Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Films I Watched: December 2016

Wow! This marks the end of the first year of Films I Watched posts! This was pretty fun. I think I'll do a blog post of my favorite first time watches of the year in horror and non-horror. Let me regroup and see what I come up with. Thanks for reading, y'all.

Silent Night, Deadly Night
Black Christmas (2006)
Krampus
To All a Goodnight
Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye
Dead End
A Christmas Horror Story*
Exists*
I Drink Your Blood
Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things*
White Christmas
Black Christmas (1974)
The Holiday
Holidays*
The Ref
Saint Nick*
Rare Exports*
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Holy Hell*
Tabloid*
Amanda Knox*
Love Actually
Merry Friggin' Christmas*
Don't Open Till Christmas
Doctor Strange (2016)*
The Hogfather
Silent Night
P2
Happy Naked Christmas*
Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?*
Silent Night Deadly Night 3
The Doll Master*
Evil Twin*
End Call*
Werewolf Woman
Sense and Sensibility
Dune
New Year's Evil
Terror Train

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Films I Watched: November 2016

* means first time viewing

Batman: The Killing Joke*
Escape from L.A.
Tomie: Rebirth
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Captain America: Civil War
Adventures in Babysitting
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
The Legend of Billie Jean
Real Genius
Weird Science
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
Dirty Dancing
Footloose
Grease 2
Heathers
Dream a Little Dream
Gleaming the Cube
Teen Witch
Summer School
Pump Up the Volume
Evil Dead Trap
Austenland*
Oasis of the Zombies
The Rites of Frankenstein
A Virgin among the Living Dead
She Killed in Ecstasy
Dr. Orloff's Monster
The Other Side of the Mirror*
The Sinister Eyes of Dr. Orloff
The Awful Dr. Orloff
Opalo de Fuego (Mercaderes del Sexo)
Eugenie de Sade
Kill Bill v.1
Kill Bill v.2
The Music Man
Swiss Army Man*
White Christmas
Addams Family Values
Silent Night, Bloody Night
Ernest Saves Christmas
Tomie: Forbidden Fruit

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Horror Podcast

It's the last episode of the Doomed Show for 2016. Check out LeEtta and I talking about Christmas horror movies and Christmas movies and specials.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

You're Never Nothing is coming soon!

Here's a promo for my band's first album. We've been described as "pant-wettingly awful" by black diamond.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Films I Watched: October 2016

* means first time watch.

The Burbs
Beetlejuice
Coraline
ParaNorman
The Corpse Bride
Count Dracula's Great Love
Mr. Boogedy
Practical Magic
Hack-o-lantern*
The Old Dark House (1932)
The Crow
Idle Hands
The Craft
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Black Sunday
The Nice Guys*
Hocus Pocus
Dracula (1931)
Trick R Treat
Cat People (1942)
Bewitched
Dracula's Daughter
Cursed
Dracula 2000
The Conjuring
The Conjuring 2*
Sleepy Hollow
The Worst Witch
Son of Dracula*
House of Frankenstein*
The Invisible Man
The Lost Boys
The Addams Family
Bram Stoker's Dracula
The Woods
Shin Godzilla*
Boo! A Madea Halloween*
Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary*
Hell Night
The Invitation*
Son of Frankenstein*
May
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Halloween: Resurrection
The Witches
Arsenic and Old Lace
Ginger Snaps
Fiend Without a Face*
Once Bitten
I Walked With a Zombie
Freaky Farley
The Fog
Halloween (1978)
Halloween II (1981)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

H!TITDS Fundraiser Part 2: The Revenge Of Hosting Fees

Hello again! It's time to beg for money again! Last time I did one of these fundraisers, it was wildly successful. Now it's time to be wildly successful AGAIN! In this Doomed Moviethon Bandcamp exclusive episode, Nafa and I discuss seeing Shin Godzilla. We had a great time and I think it comes across in this recording. The episode is only $1 but if you'd care to give more to support the show, please do, you'd be helping out the show so much.

Click right here to get the party started and/or keep it going.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Films I Watched: September 2016

* means first time watch.

Nightcrawler*
31*
Cold Comfort Farm
Tomie: Another Face
Tomie: Re-play
Mystery Men
Dead & Buried
Phenomena
Sixty Million Dollar Man
Deathgasm*
High-Rise*
Krampus*
Captain America
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Center Stage
Tenebrae
Blair Witch (2016)*
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Pet Sematary Two*
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Candyman
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Hellboy
The Mermaid*
Love and Friendship*
Witches
Corpse Party*
Midnight Special*
My Best Friend is a Vampire

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hello! This is the Doomed Show Fundraiser October 2016

Hey there, folks! It's come to my attention that podcasts cost money. Damn it to hell. Why was I so naive? Just kidding! I was very proud that I went 5 years without spending a dime on anything other than recording equipment. So yeah, I started actually paying for bandwidth so that we could reach more people like you as well as not get podblocked by running out of storage and stuff. (I should probably coin the phrase "podblocked".)

So here is my grand idea for the first ever Doomed Show fundraiser drive. I have two albums of spooky music here for sale on the newly made Doomed Moviethon Bandcamp. First up is something I made especially for this fundraiser. It's called Alex & The Haunted Ice Cream Factory. It's an album of synthesizer and guitar weirdness that sets the mood for the bizarre plot (yes, the album comes with a plot). The other album for sale is Terror. This was previously a freebee from Goblinhaus if you bought the Fauxrror album. It's my tribute to films like Symptoms, Tomie, Fury of the Wolfman, etc. and features some rad dialog from the films mixed in with some bonkers soundscapes I made with synthesizers I found entirely online. I'm nothing if not resourceful.

Both albums are only $1 apiece but if you'd care to give more to support the show, we'll gladly accept it! Everything I make on these releases goes DIRECTLY to paying for the show's bandwidth and anything left over after that goes to pay for hosting Doomed Moviethon. The next Doomed Show fundraiser will be for some exclusive episodes of the show that'll be for sale and not in the normal feed. More about those later.

Here's the link to the albums!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wednesday Ramble - Too Little But Not Too Late: Revisiting Dracula (1931)

For Halloween this year, I really wanted to get my old school horror movie mojo going by looking at as many of the Universal monster movies as I could. What better way to start then by watching a film that I haven't seen since I was in my early teens. I've spent more time reading about Dracula (1931) than I have watching it. So yeah, 25 (or more) years ago, I thought the original Dracula was boring and awkward. Kids. What can ya do? I do remember thinking that it was really important to watch this and other classics as a burgeoning horror kid.

The first thing that blows my mind are things that I definitely was never consciously aware of as a kid like the production design. Man oh man, the matte paintings are fantastic. They give everything the feel of an alien landscape especially now that everything these days is done with CGI. Will people in the future look back on our cinema and find our bad techno-trickery all charming and shit? As for the sets, wow just wow. Obviously, camera tricks were the CGI of their day and of course, filmmakers from then would have used computers to make their vision end up on the screen. But these quaint and obviously hand-crafted touches make me so happy and I don't mean that in a condescending way (at least I don't think I do).

Okay, what is with the bug? So when Dracula and his lady Draculas are getting out of their coffins, there's some crazy shit going on. First of all, there's a possum. I found this very amusing because I live in Florida and the dang things are everywhere. Then I remember that Todd Browning was from Kentucky so that means he knew that they will appear exotic to the rest of the world. Maybe. I don't know where I was going with that. Anyway, the bug. So we see everyone getting out of their coffins and then there's a shot of a bug climbing out of his/her coffin -a tiny coffin? Or was that supposed to be a human sized coffin with a giant bug in it? My pal Nafa just suggested that the bug may be one of the wives other forms. I like that idea. There's also some armadillos which made me shake my head when they were chillin' in the crypt. They're pretty friggin' adorable.

The next thing that I really adore now -more than I could have ever anticipated as a young lad- are the smoke machines pumping a metric ton of atmosphere into this bad-boy. They give all the mist, fog, smoke, smog, haze, etc. that just makes me giddy in my current state of fandom. When Renfield shows up to switch carriages, the smoke looks like it was absolutely choking everyone on the set. Even though this scene is supposed to be outdoors, it's so claustrophobic that it made me frickin' nervous.

The vampire wives skulking around in the aforementioned mist is something I remember VERY DISTINCTLY. In fact, when they leave the movie (???), I remember just checking out for the most part. I thought they were so slinky and sexy that my brain never made the connection as to how dangerous these characters are. Has that attitude changed for me? Hell no, it hasn't. I'm still like "Ladies, I know I'm not Bela but hey I'm kinda pale. What are my chances?" Come to think of it, all of the women in this movie are just stunning. The ones that are stricken with ye olde vampire syndrome are just made up and photographed so perfectly that I just can't them out of my head.

This will come as a surprise to very few people (or no one at all) but my old complaining for years at how slow and silly this film is have melted away. While it's true that a few lines of dialogue and especially some of the over-the-top delivery still make me chuckle, I adore this cast. Whenever Dwight Frye as Renfield comes cackling into frame, I just want to high five whoever is sitting closest to me (which is my wife LeEtta, naturally). If I try to imagine audiences in 1931 seeing this film for the first time, I have to assume that his scuttling across the floor to go after the exposed neck of the maid must have scared the living shit out of people.

As for the pacing, I was never bored for a second during this viewing. There's just so much going on here that I have to wonder why the hell I don't watch this more often. I thought my attention span was getting worse not better! One of the big blind-spots in my horror fandom is for the 1930s. I swear I'm getting better about this era.

The almost total lack of a music score is certainly something. I really don't know how I feel about it. The opening music is perfect and the bit at the opera house works great. I'm not saying there should have been wall to wall music but yeah, I think the minimal score might be something that alienates people from this version. I like it because it does something funny to my brain that probably wasn't intentional at all. Has anyone taken the score from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jr. and used it on Dracula? I think that should be a thing. Did Philip Glass do the score for any of the Ace Ventura movies? Speaking of blind-spots, I absolutely have a block about the silent era of horror. I'll probably need more time for that. Don't give up on me just yet.

The darkness of the shadows and the suffocating nature of the nighttime scenes are almost too much for my tiny mind to take. So much mood is communicated with the simplest of things. When Dracula attacks the flower girl, holy crap! While I should probably be ashamed that I had such a low opinion of this film for so long, I'm very happy to have finally come around to it. Ladies and gentlemen, I love Todd Browning's Dracula! I can practically hear your eyes rolling but this is a big deal for me. Anyway, thanks for letting me ramble again. It's been a while. The shadows are where I'll be if you need me.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Films I Watched: August 2016

* means first time watch

City of the Living Dead
Only Yesterday*
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Risen*
The Witch*
Star Trek Beyond*
Tomie
Blood Rage*
Female Prisoner Scorpion #701*
Female Prisoner Scorpion Grudge Song*
The Dead are Alive
Nemesis
Pieces
Fright House*
Emma
Hail Caesar!*
Bay of Blood
Shadow of the Wraith
Thor
Iron Man
Iron Man 2
In the Heart of the Sea*
Suicide Squad*
Persuasion
Guardians of the Galaxy
Gamera: The Giant Monster
Gamera Vs. Barugon*
The Boy and the Beast*
Amazing Spiderman
Argoman: The Fantastic Superman*
Tomie: Forbidden Fruit
Easy A
The Visit*
Dredd
Kick Ass
St. Trinians
Demons
Horror Rises from the Tomb