Posted by: Damon Swindall
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!
Who doesn’t love a good sequel that has very little to do with the original film? None of the same cast or characters, not in the same location or even remotely related to the plot of its predecessor. Welcome to the horror market of the 1980s. Hell, it still happens today. A film is made and sold to a studio who sees some sort of very loose connection between it and another title so they slap that name on it and add a “Part 2” or some such to the end and, BOOM, instant audience. In this case we see the Wil Wheaton farm-centered film The Curse (1987) followed by something very different in the snakes-on-the-road thriller The Curse II: The Bite from 1988. I’ll be damned if this isn’t entertaining as hell, and probably all around better than the film which had its title sequel-jacked.