A Montage for a Month of Horror

Is it cliche by now to focus on horror movies during October? Wait, don’t answer that – because we don’t care. We love horror films here at RowThree (well, most of us do anyway) and so a good portion of the posts for the next 31 days will be devoted to just that.

So to kick things off, here’s a little video we created set to the tune of “Batcat” by the great band Mogwai…

 

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rot
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Now that is how you do a horror montage! I know so few of those its sad. But will remedy with the viewing of Session 9 this week!

Marc Saint-Cyr
Editor

I caught this earlier at your site. Awesome job, Bob! I especially appreciated the inclusion of Jigoku, Audition and Vampyr.

I myself am kicking off October right tonight with Empire of Passion.

Kurt
Guest

I love all the Kurosawa and Hammer love in there. Makes me warm and fuzzy inside.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

Love. You did such a great job editing and pacing this, Bob. Now I'm getting all excited to dive into my horror selections for the month – got House of Wax (Vincent Price) and 28 Weeks Later from Netflix today, will have The Girl Who Knew Too Much on Monday, and Cinefamily starts off their William Castle series with 13 Ghosts tonight – with ghost viewers and everything!

rot
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have you seen Weeks before Jandy? The opening scene is one of the best of any horror film.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

No, I haven't. I saw Days awhile back and didn't love it (I was still working through my dislike of zombie movies), so I didn't rush out to see Weeks. Now that I like zombie movies, I'm ready to check it out, and it was near the top of my must-see list this October.

rot
Guest

Like Kurt, I prefer Weeks to Days. Play the opening scene nice and loud.

Kurt
Guest

God Bless you, Bob, for pointing out that article. There is a man who understands 28 Weeks Later… and the wonderful and disturbing 'family dissolution' horror that it is. That opening scene, both the epic cinematography, and the supreme moral/love failure is indeed fucking scary shit!

Andrew James
Admin

That article sums up the movie exactly. The opening ten minutes or so is probably the scene of the year (2007) and is the best scene of both films. But he's right in pointing out that the rest of the film doesn't come close to living up to it. Which is a real shame. If the rest of the movie lived up to it, it would be an instant classic. Unfortunately after that amazingness, the film takes a long LONG breath for a set up of the rest of the plot which is, having now seen it about 5 times, lacking in payoff.

There are small pockets and moments of pretty cool shots, but the story and excitement on screen doesn't hold a candle to the original. The opening scene is gritty, minimalist and presents ideas and moral dilemmas at a lightning quick, heart pounding pace. The rest of the film (again, aside from a few small pockets) is a glossy chase movie (from the military more than from zombies unfortunately) that is really just schlocky.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

Thanks for the link, Bob. I won't read it until I've watched the film, I promise. 🙂 But I'm excited to now; Greg writes some great stuff. I need to remember check in over there more often. His videos/screencaps are always wonderful, too.

The Reelist
Guest

Nice montage. Knew a lot, but didn't know a lot as well. What were the movies that has the girl hanging and she was moving around? Also, the one where the guy falls into the small bucket of blood? It's at the 4:06 mark. Is that Retribution? Cure is AMAZING!!

The Reelist
Guest

I remember I hated 28 Days Later and loved Weeks. Then, I went back to watch 28 Days again and was blown away on how amazing it was. I like it a lot more than Weeks (which is good too).

The Reelist
Guest

THanks! Not too many people know about Jigoku (which paints a horrifying picture of Hell) and also "Onibaba."

Can you name some of the ones out of that montage that really stand out as good horror movies. There are some in there that look pretty good.

Diabolique is AMAZING!!

I have seen Suspiria, Cure, Jigoku, Onibaba, Changeling, Night of the Living Dead, Diabolique, Audition, and a few others.

Thanks again!

The Reelist
Guest

Looks like I have some adding to do to my queue.

I'm one of the ones who really hated on Session 9. Didn't care for it at all.

Thank you for the suggestions.

Kwaidan was good, but I thought it was going to be a tad bit better. You are right that it is a glorious work of art. Harakiri is one of my favorite films of all time and Human Condition is amazing as well (not horror movies).

House of the Devil was good as well.

Jandy Stone
Guest

Just finished watching House of Wax. I enjoyed it, but I did have one major problem with it: No Glenda Farrell. I have decided I prefer The Mystery of the Wax Museum, Vincent Price notwithstanding. Thankfully, it's on the same Netflix disc, so I get to watch it again. Bob, looks like you give the edge to House of Wax, digging up the comments on my last year's horror post where we talked briefly about Mystery of the Wax Museum.

Mike Rot
Member

So I watched Session 9 and I guess the sign of a good horror film is I spent an hour in bed creeped out and unable to sleep. Its not what I expected at all… its not a perfect film by any stretch, Anderson continues to have problems with characterization, and like The Machinist if there is supposed to be any suspense about what is happening to the protagonist than it is poorly done… but the situation is scary, the use of sound is really fucking good (the 2 times I got chills were from use of sound). It is very much Blair Witch meets The Shining in tone and story. I am one of those people who found Blair Witch terrifying (I had trouble sleeping nights afterwards) so as horror Session 9 was playing in the right territory to freak me out.

KeithTalent
Guest

Session 9 did not tickle my scary bone as much as I hoped it would; there were some interesting moments, but overall I was not all that invested in the characters, so I did not care much when it all came to a head. Also, David Caruso is terrible.

Did anyone happen to watch the Session 9 special features? There was an element that originally existed throughout the entire film, but was cut out after the film was done. I thought it made the film worse, so it was the right call, but it was interesting they had something in there that effectively changed the film entirely and only cut it out after everything was done.

Mike Rot
Member

I still say Anderson's best film is Transsiberian.

KeithTalent
Guest

Agreed Mr. Rot, I really, really enjoyed that film. I love Woody; he's one of those guys that I enjoy in pretty much everything.

KeithTalent
Guest

The first two bits of trivia under the spoiler area here sort of cover it: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0261983/trivia

Worth checking out if you have the DVD laying around.

David Brook
Guest

On the horror theme, there's a decent horror festival in Sheffield (UK) at the end of October. I'm off and I'd recommend any others remotely close to the area to come along. Check out the lineup here: http://www.celluloidscreams.co.uk/2010/09/cellulo

Plug over 🙂

David Brook
Guest

Yeah it should be a fun weekend. I've not seen Crystal Plumage yet, so I'm looking forward to that. I noticed the Critters write-up on your blog. I've seen it before when I was a teenager and I can remember quite enjoying it. I actually bought the full 'quadrilogy' for next to nothing recently for a bit of a nostalgia fix, but not got round to watching them (as usual). Leonardo DiCaprio is in one of the sequels which should be fun to see especially considering how carefully he seems to pick his roles these days.

David Brook
Guest

I imagine the Critters sequels aren't up to much, but they should be fun as part of my video weekends!

Kurt
Guest

Truth be told, I'm a fan of all four Critters films!

The Reelist
Guest

Just watched "The Beyond" last night and pretty much hated it. I can now say I'm not a fan of Fulci. Argento is much better and he isn't all that great either. I feel Fulci relies on shock factor more than anything. How many times are you going to show someone getting their face squeezed and eyeballs popping out?!? I hated Zombi 2. I'm sure some of you like this movie, but I just don't know. Very poor. Actually the opening scene was really good, but fell flat extremely quick after that.

Dave
Guest

Late to the party, but seeing it's almost Halloween. . . fantastic job. 😉

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