31 Days of Horror! Day 15

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Well we’re about halfway through now and I’m about halfway through the MYSTERY FRANCHISE that I’m going to dedicate an entire post to. I watched a few really good movies today. I can’t really think of anything else to add so I’m just going to start.

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House (1976)
Nobuhiko Obayahshi’s House is like Scooby Doo on some MEAN acid. It’s a psychedelic trip through a bizarre haunted house. The movie is just dripping with 1970s Japan. It’s also not straight up horror, there’s some downright strange comedy going on as well. Towards the beginning, there is an old man and a little girl dancing to the score, and then later we see the band singing the score. So the sound is both diegetic and non-diegetic at the same time. Which is super weird but also really funny.

Anyway the movie is about a group of girls with super weird names (Gorgeous, Fantasy, Mac, Prof, Kung Fu, Melody, and Sweet) that describe their personalities. They all get together to go visit Gorgeous’s Auntie during their summer vacation. When they arrive at Auntie’s house, really bizarre, strange stuff begins happening and it seems like Fantasy is the only one who notices. Like literally one of the girls loses her head and it bites Fantasy on the butt and no one really bats an eyelash. Anyway every time the weird stuff starts happening, Auntie’s cat Blanche’s eyes glow green. So basically the weird stuff escalates throughout until the big twist at the end which I won’t spoil.

This movie is so weird and so good and it’s a movie you can watch multiple times and get a lot out of. The bizarre traps and death special effects are rudimentary and colorful, adding to the inherent knowing-cheesiness of the whole thing. This is truly a one-of-a-kind movie. I’ve never really seen anything like it, and to try to copy it is to fail.

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The Mist (2007)
The Mist was really cool. It played with some awesome ideas and really captures the way that a rural small town would theoretically deal with a crisis of this nature. The movie follows David Drayton, a father and husband who designs movie posters (like The Dark Tower, also based on Stephen King. I don’t think that movie will ever be made). One day he wakes up and everything got all smashed by trees because there was a storm. So he takes his son and goes into town to buy some supplies to work on fixing his window. The store is packed because everyone else is stocking up too. So then this bloody guy comes running in shouting about the mist and says to stay inside and then the mist rolls in and people start yelling. So basically what follows is a lot of arguing, creepy tentacle monster eats a bag boy, crazy religious lady starts a cult inside the store, gruesome death, big bugs, little pterodactyls, and a quadrupedal Cthulhu.

This movie dips its toe in the deep end with the cult religious stuff but really only scratches the surface. Which is really all this needs. It’s a fun, intelligent horror movie that keeps you on your toes the whole time and never really gets too dumb. I like the Lovecraftian elements and all the Carpenter-esque paranoia. It’s just a fun movie to sit back and enjoy. Also the end is REALLY heavy.

Anyway that’s today. Look out for tomorrow’s post. Not sure what it will entail. I may only get through one movie tomorrow. We’ll see.

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