Every month of October for a few years now I have committed myself to watching at least one horror movie every day in preparation for Halloween. If you have been paying attention I am WAY behind on schedule but don’t worry I’ll be doing week three and week four back to back here as well as a complete recap and wrap up.
As with the last entry again I will say this is not a top 10 list of horror movies you should watch. This is simply a list of movies I watched this week leading up to Halloween. Some of the movies were fantastic but some of the others were far from it. So keep that in mind. Without further ado here is week three:
October 15th: Lords of Salem
Rob Zombie really hit the scene with a bang when he released House of 1000 Corpses and then really impressed with The Devils Rejects. His Halloween remakes on the other hand.. were atrocious and I like to pretend they never happened. That aside I knew The Lords of Salem was an original film for him so I thought he would finally return to form.
I have to say even when I first watched the trailers I wasn’t really sure what I would think of it.. After seeing it I’m still not sure. It didn’t really feel like a movie at all, just a collection of cool set pieces he put together. The whole record over the radio bit with The Lords of Salem was really cool but this movie was just.. disjointed and a little odd.
October 16th: House (1986)
This is actually one of the first movies on this list that I have seen before. I had seen this a very long time ago and had a bit of a hazy memory of what was in it. For the most part it lived up to those fond memories.
This is really a classic 80s horror film directed by Steve Miner, a score by Harry Manfredini and produced by Sean S. Cunningham. You really can’t get anymore 80s than that. Practical effects, some comedy, and some really bad ass looking creatures.
October 17th: Texas Chainsaw
OK.. Now I’m not sure I can actually say this but.. I really liked this movie. Like WAY more than I should. I avoided this movie like the plague for so long but I have had it sitting around for a while and thought what the hell. Boy do I wish I had seen this sooner.
Bill Moseley, Gunnar Hansen, John Dugan and Marilyn Burns all returned for some small and mostly pretty cool cameos. With all those names coming back I should have figured this one would be worth checking out. I’m a Texas Chainsaw purist but this one just hit a lot of cool little notes for me. Other than a big discrepancy in the timeline it’s a pretty solid entry for the Texas Chainsaw franchise. If you dismissed it like I did.. You might want to give it a shot.
October 18th: Frankenstein’s Army
For years I had been following Richard Raaphorst and his attempts to get Worst Case Scenario off the ground. It looked like an awesome film and I was really pumped to see it get made. Unfortunately the money never came through but he was able to put together enough for Frankenstein’s Army..
Now this was a major let down. This is a classic case of shooting a movie WAY over what your budget is. A period piece is hard to do and when you don’t have a big budget it’s even harder. This movie really suffered from that. It also had some of the most ridiculous character designs I have seen in a while. Not to mention it just was kind of bland all around.
October 19th: Chopping Mall
This was one of Jim Wynorski’s first films and a pretty damn good one at that. It was really at the height of the mall craze and kind of the beginning of people being afraid that robots would soon take over people’s jobs. I imagine this film was made to capitalize on a lot of the hype over the first Terminator film.
I’ve come to the conclusion that this movie is kind of like Dawn of the Dead meets Terminator. A couple of rogue robots wandering a mall killing all who cross them. Close enough I’d say. Great piece of 80s cheese if you are into those films.
October 20th: Motel Hell
This is another film that I have seen before. This was actually a request from my father who always encouraged my love of horror films. So I had to fulfill his suggestion that I re watch Motel Hell.
This film has always been one of my favorites. An old farmer capturing tourists and turning them into his signature “meats” that he turns around and sells to everyone? Classic. If you haven’t seen Motel Hell.. Well you really need to get on that. “It takes all kinds of critters, to make Farmer Vincent’s critters!”.
October 21st: Hypothermia
This was a film that I remember covering awhile back and just never got around to watching. I remembered that it looked a lot like The Thing and that’s about it. Well it turned out to be a lot more than that.
Turns out that Michael Rooker was the lead which was a nice treat. The entire film he puts in a great performance. It’s a tragic tale of how far would you go for your family with a giant alien creature thrown in for good measure. The ending is.. well not very satisfying and doesn’t mesh well with the rest of the movie. Other than that a pretty solid film overall.
Well that about wraps up week three. This week was actually pretty good for the most part. I watched some movies I was already familiar with so that helped I guess. Soon I’ll have the week four wrap up posted but for now check out week one and week two.