Better off Undead (2007) – Short Film

“Better off Undead”

Movie #31: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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On what begins as a drudgingly ordinary day, a somewhat oblivious group of friends find that zombies have invaded their community.  They try to find a safe place to stay as they battle the zombie horde and each other.  Continue reading “Better off Undead (2007) – Short Film”

Dr. Moreau’s House of Pain (2004) – Film

“Dr. Moreau’s House of Pain”

Movie #29: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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A young man looking for his missing brother tracks him to a sexy dancer and a mysterious mansion with strange inhabitants. Continue reading “Dr. Moreau’s House of Pain (2004) – Film”

Susperia (1977) – Film

“Susperia”

Movie #23: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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Susy Bannon arrives at the prestigious Tanz Academy in Freiburg, Germany on a stormy night, just in time to see one of the other students run away into the rainy night, she is then refused admittance into the building, when returning the following morning to find out that the girl has died.  As more strange things start to happen in and around the school, Susy learns about the true history of the school.  Continue reading “Susperia (1977) – Film”

The Howling (1981) – Film

“The Howling”

Movie #21: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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While pursuing a story about a serial killer, reporter, Karen White, is attacked and watches as he is shot to death by the police.  On her psychiatrist’s recommendation, she and her husband go to a retreat, called “The Colony”, for relaxation and therapy.  However, the residents of The Colony are unsettling, creepy, and have a frightening secret. Continue reading “The Howling (1981) – Film”

Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) – Film

“Manos: The Hands of Fate”

Movie #20: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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A family gets lost while looking for their resort, Valley Lodge, and instead stumble across the compound of a cult.   Continue reading “Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) – Film”

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.