Blood Red: Hooptober Se7en – Week Two

Blood Red on a Tuesday?  You must be mad!  

Or lazy and forgetful…it’s been a whirlwind of horror watching and garage sales (surprised at how few people went for the $1 a CD bin when I had some killer Bathory and Blue Aus Nord in there*), so we’re a bit behind in posting these recaps.  This week kicked off with a wicked 90s Italian tax on House of Wax with the gory Wax Mask before evoking enough nightmare fuel for the entire month in The Lighthouse.  Thank god that movie was fantastic because I was able to ride the high while watching the truly awful remake of Cabin Fever before becoming only a little confused watching Ringu 2, the second sequel (as in the second time a sequel to the film was made) to the Hideo Nakata classic.  Then we wrap up with an obscure but twisted little gem in Fade to Black, which has nothing to do with Metallica but has everything to do with a guy who murders people dressed up like his favorite Hollywood characters.

Enough talk, let’s get to the recaps…

 A husband and wife are brutally murdered in Paris at the turn of the 20th century, leaving their young daughter the only witness to the event. 12 years later young, beautiful Sonia is living in Rome and goes to work as a costumer for the new wax museum headed by Boris Volkoo, where she (and others) discover the horrifically lifelike figures depicted in scenes of murderous violence are maybe more lifelike than anyone realizes. That is, until a run of disappearances start to infect the town…

(full review here)

Two “wickies” – one veteran and one newly brought on – arrive on a remote island to begin their 4-week shift maintaining the lighthouse. The already volatile relationship takes on more and more sinister overtones as young Ephraim Winslow beings to hallucinate mermaids, go to war against seagulls, and deals with the cantankerous old Thomas Wake, who refuses to let him up to the top of the tower. What’s up there? What does he see in the light? And what happens when relief never comes, and the two men are forced to face each other’s darker natures as madness starts to rule? Monkey pump and damned farts, indeed…

(full review here)

Dumb kids in a cabin get caught up in a disgusting plague that eats your skin away. Maybe it’s a conspiracy? Maybe it has to do with the unfriendly locals? Who cares because 10 minutes in you’ll stop caring about any of these characters, and wonder why a remake of this film was necessary….

(full review here)

After the chilling death of her boyfriend in the first film, Mai learns of Sadako and the videotape that kills its viewers after seven days. She tracks down Reiko and her young son Yoishi (the survivors from Ringu) only to learn that Yoishi’s burgeoning psychic powers are drawing the demonic Sadako to them. Psychic powers? Telepathy? Magic ropes and more ghosts? Don’t worry: it’s kinda makes sense in the end, and there’s always Razen if you want to see another shot at a sequel to the original horror…

(full review here)

 Eric Binford is obsessed with movies, to the point where his overbearing Aunt constantly ridicules and berates him. His co-workers and boss won’t stop bullying him, but that doesn’t stop him from making a potential friend in fresh off the Australian boat Marilyn, who bears a striking resemblance to a silver screen start. However, when unforeseen circumstances makes it look as if she stands Eric up on their first date, something in hs brain snaps and it’s on a rampage we go as Eric transforms into his Hollywood heroes to take revenge on a world that refuses to understand him. 

(full review here)

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We’re gonna try to get back on track to have week 3 this Sunday, which cheers for the Bayside Babies and finds a new horror heroine in Jessica Rothe, as well as quiet but effective Russian take on Alien, a classic 50s witchcraft film and a fantastic Mexican morality tale that shows how Netflix is leading the charge in bringing striking, interesting international films that don’t fit the classic Hollywood mold.

Until then, keep it Blood Red.

-Chris

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