2018 Halloween Double Feature : “The Blackwell Ghost 2”

Trash Film Guru

If at first you at least partially succeed — then keep going! That seems to be the modus operandi of micro-budget horror filmmakers from Nigel Bach to Ryan Callaway to — shit, everyone in the game, right? You don’t have that much money you need to earn back from these things because they didn’t cost that much to make, obviously, but if you get a few months’ rent or mortgage payments in the can every time you put one out, then why not keep on keeping on?

Turner Clay is no exception, and since he probably recouped whatever “investment” of time and money that went into 2017’s The Blackwell Ghost, plus a little something extra for the effort, there was literally no reason for him not to go back to the well in 2018 and crank out The Blackwell Ghost 2. Amazon Prime picked up the first one, so…

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Lisa’s Week In Review: 10/22/18 — 10/28/18

It’s almost Halloween!

Movies That I Watched:

  1. Absurd (1981)
  2. Anaconda (1997)
  3. Antropophagus (1980)
  4. Blood for Dracula (1974)
  5. Carnival of Souls (1962)
  6. Count Yorga, Vampire (1970)
  7. The Dark Eyes of London (1939)
  8. Death Ship (1980)
  9. Deliverance (1972)
  10. Dellamorte Dellamore (1994)
  11. The Devil Bat (1940)
  12. Diary of the Dead (2007)
  13. Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)
  14. From Prada to Nada (2011)
  15. Honolulu (1939)
  16. The Hunger (1983)
  17. Manhunter (1986)
  18. The Male Animal (1942)
  19. Mark of the Vampire (1935)
  20. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994)
  21. The Mummy (1959)
  22. Night Monster (1942)
  23. The Room (2003)
  24. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  25. Teen Witch (1989)
  26. Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
  27. The Two Orphan Vampires (1997)
  28. Waxwork (1988)
  29. Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992)

Television Shows That I Watched:

  1. 911
  2. Antiques Roadshow
  3. Camping
  4. Channel Zero
  5. Charmed
  6. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  7. Dancing With The Stars
  8. The Deuce
  9. Face The Truth
  10. The Haunting of Hill House
  11. Heathers
  12. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  13. Jamestown
  14. King of the Hill
  15. Kolchak: The Night Stalker
  16. Manifest
  17. Parking Wars
  18. Shipping Wars
  19. South Park
  20. Survivor 37
  21. The Walking Dead
  22. The Woman In White
  23. You
  24. ZNation

Books That I Read:

  1. Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci (1999) by Stephen Thrower
  2. David Warbeck: The Man and His Movie (1996) by Jason J. Slater and Harvey Fenton
  3. Spaghetti Nightmares (1996) by Luca Palmerini and Gaetano Mistretta

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Big Data
  2. Broken Peach
  3. Coldplay
  4. Dillon Francis
  5. Goblin
  6. The Heavy
  7. Jean-Michel Jarre
  8. John Carpenter
  9. Lindsey Stirling
  10. Lost in Trees
  11. Muse
  12. The Orwells
  13. Peach Kelli Pop
  14. Radiohead
  15. Saint Motel
  16. Sleigh Bells
  17. Steve Aoki
  18. Thom Yorke

Links From Last Week:

  1. On Horror Critic, I reviewed Death Ship!
  2. On Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the latest episode of Survivor!
  3. On my music site, I shared music from Radiohead, Jean-Michel Jarre, Lindsey Stirling, Muse, Coldplay, Steve Aoki, and Dillon Francis.
  4. On Sleeping Lisa (that’s my dream journal!), I shared a weird TCM dream, a weird car theft dream, and a weird kidnapping dream!
  5. On her photography site, Erin shared: A Very Large Puddle, Cemetery, Jake is Watching, Grave Marker, Watching, and Fog!
  6. The Death of FlimStruck and What We Can Do About It

Links From The Site:

  1. Case reviewed the first two episodes of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina!
  2. Erin celebrated Dracula and Frankenstein Through The Ages.  She reviewed It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Eight Men Out.  She shared the following artwork: Terror From the Year 5,000, The Brain Eaters, The Amazing Colossal Man, War of the Colossal Beast, Invasion of the Saucer Men, I Was A Teenage Frankenstein, and How To Make A Monster!
  3. Gary reviewed Jungle Woman, The Invisible Man’s Revenge, The Mummy’s Ghost, The Mummy’s Curse, Jungle Captive, Snake People, House of Dracula, and House of Horrors!  He shared some Alice Cooper and wrote about a Halloween double feature!
  4. Jeff shared a music video from Nekrogoblikon and reviewed Fatal Bond, All-American Murder, Spellcaster, Old Dracula, Beaks, An American Vampire Story, and Dead of Winter!  He also shared the weekly trailer round-up!
  5. I reviewed a lot of stuff, too much to really list.  Check out my thoughts of episodes 3 and 4 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina!
  6. Ryan reviewed Late Era Clash, Sphere Fear, and The Blackwell Ghost.  He also shared his weekly reading round-up!

To see what I did last week, click here!

Have a safe Halloween everyone and I hope you enjoy the last three days of TSL’s Horrorthon!

Love That Dirty Water: BOSTON RED SOX WIN 2018 WORLD SERIES!!

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108 regular season wins… playoff victories against bitter rivals the Yankees and defending champs the Astros… a historic 18 inning loss in Game 3… and finally, the Boston Red Sox seal the deal to become the 2018 World Series Champions! And best of all, they did it before midnight!!

No one thought this team was anything special at first. Their new manager, Alex Cora, had no experience running a team on his own. They didn’t sign free agent slugger J.D. Martinez until late in spring training. There were questions about David Price, the bullpen looked shaky, superstar Dustin Pedroia was unable to come back from knee surgery, Jackie Bradley couldn’t hit, Rafael Devers couldn’t field. They lost their first game to the Tampa Bay Rays, and I had low expectations about them.

Then something magical happened. The team won nine in a row, then another eight-game streak, and they never…

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Horror on TV: Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1.18 “The Knightly Murders” (dir by Vincent McEveety)

Tonight on Kolchak….

The armor of a 12-century knight is possessed and determined to keep anyone from harming the museum in which it is currently housed.  This includes anyone who might want to build a nightclub nearby.  With the armor trying to prevent Chicago from enjoying disco, it’s up to Carl Kolchak to report the story and solve the case!

I like this episode because it features a holy ax.

This episode originally aired on March 7th, 1975.


Cold Terror: Dead of Winter (1987, directed by Arthur Penn)

Katie (Mary Steenburgen) is a struggling actress with an out-of-work husband (William Russ) and a deadbeat brother (Mark Malone).  Desperately in need of money, Kate goes to an open audition and is immediately hired by Mr. Murray (Roddy McDowall), who explains that Katie will have to meet with one of the film’s investors, the wheelchair-bound Dr. Lewis (Jan Rubes).  In the middle of a raging snowstorm, they go to Dr. Lewis’s home and, once they’ve arrived, Katie discovers that she is meant to replace an actress who looked exactly like her but who Dr. Lewis claims had a nervous breakdown.  She’s told that she must stay the night so she can meet the director in the morning and when she tries to call her husband to let him know where she is, the line is dead.  (For those born after 1996, the line being dead was the 80s equivalent of not being able to get a signal.)  Dr. Lewis says it must be due to the storm but he promises to have Mr. Murray take her into town in the morning.  Of course, the next morning, the car doesn’t start and it becomes clear that Dr. Lewis is not planning on ever letting Katie leave his home.

Dead of Winter is a throw-back to the type of gothic, damsel-in-distress films that actresses like Nina Foch, Ingrid Bergman, and Linda Darnell used to make back in the 1940s and 50s.  If you can accept that anyone could ever be as naive as Katie, it’s not that bad of a thriller.  Director Arthur Penn fills his movie with homages to Hitchcock and the scene where a drugged Katie wakes up to discover that she’s missing a finger is an effectively nasty shock.  By the end of the movie, Mary Steenburgen has played three different characters and she does a good job as all three of them.  Jan Rubes makes Dr. Lewis’s too obviously evil but Roddy McDowall is great as the polite but psychotic Mr. Murray.  When Mr. Murray sees that Katie has tried to escape by climbing out a window, he yells, “Oh dear!” and only Roddy McDowall could have pulled that off.

Dead of Winter was Arthur Penn’s second-to-last theatrical film.  After making films like Bonnie and Clyde, Little Big Man, and Alice’s Restaurant, Penn’s career went into decline as the American film industry became increasingly centered around blockbusters and Penn’s cerebral approach fell out of favor.  After Dead of Winter, Penn would direct Penn & Teller Get Killed before returning to his roots as a television director.  Penn ended his long and distinguished career as an executive producer on Law & Order.

Halloween Havoc!: HOUSE OF HORRORS (Universal 1946)

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Rondo Hatton (1894-1946) was dubbed by “The Ugliest Man in Hollywood” by Universal for his repulsive visage. Originally a Tampa-based sportswriter, Hatton began developing the disease acromegaly as a young adult, a form of gigantism which distorts the facial features and bone structure (wrestler Andre the Giant suffered from this). Rondo moved to Hollywood and got work as a film extra and some bit parts (he can be spotted in SAFE IN HELL , IN OLD CHICAGO, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (’39 version), and THE OX BOW INCIDENT, among others).

1944’s “The Pearl of Death”

Hatton played “The Hoxton Creeper” in the 1944 Sherlock Holmes entry THE PEARL OF DEATH (with Universal Scream Queen Evelyn Ankers as a villainess, for a change), then proceeded to scare the daylights out of audiences in JUNGLE CAPTIVE and THE SPIDER WOMAN STRIKES BACK. While not a trained actor, his unique looks made…

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4 Shots From 4 Peter Cushing Films: Corruption, Scream and Scream Again, Asylum, Shock Waves

4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking.

Today, we pay tribute to one of the greatest British film stars with….

4 Shots From 4 Peter Cushing Films

Corruption (1968, dir by Robert Hartford-Davis)

Scream and Scream Again (1970, dir by Gordon Hessler)

Asylum (1972, dir by Roy Ward Baker)

Shock Waves (1977, dir by Ken Wiederhorn)

Weekly Trailer Round-Up: Bohemian Rhapsody, Vox Lux, Bird Box

The upcoming Freddy Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, did not have an easy path to completion.  After spending an eternity in Development Hell as the producers tried to find an actor who could bring Mercury to life, the movie finally went into production with Bryan Singer directing.  After Singer was fired, Dexter Fletcher was brought in to complete the film.  Early reviews have not been positive but everyone seems to agree that Rami Malek nails the lead role.  Bohemian Rhapsody will be released on November 2nd and its final trailer leads off this week’s trailer round-up.

If Bohemian Rhapsody has not sated your appetite for films about flamboyant pop stars, Vox Lux, which stars Natalie Portman, will be released on December 7th.

In Bird Box, a family has to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.  The twist is that they have to do it without being able to see anything.  Bird Box will be released on December 21st.

Finally, a new trailer for How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World has been released and it promises a trip to a world that will blow your mind and excite your imagination.  How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World will be unleashed on February 22nd.

Halloween (On The Big Screen) Havoc!: THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI & YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Double Feature

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Yesterday I took a break from watching every single moment of the World Series (since Friday’s game went seven freakin’ hours!) to attend a Halloween-themed double feature at the Zeiterion Theater here in New Bedford, MA. Despite the fact that a pounding rainstorm was in full effect, I was determined to get my big screen horror fix – in fact, the rain only added to the monstrous mood of the day. I met my friend Rob at the theater, and proceeded to enter the beautifully refurbished 1920’s era movie palace. First on the agenda was a real classic – Robert Weine’s 1920 Expressionistic silent film THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI!

Conrad Veidt & Werner Krauss in “Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”

CALIAGRI is a landmark of the horror genre and the German Expressionist style that influenced the visual styles of both early Universal Horrors and the film noir movement of the…

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