2020 Movie Log


Starting the decade off fresh:

1. Magnolia (1999, Anderson)-90, Blu Ray
2. Patriot Games (1992, Noyce)-85, Netflix Instant Viewing
3. The Peacemaker (1997, Leder)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
4. Dolemite Is My Name (2019, Brewer)-91, Netflix Instant Viewing
5. 1917 (2019, Mendes)-98, Theater

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Horrorfest 2019: Never Sleep Again


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They are not paying me for promotional purposes. Yet….

Well it is time for another Horrorfest, especially since last year’s worked great and resulted in me reviving my love for horror movies. Every time I think I’ll stop doing these something causes me to continue, and in this case the magic of streaming services makes it possible I will be doing this until I finally die…or return as the undead. I thought about doing a list but that never works, so all films listed here are ones I have actually viewed, with reviews to bore-I mean, follow. Enjoy! PS: This was my 500th blog post. Very fitting, indeed.

Pre-October:

1. The Babysitter (2017, Demonic Cult)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2019/08/03/horrorfest-2019-presents-the-babysitter-2017-mcg/
2. Ready Or Not (2019, Crazy Rich People)-https://wp.me/pRBID-2mq
3. It: Chapter 2 (2019, Pennywise)-Work in progress I guess
4. Summer of 84 (2018, Slasher)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2019/10/20/horrorfest-2019-presents-summer-of-84-2018-francois-simard-anouk-whissell-and-yoann-karl-whissell/
5. The Ranger (2018, Slasher)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2019/10/20/horrorfest-2019-presents-the-ranger-2018-jennifer-wexler/

October:

6. Viy (1967, Demons)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2019/10/22/horrorfest-2019-presents-viy-1967-konstantin-yershov-georgi-kropachyov/
7. Under the Shadow (2016, Evil Spirits)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2019/10/24/horrorfest-2019-presents-under-the-shadow-2016-babak-anvari/
8. Twins of Evil (1972, Vampires)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2019/11/25/horrorfest-2019-its-hammer-time-presents-twins-of-evil-1972-john-hough/
9. Vampire Circus (1972, DUH)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2019/11/27/horrorfest-2019-its-hammer-time-presents-vampire-circus-1972-robert-young/
10. Final Exam (1981, Slasher)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2019/12/05/horrorfest-2019-presents-final-exam-1981-jimmy-huston/
11. The Love Witch (2016, SEX MAGIK)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2019/12/06/the-love-witch-2016-anna-biller/
12. City of the Dead (1959, New England Witches)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2019/12/06/city-of-the-dead-1960-john-llewellyn-moxey/
13. The Corpse Grinders (1971, KILLER CATS)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2019/12/16/horrorfest-2019-presents-the-corpse-grinders-1971-ted-v-mikels/
14. Cannibal Girls (1973, MEAT)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2019/12/16/horrorfest-2019-presents-cannibal-girls-1973-ivan-reitman/
15. Hell Night (1981, Slasher)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2019/12/17/horrorfest-2019-presents-hell-night-1981-tom-desimone/

16. The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1985, Slasher)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2019/12/24/horrorfest-2019-presents-the-hills-have-eyes-2-1985-wes-craven/
17. Hands of the Ripper (1971, Jack’s Kid)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2019/12/24/horrorfest-2019-its-hammer-time-presents-the-hands-of-the-ripper-1971-peter-sasdy/
18. The Mutilator (1985, Slasher)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2019/12/27/horrorfest-2019-presents-the-mutilator-1985-buddy-cooper/
19. Thirst (1979, Vampire Cult)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2020/01/14/2019-horrorfest-presents-thirst-1979-rod-hardy/
20. Stagefright (1987, Slasher)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2020/01/14/horrorfest-2019-presents-stage-fright-1987-michele-soavi/
21. The Wax Mask (1997, Giallo)
22. De Lift (1983, Killer Elevator)
23. I Drink Your Blood (1971, Rabies)
24. All The Colors of the Dark (1972, Madness)
25. One Cut of the Dead (2017, Zombies)

26. Demons 2 (1986, UGLY BUGGERS)
27. Der Nachtmahr (2015, Creature Feature)
28. You Might Be The Killer (2018, Meta)
29. Day of the Animals (1977, NATURE IS PISSED)
30. The Awakening (2011, British Ghosts)
31. Bloody Pit of Horror (1965, Torture and lots of it)
32. Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl (2016, Lesbians)
33. Mayhem (2017, VIOLENCE)
34. Zombieland: Double Tap (2019, GO BIG OR GO HOME)
35. Jack Frost (1997, Killer Snowman)
36. Dark Water (2002, CREEEEEPY)

Halloween:

37. Happy Birthday to Me (1981, Slasher)

Coda:

38. The Lighthouse (2019, WUT)

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Horrorfest 2019 Presents: De Lift (1983, Dick Maas)


De Lift or The Lift in English is a really dumb movie that I wish had worked. It does not because a killer elevator sounds way cooler in concept than in the execution. Also this movie is very limited in what it offers, which in some cases is a good thing but here it works against Dick Maas’ cult flick. This is too bad since I rather enjoyed and liked Amsterdamned, which is a much better effort from Mr. Maas. Perhaps De Lift was a nice tuneup, a way for him to experiment a little.

De Lift is not entirely bad, however-in fact I thought it was an okay movie. Huub Stapel is good in this as well as Amsterdamned, and Willeke van Ammelrooy has decent chemistry with him. Normally I am ok with less is more, yet this film would have oddly benefitted from more gore and a higher body count. If you want to see a movie where a man shoots at an elevator, then this your kind of film.

Horrorfest 2019 Presents: The Wax Mask (1997, Sergio Stivaletti)


The Wax Mask is a gory, violent update of two older movies: The Mystery of the Wax Museum and House of Wax. I have seen and liked the Vincent Price one, and I prefer it over The Wax Mask, largely because Vincent Price is better than anyone in Sergio Stivaletti’s movie. Which is too bad considering that Dario Argento was involved in producing the movie, and Lucio Fulci was supposed to direct. I wonder if that would have resulted in a better movie had Fulci not died. Oh well.

At least the special effects in this movie are neat, and the cast isn’t half bad. None of the actors stood out however. I did think some parts were really creepy, however the movie fails to sustain them. Plus the trailer gives away too much of the film, which seems to be the problem with most trailers. I think my rating for this movie is too high-it was a 7/10, but it should have been a 6 or something.

Horrorfest 2019 Presents: Stage Fright (1987, Michele Soavi)


When it comes to Michele Soavi’s body of work, Stage Fright is probably one of the more straightforward of his movies. Yet even this 1980s giallo has a lot of weird touches, and that is what makes this psycho killer goes after theater people movie more interesting than most. Naturally the kills are brutal, and Soavi tries to present characters that are not as paper thin as the ones in a typical slasher movie. Oh and Stage Fright takes the cliche of “All the dead people rounded up” and dials it up to 11 with a great, memorable scene that can be found easily via Google.

Barbara Cupisti is great as the final girl, and David Brandon also is the crazed director who at time poses as much a threat to the cast as the killer does with his awful decisions. Even though the last act goes on way too long, and the ending feels tacked on, I rather enjoyed Stage Fright. As far as 1980s slasher and giallos go this one was one of the best, and is well made. Even hardcore cinema buffs can appreciate a movie that even if it is not great still achieves what it sets out to do, with some extra flair thrown in for style points.

2019 Horrorfest Presents: Thirst (1979, Rod Hardy)


Rod Hardy’s Thirst (not to be confused with the modern day vampire movie with the same title) is equal parts Soylent Green and Hammer Films vampire movies put together in one over the top, marvelous package. Chantal Contouri headlines a cast that also includes David Hemmings and Henry Silva as part of a cult that is obsessed with a woman that is descended from Elizabeth B├íthory. They want to turn her into a vampire just like her! What you have is rooms full of giant blood vats, an opening that is rather startling, and a conclusion that left me a tad confused. This movie also gave me some David Cronenberg vibes, and I wonder if it further influenced him as much as it was seemingly influenced by him (I was reminded of Rabid quite a bit-which not a bad thing). Anyone who knows me well can attest to my love of cult cinema and strange B-movie oddities, and this movie fits into both categories.

There was parts that did bore me at times, and the fact that Kate keeps trying to escape only to be recaptured became a bit overplayed. However I still liked how the movie never stopped trying to shock her or the audience. The blood shower scene would be at home in any horror movie, and the part where she witnesses the cult members feeding is creepy and very memorable. The cast really helps with some of the thinner material, particularly Hemmings and Silva. Contouri also gives an excellent performance, as she is the movie’s anchor-you sympathize with her while also thinking “Hey she might give into all this madness.” Conformity in society is a powerful thing, and in the hands of the wrong people it can be easily weaponized.

2020 Music Log


Here we go again! All songs from my beloved public library unless noted.

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1. And the Anonymous Nobody.., De La Soul-8.5
2. 13 Songs, Fugazi-9.5
3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Various Artists

Horrorfest 2019 Presents: The Mutilator (1985, Buddy Cooper)


I kind of like this title better. Also catchy theme song.

The Mutilator aka Fall Break begins as a goofy fun movie that quickly becomes a nasty and gory slasher film. Oh and the main character’s dad goes crazy and starts a murder spree. This is one of those horror movies where people end up being picked off one by one in violent fashion. The characters in this movie aren’t half bad, yet one watches these for the kills. The kills are pretty good in terms of brutal entertainment.

I wonder if maybe the Reagan years caused so many slasher movies to exist. Perhaps the era was just right for those kinds of movies. Maybe people wanted really violent entertainment. I guess you can say that for most decades, really. At this stage I have seen way too many of them, and I have enjoyed way too many of them so I wonder if there is something wrong with me. Probably. Also this is a good fall movie and Fall Break is really a much better title.

Horrorfest 2019/It’s Hammer Time Presents: The Hands of the Ripper (1971, Peter Sasdy)


The Hands of the Ripper was one of the non franchise movies that Hammer Studios put out while they were still one of the top horror studios in the world. I rather like this one as it has nasty kills, good characters and a plot that works despite being kind of ridiculous. Eric Porter stars as the kind psychiatrist who takes in the young daughter of none other than the infamous Jack the Ripper! Yet, he finds out all too quickly that some behaviors cannot be cured.

Angharad Rees is great as Anna, the poor young lady who doesn’t realize that she’s a killer. Things become even more dramatic as everytime Anna falls under a spell she acts out her father’s deadly wishes. One murder is particularly brutal (and quite sharp) while another is highly unexpected. While this movie works better as a slasher movie than a melodrama, I rather enjoyed it. The Hands of the Ripper might not one of Hammer’s best, however it was a solid effort from one of my favorite horror studios.

Horrorfest 2019 Presents: The Hills Have Eyes 2 (1984, Wes Craven)


There are some movies that do not deserve or need a sequel. The Hills Have Eyes 2 is a jumbled mess that lacks the raw energy of the first, brutal cult classic. Sometimes franchises are a bad idea, only this potential one died rather quickly. Wes Craven made this for some fast cash, only to abandon the movie when the money ran out. Funny enough this was finished before Craven hit it big with A Nightmare On Elm Street. Lucky for Wes Craven everyone remembers that movie instead.

I don’t recall hardly any of the cast, and if this was not on Shudder I never would have made it through the movie. The cast for this is not bad, and the main storyline is ok, yet the kills are boring and there is hardly any suspense. Skip this movie unless like myself you are dead set on going through all of Craven’s filmography. Luckily he rebounded later in the 1980s and he figured out how to tackle a franchise with the Scream series. Even good directors have one or two mistakes in their careers.

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