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 →
Dr. Wakeman, and a team of other scientists, have created a new being from the assembled parts of 88 different body donors. “3” has been given the ability of critical thinking and logic, but not memory, or at least that was the intention. As, who I’m guessing is a neurologist, Dr. English begins evaluating “3”, Wakeman’s true motives come to light. Continue reading →
An Arizona rancher, Cole (Rory Calhoun), is struggling with an overpopulation of rabbits. He had some help dealing with coyote’s previously which “worked too well,” but now he is looking for a more environmentally sound solution which balances the natural order. Luckily, Professor Elgin Clark (DeForest Kelly), knows just who to ask for help. Gerry (Janet Leigh) and Roy (Stuart Whitman) Bennett are nearby working on learning more about insects, and agree to try to help out by using an experimental serum to disrupt the rabbit’s reproduction.
A sinister carnival and the Autumn People, come to Green Town, Il., led by Mr. Dark. A pair of 12 year old boys stumble across the terrible secret of the carnival. Granting the heart’s desire, but not quite, and feeding on sorrow and tears. Quite the tale of “be careful what you wish for.” Continue reading →
Oh what wonderful silliness! It is exactly what I expected from The Asylum, and starring Caspar Van Dien. Queen Snow White and princesses, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Rapunzel, along with Red Riding Hood, are the Avengers, who must fight Rumpelstiltskin and the Big Bad Wolf, after they’ve been transported to the modern world, in this “suspend your disbelief and just go with it” flick. It’s not overly memorable, but has some decent make up, gore effects, and in general isn’t too bad for an Asylum movie. If you decide to check this out, Lou Ferrigno, as Iron John, is the best part.
A young drifter, Carmilla, is seeking information about the mother she never met. When she arrives in a rural town, she meets Laura, an awkward waitress, and they develop a relationship, of which Laura’s father disapproves. Continue reading →
A young man, who dreams of monsters, is confronted with the fact that his dreams are real and the psychiatrist who has been claiming to help him has, instead, exploited him. Now, he must fulfill a prophecy in which he is both destruction and salvation of the Nightbreed. Continue reading →