E.O.Y UPDATE: Yes! I broke 100 new first watches to clock-up 156 freshly watched films in 2011.
This is a list of all the films (both old and new) I’ve seen for the first-ever time in 2011. The list is in order of viewing not preference.
‘1st Watches’ seen that are not on MUBI:
No33) MORTUARY (1983) aka EMBALMED – Directed by Howard Avedis. Sub-par oddity starring a young Bill Paxton.
No41) HOUSE OF DEATH (1982) aka DEATH SCREAMS – Directed by David Nelson. Not a classic but silly, cheesy fun with likeable characters and added bemusement due to the reels being put in the wrong order on DVD release.
No48) PLOT OF FEAR (1976) – Directed by Paolo Cavara. More police procedural/investigation than straight out gialli but still packs enough sleaze and style to be of interest. Also great central performance by Michele Placido as Inspector Gaspare Lomenzo. Plus look out for surprise cameos by Hollywood regulars Tom Skerritt and Eli Wallach.
No49) THE HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS (1983) – Directed by Pete Walker this rarely seen British horror flick is notable for starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Vincent Price.
No79) HE MAN WHO SAW FRANKENSTEIN CRY (2010) – Documentary on Paul Naschy directed by Ángel Agudo.
No81) MIDNIGHT SON (2011) – Directed by Scott Leberecht.
No82) THE GLASS MAN (2011) – Directed by Cristian Solimeno
No92) INBRED (2011) – Directed by Alex Chandon.
No103) GHIBLI: THE MIYAZAKI TEMPLE (TV) – Original Title: Ghibli et le mystere Miyazaki. France: Yves Montmayeur, 2005. Documentary about the work and achievements of Japanese animation filmmakers Studio Ghibli.
No108) FUNERAL HOME (1980) aka CRIES IN THE NIGHT – Directed by William Fruet. Likeable lead in 15 year-old Lesley Donaldson but pacing is very slow and lacks kills. Ending is bonkers in a fun way.
No119) KILLER PARTY (1986) – Directed by William Fruet. A little coy in places and totally bonkers in others but jolly good cheesy fun & an under seen slasher. The biggest plus aside from the 80s fashions and dialogue is it’s extremely likable trio of sorority girl wannabes!
No120) FATAL GAMES (1984) – Directed by Michael Elliott. Obscure and little known sub-par GRADUATION DAY wannabe slasher (yes, you read that right) with terrible acting, dull pacing & an absurd twist.
No124) INCUBUS (1982) – Directed by John Hough. Supernatural slasher worth seeking out for some real menacing atmosphere & harrowing violence. Plus there is a superb sequence with a lady in a wheelchair hurrying toward a bathroom door as her sister is murdered the camera at level of wheels of the chair. Upon reaching the closed bathroom door we see the murdered women through the crack at the bottom. Also memorable for the opening line… “You bitch!” INCUBUS must also take the prize for the number of times the phrase ‘dry intercourse’ is used in a film. Both cheesy & nasty!
No130) ISLAND OF BLOOD (1982) – Also known as ‘Whodunit?’ and ‘Scared Alive’ this mess of a flm is directed by William T. Naud and ranks alongside MORTUARY down at the very bottom of the slasher film pile. ISLAND OF BLOOD has had terrible acting, non-existent plot, awful script, shoddy VHS image quality and that bloody song with lyrics inspiring the kills is fuckin’ doing my tits! Not even final girl called ‘BJ’ snigger, running around house in nightie can save it. I didn’t actually nod off to ISLAND OF BLOOD but kinda wished I had.
No137) THE LAST SLUMBER PARTY (1988) – Directed by Stephen Tyler. Each individual element of filmmaking process in this slasher flick is truly dire. Holistically it’s comedy gold. Viewed in the cold light of day without intoxication this could very well be the worst slasher film I’ve ever seen. Bottom of the pack with a thud.
No144) NIGHT SCHOOL (1981) – also known as ‘Terror Eyes’. Directed by Ken Hughes. ather slow and relatively tame slasher film which bafflingly was identified as a ‘video nasty’ by the DPP during the 80s in Britain. The plot does boast a playfully bizarre ‘head hunter’ killer, dressed in bikers’ black leather and helmet, brandishing a machete who decapitates victims to stage grisly tableaux featuring water akin to an ancient African ritual. NIGHT SCHOOL also has some memorable kills with the stalk and slash sequence set in an aquarium a particular stand out. Finally, the film is notable for the debut appearance of actress Rachel Ward who gives an unintentionally hilarious wooden performance as the lead. Worth a watch for 80s slasher enthusiasts otherwise it may prove a little to languid in pace for a more mainstream audience.
No147) WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY (2011) [TV Documentary) – Directed by Robert B. Weide.
No151) HUMONGOUS (1982) – Directed by Paul Lynch. Even watching this on a fuzzy VHS copy the opening scene was pretty damn grim. Luckily the dumb teens soon arrive featuring a cast/plot which smacks of a fun ‘Scooby-Doo’ vibe & the film has some suitably cheesy 80s paraphernalia & fashions. However, ultimately it’s all a bit meh. The incredibly dark & rough VHS image transfer can’t of helped matters. The audio in particular is very poor on the version I watched. Even so despite the shortcomings of the audio/visual presentation there’s no denying the wooden acting!