The last few years I have challenged myself to watch a horror movie every day of October. Why do you ask? Well, first of all because I have a backlog of horror dvd’s and this is a great way to clear out that backlog. Second, it makes my Halloween experience intenser and it fills a spooky month with more chills and thrills. Additional horror story: at my home we have been without internet for a week and that will probably continue for the coming week as well. I have had to write this blog in stone and send it by pigeon to get it published. You’re welcome.
I have watched 7 movies for every day this past week and I will give a short description plus my rating.
Day 1: Dead and Buried
The movie to start off my Horrortober is a video nastie from the 80’s. Video nasties were a list of movies banned in the UK. The plot of the movie: People are getting killed and their murders are being covered up in a small seaside town. The sheriff suspects foul play and his gut feeling is right. Eerie town with strange inhabitants heighten the mood in this weird whodunnit with a Lovecraftian vibe. Enjoyable and I would suggest it for something off the beaten path.
My rating: 3 out of 5 sea side towns.
Day 2: Maniac Cop
Citizens of New York are being killed off by a towering mountain of a cop. Tensions arise and the relation between the citizens and the police force are at a boiling point. The ever charismatic Bruce Campbell plays a cop who gets framed for the murders, but the real killer is something more sinister. Decent enough slasher for a true fan.
My rating: 3 out of 5 police batons.
Day 3: The Wolfman
The original werewolf flick with the great Lon Chaney Jr as our tragic hero. He comes back after his older brother dies and he gets the werewolf curse after a fateful encounter. Tragic and moody movie from Universal. Brilliant acting from a few of Universal Monsters Alumni. The make up is stellar and this is the one where the cliche for fog/mist filled forrests comes from. Must watch if you like the classics.
My rating: 4 out of 5 silver canes.
Day 4: The Re-Animator
Campy and very cheesy body horror from the 80’s with the great Jeffrey Combs. Based on a Lovecraft story. Two medical students with the help of the serum of one try to re-animate the dead to further medical science. Lots of gore and comedy ensues. Must watch for fans of more explicit horror and for Lovecraft fans.
My rating: 4 out of 5 talking heads.
Day 5: Pin
This is a weird one, but interesting. A more psychological approach to horror. Two siblings , brother and a sister, are being raised by their strict parents and we follow them grow up. Dad is a doctor who has a fullsize medical dummy who he talks to and uses as a help to explain things. The dummy is sort of treated as family and is named Pin. After the death of the parents the brother gets more and more obssessed by the dummy and we follow him fall of the deep end while protecting his sister. Highly recommended because of the strange story and excellent execution, this movie leaves you wondering.
My rating: 4 out of 5 dummies.
Day 6: The Monster Club
Campy frame story starring the ever charasmatic Vincent Price as a vampire and John Carradine as a writer. After being bitten he gets introduced to the Monster Club. Three short stories serve as explanation for the different types of monsters.
Fun watch for people who don’t like horror, but still want to get their toes wet. For the more hardcore fan still very enjoyable because of Vincent Price and the stories. Recommended, ideal for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
My rating: 3 out of 5 vampires.
Day 7: Hell’s Ground
To close of my first week I chose something special. This is the first Pakistani splatter film. Five youngsters go from the city to see a concert. On the road they meet a strange man and woman selling drugged chai and snacks. The background story is of people being contaminated by dirty water and turning into zombies. They all end up getting stuck in the jungle. Then all except for one are being killed off by a burqa wearing, huge flail wielding maniac. And there is also a witch. A lot of ideas crammed into one movies; zombies, slashers and witches. The soundtrack combined with the style of movie is very reminescent of 70’s explotation movies while shot in 2007. Watch this of you want something different and can not live without having seen the maniac in a burqa.
My rating: 3 out of 5 crazy men.
Tune in next week for my next review and until then: celebrate Horrortober!