• Night of the Living Dead

    Night of the Living Dead

    ★★★★★

    The ending still gives me chills.

  • The Beast Must Die

    The Beast Must Die

    Hooptober Part VIII Film #18

    Love the gimmick, but the story is rather dull. Once I realized it was going to be The Most Dangerous Werewolf Game I knew this was going to be a long 87 minutes. Wish the novelty was in service of something stronger. What we get is lots of running around the woods or werewolf monologues. Also sad that the werewolf wasn’t a costume, but a dog with a weird haircut. The finale is pretty great despite the long march towards it.

  • Night of the Living Dead

    Night of the Living Dead

    Hooptober Part VIII Film #17

    This remake has no business being so good. Savini plays an excellent cover of his favorite song and adds some flourishes. Tony Todd and Patricia Tallman are excellent in their retooled roles as Ben and Barbara. What’s changed works in its favor, especially the last 30 minutes. Biggest complaint is some of the more whack 90s synth tones, but that’s pretty minor. Surprised how much I dug this!

  • The Devil Rides Out

    The Devil Rides Out

    ★★★★½

    Hooptober Part VIII Film #16

    Heard this was one of Christopher Lee’s favorite roles and I can see why. He’s full of energy as he counters the darkness instead of portraying it. This must have been a breath of fresh air for him during his Hammer run. What a total blast to revel in this satanic gem. Everyone is excellent! Somehow this felt light and breezy among all the grim rituals. Never dull, always at the ready to keep the evil of Satan at bay. The circle of protection sequence takes the cake. A killer Hammer flick.

  • Vampyr

    Vampyr

    Hooptober Part VIII Film #15

    Beautiful experimental filmmaking. It’s aesthetically excellent, but narratively unusual. One of those ones that require supplemental materials to tell you why you should like it more. I’m more partial to Dracula personally.

  • Deadly Blessing

    Deadly Blessing

    Hooptober Part VIII Film #14

    Borgnine and Berryman add some nice Amish hollering moments. There a couple of good scares / kills, particularly dug the proto-Freddy snake bath and the Sharon Stone spider snack. Sad to say there are a lot of long dull stretches. I was not in love with the scenery enough to warrant the lingering. Also I’d be happy to never hear people talk about “the incubus” again. Liked the final moment quite a bit, but…

  • Night Train to Terror

    Night Train to Terror

    Hooptober Part VIII Film #13

    HAHAHAHA WHAT A MESS!!!! Night Train to Terror starts with a 80s singalong on a train car, followed by God and Satan discussing the nature of good and evil, following by newlyweds driving off a bridge, followed by an overly sleazy kidnapping / organ selling plot. That is just the first 10 minutes. Quite possibly the most nonsensical anthology of stories I’ve ever seen. Was that dude’s name PAPINI???? The beginning had me groaning,…

  • Inseminoid

    Inseminoid

    Hooptober Part VIII Film #12

    Nearly lifeless. All the more disappointing with a poster that good. Not my trash.

  • The Brood

    The Brood

    Hooptober Part VIII Film #11

    Not going to view kids in snowsuits the same way after this. I know it’s Cronenberg so I should expect the body horror, but damn there’s some nasty shit in the 2nd half that had me wincing. Oliver Reed is great, been a huge fan ever since The Devils, and it’s awesome seeing him in this warped doctor role. Some scenes really made me wonder how Cronenberg got any of his films green lit in the first place. No idea, but I’m very thankful he’s been able to fly his slimy freak flag.

  • The Blood on Satan's Claw

    The Blood on Satan's Claw

    Hooptober Part VIII Film #10
    
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    Children of the claw. Excellent unsettling 18th century satanic chiller. The ambiguity of the dark lord’s rituals and disease-like growth among the townsfolk really works wonders in establishing the sinister tone (also, great score!). As soon as the remains are discovered, the village begins its descent into madness. Angel is a haunting servant to the darkness, faithful only to the return of her master. The judge and his undreamt of methods are the only…

  • J.D.'s Revenge

    J.D.'s Revenge

    Hooptober Part VIII Film #9

    I about flipped my shit when I realized this film was sampled by Madlib. “THIS JUST A WARNIN’ SUCKA!!!” My god, I would love a remake of this starring Freddie Gibbs. The plot is really not all there, but Glynn Turman (who I fondly remember from The Wire as the ruthless Baltimore mayor) gives the most entertaining and incredible performance switching between straight laced Ike and the possessed spirit of a demented 40s pimp JD.…

  • Dracula Has Risen from the Grave

    Dracula Has Risen from the Grave

    Hooptober Part VIII Film #8

    Hammer horror shreds. Always can expect extravagant set pieces, gorgeous women, a struggle between ultimate darkness and the fading light, all bathed in vibrant colors and a haunting punchy score. Christopher Lee is less chatty than usual, but he needs no words to convey the foreboding presence of Dracula here. A few laugh out loud moments include the first corpse placement, Dracula’s high speed horse whipping, and a tumble down the stairs worthy of the 3 stooges. The pacing isn’t light speed, but I really enjoyed hanging out in the gothic ambiance. A+ final shot into the credits.