Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fool's Views Haikus (9/13 - 9/30)

Howdy folks,

Okay, here we sit on the edge! Ready to tip over into the abyss of the October Horror Movie Challenge. (more on that in a second) And it's a good thing too, since the last few weeks have been pretty tame in the flickage department. While I did rack up a respectable number of movies watched, they all happened over the course of several jam-packed days. As I mentioned in the previous FVH post, gotta grab 'em when you can.

The horror flicks all took place during one full-on Share the Scare over at Kitley's (with fellow H101 contributor Nile Arena on hand as well), followed by the Burt Reynolds Festival the following day. Fulfilling the Paul Naschy Kryptic Army assignment and my ongoing Robert Aldrich tribute rounded out the rest of the program. All in all, I gotta say, it made for some fine, if high-concentrated, viewing.

As always, feel free to throw in your two cents worth - we'll make sure you get some change back.


Blood and Lace (1971)
(2nd viewing) d. Gilbert, Philip S.
Orphanage from hell
Incest, murder, child abuse
What? Rated PG?

Fragile (2005) (1st viewing) d. Balagueró, Jaume
Oddly neglected
Creepy freaking ghost story
Strong ensemble work

Day of the Beast, The (1995) (2nd viewing) d. de la Iglesia, Alex
Hoping to save us
Priest goes looking for Satan
Awesomely funny

Robot Monster (1953) (3rd viewing) d. Tucker, Phil
Dinosaur footage
Diving helmet, monkey suit
Joy, rapture, Ro-Man!

Count Dracula's Great Love (1972)
(1st viewing) d. Aguirre, Javier
Naschy dons the fangs
The ladies doff their clothing
Fine Gothic outing

Panic Beats (1983) (1st viewing) d. Naschy, Paul
Gory set-pieces, hot chicks
Winner all the way

Choirboys, The (1977)
(1st viewing) d. Aldrich, Robert
Hella great cast here
Woods, Durning, Young, Gossett, King
Somehow misses mark

Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
(1st viewing) d. Needham, Hal
Friends, afraid it’s true
Never seen it before now
Good ol’ good boy times

Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)
(1st viewing) d. Needham, Hal
“Tainted by greed” smell
Bloated characters and jokes
Can’t say much good here

White Lightning (1973) (1st viewing) d. Sargent, Joseph
Lean and rugged flick
With lean and rugged Reynolds
Solid action flick

2010 Totals to date: 230 films, 168 1st time views, 136 horrors, 24 cinema

TV :
Twilight Zone – 3 episodes (hour-long eps) (120 total for 2010)

The Amazing Colossal World of Mr. B.I.G. by Bert I. Gordon


  1. Hey, you've caught up! And just in time! And here's what I caught during the same period:

    Almost Famous* (Cameron Crowe, 2000)
    The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (Fritz Lang, 1960)
    The Misfits (John Huston, 1961)
    Surviving Desire* (Hal Hartley, 1991)
    Panic* (Tonino Ricci, 1976)
    Despair* (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978)
    Melvin and Howard* (Jonathan Demme, 1980)
    Melvin Goes to Dinner (Bob Odenkirk, 2003)
    Metropolitan* (Whit Stillman, 1990)
    Miller's Crossing (Joel Coen, 1990)
    Count Dracula's Great Love* (Javier Aguirre, 1972)
    Curse of the Devil* (Carlos Aured, 1973)
    Snowbeast* (Herb Wallerstein, 1977)
    Horror Rises from the Tomb* (Carlos Aured, 1973)
    The Stationmaster's Wife* (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1977)
    Vengeance of the Zombies* (León Klimovsky, 1973)
    The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (Larry Blamire, 2004)
    Alien Trespass* (R.W. Goodwin, 2009)
    The Lost Skeleton Returns Again* (Larry Blamire, 2009)
    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright)

    As you well know, I had a few more Naschys to catch up with than you did. And the only thing I wound up seeing in theaters was Scott Pilgrim, which I catch the penultimate screening of in my area tonight.

  2. I'm glad that I finally linked in to your LiveJournal, it's been fun reading your write-ups on a regular basis.

    Yep, all caught up - time to dive into the abyss of the OHMC. First up: MAMA DRACULA (1980)