Movie 299- Horror- Dr. Terror's House of Horrors

Directed by Freddie Francis
Starring Peter Cushing
             Christopher Lee
             Donald Sutherland
             Michael Gough
             Bernard Lee
             Neil McCallum

This town isn't big enough for two doctors. . . or two vampires
Ominous prophet Dr. Schreck informs five train passengers -- including art critic Franklyn Marsh and physician Bob Carroll  -- about the grisly details of their imminent deaths in this anthology of eerie vignettes. Schreck tells Marsh that he will be maimed; that Carroll's new bride has a supernatural secret life; and that architect Jim Dawson will be attacked by a werewolf.

This is one of the best of the anthology movies.  All four stories are great and the scenes between them are interesting too.  If you can see this one, it hasn't been released on DVD yet, but it is streaming on Netflix, which is good since my VCR ate my copy the last time I watch it. 

Movie 298- Horror- Lust for a Vampire

Directed by Jimmy Sangster
Starring Yutte Stensgaard
              Michael Johnson
              Ralph Bates
             Suzanna Leigh 

Mircalla, a long-dead lamia whose resurrection spells trouble for a girls' finishing school after she enrolls looking for fresh plasma and nubile young ladies to bed. But when Richard Lestrange -- a novelist who's finagled a post as an English teacher -- proclaims his undying love for Mircalla, will she go straight and change her bloodsucking ways?

This movie is the follow-up to The Vampire Lovers, it's a good movie, there's more nudity in this, and a cheesy song during the love scene, which I'm posting a clip of here: edit: (I forgot to put that there is nudity in this clip before)

This isn't my favorite Hammer movie, but from time to time I like to watch this one.  The acting is pretty good for this type of movie, but the sets and costumes are great.  

Movie 297- Horror- The Vampire Lovers

Directed by Roy Ward Baker
Starring Ingrid Pitt
              Peter Cushing
              Madeline Smith
              Kate O'Mara

They were all evil and remain evil after death.
Fanged femme fatale Mircalla Karnstein slakes her bloodlust for mortals of girlish figures in this Hammer horror story that has the 19th-century noblewoman stalking the Austrian countryside, bewitching young daughters at every turn. Appearing first as Marcilla, then as Carmilla, the insatiable siren steals women's hearts and leaves ruin in her wake, but in grieving General von Spielsdorf, she may have met her match.

I think this was the first Hammer movie I ever watched.  I like the story and think it's one of the best versions of Carmilla.  Peter Cushing is great as usual.  There is a lot of atmosphere which makes these movies great. 

Movie 296- Horror- The Phantom of the Opera

Directed by Terence Fisher
Starring Herbert Lom
              Michael Gough
              Heather Sears
              Edward De Souza

I am going to teach you to sing, Christine. I am going to give you a new voice! A voice so wonderful that theatres all over the world will be filled with your admirers. You will be the greatest star the opera has ever known. Greater than the greatest! And when you sing, Christine, you will be singing only... for me.

Filled with rage as his art is stolen by a greedy royal. His revenge: to haunt the opera house where his music is played and where he meets a beautiful and talented singer.

I like the movie, but it's really not a true version of The Phantom of the Opera, they have elements of the Claude Raines version, and then they go a different route.  The Phantom doesn't do much in the Opera house, he's got a demented dwarf that is causing the deaths in the theater.  The acting was good, but there was too much singing in this movie, it wasn't very good which made it more obvious.  When choosing a version to watch I would suggest this before the Dario Argento mess and after the Charles Dance TV movie (which is one of the best versions out there).

Movie 295- Horror- The Hunger

Directed by Tony Scott
Starring Catherine Deneuve
              David Bowie
              Susan Sarandon

She's that kind of a woman. She's... European.
Fetching Miriam -- a 2,000-year-old vampire -- gave John the gift of eternal life hundreds of years ago, choosing him as her lover and companion. But now Miriam wants to put the bite on Dr. Sarah Roberts, a specialist in premature aging. Because John has begun aging so rapidly, Sarah is a much more appetizing alternative, prompting Miriam to make the choice of a lifetime.

I didn't really care for this movie, it was well acted but it just seemed a little slow and nothing really happened.  I liked David Bowie, he wasn't in it for very long.  It was interesting, but I don't think it's a movie that I would go out of my way to see again.

Movie 294- Adventure/Fantasty- The Three Musketeers

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring Milla Jovovich
              Orlando Bloom
              Christoph Waltz
              Matthew Macfadyen
              Mads Mikkelsen                  

No, just 40... We had an off day.

The original three musketeers are past their prime and working menial jobs in Paris when their friend D'Artagnan rallies them to defend the nation. To do so, they must undermine Cardinal Richelieu's plot to have himself crowned France's next king.

This was a great movie, so much better than the other one from a couple years ago.  It was funny and had a lot of action.  Everyone in it was great.  I liked the Steampunk stuff they added to it.  But the highlight of the movie was the Breaking Dawn trailer.  I'm kidding.  I hope that they do another movie since they left it open for a sequel.  I thought Orlando Bloom was great, I don't think I've seen him play the bad guy before, he also sounded different then he normally does.  Check it out in 3D.

Movie 293- Horror- The Crazies

Directed by Breck Eisner
Starring Timothy Olyphant
              Radha Mitchell
              Joe Anderson

Don't ask me why I can't leave without my wife and I won't ask you why you can.

When a plane crashes in a small town, a secret biological weapon is released. As the toxic substance infiltrates the local water system, some residents become gravely ill, while others descend into homicidal madness. Sheriff David Dutton attempts to set things straight, but soon the military becomes involved in containing the killer virus.

I liked this movie, I found it different from the trailers, but it was well acted and had a good story.  I've never seen the original, but I think that it was adapted well to the current time period. 

Movie 292- Horror- Eden Lake

Directed by James Watkins
Starring Kelly Reilly
              Michael Fassbender
              Jack O'Connell

Follow the blood!

Jenny and Steve are in love and about to get engaged during a calm lake getaway -- but they'll first have to survive a pillaging and murderous gang of kids, led by the psychotic Brett, who suddenly arrives on their front lawn. When Steve tries to quell the violence, matters turn from scary to gruesomely deadly.

I liked the movie, I've seen a couple others that were similar, I thought it was very well made and the actors were very good.  I liked the main characters and I think they did a great job making you like them, which doesn't always happen so you feel bad for them and want them to survive.  The kids were crazy and it just shows how bad bullying can get.

Movie 291- Dracula: Prince of Darkness

Directed by Terence Fisher
Starring Christopher Lee
              Barbara Shelley
              Andrew Keir
              Francis Matthews
              Suzan Farmer

You see, sir, my master is dead but instructions were left that the castle should always be ready to receive guests. I am merely carrying out his wishes.
           
Dracula is resurrected, preying on four unsuspecting visitors to his castle.


This was the second Hammer Dracula movie and it's one of my favorites.  It's well acted and has plenty of blood, especially the scene when Dracula is resurrected.  It's got a lot of atmosphere which I love about the Hammer movies.

Movie 290- Horror- From Beyond the Grave

Directed by
Starring Peter Cushing
              David Warner
              Ian Olgivy
              Donald Pleasence

You denied me life.

In this anthology film based on four R. Chetwynd-Hayes short stories, the action revolves around an antique shop called Temptations and the tragedies that befall the fools who attempt to cheat the store's owner. In one of the stories, a customer unleashes an evil entity from an antique mirror; in another, a henpecked husband strikes up a sinister friendship with a retired army officer.

This was the first anthology movie I saw, I remember it clearly I was in 7 or 8th grade and we watched the first story.  I was sure that it was rated R, but later I learned it was rated PG.  What I like about this movie is that each story gives you something a bit different, some like the first one is scary, some are funny and some are weird.  Peter Cushing is great in this and so is the rest of the cast.  This is a great movie and it's one that I really recommend. 

Movie 289- Horror- The Turn of the Screw

Directed by Rusty Lemorande
Starring Patsy Kensit
              Claire Szekeres
              Joseph England
              Marianne Faithfull

Soon after settling into her new role as governess at the faraway and well-appointed Bly House, Jenny begins to suspect that her young charges, Flora and Miles, have seen something unimaginably sinister.

I've seen a couple of versions of this story before, I didn't care for this one as much I didn't think the characters were that likable, it was just odd.  The actors did a good job, and even after a few days thinking about it I don't know how I really feel about it.

Movie 288- Horror- The Last Exorcism

Directed by Daniel Stamm
Starring Patrick Fabian
              Ashley Bell
              Iris Bahr
              Louis Herthum

Exorcism is alive and well in the present age. People think of it as being a scourge of the Middle Ages that somehow went away and was cured by science, but the fact of the matter is it's never gone away. Exorcism today is bigger than it's ever been.

Ready to expose his miraculous deeds as mere trickery, Rev. Cotton Marcus invites a documentary crew to film his final exorcism. But when the devil actually possesses a girl's body, Marcus must regain his faith and engage in the fight of his life.

This movie was okay I thought it started out great, it was creepy and interesting, but at end it just lost it.  I think they did a good job at convincing us this was a documentary, but the it was a ending that ruined it for me.

Movie 287- Horror- Blood Creek

Directed by Joel Schumacher
Starring Henry Cavill
              Dominic Purcell
              Emma Booth
              Michael Fassbender

Those who came before rule the blood. And when you rule the blood, death is no longer the end.

When a family agrees to host an occult-obsessed Nazi scholar in their West Virginia farmhouse prior to World War II, they're transformed into his undead slaves and must kidnap local victims to feed his bloodlust. Years later, an abducted war hero  breaks free from the zombie family's clutches, rounds up his brother and returns to the wilderness for payback.

I went into this movie for two reasons Michael Fassbender and Henry Cavill, but I was pleasantly surprised.  To me it's a bit of a mix of a vampire/zombie movie.  The story and and acting were good.  I liked the premise with the Nazi's interested in the occult.  It's a movie that I would watch again, but not one that I would buy.

Movie 286- Horror- The Grudge

Directed by Takashi Shimizu
Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar
              Jason Behr              Grace Zabriskie
              Yuya Ozeki
               Takako Fuji

When someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage... a curse is born. The curse gathers in that place of death. Those who encounter it will be consumed by its fury.

An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.
I forgot how much I liked this movie till I re-watched it.  I think this is one of the few remakes that is just as good as the original.  I think it helps that the original director directs this version as well.  I like that they kept the location in Japan, which makes more sense than moving the story somewhere in the US.  I think the ending is great and a real change from most movies where you know everything is fine.    


Movie 285- Horror- --And Now the Screaming Starts!

Directed by Roy Ward Baker
Starring Stephanie Beacham
              Ian Olgivy
              Peter Cushing
              Patrick Magee
              Herbert Lom
              Geoffrey Whitehead

Ghosts galore. Headless horsemen, horseless headsmen...

Events from the past haunt a newlywed couple in this atmospheric horror film from England. In the 1800s, Henry Fengriffen  chops off a stable boy's hand after the lad tries to prevent the nobleman from raping a girl. When Fengriffen's contemporary descendant  brings his new bride to his ancestral estate, the two are terrorized by the ruthless spirit of the wronged servant -- and by his severed hand.

I had wanted to see this movie for a long time, so I was really excited that it was a part of the Amicus DVD set.  It's become one of my favorite movies, so much so that I even bought the book.  I thinks the actors are great and the story is really good.  I like how it opens, it reminded me of Dark Shadows and Rebecca.  The DVD is hard to get a hold of now, but it plays on TCM every once in awhile so if you can caught it when it's on, and you like Gothic Horror movies then I suggest this one.


Movie 284- Horror- The Horror of Frankenstein

Directed by Jimmy Sangster
Starring Ralph Bates
              Veronica Carlson
               Kate O'Mara

The brilliant but misunderstood scientist Frankenstein builds a man made up of a collection of spare body parts. The monster becomes alive but he has mental capabilities much below par. The monster is aggressive and wreaks havoc outside the laboratory.

I really like this version of the Frankenstein story, it's got comedy but not to the point were it's like Young Frankenstein.  Ralph Bates is great and the rest of the cast is good too.  You wouldn't recognize the monster by his appearance, but he was Darth Vadar, in the Star Wars movies.  What I really like about the Gothic Horror movies that Hammer put out is the how they look they just look great, and while they aren't scary they have a great feel about them that I really enjoy.  I can watch these movies all the time and never get tired of them.

Movie 283- Horror- A Nightmare on Elm Street

Directed by Samuel Bayer
Starring Rooney Mara
              Jackie Earle Haley

Why are you screaming when I haven't even cut you yet?

Freddy Krueger, a serial killer who crosses the boundary between dreams and the waking world to gut his victims with his razor-sharp blade-fingered glove. As Nancy and her pals fight for their lives, they also uncover clues to a shocking secret from their past.  takes on the iconic role of Freddy.

There are things I really like about this remake and then there are things I didn't care for.  I like how they expanded on Freddy's back-story more in this version, but I don't really like the whole thing were they "investigate" Freddy.  The actors were fine Jackie Earle Haley did a good job, and really made the part his, and Rooney Mara was good too.  I like how they used the song at the credits, it's so innocent, but putting it with a horror movie like this makes it really creepy, I always liked it when they did that in The X-Files.  If you were to ask me which one I should watch I guess I would say just watch the original, but check this out too and decide for yourself.

Movie 282- Horror- The Blood From Satan's Claw

Directed by Piers Haggard
Starring Patrick Wymark
              Linda Hayden
              Barry Andrews 
              Michele Dotrice

I am ready to return, but understand, I shall use undreamed-of measures, to conquer the evil.

Horror thriller set in 17th century England about the children of a village slowly converting into a coven of devil worshipers.

This is a interesting movie, not as good as some from the period, this was the second time I've ever seen it and during this viewing I couldn't help but notice the girl's crazy eyebrows (see below).  I think that's it's got some good acting and it's got a interesting story.  The music doesn't seem to appropriate for the movie, but you can look past it for the most part.  This is a hard one to find so if you are interested in it watch it if you can.


Before
After
Wow look at those eyebrows!


Movie 281- Horror- The Exorcist

Directed by William Friedkin
Starring Ellen Burstyn
              Max von Sydow
              Linda Blair 
              Jason Miller

What an excellent day for an exorcism.

When a teenager is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

This is a great movie, what I like is how it starts, and then wham it becomes one of the scariest movie ever made.  Everyone in this is perfect, and it doesn't matter how many times I see this, it's still has the same effect.

Movie 280- Horror- The Curse of the Werewolf

Directed by Terence Fisher
Starring Oliver Reed
              Yvonne Romain
              Clifford Evans
              Catherine Feller
              Richard Wordsworth
              Desmond Llewelyn

In Spain, Leon is born on Christmas day to a mute servant girl who was raped by a beggar. His mother dies giving birth and he is looked after by Don Alfredo. As a child Leon becomes a werewolf after having been taken hunting. As a young man, he works in a wine cellar and falls in love with the owner's daughter Cristina. One full moon, he again turns into a werewolf and terrifies the town.

This is one of my favorite Hammer movie, and surprisingly it's the only werewolf movie they ever did.  It's got a great story and a great cast.  This is one of my favorite Oliver Reed movies.  Desmond Llewelyn, who you will recognize as Q from the James Bond movies has an uncredited part in the movie.  What I like about the movie is that it isn't you typical monster movie, they explore the werewolf myth differently than how I've seen it before.  Check this out, it's great.

Movie 279- Horror- My Bloody Valentine

Directed by George Mihalka
Starring Paul Kelman  
             Lori Hallier  
             Neil Affleck  
             Alf Humphreys    
             Patricia Hamilton

From the heart comes a warning, filled with bloody good - cheer, remember what happened as the 14th draws - near!
A decades old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine's Day, turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer's order and people start turning up dead.

This a good slasher film, not as great as Halloween, but enjoyable.  I think it's well acted and has got a great story, and a great ending, that I didn't see coming.  Fans of Anne of Green Gables will get a kick out of seeing Rachel Lynde, I don't think I'm spoiling things too much when I say that she doesn't last long (it's a slasher movie after all).  I think I like the story in this version better than the remake, but I do like both versions.  Check out both if you are in the mood for a double feature.

Movie 278- Musical- The Phantom of the Opera at the Albert Hall

Directed by Laurence Connor
Starring Ramin Karmiloo
              Sierra Boggess
              Hadley Fraser
              Keira Duffy
              Daisy Maywood
              Barry James
              Gareth Snook
              Liz Robertson

I am so glad I got to see this.  It was better than the live show I saw in Chicago years ago.  Both Ramin and Sierra were amazing, they are the best Phantom and Christine to me, and I can't wait to see it again when it comes out on DVD.  To me this is how the movie should have been.  As much as I love the movie this is so much better.  I think that it's a great idea to release musicals in the movie theaters like this, it brings Broadway to more people.  I hope that they do more and more of these in the future.

Movie 277- Horror- The Wicker Man

Directed by Robin Hardy
Starring Edward Woodward
              Christopher Lee
              Britt Ekland
              Ingrid Pitt

Animals are fine, but their acceptability is limited. A little child is even better, but not NEARLY as effective as the right kind of adult.
Pious detective Neil Howie gets more than he bargained for when he probes a young girl's disappearance in this harrowing psychological thriller. An anonymous tip sends Howie to a private island off the Scottish coast, where the Christian constable encounters a populace of … modern pagans. As he dauntlessly follows a string of tantalizing and progressively disturbing clues, the trail leads him to a shocking conclusion.

I like this movie a lot, it's well acted and really interesting.  It's one of those movies that shouldn't have been remade.  I found this video on YouTube and I love it (it's the only good thing to come from the movie). 
I like how it ends, if you haven't seen it then I won't spoil it by saying much else, but it's unexpected, but that's what makes it a great movie.

Movie 276- Horror- House of Dark Shadows

Directed by Dan Curtis
Starring Jonathan Frid
              Joan Bennett
              Kathryn Leigh Scott
              Roger Davis
              Grayson Hall

Vampirism is not a disease, Julia. Vampires are the living dead.             
Recently unleashed from his coffin by local drunk, Willie Loomis, the vampire goes on a killing spree, while at the same time charming his present day family members. In the process he meets local girl Maggie Evans and notices that she looks exactly like his deceased fiance Josette. Barnabas assumes that she is the reincarnation of Josette, and plans to make him his unholy bride for eternity.

I am hoping to finally get this movie on DVD soon with the upcoming movie I think that it will finally be released, but if you get a chance to see this movie don't think that you need to wait to see this after all finishing the show first.  The movie tells the story they planned the show to end, until it got so popular.  I like that the movie has the characters personalities slightly different than the show.  It's bloodier than the show could be, I think it's well acted and is a great movie.  I love the music, but my only complaint is the character of Jeff Clark, I never liked him on the show and I like him even less in the movie.

Movie 275- Horror- Theater of Blood

Directed by Douglas Hickox
Starring Vincent Price
              Diana Rigg
              Ian Hendry
             
Mr. Lionheart's rendering of the role can only be described as villainous. Placed between the delicately underplayed performances of Tamora and Lavinia; one is irresistibly reminded of a ham sandwich.     
                                                                                                           Vincent Price channels his peerless talent for playing refined madmen into the character of Edward Lionheart, a proud London actor who goes dramatically bonkers when he fails to receive a coveted award. While riverside tramps foil Lionheart's attempt to drown himself in the River Thames, the world believes he's met a watery end. The thespian uses this cover to exact grisly -- and fitting -- revenge on the critics who ignored his genius.

This is a great campy horror movie.  Vincent Price is great in this even when he is so over the top.  The murders are interesting, it's a mix of comedy at times, which is great.  The acting is good and the costumes are great very 70's.  If you are a fan of Vincent Price and haven't seen this then check this one out, I read that this was his favorite movies he did.



 

Movie 274- Horror- The House that Dripped Blood

Directed by Peter Duffell
Starring Peter Cushing
              Christopher Lee
              Denholm Elliott
              Ingrid Pitt

That's what's wrong with the present day horrorfilms. There's no realism. Not like the old ones, the great ones. Frankenstein. Phantom of the Opera. Dracula - the one with Bela Lugosi of course, not this new fellow.
Scotland's Yard's search for a missing film star leads them to a haunted house, which serves as the framework for four tales of the macabre. They include a writer's murderous creation coming to life, a wax figure causing a fatal argument, a young girl developing an intense interest in witchcraft and an actor finding a cape that helps immerse him in his role as a vampire.

I really like the anthology movies that came out around the time this movie came out.  This isn't one of my favorites but it's a lot of fun.  This is more comical than scary.  My favorite stories are the first story staring Denholm Elliot, who was Marcus Brody in Indiana Jones movies.  The other story I like was the one starring Christopher Lee.  I like the one Peter Cushing is in too, but I find that one is a bit slow at times.  The last story is the funny story, and not scary at all.  If you get a chance to see this then check it out. 

Movie 273- Animated- The Lion King (3D)

Directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff
Starring James Earl Jones
              Matthew Broderick
              Jeremy Irons
              Nathan Lane
              Whoopi Goldberg

There's one in every family sire. Two in mine, actually. And they always manage to ruin special occasions.

Tricked into thinking he killed his father, a guilt ridden lion cub flees into exile and abandons his identity as the future King.

We decided to go see this in the theaters in 3D.  It was great to see this on the big screen again.  It's been a long time since I've seen this. The 3D effects were good, especially the opening scene.  Jeremy Irons is great as Scar and through out all of Rowan Atkinson's scene he reminded me of his character in Blackadder.    My favorite part of the movie is with Timon and Pumbaa when they meet Simba.  This is a great movie and if you haven't seen it in awhile then when you are looking for something to watch then this might just be the thing to watch.