OHC Day 16 through 17 – A Leap in Time

So I apologize if the numbering of days did a huge jump from 8 to 16-17, but it felt weird numbering the days in terms of viewing days instead of calendar days. I may also have to retcon the Challenge blogging and post something from a previous date with corresponding number, but I’m still awaiting confirmation/denial on a particular film counting as a horror film. Anyway. TO THE BOG, I mean blog.

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[16 October]

Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Directed by Drew Goddard

What starts out as your typical, well, cabin in the woods-type horror film ends up being something else entirely, and then once more becomes something else, and each subsequent twist makes the horror fan in me giddy with the silly happy. I still hesitate to say too much about this film, in respect out of those who have yet to see it, and that makes it hard to review or even properly summarize, but I will say if you’re into post-modern meta horror, any and every kind of evil creature and villain from any and every horror film ever, and a touch of Cthulhu/Ancient Ones mythos, you’ll probably quite like Cabin in the Woods. I like it so much, I watched it, then immediately watched it again to show my parents. But mostly to watch it again, because I like this a whole lot:

get down, white guys.

You’ll also forever wonder who, or what, Kevin is.

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[17 October]

Horror of Dracula (1958)
Directed by Terence Fisher

Once again, Turner Classic Movies comes through with a night of Hammer horror films. My only regret is that they started the movies so late in the evening I could only stay awake for two, and both of them were movies I’d already seen. That isn’t exactly a complaint – although…<whine>…I wanted to see Hammer’s take on The Mummy. Anyhow, they kicked off Hammer time with Horror of Dracula, which is more or less your typical Dracula-type movie, starring Peter Cushing as Van Helsing and Christopher Lee as Drac. Hammer’s take, with a script by Jimmy Sangster, is one of my favorite versions of the story, even though it changes up the original story’s relationships between the characters, likely due to time constraints and that tradition in films to make things more dramatically interesting. What this particular film doesn’t have, but so many of the other Hammer Dracula movies do, is an ending that consists of Dracula falling out of a window and either impaling himself on a wooden cross or smack in the middle of a consecrated altar. Gosh, I love it when that happens. Anyhow, Horror of Dracula does have the usual Hammer Drac accoutrements: bright red blood, heaving bosoms, sexy Chris Lee, and the movie love of my life next to Vincent Price:

“Cushing on the mic, one-two, one-two.”

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The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
Directed by Terence Fisher

Hammer’s version of the Victor Frankenstein story is set up as a flashback, framed and told by a crazed Victor locked up in jail for murder. The film ostensibly begins with Victor’s father dying and his subsequent inheritance of the family home and fortune. He hires a tutor and soon they begin a series of experiments that culminate with the successful regeneration of a dead puppy. Their success leads Victor to believe that they could essentially create human life from scratch. You know, preheat oven to 350 degrees, bake for 35-40 minutes, DING! Your human is now ready, let cool before serving. Actually, the Victor Frankenstein method is more of a lobster boil, but you get where this is headed if you’re familiar at all with the Frankenstein story, which if you aren’t, get the heck out. Once again, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee are here, with Cushing in the title role and Lee as his cursed creation. While some people aren’t as keen on Lee’s version of Frankenstein’s monster, I find him to be the most hideous:

Yikes.

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Okay, that wraps up the 16th and 17th of October for the Challenge. Coming soon: 18 October! Which means, I’m close to being right on top of this thing, aside from the potential retcon. YAY?

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