From Riley on Film: “Tourist Trap, 1979 – ★★★½”

If you can get over the rifleman Chuck Connors being a paycho killer, you may enjoy this collusion of dummies. By dummy I mean mannequin. There’s a whole messload of them. If they scare you, you’re in for a chilling experience. If not, you might laugh a lot.

If you were born 1965-1975 mivies like this terrified you as a child. For us it’s fun to revisit those scares and marvel at how far we’ve come as horror audiences. This is fun but it gets old about halfway through, even though I am old too.

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From Riley on Film: “Seconds, 1966 – ★★★½”

This is definitely not the “best thriller ever made.” It is however a Twilight Zone like concept woven through the runtime of a movie that certainly held my attention.

The idea of becoming someone else and living longer past middle age is one that has been visited recently in “Self/Less.” The metaphors fly throughout both films with a similar pensive lesson.

It’s disturbing watching Rock Hudson drunk and slamming his head on a gurney. It’s also great watching John Randolph (National Lampoon’s A Christmas Vacation) Set the morose stage for the change of body.

This is a good drama that has aspects of a thriller. I enjoyed it but found it was just as good as a Twilight Zone only longer.

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From Riley on Film: “The Evil, 1978 – ★★★½”

A solid part of any ghost story or satanic oppression category. It’s old school like the Changeling and the haunted house has a backstory like that. 

It’s not as woven into the plot but there is enough creepiness and scary here to feed your horror appetite. Definitely worth watching, I enjoyed the experience.
“A doctor buys a Civil War era dilapidated mansion, and hires a few friends to fix it up, but the mansion hides a deadly secret.” -imdb

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From Riley on Film: “Blaze, 2018 – ★★★★”

Ethan Hawke directed this mighty pleasant bio music pic. It portrays the folk/country music career of Blaze Foley, a personal friend and contemporary of the folk hero Townes van Zandt. It has a slow pace and I recommend reading the Wiki article and listening to some of Blaze’s music. He was very talented and some of his songs, like “Cold Cold World” are nothing short of hypnotic. He reminds me of the guy at every party drinking whiskey and playing his songs in the corner. 

Alia Shawkat, Blaze’s lover, is fast becoming one of my favorite new actresses. She is stunning in this. I first noticed her in “Arrested Develppment.” Hawke’s oversight of this story makes for a dreamlike journey of emotions. It wears a bit long so it lost a star for that. Otherwise, I recommend.

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From Riley on Film: “The Amityville Horror, 1979 – ★★★★★”

As if it’s never been said before, this is a must for horror fans. It took me way too long to see it due to false ratings and skewed reviewers. This is the creepy kibd of film I look for. It’s not gory but the scenes make you squirm.

Margot Kidder and James Brolin are the parents in a family that just mo ed in. Brolin is truly good, especially in the latter half where he really owns a tough part as good as any Nicholson could.

I noticed one of the child actors, K.C. Martel, was in E.T. Also, the area priest who comes down to hear the story is the Real Estate boss in Poltergeist. Finally, take it for what it’s worth but the harbor town in Jaws is called “Amity?” Could there be something here?

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From Riley on Film: “(Podcast) The Village (2004)”

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This is my audio review of The Village (2004). Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. With Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard. A series of events tests the beliefs of a small isolated countryside village.

It is a much loved film by me and select few others. It didn’t do amazingly at the box office but I find this spooky film mesmerizing and profound. Have a listen and find out why. I welcome your comments here on the site or on my twitter @thedrpodcast NOTE: This is film #24 in my current podcast series I call “Damien’s Top 20 Spooky Horror Films.” Tune in next week when I cover #23 “Head Count (2018).”

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From Riley on Film: “(Podcast) Films Reviewed: Husk, Touch of Evil, Long Weekend + 7 More”

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Touch of Evil, Husk, Skin, Long Weekend, The Abandoned, Avenged, Rust Creek, Lake Mungo, Dolores Claiborne, & The House That Dripped Blood. In this episode I preview these 10 films.

Touch of Evil

1. Touch of Evil (1958)

PG-13 | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir 8  9 99 Metascore

A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Charlton HestonOrson WellesJanet Leigh,Joseph Calleia

Votes: 93,196 | Gross: $2.24MWatch Now 
From $3.99 on Prime Video


2. Husk (2011)

R | 83 min | Horror, Thriller 5.2  6

A group of friends stranded near a desolate cornfield find shelter in an old farmhouse, though they soon discover the dwelling is the center of a supernatural ritual.

Director: Brett Simmons | Stars: Devon GrayeWes ChathamC.J. ThomasonTammin Sursok

Votes: 9,020Watch Now 
From $3.99 on Prime Video


3. Skin (V) (2018)

R | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama 7  9 58 Metascore

A destitute young man, raised by racist skinheads and notorious among white supremacists, turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves.

Director: Guy Nattiv | Stars: Jamie BellDanielle MacdonaldDaniel HenshallBill Camp

Votes: 5,117

Long Weekend

4. Long Weekend (1978)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller 6.7  9

When a suburban couple go camping for the weekend at a remote beach, they discover that nature isn’t in an accommodating mood.

Director: Colin Eggleston | Stars: John HargreavesBriony BehetsMike McEwenRoy Day

Votes: 3,512


The Abandoned

5. The Abandoned (2006)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller 5.6  10 42 Metascore

An adopted woman returns to her home country and the family home that she never knew and must face the mystery that lies there.

Director: Nacho Cerdà | Stars: Anastasia HilleKarel RodenValentin GoshevValentin Ganev

Votes: 12,059 | Gross: $1.26M


6. Avenged (2013)

95 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror 5.5  10

A deaf girl is brutalized by a murderous gang who are then hunted by her when the bloodthirsty spirit of an Apache warrior inhabits her lifeless body.

Director: Michael S. Ojeda | Stars: Amanda Adrienne SmithMarc Anthony SamuelRodney RowlandTom Ardavany

Votes: 3,105

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Rust Creek

7. Rust Creek (2018)

R | 108 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller 5.7  10 59 Metascore

An overachieving college student gets lost on her way to a job interview. A wrong turn leaves her stranded deep in the Kentucky forest.

Director: Jen McGowan | Stars: Hermione CorfieldDenise Dal VeraJeremy GlazerLaura Guzman

Votes: 3,128Watch Now 
From $12.99 on Prime Video

Lake Mungo

8. Lake Mungo (2008)

R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery 6.2  6

Strange things start happening after a girl is found drowned in a lake.

Director: Joel Anderson | Stars: Rosie TraynorDavid PledgerMartin Sharpe,Talia Zucker

Votes: 13,470Watch Now 
With Prime Video + 1 more


Dolores Claiborne

9. Dolores Claiborne (1995)

R | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery 7.4  9 62 Metascore

A big-city reporter travels to the small town where her mother has been arrested for the murder of an elderly woman that she works for as a maid.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Kathy BatesJennifer Jason Leigh,Christopher PlummerJudy Parfitt

Votes: 35,520 | Gross: $24.36MWatch Now 
From $2.99 on Prime Video

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The House That Dripped Blood

10. The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

GP | 102 min | Horror 6.6  Rate 55 Metascore

An anthology of four horror stories revolving around a mysterious rental house in the U.K.

Director: Peter Duffell | Stars: John BryansJohn BennettJohn Malcolm,Denholm Elliott

Votes: 4,405Watch Now 
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