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"The Curse of the Werwolf" (1961) one of Hammer films best looking productions.   Oliver Reed gives a memorable performance as the young man doomed to become a monster.   The werewolf make up is the stuff of nightmares.   Terence Fisher directed this gothic fairy tale for adults filled with cruelty, sex, and blood.  I can't wait for the new Scream Factory blu ray

 

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"La Marca del Hombre Lobo" (1968) released in the US as "Frankenstein's Bloody Terror".  Waldermar Daninsky (Paul Naschy) turns into a wolf man for the first time in this moody well done horror film from Spain.   The film lacks the nudity and blood of later movies in the series but it does have  moody Gothic atmosphere.  Naschy does make an athletic powerful monster. There is no Frankenstein in sight but there is thin effeminate vampire who shows up with his sexy wife. to battle the wolfman for the soul of his attractive friends.   You can watch it for free on You Tube in a nice wide screen print but the dialogue is in the original Spanish.

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22 hours ago, jaragon said:

"La Marca del Hombre Lobo" (1968) released in the US as "Frankenstein's Bloody Terror".  Waldermar Daninsky (Paul Naschy) turns into a wolf man for the first time in this moody well done horror film from Spain.   The film lacks the nudity and blood of later movies in the series but it does have  moody Gothic atmosphere.  Naschy does make an athletic powerful monster. There is no Frankenstein in sight but there is thin effeminate vampire who shows up with his sexy wife. to battle the wolfman for the soul of his attractive friends.   You can watch it for free on You Tube in a nice wide screen print but the dialogue is in the original Spanish.

Reading your fine reviews of these films reminded me that I haven't watched a Paul Naschy movie in decades, so I'm going to start looking for them and watch them online.

 

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1 hour ago, Arsan404 said:

Reading your fine reviews of these films reminded me that I haven't watched a Paul Naschy movie in decades, so I'm going to start looking for them and watch them online.

 

I was never a big Naschy fan and his films were badly release in the United States. but after watching them in the great Scream factory sets- one can really appreciate the scope of his talent as writer , director and actor.  On a personal note I spent a lot of Summers in Spain - so many of the locations look familiar

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"Assignment Terror" (1970) ("Los Monstruos del Terror) this one should have really been called "Plan Ten From Outer Space".  Dr Odo Warnoff ( Michael Rennie) is actually an alien from planet Ummo on a mission to invade Earth by reviving classic monsters.  Frankenstein, the Mummy, a Vampire and a Wolfman ( Paul Naschy) .  The movie is a wacky mix of James Bond gagedtry  and old fashion Universal monster mash.  Karin Door a long way from James Bond and Hitchcock plays one of his assistants .  Naschy wrote the action packed script . This is the sort of monster movie one loves when you are a kid but now looks ridiculous but fun.  You can find it on You Tube .

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The Lighthouse

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I finally had the chance to see the movie and I wasn't disappointed. Robert Eggers combines myths and madness to horrific results.; the whole movie is a nightmare of isolation and insanity.

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson are excellent.

I watched it on DVD, and I had to restarted it with Close-Captions because the dialect was at times too thick for to understand.

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The Lodge (2019). I found this to be a tense psychological thriller that leaves you guessing as to where it is going.  Two kids are not happy at all with their father’s new girlfriend.  Neither is the estranged wife.  Why? As played by Riley Keough, the new addition is sweet, thoughtful, considerate.  She’s also the daughter of a religious cult guru who presided over a mass suicide. Years of counseling have helped heal her mental scars.  In fact, she’s the most likeable character. The father is distant and aloof, and the kids are darkly secretive.  With effort, dad talks the kids into staying with her at the family’s isolated lodge during Christmas as a way of bonding, while he goes off to work. Of course, it’s snowy and gloomy, setting up an ideal haunted house movie.  The sound effects, especially, a spine-tingling organ, provided some unnerving jolts.  The ending is well-earned.   

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Room 1408 (2007). John Cusack plays a writer famous for debunking haunted house claims. When he receives a mysterious postcard about the Manhattan-based Dolphin Hotel, and the cursed history of one of its suites, Room 1408, he can’t resist the opportunity spend a night there so he can quash another ghost hoax.  There is much I liked about this horror yarn: the performances of Cusack (the endearing swagger from his 1980s roles on full display), and Samuel L. Jackson as the Mephistophelian hotel manager; the production design; and the ominous use of the Carpenters song We’ve Only Just Begun, which signals the nightmare Room 1408 is about to unleash. A neat twist late in the second act recalibrates the movie, as an overload of special effects was starting to make things redundant.  Room 1408 borrows from The Shining, not surprising in that both are based on books by Stephen King. 

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51 minutes ago, cinemaspeak59 said:

Room 1408 (2007). John Cusack plays a writer famous for debunking haunted house claims. When he receives a mysterious postcard about the Manhattan-based Dolphin Hotel, and the cursed history of one of its suites, Room 1408, he can’t resist the opportunity spend a night there so he can quash another ghost hoax.  There is much I liked about this horror yarn: the performances of Cusack (the endearing swagger from his 1980s roles on full display), and Samuel L. Jackson as the Mephistophelian hotel manager; the production design; and the ominous use of the Carpenters song We’ve Only Just Begun, which signals the nightmare Room 1408 is about to unleash. A neat twist late in the second act recalibrates the movie, as an overload of special effects was starting to make things redundant.  Room 1408 borrows from The Shining, not surprising in that both are based on books by Stephen King. 

I should perhaps re-watch that. I saw it in the theater when it was new and was disappointed. However, it wasn't as bad as the later Cusack/Jackson/Stephen King adaptation Cell (2016).

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8 hours ago, cinemaspeak59 said:

Room 1408 (2007). John Cusack plays a writer famous for debunking haunted house claims. When he receives a mysterious postcard about the Manhattan-based Dolphin Hotel, and the cursed history of one of its suites, Room 1408, he can’t resist the opportunity spend a night there so he can quash another ghost hoax.  There is much I liked about this horror yarn: the performances of Cusack (the endearing swagger from his 1980s roles on full display), and Samuel L. Jackson as the Mephistophelian hotel manager; the production design; and the ominous use of the Carpenters song We’ve Only Just Begun, which signals the nightmare Room 1408 is about to unleash. A neat twist late in the second act recalibrates the movie, as an overload of special effects was starting to make things redundant.  Room 1408 borrows from The Shining, not surprising in that both are based on books by Stephen King. 

Even though I expected the ending, what John Cusak went through in the movie was nightmare.

The John Cusack movie that I really never understood was Identity. I thought I got the story, but then the last scene confused me.

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"Midsommar" (2019) a group of not too bright American college students travel to Sweeden were they fall into a new age cult with a sinister secret.  The film does look great and there are some eerie moments.   But  the movie was not scary- yes there is some disturbing imagery- but seriously if you watch some ritualistic suicide would you not just get up and run?!   

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On 3/22/2020 at 6:16 PM, jaragon said:

"Midsommar" (2019) a group of not too bright American college students travel to Sweeden were they fall into a new age cult with a sinister secret.  The film does look great and there are some eerie moments.   But  the movie was not scary- yes there is some disturbing imagery- but seriously if you watch some ritualistic suicide would you not just get up and run?!   

I didn't like it, either. I has some good scenes, some good images, but I felt the movie didn't deliver. And with those tourists, there were moments when I sided with the cult.

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12 hours ago, Arsan404 said:

I didn't like it, either. I has some good scenes, some good images, but I felt the movie didn't deliver. And with those tourists, there were moments when I sided with the cult.

The more I think about the less sense it makes-  it's suppose to be about a romance gone wrong- but call me sexist but I was on the side of the boyfriend and felt sorry for him at the end. The girl was obviously nuts ( just like her sister) so she fit right into the cult.   The film was never scary or suspenseful.  I hated "Hereditary" but at least that movie had a real sense of dread and some truly horrifying moments. 

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