Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Discuss anything you want.
Post Reply
User avatar
Captain Terror
Posts: 1707
Joined: Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:06 pm
Location: New Orleans, LA

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Captain Terror » Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:25 pm

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.
User avatar
Wooley
Posts: 2635
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Wooley » Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:41 pm

Captain Terror wrote: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.
User avatar
Wooley
Posts: 2635
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Wooley » Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:26 am

Image
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.
Image
Image
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.
Image
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.
Image
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.
User avatar
Captain Terror
Posts: 1707
Joined: Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:06 pm
Location: New Orleans, LA

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Captain Terror » Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:58 am

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.
User avatar
Thief
Posts: 1889
Joined: Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:20 pm
Location: Puerto Rico
Contact:

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Thief » Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:10 pm

Rock wrote: 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.
--- UNDER CONSTRUCTION ---
User avatar
Thief
Posts: 1889
Joined: Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:20 pm
Location: Puerto Rico
Contact:

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Thief » Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:12 pm

Wooley wrote: 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.
--- UNDER CONSTRUCTION ---
User avatar
Apex Predator
Posts: 1060
Joined: Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:03 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Apex Predator » Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:42 pm

Wooley wrote: 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

MIND
THE
GAP

Insidious
User avatar
Wooley
Posts: 2635
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Wooley » Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:04 pm

Captain Terror wrote: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.
User avatar
Jinnistan
Posts: 2836
Joined: Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:47 pm

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Jinnistan » Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:26 pm

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.

A:


B:
User avatar
Wooley
Posts: 2635
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Wooley » Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:33 pm

Jinnistan wrote: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.

A:


B:
Dude, this is awesome!
Thanks for sharing here.
User avatar
Wooley
Posts: 2635
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Wooley » Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:33 pm

User avatar
Jinnistan
Posts: 2836
Joined: Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:47 pm

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Jinnistan » Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:35 pm

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.
User avatar
Wooley
Posts: 2635
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Wooley » Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:57 pm

Jinnistan wrote: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.
User avatar
Rock
Posts: 1806
Joined: Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:48 am
Location: From beyond the moon

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Rock » Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:50 am

Wooley wrote:
:up:
"We're outgunned and undermanned. But you know somethin'? We're gonna win. You know why? Superior attitude. Superior state of mind." - Mason Storm
____
Blog!
User avatar
Wooley
Posts: 2635
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Wooley » Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:17 am

Rock wrote: :up:
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.
User avatar
Wooley
Posts: 2635
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Wooley » Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:37 am

Image
Image
Image
User avatar
Wooley
Posts: 2635
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Wooley » Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:54 am

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.
Image
User avatar
Wooley
Posts: 2635
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Wooley » Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:51 am

We wouldn't wanna wake your mother, would we, Charley? Then I'd have to kill her too.
Image
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:
Image
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:
Image
To Evil Ed, the kind of scary, outcast high-school friend, offered a choice at a better existence... if not actually a life:
Image
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:
Image
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:
Image
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!"
User avatar
Wooley
Posts: 2635
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Wooley » Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:58 am

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.
User avatar
John Dumbear
Posts: 357
Joined: Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:58 pm
Location: Out in God's country

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by John Dumbear » Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:01 am

Image
User avatar
Captain Terror
Posts: 1707
Joined: Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:06 pm
Location: New Orleans, LA

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Captain Terror » Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:40 pm

Wooley wrote: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.
Image
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.
User avatar
Captain Terror
Posts: 1707
Joined: Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:06 pm
Location: New Orleans, LA

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Captain Terror » Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:12 pm

Wooley wrote: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.
and also...

Image
User avatar
Wooley
Posts: 2635
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Wooley » Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:30 pm

Captain Terror wrote: Well done, sir. This was not a half-ass Horrorthon in my book. This was totally full-ass.
and also...

Image
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.
User avatar
Wooley
Posts: 2635
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Wooley » Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:34 pm

Captain Terror wrote:
Image

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.




Image

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.
User avatar
Takoma1
Posts: 2326
Joined: Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:51 pm

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Takoma1 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:29 am

Happy Birthday!
User avatar
Wooley
Posts: 2635
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Wooley » Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:02 am

Takoma1 wrote:Happy Birthday!
Thank you so much. It was a great day.
User avatar
MadMan
Posts: 10630
Joined: Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:56 pm
Location: RT FOREVER
Contact:

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by MadMan » Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:01 am

Wooley wrote: 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.
This Is My Blog. There Are Many Like It But This One Is Mine
Shitty Film Thread
Follow Me On Twitter If You Aren't Doing So Already
The MadMan Reserved 31 Seats
"I think its time we discuss your, uh....philosophy of drug use as it relates to artistic endeavor." -Naked Lunch (1991)
User avatar
MadMan
Posts: 10630
Joined: Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:56 pm
Location: RT FOREVER
Contact:

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by MadMan » Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:02 am

Also I echo the birthday wishes.

Fright Night is so good.
This Is My Blog. There Are Many Like It But This One Is Mine
Shitty Film Thread
Follow Me On Twitter If You Aren't Doing So Already
The MadMan Reserved 31 Seats
"I think its time we discuss your, uh....philosophy of drug use as it relates to artistic endeavor." -Naked Lunch (1991)
User avatar
Death Proof
Posts: 1711
Joined: Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:14 pm
Location: South Jersey

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Death Proof » Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:36 pm

MadMan wrote: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.

Shepherds we shall be, for thee, my Lord, for thee.
Power hath descended forth from Thy hand, our feet may swiftly carry out Thy commands.
So we shall flow a river forth to Thee and teeming with souls shall it ever be.
In Nomeni Patri Et Fili Spiritus Sancti.
User avatar
Wooley
Posts: 2635
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Wooley » Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:25 pm

Death Proof wrote:
"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.
User avatar
MadMan
Posts: 10630
Joined: Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:56 pm
Location: RT FOREVER
Contact:

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by MadMan » Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:45 pm

I love the "You're out of time" line.
This Is My Blog. There Are Many Like It But This One Is Mine
Shitty Film Thread
Follow Me On Twitter If You Aren't Doing So Already
The MadMan Reserved 31 Seats
"I think its time we discuss your, uh....philosophy of drug use as it relates to artistic endeavor." -Naked Lunch (1991)
User avatar
Thief
Posts: 1889
Joined: Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:20 pm
Location: Puerto Rico
Contact:

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Thief » Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:59 am

Happy Birthday, Wool!
--- UNDER CONSTRUCTION ---
User avatar
crumbsroom
Posts: 2380
Joined: Sat Nov 25, 2017 3:15 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by crumbsroom » Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:07 am

Wooley wrote: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.
User avatar
Thief
Posts: 1889
Joined: Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:20 pm
Location: Puerto Rico
Contact:

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Thief » Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:15 am

I haven't seen Fright Night in a good while, but I do remember it being quite good. I need to revisit it.
--- UNDER CONSTRUCTION ---
User avatar
Takoma1
Posts: 2326
Joined: Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:51 pm

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Takoma1 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:36 am

crumbsroom wrote:
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.
User avatar
Wooley
Posts: 2635
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Wooley » Sun Nov 04, 2018 6:07 am

Thief wrote:Happy Birthday, Wool!
Oh, hey, thanks man. I really appreciate that.
User avatar
Wooley
Posts: 2635
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Wooley » Sun Nov 04, 2018 6:10 am

crumbsroom wrote:
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.
User avatar
Deschain13
Posts: 176
Joined: Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:49 pm

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Deschain13 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:59 pm

Yeah I’m not a big fan of Fright Night.
User avatar
Wooley
Posts: 2635
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Wooley » Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:09 pm

Deschain13 wrote:Yeah I’m not a big fan of Fright Night.
There's one in every crowd.
User avatar
Takoma1
Posts: 2326
Joined: Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:51 pm

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Takoma1 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:17 pm

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.
User avatar
Captain Terror
Posts: 1707
Joined: Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:06 pm
Location: New Orleans, LA

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Captain Terror » Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:23 am

Image

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)
User avatar
Wooley
Posts: 2635
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Wooley » Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:28 am

Captain Terror wrote:Image

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.
User avatar
Captain Terror
Posts: 1707
Joined: Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:06 pm
Location: New Orleans, LA

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Captain Terror » Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:12 pm

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

Image

: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.
Image
User avatar
Wooley
Posts: 2635
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Wooley » Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:46 pm

Captain Terror wrote:
Image

:up: :up:
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.
User avatar
Captain Terror
Posts: 1707
Joined: Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:06 pm
Location: New Orleans, LA

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Captain Terror » Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:12 am

Wooley wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:40 pm
As for RHPS, I wonder if it would do anything for you. I watched it with a group last night that was me who thinks it's the greatest movie ever, my friend who thinks it's great as a fun romp, his wife who thinks it's ok (but still knows half the words), and their daughter who said she just didn't get it but she did like the music. I have people who think I'm crazy for watching it at all. So any number of reactions are possible. It is a full-on musical based on 50s and 60s horror and sci-fi movies (with at least one major nod to a certain 1930s horror/sci-fi film) and glam rock. If that sounds like your brand of egg-nog, then knock yourself out, but I wouldn't be shocked if you were disappointed.
So it took me almost a year, but today was the day I watched Rocky Horror for the first time. First impression is that I was 100% on board for the first half and then my attention started to waver during the second. All of my favorite songs were front-loaded in the beginning, so I think that was part of it. But yeah, lots of fun and definitely up my alley. There will certainly be rewatches in my future. Curry is brilliant of course, and I love that Riff Raff is a real-life Uncle Creepy. (Is that something that's been acknowledged? The resemblance seemed too spot-on to be coincidence.) Good stuff. :up:
User avatar
Wooley
Posts: 2635
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Wooley » Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:22 am

Captain Terror wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:12 am
So it took me almost a year, but today was the day I watched Rocky Horror for the first time. First impression is that I was 100% on board for the first half and then my attention started to waver during the second. All of my favorite songs were front-loaded in the beginning, so I think that was part of it. But yeah, lots of fun and definitely up my alley. There will certainly be rewatches in my future. Curry is brilliant of course, and I love that Riff Raff is a real-life Uncle Creepy. (Is that something that's been acknowledged? The resemblance seemed too spot-on to be coincidence.) Good stuff. :up:
So, that is actually the normal progression. In the beginning, everybody loves the first act, gets a little bored in the second, finds the third one just weird.
Over time, it all balances out. My buddy's favorite part of the movie is The Floor Show ("In an empty house? In the middle of the night?"). For me, the movie is like a rush in the first act, gets deliciously bizarre in the second, and then delivers the coup de grace in the third, culminating in "Super Heroes" which is in the British version of the film, the one I recommend everyone watch, as it is the critical denouement to the film, thematically, IMO.
But you have your whole life to watch it another 50 or so times. God knows how many times I've seen it.
User avatar
Captain Terror
Posts: 1707
Joined: Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:06 pm
Location: New Orleans, LA

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Captain Terror » Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:32 pm

Wooley wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:22 am
For me, the movie is like a rush in the first act
That's a good way to describe it. At no point was I feeling negatively about the film, it's just hard to match the fun of Time Warp, which happens pretty early in the story. I certainly wasn't expecting the film to go where it did at the end, so I anticipate that a revisit will be worthwhile. Good to know I'm not completely off base, anyway.

The disc I rented offered the US and UK versions. I considered coming here asking for a referral, but decided to go with the US version. I've got some "cool" aunts and uncles that were early adopters of the midnight screenings, so I figured I'd watch the one they saw back in the 80s. I've since looked up the Superheroes thing, however, and I agree that that belongs there. Wonder why we left it out of our version? Are there a lot of other differences?
User avatar
Apex Predator
Posts: 1060
Joined: Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:03 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Apex Predator » Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:39 pm

To be fair, it all starts with the Time Warp. But don't be surprised if your favorite becomes Don't Dream It, Be It later on.

I think that song kind of sums up RHPS to be honest.
User avatar
Wooley
Posts: 2635
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Wooley » Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:25 pm

Apex Predator wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:39 pm
To be fair, it all starts with the Time Warp. But don't be surprised if your favorite becomes Don't Dream It, Be It later on.

I think that song kind of sums up RHPS to be honest.
Exactly.
User avatar
Wooley
Posts: 2635
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am

Re: Wooley's Half-Ass Horrorthon

Post by Wooley » Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:27 pm

Captain Terror wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:32 pm
That's a good way to describe it. At no point was I feeling negatively about the film, it's just hard to match the fun of Time Warp, which happens pretty early in the story. I certainly wasn't expecting the film to go where it did at the end, so I anticipate that a revisit will be worthwhile. Good to know I'm not completely off base, anyway.

The disc I rented offered the US and UK versions. I considered coming here asking for a referral, but decided to go with the US version. I've got some "cool" aunts and uncles that were early adopters of the midnight screenings, so I figured I'd watch the one they saw back in the 80s. I've since looked up the Superheroes thing, however, and I agree that that belongs there. Wonder why we left it out of our version? Are there a lot of other differences?
Yeah, that's the disc I have and once I watched the UK version, I have never watched the US version again. When you watch it in sequence it's the difference between a movie just suddenly ending and a movie actually having a denouement, and a powerful one, and it makes the final line of the film, "And crawling, on the planet's face, some insects called The Human Race... lost in time... and lost in space... and meaning" (which is also actually the final verse of the song "Superheroes", so if you don't hear the song the line just seems to come out of nowhere), actually make sense because the remaining characters are literally crawling on the ground.
Post Reply