Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
This movie jumped on the bandwagon of teen horror films post Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. I mean, sure, it’s a franchise that had started in the 70’s, but this time around it really seemed it was geared toward a younger crowd. And it did ride the heels of the others.
I am not a big fan of the Halloween movie(s). Not because I found it super scary, although, don’t get me wrong, Michael Myers is definitely a creep, but moreso I found it boring and annoying. And because I’m not a Jamie Lee Curtis fan.
All that being said, I have always like H20. And perhaps it is because it is in the same keepings of the Scream and IKWYDLS films. So, I was happy to rewatch it this year after not having seen it in a long time. And, of course, the fact that there’s a new Halloween movie geared for release next year (40 years!) did give me some incentive to see this one again.
Carnival of Souls (1962)
I really wanted to like this movie. Simply because the reviews and the statement that it’s become a “cult classic”.
Mary is involved in a car accident and decides to leave her town to move elsewhere and start anew. She accepts a new job as a church organist and on her travels, becomes drawn to an abandoned carnival located near her new town.
In addition to that creep factor, she is constantly seeing an unknown man who seems to be following her.
Aside from the Creep and the carnival, Mary has spells of time where she loses hearing and becomes invisible to others…like she doesn’t exist. Her reality brink is off and on.
It seems the 60’s had some bad overacting in films…especially this one. Once I got past that and stopped rooting for the Creeper and his friends to take Mary out, the movie wasn’t that bad and it did have a nice little M. Night Shymalan twist to it.
The Watcher in the Woods (1980)
I absolutely loved this movie when I was a little kid. It terrified me to the core, but I loved it and we watched it a bunch of times. So, when I found out a few months ago they’ve filmed a remake – with Angelica Huston, no less – I was elated. And decided to re-watch the original.
The movies stars Bette Davis as a woman whose daughter, Karen, had gone missing years before. When new neighbors move in, the oldest daughter, Jan, bears a remarkable resemblance to the missing daughter. Strange things start happening to Jan – hearing voices, seeing a girl in mirrors. And the youngest daughter, Ellie, starts acting weird…as if she’s possessed.
It’s a big mystery about the night Karen goes missing. But her friends are harboring a dark secret (got your attention yet?). What do they know about Karen’s disappearance? You should watch the movie and find out.
Aside from semi-bad acting, this movie is still a pretty good watch. It will make you sleep with a light on at night.
Eyes Without a Face (1960)
I’ve been wanting to see this movie for a short while – and even started to watch it a month or so ago, but fell asleep after just a few minutes and just didn’t bother again. Then, a few nights ago, I noticed it was OnDemand so I popped ‘er on.
This is a horror-ish movie from 1960(?) and is black and white – and in French (with subtitles).
The story is that the main character – Docteur Genessier – maimed his daughter Christiane’s face badly in a car accident. He and his wife/nurse (it’s not made clear which she is, if not both) then conspire to keep her hidden away, telling the authorities that she disappeared. Christiane is kept locked up in a room in the attic of their massive creepy gothic house, forced to wear a mask that can only be classified as creepier than Michael Myers/Jason Voorhies/Ghost Face all mixed together. It’s not meant to be sinister, but it sure as heck is. Christiane even declares that her mask frightens her.
All the while, Doc and Wifey continue to kidnap young girls who bear similar looks to Christiane and perform basement surgeries on them to try and steal their faces to replace the one Christiane is now missing. Morbid much? However, the surgeries never take…for any of them.
It’s a very odd movie without a lot of dialogue. In fact, there is so much dialogue missing that I found myself skipping over a bunch of it. (I mean, do we really have to watch the Doc walk from one building to the next without any purpose or uttering a word? *skip!*)
The movie had lots of potential and I’m sure that back in good ‘ol 1960 it was probably scary AF. But, in 2017, it sucked. It was slow and boring and the ending was just atrocious. However, the face and the mask will freak you out. I had a hard time putting it out of my head when I hit the sack.
TOURIST TRAP (1979)
This movie could have had so much potential. Perhaps if it hadn’t have come out in 1979 or if it had had a bigger budget. And maybe if the actors were better just a little better at their jobs. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely had a creep factor…but it also had a huge fromage factor. Totally campy. But hey, isn’t that what the old school horror are about?
So the plot of the movie reads as follows: “A group of friends stranded at a secluded roadside museum are stalked by a masked assailant who uses telekinetic powers to control the attraction’s mannequins. (As if mannequins weren’t freaky enough.)
I mean, come on!! Tell me those things are scary as Hell!!!
The movie is very reminiscent of House of Wax. They have very similar story lines…including a creepy brother. And mannequins….did I mention the mannequins??
All-in-all, this movie wasn’t a completely bad watch. So, grab yourself some popcorn, close the blinds, and settle in for a little creep show.
From the Dead of Night (1989)
My mom suggested I watch this movie. It stars Lindsay Wagner (remember the Bionic Woman?), Robin Thomas (who, whenever I see him in anything say “it’s Geoffrey with a ‘G’ from Who’s the Boss?) and Bruce Boxleitner (total 80’s heart throb…*sigh*).
I saw this movie years ago and completely forgot about it but when I re-watched it, I remembered most of it. Weird how that happens.
So, the gist of this movie is Lindsay Wagner’s character has an accident and basically bites it. She’s making her way through the bright white light and sees several figures on her journey. But, her knights in shining armor revive her and bring her back to the land of the living. But, turns out, she’s not the only one to come back. The figures she sees while dead, follow her back, in the form of others, and one-by-one, they each try their turn at killing her…again.
I have to say…for a cheesy-what-was-probably-a-made-for-TV-movie in the 80’s, this one was pretty good. Parts of it were creepy enough that I may have turned the light on once or twice in the middle of the night.
The best part of this movie tho….let’s be real…it was Bruce Boxleitner. *Hubba Hubba*
There is something about that feathered hair that just makes my heart thump and puts a little grin on my face.
All in all, this was a decent movie…go watch it.
PS…I found it on YouTube. ;P
As always, I’m counting down to Halloween with some horror/scary movies. Time is tight these days, so I haven’t been watching much TV, but I’ve managed, so far, to get in a few movies here and there.
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1959)
Back in the day, I’m sure this movie was a masterpiece, and ahead of its time. In fact, when reading the trivia on IMDB, it says that when this movie was originally in theaters, gimmicks were added such as a lighted plastic skeleton on a wire appeared from a black box next to the screen to swoop over the heads of the audience. Imagine that back in ’59.
This movie had a good creep factor, thanks mostly to Vincent Price, but at first I thought it was very cheesy. Then at one point, I got the wits scared out of me. And then maybe again. It wasn’t a total horror movie (fine by me), but, again, I’m sure back in the 50’s/60’s it was completely spooky.
What really ruined it for me though was the character of Nora. Ugh! She was a constant whiner and screamer and I thoroughly wanted to punch her in the throat to shut her up. I’d hoped that at some point she’d bite it….but I’ll not spoil that for you.
All in all, this movie was a good one to watch to kick off Halloween season.