Saturday, October 22, 2016

Horror Countdown 2016: Island of Lost Souls (1932)

Island of Lost Souls (1932) dir. Erle C. Kenton, Paramount Studios

Paramount doesn't have quite the reputation that Universal enjoys in regards to horror. They didn't do as many scare flicks as Universal, true, but that doesn't mean they didn't give it the old college try. There weren't many Universal films that could boast of being banned in England for twenty-five years, so this take on the H.G. Well's classic is another first.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Horror Countdown 2016: Chandu the Magician (1932)

Chandu the Magician (1932) dir. William Cameron Menzies, Marcel Varnel, Fox Film Corporation

Moving back a bit, we take some time to look at the filmography of Bela Lugosi. Dracula had made him a household world. How could he follow up such a performance? The 1930's version of a super hero film mostly.

Chandu the Magician was a popular radio show (1932 to 1950) focusing on the adventures of Chandu. In reality American born Frank Chandler, Chandu is tasked by his teachers in India to use his mystical abilities to conquer the evil that threatens mankind.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Horror Countdown 2016: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994) dir. Kim Henkel, Genre Pictures/Return Productions/Ultra Muchos Productions

We have a new addition to the lineup this year. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series was a mixed bag, with scare and groans aplenty. By the time number 4 was made (or escaped; the story behind the film is one filled with so many lawsuits and convoluted legal figuring the making of would have made a better film), the 90's were not totally conductive to the slasher genre.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Horror Countdown 2016: Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988)

Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988) dir. John Hough, Allied Vision

Small confession, I've never read Gary Brander's the Howling, but from most accounts this version is closer to the book than Dante's take. Not sure if that's a good thing or not.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Horror Countdown 2016: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation (1990)

Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation (1990) dir. Brian Yuzna, Silent Films, Inc.

We've seen two killer Santas and a killer Santa with a dome on his head. How could the saga of killer holidays continue?

Monday, October 17, 2016

Horror Countdown 2016: Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) dir. Dwight H. Little, Trancas International

When we last saw Michael, he had been blown up pretty good along with Dr. Loomis. Since part III didn't happened, what has Haddonfield's favorite son been up to?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Horror Countdown 2016: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) dir. Renny Harlin, Heron Communications/Smart Egg Pictures

Now we move into the realm of the slasher and diminishing returns. When we last saw Mr. Kruger, he had been slain by the surviving Dream Warriors. So he must be dead and the world safe, right?