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