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Monday, December 19, 2016

Film Discoveries of 2016 - Dick Grunert

Dick Grunert is a staff writer on the Emmy Award-winning Cartoon Network series "Adventure Time." He has also written and directed several short horror films, including "The Trap," which has screened at over 30 film festivals in the past year.

Check out his Film Discoveries from last year here:

Follow him on twitter @dgrunert.

YOU’LL LIKE MY MOTHER (1972) – I had never heard of this movie before Scream Factory put it out earlier this year. Patty Duke plays a pregnant woman whose husband is killed in Vietnam, so she goes to meet her mother-in-law in Minnesota in the middle of a blizzard. Needless to say, things don’t go well. There are plenty of twists and turns along the way, highlighted by a spectacularly creepy performance from The Walton’s Richard Thomas. I really dug it, and I hope more people discover this little gem now that it’s on blu-ray.
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THE PIT (1981) – This movie has been on my must see bucket list for ages, and boy oh boy, did it live up to my expectations! A 12 year-old boy discovers a pit filled with weird little creatures called “Tra-la-logs,” and when he isn’t trying to sleep with his babysitter, he lures folks to the pit and feeds them to the beasties. Oh, and there’s also a talking teddy bear. Wowsers, this one’s as weird as they come. Added bonus, it was shot in my home state of Wisconsin!
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PIN (1988) – Another bizarro gem from the 80s. Lost’s Terry O’Quinn plays a doctor who uses a medical dummy and some ventriloquism to charm his patients and teach his kids about the birds and the bees. Unfortunately, his psychotic son thinks Pin (short for Pinochio) is real. This is such a good movie with terrific performances from O’Quinn and David Hewlett, and that dummy is one of the creepiest props I’ve ever seen.
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GIRLS NITE OUT (1982) – I love 80’s slasher flicks, and I’m always looking for ones that might’ve fallen through the cracks. This one features a killer in a dancing bear costume, so what’s not to like? Actually, the movie isn’t very good, but it has a handful of truly laugh out loud moments that make it worth checking out.
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BLACK CHRISTMAS (2006) – BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974) is my all-time favorite horror movie, so I avoided the remake at all costs for the past decade. But I decided to finally give it a chance after a handful of friends told me it’s actually not half-bad. Look, the movie is a mess and feels like it was edited and re-edited about a hundred times before everyone involved just gave up. But the movie looks incredible, and I wish more horror movies had its style and flare. Even with all its flaws, I had a lot of fun with it, and I have a feeling I’ll be watching this every Christmas along with Bob Clark’s original…
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1 comment:

C Chaka said...

Great list! THE PIT made my 2016 discoveries list, too. Got to check out PIN, I've never heard of that one.