The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: Necropolis (1987)

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After starting in Washington D.C. nine years ago Horror Movie Night has expanded to include chapters in Austin, Dallas and Chicago. Horror’s Not Dead’s own Brian Kelley is the originator and programmer of this illustrious weekly Wednesday night tradition which features a “classic” horror film. Each week I will be reviewing/commenting on the past week’s selection so do your best to find the film, most of which have not made it past VHS, and follow along. Better yet, start your own chapter!

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This week at Horror Movie Night we got to sit down to witness a tale of reincarnation, devil worship, and dancing. In 1987 Bruce Hickey directed his one and only film that would propel him into levels of complete nothingness. It would not become a hit, nor even a cult favorite. After almost 25 years it remains as unseen as it ever was and out of conversation amongst genre film fans everywhere. But for all the lack of attention Necropolis receives, there are some moments of pure awesome contained in its brief 77 minutes.

Terror Tuesday Report: Prison

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With Wyoming running out of space for its inmates, the decision to reopen the decrepit Wyoming State Penitentiary is made. Brought on to oversee the operation is the infamously hard-assed Warden Eaton Sharpe (Lane Smith) who had been, years earlier in 1956, a hard-assed guard around the time a prisoner named Charlie Forsythe was put to death in the prison’s electric chair. Against the protests from a plucky young prison board rep, Katherine Walker (Chelsea Field), Sharpe has a shipment of prisoners brought in who will be responsible for cleaning up the facility. Among the batch is Burke (Viggo Mortensen in one of his first film roles) who bears a striking resemblence to Forsythe. When the wall sealing the execution room is broken through, something evil is unleashed and prisoners begin dying in horrible ways and whatever-the-evil-is looks to be aiming for Warden Sharpe.

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