This week was full of dizzying highs, terrifying lows, and creamy middles. Sure, some of these movies might offend a few of the bluenoses with their cocky strides and musky odors - oh, they’ll never be the darling of the so-called “City Fathers” who cluck their tongues, stroke their beards, and talk about “What’s to be done with this meatwadf?”
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Movie 21: Futureworld: I mostly picked this one because the end chase with the clones kind of freaked me out as a kid. Not the best movie ever and it features lots of padding, it at least does a decent job at exploring the paranoia and mistrust of the 70's at times. I’ll admit that I also love a lot of the 70's sci fi sets the movie features at times. Lots of buttons and little blinkies.
Movie 22: Return to Horror High: This one kind of grew on my a bit by the end. It’s not great but it’s a parody of early 80's slasher movies with a pretty heavy meta narrative going on. It’s odd and not perfect but I enjoyed the thought and work that went into it at least. Wes Craven had to have seen this before coming up with Scream.
Movie 23: Scared to Death: A creepy asshole who happens to be a writer and the world’s worst detective must solve a series of grisly murders being committed by a terrible Alien knockoff. What’s that? I’m being told this was directed by a guy who worked in a Halloween mask factory who figured cheap monster movies were an easy way to turn a quick buck. Gotta respect that hustle. Prime bad movie night fodder.
Movie 24: Phenomena: I really liked this one. Easily the high point for the week. It’s a real slow burn but the build up is fascinating at times and it has a beautiful look to everything. There’s some real nice use of light and shadows in some of the scenes that mix with the soundtrack to create a real haunting feel to the film. Very nice.
Movie 25: Howling II: Where the first is a genuinely well made horror film by a master of the genre, this one is just pure b movie schlock. You’ve got bewbs, blood, and Christopher Lee slumming it but being as professional as ever. It actually had a pretty solid soundtrack. I’ll give it that. Not a bad watch at all.
Movie 26: Dead Heat: Probably Joe Piscopo and Treat Williams’ best movie? That’s not saying much but it’s an alright little buddy cop zombie horror action movie thing. The undead food in the Chinese restaurant is probably the best scene in the movie but you do have to sit through Piscopo trying to ad-lib jokes way too many times to get to it.
Movie 27: Hunt for the Skinwalker: Not too bad. A little dry and bland at times but an alright documentary on all the paranormal stories surrounding Skinwalker Ranch. The Bedtime Stories two parter was probably more entertaining but it was nice seeing actual footage and pictures of the place.
I’ll be watching movies right up until Halloween itself, so I’ll have a final post sometime Thursday night.