Business first, don’t forget that we’re at WALKING DEAD DAY on Saturday Oct 13th from 12 to about 5 come and get your books signed.
Some Halloween Themed stuff I’ve been watching;
THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932) A group of travelers seek refuge in an old dark house on a stormy night and encounter a family that reminds me of my own family’s Thanksgiving celebrations. It’s creeky and old but then again so am I so I really like this one. Karloff is wasted as a mute butler simply to have his name in the credits, but the rest of the cast is good including the old woman from TITANIC long before she was old.
NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (1986) This one was a lot of fun— aliens chase a bunch of what looks like slugs to Earth where they jump into a persons mouth, implant their eggs in their brains and then burst loose when they’re ready to repeat the cycle. It’s sort of John Hughes meets John Carpenter and it’s entertaining.
WOLFEN (1981) The early 80s saw a resurgence in Werewolf films, I think so highly of Werewolf films I capitalize Werewolf when I write it. This one is more literate than your typical Werewolf film and there should be a EJOPOD warning at the beginning of the film (Edward James Olmos Penis on Display) because some things are better left unseen.
OPERA (1987) Dario Argento is a twisted film maker who made things like SUSPIRIA (1977) which is both deranged and pretty good at the same time— this one is a sort of Phantom of the Opera remake but if you don’t spot who the sadistic masked killer is the second he appears out of his costume you aren’t paying attention. It was mean spirited and ugly, I can recommend it only because it was like having a nightmare and someone filmed it.
THE MUMMY (1959) Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee made a lot of Hammer Horror Films which span the decades from the late 50s to the mid 70s— that’s a lot of movies. Hammer made a lot of horror movies— they are all famous for boobs on display (in a PG13 manner), bright colors and clearly having many scenes shot on a set. In a sea of movies they made THE MUMMY is their best one.
THE DEVILS RAIN (1975) One of the greatest horror movies ever made with a cast you can’t possibly imagine including William Shatner, Ida Lupino and John Travolta (in his first film) plus you get Ernest Borgnine as The Devil. What more could you possible ask for? This one scared the bejesus out of me when I was a kid and it’s still good.