Produced by Toho Studios and released in 1956, the Ishirō Honda directed Rodan is one of studio’s first kaiju eiga (monster movie) to be filmed in colour, which is used to great effect due to the attention to detail that both Ishirō Honda and special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya had employed.
“Thundering out of unknown skies… The super-sonic hell-creature no weapon could destroy!”
Adapted by Ray Bradbury from his own novel, this animated TV special doesn’t stop at merely checking off the holiday’s most familiar elements. No, The Halloween Tree aims to do one better by delving into the very origins of the season’s many traditions, and while it may blaze through this ambitious endeavor at a breakneck pace, its keen instinct for setting the right mood easily wins you over in the end.
“Ever wonder why we like dressing up as monsters, beasts and ornery critters?”
Released in 1982 by New World Pictures, The Slumber Party Massacre is an exploitation film directed by Amy Holden Jones and written by novelist and feminist activist Rita Mae Brown. Brown originally wrote The Slumber Party Massacre as a parody of the slasher sub-genre, but Jones direction adapted the material as a straight genre film under the instruction and watchful eye of the legendary Roger Corman.
“The Ultimate Driller Killer Thriller!”
No-one in this movie comes out looking good, and isn’t that so very ‘David Fincher’? To cast an unsympathetic eye over human frailty to highlight his pet themes of personal responsibility and our own passive-aggressive ways, but with his coolly detached viewpoint he tends to brandish the cinematic scalpel to slice open human guts to show us some rather diseased insides.
“Nick Dunne. You’re probably the most hated man in America right now. Did you kill your wife, Nick?”
1989’s Puppet Master was the face that launched a thousand horror flicks about tiny things for Charles Band’s Full Moon production house. The man had been kicking around the genre for a while but this tale of murderous marionettes was nothing short of a game changer. After making an unforeseen killing on VHS, Puppet Master soon bloomed into a franchise.
“A box of little toys has just become a gang of little terrors. This is not child’s play…”
Though the original book was written in 1983, it is a tale of vengeance from beyond the grave in the classic style. The Woman in Black sequel makes use of these elements, although now Eel Marsh House is merely a crumbling shell, and this time we are all familiar with the story of the ghost and with her modus operandi, so there really isn’t anything much else for her to do.
“She never forgives. She never forgets. She never left.”