Directed By: Albert Band
The 50s/60s was perhaps a curious time for horror cinema. On this side of the pond Hammer were getting started on their new age of horror, but in the US it had been laying dormant as a genre with the run of Universal horror as they were known being killed off once you get to Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. In the aftermath of World War II and increasing paranoia about the atomic age, Sci-Fi took hold as the dominant genre with countless stories about great power run amok. It seems fitting then that we get a movie like this, undoubtedly fitting the same theme, albeit in a different way.
Directed By: Jonathan Lieberman
I picked this up at random after looking at the They Shoot Zombies Don’t They? list on Letterboxd. The setup seems simple enough but the blurb promised “a twist” at the midpoint. Naturally, I’m easily suckered in so I went for it.
Directed By: Jaume Balaguero
Well, I don’t think you’re going to get too fun a time with something that’s called Apocalypse (can you guess how it ends) but here we are with the fourth and final part of the [Rec] saga. This time land wasn’t good enough so we’re on a boat! Cue The Lonely Island.
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?
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.
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.
Directed By: Renny Harlin
Oh Renny Harlin, what to make of you. From the heights of The Long Kiss Goodnight and Cuthroat Island to following some drippy Americans around a snowy hill. Welcome to The Devil’s Pass or The Dyatlov Pass Incident if you’re nasty…and lived in another country.