Saturday, October 21, 2017

Horror Countdown 2017: Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

Phantom of the Paradise (1974) dir. Brian de Palma, Harbor Productions




My first Brian de Palma film. Before Mr. de Palma was obsessed with copying Hitchcock, he was doing some pretty innovative work. Phantom of the Paradise is his take on Phantom of the Opera, and brother, it is a take for sure.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Horror Countdown 2017: The Phantom of Hollywood (1974)

The Phantom of Hollywood (1974) dir. Gene Levitt, MGM Television





Inspired by the films, no doubt, but as the years wore on the tale of the Phantom started to move away from the Paris Opera house. This was one of the first American takes on the story that changed the setting, but the overall theme is similar.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Horror Countdown 2017: Song at Midnight (1937)

Song at Midnight (1937) dir. Ma-Xu Weibang, Xinhua Film Company





Taking a break from the slashers, right now we'll switch the focus to one particular of horror. Last year we focused on Bela Lugosi. This year we'll look at the Phantom of the Opera. 

We covered the first cinematic appearance of Gaston Leroux's most famous creation, as well as Universal's first follow-up and Hammer's remake.

Next we'll look at the second look at the novel, plus the first sound version, China's Song at Midnight.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Horror Countdown 2017: Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker (1991)

Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker (1991) dir. Martin Kitrosser, Still Silent Films Inc.



We started with a crazed Santa, moved to the awe and glory that is Garbage Day, then went pagan. How would the Silent Night series follow that up?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Horror Countdown 2017: Howling V: The Rebirth (1989)

Howling V: The Rebirth (1989) dir. Neal Sundstrom, Allied Vision/Lane Pringle Productions/Mafilm Studios






We started with Joe Dante, to Christopher Lee doing his best...to parts 3 and 4. Surely they could only go up?

Horror Host 2017 Retrospective: Dr. Atomic

Real name: Jeremy Savage
Years active: Mid-1980s to 1990


And here we end the look back at horror hosts for another year. This time we look at the first and only host from Connecticut (Madd Frank did host for here for a bit, but he started in North Dakota, so we'll take a look at him when we get out west).

From WHCT Channel 18, Dr. Atomic featured mostly AIP films instead of the usual Universal or public domain flicks. He seemed to be a goofy scientist, although I've yet to find a picture of him.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Horror Countdown 2017: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) dir. Marcus Nipsel, Next Entertainment/Platinum Dunes/Rader Pictures




After the strange mess that was the Next Generation, how would a new generation handle the saga of Leatherface? Although the last two takes had been practically remakes themselves, I suppose someone else deserved the right to screw things up.