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    Fright Fest the 13th: The Final Fright Fest



    "Repent
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    Nigh"


    Since 2008 (And then officially in 2010), one of my main contributions to Wrestling Clique has been my annual October horror movie review thread - Fright Fest. Other than 2009, the year in which I didn't run a Fright Fest thread, but still had franchise review threads that year so it kind of counts as a Fright Fest year, it's been a way to encourage myself to fully dive into the spirit of Halloween and watch a ton of horror movies. Over the years through Fright Fest, I've covered films from all over the globe, covering seemingly every decade that horror has existed, and I presume every sub-genre of horror. I've hopefully introduced plenty of quality lesser known scary flicks to members of the board while members have conned me into watching some of their own personal favorites (Sometimes these were hits and other times these requests were...Clowntergeist). After all of these years, it's time for the thread series that refused to die to officially be killed off.

    Join me on October 1st as Fright Fest the 13th: The Final Fright Fest kicks off. As much as I've loved running Fright Fest, it's a ton of work and always makes for a stressful and busy October. I had been looking for a potential place to end the series for a few years with the idea of the unlucky number 13 being perfect. This year, things will be a bit different as new reviews will be posted every other day with then a bonus second review being posted on Halloween. Part of the reasoning for this is compensating for a lack of time. The first week of October, in particular, is going to be pretty hectic with work, attending the online film festival Fantastic Fest, and then posting Fright Fest reviews. However, I also like the idea of only posting seventeen new reviews because the very first Fright Fest I ever ran, the failed Fright Fest 2008, only saw seventeen reviews being posted before my PC motherboard dying on me prematurely halted the thread. So Fright Fest was started on seventeen reviews and it will end on seventeen as well. Except this time the seventeen reviews won't be a failure, but instead will be a success. Hooray!

    Fright Fest 13 will be all about looking at the archive and trying to sort out which movies deserve to be included for me to be satisfied with the completed Fright Fest archive. What this means is that this year's Fright Fest will likely include a higher amount of well known horrors rather than trying to find hidden gems or odd films to keep my own interest rather than re-watching movies I've seen a thousand times. I will still be accepting film requests, but between the total number of films being reviewed being decreased and focusing on covering big films I've put off in past Fright Fests, I can't promise that a lot of requests will be filled. Still though, it should be a fun month with a lot of your favorite killers being featured, tons of gory gifs, and movies I've been meaning to cover for years finally getting reviewed.

    Anyways, that's it. There's been a dozen of these Fright Fests, so you all know the drill. If requesting movies for me to cover, please click on the spoiler below to see what I've already covered in past years. While you're at it, kill some time until October 1st by reading what past Jim has thought about various horror movies.

    Fright Fest 2008
    Fright Fest 2
    Fright Fest 3
    Fright Fest 4
    Fright Fest V
    Fright Fest 6
    Fright Fest 7
    Fright Fest 8
    Fright Fest 9
    Fright Fest TEN
    Fright Fest 11
    Fright Fest 12

    Past Fright Fest movie reviews:
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    2014
    2015
    2016
    2017
    2018
    2019
    2020
    2021

    The Abominable Snowman (1957)
    Alien (1979)
    All Hallows' Eve (2013)
    Alone in the Dark (1982)
    Altitude (2010)
    An American Werewolf in London (1981)
    An American Werewolf in Paris (1997)
    The Amityville Horror (1979)
    Annabelle (2014)
    Another Me (2013)
    April Fool's Day (2008)
    Are You Afraid of the Dark? (Various)
    Army of Darkness (1992)
    The Asphyx (1973)
    At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (1964)
    Audition (1999)

    Bad Taste (1987)
    Bay of Blood (1971)
    Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
    Better Watch Out (2017)
    Beyond Re-Animator (2003)
    The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
    Black Christmas (1974)
    Black Sabbath (1963)
    Black Sheep (2006)
    The Blob (1958)
    The Blob (1988)
    Blood Runs Cold (2011)
    Bloody Birthday (1981)
    Blue Velvet (1986)
    Body Bags (1993)
    Bordello of Blood (1996)
    The Bride of Chucky (1998)
    The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
    The Bride of Re-Animator (1990)
    Brightburn (2019)
    The Brøken (2008)
    The Brood (1979)
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
    Buffy The Vampire Slayer - "Hush"

    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
    The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
    Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
    Casper (1995)
    Castle Freak (1995)
    Cat People (1942)
    The Changeling (1980)
    Chernobyl Diaries (2012)
    Cherry Falls (2000)
    Child's Play (1988)
    Child's Play (2019)
    Child's Play 2 (1990)
    Child's Play 3 (1991)
    Chucky S01E01/02
    C.H.U.D. (1984)
    Cloverfield (2008)
    Clowntergeist (2017)
    Club Dread (2004)
    Cockneys vs Zombies (2012)
    Corpse Bride (2005)
    The Crazies (2010)
    Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
    The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)
    Creep (2004)
    Creep (2014)
    Creepshow (1982)
    Creepshow 2 (1987)
    Critters (1986)
    Cult of Chucky (2017)
    The Curse of Chucky (2013)
    The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
    Curse of Puppet Master (1998)
    Curtains (1983)

    Dark Water (2002)
    Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    Dawn of the Dead (2004)
    Day of the Dead (1985)
    Dead Alive (1992)
    Dead & Buried (1981)
    The Dead Don't Die (2019)
    The Deadly Mantis (1957)
    Dead Sno (2009)
    Death Line (1972)
    Demon Knight (1995)
    Demons (1985)
    Demons 2 (1986)
    The Dentist (1996)
    The Devil's Rejects (2005)
    Digging Up the Marrow (2014)
    Dr. Giggles (1992)
    Dog Soldiers (2002)
    Don't Go in the House (1979)
    Dracula (1931)
    Dracula's Daughter (1936)
    Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)
    Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
    Drag Me to Hell (2009)

    Eight Legged Freaks (2002)
    Elvira's Haunted Hills (2001)
    The Entity (1982)
    Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
    Evidence (2013)
    The Evil Dead (1981)
    Evil Dead 2 (1987)
    Evil Ed (1995)
    Exists (2014)
    The Exorcist (1973)
    The Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
    The Eye (2002)

    The Faculty (1998)
    Fangoria's Blood Drive (2004)
    The Ferryman (2007)
    The Final (2010)
    The Final Girls (2015)
    The Fly (1958)
    The Fly (1986)
    Frankenstein (1931)
    Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
    Freaks (1932)
    Freddy's Dead (1991)
    Freddy's Nightmares #1
    Friday the 13th (Complete Series)
    Friend Request (2016)
    Fritt vilt (2006)
    Fritt vilt 2 (2008)
    Fritt vilt 3 (2010)
    Funny Games (2007)

    The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
    Ghost Ship (2002)
    Ghost Story (1981)
    Ghostwatch (1991)
    Gingerdead Man (2005)
    Gingerdead Man 2 (2008)
    Gingerdead Man 3 (2011)
    The Gingerdead Man Vs. The Evil Bong (2013)
    Ginger Snaps (2000)
    The Golem (1920)
    Goosebumps - The Haunted Mask Series
    The Green Inferno (2013)
    Green Room (2016)
    Gremlins (1984)

    Halloween (1978)
    Halloween (2007)
    Halloween (2018)
    Halloween II (1981)
    Halloween 2 (2009)
    Halloween III (1982)
    Halloween 4 (1988)
    Halloween 5 (1989)
    Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (Producer's Cut) (1995)
    Halloween H20 (1998)
    Halloween Kills (2021)
    Halloween Resurrection (2002)
    Halloweentown II (2001)
    Hands of the Ripper (1971)
    Happy Birthday (2016)
    Happy Birthday to Me (1981)
    Hard to Die (1990)
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
    Hatchet (2006)
    Hellraiser (1987)
    Hellraiser Revelations (2011)
    Hereditary (2018)
    High Tension (2003)
    The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
    The Hitcher (1986)
    The Hitcher (2007)
    Hocus Pocus (1993)
    The Hole in the Ground (2019)
    Hollow Man (2000)
    Horns (2013)
    Horror of Dracula (1958)
    Host (2020)
    Hostel (2005)
    House of 1,000 Corpses (2003)
    House of Dracula (1945)
    House of Frankenstein (1944)
    The House of the Devil (2009)
    House of Wax (2005)
    House on Haunted Hill (1959)
    The Howling: Reborn (2011)
    The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009)
    Hush (2016)

    Ice Cream Man (1995)
    Identity (2003)
    Ils (2006)
    I, Madman (1989)
    Infection (2004)
    Inside (2008)
    In the Mouth of Madness (1995)
    Intruder (1989)
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
    The Invisible Man (1933)
    The Invisible Man Returns (1940)
    IT: Chapter 1 (2017)
    It Comes at Night (2017)
    It Follows (2014)

    Jack Frost (1997)
    Jack Frost 2 (2000)
    Jack Goes Home (2016)
    Jeepers Creepers (2001)
    Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)
    Jigsaw (2017)
    Ju-On (2002)
    Just Before Dawn (1981)

    Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
    Knock Knock (2015)
    Kuroneko (1968)

    La Casa Muda (2010)
    Lake Mungo (2008)
    Lake of Death (2019)
    The Last Broadcast (1998)
    The Last House on the Left (1972)
    Late Phases (2014)
    Leatherface (1990)
    Leatherface (2017)
    The Little Monsters (2019)
    The Locals (2003)
    The Lost Boys (1987)

    Maniac (2012)
    Maniac Cop (1988)
    Mark of the Vampire (1935)
    The Mask (1961)
    Maximum Overdrive (1986)
    Midsommar (2019)
    The Monster Squad (1987)
    Motel Hell (1980)
    The Mummy (1932)
    The Mummy (1959)
    The Mummy's Curse (1944)
    The Mummy's Ghost (1944)
    The Mummy's Hand (1940)
    The Mummy's Tomb (1942)
    Murder Party (2007)
    Murders in Rue Morgue (1932)

    Needful Things (1993)
    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
    A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
    A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 (1985)
    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 (1987)
    A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 (1988)
    A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 (1989)
    Night of the Creeps (1986)
    Night of the Demons (1988)
    Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    Nosferatu (1922)

    Office Uprising (2018)
    The Old Dark House (1932)
    One Cut of the Dead (2017)
    One Missed Call (2003)
    Opera (1987)
    Orphan (2009)
    The Others (2001)

    P2 (2007)
    Paranormal Activity (2009)
    Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
    Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
    ParaNorman (2012)
    Peeping Tom (1960)
    Pet Sematary (2019)
    Phantasm (1979)
    The Phantom of the Opera (1943)
    Phenomena (1985)
    Pieces (1982)
    Pillow of Death (1945)
    Pinocchio's Revenge (1996)
    Planet Terror (2007)
    Poltergeist (1982)
    Pontypool (2008)
    Pumpkinhead (1988)
    Pumpkinhead 2 (1994)
    Puppet Master (1989)
    Puppet Master 2 (1990)
    Puppet Master 3 (1991)
    Puppet Master 4 (1993)
    Puppet Master 5 (1994)

    A Quiet Place (2018)

    The Raven (1935)
    Re-Animator (1985)
    [REC] (2007)
    [REC] (2007)
    [REC] 2 (2009)
    The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972)
    Red Riding Hood (2011)
    Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
    Repulsion (1965)
    Retro Puppet Master (1999)
    Return of the Living Dead (1985)
    Return of the Living Dead II (1988)
    Revenge of the Creature (1955)
    Right to Die (2007)
    Ringu (1998)
    Ringu 2 (1999)
    Rubber (2010)
    The Ruins (2008)

    Saint (2010)
    Saturday the 14th (1981)
    Saw (2004)
    Saw 2 (2005)
    Saw 3-7
    Saw 5 (2008)
    Scarecrows (1988)
    Scooby-Doo (2002)
    Scream (1996)
    Scream 2 (1997)
    Scream 3 (2000)
    Scream 4 (2011)
    Seed of Chucky (2004)
    See No Evil 2 (2014)
    Severance (2006)
    Shaun of the Dead (2004)
    Sheitan (2006)
    She-Wolf of London (1946)
    Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
    Silver Bullet (1985)
    Sleepaway Camp (1983)
    Sleepaway Camp 2 (1988)
    Sleepaway Camp 3 (1989)
    Sleepy Hollow (1999)
    Slumber Party Massacre (2021)
    Smiley (2012)
    Son of Dracula (1943)
    Son of Frankenstein (1939)
    Stake Land (2010)
    Strip Nude for Your Killer (1975)
    The Stuff (1985)
    Suspiria (1977)

    Tales from the Crypt (1972)
    A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
    Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)
    Tenebre (1982)
    Terrifier (2018)
    Terror Train (1980)
    Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)
    Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)
    There's Someone Inside Your House (2021)
    The Thing (1982)
    13 Ghosts (1960)
    Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
    13 Sins (2014)
    The Tingler (1959)
    Torso (1973)
    The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1977)
    The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)
    Treehouse of Horror V (1994)
    Trick 'r Treat (2007)
    The Tripper (2006)
    Troll 2 (1990)
    Trollhunter (2010)
    Tusk (2014)
    2001 Maniacs (2005)

    The Ugly (1997)
    Us (2019)

    Vampires (1998)
    The Vault (2017)
    Vault of Horror (1973)
    Villmark (2003)
    Visions (2015)
    The Visit (2015)

    Waxwork (1988)
    Werewolf of London (1935)
    Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
    What Have You Done to Solange? (1972)
    Wind Chill (2007)
    Wishmaster (1997)
    Wishmaster 2 (1999)
    Wishmaster 3 (2001)
    Wishmaster 4 (2002)
    Wish Upon (2017)
    Wolf Creek (2005)
    Wolf Creek 2 (2013)
    The Wolf Man (1941)
    Wrong Turn (2003)
    Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2015)

    X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)

    You're Next (2011)
    Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972)
    You Should Have Left (2020)

    Zombeavers (2014)
    Zombieland (2009)


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    Re: Fright Fest the 13th: The Final Fright Fest

    Sinister and Train to Busan, please bro...

    Also very sad you are ending Fright Fest. Keep your head up, bro. Better days will come...

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    Keep your head up, bro. Better days will come...
    I mean, thanks, but I'm good, man. 2021 has been a good year for me. Ending Fright Fest isn't a sad thing for me, but rather it fulfilled it's purpose and I consider it to have been a success.

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    Videodrome, Ready or Not, and Urban Legend please

    I’m sad you’re ending this, but I’m happy you’ve done this for so long and you’re definitely going out on a high note


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    Goddamn, last one? I'll make sure to regularly pop in.

    Now review The Collector/The Collection as well as Dead Silence.


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    RIP Jim

    Will read along as always

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    Damn, gonna miss these your fright fest has been one of my favorite parts of the forum. So thanks for doing it and looking forward to this last one!

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    I only comment occasionally on the reviews, but this has been one of the annual highlights for me on the board since joining here, so I'll miss it next year! But 13 is a pretty perfect number to end Fright Fest on. I'll be following along!

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    Day: 01
    Title: Halloween Resurrection
    Country: United States
    Year: 2002
    Director: Rick Rosenthal




    Three years after seemingly being decapitated by his own sister, Michael Myers is back to punish an unsuspecting group of reality TV stars daring to film a project in his old home on Halloween day. Ugh. What a stupid plot.


    Over the years, I’ve expressed my fandom for the Halloween series in these Fright Fest reviews. The original movie is what got my hooked on horror, the Halloween movies message board was my first online community, Halloween 4 is my all time favorite movie, and everything ends up coming back to the series. Halloween Resurrection ended up becoming such a special film in the series because it’s the entry in the franchise that was released after becoming a fan. I was able to follow along with free all of the news, rumors, and teases from when it was just being talked about (The whole explanation of how Michael survived being decapitated in Halloween H20 being well known online years before Resurrection came out) to reading coverage of the actual production through Fangoria Magazine (Back when it was still titled Halloween Homecoming). As a result, I went into Halloween Resurrection enthusiastic beyond belief. Looking back, I don’t believe there was anything the film could have done that would have made me think that it wasn’t actually a great movie. My excitement for the film extended towards saving any promotional materials that came my way (Ticket stub and a newspaper ad) and immediately after seeing the film, going elsewhere into the mall to buy myself a copy of the soundtrack. If you asked me back in July 2002 what I thought of Halloween Resurrection, I’d tell you that it was the best theatrical experience I had...experienced(?) and one of the best films of the series.

    Then...Christmas 2002 came and I received the movie on DVD. Being able to re-experience the film, this time without the gimmick of purely being excited to finally see Michael Myers on the big screen, I was able to view the film as it actually was - a steaming pile of shit. As much as I love the franchise, it's not as if every Halloween film is good. With Resurrection though, it's not only a bad movie, but it doesn't even feel like a Halloween movie.

    Part of the problem is that Michael is written to resemble Jason Voorhees in his actions rather than himself. As frequently as casual horror fans may confuse the two silent mask wearing maniacs, Jason and Michael are very different. I'd expect Jason to crash through mirrors, to be discovered as had been living under his old house for decades, to be killing random people who happen to be “On his turf”, and be involved in a morgue scene. Visually, Michael even looks off because his mask is far too detailed. Michael's iconic mask is meant to be a representation for a blank, expressionless face. Yet, the mask maker put in so much time and effort to detail the mask with cheekbones, an expression, and other lines. Say what you will about the cheap looking mask in Halloween 4, but at least that was at least the expressionless look that Michael's mask benefits from.

    This carries over to the characters as well since everyone is so one dimensional. The prior teenage characters in the series may have not had amazing writing, but they felt like regular teens even if they could be a bit dull. The closest to an one dimensional teenager character in the series had been Lynda from the original film. She’s someone who can be labeled as a party girl. That means she doesn’t care about school, she says “Totally” far too much, she drinks, and she hooks up with her boyfriend Bob, in a bed of a house that her friend happens to be babysitting in. In comparison, with Halloween Resurrection, you have Donna the brainy chick, Rudy who LOVES all things cooking, Bill who is the horn dog, Sara who is dealing with past Michael Myers trauma (Despite never dealing with him before), ect. Whenever it’s time for a character to get in a line, you can best believe that the writing will fall back on whatever their gimmick is.

    There’s two characters that stand out the most to me - Sara and Freddie. Played by Bianca Kajlich, I’ve always found Sara to be likable enough. It’s clear that the script gives Kajlich very little to work with, but in a movie filled with characters I just want to see dead, she manages to be one of the very few where I’m not at least rooting for her death. As I mentioned earlier though, her gimmick is that she’s suffering from the repercussions of past trauma involving Michael. Yet, prior to meeting Michael in the old Myers house, she’s never had anything to do with Michael or his legacy. So why is she seeing visions of Michael stalking her prior to going to the house? Sara feels as if she’s a stand-in for Laurie Strode. Such a character doesn’t work without the actual backstory though. I do appreciate the fact that Sara’s online buddy, Myles’ has the username of Deckard. It’s obviously a play on Blade Runner, but it occurred to me with this latest watch that it fits Myles well since Deckard in Halloween Resurrection is both a human and a computer in a sense. On the other hand, there’s Freddie, infamously played by Busta Rhymes. Casting a rapper didn’t seem like such a bad idea in theory. To this day, I still think that LL Cool J as Ronny, was one of the best aspects in Halloween H20. Rhymes is the worst part of Halloween Resurrection. His gimmick of loving karate led to one embarrassing scene where he’s making all of the sounds to prepare for a karate fight against Michael. There’s a potentially good scene where Freddie, dressed as Michael, is unaware that he’s come face to face with the actual Michael, instead thinking that he’s one of his Dangertainment employees, but the scene goes downhill as Freddie begins slapping Michael around, encouraging him to rush back to the garage, where Nora is at, before any of the other characters saw two Michaels and Freddie’s brilliant idea would be ruined. I understand Michael’s rationale behind going to the garage to kill Nora next, but why would he just take the harsh treatment from Freddie without killing him? There wasn’t any reason why Michael wouldn’t stab Freddie in such a moment except to keep Freddie alive. Of course, there’s also Freddie’s legendary line of, “Trick or treat, motherfucker” which shall forever haunt my nightmares. The question is, who is the most insufferable character in the entire Halloween series? Is it Freddie or is it Tina from Halloween 5? For as much as I dislike Tina, at least she dies and we don’t have to endure her trash talking in the wrap-up of the film.

    A big plot point of the film was the objective of the Dangertainment Halloween online telecast where these six college students go into the old Myers’ home to try and discover what drove a young child into becoming one of the most infamous serial killers of all time. As I mentioned, I loved Resurrection when I saw it in the theater, but this plot point didn’t click with me back then and it still is a weakness when re-watching it today. To try and drum up excitement on the telecast, Freddie and his crew planted creepy objects into the home to insinuate that Michael had been treated poorly as a child and in the eternal debate of nature vs nurture, he’s a product of nurture. Objects include a highchair with chains, a doll with nails in its eyes, and skeleton remains in the basement. Even before the reveal that all of that was #FakeNews, we know that it can’t be true based on the previous Halloween movies. Although we only saw a small snippet of Michael’s life in 1963, it seemed like he was living a pretty normal middle class midwestern life. Through Dr. Loomis’ exploration of the house in 1978, we know that the Myers’ family didn’t leave behind a bunch of possessions following the death of Judith. The script wastes so much time on a fake plot point that no one, who has seen the prior films, would even be suckered into believing. So what’s the purpose of it? To me, it’s clear that the inclusion of the fake possessions is to pad out the very thin script as there’s not a whole lot going on in the film in general.

    Despite seeing Resurrection a handful of times over the years, this is the first time that I’ve noticed all of the nods to not only the other Halloween films, but also various other slashers. It’s odd though, having a new Halloween movie with nods to the other movies worked well with me in Halloween 2018, it wasn’t connecting with me in the same way as in Resurrection. Eventually, I realized why I wasn’t impressed with the nods - they weren’t just nods, but just recycling entire moments from the other entries! Donna gets killed in a tunnel similarly to a thorn member in Halloween 6, Rudy busts a closet door similar to Michael did in the original, Sara slips and falls into a giant pool of blood like Jimmy did in Halloween 2, Bill gets his head squeezed to death like Brady did in Halloween 4, and Sara suffers from visions of Michael just as Laurie did in Halloween H20. For comparison, an example of a Halloween 2018 nod is naming the unseen cemetery owner Mr. Elrod, a character from Halloween 2. The same thing occurs when Resurrection is showing respect to non-Halloween movies such as Michael using a tripod to kill a member of Freddie’s crew similarly to how the killer in Peeping Tom kills and a body part in a dryer which reminded me of the original My Bloody Valentine. While I may love references to other movies, all you’re accomplishing by re-doing full moments is making me wish I was watching those superior films rather than suffering through this trash again.

    I suppose Resurrection is a product of its time. For some reason, the film speed being slowed down is a favorite effect by the filmmakers, which I hate every time that it occurs. With reality TV just starting to become really popular, there’s a lot of dated references to Survivor and the like. I’m not a fan of all of the crappy quality cameras as a way to expand on what The Blair Witch Project made popular. In defense of the cameras, Resurrection is slightly ahead of its time by being released before the whole found footage boom. Perhaps I should feel satisfied enough that the filmmakers were able to twist Jamie Lee Curtis’ arm into returning for the opening to at least give the film a small connection to the Halloween franchise since the rest of the film clearly doesn’t feel all that Halloweeny.

    Overall, Halloween Resurrection isn't a good movie. In fact, I tend not to even see any defenders unlike with some of the other poor Halloweens. Yet, I can still think back fondly on watching it for the first time and what joy I felt finally seeing Michael Myers on the big screen. What keeps it from being my pick as the worst in the series is that I typically don't think about the movie. Even when I do, it's just a fleeting memory of that silly movie where Michael kills teens wearing crappy cameras. Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 may do some things well, but it's a movie that always fills me with annoyance and nearly caused me to walk out of the theater. So perhaps Resurrection isn't so bad after all. While Resurrection is an official sequel in the Halloween franchise, it feels like a fan-made film masquerading as a “Real” Halloween movie. The most skippable Halloween film.

    Grade: D

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    Title: The Hills Have Eyes
    Country: United States
    Year: 1977
    Director: Wes Craven




    To celebrate a couple’s silver anniversary, an entire family climbs aboard the RV to travel across the country hoping for adventures along the way. After breaking down in the middle of a government testing range, the family is horrified to learn that they are not alone.


    Although he’d end up becoming one of the most respected directors in the horror genre, back in the 1970s, Wes Craven was just a guy trying to make it in this industry. His directorial debut came in 1972’s The Last House on the Left, a Fright Fest 11 covered film. In the five years between Last House and The Hills Have Eyes, Craven was taken on any odd job he could get. That included mostly making his money being an editor and even directing an X rated film. I suppose it’s debatable when Wes Craven became the Wes Craven, but I still find it interesting to go back to his earliest films and see how simplistic his approach is.

    In Last House on the Left, it was about a threatening outsiders’ group coming into a family’s home after committing an atrocious act. This time around in The Hills, it’s about an innocent family unaware that they’re innocent family vacation is bringing them right inside of the den of the most threatening group that they will ever come across. And that’s really it. I can remember watching old interviews with the late Craven and he was always open and honest about not having the opportunity to grow up watching movies. So when he was tasked with trying to create his own tales of horror, he went with the most primal fear he could think of. As it so happens though, both Last House and The Hills have this strong theme of family with the innocent family being forced to become sadistic if they wish to survive against the threat of the antagonist family unit.

    Being a “Real” horror fan, when the news came that The Hills Have Eyes would be remade in 2006, I wasn’t all that thrilled. Yet, by giving the remake a chance, I discovered that not only had they managed to make a great movie, but one that I greatly prefer over the original. It’s to the point that I watch The Hills remake on a somewhat regular basis, but it’s been years since I’ve seen the original Hills. Watching it now for the first time in at least ten years, maybe as many as fifteen years, parts of it absolutely did work for me, but I also missed all of the additions that the remake brought to the story. This is especially true as Bob and Doug are off on their individual adventures to find help while we completely miss out on seeing what Doug was up to, whereas in the remake, Doug’s solo trip was one of the better scenes of the movie.

    I think I actually prefer the family dynamic of the original Hills over the remake. With the remake, there isn’t any subtity. You know that Big Bob is a right wing gun freak while he views Doug, his son-in-law, as a sissy liberal that can’t truly protect his oldest daughter. Meanwhile, in the original, the family dynamic is considerably more subtle. You get one or two lines that clues you in to how everyone fits together in the greater family and the filmmakers trust that you’re smart enough to piece it all together. Conversely, I enjoyed seeing the different backstory for the Jupiter family. As it had been many years since I’ve seen this particular version of the story, I had forgotten that the old gas station owner, Fred, was actually the father of Jupiter. If nothing else, I can appreciate when a remake changes up the story some to allow both films to feel like their own.

    That being said, a lot of the original Hills can best be described as...boring? At least in comparison to the remake. With Jupiter's family not being mutants, their designs aren't all that interesting beyond Michael Berrymore’s own unique look. When it comes to the carnage, there's just a bit of blood. Sadly, Bob's death was especially underwhelming as compared to the remake as the aftermath of his being burned alive is just having black soot covered on his skin. Since this is Wes Craven we're talking about, you know he can come up with a far more rad looking burned victim.

    Yet, despite some disappointment with my memory of the film, where the story succeeds, it does so wonderfully. It may clearly be edited (Apparently, the film originally received an X rating, resulting in additional cuts by Craven with the original cut being lost), but the camper invasion/assault scene was the highlight of the movie. It's such a tense scene where it's pure chaos. You don't know who will be safe, if help will come, and since the sexual assault of Brenda occurred off camera, it forces your imagination to determine what happened to her, Similarly to Last House, the revenge portion of the film works well too in pumping the viewer up as they too become bloodthirsty as protagnoists and viewer becomes the killers. This type of revenge isn’t just for the family members that had to witness their loved ones being killed either. The most emotionally fulfilling revenge came in the form of Beast, a German Shepard, viciously attacking the Hills family for daring to kill and eat his Beauty.

    Overall, The Hills Have Eyes was another gem in the new career of Wes Craven. It would still be several years before Craven could truly cement his place as one of horror’s top directors, but it’s movies like Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes that showed what promise his career had from the very start. The biggest weakness of the film is just that reality of the story being told better thirty years later with Alexandre Aja’s remake. That’s a rare distinction between Last House and The Hills. The Last House remake from 2009 refused to go as extreme as the original, so the original maintains a lot of appeal. With Hills, Aja went even crazier, so somehow this crazy film from the 70s feels a bit tame by comparison.

    Grade: B

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    Completely agree with you on both movies. I was a little luckier than you as my first theater experience with a Halloween movie was H2O, I honestly can't even remember the first time I watched Resurrection and I've only seen it the once.
    I've always enjoyed the Hills have eyes, and was very impressed that the remake was as good as it is. It's actually on our list (my wife and I make a list each year of movies to watch thru October) so I'll be watching it sometime soon.
    The remake is also a fond theater memory for me, I went with a friend and we were both really excited and into the movie and during climax scene with the pickaxe I accidently clapped (had intended to just mime clapping kinda) and the entire theater joined in and cheered.

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    Completely agree with you on both movies. I was a little luckier than you as my first theater experience with a Halloween movie was H2O, I honestly can't even remember the first time I watched Resurrection and I've only seen it the once.
    I feel like I've either been really lucky or really unlucky when it comes to seeing Halloween movies on the big screen. By my count, I've seen five different Halloween movies at the cinema. The really good movies were all the ones just called Halloween (John Carpenter's Halloween, Rob Zombie's Halloween, and Halloween 2018) and the lousy movies have been Rob Zombie's Halloween 2 and Halloween Resurrection. Ignoring the amazing Halloween 4, those five movies make up the very top and the very bottom of my Halloween franchise ranking.

    I've always enjoyed the Hills have eyes, and was very impressed that the remake was as good as it is. It's actually on our list (my wife and I make a list each year of movies to watch thru October) so I'll be watching it sometime soon.
    The remake is also a fond theater memory for me, I went with a friend and we were both really excited and into the movie and during climax scene with the pickaxe I accidently clapped (had intended to just mime clapping kinda) and the entire theater joined in and cheered.
    I know this is remake talk when the movie reviewed was the original, but I love the remake. Unless I'm forgetting something really obvious, it would actually be my pick for favorite remake ever. I was originally planning on covering it at some point in the month, but with only covering seventeen movies this year, I don't think there will be time. Then again, who knows. I don't even know what movie I'm covering on day 3. The only days I 100% know are Day 17 and the two movies on Day 31 (Even went out of my way to order the Blu-Ray for the final Fright Fest film once I decided what it would be).

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    Day: 03
    Title: There's Someone Inside Your House
    Country: United States/Canada
    Year: 2021
    Director: Patrick Brice




    An isolated town is stunned after the grizzly murder of a high school football player. After it’s revealed that the teen had previously been involved in some violent hazing that had gone too far, it becomes clear that the town’s killer is determined to punish everyone who is keeping a secret.


    Every September, the city of Austin, Texas holds a massive film festival known as Fantastic Fest. It’s where past Fright Fest films such as Zombieland, [REC] 2, Trollhunter, and Better Watch Out all had their world premieres. Being a non-Texan, my first time “Attending” the festival was in 2020 where due to the pandemic, the festival was moved to an online event free of charge, albeit with a much scaled back array of films. Still, for my first film festival, it was a great experience and a highlight of an otherwise heavy year. One year later and apparently the demand for the online experience again prompted the festival creators to decide to run both an in person festival (Although that too was suddenly stripped down some) one week and then run the online version the following week. The bad news? It wouldn’t be free. The good news? There’d be more content to watch than last year.

    Normally with film festivals, you’re able to experience movies months ahead of their wide releases as these mostly independent movies battle to be purchased by movie release companies. However, in the case of today’s movie, There's Someone Inside Your House, the movie had already been picked up by Netflix prior to the festival. So while I got to watch There's Someone Inside Your House on September 30th, everyone else was able to watch it on Netflix starting on October 6th. Seems like a fitting Fantastic Fest movie to cover since everyone can join in and watch it as well.

    There's Someone Inside Your House feels like a throwback to the post-Scream slasher boom, but with a modern woken twist. The wokeness of the script is something that immediately needs to be covered because I’m under the assumption that that alone will cause some moviegoers to dislike There's Someone Inside Your House. There’s a good amount of talk of white privilege, the police only caring about solving crimes if they can pin it on a person of cover, ultimately punishing those who are “On the wrong side of history”. This is where the script can be a bit weak as that latter point isn’t always true. Although the film initially starts off going after those problematic people, the killer then quickly gives up and decides to just turn their attention towards anyone with a dark secret. Worse yet? After the middle of the movie, it seems as if the killer can’t even successfully finish off any of the main characters and it instead becomes a series of attacks with everyone surviving. While I know that some may not want anything to do with wokeness in their horror movies, it’s 2021. It’s an issue affecting people on a daily basis and it’s pretty naïve to expect real life issues not to bleed onto the big screen. Mind you, it’s a matter of how you present these ideas in your film. I hated the most recent Black Christmas’ approach to force feed its own wokeness as that movie seemed to be oblivious to the fact that the 1974 Black Christmas was already feminist as fuck without having to drill it home in every single line. Literally, my only issue with There's Someone Inside Your House’s own wokeness is that the script had this woke idea only to then ignore it for a while before ham fisting it back into the film for the climax.

    A major reason why There's Someone Inside Your House feels as if it belongs in the post-Scream period is because the film will make the viewer think of Scream…a lot. The set-up for the films are the same with an opening film murder rocking a seemingly peaceful town before we then meet up with the group of friends that the movie will follow. Our lead character, Makani, is haunted by a traumatic event from her own past and much like Scream’s Sydney, she lives in the constant reminder of her mother. Although, it’s worth noting that Makani’s mother isn’t dead, she just happens to live with her grandmother in her mother’s old bedroom and due to her past traumatic event, it’s mentioned that she hasn’t even tried redecorating her room to fit her style, instead keeping it her mother’s “Bedroom”. Makani’s love interest, Ollie, is the school bad boy and the film goes hard in trying to convince the viewer that he’s a potential suspect with many of Makani’s own friends often bringing up the likelihood of Ollie having blood on his hands. I don’t know if it’s intentional or not, but the name Ollie isn’t all that different from Billy since they both end in LLY/LLIE. Rather than at the climax of the film, there’s a giant party at a secluded massive farm house hosted by the blond-haired rich teenager. If there’s any doubt that the filmmakers were inspired to base Zach off of Scream’s Stu, that’s erased as he shows up at his party wearing a similar red robe that Stu wore at his party. Throw in some other random tidbits such as the police being presented as possible suspects to harken back to Scream’s Dewey and the entire feel of the town and it’s very Scream-like.

    Something I found that worked especially well with me on the re-watch was the comedy. This is more prevalent in the early portion of the film that slowly gets filtered out before the serious conclusion. The comedy is presented as being so goofy that it clicked wonderfully well with me. After the opening kill of Jackson, the jerk football star of the school, his classmates handle their grief in a variety of ways the next day. For Makani, she wants to show her respect by adding her own card to Jackson’s memorial, but apparently the local store had run out of sympathy cards so she had to settle on a “Get well soon” card. Macon, Jackson’s best buddy, honored his friend with a song before pouring out some Monster Energy Drink to share with Jackson. Considering the flubs in the script that caused the movie to struggle to remain focused, I would have been completely fine with the movie maintaining this light tone for the remainder of the length.

    As far as main characters go, I found Makani to be particularly weak, especially with the re-watch in regards to her relationship with Ollie. With the first watch, you’re unaware of their relationship, what their backstory is, or why Makani is so against exposing her relationship to her friend ground. With the re-watch, we know Makani to be an unlikable brat who apparently had a great summer with Ollie, no problems whatsoever, but once the school year began and she learned that he wasn’t popular, she ditched him quickly. At one point, Makani even praised her friends for how they treated Caleb, the gay football player who was hazed by Jackson prior to the events of the movie that leads the school into suspecting him to be Jackson’s killer, when he was shunned by the rest of the school at lunch time. Makani seems oblivious to the fact that not only is she not accepting of others (Ollie), but her friends are all that great towards Ollie either.

    Like any traditional slasher, there’s a lot of suspects for Jackson’s killer and ultimately the killer of the future victims. The first suspect was Caleb due to video footage of Jackson’s hazing being exposed after Jackson’s brutal murder. Ollie is pushed hard as being a suspect due to being a bigger bad boy than Billy in Scream. With his own comparisons to Scream’s Stu, Zach was an early suspect. The police are also presented as potential suspects by characters in the film, but I can’t say I bought into that possibility any more than I did that “Fonzie” was the killer in Scream. Ironically, the character I suspected the most was never teased as the killer. Darby is a trans member of Makani’s friend circle. They came out to their school a few years back and the viewer gets the impression that it unintentionally became their sole identity to their peers to the point that the school class president is eyerolling basing an entire college essay over praising Darby while treating Darby poorly in person. Considering the fact that the entire movie is built around secrets with the killer trying to expose everyone else’s secrets, it’d make sense that the one person who can’t hide their secrets anymore wishes to make everyone else experience that as well. Spoiler, but Darby is not the killer. In fact, without being the killer, teased as being a suspect, or being a victim, I’m not entirely sure what their purpose for being in the movie even was. However, I was relieved to see this be the case as even though this is clearly inspired by the late 90s, having the killer be trans/confused about their sexuality/outside of the cis-normality is such a stereotype that that typically had the agenda of existing only to further add to the fear of these types of “People” for the “Normal people”. It’s 2021, if you only have one trans character in your movie and you make them your killer, you’re going to get a lot of negative attention.

    Overall, the more you try to think about There's Someone Inside Your House in a constructive manner, the more the cracks begin to appear. I’m a fan of director Patrick Brice, with his 2014’s Creep being one of the better found footage horrors in recent memory. In the case of There's Someone Inside Your House, it feels as if there were too many ideas. Apparently, the script is based on a 2017 novel written by Stephanie Perkins. Without having read the book, I wonder if the tone may have been different resulting in the script trying to shoe-horn new ideas without fully fleshing them out while also under delivering the ideas that Perkins introduced in her novel. As much as I’m criticizing the film, I also had a lot of fun watching it. When it tries to be funny, the comedy works for me. There’s not a lot of kills, but the kills we do see are really bloody and rad. It’s enjoyable watching a film clearly inspired by a classic where the viewer can have fun trying to spot all of the similarities. Ultimately, There's Someone Inside Your House is a popcorn flick that is best viewed in turning off your brain and enjoying a goofy film where a killer wears masks made to resemble his future victims.

    Grade: B

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    IT’S GONNA BE SNAKES ON A TRAIN


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    Under siege 2: Dark territory.

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    IT’S GONNA BE SNAKES ON A TRAIN
    Oh god. That's the name of an actual movie?

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    Oh god. That's the name of an actual movie?



    I don't know how this is possible, but according to Letterbox, I've never seen a single Seagal movie.
    Yeah it’s an Asylum ripoff that came out around the same time as Snakes on a Plane


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    Oh my god... Are you about to review midnight meat train!

    Just about to watch there's someone in your house. Will let you know how I find it. Have heard from a friend some similar thoughts about the main character to yourself.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Shade View Post
    Oh my god... Are you about to review midnight meat train!
    Uh...I mean, it is set on a train, I imagine at some point it is midnight, and I suppose all dead bodies can be seen as meat. So...kinda?

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    Day: 04
    Title: Terror Train
    Country: Canada
    Year: 1980
    Director: Roger Spottiswoode




    It’s New Year’s Eve and a bunch of soon-to-be college graduates look to have some fun while partying upon an excursion train. Little do they know that a previously wrong figure from their past has joined them…


    In 1978, John Carpenter created a film that changed the landscape of the horror genre forever. Not only was John Carpenter’s Halloween responsible for my own horror fandom being born, but he inspired other filmmakers to, and in their own words, to straight up copy Halloween to make their own successful slasher. Flash forward two years and you can begin to see the influence of Halloween on horror. In my opinion, the three most notable slashers of 1980 being Friday the 13th, Prom Night, and today’s movie - Terror Train. I do think it’s important to clarify that although Terror Train was released after Friday the 13th, there wasn’t time for Friday to influence Terror Train as it would essentially every other slasher of the 80s to the point that you could consider Friday the 13th as the most influential slasher of the 80s. The fun of Terror Train is that it tries its best to copy Halloween’s ideas, but it wouldn’t follow Friday the 13th’s point-by-point formula that the rest of the 80s would produce.

    These early post-Halloween slashers have a bit of a different feel to them. I attribute it to the fact that the filmmakers aren’t entirely sure how to pad out the running time, so you can end up getting some unique additions to the film. The main eccentric point of Terror Train that most viewers tend to bring up are all of the scenes of the magic show. There’s times when the film grinds to a halt in favor of showing off what a young David Copperfield can do. To me though, the emphasis on the magic performance isn’t so out of left field as it would initially seem. Ultimately, the magician is the big red heron of the film. So it makes perfect sense to spend so much time with him. In theory, the film could have devoted screen time to the magician without the performance, but at that point - why even bother making him a magician? I’d also like to make a case that the main eccentric point of the movie isn’t the magician, but rather some of the members of the train crew. At one point, the viewers got to witness a full on debate between one member of the crew and the conductor of the merits of traveling by train vs a gasoline powered RV. Later, the conductor even tries to get in on the magic fun by showing off a gag to a couple of the characters - Mitchy and Doc. We the viewers had to witness this scene when there’d be so much other magic elsewhere in the movie is beyond me. I don’t care about the uniqueness of the magician for I was instead so focused on the absurdity of the train crew.

    According to Daniel Grodnik, the man who came up with the initial idea for the film, he had apparently had a dream revolving around the concept for the film. Once he woke up and told his wife the idea “Halloween…but on a train”, she called it terrible. As a result, the idea officially became ‘Terrible Train’. With this connection to Halloween from the very start in mind, it’s easy to notice similarities between the two films. Obviously, a major similarity is the fact Jamie Lee Curtis starred in both films. This is absolute peak scream queen JLC. In 1980 alone, she starred in The Fog, Prom Night, and Terror Train. She kept that up into 1981 with Road Games and of course Halloween II. Not only do you get to hear her legendary scream a couple of times in Terror Train (Which you will immediately think of her scream in the Wallace house as she’s sent crashing down the stairs), but the script even added in a Laurie Strode nod by having JLC’s character, Alana, repeat the Halloween exchange of “Yeah?” “YEAH!” Unlike the other two prominent 1980 slashers, Terror Train also took Halloween’s approach to using a Halloween mask (Or more precisely, multiple masks) to allow the killer to remain unseen up until the end of the film. Terror Train may technically be a New Year’s Eve movie, but with all of the costumes worn by college graduates on the train, it certainly feels as if it could have been set on Halloween. Other similarities with Carpenter’s Halloween saw Alana stab the killer in the side of the face with a needle-like instrument and locking herself inside of a cage-like area to replicate what Laurie experienced inside of the closet in the Doyle house. Funnily enough, at one point Alana even has the bright idea to fake being in bed so that the unaware killer will be lured into falling for the trap. That’s the same stunt that Laurie Strode pulled on Michael in Halloween II!

    Despite watching Terror Train a handful of times over the last twenty years, something that never stood out to me prior to this most recent viewing was the homoerotic subtext. I’m convinced now that Doc is really into his buddy and the boyfriend of Alana - Mo (Who I swear is a dollar store version of Judge Reinhold). There’s a few scenes that really made this theory stand out. At one point, Doc practically confesses that he can’t lose Mo. Later, after talking Mo into potentially cheating on Alana with a couple of girls (Although Mo didn’t go through with it, Doc absolutely didn’t twist his arm in convincing Mo to head off somewhere quiet with another girl), Doc went and found Alana to try and trick her into walking in on Mo cheating on her. The plot doesn’t end up succeeding, not only because Mo didn’t actually cheat, but Alana never even found out that he went off to be alone with another girl though. When Mo is later discovered to be dead while sitting next to a confused and heartbroken Doc, Doc’s reaction is enormous. This isn’t just being sad that your bro died, this is some serious despair that Doc is exhibiting to the point that Alana doesn’t react as strongly when she learns of Mo’s death and it pales in comparison to Doc’s own reaction to Mitchy’s, his girlfriend, death. No one can convince me otherwise that the writer wasn’t attempting to tell a tale of homosexual longing for 1980 with Terror Train.

    Although there were a good amount of kills and in some unique ways, I was surprised at how little was shown. At times, it felt like a slasher from the latter half of the 80s when the MPAA was going really hard at enforcing cuts in order to avoid the dreaded X rating. As the magician plays a major role in the film and as a suspect, some of these…”Little shown” kills can make sense. Take Mo for example. We don’t actually see his death. One moment he’s just enjoying the night sitting down to his one true love (Doc, not Alana) and he suddenly goes limp. Initially, you’re thinking that he’s just pretending to be asleep like Doc to poke fun at the “Dull” magic performance. Eventually, Doc realizes that Mo isn’t moving and his freak-out emotional reaction takes place. How often do viewers get to witness a magic trick involving a kill that happens in front of you that you don’t even “See”? Now, despite the actual kills not being all that rewarding, the movie does offer a lot of blood. Unlike with Carpenter’s Halloween, Terror Train doesn’t shy away from the bloodshed, even if it does come after a kill occurs. Personally, I’ve always loved JLC’ bloody face near the end as it gives off the impression that she’s truly gone to war, despite the blood not even being her own. From the start of the film, it’s a safe bet that the killer is a former pledge at the college - Kenny. The only problem is that we don’t know what he looks like any more. Seeing as I’m reviewing Terror Train right after my coverage of There’s Someone Inside Your House, I found it interesting that I voiced my relief that the trans character in There’s Someone Inside Your House didn’t end up being the killer when that was such a dangerous trope. Meanwhile, it just so happened that Kenny’s disguise throughout Terror Train was as the magician’s beauty assistant. So there you go, Terror Train is literally an example of a movie that uses at least a crossdressing man as a mentally unhinged killer to follow that trope.

    Overall, Terror Train is one of the more enjoyable of the 80s slashers. I wouldn’t quite consider it in the A list tier, mostly due to the final act that pad out the running time after the killer was seemingly killed before they’re revealed as still being alive…and then immediately killed off for good. Yet, the movie is right up there with the very best of the “Good” slashers. With two fantastic screams, you’re really reminded as to why Jamie Lee Curtis was one of the best ever scream queens in all of horror. Despite being an early slasher, you had the backstory of a wronged victim turned to killing out of revenge, the mask to hide the identity, the reveal of who was the real killer (Or rather, who they were presented to be for most of the train trip), and a fun reason for why the characters just can’t escape. Even the original Friday the 13th can’t say that they had all of these things going for it.

    Grade: B

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