Sunday (11/20). 9:00 P.M. (ET) [Time approximate.]
THE MESA OF LOST WOMEN (1953)
Sunday (11/20). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
MOVIE HOUSE HOT TAKE
WOLF COP (2014)
Monday (11/21). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
NIGHT CHILLS THEATRE
HORROR EXPRESS (1972)
Tuesday (11/22). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BORDELLO OF HORROR
SPIDER BABY (1968)
Wednesday (11/23). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
MONSTER MOVIE NIGHT
DOMINIQUE IS DEAD (1979)
Wednesday (11/23). 11:00 P.M. (ET) [Time approximate.]
THE GOLDEN TURKEY AWARD 2016
Wednesday (11/23). 11:15 P.M. (ET) [Time approximate.]
THE GOLDEN TURKEY DAY MARATHON
Thursday (11/24). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
The 2016 Golden Turkey Day Award Winner
Friday (11/25). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
MANSION OF MYSTERY
The Vortexx premiere of
Saturday (11/26). 3:30 P.M. (ET)
PENINSULA OF HORROR
DOUBLE TURKEY DAY MARATHON!
- Saturday (11/26). 3:30 P.M. (ET) - WOMEN IN THE NIGHT (1948) - A World War II melodrama set in Shanghai, China about group of women held prisoner at a German officer's club. Hosted by Master Vyle.
- Saturday (11/26). 6:00 P.M. (ET) - UFO: THE TRUE STORY OF FLYING SAUCERS (1956) - A pseudo-documentary about (you guessed it!) flying saucers. Hosted by Prof. Gillman.
- Saturday (11/26). 8:00 P.M. (ET) - THE ROBOT VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY (1958) One of K. Gordon Murray's many Mexican imports. Hosted by Prof. Gillman.
- Saturday (11/26). 9:00 P.M. (ET) - THE MESA OF LOST WOMEN (1953) Starring Jackie (Uncle Fester) Coogan and George (Ro-Man) Barrows. Hosted by Master Vyle.
- Saturday (11/26). 10:45 P.M. (ET) - TEENAGERS BATTLE THE THING (1958) A movie about a mummified ape that was re-released 18 years later with extra footage as Curse of Bigfoot. Hosted by Prof. Gillman.
- Saturday (11/26). 12:00 P.M. (ET) - THE RIDERS OF THE WHISTLING SKULL (1937) A supernatural western starring The Three Mesquiteers (Bob Livingston, Ray "Crash" Corrigan, and ventriloquist Max Terhune). Hosted by Master Vyle.
Sunday (11/27). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
MISTY BREW'S FANGSGIVING SPECIAL
By Amy Mead
Directed by Jennifer Chambers Lynch
Story written by Phillipe Caland
Screenplay written by Jennifer Chambers Lynch
Starring Julian Sands, Sherilyn Fenn, Bill Paxton, Kurtwood Smith and Art Garfunkel
Dr. Nick Cavanaugh is a successful surgeon living on a posh Atlanta estate who is as lonely as the day is long. Lonely and harboring some pretty hardcore mommy issues, he becomes obsessed with the beautiful and beguiling Helena after a clandestine one night stand. He is unable to shake the memory of her, in spite of being engaged to his lovely fiance Anne. His enchantment with Helena leads him to many careless acts, including climbing the trees outside her apartment and peeping on her and pretty much stalking her.
Nick throws a party one night and foolishly invites Helena. He is forced to witness her flirt with a young man at the party. Helena becomes the talk of the party when she removes her dress and goes for a nice, sexy stroll through the majestic water fountain in Nick's garden and then leaves with the young man she just met. The way Nick feels for Helena is written all over his face as he watches her in the fountain, leading to an angry confrontation with his fiance Anne in which he denies any sort of relationship with Helena.
The next day Helena returns to Nick's estate to retrieve something she mistakenly left something behind at the party. This leads to an awkward standoff between Nick and Helena and she tries to leave in a hurry and winds up getting hit by a car in front of Nick's property, leaving her with some pretty gnarly damage to her legs.
Lucky for Helena (or is it?), Nick is a surgeon and he is able to treat her right there in his home and keep her alive. However, when Helena finally wakes, she discovers that both of her legs are gone and she is virtually a prisoner in Nick's palatial home. Nick uses excuse after excuse as to why he is keeping her there and eventually Helena tries to strangle him. bad move on her part as she then wakes up and her perfectly healthy arms have also been removed.
She is now completely dependent upon the man who has taken his obsession to another level and she is beginning to resign herself to the fact that she may never make it out alive...
Boxing Helena is the directorial debut from Jennifer Chambers Lynch and it garnered just as much controversy during its creation as it did once it played to shocked audiences upon its completion. There were many legal woes as a lawsuit was filed against Kim Basinger for backing out of a verbal agreement to play the titular role. The studio won and it cost her a cool seven million dollars, thus placing the film in the spotlight before it was even in the can.
It turns out it was what was best for the film in the long run. I cannot see this film being even half as good with Basinger in the role of Helena. I have a hard time seeing anyone but the sexy siren Sherilyn Fenn (yes, she is my woman crush) playing her, even knowing that Madonna was up for the role at one point. Sherilyn Fenn is Helena. No question about it for me. I think she is the only one who could exude the sexiness required for the role and do it any justice.
Jennifer Chambers Lynch gets a lot of hate for this movie but I personally love it. I have since my first viewing upon the film's video release WAY back in the nineties. I don't care what anyone says, I think her direction on this film is fantastic. I have also heard that Fenn and Sands have both received criticism for their performances in the years since the films release, but I think the roles of Nick and Helena were played exactly the way they needed to be, by who they needed to be. Being that Chambers Lynch adapted the screenplay from Phillipe Caland's story herself, their performances were more than likely exactly what she was after.
Given the subject matter, one might be led to believe that the film would be ultra gory but that is not the case here at all. We are not made privy to the act of Helena's limbs being taken from her, we are only made witness to the aftermath and Helena's shock upon waking up and realizing that parts of her are missing. We witness her downward mental spiral and it is truly horrific and heartbreaking to watch her decline into anger, sadness. and despair and it is almost heartbreaking to watch, until we start to see that in spite of everything, she has retained her fiery spirit after all. She unleashes her fury and holds nothing back with her verbal tirades upon Nick. She abuses him right back with her words and it's very refreshing to see.
While Boxing Helena is not your typical horror film by any means, even without the gore and jump scares, the film is quite terrifying purely based on its subject matter alone. It takes a really unhinged person to subject someone you "love" to the humiliation he places upon Helena. The thought of going through what Helena does makes my skin crawl. SO creepy.
Say what you want about Boxing Helena, but I myself love it. It may not be in your face horror but it is truly horrific nonetheless. I have watched it countless times and will watch it countless more. If you haven't seen it yet (and I don't know how that's possible) you need to. Immediately.
I give Boxing Helena a solid 9/10
By Nick Durham
One of the films that always finds its way on my TV is Near Dark. While most tend to think of The Lost Boys as an 80s vampire film classic, I, in all honesty, have never, ever liked that fucking movie. Call it blasphemy or what you will, but no, The Lost Boys doesn't mean shit to me.
Near Dark does.
Released in 1987 and directed by Kathryn Bigelow before she became an Oscar winning, Hollywood darling with films like The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty (and even before she directed action favorites like Point Break and Strange Days), she directed this nasty little gem written by Eric Red (The Hitcher). Starring a variety of James Cameron vets (and Aliens stars) including Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, and Jeanette Goldstein, Near Dark tells the story of Caleb (Adrian Pasdar) whom, in the process of chasing a girl (Jenny Wright), falls in with her group of vampires. Yeah, it sounds almost exactly like the plot of The Lost Boys, but minus the Corey duo and ups the ante on blood and nastiness...and it also has ten times the heart.
Now I keep making the Lost Boys comparisons because while that film was a massive hit, Near Dark definitely was not. It had some time on VHS before disappearing to obscurity, only to be released on DVD for the first time ever a decade or so ago by Anchor Bay, and was thus rediscovered by many. Now recognized as a cult classic and unique to the vampire genre for a number of reasons (the V-word is never said once, there's no typical vampire-lore stuff, and the blend of horror and western elements is just plain awesome), this is something I pop in every October like clockwork.
If you've never seen Near Dark, I can't recommend it enough. Granted some elements of it haven't aged all that well as the years have gone by, but this is my go-to vampire movie for the Halloween season year after year. You should make it yours too.