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Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XXII
Dawn of the Dead
[1978 / George A. Romero / *****]
And here we are, at the final film of my Halloween Horror Marathan (only squeezed in 6 total for the day - still more movies than any other 1 day of my life that I can think of). And the last horror film viewed in the glorious month of October. While I may not be tracking them as diligently the rest of the year, rest assured I’ll still be steady horror-viewing.
It had been a few too many years since I last saw Romero’s masterpiece but it’s as incredible as ever. The only thing I might wish for is more Goblin score rather than some of the public domain-y music Romero sometimes uses. That said, this film is still perfection.

Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XXII

Dawn of the Dead

[1978 / George A. Romero / *****]

And here we are, at the final film of my Halloween Horror Marathan (only squeezed in 6 total for the day - still more movies than any other 1 day of my life that I can think of). And the last horror film viewed in the glorious month of October. While I may not be tracking them as diligently the rest of the year, rest assured I’ll still be steady horror-viewing.

It had been a few too many years since I last saw Romero’s masterpiece but it’s as incredible as ever. The only thing I might wish for is more Goblin score rather than some of the public domain-y music Romero sometimes uses. That said, this film is still perfection.

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Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XXI
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
[1974 / Tobe Hooper / *****]
Finally, some darkness surrounds the TV set pictures I’m taking. This is what was on while the trick-or-treaters rang the doorbell.
I’ve seen this so many times by now that it’s fun to focus on specific elements of the film. This time, the score really stood out for its distached awesome eeriness.

Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XXI

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

[1974 / Tobe Hooper / *****]

Finally, some darkness surrounds the TV set pictures I’m taking. This is what was on while the trick-or-treaters rang the doorbell.

I’ve seen this so many times by now that it’s fun to focus on specific elements of the film. This time, the score really stood out for its distached awesome eeriness.

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Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XX
The Blair Witch Project
[1999 / Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez / *****]
What an amazing year for film 1999 was and seeing this film on opening weekend remains one of the best cinematic experiences of my life.

Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XX

The Blair Witch Project

[1999 / Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez / *****]

What an amazing year for film 1999 was and seeing this film on opening weekend remains one of the best cinematic experiences of my life.

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Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XIX
City of the Living Dead
[1980 / Lucio Fulci / ***½]
A bit of a let down compared to the high standards of other great Fulci films I’ve seen and loved, but still a fun time.

Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XIX

City of the Living Dead

[1980 / Lucio Fulci / ***½]

A bit of a let down compared to the high standards of other great Fulci films I’ve seen and loved, but still a fun time.

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Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XVIII
Carrie
[1976 / Brian De Palma / *****]
More looking back at yesterday’s day on the couch. It seems like every time I see this film, I grow to love it more and more. So heartbreakingly effective.

Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XVIII

Carrie

[1976 / Brian De Palma / *****]

More looking back at yesterday’s day on the couch. It seems like every time I see this film, I grow to love it more and more. So heartbreakingly effective.

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Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XVII
The Fly
[1986 / David Cronenberg / *****]
The remaining Hype entries were all view during a marathon o’ horror that took place all Halloween day and night.

Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XVII

The Fly

[1986 / David Cronenberg / *****]

The remaining Hype entries were all view during a marathon o’ horror that took place all Halloween day and night.

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Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XVI 
Halloween 
[1978 / John Carpenter / *****]
The film that perfected the slasher film, setting the standard for all such movies going forward. I love this film to death. If I were somehow able to track every movie I ever watched, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was my most-viewed one. I watched this on Blu-ray for the first time today. I actually didn’t find the HD transfer that impressive. I actually found it a bit cold compared to the warm DVD I’m used to (if that makes any sense). I’ll have to compare the 2 versions sometime.

Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XVI

Halloween

[1978 / John Carpenter / *****]

The film that perfected the slasher film, setting the standard for all such movies going forward. I love this film to death. If I were somehow able to track every movie I ever watched, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was my most-viewed one. I watched this on Blu-ray for the first time today. I actually didn’t find the HD transfer that impressive. I actually found it a bit cold compared to the warm DVD I’m used to (if that makes any sense). I’ll have to compare the 2 versions sometime.

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Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XV 
Basket Case 
[1982 / Frank Henenlotter / ****½]
This was the film screened at my friend’s Halloween party last night. Good times had by all, especially when it comes to watching this favourite grindhousey early-80s NYC horror flick with a group of friends.

Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XV

Basket Case

[1982 / Frank Henenlotter / ****½]

This was the film screened at my friend’s Halloween party last night. Good times had by all, especially when it comes to watching this favourite grindhousey early-80s NYC horror flick with a group of friends.

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Halloween Hype 2011, Part XIV 
Halloween III: Season of the Witch 
[1982 / Tommy Lee Wallace / *****]
Catching up on my weekend viewings. HIII is a perennial favourite. Ended up watching a slightly censored version on AMC (part of their annual Fright Fest airings) even though I have the DVD (the trip upstairs to get it was just too taxing apparently). My 5 star rating is purely based on how fun I find this film.

Halloween Hype 2011, Part XIV

Halloween III: Season of the Witch

[1982 / Tommy Lee Wallace / *****]

Catching up on my weekend viewings. HIII is a perennial favourite. Ended up watching a slightly censored version on AMC (part of their annual Fright Fest airings) even though I have the DVD (the trip upstairs to get it was just too taxing apparently). My 5 star rating is purely based on how fun I find this film.

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Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XIII
Cannibal Holocaust
[1980 / Ruggero Deodato / ****½]
As brutal as always. As as difficult as some scenes are, it’s hard to look away. And gotdamn if Riz Ortolani’s score isn’t one of the best ever.
As HallowMonth/HalloWeek/HalloEverything winds down (sad), I may be ramping up my viewings and shorting these entries to just the basics (i.e. no write-ups).

Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XIII

Cannibal Holocaust

[1980 / Ruggero Deodato / ****½]

As brutal as always. As as difficult as some scenes are, it’s hard to look away. And gotdamn if Riz Ortolani’s score isn’t one of the best ever.

As HallowMonth/HalloWeek/HalloEverything winds down (sad), I may be ramping up my viewings and shorting these entries to just the basics (i.e. no write-ups).

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Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XII
The Vanishing
[1988 / George Sluizer / ****½]
I think this may have been the first foreign language film I ever saw - upon my parents’ recommendation (I think they saw it in the theatre and were freaked out by it, understandably). And a fine introduction to cinema from other countries it was.

Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XII

The Vanishing

[1988 / George Sluizer / ****½]

I think this may have been the first foreign language film I ever saw - upon my parents’ recommendation (I think they saw it in the theatre and were freaked out by it, understandably). And a fine introduction to cinema from other countries it was.

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Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XI 
Psycho II
[1983 / Richard Franklin / ****]
This sequel may have been grossly misguided, by dammit if it isn’t fun. It could never compare to the original but on its own it works well. Perkins still owns the part and it was great to revisit the recreated sets of the original film, 23 years later. Looking forward to part III now.

Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XI

Psycho II

[1983 / Richard Franklin / ****]

This sequel may have been grossly misguided, by dammit if it isn’t fun. It could never compare to the original but on its own it works well. Perkins still owns the part and it was great to revisit the recreated sets of the original film, 23 years later. Looking forward to part III now.

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Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. X 
Don’t Look Now
[1973 / Nicolas Roeg / *****]
Roger Ebert’s essay on the film better describes the brilliance and beauty of this film than I ever could. I will say that the powerful opening and closing scenes, as well as the stunningly edited sex scene, are three of the best film sequences in history. This remains on of my alltime favourite films. Region 1 really needs a blu-ray release for this, one of the most gorgeous films ever made. On to Mr. Ebert:

Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 film remains one of the great horror masterpieces, working not with fright, which is easy, but with dread, grief and apprehension. Few films so successfully put us inside the mind of a man who is trying to reason his way free from mounting terror. Roeg and his editor, Graeme Clifford, cut from one unsettling image to another. The movie is fragmented in its visual style, accumulating images that add up to a final bloody moment of truth.
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The shiny red raincoat will be a connector all the way through. In  Venice, Baxter will get glimpses of a little figure in red running away  from him or hiding from him, and may wonder if this is the ghost of his  daughter. We will see the red figure more often than he does, glimpsing  it on a distant bridge, or as a boat passes behind two arches. And the  precise tone of red will be a marker through the movie; Roeg’s palate is  entirely in dark earth tones, except when he introduces bright red  splashes—with a shawl, a scarf, a poster on a wall, a house front  painted with startling brilliance. The color is a link between death  past and future.
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Venice, that haunted city, has never been more melancholy than in “Don’t Look Now.” It is like a vast necropolis, its stones damp and crumbling, its canals alive with rats. The cinematography, by Anthony B. Richmond and an uncredited Roeg, drains it of people. There are a few shots, on busy streets or near the Grand Canal, when we see residents and tourists, but during the two sustained scenes where John and Laura are lost (first together, later separately) there is no one else about, and the streets, bridges, canals, dead ends and wrong turns fold in upon themselves. Walking in Venice, especially on a foggy winter light, is like walking in a dream.
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It is a masterpiece of physical filmmaking, in the way the photography  evokes mood and the editing underlines it with uncertainty.

Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. X

Don’t Look Now

[1973 / Nicolas Roeg / *****]

Roger Ebert’s essay on the film better describes the brilliance and beauty of this film than I ever could. I will say that the powerful opening and closing scenes, as well as the stunningly edited sex scene, are three of the best film sequences in history. This remains on of my alltime favourite films. Region 1 really needs a blu-ray release for this, one of the most gorgeous films ever made. On to Mr. Ebert:

Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 film remains one of the great horror masterpieces, working not with fright, which is easy, but with dread, grief and apprehension. Few films so successfully put us inside the mind of a man who is trying to reason his way free from mounting terror. Roeg and his editor, Graeme Clifford, cut from one unsettling image to another. The movie is fragmented in its visual style, accumulating images that add up to a final bloody moment of truth.

The shiny red raincoat will be a connector all the way through. In Venice, Baxter will get glimpses of a little figure in red running away from him or hiding from him, and may wonder if this is the ghost of his daughter. We will see the red figure more often than he does, glimpsing it on a distant bridge, or as a boat passes behind two arches. And the precise tone of red will be a marker through the movie; Roeg’s palate is entirely in dark earth tones, except when he introduces bright red splashes—with a shawl, a scarf, a poster on a wall, a house front painted with startling brilliance. The color is a link between death past and future.

Venice, that haunted city, has never been more melancholy than in “Don’t Look Now.” It is like a vast necropolis, its stones damp and crumbling, its canals alive with rats. The cinematography, by Anthony B. Richmond and an uncredited Roeg, drains it of people. There are a few shots, on busy streets or near the Grand Canal, when we see residents and tourists, but during the two sustained scenes where John and Laura are lost (first together, later separately) there is no one else about, and the streets, bridges, canals, dead ends and wrong turns fold in upon themselves. Walking in Venice, especially on a foggy winter light, is like walking in a dream.

It is a masterpiece of physical filmmaking, in the way the photography evokes mood and the editing underlines it with uncertainty.

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Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. VIX
Zombie [Zombi 2]
[1979 / Lucio Fulci / *****]
Caught this on the big screen late Friday night. Such a fun film with inventive gore, a great score and so many great set pieces (including the infamous shark vs. zombie). So thrilled that I was able to catch it in the theatre and hopefully I’m able to see more Fulci that way. Looking forward to the Blue Underground blu-ray, newly remastered and filled with new supplements, being released soon (review linked via clicking the title screen above).

Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. VIX

Zombie [Zombi 2]

[1979 / Lucio Fulci / *****]

Caught this on the big screen late Friday night. Such a fun film with inventive gore, a great score and so many great set pieces (including the infamous shark vs. zombie). So thrilled that I was able to catch it in the theatre and hopefully I’m able to see more Fulci that way. Looking forward to the Blue Underground blu-ray, newly remastered and filled with new supplements, being released soon (review linked via clicking the title screen above).

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Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. VIII 
Hostel
[2005 / Eli Roth / ****]
I’ve really enjoyed the first two installments of this series (the third one looks putrid, but I’ll gladly watch it). Eli Roth has a passion for the genre that is at direct odds with the distant-feeling money-hungry Saw franchise and he needs to be making more films. This film expertly weaves sleaze, gore, revenge, sex and overall visceral horror - all while having not a single redeemable character until one character goes into hero-mode towards the end. The Takashi Miike cameo remains a favourite moment. Think I’ll watch part II this month too.

Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. VIII

Hostel

[2005 / Eli Roth / ****]

I’ve really enjoyed the first two installments of this series (the third one looks putrid, but I’ll gladly watch it). Eli Roth has a passion for the genre that is at direct odds with the distant-feeling money-hungry Saw franchise and he needs to be making more films. This film expertly weaves sleaze, gore, revenge, sex and overall visceral horror - all while having not a single redeemable character until one character goes into hero-mode towards the end. The Takashi Miike cameo remains a favourite moment. Think I’ll watch part II this month too.

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