October Overlook Madness Finale (#31) – A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011)

So, here we are, the ending of another month of horror, another October has gone by and with that another Halloween. I am very proud of these 31 reviews, some more than others, but the quality and the time of posting has been somewhat timely, even if there’s been a lot of personal issues in the past few days, but we have to continue, and today I have a treat for you coming from James Rolfe, a full-length commentary of the masterpiece ‘Night of the Living Dead’ (1968) here. On my behalf, I’m reviewing a horror documentary starring one of the most important people in horror 30 years ago and nowadays more than ever: Stephen Motherfuc King. Why is this here? Well, it’s a documentary/horror film of course, so, let’s go to the review.

So, this is a short film (under an hour) and a TV special, so I’ll keep this short and sweet. This is just an interview with Stephen King on the subject of horror films of all time, he drops some names here and there, mentioning his favorites and the films that he can’t stand (we concur on the werewolf genre, I see little use for it). He also does a statement on the films of the 50’s and where the modern horror cinema is going. It’s mighty interesting, but I think that most of the stuff that is said here was expanded and better explained in his essential essay book ‘Danse Macabre’, one of the most important volumes in terms of horror fiction that has ever been written, as it reads easily, brings up a personal opinion as well as it illuminates some obscure or less known authors and films, and specially when it comes to written fiction it almost serves like a reading guide for those unexperienced in that are, just like me. He seems to be the most benevolent expert and master of all things horror here, and I wish that I had that volume in my hands right now to go through its entertaining and comment-filled pages. All in all, this isn’t a wasteful commentary, as it shines a light on some movies, as well as on his experience with ‘Carrie’ (1976) and ‘The Shining’ (1980) showing both ends of the spectrum. Not a must see, but if you ever see it, you might consider watching it, specially if you love Stephen King and the way he speaks and tells his stories and anecdotes.

7/10

So, that’s it, the end of this month. Hope you enjoyed, and now, as always, I put a list of the best 10 and the worst 5 films that I saw this month.

The Best of October

1. J’accuse (1919, Abel Gance)
2. Cure (1997, Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
3. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957, Terence Fisher)
4. Aliens (1986, James Cameron)
5. La maison Nucingen (2008, Raúl Ruiz)
6. The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958, Terence Fisher)
7. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010, Eli Craig)
8. Frankenstein Created Woman (1967, Terence Fisher)
9. Alien3 (1992, David Fincher)
10. The Mummy’s Hand (1940, Christy Cabanne)

The Worst of October

5. Gamera tai Shinkai kaijû Jigura (1971, Noriaki Yuasa)
4. Gamera tai Daimaju Jaiga (1970, Noriaki Yuasa)
3. The Mummy’s Curse (1944, Leslie Goodwins)
2. Diary of the Dead (2007, George A. Romero)
1. AVPR: Aliens vs Predator – Requiem (2007, Colin Strause, Greg Strause)

That’s October. This blog will resume normal operations tomorrow or the day after. Thanks!

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