October has arrived and horror screenings at MMC! have accordingly increased. High marks go to the wonderfully over-determined melodrama/gothic horror of The Curse of the Crying Woman, with gentleman’s threes going to the proto-Saw insanity/bizarro body horror of Evil Dead Trap and the waking folk horror dreaminess of Savage Hunt of King Stakh. Let’s throw Junji Iwai’s All About Lily Chou-Chou in the mix as well, as its feed-bad high school angst gives way to traumatic cruelty and spiritual desolation.
- The Curse of the Crying Woman (Rafael Baledón, 1961)
- All About Lily Chou-Chou (Junji Iwai, 2001)
- The Blue Planet (Franco Piavoli, 1982)
- Savage Hunt of King Stakh (Valeri Rubinchik, 1979)
- War of the God Monsters (Kim Jeong-Yong, 1985)
- Evil Dead Trap (Toshiharu Ikeda, 1988)
- Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (John Carl Buechler, 1988)
- Marriage Counselor Tora-san (Yoji Yamada, 1984)
- The History of the Atlanta Falcons (Jon Bois, 2021)
- The Green Knight (David Lowery, 2021)
Of our remaining, non-horror screenings among these last ten films I’ve watched, Franco Piavoli’s The Blue Planet deserves special attention. A slow, contemplative survey of the seasons in the Italian countryside, Il paineta azzurro places flora, fauna, and humans on equal footing, living along the tides of melting ice and flowing water, of waving grasses and golden harvests, and of setting suns and full moons. This is a must watch for those who have discovered De Seta’s brilliant documentary shorts of the 1950s and ’60s and yearn for more.