It may seem like a slow start to 2022’s edition of the Hooptober Marathon, but in my defense it didn’t kickoff until Thursday this year, and I’m leaving for a baptism this morning so I only got four films in for Week One. Not too bad though, because we kick off with the silent classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, move on up to some delicious YA horror courtesy of executive producer Guillermo del Toro with Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, then move on to a 70s oddity that’s much better than its name – Mako: The Jaws of Death – implies before ending with Ti West’s breakout sensation X.
We’re already making some slight changes to the list (now that I’m all in on X I might revisit some Ti West films and catch Pearl while it’s in theaters) so let’s jump into those quick summaries and see if anything grabs you and drags you under the bed. This year you can read the full reviews over on Cinema Dual, the site I share with my buddy Jon. In the meantime, smoke ’em if you got ’em…
In the twisted town of Holstenwall a mysterious man sets up his latest attraction: Cesare, the Miraculous Somnambulist. At the same time the town is beset with a series of murders? Could the two things be related? Who is the dark and ominous Dr. Caligari, and what of the fate of young Francis and his love, Jane?(full review here)
On Halloween night in 1968 a group of impetuous and curious kids stumble into the supposed haunted house of the late Sarah Bellowes, who supposedly told scary stores through the walls that caused the disappearance of numerous children. Young and troubled Stella brings Sarah’s book of stories home, beginning a curse in which the stories write themselves and come to life, spelling doom for her and her friends. Can she save her friends? Can she stop the curse? CAN SHE SAVE HERSELF?!?!(full review here)
A man discovers he has a psychic connection to sharks, and the mystical medallion given to him by the old Shaman allows him to communicate and control his new sea-faring friends. Woe to the lowlife (including holy shit Odd Job from Goldfinger) who seeks to do harm to the sharks of Florida, because Sonny’s gonna come get you to protect and preserve sharks at any cost!(full review here)
It’s 1979, and our gang is young, dumb, and ready to…make an artful porno the next county over in Texas. They rent a cottage on old Howard’s property, who honest take to these young kids flaunting what God gave ’em, but the money’s good, so long as they stay away from the house where his wife, Pearl, looks out from an upstairs window. Young Maxine will do what it takes to be a star, but her hunger awakens something in Pearl who longs for a taste, too…(full review here)
Next week we’ll be revisiting some early Ti West, hitting some of the more obscure Hammer films, and maybe even getting some animated horror in there.
Until then. keep it Blood Red.