Monday, October 16, 2006

Horror movie mini-reviews part one

Here are ten horror movies I have watched over the last month.

Legend of Boggy Creek(1972)
Pseudo documentary about a bigfoot type creature in Arkansas.
Good idea, but very dry and cheaply done.
C-

Friday the 13th(1980)
A summer camp is about to open, but someone is killing off the counselors.
The acting is amateurish and the dialog is poor at times. However it also has excellent make-up effects, nice locations and it bothers to build some suspense.
B

The Innocents(1961)
A women takes a job teaching two children at their home. She hears about the deaths of two people and she begins to see their ghosts.
Wonderful film with spectacular photography and fine acting.
A-

Silver Bullet(1985)
Wheelchair bound boy suspects recent deaths involve a werewolf.
Silly in the way of many films of that time involving kids. Still some decent action and it moves along.
B-

Die, Monster, Die(1963)
An American goes to visit his girlfriend in England only to find her house has a deadly secret.
Slightly silly concept is made bearable by Boris Karloff and nice scares.
C+

Jesse James meets Frankenstein's daughter(1966)
Jesse James is fleeing from the law and his partner gets shot. They visit a doctor who is the daughter of Frankenstein(!). She turns the partner into a monster.
This has poor acting, worse dialog and some hokey science.
D-

Dog Soldiers(2002)
Scottish soldiers on maneuvers in the woods run into werewolves.
Some great action and decent looking werewolves. Only complaint is that the accents are so thick that it is hard to understand them at times.
B+

Devil Bat(1940)
Scientist (Bela Lugosi) controls bats to kill people who he think wronged him.
Silly story with big floppy rubber bats.
C-

Dracula(1979)
Count Dracula goes to England to find a bride.
Frank Langella is good as Dracula and there are great locations. The supporting cast are mainly so-so plus the film seems a little dated today.
C+

Captain Kronos:Vampire Hunter(1972)
A vampire hunter and his partner are called to a town where young girls are being drained of their youth.
I love British horror films and this is one of the best. Kronos is a swashbuckling vampire fighter in a story that's part mystery and involves a different take on vampires.
A


I will likely write-up ten more horror films next week.

11 Comments:

Blogger OnMyWatch said...

Wow, you really dusted off the vault on this one. Neat list! The Legend of Boggy Creek? I remember that from when I was little. But I haven't seen it since.

5:13 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

I own all of these, but the Innocents may be the only one that cost more than $6. Like I said I will do ten more next week and maybe even another ten the week of Halloween.

6:45 AM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

Dang...you got some hard-to-find horror flicks in that list. Amazing. Innocents sounds like a winner to me too.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Phoenix, The Innocents is great if you ever get a chance to see it.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

The only one of these I have seen is Silver Bullet. (SIGH) Corey Haim was my 1st love!

11:18 AM  
Blogger :P fuzzbox said...

There have been so many great Dracs over the years. Frank Langella has to be on the short list of the best Dracs.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Mimi-Silver Bullet is going for $4.88 at Wal-mart now around here I don't if it is in your area or not.

Fuzz-Langella gives good turn on this role

7:53 AM  
Blogger George Vader said...

Two words-The Descent, fabulous flick from the guy who made Dog Soldiers, Oh and no Scottish accents for you Yanks to moan about ;)

10:11 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

George-I have heard of the Descent, but have not seen it. I seen probably at least 150 British Horror films, but the accents on Dog Soldiers were just hard to udnerstand at times when I really needed to understand the dialog.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

you're way up on me, Mark...I've been dozing off trying to watch movies, even down at the beach when we got back into the hotel...was a little tipsy, so I couldn't hang with the late night horror fest, dangit...

I took you up on your advice and went to Wal Mart at the 4.88 bin and came back with Rosemary's Baby, Tremors, Graveyard Shift and My Bloody Valentine. If I can scrape up more money, I want Silver Bullet and a few others.

10:08 PM  
Blogger George Vader said...

Mark
The Descent is getting a dvd release in the States pretty soon, though not sure of the exact date :)

1:08 AM  

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