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HWR

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31 Days of Halloween!

Day IX: Universal’s Frankenstein Sequel Marathon: Son of Frankenstein (1989, Rowland V. Lee), The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942, Erle C. Kenton), Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man (1944, Roy William Neil)
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Another Friday another series of Universal sequels - this time surrounding Frankenstein’s monster. Now The original and Bride are great films but Son of Frankenstein is too. The cast is first rate with the likes of Basil Rathbone and Bela Lugosi playing memorable roles - it’s one of the best Universal sequels I’ve seen.

Whist Ghost isn’t quite as good it has a sense of fun that makes it enjoyable and is fairly short too. FMTW is a good crossover which pitted two iconic horror characters against each other long before the likes of FvJ. There are two further films that feature the monster alongside some of the other Universal icons but I’ll save those for another time. 4/5, 3/5, 3.5/5
 

HWR

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Day X: One Missed Call (2003, Takashi Miike)

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One Missed Call is a film that has some cool ideas and a great director helming it but felt a bit drawn out in places and wasn’t as strong as some other J-horrors I’ve seen.

Miike’s directing is the film’s strongest element as it added some solid suspense and tension as the story progressed. There are two sequels for OMS which are packaged a trilogy release by Arrow Video but I’ll save those for another time. 3/5
 

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Day XI: The House that Dripped Blood (1970, Peter Duffel)

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A horror anthology from Amicus Films featuring horror icons Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing alongside a great cast that includes Jon Pertwee, Denholm Elliot, John Bennett and Ingrid Pitt.

Each of the four stories have plots that are tied together by the titular house in the film’s titles and the macabre situations that await its tenants. I found The Cloak to be my favourite of the stories due to Pertwee’s performance. 3.5/5
 

Winkuru

Great Teacher
A trilogy of Japanese vampire movies from director Michio Yamamoto and Toho Studios that feature a fairly prominent western influence, especially from the iconic Hammer Horror films but also borrow elements and imagery from the likes of Roger Corman’s Edgar Allan Poe films (something Kim Newman points out in his discussing of the trilogy for this release.)

Despite this, the films retain their own visual identity thanks to Yamamoto’s directing and some wonderfully campy performances. Doll isn’t really a vampire film but a solid supernatural story whilst Lake is the weakest one of the trilogy due to it feeling a bit drawn out in places and Evil is decent but not as effective as Doll. I’m grateful that Arrow brought these across to the UK. 3.5/5, 2.5/5, 3/5
Can you tell me how Vampire Doll ends. I tried to watch it today but it seems i got faulty disc because the movie keeps throwing me back to the menu around 1h mark. Can't even skip to the last chapter and rewind back. The sucky thing is that i bought this long time ago so arrow probably isn't going to replace the disc.
 
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HWR

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Can you tell me how Vampire Doll ends. I tried to watch it today but it seems i got faulty disc because the movie keeps throwing me back to the menu around 1h mark. Can't even skip to the last chapter and rewind back. The sucky thing is that i bought this long time ago so arrow probably isn't going to replace the disc.
I’d have to go back and watch it - been a busy time lately and I sadly can’t remember off the top of my head how this ends.
 

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Day XII: The Evil Dead (1981, Sam Raimi)
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With a small budget and cast featuring alongside with some superb effects, director Sam Raimi and co managed to craft a simple yet effective story that is raw in its horror elements and also created an icon out of its lead Bruce Campbell. The Evil Dead franchise in general is one of the greats and though 2 is my favourite, this remains a classic. 4/5
 
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Heavy Metal (1981)

An intrguing curio that melds pulp comic-book fantasy with rock music for a kind of proto MTV short film anthology, this would probably have felt quite revolutionary at the time, but now seems to hover been oddly quaint and downright dated. I think it holds up better than the likes of Fire & Ice, but there's an air of schoolboy bathroom graffiti horinness throughout it, that really begins to grate once we get past the first couple of segments and the jokes stop landing.

The final segment, Taara, did redeem the film a little bit for me though, making good use of Moebius's artwork and affording its hero slightly more agency than the other female characters in the film, but even it feels like a bit of a trifle really.
 

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Day XII: Mr. Vampire (1985, Ricky Lau)

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Though a horror-comedy, this successful Hong Kong blockbuster manages to pack in some spookier and atmospheric moments to accompany the more comedic elements. I’d say this is another Eureka Entertainment release worth picking up. 3.5/5
 

Winkuru

Great Teacher
Watched plenty seasonal movies this month but nothing really worth promoting. Instead i'm going to recommend little Danish film called "The Guilty"


First i heard of this was when someone mentioned Hideo Kojima praising it and i marked it down and finally watched it yesterday and it was great. It's not the kind of movie you should know much about beforehand. The closest thing i would compare is "Phone Booth" but this is more down to earth.
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
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Day XIV: In the Aftermath (1988, Carl Colpaert)
In the Aftermath

A film in which sequences from Mamoru Oshii’s enigmatic Angel’s Egg are spliced with live action in an apocalyptic tale. The live action sequences weren’t especially interesting and the scenes from AE are dubbed over with some less than great voice acting so at best, this film serves as a look at what Arrow Video could do with an Angel’s Egg release but otherwise there isn’t a much recommend here. 2/5
 
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Day XV: The Fly (1958, Kurt Neumann)

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Though the Cronenberg remake is a masterpiece the original story that it’s based upon is a lot of fun too, especially due to having Vincent Price as the lead. Some scenes were a bit dull but the actual reveal of the experiment gone wrong still looks pretty effective today. 3.5/5
 

HWR

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Day XVI: Universal Dracula Sequels: Daughter of Dracula (1936, Lambert Hillyer) & Son of Dracula (1943, Robert Siodmak)

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Just two sequels this time around, though there are two further films which are big crossovers and the Abbott and Costello films which I’ll get to one day. Despite their namesake both of these films work fairly well as standalone storylines, largely due to the performances from their respective leads Gloria Holden and Lon Chaney, Jr. 3.5/5, 3.5/5
 

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Day XVII: Universal Monster Crossovers: The House of Frankenstein (1944, Erle C. Kenton), House of Dracula (1945, Erle C. Kenton)

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Having watched the sequels for Universal’s Dracula, Frankenstein and Wolf Man franchises’ it was only fitting to watch these two films in which they all appear.

However, in HoF Dracula never actually meets Frankenstein‘s monster and The Wolf Man as he dies in the first act which was a shame but the film is still quite good at balancing out all the characters whilst telling a story that doesn’t waste much time. 3.5/5

HoD, meanwhile, feels uninspired as a Doctor finds himself tending to the trio of monsters due to a series of events. The ending is also a rushed letdown, taking footage from another film in a lazy fashion. Outside of a happier ending for Larry Talbot this was a weak entry into the Universal monster franchise. 1.5/5
 
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Time-Traveller
Oh Come on, there’s a random hunchback but the wolf man leaves early? I get that hunchbacks were proper “freaks” in the eyes of society back then but they must have felt cheated with the wolfman, much better than a random disability

then again wolfman stories are often better than wolfman films. You putting American werewolf on the list at some point, @HWR? One of the best wolfman films, with a grotesque transformation to top it off
 

HWR

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Day XVIII: The Count Yorga Collection: Count Yorga, Vampire (1970, Bob Kelljan), The Return of Count Yorga (1971, Bob Kelljan)

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Two vampire films that share the same director and lead actor (Robert Quarry). Both see the titular Yorga stealing away victims whilst those around him grow more suspicious about what he really is. I enjoyed Return a bit more due to it having some nicer production values but both are worth a watch via the Arrow Video release. 3/5, 3.5/5
 
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Silent Running (1972)

Having read a synopsis of it years ago, Douglas Turnbull's sci-fi fable about a troubled astronaut trying to protect the last of earth's forests from an indifferent society, held few surprises for me, but it's still a powerful and sadly relevant film. The one thing I didn't expect was how unashamedly direct it all is; there are no obscure metaphors here, and at a mere 90 minutes, it comes straight to the point, right down to the slightly mawkish use of Joan Baez's music as (the thoroughly excellent) Bruce Dern lovingly tends his trees.
 
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Day XIX: The Chill Factor (1993, Christopher Webster)
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This was an underwhelming experience to say the least. If you like snowmobile races/chases then maybe this will give you something but otherwise it’s a supernatural horror that takes way too long to get to the actual supernatural elements. The film feels padded out and the characters aren’t likeable enough to carry it. 1.5/5
 

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Day XX: As the Gods Will (2014, Takashi Miike)1603220580528.jpeg
One of several manga adaptations that Miike has directed over the years, this film is based on the first arc of the series (I haven’t read the series so am judging this solely on the film on its own merits) and is often ridiculously gory and visceral in execution. The CGI worked reasonably well too.

It felt reminiscent of other student-driven battle Royale narratives with various mind games and twisted character developments and was a decent watch overall, especially thanks to having Miike as director - they tend to do well with often absurdist levels of violence. 3.5/5
 

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Day XX: As the Gods Will (2014, Takashi Miike)View attachment 15341
One of several manga adaptations that Miike has directed over the years, this film is based on the first arc of the series (I haven’t read the series so am judging this solely on the film on its own merits) and is often ridiculously gory and visceral in execution. The CGI worked reasonably well too.

It felt reminiscent of other student-driven battle Royale narratives with various mind games and twisted character developments and was a decent watch overall, especially thanks to having Miike as director - they tend to do well with often absurdist levels of violence. 3.5/5
I really want to watch this film as I love this sort of genre in the anime/manga side. I did read the first volume of the series' "Second Season" which is the one Kodansha Comics have digitally (and was on Crunchyroll), but one day I hope the first series is licensed.

As for the film I know Funimation has the US/CA rights but I was hoping for Arrow would acquire the UK/IE rights as it fits their brand plus they have Terra Formars so why not. Glad you like the film at least.
 
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