The Annual October Horror Movie Watching Thread -- 2019!!!

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  1. hots4

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    My first watch (I started it on 30th and it ended on the 1st so I'm counting it)

    The hills have eyes 2:

    Unfortunately not the new arrow release but the previous blu, I purchased it about a month before the arrow announcement, but it was cheap.

    I'd not seen this for about 20 years and didn't enjoy my first viewing, but decided to give it another try,

    I really don't understand the hatred, this is fun, yeah there are a few problems here and there, but no movie is perfect.

    The flashback with the dog didn't bother me, the lighter tonal change was fine, there were a few nice kills, I loved the sets, the characters were likeable and I had a big smile at the end, all good from my perspective, a good start to proceedings.
     
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    Late Phases?
     
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    I watched the Arrow Blu last week and agree. It's not a good movie, but to consider it one of the worst sequels ever like so many do is being too hard on it.
     
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    October 1st (Midnight Viewing!)

    Tammy and the T-Rex [Gore Cut] (1993)

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    As part of Los Angeles' Beyond Fest this week and next, they screened the newly restored "Gore Cut" of Tammy and and the T-Rex. (I'd never seen the PG-13 cut.). It was the perfect midnight movie.

    Director Stewart Raffill (he of Ice Pirates, Mannequin: On the Move, and, of course, Mac & Me fame) was on hand for an interview with Jonah Ray before the screening. He said the impetus for the film was an out-of-the-blue phone call from a Dutch ("or German") financier who had an animatronic T-Rex in the Texas desert that was available for two weeks before it was to be shipped elsewhere. Did Stewart want to use it for a film? Yes, Stewart whipped up a script and pulled together a film that is completely bonkers, but it also--to my surprise--knows how bat-shit crazy it is. Stewart claimed he'd never seen the film prior to a week ago, because the financier saw the original cut and complained that he wanted a family-friendly film, not whatever Tammy turned out to be. Stewart then divested himself from the film.

    Until three months ago, when he found out that "some people" had restored all of his gore--over 10 minutes of it! He seemed incredulous that a theater would be packed on a late Monday evening to see Tammy, and that this film would be shown in 4K.

    I don't think I would go so far as to call this film a "long-lost gem" or suggest it belongs amongst Troll 2, in terms of Best Worst Movies, but it holds its own, for sure. Tammy (a very green Denise Richards) is in love with Michael (an equally green Paul Walker, who has an odd taste for yellow roses)--it is unclear if they are in high school or college--but the problem is that Tammy has a very jealous ex to contend with. The two paramours decide to duel with an extended crotch-grabbing battle.

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    The ex then kidnaps Michael and drops him off in a "Wild Animal Sanctuary," where he is promptly mauled by a lion.
    While Michael recovers in a hospital, a mad scientist and his leggy assistant kidnap him, cut open his skull, extract his brain, and connect it...to...an animatronic T-Rex. Michael, naturally, then goes on a rampage, before rekindling his love affair with Tammy, who is quite game despite the animatronics and other robot T-Rex/Human logistics.

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    The 10 minutes of new gore runs red, with guts, brains, blood, and viscera squirting and gushing. This is still very much a comedy, however, and the gore is pretty limited in its usage. Denise Richards even has a lingerie dance number at the very end (unsure if this was in the PG-13 version), and if you are a Denise Richards fan, well, this one's for you.

    What the hell is this movie and why should you see it? It is 100% CHEESE, with everyone in on the joke (including the T-Rex, who has time to play a game of charades), and its premise is so outlandish, its performances so wild, and its choices so unexpected that my theater had a ball. I did not feel the need to own this film, but I would certainly suggest an inebriated viewing with likeminded people.

    Favorite bit: The film cannot decide if its lead character is named "Tammy" or "Tanny." Decisions!

    Happy October!
     
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    It is in the PG-13 version.

    USA Network used to air this weekly throughout the '90s. I saw it a lot back then, but I haven't seen it since. Looking forward to the VS blu-ray, it's good to be a subscriber!
     
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    Movie #1:
    Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968)
    First time viewing (Criterion Eclipse Series DVD)
    ***1/2 (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    1. SLIP INTO SOMETHING CHALLENGING: Ease into 2019's list by watching something with a lot of slime, body goop or questionable muck in it. Wiggle your toes in the gooey glory.

    You'd think a plane crash-landing in the mountains would be bad enough, but this plane is carrying a conniving psychiatrist, a selfish politician, a suicide bomber, an assassin, AND an alien blob that crawls into people's brains.
     
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    YottNik Pay the price!

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    October 1

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    Creepshow (2019) Episode 1 - Gray Matter / The House of the Head
     
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    YottNik Pay the price!

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    A really fun film. Gets too much hate.
     
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    This will be airing later this month on TCM. Worth it? Be honest.
     
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    Totally. Anything above 3 stars is a recommend for me. It's a fun bottle story with some awesome visuals and fun FX.
     
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    Tonight viewing:

    The Survivor (1981)

    I had heard at the time of release this was one of the most expensive films produced in Australia due to the elaborate crash sequence, this had me excited before viewing, alas excitement died very quickly.

    This was a mess, it's badly put together with some really poor, confusing editing choices, Robert Poxwell meanders through the movie, with lots of footage of him just standing around the crash site, which raised the question surely while the investigation is ongoing he would not be allowed anywhere near said site, due to conflicts of interest, possible evidence tampering etc, but no he has full access.

    We have a confused and underused Jenny Agutter, random kids show up for some of the 'supernatural' scenes, then are absent for others.

    And as for the expensive crash scene, well it's pretty poorly done, the plane appears to be travelling no faster than a car when it's passing over children knocking down trees, the explosion sequence to be fair is fairly big.

    All in all nothing to recommend here, there are better movies to fill your time.
     
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    1. Tales that Witness Madness (Freddie Francis, 1973)

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    I started off my October horror watching with this one. It's a first time viewing for me, although I'd heard enough about it to know that it was a fairly low-rent film. It's definitely that, but it's got a certain amount of charm to it. The four stories are all quite basic, and the wrap-around isn't all that significant (or well explained) either. But even a rather sedate Donald Pleasence is worth a watch, and the third story about a man who inexplicably brings half a tree home and sets it up in his living room like some kind of art installation is pretty great. The whole affair is predictable and modest in it's ambitions, but still worth a casual watch. I'm sure there will be much better entries than this as the month goes on, but this was a fine way to begin the month.
     
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    Day 1

    Good start to the binge!

    1. Creature from Black Lake (1976) Prime - Had not seen this one which surprises me. Being a fan of The Legend of Boggy Creek and this movie being a 70's Sasquatch type film, I should have seen this before now. I liked it. I'm kind of a nostalgia nut for time periods and really loved the 70's and 80's eras for horror movies. I had initially downloaded this a month or two ago and hadn't got around to watching it yet. There was talk of it here in the forums and I had to check it out. I would probably buy this if a collector's edition were to surface in hi-def.

    2. Dance of the Dead (2008) Prime - I was away from the house today, so the tablet had to suffice with the first 2 movies. I was in a hurry and just downloaded this one. Another teens combat zombies type movie all revolving around the prom. A bit predictable and goofy at times, but it was more entertaining than I expected it to be. Kind of a comedy/horror mix.

    3. Urban Legend (1998) Blu - The sort of recent Scream Factory set. I watched this one back when it was now which was around 20 years ago now. Haven't watched it since until today. Most are probably familiar with the premise of a serial killer basing kills on Urban Legends. I think I grabbed this one due to Amazon dropping to a very good price at some point. Don't regret the purchase as it was entertaining for me. I don't buy as much Scream Factory stuff these days due to their prices being ridiculous. There are certain things I will spring for and I will grab stuff like this on those low price point drops Amazon does from time to time.

    4. Fright Night (1985) Blu - I had missed getting this the first go around on Blu, so when it resurfaced not too long ago, I was all in. Honestly, I remembered loving this move, but hadn't seen it probably since the days it was first released. Very fun movie with good performances. Probably my highlight of the day today. I will probably revisit the re-imagine 2011 film as well as I found that to be entertaining as well. With this one fresh on my mind, it will be fun to compare.

    Back tomorrow with more write ups.

    ~Rocker10
     
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    3. The Shining (1980)

    Spun up my new 4k blu ray of this late last night. What an amazing new 4k transfer and was like night and day compared to my old blu ray. Not much i can add to what has already been said about this film , its near perfect. Always amazes me how quick the nearly 2 and a half hours zips by. Built my excitement up for Doctor Sleep which drops here in just under a month. 5/5
     
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    10/1/19

    THE NEW YORK RIPPER (1982)

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    Each October I try not to plan out my horror marathon too much. Last year I ended up with an abundance of Italian horror movies. 3 were retro screenings at the theater, but most were at home. Not trying to push this month in any direction just yet, but Lucio Fulci felt like a good starting point.

    Young women are turning up dead in New York City, the unfortunate victims of a brutal serial killer prone to quacking like a duck (you read that correctly). Burnt out police detective Lieutenant Williams (Jack Hedley) has much work to do while enlisting the help of a university psychology professor (Paolo Malco). After a while, the killer begins to taunt Williams with quacking phone calls. The carnage only gets worse.

    New York Ripper has quite a reputation in the horror genre & rightly so. This was my first viewing of the film. You get transported back to the height of the grindhouse and smut era of 42nd Street. Times Square circa 1982 was a vastly different place and a good deal of story takes place here. Fulci does a great job creating some incredibly tense moments during the murders. Much more suspense than you might expect for such a violent outing. Fulci’s Gates of Hell trilogy can sometimes challenge viewers in the gore department. It’s pushed up a notch here due to the realistic tone of the story and absence of the supernatural.

    If you’re looking for a traditional hero, this is probably not the picture for you. The married detective is no screen role model, with his prostitute girlfriend in the mix. New York Ripper delivers throughout in the sleaze department. It’s just about everywhere you look. The Big Apple is not a safe place in this film for anyone. Understandable if it’s too heavy for your tastes, but New York Ripper is never boring. Probably one of the most hardcore giallo films I have ever seen. This newly remastered 4K package from Blue Underground seems like the best option to experience it.


    COLD BLOODED BEAST (a.k.a. SLAUGHTER HOTEL) (1971)

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    A sanitarium for wealthy women sits in relative seclusion. The patients suffer from different emotional issues, one is suicidal, and yet another is an out of control nymphomaniac (Rosalba Neri). Among the professional staff is Dr. Clay (Klaus Kinski). The big guy in charge is older Professor Osterman (John Karlsen). Lax policies lead to all kinds of bad behavior, including lots of sexual shenanigans – and why the hell not? It was the early 1970’s. Enter a masked killer lurking about the property. This psycho uses vintage weapons from a display area in one of the many rooms. Why these weapons or a torture/execution device like the iron maiden would be allowed in a working asylum is a fair question?

    Cold Blooded Beast (a.k.a. Slaughter Hotel) is another first time viewing for me. Nothing all that imaginative goes down in this hybrid Italian giallo and erotic film. Seems rather obvious that some of the women were doubled for the more explicit sex content. That said, there is still much to admire from Rosalba Neri for instance. Klaus Kinski sports quite the outrageous hippie hairstyle, yet still cannot escape that infamous villain look we always associate him with. Straight horror fans will probably complain the “porn” stuff goes on too long. I am a big fan of Jess Franco, so it doesn’t bother me at all. The killer takes an extended leave of absence after an early appearance. Making up for lost time, the body count gets carried away in the final minutes. Still feels light compared to New York Ripper. The revealing of the killer and finale itself feels rushed though, a little sloppy. Pretty cool location is used. The sanitarium looks comparable to a haunted house.

    Video quality from 88 Films is acceptable with an opening disclaimer noting a variety of sources. Cold Blooded Beast is no hidden gem. It’s worth a look though if you enjoy some additional erotica in your giallo.
     
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    4. Asylum (1972)
    Blu Ray. Horror anthology From Amicus Studios which like most of these films , had various degrees of quality between the segments . The wraparound is one of the best of the Amicus series with the story of a psychiatrist turning up for a job interview at an asylum to find that the Doctor advertising the job has been locked up in the asylum, He has to guess which one of the inmates was the Doctor to get the job. 2 out if the 4 tales were excellent with the weird tailor segment being the standout for me. 3.5/5

    5. The House That Dripped Blood. (1970)

    Blu Ray. My favorite of all the Amicus anthology films with 4 strong segments based around a house with a chequered past with a strange fate awaiting all that live in it. My favorite section is The Cloak , with the story of a horror actor buying which turns out to be a be a genuine vampire's cloak to wear in his latest horror film. When he wears the cloak he develops a thirst for blood and grows fangs , Jon Pertwee hams it up brilliantly and it also stars the beautiful Ingrid Pitt which would have been enough for me to watch this. Also Starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing amongst many other horror vets 4.5/5
     
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    Natas Is it October yet?

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    Audition (arrow blu ray)

    It's been years since I watched this Miike film. Last View was VHS which was dark as shit. This new blu ray from Arrow is amazing. It was like watching a new movie.

    Everyone knows about the last 15-20 mins or so. It's a relatively slow drama up until this point. Although it's beautifully shot, well acted, and builds the suspense brilliantly in my opinion. You have to be in the mood as goes for most of Miike films. They're not easy watches but it was a treat and a fantastic way to kick off my October.
     
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    I disagree about the "relatively slow drama" part. This is one of those rare movies that drastically improves and becomes significantly more horrifying upon repeated viewings (The original Wicker Man is another). Knowing the finale the next time you watch it, you realize the entire thing is a set-up from the beginning, and you're watching the main character unknowingly walking into a horrible trap the whole time. It's agonizing.
     
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    It's better than it should be, and I'm guessing that's due to the source material. I did a DVD review of it here a long time ago but couldn't find it even in the archives. Gary Busey (who's now unfairly maligned as "crazy". Ever see The Buddy Holly Story? He sang AND played guitar LIVE in that one, no lip synching. Got a Best Actor nomination for it too) and Everett McGill chew the scene appropriately. And I've always thought Megan Follows is 20 pounds of cute in a 10-pound bag. I've seen parts of it recently on Showtime or some other channel but haven't watched it beginning-to-end in years. Might change that this October.
     
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    1) Hell House, LLC: A documentary crew investigates the mysterious tragedy at a haunted house attraction that may be connected to the paranormal. “Hell House, LLC” had been on my watchlist for several years now, and although I wasn’t expecting the world from it, it’s suffice to say I came out underwhelmed. This film’s biggest problem comes down to the sloppy story structure. What we get is your run-of-the-mill, paranormal found footage film interspliced with faux documentary interview sequences. These interview sequences often add nothing to move the plot forward – in most cases – and usually work as asides to cultivate the history of bizarre deaths that took place at the former hotel turned haunted house attraction. A lot of the supporting cast is cringe, and our main cast is passable, apart from the annoying, weirdo, 70’s porn stash camera man. The film does boast a few good moments, but the climax is really devoid of tension. Okay at best, but I can’t see myself watching either of the sequels. (5/10)


    2) Savageland: The lone survivor of a small-town massacre finds himself the prime suspect in the ensuing police investigation, despite evidence that paints a far more disturbing truth. Unlike the previously mentioned film, “Savageland” does a fair amount of justice to the faux documentary subgenre. Taking major ques from modern day true crime documentaries, we are presented with a unique approach in comparison to many other horror films. The interviews are believable – mostly – and the narrative structure is much more palatable than “Hell House, LLC.” It does lack a lot of polish, but it does make up with good storytelling, weaving in social commentary about the American criminal justice system and xenophobia. My biggest complaint – and what really drags the film down – is the narrative is not nearly as open ended in comparison to many of the best true crime docs out there (i.e. “The Staircase,” “Making a Murderer” etc..) because the film leans heavily in one direction. A solid effort overall. (6/10)


    3) Final Prayer: The Vatican sends a team to investigate a series of disturbing events at an isolated church only to uncover something more sinister. This had a bit of buzz surrounding it when it first hit the festival circuit, but I can’t say I was blown away. It’s very much a slow burn, which works against it at points, but the charming cast is the glue that holds it together and kept my interest. I also liked how the film crew wore head cameras, so when the shit starts hitting the fan it made sense why they were still filming. I can’t say it does anything particularly wrong, it just didn’t do anything I haven’t seen a million times in a million different found footage films. (6/10)
     

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