September 25th, 20062006 Halloween Movie Marathon

At long last, it’s time for this year’s Halloween movie marathon. I’m a bit better prepared this time around, so here’s the list as of today (9/25):

Will Watch

  • Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter: Hammer’s last attempt at a vampire franchise. Christopher Lee had already bitten about everybody he was gonna bite, so they turned to Horst Janson to provide the thrills not as a bloodsucker but as Captain Kronos, every bloodsucker’s worst dream. It didn’t work for Hammer’s accountants, but it oughta be worth a watch.
  • An American Werewolf in London: John Landis’ well-known wolfman flick with the legendary Rick Baker transformation scenes. A year or so ago, I caught half of it on late night AMC, and it looked promising.
  • Mad Monster Party: Rankin Bass applied their unintentionally creepy stop-motion animation to all the classic filmland monsters in this flick. I nabbed it on TV a few years ago, and it’s definitely for the kids, but who can turn down a party with Dracula, Wolfman, Frankenstein’s monster, and…Phyllis Diller? Not me.
  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes: Vincent Price plays a tongue-in-cheek supervillain, which should make for a good movie.
  • The Changeling: Beyond the inclusion of George C. Scott and a reputation for goreless scares, I don’t know anything about this one. I expect it to be low on the action but high on the thrills.
  • Scars of Dracula: One of Hammer’s last and cheesiest Dracula efforts, I’ve enjoyed this movie a number of times.
  • Suspiria: Dario Argento’s best work (or so the rest of the horror world says–I’ve seen none of his other films). I’ve seen it a couple times and, other than the unwelcomed tight European zooming, quite enjoy it.

Just Might Watch

  • Night of the Living Dead

Maybe Next Year

  • Bio-Zombie
  • Dark Water
  • Deathdream
  • Eyes Without a Face
  • The Fearless Vampire Killers
  • Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
  • The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires
  • Lemore: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural
  • Mad Monster Party
  • Pet Sematary
  • The Twins Effect