Night #21: [Rec] 3: Genesis (2012)

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Directed By: Paco Plaza

I was a pretty big fan of both [Rec] and [Rec] 2 when I first saw them (and I think covered in previous years). I even enjoyed the American remake of the first, called Quarantine when I saw it, even though it’s almost identical with a couple of neat differences thrown in. They were strong entries in the found-footage genre so when I saw the trailer for this I have to admit I kind of checked out. But was I right to?

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Night #20: Student Bodies (1981)

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Directed By: Mickey Rose (But really Michael Ritchie)

So first a lesson in trusting opinions. This appeared on a list I read about ‘Underrated Slashers’ and it promised scares and laughs wbile noting the ‘satire’ to be had from this early offering. So naturally I watched it and dear lord that was a long 96 minutes. So the lesson is: don’t listen to anyone, ever.

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Night #19: Quatermass And The Pit (1967)

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Directed By: Roy Ward Baker

Today we take our first, but not last, foray into Hammer with another attempt at the Quatermass stories. I covered their initial attempt, The Quatermass Xperiment last year and liked the slice of quintessentially British sci-fi. I’m not sure how happy Hammer were though (And indeed original writer Nigel Kneale) since the Quatermass here is much more of what was originally intended, and of course, there’s that glorious Eastman colour.

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Night #17: Motel Hell (1980)

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Directed By: Kevin Connor

Sometimes I wonder about the karmic implications of these actions.

I don’t know how to categorise this one. Perhaps we should go with ‘black comedy’ instead of ‘horror’, but even that doesn’t quite do it justice. Back when I was one of those people who browsed newsgroups, someone on alt.horror used to have a line from this flick as their signature and I still remember it now, which probably goes to show how much I was on there. So for a good few years of my life the title was usually in the back of my mind, even if I never sought out the movie.

Thankfully that all changed.

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Night #16: Ghost Stories (2017)

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Directed By: Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman

The brain sees what it wants to see, so goes a repeated refrain in Ghost Stories and in this case it’s what drives a paranormal debunker? What really gives someone the right to go into someone’s home and tell them that what they experienced and felt isn’t real? If I tell the debunker that there was a ghost in my room, who are they to tell me there wasn’t?

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Night #13: The Last Shark (1981)

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Directed By: Enzo G. Castellari

One thing’s for sure, it wasn’t a floatin chainsaw.”

Saturday’s usually seem like a good time for a creature-feature, so I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone and dip into the murky world of Italian ripoff cinema with this blatant retreading of Jaws, it’s hardly finger-on-the-pulse stuff being as it came some 6 years later. Continue reading