Monday, April 19, 2021

Asian Giallo Weekend, Bruh

 
I did a deep dive into Hong Kong and Japanese giallo movies this weekend and I may have overdone it. I watched 14 films between Friday and Sunday. Woops! By the end of Sunday evening, I felt like I was going to puke but I did not, in fact, puke. Other than some confusing subtitles and bootleg shenanigans, my wife and I really had a great time. So, here's a short breakdown if you're looking to track down the films I watched.
 
The two films that had the most giallo goodness packed within them were Raw Passions (1969), which felt exactly like a late 60s Italian "everyone is blackmailing someone" movie with a black-gloved killer, and the other was Night Caller (1985). Night Caller is a wildly convoluted freak-fest that has all the imagery (the getup of the killer in particular), ludicrous plot twists, and tropes (fashion models!) of something akin to Nothing Underneath (1985).

Honorable mentions for their spicy giallo-ness:
He Lives By Night (1982)
The Red Panther (1983)
Murder in the Dollhouse (1979)
 
Films with some mild to moderate giallo sensations:
The 5 Billion Dollar Legacy (1970)
House of Terrors (1965)
The Queen Bee (1973)
Dark Rendezvous (1969)
Evil Dead Trap (1988)
Perfect Blue (1997)

And finally, a trilogy of murder-mystery kung-fu films who were legit whodunits but didn't give me the giallo vibe per se:
Bloody Parrot (1981)
The Butterfly Murders (1979)
Human Lanterns (1982)
 
You'll get to read about all of this marvelous moviethon experience and how much I enjoyed or didn't enjoy the films once I finish Giallo Meltdown volume 2. This was the 6th chapter, so I guess you could say that I'm actually writing the book. It's all true! 

Monday, March 29, 2021

Saturday the 14th (1981)

Directed by Howard R. Cohen

When I was 7 or 8 years old, I watched Saturday the 14th and it's always stuck with me. My guess was that this was during those early days of my family's flirtatious relationship with cable TV before renting movies took over our lives. I remembered this film very fondly, so I'm not really sure what took me so long to get back to it. So let's fast forward to 2021 and my first viewing of this very odd comedy since my younger days to see what's up.  

The Hyatt family inherits a creepy and supposedly cursed old house from a distant relative, who hated them! This angers a pair of daylight vampires (Jeffrey Tambor and Nancy Lee Andrews) who were just about to purchase that very house from a realtor. They've been searching for this domicile for hundreds of years, because there's a powerful magical book inside it. Young Billy Hyatt finds the book and immediately starts flipping through it. As he does, pictures of monsters contained within its pages begin to disappear as the creatures come to life around him.

Billy's sister Debbie (Kari Michaelsen) is menaced by a dime store version of The Creature from the Black Lagoon in the bath. His mother Mary (Paula Prentiss) is bitten by a vampire bat and starts acting rather strangely. And his dad John (Richard Benjamin) is... well, he's just confused. They call for an exterminator to get rid of the bats but an exorcist named Van Helsing (Severn Darden) shows up instead. He tells them that the book, which has gone missing, will destroy the world if they don't find it soon and encourages them to combat the evil forces by throwing a party. Sure, why not?

Richard Benjamin is my spirit animal. Maybe it's a thing with Richards but I can't think of a single movie where he wasn't playing a total asshole. That is a very relatable trait for me in any actor. Benjamin appears to either not know what is going on from scene to scene or is just not committed to even trying. Funny how he retired from acting after this film. Whatever the case, I dig it. Surprising literally no one who's seen anything she's done before, Paula Prentiss steals every single shot she's in. She's great from the get go and she just makes me smile from ear to ear. After she's bitten by the vampire and runs around like a gothic wraith in her white, billowy nightgown, I'm completely smitten. 

My good friend Nafa once told me that the bathtub scene where Debbie is menaced by the faux fishman was his sexual awakening and it's easy to see why. The camera lingers on her getting undressed getting into the bath a long time and I can see a young Nafa of 11 or 12 years old losing his mind over it. Thankfully, Kari Michaelsen was only acting younger in this and was actually around 19 or so when they filmed this movie. It's still creepy but yeah, slightly less terrible than if she'd been underage. Moving on.

I decided to go the cheap route and watch Saturday the 14th on Prime instead of picking up the Blu-ray, just in case things didn't go well with this rewatch. Of course, because Amazon cares so much about movies, they have the old pan and scan, cropped, whatever version and not the lovingly restored widescreen via Shout! Factory. So I got the added bonus of recreating my initial cable TV viewing of the film (AKA The Claustrophobic Cut). I'm not even joking when I say that this only added to my enjoyment of this rewatch.

My biggest takeaway from Saturday the 14th is how bizarre its tone is. Yes, it's a comedy parody of popular horror tropes but it doesn't feel like a Mel Brooks or Zucker Brothers film. Cohen's film has a unique style that is horrendous and delightful at the same time. It also feels like this film doesn't know what planet it's from. Richard Benjamin is especially good at not acting like a human being. If he had taken off his shirt and opened a panel on his chest to reveal that he was an android from Westworld (1973) the whole time, I wouldn't have been the least bit surprised. Anyway, I'm so happy that I finally got back to this daft gem after over 35 years since my first viewing. I think I loved it.

"Mary, this ice is... old."

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Films I Watched: February 2021

* means a first time watch.

Joker (2019)*
Urban Legend (1998)
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
The Torturer (2005)*
Homicide in a Blue Light (1992)*
The Girl from Cortina (1994)*
The Strange Story of Olga O. (1995)*
The Room Next Door (1994)*
The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)
Mystère (1983)*
Bizarre AKA Profumo (1987)*
The Childhood Friend (1994)*
The Smile of the Fox (1992)*
Circle of Fear (1992)*
Blood Delirium (1988)*
The Hideout (2007)*
Gotcha! (1985)
Wild Witch (2018)*
Synchronic (2019)*
A Life in Waves (2017)*
Conny Plank: The Potential of Noise (2017)*
Valentine (2001)
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)
Cool World (1992)*
Birds of Prey (2020)*
Demonoid (1981)*
High Spirits (1988)
Lemonade Mouth (2011)
The Mad Monk (1993)*
Don't Look in the Attic (1982)
The Stuff (1985)
High Anxiety (1977)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
 

Total Films Watched: 34
First Time Watches: 21

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Films I Watched: January 2021


* means a First Time Watch

Graveyard Disturbance (1987)*
Obscene Desire (1978)*
Crawl (2019)*
Grease (1978)
Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)*
Gamera 2: Attack of Legion (1996)*
Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999)*
Frankenstein '80 (1972)*
Weathering with You (2019)*
The Sword and the Stone (1963)*
The Hidden (1987)
The Hidden II (1993)*
Night of the Damned (1971)*
Redline (2009)*
Hiding Out (1987)*
The Vast of Night (2019)*
Shriek of the Mutilated (1974)*
Knife of Ice (1972)
My Dear Killer (1972)
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)*
The New Mutants (2020)*
Deyyam (1996)*
Devo: The Men Who Make the Music (1981)*
Stop Making Sense (1984)
Brain Dead (1990)*
Are You in the House Alone? (1978)*
Chris Claremont's X-Men (2018)*
Batman: Hush (2019)*
Troma's War (1988)*
Maniac Cop (1988)*
Hellmaster (1992)*
The Monster Club (1981)*
Flesh-Eating Mothers (1988)*
Ice Cream Man (1995)
Zappa (2020)*
Batman & Robin (1997)
Spider-Man (2002)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
The Death and Return of Superman (2019)*
Panic (1982)
Psycho Goreman (2020)*
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)*
Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks (1974)
Green Lantern (2011)
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998)*

Total Films Watched: 45
First Time Watches: 33

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Wednesday Ramble: Revisiting The Vibe

 
I get The Vibe (AKA that Euro-horror vibe) a lot from Italian and Spanish horror where they frame the characters in certain ways or have this perfectly plain location that is rendered terrifying or haunting just by the way the filmmakers choose to light it. The composers have a lot to do with it as well. Morricone, Nicholai, Cipriani, Pisano, etc. Their music, especially the prettier melodies, juxtaposed with the promise of the upcoming horrors are also effective at giving me the same feeling.  Of course, huge credit goes to the writers and directors of these films because without their stories and direction, I'd never have discovered all of this dark joy.

I often struggle to describe the feeling I get from these films. But the Vibe-y sensation is a melancholic invigoration, a creepy floating sensation, or a caffeine rush of morbidity. It's definitely a sharpening of the senses with a big dash of euphoria thrown in. Usually, I find myself creepily smiling, cackling, or just tearing up when The Vibe hits me right. There aren't any specific films where The Vibe is throughout the whole movie. However, there are a few examples where large sections of the film do the trick though. The House by the Cemetery, Phenomena, Death Smiles at Murder, Anthropophagus, Lisa and the Devil, Vampyros Lesbos, and Horror Rises from the Tomb, just to name a few, are great providers of The Vibe.

I try not to repeat myself too much on this blog. Ha ha! Yeah, right! But I was having a convo with a friend about this subject and wanted to post the above paragraphs without looking at my original post on the subject from 11 years ago. So I guess this is kind of a mission statement for what I look for when I'm going into a film from this era/these countries. I will likely come back to this topic in another decade or so.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Top 10 First Time Watches Of 2020

  

Usually in these top 10 of the year posts, I'm all about a long and rambling diatribe about what I was up to all year long and fun things that happened. Well, I've been doing what you've been likely doing yourself. I've been keeping my head down, staying away from everything, watching stuff, and staying creative. I also had two (make that three) book projects going right now that will hopefully make your ankles tingle in 2021.

There were a couple of neato things that actually happened like getting one of my reviews in Weng's Chop Cinema Magazine (pictured above) and some cool podcast cameos (check out the links below) that I was lucky to be a part of. I released an album of super chill ambient music to help folks relax in these awful times. I'm super proud of how that one came out. Give it a listen if you need a nap. To sum up, I have stayed mostly sane. Otherwise, last year was dumb as balls. Moving on...

Hero Hero Ghost Show - Voice

Hero Hero Ghost Show - A Blood Pledge 

Opera Omina - Katalin Varga

Opera Omina - Berberian Sound Studio

Opera Omina - The Duke of Burgundy

Opera Omina -  In Fabric

It Came From The Shed - Broma of Souls

For 2020, I was kind of doing a half-assed "I must watch more movies than last year" goal thingie and I was surprised to see that I'd actually done it! In fact, I watched over a hundred more movies than last year. A human being like me is filled with pride because it means that I sat on my butt for a long time. That's cool. So for 2021, my goal is to watch over 500 films. Wow. That doesn't seem intimidating at all. Let’s look at those totals for 2020.

Total Films Watched: 493

First Time Watches: 196


 Top 10 First Time Watches of 2020

10. Razorback (1984) - I can't believe that I avoided this damn film for so long. What a silly waste. For real, the only thing holding me back was that it just didn't sound like something that I would be interested in. Boy oh boy, I was so utterly wrong. I can't recommend this one enough. Back in June, I did a week long event where I watched Australian movies every night. It was frickin' wild. You can read my review of Razborback here.

9. Time Walker (1982) - During the Unseenly Moviethon 2, I watched this wacko sci-fi slasher and it blew my dang mind. It is ridiculously silly and entertaining as all heck. I watched nine movies in a row that day and that one (and the next film in this list) really stood out as a new favorite.

8. Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) - Speaking of that moviethon, here's another film from that day that I knew existed but had never gotten around to. Unholy hell of Satan, I was missing out! This shouldn't have been a big surprise to me since The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) was in my favorites for 2019. What the darn heck took me so goshing dang long to get around to these films?!

7. Vamp (1986) - For years, I was under the impression that I had seen Vamp. On a whim, I bought the Arrow Blu-ray and was quite surprised to find that nope, somehow this little gem had escaped me. It quickly became a new favorite. My only criticisms are that Grace Jones doesn't have any dialog (nitpicky because she doesn't NEED to speak but I wish she had) and the craziness does slow down for just a few minutes. Those are minor quibbles. Love it!

6. Massacre (1989) - I am fairly confident when I say that this will be the stupidest film in my top 10. Sorry, Time Walker, don't be sad. You did your best! Andrea Bianchi really came through for me with silly bullcrap with the "Lucio Fulci presents..." tag on it. Packed full of cheap horror crud and half-assed giallo elements, Massacre is dangerously dumb and I hope it gets a Blu-ray soon. You can read my review right here.

5. American Rickshaw (1989) - And speaking of Italian strangeness, here's one that is as strange as they get. To say that I had underestimated this Sergio Martino jam would be an understatement. I can honestly say that even after all of the Italian genre cinema I've beheld with my vision sensors, this one is a truly unique experience. Don't look up anything about it, just watch it. Or read my review because you are the boss of you. 

4. The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch (1968) - During my The Invasian theme month back in September, I saw so many amazing films. But this one really blew me away. It's the most like an old school horror manga come to life as any Japanese horror film that I've seen. It's truly nightmarish, fun, and totally bizarre. Director Noriaki Yuasa was best known for his work in the Gamera film series. I'm so glad this little gem is floating around out there in the ether. Hopefully, it'll get a proper release on home video in the States.

3. My Mom's a Werewolf (1989) - In my wife LeEtta's and my continued quest to find more good (or goodish) movies with Halloween sequences, or that take place on Halloween, we finally got around to this thing from the director of Death Spa (1990). This rates so highly in the top 10 this year for being so damn entertaining and more importantly, being watchable. I cannot wait to make this part of our October viewing next year.

2. Luz (2018) - As you can see from my almost faves list below, I got myself a Shudder subscription last year. I have wanted Shudder since it started but there was one thing that pushed it over the edge and that was Luz. Just based on the trailer and the poster, I was like I need to see this film. As soon as I'd heard that it was on Shudder, we ditched Netflix and got Shudder. Luz is so odd and so energetic that I just can't even process it fully yet. I even bought the soundtrack on vinyl because because because because. Just to add to the confusion, Shudder has added a film called Luz: The Flower of Evil (2019). Haven't seen that yet, but I'm guessing that this Luz is still the way to go.

1. Gretel & Hansel (2020) - And here we are, the number one spot. I have been over the moon with Osgood Perkins since I saw I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016) and The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015), in that order. So, of course I was chomping at the bit to finally see something he did on the big screen. Gretal & Hansel did not disappoint and I loved it so much that I saw it twice in the theaters. In fact, I think that it's the last film I saw in theaters before all the bullcrap started. Dang. I love this magical film so much and I want to watch it again right now while I'm writing this.

First Time Almost Faves

When you see the films on this next list, you may be wondering how come they didn't make the top 10 list. Or you're like "What the hell is that animated Addams Family doing in there?!" Yo. Just being honest, pal. Anyway, when I'm battling to make these lists, the tie-breaker is usually the question, "Do I want to watch this again right now?" So while there's lots of strange and wonderful things in the following list that need mentioning but if I don't see them again for many years, I'm okay with that. That being said, I recommend that you check out any of these.

The Witch in the Window (2018)
Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil (2017)
Brain Damage (1988)
Sex of the Devil (1971)
Viy (1967)
Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017)
The Mephisto Waltz (1971)
Last House on Massacre Street (1973)
Color Out of Space (2019)
Eyes of Fire (1983)
Matinee (1993)
One Cut of the Dead (2017) - My review.
Eko Eko Azarak III: Misa the Dark Angel (1998) - My review.
The Beach House (2019)
Terrified (2017)
Millennium Actress (2001)
Without a Clue (1988)
Scare Me (2020)
Host (2020)
Porno (2019)
In Fabric (2016)
The Psychopath (1966)
Schizo (1976)
Possessor (2020)
Upgrade (2018)
The Addams Family (2019)

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Films I Watched: December 2020

* means a first time watch.

The Legend of Hell House (1973)
Possessor (2020)*
Upgrade (2018)*
Black Christmas (1974)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Batman Returns (1992)
The Brides of Dracula (1960)
Trancers (1984)
Nutcracker Fantasy (1979)
Porno (2019)*
The Duke of Burgundy (2014)
In Fabric (2018)*
Deadly Games (1989)
Hardware (1990)
Night of the Comet (1984)
Santa Jaws (2018)*
Christmas Evil (1980)
Santa Claus (1959) - MST3K episode
An American Christmas Carol (1979)
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) - MST3K episode
Babes in Toyland (1986)*
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
The Twelve Days of Christmas Eve (2004)*
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather (2006)
To All a Goodnight (1980)
Don't Open Till Christmas (1984)
Krampus (2015)
P2 (2007)
Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Black Christmas (2006)
Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! (1989)
Black Moon Rising (1986)*
The Dark and the Wicked (2020)*
Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation (1990)
The Addams Family (2019)*
Night of the Demon (1980)
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
Cover Girl Killer (1959)*
The Psychopath (1966)*
Twisted Nerve (1968)*
Night After Night After Night (1969)*
Fragment of Fear (1970)*
Fear in the Night (1972)
Ten Little Indians (1974)*
The Cat and the Canary (1978)*
Schizo (1976)*
The Comeback (1978)*
Bloody New Year (1987)
New Year's Evil (1980)
Terror Train (1980)

Total Films Watched: 53
First Time Watches: 19

Monday, December 28, 2020

A New Chapter For Giallo Meltdown

 
Once upon a time (five years ago), I released a badly edited and pitifully written book called Giallo Meltdown: A Moviethon Diary. Since that day, I've continued collecting films and discovering important titles that I'd accidentally (or intentionally) left out of the book. The plan to make a new edition with bonus chapters quickly grew into a second book. Now that I've finally begun work on Giallo Meltdown 2 in earnest, I wanted to share the occasional chapter because I am so damn excited about this project.

My wife LeEtta and our cats, Gorgon and Spasmo, are truly terrified because they know what this means. Not only am I looking under the bottom of the barrel to scavenge for more Italian and Spanish examples of my favorite sub-genre, I am going even farther. This time around, I'm looking for the giallo's influence in films from every corner of the globe. I did a little of this the first time around but now I'm going whole hog on the British, American, German, and Asian markets where audiences couldn't get enough of these bloody thrillers. 

So anyway, before I get back to it, here is what will be the third chapter of Giallo Meltdown 2. I call it Thirteen Boogers in a Black Cat's Eye, a title inspired by a delightful medical condition of our cat Gorgon, who was born without inner eyelids. I won't elaborate too much since I can see that you're eating dinner while reading this post. I'll update you on the progress of this project as it goes on. See you in the new year.

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Films I Watched: November 2020

* means a first time watch!

Shock Treatment (1981)
A Dirty Shame (2004)
Watchmen (2009)
Pacific Rim (2013)
Picasso Trigger (1988)
Miami Connection (1987)
The Nightshifter AKA Morto Não Fala (2018)*
Yummy (2019)*
Slumber Party Massacre II (1987)
Inception (2010)
Bad Inclination (2003)
Squillo (1996)*
The Monster of Florence (1986)*
Tulpa: Demon of Desire (2012)*
Almost Blue (1996)*
The Vanity Serum (2004)*
Massacre (1989)*
Delitti (1987)*
Appuntamento in nero (1990)*
Obsession: A Taste for Fear (1988)*
The Scorpion with Two Tails (1982)*
The Murder Secret AKA Non aver paura della zia Marta (1988)*
Formula for a Murder (1985)
Doctor Sleep (2019)
Eyeball (1975)
Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Blood Rage (1987)
Madman (1982)
Addams Family Values (1993)
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)
Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow (2015)
Blood Freak (1972)*
Shock (1977)
White Christmas (1954)
Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)*
Blood Beat (Video 1983)*
Time Walker (1982)
Deep Red (1975)
Jack Frost (1997)

Total Films Watched:
40
First Time Watches: 16

Monday, November 30, 2020

Films I Watched: October 2020

To check out our Halloween TV viewing, which was pretty massive this year, check out these posts: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

* means a first time watch!

My Mom's a Werewolf (1989)*
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
The Diabolical Dr. Z (1966)
Deadtectives (2018)*
Prevenge (2016)*
My Best Friend Is a Vampire (1987)
Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow (1959)
Hack-O-Lantern (Video 1988)
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
Corpse Bride (2005)
ParaNorman (2012)
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)
Scare Me (2020)*
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)*
Bewitched (2005)
The X from Outer Space (1967)
May (2002)
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)
Wisconsin Death Trip (1999)*
Legend of the Witches (1970)
Tales of Halloween (2015)
Idle Hands (1999)
Nightmare Cinema (2018)*
Host (2020)*
The Halloween Tree (1993)
The Head (1959)*
The Mummy's Hand (1940)*
The Mummy's Tomb (1942)*
The Mummy's Ghost (1944)*
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Hell Fest (2018)
The Mortuary Collection (2019)*
Trick 'r Treat (2007)
Halloween (2018)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Ginger Snaps (2000)
The Crow (1994)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Berberian Sound Studio (2012)
Dracula 2000 (2000)
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)
Haunt (2019)
The Witches (1990)
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
Dracula 3000 (2004)*
Scary Movie (1991)*
Freaky Farley (Video 2007)
Night of the Demons (1988)
Night of the Demons 2 (1994)
Vengeance of the Zombies (1973)
When Good Ghouls Go Bad (2001)
Cemetery of Terror (1985)
The Child (1977)
The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Halloween (1978)

Total Films Watched: 63
First Time Watches: 15

Friday, November 20, 2020

Films I Watched: September 2020

* means a first time watch!

The Midnight Hour (1985)
Halloween with the New Addams Family (1977)*
Ed Wood (1994)
Aenigma (1987)
Mikey (1992)*
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Pandemonium (1982)
Katalin Varga (2009)*
The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
The Caller (1987)*
Neverknock (2017)*
Demonia (1990)
The Beast Must Die (1974)
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
Hollow Gate (1988)*
The Lost Boys (1987)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
The Hollow (2004)
Cursed (2005)
Trick or Treat (1986)
Robowar (1988)*
Shocking Dark (1989)*
Halloween (1978)
Halloween II (1981)
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1980)*
Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (2001)
Haunted-Ween (1991)*
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

Total Films Watched: 31
First Time Watches: 10

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Films I Watched: August 2020


* means a first time watch.

Suburban Gothic (2014)*
The Beach House (2019)*
Superstition (1982)
Superstition 2 (1989)*
Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
A Study in Terror (1965)*
The Psychic (1977)
The Devil's Honey (1986)*
Zombie (1979)
The Black Cat (1981)
City of the Living Dead (1980)
The Beyond (1981)
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Millennium Actress (2001)*
Arang (2006)
Terrified (2017)*
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)
Abrakadabra (2018)*
American Rickshaw (1989)*
FleshEater (1988)
Scare Package (2019)*
Spider Forest (2004)*
Doppelganger (2003)*
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942)*
Sherlock Holmes and the Woman in Green (1945)*
Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943)*
Murder at the Baskervilles (1937)*
Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943)*
Without a Clue (1988)*
Ghost Snatchers (1986)*
Exte: Hair Extensions (2007)*
Retribution (2006)
Nightmare Detective (2006)
Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
Virtuosity (1995)
Fulci for fake (2019)*
Shining Sex (1976)*
House (1977)
The Visitor in the Eye (1977)*
The Drifting Classroom (1987)*
Devil Fish (1984)
Undertaker (2012)*
A Snake in June (2002)*
Carved: A Slit-Mouthed Woman (2007)
Ringu (1998)
The Eye 2 (2004)*
Satan's Slave (1982)*

Total Films Watched: 48
First Time Watches: 28

Monday, November 2, 2020

Halloween TV Specials and Episodes 2020 - Part 3

I’ve always felt that Halloween should be New Year’s Eve because I get so hyped up around this time of year that November 1st consistently feels like the New Year’s Day to me. It’s true, All Saints’ Day is so weird and refreshing that I feel like I need to get my Schmidt together like time will slip away from if I don’t get something huge done. So here I am bloggin’ up a storm for ya.

It’s hard to believe how much spooky stuff my wife and I squeezed in between the cracks of the movies this month. We managed to watch all this stuff AND sixty or so films. Jeez Louise! We are such cool people. The biggest disappointment in this list right off the bat is that Grace Under Fire episode. That show made me so angry. All of the supporting characters are great but Brett Butler’s unthinkable sarcasm made me want to throw a skull at my TV.

I have to take a moment to say thanks to my pals and podcast co-hosts, Jeffrey and Simon, for hooking me up with some seriously cool specials that I was having trouble getting my greedy claws on. I finally got to see the Halloween episode of Pete & Pete that’s been eluding me forever. That was one of the best and I will definitely be adding it into my yearly rotation. And somehow, I’d never seen an episode of Clarissa Explains It All before. Needless to say, I loved both of them in this list. One booboo that I keep making is that “Monsters in my Room” episode of Tales from the Darkside. LeEtta has to keep reminding me that it’s a Christmas episode. Woops!

Grace Under Fire - “The Ghost and Mrs. Kelly” S4 E6 (1996)
Are You Afraid of the Dark? - “The Tale of the Twisted Claw” S1 E4 (1992)
Clarissa Explains It All - “The Darling Wars” S3 E2 (1992)
Clarissa Explains It All - “Haunted House” S1 E6 (1991)
Party of Five - “Personal Demons” S3 E7 (1996)
Saturday Night Live - “Halloween Special” (199?)
Home Improvement - “Crazy for You” S3 E6 (1993)
The Simpsons - “Treehouse of Horror” 5, 6, 7 and 12
The Fall Guy - “October the 31st” S4 E7 (1984)
Tales from the Darkside - “Halloween Candy” S2 E5 (1985)
Tales from the Darkside - “Monsters in My Room” S2 E12 (1985)
Bewitched - “To Trick-Or-Treat or Not to Trick-Or-Treat” S6 E7 (1969)
Bewitched - “A Safe and Sane Halloween” S4 E8 (1967)
Midsomer Murders - “The Magician's Nephew” S11 E5 (2008)
Psychoville - “Halloween Special” S2 E0 (2010)
Hey Dude - “Ghost Stories” S2 E6 (1989)
Salute Your Shorts - “Zeke the Plumber” S1 E2 (1991)
The Adventures of Pete & Pete - “Halloweenie” S2 E7 (1994)
The Secret World of Alex Mack - “The Secret” S2 E4 (1994)
The New Lassie - “Dangerous Party” S1 E6 (1989)
The Lawrence Welk Show - “Halloween” S4 E7 (1958)
Witch’s Night Out (1978)
Over the Garden Wall (2014)
How To Carve Great Faces For Halloween with Gordy Falk “The Pumpkin Man” (1988)
Basic How-To Halloween Makeups (2007)
The Jeffersons - “Now You See It, Now You Don't” S6 E4 (1979)
Square Pegs - “Halloween XII” S1 E5 (1982)
The Facts of Life - “The Halloween Show” S5 E6 (1983)
Roseanne - “Boo!” S2 E7 (1989)
NewsRadio - “Halloween” S3 E5 (1996)
NCIS - “Murder 2.0” S6 E6 (2008)
NCIS - “Code of Conduct” S7 E5 (2009)
NCIS - “Thirst” S9 E6 (2011)
Garfield in Disguise AKA Garfield’s Halloween Adventure (1985)
Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktakular (2003)
Scary Godmother: The Revenge of Jimmy (2005)
The Angry Beavers - “The Day the World Got Really Screwed Up” S2 E10 (1998)
Hey Arnold! - “Arnold's Halloween” S2 E7 (1997)
Rocko's Modern Life - “Sugar-Frosted Frights/Ed Is Dead: A Thriller!” S3 E3 (1995)
Jem - “Trick or Techrat” S2 E16 (1987)

Friday, October 9, 2020

Halloween TV Specials And Episodes 2020 - Part 2

Be sure to check out part one of this witchy extravaganza if you haven’t already. So yeah, LeEtta and I continue to attempt to overdose on the Halloween spirit because life in 2020 is so awesome and fun (sarcasm). A few favorites this time around from The Lawrence Welk Show and Ned’s Declassified Survival Guide, which would’ve been my favorite show of all time when I was 10 years old. It’s frickin’ brilliant. I saw my first ever episode of The Commish and well, I’ll never do that again. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention how astonishingly dull the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Meet Dracula episode was. Not even the legendary Paul Williams could save that snoozer. It’s a two-parter! Why?! I don’t know. More treats to come, folks.

Night Court - Halloween II: The Return of Leon (Season 4, Episode 4) (1986)
Highway to Heaven - The Devil and Jonathan Smith (S2, E5) (1985)
WMAQ Channel 5 - Kidding Around - Halloween '82 (1982)
Magnum, P.I. - The Woman on the Beach (S2, E3) (1981)
Hunter - Killer in a Halloween Mask (S2, E5) (1985)
iCarly - iScream on Halloween (S1, E7) (2007)
The Fairly OddParents - Scary Godparents (S2, E12) (2002)
Growing Pains - Happy Halloween (S6, E7) (1990)
Charlie’s Angels - Haunted Angels (S3, E6) (1978)
The Lawrence Welk Show - Halloween Party (S24, E6) (1978)
SpongeBob SquarePants - Scaredy Pants (S1, E13) (1999)
Tales from the Darkside - Trick or Treat (Pilot) (S1, E0) (1983)
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide - Halloween & Vampires, Werewolves, Ghosts and Zombies (S3, E3) (2006)
Sabrina the Teenage Witch - A River of Candy Corn Runs Through It (S2, E7) (1997)
Sabrina the Teenage Witch - Episode LXXXI: The Phantom Menace (S4, E6) (1999)
Sabrina the Teenage Witch - The Halloween Scene (S5, E6) (2000)
Sabrina the Teenage Witch - Murder on the Halloween Express (S6, E4) (2001)
Clueless - Trick or Treat (S2, E6) (1997)
Beverly Hills, 90210  Halloween (S2, E13) (1991)
Clueless - Scream Again Murray, Scream Again! (S3, E5) (1998)
The Paul Lynde Halloween Special (1976)
Happy Days - Haunted (S2, E6) (1974)
Halloween Safety (Centron Corp.) (1977)
Halloween Safety (Updated) (Centron Corp.) (1985)
Halloween Party (Encyclopedia Britannica Films) (1953)
The Carol Burnett Show - Episode #6.11 (S6, E11) (1972)
EastEnders - Episode #1.74 (S1, E74) (1985)
Poirot - Hallowe'en Party (S12, E2) (2011)
21 Jump Street - Old Haunts in the New Age (S4, E6) (1989)
The Commish - The Witches of Eastbridge (S2, E5) (1992)
The Simpsons - Treehouse of Horror XII (S13, E1) (2001)
The Simpsons - Treehouse of Horror XXIII (S24, E2) (2012)
The Simpsons - Treehouse of Horror XXVI (S27, E5) (2015)