October 19, 2010
Day 19- Tuesday, October 19th
#54- Pet Sematary (1989)
AMC is running these movies as a part of their yearly "Fear Fest", and they inspired to me whip out the DVD's and watch them, because who really wants to watch edited Horror movies with commercials in them? We do love you AMC, a lot, but we need our unedited goods! Pet Sematary is a great flick and a sentimental favorite of ours for many reasons; it's creepy, it's disturbing, it's got Fred Gwynn using a very thick New Englander accent, and it's got dead kids... who doesn't love all of that stuff. Especially dead kids. Woot! There are some creepy moments in this movie, perhaps the creepiest of all being Zelda, the abandoned and evil-looking sister. Someone, not me, may have peed their pants during her big scene, way back in 1989 when they first saw it. Not me though, someone else. This movie really does go to show us that sometimes, dead is better.
#55- Pet Sematary Two (1992)
As sequels go, I really like this movie. It's not as good as its 1989 predecessor, but something about it always grabbed me and made it feel effective. I think it's the atmosphere of it all. It almost feels ethereal or dreamlike in places to me, and it just works. It's really the same story with different characters, and yes, one of the is played by Edward Furlong (whom we bashed earlier in the month), but he wasn't so annoying when he was a kid. But the odd unease created by the Furlong thing is offset by the awesomeness of Clancy Brown. That guy is as good a character actor as there is, and he is great in this movie. Not as good as the first, but if you liked Pet Sematary, then you should check this one out. Zowie!
#56- Near Dark (1987)
This may be one of the best Hidden Gems in all of Horror filmdom. Essentially a Vampire-Western, Near Dark has the 80's rock n' roll style of The Lost Boys while having the substance of a dark and twisted road movie. Sounds like a crazy mix, but it works, and works big time. Bill Paxton and Lance Henrickson staring as the main Vampires is selling point enough for me, as both of these guys belong in the awesome hall of fame for their work in the 80's/90's. Paxton shines the brightest though, and really, he needs to play homicidal maniacs (Vampire or not) more often. This movie needs to be in your library, if it already isn't.
That's 56/100 movies watched so far, so we had better get back to it... Now that we kicked it 80's style for a day, let's bring it back to the new school...