I started my Halloween viewing at the beginning of the month. So far, there's been a heavy emphasis on '80s schlock, initiated by my determination to see all of the Friday the 13th flicks. Here's the insanity so far:
Galaxy of Terror
Godawful. There are a handful of Corman movies that are near-and-dear to my heart. This ain't one of 'em. It wasn't Death Race 2000 levels of annoying, but still a complete let-down considering the fantastic B-list cast.
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
Friday the 13th, Part 5: A New Beginning
Friday the 13th, Part 6: Jason Lives
Friday the 13th, Part 7: The New Blood
Friday the 13th, Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
There isn't really any such thing as a good Friday the 13th flick, but I have a nostalgic soft spot for the first few entries in the series because I grew up on them. Man, do they get progressively worse once Jason Voorhees goes zombie. I thought parts 5, 6, and 7 were insufferable until I encountered parts 8, 9, and 10. I didn't imagine someone could play the role of Jason poorly, but I actually think Kane Hodder sucks. His stance says bodybuilder/metalhead, not mongoloid serial murderer.
The Last House on the Left (1972)
I knew this one by reputation, but it had slipped under my radar until now. It's definitely skeezy, but not nearly as graphic as people say. And the entire final act is so utterly reedonkulous that it pretty much ruins the entire movie.
I hadn't seen it in at least 20 years. I'd completely forgotten that Chucky is inhabited by Brad Dourif's black soul...and also that Catherine Hicks has only one setting: Overact. Still, not a bad little piece of schlock.
The Evil Dead
Watched for review on the site. Still awesome -- even moreso in high def.
Humanoids from the Deep
A Corman flick that I absolutely love. Vic Morrow, Doug McClure, cheesy monsters, buckets of gore, a bevy of nekkid chicks, and a magnificently ridiculous title. What's not to love?
Survival of the Dead
For the love of all that's holy, George A. Romero, stop! Please, just stop!
This one was new to me. A fairly typical '80s slasher pic with a semi-novel premise. Nothing to write home about, but not bad.
Bwahahahaha! Now available on Netflix streaming. See it. Immediately.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
A site review is forthcoming. Condensed version: Still fantastic.
Despite being a teen in the '80s, I'd never seen this. I was aware that there was a twist ending, but went into the flick spoiler free. It's a really lousy movie (the acting is several grades below the original Friday the 13th, which is to say atrociously incompetent), but the twist is effective -- well, it's not so much the twist itself as the creepiness of the reveal. Still, I don't think I'll be visiting the sequels anytime soon.
Night of the Creeps
An atypical '80s horror movie that remains a ton of fun. Writer-director Fred Dekker's beloved Monster Squad does nothing for me, but man do I love Night of the Creeps.