Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Scary Movie Month - Week 2

This week in Scary Movie Month was a mixed bag - we watched more movies, but enjoyed them less, and some we didn't even finish.

"Night of the Living Dead" (the original 1968 one)
Eh, interesting as part of movie history and as social commentary (which The Dude claims all the good horror movies are essentially about). Very intense, in fact I would say unrelenting in its intensity. I was glad it was short.

"The Fly" (the 1986 version directed by David Cronenberg)
Truly disgusting, and truly awesome. Very moving. The best kind of horror movie.

"Bram Stoker's Dracula" (directed by Francis Ford Coppola)
I loved this movie when it was released - The Dude loved this movie when it was released - clearly we were both insane back then. (Well, we were both in college then, so I guess that goes without saying.) Awful, just awful. We got about 20 minutes in - decided to start fast-forwarding - got through another 20 minutes of watching before deciding to call it a night.

"The Most Dangerous Game"
Clearly a must-see for any true King Kong fan (ie., The Dude) - shot on the same set as the original King Kong and at the same time - this was shot during the day while KK was shot at night, using the same actors as well. Talk about making movies on a budget.

"Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog"
Genius, pure genius. But skip the commentaries (both singing and regular) unless you really love everything Joss Whedon - the "Making Of" featurettes provide enough info on the process, and the extra ELE video applications provide enough extra giggles.

"Godzilla, King of the Monsters"
This was the first American Godzilla movie, made by taking the original Japanese version and dubbing in scenes with Raymond Burr as a reporter (who could then provide the necessary exposition). Unfortunately, we started this one while up early in the morning with a sick Buddy. We got about half way through before the Tylenol kicked in and B started feeling better (and therefore uninterested in cuddling on the couch while Mama and Dada watched an old monster movie). Since I'm home sick today myself I may finish watching it.

Tonight it's the original "Halloween" by John Carpenter. I don't like slasher films as a rule, but am persuaded to watch this one for its role in horror movie history and because it's a John Carpenter movie. Full report next week.

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