Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Madness 10 Years of Fear Week 2 Summary

TV Shows

Stranger Things Season 1 2016 - 18 Points
In anticipation of the new season I'm rewatching season 1. Just as good on the second watch as the first. I'm really looking forward to the 27th.

S1E1 - 3pt (Child protagonist, 2016 release)
S1E2 - 3pt (Child protagonist, 2016 release)
S1E3 - 3pt (Child protagonist, 2016 release)
S1E4 - 3pt (Child protagonist, 2016 release)
S1E5 - 3pt (Child protagonist, 2016 release)
S1E6 - 3pt (Child protagonist, 2016 release)

Tales from the Darkside - 24 Points
The George Romero bonus makes this a great year to catch up on some Tales from the Darkside. I forgot how much fun the later seasons are in the series. There was one episode here, "The Grither", that I saw when I was a kid and have been searching trying to find for years, I never realized it was a Darkside episode.

S1E1 - 3pt (ATB Romero)
S2E9 - 3pt (ATB Romero)
S2E10 - 3pt (ATB Romero)
S2E11 - 3pt (ATB Romero)
S3E5 - 3pt (ATRomero)
S3E6 - 3pt (ATB Romero)
S3E9 - 3pt (ATB Romero)
S3E12 - 3pt (ATB Romero)

Lore Season 1 2017 - 16 Points
As a listener of the podcast, I've been waiting for the show for a while, and as a fan of the pod, the show doesn't disappoint. The first 4 episodes cover stories about changelings, vampires, lobotomies and speaking to the dead. Looking forward to finishing the series next week.

S1E1 - 4pt (ATB 2017 release)
S1E2 - 4pt (ATB 2017 release)
S1E3 - 4pt (ATB 2017 release)
S1E4 - 4pt (ATB 2017 release)

Sunday October 8th - 32  Points

Pet Sematary 1989 - 6Pt (ATB kid zombie)
Lot of remake rumors have been swirling around for a while. I like this version, but would welcome a different take. 3/5

Goosebumps S1E16 A Night In Terror Tower Part 1 - 1pt (child protagonist)
Goosebumps S1E17 A Night In Terror Tower Part 2 - 1pt (child protagonist)
A couple of kids go on vacation in london and are transported back to the time of executioners and guillotines. 2/5

Demons 1985 - 6pt (ATB Argento/Lamberto)
Any movie that features a character riding motorcycle through a movie theater cutting up demons with a sword has to be respected. 5/5

Revenge of Frankenstein 1958 - 6pt (ATB Peter Cushing)
Interesting take on the frankenstein story picks up directy where the previous film left off. Cushing's Frankenstein is practicing under a new name and creates a new monster by transplanting the brain of a sick and crippled man into the body of a healthy one. Things don't go well. 3/5

Blood Feast 1963 - 6pt (ATB video nasty)
H.G. Lewis' work is pretty important to the horror genre, I'm just not a big fan of most of it. I like Blood Feast for what it is but never revisit it. His best are 2000 Maniacs and Wizard of Gore. 2.5/5

The Black Room - 6pt (ATB 2017 release)
I loved this. I went in completely blind, only knowing that the release date would get 6 points, but was suprised at how good it is. Highly recommend it. 4/5

Monday October 9th, 22 Point

Don't Kill It - 6pt (ATB, 2017 release)
Dolph Lundgren battles a body jumping demon. This movie is a blast. Solid action, good humor and some genuinely nasty moments, particularly in the opening. 4/5

House on Willow Street - 6pt (ATB, 2017 release)
Meh, this one didn't do much for me. Run of the mill possession horror film. Features some good effects. 2/5

Halloween Wars 2017 Episode 2 - 4pt (ATB, 2017 release)
This weeks theme was around monsters hiding in plain sight. A few really amazing creations. There is one woman this season who paints backdrop murals that are unreal.

House on Straw Hill (Trauma)1976 - 6pt (ATB, Video nasty)
Who doesn't like Udo Kier? I could watch him in anything. I've had this blu ray for a while but finally had a good excuse to check it out. I doubt it's one I'll revisit often, but it's better than a lot of the nasties out there. 3/5

Tuesday October 10th - 22 Points

The Creeping Flesh 1973 - 6pt (ATB, Peter Cushing)
I was a it disappointed with this. I didn't think it would take almost the complete runtime for the creature to return to wreak havoc. 2.5/5

The Roost 2005 - 6pt (ATB zombifying animal bite)
A group of friends break down and run into a pack of bats whose bites create murderous zombies. A lean movie, with a ton of atmosphere that accomplished a lot with very little. 5/5

Halloween Wars Hayride of Horror E2 - 4pt (ATB, 2017 release)
This weeks theme had pumpkins turning on the farmers.

The Evil Dead 1981 - 6pt (ATB Video nasty)
I think i'm in the minority that this is my favorite of the series. When I was younger I was all about the sequels, my parents took me to see Army of Darkness during its theatrical run and I immediately sought out the other films. I watched and rewatched the sequels, but now I find myself going back to this original more than any. 5/5

Wednesday October 11th - 10 Points

Cult of Chucky - 6pt (ATB, 2017 release)
I'm seeing a lot of internet hate for this, but I loved it. It's completely ridiculous, but a ton of fun. 4/5

Halloween baking championship S3E3 - 4pt (ATB 2017 release)
Now I really want a brain cake.

Thursday October 12th - 12 Points

The Void - 6pt (ATB, 2017 release)
There seems to be so much good horror coming out, this is one of several 2017 release I watched this week and most have been really good. The Void is a blend of all of my favorite horror films, but still feels like it's own movie. 5/5

Cemetery Man 1994 - 6pt (ATB, Michele Soavi)
I was introduced to this in the 90's when IFC used to show independent films. I was obsessed with it. It's such a weird movie with a fantastic score and a streak of black humor throughout. 5/5

Friday October 13th - 11 Points

Stakeland 2 - 6pt (ATB 2017 release)
A fine follow up to a great movie. I think Mickle's original is really good, so a follow up is a tough task. While I won't be running out to rewatch it, seeing these characters together again in an apocalyptic America overrun by vampires and religious extremists is entertaining enough. 3/5

Hocus Pocus 1993- 5pt (child protagonist, practical zombie, underground tunnel)
I took my kids to a screening at our local theatre, and it was practically sold out. The kids had a blast and the audience was completely into it. 3.5/5

Saturday October 14th - 6 Points

IT - 6pt (ATB 2017 release)
Finally got to see IT, and I was not disappointed. I'm not a fan of the original despite loving it as a kid. This new adapation gets so much right, the casting is perfect, the themes of the book are portrayed more effectively, and none of it seems watered down. I'm hoping they can do right with the adult storyline. 5/5

Total Week 2 - 173

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Madness: Ten Years of Fears Week 1 Summary

Sunday October 1st - 34 pts

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Episodes I - VI

While I no longer keep up with the new episodes of the Simpsons I do make it a point to always watch the annual Treehouse of Horror episodes. Even with varying quality over the years the episodes are tradition for me and I never miss it. Episodes I-VI represent some of the best with send ups on everything from The Twilight Zone to A Nightmare on Elm Street and my all-time favorite segment, "The Shinning".

Episode I- 1pt (child protagonist) 3/5

Episode II - 1pt (child antagonist) 3/5

Episode III - 1pt (child protagonist) 4/5

Episode IV - 1pt (child protagonist) 4/5

Episode V - 1.5pt (child protagonist, classic monsters) 5/5

Episode VI - 1.5pt (child protagonist, Paul Anka plays himself) 5/5

The Monster Squad 1987 - 5pt (child protagonist, man in suit, classic monsters)
Introduced my 7 year old to a childhood favorite and she really liked it. Since she is planning to vamp it out for Halloween she took it as an opportunity to research the mannerisms of a vampire which was pretty entertaining. She also loved Frankenstein's monster. 5/5

Bloody Moon 1981 - 6pt (ATB Video Nasty)
Beheadings, impalement, deformities, incest...just another day in the world of Franco. Probably my favorite of Franco's films, though that bar is pretty low. 4/5

Dimension 404 Episode 2 "Cinethrax" - 4pt (ATB 2017 release)
Patton Oswalt battles space aliens snatching the bodies of moviegoers through a new 3-d technology. Film references abound with a strong tinge of They Live has me pretty excited for what else this series has to offer. 5/5

The Addams Family 1991 - 4pt (Child protagonist, cavern)
I've watched it every madness, opinion remains unchanged. The jokes work, the casting is spot on, sets are great, the story is mediocre. 3.5/5

Road to Halloween Wars - 4pt (2017 release)
My family loves Halloween wars, this was a good primer to the season premiere with introductions to all of the contestants and their skills. 3/5

Channel Zero No-End House Episode 1 - 4pt (ATB 2017 release)
Note to self...if a random house with a reputation for messing with minds pops up near my home, stay away. Episode 1 has me intrigued, I'll probably give episode 2 a chance. 3/5

Monday October 2nd - 13 pts

Anthropophagous 1980 - 6pt (ATB Video nasty)
I was watching this on a bus to work...I should be more careful when watching nasties in public. Fetus consumption isn't everyone's cup of tea. 3/5

Halloween Wars Episode 1 - 4pt (ATB 2017 release)
The theme was hitchhikers. These people created cars out of pumpkins. I feel good when I successfully carve a pupil inside of an eye. 5/5

Ghosted S1E1 - 3pt (ATB 2017 release)
New series on Fox with Craig Robinson and Adam Scott, two actors I really like. Episode 1 was enjoyable enough but ultimately a bit forgettable, I'm hoping the series finds it's legs.

Tuesday October 3rd - 16 pts

Curse of Frankenstein 1957 - 6pt (ATB Peter Cushing)
I have a serious gap in my Hammer film viewing, planning to change that a bit with the Peter Cushing bonus. The film itself is a strong adaptation. Cushing's Victor is the right amount of deplorable and Lee's monster is equal parts gruesome and sympathetic. 5/5

Evilspeak 1981 - 6pt (ATB Video nasty)
So many killer many much nastiness...I love it. Evilspeak grows on me with every viewing. After all, who doesn't love Clint Howard?

Dimension 404 Episode 4 "Polybius" - 4pt (ATB 2017 release)
A boy summons a demon while playing an arcade game. Kind of interesting to watch right after Evilspeak considering the similarities. Not as good as episode 2 but I think the series has a lot of potential, it's like a lighter version of Black Mirror. 3/5

Wednesday October 4th - 10 pts

Halloween Baking Championship S3E1 - 4pt (ATB 2017 release)
Next to Halloween Wars this is another family staple during October. The contestants bake candy filled cookies and I would eat all of them. 5/5

South Park S1E7 Pink Eye - 3pt (ATB Kid Zombie)
South Park is overrun with zombies after Kenny is crushed by a satellite. I've been watching South Park since season 1, this episode solidified my obsession with series early on. It's still so good.

Tales From the Crypt S4E7 - 3pt (ATB Kid Zombie)
A radio psychologist tries to help the psychic from Poltergeist deal with her problem child. I remember seeing this when it aired and it really unnerved younger me. Adult me, not as much, but it's still a fun episode.

Thursday October 5th - 25 pts

Delirium 1979 - 6pt (ATB Video nasty)
First time watch though I've known the cover art for a long time...I wish that's how I still knew it 1/5

Axe 1974 - 6pt (ATB Video nasty)
I kind of like Axe. The acting is rough and it seems like it doesn't know if it wants to be Last House on the Left or TCM, but I still kind of like it. One of the weirder nasty titles considering its lack of gratuitous nastiness. 3/5

Vampirina: The Plant Predicament / Mummy Mayhem - 3pt (ATB 2017 release)
A new Disney cartoon about a vampire family that moves to the suburbs. It's kind of fun considering the audience.

Halloween Baking Championship S3E2 - 4pt (ATB 2017 release)
This time the theme is slime. Cookies need to ooze out some kind of filling. The winner was based around a slug theme, pretty nasty but great idea.

Return of the Living Dead Part II 1988 - 6pt (ATB Puppet Zombie)
Nostalgia is a delicate thing. This is one of the first zombie movies I ever saw. It was the late 80's, I was maybe 6 and it was on cable back when you could count on channels like AMC or USA to show a variety of genre stuff. I fell in love with it. I watched it over and over again. It's been years since I've revisited it. Unfortunately what I didn't realize was that in addition to the distributor adding new dialogue to the film the score has been completely changed due to rights. I could only focus on how bad the movie is. I think I need to track down a VHS copy and see if reinstating that original score can restore some of that original fondness.

Saturday October 7th 27 pts

Addams Family Values 1993 - 4pt (child protagonist, cavern)
See comments on part 1, pretty much the same for this, however I really enjoy the camp stuff. Unfortunately the rest of the cast don't have nearly as much to do.

Mad Monster Party 1967 - 5pt (classic monsters, underground lair, stop motion)
First time watch. I wouldn't go out of my way to watch it again. I think something like this requires some nostalgia to really enjoy. I liked some of the songs, but found the movie a bit tedious.

Little Shop of Horrors 1985 - 3pt (puppetry)
My kids loved this. A quote "when the man and the plant are singing it's like when Anna and Elsa were singing" and then, regarding Jim Belushi, "feed him to the the plant!", I wish...

Simpsons Treehouse of Horror VII - 1pt (child protagonist)
The Clinton and Gore bit is so strange the evil twin segment

Halloween Wars Hayride of Horror Episode 1 - 4pt (2017 release)
So I found out tonight that there are two different versions of Halloween Wars this year, and that's pretty exciting for someone looking to rack up those ATB's with little ones around during a year full of nasties. The theme is Hayride of Horror, and it's pretty cool, though the edibles from both teams seemed a bit weak.

Better Watch Out 2017 - 10pt (Opening weekend bonus)
I had completely turned on this, until the last minute or so, at which point it redeemed itself a bit. The tonal shift partway through is really jarring and I felt like I was watching a watered down Funny Games. Maybe I would warm up to it on a second watch, now that I know what it is. Also, the comedy didn't work. 2.5/5


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Madness: Circus of Coulrophobes Week 4

Dismember The Alamo (Yonkers, NY) 2pts

The Gate (1987)

A childhood favorite and great way to start off the night. Ton of fun with an audience. 4/5

Points: 2

Deathdream (1974)

First time watch on this. I enjoyed it well enough, but a bit downbeat for a Halloween type event. 3.5/5

Points: 2

Death Spa (1989)

Another first time watch. Pretty enjoyable b-movie that goes completely off the rails in the final act. Another fun one to watch with the audience. 3/5

Points: 6 (Someone dressed as a clown is killed)

Event Horizon (1997)

Hadn't seen this since it's initial release. I remembered it being a bit better. The first two thirds are pretty strong but falls apart a bit at the end. The comic relief element was a big mistake. 3/5

Points: 3 (Clown)

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors 

Episode 14: 1 Points (clown poster)

Episode 15: .5 Points

Episode 16: 3 Points (Clown is killer)

Episode 17: 1.5 Points (Clown, tramp)

Episode 20: 1.5 Points (Clown poster, clown)

Episode 21: 1.5 Points (Clown poster, clown)

Episode 22: 1 Points (clown)

Episode 23: 3 Points (clown killed)

Episode 25: 3 Points? (clown killed)

Finally got through every single episode. 25 was actually pretty good for a later entry, I kind of got a kick out of the original Simpson family haunting the current one.

Sunday October 23rd

The Funhouse (1981)

The misadventures of   that little boy still make me feel uneasy no matter how many times I watch this. 4/5
Points: 5 (dark ride, clown doll, carnival)

Monday October 24th

Addams Family Values (1993)

The summer camp stuff is so good, it's unfortunate the Fester storyline feels so much like  a retread of the first. 3.5/5

Points: 2

Camp Blood (1999)

I almost gave up on killer clown movies for the remainder of the Madness because of this. I couldn't bring myself to watch the sequels. .5/5
Points: 6 (ATB clown commits murder)

Wednesday October 26th

100 Tears (2016)

I've watched this once before, and I think it holds up pretty well on a second watch. Gore is completely over the top. 3/5
Points: 6 (ATB Clown commits murder)

Fraternity Massacre at Hell Island (2007)

After this and Camp Blood, I've made a personal compromise. No more micro budget clown films, I just can't handle anymore.
Points: 6 (ATB Clown commits murder)

Thursday October 20th

It (1990)

As is the case with the book, the stuff with the kids is really good, the adults not so much. 3/5
Points: 9 (ATB Clown commits murder)

Halloween 5 (1989)

It's probably better than 4, at least it's not as boring. 3/5

Points: 6 (Clown commits murder)

Halloween Wars (2016)

Teams had to make crypts, that one team the constantly fights should probably have gone just out of principal.

Points: 1

Stitches (2012)

Stitches is a real blast that holds up to multiple viewings. 3.5/5

Points: 6 (Clown commits murder)

Friday October 28th

Drive-Thru (2007)

For a film that features a villain named Horny the Clown, it's actually kinda tame. 1/5
Points: 6 (Clown commits murder)

Friday the 13th Parts 2 & 3 (1982, 1983)

Haven't watched much on AMC this season, so I figured why not. 4/5
Points: 4 Total

Saturday October 29th

Puppet Master 4 (2015)

Why does Jester have to be so passive?! If he would just start attacking people more often I'd revisit this entire franchise just for the bonus points. 2/5
Points: 3 (clown doll)

Sunday October 30th

The Peoples Network: Horror Edition (2016)

The warm-up to the event I've been waiting for all madness, the premiere of the new Killjoy movie!  This series of short horror films was entertaining enough, there was kind of a clown thing in there but I know shorts don't count for the bonus points. 3/5
Points: 2

Killjoys Psycho Circus (2016)

It has arrived, the crowdfunded 5th film in the barely mediocre Killjoy franchise! I am baffled by these movies. The change in tone from the first to the 5th film is so strange to me. I think the Evil Bong audience is now driving everything Charles Band puts together. Has me really excited for the next Puppet Master film. 1.5/5
Points: 8 (Premiere bonus)

Monday October 31st

Night of the Demons 2 (1994)

Solid sequel to one of my favorite Halloween themed horror films. Sex, violence and a kick-ass nun, how could you go wrong? 4/5
Points: 3 (clown)

CHUD 2: Bud the Chud (1989)

A not-so-solid sequel to a favorite of mine. It's such a weird turn from the first film it's kind of hard to even compare them. I do like Gerritt Graham in pretty much anything though. 2/5
Points: 6 (The zombie trick or treaters that kill the old couple include a clown)

Return of the Living Dead (1985)

Finally upgraded to the Scream Factory release, totally worth it.  5/5
Points: 2

Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)

Ernest, my wife hates him, my kids tolerate him, I love him! 4/5
Points: 4 (circus poster, clowns)

Takes of Halloween (2015)

Capped off Halloween with a first time watch of this anthology film. Pretty enjoyable, it's one I would throw on every couple of years. 3/5
Points: 2

Total Week 2 Points: 118.5

Thursday, October 27, 2016

2016 Halloween Special

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It's that time of year! It's been a while since we've recorded but we have a show full of Halloween goodies as we discuss sexy and offensive costumes for 2016, the war on Halloween, some urban legends and more! We also review Trick or Treats, Trick or Treat, Trick R Treat and Rob Zombie's 31. Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Madness Circus of Coulrophobes Week 3

Sunday October 16th

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors 

Episode 13: 1 Points (clown)

Episode 17: 1.5 Points (clown toy, clown)

Episode 27: 3 Points? (Is Sideshow Bob a clown? If so, he dies.)

I really can appreciate that it was decided to celebrate episode 600 with a Halloween special. The episode itself was ok, though a spoof of Hunger Games seems pretty dated. The segment with Lisa's murderous imaginary friend was my favorite.

Demonic Toys (1992)

I think back to when I was 9 years old, watching this on video, thinking Baby Oopsie Daisy was the funniest thing ever. I'm embarrassed for the 9 year old. The movie's still really entertaining.  4/5
Points: 6 (Clown doll attacks human)

Monday October 17th

American Horror Story Freakshow Episodes 12 & 13(2014)

I really enjoyed the homage to Freaks in episode 12 but found that killing off the majority of the characters in a single episode to be a bit lazy.
Points: 8 total (both episodes have a clown toy, traveling carnival and actual sideshow actor)

Halloween Wars Episode 3 (2016)

That alien grandma was pretty amazing. Someone needs to make that into a movie.
Points: 1 

Demonic Toys 2 (2010)

William Butler, the director of this, plays the role of Merle in Ghoulies 2, a film I also watched this week. I'll choose to remember him for that. .5/5
Points: 6 (ATB clown doll attacks human)

Tuesday October 18th

Jokers Poltergeist (2016)

Eric Robert's seems to have made a bit of a career for himself lately by literally phoning in performances. The only difference here is he's actually on screen, though I still don't believe he was ever on set. .5/5
Points: 6 (ATB Clown commits murder)

Halloween Baking Championship Episode 3 (2016)

Finally a clown challenge!
Points: 2 (clowns!)

Killjoy Goes to Hell (2002)

The gang's back together, sweet! Still better than Killjoy 2. 2.5/5
Points: 6 (ATB clown commits murder)

Wednesday October 19th

Scary or Die (2012)

 Direct to video anthology horror. Only one thing matters. Clown bites man, man turns into clown, new clown man kills people. ATB! 2/5
Points: 6 (ATB clown commits murder)

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (1966)

Yearly watch, nothing new to report. 5/5
Points: .5

Toy Story of Terror (2013)

Also becoming a yearly watch, see above. 3/5
Points: .5

Terror on Tour (1980)

First time watch, probably the last time too. Maybe it was the crappy Youtube copy, or just the crappy movie, but it lost me.  1.5/5
Points: 6 (ATB Clown commits murder)

Thursday October 20th

Scary Movie 2 (2001)

Chris Elliott is the best part of this. That little hand gag shouldn't be as funny as it is. 2/5
Points: 6 (ATB Clown doll attacks human)

Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's do the Time Warp Again (2016)

Meh, something about it was just flat. The casting was all over the place, I personally didn't mind Brad, Janet and Columbia, and it felt like it couldn't decide if it were a television remake or a live musical. Maybe if it had committed it would have been better, but I'm doubtful.  2/5
Points: 6 (Premiere night bonus)

Friday October 21st

Freakshow Apocalypse (2007)

I chased an ATB into the depths of low budget independent horror, only to be alluded once again. The end of this movie promises a sequel, which I don't believe ever happened. I am thankful for that as I probably would have watched it. .5/5
Points: 4 (Clown, real sideshow actor)

Twilight Zone: Five Characters in Search of an Exit (1961)

Love this episode. Such a simple premise with an interesting payoff. 5/5
Points: 2 (clown, tramp, clown doll)

Halloween (1978)

It's a classic, nothing more to say here. 5/5
Points: 6 ( Character dressed as clown commits murder)

Slaughter High (1986)

What's in the water at slaughter high? Those kids didn't age a day in 10 years. 3.5/5
Points: 3 ( Killer wearing jester mask)

Saturday October 22nd

Funhouse Massacre (2015)

This turned out to be a fun Saturday afternoon watch. I wasn't expecting much to be honest considering some of the garbage I've been watching lately. 3/5
Points: 6 (clown commits murder)

Ghoulies 2 (1988)

Ghoulies 2, the movie that finally fulfills the tagline promise of the first film. I actually love this movie. It does everything a sequel should do by improving drastically over the original film. I think it's a blast. 4/5
Points: 5 (Clown, traveling carnival, funhouse)

Halloween 4 (1988)

"Jamie's an orphan! Jamie's an orphan! Jamie's uncle's the boogeyman! Jamie's uncle's the boogeyman!" Holy shit those kids were assholes. Jamie should have murdered them at the eend of this thing. 3.5/5
Points: 6 (Jamie murders her stepmother while dressed as a clown)

The Midnight Hour (1985)

Another yearly watch, though I didn't discover it until much later in life. It's the kind of thing I would have been obsessed with as a child. 4/5
Points: 3 (Clown costume)

Chopping Mall (1986)

Finally got around to checking out my blu ray and the upgrade was totally worth it. I probably watch this at least twice year. 5/5
Points: 2

Total Week 2 Points: 102.5