Sept. 27, 2008, 6:51 a.m. CST
Yeah, I know. Lame.<br> Enjoy "Squirm". And I wonder what "The Dunwich Horror" is. A horrormovie with Dean Stockwell in his 70's look (Minipli and mustache) on the cover must be great! And good for you that you finally watch "The Thing". One of the few 50's horrormovies that still work. (Okay, it isn't scary and I doubt that anybody who is older than 10 will get nightmares from it, but it has some very suspenseful parts!)
Sept. 27, 2008, 6:56 a.m. CST
That still really creeps me out!<p>I saw The Wraith again a few weeks back on telly, bloody awful movie :D
Sept. 27, 2008, 7:24 a.m. CST
Looking forward to it. Wait Until Dark- Tire Vs Head! <P> Can't beleive you've never seen The Hunger. <P> Looking foward to this. Where is the Human Stick? He was the funniest thing in Student Bodies.
Sept. 27, 2008, 7:52 a.m. CST
How have you been able to avoid that one your entire life?
Sept. 27, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST
I thought there were going to be more Zombie movies. I just watched The Hunger again there last week. The friend I saw it with couldn't believe it was directed by the guy who would direct Top Gun.
Sept. 27, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST
Yoy've got some really interesting stuff in there. And some real SHIT. Best of luck getting thru those.
Sept. 27, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST
Guten Tag Quint There is some delightful stuff on your list (and some pretty awful - I still curse myself for the ticket I paid to see "The Wraith" - dammit another 90 minutes lifetime down the drain) and I am really looking forward to read them. Yes, of course, there are some "huh, never seen?" items like THING and SALO on it but everyone has something in the closet like this. You should enjoy especially "Die, Monster die" and "Dunwich Horror" both HP Lovecraft adaptions, which doesnt really function as such but fuck me, Daniel Haller is one of the most unsungest moviemaker of all time. He had to work with chickenscratch as budgets and made visually masterpieces out of them. Which should suprise no one, as he was the set-desinger of most of Cormans Poe adaptions. Habe die Ehre Fuxkinski
Sept. 28, 2008, 5:40 a.m. CST
I'm surprised you had the guts to put Salo on the list. That's probably going to be worse to watch than all the rest. Personally I went through the last 40 minutes on fast-forward. It's not so much a scary film as an unsettling one. I don't even consider it a very good film.. It's too graphic. And I'm not sure I understand the changes that was made from De Sade's book (although truth be told, I didn't understand that at all).
Sept. 28, 2008, 7:07 a.m. CST
its pretty sad you've never seen the original "The Thing" and if you've seen the original "Phibes" you will be all kinds of pissed about the sequel.
Sept. 28, 2008, 7:22 a.m. CST
should keep things from getting too repetitive. I see crime/action/pyscho thrillers on that list. And Quint, don't watch the Wraith. You'll get more enjoyment from the disc if you use it as a coaster or frisbee.
Sept. 28, 2008, 10:33 a.m. CST
Wait Until Dark and Southern Comfort are in no way horror
Sept. 28, 2008, 12:23 p.m. CST
Horror movies have the funniest titles.
Sept. 28, 2008, 2:38 p.m. CST
My impressions of both those movies have them as thrillers, about people being stalked by other people. Southern Comfort might fall more in with Deliverance than Friday the 13th, but it doesn't have to have a machete slicing a tit open to be horror. But then again I still get upset when people forget that Silence of the Lambs was a horror movie... seems like when a horror film is done well, with good actors and great script it suddenly becomes a "thriller" instead.
Sept. 29, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST
No EYE WITHOUT A FACE- So you have seen it? No LADY IN WHITE. Seen this one as well? What about The MUTILATOR. Or um SUPERSTITION. THE PROWLER. THE VIDEO DEAD. TERRORVISION. OK some of this stuff might not be on DVD..
Sept. 29, 2008, 9:32 a.m. CST
by Gungan Slayer
i actually know someone who LOVES this film to death. A lot of funny shit on this list; can't wait to see the write ups
Sept. 29, 2008, 1:03 p.m. CST
My dad took me to see this at a drive-in double feature along with The Omen. RWTD scared the crap outta me while the Omen creeped me out just a little. (I was 9 years old and was only scared at the night time grave scene with the attack dogs). Enjou Squirm... good effect that will make you, um, squirm. Quite gross at times.
Sept. 29, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST
can't believe you've never seen the original Thing or The Hunger. Alway thought The Hunger makes a good double-feature with Cat People remake.... 80's horror with sexy female leads...
Sept. 29, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST
Body Snatchers is probably the best (in my humble opinion) title in this wonderful bunch. They're all fun, but this is a creepy classic.
Sept. 30, 2008, 6:30 a.m. CST
by Mavra Chang
Great variety. Well done, Quint!
Sept. 30, 2008, 1:07 p.m. CST
Even if it is the best film on the list. Nor is Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice and Wait Until Dark is a heck of a stretch too. But whoever suggested Memories of Murder clearly was mixed up with some of the actual Korean horror films. They certainly haven't seen that.
Sept. 30, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST
by Six Demon Bag
are these still movies you haven't seen yet or what? Good luck with Salo
Sept. 30, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST
by Napoleon Park
and Bucket Of Blood are three movies I love so much I bought them on VHS. I hope you get to all of them.<p>Southern comfort is where Tropical thunder got the idea, only played straight.
Sept. 30, 2008, 9:53 p.m. CST
It's like a drama with some black humor. Nothing even remotely "horror" occurs in the entire film unless you think a minor car chase is terrifying.
Oct. 1, 2008, 7:46 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
I Spit Upon Your Grave is the original torture porn. That movie is sick, really. I'm really surprised you're reviewing it.
Oct. 1, 2008, 8 a.m. CST
Is it not a film involving a serial killer? If the cover isn't lying to me about that, then I think it definitely deserves a place on the October list. Horror doesn't have to mean just ghosts and monsters.
Oct. 1, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST
Wow, I had all but forgotten that movie ever existed - except for the super-annoying TV spot that is seared into my brain. I can't believe you haven't seen some of these flicks, Quint, especially The Thing and The Hunger. If you haven't seen Sugar Hill, you should add that to the bunch.
Oct. 1, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST
If you have not seen it (and can find it) take a look at 'SEIZURE'. The first feature written and directed by Oliver Stone, which makes it more of a historic curiosity than an example of great horror cinema. It has any interesting premises (the blending of reality and fantasy, the artist as victim of his art) and a interesting cast. Mary Wovonov, Herve Villechaze, Christina Pickles, Troy Donahue, Martine Beswick (as the Quenn of Evil) and Jonathan Frid (as the writer the some major issues). At the time of it’s release in ’74 (well more of a escape, it was an obscure item even when it was new) I was a big ‘Dark Shadows’ fan the main draw for me was Frid’s involvement.. Does not live up to it’s promise, but does show the promise of things to come. At lest in hindsight.
Oct. 1, 2008, 11:14 a.m. CST
Well, it certainly is horrifying, Quint, but I wouldn't consider it a horror flick, per se. Still, watch it, cause I can't wait to see your write up -- ooh, boy, you're in for a tough 90 minutes! And "Dead & Buried" is one of my favorite guilty pleasures on the list! Not a terrific movie, but there's something so demented about it, that it's held a place in the inky-blackness of my heart. Really looking forward to this month's reviews, man! Happy viewing!
Oct. 1, 2008, 12:33 p.m. CST
But, conversely, every serial killer film isn't a horror. I wouldn't call Zodiac a horror - and that is a far closer match to this. The film is essentially about the impact of the case - South Korea's first serial killer - and mainly about the men who work it. Sounds like marketing have sexed it up into a different genre to sell it instead of hyping the fact it is a superb film and one of the first from the new South Korean cinema to break out to international attention. Much as I love Dr Phibes, and have long been a fan of The Thing From Another World, it is easily the best film on the list.
Oct. 1, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
"It doesn't have to have a machete slicing a tit open to be horror."
Oct. 1, 2008, 8:15 p.m. CST
by Sylvia Simon
Some really, really cool stuff on here Quint, looking forward to reading your reviews.
Oct. 1, 2008, 8:52 p.m. CST
It's insanely boring. Kind of a Gaslight homage with none of the charm.
Oct. 2, 2008, 1:34 a.m. CST
boring. Hepburn isn't that great though, which is a pity. Pretty and charm - but not a great actress.
Oct. 2, 2008, 5:22 a.m. CST
Was too young or something that TV movie fucked me up something bad when I saw it- Quints the DVD is $4.99. and if your talking Oliver Stone and Horror. You gotta see The Hand. Oh man that film is all kinds of awesome. I like trashy shit too.
Oct. 2, 2008, 5:29 a.m. CST
I don't know I liked it. Christine ALA Sheen. Clint Howards in it. Instant bonus points there.
Oct. 2, 2008, 7:38 a.m. CST
Not to ruin a wonderful surprise for anyone, but a young Susan Sarandon, and Catherine Deneuve (the sexiest woman in history, ever) having a lesbian scene, is proof that God exists, and is a male.
Oct. 2, 2008, 2:49 p.m. CST
by Lang The Cat
But at least you get to see Clint Howard in the Wraith! Skank and Gutterboy are lots of fun. The Hunger has lots of style but it is slow moving. Dunwich Horror had some moments. I never found Lovecraft to be that exciting (even if he did write a story with Houdini and was friends with Tolkien and Robert E. Howard). I have always found the interpretations of Lovecraft to be much better. He has inspired many people and I look forward to seeing Del Toro direct the Mountains of Madness. Jeffrey Combs is the man to go to for Lovecraft, whether as Herbert West, Lovecraft himself or Milton Dammers (a character I would have loved to see make an appearance on X-Files in some fashion), Combs brings the otherworldly and shoves it into your face with a wicked sense of humor.
Oct. 2, 2008, 3:54 p.m. CST
Let Sleeping Corpses Lie - Really good British zombie movie. Bloodsucking Freaks - not good but tons of nudity and freakiness. Tourist Trap - creepy and filled with manequins. Plus Chuck Connors! Let's Scare Jessica To Death - Dated, but it still gives me the creeps.
Oct. 3, 2008, 11:36 p.m. CST
by Jonah Echo
Cool little flick Quint. I think you will have fun with it. Clearly inspired by pulpy magazines and stories, it's wierd, stylized and doesn't take itself too seriously. A fun October film for sure. <P> And Memories of Murder is fantastic.
Oct. 4, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST
Some the early Cronenberg stuff is really twisted. Rabid, Shivers, The Brood (uncensored version) are early "viral horror", all courtesy of the Canadian taxpayer!! Yea for tax breaks for filmmakers!!
Oct. 4, 2008, 8:16 a.m. CST
Oct. 4, 2008, 8:19 a.m. CST
There's NOTHING like mutant children running around killing people with hammers!! and Samantha Eggar licking her own afterbirth!! Yeaaaaa!
Oct. 4, 2008, 10:50 a.m. CST
Is one of my favorites, but I've yet to see either Shivers or Rabid. At least one of those will be fixed soon, hopefully and I'll look into adding Shivers to the list.
Oct. 4, 2008, 12:21 p.m. CST
Directed by Bob Clark would be my choice for a guilty pleasure. "I can't believe I peed my pants" is one of tye greatest lines ever uttered in a horror movie. Sadly, he was working on a remake when he died. Check it out if you've never seen it Quint.
Oct. 4, 2008, 4:02 p.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
... see no SILENT PARTNER on your list, Quint. If you watch THE WRAITH and not THE SILENT PARTNER, I will have no choice but to nutpunch you, as a friend, for your own good.
Oct. 5, 2008, 2:25 a.m. CST
I just got it, actually... Are you sure it should go here? Reading the back it doesn't feel like a fit... but I'll trust you if you say so.
Oct. 5, 2008, 11:09 a.m. CST
And it deserved to be on MST3K. Get ready to be Southern dialected to death. Though I live in LA now, I've all over the South growing up, and nobody talks like that.
Oct. 5, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST
This list is going to be great to read this month! horror is my fav genre and own too many to write down. i've seen about 90% of what's on your list and can't wait to hear your opinions on films such as : salo, i spit on your grave, the hunger (one of my favs of all time),wait until dark,dead and buried and rabid! go to side with the brood fans that, that one is fantastic. easily cronenbergs scariest.
Oct. 5, 2008, 12:35 p.m. CST
one more thing . not sure if you've seen it but you should add who can kill a child to your list. its fantastic.
Oct. 5, 2008, 1:27 p.m. CST
which is a great Walter Hill film, and a kind of allegory of Vietnam, theres no reason you shouldn't have Silent Partner. I haven't seen it in about 20 years, but remember it fondly.
Oct. 5, 2008, 2:12 p.m. CST
has the gooniest looking "monster" ever from the "Giant monster of the '50s" genre...
Oct. 5, 2008, 10:56 p.m. CST
by Red Dawn Don
Siskel & Ebert Hated "I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE". This of course made it a must-see for me. I kinda liked it. The bathtube castration scene is painful. "I can't get it to stop bleeding." The filmmakers should be sued for bait&switch because the great girl on the movie cover is not in the movie. The heroine is more of a plain jane type. I really would have LOVED the movie if it had the HOT covergirl. No such luck.
Oct. 5, 2008, 11:02 p.m. CST
by Red Dawn Don
THE THING is a great movie. I really liked the romance between the lead guy and girl. The movies dialogue between all the characters is so cool. I believe JAMES ARNESS (the thing) is almost 6'6" tall and shrinks quite well. Lastly, Don't forget to KEEP WATCHING THE SKY.
Oct. 5, 2008, 11:09 p.m. CST
I haven't seen it since I was a kid, during the Golden Age of slasher pics, the early eighties, but I remember it being tons of fun. A great mix of gore and comedy.
Oct. 6, 2008, 3:47 p.m. CST
by The InSneider
Dude, don't waste your time with Memories of Murder (way overrated) or Seance (boring). Switch Seance for Cure if you haven't seen it. And you really need to get to Wait Until Dark, easily the best film on this list.
Oct. 6, 2008, 6:27 p.m. CST
that movie is actually being remade right now. i love children shouldn't play with dead things too!
Oct. 7, 2008, 2:27 a.m. CST
I ended up pulling Southern Comfort from the line-up. We have so much true-blue horror that I figured I can give Southern Comfort a go during the regular AMAD run. As for MoM, I have no idea how I can connect into it and out of it int he regular AMAD list, so I'll keep it on here in hopes that I pull it and get a chance to watch it here.
Oct. 8, 2008, 7:05 a.m. CST
Can't belive you haven't seen The Beast Must Die. Can't wait to read your take on it. I recommend The Terror directed by Roger Corman if you haven't already seen it, which you probably have.
Oct. 8, 2008, 4:56 p.m. CST
I have seen them both, actually. I saw The Terror a while back and The Beast Must Die I didn't see until a few years ago. Bizarre movie... a werewolf movie without werewolves, but weird bug transformation things... Quite fucked up, actually.
Oct. 9, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST
When I was younger, in my early teens, I picked up a bargain bin horror flick called REVENGE OF THE DEAD, directed by Pupi Avati. Apparently it's the cut down version of his flick ZEDER. Anyway, I watched it and it was like no experience I'd ever had before.. I was bored to the point of tears, it made zero sense, and was just all-around terrible. Since then I've kept the Pupi Avati list, placing any film worthy of inclusion on to it. Films that I'd rather be shot than watch again. It's a rather short list... that's how bad REVENGE OF THE DEAD was.
Oct. 9, 2008, 10:21 p.m. CST
Will they be reviewed later on down the line, or are they SOL?
Oct. 10, 2008, 9:24 p.m. CST
One of the best ever made. John Carpenter's The Thing and Alien are the shiznit.
Oct. 11, 2008, 3:10 a.m. CST
James, what doesn't make it for HMAD will be put into the pool for inclusion later in my AMAD list. I have about 60 more titles to add to that list that I've picked up over the last couple of months, plus the horror left-overs.<BR><BR>Chuk, unfortunately I've seen Mad Monster Party and it is indeed the awesome.
Oct. 11, 2008, 10:32 p.m. CST
I dig what you are doing!!!! And I wear what I dig! And that's quite creepy. Sorry.
Oct. 13, 2008, 12:05 a.m. CST
Waxwork? With the immortal Zach Galligan?
Oct. 15, 2008, 6 a.m. CST
The Brits like to say it's their Psycho, but that's pushing it a bit. I haven't seen Epidemic, but the very idea of a horror movie by Lars von Trier scares me on principle. That guy's fucked. Seriously fucked. And Wait Until Dark is supposed to be one of Audrey Hepburn's greatest movies.
Oct. 16, 2008, 12:59 a.m. CST
by Hamtaro Hentai
Saw it in high school, very, very gory and campy. Also, wasn't there some horror movie about a cartoon character killing teens in a bowling alley? (Late night HBO)
Oct. 16, 2008, 10:45 a.m. CST
by Hamtaro Hentai
It was called 'Evil Toons' about a cartoon dog that stalked teenage girls in a house. I don't remember if it was good or not... probably not. I loves me some 80's horror!
Oct. 18, 2008, 7:34 a.m. CST
As a horror freak it's good to see someone else's take on some of these movies. I try to talk to people about them but it falls on deaf ears. If it's not a guy with a mask or has a number after it, they're not interested. Looking forward to reviews of Squirm, because I love that movie and Mother Of Tears because I loathed it. Can't wait to see what you have to say. And dude, Zombies of Mora Tau...classic! Middleman (the show) referenced that movie and I was like, "Whoa. Someone else has seen this piece of shit?!".
Oct. 20, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST
I love, love, love the Movie A Day column and I'm wondering why the gem that is "Blood Diner" has been overlooked. Perhaps next year?
Oct. 21, 2008, 2:04 a.m. CST
You are right, it is a gem, but one I have, unfortunately, seen. Hushpuppy head rules!
Oct. 22, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST
though the schtick at the end worked better as a play - which, of course, it was based on. <p> If you like early home invasion movies, try one of my nobodys-ever-heard-of-it faves, 'Lady in a Cage' - it was, I believe, James Caan's first film appearance and features a really disquieting opening title sequence that was shocking for the early 1960s. (I guess - i wasn't alive) <p> I got Silent Partner after someone made an impassioned plea for it and agree it is a sadly overlooked little gem from the 70s - written by the guy who directed LA Confidential - Elliot Gould as a devious bastard of a bank teller - again not really a horror film - though one death certainly was icky-squicky. <p> - It bears repeating Quint - you're doing a really amazing job with this column. A lot of people out here admire what you're doing.
Oct. 22, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST
...that you pulled Southern Comfort from your list, as it's one of the best films that you had listed, and I've seen all but 6 of the films on your master list here. Sure it's not really horror, but then neither are a few of the other candidates. I really hope you get to it once the regular AMAD starts back up, as it's a must see film, as is Hill's massively under appreciated western, The Long Riders, which he made around the same time.<p>As far as horror goes, and given your proclaimed love of 80's horror in particular, four more films that you should consider checking out, if you haven't already seen them that is, are Alone in the Dark - the 80's one with Jack Palance, Martin Landau, Dwight Schultz and Donald Pleasence, directed by Jack "The Hidden" Sholder, which is just pretty much a forgotten gem in my eyes. Tobe Hooper's The Funhouse, which I've always had a particular soft spot for. Pumpkinhead, the original Stan Winston directed film that has both a great creature, great lead performance from Lance Henriksen, and tons of genuine atmosphere courtesy of director Stan Winston (RIP) - too bad the Pumpkinhead name has since been diluted by a host of truly crappy sequels. And finally, if you can get your hands on a copy, The Reflecting Skin, with a pre-fame Viggo Mortensen, in a genuinely different, creepy and atmospheric, but sadly all but forgotten, gem of a flick. A must see if you can find it. <p>And venturing into the 90's, you have seen Nightbreed, the director's cut of Lord of Illusions, and the original Candyman, right?
Oct. 23, 2008, 1:12 a.m. CST
Southern Comfort will definitely go into my AMAD pile, don't you fear. Of all the movies you listed, the only one I haven't seen is The Reflecting Skin. You're right with Alone In The Dark. Awesome movie. Seen it twice on the big screen (thanks Alamo Drafthouse!) and have it on DVD. And the first Pumpkinhead was one of the few movies I had as a child that felt taboo... it wasn't like the horror movies I loved to watch... the Nightmare on Elm Streets, Friday the 13ths, etc... that was for real scary.
Oct. 25, 2008, 6:13 a.m. CST
Southern Comfort is great, I also hope you can add Melody to your AMAD list. I love that movie, in a lot of ways the creators of The Wonder Years tv series were inspired by Melody.
Oct. 25, 2008, 5:32 p.m. CST
Is SO. FUCKING. AWESOME.<br> <br> Also, I can't believe more people don't know about it. One of my favorite DVDs.
Oct. 31, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST
Just looked at what you have left -- my advice is put on Mother of Tears, The Sentinel, Road Games or Rabid for Halloween. All are way better than Student Bodies, dude. Hell, I'll look the other way on the "pick from the hat" rules. The movie gods are throwing you a shit hand.