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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★★

    Viewed on DVD

    Hoop-Tober #1

    The film which you are about to see is an account of the tragedy which befell a group of five youths, in particular Sally Hardesty and her invalid brother, Franklin. It is all the more tragic in that they were young. But, had they lived very, very long lives, they could not have expected nor would they have wished to see as much of the mad and macabre as they were to see that day.…

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    ★★★★

    Viewed on DVD

    Hoop-Tober #2

    Chop Top: Lick my plate, you dog dick!

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is very different from it's predecessor but is just as much a classic as Tobe Hooper's original masterpiece.
    This film is less eerie than TTCM but somehow it's more weird.
    "Chop-Top" is a wonderfully funny bat-shit crazy character.
    "Stretch" is a smart and resourceful "Last Girl".
    I personally don't like my Monsters humanized so I'm not too crazy about this "Leatherface" but…

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  • Castle Freak

    Castle Freak

    ★★★★

    Viewed on MBOX

    Hoop-Tober 7.0 #87

    Criteria:
    - Body Horror

    On March 24th, 2020 writer/director Stuart Gordon passed away leaving behind a slew of horror films behind for us to enjoy.

    On March 28th, 2020 I saw Stuart Gordon's classic From Beyond (1986) for the first time. I didn't know at the time that Stuart Gordon had recently died.

    I just had to watch another Stuart Gordon film for this year's Hoop-Tober.
    I watched Castle Freak for the first time.
    I enjoyed it a lot.
    I found it pretty unsettling.

    According to IMDB: The poster for this film was designed prior to the script being written.

  • Return to Glennascaul: A Story That Is Told in Dublin

    Return to Glennascaul: A Story That Is Told in Dublin

    ★★★

    Viewed on TCM

    Hoop-Tober 7.0 #89

    Criteria:
    - Bonus Film

    Film short film narrated by Orson Welles, although not directed by Orson Welles, sure feels like it was directed by Orson Welles, is one of those tales one tells around a campfire, on in this case, one tells a celebrity as he is getting a ride home because his car broke down on the side of the road.

    Eerie fun.

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  • Boxcar Bertha

    Boxcar Bertha

    ★★

    Viewed on DVD

    Marty's first exploitation film is also his last.
    According to IMDB: After he finished this film, Martin Scorsese screened the film for John Cassavetes. Cassavetes, after seeing this film, hugged Scorsese and said, "Marty, you've just spent a whole year of your life making a piece of shit. It's a good picture, but you're better than the people who make this kind of movie. Don't get hooked into the exploitation market, just try and do something different."…

  • Song of the South

    Song of the South

    ★★★½

    Viewed on YouTube

    I think Disney is making a terrible mistake by trying to virtually erase Song Of The South from existence.
    Is it racially insensitive? Of course it is.
    It's a film from the forties that takes place during the Civil War in Georgia.
    Disney is trying to sweep this one under the rug and try to maintain a squeaky clean image. This is an impossible task.
    If Disney wants to be politically correct they need to get rid of their entire catalogue. In fact, they should just stop making movies all together.