Ishirô Honda's GODZILLA (1954, Criterion Blu-ray) for the first time. [Original Japanese version] As disturbing, terrifying as sequels are juvenile.or'We're going to meet Daddy.' Soul-crushingly brutal!
With less than a decade separating the making of Godzilla from the end of World War II, there is a rawness to the scenes of the attack on Tokyo that always gets to me. Godzilla could easily be substituted with American bombers dropping incendiary bombs. Over a two-day period in March 1945, around 100,000 Japanese civilians in Tokyo were killed in a firestorm created by those bombs.
No joke, "Godzilla" is the scariest and most disturbing movie I've seen this #SCMM. The entire cast plays it straight and sells they're fleeing for their lives. Even the sudden third act reveal of the equivalent of a mad scientist carries pathos and a sense of sacrifice for the common good. I knew going in this is the serious "Godzilla" movie, but holy shit! That mother telling her children they're about to meet their father? I was balling and shocked... true movie terror. :'(
Masaki Kobayashi's KWAIDAN (1964, Criterion Blu-ray) for the first time.Minimalist sound scarier than ghostly ear pulling.or"Tales... Darkside: The Movie" stole second ending!
Kwaidan is among the best anthology films ever made. The Hoichi The Earless segment alone is a masterpiece, but the rest of the film is just as good. I have puzzled about the final segment for a long time, though. I have a book of Lafcadio Hearn's kwaidan, which features Hoichi and Yuki-Onna (Woman of the Snow).
I'm still digesting it, and look forward to the bonus features for context. Kobayashi's "The Human Condition" is a stone cold masterpiece, and it's interesting to see him switch from his usual political-as-hell work to arthouse horror. "The Woman in the Snow" looks/feels like something Akira Kurosawa was trying to recreate in his "Dreams" feature. :-)
Kaneto Shindô's ONIBABA (1964, Criterion DVD)As if being poor/female isn't horrible enough.orSteamiest, prettiest B&W arthouse flick I've seen.
Nobuhiko Ôbayashi's HOUSE (1977, Criterion Blu-ray)Pulling off Sam Raimi-like before Sam Raimi!orIf creativity was water, this'd drown us.
Ohhhh, my favorite Japanese horror movie. Holy shit, the tonal shifts are so fucking absurd.
Zombieland (2009 - Ruben Fleischer) Like runtime and pacing, dislike chauvinistic undertones.
HARVEST LAKE (2016, Dir. Scott Schirmer)It's a Risk getting horny in Church.
Halloween, dir John Carpenter, 1978Babysitter's slaughtered, but kids get movie night.
Halloween II, dir Rick Rosenthal, 1981Murder's exhausting. Michael stops for Baloney sandwich.
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)Jason quickly tired of elaborate kill staging.
Detention (2011)Very pastiche, Very meta, I like it. orI s this really great or really stupid?orA bear time machine? Sure why not.
Spring (2014) So that's my DNA? Don't remember tentacles!orAll this needed to cure harmful workethic.
Blue My Mind (2017) Even "The Lighthouse" mermaid-sex less unpleasant.
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020)Legends say the dog is still shaking.
Prodigy (2017) Mark Jones voice: "make telekinetic psycho smaller!"
THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS (1967, dir. Roman Polanski)Made by Hollywood yet feels completely European.Or When Roman met Sharon, a well-known story.
The Hills Have Eyes (1977, dir. Wes Craven)Beauty, Beast, Pluto... Craven's a Disney fan?
THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT (2014) Do “party motorhomes” exist only in movies?
The Blob (1988)Observes Chekovs rule of motorcycle jumps. . . Blub
Drive In Massacre (1976, dir. Stu Segall)Hate talkers at movies. And sword killers.
Friday the 13 Part VI (1986)At least it wasn't dog piss, right?
THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT 2 (2017) Extreme haunts looking less extreme, more overdesigned.
30 Days of Night (2007) Dir. David SladeAll my clever reviews are 8 words.
MISERY (1990):A star-making performance from Scott Caan’s dad.
Tales from the Crypt (1972) director Freddie FrancisLay some papers down, lady! Oh, nevermind...Also"See Saw?" "Couldn't have, we are blind"
Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives(1986) When lightning strikes THIS place twice.....Fuuuuck.
Dark Shadows (2012)Not horror. Not comedy. What is this?
The Curse of the Fly (1963)Teleportation mutations: following in the family footsteps.
Big Ass Spider! (2013)The spider's ass is not so big.
Cat's Eye (1985)Makes me regret being a dog person.
Tales From The Hood 2(2018)David Keith earns every single sweaty penny
Krampus (2015)Christmas came early for me. A classic.
Love this movie
Viy (1967 dir. Konstantin Yershov and Georgi Kropachyov)Russian folk tale. Fucking bonkers final act.
Hell FestHell to some, but heaven for lawsuits
Vamp (1986)Coming to the stage...the mystery girl!
The Wolf Man (1941)Town with werewolf poem surprised by werewolf.
Warlock (1989)Peak 90s Fox Sunday afternoon movie vibes.
The BLOB (1958 or 1988) ... it's what happens when Jell-O goes bad...
Silence of the Lambs (1991) Silencio de las corderas... Silencio! Silencio! Silencio....Or Demi was genius. Fight me Wallace Shawn. (Jokes though I love Wallace Shawn and he’d kick my butt.)
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THE PERFECTION (2018):Invariably leads to some weird porn searches.
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)Adding the banana was a true indecency.
The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)Who'd you suppose the bells toll for?
Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning Demon is the series best character ever.
Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives (1986)I'd say Sheriff Garris was half effective.
DARLING (2016) Wednesday Addams’ life took some interesting turns.
Feardotcom (2002)Someone please turn on a goddamn light!
Dead Heat(1988) Roger, Doug too dead for this shit
The Vault of Horror (1973) director Roy Ward Baker"Vault"? I thought Brits called them "Lifts"
Gate 2 (1990)Demon Moe looks like douchey Night King.
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)Eddie would be insufferable on film Twitter.
The Mortuary Collection (2019)Uneven, but quite liked the babysitter segment.
The Fog (1980)Not enough movies have mustachioed Hal Holbrook
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)Top dollar toot of the Jason franchise
BLOODY BALLET (2018) Pretty good, but Susperia’s still prima ballerina.
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984):Only now realizing I love the score.
Archons (2018, dir. Nick Szostakiwskyj)Rockers get native...[growl]... natives get rockers.
House of the Devil (2009)Nasty 80's pizza is historically accurate pizza.
And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973)Routine story, but fun murderous severed hand.
The Changeling (1980)Definitely enjoyed it more on this viewing.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch, dir Tommy Lee Wallace, 1982Originally, snake masks tested on Umpa Lumpas
Terror in the Aisles (1984)When do Donald and Nancy make out?
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, dir Dwight H. Little (He's Patricks Boy), 1988Thumb in forehead is just Myers' handshake
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE (1985):Can you really even call it “subtext”?
The Omen (1976) Dir. Richard DonnerThat elevator is NOT approved by OSHA.
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus2014, dir. Spike Lee‘Ganja & Hess’ - presented by Pottery Barn
Dream Demon1988, dir. Harley CokelissWould-be Peter Jackson B-side without gratuitous splatter
The Wind1986, dir. Nico MastorakisWings has BigElricKane™ vibes in this one
Beyond the Door1974, dir. Ovidio G. Assonitis & Robert BarrettPorn parody of the Exorcist without porn
Green Room2015, dir. Jeremy SaulnierQuite cathartic to see skinheads get theirs
Last House on the Left1972, dir. Wes CravenOnly because I love Patrick and Heather
Beetlejuice (1988)Doubt this bio-exorcist is licensed and bonded.
Halloween II (1981) director Rick RosenthalSubtitle: Your Sister Wears a Hair Loaf
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS (1987):Can’t say the title without singing it.
Nightcrawler (2014)American entrepreneurial success story is horror story.
A Quiet PlaceRevisited this in Dolby Atmos. Sounds incredible!
Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)Guess we'd all squeeze the boobs first.
Love and Monsters (2020) Not for me. Good for little kids.
Krampus (2015, dir. Michael Dougherty)So where’s Dougherty’s rabid Easter Bunny movie?
Friday the 13th: Part 3Too many scenes of guys on toilets.
Hubie Halloween (2020)Heartfelt, Hubie haunts us with his humor.
The Ghost Galleon (1974)Eyeless, undead, semi-aquatic, religious knights go sailing.
HELL FEST (2018) Ready for sequel announcement. Any day now…
Ghost in the Machine (1993)Lawnmower Man and Shocker bred this spam.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)That is a pretty cool clown costume.orMask made famous by murderer big seller.
Prince Of Darkness (1987)Was John Carpenter's 80's better than anyone's?
The Mummy (1932, dir. Karl Freund)Someone give David Manners a cold shower.
Ready or Not (2019)Not so ready as it is overwrought
Out of the Dark(1995)Chow does Leon. Ditches mob brings ghost.
Out of the Dark(1995)My favorite find of October. Insanely fun!
Little Monsters (2019)Uber Chad Josh Gad cucks all dads.
Mandy (2018)More Cage rage than one could gage.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)That baby wants her ribs back dude.
The Sentinel (1977)Still beats living in a basement apartment!
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)Jane Austen is yawning in her grave!
Hotel Transylvania (2012)Sandler is factoring into SMM a lot.
Scary Movie (2000)None of the humor has dated poorly
HOUSEBOUND (2014) Looks like Eugene has life figured out.
TALES FROM THE HOOD 3 (2020)Not what you would call ... holy shit!
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)Clean shaven equals good. Beard equals bad.
Amityvile 1992: It’s About Time (1992)New 90s’ nazi clock not so nice.
Verotika (2019 w/ F This Movie commentary)...tell children not to bath in blood.
Summer of 84 (2018)Like Stranger Things with more throat slashing.
13 Ghosts (’60, William Castle)A Ghost Viewer’d make this more fun.
Cabin in the Woods (2011) Mermen and Zombies and Kevin's oh my!
Killer Party (1986)Not exactly top drawer, but still fun.
Circle (Hann/Miscione, 2015)Humans make strong case for alien takeover
Brainscan (1994)Finally, a movie that explores Amazon's beginning.
They're Watching (2016)This fall HGTV presents Witch Old House.