The 2013 Annual October Horror Movie Watching Thread!!!

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  1. shape22

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    I'm 99% sure DH confirmed she was never even ASKED to appear in H6. Talk about misguided blundering. J.C. Brandy is fine considering how little the character has to do. But everyone knows this is Danielle's role. And having her return would have provided some welcome continuity in a series that's not exactly committed to that ideal.

    I'm guessing Dimension underestimated Danielle's popularity with Halloween fans--which seems kind of hard to believe considering the way she carried H4 and H5 on her back. Stupid.
     
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    Yeah I've heard of this and would be totally down with seeing it. I still need to see the Evil Dead and Toxic Avenger live musicals. I'm pretty sure Evil Dead is playing in To. right now actually.
     
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    That's so funny - I just watched it three or four nights ago and did not recognize her in that pic - lol
     
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    Vampyres (Jose Ramon Laraz, 1974)

    I watched this on Monday night, I think. I'd seen it before, but not in HD. It's a pleasant little vampire/ghost story with a lot of nice 70's T&A. Lots of mood, lots of atmosphere, not too much story to speak of...or any, really. But an entertaining film if you're in the right frame of mind.
     
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    End of October Total Time:

    Total Horror Films Watched: 29
    Year Over Year %: Up 21% from last year! And this was a month with work travel, too. Getting in a few double and triple features early on helped, along with a massive push at the end.
    First-time viewings: 17

    Fave first-timer: Kiss of the Damned (2012). I've been telling everyone about this film; it will definitely show up on my End of Year Best-of. Gorgeous film-making and vamps.

    Least-Fave: Sorority House Massacre (1986). I found nothing to like here.

    Best Experience: Seeing Bruce Campbell live, introducing Army of Darkness at an IMAX-sized theater.

    Great times. Thanks again to Horrordigital for all they do this month and beyond.
     
  6. Hatchetwarrior

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    This was fun as usual. Here is rundown of what I watched this month. First Time Viewings are in Orange.

    Hatchetwarrior's 2013 October Viewings
    10/1- American Scream (8/10)/Jeffrey Dahmer Files (6/10)
    10/2- Occupant (6/10)/The Awakening (6/10)
    10/3- Croswnest (6/10)/Frankenstein Theory (5/10)
    10/4- Nightwatch (6/10)/Daywatch (6/10)
    10/5- Strange Circus (7/10)/The Girl Next Door (2007) (8/10)
    10/6- Evidence (4/10)/No One Lives (3/10)
    10/7- Citadel (6/10)/Come Out And Play (6/10)
    10/8- The Frozen (2012) (4/10)/Hypothermia (5/10)
    10/9- Absence (6.5/10)/Last Kind Words (4/10)
    10/10- Baron Blood (6/10)/Hatchet For The Honeymoon (7/10)
    10/11- Frogs (5/10)/Slugs (7/10)
    10/12- Hellgate (2012) (5/10)/6 Souls (6/10)
    10/13- Storage 24 (5/10)/Terror Within (6/10)
    10/14- The Surgeon (6/10)/Brain Dead (1990) (7/10)
    10/15- Bleeding House (5/10)/Terror Tract (6/10)
    10/16- Schizo (6/10)/House Of Whipcord (6/10)/Killer's Moon (4/10)/Iron Rose (7/10)
    10/17- Jack & Diane (7/10)/Kiss Of The Damned (8/10)
    10/18- Truth Or Die? (7/10)/Crawl (5/10)/Blood Runs Cold (4/10)
    10/19- World War Z (6/10)/Cockneys vs. Zombies (7/10)/100 Bloody Acres (7.5/10)
    10/20- The Asphyx (7/10)/Dunwich Horror (6/10)/Blood For Dracula (7.5/10)
    10/21- The Last Will & Testament Of Rosalind Leigh (7/10)/Beyond The Black Rainbow (8/10)
    10/22- Waxwork/Killer Klowns From Outer Space/Night Of The Creeps/Monster Squad
    10/23- Fright Night (1985)/Idle hands/Deadalive
    10/24- Creepshow/Trick R Treat/VHS/VHS2
    10/25- Severance/Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon/Shaun Of The Dead/Cabin In The Woods
    10/26- Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)/Halloween (1978)
    10/27- Night Of The Living Dead (1968)/Dawn Of The Dead (1978)/Day Of The Dead (1985)
    10/28- Paranormal Activity/Blair Witch Project
    10/29- An American Werewolf In London/Return Of The Living Dead/Reanimator
    10/30- Dead Before Dawn (5/10)/Curse of Chucky (7/10)/Frankenstein's Army (4/10)/I Spit On Your Grave 2 (4/10)/Detention Of The Dead (5/10)
    10/31- Ginger Snaps/House Of 1000 Corpses/Scream/The Haunting (1963)/Evil Dead (1984)

    Grand Total: 82

    Top 10 First time Viewings
    1) Beyond The Black Rainbow
    2) Kiss Of The Damned
    3) Girl Next Door
    4) American Scream
    5) 100 Bloody Acres
    6) Blood For Dracula
    7) Brain Dead
    8) Hatchet For The Honeymoon
    9) Curse of Chucky
    10) Slugs
     
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    71.) The Midnight Hour (1985) 5 / 5 (VHS)
    A childhood favorite. Probably the most unabashedly fun Halloween movie out there. The soundtrack is incredible, and I even get a little choked up at the end. In desperate need of a blu-ray or DVD re-release.

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    72.) All Hallows' Eve (2013) 1.5 / 5 (DVD)
    Really disappointed in this lame horror anthology. I hate that I wasted precious Halloween viewing time on this. I only chose it because I was in the mood for something I hadn't seen before. Some of the stories have interesting concepts, but the execution is just so dull and lifeless. You could tell they were going for suspense, but they got nothing. And the ending of the third story, the clown one, is the dumbest thing I have seen in my entire life.

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    73.) Trick 'r Treat (2007) 5 / 5 (blu-ray)
    Shame what Warner Bros did with this one. It really is a terrific little horror movie, and it's a shame it didn't get a chance to shine on the big screen. Just goes to show (and even further proven by this October's theatrical output, consisting solely of a lame Carrie remake), you can't see good horror movies in the theaters anymore. The only way to do so is to seek out the festivals (which is how I lucked out with On Air and Buck Wild, so at least I got to see some horror on the big screen this year).



    Final tally:
    1.) Return To Sleepaway Camp (2008)
    2.) The Burning (1981)
    3.) Dead Before Dawn (2012)
    4.) Jack Ketchum's The Lost (2006)
    5.) Hallows' Eve (2013)
    6.) Helter Skelter (1976)
    7.) Arachnophobia (1990)
    8.) 100 Bloody Acres (2012)
    9.) Scarecrow (2013)
    10.) Wither (2012)
    11.) My Babysitter's A Vampire (2010)
    12.) Phantasm II (1988)
    13.) Sorority House Massacre (1986)
    14.) Sorority House Massacre II (1990)
    15.) Return Of The Living Dead III (1993)
    16.) Curse Of Chucky (2013)
    17.) Static (2012)
    18.) Nothing Left To Fear (2013)
    19.) Strangeland (1998)
    20.) The Return Of The Living Dead (1985)
    21.) The Absent (2011)
    22.) Silver Bullet (1985)
    23.) Night Of The Demons (1988)
    24.) Pet Sematary (1989)
    25.) Pet Sematary II (1992)
    26.) Eyes Of Laura Mars (1978)
    27.) House Of Fears (2007)
    28.) The Fly (1986)
    29.) The Fear: Halloween Night (1999)
    30.) Halloween Night (2006)
    31.) Shiver (2012)
    32.) Amusement (2008)
    33.) Retribution (1987)
    34.) Toy Story Of Terror (2013)
    35.) Witchboard 2: The Devil's Doorway (1993)
    36.) Lady In White (1988)
    37.) Boo (2005)
    38.) Killer Eye: Halloween Haunt (2011)
    39.) Headless Horseman (2007)
    40.) The Hollow (2004)
    41.) The Craft (1996)
    42.) The Evil Dead (1981)
    43.) The Blob (1958)
    44.) Halloween (1978)
    45.) The House Of The Devil (2009)
    46.) Jug Face (2013)
    47.) Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers (1988)
    48.) Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers (1989)
    49.) The Haunting (1963)
    50.) Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers (1995)
    51.) Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
    52.) Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
    53.) Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
    54.) Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
    55.) Dark Night Of The Scarecrow (1981)
    56.) The Bates Haunting (2012)
    57.) Salem's Lot (1979)
    58.) Buck Wild (2013)
    59.) On Air (2012)
    60.) Race With The Devil (1975)
    61.) Halloween (2007)
    62.) Lightning Bug (2004)
    63.) Jack-O (1995)
    64.) The Hazing (2004)
    65.) FleshEater (1988)
    66.) Hollow Gate (1988)
    67.) Roseanne: Tricks & Treats (1989 - 1996)
    68.) I've Been Waiting For You (1998)
    69.) Evil Breed: The Legend Of Samhain (2003)
    70.) American Nightmare (2002)
    71.) The Midnight Hour (1985)
    72.) All Hallows' Eve (2013)
    73.) Trick 'r Treat (2007)
     
  8. hulkyduck

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    October 27th to 31st

    49. The Wicker Man (1973) (Blu ray)

    50. Night Of The Demons (1988) (DVD)

    51. All Hallows Eve (2013) (Streaming)

    52. House Of The Devil (2009) (Blu Ray)
     
  9. spawningblue

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    SPAWNINGBLUE'S 2013 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE WATCHING

    Bold = first time viewing. Rating out of 10.

    October
    1
    The Fog (1980) 9/10
    This Is the End (2013) 7.5/10
    2
    The Boogens (1981) 7/10
    3
    V/H/S 2 (2013) 7/10
    Frankenstein's Army (2013) 6/10
    4
    The Lords of Salem (2013) 4.5/10
    5
    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! S:1 - What a Night for a Knight (1969) 6.5/10
    The American Scream (2012) 7/10
    Campfire Tales (1991) 5.5/10
    6
    The Real Ghostbusters S:1 - Mrs. Rogers Neighbourhood (1986) 6/10
    The Simpsons S:24 – Treehouse of Horror XXIII (2012) 4/10
    The Simpsons S:25 – Treehouse of Horror XXIV (2013) 5/10
    Bob’s Burgers S:4 – Fort Night (2013) 6/10
    Halloween Wars S:3 – Zombie Prom (2013) 6.5/10
    7
    The Nest (1988) 6.5/10
    Ticks (1993) 7/10
    8
    Planet of the Vampires (1965) 7/10
    9
    Crystal Lake Memories (2013) 8/10
    11
    Garfield's Halloween Adventure (1985) 7.5/10
    Sharknado (2013) 3/10
    12
    The Real Ghostbusters S:1 - Silmer, Come Home (1986) 6/10
    The Real Ghostbusters S:1 - Troll Bridge (1986) 7/10
    Home Improvement S:2 - Haunting of Taylor House (1992) 7/10
    Monster House (2006) 6/10
    Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971) 7/10
    Triangle (2009) 7.5/10
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    War of the Worlds (1953) 7.5/10
    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! S:1 - Hassle in the Castle (1969) 7/10
    Every Other Day is Halloween (2009) 6/10
    Halloween Wars S:3 – Twisted Nursery Rhymes (2013) 7/10
    15
    Tales That Witness Madness (1973) 6/10
    16
    The Amityville Horror (1979) 7.5/10
    17
    Home Improvement S:3 - Crazy for You (1993) 8.5/10
    Dance of the Dead (2008) 7/10
    Witch's Brew (2011) 6/10
    19
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) 2/10
    Dark Skies (2013) 8/10
    20
    The Real Ghostbusters S:1 - When Halloween Was Forever (1986) 7.5/10
    Halloween Wars S:3 – Swamp Creatures Attack (2013) 7/10
    Roseanne S:2 - Boo! (1989) 9/10
    21
    Hocus Pocus (1993) 6.5/10
    Roseanne S:3 - Trick or Treat (1989) 8/10
    Sinister (2012) 6.5/10
    22
    The Conjuring (2013) 8/10
    23
    Severance (2006) 7/10
    25
    The Monster Club (1981) 5.5/10
    26
    The Real Ghostbusters S:3 - Halloween II 1/2 (1987) 7/10
    American Scary (2006) 7/10
    27
    Little Shop of Horrors (1986) 7/10
    The Real Ghostbusters S:5 - The Halloween Door (1989) 7/10
    Halloween Wars S:3 – Nightmares (2013) 7/10
    28
    Night Flier (1997) 7/10
    [REC] (2007) 8.5/10
    29
    [REC 2] (2009) 7/10
    Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College (1991) 7.5/10
    30
    The Evil (1978) 7/10
    31
    Martin S:1 - The Night He Came Home (1992) 7.5/10
    Are You Afraid of the Dark? S:1 The Tale of the Twisted Claw (1991) 7.5/10
    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949) 6.5/10
    Walt Disney Mickey Mouse: Lonesome Ghosts (1937) 6/10
    Twice Dead (1988) 6/10
    Halloween (1978) 9/10
    Halloween II (1981) 7/10




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    The Evil (1978) - This was a decent little haunted house flick about a ghost locking a group of people in a house and slowly knocking them off one by one. I loved the manic vibe throughout this film, with people and furniture getting constantly whipped around the house. The atmosphere was also very heavy throughout. Unfortunately it falls under the spell of showing too much, and the reveal of the ghost behind it all can't be described as anything but disappointing. If you found the reveal of Darth Maul in Insidious laughable, wait until you see who is behind all the deaths in this film!




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    Martin S:1 - The Night He Came Home (1992) - I haven't seen this episode since I was a young teen, but always remembered it being one of the better Halloween specials. Well, I wish I had revisited it sooner as it was a blast and was just as hilarious as I remembered. Martin and the gang sit around the house telling ghost stories, eventually contacting the dead with a Ouija board. I'm not a fan of present day Martin Lawrence humour, and I'm not even sure if other episodes from this series would still hold up, but this would definitely worked for me in every way. I will me adding this to my yearly marathon from now on!




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    Are You Afraid of the Dark? S:1 The Tale of the Twisted Claw (1991) - Another Halloween favourite. This show is fun to watch for nostalgic reasons, but every once in a while there is an episode that works just because it's a well told tale, this is one of them. Yes you have to give a pass to the bad acting, cheesy effects, and the fact that it was made for kids, but this story is an entertaining take on the monkey's paw story, this time involving two kids on Halloween. There is surprisingly some creepy moments in this episode including the cackle of the old woman, one of the kids accidentally wishing the other parents would just disappear only to get a phone call from the police stating they were in a car accident, and of course the scariest scene involving the gang wearing white masks who beat up the kids and steal their candy.




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    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949) - This was originally released in theatres, and how it is on the DVD, as the second half of a film with the first half consisting of The Wind of the Willows. I decided to skip the first half though and just watch this short instead. Even though it takes a while to get to the horror elements (The headless horsemen doesn't show up until the last 10 min. of this 35 min. special!), his appearance is well worth the wait. He has the classic look with a cape and flaming pumpkin, but it's all put together very well, especially his shadowily back horse with burning red eyes. The chase is a lot of fun, and the forest adds so much atmosphere to the scenes, but again this being only the last third of the film, how does the rest hold up? It isn't very horror oriented at all, but thankfully there are enough funny gags to keep you mostly entertained throughout. Ichabod is a lanky big nosed nerd, but yet all the ladies love him. There's a lot of looney tune esque gags as Ichabod competes against muscular Brom Bones for the attention of Katrina Van Tassel. I don't know if I'm just a fan of the underdog, but since they made Ichabod such a pimp, I actually want to see Brom Bones come out on top. It was fun revisiting this but I wish there were more horror elements, more spooky set pieces, and more of the headless horseman!




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    Walt Disney Mickey Mouse: Lonesome Ghosts (1937) - Your standard Mickey Mouse short, with all sorts of chain effect gags, this time with Mickey, Goofy, and Donald trying to bust some ghosts. It was short, fun, and had a great atmosphere. I'll admit though, it was a bit startling to see Mickey walk into the house with a shotgun and start blasting at the ghosts!


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    Twice Dead (1988) - This movie was part of a double feature with The Evil. It wasn't as good as that film, but was still enjoyable for its own reasons. It's all very strange, and even kind of goofy at times, focusing more on the gang of misfits tormenting the teens in the house then the ghost haunting the house. The gang of criminals are hilariously bad with a very dated 80s look that makes them far from being intimidating. That being said here definitely is some entertainment to be had. i especially loved the scene when the brother and sister combo fight back against the gang by scaring them with various practical effect hijinks, since the boy is apparently a special effects student. Not what I expected but different enough to make it worth a watch.




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    Halloween (1978) - There's not much to say about this film that hasn't already been said, it is masterpiece and one of my favourite films in general. The new Blu-ray looks and sounds great, making some of the jump scares that much more effective. I am surprised every time I watch this how well it holds up and how scary some scenes still are. A highlight this time around was the scene where Laurie comes upon Annie's dead body on the bed with the gravestone of Judith Myers over her head. There's something about that scene that just sent a chill down my spine this viewing. And of course the scene where his face appears behind Laurie in the shadows is still as effective as ever. I'm never really understood the people who say this film is too slow or too dated as it never feels that way for me. Fashions have never really bothered me as trends tends to repeat themselves. And as for the lack of gore, I think it's better without it, as it leaves it up to our imagination instead of effects that may not have stood the test of time.




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    Halloween II (1981) - This is a film I try to watch every year or so, usually after the classic original film, and each year my opinion on it slightly differs. I have always like it, but some years I come away loving it, while other times like this year I come away with the opinion that it is very good, though not great. This time around I just felt like it didn't hold up as well after the classic original film. Instead of trying to create a truly scary or original story, it felt like it was just trying redo the first film with more jump scares and more in your face kills. Laurie is pushed aside this time around, spending most of the movie silent in comatose, and the other cast members just aren't interesting or memorable enough to hold the picture on their own. if anything this is Loomis' picture, who plays his part well enough, but still feels very thin plot wise, never with much to do. I also am not a fan of the reveal in this film at all, and feel Myers looked better as a pathless embodiment of evil.
     
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    This year I ended up getting through 39 movies and 23 TV episodes. A low year for me, but considering I have a one and a half year old son, I've been working later, and just been overall a lot busier, it's to be expected.

    My tallies over the years:

    2007 - 32 Movies / 12 Episodes
    2008 - 31 Movies / 11 Episodes
    2009 - 38 Movies / 18 Episodes
    2010 - 41 Movies / 17 Episodes
    2011 - 70 Movies / 25 Episodes
    2012 - 55 Movies / 6 Episodes
    2013 - 39 Movies / 23 Episodes


    This year there were't a lot of stand out surprises, but there were many films that I really enjoyed on first time viewing, and I can't wait to watch again.

    First Time Viewing Hits

    Dark Skies (2013) 8/10
    Crystal Lake Memories (2013) 8/10
    The Conjuring (2013) 8/10
    Triangle (2009) 7.5/10
    Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College (1991) 7.5/10
    This Is the End (2013) 7.5/10
    War of the Worlds (1953) 7.5/10
    V/H/S 2 (2013) 7/10
    Planet of the Vampires (1965) 7/10
    Little Shop of Horrors (1986) 7/10
    Night Flier (1997) 7/10
    The Boogens (1981) 7/10
    Severance (2006) 7/10
    Dance of the Dead (2008) 7/10
    The Evil (1978) 7/10
    The American Scream (2012) 7/10


    There weren't necessary bad. Actually some of them were pretty good, but they just didn't live up to my high expectations.

    Disappointments

    The Lords of Salem (2013) 4.5/10
    The Monster Club (1981) 5.5/10
    Frankenstein's Army (2013) 6/10
    Sinister (2012) 6.5/10
    [REC 2] (2009) 7/10


    And the bottom of the barrel, struggle to get through...

    The Crap

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)


    As always it was a lot of fun reading everyone's thoughts and mini reviews on the films. Can't wait until next year!

    364 Days Until Halloween Halloween Halloween
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    You'll be happy to know Trick r Treat 2 was just announced! Hopefully it does well enough and the Director is allowed to do his planned annual or semi annual sequel each October.
     
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    October 25th-

    Satan's Little Helper (2004)
    MST3K-Squirm
    MST3K-The Sinister Urge (1960)

    October 26th- Ed Wood night!

    Bride of the Monster (1955)
    Night of the Ghouls (1959)
    Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

    October 27th-

    The Return of the Vampire (1944)
    Invisible Ghost (1941)
    White Zombie (1932)
    Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)

    October 28th-

    Dracula (1931)
    Drácula (1931) (Spanish version)

    October 29th-

    Dracula's Daughter (1936)
    Son of Dracula (1943)
    House of Dracula (1945)

    October 30th-

    Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971)
    Frankenstein 80 (1972)
    Frankenstein's Army (2013)
    Frankenstein's Great Aunt Tillie (1984)

    October 31st-

    It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) Blu-Ray
    Halloween (1978) Blu-Ray
    Halloween II (1981) (TV version)
    Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) Blu-Ray

    All together I watched 81 movies plus The Great Pumpkin and the third season of A Haunting this month. Had a great time watching movies and reading everybody's reviews and lists.
     
  13. dave13

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    Secrets of Sex [a.k.a. Bizarre] (Antony Balch, 1969)

    The summary on the back of this dvd describes it as an anthology with a mixture of sex, humor, and horror. So I put this in last night after the candy had stopped flowing and the kid was in bed. Turns out its less of an anthology and more of a skit show. Kind of like Kentucky Fried Movie, but not a spoof. It's just random segment after random segment. Some have plots, others don't. Most revolve around sex in some way. And a few have something vaguely horrific about them. A man is tortured for a photo shoot in an early scene that reminded me a lot of Image's release of Fairy in a Cage. And another scene involves a genetic mutation that is passed down from mother to son. The end result is kind of Cronenberg-esque, if only for a minute. And finally, while there's no wraparound segment to really speak of, the entire thing is hosted by a talking mummy (!), who is apparently recounting stories that he witnessed throughout history...which makes no fucking sense at all, but whatever. It really does live up to it's alternate title, Bizarre. It's just a weird movie, although not unpleasant. Not really a horror film, though, so it ended the month on a bit of a down note.

    Still, my goal was to go through the entire month watching nothing but horror films, or at least films that could be argued as being horror - and (aside from some television shows watched with my wife) I was successful. So I'm happy about that.

    My totals are nothing to get excited about, but here they are:

    Horror movies watched: 20
    First time viewings: 9
    High points: Mill of the Stone Women, The Innkeepers
    Low points: Hellraiser: Revelations, Curse of Chucky
     
  14. Gore Lunatic

    Gore Lunatic Violenza Carnale

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    :banana:HALLOWEEN:banana:
    The Abominable Snowman DVD
    Night Of The Demon (aka Curse Of The Demon) DVD
    Fiend Without A Face DVD
    City Of The Dead (aka Horror Hotel) DVD
    Devil Doll (1964) DVD
    The Blob (1958) Blu-ray
    Island Of Lost Souls Blu-ray
    Ghost Adventures: Halloween Special ~ Transylvania TV - I actually watched this episode twice (the replay). One of the better episodes they've had in awhile.
    Night Of The Living Dead (1968) DVD
     
  15. X-human

    X-human I ate my keys

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    10/26 Svengoolie (2013): Curse of the Undead (1959)
    I'm not much of a Western fan but this did a good job incorporating vampiric lore to an Old Timey Western. It was more or less a ghost story but I enjoy the more supernatural takes on vampires. It's good to have Svengoolie back doing new episodes. This is the last scheduled October episode I can see but I hope he continues to keep up the good work for many more years to come.

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    10/26 Vampira and Me (2012)
    The main thing this has going for it is the newly discovered footage of Vampira on a late night comedy show, which unfortunately is only shown briefly in small snippets. Which is somewhat annoying as this is padded liberally with unrelated stock footage. I think more footage of the Chevy dream car girl short is in here than new Vampira footage! Beyond that the interviews and information itself felt better handled in Sex, Death & Taxes or even the hobbled together Vampire: The Movie. I'd suggest this to completest only, and even then I'd expect the new footage to leak out in whole eventually making this even less necessary.

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  16. Paff

    Paff Super Moderator

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    I did a five movie marathon tonight (I had to delay it till after Halloween, due to other personal obligations). Honestly guys, I don't see how some of you do this night after night in October. It was a chore to get through these movies (even though I love them), my eyes are sore, and I'm more tired than after I run a 10K. Some of you have great stamina when it comes to movies, I'll give you that.
     
  17. msw7

    msw7 Re-animated member

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    I don't see how people do it either. I watched half of Martyrs on Halloween night, and was pooped after.
     
  18. X-human

    X-human I ate my keys

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    Wow, I'm so far behind with my posts I hope I don't bombard the end of the thread here too much. But I enjoy following through with this tradition too much to skip out at the end.

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    10/27 Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D (1954)
    After several attempts and failures last year to watch this in 3D everything feel into place here with me being able to watch this day and date as I needed to count down to Halloween with the Universal Classics in reverse order. The 3D here has a very broad range and sculpts everything like good 3D should. We really need to sit modern film makers down with films like they and show them how it's done. There were some well documented statements that this Blu-ray brought things too far forward instead of using it to create deep depth but I didn't find that to be so true in the underwater scenes as the describe. I'd like to see an original print in 3D theatrically now to compare. I do have an old VHS tape supposedly copied from an anaglyph 16mm print which from what I've seen still works quite well so maybe I'll check that.

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    10/28 The Wolf Man (1941)
    With all the make up and transformation scenes it's easy to overlook the fact that this spends a lot of time on Larry's psyche; which is practically non-existent in the remake. The father/son relationship between Rains and Chaney is examined and re-examined, reflecting I think something of the Creighton Chaney's troubled relationship with Lon Chaney Sr. The fact that all the characters are likable and empathetic really helps this film speak to audiences with their universal problems.

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    10/29 The Invisible Man (1933)
    For those that complain about Una O'Connor all I can say is that I accept her in James Whale's worlds. You're not suppose to like-like her, but it just wouldn't be a Whale's film without all of its parts. Why one of the best gags in here is when Claude Rains, in full crazed mode, picks up a beaker and throws it at a portrait of O'Connor smashing against it with a mad laugh. She's suppose to drive him crazy, that's the whole plot. There just wouldn't be that pay off without O'Connor's performance. But

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    10/30 The Mummy (1932)
    "He went out for a little walk," the opening to this is subtle but glorious. There's something of a Edward Van Sloan trilogy with The Mummy, Frankenstein and Dracula and I enjoy placing these back to back to back. It's great that Karloff had a chance to spar with him just as Lugosi does in Dracula since Frankenstein does not afford such an opportunity. This is a film I'd love to see un-spool on silver screen while in a 1920's Egyptian themed theater which were so prevalent at the time. Just seeing this simmering in silver nitrate as big as the pyramids would be something to behold:

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  19. maskull

    maskull I finally got an avatar!!! Yay!!

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    Like everything else, it's training. You don't just jump into 5 movies or more, you build up to it over the year so you're ready for October. :)
     
  20. Kim Bruun

    Kim Bruun Resident Scream Queen

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    October 31st: Halloween 5

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    I have to watch at least one of Halloween movies around Halloween. I've always liked 5 in spite of its faults - namely a complete disregard for continuity, unfunny cop humour complete with jarringly comedic theme music, and a segway into the rather bizarre plot elaboration of The Curse of Michael Myers. Whether its strengths surpass its flaws is difficult to determine - the suspense is quite good, Danielle Harris pulls off the heroine part perfectly, and I for one thought it worked that a Little of Michael's madness is finally rubbing off on Doctor Loomis.

    Verdict: Overall, not as good as 1, 2, 4, and 7, but stronger than 6 - and infinitely superior to 8.
     

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