- Night of the Creeps (trailer)
- Invasion Of The Bunny Snatchers (Looney Tunes)
- The Invasion (trailer)
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers - Perhaps due to the usual stigma applied to remakes, I wasn't expecting that much out of this, so I was surprised at how much I ended up enjoying it. It mostly follows the same beats from the original, but director Philip Kaufman brings a stylish eye to the proceedings, deploying every visual trick in the book. You could say that the camera work and goofy camera angles is distracting or showy, but it's all used to add to the story, so I was pretty happy with that aspect. Adding to the tension is a buzzing, pulsing electronic score that is stereotypically 70s (but in a good way). Gone are the Cold War allusions (which weren't that thick to begin with), replaced instead with the paranoia and conspiracy that characterizes so much of 70s cinema. The story has moved from a small California town to San Francisco proper (allowing for many interesting canted camera angles), and our heroes, played by Donald Sutherland (rockin a bitchin porno stache) and Brooke Adams, work for the Department of Health.
- Honest Zombie (Robot Chicken)
- Shaun of the Dead (trailer)
- Zombi 2 (trailer)
- Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things - Unfortunately, the best thing I can say about this early Bob Clarke (of Black Christmas and, uh, Christmas Story fame) movie is that I love the title. It calls to mind those weird titles from Italian Giallos, and the sequence leading up to the title is probably my favorite in the movie. So it started off well enough for me, but it sorta fell apart from there...
- How Scream Should Have Ended (short)
- Black Christmas (1974 trailer)
- Black Sabbath (trailer)
- When a Stranger Calls - What a strange movie. I could have sworn I'd seen it before, but it turns out that I only really saw the beginning of the movie. Indeed, most of what you think about with this movie is that first 20 minutes (the recent remake attempted to take this opening and stretch it out to an hour and a half. I haven't seen it, but reviews were mixed to poor...). There's a sorta reprise of the opening in the last 20 minutes, but everything inbetween is a curveball. Black Christmas), but there's more to like here. If they had managed to tighten up that middle act, this could have been a really solid movie. As it is, it remains a kinda curiosity, albeit one that's worth checking out (not before you've seen Black Christmas though!). **1/2
6WH: Week 2 - Seventies Horror
After enjoying last week's original Invasion of the Body Snatchers, I decided to check out the remake, which I had never seen. Suitably inspired, I added two more seventies horror movies to the hopper for this week's theme. Not the most creative of themes, but it will have to do. Let's get to it: