Perdita Durango (1997)

This was a pleasant surprise, a secret gem. Usually when we watch a new movie, we’ll give it 15 minutes and if it’s no good, we can bail after fifteen minutes, no guilt. You can usually tell if a movie’s any good after 15 minutes. The first shot of Perdita Durango was a full body nude scene with Rosie Perez. We’re in! And tt just goes nuts from there. This is the kind of movie Quentin Tarantino wishes he could make. Rosie Perez and Javiar Bardem play very bad people who do very bad things. Rosie Perez’s character is also … Continue reading Perdita Durango (1997)

Pearl & Smile This Friday @4-ish Only @The Fiesta 13

Two new-ish horror movies to stave off The Relentless Christmas Machine. First up, Ti West’s prequel to X, Pearl, followed by the surprise horror hit of October, Smile. Also, new movie trailers and Yay or Nay on new music videos. This is the Grand Re-Re-opening of The Fiesta 13 Here’s what’s new: FOUR BRAND NEW RED LEATHER THEATER CHAIRS! Better than your local crappy corporate theater chairs. REMASTERED DOLBY ATMOS SOUND! We’re about 80 percent there in finishing THE PERFECT SOUND MIX! We even talked to our neighbors & they don’t care how loud it gets. SO, LET’S BLOW OUT … Continue reading Pearl & Smile This Friday @4-ish Only @The Fiesta 13

The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #15: Dead Kids (1981)

The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie Challenge #15: Dead Kids (1981) (Arrow) 62 1980’s Horror Movies in 62 Days. (Probably Not) What’s making our heros into murderous psychopaths? With Australia subbing for the U.S., this one falls squarely into The “All The Kids Have Turned Bad” genre of horror movies. See Black Roses. Top-notch acting from the whole cast including Oscar Winner Louise Fletcher and a slightly shaggy dog storytelling style spackles over the slow beginning. The latter half, to us, has a Shock Treatment (1981) feeling. Some of the ending is predictable, but we were already invested at that … Continue reading The Fiesta 13 1980’s Horror Movie OctoVember Challenge #15: Dead Kids (1981)

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)