Saturday, May 20, 2017

The 24 Hours Of Horror Marathon Part 3


 The 8th film we chose was Let Sleeping Corpses Lie or any of the other dozen or so names this movie has gone by.  Although there will be other zombie movies on the list, this is the film that served as our Zombie Movie entry.  This 1974 Spanish-Italian film is standard zombie fare.  Nothing horrible and nothing exceptionally great.  Lots of gore which, of course, you expect from a zombie movie.  This movie shares a common thread with Shaun of the Dead in that the trigger that makes the zombie plague (for lack of a better term) both seem to come from the same odd type of source.  2 and a half stars out of 5.

When we first made 1955's Night Of The Hunter our Black and White film selection I wasn't really sure it was a horror film.  Well, Robert Mitchum does play a serial killer who stalks and terrorizes two children as he tries to find where they have $10,000 stashed away that their father gave to them right before he was arrested and later executed.  That is he does so after he marries and then kills their mother, played by Shelly Winters, so yeah, I have to say this is definitely a horror film.  This movie has appeared on many lists as the second best film ever made right behind Citizen Kane, which, by the way, I don't particularly care for.  Robert Mitchum is creepy good and even Billy Chapin from Father Knows Best fame scratches out another great performance notch in his child actor belt.  4 out of 5 stars.    

The original movie we chose for the Movie You Have Never Seen Before category wouldn't play on any of the devices we had on hand so we went with a backup plan.  Sounds like it should be easy right?  Not so fast when you consider there's three of us and two of us have seen tons of movies over the years.  So we went with 1979's Zombi 2 which was an Italian sequel to George A. Romero's Dawn Of The Dead.  This is another one of those "Video Nasties" I mentioned earlier as it has one of the most graphic and cringe inducing moments of the entire 24 hours we spent watching films.  It's also the first time I watched a zombie fight a great white shark.  Italy and Santo Domingo serve as beautiful backdrops for most of the film plus, and here's that 13 year old boy again, lots of naked boobies!  3 out of 5 stars.    


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