Andrew Earles

I was thinking…

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew Earles on October 31, 2007

…that I missed a few:

Rawhead Rex (1986) – Pre-Hellraiser Clive Barker that deserves a little more credit than it gets. This one also deeply upset me as a child.  

Dogs (1976) – another pointless memory from childhood, or more specifically, of watching the local “Creature Feature” late each Saturday night.

Scream (1996) – Look, it’s clever.

Wacko! (1981) – Totally f*cked-up spoof. One of the first. A must see.

Wait Until Dark (1967) – How can you go wrong with Alan Arkin and Audrey Hepburn? This movie should be afforded the credit that Rosemary’s Baby garners.

Toxic Zombies (1980) – Yes, I fall for So Bad It’s Good. One of the many anti-drug, incredibly bloody for the time horror flicks shot in rural Florida. It was supposed to be set in Kentucky.

Alone in the Dark (1982) – A totally crooked attempt at making a slasher film, and it features great scene-chewing by some of the best scene-chewers: Donald Pleasence, Jack Palance, and Martin Landau. Watching Jack Palance stumble into a punk rock show is worth whatever time it takes to seek this one out.

Martin (1977) – George A. Romero’s lost classic that gets overshadowed by what it fell between: Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. Skip The Crazies. Truthfully, this is sort of a beautiful movie.

Slither (2006) – This movie is so much fun, despite its thieving nature. For fans of early Cronenberg.



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  1. d. mosurock said, on November 1, 2007 at 8:43 am

    One of my favorite things about “Martin” is footage of a Pittsburgh commuter train (PATrain) in the beginning of the film. This thing was only in service for a year or two.

    Haven’t seen “Dogs” but I did catch Robert Clouse’s “The Pack” (a/k/a “The Long Dark Night”) on TNT when I was in high school, and it rattled me pretty hard, despite the blubbery presence of Joe Don Baker and some of the ugliest supporting cast in film history. Abandoned dogs on a vacation island form a pack and start attacking humans. Really tense scenes, particularly in the end — thinking about the alpha dog in this one really bums me out. Clouse would vacillate between kung fu and “Gymkata”-style films, and man vs. nature horror, for the remainder of his career (also check “Deadly Eyes,” about giant rats, which are actually dogs, attacking Toronto … or maybe not).

  2. Kaspar Szumlak said, on November 4, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    Rawhead Rex! Whoa. I remember reading the short story as a kid and was blown away that they ever made the movie because in the book his head was a dick. Which brings me to Sleepaway Camp. That one threw me for a big loop.

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