Descent into Darkness – Week 4 Results

Posted: November 1, 2015 in Event Review

This was an interesting week.  I needed to make an emergency trip back home to my parents to deal with a family emergency.  This meant sitting in a hotel quite a bit, so thank you AMC, SyFy and other various channels for playing lots of horror movies to help me pass the time.

The Dracula Saga {La saga de los Drácula} (1973, 92m)
Total Points: 3 – (Catacombs – where the coffins are)
Disappointed in the lack of bonus points for a Dracula movie.  The vampires come out during the day, don’t turn into mist and the castle has no hidden passages.  On top of that, this is a pretty ho-hum Dracula adaptation.

Day of the Dead (1985, 100m)
Total Points: 6 (ATB – Finale takes place underground in a cavern)
Classic! I would’ve loved to see these FX with the Dawn storyline, but this does the job.  Great gore and a pretty damn fine character study as well.

The Relic (1997, 110m)
Total Points: 6 (ATB – Finales takes place in the sewer / transportation tunnel)
Great idea, mediocre execution.  This could’ve used more attention from someone that cared.

The Midnight Meat Train (2008, 98m)
Total Points: 6 (ATB – Finale takes place in a transportation tunnel)
From the mind of Clive Barker comes this pretty cool tale.  I find this to be pretty underrated, although the CGI isn’t that great.  Well worth a watch.

Predator (1987, 107m)
Total Points: 3 (Predator/Night Vision)
Classic action sci-fi that is just gory enough to find a corner in the horror genre.  The creature design is one of the best of the last 50 years in my opinion and the cast was the template for The Expendables.

Friday the 13th (1980, 95m)
Total Points: 3 (Monster under the bed – Jason killing Kevin Bacon)
What to say other than this is a staple in the horror genre.  Great viewing any time of the year.

Friday the 13th Part III (1982, 95m)
Total Points: 2 (No bonus elements)
This one has grown on me over the years with the disco soundtrack and ridiculous 3D gags.

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988, 88m)
Total Points: 3 (Monster in the basement – Jason)
The original idea was Jason vs Carrie, which was ambitious.  The psychic angle works is entertaining, but this entry is special because it is the first time we see Kane Hodder in the mask.

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989, 100m)
Total Points: 4 (Scene in the NYC Subway, Scene takes place in the sewer)
Liked the boat idea, but this one just has a few too many goofy kills, such as the boxing match.  Kane Hodder makes it watchable.

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993, 88m)
Total Points: 4 (Someone forcibly dragged underground (Jason), Hellmouth (Jason gets dragged to Hell))
If I were to rank all the Jason movies, this would come in last. While it was interesting to try something different, this was just too far off the rails.

Jason X (2002, 92m)
Total Points: 2 (No bonus elements)
I really like this entry.  It’s a joke to send horror icons to space, but this actually worked really well.  A smart script, some great kills (arguably the best in the franchise) and Kane Hodder.

An American Werewolf in Paris (1997, 105m)
Total Points: 6 (ATB – Finale takes place underground)
It’s a disgrace that this shares lineage with An American Werewolf in London.  It replaced amazing practical FX for very bad CGI.  They also tried to replicate some of the dark humor that Landis was so deft at, but it played more like the Three Stooges.  I hadn’t watched this since it came out and now I remember why.

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers – Theatrical Cut (1995, 84m)
Total Points: 4 (Power Outage, Scene takes place in tunnels beneath the hospital)
Whether it is the theatrical cut or the director’s, this movie tried to make Michael more than just a slasher, but the cult angle just didn’t work for me.  One of my least favorite entries into the series.

Halloween: Resurrection (2002, 94m)
Total Points: 3 (Hidden Passages in the house)
Just my luck that AMC is playing my 2 least favorite Halloween movies this morning.  I rather like the opening sequence with JLC, but this goes downhill fast.  Kung Fu does not belong in a Halloween movie.

Halloween (1978, 91m)
Total Points: 3 (Monster in the closet – Michael Myers
Absolute classic and a must watch this time of year.

Halloween II (1981, 92m)
Total Points: 3 (Monster in basement – Scene in hospital)
Very solid sequel, but lacks the charm of the first movie.  It’s still a great double feature.

Halloween 3: Season of the Witch (1982, 98m)
Total Points: 3 (Cavern – scene towards the end with Stonehenge
It used to be that this movie was hated, but in recent years, it’s become more popular.  It really is a good movie, it just doesn’t have Myers in it.

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988, 88m)
Total Points: 2 (No Bonus Elements)
Decent return of Michael Myers, but I would rather have seen the original idea of unique Halloween stories.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989, 87m)
Total Points: 2 (No Bonus Elements)
Making a copy of a copy always yields lesser results, and this is how I feel about Revenge.  Still pretty solid, but losing it’s originality and getting a bit boring.

Edge of Tomorrow (2014, 113m)
Total Points: 2 (No Bonus Elements)
Very underrated sci-fi entry.  Tom Cruise may be crazy, but the guy can deliver.

The Cabin in the Woods (2012, 95m)
Total Points: 4 (Takes place in a cavern – complex and chamber, Hidden Passages)
This is one of my favorite horror movies of the 21st Century.  It’s funny, smart, gory and even has a few good jumps.

Evil Dead (2013, 92m)
Total Points: 6 (ATB – Characters willingly enter basement with monster)
Fantastic entry into the series.  Gory and well written.  There are so many cringe-worthy scenes, but they are so well done.




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