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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Horror a Day Halloween Weekend

Well, my final weekend of Halloween month ended with a classic anthology film, a classic stop-motion animated kids movie and the pilot to AMC's The Walking Dead. I hope everyone had a great Halloween!

Friday, October 29: CREEPSHOW

I've been such a big fan of Creepshow since I first saw it when I was 7 or 8 years old. I remember watching it without my parents knowing while they sat in the basement watching another horror movie. I begged and pleaded to watch the other horror movie with them (I don't remember which one it was), but luckily I found this gem on TV instead to watch. Of the 5 stories that make up Creepshow, the middle three are by far my favourite. "Father's Day" is just so dull, I could never get into it. My favourite of the 5 stories has got to be "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill". Stephen King does such a great job staring as poor dimwitted Jordy. This one really messed me up as a kid. This is how I would rate each story:
"Father's Day" - 1.5 out of 4
"The Lonesome death of Jordy Verrill" -  4 out of 4
"Something to Tide You Over" - 3.5 out of 4
"The Crate" - 4 out of 4
"They're Creeping Up on You" - 2.5 out of 4

Overall Rating (out of 4):

Saturday, October 30: MAD MONSTER PARTY

Every year at Christmas time I always make it a habit to watch Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman produced by Rankin and Bass. For years I had known, but always forgot, that they also produced a Halloween special. I was reminded of the special only a few days ago when a friend posted the trailer for it on Facebook. In the movie, Baron von Frankenstein is holding a monster convention and plans to announce that he is giving his monster business over to his nephew Felix. The movie is filled with all of the famous monsters including Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Creature, the Mummy and many others (also be sure to look out for the sexy red-head who reminds me of Christina Hendricks' character in MadMen). Mad Monster Party is a fun little stop-motion animated production. Made in 1967, I think the film still holds up to this day. I'm shocked I had never seen it on TV before. I think kids nowadays would get a kick out of it. I'm sure they are sick of seeing Halloweentown for the 1 billionth time. My only issue with the movie is that it lags in parts and there are too many song and dance numbers. For those of you who are fans of holiday children's movies, this one is for you.

Rating (out of 4):

Sunday, October 31: THE WALKING DEAD - PILOT - "DAYS GONE BYE"

Ok, so I cheated a little with the last day and didn't watch a horror movie on Halloween. Instead, I spent the day recovering from three different Halloween parties by watching a ton of Simpsons' Halloween Specials and Halloween episodes of Roseanne. To end the night, I tuned in to watch AMC's new series, The Walking Dead. Based on one of my favourite comic books of all time, Frank Darabont's pilot episode is a great start to possibly one of the best TV series ever made. The story begins just prior to the first issue of the comic showing how Rick Grimes ends up in the hospital. From there, the pilot episode follows page for page the first issue and a little of issue two, with a few additions to the story. Overall, I am extremely excited for this series. While I did find the first episode to be a little slow at points, I think Darabont is headed in the right direction. Literally everything that happens in issue one happens on screen here in full gory detail. And that's what's amazing!...the series actually begins with Rick shooting a little girl in the head. I don't think we've ever seen that before on TV. If the first episode is any indication of what Frank Darabont and AMC have planned for the series, then The Walking Dead is in good hands. 

Pilot Episode Rating (out of 4):


That's it for this year's Horror-a-Day Movie Marathon. I hope you enjoyed all of the pellet reviews and that you will check out some of the movies I featured on here that you may never have heard of before. 

Click here for Week 1 reviews.
Click here for Week 2 reviews.
Click here for Week 3 reviews.
Click here for Week 4 reviews.

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