horror wallpaper of the day
Today's wallpaper is dedicated to the Dario Argento film Phenomena, released in heavily edited form in the US as Creepers, which stars a very young Jennifer Connelly in one of her first film roles, as well as horror film stalwart Donald Pleasance and a razor-wielding chimp. I rented Creepers last week, and it was satisfying if even more incoherent than usual for an Italian horror film. There's a review of the full version at Teleport City.
(Courtesy Dreadful Mirrorz)
Speaking of rentals, I discovered to my disappointment that the tape of Phantasm -- which, for some reason, I'd never managed to see -- that I rented earlier this week was damaged and unplayable. I plan to return it to the video store today, and I hope they can either repair it or point me to another location that carries it. I might even go to Blockbuster to rent it.
On the bright side, my lovely wife and I did sit down to watch the (apparently made-for-TV) 1974 zombie flick The Dead Don't Die. Although some sections were so dark as to be nigh-incomprehensible, it was a suitably creepy film that presented an interesting spin on the zombie legend. George Hamilton plays a Navy officer on leave to attend his brother's execution for murder in 1930s Chicago. Hamilton's brother swears his innocence and charges him to track down the real killer. He eventually discoveres that the culprit is a zombie master using voodoo rituals to secretly amass an army of the dead. The film's high point is a literate and well-informed script by Robert Bloch (Psycho). The made-for-TV production values prevent it from rising to the level of a true classic, but The Dead Don't Die was an original and entertaining zombie yarn. Here's a second opinion at Cold Fusion Video Reviews.