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Old 03-10-2013, 13:30   #1
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Halloween Month - As good an excuse as any.......

........to get back into watching some b-movie horror!

After my Video Nasties marathon earlier this year I've spent the last few months decompressing; watching a calming combination of 80's Hong Kong action cinema and classic Dr Who, but as it's October I once again feel the inevitable pull of celluloid trash.

So what's everyone got on the menu this year? I'm awaiting delivery of the Friday The 13th Blu set but in the meantime I've kicked off with........

#1 - Children Of The Corn (1984)
Wow I hadn't seen this since I bought the VHS back in the 90's. Always a favourite when I was a youngster but I'm sad to say it hasn't improved with age. 45 mins of Gary Shepherd & Sarah Connor driving about followed by 30 mins of them running about and then a mildly supernatural balls up of an ending. Doesn't help that the bad guys are essentially Wee Jimmy Krankie and the Sherminator from American Pie screaming "Outlaaaaaander!" unconvincingly and squabbling amongst themselves over the rules of their little cult.

**** it I'm still gonna watch Part 2 tonight!

31 days, 31 films, let's get started.........
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Hey Juicy!

Going to grab Halloween 35th Anniversary Blu Ray Steelbook (which will arrive in time) to go with the Halloween II 30th Anniversary Blu Ray I got the other day and do a wee double bill.

There's also a drive in screening of Halloween at Victoria Park, but I don't have a car.
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I fancy that 35th Anniversary release too but I'm in no great rush. I've OD-ed on the Halloween series the last couple years so I'm taking a break from em this time. Gonna gorge myself on Jason this year and maybe Freddy if I have the time.
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The Friday the 13th set does look good as well mate.
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#2 - Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992)
Really? It took them almost a decade to put out the sequel? Well this is more like it anyway. Fun little b-movie horror with inventive deaths (voodoo doll nose gouging), gratuitous native american guff, homages to The Wizard Of Oz ("Oh, what a world! What a world!") and plenty wtf and lol moments including a granny in a wheelchair getting slammed by a truck and smashed thru a plate glass window ("Bingo!"). Course it helps some that my version includes Joe Bob Briggs Monstervision inserts and wraparounds
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Roll on Part III!
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So is there any template/shortlist this time around that you're choosing from, or are you just winging it this time around? If it's the latter, perhaps we could make some suggestions?
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Pretty much winging it. Stuck on Children Of The Corn randomly and now I'm up for seeing how many of it's sequels I can get through. Maybe try out some other horror franchises I've neglected over the years, maybe the later Hellraiser flicks......

But yeah open to suggestions, I want to know what everyone else is watching this Halloween!
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If you had sense, you wouldn't get very far into the Children of the Corn franchise, but where's the fun in applying common sense to a Halloween movie-marathon?

If you want a really good proto-slasher (maybe not quite a horror film, more like Zodiac but with horror trappings) then check out The Town that Dreaded Sundown if you haven't already.
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The CotC series isn't so bad. Michael Ironside, David Carradine and Karen Black show up. Isaac returns, heh heh. There's even been a remake.

You could always try the Amityville or Howling series, some very special treats there including eerie line-dancing. Wooooooooooo.......

I have 10 Puppetmaster flicks. Wish me luck.
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Oi spoilers! ooooh Puppet Master - there was a crossover with Demonic Toys wasn't there?!

Anyway after two flicks I'm still no wiser as to exactly who or what "He who walks behind the rows" is and wtf it wants - perhaps all my questions will be answered in.........

#3 - Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995)
Oh yeah baby - it's Children Of The Corn In Da Hood! Kicking off like the Fresh Prince intro, two of the COTC get fostered out to a couple of inner city yuppies and before you know it they're causing mayhem in the concrete jungle.
I was prepared to hate this one just because of that setup and the oh so 90's vibe but the filmmakers have ramped up the nasty factor enlisting Screaming Mad George to come up with some creature effects reminiscent of The Thing - one truly awesome decapitation and spine removal scene stands out above a whole bunch of gory deaths including a hobo abused by cornstalks and a social worker's face getting melted off not to mention the zombie scarecrows.
And just when you think this flick has come to an end; with the smug little **** of a cult leader getting foiled yet again by his inability to win a fight with a grown up it all goes out the window bat**** crazy with a finale involving a huge slimy Lovecraftian creature that goes on a corn-fueled mutilation rampage with sfx varying in quality between quite good and Red Dwarf Polymorph levels. Plus, hats off to Cthulu for it's tentacle rape of a hot blonde extra that turns out to be a young uncredited Charlize Theron
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Phew! Best entry in the series thus far........
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just a warning, but clicking the second image went to a porn cam site
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just a warning, but clicking the second image went to a porn cam site


Fixed that quote for you, plus changed the gif hosting from imagebam to pimpandhost, see if that's cam free!
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not much better I'm afraid!
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Well if you're willing to click on a gif featuring Charlize Theron getting tentacle raped.....

If anyone can recommend a squeaky clean site for gif hosting I'll up them there.
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Forgot about them. Can't seem to up the 2nd gif there, maybe it's too large........oo-err.
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good point well made
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#4 - Children of the Corn: The Gathering (1996)
Oh dear, oh dear. I was briefly hopeful of this one due to the presence of Naomi Watts (fresh from Tank Girl) in the lead and Karen Crazyeyes Black as her mum but it's just sooooo dull
First COTC flick to have a completely stand-alone plot; the children of a small town start to feel a bit under the weather as the spirit of an abused preacher-child from the turn of the century tries to break back into the world of the living through their souls.
Cut about 60 seconds of claret from this and it could be shown on Lifetime as a spooky thriller, yes it's that boring. So very many "startled from a nightmare" dream sequences that you could make a passable drinking game out of it. Never thought I'd miss the fetishisation of corn but by the end of this I was praying to "he who walks behind the rows" for a cornstalk impalement death/rape/coming out the telly into my eyeball, whatever really........
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Keep going! I think I rather liked #5 from a recent-ish trawl through the series.

The Prophecy series may be worth a consideration (usual caveats apply!), popped on #4 and #5 last night.
Must away to track down Puppetmaster v Demoinc Toys (a mash-up with Dollman would be nice).
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Dollman did crossover with Demonic Toys in 1993 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106743/

I love the original Prophecy trilogy (seen those multiple times) and I did watch 4&5 when they came out but they must have been so bad I blanked them from my memory cos I can't remember a damn thing about them other than they were filmed in Bulgaria or the like along with Return Of The Living Dead 4&5.

Anyway after the yawn-fest that was COTC: The Gathering I decided to try something different last night [thanks Shingster].......

#5 - The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
Heard the name occasionally but never have watched this until now. Turned out to be an entertaining little oddity. Kinda like Summer Of Sam or Zodiac if they'd decided to fabricate most of the story and add a little zany slapstick humour to proceedings (oh Spark Plug you crack me up) to offset the actually quite brutal attacks and murders. Always enjoy western TV regulars Ben Johnson and Andrew Prine but everyone else in the cast seems to be an amateur which gives the flick a very strange semi-documentary tone (I'm being kind there, I could have said Ed-Wood-ian). The highlights of this flick for me were the attacks; matter of fact, creepy and quite original for the time (I wonder if the trombone stabbing was real or made up?) and who wouldn't want to see Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island get shot in the face twice and then drag herself through a cornfield (CORN! I briefly got a semi) to escape the killer....
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That was a nice interlude, back to The Children.........
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