Friday, October 31, 2014

2014 Horror Countdown: Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), dir. Ed Wood, Reynolds Pictures

We’ve come to the end of another year my friends. One last story before the campfire ebbs and we put away the ghouls and ghosts for another time. And we’ll be ending 2014 on another high note, yes, as we look back at what has been called the worst movie ever made, Ed Wood’s magnum opus, Plan 9 from Outer Space.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

2014 Horror Countdown: Season of the Witch (1973)

Season of the Witch (1973), dir. George Romero, the Latent Image

Shot under the title Jack’s Wife and then changed for the initial release as the softcore Hungry Wives, George Romero’s Season of the Witch asks “where does one go after redefining the zombie genre?”; the answer, in a weird direction.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

2014 Horror Countdown:Eaten Alive (1977)

Eaten Alive (1977), dir. Tobe Hooper, Mars Production Company

Where does on go after making the Texas Chainsaw Massacre? For Tobe Hooper, another Southern fired slice of terror seemed like the ideal thing to do.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2014 Horror Countdown: The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

The Hills Have Eyes (1977), dir. Wes Craven, Blood Relations Company

 After the Last House on the Left, Wes Craven went back to classic stories for the inspiration for his next feature. The tale that inspired his 1977 sophomore flick was the legend of the Sawney Bean clan, an infamous group of cannibalistic highwaymen in the Scottish highlands.

Monday, October 27, 2014

2014 Horror Countdown: Someone's Watching Me! (1978)

Someone’s Watching Me! (1978), dir. John Carpenter, Warner Brothers

Made for TV movies generally get a bad rap. Of course, many of them are terrible or overwrought, but every once in a while a diamond is found in the sand. Is John Carpenter’s first TV movie a diamond or sand? Read on to find out after these messages.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

2014 Horror Countdown: The Howling (1981)

The Howling (1981), dir. Joe Dante, Avco Embassy Pictures

We’ve discussed werewolf movies before, but as time wore on it seemed filmmakers couldn’t stop remaking the Wolf Man or Werewolf of London. The tropes were pretty much set in stone; man (women always seemed to be either victims or girlfriends/wives) gets bitten by a wolf/transformed via science or magic, cue the full moon, insert transformation scene, and monster dying in a hail of gunfire in his loved ones arms.

The special effects also pretty much strayed pretty close to what Universal did back in the 1940’s. Joe Dante, adapting the story from the novel of the same name by Gary Brandner, took what was established and then created the most original werewolf movie of the 1980’s. The influence is still being felt today, although we’ll get that later.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

2014 Horror Countdown: Not of This Earth (1957)

Not of the Earth (1957), dir. Roger Cormen, Los Altos Productions

Going back to the B-Movie circuit, Roger Cormen had directed/produced eight films in 1957 alone. This was one of them.