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Hallowe’en 2020

So with all the tragedy of 2020, I decided to keep my sprits high and dig into some terrifying horror movies, this is my attempt to try and compile a list of horror movies for the spookiest month, I’ve tried similar things over the years, all were massive fails but  they can be found here…

31 Days of Halloween horror 2015 – 19 days this time
https://admitonefilmaddict.wordpress.com/2015/10/04/31-days-of-halloween-horror-2015/

31 days of Halloween Horror 2016 – I only managed 23 https://admitonefilmaddict.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/31-days-of-halloween-horror-2016/

13 days of Halloween Horror 2017 – I may have only got to day 8? https://admitonefilmaddict.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/13-days-of-halloween-horror-2017/

Its been a while for me to try this again, but alas here I am , fingers crossed  for a full house this year, but I’ve learnt that I shouldn’t really try and make any plans in 2020,  I’m planning 13 Horror related reviews, 4 Short movie roundups and 5 lists.. wish me luck..

01. 13 Hallowe’en Movies Vol 1.
02. Spotlight – John Carpenter
03. Day of the Beast (1995)
04.Horror Shorts 04.10.2020
05.Body Parts (1991)
06. Asylum Blackout/The Incident (2011)
07.Spotling – George A Romero 
08.Midsommar
09.Horror Shorts 11.10.2020
10.Ouija Shark (2020)
11.Barge People (2018)
12.Sputnik (2020)
13.Horror Shorts 18.10.2020
14.Pale Door (2020)
15.Demon Under Glass (2002)
16.Se7en (1995)
17.Horror Shorts 25.10.2020
18.Possession Dairies (2019)
19.The Cleansing Hour (2019)
20.Invisible Man (2020)

The AOFA Short Introduction and History of Bigfoot and B Movies.

Since my uncle gave me my first secondhand copy of Fortean Times back in about 1986 I’ve been hooked on the paranormal and the earth’s mysteries, everything from spontaneous human combustion, ghosts and possession, to UFO’s, rolling rocks and Bigfoot. I’m not saying I believe everything I read about these subjects but I enjoy a great skeptical tour of those unusual things which are often talked about around the campfire.

It seems that some monsters and paranormal entities are easily adapted to the big screen, I couldn’t fathom how many ghost or vampire movies have been created to date but the number of Bigfoot movies are probably outnumbered by the sightings.

Each yeah more explorers and adventurers seem to find more shaky cam blurry footage of the elusive creature, more books are written, more strange stories catch small press headlines. The latest was only yesterday (literally why I am writing this today, lord knows when I’ll post it. but on the 25 January 2020, in Washington, traffic cameras supposedly caught a hairy hominid and you can see the evidence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/WSDOT_East/status/1220090003805442048?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fkatu.com%2Fnews%2Flocal%2Fwsdot-camera-captures-images-of-figure-that-might-be-sasquatch) Continue reading The AOFA Short Introduction and History of Bigfoot and B Movies.

Top 250 of the Decade 100 – 51

For those who missed the previous parts

250 – 201
200 – 151
150 -101 

100 Grave / Raw (2016)

Strict vegetarian Justine (Garance Marillier) encounters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world during her first week at veterinary school. Desperate to fit in, she strays from her principles and eats raw meat for the first time and brings about a new confusing chapter in her life, her older sister holds some of the secrets but she has to single handedly piece together her new lust for flesh and blood. A daring piece which is brilliantly acted by a young cast. A captivating exploration of cannibalism or vampirism in its purest form.

99 Get Out (2017)

Chris, an African-American man, decides to visit his Caucasian girlfriend’s parents during a weekend getaway. Although they seem normal at first, he is not prepared to experience the horrors ahead. This really changed the game for Black Cinema, sparking huge debates but as a stand alone movie it’s an incredible piece of storytelling keeping an audience on the edge much like Hitchcock Continue reading Top 250 of the Decade 100 – 51

Top 250 of the Decade 150 – 101

The third installment of the epic list,
you can get the first part  and introduction of 250 – 201 here 
and 200 – 151 here 

150 Hold the dark (2018)

There’s something very mysterious in Jeremy Saulnier’s cold thriller where children are suspected of being carried off by a pack of wolves. Once the retired naturalist and wolf expert(Jeffrey Wright) arrives in the secluded Alaskan town to begin his investigations he realises that there is something more tribal going on within the community, but can he solve the new spate of killings that have taken hold of the town before it’s too late? An unusual story which really divided Saulniers fan base, but I feel we need more experimental films like this to appreciate.

149 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

It’s not easy turning a generations favourite short story anthology into a movie, especially when so many cherished the books. But there were a lot of wise decisions for this creepy terror revolving around some of the loved tiny tales and a few new additions work well within the cultured mix. Ends with a chance of a sequel so watch this space. Continue reading Top 250 of the Decade 150 – 101

Top 250 of the Decade 200 – 151

If you missed the first installment then you can find it here

200 The Monster (2016)

Super effective and powerful movie starring Zoe Kazan as a mother who’s doing all she can to protect her daughter while stranded on a lonely road. Tons of traditional horror alongside poignant metaphorical ideas on what a monster truly is in this entertaining and thought provoking horror story.

199 Lobos de Arga / Game of Werewolves / Attack of the Werewolves (2011)

Invited back to his home village for a civic honour, a writer (Gorka Otxoa) discovers some unpleasant truths about his family and why his village hasn’t changed in more than a century. Brilliant comedy horror with a slash of the uncanny, kinda like Day of the Beast but without the drugs and leather pants. Continue reading Top 250 of the Decade 200 – 151

Top 250 of the Decade : 250 – 201

Welcome to my longest list to date, 250 of my favourite movies of the last decade 2010-2020, like every decade before has broken all the records, prices of cinema tickets go up all the time so movies gross more money. The ability to make films gets more expensive and yet at the same time modern technology means that we’re able to use a mobile device for an entire movie so the variety of talent and ideas get bigger.

I love to search out those slightly lesser know projects from all over the world and from all styles and abilities so this should be diverse. I don’t really like grading films, I’m happy to give my opinion on a movie but saying one is better than another can be troublesome for me, so the top 50 are slightly dearer to me but the other 200 are just as awesome as each other in my humble opinion.. Now this is all clear, buckle up for round 1..

250 Трудно быть богом / Hard to be a God (2013)

Finally finished after the directors death, this second remake of an outstanding science fiction novel is very different but while the atmosphere is very different it’s so wonderful in its own right. A dark and vile medieval planet called Akanar is infiltrated by otherworldly scientists to help a medieval civilization and to rescue intellectuals. I needed a strong stomach to get through the disgusting medieval antics but it’s a very different breed of science fiction story, masterly retold by a fearless genius.

249 Little accidents (2014)

A mining accident sets off a chain reaction of misfortune involving the only survivor, a lonely wife and a teenage boy with blood on his hands, as they all try to deal with their secrets and interacting with each other means there’s nowhere to hide. Bittersweet and difficult movie with menacing overtones. Continue reading Top 250 of the Decade : 250 – 201

Halley (2012)

Halley 2012

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I found this movie by total accident, I dunno what drew me to it, the decaying body on the cover or the name!? I love space and shit and what’s not to love about the Halley’s comet!? But what’s the connection!?

Well the film tells the fragile tale about Beto (Alberto Trujilo) a security guard working in a mexico city gym, who’s shy and reserved due to his  body being consumed by a mysterious sickness that seems to isolate him further from humanity. The illness? Well in a similar way to Thanatomorphose (2012) and the cheap rehash Contracted (2013), both dealing with people who are slowly decaying from some unknown disease. The actual contraction isn’t noted in the film, similar to Thanatomorphose (2012) Something just happens, although Beto gets more time to deal with his disease he injects himself with embalming fluids, and is a medical genius, keeping his wounds clean and removing maggots from his flesh. It’s incredibly slow at times, but the interactions between the few people he encounters are brilliant, a morgue assistant, his boss, who treats him to an amazing night out and details the astonishing Halley’s comet to him using a flashlight in a power cut darkened room. In Between these scenes are similar to those long drawn out cuts in Hunger (2008).

This film deal with a unknown and morbid disease and one incredibly lonely person who is coming to terms with his Frankenstein existence.

I really loved the atmosphere of the film, the character was totally isolated and the reflection of that was spot on. There is also a lot to be said about his quiet fragile life verses the lives of all the big healthy bodies in the gym that he looks after.

Not a film that will gain a lot of popularity, mostly due to it not being in English and there are some slow scenes and that seems unpopular with the masses, but an instant favourite for me, with a very loose tie in with Frankenstein, the film is so very graphic in it’s depiction of the rot that you can almost smell it’s acrid bitterness  and despite it being quite uneasy it’s what I love about cinema that causes a reaction in me… i’ll explain in the full review.

10/10

Thanatomorphose (2012)

Thanatomorphose

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After seeing a lot of posters and a chilling YouTube preview video this heavily anticipated film took forever to be fully released and then immediately disappeared, but I eventually found a copy and for me this is a masterpiece of dark sexual gore horror.

Initially it starts out as a muted drama, a few friends are over for a few drinks the couple kick them out, get it on and go to sleep, the next day  Laura (Kayden Rose) wakes up with a few bruises but just assumes it’s from the love making the night before but things get worse, much worse, she starts to get more bruising and then her body gives up and she starts rotting. Things don’t end there as she also gets horny as hell during her descent into hell.

Everything about this film is skin crawlingly dark, it doesn’t make any attempt to cushion the blow and explores every detail of the human body and enters into the psyche of someone who is experiencing something new and disturbing about their body.

Despite it not taking off or picking up a lot of fans it has influences a host of movies that have copied many aspects of it but without really travelling as deep into the darkness and  Thanatomorphose has done, which makes the copies a little more “approachable”.

Instead of being approachable this film is stark and brutal, for a debut director it’s astounding that he, Eric Falardeau, has managed to create something so en point.

If you’re into films that really go that extra mile and refuse to pay any attention to the safe word and will carry on to the bitter end then this might be the film for you. It’s also worth checking out Halley (2012), A Spanish film that take a similar stance on this morbid and creepy subject.

10/10

R: I Zombie (1989), Halley (2012)

Full film review to come…