Interesting thing with Terror Train is how good the cinematography was. Rarity also for the slasher cycle in that the writer and director were Canadian--usually there's a US or British import for one or the other.
I watched CHOPPING MALL 1986. Cheaper in feeling than I expected but the robots made me think it may have had some influence on Robocop given how they show off the robots--or even Small Soldiers was paying homage to it. I noticed the store signs Roger's Little Shop of Pets and Peckinpah's Sporting Goods.
I just saw Chopping Mall for the first time. A fun, tongue-in-cheek horror flick that turned out better than I thought it would. Yeah, I really got a kick out of the in-jokes; the Peckinpah's Sporting Goods store was an especially nice touch!
Post by Dramatic Look Gopher on Jan 19, 2020 4:38:56 GMT
The Cat O' Nine Tails (1971)
One of my favorite Dario Argento films of all time. Not without narrative flaws, but still a complex story that benefits from stylish visuals, outstanding camera work, and Ennio Morricone's beautiful soundtrack.
This is one of those must-watch movies for me during the month of January. Not sure why, but it seems to go well against the snow and cold. It's always a blast and I'm always finding new things to appreciate about it. Chris Sarandon and Amanda Bearse's hypnotic dance, the dynamic score by Brad Fiedel, the state-of-the-art (at the time) practical effects, the references to Hammer-era horror... I just really, really love this movie to pieces.
I was just listening to the soundtrack (on vinyl) the other day. Come to Me & Good Man in a bad time... killer tracks.
"Oh, there will be a day of reckoning for you, non-believer! A totalling of sums and a snapping of necks, and you will count yourself among the damned"!
Post by Anonymous Andy on Jan 24, 2020 1:02:33 GMT
The Wicker Man (1973)
Re-watched this for the first time in a number of years alongside my girlfriend, who had never seen it at all. I was absolutely thrilled to find that none of its shine has worn off (she loved it as well).
Creepy music, claustrophobic setting, a flamboyant Christopher Lee performance and naked Britt Ekland banging on the walls. What's not to love?!
Post by Anonymous Andy on Jan 24, 2020 18:53:02 GMT
Scanners II (1991) / Scanners III (1992)
I had no expectations going into these, aside from a very faint curiosity about them over the years. II is a cheap rehash of the original that is too dim for all of the different elements it's trying to balance, whereas III is an absolutely batshit, cheesy good time. The lead actress sounds like Melania Trump, so that made her evil deeds all the more hilarious. This movie actually understands the sandbox it is playing in. Plus, we get the signature head explosion, but underwater this time! In an alternate universe, this one is heralded as some sort of cult classic.
I do agree and remember it was a really good one .
Thanks so much heysweden for this
awesome movie reminder here as well .
"In a confusing universe some things just make sense." --STV (BBCA)
"Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' — she always called me Elwood — 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." — James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd
Not only are eyes windows to the soul, but our eyes look to the skies for home.
Post by Dramatic Look Gopher on Feb 15, 2020 4:56:57 GMT
Silent Scream (1980)
This is a pretty good shocker that is well directed and has intelligent writing, making it one of the better slashers of that period. Highly inspired by Psycho, it does take time in getting the story in motion but it does build up some tension and great suspense once things get going.
Post by Dramatic Look Gopher on Feb 16, 2020 16:57:56 GMT
In The Tall Grass (2019)
Well, this had an intriguing premise with some fairly creepy scenes, plus some good characterizations, but overall I felt the presentation was murky, confusing and unsatisfying. Might have worked better as a segment in a horror anthology instead of a feature-length movie.
whereas III is an absolutely batshit, cheesy good time. The lead actress sounds like Melania Trump, so that made her evil deeds all the more hilarious. This movie actually understands the sandbox it is playing in. Plus, we get the signature head explosion, but underwater this time! In an alternate universe, this one is heralded as some sort of cult classic.
II - 4/10 III - 6/10
I remember the scene where she uses the power on the talk show with the young married celebrity and the old Merv Griffin-ish host.
That could be a premise for an entire movie-someone using such powers to embarrass celebrities on tv.
What would happen if such a thing were possible?
Would people stop appearing on tv?
Only thing though-the video look of the movie was so apparent. By this time such things really had a cheap tv look to them.
"Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow." Frankenstein
The People Under The Stairs (Wes Craven; 1991) – An intriguing premise is ruined by a weak script and obvious budgetary limitations. This has a running time of 102 minutes, but already runs out of steam at half-time. It keeps repeating the same shocks again and again. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie which has so many scenes of the main character being chased by the same dog, and he manages to escape each time, sometimes by just kicking it in the face (it’s supposed to be a vicious Rottweiler, so it’s all quite silly). This has an obvious social message which would explain why some people hold it in such high regard, but really it’s a bit of a mess. Too violent for children and too daft to be taken seriously by adults.
"I prefer reading to writing. Reading changes your worldview. Writing changes absolutely nothing. Except, of course, when it makes you rich." Michel Houellebecq
Kind of just stumbled over this Vampire movie I've never heard of from 1945. Set in the coastlines of Africa, someone is sucking out the blood of natives. but who?. For a low-budget movie from a studio that lived on spitting out Western movies every week, it surpricingly has a good storyline. Leigh Brackett who's first screenplay this was, would later write screenplays fror John Wayne Westerns and maybe more interesting for our younger ones, The Empire Strikes Back (Star Wars V).
One of the characters in this picture is a bloodsucker