Frankenstein (1931)

November 10, 2017

This is a good film. When I sat down to watch this I was expecting an OK movie, or a slow movie that could be appreciated keeping its context in mind, but this is still a good movie. Boris Karloff does an amazing job, but so does everyone else. The sets are great. The lighting is great. The dialogue is great. The key scenes are actually potent. This is a good film.

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Liquid Sky [1982]

September 5, 2017

Directed by Slava Tsukerman

Ok, here’s an odd one for you. Aliens are on the prowl in New York for heroin, but they find out the human brain creates a more powerful opioid during orgasm, so they start killing the “lovers” of a androgynous nymphomaniac fashion model living in her drug dealing girlfriend’s apartment. Add to that a bumbling West German scientist trying to find the aliens and a soundtrack like god damn fucking nails on a chalkboard that won’t fucking stop, and you have this strange little punk wonder of a movie.

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Five Element Ninjas [1982]

September 5, 2017

AKA Chinese Super Ninjas

Directed by Chang Cheh

When a Japanese samurai fails to win a duel with a Chinese martial artist, he commits seppuku, swearing he will have his final revenge after death because a powerful ninja clan will come to avenge him. The story then follows the students of the winning school as they attempt to confront the ninja clan and keep their master safe. When the honourable Chinese martial school inevitably falls, the last surviving student, Shao, joins a secretive ancient Chinese ninja society who… hang out and train in the open, and are actually pretty easy to find.

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Wishmaster [1997]

September 5, 2017

Directed by Robert Kurtzman

This was a campy film that felt like a long, poorly written episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s chock full of bad one-liners and stupid comedy. The villain, while an extremely generous definition of a djinn, has an interesting concept in that he wants to destroy humanity but must grant wishes in order to gain the power to do so. The characters were dumb, but the special effects were fun. The guy who played the villain is the same guy who played Freddy in the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, so maybe that explains the stupid comedy. All things told, I can’t really recommend this one.

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Rats: Night of Terror [1984]

September 5, 2017

Directed by Bruno Mattei

This movie is way more fun than I was expecting. When a band of suspiciously stylish nomads in a post-apocalypse wasteland roll into a town with shelter and a whole lot of food, they find they must survive the goofy onslaught of a horde of mutated killer rats until sunrise.

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Masters of Horror, Season 1 [2005-06]

September 5, 2017

Masters of Horror, Season 1 [2005-2006]

This Showtime series was an anthology of short horror films created specifically for the show. Each episode is directed by someone different, and they are all completely independent and different in tone, mood, and style. This show has a pretty cool history: Mick Garris, a director, regularly had dinner with a circle of fellow horror directors and, together, they came up with the idea of everyone doing a little something for a TV series. They called themselves the Masters of Horror, and the title was well deserved: they include horror legends like George A Romero (Dawn of the Dead), Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Stuart Gordon (Re-animator), and others.

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Caligula and Messalina [1981]

September 5, 2017

Directed by Bruno Mattei

This exploitation movie is an erotic, perverse, and at times uncomfortable romp through the depravity of one of ancient Rome’s most notoriously insane emperors, Caligula. Power is its theme, and perversity its tone, complete with orgies, incest, and uncomfortably long scenes of animals fucking. It also has scenes taken from other movies about Roman history, which becomes obvious it switches from sleazy softcore porn to grand city-scapes of people and horses in detailed costumes.

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