Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 10/18/21 — 10/24/21


And so another week of Horrorthon comes to an end.  Just one more week to go but it’s the most important one.  It’s almost Halloween!

Here’s what I watched, read, and listend to this week!

Films I Watched:

  1. Count Dracula (1970)
  2. Coyote Ugly (2000)
  3. Danger Next Door (2021)
  4. Dune (1984)
  5. Fallen (1998)
  6. John Carpenter’s Vampires (1998)
  7. Killers From Space (1954)
  8. Nerve (2016)
  9. Parents (1989)
  10. Payday (1973)
  11. Pieces (1983)
  12. The Psychic (1977)
  13. Rage and Honor (1992)
  14. Rambo: First Blood Part 2 (1985)
  15. Shut In (2016)
  16. Slender Man (2018)
  17. Slumber Party Massacre (2021)
  18. Tender Mercies (1983)
  19. The Thing Called Love (1993)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. The Bachelorette
  2. Baywatch
  3. Court Cam
  4. Day of the Dead
  5. Fear The Walking Dead
  6. Firing Line
  7. Friday the 13th: The Series
  8. Hunter
  9. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  10. King of the Hill
  11. The Office
  12. Silk Stalkings
  13. Survivor
  14. Talking Dead
  15. The Walking Dead: World Beyond

Books I Read:

  1. Catching the Big Fish (2007) by David Lynch
  2. Final Grade (1995) by R.L. Stine
  3. Witch (1990) by Christopher Pike

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Britney Spears
  2. The Chemical Brothers
  3. Goblin
  4. Hans Zimmer
  5. Jakalope
  6. John Carpenter
  7. Keith Emerson
  8. Nine Inch Nails
  9. Panic! at the Disco
  10. Saint Motel

Trailers:

  1. Hide and Seek
  2. Red Notice
  3. Lisa Marie’s Grindhouse Trailers: 6 Trailers For The Third Thursday in October
  4. Uncharted
  5. Being the Ricardos
  6. Ghostbusters Afterlife
  7. The Lost Daughter

Awards Season:

  1. 2021 Gotham Nominations

News From Last Week:

  1. Get to know the work of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was killed tragically on a film set
  2. Girls Actor Peter Scolari Dies At 65
  3. Songwriter Leslie Bricusse dies at 90
  4. Cuba Gooding Jr.’s trial date set for sex-abuse case
  5. Disney Delays ‘Doctor Strange 2,’ ‘Thor 4,’ ‘Black Panther’ Sequel and ‘Indiana Jones 5’
  6. ‘The Harder They Fall’ Cast to Receive Ensemble Tribute at Gotham Awards
  7. Ruby Rose Says They Were Fired From ‘Batwoman’
  8. Prop Gun Misfire on Set of Alec Baldwin Film Leaves One Crew Member Dead, Another Hospitalized
  9. ‘Rust’ camera crew walked off the set in protest before the fatal shooting
  10. Rust assistant director had history of unsafe practices, prop maker says

Links From Last Week:

  1. Board The Brilliant “Train To Busan!” The Greatest Zombie Film Ever For Halloween!
  2. Did I Learn My Lesson?
  3. Do The “Monster Mash” With Vincent Price This Halloween – Here’s The Video!
  4. The World’s Common Tater’s Week in Books, Movies and TV 10/22/21

Links From the Site:

  1. Case reviewed My Monster, Don’t Answer, and Creepshow!
  2. Leonard shared the trailer for Uncharted!
  3. Jeff reviewed The Island of Dr. Moreau, Red Planet Mars, Spirits, Arcade, Thinner, The Terror Within, and The Terror Within II!
  4. Jeff played extraordinaryfandoms_exe, Taste of Fingers, The Daughter, Space Invaders, Sleepover Rules, The House on Highfield Lane, and Man Outside!
  5. Jeff shared music videos from Robin Lane and the Chartbusters, Fischer Z, Rod Stewart, REO Speedwagon, The Ramones, The Cars, and Rod Stewart again!
  6. Erin shared Attack of the Beast Creatures, Sheba, Land of the Minotaur, Blood of Ghastly Horror, Bloody Birthday, Tower of Evil, and Trick or Treats!
  7. Erin wrote about the World Series and the Spirits of the Pulp Age!
  8. I reviewed Parents, The Psychic, Shut In, the premieres of Fear the Walking Dead and Day of the Dead, Rage and Honor, Vampires, Pieces, Slender Man, Fallen, Slumber Party Massacre, Count Dracula, and Halloween Party!
  9. I read Witch, Encylopedia Mysteriosa, Final Grade, and Catching The Big Fish!
  10. I shared my week in television!
  11. I shared the following episodes of Friday the 13th: The Series: Face of Evil, The Sweetest Sting, Master of Disguise, Tails I Live Heads You Die, And Now The News, Doorway to Hell, and Better off Dead!
  12. I shared Samson vs. The Vampire Woman, How To Make A Monster, I Was A Teenage Frankenstein, I Was A Teenage Werewolf, The Creeping Terror, The Beast of Yucca Flats, and Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster!
  13. I paid tribute to Jean Rollin, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, and Klaus Kinski!
  14. I shared scenes from Halloween 3, The Wicker Man, Shock Waves, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Unearthly, and Young Frankenstein!
  15. I shared two AMVs of the Day: Just Gold and Panic Room!

More From Us:

  1. Ryan has a patreon!  Consider subscribing!
  2. At her photography site, Erin shared: You Never Forget, Maze, Night Light, You Light Up My Life, Light, Darkness Falls, and Fog!
  3. At Pop Politics, Jeff shared: What If Colin Powell Had Run In 1996, Price and Doyle Retire, The 2023 British Parliament Constituencies Map, Bravery, Peter Scolari RIP, It’s True, and Not Coming Soon: The JFK Assassination Records!
  4. I reviewed the latest episode of Survivor at Reality TV Chat Blog!
  5. At my online dream journal, I shared: Monday Morning’s Courthouse Dream, Tuesday Morning’s Laptop Dream, Wednesday Morning’s Body In The Dryer Dream, No Dreams On Thursday, Friday Morning’s Cat Dream, Dreamless Saturday Morning, and Last Night’s Lecture Dream.
  6. At my music site, I shared songs from John Carpenter, Goblin, Keith Emerson, Jakalope, Panic! at the Disco, Nine Inch Nails, and Ternerife Film Orchestra & Choir!
  7. For Horror Critic, I reviewed Killers From Space!

Want to check out last week?  Click here!

AMV of the Day: Panic Room (various)


With the final week of horrorthon starting in just a few hours, it can be easy to panic.  Here to help soothe those impulses is our latest AMV of the Day!

Anime: HighRise Invasion , Another , Blood C

Song: Panic Room (Au/Ra)

Creator: CrazyDolphinJC

(As always, please consider subscribing to this creator’s YouTube channel!)

Past AMVs of the Day

Horror on TV: Friday the 13th: The Series 2.15 “Better Off Dead” (dir by Armand Mastroianni)


Tonight, for our horror on the lens, we have the fifteenth episode of the 2nd season of Friday the 13th: The Series!

In this episode, a doctor uses a cursed syringe (agck!) to withdraw pieces of another person’s soul that he can give them to his daughter, who is extremely violent. Unfortunately, this usually lead to bad things for soul donors. This episode was directed by Armand Mastroianni, who also directed the classic 1980 slasher film, He Knows Your Alone. That was Tom Hanks’s first film so, without Armand Mastroianni, who knows who would have ended up starring in Captain Phillips?

This episode originally aired on February 18th, 1989.

The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977, directed by Don Taylor)


After the ship that he’s working on sinks, engineer Andrew Braddock (Michael York) washes up on an uncharted island. It’s a beautiful island but it quickly proves dangerous as another survivor of the sinking is killed by wild animals. The injured Braddock passes out and when he wakes up, he’s being cared for by a mysterious scientist named Moreau (Burt Lancaster).

Braddock discovers that the island is populated by creatures that are half-human and half-animal. Led by the Sayer of the Law (Richard Basehart), these creatures are the results of experiments conducted by Moreau and his assistant, Montgomery (Nigel Davenport).  Moreau’s experiments are expected to obey Moreau’s laws.  Should they fail, they will be taken to the House of Pain and punished.  When Baddock objects to Moreau playing God, Moreau plots to reverse the experiment on Braddock and turn him into an animal. Even as he falls in love with a former cheetah (played by Barbara Carrera), Braddock realizes that he must escape the Island of Dr. Moeau.

This is the forgotten adaptation of H.G. Wells’s classic novel, as well as being the most faithful. The Island of Lost Souls, from 1932, is considered to be a classic. The third version, directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer, is a legendary disaster. This version, though, is usually overlooked. It’s also my favorite of the three but that might be because it was the first version that I ever saw. It’s a straight-forward version of H.G. Wells’s story of science gone mad with director Don Taylor not wasting any time getting the action started. Michael York, always an underrated actor, convincingly portrays Braddock’s outrage and his struggle to maintain his humanity after Moreau starts to experiment on him while Carrera is beautiful and mysterious as Maria. Probably the film’s biggest surprise is Burt Lancaster, who turns out to be ideally cast as Moreau. More subdued than either Charles Laughton or Marlon Brando, Lancaster plays Moreau as a brilliant but callous man who is too arrogant to realize that he’s become as much of an animal as those he claims to be perfecting.  What makes Lancaster’s Moreau so disturbing is that he doesn’t have the excuse of being insane.  Instead, he’s just too stubborn to admit that he’s potentially made a huge mistake.

It may be forgotten but this still the version of The Island of Dr, Moreau that I would recommend.

(Trailer courtesy of Classic Movie Reviews)

2021 Interactive Fiction Competition Reveiew: extraordinary_fandoms.exe (2021, Storysinger Presents)


extraordinary_fandoms.exe is an entrant in 2021 Interactive Fiction competition.  Browse and experience all of the games by clicking here.

This game is about a non binary teenager who gets on Discord, discovers a group of friends, and also discovers a love of coding while helping them design of wiki for their Japanese virtual idol group.  Things take a serious turn when the teenager’s friend realize that the teenager is in an abusive situation.  The friends come together to help them escape from their horrific home life.

This game is a tribute to the friendships that are made online and how they can change a life forever.  It’s mostly made up of a combination of Discord chats and DMs and it carefully charts the path to discovering that the main character is being abused by their parents.  Like many Twine games, it’s more of a short story than a traditional IF game.  You do get options but mostly it’s just two different ways to phrase the same sentence.  Do you say “hi” or do you say “hello?”  I would have liked more choices but that’s not really what extraordinary_fandoms.exe is all about.  Instead, it’s a celebration of friendship and changing lives and, as far as that’s concerned, it succeeds.  Most importantly, if it’s help out anyone who is in a similar situation as the game’s main character, that’s all that really matters.

Play extraordinary_fandoms.exe.

Horror Scenes That I Love: The Silver Shamrock Commercial for Halloween 3: The Season of the Witch


Only 8 more days to Halloween!

That, of course, is from 1982’s Halloween 3: The Season of the Witch. The makers of the new Halloween films might not care for the original sequels but just try to get that Silver Shamrock song out of your head! Even more importantly, just try to listen to it without thinking about the mask melting into your face and turning into a bunch of spiders and snakes. It can’t be done. That’s the sign of an effective horror movie. An effective horror movie is all scaring the audience and not about worrying about whether or not the critics are going to get it.

Speaking of horror, just 8 more days til Halloween Halloween! Just 8 more days til Hallowen! Silver Shamrock!

4 Shots from 4 Jean Rollin Films


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.

With only a week to go until the big day, now is a good time for me to honor one of my favorite horror directors, the French surrealist Jean Rollin.  Now is the time for….

4 Shots From 4 Jean Rollin Films

The Iron Rose (1973, dir by Jean Rollin)

The Grapes of Death (1978, dir by Jean Rollin)

Fascination (1979, dir by Jean Rollin)

Night of the Hunted (1980, dir by Jean Rollin)

Thank you, Jean Rollin, for the dreams.

Congratulations to the Astros and the Braves!


Congratulations to the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros for finally giving the world what it truly needs this year, an all-Southern World Series!  It’s the Southeast vs. the Deep South as Houston tries to beat Atlanta and win their second World Series title.  Meanwhile, for the Braves, this is their 1st World Series appearance since 1999.

I have to cheer for the Astros because they’re from my homestate but I won’t blame anyone who is cheering for Atlanta!  I think either team could win.  With Game 5 scheduled for October 31st, the Series might even be decided on Halloween!

The Great Pumpkin has been good to us this year!

Congratulations to both teams and good luck next week!

And who knows?  Maybe next year, my Rangers will finally get it together.  Things have to turn around sometime, right?

Horror on the Lens: Samson vs. The Vampire Women (dir by Alfonso Corona Blake)


If a group of vampires are determined to ruin your night, what should you do?  Well, according to the classic Mexican film Santo vs. las Mujeres Vampiro, your first move should be to call a wrestler.

What to know more?  Well, you can read my full review of the film by clicking here!

And you can watch the movie below because it’s today’s horror on the lens!