31 Days Of Halloween:The Final Descent

Here is the last segment of my very own 31 Days Of Halloween viewing(during the month of October)…

* BEAKS:THE MOVIE: Mexican genre filmmaker Rene Cardona Jr.’s entertaining and splattery BIRDS rip-off/knock-off about a day when every species of birds imaginable decide to attack the world and peck everyone they come into contact with to bloody pieces,with the only big names here being Michelle Johnson(who is really terrible here)and Christopher Atkins(showing he’s got more acting skills than his co-star).

* DEAD MEN WALK: fun 40s vampire film with George Zucco in dual roles as two twins,with one of them being a bloodthristy vampire(with Dwight Frye as his caretaker[in his final film role]).

* SEANCE: a silly Straight-To-DVD tale about a dorm room of students who accidently invoke the murderous spirit of an evil janitor(Adrian Paul of HIGHLANDER:THE TV SERIES)and are terrorized by him till they try their best to send him back to his ghostly netherworld. Other than Paul,the only two recognizable faces here are Tori White(CANDY STRIPERS,the late 00s hospital horror film)and A.J. Lamas(Lorenzo’s son,who plays an Ashton Kutcher-type dopey character[which I’m sure made papa Lorenzo “proud”]).

* PSYCHO WARD and WRESTLEMANIAC: both are short,stupid,and brainless slasher films,with one about a masked psycho brutally killing an amateur reality TV crew(and slaying them on his torture table),and the other about a masked psycho ex-Luchadore killing off a crew of amateur gonzo pron filmmakers(and tearing off their faces). Both have grim and downbeat finale,are very gory,and aren’t worth watching.

* COLD STORAGE: super mediocre tale about a young gal and her friend looking for her missing sister,who was killed in a car accident but has her corpse abducted by a psychotic backwoods hermit in a backwoods town. Not much happens(other than an extremely gory fate for the loony hermit).

* SPECTRE: Gene Roddenberry’s legendary TV movie that was intended to be a Tv series(but never became one),as Robert Culp and Gig Young(whose character is somewhat a elderly-but-horny ladies man)teaming up to fight the supernatural forces of evil when they visit and English manor where a satanic cult and a lizard man-looking demon make their home at. As vastly entertaining as every 70s Tv horror film.

* GHOSTHOUSE: Umberto Lenzi’s slow but splattery and enjoyable 1988 ghost tale about several folks stuck at the decaying home of the ghost of a little girl and her demonic clown doll,with gory fates awaiting for them.

* HORROR OF THE BLOOD MONSTERS(a.k.a.:VAMPIRES OF THE LOST PLANET): I certainly couldn’t complete my Halloween 2011 list without a film with John Carradine and Al Adamson,with Carradine leading a rocketship crew to a lone planet where its inhabitant live in a post-apocalyptic life(which is composed of footage from an unreleaseable Filipino prehistoric film). Lots of grand ole cheesy fun !!

* MR. WRONG: a slow moving,slow going,and boring 1985 New Zealand horror film about a pudgy lady who buys a car and soon learns that it was the sight of a murder,with its ghostly occupant looking for vengeance(which only happens in the last five minutes). Co-producer Geoff Murphy later went on to direct YOUNG GUNS II and UNDER SIEGE 2.

* DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN: the grand finale was Al Adamson’s cinematic masterpiece of grand cheese that may have been the ALIEN VS. PREDATOR of the 70s but vastly entertains the 10 year old kid in all of us. With a cast like Lon Chaney Jr.,J. Carroll Naish,Angelo Rossitto,Russ Tamblyn,Anthony Eisley,Regina Carroll(Mrs. Adamson),John Bloom(THE INCREDIBLE TWO HEADED TRANSPLANT,THE DARK[1979]),good ole Forrest J. Ackerman,and a Dracula that looks more like Frank Zappa,you’d have to be a fool to pass this one up.

That ends my 31 Days Of Halloween viewing(for October),for it’s now back to observing and trashing the world’s current goings-on and current media events-of-the-moment(for no surprise to know that Kim Kardashian is now divorced [knowing how snoopy and intrusive her family is]).

Steven M.


About stevenmillan

I'm just a simple genre cinema fan(NOT a fanboy and NOT a geek)who widely glimpses onto the latest in cinema news,cinema events,and world news of the day events,and just to warn you(especially if you're one of those politically correct elitists,or strongly despise folks that never brownnose the genre cinema media press):I do sharply bite.
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