Category Archives: Classic Movies Project

Anatomy of a Psycho

Anatomy of a Psycho

So I found this cool app on my Kindle where you could download like 99 classic horror films for $.99.  Of course I wasn’t going to pass that up especially since I am severely lacking in the classic horror department of my education – it’s pretty limited to things like Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Haxan.  I decided to watch them in the order they appear in the app and this was right after Bucket of Blood (which I’ve already seen and own) so Anatomy Of A Psycho it was.

Anatomy of a Psycho 2

Meet Chet.  Chet here is apparently a teenager…ahem…whose brother has just been executed because he was accused of killing someone.  Chet thinks his brother was innocent and is extremely upset about his bro’s execution while everybody else, including Chet’s sister believes the other brother was guilty and got what he deserved.  Anyways, Chet gets increasingly delusional and paranoid (or something…really he just starts ranting a lot and getting into fights) until he finally attacks the son of the only witness to his brother’s crime – a boy who happens to be dating his sister.  Dum dum DUM!!!!  Oh and someone dies.  Just fyi.

I don’t watch a lot of classic movies (remember how I was going to try to watch all sorts of classic movies in 2013 and it never happened??) so I dunno how I feel about this movie.  Mostly I was confused that everyone was talking about going to school, a school with lockers, when they all looked to be in their 20s – did they not actually use teenagers in movies back in the 60s?  Then I was annoyed by the sister because dear lord, all she did was swoon onto couches in hysterics.  Seriously, woman, pull yourself together!  Oy.  And thirdly, I was confused about why this was a horror movie.  I’d classify it more as a psychological thriller – a bit of a boring one but still.  I also saw elsewhere that it was classified as exploitation…not sure how that one works either.  Melodrama, definitely.  Horror – not even.

But overall, it was okay.  Yes, it was melodramatic at times and silly but it wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever seen.  It was fun to watch something I’m not used to, at any rate and I’m excited to check out the other 97 or so films.

Classic Movies Project: Casino

Casino

And for my next Classic Movie we have Casino!  I would have let you guys know I was watching as (I believe) Geek Soul Brother suggested but I didn’t know till about 8PM last night that I was.  I was at my friend, Gory’s, who said, “Movie?” To which I always reply, “Yes.” He picked out Casino and I said, “WAIT!  Let me check my list because I think this is on it!!….YES! It is!”  ;)

So if you’re like me and you have yet to see this….I know, I know, doubtful….the long story short is that De Niro works at a casino as the manager or something similar, Pesci is basically a mobster and Stone is a hustler who ends up with De Niro.  To be honest, I didn’t understand the entirety of the heisting, down’n’dirty politics of gambling and mobsterdom but I’m pretty sure De Niro and Pesci were skimming from the casino.  (Feel free to offer up a lengthier explanation if ya got one! :))  Anyway, heisting, killing, murder, mayhem and then finally it all goes bad (never saw that one coming…no really…).

These two's like bruddas, heah?  (That was a really atrocious attempt at writing mobster...)

These two’s like bruddas, heah? (That was a really atrocious attempt at writing mobster…)

My first comment on this?  Why the hell didn’t anyone tell me this was so freaking fabulous????  Oh…wait…you did?  ;)  Seriously loved this movie.   I’m pretty sure everything here was complete perfection – the acting (Sharon Stone is fucking amazing in this – such a raw performance – I had no idea she had that in her), the cinematography (from the camera slant when De Niro and Pesci are driving around Vegas to the smoke wafting through the blue light, to the entire red and blue washes in scenes), the costumes (omg, WANT almost all Stone’s outfits!) and of course, THE STORY.  Brilliant, just brilliant.  Oh and the violence?  Impeccable.

 

This guy's got a killer headache...

This guy’s got a killer headache…

So, what’s the bad?  There was none.  Absolutely none.  Oh, I’m sure on a 3rd or 4th viewing I might start nit-picking but after the first viewing I can only spout adoration.

And the final verdict is – this is a classic I wish I’d watched a helluva lot sooner.  I’m fairly certain this is a movie I’ll be able to watch over and over again.  Filmmaking like this is truly phenomenal and something that should be done more often.  For reals.

Classic Movies Project: The Thing

TheThing

For my first classic movie I have oddly enough never seen, I went with The Thing (so now people can stop yelling at me all the time about not having seen it ;)).  I’d previously seen the prequel/remake (was it a prequel?  Or was it a remake?? Didn’t they bill it as a prequel but it was really just the same thing but with a chick?) and I pretty much dug it but man, was this intense!

I am NOT a fan of THIS.

I am NOT a fan of THIS.

I assume I can pretty much skip the recap (aliens, y’all – big nasty motherfucking aliens) so I’ll break it down into The Good and The Bad.

THE GOOD:

Dude, Kurt Russell is pretty much the BOMB.  And um, oddly kinda of really hot.

Old school makeup and camera tricks beat out CGI pretty much any day of the week.  Those aliens were freaky as hell.  And seriously, why, oh why do creepy things always have to do the even creepier backwards crab walk thing??  Why??  :(

That one dog near the beginning when the alien first appears – you know when all the dogs are locked in that cell thing – the dog that takes one look at the alien and says, “Fuck this shit.” and starts tearing out the bars so it can escape.  That was AWESOME.

Major tension.  I was deeply unsettled the whole way through.  Like nervous in the pit of my stomach unsettled.

Super gross.  I actually got really hungry about halfway through this and kept wanting to go get food but then something incredibly, wickedly disgusting would happen and yeah…food was not an option.

THE BAD:

All those poor puppies!  :(  Sad making.

While this left me unsettled, the remake thing actually had me a little scared.  No idea what the difference there was except that the backwards crab walking alien was WAYYYY more amped up and dramatic in the remake and it freaked me the hell out.  But this didn’t scare me.

I was totally bored throughout the beginning – say the first 30 minutes.

HOT!

HOT!

So the final verdict?  Entirely enjoyable.  I can totally see why it gained cult status and I can totally see how all my friends that actually saw this movie when they were kids were terrified of it.  Probably not one I’ll revisit but definitely glad I finally saw it.

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