Ten Years of the Madness, Week FOUR (The Final Push!)

Ten Years of the Madness, Week FOUR (The Final Push!)

The baby antichrist’s head is crowning as we bear down for the final push into madness for week four. I had bad weeks for 2 and 3 but tried to go out with a bang. And with a major Peter Cushing binge.

Peter Cushing binge – 28 X 6 = 168 points

The Curse of Frankenstein
Year: 1957
Time: 82 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: Peter Cushing. Christopher Lee. Terence Fisher. Hammer. And so, the legend began…
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Horror of Dracula
Year: 1958
Time: 82 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: One glimpse of Christopher Lee as Dracula and I was never the same.
10 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Revenge of Frankenstein
Year: 1958
Time: 90 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: Not really one of my favorite Hammer films, and I was never big into Frankenstein, but… Peter Cushing!
5 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Mummy
Year: 1959
Time: 88 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: Okay, i know the whole Cushing/Lee dynamic of Cushing usually being the good guy and Lee being the bad guy/monster, but covering up all of Lee’s suave sexiness is just criminal…. CRIMINAL I tell you!
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Flesh and the Fiends
Year: 1960
Time: 97 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: No Christopher Lee, but a young Donald Pleasance in a role modeled after a real killer… in fact the whole premise of two guys murdering people to sell bodies to a doctor to experiemnt on is based on a true story.
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Brides of Dracula
Year: 1960
Time: 85 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: I have nothing against David Peel, but he doesn’t hold a candle to Christopher Lee.
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Evil of Frankenstein
Year: 1964
Time: 84 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: Well, you can’t say Dr. Frankenstein isn’t persistent. If it wasn’t for Cush-Cush I wouldn’t have bothered with this.
5 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Gorgon
Year: 1964
Time: 83 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: Heeeee’s back! Christopher Lee and Cushing together again with a new story about a gorgon turning villagers to stone during the full moon.
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors
Year: 1965
Time: 98 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: I LOVE these old anthologies, and I love Cushing who is hardly recognizable here as the Tarot reader. Bonus in my mind for the tarot readings, as I am obsessed with all things fortunetelling. And damn, Kiefer really is he spitting image of his father, Donald!
10 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Skull
Year: 1965
Time: 83 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: Poor Peter Cushing buys the skull of the Marquise de Sade and it turns him into a killer. This is one of my all-time favorite horror movies of the era.
10 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Island of Terror
Year: 1966
Time: 89 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: Not a lot of love for this as I like my horror scary, not campy with the bad special effects. I know it was the standard for that era, but eh, Peter Cushing is better than this.
4 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Frankenstein Created Woman
Year: 1967
Time: 92 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: Peter Cushing’s corpse is reanimated so he can continue reanimating corpses. So very meta.
5 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Torture Garden
Year: 1967
Time: 93 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: Peter Cushing AND Jack Palance. And a haunted house carnival attraction anthology. Overload! Overload!
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Blood Beast Terror
Year: 1968
Time: 88 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: Cushing is investigating the murders of men, but little does he know not only is he looking for a woman rather than a man, but a woman who can transform into a blood sucking moth. Who knew moths could be so dangerous?
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Scream and Scream Again!
Year: 1970
Time: 95 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: Cushing. Lee. Vincent freakin’ PRICE! The unholy trinity together in one of only 2 movies that had all three. Automatice 10 rating.
10 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Vampire Lovers
Year: 1970
Time: 91 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: I love Peter Cushing, but Ingrid Pitt sort of stole the show in this one as a very deadly houseguest.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The House That Dripped Blood
Year: 1971
Time: 102 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: One of my three favorite horror anthologies of all time (Trick R Treat and Black Sabbath are teh other two). Cushing becomes infatuated with a wax siren, Lee tries to keep his daughter from following her dead mother’s witchy past, and Ingrid Pitt gets her fangs again. Perfection.
10 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

I, Monster
Year: 1971
Time: 75 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: The Amicus version of Jekyll and Hyde with Cushing and Lee. I still hate it when they make Lee ugly.
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Dracula AD 1972
Year: 1972
Time: 96 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: Oh, this is quite dated and silly, but it introduced many people to the faulous Caroline Munro. If you get a chance to catch her at a Con, do it.
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Horror Express
Year: 1972
Time: 88 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: The proverbial missing link is discovered frozen stiff, but must be taken on a long, trans-Siberian train ride. He thaws out. Uh-oh.
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Creeping Flesh
Year: 1973
Time: 92 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: I don’t know why I love this so much but I do, cheesy special effects and all. Ancient bag of bones returns to creeping flesh when water added.
10 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

And Now the Screaming Starts!
Year: 1973
Time: 92 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: Peter has a smaller role in this film, but it’s still a great Amicus production, with Stephanie Beacham as a new bride impregnated by a ghost.
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Satanic Rites of Dracula
Year: 1973
Time: 87 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: Dracula AD 1972 sequel with Satan worshippers trying to bring back Dracula. Really? Hey, that’s AbFab’s Pats as a redhead.
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Beast Must Die
Year: 1974
Time: 93 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: Eight people are trapped on an island and one of htem is a werewolf. Love teh “werewolf break” for you to peruse the clues and guess who is the beast.
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Madhouse
Year: 1974
Time: 99 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: Vincent Price’s character is a horror actor released from an insane asylum after recovering from a breakdown, but people start winding up dead.
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Legend of the Werewolf
Year: 1975
Time: 85 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: Wolf Boy from the traveling circus grows up to graduate from freakshow to werewolf, then crosses Peter Cushing who begins tracking him.
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Ghoul
Year: 1975
Time: 88 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: If you are worried about your insane, cannibalistic son chained in the attic escaping and  attacking others, you probably ought not hold a big event at our estate. Just sayin’…
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

House of the Long Shadows
Year: 1983
Time: 100 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Peter Cushing

Summary: The second of two movies with the full unholy trinity: Cushing, Lee and Price. There is a great part I’m sure was unscripted because the line is delivered off camera, but Lee’s character is being snooty and trading barbs with Vincent Price, and as Lee walks away, you can hear Price off camera murmur, “Bitch.” Awesome!
10 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Other Movies – 2 X 6 = 12

Suspiria
Year: 1977
Time: 92 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Doc Terror – Dario Argento

Summary: This is the quintessential example of how Argento takes the horrific and makes it beautiful…which makes it more horrific and disturbing.
10 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Trick ‘R Treat
Year: 2007
Time: 82 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: I forget why it’s ATB but was ruled as such early in the Madness so I saved it for Halloween

Summary: I so love this movie, with it’s interweaving anthology stories, it’s cheeky humor, it’s scary moments and it’s homage to real Halloween lore. I want to go to that street party so bad.
10 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

TV 5 X 4 = 20 points

American Horror Story: Cult, Ep 8
Year: 2017
Time: 60 minutes
Points: 4
Bonuses: Current season ATB

Summary: Okay, that was very Handmaid’s Tale disturbing. I want to smack Winter for going along with her nutty brother.
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

American Horror Story: Cult, Ep 9
Year: 2017
Time: 60 minutes
Points: 4
Bonuses: Current season ATB

Summary: Whoa, didn’t see that coming with the pasta and wine scene. Sarah Paulson’s gonna get them all. I did figure out the Kool Aid thing though. Okay, now I want to kill Winter, even if she is Princess Leia’s daughter.
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Stranger Things 2, Ep 1
Year: 2017
Time: 60 minutes
Points: 4
Bonuses: Current season ATB

Summary: They had me at Devo. Gratuitous 80s refernces, but are they ever gonna give that poor girl a decent hairstyle?
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Stranger Things 2, Ep 2
Year: 2017
Time: 60 minutes
Points: 4
Bonuses: Current season ATB

Summary: With the right wig she could pass for Natalie Portman, The Professional era. “Pretend” you’re stupid teenagers? Death by squirrel!
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Stranger Things 2, Ep 3
Year: 2017
Time: 60 minutes
Points: 4
Bonuses: Current season ATB

Summary: I don’t know about this season. I’m loving alll of the 80s references, but it’s just not drawing me in like season 1. And I can’t stand Bob/Sean Astin. C’mon, Wynona Ryder was engaged to JOHNNY DEPP. She’d never settle for this guy. They did redeem themselves somewhat with Jim Croce.
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

 

200 points

Ten Years of the Madness, Week THREE

Ten Years of the Madness, Week THREE

Sorry, Team Good Guy, but real life has gotten in the way this Madness, with a business launch and trying to get my health in order. But I will keep pushing for a big final week. Between the Romero marathon and TWD on Sunday, I’m pretty zombied out.

Haunts/Dark Rides: 6 points

Haunted Castle – Fort Wayne: I expected this to be pretty tame because it is put on by the Boy Scouts organization. Boy, was  I wrong. I was (not so) pleasantly surprised by having to get in a coffin TWICE. I won’t say how that ended in case someone else wants to go there.

Black Forest – Fort Wayne: Supposed to be scarier than Haunted Castle, but I have to disagree.

Haunted Jail – Columbia City: This was supposed to be more hardcore and I hate to say it, but was kind of lame, at  least the “regular” tour as opposed to the lengthier VIP, which costs $25. Nope, won’t go there again.

TV – 62 points

AHS: Cult
2017 Episode 7 (is that right?)
Time: 60 minutes
4 points
bonuses: current season

Summary: Crazy episode about that Valerie woman who shot Andy Warhol with perfect casting of Lena Dunham, who I LOATHE.
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Stranger Things, Ep 1
2016
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: most recent/current season

Summary: With its band of kid misfits, this whole series is so Stephen King it hurts, and unapologetically so.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Stranger Things, Ep 2
2016
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: current season

Summary: Wynona Ryder is so perfect in this role, and another homage to the 80s in this series. We also meet the mysterious “Eleven.”
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Stranger Things, Ep 3
2016
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: current season

Summary: It’s not a proper horror film till someone loses their virginity. And way to abandon your friend,
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Stranger Things, Ep 4
2016
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: current season

Summary: Is that body really Will or not? It’s a conspiracy theory that would make that Ancient Aliens dude proud.
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Stranger Things, Ep 5
2016
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: current season

Summary: Maybe someday people will learn not to mess with little girls with psychic powers. I mean, has no one seen Carrie?
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Stranger Things, Ep 6
2016
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: current season

Summary: This “Upside Down” concept and forest is really cool and creepy. I’m totally digging it.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Stranger Things, Ep 7
2016
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: current season

Summary: It occurs to me with that Eleven is sort of the ET of this movie – a secret being kept hidden in the house by the kids, with big bad men trying to hunt her down.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Stranger Things, Ep 8
2016
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: current season

Summary: The season finale did not disappoint, but then I already knew that since this is my second go round before the new season kicks off. We need more retro insprited horror these days, from that golden age of Stephen King. Casting and performances were dead on.
10 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Halloween Wars
2017 Episode 1
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: Current season

Summary: Who cares what the teams did, because Shane West was a guest judge. I’d hit that everyday and twice on Sunday. All that and food porn for the win.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Halloween Wars
2017 Episode 2
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: Current season

Summary: Robert Patrick isn’t hot like Shane West, and is looking a little rough, but he’s Robert freakin’ Patrick. And kind of scary.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS

Halloween Wars
2017 Episode 3
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: Current season

Summary: Is Juliet Landau related to Martin? Has to be.Team members get in fight and the sugar person spends the whole time telling the guy “Don’t touch my sugar!” again and again. Painful.
5 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS

Halloween Wars
2017 Episode 4
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: Current season

Summary: That goofy looking guest judge in the striped suit was responsible for Hannibal, the TV series? One cakemaker drops most of her cake but rebounds, while the sugar artist on another team (Scare Snacktics) nearly metls down when her “table breaks.”
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS

Halloween Wars
S4E3
Time: 60 minutes
points: 1
bonuses: none

Summary: Repeat episode of Mummies vs Werewolves for final creation. As if mummies wouldn’t be CRUSHED by werewolves. Everyone knows this.
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS

Ghost Adventures
2017, newest episode
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: Current Season

Summary: Second episode in Vicksburg MS, where I used to live. They set off cannons on a battlefield and hear gunshots while investigating. I have a feeling the family who owns the battlefield property may have been messing with them to turn their land into a big paranormal attraction.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Ghost Adventures
2017
Time: 60 minutes
points: 4
bonuses: current season repeat

Summary: Creepy mining town in the middle of nowhere Oregon and they were picking up human-like figures on thermal cams. This one seemed to be people messing with them as much as anything paranormal.
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Ghost Adventures
Unknown, but not current season
Time: 60 minutes
points: 1
bonuses: none

Summary:Repeat of an older episode that they just ran last weekend from Utah – the building with a professional haunt and former nursing home. A really creepy location.
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Movies – 36 points

The Crazies
2010
101 minutes
Points: 6
bonuses: George Romero has a writing credit for this remake as well as the original
Summary: I generally hate remakes, but when you throw in Timothy Olyphant, i’m down. I love that man. He plays an awful lot of LEOs.
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Dawn of the Dead
1978
101 minutes
Points: 6
bonuses: George Romero
Summary: I love this more than the black and white classic that made Romero famous. Sue me.
10 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Dawn of the Dead
2004
101 minutes
Points: 6
bonuses: George Romero
Summary: Eh, this remake didn’t do much for me, although I’ve liked Sarah Polley since “Go.”
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Day of the Dead
1985
Time: 96 minutes
points: 6
bonuses: Romero

Summary: What the fuck is wrong with you people? They;re DEAD! They’re fucking DEAD and you people want to teach them tricks! (Sounds like Lizzie)
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Land of the Dead
2005
93 minutes
Points: 6
bonuses: George Romero
Summary:I actually hadn’t seen this one before, and was impressed to see Dennis Hopper, Asia Argento, and John Leguziamo. Zombie apocalypse survivors wall themselves in, and this ain’t Alexandria. Zombies develop intelligence. Uh-oh.
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Diary of the Dead
2007
Time: 95 minutes
points: 6
bonuses: Romero

Summary: I am not a fan of found-footage movies, although to be fair, Romero did it before a lot of others did, and before so many directors were saturating the found-footage market to turn it into a bad cliche.
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Unlike your characters, RIP George.

Ten Years of the Madness, Week TWO

Ten Years of the Madness, Week TWO

I didn’t follow my own advice to keep up with my summary all week and have suffered for it. Plus, I hit the week two slump, so I’m pretty sure we have a new leader… but that’s what makes this interesting, right?

Better Watch Out opening weekend – 10 points

I watched Sunday so it’s on this week’s summary:

Better Watch Out
2017
Time:
Points: 6
Bonuses: 2017 release
Summary: What an evil little shit. I know the ending was good, but I would have like to see the moment the little shit was busted.
8.5 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS

Evil Genius Challenge: 2 + 8 point bonus = 10 points

For some reason I thought we had to do two movies, then realized it was a bonus only for one.

Nightmare on Elm Street
1984
Time: 104 minutes
Points: 2
Bonuses:
Summary: I’m not really afraid of any movies, but this one scared the shit out of me the first time I watched it, and is stilscary despite the bad acting that adds humor. High rating for the scare factor and giving the world Johnny Depp
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Audition
1999
Time: 115 minutes
Points: 8
Bonuses: Evil Genius
Summary: Yeah, I know you need to build up characters but a lot of dead time for most of the movie. At first, I was like “acupuncture needles? really?” then she went for the eyes and the whole cutting string thing.
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Friday the 13th Viewing Party – 25 points

Friday the 13th bonus – 6 points

Watching Friday the 13th on Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th
1980
Time: 95 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Friday the 13th bonus
Summary: This is a classic… what else can you say? I love Kevin Bacon.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS

American Horror Story binge – 6X4= 24 points

I finally decided to get caught up on the current season. I didn’t write a review with each episode as a I watched, so I confess the details from episode to episode are a little fuzzy here.

AHS: Cult Ep 1
2017
Time: 1 hr
Points: 4
Bonuses: ATB for current season
Summary: This is plenty scary enough even before you introduce the crazy cult murderers. Hell, the opening credits with the Trump mask terrifies me.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

AHS: Cult Ep 2
2017
Time: 1 hr
Points: 4
Bonuses: ATB for current season
Summary: AHS tends to start strong then go too campy for my taste, but so far so good. They are keeping it scary for the most part.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

AHS: Cult Ep 3
2017
Time: 1 hr
Points: 4
Bonuses: ATB for current season
Summary: Not only is the story staying scary, but obviously, the parallel to reality is just a little too close for comfort.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

AHS: Cult Ep 4
2017
Time: 1 hr
Points: 4
Bonuses: ATB for current season
Summary: I know there is a scary clowns theme with the cult masks, but not getting the connection of the homicidal clown from Freakshow in this season.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

AHS: Cult Ep 5
2017
Time: 1 hr
Points: 4
Bonuses: ATB for current season
Summary: Another shining example of what conniving assholes people can be. Specifically, Sarah’s wife.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

AHS: Cult Ep 6
2017
Time: 1 hr
Points: 4
Bonuses: ATB for current season
Summary: I suppose I wll go back at some point and watch the on-demand unedited version, but the episode doesn’t seem to need it to move the story along. What the hell were you thinking Sarah Paulson?
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

2017 Release Movies 4X6 = 24 points

The Axe Murders of Villisca
12/2016
Time: 78 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: 12/2016-2017 release
Summary: Being an actual paranormal junkie, I hate these movies where stupid paranormal investigators go to investigate a haunting and get in over their heads. Cliche. Just all die already.
3 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS

Alien: Covenant
2017
Time: 123 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: 2017 release
Summary: Am I the only one who thinks the actress playing the heroine is sort of a Jennifer Lawrence substitute? LIke they gave her a crappy haircut and no makeup to show how smart and heroic she is.
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Death Note
2017
Time: 101 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: 2017 release
Summary: Teen revenge indulgence film. Who hasn’t wished they could write the name of a high school jackass in a notebook and they die? But nice twist on the using it to kill baddies all over the world.
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Bye-Bye Man
2017
Time: 101 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: 2017 release
Summary: I thought this was a pretty good movie and fairly original. I wish we would get more creepy, unusal horror films like this
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS

Video Nasties 2X6 = 12 points

The Evil Dead
1981
Time: 85 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Video Nasty
Summary: This is ranked as a video nasty? Seriously? Oh well, I’ll take the sweet ATB for a movie I was going to watch anyway.
10 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS

The Last House on the Left
1972
Time: 84 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Video Nasty
Summary: Wes Craven wasn’t just about big horror franchises, but got his hands dirty with this explpoitation shocker. NOt my cup of tea, but effective.
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS

TV – Ghost Adventures/Kindred Spirits 2X4= 8 points

I almost forgot my Saturday night ritual of Ghost Adventures and my screener for Kindred Spirits

Ghost Adventures
2017
Time:  60 minutes
Points: 4
Bonuses: Current Season
Summary: Newest episode in Vicksburg, MS, which is where I used to live. And yes, my house was haunted. See full recap  
here.
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS

KIndred Spirits
2017
Time: 60 minutes
Points: 4
Bonuses: Current season
Summary: I love Amy and Adam but this episode was a bit slow… as one would expect with real pararnormal investigators with integrity.
7 out of 10 YEARS OF MADNESS

 

Ten Years of the Madness! Week ONE

Ten Years of the Madness! Week ONE

Secret Movie Bonuses

Last year, when I rolled the dice and posted the first week early to try to get all of the secret bonuses, Newt beat me to it and got most of them. After that, I knew I’d never catch her and any chance of back-to-back wins was lost forever.

Have I learned my lesson? Hell, NO! Pedal to the metal muthafuckers… go big or go home!

Night of the Living Dead
1968
Time: 97 minutes
Points: 10 (or 6)
Bonuses: Secret film bonus and Romero, baby

Summary: Romero’s commentary on society is no secret in films like this and Dawn of the Dead, but it hits home a bit more these days, unfortunately, such as Barbara’s initial reaction to being saved by a black man and the shooting at the end make me cringe just a little more in 2017.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Tourist Trap
1979
Time: 90 minutes
Points: 10 (or 6)
Bonuses: Doc Terror’s list of ATB awesomeness and this secret film bonus

Summary: I LOVE this freakin’ movie, and love it hard. Chuck Connors preys on some tourists for his mannequin collection and this is some creepy shit. Of course, the one time I saw it in a theater for Exhumed Films, jackasses kept laughing and ruining it. This shit ain’t funny, it’s scary, y’all. I especially love how Chuckie torments one of his victims. Sadistic!
10 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Maximum Overdrive
1986
Time: 98 minutes
Points: 10 (or 2)
Bonuses: Secret film and Stephen King wildcard, not that it’s out of genre

Summary: You can never go wrong with a Stephen King inspired movie and better yet, King cameos. I hadn’t seen this one since it was new I think. Campy and over the top, of course, with cheesy dialogue like “You make love like a hero.” Gag.
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Hardware
1990
Time: 94 minutes
Points 10 (or 2)
Bonuses: There should be an Iggy Pop bonus but there isn’t

Summary: The red filter at the beginning reminds me of the eclipse footage in Gerald’s Game. The best part of this? Iggy Pop as Angry Bob. And you thought his film debut was in the Crow sequel. Feels like this might have inspired Johnny Mnemonic in part? Weird “sexy” shower scene with mechanical hand. WTF? Maybe that’s what they mean by “hard”ware, along with some very dirty talk and an ass kickin’ soundtrack.
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

May
2002
Points: 10 (or 2)
Bonuses: Anna Faris wildcard

Summary: Jesus, Angela Bettis is one big bucket of creepy and crazy as HAY-ELL. I’ve always loved Jeremy Sisto for some reason. Anna Faris is old enough to have played an adult in this movie? Seriously?
Time: 95 minutes
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Cell
2016
Time: 98 minutes
Points: 10 (or 3)
Bonuses: based on a Stephen King story, 2007-2017 release

Summary: It’s apparent Stephen King feels the same way I do about cell phones. I hate them, but this is stretching things a bit far, at least in the movie. (I strongly suspect the book is far superior despite King’s hand in the screenplay.) Obviously there is some kind of intelligence causing all of this, but to what end? I don’t buy the “evolution” thing here. Even fantastical elements have to make sense. But hey, John Cusack and Samuel Jackson for the win.
5 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Autopsy of Jane Doe
2016
Time: 99 minutes
Points: 10 (or 6)
Bonuses: 12/16 release date ATB

Summary: From the first shot of this movie, the gorgeous cinematography tells you this filmmaker cares about making a good movie, not just splashing tits and gore on the screen (Although plenty of the former — what a role, playing a naked dead woman.) Then throw in Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch? HELL, yeah. I watched it for free since I had no idea what to expect, but would have been very happy if I had bought the dvd. This is some creepy shit, y’all.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Girl with all of the Gifts
2017
Time: 111 minutes
Points: 10 (or 6)
Bonuses: Gemma Arterton, 2017 and child zombie protagonist release ATB

Summary: Yowza. Still absorbing this one. Twist ending I sure as hell didn’t see coming. Glenn Close tells you this isn’t the typical genre fare. Moving and disturbing.
10 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

A Cure for Wellness
2017
Time: 146 minutes
Points: 10 (or 7.5)
Bonuses: 2017 release ATB

Summary: I’m feeling some Shutter Island flashbacks here, but personally I think this film is better. The Hotel Califronia of “wellness” spas. Something in the water does not compute. The main character is a real dick so not too sympathetic to his plight. Gorgeous cinematography and creepy mood.
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Would You Rather?
2012
Time: 93 minutes
Points: 15 (or 3)
Bonuses: 2007-2017 release

Summary: Disturbing psychological thriller exploring how far people will go for money and to survive. What’s sad about this movie is in our current climate, I could see rich people exploiting desperation for their personal amusement. But then, maybe things like this do go on and have been going on for some time. Who knows?
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Pieces
1982 or 83 depending on source
Time: 90 minutes
Points: 15 (or 2)
Bonuses:

Summary: I remembered vaguely some dispute over the year of this film in the past, and then I remembered the t-shirt. Classic, and I had the hugest crush on Christopher George in The Rat Patrol when I was knee high. I didn’t realize he and his wife were in Mortuary and she is still alive. Sorry, side trip down nostalgia lane… “Remember, you don’t have to go to Texas for a chainsaw massacre.”
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Grindhouse/Planet Terror
2007
Time: 191 minutes
Points: 15 (or 5)
Bonuses: 2007-2017 release, transformed into zombie/mutation

Summary: Is it wrong if I say one of my favorite parts of this is the vintage theater intro videos and fake trailers? Of the two films, as much as I love Tarantino, I gotta go with Planet Terror as the better of the two. That’s even before the gun leg schtick, which is the icing on the (cheese)cake. And the sprinkles are such gems as the Savini cameo, Josh Brolin being hot as fuck as usual, and killing Fergie. Grindhouse fav moment is predictably the slow motion carnage, although I admit I found a few moments in Grindhouse a bit tedious so I have to dock it a bit, but damn near perfection.
9.5 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

I’m Dangerous Tonight
1990
Time: 100 minutes
Points: 20 (or 6)
Bonuses: Tobe Hooper ATB

Summary: Whatever happened to scream queen Madchen Amick? Here she is in a USA Network movie directed by Tobe Hooper which actually wasn’t so bad. Pretty damn good in fact by TV standards circa 1990, not that we wouldn’t expect some level of quality from the dearly departed Hooper. It’s been a damn tough couple of years for horror fans… But anyway, an old red cloak worn by Aztec priests for sacrificial rituals makes its way into the hands of little Miss Goody Two Shoes Amick. In everyone else it makes them homicidal, including ET’s mom. But it just makes Madchen into a dirty dancing vixen. DVD and VHS copies are rare and pricey, but watch the full movie here: http://putlocker.io/watch/eGLjjpvV-i-m-dangerous-tonight.html
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Gerald’s Game Bonus Weekend
US release date: 2017
Time: 103 minutes
Points: 8 for bonus weekend
Bonuses: see above
Summary: I was never intrigued by the premise of the book because I heavily favor supernatural horror, plus I thought it would be hard to translate the obvious psychological terror into a compelling book, much less a movie. Wrong! I knew with the talent involved it would be at least fairly good, but was surprised at how good it was and the creepiness of the Moonlight Man.
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Personal Challenge (27 points)

I already posted my selfie eating a Buffalo Burger on the Jackalope at Wall Drug, but via text the Head Hauntress agreed to award a point for each Wall Drug sign photo also, which I had not processed till now. For every one I took, I have seen at least 5 I didn’t shoot. Yes, there are really that many.

Doc Terror Tobe Hooper Binge

Body Bags
1993
Time: 90 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Tobe Hooper segment, “Eye”
Summary: I love a good horror anthology, and really love horror cameos, and this antho has director John Carpenter stealing the show as the coroner hosting the three stories. Unfortunately, the Tobe cameo made me sad, but not as sad as the Wes Craven one, which caught me off guard. So many good cameos though, including Greg Nicotero and his flowing hair LOL.
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
1974
Time: 83 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Tobe
Summary: It’s freakin’ Texas Chainsaw Massacre…. what more can be said? One thing that has stuck with me is the fact that it doesn’t show as much gore as you think. Much of it is implied, such as you don’t see the meathook going into the girl. And of course, the final scene with the improvised chainsaw dance. Classic. RIP Tobe.
10 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Salem’s Lot
1979
Time: 187 minutes
Points: 9
Bonuses: Stephen King and Tobe Hooper ATB
Summary: One of the best TV miniseries and Stephen King adaptations ever in my opinion, despite its age. David Soul (Starsky or Hutch?) in the lead role. Lance Henriksen as the horror loving aspiring writer in a buddy film pairing adolescent Stephen King with adult writer Stephen King. But the Glick boys vampire scene is still one of the creepeist things I have ever seen.
8 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Poltergeist
1982
Time: 114 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Tobe Hooper. Duh.
Summary: Yeah, the creepy clown doll scene is classic and scary as hell, but otherwise, I confess I always found this film kind of boring and overrated. (Sorry Tobe.) Sue me.
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Invaders from Mars
1986
Time: 93 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Tobe
Summary: Bud Cort? HELL yes! Thhis is just silly, which is the point. I prefer when Tobe goes full on scary, but it’s not bad.
5 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Toolbox Murders
2004
Time: 95 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Tobe
Summary: Pretty damn good remake by Tobe with Angela Bettis in a not-so-crazy role to cleanse my palate of her uber crazy turn in May. Sheri Moon Zombie gets a gig NOT from her husband, at least not directly. Definitely the apartment building from hell, with a killer hiding behind the walls.
7 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Eaten Alive
1977
Time: 90 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Tobe
Summary: Holy guacamole, I missed this one somehow. First, the “Buck” line borrowed by Tarantino, but Freddy Krueger? Rather gruesome evidence you should avoid Texas at all costs except Austin. Not that I didn’t know that already.
6 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Others tv series, Souls on Board
2000
Time: 60 minutes
Points: 4
Bonuses: Tobe
Summary: I loved this TV series, which was sadly cancelled after its first season. Mick Garris did one episode, Clive Barker made a cameo in one about Jack the Ripper… it’s about a band of psychics who deal with phenomenon but feel an impending evil threat coming. Since it ended after one season, they sadly succumbed to that evil. But this episode found them on a plane with parts from a flight that mysteriously crashed and voices were heard on the black box after the crash. I was lucky to find someone with bootleg copies of the series.
9 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Funhouse
1981
Time: 96 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: ATB for Tobe Hooper on Doc Terror’s list
Summary: This is one of my all-time favorites… I am obsessed with carnivals and fortunetellers and love this movie so much it hurts. Major nostalgia watching them on rides like The Cobra from the fairs of my youth (is that still around?) and the bittersweetness of knowing their fun and happiness is about to be seriously cut short. I love everything Sylvia Miles does and you can see so many things “borrowed” or paid homage to in this movie by later filmmakers, most notably Rob Zombie, but also the crazy bag lady reminds me of one of the homeless people in Prince of Darkness and one of the incarnations of the killer in The First Power.
10 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

The Video Nasties!

Absurd
1981
Time: 90 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Video Nasty
Summary: A movie where blood coagulating faster then normal is the monster quality, and apparently triggers homicidal tendencies. Baking someone’s head in the oven is pretty gruesome if that is possible with the door open? Love how they used an insulin syringe to administer IV push meds. Absurd, indeed.
2 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

Anthropophagus
1981
Time: 91 minutes
Points: 6
Bonuses: Video Nasty
Summary: Tourists on an island dsicover why there is hardly anyone there — a demented psycho of course. Another offering from Joe D’Amato. Better than absurd, but I’m just not feeling these.
3 out of 10 YEARS OF THE MADNESS!

 

 

 

 

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10 Most Haunted Buildings in the USA to Visit for Halloween

10 Most Haunted Buildings in the USA to Visit for Halloween

Many of us look for a good haunting all year round, but October is the month everyone is looking for a good scare. Whether you’re an armchair ghost hunter of a hardcore paranormal investigator, there’s no better time that October and Halloween season for planning a stay to any of these seven creepy locations. These are the seven of the most haunted locations in the United States.

Moundsville Penitentiary, West Virginia – This famous haunted build was in use for over 100 years and held some of the country’s move violent people. There were lots of deaths from hangings to the electric chair and even murder by other prisoners. Now during the tours many people have heard and even seen things.

Lemp Mansion, St. Louis, Missouri – While this building is currently a great Inn and Restaurant it’s past isn’t so pretty. Many members of the Lemp family committed suicide ore died here. Since then the guest have seen people or heard things in rooms that should have been empty. The Inn has embraced this and offers weekly ghost tours.

The Lalaurie Mansion, New Orleans, Louisiana – This building has an interesting but gruesome story. Madame Marie Lalaurie loved having guests who would came and dine and party all night with her, but upstairs she had a dark secret that was revealed one night after local authorities responded to a house fire. The local police found the bodies of several horribly mutilated slaves in her attic. When the locals found out they stormed her house causing her to flee the country. To this day people swear they hear the screams of the slaves from the attic.

Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – This is a gothic-style prison that was opened in 1829. The cells are made of stone and encouraged no human contact. Al Capone spent a year here. The prison was closed on 1971 and since then it’s rumored the spirits of past prisoners have taken over the building. They offer daily tours and even turn the building into the country scariest haunted house in the fall!

RMS Queen Mary, Long Beach, California – While this ocean liner is currently retired it did sail the seas from 1936 to 1967 and carried every from Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn to Dwight D Eisenhower. In 1939 the ship was stripped of any luxury items and given a second life as a war ship during WWII. At the end of the war the luxury was added back for many more years of luxury sailing. This ship has since been open for tours and many have seen the ghosts of a sailor who was crushed to death by a ship door and a crewmate who was murdered on board. Want to read more? Ghosts of the Queen Mary (Haunted America)

Winchester House, San Jose, California – Otherwise known as the Winchester Mystery House, this house was built by Sarah Winchester after losing both her husband and daughter and inheriting the Winchester Rifle fortune. She started building this Rambling Victorian Mansion when some demanding spirits told her too. Supposedly the spirits directed the building of the house, every nook and cranny, every hidden passage, each of the 160 rooms, and 47 fireplaces. You can now tour the 24,000-square foot home the spirits built.

Lizzy Borden Bed and Breakfast, Falls River, Massachusetts – This is the house Lizzy Borden’s parents were found bludgeoned to death in. The prime suspect in the case was their youngest daughter Elizabeth Borden and this case became one of the first to unfold in the media. While she was acquitted due to lack of physical evidence, no one believed her to be innocent. This house is now believed to be haunted by her parent’s spirits. You can now visit the museum and bed and breakfast and even stay in one of the haunted rooms. Read more: The History and Haunting of Lizzie Borden

The Myrtle Plantation, Baton Rouge, Louisiana – The legend of Chloe the slave girl is famous and has made this house one of America’s most haunted buildings. You can read the accounts of the slave girl who haunts the place and even see picture on their website!

The New York State Capital, Albany, New York – This building is rumored to be haunted by the night watchman who died in a fire in 1911. There is also the ghost of an artist that has been seen and several others.

Carnton Mansion, Franklin, Tennessee – This building was used as a hospital during the Civil War and many soldiers died here. They were then buried in a mass grave. Since then many have seen ghost of civil war soldier walking around the building.

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