The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: ‘Fatal Games’ (1984)


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Editor’s Note: Due to a CMS error, the Chronicles of Horror Movie Night from two weeks ago posted as last week’s and this one was missing from the system until now. We apologize, but hey, double entries from Damon in a single week is nothing to complain about, right? Enjoy, kiddies.

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!

Fatal Games' VHS Cover

In the grand pantheon of the horror genre there are many subgenres. From werewolves, to ghosts, to Satan, and all the way to zombies, you would think the bases would be covered. But no, you can delve even deeper into sub-subgenres. Take slashers for instance. Not only can you classify something as a slasher, but they can be supernatural, realistic, camp terrorizers and, yes, even sports related. This week at HMN we witnessed the sheer power of a gymnastics based slasher film from 1984 called Fatal Games that will leave you in stitches and in shock.

The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: ‘Frankenhooker’ (1990)


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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!

Talking VHS Box!

Body parts, super crack, and whores – oh my!

Frank Henenlotter is quite an interesting director. Over the years he’s brought us such classics as Basket Case and Brain Damage; movies known for their over-the-top wackiness as well as some good bloody bits to sate gorehounds’ appetite. Namely among these fantastic films is a little feature that has to be seen to be believed. Of course I’m speaking of 1990’s Frankenhooker. A tale of a mad “doctor” desperate to piece back together his recently deceased fiancé will have you laughing and wincing. Perfection.

The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: Curse III: Blood Sacrifice (1991)


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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!

Curse III VHS Cover

Fucking white people. Am I right?

This is a phrase you will become quite familiar with over the course of the 90 minutes of this week’s film. Furthering the grand tradition of the first two films in The Curse series, this has nothing to do with the other installments. Where part one concerned an alien disease from a meteorite (adapted from a Lovecraft story), and its sequel dealt with some crazy snakes and infected bites transforming the wounded serpents; part three is nothing like the other two. In fact, we even get the exotic locale of South Africa in this one and some crazy tribal shenanigans! Curse III: Blood Sacrifice (aka Panga) involves none of the same characters or experiences, and even gets rid of most of the fun the first two films had going for them. Lame.

The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: Silent Madness (1984)


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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!

The MADNESS VHS cover

What could possibly make an 80s sorority slasher flick better? 3D, of course! They had to do something to save this rather mundane flick and a cardboard-glasses-wearing gimmick hit just the spot. Coming near the end of the big 3D kick, and in the height of slasher insanity, this film didn’t really succeed in either area. Save for a couple of great cast members, Silent Madness is nothing more than a mediocre entry into the genre.

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.

The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: The Evil (1978)


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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!

Cover Art for The Evil

If only there were a masturbating ghost…

Don’t worry, I’ll explain in a bit. This week we trekked all the way back to the late 70s for a Roger Corman distributed bit of haunted house creepiness. Unfortunately, Gus Trikonis’ 1978 film The Evil is nothing all that special. There is a ghost on the loose in a huge, strange mansion with some co-eds, but save for the outstanding fashion stylings of the characters and a jaw-dropping ending, this really isn’t too interesting.

The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: Ice Cream Man (1995)


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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!

VHS Cover

I scream, you scream, we all scream…

When a movie comes along with Clint Howard in the starring role you know good things are ahead. Last year we watched the eerie Howard brother in the early 90s flick Ticks but his role was not quite grand enough for my liking. I can’t get enough of the balding beauty! Enter Ice Cream Man. This film from 1995 features Clint in the starring bad guy role as a very creepy ice cream slinger who also likes to chop up people for use in his specialty flavors. Pretty much every moment of this film is both magical and hysterical.

The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: Venom (1981)


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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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Who are you and what the hell have you done with my Horror Movie Night?!Not that this is a bad thing necessarily, but on occasion our weekly trip into the horrific side of cinema gets a little classy. Usually we are watching the trashy, campy, or just plain odd films of the 70s and 80s so we know where to keep our expectations. Then a film like Piers Haggard’s Venom from 1981 and it screws up the curve. It’s all good though, we still get to watch a great movie full of some crazy performances and at least a few giggle-worthy moments along the way.



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