We’re obviously big Roger Corman fans here at HorrorsNotDead, and, even though we can’t personally party with the legendary filmmaker on his birthday (April 5), we can still celebrate with him from miles away in Austin, Texas! Thanks to Tugg.com, we’ll be hosting a special birthday screening of his 1961 Vincent Price classic THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM. This was the second Edgar Allen Poe film from Corman, a series that eventually came to represent his peak as a director. Each of the Corman/Poe/Price team-ups are expertly paced, visually exciting, and full of genuine menace and thrills, so we can practically guarantee you’ll have a great time.
The mysterious passing of a nobleman’s wife is placed under scrutiny by her suspicious brother-in-law. As he investigates her death, he uncovers the castle’s secret past as a place of torture during the Spanish Inquisition and its lingering influence on those who live between its walls. The film stars Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, John Kerr, and Luane Anders.
This rare opportunity to see a Corman classic on the big screen will take place at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar on Thursday, April 5 at 9:45pm. Tickets are available here. As with all Tugg events, the screening doesn’t happen until their minimum attendance is met, so please spread the word on the screening to anyone and everyone you know, and we hope to see you on April 5!
***Editor’s Note: We are so thrilled to bring back our Terror Tuesday Report feature after a long hiatus.***
This Terror Tuesday treated us to a sequel to a film that I’ve heard is a Terror Tuesday favorite, directed by a horror cinephile’s favorite, Don Cascarelli. Don Cascarelli is a name that ranks high up on the list of favorite genre filmmakers amongst film nerds the world over. He’s been at the helm of every film of the Phantasm franchise, and that feat alone is extremely noteworthy with the way franchises routinely get handed to new directors, usually after one or two films. Don obviously takes great care in the stories that he writes, and it definitely shows with this weeks Terror Tuesday entry, Phantasm II.
Edward Theodore Gein is one of the United States most notorious killers and disturbed human beings. With an actual body count of only 2 people, Gein was known for digging up graves of recently deceased women to fashion keepsakes from their skin and bones. And it’s this level of depravity that has given rise to the notoriety of this sick puppy which has spawned many of our horror movie icons. Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Normal Bates from Pyscho and Jame Gumb in The Silence of the Lambs are all based in some form or fashion on mister Gein. However, the most accurate depiction of his crimes comes in the form of the 1974 film Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile, which was recently shown as our Terror Tuesday selection at the Alamo Drafthouse.
Quite often at Terror Tuesday we sit down to watch a film that may not fit within the confines of traditional horror. This is one of those weeks as we sat down for cult favorite vigilante film The Exterminator. A favorite of Terror Tuesday host Zack Carlson, we were treated to a mini trivia contest in which he had a few copies of the new blu-ray release of this film to give away as prizes. That seemed to get the crowd properly fired up for the movie, which had a little bit of a later start than we’re accustomed to for Terror Tuesday. And if Zack’s intro didn’t get us in the proper mood, the soft rock stylings of Roger Bowling crooning a song called “Heal It” certainly did the trick.
So you’re a piss-poor psychic operating out of your bachelor pad, conning old women out of their fixed incomes, when you learn that your old flame has an immortal Native American medicine man reincarnating himself in her neck and that this ancient being reborn has the power to bring about the end of the world as we know it.
When a movie has dueling titles, I am immediately on board. When a movie smacks of bargain-basement versions of all three of the Holy Italian Triumvirate (Bava, Fulci, Argento), I am in. When a trailer finally provides me the solution to a years-old mystery that had been truly vexing me, I am so completely in. Such is the case with this week’s Terror Tuesday selection: Superstition alias The Witch. Just try not to enjoy the ooey, gooey trailer below. Oh, by the way, the mystery involves the scene in which a saw blade bounds across a room and kills a priest. This was a shot I always mistakenly assumed was from Roger Corman’s The Evil. When I discovered my error, I could not for the life of me remember where I had seen it. Thank you Terror Tuesday, now I can sleep again.
Third week in and already I’m throwing you a curve, but for good reason. My friend Eric Vespe, whom you probably know as Quint from Ain’t It Cool News is celebrating his birthday with a special screening of one of his favorite films at the Alamo Drafthouse. The screening happens to take place on the same day and at the same time as Terror Tuesday. Ordinarily, I would have to wish Vespe a happy birthday and offer a heartfelt apology that I wouldn’t be able to attend his soiree…but then he revealed the movie he would be showing. So yes, though it technically won’t be an official Terror Tuesday, I will be attending the 35mm screening of a horror film on Tuesday at the Alamo Drafthouse, I still think that counts.
Now as for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors, I have mixed feelings. Part of me really falls in line with the argument that it is the best of the Freddy sequels and is giddy at the idea of seeing it on the big screen. But there is a lingering malaise in my memory of this film because I saw it in conjunction with every other Nightmare on Elm Street sequel in a sort of marathon. If you are a fan of horror, which you are because you are reading this, you are well aware of the spectacularly sharp decline in quality from sequel to sequel of this franchise. Having subjected myself to all of them in one sitting, it has become difficult for me to differentiate between them. Hopefully, this screening will decisively sever this film from the residual incompetence of the films around it.
But as always, we shall see. Enjoy the trailer in the meantime and Happy Valentine’s Day!
In January of 2010, I began a project for Cinematical’s Horror Squad. If you read myself or Pete Hall with any regularity on any of our outlets than you’re probably already sick of hearing the words Alamo Drafthouse. Well too bad, because I’m about to lavish a bit more praise upon it.
Every Tuesday for the last four years or so, the Alamo has been offering 35mm screenings of horror films both classic and obscure. My goal was to see every single film, week-to-week, that was showcased in 2010 and write up both a synopsis of the film and an overview of the varying audience reactions. Thus, the Terror Tuesday Report was born. I enjoyed writing TTR immensely and managed to attend every week, with very few exceptions. In September, Horror Squad, as well as Cinematical, was rolled into Moviefone where I continued to write the Terror Tuesday Report. But it soon became apparent that the Moviefone audience did not harbor the same appreciation for offbeat horror films as did the Horror Squad audience. The time had come to make a change. Remembering my roots as a film journalist, I could think of no better place for The Terror Tuesday’s Reports new home than Horror’s Not Dead.
So here’s how it’ll work. The reports will hit every Tuesday for the previous week’s film. On Monday (or in this case Tuesday as I am once again behind on things), we will post the trailer for the current week’s film and I’ll write a few words about my expectations. I hope you enjoy reading it. I’m back suckas!
This week (in essence what you’ll be reading next week): Critters 2
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