Demonic Attachment, Twin Vampires, Cutest Werewolf Ever, Ingrid Pitt’s Signature Role, Naked Space Vampires, and the Ultimate Haunted House

This section of the countdown features a couple of new films. One is a classic for which I have my Hammer Lovers group on Facebook to thank, and a relatively new movie about an unwanted demon terrorizing a family.

  1. The Conjuring – 2013

I gave this a chance and I am glad I did. I was very skeptical at first because I am not a Lily Taylor fan. She was awful in The Haunting and doesn’t add much to the Netflix original series Hemlock Grove. However, Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are fantastic as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The sound editing is phenomenal and there are some legitimate jump factor moments. A demonic spirit of a witch attaches itself to the matriarch (Taylor) of a large family and the Warrens come to the rescue.

  1. Twins of Evil – 1971

The Collinson twins – Mary and Madelaine. A Hammer Studios classic I only recently discovered. This is a very different take on vampirism and fighting evil. This tale is part of Hammer’s Carmilla storytelling efforts. Count Karnstein corrupts one of the twins as Peter Cushing, their uncle, leads vampire hunting vigilantes. I don’t want to give away too much on this rare treat.

  1. The Howling – 1981

Dee Wallace (Cujo, E.T. The Extraterrestrial, The Hills Have Eyes), and Patrick Macnee star in this werewolf tale. TV journalist Wallace becomes embroiled in a werewolf community and conspiracy. John Carradine and Slim Pickens also star. In the end, Wallace turns into a an adult size Pomeranian on live television.

  1. Countess Dracula – 1971

The one and only Ingrid Pitt stars as Countess Elisabeth Nádasdy – pretty much Elizabeth Bathory. She bathes in the blood of young girls to maintain her youth and beauty and has done so for decades. When she spurns the man who has been loyal and patient for so many years, things go sideways for Elisabeth. I believe this is scream queen Ingrid Pitt’s signature role.

  1. Lifeforce – 1985

Naked space vampires. What’s not to love? Astronaut Steve Railsback brings a trio of space vampires back from the void. Mathilda May plays the seductive leader of this triumvirate from space hell. Patrick Stewart also stars. Different, atmospheric and did I mention Mathilda is naked in the entire film?

  1. The Amityville Horror – 1979

James Brolin and Margot Kidder star as the newlywed Lutzs in this shocking haunted house story. Written about, talked about, visited by tourists, parodied, discussed by stand-up comics, The Amityville Horror involves the most vicious haunted house story ever filmed. Based on a “true” story, the DeFeos were brutally murdered in the house and the Lutzs moved in anyway. The house telling them to get out is the least of their worried. Avoid the remake with Ryan Reynolds. Watch the original.

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