Ponty Pool (2008 Bruce McDonald)
Orson Well's 1939 War of the World radio broadcast. It seems to me that this is still an affective way to get the viewer engaged because it works here. Eventually, the outside world encroaches onto the radio station in what reminds me of John Carpenter's "Assault on Precinct 13", even the lighting has a certain John Carpenter quality about it. Alas, the second half of the movie looses it's steam and gets a bit odd but I have to give the story props for taking same new and interesting chances on a genre that is being beat to death at this point (see the brilliant Warm Bodies for another take on advancing the Walking Dead genre).
Silence Of The Lambs (1991 Jonathan Demme)
John Dies At The End (2012 Don Coscarelli)
Pumpkinhead (1989 Stan Winston)
H.R. Gieger's creation. Atmospheric with some standard 80's tropes slightly turned on it's head this move was refreshing entertainment. No CGI here. Classic rubber and latex and some mechanics from the director himself makes Pumpkinhead an enjoyable Halloween must-see.
The Evil Dead (1979 Sam Raimi)
The first time I saw this movie as a kid it scarred the bejesus outta me and that's just what I needed this night! Um.... Note to self. When going to a "haunted house" with free admission expect to have the evangelicals toss a sermon about Jebus in at the end. But that's alright, feel free to laugh at their very stereotyped scenes of horror and loudly and abruptly seek the exit during the brainwashing part at the end. So to cleanse the filth of manipulative christians off of us, the wife and I rounded the night off with Sam Raimi's classic The Evil Dead. Whats to say about this classic anything goes horror film starring Bruce Campbell. Raimi would actually kick the concept into high gear in the sequel not that you would think it would be possible. Anyways, a classic. I'll let Roger and Gene sum it up...
Jennifer's Body (2009 Karyn Kusama)
Stakeland (2010 Jim Mickle)
Halloween (1978 John Carpenter)
We usually watch this one every year and usually on Halloween but this year, at our local art house in Tucson, The Loft, they've been running John Carpenter movies all month. Earlier this month we watched Big Trouble in Little China on the big screen and last night we walked over to view Carpenter's classic Halloween. A classic that I'm sure needs no description or review here. There were many, many imitations afterwards but none ever topped the original slasher film. It still holds up on this 35th anniversary viewing.
|"And he shouts too."|
So tonight, we'll be enjoying our decorations, handing out some candy to the trick-or-treaters and enjoying Romero's classic Night of the Living Dead along with the traditional Universal monster films of the 30's.
Happy Halloween all you Home Brewers!