October 14: 44) The Record (2000): Every review I've read of this movie mentions I Know What You Did Last Summer, and I can understand why. To the point that there are scenes lifted from that movie. But I wouldn't mind that if this thing had some bite. A couple of bloody bodies and an out of left field final twist aside, this really does feel like a total cash in by people who didn't really want to make the movie and were just rushing to get it done. They don't even bother with character development, a reason how someone thinks they can stab someone with a knife and not have them die, or even why it is that everyone took no convincing at all to burn the body rather than call the police. Even the girl who wasn't involved at all jumped right on board. This is pretty shoddy filmmaking but at least the ending was silly enough to make this not a total waste. 45) Marronnier (2004): After a truly painful first 30 minutes that I was hard pressed to sit through (not helped by the subtitles on my disc being off by half a second), I kind of got into this once the killer dolls showed up. They are freakin' creepy! So yeah the dolls are all horrifying and there's some moments of z-level gore that are surprisingly effective, but the movie makes no sense at all and is either trying to be a nightmare or is just being weird for weird's sake or the man making the movie is just nuts. I dunno but there are stretches of the movie that are downright annoying and confusing. I kind of like weird, confusing and even at times annoying movies but this one just goes too far at times but then some times it's funny and like I said the dolls are freaky creepy and when they attack or someone's being doll-ified, this movie approaches awesome. But I would never recommend this to anyone. But I liked it more this time around. I still don't get most of what happened. 46) Mail (2004): Follow Akiba as he travels around Japan with his youthful assistant...Chiaki Kuriyama...hunting down pesky spirits and dispatching them with his magical, holy, mystical ghost zapping gun. The first hour is pretty episodic as our heroes face and take out a variety of malevolent (ok not all are bad) ghosts....there's even a title card for each case, but it's all obviously leading up to something else. As evidenced by Akiba continually having visions or flashbacks. We're not sure. We just know once Akiba saves his 100th soul, all will be revealed. The movie didn't totally hold my attention during the opening hour because each incident/story just ended with Akiba shooting the ghost and the stories weren't exactly fleshed out, but I stuck around because I wanted to see where things were going. Let's just say I figured out the mystery long before Akiba did (everyone will) and after a certain point I really just wanted him to catch up so we could get to the point. It goes somewhere that ain't exactly horrific...ok on a certain level it is...but more just sad. But I'd say this barely qualifies as horror. Maybe the first half, but it's actually a mystery that's backloaded with a crap ton of melodrama. 47) Ebola Syndrome (1996): I was sitting there watching this feeling a little disappointed that the ebola victims weren't a little more...um...gross, needed some puss or something, and then the police told our "hero" that he had ebola ("EBOLA! EBOLA!") and crap hit the fan!!!! The ending alone makes this movie worth watching. It was so demented and hilarious and sick all rolled into one! The rest of the movie is pretty darn nasty too with the spewing of bodily fluids, rapes, surprise cannibalism, meat f**king, a mouse being run over, nudity, frogs chopped up, murders, mouth spores, chickens getting their heads chopped off and rubbed on a man's body, and bad humour...with some long stretches of slow...but the ending is why you need to watch this. A Cat III that actually lives up to it.