Friday, October 01, 2010

Horror Movie Mayhem @ Portage Theater

After returning home this morning from Fantastic Fest it was a mad rush to catch up on work items yet still remain lucid. Eventual crashed hard then arise to head over to Portage Theater for a double feature of Spanish horror films shot in Chicago by director Ricardo Islas. First up was El dia de los muertos a.k.a. Day of the Dead (2007) about a sick group of 20-somethings that kidnap women so they can terrorize and massacre them. A mexican revenge spirit shows up coincidentally at the same time a dead girl's father arrives from Mexico to identify his daughter's body. Dun-dun-dun. Not bad but overly long. 6.5/10

Next was Night Fangs (2005) also directed by Islas, which is about, yes, vampires. More specifically it's about two lesbian women who want to resurrect the spirit of Lady Bathory. Somehow this ritual turns a bunch of kids into cannibalistic vampires with the final climax set in the Aragon Ballroom! didn't really make much sense as to exactly how the vampires turned and unturned but for a low budget flick it's not terrible. Cool to see films shot in and around Chicago! 5.5/10

Arrived at home in time to catch Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968) on TCM. This Hammer horror flick is entertaining (the blonde guy cracks me up) but doesn't have enough Christobher Lee. I'm thrilled that TCM is running Hammer Horror every Friday night this month! 6.7/10
  • October New: 2
  • October Re-watch: 1
  • October Total: 3
  • 2010 TOTAL: 587

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