Monday, October 12, 2009

The (Other) Movies I Watched In September

Little bit late on this one, but i'm not without my reasons. What I usually do here is list each and every movie I saw in the previous month and give my brief one or two sentence thoughts on each, but i'm gonna change that a little bit starting this month. The problem is, that gets way too repetitive, as I usually already end up talking about most horror movies I see right after I see them. Do you guys really want to read my thoughts on Grace or Wrong Turn 2 AGAIN? I rest my case. So from now on, at the end of each month, i'm only gonna talk about the movies that I watched that I haven't already said my piece on - in other words, the other movies I watched in (insert month). That being said, I don't have a lot to discuss this month as my new job has really taken a lot of movie watching time away from me and on top of that, there's two horror movies that I watched last month whose events take place on Halloween that i'd rather give seperate reviews as a part of my little Halloween Horror-thon this month. So I don't have much for ya this month but i'll try to make up for it next month!

An American Werewolf in London (Full Moon Edition) - Watched this on Blu-ray, making it only the second time i've seen the film. It's obviously a classic so I really don't need to state my own thoughts, as they're not much different from anyone elses on this one, but I will say I can't wait to check out the Beware The Moon documentary. Again, if I can just get some free time where i'm not working, blogging, or hanging out with Jen!

Cocoon - This is one hell of a magical movie and I can't lie, I cry each and every goddamn time. It makes ya feel good, it depresses the hell out of ya, but I love to watch Cocoon. As for The Return, haven't seen it yet, but I can imagine it's as good.

Dead Snow - Didn't really feel like this one lived up to the hype, but it was kinda fun. Couple really cool gore sequences but other than that, I wasn't all that impressed.

Little Monsters - This is one of my favorite movies from my childhood and I was kind of avoiding watching it for the past several years for fear that it wouldn't be as awesome in my adult years. I was kinda right and a lot of the magic of watching this in my childhood is gone - but I still love it. Once a movie gets a hold of a piece of your heart, it never lets go.

Pumpkinhead - Pumpkinhead is by far one of the coolest, and most underrated, horror villains of all time and Lance Henriksen is also one of the most badass underrated dudes out there. Naturally, I love this movie (one word : Atmosphere) and I loved it even more because I watched it with a few pumpkin beers by my side. Pumpkinhead + pumpkin beer = heaven. Now I just have to track down the sequels (or do I?), which i've never bothered to watch.

The Real Story : Part 1 - This is a documentary DVD that I was sent from Smithsonian Networks that covers the Amityville case and the escape from Alcatraz. I can never get enough of Amityville, no matter how many programs I watch on it, and Alcatraz is endlessly fascinating, so this made for a nice pre-bed watch. Bring on Part 2!

Return of the Living Dead Part 2 - I don't know why so many people rag on this one. In my opinion, it manages to recapture a lot of the fun of the first one. Not all of it, but enough of it that it's an entertaining little ride. Awesome makeup effects, to boot. By the way, anyone seen Rave to the Grave or Necropolis? I remember seeing one of them a few years back and really liking it, but I can't remember for the life of me which of the two it was!

Wes Craven's New Nightmare - I've stated in the past that I really don't like this movie, but I was mostly basing that on my opinion of it when I was younger - I never dug it as a kid. Now that i'm older and can understand it better, I decided to rewatch it and I didn't mind it all that much. Still not my favorite Elm St. by any stretch, but it's pretty damn creative and for that I give it props. I can still see why I wasn't into it as a kid and I don't dig the leather pants though, Fred.

If you've seen any of the above movies, leave a comment with your thoughts!


Zach S. said...

I just finished a weekend of all the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET's in succession. I gotta say that NEW NIGHTMARE didn't live up to the stylized kills of its predecessors or have half the wit. Though Freddy's wardrobe was supper slick as they aimed for a "darker" villian. It would've played for a a cooler twist if Robert Englund snapped and actually thought he was Freddy, chasing his Nancy.

Johnny said...

I agree, Zach, that would've been kinda cool!

the jaded viewer said...

Kudos for the Pumpkinhead mention. It's truly an underrated classic.

Matt Nefarious said...

Return of the Living Dead 2 - Couldn't agree more! Loved the first one and the second one was a firm favourite when I was a kid. Loved it! The later instalments weren't so good in my opinion. Wasn't keen on Necropolis or Rave to the Grave (weren't they made at the same time or something?). Didn't like what they did with Tarman - they pretty much just made him comic relief. Ignominious way to treat such a legend!

Mister Bones said...

I'd love to tell you that watching all the Pumpkinhead sequels would be worth your time, but I just... I just can't do so with a clear conscience. My love for Pumpkinhead made me watch them, and in a way I'm glad I did as I ended up with a much greater appreciation for the original, but as for them being worth the time, nah not so much.

Wings said...

I have yet to see New Nightmare from start to finish. I guess I should rectify that soon.

Good post, Johnny!

Quanthor said...

I empathize with you on 'Little Monsters'. I adored it as a child but after rewatching it a couple of years ago it just wasn't as cool as I remember it being.

'Pumpkinhead' might be in my top ten if not top fifteen favorite horror movies ever and you are right, it had tremendous atmosphere.

Shawn Robare said...

Little Monsters is the Bee's Knees. It's one of the last gasps with coolness that Howie Mandel ever had (which ended with Bobby's World.) After that he just got too normal.

Zach said...

Have to agree with Mister Bones on this one. The sequels aren't not nearly as good as the first. The first, however, is a great film, kudos to you on the shout out!

Bjornabo said...

To bad Dead Snow did not live up to your Expectation, but you must remember that norway is a "new" country when it comes to Horror :-)

You should se the other Norwegian horrormovies that get released here, they are not that good. :-)

Carl (ILHM) said...

Couldnt disagree more with RotLD2, the only thing I like about the film is the cover art. Neither the comedy nor the horror even come close for my taste, but I hold ROTLD in high regard as being a near-perfect Horror/Comedy