A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors. AKA Braindead [more inside]
The Strain: Last Rites Season 1, Ep 12
Eichhorst launches an attack against the pawn shop. Later, Palmer receives a very special visitor. Old friends return.
In honor of Halloween, MeFi Horror Club is going to double up, with extra picks every Friday in October. By design, these picks will primarily be the kind of widely-seen movies that a hefty chunk of horror fans will have already seen. This will allow us to maybe lure in some people with big titles, cover some movies we'd normally skip for being too overexposed, and present the opportunity for people to comment on films they may know well enough they needn't rewatch them to join in. List after the jump... [more inside]
It pains me greatly to call something from 1992 a "retro" movie, but I couldn't call it "recent" with a straight face, so working within our parameters, it's "retro." [more inside]
Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: Arbitrary Law Rewatch Season 2, Ep 9
The mystery of Laura Palmer's death is finally solved. [more inside]
The pick for this coming Wednesday is a "crossover" pick. It's 2010's Monsters by Gareth Edwards (whose Godzilla remake hit screens this summer.) [more inside]
Twin Peaks: Drive with a Dead Girl Rewatch Season 2, Ep 8
Ben is locked away for Laura's murder, and Jerry attempts to take on his legal defense. Although Coop is wary of rushing to judgement, Harry sees Ben as the clear culprit and charges Ben officially. Pete taunts Ben in jail with a message from Catherine, who offers him freedom (but at a price). Meanwhile Leland goes for a drive. At the Double R, Norma's mother comes to town with a new husband, who is a figure out of Hank's past. Andy attempts reconciliation with Lucy. BOB's latest victim is discovered. [more inside]
Let the Right One In (Swedish: Låt den Rätte Komma In) is a 2008 Swedish romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson, based on the 2004 novel of the same title by John Ajvide Lindqvist, who also wrote the screenplay. The film tells the story of a bullied 12-year-old boy who develops a friendship with a vampire child in Blackeberg, a suburb of Stockholm, in the early 1980s. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: Lonely Souls Rewatch Season 2, Ep 7
After being confronted by Audrey about his involvement with Laura and One Eyed Jack's, Ben is brought in for questioning. Shelly and Bobby begin to face the disappointing reality of life with Leo. Nadine is terrible. The killer strikes again... [more inside]
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. [more inside]
When the owner of a mannequin shop helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, suppressed desires come to the surface. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: Demons Rewatch Season 2, Ep 6
Bobby and Shelly receive some disappointing news, Ben and Josie make a deal, Leland returns to work and the One Armed Man finally speaks. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: The Orchid's Curse Rewatch Season 2, Ep 5
As Coop finds Audrey's long lost secret message, he decides to stage a raid on One-Eyed Jack's. Bobby and Shelly scheme as Leo returns home. The roadhouse becomes an ad-hoc courtroom for Leland's trial. Donna makes a deal with Harold. Nadine experiences a homecoming. [more inside]
The Strain: The Disappeared Season 1, Ep 9
Eph and the others reunite him with his son Zach, then regroup at Setrakian's pawn shop. Gus has an unfortunate incident on the way to prison. We learn a little bit more about Eichorst's history.
Twin Peaks: Laura's Secret Diary Rewatch Season 2, Ep 4
Leland confesses to murdering Jacques Renault. Meanwhile, Ben receives a ransom video for Audrey, specifying that Cooper should be the one to deliver the money. Josie returns, raising Harry's suspicions, and a mysterious Japanese businessman (Mr. Tojimura) comes to the Great Northern. In Donna's investigation, Harold reads from Laura's secret diary. An elusive and influential anonymous food critic is rumored to be coming to town, and Norma takes steps to spruce up The Double R. [more inside]
In this French-American remake of the 1980 cult film of the same name, Elijah Wood stars as Frank, the owner of a mannequin shop. As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, suppressed desires come to the surface. [more inside]
A composer moves into a huge Victorian mansion after the death of his wife and daughter, only to find that he's not quite alone. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: The Man Behind Glass Rewatch Season 2, Ep 3
Donna meets the mysterious Harold Smith, Cooper discovers another secret letter, Leland gives our team a new lead on BOB, Nadine wakes up feeling 20 years younger, the one-armed man forgets to take his medicine, and we learn that Albert's path is a strange and difficult one. [more inside]
This week's pick is what I think is one of the best horror movies ever, "The Changeling". [more inside]
Twin Peaks: Coma Rewatch Season 2, Ep 2
Albert reveals that Cooper's unstable former partner, Windom Earle, has escaped from the mental hosptial where he was being held. Donna's first outing as a meals-on-wheels volunteer results in an unnerving encounter. Audrey's investigation at One Eyed Jacks becomes increasingly perilous as she uncovers secrets about Laura's time there. Later, James, Maddy and Donna record a, uh... song. [more inside]
Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: May the Giant Be With You Rewatch Season 2, Ep 1
In the season 2 opener, Cooper experiences a helpful vision as he lies bleeding from a gunshot wound sustained at the Great Northern. Audrey runs into some trouble, and hopes for Agent Cooper's intervention. Albert comes in at the behest of the FBI to check in on a recuperating (ahem) Cooper. Meanwhile, the after-effects of the fire at the mill reverberate through the town. [more inside]
The Strain: For Services Rendered Season 1, Ep 7
Abe, Eph and Nora attempt to fight back against the vampire plague, and we learn more about Abe's past. There are a number of surprises along the way.
Twin Peaks: The Last Evening Rewatch Season 1, Ep 8
It's Season One finale time: James and Donna find the missing tape, Jacques Renault takes the bait, Deputy Andy finds his chance to shine, Audrey makes her debut as the Queen of Diamonds, Josie unexpectedly finds herself in some bad business, the plot against the Packard Sawmill comes to fiery fruition, and Cooper decides to get some room service. In classic cliffhanger fashion, the fates of no less than a dozen characters are left up in the air. Who lives? Who dies? Tune in next week, same FaFa-time, same FaFa-channel! [more inside]
Twin Peaks: Realization Time Rewatch Season 1, Ep 7
Cooper and Ed schedule a trip to One Eyed Jack's, where they gain intel about Laura's death. James, Maddy and Donna play PI to a recorded message from Jacoby's office. Audrey continues her own investigation into her father's activities relating to the murder. [more inside]
The Strain: Occultation Season 1, Ep 6
At the halfway point for the series the zompire outbreak is in full swing. Abe continues to slay (although with some age related complications), Eph's family continues to be annoying, and Vasiliy continues to be underused.
We moved some things around to add in the Crossover category, with the first selection One Hour Photo honoring the recently-passed Robin Williams. Not only do we need to put the rotation back on track, but we also need to come up with a plan for the extra picks for October. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: Cooper's Dreams Rewatch Season 1, Ep 6
Cooper has trouble sleeping. Leland attempts to get back to normal. Leo has a run of bad luck. Audrey gets a new job. [more inside]
Ángela, a film student researching for her thesis paper on violence in cinema, stumbles upon a snuff film featuring the murder of a former student at the university. Enlisting the help of classmate and violent-movie buff Chema, Angela begins an investigation into the crime that leads them to several suspects. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: The One-Armed Man Rewatch Season 1, Ep 5
As Ben Horne and Catherine Martell scheme, Josie plays detective. Truman and Cooper get leads about the mysterious man with one arm, and pick up his trail. Jacques Renault enters the equation, and Sarah Palmer describes her vision of Laura's killer. [more inside]
We've already agreed in principle on adding a "Crossover" category to the rotation for Horror Club, a category that would include scary science fiction, thrillers, etc. Since there wasn't much steam building for any particular film for the scheduled "retro" pick for week 10, and since the world just lost Robin Williams, I'm going to invoke my benevolent dictator powers. Week 10 will now be the debut for "Crossover" as a rotation slot, and the first pick will be Mark Romanek's film One Hour Photo. [more inside]
The Strain: Runaways Season 1, Ep 5
Abe and Eph set out to control the plague that has begun to sweep New York, with Abe's character getting a little more back story about how he became a vampire hunter. The plague continues to spread, and seems to be tipping towards a bull blown epidemic, as our various characters encounter more and more infected.
This week's pick is a non-English rotation selection. The feature length debut of director Alejandro Amenábar (who later made The Others), this 1996 low budget Spanish film is available free on Hulu, with ads. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: Rest in Pain Rewatch Season 1, Ep 4
Amid the emotionally charged burial of Laura Palmer, Cooper begins to puzzle out his cryptic dream, and Laura's cousin Maddy (and doesn't she look just like her?) comes to town. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer Rewatch Season 1, Ep 3
Agent Dale cooper employs unconventional investigative methods with a bucket of rocks and the letter "J". Ben and Jerry take a trip to a Jack with one eye. Albert makes an abrasive introduction. Intrigue builds at the Packard Mill. Cooper has a dream including some of the most iconic scenes in the series, creating a cryptic puzzle which will lead to the identity of Laura's killer. [more inside]
The Strain: It's Not for Everyone Season 1, Ep 4
The parasites continue to spread, the CDC characters realize the full extent of what they're dealing with, and Abraham begins his grim quest against the
Evilguy Stoneheart Foundation. Also, a car is stolen and sold.
Hi everybody! Horror club is seven weeks in and still going strong. We've been trying to get a rotation going, to make sure we see a variety of films. But I think we still need another spoke or two in the wheel to really get things going. Here's a proposal: Sequel week. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: Traces to Nowhere Rewatch Season 1, Ep 2
In the town of Twin Peaks, special agent Dale Cooper's investigation into the death of Laura Palmer begins in earnest. Multiple connections to the crime are revealed: Laura's secret boyfriend James Hurley, a slimeball trucker named Leo Johnson, and the unlikely psychiatrist Lawrence Jacoby. Meanwhile, Audrey Horne and Laura's best friend, Donna Hayward, vow to find out who killed Laura. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: Pilot Rewatch Season 1, Ep 1
When the body of high school student Laura Palmer is discovered wrapped in plastic on a riverbank, the town of Twin Peaks reacts in horror. Special agent Dale Cooper of the FBI is called in to investigate. Although sleepy and idyllic at first glance, the town begins to reveal its dark secrets, as a large cast of memorable characters plot and scheme amid the turmoil caused by Laura's death. [more inside]
The Strain: Gone Smooth Season 1, Ep 3
As the plot advances, we see the four survivors of the death plane having their bodies changed by the disease inside of them. The CDC has brushed the incident under the rug, but our protagonists continue to discover unsettling evidence.
This week's pic is Don Coscarelli's (Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep) adaptation of David Wong's loony serialized novel, John Dies at the End. This goofy, mind-bending horror comedy combines slacker comedy, Lovecraftian horror, and freshman dorm philosophy weirdness. [more inside]
Slightly traumatized and painfully shy Angela Baker is sent away to summer camp with her cousin. Not long after Angela's arrival, things start to go horribly wrong for anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions. [more inside]
The Strain: The Box Season 1, Ep 2
The CDC investigation into the mysterious conditions of the death plane is complicated by a cover-up. We also learn more about the shadowy conspiracy that appears to be behind the events of the show.
A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.
A comical Gothic horror-movie-type family tries to rescue their beloved uncle from his gold-digging new love.
The Strain: Night Zero Season 1, Ep 1
In the series premier, a plane lands in New York with most of its passengers mysteriously dead. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, of the CDC, is sent to investigate with his team.
Shock jock Grant Mazzy has been kicked-off the airwaves and now works at a small-town morning show. Another mundane day on the job quickly turns deadly when reports begin to pile in of people developing strange speech patterns and committing brutal acts of violence.
Wandering into a small town after an auto accident, to begin her new job as a church organist, young Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss) begins to pick up strange vibes: none of the normal people in town seem to be able to see her, and she keeps being accosted by freakish pasty-faced types who seem to be dead on their feet.
A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba."