- The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror VIII: Fly vs. Fly
- Kingdom of the Spiders (trailer)
- Black Sheep (trailer)
- Phenomena - This is the most bonkers movie I've seen in a long time. Let's count the ways in which this insanity manifests. Ok, so first we've got a girl (played by a very young Jennifer Connelly) who can commune with bugs attending a prestigious academy in Switzerland (they refer to this area as the Swiss Transylvania on multiple occasions), a pre-CSI entomologist who uses bugs to date murders, a razor-blade wielding chimpanzee that fights crime, and a scene where someone realizes they've taken a poison drug and induces themselves to vomit (a scene that goes on for about 5 minutes). And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
- Honest Zombie (Robot Chicken)
- Slither (trailer)
- Scourge of The Undead (fake trailer)
- Demons - Ostensibly about a demon who opens a movie theater, invites in some victims, then starts converting the audience into more demons, it pretty much plays out like a typical zombie movie (Italians love zombies). You've got the monsters themselves, which are kinda mindless, and they spread by scratching (infecting) their victims. I'm a little unclear on who or what was orchestrating this movie thing, but like a lot of zombie movies, there's some blatant symbolism going on here. It's set in a movie theater that's showing a movie that's and at one point, a demon literally jumps through the canvas screen and starts attacking the audience.
- Lotion in the Basket (Robot Chicken)
- Suspiria (trailer)
- Deep Red (trailer)
- Tenebre - Another Argento mystery thriller type thing, this one was distressingly normal, though as Giallo films go, it was fun enough. This one plays on that old saw of the killer tormenting an author by killing people in the manner described in the books. There is a sorta whodunnit element to the story, though like all Argento mysteries, you really can't figure it out based on the information you have. Still, there are a couple of nice twists and a bravura crane shot that marks the visual centerpiece of the film. This was engaging enough, but I find I don't have much to say about it. So there. **1/2
6WH: Week 5 - Italian Horror
One thing I've noticed has been missing from this year's Six Weeks of Halloween festivities is, well, craziness. Don't get me wrong, I've watched some weird stuff this year, but let's just say the batshit insane quotient has been lacking. This sounds like a job for Italians! They may not make any sense, but that's what being batshit insane is all about. Things kicked off well this weekend, though they gradually got less and less wacky as time went on. Ah well, there's always next week.