Archive for Horror Movie Night

Horror Movie Night: THE CURSE (1987)

Posted in 2011 New, Horror Movie Night, Movies (2011) with tags , , on March 2, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 3/2/2011

A meteor crash lands on Wil Wheaton’s farm in this loose adaptation of Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out of Space”. The meteorite melts into the ground and things start to get weird as fruits becomes infested with maggots and explode and people turn into weird mutation blobby people. Directed by David Keith (!), produced/2nd unit directed by Lucio Fulci (!!), and featuring the best plucking-spores-from-ass scene of the ’80s, THE CURSE is an curious film that is actually highly entertaining. It spawned 3 sequels, the rest of which will play Horror Movie Night in 2011 and 2012.

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  • 2011 New: 74
  • 2011 Re-see: 32
  • 2010 TOTAL: 106

Horror Movie Night: THE BEING (1983)

Posted in 2011 Re-see, Horror Movie Night, Movies (2011) with tags , , on February 23, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 2/23/2011

Considering how much fun I had with this movie when I watched it alone last year, I KNEW I had to put it on the HMN 2011 schedule. And as tribute to my favorite scene in them movie (which takes place at a drive-in) I made hot dogs and tater tots for everyone. The film went over very well with the crowd! Here are my thoughts from last year:

If I had known what I know now before I started this movie, I would have forced all my buddies to come over and watch this with me. This is the kind of movie I search for as I’m watching movie after movie, suffering through dreck nobody should ever have pass through their eyeballs. THE BEING is now one of my favorite bad movies and it’s hard to recall all the awesome bits after just one viewing as I was laughing so hard… out loud… by myself.

THE BEING, directed by Jackie Kong who gave us the amazing BLOOD DINER (1987), sets this tale of toxic woe in small Idaho town. We know this because the movie begins with narration so trailer-like, I was sure they put the preview of the movie I was about to watch right before the movie. Included in this narration is the movies tagline “The ultimate terror has taken form”. I don’t know about all that, but a young boy is decapitated in the opening scene. And that’s major bonus points.

Something is killing people, mostly by coming into their cars via air vents and then (maybe?) dissolving them. I say maybe because we see the typical horror creature kills and then when the police arrive on the scene there is no body. It’s never really explained. Don’t worry about it. On the case is Detective Mortimer Lutz (yes, really) who is played by the movie’s producer Bill Osco using the pseudonym Rexx Coltrane (yes, really). Osco’s performance isn’t so much acting as it is what you’d expect a deaf mute person to do if you put them in front of a camera with a scrip such as this. To call it wooden would be to insult wood.

Meanwhile, we learn that a company is dumping toxic waste into the city’s water supply. As in DIRECTLY into it. No worries, though, as Garson Jones (Martin Landau looking extremely bored) explains that everything is okay. As the bodies pile up, the being (whatever it is) becomes obsessed (or something… maybe?) with Detective Lutz and this all leads to a final showdown.

Things I love: The performances are so out of the world bad but everyone appears to KNOW they are bad so it’s kinda fun. The literal script (you’ll see what I mean). The kills are actually kinda fun. The haphazard way in which various angles of the same scene are shot at different times of the day. The stoners (see below). The creature itself has one eye and it’s a LAZY EYE. The final showdown culminates in Detective Lutz hanging from the ceiling of a warehouse… for a long time… with nothing going on… at all… before falling on his ass.

I love this movie. And here’s a small taste that should explain why:

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  • 2011 New: 58
  • 2011 Re-see: 31
  • 2010 TOTAL: 89

Horror Movie Night: BLUE MONKEY (1987)

Posted in 2011 New, Horror Movie Night, Movies (2011) with tags , , on February 9, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 2/9/2011

Spoiler: no monkeys in this one! An old man working with an exotic plant gets bitten by something and is taken to a hospital where it grows big and exits his body. More people become infected. The original pupa creature is caught but then some stupid dumb ass terminal kids pour some sort of growth powder on it. Monster-hidden-in-shadow violence ensues. As far as I can tell the movie is named after an offhanded comment made by one of the stupid dumb ass terminal kids who suspects they will find a blue monkey (Sarah Polley) in the tunnels under the hospital. Dopey kid. Mildly amusing film also stars John Vernon.

  • 2011 New: 45
  • 2011 Re-see: 22
  • 2010 TOTAL: 67

Horror Movie Night: ICED (1988)

Posted in 2011 New, Horror Movie Night, Movies (2011) with tags , , on February 2, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 2/2/2011

Here’s an impenetrably inept slasher if I ever saw one. The movie starts with a bunch of annoying couples on a ski weekend when one of them gets jealous, sending him into a murderous rage. He starts to ski as fast as he can down a hill towards… something… seemingly to gain enough speed to… burst through their window and ski them to death? Who knows. He doesn’t make it. He falls on his face. Seriously.

Years later, all the surviving friends are invited to a timeshare pitch. You read that 100% right. This is the only horror movie I know of that revolves around a TIMESHARE PITCH. Anyways, they all meet up, reminisce about their dead friend, work on in the kitchen, do marginally sexy things, ski a little and then, in the last 10 minutes, decides it wants to be a slasher. And some slashing happens.

This is a fun flick to watch with friends. Alone it would be painfully dull. There are enough WTF moments to make things worth it. There’s not a lot of gore, but boobhounds will find quite a bit to appreciate. For some reason I REALLY liked the view from inside the killer’s cracked ski mask. At least that they got that (and the bitchin’ title screen above) right!

  • 2011 New: 43
  • 2011 Re-see: 17
  • 2010 TOTAL: 60

Horror Movie Night: DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK (1973)

Posted in 2011 New, Horror Movie Night, Movies (2011) with tags , on January 12, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 1/12/2011

This made for TV movie runs only 74 minutes but does manage to drag just a tiny bit. However, had I been alive in 1973 watching this in my dark bedroom I would have shit myself. The movie is about Sally (Kim Darby, the original TRUE GRIT’s Mattie) who moves into her family home with her husband only to begin hearing voices coming from a ridiculously strongly closed up fireplace. Creatures begin appearing, taunting her, making sure to never come within sight of her husband and others that are in the house. The tension is there in many scenes, the rest feel like filler to turn it from an episode of Tales from the Darkside (or something of that nature) into a full TV movie. The creature design is actually kind of creepy and the in-camera effects appreciated (the remake’s trailer already shows off crummy CG). A decent creature-feature, on the tame side in terms of gore and nudity, but creepy nonetheless.

Buy DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK on DVD here!

  • 2011 New: 12
  • 2011 Re-see: 9
  • 2010 TOTAL: 21

 

Horror Movie Night: DE LIFT (1983)

Posted in 2011 Re-see, Horror Movie Night, Movies (2011) with tags , , on January 5, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 1/5/2011

The first Horror Movie Night of 2011 was also the first in our Duth filmmaker Dick Maas retrospective. We’ll also be watching his slasher film AMSTERDAMNED and his own English language remake of this film, THE SHAFT aka DOWN with Naomi Watts. This film is about an evil elevator which is brought to life (in true CHOPPING MALL fashion) by a lightning strike. Turns out it may have something to do with an evil Japanese corporation and bio chips. The film is made hilarious by its otherworldly English dubbing which is truly a thing to behold. As far the story goes, there’s simply not enough elevator death. Yes, there are a few standout scenes, but there’s a lot of time spend on the investigation into the elevator by a repair man. The words “shaft” (heh) and “chip” are used about a million times each. You’ll never want to hear either again. This film is an interesting curiosity though I wouldn’t fire it up by yourself and expect to be entertained alone. Watch it with friends.

  • 2011 New: 4
  • 2011 Re-see: 4
  • 2010 TOTAL: 8

Horror Movie Night: LADY TERMINATOR (1988)

Posted in 2010 Re-see, Age 29 Re-see, Horror Movie Night, Movies (2010), Movies (Age 29) with tags , , , on November 3, 2010 by btsjunkie

Watched: 11/3/2010

From the director of the infamous MYSTICS IN BALI comes this far superior film about an ancient evil queen possessing the body of an anthropology student. She goes on a murderous rampage (TERMINATOR style) in one ridiculous scene after another. It’s entertainment on a mythical level. Always a pleasure to watch and share with newbies.

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  • 2010 New: 326
  • 2010 Re-see: 135
  • 2010 TOTAL: 461