Friday, May 6, 2016

366 Days at the Drive-In: Day 219

The Date: May 6

The Movie: Over the Edge (1979)

What Is It?: A cult movie for the pimply teen in all of us: a bunch of kids living in a depressing planned community stage a revolution by locking the PTA in their high school and laying siege to the joint. Such a story demands a great Rock & Roll soundtrack and those demands are met by Cheap Trick, The Cars, Van Halen, The Ramones, and Hendrix. Alice Cooper would have been overkill.

Why Today?: Today is No Homework Day.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

366 Days at the Drive-In: Day 218

The Date: May 5
The Movie: Dracula (1958)
What Is It?: It’s probably a cliché to say that Dracula is Hammer’s best horror, but some clichés are true. It’s the best, from Christopher Lee’s imposing turn as the count, to Peter Cushing’s endearing and high-action one as Van Helsing, to Jack Asher’s sumptuous cinematography and Terence Fisher and Jimmy Sangster’s economical storytelling.
Why Today?: In Bram Stoker’s novel, Jonathan Harker arrives at Castle Dracula on May 5.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

366 Days at the Drive-In: Day 217

The Date: May 4

The Movie: Star Wars (1977)

What Is It?: Obscure cult item about a green bounty hunter with antennas who sets out to do his day’s work and ends up getting shot in the torso by a pirate in a bar. No one even sheds a tear. One of the great, uncelebrated cinematic tragedies.

Why Today?: May the 4th be with you. Hardy har.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

366 Days at the Drive-In: Day 216

The Date: May 3
The Movie: The Haunting (1963)
What Is It?: Robert Wise’s adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House proves that it’s what you don’t see that’s the scariest. However, what you do hear will make you crap your pants. This movie has everything: scares, laughs, likable yet deeply flawed  characters acted by an expert cast, and brilliant camerawork. John Carpenter thinks it’s bullshit because you don’t see any ghosts. Too bad for him.
Why Today?: Today is Paranormal Day.

Monday, May 2, 2016

366 Days at the Drive-In: Day 215

The Date: May 2

The Movie: Eraserhead (1977)

What Is It?: It’s a baby. It’s at the hospital, and you’re the father. Actually, they’re not even sure it is a baby. They just know that it’s the darkest, deepest, funniest nightmare to come out of the original Midnight Movie movement and the deep wells of David Lynch’s mind. I know that it’s my favorite movie, period.

Why Today?: Today is Baby Day!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

366 Days at the Drive-In: Day 214

The Date: May 1

The Movie: The Wicker Man (1973)

What Is It?: The king of folk horror flicks, The Wicker Man is a heady swirl of fun-loving paganism and spellbinding folk music. Its unmatched atmosphere makes it worth watching over and over even though its mystery is such a huge part of the story.

Why Today?: I won’t spoil that mystery. I’ll just say that it is solved on May Day.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

366 Days at the Drive-In: Day 213

The Date: April 30

The Movie: Häxan (1922)

What Is It?: My vote for the best movie of the twenties is a documentary in form but its special effects and wacky scenes of broom-riding, baby-killing, Satan’s-butt-kissing witches make it a true horror movie.

Why Today?: Tonight is Walpurgis Night when witches do all their best broom-riding, baby-killing, and butt-kissing.
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