THE MADNESS 2012: WEEK 3

V/H/S (2012) 1hr 56min – Repeat viewing
Directed by: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Chad Villella, Ti West, Adam Wingard
Pretty decent as far as horror anthologies go. I’ll ignore that one segment was recorded in a Skype session…and then viewed on…VHS??!! Sure. The segment with the POV from the young man’s eyeglasses was hands down the best.

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

THE WOLF MAN (1941) 1hr 10min – First full viewing
Directed by George Waggner
Lon Chaney Jr. was easily the best part of this movie. What a charmer. I am even more excited to see all his work now. I can also now see why so many ‘Monster Kids’ were let down by the 2010 remake of The Wolf Man. Benicio Del Toro was obsessed with Lon Chaney Jr.’s performance from the original. He did manage to bring some of it to the screen but Chaney had a lightness of heart that was missing from del Toro’s performance. Del Toro just kind of sulked for the entire movie. I found myself caring more for Chaney’s character once the Curse is bestowed upon him. He really doesn’t want to believe that such evil can exist in the world, let alone within himself. A product of more innocent times, perhaps.

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

SUNSHINE (2007) 1hr 47min – Repeat viewing
Directed by Danny Boyle
This movie is far more than the space monster romp some people call it. It’s a gorgeous blend of 2001, the original Alien and a smidge of Event Horizon for fun.

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

THE WALKING DEAD (2010- ) 43min Season 3, Episode 1 “Seed” – First viewing
Wow! Just when I didn’t think the effects team could possibly outdo themselves on this show they had to prove me wrong. Dead wrong. From the very first shot this is just amazing television. In fact, it’s better than most horror movies I have seen lately. Color me delighted that they’ve only managed to plow through less than 20 issues of the comic so far (?). I want to look forward to having The Walking Dead around for a long time.

9 (out of 10)
Base Points: 1
Total Points: 1

BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (1992) 2hr 7min – Repeat viewing
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
This is one of my favorite movies of all time. I try to re-watch it at least once a year. If you haven’t watched the special features on the newest bluray release of this, please do! So many fabulously interesting facts about the love (and obsession!) that went into making this film. And I have a whole new appreciation for the in-camera effects that were used and the costume design and its symbolism. Breathtaking!

9 (out of 10)
Base Points: 2
Triple Bonus (Features Dracula)
Total Points: 6

DRACULA 2000 (2000) 1hr 39min – Repeat viewing
Directed by Patrick Lussier
Even more horrible than I remember. No, maybe worse. Gah.

3 (out of 10)
Base Points: 2
Triple Bonus (Features Dracula)
Total Points: 6

FLATLINERS (1990) 1hr 55min – Repeat viewing
Directed by Joel Schumacher
I forgot about the dark and dreamy atmosphere of this movie. And Julia Robert’s huge hair (and glasses!). Pretty good. Some of my liking has to be nostalgia, though.

6.5 (out of 10)
Base Points: 2
Total Points: 2

SLEEPT TIGHT [Mientras duermes] (2011) 1hr 42min – Repeat viewing
Directed by Jaume Balagueró
Co-director of the original [REC] gets real with this quietly terrifying account of home intrusion and invasion of privacy. Riveting and magnificently acted. Luis Tosar is stupendous in the lead. What a creeper!

8.5 (out of 10
Base Points: 2
Total Points: 2

HOLLISTON (2012 FEARnet) Season 1, Episodes:

     1. The Hooker
     2. Camera Rental
     5. Laura’s Little Twitter
     6. Weekend of Horrors

39 min ea. (approx) – First viewing
Directed by Adam Green & Joe lynch
This show is going to be Huge! A smart-mouthed Oderus 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.

8 (out of 10)  
Base Points: 4
Total Points: 4
EXCLUSIVE ODERUS REEL (Clips)
Holliston Homepage
Buy Holliston Season One on BluRay

GOD BLESS AMERICA (2011) 1hr 45min – First viewing
Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait
So this is what Bobcat has been up to. Saving up his rants on the state of American society and the collapse of the family unit so he could have Joel Murray recite them amongst sprays of blood and sassy verbage. I liked it!

7 (out of 10)
Base Points: 2
Total Points: 2

MONSTER HOUSE (2006) 1hr 31min – First viewing
Directed by Gil Kenan
Very cute. These CG goliaths never cease to amaze me with their actual likability and depth. Oh, and the art direction was good too.

7.5 (out of 10)
Base Points: 2
Bonus: 1 (Haunted house lit by moonlight)
Bonus: 1 (Trap door)
Total Points: 4

Favorite This Week: HOLLISTON!
EXCLUSIVE ODERUS REEL (Clips)
Holliston Homepage
Buy Holliston Season One on BluRay

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