The Annual October Horror Movie Watching Thread - 2015 Edition!!!

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  1. maskull

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

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    It's time! I've been buying horror movies left and right to get ready for this year and hopefully all of you are raring to go! It's better than Christmas! It's better than Easter! It's time to watch a ton of horror movies in the month of October!!!

    Here's how it works: Every year the people here on Horror Digital watch a crap load of horror-related movies/tv shows and then come to this thread to brag, write a review, post pics, or get ideas for what to watch next. Just do a post for each movie you watch for each day. It really is fun, especially if everyone joins in and gets in the spirit. It lasts all month and hopefully everyone will join in starting October 1st at 12 a.m. Sound like fun? Of course it does. Sound hard? Not at all. Just check out last year's thread to get an idea how it works. It's here.

    Let the horror movie watching begin!!! .....in a few days.
     
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    X-human I ate my keys

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    [ 44x 2007 | 56x 2008 | 63x 2009 | 33x 2010 | 42x 2011 | 77x 2012 | 47x 2013 | 47x 2014 ]

    01 10/01 Vampira Presents, The Thirteenth Guest (1932)
    00 10/02 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "Welcome to the Hellmouth" [Part 1] (1997)
    00 10/02 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "The Harvest" [Part 2] (1997)
    02 10/02 I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
    03 10/02 Scream 2 (1997)
    00 10/02 Celebrity Deathmatch: "The Unknown Murderer" (1999)
    04 10/03 Svengoolie Presents, Son of Frankenstein (1939)
    00 10/03 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "The Witch" (1997)
    05 10/03 Vampire Hunter D ( Kyûketsuki hantâ D ) (1985)
    06 10/04 Scooby-Doo (2002)
    07 10/05 Castle of Blood ( La Danza macabra ) (1964)
    08 10/06 The Long Hair of Death ( I Lunghi capelli della morte ) (1964)
    09 10/07 Terror-Creatures from the Grave ( 5 tombe per un medium ) (1965)
    10 10/08 Nightmare Castle ( Amanti d'oltretomba ) (1965)
    11 10/09 An Angel for Satan ( Un Angelo per Satana ) (1966)
    12 10/10 Svengoolie Presents, Night Monster (1942)
    13 10/10 Mystery Science Theater 3000: "The Atomic Brain" (1993/1963)
    00 10/10 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "Teacher's Pet" (1997)
    00 10/10 American Dad!: "Hot Water" (2011)
    14 10/10 The Grudge (2004) [98 Minute Extended Edition / Japanese Theatrical Version]
    15 10/10 The Grudge 2 (2006) [108 Minute Unrated Director's Cut]
    16 10/11 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)
    17 10/12 Vincent Price Presents, The Raven (1963)
    00 10/13 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date" (1997)
    18 10/13 Vincent Price Presents, The Comedy of Terrors (1963)
    00 10/14 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "The Pack" (1997)
    19 10/14 Vincent Price Presents, The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)
    00 10/15 Minnie the Moocher (1932)
    20 10/15 The Bowman Body Presents, House on Haunted Hill (1959)
    21 10/16 Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)
    22 10/17 Svengoolie Presents, It Came From Outer Space (1953)
    23 10/17 Mystery Science Theater 3000: "The Unearthly" (1957)
    24 10/17 Mystery Science Theater 3000: "Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders" (1996)
    00 10/17 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "Angel" (1997)
    25 10/17 Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
    26 10/18 Mystery Science Theater 3000: "Revenge of the Creature" (1955)
    27 10/18 The Wolf Man (1941)
    00 10/19 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "I, Robot... You, Jane" (1997)
    28 10/19 The Invisible Man (1933)
    00 10/20 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "The Puppet Show" (1997)
    29 10/20 Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)
    30 10/21 Crimson Peak: The IMAX Experience (2015) [theater]
    31 10/22 Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy ( La momia azteca contra el robot humano ) (1958)
    32 10/22 The Mummy (1932)
    33 10/23 Mystery Science Theater 3000: Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues (1985)
    34 10/23 Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Giant Spider Invasion (1975)
    35 10/23 Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Giant Gila Monster (1959)
    36 10/23 Count Dracula ( El Conde Drácula ) (1970)
    37 10/24 Mystery Science Theater 3000: Monster a Go-Go! (1965)
    38 10/24 Svengoolie Presents, The Cat and the Canary (1939)
    39 10/24 Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hobgoblins (1987)
    00 10/24 Halloween Is Grinch Night (1977)
    00 10/24 A Disney Halloween (1983)
    40 10/24 Planet of the Vampires ( Terrore nello spazio ) (1965)
    41 10/24 Wild Zero (1999)
    42 10/25 Ben Mankiewicz Presents, Dracula (1931) [theater]
    43 10/25 Ben Mankiewicz Presents, Drácula (1931) [theater]
    44 10/26 Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)
    00 10/27 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "Nightmares" (1997)
    00 10/27 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "Out of Mind, Out of Sight" (1997)
    45 10/27 The Devil Rides Out (1968)
    46 10/28 Dracula (1931) [theater]
    47 10/28 Drácula (1931) [theater]
    00 10/29 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "Prophecy Girl" (1997)
    00 10/29 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "When She Was Bad" (1998)
    48 10/29 The Mummy (1959)
    00 10/30 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "Some Assembly Required" (1998)
    00 10/30 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "School Hard" (1998)
    00 10/30 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "Inca Mummy Girl" (1998)
    49 10/30 The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
    50 10/30 Horror of Dracula (1958)
    00 10/30 Snow White (1933)
    51 10/30 The Bowman Body Presents, The City of the Dead (1960)
    52 10/31 The Grudge (2004) [Rifftrax]
    53 10/31 Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Creeping Terror (1964)
    54 10/31 Mystery Science Theater 3000: "Manos" The Hands of Fate (1966)
    00 10/31 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "Reptile Boy" (1998)
    00 10/31 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "Halloween" (1998)
    55 10/31 Svengoolie Presents, Frankenstein (1931)
    00 10/31 Monsters Crash the Pajama Party (1965)
    56 10/31 Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
     
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  3. old-boo-radley

    old-boo-radley They stay the same age...

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    1. Creepy Classics
    2. Basket Case 2
    3. Seven Women for Satan
    4. Dolly Dearest
    5. The Beast Must Die
    6. The Evil of Frankenstein
    7. The Fly (1986)
    8. Fascination
    9. The Fly II
    10. The Mummy (1959)
    11. Two Faces of Dr. Jeckyll
    12. Frankenstein Created Woman
    13. The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb
     
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    maskull I finally got an avatar!!! Yay!!

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    I was going to use October to get through all the horror movies I own on Blu Ray/DVD that I've never watched before, but I still think that's going to be impossible. I don't seem to be capable of not buying movies. Oh well I'll give `er a go anyway.
     
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    Angelman OCD Blu Ray Collector

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    I'm in. Certainly have enough unwatched films.
     
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    Pulled off 88 films last year! Looking forward to October as usual, got my list together so it's going to be a busy month.
     
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    KGBRadioMoskow Well-Known Member

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    I knew the only way I'd stick with such a movie watching grind was if I started early, so I started early this week. When the time comes to post I'll bend the rules on the start date, but list when I watched 'em so others can properly scold me on what doesn't count. Its better than not discussing the films at all IMO.
     
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    X-human I ate my keys

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    I went through and found the new URL's all the way back to 2007 (links up top). Was there a 2006 or older ones? I'd never linked to a post of mine before if there was (and if I participated).

    I'd been penciling in my watch list for this year since last October! And I'm still fidgeting with it. I had a good run last year but I'm starting to fill up all the slots with "Oct must watches" and running out of slots for just fun stuff inbetween 'em...
     
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    I still haven't finished reading last year's topic. I should be by next week. I probably won't watch as much horror this October. Things still aren't how I would like. But perhaps next year. Right now I'm looking forward to It Follows, a rewatch of the Nightmare on Elm Street remake - just because I'm curious after seeing the original a bunch of times recently, and a few others.
     
  12. maskull

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

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    Bah! A little bit of cheating doesn't really matter. As long as you tell us what you watched and contribute I'm sure we'll all be happy.
     
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    Took a peak back at the previous years I participated in. I seem to average around 75 to 80 films a year.

    2009: 96
    2010: 79
    2011: 67
    2012: 64
    2013: 82
    2014: 88
     
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    DVD-fanatic-9 And the Next Morning, When the Campers Woke Up...

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    This year... this October... and I wonder if I even participated for the 2 days I said I would last year... Anyway, this year I think I'm going to cop out and watch pieces of everything instead of full, entire movies. I was going to do a 2 month blowout of September+October but September has been a nightmare. Power outages, more storms than July and August, my computer froze. (It never freezes.) And it was so freaking hot for so freaking long that I wasn't in the mood. Now it's FREEZING cold. Which is better, but it's hard to get used to. I am so sick of global warming. I live in New Hampshire and it's like the Hills Have Eyes desert over here!!!

    So, what I'm going to do is like a diary thing. Talking about my tastes and stuff like that. Describe everything that makes me tick. What works for me, what doesn't.

    Good thing this thread is never a "contest." Because, if so, I'm cheating this year.
     
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    I'm in. Watched 68 last year. Compared to some here I guess I may be a little behind. Looking forward to it, but refuse to start until the 1st.
     
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    Myron Breck BOO!!! Gotcha!

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    I'm in (again). Let's see if I can manage 31 days of updates!

    1st: SHOCKER (1987)
    2nd: n/a
    3rd: BURYING THE EX (2014)
    AT THE DEVIL'S DOOR (2014)
    4th: SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (2007)
    5th: EXISTENZ (1999)
    6th: THE THING (2011)
    7th: BURNT OFFERINGS (1976)
    8th: CUB (2014)
    9th: THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
    MONSTERS (2010)

    10th: RESOLUTION (2012)
    11th: n/a
    12th: DOG SOLDIERS (2002)
    13th: n/a
    14th: MACABRE (1980)
    15th: INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 (2015)
    16th: n/a
    17th: CHILDREN OF THE CORN (1984)
    18th: MOCKINGBIRD (2014)
    SIMON SAYS (2006)

    19th: LAKE MUNGO (2008)
    20th: CREEP (2014)
    21st: THE BLOB (1988)
    EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN (1987)

    22nd: n/a
    23rd: NAILBITER (2013)
    VAMP (1986)
    24th: BRIDGE OF SPIES (2015)...Mom won't watch horror movies.
    25th: WOLFEN (1981)
    26th: THE LEGACY (1978)
    27th: ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST (1980)
    28th: TROLL (1986)
    FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART II (1981)
    29th: n/a
    30th: THE DEVIL'S HAND (2014)
    31st: HALLOWEEN (1978)
     
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    I will give it a go again this year!! I have some good ones lined up along with the yearly musts!
     
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    Well, I'm going to post early, because I've realized my intolerable long windedness combined with an early start means if I wait until October to list what I've watched the resulting wall of text will result in my prompt banning from this website.

    The micro reviews are listed by the date I viewed them. Year released and alternate titles are included in parenthesis. The reviews include spoilers, so take warning. Ratings are out of four stars (****).

    9/21/15 - Found (2012) ***1/2
    First, the highbrow take, what some films strive for beyond just a viewing experience, that for some viewers raises it up a level - and for others falls flat. The premise of a child discovering that a family member is a serial killer could go a lot of different ways. Such as the worn to glass smooth paths of trying to convince skeptics before becoming the victim, or trying to redeem the killer before "doing the right thing" of turning them in or taking them out, or worse still playing it all up for laughs. But what about simply trying to go on with life, choking down the horror that eats at your conscience and comprehension and instead focusing on the day to day stress of growing up?

    Found takes that approach, then fills out its world with childhood's everyday horrors. Such as classmates who deal collective cruelty as children can so adeptly do. Teachers who aggravate the situation with short sighted action, witnessing yet not caring about the fallout they cause. Friends who turn tormentor when peer pressure trumps integrity. Older siblings that were foundations for confidence who drift away as adulthood approaches. Parents who pay lip service to understanding but preach hypocrisy when inconvenience threatens the order of their lives (one of the most horrifying moments in the movie was, when confronted with losing face, the mother demands of her son's bullying that he "deal with it" as a part of growing up, to accept its right for others to inflict violence for him to suffer and wrong that he ever respond in kind).

    Nothing is convenient in this film, no one fits a clean niche that allows you to easily condemn or condone. The killer is sympathetic in his near total devotion to his younger brother, yet is an absolute monster who kills out of ugly prejudice. The parents are likeable while striving to balance discipline and tolerance, seeking a rapport with children they have little in common with, until their control is threatened and they resort to brutal intimidation without hesitation. And it can't be helped but to like the younger brother, who bears unbearable circumstances without breaking his moral compass, but ultimately even he takes things too far.

    Now, the low brow take. While there is a fair dose of gore to be had (portrayed both as real and fake) and the effects quality solid, the kill count is low and rarely on screen. Further separating this film from the usual serial killer or slasher fair, for those thinking it will scratch that itch, no one could ever describe this film as having fast pacing. In fact it spends most of its time establishing characters, or paying homages to the VHS era of low budget horror (both direct references and indirect by use of genre familiar scenery and bit characters). The acting ranges from competent to exceptional, with the throw-away characters relegated to familiar stereotypes and the main characters portrayed with engaging depth. The film is by no means flawless, but for me it clicked so well I can't help but overlook its defects. It’s not often I give a high rating to a film, especially when I know its issues should drag the rating down, but for me this one was an excellent film.

    9/23/15 - Daybreakers (2009) **
    There are plenty of films that take an interesting premise and then piss it down the toilet. Fewer are those that take a tired premise, build it into something novel, and having established a foundation of quality then piss it down the toilet. Well Daybreakers does so with the gusto of a frat boy doing a four in the morning lurch to the urinal on the second day of Spring break. The idea of a vampire society has been done before, the idea of vampirism as world conquering epidemic has been done before. Daybreakers touches onto the science, the economics, the politics, the family dynamics such a cataclysm would cause. Despite gaps in logic and character credibility from the outset, in that initial exploration Daybreakers looked like it could be Gattaca for the vampire genre. Then the third act kicks in, and the whole thing takes a hard left into miracle cures, cardboard characterizations, and reality bending action film sequences that even John Woo would have said "whoa, hey, dial it down". And have I mentioned that exploding vampires are ridiculous and overdone? Well having them detonate like a block of plastique makes that more stupid, not less. I grudgingly give a rating of fair, and that only because the setup had so much potential.

    9/24/15 - Not of This Earth (1988) **
    Who other than Roger Corman would make a film about an alien invader who looks like the long lost third Blues Brother, bottles blood from a stripper who makes house calls, effortlessly kills with a death ray but has to dispose of the corpses in an antique furnace, and takes his marching orders from one of the band members of 38 Special? But toss in a parade of well-endowed ladies showing their goods (most shortly before their demise), including the very fetching Traci Lords, and ol' Corman knew we'd overlook the can't even afford a shoestring budget, nonsensical plot, and the almost complete lack of anything resembling an alien in an alien invasion film. Hell, the film starts out not making sense - nothing other than the names displayed in the opening credits have anything to do with the film, the scenes the credits play over are clips from Corman's *other* films. And those who thought M. Night Shyamalan was nuts making aliens who could be defeated with a squirt gun, how about an alien who preys on women but is stunned by their screams and is ultimately taken out by a police siren? The film may allude to inspired weirdness but ends up its just a mess. As such I can only give it a fair rating, but I do so with an entertained grin.

    9/24/15 - American Mary (2012) **1/2
    For a film about body modifications and surgical vengeance, this film is remarkably tame in its displays of either or wading past the shallow end of their psychology. Instead it just strives to be edgy, which Katharine Isabelle of Ginger Snaps infamy pulls off very well. But the material she has to work with is as often weak tea as it is double expresso. A problem is her character gives in to the dark side too quickly to be believed, even before revenge becomes her motivator, amping up her brashness despite a lack of caution repeatedly being her undoing. Yet hers is the only character with depth, little as it is. Apart from brief scenes for three other characters - a woman who *really* wants to be Betty Boop, a closet masochist night club owner who was Mary's doorman to the underworld, and the hired muscle he lends her as a bodyguard - every other character in the film is as thin as a cardboard cutout and as transparent as polished glass. The film has several stand out memorable scenes, even if they crib heavily from Clive Barker's play book, and is a well-paced entertaining ride. But an unwillingness to truly push boundaries, go any direction other than circles with the story, and a flash of style over substance ending that comes almost out of nowhere, weighs this film down too much.

    9/25/15 - The Hidden (Oculto, 2005) **
    A tepid Euro film about a psycho-bitch dealing vengeance, masquerading as an exploration of the mystery of dreams. There are a few variations on the old premise, including a rarity for the genre - an attack of conscience for the antagonist. But little attempt is made in the film to keep its thematic mask on, or to not reveal its true plot early and often. A plot which strings together with far too much ease and convenience, perhaps the viewer is to accept that remarkably little is needed to find out what buttons to push to jar someone's sanity, and few times pushing them will bring them to complete breakdown. The film tries to be a drama without enough drama, a mystery without enough mystery, and as much as I wanted to nibble on that bait the hook never set. Combined with the lead characters being neither identifiable nor likeable nor interesting, I can only give this rather forgettable film a rating of fair.

    9/26/15 - Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1982) **1/2
    Another film about a psycho-bitch on the rampage. In this case a doting aunt who half wants her nephew to always be her baby, half wants him to be her man, and totally wants him to NEVER leave. Susan Tyrell delightfully chews up the scenery on her winding descent from rather unhinged to completely deranged. Bo Svenson similarly hams it up as the cop so rabidly homophobic its near certain he's compensating for a self-loathing closeted status. Everyone else in the film is cut from the typical 80s slasher film character cloth - in other words, literally too gullible to live. The film wastes no time applying the shock treatment, with the protagonist's parents meeting their demise in the film's first couple minutes in a gruesome car accident that makes its finality unmistakably clear. Daddy gets the decapitation treatment via pole through the windshield, while mommy samples the expiration buffet of bloodied then bashed then tossed over a cliff then exploded. From that point, the film slows down to radiate creepy vibes on a broad spectrum of "that's just wrong" frequencies before once more dishing out carnage when Aunty escalates her efforts to keep baby at home. Julia Duffy, one of the many hot chicks of 80-90s sitcoms I always wanted to show her rack (along with Crystal Bernard, Marilu Henner, Valerie Bertinelli, Markie Post - who am I kidding, this isn't a list that is going to end soon) does exactly that, and then tries to outdo Muhammad Ali in taking poundings to the head. Overall the film sits squarely in the camp of 80s psycho-slashers and neither breaks much new ground nor adds much depth nor goes more over the top. And the end credits documentary style post script is completely out of place in this type of film. But the total package rolls in such an adeptly off kilter way that, in a genre I'm not a huge fan of, it stands as memorable popcorn fun.

    9/27/15 - Eyes of Fire (Cry Blue Sky, 1983) ***1/2
    I have a special place in my heart for films of the weird, the eerie, the unnerving. Its why I heap worshipful praise on Phantasm, fully aware of its uneven tone and weak acting and execution flaws. Its why City of Lost Children, Fight Club, Fantastic Planet, Jacob's Ladder, Time Bandits, Tetsuo, and a small league of like works of artistry will forever be the core of my film collection. Because films that don't ask you to suspend reality they forcibly upend it, that don't leave you wondering what will happen next because you're deprived the breath of rationality needed to wonder, are rare gems to be treasured.

    Doing eerie and unnerving well is a difficult and subtle art form, and like trying to gather to memory a dream upon awakening the more forceful the attempt the greater the failure. Eerie requires putting the viewer on unfamiliar ground - sometimes literally geographical, but always emotional - and then pecking like a mad pigeon the nerves on the periphery of the eyes when the viewer tries to comfortably focus forward. Until comfortable becomes dreadful for the anticipation of what must surely follow. And many films make the mistake of thinking shocking is the same as unnerving - or is an even better goal, and thus hurl it at high velocity at the screen with predictable setup. But unnerving is different, and it is what runs the chills down your spine. If you jump when the scene hits and your brain and heart race, that’s just shocking. If a moment passes after the scene before your heart skips a beat and your hairs are standing on end and your mind is fumbling to grasp what you just saw, that is unnerving.

    Eyes of Fire is of a film genre that peaked nearly two decades before its making - a confrontation with witchcraft and the supernatural in a Georgian era rural setting. I'd heard of the film long ago, waited in vain for an official release before finally watching it as a grainy youtube video. Even in that poor presentation it was clear the film's reputation was deserved, and finally I obtained a bootleg DVD to watch it again. While I'm no expert, the period costumes and scenery and speech appear especially well done. Buildings looking rough and primitive from the outside, dank and drafty and dark from the inside. The wilderness vast and harsh and not quite uninhabited. From the start the film enforces the perception of people living a harsh life and prone to unforgiving ways. Here an adulterous, hedonistic preacher takes residence, smugly ignorant of how precarious his behavior makes his situation. After a mob lynching is thwarted by mysterious circumstances, the preacher flees with his followers. Hardship strikes quickly on their exodus, and ignoring local folklore of a curse on the area, the aspiring cult leader decides to start a new age style commune in a remote woods with himself undisputedly in control. There supernatural forces, self-absorbed naiveté, exposure to the elements, and internal strife collude to destroy their idyllic plans.

    It’s an overused phrase, but it aptly fits here - its damn near criminal that this film isn't better known and doesn't have a legitimate or remastered release. This film oozes eerie from every pore, slowly turns the screw of tension with every minute. As perils mount the imagery transitions from harsh to cruel to mind shakingly bizarre. It’s clear the people in this film are doomed, mostly from their own blind stupidity, as they are besieged by circumstances that will forgive no such weakness. In that tone the film matched closely the classic Burnt Offerings, which similarly heaped cold dread on the viewer as misery and death were inflicted on those who should have headed common sense. If this synopsis is the least bit intriguing, if a break from horror that bludgeons your skull to that which tugs the threads of your sanity appeals to you, seek this one out in any format you can view it.
     
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    maskull I finally got an avatar!!! Yay!!

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    Well that's a good start. I can see why you need the extra time. :)
     
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    I'm in the middle of a move across the ocean! No idea what I'm going to watch but I'm gonna try!
     

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