The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: Beasties (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!

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It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down and watched my way through the Ghoulies or Critters franchises, probably since they were originally released, but recently I bought all of them and plan on watching them again. Why the hell not? Who doesn’t love small creatures that kill and cause mischief? I’ve always been a big fan of the Gremlins films so when I read this week’s HMN pick was akin to all of these films I was stoked. Turns out that Stephen Paul Contreras’ Beasties has much less to do with the others and is beyond confusing with ideas and themes that are all over the place.

The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: The Carrier (1988)


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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 Carrier's VHS Cover

Here we are – the year 2012. With the new year we all make new resolutions, may they be public or private, get a fresh start… and begin a new year at Horror Movie Night! Brian has programmed one hell of a line-up for our last year on Earth (if the Mayans have anything to say about it). We kick things off with a strange flick from 1988 full of melting people, dangerous Dr. Seuss and a boatload of cats. I speak of The Carrier.

The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: The Shaft (2001)


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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!

Foreign DVD cover that is much cooler

Another year of bloody fun at Horror Movie Night has come to a fine finish. Just as 2011 began, it ends – with a flick about a killer elevator by Dick Maas. This fine Dutch director was chosen by our wise programmer, Brian, to bookend the year and we even had a couple of his other films thrown in along the way. I can’t remember every little instance of his original film De Lift (1983) from a year ago but I do recall enjoying it. According to my personal movie logging notes, as this was before starting the weekly HMN column, I enjoyed this even though it was a tad slow. Maybe Maas felt the same way, as he felt compelled to direct an English language remake set in New York City some eighteen years later. 2001’s The Shaft (aka Down) has pretty much all of the same faults and successes as the original but it’s still a fun vertical ride.

The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: Sint (2010)


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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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There’s nothing like taking a beloved children’s character and perverting it for use in a horror film. It just makes me smile ear-to-ear. You can do it with numerous personalities, fictional or real, but the one that is most famous and terrifying has to be Santa Claus. A child puts his trust in Kringle more than any other person on the planet. He will tell a man dressed as the jolly old elf at a shopping mall more than he will tell his own parents. When you take that trust and flip it to where this figure of gift giving and love becomes a homicidal maniac, you are set to warp some minds.

The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: Society (1989)


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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!

Poster art for Society

Time to break out the cardigan sweaters, learn which fork is the salad fork and practice your haughtiest laugh because this week Horror Movie Night is taking a look into the upper crust. Yes, those damned one-percenters are much more than just money-hungry control freaks. With Brian Yuzna’s (Bride of Re-Animator, Return of the Living Dead III) 1989 film Society we are given a glimpse into a world of the privileged, and what they do to stay that way. It’s going to blow your mind hole!

The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: Mutant Hunt (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!

VHS cover of Mutant Hunt

Those direct-to-video titles can be quite a toss-up. When you would venture into the local VHS depository and scan the racks these crazy films with crazy titles and, sometimes, even crazier artwork would immediately catch the eye. That’s the job of the DTV flick: suck in the consumer and rake in the rental scratch. No matter what people might say, the majority of these films never amounted to much and usually left the viewer a tad down. You will get a gem every now and again but the odds are not in your favor. One such example is 1987’s Wizard Video release, under the “Too Gory for the Silver Screen” banner, Mutant Hunt. Certain parts of the film are brilliant and hysterical, but before the halfway point things get boring and never really recover.

The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: Creepozoids (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!

Creepozoids VHS Cover

I have four words for you that should give you all you need to know about this week’s film: directed by David DeCoteau. I’ll wait while it all sinks in your brain.

That name is infamous in the world of cheap, quick and direct-to-video titles. This man got his start as a production assistant at New World Pictures with the great Roger Corman over thirty years ago. Not long after, he would hook up with Charles Band at Empire Pictures and start his directing career. This led to numerous ventures with Band and he even followed him over to Full Moon Entertainment. If you’re not familiar with DeCoteau, it’s all right. I won’t hold it against you, but he did direct the great Dreamaniac (1986), which was on the HMN schedule back in May. This time we have met up with an older and wiser (HA!) director and his 1987 film Creepozoids. The magic is, as you might suspect, stupefying.

The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: Monster Shark (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!

VHS cover in the States

So last week here on The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night I gave my thoughts on a rip-off of The Exorcist that we all watched in amazement. In said write-up I mentioned how much people have loved ripping-off other movies for years, and this week’s film is no exception. By far, one of the biggest films of the 70s was Jaws. This is the movie that put Spielberg on the map and would become known as the first summer blockbuster. It’s also the movie that spawned a thousand rip-offs. Ok, not literally but so many people, and countries, have made their own Jaws film it’s ridiculous. In 1984 one such film was made by Lamberto Bava (son of famed Italian director Mario Bava, and credited here as John Old, Jr). Some call it Devil Fish, others say Shark: Rosso nell’oceano, but to me it’s Monster Shark.




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