Night #24: I Bury The Living (1958)

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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.

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Night #23: Just Before Dawn (1981)

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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.

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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 #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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