The 2014 Annual October Horror Movie Watching Thread!!!

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    Blood Massacre (1991) ~ Four psychopathic criminals seek shelter on a farm after robbing a video rental store (!). They take the family of four hostage, but things get out of hand when they realize the family is actually a clan of ... cannibals.
    Fun and bloody Don Dohler trash filmed in 1987/1988 but not released until 1991. Apparently the producers disappeared with the original master footage, leaving Dohler only with a workprint for release. 4/5
     
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    Might as well join in on the fun here as well, since I'm already doing my annual Horror challenge over at DVDTalk.

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    Horror Challenge 2014


    Personal Goals
    1) To complete Theme Nights (at least one film corresponding to each)
    2) To attempt selections from the Subset Films and Checklist
    3) To watch over 31 films and to provide brief capsule reviews for each
    4) To use this challenge as a happy diversion from daily crap :)

    Movies are scored out of 10.
    I indicate which films are Theme Nights or Subset Films
    I specify viewing source and denotes first time viewing.



    October 1st
    01. Stalled (Christian James, 2014) Theme Night: Bathrooms and Kitchens Subset Film The Horror Charnel
    Perversely fun, without the toilet humor of something like Monsturd. Sure, I kind of wished the whole thing were a bit more polished. The direction and performances drag down the wittier potential of the script at times. But I had a huge grin on my face when a gag worked particularly well (tampons, anyone?). Let's face it, there have been too many humdrum and forgettable zombie comedies. Pleasant surprise for me overall, as I'm kind of iffy when it comes to horror comedy. Loved the Xmas party idea, and the Muzak, too. ;) Nice little scene post-credits, so be sure to stick around for one more gag. There's some real comic invention here. Recommended as a party flick for those looking for lightweight horror hijinks. 6.3/10

    October 2nd
    02. Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor (Jim Markovic, 2012) Theme Night: Summer Horror Cinemageddon
    This should qualify as a "found footage" film, because the producers found footage from the first three Sleepaway Camp films and recycled it. There are maybe ten minutes of new material. So, it's fine if you're feeling lazy and just want to see some highlights from the earlier films that are poorly reassembled. There is one highlight to the new stuff and that's Carrie Chambers and her remarkable cleavage. She wears a teeny bikini like nobody's business. In fact, in only a few minutes of screen time she is featured in three skimpy outfits that show off the assets. She also looks great on that poster! Too bad a legitimate film wasn't made back in 1992. I guess my life is sort of more complete now that I've seen everything in the series. 3.4/10

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    October 3rd
    03. Intruders (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, 2011) Theme Night: Dreams, Hallucinations, and Drug Trips Blu-ray
    This new wave of Spanish horror has failed to impress me. If I want style mixed with the absurd, and a more satisfying representation of our darkest nightmares, I'll go with the Italians. Screw Guillermo del Toro, too. I've never found his stuff that inspired. The CG here is also pretty distracting. The only saving grace is the stunningly beautiful Teen Vogue model, Ella Purnell. She's one to watch. 4.2/10

    October 4th
    04. ABCs of Death 2 (Various, 2014) Theme Night: Horror Comedy and Teen Screams Kickass Torrents
    Love the invention and variety in these films. Some truly standout segments and I wasn't as familiar with the director's names this time, so you can bet I'll be looking into their filmographies. I'm thirsty for the third installment that's promised during the end credits. Speaking of which, stay through those lengthy credits for a clever little cameo from a rather unusual fellow. If you're a fan of offbeat and perverse comedy or horror, this is a strong recommend. In Sesame Street style, the best stories are brought to you by the letters: A, C, S, and V. 8/10

    05. Jersey Shore Massacre (Paul Tarnopol, 2014) Theme Night: Horror Comedy and Teen Screams Pass the Popcorn
    This would probably be considered a semi-classic today if had been made in the eighties. It's trashy and mindless fun and was the perfect late night flick to laugh at and with. The Fat Camp Massacre bit was priceless and I enjoyed seeing YouTube guru Shawn C. Phillips (Coolduder!) in a tasty cameo. This is a politically incorrect and gleefully moronic horror comedy with some grandly graphic kills. Serve it up with hot pizza and cold beer. 7.2/10


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    OCTOBER 4TH:

    The Driller Killer
    Maniac (1980)
    Unmasked Part 25
    Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
    Maniac (2013)
     
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    The Rejuvenator VHS
    The Kindred VHS
    Demonoid VHS
     
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    That looks great, never heard of it
     
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    Last night was Dracula's Widow, which for a bad movie was surprisingly easy to watch.

    October 4:
    Dracula's Widow (1988)
    October 3:
    House at the End of the Street (2012)
    October 2:
    Kill, Baby… Kill (1966)
    October 1:
    The Legend of Hell House (1973)
     
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    Oct 4th

    11. Invaders from Mars (1986)
    Very campy and a lot of fun. Had not seen this one since it first came out and I enjoyed this more than i thought I would.

    12. The Raven (1963)
    First time viewing. Took me 10 minutes to get into this , after watching other corman's poe films I was not expecting such a humorous tone and took time to warm to it but once I got in to it I ended up loving it. Peter Lorre stole the show in this one and great set piece battle between price and karloff's wizards was the highlight of the movie for me.

    13. Tales That Witness Madness (1973)
    First time viewing. So so anthology film from amicus . Seemed to be lacking ideas compared to some of their earlier classics. The segment starring Joan Collins about a man falling in love with a tree was just plain stupid and the other 3 segments barely rise above average.
     
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    Oct.5th.
    Wes Craven's New Nightmare. (1994). 7.5/10.
    Scream 4. (2011). 7/10.
    Elvira's Movie Macabre: The Devil's Wedding Night. (1973). A plodding, convoluted mess of a film based loosely on the Karnstein saga, redeemed only by some nudity, Elvira's wit and an Elizabeth Bathory inspired scene. 3/10.
    Deadly Eyes. (1982). It's a B-movie about a giant rat rampage and I've always had a fondness for it. 7.5/10.
     
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    Oct. 4
    The Midnight Hour(1985)
    Paranorman(2012)
    American Mary(2012)
     
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    11) Doc Of The Dead: A fun and entertaining zombie documentary that chronicles everything from movies, television, folklore, and everything in between. I can’t say I necessarily learned anything new about the zombie genre that I already didn’t before watching this, and the narrative is a bit sloppy, but it was still good enough to keep my interest. (7/10)

    12) Open Grave: One of the more unique and entertaining zombie films I have seen in a long time. Early on in the film I thought I was going to hate this, because the majority of the film is surrounded around the fact the characters all have amnesia, which is usually just a cheap plot device to hide a terrible movie’s short comings. But as the film unfolded it all fell into place and I have to say I am pleased with the outcome. This is a great alternative to the usual zombie fair we get on a regular basis. (7.5/10)

    13) The Returned: This seems to be getting a lot of negative reviews since it’s more of a drama than a straight forward horror movie. Defiantly different compared to other zombie movies, but the made for TV movie feel, and acting that ranges from ok to mediocre, holds it back a lot. (6/10)
     
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    October 4th:
    Howling Reborn
    The Final

    October 5th:
    Demon Witch Child
    Subspecies 2
     
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    The Nightmare Isn't Over: The Making of Halloween II (HCC disc 3)

    As I mentioned in my write-up of the film itself, I never did get around to picking up the Shout Factory blu ray of this, so all of these extras are new to me. I enjoyed this doc, perhaps more than the movie itself. It really crystalizes what went wrong with the production, from a green director without any power, to re-shoots and too many cooks in the kitchen. Irwin Yablans has some good insight about why things didn't work, but I think Rick Rosenthal himself is the most telling - it was John Carpenter's show at the end of the day and he was just a hired gun. It's ironic that Rosenthal tried to hew so closely to the original film in every aspect *except* the ones that actually mattered. He talks about watching the original over and over again in order to emulate it, but he somehow misses the need for a strong pro-active lead, interesting supporting characters, and suspense instead of gore. And then near the end of the doc we find out he didn't even know what cut of the film ended up being used theatrically, as his entire ending was excised.

    I liked the enthusiasm everyone showed, especially Dick Warlock. It seems like he had a great time on the movie, and he's apparently still bitter about Debra Hill dissing him on a prior dvd extra. Seeing Lance Guest after all these years was a hoot - watching this disc made me wish I still had a copy of The Last Starfighter.
     
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    Blood Massacre is is great trashy film. One of my favorite of Don Dohler's films along with Nightbeast.
     
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    October 1
    Ginger Snaps (2000) Such a great movie and great transfer on blu
    4.5 out of 5

    Oct 2
    Halloween (1978) The 35th anniversary transfer is spectacular
    5 out of 5

    Oct 3
    Nightmare Sisters (1988) Such a fun silly trashy movie
    3.5 out of 5

    Oct 4
    Wrong Turn (2003) I've always liked this movie and with Eliza Dushku makes it even better. I still need to see all the sequels though.
    4 out of 5

    Oct 5
    Audition (1999) - My favorite Asian horror flick - everyone should see at least once
    5 out of 5
     
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    6.) Twin Peaks: Season 2, Episode 8 (The Entire Mystery blu-ray) - The two hour season premiere episode. Not the action packed episode you'd expect to follow that season one finale, but still great fun. This one was directed by David Lynch, so lots of dream sequences and weird imagery. Honestly, I'm not the biggest fan of those episodes, but the entire show is just so good that isn't even a complaint. Also watched the "Slice Of Lynch" featurette with David Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan, and Madchen Amick. 5 /5

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    7.) Fade To Black (1980) (VHS) - I don't think I've seen this one since I was a kid, so a revisit was long overdue. I enjoyed it, but they could have easily chopped 15 minutes out of it to make it a leaner film. The costumes were fun, loved spotting the movie posters / theater marquees, and the rooftop climax atop of Grauman's Chinese was a hoot. 3.5 / 5

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    8.) Twin Peaks: Season 2, Episodes 9 - 10 (The Entire Mystery blu-ray) - More Twin Peaks. Beware Of Bob, Audrey's in trouble, creamed corn, Meals on Wheels, and tonsillitis or no tonsillitis Nadine can go to cheerleader tryouts. 5 / 5

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    9.) Aberration (1997) (NetFlix) - Randomly picked this on NetFlix, fully expecting it to be awful and that I would probably fall asleep. Instead it kept me fully awake and I really enjoyed the heck out of it. Just a fun little creature feature. But I'm a sucker for mid-90s straight-to-video fare. The plot: a woman and a good Samaritan exterminator find themselves snowed in at a remote cabin in the woods, trapped inside with hordes of man-eating lizards. Loved the snowy setting, the characters were very likable, and the creature effects were practical. The NetFlix description spoils the hilariously bad reason the woman goes to the cabin in the first place, but that's alright. Definitely a pleasant surprise, I would buy a DVD if it were available (it's not). 4 / 5

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    10.) From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series: Episodes 7 - 8 (NetFlix) - Been trudging my way through this show for about a month now, and honestly, it's been a bit of an endurance test. It's basically a direct remake of the original film, only that 90 minute film has been dragged out into 10 hours. Fortunately, I'm finally getting to the good stuff. But absolutely nothing happens in episodes 1 - 3, the Gecko brothers finally meet up the with family in episodes 4 - 5, they finally get to the bar in episode 6, and episode 7 is where all hell finally breaks loose. I have to say, that part was a lot of fun, but I'm not sure it was worth sitting through the first 6 episodes to get there. But I've made it this far, so I'm determined to finish. Even though I only watched episodes 7 - 8 this time, my rating of the episodes so far:
    Episodes 1 - 3: 1.5 / 5
    Episodes 4 - 6: 2.5 / 5
    Episodes 7 - 8: 3.5 / 5


    Previous Viewings:
    1.) The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
    2.) Halloween (1978)
    3.) Wrong Turn (2003)
    4.) Twin Peaks: Season 1, Episodes 6 - 7
    5.) Halloween II (1981)
     
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    Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992)-After work Friday I needed mindless cheese. That scene where the old woman gets the house dropped on her is priceless. Fun game, anytime somebody in the film says "corn" insert porn instead, hilarity ensues.

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    Dinoshark (2010), Ghost Shark (2013) and Sharknado (2013)- Little bit of a theme night last night. All three where goofy as hell. All three had their moments of pure dumb fun, especially Ghost Shark and Sharknado.
     
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    Madhouse (1974): There are stretches where this movie really drags but fortunately the cast manages to keep things interesting, especially Vincent Price over-acting, the creepy (but humourous) parents of one of the victims, and the woman who lives in the basement. Peter Cushing would get a mention but he's barely in the film. The killer's mask is pretty bad ass and the ending is completely silly but enjoyable.

    Tales of Terror (1962):

    Morella: Creepy setting, Vincent Price playing it serious, the dead wife in the bedroom but just over so quick that you never have time to settle in to the story and enjoy the atmosphere.

    The Black Cat: Great story but just a little too silly for my tastes and it kind of drags too. Plus, they actually take five minutes just to show a wine tasting competition?

    The Case of M. Valdemar: The jewel of the trilogy. Basil Rathbone (!!!) mesmerizes Vincent Price just before he dies and...well let's just say some freaky stuff happens. Debra Paget is absolutely gorgeous!

    Twice-Told Tales (1963): The first story starts out promising but never really pays off. The second is a tragic love story with a twist. The final story is the best as it involves a ghost, mystery, a curse, hidden treasure, murder, a family feud, and a spooky atmosphere. Pretty enjoyable anthology with some differing performances by Vincent Price. Actually his characters aren't very likeable in any of the stories and that works. Indeed.
     
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    October 1

    The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972)
    The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

    October 2

    Curtains (1983)

    October 3

    The Evil (1978)
    The Haunting (1963)
    The Legend of Hell House (1973)

    October 4

    The Pit & the Pendulum (1961)
    Witchfinder General (1968)
    The Monster Club (1981)

    October 5

    Horror of Dracula (1958)
    Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
     
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    October 5:
    Texas Chainsaw (2013)
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