Horrorfest 2013 Presents: Immortality/The Wisdom of Crocodiles (1998, Po Chih Leong)


Made before Jude Law became famous, Immortality is a film that I decided to watch after looking through the horror selection of Netflix Instant Viewing and deciding “Hey this looks interesting.” This is as much a monster movie as it is a vampire film, although Law’s seemingly normal doctor kills his prey in the manner of the vampire so it counts. He has a strange disorder that requires not just blood but also the emotions of his victims; therefore he fests only on women who he meets by pretending to being a charming stranger. The problem he encounters is that he finds a woman that he likes from the beginning: in turn he starts to experience feelings of love that complicate his ability to feed and survive. If a vampire falling in love with a human and not killing her sounds familiar, well that forms the basis of the Twilight series. While I’m not sure that a series I really despise ripped off this movie, it wouldn’t shock me. Anyways Innocent Blood from 1992 really did the whole “Vampire and human fall in love bit” even earlier, and I’m sure there is another film that also covered a similar subject.

However in this case Law’s Steven has bigger problems: the police are on to him after a couple previous “girlfriends” died mysteriously, and there happens to also be a menacing gang of street toughs. He is forced to protect Anne from such thugs in a scene that is funny yet also kind of cool. Apparently being a vampire means you know how to fight, although perhaps Steven like most vampires has enhanced powers. Still that’s not even the highlight of the film-I much prefer the scene where Steven and the cop pursing him, Inspector Healey (Timothy Spall) discuss the nature of evil and what it takes for someone to lie to people, to be a truly horrible person. A moment like makes this film more above the typical level of a vampire film, and not enough of them properly flesh out or even dare to humanize their main vampire characters.

Tragic, romantic, and actually creepy, Immortality was a pleasant surprise during my Horrorfest viewing. Elina Löwensohn is a natural as Anne, a woman clearly in over her head yet refusing to give up Steven despite her judgment telling her otherwise. This film has a sense of both style and grace that is intoxicating and engaging, mediating upon the nature of the beast and the beast’s interactions with others. I also much prefer the other title The Wisdom of Crocodiles because it fits the movie better and is a more accurate representation of what the film is truly about. Particularly since at times Steven has the manner and habits of the crocodile, a great watery reptile that lurks in the reeds, waiting to pick off its dinner at the most opportune moment.

After Midnight: Horrorfest 2013


Lon Chaney and some creepy woman are so happy that you stopped by for the introduction to this year’s Horrorfest. I’m carrying this over from my last blog, and I’ve been doing Horrorfests ever since 2008. From August until sometime in November I watch as many horror movies as I can, only this year I’m actually planning a theme for October-you’ll see. Just sit down, buckle up, and enjoy the ride. Don’t be alarmed if you scream or if sharp fangs press against your neck. Its all part of the show, see….

The List: (Subject to Change Whenever I Feel Like It)

The Pre-Show: Homecoming (2006, Joe Dante)-Zombies-Netflix DVD-70: https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/2013-horrorfest-presents-homecoming-2005-joe-dante/

August-

1.    The House of the Devil (2009, Ti West)-Demonic-Netflix Instant Viewing-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/2013-horrorfest-presents-the-house-of-the-devil-2009-ti-west/=91/100
2.    The Inkeepers (2012, Ti West)-Ghosts-Netflix Instant Viewing-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/horrorfest-2013-presents-the-innkeepers-2012-ti-west/=91/100
3.    The Prophecy (1995, Gregory Widen)-Angels and Demons-Netflix Instead Viewing-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/2013-horrorfest-presents-the-prophecy-1995-gregory-widen/=84/100
4.    The Man Who Laughs (1928, Paul Leni)-Man As Monster-Youtube-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/2013-horrorfest-presents-the-man-who-laughs-1928-leni/=95/100
5.    John Dies at the End (2012, Don Coscarelli), Monsters-Netflix Instant Viewing-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/2013-horrorfest-presents-john-dies-at-the-end-2012-don-coscarelli/=90/100
6.    House of a 1000 Corpses (2003, Rob Zombie)-Slasher-Family Video
7.    The Devil’s Rejects (2005, Rob Zombie)-Slasher-Family Video
8.    The Cabin in the Woods (2011, Drew Goddard)-Slasher/Meta-Netflix Instant Viewing-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/2013-horrorfest-presents-the-cabin-in-the-woods-2012-drew-goddard/=95/100
9.    Wolf Creek (2005, Greg McLean)-Slasher-Family Video
10.    Rouge (2007, Greg McLean)-Killer Animal-Family Video

September-

1.    Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971, Dario Argento)-Slasher-Netflix-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/2013-horrorfest-presents-four-flies-on-grey-velvet-1971-dario-argento/=90/100
2.    Tenebre (1982, Dario Argento)-Slasher-Netflix-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/2013-horrorfest-presents-tenebre-1982-dario-argento/=95/100
3.    The Lords of Salem (2012, Rob Zombie)-Demonic-RedBox-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/horrorfest-presents-the-lords-of-salem-2012-rob-zombie/=95/100
4.    The Evil Dead (2013, Fede Alvarez)-Demons-RedBox-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/09/25/horrorfest-2013-presents-the-evil-dead-2013/=76/100
5.    The Hamiltons (2006, Mitchell Altieri, Phil Flores)-Creepy Family-Netflix Instant Viewing-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/2013-horrorfest-presents-the-hamiltons-2006-butcher-brothers-phil-flores-mitchell-altieri/=65/100
6.    The Prophecy II (1998, Greg Spence)-Angels-Netflix Instant Viewing-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/2013-horrorfest-presents-the-prophecy-ii-1998/=60/100
7.    The Innocents (1961, Jack Clayton)-Ghosts-Netflix
8.    What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962, Robert Aldrich)-Crazy People-Netflix-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/horrorfest-2013-presents-what-ever-happened-to-baby-jane-1962-robert-aldrich/=95/100
9.    Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things (1972, Bob Clark)-Zombies-Netflix-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/horrorfest-2013-presents-children-shouldnt-play-with-dead-things-1972-bob-clark/=85
10.    Stake Land (2010, Jim Mickle)-Vampires-Netflix Instant Viewing-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/horrorfest-2013-presents-stake-land/=87/100
11.    [REC] (2007, Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza)-Zombies-Netflix-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/horrorfest-2013-presents-rec/=93/100
12.    Critters 2: The Main Course (1988, Mick Garris)-Creature Feature-Netflix-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/horrorfest-2013-presents-critters-2-the-main-course/=79/100
13.    V/H/S (2012, Adam Wingard, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swangberg, David Bruckner, Ti West, Radio Silence)-Anthology-Netflix Instant Viewing-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/horrorfest-2013-presents-vhs-2012/=83/100
14.    Cemetery Man (1996, Michele Soavi)-Zombies-Netflix-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/horrorfest-2013-presents-cemetery-man/=95/100
15.    Hellraiser (1987, Clive Barker)-Satanic-Netflix Instant Viewing-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/horrorfest-2013-presents-hellraiser/=90/100
16.    Who Can Kill a Child? (1976, Narciso Ibáñez Serrador)-Slasher-Netflix
17.    The Blob (1988, Chuck Russell)-Creature Feature-Netflix-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/horrorfest-2013-presents-the-blob-1988-chuck-russell/=83/100
18. Forbidden World (1982, Allen Holzman)-Aliens-Netflix Instant Viewing-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/horrorfest-2013-presents-forbidden-world-1982-allen-holzman/=75/100

October-

Hammer Studios Horror Films Edition:

1.    X The Unknown (1956, Leslie Norman)-Creature Feature-Netflix-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/its-hammer-time-x-the-unknown-1956-leslie-norman/=74/100
2.    The Abominable Snowman (1957, Val Guest)-Creature Feature-Netflix-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/its-hammer-time-presents-the-adominable-snowman-1957-val-guest/=60/100
3.    The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958, Terence Fisher)-Creature Feature-Netflix-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/its-hammer-time-presents-the-revenge-of-frankenstein-1958-terence-fisher/=93/100
4.    The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959, Terence Fisher)-Creature Feature-Netflix-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/its-hammer-time-presents-the-hound-of-the-baskervilles-1959-terence-fisher/=65/100
5.    The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959, Terence Fisher)-Madmen-Netflix
6.    The Plague of the Zombies (1966, John Gilling)-Zombies-Netflix-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/its-hammer-time-presents-plague-of-the-zombies-1966-john-gilling/=83/100
7.    The Reptile (1966, John Gilling)-Creature Feature-Netflix
8.    The Witches (1967, Cyril Frankel)-Witches-Netflix
9.    Frankenstein Created Woman (1967, Terence Fisher)-Creature Feature-Netflix-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/its-hammer-time-presents-frankenstein-created-woman-1967-terence-fisher/=84/100
10.    The Mummy’s Shroud (1967, John Gilling)-Mummies-Netflix
11.    Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968, Freddie Francis)-Vampires-Netflix
12.    Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969, Terence Fisher)-Creature Feature-Netflix
13.    Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970, Peter Sasdy)-Vampires-Netflix
14.    Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971, Seth Holt)-Mummies-Netflix
15.    Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972, Alan Gibson)-Vampires-Netflix
16.    Dracula: The Satanic Rites (1973, Alan Gibson)-Vampires-Netflix
17.    Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1979, Roy Ward Baker)-Vampires-Netflix

Rest of the Month:

1.    Ravenous (1999, Antonia Bird)-Slasher-Netflix
2.    Ghoulies II (1988, Albert Band)-Creature Feature-Netflix Instant Viewing-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/horrorfest-2013-presents-ghoulies-ii/=44/100
3.    Nomads (1986, John McTiernan)-Crazy People-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/horrorfest-2013-presents-nomads-1986-john-mctiernan/=52/100
4.    Kill List (2011, Ben Wheatley)-Cult People-Netflix Instant Viewing-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/horrorfest-2013-presents-kill-list-2011-ben-wheatley/=97/100
5.    The Devil’s Backbone (2001, Guillermo del Toro)-Ghosts-Netflix
6.    Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986, John McNaughton)-Slasher-Netflix-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/horrorfest-2013-presents-henry-portrait-of-a-serial-killer-1986-john-mcnaughton/=92/100
7.    The Flesh and the Fiends (1960, John Gilling)-Slashers-Netflix
8.    The Bay (2012, Bary Levinson)-Creature Feature-Netflix Instant Viewing-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/horrorfest-2013-presents-the-bay-2012-barry-levinson/=85/100
9.    The Last Broadcast (1998, Lance Wiler, Stefan Avalos)-Supernatural-Netflix
10.    Immortality aka The Wisdom of Crocodiles (2000, Po Chih Leong), Vampires-Netflix Instant Viewing-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/immortalitythe-wisdom-of-crocodiles-1998-po-chih-leong/=90/100
11.    Resident Evil (2002, Paul W.S. Anderson)-82/100=https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/horrorfest-2013-presents-resident-evil-2002-paul-w-s-anderson/
12.    Pumpkinhead (1988, Stan Winston)-90/100=https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/horrorfest-2013-presents-pumpkinhead-1988-stan-winston/
13.    The People Under The Stairs (1991, Wes Craven)-86/100=https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/horrorfest-2013-presents-the-people-under-the-stairs-1991-wes-craven/
14.    Mimic (1997, Guillermo del Toro)-88/100=https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/horrorfest-2013-presents-mimic-1997-guillermo-del-toro/
15.    Bloody Birthday (1981, Ed Hunt)-76/100=https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/horrorfest-2013-presents-bloody-birthday-1981-ed-hunt/
16.    The Prophecy 3: The Ascent (2000, Patrick Lussier)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/horrorfest-2013-presents-the-prophecy-3-the-ascent-2000-patrick-lussier/=73/100
17.    Graveyard Shift (1990, Ralph S. Singleton)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/horrorfest-2013-presents-graveyard-shift-1990-ralph-s-singleton/=70/100
18.    Sisters (1973, Brian De Palma)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/horrorfest-2013-presents-sisters-1973-brian-de-palma/=91/100
19.    Village of the Damned (1960, Wolf Rilla)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/horrorfest-2013-presents-village-of-the-damned-1960-wolf-rilla/=90/100
20.    Terror Train (1980, Roger Spottiswoode)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/horrorfest-2013-presents-terror-train-1980-roger-spottiswoode/=80/100
21.    TerrorVision (1986, Ted Nicolaou)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/horrorfest-2013-presents-terrorvision/=81/100
22.    The Video Dead (1987, Robert Scott)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/horrorfest-2013-presents-the-video-dead-1987-robert-scott/=74/100
23.    City of the Living Dead (1980, Lucio Fulci)-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/horrorfest-2013-presents-city-of-the-living-dead-1980-lucio-fulci/=81/100
24.    Leprechaun 2 (1994, Rodman Flender), Slasher-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/horrorfest-2013-presents-leprechaun-2-1994-rodman-flender/=79/100
25.    The Funhouse (1981, Tobe Hooper), Slasher-https://madman731.wordpress.com/2014/03/08/horrorfest-2013-presents-the-funhouse-1981-tobe-hooper/=91/100
26.    Phenomena (1985, Dario Argento)-Slasher/Supernatural-Netflix
27.    Opera (1987, Dario Argento)-Slasher-Netflix

One Night Three Bavas: https://madman731.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/one-night-three-bavas/

28.    5 Dolls for an August Moon (1970, Mario Bava), Slasher-Netflix Instant Viewing=81/100
29.    Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970, Mario Bava)-Slasher-Netflix Instant Viewing=92/100
30.    Bay of Blood (1971, Mario Bava)-Slasher-Netflix Instant Viewing=88/100

Thus ends Horrorfest 2013. I enjoyed watching a ton of movies and being scared and thrilled during a three month period. I can’t wait for Horrorfest 2014. Cheers.

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