The final picks for #ScaryMovieMonth! RIP #ScaryMovieMonth.
Kiss of the Damned (2013, dir. Xian Cassavettes) This is the movie JB and I have referenced many times on the podcast but can never remember the title. Essentially a three-character drama about vampires, the movie is hypnotic and incredibly sexual -- very much what a modern-day Jean Rollin movie might look like. If you're looking for a different kind of horror film in the last few days of October, this one deserves a look. (Watch on Hulu)
The Pit and the Pendulum (1961, dir. Roger Corman) Like the Universal monster movies, the Roger Corman/Vincent Price/Poe AIP cycle is required viewing every October. This, the first of their Poe adaptations, is not my favorite of the bunch, but it still gives me pretty much everything I want out of these movies: gorgeous sets, gothic atmosphere, Vincent Price just killin' it. Plus, this one has Barbara Steele! These are comfort movies for me year-round, but never more so than around Halloween (Watch free with ads on TubiTV)
The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975, dir. Sergio Martino) I would call this an offbeat giallo, but if you noticed that it's directed by Sergio Martino you know that goes pretty much without saying. Claudio Cassinelli plays a detective who begins investigating the murder of a young prostitute he had previously befriended, taking him down some strange and unexpected paths. While his films sometimes fall short of greatness, Martino is undeniably skilled as a technician and this is one of his better-directed efforts. It just came out on a really nice Blu-ray from Arrow video, but you can watch it here first before deciding if you want to own it or not.
(Watch on Amazon Prime Video)
Night of the Demons (1988, dir. Kevin S. Tenney) If you're tired of rewatching Halloween or Trick 'r Treat every Halloween night, allow me to suggest this insanely fun movie about a group of teenagers who throw a party on Halloween night and end up possessed by demons. This was an early sleepover favorite for me and a movie I became obsessed with seeing after watching the preview on Viewer's Choice over and over again. It did not disappoint. Famous now mostly for the Linnea Quigley lipstick gag, the movie has a ton of really fun and crazy stuff going for it. A Halloween classic. (Watch free with ads on Vudu)