For the third straight year I tested my endurance of movie watching at the Capitol Theatre for its annual 12 Hours of Terror with my roommates!
I look forward to this now each year, as its a good way to celebrate Halloween a little early and as I’ve said before it becomes an endurance test to see how long you can last watching some of the best horror/sci-fi films.
As always I have to give credit to my good buddy Dave Huffman and RJ The Movie Critic for planning the event with a variety of films from familiar to the more obscure.
This years marathon started with perhaps the best known of the line-up, EVIL DEAD. Sam Raimi’s original still remains one of his best and also started the night off on a fun yet violently bloody note.
One of the fun things for me was that most of the films I had never seen or had only seen bits and parts on tv before. This was the case of the second film, FROM BEYOND, which I had never seen and found it to be damn entertaining. Like Evil Dead, it was pretty gooey, yet was a fast paced and creative film .
Every year a slot is left open for a secret film, while my roommate and I were kind of hoping for something along the lines of TROLL 2, it ended up being a pleasant surprise (and yet another movie I had never seen): MANIAC COP! Why I have never seen this is a mystery but once again it was refreshing to see something that was less in the mainstream and its always good to see a movie with Bruce Campbell.
Movie number 4 is a classic monster film that once again for whatever reason just never got around to, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON 3D. The cool part about this screening was that it was a brand new 3D remastered DCP from Universal. They provided the new DCP of JAWS 3D at last years 12 hours, so maybe next year they will provide something else cool in 3D? But anyway, it was pretty fun if slightly slower despite its short run time. I will say it looked great for a film almost 60 years old.
The next film was John Carpenter’s CHRISTINE! This was a movie I had seen bits and parts but never saw all the way through until last night. I quite enjoyed it, and have had the song BAD TO THE BONE, stuck in my head all day. It features some pretty impressive optical effects, like the car morphing from damaged to immaculate. But I will admit it was during this movie that the night started to hit me, and I had a shoot in the morning.
So while I think I might have been able to last 3 more hours and two extra films (KILLER KLOWNS and STREET TRASH), I decided to call it a night. Though I didn’t last the full 12 hours, I left completely satisfied having seen a few films I had never seen before, and extra credit goes to the amazing retro trailers played in between.
You can count on me being there next year, who knows maybe I’ll last the whole 12 hours that time!
Hey all! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, sorry about that!
I have been busy working prep on a new project, more on that later!
But tonight I am very excited about the 4th annual 12 HOURS OF TERROR at the Capitol Theater tonight !
This years line up features: EVIL DEAD (1981), FROM BEYOND, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON 3D, CHRISTINE, KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, STREET TRASH -Plus a surprise film!
I’ll try to have a wrap up tomorrow!
Very rarely am I available to attend preview/advanced screenings but to my delight I was able to see PRISONERS the other night.
The premise is pretty straightforward initially, the daughters of two neighbors go missing during their Thanksgiving get together.
Initially it is suspected that a mentally challenged neighbor is the kidnapper but he is quickly released from jail much to the chagrin of the families.
Keller ( Hugh Jackman) decides to take matters in his own hands when he feels betrayed by the police.
There is much here I don’t want to spoil because giving away too much might ruin the movie for you.
This is a moody ( most of the film is shot in rain or snow) film but yet it has some surprising bits of humor here and there.
While I’ve seen some critics hail this as a masterpiece, I will say I had a few issues with the third act, when the kidnapper is revealed. Its not necessarily who it is that i took issue with but the reasoning behind the characters actions somewhat hit a weird note for me. Also I felt it was a film that could have easily been tightened up a bit. But this is a well made and beautiful looking film (cinematography by Roger Deakins is great )with impressive performances.
Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhall give very good performances respectively. Jackman has an intense fiery role as a father on the edge looking for his daughter. Gyllenhall has this cool demeanor as the detective assigned to the case.
With this film, the fall season is finally upon us (summer was pretty lousy) and this raises the bar!
As a wrap gift to myself, upon the end of filming on Miss Meadows, I decided to pick up this gem! It just came out on Blu-ray in the last few weeks.
Shout Factory has been releasing Blu-rays of late 80’s/early 90’s genre movies like this, THEY LIVE, THE FOG, and NIGHT OF THE COMET just to name a few. Not only are they releasing them, but giving them cool covers and going beyond the call on special features.
So kudos to Shout Factory for brining some slightly forgotten films to the 21st century!! And remember , “I come in peace!”