31 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (28)

Halloweentown (1998)
Good kid show; wanted to see more of the actual town than anything else. (7/10)

The Wolf Man (1941)
Purer than Werewolf of London, and therefore more memorable. (8/10)

Monster by Moonlight: The Immortal Sage of the Wolf Man (1999)
Just fine, except it was hosted by John "Killer" Landis. (7/10)

The Real Ghostbusters,: "Citizen Ghost" (1986)
One of my favorites from childhood and I still think the ghost Ghostbusters look spooky. (8/10)

Tales from the Crypt: "The Switch" (1990)
It was directed by the Governator... good nuff. (7/10)

City of the Living Dead (1980)
Great thing to watch while sleepy; cool zombies. (7/10)

Rob Zombie: "Dragula" (1998)
Head-banging devils in the Munster's car = gold. (9/10)

Rob Zombie: "Living Dead Girl" (1999)
I'll take Sheri over Caesar any day. (8/10)

Rob Zombie: "Super Beast" (1999)
Sheri versus sci-fi ninja is too cool not to applaud. (8/10)

Rob Zombie: "Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy)" (2001)
Was that Tom Towles as a guard? (8/10)

Rob Zombie: "Feel So Numb" (2001)
Band playing their instruments type, but the crowd has some interesting people in it. (7/10)

Rob Zombie: "Demonoid Phenomenon" (2003)
Great song, crappy video. (6/10)

Rob Zombie: "Return of the Phantom Stranger" (2003)
Band playing their instruments, but at least there's zombies. (7/10)

Rob Zombie: "Spookshow Baby" (2003)
Band playing their instruments some more, but cut with energy. (7/10)

Halloween (1978)
#7: Evil pervades even a small town, but is ignored until too late. (10/10)

30 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (27)

Son of Frankenstein (1939)
Excellent set design, but a massive step down from Bride in all other ways. (6/10)

Hard Rock Zombies (1984)
For once, the awesomeness of the title lives up to the radicalness of the movie. (8/10)

The Simpsons: "Treehouse of Horror 14-1: Reaper Madness" (2003)
Mmm... blasphemous. (8/10)
[watched with P]

The Simpsons: "Treehouse of Horror 14-2: Frinkenstein" (2003)
"He's right! It all checks out." (7/10)
[watched with P]

The Simpsons: "Treehouse of Horror 14-3: Stop the World, I Want to Goof Off" (2003)
Hard to beat a good "watch that stops time" tale, especially when Bart gets to screw around. (8/10)
[watched with P]

The Invisible Man Returns (1940)
Price is a good voice choice, but the plot is faily boring. (6/10)

The Simpsons: "Treehouse of Horror 15-1: The Ned Zone" (2004)
I like the multiple shocks before the blast best. (8/10)
[watched with P]

The Simpsons: "Treehouse of Horror 15-1: In the Belly of the Boss" (2004)
I like Marge's disintegrating costume best. (8/10)
[watched with P]

The Simpsons: "Treehouse of Horror 15-1: Four Beheadings and a Funeral" (2004)
I like the idea of mutton chops best. (7/10)
[watched with P]

Scarecrow (2003)
The worst flaw is uninspired, boring slasher kills; strangely great daylight photography. (6/10)

The Mummy's Hand (1940)
Better than the first with funny characters and a real mummy with fricking cool eyes. (7/10)

The Invisible Woman (1940)
Screwball comedy with a drunk, naked invisible woman running around half the time. (7/10)

29 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (26)

Merrie Melodies: "Claws for Alarm" (1954)
Not quite as good as "Scaredy Cat"; not sure why the mice wanted to kill Porky, anyway. (7/10)
[watched with P]

Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
The blood sprays, not many slow spots and Freddy and Jason really do beat the hell out of eachother. (8/10)
[watched with P]

Tales from the Crypt: "Collection Completed" (1989)
Utterly predictable but with some fairly fun performances. (6/10)
[watched with C]

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
Two more days 'til Halloween, Halloween... Silver Shamrock! (8/10)
[watched with C]

The Simpsons: "Treehouse of Horror 05-1: The Shinning" (1994)
Still the masterpiece of the Simpsons Halloween shorts. (9/10)
[watched with C]

Tales from the Crypt: "Dead Right" (1990)
Pretty standard, by great Jeffrey Tambor performance. (7/10)
[watched with C]

Dracula's Daughter (1936)
Love the implied lesbianism; too bad Whale didn't direct. (7/10)

28 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (25)

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special (1976)
Doesn't get much more Halloween than Paul Lynde as a trucker fighting to marry a woman. (7/10)

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
A masterpiece with depth of emotion, depth of story and a heapin' helping of comedy to boot. (9/10)

She's Alive! Creating the Bride of Frankenstein (1999)
Finally, Universal grows a pair and mentions Whale's homosexuality as an important aspect of the film. (8/10)

Werewolf of London (1935)
A mad botanist and especially his moonlight lamp are particularly unique. (7/10)

27 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (24)

The Mummy (1932)
Karloff is fascinated, but this is a clone of Dracula without much Mummy. (7/10)

Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed (1999)
Great stories about Zita Johann. (8/10)

The Invisible Man (1933)
Maniacal, muderous mayhem from Raines and Whale; all great fun. (8/10)

Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed! (1999)
Covers the Invisible Man phenomenon pretty well. (7/10)

26 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (23)

May (2002)
Undoubtably appeals to misfit teen girls everywhere; still fairly unique and fairly well-made. (7/10)

Dracula (1931)
Chops the story into an almost incomprehensible mash, but Bela is the frickin' man. (7/10)

The Road to Dracula (1999)
Carla Laemmle is a treasure; documentary is what its title implies. (8/10)

Frankenstein (1931)
Excellent actors and a genius director combine to make the first intelligent horror movie. (8/10)

The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster (1999)
Could've used more on Colin Clive, but otherwise a nice documentary. (7/10)

Boo (1932)
Frightfully unfunny; Nosferatu footage instead of Universal's own Dracula? (4/10)

25 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (22)

King of the Ants (2003)
Both the protagonist and antagonists were idiots, which was both a flaw and of interest. (7/10)

Rottweiler (2004)
Surprisingly good for a movie with a robot dog. (8/10)

24 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (21)

Dagon (2001)
I'm utterly mystified why no one else seems to love this movie. (9/10)

Beyond Re-Animator (2003)
Lots of good parts hanging on a weak skeleton. (7/10)

23 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (20)

The Dentist 2 (1998)
Slower and with less dental trauma than the first and marred by a really goofy final shot. (7/10)

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show: "Honey, Let's Trick or Treat" (1998)
Halloween episodes are always fun. (7/10)

Faust: Love of the Damned (2000)
Great first half with average, if not slightly cheesy, second half. (7/10)

22 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (19)

Tales from the Crypt: "Lover Come Hack to Me" (1989)
Boring and uninteresting. (4/10)
[watched with C]

Man Bites Dog (1992)
Funny and well-acted, but the concept is, unfortunately, old hat at this point. (7/10)
[watched with C]

Pagan Invasion: Volume I: Halloween: Trick or Treat? (1991)
I thought it'd be ultra-Jesusy and funny, but it sucked. (3/10)
[watched with C]

21 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (18)

The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998)
Fun little movie, but a little to play-y for my tastes. (7/10)

Progeny (1998)
Some nice alien and medical horror, but marred by wretched acting. (6/10)

20 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (17)

The American Nightmare (2000)
Weaves images from the news of the era with the horror films with thought. (8/10)

Rob Zombie: "Spookshow Baby" (2003)
Kinetic, but mostly just the band on a stage. (6/10)

17 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (16)

Unspeakable (2000)
Tries and fails, though there are a few tiny flecks of gold here and there. (4/10)

Rob Zombie: "Demonoid Phenomenon" (2001)
Not a fan of concert videos, but there sure were a lot of naked ladies. (6/10)

16 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (15)

Rob Zombie: "Super Beast" (1999)
Needed less of the band and more of the crazy background stuff. (7/10)

Rob Zombie: "Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy)" (2001)
Dead-on duplicate of the Milk Bar. (7/10)

Toolbox Murders (2004)
An unexpected treat; awesome to see Silent Hill 2's influence. (8/10)

15 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (14)

A History of Violence (2005)
Cronenberg is god; anyone who doesn't like the ending is a moron. (9/10)
[watched with C]

Tales from the Crypt: "Only Sin Deep" (1989)
Nothing too exciting; Lea Thompson wasn't the best choice. (6/10)
[watched with C]

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
Still the king of serial killer movies. (9/10)
[watched with C]

SNL: "Gay Dracula" (1994)
The double meaning with Travolta makes it much funnier. (8/10)
[watched with C]

The Dentist (1996)
Great modern slasher with Yuzna much improved at directing. (8/10)

Space Truckers (1996)
Given the ideas, this should've been more fun than what was on screen. (7/10)

14 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (13)

The Amityville Horror (1979)
Feels stitched together from a larger movie, where all of the good parts were cut. (5/10)

Strangeland (1998)
Even the unrated DVD was holding back; put together very poorly. (5/10)

12 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (12)

Castle Freak (1995)
Rock solid horror. (8/10)

Tarzan: The Epic Adventures: "Tarzan's Return" (1996)
Z-grade genre TV that I imagine disappointed the hell out of a lot of Tarzan fans. (4/10)

11 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (11)

House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Stumbled out of the gate with this one, but Zombie has the potential to be a great horrormaker. (7/10)

08 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (10)

The Inquisitor (1990)
Good location, good actors, good story, good, clean torturing fun. (8/10)

Fortress (1992)
Exciting sci-fi prison action; strangely, like a futuristic The Inquisitor. (8/10)
[watched with P]

Tales from the Crypt: "Dig That Cat… He's Real Gone" (1989)
Predictable ending, but the journey there is very fun. (8/10)
[watched with C]

Return of the Living Dead Part II (1987)
Painfully unfunny horror-comedy. (4/10)
[watched with C]

Michael Jackson: "Thriller" (1983)
Non-weird Michael, dancing zombies and Vincent Price is all good. (7/10)
[watched with C]

Return of the Living Dead III (1993)
Damned fine zombie romance. (9/10)
[watched with C]

The Simpsons: "Treehouse of Horror 04-1: The Devil and Homer Simpson" (1993)
Classic Treehouse. (9/10)
[watched with C]

Necronomicon (1993)
Eldritch enough, but some poor SFX take you out of the stories on occasion. (7/10)

07 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (9)

Bride of Re-Animator (1989)
The bride herself is fantastic and West proves himself again to be king of the mad scientists. (8/10)

Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 (1989)
Doesn't make too much sense and nothing to do with Xmas… but Clint and Reggie are in it. (6/10)

06 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (8)

Daughter of Darkness (1989)
Boring vampire movie with hardly any blood sucking. (5/10)

Robot Jox (1989)
Kick-ass sci-fi, gladiator, Cold War flick. (7/10)

05 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (7)

From Beyond (1986)
That there are invisible, teeth-filled sea creatures swimming around is the scariest-cool idea ever. (8/10)

Society (1989)
The abrupt left turn into absurdity at the end eventually wears a smile into you. (7/10)

The Haunted History of Halloween (1997)
Seemed to be a pretty solid overview of the big day's history and a dug the footage from past decades' celebrations. (7/10)

The Saturday Night Live Halloween Special (1999)
Mostly mediocre, with some gems like Matt Foley and Gay Dracula. (6/10)

04 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (6)

Re-Animator (1985)
Balls-to-the-wall fun, with a perfect performance by Jeffrey Combs. (9/10)

Dolls (1986)
Best killer doll movie ever; reminded me that fairy tales were the horror genre's precursor. (8/10)

01 October 2005

SWH: 2005 (5)

Color Me Blood Red (1965)
Some surprising gore for 1965, but otherwise dull. (5/10)

Codename: Kids Next Door: "Operation T.R.I.C.K.Y." (2004)
Non-special Cartoon Network cartoon. (5/10)

Aqua Teen Hunger Force: "Bus of the Undead" (2001)
"The D is for DraCOOla." (8/10)
[watched with C]

The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)
Has some unique stuff but was executed a little sloppily. (7/10)
[watched with C]

Tales from the Crypt: "And All Through the House" (1989)
Nothing like a good killer Santa story. (8/10)
[watched with C]

The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
Near-perfect horror-comedy. (9/10)
[watched with C]