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One of my absolutely favorite things to do in October in Chicago is go to the Music Box of Horrors 24 hour horror marathon. It’s an exciting event for my friends and I. We bring along our pillows and snacks … Continue reading
For the second weekend in a row I battled another 24 hour horror marathon. Due to other obligations I was only able to rock out 18 hours but I still got the chance to see some great flicks in the during my duration. Some movies I’ve seen and reviewed before and some other were movies I haven’t seen in the longest time. Anyway, here’s my viewing list.
The Black Cat
Joan and Peter are a couple honeymooning in Hungry. While traveling they cross paths with Dr. Vitus Verdegast. They learn that Vitus has been in a war prison for 15 years and is off to met an old friend, Hjalmar Poelzig. When they get into an accident, Joan is badly injury so Peter and Vitus take her to the home of Hjalmar.
Hjalmar’s takes care of Joan but she becomes the object of his sacrificial choice.
Vitus did not visit Hjalmar on happy term, he came to claim his wife and daughter that Hjalmar stole from him and take down his Satanic cult.
Joan and Peter are wrapped up in the deadly fight between Vitus and Hjalmar while Joan’s life is a stake.
Karloff and Logosi bring a dynamic force to the films they work on together. It’s a gift to see these two share the screen.
The Curse of the Werewolf
A desperate bum reaches out to a douchebag marque for some food. The marque makes the bum dance, act like a dog and other humiliating tasks before locking him away in a dungeon to be kept as a pet. The bum is forgotten about but the jailer and his beautiful, mute daughter keep him feed for 15 years. When the daughter grows up the marque makes a pass at her and she refuses. He throws her in the dungeon with the dirty ass bum who rapes her.
When the marque takes her out of the dungeon to see if she’s ready to play nice, she kills him and makes a break for it. She lives in the woods for a few months before a kind stranger, Don, rescues her. He takes her in his home where he and Teresa, his housekeeper care for her. When they find out she’s pregnant, they treat her like she’s a part of the family.
When the child is born, the woman dies leaving Don and Teresa to raise and name him Leon. For some reason because Leon was born on Christmas Day and his mother was not married, he has the unlucky curse of being a werewolf. It could happen.
Don and Teresa do what they can to keep him safe and kept him away from other people during the course of the full moon.
When Leon grows up, he goes out into the world to find a job and have a life for himself but the wolf in him is on the brink of breaking free.
The Witchfinder General
An opportunist witch hunter takes advantage of his status to torture people in the name of witchery.
He travels from town to town offering to rid the area of any witches. He doesn’t have any special powers to weed out witches, he is just looking for money and sexual favors. When he accuses a priest of being a witch, shit goes down and the priest’s soon to be son-in-law goes after the Witchfinder.
I haven’t seen every single movie Vincent Price has been in but I have seen enough to say the man can do no wrong. He always masters the sinister, evil roles such as this one.
It was such a geeky pleasure to not only see this gem on the big screen with a new print but to also meet Jack Hill as well.
I’ve reviewed this before as a part of the Final Girl Film Club so here’s the link to that
Spider Baby review
The Return of the Living Dead
Punk teenagers, the warehouse owner and a mortician are stranded, struggling to surivive while the dead over rule the town.
Return of the Living Dead was the zombie movie I grew up on. I can say I’ve probably seen this more than any other zombie movie ever made, ever. This movie is a special piece of my childhood and it helped shaped my love for zombies even before zombies became cool.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
This is another movie I’ve reviewed before but again, enjoyed watching on the big screen at midnight with a bunch of horror freaks showing some Dokken love!
Dream Warriors review
I feel honored to have seen this for the first time a few year ago in a theater and now getting to see it again with people who have never heard of it made this time extra special.
I still can’t get over how crazy and amazingly zany this film is and I love it a little more every time I see it.
And now this completes my 24 hour marathon run of the year. Sleep awaits….
If you’ve read this blog for a while (thank you to you all) or if you know me personally, you know that around this time every year I go to a 24 hour horror marathon. Yeah I’m awesome, yo.
After a fun yet long journey spending my weekend in a dark theater with horror loving fiends, I was exposed to new and old great horror movies.
I slept through some movies or went out to eat but here are the movies that I did watched during the marathon.
A Rabbi creates a creature from clay to protect the Jewish community from persecution. The Golem acts as a servant to the Rabbi and does as he told to help the people in town. When a spell is put on him, he turns evil and acts out of rage and vengeance.
I first heard of the Golem when the Simpsons did a parody of the story for one of their Treehouse of Horrors episodes. I was intrigued to learn that it’s an actual Jewish folklore.
I love how this is a religious based Frankenstein-esque story only more mythical than scientific.
The Invisible Man
A scientist discovers a way to become invisible and he takes advantage of his situation. He grows mad with power and develops a murderously and destructive hunger that cannot be stopped.
Police are desperate to catch him so his reign of terror can end but finding someone they can’t see is challenging.
Out of all the Universal Monsters movies, I think The Invisible Man is the only one I haven’t seen. I was not expecting it to be so hilarious! Even though he was super evil, I was completely rooting for him throughout the whole movie.
The Invisible Man easily became one of my favorite films of this whole marathon.
Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors
Five strangers meet on a train where a tarot card reader tells them their grim futures.
I’m a giant sucker for anthology films and though all of these stories were a little tame, I still loved it. Well, it’s hard to not love a film that has Donald Sutherland, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in it.
This was my first time seeing this film which made it super, uber extra special because it was the original Technicolor print. Shazam!
A storm knocks power lines into the wet soils of a small Georgia town. The surge of electricity causes killer worms to rise from the ground and overrun the town.
I always enjoy nature strikes back type of horror movies because it’s not dealing with the supernatural or any kind of evil. It deals with things we see everyday and never consider that one day these things will decide to attack us, such as these worms.
It was nice to have the writer/director Jeff Lieberman in attendance of this event to talk about the film and his experience with working with Rick Baker and the worms.
Satan’s Little Helper
A young boy is obsessed with a video game called Satan’s Little Helper. He loves it so much that he’s dresses up like the helper for Halloween.
When he runs into a serial killer dressed up like Satan, the boy thinks this guy must like the video game too. The kid wants to help Satan “kill” people and the silent killer agrees to let the kid tag along. When he goes around killing people, the kid thinks that it’s a game and those people aren’t really dead. It isn’t till bodies later that the kid realizes that he’s not playing a game and this Satan person is killing people for reals.
I’ve heard about this movie a lot yet never thought to check it out. I was expecting it to be a bit cheesy but it was actually awesome. I am completely thrilled that I got the chance to see and with a lively, horror loving audience. Best setting ever!
Howling II: Your Sister’s A Werewolf
The brother of a werewolf victim joins a hunter to kill the queen of all werewolves.
As I waited in line to get into the theater, the people around me openly talked about the movies we were all going to view during this 24 hour period. It was unanimous that Howling II was not a good movie. Spoiler alert, they were all right.
I can imagine that if I went out and rented this and watched it alone, I would be bored. It goes to show that if you take any bad movie and watch it with the right people, it can be damn enjoyable. This bad movie became enjoyable and memorable.
A young woman inherits an old hotel which is built over an entrance to Hell.
This was another first time viewing for me. I can’t get enough of how awesomely gruesome Fulci films are and how the death scenes always make giggly and yet feel sick. Great combine to experience when you’re watching a horror movie.
Two cannibalistic brothers kill women as a part of a ritual to awaken a goddess. They must seek out different parts of certain females to cook up the right formula for the ritual.
This movie is a loose sequel to Herschell Gordon Lewis’s Blood Feast. I’ve had this movie sitting on my dvd shelf for over a year now and I had no idea what wonderful gem I had going to waste. Like the style of HGL’s films, Blood Diner is a dish of corny and gory.
This movie has everything: blood-splattered murders, the stereotypical camp goers AND Jason Alexander with hair. Someone give this movie an Oscar, stat!
Evil Dead 2
Ash takes his girlfriend Linda to a secluded cabin in the woods as a romantic getaway. Ash finds a tape recorder and decides to play it. What harm can a little tape recorder do right?! Well the tape plays a professor’s reading from the Book of the Dead. The incantation casts a spell which unleashes evil forces on the happy couple. Linda is possessed and Ash kills her to protect himself and he is left stranded in the cabin.
He is later joined by the professor’s daughter and three of her colleagues and the group fight for the lives while battling evil.
The combination of the heart and humor that Raimi and Campbell bring to the Evil Dead series sparks an unexplained magic onto the screen. I don’t know what the future brings for these two to team up again and what the hell will become of the remake for Evil Dead but for now, let;s just appreciate the glory of this whole series. Ah, good times.
This was a groovy film to close the 24 hour marathon. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist)
And that is all… for now! Stay tuned next weekend when I do yet another 24 hour marathon!
The first feature was Evil Dead. This wasn’t my first time seeing it on the big screen but fuck, it’s Evil Dead, it’s special with every viewing. Following the movie was a Q&A with Tom Sullivan.
Next was My Bloody Valentine. The remake was such a fun movie but it doesn’t compare to the greatness of the original film. The George Mihalka Q&A was conducting by Going to Pieces‘ Adam Rockoff.
Next we got to see Michael Dougherty’s short animated film, Season’s Greeting which inspired Trick ‘r Treat. I loved it!
Then starts Trick ‘r Treat. I will be taking time to write about this movie separately but I will say that it was pretty great. I cannot express how happy I was to see this before the release in Oct but it still would have been worth the wait. It was funny, gory and I love the stories. I’m really anxious to see this again, like right now. I’m just glad that this movie got to see the light of day and it’s no longer being pushed back. Folks, see this if/when you can!
Michael Dougherty ended the night with his Q&A
And this concludes Chicago’s Terror in the Aisles 2.
Stay Tuned for October’s edition of Chicago Events for the Music Box Massacre 5. I sit through 24 hours of horror movies and take on an endless battle of sleepiness.