MONSTERZERO NJ’S “REVISED” 15 HORRORS TO WATCH ON VALENTINE’S DAY!

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During this season of candy and flowers, those with horror in our hearts can have plenty to watch with that special boy or ghoul…or for the single folk to calm the storm of sappy sentimentality they are enduring from their paired-up friends on social media! Not all are classics, but even the lesser titles are suitable for this day of grave emotional attachment!

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(Click on the titles below to get to our reviews of the titles covered here at the Movie Madhouse!)

1. My Bloody Valentine 1981

2. Spring

3. The Bride Of Frankenstein

4. Return Of The Living Dead 3

5. Valentine

6. My Blood Valentine 2009

7. The Crow

8. Bram Stoker’s Dracula

9. Burying The Ex

10. Let The Right One In

11. Blacula

12. A Chinese Ghost Story

13. The Love Witch

14. The Loved Ones

15. Only Lovers Left Alive

-MonsterZero NJ

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 15 HORRORS TO WATCH ON VALENTINE’S DAY!

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Human heart in hand isolated on blackDuring this season of candy and flowers, those with horror in our hearts can have plenty to watch with that special boy or ghoul…or for the single folk to calm the storm of sappy sentimentality they are enduring from their paired-up friends on social media! Not all are classics, but even the lesser titles are suitable for this day of grave emotional attachment!

(Click on the titles below the movie poster gallery to get to our reviews of the titles covered here at the Movie Madhouse!)

1. My Bloody Valentine 1981

2. Spring

3. The Bride Of Frankenstein

4. The Prowler

5. Return Of The Living Dead 3

6. Valentine

7. My Blood Valentine 2009

8. The Crow

9. Bram Stoker’s Dracula

10. Burying The Ex

11. Let The Right One In

12. Blacula

13. A Chinese Ghost Story

14. The Lost Boys

15. Fright Night 2

-MonsterZero NJ

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 25 VAMPIRE FLICKS TO WATCH DURING THE HALLOWEEN SEASON!

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Nothing says Halloween like vampires, so, here are 25 vampire flicks that you might want to sink your teeth into during the Halloween season! I tried to add a little diversity and sadly left off a few good titles due to there unavailability (like Salem’s Lot 1979 and Fright Night II 1988).

(Click on the titles below the movie poster gallery to get to our reviews of the titles covered here at the Movie Madhouse!)

 

Click on the highlighted titles here to go to the review page for the corresponding movie!

1. Nosferatu 

2. Dracula 1931

3. Horror of Dracula

4. Dracula Has Risen From The Grave

5. Count Yorga, Vampire

6. Blacula

7. Count Dracula BBC

8. The Hunger

9. Fright Night

10. Vamp

11. The Lost Boys

12. Near Dark

13. Bram Stoker’s Dracula

14. Cronos

15. Interview With A Vampire

16. From Dusk Till Dawn

17. Blade

18. John Carpenter’s Vampires

19. Blade II

20. Underworld

21. 30 Days Of Night

22. Let The Right One In

23. Stake Land

24. Only Lovers Left Alive

25. From The Dark

-MonsterZero NJ

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RANDOM NONSENSE: MONSTERZERO NJ FAUX POSTER ART- DRACULA vs. BLACULA!

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When I was a kid in the 70s, this clash of horror movie icons was a film that I wanted to see happen very badly. Obviously as a ten-year-old, I didn’t understand the concept of different studios and all that would need to occur to make such a film a reality, but would loved to have seen such a film actually happen. With revisiting the films of both characters recently, I decided to use my Photoshop skills to do a faux poster rendition, in the 70s style, of what such a film might have been like if Hammer and AIP had collaborated. Enjoy!

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25 CULT CLASSIC HORROR FLICKS TO SPICE UP YOUR HALLOWEEN MOVIE LIST!

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Need some spooky diversions for your Halloween movie watching this year? Something a little off-beat? These are 25 cult classic horrors that add some ghoulishly refreshing spice to your movie playlist for the upcoming Halloween season!

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  1. THE BOOGENS
  2. THE PROWLER
  3. BLACULA
  4. THE EVIL
  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME
  6. PROM NIGHT
  7. CHRISTNE
  8. SUPERSTITION
  9. THE CAR
  10. FIEND WITHOUT A FACE
  11. RE-ANIMATOR
  12. GALAXY OF TERROR
  13. PRINCE OF DARKNESS
  14. GARGOYLES
  15. DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK
  16. THE BURNING
  17. HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP
  18. THE MONSTER SQUAD
  19. NIGHT OF THE CREEPS
  20. JOHN CARPENTER’S VAMPIRES
  21. MY BLOODY VALENTINE
  22. BUG
  23. DEADLY BLESSING
  24. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY
  25. EATEN ALIVE

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S SATURDAY NIGHT DOUBLE FEATURE: BLACULA and DR. BLACK AND MR. HYDE

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Black History Month MonsterZero NJ style! I thought I’d revisit the blaxploitation era for this week’s double feature paying tribute to not only pioneer African-American director William Crain, with two of his most famous films but, African-American acting icons William Marshall and Bernie Casey who headline these two cult classic horror flicks!

 

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BLACULA (1972)

Blacula is one of the best examples of the 70’s blaxploitation films refered to in today’s politically correct times as Soul Cinema. Not only does it properly represent the era but, it is also simply a good horror flick, providing some legitimate chills and thrills, as well as, a bit of bittersweet romance too. As written by Raymond Koenig and Joan Torres and directed by William Crain, the tale of an African prince cursed to become the undead by Dracula himself and released from his ages old prison in modern day (at the time) Los Angeles, is a very entertaining movie even without the added 70s nostagia factor. There is lots to enjoy as Blacula builds his undead army and romances a woman who is the striking image of his long dead wife. A big part of the film’s success is the casting of Shakespearean actor William Marshall (know to many of today’s movie fans as The King Of Cartoons from Pee Wee’s Playhouse) in the lead role. Marshall brings a sense of power and nobility to the cursed African prince, Mamuwalde and knows exactly how and when to bring the monster to life when called upon. He even succeeds in making him sexy and sympathetic at the appropriate moments. He is supported by a good cast that brings life to what could have been two dimensional roles including Vonette McGee as Tina, a beautiful woman who resembles Blacula’s lost wife, Luva (also McGee) and veteran actor Thalmus Rasulala as a Dr. Gordon Thomas, a forensics investigator who serves as the film’s Van Helsing character and is helping the police investigate a rash of mysterious deaths. Three guesses who’s responsible for those. Sure it’s campy fun at this point and the FX are cheesy by today’s high standards but, that doesn’t negate the work of those in front of and behind the camera as Blacula delivers lots of spooky entertainment with class, style and not without a touch of humor. A classic of more than one genre.

EXTRA TRIVIA: It is said that  William Marshall himself worked with the filmmakers to give the character nobility and is responsible for his origin as an African Prince which was not part of the original script.

A solid 3 and 1/2 fangs

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DR. BLACK AND MR. HYDE (1976)

Blacksploitation classic tells the story of African-American Dr. Henry Pryde (Bernie Casey) who is working tirelessly to find a cure for liver disease. He develops a serum that shows potential but, he can’t perfect it without human experimentation. After a failed test on a dying woman, Henry decides to test the serum on himself. The result transforms the valiant doctor into a super strong, violent tempered… white man. Directed by Blacula’s William Crain, this 70s horror treats it’s story with respect despite how silly it is and Crain, as with Blacula, gets good performances out of his cast that also includes Rosalind Cash (The Omega Man) and Marie O’Henry as Pryde’s love interest, a local hooker named Linda. Sadly, Larry LeBron’s script from an idea by Lawrence Woolner doesn’t nearly make as much use of the classic story it’s based on as did Blacula, nor is Crain able to give this film the same gothic flavor and style he did with that film. It’s pretty much a generic monster movie with Mr. Hyde stalking and killing Linda’s fellow hookers and their pimps while the police trying to find and stop the rampaging killer. The obvious blaxploitation elements are present but, seem a bit forced here as opposed to Blacula where they were just part of the characters and their life at that point in time. Still, the film does have that 70s nostalgia and is worth a look for those interested in the blaxploitation era of filmmaking. Not to mention the movie certainly is not without it’s entertainment value and is never dull. Also noteworthy are the Mr. Hyde make-up effects on Bernie Casey which were created by the legendary Stan Winston.

2 and 1/2 stars!

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WARNING: trailer features some nudity and violence.

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TOMB OF NOSTALGIA: BLACULA (1972) AND SCREAM BLACULA SCREAM (1973)

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BLACULA (1972)

Blacula is one of the best examples of the 70’s blaxploitation films refered to in today’s politically correct times as Soul Cinema. Not only does it properly represent the era, but it is also simply a good horror flick, providing some legitimate chills and thrills, as well as, a bit of bittersweet romance, too. As directed by William Crain, the tale of an African prince cursed to become the undead by Dracula himself and released from his ages old prison in modern day (at the time) Los Angeles, is a very entertaining movie even without the added 70s nostagia factor. There is lots to enjoy as Blacula builds his undead army and romances a woman who is the striking image of his long dead wife. A big part of the film’s success is the casting of Shakespearean actor William Marshall (know to many of today’s movie fans as The King Of Cartoons from Pee Wee’s Playhouse) in the lead role. Marshall brings a sense of power and nobility to the cursed African prince, Mamuwalde and knows exactly how and when to bring the monster to life when called upon. He even succeeds in making him sexy and sympathetic at the appropriate moments. He is supported by a good cast that brings life to what could have been two dimensional roles including Vonette McGee as Tina, a beautiful woman who resembles Blacula’s lost wife Luva (also McGee) and veteran actor Thalmus Rasulala as a Dr. Gordon Thomas, a forensics investigator who serves as the film’s Van Helsing character and is helping the police investigate a rash of mysterious deaths. Three guesses who’s responsible for those. Sure it’s campy fun at this point and the FX are cheesy by today’s high standards, but that doesn’t negate the work of those in front of and behind the camera as Blacula delivers lots of spooky entertainment. A classic of more than one genre.

EXTRA TRIVIA: It is said that  William Marshall himself worked with the filmmakers to give the character nobility and is responsible for his origin as an African Prince which was not part of the original script.

A solid 3 and 1/2 fangs

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SCREAM BLACULA SCREAM (1973)

Blacula was a big success and so it was a no brainer that A.I.P. rushed into production with a follow up that was released less than a year later. Sequel tries to up the ante by adding the legendary Pam Grier to the cast, but is a weaker effort do to a somewhat lighter touch by director Bob Kelijan and a weaker script by writers Maurice Jules, Raymond Koenig and Joan Torres (Torres and Koenig wrote the original). Grier plays Lisa, a voodoo priestess on whom a rival (Richard Lawson) seaks vengence by resurrecting the vampire Mamuwalde. But Mamuwalde has his own ideas as he sees Grier’s Lisa as a way to finally lift his curse and end his eternal torment. But will his quest to be free cause him to finally embrace the monster within? There is still plenty to enjoy in this lesser sequel and William Marshall is once again strong in the role that sadly didn’t continue after this entry. His commanding presence and intense stare dominate every scene he’s in and who wouldn’t want to stare at Pam Grier who holds her own with Marshall quite well. There are still some very creepy moments, too, especially when a squad of unprepared cops enter a vampire infested mansion at the spooky climax. And the 70s nostagia helps make up for some of the shortcomings by adding some charm to the proceedings. Plenty of entertainment to be had if you liked the first entry, or just enjoy a good dose of 70s B-movie horror. Sadly, Scream’s box office performance scrapped plans for a third entry. Had they only taken time to craft a worthy sequel, this series might have gone on and made a star out of Marshall as Hammer’s Dracula series did for Brit legend Christopher Lee.

EXTRA TRIVIA: Yes, that is Starsky and Hutch’s boss Bernie Hamilton playing Ragman.

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