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”

House of Ghosts (2012) – Film

“House of Ghosts”

Movie #14: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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After a dinner party, a group of rich socialites are trapped in a house during a snow storm.  Their host hires a medium who opens a portal to the “great beyond.”

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Hood of Horror (2006) – Film

“Hood of Horror”

Movie #11: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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This is Snoop Dogg’s version Tales from the Crypt, an anthology film with a hip-hop twist and directed by Stacy Title.   Continue reading “Hood of Horror (2006) – Film”

MurderDrome (2013) – Film

“MurderDrome”

Movie #10: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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Cherry Skye unwittingly summons a demon when a romantic rivalry with her Roller Derby nemesis heats up.

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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.

Little Shop of Horrors (1960) – Film

“Little Shop of Horrors”

Movie #4: 31-Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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At Mushnik’s flower shop in Skid Row, Seymour Krelborn is trying to live his dream of growing things.  He starts a seed, grows a rare plant, which he names Audrey Junior, after his love interest, his co-worker, Audrey Fulquard.  Such an exciting, exotic new plant brings a rush of interest, fame, and business to the flower shop, but to keep Audrey Junior healthy, Seymour is forced to take awful, sinister actions.  Continue reading “Little Shop of Horrors (1960) – Film”

Hellbilly (2003) – Film

“Hellbilly”

Movie #3: 31-Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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Day 3 Hellbilly (2003)
 
Another Prime find. Micro budget. Shorter than I expected, less than an hour, I probably should have paid more attention to that when I selected it. As it is advertised as Massimiliano Cerchi’s lost work, perhaps it was an unfinished project that someone found and released without trying to finish or polish it, but that’s just speculation and conjecture.

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Killer Nerd (1991) – Film

“Killer Nerd”

Movie #2: 31-Days of Horror 2018

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I stumbled across this on Amazon Prime and didn’t realize it was picked up by Troma until I went to find a trailer to post. That made it much easier to describe as it is exactly what you would expect from a, early 90’s Troma release.

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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”