Succubus: Hell-Bent (2007) – Film

“Succubus: Hell-Bent”

Movie #15: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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What happens on Spring Break stays at Spring Break… unless she follows you home, stalks you, and kills your girlfriend. Continue reading “Succubus: Hell-Bent (2007) – Film”

Faust (1926) – Film

“Faust”

Movie #8: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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This German, silent-era film is based on Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s classic tale.  A wager is made between the demon, Mephisto, and an Archangel for the fate of mankind.  Should Mephisto be able to corrupt the soul of the the alchemist, Faust, evil shall rule the Earth.   The story, though a tale of good vs evil, really explores doing the wrong things for the right reasons.   I fully appreciate the story for what it was at the time it was written, and then later filmed, it really shows how far we have grown in our societal mores.

Visually, the film is haunting, and with the score, it’s almost hypnotic.  The first 30 minutes passed and I barely blinked, it was so beautiful.  The special effects are fantastic and hold up wonderfully.   This film had the highest budget for its time, and it shows.

Although it drags in some areas,  I was not expecting a nearly 2-hour epic when I chose this, but was pleasantly surprised.

Chawz (2009) – Film

“Chawz”

Movie #6: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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The “crimeless village” Sam-mea-ri starts having some excitement when a  grave is found dug up and the remains spread about, and Officer Kim and his family movie there just in time to be swept up in it.    Continue reading “Chawz (2009) – Film”

All Souls Day – Dia de los Muertos (2005) – Film

“All Souls Day – Dia de los Muertos”

Movie #5: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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After getting into a car accident trying to avoid a funeral procession, Alicia and Joss become stranded in a mysterious little town in Mexico, on their way to Alicia’s parent’s home, on Dia de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead.   They become swept up in the village’s haunted history. Continue reading “All Souls Day – Dia de los Muertos (2005) – Film”

The Raven (1935) – Film

“The Raven”

Movie #1: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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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.

It (2017) – Film

“It”

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A group of children, are hunted by a creature who feeds on the fears and phobias of the young people who live in the small town of Derry, Main.   Continue reading “It (2017) – Film”

Necronomicon: Book of the Dead (1993)- Film

“Necronomicon: Book of the Dead”

Movie 24: 31-Days of Horror Challenge 2017

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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 “Necronomicon: Book of the Dead (1993)- Film”

Deviant Behavior (2017) – Film

“Deviant Behavior”

Movie #15: 31-Days of Horror Challenge 2017

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Charlie Reese, a sleazy private detective, is hired to find a missing girl and stumbles into an unofficial ongoing investigation by a local police detective.   Continue reading “Deviant Behavior (2017) – Film”

Muse (2018) – Film

“Muse”

Movie #14: 31-Days of Horror Challenge 2017

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Adam, a young painter, struggling to find inspiration, helps his neighbor out by driving him to a remote cabin, which ends up being a drug deal gone wrong.  They discover that Hector’s friends have been killed and stumble on a mysterious and beautiful woman, who follows Adam to his apartment, where she becomes his inspiration.   Continue reading “Muse (2018) – Film”

Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) – Film

“Friday the 13th Part 2”

Movie #13: 31-Days of Horror Challenge 2017

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5 years after the events of the Camp Crystal Lake massacre, a camp counselor training opens up.  As the counselors in training explore the camp and surrounding area, some of them stumble onto the old Camp Crystal Lake, and get picked up by the local police, who try to warn them away.  But of course, the young counselors don’t listen. Continue reading “Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) – Film”