September 12th, 2021

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Hooptober Review #1!!

The Scooby Doo Project (1999)

"Maybe we shouldn't have meddled. Maybe we shouldn't have meddled!!"

Apparently I'm feeling cocky about my chances of completing Hooptober Challenge Ocho since I started with one the extra credit assignments.

The Scooby Doo Project is exactly as It sounds - a parody of The Blair Witch Project using Scooby Doo and the gang. There were multiple versions of it available, so I decided to go with the longest running time (25:21).

The Project was shown on Cartoon Network as part of a Scooby Doo marathon and this longest version contains all of the "bumps". The bumps were all terrific and I highly recommend watching them, but there was a moment when I though it might just be all bumps. Hang in there - the actual short will come and it is great. It's very clever while remaining true to the original material. They even got Scrappy Doo in there.

Available on YouTube
Statler and Waldorf

Hooptober Review #2

The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)


Rules Fulfilled:

Watch and review 31 horror movies before Halloween: 1/31

Movies from 6 Countries:
1- United Kingdom

Movies from 8 Decades:
1- 1970's

2 Hammer Films:
1/2

Okay...I am going to say this very well might be the most Hammer film ever to Hammer. The cast includes Christopher Lee in his last appearance as Dracula and Peter Cushing, there are lots of boobs, it features an overblown score intermixed with 70's groove and, during one of the killings, there's even a delicate spray of blood on the camera. It's ALL there.

And the plot?

Well...

Umm...

Okay...

There is a cult that seems to be sacrificing bare-breasted women but is actually turning them into vampires for Dracula. Because he had to outsource that part of it while he's busy posing as a wealthy recluse...?

The Secret Service decides to bring in a noted occult expert, Professor Lorrimer Van Helsing (played by Peter Cushing, of course). Rather than investigating the occult, he goes to a scientist. The scientist was commissioned by Dracula to create a new, virulent strain of the bubonic plague so he could release in on the Sabbith of the Undead, infect his posse of Renfields to...spread the plague and...kill all humans while he lives happily ever after with Van Helsing's granddaughter...? Without humans as food...?

You know what? Even the official synopsis can't untangle the logic of this one, but it was a fun ride and an excellent reminder that a vampire should never fuck with his Renfields.

Available on Tubi
Satchell

Okay

I just have to get this out of my brain.

I'm part of 2 different meme-making communities on Facebook.

One has spent the weekend making Red Dwarf/Discworld crossovers.

The other is using stills from pornos to make Shakespeare memes.

I have feelings about both these things
To Do Part Deaux

Goals Check-In

Watch 175 new (to me) movies: 157/175

Watch 10 movies from the AFI Top 100 list (https://www.afi.com/afis-100-years…)
1. It Happened One Night
2. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans


Post reviews of 5 movies each month ( Hooptober is included in that): 12/60

Complete the Hooptober Challenge (https://letterboxd.com/cinemonster…)

Watch 12 Shakespeare plays or adaptions: 3/12

Watch 1 movie from each decade 1920's-2020's:
1910: The Immigrant
1920: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
1930: Grand Hotel
1940: Curse of the Cat Peoplw
1950: A Kiss Before Dying
1960: Village of the Damned
1970: The Satanic Rites of Dracula
1980: Lair of the White Worm
1990: The Scooby Doo Project
2000: The Green Butchers
2010: The Barkley Marathons
2020: Cinderella

Revist 3 movies I hated the first time I saw them: 2/3

Read 150 scripts:132/150

Read 5 books: 8/5!

Listen to 15 audiobooks:9/15

See 15 live or streamed shows (recorded live performances count): 27/15!

Walk, bike or skate 3 times a week:
61/156

Do physical therapy stretches 4 times a week: 43/208

Lose 30 pounds: Nope

Post more comments: siiigh

September Goals:

Start Hooptober Challenge: Yes!
Listen to or watch 1 musical a week
1. Hadestown
Finish cataloging and shelving play collection