Movie Debaters 2013 Fear-a-thon Spectral-tacular! #16: The Mummy (1932)

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Pop culture is a funny thing. When you think of a mummy who here doesn’t think of a humanoid shape wrapped in old, tattered bandages? I know I think of them that way.

So imagine my surprise that save for the opening scene, there’s no real depiction of a mummy like that. Most of the movie is just Boris Karloff dressed up like a guy whose skin is really, really dry. To be fair, it is good make up effects.

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Movie Debaters 2013 Fear-a-thon Spectral-tacular! #15: Rosemary’s Baby

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I’ve been meaning to write about missing out on older movies for a long time but I’ve never gotten around to it. (This is gonna seem funny in a second.)

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Movie Debaters 2013 Fear-a-thon Spectral-tacular! #14: The Innkeepers

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I think this is the first proper ghost story I’ve watched for the Spectral-tacular. Kind of weird it took that long…

I feel like Ti West has had a very hot and cold run so for. The House of the Devil is a legit modern horror classic. His two short films for V/H/S and The ABCs of Death weren’t so great.

The Innkeepers comes smack dab in the middle of his horror output. It’s a good movie but it doesn’t quite reach the heights of The House of the Devil.

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Movie Debaters 2013 Fear-a-thon Spectral-tacular! #13: Maniac (2012)

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If you’re watching a movie solely for the gore (which I don’t recommend but whatever), I guess you’d appreciate the level of violence in this film. There’s certainly a lot of violence. I couldn’t tell if the effects were digital or practical, but they looked really good, so there’s that. There’s enough variation in the gore that it doesn’t become repetitive (even though Elijah Wood’s character has a particular violent fetish).

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Movie Debaters 2013 Fear-a-thon Spectral-tacular! #12: Dracula (1931)

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Regardless of the quality of the movie, one thing’s for certain: Bela Lugosi is awesome. He plays Dracula in such a way that’s sorely lacking in modern interpretations. He’s kind of a dork. Given a different tone for the movie, but using the same performance, you could make the case that this is the story of a goofy outsider who doesn’t fit in with everyone else.

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Movie Debaters 2013 Fear-a-thon Spectral-tacular! #11: The Serpent and the Rainbow

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On paper it’s hard not to be excited by this movie. Wes Craven directing Bill Pullman in a movie about voodoo. In actuality, it leaves a lot to be desired.

I think my biggest problem with the movie is I walked away not really understanding the “rules” to voodoo and what can be done with it. Most of the movie concerns people who are made into zombies. They’re poisoned and brought back to life as shells. Okay, I can get behind that. It’s an easy enough concept to grasp.

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Movie Debaters 2013 Fear-a-thon Spectral-tacular! #10: The Lords of Salem

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The Lords of Salem is a movie that skirts up against “artsy” movies. I don’t really like that term because of the negative connotations. I mean, sure, there’s tons of examples of bad movies with obfuscated themes where seemingly random things happen for no reason. But there’s just as many examples of straight forward, plot driven movies that are bad as well.

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Movie Debaters 2013 Fear-a-thon Spectral-tacular! #9: Ghoulies

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Not gonna lie: The only reason I decide to watch this movie is because I fondly remember the VHS box art from when I was younger and would spend seemingly hours browsing through Blockbuster every time my parents took me there. I guess I’m old enough to remember all the great things about going to video rental store. There was that magical sense of discovery to it all. Sometimes you’d be randomly browsing the shelves and you’d see a movie that you’d only heard of before. Today, just about every movie is at your fingertips. The only sense of anticipation and excitement I get these days that comes close to the Blockbuster days is when I hear praise for a movie at a film festival and it hasn’t gotten distribution rights yet.

Oh yeah, here’s the box art.

ghoulies box art

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Movie Debaters 2013 Fear-a-thon Spectral-tacular! #8: House on Haunted Hill (1959)

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I wouldn’t call House on Haunted Hill a great movie. It’s pretty rough around the edges (one character exists solely to scream and act hysterical). The effects, if you can call them that, are so basic it borders on being farcical. There’s no real plot or coherent character motivation.

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Movie Debaters 2013 Fear-a-thon Spectral-tacular! #7: V/H/S & V/H/S/2

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The best part about these two V/H/S movies is that they are perfect outlets for the found footage aesthetic. The length of each short is perfect for the stories being told. Any one of the shorts in these movies would probably be insufferable stretched out to a full length film. But in these bite sized chunks they have a better chance of succeeding. For the most part they do.

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