The Madness: Classic Creatures and Vampire Features – Week 1 results

Posted: October 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

1.       Hotel Transylvania (2012) 91m – Theatre

First Viewing – Most of the classic monsters show up in this animated take on our favorite genre.  I really enjoyed this and it will become a part of our regular Halloween rotation. I rate this 7.5/10.

Base Points: 2

Bonus Points:

Triple Bonus: If ANY FILM features the Character DRACULA, AUTOMATIC TRIPLE BONUS!! – Dracula is the main character

Total Points: 6

 

2.       Dog Soldiers (2002) 105m – DVD

Repeat Viewing – Underrated Werewolf/Action hybrid from the Director of The Descent.  I like the way the werewolves look in this one, as they are much bigger than most movies. I rate this 7/10.

Base Points: 2

Bonus Points: 2

If what you’re watching features a Vampire, Shape Shifter or a Golem – Shapeshifters

 An ON CAMERA transformation from Humanoid to Animal or Monster, Vice Versa The beginning of a couple transformations is on screen

Total Points: 4

 

3.       The Invisible Man (1933) 71m – DVD

Repeat Viewing – Amazing FX for its day and a maniacal Claude Rains make this a pleasure to watch.  It may not have the fame of its Universal brethren, but this is a must watch for genre fans.  I rate this 8/10.

Base Points: 2

Bonus Points: 2

What you’re watching is from 1959 or Earlier – Released in 1933

An ON CAMERA transformation from Humanoid to Animal or Monster, Vice Versa – Several shots of the Invisible Man sans his wrapping

Total Points: 4

 

4.       The Invisible Man Returns (1940) 81m – DVD

Repeat Viewing – While it doesn’t have the impact of the first movie, it still makes for a great double feature with the original. I rate this 7/10.

Base Points: 2

Bonus Points: 2

What you’re watching is from 1959 or Earlier – Released in 1940

An ON CAMERA transformation from Humanoid to Animal or Monster, Vice Versa – Several shots of the Invisible Man sans his wrapping as well as his transformation back to a normal human at the end

Total Points: 4

 

5.       Dracula’s Daughter (1936) 71m – DVD

Repeat Viewing – I’ve grown to really enjoy this sequel.  Gloria Holden is pretty fantastic, even though I have read she loathed the role. I rate this a 7.5/10.

Base Points: 2

Bonus Points: Triple Bonus: If ANY FILM features the Character DRACULA, AUTOMATIC TRIPLE BONUS!! – Dracula is shown at the beginning of the movie and is a central character throughout

Total Points: 6

 

6.       House of Dracula (1945) 67m – DVD

Repeat Viewing – Not my favorite Universal ensemble movie, but I’m still a sucker for all of them! I rate this 6.5/10

Base Points: 2

Bonus Points: Triple Bonus: If ANY FILM features the Character DRACULA, AUTOMATIC TRIPLE BONUS!! – Dracula is the main character

Total Points: 6

 

7.       House of Frankenstein (1944) 71m – DVD

Repeat Viewing – One of my favorite Universal Classics; I feel it flows better than House of Dracula and it is a ton of fun! I rate this 8/10.

Base Points: 2

Bonus Points: Triple Bonus: If ANY FILM features the Character DRACULA, AUTOMATIC TRIPLE BONUS!! – Dracula is the main character

Total Points: 6

 

8.       Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943) 74m – DVD

Repeat Viewing – This was the first of the ensemble movies from Universal and also ranks pretty high on my list of Universal Classics. I rate this 7.5/10.

Base Points: 2

Bonus Points: 3

If what you’re watching features a Vampire, Shape Shifter (1) or a Golem (1) – Features the Wolfman and Frankenstein’s Monster

What you’re watching is from 1959 or Earlier – Released in 1943

Total Points: 5

 

9.       Frankenstein (1910) 16m – Streaming

Initial Viewing – It’s simply amazing to watch something this old that still has an impact.  The FX for the time were pretty mindblowing.  I rate this a 9/10.

Base Points: 2

Bonus Points: Triple Bonus – SPECIAL NOTE: 1 Reel Movies (12 Minutes) from the Silent Era are an AUTOMATIC 6 POINTS!

Total Points: 6

 

10.   Silver Bullet (1985) 95m – DVD

Repeat Viewing – This doesn’t get the credit it deserves because there are some phenomenal werewolf movies that preceded it in the 80s, but this is a good movie.

Base Points: 2

Bonus Points: 1

If what you’re watching features a Vampire, Shape Shifter (1) or a Golem – Features a werewolf

Total Points: 3

 

11.   Starship Troopers (1997) 129m – DVD

Repeat Viewing – While not quite a horror movie, this science fiction yarn is plenty gory and a favorite of mine. I rate this 8/10.

Base Points: 2

Bonus Points: 1 – An underground lair for the aliens

Total Points: 3

 

12.   From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) 108m – DVD

Repeat Viewing  – Rodriguez delivers a great mixture of rad movie and vampire flick.  I would love to see more of the Gecko Brothers. I rate this 8/10.

Base Points: 2 Bonus Points: 2 Features Vampires, Underground Lair (closing shot)

Total Points: 4

 

13.   Horror of Dracula (1958) 82m – DVD

Repeat Viewing – There is a constant battle in my head between this and Universal’s Dracula for best Dracula movie ever.  Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing deliver amazing performances.  I rate this 9.5/10.

Base Points: 2

Bonus Points: Triple Bonus: If ANY FILM features the Character DRACULA, AUTOMATIC TRIPLE BONUS!! – Dracula is the main character

Total Points: 6

 

14.   Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968) 92m – DVD

Repeat Viewing – A worthy sequel, but I did miss Peter Cushing as Van Helsing.  I rate this 7.5/10.

Base Points: 2

Bonus Points: Triple Bonus: If ANY FILM features the Character DRACULA, AUTOMATIC TRIPLE BONUS!! – Dracula is the main character

Total Points: 6

 

15.   Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) 95m – DVD

Repeat Viewing – Christopher Lee’s screen time is pretty limited in this Hammer offering, so that is a downside, but this is still an above average vampire movie.  I rate it 6.5/10.

Base Points: 2

Bonus Points: Triple Bonus: If ANY FILM features the Character DRACULA, AUTOMATIC TRIPLE BONUS!! – Dracula is the main character

Total Points: 6

 

16.   King Kong (1933) 104m – DVD

Repeat Viewing – A true classic and stop-motion tour de force! This is a must see for me at least once a year.  I rate this 10/10.

Base Points: 2

Bonus Points: 3 What you’re watching is from 1959 or Earlier; If Man in Suit/Kaiju, Stop Animation or Practical Puppet FX Monsters fight each other (Kong fights several monsters on the island); If a Monster destroys a specific real life city or landmark (New York City)

Total Points: 5

 

17.   Son of Kong (1933) 70m – DVD

Initial Viewing – Son of King doesn’t have near the heart of the original, but there is still some pretty fun stop-motion fighting on the island. I rate this 6.5/10

Base Points: 2

Bonus Points: 2 What you’re watching is from 1959 or Earlier; If Man in Suit/Kaiju, Stop Animation or Practical Puppet FX Monsters fight each other (Kong fights several monsters on the island)

Total Points: 4

 

18.   King Kong vs Godzilla (1962) 99m – DVD

Repeat Viewing – Godzilla’s best box-office showing is a fun time and features one of the best showdowns in cinema history. I rate this one 7.5/10.

Base Points: 2

Bonus Points: 2 If Man in Suit/Kaiju, Stop Animation or Practical Puppet FX Monsters fight each other; If a Monster destroys a specific real life city or landmark (much of Japan).

Total Points: 4

 

19.   An American Werewolf in London (1981) 97m – DVD

Reviewed on Cenobite Me – The peak of the werewolf sub-genre.  I rate this a 9.5/10.

Base Points: 2

Bonus Points: 3 If what you’re watching features a Vampire, Shape Shifter (1) or a Golem; An ON CAMERA transformation from Humanoid to Animal or Monster, Vice Versa; If a Monster destroys a specific real life city or landmark (Piccadilly Circus in London)

Total Points: 5

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