Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Films I Watched: January 2019

* means a first time watch.

The House on Sorority Row (1983)
Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000)
The Vagrant (1992)*
The Astounding She-Monster (1957)*
FleshEater (1988)*
Rebecca (1940)*
My Super Psycho Sweet 16 (2009)*
Mandy (2018)*
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (2012)
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)*
Easy A (2010)
Shadow of the Wraith AKA Ikisudama(2001)
Legend (1985)
Isola: Tajuu jinkaku shôjo (2000)
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953)*
Popcorn (1991)
Death by Metal (2018)*
Talisman (1998)*
Devil Fish AKA Monster Shark (1984)*
The Day of the Jackal (1973)
Pray for Death (1985)*
Night Moves (1975)*
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Horror Rises from the Tomb (1973)
Horror Express (1972)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Bright Young Things (2003)

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

"Laurie Strode" Music Video

Here's the music video for GYROJETS' wildly popular hit song "Laurie Strode". We had a blast making this. Hope you dig it!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Favorite First Time Watches Of 2018

Here comes another one of those "bleh 2018 sucked bleh" posts but I think I can turn it around before the end. I had to take a certain medication that made me a little nuts after a certain medical condition that had been making me a little nuts because -you get the idea. I also kind of had to learn to stop taking myself so seriously. Apparently, my self deprecating humor wasn't enough! Hopefully, I'm nicer now. Whatever. Then both of my cats who've been in my wife LeEtta's and my lives for the last 15 years croaked, pretty much one right after the other. Some other stupid shit probably happened but wasn't bad enough to be memorable so that's cool, I guess.

I got to spend an evening out with my buddy Sam (the drummer from our band GYROJETS) at one of them there newfangled "concert halls" or "venues" I think they're called. We braved the freezing cold Tampa night to see my favorite band, Tera Melos. It was my first time seeing them because let's face it, I rarely leave the house. And I got to meet guitarist Nick Reinhart (pictured above), one of my favorite humans who's ever touched a guitar on Earth.

So what was I talking about? Movies! Yes, those things. Getting to check out that divisive Suspiria remake with LeEtta and our friends Markky and Kari (of The Prople) was a cinema-going highlight but seeing Slumber Party Massacre at the legendary Tampa Theatre takes home the gold medal. While it wasn't a first time watch by any means, it was at that screening where LeEtta and I got to meet Debra De Liso and Joseph Alan Johnson (pictured above) in person. Just an incredible night all around! Hopefully, I'll have more experiences like these in the new year. 2018 was the year of me meeting relatively famous people. How many did I meet the year before? Zero. And the year before that? None. And the year before that!? I'll just stop right there. There's some awesome to balance out the bad. I told you there was a twist.

After recording all of the films I watched this year, I've discovered that I watch a lot of Marvel movies. Good gawd! But I nearly topped 400 films watched this year. The grand total came out to 398 films with 140 of those being first time watches. That's pretty impressive when you add in all of the dang TV I also ingested into my eyeballs. Things got balanced out thanks to the aforementioned unfortunate (but somewhat hilarious) health problems that forced me to stay very close to my recliner a lot. Like a lot a lot. Was it worth it? My brain says no but my face says yes. I don't know how that works. However, my gall bladder -which is now resting in a medical waste landfill- absolutely agrees.

And now, without further ado, here are my favorite first time watches of the year with a buttload of runners-up in no particular order.

Starstruck (1982) - Where has Starstruck been all my life?! This Australian new wave musical is pretty fantastic.

The Devonsville Terror (1983) - I kept rewatching The Boogeyman (1980) and not checking out this little gem from Ulli Lommel. Shame on me!

Der Samurai (2014) - Holy shit, y'all. Put this in your queue. I needed weird and wonderful and Der Samurai is definitely all that (and full frontal male nudity).

Les affamés AKA Ravenous (2017) - The trailer for this one creeped me out so I gave it a look. Typical infected quasi-zombie film that goes bucking fonkers!

I Married a Witch (1942) - I'm embarrassed to say it but I don't think I'd ever seen a Veronica Lake film before. This was a great place to start.

Hell Fest (2018) - I was shocked when I found out that this one didn't do well in theaters. It was a perfect appetizer for the new Halloween.

Halloween (2018) - Speak of the devil. I took my wife to this on our 13th anniversary and we had a blast. I can't wait to watch this again.

Night of the Demons 2 (1994) - I waited way too long to check this out. Needless to say, I friggin' LOVED it. Essential 90s goodness.

The Duke of Burgundy (2014) - This film completely blew me away. If you're a fan of Jess Franco, give this a look immediately.

Cast a Deadly Spell (1991) - I knew this Lovecraftian noir comedy existed but it took my wife remembering it to bring it into my life. Perfect.

Suspiria (2018) - Last but not least, the remake nobody wanted. This is the weirdest thing I've seen in a major theater chain. Captivating and insane.

And here are the wonderful and totally worth mentioning runners-up:

The Shape of Water (2017)
The Pit (1981)
Girl Asleep (2015)
Hereditary (2018)
Dragonslayer (1981)
Magic Christmas Tree (1964)
Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 (1990)
Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker (1991)
The Dark (1979)
Miami Connection (1987)
Annihilation (2018)
Emma, puertas oscuras (1974)

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Films I Watched: December 2018

* means a First Time Watch.

The Duke of Burgundy (2014)*
White Christmas (1954)
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather (2006)
Sleepwalkers (1992)
Constantine: City of Demons (2018)*
Better Watch Out (2016)*
Magic Christmas Tree (1964)*
Santa Claus (1959)
Hands of Steel (1986)*
Thunder Squad AKA Wild Team (1985)*
The Holiday (2006)
Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 (1990)*
Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker (1991)*
Nutcracker Fantasy (1979)
Batman Returns (1992)
Deadpool 2 (2018)*
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
The Ref (1994)
Krampus (2015)
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! (1989)
The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)*
Mixed Nuts (1994)*
Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972)
Elf (2003)
Silent Night (2012)
Black Christmas (1974)
Don't Open Till Christmas (1984)
White Christmas (1954)
Center Stage (2000)
Noises Off... (1992)
Robocop (1987)
Automata (2014)*
Madhouse (1974)
The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (1974)
Jack Frost (1997)*
Bloody New Year (1987)
New Year's Evil (1980)
Terror Train (1980)

Monday, December 3, 2018

Films I Watched: November 2018

* means a first time watch.

I Am What I Play (2015)*
Suspiria (2018)*
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Thor (2011)
Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
The Avengers (2012)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Doctor Strange (2016)
Ant-Man (2017)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Black Panther (2018)
To All A Goodnight (1980)
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
The Sound of Music (1965)
Blood Rage (1987)
Love Actually (2003)
Madman (1982)
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)*
Grease (1978)
Grease 2 (1982)

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Films I Watched: October 2018

* means a First Time Watch.

Bewitched (2005)
Hell Fest (2018)*
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1999)*
The Halloween Tree (1993)
Malevolent (2018)*
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
The Ghost Breakers (1940)*
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
Frightmare (1983)*
Halloweentown (1998)
Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (2001)
Haunters: The Art of the Scare (2017)*
[Rec] (2007)
[Rec] 2 (2009)*
[REC] 3: Genesis (2012)*
Corpse Bride (2005)
Paranorman (2012)
[REC] 4: Apocalypse (2014)*
Idle Hands (1999)
Lavender (2016)*
Trick 'r Treat (2007)
The Worst Witch (1986)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
The Incredible Melting Man (1977)*
Spellbinder (1988)*
Torture Chamber (2013)*
The Pit (1981)*
Waxwork (1988)*
Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992)*
The Collector (2009)
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
May (2002)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)*
The Lost Boys (1987)
Dracula 2000 (2000)
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
The Slayer (1982)
Ginger Snaps (2000)
Halloween (2018)*
Halloween (2007)
The Innocents (1961)
The Children (1980)*
Blade (1998)
Halloween II (1981)
The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
Hack-O-Lantern (1988)
Cemetery Man (1994)
Once Bitten (1985)
Baron Blood (1972)
The Mummy (1999)
Pumpkinhead (1988)
Mad Monster Party? (1967)
I Bury the Living (1958)
Freaky Farley (2007)
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
The Midnight Hour (1985)
Halloween (1978)

Monday, October 15, 2018

Films I Watched: September 2018

* means a first time watch.

Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)*
The Love Witch (2016)*
The Last Dinosaur (1977)*
The Island at the Top of the World (1974)*
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2010)
Phenomena (1985)
Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)*
The Craft (1996)
Bell Book and Candle (1958)
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Atlantis: The Lost Continent (1961)*
Inferno (1980)
I Married a Witch (1942)*
Beautiful Creatures (2013)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
Moon Zero Two (1969)*
Constantine (2005)
Black Sunday (1960)
The Devonsville Terror (1983)*
Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (2014)*
The Witches (1966)*
Witchfinder General (1968)*
Strange New World (1975)*
Hellboy (2004)
The Witch (2015)
Where Time Began (1977)*
Baffled! (1972)*
Season of the Witch (2011)
Teen Witch (1989)
Rough Magic (1995)
Witch Hunt (1994)*
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Suspiria (1977)
Dark Shadows (2012)
The Lords of Salem (2012)
The Hollow (2004)*
The Crow (1994)
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
Zombie 4: After Death (1989)
The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018)*
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Films I Watched: August 2018

* means a First Time Watch.

The Land that Time Forgot (1974)*
At the Earth's Core (1976)*
Here Alone (2916)*
Popcorn (1991)
Summer of Fear (1978)*
Offerings (1989)*
Terminal (2918)*
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)*
The People that Time Forgot (1977)*
Batman (1989)
Batman Returns (1992)
Batman Forever (1995)
Batman & Robin (1997)
The Addams Family (1991)
Tron: Legacy (2010)*
The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)
Night of the Demons (1988)
Night of the Demons 2 (1994)*
Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)*
Starcrash (1978)*
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Night of the Demons III (1997)*
The Avengers (2012)
Apartment 1303 3D (2012)*
Streets of Fire (1984)
Madman (1981)
Persuasion (1995)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)*
Silent Running (1972)*
Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)*
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Genesis II (1973)*
Alien Predators (1985)
Planet Earth (1974)*
Earth II (1971)*
Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969)*
The Limehouse Golem (2016)*
Mystics in Bali (1981)
City Beneath the Sea (1971)*
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Trick or Treats (1982)

Monday, September 3, 2018

Films I Watched: July 2018

* means First Time Watch.

The Avengers (2012)
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
Queen of Earth (2015)*
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
The House by the Cemetery (1981)
Krull (1983)
Dragonslayer (1981)*
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983)*
Tron (1982)
Flash Gordon (1980)
Time Bandits (1981)
The Witches (1990)
Macabre (1980)
The Sect (1991)
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
The French Sex Murders (1972)
Girl Asleep (2015)*
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn (1982)
Grease (1978)
Grease 2 (1982)
The Woods (2006)
The Faculty (1998)
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
Star Trek (2009)
Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)
War-Gods of the Deep (1965)*
The Shape of Things to Come (1979)*
Skyfall (2012)
The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)*
Trancers (1984)
Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983)*
Message from Space (1978)*
The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988)*