Saturday, November 2, 2019
Watched: F - 10/30/2019, BoF - 10/31/2019
Viewing: Ha ha ha...
Every Halloween I now watch both of these films. They're literally two of my favorite movies - the sort of which I'd include if there was a Signal Watch Five Film Marathon in which to partake.
Next year we're scheduled to talk about them during Halloween, so I want to hold off til then to say much more - and I have plenty of prior posts on these two films.
Here's to James Whale and Gods and Monsters.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Format: Criterion BluRay
50 years on, Night of the Living Dead (1968) continues to do more than "work" as a film. In addition to the anxiety and dread I felt rewatching the movie, almost nothing within Romero's film has aged or lost urgency.* And, of course, while the relevance as a mirror and social experiment is discussion worthy, it also demands discussion as patient zero in a cultural shift in media extending beyond horror.
Monday, October 28, 2019
Happy Birthday to one of the great artists of Hollywood, Edith Head. If you don't know Edith Head, I highly recommend at least looking at her Wikipedia entry and imdb page.
|"Yes, I am that damn good"|
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Watched: 10/15/2019 and 10/20/2019
Viewing: Second/ First
Decade: 1980's/ 2000's
Things get a little hazy as SimonUK and Ryan take on two spooktacular movies about what happens when the barometer drops, the humidity rises and things go bump in the water vapor. It's our final Halloween movie of 2019! One about ghostly seafaring folks and the other about... I dunno. It's real bad, though.
The Fog Theme - John Carpenter, The Fog OST
The Host of Seraphim - Dead Can Dance, The Serpent's Egg and The Mist soundtrack
Halloween 2019 Playlist
Halloween 2018 Playlist
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Format: Amazon Streaming
Viewing: I dunno. 4th? 5th?
So, I love this movie poster. It tells you an incredible amount about the movie without spilling the beans, but it's beautifully designed for balance, terror, and and the uncanny pushing through into reality.
It turns out the poster is by Matthew Peak, who happens to be the son of legendary illustrator Bob Peak - but this was his first movie poster at age 25. Amazing!
It does remind me of other artists who were bursting on the scene at the time, but that's not a criticism. If it falls on a continuum of the Dave McKean/ Bill Sienkiewicz/ Drew Struzan, well... okay then.
Anyway - Jamie alerted me she'd never seen A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), and 'tis the season, so we watched it. But you've seen this movie, and I wrote it up a year or two ago, so. Anyway.
I will say - I really appreciate how tight this movie is. No fat on it at all. And you can see immediately how and why they wanted a sequel to expand on the concept.
Friday, October 25, 2019
Viewing: no idea
I'm not sure Addams Family Values (1993) is actually better than the original, but one could make the argument. It certainly finds things that worked in the first film and builds on them, and finds new environs in which to put at least the kids. And the villain of the piece, such as she is, works incredibly well.*
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Format: Amazon Streaming
No, I'd never seen Creepshow (1982), which, I guess, horror fans find to be a straight up problem. So, I went ahead and put it on this last weekend while Jamie flew to California to see The Dug.
I like a horror anthology film! If you're not into what's going on, you just wait til the next segment. And, honestly, a lot of what folks try to build up as tension in horror but dragging things out in (poorer) horror, I just wish they'd get on with it - so short stories are a great way to go.
Turns out I'd seen all of one segment at some point back in the day on cable (the chapter with Ted Danson and Leslie Nielsen), and parts one or more others. But I don't think I knew that was + when I watched it back around 1989.
I got not much to say. It was fun. I liked the part with the crate monster best, I think. But it's a highly quotable movie that I'm not sure gets quoted. ("I want my cake!" should be a horror catch phrase. Is it one? Is it T-shirt slogan worthy?)
Anyhoo... some terrific make-up effects and some good practical and puppet FX, too.
Format: Paramount Theater - Austin
Viewing: ha ha ha... oh, mercy
Last night Simon and I went to see Bruce Campbell host a screening of Army of Darkness (1992) at the Paramount Theater here in Austin, TX.
Like so many of us who have stumbled across Army of Darkness and Evil Dead over the years, the movie left a "kill the dinosaurs" type of impact on 17-year-old Ryan's psyche when he saw this movie in the theater. Maybe a post for another time, but there's a not insubstantial part of my young-adult years where this movie was part of the lingua franca of my people, and it's one I quoted so much, I've forgotten that some of my personal verbal ticks came from this movie.
The movie holds up incredibly well, and Bruce Campbell may actually have the best Q&A skills I've ever seen. He's heard every question 1000x before, and he doesn't actually play along as "the nice guy" celebrity. He kinda let people know "that's a dumb question". And, man, they really were about 80% dumb questions. But he got paid, so what does he care?
Anyway, Bruce is charming as all hell, and it was a fun night out at the picture shows.