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« Reply #1410 on: October 01, 2021, 10:11:47 PM »

BECKY (2020)

Becky is an angry teenager who is not taking her Dad's plans for marriage well at all, even though it's been over a year since her Mom died of cancer.  But when a weekend at the family's remote lakehouse, intended to give her some time to bond with her potential stepmother, turns into a confrontation with an desperate gang of murderous skinheads just escaped from prison, Becky's anger finds something new to focus on - especially when the gang's leader, remarkably played by former comic actor Kevin James, tortures and murders her father. 
This is an amazing film; and the young actress who plays Becky totally sells her character as a borderline autistic, brilliant, vindictive little psychopath.  James is brilliant as the chief baddie; you'd never guess this was the same guy who played Paul Blart!  This was the best revenge flick I have seen in some time.  5/5
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« Reply #1411 on: October 02, 2021, 09:27:53 AM »

"The Sentinel" (1977)
A fashion model moves into a spacious apartment in an old New York brownstone. She soon begins experiencing a whole bunch of weird supernatural sh*t involving the building's bizarre tenants and a mysterious, reclusive Catholic Priest who lives alone on the top floor. That's what you get when your building is on top of a gate to Hell!

Michael "Death Wish" Winner's surreal cult classic was released at the tail end of the '70s "Satan Movie" boom so it cherry picks some bits from "Rosemary's Baby," "The Exorcist," and "The Omen," but it has a weird style all its own. It's got some cool/gross body horror bits, an overall doomy atmosphere, and a great cast that includes Chris "Fright Night" Sarandon, Christopher Walken, Beverly "Vacation" D'Angelo (who figures heavily in the movie's most notorious scene), Burgess Meredith, and Jeff Goldblum. Plus, the location scenes shot in late '70s New York are a nice time capsule.

I saw "The Sentinel" once many years ago and I didn't really dig it, but I enjoyed it much more the second time around.
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« Reply #1412 on: October 02, 2021, 09:40:58 AM »

The Mads: The Tingler: You all know the Tingler, I hope: Vincent Price takes LSD and discovers a creature living in our spines while William Castle shocks hineys in the audience. It's a good B-movie, though incredibly silly, and it works real well with commentary: this was the funniest "Mads" episode I've seen, with several laugh-out-loud lines. Price's daughter Victoria is the after-movie guest. The best of the three episodes I've seen by a longshot. 3.5/5.
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« Reply #1413 on: October 02, 2021, 11:18:44 PM »

"Tower of Evil"
(aka "Beyond the Fog" and/or "The Horror of Snape Island," 1972)
Investigators head to a deserted lighthouse on an island off the British coast after a series of mysterious deaths, and soon they're being picked off by a shambling, homicidal something-or-other.
This British flick falls somewhere between the Gothic 60s horror of Hammer Studios and the 70s splatter craze. It starts off with a promisingly ultra-violent bang, but then drags along for the rest of the run time. There are a couple of legit gore bits and a healthy dose of female nudity, so it wasn't a complete waste of time.
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« Reply #1414 on: October 03, 2021, 03:14:08 AM »

if i recall if my memory is right i loved this one and i had went in with really low expectations as well
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« Reply #1415 on: October 03, 2021, 06:21:16 AM »

Knives Out (2019)

A wealthy mystery writer is found dead in his mansion, just the morning after his birthday party when all his family was invited. Suicide or murder, because a surprising lot of those present may have had a reason to kill him. Luckily a master detective is on the case.

Rian Johnson's homage/parody to the classic Agatha Christie style mysteries. He romps through the conventions of the genre and the cast all seem to have had a great time. Probably the most entertaining movie in its genre since Murder on the Orient Express of 1974.
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« Reply #1416 on: October 04, 2021, 11:27:59 AM »

For the first October weekend, I watched mostly bad horror movies.  Maybe not the best start.

Howling: New Moon Rising.  I'd somehow missed this one for sure.  I thought I had seen it, but nope.  Barely even qualifies as a werewolf movie, it's mostly a comedy at a bar with a lot of line dancing.  Honestly, not as bad as its reputation would have suggested, taken on its own terms.  I mean, it's really bad, but less boring than I expected.  A few of the bad jokes I did laugh at.

Unmasked: part 25.  An alright meta horror movie mostly about Friday the 13th.  Some good ideas here, but I really feel like it doesn't gel entirely.  In particular, the meta stuff is often a little weak.  Like, they don't do enough about Jackson's place in the world.  How is he drawn to this stuff, why can't he stop?  I guess we're supposed to just take it as a given, but there's little context.  He appears to be able to stop at will, but then doesn't...  And then the ending, just what?  I needed more meat to this stuff.  It also has a single scene, really, commenting on slasher movie kills (where the girl trips and falls).  I dunno, doesn't quite work for me. 

Preservation.  Best of the lot.  This is a competently made, decently acted survival horror film basically.  Thematically, it's got a lot in common with Deliverance, but doesn't deliver on those themes nearly as well.  Still, was worth a watch.  Also, some really frustrating character moments, one or two of which had me audibly groaning and rolling my eyes.

Bonehill Road.  My first Todd Sheets film, which is kind of surprising as he has a long history and is somewhat close to me.  He's in Kansas City, Missouri, I'm in STL.  This one is largely watchable, but really, really bad.  Badly recorded dialogue too.  Uncomfortably closely shot, like "didn't have a wide angle" shot.  Some decent gore and werewolves though, courtesy of Joe Castro (who some may know from Terror Toons, among other things).  This film had a budget in the $30k range, really goes to show you there's no excuse for how awful some werewolves look in low budget horror.  Also, SUPER padded.  5 minute credit sequence, just names and a still image.  TEN minutes of end credits, listing every backer from its Indiegogo campaign.  Then a 3 minute super cheap post credits scene.  All this on an hour and 24 minute film.  It's not the worst micro horror I've seen, as it's not excruciatingly boring, but still pretty bad.  It's free on Tubi for those curious.
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« Reply #1417 on: October 05, 2021, 09:11:05 AM »

PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND (2021): A prisoner (Nicolas Cage) is outfitted in an exploding suit and sent into the Ghostlands to find and return the governor of Samurai Town's adopted granddaughter. Freely (and radnomly) mixing macho tropes from martial arts, westerns, and post-apocalyptic films, go in expecting a lot of cool shots and little narrative sense; I would have preferred more structure and a stronger concept, but it does amply deliver the craziness promised by the pitch of Nicolas Cage in a Sion Sono film. 3/5.
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« Reply #1418 on: October 05, 2021, 02:15:30 PM »

Contract Killers (2008) - The writer / director made this when he was in his mid 20s which is pretty impressive. It's a big budget action movie with a small budget, thus it has been relegated to Tubitv. It clearly needs several layers of Hollywood glitz all around but the actual story was good, or at least what I was in the mood for.

The CIA is corrupt and out to get one of it's former agents, played by a Swedish model or Finnish I can't remember. The only way she can worm her way out of the situation is to get dirt on the guy within the CIA trying to get her, but he has the vast spying resources of the US government at his disposal.

reviews are very mixed tending to negative but if you can see through the mistakes its got the international intrigue thing down pretty good. Exotic locals, tense shootouts etc

4.25 /5
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« Reply #1419 on: October 05, 2021, 04:48:22 PM »

Howling VI: The Freaks.  Is The Howling the worst horror series of all-time?  Maybe.  Part 6 is boring, plodding, poorly written and badly acted - despite the always welcome presence of Bruce Payne.  Terrible ending.  Mediocre effects.  Zero continuity with the other films - why even be a Howling picture?  It's clearly going to build to a vampire VS werewolf fight, and when it happens it's literally 10 seconds long.  On a strictly storytelling sense, it's probably better than part VII, but it's more boring and annoying so I'd actually say I like it less.  2/10.
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« Reply #1420 on: October 06, 2021, 08:08:37 PM »

My "Schlock-Tober" marathon is in full swing!

"Mind, Body & Soul" (1992)
Ginger Lynn Allen (aka '80s porn queen Ginger Lynn, who was trying to get into "straight" acting at the time) learns that her boyfriend is a member of a murderous Satanic cult when he drags her to a sacrificial ceremony. When it's broken up by police and Ginger goes into protective custody, she becomes a target of the cult, because she knows too much.
A cheap, cheesy softcore horror/thriller from the infamous Rick Sloane (creator of the Vice Academy series, which also starred Allen) with all of his usual trademarks: cardboard sets, wooden performances, plot holes aplenty, and of course, lots of female eye candy. Entertaining junk.

"Hellhole" (1985)
After witnessing her mother's murder, a woman (Judy Landers) develops amnesia and is sent to a womens'-only mental hospital to recover. Not only does the murderer follow her there to finish the job, but the facility's crazed doctor (Mary "Rock N Roll High School" Woronov) also likes to use troublesome patients for her private medical experiments.
A ridiculous, trashy, yet totally watchable mish-mosh of the slasher, medical horror, and chicks-in-prison genres, with a great cast, and lotsa pretty girls in various states of undress. Delightfully sleazy fun.
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« Reply #1421 on: October 07, 2021, 08:51:23 AM »

SHIVA BABY (2020): Things turn awkward when a college student runs into her ex and her sugar daddy at a Jewish funeral reception. A not-bad dramedy that should resonate with those in the protagonist's demographic; it feels simultaneously born out of authentic experiences, and farcically contrived. 2.5/5.
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« Reply #1422 on: October 07, 2021, 11:12:42 AM »

After Midnight - An odd hybrid of love story/relationship drama/monster movie.  Well-acted and nicely shot, there's a long take scene with two leads just talking that's really good.  Quite an ending.  I liked this one, and I also liked the director's previous film, the Battery.  My one issue, I really do feel we don't get enough sense overall of the progression of the relationship.  Like, we don't really SEE the issues that have cropped up, we're just told about them towards the end.  Think this could have been stronger.  Still, worth watching.

I'd also like someone to tell me what they think the monster represents thematically.  The build-up of resentment?  Creeping relationship issues?  Feel like I had some idea, but didn't fully get it.
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« Reply #1423 on: October 08, 2021, 04:20:43 PM »

Still kickin' it Schlock-tober style:

"Don't Go in the Woods" (aka "Don't Go in the Woods... Alone!", 1981)
A group of hikers on a trip through the aforementioned forest area are pursued by an insane, machete-wielding mountain man who also chops up a bunch of nameless, faceless background characters who are unlucky enough to get in the way. Yes, that's the entire plot.
Soooo.... who is the mountain man? Why is he killing all these people? Who the hell knows? The movie doesn't tell us a damn thing. The story is crap, the acting is crap, the dialogue is crap, but at least the gore is cartoonishly awesome.
I'd heard that this movie was bad, but I wasn't prepared for HOW bad this plotless, pointless, utterly inept hunk of slasher junk was. 
AVOID ... unless you absolutely have to see every slasher movie ever made.
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« Reply #1424 on: October 08, 2021, 09:45:12 PM »

Willow Creek (2013) - another day another found footage dollar. the date is 2013 and it is very of that time. It still owes a debt to Blair Witch but it is clearly conscious that it's a genre and they need to do something to make themselves different. That ends up being the main guy and his girlfriend having snarky interactions and then realizing they are in danger together. It works but the ending wasn't enough. oh its about bigfoot

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