Sunday, October 23, 2011

Haunted Movie Marathon - Week 3

I think week 3 is my favorite so far. It was mostly new viewings, and while it was tough to find films that were both new to me and readily available (that is, on Netflix instant watch), I think I found some gems. Again, first viewings are in orange, rewatches are in black. (May contain light spoilers.)

October 15th

Videodrome (1983)
Videodrome is one of those movies that gets better every time you watch it. It's also one of the few (okay, probably the only) movie where you get to see James Woods whipping a television.

October 16th

Black Death (2010)
I'm really interested in the bubonic plague, and adding Sean Bean just sweetened the deal. I kinda wish it had delved into more historical stuff, but I think that's a bit too much to ask from a film like this. That said, it was pretty enjoyable, and a nice change of pace from the splatter and demon crap I'm usually into.

October 17th

In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
I have to admit, I really enjoyed this movie. It reminded me of Saturday afternoons watching Tales from the Darkside and other "twist"-laden fare. It was really fun to watch the plot unfold, and there was enough spooky stuff to keep me happy. I'll definitely revisit this one again.

October 18th

The Call of Cthulhu (2005)
I was really surprised at how good this was! Most adaptions of Lovecraft stories lean towards the (at best) bizarre, but this was serious, slow, quiet (it was silent, after all), and I feel like it really captured the atmosphere of the original story. I highly recommend this!

October 19th
Cinnamon Toast Crunch!
Intruder (1989)
Rather than say that I was misled into watching this by the promise of Bruce Campbell action, I'll just say, this IMDB forum post sums up my feelings pretty well. Overall not a bad film, but I was expecting something I could fap to later, so I was a tad disappointed.

October 20th

Disney's Halloween Treat (1982)
The third offering from The Halloween Video! This really deserves its own write-up, so I'll leave commentary on this for later.

October 21st

Creepshow (1982)
I'm pretty sure I have seen some of this weird film at some point in my childhood, but I think this counts as a first full watch. I enjoyed it, and it was what I was expecting: Tales from the Crypt short stories with some spooky moments and cheesy effects. I think my favorite segment was Something to Tide You Over. It had everything I like in cheesy horror stories: unnecessarily elaborate murders and gory creatures rising from the dead.

I'm going to try to focus on some more Halloween-themed films for the rest of the month (I still have Trick R Treat tucked away). Suggestions are still welcome!

Check out the rest of the marathon!
Haunted Movie Marathon Week 1
Haunted Movie Marathon Week 2
Haunted Movie Marathon Finale

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