Sting of Death 1966
For an 80 minute long horror movie, this sure had way too many beach party dance scenes with close ups on butts being shaken to the music. If this were maybe only 30 minutes long, it might be somewhat watchable.
Dawn of an Evil Millennium 1988
If Sam Raimi's deadites secretly infiltrated Michael Mann and (soulmate via parallel evolution?) Shinya Tsukamoto's contemporaneous remake of Jack Sholder's 'The Hidden' in order to make it about evil sorcereresses and alien demons driving supercharged Oldsmobiles, it still would not be half as awesome as Damon Packard's 'Dawn of an Evil Millennium'. This movie proves that if editing/sound design/music/lighting are strongly conceived/executed, and what money is spent is put up on the screen (or on tape), that total radicalness is…
Mad God 2021
One of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time.
So much my thing it's astonishing I haven't seen this already.
Jaw-dropping from the very first frame, but I knew this was gonna be something special the second the electric hall happened.
As if Lynch and Lovecraft rewrote the Divine Comedy while on every drug imaginable.
An endless descent and ascent, spiralling inwards and outwards.
More real and immersive than 99% of films I've watched.
Going to be thinking about and rewatching this for a looooong time.
See it on the biggest screen possible.
There's always a bigger fish.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984
I have a theory (feel free to disagree with me) that it's better to watch some films when you are a child. If you watch films aimed at children as an adult for the first time, you will appreciate the technical merits but you will also be more likely to notice the simplifications and cheesiness. Such films may just not be that relatable anymore and your heart will remain indifferent to them. Whereas as a child, your heart is wide…
Gargoyle: Wings of Darkness 2004
The best way to get an audience onboard with a subpar monster effect? Chuck that beasty boy in the first 2 minutes flying around and in full frame, forget trying build up a sense of mystery. And it works!
➡️Masters of Schlock & Awe #5 - Jim Wynorski
It also isn’t that bad overall, at times it even looks stop-motion. Wynorski manages to have it somewhat convincingly pick up or maul people (incredible shoddy decapitation effect that looks more like a…
The Hills Have Eyes 2006
I think that remaking a classic horror film is commendable, knowing that the original set the bar. It comes with the territory, and it presents a balancing act by paying tribute while also putting a modern spin on things. In this respect, Aja's direction is component, and I must say that he has a good handle on the material, even if the result is underwhelming. I like that the setting is explored more, and I like that it influences character…
The Black Scorpion 1957
“Now, from the bowels of the earth it has come forth again to plague the earth.”
This shit blew my mind as a kid man, you have no idea.
As a lover of stop-motion, giant monsters, and scorpions, this was a favorite for years and got regular viewings. Even all these years later the scenes that hit hard then hit hard now. It’s lost none of that luster for me.
Sure it’s clearly cashing in on…
The Last House on the Left 1972
As a proud Nightmare on Elm Street hater, I did not have high expectations for Wes Craven's debut. It pretty much matched my expectations. A few scattered enjoyable moments amongst a bunch of boring hogwash. It's pretty edgy for an American movie of its time (I think), but that's about all it has going for it. Really gross movie with very little in the way of a point to justify it. And I can't forget to mention that impressively bad original soundtrack!
Monthly franchise June 2023: Jaws
One of Spielberg's best.
The film follows the police chief of a small island town called Amity as he is forced to hunt down a great white shark that has been attacking the beaches.
Well, finally getting to check this one off of my watchlist, as this is yet another classic that I've somehow managed to never sit through in its entirety. Thankfully, it's actually pretty good, and a lot of that comes down to…
The Pool 2001
An early 2000s slasher about a group of friends breaking into an indoor water park to party after their last day of high school. Obviously, a killer crashes the party.
The Pool is a refreshingly simple, straightforward slasher from a time when slashers were still striving to be self-referential and self-aware in the wake of Scream. There is a character that actually says "I know what you did last summer" (groan). But otherwise it's a standard stalk and slash with…