THE MADNESS 2012: WEEK 2

SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE (2000) 117min – Repeat viewing
Directed by E. Elias Merhige

E. Elias Merhige also directed the abstract, yet harrowing Begotten (2004) So hard to believe! Shadow of the Vampire is such a delightful watch to me. Great dramatic moments. especially one scene where Wilhelm Defoe describes how he felt sorry for the Count while reading the book Dracula. Sad and sweet and funny all at the same time… but it all works so well. A sort of old-school black and white naughty-joke tone is set from the very first scene. Willem Dafoe (the vampire Max Schreck) is amazing pitted against a frustrated John Malkovich (F.W. Murnau). I also find this movie so beautiful. It’s a gorgeous homage to 20’s cinema, costume…and design!

10 (out of 10) Bloody Beers
Base Points: 2
Bonus: 1 (Vampire)
Total Points: 3

THE WEREWOLF (1956) 1hr 19min – First viewing
Directed by Fred F. Sears
Ha! Nuclear radiation can turn a man into a furry-faced werewolf. Who knew? This movie started alright and I enjoyed the clever way they concealed kills while preserving some sort of emotional weight. In the end though, this movie was just kinda meh. Gonna have to watch the original Wolf Man (1941) again soon if I wanna get a proper classic wolfie fix.

5 (out of 10) Furry Beers
Base Points: 2
Bonus: 1 (Werewolf)
Bonus: 1 (On camera transformation from Humanoid to Monster)
Bonus: 1 (1959 or earlier)
Total Points: 5

WISHMASTER (1997) 1hr 30min – Repeat viewing
Directed by Robert Kurtzman.
I forgot how cool the transformations and practical effects (the CG…not so much) were in this movie were! Although, they kind of blew their effects wad in the first few scenes, depicting the background of the djinn and showing exactly how bad things could possibly get when people are foolish enough to indulge in “wishezzzzzah”.  };)

7.5 (out of 10) Wishful Beers
Base Points: 2
Bonus: 1 (On camera transformation from Humanoid to Monster)
Total Points: 3

FREAKS (1932) 1hr 4min – Repeat viewing
Directed by Tod Browning

The world will Never be ready for this movie. And what it boasts in the intertitles at the beginning is true. Something of this nature will probably never again be filmed. Go ahead and tell me you can see a time in the future where some director is allowed to give a mentally challenged or deformed child a knife and let it crawl in the mud maliciously without fear of lawsuit or complete public shame. Yeah. Oh, and I totally spied Angelo Rossitto, “Master” from Mad Mad: Beyond Thunderdome, this time around. Wow. THAT blew my mind!

7.5 (out of 10) Knife-in-the-teeth Beers
Base Points: 2
Bonus: 1 (1959 or earlier)
Total Points: 3

THE WOODS (2006) 1hr 31min – Repeat viewing
Directed by Lucky McKee
Seriously charming, time capsule of a movie! The dark, mysterious 60’s overtones are so beautiful to me at times. Love the dark magic of the woods…and the score too. Watches like a 60’s/70’s slower burn pagan tales. Oh, and a little bit of “The Chin” (Bruce Campbell) too!

8.5 (out of 10) Magick Beers
Base Points: 2
Total Points: 2

INFECTED (2012) 1hr 30min (approx.) – First viewing
Rock & Shock Horror Convention (Worcester, MA)
Directed by Glen Ciano
Low budget stab at a threat of infection/survival flick. It attempts to flesh out a few relationships between the characters early on, with varyring success, but the effort was appreciated. A bit overscored but the gore is quite convincing. Director of last year’s Inkubus, with Robert Englund.

5 (out of 10)  Beers
Base Points: 2
Total Points: 2

HOLLISTON (2012 FearNet) Season 1, Episode 3.Skunked / 4.Candyman – First viewing
Rock & Shock Horror Convention (Worcester, MA)
Directed by Adam Green& Joe lynch
This show is going to be Huge! A smart-mouthed “Oderus Urungus” from the metal band GWAR…Dee Snider as an androgynous and (tri?)sexually promiscuous boss…guest stars like Tony Todd (Candyman) showing up on the regular…just buy a copy of season one now. Wow. Oh, and it’s actually funny and the cast has fantastic chemistry.

Holliston Rock and Shock 2012 Panel Part 1:
Holliston Rock and Shock 2012 Panel Part 2:

8 (out of 10)  Skunky Beers
Base Points: 2
Total Points: 2

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