Tales of Terror (1962)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 


PROS –
1) An anthology movie with 3 Edgar Allan Poe stories, each one of them featuring Vincent Price. All 3 stories explore the macabre horror of Poe’s realm of getting buried while alive.
2) “Morella” – A dead woman comes back to life from her decomposing corpse to take revenge from her obsessive husband, and daughter for her childbed death.
3) “The Black Cat” – A cuckolded drunkard took revenge on his wife and her lover by entombing them alive but got caught because of his wife’s beloved black cat.
4) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” – A dying man trapped between the worlds of the living and the dead because of an evil hypnotist, comes back to life to take his revenge, and eventually getting redemption.
5) Excellent supporting cast including screen legends like Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Montresor Herringbone: Haven’t I convinced you of my sincerity yet? I’m genuinely dedicated to your destruction.

Spring (2019)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

 

VERDICT – 4/4

 

 


PROS –
1) The mythology of spring explained in seven minutes.
2) Andy Goralczyk achieved something impactful in a 7 minutes shorts without dialogues that Disney can’t achieve in a 2-hrs long feature film.
3) The music along with foley sound effects enhances the entire experience.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
N/A

Haywire (2011)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 


PROS –
1) An ex-marine super soldier on her final assignment is betrayed by her boss.
2) A must-watch for the lovers of hand-to-hand combat actions. Gina Carano’s performance as Mallory Kane is franchise worthy like John Wick and Jason Bourne.
3) Watch out for the hotel fight scene between Michael Fassbender & Gina Carano.

 

 

CONS –
1) It’s a mediocre story with limited action scenes. The huge ensemble of stars is not helping.

 

 

QUOTE –
Paul: I’m assuming the motive of everyone involved is strictly professional?
Kenneth: Paul, the motive is money. The motive is always money.

Black Death (2010)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 


PROS –
1) In 1348 plague-ridden England, a friar decides to join a bishops envoy to guide them to reach a remote village untouched by the plague. However, the monk is secretly planning to reunite with his love. The soldiers finally reach the village which is led by a fake pagan witch poised to eliminate the envoy.
2) The epilogue shows us the guilt-ridden monk, blinded by revenge becomes a soldier himself dedicates his life to find and punish the witch. The final revelation by the witch confirms that it’s not a zombie movie as she was fooling the villagers all the time by her resurrection act.

 

 


CONS –
1) A decent plot and superb cast ruined by bad execution and shaky camera work.

 

 

QUOTE –
Langiva: Oy, we’re not as bad as ya think. We’re worse.

First Reformed (2017)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A small-town church’s pastor already battling his personal past and current health, got distressed with climate change concerns after one of his radical-environmentalist parishioner kills himself.
2) Cedric the Entertainer surprising performance as Pastor Joel Jeffers.

 

 


CONS –
1) Another Paul Schrader character-driven story which is as boring as it can be. The uncertain climax doesn’t redeem the movie either.

 

 


QUOTE –
Reverend Joel Jeffers: Well what if this is His plan? What if we just can’t see it?
Reverend Ernst Toller: You think God wants to destroy his creation?
Reverend Joel Jeffers: He did once. For 40 days and 40 nights.

The Premature Burial (1962)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A British aristocrat is consumed with the fear of being buried alive after the same happened to his father. His phobia is reinforced by his evil wife and finally, she succeeds to send him in the grave alive in a cataleptic state. Another macabre horror from Edgar Allan Poe with all it’s essential elements.
2) Ray Milland’s [as Guy] elaborate vault equipped with several safeguards in case of his premature burial.
3) The climactic twist is unexpected as the wife never appears like a suspect.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
I shall not kill you. That sorry task I shall leave to the earth…and the darkness…and the terrified pounding of your own heart.

Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5


PROS –
1) Sebastian Medina killed his adulteress wife and adulterer brother in his castle’s torture chamber. History is now repeating itself in the Medina family when his son Nicholas Medina is getting similar disloyalty from his wife and friend.
2) Top-notch macabre horror. Vincent Price’s performance single-handedly takes the movie to another level.
3) The plot-twist of Barbara Steele coming out of the tomb alive was unexpected. Her frightful eyes in the final horrifying scene being trapped in the iron maiden, is one blood-chilling climax.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Don Nicholas Medina: You are about to enter Hell, Bartolome, HELL!… The netherworld.The infernal region, The Abode of the Damned… The place of torment. Pandemonium. Abbadon. Tophet. Gehenna. Naraka. THE PIT!… And the pendulum.

House of Usher (1960)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A man arrives at his fiancée’s family mansion but he’s asked to leave and forgo his intentions as the family (as well as the mansion) is afflicted by a cursed bloodline.
2) Vincent Price as Roderick Usher dominated the screen with his great performance as the cursed scion of the Usher family.
3) A must watch for gothic horror fans. A literal adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic horror story.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Philip Winthrop: You have murdered your sister, Mr. Usher, and I intend to see that you hang for it.
Roderick Usher: Arrange it quickly then. The old house crumbles.

Midsommar (2019)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A group of friends travels to Sweden to attend a folk-festival of a small community that occurs once every 90 years and they find themselves in the middle of a murderous pagan cult ceremony.

 

 

CONS –
1) 148 minutes run time for a mediocre movie is not at all justified. The writer-director Ari Aster definitely got his own style but this movie is style over substance.
2) It’s a formulaic “cabin in the woods” plot. This time the “cabin” is replaced by a Swedish community and the ghost is replaced by the cult. One can smell the sacrificial murders from a mile.
3) The entire Dani’s sister‘s suicide plot is irrelevant to the story and adds nothing to the movie.

 

 


QUOTE –
Simon: So we just gonna ignore the bear then?
Ingemar: It’s a bear.

A Ghost Story (2017)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Where do dead people go? The movie tries to explore the existence of people after they are dead. How they try to reach their loved ones when they can’t communicate with them and how exactly they get salvation from their earthly attachments.
2) Nameless characters and almost without dialogue, except for the hipster’s monologue.
3) The movie was slow, boring, and pretentious until the salvation of the next-door ghost.

 

 


CONS –
1) The first hour is slow however last 15 minutes clarify the vision of the director.

 

 

QUOTE –
2nd Ghost :I don’t think they’re coming.