The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: ‘Of Unknown Origin’ (1983)

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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!

Rat Scratch Fever

Alright guys, this is going to be a rarity for my good ‘ol Horror Movie Night column. Over the past – however long you’ve been reading – you’ve seen me praise the ludicrous and gory, all the while condemning the low-body-count-plagued snoozefests. This week we have a film that has a body count of zero. Yep, not a single person bites the dust here, but I’m still going to sing the high praises of the 1983 film Of Unknown Origin. It is possible to have a horror film, or in this case a bit more of a thriller, with little to no death, yet be able to retain a feeling of terror and keep you interested while on the edge of your seat. Thanks to director George P. Cosmatos that is exactly what we get here. 

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