The Annual October Horror Movie Watching Thread -- 2018!!!

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  1. CPT HOOK

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    Finally back from California and was able to get started last night.

    Here we go...

    October 8th:

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    Feral (2017) (blu-ray) - This movie has a decent cabin-in-the-woods setting, terrific creature and gore effects, and a solid cast including Lew Temple, Scout Taylor-Compton, and It Follows' Olivia Luccardi. Unfortunately, it has a generic bore of a script that puts all the good to waste. All the attempts at character development are a huge miss, there are long stretches where nothing happens, and the stuff that does happen gets pretty repetitive after a while. Aside from a couple of cool creature moments, this one is blah.

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    You Might Be The Killer (2018) (DVR / SyFy) - This one was half and half for me. The opening is strong, starting in the wake of all the action, but then it spends most of the movie backpedaling and showing everything we missed but already know. Also, these flashbacks are fragmented and out of order, so it doesn't really flow well as a slasher movie. They show kill #7, then they jump back to kill #2, then ahead to kill #4, etc. However, once the movie finally catches up with itself, it's a lot of fun. The whole mask aspect reminded me of Eric Morse's young-adult Friday The 13th novels. There was way more I liked than disliked, and it's well above average for SyFy fare. I would buy a disc if it were released.

    October 9th:

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    No Escape Room (2018) (DVR / SyFy) - There seems to be a small wave of "escape room" horror movies right now, including a big theatrical effort from Sony due out next year. As for this one, it's pretty much five people wandering through a mansion and every so often something weird or creepy happens. There's really no cohesion at all, a least until a too-little-too-late attempt to bring it all together near the end. There's only five characters, so not a whole lot happens. I will say it was relatively well-made from a production standpoint, but I can't say I'd recommend it.
     
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    Today;

    Tales that witness madness

    I'm a sucker for an anthology movie, and I like the vibe of the 70's offerings, this was a first time watch and had all the ingredients for an enjoyable watch, well that's what I thought, unfortunately I was quite disappointed.

    For me none of the stories had anything special going for them, not clever interesting or surprising and no twist like the best anthology stories usually do, no, here the tiger and tree stories were lacklustre, the time travel one could have been interesting but they did nothing with it, they were all ho hum and all with the conclusion I predicted from the beginning. It was nice to see Donald Pleasance but not nice enough, very disappointing.
     
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    Got some catching up to do here in the thread.

    4th - October Madness No.5 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 4 - FRANCHISE DAY: Pick something from any franchise that has four or more entries. Bonus points if it has a fast food eating scene in it - have it your way.

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) Rewatch - Rating: 2/5
    Having previously re-watched the first four films in the ANOES series earlier this year, I decided to pick back up where I left off with Part 5. Needless to say, along with Part 4, this is one of my least favourite entries in the series; mainly due to the fact that they try to over explain Freddy's backstory and that he's reduced to just one-liners which takes away any of his menace and plotwise doesn't really advance anything with mainly just retreading the formula. While this one has some fun effects set-pieces and deaths, and might be just a notch better than Part 4, it's still rather stillborn in the series...

    4th - October Madness No.6 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 4 Part II - FRANCHISE DAY: Pick something from any franchise that has four or more entries. Bonus points if it has a fast food eating scene in it - have it your way.

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    Critters 2 (1988) Rewatch - Rating: 3.5/5
    The Crites are back, and so is Scott Grimes, who's returned home on Easter vacation only to find out his Grandma's bought some rather strange Easter eggs! Probably the only above-average Mick Garris film I've seen, I much prefer this sequel to the original and find the humour and tone of this one an all-around fun time, and fitting to what I feel a Critters movie should be. For PG-13, this one definitely pushes more than a few unexpected buttons with some decent gore and nudity, and is just a blast from start to finish. Cheeeeeeseburgers!

    5th - October Madness No.7 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 5 - 1 2 3 4 CLIVE: Clive Barker was born on October 5th. Celebrate any of his gruesome cinematic deeds.

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    Hellraiser (1987) Rewatch - Rating: 3.5/5
    Hellraiser is the definitive Clive Barker film/story, so was there really any other choice on this day? Nope. However, in last year's Scarecrow Challenge there was one day they asked you to watch a film that's normally in colour in black & white and I had chosen Hellbound: Hellraiser II for that and it looked AMAZING in B&W, so I had told myself the next time I watched the first film I'd do the same - so this viewing was in goreious black & white! Both films translate well to the colour draining shift, but the second film especially looks unreal in B&W and I highly recommend it next time you watch it.

    6th - October Madness No.8 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 6 - EL DIA DE LA BESTIA: The more Satanic the better.
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    Alucarda (1977) Rewatch - Rating: 4/5
    After the death of her parents, Justine arrives at a convent that seems built into the mountainside and befriends Alucarda, a girl who's chosen to make a pact with Satan rather than God. Alucard is chock full of screaming, nudity, sacrilegious imagery, blood, and fire! This Mexican production is obviously riding on the coattails of Ken Russell's The Devil's, but is inventive, beautifully executed, and absolutely bonkers for it's short run time of 78 minutes!

    7th - October Madness No.9 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 7 - A HELL ON EARTH: Watch a post-apocalyptic movie. Bonus if it has punks (see the Destroy All Movies definition of punks) in it.
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    2019: After the Fall of New York (1983) Rewatch - Rating: 2.5/5
    Sergio Martino (Torso) gives us the Italian rip-off of Escape from New York that has Michael Sopkiw sent into a destroyed NYC in search of the last fertile woman on the planet with the hopes of bringing her back to heis employer so they can use her to repopulate the world with the 500 babies she could carry (dunno how they are gonna do that in the life span of a human, but logic ain't a strong point of these Italian post-apocalyptic trash fests!). Also features Italian favourite George Eastman as an ape-man! The future is next year!

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    The House of the Dead (1980) - Rating: 2/5
    This Oklahoma-shot horror anthology revolves around a funeral director telling the tales of the recently deceased in his possession to an adulterous man who's stumbled into the house of the dead. From a school teacher who hates kids, to detectives trying to outwit each other, and a few other scenarios, this low-budget regional oddity/anthology is rather tame and forgettable overall.

    8th - October Madness No.11 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 8 - THE EYES HAVE IT: This pick must have an eye specific scene.

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    The Headless Eyes (1971) Rewatch - Rating: 2/5
    After bumbling a theft in an apartment, a down-on-his-luck starving artist has his left eye gouged out with a spoon by the woman who's apartment he was burgling. Driven insane by the incident, he goes on a rampage taking the eyes out of numerous women in New York City. This extremely amateur and low-budget drive-in classic, which actually feels like someone doing their best H.G. Lewis rip-off, was written and directed by none other than Kent Bateman, father of Justine and Jason Bateman! Having recently watched Season 1 of Ozark on Netflix, I'm quite confident Jason Bateman included an homage to his father's first film with the headless eyes Del keeps in a jar!
     
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    Movie #11:
    The Uninvited (1944)
    First time viewing (Criterion Blu-ray)
    ***1/2 (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    9. UNSEEN TERROR: You barely see it but it still scares you.

    Went with a ghost story for today's guideline. Gets a bit exposition heavy at the end, but the banter between the characters keeps the movie entertaining until then.
     
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    6. A Quiet Place (John Krasinski, 2018)

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    Apparently comedians make great horror film directors? First Jordan Peele, now John Krasinski. Unlike Get Out, though, there was no comic relief. Everything was dire, deadly serious, and on a razor edge of suspense from the word go. I know there was a lot of hype surrounding this, and I was a little afraid that I might be let down, but it turned out to be really excellent. The sound design was great, which you would expect from a movie all about sound. But everything about it was really good. The opening scene in the deserted town kind of reminded me of Day of the Dead, as well as all the headlines and newspaper clippings seen throughout the rest of the film.

    7. The Monster that Challenged the World (Arnold Laven, 1957)

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    Hard to say whether this can legitimately be considered a horror movie. But it's certainly a monster movie. It may be more science fiction, but considering that it's intent was probably to scare, I think it counts.

    As far as these types of ancient and/or irradiated insect/reptile/sea creature films go, this one was pretty good. There's a really entertaining tendency to give each of the supporting characters a little bit of business whenever they show up, such as the records man who keeps talking about a political proposition that he's campaigning for, or the bridge attendant talking about his wife. The story and lead characters are pretty standard, but all the little stuff that goes on around them keeps it interesting.

    Also, the title is woefully inaccurate. It's not one monster, it's a whole colony. And they really don't challenge the world at all. Just the countryside surrounding a small inland body of water.
     
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    OCTOBER 9TH:
    It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
    Cry Baby Lane
    Garfield's Halloween Adventure
    Raggedy Ann and Andy in The Pumpkin Who Couldn't Smile
     
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    Day 9

    Didn't have much time today unfortunately, but did get a couple watched. Both are rewatches. Didn't want to dig into the collection too much so I settled on a couple of decent movies.

    32. Jeepers Creepers (2001) Blu-Always liked this one and it usually makes the marathon each year. First installment is my favorite

    33. Maniac Cop (1988) Blu-More Larry Cohen and as an added bonus, Bruce Campbell and Tom Atkins. Always enjoy this one. After seeing Atkins in The Fog the other day and this movie tonight, now I need a viewing of Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Anyway, might also take in the two sequels to Maniac Cop as well.

    Going to have to make up a few movies. Too much going on this week and I am a bit slower paced as a result.

    ~Rocker10
     
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    Still trying to catch up on the write-ups, just not the free time I had last year. Ratings are out of ****.

    10/5/18 - Poltergeist (1982) ***
    No summary needed here. I keep wavering on the rating of this one, often a half star lower. The Disney-esque movie tone, almost carbon copy of the style playbook from Close Encounters, and just general vibe that this is more a ghostly adventure than a horror film detract from its repeat viewing merit. Technically it is an incredibly well executed film with top notch effects and acting - but impossible to ignore how ultimately formulaic it is. In the spirit of the season (and maybe JoBeth Williams' hotness), the rating gets a nod up.

    Reason for the rewatch is a recent upgraded to Blu and wanted to check the video quality. Could have been better, but it is still a significant upgrade over the DVD.

    10/6/18 - The Crazies (1973) ***
    When a plane crash unleashes a mania inducing bio-weapon on a rural town, bureaucratic foul-ups escalate a catastrophe into a potential extinction event.

    Closely follows Romero's efforts in Night of the Living Dead in cynical tone and commando squad production, with the forcefully brisk pace and riveting delivery diverting serious notice of the low budget and competent but amateur actors. Not the towering achievement of the prior film, but arguably the best Romero has done outside the first three Dead films and Creepshow.

    10/7/18 - The Sinful Dwarf (1973) **
    A destitute couple rent a room in a boarding house where a twisted little man lures women to become heroin doped sex-slaves in his mother's brothel.

    While situationally horrific, in execution the film is mostly just soft core porn. Very little action of terrifying or disturbing or perverted nature occurs until the last 10 minutes. The opening credits with the quirky music, parade of wind-up toys and puppets, leading to the opening scenes of abduction and drug stuffed teddy bear evisceration held such promise.

    Torben acts gleefully wacked (and is the only reason I don't dock the film another half star) but is given little to actually do. The captive women supposed to be suffering from torture and withdrawal spend more screen time seeming to enjoy being raped. And the protagonist couple is about as sharp as a sack of ball bearings, barely taking serious notice of the parade of Johns going in and out of the attic.

    The problem with the movie, particularly given its subject matter, is that it is slow and mundane. It aspires to be sordid and shocking, then fails to deliver.

    10/8/18 - Children of the Corn (1984) **
    It wouldn't be trick or treat season without a film about brats gone bad.

    The film's remarkable achievement award goes to the casting manager for the ensemble of amazingly creepy looking kids (and those passed off as kids, such as the clearly long past puberty and borderline withered John Franklin). And there the praise ends for this poor attempt to puff up a short story's worth of material into a feature film. Near 40 minutes drag out before the main couple even get to town, only to further mosey along looking for someone, then not doing much having found some, then running away when they find others - and getting surrounded by them - and getting loose to run away again - and so on. All delaying the inevitable cornfield confrontation.

    The film even does an oddball tone shift at the very end, as one of the kids decides to go wise cracking smart ass as the heavy shit goes down. I'm normally in favor of staying close to the source material, but when you've got as little to work with as King's original story, going off source is a MUST. It doesn't cut it to shove the story pages into a taffy puller and see if they'll stretch into something 90 minutes long.

    10/9/18 - Ghost Stories (2017) ***
    An anthology film, centered on a paranormal debunker challenged by his idol to explain three unsolved cases.

    First involves a night watchman who has a disturbing encounter at a former insane asylum. Second a hit & run on a demon by a teenager on a rural road. Last a wealthy widower haunted by his unborn (or is it?) child.

    A potentially divisive film for viewers, with the only meaning to the eerie images and strange happenings being the human experiences and their aftermath. No tidy explanations of karmic payback or beyond the grave justice or resolution of spiritual anguish. Just old school British, M. R. James style hauntings, of innocent people thrown face to face with the unknown and left wondering why. The somewhat derivative wrapping story conclusion only slightly detracts from the recommendation on this one.
     
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    9th - October Madness No.12 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 9 - UNSEEN TERROR: You barely see it but it still scares you.
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    The Evil Dead (1981) Rewatch - Rating: 5/5
    What is there left to say about Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead that hasn't already been said? Not much if anything. It's pretty much a perfect American horror film, and a ground-breaking underground independent success that to this day remains an innovative and unrelenting gut-punch that still shocks, surprises, and jolts its audience despite how many times you've seen it. A true classic that truly is the ultimate experience in gruelling horror!
     
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    21) Tales from the Hood 2: I’m a modest fan of the original “Tales from the Hood” and the trailer for this didn’t really excite me, but I came away thinking it was just alright. The biggest problem with this film – despite the obvious low budget – is how dated it feels. In a world with an anthology show like “Black Mirror” “Tales from the Hood 2” feels very pedestrian. Most of the segments are lacking in originality, or are just down right stupid like the first segment (I honestly considered shutting this thing off, that is how bad it was), but it does have a few high spots The second segment – which revolves around a group of thugs who blackmail a fraud medium into conjuring up a slain rival gang member – is easily the most entertaining out of the bunch. The final segment is the only one that has a very serious, politically charged tone, but ends the film on quite the somber tone. A descent watch, but nothing special. (5/10)


    22) Ghost Stories: When a cynical professor comes across a file detailing three cases of the paranormal, he sets out to verify their validity. So far this is the most visually pleasing film I’ve watched this month, everything about the camera work and cinematography is absolutely stellar. It also features a great cast of British actors who bring life to the characters. Unfortunately, the segments themselves are all underwhelming. The wrap around was pretty clever and outshined the stories presented, until the twist during the final act was revealed, and that sucked the air right out of the balloon and I felt cheated. It seemed like the writers didn’t have a good conclusion to wrap things up so instead we discover
    The lead character is in a coma, and the other characters featured in each segment are just employees who work at the hospital.
    This really had potential to be great, instead it wades in mediocrity. (5/10)
     
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    Jeepers Creepers

    With the MLB post season in full swing, it's been a struggle to fit in horror. After celebrating the Sox victory in Yankee stadium last night, I wanted to throw a flick in I've seen many times and wouldn't have to pause to go get another beer or take my dog out......or wouldn't be upset if I passed out midway through.

    Jeepers is an all time favorite of mine. I don't throw the word masterpiece around lightly but I truly feel it's a suitable adjective to describe Victor Salvas 2001 film. I love every second of this flick and it looks gorgeous on the newish collector edition blu ray. It was only the 2nd time I've spun that disc.....I had a lot of fun last night.

    Go Sox.
     
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    Martin is solid, I just preferred The Crazies.

    Then again, I was impressed with Ghost Stories and Colin considered it mediocre, so my taste is obviously suspect.
     
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    10/8/18

    BAD DREAMS (1988)

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    Earlier this year while attending Phoenix Comic Con, we went to a panel on 80's horror. They were highlighting the good and bad from mostly a group of "under the radar" titles. It occurred to me during the discussion of Bad Dreams, that I had not seen the film in a very long time. That was enough to inspire me to pick up the 88 Films (UK) Blu-ray.

    Back in 1975 there was a cult led by Harris (Richard Lynch) that preached all kinds of "free love" gibberish. In reality though they were a scary group so much so that their patriarch decides to take them all out in a mass suicide by fire. 13 years have now passed and the only survivor Cynthia (Jennifer Rubin) awakens from a coma. She has a great deal of adjusting to make now that she is well into her 20's. Cynthia gets admitted into the hospital psych ward and finds that she cannot sever her past connection to the cult. Harris is reaching out to her from beyond the grave and does not have warm hugs in mind. This dude gives a new meaning to separation anxiety disorder.

    88 Films put this release under their "Slasher Classics" collection. While that may be a reach, I actually enjoyed revisiting this more than I planned on. The 1970's flashbacks at the Unity Fields cult were my favorite part of the film. These pop up throughout, but some more of this content would have been welcome. More gore on display than I remembered (been a long time). Maybe this was an uncut edition?

    Richard Lynch was the best casting choice in my opinion. I totally buy him as a cult leader. Considering his past incident when much younger (setting himself on fire under the influence of drugs in Central Park NYC), this was a bold move putting him in a film with a mass suicide by fire. Lynch brought many great villains to life and this was no exception. Jennifer Rubin is fresh off Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and we also get Bruce Abbott (Re-Animator films). E.G. Daily (Candy from The Devil's Rejects) also appears as another psych patient.

    On a final note, it was neat to hear the psychedelic garage rock song "I Had too Much to Dream Last Night" from The Electric Prunes in the aftermath of the cult tragedy. A more head scratching soundtrack selection plays during the end credits: "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses.

     
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    If you can find it, look out for the alternate ending. This was an extra on the shout release and I enjoyed it, I personally think it's better than the ending used.
     
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    Tonight

    MaleVolent

    A brother/sister team who fake Paranormal encounters for cash get more than they bargained for when a job at a haunted estate turns very, very real.

    Unfortunately very disappointing, I found a few of the characters unlikeable, none were really fleshed out, it was poorly put together and not very well thought out. I don't want to add major spoilers so I won't, but I will say if you ask a paranormal team to make contact, then you must expect the outcome when they do indeed make contact.

    It gets a bit torture porn towards the end but nothing overly graphic, it made me laugh and grown as the one character is super human, with what they subject them to there is no way they would be in the state they are by the end.
     
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    Movie #12:
    The House of the Devil (2009)
    Rewatch (Shudder)
    ***1/2 (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    10. UNHEARD UNTIL...: It's too late! Your last second will be your loudest. We're looking for the quietest non-silent movie or one where the enemy hunts by sound.

    When I thought about a quiet horror movie this was the first one that popped into my head. Didn't hurt that I'd also been wanting to rewatch it. Liked it more on this viewing than I did upon initial release.

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    Movie #13:
    976-Evil II (1991)
    First time viewing (Lionsgate's Horror Collection 8 Movie Pack)
    ** (out of 5)

    Still no great shakes, but I preferred this to the original based strictly on the George 'Buck' Flower scenes and the sequence where the woman is zapped into the TV.
     
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    #SCVpsychochallenge Guideline: Day 9 - UNSEEN TERROR: You barely see it but it still scares you.
    An okay, some-what slow moving UK horror film.
     
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    8. The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (Dan Milner, 1955)

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    One more 50's monster movie before I go back to more straight horror. While fun, this one couldn't live up to The Monster that Challenged the World. The story is more all over the place (conniving assistants, complicit secretaries, Russian spies, investigating G-men, inquisitive scientists, death rays, mutated turtles, plenty of SCUBA diving, and a monster which is neither a phantom, nor from anywhere near as deep as 10,000 leagues). The dialogue isn't as interesting. The makeup isn't as gruesome. And the monster isn't nearly as cool.

    They can't all be winners. Still, it's 80 minutes easily spent. If I ever write a book, I'm gonna put my picture on the front, not the back, just like the hunky scientist in this movie. Make sure everybody knows exactly who wrote that shit!
     
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    OCTOBER 10TH:
    Dark Night of the Scarecrow
    Don't Go To Sleep
    Trilogy of Terror

    I, Desire
     
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