So I’ve decided to have my own 31 days of Halloween if you will by watching a horror type flick every day and blogging about it! So check this post for updates as I will only be posting the one blog about it whole experience. Also I don’t have anything pre-planned, I’m just deciding what to watch day of.
I decided to start the month off with the movie that made me a fan of horror flicks when I was a kid and that is “The Monster Squad.”
The Monster Squad
August 12, 1987 82 minutes
To me “The Monster Squad” was to monster movies as “The Goonies” was to adventure movies. I mean the stars of both film have the same mom, Mary Ellen Trainor. Another similarity is in “The Goonies” has Chunk but “The Monster Squad” was less PC and just calling a character Fat Kid.
Sean and his group of friends call themselves “The Monster Squad” and they discover Monsters are real and only they can stop Dracula’s plan to take over the world. Featuring such Monster’s as Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman, The Mummy, Vampiresses, and one that is The Creature from the Black Lagoon but they legally can’t call it that because of Universal Monsters copyright so instead it’s called Gill-Man.
This movie is also the first time I learned about Nazi Concentration Camps because I asked my Nana what was the tattoo on the Scary German Guy’s arm was. The most memorable scene for me was when Jonathan Cries who plays the Wolfman was calling Sean’s dad to warn him and that Dracula was going to kill his son while he was transforming into the Wolfman. Great scene! Of course the most well-known line is “Wolfman’s got nards!”
Great start to the month!
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
New Line Cinema
October 14, 1994 112 minutes
The seventh film in the series is the most unique as it takes place in the real world mixing reality and fiction. Heather Langenkamp who played star of the first & 3rd films Nancy Thompson returns playing “herself” in a story where Freddy Krueger crosses over into the real world going after Heather through her family. Many actors and Hollywood executives played themselves in the film such as various studio executives and personnel, Wes Craven, and Robert Englund playing himself and Freddy Krueger.
My favorite death scene in the flick is the nanny Julie who is killed in a similar fashion as the character Tina Grey from the first flick dragged up the wall and across the ceiling. Although this killing, as well as the rest of the killings in the movie, is more realistic with an appropriate amount of blood spilled instead of gallons using human emotion to garner an audience reaction.
As a whole this film is much darker and Freddy is much more serious and evil than how he portrayed in the other films.
May 26, 2015 85 Minutes
I found this movie on Netflix in the Horror section although I wouldn’t categorize it as horror myself because to me horror is scary, this wasn’t scary. It wasn’t a comedy either it was mostly a good story that got very gory at the end. I really enjoyed it, but what really held it all together was the narrative by the female star of the film Danielle Guldin and co-starring roles from Horror movie Icons Bill Mosely and Kane Hodder.
The film is about two outcasts, friends from childhood who are bit sociopathic and are pretty much treated like the dirt on society’s boot heels.
Dark Was the Night
July 24, 2015 98 Minutes
Set in an isolated northeast logging town called Maiden Woods this creature feature is actually based on an event that occurred in 1855 in Topsham, England when the town awoke to biped foot prints through town in freshly fallen snow.
The star of the flicks I Kevin Durand who I’ve recognized in several movies and TV shows usually playing the bad guy or secondary rolls. He was really good in this as the town Sherriff who is the town’s only defense against these unknown beings.
February 27, 2015 91 Minutes
I found this film on Netflix with the description that was basically teenagers at an all-night party at an abandoned insane asylum where they inadvertently summons a demonic spirit, sold. The opening scene was a topless girl shooting up heroin before eating a bullet. Well it started strong!
As the movie progressed and the cast was unveiled there were several people that I didn’t know their names but I did recognize them from other movies and I had liked them. I really enjoyed this movie, good tension, practical effects, good story and it was well acted. Some good unexpected stuff along the way. Well worth watching.
Universal Pictures / Blumhouse Productions
October 7, 2014 82 Minutes
Video cameras are sent to a college girl, a wanna be clown, and a husband and wife duo who each think they have won a prize. However shortly thereafter they received threatening letters warning they are not to stop filming or they will die.
This is a found footage style film that I watched on Netflix. It was ok, don’t think I’d ever watch it again.
Devil’s Backbone, Texas
March 31, 2015 82 Minutes
I found this movie in the new release horror section on Netflix. The synopsis they have is “A filmmaker returns to the scene of his father’s mysterious death in the wilderness to uncover the madness – or the evil – that claimed his life.” I’m not sure this is descriptive enough.
This is a documentary about filmmaker Jake Wall and his journey with his friends and siblings to his father’s beloved land in “Devil’s Backbone, Texas” to spread his father, Bert Wall’s, ashes. Bert was a horror writer who claimed this land to be the most haunted land in America and it was even featured on Unsolved Mysteries in January 1996. They have a “clip” of Unsolved Mysteries complete with Robert Stack talking about it.
This film wonderfully blurs the lines of fiction and reality mixing first person interviews and home video footage like an actual documentary. As the picture progresses the footage does start to become less documentary style and more like found footage, especially the last several minutes. Doing some research this is an actual highly paranormal sight and it really was featured on Unsolved Mysteries on January 12, 1996.
more to come...