STEPHEN KING WEEK: Thinner (1996)

Adapting Stephen King isn't always easy. There are folks that have done it well and others that have really done a horrible job. Few folks get multiple chances, but one of them is Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child's Play, Psycho 2), who made this and The Langoliers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-b6Mb7vpwk Unlike most movies, there is not a single person that… Continue reading STEPHEN KING WEEK: Thinner (1996)

The House of Seven Corpses (1974)

Directors are notoriously horrible to the actors in their films. Witness the way Friedkin treated the cast of The Exorcist or how Hitchcock told Tippi Hedren that mechanical birds would be used in a scene in The Birds, only for real ones to be used in an incident that she described as “brutal and ugly and relentless."… Continue reading The House of Seven Corpses (1974)

Mausoleum (1983)

Susan Nomed (Playboy Bunny Bobbie Bresee, Ghoulies) was only ten-years-old when her mother died. During the funeral, she ran from her family to the mausoleum, where the fog rolls in and a demon calls out to her. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbDIm4b98Yo Now, twenty years later, she's the heiress to her family's fortune. She's also married to Oliver Farrell (Marjoe Gortner, Starcrash), who is… Continue reading Mausoleum (1983)

Dark Waters (1993)

After the death of her father, Elizabeth travels to a remote island, where a convent may hold the secret to the death of her mother. There, she finds nuns who conduct strange rituals in the catacombs beneath the building in an attempt to hold the evil there at bay. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agL2Ct6bo0I One of the first Western films to… Continue reading Dark Waters (1993)

The Exorcist (1973)

What do you write about a movie that pretty much created modern horror? Sure, you can point to Night of the Living Dead and even Carnival of Souls as starting points, but from a mainstream blockbuster perspective, this is where the rules of modern supernatural horror begin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsbc508UgIE Inspired by William Peter Blatty's 1971 novel, which itself… Continue reading The Exorcist (1973)