Horrorfest 2017 Presents: Legion-The Exorcist III Director’s Cut (1990, William Peter Blatty)


Years later on Shudder I watched the regular cut of The Exorcist III after having seeing the Director’s Cut thanks to my local public library. I prefer the DC although the theatrical cut is also fine, even though I feel that Legion is far more scarier and has a more effective and creepier ending. Both center on evil refusing to die, the past coming back to haunt people, and of course that epic nightmare fuel jump scare scene involving someone wielding a large pair of sheers. George C. Scott anchors this film as a policeman searching for answers that lead him back to a dead serial killer known as The Gemini Killer.

The opening for Legion is different and features an odd, wind filled sequence in a church that inspires dread. Legion is about how evil never really dies and how the devil has endless ways of maintaining evil , only in this case it is through a long dead killer showing back up again. Brad Dourif has always been good at playing evil and crazy people, yet I think he is at his most terrifying here as Gemini, the instrument of the film’s awful events. I can’t think of a movie that’s made me wary of garden sheers than this one, or at least one that’s been made recently. Ed Flanders and Scott Wilson also do a great job as part of the supporting cast as well. Wilson and Flanders both were also in the equally great The Ninth Configuration, which Blatty also directed.

Although this isn’t as good as The Exorcist, The Exorcist III is a worthy sequel and is one of the best horror films of the 1990s. It has also held up pretty well, particularly in it’s discussions of faith, belief, and fighting against the forces of darkness. The battle is a dirty daily job, but according to Scott’s policeman someone has to do it on a daily basis and the war never ends.

Horrorfest 2017 Presents: Final Destination 2 (2003, David R. Ellis)


Everyone went nuts over Final Destination, yet I was not one of those people. I thought it was a decent flick with some good kills that did have a nifty premise. I actually prefer Final Destination 2, which I think works better as a movie while still having wicked death scenes and also better characters. The first one did have the better cast, as the second installment is anchored by the return of Ali Larter and has A.J. Cook as the person this time who sees the horrible demises of everyone. Besides I find the car crash scene in the second flick to be way more horrifying and memorable, as people keep on referencing it to this day anytime they drive on the interstate. These movies are just slasher films with Death as the killer, and you don’t really watch them for the thin plots anyways-you view them to see awful things happen to nice people. Which is ghoulish and may describe most horror movies anyways. Maybe there’s something wrong with us horror fans? Nah….um…no…possibly…wink wink.

Sure there is a gruesome crushing death in this movie that’s probably the best part of the film, however I found the elevator death scene to be tragic and haunting the most. That poor lady died hoping someone would save her. Other death scenes are way more inventive and resulted in the people dying in ways that lead to cruel jokes about how one little thing can cause a massive chain reaction that ends with a horrifyingly memorable demise. I mean there is a car accident later in the movie that results in the deaths of several folks in a moment that can best described as awfully darkly comedic. Death sure has a lot of time on their hands if these movies are to be believed. Oh and I’m totally viewing the rest of the series. I’m also amused that Tony Todd is literally the mascot of these films, which is pretty cool.

Horrorfest 2017 Presents: Flesh For Frankenstein (1973, Paul Morrissey)


Udo Kier also played Frankenstein in Paul Morrissey’s other campy cult horror flick, Flesh For Frankenstein. I think I like this one a bit more than his Dracula one, and it has plenty of nasty and bloody moments. Joe Dallesandro also pops up in this one, and the movie even has a weird yet fitting commentary on eugenics that never made its way into any of the Hammer Studios Frankenstein movies for whatever reason.

The last act is insanely gruesome and pretty shocking even for a Frankenstein movie. Kier hams it up in this one, too, yet I liked his performance better in this flick than in Dracula. This one also has tons of sex to go along with the mayhem, which seemed to be a major aspect of 1970s Euro horror flicks. I think this is a fairly decent addition to the rest of the Frankenstein movies that Hollywood has been making since the dawn of cinema.

Horrorfest 2017 Presents: Blood For Dracula (1974, Paul Morrissey)


Udo Kier hams it up as Dracula in Paul Morrissey’s outlandish and very gory camp filled cult flick Blood For Dracula, which is definitely a unique take on the old legend. This wasn’t a particularly good movie yet I still oddly liked it anyways and I enjoyed the movie’s wilder aspects. I mean how can one not laugh at Dracula puking up blood simply because he can’t get virgin blood. That part is both grotesque, campy and fits the movie all too well.

Plus Morrissey even throws in a neat commentary about Dracula being the aristocracy verus the Marxist manservant Mario (Joe Dallesandro). The final act is utterly frantic and properly gory for a vampire movie. Parts of this movie felt like a softcore porno flick, the rest is Euro style horror trash that is passable enough entertainment. Definitely not like the other vampire movies from this era, that’s for sure.

Music Log 2022


It’s that time again!

Top Albums Heard So Far in No Particular Order:

  1. Soft Winds, Dorthy Ashby (1961, YouTube)
  2. Seven Steps to Heaven (1963, Barnes & Noble), Miles Davis
  3. After All (1969, YouTube), After All
  4. Funkadelic (1970, YouTube), Funkadelic
  5. Octopus (1972, YouTube), Gentle Giant
  6. Hitchhike to Rhome (1994, Public Library), Old 97’s
  7. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966, Half Price Books), Simon & Garfunkel
  8. Farewell Andromeda (1973, Public Library), John Denver
  9. Foxtrot (1972, YouTube), Genesis
  10. Keep Your Soul Together (1973, YouTube), Freddie Hubbard
  11. High-Flying (1976, YouTube), Hiromasa Suzuki
  12. Whirlwind (1977, YouTube), Spin
  13. The Rick and Morty Soundtrack (2018, Barnes & Noble), Multiple Artists
  14. Desolation Angels (1979, Public Library), Bad Company
  15. Californication (1999, Public Library), Red Hot Chili Peppers
  16. Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? (1993, Public Library), The Cranberries

January:

  1. True: Avicii by Avicii, Avicii (2014, Public Library)-5.5
  2. The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, Ben Folds Five (2012, Public Library)-9.0
  3. Electriclarryland, Butthole Surfers (1996, Public Library)-7.0
  4. No Jacket Required, Phil Collins (1984/2016 re-release extra edition, Public Library-9.5
  5. Bottle It In, Kurt Vile (2018, Public Library)-9.5
  6. Filoxiny, Skinshape (2018, YouTube)-9.5
  7. Night Drive, Timecop1983 (2018, YouTube)-9.0
  8. VHS, CASTLEBEAT (2018, YouTube)-9.0
  9. Closer To Grey, Chromatics (2019, YouTube)-8.5
  10. Dawn FM (2022, YouTube), The Weeknd-9.5
  11. Mild Orange, Mild Orange (2020, YouTube)-9.5
  12. Jam Session, Charlie Parker (1952, YouTube)-9.0
  13. Miles Davis Meets Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants (1954, YouTube)-9.5
  14. Dorthy Ashby in a Minor Groove (1958, YouTube), Dorthy Ashby-9.0
  15. My Favorite Things (1961, YouTube), John Coltrane-9.0

February:

  1. (16) Soft Winds, Dorthy Ashby (1961, YouTube)-10.0
  2. (17) Dreams, Gabor Szabo (1968, YouTube)-9.0
  3. (18) Seven Steps to Heaven (1963, Barnes & Noble), Miles Davis-10.0
  4. (19) Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. (1964, Barnes & Noble), Simon & Garfunkel-9.0
  5. (20) Rocky Mountain High (1972, Barnes & Noble), John Denver-9.5
  6. (21) After All (1969, YouTube), After All-10.0
  7. (22) Afreaka! (1970, YouTube), Demon Fuzz-9.0
  8. (23) Atom Heart Mother (1970, YouTube), Pink Floyd-9.5
  9. (24) Funkadelic (1970, YouTube), Funkadelic-10.0
  10. (25) Paesaggi (1971, YouTube), Piero Umiliani-9.5
  11. (26) Halcyon Days (2013, Public Library), Ellie Goulding-8.5

March:

  1. (27) Dreams of Impossibilities (1972, YouTube), Warm Dust-9.0
  2. (28) Ethiopian Knights (1972, YouTube), Donald Byrd-7.0.
  3. (29) Octopus (1972, YouTube), Gentle Giant-10.0
  4. (30) Natural Affair (2019, Public Library), The Growlers-7.5
  5. (31) When You See Yourself (2021, Public Library), Kings of Leon-6.5
  6. (32) Hitchhike to Rhome (1994, Public Library), Old 97’s-10.0
  7. (33) Green Balloon (2019, Public Library), Tank and the Bangas-9.0
  8. (34) Paradise (2016, Public Library), White Lung-8.0
  9. (35) Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966, Half Price Books) Simon & Garfunkel-10.0
  10. (36) No Need to Argue (1994, Public Library), The Cranberries-9.0
  11. (37) Farewell Andromeda (1973, Public Library), John Denver-10.0
  12. (38) Talking Dreams (2013, Public Library), Echosmith-8.0

April:

  1. (39) Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970, Public Library), Emerson, Lake & Palmer-7.5
  2. (40) Sob Rock (2021, Public Library), John Mayer-8.5
  3. (41) Foxtrot (1972, YouTube), Genesis-10.0
  4. (42) Taylor Swift (2006, Public Library), Taylor Swift-9.0
  5. (43) The Tractors (1994, Public Library), The Tractors-6.5
  6. (44) Mind over Matter (2014, Public Library), Young the Giant-9.0
  7. (45) Keep Your Soul Together (1973, YouTube), Freddie Hubbard-10.0
  8. (46) Thrust (1974, YouTube), Herbie Hancock-9.5
  9. (47) Alleycat (1975, YouTube), Nucleus-8.5
  10. (48) High-Flying (1976, YouTube), Hiromasa Suzuki-10.0
  11. (49) Juice (1976, YouTube), Ryo Kawasaki-9.5
  12. (50) Tattoo You (1981, Public Library), The Rolling Stones-9.5
  13. (51) Walk The Moon (2012, Public Library), Walk The Moon-3.0
  14. (52) Pacific Daydream (2017, Public Library), Weezer-7.5

May:

  1. (53) Yardbirds ’68 (1968, Public Library), The Yardbirds-8.0
  2. (54) Pharaoh (1977, YouTube), Pharoah Sanders-9.0
  3. (55) Whirlwind (1977, YouTube), Spin-10.0
  4. (56) Everything Is Wrong (1995, Half-Price Books), Moby-9.0
  5. (57) Live At Reeding (2009/1992, Half-Price Books), Nirvana-9.5
  6. (58) Kimono My House (1974, YouTube), Sparks-9.5
  7. (59) Suicide (1977, YouTube), Suicide-9.5
  8. (60) We’re Only In It For The Money (1968, Public Library), Frank Zappa-7.5
  9. (61) Dropout Boogie (2022, Target), The Black Keys-9.5
  10. (62) The Pavillion of Dreams (1978, YouTube), Harold Budd/Brian Eno
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Killing Them Loudly: Horrorfest 2021


10 Horror Movie Memes To Get You in The Mood For Halloween

This concludes Horrorfest 2021 which featured me watching 66 movies, the most I’ve ever seen in a three month span. I’m not sure I will do that again but you never know. See you all next year for Horrorfest 2022! 

July Viewings:

1. Vamp (1986, Vampires!), Arrow Films Video
2. Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th (2013, Jason Doc!), Shudder
3. Vampyres (1975, Lesbian Vamps), Shudder
4. Patrick (1978, Mind Powers!), Shudder
5. Child’s Play 2 (1990, CHUCKY!), Netflix Instant Viewing
6. Prevenge (2016, Slasher?), Shudder
7. Night Tide (1961, Mermaid), Shudder
8. The Queen of Black Magic (1981, Revenge!), Shudder
9. Here Comes Hell (2019, Demonic), Shudder
10. Frankenhooker (1990, Mad Scientist), Shudder
11. Def By Temptation (1990, Succubus), Shudder

August Viewings:

(1) 12. Black Roses (1988, Rock n roll is evil! Evil!), Shudder
(2) 13. Death Ship (1980, Nazi Boat!), Shudder
(3) 14. Don’t Panic (1989, Demonic), Shudder
(4) 15. The Whistler (2019, Fairy Tales Are Real), Shudder
(5) 16. Tigers Are Not Afraid (2019, Ghosts), Shudder
(6) 17. Turkey Shoot (1982, Dystopia), Shudder
(7) 18. Dave Made a Maze (2017, Dangerous Cardboard!), Shudder
(8) 19. Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981, Crazy Aunt), Shudder
(9) 20. White of the Eye (1988, Slasher), Shudder
(10) 21. Lisa and the Devil (1973, Telly Savalas is the Devil!), Shudder
(11) 22. Shock (1977, Ghost Possession), Shudder
(12) 23. Messiah of Evil (1973, Undead cult!), Shudder

September Viewings:

(1) 24. Vicious Fun (2020, Slasher Support Group), Shudder
(2) 25. Mortuary (1983, Embalmed), Shudder
(3) 26. Hellmaster (1992, JOHN SAXON), Shudder
(4) 27. The Dead Pit (1989, Like a Surgeon), Shudder
(5) 28. The Pale Door (2020, Witches and Cowboys), Shudder
(6) 29. Chillerama (2011, Anthology), Tubi
(7) 30. Mohawk (2017, Revenge!), Shudder
(8) 31. The Brain Eaters (1958, Parasites!), Tubi
(9) 32. Death Curse of Tartu (1966, Tartu), Tubi
(10) 33. Sting of Death (1966, Killer Jellyfish), Tubi
(11) 34. Blood Quantum (2020, Zombies), Shudder
(12) 35. I Bury the Living (1958, Cemetery business), Tubi
(13) 36. Candyman (2021, I’m not saying it), Theater Viewing
(14) 37. Head Count (2019, Mythical Creature Thing), Shudder
(15) 38. Found Footage 3D (2016, Meta), Shudder
(16) 39. Color Out of Space (2020, Aliens! Sort of), Shudder
(17) 40. Shakma (1990, Killer Ape), Shudder
(18) 41. Malignant (2021, GABRIEL), Theater Viewing

October Viewings:

(1) 42. The Church (1989, Man Is Evil), Tubi
(2) 43. Blood (1973, Monster Mash), Tubi
(3) 44. Cannibal Ferox (1981, Savage), Shudder
(4) 45. Sorority House Massacre (1986, Slasher Flashback), Shudder
(5) 46. Pledge Night (1990, Acid Sid), Shudder
(6) 47. WNUF Halloween Special (2013, NEWS AT 11), Shudder
(7) 48. Vampires vs. the Bronx (2020, Gentrification Sucks!), Netflix Instant Viewing
(8) 49. One Dark Night (1983, Raymar!), Tubi
(9) 50. Doom Asylum (1988, Power Tools), Tubi
(10) 51. Hannah, Queen of the Vampires aka Crypt of the Living Dead (1973, Undead Undead), Tubi
(11) 52. Death By Invitation (1971, She’ll have her revenge!), Tubi
(12) 53. Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964, The South Will Kill Again), Tubi
(13) 54. Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks (1974, The Monster!), Tubi
(14) 55. The Convent (2000, Satanic Nuns), Tubi
(15) 56. Demonia (1990, EVIL!), Tubi
(16) 57. Psycho Goreman (2020, ALIENS), Shudder
(17) 58. The Descent (2005, Underground Monsters), Tubi
(18) 59. Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman (2000, Snowman In The Tropics), Tubi/Crackle
(19) 60. Habit (1997, Indie Vampires), Shudder
(20) 61. Halloween Kills (2021, EVIL DIES TONIGHT), Theater Viewing
(21) 62. Rituals (1977, Into the Woods), Shudder
(22) 63. Just Before Dawn (1981, Don’t Go In The Woods), Shudder
(23) 64. The House That Screamed (1969, Serrador), Shudder

Coda:

65. V/H/S/94 (2021, Tjahjanto, Barrett), Shudder

66. Last Night In Soho (2021, Wright), Movie Theater Viewing

Music Log 2021


Back in style and free form this time…

Top Albums of the Year:

1. What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye (Public Library)
2. The Party’s Over, Talk Talk (YouTube)
3. The Band, The Band (Public Library)
4. I Against I, Bad Brains (Public Library)
5. Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, Marty Robbins (Public Library)
6. People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, A Tribe Called Quest (Public Library)
7. Spin, Spin (YouTube)
8. Here Comes Everybody, The Wake (YouTube)
9. Call the Doctor, Sleater-Kinney (Half-Price Books)
10. The Pretender, Jackson Browne (Public Library)
11. Carnaval, Spyro Gyra (YouTube)

1. Funky Stuff, Jiro Inagaki & Soul Media-9.5 *YouTube*
2. Spiritual, Mental, Physical, Death-8.5 *YouTube*
3. Spin, Spin-10.0 *YouTube*
4. Short Trip To Space, Tropea-9.5 *YouTube*
5. Wildflower, Herb Ellis & Remo Palmier-9.0 *YouTube*
6. Carnaval, Spyro Gyra-10.0 *YouTube*
7. Everyday Life, Coldplay-7.5 *Public Library*
8. Abandoned Luncheonette, Hall & Oats-9.0 *Barnes & Noble*
9. Reputation, Taylor Swift-9.0 *Public Library*
10. The Slow Rush, Tame Impala-9.5 *Public Library*

11. It Is What It Is9.0, Thundercat *Public Library*
12. Adolescents, Adolescents-8.0 *YouTube*
13. We Will Always Love You, The Avalanches-9.5 *Public Library*
14. Vibes & Days, Vacation-9.0 *YouTube*
15. Heartbeat City, The Cars-9.5 *Public Library*
16. Christopher Cross, Christopher Cross-9.0 *Public Library*
17. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Lauryn Hill-8.5 *Public Library*
18. Lover, Taylor Swift-9.0 *Public Library*
19. Time Further Out, Dave Brubeck-9.5 *Barnes & Noble*
20. Germfree Adolescents, X-Ray Spex-9.5 *YouTube*

21. Eldorado, Electric Light Orchestra-9.5 *Barnes & Noble*
22. Tidal, Fiona Apple-9.0 *Public Library*
23. Take Care, Drake-8.0 *Public Library*
24. Ella and Louis, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong-9.5 *Public Library*
25. Empyrean Isles, Herbie Hancock-10.0 *Public Library*
26. Folklore, Taylor Swift-9.5 *Public Library*
27. Play Deep, The Outfield-9.0 *Half-Price Books*
28. Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, Marty Robbins-10.0 *Public Library*
29. Power Metal (Demo), Metallica-9.0 *YouTube*
30. Call the Doctor, Sleater-Kinney-10.0 *Half-Price Books*

31. The Party’s Over, Talk Talk-10.0 *YouTube*
32. From a Room: Vol 2, Chris Stapleton-8.0 *Public Library*
33. Way Out West, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives-7.5 *Public Library*
34. Fearless, Taylor Swift-8.0 *Public Library*
35. Townes Van Zandt, Townes Van Zandt-9.5 *Public Library*
36. Cheap Trick, Cheap Trick-9.5 *Half-Price Books*
37. Highly Evolved, The Vines-8.5 *Half-Price Books*
38. Silverado Soundtrack Suite, Bruce Broughton-9.0 *YouTube*
39. I Against I, Bad Brains-10.0 *Public Library
40. Mingus Ah Um, Charles Mingus-8.5 *Public Library*

41. Montrose, Montrose-8.5 *Public Library*
42. Here Comes Everybody, The Wake-10.0 *YouTube*
43. Red, Taylor Swift-8.0 *Public Library*
44. Father of the Bride, Vampire Weekend-8.5 *Public Library*
45. Whipped Cream & Other Delights, Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass-7.0 *Public Library*
46. Crack-Up, Fleet Foxes-8.5 *Half-Price Books*
47. Face The Music, Electric Light Orchestra-9.5 *Barnes & Noble*
48. Glass Houses, Billy Joel-9.5 *Barnes & Noble*
49. Push the Sky Away, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds-9.0 *Public Library*
50. The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, Charles Mingus-9.5 *Public Library*

51. Megalithic Symphony, AWOLNATION-7.0 *Public Library*
52. Without a Sound, Dinosaur Jr.-9.0 *Public Library*
53. On the Border, Eagles-9.5 *Public Library*
54. What Does Anything Mean? Basically, The Chameleons-9.5 *YouTube*
55. Time, Electric Light Orchestra-9.0 *Public Library*
56. Junk, M83-9.0 *Public Library*
57. Paper Money, Montrose-9.0 *Public Library*
58. Bookends, Simon & Garfunkel-9.5 *Public Library*
59. Wild Planet, The B-52’s-9.5 *Barnes & Noble
60. Nilsson Schmilsson, Harry Nilsson-9.5 *Barnes & Noble

61. The Band, The Band-10.0 *Public Library*
62. John Denver’s Greatest Hits, John Denver-9.0 *Borrowed*
63. Spiderland, Slint-9.5 *YouTube*
64. Delta Kream, The Black Keys-9.0 *Public Library*
65. Henry’s Dream, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds-9.0 *Public Library*
66. What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye-10.0 *Public Library*
67. Off The Wall, Michael Jackson-9.5 *Public Library*
68. Passover, The Black Angels-9.0 *YouTube*
69. Directions to See a Ghost, The Black Angels-9.0 *YouTube*
70. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds-9.5 *Public Library*

71. The Pretender, Jackson Browne-10.0 *Public Library*
72. Dangerous, Michael Jackson-9.0 *Public Library*
73. Imploding the Mirage, The Killers-7.5 *Public Library*
74. Phosphene Dream The Black Angels-9.0 *YouTube*
75. Speak Now, Taylor Swift-9.0 *Borrowed*
76. The Soft Moon, The Soft Moon-8.5 *YouTube*
77. Zeros, The Soft Moon-9.0 *YouTube*
78. People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, A Tribe Called Quest-10.0 *Public Library*
79. Mr. Bojangles, Jerry Jeff Walker-8.5 *Borrowed*
80. Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Wu-Tang Clan-9.5 *Public Library*

81. Hell Or High Water Motion Picture Soundtrack, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis-9.0 *Public Library*
82. Not Too Late, Norah Jones-8.0 *Public Library*
83. Evermore, Taylor Swift-8.5 *Public Library*
84. Fulfillingness’ First Finale, Stevie Wonder-9.0 *Public Library*
85. Ace of Spades, Motörhead-9.5 *Public Library*
86. Saturday the 14th, Partner-6.5 *Public Library*
87. Elliot Smith, Elliot Smith-9.0 *Public Library*
88. Bone Machine, Tom Waits-8.5 *Public Library*
89. Beauty Behind the Madness, Weeknd-9.0 *Public Library*
90. Chemtrails over the Country Club, Lana Del Rey-9.0 *Public Library*

91. Tango In The Night, Fleetwood Mac-9.0 *Public Library*
92. Takin’ Off, Herbie Hancock-9.5 *Public Library*
93. Midnight Marauders, A Tribe Called Quest-9.5 *Public Library*
94. Bad As Me, Tom Waits-8.0 *Public Library*
95. The Iron Horse, The Sound Defects-9.0 *YouTube*
96. Nocturne, Wild Nothing-9.0 *YouTube*
97. The Best of Bond…James Bond, OST Various Artists-9.5 *Target*
98. Please Be Nice, Camping In Alaska-8.0 *YouTube*
99. Affects, Plastique Noir-9.0 *YouTube*
100. Shore, Fleet Foxes-9.0 *Public Library*

101. More Than Just a Dream, Fitz and the Tantrums-8.0 *Public Library*
102. Spirit in the Sky: The Best of Norman Greenbaum, Norman Greenbaum-8.5 *Public Library*
103. Maniac, Halsey-9.0 *Public Library*
104. Run, AWOLNATION-8.0 *Public Library*
105. Days of Thunder, The Midnight-9.5 *YouTube*
106. Hard Promises, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers-9.0 *Public Library*
107. Strange Pleasures, Still Corners-9.0 *YouTube*
108. Northern Lights-Southern Cross, The Band-9.5 *Public Library*
109. Suddenly, Caribou-9.0 *Public Library*
110. Mingus Dynasty, Charles Mingus-9.0 *Public Library*

110. Dream Police, Cheap Trick-9.5 *Barnes & Noble*
111. Toto IV, Toto-8.5 *Barnes & Noble*
112. Stranger Things S1 OST, Survive-8.5 *Public Library*
113. The World Within, Moderator-8.0 *YouTube*
114. It’s Immaterial, Black Marble-8.5 *YouTube*
115. Slow Air, Still Corners-9.5 *YouTube*

Movie Log 2021


Time for more film viewing…again!

January:

The Master, il compianto Philip Seymour Hoffman in versione guru – Tvzap

1. The Furies (1950, Mann)-90, Hulu
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2. The Sisters Brothers (2018, Audiard)-86, Hulu
3. Batman: The Killing Joke (2016, Liu)-60, Netflix Instant Viewing
4. Mank (2020, Fincher)-83, Netflix Instant Viewing
5. Five Element Ninjas (1982, Chang)-93, Netflix Instant Viewing
6. Extraction (2020, Hargrave)-73, Netflix Instant Viewing
7. Cairo Station (1958, Chahine)-91, Netflix Instant Viewing
8. I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020, Kaufman)-85, Netflix Instant Viewing
9. The Master (2012, Anderson)-100, Netflix Instant Viewing
10. The Flying Guillotine (1975, Ho)-85, Netflix Instant Viewing
11. Flying Guillotine 2 (1978, Hua, Cheng)-83, Netflix Instant Viewing
12. Sabotage (1936, Hitchcock)-87, Tubi
13. The Three Ages (1923, Keaton, Cline)-80, Tubi
14. House of Games (1987, Mamet)-100, Tubi
15. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011, Fincher)-100, Netflix Instant Viewing
16. I Am Not Your Negro (2016, Peck)-100, Netflix Instant Viewing
17. Passenger 57 (1992, Hooks)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
18. Lockout (2011, Mather, St. Leger)-67, Netflix Instant Viewing
19. Midnight Special (2016, Nichols)-93, Netflix Instant Viewing
20. American Assassin (2017, Cuesta)-51, Netflix Instant Viewing
21. Kill The Messenger (2014, Cuesta)-87, Netflix Instant Viewing
22. A Bridge Too Far (1977, Attenborough)-88, Netflix Instant Viewing
23. Rawhead Rex (1986, Pavlou)-68, Shudder

February:

24. The Grandmaster (2013, Wong)-88, Netflix Instant Viewing American Cut
25. Return to the 36th Chamber(1980, Kar-leung)-75, Netflix Instant Viewing
26. Psych: The Movie (2017, Franks)-80, Peacock
27. The Flesh and the Fiends (1960, Gilling)-77, Shudder
28. The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020, Sorkin)-89, Netflix Instant Viewing
29. Rango (2011, Verbinski)-85, Netflix Instant Viewing
30. The Muppets (2011, Bobin)-93, Netflix Instant Viewing
31. Psych 2: Lassie Come Home (2020, Franks)-86, Peacock
32. Shock Waves (1977, Wiederhorn)-73, Tubi
33. Twice Dead (1988, Dragin)-35, Tubi
34. Oh, Susanna! (1936, Kane)-65, Tubi
35. Antonio das Mortes (1969, Rocha)-94, YouTube
36. Spotlight (2015, McCarthy)-96, Netflix Instant Viewing
37. Machete Kills (2013, Rodriguez)-45, Netflix Instant Viewing
38. Secret In Their Eyes (2015, Ray)-54, Netflix Instant Viewing
39. Southern Comfort (1981, Hill)-93, Tubi
40. Devil in a Blue Dress (1995, Franklin)-88, Tubi

March:

41. One-Eyed Jacks (1961, Brando)-95, Criterion Blu-ray
42. Broken Arrow (1950, Daves)-80, Tubi
43. Willow (1988, Howard)-83, Disney+
44. Psychomania (1973, Sharp)-80, Shudder
45. Runaway Train (1985, Konchalovskiy)-91, Tubi
46. Warlock (1989, Miner)-75, Tubi
47. The Last Seduction (1994, Dahl)-95, Tubi
48. Werewolf (1996, Zarindast)-0/MST3K score: 95, Tubi
49. Cocaine Cowboys (2006, Corben)-94, Tubi
50. The Baby (1973, Post)-65, Shudder
51. Wild Bill (1995, Hill)-73, Tubi
52. Destroyer (2018, Kusama)-90, Hulu
53. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018, Jenkins)-92, Hulu
54. The Invincible Armour (1977, Ng)-85, Tubi
55. Weird Science (1985, Hughes)-90, Arrow Videos Blu-ray
56. Hard Target (1993, Woo)-80, Tubi
57. Lucky Number Slevin (2006, McGuigan)-75, Tubi
58. The Apartment (1960, Wilder)-97, Tubi
59. White Zombie (1932, Halperin)-83, Shudder
60. Asylum (1972, Baker)-75, Shudder

April:

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61. And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973, Baker)-70, Shudder
62. The Beast Must Die (1974, Annett)-76, Shudder
63. Crank: High Voltage (2009, Neveldine, Taylor)-87, Tubi
64. Smooth Talk (1985, Chopra)-91, Criterion Blu-ray
65. Sword of the Beast (1965, Gosha)-93, Criterion Public Library DVD
66. Samurai Rebellion (1967, Kobayashi)-93, Criterion Public Library DVD
67. The Cocoanuts (1929, Florey and Santley)-85, Barnes & Noble DVD
68. Accepted (2006, Pink)-75, Netflix Instant Viewing
69. Hour of the Gun (1967, Sturges)-87, Tubi
70. Airport (1970, Seaton)-71, Tubi
71. Airport 1975 (1974, Smight)-68, Tubi
72. Airport ’77 (1977, Jameson)-71, Tubi
73. The Concorde…Airport ’79 (1979, Rich)-29, Tubi
74. A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982, Allen)-85, Tubi
75. Godzilla vs Kong (2021, Wingard)-93, Theater!
76. Mother’s Day (1980, Kaufman)-55, Shudder
77. Class of 1984 (1982, Lester)-90, Shudder
78. Suddenly (1954, Allen)-84, Tubi

May:

Lou Castel in A Bullet for the General (1966)

79. Next of Kin (1982, Williams)-81, Shudder
80. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994, Coen Brothers)-91, Tubi
81. Varan the Unbelievable (1962, Baerwitz)-60, DVD
82. The Big Red One (1980, Fuller)-95, Public Library DVD
83. Audition (1999, Miike)-94, Shudder
84. The Wind (1986, Mastorakis)-80, Arrow Video Blu-ray
85. Stormy Monday (1988, Figgis)-94, Arrow Video Blu-ray
86. Sabata (1970, Kramer)-86, Tubi
87. Into The Night (1985, Landis)-67, Tubi
88. Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1986, Hamilton)-81, Tubi
89. Maniac Cop 2 (1990, Lustig)-85, Shudder
90. Apache (1954, Aldrich)-69, Tubi
91. Vera Cruz (1954, Aldrich)-92, Tubi
92. A Bullet for the General (1966, Damiani)-97, Tubi
93. 13 Ghosts (1960, Castle)-78, Shudder
94. The Avengers (1998, Chechik)-20, Tubi
95. College (1927, Keaton and Horne)-78, Tubi
96. The Bellboy (1960, Lewis)-80, Hulu
97. Fried Barry (2020, Kruger)-74, Shudder
98. Train To Busan (2016, Yeon)-97, Shudder
99. Spookies (1986, Joseph, Doran, Faulkner)-53, Shudder
100. Frantic (1988, Polanski)-90, Tubi

June:

101. Things (1989, Jordan)-1, Shudder
102. Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence (1993, Lustig, Soisson)-56, Shudder
103. Inherent Vice (2014, Anderson)-90, Tubi
104. A Quiet Place Part 2 (2021, Krasinski)-90, Theater Viewing
105. The Return of Godzilla (1984, Hashimoto)-85, Internet
106. The Day of the Beast (1995, de la Iglesia)-92, Shudder
107. Sledgehammer (1983, Prior)-67, Shudder
108. Evilspeak (1981, Weston)-80, Shudder
109. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965, Meyer)-93, YouTube
110. Miami Blues (1990, Armitage)-90, Tubi
111. Burn, Witch, Burn aka Night of the Eagle (1962, Hayers)-86, Shudder
112. Willy’s Wonderland (2021, Lewis)-85, Hulu
113. The Sparks Brothers (2021, Wright)-95, Theater Viewing
114. The Missouri Breaks (1976, Penn)-90, Tubi
115. Marty (1955, Mann)-93, Tubi

July:

116. The Amusement Park (1972, Romero)-85, Shudder
117. He Walked By Night (1948, Werker)-90, Tubi
118. Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972, Martino)-90, Arrow Video Blu-ray
119. Crimes of Passion (1984, Russell)-80, Arrow Video Blu-ray DC
120. Vamp (1986, Wenk)-78, Arrow Video Blu-ray
121. Perdita Durango (1997, de la Iglesia)-82, Shudder
122. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971, Altman)-100, Criterion DVD
123. Lady Snowblood (1973, Fujita)-95, Criterion DVD
124. Black Widow (2021, Shortland)-88, Theater Viewing
125. Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance (1974, Fujita)-80, Criterion DVD
126. Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th (2013, Farrands)-91, Shudder
127. Vampyres (1975, Larraz)-60, Shudder
128. Patrick (1978, Franklin)-82, Shudder
129. Child’s Play 2 (1990, Lafia)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
130. Prevenge (2016, Lowe)-84, Shudder
131. Night Tide (1961, Harrington)-87, Shudder
132. The Queen of Black Magic (1979, Sudjio)-91, Shudder
133. Here Comes Hell (2019, McHenry)-65, Shudder
134. Wargames (1983, Badham)-89, Tubi
135. Cowboy (1958, Daves)-86, Tubi
136. Frankenhooker (1990, Henenlotter)-85, Shudder
137. Def By Temptation (1990, Bond III)-91, Shudder
138. Stay Tuned (1992, Hyams)-80, Tubi

August:

139. Last Man Standing (1996, Hill)-76, Tubi
140. Black Roses (1988, Fasano)-60, Shudder
141. Death Ship (1980, Rakoff)-65, Shudder
142. Don’t Panic (1989, Galindo Jr.)-80, Shudder
143. The Whistler (2019, Stang)-75, Shudder
144. Tigers Are Not Afraid (2019, López)-91, Shudder
145. The Green Knight (2021, Lowery)-95, Theater Viewing
146. Muppet Treasure Island (1996, Henson)-85, Disney+
147. Bill and Ted Face The Music (2020, Parisot)-86, Hulu
148. Brokeback Mountain (2005, Lee)-100, Peacock TV
149. The Suicide Squad (2021, Gunn)-91, Theater Viewing
150. Kentucky Fried Movie (1977, Landis)-70, Tubi
151. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003, Ki-duk)-99, Tubi
152. Turkey Shoot (1982, Trenchard-Smith)-84, Shudder
153. Dave Made a Maze (2017, Watterson)-82, Shudder
154. Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981, Asher)-75, Shudder
155. White of the Eye (1988, Cammell)-69, Shudder
156. Lisa and the Devil (1973, Bava)-80, Shudder
157. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020, Jenkins)-85, RedBox
158. Shock (1977, Bava)-73, Shudder
159. Messiah of Evil (1973, Huyck and Katz)-87, Shudder
160. Cruella (2021, Gillespie)-82, Disney+
161. Straw Dogs (1971, Peckinpah)-95, Criterion Blu-ray

September:

162. Vicious Fun (2020, Calahan)-90, Shudder
163. Mortuary (1983, Avedis)-36, Shudder
164. Hellmaster (1992, Schulze)-45, Shudder
165. The Dead Pit (1989, Leonard)-85, Shudder
166. VFW (2020, Begos)-90, Shudder
167. The Pale Door (2020, Koontz)-71, Shudder
168. Chillerama (2011, Rifkin, Sullivan, Green, Lynch)-73, Tubi
169. Mohawk (2017, Geoghegan)-80, Shudder
170. Dark Star (1974, Carpenter)-75, Tubi
171. The Brain Eaters (1958, VeSota)-79, Tubi
172. Death Curse of Tartu (1966, Grefé)-74, Tubi
173. Sting of Death (1966, Grefé)-77, Tubi
174. Blood Quantum (2019, Barnaby)-70, Shudder
175. I Bury the Living (1958, Band)-88, Tubi
176. Candyman (2021, DaCosta)-94, Theater Viewing
177. Head Count (2019, Callahan)-77, Shudder
178. Found Footage 3D (2016, DeGennaro)-70, Shudder
179. The Color Out of Space (2020, Stanley)-88, Shudder
180. Shakma (1990, Logan, Parks)-65, Shudder
181. Copshop (2021, Carnahan)-85, Theater Viewing
182. Malignant (2021, Wan)-93, Theater Viewing

October:

183. The Church (1989, Soavi)-40, Tubi
184. Blood (1973, Milligan)-60, Tubi
185. Cannibal Ferox (1981, Lenzi)-35, Shudder
186. Sorority House Massacre (1986, Frank)-70, Shudder
187. Pledge Night (1990, Ziller)-10, Shudder
188. WNUF Halloween Special (2013, LaMartina, Branscome, Jones, Maccubbin, Martin, Menter, Schoeb)-78, Shudder
189. Vampires vs. the Bronx (2020, Rodriguez)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
190. No Time To Die (2021, Fukunaga)-90, Theater Viewing
191. One Dark Night (1983, McLoughlin)-79, Tubi
192. Doom Asylum (1987, Friedman)-77, Tubi
193. Hannah, Queen of the Vampires (1973, Salvador, Danton)-80, Tubi
194. Death By Invitation (1971, Friedman)-51, Tubi
195. Two Thousand Maniacs (1964, Lewis)-85, Tubi
196. Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks (1974, Randall)-40, Tubi
197. The Convent (2000, Mendez)-82, Tubi
198. Demonia (1990, Fulci)-40, Tubi
199. PG: Psycho Goreman (2020, Kostanski)-90, Shudder
200. The Descent (2005, Marshall)-75, Tubi
201. Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman (2000, Cooney)-20, Crackle/Tubi
202. The Last Duel (2021, Scott)-83, Theater Viewing
203. Habit (1997, Fessenden)-87, Shudder
204. Halloween Kills (2021, Green)-82, Theater Viewing
205. Rituals (1977, Carter)-70, Shudder
206. Just Before Dawn (1981, Lieberman)-82, Shudder
207. The House That Screamed (1969, Serrador)-82, Shudder

November:

208. Last Night In Soho (2021, Wright)-95, Theater Viewing
209. V/H/S/94 (2021, Tjahjanto, Barrett)-84, Shudder
210. Wait Until Dark (1967, Young)-94, Shudder
211. Alien Resurrection (1997, Jeunet)-53, Tubi
212. Whiskey Mountain (1977, Grefé)-74, Tubi
213. Live By Night (2016, Affleck)-83, Netflix Instant Viewing
214. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021, Cretton)-90, Disney+
215. The Neverending Story (1984, Petersen)-70, YouTube
216. Let the Corpses Tan (2017, Cattet, Forzani)-80, Shudder
217. El Topo (1970, Jodorowsky)-96, Public Library
218. Fatal Instinct (1993, Reiner)-64, Tubi
219. Meatballs (1979, Reitman)-77, Barnes & Noble DVD
220. The Holiday (2006, Meyers)-60, Netflix Instant Viewing
221. The Long Riders (1980, Hill)-86, Tubi
222. The Velvet Vampire (1971, Rothman)-77, Shudder
223. Mill of the Stone Women (1960, Ferroni)-60, Shudder

December:

224. Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021, Sono), Shudder-65
225. Turbo Kid (2015, Simard, Whissell, Whissell)-91, Shudder
226. Beyond the Door (1975, Hellman)-60, Shudder
227. The Ice Harvest (2005, Ramis)-73, Tubi
228. Le Pacte des loups aka Brotherhood of the Wolf DC (2001, Gans)-90, Shudder
229. Mulholland Falls (1996, Tamahori)-80, Tubi
230. The Shadow (1994, Mulcahy)-73, Tubi
231. Thunder Road (1958, Ripley)-83, Tubi
232. Hunger (2008, McQueen)-98, Plex
233. Devil Times Five (1974, MacGregor)-50, Shudder
234. Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out! (1989, Hellman)-65, Shudder
235. Ice Cream Man (1995, Norman)-80, Shudder
236. Gator Bait (1974, The Sebastians)-46, Shudder
237. Black Moon Rising (1986, Cokeliss)-80, Tubi
238. West Side Story (2021, Spielberg)-81, Movie Theater Viewing
239. Man Of The West (1958, Mann)-92, Tubi
240. The Hitch-Hiker (1953, Lupino)-80, Tubi
241. Farewell My Lovely (1975, Richards)-93, Tubi
242. The Big Sleep (1978, Winner)-77, Tubi
243. Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation (1990, Yuzna)-25, Shudder
244. All a Good Night (1980, Hess)-30, Shudder
245. The Darkest Hour (2011, Gorak)-45, Netflix Instant Viewing
246. Screams of a Winter Night (1979, Wilson)-77, Shudder
247. Ace In The Hole (1951, Wilder)-98, Criterion Blu-ray
248. The Power of the Dog (2021, Campion)-85, Netflix Instant Viewing
249. Angel (1984, O’Neill)-83, Shudder
250. There Will Be Blood (2007, Anderson)-95, Netflix Instant Viewing

Horrorfest 2020 Presents: Firestarter (1984, Mark L. Lester)


Drew Barrymore has always been a good actress, and she got her start as a young girl appearing in multiple famous 1980s movies. One of them was Firestarter, which I think was really great even though the critics didn’t like that one. I bet they compared it to Carrie, and while it’s not as good as that film it is certainly a well done effort in its own right. Imagine a girl with the ability to cause fires with her mind. I wouldn’t want to anger that person, and the people who are after her find that out all too well.

Charlie and her dad Andy (David Keith) are on the run from The Shop, a quasi-CIA style organization that wants to harness her powers. Leading the group is Hollister (Martin Sheen played two evil characters in Stephen King adoptions), who sends George C. Scott’s creepy hit man Rainbird after them. What happens next is both violent and shocking, as Charlie’s full powers are revealed. I was reminded of The X-Men films, and while the comics existed before Firestarter the modern film adaptations clearly borrowed some elements from this movie.

I liked the flashbacks, which outline both Andy and his wife Vicky (Heather Locklear)’s powers, and how they try to deal with Charlie’s struggles to control her abilities. The Tangerine Dream score for this film is also unreal, and the final act is pure escalation, to put it mildly. Despite being a tad dated I really loved this movie, and I eagerly recommend it. Maybe one day I’ll read the book, too.

Horrorfest 2020 Presents: Fear (1996, James Foley)


Ah, young love. It’s great as long as one of them doesn’t take it took far and turn out to be a complete psycho. In the case of Fear, one of those entertaining horror thrillers from the 1990s, the guy is the crazy obsessed one here. Mark Wahlberg plays David, who seems normal and is in love with Nicole, played by Reese Witherspoon. However he quickly reveals his dark side, sweeping her and her family into a nightmare.

William Petersen and Amy Brenneman play her parents, and naturally Peterson as her dad gets bad vibes from meeting David, which Nicole ignores. The movie kind of touches on how people stay in dangerous and abusive relationships because they think the other person loves them anyways. Then it veers back into outlandish thriller territory, particularly with the final act.

Still that last act is pretty entertaining and suspenseful, and the movie has it’s fun share of crazy moments. Wahlberg chews scenery, Witherspoon is very likable and what happens in the end is darkly hilarious to me. I think I’ve seen too many horror movies. This is definitely one, also, going between slasher and crazy people movie all too well.

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