Monday, October 7, 2013

Masters Of Horror! (Tobe Hooper)

Another day, another hero.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

See here.

Eaten Alive (1977)

The heartwarming story of a man, and his pet, and their adventures together.

Features a young Robert Englund.

The Brits labeled this a "video nasty".
Stuffy babies.

Salem's Lot (1979)

See here.

And, bam, we Bacon back to Stephen King yet again.

The Funhouse (1981)

A cult classic.
USA Network, and/or AMC, and/or TCM play it on Halloween sometimes.

Basically, a Scooby-Doo episode gone terribly wrong.
You've got rambunctious snooping teenagers, a carnival, a murderous man in a Frankenstein Monster mask that turns out to be even more messed up unmasked, all that's missing is the dog.

I love it.

Poltergeist (1982)

See here.

Lifeforce (1985)

See here.

Invaders From Mars (1986)

A remake of the one from 1953.

Martians pull the old Body Snatchers routine on a small town, and a little boy is hip to it, and he can't get anyone to believe him.

Eh, pretty good for a remake.
I liked it.

This and the original probably should have gone into "Baby-Boom Beastie Bash".

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (1986)

See here, here, here, and here.

Yep, I really dig this one.
You can tell.

Freddy's Nightmares: 
No More Mr. Nice Guy (1988)

See here, and here.

Spontaneous Combustion (1990)

OMG! I fucking love this one!
Track it down, and watch it right now! imagine...Firestarter if it was an adult male.
But, his powers burn him too.
Sort of like what geeks have always joked The Human Torch would really be like.
And, the film makes pyrokinetics the source of all spontaneous combustion cases, and weaves that mythology in.

Critics and hipsters have slagged on it, and it's underground and forgotten, but I think it's a cult gem.
Really, check it out.

I'm Dangerous Tonight (1990)

Some piece of poo that debuted on The USA Network.
They were fixated on murder mysteries involving chicks in cocktail dresses the way SyFy is fixated on sharks.
Poor Tobe, he needed the money.

Night Terrors (1993)

See here.


Ahh, I finally got to throw that into a Halloween post! :-D

Body Bags (1993)

Dammit, this should have been in with the John Carpenters.
My bad.

An anthology in the same vein as "Creepshow".
I'd easily let this be Creepshow 4.

Dig these guest stars...

John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, and Tom Arnold are in the framing story.

And then, Robert Carradine, Wes Craven, Sam Raimi, David Naughton, Stacy Keach, David Warner, Sheena Easton, Deborah Harry, Mark Hamill, Twiggy, Roger Corman, and Charles Napier to name a few.

Oh, shit, I wish I could watch this right now, why don't I own it?
Oh, I'm in pain.

The Mangler (1995)

See here.

And...fuck the late 90's and 00's.
They're depressing.
Doing all these sad decline periods is getting to me.

Climb out of your slump soon, Tobe.
We need you.

Moving on....

Up next, Tom Savini!!

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