Occultober – Day 2 – The Believers

Occultober – Day 2 – The Believers

The Believers Oscar winning director John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy) comes to the Satanic Panic party way late in the game, albeit there was a bit of a mini-revival in 1987 (Jacob’s Ladder, Angel Heart, and two others that will come up later on this month.) The Believers has a shocker of an opening involving a coffee pot and a puddle of milk which...

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Occultober – Day 1 – Race With The Devil

Occultober – Day 1 – Race With The Devil

Over the course of October we will be offering suggestions on cult films to watch. And by cult films, we mean films about cults, even though many of these films have cult followings in their own right.

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A Month of Horror 2013 – Chapter 5

. Not sure if she’s winking, squinting or wincing? Neither am I…Anyway, these were all watched in October (so it still counts towards my month): Visiting Hours, We Are What We Are, Omen IV: The Awakening and Basket Case.   Visiting Hours (Jean-Claude Lord – 1982) You can only suspend belief for so long, you know? I can forgive much of the...

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A Month of Horror 2013 – Chapter 4

. Not watching horror films this October? Bela Lugosi feels sorry for you…This time around: The Night Flier, White Zombie, Aswang and The Invisible Man.   The Night Flier (Mark Pavia – 1997) Miguel Ferrer runs roughshod all over this film and holds together a story that could easily fall apart, but strangely doesn’t. The titular character...

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A Month of Horror 2013 – Chapter 3

. In this installment Exorcist II:The Heretic, Ravenous, Possession (1981) and The Devils. Now work with me Linda, work with me!   Exorcist II: The Heretic (John Boorman – 1977) There are some great elements to this jumbled mess of a movie, but none of them ever quite fit together enough to bring even one great scene to bear. Moments, shots and ideas...

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A Month of Horror 2013 – Chapter 2

. You know, I think Peter Capaldi is going to be just fine as Dr. Who…   The Lair Of The White Worm (Ken Russell – 1988) There’s a moment in this movie (right around 23:25) when it suddenly becomes readily apparent that this is a Ken Russell film. That moment is when things turn batshit crazy. It only lasts a minute or so and it’s a...

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A Month of Horror 2013 – Chapter 1

. I‘m a little late in saying hello to another month of horror viewing, but it’s not like I’ve been sitting on my hands. A few of my early watches will show up on my blind spot later in the month, so I’m just now getting to this year’s first installment. I’ll watch horror anytime, but as in past years I love to pack them in...

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A Month Of Horror 2012 – Chapter 7

. This guy can’t believe October is over, but I still have one more chapter left in my month’s viewing to follow…   Pet Sematary (1989 – Mary Lambert) A good half of this adaptation of yet another Stephen King novel is essentially foreshadowing. You know what’s coming, you know how it’s going to happen and you know what...

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Blindspotting #4 – The Mummy and The Wolf Man

. One of the keys to coming to older horror movies (particularly those of the 30s and 40s) is not to go in to them expecting to be “scared”. I don’t mean this as a way of belittling those movies – in particular my two blind spots this month The Mummy and The Wolf Man – but simply to state that if you are coming to them this late,...

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A Month Of Horror 2012 – Chapter 6

. For today’s lesson…   The Mummy’s Hand (1940 – Christy Cabanne) A poor cousin to the Universal Monster classic The Mummy, this short cheapie may lack in characters, story and humour (not that it doesn’t “try” to be funny), but there’s one thing that it has in spades in comparison to its older relative...

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