The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #14: Bloody Moon (1981)

The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie Challenge #14: Bloody Moon (1981) (Arrow) 62 1980’s Horror Movies in 62 Days. A disfigured, incestious maniac is killing insanely attractive co-eds from the same Spanish class in this Giallo-like slasher. Checking out another Jess Franco movie as he tackles the popular college slasher genre. An above-average slasher with lots of lurid grist for the slasher genre lover. We liked it. The Trailer: ### Continue reading The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #14: Bloody Moon (1981)

The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #13: The Hunger (1983)

The Hunger The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #13: The Hunger (1983) (Criterion) 62 1980’s Horror Movies in 62 Days. A sexy French vampire drains her lovers of life. We thought we’d seen this one, but when we got to the 10 minute sex scene between Catherine Deneveue and Susan Sarandon. Nope, we’d certainly remember that. Wowza! The Hunger is a vampire film in art film trappings. While, the movie doesn’t have to much depth as a good art film, it does look fantastic and feels like art. Plus, David Bowie is in it, always a plus for … Continue reading The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #13: The Hunger (1983)

The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #13: Near Dark (1987)

The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #13: Near Dark (1987) (Criterion) 62 1980’s Horror Movies in 62 Days. Hillbilly vampires take in a new recruit who does nothing but sabotage the tribe. We saw this back in the ’80’s and remembered liking it. So, we decided to show the movie for friends. Upon revisit, Near Dark doesn’t really hold up. The best sequence, the bar scene, is still pretty great. However, a stupid, bloated Hollywood ending and an unsympathetic lead who does stupid things hamstring the rest of the film. Is Lance Henrickson still awesome? Yes. And does … Continue reading The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #13: Near Dark (1987)

The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #12: Black Roses (1989)

The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #12: Black Roses (1989) (Shudder) 62 1980’s Horror Movies in 62 Days. Tipper Gore was right. Middle of the road, bland, corporate heavy metal causes high school students to commit atrocities. One of the ’80’s subgenres of horror that I didn’t see a lot of at the time was the whole “Heavy Metal is satanic” series of movies. Not really a fan of mediocre heavy metal, but let’s try and rectify that horror hole with a few movies. Hard to know who’s the hero of this movie is as they follow roughly … Continue reading The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #12: Black Roses (1989)

The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #11: Behind The Door 3 (1989)

The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #11: Behind The Door 3 (1989) (Arrow) 62 1980’s Horror Movies in 62 Days. You know when a bunch of American college students go to Serbia, nothing good can ever happen. Behind The Door 3 is sort of like a Serbian Midsommar. Behind The Door 3 has nothing to do with the other Behind The Door movies, and while slow in spots, its a solid fish out of water college misadventure with supernatural elements, showcasing a pretty exciting train midsection. An early Hostel vibe. This one was a surprise, great local mood, … Continue reading The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #11: Behind The Door 3 (1989)

The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #10: Dream Demons (1988)

The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #10: Dream Demons (1988) (Criterion) 62 1980’s Horror Movies in 62 Days. Nightmares bleed into reality as a Bride agonizes about her upcoming wedding and the mysteries of a new house. Generally, dream sequences are dead weight and a cheat in horror movies. We give most movies two bites at The Dream Apple and that’s it. However, Dream Demons does a good job of integrating the dreams into the plot all the way to its bloated and predictable conclusion. A local celebrity, the bride of a Falkland’s War Hero (It is Britain … Continue reading The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #10: Dream Demons (1988)

The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #9: Death Screams

The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #9: Death Screams (1982) (Arrow) 62 1980’s Horror Movies in 62 Days. ‘Young Adults’ go to a hometown carnival, then the woods where a killer eventually shows up. This is a below-average slasher with a scarce, but easily-guessable killer. I weirdly liked all the ‘Young Adult’ hometown carnival scenes of ‘Young Adults’ being ‘Young Adults’ for the first half of the flick. The last third is a pretty standard slashic with below-par effects. We want to take a minute to talk about The Comedian character. He’s, always a he, is usually second … Continue reading The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #9: Death Screams

The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #8: The Living Dead Girl

The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #8: The Living Dead Girl (1982) (Criterion) 62 1980’s Horror Movies in 62 Days. A Dead Girl, exposed to chemical toxins becomes Living, her childhood friend helps her drink blood. The in-the-know horror community really likes Director Jean Rollins. All of his movies are on multiple streaming services. I read about people raving about this or that movie. We’ve seen a few of his movies, but were generally bored. Too Euro-trashy? Not sure. So, we gave Jean Rollin’s The Living Dead Girl a fresh chance. A pleasant surprise. Good effects, not slow … Continue reading The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #8: The Living Dead Girl

The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #7: The Brain

The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #7: The Brain (1988) (Prime) 62 1980’s Horror Movies in 62 Days. A Giant Man-Eating Brain Plans to Take Over The World by Hypnotizing TV Viewers. Somewhere between Halloween 3 and They Live, The Brain probably should have done better box-office wise, but does have a small cult following today. The effects were fun, the plot had a nice element of satire, and didn’t lag much. Add to that a decent budget, the film looks better than average. The only big problem was the lead. He was miscast. He’s supposed to be … Continue reading The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #7: The Brain

The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #6: The Pit

The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #6: The Pit (1981) (Arrow) 62 1980’s Horror Movies in 62 Days. A weirdo kid finds a pit full of demons, goes on killing spree to feed them. At first, I kinda liked the weirdo, only child, loner kid who finds The Pit as I check a lot of those boxes. Where they lost me was the tonal change when the weirdo kid gleefully starts killing for the demons. I mean, anytime you start make deals with demons or killing for demons, chances are, things are not going to go well for … Continue reading The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #6: The Pit