The 2014 Annual October Horror Movie Watching Thread!!!

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  1. Ptflea2

    Ptflea2 Well-Known Member

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    My October- horror-movie-watching "marathon" is like my sex life: start off strong, fade quickly, end up falling asleep......
     
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    I just remembered the Prom Night 3 artisan dvd is the television cut, so I guess I will youtube the uncut version on apple tv...unless there is a good version on disc somewhere?
     
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    My favorite time of the year! I'll be doing one movie per work day, double or multiple features on the weekends. I've been saving up quite a few new Blu-ray releases especially for October (looking forward watching the German Blus of Fright Night and Christine). I also bought Tobe Hooper's German Blu-ray release of Invaders of Mars. Haven't seen since first released on VHS (!), and for some reason I missed out on the MGM DVD a few years back. So it should be pretty sweet rewatching it in HD (and for the first time seeing it in widescreen) after all those years.
     
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    maskull I finally got an avatar!!! Yay!!

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    One more sleep!!! Can't wait!!
     
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    Australian DVD. Possibly UK Network DVD and Canadian DVD. I own all three and haven't watched any of them! (Ditto the Japanese version I forgot about.)
     
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    Well I started. Dog work me up early (elderly, geriatric, arthritic), got all my morning stuff out of the way and I came to share.

    I thought I'd start with off with one of my faves. You know, to ease me in. :)

    Halloween H20 I love this movie. Doesn't fuck around, sets up and gets right down to it! Doesn't stay around too long and it should have been the perfect ending to the series, but no. It had to go and make too much bloody money so of course they had to fuck it up with that god awful Busta Rhymes nonsense. So instead of a perfect ending, it has a crappy one. Nice. :cry:

    As much as I love the film, my god the Roadshow DVD I have sucks. It appears to be faulty, some special features just don't work at all (mind you, my Panasonic BD player is a POS), assuming they're on there at all, (it just goes to a blank screen and effectively turns itself off) and it looks bad. Not horrible, I've got those DVDs (Prom Night German rubbish, I'm looking at you!), but just so dark and indistinct. I would have chosen one of the other DVDs I have (US or HK/Chinese) but that would have meant switching over to the Crappyvox, and I was not up for that. This DVD has new packaging, which I also bought, but is MIA ATM. I wonder if the encode on that is as crap as this one? According to DVDCompare, this DVD has different extras, which I didn't get to see...

    I bought this DVD on ebay a few years back. I will always remember that transaction. Why? The seller threw in a copy of Blair Witch Project. They must've hated it as much I did!!

    It's possible I will revisit H20 this month. It is my go-to Halloween film, after all, and I've been wanting to get the German blu for some time, and there's some releases on my want list to hopefully make the postage cost worth the wait. I'll keep you posted.

    Funny thing about this movie is that it seems like yesterday that I saw it on the day of release. Which, strangely enough, was late October. :D I saw it twice that week so I'm almost certain I saw it on Halloween in the opening few days. I was 19, it was long skirts and cardigans, I was still a skinny girl, so Jodi Lynn O'Keefe's appearance in this film just brings the memories flooding back. (And after a long break, the long skirts and cardis are back. I welcome you back with open arms the 90s!!)

    But enough reminiscing. Next on the list... Amityville II. I need the HDD space. I PVR'd this one off the telly a few weeks back. I wonder how much they cut out? Fingers crossed it was all that revolting incest plot line!!
     
  7. wago70

    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    I'm ready - I remember the old days when it would be Laser Disc October viewing (cue tears of nostalgia).
    I have tons of movies to watch - more Shout Factory, Synapse even MGM classics I have had since 2002 that I have not watched YET!
     
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    Workshed a.k.a. Villyan Shit

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    Very jealous of you ghouls getting an early start! I have to head to bed but will watch my first flick tomorrow night after work. Happy October!
     
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    maskull I finally got an avatar!!! Yay!!

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    October 01:

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    Silver Bullet (1985): I've basically watched this movie every October for as long as I can remember. The last 6-7 years it has become the movie i watch on October the 1st at midnight to kick off my annual October Horrorfest. It's got lots of great things going for it: a werewolf, drunk Gary Busey, a very cool wheelchair, Megan Follows (I had such a crush on her when I was a kid), Corey Haim, Terry O'Quinn, a priest with an eye patch, werewolf with a baseball bat, fat dude watching wrestling, making of a silver bullet, a car/wheelchair chase, Corey Haim looking sad because he can't run with the other kids, angry parents, a freakin' terrifying dream sequence, and my favourite scene involving Haim alone, on a bridge in the middle of the night, shooting off fireworks, being stalked by the werewolf. Still pretty much freaks me out to this day. This movie and American Werewolf are the ones that made me love werewolf movies.
     
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    Oh, she was a cutie back in the day
     
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    Yes! It's here again! I went without watching any horror films in August and September so I'm more then ready. Been stockpiling a ton of stuff I havn't seen in awhile plus some new stuff. Can't wait to dive in.
     
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    1) Black Sabbath: An enjoyable horror anthology. You get everything that you would expect from a Bava film here: great directing, a gorgeous color pallet, creepy atmosphere, and beautiful set pieces. The downside here is if you have seen more than two or three horror anthologies, then you can guess the outcome of each story before they finish. Worth checking out just for the performance from Boris Karloff in the vampire segment at the end, which is the best out of the three stories. Oh, and lets not forget the special effect make up on the old woman’s corpse. It is more hysterical than it is scary. (7/10)

    2)Wake In Fright: I have been dying to see this one ever since I saw the Ozploitation documentary a few years back, and thanks to Drafthouse Films it has finally made its way state side. If you go into this expecting a straight forward horror film then you are going to be disappointed. This one is more of a character driven, psychological drama. Regardless, this film hits all the right spots: unique story that keeps you involved all the way through, a brooding sense of dread thanks to the score and the directing, and an incredible cast of characters that includes Donald Pleasance in one of his best acting performances. Just because this doesn’t lump into the traditional horror canon doesn’t mean it’s not worth your time, because it defiantly is. Sometimes a persons descent into madness is the most terrifying thing of all. I highly recommend this one. (8/10)
     
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    Halloween: The Extended Version in HD (H:CC Disc 15)

    I decided to begin the Halloween box set opus with this cut, as it is the version I've watched the least (I'll watch the two cuts of Halloween on the first disc with their respective audio commentaries, but not alone). Come to think of it, I can't recall where I watched this cut before, or even if I have watched it in this form, versus just watching the additional tv scenes. My first time buying Halloween on home video was the Anchor Bay snap case VHS, followed by my first (but definitely not last!) taste of double dipping when I had to buy a year-ish later their 20th Anniversary two-VHS snap box (with the keychain that I used for years until the graphic was completely rubbed away). I think the tv scenes may have been on this set but I'm not sure.

    I like the added scenes, especially the two with Loomis near the beginning of the movie, but I'm also glad they were left out of the real movie. Loomis comes off as kind of nutty in the first one when Michael is a little older but still a kid (it's maybe even a bit hokey), and the second scene after the escape is too on-the-nose with "sister" written in blood and all.

    Also as this is the first movie I will mention this here - man my audio setup stinks! I have a soundbar from Sony that I've never really been happy with. I've adjusted it every which way possible but can never get it to sound right. The dialogue is *always* buried in the mix when it's anything except two characters standing in the middle of the screen in close-up. I couldn't hear any of the little convo Michael hears between his sister and her boyfriend outside of the window, and could barely hear Don't Fear the Reaper in Annie's car. But the score and jump scare noises? Yeah those shook the place. Also interesting to note, the dialogue level seemed much louder in the standard def tv scenes, as if they weren't 5.1 or something.

    As to Halloween - I mean what can you say? The movie is a masterpiece. Little things get me every time - I love how the kid who plays Tommy Doyle delivers his line to the bullies about Halloween is for getting candy. Love how everything JLC does to combat Michael is portrayed as pure instinct, her hands reaching for or fashioning weapons independent of her thought process. And really like the subtle moment at the end where Michael's mask comes off but his face has been disfigured by one of the recent wounds so you don't really see the man anymore.
     
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    October 1st-

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    Have the day off so when the clock struck twelve I popped in Hellraiser. Love the film, was my first introduction to Clive Barker way back when. The shirt Kristy's boyfriend is wearing at the end of the film may be the scariest thing in the whole movie.

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    Followed it up with some Hellbound. Haven't seen Hellbound in perhaps eight or nine years. Forgot how much I enjoy it. There's plenty of great camera work this one.
     
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    OCTOBER 1ST:

    Deadly Eyes
    Rats: Night of Terror
    Stephen King's Graveyard Shift
    Willard
    Mulberry St.
     
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    10/01/14 (1)

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    Crocodile (1979) ~ Hurricane sets giant Crocodile free and starts destroying small villages while eating people on the side. A Doctor, his friend, a Reporter and a sailor are trying to stop the beast. Thai-Trash Jaws ripoff that would've made Ed Wood proud: fugly non-actors reading their lines, stock footage, real animal violence, continuity errors, choppy editing, disco muzak, awkward dialogue, failed attempt at humor and comic relief. As expected, the roaring Crocodile also changes its size by the minute. Under appreciated bad movie. 5/5
     
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    Monsterwolf (2010): A bunch of actors you'll recognize if not actually know their names, a bad, completely cg wolf, every cliche in the book....but at least it wasn't totally bloodless and a couple of the performances were entertaining (Jason London ain't a great actor but he's likable and Robert Picardo hams it up as the evil oil baron). It's not horrible for what it is.

    I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957): Pretty corny dialog so that's pretty amazing. There's a song/dance number so that's pretty cool. Michael Landon's in it and so is the father from Lost In Space. Dog vs werewolf. Cute chick doing gymnastics. Manhunt (wolfhunt?) in the woods. Evil psychiatrist. A party with lots of pranks being pulled. Michael Landon fist-fighting with a big lunk headed dude. Michael Landon being a bad ass. Michael Landon being a jerk. Michael Landon don't respect no authority!...and he's a werewolf. Coolness.

    Werewolf Woman (1976): Nudity galore (almost to the point of softcore porn), weird dream sequences, a woman who thinks she's a werewolf, stuff ripped off from The Exorcist and I Spit On Your Grave, and a decent amount of blood as well. Sure it drags at times and there were a few scenes that were a little icky but it's also got a lady who thinks she's a werewolf and attacks people like she is. That is good.

    The Beast Must Die (1974): Murder/mystery with a twist: you're not just trying to figure out who the killer is, you're trying to figure out who is the werewolf. The gimmick is pretty entertaining and kept me engrossed in the film, looking for clues. I'm not completely sure that the payoff is satisfying but the journey is worth it. Shame the werewolf is just a big dog though and not a scary monster.

    Strippers Vs. Werewolves (2012): Some of the dorkiest, least scary, and most annoying werewolves I've ever seen! The actually look more like the kangaroo guys from Tank Girl than wolves. The dudes playing them were mostly inept as well. The strippers weren't much better, tho the blonde/bouncer romance thing was kind of cute. I did smile at a couple of jokes and I think there may have been something cool that happened...though I've already forgotten what it was....plus they did play Duran Duran's "Hungry Like The Wolf" at the start of the movie, so points for that even though that song in a werewolf movie is a little ridiculous.

    Surprisingly little nudity for a movie about strippers that takes place, mostly in a strip club.

    The Werewolf vs the Vampire Woman (1971): I saw the remake of this before watching this version so the story felt very familiar. It dragged a bit in the middle but all the slo-mo vampire attacks and the pretty vicious werewolf attacks (nice to see he's not just strangling people) were pretty darn awesome. Like the dreamy atmosphere a lot too....and the cute Euro Ladies. I like them too.
     
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    Amityville II: The Possession Potentially censored TV version. :D

    Wow. My Dad was still alive when I saw this film the first time around. He's been gone 21 years come the end of this month.

    OK, so the incest subplot isn't as bad as I remember it. Don't get me wrong, it's still icky, but not nearly as bad as I thought it was.

    Honestly though, this movie starts out as creepy haunted house movie and then turns into an Exorcist copy. I recalled the first half/two thirds really well (up until the murders, and I could've sworn there was a much longer chase between Sonny and Tricia... but it has been 21 years!!), but couldn't remember the latter part, at all! (I suspect I went to bed. Me and watching horror movies at night don't really mix. :eek:)

    The demon makeup/prosthetics are quite effective, in a Michael Jackson's Thriller, kind of way, but are also downright ugly in a large portion. Ugh.

    I'd watch it again, but I wouldn't rush to do so. 6/10
     
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    The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972)
    The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
     
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