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That opening grave-robber bit in Frankie Meets Wolfie is proof that even the worst of these films has atmosphere to spare. That cemetery set is basically porn for a fella like me.

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That opening grave-robber bit in Frankie Meets Wolfie is proof that even the worst of these films has atmosphere to spare. That cemetery set is basically porn for a fella like me.

Absolutely. It's funny you say that, I actually took a mental moment to comment to myself how much I enjoy old cemetery sets in these movies. The Return Of The Vampire (an underrated movie from the era) has a great one.


Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:41 am
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Well, I finally saw it.
As I have said around Horrorcrams in the past, the trailer for this film hit the TV when I was 6 or 7 years old and it simultaneously terrified me and hooked me. And I knew that I should not go in the house. But I was fascinated. Why?
"Because the people who live there... aren't people anymore."
I mean, that's a hook that a 7 year-old who's already addicted to Creature Feature can really get reeled in on.
Yet I never saw the film, by the time I was old enough to have a chance to see it on video it had seemingly disappeared from cultural consciousness as I never saw it on a shelf in any video store in my town. And I looked.
Now it is done. An odd choice for Halloween (for me) maybe and certainly the night before Halloween, but I decided I wanted to get it done.
This is the story of Donnie, abused by his mother growing up and still caring for her in her old age, still carrying scars from her burning him as punishment for his "evil". Donnie's father left and his obsessed mother took it out on poor Donnie and now Donnie is not right. But when he comes home to find his mother has died, Donnie finally slips over the edge and women in his town are in a new kind of peril that is dark and terrifying.

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But things don't stop there. Donnie and his madness take us places we might not expect and the truth is that the people who live in the house actually aren't people anymore.

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It is scenes like that which led this film, which was originally titled The Burning in the United States before being given its release title, to be called The House Of The Living Corpses in Germany and allowed them to market it with one of my favorite posters ever, which I had no idea was attached to this film.

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So what am I left with now that the job is done? Well, this film was a video nasty in England and had almost 3 1/2 minutes removed from it. The version I was watching (on Amazon Prime, be warned) was the edited version and it seemed a decent psychological thriller but lacked any shock elements whatsoever, but as the movie progressed and it got more disturbing, I felt like I had missed something. I read that I had and found a print on YouTube that was actually BETTER than the Prime print (not the first time this has happened, Amazon) which included the missing scenes. And, whoa. I understood why it was a video nasty.
This is a movie about violence against women perpetrated by a sick mind and I can tell you, when the violence was only implied in the edited version it was disturbing enough, but the un-cut version hits hard early on to make its point. It is interesting to me that this film was actually marketed in Italy as Maniac 2, as I felt this movie had a kinship with that film and could almost be seen as an unofficial sequel. It's intense and disturbing, while also being a low-budget, poor-acting, poor-dubbing (at times) film, but it is not a bad movie and actually did manage to hold my attention the entire time. I'm not sorry I finally saw it, even if it didn't deliver to me quite what my seven year old mind thought it had promised.


Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:26 pm
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Ha! I also watched this last night. It became clear to me that I was watching an edited version when one character clearly said a naughty word, but the audio said something ridiculous like "fiddlesticks". Still, I liked it a lot. Guess I'll look for the full version one day. This was a good example of what I meant when I talked about "horror" movies vs "killer" movies. Charred corpses walking and talking definitely puts this in the former category.

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Yeah, well, Mama said knock you out!

I dunno. Muschietti I feel is better than he needs to be on the non-horror parts of his movies (both that and It are much better acted than the average modern horror), but his handling of scares hasn't bowled me over. Mama I found mostly inoffensive in that regard, but It got a little too loud too often to work for me.


I still haven't seen It, but I can acknowledge Muschietti showed some visual skills with Mama. I thought the premise was interesting, and the first half was pretty solid. But as it happens too often with horror films, I feel the film got out of his hands as it went on. I thought the idea for the conclusion was bold, but the execution? not so much.

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FWIW, I actually thought Insidious was much better.


To me, Insidious had a good first act, an awkward and disjointed second act, and a messy last act.

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You must be kidding.
This movie may have the most jump-scares per minute I've ever seen in a film. It is basically ALL jump-scares. And it has its share of music-stabs too.


It had been a couple of years since I last saw it.

But if I'm being honest:

The Conjuring

Sinister/Mama

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Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:42 am
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Ha! I also watched this last night. It became clear to me that I was watching an edited version when one character clearly said a naughty word, but the audio said something ridiculous like "fiddlesticks". Still, I liked it a lot. Guess I'll look for the full version one day. This was a good example of what I meant when I talked about "horror" movies vs "killer" movies. Charred corpses walking and talking definitely puts this in the former category.

Exactly.


Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:04 am
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I liked a lot of Power Records (*tm) wheen I was a kid, mostly superhereos and Star Trek stuff.

This one became a perennial Halloween favorite.

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I liked a lot of Power Records (*tm) wheen I was a kid, mostly superhereos and Star Trek stuff.

This one became a perennial Halloween favorite.

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Dude, this is awesome!
Thanks for sharing here.


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I have no idea what to watch tonight, and only about an hour to figure it out. Onboard is Nightmare City, Mausoleum, Black Moon, The Uninvited (korean original), Strasek der Vampir, Fade to Black, Human Lanterns, Zombie Nightmare, Perfume of the Lady in Black.

And a strong compulsion to watch Mandy again, and probably another back-to-back of Belladonna of Sadness and The Devils. Or maybe a run through the pre-Zombi Fulci. I just don't know.


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I have no idea what to watch tonight, and only about an hour to figure it out. Onboard is Nightmare City, Mausoleum, Black Moon, The Uninvited (korean original), Strasek der Vampir, Fade to Black, Human Lanterns, Zombie Nightmare, Perfume of the Lady in Black.

And a strong compulsion to watch Mandy again, and probably another back-to-back of Belladonna of Sadness and The Devils. Or maybe a run through the pre-Zombi Fulci. I just don't know.

Definitely a tough call.
I have a thing to go to so I'm only gonna have time for one movie, which is tough. Everything I haven't watched this month and only one slot left.
Leaning strongly toward Fright Night.
Other possibilities include White Zombie, Halloween, Beetlejuice, Hellbound, Vampire Circus, I Walked With A Zombie, Black Sunday, and The Curse Of Frankenstein.
Probably gonna be Fright Night, though.


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It's a great way to spend 3 minutes on Halloween, but if you have access, it's worth watching the whole long opening scene.


Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:17 pm
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There are, I think, two people on this forum who can tell me exactly what this is, specifically.
I will give either of those people $100 if they can.

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Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:54 pm
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We wouldn't wanna wake your mother, would we, Charley? Then I'd have to kill her too.

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Welcome... tooooo... Fright Night... for real.
And this movie is for real. After tonight, I am calling this a few things, which are to include but not be restricted to, one of the most underrated horror movies of the 80s and one of the best vampire movies ever made. No shit, I'm a'sayin' it.
Honestly, I've loved this movie since I saw it in the theater way down Airline Highway with a buddy of mine and my mom when I was but a wee lad of 12 years old. I think my mother, who LOVED it, thought we were gonna be more scared leaving, but we were so invigorated we couldn't be scared.
Fast-forward 34 years and I have been through a few changes with this movie, from feeling strongly nostalgic about it, to thinking it maybe didn't hold up, to thinking that it's one of the best, but never losing my affection for it. And I make that point because the affection is well earned. I am a grown man. I turn 46 years-old in less than an hour. And I can tell you this movie is full of charms of a number of varieties and the movie earns them all.
From Jerry Dandridge, one of the most charming yet sinister vampires ever put to celluloid:

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To Peter Vincent, Vampire Killer, who must overcome the reality of the sham his life really is to save the lives of innocent young people:

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To Evil Ed, the kind of scary, outcast high-school friend, offered a choice at a better existence... if not actually a life:

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Finally to Amy, an innocent high-school girl (played with surprising range by a 27 year-old actress), dragged into a situation with her soul on the line by nothing more than bad luck, who loses her way to the allure of the deadly Mr. Dandridge:

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Not to mention the continued use of strong practical effects that, even when they look dated, feel so much more visceral and yet out-of-reality than CGI has yet to accomplish, and always in the service to the story, even if in a startling and almost poignant way at times:

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One can tell, just from these images, that the movie has visual treasure to offer that makes it worth seeing based on that alone, but the movie has much more than that going. It offers good characters you can really identify with and eventually root for, including genuinely compelling villains (while Dandridge may just be genuinely evil, his time-tested practicality and mastery of situations is very effecting and Sarandon's performance conveys an ease and fluency in how these things go that adds, really, to the vampire lore) and secondary characters. It offers a solid narrative that never loses it's focus throughout and simultaneously updates the vampire story without trashing canon. The acting is effective (carefully chose word) and I also liked the music for being so specifically of its time without lacking effectiveness.
In my opinion, this movie has to start being considered in the group of the best vampire movies made, and in my opinion, if you don't feel that way, I encourage you to revisit the film with a fresh eye. I had felt that maybe my nostalgia for this film clouded my judgement and maybe it was nothing really better than, say, Waxworks, but this movie is in a different league from films like that, and is a legitimately great vampire film. I would probably place it after The Hunger but certainly ahead of The Lost Boys (sorry, this is just a better movie), and a good clip above Near Dark and certainly Vamp, among the best vampire movies of the 80s.

And I know y'all wanna say it... "His dinner is in the oven!"


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And with that, i am done.
Tomorrow is my birthday, and I start a change of course toward the warmth and sweetness that comes with Thanksgiving and the beginning of "The Holiday Season".
I have likely watched my last horror film for 2018, but I look forward to doing this with y'all again next year.


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There are, I think, two people on this forum who can tell me exactly what this is, specifically.
I will give either of those people $100 if they can.

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This is simultaneously awesome but also depressing to see it in such a state. I've scoured Youtube many times trying to find Pontchartrain Beach footage that includes the Haunted ride, but all I've ever found is news reports of the shutdown in the 80s. If you know of any, hook me up!
(Also, I don't think I ever realized till now that the seat was a coffin. I definitely didn't notice the bat fixtures on the side. Good times.)

If that was specific enough, I hereby donate my prize money to the "Buy Wooley a Death Race Game on Ebay" fund.

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And with that, i am done.
Tomorrow is my birthday, and I start a change of course toward the warmth and sweetness that comes with Thanksgiving and the beginning of "The Holiday Season".
I have likely watched my last horror film for 2018, but I look forward to doing this with y'all again next year.

Well done, sir. This was not a half-ass Horrorthon in my book. This was totally full-ass.
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Well done, sir. This was not a half-ass Horrorthon in my book. This was totally full-ass.
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Well, we thank you kindly.
It looks like I only watched 24 horror movies this month, which is a pretty low point, but considering I had to go to a work conference in another city and all, I'm giving myself a pass, and I consider this a successful month.


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I had one of these as a kid, because I was freaking awesome, but of course it got lost over time. A few years ago I found an affordable one on Ebay and it is now one of my most prized possessions. (My guitarist friend even wrote an awesome/terrible rock song in its honor, complete with self-produced music video.) I humbly submit it for Horrorthon inclusion.




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And here's one that I used to lust after at the toy store but my parents wouldn't buy it for me.

For my birthday next year, I wanna slap some Evil Iron.


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Happy Birthday!


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Happy Birthday!

Thank you so much. It was a great day.


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Oh wow, I had no idea, but that makes a LOT of sense.

Yeah I found that out via Googling the film after I rewatched it last year.

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Also I echo the birthday wishes.

Fright Night is so good.

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Also I echo the birthday wishes.

Fright Night is so good.


"You have to have faith for that to work, Mr. Vincent, remember?"




One of my favorite scenes... especially since he says the same thing to Vincent earlier in the film when the crucifix doesn't work on him.

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"You have to have faith for that to work, Mr. Vincent, remember?"




One of my favorite scenes... especially since he says the same thing to Vincent earlier in the film when the crucifix doesn't work on him.

Yeah, rewatching this movie, I was almost surprised how well it hits all its beats. So many movies don't.


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I love the "You're out of time" line.

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Happy Birthday, Wool!

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one of the most underrated horror movies of the 80s and one of the best vampire movies ever made. No shit, I'm a'sayin' it.


Wait. Is that a controversial opinion? I wouldn't even blink if someone said it was the best vampire movie ever made, even if I don't personally think it is (Martin is the correct answer of course). It is essentially perfect. I think that maybe because it is just so effortlessly entertaining, that people might balk at the suggestion it should be considered amongst the very best of all vampire movies. But no one should take any of those people seriously. I would be dubious towards anyone who wouldn't consider it to be at least in the top 10.


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I haven't seen Fright Night in a good while, but I do remember it being quite good. I need to revisit it.

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Wait. Is that a controversial opinion? I wouldn't even blink if someone said it was the best vampire movie ever made, even if I don't personally think it is (Martin is the correct answer of course). It is essentially perfect. I think that maybe because it is just so effortlessly entertaining, that people might balk at the suggestion it should be considered amongst the very best of all vampire movies. But no one should take any of those people seriously. I would be dubious towards anyone who wouldn't consider it to be at least in the top 10.


I agree with every word of this.


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Happy Birthday, Wool!

Oh, hey, thanks man. I really appreciate that.


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Wait. Is that a controversial opinion? I wouldn't even blink if someone said it was the best vampire movie ever made, even if I don't personally think it is (Martin is the correct answer of course). It is essentially perfect. I think that maybe because it is just so effortlessly entertaining, that people might balk at the suggestion it should be considered amongst the very best of all vampire movies. But no one should take any of those people seriously. I would be dubious towards anyone who wouldn't consider it to be at least in the top 10.

Well, honestly, I've seen varied opinion on RT many years ago (like, a decade) and even among some of my savviest horror-watching friends.
I don't understand it, but it's out there.
But I also, sometimes forget how good it actually is, one can kind of dismiss it as a lesser 80s horror movie. Which is foolish.


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Yeah I’m not a big fan of Fright Night.


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Yeah I’m not a big fan of Fright Night.

There's one in every crowd.


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Fright Night is great.

There was a brief period in college when I would drive to a city to fly home and stay in a hotel overnight. Like three times in a row, this was the movie that was on when I hit the room.

I also have to say that I think that the remake is pretty solid and manages to stay true to the heart of the original while also being its own thing.


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Quiz for Wooley: Correctly guess where these photos were taken and win a cash prize!
(Came across these while scanning some family photos for my mom)

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Quiz for Wooley: Correctly guess where these photos were taken and win a cash prize!
(Came across these while scanning some family photos for my mom)

Well, my first guess is in the Wax Museum on Conti.


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Well, my first guess is in the Wax Museum on Conti.


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:up: :up:
Honestly, the historical section was just as scary as the Haunted Dungeon, if not more because of the "this really happened" element. Remember the Madame Lalaurie exhibit? Jeezus. And my school sent us there on a field trip! Makes me chuckle to think of a bunch of 5th-graders standing around with their bag lunches. "And now, class, here we have a tableau depicting the depths of human cruelty. Now if you'll walk single-file back to the school bus we'll take you to Math class." You can add Musee Conti to the list of ingredients that made me the weirdo I am today.

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You can add Musee Conti to the list of ingredients that made me the weirdo I am today.

Same here, man, I loved that place.


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