October 26, 2014

Yeti Hideout's 31 Days of Horror: Week 4

In honor of Halloween, I've been selecting one horror movie a day.

Here are the selections for the fourth week:

Incredibly strange revenge story that has amazing NYC atmosphere, kooky background characters and some pretty impressive make-up effects! The evil vet, Dr. Kutter, is one of my favorite characters of all time. I use this film as a litmus test for initiating new friends. Will YOU pass the test?

Now available on Blu-ray from Something Weird Video.
Vincent Price's magnum opus! This amazing black comedy allowed him the opportunity to don unique costumes and make-up in what has to be considered his best performance. The special "guest victims" are just as incredible and hilarious, especially Coral Browne and the fabulous Robert Morley!

Now available on Region B/2 Blu-ray from Arrow Video.
This has been a fave for decades. A perfect little slice of rural horror chock full of laughs, weird scenes, a perfect soundtrack and adorable performances by Rory Calhoun and one of my top favorite character actresses, Nancy Parsons. Check out my Lego Motel Hell tribute here!

Now available on Blu-ray from Shout! Factory.
Dawn of the Dead meets Short Circuit. Lots of fun with great cameos, a fantastic synth score and a memorable exploding head! Check out my Lego Chopping Mall tribute here!

The Lionsgate DVD can be found on Amazon.
Eerie, dreamlike and often poetic, this odd masterpiece features a really unique atmosphere and regional feel that is unmatched. The church organ soundtrack adds to the other-worldly texture of this quiet little thriller.

The Criterion Collection DVD can be found on Amazon.
My favorite Dario Argento film. Haunting, beautiful, disgusting, elegant...so many adjectives can be used to describe this incredibly visual and puzzling nightmare of a movie. Features a crazy and chaotic score by Keith Emerson.

Now available on Blu-ray from Blue Underground.
This one doesn't seem to be discussed very much and it seems that a lot of people don't like it, but I will go out on a limb and say this is my favorite John Carpenter film. The overwhelming dread, droning score and sense of total hopelessness definitely make this one of his most memorable pieces. Certain images really stick out to me, especially the eerie and tragic mirror sequence towards the climax.

Now available on Blu-ray from Shout! Factory.