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Racketyboy Month of Horror 9: The Axis of Sorta Evil

by Michi Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:21 pm

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It's that time of year again! Welcome to the Racketboy Month of Horror 9!

As per tradition, this thread will act as a catch-all place for horror movie watching and horror-game playing and anything else horror related that you wish to talk about during the month of October 2018.

Here's a list of past threads for reference:

dsheinem's MONTH OF HORROR! What horror games will you play? (games)
dsheinem's MONTH OF HORROR 2011! What games are you playing? (games)
noiseredux' month of horror (movies) (movies)
The MONTH OF HORROR 3: Season of the Dream Warriors (games)
noiseredux October horror film spooktacular 2012 (movies)
The Month of Horror PART IV: dsheinem vs. noiseredux (combined games and movies)
Month of Horror V: the Seed of dsheinem & noiseredux (combined games and movies)
noiseredux Presents THE MONTH OF HORROR VI (2015) (remake) (movies)
The 2016 October Horror Marathon (movies)
Spooky time games for spooky times (games)
Month of Horror 8: The Hellworld Gospel Resurrection Legacy


What are you planning to watch, play, read and listen to?
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Re: Racketyboy Month of Horror 9

by noiseredux Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:22 pm

that banner... Michi, you are the best.
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Re: Racketyboy Month of Horror 9

by Michi Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:30 pm

I spent more time than I should have figuring out everyones placement.

Except for Ack. Ack being the harbinger of death was an easy choice.
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Re: Racketyboy Month of Horror 9

by prfsnl_gmr Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:59 pm

Agreed. Awesome banner. (That guy in the middle with the gray hair is so handsome!)

It’s October 1; so, I’m watching something tonight!
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Re: Racketyboy Month of Horror 9

by Michi Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:13 pm

I actually started last night.....

Daughter of Death
AKA Julie Darling
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Julie Wilding is an atypical teen in a dysfunctional family. She has an unnatural obsession with her father, even brushing off opportunities for dates and outings with friends and classmates in order to spend time with him. On top of that, she seems to be at constant odds with her mother, much to the older woman's frustration. To say the two of them are far from close would be a massive understatement. But when mommy dearest makes plans to send her daughter off to boarding school and gets rid of Julie's precious pet python that her beloved father gave her, Julie's disdain for her mother gets pushed over the edge.

Before Julie can be shipped off to who-knows-where, her mother is assaulted by a new grocery delivery man. Julie has a chance to stop it, but hesitates and her mother is accidentally killed before the intruder runs off. Julie concludes that this is the best possible outcome she could have hoped for, because not only did she not have to do anything to get rid of all her problems, but now she has her father all to herself. But her brief joy is cut short when it turns out that daddy has a mistress. Papa brings the woman and her young son over to meet Julie, hoping to turn all of them into one big happy family, but all Julie can think of is how to get rid of this newest rival for her father's affections.

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I’ve got my babysitting money and a pack of Pop Rocks. What kind of horrific death will that get me?

I was pleasantly surprised by Daughter of Death. Despite it's clear low-budget and drive-in fodder vibes, it's an entertaining little psychological drama with good direction and a caliber of acting skill that a film with such a schlocky premise like this probably didn't deserve.

Isabelle Mejias, who plays the titular character Julie, is an excellent choice for the role. Her big eyes and round, girl-next-door face, belies the little psychopath brewing and scheming just below the surface. She also manages to pull it all off with an incrementally increasing levels of creepiness while also avoiding the typical 'psycho glares' that movies featuring "evil children" are want to do. Brava.

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The whole movie really hinges on the believability of the increasingly amoral decisions of the young female lead. In most films with evil children like this you’re often given the impression that all the violence they cause is part of some great master scheme, and while Julie does ultimately go down that route (or attempts to, she’s only 16 afterall) as the movie progresses, she doesn’t start off that way.

Actually, my first impression of Julie was that she wasn’t all that ‘bad’ at all. I mean, I get the impression that they were trying to make her out to be a bad kid and, sure, she was a bit of a brat, but so are a lot of teenagers. Before her mother dies it felt like, yeah, the family is dysfunctional, but it also felt like a lot of their issues could have been smoothed out by a licensed family therapist?

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One who isn’t afraid of snakes would be preferable.

For instance literally the first thing Julie’s mom scolds her for is Julie trying to put a third scoop of cocoa powder into her chocolate milk. Her father ends up giving her the go-ahead, but it’s clear from that and other instances that Julie’s mom is a bit of a control freak. She also hates the snake her husband gave their daughter, but again that’s something that could be solved by leaving it in it’s cage. Julie let it out as a way to rebel over all the nitpicking (and because teenagers suck).

Her mother also spends time complaining that Julie isn’t like normal girls and, yeah, owning snakes and enjoying hunting really aren’t stereotypically ‘girlish’, but that all makes it seem like the issue is less of a ‘Julie is a bad kid’ problem and more of a ‘my kid isn’t living up to my idea of what my ideal child should be’ problem. She does have a point of Julie spending too much time with her father (I’ll get to that in a sec), but at the beginning I got the impression that most of their issues were over stuff that could have easily been worked on if both her and her mother put in the effort to connect over interests that they could share.

Hell, even with all the animosity and the whole ‘how could you get rid of my snake!’ bit, Julie’s first instinct when she finds out there’s an intruder in the house is to get her gun.

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If she were real she’d be the poster child for the NRA youth movement.

If her mother hadn’t literally asked a stranger to get rid of her daughter’s beloved pet while the kid wasn’t home and been so dismissive about it, than there’s a good chance that dude would have had his brain matter spewed all over the oriental rug. Not that I think losing a pet is a good excuse not to shoot your mother’s would-be rapist, I’m just saying I’m not all that surprised she hesitated. Especially since a lot of the times where she did have a chance to shoot him her mother was maybe, kinda, sorta... in the way. Like, she tried to aim and and had to reposition herself four times before she first hesitated (I counted) and mom was in the shot every damn time, so maybe don’t be so hard on her, Official Movie Summary.

But as it was the anger was too fresh and Julie hesitates twice and winds up doing….nothing. Letting the attacker go free. And this is the part where you really get the sense that Julie isn’t quite right, because up to that point you can rationalize a lot of her inaction as youthful ignorance and/or fear. But this is the point where she shows she’s not at all concerned with catching the killer. Nor is she sad her mother is gone, because her immediate response is to cut her mom out of her favorite family photo.

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Damn, kid. Mom’s not even cold yet.

This is disturbing, yet at the same time she’s doing this her father takes the time to call his mistress and plan a new ‘family’ get-together the next day at the lake house, as if that’s the most perfectly logical thing to do right after you wife has died. Clearly this level of creepy callousness runs in the family. And then he goes and marries the woman a day after that. I was a surprised the cops weren’t following his suspicious ass in unmarked cars.

The introduction of Mistress Lady is also the point in the movie where we go ‘fuck dysfunction, chica has issues.’ Because this is where the film points out that Julie not only loves her daddy, but she REALLY loves her daddy. In terribly unhealthy ways. Ways that should never be mentioned or put on film ever again.

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Okay, this is going to require a different kind of therapist.

This is where I have to reluctantly give the movie kudos. Most films with kids obsessed with their parents only hint at this kind of motivation. But Daughter of Death just...goes for it. So, good job, movie. You royally squigged me out, but way to not beat around the bush.

This is the point where Julie stops being just a selfish little brat and takes up a more proactive role in being evil, actively looking for ways to knock off people she feels are getting in between her and her...daddy. *shudder* She even enlists her mother’s killer for a hit and sends her one ‘friend’ unwittingly to her death.

So turns out some of her mother’s concerns about her getting out more and away from her father were totally justified. Who’d a thunk it?

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Certainly not the NRA

So yeah, this movie is messed up. The motivation is creepy as hell (and also a bit flimsy when examined), none of the characters are particularly likable, a lot of the story beats are familiar, there’s not a lot of blood and it’s not particularly stylish, looking more like a made for TV movie than a feature film. But it’s well directed and, though unlikable, it’s lead (Isabelle Mejias) is ultimately fascinating to watch. It’s kinda trash, but it’s well paced 80’s trash, which I can dig. If you’re looking for a different horror/thriller, this might be something worth looking into.

Daughter of Death is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

*Note: I did take some screenshots, but please note that only the square ones are mine. The rectangular ones I got online from the bluray transfer. Like other horror movies on Prime, I've noticed that this version does not have the best transfer. It's likely straight from a VHS copy and it looks like it's been cropped a bit. I only know that last part because I noticed that some of the credits were lopped off on the right. So keep that in mind.
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Re: Racketyboy Month of Horror 9

by PartridgeSenpai Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:03 pm

I decided this year to try and watch a scary movie a day. Not sure I can totally stick to it, but I stopped by the resale store today to pick up a few my friend who works there recommended anyhow Xp

I got four I'd never seen before:
American Werewolf in London
Teenwolf
Slither
The Frighteners

I REALLLY can't do gore or torture, so a lot of movies are off-limits to me, but I'm sure I'll be able to find something X3
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Re: Racketyboy Month of Horror 9

by prfsnl_gmr Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:19 pm

Starting out with Scream 4. So far, so good! :D
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Re: Racketyboy Month of Horror 9

by noiseredux Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:36 pm

Oh hell yes. Scream 4 is fantastic.

And if you have an eagle eye you might catch the homie Nintendork in the background haha.
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by Nemoide Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:06 pm

Woo! I made the banner; I feel like I'm officially part of the in crowd!

Tonight I watched Parents with a tall glass of Eco-Cooler, a very weird movie I first saw as a teenager renting it from the video store. It left a pretty strong mark on me. Years later, I wanted to rewatch it but found the DVD was out of print, so I got the laserdisc and was amazed that it held up to my memories. This time I watched it on blu-ray, thanks to a re-release as part of Vestron's Collector's Series! Even though the laserdisc was a step-up from VHS, it's not great disc, and seeing it on blu-ray was an amazing leap in picture/sound quality! Also this movie seems to somehow get better with repeated viewings. Part of that might be because of different expectations: it's definitely not a slasher film in which the parents are killing people left-and-right, it's more focused on childhood trauma and the young protagonist trying to make sense of who his parents really are. I don't want to say too much about the story's specifics, but it's not purely psychological; there is cannibalism involved.

The film is heavy-handed with its satire of stereotypical 1950s parents (it was made in the 80s, during the 50s nostalgia-wave), but isn't especially funny and, it's made with an arthouse flair, but remains a genre film.
It's all around a pretty odd movie, but one that I really like and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a change of pace with horror films.
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Re: Racketyboy Month of Horror 9

by prfsnl_gmr Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:07 pm

Scream 4 (2011) is an incredibly fun, self-aware slasher film that doesn’t do anything new...and is perfectly comfortable with that fact. It classic Wes Craven in every way, and it is comfortable almost to the point of being laid-back (which, admittedly, is a pretty strange thing to write about a horror film). Mostly, it’s just a lot of fun, and it is easily the best Scream film since the original.

prfsnl_gmr’s Petrifying September Pre-Game of Putresence
1. The Killer Bats (1940) - :)
2. Under the Skin (2014) - :)
3. Burn Witch, Burn! (a/k/a Night of the Eagle) - :D


prfsnl_gmr’s Horrifyingly Haunted October Horror House
1. Scream 4 - :D
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