Beyond The Door (Review)

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Hello Creeps.

By now you may have figured out that I am into some strange and unusual films. But last night, I saw one that made me feel like I killed many a brain cells. My boyfriend and I were searching for a film to watch and stumbled upon the film Beyond the Door (1974). Here is the trailer:

Clearly, this movie was made at the height of all the exorcism crap. But this one is right up there with the film, Winterbeast for the what the fuck factor. It didn’t make any sense what so ever. You didn’t know the plot at all nor did you understand what they were saying half the time. It was as if they put a bunch of people infront of a camera and dubbed the whole film. Needless to say, I enjoy this cheese factor very much. It was lame, down right dumb, and comical.

It said in the description of the film that it was supposed to be a mix of the film, The Exorcist and the film Rosemary’s Baby. It was quite confusing becuase you didn’t know what was going on and it was the most random piece of film I’ve ever seen. The storyline – What story line? It’s basically a bunch of random demonic noises, a floating lady, and the lady being too friendly with her son. (Needless to say that made my bf hide his face away) The music was unfitting yet catchy and the actions of the individuals within the film were more than stupid.

I think, if the makers of the film would have actually taken the time to make it well it could be a pretty decent film. I didn’t like how there wasn’t really a story to follow at all. Sure, you can pick up bits and pieces here and there. But, it wasn’t anything worth sitting at the edge of your seat for. If you like cheesy “horror” you will find this a complete comedy mixed with why the hell am I watching this and is my brain really trying to comprehend this?

Blood & guts

Mercy Desdemona

Nightmare Castle (1965) Review

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Hello Creeps. I hope you all had a dreary holiday with all of your fiends. Tonight, I am reviewing one of my personal favorite films: Nightmare Castle.

Nightmare Castle has to be one of my favorite films because it’s have vampiric undertones mixed with mystery, thriller, mad science and more. To summarize the film, Muriel is the wife of a scientist and they live in her castle. You see that they also live with their elderly maid as well. The scientist is clearly not a nice Doctor at all; a bit of a mad man with a greedy streak. It’s clear that he is only married to Muriel to inherit her belongings. Muriel and her lover are killed by the Scientist, which you think at first is out of jealous rage. But as the film goes on you see that it’s more than just that. Muriel has a sister named Jenny, of which she willed the estate too incase of her death. Only problem is, Jenny is known to be in a mad mental state. After finding out that Jenny would be the one to inherit the estate, he plots to marry her so he will again have a chance at the estate. We soon find out that the scientist gave the blood of Muriel and her lover to the maid which is (what I think is his creation but it’s not said in the film) his lover and needs blood to regain her youth. Jenny and her doctor soon find out what the Doctor was up to and the ghosts of Muriel and her beloved come back from the grave to take revenge.

This film has a tad bit of over acting, a bit of a lag when you watch it and a catchy piano tune that will be stuck in your head for a while after watching it. It has to be a dark, romantic, mystery, vampire, horror that we just don’t have in current films.

I’d highly recommend this film.

Blood & Guts,

Mercy Desdemona

P.s. My boyfriend and I are thinking of having a live movie night on Saturdays (this is just in the works mind you) where we’d watch horror films with the watchers, talk about them, and review them. If you’re interested — feel free to subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/vintagehorrormadame

The Lodger – A Story of the London Fog (1927)

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Hello Creeps. I apologize that my Friday Night horror film review is taking place on this Saturday morning. I completely lost track of the days. Today I would like to discuss one of my personal Hitchcock favorites: The Lodger – A Story of the London Fog. This film is one of his silent films from 1927, and is one of the few that didn’t end up lost. Let’s sum up the story line: News has spread that there is a killer on the loose who is killing women with blonde hair. A man asks for a room at what I assume is an inn or apartment building. The mother of the daughter begins to question if the man is in fact the serial killer.

The film starts out with a police men talking to a distressed woman. They find a piece of paper with the words “The Avenger” on it. I felt this opening made you feel like you were part of the movie. We find out that the Avenger is a Tall man with his face wrapped up. That is the only description that could be made about the serial killer The Avenger. He favored to kill women with beauty and golden hair. It’s quite apparent that The Avenger is like a Jack the Ripper who favored to mutilate prostitutes.
What I enjoy most about this film is the fact that it feels like you are part of it. It feels like you are someone walking down the street listening to the paper boy scream about the recent news. It feels like you’re in the car with the police officers driving through the streets. It feels like you are at the apartment building living with the family and worrying about who could be next.
This film mixes horror, comedy, and romance all into one in a great manner. For example, the daughter of the landlady is a fashion model with golden hair. To keep safe from The Avenger she wears a hat the covers the rest of her hair but has dark curls at the front end to make it look like she’s a dark haired woman.
When we get to the apartment building, we meet the mother, father, and the lover of the daughter. The lover of the daughter is a detective who goes on the search for The Avenger within the film. When the lodger comes to ask for a room, he immediately begins to stare at the daughter. At first, you start to believe that he finds her to be a very beautiful woman and she has captured his interest.
The daughter and the lodger become good friends and she doesn’t think it will cause any harm done by being friends. Her family and her lover don’t approve of the friendship since the Lodger is nothing but a mere stranger.
I enjoy the fact that this film can mix your emotions towards everyone in the film. There isn’t a moment where you aren’t actually thinking about each character in the film. Since it’s silent, the actors and actresses portray the emotion very well. It comes out of the screen and into your body to flow within. Unlike many silent films of the time, the body language of the people in the film isn’t over acted. Their reactions are more realistic as to what the reactions would be if we were all there in real life.

If you’d like to get lost within this Hitchcock film I found the full movie here:

If you do check out the film, please feel free to comment back and share with me your thoughts. I’d be interested in hearing them.

Blood & Guts,
Mercy Desdemona.

Horror Film List

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Hello creeps.

I hope you are all having a dreary weekend and sleepless night. I decided to post my first list on this blog. Whether you enjoy this list or not is completely up to you. In any case, thanks for wasting time with my existence. Follow me to waste more time and to keep updated on these poorly written blog posts before you. Reviews to come at a later date. This list are just a few of the movies I watch here and there.

Mercy’s List 15 Horror Films

1. Nosferatu 1922
2. Nightmare Castle
3. Evil Dead
4. The Thing (’50s & ’80s versions)
5. Winterbeast
6. The Blob
7. Parents
8. Last Man on Earth
9. The Lost Boys
10. House on Haunted Hill
11. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
12. The Devil’s Rejects
13. The Creature from the Black Lagoon
14. Prime Evil
15. The Bat (Silent & ’50s Version)