I decided to kick off this year’s challenge with this film, inspired by Poe’s classic story and brought to life by the estimable talents of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. Though this version does not hold up very well, it does have some fine and haunting scenes. Especially when held up to the outstanding interpretation years later which Karloff did with Vincent Price. Still, these classic films are always worth watching. It’s like a domino effect, you watch one, then you need to find another from the same period, and pretty soon you’ve immersed yourself in every Poe inspired film or film starring Lugosi and Karloff made in the 1930’s. A worthwhile way to spend time during our favorite horror themed month, indeed.
H.P. Lovecraft visits an old library maintained by monks who guard a locked room containing the Necronomicon. Lovecraft steals the keys to the room, sneaks in and begins copying stories. Continue reading →
After Marty’s girlfriend breaks up with him, a group of attractive and mysterious women visit the video rental store at which he works. Soon, Marty and his friends discover that these women are vampires, and it’s up to Marty to stop them. Continue reading →
Otto, an employee of Berm-Tech Industries, Inc., is called into his supervisor, Turner’s office one morning to find one of his co-workers, Mike, sitting in a chair, a stake through his chest. Turner states that he killed Mike because he was a vampire. Obviously, Otto is disturbed by this, as Berm-Tech is owned and operated by vampires, or as they prefer to be called, Netherfolk, and Turner himself is one. Turner, it seems, has contracted an illness which causes him senility, and he has forgotten that he is a Netherfolk. So, he hires a “first lifer,” Jewel, to replace Mike, and further calls in a business advisor, and things become quite complicated. Continue reading →
Mr. Bricks wakes in an empty warehouse with a bullet in his head, all he can remember is his love, Scarlet, and all he can think about is finding her again. Officer Scarlet Morretti, rescued by her not entirely stable partner, Dukes, is struggling to deal with not only the rape and abuses during her imprisonment by Mr. Bricks, but the consequences. Continue reading →
Colton West, an ageing former action star who doesn’t like insects, is struggling with media coverage of his mistakes, his fading career, and his family. On the day he walks off the set of a movie about giant cockroaches, a volcano starts to erupt near L.A. As lava punches through in various places in and around the L.A. basin, giant spiders, Lavalantulas, erupt from the fiery depths with it. Colton will stop at nothing to reach his family and get them to safety, saving whoever he can along the way. Continue reading →
Dallas, a vampire, returns to L.A. to visit some old friends. While there he picks up a young woman who turns out to be The Hollywood Slasher and brings her home to his friends who adopt her as one of their own. Unknown to Dallas, Dr. Van Helsing has followed him to L.A. and has recruited some quite modern help in his hunt for vampires. Also complicating his visit is a long standing animosity between Dallas and The Count. Continue reading →
The Lakecrest College swim team is preparing for a big meet, it loses one of its athletes to an unfortunate drowning accident, and it is discovered that he had been using steroids. As the rest of the team scrambles to clean itself up, the college campus is beset by giant leeches. Continue reading →