DEVON CAHILL –
Alphabet City (1984) Dir. Amos Poe Well, Michael Winslow is in it, so there’s that. Can’t understand the cult around this flick. Took me 5 nights to get through it…terrible.
Blood and Lace (1971) Dir. Philip S. Gilbert Cued this up thinking it was Blood and Black Lace (1964), but never looked back. Gloria Grahame, Len Lesser, and Vic Tayback…need I say more? Praise the hammer-cam! Another impressive entry in Jerry’s Uncle Leo’s schlock resume.
Conquest (1983) Dir. Lucio Fulci 1st feature of Friday night Bad Transfer group watch. Nate always picks the best ones. Fulci takes on D&D in this unsung late-era masterpiece and new entry on my “buddy, you have to see this” list. Drawn-on-film special effects should entice you.
House on Sorority Row (1982) Dir. Mark Rosman 2nd feature of a Friday night Bad Transfer group watch. At some point I realized Matt was snoozing, so I switched to something else. Painfully mediocre.
Borderline (1980) Dir. Jerrold Freeman Bronson & Brimley at the border! Excellent.
Nightmare (1981) Dir. Romano Scavolini “Listen to me, George…it’s only a dream, and dreams can’t hurt you.” This movie was surprisingly excellent.
Caliber 9 (1972) Dir. Fernando Di Leo My Fernando Di Leo kick this month led me to revisit the classics. Too many standout performances and scenes to mention here.
Italian Connection (1972) Dir. Fernando Di Leo Words cannot describe how awesome this film is. Well, maybe two: Silva & Strode.
Grotesque (1988) Dir. Joe Tanatore Bad Transfer group watch… “Punkers” in a VW camper go on the rampage in Big Bear, terrorizing a totally 80’s Linda Blair.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) Dir. Guy Ritchie, UK Watch this every 10 years or so.
Death Watch (1980) Bertrand Tavernier A little more cerebral than what I’ve been watching lately, but surprisingly good. Romy Schneider is great in this, but I wished Von Sydow had put a little more into his performance.
The Guv’nor (2016) Dir. Paul Van Carter Documentary on legendary bare-knuckle tough guy Lenny McClain. Interesting, but I got tired of listening to his son yammer on and conked out about half-way through.
Massacre Gun (1967) Hasebe Yasuharu Yakuza noir classic…maybe a little melodramatic at times, but excellent.
Only God Forgives (2013) Dir. NWR This seems to be the critics’ least favorite NWR films, but I thought it was excellent. Unforgettable imagery and over-the-top brutality.
MLK/FBI (2020) Dir. Sam Pollard Excellent documentary on the FBIs attempt to take down MLK that paints a complicated portrait of the man behind the legend.
Paranoia, aka Orgasmo (1969) Dir. Umberto Lenzi Was psyched to see this on Cinematic Void Up All Night, as I’ve been reading up on my Giallo lately, but it wasn’t good.
The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971) Dir. Sergio Martino I’ve come to the conclusion that this vice really wasn’t so strange for male Italian directors in the 70s…excellent intro to Giallo, though!
The New York Ripper (1982) Dir. Lucio Fulci Fulci takes it to that “other” level here. Don’t watch this too close to bedtime or before any meals for that matter.
The Boss (1973) Dir. Fernando Di Leo Each of the Di Leo mafia flicks has it’s own unique appeal, but this is probably my favorite. Silva is completely unhinged.
Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970) Dir. Mario Bava, Multiple unresolved storylines can’t keep this one from raging.
NATE WILSON –
The Streetfighter (1972 ) Sonny Chiba at his best!
Birds Of Prey (1973) Unwatchable due to the transfer on Prime. John Saxon
Return Of Streetfighter (1974 ) more Sonny Chiba
Wayne-Series (2019) Highly recommended!! Prime
Midnight Sky (2020) Great ‘til the ending
Ava (2020) Netflix action flick
Con Air (1997) Rewatched
Mall Cop (2009) w/ my daughter
Headshot (2016) Extreme action/gore on Netflix. Highly recommend
Enter Ninja (1981) Franco Nero! This is a golden Canon Film
Conquest (1983) This was great! Adventure movie w/ violence
Human Factor (1976) This was awful, and I like George Kennedy
Sleep Over (2020) watched w/ my daughter
Black 47 (2018) Super violent Irish flick! Great!
Unacknowledged doc (2017)
Close Encounters Of The Fifth Kind doc (2020)
Twilight Zone season 1
The Spy Next Door watched w/ My daughter
Signs (2002) Rewatched, wasn’t impressed
The Last Days On Mars (2013) Cool Sci Fi
Playing With Fire (2018) watched w/ my daughter
Orgasmo, aka Paranoia (1969)
Fubar (2002) Heavy Metal flick!
Sasquatch (1976) Terrible, seems like a TV movie
Onward (2020) Pixar flick w/ my daughter
Night At The Museum (2006) Watched with my daughter
Strange Vice Of Mrs. Wardh (1971)
White Boy Rick (2018) Loved this!
Exists (2014) Not Good
Haters Back Off (2020) season 2 on Netflix Watched w/ my daughter
MATT AVERAGE –
CONQUEST (1983), director Lucio Fulci Not one of his best.
SOUND OF METAL (2019) director Darius Marder I thought this was going to be an indie metal movie going off the title. Ended up being far better than I had anticipated.
GAMERA vs VIRAS: DESTROY ALL PLANETS (orig: Gamera Tai Uchu Kaiju Bairasu) (1968), directors Kenji Yuasa, and Shigeo Tanaka
ORGASMO (aka Paranoia) (1969), director Umberto Lenzi This was the first feature of Cinematic Void’s January Giallo
DAY OF THE ANIMALS (1977), director William Girdler
BLACK JOY (1977), director Anthony Simmons
THE HEROIN BUSTERS (orig: La Via Della Droga) (1977), director Enzo G. Castellari Not as good as I was expecting.
GROTESQUE (1988), director Joe Tornatore I don’t remember this movie at all.
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954), director Jack Arnold
MANSION OF THE DOOMED (1976), director Michael Pataki No memory of this movie…
NIGHTMARE CASTLE (orig: Amanti d’oltretomba; aka The Night of the Doomed) (1965), director Allen Grunewald (Mario Caino), soundtrack Ennio Morricone Early Gothic horror with Barbara Steele. A bit slow and predictable, but I remember it unlike a couple of movies listed above.
WE STILL KILL THE OLD WAY (orig: A Ciascuno il Suo) (1967), director Elio Petri Apparently a precursor to the Eurocrime films of the 1970s. It’s okay, but what was to come was far better.
TRUCK TURNER (1974), director Jonathan Kaplan May be thee best Blaxploitation movie ever. The dialog is perfect, the music is great, and… Well, everything is great.
THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH (orig: Lo Strano Vizio Della Signora Wardh, aka: Blade of the Ripper, aka Next Victim) (1971), director Sergio Martino One I have been wanting to see for years, and bought on Blue-Ray not too long ago. This was the closer for the 2021 edition of Cinematic Void’s January giallo.
PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE (1985), director Tim Burton One of the best movies ever made. I can watch this over and over and over again.
FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE (aka I Hate Your Guts, aka Staying Alive, aka Bloodbath at 1313
Fury Road) (1977), director Robert A. Endleson Nasty and mean movie about an escaped redneck convict and hangers on taking a Black family hostage and the carnage that ensues.
THE RETURN OF GIANT MAJIN (orig: Daimajin Ikaru, aka Return of Daimajin) (1966), director Kenji Misumi Blehhh… Not much of Daimajin in the movie as I was hoping for.
THE AGFA HORROR TRAILER SHOW (2021) Review up soon.
THE BATWOMAN (orig: La Mujer Murcielago) (1968), director Rene Cardona Review up soon
EARTH vs THE GIANT SPIDER (aka Earth vs The Spider, aka The Spider) (1958), director Bert I. GordonWatched this on Svengoolie. As cool as the Universal movies are, I like his show better when he shows movies like this, or The Giant Mantis.
MATT AVERAGE –
- DEAD-END DRIVE-IN (1986) Format: Blue-Ray, director Brian Trenchard-Smith Post-apocalyptic movie tailor-made for teenagers. Or, at least that’s how I felt when it was released. Still holds up.
- PUTNEY SWOPE (1969) Format: at the Egyptian Theatre, director Robert Downey, Sr., cinematography Gerald Cotts Putney Swope is a movie I have heard about and read about for years. Why it took me until recently to finally watch is a mystery to me. It’s great. Very much of the time it was made, and it’s still more interesting than 99% of what is in theaters today. Race issues and power issues at play, but done with satire and a political angle that still resonates in current times. It’s also a beautiful looking film thanks to the cinematography of Gerald Cotts.
- BLACK MAMA WHITE MAMA (1973) Format: Blue-Ray, director Eddie Romero Pam Grier, Sid Haig, women in prison, and released by American International. Three ingredients for a great movie. Cinematic comfort food.
- SUGAR HILL (1974) Format: Blue-Ray, director Paul Maslansky Not exactly scary, but this is a really good horror film that deserves more recognition. Zombies (not the Romero kind, but the original version that were made to do the bidding of whoever raised them from the dead).
- CRY OF A PROSTITUTE (1974) Format: Blue-Ray, director Andrea Bianchi Had to get this because it has Barbara Bouchet. I thought it was okay, a lot of people really like it. I’ll have to watch this again in a few months, and will hopefully be on board with everyone else.
- THE NEW KIDS (1985) Format: DVD, director Sean S. Cunningham I never had heard of this movie until recently. A brother and sister are new to a hick town that’s being bullied by some teenagers with James Spader as the leader. This should be much more popular than it is. Watch it, and then tell a friend. Spread the word! Also, this is the Sean S. Cunningham of Friday the 13th fame.
- INFERNO (1980) Format: Blue-Ray, director Dario Argento One of Argento’s best, and also one of his best looking movies. Second part of the Three Mother’s trilogy.
- HARRIET (2019) Format: DVD, director Kasi Lemmons Bio pic on Harriet Tubman.
- HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON (1970) Format: DVD, director Mario Bava Not one of Bava’s best. It’s a snooze fest.
- THE LAUGHING POLICEMAN (1973) Format: Blue-Ray, director Stuart Rosenberg Really good police procedural movie set in early 1970s San Francisco. Starring Walter Mathau and Bruce Dern.
- THE CANDY SNATCHERS (1973) Format: Blue-Ray, director Guerdon Trueblood Love this movie! It’s a mean and sleazy film of three f’d up people kidnapping a teenage girl with the intention of getting a nice ransom. But it goes south pretty quick. Also, you get to see West LA and Santa Monica in the early 1970s.
- DON’T OPEN THE DOOR (aka Don’t Hang Up) (1974) Format: DVD, director D.F. Browmrigg This movie is a dog, but it has its charm, and you can’t stop watching. I’ll probably watch it again before the year is over. Young woman goes to see her dying grandmother, but discovers some of the townspeople have ideas and plans for her property and will stop at nothing to get it.
- 1917 (2019) Format: DVD, director Sam Mendes WWI movie in one continuous take. It moves fast and never slows down. I probably would have enjoyed it more in the movie theater.
- DAY OF THE DEAD (1985) Format: at the Egyptian Theatre, director George A. Romero Dawn of the Dead is one of my favorite movies, and probably for you, as well. When Day of the Dead hit the theaters in 1985 I was stoked. I was watching Dawn of the Dead nearly every weekend at that time and had high hopes for Day of the Dead. However, I was disappointed with it upon seeing it in the theater. Thirty-five years later I still feel that way. Too talky, and there’s no real tension or anything to keep you interested.
- BRUTE CORPS (1971) Format: Blue-Ray, director Jerry Jameson Sleazy action movie that seems pretty unknown. I have a full review of this coming up soon.
- RICCO (1973) Format: DVD, director Tulio Demichel I was told this movie is awful, but very bloody. I rented it because of Barbara Bouchet (if you have ever seen Don’t Torture a Duckling, and Calibre 9 you will understand why). It’s actually not that bad. It’s not great, but it’s not horrible. Chris Mitchum seeks revenge for the murder of his father. The violence is over the top, and it is bloody. Along the way he meets up with Barbara Bouchet, and Malisa Longo.
- THE WITCH (2015) Format: DVD, director Robert Eggers Even more dull than The Lighthouse. This movie is an endurance contest. I soldiered through, but will never put myself through that again.
- BRIDES OF BLOOD (1968) Format: Blue-Ray, directors Gerard de Leon and Eddie Romero Notable for having nudity in a horror film that showed more than most at the time. If this is a good film is up for debate. It’s a schlocky monster movie that’s not too bad. It’s entertaining. Much more so than The Witch.
NATE WILSON –
- The Last Hitman (2008) This movie was terrible, it seemed like a made for TV flick. I gave it a chance because it had “detective Rossi “from Criminal Minds in it. I ended up turning it off near the end. Avoid at all costs!
- The Trials Of Gabriel Fernandez (2020) Limited series on Netflix. Depressing as all hell, but I couldn’t stop watching it. This is a documentary about the 8-year old boy in L.A. who was tortured and murdered by his mom and her boyfriend back in 2013. It’s an infuriating story about the system and this boy’s short life.
- The End Of The Fucking World (Season 1) Recommended to me by my buddy Telf. I hated it. It’s very “young.”
- Dark Waters (2019) This was a fun watch.
- Drive (2011) One of the better movies I’ve seen in a while, I can’t believe I hadn’t seen it up until now. This put me down a rabbit hole of watching a bunch of this director’s other flicks. Soundtrack is dope too.
- Neon Demon (2016) This is great… Same director as above
- Only God Forgives This is so bloody and brutal, again the same director as above.
- The Report (2019) Kinda boring “true story” that is an Amazon original.
- Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom Always great no matter how many times you watch this one. Tried to get my daughter to watch it with me. She ain’t ready.
- New Order-Decades (2019) This was a fun doc I watched on Showtime. Super interesting story of the creation of the tour they did with the synth orchestra.
- Super Dark Times (2017) This was awesome. It’s a dark movie about some kids who are involved in a murder.
- Unabomber in His Own Words Series (2018) Another documentary I watched on Netflix about Ted. Lots of recordings from a jailhouse interview he did with a journalist.
- Domino (2019) Great cop action film that takes place in Copenhagen. I love both actors in this one. Totally worth watching.
- The Ritual (2018) Cool modern horror /thriller type film
- Lighthouse (2018) Yup, I watched the wrong Lighthouse. This one is from 2018. I was wondering all the way through it why people were making such a bog deal over this film. Well they were making a big deal over the other Lighthouse film. Weird that there are two by this name within the span of 1 year.
- Term Life (2016) Vince Vaughn doing serious… I like him usually but this time not so much.
- The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009) Loved this one. Very Coen Brothers-ish
- ZZ Top That Lil ‘Ol Band From Texas (2019) I was hoping for more from this documentary. I didn’t know a lot about these guys, so I’ll take what they gave me. Interesting indeed but missing something.
- Parasite (2019) I loved this film. It was funny, disturbing, and brutal. I’m not so sure it should have won the awards that it did. I feel like I saw a few movies I liked better from that year, but this is a great film.
- Snowpiercer (2014) After watching Parasite with my wife I told her she needed to watch this one which is by the same director. I came home while she was starting it so I rewatched with her. This is an amazing sci fi film that has much to say about society and classism. Everyone should see this.
DEVON CAHILL –
- TOKYO KNIGHTS (1961) Dir. Suzuki Seijun, Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Top notch The kids will have their say in this Hamlet meets restless youth coming of age flick. It’s got everything: crime, young love, Noh, betrayal, yakuza, and Suzuki’s signature style all packed into 80 minutes.
- GO FOR IT (1983) Dir. E.B. Clucher (aka Enzo Barboni), Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Very Good Terence Hill and Bud Spencer in this unwatchable buddy film / spy movie spoof. Took me two days to claw through the first 40 minutes before I finally gave up. Unbelievably, this clocks in at almost two hours! In the end I just felt bad for all involved in this production.
- THE NEON DEMON (2016) Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn, Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Perfect Winding Refn can’t miss and this is no exception. Beautifully crafted film. I sensed Liquid Sky influences here, but this is on another level. Unforgettable.
- MIDSOMMAR (2019) Dir. Ari Aster, Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Great Kind of a modern take on The Wicker Man but trade out the police sergeant for a group of grad students on a research excursion. Acting was questionable at points, but I still thought it was a great movie. Matt didn’t agree.
- DARK BLUE (2002) Dir. Ron Shelton, Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Great Watchable corrupt L.A. cop drama set against the back drop of the Rodney King trial and subsequent riots. Colors or Training Day this is not.
- FEAR X (2016) Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn, Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Great Noah’s review had me itching to see this one. Really compelling existentialist drama from Winding Refn. Reminded me of David Lynch at moments…unresolved and haunting.
- HIGH-BALLIN’ (1978) Dir. Peter Carter, Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Good This was the surprise hit of the month for me…I mean you can’t go wrong with Jerry Reed in a big rig, but this also had kind of a dark edge I wasn’t expecting. I’ll likely review this soon.
- MANIAC (1980) Dir. William Lustig, Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Excellent Wanted to re-watch this after Matt’s review but made the mistake of doing it late at night and in a few installments. Would love to see this in a theater in one sitting. Joe Spinell’s Frank Zito is cool and all, but the 80s NYC backdrop is the real star here.
- EATEN ALIVE (1976) Dir. Tobe Hooper, Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Good! Rednecks, scythes, pitchforks, and a plastic crocodile. See my review HERE.
- THE CANNIBAL MAN (1972) Dir. Eloy de la Iglesia, Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Good! Remarkably directed and nuanced tale of a man’s decent into depravity. Definitely more going on here than meets the eye in this kill-fest.
- A THOUSAND JUNKIES (2017) Dir. Tommy Swerdlow, Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Excellent Let’s take the tragedy of heroin addiction and make a slice of life comedy about it. Yeah, I didn’t like it either.
- THE CASSANDRA CROSSING (1976) Dir. George P. Cosmatos, Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Fine Reminded me of the Poseidon Adventure, but on a train, and with a virus. O.J. and Alida Valli are the standouts in the ensemble cast. Richard Harris is insufferable, but the final scene is worth any anguish he may cause in the run-up.
- PARASITE (2019) Dir. Bong Joon Ho, Format: Some sort of hi-res digital, Transfer Quality: Perfect, saw in theater. Pretty perfect movie all around. Deep and nuanced social commentary that is delicately delivered…just so many levels to enjoy this film on. Definitely the best film of the year.
- OKJA (2017) Dir. Bong Joon Ho, Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Excellent Really enjoyed watching this with Sarah. Pretty great, though Jake Gyllenhaal’s acting excesses in this one almost sink the ship. Surprising, ‘cause Gyllenhaal has been consistently great in everything else I’ve seen him in. Anyway, great story and other performances manage to make up for it, and then some…Tilda Swinton’s especially.
- SISTER STREET FIGHTER (aka Ona Hissatsu Ken) (1974) Dir. Kazuhiko Yamaguchi I think I might like this better than Street Fighter. It has more action, and the job Arrow Video has done makes this a worthy addition to any genre fans library.
- HORROR HIGH (aka Twisted Brain) (1973) Dir. Larry N. Stouffer Not the best horror by any stretch, but it’s oddly pretty good and pulls you in for the ride. It has its charms. Maybe it’s the 1970s setting and tone, or maybe it’s the age old tale of an outcast getting revenge on those who have it coming.
- Dr. Jeckyll & Sister Hyde (1971) Dir. Roy Ward Baker Martine Beswick! Dr. Jeckyll drinks his potion and turns in Martine Beswick!
- BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974) Dir. Bob Clark The absolute best in Yuletide Terror. Holds up extremely well. I went to see this at the New Beverly a few years back and enjoyed watching the “smarter than the movie” crowd snicker less and less as the movie kept unwinding. Especially when the phone calls started ratcheting up the insanity. I recommend watching this one at home alone, or with some friends who know a great movie and will shut the fuck up and let it work its magic. The Blu-Ray from Scream Factory is highly recommended.
- PATRICK (1978) Dir. Richard Franklin Australian horror sci-fi thing. Not golden, but not bad.
- CHRISTMAS EVIL (aka You Better Watch Out) (1980) Dir. Lewis Jackson After Black Christmas this is my second favorite Yuletide Terror. I’ve watched this at the New Beverly the past couple years and intend to make it a tradition of seeing it every Xmas season. John Waters is a fan, and at some point I’m going to make time to watch this again with his audio commentary on the Vinegar Syndrome pressing.
- THE YAKUZA PAPERS VOL. 2: HIROSHIMA DEATH MATCH (1973) Dir. Kinji Fukasaku Fukasaku may be one of my all-time favorite film makers. My first memory of watching any horror was my mother waking me up around midnight on a school night (I was about 6 years old) to watch The Green Slime on late night TV. That moment changed everything for me, and I’ve wanted more ever since. His yakuza movies blow me away every single time. I often find myself sitting on the edge of my couch watching these and feeling like I’m seeing some of the greatest movies ever made.
- THE EXORCIST III (1990) Dir. William P. Blatty Really, there’s no need for anything beyond the first film. However, there is that one scene that kind of chills you to the bone every time it comes up. But it’s only that one scene.
- STAR WARS: EPISODE IX – THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (2019) Dir. J.J. Abrams People are whining and crying about this one for some reason. It’s Star Wars for chris’sake! It’s not some masterpiece of cinema like Texas Chainsaw, or anything like what Seijun Suzuki or Kinji Fukasake made. I like this one. I was entertained. The rush of seeing the original three will never come back, but I was also a kid back then, and not some jaded cynical burnt out adult.
- THE PYJAMA GIRL CASE (1977) Dir. Flavio Mogherini Bleccchhhh… Cool that this is a giallo set in Australia, but this entry came in towards the end of the cycle and is indicative it needed to die. Slow police procedure movie, and that ending gets grim and sleazy as fuck. Not enough to make me want to see it again.
- TOP SECRET (1984) Dir. Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker Comedy gold! Still holds up despite being well past 30 years ago. Skeet surfing should have taken off.
- DOLEMITE IS MY NAME (2019) Dir. Craig Brewer I expected to hate this. However, it’s actually pretty good, and I enjoyed learning about Rudy Ray Moore (there’s a biography coming out sometime soon-ish), and seeing Los Angeles on the screen. Eddie Murphy’s come back!
- OIL CAPITAL UNDERGROUND: THE GENESIS AND EVOLUTION OF PUNK ROCK IN TULSA LATE 70s – MID 90s (2018) Dir. Bryan Crain I sometimes forget that Tulsa had a great music scene at one time. Granted, it wasn’t Los Angeles, or New York, and maybe we didn’t appreciate it because of that, but there were some great bands who should have been gods. Check out those Los Reactors records and crank up those NOTA records for proof.
- FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON (aka 5 Bambole per la Luna d’Agosto) (1970) Dir. Mario Bava Bava can be great, and he can also be sleep inducing. Here I fell asleep throughout the movie. I will say the Blu-Ray on Kino Lorber looks great though.
- THE BEAST IN THE CELLAR (1971) Dir. James Kelley Bought this during the Severin Black Friday sale. Slow moving British horror from the 1970s that works well late at night. This would be perfect placed towards the end of the night at the Aero Horrorthon.
DEVON CAHILL –
- BRAIN OF BLOOD (1971) Dir. Al Adamson, Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Good Delectable disaster of a drive-in movie…imagine The Thing with Two Heads but with only enough budget for one head.
- CIRCLE OF IRON (1978) Dir. Richard Moore, Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Good Bruce Lee penned kung fu quest flick with David Carradine. Still good, but definitely doesn’t live up to the hype of the memories I have from watching it a hundred times on HBO as a kid.
- DEAD MAN’S LINE (2018) Dir. Alan Berry, Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Very good This blew me away. Nate’s review should include a MUST SEE! banner at the top. I never knew anything about this event. Great doc pieced together from old news footage, etc. MUST SEE!
- GHOST OF DRAGSTRIP HOLLOW (1959) Dir. William Hole, Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Excellent! Subculture exploitation flick that falls somewhere between those Kurt Russell Disney movies and The Munsters. Lot’s of hip 50s lingo and slapstick. This had to be the inspiration for those Happy Days Halloween episodes. I really loved this.
- HORROR HOSPITAL (1973) Dir. Antony Balch, Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Good! While trying way too hard to be campy, Balch squanders some otherwise good performances. Vanessa Shaw kept me tuned in until the end, though.
- THE IRISHMAN (2018) Dir. Martin Scorsese, Format: DCP, Quality: Perfect Definitely not Scorsese’s best, but it was a masterpiece compared to most crap out there. They should seriously consider editing out Steve van Zandt’s cameo as Jerry Vale, though…brutal. Even more distracting than the CGI could be at times.
- PULP FICTION (1994) Dir. Quentin Tarantino, Format: 35mm, Print Quality: Excellent Saw this with Matt at Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema for its 25th Anniversary…one of the many perks of living in SoCal. Still one of the greatest films ever. Matt and I left wondering if we were the only fogeys in the theater old enough to have seen it when it first screened.
- VAN NUYS BOULEVARD (1979) Dir. William Sachs, Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Very Good Another surprisingly good subculture exploitation flick, though cool cars, vans, arcade scenes, and lots of nudity might have skewed my assessment.
NATE WILSON –
- BAD DAY FOR THE CUT (2017) Loved this, see my review
- THE ADDAMS FAMILY (2019) Took my daughter and a friend to see this. They loved it, I loved their Halloween candy.
- DEATH HOUSE (2017) Not good.
- KILLING SPREE (1987)
- GROTESQUE (1988)
- DEAD MAN’S LINE (2018)
- ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN (1975) Saw this in the theater as a kid. Was fun to re-watch on Disney
- JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (1959)
- TIN STAR -series 1 & 2- (2018-2019) This is a waste of time. See my review.
- BRIMSTONE (2017) Amazing film!! A must see. Don’t sleep on this
- BFG (2016) Probably one of the best movies my daughter loves to watch
- STEEL TOES (2007) Skinhead flick
- HIGH LIFE (2018) Loved this current sci-fi flick
- THE DEVIL NEXT DOOR -mini series- (2019) Great Netflix series
- T-34 (2018) WWII flick
- STAR WARS (1977) My daughters first viewing of this
- THE IRISHMAN (2019) This is very long…too long
- JACK RYAN -season 2- (2019) I loved this up until the last two episodes
NATE WILSON –
- THE LAST HORROR FILM (1982) Pretty good. If you like Maniac you’ll maybe like this.
- DEAD PIT (1987) Masterpiece, see my review on the site
- SLUGS (1987) This was surprisingly great. I would watch this again for the gore.
- BLOOD RAGE (1987) Watch this now!
- MONSTER SQUAD (1987) wanted to watch this with my 8 year old but the kids at the beginning of the film bullying a kid and repeatedly calling him a faggot had me acting like an adult.
- 31 aka THIRTY ONE (2016) I want to like Rob Zombie films but this like most of them really sucked.
- HORNS (2014) Terrible, don’t waste your time. I wasted mine for you.
- JASON TAKES MANHATTAN (1989) This is hilarious. I mean Jason walking around the city and not being noticed. Best part of the film is Daryl from the band Citizens Arrest playing a skinhead.
- ELI (2019)
- HAPPY HUNTING (2017) See my review
- THE POWER (2016) Would not watch again. I found this to be boring as hell.
- EL CAMINO (2019) This is the sequel to Breaking Bad. It was awesome.
- SAVAGE DOG (2017) Scott Adkins with his violence
- THE DEBT COLLECTOR (2018) Violence…
- BOYKA UNDISPUTED 4 (2017) More Violence…
- MACON COUNTY LINE (1974) A true 70’s Masterpiece.
- AVENGEMENT (2019) This is so bad assed. Another cool Scott Adkins flick with more violence then anyone needs (‘cept me). Check my review.
- KING OF ARCADES (2014) Cool documentary about a cool dude who obsesses over video games in New Jersey.
- H.U.D. (1984) If you haven’t seen this and like horror you pose hard. This was like the 10th time I’ve watched it.
- EYE OF THE BEHOLDER (2019) This doc was made about D&D artists. Very interesting if you like D&D.
- SKIN (2019) A skinhead movie about a nazi skin who falls in love and leaves the hate behind. I liked it.
- 10 TO MIDNIGHT (1983) Charles Bronson doing what Chuck does best. I’ve watched this more times then I know.
- WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN (2012) Devon recommended this to me. Super creepy and well done.
- STIV NO COMPROMISE NO REGRETS (2019) A great doc about Stiv Bators of the Dead Boys
- MARCH OF THE PENGUINS (2005) What can I say, sometimes my daughter wins
- THE DOORMAN (1999) More violence
- THE CAPTIVE (2014) blah..
- CAST AWAY (2000) A Classic that my 8 year old even found interesting. I’ve seen this a few times. It’s great.
- SWEET VIRGINIA (2017) Loved this
- POSSUM (2018) Terrible modern horror flick, don’t waste your time.
- BUSHWICK (2017) Cool action flick.
- DOMINO (2005)
- HITLER’S CIRCLE OF EVIL (series)
- WITCHMAKER (1969) Such a cool title but this bored me to death.
- TIM BURTON’S CORPSE BRIDE (2005) Super fun to watch for Halloween with the kids.
- NEVER GROW OLD (2019) Modern Western… pretty ok.
DEVON CAHILL –
- RECORD CITY (1977) Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Good I can’t imagine this was funny in 1977 either, but anything is possible.
- PAUL LYNDE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL (1976) Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Surprisingly good! Classic…TV was still an innocent place in 1976.
- MACON COUNTY LINE (1974) Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Very Good Surprisingly decent with a fun to spot cast of former and future obscure stars.
- MEDIAS RES (2019) Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Excellent Made it through about 20 minutes of this. Not good.
- EL MARGINAL (2019) TV Series, Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Excellent Loved the first two seasons of this prison drama from Argentina, but season 3 has been a bit of a slog. I’m through episode 5.
- EL CAMINO (2019) Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Excellent After a perfect series finale, this is strictly a “nice to have”, but it was quite excellent and did leave me longing for more Breaking Bad episodes I’ll never get.
- AVENGEMENT (2019) Format: Streaming, Transfer Quality: Excellent A film that strips all of the artsy stuff that makes Refn’s Bronson such a classic, but still manages to work somehow. Just violence for violence’s sake. Would love to have seen this in the theater.
- CRITTERS (1986) Format: 35mm, Print Quality: Excellent! Kid saves the day family fun time horror that’s very well done. Will watch again!
- HALLOWEEN II (1981) Format: 35mm, Print Quality: Excellent! Weaker than I or III, but still great. Donald Pleasence steals the show, as usual.
- BUTCHER, BAKER, NIGHTMARE MAKER aka NIGHT WARNING (1981) Format: 35mm, Print Quality: Low, but watchable New favorite film. Neither of these titles makes any sense, but that doesn’t detract from this being one of the greatest movies of all time. Jimmy McNichol and Susan Tyrrell share the screen…keep an eye out for full review soon.
- LISA AND THE DEVIL (1973) Format: DCP, Print Quality: Top-notch Savalas is always the coolest and his ad-libbing in this ensures repeated viewings. Mario Bava classic!
- RUBY (1977) Format: 35mm, Print Quality: Close to unwatchable Absolutely terrible print of a terrible movie, but I still loved it. I’m a sucker for drive-ins.
- DEMONOID: MESSENGER OF DEATH (1980) Format: 35mm, Print Quality: OK Would have loved this if I didn’t have to get some sleep at some point during the all-night Horrorthon at the Aero.
- THE CRAZIES (1973) Format: 35mm, Print Quality: Nice! Was this actually even longer than I remembered? Maybe I was just dead tired…not the best film to fire up at 7am after an all-night binge, but still a classic.
MATT AVERAGE –
- ZARDOZ (1974) Director: John Boorman Science fiction films in the 1970s were amazing. This is one of the best. Definitely my favorite of the genre.
- MOOCH GOES TO HOLLYWOOD (1971) Director: Richard Erdman @ the Egyptian for Beyond Fest Ummm…
- THE LIVING DEAD AT MANCHESTER MORGUE (aka Let Sleeping Corpses Lie; aka Don’t Open the Window; aka No Profaner el Sueño de los Muertos) (1974) Director: Jorge Grau @ the Egyptian for Beyond Fest Underrated zombie film that came out a few years before Dawn of the Dead. The soundtrack from Giuliano Sorgini is excellent. Get it! “Satan’s all the rage these days!”
- MACON COUNTY LINE (1974) Director: Richard Compton Great drive-in kind of movie. Two friends from Chicago run afoul of a vengeful redneck sherrif. Better than you may think.
- HALLOWEEN III: The Season of the Witch (1982) Director: Tommy Lee Wallace @ the Egyptian for Beyond Fest Hated this movie when it first came out. Took me close to thirty years to see it’s actually not that bad, and I wish Carpenter would have been allowed to continue on with his original intent, instead of what came after. Also, the Alan Howarth soundtrack is primo.
- NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (1986) Director: Fred Dekker @the Egyptian for Beyond Fest If you were there for the Q&A with Tom Atkins you know it was legendary. If you weren’t, you missed out.
- THE FOG (1980) Director: John Carpenter One of my all-time favorite movies. Some may complain there’s no gore, but who cares. This is a great ghost story with atmosphere. And that soundtrack is excellent too. There are times where I watch this movie at least twice a month.
- ONE DARK NIGHT (1982) Director: Tom McLoughlin
- SOMETIMES AUNT MARTHA DOES DREADFUL THINGS (1971) Director: Thomas Casey So much going on with this bizarre movie. It’s becoming a favorite of mine. It’s worth a few viewings, despite what you might think on first pass.
- MANIAC! (1980) Director: William Lustig, Cinematography: Robert Lindsay Slasher masterpiece!
- ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST (1980) Director: Marino Girolami (as Frank Martin) Gory ridiculous, and great.
- 3 FROM HELL (2019) Director: Rob Zombie The Devil’s Rejects is one of my favorite movies, ever. I was looking forward to this one, but… Bill Moseley is great, as expected, but the movie just isn’t that good.
- DOLEMITE (1975) Director: D’Urville Martin Classic! And the sound quality is improved over those VHS copies from years back.
- THE SILENT SCREAM (1979) Director: Denny Harris I liked this horror a lot more about ten years ago. Killer living in the house, spying on the boarders, but it doesn’t seem to hold up. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood for it?
- THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE (1976) Director: Nicolas Gessner I remember this as a late night UHF staple. As a teenager it kind of bored me. As an adult I think this movie is great.
- CRITTERS (1986) Director Stephen Herek @ Aero Horrorthon Not bad, but this reminded me why I started to go see less horror/sci fi movies in the mid to late 1980s.
- HALLOWEEN II (1981) Director: Rick Rosenthal @ Aero Horrorthon Not great, not terrible. It’s okay, and works well for a horrothon.
- RUBY (1977) Director: Curtis Harrington @ Aero Horrorthon Carrie White’s mom is in this. A okay cash in on The Exorcist.
- LISA AND THE DEVIL (1973) Director: Mario Bava @ Aero Horrorthon It was around this movie that my mind started to drift in and out.
- BUTCHER, BAKER, NIGHTMARE MAKER (aka Night Warning) (1981) Director: William Asher @ Aero Horrorthon Once you see this movie you will never forget it, and sometimes wonder how did you ever survive this long without seeing it. I watched this at the New Beverly a couple years back, and it blew me away. Instant fan.
- DEMONOID (1980) Director: Alfredo Zacarias @ Aero Horrorthon It has footage of Inglewood.
- THE CRAZIES (1973) Director: George A. Romero, @ Aero Horrorthon Great film to end a great installment of the Horrorthon. Best night of the year!
- THE BOOGENS (1981) Director: James L. Conway @ the New Beverly A monster movie when the slasher era was burning hot.
- SLITHIS (1978) Director: Stephen Traxler @ the New Beverly This movie is a dog, but it has it’s charms. Can’t help but be reminded of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. You get to see Venice, Marina Del Rey, and Pali High from the 1970s.
- THE DEADLY SPAWN (1983) Director: DouglasMcKeown @ the New Beverly For a low budget film the special effects are pretty good. Finally saw this on the big screen.
- WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOUR DAUGHTERS? (aka La Polizia Chiede Aiuto) (1974) Director: Massimo Dallamano Far better than I was anticipating. Giallo can be a slow and sleepy genre, but this one is anything but.