18 Oct 2019 Horror Challenge #12-20: I’m Slacking Here
2019 Horror Challenge #12-21: Brandon’s a little bit behind here…
So, I got really behind here, and I came online to catch up on my reviews, and I’m 8 movies behind on my reviews… To save some time, I’m just going to do a combined post for numbers 12-20.
#12: 1987s Bad Taste
For the twelfth watch of my horror challenge, I chose 1987s Bad Taste, the first feature from our main man Peter Jackson. And here’s our synopsis courtesy of IMDB:
The population of a small town disappears and is replaced by aliens that chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain.
Ok well, I love Peter Jackson, especially in his weird splatter phase. This was a fun movie, and gave me a few good laughs, but this one isn’t my favorite; Dead Alive for life.
But I still had fun watching this movie, and it’s fun to see more of his start.
My Rating: 6/10
#13: 2006s Silent Hill
For the thirteenth watch of my horror challenge, I skipped up to 2006 because my son wanted to watch a movie, and we chose 2006s Silent Hill. Here’s our synopsis courtesy of IMDB:
A woman, Rose, goes in search for her adopted daughter within the confines of a strange, desolate town called Silent Hill.
I’m not too sure why I never watched this one back in the day. Perhaps I was a bit burned out on video game movies as this was the era of bad Uwe Boll videogame movies. But this movie, although it suffered from a bit of the 2000s, was still pretty good. Some cool FX and creature design, and decent performances. I don’t remember the game too well, so I’m not sure how much it lines up, but it was still fun and pretty good for a video game movie.
My Rating: 6.5/10
#14: 1988s Brain Damage
For the fourteenth watch of my horror challenge, we head back to 1988 with Frank Henenlotter’s Brain Damage. Here’s our synopsis courtesy of IMDB:
One morning, a young man wakes to find that a small, disgusting creature has attached itself to the base of his brain stem. The creature gives him a euphoric state of happiness but demands human victims in return.
Well, what to say here. Ever see a Henelotter film? I guess that’s all that needs to be said. This is easily the most ridiculous movie I’ve watched this year and feels like maybe the most ridiculous since I watched Basket Case last year. But it was a lot of fun.
My Rating: 7/10
#15: 1989s Intruder
For the fifteenth watch of my horror challenge, we are on to 1989s Intruder, courtesy of Scott Spiegel. And now, to the B:
The overnight stock crew of a local supermarket find themselves being stalked and slashed by a mysterious maniac.
This one was a lot of fun, and made especially awesome by Ted Raimi’s facial expressions.
Fun movie though. It’s ridiculous and as 80s as I remember the 80s.
My Rating: 7/10
#16: 1991s Scanners 2
For the #16 watch of my horror challenge, we jump to 1991 and Scanners 2.
A scanner discovers a plot by renegade elements in the city government to take power with the help of evil scanners.
Scanners 2 is in a tough position because of its predecessor and how good it is. Scanners is an epic movie, and even though Scanners 2 credits Cronenberg as a writer, you just can’t recreate that feel of an original Cronenberg. But it was still entertaining, and I think would be one of the funniest movies to be an actor in ever. Just making weird faces and shaking a lot.
My Rating: 6/10
#17: 1994s Puppet Master 5
For #17, we have Puppet Master 5.
The puppets battle their most powerful enemy yet as they protect their new master from the demon God that created the Secret of Life.
Here’s my mistake in picking Puppet Master 5: I didn’t watch Puppet Master 4 immediately before. I haven’t seen Puppet Master 4 since probably around when it came out, and didn’t remember it at all; if I did remember it, I’d remember how these movies connect together.
I actually love the Puppet Master franchise, and I’m sure a bit of it is nostalgia, which I’m ok with. I like these cheesy Full Moon videos, and will show them to my son in the near future as he may get a kick out of how weird they are too. But it is what it is: a fun, bad movie.
My Rating: 5.75/10
#18: 1990s Exorcist 3
For #18, we have 1990s Exorcist III from William Peter Blatty.
A police Lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased Gemini serial killer, leads him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward.
Exorcist 3 is one of those movies I almost didn’t add to the challenge because I didn’t want people to know I hadn’t seen it before. I own it, and most people seem to love it, so not sure why I hadn’t seen it. Perhaps I wouldn’t have been able to appreciate it the same as I would now, I dunno…
But man, unsurprisingly, I loved this movie. Like really loved it. Like, this may make it in to my favorite horror films of all time. This, at least for me, is a scary movie. Great performances, especially by George C Scott (duh), terrifying atmosphere, and as everyone knows: one of the great jumpscares in film history. I also love police procedural movies and shows, so the blending of the two genres just works for me.
My Rating: 9/10
#19: 1990s Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh
For #19, we hop out of order again to 1995 for Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh.
The Candyman arrives in New Orleans and sets his sights on a young woman whose family was ruined by the immortal killer years before.
Nice one there, IMDB. Did you watch the movie?
I actually enjoyed this one, which doesn’t mean it’s a great movie, but I really like Candyman as a bad guy. I bought this one a year or two ago on Vudu on accident, but hadn’t watched i. It was fun to get some back story, which makes us then have to question ourselves as we feel sympathetic towards the Candyman. I liked it well enough though, and am excited to see where Mr. Peele takes this franchise with the reboot.
My Rating: 6/10
#20: 1992s Dr. Giggles
Ok, we are about half-way there. #20 is 1992s Dr. Giggles, starring Larry Drake (RIP). And the synopsis?
A madman who believes he’s a doctor comes to the town where his crazy father was killed, and soon begins murdering people and becoming infatuated with a teenage girl who has a heart condition.
There is some charm about 90s movies. I was born in the late 70s, so I for sure saw the transition from 80s to 90s films, and while there are some really bad movies from both decades, people usually trash the 90s a lot. But there really is something fun and cheesy about 90s horror, and this one nails it. From bad music, to bad hair, a lot of off-screen violence, bad outfits, and more, Dr. Giggles nailed the early 90s for me. As bad as this movie is, it’s really pretty fun to watch.
My Rating: 5.5/10
#21: 1996s The Dentist
For number 21, and next up in our medical professional-themed horror, we visit 1996s The Dentist.
An extremely successful dentist goes off the deep end after he catches his wife cheating on him.
I remember when the dentist came out, as I worked at a video store, and would always think it was a dumb idea for a horror movie. And in all fairness, it’s a pretty dumb horror movie, but it’s fun at the same time. Great cast, 90s weirdness; what else do you need? Add in some Stuart Gordon, and you have The Dentist. And that’s about all I have to say on this one.
My Rating: 5.5/10