Friday, October 25, 2019

Halloween Logged: Oct. 25


Recommended





Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017)


Well made, but superficial, social awareness horror (so, not really horror) from Mexico. Perhaps I was expecting too much, after all the blog/social media hype I’d read in the last few months, but I was underwhelmed. Telling these types of stories in a horror setting is often a solution to not having confidence that your story, or its execution, can stand on its own.







Watchable





Matchless (1967)

Patrick O'Neill stars as a spy, being held in a Chinese military prison,n who is gifted a magic ring that imbues him with the power of invisibility. Not much hilarity ensues.




Elaan (1971)



The same basic idea as Matchless but Bollywood style (with a couple of near-identical scenes) but.a far more entertaining film.







I.F.O Identified Flying Object (1987)


Goofy teens, a goofy self-aware killer drone, goofy computer hacking 80s style. It has to be seen to be believed but then you’d have to watch it and its not good, not good at all.





Munchies (1987)

Stars out promising enough with Harvey Korman in Peru hunting for Ancient Aliens, but soon devolves into a mix of poorly written nerd romance and dopey slapstick. 





Blood Moon (2014)


What should have been terrible - a low budget Brit shot indie horror western - turns out surprisingly watchable.



The Possession of Michael King (2014)

Found footage but better than it has any right to be. 




Raatri (1992)

Teen possession drama from the early nineties but still with an eighties feel. It starts out great but takes too long to do too little. Still, a pretty good effort.





The Inhabitant (2017)

Flat and predictable home invasion goes supernaturally wrong flick from Mexico. Not bad, just meh.





Not Recommended




It’s Alive (1969)



Oof.

Machhli Jal Ki Rani Hai (2014)

Oof, but from India.



Thursday, October 24, 2019

Halloween Logged: International House of Terror


Recommended






Corridor of Mirrors (1948)

Solid gothic melodrama with an excellent supporting cast (including a dashing young Christoper Lee).


Watchable






The Nun (2005)

Not that Nun. Mediocre revenge from the watery grave kill fest wasn’t as bad as I’d expected. The titular nun is pretty silly looking, sadly.






13 Terrors (2014)

Decent enough Thai schoolhouse horror has its moments.



The Ghost (1963)

Should have loved this - Barbera Steele, creaky old mansion, seances, mad doctors, ghosts - but it was dull as dishwater. Not bad, just dull.



Not Recommended





Voice From the Stone (2017)

Finally found a sleep aid with no pesky side effects. Just switch it on and off to dreamland you go.



Jessie (2019)

Incomprehensible twaddle.



Pizza (2014)

Mumbai pizza delivery dude gets caught up in supernatural shenanigans including possession and a haunted house in what becomes an unfunny unintentional comedy.



Morgana (2012)

Not, I repeat not, a Morgana the Kissing Bandit biopic. More's the pity...Instead, we get a monotonous low budget ghost story.




La Nina de la mina (2016)

Haunted mine. Bored viewer.




The Secret (2019)

Best to let this one stay a secret.




The Curse of La Llorona (2019)

Easily the worst of the Conjuring films, but not because it isn’t woke enough but because it’s poorly made from a boring, predictable script. Should have gone straight to Netflix.

MST3K : Horror : Season 3

(Note: I'm using an obviously subjective definition of Horror here. YMMV.)

MST3K : Horror : Season 3 





The Amazing Colossal Man (S3 E9 1991)




Earth vs. the Spider (S3 E13 1991)





War of the Colossal Beast (S3 E19 1991)





The Unearthly (S3 E20 1991)

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Halloween Logged: A plethora of Prime




Recommended




(Rewatch) The Bloodstained Butterfly (1971)

Solid Giallo



Watchable



Mansion of Evil (1989)


Overlong Bollywood (huge surprise, I know) haunted house mess. Half an hour shorter and it might have been fun.




Amityville A New Generation (1993)


Made for cable and very much of its time, neither of which is a compliment. Another haunted artifact from Amityville, this one haunting yuppie artists in gentrified lofts.


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The Reincarnate (1971)


Not exactly lively paced but a decent low key effort.





Something Creeping in the Dark (1971)

The something is me going to get snacks, playing on my phone, feeding the cat, doing the recycling, but leaving the light off so as not t wake the missus who was fortunate enough to sleep through this


Not Recommended





There’s Nothing Out There (1991)

Dull slasher parody



The Estranged (2015)

From this film, yes I am.



The Black Forest (2018)

Black magic in Brazil. It stinks.



Ressurection (1999)

Not 7even.More like Zer0.



Witchcraft (1989)

Appallingly bad.


The Night the Prowler (1978)

Dull social satire masquerading as horror.


The Circle (2017)

Aggressively meh.

Fawn (2019)

Low budget indue Found footage ghost hunting. Feels like a student film.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

MST3K : Horror : Season 1



MST3K : Horror : Season One

(Note: I'm using the Wikipedia episode numbering system which ignores the pre-basic cable episodes aired on KTMA-TV)






The Crawling Eye
(S1 - E1 1989)




The Robot Vs. The Aztec Mummy
(S1 - E2 1989)




Mad Monster 
(S1 - E3 1989)



The Corpse Vanishes
(S1 - E5 1989)



The Crawling Hand
(S1 - E6 1989)




The Slime People
(S1 - E8 1989)




The Black Scorpion
(S1 - E13 1990)






Halloween Logged: Anthologies



I'm trying to only watch things I havent seen before, or in so long I can't recall them, but it's rough going. I've seen so many horror films over the last four decades - pretty much every mainstream and well-known cult flick -  that the occasional rewatch is needed just to wash away the bad movie taste once in a while.



(Rewatch) Tales of Terror (1962)

Not the strongest Corman / Poe collab but Peter Lorre is a joy in the Cask of Amontillado / Black Cat mashup




3 Doors of Horrors (2013)

Lightweight Asian horror.Adequate.




Strange Events (2017)

Low rent assemblage of random horror shorts masquerading as an anthology masquerading as a stranger Things rip-off trying to fool people into thinking its Stranger Things.




Watch if you Dare (2018)

More terrible amateur shorts.



(Rewatch) The Uncanny (1977)

Peter Cushing stars as a writer looking to blow the lid of the great feline domination conspiracy on this offbeat, but entertaining, anthology.




After Midnight (1989)

Decent late ‘80s offering.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Halloween Logged: Creepy Kid's Stuff





Annabelle Comes Home (2019)

Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the Conjuring universe. (Well, not love...).
As a mainstream horror film, this is pretty dumb and pretty bland but as a spooky movie for 13 years old it’s terrific. This is horror for the Teen Nick set and for what it is it’s good, It’s also 90 percent easter eggs and backdoor pilots that looks like it was designed as a Universal Horror Nights attraction first, Conjuring TV series sizzle reel second and theatrical feature third.



The Haunted Mouth (1974)

Always part of my Halloween video playlist, this long-form (13 min.) toothpaste ad/classroom film is genuinely kinda creepy. Back in the ’60s and ’70s spooky stuff for kids was often actually spooky but, ever since so much of it has gotten very cheesy.


Child’s Play (1954)

British kids fiddle with an atomic playset with explosive results.Couldn’t make this now. The free-range kids will seem more fantastical to today’s audiences than the mushroom cloud rising from a detonated shed.





Mr. Boogedy (1986)

Old school Disney Channel family chiller. Great, cheesy, fun.



The Haunting Hour (2010-2014)
  • My Imaginary Friend
  • Grampires
  • The Cast
Watched a trio of episodes from the series R.L. Stines The Haunting Hour (2010-2014). Christopher Lloyd’s Grampires was by far the best of the bunch. I’ll watch a few later on in the season but there's only so much Canadian kids stuff I can take in one sitting.




Creeped Out (2019)

Another Canadian kid’s horror series on Netflix. Does nothing for me,  but I’m not a kid. Back in my day, pre-Goosebumps, we, luckily, didn’t have as much of this watered-down synthetic kiddie horror.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Halloween Logged: Halloween stuff





Haunted Salem Live (Travel Channel)

The distasteful exploitation of the Salem Witch trials continues unabated. It’s all about commerce and it’s no surprise when the first super-duper really we promise haunted location they visit is a local restaurant. Fake science, fake history, fake documentary. A far more effective program would be live storyteller tours or dramatic reconstructions. The moment the EMF meters or con man psychics show up I’m done. 
A pet peeve - they keep referring to the Salem trials as a dark stain on American history when it took place nearly a century before the nation was founded. 




House of the Witch (2017)

A SyFy original that brings nothing original to the “teens partying in a haunted house” genre. It would take real effort to care any less about these characters though so it’s all just background noise. Not godawful though.



The Midnight Hour (1985)

Decent ‘80s Halloween tv movie with a good cast and an inconsistent tone. You gotta love  Shari Belafonte’s Michael Jackson inspired musical number, vampire Dick Van Patten and The Smiths on the soundtrack.




The Houses October Built (2014)

Terrific concept marred by misguided allegiance to the “Found Footage” genre. Every aspect of this film would have been improved by the removal or minimization of the found footage aesthetic. Disappointed after hearing years of hype.




The House October Built 2 (2017)

The first hour is essentially an infomercial for various Haunts. Take out the brief narrative bits and it could be footage from a middling Youtuber. And those are the highlights. Another wasted opportunity to make a truly classic Halloween horror. At least this one wasn’t as hyped and I went in with lowered expectations. Still disappointed.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Halloween Logged: Kids





Matriarch (2018)

Crazy farm family has designs on stranded motorists' unborn baby. Not good.




The School (2018)

Not the worst thing ever but this tale of a nurse trapped in an abanded school/afterlife while searching for her missing son isn't particularly good either.




The Fields (2011)
On one hand Tara Reid, who isn’t as bad as she might have been, on the other hand, Cloris Leachman, who deserves better roles but it’s still great watching her work. The film has its moments.





A Hole in the Ground (2019)

It’s no longer enough to make a horror movie with above-average technical proficiency, and art-house pretensions and expect to be lauded as the next Kubrick. You need a story, you need characters, you need more than pretty pictures. I can get impressive camera work and high production values on basic cable these days. I need a story in order to care, to feel the horror you're trying to deliver. Ten years ago A Hole in the Ground might have been enough. It’s not today.

It is a decent Netflix level slow burn though, with all the attendant cliches and disappointments.






Dollhouse (2012)

Oirish teens behave badly in this meh idea for a short blown up into a nearly unwatchable feature.





Comedown (2014)


Yet another unrewarding low budget urban slasher, this one from the UK.

Halloween Logged: Killers





Scream and Scream Again (1970)

Though I've seen this a few times over the years I’d totally wiped the plot details from my mind. When I started watching I was expecting an Amicus-ish horror anthology, not a groovy serial killer thriller. Pretty good, like an extended episode of The Avengers where they forgot to write in Steed and Peel. Be warned Vincent Price, Christoper Lee and Peter Cushing are not the stars here, if that’s what you're coming for.




Terrified (1963)

Like, Snoresville man. (Don’t be fooled by the fairly cool opening scene...don’t be fooled.)





Who Saw Her Die? (1972)

Solid Giallo featuring one of George Lazenby’s best non-Bond roles.




Werewolf in a Girl’s Dormitory (1961)

Not much of a werewolf movie. Not much of a movie movie.




Tower of Evil (1972)

I don’t know why I like this film as much as I do. It's got a lot wrong with it but for some reason, I still love watching it every few years.





The Honor Farm (2017)

Terrible.




The Sitter (1977)

The short that would become the cult classic When a Stranger Calls.




The House That Screamed (1970)

Well above-average gothic-ish S&M tinged period girls school thriller.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Halloween Logged: Psychic Friends






The Premonition (1976)

Low rent, but effective psychic drama featuring a nice turn by genre stalwart Richard Lynch.




The Clairvoyant (1935)

Pretty good early flick starring Claude Raines. Nothing spine-tingling but definitely worth checking out.




Night of the Ghouls (1959)

My favorite Ed Wood. Sorry, Plan Nine.




Baffled (1973)

Failed pilot starring Leonard Nimoy as a psychic race car driver. Not great, but I would have loved to see what they could have done with it if it had gone to series.




The Demon (1979)

Come for Cameron Mitchell as a psychic ex-marine stay because your too lazy to figure out where you put the remote.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Halloween Logged: Disaster Artists


(This one's actually leftover from my truncated Pre-Gaming Halloween set of posts)





Starflight One (The Plane That Couldn’t Land) (1983)

Should've been better given the cast and story possibilities. A wonderfully cheesy idea wasted.




Fer-De-Lance (1974)

Snakes on a sub. No joke.Good (for TV Movie)  cast including David Janssen, Hope Lange, Ivan Dixon, and WKRP’s Herb Tarleck - Frank Bonner. Sadly, nothing of interest transpires and a nifty premise is wasted




The Final Countdown (1980)

Pretty good Naval timeslip flick. Held up well on what must've been my fourth or fifth viewing.




The Wandering Earth (2019)

Wow, that was a long cut scene. Hopefully, now that China can make its own terrible blockbusters, Hollywood won’t need to pander to them as much. Well, a fella can dream, can’t he?

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7:19 (2016)

Unlike most disaster films that focus on the catastrophic spectacle of the disaster 7:19 plays more like a muted two-hander between a pair of quake victims trapped beneath the rubble of a large office building. Based on a true event.



Halloween Ranked: Horror Universes / Franchises (The Blair Paranormal Exorcist Conjuring)


The Blair Paranormal Exorcist Conjuring Universes / Franchises Ranked






The Blair Witch Project


  1. Curse of the Blair Witch (1999)
  2. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
  3. Book of Shadows Blair Witch 2 (2000)
  4. Blair Witch (2016)


Paranormal Activity


  1. Paranormal Activity
  2. Paranormal Activity 2
  3. Paranormal Activity 3
  4. Paranormal Activity The Marked Ones
  5. Paranormal Activity 4
  6. Paranormal Activity Tokyo Night
  7. Paranormal Activity Ghost Dimension






The Conjuring


  1. The Conjuring
  2. Annabelle Creation
  3. Conjuring 2
  4. Annabelle Comes Home
  5. The Nun
  6. Annabelle
  7. Curse of La Llorona





The Exorcist


  1. The Exorcist (1973)
  2. The Exorcist III (1990)
  3. Dominion (21005)
  4. Exorcist the Beginning (2004)
  5. Exorcist 2: The Heretic (1977)


Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Halloween Ranked: Japanese Horror Ranked


My personal ranking of J-Horror. 
Each section is made up of films of a similar rank in reverse chronological order. 
These are the films I've seen so far, I'm sure as my collection grows the list will evolve.




60 - Sadako vs. Kayako (2016)
59 - Eyes (2015)
58 - Tag (2015)
57 - Hard Revenge Milly (2008)
56 - Kaidan (2007)
55 - A Slit Mouthed Woman (2007)
54 - Apartment 1303 (2007)
53 - Retribution (2006)
52 - Pray (2005)
51 - Three...Extremes (2004)
50 - Premonition (2004)
49 -Ju-on: The Grudge 2 (2003)
48 - Battle Royale II (2003)
47 - Spiral (2000)
46 - Haunted School 4 (1999)
45 - Parasite Eve (1997)
44 - Remains: Beautiful Heroes (1990)
43 - Vampire Hunter D (1985)
42 - The Tomb of Dracula (1980)
41 - Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell (1968)
40 - The Lady Vampire (1959)
39 - The Rainbow Man (1949)





38 - Creepy (2016)
37 - Ring of Curse (2011)
36 - Reincarnation (2005)
35 - Noroi: The Curse (2005)
34 - Gozu (2003)
33 - Dark Water (2002)
32 - Suicide Club (2001)
31 - Ichi the Killer (2001)
30 - The Happiness of the Katajuris (2001)
29 - Versus (2000)
28 - Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust (2000)
27 - Another Heaven (2000)
26 - Ringu 2 (1999)
25 - Don’t Look Uo (1996)
24 - Sweet Home (1989)
23 - Evil Dead Trap (1988)
22 - Wolf Guy (1975)
21 - Mantango (1963)
20 - Jigoku (1960)
19 - The Ghost of Kasane (1957)





18 - Over Your Dead Body (2014)
17 - Ju-On The Grudge (2002)
16 - Pulse (2001)
15 - Ju-On The Curse (2000)
14 - Battle Royale (20000
13 - Audition (1999)
12 - Cure (1997)
11 - Hausu (1977)
10 - The Vampire Doll (1970)
09 - Kuroneko (1968)
08 - The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959)
07 - Black Cat Mansion (1958)
06 - Yotsuya Ghost Story 2 (1949)
05 - Yotsuya Ghost Story 1 (1949)






04 - Ringu (1998)
03 - Onibaba (1964)
02 - Kwaidan (1964)
01 - Ugetsu (1953)






Monday, October 07, 2019

Halloween Logged: It's a terrifyingly small world after all...


International horrors...





Rampo Noir (2005)

Nonsense masquerading as art.






Vampire Clay (2017)

This is the real Art School Confi Not as goofy as I expected, though it has its gonzo moments. Oddly specific




Kanika (2017)

Naughty doctor gets his supernatural comeuppance, not very good though.




The Haunting of Helena (Fairytale) (2013)

Meh supernatural tooth fairy from Italy.Not terrible but…




Ludo

Crap horror from India.





Lens (2015)

Naughty man likes naughty chats but one chat request diesnt go the way he expects




Ladda Land (2011)

Sub-meh Thai Haunted House domestic horror.




Vengeance of the Zombies (1972)

Decent Eurotrash, if you like that sort of thing.




Don't Click (2011)

Generic schoolgirl internet horror - viral video division - this one from Korea.


Saturday, October 05, 2019

Halloween Logged: TIBMW Sucky Bloodsuckers

TIBMW Sucky Bloodsuckers






Empress Vampire (2012)

Dreck.



Vampire in Vegas (2009)

Don't be fooled by seeing Tony Todd in the credits. This stinks.





The Addiction (1995)

Grimey arthouse indie that hasn’t aged well at all. Very 90’s hipster cringe.





Eat Locals (2019)

Well, that was a waste of time.






Nosferatu's Crush (2006)
Apparently, the filmmaker foresaw the birth Red Letter Media’s Best of the Worst and then went out and made this. Unfortunately, it’s too perfectly awful and even Mike, Jay and Dick the birthday boy might feel unworthy to unleash it upon the masses. Charmingly atrocious.




Blood

Seeing as this is an Andy Milligan joint it obviously isn’t a good movie,It is watchable though, so there’s that.



Friday, October 04, 2019

Halloween Ranked: Mario Bava



Mario Bava Ranked



  1. Black Sabbath
  2. Blood and Black Lace
  3. Kill Baby Kill
  4. The Girl Who Knew Too Much
  5. Hatchet For the Honeymoon
  6. Caltiki, the Immortal Monster
  7. Black Sunday
  8. Bay of Blood
  9. Danger Diabolik
  10. I Vampiri
  11. Planet of the Vampires
  12. Lisa and the Devil
  13. The Whip and the Body
  14. Shock
  15. Five Dolls for an August Moon
  16. The House of Exorcism
  17. The Day the Earth Exploded
  18. Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs

Halloween Logged: More Stranger Than Fiction



The Holzer Files (2019)

I don’t know why I thought that the fact that OG ghost hunter Hans Holzer’s name was being invoked in the title would result in a more watchable series. I remember reading a number of his books back in the day, back when I was a twelve-year-old true deliver. Maybe I hoped it would harken back to classic shows like In Search of or the paranormal segments of Unsolved Mysteries. Whatever the reason, I was wrong, it's the same old crap.



Ghost Hunters - The Cursed Castle

Why do I bother? It’s all junk.



Paranormal Caught on Camera episode 42 Bedtime Hauntings

This is why hoax videos exist. And they're all either hoaxes or false narratives. No one wants to see proof of supernatural activity more than I do, but crap like this just annoys me.



Most Terrifying Places - Shadow Factory

Still stuffed full of nonsense but more watchable than most of these shows.





The Devil and Father Amorth (2017)

Exorcist director William Friedkin documentary take on actual exorcisms. Interesting but not as interesting as you’d expect.




The Dracula Business (1974)

Terrific early BBC documentary on the popularity of the vampire myth.



Celtic Monsters - Witches

Another marvelous foray into Celtic folklore.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Halloween Logged: TIBMW Horror from 1980


Today I've Been Mostly Watching Horror films from 1980...




Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1980)

David Hemmings is solid in the title role(s) in the rather dry adaptation spiced up my the occasional psychedelic flourish, a Radiophonic workship-ish electronic score and some surprisingly frank depictions of Hyde's debauchery.




The Nightmare Never Ends (1980)

Absolute (night) trainwreck of a horror flick. So many bizarre choices and terrible performances, Worst Dubbing Ever. Cameron Mitchell and Bull from Night Court.  It has a bit of a cult following.




Beyond Evil (1980)

Meh voodoo/witchcraft/possession/real estate horror wastes both John Saxon and Lynda Day George




Scared to Death (1980)

Part mutant horror, part rom-com. Eccentric but fun low budget creature feature.




Virus (1980)

An ambitious attempt at an elevated Disaster Movie from the man who would go on to make Battle Royale. This is not that. Messy, bloated, often nonsensical, but still worth a look if apocalyptic pandemics are your thing.

Halloween Ranked: Horror 1980


1980 Horror (Loosely) Ranked



  1. The Fog
  2. Effects
  3. The Shining
  4. Friday the 13th
  5. Altered States
  6. The Changeling
  7. The Watcher in the Woods
  8. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  9. Dressed to Kill
  10. Inferno
  11. City of the Living Dead
  12. Prom Night
  13. Humanoids From the Deep
  14. Terror Train
  15. Contamination
  16. The Exterminator
  17. The Children
  18. The Hearse
  19. Funeral Home
  20. Harlequin
  21. Night of Death
  22. The Awakening
  23. Scared to Death
  24. Tomb of Dracula

Ghost Stories for Halloween: The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens


13 versions and variations of Charles Dickens' classic tale of railway horror.








Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Halloween Logged: TIBMW - Tubi

Tonight I've Been Mostly Watching (crap on) Tubi...





Dream House Nightmare (2017)

An Asylum joint. Real estate horror. Not the worst thing they've put out, by far, but not at all good.





Against the Night (2017)

Ghost hunting in an abandoned prison goes horribly wrong. An evening spent watching horror movies on Tubi also goes horribly wrong thanks to the crummy movie Against the Night.




The Monster Project (2017).

Found footage. Something interesting probably happens at some point, some point after I gave up waiting.




Darkroom (2009)

Stultifying psychological horror.




The Night Evelyn Came out of the Grave (1971)

After four crap films, I had to go with something more familiar. Hadn't seen this giallo in ages so it was pretty much new to me. Sooo much better. Saved the night.

Maybe I need to filter out anything made in the last ten tears. Despite five decades of technological advancement and an explosion in film literacy sine Evelyn came out of her grave, so many modern indie filmmakers just can’t seem to make a baseline watchable movie.

Halloween Ranked: The Halloween Film Franchise



Halloween Franchise Ranked




  1. Halloween (1978)
  2. Halloween 2 ((1981)
  3. Halloween 3 Season of the Witch (1982)
  4. Halloween H2O  (1998)
  5. Halloween 4 (1988)
  6. Halloween (2007)
  7. Halloween (2018)
  8. Halloween 6 (1995)
  9. Halloween Resurrection (2002)
  10. Halloween 5 (1989)
  11. Halloween 2 (2009)

The biggest takeaway from the list? Probably my utter disinterest in the recent reboot.

Halloween Logged: TIBMW Netflix - International Edition!


Today I've Been Mostly Watching Netflix - International Edition! 






Mythily Veedum Varunnu (2017)

Useless. Tedious. Skip 30 minutes to get to the “horror” aspects belated arrival, if you're a masochist.



Paranormal Investigation (2018)

Poorly executed French found footage effort. Don't waste your time.




All Light Will End (2018)

But will this movie?




Aurora (2018)

A promising start and a pretty good premise but, I lost interest after a while.





The Charnel House (2016)

So that’s what happened to Dead Like Me’s Callum Blue. Sorry mate.





(rewatch) The Similars (2015)

Feature-length homage to the Twilight Zone skillfully demonstrates why Twilight Zone episodes weren’t feature-length. Rewatch didn’t add anything.


Well, that was an unproductive session. Hopefully, things can only get better from here, right?

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Halloween Logged - TIBMW Netflix


Today I've Been Mostly Watching Netflix...




True and the Rainbow Kingdom - Tricky Treat Day (2019)

Not the target audience, at least until grandkids happen, but this was pretty good for a modern little kids’ cartoon show. I guess.



Last Kids on Earth - Book One

More stuff I’m not remotely in the target demo for. Not really feeling it.




We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018)

All the mehs. Some lovely production design but… nah.




A Haunting in Silver Falls: The Return (2019)

I actually tracked down the original A Haunting in Silver Falls before watching this. I actually watched it and still proceeded with this unnecessary sequel. What's wrong with me. What’s wrong with Netflix that this was there. How did the original make enough money to warrant a sequel?




(Rewatch) I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)

After so much mediocrity I needed some comfort spooks. Still holds up nicely




Marianne (2019)

One of the best TV horror series I’ve seen in a while. It does run long, they all run long.
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Medium (1985)

Polish period thriller with occult themes. Quite good.

Halloween Logged - Stranger Than Fiction


Logging my Halloween season viewing (I started in September so I'd have enough to post in the early days). This time it's documentaries and "reality" shows.

Stranger Than Fiction...






Britain’s Wicca Man

A fascinating documentary on the man who invented modern Witchcraft.




Ancient Ghosts of England (2018 - Prime)

Less obnoxious than most Ghost hunting programs, thanks mostly to host Chris Halton who seems like a decent enough chap. Still, chock full of ghost hunting bollocks.




Celtic Monsters  Omens of Death / Demons

The darker side of Celtic folklore examined with the help of some marvelous storytellers. Quite nice and a bit spooky.




The Unexplained  Witches, Werewolves, and Vampires (1994)

I’m usually a fan of cheesy old paranormal TV  shows but this installment of the Peter Graves hosted series was pretty much garbage.




Hellier (2019 - Prime)

I have little to no time for so-called paranormal researchers (aka ghost hunters and their brethren in other paranormal fields) and even less for paranormal podcasters. It's is the laziest kind of storytelling, bereft of creativity, cynical and almost always entirely insincere. I love a good spooky story but once the fake psychics, dowsers, mediums, shamen, and ghost hunters enter the picture it ruins it for me.

Hellier takes that nonsense and turns into a faux documentary series. I could only take an episode and a half.


Celebrity Ghost Stories (2008 - Prime)

As I mentioned in the Hellier entry, most paranormal “reality”  shows get on my nerves. So, it follows, that I’d hate a series like Celebrity Ghost Stories and yet I don’t. Sure, the format is similar to many other shows I actively dislike -  talking heads relating supposedly true paranormal experiences, the involvement of psychics, mediums, etc... And yes, there’s a certain amount of cynicism that these celebs are simply cashing in on whatever cachet their name holds (though to be fair there are some pretty big names that show up who probably don’t need the promotion or the paycheck.). But its more than that, maybe its because these are real actors, not paranormal day players, so their performances seem more genuine, I don’t know but I find many of their paranormal experiences more compelling than most.

Perhaps the primary reason I can watch CGS with minimal agita is that the reconstructions, combined with the celebs’ tales, make for some genuinely eerie moments and even the occasional scare. Also, by listening between the lines, you can often get a good idea of what really happened (sleep paralysis, emotional reactions to stressors such as grief or personal / career reverses, drugs and/ or alcohol-fueled delusion, lies).



Bigfoot: The Mysterious Monsters (1974)

Good ole Peter Graves, making the dopiest woo sound credible. I have a soft spot for these ‘70s paranormal documentaries and this Bigfoot one is no exception.




Contact

Similar in format to many of my favorite paranormal / UFO docs of the era, but not one I care for.