The Annual October Horror Movie Watching Thread - Part 2017!!!!

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  1. MorallySound

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    I haven't seen Pit and the Pendulum myself, but as someone who's also usually quite lukewarm to cold on most Full Moon stuff (like it sounds like you are), Castle Freak is a breath of fresh air and worth checking out.
     
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    Oct 11th-

    Had a body snatching triple feature last night. I really love the first three Body Snatchers' films. The 70's one being my favorite. The one with 007 just plain sucks. The Broken is one of the better After Dark films. Has the feel of the 70's Body Snatchers.
     
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    Castle Freak is indeed very good, based loosely on Lovecraft's The Outsider. I did a review of it a long time ago for this site, sadly all those reviews seem to be gone.
     
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    OCTOBER 12TH: Hostel, Hostel: Part II, Hostel: Part III
     
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    Jack Attack (2013)

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    Hammer House of Horror ~ Witching Time (1980)

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    Tales From the Darkside ~ Trick or Treat (1984)

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    Tales From the Darkside ~ A New Man (1984)
     
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    Day 12

    Pretty good haul today. Finished the day wrapping up the Phantasm series.

    34. The Gate (1987) Blu- Seen this many times, but first time with the Vestron series Blu. Fun movie with cool old school effects.

    35. Nightmare (1981) Stream- Started off looking like it was going to be very low budget, but after watching it, it was actually not bad and just showed the feel of the time. Definitely borrowed from other bigger films before it, but had just enough to stand on it's own. First time viewing for me.

    36. Phantasm III (1994) DVD- Due to the horrendous price of the blu set that included all 5 films ($249 currently), I just grabbed the DVD 5 film collection. Was missing 3 and 4 in my collection. Enjoyed this third chapter of the series. Don't really remember if I had ever seen this before. I had neglected the Phantasm series quite a bit and always went with the other franchises such as Friday the 13th or Halloween. After viewing these films, they have a lot to offer.

    37. Phantasm IV (1998) DVD-Enjoyed this one as well, but to me it may be the weakest film. Seems like it's pacing was a bit slower although some important things in the story played out here. Still an important film to the series.

    38. Phantasm: Ravager (2016) Blu- Back to the Blu stuff. I really liked this conclusion to the story. It definitely bounced around quite a bit and it was important to watch un-distracted because of this. Definitely has a different feel than the rest of the films, and some twists along the way.

    As far as the Phantasm series, things that jumped out at me included the same stars throughout the film series, even with the length of time from the first to the last. This to me is rare as you usually see new actors take rolls or whatever. The core actors were here in one form or another from the first to the last. I also felt that this is not a series to skip a film in. Good continuation in the storyline from film to film. There were odd things here and there, but overall I think watching these films so close together in time really enhanced my feeling of it in the end. I would definitely go back to this, as a film series, in the future. Should have been paying much better attention to Phantasm than I did, but better late than never I guess.

    ~Rocker10
     
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    Movie #16
    Hatchet III (2013)
    First time viewing (Blu-ray)
    **1/2 (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    12. THROWBACK THURSDAY: Newer horror made in the style of the classics.

    After complaining about the comedy in the previous installments, I’d say this one doesn’t work as well as it should because it plays it too straight and comes across as more of a typical action movie. I guess there’s no pleasing me! I will say that when the comedy does come (especially the ending) it falls flat in a way that’s in line with the rest of the series. This one was the best looking of the bunch though, by far.
     
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    October 12th: The Dark



    I was super excited when Code Red first announced this, and I must say, Bill didn't disappoint. This is the first time I've been able to make out every snippet of dialogue, and the image is crisp and clean. As for the movie itself, Stephen Thrower may not be a fan, and one member on Blu-ray.com said something along the lines of "dull as dishwater", but I watched it after a long day of work, and it was like a cup of strong coffee. Come on, the hissed/chanted soundtrack, the eccentric performance by the actress playing the psychic, two likable leads in Cathy Lee Crosby and William Devane, the tension between the police and the black community, the tension between the police and the gay community, the flashy showdown, and a guy whose head is ripped off only to have his body stagger a few feet before falling over - at no point did The Dark lose me. Even the two first demonstrations of the monster's firepower, which look more than anything like an explosion superimposed upon the actor, are fun, though they are no doubt a postproduction afterthought, as opposed to the aforementioned showdown, where the effect is quite impressive.
     
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    12th - October Madness No.21 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 12 - THROWBACK THURSDAY: Newer horror made in the style of the classics.

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    The Sleeper (2012) Rewatch - Rating: 3/5
    Justin Russell's The Sleeper is a micro-budgeted indie throwback that successfully mashes up the familiar sorority slasher with the slow-burn of Black Christmas. While it may wear a few of it's predecessors' distinctive hallmarks on it's sleeve, specifically the score which is clearly recreating the sonic landscape of Black Christmas as well as the voice of the Sleeper harkening back to the prank caller, The Sleeper is still an engaging, extremely well executed and acted thriller/slasher that despite it's low budget manages to actually feel and look like it's set in the '80s and treats its story, characters, and camera work more seriously than most throwbacks which always go for camp and over-the-top. It's a breath of fresh air in the throwback genre and definitely worth seeking out if you've never seen it or heard of it.

    12th - October Madness No.22

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    When a Stranger Calls Back (1993) - Rating: 2/5
    This TV movie sequel, which arrived over a decade after the original, centres around Jill Schoelen's character who five years previously had a similar experience to Carol Kane's character as a babysitter, but now it seems the same person or persons from that traumatic experience - who was/were never caught - have been sneaking into her apartment off campus. And of course she teams up with Carol Kane, who now works at a women's crisis centre, and Charles Durning to try to stop whomever from getting in before it's too late. Jill Schoelen sports a horrendously dated looking mullet in this one that's easily the most terrifying thing about this movie, and the film takes a weird, dark turn in the last act that's actually quite sleazy and the reveal how the person(s) hides is quite creepy as well but the rest of it feels like a bland TV movie with some spotty acting patches here and there.
     
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    25) The Curse of Sleeping Beauty: This was probably the biggest disaster plot wise I’ve seen so far, this month. The film can’t make up its mind if it wants to be a young adult fantasy film or some sort of edgy horror thriller. It doesn’t help matters that the plot is constantly shifts ideas and doesn’t stick to any of its own rules, nor could it bother to properly develop its characters. A serve lack of focus ruins any potential this thing could have had at being original. (2/10)


    26) Dead Awake: A bit on the tame side, lacking in production, but overall a solid approach to making a sleep paralysis horror film. It was nice to see Joceline Donohue (House of the Devil) return to her horror roots, as she did a good job, but some of the supporting cast members were wooden. Even with a descent story, the obvious nod to J-Horror films like “The Grudge” and “The Ring” is very much present here with the old hag character in terms of her look and physicality. A quality film, just nothing special. (6/10)
     
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    13th October

    The Babysitter

    I knew nothing about this before watching (apart from is was a horror comedy), well I was not prepared for what I was about to be subjected to, man it's mental, it's short so it flies by at a brisk pace, there were a few lines that made me groan, but on the whole it was a hell of a lot of gory fun. Definitely worth a watch.

    3.5 out of 5
     
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    00 10/9
    Apparently I'd rather watch the horror that was the Chicago Bears trying to prove they are worst than the Vikings; on national television.

    So after a 10 year streak I have missed a day in October. Without even Svengoolie to make an appearance like last year. I think he's our good luck charm in October and we need him to host Bears games every October!

    00 10/10 mother! (2017)
    ...I don't consider this Horror, and I've already missed a day, so I'm thinking of keeping this off the list. And my thoughts have been expressed already in the dedicated thread. I even missed my usual MST3k on Tuesday mornings and I was not in the mood to watch anything after mother! Two misses back-to-back.

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    12 10/11 Mystery Science Theater 3000 Presents, Soultaker (1990)
    I was kinda in the dumps after seeing mother!, so I didn't want to watch anything but the lightest of comedies. Since this was a perennial of mine every October I figured this one to be well suited for the task. Much to my surprise Pearl expressed the same in the opening sketch. :D I haven't sat down and watched this one thru in years (I usually do chores) so there were a lot of jokes and just moments of the film itself I'd blissfully forgotten. Previously I'd kinda pooh-pooh'ed Joel's cameo in my run downs but now that I'm paying attention again I found Mike and Joel's interactions to be well done. I think they were both just trying not to fall into the puppet trench as the set was not designed for two humans. [In retrospect, I could have put on Zombie Nightmare to coincide with...]

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    13 10/12 One Dark Night (1982) [Theatrical Cut]
    In yet another tribute I decided to watch an Adam West horror film this year, and with this specifically in mind I picked up the Code Red release. This is a first time viewing for me and while it's a slow build I found it to be a delightful stroll through a graveyard. I am a little disappointed that they didn't do much more with
    the Meg Tilly character tripping balls and since she was The Last Girl films usually save the most activity with them. I enjoyed The Bad Girls interactions immensly, they delved much more deeply with these two "side characters" than any other horror film I can think of, so naturally I was really looking forward to what the filmmakers had in store for thee last girl standing. But it would seemed they used their A material on these two instead. Which itself is cool, just not expected.

    Additionally the premise is established that Rhamar scares the daylights out of girls to drain their energy. So he scares the ever living shit out of these two girls but doesn't drain their energy? I really feel like they mixed up when they should have had all the corpses floating around because there's a deluge of them attacking the two girls but only half a dozen attacking the final boy/girl. He should have corralled them the half dozen, drained them to death, and then with his power renewed brought on the deluge of corpses for the grande finale. I haven't seen the workprint but I understand the original script had the two girl living, so I can understand why they buried them in corpses, but even still it feels like they weighted the scenes incorrectly. And that perhaps they just couldn't pull off the finale with the optical effects like they had hoped. As it stands in this final version there isn't really an escalation of his powers, so it's a little flat for an ending.
     
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    LORNA THE EXORCIST (1974)

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    I like having a bunch of first time viewings during my October horror marathon. Jess Franco's Lorna the Exorcist is another. I picked up the Mondo Macabro DVD this summer & saved it for this month. A disclaimer opens before the feature explaining that the original negative is most likely lost or destroyed. Their presentation pieces together three different film sources & four different audio sources. The end result has very much a grindhouse effect. I was able to watch it just fine.

    Patrick Mariel (Guy Delorme) is a down on his luck husband struggling to stay afloat facing heavy gambling debt. During one of his casino visits, he meets the mysterious Lorna Green (Pamela Stanford). While screwing each other, Lorna promises Patrick financial prosperity & great success with a couple conditions. He is ordered to go back to his childless wife Marianne (Jacqueline Laurent) & bang her. They will have a daughter & once she turns 18, Lorna will be back to claim her. Patrick doesn't exactly believe it all, but follows through as instructed.

    Fast forward many years & their daughter Linda has grown up to be the gorgeous Lina Romay. With her eighteenth birthday very near, the family plans a trip to the South of France. Their family wealth can afford it now without issue. The problem is that Patrick continues to get phone calls from Lorna reminding him of this incredibly heavy debt. Lorna's plan for Linda is a big one involving a lot more than just sex.

    Unlike so many 70's exploitation horror flicks, Lorna the Exorcist does not attempt to emulate 1973's The Exorcist at all. Franco's film is pretty much a "Deal with the Devil" scenario in which a succubus is the agent for the Dark Lord. Expect ample sex once again, though don't get too comfortable. One scene in particular involving Marianne in bed is pretty fucking disgusting & not so easily erased. This scene also serves as a reminder of how Lorna's powers can manifest even when she is not present. Lorna's initiation of Linda is over-the-top even by Franco standards. Stanford is a bit much in her appearance. Outlandish makeup (and lots of it) with a bad curly wig earlier in the film can be a lot to process.

    Lorna the Exorcist is a worthy film from Franco's era of extreme productivity. It doesn't have the replay value of Countess Perverse which I watched earlier this week. Glad to have this though & plan to revisit in the future.
     
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    Friday the 13th part 5: A New Beginning


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    I get it. I get the hate a lot of fans have for this film. When the reveal comes at the end, I understand the disappointment some might feel.

    I get it......but ill never fucking agree lol. I love me some Friday 5, jack. Always have, always will.

    Reggie the Reckless!

    "Just forget it, Vic!"

    Definitely one of the most divisive Friday flicks and rightfully so..... but I'm in the opinion of this is one of the best F13 films, and it's honestly one of the most entertaining slashers I've ever had the pleasure of viewing. My definition of fun. Very happy I was able to squeeze this is before I hit the road. Plenty of beer, plenty of green, and my wife driving later on. Color me happy.

    Cheers, happy Friday the 13th and happy October!
     
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    Castle Freak plays much more like a Stuart Gordon movie than a Full Moon movie, which is probably the reason a lot of us like it prefer it to the more traditional Full Moon productions. It's well done (no surprise from Gordon), the location shooting is extremely atmospheric, the monster is exceptionally cool, and it's a treat to see Crampton and Combs in the spotlight together again.
     
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    Love The Dark. Really need to upgrade my DVD. The Dark, The Car, The Manitou and Prophecy are my ultimate guilty pleasure films.
     
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    I think this is my favorite of the series. Certainly not the best, but probably my favorite. And not just because the dude in my avatar hacks up the director of Evil Laugh with an ax, though that helps. I don't care about fake Jason, this movie is a blast. Demon serenading his girlfriend on the crapper, that lady in the plaid shirt beating the hell out of that chicken, Pseudo Echo girl, the tractor...it's completely absurd but for me it's the most fun of the bunch.

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    I love all of these films. You know what though? I stopped using the term guilty pleasure years ago with my movie collection. I refuse to feel guilty or apologize for my love of B movies. It's possible that most of my collection would be labeled "guilty pleasure" by someone with mainstream tastes. Fuck 'em.
     
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    Oct 12th

    Damn. Been a few years since I last saw this one. Forgot just how good it was.

    Also watched the first South Park Halloween episode - Pinkeye.

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