Recent Additions: November 2020

Psychotronic Review

I’m now up to watching one to two films per day. It used to be that my default when I was bored was to work on something that paid well. But these days I realize that I would rather watch a film.

There is actually nothing I care about as much as this website. And it is getting some success. We are now up to roughly 50 unique visitors per day. And increasingly, filmmakers are noticing the site despite the fact that I don’t contact them.

We are also approaching 600 capsule reviews, which is amazing when you consider that they not only require my watching the films but about an hour of work.

September 2020 Films

  1. Brain Dead (1990)
  2. Chickboxer (1992)
  3. Cottage Country (2013)
  4. Creep (2014)
  5. The Dead Pit (1989)
  6. Dollman (1991)
  7. Fighting with My Family (2019)
  8. The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
  9. Guns Akimbo (2019)
  10. The Hearse (1980)
  11. His House (2020)
  12. Horrorvision (2001)
  13. I Had a Bloody Good Time at House Harker (2016)
  14. In the Trap (2019)
  15. The Jack in the Box (2020)
  16. Killer Piñata (2015)
  17. Llamageddon (2018)
  18. Lost in Space (1998)
  19. The Others (2001)
  20. The Paris Express (1952)
  21. Possum (2018)
  22. Pumpkinhead (1988)
  23. The Quacky Slasher (2017)
  24. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
  25. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
  26. Scar (2007)
  27. Sorceress (1982)
  28. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)
  29. Southbound (2015)
  30. Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)
  31. Terminal Island (1973)
  32. Terror Trap (2010)
  33. Truth Seekers (2020)
  34. Waxwork (1988)
  35. You Can’t Kill Stephen King (2012)

Brain Dead (1990)

This is one of those thought-provoking films like The Matrix. Good for people who like more intellectual fare. To be honest, it hasn’t stayed with me, although I do recall liking it.

Chickboxer (1992)

I’m surprised I hadn’t already provided a capsule review. This came about because of the release of SOV Six-Pack. The truth is that I’ve tried very hard to love this film. It’s very charming and I like it well enough. But the fighting in it is terrible and it really harms the film. They were clearly rushing.

Cottage Country (2013)

This horror-comedy is very well-made. But it doesn’t spend enough time on the good stuff. And through most of it I was thinking, “I wish I had watched Tucker & Dale vs Evil.” The last part of it is very good, however.

Creep (2014)

Some things should be shown to film students. Creep demonstrates how you can have a lot of impact with very little money. In a sense, I hated this film. Everything is exactly as you expect (assuming you are a horror nerd). And I felt trapped having to sit through it while it unfolded. At the same time, it was done so well. I will get around to watching the sequel.

The Dead Pit (1989)

This is another film that I barely remember. It has some great zombies in it. But otherwise, you should stick to Lucio Fulci.

Dollman (1991)

But I remember this one! It’s a weird one. Parts are meant to be funny but I found so much more funny. In particular, it is chalk-full of action-film cliches. I loved it but I also felt bad like I might not be appreciating it as intended.

Fighting with My Family (2019)

This film about professional wrestler Paige is okay. It probably works better for upper-middle class people who look down on the art. It’s pretty sentimental. Kind of a “girl” film.

The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

This film has the same problems as ever — namely, racism inside the film and during the production. But it’s still a lot of fun. I didn’t remember just how slapstick it is.

Guns Akimbo (2019)

This is a really well-made film. It’s everything it intends to be. And I hate it. I could forgive everything in this film except for one: don’t comment on my enjoyment of the violence that it created — especially when I wasn’t enjoying it. Mindless entertainment is ruined when the creators think they are above it and have something to “say.”

The Hearse (1980)

You could do worse for a haunted house film than this. Some of it is very effective.

His House (2020)

This is an excellent art-horror film about a couple of asylum seekers who are haunted by ghosts of their old country.

Horrorvision (2001)

This is a solid Videodrome knock-off. It’s mostly interesting for the effects.

I Had a Bloody Good Time at House Harker (2016)

This is a funny and charming horror comedy featuring Whitney Moore from Birdemic: Shock and Terror, who you may recall I said was destined for greatness.

In the Trap (2019)

This is a pretty claustrophobic art-horror film that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Andrea and I came to opposite conclusions about the ending. But it’s well worth checking out.

The Jack in the Box (2020)

I often come to the end of horror films and have questions like, “Aren’t the police going to assume this guy killed a bunch of people?” This film deals well with these issues. It takes a while to get going but this one is worth the effort.

Killer Piñata (2015)

This micro-budget horror film delivers! They do a lot with a little. And it is very funny!

Llamageddon (2018)

The filmmakers probably should have made a short because this one has a lot of padding. Just the same, it’s a lot of fun. Not as good as Killer Piñata, but what is?

Lost in Space (1998)

People didn’t like this film because they remembered the later campy part of the series. For the first half of the first season, the show was very serious. So the film is a fitting tribute. But why? It’s a good example of how Hollywood takes itself way too seriously.

The Others (2001)

This might be one of the best haunted house movies ever made. It has a great feel to it along with some interesting elements. And it has some genuinely scary moments.

The Paris Express (1952)

I miss these brisk Noir films. It has everything you could ask for. And Claude Rains is great.

Possum (2018)

This is one of those films that haunts you long after you’ve seen it. It’s downright weird. But it leaves an impression.

Pumpkinhead (1988)

The title makes it sound like a silly horror film. But it’s very serious with a lot more depth than we normally get. Great effects too!

The Quacky Slasher (2017)

This 35-minute short is excellent. I have an article coming out about the people who made it. Watch it for free on their YouTube channel.

The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

This is a classic. It’s a lot of fun. But you have a lot of other choices for zom-coms.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Another classic. It’s kind of amazing to think that this was once thought to be edgy. It gets kind of slow in the second half.

Scar (2007)

This is a pretty good serial killer film. The first hour is wonderful. It gets into some torture porn at the end. If that’s your thing, have at it!

Sorceress (1982)

This one is a mixed bag. It’s clear something went wrong. The tone doesn’t work. But it does have some cool zombies toward the end.

Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)

This film was produced in just 6 weeks: from script to print. And yeah: it has some rough edges — especially with the script. But overall, it’s a very enjoyable film.

Southbound (2015)

This is an excellent anthology film. I highly recommend it!

Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)

Another weird one. A group of vampires builds a town in the southeast and starts an artificial blood factory so they can stop the daily grind. Bruce Campbell is very funny here.

Terminal Island (1973)

Another great one from Stephanie Rothman. I still can’t believe she had to abandon directing.

Terror Trap (2010)

I didn’t care for the ending of this, but it’s generally really good. You just might want to turn it off when the couple walks away. The epilogues just confuse thing and are also totally unbelievable.

Truth Seekers (2020)

This is a horror series from Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. It’s a whole lot of fun although you may need to watch it twice to figure it all out.

Waxwork (1988)

This is a lot better than most teen horror films. But it’s still a teen horror film.

You Can’t Kill Stephen King (2012)

This is one of those horror-comedies that stops being a comedy about halfway through. But it’s still enjoyable.

See you next month!

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