Blood Red: Hooptober 6(66) – Week Four

blood red hooptober 6(66) - week four

It maybe nothing more than a glint in the distance, but the end of Hooptober 6(66) is in site.  And maybe it’s the chill in the air, but I’m starting to find more and more to like, whether it’s the art-heavy exploration of black identity and horror in Ganja & Hess, the finger pointing at capitalism and consumer culture in The Stuff, and even in the vampirism = art of Bliss.  Those films coupled with some of the most terrifying moments I’ve witnessed in a horror film and Cujo and what so far is my film of the year for 2019, One Cut of the Dead make for some fun watching this killer season.

So enough talk.  Check your pup for foamy lips and let’s get into this week’s films. Continue reading

Blood Red: Hooptober 6(66) – Week Three

blood red 2019 week 3

We’ve hit the halfway point in films for Hooptober 2019, and the drive to see blood-drenched visceral horror has yet to abate.  In fact, maybe it’s gotten a bit stronger, because this week’s outings were light on any actual terror.  Between the jump to a more action oriented tone in It: Chapter Two and the tongue-in-cheek humor embedded in the core of both Bride of Re-Animator and the first two Slumber Party Massacre films horror didn’t feel like the first priority.  As for the abominable Miner’s Massacre, well…the less said the better.

So grab your glowing hypodermic and let’s jump in. Continue reading

Blood Red: Hooptober 6(66) – Week Two

blood red 2019 week 2

Strolling into the second week brought a few surprises to Hooptober 2019.  Who in the world would have suspected I would find and genuinely enjoy some subversion in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives?  And that a classic Universal Monster film like The Mummy’s Tomb would be the weakest film in the bunch?  In between we have some strong outings from Australia in the giant mutant gore of Boar, the slick and dream-like French giallo Knife+Heart, and we finally learn what those chair towers are all about in the French Canadian “zombie” apocalypse Ravenous.

It’s been a full week, so grab your rosary and your preferred religious text and let’s jump in. Continue reading

Blood Red: Hooptober 6(66) – Week One

blood red 6 week 1

Like every Hooptober, the first week brings in some of the best films…and some of the worst.  On one side of the spectrum you have the emotionally punishing Lynchian warp of Andrzej Żuławski’s Possession and the beautifully fragile horror fantasy of Issa Lopez’s Tigers Are Not Afraid.  On the other hand you have, well…Hobgoblins.  In between there are various levels of good (and bad) with both Deliver Us From Evil and Dracula’s Daughter, but in the end I have to once again call it a crap-shoot.

So come on in and check out the week’s wares for Hooptober 2019.  Watch the creaky step and the things that go bump in the night. Continue reading

Blood Red: Hoop-Tober 6(66) is Back to Haunt You With the Chair Tower

blood red 6(66) kickoff

Walk a little faster. Try not to think about the ominous sounds of gnawing coming from the dark, or the disjointed, wicked shadows splayed on walls lit only by a dim and fast fading street light. And whatever you do, for God’s sake don’t look behind you as Blood Red returns once again, coming closer and closer… Continue reading