Category Archives: New Stuff

Recent Additions: August 2021

Psychotronic Review

What this month lacked in total movies it made up for in quality. Some surprised include Curse of the Fly, the third in the series and probably the best. We also did the first two Blind Zombie films. The next two will be on next month’s list. And then there was a delightful newer film Vicious Fun. Of course, that kind of film is clearly made with people like me in mind.

June 2021 Films

  1. Bad Teacher (2011)
  2. Beetlejuice (1988)
  3. Curse of the Fly (1965)
  4. Dolores Claiborne (1995)
  5. The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982)
  6. George of the Jungle 2 (2003)
  7. The Ghost Galleon (1974)
  8. Gremlins (1984)
  9. Host (2020)
  10. Jaws (1975)
  11. Jaws 2 (1978)
  12. Killer Sofa (2019)
  13. The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
  14. Macon County Line (1974)
  15. Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)
  16. Mystery Men (1999)
  17. Night of the Seagulls (1975)
  18. The Osterman Weekend (1983)
  19. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
  20. The Psychic (1977)
  21. Return of the Blind Dead (1973)
  22. Rock’n’Roll Wolf (1976)
  23. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  24. Shock Waves (1977)
  25. Spinning Man (2018)
  26. Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972)
  27. Vicious Fun (2020)
  28. White Fang (1973)
  29. Wizards (1977)

See you next month!

Recent Additions: September 2021

Psychotronic Review

All and all, it was a weak month for films. But there were some highlights. Get Out, of course, is a wonderful film. I haven’t seen anything else from Jordan Peele but I’m looking forward to seeing more.

Martyrs Lane is just a fantastic film that I loved when I saw it and has only gotten better as I look back on it. The Tenant is a really slow film but it builds well and really leaves an impact. Zombi 3 is a fairly typical Fulci film, but of course, that’s great.

The Spirits of Jupiter and Spookies are the kinds of films this site is all about. They are both weird and brilliant. Find them both!

June 2021 Films

  1. Biohazard (1985)
  2. Cellar Dweller (1987)
  3. Cool World (1992)
  4. Creepshow 2 (1987)
  5. The Dunwich Horror (1970)
  6. Extra Terrestrial Visitors (1983)
  7. Get Out (2017)
  8. Hackers (1995)
  9. I See You (2019)
  10. A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971)
  11. Love and Monsters (2020)
  12. Martyrs Lane (2021)
  13. Popcorn (1991)
  14. Primeval (2007)
  15. Saturday the 14th (1981)
  16. The Spirits of Jupiter (1984)
  17. Spookies (1986)
  18. The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh (1971)
  19. Superhost (2021)
  20. The Tenant (1976)
  21. Tomb of the Pistolero (1964)
  22. WarGames (1983)
  23. Zombi 3 (1988)

See you next month!

Recent Additions: July 2021

Psychotronic Review

Maybe I’m getting pickier but there weren’t as many outstanding films this month. But the ones there made up for it.

The Babadook is an exceptional haunted house film with a very interesting evil character. I do wish the film didn’t have such a clear theme. But I just force myself not to think about it.

Demonic Toys is one of those great Full Moon kind of films. It’s just a whole lot of fun. Although the plot is awfully complicated. But that kid is just so creepy. How do you not love this?

Four of the Apocalypse may well be my favorite Lucio Fulci film. It’s certainly my favorite of his westerns — and possibly my favorite western ever. If you like McCabe & Mrs Miller, you should like this.

Godzilla vs Hedorah is one of the best Godzilla films. It’s just visually more interesting than they usually are. But note that I’m not a huge Godzilla fan.

Tammy and the T-Rex is a wonderfully silly and sweet film. It could so easily have missed the mark but it’s perfect and loads of fun. It’s the kind of film that Fred Olen Ray would have ruined.

Andrea told me An Unquiet Grave (only available on Shudder) was terrible so maybe my expectations were low. I kept watching it wondering when it would get bad. Instead, it just got better and better. It’s a wonderful film!

If you’ve ever wondered what a Nicolas Cage film would be like if he never spoke, you must watch Willy’s Wonderland. It’s a wonderful, funny, gory romp. The first half is particularly good.

Yor, the Hunter from the Future is a very creative film that pretends to be sword and sandals but is a lot more. It features some great practical effect.

June 2021 Films

  1. Assignment: Terror (1970)
  2. The Babadook (2014)
  3. Contraband (1980)
  4. The Dead Want Women (2012)
  5. Demonic Toys (1992)
  6. Devil’s Express (1976)
  7. Evil Bong (2006)
  8. Four of the Apocalypse (1975)
  9. Gilda (1946)
  10. Godzilla vs Hedorah (1971)
  11. Hang ’em High (1968)
  12. Hobgoblins (1988)
  13. John Wick (2014)
  14. John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
  15. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)
  16. The Last Unicorn (1982)
  17. Massacre Time (1966)
  18. Munster, Go Home! (1966)
  19. The Private Eyes (1980)
  20. Raising Arizona (1987)
  21. Shrunken Heads (1994)
  22. Signs (2002)
  23. Tammy and the T-Rex (1994)
  24. An Unquiet Grave (2020)
  25. Vice Academy (1989)
  26. Willy’s Wonderland (2021)
  27. Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983)

See you next month!

Recent Additions: June 2021

Psychotronic Review

You know how this goes. All the links go to the capsule review. The ones in bold typeface are what I consider must-see for psychotronic fans. I see that Dirty Harry is not bold. It’s just that the film hasn’t aged well. In fact, it’s hard to see what the fuss was about other than people reacting to what was (falsely) seen as an overly kind criminal justice system.

The real stand-out here is the George Romero film The Amusement Park. It’s shocking that he managed to get money for it. Amazing film with is kind of a documentary and kind of a horror film — but also not either.

June 2021 Films

  1. Aenigma (1988)
  2. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
  3. The Amusement Park (1973)
  4. Beaks: The Movie (1987)
  5. Beyond Re-Animator (2003)
  6. Black Roses (1988)
  7. Black Sunday (1960)
  8. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1973)
  9. Burn, Witch, Burn! (1962)
  10. Circus of Horrors (1960)
  11. Conquest (1983)
  12. Count Dracula (1970)
  13. Dead of Night (1977)
  14. Demonia (1990)
  15. Dirty Harry (1971)
  16. Dr Terror’s House of Horrors (1965)
  17. Evilspeak (1981)
  18. Eye of the Needle (1981)
  19. A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012)
  20. Frankenstein 1970 (1958)
  21. Ghosthouse (1988)
  22. The Gorgon (1964)
  23. High Plains Drifter (1973)
  24. Housebound (2014)
  25. Lifeforce (1985)
  26. Lust in the Dust (1985)
  27. Manhattan Baby (1982)
  28. The Manster (1959)
  29. My Favorite Year (1982)
  30. Nightfall (1988)
  31. Pale Rider (1985)
  32. Pieces (1982)
  33. Piranhaconda (2012)
  34. The Playgirls and the Vampire (1960)
  35. Puzzle (1974)
  36. The Return of Swamp Thing (1989)
  37. Shane (1953)
  38. Silver Saddle (1978)
  39. Slaughter High (1986)
  40. The Sting (1973)
  41. Toxic Zombies (1980)
  42. The Woman in the Window (2021)
  43. Zombie Nightmare (1987)

See you next month!

Recent Additions: May 2021

Psychotronic Review

Somehow, the Oblivion films got placed in two different months. So let me be clear just how much I like them. Sam Irvin is one of those great directors who’s quietly built up quite the collection of films. These two films were made back-to-back in Romania — something Full Moon did a lot but rarely with this much success. You should see them!

Carnival of Souls is a classic. Everyone who loves horror should see it. But I do understand that it’s my kind of film. I prefer films that don’t bother to explain themselves because the explanations usually just trivialize things. This one might be even better if it didn’t feature the final reveal, even though it is very cool.

I featured two Russ Meyer films this month. I don’t think he gets enough credit. Everyone thinks of him as a sex filmmaker. But despite some notable exceptions, I think he is primarily a comedic filmmaker. He’s also very talented as a visual storyteller — a lot more talented than some “great” filmmakers I could mention.

And then we have Bride of Re-Animator. Watching it made me think that Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive was kind of a rip-off. Clearly, Bride is not as good as the original, but it’s still a damned fine film. Brian Yuzna is really good. I’ve been meaning to watch his Dentist films.

As usual, the films in bold are ones I think all genre fans should watch. Click on the links to go to the capsule reviews. Otherwise, I take no blame for you sitting through Blackenstein.

May 2021 Films

  1. American Mary (2012)
  2. Black Magic (1949)
  3. Blackenstein (1973)
  4. Bride of Re-Animator (1990)
  5. Carnival of Souls (1962)
  6. ClownTown (2016)
  7. Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)
  8. Cujo (1983)
  9. Def by Temptation (1990)
  10. Eat My Dust! (1976)
  11. Eve and the Handyman (1961)
  12. The Fifth Element (1997)
  13. Firecracker (1981)
  14. Forbidden World (1982)
  15. The Funeral Home (2020)
  16. Goin’ South (1978)
  17. The Happening (2008)
  18. Hidalgo (2004)
  19. The Immoral Mr Teas (1959)
  20. Knightriders (1981)
  21. The Machine (2013)
  22. Motorama (1991)
  23. Oblivion 2: Backlash (1996)
  24. The Ruins (2008)
  25. Swordfish (2001)
  26. Time Lapse (2014)
  27. Trancers (1984)
  28. Trancers II (1991)
  29. Trouble in Mind (1985)
  30. Zombieland (2009)
  31. Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

See you next month!

Recent Additions: April 2021

Psychotronic Review

We managed to write 45 capsule reviews last month. That involved watching all of the Mad Max films. I was pleased to see that only Beyond Thunderdome didn’t hold up. And I doubt seriously it was any better at the time of its release. It really comes off as a parody of the other films.

As usual, in the list below, the films in bold are particularly good and worth seeking out. There’s still a lot of worthy stuff outside of that, but there are too many films and not enough time…

March 2021 Films

  1. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
  2. Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
  3. A Bay of Blood (1971)
  4. Born to Win (1971)
  5. Boys from County Hell (2020)
  6. Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
  7. Color Me Dead (1969)
  8. Crash (1996)
  9. Crash and Burn (1990)
  10. Cyberzone (1995)
  11. The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
  12. Dinosaur Island (2014)
  13. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
  14. DOA (1950)
  15. DOA (1988)
  16. Drag Me to Hell (2009)
  17. Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
  18. The Fog (1980)
  19. Galaxy of Terror (1981)
  20. The Howling (1981)
  21. Hancock (2008)
  22. The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
  23. The Haunting of Julia (1977)
  24. Haunting of the Mary Celeste (2020)
  25. House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
  26. Kiss of the Damned (2012)
  27. Leprechaun (1993)
  28. Mad Max (1979)
  29. Mad Max 2 (1981)
  30. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
  31. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
  32. The Mighty Ducks (1992)
  33. Mother’s Day (1980)
  34. Necessary Roughness (1991)
  35. Night of the Lepus (1972)
  36. Ouija Blood Ritual (2020)
  37. Piranha (1978)
  38. Ratched (2020)
  39. Robot Wars (1993)
  40. Saturn 3 (1980)
  41. Shanghai Noon (2000)
  42. So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)
  43. Starcrash (1978)
  44. The Stepfather (1987)
  45. Thunder Force (2021)

See you next month!

Recent Additions: March 2021

Psychotronic Review

This month I reached back to some classics. And some of them did not hold up as well as I had hoped. In Particular, The Matrix films don’t aren’t that great — especially the sequels. I remember trying so hard to love The Matrix Reloaded, but ultimately, it wasted its budget.

In the list below, the films in bold are the ones that I think are worth seeking out. All of them have their appeal, however. Check out the links for more thoughts and details on each.

March 2021 Films

  1. And the Devil Makes Three (2016)
  2. Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader (2012)
  3. The Burning (1981)
  4. Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981)
  5. Call Girl of Cthulhu (2014)
  6. Captain Ron (1992)
  7. The Dark and the Wicked (2020)
  8. Death Proof (2007)
  9. The Devils (1971)
  10. Edge of the Axe (1988)
  11. The Fast and the Furious (2001)
  12. A Fistful of Dynamite (1971)
  13. Flawless (2007)
  14. From Hell (2001)
  15. Game of Death (2017)
  16. I Care a Lot (2020)
  17. The Irishman (2019)
  18. It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)
  19. The January Man (1989)
  20. Koko-di Koko-da (2019)
  21. Krull (1983)
  22. Land of the Dead (2005)
  23. The Last Samurai (2003)
  24. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)
  25. The Matrix (1999)
  26. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
  27. The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
  28. Mermaids of Tiburon (1962)
  29. Murdercycle (1999)
  30. Oblivion (1994)
  31. The Omen (1976)
  32. Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
  33. Outcast (2010)
  34. The Ring (2002)
  35. RoboCop (1987)
  36. RoboCop 2 (1990)
  37. RoboCop 3 (1993)
  38. Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity (1987)
  39. Slaxx (2020)
  40. Stay Out of the F**king Attic (2021)
  41. Stolen (2012)
  42. The Terminator (1984)
  43. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  44. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
  45. Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

See you next month!

Recent Additions: February 2021

Psychotronic Review

I’m changing this post again. Every film that I think is really worth checking out is listed in bold. This is no kind of objective measure. These are just my opinions. All the films listed are worthy in their ways.

What’s more, some films are likely to annoy a lot of people. For example, Andrea absolutely hated Blood Beat, but I thought it was a work of genius. Just because it didn’t make much sense does not mean it isn’t good.

So this month we have 17 particularly interesting films out of 55. Enjoy!

February 2021 Films

  1. Ace High (1968)
  2. Attack Of The Giant Leeches (1959)
  3. Audrey Rose (1977)
  4. The Aztec Mummy (1957)
  5. Blood Beat (1983)
  6. Boot Hill (1969)
  7. CarousHELL (2016)
  8. Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)
  9. Chariots of the Gods (1970)
  10. The Curse of the Aztec Mummy (1957)
  11. Demons (1985)
  12. Devil Girl from Mars (1954)
  13. Devil’s Trail (2017)
  14. Eat Locals (2017)
  15. The Exorcist III (1990)
  16. The Ghost Writer (2010)
  17. The Girl in the Crawlspace (2018)
  18. God Forgives… I Don’t! (1967)
  19. Gorgo (1961)
  20. The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008)
  21. Ice Cream Man (1995)
  22. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
  23. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
  24. King Dinosaur (1955)
  25. King Kong (1976)
  26. Little Monsters (2019)
  27. The Lords of Salem (2012)
  28. Love at First Bite (1979)
  29. May (2002)
  30. Mesa of Lost Women (1953)
  31. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  32. The Monster Club (1981)
  33. Monster From a Prehistoric Planet (1967)
  34. Mother Krampus (2017)
  35. Murder Party (2007)
  36. Mute (2018)
  37. My Alien Girlfriend (2019)
  38. The Ninth Configuration (1980)
  39. One-Armed Swordsman (1967)
  40. Open 24 Hours (2018)
  41. Prince of Space (1959)
  42. Princess of Thieves (2001)
  43. Ravenous (1999)
  44. Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
  45. The Robot vs the Aztec Mummy (1958)
  46. The Saint (1997)
  47. SOS: Save Our Skins (2014)
  48. Scarecrow County (2019)
  49. Spaceballs (1987)
  50. Teenage Zombies (1959)
  51. Two Sentence Horror Stories (2019-2021)
  52. The Viking War (2019)
  53. Violent Saturday (1955)
  54. The Woman (2011)
  55. Zorro, The Gay Blade (1981)

See you next month!

Recent Additions: January 2021

Psychotronic Review

Welcome to another month in review!

I’ve decided to do something different now. I’m not going to write about every film we’ve added to the Shorts Takes section of the website. There are two reasons for this.

First, I’m simply watching too many films. I meet online almost every day to watch a film with Andrea. So there are just too many of them.

Second, I’ve now added anchor links to all the films I add. So instead of these links being to Amazon, they are directly to the reviews.

As an added feature, I am typesetting the films in bold that I think are particularly good. Enjoy!

January 2021 Films

  1. The Awakening (2011)
  2. The Baby (1973) — Andrea likes this film more than I do
  3. Beyond the Door (1974) — This is the film Andrea refers to as “the Campbell’s split pea soup movie”
  4. Bikini Frankenstein (2010) — softcore porn
  5. Clue (1985) — big-budget lots of stars
  6. The Convent (2018)
  7. The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
  8. The Count of Monte Cristo (1975)
  9. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
  10. Dinosaur Island (1994)
  11. Doctor X (1932)
  12. Don’t Go in the Woods (2010)
  13. Fingers (2019)
  14. Frankenstein (2007) — a very interesting modernization
  15. The Ghost Adventurers (2019) — surprisingly good micro-budget
  16. Ginger Snaps (2000) — the first of a franchise and better than most werewolf films
  17. Hacker (2016)
  18. The Hills Have Eyes (1977) — this is not at all Craven’s best but it’s still a classic that everyone should see
  19. The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1985)
  20. Hotel Noir (2012)
  21. The House of the Devil (2009)
  22. It Came from the Desert (2017)
  23. LA Confidential (1997) — big budget with stars and also great
  24. The Loved Ones (2009) — I don’t normally like torture porn but this is a wonderful film
  25. Lovely Molly (2012)
  26. Mania (1960) — strong film but not essential
  27. Maniac Cop (1988) — a lot of fun
  28. Maniac Cop 2 (1990) — you don’t need to see the first one
  29. Me and My Mates vs the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)
  30. Night of the Living Deb (2015)
  31. The Night Watchmen (2017) — one of the best zombie comedies
  32. The Oily Maniac (1976) — this would be a classic if it weren’t for the misogyny
  33. The Perfect Host (2010) — a great one with a weak ending
  34. The Phantom Empire (1988) — one of my favorite Fred Olen Ray films made with almost nothing
  35. Phenomena (1985) — fabulous film
  36. Pooka! (2018) — part of Into the Dark series
  37. Rat Fink (1965) — shockingly good all but forgotten film
  38. Rawhead Rex (1986) — lots of creativity in this one
  39. The Ritual (2017) — this is a very good film from one of my favorite younger directors
  40. Santa Jaws (2018) — this is good but not as fun as you’d think
  41. Scare Package (2019) — lots of fun for horror fans
  42. Sharknado (2013) — when the sharks are flying this is awesome but too much of it is boring Movie of the Week drama
  43. Shock (1946)
  44. Sleepaway Camp (1983) — lots of fun
  45. The Soul Collector (2019) — most of this film is exceptional with a wonderful primary relationship
  46. ThanksKilling (2009) — another funny “killer puppet” film
  47. Twilight Vamps (2010) — softcore porn
  48. Twins of Evil (1971) — part of the “sexy vampire” films of the late-60s and early-70s
  49. Unlisted Owner (2017) — good found-footage film
  50. The VelociPastor (2018)
  51. Zorro (1975) — my favorite Zorro

See you next month!

Psychotronic Films We Watch in December 2020

Psychotronic Review

I’ve been watching a lot more films these days thanks to the invention of Watch2gether, which allows me to watch films with my friends. In particular, I’ve been watching a lot of stuff from Shudder with my friend Andrea.

As a result, I’m usually watching two films every day. It doesn’t show up here because I also re-watch stuff that I’ve already posted on Short Takes.

We just posted our 600th capsule review, which was #2 on the list below. At the rate I’m going, we should top a thousand by the end of the year. We’re still a long way off from beating Michael Weldon’s 7,000+. But our capsule reviews are longer with way more details. And now we are posting lots of newer stuff. Not that it’s a competition…

December 2020 Films

  1. America’s Most Haunted (2013)
  2. Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold (1995)
  3. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
  4. Child’s Play (1988)
  5. The Cleansing Hour (2019)
  6. Creepozoids (1987)
  7. Crocodile (2000)
  8. Dead End (2003)
  9. The Evil Eye (1963)
  10. The Final Girls (2015)
  11. Ghost Writer (1989)
  12. Head (2015)
  13. Hell House LLC (2015)
  14. Hellboy (2004)
  15. Inhumanwich! (2016)
  16. Kill, Baby… Kill! (1966)
  17. Killer Fish (1979)
  18. Macabre (1980)
  19. Mausoleum (1983)
  20. Midnight Movie (2008)
  21. Monster a Go-Go (1965)
  22. Moonshine Mountain (1964)
  23. Nekromantik 2 (1991)
  24. Nightbreed (1990)
  25. The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971)
  26. Night of the Demons (1988)
  27. Night of the Demons (2009)
  28. The Nightshifter (2018)
  29. Salem’s Lot (1979)
  30. Scare Me (2020)
  31. The Skull (1965)
  32. The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)
  33. Sneakers (1992)
  34. Suburban Gothic (2014)
  35. Twice-Told Tales (1963)
  36. Vampire Circus (1972)
  37. We Go On (2016)
  38. Witchboard (1986)
  39. Zombeavers (2014)

America’s Most Haunted (2013)

I’ve seen any number of “fake ghost show comes upon real ghost” films. This one is pretty watchable. It does have a bit of a twist ending plus it features James Karen who is always fun to see.

Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold (1995)

I’m a fan of Fred Olen Ray. And this film features much of what has made him an icon in the low-budget film world. There are lots of fun film references. But the plot is clunky and few jokes land.

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

This film is pure cake. It’s just a fun ride with a lot of cool effects. It shows that Carpenter can do just about anything. I bought the SHOUT! Factory Blu-ray for a dollar at a junk store. Otherwise, I never cared much about owning it. But there have got to be super-fans out there because this is a wonderful film!

Child’s Play (1988)

I avoided watching this film for decades because I figured it was a comedy. It’s not. It’s more like a filmmaker challenge, “Make a scary film with the most ridiculous villain possible.” And they succeed remarkably. Killer Piñata is better, but it’s still really good!

The Cleansing Hour (2019)

This is probably the best of the “fake ghost show comes upon real ghost” films. The acting, design, and effects are all great. I do think the ending takes too long, but this is true of most films these days.

Creepozoids (1987)

This is a very effective and efficient Alien-style monster movie. There are lots of David DeCoteau films I like more but you can see why this one is so often mentioned as one of his best.

Crocodile (2000)

Never mentioned as one of Tobe Hooper’s best, Crocodile is a lot better than most films like this. The best thing about it is that the first act is short because nothing makes he fear for the future like the young people in teen horror films. But this one gets going fast and pushes constantly to the end.

Dead End (2003)

This film would have worked well as an episode of The Twilight Zone. It features a somewhat clear idea rendered simply (but effectively) with excellent acting. Few will be surprised by the denouement, but the ride is well worth it.

The Evil Eye (1963)

This is a beautifully shot film by Mario Bava that was hugely influential. It’s funny that they cast an Italian woman to play an American and an American man to play an Italian. But it all works well with radical shifts in tone.

The Final Girls (2015)

This is another of the “killer film” films. It works as a parody of the slasher genre, but it’s actually a lot more than that. And the teens are far less annoying than usual. It features lots of gore but isn’t especially scary. I really liked it.

Ghost Writer (1989)

Maybe I’m watching too much horror, but I just loved this film. It’s very funny but also sweet. It’s hard not to conclude that Kenneth J Hall actually likes women. It makes Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold look bad by comparison.

Head (2015)

This is a fairly serious slasher film made entirely with puppets. I’m still debating the ending with my friends.

Hell House LLC (2015)

Another “fake ghost show comes upon real ghost” film — in this case, people who put on haunted houses for Halloween. It’s a found-footage film and works quite well. I could have done without the ending, but that’s seems to be my thing.

Hellboy (2004)

Hellboy is a good film, but the opening sequence without the title character works a lot better for me. Now that we proved Guillermo del Toro can even make a good superhero film, can we move on. Sadly not.

Inhumanwich! (2016)

A funny parody of Monster a Go-Go. There is a lot of content like this made for people like me. Given I find so few of these people out in the world, I have concluded that 90% of all psychotronic fans make movies. That’s great, but anyone going after this demographic is bound to lose money!

Kill, Baby… Kill! (1966)

Another great film from Mario Bava. It’s mostly atmosphere. The plot doesn’t matter all that much. As I get older, I prefer these kinds of films, which is why I’m so fond of the Italians of these decades.

Killer Fish (1979)

This Karen Black heist film works well enough. I think Barracuda from the same time is way better.

Macabre (1980)

Mario Bava’s son has much of his father’s talent. This is a supremely twisted story. Nothing will surprise you but it’s still a lot of fun!

Mausoleum (1983)

This film mostly just rambles without much atmosphere. It does feature some rather good murders and you get to look at Bobbie Bresee naked. But you are much better off watching Evil Spawn.

Midnight Movie (2008)

A rather good “killer film” film. I think a sequel to it might have been even better. Once the characters are inside the film, the world is much more interesting. And it’s horrifying to think of those left inside it.

Monster a Go-Go (1965)

I remembered hating this film. On re-watching it, I can confidently say that I was right. Go ahead and read my article, The Curious Creation of Monster a Go-Go. But the film itself is a slog.

Moonshine Mountain (1964)

Herschell Gordon Lewis really did have his own style. This film is actually pretty fun and it unfolds a bit differently that you think when it starts.

Nekromantik 2 (1991)

A funny but deeply disturbing romanance between a woman and the guy she likes hanging out with and the corpse she likes fucking.

Nightbreed (1990)

This is a typical kind of Clive Barker film where the plot doesn’t matter all that much. There is a decent plot that you can follow. But that’s not why you should watch it. It has lots of interesting moments.

The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971)

I’m really torn on this film. Most of it is really good. And the ending is so trite and that really destroys the rest of the film. So maybe turn it off when you get to the reading of the will?

Night of the Demons (1988)

Linnea Quigley gets naked with some lipstick. Other than that, the film is okay — better than most teen horror films.

Night of the Demons (2009)

Linnea Quigley only gets a cameo here. And the teens are far more annoying than in the original. It has a lot of atmosphere and is directed in the flashy style. I’m sure a lot of people like it.

The Nightshifter (2018)

This is one of the best films I’ve seen recently. It’s Brazilian and in Portuguese. Even before the plot really gets going, the film grabs your attention with the conversations between the morgue worker and the corpses.

Salem’s Lot (1979)

I suspect the reason Stephen King so often hates the films that are made of his novels is that they don’t capture the combination of small town life and impending doom. Hooper and company do this beautifully here. This is a good film to share with people who aren’t horror fanatics but are okay with the genre.

Scare Me (2020)

This is a very well-written play made very stylishly into a film. I loved the first half but lost my way toward the end. Well worth seeking out.

The Skull (1965)

Amicus goes for style and atmosphere here but I really think the Italians do it better. Still, a pretty interesting film.

The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

A feminist slasher film?! That’s right. But the fact that this film has something to say doesn’t make it any less fun. In fact, having well-developed women characters actually makes it better.

Sneakers (1992)

This is a heist film with an all-star cast. It’s fun but these days I have a hard time getting past the fact that the plot makes no sense. Also: I’m still not sure what motivates the bad guy — because I kind of want him to win. More and more I think this film is actually slapping down leftists by liberals: the way to change the world isn’t upsetting the system but by giving to Greenpeace. Okay. But awfully safe and boring.

Suburban Gothic (2014)

Another film about a young man who comes home only to find that some wickedness has taken over. In this case, there’s a major reversal. Also: this is a very funny film.

Twice-Told Tales (1963)

This is a pretty romantic horror trilogy. It was doubtless a good date movie at the time of its release. It’s a well-made film and a pleasant watch.

Vampire Circus (1972)

Done well, there is no way a circus-themed horror film can miss with me. I like the bright colors and acts. This film certainly has its problems with pacing but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

We Go On (2016)

This is an excellent take on the haunted person genre. It has very impressive moments but is worth a watch even without them.

Witchboard (1986)

We seem to be flooded with Ouija board films these days. This is an earlier one that is quite good. Some of the deaths are kind of obvious though.

Zombeavers (2014)

This is a well-made zombie film but with the usual assortment of really annoying teens. Everyone dies, which kinda shows that beavers are good for the ecosystem.

See you next month!