#100HorrorMoviesfor100Days Day 17


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Day 17: Silence of the Lambs
Writer: Screenplay by Ted Tally, based on the novel by Thomas Harris
Director: Jonathan Demme
Year released: 1991

 

Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter is one of my favorite antiheros. Yes, he’s a brilliant, charming doctor with a quirky taste for human flesh, but he makes a badass sidekick of sorts to our young Clarice Starling. Serial Killers, in our minds, are not supposed to be like Lecter, clean, refined and erudite. Serial killers in the general populace mind is someone like Buffalo Bill, a grimy packrat who lives in a bad neighborhood in a bad town. What Silence of the Lamb shows us is that there are both Lecter’s and Buffalo Bills out there in the world.

 

Overview: A young F.B.I. agent gains the confidence of an incarcerated killer in order for him to help her catch another killer.

 

  1. For his role, Anthony Hopkins studied cases behind serial killers and also visited prisons where he observed convicted murderers.
  2. Anthony Hopkins only appeared on screen for 24 minutes and 52 seconds, making his performance the second shortest to win an Academy Award for Best Actor.
  3. Buffalo Bill’s character is believed to be a mash-up of real life serial killers Ed Gein, who dug up human remains, Ted Bundy who lured women to his van and Gary Heidnick who kept his kidnapped victims in a pit in his basement.
  4. Jodi Foster spent time with FBI agent Mary Anne Krause in preparation for her role.
  5. To date, this is the only horror movie to win an Oscar.


So life is crazy right now


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Yes, I’ve halted my #100HorrorMoviesfor100Days project and I suck for that, but I had a good reason for halting. I was in the final mad dash of wrapping up the edits for my sequel, and then I made an appearance at the Printer’s Row Lit Fair and then my basement got flooded… and then my kid’s birthday…so life happened. Although, great news – my sequel got picked up!

 

Post Mortem Press will publish SANTA MUERTE 2: THE MISSING! The novel will debut at the 2016 Printer’s Row Lit Fair. This novel is leaner than the last, but most important is that it was the hardest book I’ve had to write to date because it was the first time I wrote a novel while simultaneously being a mom, otherwise known as trying to keep a tiny human alive.

 

Now, I’m going to jump back into my #100HorrorMoviesfor100Days project today. Fine, the project is not consecutive, but guess what? I can do what I want.

 

In addition to that, Burial Day Books is still open for submissions for our 5th GOTHIC BLUE BOOK. So if you’re reading this and if you’re a writer please send us your submission for consideration.

 

Finally, I’m working on another novel now. It’s more on the commercial side, but still horror of course. I’ll let you know in the coming days how that’s going.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

-Cina



#100HorrorMoviesfor100Days Day 16


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Day 16: What We Do in the Shadows
Writer: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Director: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Year released: 2015

 

If you haven’t seen this movie yet you have to. I stumbled upon it during a late night Amazon search. It’s the perfect film to watch with someone who isn’t quite into horror movies. It’s a horror comedy. I don’t watch comedies. I don’t watch sitcoms, but really enjoyed this.

 

Overview: A comedy filmed as a documentary that follows vampires living in the modern era.

 

  1. Most of the 120 hours that were filmed were improv.
  2. The movie was filmed in New Zealand.
  3. The movie was brought to the U.S. after a successful Kickstarter campaign.
  4. The bars and nightclubs the vampires visited in the film are actual locations.
  5. The movie is based on a short film by Waititi and Clement.


#100HorrorMoviesfor100Days Day 15


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Day 15: A Bucket of Blood
Writer:  Charles B. Griffith
Director:  Roger Corman
Stars: Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Antony Carbone
Year released: 1959

 

I have never seen A Bucket of Blood. This was my first viewing and I was pleased. It felt like a long episode of The Twilight Zone. This is a satiric horror film set in the beatnik culture. While watching it I was wondering if there is a present example set in the hipster culture and I suppose It Follows would fit in that category. Many of the elements in this film are relevant today; one group thinks they are better than another group. In this movie it’s the self-absorbed artists who believe they are better than others. It’s a simple premise that’s effective: The Yellow Door cafe’s busboy Walter is treated poorly by the pretentious arts crowd who gather there. Walter discovers that when he murders he creates sculptures that are applauded by the arts people he longs to impress. Only, they don’t know what is beneath that clay.

 

Overview: A busboy murders in order to create celebrated art.

 

  1. The movie was directed by famed B-Movie director Roger Corman. Corman is known as the director of a multitude of cult classics.
  2. The title of the movie before it was finalized was “The Living Dead.”
  3. Star Dick Miller was not happy with the film. He thought it could be a greater success if more time and effects were used.
  4. During the film’s original release there was a shock promotion campaign run in the newspaper that read “If you bring in a bucket of blood to your local theater’s management (or ticket booth) you will be given one free admission.” I’d gather no one actually did this…if they did I’m sure they’re still in jail.
  5. The film was shot in less than a week.


#100HorrorMoviesfor100Days Day 14


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Day 14: 1408
Writer:  Matt Greenberg, and Scott Alexander. Based on the short story by Stephen King.
Director:  Mikael Håfström
Stars: John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson
Year released: 2007

 

I saw this originally in a movie theater on opening night. My husband who doesn’t really care for horror movies watched it with me and he saw it again with me this time around. So, it’s good enough for a comic book geek to enjoy. I made a comment how John Cusack was really good in this film and that’s disappointing considering The Raven (which Cusack also stared in) was terrible. My husband said that’s because they tried to position The Raven as a quasi-action film, not horror. If it’s a horror movie you have to make it a horror movie. Regardless of that, Cusack was wonderful in this. There’s a hotel here in Chicago, and I’m sure in many people’s hometowns, that has had questionable deaths. I’m surprised something like this wasn’t made before.

 

Overview: A skeptic paranormal writer checks into the infamous room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel.

 

  1. The inspiration for room 1408 comes from the Hotel Del Coronado in California as well as an undisclosed hotel in the East.
  2. After watching it this time around the ending is different from what I recall. I learned that there were multiple endings shot and tested for this film. So, I must have seen a test audience ending the first time around. None of the endings match King’s written ending.

 

Alternate ending 1 (This is the ending I saw in the theater)

 

Alternate ending 2

 

Alternate ending 3

 

  1. The DVD runtime is 104 minutes and 8 seconds, giving a nod to the movie’s title.
  2. One of the first victims of the room was named Grady. Grady is the name of a character in Stephen King’s The Shinning.
  3. The bottle of alcohol that Gerald gives Mike before Mike settles in to the room for the night is called Les Cinquant Sept Décès in French. It translates to 56 deaths, the number of deaths that occurred in the room up to that point.

 

 



#100HorrorMoviesfor100Days Day 13


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Day 13: My Bloody Valentine

Writer:  John Beaird

Director:  George Mihalka

Year released: 1981

 

I’ve never seen this before, and while setting parts of this in a mine did provide a great creepy atmospheric feel I didn’t really care for the movie. There were a few interesting kills (death by boiling pot of hot dogs?), but there was something about it for me that was fairly annoying. The characters, with the exception of the creepy old guy at the bar, were all annoying.  I’ll likely watch the remake, and I will do so with hopes that it is better than the original.

 

Overview: A folk tale of a murderous miner becomes reality.

 

  1. The film was shot in real mines.
  2. Quentin Tarantino has stated that this is one of his favorite slasher films.
  3. Many of the houses in the film were original miner houses, some of which still stand.
  4. The producers of the film wanted to capitalize on the Valentine’s Day setting of this movie considering the success of other holiday based horror films such as Halloween and Friday the 13th.
  5. Mihalka pitched a sequel but Paramount pictures declined. The remake, Bloody Valentine 3D, was released in 2009.

 



#100HorrorMoviesfor100Days Day 12


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Day 12: The Blair Witch Project
Writer:  Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez
Director:  Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez
Stars: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard
Year released: 1999

 

I saw The Blair Witch Project in 1999, pre major movie theater release. When I saw the film it was not accompanied by credits. Those of us in the theater that night had no idea what we were watching. While most of us were intelligent to know that this was a horror movie a thought did cross many of our minds wondering ‘Is this really real?’ You have to remember, this was 1999 pre-facebook, pre-twitter, pre-I-have-my-phone-connected-to-my-hand. This was also the first major found footage film. I’m happy I was able to see this movie in that bubble so long ago as it enhanced the experience. Today, the film isn’t as effective as it was 16 years ago and we’re really desensitized to the now-boring found footage film.

 

Overview: Three people hike through a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the legend of the Blair Witch.

 

  1. After the film’s release in 1999, before the major marketing campaign, people actually thought the events in the film were real.
  2. There is no legend of the Blair Witch. It’s a mashup of witch legends created by the writers of the film.
  3. The reactions from the tent shaking scene are real. The filmmakers shook the tent at night, without the actors knowing, in order to scare them.
  4. The three main actors shot the majority of the film with their cameras.
  5. Besides having an extensive outline to review, all lines were improvised, and nearly all events in the film were not known to the actors.

 

 



#100HorrorMoviesfor100Days Day 11


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Day 11: Ginger Snaps
Writer: Karen Walton
Director: John Fawcett
Stars: Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche, Mimi Rogers
Year released: 2000/2001

 

I haven’t watched many werewolf movies. Are there even enough werewolf movies? I knew this was a werewolf movie, but I didn’t know this was a Canadian werewolf movie. Go Canada! If you didn’t know and I spoiled it for you – tough. Get over it. This is the first time I watched Ginger Snaps and I enjoyed it. I liked that the girls were fairly morbid. I’m sick of seeing girls portrayed living in this girly, pink tra-la-la paradise. Not all girls are like that and certainly not these two sisters.

 

Overview: Two sisters who are obsessed with death and the macabre have an encounter with a werewolf.

 

  1. There was no CGI in this movie (THANK YOU). The werewolf was created with the use of makeup and prosthetics. Why can’t more movies do this? I hate CGI. It makes me feel like I’m watching a cartoon.
  2. Ginger Snaps smashes some of the women-in-horror-movie stereotypes.
  3. The movie was shot in 6 weeks and the final was ready in 8 weeks.
  4. Both girls have appeared in multiple episodes of Supernatural.
  5. This is part of a trilogy. I don’t think I’ll watch the next two as I can’t think of many horror trilogies that are actually good.


#100HorrorMoviesfor100Days Day 10


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Day 10: Tales from the Darkside: The Movie  
Writer: Michael McDowell and George Romero
Director: John Harrison
Stars: Deborah Harry, Christian Slater, Matthew Lawrence
Year released: 1990

 

I hear there is a remake of the works of the actual television program from the 1980s. I grew up with Tales from the Darkside. I have fond memories of staying up late in my room, dipping Doritos in cheese sauce (I was a fat kid) and my eyes fixed on my small television. The remake is being written by Bram Stoker Award-winning author Joe Hill. Hill writes fantastic short stories. Read his 20th Century Ghosts and you will see.

 

Overview: An anthology where a child reads three stories to a witch who plans to eat him.

 

  1. The three shorts are titled Lot No. 249, The Cat from Hell, and Lover’s Vow.
  2. Lot No. 249 is based on a short story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Cat from Hell is based on a story written by Stephen King. Michael McDowell wrote Lover’s Vow. Lover’s Vow is based on yuki-onna, a spirit in Japanese folklore.
  3. A sequel was written by McDowell and Romero. The segments include Robert Bloch’s Almost Human, Stephen King’s Pinfall and Rainy Season. The sequel has yet to be produced.
  4. Several of the cast members also appeared in various episodes of the Tales from the Darkside series.
  5. Many consider Tales from the Darkside: The Movie to be the unofficial Creepshow: 3.


#100HorrorMoviesfor100Days Day 9


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Day 9: The Strangers  
Writer: Bryan Bertino
Director: Bryan Bertino
Stars: Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman
Year released: 2008

 

The first time I watched The Strangers I watched it alone with my husband in the dark. I distinctly remember my chest aching during some of the more intense scenes. The movie does so much without being over the top. I enjoyed the noises and the jumps throughout. As a city dweller, I can live easily with noise, the near-constant whir of sirens, music blaring, children playing, and dogs barking. I feel comforted by those noises that belong in the city. Yet, when I’m away in a rural setting noise unsettles me because I know there isn’t supposed to be much noise there.

 

Overview: A couple in an isolated home is terrorized by unknown assailants.

 

  1. Some argue that this movie is based on the unsolved Keddie Resort murders of 1981 in California. Bertino however claims this is based on a childhood experience where a stranger knocked on his door, asked for someone that did not live in the home and when they were told they had the wrong house the person left. Later on the writer’s family learned of a robbery in the area after the stranger incident at their home. Although, the writer also claimed the film was inspired by the Manson murders. It’s also thought this is a remake of a French film with a similar ending.
  2. The faces of the killers are never shown.
  3. At the end of the film, one of the killers tells the other, “It’ll be easier next time” alluding that this will happen again.
  4. The movie was shot in chronological order.
  5. The film was shot using handheld cameras, giving movement to every shot.