2019 Movie Log


It’s that time again already. Should I go for 200 movies this year and give up all my sanity and free time? Eh I think 100+ is enough.

January:

1. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018, Ramsey, Persichetti Jr., Rothman)-99, Theater Viewing
2. The Day After Tomorrow (2004, Emmerich)-35, AMC
3. Deep Impact (1998, Leder)-40, AMC
4. Under the Skin (2013, Glazer)-92, Netflix Instant Viewing
5. Crazy Rich Asians (2018, Chu)-93, RedBox
6. Night of the Living Deb (2015, Rankin)-81, Shudder
7. The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972, Pierce)-70, Shudder
8. Vice (2018, McKay)-96, Theater Viewing)
9. The Town (2010, Affleck)-91, AMC
10. Paddington (2015, King)-93, TubiTV
11. Samurai Cop (1991, Shervan)-90, TubiTV
12. Island of the Fishermen (1979, Martino)-65, Shout! TV
13. Mad Ron’s Prevues from Hell (1987, Monaco)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
14. Enemy (2014, Villeneuve)-95, Netflix Instant Viewing
15. Up the Creek (1984, Butler)-64, Charge TV
16. Night of the Living Dead (1990, Savini)-84, DVD

February:

17. Once Upon a Crime (1992, Levy)-71, This TV
18. Happy Death Day (2017, Landon)-88, RedBox
19. The Favourite (2018, Lanthimos)-96, Theater Viewing
20. Hereditary (2018, Aster)-96, RedBox
21. BlacKkKlansman (2018, Lee)-100, RedBox
22. Bird Box (2018, Bier)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
23. You Were Never Really Here (2017, Ramsay)-93, RedBox
24. Happy Death Day 2U (2019, Landon)-84, Theater Viewing
25. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019, Mitchell)-91, Theater Viewing

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Horrorfest 2018 Makes Me Shudder: 10 Years of Viewing


Look, I know the last one was a bust. I blame work, laziness, whatever. However this time I have a new, better resource: Shudder. Also not going with a list again, just showing the ones I have seen so far. Plus this is the 10th year of me doing Horrorfest. Wow. So I plan on going all out this time.

1. Tourist Trap (1979, Crazy People)-https://wordpress.com/view/madman731.wordpress.com
2. Sleepaway Camp (1983, Slasher)-https://wordpress.com/view/madman731.wordpress.com
3. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988, Demonic)-https://wordpress.com/post/madman731.wordpress.com/8723
4. Daughters of Darkness (1971, Vampires)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2018/09/29/horrorfest-2018-presents-daughters-of-darkness-1971-harry-kumel/
5. Basket Case (1982, Creature Feature)-https://wp.me/pRBID-2gT
6. The Meg (2018, Big Ass Shark)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2018/10/03/horrorfest-2018-presents-the-meg-2018-jon-turteltaub/
7. The Void (2016, Weird As Hell)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2018/10/04/horrorfest-2018-presents-the-void-2016-steven-kostanski-and-jeremy-gillespie/
8. The Addiction (1995, Vampires)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/horrorfest-2018-presents-the-addiction-1995-abel-ferrara/
9. Bad Moon (1996, Werewolf)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/?p=8763
10. The House By The Cemetery (1981, Italian horror)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2018/10/25/horrorfest-2018-presents-the-house-by-the-cemetery-1981-lucio-fulci/

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11. Don’t Go In The Woods (1981, Slasher)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2018/10/30/horrorfest-2018-presents-dont-go-in-the-woods-1981-james-bryan/
12. Curtains (1983, Crazy People)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2018/10/30/horrorfest-2018-presents-curtains-1983-richard-ciupka/
13. Magic (1978, DUMMIES ARE CREEPY)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2018/10/30/horrorfest-2018-presents-magic-1978-richard-attenborough/
14. Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971, Giallo)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2018/10/31/the-black-belly-of-the-tarantula-1971-paolo-cavara/
15. Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988, Angela)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2018/11/01/horrorfest-2018-presents-sleepaway-camp-ii-unhappy-campers-1988-michael-a-simpson/
16. Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989, Angela. Again)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/horrorfest-2018-sleepaway-camp-iii-teenage-wasteland-1989-michael-a-simpson/
17. Scream Blacula, Scream (1972, Blacula. Duh)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/horrorfest-2018-presents-scream-blacula-scream-1973-bob-kelljan/
18. Split (2017, The Beast)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/horrorfest-2018-presents-split-2017-m-night-shyamalan/
19. Burial Ground (1985, Zombies)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2018/11/07/horrorfest-2018-presents-burial-ground-aka-the-nights-of-terror-1985-andrea-bianchi/
20. Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989, METAL BECOMES FLESH)-https://wordpress.com/post/madman731.wordpress.com/8814

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21. Cannibal Holocaust (1980, Cannibals)-https://wp.me/pRBID-2ik
22. The Giant Spider Invasion (1975, Spiders. Duh)-https://wordpress.com/posts/madman731.wordpress.com
23. Teenage Zombies (1960, Zombies)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2018/12/03/horrorfest-2018-presents-teenage-zombies-1960-jerry-warren/
24. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1974, Duh)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2018/12/06/horrorfest-2018-presents-bram-stokers-dracula-1974-dan-curtis/
25. Creepshow 2 (1987, Anthology)-https://wp.me/pRBID-2iA
26. Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977, WTF)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2018/12/08/death-bed-the-bed-that-eats-1977-george-barry/
27. Zombie Holocaust (1980, Zombies)-https://wp.me/pRBID-2iJ
28. The Gate (1987, Demons)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2018/12/13/horrorfest-2018-presents-the-gate-1987-tibor-takacs/
29. Chopping Mall (1986, Killer Robots)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2018/12/14/horrorfest-2018-presents-chopping-mall-1986-jim-wynorski/
30. Halloween (2018, Ole Mikey)-https://wordpress.com/posts/madman731.wordpress.com

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31. Hell Of The Living Dead (1984, Zombies)-https://wordpress.com/view/madman731.wordpress.com
32. The Bat (1959, Slasher Mystery)-https://wordpress.com/post/madman731.wordpress.com/8915
33. Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994, Weird)-https://wordpress.com/posts/madman731.wordpress.com
34. Contamination (1980, Aliens)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2019/03/07/horrorfest-2018-presents-contamination-1980-luigi-cozzi/
35. We Always Find Ourselves in the Sea (2017, Ghosts)-https://wordpress.com/posts/madman731.wordpress.com
36. Madman (1982, Brutal)-https://wordpress.com/view/madman731.wordpress.com
37. Willow Creek (2013, BIGFOOT IS PISSED)
38. Ghostwatch (1992, BBC Ghost Hunting)
39. The New York Ripper (1982, Slasher)
40. The Deadly Spawn (1983, Aliens)
41. The Curse of the Werewolf (1961, Duh)
42. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986, The Sawyer Clan)

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Horrorfest 2018 Presents: Madman (1982, Joe Giannone)


When I was in the Boy Scouts, we went hiking to the old abandoned Scout camp that was next to the one everyone used. One of our leaders decided to scare the crap out of us by telling the story of a psycho killer that wandered the woods, searching for fresh victims. I am reminded of that story after having seen the 1981 cult classic The Burning, and having more recently viewed another cult flick, the 1982 brutal film Madman. This movie lives up to its title and then some, offering nasty kills and an urban legend that serves as a reminder that urban legends have a little basis in fact. In this case the tale of Madman Marz, it becomes very real for-you guessed it-a bunch of counselors at a local summer camp. You have to admire 1980s slasher cinema for being consistent in their choice of setting, although in this case the camp has been shut down because fall is approaching. So really this is more of a fall movie than a summer one, and that setting adds to the film’s style.

What makes this movie quite good is that it is mostly relentless, but also you have very little idea of who has a chance of surviving, which ups the suspense factor. I also thought the legend of Marz was quite freaky, and I thought the kills were fairly well done, both things that are necessary for a movie like this to work. If you are into a freaky gory movie that is pretty well made, then Madman is your kind of film. If you prefer something a bit more intelligent or with less body parts, then take a hard pass. I also prefer this to The Burning in terms of it being less goofy than a movie that was released a year earlier, although both are quite good and are solid introductions into the slasher sub-genre.

Horrorfest 2018 Presents: We Always Find Ourselves In The Sea (2017, Sean Hogan)


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Despite turning into more of a gore hound over the years, I am still a huge fan of ghost stories. A well made one such as We Always Find Ourselves In The Sea is to be savored, and many others have been among the best horror flicks I have ever seen. However Sea is merely very good, although that is more due to being a short film that could have been a little more fleshed out into a longer feature. I did enjoy the lack of explanation, however it does leave one feeling a little unsatisfied. My other issue is that the acting was merely okay, although this was probably a low budget outing and so that aspect can be excused.

The director, Sean Hogan, uses a more damp color scheme to illustrate the loneliness and isolation of the sea front area where the film takes place. The fact that this occurs on Christmas adds to the moody atmosphere, and there are some very creepy moments that I liked. I have not viewed a ton of horror shorts, preferring instead to view horror anthologies that are collections of those, and I think I shall try to watch more. Especially since Shudder has a bunch and there are a few other horror sites that contain short form movies that attempt to scare or gross out the viewer in a quicker time frame.

Horrorfest 2018 Presents: Contamination (1980, Luigi Cozzi)


Even though the 1980 cult horror sci-fi movie Contamination has been called a rip off of Alien, I found it to be more of a lost, more gorier episode of Doctor Who. Particularly since the main enemy had been possessed by an alien species, and that aspect usually formed the basis of many a Doctor Who episode. Even though it’s low budget qualities are obvious, I rather enjoyed Contamination. The Italians and the Germans in the 1970s and 1980s made films that were destined to be grind house style classics beloved by those who journeyed to rundown cinemas to view the latest splatter fest. Now a days they are the kind of movie watched by horror fanatics (myself included) online (in this case, Shudder) or via physical media supplied by companies such as Arrow Bay or Shout! Factory.

Once again Ian McCulloch pops up as the sturdy hero, although in this movie he is more a haunted burnt out astronaut recruited by others to stop the invasion of earth by exploding eggs. Louise Monroe and Martin Mase fill out the rest of the cast, and provide the film with a weak love triangle that it jettisons the moment the film needs more violence. Naturally this movie ended up as a video nasty, which embellished its reputation and caused more people to want to see it, not less. Honestly Contamination is nothing more than a fun movie, although perhaps that is enough in this case, and due to changes in cinema and budgets a film like this wouldn’t be made today. The B-movie is dead, long live the B-movie.

Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994, Don Coscarelli)


After the first two radical entries in the series, I was ready to watch Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (what a cool title, too) and see more of what Don Coscarelli had to offer. Unfortunately this movie is a bit too uneven at times to match the others, and while I liked the new batch of characters sent to aid the timeless hero Reggie (Reggie Bannister, multi barrel shotgun and guitar in hand) parts of this flick are too just too weird even for me. Also the movie needed more Tall Man, not less-the trio of undead travelers that go after Reggie, his new buddies Tim and Rocky, are not really menacing or creepy. I feel that the second movie had the right balance of action sequences and freaky moments, something that for some reason or another Coscarelli failed to match at times. This is a reminder that often third installments feel too “Been there, done that, seen it,” a factor working against them.

On the other hand Rocky (Gloria Lynne Henry) is a great addition to the series, as Tim (Kevin Connors), who manages to be that rare child actor in a low budget horror movie who is not annoying. Jordy as a sphere is at times more amusing than strange, and he acts as a sort of super weapon as Reggie and Mike seek a way to end the nightmare. I think this series does not get enough credit at times for being a pure apocalyptic take on the American Southwest. And as a reminder that even when chasing a sinister alien man through deserted cities there is always time for some quality guitar playing.

Horrorfest 2018 Presents: The Bat (1959, Crane Wilbur)


Playing out as part mystery, part early style giallo, The Bat (1959) is a solid and enjoyable remake of a film I have never seen. Having Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead anchor a reliable cast is a good move on Crane Wilbur’s part, and Price’s character exists in a gray area this time, unlike his usual villainous roles. I liked that The Bat was this shadowy killer, and in giallo/mystery fashion the viewer has to guess who he or she is throughout the movie. I also dug that in the 1950s era of sci-fi monster horror and aliens that a movie such as this one exists. Even if the movie is a tad by the numbers, although back in the 1950s viewers were probably freaked out by a mad killer ripping out people’s throats.

Also the make and look of The Bat reminds me of some later horror and action movies featuring a killer operating in such a manner, and even an episode from The Avengers’ TV show. There is even the breaking of the forth wall from Moorehead’s mystery writer who ends up in a meta experience, something that has been since used quite a lot in cinema. I recommend this movie, if only because it’s a nice and mostly fun movie that would be a good introduction to horror for younger audiences and those who cannot handle gore or too many frights.

Here’s Richard E. Grant Making it Clear He’s Barbra Streisand’s Biggest Fan — Newsfeed – TIME


Richard E. Grant has had a pretty great awards season, by all accounts. The longtime character actor — nominated as Best Supporting Actor in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, which stars Melissa McCarthy — has been on a roll over the past few months, sharing his experience on the festival and event circuit meeting other…

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Reminder that I need to really see Withnail and I.

Horrorfest 2018 Presents: Hell of the Living Dead (1980, Bruno Mattei)


Too bad Hell of the Living Dead only really has a cool title and some decent gore, because the characters are way too one note even for a 1980s Italian zombie movie. There was some interesting stuff about how the Third World is devoured by the richer countries, as reflected by the zombies, yet it comes into the movie way too late to have any kind of major impact. I lost interest midway through the film, and this might have worked more as a short movie or even a TV series instead of a movie. Bruno Mattei lacks the talent and skill that other, better Italian directors possessed, and while there are some great moments Hell of the Living Dead feels as if its a greatest hits collection of other, better zombie and horror movies.

If anything the plant setting at the beginning of the film was pretty cool, and should have been used more. I would have gone for a bottle episode type movie instead, one that would have been different from the multiple cannibal/zombie/gore fest movies that were so popular at the time. Skip this flick and watch Zombie Holocaust instead, although I wonder if maybe I had viewed this one before the other I would have felt differently. I don’t think so though as Zombie Holocaust is clearly the better made of the two.

2019 To View List


Subject to change and whether or not some of these even come to my area.

2019movies

1. Glass (Jan)
2. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (Feb)
3. Happy Death Day 2U (Feb)
4. Captain Marvel (March)
5. Us (March)
6. Pet Sematary (April)
7. Under the Silver Lake (April)
8. Avengers: Endgame (April)
9. Detective Pikachu (May)
10. John Wick: Chapter 3 (May)
11. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (May)
12. Spider-Man: Far From Home (July)
13. The Lion King (July)
14. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Aug)
15. It: Chapter Two (Sept)
16. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Oct)
17. Knives Out (Nov)
18. Star Wars: Episode IX (Dec)

Music Log 2019


While I fell short of 100 albums last year, I still tried to expand my horizons a bit. This will continue in 2019. All albums are from my local public library unless indicated below.

January:

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1. Head Hunters, Herbie Hancock-9.0
2. The Spy Who Loved Me OST, Marvin Hamlisch-8.5
3. Superfly, Curtis Mayfield-10.0
4. Are You Serious, Andrew Bird-8.0
5. Billion Dollar Babies, Alice Cooper-9.5
6. Idlewild South, The Allman Brothers Band-9.0
7. Wildflower, The Avalanches-9.0
8. Sabotage, Black Sabbath-9.5
9. Diamond Dogs, David Bowie-7.5, Barnes & Noble
10. Let’s Dance, David Bowie-9.0, Barnes & Noble
11. The Very Best of The Animals, The Animals-8.0
12. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Black Sabbath-9.0

February:

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13. The Clash (US Version), The Clash-9.0
14. Everyday, The Dave Matthews Band-8.5
15. Within The Realm of a Dying Sun, Dead Can Dance-8.0
16. Hotel California 40th Anniversary Edition, The Eagles-9.0
17. The Photo Album, Death Cab For Cutie-9.0, Half-Price Books
18. Donovan’s Greatest Hits, Donovan-8.0, Half-Price Books
19. So Tonight That I Might See, Mazzy Star-9.0, Half-Price Books
20. Heathen, David Bowie-9.0, You-Tube
21. Boston, Boston-9.0
22. Teens of Denial, Car Seat Headset-8.0
23. Thank You For Today, Death Cab For Cutie-9.0
24. The Soft Parade, The Doors-9.0
25. The Electric Light Orchestra II, Electric Light Orchestra-9.5
26. Shakedown Street, The Greatful Dead-10.0

March:

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27. The Black Album, Jay-Z-9.5
28. Escape, Journey-8.0
29. The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, The Kinks-9.5
30. Trans-Europe Express, Kraftwerk-9.5
31. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Red Hot Chili Peppers-6.5
32. Astral Weeks, Van Morrison-9.0
32. Groovin’ High, Dizzy Gillespie Big Band-9.0
33. Depression Cherry, Beach House-9.0
34. The Now Now, Gorillaz-9.5
35. Savage Young Dü,  Hüsker Dü
36. DAMN., Kendrick Lamar
37. Band On The Run,  Paul McCartney and Wings
38. Piano & a Microphone 1983, Prince

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