Ten Years of Fears: 2017 Madness Week 1 Summary

Posted: October 8, 2017 in Event Review
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FILMS
Night of the Living Dead (1968) 1h, 36m
Total Points: 6 (ATB – Doc Terror Memorial List – George A. Romero)
Felt right to start a tribute with a tribute. I hope somewhere in the afterlife, George and James are getting a chance to talk about zombies. The Umbrella release looks great!
10/10

Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979) 1h, 31m
{Zombi 2}
Total Points: 6 (ATB – Doc Terror Memorial List – Lucio Fulci)
Fulci has earned his his nickname many times over, and this is no exception. There are several notorious scenes, including Shark vs Zombie and the eyeball scene. This is one of my top zombie movies of all time!
10/10

Dawn of the Dead (1978) 2h, 7m
Total Points: 6 (ATB – Doc Terror Memorial List – George A. Romero)
More Romero social commentary delivered via the walking dead. While I thouroughly enjoy Dawn, I’ve come to rank it a little lower than some in the genre. I just feel it drags some in the mall and that the makeup holds it back, especially when you compare them to Fulci’s zombies a year later.
9/10

Night of the Demon (1980) 1h, 32m
Total Points: 6 (ATB – Video Nasty)
Bigfoot just ripped that guys dick off! After the pre-Madness challenge to watch 3 Bigfoot flicks, I knew I was going to revisit this one early on. Some scenes are impossibly dark, and others should be. Not a good movie, but it’s on the Video Nasty list, so you should check it out at least once (call me a glutton for punishment)!
5/10

Victor Crowley (2017) 1h, 33m
Total Points: 10 (Where is Kane Hodder? Challenge)
If you liked the Hatchet series, you’ll like Victor Crowley. It’s closer to the first movie than the third in that the kills are a little fewer and far between, but they are all pretty insane, especially Felicia Rose’s! That’s all I can say as Adam Green swore the audience to secrecy with respect to any spoilers. I do have to say that he is a pretty amazing guy, very passionate and extremely funny.
7.5/10

Adam Green

Picture with Director Adam Green

Eaten Alive (1976) 1h, 31m
Total Points: 6 (ATB – Video Nasty)
I think this is one of Tobe Hooper’s most bizarre movies. First, the filters he uses throughout are reminiscent of Dario Argento, creating a surreal atmosphere, and the characters throughout are just bizarre.
6/10

Baron Blood (1972) 1h, 38m – European Export Edition
{Gli orrori del castello di Norimberga}
Total Points: 6 (ATB – Doc Terror Memorial List – Mario Bava)
This is one of Mario Bava’s most panned movies, at least critically. It is actually one of my favorites. I love the gothic feel of the movie and the chase through the city in the fog. It’s also a great villian.
8/10

The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1963) 1h, 26m
{La ragazza che sapeva troppo}
Total Points: 6 (ATB – Doc Terror Memorial List – Mario Bava)
Widley considered to be the first Giallo. Bava shows his chops in this beautiful movie.  Also, John Saxon is young in this one!
8/10

StageFright (1987) 1h, 30m
{Deliria}
Total Points: 6 (ATB – Doc Terror Memorial List – Michele Soavi)
Underrated Giallo / slasher hybrid from Michele Soavi. If you haven’t watched this, check it out!
7.5/10

Pieces (1982) 1h, 29m
{Mil gritos tiene la noche}
Total Points: 6 (ATB – Doc Terror Memorial List – Paul L. Smith)
Pieces is a blast! Over the top violence, corny lines and lack of any logic whatsoever have turned this into a cult classic and midnight movie favorite. There are a couple of great releases for this; one from Grindhouse and the other from Arrow. I own both, mostly because I seem to have a problem!
7/10

Cannibal Holocaust (1980) 1h, 36m
Total Points: 6 (ATB – Video Nasty)
Quite possibly the most notorious of the Nasties, and the most well-known cannibal movie as well. It’s also one of the earlier “found footage” movies. This is amazingly well done and powerful, but not a yearly watch for me.
9/10

The Mummy (2017) 1h, 50m
Total Points: 6 (FILMS RELEASED in 12/2016 through 2017 are AUTOMATIC TRIPLE BONUS)
I wanted to like this movie, I wanted it to succeed. I love the Universal Monsters and was loking forward to this new universe. However, this was not a good start. It ripped off American Werewolf in London and was more boring than the Brendan Fraser Mummy flicks (or Tomb Raider or National Treasure). The plot was forgettable. There were some cool easter eggs and looks at the next movie, but who’s to say there will be a next movie.
5.5/10

Body Bags (1993) 1h, 31m
Total Points: 6 (ATB – Doc Terror Memorial List – Tobe Hooper)
I had never heard of this anthology until Scream Factory released it. It’s a fun offering with John Carpenter pulling in a lot of colleagues for cameos and to help out.
7/10

Delirium (1987) 1h, 45m
Total Points: 6 (ATB – Doc Terror Memorial List – Lamberto Bava)
First time checking this one out! Pretty great Giallo with some great kills and ridiculous amounts of nudity, mostly from Serena Grandi.
8/10

The Howling (1981) 1h, 31m
Total Points: 6 (ATB – Doc Terror Memorial List – Pino Donaggio)
Classic werewolf movie that spawned several bad sequels. Great cast and great FX. If you haven’t seen this one, don’t miss it!
8.5/10

Evil Dead (1981) 1h, 25m
Total Points: 6 (ATB – Video Nasty)
Another classic! Personally, I prefer Evil Dead II for its comedy, but this is a great movie. It’s amazing to think of what Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell would go on to do, and this is the start of it.
9.5/10

Piranha (1978) 1h, 46m
Total Points: 6 (ATB – Doc Terror Memorial List – Pino Donaggio)
One of my favorites to come from the influence of Jaws. Really love the remake from Aja as well!
7/10

Don’t Go in the Woods (1981) 1h, 22m
Total Points: 6 (ATB – Video Nasty)
It’s just laughable how bad some of the FX are in this movie. I can’t believe I own multiple copies of this movie.
5/10

SS Experiment Camp (1976) 1h, 34m
Total Points: 6 (ATB – Video Nasty)
I was really bored with this one. I think my imagination of what this movie would bring was worse than the movie, although there is more bush here than I was expecting! Checked the box on another Video Nasty!
5/10

Djinn (2013) 1h, 25m
Total Points: 6 (ATB – Doc Terror Memorial List – Tobe Hooper)
I believe this is the worst Hooper movie I’ve watched. Seems like he was here just for the paycheck.
4/10

That’s it for the week! Plenty of Italian horror, Video Nasties and a few random movies as well.

 

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