OCTOBER 23RD: 87.) Satan's Little Helper (2004) (DVD) - I really enjoy this movie, but don't watch it very often. Which in this case is good, because it keeps it fresh. It may be a bit cheap and rough around the edges, but it makes up for it with a darkly comic and fairly clever script. The plot follows young trick-or-treater Dougie, whose favorite video game "Satan's Little Helper" comes to life one Halloween evening when he encounters a mean-spirited person in a devil's costume who he believes is this video game character. What young Dougie doesn't realize is this person is a serial killer who has been wreaking havoc all over town, and Dougie's just brought this killer home to meet his mom and sister. The movie works, as the person under the mask is essentially the "Hitchcock bomb-under-the-table" device. It also serves up quite a bit of dark humor that is often times far from politically correct. I will say the movie somewhat stumbles during its finale, offering about five different endings where they repeatedly think they've killed the killer, but it turns out to be the wrong person. This isn't a spoiler, as it is always set-up to be the wrong person before they are killed. Warts and all though, this is an incredibly fun little Halloween gem. 88.) Livid (2011) (DVD) - I've had this UK DVD for quite a while, but for whatever reason never got around to watching it. Possibly because I found Inside to be kind of silly and dull, although I did see the filmmaker's later movies Among The Living and Leatherface. Anyway, I recently saw Livid on a list of movies set on Halloween, and decided now might be the time. Although the movie is set on Halloween, the extent of the Halloween aesthetics are a tiny jack-o-lantern in the bar and a brief cameo from a trio of trick-or-treaters wearing Silver Shamrock masks. Anyway, as for the movie, it was fine I guess but not really my thing. The set-up is almost identical to Don't Breathe, not just in plot but also in the look and tone. The biggest difference is Livid has a somewhat likable character with Lucy, while everyone in Don't Breathe is despicable. Where the two movies part ways is in regards to what (or who) they find in the house. Considering it's plastered on the DVD cover, I don't think it's a spoiler to say vampire ballerinas. I appreciated the weirdness, and like with Among The Living there are effective sequences throughout, but as a whole the movie didn't really work for me. OCTOBER 24TH: 89.) Eerie, Indiana Disc 5 Episodes 16 - 19 (DVD) - The final four episodes of the short lived children's horror series. The Loyal Order Of Corn is a sort of Elk's Lodge that lures in Marshall's father. Zombies In PJs is a commentary on consumerism, as a mysterious figure rolls through town and hypnotizes the residents of Eerie into buying as much as possible. Reality Takes A Holiday is one of the more interesting episodes of the series, as Marshall finds himself on the set of a TV series called Eerie, Indiana, where everyone is calling him Omri (the actor's name in real life is Omri Katz) and all of our series regulars are playing themselves. However, the recent re-write involves Omri being killed off for good! This episode gives us a fun fictionalized behind-the-scenes of the series, including a look at the sets. Joe Dante appears in the episode as himself, directing the episode. If you don't blink, you might spot Denise Richards as an extra. This episode served as the broadcast series finale, and rightfully so. It's a perfect ending to the series. However, this DVD set contains one additional episode with The Broken Record. This episode never aired during the original run, and only premiered later when the show entered syndication. It involves a young boy Tod who gets into heavy metal, much to the chagrin of his father. Unfortunately, the DVD set presents this as the series finale, and it doesn't really work as such at all. Good to have it included though, even if most of the regular cast is put on the back burner. This concludes the series Eerie, Indiana. 90.) Primal Rage (1988) (Blu-ray) - Lots of people like and remember Welcome To Spring Break aka Nightmare Beach, but for whatever reason this one isn't remembered as fondly. It was made by the same filmmakers around the same time, with both movies featuring actress Sarah Buxton and the loud '80s ballad "Say The Word" (which makes 3 appearances in this movie, playing the song in it's entirety every time). This piece of Florida-filmed Italian teen terror involves a zombie outbreak on a college campus, kicking off when a college journalist breaks into a science lab and releases a monkey. The movie can be a bit clunky at times, but stay with it, as it all culminates with three zombie jocks infiltrating the campus Halloween dance and slaughtering the costumed patrons. The whole finale is silly, bloody, and spectacular. Did I mention Bo Svenson and his ponytail? This is a very entertaining piece of '80s horror that is much more underrated than it should be. The blu-ray features a rather bizarre extra titled "William J. Immerman Talks Primal Rage", as whatever movie he is talking about, it's not Primal Rage. I don't believe he ever mentions the title, but he's talking about shooting it in Canada in 1979. Primal Rage was filmed in Miami in the late '80s. Via on screen text over film footage, it also claims that star Patrick Lowe (also from Slumber Party Massacre II) is Rob Lowe's brother, but I could find nothing confirming that online. 91.) Night Of The Demons (2009) (Blu-ray) - I decided to watch this one instead of the originals (which I may still watch, time pending), only because I've seen those countless times and I've only seen this maybe three times? I don't consider this to be a very good Night Of The Demons movie, namely for the omission of Hull House. The mansion here is beautiful, clean, and not even remotely scary (although I went by it while I was in New Orleans, and it's located right next to a cemetery). That said, I do think it's a solid Halloween party movie. Nice aesthetics, fun cast, rockabilly soundtrack, and some cool practical effects and gore. It does run out of steam in the second half, once the surviving characters hole themselves up in an upstairs bedroom. The first half is a lot of fun though. It won't be for everyone, and the tone and feel are wildly different from the original series, but it's still a solid little B-movie. 92.) Goosebumps: Welcome To Dead House (DVD) - This two-part episode gets its own disc. Welcome To Dead House was the very first Goosebumps book, but they didn't adapt it until late into season two. As for the episode, it gets off to a bit of a slow start, but the finale is one of the creepier that Goosebumps has to offer. The episode follows the Benson family, who move into an old creepy house in the small town of Dark Falls. The daughter starts seeing menacing figures in the house, and the family meet the strange pale neighbors who seem to be allergic to sunlight. When they learn about a chemical plant accident that happened years earlier, they start to realize the townsfolk are keeping some dark secrets. The whole reveal is pretty creepy, and the final act is very suspenseful for a kid's show. Really great episode, if a bit of a slow burn. OCTOBER 25TH: 93.) Lovecraft Country Episode 9 "Rewind 1921" (DVR / HBO) - Our leads time travel back to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in order to retrieve a supernatural text. Obviously this book is important to the overall plot, but in a lot of ways, this penultimate episode of the season feels a bit like filler rather than pumping up the intensity. It could just be the time travel element, as the characters are going backwards instead of progressing forward. Outside of the time travel element, the depiction of 1921 Tulsa is very matter-of-fact, which makes for very heavy subject matter. I feel like the show lured audiences in with fun episodes of haunted houses, creatures in the woods, bizarre cults, and body horror, but as the season progresses, the stories become aggressively more straight-forward, bleak, heavy-handed, and steeped in real-life tragedies. The subtext was always there, but it's becoming increasingly less clever with it and less interested in actually using these sub-genres in its exploration of relevant themes. They're just spelling it out for the viewer. It's still a strong show, easily the best genre show on TV right now, but these last few episodes haven't been as strong as the first 6 episodes were. 94.) The Haunting Of Bly Manor Episodes 4 - 6 "The Way It Came" & "The Altar Of The Dead" & "The Jolly Corner" (NetFlix) - Similar in structure to The Haunting Of Hill House, each episode is giving us the backstory of one of the major characters. In The Way It Came, we get Dani's story and find out who the strange ghost in glasses is. In The Altar Of The Dead, which is the best episode of the series so far, we learn secrets about housekeeper Hannah's past and present. In The Jolly Corner, we get Henry's story and learn the truth about Flora. While these character episodes took up the first 5 episodes of Hill House, in Bly Manor they've extended them to at least episode 6. With only 3 episodes left, I'm ready for this show to really kick into gear. I can't remember if I mentioned this last time, but the Bly Manor location is actually the same mansion used in Stephen King's Rose Red. Which makes since, since Mike Flanagan has adapted King's novels Doctor Sleep and Gerald's Game. Previous Entries: Spoiler 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) 70.) Eerie, Indiana Disc 4 Episodes 12 - 15 71.) Lovecraft Country Episode 6 "Meet Me In Daegu" 72.) Pet Sematary II (1992) 73.) The Devil Within Her (aka Sharon's Baby) (1975) 74.) The Funhouse (1981) 75.) Goosebumps: One Day At Horrorland (also: Welcome To Camp Nightmare) 76.) They Live Inside Us (2020) 77.) Rebecca (2020) 78.) The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) 79.) Goosebumps: Night Of The Living Dummy III 80.) Lovecraft Country Episode 7 "I Am." 81.) The Witches (2020) 82.) Unsolved Mysteries: Volume 2 Episodes 1 - 3 "Washington Insider Murder" & "A Death In Oslo" & "Death Row Fugitive" 83.) Bad Hair (2020) 84.) The Dark (1993) 85.) Lovecraft Country Episode 8 "Jig-a-Bobo" 86.) The Haunting Of Bly Manor Episodes 1 - 3 "The Great Good Place" & "The Pupil" & "The Two Faces, Part One"