Today’s song title is from Rain Dogs.
In the month of October, we watched an assortment of horror movies, none of which had I seen previously. I’d like to share my thoughts on several of them.
Holy shit, this movie is great. Except for Stephen Geoffreys, who played the best friend. He was so bad that I feel a little bit sorry for the other movies he went on to star in. (Gay porn, if it matters.) Amanda Bearse was really terrific, and she and Chris Sarandon have the most graphic sex scene of all time, masquerading as a vampire bite.
I don’t know if I should count this, because it was an episode of MST3K. So let me just say that it’s as good as Mitchell.
This is perhaps the second-best horror movie I know of, the first being The Haunting. Man, the 60s were good for something, I guess. Chilling, genuinely frightening, funny, sweet, heartbreaking. I love Mia Farrow. I loathe John Cassavettes (which I’d have previously believed impossible). I wish Ruth Gordon was my friend, and hope to be half as wonderful as her when I am old. But less of a Satanist. (Spoiler!)
Not as great as I anticipated and hoped. Incredibly slow and very little sympathy for Gregory Peck’s character. I mean — I’m supposed to worry about this asshole who adopted the Antichrist so he wouldn’t have to tell his wife the truth? Please. David Warner (practically an infant at the time) was wonderful and Billie Whitelaw would have scared the bajesus out of me if this was a scary movie. One genuine chill came when the first nanny killed herself. Otherwise fairly unremarkable.
An American Werewolf In London
Blows The Howling out of the water. Really terrific dark comedy with some genuine scares. I spent a great deal of time worried about the characters. Also, awesome werewolf transformation. Special effects really hold up (unlike The Howling).
It is hard, if not impossible, to watch a classic without preconceived notions. For instance, all I ever hear about Jaws is how the mechanical shark malfunctioned during shooting so they used it for only a couple of scenes, effectively making the movie more scary because we don’t see the monster. Well, I expected to not see the monster, and it was in a lot more of the movie than I thought it would be. But I totally loved Robert Shaw.
Maybe it is because the first movie I ever saw him in was Ladyhawk, but I just can’t be too frightened of Rutger Hauer. Oh, his eyes are pretty scary. But he’s no Powers Booth. A good movie, but I’ll watch anything starring Ponyboy. Yes, I even saw Soul Man. I am not proud.
This was another interesting one. Another classic, but surprisingly I knew less about this one. Not much in the way of frights, because I’ve seen all the movies it influenced. It did have the scariest single shot of any movie I can think of (when Laurie is in the hallway and Michael Myers leans forward into the light behind her). Peed my pants on that one.
The Beast of Yucca Flats
OH MY GOD. There are no words. Well, Will had a few.
This movie was totally awesome in the really bad drive-in sort of way.
House of Usher
Corman’s first Poe movie. Starring Vincent Price, of course. Really incredibly slow, as were most of those movies. Totally worth renting.
This movie is really excellent and I should give it a real review. Since I doubt I’ll get around to it, though, here’s a few thoughts. I love Lon Chaney Jr. He is so sweet and wonderful in this movie. Jill Banner blew me away as Virginia. Her death in 1982 is a terrible disappointment. Who will I write creepy, lovely female roles for? Sid Haig was 22 when this movie was made and looks almost nothing like Captain Spaulding (out of the clown makeup), the role I know him best for. Obviously this one has my thoughts scattered. It was SO VERY GOOD. Please watch it.
The Vanishing Riders of Tombstone Canyon
Hee! This movie is adorable. It’s from Creepy Cowboys, which you should buy.
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.