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11. Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (FTV)

Acting troupe, led by a manipulative and cruel director, raise the dead on an island graveyard for kicks, then realize they're in way over their heads.

Low budget with stilted and windy dialog, saddled with a pompous and unlikeable lead character, SCPWDT is problematic, but it has its odd charms. Released to grindhouses and drive-in theaters in 1972 as a knock-off of "Night of the Living Dead", the film was an early directorial effort by Bob Clark, who went on to direct "Porky's", "A Christmas Story", and "Black Christmas". The obnoxious lead is played with hammy glee by Alan Ormsby, who was also did the special effects and makeup, and went on to invent the "Hugo, Man of 1000 Faces" toy. You'll either love him or hate him, maybe both at the same time--after all, he's the real bad guy in this movie.

The movie has a weird jokey tone, and while some of the jokes land, it seems that this humor would have been dated and odd even in 1972, as if someone had read a "How To Be Funny" book before writing the script, relying on odd wordplay and wiggling eyebrows rather than organic chuckles that are true to the characters. The middle third sags heavily, as they spend a lot of time talking and take their time getting to the zombies, which I suspect was purely budgetary (this whole film was reportedly made for around $50k). Most viewers in the grindhouses and drive-ins probably tuned out at this point for other, ahem, pursuits. But the film really comes back to life when the zombies start rising out of their graves, and the mayhem begins. Watch the first 30 minutes, then skip ahead to the last 30, and you have yourself a nice little zombie flick.

3 out of 5 stars.

Bob's October 2020 Horror Movie List
*FTV denotes first-time viewings
1. Viy (1967) 4/5 (FTV)
2. Night Visitor 3/5 (FTV)
3. Tigers Are Not Afraid 5/5 (FTV)
4. I Trapped the Devil 4/5 (FTV)
5. Vivarium 3/5 (FTV)
6. The Kiss of the Vampire 3/5 (FTV)
7. The Invisible Man (2020) 4/5 (FTV)
8. Horrors of Malformed Men 3/5 (FTV)
9. Come to Daddy 3/5 (FTV)
10. Dead Alive 4/5
11. Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things 3/5 (FTV)









 

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Watched Rob Zombie’s Halloween today. It’s been 12 years since my last watch, as I wasn’t a fan of the film. I loved his first 2 efforts, so I had high expectations going in, which may have spoiled my initial watch. I was curious if I would have the same disdain this go around, and surprisingly, I enjoyed it from beginning to end! Sure, there are elements I still didn’t care for, but overall, it’s a fine picture and a worthy take on the Halloween premise. The audio on the Blu-ray was fantastic. I had the TrueHD track up-mixed with DSU, and the 4 Atmos channels were alive in the end with the roof smashing. Excellent!
 

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🎃 🎸 🎃 🎸Rob Zombie's Spookshow International is a pinball machine from March 2016, manufactured by Spooky Pinball LLC. 🎃 🎸 🎃 🎸



 

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Watched Rob Zombie’s Halloween today. It’s been 12 years since my last watch, as I wasn’t a fan of the film. I loved his first 2 efforts, so I had high expectations going in, which may have spoiled my initial watch. I was curious if I would have the same disdain this go around, and surprisingly, I enjoyed it from beginning to end! Sure, there are elements I still didn’t care for, but overall, it’s a fine picture and a worthy take on the Halloween premise. The audio on the Blu-ray was fantastic. I had the TrueHD track up-mixed with DSU, and the 4 Atmos channels were alive in the end with the roof smashing. Excellent!
Took you long enough to come around ;) The blu-ray is indeed reference quality.
 

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Anyone seen What Keeps you Alive?

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fear dot Com
(2002)
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A New York City detective investigates mysterious deaths occurring 48 hours after users log onto a site named feardotcom.
Director:William Malone
Writers:Moshe Diamant (story), Josephine Coyle
Stars:Stephen Dorff, Natascha McElhone, Stephen Rea, Amelia Curtis , Jeffrey Combs

A New York City detective investigates mysterious deaths occurring 48 hours after users log onto a site named feardotcom.

Fear Dot Com is hugely promising, due to great interaction with characters and very dark-toned, terrifying imagery. The cinematography for Fear Dot Com contains one of the darkest looks that has been seen for quite awhile. Even daytime sequences have a moody overtone that give off the feeling of a different world. Everything is very dark, and very blue. This adds to the surreal, sinister, melancholy atmosphere of the film.
Sort of a cross between Seven and The Ring, along with a dash of the soon to be popular 'torture porn' sub-genre, Fear Dot Com has a reputation as a really bad movie, which may be one reason why it's taken me until now to watch it, but within just a couple of minutes the movie didn't seem that bad at all and I was onboard. The storytelling is incredibly chaotic, and yet I quite enjoyed Fear Dot Com. Maybe some of that was due to me expecting the worst, but its surreal and dark atmosphere gripped me.

The flick dealt some heavy freak out moments done with some fine dramatic no-holds-bared acting. A stand out moment from actress Amelia Curtis as (Denise) as she descended into total and utter madness as she looses her mind in epic fashion. This scene is worth the price of admission. Some very good macabre stuff in this film. Fear Dot Com makes you think, after the first time you've seen it, that you've seen a considerably more brutal film than you actually have, and director Malone, deserves credit for going down this trippy path and executing his craft rather brilliantly .
With great sound, lighting and camera work that opens a door way to the surreal . Some very sick and disturbing images . Strong dramatic acting from Dorff and the lovely Natascha McElhoneand (Solaris 2002). Add for the horror buff Jeffrey Combs puts in one of his always fun appearances. Fear Dot Com poor reputation isn't to me really deserved. It was a psychedelically dark and intense film. I found it to be freakishly entertaining. 8/10

Yes I actually typed in my browser http://feardotcom.com/ Click if you dare.....

Natascha McElhone in Feardotcom (2002)

🎃 October 31 days of Halloween viewing 🎃
1. Becky (2020) F.T.V. 9/10
2. Cat People (1982) F.T.V. 8/10
3. The Lodge (2019) F.T.V 9/10
4. Gretel & Hansel (2020) F.T.V. 7/10
5.Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity (1987) 9/10
6. Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (1989) 8/10
7. The City of the Dead (1960) 8.5/10
8. The Grudge (2020) F.T.V. 6/10
9. Phase IV (1974) F.T.V. 8/10
10. The Hunt (2020) F.T.V. 9/10
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The Blood on Satans Claw (1971) F.T.V 8/10
12. The Entity (1981) F.T.V. 9/10
13. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) 8/10

14. fear dot Com (2002) F.T.V. 8/10
 

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THO: "The Horned One Approves" So does this mean we're getting one of these for the OF31d clubhouse.
Tenth: What's a clubhouse :unsure: is that a kickstarter thing ?
 

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I got in two movies yesterday. First I went with Becky's "stupid orange camouflage shirt guy" Ryan McDonald to Halloween: Resurrection, where he plays "Letter Sweater Guy". I guess the clothes really do define the man.
Halloween/Resurrection is two different movies poorly stitched together. The first one is a short featuring Jamie Lee Curtis continuing the Laurie Strode storyline. When that part is over the "Resurrection" movie begins. IMHO the only reason the first part exists is to have Jamie Lee Curtis and the Halloween title on the poster. The "Resurrection" storyline is completely different other than the villain has the same look and name. This could have been (and should have been) a standalone movie without ever referencing Halloween or Michael Meyers. It seems like they found a good horror movie script and changed it just enough to slap a Halloween title on it.

I then followed Katee Sackhoff from Resurrection to Don't Knock Twice, where apparently knocking on a witch's door is a very bad idea. The family drama at home while the father figure is away on a business trip trope is a bit tired but it was interesting enough to move the story along between the more exciting parts. I could have done without the jump scares that didn't make me jump but otherwise I thought it was pretty good.

1. The Craft
↑ Breckin Meyer ↓
2. Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
↑ Robert Englund ↓
3. Lake Placid: The Final Chapter
↑ Jonas Talkington ↓
4. Lake Placid 2
↑ Cloris Leachman ↓
5. Young Frankenstein
↑ Peter Boyle ↓
6. Species II
↑ Michael Madsen ↓
7. Bloodrayne
↑ Meat Loaf ↓
8. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
↑ Patricia Quinn ↓
9. Lords of Salem
↑ Bruce Davison ↓
10. Insidious: The Last Key
↑ Joseph Bishara ↓
11. Annabelle: Creation
↑ Lulu Wilson ↓
12. Becky
↑ Ryan McDonald ↓
13. Halloween: Resurrection
↑ Katee Sackhoff ↓
14. Don't Knock Twice
 

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14. Hansel & Gretel (2013)

Viewed on AMC. Not recommended for younger/immature viewers.



15. The Scorpion King (2002)

Viewed on Freeform. Not really horror per se. But still enjoyable.



16. The Addams Family (2019) - FTV

Viewed on Blu-ray. My expectations for this were somewhat low. So I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it.

Animation was not quite Pixar quality. But very well-done for the most part. And the voice-work was all pretty much spot on. The sound quality seemed a bit off to me though. So I'll have to tinker with my settings a little to see if I can make some improvements in that.

I sometimes have issues with DTS tracks on my setup. But I'm also using alot of new audio gear as well, including a new low impedance headphone amp (from Rolls/Bellari), a new (lower-cost) DAC to convert the optical output on my TV to analog, and new Beyerdynamic DT-770 headphones. And still tryin to figure out all the best settings on my players and TV for this stuff.

Most of the audio content I use on this set up is likely heavily compressed in terms of its dynamic range as well. Whereas I believe all compression is turned off for movies on my BD player. So that may be another factor. FYI, I did notice some dramatic differences in volume between the music and dialog on this movie at times. I haven't actually watched or listened to many other Blu-rays with this setup though. So I don't have a good feel for how things are supposed to sound on it yet.
 

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I have not, asere.
I actually ended up watching it last night. I recomend it. It keeps you glued the entire time. Good thriller.

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As been mentioned here seems that some places (particularly Amazon) are adding "Horror" to the listing to get people to watch this month. Such is the case with "Intrigo Dear Agnes" featuring Gemma Chan ("Humans") which more a thriller (as also listed) and not much of anything "horror" about. It's a bit of a lightweight Hitchcock like thriller and still worth a watch but again doesn't really get going until a half hour in. You might be better off to find another legacy driven-in B-movie.

Amazon sent me a note yesterday that the German (B region) BD of "Utopia" UK season one is available (as is season two). I have the first season on a non region 2-disc BBC the BBC sold. But I also have been watching the second season which was available back in the day even on YouTube and upped the ante quite a bit. Almost seems like a roadmap for our current events. :eek:
 

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Where are the rip roarers this month? Usually there's one out there. So far my faves have been After Midnight, The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane, and Sputnik. The rest are solid thrillers but none have hit 11, for me, yet. Surely there's a Terrifier hiding out there.

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Where are the rip roarers this month? Usually there's one out there. So far my faves have been After Midnight, The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane, and Sputnik. The rest are solid thrillers but none have hit 11, for me, yet. Surely there's a Terrifier hiding out there.

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Terrifier is a good one. Was thinking about possibly revisiting it. Anyway, I've done a lot of re-watches so far, but I'd have to say that The Poughkeepsie Tapes is probably the best FTV for me so far. It's hardly a new flick, but it's worth noting that it has some seriously creepy moments.
 

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Hubie Halloween is a real blast of seasonal cheer, second only to Trick 'r Treat in atmosphere. With just a few edgy jokes and sight gags it remains suitable for the family. It also serves as another very fun reunion of characters from various Happy Madison movies. You've got some really nice set decorations, loads of great costumes, lots of classic Halloween music, and several call outs to the horror genre.

The tale centers on Hubie DuBois and Halloween night in Salem. Hubie is the neighborhood fool with a heart of gold and Halloween is his night to protect the citizens as the veil thins between our world and the other side. Throw a dart at the Wheel of Tropes and it's probably here but it's all good. Super fun times.


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