Prince of Darkness

I had completely forgotten what this movie was about — in fact, when I started watching it, I was expecting On the Mouth of Madness. It comes up with some interesting ideas — suggesting that “the devil” is of alien origin — but it doesn’t really go far enough. It wasn’t horrible, but definitely not one of Carpenter’s better movies.

Stranger Things 2

What with Super Mario Odyssey taking over my life since Friday, I’ve only managed to watch the first episode of the second season of Stranger Things (after re-watching season 1 earlier this week). That episode was quite good though — you gotta love all of the arcade love the episode gets — and I can’t wait to see where it’s all heading. The music in the episode was on point too. Some Devo during a scene that takes place in an arcade? Swoon.

Mr. Robot (Season 3)

After watching the first episode of the new 3rd season, I couldn’t help but feel lost. This series is filled with so many twist and turns, and I honestly couldn’t really remember where things were at and what the status quo was. By the end of the episode, I felt just as lost, although I did like the montage where Trump’s America appeared to be a result of what F Society had done. Enter the second episode, and I’m back in. Starting with the superb opening montage soundtracked by INXS, to everything just coming together and me getting a grasp again on what is happening and where we may be heading. Also, the music selection in both episodes so far has been fantastic.

Evil Dead II

Since it’s Halloween season, I’ve been focusing the start of my 1987 movie marathon on horror films from that year, and there’s probably none more classic than this. I’d say it’s still the best Sam Raimi film, and oh boy is this one hell of an insane film (in a good way) — even more insane than I remembered. So many awesome lines, so many crazy shots. This movie is just so damn good.

Stranger Things (Season 1)

I’m incredibly excited for the second season of Stranger Things to come out on Friday, and so in anticipation I decided to re-watch the first season — something I never do for dramatic series, with Twin Peaks as the exception. I’m watching 2-3 episodes a night (will finish tonight), and I’ve found myself enjoying it just as much as I did the first time. Bring on season 2!

Mindhunter

I loved this series so much. I binged most of it in one day, which I haven’t done in a while (especially for a dramatic series). The premise of interviewing serial killers made for some fascinating scenes — and some great performances — and I quite liked that they mixed these with a few “new” cases along the way. Even though it sorta feels like it told the story it had to tell, I wouldn’t mind getting a second season of this.

Hellraiser

There was definitely a phase in my life where I loved what Clive Barker was doing (like this and Nightbreed). Sure, the effects are of the era, but this film is still incredibly creepy, and I can still appreciate how different this felt from most of the horror films of the era — body and sexual horror, as opposed to most of the slasher stuff we mostly got. I remember really liking Hellraiser II too, but I’m sure it didn’t have the impact of the first one.

Beverly Hills Cop II

I think this, for me, is arguably the movie that represented 1987 the most for me. Eddie Murphy was at his peak, and I probably watched it a million times — re-watching it now, it was crazy how many of the lines came back to me (like with The Golden Child). It’s not a great movie, but it oozes silly 80s charm, and it has just the right amount of over-the-topness/cheesiness, that is pretty much what made 80s action/comedy movies so much fun.

The Lost Boys

This is one of those movies that I remembered very fondly from the era, but hadn’t watched since then, and so was a bit worried at how it might have aged. I can happily say that I very much enjoyed revisiting this — oh yeah, it’s 80s as hell, but in a lovable way, and the scenes still feel iconic (as far as I remembered), the Coreys are still just as goofy, and the soundtrack is still absolutely perfect (like the use of The Doors’ “People Are Strange” at the beginning). It also makes for perfect October/Halloween viewing.