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Countdown mine and Sailor’s Greatest Horror Films of The 1980s with us and keep an eye out for more decades in the coming weeks.
Billy Dhalgren is giving fiction a go with his Metamorphosis: A Short Story.
Bob Cram Jr. is doing a horror review a day in October.
Romona is diving into horror romance for this Halloween month starting off with 2014’s Spring.
MONSOONVISION SHOWINGS THIS WEEK
(Subject to Change)
Sunday 10/11 at 9PM CST
Movie: The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
“A photographer’s obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer who stalks late-night commuters, ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways.”
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MOVIES WATCHED THIS WEEK
The Borderlands AKA Final Prayer (2013)
“A team of Vatican investigators descends upon a church in a remote area to demystify the unusual happenings, but what they discover is more disturbing than they had first imagined.”
Day 2: A low budget found footage horror film that relies on creepy atmosphere, solid dialogue, and actual plot over cheap jump scares. The final act will give anyone claustrophobia. (3.5/5)
The Invisible Man (2020)
“When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.”
Day 3: What is sad is that Moss’s performance is wasted in a dumb movie. I give her props for going full throttle here but the lack of logic and common sense simply doesn’t help this movie much at all. Everything just felt empty along with the Invisible Man never really feeling like a real threat outside of a couple of moments. A few different decisions along with Moss’s performance, how well it was made, and the decent score, this could have been something memorable. Instead, I was ready for it to get to the lazy twists you can see coming a mile away. (3/5)
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
“A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife’s death.”
Day 4: The weird horror campiness of this movie has you scratching your head at what you are watching but is entertaining the whole time. You either buy into the absurd or you don’t. If you do, then it’s an enjoyable horror comedy that made even funnier by its deadpan British humor. Also, Vincent Price is fantastic. (4/5)
Dracula AKA Horror of Dracula (1958)
“Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire’s castle under false pretenses, forcing his colleague Dr. Van Helsing to destroy the predatory villain when he targets Harker’s loved ones.”
Day 5: A Hammer Horror classic with Christopher Lee as a menacing presence playing the great Dracula opposed by Peter Cushing’s Van Helsing. I was surprised by its steady pace which is a good thing although there were times it felt a bit melodramatic. (4.25/5)
“The wife and mistress of a loathed school principal plan to murder him with what they believe is the perfect alibi.”
Day 6: Blending together the elements of horror and mystery in a seamless manner, cleverly using its available resources to provide a sense of dread and uncertainty, and efficiently sustaining its tense atmosphere from start to finish, Diabolique is one of the finest examples of its genre that hasn’t aged a bit. (4.5/5)
“On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real.”
Day 7: Nothing original and pretty cliched but is entertaining by building some solid tension with some brutal gore. It doesn’t waste a lot of time getting to the good stuff which helps as it continues to build the characters along the way. The type of bad guys behind the masks was a solid touch to making this standout a little bit more than other haunted houses going awry. (3.5/5)
“A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire.”
Day 8: A haunting film that has amazing gothic imagery and creates a sense of uneasiness during its entire runtime. The visual effects were certainly impressive for 1932 and can be seen throughout the horror genre ever since. (4.5/5)
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