I love coming up with lists of underrated flicks for Brian Saur’s www.rupertpupkinspeaks.com page because I revisit old favorites and explore oddballs I’d always meant to watch. It focuses my attention and simplifies the selection process. When a movie collection reaches a certain size, the wall of potentiality paralyzes. When it comes to horror films, there’s no better reason to binge on spooks and slashers than Halloween. The last couple of years I’ve approached my 31 Days/Night of Horror with a kind of reckless schizophrenia, loading the DVR with TCM horror flicks and throwing in an odd DVD when I’ve got the chance.
This year, inspired by the Cinema Shame method, I’ve created a list of 31 movies that fall in the “Shame” category (How have I not watched you, Texas Chainsaw Massacre?!?) or ones that I own and I need a good excuse to watch (I picked up Inugami at a Hollywood Video liquidation sale six years ago and still haven’t tossed it in). Will I watch all 31? Probably not. Absolutely not. But it’ll be a helluva lot of fun trying to sneak in as many as possible until the clock strikes midnight on October 31st.
I’ll toss a short write-up for each flick along with a snap judgment rating on the Hz Record scale. Commence the 31DaysOfHorror.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) Re-Animator
- Nightmare on Elm Street 2
- Bird with the Crystal Plumage
- Night of the Devils
Lair of the White Worm
- Wicker Man (1973)
House on Sorority Row Piranha (1978)
- Without Warning
Night Train to Terror Fascination
- Stage Fright
- The Fly (1986)
Vincent Price Wildcard
- Vincent Price Wildcard
The Whip and the Body Lifeforce Countess Dracula
- Killer Party
Cat People (1982)
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Ticks Night of the Comet
- Scream of Fear!
Black Belly of the Tarantula
- Nosferatu (1979)
Vampyr The Mystery of the Wax Museum
Alternates (aka spur of the moment pop-ins and TCM happenstance)
The Man Who Could Cheat Death (Blu-ray)
The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (TCM) The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (DVD) Transylvania 6-5000 (DVD)
Massage Parlor Murders (Blu-ray)
The Mummy’s Shroud (TCM)
The Blob (Blu-ray) The Uninvited (Blu-ray)
#1: 10/2 – Fascination (1979, dir. Jean Rollin)
“Allow me to examine you like I would my horse.”
My first Jean Rollin. I’d been meaning to dig into the Rollin catalog of artsy naked vampires for years now. I even picked Fascination up on Blu-ray thinking that would finally provoke me to take that first step. Well that didn’t work… until now. That pang of guilt resulted in Fascination being added to this list and a watch on Day One of my #31DaysOfHorror Shame-a-thon list. Rollin is a true aesthete, an appreciator of color, contrast and vamp-on-vamp action. This film might boast more memorable images than lines of dialogue. Rollin definitely doesn’t want dialogue to get in the way of his other interests. I just don’t know if the above scene featuring Brigitte Lehaie wielding a scythe can really be topped. The last third of the film grows oddly chatty, but the lusty vampire girls doing the philosophizing are all wearing transparent gowns and capes, so I really can’t be too critical.