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

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  1. KGBRadioMoskow

    KGBRadioMoskow Makes any meat boneless!

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    Put one of these together a few weeks back...

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    Only configured it for MAME and Atari 2600 so far. The later in that its a damn easy port, there's only about 2-3 games I'll ever play on it, and infrequently at that.

    A few choice Sega Genesis, Amiga, and Commodore 64 games will eventually finish the job.
     
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    KGBRadioMoskow Makes any meat boneless!

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    As much as Terry Farrell definitely got my motor started, she isn't enough to get me to sit through Hellraiser 3 again. The new cenobites I just found silly, and the scene where Farrell slow runs down the street (the set was so small the tall and athletic Farrell would have cleared it in seconds if she had cut loose, so she had to "jog for her life" to keep the scenery from running out) I found the perfect metaphor for the plot pacing.

    While I won't put the second film as high up as the first, I feel it is a solid companion piece, and well above any later film in the series.
     
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    That film is on my hit list, although my penchant for demanding physical media may leave me disappointed (I'm still waiting on Okja, Apostle, Aterrados, and Tigers are Not Afraid - and may never find them on disk).
     
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    As I pile more disks onto my purchase list, my wallet wants you all to know it hates you all, very very much.
     
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    Kim Bruun Resident Scream Queen

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    October 4th: Galaxy of Terror

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    Believe it or not, this was my first viewing of this Corman-produced riff on Alien. The plot, with the crew of a rescue ship exploring an ancient pyramid on a deserted planet, only to be confronted by their worst fears, is basically an excuse for all sorts of creature and gore effects. And that’s fine by me – this is sheer B movie entertainment, with a great B movie cast, including Sid Haig and Robert Englund. Special mention goes to Grace Zabriskie. She has a very specific look that makes it easy to buy into whatever character she plays as slightly unhinged, and her turn here and in Twin Peaks makes me wish she’d done a lot more horror movies in this period. Favourite moment: One character being raped to death by a giant worm. The actress gives it her all, and the creature effects are excellent (and disgusting!). Some might object to the explicit nature of this scene and the way it injects a relatable traumatic experience into what is basically a popcorn monster flick. But come on, this is an exploitation movie about being attacked by the thing that scares you the most.

    October 4th: Vice Squad

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    A prostitute named Princess helps the police set up a pimp called Ramrod. He escapes from custody and sets out to find her as she continues the evening working the streets. A colourful movie buoyed by three strong leads, Vice Squad is surprisingly upbeat considering the sordid themes it revolves around. Much of the movie deals with Princess following her merry calling. Her tricks are often played for comedic effect – such as one with very specific fantasies involving a wedding gown and a coffin. It’s never boring, but for a movie exploring the seedy underbelly of big city life, I would probably have appreciated Vice Squad a bit more if it had been more raw and mean-spirited and downplayed the goofy aspects. The chase could also have been better developed. Had Princess learned of Ramrod’s escape earlier and spent more of the movie on the run from him, it could have made for a terrifically suspense-driven final act.

    October 5: The Deadly Mantis

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    Ah, 50’s horror. There’s something charmingly innocent about it. There’s rarely much gore, and all it took to scare people was a big bug. Of course, there’s also the sexism, which is less innocent, and The Deadly Mantis is no exception. Of the three protagonists, one is a woman (a ”female woman”, as an officer in an all male work environment notes), and while she is not a weak character (she holds a job and goes to the front line of the action), she’s also very much a woman navigating in a man’s world, with her sex receiving more attention than her contribution to solving the bug problem. To the classically handsome, square-jawed hero, she’s just there to take pictures and be swept off her feet. He does respect her right to decline an invitation to dance, but being the good woman that she is, she obliges. Oh well, it’s a time capsule, much like the ice that held the prehistoric giant mantis. And speaking of which, the mantis is more impressive than the giant ants in Them! Where The Deadly Mantis is less effective than, say, Them! or The Monster that Challenged the World, is that it kind of lacks scenes with the monster and the potential victim in the same shot. There’s never a real sense of menace – just a big bug flying south. But what a bug it is!

    October 5th: The Mutilator

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    The first time I saw The Mutilator, I came away disappointed, having expected to like it more. It definitely improved on a repeat vewing – or at least it caught me in a more forgiving mood. The gore is really good, as is the spirited final chase (though I wouldn't mind if it had been a bit longer). The build-up, though could have been much tighter. Much of the movie finds the killer snoozing in a shed. At one point, he wakes up, kills two kids and a policeman, and then goes back to sleep. The remaining kids are unaware of this and pad the running time with drinking beers, playing games, and not having sex. And I’m not saying the cast is bad per se, but they don’t make this material sing either. The killer is also gifted with ridiculous plot stealth. Some of his kills are extremely loud, and the only reason our main characters don’t hear them is that the plot requires them not to. Still, I’ve said before that I can find something to enjoy in most slashers, and The Mutilator is no exception.

    October 11th: Scary Movie

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    Not the 2000 comedy, but the homespun 1991 effort recently released by AGFA on Blu. Scary Movie takes a couple of cues from Halloween, and I expected it to be a cheap, late entry slasher, but it ultimately subverts the tropes of the genre in an interesting way. That said, it also borders on amateurish. The characters generally behave as if they were written by an author who has no clue how people interact, and there is no real sense of the layout of the haunted house. Which room leads to which room exactly? It almost felt like each door was a portal landing our hero in a random location within the house. It may have been purposeful, but to me, it just felt loosey goosey. Our hero is also a real weirdo. He’s like a poor man’s Bruce Campbell, only he starts out in crazy mode, and we never learn why. Still, I did kinda enjoy Scary Movie. It has some fresh ideas, and it celebrates the spirit of Halloween.

    October 12th: Calamity of Snakes

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    I really don’t enjoy animal cruelty, but I also think Cannibal Holocaust is artistically brilliant, so there you have it. Cannibal Holocaust this ain’t. First of all, the animal cruelty is on a far larger scale. Snakes are sliced open, crushed, run over, chopped in half, burned, you name it. By the hundreds. It’s really awful. Secondly, this isn't even a good movie. The basic premise of a group og people trapped in a high-rise with thousands of snakes is really cool, but the characters are all broadly drawn and mostly played for poorly judged comedic effect. One moment, we’re cringing at reprehensible animal cruelty, the next, we’re supposed to laugh at a heavy woman stuffing her face with food intercut with images of a pig eating from a trough. There is one very cool scene, though: When party guests attempt to flee the building, they open a double door, only to have a veritable river of snakes pour out at them. Think the blood gushing out of the elevator in The Shining, only with snakes! A couple of odd things I noticed:

    1: Everyone keeps referring to the leader of the snakes as a boa when it is obviously a reticulated python.

    2: Much of the music is lifted from other movies. The main suspense theme is taken from Maniac, and the opening theme is from It’s Alive.
     
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    Okay. Let's give it another shot.

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    Day 5 of the Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge.
    MUMMY'S DAY: An ancient woman wrapped in linen has resurfaced with new purpose.
    The Mummy Lives. First time viewing. Originally set to star Anthony Perkins, who died before filming started. Then Christopher Lee, who turned down the lead at the last moment. So producer Harry Alan Towers went with Tony Curtis. Curtis is insanely miscast. He fluctuates between giving no fucks to hamming it up. The story is the usual reincarnated lover deal. It's a bit slow and there's not enough of the decent looking mummy on screen. Most of the gore comes from Omen style kills. There's a certain charm to the film though. And did I mention there's a brief scene of a mummy cat coming back to life?

    Went with a couple more unseen films after The Mummy Lives.

    Reign in Darkness. A poor man's Blade dressed up like The Matrix. When it's not being pretentious with it's abundant narration. It's indulging in Matrix style action. Very low budget Matrix action. It could have been dumb fun if it hadn't taken itself way to seriously. I was going to call it an Underworld rip off, but it actually predates it by a year or two. Also why did they name the main character Michael Dorn? All I could picture during the film was Worf fighting vampires.

    And finally there was...

    Creepies. A killer bug movie filmed on a three dollar and fifty cent budget. Ron Jeremy shows up as a cop. The cockpits of the tank and helicopters would make Ed Wood proud. The film is dumb and knows it. There's the sense that they had a lot of fun making it. Overall a cheap B-movie with a bit of charm, if you like really low budget craziness.

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    Day 6 of the Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge.
    666. THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP: A mass, ritual or summoning scene celebrating the Dark Prince.
    Eko Eko Azarak: Wizard of Darkness. Last year I watched the Eko Eko Azarak set from Tokyo Shock. Having only seen this, the first in the series before. I highly recommended Wizard of Darkness and it's follow up: Eko Eko Azarak 2: Birth of the Wizard to anyone who enjoys Japanese horror films or horror based super heroes. There's a good amount of gore and a creepy atmosphere in both. The third film which features a different actress and director then the first two is okay.

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    28) Funeral Home: A young woman helps her grandmother convert her once funeral home into a bed and breakfast. But the house is hiding a dark secret. I don’t have much to say other than this was a boring supernatural thriller that plays out like a murder/mystery tv movie of the week. The story is fine, but didn’t keep me engaged, and is dragged down by the poor acting and horrendous cinematography. I swear the nighttime sequence were filmed using flashlights, it was that underexposed at times. Id didn’t mind the obvious twist ending, bit this didn’t do much for me. (5/10)


    29) One Dark Night: Looking to join an elite click at her high school, a teenage girl agrees to spend the night inside a mausoleum that harbors the tomb of a psychic with connections to the occult. A descent film that is bogged down by its overly inflated plot. Instead of one cohesive plot, we get two stories – that could work as separate films – chopped together for this unnecessarily drawn out bore. Everything involving Adam West and the psychic’s daughter is not particularly interesting, and only slows down the film. I would have much preferred if the narrative focused on the girls and the spooky mausoleum because they were for more charismatic and the goings on far more interesting. The film does pick up a bit towards the final act, but it was too little too late to save it from mediocrity. (5/10)
     
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    Day 7 of the Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge.
    DAIKAIJU: The bigger the better. Who needs a city anyway?
    This challenge was a good one. I got to finish off two Heisei era series I've been going through recently in one night. Watched Godzilla vs. Destoroyah and then Gamera 3: The Revenge of Iris back to back.
    Destoroyah is one hell of a send-off for Big G's 2nd era. Emotional and at times brutal, mostly thanks to Destoroyah being an evil bastard. All in all I really loved going through the Heisei era Godzilla films. Except for the Mothra and Space Godzilla outings. They just didn't do it for me this time around.
    While I enjoyed seeing the '90's Gamera for the first time, I don't feel their as good as the Godzilla films of that era overall. Iris is the best of the three. The revenge story gave the monster antics added weight. Maybe with a few more viewings of the trilogy they'll grow on me.

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    Day 8 of the Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge.
    AFTER THE DISASTER: Will we rebuild, adapt or move on?
    Watched Threads for this one. Holy crap was that a grim film. I'm glad I saw it. But I don't think I'd ever want to see it again. I remember seeing The Day After as a kid and being scared. If I'd seen this I would have run through the wall, Looney Tunes style.
    As a 2nd feature I watched the groovy Omega Man. First time viewing of it on Blu-ray. HD does no favors to Chuck's obvious stunt double.
     
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    30) The Black Belly of the Tarantula: A detective investigates a series of murders where the victims are paralyzed with a rare wasp venom, then gutted with a knife. A great mix of police procedure, domestic drama, and a killer with one of the more unique M.O.’s I’ve seen in a horror film. I was really engrossed with the storytelling and I – funny enough – learned quite a bit about spiders and wasps in the process. The final act does slow down a bit, and the killer’s motive was less than stellar, but I still enjoyed this for what it was. (7/10)


    31) Seven Death’s in a Cat’s Eye: When the matriarch of a wealthy family turns up dead, her clan suspects the culprit is a killer cat that has cursed the family for centuries. A slow burn piece of gothic horror, “Seven Death’s…” is a bit long in the tooth with an overstuffed plot. It tries hard to incorporate elements of religious superstition and perverse/immoral sexual desire but doesn’t do enough to flesh those elements out. The cast is well crafted, and the mystery behind the killer’s identity is interesting, but the film stumbles around a bit too much for its own good. (6/10)
     
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    KGBRadioMoskow Makes any meat boneless!

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    Many will think it blasphemy to say so, but I consider that to be the only truly good Godzilla film series. There were definitely weaker films, like Biollante, Mothra, and Space Godzilla. And even the better films had some bad moments (really, that pudgy looking cracker was the best you could have cast as your terminator rip-off in Ghidora?). On the other hand, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II just kicks ass.

    But the whole, from Return of Godzilla to Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, makes for a quality viewing franchise. Unlike the previous (and, sadly, all following) series they managed a blend of mostly serious tone, solid effects, and competent writing. The original Godzilla still stands alone in quality, but the Heisei era probably does the best to echo the same tone while still tossing out the kaiju battles and franchise toys viewers demanded.
     
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    Agreed. For me, the only two mediocre ones are Mothra, and Space Godzilla. They still had some good moments. Many times the Non-Japanese actors came across as people they just picked up off the street. But, I love the Heisei era. Have a lot of nostalgia for it. I remember sending away for bootleg VHS tapes of the films in the late '90's and reading G-Fan articles about them. After October, I'm moving on to the first American one. Only seen that one when it came out. Didn't care for it then. Probably won't now. Then the Millennium series.
     
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    Whst I've watched since the site went down:

    House IV:

    Fucking awful, boring and bloodless, next!

    Beyond Evil:

    It was ok, nothing special, cheesy special effects, passed the time, but not one I'll return to.

    The Fury:

    I enjoyed it, but it was frustrating, so many questions that are never answered, why are they doing experiments on Robin? His powers increase, great, but what are they going to use them for, and who are they? Government? Apart from this, there are some great set pieces and the finale is worth the price of administration alone!!!
     
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    Day 9 of the Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge.
    DIGITAL S(T)IMULATIONS: A pre-2000 movie using computer generated "special" effects.
    Brainscan. I hadn't seen this one since the '90's. It's a lot more entertaining then I remembered. That POV kill scene would be right at home in a giallo. A great time capsule of the early '90's. And a bit of Fangoria porn.
    The other film I watched yesterday was Friend Request. It actually started out halfway decent. I liked some of the ideas the film had for it's big bad. But it degenerated into the Bagul school of cheesy jump scares. I suppose it's too much to ask for characters who aren't assholes in modern horror films. Except for the lead. Her character wasn't a jerk. She was also a dead ringer for Taissa Farmiga.

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    Day 10 of the Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge.
    ANALOGUE MANIPULATORS: Practical effects are the truth. No CGI will be tolerated.
    For this one, I watched some Day of The Dead. Over the years it's edged out Dawn as my favorite in the series and maybe my favorite zombie film period.

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    Day 11 of the Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge.
    THE OLD WAY. Watch a classic from 1959 or before.
    The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake. This one's been in the collection for years. Finally got around to watching it. Enjoyable little B-movie from 1959. Feels much like something Universal would have made a decade earlier.
     
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    Day 12 of the Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge.
    THE FRACAS AND THE FUZZ: Something revolving around cops and criminals.
    Last night's film: Vice Squad. Wings Hauser as Ramrod is part pimp, part terminator. All wacko. There's just enough sleaze and cheese to satisfy your exploitation sweet tooth.
    I followed it up with the ultra-sleazy Mardi Gras Massacre. There's a bit of filler in this sucker. But the killer makes up for it with all his hamminess. And the disco score is pretty damn groovy. Just be sure to take a shower or ten afterwards.
     
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    Another spasm of catch-up. Ratings are out of ****.

    10/4/19 - Night Of Death! (1980) **
    A new nurse at a retirement home deals with the residents eccentric behavior and even stranger diet.

    The film has a very slow and odd pacing, with the amateur acting lending an even weirder tone. Extended gore shots of feeding from an obviously fake corpse, repetitive use of an annoying music score, ridiculous logic gaps (like locking your future victim in a room with a wooden door and an axe). A first victim who struggles...or rather, squirms a bit...as she's being hauled off to her death. Part and parcel for low budget slaughter fests, but maybe I've become too jaded to be roped in this time.

    The finale is an over the top sequence of serial geriatric ambushes followed by geezers getting the beatdown, almost worth the price of admission by itself. The central theme of immortality through cannibalism barely gets a passing wrap up, playing second fiddle to the strongly foreshadowed ending. If the mood is right this film can make entertaining viewing, for me I didn't mind watching it but the disk hit the purge pile afterwards.

    10/5/19 - Death Note (2006) *1/2
    A college student using a cursed book to slaughter evil people becomes the target of an unusual police investigation.

    I knew this film had manga roots, normally a bad sign for my tastes, but I took a chance based on the films ratings. And it was a mistake. The genre normal shallow story, simplistic black and white ethical stances, and overly long and meandering story telling was on full display.

    The main character was one of those ridiculous "expert at everything" comic characters - star athlete, accomplished hacker, legal savant, rock star attractive. Next to impossible to relate to, or sympathize with. His antagonist a psychiatric stereotype whose crime solving skills are at times such logical bullshit as to be laugh out loud funny - think Monk without any redeeming humanity or believable detective skill. Common sense in character actions is in short supply, and the movie even breaks its own rules a few times.

    Add in a demon that is a blatant visual rip-off of The Joker.

    If manga driven films is your thing, and you don't have a problem with plots that pivot between glaringly obvious and ridiculously illogical, this may work. For me it might have been watchable if at least a half hour had been trimmed, but at 2 hours it was a rough slog and a quicker purge.

    10/6/19 - The H.P. Lovecraft Collection, Vol. 4: Pickman's Model (2008) **1/2
    An art journalist finds an artist’s inspirations for his fantastically abominable paintings are all too literal.

    A collection of low budget, independent renditions of the previously and rather frequently filmed Lovecraft classic. Also on disk are a couple unrelated side works.

    The main feature, Chilean Gothic, is suitably slow tension build with effectively jarring visuals. The acting is amateur but passable, the pacing too long and circuitous, and the finish a bit weak. Still worth a watch for the mood, well-chosen catacomb scenery, and sincerity of effort. A bit of editing, a couple script tweaks, and this could have been a short film classic for the genre.

    The first side feature, Pickman's Model (Italy) is a significantly altered but recognizable retelling of the same. Fair, with some effective shock shots, but the moments of ostentatious style scenes border on the absurd.

    The short Between the Stars is quite intriguing, worth a few minutes as a side watch.

    In the Vault is an amusing low budget animation, of the type normally shown in animation fests.

    Pickman's Model (Texas) is another main story re-telling, filmed in 1981 but looking like it’s from a decade prior. The lead has more than a passing resemblance and mannerisms of the then younger Jeffrey Combs, while the actor chosen for Pickman was clearly cast for his creepy look and not his acting skill. The story is a major deviation from the source (turning into a werewolf tale), and overall is just fair.
     
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    Tonight viewing:

    Rabid - Remake

    I was looking forward to this, but I'm sad to report it's not very good.

    After a promising start, It all goes down hill after the surgery culminating into a WTF ending, and not WTF in a good way.

    Apart from the lead the acting is poor, it also has a very cheap feel. Some ok gore, the initial injury make up was good and there is a deformed make up that was also good, though I'm not sure what it was doing in this movie it felt out of place, more at home in society or basket case 2.

    I will be sticking with the original in the future.
     
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    THE UNNAMABLE (1988)

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    Back in the late 18th century, the Winthrop House hides a monstrous presence which cannot be controlled. Locked up in its depths, the house remains sealed off. About 200 years later, a nearby university shares the same zip code. A trio of students are curious about the abandoned property. One of them named Randolph Carter (Mark Kinsey Stephenson) fuels this interest with some old ghost stories that conveniently happened right here. Joel (Mark Parra) decides to spend the night inside like a dumbass. Access to the forbidden home is all too easy. Other bored entitled students soon follow, awakening the evil within.

    The Unnamable was based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, whose Miskatonic University practically sits next door. Ever watch a movie where every character introduced is someone you can’t wait to die? Yeah, that happened to me here. Couldn’t give a fuck about any of the 20th century characters. All were annoying to the point of exhaustion. I would even say interchangeable, except for Carter who drones on about passages from books – including the Necronomicon (that’s here too). The main attraction for me was the creature. We don’t get to see it most of the time, could be for budgetary reasons. The brief cameo arrives later, a well-made monster design looking quite capable of unleashing the gore.

    Unearthed Films released this on Blu-ray last year. Too bad the movie couldn’t live up to the terrific artwork on the slipcover. Labelling this one under the “Unearthed Classics” seems far-fetched, though judging by the other films, this line just isn’t for me. Can’t imagine much personal replay value.
     
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    Day 10

    Back to some catch up.

    42. The New York Ripper (1982) Blu - The new set from Blue Underground is impressive as always. Not my favorite of Fulci's movies, but decent nonetheless.

    43. The Night Walker (1964) Blu - Kind of an odd movie. Not my first time watching, but I think I watched the first time a bit distracted.

    44. House of Wax 3D (1953) Blu - The Vincent Price classic. Watched it in 2D this time. I don't necessarily find wax museums creepy by any means, but hink the story was developed well in this movie. Good performances as well.

    45. Dolls (1987) Blu - This is one of those movies where you wish the dolls would get busy quick as most of the cast is completely annoying. There were a couple of exceptions. The movie has its charm and is fun to revisit from time to time.

    ~Rocker10
     
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    One of those films that favorable buzz that keeps pulling me back to, only to have me go "nope, still don't see it" every single time. With films like Dagon and The Resurrected, there should be little reason to go back to this one. But like the proverbial hand on the stove, I keep getting burned and never learn.

    At least I haven't re-purchased it since my original purge of the DVD.
     
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    Day 11

    46. The Dead Pit (1989) Prime - I don't think I have ever seen this movie before now. The whole sanitarium/sanitorium thing creeps me out. I always thought they made good locations for horror movies. I liked this movie, not sure if I like it enough for the Code Red price, but I would revisit this one.

    47. The Funhouse (1981) Blu - I forgot I had this one and it was still sealed. I believe this was a first time watch although this film is a bit of a classic now. I remember seeing the cover back in the days of the video store rentals. Liked it and definitely liked the nostalgic factor.

    48. Zombie (1979) Blu - This was the recent Blue Underground 4K remaster. Man, this looks awesome. I love this movie and this set feels really definitive. Seen this many times as I am sure most of you have. Always fun to check it out each year. Favorite scene is always the shark/zombie fight.

    49. Death Ship (1980) Blu - Seen this one a couple of times. I think this was the recent re-do with the scan. The movie looks really good. Great actors in this one and a really cool setting.

    ~Rocker10
     

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