Apologies to all for missing last week’s holiday horror movie post. I’ve been laid up sick and considering the time of year, really want to enjoy the season without an illness. So, this week you get a double dose of movie reviews from me. What did I watch? Not much but a few really good one.
Night Train Murders is set around the Christmas holiday, but is more a variation of Wes Craven’s, Last House on the Left. Taking place instead on a train, two young girls are terrorized by two young thugs and a depraved proper lady. This is an excellent film and in my opinion, much better than Craven’s film. The build up to the brutal rapes and murders was at a perfect pace despite criticism. The film gave the viewer more of a chance to connect and sympathize with the girls which was necessary considering the plot. Much of the brutality was suggested, which had a better effect psychologically. Macha Meril, the female passenger instigating much of the depravity really stands out in this movie. Her performance gave me chills, especially at the end of the movie when one of the girl’s father gets his revenge. Also notable in this film is the beautiful outdoor scenery, including a scene where one of the girls is thrown from the train. This will be one of my favorites this holiday season and I give it 4 1/2 out of 5 rabid reindeer bites.
By any chance do you remember that The Legend of Hell House is set right before Christmas? I’d forgotten and it wasn’t that long ago I’d re-watched it. I LOVE this film. It is one of the best haunted house movies ever made, so of course it was high on my watch list for this movie marathon. Not much holiday activity going on though, and considering it is a widely viewed film, I’ll just give it 5 out of 5 rabid reindeer bites and move on.
Another children’s film, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians will be on my least favorite list this holiday season. Now I think I’ve established that I’m still a kid at heart and continue to enjoy children’s entertainment, but this movie would have put me to sleep when I was a kid. I couldn’t even enjoy it as a bad B-movie. I guess the first indication came when the children of Mars were only happy while watching Earth television programming for kids. Anyways, you want to know more about how bad this film is, look it up yourself. I give it 1/2 out of 5 rabid reindeer bites.
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