The Annual October Horror Movie Watching Thread -- 2020!!!

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  1. satans-sadists

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    10/19/2020

    SHINING SEX (1976)

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    Popular stripper Cynthia (Lina Romay) works at an upscale nightclub in the South of France. Additional cash opportunities arise from customers with a man named Andros (Raymond Hardy) requesting her services. Cynthia goes home with him and his partner Alpha (Evelyne Scott). Sex is the first order of business but things get less predictable when a foreign topical is administered on their guest's body. Cynthia then proceeds to do some unconventional assassinations which may include additional fucking. Are they masters of mind control or is there something deeper going on?

    Contrary to what critics of director Jess Franco claim, not all of his work happens to be erotic films. Shining Sex is however, yet there is enough lingering strangeness to make this a unique entry harder to properly classify. Special effects are minimal in this story of aliens, obscure dimensional realms, and otherworldly desire. It's the dialogue (and sex) that drives the narrative with mystic Dr. Seward (Jess Franco) trying to make sense of the paranormal, hopeful to intervene with good intent.

    Many lovely ladies are found in Franco's cinema. Lina Romay has always been my favorite (nude or dressed). Her undressed figure is odd this time since there is a glistening glaze slowly covering her body which might be a bit of distraction for some. Evelyne Scott is cold and aloof in comparison, but not without sex appeal. Monica Swinn plays a spiritualist on the hitlist. She can also be seen in Barbed Wire Dolls (1976), Love Camp (1977) and Wicked Women (1978) - all from Mr. Franco.

    Shining Sex likely will do little if anything to recruit new Franco fans, but for return patrons such as myself, this movie will push the right buttons.

     
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    ^ I'm still on the fence about Jess Franco films, but Lina Romay was about as pretty as a female human being can possibly get. And you gotta love the fact that her clothes were off just as often as they were on.
     
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    OCTOBER 19TH:

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    70.) Eerie, Indiana Disc 4 Episodes 12 - 15 (DVD) - Apparently the town of Eerie has an annual tornado that strikes the town every year on the same day, which is the central plot of Tornado Days. Matt Frewer plays a meteorologist who winds up blown onto the Teller's front yard. Joe Dante directs The Hole In The Head Gang, where Marshall and Simon cross paths with the ghost of an old gunslinger / bank robber, who turns out is not very good at robbing banks. The highlight of this batch of episodes is easily Mr. Chaney, where Marshall wins the town contest to be that year's Harvest King. However, part of that title requires Marshall to venture into the woods to face the Eerie werewolf, a quest from which the previous winners had never returned. No Brain, No Pain is a rather bizarre episode about the town crazy, who everyone speculates is either an axe murder or Eerie's last liberal. Most of these were fairly average episodes, but as mentioned, Mr. Chaney is a great little werewolf episode that is worth seeing.

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    71.) Lovecraft Country Episode 6 "Meet Me In Daegu" (DVR / HBO) - Wow! This episode operates more or less as a complete standalone episode (Atticus plays a major role later in the episode, but you could walk into this with no idea who he is and be fine). It's basically a mini hour-long movie. This was a really incredible episode. It's beautiful, it's engaging, it's macabre, it's romantic. I don't want to spoil what the episode is about, because it operates best if you go in blind. As a brief set-up, I'll say we meet a lonely nursing student (Jamie Chung from Sorority Row) during the Korean War who is obsessed with American cinema, especially old musicals. The episode follows her pursuit of companionship, I guess maybe a sort of Looking For Mr Goodbar with a creative twist? If you've tried the series and had maybe given up before this point, jump ahead and just watch this episode on its own. It's a pretty incredible piece of filmmaking, with an amazing performance from Jamie Chung. Also worth mentioning, this episode was directed by Helen Shaver (Desert Hearts, The Craft, Tremors II, The Amityville Horror, The Osterman Weekend). The series itself was already highly recommended, but this episode in particular is highly recommended.

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    72.) Pet Sematary II (1992) (Blu-ray) - I had watched the first movie earlier in the month, so it was time to dig into Scream Factory's blu-ray of the sequel. I'm astounded this has such a low 4.9 rating on IMDB, even lower than the remake, because this is a terrific sequel. Tonally, it's a bit campier than the first, but it's every bit as macabre and death-obsessed, maybe even more so. It's also a perfect movie for this time of year, as it feels like autumn (although I think it was filmed in Georgia in winter) and takes place around October / November. I like how the Creed story has become local folklore, with the story being told by the Ludlow teenagers on a cold Halloween night. You even see a glimpse of the old abandoned Creed house. Instead of repeating the first movie and telling it through the perspective of a grieving father, this time we get the perspective of an angsty teenager, which is very fitting of the '90s. It even has an angsty '90s rock score to accompany it. Give Clancy Brown the Oscar, because he deserves it. The first is probably a better movie and a better story, but I might say this one is more fun to watch. I love it.
    I also went through Scream Factory's interviews after the movie was over, which took until around 2AM.

    OCTOBER 20TH:

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    73.) The Devil Within Her (aka Sharon's Baby) (1975) (DVR / TCM) - This had been sitting on my DVR for a while, and going in I was a little worried that it might be a bit boring. That proved to be a non-issue. Joan Collins plays a former stripper who recently escaped that life and married well. However, back in her stripper days, she had scorned the advances of a very sexually aggressive dwarf, who put a curse on her that she would give birth to the devil. Go figure, her and her new husband have the baby from hell: shoving the maids in the river, hanging people in the backyard, decapitating Donald Pleasence with a shovel, etc. We also get Caroline Munro as Collins' best friend, who stills works as a stripper. I don't think I'd ever seen an exorcism performed on a baby before. We can cross that off my list. So yeah, boring is one thing this movie is not. I think maybe because Beyond The Door also goes by the title The Devil Within Her, I was expecting some kind of dry religious possession thing? Instead, I got an evil baby who scratches and punches people in the face. If I were to pit those two films against each other, this one easily wins.

    Previous Entries:
    1.) Cabin By The Lake (2000)
    2.) Pet Sematary (1989)
    3.) Mercy Black (2019)
    4.) Nancy Drew Episodes 1 & 2 "Pilot" & "The Secret Of The Old Morgue"
    5.) Scare Me (2020)
    6.) Return To Cabin By The Lake (2001)
    7.) Monsterland Episodes 1 & 2 "Port Fourchon, Louisiana" & "Eugene, Oregon"
    8.) 12 Hour Shift (2020)
    9.) Nancy Drew Episodes 3 & 4 "The Curse Of The Dark Storm" & "The Haunted Ring"
    10.) Halloween Party (2019)
    11.) Let's Scare Julie (2020)
    12.) The Night Brings Charlie (1990)
    13.) Death Of Me (2020)
    14.) Vampires Vs. The Bronx (2020)
    15.) Nancy Drew Episodes 5 & 6 "The Case Of The Wayward Spirit" & "The Mystery Of Blackwood Lodge"
    16.) Do Not Reply (2019)
    17.) Halloween Pussy Trap Kill! Kill! (2017)
    18.) The Clown At Midnight (1998)
    19.) Monsterland Episodes 3 & 4 "New Orleans, Louisiana" & "New York, New York"
    20.) Nancy Drew Episodes 7 & 8 "The Tale Of The Fallen Sea Queen" & "The Path Of Shadows"
    21.) Lovecraft Country Episode 1 "Sundown"
    22.) The Dead Ones (2019)
    23.) Possession: Until Death Do You Part (1987)
    24.) Monsterland Episodes 5 & 6 "Plainfield, Illinois" & "Palacios, Texas"
    25.) Hosts (2020)
    26.) Phantom Of Death (1988)
    27.) The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 16 "A Certain Doom"
    28.) The Walking Dead: World Beyond Episode 1 "Brave"
    29.) Spontaneous (2020)
    30.) Tales From The Hood 3 (2020)
    31.) Eerie, Indiana Disc One Episodes 1 - 3
    32.) Nancy Drew Episodes 9 & 10 "The Hidden Staircase" & "The Mark Of The Poisoner's Pearl"
    33.) The Masque Of The Red Death (1989)
    34.) The Locals (2003)
    35.) Books Of Blood (2020)
    36.) The Wolf Of Snow Hollow (2020)
    37.) Hubie Halloween (2020)
    38.) Monsterland Episodes 7 & 8 "Iron River, Michigan" & "Newark, New Jersey"
    39.) Eli Roth's History Of Horror Season 2 Episode 1 "Houses Of Hell"
    40.) The Cleansing Hour (2019)
    41.) Alone (2020)
    42.) Save Yourselves! (2020)
    43.) Nancy Drew Episodes 11 & 12 "The Phantom Of Bonny Scot" & "The Lady Of Larkspur Lane"
    44.) Lovecraft Country Episode 2 "Whitey's On The Moon"
    45.) Never Hike In The Snow (2020) + Here Comes The Night (2019)
    46.) Broil (2020)
    47.) Goosebumps: The Blob That Ate Everyone (also: Piano Lessons Can Be Murder & My Hairiest Adventure)
    48.) Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! (2020)
    49.) Nancy Drew Episodes 13 & 14 "The Whisper Box" & "The Sign Of The Uninvited Guest"
    50.) Lovecraft Country Episode 3 "Holy Ghost"
    51.) Night Terror (1989)
    52.) The Mortuary Collection (2019)
    53.) Memorial Valley Massacre (1989)
    54.) Goosebumps: Monster Blood (also: How To Kill A Monster & The Girl Who Cried Monster)
    55.) Welcome To The Blumhouse: Nocturne (2020)
    56.) Love And Monsters (2020)
    57.) Amusement (2008)
    58.) School Killer (2001)
    59.) Goosebumps: Night Of The Living Dummy (includes: Night Of The Living Dummy II & Bride Of The Living Dummy)
    60.) Eerie, Indiana Disc 2 Episodes 4 - 7
    61.) Titicut Follies (1967)
    62.) Nancy Drew Episodes 15 & 16 "The Terror Of Horseshoe Bay" & "The Haunting Of Nancy Drew"
    63.) Lovecraft Country Episode 4 "A History Of Violence"
    64.) Grave Robbers (aka Ladrones De Tumbas) (1989)
    65.) Goosebumps: A Night In Terror Tower (also: Stay Out Of The Basement)
    66.) Eerie, Indiana Disc 3 Episodes 8 - 11
    67.) Nancy Drew Episodes 17 & 18 "The Girl In The Locket" & "The Clue In The Captain's Painting"
    68.) Lovecraft Country Episode 5 "Strange Case"
    69.) Spellcaster (1988)
     
  4. Colin

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    Not a Franco fan in the slightest. Out of the two films I've seen from him, I think he's just a hack who directed softcore porn masquerading as horror films.
     
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    Not to sound too creep-o here (since my last post had me drooling about Lina Romay), but the other reason to recommend this episode is because Jamie Chung has several nude scenes and very suggestive sex scenes. If you ever watched the horrendous comedy film Grown-Ups more than once because she has a bikini scene in it, then this is the movie for you.

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    Side note about Ms. Chung. She came to our film festival a few years ago. I was friends with one of the drivers, the guy who would go to the airport and pick up arriving celebs. She couldn't fly in for some reason, so the driver had to go all the way to Los Angeles to pick her up. As you can imagine, he was excited about this prospect. You should have seen the dejected look on his face when he had to tell everyone she spent the entire trip in the backseat making out with her boyfriend. At the festival, she was apparently very snooty. We have an awards banquet where she was supposed to present, but she wouldn't attend. She just stayed outside the ballroom with her boyfriend until it was her turn, and someone had to go out and get her. Finally, she was apparently really sarcastic when our photographer was telling her where to stand for photos, you think she'd be used to that as an actress.
     
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    ^ It was good they cast a recognizable actress, otherwise I might have missed her brief cameos in the first two episodes and assumed episode 6 was our first time meeting her.

    Disappointing to hear about the diva antics. She was really great in this episode, and I like her in Sorority Row as well. If I recall, I think she got her start on MTV's The Real World.
     
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    Movie #30:
    Slaughterhouse (1987)
    First Time Viewing (Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray)
    *** (out of 5)

    Third best Texas Chainsaw movie.

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    Movie #31:
    Night Tide (1961)
    First Time Viewing (Indicator UK Blu-ray)
    *** (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    19. BEYOND THE DARKNESS: Watch one with a love story in it. There is more than one way to get mushy!

    Psychological tension fills this romance between Dennis Hopper's sailor and a girl who thinks she is a fish person.

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    Movie #32:
    Tales from the Hood 3 (2020)
    First Time Viewing (Universal DVD)
    **1/2 (out of 5)

    About on par with Part 2, mainly because none of the stories here reach the lows of that installment. On the flip side, it doesn't reach the heights of 2's first or last segments either. There were a couple of stories I was sure I wasn't liking, only to have the twists win me over. So that was nice.
     
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    tonight's viewing:

    Brain Dead (1990)

    In a showdown of man versus machine, Martin plunges into a chaotic nightmare trying to save his mind from the megalomaniacal corporation.

    I found this quite confusing and I'm sure that's the point especially with a film about illness of the brain but ultimately I found it rather boring.

    All Hallows' Eve 2

    A woman finds a VHS tape on her doorstep that shows a series of gruesome tales that could be real. But the true danger is the pumpkin-faced killer that's using the tape to find his next victim.

    An anthology movie but with a series of vignette's than actual stories which would be fine if they were any good unfortunately most of them were not, in fact I only enjoyed 2 out of the 8 so not a great return. One was in Spanish I think with no English subs available so that was poor and the UK poster features Art the clown so I was expecting him to show up and he was nowhere to be seen. All in all disappointed.
     
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    She did.

    As for the diva stuff, I certainly believe my friends, but I didn't deal with her myself so that's all third party information. And sometimes it's wrong. The same thing was said about Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). We had a little industry-only party. I saw she was there, and asked our executive director if it would be OK to get her to sign a copy of a movie I had brought with me. The director said "Sure, if she'll even talk to you" then went on a rant about how she'd been complaining about everything at the event and how unprofessional we all were. I kinda mingled my way over to where she was talking to some people, then someone wanted to take a picture with her and she handed me her camera saying "You're my photographer now". I told her, "Sure, but it's gonna cost you an autograph!"
    She laughed, and after I took the picture, she gracefully signed my LD and then started talking to me about the movie, how her husband hates it, etc. We chatted for a few, took a picture together, she literally couldn't have been nicer. So you never know, sometimes someone has a bad experience with a celeb and thinks that's what they're like all the time.
     
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    23. Edge of the Axe (Jose Ramon Larraz, 1988)

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    Having never heard of this prior to Arrow releasing it on blu ray, I was prepared for it to be pretty underwhelming. So I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be a pretty brutal, entertaining, well made slasher. Despite being a Spanish production, all the actors seemed comfortable speaking English. There are a huge amount of red herrings throughout, and I ended up surprised by the resolution at the end, which was nice. I really liked the lead actress, Christina Marie Lane - she was a cutie. Her outfits were wonderfully late-80's. I wouldn't have minded seeing a bit more of her (wink-wink, nudge-nudge), but I suppose you can't have everything. Oh, and Jack Taylor of Pieces fame has a small part - always nice to see him.
     
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    Day 20

    86. Population 436 (2006) Prime - A census worker travels to a small town where the population has been 436 for around 100 years. A suspense type movie that turned out to be decent. A bit slow moving in places but I thought the whole concept was interesting. Had never heard of it and wasn't sure what I was getting into, but it turned out okay.

    87. Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) Blu - Thought the whole telekinetic thing was interesting yet at the same time kinda foreign. Still enjoyed the movie although I felt it was a bit more average than some of the earlier films.

    88. April Fools Day (1986) Prime - Pretty sure I hadn't seen this since it was released back in '86. I remember how it ended. Fun slasher type movie that has a decent impact the first viewing, then just fun and nostalgic in subsequent viewings.

    89. Saw (2004) Blu - I ordered the 2 films that didn't work anymore and the 2 discs that showed up work fine. For how long, who knows. I haven't seen this one since it was originally released on Blu. This film is every bit as intense as I remembered. This one is the masterpiece of the series. I have the rest, but none had the impact that this one did. This movie really needs a much better version. This blu was basically bare bones.

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    Ratings are out of ****.

    10/16/20 - Fear No Evil (1981) **
    Three angels continuously reborn in human form hunt the latest incarnation of Satan as a high school student.

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    Opening with a weighty backstory regarding the fall from Heaven, things quickly shift to a spooky ruined castle and a foot chase unintentionally humorous for its slow jog pace. By a holy staff, a sneeringly defiant Satan is soon dispatched. Fast forward a few decades, and events unfold again at the same island location with a new generation...

    This time most of the characters are high school students, all cast with ridiculously over aged actors. And an increase in age did not come with increase in acting skill. Between the acting, the directing, and the script the emotional tones keep hitting a half note off.

    Personifying the ominous threat to the kingdom of God is a cringing wimp capable of such amazing feats as passive watching, panicked running, and simpering kneeling. The last in humble, pleading ceremonies at various shrines to...who? Who would Satan be worshiping, himself? But apparently that penitence and prostrating is necessary to raise an undead minion horde to do his bidding. Which amounts to nothing more than killing off a few teenagers who coincidentally show up at the old castle.

    The holy avengers aren't any more impressive. Most of their time is spent whining - about being apart, about not being believed, about losing hope, etc. When they take action they end up getting knocked around until they use the holy staff, which requires no more effort than holding it up. That’s it. That sums up their entire purpose. Deliver the big stick where it needs to be, point it at the devil, and let the 80s music and light show commence. A UPS driver could have accomplished the same thing.

    Confused, erratic, and odd. With an overly slow pace that spurts to frantic conclusion by some oddly abrupt transitions that feel like scenes were left on the editing room floor. This film gets a rating bump for being unintentionally odd, but otherwise skip it.

    10/17/20 - Horns (2013) **1/2
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    A man wakes from another drunken stupor in the bed of a local tramp, the world blaming him for his girlfriend's murder and devilish horns sprouting from his forehead. Strangely people pay little notice to the horns, instead compelled by them to confess and indulge in their darkest desires. Someone out there knows what really happened, and with diabolical influence horny Harry Potter demands a reckoning.

    Familiar territory for viewers/readers of Stephen King's later career dark fantasy stories, which for better or worse is also Joe Hill's inherited schtick. Childhood friends with unresolved issues revisited in frequent brooding flash backs, exposed by unoriginal and predictable revelations, brought to resolution when they all reunite.

    Things run too long, with a violent confrontation that would conclude most films but here only triggers the real final act. And there things get sloppy, losing the solid focus execution of the first half in a sputtering wrap up. Again, a common King/Hill fault, the grand floor routine that stumbles on the landing, as if the conceptual plan was crystal clear but the conclusion was anything but. But the first half delivers enough for a qualified recommendation.

    10/18/20 - The Siren (2019) **
    One man swears vengeance on a lake creature that lured and drowned his spouse, while another falls in love with it.

    The film pacing is lagging and brooding, contrasting with the unusually fast development of the romance between two of the leads. There isn't enough exposition to establish sympathy for the characters before the viewer is supposed to be engaged in their plight, and most of that is through sometimes confusingly transitioned flashbacks.

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    The mesh of sinister lake monster and love lorn spirit also doesn't quite work. As a woman she is a bit too earthly in habits and behavior to reflect her lake bound existence. Her dark impulses are either barely subdued or embraced depending on self-interest, they're neither accepted or rejected as part of her nature. Likewise there is no real acceptance of guilt for her slaughtering, blithely dismissing it as an irresistible urge not up for discussion. It’s difficult to view her as the victim, or wish her well - she's ultimately a cold hearted monster who will continue to kill without regret.

    The cinematography has some clashing style switches - fade to black transitions, portable cam perspectives (both at a character and first person perspective), like the director was just experimenting. The portable cam shots are mostly reserved for under water scenes, otherwise it’s unclear why the variance.

    The ending is haunting, but given the character's respective fates and levels of acceptance of personal responsibility it’s a hollow message. Frankly the viewer is pushed to express compassion for the wrong parties.

    There is just enough to hold interest here that it isn't a total waste, almost enough that I considered bumping a half rating point. But personally I'm purging the disk with no interest of rewatching, and am on the fence whether I'd have spent the time in hindsight. With films like The Lure, Siren (2016), and even She Creature, there are better options for the subject matter.
     
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    The next crop of films in the new box set, all 2k transfers. Again, these films all look great with the 1080p upgrade, and all somehow look better than the 4k transfer of part 3. Much like Part 2, it had been a hot minute since I've watched "Jason Take Manhattan" and boy oh boy, that film has not aged well at all. That shitty 80's soft rock montage of NYC that accompanies the opening title sequence is one of the most cringe inducing things possible, and sets up this film for faliure. Factor in some of the worst acting and special effects in the franchise, poor editing choices, and teleporting Jason Voorhees and you have a wet fart of a sequel. I still have sentimental memories watching this on cable as a kid, so if it wasn't for that I would probably hate this film.


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    49) Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives


    50) Friday the 13th Part VII: New Blood


    51) Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
     
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    Natas Is it October yet?

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    I completed agree. Part 8 is my least favorite Jason flick, by a good margin too. It's still better than most horror released these days but it's a chore to sit through. I only watch part 8 every few years or so. Meanwhile, I'll watch part 4-5-6-7 multiple times a year.
     
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    Movie #33:
    Ghost Story (1981)
    First Time Viewing (Scream Factory Blu-ray)
    ***1/2 (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    20. HINDSIGHT IS 20/20: This one’s gotta have flashbacks in it (since looking ahead doesn’t seem to be working, amiright?).

    Outside of a terrible composite shot near the top, this is a very well executed old-fashioned ghost story. Alice Krige is a goddess.

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    Movie #34:
    Deep Blue Sea 3 (2020)
    First Time Viewing (Warner DVD)
    **1/2 (out of 5)

    Miles ahead of 2 thanks to more interesting characters and a setting that isn't another sinking underwater facility. The kills are so fun that you wish the acting and effects were just a little better so you could legitimately tell people "Deep Blue Sea 3 is good."
     
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    Movie # 41:
    Tammy and the T-Rex (1994) (Bluray)

    This is one I used to watch on the USA channel and rented the VHS tape a couple times. Such a freaking crazy ass movie. Nice seeing all the gore back in it.

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    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    Day 20. HINDSIGHT IS 20/20: This one’s gotta have flashbacks in it (since looking ahead doesn’t seem to be working, amiright?).

    Movie # 42:
    Stoker (2013) (Bluray)

    "Personally speaking I can't wait to watch life tear you apart."

    The film is perfection. A beautiful, psycho coming of age tale. Mia Wasikowska is hypnotic, totally compelling.
     
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    Natas Is it October yet?

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    I tossed this on the projector outside last night. I think this was the 3rd or 4th time watching now and I like it more and more with each succeeding view. It's not perfect but it's a lot of fucking fun. I love each mask.

    Last couple of days it's been in the 80s and humid as hell. Not ideal for this time of year but at least it's comfortable for outside night watching. The decorations help I guess lol
     
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    24. The Chill Factor (Christopher Webster, 1993)

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    A group of snowmobile enthusiasts is forced to seek shelter when one of their own falls victim to a conveniently-placed tree. Unfortunately, they end up in an abandonned summer camp/satanic church where they must fight for their souls. Much catty bitching ensues, along with repeated awkward references to an interracial couple, insinuations of incest, and the cryptic musings of a wildly miscast narrator. Despite that, and the fact that nothing supernatural happens until almost an hour in, I found this film kind of compelling. The snowy location was eerie and added a lot of atmosphere. The kills (although cheap) were pretty good, and the earnest enthusiasm with which they insist on treating the many, many snowmobiling scenes was kind of infectious.
     
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    I'm gonna have to give this one another watch someday, 'cuz I did find it boring. But to be fair, this was early on in Covid and I remember TCM having a dynamite line-up and I'd recorded at least a dozen movies. Some of them I watched just to watch and immediately delete, so I think I was just trying to get through it.
     
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    25. Friday the 13th (Sean S. Cunningham, 1980)

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    I don't think I have anything even remotely original to say about this. It's great. Likeable characters, well-paced, wonderfully established sense of isolation. I always thought we should have seen Brenda get it. I remember reading the novelization before seeing the movie as a kid (boy did series' like this and A Nightmare on Elm St. feel dangerous and taboo as a kid - such great memories of that), and I'm pretty sure her death is played out in the book.

    26. Friday the 13th Part 2 (Steve Miner, 1981)

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    As a kid this wasn't one of my favorites. It didn't have the cache of being the first one, and it didn't have the iconic Jason we got in the later films. So I kind of ignored it. But the more I watch it, the more it grows on me. I understand why it's a favorite of many people. It's so lean. By the time you get past the scene with Adrienne King, and actually establish the kids, there's maybe 65 minutes of movie left? But it does a good job of establishing them and holding back before unleashing the massacre over the last 25 minutes of the movie. The kills come super quick and really dont let up at the end. The structure of this one has always seemed interesting to me. I really loved seeing the deleted gore footage too. Adrienne Kings death was a huge surprise, but as soon as I saw it it made so much sense - the positioning of the ice pick has always seemed strange to me, and now I understand why it was done the way it was! So cool. And the speared couple in bed was great too. Such a shame this stuff was excised.
     
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