Scary Movie Challenge 2017: Part 6

My apologies for a insanely long post. The past three days saw me in the theatre for DEDfest and only home for sleep. So no time to update since I’m old and too fat fingered to do it on my phone.

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347 10/19 Another Son Of Sam (1977) 2/5   This one would be better titled “Nothing To Do With Son of Sam.” Not even the great Johnny Charro can make it interesting.

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348 10/19 Effects (1980) 2/5   George Romero’s film crew make their own film about a group of filmmakers get a little too realistic with the special effects. It’s not as interesting as it sounds with the team seemed more intent on filming drug use than horror/gore.

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349 10/19 Sacrifice! (aka The Man From Deep River) (1971) 3/5 Seeing how director Umberto Lenzi passed away I gave this one another spin. It plays it pretty straight considering the impact it had with slowly kickstarting the Italian Cannibal Genre. A photographer goes deep into the Thai jungle after killing a man in self defence. There’s more nudity than usual for these, but sadly there’s way too much animal cruelty.

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350 10/19 Radius (2017) 3.5/5   High concept suspense in this one about a man who survives an “event” with no memory and a strange malady that cause death at a certain radius. The film plays like a slow burn X-Files, and has a couple of interesting twists to keep you interested.

351 10/19 Latched (2017) 3.5/5   A pretty great short film about a young woman and her toddler that find a strange carcass in the woods. This one doesn’t feel like a demo reel, and instead tells a tight story perfectly.

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352 10/19 Beyond Skyline (2017) 3.5/5   The first “Skyline” was a nothing special alien invasion movie. This one takes that concept and completely remakes it into a completely bananas action film with aliens, giant monsters, kung-fu with some of the cast from The Raid, it’s got everything and keeps the pace going constantly and manages to be a ton of fun.


353 10/20 Blackenstein (1973 Theatrical Version) 2.5/5   This is one that regularly gets slammed for being terrible. And it is “bad”, but I found it fun bad. Everything about it is a bit too cheap but they go for it with aplomb which is better than some of these low budget films.


354 10/20 Psychos In Love (1987) 3/5   I’m not typically a fan of horror comedy of this stripe, but this one managed to mostly charm me. A couple of psychos fall in love. It’s never tries to be more than it is, and has a self awareness that I think saves it.


355 10/20 Orgy Of The Dead (1965) 3/5   This is not a good film. A couple go driving looking for a graveyard and stumble upon an Orgy of the Dead! The orgy being a bunch of tedious striptease acts. What makes it bearable is the Ed Wood Jr. connection, with Criswell as the head of the Orgy and Wood’s goofy dialog. It makes for a charming take on the typical dreadful nudies of the era. The Vinegar Syndrome blu-ray looks so gorgeous it’s unbelievable.

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356 10/20 Transmission (2017) 2/5   Short film supposedly about Brexit but plays more like a take on Incident At Owl Creek. Didn’t do much for me.

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357 10/20 The Lodgers (2017) 3.5/5   Irish gothic horror about two siblings living in an old secluded house. Slow starter but gets creepy and turns into an atmospheric ghost story by the end.

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358 10/20 Game Of Death (2017) 3/5   Jumanji re-imagined as a splatter-fest as millennials discover a cursed board game. This one was a lot of fun that has style and gore to spare. Being a miserable old geezer though means I can’t identify or care about any of the protagonists.

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359 10/20 Bad Black (2016) 3.5/5   Uganda action film that looks like it could be shot on cell phones barely makes any sense but has so much energy you forget about it. It was not only a ton of fun, but a surprise since my screening was at Dedfest and the filmmakers added in custom graphics and narration to appeal to Edmonton and the fest. Makes for an instant crowd pleaser, though I have to admit that early scenes featuring ghetto kids were more disturbing than fun.

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360 10/21 Stealth & Silence: DC Comic Fan Film (2016) 2/5   Short film had tons of style and a cool fight scene but didn’t make much sense. You would have no idea about the DC Comics connection without reading the credits.

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361 10/21 Geek Girls (2017) 3.5/5   A really  well done documentary on all aspects of women in geek culture. What made it interesting is that despite this being made during gamergate and the filmmaker having an opportunity to exploit and sensationalize, she kept the focus on the girls and their response.

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362 10/21 Death On Scenic Drive (2017) 2.5/5   A woman house sitting in a remote acreage gets witch-y. This one had lots of style and some good ideas with atmosphere, but it was a little to precious which gave it some pacing/story problems to be completely successful.

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363 10/21 Lowlife (2017) 3.5/5   A grindhouse crime comedy about a group of separate people who come together over an organ harvesting crime lord. One of them is a Luchadore. This one does a great job with a gimmick to establish all the characters, and by dealing with mostly minorities and people who are perceived with stereotypes manages to really humanize them. It allows the filmmakers to rise above traditional exploitation to address some real world issues. Good stuff

364 10/21 Rite of Passage (2017) 2/5   Short film about a group of nuns reaping vengeance on a priest. It’s not as gripping as it sounds.

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365 10/21 Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) 4/5   A dark fairy tale about kids orphaned from the cartel wars in Mexico trying to survive. To be able to make a horror film about such tragedy and still keep things hopeful makes this one a real gem. It’s going to be rattling around my brain for a while. Very highly recommended.

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366 10/22 Deliver Us (Libera Nos) (2016) 3/5   Documentary following a real Sicilian exorcist. This looked like abuse to me, with religion triggering mental illness more than actual demon possession. The filmmakers wisely depict what is happening without comment, leaving it up to you to decide.

367 10/22 It Began Without Warning: Phase 1 (2017) 2.5/5   Short film about murderous kids that is such a demo reel/proof of concept I’m surprised it was released as a short film.


368 10/22 Night Of The Living Dead (1968) 5/5   Beautifully restored, what’s left to say about the classic that defined an entire genre? Newly noticed from watching it on the big screen, Romero perfectly framed every shot. It’s easy to miss how talented he was despite his budgets.

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369 10/22 Sequence Break (2017) 3/5   This one could best be described as “David Cronenberg’s Tron.” A young arcade game repairman gets a little too intimate with a strange machine that might be a doorway to another dimension. Gooey fun that was admirably more ambitious than its budget.  

370 10/22 Flow (2017) 2.5/5   Short film about a pair of women soldiers, it’s basically one joke played for six minutes that got made due to a kickstarter. Good on them, I guess.

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371 10/22 Tragedy Girls (2017) 4/5   A couple of high school girls who are willing to kill to get followers, this is a pretty near perfect social media satire. The leads are both fantastic with the film having some fun set pieces as will as numerous nods to the horror genre. Recommended.

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372 10/22 Victor Crowley (2017) 4/5   The surprise Hatchet sequel is more than the same, which isn’t a bad thing. Gorey fun that continues to the perfect slasher throwback to the 80’s while still feeling fresh.

 

 

 

 

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Movie A Day: The Story of Wolverine

Woke up this morning to the news of the first terrorist attack to happen to my city of Edmonton. It was bound to happen, that’s the state of the world. I fear that this is exactly what the Nationalists needed to give them the edge for the elections. Yesterday when travelling downtown I saw armed security guards at the Jewish temple.

Hold your loved ones tight.

Wrapped up Bruce Lee’s films in this post and watched one of the best made Superhero films. Beginning next post is my start to the Scary Movie Challenge. You have been warned.


286 09/26 The Story Of Mankind (1957) 2/5   This wanna be epic has a great cast, including Vincent Price as the devil and the Marx Brothers in their final film (in which they do not appear in scenes together). The Devil and Mankind (represented by a posh old white guy, of course) are debating a tribunal on whether or not to allow the people of earth to destroy themselves with the H-Bomb. As such, we visit THE STORY OF MANKIND! From a American/European perspective of Napoleon (Dennis Hopper!), Cleopatra, Moses, you get the picture. It’s a neat idea that just plods along and tests your patience.


287 09/26 Game Of Death (1978) 2/5   Before shooting ENTER THE DRAGON, Bruce Lee had started on this one, and then died before ENTER came out. Years later, the director of ENTER took 20 minutes or so of the footage that Lee shot and cobbled together this completely unrelated film and it’s an absolute grotesque. Using a guy who does not look like Bruce Lee as a double, clips from previous Bruce Lee films that do not match the re-shoots, and even footage from Bruce’s funeral, the films is a horrendous. Which is a shame since the guy doubling isn’t bad at the fights, he’s just not Bruce Lee. The real shame is that the GAME OF DEATH footage that Lee shot is wasted. A 40 minute assembly of the bodega sequence can be found in the special features on some DVD’s as RETURN TO GAME OF DEATH or in the BRUCE LEE: A WARRIOR’S JOURNEY documentary and it is absolutely spellbinding stuff and well worth tracking down.


288 09/28 Bruce Lee: The Legend (1984) 3.5/5
289 09/28 Bruce Lee: The Man The Legend (1973) 2/5   Both of these are basically the same. The 1973 was made for China and features a rather poor narration and no subtitles for people not speaking English. The 1984 one is the one to watch. A better presentation and longer cut, it’s more thorough and more enjoyable giving you a pretty good idea of Bruce though it still feels a little empty.


290 09/30 I Am Bruce Lee (2012) 2.5/5   If you wondered how Rocky Marciano would of beat Bruce Lee in a fight, or wanted to hear a bunch of MMA fighters you’ve never heard of talk about Bruce Lee’s life, this is the doc for you. It does feature some contemporaries of Lee, including his family, and when they tell his story it’s great. There’s also some great footage of Lee himself. It’s padded with these MMA people and a guy from the Black Eyed Peas, and it annoys the shit of you every time they come on bleating about Lee.


291 09/30 Logan (2017) 4/5   Hugh Jackman comes back to Wolverine for one more time and ends up making on of the best superhero films. This one finds Wolverine and Professor X at the end of their ropes after an event. Mutants are no longer around, except maybe? It’s has a bleak feel that just works, and after the FX blowup that was the last X-Men film, this one really proves how good you can make a superhero action film if you allow the characters to breath.

 

As stated, today is October first and the start of me watching all the horror films I possibly can. There will be more posts this month.