Day 26- Marissa Exercises Her Veto; Finds a Good Horror Flick

The Screaming Skull is a 1958 horror film by Alex Nicol, a director and actor who seemed to have a decent career through the late 50’s and 60’s. And I tried. I really did. But in order to hold my attention, a black and white older film has to be good. Otherwise, it just does not work for me.

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So I’m officially giving this my veto. Instead, I’m going to tell you about a horror movie I recently watched that was pretty good. Check out Tales of Halloween. It is the perfect Halloween weekend movie. It’s gory, goofy, and fun. It actually did make me jump a few times. Each story is really short, so if you do not enjoy a particular style you only have to wait a few minutes. Overall, this is one of the best anthology films I have seen in awhile. Check it out!

Day 23- The Midnight Matinee

 

 

I have never uttered these words before, but is Halloween over yet? That’s right, Amazon Prime horror has effectively made me question everything I thought I knew about myself and my love of the genre.

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And I want to thank The Midnight Matinee for taking me over the edge. This piece of crapola is a 2017 horror anthology by a triple-threat director, actor, and writer Justin Doescher. Not sure what he was going for, but the style of the film makes me feel like I’m watching an old videotape in health class video about the birds and the bees or the dangers of drunk driving. It’s like the worst sort of nostalgia. Instead of feeling cool, video-grainy old, like WNUF for example, it’s just awkward and annoying.

The first tale, “Open Sea” is a hot mess that steals from not only one but two tired, trite tropes: found footage and killer sharks. Nothing original, scary, or interesting happens. Well, it does end with a Crypt Keeper style pun so there’s that.


The second short is called “Let Go” with a subtitle that reminds us that sometimes we miss the memories, not the person. Well, who would have thought I’d get a free fortune cookie style quote with my movie. Score for Marissa! Is this film supposed to look like it takes place in the 70's, or is that just what the basement of his grandma's house looks like? And if it is 1975 why the hell is this guy using his Macbook to go on dating sites? Either way, I wish I could hop in my DeLorean, punch it to 88, and go stop Doescher from making this film.


Moving on to #3. “Premonition” is ALMOST cool. A little girl can tell the future.

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Plus, the villain from Hush shows up, so that’s fun.  When the 8-year-old is the most talented actor, you might have a tiny problem.

 

 

Number 4, “Frances” takes a break from the horror genre to give us useless crap in a different genre. Lastly, the final short film “Night Night” gives us a kid who thinks there is a monster in his room. And guess what? There is. Once again a total rip on boring old horror tropes.

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Want to see a good Halloween anthology? There's a few out there. But one is my favorite, especially for this time of year. Pop on Trick or Treat and let Sam and pals show you a good time. Just remember to follow the rules...

Day 20- Amazon Wheel of Terror- Number 13

 

Oh BBC, you so classy. That’s right, it’s time for a made-for-TV BBC short film. And boy, does this film not feel very short at all. This little gem is a 40-minute adaption of the MR James short story of the same name. James is a post-gothic story writer who, in large part, is responsible for the creation of the trope of the quiet scholar who, through some sort of magical artifact, winds up facing off against a supernatural power. His stories took the foundations of the gothic sub-genre and evolved them, focusing heavily on atmosphere and having a very relatable, realistic character face some highly abnormal ghost or other types of malevolent forces.

The story focuses on a cranky douchebag professor who gets a room at the local English tavern. Maybe he's not a jerk, maybe he's just classy. No, he's a jerk. After Goldilocks-ing his first few rooms, he settles into room Number 12, where madness ensues. Is he in our world? Is he in the void of Number 13? Does anyone care?

To say this is a slow burn is an understatement. If you are a big fan of MR James, Masterpiece Theater, or super slow gothic movies, then you are welcome. If not, don't waste your time!