October 30, 2010

Day 25- Monday, October 25th

# 80- Cemetery Man (1994) 

"The film's story concerns the beleaguered caretaker of a small Italian cemetery, who searches for love while defending the town from zombies." Now this is an all time, hidden gem of a flick that just begs to be seen by anyone who loves horror. Rupert Everett is fantastic as Dellamorte, the lonely caretaker of a creepy cemetery where the dead seem to come to life only to torture him. From the lovable Gnaghi to the gorgeous Anna Falci, to the awesome looking zombies and the coolest visual representation of death itself that I've ever seen, this is one hell of a movie. Funny, gory, visually stunning and just fun, you need to see this movie, if not own it outright.
 #81- The Dead Pit (1989)

"A renegade doctor is shot dead and entombed with his fiendish experiments in the basement of an abandoned wing of a mental hospital. Twenty years later, a mysterious woman is admitted with amnesia, and her arrival is marked by an earthquake - which cracks the seal to the Dead Pit, freeing the evil doctor to continue his work." Okay, so it turns out that the reason that I've had this movie on VHS for the better part of 2 decades and never watched it is because it kinda sucked. It's typical cheesy 80's schlock with this one, although it does also treat us to heaps of gore as well... so maybe it doesn't totally suck, it just sucks in that 80's throwback kinda way. I don't know, if you like typical 80's feeling b-grade horror, and don't mind bad acting, there are redeemable elements in this movie. I've seen worse. Much worse.
 #82- The Maze (2010)

"Five friends break into a closed corn maze in the middle of the night and decide to play a harmless game of tag. Little do they know that a psychopathic killer has decided to play along. As they wander aimlessly through the maze the murderer follows closely behind, taunting them and watching their every move..." This one started off fairly decent, but deteriorated more and more as it went along. In the early going, the stalk and slash aspect of the movie, while unoriginal, felt kinda fun. As it wore on though, it became slow and plodding, and instead of sticking to simple slasher convention, went the way of so many low budget horror movies and tried to become involved and clever. In the end, it all just fell flat. Maybe some people might like it, but I think that most peeps, like us, will forget about it 12 seconds after it's over.
 #83- Special Dead (2006) 

"When a zombie plague infects Camp Special Dude, a dude ranch for the mentally handicapped, a ragtag band of campers and counselors struggles to survive the night. Led by the indifferent, nun-chuck-wielding head counselor, Mac, and his wheelchair-bound sister Dale, the unlikely heroes fight their way off the mountain as, one by one, they're picked off and join the ranks of the walking dead. It's a campy stampede of blood, boobs and gore as some "very special" people show that they can kick some serious undead ass." I ended up flipping a coin to decide whether to watch this movie, or Retardead. I know how awful that sounds, wanting to watch either, but my morbid curiosity forced me to this point, and I knew I couldn't watch more than one of these wrong, wrong movies... That being said, how can you not want to see a movie with a title like Special Dead, and a poster like this? Thankskilling anyone? After watching it, I just don't see the point in the whole thing. Fine, you have $12 and have a penchant for making fun of retarded people, then I guess you make this movie. It's more of a Troma-like comedy than it is pure Horror flick, so that must be the point. The Horror is there, but only to move the retarded fighter's plot forward. I should have known better. I apologize for giving this one a chance. 

That's 83/100 movies watched so far... #100 is so close we can taste it...

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