Every Month, the site runs a poll based on the list of films submitted by LAMB members for the prestigious ability of being named as the Movie of the Month that will be discussed on the LAMBCAST podcast during that given month.
I decided that each month I will watch each of the films chosen and give my rankings of those films in order to decide which film I should vote for and in doing so, maybe help some of you also decide which film to vote for.
The voting is open until Sunday the 29th of September, so make sure to get your vote in soon.
This month, there were 8 Contenders suggested so here they are:
- The Blair Witch Project (Thomas Stoneham-Judge, For Reel Movie News and Reviews)
- Bride of Frankenstein (Kristen Lopez, Journeys in Classic Film)
- Event Horizon (Mark Hofmeyer, Movies, Films & Flix)
- In the Mouth of Madness (Damien Riley, Riley on Film)
- Night of the Creeps (Aaron Neuwirth, The Code is Zeek)
- The Orphanage (Darren Lucas, Movie Reviews 101)
- Poltergeist (Heather Baxendale, MILFcast)
- Trick ‘r Treat (Chris “Tank” Tanski, The Title-Pending Movie Podcast)
Here are my rankings along with brief thoughts on each film (click on the film title if you want to read my full review)
8. The Blair Witch Project (1999) – Really overrated horror film that doesn’t work as well now as it probably did when it came out since the novelty of the “found footage” aspect of things has worn off in the two decades ever since. The characters aren’t developed at all and this film feels much more like a gimmick than an entertaining or even scary kind of story. The choice to use background sounds and misplaced items to try and make the viewer imagine that their is a ghost or witch in the vicinity helps add a bit more suspense to things especially given the fact that they use a very small budget to make this film. (4/10)
7. The Orphanage (2007) – Interesting idea that could have worked even better. The story moves along at a reasonable pace, yet they don’t manage to throw out enough thrilling or gripping elements for it to work even better as a horror film. The story works largely due to the fact that it isn’t an outright horror film but rather plays out as a thriller where we can see a character descending into madness without knowing what is real or imagined. The cast is quite good and make us feel everything that they seem to be going through. (5/10)
6. Trick ‘r Treat (2007) – Interesting idea that works because it is quite cleverly planned out, The various stories all seem to be completely unconnected, but the film does a nice job finding ways to have each of the stories cross paths with one another while also finding creative ways to continue some of the other stories even after they seem to be finished. The young kid as the connecting thread between the four stories is the weakest part of it all, but it is understandable why they needed such a connector. It’s not much of a surprise that this film has reached cult status even though it is far from perfect. (6/10)
5. Event Horizon (1997) – I liked the basic concept, but felt that there were too many elements left unexplained and underdeveloped. Would be interested tho on seeing the movie the director wanted to make but was forced to cut down by 30 minutes or so. (7/10)
4. In the Mouth of Madness (1994) – Very reminiscent of Stephen King and his novels which helped draw me in. Neill is great in the lead and manages to make us believe that his character isn’t 100% sure what is real and what is not. The story plays out really well especially because they toe the line between fact and fiction throughout and both the characters and the audience are never quite sure whether things are really happening or not. The supporting cast help keep things enjoyable and I loved seeing Heston in a small yet significant role. Carpenter does a nice job keeping this story from getting out of hand and delivers really well here. (7/10)
3. Night of the Creeps (1986) – Great cult movie. A favorite of mine from the 80’s. Simple plot, but effective. (7/10)
2. Bride of Frankenstein (1935) – Great sequel to the events of the original film that clarifies some ambiguous points in the previous installment. The film dives deeper into the idea of creating human life and the struggle between men who wish to play the role of God. The title is a bit misleading since the title character appears in very little of the film, but as a theme or message it still works. For its time, this film is quite advanced and can be understood on so many different levels along the way. Whale does a great job continuing the story that he began years earlier in a very thoughtful and meaningful way. The film may not be as groundbreaking and inspirational as the original but it still comes pretty close. (8/10)
1. Poltergeist (1982) – Not as thrilling for me now as it was when I was a kid. The story is quite interesting tho and its fun watching things play out. Obviously Heather O’Rourke and Zelda Rubinstein steal every single scene that are in which us quite an accomplishment. Not the kind of movie that I’d be able to watch over and over, but overall its fun to watch and it’s nice to remember classic scenes as they unfold before my eyes once again. (8/10)
So who should I vote for? – This was not an easy choice since I could see myself voting for any of my top three without a problem. – NotC was a childhood favorite of mine and is a great zombie flick that still is so much fun to wtach. BoF is a film I just recently saw for the first time but it’s a great horror film that is also a sequel that builds of the original in ways one couldn’t imagine and Lastly Poltergeist is a very original horror film that is both thrilling and freaky at the same time. Ultimately, I think Poltergeist is the best of the trio and deserves to get my vote this month over at the LAMB.
To vote, click here
Good luck to one and all!!!