(1994) Without Warning

Keeping in vague baby, the underdog TV-movie’s biggest asset. That kind of applies to life in general though right? I feel like the more you talk the more likely you are just to start spewing bullshit, hence this blog, sorry.

This is dope though, not too dope, but dope. It’s not really that suspenseful and the entire spectacle is full of asinine bullshit but some conspiracy nut. It cut the realism factor a bit but then again, the public loves aliens (myself included).

You might want to iMBD this at this point because I’ve explained nothing. Jane Kaczmarek is in this though and she’s actually pretty okay. It’s tough to think of her outside of Malcolm in the Middle but I did my best.

This is totally worth watching though and a decent copy in its entirety is on YouTube. These TV disaster movies are great. I’m giving it a lower rating just because of the general shittiness of it but it still gets a thumbs up.

6.5/10

(2000) Ginger Snaps

Ginger Snaps is- oh wow, I just got the title. Ginger snaps as in loses her mind but it’s also a double entendre for a cookie? It’s probably best not to think about the title too much. Only because it implies a silliness that’s far too juvenile to properly represent this excellent teen horror.

I love the characters, really the perfect embodiment of morbid curiosity as well as a clever representation of coming into your own sexuality. I’m having a hard time explaining anything else about them without giving away a spoiler.

It’s a really great movie, intelligent as well as being a ton of fun.

7.5/10

(1983) Special Bulletin

Incredibly suspenseful TV movie. There seems to be hoards of these nuclear bomb TV movies from the 80’s (obviously) and they’re all surprisingly decent.

The acting in Special Bulletin is really solid and the situation itself, although farfetched, quickly becomes very realistic and panicked. The real life news anchors professionalism exemplifies all the suspense tenfold. It’s a sick pleasure of mine seeing news anchors try to keep their composure during tragedies, there’s something very humanizing about it.

I don’t want to spoil anything but the very last say 30 seconds or so of this film are way too relevant to todays media or well, media in general. The world is pretty shitty in general but films like this really remind me how lucky the we are to have never experiences nuclear war on our home soil.

7/10

(1983) The Boxer’s Omen

I seriously don’t even know where to begin with one. It’s just a fucking crazy, psychedelic, black magic filled, religious, pseudo kung-fu fucking pile of weirdness. It’s an absolute 80’s meltdown of practical effects that range from completely silly to extravagantly revolting.

I don’t even know what else to say, this was just awesome. I’ve never seen anything quite like it before. I will put a disclaimer that this film is decently hard to find but it’s out there, just keep searching.

7/10

(1978) The Shout

The Shout masquerades as a quick pitched horror idea but really, this film is a horrific, non-linear rabbit hole for psychotic delusion and crisis of identity.

This may be the first film I’ve seen, attempt to explain, without explaining, why someone compelled to walk on all fours is so creepy. It embraces physical manifestations of discomfort with artful tactic, constantly using suggestion over explanation.

Our protagonist Anthony seems to suffer from a serious inferiority complex. It’s not something that’s readily apparent and because of this, his patience with our villain Charles, seems almost silly at first. This complaint for me was very quickly washed away when I realized the complex nature of their relationship, as well as the jumbled timeline of the film itself.

The ending is something so ahead of its time. It can easily be criticized or written off completely as being overly confusing but I believe it was very much intentionally left to interpretation.

I’m fucking blown away, absolute incredible film.

9/10

(1925) The Phantom of the Opera

Jumping into another semi-silent film here and the big question is, is this still an enjoyable watch today? I’m going to say it certainly is. It’s no Nosferatu or Vampyr but Lon Chaney is creepy as fuck.

Not only does Chaney look great but the labyrinth of the Opera house is also visually stunning. I’m hesitant to call this a haunted house movie but the set itself does play a pretty large role in the horror aspects of this film.

That’s all that I need to say, this one definitely deserves a watch, even just to appreciate what they were able to accomplish given the technical limitations of that time period.

7/10