Saturday, October 25, 2014

October Horror Movie Challenge - The Dunwich Horror (1970)

Synopsis: Wilbur Whateley visits Arkham's Miskatonic University to borrow the Necronomican. Little do the students and faculty know that he's not quite human.

The Good: While it's definitely a 70's flick and it isn't like most of the "Lovecraftian" movies I've seen The Dunwich Horror definitely has elements of the source material. I'll be honest, I squee'd when I heard them say the name Dr. Henry Armitage.

The Bad: This flick is a trippy 70's B movie. The acting isn't the greatest.The pacing is different. The movie is quite slow until shit hits the fan, then it moves at a mad dash.

Final Thoughts: This movies not bad or good in my opinion. If you like retro B flicks or Lovecraft, check it out.

In Your Game: If you want some Dunwich Horror in your game check out Call of Cthulhu. Pathfinder's Bestiaries include a lot of mythos creatures.

New To Me Movies Watched: 19
Total Movies Watched: 31

Friday, October 24, 2014

October Horror Movie Challenge - Lesbian Vampire Killers (2009)

Synopsis: Two best mates, Jimmy and Fletch, decide to take a holiday backpacking to help Jimmy get over being dumped again. They find themselves in the town of Cragwitch, an isolated village with a lesbian vampire problem that's tied to Jimmy's past.

The Good: I really like Mathew Horne and James Corden. The unlucky pair remind me of my friends and I.   The movie has its tongue planted firmly in cheek and has some fun humor.

The Bad: The acting isn't great and the jokes are often juvenile, but hey there is a cock-handled sword.

Final Thoughts: The film dropped "Lesbian" from its title in the US.

In Your Game: I've statted three of the film's protagonists (post film) for cinematic unisystem. Here are links to their quicksheets:

Jimmy (and the Sword of Daeldo)

Camilla the Vampire Queen
New To Me Movies Watched: 18
Total Movies Watched: 30

Friday in Freeport - Ghoulish Pirates

Thursday, October 23, 2014

October Horror Movie Challenge - Blacula (1972)

Synopsis: An African prince, Mamuwalde, is turned into a vampire by Dracula and locked in coffin. When the coffin makes its way to modern Los Angeles, Mamuwalde awakens and begins to seek out the reincarnation of his lost love.

The Good: This movie could have just been another schlocky blaxploitation flick if it weren't for the amazing performance of William Marshall. Marshall, a classically trained actor, gives the character gravitas.

The Bad: Despite Marshall's great performance, this is still a blaxpliotation film and has many of the trappings.

Final Thoughts: Mamuwalde one of my favorite vampires. If you like vampires, check this movie out. The sequel, Scream Blacula Scream is no where near as good, but is fun (and has voodoo).

In Your Game:  If you want to use Prince Mamuwalde in your cinematic unisystem game, check out Tim Brannan's post on him (which includes stats).

New To Me Movies Watched: 18
Total Movies Watched: 29

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October Horror Movie Challenge - Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi (2013)

Synopsis: Jewel thieves flee into the Basque forests and are captured by a coven of cannibalistic witches.

The Good: This movie has wonderful energy and a sick sense of humor. It also has a nice subversive streak to it. Sure you could look at the misogynistic things said and write the movie off. However, the film makers portray the men of the film as just as responsible for their predicaments. 

The Bad: There's almost no character development in this film. Other than Eva (played by the gorgeous Carolina Bang), the characters are essentially static. Now because of their ordeals, the characters are different during the "insert later time" scene, but we don't see the growth.

Final Thoughts: This was released in the states as Witching and Bitching. I like the original title better.

In Your Game:  If you like witches in your game, check this one out. While I've not finished it yet, I'm combining elements of this with elements of the witches from Hansel and Gretel, Witch Hunters to create a witch quality for cinematic unisystem that's more in line with vampires, werewolves, and demons. I may call it hag. It's in preliminary stages, but expect to see it sometime in the future.
New To Me Movies Watched: 18
Total Movies Watched: 28

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October Horror Movie Challenge - American Mary (2012)

Synopsis: The allure of easy money sends Mary Mason, a medical student, into the world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her than her so called "freakish" clients.

The Good: Katherine Isabelle. She's hot. She can act. She looks great covered in blood. I've had a thing for her since Ginger Snaps. Before you start judging, I'm actually a couple of years younger than she is.

The Bad: I don't know. This movie just didn't do it for me. It has many things I like, namely Katherine Isabelle and body modification, but in the end this just felt like an aimless rape/revenge flick.

Final Thoughts: I didn't like it, but if the plot sounds interesting to you, give it a shot. One of these days I'll give it another go.

In Your Game: A character like Mary would make a great npc in a dark modern game. 

New To Me Movies Watched: 17
Total Movies Watched: 27

October Horror Movie Challenge - Dread (2009)

Synopsis: Three college students set out to document what other people dread the most. One of the trio decides to take the study to the next level.

The Good: I really enjoyed this movie. The plot is interesting and just the right ammount of fucked up for my tastes. Also, I know his big movies were the Twilight franchise but I like Jackson Rathbone. He's a pretty good actor and really handsome.

The Bad:  This movie is really twisted and topics such as rape and cannibalism come up.

Final Thoughts: I've not read the original Barker story, so I can't tell you how faithful of an adaptation this is.

In Your Game: Fear is a great tool to use in games. Try to find out what the characters in your game fear. Even better, try using what your players fear (though don't do this to the point they get turned off from the game). For example, several of my friends are frightened of spiders so I like to include them in adventures.

New To Me Movies Watched: 16
Total Movies Watched: 26