Oct. 30, 2008, 5:14 a.m. CST
Oct. 30, 2008, 6:07 a.m. CST
Did you miss a day?
Oct. 30, 2008, 6:35 a.m. CST
Quint, this is the first time I've TBed about this column. It's great and it's become the first thing I look for when I click on AICN. But Epidemic probably isn't going to sell you on von Trier's later works, because it's the sort of visually dazzling, highly cinematic stuff that he was reacting against when he and the others came up with the Dogme manifesto. This and Europa have very little in common with the later Dogme films. Which means you'll perhaps like it more than you're expecting, and maybe it might help expand your POV on Lars that will help you appreciate the restrictions he puts on himself later on... then again, I just discovered a whacky 'The Office' style comedy he did a couple of years ago that just appeared out of the blue on DVD in Australia, so even someone who's been watching him through his whole career (i.e. me) can be startled by his changes. And ricarleite, go back a few entries. The second review is a kind of bonus, a film that's one of Quint's favourites (thus NOT fitting into the AMAD idea of him catching up on stuff he 'should have, but hasn't seen') and that he wanted to bring to the readership's attention. And boy, this entry's extra film... *shudder* That is one fucked up movie.
Oct. 30, 2008, 6:48 a.m. CST
The 10 or 15 min Opening Prologue of Who Can Kill A Child is of REAL LIFE Footage of Cruel Pain & Suffering to Children caused by War is Truly One of The Most DISTURBING Things I have ever Seen!!! The Beginning of This Film is TRAUMATIC to even Watch
Oct. 30, 2008, 6:54 a.m. CST
are going to review Squirm? a lot of the films on your list won't be reviewed right?
Oct. 30, 2008, 8:21 a.m. CST
Although his films are mostly miss for me.<br> BTW: Another German poster? Do you post them for me or just because they were there? ;) ("Das Grauen aus Schloss Witley" = "The Horror from Whitley Castle",)
Oct. 30, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST
by The Nihilist
...my favorite on the list, the month is over, and the Movie Gods chose not to gift us with it (though House of Usher was a nice consolation prize). Quint, consider this a request to work it in some time during the regular AMAD rotation. Or, if you want to do something different next October, put up a list of potential movies and take requests from the audience instead of random drawings, and consider this the first request. Otherwise, enjoyed this month and enjoying this column an awful lot.
Oct. 30, 2008, 9 a.m. CST
... Dan O'Bannon's "The Resurrected" with Chris Sarandon, at least for my money. Its based on "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" and it takes some liberties, but the tone is just right.
Oct. 30, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST
first you tell everyone to list the films they feel need to be on the list. Every resonable suggestion taken to heart, if it's horror and on DVD it has a chance. A vote poll system is used 1 vote per user for 1 film. All the movies picked before september starts. after the 31 winners are votewon. You have to go out and get them by october. Think of it. Quint at the mercy of the fans to see the ones they think are overlooked and forgotten and deserve the attention. Make that 5 votes per user. You have to sign in and vote on five films placed in the list of choices. Once you do this you can't do it again.
Oct. 30, 2008, 9:11 a.m. CST
The best lovecraft adaptation has to be, hands down, In the Mouth of Madness...it's not based on one story, but loosely pulls in the ideas in the lovecraft mythos--the melding of fiction and reality, horrors so great they can drive someone insane, people turning into monsters, hell, even the old ones returning to our world. It's great BECAUSE it isn't based on one lovecraft story. Instead, it takes the elements that lovecraft does GREAT and melds them into a more modern, fleshed-out 20th century tale. Most lovecraft stories are all tone and situation, not plot, so you have to start from scratch to get a story that will work on film. ITMOM does this without losing the sense of horror and dread, the tone that HP Lovecraft is known for.
Oct. 30, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST
by sean bean
is what this title actually means, officer.
Oct. 30, 2008, 10:05 a.m. CST
by Guy Gaduois
About 1977 I saw 'Die, Monster,Die' on KTVU (channel 2, Oakland) during 'Creature Features' with another movie and the only scene I remember was a chick tied up and suspended by her wrists while worms or some critters crawled up her feet and legs. I remember because I had fallen asleep during 'Die, Monster, Die' and awoke to a screaming chick with wormy critters crawling up her legs. <p> KTVU was a funny station - I think they used the station in "Mrs. Doubtfire", and back in '77, there was a guy who was like Capt. Cosmic or something, hosted a show for kids where they ran Ultraman and the like, had a call in phone competition called 'TV Pow' where you played voice activated Atari (basically) and then the same guy hosted 'Creature Features' on Friday night. <p> Who cares, am I right? And all because 'Die, Monster, Die' is mentioned, you all have to be subject to the nonsensical ravings of a lunatic mind. I apologize, but not sincerely.
Oct. 30, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST
I've said this before: Lovecraft film adaptations are difficult for one very simple reason - his characters tend not to have motivation. What I mean is that they do things that they know they shouldn't be doing for reasons that they can't explain. That can be fun on the page, but I don't know how someone could translate it to the screen. There are some exceptions, "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" stands out. Again, not that anyone cares
Oct. 30, 2008, 12:16 p.m. CST
for me, From Beyond and Reanimator were the best film adaptations. i do like Dagon, Necronomicon and In the Mouth of Madness as well.
Oct. 30, 2008, 12:41 p.m. CST
Masters of Horror: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0643109/ Best take on Lovecraft themes ever. That is all.
Oct. 30, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST
...is the best part of THE RESURRECTED. He's brilliant. Every other aspect of the movie veers between "pretty good" and "awful."
Oct. 30, 2008, 2:49 p.m. CST
Nope, didn't miss a day. In the week leading up to Halloween, I've been throwing in a bonus at the end of every HMAD, a personal favorite horror film of mine that doesn't tend to get enough eyeballs or isn't appreciated like it should be. So far we've had In The Mouth of Madness, Sleepaway Camp and Who Can Kill A Child?<BR><BR>And Nihilisit, I don't know where you pulled The Raven from... maybe in my mentioning it in the article above, but I have seen that one and it was never on the list for this month.<BR><BR>We only have two more HMADS left, but probably another month's worth of horror left on the list. Those films I don't get to will be shuffled into the regular A Movie A Day stacks, so never fear. I will, eventually, get through them all if this column lasts long enough. heh
Oct. 30, 2008, 2:49 p.m. CST
That was Captain Satellite on KTVU. I grew up watching him. Real name Bob March. I think he was one of the hosts of "Dialing for Dollars" on that station later on.
Oct. 30, 2008, 3:36 p.m. CST
by Napoleon Park
do it exactly the same. the folk who want the rules changed - let the readers nominate and vote on films - don;t get it. 1. It's not a democracy. 2.) that would violate the entire AMAD concept of these being films Quint hasn't seen. 3.) it implies that quint has to just run out and buy and watch whatever you tell him to and 4.) it presumes everyone's favorite horror film is available.<p>That's four good reasons against changing the concept, but here's the one good major reason for leaving it as it is: It's Quint's comumn.
Oct. 30, 2008, 3:43 p.m. CST
by Napoleon Park
for not giving Gerard Damiano an obituary. They do a talkback for "Nailin Palin", they get all geekgasmtastic over Zack and Miri making a porno, Every week they host dozens of obscene comments about Script Girl. It's not like AICn is unaware of porn or too good for it.<p>but Gerard Damiano, the single greatest, most innovative and creative, hell, the most artistic and influential (and successful) adult film producer, director, writer or all time passes without being acknowledged. Sorry if this is the wrong spot to bring this up, I'm hoping Quint might consider it since Harry and Mori have ignored requests.<p>Considering they were explicit hardcore XXX films, Damiano's movies were all over the genre map - slapstick comedies, musicals, romance, melodrama, fantasy, science fiction. The man wasn't just a genius, he was a FILMMAKER.
Oct. 30, 2008, 5:42 p.m. CST
by Neil Peart
I think I saw this one back in the seventies. Didn't the meteor turn out to be a semi-animate creature that looked like a paper-mache muppet in a bowl of dry ice? And didn't Karloff have a manservant in this movie who ranted about diamonds (or, as he pronounced it die-uh-mawnds) and how he was going to be king of the world? Or am I thinking of an entirely different movie?
Oct. 30, 2008, 6:40 p.m. CST
by Zoviet Squid
You know, I'm not big on the Dogme95 style either - but if there's one genre that actually might benefit from it, it's horror. I haven't seen Epidemic, but Riget/Kingdom is simply incredible and chilling, with amazingly surreal, off-putting imagery and atmosphere, as well as being completely funny at the same time - and it's all served by the Dogme95 style. <p>Too often horror's impact is insulated with the Teflon sheen of high production values, but damn does the documentary-look really sell the mood and tone in The Kingdom. I guarantee you'll love it if you haven't given it a chance yet, Quint.</p>
Oct. 30, 2008, 7:02 p.m. CST
I was so stoned when I watched this when I was in college. Greaet stuff.
Oct. 30, 2008, 9:17 p.m. CST
Without having to see the Giant Claw. Consider yourself lucky for now, and hope you lose the dvd so you never have to view it in rotation.
Nov. 1, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST
Nick Adams addresses this inquiry to five or six villagers who shun him or run the other way. Get a hunt, Nick. Buy a compass.
Nov. 10, 2008, 7:51 a.m. CST
by The Amazing G
which came first?