October 9, 2019

I'm Still Calling It The Pre'Ween Picture Show, Calendar Be Damned

    So it's not really Pre'Ween if it happens in November, right?  Owing to a couple of prior obligations, it just wasn't possible to schedule Pre'Ween in October this year.  Regardless, I refuse to create yet another sub-heading in the Movies At Dog Farm universe, so Pre'Ween Picture Show it shall remain, calendar be damned.

Here's one for the old coots... In The Quatermass Xperiment (1955), three astronauts venture into space and only one returns.  The one who returns is infected, and he begins to mutate into whatever the fuck that is in the picture above.  Not coincidentally, the release of  The Quatermass Xperiment  also marked the moment that Hammer Studios first began mutating into the purveyors of science fiction and horror we all know and love.  And no, I didn't misspell the title multiple times - Hammer removed the "E" in "Experiment" to play up the adults only "X" certificate awarded to the movie by the British Board of Film Censors.  Hammer felt it would enhance the movie's fortunes at the box office, and they were right.

The Quatermass Xperiment screens on Saturday, November 2nd.

Laid to Rest (2009) is a slasher movie that isn't afraid to go all in on the kills.  Director Robert Green Hall got his start in the business as a make-up effects artist, so it only makes sense.  Good new, though - over the top make-up effects aren't the only things Laid to Rest has going for it.  Performances across the board are better than this kind of material generally demands, and the killer is suitably iconic and mysterious.  We never know Chromeskull's motivations, but that's for the best.  The sequel went overboard in that regard, much to its detriment.  Regardless of how the sequel turned out though, Laid to Rest is a brutal and engaging slasher movie for the new millennium.

Laid to Rest screens Saturday, November 2nd.

What can I say about The Convent (2000) that hasn't already been said (here)?  I've wanted to share this movie with the Dog Farm since these events began, but I kept holding out for a Blu ray release.  We're going on two decades now, and it hasn't happened - so DVD it is!  I fully expect Scream Factory to announce a special Collector's Edition Blu ray release tomorrow.

The Convent (2000) screens Saturday, November 2nd.

I've also heaped praise on The Banshee Chapter (2013) before (here), and it's one of those rare movies - much like my beloved Pontypool (2008) - that seems to always get a positive response when I share it with others.  It's also one of those rare movies that plays better when you don't know what to expect going in, so that's all I have to say about it for the time being.

The Banshee Chapter screens Saturday, November 2nd.

                         Saturday, 11/2/19     The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
                                                                  Laid to Rest (2009)
                                                                  The Convent (2000)
                                                                  The Banshee Chapter (2013)

     Screenings will begin around dusk and continue until we're out of movies.  Obviously, we'll be inside for this event.  Happy Post Pre'Ween!

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