31 Days 31 Days of Horror, Thrills & Supernatural: Final Days

A couple days late to finish the write up but this is it.

October 22nd-Stephen King’s Pet Sematary from 1989 (Director: Mary Lambert, Writer: Stephen King Based On His Novel, Stars: Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne and Denise Crosby, Runtime: 103 min)

Family moves into a new house that’s a trail away from a Pet Semetary, which is in front of an Indian burial ground. Bad things happen. Outside Fred Gwynne’s performance, I could care less. I don’t see how this is such a popular Stephen King adaptation. It made 100 minutes feel longer. I really have next to nothing to say about this film, it really could not sustain my interest. The main actors did nothing for me. The look of the film was good but nothing visually captivating. I just couldn’t muster any care. Off to a bad start for these final 10 days.

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Dead and Buried from 1981 (Director: Gary Sherman, Writer: Ronald Shusett and Dan O’Bannon, Stars: Melody Anderson, Jack Albertson, and James Farentino, Runtime: 89 min)

The first few minutes of this film made me wonder if I had the right film. despite the title card, the opening scene between a photographer and a woman on the beach with sappy dramatic music was strange. Things got hot fast-then a violent attack. This film is about a local cop investigating said attack and the murder of a stranger passing by. The film looks good and has a cool premise, the first half is very strong. Then it just sort of doesn’t really go anywhere, the third act turns out lackluster with a twist ending that was incredibly predictable. But that first half! This film is worth a look. There’s enough here to make you think it deserves a remake that could ramp up the tension, suspense and fix the final act. While not a film I’ll ever come back to, it’ll be one worth talking about. Glad I watched it. Also, Robert Englund pre-Freddy makes an appearance.

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October 24th-Prom Night from 1980 (Director: Paul Lynch, Writer: William Gray with Story by Robert Guza Jr., Stars: Leslie Nielsen and Jamie Lee Curtis, Runtime: 92 min)

Halloween is recognized as the first slasher, but it takes from other films including proto-slasher Black Christmas. Prom Night is the first slasher after Halloween and it borrows waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much from Halloween. Including star Jamie Lee Curtis. Yet the film also tried to make things more complex. The opening several minutes it casts the leads (after a jump of years) as people you don’t feel all the much for. So when the killer, who is not the haunting force like Mike Myers, comes around it does not have the punch. There is the search for a criminal who escaped a prison/mental hospital but whatever. Leslie Neilsen, the legend, is in it but that doesn’t matter. The kills are mostly lame. The twists don’t really do anything. Visually it looks good, and the performances are pretty good too. It just kind of boring.

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October 25th-Strange Behavior from 1981 (Director: Michael Laughlin, Writer: Bill Condon, Stars: Michael Murphy, Runtime: 95 min)

Um… some teenagers start killing people? Something about an evil lab? Boring film, terrible white people dancing at a party. I only downloaded this because of Bill Condon’s fascinating filmography which includes Candyman II, Twilight films, and 2017 mega hit Beauty and the Beast. Films not worth it. I mean, the acting seemed fine but also dubbed over in parts. None of the characters are interesting. Looked fine, but nothing cativating. This was boring and I already forgot most of it the day after.

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October 26th-Neon Maniacs from 1986 (Director: Joseph Mangine, Writer: Mark Patrick Carducci, Stars: Leilani Sarelle and Alan Hayes, Runtime: 91 min)

Weird human like monsters from under the Golden Gate bridge kill people. Stuff happens. Whatever…

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October 27th-The Peanut Butter Solution from 1985 (Director: Michael Rubbo, Writer: Vojtech Jasny, Andrée Pelletier, Louise Pelletier and Michael Rubbo, Runtime: 90 min)

A young kids get a fright, loses his hair. Gets a hair making tip from a pair of ghosts but now his hair won’t stop growing. Okay, so some places listed this as a family-horror/fantasy/ film. Its not a horror movie. But… I saw this move like three decades ago so it was imperative to revisit. This is not a good movie. Its an incredibly weird film, an odd premise, and I’m glad I seen it again. Now I know what its about. This film’s most noted for featuring the first English Language songs by Celine Dion. Yep.

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October 28th-The Watcher in the Woods from 1981 (Director: John Hough, Writer: Brian Clemens, Harry Spalding and Rosemary Anne Sisson Based on the novel by Florence Engel Randall, Stars: Bette Davis, Carroll Baker, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Kyle Richards, and David McCallum, Runtime: 89 min)

The last film of screen legend Bette Davis is about a family moving into an old house, some ghost in the woods and a mystery revolving around the disappearance of a girl. This movie is boring. Bette Davis is the only one who seems to be trying. Skip it.

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October 29th-The Blob from 1988 (Director: Chuck Russell, Writer: Chuck Russell and Frank Darabont, Stars: Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch, Jeffrey DeMunn, Candy Clark, and Joe Seneca, Runtime: 95 min)

After a string of not-so-good films and my own tank going to empty, kind of did not put the attention into this as I should have. But when I was aware, this was a fine little horror film. Some cool deaths and strong performances. So a satellite (or space probe, I forget) returns to Earth bringing a chemical weapon that turns into a killer blob. City in danger! I’m going to have to rewatch this, but I had fin with this flick.

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October 30th-Wolfen from 1981 (Director: Michael Wadleigh, Writer: David M. Eyre, Jr. and Michael Wadleigh Based on the novel by Whitley Strieber, Stars: Albert Finney, Diane Venora, Gregory Hines and Edward James Olmos, Runtime: 114 min)

This has a great opening, great concept, and great performances. Yet the longer the movie goes the more I lost interest. A little too long, a the last act doesn’t do much for me. Still, I would recommend this. You got some of the best actors in Finney, Hines and Olmos all doing strong work. Actress Diane Venora is very good. The direction is strong, it looks pretty great with the exception of some of the wolf vision stuff. I think this a film you should see if you can, but not necessarily one to go out and look for.

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October 31st-Halloween II from 1981 (Director: Rick Rosenthal, Writer: John Carpenter and Debra Hill, Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence, Runtime: 92 min)

The second film is a direct continuation of the first film, lacking the suspense and drama. I tried but I couldn’t care about what is just an extended and useless 4th act. It wasn’t bad, just worthless.

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1. Chopping Mall
2. Opera
3. Sleepaway Camp
4. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (Part 4)
5. Friday the 13th Part 3
6. Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives!
7. John Carpenter’s Christine
8. Friday the 13th Part 7: New Blood
9. Critters
10. Lady in White
11. Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan
12. Friday the 13th Part 2
13. Wolfen
14. Dead & Buried
15. Friday the 13th, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (Part 5)
16. Prom Night
17. The Peanut Butter Solution
18. Halloween II
19. Stephen King’s Pet Semetary
20. Tie: The Wraith, The Beyond
21. Tie: City of the Living Dead, The House by the Cemetery
22. Tie: Superstition, Hell Night
23. The Majorettes
24.Watcher in the Woods
25. Neon Maniacs
26. Strange Behavior

Week 1, Week 2, Week 3,

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31 Days 31 Days of Horror, Thrills & Supernatural: Week 3

Week two was an improvement and ended with a pair of Friday the 13th movies. But the formula wasn’t quite set yet. Also, there were six more films in the 80s. So there’s that and something else at the end.

October 15th-Friday the 13th Part III from 1982 (Director: Steve Miner, Writer: Martin Kitrosser and Carol Watson, Stars: Dana Kimmell, Paul Kratka and Richard Brooker, Runtime: 95 min)

The standard plot formula was set with the first film-kill camp counselors over a day. The second film adjusted to making Jason the killer and added cold open kills and made it known, any place with camp counselors-hell! Potential victims, will do. So here we are with the third film and whats the plot? Takes place after the first film and has two kills in the cold open. Then we find out not only was there a camp next to Crystal Lake, there’s a barn next to it too! So now we got potential victims. The ending is a retread of the ending from the first film with a little bit of difference, of course the whole film is just a retread. But Jason’s finally got size, a hockey mask, and sometimes uses a machete. Plus the kills are better. Isn’t this what we wanted? Its what I wanted! Also, cool to see Jason run and give chase. Random note, one of the actress was born on the say day and city as my brother. Wow!

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October 16th-Friday the 13th: Final Chapter from 1984 (Director: Joseph Zito, Writer: Barney Cohenn, Runtime: 91 min)

The story gets thinner, kills get better. Seriously, what is even the plot. Jason wakes up form his long nap after the events of the previous film and kills two people. Then kills a hitchhiker just because. Theres a family and then a group of stupid adults who crash at the house across from them. More killing, less stalking. But it was silly fun. Maybe more fun then three. In fact, the films become stupider and better. I’m sure that wears off soon.

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October 17th-Friday the 13th: A New Beginning from 1985 (Director: Danny Steinmann, Writer: Martin Kitrosser, David Cohen and Danny Steinmann Based on Story by Martin Kitrosser and David Cohen, Runtime: 92 min)

The films were building steam and then this happened. So, the young survivor from the last film goes to a half way house after years in a mental institution. He was twelve in part 4, here the actor was and looks in his twenties even though the film takes place 3-4 years later. Seriously, the fuck? Someones killing people, is it Jason? No. Spoiler alert. And I hope Pam slapped Tommy instead of getting stabbed in the end. Is Vague. Worse in the series? Or at least on the level of the first film. Note, look up the film franchises timeline. Fascinating and kind of funny.

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October 18th-Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives from 1986 (Director/Writer: Tom McLoughlin, Runtime: 87 min)

Jason is back. So is Tommy Jarvis, third actor in the part and still doesn’t look as young as he’s suppose to be. Anyway, Jason’s resurrection is stupid but now he’s supernatural and the kills are great. There’s some good humor in the kills too. The story? Not so much. Characters? Who cares? This is just a silly fun slasher, bless its soul.

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October 19th-Friday the 13th part VII: The New Blood from 1988 (Director: John Carl Buechler, Writer: Manuel Fidello and Daryl Haney, Runtime: 88 min)

Jason for a telekinetic. That’s the gist of it. There’s a thing about her powers revealing as a child and accidentally killing her father. She returns to the lakehouse (at Crystal Lake of course) to work with her doctor. Teenage adults next door throwing party. Kane Hodder takes over as Jason, cool kills. A decent entry into the series.

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October 20th-Friday the 13t Part VIIIh: Jason Takes Manhattan from 1989 (Director/Writer: Rob Hedden, Runtime: 100 min)

I’M ON A BOAT! Jason kills teenagers and adults on a boat for some reason. Including the future Lady Deathstrike/China White/Ro-May from the underrated Surf Ninjas actress Kelly Hu. Oh, and the future Sheriff Keller of Riverdale Martin Cummins. Jason spends maybe 20 minutes in Manhattan. Films a mixed bag, but some good stuff. Look, these Friday the 13th reviews get shorter because the direction is competent, the acting is mixed, the script barely matters. Its just about pacing and the kills. The only problem I can say is this, Jason improves as a character just as the plots get less and less interesting from entry to entry.

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October 20th-John Carpenters’s Christine from 1983 (Director: John Carpenter, Screenplay: Bill Philips and Based on the Novel by Stephen King, Stars: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, and Harry Dean Stanton, Runtime: 110 min)

A nerdy guy decides to buy a broken down Plymouth against the wishes of his best friend and family. At a local garage he repairs it and as he does, his personality changes. The car, haunted by evil spirits, begins to go after the people who wronged its owner. The film looks good, it is John Carpenter after all. All the actors are very good. The kills and special effects are cool. Yet, the film feels like twenty minutes should have been shaven. The pacing just feels weird. Also, the opening in the auto factory was kind of dull. Like, how did that one worker die inside the car? Also, the bullies. Why are they such assholes? Whatever, film was pretty good.

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1 Chopping Mall
2. Opera
3. Sleepaway Camp
4. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (Part 4)
5. Friday the 13th Part 3
6. Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives!
7. John Carpenter’s Christine
8. Friday the 13th Part 7: New Blood
9. Critters
10. Lady in White
11. Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan
12. Friday the 13th Part 2
13. Friday the 13th, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (Part 5)
14. Tie: The Wraith, The Beyond
15. Tie: City of the Living Dead, The House by the Cemetery
16. Tie: Superstition, Hell Night
17. The Majorettes

Week 1, Week 2,

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31 Days 31 Days of Horror, Thrills & Supernatural: Week 2

First seven films were mostly lackluster, lets see if week two can bring up the quality.

October 8th-Opera from 1987 (Director/Writer: Dario Argento, Stars: Cristina Marsillach, Ian Charleson and Urbano Barberini, Runtime: 107 min)

A stage actress, daughter of a famous stage actress, gets her shot at the stardom in Macbeth. However a sadistic killer is torturing her by killing people around her. Its a simplistic story with a few lackluster plot threads and has some rather dumb decisions made by female leads but GOD DAMN! Its good to watch a film that is fun. Dario Argento did Suspiria, a true horror classic. Also Phenomena which I didn’t like but at least was competent film that inspired others. This is a good looking film, some great moments throughout, and the raven scene at the top of the third act is magnificent. Sure it drags toward the climax but easily the best film I’ve watched thus far. The one thing I’d have changed is the hard rock music cues. You’ll know what I’m talking about if you’ve seen the movie. But yeah, Opera, was very good. I got hype back for whats coming next.

Warning, the linked trailer gives away too much.

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October 9th-Gates of Hell 1: City of the Living Dead from 1980 (Director: Lucio Fulci, Writer: Lucio Fulci and Dardano Sacchetti, Stars: Christopher George and Catriona MacColl, Runtime: 93 min)

A journalist and a woman with a horrible vision look to stop the rising of the dead. There’s some cool deaths and effects but I was not too invested. I thought there was a little too much stuff going on, and while most threads connect later. With the exception of two sets of characters. The movies set in Dunwich, a ficitonal city created by legendary HP Lovecraft, and in a way you can see Lovecrafts influence in elements in the film. It’s an okay flick. The coffin scene near the start was brilliant though.

Warning, the linked trailer gives away too much.

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October 10th-Gates of Hell 2: The Beyond from 1981 (Director: Lucio Fulci, Writer: Lucio Fulci, Giorgio Mariuzzo and Dardano Sacchetti, Stars: Catriona MacColl and David Warbeck, Runtime: 88 min)

The second flick of the thematic trilogy Gates of Hell is the more popular film and one of director Lucio Fulci’s best known works. This cult classic has a woman trying to fix up a hotel she had inherited. Only to be warned that reopening the hotel is a mistake. Seems she’s reactivated a portal to hell. There are some gnarly deaths but the story is second to the visuals. Which apparently is on purpose. The acing is okay, I guess. Its an Italian made movie filmed in the states with voices dubbed over. Like the previous Gates of Hell film. There’s a Lovecraft reference in the film. Nice ending too. Overall, pretty decent. Liked it better than the last one.

Warning, the linked trailer gives away too much.

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October 11th-Gates of Hell 3: The House by the Cemetery from 1981 (Director: Lucio Fulci, Writer: Lucio Fulci, Giorgio Mariuzzo and Dardano Sacchetti, Stars: Catriona MacColl, Runtime: 87 min)

The final Gates of Hell film, this one does not quite feel like it belong. Dropping the nightmarish feel and the whole “opening gates to hell” concept of the others. Played straight forward as a family moves into a new home where there’s a killer on the loose. A lot more attempts at character and plot development here. Its a supernatural film and an okay one. Like the previous films some very cool deaths.

Warning, the linked trailer gives away too much. (Note: most trailers I’m posting seem too)

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October 12th-Chopping Mall from 1986 (Director: Jim Wynorski, Writer: Jim Wynorski and Steve Mitchell, Stars: Kelli Maroney, Tony O’Dell, John Terlesky, and Russell Todd, Runtime: 95 min)

Best film thus far. This silly, stupid, scifi horror/slasher flick is amazing. Eight teenage mall employees hang out after hours the same night as the new security robots go faulty and start on a killing spree. It takes slasher logic including ‘the final girl’ trope, throw in scifi slant with evil robots, and just a small dose of black humor. The robots are armed with lasers, tranquilizers, electrical cords, and explosives. Why? I don’t know but thank you. The score by Chuck Cirino is 80s cheesy synth goodness. Not sure if it wants to be horror or scifi and awkwardly mixes the two. I loved this. I was even able to get my brother to watch it. He generally hates horror films but when I told him the title and said “I think it has evil security robots” he was like “yeah.” He had fun with this great bad movie.

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October, Friday the 13th-Friday the 13th from 1980 (Director: Sean S. Cunningham, Writer: Victor Miller, Stars: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram, and Kevin Bacon, Runtime: 94 min)

One of the reasons I chose to do the 80s was a reason to watch Friday the 13th. I’ve seen a few, only part of the original and learning there were 8 made arranging this far easier. Having watched the original, on is namesake of all days, I was disappointed. It was only okay. A mysterious killer is killing the counselors of Crystal Lake which is looking to reopen after years of troubles. This includes a child drowning, a couple of murders the year after, and more trouble. Here’s the thing-there is solid acting the film. The score is good. The story is simple and effective. It just lacks suspense, the kills are dull, and… Well… Thats it. I can see how this was a game changer in its day and revelation of the killer I’m sure was a shock but I went in knowing what was what. Now, I know that might make you think it put the film at a disadvantage but I knew the big twist in Sleepaway Camp and the film still rocked. IN fact, while I liked that when I watched it on October 1st, the more I think about it the more I like it. So yeah. Sleepaway Camp > Friday the 13th. Now lets move on to Jason proper…

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October 14th-Friday the 13th Part 2 from 1981 (Director: Steve Miner, Writer: Ron Kurz and Phil Scuderi, Stars: Amy Steel, John Furey and Adrienne King, Runtime: 87 min)

We’re back with Part 2. Whats the story? Jason unleashes revenge, oh, and kills camp counselors. The film does not really care to stray from a formula here and the opening with a recap of the first film is a bit much. Also, no hockey mask yet. We’re here with the bag mask, like the Phantom Killer of the Texarkana Moonlight Murders. Which is dramatized in the far less then steller The Town That Dreaded Sundowon. Despite the formulaic plot and useless cold open I liked this better than the first film. Not much else to comment on.

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1 Chopping Mall
2. Opera
3. Sleepaway Camp
4. Critters
5. Friday the 13th Part 2
6. Lady in White
7. Friday the 13th
8. Tie: The Wraith, The Beyond
9. Tie: City of the Living Dead, The House by the Cemetery
10. Tie: Superstition, Hell Night
11. The Majorettes

Week 1

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31 Days 31 Days of Horror, Thrills & Supernatural: Week One

It’s been a long while since I posted anything substantial. Well guess what!? Its October so that means film reviews! Twist this time around, all 80s films. Here we go.

October 1st-Sleepaway Camp from 1983 (Director/Writer: Robert Hiltzik, Stars: Felissa Rose, Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi and Robert Earl Jones, Runtime: 87 min)

First film out the gate is Sleepaway Camp, one of the most infamous and well known 80s slasher films. I’ve known about this film for a great many years, which means I knew the ending which was what put me off into watching it. However the Faculty of Horror podcast episode on the film and Friday the 13th made me decide to give it a chance.

So shy Angela lost her brother and dad in an accident, years later her aunt sends her and her cousin Ricky to a camp. People start to die obviously. There is the “who done it?” part of the story and leads to the big twist. Some of the kills are imaginative. Specifically the make up and practical effects in the three of the earliest kills. Overall was impressed by most of the killers work. The film had a dramatic score. Performances were not exactly noteworthy but Felissa Rose and Jonathan Tiersten are pretty good in there parts. The direction is competent and never falls into cheesy until maybe the end. The movie has a some sexual and identity politics going on which were done back then to make the film different but have made the movie now a piece of LGBT cinema history. Fascinating facts, last film of stage and film method actor Mike Kellin and also features prominent black actor Robert Eal Jones, father of James Earl Jones.

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October 2nd-Critters from 1986 (Director: Stephen Herek, Screenplay: Stephen Herek, Domonic Muir with Additional Material by Don Keith Opper and Story by Dominic Muir, Stars: Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush and Scott Grimes, Runtime: 85 min)

The cult classic Critters is about alien beastie who arrive on Earth, specifically a small town, and cause trouble. It’s okay. A little needlessly complicated with the alien bounty hunters and the local not who (rightfully) believes in aliens but no one listens to him. Here’s the thing, it’s no a bad film. It mostly looks good, even the brief sci fi stuff comes off okay. Cheesy, sure, but not to detract at all. The critters look good. The performances are strong. You have actors like Dee Wallace and M. Emmet Walsh who can do their job well. It’s just not really that suspenseful and without that much suspense it could have used more gore. Which it barely haves though Billy Zane getting killed was fun. Most of the humor doesn’t land-except for one Critter death which got a chuckle out of me. My friend said the second film is the best in the series so I’ll keep that in mind for some other time.

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October 3rd-The Wraith from 1986 (Director/Writer: Mike Marvin, Stars: Charlie Sheen, Sherilyn Fenn, Nick Cassavetes, and Randy Quaid, Runtime: 93 min)

What the hell? Three films in and the 80s haven’t really hooked me up with a new favorite. Anyway, dead teen comes back as a race car wraith to kill a gang of assholes. Neat idea, neat car, neat look, good soundtrack. But most the film revolves around unlikable assholes and is paced rather weirdly. Also, its billed as a horror-action film (Or thriller-action film) and it doesn’t really work as horror or thriller. Overall, did not care. But the car was cool…

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October 4th-Superstition from 1982 (Director: James W. Roberson, Writer: Galen Thompson, Stars: James Houghton, Albert Salmi, and Lynn Carlin, Runtime: 85 min)

The quality of these films slipping since the first. As a kid born in the 80s which is a goldmine of horror greats, this hurts my soul. So this is the kind of film where the story gets in the way of a fun, brain dead horror movie. A house haunted by the spirit of a witch leads to many deaths. Half the deaths are actually pretty good. The set up and performances are decent. Everything else is a bore. The deeper they get into the story the more it hurts it. Its like a scary haunted house movie with several deaths you’d see in a silly slasher. One doesn’t quite go with the other. Disappointing too since the first several minutes and the last scene are both top quality in my opinion. Most of the stuff between is forgettable.

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October 5th-The Majorettes from 1986 (Director: S. William Hinzman, Writer: John A. Russo, Runtime: 92 min)

Jesus, way to ruin a perfectly serviceable slasher by trying to subvert the genre. You need better performances, directing and story for that. Okay, so a someone is killing majorettes and people close to them. Who is it? Here’s the problem, it takes a detour. Two actually. A useless bit about inheritance money and a gang leader who is a suspect. There’s a literal revenge action short film in this. Worst, it should be lead by a female character instead of the dude. I believe so. It hurts because the first half is actually pretty serviceable. Hard pass.

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October 6th-Hell Night from 1981 (Director: Tom DeSimone, Writer: Randy Feldman, Stars: Linda Blair, Runtime: 101 min)

Two men from a fraternity and two ladies from a sorority are dared t stay over night in a haunted house. Its suppose to be a practical joke until people start dying. What about the quality? At least it wasn’t worse then Majorettes. Maybe better than Superstition. Superstition and Majorettes tried to add something to the common plot threads and tropes. Both failed by derailing their film or adding too much. Hell Night mostly plays straight, its failings have nothing to do with trying too much or trying to hard. Its about pacing and the killer. Its pacing falls apart after the first kill. It becomes slow at times, drags when it should ramp up tension and when it tries that suspense is not there. The killer? Dull and the kills are mostly boring. Its a mediocre slasher at heart. Still, at least it knows what it wants to be and I appreciate that.

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October 7th-Lady in White from 1988 (Director/Writer: Frank LaLoggia, Stars: Lukas Haas, Len Cariou, Alex Rocco, and Katherine Helmond, Runtime: 112 min)

Good news, not worst then the last three/four movies I’ve seen. Labeled a horror film but more of just a mystery. A story of a young boy named Frankie who encounters a ghost and tries to help her by finding her killer. So the ghost is not the bad guy. Kind of like a Del Toro movie. The performances are mostly fine, locals are good but the effects are pretty lackluster and the score is overdone. There were parts that were predictable. That said, overall, it was a competent enough film. Came and went.

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Sleepaway Camp
Critters
Lady in White
The Wraith
Tie: Superstition, Hell Night
The Majorettes

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New Japan Pro Wrestlings G1 Climax 27 – Conclusion

Its finally over. 19 shows in 27 days. G1 Climax 27 is over. Its my third time watching the whole thing, fourth time following. It was pretty damn amazing. Not going to try comparing the ones I’ve seen all the way through.

So I’m going to run down the blocks and wrestlers, do my Top 10 matches, then final star ratings for the four shows. Also, nice surprise seeing Katsuyroi Shibata show up at the finals and bow to the fans after his life threatening injury. Women cried. I’m sure some men did too.

A BLOCK

Individual wrestling average was higher in Block A. Just saying…

The IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi (Stable: Taguchi Japan)-The Ace came through with a strong tournament despite the injury to his arm. Should be no surprise as it seems the Ace works every G1 of the last few years while injured. Tanahashi was top echelon of A block, with his floor generally being **** matches. How many wrestlers can say that. One of the reasons Tanahashi is so good is his adaptability. Playing underdog one match, playing a dick heel in another, and in others trying to hang with his opponents in their specialty whether its mat work or striking game. I actually was pulling for Tanahashi to win the block against Naito to be honest.
Best Matches: vs Tetsuya Naito 8.11.17, vs Tomohiro Ishii 8.6.17, vs Kota Ibushi 8.1.17
Match Average: 4.16 out of 5
Tournament Placing: Block A Runner Up, 12 points

Togi Makabe-Not really a Makabe fan but I liked him through this tournament more than the last two. I don’t know if I just have come around on him or he was working extra hard. He does not really switch up his style, he wrestles pretty much the same through out but that’s not a bad thing. Overall, I’ll give Makabe the thumbs up for keeping me entertained.
Best Matches: vs Zack Sabre Jr on 8.1.17, vs Hiroshi Tanahashi on 8.14.17, Hirooki Goto 7.23.17
Match Average: 3.80 out of 5
Tournament Placing: 8 points

Yuji Nataga-The final G1 for Blue Justice, Nagata was great through out. It seemed like there was more pep in his step. His first two matches and last two matches were so good and the ones in the middle were all strong. I’ve only seen three tournaments all the way through and this was my favorite of his. (There was a match with Shinsuke Nakamura from 2014 that also stands out). Thank you Nakamura for kicking ass. Also thank you for training he next generation of NJPW wrestlers.
Best Matches: vs Tomohiro Ishii 8.1.17, vs YOSHI-HASHI 7.17.17, vs Zack Sabre Jr. 8.6.17
Match Average: 4.05 out of 5
Tournament Placing: 2 points

Kota Ibushi-The Golden Star returned to New Japan and while he didn’t win, he still shined. Ibushi strikes hard and flies high. While not an MVP he was top echelon talent. Usually delivering at least **** matches every night. It is always a delight watching this man work and I can’t wait to see him back.
Best Matches: vs Tetsuya Naito on 7.17.17, vs Hiroshi Tanahashi 8.1.17, vs Zack Sabre Jr 7.21.17
Match Average: 4.16
Tournament Placing: 10 points

Hirooki Goto (Stable: CHAOS)-On one hand, Goto who was last years finalist under delivered. Very few matches I would say stood out. On the other hand, he hovered between ***3/4 and **** pretty consistently. When I think about it more, that’s really how Goto is. He has one or two stand out matches and then flies under for most. He delievered two great matches in his first two nights and another strong one his last night. He ranged from good to great. Hoping NJPW hooks him back up with Ishii for the tag league tournament and they win that.
Best Matches: vs Tomohiro Ishii 7.17.17, vs Yuji Nagata 7.21.17, vs Tetsuya Naito 8.1.17
Match Average: 4.05 out of 5
Tournament Placing: 10 points

Tomohiro Ishii (Stable: CHAOS)-The MVP of A block based on match quality. Ishii is always in the conversation for both Best of the Year and Underrated of the Year. He generally delivers at least **** but never gets the big win or the top spot. He lost in the semis of New Japan Cup, lost in the finals of the US title tournament, and is middle of the pack again for G1. Sometimes you just have to have those guys. Ishii and Goto are gatekeepers. Upper midcard guys tasked with delivering in top spots but never going to get the keys to the kingdom. Ishii was great through out this tournament and delivered several great and memorable matches.
Best Matches: vs Hiroshi Tanahashi 8.6.17, vs Hirooki Goto 7.17.17, vs Yuji Nagata 8.1.17
Match Average: 4.27
Tournament Placing: 8 points

YOSHI-HASHI (Stable: CHAOS)-When it comes to match quality, YOSHIHASHI was close to the bottom. He hovered between ***1/2 and **** generally, sometimes breaking a little higher. To be honest, he was the biggest disappointment of A block. He also got one less victory in his second tournament. YOSHIHASHI has some cool moves and occasionally underdog babyface fire but he’s just not a guy you can really count on.
Best Matches: vs Yuji Nagata 7.17.17, vs Kota Ibushi 8.6.17, vs Tomohiro Ishii 7.26.17
Match Average: 3.80 out of 5
Tournament Placing: 4 points

Bad Luck Fale (Stable: Bullet Club)-On match average, Fale is ***1/2 but you don’t watch a Fale match expecting the best. He’s a monster. Throws forearms, runs into opponent, and slams them down hard. The point of a Fale match is to question how his opponent is going to beat him. So while YOSHI-HASHI rates a bit higher, Fale plays an important part and has the aura of a serious threat. This actually might have been my favorite Fale run through G1.
Best Matches: vs Yuji Nagata 8.11.17, vs Kota Ibushi 7.29.17, vs Tomohiro Ishii 8.4.17
Match Average: 3.61 out of 5
Tournament Placing: 10 points

Zack Sabre Jr. (Stable: Suzuki-Gun)-What a debut. He beats the Ace on his first night, tapped out a former champion in Makabe, had the ref stopped his Ishii match because Ishii passed out, and won half his matches overall. ZSJ brought a uniqueness to the tournament. His technical acumen and counter wrestling technique have no equal I know of. ZSJ is being groomed to be a threat in New Japan. Too bad he’s with Suzuki-Gun.
Best Matches: vs Yuji Nagata 8.6.17, vs Tomohiro Ishii 8.11.17, vs Togi Makabe 8.1.17
Match Average: 4.05 out of 5
Tournament Placing: 10 points

Tetsuya Naito (Stable: Los Ingobernables de Japon)-Naito won it all which was not a big surprise. In fact, it was more of a surprise that he lost last year. Naito delivered mostly **** matches and in big spots brought the goods. Naito is known as a “genius” for how he lays out matches and while I don’t actually agree as I think Okada is better overall, I can’t knock Naito at all. His first match with Ibushi set the bar for the tournament on night one. His main event with Tanahashi for Block A winner will probably be overshadowed by Omega/Okada 3 but personally I liked it better. His main event with Omega may have fallen slightly in comparison to their match last year but definitely top 5 of the tournament overall. Naito is one of the best in the world and even on an off night, he’s better than most.
Best Matches: vs Kenny Omega Finals 8.13.17, vs Hiroshi Tanahashi 8.11.17, vs Kota Ibushi 7.17.17
Match Average: 4.175 out of 5 with Finals
Tournament Placing: G1 Winner, Block A Winner, 14 points

B BLOCK

Due to Toru Yano bringing match averages down, I listed an average without a Yano match since many times his was the worst of each wrestlers tournament. Despite mroe quality matches in Block A, Block B had more of my fave matches.

Satoshi Kojima (Stable: Taguchi Japan, TenKoji)-Kojima delivered matches ranging between good to great. Sadly, he came in at the bottom of his block. It felt like this was his last G1 but no official word. I don’t have much to say about his run through the tournament except that I like Kojima and enjoyed his matches.
Best Matches: vs Kazuchika Okada 7,27.17, vs Juice Robinson 7.20.17, vs Kenny Omega 7.30.17
Match Average: 3.5 out of 5 / 3.68 without Yano match
Tournament Placing: 2 points

Michael Elgin (Stable: Taguchi Japan)-Elgins booking was absolutely frustrating. In fact, he’s one of the reasons I decided to show match averages without including Yano. That loss was the worst of the tournament and when you remove it his average shoots up more than a quarter making him a top echelon of block B. Which he should be having two of my absolute favorite matches of the tournament. Elgin ended up in the middle of the pack and I hope New Japan figures out what to do with him since he generally delivers around **** matches most times out.
Best Matches: vs Kazuchika Okada 7.22.17, vs Kenny Omega 7.27.17, vs SANADA 7.30.17
Match Average: 3.75 out of 5 / 4.09 without Yano match
Tournament Placing: 8 points

Juice Robinson (Stable: Taguchi Japan)-One of the breakout stars of the tournament. Definitely the breakout babyface. Juice’s first G1 gave a glimpse of the future. He has great emotion and brings great drama. While not delivering the best match of any night, you can count on Juice to perform at his best.
Best Matches: vs Kenny Omega 8.5.17, vs EVIL 7.22.17, vs Satoshi Kojima 7.20.17
Match Average: 3.72 out of 5 / 3.93 without Yano match
Tournament Placing: 8 points

IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada (Stable: CHAOS)-The MVP of the block B. I think I only rated two of his matches under **** and one was a Yano match. In fact, that Yano match was one of Yano’s best! Okada is having the best damn year of any wrestlers I’ve seen since Daniel Bryan in Ring of Honor when he was champion. He’s been absolutely amazing. His tournament has been amazing, better than the the last two I’ve seen and he was incredible in both of those. I seriously would not have had a problem with him winning the whole thing. Okada is a lock for best wrestler of 2017 as far as I’m concerned.
Best Matches: vs Michael Elgin 7.22.17, vs EVIL 8.5.17, vs Kenny Omega 8.12.17
Match Average: 4.25 out of 5 / 4.40 without Yano match
Tournament Placing: Block B Runner Up, 13 points

Toru Yano (Stable: CHAOS)-Whatever… I don’t hate comedy wrestling, I like Ryusuke Taguchi quite a bit. But not Yano. He had the worst match of the tournament, and most were forgettable.
Best Matches: vs Kenny Omega 7.25.17 (That’s all I’m listing)
Match Average: 2.33 out of 5
Tournament Placing: 8 points

IWGP United States Champion Kenny Omega (Stable: Bullet Club, The Elite)-Last years winner fell in the finals. Not too much of a surprise, at least he beat Okada in their third match. Bringing the record to 1 win, 1 loss, 1 draw. Omega was great but I have to be honest, I like Okada better this year. Comparing these two I put Okada half a * ahead in most of their matches through out the G1. But enough about Okada, Omega was great. One of the best in the world and was amazing through out.
Best Matches: vs Kazuchika Okada, vs Michael Elgin 7.27.17, vs EVIL 8.2.17
Match Average: 4.2 out of 5 with Finals / 4.3 with Finals and without Yano match
Tournament Placing: Block B Winner, 14 points

Tama Tonga (Stable: Bullet Club, Guerillas of Destiny)-Tama has the look, the attitude, the mannerisms. Yet, he can rarely go above a ***3/4 with me and thats disappointing. Tonga has all the tools but he needs to work on his control spots. He’s been called a defensive wrestler which is a great tag to describe how he works but as a heel, being defensive is not the best offense because most times heels control the match. I like Tonga but I think he’s better as a tag wrestler. Until maybe a babyface turn.
Best Matches: vs Juice Robinson 7.27.17, vs Kenny Omega 7.22.17, vs Michael Elgin 7.20.17
Match Average: 3.41 out of 5 / 3.53 without Yano match
Tournament Placing: 8 points

IWGP NEVER Openweight Champion Minoru Suzuki (Stable: Suzuki-Gun)-Suzuki was another disappointment. Yano’s a comedy wrestler, Tonga’s in ring is lack luster, but Suzuki… He should be doing so much better. He is a legit guy. Great technique, look, persona, everything. Yet his matches were filled with so much shenanigans. Removing the Yano match only raised his average by .03. It might be because he’s knocking on 50 years of age so he could not handle this type of grueling schedule. Despite this, that match with Okada was better than their February match. As good as that was (and a couple others), might be time for him to step aside from G1 as well.
Best Matches: vs Kazuchika Okada 8.8.17, vs Kenny Omega 7.20.17, EVIL 7.27.17
Match Average: 3.47 out of 5 / 3.5 without Yano match
Tournament Placing: 9 points

IWGP NEVER 6 Man Champion SANADA (Stable: Los Ingobernables de Japon)-I bought into the hype. I like SANADA. He has the look and the talent. People thought he’d go far in his second G1. Instead, once again with 8 points. His match quality ranged from good to great. The thing is, SANADA did not deliver on the level myself and others expected. He’s got all the tools but until he switches gimmicks from the cold attitude he won’t go very far. Maybe its just a matter of time, but its hard to say.
Best Matches: vs EVIL 7.20.17, vs Kazuchika Okada 7.25.17, vs Kenny Omega 8.8.17
Match Average: 3.77 out of 5 / 3.93 without Yano match
Tournament Placing: 8 points

IWGP NEVER 6 Man Champion EVIL (Stable: Los Ingobernables de Japon)-On the first night of B block action, when SANADA put LIJ stablemate EVIL down people thought it was a sign of the groups pecking order within the heavyweights. By the end of the tournament, it was clear EVIL was the second man after leader Naito. EVIL defeated two champions, including delivering Okada his first singles loss in almost a year. He earned six wins, up from last year where he won four. Juice was the breakout face, Zack Sabre Jr was the breakout heel, then EVIL is the breakout tweener.
Best Matches: vs Kazuchika Okada 8.5.17, vs Kenny Omega 8.2.17, vs SANADA 7.20.17
Match Average: 3.91 out of 5 / 4.1 without Yano match
Tournament Placing: Third Place, 12 points

TOP 15 MATCHES
1. Kazuchika Okada vs Michael Elgin Day 4 7.22.17
3. Kenny Omega vs Tetsuya Naito Finals 8.13.17
3. Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL Day 14 8.5.17
4. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Tetsuya Naito Day 17 8.11.17
5. Kazuchika Okada vs Kenny Omega Day 18 8.12.17
6. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Tomohiro Ishii Day 15 8.6.17
7. Tetsuya Naito vs Kota Ibushi Day 1 7.17.17
8. Kenny Omega vs Michael Elgin Day 8 7.27.17
9. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kota Ibushi Day 11 8.1.17
10. SANADA vs EVIL Day 2 7.20.17
11. Tomohiro Ishii vs Hirooki Goto Day 1 7.17.17
12. EVIL vs Kenny Omega Day 12 8.5.17
13. Tomohiro Ishii vs Yuji Nagata Day 11 8.1.17
14. Juice Robinson vs Kenny Omega Day 14 8.5.17
15. Kazuchika Okada vs Minoru Suzuki Day 16 8.8.17

Final Star Ratings

Day 16 8.8.17
Tama Tonga vs Satoshi Kojima ***1/2
Toru Yano vs Juice Robinson **
EVIL vs Michael Elgin ****1/4
SANADA vs Kenny Omega ****1/4
Minoru Suzuki vs Kazuchika Okada ****1/2

Day 17 8.11.17
Yuji Nagata vs Bad Luck Fale ****
YOSHI-HASHI vs Togi Makabe ***
Tomohiro Ishii vs Zack Sabre Jr ****1/2
Hirooki Goto vs Kota Ibushi ****1/2
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Tetsuya Naito ****3/4

Day 18 8.12.17
Michael Elgin vs Juice Robinson ***3/4
Tama Tonga vs SANADA ***1/2
Minoru Suzuki vs Toru Yano ***
Satoshi Kojima vs EVIL ***3/4
Kazuchika Okada vs Kenny Omega ****3/4

Day 19 8.13.17
KUSHIDA, Tiger Mask IV, Jushin Liger, Hirai Kawato vs Suzuki-Gun **3/4 – All Suzuki-Gun juniors showed up for this. Build to KUSHIDA/El Desperado match.
Guerrillas of Destiny vs Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi **3/4 – GOD bow to Nagata after match, showing respect. Nagata (I believe) helped train Nagate.
Togi Makabe & David Finley vs CHAOS **1/2
Juice Robinso & TenCozy vs Bullet Club **3/4
Funky Future (Ryusuke Taguchi & Ricochet) vs Young Bucks JR. Tag Titles ****
War Machine vs Bullet Club (Cody & Hangman Page) **** – GOD challenge after match is over, K.E.S. return and attack everyone.
Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Michael Elgin vs Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr, Takashi IIzuka) ***3/4
Los Ingobernables vs CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano, Gedo) ***1/2
Kenny Omega vs Tetsuya Naito G1 Finals ****3/4

Links To Previous Star Ratings
Week 1, Week 2, Week 3

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G1 Climax Week 3

Third week done, after the fourth week I’ll actually do a full overview of the tournament. Breaking down the blocks and wrestlers. I’ll give my top matches as well as star ratings for the last three tournament nights and the finals card. Until then… here we go.

Day 11 8.1.17
Bad Luck Fale vs YOSHIHASHI ***3/4
Togi Makabe vs Zack Sabre Jr. ****1/4
Tomohiro Ishii vs Yuji Nagata ****1/2
Tetsuya Naito vs Hirooki Goto ****1/4
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kota Ibushi ****1/2

Day 12 8.2.17
SANADA vs Juice Robinson ***1/2
Michael Elgin vs Toru Yano *
Minoru Suzuki vs Satoshi Kojima **1/2
Tama Tonga vs Kazuchika Okada ***3/4
EVIL vs Kenny Omega ****1/2

Day 13 8.4.17
Yuji Nagata vs Kota Ibushi ***3/4
Bad Luck Fale vs Tomohiro Ishii ***3/4
Hirooki Goto vs YOSHIHASHI ***3/4
Zack Sabre Jr vs Tetsuya Naito ****
Togi Makabe vs Hiroshi Tanahashi ****1/4

Day 14 8.5.17
CHAOS (Goto, Ishii, YOSHIHASHI) vs Tanahashi, Ibusi, David Finley-*** One of the few undercard matches I watched cause of how many G1 competitors were in. Was fun.
Toru Yano vs Tama Tonga **1/2
SANADA vs Satoshi Kojima ***1/2
Michael Elgin vs Minoru Suzuki ***3/4
Juice Robinson vs Kenny Omega ****1/2
EVIL vs Kazuchika Okada ****3/4

Day 15 8.6.17
Yuji Nagata vs Zack Sabre Jr. ****1/4
Kota Ibushi vs YOSHIHASHI ****
Bad Luck Fale vs Hirooki Goto ***1/2
Tetsuya Naito vs Togi Makabe ***3/4
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Tomohiro Ishii ****3/4

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G1 Climax Week 2

Not going to write a bunch, my deep analysis will come with the final week.

Day 6 7.25.17
Michael Elgin vs Satoshi Kojima ****, Elgin is on the board while Kojima remains on the bottom on the block.
Tama Tonga vs EVIL ***1/2
Juice Robinson vs Minoru Suzuki ***1/2
Kenny Omega vs Toru Yano ***-This is a comedy match and 3 stars for a comedy match is good.
Kazuchika Okada vs SANADA ****1/2

Day 7 7.26.17
Tomohiro Ishii vs YOSHI-HASHI ****
Zack Sabre Jr vs Bad Luck Fale ***1/2
Kota Ibushi vs Togi Makabe ****
Tetsuya Naito vs Yuji Nagata ***3/4
Hirooki Goto vs Hioshi Tanahashi ****

Day 8 7.27.17
Juice Robinson vs Tama Tonga ****
Toru Yano vs SANADA **1/2
EVIL vs Minoru Suzuki ***3/4
Satoshi Kojima vs Kazuchika OKada ****1/4
Michael Elgin vs Kenny Omega ****1/2

Day 9 7.29.17
Togi Makabe vs Yuji Nagata ***3/4
Bad Luck Fale vs Kota Ibushi ***3/4
Hirooki Goto vs Zack Sabre Jr ****
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs YOSHI-HASHI ***3/4
Tomohiro Ishii vs Tetsuya Naito ****1/4

Day 10 7.30.17
EVIL vs Toru Yano **
Tama Tonga vs Minoru Suzuki **1/2
Michael Elgin vs SANADA ****
Satoshi Kojima vs Kenny Omega ****
Juice Robinson vs Kazuchika Okada ****

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