Japanese monster movies are fucking confusing. I don’t mean the movies themselves, I mean the entire genre as a whole. Seemingly every monster has their own series, and each of those series usually has at least one set of remakes. Then every monster that every monster fights spins off into another series and the whole thing is kind of baffling.
A Little more Hitchcock for that ass!
My original opening sentence was “The Birds doesn’t fuck around” in these sense of it promises birds and then delivers some birds. But I take that back as The Birds kind of does fuck around. The titular (I use this word a surprisingly large amount, has anyone else noticed that?) birds don’t do much attacking until about an hour in (the movie runs for two hours). Everything leading up to that point is a very slow build that feels as though it should be boring, but it actually works quite well at increasing the tension before all hell breaks loose.
You know I don’t think I truly appreciated until now just how amazing the filmography of John Carpenter really is. Seriously look at this list – Halloween, The Thing, They Live, Escape from New York, Big Trouble In Little China, Christine, In the Mouth of Madness, that’s a great list. Sure you also have ones like Ghosts of Mars and Village of the Damned, but the good far outweighs the bad.
Prince of Darkness was one of the last remaining Carpenter movies I hadn’t yet watched so…I…I watched it. I thought I had more to say there but apparently not. Onwards!
I’m pretty sure I’ve hit a strange place in my movie viewing decisions when I choose a movie because the main girl from Silent Hill Revelations is in it. Revelations wasn’t particularly good and I don’t even remember her being particularly good in it (Adelaine Clemens is her name in case you were curious) but when I saw her in the cast list I figured I would give this one a shot.
And what do you know, I don’t regret the decision!
Today we have another sequel to a movie from last year’s movie marathon. I actually kicked off this whole thing with the original Hellraiser, a movie I’d always meant to watch and had never gotten around to. Overall I thought it was ok. I felt that the first half was a little slow with nothing much more than a demanding skinless guy wanting people murdered for him. The final chunk unleashes the crazy and it’s far more entertaining.
Turns out, those thoughts can almost directly apply to the sequel as well.
As someone who watches a scarily large amount of movies, I have a lot of strange movie blind spots. Movies that people are astounded I haven’t seen yet. The most shining example is The Godfather, which I just watched for the first time maybe 2 months ago (have you guys seen that one? Turns out its pretty good). I hadn’t even realized until recently how large my Hitchcock blind spot is. I’ve only seen maybe three of his movies total, and one of them was very recently. So the time felt right to finally jump into Psycho.
Even more depressing? I’ve seen the 1998 shot for shot remake of Psycho, but not the original movie. I may never forgive myself for that one…
Here we have another sequel where I remember virtually nothing about the original. I know I’ve seen it, and I know it was very weird. Little memory fragments did start to come back to me as I watched the sequel at least. Now I look forward to reflecting on Phantasm II in a few years and recalling little aside from the fact that I did indeed watch it, and that it was very weird.
Ok so technically this isn’t a horror movie in the slightest way, I get that. But it’s as Halloween themed as a movie can get, and it’s the only movie I watched today so it’s going to have to do and you’re all going to have to deal with it!
Now then, let’s continue.
^ You see that picture? That's the monster in The Giant Claw. Watch this fucking movie.
It’s pretty strange to pick up a horror movie box set (something you probably won’t be shocked to hear I do fairly often) that actually contains a brand new entry in the series. I’ve always enjoyed the Chucky movies, both the serious and ridiculous ones. For a while they were talking about doing a remake, which seemed unnecessary but the fact that the series’ creator, Don Mancini, would actually be heading the remake at least made it sound promising. Still though, why a remake? Why not just make another one and keep the series’ going?
Turns out they found the perfect balance between remake and sequel and the results are far better than I expected.