|Halloween Movie Night 2011 (10.29.11 - 10.30.11, 4 movies)|
|10.29.11||The Black Cat||Edgar G. Ulmer||Our first movie for a horror themed Halloween Movie Night!|
The Black Cat is a seriously overlooked "horror" classic with great performances from Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff (billed as simply Karloff here) at the top of their respective games.
Lugosi's accent works to his advantage as he plays a Hungarian returning to his home after a long imprisonment during and after World War I, seeking revenge against the man who stole his wife and daughter from him.
A mystery writer and his wife get caught up in the fray and become unwitting pawns in the cat and mouse game between Lugosi and Karloff.
This movie looks gorgeous in black and white, with some really strong contrasts and a beautiful Bauhaus/modern set.
Well worth a watch, especially if you're a fan of the classic Universal Horror series. It should also be noted that this is the first on-screen pairing of Lugosi and Karloff.
|10.29.11||Attack the Block||Joe Cornish||This was a rewatch for most of us, but the first time for my kids who not only loved it, but had no problems understanding the thick accents and slang that crippled this movie's release in the U.S. Criminal, since it deserved a wider, better supported release than it got.|
We were supposed to watch the BluRay, but due to an ordering/shipping snafu, we had to resort to renting the DVD from RedBox as a day-of replacement. It still looked great.
Second movie of our Halloween Movie Night.
|10.29.11||The Last Circus||Álex de la Iglesia||Due to time constraints, we skipped Human Centipede in favor of Iglesia's Balada triste de trompeta, aka The Last Circus, for our third film in our Halloween Movie Night.|
This movie isn't a typical "horror" film (none of our Halloween Movie Night movies this year were classic horrors); it's more about the horrors of a fascist society, as it's set during the Marco years in Spain.
I can't begin to describe all the craziness takes place, other than to say it involves some seriously deranged clowns and veers off in directions you don't expect.
I'd love to do a double-feature of this and Santa Sangre.
|10.30.11||Maniac Cop||William Lustig||With a cast consisting of Tom Atkins, Robert Z'Dar and Bruce Campbell, how can you go wrong? This is a great late '80s movie from William Lustig with a story written by Larry Cohen.|
Our last movie for Halloween Movie Night and a blast! I'm a big fan of Lustig, so it's no surprise that I like this movie.