Update to The Gateway

Okay kids. I apologize, I had intended to announce the hiatus I was on. I blew it. I have a project that is taking me longer than I expected or hoped. But October begins tomorrow and that means I gotta watch a lot of horror movies and write about them. Tomorrow will kick things off with a cult film that I had never actually seen until a couple weeks ago.

The Main Theme this month will be the films of Wes Craven. The Nightmare movies and the People Under the Stairs were reviewed a few years ago…so this will focus on the remaining horror films.

You would have thought I would have come up with a clever nickname for October after several years of this. Maybe next year?

October: The Dead, Martians and Atomic Brains

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Welcome to the month of October.  As with every year, it will be scary movies all month.  Themes for this month include the films of George A. Romero and Tobe Hooper.

I had started doing a zombie theme for the month, but the death of Romero in July prompted an exploration of his films, as I really had only seen a few.  And I had not seen some key parts of his older work, so it was interesting to take a look at films like Martin and Season of the Witch (one I find myself generally thrilled with and the other…well…).

Only a month later, Hooper passed.  Now, I have covered a few Tobe Hooper films in the past so I will not be creating new entries for those.  For Lifeforce, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and the Funhouse…click the links). I confess Hooper’s films start to take a sharp turn after the Mangler (which is more a crazy mess than a classic).  I am going to also include his Masters of Horror episodes Dance of the Dead (which seems like it would be a Romero title for a zombie movie set at a rave, oh wait, that was one of the Return of the Living Dead films) and the Damned Thing.

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Also, later this month, I will be going through the entire filmography of Christopher R. Mihm, a local Minnesota filmmaker.  He has a new movie coming out this month, the Demon with the Atomic Brain.  His films are loving odes to the horror and sci-fi films of the fifties and sixties.  His Mihmicerse is populated with ghosts, mutant animals, and Nazi Killing Weresquitos.  I will expound more as we get to the films later this month.

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Hope you have as much fun reading these as I have had writing them.

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