THE MADNESS 2012: WEEK 1

ALIEN: The Director’s Cut (1979) 1hr57min – Repeat viewing
Directed by Ridley Scott

In space, no one can hear you scream. Damn straight. But I hope someone can hear me complaining endlessly about how Prometheus pales in comparison to Ridley Scott’s original stab at what has become the colossal Alien franchise we know today. This is slow burn Harrowing space horror at its best!

10 (out of 10) Silent Space Beers
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: 0
Total Points: 2

A FOOL THERE WAS (1915) 1hr7min – First viewing
Directed by Frank Powell

“Kiss me, my Fool!”
This movie is obviously silent, so I decided to watch it alongside some of Type O Negative’s album, “October Rust”. Not too bad! Theda Bara smolders onscreen as The Vamp. I read somewhere that she retired after only 6 years as an actress. Hard to believe, since she has a huge pop culture presence that is still felt to this day.

7 (out of) 10 Foolish Beers
Stream and watch it for free HERE
Base Points: 2
Triple bonus (1929 or earlier)
Total Points: 6

NATURAL BORN KILLERS (1994) 1hr2min – Repeat viewing
Directed by Oliver Stone

I love this effing movie! Social commentary disguised as a bloody romp. My favorite! Mickey and Mallory Knox…American sweethearts and cold-blooded killers all in one. You gotta love ‘em. Hell, you helped create ‘em! Mickey and Mallory represent how we love to glorify wrong-doers in the American Media. We love to put them way up on high…so they’re closer to the cross at the time of crucifixion, methinks.

9 (out of 10) Snakebite Beers
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: 0
Total Points: 2

NIGHTBREED (1990) 1hr42min – Repeat viewing
Directed by Clive Barker

“You call us monsters. But when you dream, you dream off lying and changing…and living without death.

You envy us, and what you envy…
We destroy.”

This movie has such a great atmosphere. Too bad it’s a jumble of a mess. I basically re-visited Nightbreed in an attempt to hold me over until I can somehow get my hands on the ‘Cabal Cut’ that is currently screening in various cities this fall. I hear Clive Barker cried when he first saw the re-cut version. Can’t wait to see it myself someday! Hopefully they rediscovered the missing Majesty of it all.

6 (out of 10) Mutant Beers
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: 1 (On camera transformation from Humanoid to Monster)
Bonus Points: 1 (Underground Lair!)
Total Points: 4

SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE (2011) 1hr37min – First viewing
Directed by Jack Perez

Not exactly a full-on horror movie in my book but nonetheless an interesting, and surprisingly touching, flick. It also features one of those creepy, too smart pre-teens that are awesome but leave you with an unsettling feeling. Charming and thoughtful at the same time.

7 (out of 10) Ice Cream Flavored Beers (ew.)
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: 0
Total Points: 2

NOSFERATU: The First Vampire
[Hosted by David Carradine and with music by Type O Negative]
(1922) 1hr15min – Repeat viewing

Based on Bram Stoker’s infamous ‘Dracula’, Nosferatu is an exquisite example of the earliest horror on film. With repeat viewings I have noticed how nicely a lot of the shots were set up. Also, the effects were cutting edge for the time and still play off as truly haunting somehow. It’s nice to remember a time before Vampires dawned the cape and the sex appeal…when they stalked the shadows and were truly diabolical.

10 (out of 10) Rat-infested Beers
Example on YouTube of how this watches
Base Points: 2
Triple bonus (1929 or earlier)
Total Points: 6

CHAINED (2012) 1hr34min – First viewing
Directed by Jennifer Lynch
“You’re a paper doll.”
Fantastic psychological horror starring Vincent D’Onofrio. A horrific metaphor for child abuse of any type, Chained ponders the Nature vs. Nurture question in a whole new way.

9 (out of 10) ‘Taste of A Woman’ Beers
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: 0
Total Points: 2

PERSONAL FAVORITE THIS WEEK: CHAINED (2012) 

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