Is there anything worse than Monday? I mean seriously, is there? Oh wait, I suppose being abducted by a deranged prison doctor and subjected to a wide array of physical and psychological torture may be worse. But what if you were abducted by a deranged prison doctor and subjected to a wide array of physical and psychological torture…ON A MONDAY?! Luckily, the Alamo Drafthouse’s signature weekly horror retrospective isn’t called Terror Monday so I think we’ve effectively side-stepped that landmine. Take a gander at the trailer for this week’s Human Experiments below. Frankly, I am in shock as to how modern this film appears, at least conceptually. The piling of torment and depravity onto an innocent seems to somehow rip a page from the contemporary horror playbook. Damn worm holes!
One of my favorite horror films of the 1970s finds 35mm glory and official immortalization thanks to Terror Tuesday. Tourist Trap is an immensely creepy film despite operating under a number of familiar horror movie cliches. The thing that struck me most about Tourist Trap when it was first recommended to me by a clerk at Austin’s incredible Vulcan Video, fitting as they are the weekly sponsors of Terror Tuesday, is how much it seemed to have worked its way into the 2005 remake of House of Wax. That film feels way more like a remake of Tourist Trap than it does Vincent Price’s 1953 House of Wax. In any event, it stands on its own beautifully and I think the audience this week will find it holds up pretty well. Enjoy the trailer below…
Praise almighty Cthulhu, another week has begun! Today, on a very special Terror Tuesday Forecast, we will be previewing this week’s screening of a shot-on-video horror film from the early 80s. If you can stifle your jealously for just a moment, you should know that this film is being released by outstanding distribution house Severin Films. Shortly, we here at Horror’s Not Dead will be posting a review of their stellar DVD. In the meantime, get excited for this “quality” piece of “filmmaking” by watching a clip from Sledgehammer. You have been warned.
Happy Monday, maniacs! This week, Terror Tuesday is featuring a film that, as unheard of as it may seem, lives in the shadow of its sequel. If you haven’t seen Troll 2, I hate you. That’s a bit harsh, but surely you hate your own brain if you haven’t treated it to one of the most ironically entertaining cinematic disasters ever misguidedly created. For full enlightenment as to the failings of, and subsequent cult phenomenon that is, Troll 2 seek out the sensational documentary Best Worst Movie. I have seen Troll once, and I was impossibly young at the time. I remember being freaked out by it, but again I was but a tot and would probably have been equally freaked out by loud noises or slightly ajar closet doors. I look forward to seeing Troll again to be reminded of its plot, which is no way revisited by Troll 2 which harbors no connective tissue to the original film. Bring it on!
Aloha, beasts of madness! Monday has again arrived and it is once again time to take a quick peek at what is playing at Terror Tuesday this week. I’ve seen David Cronenberg’s Rabid and, being a die hard fan of the man, I quite like it. While part of me is positively beside myself with excitement to see it in 35mm, there resides in me a trepidation going into this week’s screening. Cronenberg is one of the masters, of that there is little debate, but his films do not constitute the traditional Terror Tuesday fare. Those who attend the evening’s festivities in the hopes of witnessing wretched cinematic disasters are completely bewildered by legitimate quality. When Terror Tuesday featured The Brood, the audience grew restless and chatty due to the film’s deliberate pacing. This is not specific to Cronenberg as all manner of great films have received similarly cold, awkward receptions. I’ll remain hopeful for this week’s screening, but history is against us.
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.
The roots of my excitement for this week’s film are threefold. First, it was directed by William Girdler who also directed Terror Tuesday alums Day of the Animals and Grizzly. I love both of these films wholeheartedly and the chance to see another entry from his canon is one I wouldn’t dare miss. Also, if you aren’t intrigued on some level by the plot synopsis of The Manitou alone, I weep for your having been born bereft of awesomeness. It’s about a tumor growing on a woman that turns out to be a Native American demon trying to return to our dimension. If that sentence didn’t convince you to see this film, read it again. And finally, I have tried to watch this film on three separate occasions and, through a series of unfortunate interruptions, have yet to be able to finish it. This week I will rectify this for good and all, and in 35mm no less. Peep the trailer below…
I could not be more excited for this week’s show! Night Warning is a film so many of my friends have talked about from previous Alamo screenings and their combined zeal alone is enough to send my anticipation level through the roof. But the added incentive here is that Night Warning is a remarkably rare film; so rare in fact that I wasn’t even able to obtain a trailer for it to embed into this post. While I apologize for the disservice this does to your reading enjoyment, it does fill me with an additional twinge of expectation. I once tried to obtain a VHS copy of this film and found that it would cost me unreasonable amounts of money. I am anxious to see this film in 35mm because frankly it seems that the opportunities to see it at all are few and far between.
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