Oct. 2, 2008, 5:22 a.m. CST
Off to a good(ish) start. Will we get X-MAD in December?
Oct. 2, 2008, 5:36 a.m. CST
If we don't blow through the 3 Christmas Horror titles on the list, maybe I can gather together enough for a week of Christmas movies... Probably not, though.
Oct. 2, 2008, 6:12 a.m. CST
..."The Mountains of Madness"? Having just seen "Pan's Labirynth(sp?)" I'm convinced Del Toro can do a film that will do justice to a Lovecraft story.
Oct. 2, 2008, 6:21 a.m. CST
Neon Maniacs, The Car, Witchboard, Scarecows, The Destroyer, Waxworks, I Madman, The Dead Pit, In the Shadow of kilimanjaro, The Dark Age (best killer croc movie ever)...Not all at great films but I think you'll enjoy them and they'll make for interesting reviews.
Oct. 2, 2008, 6:43 a.m. CST
All that there television watchin'... gonna strain your eyes sonny.
Oct. 2, 2008, 6:44 a.m. CST
by I am_NOTREAL
Wow. I know Carpenter's version gets all the love around here, and actually is truer to the Campbell source material. But the Arness version is damn good if dated fun. You'll like it.
Oct. 2, 2008, 6:46 a.m. CST
Never, NEVER trust an imdb-rating. Some might be accurate, but most of them are useless bullshit.
Oct. 2, 2008, 6:55 a.m. CST
Right on cue you have started with my peronal favorite out or you grabbag! That is what I call good service! Alas, no mention for Daniel - that sucks and BIG! Recomendations for 80's Horror from me will get you only Fulci and other italian gore-meisters. For repulsivness at its best (apart from SALO) try "Buio Omega" and "New York Ripper"!
Oct. 2, 2008, 7:01 a.m. CST
I watched this last night for the first time. loved it. Bloody rubbish, but I loved it. Fantastic opening theme though.
Oct. 2, 2008, 7:04 a.m. CST
by Shut the Fuck up Donny
I saw this film a few years back at 3AM on HBO and adored the shit out of it. The particulars I enjoyed were the same as yours: Stockwell's idiosynchratic sweetness/weirdness (which I think really gels well with Lovecraft's method of creating creepiness by inserting things not being quite right, instead of arbitrarily throwing monsters at us), and more importantly THE SCORE. I've told people for years the score to that film makes it. In fact, I would kill for a copy of the soundtrack, if not at least the main theme. Would you happen to know if that exists?
Oct. 2, 2008, 7:06 a.m. CST
by Shut the Fuck up Donny
but you should totally add Ravenous to your list. Granted, it was made probably within the last 10 years or so, but it was SO overlooked and is SO well-done, it deserves some renewed recognition. Plus, it also is one of those films that is totally sold because of its score.
Oct. 2, 2008, 7:17 a.m. CST
looks like the score was released. It's by Les Baxter
Oct. 2, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST
by Shut the Fuck up Donny
as I was hoping to find a CD of it. I don't have an LP player. <p> *sigh* I guess I'll have to hunt down a torrent of it. <p> At least it exists...
Oct. 2, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST
by Lost Jarv
a real mix of the good and the shit. <P>Have you seen some obscure things like Peeping Tom or Matthew Hopkins: Witchfinder General? <P>They're more worth a look than some of the stuff on there.
Oct. 2, 2008, 8:38 a.m. CST
I KNEW that song came from somewhere! Stupid me never checked IMDB. I have a 3-CD set of Henry Mancini music, and Jesus Jumped-Up CHRIST, but Experiment In Terror is a fantastic piece of music. I hope the movie lives up to its main theme!
Oct. 2, 2008, 8:44 a.m. CST
please say you're going to review reanimator!
Oct. 2, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST
Ridiculous giant snails and all. Not exactly HPL's finest achievement.
Oct. 2, 2008, 9:01 a.m. CST
by Paul Bucciarelli
is an awesome piece of music. For all of you Pittsburgh's Chiller Theatre used Al Caiola's very cool surf/jazz guitar version of same. It's on the Ultralounge CD Mondo Holywood. Another Lovecraft movie is now available: Best Buy exclusive double bill DVD of It/The Shuttered Room.
Oct. 2, 2008, 9:04 a.m. CST
How about... Criminally Insane (AKA Crazy Fat Ethel) or Criminally Insane 2. I reviewed them for oh-the-horror.com several months ago and I'm just now getting over the combined awfulness. C'mon Quint. I dare ya.
Oct. 2, 2008, 9:11 a.m. CST
You should take on The Blood on Satan's Claw. It's got some creepy scenes as well as some nice young British nudity. I enjoyed it when I saw it a couple months back on TCM's Underground.
Oct. 2, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST
The originial 1980 version of Humanoids From the Deep for some top notch cheese horror from Roger Corman...
Oct. 2, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST
It's because, in general, his character's motivations are never really there. Usually, they feel compelled to do things even though they don't make any sense. I love Lovecraft, but read The Mountains of Madness or The Shadow Over Innsmouth, and you'll see that a third of the narrative is the narrator explaining that his actions made no sense. It's almost as if Lovecraft stories are proto-cheesy-80's horror films
Oct. 2, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST
When are you going to post the winner???
Oct. 2, 2008, 10:12 a.m. CST
It differs quite a lot from the source material. Has there ever been a Lovecraft adaptation that gets it right?
Oct. 2, 2008, 10:32 a.m. CST
by Paul Bucciarelli
Have you seen The Call of Cthulhu? It's pretty faithful and managed to do a pretty convincing job of approximating a silent film.
Oct. 2, 2008, 10:33 a.m. CST
and thought this was one big giant snoozefest of a movie. No monster! No ghost! A waste of my $1 admission!
Oct. 2, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST
I watched this film last night as well! Are the Old Ones trying to send us a message? (The H.P. Lovecraft film festival begins tomorrow in Portland Oregon!) This review is dead-on, by the way.
Oct. 2, 2008, 10:49 a.m. CST
Did you have to steal 'Horror Movie A Day' from the guy that's been doing it for two years? How about a little acknowledgement, at least? Just becuase AICN gets a lot more traffic doesn't mean you couldn't show a little professional courtesy.
Oct. 2, 2008, 10:58 a.m. CST
Um... no. Horror Movie A Day is an off-shoot of my regular Movie A Day column, special for October. There have been people doing a movie a day thing before I started mine, but I didn't find out about them until after I started. And from what I gather, mine's a bit different with the usual connecting tissues.<BR><BR>In regards to the Star Wars contest... still in the works. Sorry, guys. It's going to take me at least another week before I get all the entries sorted and pick a winner. Rest assured I haven't forgotten about it.<BR><BR>Thanks for the suggestions so far. I've seen a great many of them and have looked up a few that I haven't seen. I had been meaning to include Peeping Tom on the list, but kept putting off the pricey Criterion purchase. But I just did it, so Peeping Tom will be included as soon as it gets here. Keep them coming!
Oct. 2, 2008, 11:36 a.m. CST
Just had to say that. Coincidentally enough, I *also* watched this movie over the weekend, along with "Die Monster Die", both of which I got from that Amazon 3-DVDs-for-$10 deal. Its mildly entertaining nonsense, mostly courtesy of Stockwell and the score. As for Lovecraftian adaptations, my two favorites are Stuart Gordon's "From Beyond" (which admitedly uses the Lovecraft story as a jumping off point only) and Dan O'Bannon's excellent "The Resurrected" with Chris Sarandon, which is a take on Lovecraft's "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" (which I believe was also the source of Coreman's "THe Haunted Palace" with Mr. Vincent Price).
Oct. 2, 2008, 1:01 p.m. CST
So there's a remake coming out this month? Same title?
Oct. 2, 2008, 1:17 p.m. CST
This one is airing on TCM on Halloween. Stockwell is fairly creepy in this one. Also recommended if you like random female nudity and quasi-hippie witches.
Oct. 2, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST
by the beef
I just watched DEATHWATCH and FRIGHTMARE a few weeks ago, both worthwhile viewing. In fact, in terms of period horror films I preferred DEATHWATCH over the recently viewed THE BURROWERS at FF. Different time periods, different horror, but period horror pictures nonetheless.
Oct. 2, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST
I never got that from the description . . . more of a shambling mound of tissue, mouths, and eyes . . . and this is one of Lovecraft's minor stories . . . didn't stray from the Machen cookie-cutter mold much.
Oct. 2, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST
Agree with you Quint. Nice beginning to the film, loses it at the end.<p>Have you seen "Nomads" from 1986. It was the first team-up of John McTiernan and Pierce Brosnan. McTiernan made "Predator" the following year.<p>Also I suggest "Them." One of the biggest infuences on James Cameron.<p>Your list as is has some really solid stuff (The Thing and Dr. Phibes) and and stuff that became iconic for 1970's-1980's (like Race With The Devil, The Wraith, and The Hunger!!).-----later-----m
Oct. 2, 2008, 2:07 p.m. CST
by the beef
Watched that also recently. Odd movie. Good ending.
Oct. 2, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
I'm going to have to throw Prophecy out there. Inside-Out Bear for President!!!
Oct. 2, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST
Superstition (best haunted movie ever made- I swear!) Lady in White. Eyes Without A Face. Wes Cravens Chiller. Mutilator. The Borrower. Street Trash. The Prowler. The Keep. Magic. Visiting Hours. Tombs of The Blind Dead. Martin (pretty sure you've seen it) The Day of the Triffids. Shivers. Cemetary Man. The Nail Gun Massacre. Patrick. The Munchies. The Case of the Scorpion's Tail. Day of the Animals. Tourist Trap. The Unseen. The Brain that wouldnt Die. Lets Scare Jessica To Death. The Final Terror. Horror Express (Another Thing Adaption). The Stuff. The Cat o' Nine Tails. What Have You Done to Solange?. Long Weekend.
Oct. 2, 2008, 3:36 p.m. CST
This movie scarred me for life. Saw it on Night Flight in the 80's. Chopping kids hands off freaked me out.
Oct. 2, 2008, 3:52 p.m. CST
Oct. 2, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST
Oops -- man, I hate it when I do that. Anyway, Quint, really digging the AMAD feature, and as a die-hard horror fan, loving that you're focusing solely on horror/thriller flicks this month. My favorite movie month of the year! So... you may or may not have seen it, but "The Beast Within" would be a perfect addition to this if you haven't. Some great, gory moments, using some of the same SFX tricks that The Howling used (air bladders under make up). The scene I remember most is when the sweaty old bastard is making a hamburger. Totally disgusting, and then he gets turned into hamburger. A great 80's B-movie gore-fest! Check it out!
Oct. 2, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST
The master of Gore films was left off the list. His works are legend and legion...Wizard of Gore, Gore Gore Girls, She-Devils on Wheels, Blood Feast, Blood Feast II: All U Can Eat, 2,000 Maniacs. Blood Feast and Wizard are easily the best of the bunch, but all are full of T&A...
Oct. 2, 2008, 6:32 p.m. CST
This is the kinda movie in which, when someone gets attacked by a monster, the camera advances on an actor who looks scared and yells, "No! Stay back!" The weird dream imagery reminded me of LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM, though.
Oct. 2, 2008, 6:59 p.m. CST
I'll second the Herschell Gordon Lewis recommendation. Blood Feast, Gore Gore Girls, and Two Thousand Maniacs! are all recommended. The man is in marketing now, I believe. I have a really odd (in that it's so normal) article about marketing that he wrote, from a trade magazine from the early 00's.
Oct. 2, 2008, 7:03 p.m. CST
The Uninvited (1944) ghost movie, very nice. Or maybe you already reviewed it? I forget. But, I thought it was terrific.
Oct. 2, 2008, 9:54 p.m. CST
by El Borak
can't wait for the rest..
Oct. 2, 2008, 10:20 p.m. CST
I haven't seen that since I wa sin high school but it made an impression on me. I should try to dig that up somewhere.
Oct. 2, 2008, 11:31 p.m. CST
A movie about a boy and his dummy. It's pretty good, if I remember correctly. Creepy. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095871/
Oct. 2, 2008, 11:33 p.m. CST
Thanks for continuing the column. I'm looking forward to a whole month of horror flick reviews.
Oct. 3, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST
of Lovecraft's. It's a genuinely creepy mystery with a great ending. This is the kind of film Hollywood should be remaking. A film that didn't have the right budget when it was made but has a great premise. Of course, I'm not sure if it's really a remake if they're both based off the same source material.
Oct. 3, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST
by Abin Sur
I missed the boat on this one...is it a theater release or DTV? Combs will make it watchable at the very least.
Oct. 3, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST
Quint - Can you pull the next movie the day before you watch and let us know which one you pulled so we can watch along with you like we can with standard AMAD?
Oct. 3, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST
by Napoleon Park
If October is "31 days of horror" why was the first movie up on Oct. 2nd? And this has been up for over 36 hours now - where the next one? Has the change in format finally thrown Quint off his schedule? I hope not, this is the best article series on AICN ever, but we all miss a deadline eventually.
Oct. 3, 2008, 7:42 p.m. CST
I did miss a day, but don't be thrown off by the date stamp on the first article. My sleep schedule is such that I didn't get to both watch and post the October 1st article until the wee-hours of the 2nd. I got fucked for yesterday's column by that very same sleep schedule, but I will be posting my thoughts on the next movie shortly and will immediately watch today's HMAD and write that one up, too.
Oct. 3, 2008, 7:50 p.m. CST
that's a good idea. I'll do that starting with yesterday's title (Experiment In Terror). I'll pull the title for the one I watch tonight and make sure to keep that up from now on.
Oct. 3, 2008, 10 p.m. CST
When THE DUNWICH HORROR was broadcast on the "CBS LATE NIGHT MOVIE", the censors deleted the entire ending (we learn that Sandra Dee has been impregnated by the Cthulhu entity). I mean, huh? Then again, the network even censored old movies like X-THE UNKNOWN (criminally underrated Hammer film).
Oct. 3, 2008, 10:03 p.m. CST
('51 version) should be appended to the venue (wonderful acting ensemble in the latter. Love the Carpenter flick but definitely don't underestimate the classic). Another worthy addendum: THE GHOST BREAKERS (Bob Hope film; perfect hybrid of horror/comedy).
Oct. 3, 2008, 10:33 p.m. CST
"Murder By Decree" stars Christopher Plummer, James Mason, Donald Sutherland, John Gielgud, Genevieve Bujold, Chris Wiggins, etc. Plummer is Holmes and Mason is Watson and they're investigating Jack The Ripper. Directed by Bob Clark of Black Christmas fame. Likely inspired Alan Moore's graphic novel and the ho-hum Depp film, "From Hell", but more creepy. - "The Changeling" stars George C Scott. He's lost his wife and child to a car accident and has retreated to a large lonely, and of course, haunted house. Scary highlight of film involves a seance and a reel-to-reel tape recorder. Not to be confused with Clint Eastwood's new movie.
May 7, 2009, 3:03 p.m. CST
There is a ref to a new Dunwich Horror, complete with character sketches