October 9-14: Join the collection

It’s been quite a few days since I had the chance to post my current movie list, so I’ll limit to touching on those worth mentioning, mostly because some real bad ones got into the mix. That’s what I get for trying to find new movies for my annual movie fest.

The Collector (2009)

Although not a masterpiece, The Collector is a taught horror-thriller. It avoids becoming just another torture porn piece by spending more time showing Josh Stewart‘s reactions to the sights and sounds. It does go on for longer than it needs to, and it is hard to believe that Stewart’s character would remain so calm under so much pressure, but it was very enjoyable and even had a great soundtrack.

Just don’t mention the sequel – The Collection (2012) – which is garbage from the beginning to… well, I turned it off after about 20 minutes.

Slither (2006)

I hated this movie the first time I saw it. I only gave it a second chance due to a friend’s insistence that it was one of the greatest horror-comedies of all time.

Strangely, on my second viewing, I came to agree with her… almost.

My easy-going nature is gettin’ sorely fuckin’ tested.

Nathan Fillion (Firefly) as  Sheriff Bill Pardy

Although combining the right amount of horror, comedy, and gross-out, Slither falls a little flat for 2 reasons:

  1. It teases us with nudity more than once, but doesn’t deliver, and;
  2. The idea of Elizabeth Banks (The 40 Year-Old Virgin) getting busy with Michael Rooker (Mallrats) is just too horrible to imagine – even before his transformation.

If you’re looking for a fun night, pair with with Tremors (1990) or Evolution (2001).

Bride of Re-Animator (1990)

I waited quite awhile for this to become available on DVD from Netflix after the fun of Re-Animator (1985), and I wasn’t disappointed.

B-movie quality with a vigorous sprinkling of camp and now quite dated, Bride of Re-Animator is a success mostly thanks to Jeffrey Combs‘ ability to embody everything creepy. Not his first or last foray into horror, Combs’ is memorable in The Frighteners (1996), but is perhaps at his best in From Beyond (1986).

Loosely based upon a serialized story by H.P. Lovecraft with many nods (or outright quotes) from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Combs plays Dr. Herbert West who is obsessed with finding the meaning of life – to the point of reanimating the dead. Yes, zombies – and not just of the human variety.

You get a booby prize if you can recognize the similarities between the music during the opening credits and a much more iconic horror-thriller classic.

The Walking Dead – No Sanctuary – Season 5, Episode 1

Perhaps the best of the best recently was the premier of the newest season of The Walking Dead.

I’ve been following The Walking Dead from the comic to TV and have yet to be disappointed – except maybe that the story line for The Governor was toned way down for TV and went on far too long.

You don’t have to do this. We can put the world back to how it was.

Lawrence Gilliard Jr. as Bob Stookey

The new season starts with a bang – almost literally – with several surprises, several reunions, the best special effects yet, and a lot of tension.

Although I’m looking forward to joining my friends weekly to watch – similar to what I did in college for The X-Files – The Walking Dead is still best viewed if you can save up 2-3 episodes to watch together.

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