#31DaysOfHorror: Oct 3-6

Oct 3rd: Pieces(1982): http://youtu.be/A97EOtxF2gA

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I think the original intention for this film was to have it loosely based on Ed Gein, but like most plans in the 80’s, it soon went to shit in hilariously sleazy ways. The opening scene shows a young boy putting together a puzzle of a nude lady, all while singing the Humpty Dumpty song “…all the kings horses and all the kings men couldn’t put the pieces together again”. He is caught by his Mother, who hits him, calls him a filthy pervert like his father, and then yells for him to get a plastic bag, so she can “Burn it all”. The film is dubbed from Spanish, so some of the translations are awkward and make the dialogue sound silly, which explains why plastic bags are essential to fire building. Instead of being obediant, the little boy decides to grab an axe and chop his porn-blocking Mother to pieces. As the boy finishes putting together his nudie puzzle, a friend of his Mother knocks at the door. Upon receiving no answer, she immediately fetches two police officers to break in and conduct a search. That escalated quickly! The crafty little sociopath hides in a closet and pretends that some random Man came in and committed the slaughter, and he is whisked off to a relative. The narrative jumps forward several years and we see the killer still in possession of his Mothers bloody dress, and the Nudie Puzzle, both now triggering his murderous urges to boil over and begin stalking a university campus. 

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This film has all the ingredients of a great slasher film, but it’s like the ingredients were assembled and baked in an easy bake oven. It’s slightly retarded, but you love it anyway. The dialogue is awkward, the acting is terrible, and the plot is baffling. A campus Cassanova is allowed to work closely with the police to help catch the killer, for virtually no reason, and then there is the random Asian Kung Fu attack. Watch it to see what i mean. This is absolutely a film that should be watched with friends and alcohol. A Bloody good time!

 

Oct 4th: Deep Red(1975): http://youtu.be/IO8dtFwvu-Q

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Dario Argento is one of the Masters of Horror. As much as i love his films, the scores by Goblin stand out to me the most, and this film may have the best score of all. The story opens with a public demonstration of a psychic using her skills to read people in the crowd, only to proclaim that someone in the crowd has “Killed before, and will kill again”. Soon this very same Psychic finds herself the victim of a bloody death which is witnessed by her neighbor, who begins investigate the murder in hopes of catching the killer. Keep in mind, he is not an officer of the law…he’s a Pianist. Of course. Argento crafts a truly eerie film by focusing on atmoshere and mood. Several elements stand out such as one eye of the killer peering out from the darkness of a closet, or a creepy mechanical doll running towards a soon to be victim, or the young girl who has a history of mutilating lizards and seems to take delight in it. I can’t help but think these are ideas Argento had that he wasn’t able to flesh out into full films, but felt they were too good not to include somewhere. The full film can be found here: http://youtu.be/CsLnaq1mAE4, As out-dated as it may be, it still doesn’t fail to illicit chills.

 

Oct 5th: Burial Ground (1981): http://youtu.be/ixxGww40-pY

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HOLY FAAAAAAAAK! This one is bizarre! A scientist is researching an ancient crypt underneath a Mansion, and decides to invite 3 Jet-setting couples to join him for the weekend. Before they arrive, the scientist manages to unleash an Ancient curse which causes the dead to rise and tear him apart, then turn their attention to the newly arrived couples and one small child. Now, as far as Italian Zombie films go, this is nothing out of the ordinary. The Zombie make-up looks decent, the zombie themselves even seem a bit more resourceful than usual, so where does it go weird? The sex? All three couples arrive at the mansion, and immediately go upstairs to fuck, only to get dressed, go to explore the grounds, and then fuck outside! Nope, that’s not where it gets weird…One of the Women has brought along her young son Michael along…and Michael is portrayed by an adult midget…

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This wasn’t done because the role called for any kind of sophisticated acting…It was done because there is an Incest angle played out between Michael and his Mother. During the Post-Arrival-Fuck-Fest, Michael walks in on his Mother, and appears very disturbed. Throughout the film he will not stray from her side and frequently holds her tightly. Eventually he becomes traumatized by the Zombie assault, and is taken into an empty room by his Mother to comfort him. It seems that Michael’s idea of comfort is to kiss his mother and play with her tits. She lets it go on for a brief moment before slapping him. Michael then yells “What’s wrong?!? I’m your son!” Pretty much just answered your own question there, lil fella. Later, Michael is killed, but rises as a Zombie. Deciding that the best way to welcome her son back to her is to pop a tit out and invite him to suckle, Michael’s Mother may have to most hilarious Zombie death of all time.

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Now, I know that incest-zombies may not be everyone’s bag, but this film has plenty more to offer. Like regular zombies, and sex, and a Midget!

Oct 6th: Warlock(1989): http://youtu.be/FmmYDGknX-U

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I can’t remember how old i was when i first saw this film, but I do remember that it was on VHS, and that it was right around then time when i became aware that i really liked being scared. Looking back on the film now, I can appreciate the subtleties that led me to find it so frightening. The story concerns a Warlock, played by Julian Sands, who is swept forward in time by Satan to track down and assemble the Grand Grimoire so he may un-make creation. He is pursued by a Witch-Hunter named Redferne, who chases him across modern day America in an attempt to put an end to to Warlock once and for all. The score is truly creepy, and Julian Sands paints a foreboding figure. Little things like a brief shot of an attic door hanging slightly open, followed by the hook of the score, and the realization that the Warlock must be hiding within, somehow managed to terrify me as a child, and even now give me a chill. I also enjoyed that exposition is kept to a minimum. We accept that magic and hexes and curses work, and we don’t need to dumb things down with explanations. Ultimately, it’s a decent film that still holds up (kinda) to this day, for what it is…just avoid the sequels. AT ALL COSTS!

 

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