Celebrating even more kooky movie gems
We’ve come to the end of October, which means the end of my search for retro horror gems across streaming platforms. I’m ready this year, because I find myself craving the coziness of holiday-themed titles. I want to get to them quick — and no, I don’t mean anything put out by Hallmark, GAF, UPTV — I’m talking the good ol’ classics — He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special, Mr. Magoo starring in his version of A Christmas Carol, anything with Bing Crosby, etc.
So let’s get into the last batch of 2023:
Twins of Evil (1971)
This is your classic one-twin-turns-vampire story. When twins are taken in by a religious zealot of an uncle, one wants to rebel. She ventures out at night and ends up meeting the wrong guy. It’s a decent movie, but not one that I would consider in any way scary, mostly because it was predictable and a little more witch-hunt than vampire stalker.
Lisa and the Devil (1973)
Oh, those Italian horror movies. A lot of them make little sense to me, aren’t completely terrifying, and star Carroll Baker. This one doesn’t star Baker, but it does tick the first two boxes. This was definitely another one that I missed key parts of because I simply couldn’t hear the dialogue, and I couldn’t keep turning it up because the music track was loud. Was it scary? We may never know…
Andy Warhol’s Bad (1977)
Interestingly, this movie does star Carroll Baker, but it’s not Italian made and not really supposed to be the genre of horror. If you have studied anything about Andy Warhol, then you know this movie isn’t going to be conventional, and it’s not. The group of characters in the film are all deeply flawed and their connections to one another make those flaws stand out. It’s not a terrible movie, but I’m not sure what I was supposed to find horrifying either.
Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)
This one is interesting only because it contains dream-like sequences that are wild and very 1960s. There wasn’t a part of this movie that was specifically frightening, and that was a bit of a disappointment.