Archive for October, 2011

31FoT 2011 Final Recap and Awards Show!

Posted in recaps on October 31, 2011 by adam

Happy Halloween, friends!

I hope you’ve had fun reading (and watching!) along with me during my annual trek through the cinema of the scary and strange. This year we rattled off no less than 31 movies and 12 TV show episodes. Averaging a little over 1,000 words per post that’s more than 43,000 words – roughly the length of a short novel. Adding in a full-time day job and two unavoidable weekends out of town, I’m pretty pleased.

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Attack the Block (2011)

Posted in movies with tags on October 31, 2011 by adam

It’s the last flavor of the year! That makes me sad. I’ve been saving Attack the Block for Halloween, which has been insanely hard since I’m a sucker for alien invasion movies and even more so for stories about ordinary folks getting accidentally sucked into grand adventures. Lucky for me, this one was worth the wait. That makes me happy.

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TV: The Walking Dead 2.3

Posted in TV with tags on October 30, 2011 by adam


Three scary TV shows are premiering this month: 
Bedlam (Saturdays on BBC America starting 10/1), American Horror Story (Wednesdays on FX starting 10/5) and season two of The Walking Dead (Sundays on AMC starting 10/16). Every week I’ll post recaps shortly after each new episode airs. They’ll be a little different than my movie posts. I’m assuming anyone who’s reading the recap has already seen the episode or isn’t planning to watch. That is to say, *SPOILERS AHEAD.*

Episode three starts with Shane in the bathroom, taking advantage of Hershel’s generator to take a hot shower and shave his head with a set of electric clippers – the quintessential act of contrition. So we know from the start Shane made it back from his trip to get Carl’s medical supplies, but why is he looking so intently at himself in the mirror? Continue reading

C.H.U.D. (1984)

Posted in movies with tags , on October 30, 2011 by adam

What is it with government officials and acronyms? Why is no new agency or initiative complete until its title is reduced to acronym form? It must be part of lawmaker culture, like choosing baby names and obsessing over each option’s potential nicknames. “Well, I like Nuclear Advanced Defense System but what if people call it NADS?” Politicians probably sit around for hours debating this. I’m sure some staffer got promoted for thinking up an amnesty bill with initials that spelled DREAM.

If I was elected to Congress (assuming the Seventh Seal didn’t split open right then and there) I’d introduce legislation no one could vote against, like a law forbidding serving anthrax in school lunches, and name it the Feeding Anthrax is Really Terrible Act. You can’t be for anthrax, Senator. Looks like you’re voting Yea for FART!

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TV: Bedlam 1.5

Posted in TV with tags , on October 30, 2011 by adam


Three scary TV shows are premiering this month: 
Bedlam (Saturdays on BBC America starting 10/1), American Horror Story (Wednesdays on FX starting 10/5) and season two of The Walking Dead (Sundays on AMC starting 10/16). Every week I’ll post recaps shortly after each new episode airs. They’ll be a little different than my movie posts. I’m assuming anyone who’s reading the recap has already seen the episode or isn’t planning to watch. That is to say, *SPOILERS AHEAD.*

The penultimate Bedlam shockingly begins with yet another random, one-off character. Hi, Mark! So nice to meet you! This time they don’t even bother establishing his relationship with the flatmates, they just introduce him as Jed’s friend even though they’ve apparently only just met. I guess that’s cheap but I’m too grateful for the expedience to care. Continue reading

Atrocious (2010)

Posted in movies with tags , on October 29, 2011 by adam

Today’s flavor was supposed to be House, a 40-year-old acid trip horror movie from Japan. But last night I was tired and a midnight showing just wasn’t in the cards. In its place I offer another foreign film, Atrocious, from Spain instead of Japan. Roughly the same neighborhood.

Castilian Spanish is ridiculous. It’s the de facto standard for all European Spanish-language broadcasts, even though it’s spoken only in Spain. The rest of the Spanish-speaking world, consisting of a like a billion people in the Americas, speaks Mexican Spanish. The most striking difference between the two, and the only one I care about enough to look up, is the pronunciation of certain ‘s’ and ‘z’ sounds as ‘th’, effectively giving the speaker a heavy lisp. So words like cinco come out as “thinko” rather than “sinko”.

Every language sounds weird to people who don’t speak it but for some reason this one has always bugged the crap outta me. Backing me up: all those millions of people outside of Europe who, though conquered and colonized by Spain, simply refused to suffer that one final indignity. It’s as if with one, lisp-free voice they all said, “You may take our continent and force your language on us, but you’ll never make us talk like Donald Duck.”

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2011 Week 4 Recap

Posted in recaps on October 28, 2011 by adam

The fourth Week of Terror is at an end. Congrats on surviving to this point! Who knows, maybe the killer won’t get you after all. Here’s a look at the week that was:

Paranormal Activity 3 – This family spends entirely too much on video equipment.

Frogs – Nobody fucks with Kermit.

TV: Bedlam 1.4 – Die, Kate! I hate you.

TV: The Walking Dead 2.2 – Old McHershel had a farm…

Let Me In – So I can bite your face off.

Good Neighbors – Not really.

Quarantine 2: Terminal – I know nothing about zombie movies.

TV: American Horror Story 1.4 – Things you do not want your doctor to say: “Let’s talk a look at this ultrasound and- DEAR GOD WHAT IS THAT?”

Frontiers – They don’t have chainsaws in France?

Q – Haven’t we had enough Aztec religious horror by now?

Quite a week, eh? Come on back tomorrow for the start of the Final Three-Day Weekend of Terror! I’ll kick things off with a screening of the insane 1972 Japanese flick, House. Just a few more days ’til the demons get their due…