably couldn’t fully comprehend it at the time, I’m willing to give this one another try. Although I could have sworn the guy who played Pinhead was in it. Oh well.

26) Pieces (1982)“You Don’t Have To Go To Texas For A Chainsaw Massacre!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A97EOtxF2gA

“While playing with a puzzle, a teenager is repressed by his mother, and he kills her and severs her body with an ax. Forty years later, in an university campus in Boston, a serial killer kills young women and severs their bodies in parts, stealing body pieces from each student. Lt. Bracken makes a deal with the dean of the campus, and infiltrates the agent Mary Riggs as if she were a tennis teacher and together with the student Kendall, they try to find the identity of the killer.”

I hadn’t seen this semi-notorious Cult flick until Grindhouse Releasing (run by the late Sage Stallone) put out a great uncut release of it. I enjoyed it, but I ended up unloading it on ebay after awhile. It’s been long enough that I’d like to revisit this one, especially the (unintentionally) hilarious scene where the killer gets into an elevator with a girl and she doesn’t notice his enormous chainsaw …. UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE !!

27) Race With the Devil (1975)“Witness an unspeakable act!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqv6PIH_ymY

“Frank and Roger and their wives take off for Colorado in a recreational vehicle, looking forward to some skiing and dirt biking. While camping en route, they witness a Satanic ritual sacrifice, but the local sheriff finds no evidence to support their claims and urges them to continue on their vacation. On the way, however, they find themselves repeatedly attacked by cult members, and they take measures to defend themselves.”

With Easy Rider and The Limey under his belt, Peter Fonda has a lot of goodwill built up with me. I’ve heard good things about this one, and may have tried to watch it for last years list. PG horror can be a hard sell, but the premise is good, and I already know the “shocking” ending, so that’s something to look forward to at least.

28) The Sentinel (1977)“She was young. She was beautiful. She was next!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gco7N1NG0ek

“A fashion model moves into a house inhabited (on the top floor) by a blind priest. She begins having strange physical problems, has trouble sleeping at night, and has some nasty flashbacks of her attempted suicide. She complains to the real estate agent of the noise caused by her strange neighbors, but finds out that the house is only occupied by the priest and herself, and ultimately discovers that she has been put in the house for a reason.”

This one is supposed to be pretty creepy and was originally supposed to feature a score by John Williams. He had to drop out due to a film he was scoring for George Lucas. Wonder what 1977 film that would have been ? Anyway, besides that tidbit there was some controversy over the director using mentally challenged people to play dead people rising from hell. Nothing weird about that, right ?

29) Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 (1990)“The Saw Is Family”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRIU9ulSa1A

”A couple encounters a perverted gas station attendant who threatens them with a shotgun. They take a deserted path in Texas to seek help, but only meet up with a cannibalistic clan interested in helping themselves to fresh meat.”

This one is the most underrated movie in the TCM series (in my opinion of course). I mean, 4 blows, the prequel blows, the remake was okay, the second one gets better each time I see it and the first one is the first one. People seem to hate on this one for some reason, but there’s a lot to love. For one thing it stars your boy Viggo Mortensen and Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead, The Devil’s Rejects), it has an unsettling tone, it’s violent and has a good tongue in cheek humour to the proceedings. This is another film that I am thrilled to be seeing on the big screen for the first time as our Mayfair Theatre (http://bank.mayfairtheatre.ca/schedule/?MovieSchedule_Year=2012&MovieSchedule_Month=10) will be playing all 3 of the orginal TCM films. Lot of buzz about these screenings, I assure you.

30) Trick r’ Treat (2007)“Poison, Drowning, Claw, Or Knife. So Many Ways To Take A Life”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMoiNyyXSwU

“Five interwoven stories that occur on the same block, on the same night. A couple finds what happens when they blow a jack o’ lantern out before midnight, a high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer, a college virgin might have met the right guy for her, a group of mean teens play a prank that they take too far, and a hermit is visited by a special trick or treater.”

Great modern halloween flick that I now feel obligated to include in these annual screenings. I’m a sucker for horror anthologies (even moreso if they’re actually good) and this one is a real treat (cough).

31) Halloween II (1981)“More Of The Night HE Came Home”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzOdUKVD8Ac

“It’s the same night as the original Halloween. Michael Myers is around the neighborhood, after being gunned by Dr.Loomis six times. Now, he’s in a hospital where the girl Laurie Strode was taken. And there’s a reason why Michael is after her…”

Okay, first of all I’m really stoked to watch my new Shout Factory Blu Ray release of this that just came out. I’d originally bought the Universal Blu Ray that they released last year, but I’d heard the newer release was much better (it includes a better transfer, way more special features and, for the first time on DVD the TV cut of the film which is essentially a Director’s Cut). Luckily I hadn’t opened my earlier purchase and was able to upgrade for just a few dollars more (Eastwood baby). I might get flack for this, but I think I prefer this one to the original (I also really dig Jaws 2, Psycho 2, Hellraiser 2, Sleepaway Camp 2, Blood Feast 2 and Night of the Living Dead 2 – aka Dawn of the Dead). I’m not sure what it is about it, but upon re-watching it I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It’s more violent, well directed and picks up seconds after the original ends. It makes an excellent back to back experience with the original, much like the first two Hellraiser and Psycho films. You may not agree that it is better than the original, but I think we can all agree that it’s at least the second best film in the series. I highly recommend the new Blu Ray by the way. Very well done (http://www.amazon.ca/Halloween-II-Blu-ray/dp/B0089BSM70/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348983641&sr=8-1&tag=wp-amazon-associate01-20).

And there you have it. Ideally this is the finished list and I’ll actually get through all of these this year, but you know what they say about the best laid plans. It’s my intention that I’ll do a daily write up of each film as I watch them, but again, I tried to do that last year with mixed results. In the sense that I probably did like 8 of the 31 movies. Still, I’ve got a feeling that this is the year that I actually pull this of respectably. Well, as respectable as watching running zombies with guns can be.

Till’ Next,

– e

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