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typicalfilm – Oct 31 – The Woman In Black

wibThe Woman In Black (2012)

What a lovely return to this film. Wes and I had just been talking about it, how we likely ended up at the same screening, and how we have not watched it since. Howard wrote a fine review for Ottawa Horror and Wes, likewise, on Splatterpictures. I just pulled my blanket closer ’round and reveled in a classic haunted house story. Eel Marsh is my home, and I myself am some sort of woman in black. I’ve dressed as her last year for Halloween and trussed up a friend in the same guise this year. This may be coming soon to a Dead Air episode near you so be warned! There is just so much done right in this very simple story and for once I am a fan of popular modern horror – probably because it is Hammer’s return to us with such an old tale.

It was the happiest of Halloweens here and I do hope everyone else had a horror filled one too! My posts were delayed due to the app on my phone adding a superfluous span tag and doubling letters as I typed. So, while I’d had an uncommonly lovely Halloween vacation where I barely touched my laptop that meant this was on the back burner. But, the films were watched! Even a few more but unlike last year where I listed every little thing that crossed my eyes, I figured the cream of the crop was due. Two mentions must be made – Adam Green’s Halloween short “Don’t Do It” was silly fun, with voice acting by Sid Haig that made my day – and Ian Bracken’s short “Closet Case” that made me want to check in with all my indie film pals to see how they were getting on and nudge them to reach for these kind of heights in sound, monster, and light design. So, as ever, I will still be basically watching a film per day though neglecting my blog somewhat until next year. We posted his viewing on Instagram and perhaps that is the better way… ah well, only 363 days to Halloween!

typicalfilm РOct 14 РThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre 

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre  (1974)

This will be one half of the upcoming Halloween commentary track special for Dead Air! I’m including it here since I certainly rewatched it Friday only to watch it all over again tomorrow with Wes. It will be a fun comparison between my 30 year special edition dvd and the 40 year bluray. Not much to say since we’ll be talking about it on the show, but obviously a super enjoyable watch. 

typicalfilm – Oct 2 – Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning  (2008)

I’d partially watched this after hearing Chris and Luke of BindTortureKast try to recall the gore level of this film and the difference between the cut and unrated versions. Also, since we have a huge Halloween episode coming up on Dead Air where we’ll be all over the original TCM 1 and 2, I wanted to get into the Hewitt story before getting back into my beloved Sawyers. It’s a very nice entry into the Leatherface story anyhow, even if all the Hollywood glam does kind of gloss over the grit. Mealtime is always the best time in Texas I gather, and though the gore is poorly lit, panned or quick cut, it does have a very cool intro to the birth of their pet monster.