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.
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.
With October and Halloween just around the corner, I am gearing up for my month-long movie fest. However, this year I think I might need some help with what movies to watch.
I am looking for your suggestions to help with my horror-fest. I’ve seen the Exorcist and will NOT be watching it again. Please don’t ask me to spend any time with Pennywise because that certainly isn’t going to happen. But, for the most part I am open to your referrals. Last year I watched an oldie from the 60’s and it was creepily good. This year on my list so far is Eyes Without a Face. Eep!
Post a message in the comment section below with your choices and I will let you know if I add them to my list.
Last weekend I got a hankerin’ to start my Halloween movie watching – albeit a little early. With the coolness in the air last weekend, and now that the leaves are starting to change color and develop their crisp, Autumn scent, it seemed appropriate that my viewing would come sooner this year.
My beau and I were talking about Stephen King’s Silver Bullet and, of course, that’s what I decided to spend a late, lazy Sunday afternoon watching. After spending nearly all of my weekend working on my fitness biz, it was a perfect-ish way to relax for a few hours.
And, as always, Silver Bullet did not let me down. Corey Haim and Megan Follows are forever perfect as Jane and Marty, siblings dueling with each other, and with a werewolf – with a conscience.
And, of course, we can’t forget Gary Busey. I love that dude. He is spazz-tastic. Just say no to drugs, kids.
So, there I was, Sunday evening, watching Silver Bullet with not another thought to it. A movie I’d seen a bunch of times before. And all was well.
Then, Monday morning came. Eaaarly Monday morning. I’ve been teaching fitness classes in the park very early Monday mornings since the summer and as the summer came closer to ending, the later the sun has been rising. And last week when I went out, not only was it pitch dark, it was foggy. There was a thick rolling fog. Perfect for a nervous Nelly….and werewolves.
As I’m waiting for my class participants to arrive, I’m sitting in my car, doors locked, of course, staring down over the park, trying to see through the thickness of the fog. And texting my friend about the possibility of werewolf attacks. She called me a fool and said there was no such thing as werewolves.
But, I’m pretty sure that the last person who got attacked by a werewolf was certain there was no such thing as werewolves.
Next up (hopefully): Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the original!)
Well the day has finally arrived. It’s Halloween.
I’ve had my costume planned since last year but never got around to doing anything about it until two nights ago. So, in a mad dash I rummaged through my closet trying to find out what I had and what I needed. Then I mad-dashed on my lunch break yesterday to get the remaining items and last night after getting home my my classes at almost 10’o’clock I finished up the remaining few details…sewing here and there.
I waited allllll day to put on my costume.
Why…it’s Mary Poppins.
Yep, that’s me.
I had to go to the grocery store in that outfit. I got plenty of compliments and a couple of odd looks. (It’s Halloween people! Lighten up!) I have two costume parties to go to tomorrow night. One of them I’ll definitely be rocking this costume you….the other party is a themed party but, albeit keeping with the them, I’m gonna throw some originality in there too.
And now I’m home and my plan for the night is to sit back with a glass of wine (check) and watch Scream 4 and maybe Monster Squad.
I had waited and waited for so long for Scream 4 to be released but I suck and never got to see it in theater. Then when I did finally watch it it was a shitty version and I missed half of what was going on. So here’s hoping tonight will be better.
Monster Squad is freakin’ awesome movie. I talked a little bit about it a while ago (you can read it here). And even though it’s technically aimed at kids, it’s still scares me. I recommend it. For adults. Don’t let your kids watch this crap…you’ll be spoon-feeding them cough syrup just to get them to sleep.