Our fifth film is a Creature Feature. As we interpret it it calls for any monster that doesn't already fit into one of the other categories like vampire or werewolf. The Babadook is an Australian-Canadian psychological horror movie about a widowed mother and her young son. As the woman goes into labor, her husband gets her into their car and rushes to her to the hospital. They get into a car accident on the way and the husband is killed the same day their son is born. The boy is different to say the least and it doesn't help things any when he finds a mysterious book titled Mister Babadook. The book tells of a mysterious creature that cruelly torments it's victims once they "let it in", which the mother does and soon after hilarity ensues. Or maybe not. 3.5 stars out of 5.
Frightmare is written and directed by Peter Walker and serves as our Cannibal Film. A husband and wife are arrested for murder and sent to a mental institute where they spend the next 15 years trying to get well. Turns out the wife had a taste for human flesh and the husband was all to happy to help, ah-hem, feed her habit. Now they are back on the streets and the wife still has a hunger that only fresh people meat can fulfill. 2 and a half stars out of 5, which is a good grade for a cannibal movie in my book. Not a cannibal film fan.
As I said in my last post werewolf movies are my favorite horror genre and my second favorite is horror anthology. We went all the way back to 1945 and plucked Dead Of Night to be the representative for this category. Dead of Night is credited as being the horror anthology movie that just about every horror anthology is based upon. This one holds up pretty well and is fairly enjoyable for a movie that is more than 70 years old. 3 out of 5 stars.