Thursday, October 11, 2018

31 Days of Horror, Day 6: Se7en

"There are seven deadly sins, Captain. Gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, pride, lust, and envy. Seven... You can expect five more of these."
-Detective William Somerset

Starring:  Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, John C. McGinley, R. Lee Ermey, and (SPOILER ALERT) Kevin Spacey

Directed By: David Fincher

Trailer: "Let he who is without sin try to survive"

Premise: Detective David Mills has been reassigned to a crapsack city to replace the retiring Detective Somerset, and as his first case, the two of them find themselves on the trail of a serial killer whose murders are based on the Seven Deadly Sins.

My familiarity with this movie:
Watched it in a film class at BCTC when I was a student there. I loved it.

Day 5: Rosemary's Baby (1968)

"What have you done to him? What have you done to his eyes, you maniacs!?"
- Rosemary Woodhouse

Starring: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans, Ralph Bellamy, Charles Grodin, Patsy Kelly

Directed By: Roman Polanski

Trailer: "Pray for Rosemary's Baby"

Premise: A young couple, Guy and Rosemary Woodhouse, move into an apartment with a sordid and supernatural past. After becoming pregnant, strange things begin happening to Rosemary, and she starts fearing for her baby's saftey...

My familiarity with this movie: Heard it mentioned in an episode of Seinfeld, and picked up a few other references to it in the years following. Unfortunately, this means that the twist was kinda spoiled for me already...

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Day 4: Blacula (1972)

"You shall pay, black prince. I shall place a curse of suffering on you that will doom you to a living hell. I curse you with my name. You shall be... Blacula!"
- Dracula

Starring: William Marshall, Denise Nicholas, Vonetta McGee, Gordon Pinsent, Thalmus Rasulala, Emily Yancy, Lance Taylor Sr., Logan Field, Ted Harris, Rick Metzler

Directed By: William Crain

Trailer: "Dracula's soul brother..."

Premise: In 1780, Prince Mamuwalde of the African Abani tribe, and his wife, are sent to Count Dracula to ask his aid ending the slave trade. It...doesn't go well, and Mamuwalde is bitten by Dracula and cursed to be a vampire himself. Nearly 200 years later, in LA, Mamuwalde is awakened by two interior decorators, and begins his reign of terror...

My familiarity with this movie: As a teenager, I learned that the Dracula from "The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy" was an homage/parody of this movie, though I never watched it until now, having since developed a taste for blaxploitation and 70s horror.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Day 3: The Descent (2005)

"I'm an English teacher, not fucking Tomb Raider."
- Beth O'Brien

Starring: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, MyAnna Buring, Saskia Mulder, Nora-Jane Noone, Oliver Milburn (the only man in the cast!), Molly Kayll
Directed By: Neil Marshall
Trailer: "Claustrophobia. Disorientation. Hallucination. Fear."

Premise: A year after losing her husband and daughter in a car accident, Sarah's friends take her spleunking...unfortunately, there comes a cave-in, and the ladies soon discover that they've got bigger problems than claustrophobia.

My familiarity with this movie: None. Did a Google search for "best horror movies", and this one came up as one I haven't seen.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Day 2: Dawn of the Dead, Director's Cut (1978)

"What are they doing? Why do they come here?"
"Some kind of instinct. Memory of what they used to do. This was an important place in their lives."
-Fran and Stephen

Starring: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott Reiniger, Gaylen Ross
Directed By: George A. Romero
Trailer: "The night of the Living Dead has ended. The Dawn of the Dead begins..."

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Day 1: The Invisible Man (1933)

"Power, I said! Power to walk into the gold vaults of the nations, into the secrets of kings, into the Holy of Holies; power to make multitudes run squealing in terror at the touch of my little invisible finger. Even the moon's frightened of me, frightened to death! The whole world's frightened to death!"
- Dr. Jack Griffin

Starring: Clause Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan, Henry Travers, Una O'Connor, Forrester Harvey, Dudley Digges, E. E. Clive
Directed By: James Whale
Trailer: "You're CRAZY to know who I am!!"

Premise: A mysterious, bandage-covered stranger arrives at the Lion's Head inn.  After being rude and violent to the owners, the law is called upon him. It's soon revealed that the stranger is completely invisible, and has mad ambitions of world conquest.

My familiarity with this movie:
LOVED the book as a teenager. Read it multiple times in middle and high school. Caught the movie on Netflix several years back, and ended up loving it as well.

2018 Master List

1. The Invisible Man (1933)
2. Dawn of the Dead, Director's Cut (1978)
3. The Descent (2005)