Last week, lets do this!
Oct. 28th-House of Mortal Sin from 1976 (Director: Pete Walker, Writers: David McGillivray, Stars: Anthony Sharp, Susan Penhaligon, Stephanie Beacham, Norman Eshley and Sheila Keith, Runtime: 104 mins)
Priest becomes obsessed with a woman, recording her confession and driving her to desperation. Along the way people die. A couple of good performances and decent direction can’t correct what is a boring film with a dull story. No matter how much the priest tries to sell the character, you just don’t really dig into what they’re doing and that’s on the script. This film was a waste of my time. Over a hundred minutes? Probably should’ve been cut under ninety minutes.
Oct. 29th-Alice, Sweet, Alice from 1976 (Director: Alfred Sole, Writers: Rosemary Ritvo and Alfred Sole, Stars: Linda Miller, Paula Sheppard, and Brooke Shields, Runtime: 105 mins)
This film about a masked murderer taking out members of a family is a wasted opportunity. This proto-slasher has some very good ideas and was with it up until the killer’s identity was revealed which took away from the horror of the film. Spoilers ahead, the film sets up the sister Alice as having killed her younger sister and then its later revealed to be a woman named Ms. Tredoni who goes to the same church as Alice and her mother. This sort of takes a bite out of the film for me because of how incredibly cold Alice is. Who in the film is 12, and looks 12, but was played by a 19 year old college student named Paula Sheppard. Paula plays opposite an 11 year old Brooke Sheilds who is only shorter by a few inches shorter than Paula at the start of the film. The film has some nice kills and gruesome acts. I still felt disappointed in the reveal and felt that dragged the film. Doing some wikipedia searching however is making me think of other aspects of this film. I didn’t think much of the Catholic talk and iconography of the film but it does give it a very interesting feel. The movie does have that Italian horror film vibe like Mario Bava’s more gruesome works like Bay of Blood or something like Opera by Dario Argento. If you’re a slasher fan, yeah, I guess this a must see. I think it was overall good but still wish it was the young Alice doing the killing.
[Trailer-Brooke Shields Is Not Alice, Stupid Trailer]
Oct. 30th-Thirst from 1979 (Director: Rod Hardy, Writers: John Pinkney, Stars: Chantal Contouri, Max Phipps and David Hemmings, Runtime: 93 mins)
Woman with lineage to Bahory is kidnapped by shadowy group who want her to join. Basically its over an hour of a group of people being assholes to this woman they kidnapped wanting her to be one of them. Its a rather boring film which is sad because the premise is great and there is some creepy, unsettling things going on. I think I’m burnt out. I don’t feel like writing anymore. Chantel Contouri was good through out so there is a positive.
Oct. 31st-The Brood from 1979 (Writer/Director: David Cronenberg, Stars: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, and Art Hindle, Runtime: 92 mins)
You know, I’ve seen like a dozen David Cronenberg films now and I still have no clue what to think about the guy. The Brood is about a man trying to protect his daughter while his estranged wife is in some deep, weird, therapy situation. These little monsters start attacking people around the man and his daughter. Can you guess why? It was pretty obvious after the first kill. The plus-well acted and looks good. The negative… Predictable. Sad to see one of the characters go. Also, the story is just kind of… I like weird but knowing Cronenberg is body horror classics you kinda knew some of it was coming though it still had the disgusting, off putting feel you expected. I don’t know. It was fine. Not the big way to blow off this month and celebrate Halloween. But hey! I’m one of the lone opinion on this one, people like it so maybe you check it out.
Last four films and nothing I really have any need to see again. Though three of the four at least good. Not the best last week but still the strongest October of the four I’ve done. So what’s the theme next year? Or should I skip a theme?
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Night of the Living Dead
Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Spiral Staircase
The House of Usher
Belladonna of Sadness
Island of Lost Souls
Alice, Sweet Alice
Kill, Baby, Kill
Bay of Blood
Last House on the Left
House of Mortal Sin
Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb
The Beast Must Die
The Horrible Dr. Hichcock