Horror Bites - Riders On the Storm

THE HITCHER (1986)

The suspense of a good car chase is rarely transplanted outside of action cinema for some reason. It's something that seems like a missed opportunity. Beyond Stephen Spielberg's classic road movie Duel the two ideas are mixed together rather infrequently. Why are there so many Jaws imitators and not more truck versus car thrillers? Slashers on wheels, it's a whole sub-genre that could have been. However there is at least one example of the horror genre colliding with the chase movie (beyond The Terminator which takes these ideas to so many other places). I'm of course referring to the high speed chills of The Hitcher.


Review Roundup - You Must Whip It

WONDER WOMAN (2017)

While generic origin stories haven't really been something the DC juggernaut has been interested in developing so far, it seems like they've taken a second look at the idea with this latest instalment. It's always a crowd pleasing plot structure, but of course things always feel far too familiar. On the other hand this is never an entirely negative attribute. While I was fairly lenient with Man of Steel, the subsequent hero on hero slug-fest was a huge mess that could have KO'd any chance of something smaller and more light hearted making an impression. However with Gal Gadot finally getting an proper introduction into this series it seems as though a fresh approach might be exactly what was needed. At least someone remembered how a three act superhero adventure was meant to work.


Scorecard

OCTOBER


FILM OF THE MONTH: The Last Battle ☆☆☆☆
The Comedy of Terrors ☆☆☆☆
Airplane! ☆☆☆☆
Bad Taste ☆☆☆☆
Blade Runner ☆☆☆☆
Children of Men ☆☆☆☆
Creepshow ☆☆☆☆
Hellraiser ☆☆☆☆
The Usual Suspects ☆☆☆☆

Horror Bites - Meow Mix

CAT'S EYE (1985)

Another day, another Stephen King anthology. Now while I probably complained about Creepshow 2 enough already on here in one guise or another, I promise to be more genial this time around. Sure this still only has three chapters, something I can never entirely forgive in a series of vignettes no matter how interesting they are. But with a little working out and some good pacing they can still be enjoyable. Like in Three Faces of Evil this collection has its qualities distributed rather unevenly, but they're still well worth your consideration.


Horror Bites - Don't Say The Z Word

CONTAMINATION / NIGHTMARE CITY

While these sort of marathons are generally a fairly satisfying sort of length, there are always a few that manage silly genre movies that slip past due to time or other factors. There are always more. Which is fine, since a quick jaunt into the vaults of Italian horror is hardly something I need an excuse for these days. We've got some zombies lined up, but first off we have a story about alien visitors with Luigi Cozzi's 1980 Alien rip-off Contamination.