Descent into Darkness – Week 2 Results

Posted: October 18, 2015 in Event Review
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Week 2 was another fun one, mixing in more Tales from the Crypt with my movie watching.

The Black & Crimson Challenge (Crimson Peak & Goosebumps Opening Weekend)
Total Points: 15 (Special Challenge)

Crimson Peak (2015, 119m)

Beautiful movie, great acting and a fairly cliche story.  Del Toro’s style is all over this movie, and even though the story is a bit ho-hum, the visuals and Tom Hiddleston carry it, and carry it well.
7.5/10

Goosebumps (2015, 103m)
Fast and fun adaptation of the kids books.  Some of the CGI is a bit dodgy (The Werewolf), but for the most part, this movie looks really good.
7/10

As Above, So Below (2014, 93m)
Total Points: 6 – ATB (Finale takes place in catacombs)
Very effective mockumentary style flick. It can be a bit tough to follow at times, but it is packed with scares and spooky imagery.
7.5/10

A Blade in the Dark (1983, 110m)
Total Points: 6 – ATB (Protaganist willingly enters the basement – kid in the movie that they are filming enters the basement after being dared by his friends)
I really dug this Gialli entry from Lamberto Bava.  I was able to figure out the killer fairly early, but it was still entertaining.
8/10

Beyond Darkness (1990, 93m)
Total Points: 4 (Title, Supernatural Mist)This is a fun little Italian haunted house / possession hybrid that is associated with the La Casa series (which is a series of unrelated films including Evil Dead and House II).  There is some good imagery but the pacing was a little off.
6/10

Dracula (1931, 85m)
Total Points: 5 (Catacombs, Antagonist attacks in the dark, Startling Bat)
It’s not Halloween if the Universal classics aren’t being played in my house.  Not much else to say about this one.
10/10

Tales from the Crypt: Bordello of Blood (1996, 87m)
Total Points: 6 – ATB (Vampire destroyed by sunlight at the hospital)
A bit of a drop from Demon Knight, but still a pretty fun flick.  The concept is hilarious, having a brothel in a mortuary that is run by a vampire and vengeful priest.  The FX are pretty good, but you can tell that they cut some corners in some scenes.
6.5/10

John Carpenter’s Vampires (1998, 108m)
Total Points: 6- ATB (Vampires destroyed by sunlight)
I love this movie and don’t think it gets enough love.  I think it’s a great mix of horror and comedy and the FX are top notch.
8/10

The Descent 2 (2009, 94m)
Total Points: 6 – ATB (Finale takes place in a cave)
While the first movie was one of the best of the last 10 years, the sequel failed to capture the same atmosphere as the first.  The gore was up there, and it was pretty claustrophobic.6/10

Army of Darkness – Theatrical Version (1992, 81m)
Total Points:  5 (Title, Someone forcibly dropped into a well, buried alive (Evil Ash))
So. Many. One-liners.  It’s been a while since seeing this, and I haven’t laughed this much in a while.  Still prefer Evil Dead 2, but this is a fun movie.
7/10

The Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black (2000, 112)
Total Points: 5 (Takes place in a cavern, Antagonist attacks at dark, extended darkness)
Some people look at The Fast and the Furious as the movie that put Vin Diesel on the map, but for me, that movie is Pitch Black.  I really like this movie, between the Riddick character and the creature design, I thought it was great
8/10

American Horror Story Season 5: Hotel
American Horror Story – Season 5, Episode 1: Checking In (2015, 60m)
Total Points: 2 – Monster under (in) the bed
Sufficiently creepy and Lady Gaga was entertaining, but the story will have to pick up to keep my interest.6/10

Tales from the Crypt Season 2
Tales from the Crypt – Season 2, Ep 1: Dead Right (1990, )
Total Points: 1.5 (Takes place in Catacombs (opening Cryptkeeper sequence))
Season 2 kicks off with a bang, starring Jeffrey Tambor and a very shallow Demi Moore.

Tales from the Crypt – Season 2, Ep 2: The Switch (1990, )
Total Points: 1.5 (Takes place in Catacombs (opening Cryptkeeper sequence))

Tales from the Crypt – Season 2, Ep 3: Cutting Cards (1990, )
Total Points: 1.5 (Takes place in Catacombs (opening Cryptkeeper sequence))

Tales from the Crypt – Season 2, Ep 4: Til Death (1990, )
Total Points: 1.5 (Takes place in Catacombs (opening Cryptkeeper sequence))

Tales from the Crypt – Season 2, Ep 5: Three’s a Crowd (1990, )
Total Points: 1.5 (Takes place in Catacombs (opening Cryptkeeper sequence))

Tales from the Crypt – Season 2, Ep 6: The Thing From the Grave (1990, )
Total Points: 1.5 (Takes place in Catacombs (opening Cryptkeeper sequence))

Total Estimated Points: 66

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