MikeyB's Movie Night: Halloween Horror Marathon Week 1
Editor: MikeyB (This will explain all the typos and grammar errors.)
Well hello everyone. Its been a long crazy summer and now that it is over, I guess its time to get off my lazy ass and get back to expressing my opinions like they actually matter! Its October now, and to me that means one thing: How many horror movie viewings can I fit into the month? I figure each weekend I will do a short recap of each film I manage to watch during the previous week, so without further ado lets dive right in!
Film #1: The Howling (1981) - Joe Dante
To kick off this years marathon I decided to pop in the 1981 horror/comedy classic The Howling. Great direction by Joe Dante, groundbreaking makeup effects, and a very intelligent script are just a few reasons why you should add this to your own list this Halloween.
1 Fun Fact from IMDB for The Howling:
The following characters are named after werewolf movie directors: George Waggner, Roy William Neill, Terence Fisher, Freddie Francis, Erle C. Kenton, Sam Newfield, Charles Barton, Jerry Warren, Lew Landers, and Jacinto Molina (an alternate name used by Paul Naschy).
Film #2: Evil Dead (2013) - Fede Alvarez
I love this movie. Plain and simple. See how much I love it here.
1 Fun Fact from IMDB for Dead:
If you take the first letters of the main characters David, Eric, Mia, Olivia and Natalie, the letters spell out DEMON.
Film #3: World War Z (2013) - Marc Forster
Formula: Take amazing book and throw out everything but the base idea + Epic action sequences + cgi zombies + delay movie for extensive reshoots and rewrites = some how make one of most entertaining films of the year. I'm baffled by how good this movie really is. I honestly love it.
1 Fun Fact from IMDB for World War Z:
A total of 85 prop machine guns, rifles and pistols to be used for scenes filmed in Hungary, were confiscated by counter-terrorism customs officers in Budapest, Hungary after being flown in from London. Hungarian authorities said the guns could be activated by removing the screws filling the end of the barrels. Hungarian law requires weapons to be deactivated only if the process is irreversible. The movie's weapons supervisor, Bela Gajdos, commented that a permit for the weapons had been issued by Hungarian police. Reports claimed that main actor Brad Pitt was "furious" at the seizure but producers said it had not delayed filming.
Film #4: The Descent (2005) - Neil Marshall
If you are claustrophobic at all this movie will scare the crap out of you before the monsters even show up. A modern day classic in my humble opinion.
1 Fun Fact from IMDB for The Descent:
The appearance of the creatures was kept secret from the cast members until the first scene in which they encounter them was filmed. When the cast were finally filming the scene where the girls encounter the crawlers, the girls were genuinely scared and screamed the building down, running off set and laughing.
Film #5: Mama (2013) - Andrés Muschietti
One of the few movies that has caused me to lose sleep. A great haunted house movie with some truly creepy moments, and with a surprising amount of character development for a genre film.
1 Fun Fact from IMDB for Mama:
Mama is played by a man, Javier Botet, who has Marfan syndrome that give him a slender body, long fingers, and the ability to remove his joints as he wishes.