The Streaming Horror!!! #9
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The Frighteners (1996)
The Frighteners is one of the best Horror Comedies of all time. Jackson manages to pull this off not by mocking the genre, but by mixing whimsical mischief with dark and grim situations.
Fox impresses in his role as main character Frank Bannister, a man who can see and speak with the dead. He uses this talent to swindle people for money as a ghost exterminator. It really makes you wonder what movies would be like if Fox were still acting.
Another great performance is that of Jeffery Combs as Milton Dammers, an FBI investigator obsessed with the occult. Dammers manages to cause quite a few problems for Bannister as he tries to solve a brutal mystery with his psychic abilities. In my opinion, Jeffery Combs is the greatest actor alive. Period!
This marks the last of the good (in my opinion) Peter Jackson movies. Hopefully he’ll sack up and push harder to make H.P. Lovecraft’s At The Mountains of Madness.
Watch this movie if you haven’t seen it and watch it again if you already have. It’s worth the re-watch.
Overall Rating: 9 out of 10!
House was a movie that was played a lot on TV when I was a kid, mostly on USA Network. God, USA used to be great! What the hell happened to you? This movie was directed by Steve Miner, the guy who directed Friday the 13th parts 2 and 3 as well as Warlock, a great underrated horror from the 80’s.
This movie focuses on Rodger Cobb (William Katt) a novelist and Vietnam vet who is struggling not only with a traumatic experience from during the war, but also with the disappearance of his son. Rodger has decided to live in his aunt’s house (where his son disappeared) to write his next book and work out some personal problems.
This movie has a decent plot, and some good scares but the makeup and costume effects in this are bad in a good way. Not to mention George Wendt (Norm from Cheers), and Richard Moll (Bull from Night Court) co-star in this.
Seriously consider giving this one a watch.
Overall Rating: 7 out of 10
Editors Note because he was truly surprised: Holy shit, Norm and Bull? They exist outside of those TV shows? So. Watching. This.
The Resurected (1992)
Ooooooh, I’m excited about this one!
This is a hard to find movie. It’s based on H.P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Dan O’Bannon who directs this wrote Alien, Total Recall, Screamers, and Invaders From Mars. He also directed The Return of the Living Dead, and this beautiful movie. It’s truly sad that he died. It’s also sad he quit making movies after this, although he had to deal with quite a bit of stress from making it the way he wanted. In the end, from what I understand, there is a directors cut somewhere that is unfinished and has a totally different feel to it.
Private Investigator John March is hired by Claire Ward, wife of Charles Dexter Ward to investigate why her husband is acting so strange. It appears that Charles is caught up in some bizarre experimentation after he finds one of his ancestors diaries from 1771. Horror ensues as John gets deeper into his investigation. This movie may not be my favorite Lovecraft adaption, but I do feel it is has the most accurate feel to a Lovecraft story.
Watch this movie and spread the word!
Overall Rating: 7.5 out of 10
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