32 Days of Halloween VI, Day 26: Mill of the Stone Women

So Day 26 is when we usually pause and reflect on a bit of Italian horror that all makes us scratch our heads and say, "WTF was that all about?" Previous exhibit was the awesomely titled Don't Torture a Duckling. Now we come to the amazingly weird trailer for Mill of the Stone Women. Now, let me be clear: I'm not saying that the films themselves are incoherent parades of nightmarish images--I'm just terribly amused that a film that actually holds together (or at least as much as usually weird Italian horror films do) can be reduced to a trailer in which you really have no damn idea what's going on. There's a hanging woman! There's a dead body! Women are turning to stone? Wait, there's a musical number! Is it the ELO song "Turn to Stone"? No? What the hell is going on here?

Prepare for two minutes of a narrator struggling to try to get you to see a film in which he himself probably has no idea what's happening.

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By |October 25th, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VI, Movie Night No. 25: Wolfblood

Wolfblood transfusion scene 1925

Since it's silent horror feature night at 32 Days of Halloween, we figure we'll take you back to 1925 and Wolfblood, which has been referred to as the first werewolf film ever made. I certainly haven't seen any earlier...you? Anyway, our protagonist Dick is the head burrito at a logging company. After a vicious attack, he's lost a lot of blood and in desperation--since no human will volunteer to give blood--the doctor uses the blood from a wolf. And you can...pretty much anticipate what is supposed to happen next.

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By |October 24th, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VI, Day 25: Zaat!


Well, we had When Animals Attack as the theme previously for Day 25 of 32 Days of Halloween...but then I was seduced away from the path by The Giant Behemoth. But who can blame me? And now we combine giant monsters and killer animals and get a monstrosity that's half-man, half-walking catfish, all rubber suit. It's Zaat from 1972, raised from relative obscurity (under its alternate title of The Blood Waters of Dr. Z--which quite frankly sounds like a rap album) by our friends in MST3K. It is nothing short of amazing in its WTFery.

"How could it happen? No one knows. But it did." What, you mean the funding?

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By |October 24th, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VI, Movie Night No. 24: The Earth Dies Screaming

Earth Dies Screaming

It's a free form night on 32 Days of Halloween, so we're going with the film that inspired a Tom Waits song. It's The Earth Dies Screaming from 1965. What happens when you get back from your flight and see that everybody's dropped dead? You go sidestep into what's essentially a one-act play set in a pub and every so often dodge some of the slowest moving robots in sci-fi history. If there was anything that ever screamed low budget sci-fi, it's this. It's Tuesday night cheeseball goodness.

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By |October 23rd, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VI, Day 24: Haunted by Georges Méliès

Georges Melies

So this time last year when we shared a twofer of Georges Méliès I was discussing how I was unaware of his forays into crazed horror flicks--an excellent genre for showing off his camera wizardry. But then I was also unaware that Hugo revolved around him and would showcase his talents for pretty much everybody.

We're going to start off with "The Haunted Castle," which as Wikipedia tells us (and it's always right) is considered to be the first horror film and first vampire film. Nice. It is from 1896. To help you out, in case you suck at math as much as I do--that's 116 years, people. So it's bloody amazing.

Then we go to the silently longer "The Haunted House" from 1908. Not much to say about this, but it makes the remake of The Haunting look like...well, the remake of The Haunting. Enjoy.

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By |October 23rd, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VI, Movie Night No. 23: The Plague of the Zombies

Plague of the Zombies

Movie Night No. 23 of 32 Days of Halloween has long been a place for something-or-other of the Zombies...and here we have Hammer's Plague of the Zombies. André Morell is absolutely brilliant as Sir James, and while it's at times a bit hokey (and that makeup is positively bonkers) it manages to be one of the creepier Hammer offerings of the 60s. Look for Hammer mainstay Michael Ripper as Sergeant Swift. Enjoy...

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By |October 22nd, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Wayhomer Review #133: Seven Psychopaths

Tom Waits with bunnies from Seven Psychopaths

Episode #133 for Seven Psychopaths, in which our protagonist appreciates an intense yet non-violent Walken for a change, thinks some cinematic sandpaper might be in order but in the end--you can't hate a movie that has Tom Waits and bunnies. I mean, come on: Tom Waits and bunnies.
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By |October 22nd, 2012|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|1 Comment

32 Days of Halloween VI, Day 23: The Child

Child 1977

So, you know, growing up in the 1970s...sure, you didn't have the Internet. You didn't have DVDs and CDs. And you didn't have smartphones. But you did have friends who were zombies who would do you favors like terrorize your enemies.

What's that? Oh. Well, maybe that was just me and Rosalie, the titular character of The Child from 1977. Yes, it's Evil Children Day at 32 Days of Halloween and you can't get much more evil than dealing with the loss of your mother by siccing the dead on people. Well, I mean, you could...but it would take work. The director/editor doesn't have another credit to his name, but here's something fun: he apparently went on to play Professor Angell in the recent/badass H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society adaptation of Call of Cthulhu. Small world. Anyway, here's the trailer. Enjoy.

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By |October 22nd, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VI, Movie Night No. 22: Island of Terror

Island of Terror

Aw, man, and all they wanted to do is cure cancer. But instead they've created an... Island of Terror! Hold onto your skeleton, friends, because the place is under siege by silicates that eat bone! (I hate it when that happens.) We picked this for Movie Night No. 22 of 32 Days of Halloween because it stars Peter Cushing as the scientist who must come in and try to stop the madness. And you need somebody like Cushing who say lines like "No bone? You certain?" with absolute authority.

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By |October 21st, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VI, Movie Night No. 21: The Phantom Creeps

Phantom Creeps

So we were reminded that it's Bela Lugosi's 130th birthday today by Aaron Alexovich, co-alchemist behind Eldritch! (which is great Halloween reading, by the way). I'm not sure how we forgot that was the case but it's obvious my Memento Head Syndrome is getting worse.

To that end, we're giving you a buffet of Lugosi madness: it's the twelve-part serial from 1939: The Phantom Creeps. Because sometimes you just need a mad scientist who creates a giant robot, can turn himself invisible and do so with a bunch of stock footage and recycled music wherever possible (to save on costs). Is it ridiculous? Yes. But it's awesome. It is a twelve-part serial, so at four hours, make sure you have some solid beer supplies handy.

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By |October 20th, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments