I'm so excited to finally share my thoughts on this year's list of cult classics. The first week of Creepy Cinema was a nice mix of films and for the most part I enjoyed most of them. Although, it's possible that I saw the worst film I've ever seen. It was pretty awful. Anyway, I hope you enjoy my reviews and let me know what you think in the comments below!
1. Nosferatu (1922)
This film is the oldest on this year’s list,
and since I didn’t want to jump in head first, I dipped in slowly by watching
this one first. Nosferatu
one of the most iconic horror films of all time. It has such a cult following
that they even made a movie about the filming of Nosferatu
, called Shadow of
The film is such an obvious
rip off of Dracula, but that’s what makes it great. The makers of Nosferatu
couldn’t obtain the rights to make
a movie adaptation of Bram Stoker’s
, so they told their own version, which was just as good in its own
I actually wanted to watch this movie last
year, but Markus wanted to save it for this year. The movie itself is pretty
good, but it isn’t my favorite “Dracula
film or vampire movie. The cinematography is amazing and there are so many
iconic shots. I absolutely love the look and feel, but it did lag a bit. I know
it has a lot to do with the time period in which it was made, but it was still
too slow for my taste. Also, I know the Dracula
story really well, so there was no mystery to keep me going.
The Toxic Avenger (1985)
If there ever was a movie that I could un-see
it would be The Toxic Avenger
don’t even know what possessed me to allow this on the list. What kills me is
that in earlier versions of this year’s list, this movie wasn’t even in the
running. If I could turn back time…
I don’t think there is anything good about
this movie. I wrote notes for all the other films, but I only wrote one
sentence for this movie: “ This movie is so gross.” Markus was telling me that
all the movies made by Troma Films (the creators of The Toxic Avenger
) are like this. It’s just gratuitously disgusting.
They basically take every extreme and nasty thing you could think of and
intensify it. I will never ever watch another Troma Film movie again.
Atom Age Vampire (1960)
Markus and I saw this movie on Hulu and decided to add it to the list. This was
a huge mistake. There probably is a good reason why I’ve never heard of it. The
basic premise is that a beautiful woman is scarred in an accident and a
scientist cures her, but at a high cost.
The beginning started out really good. I
liked the opening sequence and I thought it was the start of a hidden gem. I
was definitely wrong. There are some good things about the film, but the
woman’s overacting is just too much. She spent most of the movie crying, weeping
and screaming. I mean, I get that women tend to be emotional, but this was too much.
Also, what is it with men always choosing women that are all wrong for them? I
don’t understand why the antagonist in this movie goes crazy for this woman.
She doesn’t even feel an attraction to him. Her kindness to him is solely based
on her gratitude for having her beauty returned to her.
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
This film has been heralded as the “worst movie of all time”, but I may have to
disagree. I’ve definitely seen worse films. Plan 9 was created by Ed Wood,
which also happens to be the subject of one of my favorite Tim Burton films.
Since I know a little about Wood, I was excited to see this film. He’s known
for making a slew of really low budget movies ranging from sci-fi to westerns.
I have to admit that this isn’t a well-done
movie, it’s actually really bad. There isn’t any care to continuity and the
sets look like they were made by middle-schoolers. Despite all of this, I
really liked this movie. Since I knew it was the “worst movie of all time”, I
expected it to be badly made, but I think the terrible acting, poor shots and
juvenile sets are what made the movie worthwhile and enjoyable.
Children of the Corn (1984)
This is one of those movies that you know about, but haven’t watched because
it’s too creepy. I think that Stephen King is quite brilliant and always
delivers, but I have a confession to make. Before Children of the Corn
, I’ve never seen a Stephen King film or read
any of his books. I know, it’s so strange. When I told Markus, I think he was
of the Corn
was quite good and I enjoyed watching it.
It’s such a creepy movie, and it wasn’t at all
what I was expecting. I didn’t know much about it and I honestly thought it was
about kids who really liked corn. Or maybe they liked to terrorize people with
corn. Or they were actually children made of corn. Either way, the movie will
make me think twice before wandering into any fields of corn.
I watched this right after Children of the Corn
. I guess after 29
years of a Stephen King-less life I had to catch up. Carrie
is one of those movies that you know about without having to
watch. That’s the thing about pop culture; you can “know everything” about a
film without ever seeing it.
was a lot like watching
last year. I thought I knew the whole story and I would be bored,
but it was the complete opposite. Even though I knew exactly what was going to
happen, there was so much more that I didn’t know. Actually seeing the
relationship with her mother explains a lot of what motivates Carrie. Every time
her mother came on screen, I was instantly irritated. I probably would’ve gone
crazy too if I were Carrie and had to deal with an overbearing mother like
Like many movies this year, I’ve never
heard of Pumpkinhead
. I try not to
read anything about the movies before I watch them. It definitely adds more
mystery and suspense. The main premise of this movie is revenge and the endless
cycle of hate that it perpetuates. It’s set in a small backwater country town
where a lot of weird voodoo and occult stuff is present.
wasn’t too scary and was easy to watch. It’s got all the fixings of a cult
horror: a small budget, great practical effects, staple characters like an old
crone, creepy hillbillies and a menacing humanoid creature. When the creature is
finally revealed, I thought it looked a lot like the alien from Alien
. The story is pretty good and it
has it flaws, but like most 80s movie I don’t expect the script to be airtight.
I was able to predict the outcome of the story way before it even happened.
Nevertheless, it’s still enjoyable and definitely a hidden gem. I can see why
this film has a cult following.