Thursday, October 24, 2013

October Horror Challenge 2013 - Days 22 and 23

The last couple of days started by using a free movie ticket to see the Carrie remake... it wasn't terrible but it was absolutely unremarkable and forgettable. If being harmless is the best thing you can say about a movie it pretty much goes without saying that it isn't worth seeing.

Hard Rock Zombies came next and it was pretty much the same thing I remembered from previous viewings. There are some incredibly entertaining parts because of how ridiculously stupid it is and there are parts that are just plain terrible. It's worth checking out to see Hitler eat himself.

Next was a movie I had been meaning to check out for a long time but just got around to it... Who Can Kill A Child? This one was pretty great and I can see myself liking it more and more with future viewings. The movie is pretty downbeat the entire time and if I had to describe it with just a couple words I would simply say "human pinata".

The day was wrapped up with the disappointing 3 Extremes 2. I think the first 3 Extremes is one of the best horror anthologies of the 21st century but its sequel was a letdown. None of the 3 stories really stand out as anything special.

Day 23 began with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the original. This is a perfect film and is among my favorite horror movies and favorite films of all time. I don't need to say anything else about this one.

The House Of Seven Corpses is a solid little 70s chiller. It has a creepy atmosphere and some cool moments. I think the filming a movie within the movie was cool and really allowed for the story to be set up.

Just as good but different is House On Straw Hill starring Udo Kier. This is the story of a writer, betrayal, sex and murder. It is a solid little minimalistic exploitation horror film. Plenty of skin and violence to keep the viewer enthralled.

And finally was both parts of the Ban The Sadist Videos documentary. This 2 part doc covers the video nasties craze of the 80s and how it affected the video industry and British culture in the 1980s. I wish it would have gone a bit deeper into the interviews with video store owners and distributors but it covered the important things and was pretty cool overall.

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